Since my wife joined the Peninsula Symphony in the Bay Area this past year as a violinist, I’ve had the good fortune to attend several of their performances. They really put on some fantastic performances, here’s their schedule for 2010 which includes performances with Taylor Eigsti playing Gershwin, a performance with the legendary Red Violin (yes- that one from the Academy Award winning film) and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th. They are led by conductor and music director Mitchell Sardou Klein, who is renowned for service and excellence in his field in the Bay Area. (more…)
Archive for December, 2009
Like many others, this weekend I watched the blockbuster movie Avatar with family. I had high expectations going in as relatives and friends who had already seen the movie had rave reviews, a must see. Here’s what I thought about the movie overall, what I liked and didn’t like. (more…)
Posted in Sports, tagged Best Sports Moments 2000-2009, Best Sports Moments of the decade, Boise State vs Oklahama- Best game of 2000-2009, Boise State vs Oklahoma, Federer vs Nadal, George Mason Final Four, Ken Griffey Jr. traded to Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State vs Miami National Championship, US World Cup 2002 on December 25, 2009| 1 Comment »
As we hit the end of 2009, I’ve seen in various publications, articles about the top games, upsets, and moments in the decade of sports (2000-2009). Looking at a few of these lists have made me reflect on what my own top sporting moments of the decade would be. My list will be colored by my personal rooting and sports preferences— I grew up in Ohio and was a youth baseball and soccer player and am an all around sports nut currently living in the Bay Area.
1. Boise State vs Oklahoma- 2007 Fiesta Bowl—The classic David vs Goliath match-up with all kinds of drama and the most unexpected of endings—even had a wedding proposal. This game had everything—the best game I’ve seen this decade. I seriously couldn’t believe what I was seeing while watching.
Posted in Book Review, Pop Culture, Sports, tagged and Basketball and What They See When They Do, Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, Decline of Baseball, Football, Michael Manelbaum, The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball on December 13, 2009| 7 Comments »
Last month, I watched part of Game 2 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees with a colleague. While watching, it dawned on me that this was the first game of this year’s baseball post-season that I’d seen. To me, that is a significant revelation regarding the plight of Major League Baseball and its trajectory for the future. I’d consider myself one of baseball’s more hardcore fans, one who has unfailingly watched postseason baseball games for more than 30 years, even if my team, the Cincinnati Reds, are not in the postseason (which unfortunately has been the case most of the nineties and in the 2000’s). I’m the type of fan who can still recite most of the uniform numbers of Reds players and their main rivals since the 80’s and also can mimic the batting stances of most of those players as well. (more…)