I witnessed the slow death of Toys R Us first hand yesterday, and nearly took an image of the barren shelves and sections roped off with what looked like Crime Scene tape (but glad I didn’t). 

Hopefully in 4-5 years someone will buy the name and bring it back on a smaller scale.  I saw a father holding a baby and it was sad that the baby would never likely get to experience the store. Trips to Winston-Salem or Charlotte used to be special just to visit it at around age 10.

RIP old friend

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Rusty Staub died this morning. Staub was one of those underrated players that always seemed to slap a run scoring hit into the outfield when your team needed an out. Colorful and funny as a broadcaster, and quite the humanitarian. 

If there is a silver lining (there isn’t) to his death, it is that it occurred on Opening Day, so his memory will grace many more as each stadium likely has a moment of silence, each broadcast (with more viewers) will mention his passing.

A couple of fun facts, I just read:

  • He is the only player in major league history to have collected 500+ hits with four different teams. 2,716 total
  • Staub, Ty Cobb, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield are the only four players in history to hit a Major League Home Run before turning 20 and after turning 40.  Pretty damn good company.

RIP Rusty

Growing up in North Carolina, many an afternoon and evening were spent listening to Woody Durham paint pictures of various Tarheels with his words.Guys like, James Worthy, Lawrence Taylor, Kelvin Bryant, a couple of local guys, another kid named Mike from Wilmington and hosts of others playing basketball and football. Back then it was much easier to sync up the tv broadcast and the radio to mute Billy Packer or someone else :).

Thank you for making the radio seem exciting.  RIP

One habit/trait/whatever you want to call it that my dad passed down to me was checking in on the old home town. He got his news from the weekly newspaper from where he grew up and I have the internet, you know, the web.

I clicked the button today, and saw that my high school Principal had passed away.  We gave that man far too many headaches than he deserved, and he never gave us as many licks with the paddle that we needed. He gave us some but never enough, I guess the accurate amount would have worn him out.  He moved to the area in’85 as I was entering 8th grade and moved away in ‘90 as I was graduating. 

Quite a few stories could be told, (some already have),he was always fair, and likely could have kicked a few of us out of school at various points. 

Rest in peace Curley. 

A touching tribute to Tom Petty by Eddie Vedder at The Oscars. A great cover of “Room At The Top”. 

Rant Removed.

“I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I can see everything tonight
I got a room where everyone
Can have a drink and forget those things
That went wrong in their lifeI got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
And I ain’t comin’ down, I ain’t comin’ down


– Thomas Earl Petty, lyricist 

Reg E. Cathey  passed away at age 59 on 2/9/17. The award winning actor found his most success on “House of Cards”, but I remember him most on “The Wire”. In either case he played the “take no shit” roles flawlessly. I have yet to watch “Oz”, but I’m sure he’s good in it as well. 

RIP

John Mahoney had a multitude of roles, but he will forever be known as Martin Crane from the hit show Fraiser. Mahoney died today(2/5) at the age of 77.  Hopefully he and Moose (Eddie above) can enjoy a walk in the park. RIP