Tuesday thoughts

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by Travis Cody in

I was watching the first game of the best 2 of 3 series between LSU and Texas for the College World Series championship last night. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Travis Tucker hit a home run! I don't have to spell out why that's cool, do I? My name is Travis, and my kitty is Mr Tucker...heheheheheee!

They played the game in over 100 degree heat. And they were having trouble finding dry balls. Bwahahahahahahahaaaa! The ball bags were soaked through. Heheheheheheheheeee! The umpires couldn't figure out how best to dry out the balls. Giggle-snort! The coaches and the umps met between innings to discuss the sweaty balls. Bwahahahahahahahaaa!

What???? I'm a guy. That's some funny stuff! It's like a scene out of Bull Durham.

I got my 22 June issue of Sports Illustrated in the mail and Kobe is on the cover. It's his 15th appearance on the cover, dating back to 27 April 1998, when he appeared with Magic Johnson. I have every one of those magazines. Of course, Michael Jordan has been on the cover 56 times going back to 28 Nov 1983. I have all those magazines too. In fact, I have every SI magazine since 1983. That's over 1300 issues.

Jordan has the most SI cover appearances by an individual athlete. The NY Yankees have 66 covers as a team, which is the most team covers by 2 over the LA Lakers. Sports Illustrated published the first edition on 15 Aug 1954, with Milwaukee Braves slugger Eddie Matthews on the cover.

We came late to the phenomenon, but Pam has finished both Twilight and New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. She's got Eclipse and Breaking Dawn on deck. She says she has enjoyed the books. She likes the characters, especially Bella. Pam said she appreciated that Ms Meyer has developed a character who is not your typical teenage girl with a crush. Pam thinks that is what has made the books appealing to such a widely divergent audience. And yes, I will eventually try them, but at the moment I'm in full on Harry Potter mode, anticipating the release of The Half Blood Prince in theaters on 15 July.

I did lousy in science when I was in school. I just never had that much of an interest. But I'm a geek for it as I get older. Did you see this NASA image yesterday?

It's the eruption of Sarychev Peak in the Kuril Islands, captured from space on 12 June.

One of the fondest series of memories I have from growing up is how much my mom and sis and I enjoyed watching musicals together. From the Wizard of Oz to The Sound of Music to anything from Gene Kelly to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Dr Doolittle and Willy Wonka. Back then you had to wait until they came on tv because it was before HBO and video players. Boy, we sure were lucky when we got that first BetaMax and could go to the rental place and get all our favorite musicals! (Yes, I said BetaMax. We had one of those before VHS won the day.)

One of my all time favorite performers from those movies is Anthony Newley. Thanks to Jamie from Duward Discussion for putting Mr Newley in my head last night. His voice is silky smooth, and he was always so funny to watch.

BTW...LSU won the game 7-6 in 11 innings. The Tigers are 1 win away from the national championship of college baseball.


  1. Anonymous says:

    OMG those ball quips were excellent. I just laughed my ass off on those. What are you going to do with all those SI? It must take up plenty of room and I'm sure you could solve any sporting debate that came around with all of those. I think it's commendable that you do have them. Loved the photo from space. It's just awesome looking. I have seen one of the Harry Potter movies. Was pretty good. I'm not much of a movie buff :) I've never heard Anthony Newley. Interesting. Great post and thanks for sharing :)

  1. Guy humor and sweaty balls aside, you gotta admit, that was a great ball game last night. I think LSU is going to be our national champion in college baseball. They just have too many tools.

  1. Marsha says:

    I love Bull Durham, it's one dang funny movie!!

  1. Lessee, first I absolutely LOVE Bull Durham and watch any chance I get. Of course the best scene begins with Crash Davis telling Susan Sarandon what he believes in... and she just says "Oh my!" Also the scene where Crash teaches Tim Robbins how to do an interview with a reporter... Hilarious! I saw anthony Newley on Broadwayin Stop the World I want to Get OFF way back in the Stone Age...Thanks for sharing everything!! :)

  1. That was pretty funny with all of the humidity and the baseballs last night.

    Very interesting SI trivia, too.

  1. Harry Potter...! Can't wait...any longer...

  1. having been around so many teenage athletes...I didn't even blink at the ball references...that is sad.

    1300 issues of SI?
    rolling my eyes

    I got goading into reading the Twilight series by the girls..glad I did...truth be known they were the ones who insisted I read Harry Potter as well...did you see the preview during Merlin a couple days ago? it looked good.

    Back in the day...after seeing "Dr Doolittle" I had a big crush on Newley. I'm gonna look thru You-Tube for some of his stuff...thanks for reminding me of him...

    1300 issues.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    I just finished New Moon book. It took me two days! OMG! I cannot wait to get to the next one.
    I've been patiently waiting for the new Harry Potter movie as well ;o)
    Have a great week, Trav!

  1. Linda says:

    Your comment on the sweaty balls made me think of that old SNL Skit where they are doing the public radio thing and Alec Baldwin talks about his schweaty balls recipe. It's juvenile but it cracks me up every time!

    That's an awful lot of SIs you've got there, Travis! Where do you keep them all?

    Glad to hear that Pam liked the first two books in the Twilight series. Bella was a good character but she still managed to irk the heck out of me from time to time and I wanted to reach through the book and strangle her! I got over it, though !

  1. Jeni says:

    One question here. Where on earth do you store 1300 issues of that magazine?

  1. That was very, very random. I loved the image from space. Uber cool!

  1. Bond says:

    It was a great game. LSU looks real tough, but it is now up to the depth of the pitching staffs.

    I have just about every Rolling Stone cover since 1972...I stopped saving the whole magazine because I did not have a second home to store them in.

    Last time I checked I am missing less that 100 issues.

    Bull Durham is a MUST SEE movie.

    My first honeymoon was to St. Lucia and we explored the beach where they shot Dr. Doolittle!

  1. LSU is a baseball powerhouse. That volcano from space is tres cool.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Well you know I don't do football Trav but I am a big Harry Potter fan!

    If you pop by my place tomorrow you will find a little something for you. x

  1. Meribah says:

    Balls. Heheheheheh. Yup, I have a male sense of humor, even though I'm female!


    Okay, what was I going to say? Oh right, that whole Travis Tucker thing was cool! And that erupting volcano pic was awesome! Looks like a giant cotton ball on top, doesn't it?

    Oooo! I said ball! LOL :P

  1. Great posting,I just came for a visit to say congrats on the award that Akelamalu gave you!

  1. Sweaty balls....teehee...teehee...sorry, did you write something after that?

  1. jennifer says:

    Yay! I loved the Twilight series and I'm glad that you are going to give them a go. My husband read the first one but just couldn't get into it. He doesn't have a romantic spirit.

    Which Harry Potter are you on? I am reading the fourth book hoping to finish them all (snort) by July 15th. We hope to watch the midnight showing if we can get tickets!

    And yeah, sweaty balls are funny to guys :D The heat wave here in the south however has not been funny at all (100 degrees today!).

  1. Travis says:

    Thom: I was rolling when they were talking about the sweaty balls. Hilarious! And I just keep the SI mags because I love sports and can't ever bring myself to throw them away after I read them.

    Driller: It was a terrific game. And I agree that LSU might be more talented, but Texas is gritty.

    Marsha: Yup yup!

    Mary: I think my mom may have seen Anthony Newley in Vegas once. I've always enjoyed his music and his voice.

    Southern: Way too funny.

    Julia: Me too!

    Katherine: You're welcome. And yes, 1300.

    Ivanhoe: I've been waiting but I haven't been patient!

    Linda: I thought of that too! I keep them in plastic boxes in my storage locker. I think I have 30 boxes.

    Jeni: I have a storage locker. Every so often I go and get a box just to browse through some of the older issues.

    Terra: Random rocks!

    V: You tore the covers off??? I've been wanting to buy a copy of the original SI magazine for awhile now.

    Charles: I can't wait for the documentary to explain the science they are learning from that photo.

    Akelamalu: Thanks for the award!

    Meri: I knew you'd appreciate that! Balls! Heheheheheheeee!

    Mike: Thanks!

    Songbird: I don't remember. Bwahahahahahahaaaa!

    Jennifer: I just started Goblet of Fire. In fact, after I finish answering comments, it's time for us to close out and go read some more!

  1. Julie says:

    Dry balls to eruptions to Dr. Dolittle? Good golly Travis...you've go it all!

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Yea, but the Tigers blew it tonight and they'll have to go to another game. I had a Betamax too. Everyone said that was the better machine, so I got it, and of course that was the one that ended up losing the battle with VHS. I used to save all my issues of Rolling Stone, I had probably close to ten years worth but ended up getting rid of them in the end. I just didn't have space to store them. I haven't been able to get into Twilight.