The End Is Near Or Is it ?

There are always people who are telling us that the world is approaching its end. Many, if not all, are well meaning and seriously believe what they are saying. In fact, there has been extensive talk in recent years about maybe the end of the world being December 31,2012, according to the Mayan calendar. Well, sorry to disappoint you, this post has noting to do with any of that.

After a hiatus of several years, I renewed my long dormant subscription to Sports Illustrated and rediscovered many things that I like about the magazine, along with some new things. Of course, the photos are top notch and I marvel at the detail in some of the 2 page photos . What I am really enjoying is a little sidebar item called “Sign of the Apocalypse”. For some reason, these quirky little items intrigue me more than a lot of the articles.

Just 2  to brieflyillustrate. there is a minor league baseball team named trhe Hudson Valley Renegades, located in the town of FishkillNY ( bet there is a good story there too). Anyway, as minor league teams must do, they set out to do a promotion, an old-fashioned ladies’ night. Dont’ know any specifics but  I suspect that women got  a ticket at a free or deduced rate. Not so fast said Duchess County government officials. If you do that you will violate New York  State Human Rights Law. More ominously  you will violate the federal guarantee to equal protection. Am I the only one who sees a problem there? In reading it to my son, he seemed to lean towards the  side of the government. Think those folks in Duchess County might have more important things to deal with?

Ok, one more. This is  just pure fun, unless you are a fan of the Detroit Lions football team. The poor Lions went 0-16 in 2008, the first NFL team to accomplish such a feat. Their apocalyptic contribution comes from the team website. An ad on the site encourages fans to watch streaming video and relive the 2008 season. Suppose that was  a short video? Maybe it showed the players  running on the field for game 1  or something. I understand Lions fans. I was  a Washington Redskins fan in the 60″s when a good season was maybe 1-11 or lo and  behold, 2-10.

Thanks SI for helping to keep the fun in sports.


July 24, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Sports | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I have been a Sea Hawks fan since the start of the Seattle team. I’m still waiting for a Super Bowl win! I think I will have to change teams because the World has ended for me to see the Sea Hawks win a Super Bowl. 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Not quite “ladies day”

    “Tomorrow night is “Ball-Less Baseball” night at the Hudson Valley Renegades game, a somewhat unique take on the old “Ladies Night” tradition. Fans in attendance will get massages, makeup, and mani-pedis. Oh, and men are not allowed into the stadium until after the 5th inning, a caveat that has drawn a sternly worded letter from officials in Dutchess County, New York, which owns the ballpark.”

    Comment by Happy Jack | July 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Happy Jack

      Only in America- what a great country

      Comment by tarheeltalker | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Unfortunately, THT, the story behind “Fishkill” isn’t anything like you probably imagined.

    “Kill” is a Dutch word for river or stream. And that whole area of downstate New York & northeastern New Jersey was originally inhabited by the Dutch, outside New Amsterdam (New York City). So you have all sorts of towns with “kill” at the end…. Fishkill, Peekskill, Cresskill, Arthur Kill , Wallkill.

    Nowadays, though, Fishkill COULD have a whole different and more literal meaning…..

    Comment by larrys | July 25, 2009 | Reply

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