Sunday, May 13, 2018

Almost A Decade Already

The blogs posted here on Heftyinfo over the past nine years have been many, ranging from sports to political views and stories, along with some fun features and photo montages.
It's hard to believe it's been nine years (May 13, 2009) since I first posted "Shut Up" which was a scolding for former Vice President Dick Cheney as he continually criticized former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Cheney had a lot of nerve (and still does as he has been popping up lately with remarks regarding torture and water boarding techniques) to even show his face in public following his abominations as the vice president from 2001-2008 along with George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. President.
A lot has happened since that first post, including "Obamacare," which allowed people who previously had no health insurance coverage, to get it without hassles from providers.
The republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives (in 2010) and the U.S. Senate as well in 2014, which paved the way for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to do something unspeakable as well as never heard of before, as he would not allow hearings for Obama's selection to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Incredibly, McConnell and his republican cohorts conspired to keep Merrick Garland from a hearing to lead to the eventual voting process for the vacated seat caused when Antonin Scalia died in 2016. The shit they put Obama through once they gained control of Congress in the third year of Obama's presidency is disgraceful.
Hopefully, things will change this November in the Congressional elections.
Remember, people across America were fed up with G.W. Bush and company when they controlled both the executive and legislative branches between 2002-2006 and voted the bums out as the Democrats regained control of both the House and Senate in the "Blue Wave" of 2006.
Elections are strange things sometimes, as evidenced by the mess we have now in the White House following 2016, which smelled fishy from the get go.
As 2018 rolls along, there will be more posts regarding politics and sports and who knows, maybe the Chicago Cubs can win the World Series again. That also happened for the first time in 108 years when the Cubbies won  it all in 2016, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games.
Currently, not much needs to be said regarding the disgrace of our politicians in D.C. but Heftyinfo attempts to give a daily reminder (Day 479 of America Held Hostage) in the sidebar located upper right hand corner.
Oh, and one more thing as far as Dick Cheney and many others are concerned . . . Shut Up!



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Political Ramblings

Time to rip our so called president a new one . . .

Here we go again America.
The Republicans are in charge of all three levels of government in Washington, D.C. and now the staged air strikes are being broadcast on network and cable TV news throughout our "homeland" as the right wing nut jobs like to call the United States of America, to get the American people to rally behind a floundering president with embarrassingly low poll numbers.
Trump is the so called POTUS and now he needs a new distraction to get the heat off of himself and staffers in the ongoing Robert Mueller led investigation of many activities that have more and more Americans suspicious of team Trump.
This guy has no idea at all what he is doing occupying the office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation's capitol.
He has surrounded himself with chicken hawks who want to declare war at the drop of a hat (see walrus moustacheioed John Bolton) as well as former POTUS George Bush, Jr. flunkies and then he even pardoned "Scooter" Libby, the rat who outed a CIA operative 15 years ago.
Put a sock in it Trump because more and more people are not buying your bullshit any longer.
You are a fake president who is nothing more than white trash being used as a puppet for international financiers and foreign leaders, such as your master known as Vladimir Putin.
G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney along with their criminal cabal (Condaleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, etc.) sold the American people on so called "weapons of mass destruction" and the "mushroom clouds" that never materialized throughout the Bush-Cheney years, but it allowed them to invade Iraq and we still have military troops there.
American Empire.
Now Trump and his accomplices are trying to follow the same script and a pattern that is all too familiar is beginning to take shape.
Will Americans be duped again as they were by this orange con man two years ago on the campaign trail and also in years past by Bush-Cheney and the criminal cabals they represented?
We will have to wait and see.
But the observation here is that will not happen this time around because Americans are increasingly waking up to the RWNJ bullshit and a blue wave in the upcoming 2016 Congressional elections is imminent.
In 2006, Americans said enough is enough and booted the republicans from control of the U.S. House and Senate in the Congressional elections.
What's more, Paul Ryan, the U.S. Speaker of the House, just announced he is bailing out on this joke of an administration in D.C. and will not seek another term in office.
Word has it the Speaker of the House saw the latest polls coming out of his district in Wisconsin and saw the writing on the wall he just might lose this time around in the election process and be ousted by the people.
All in all, the first 450 days of Trump and (Vice President Mike) Pence has been a complete disaster and the fallout is still to come for the millions and millions of Americans who will be fleeced in the coming years by the "Trump tax cuts" that were rammed through the REPUBLICAN controlled Congress in late December.
Distraction is the key to Trump maintaining his grip on the foolish media that bows to the idiocy of his constant "tweeting" on twitter.
Irresponsible journalism is what that is called.
Fact is Trump is a poser who doesn't belong anywhere near the White House, but we as Americans are stuck with this lunacy for another two plus years before we get a "mulligan" and have the real opportunity to get rid of this clown and his freak show.
One can only hope.





Monday, April 2, 2018

Villanova Routs Michigan To Win NCAA Title

The Villanova Wildcats beat the Michigan Wolverines, 79-62 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship for the second time in the last three years.
Villanova sixth man Donte DiVincenzo earned Most Outstanding Player honors as he scored 31 points for the Wildcats (36-4 to finish the season) as they pulled away in the second half after having a seven-point halftime advantage.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Villanova, Michigan in NCAA Championship Game

The Villanova Wildcats destroyed the Kansas Jayhawks, 95-79 in the night cap game of the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas to advance to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game on Monday night.
The Michigan Wolverines won the first game of the evening, 69-57 over Loyola (Chicago) to end the Cinderella dreams for the Ramblers and advance to the title game for the second time in the last five years. Michigan lost to Louisville in the 2013 title game, but the championship was vacated by the Cardinals recently due to penalties imposed by NCAA officials.
The Villanova Wildcats will be seeking their second title in the last three seasons (they beat North Carolina in the 2016 championship game in Houston) in the Lone Star state. 
It should be a great game, with the Wildcats coming out on top and cutting down the nets on Monday night.


                                        PREDICTION -  Villanova 82, Michigan 68 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NCAA Tournament - FINAL FOUR IS SET

The Loyola Ramblers will face the Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas next Saturday evening, along with the Villanova Wildcats taking on the Kansas Jayhakws in the night cap.
The Ramblers (and team Chaplain Sister Jean) have stolen the show in the 2018 version of March Madness as they make their first Final Four appearance in 55 years.
The match up between Villanova and Kansas will likely be considered the "final" game in many observers eyes, but  . . . not so fast!
Michigan and Loyola are the two hottest teams going in this tournament and which ever team wins that game could very well be cutting down the nets a week from Monday night.
It should be an exciting Final Four and best of luck to all the teams.






Saturday, March 24, 2018

Major League Baseball - 2018 Season Preview

The 2018 Major League Baseball season gets started next week (Thursday, March 29 is Opening Day for all 30 MLB teams) and all eyes will be on the defending World Series champion Houston Astros as they look to repeat this season.
The Astros look to be the team to beat once again, at least on paper as injuries can never be predictable. The Astros are loaded with a powerful lineup, led by American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve. The mighty small man (5-5 in stature) can hit for both average and power and has decent speed to boot, along with solid defense at second base.
Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel are a formidable one-two punch in the starting pitching rotation and the Astros added Gerrit Cole to that mix in the off-season.
The team the Astros knocked off in a memorable seven-game World Series last fall is the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers are a solid team as well, led by ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Along with the best pitcher in baseball, the Dodgers have Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and bullpen closer Kenley Jansen, who is almost always lights out.
There is also a solid lineup in L.A. as well as Cody Bellinger, the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2017, leads the way along with Cory Seager, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp.
There are many other teams that boast big lineups and solid pitching and for a glimpse of the division races in both leagues, the following offers a look at what to expect this summer in Major League Baseball.

AMERICAN LEAGUE 

East
1. NY Yankees - The Bronx Bombers are back, even with a somewhat questionable starting pitching staff.
2. Boston - The Red Sox added J.D. Martinez to a stacked lineup and their pitching is decent.
3. Baltimore - The Orioles slipped last year, but added two solid arms to their woeful starting pitching of a year ago. Dark horse for a playoff spot this season.
4. Toronto - The Blue Jays will play it out this season and see what happens.
5. Tampa Bay - Team appears to be in rebuild mode after many major off-season roster moves, including the trade of Evan Longoria, the face of the franchise the past decade.

Central
1. Cleveland - The Indians look to be set for yet another October run this season.
2. Minnesota - The Twins will be nipping at the heels of the Indians this season as they look to make the post-season for the second straight year.
3. Chicago White Sox - This team has a bright future as they continue the youth movement.
4. Kansas City - The Royals are a far cry from the team that won it all in 2015.
5. Detroit - Rebuilding mode in Motown.

West
1. Houston - Barring any major injuries to key players, the Astros may very well repeat as World Series champions.
2. LA Angels - The Angels are a team that could contend for a wild card spot this year.
3. Seattle - The Mariners would do well to play .500 ball this season.
4. Texas - This is a team in transition that could make a move up if they get consistent pitching.
5. Oakland - The A's could escape the division cellar this year.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

East
1. Washington - The Nationals should roll into October baseball once again. From there, all bets are off with this team.
2. NY Mets - If the starting pitching is healthy, the Mets could make a push for the post-season.
3. Philadelphia - The Phillies are an up and coming team.
4. Atlanta - The Braves are an up and coming team.
5. Miami - The Marlins are a mess that will likely lose over 100 games this season.

Central
1. Chicago Cubs - The Cubs want to get back to the World Series. It could happen.
2. St. Louis - The Cardinals are looking to end a two-year playoff drought.
3. Milwaukee - Were the Brewers a fluke last year? They are out to prove otherwise this season.
4. Pittsburgh- Pirates are in rebuild mode.
5. Cincinnati - This team can score runs, but their pitching is perhaps the worst in all of baseball.

West
1. LA Dodgers - It's World Series or bust again this season for the Dodgers.
2. Arizona - The Diamondbacks have a good baseball team and could play deep into October this time.
3. Colorado - The Rockies will go as far as their pitching can carry them this season.
4. San Francisco - Giants looking to rebound after a disastrous 2017 season, but will be without two top starting pitchers for the first month or two of the season.
5. San Diego - The Padres are an up and coming team.

A look at the possibilities for the 2018 MLB post-season . . .

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card Game - Baltimore over Boston

A.L. Division Series - Houston over Baltimore; Cleveland over NY Yankees

A.L. Championship Series - Houston over Cleveland


NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card Game - Arizona over St. Louis

N.L. Division Series - LA Dodgers over Arizona; Washington over Chicago Cubs

N.L. Championship Series - LA Dodgers over Washington


WORLD SERIES

Houston Astros over Los Angeles Dodgers is six games.














Saturday, March 17, 2018

NCAA Tournament Updates

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is past the opening round now and the field has been paired down to 32 teams beginning today (St. Patrick's Day) and so far, so good for the Final Four selections here. Kentucky, North Carolina, Villanova and Michigan State are still around.
The biggest shocker thus far in the tournament took place Friday evening when the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers beat the top dog, Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54 to advance.
It was the first time ever a 16th seeded team beat a number-one seed in the opening rounds. Virginia (31-3 to finish their season) was the overall top rated team in the nation entering the tournament.
But as the old saying goes - That is why they play the games.
Locally (here in Chicago area), the Loyola Ramblers beat Miami, 64-62 on Thursday with a buzzer beating three-pointer by Donte Ingram to advance his team to a game against the mighty Tennessee Volunteers (number three seed in the West Region) on Saturday evening. Tennesse smashed Wright State, 73-47 in their opening game.
It should continue to be an exciting tournament as Round Two gets going today and tomorrow as the teams look to advance to the Sweet Sixteen next weekend.