It’s an off-day, so it’s time for some more not-so-random thoughts, the first installment of 2013. I’ve had some things on my mind. Here are a few of them…

–On April 3, 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine pub­lished a 25-year look ahead to 2013. It’s quaint, and humorous in a way.

–If you missed this a few months ago, you’ll enjoy it: NFL Bad Lip Reading. If you can watch this without giggling like a schoolgirl, you’re a better man than I. An orange peanut for me?

–Anyone reading any good books lately?

–LIFE Magazine published this portrait of Appalachia in 1964, under the title, “Photos From a ‘Valley of Poverty’.”

Ten abandoned psych wards photographers love sneaking into.

–My latest musical obsession: Langhorne Slim. I can’t quit listening to this guy.

–Let’s bring this conversation back around to baseball:

–Some pretty juvenile humor here, but that’s right up my alley, I guess: Baseball Card Vandals.

–UNC-Asheville soccer players engaged in a real-life Angry Birds session. Good stuff.

Twenty embarrassingly bad book covers for classic novels.

–Game of Thrones gets the Seinfeld treatment.

–Speaking of Game of Thrones, anyone else watching? The current season has been fantastic thus far, and there are some definite fireworks to come later in the season. Book 3, on which this season is based, was my favorite of the GoT books, by far.

The seven most unintentionally creepy places on the internet.

–Here’s 17-year-old LL Cool J performing at a gym in Maine.

–I’ve seen it a hundred times, and I still can’t stop being amazed by this bicycle kick.

This is a fascinating piece about Tommy Lasorda’s son that’s worth a read. Our old friend Dusty Baker makes an appearance (and comes out looking pretty good).

–I saw “42” last weekend, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Actually, I allowed my kids to choose which movie we were going to watch. They chose “42” over “Iron Man 3.” I do a lot of things wrong, but I’m doing something right.

What Tottenham Hotspur means to me. Not exactly my story, but Tottenham are second only to the Cincinnati Reds in my life.

–The 100 greatest quotes from The Wire.

–An oldie but a goodie; I never tire of watching Cardinals fans cry.

–Okay, that’s all for today. Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss anything you’d like.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. Just finished “Damascus Countdown”. Third of a Joel Rosenberg. The books are torn right out of the pages of today’s headlines. Great read. You won’t want to put them down.

    If you aren’t a Christian, you probably won’t get anything out of them, however.

    The other 2 in the series are “Tehran Initiative” and “Twelth Imam”.

    Go to .

  2. Not So Random Thoughts! I’m just so glad it’s back.

  3. What about Angel Hernandez blowing another call?

    • What about Angel Hernandez blowing another call?

      Hard to believe that even after seeing on replay they still couldn’t get it right? umpiring has really gone downhill.

      • @RedForever: Yes… This is why I don’t want expanded use of replay. There are going to be times when it slows down and wasn’t needed because the call was right on the field and there are worse times when it slows down the game and the umpires STILL BLOW THE CALL! Sorry for the all-caps there but it just bugs me.

  4. Just before Opening Day I finished reading Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. Very, very good. If you’re into either World War II or evangelical theology you will like this book. If you’re into both (like me), then you will love it.

    Right now I’m reading December 1941 by Craig Shirley. Not too deep into it, but it is good so far.

  5. Wow, Chad, we are kindred spirits. You mentioned a bunch of my favorite things in this post: Asheville (where I used to live), three of my top five all time favorite tv shows (The Wire, Seinfeld, and GoT), and of course Cardinals fans crying.

  6. Great season of Game of Thrones. I was disappointed by the first episode, but by the 4th they were not only back on track, but it may yet turn out to be the best season yet. (Of course Storm of Swords has been the best book in the season too, which this and next season are based on.)

    One thought is that HBO has been able to make Joffrey more of a bad person (bad words come to mind but this is a family site) than the books. I didn’t think that was possible.

  7. The video bit of the SF Giants bench was priceless. That will have to win an ESPY. Ahhh, re-refried beans for dinner.

  8. Langhorne Slim has come a long way. My band played a show with him, oh, probably 6 or 7 years ago. He was a young solo acoustic guy back then. Must’ve been a nervous tick or something, but he would always tap his chest with a weak-ish affected cough during his between song banter. My friends and I still mimic it for fun. Point is, he was a colorful character guy with a fair amount of charisma even before he got a proper band together.

  9. The new Chile Y Limon Pringles are fantastic.

    I just switched from an iPhone to a Galaxy S3 and I couldn’t be happier.

    Marvel Unlimited is the greatest thing to ever happen to the iPad (‘Nuff said).

    I can’t wait to hear what chummy nickname George Grande has for Shin Soo Choo. Shinny? The Chooster?

  10. Book: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell.

  11. Got a chuckle out of the “Jocketty Gives Reds Passing Grade” article.
    “If you look at the injuries we’ve had and the schedules — the opponents we’ve played, plus playing 20 consecutive days, some tough road trips — I am happy,” Jocketty said.

    Well Mr. WJ, the fans in the stands and at home watching and listening, we are none too happy with this offense and this manager. WJ, if you are happy, then you are way too easy to please. I was expecting better from you than that. Put your size 7 elf foot up Baker’s a$$ now and get some fire and life out of these guys. We don’t need the first mate on the Titanic telling us “Remain calm, all is fine.” All the while Cap’n Baker is sailing straight for the big iceberg that is the NL Central. If you cannot beat the Cards and the Buccos, you don’t deserve the Central crown.

    • @Summer Breeze: If you think that the second most runs in the NL, the 5th best ERA in the NL, and a Pythag projections of 93 wins is reason for Jocketty to put his foot anywhere inappropriate, might I suggest you consider following a different sport.

      • @BenL:

        And they are scoring 2 runs or less in a game as much as the Astros do. How is that production from the #2 hole in the lineup doing for you?? If .500 baseball is acceptable to you, especially for a team with this much talent, maybe you should consider following something steeped in mediocrity. Lets hear your excuses. I can see them coming from this far off. Injuries, tough early schedule, etc., etc. They aren’t playing like a championship team, they don’t look like a championship team. Someone better put a boot in Dusty Baker’s rear end, and that is WJ’s job, and get this team playing up to their capabilities. Come the end of September, if the Reds finish out of the playoffs by a game or two, that’ll be hard to accept knowing how many early games they squandered away. Or didn’t make a move for a LF when they should have. Speaking of good books I suggest one for you, its called Baseball for Dummies.

  12. Just curious about the need to post the Life Magazine photo spread of the abject poverty being suffered by many who lived in the Appalachian coalfields in the early 1960’s. What are trying to convey?

    • @kywhi: Just thought it was interesting. Your question confuses me.

    • @kywhi: You realize that’s where Chad is from, right?

    • @kywhi: Historical photography has been a common thing in many of these threads… it’s not a commentary on anything, it’s an interest in photography and history. Nobody is being made fun of here. Also… it’s Chad’s blog, which he runs for free. He’ll post whatever he pleases.

  13. Good book: The Big Sky by A. B. Guthrie. I’d never read it before this winter, but it’s a classic western novel, and for good reason. If you like history and the outdoors, you’ve got to read it.

    The NFL lip reading video is roll-on-the-floor hilarious.

  14. Books: Recently read or currently reading

    — Jack Reacher series – Gone Tomorrow & 61 Hours
    — Ender’s Game
    — the Wonderful Wizard of Oz & The Marvelous Land of Oz w/ my elementary school age kid

    • @Greg Dafler: LOVE the Ender’s Game… after you should read Ender’s Shadow, it’s a take on the same thing from Bean’s perspective. Very good. And, I just found out they’ve made a movie of Ender’s Game. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan in general, but that whole series hits the spot.

      • @Matt WI: I’m going to have to look into Ender’s Shadow. There was an interview with the author at the end of the audiobook version of Ender’s Game, and he said he had to take element’s of both Game and Shadow to write the movie script.

  15. If anyone is interested in watching Cueto pitch for the Dragons. Its on right now:

    WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (Time Warner Basic Cable Channel 23 and Digital Channel 372).

  16. Chad I had no idea you were a Spurs fan, I am as well! I’ve followed them somewhat for a few years but really got into it this year, as far as actually making an effort to watch games. I have to say watching Spurs is getting close to beating out the Reds. At the minimum I’ve been a bit more interested in the end of the EPL over the beginning of the the baseball season. We need a top four finish, COYS!

  17. Good book(s): Guy Gavriel Kay. River of Stars / Under Heaven

  18. Chad, you have just become my favorite blogger. To dare is to do!! Now if only Spurs get a stroke of luck and make it in the top 4.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at


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