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Fun cards: 1987 Topps “AFC Champions” Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, and Joe Burrow

I have not watched football in years, but I did tune in to the end of the Bengals/Chiefs game. I was a huge fan of the 1988 team, so it was really cool to see Cincinnati win again. I got this idea a few days ago but did not want to put a lot of work into it until the game was over.

Bengals quarterbacks Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Joe Burrow AFC Champions

Fun cards: 2022 TWJ “One n’ Done”

Thirteen former big leaguers appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2022. One was elected, two received enough votes to stay on the ballot for next year. What about the other ten players?

This “fun cards” set is dedicated to those guys who appeared on the ballot, but did not receive 5% of the vote for a second year.

A.J. Pierzynski, Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, and Tim Lincecum all had fine careers, but all received less than 5% of the vote.

AJ Pierzynski Chicago White Sox

Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays

Jake Peavy San Diego Padres

Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins

Jonathan Papelbon Washington Nationals

Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins

Mark Teixeira New York Yankees

Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies

Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants

Fun cards: “Snubbed Baseball Immortals” Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen

If I was granted a ballot for the Hall of Fame, these are the only three players I would have voted for.

Curt Schilling will no longer appear on the BBWAA ballot. His fate is now in the hands of what used to be called the Veteran’s Committee.

Curt Schilling Hall of Fame Baseball Immortals

Jeff Kent holds the record for most home runs by a second baseman. He has one year left with the writers, but it is unlikely he will see the increase in support he needs for induction.

Jeff Kent Hall of Fame Baseball Immortals

Scott Rolen is one of the best third basemen to ever play the game. His percentage of the votes has increased every year, and he is almost certain to get the votes needed, if not in 2023, then the following year.

Scott Rolen Hall of Fame Baseball Immortals

Fun Cards: SSPC “Baseball Immortals” David Ortiz

David Ortiz Hall of Fame

I don’t agree with this selection. I believe it smacks of hypocrisy. But, it is what it is. David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer.

Congratulations to the newest Hall of Famers!

Buck O’Neil, Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, and Tony Oliva!

Oneil

Fowler

Hodges

Kaat

Minoso

Oliva

Now Available: “Monday through Friday with People of Faith”

Over the course of the past year, I have been writing daily devotionals for my other blog, ConcerningJesus.com. These daily writings have been collected into a paperback book that can now be purchased on Amazon under the title Monday through Friday with People of Faith.

This is the second “daily devotional” book I have published. The first was Monday through Friday in the New Testament.

Each book contains 260 entries that can be read in a calendar year with corresponding Bible passages. I believe either of these books would make excellent gifts for loved ones during the holiday season.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation (A spoiler-free review by Josh)

He-Man Masters of the Universe Revelation Kevin Smith review

As I write this, it’s just after 4 AM in my dinky little apartment. My living room is dimly lit with the glow of the scrolling credits of my most highly-anticipated show of 2021, scratch that, of the last ten years, no, scratch that too. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is quite possibly my most highly-anticipated show ever. In the twenty-some-odd years I’ve been on this planet I don’t think there’s ever been this much build-up to any entertainment property that I’m a fan of.

Sure, as a Star Wars fan, the road to The Force Awakens was magical. Regardless of your opinion of the film itself, or the sequels as a whole, that moment in the first trailer where the Millennium Falcon‘s theme plays as it rises into the frame was pure hype. The year leading up to that film’s release was unlike anything I’d experienced. I grew up on Star Wars, so seeing Han and Chewie come home in that second trailer was beyond cool. And then the film came out, and I remember the feeling that washed over me as I sat in that theater on opening night as John Williams’ theme began to play, and those familiar golden lines began to crawl: pure, unadulterated bliss.

Star Wars Marvel He-Man Masters of the Universe Revelation Kevin Smith review

Fast forward a few years, and I find myself in a strikingly similar position. In the same way that I grew up with He-Man, I grew up with Spider-Man and, on occasion, some of his amazing friends. While I never saw the first Avengers in theaters, I found myself engrossed in the story that Kevin Feige and his team decided to tell, starting with 2008’s Iron Man. From the next release, Iron Man 3, onwards I found myself in those uncomfortable theater chairs opening week for every film Marvel Studios put out. Through the ups and downs of phases two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe I was enthralled by the interconnected story and converging plotlines that ultimately led to Endgame, the culmination of what would later be called the Infinity Saga. It was both a love letter to the characters who originated the universe and carried the central throughline, as well as a genuine love letter to the fans who had supported the franchise for the first 10 years.

After those two monumental experiences, I thought I’d probably had my fill. Nothing could top the excitement and joy I experienced for those two franchises I grew up on reaching the pinnacle of Hollywood magic. And I was almost right. There are very few things in the world of entertainment that I love more than Star Wars and Superheroes. In fact, there’s only one: Masters of the Universe. The brief descriptions above of how excited I was for The Force Awakens and Endgame cannot begin to describe how I felt when I first heard about Masters of the Universe: Revelation during Power-Con. I’m not gifted with the ability to string words together in any meaningful way to properly convey my love for this franchise. From the very first poster revealed at Power-Con, to the stellar voice cast announced later on, and finally to the teaser dropped about a month ago and the full trailer that aired in early July, the anticipation only grew. And now that the series, Part 1 at least, is finally here… does it live up to the hype?

He-Man Masters of the Universe Revelation Kevin Smith review

If you’re looking for a one-word answer: no. And it pains me to say that, it really does. I so wanted this series to be everything that it was marketed as, everything that I dreamed of seeing Masters of the Universe become since I was old enough to say “By the Power of Grayskull” myself. But there’s so much more to that “no” than just my initial disappointment. Don’t take this paragraph to mean that the show isn’t enjoyable, or worth a watch. It is, in fact, both of those things. If you’re reading this to find out whether or not you should watch this show, the answer is YES you should. If you grew up on Filmation, the 1987 Theatrical movie, or the 2002 series, then Revelation is worth a watch. While I would love to outline what ultimately didn’t live up to expectations in my eyes, I can’t do that without spoiling some of the magic.

He-Man Masters of the Universe Revelation Kevin Smith review

So here’s my plan: I’m going to recommend you watch the series at some point this week. If you love it, great! If you hate it, great! If you’re somewhere in-between, great! No matter where you stand, don’t judge the show based on this, or any, review. Don’t assume you know what it’s about because of all the rumors and allegations that have been flying around since the first trailer dropped. Just watch the show. Part 1 is five easily digestible 25-minute episodes, so over the next week, sit down and watch them. If you want to binge them as I did, go for it. If you want to come home from work Monday through Friday and watch one episode at a time, Filmation-style, that’s cool too. But whatever you do, don’t skip the show because it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. Watch it for yourself and form your own opinions. Next weekend, after you’ve seen the series for yourself, check back here for my spoiler-heavy deep dive into what I did and didn’t like about the series.

My name is Josh, a fan for eternity and forever a Knight of Grayskull. Until next time…

He-Man Masters of the Universe Revelation Kevin Smith review

Goodbye, Jeff LaBar

(March 18, 1963 – July 14, 2021)

Guitarist Jeff LaBar passed away yesterday. LaBar was best known for his work with Cinderella. He also performed with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham in Naked Beggars and released a solo album in 2014. No cause of death was given as of the time of this writing.

Fun Cards: 1985 Donruss LL Cool J

LL Cool J 1985 Donruss

LL Cool J oozed cool in the 1980s. He still oozes cool today. “Mama Said Knock You Out” is my jam.

Fun Cards: Foo Fighters! 1995 Topps Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel; 1997 Score Taylor Hawkins; 1999 Topps Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl 1995 Topps

Foo Fighters‘ 1995 debut album was groundbreaking. Not because it was radically sonically different; it was a rather straight-forward rock album. But the fact that Dave Grohl recorded the entire thing by himself for the most part, and so soon after the disbandment of Nirvana the year prior…honestly, Grohl is a musical genius. Nirvana didn’t deserve this man.

He is being inducted into the Rock Hall for the second time along with Foo-mates Pat Smear and Nate Mendel (who joined the band after the recording of the debut; both made their debut on 1997’s The Colour and the Shape), Taylor Hawkins (who sat down behind the skins in 1997, first appearing on 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose), Chris Shiflett (additional guitarist since 1999, making his recording debut on 2002’s One By One), and Rami Jaffee (who came into the fold in 2017 on the Concrete and Gold album but won’t get a card because I’m not going to attempt a custom 2017 card).

Pat Smear Foo Fighters 1995 Topps

Nate Mendel Foo Fighters 1995 Topps

Taylor Hawkins Foo Fighters 1997 Score

Chris Shiflett Foo Fighters 1999 Topps

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