Friday, April 18, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

If you're a sports trivia fan and see the title, you're asking yourself what that is. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is held every November (Don't worry. There will be sports trivia entries in this post). The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I participated last year and achieved my word count and completion goals. There are two Camp NaNoWriMo months before the big one and they are in April and July. I'm participating in this month's writing challenge.

So far, this challenge is going like November's did. I fell behind early and am struggling to catch up. The word count is just short of 25,000. This is also the first project I started that has no title. I usually have the title before the writing begins. The story is a paranormal murder mystery, my first attempt with murder mysteries.

Sports Trivia

See? I told you there would be sports trivia. Let's catch up a little.

Congrats to the 2014 NBA Kings of the Cellar Champions, the 15-67 Milwaukee Bucks. They finished the season with a 1-9 record, losing three straight. The 1973 Philadelphia 76ers record of futility is safe for another year.

As a rule, I don't start the MLB Kings of the Cellar competition in baseball until May. However, assuming I can start and continue these posts, the 4-14 Arizona Diamondbacks would enjoy the beer in the cellar this week. After winning two in a row, the Diamondbacks lost six straight.

Today in 1914, the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Giants 9-6. The game went back and forth until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Brooklyn had a five run rally and went ahead to stay. John McGraw's Giants went to 0-3, tied for last place in the NL with the Boston Braves (Note: The 0-3 Braves went on to win the World Series that year). Wilbert Robinson's Dodger's went to 3-0. A couple of notable stats, LP Christy Mathewson went to 0-1 for the Giants and Casey Stengel batted 0-4 for the Dodgers.

Today in 1947, solo homeruns by Roy Cullenbine and Pat Mullin were all the Detroit Tigers needed to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0. WP Virgil Trucks struck out five and went to 1-0.

Today in 1972, RBI singles by Mickey Rivers and WP Nolan Ryan were all the California Angels needed to beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0. Ryan allowed only four hits, struck out 10, and went to 1-0.

Today in 1993, a five run first inning and a six run fourth inning weren't enough for the Atlanta Braves to hold off the San Francisco Giants. They were tied 11-11 and went to extra innings. At the bottom of the 11th inning, Matt Williams hit a solo homerun to win the game for the Giants.

If you want to see the box scores for these and other games, visit BaseballReference.com.

Other Stuff

So why the huge dropoff in blog entries? I've been writing and editing my e-books and have had less time to dedicate here. When I did a "Today in" entry, it took at least two hours to complete, as did some of the other type of trivia entries. Of course, there was a lot more detail than in today's entry. Does this mean it's time to close up shop here? The answer is a resounding no. There is some good trivia here and I still enjoy writing this blog.

If time allows, I'll start doing traditional entries again. However, in case this is how things are going to be, I tried something new in this post with the "Today in" entries. They didn't take nearly as long, which may do the trick. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Some NFL Series Trivia - Week 14

A few days after I posted my last entry, I realized that it was Week 13, not Week 14. I regret the error, which has now been corrected. Now let's get to the Week 14 series trivia.

Houston vs Jacksonville - In a battle for Kings of the Cellar, Houston leads the series 13-10 and is 5-1 against the Jaguars since 2011. Jacksonville leads the series at home 6-5 and is 4-2 since 2007. They first met and became divisional opponents in Houston's inaugural season in 2002. The Texans won that game 21-19. They never met in the postseason, but they have gone to overtime twice. The overtime series is tied 1-1. They last went to overtime in 2012, with Houston winning 43-37. The last time Houston shut out Jacksonville was 21-0 in 2004. The last time Jacksonville shut out Houston was 27-0 in 2003.

Oakland vs New York Jets - The Raiders lead the series 23-17-2, but the Jets are 4-2 against Oakland since 2003. New York leads the series at home 10-8-1, winning the last three home meetings. They first met in the AFL in 1960, when the Raiders beat the New York Titans 28-27. They met in the postseason four times, with the series tied 2-2. Their first postseason meeting was the 1968 AFL Championship, when the Jets won 27-23 and went on to win Super Bowl III. They played for the AFC Championship in 2002, when Oakland won 30-10 and went on to lose Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They went to overtime twice and the series is tied 1-1. They last went to overtime in 2008. The Raiders won 16-13. The last time the Jets shut out the Raiders was 38-0 in 2009. The last time the Raiders shut out the Jets was in 1985, when the Los Angeles Raiders won 31-0. Their last tie was 28-28 in 1966.

Indianapolis vs Cincinnati - The Colts lead the series 17-9 and are 7-1 against the Bengals since 1998. Cincinnati trails the series at home 3-8, but is 2-1 against Indianapolis since 1996. They first met in 1970 in their only postseason meeting. The Baltimore Colts won that game 17-0 on their way to winning Super Bowl V. This was also the only shutout in the series. They went to overtime once, with the Bengals winning that game 24-21.

Detroit vs Philadelphia - The Eagles lead the series 15-13-2 and is 6-1 against Detroit since 1995. Philadelphia trails the series at home 8-9, but is 4-1 at home since 1995. They first met in 1933, when the Portsmouth Spartans won 25-0. They met in the postseason once, in 1995. Philadelphia won that game 58-37. They went to overtime twice, with the Lions leading 1-0-1. The last time they went to overtime was in 2012, when Detroit won 26-23. The last time Philadelphia shut out Detroit was 12-0 in 1968. The last time Detroit shut out Philadelphia was 21-0 in 1940. Their last tie was 23-23 in 1984.

Kansas City vs Washington - The Chiefs lead the series 7-1, winning the last five meetings. Washington trails the series at home 1-3. Their only win came in 1983, when the Skins won 27-12. They first met in 1971, when Kansas City won 27-20. They never met in the postseason. They never went to overtime, nor are there any shutouts in the series.

Minnesota vs Baltimore - The series is tied 2-2, with Minnesota winning the last meeting in 2009. Baltimore leads the series at home 2-1, winning their last two. They first met in 1998, when the Vikings won 38-28. They never met in the postseason nor did they ever go to overtime. There are no shutouts in the series.

Miami vs Pittsburgh - The Steelers lead the series 13-11, winning the last five meetings. Pittsburgh also leads the series at home, 7-3, winning their last three games against the Dolphins. They first met in 1971, when Miami won 24-21. They met in the postseason three times, with Miami leading 2-1. That includes two AFC Championship games, which is tied 1-1. The winner of every postseason meeting went on to the Super Bowl. Miami won in 1972 and 1984, moving on to winning Super Bowl VII and losing Super Bowl XVIX. The 1972 meeting was a divisional playoff game. Pittsburgh won in 1979 and went on to win Super Bowl XIV. They went to overtime once, in 1994, when the Steelers won 16-13. The last time Pittsburgh shut out Miami was 3-0 in 2007. The last time Miami shut out Pittsburgh was 21-0 in 1998.

Cleveland vs New England - The Browns lead the series 13-9, but New England is 6-2 since 1995. The series is tied in New England at 5-5, with the Patriots winning the last four. They first met in 1971 when the Browns won 27-7. They met in the postseason once, in the 1994 season, when Cleveland won 20-13. They went to overtime once in 1977. The Patriots won that game 30-27. The last time Cleveland shut out New England was 20-0 in 1991. New England has never shut out Cleveland.

Buffalo vs Tampa Bay - The Buccaneers lead the series 6-3, but the series is tied 2-2 since 1991. Tampa Bay leads the series at home 6-2, winning their last two meetings. They first met in Tampa Bay's inaugural season in 1976, when Buffalo won 14-9. They never met in the postseason. They never went to overtime nor has either team shut out the other.

Atlanta vs Green Bay - The Packers lead the series 15-13, with the series tied 2-2 since 2005. Green Bay also leads the series at home 9-5, losing two of their last three meetings at Lambeau Field. They first met in 1966, when Green Bay spanked the Falcons 56-3. They met in the postseason three times and the Packers lead that series 2-1. They last met in the postseason in 2010, when Green Bay won 48-21 on their way to a Super Bowl XLV victory. They went to overtime twice, with the series tied at 1-1. The last time they went to overtime was in 2002, when the Packers won 37-34. The last time Atlanta shut out Green Bay was 20-0 in 1988. The last time Green Bay shut out Atlanta was 23-0 in 1967.

Tennessee vs Denver - The Titans lead the series 22-16-1, but Denver is 3-1 against Tennessee since 2004. However, Denver leads the series at home 10-7-1, with Denver winning their last four meetings. They first met in 1960, when the Houston Oilers won 45-25. They met in the postseason three times, with the Broncos leading the series 2-1. They last met in the postseason in 1992, when the Broncos beat the Houston Oilers 26-24. They never met in overtime nor has either team ever shut out the other.

New York Giants vs San Diego - The series is tied 5-5, but the Chargers won the last two meetings. The series is also tied 2-2 in San Diego, going 1-1 in their last two meetings there. They first met in 1971 when the Giants won 35-17. They never met in the postseason nor have they ever gone to overtime. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

St. Louis vs Arizona - The Rams lead the series 35-33-2, winners of their last three meetings. Arizona trails the series at home 15-16-2, but is 4-2 against the Rams at home since 2007. They first met in 1937, when the Chicago Cardinals beat the Cleveland Rams 6-0. Their only postseason meeting was in 1975, when the Los Angeles Rams beat the St. Louis Cardinals 35-23. They went to overtime three times, with Arizona leading 2-1. They last went to overtime in 2011, when Arizona won 19-13. The last time the Rams shut out the Cardinals was 21-0 in 1979. The last time the Cardinals shut out the Rams was 7-0 in 1942. Their last tie was 24-24 in 1953.

Seattle vs San Francisco - The Seahawks lead the series 15-14, winning the last two meetings. San Francisco leads the series at home 7-3, winning the last four meetings at Candlestick Park. They first met in Seattle's inaugural season in 1976, when the 49ers won 37-21. They never met in the postseason, but they did go to overtime once. San Francisco won that game in 2008, 33-30. The last time Seattle shut out San Francisco was 24-0 in 2007. San Francisco has never shut out Seattle.

Carolina vs New Orleans - The Panthers lead the series 19-17 and swept the series last year. Carolina also leads the series in New Orleans 10-8. but the Saints are 3-1 in the Superdome since 2009. They first met in Carolina's inaugural season of 1995, when the Panthers won 20-3. They never met in the postseason, but they went to overtime once. Carolina won that game in 2003, 23-20. The only shutout in the series was a 13-0 Panther victory in 1997.

Dallas vs Chicago - The Cowboys lead the series 13-10, but the Bears won the last two meetings. Chicago trails the series at home 5-6, but they are 2-1 at Soldier Field since 1996. They first met in Dallas' inaugural season in 1960, when Chicago won 17-7. They met in the postseason twice, with the Cowboys winning both games. The last time they met in the postseason was a Dallas win in 1991, 17-13. They never went to overtime. The only shutout in the series was a 44-0 blowout by the Bears over Dallas in 1985.

The 2-10 Houston Texans are this week's Kings of the Cellar. Honorable mention goes to the 3-9 Washington Redskins, losers of four straight.

Here are some historical scores for this week's matchups on December 5,

1954  Philadelphia 13 - Detroit 13
1965  Los Angeles Rams 27 - St. Louis Cardinals 3
1971  Philadelphia 23 - Detroit 20
1982  Cincinnati 20 - Baltimore Colts 17
1993  Arizona 38 - Los Angeles Rams 10
2004  New England 42 - Cleveland 15
2004  Carolina 32 - New Orleans 21
2010  St. Louis 19 - Arizona 6

Have a great day!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Some NFL Series Trivia - Week 13

Although it's Week 13, this is the first series trivia entry of the 2013 season. Let's get started.

Jacksonville vs Cleveland - The Jaguars lead the series 9-5, but Cleveland is 5-3 against Jacksonville since 2001. However, the Jags lead the series in the Dawg Pound 5-2. Jacksonville dominated the beginning of this series, going 6-0 the first three seasons they played each other. They first met in 1995. Jacksonville won 23-15. They last met in 2011, with Cleveland winning 14-10. They never met in the postseason nor have they gone to overtime. The only shutout in the series was a 48-0 pasting by the Jaguars over the Browns in 2000.

Chicago vs Minnesota - The Vikings lead the series 53-50-2, but the Bears are 7-2 against Minnesota since 2009. The Vikings also lead the series at home, 32-21 and are 8-3 at home against the Bears since 2002. They first met in 1961, when Chicago won 37-13. They went to overtime four times. THe Bears trail the series 1-3, but won the last overtime game in 2009, 36-30. They met once in the postseason. The Bears won that game, 35-18. The last time Chicago shut out Minnesota was 23-0 in 1986. The last time Minnesota shut out Chicago was 17-0 in 1974. Their last tie was 10-10 in 1967.

Arizona vs Philadelphia -  In a battle of former NFC East opponents, the Cardinals lead the series 57-54-5 and are 4-1 against the Eagles, winning three straight since 2009. However, Philadelphia leads the series at home 28-27-3, going 3-2 against Arizona since 2000. They first met in 1935, when the Chicago Cardinals beat the Eagles 12-3. They first played in Philadelphia in 1937, which ended in a 6-6 tie. They went to overtime three times and have a 1-1-1 record. They last met in overtime in 1998, with Arizona winning 20-17. They met in the postseason three times, all of them deciding the NFL or NFC Championship. The Cardinals lead the postseason series 2-1 and were NFL Champions in 1947, defeating the Eagles 28-21. Arizona won the NFC Championship in 2008 and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. The last time the Eagles shut out the Cardinals, Philadelphia shut out the St, Louis Cardinals 38-0 in 1981. The only time the Cardinals shut out the Eagles, the Chicago Cardinals shut out Philadelphia 13-0 in 1936. Their last tie was 10-10 in 1986.

New England vs Houston - The Patriots lead the series 4-1, only losing to the Texans in 2010. The series is tied 1-1 in Houston. They first met in 2003, which was their only overtime game. New England won that game 23-20. They met in the postseason once, which was a 41-28 Patriot victory last year. There are no shutouts in the series.

Tennessee vs Indianapolis - The Colts lead the series 24-14 and are 9-2 against the Titans, winning the last four games. Indianapolis also leads the series at home 14-7 and are 9-1 against Tennessee since 2002. They first met in 1970, when the Baltimore Colts defeated the Houston Oilers 24-20.  They went to overtime twice and have a 1-1 record. Indy won the last OT in 2012, 19-13. They met in the postseason once, in the 1999 season when Tennessee defeated Indianapolis 19-16, on their way to becoming Super Bowl XXXIV Champions. The only shutout in the series was a 23-0 Colts victory in 2008.

Tampa Bay vs Carolina - The Panthers lead the series 15-11, but the Bucs are 4-3 against Carolina since 2010. Carolina also leads the series at home, 7-6, but that series is tied 4-4 since 2005. They first met in 1995, when Tampa Bay won 20-13. They never met in the postseason, but they did go to overtime twice and have a 1-1 record. The last time they went to overtime was in 2012, when the Buccaneers won 27-21. The only shutout in the series was a 24-0 win by Tampa Bay in 1996.

Miami vs New York Jets - New York leads the series 49-45-1, but the series is tied 3-3 since 2010. The Jets also lead the series at home 27-20, going 4-1 since 2008. They first met in 1966, when the Jets beat the Dolphins 19-14. They met in the postseason once, in the 1982 AFC Championship game. Miami won 23-0 and went on to lose Super Bowl XVII to the Washington Redskins. This was also the last time Miami shut out the Jets. They went to overtime six times. New York owns the overtime series 5-0-1. They last went to overtime in 2012, when the Jets won 23-20. The last time the Jets shut out the Dolphins, was 24-0 in 2001. Their only tie was 28-28 in 1981.

Atlanta vs Buffalo - The Falcons lead the series 6-4, winning the last three. However, Buffalo leads the series at home 3-2, but they're 1-2 against Atlanta in Rich Stadium since 1992. They first met in 1973, when the Bills won 17-6. They never met in the postseason nor have they gone to overtime. The only shutout in the series was in 1977, when the Bills won 3-0.

St. Louis vs San Francisco - The 49ers lead the series 63-62-3, but trail the Rams 8-2-1 since 2008. The series is tied 32-32-1 in San Francisco, but the 49ers are 8-2-1 at home since 2002. They first met in 1950, when the Los Angeles Rams won 35-14. They met once in the postseason, when the 49ers won 30-3. They went to overtime three times. St. Louis leads that series 2-1. They last went to overtime in 2012, when the Rams won 16-13. The last time the 49ers shut out the Rams was 26-0 in 2011. The Rams have never shut out the 49ers.

Denver vs Kansas City - The Chiefs lead the series 56-51, but the Broncos are 9-4 since 2007, winning the last three. Kansas City also leads the series at home 36-17, but Denver is 4-2 in Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. They first met in 1960, when the Dallas Texans beat the Broncos, 17-14. They met in the postseason once, in 1997, when Denver won 14-10, and went on to win Super Bowl XXXII over the Green Bay Packers. They went to overtime five times, with the Broncos leading the series 4-1. They last went to overtime in 2006. Denver won 9-6. The last time Denver shut out Kansas City was 21-0 in 1984. The last time Kansas City shut out Denver was 16-0 in 1970.

Cincinnati vs San Diego - The Chargers lead the series 19-13, but Cincinnati won the last two meetings. San Diego also leads the series at home 10-6 and are 5-2 against the Bengals there since 1992. They first met in 1968, when the Chargers won 29-13. They met in the postseason once, in the 1981 AFC Championship game. The Bengals won 27-7 and went on to lose to San Francisco in Super Bowl XVI. They never went to overtime. The only shutout in the series was a 31-0 Bengals win in 1971.

New York Giants vs Washington - The Giants lead the series 93-65-4, but Washington is 3-1 in the last four meetings. However, Washington trails the series at home, 37-42-2, but they won the last home meetings. They first met in 1932, when the then Boston Braves beat the Giants 14-6. They met in the postseason twice and have a 1-1 record. Their last posteason game was in 1986, when the Giants won 17-0, on their way to beating the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. They went to overtime four times, with the Redskins leading the series 2-1-1. They last went to overtime in 2003, when New York won, 24-21. The last time the Giants shut out the Redskins was 36-0 in 2005. The last time the Redskins shut out the Giants 27-0 in 1979. In a trivia twist, their only other postseason meeting, a divisional playoff game in 1943, was also a shutout, this time, with Washington winning 28-0.

New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks - The series is tied 6-6, but Seattle is 4-2 against the Saints since 2000. The Seahawks lead the series at home 4-3 and are 3-1 since 2000. They first met in 1976, when the Saints won 56-27. They never went to overtime, but they did meet in the postseason once, in 2011, when Seattle ran all over New Orleans and won 41-36. There are no shutouts in the series.

The 2-9 Houston Texans are this week's Kings of the Cellar and the 5-6-1 Green Bay Packers are the Honorable Mention until Aaron Rodgers returns.

On a different subject, I completed my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge with a day to spare. The first draft of my second novel, Second Chance, is complete. My next goal is to finish the final draft of my novella, Rickshaw, New Mexico, and publish it before Christmas.


Here are some historical scores for this week's games played December 1,

1963   Minnesota 17 - Chicago 17
1963   Los Angeles Rams 21 - San Francisco 17
1968   New York Jets 35 - Miami 17
1994   Minnesota 33 - Chicago 27 OT
1996   Tampa Bay 24 - Carolina 0
1996   Baltimore 31 - Pittsburgh 17


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What's Been Going On Lately?

It's been a few months since my last entry. I apologize to those of you who enjoyed my posts. It's not that I lost interest in writing a blog. The task of writing editing my ebooks has been taking more of my time.

Since my last entry, I released my ebook novelette, The Hunted. The link takes you to the Amazon page. If you have a NOOK, it's The Hunted. Right now, I'm working on a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project, titled Second Chance.

So will there be more entries? Probably. When I start again, there may be some changes so the entries won't interfere with my other writing, but am not sure what they'll be.

Thanks for reading these posts over the years and I hope more will be coming soon. Just for the fun of it, here are a few historical NFL scores.

On this day, November 20,

1955  Cleveland 41 - Pittsburgh 14
1960  Pittsburgh 14 - Cleveland 10
1964  Boston Patriots 12 - Denver 7
1977  Detroit 16 - Tampa Bay 7
1977  New Orleans 21 - Atlanta 20
1988  Cleveland 27 - Pittsburgh 7

The Jacksonville Jaguars would be this week's Kings of the Cellar, with the NFC East getting the honorable mention over an underachieving Atlanta Falcons team. In that group of scores, the game of the day would have been the 1977 Saints/Falcons game. Atlanta led 20-7 at halftime and Archie Manning brought the Saints back by throwing two touchdown passes to Henry Childs to win the game.

Have a great day!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Last Place Update - August 5

Welcome to this week's Last Place Update. This has been a week of streaks, so let's have some fun.

   The defending champion Kings of the Cellar 36-74 Houston Astros staved off a ferocious 0-10 collapse by the 40-69 Chicago White Sox to keep a 4.5 game lead on their quest for a repeat. The 43-67 Miami Marlins are inching their way off the radar, but not enough to shake the third place spot. Houston is 2-8 in their last ten games, losers of their last four. They are 6-25 since June 28 and the Astros still haven't won two games in a row since June 15-16. In their ten game losing streak, the White Sox are 1-13 since July 22. The former leader this season, the 43-67 Miami Marlins, are 5-5 in their last ten games, but lost their last two. Miami is 8-6 since July 22.

   This week's honorable mention goes to the 50-61 Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are 1-9 in their last ten games, losing five straight. Philly is 1-13 since July 20. This week, they start the week hosting the Chicago Cubs and end the week at Washington, playing the Nationals. Will they start to win like last week's honorable mention, the Texas Rangers, did? Or will they rival the Chicago White Sox and continue their losing ways?

   We have a different honorable mention this week. Unlike the White Sox, the 67-45 Atlanta Braves have won ten games in a row. Atlanta is also 12-2 since July 22. This week, the Braves go to Washington to play the Nationals and then host the Miami Marlins. Washington will probably break the streak and with Miami's improving play, they could also get a win from the Braves.

  And then there was one. The only remaining team with fewer wins than the 1962 New York Mets and 2003 Detroit Tigers is Houston. The White Sox have the same number of wins as the '62 Mets. After 110 games, the '62 Mets and '03 Tigers were 29-81. The Astros and White Sox should make those records safe for another year in the next week or two.

Other Stuff...

Congrats to the 2013 NFL Hall of Fame inductees, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Curley Culp, Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, Warren Sapp, and Cris Carter. All good choices here.

On a sad note, Hall of Famer Art Donovan died today at the age of 88. He was a DT for the Baltimore Colts and played from 1950-61. He played in "The Greatest Game Ever Played" which was the 1958 NFL Championship, when the Colts defeated the New York Giants in overtime 23-17. Donovan was in the Hall of Fame Class of 1968. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Donovan family.

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, who should be in the Class of 2014? There are lots of good candidates, especially wide receivers. There are a few names that come to mind, such as Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. However, there are some other names that come to mind: Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers, Sam Mills of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, Tim Brown of the Oakland Raiders, and Sterling Sharpe of the Green Bay Packers. Unlike many of the pundits, I believe special teamers belong in the Hall, too. The first one who should go is Ray Guy of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

What about head coaches? The next two who should be inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame are Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tony Dungy of the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Drum Corps International World Championship is this week. At this point, it's a dogfight between the defending champion Blue Devils and Carolina Crown. If Carolina Crown pulls off the upset, they will be the first World Class corps from the South to win the DCI Championship and the first southern corps since 1981 to win a DCI championship on any level. In 1981, the Louisiana Southernaires won the DCI Class A Championship. Class A is now Open Class and Open Class from 1981 is now World Class.

I created an Facebook author page, Jon de Silva Author Page. If you enjoy these entries, please visit my page and give it a like. There are links to both of my ebooks. I also messed around and had an Amazon Cover Creator idea for my upcoming e-novelette, The Hunted.  There are also links to interesting articles, such as explaining phases of the moon using Oreo cookies, among others.


Have a great day!!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Last Place Update - July 29

Welcome to this week's Last Place Update and congrats to the American League All-Stars for their shutout victory over the National League All-Stars. Now let's get started.

   The 35-69 Houston Astros are dominating the competition in their quest to repeat as Kings of the Cellar. They lead the early season leader, the 40-63 Miami Marlins by 5.5 games and they are a full six games ahead of the third place 40-62 Chicago White Sox. The Astros are 5-20 since June 28 and haven't won two games in a row since June 15-16. The Marlins continue to improve, going 5-5 in their last ten games and 5-2 since July 22. Miami is 8-6 since July 10. The White Sox are 3-7 in their last ten games and 1-6 since July 22.

   This week's honorable mention goes to the 56-49 Texas Rangers. The Rangers are 2-8 in their last ten games, losers of their last four. Texas is also 3-12 since July 10. They begin the week at home with a three game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Then they host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday and finish the week on the road to take on the Oakland A's. Unless their play improves, expect more of the same this week.

  So how are the Astros doing against the 1962 Mets and 2003 Tigers? The '62 Mets were 26-78 after 104 games. The '03 Tigers were 28-76 after the same number of games, so it appears the Astros are no threat to either of these records at this time, unless they have an epic collapse.

Other Stuff...

   The Cursed Days of Summer free download promotion for my ebook, The Curse, was a great success. It almost doubled the downloads from when The Acts of 1 was on a free promotion. Both titles are links to their respective Amazon pages.

   As the drum and bugle corps season winds down, it is a dogfight between the Blue Devils, Carolina Crown, and The Cadets. My former corps, the Phantom Regiment is in a fight for fourth place with the Santa Clara Vanguard.


Have a great day!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Last Place Update - July 15

Welcome to this week's Last Place Update on this All-Star week. Let's get started.

   The defending champion 33-61 Houston Astros have taken all the beer and are this week's Kings of Cellar. They lead the 35-58 Miami Marlins by 2.5 games. The 37-55 Chicago White Sox bring up the rear and are five games behind the Astros. Since the last update, Houston is 1-4, Miami is 3-3, and Chicago is 3-4.

   This week's honorable mention goes once again to the 42-54 San Diego Padres. They are 2-10 in their last ten games and 2-5 since the last update. They are also 4-18 since June 24. After the All-Star break, the Padres will visit the St. Louis Cardinals for a three game series.

   So how are the defending Kings of the Cellar champions doing against the 1962 Mets and 2003 Tigers? The '62 Mets were 24-70 after 94 games and the '03 Tigers were 26-68 after the same number of games. At this pace, both records will soon be safe for another year.

Other Stuff...

   On the drum and bugle corps front, Carolina Crown is on pace to be the first corps from the South to win the Drum Corps International World Championship. They have a great show, though the vocals take away from what the horns are doing at times.

   On their way home from Hormel, NY, one of the buses AtlantaCV rode had a breakdown, temporarily stranding members in Virginia. I feel their pain. In 1981, the Louisiana Southernaires were on our way home from DCI Finals in Montreal to New Orleans. My bus broke down in Effingham, IL, stranding us there for three days. At least CV's Bus 3 makes it home today, fresh from a good 2nd place showing in New York.

   I'm currently working on later drafts of a novella and novelette. The novelette already has a cover, thanks to Amazon's Cover Creator. The novella cover is more of a challenge. More details on both ebooks to come.


Will Houston continue their losing ways and repeat as Kings of the Cellar Champions? Will Miami have an epic collapse and replace the Astros? Or will some other team come out of nowhere and surprise everybody?

Stay tuned. Have a great day!!!