It’s Friday, my day to muse.
* Hated seeing LA Angels ace Garrett Richards going down with a serious knee injury the other night. Richards is now expected to miss the next six to nine months and obviously won’t be around for the rest of the pennant chase in the American League West. It’s always best to see teams at full strength down the stretch.
* I’m still waiting for someone to tell me the meaning of preseason football. Or preseason basketball, hockey, baseball, tiddly-winks. Just glorified practices.
* I have probably 70-75 apps on my phone. But I only check five or six of them frequently.
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* Still looking to make sense of The Leftovers, the highly-strange HBO series that I look forward to watching each week, although I have no idea where it’s going or what it’s saying. I have spoken to people who read the book, which has been encouraging. Of course, I’m a believer in waiting for the movie or TV show instead of reading.
* That would disappoint my mother, who was always reading when I was a kid. My son is the same way. I’m not sure what happened to me. I read magazines. Lots of magazines. Does that count for anything?
* When I retire, I’m going to read a lot more books. That is my promise to you. I love the concept of reading books. It’s finding the time that seems to be the issue. Or a convenient excuse.
* It’s still hard for me to fathom that Robin Williams is gone.
* News stories about al-Qaida or the new ISIS terrorist group in Iraq stress me out. They make me feel gloom because there’s no identifiable way beyond all of this. We all wish that it would just stop, but it won’t. And there doesn’t seem to be anything the United States or the West can do to make it stop. It’s so sad; so infuriating.
* I don’t care what anybody says, people start thinking differently once they get to about 55. I feel like I’m almost completely different from the person I was just four or five years ago. I wonder if my friends perceive me that way? I wonder if my perception is reality?
* Art Briles doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the football coaching job he’s done at Baylor. The Bears are going to be in the Big 12 mix again this season. Everybody is picking Oklahoma to maybe run away and hide. Not so fast. I expect Baylor and Kansas State to have something to say about all of this.
* Can Denver really go 16-0, as new analyst and old tight end Tony Gonzalez suggests? Sure, it’s possible. But it’s a silly prediction. Then again, it’s gotten Gonzalez, who joins The NFL Today as an analyst, some nice run.
* Part of my daily - or nightly - routine is checking box scores for every minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Do any of you do that with your team? How invested are you? I love following minor league baseball and lament daily the fact that we don’t have affiliated baseball in Wichita. It’s the biggest hole in our sports landscape.
* What about Wichita State football? It’s been gone for so long now, with little or no hope of a return any time soon, that it’s not even realistic to suggest its return.
* I picked a fantasy football team Thursday night. It’s the only one I’ll do. I know people who are in four or five leagues. What’s up with that? Anyway, here’s my team: QB Peyton Manning; RB Arian Foster; Flex Ryan Matthews; WR Jordy Nelson; WR Kendall Wright; TE Vernon Davis; DEF Cincinnati Bengals; K Dan Bailey. Now the bench: QB Jake Locker; QB Johnny Manziel (and proud to have him); RB Tre Mason; WR Cordarelle Patterson; WR Brandin Cooks; TE Martellus Bennett. I love the ballclub.
* I’ve been binge-watching King of Queens for about 10 days now. I have a feeling binge-watching isn’t a good thing. In fact, I think I saw a story on that recently. Oh well. The show makes me laugh. Kevin James is one of my favorites and Jerry Stiller and Patton Oswalt are so good on this show. One of my favorite comedies ever and my DVR is set to record many more episodes.
* If you text while you’re driving, you’re stupid. Plain and simple.
* I can’t wait for Auburn at Kansas State on Thursday, Sept. 18. I wish there were more college football games like this one. I wish the big boys scheduled each other more often in non-conference games.
* College athletic programs are much more about taking than they are about giving. And it’s the fans that pay the price for that mentality. But kudos to K-State and Auburn for making this game happen. It’ll be the talk of the country on that day and night.
* Our new website at Kansas.com looks good. And it’s much more conducive to blogs than the old site was. So I’m going to be blogging more as the year goes along. I like the immediacy of blogs. And I certainly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read mine.
* So it looks like the Boston Red Sox are signing Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a six-year, $72 million deal. That’s more than either Jose Abreu (White Sox, $68 million) or Yasiel Puig (Dodgers, $42 million) got. Interesting. Castillo is 27.
* What’s the next big invention?
* I think it’s good to be a little naive. But there’s a fine line.
* Talking to a customer service representative is almost always a bad experience.
* I just watched a video on Facebook that showed the current state of Joyland. It was sad and I’m starting to get upset about a city the size of Wichita not having an amusement park. It’s time for us to do something about this.
* I loved dipped ice cream cones. A real weakness of mine. The thought of one pops into my head now and then and I’m powerless to keep from getting in my car and driving to the Dairy Queen on West Central. I’m going to resist that urge today, though.
* Thanks for reading, everyone. Have a safe, wonderful and hot weekend.