Monday==>HALLELUJAH!! Yes, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, for the first time in a long long time your favorite Sunshine State blogger has an upcoming week without ... repeat ... without some scheduled medical and/or health event. HALLELUJAH!!
To share with you why this is so important ... how about this ... over the last 17 weeks I had at least one medical and/or health event in 13 of them. Now, folks, that’s a lot and that is why I have begun today’s beginning-of-the-week posting with a major==>HALLELUJAH!!
BTW==>Billi Pod’s week begins on Monday and runs through Sunday.
So ... let’s move on with some sports stuff ...
Well, my Yankees inched their way into the AL wild card home field advantage even though they got swept by the Orioles in their 3-game series in Baltimore. They won home field when the D’backs beat Houston.
Yep, they lost the final game of the regular season by a score of 9-4 on a miserable outing from Michael Pineda and basically ineffective offense.
So ... the regular season is over ... and now it is time for The Bronx Bombers to move forward into the post-season for the first time since 2012.
At 8:00pm on Tuesday, from Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, will be the 1 game playoff against the Houston Astros.
On the mound for the Yankees (87-75) will be our titular ace Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) vs. Dallas Keuchel (20-8) the ace of the staff, for the Astros (86-76).
The winner of this game will then advance to the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals, in KC on Thursday.
For those of my loyal and faithful readers and followers who are NL followers ...
The NL wild card game will be Cubs/Pirates on Wednesday night.
When both of these wild card games are completed Billi Pod will make his much anticipated post season predictions ... so ... stay tuned.
Now ... on the Gator scene ...
With our upset win over Ole Miss we are now ranked #11 in the AP Top 25 (ahead of #12 ranked FSU) and #12 in the Coaches Poll (FSU is ranked #8), Wow ... who would have thunk it?
A word of caution to all of my Gator fans==>we still have a long way to go in a season highlighted by a very very tough schedule. Billi Pod still believes that an 8-4 season is the more realistic probability.
A lot will be learned on Saturday when we face the 4-1 Missouri Tigers at 7:30pm, from Columbia, Missouri, carried on SECN.
Moving on ...
Had a great time last night with my son Bill III aka The Bill at our favorite Winter Park restaurant, the Outback Steakhouse, on Aloma Avenue.
Bill had the usual sirloin special and I had the chicken and ribs platter. We stuffed ourselves.
In response to a couple of emails and texts==>we regularly go to Outback because: the food is excellent; the service is good; the ambiance is pleasantly upscale; and, the cost is reasonable. I also get a 15% AARP discount.
As usual, when dinner was over we stopped by the Krispy Kreme to get our usual order of those evil chocolate glazed donuts. We each get a 1/2 dozen.
So ... Bill ... it was great being with you and I’ll seeya Sunday evening.
Moving on some more ...
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 - “Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.”
STONEWALL - “A young man’s political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.”
Unfortunately, the major weather problems in the Columbia, SC, area has required my daughter Kathi Bendeck and her husband, Dr. John, to cancel their plans to come down to the Central Florida area tomorrow. They plan to reschedule for a later date in October, hopefully.
OK, it is time for your favorite blogger to begin working on his usual Monday errands and chores list ... so ... let’s just ...
GO YANKEES AND GO GATORS!!
Yesterday’s mileage==>2.39 miles (or, 5,222 steps)
Total mileage for the week==>23.15 miles (average 3.31 miles per day)
Total mileage for 2015==>1,113.89 miles (average 4.02 miles per day)
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”