Sunday, April 5, 2015

Some Cardinals-Cubs Series History

Happy Easter and it's Opening Day in Major League Baseball. It's a beautiful day in New Orleans right now. Let's have some fun.

Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Chicago Cubs to kick off the 2015 MLB season. Chicago leads the series 1,190-1,116-19. In this decade however, the Cardinals lead the series 48-37 and they led the series last season 10-9. Yes, there were the St. Louis Brown Stockings. However, they folded after the 1875 season due to a game fixing scandal and the 1876-81 teams are not considered to be part of this St. Louis franchise.

Also, according to Wikipedia, there were 19 ties in the series, but those games aren't listed on (Cubs v Cards series). The ties are listed as losses for both teams, so I subtracted 19 losses from their records. The Baseball Reference head to head page isn't any better. The tie games aren't even counted in the head to head series. At least they're counted with overall records.

The series began in 1892, when the St. Louis Browns fell to the Chicago Colts 14-10. They went to extra innings 106 times. St. Louis leads the series in extra innings wins 58-48. In 1930, the Cubs and Cards went 20 innings before St. Louis won 8-7.

Believe it or not, in the 123 years of this rivalry, they never met in the playoffs. Prior to 1903, postseason games were considered exhibition games. With that said, before the series as we know it began, the St. Louis Browns did play the Chicago White Stockings (later the Cubs) in two "World Series." In 1885, they tied 3-3-1 and in 1886, the Browns won the series 4-2.

The most runs St. Louis ever scored against Chicago was a 21-3 win in 1977. There were also a couple of 20-5 victories in 1904 and 1925. The most runs Chicago ever scored against St. Louis was a 26-8 spanking in 1894.

Unlike football, shutouts are fairly common in baseball, so they won't be listed. Each team shut out the other at least once last season.

Here are a few other tidbits:

In 1898, the Chicago Colts changed their name to the Orphans. The name lasted until 1904, when they became the Cubs.

In 1899, the St. Louis Browns changed their name to the Perfectos. That only lasted one season. In 1900, they became the St. Louis Cardinals. The Perfectos went 84-67-4 that season.

On May 15, 1960, in the second game of a double-header, Don Cardwell of the Cubs threw the only no-hitter in the series against the Cardinals. Cardwell pitched a complete games and struck out 7 batters, including Hall of Famer Stan Musial. Chicago won the game 4-0. Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks went 1-4. His only hit was a two run homerun.

In 1910 King Cole also threw a no-hitter against the Cardinals. However, the game isn't counted, because it ended after 7 innings.

And the series is renewed tonight. Good luck to both teams.

Until next time...

Have a great day!!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MLB All-Time Records, et al

With Opening Day coming this weekend, baseball returns to the national spotlight. Hopefully my Atlanta Braves will fare better this season than last. Also, thank you Readers, for checking out my past Today In posts.

I'm on MLB page and am having a little fun here. My Braves come into the 2015 season at with an all-time record of 10,382-10482. There are only 7 teams with a win total greater than 10,000: Chicago Cubs (10,503-10,277), Cincinnati Reds (10,307-10,109), Los Angeles Dodgers (10,156-9,368), New York Yankees (10,255-7,895), San Francisco Giants (10,876-9,514), St. Louis Cardinals (10,597-9,969), and the Braves. The Yankees have the MLB best winning percentage (56.5) and the the Giants have the NL's best percentage (53.3).

There are only two teams with more than 100 playoff game (including World Series) wins. The obvious and correct first guess is the New York Yankees. They have the most wins and a playoff record of 224-154. The other team is the St. Louis Cardinals, with a playoff record of 129-114. Now the Los Angeles Dodgers broke 100 in a different way. Their playoff record is 82-105 and 37 of those losses came at the hands of the Yankees.

The 14-61 New York Knicks are still Kings of the Cellar. They are 2-10 since my last post and are sporting an 8 game losing streak. The 16-59 Minnesota Timberwolves are nipping at their heels. Today's honorable mention goes to the 37-38 Milwaukee Bucks. They're 3-7 in their last ten games, but at least they're 3-2 since March 24.

I'm waiting on one more set of edit notes before putting the final touches on The Curse. Once I get them, the process should be quick. I also finished the first edit of Justice and will start the draft my inner circle will see. So far, the final checks of Second Chance look good. Someone is designing a cover, but until it's ready, I'll use a more generic cover.

Camp NaNoWriMo has started. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is in November. The Camp NaNoWriMo months occur in April and July. Although I participated in all three last year, I will not be participating in the camps this year. There's a ton of editing to be done from last year's camps, not including other works that need editing. However, this is subject to change.

Until next time...

Have a great day!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Rickshaw 2 Day Promo and Historic NBA Games On This Day

Not much going on about my ebooks since Wednesday, except that today and tomorrow, my ebook Rickshaw, New Mexico is free for the Kindle. So let's have some fun.

Today in 2005, at the end of the 3rd quarter, the 38-23 Detroit Pistons led the 20-42 Utah Jazz 58-50. Then the bottom fell out for both teams. Utah and Detroit went on a quarter long scoring drought. In fact, for the fist 5:49, no one scored at all, missing a combined total of 17 shots. Utah scored 12 points, but it wasn't enough to beat the Pistons, who scored only 6 points the entire quarter. Andrei Kirilenko led all scorers with 27 points. Rip Hamilton led the Pistons with 15.

Today in 1995, the 39-23 Charlotte Hornets took an 87-72 lead over the 17-44 Washington Bullets (now Wizards) into the 4th quarter and...collapsed. Washington scored 34 in the 4th and beat the Hornets 106-103. Alonzo Mourning led all scorers with 32. Juwan Howard led the Bullets in scoring with 18 points.

Today in 1955, after trailing the 43-29 Syracuse Nationals 60-56 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Milwaukee Hawks went on to edge the Nationals 77-76. Bob Petit led all scorers with 17. Paul Seymour and Dolph Schayes led Syracuse with 15. The Nationals went on to win the NBA Championship.

So who were the Syracuse Nationals? They started in the 1949-50 season and in the fall of 1963, they moved and became the team known today as the Philadelphia 76ers.

Again, my ebook Rickshaw, New Mexico is free for the and tomorrow.

George Foster, a down and out Las Vegas private investigator in 2011, took a routine late night stakeout assignment that changed his life forever. Things went terribly wrong when an affair turned into a double murder, with George as the number one suspect. 
Once at home, George got drunk, passed out, and woke up in a jail cell... 1886. 
Somehow, George went from present day Las Vegas, Nevada to a one-street town named Rickshaw in the New Mexico Territory, a place with problems of its own. With no idea how he got there, George must adapt, survive, and find his way home.

Download your copy and tell a friend.

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Updates and Some Old NBA Trivia

Happy Hump Day! It's foggy and rainy in  the Crescent City, and I hope your day is a good one.

Yes, we're still working on The Curse. Now that the big issues have been resolved, we're focusing on the smaller ones. The story flows so much better now.

I started to work on the second draft of Justice. This will be the first volume of a series. One of the disadvantages of being a pantser and doing Camp NaNoWriMo is remembering what you wrote before. Early in the draft, I did a quick bio of a character and did it again near the end of the book. The easy thing to do would have been to take it out. Instead, I kept it in and had the main character act like a jerk. I may tweak the scene in the next edit. There was a lot of adding in, because of what I inadvertently omitted in the first draft. That and I messed up the timeline by a day, but that's been fixed. It's shaping up to be a good story.

Also, Rickshaw, New Mexico will be free for the Kindle this Friday and Saturday. I'll post the announcements on my Twitter and Google+ pages (feel free to click the links and follow), since Facebook changed the way posts are seen. That's another rant for another day. Now for some sports trivia!

The 12-51 New York Knicks are today's Kings of the Cellar. They're losers of 5 straight games and 2-13 since February 3. The 14-49 Philadelphia 76ers are two games back, with January's Kings of the Cellar, the 14-48 Minnesota Timberwolves a half game behind Philly.

Today's honorable mention goes to the 23-40 Detroit Pistons. They're losers of their last seven and 2-8 in their last ten games. A special honorable mention goes to my New Orleans Pelicans, not because of poor play, but because they're 36-29 and last in the Southwest Division. Makes me wish they were back in the Eastern Conference. They would have been currently 6th in the rankings. They're 9th and battling the 36-28 Oklahoma City Thunder for the 8th spot now.

Today in 1998, the 42-20 San Antonio Spurs edged the 33-30 New Jersey Nets 79-78. The Spurs' David Robinson and the Nets' Kendall Gill led all scorers with 19 points.

Today in 1988, the 38-21 Portland Trailblazers defeated the 35-24 Houston Rockets 112-109. Portland's Clyde "The Glide" Drexler led all scorers with 33 points. Hakeem Alajuwon led Houston with 28.

Today in 1978, the 23-41 Buffalo Braves, while trailing 89-81 in the 4th quarter,  mounted a furious comeback, scoring 36 points, but it was not enough. The Braves lost the the 31-35 Cleveland Cavaliers 118-117. Buffalo's Swen Nater led all scorers with 30. The next season, Buffalo moved its franchise to the West Coast and became the San Diego Clippers and then the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here's one for the Knicks. Today in 1948, the 25-20 New York Knicks lost to the 27-16 St. Louis Bombers 82-73. New York's Bud Palmer led all scorers with 25 points.

So who were the St. Louis Bombers? They were a BAA and NBA team who played from 1946-50, with a collective record of 122-115. They were actually a good team in the BAA, making the playoffs all three years. In the NBA, their final year (1949-50 season), the Bombers went 26-42, their only losing season, and folded.

Here in the Who Dat Nation, there's an uproar over the Jimmy Graham trade. Half the fans love it and half the fans hate it. I'm okay with the trade. Since he got shut down by Aqib Talib and twice by his new team, the Seattle Seahawks, along with his injuries, Graham hasn't been the same player. Last season, he dropped key passes, alligator-armed others, and there was that fumble against Atlanta that was really a touchdown. Sorry, the ball did cross the plane. He did not earn that huge contract he signed before the season started. With that said, the Seahawks are getting a great receiver, as long as Graham can stay healthy. He will be missed here.

Speaking of remaining healthy, Max Unger can stabilize a porous offensive line that made Drew Brees learn what Archie Manning felt like when he played for the black & gold. Unger can also help open holes for Ingram and company, and help give Brees more time in the pocket.

Until next time...

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Gate Fatigue

Happy Saturday!! Life's been busy and it's nice to have a day off. Hope yours is even better.

So far, my beta readers' response to the latest edit of The Curse is positive. The first third is in much better shape, making it an even better read. Of course, they found a few issues, including different looking quotation marks. One set is straight and the other is curled. That's what happens when you edit in Open Office and finish up in Microsoft Word, because both programs are on different machines. At least everything they're flagging is minor.

Now let's get to what the title means. Must every scandal under the sun end with "Gate"? We have Deflate-Gate, Bounty-Gate, Spy-Gate, This-Gate, That-Gate...ENOUGH ALREADY!!! It's not just sports either. Can we come up with something else? The Watergate scandal happened in 1972. That was 43 years ago. Enough of the "Gates"! It's past time to let it go. At least on the Mike & Mike Show, their hashtag is #shrinkage. It may be sophomoric, but it's more entertaining the Deflate-Gate.

Time to get off my soapbox. The 8-38 Minnesota Timberwolves are the NBA Kings of the Cellar right now. They're 3-7 in their last ten games and 3-22 since December 12. The 9-38 New York Knicks are a half game back. They're 4-6 in their last ten games, but they're 4-2 in their last six. Both teams would have to lose all of their remaining games to tie or break the 1973 Philadelphia 76ers' 9-73 record, so it's safe for another year. An honorable mention goes to the 16-29 Sacramento Kings. They're 1-9 in their last ten games, with an 8 game losing streak.

The 0-18 Central Arkansas Bears and the 0-20 FAMU Rattlers are the NCAA Divison 1 Kings of the Cellar. The 0-19 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Illinois State Redbirds are the Queens of the Cellar. Who will remain winless?

I've been searching for a website to find historical scores the way the old football scores are listed. For basketball, the search parameters on the website I use aren't the same. I can get historical scores for one year and that's it. For example, today in 1955, the Milwaukee Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 88-79. No player stats are listed, but that's alright.

In my research, what I thought was interesting, was for that game, the Celtics had a player named Skippy Whitaker. There aren't too many people named Skippy anymore. The University of Kentucky alum only played one season in the NBA, in a grand total of 3 games. For his brief career, he was 1-6 for 2 points and no free throw attempts. He played only 15 minutes of game time.

This Super Bowl is much harder to pick than last year. I picked Denver (oops) because of their offense. If I had to pick now, it would be New England, but not for the same reason I picked Denver. The Legion of Boom is not to be taken lightly, but the Patriots have a better defense than Denver did.Can Brady, Blount, and Gronk handle Seattle's defensive speed? That's why they play the game.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Belated Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, it's been a while since my last post, but life's been busy. I miss doing the sports trivia every day. The editing process takes too much time to write "Today In" posts and that time is needed to edit my upcoming books. It's also becoming apparent that I may have to start a second blog just to talk about the writing process and my books. Still working on that.

The split free promotions of Rickshaw, New Mexico were a success. Chances are, I may do that again, but have the promos at least a month apart. Also, I started to put in the edits to The Curse. Well, in some of the early chapters, I took a machete to them. In the later chapters, I added some things in and took others out. Hopefully the process will be done soon.

Now for some sports trivia...

Congrats to the Ohio State Buckeyes for winning the 2014 NCAA national championship. It's their first national championship since 2002 and their third with a year ending in the number 4.

The 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the 2014 NFL Kings of the Cellar. Congrats Buc Nation. The beer in the cellar is yours. The Honorable Mention is also in the NFC South, going to the New Orleans Saints, who had the best offense in the NFL and couldn't make the playoffs. Their less than stellar defense couldn't get off the field on third down nor could they stop the run.

Right now, the 5-35 New York Knicks are the NBA Kings of the Cellar, though the 5-31 Minnesota Timberwolves are nipping at their heels. Both teams are past the halfway point to the total number of wins the 1973 Philadelphia 76ers had.

Today in 2005, the Dallas Mavericks scored 114 points on the visiting Houston Rockets...and lost 124-114. Houston's Tracy McGrady led all scorers with 30.

Today in 1995, the visiting Miami Heat put up 108 points on the San Antonio Spurs...and lost 113-108. The Spurs' Sean Elliott led all scorers with 32.

In 1975, the Seattle SuperSonics hosted the Chicago Bulls in a game that went to double overtime. The Bulls came out on top 127-123. Chicago's Norm Van Lier led all scorers with 42.

Thanks for reading and...

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NaNoWriMo, Free Promo, and Trivia

Another NaNoWriMo has come and gone. I broke the 50,000 word mark with Return to Origin, but didn't finish. Sadly, it's not on pace to be finished anytime soon. The overhaul of The Curse is going along. There's still a lot of work to do on that book. Needless to say, 2015 will be busy. The first two goals is to finish the overhaul and publish Second Chance.

Today and tomorrow, my ebook Rickshaw, New Mexico is free for the Kindle. Click the link in the previous sentence and download your copy now. Hope you enjoy the story.

Now for some trivia!

Army and Navy are playing for the 115th time. Navy leads the series 58-49-7 and has a 12 game winning streak against the Black Knights. Army last beat the Midshipmen in 2001, 26-17. They first met in 1890 when Navy blanked Army 24-0. Their last tie was 3-3 in 1981. The last time Navy shut out Army was 34-0 in 2008. The last time Army shut out Navy was 27-0 in 1969. They never met in a bowl game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers lead the series 12-2-1, and is 1-1-1 against Atlanta since 2002. Their last three meetings were also their only overtime games. Their lone tie game was 34-34 in 2002. They first met in 1966, when Pittsburgh spanked the Falcons 57-33. Both of Atlanta's wins came at home and their last home win against the Steelers was 41-38 in 2006. They never met in the postseason. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

The Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow night. The Cowboys lead the series 62-49 and enjoy a two game winning streak. They first met in 1960, when the Eagles won 27-25. Dallas also leads the postseason series 3-1. They last met in the playoffs in the 2009 season, when the Cowboys won 34-14. Philadelphia won their lone NFC Championship game 20-7 and went on to lose Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders 27-10. The last time Dallas shut out Philadelphia was 24-0 in 2009 (2008 season). The last time Philadelphia shut out Dallas was 24-0 in 1991.

The New Orleans Saints go to the Windy City on Monday night to face the Chicago Bears. Chicago leads the series 15-13, but the Saints won the last two games. They first met in 1968 when the Bears won 23-17.  Chicago won both of their playoff meetings, the last one in the 2006 NFC Championship game. They are 1-1 in overtime, the last one a 27-24 Bears victory. The only shutout in the series was a 10-0 New Orleans win in 1982. Here's another nugget of trivia. Saints head coach Sean Payton played for the Bears in the 1987 strike shortened season. The Saints played Payton's Bears in Chicago and Payton went 3-11 for 28 yards and an interception. He is definitely a better coach than he was as a player.

Here are some historical scores for teams playing each other today, December 13,

1969  Oakland 10 - Kansas City 6
1970  Atlanta 27 - Pittsburgh 16
1970  Denver 17 - San Diego 17
1980  Washington 16 - New York Giants 13
1981  Dallas 21 - Philadelphia 10
1987  Kansas City 16 - Los Angeles Raiders 10
1987  Cleveland 38 - Cincinnati 24
1997  New York Giants 30 - Washington 10

And in college,

1930 - Army 6 - Navy 0

Finally, congrats to all those who are NaNoWriMo winners!

Have a great weekend!!!