Saturday, October 02, 2004

Those crazy Cajuns...

Too funny. NYT article on squirrel-hunting in Louisiana ...

"Excitement rushes through your body when you see a squirrel and you say, 'I've got to shoot it,' " says Alycia McDaniel, the homecoming queen at Pine Prairie High. "I like the trophy of it."

Friday, October 01, 2004

Oh this is so hypnotic...

So was this obnoxious of me or what? Today I got an email from my former M.E., asking if I was freelancing for the Boston Globe. Now there according to a nationwide phone search there are only 32 "Derek Rose"'s in the entire United States - but wouldn't you know it, there one is another working as a reporter in my former stomping grounds. Gak!

I did a Nexis search and only found 30 Globe bylines by him, mostly in the "Globe West" suburban section. So I'm guessing maybe he's in his early 20s, just starting out...

Anyway, I sent him this email, asking him, as nicely as I could, if he'd consider using his middle initial... I'm just worried as his career progresses we'll get confused more. And I was Derek Rose first!

From: Rose, Derek [mailto:DRose[at]]
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 12:27 PM
To: drose[at]
Subject: hey derek

Yo, Derek - great name, nice work for the Globe ...

Hey, can I ask you something without you being offended?? Have you ever considered using a middle initial?? (which is hopefully not "m")

I only ask because I worked for five years at several different
newspapers in New Hampshire, grew up in Massachusetts, and (before my career as a journalist) have had a couple letters published in the Globe. Also,as a reporter for the New York Daily News for the past four years, I've had more than 1,000 bylines as a "Derek Rose."

So I'm just worried if there are two of us out there without middle initials, we'll inevitably be confused...

Anyways, just something to consider.

Derek Rose
Staff writer, New York Daily News

Thursday, September 30, 2004

I watched the debates with a six-person focus group the News (Maggie Haberman and I) had assembled for this very purpose. The most pro-Bush participant, a NYU college student who had volunteered at the RNC, said, "I'm going to go home and cry..." She said Bush had given a fiery speech at the convention, and was expecting more of that ... instead, "Kerry was rattling off facts like a textbook ... I was like, this was what Bush was supposed to to."

I thought Kerry clearly won, showing a clear command of facts and seeming "presidential." Bush tanked early -- was he tired? -- but eventually recovered. His best moment was complimenting Kerry on being a good dad and talking about their daughters.

There really was no knockout blow or crystalizing moment scored by Kerry -- no one "you're no JFK" line that made Bush look terrible, however, no matter how much he fumbled at times.

So maybe Kerry won, but did he win enough? Who knows...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Eeek. The BBC reports that several managers at a Chinese public broadcasting station have been fired after asking contestants in a prime-time quiz show to guess how many children died in the Beslan school massacre.

They were offered a choice of between 302 to 402 ... the correct number was 329.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Did the 18-mile marathon tune-up in the park yesterday. 2:36. Felt good afterwards. Maybe I will do a fall marathon after all.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

I'm not conceding anything. Yanks still have a series to play against the Twins while we play the D-Rays. This is not over.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

So now Boston is 91-60, Oakland, 86-64, Anaheim, 85-67 and Texas, 84-67.

If Texas goes 11-0 (and Oakland wins the division), Sox must win at least five to win the wild card outright.

As for Anaheim ... if Boston wins three more games, and finishes 94-68. Anaheim would have to go 9-1 to tie. That means winning five from Oakland, which would then finish at best 93-69, losing the division. Hmm... if Boston finishes 93-69. Anaheim must go 8-2 to tie ... Oakland could lose four and still win division at 94-68.

So: Boston's magic number for TEXAS is five. That number will drop with every Boston win or Texas loss. Sox magic number for ANAHEIM is three - which will drop with a Sox win or an Anaheim loss to anyone but the A's.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Apparently there is a web site that does this. Although its "playoff clinch" number is the number needed to clinch at least a tie, rather than an outright clinch.

Math exercise: Boston is now 90-60. Oakland, 87-63. Anaheim, 85-66. Anaheim and Oakland have six games against each other remaining. How many games must Boston win to be assured the AL wild-card berth?

Let's see ... if Boston wins just four more games and goes 94-68 ... Anaheim would have to go 9-2 to tie at 94-68. But that'd mean winning at least four of its six remaining with Oakland. If Oakland only loses those four games and goes 8-4 it'd finish 95-67, still winning the division, and Boston and Anaheim would (I think) play a tiebreaker.

If Boston wins five more games, and finishes 95-67 ... Anaheim would have to go 10-1 to tie. That means winning five of six with Oakland ... those five loses mean the A's end up, at best, 94-68. So Anaheim would win the division, and Boston would get the wild card.

Hmm... but what if Texas goes 12-0, to finish 95-67? That'd mean taking two from Oakland ... but Oakland could still win the division. (Oakland and Texas have two games remaining against each other, tonight and tomorrow).

So as of this afternoon, Sox need to win six to clinch. ... The Boston Globe was right after all.

Monday, September 20, 2004 may be even better than Boston Dirt Dogs... awfully funny. We're still in good shape...

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I am heading to New Orleans for the hurricane. not sure how i'm getting there yet.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Friday: Arroyo (9-9) v. El Duque (8-0)
Sat: Lowe (14-11) v. Lieber (11-8) ... lots of ground balls
Sun: Pedro (16-5) v. Mussina (10-9)

So John Kerry has lately:

  • mispronounced the name of Green Bay Packers stadium Lambeau Field as "Lambert Field" during a visit to Green Bay.
  • claimed his favorite Red Sox player was "Manny Ortez." (We do have a Manny Ramirez and a David Ortiz, but no Manny Ortez.)
  • claimed the Red Sox were 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees when we were 3 1/2 games back.
  • Told a Wisconsin audience he enjoyed hunting deer "with my trusty 12-gauge double-barrel, crawl around on my stomach... That's hunting." Only, no one hunts deer on their stomach, that's ridiculous. They either walk stealthily or sit in a tree.

Okay, Bush makes a lot of misstatements too, sometimes about more serious things. But if you pretend to be a fan when you're not a fan ... you come across as kinda phony. Get with it John!

Monday, September 13, 2004

The widening Newsday circulation scandal just gets more and more interesting. Apparently the Newsday circulation managers, under scutiny from ABC auditors, claimed they were selling thousands of papers through a street-hawking operation. "Well, we'd like to see it," the auditors said. Only there were no street hawkers. So the managers invented a sham -- having carriers drive by and buy five or six papers at a time....

Also: supposedly the independent contractors Newsday uses to deliver papers can make up to $90,000 a year! but you have to start work at 2 a.m.

Friday, September 10, 2004

I have packed my bags ... may be heading down to Florida for Hurricane Ivan tomorrow!

Suspect documents, silver stars, purple hearts, the Alabama National Guard ... bleah bleah bleah.

With all the issues facing the country, I can't believe how much this presidential campaign (both sides) has dwelled on Vietnam! Get over it! It was three decades ago ... who cares!

(okay, maybe people care somewhat. but these this is getting wayy too much attention).

How lame is Rob Neyer? I've liked some of his writing, but jeez, he doesn't do himself any favors here with his campaign against a rival book about "a day in the life" of Fenway park. (His own book, which he e-published, was unbelieably bad, IMHO). Not only did he post a bad review under a fake name on, he penned a second scathing review and had a friend post it. Then it he started waging a war against the positive reviews, complaining to Amazon in an effort to get them deleted.

And he admits all this, unapologetically, on his website! What did the guy ever do to you, Rob?

So unbelievably lame.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

A sweep! 8-1 on the toughest stretch in the season!
Obviously puts us in a very comfortable position ... but worth noting that Twins have now won 7 of 10 and trail Oakland by only two games in the loss column. So if the AL East wins the wild card, that wild card winner might play vs. Minnesota, not the AL West.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Green Monster
Marine Corps News>Marines have constructed a minature Fenway Park in Iraq, using over 200 panels of recycled wood, old light poles and 120 gallons of green paint.

"It was a two-week project," said Cpl. Jason M. Samuels, 22, and an artillery mechanic with the unit. "Putting up the Green Monster was the hardest part. We built it on the ground and stood it up. We had 30 guys lifting it up and it was shifting and wobbling."
"I think by building this field we have provided all troops on this base an outlet for stress and tension," said Pritchard. "It gives them a chance to forget about the daily grind of the day and just enjoy some softball."

"I grew up with the Red Sox, so this field makes me feel like I am back home with American traditions," said Petty Officer 1st Class Fernald J. Darrin, a company chief with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14. "It makes you feel like you aren't in a war zone. It's a stress reliever."