Homers & Chicago Blues

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Sunday, August 05, 2007

Congrats to Alex Rodriguez of the NY Yankees for becoming the youngest player in MLB history to reach 500 home runs.

Steroid-head tied the wonderful HENRY AARON on Saturday. Loved the slack jaw look of Mr. Bud Selig, commissioner of baseball when it happened. He looked, snarled, stood and shoved his hands in his pockets....was actually very comical...

Then all day Sunday, ESPN ran clips of the major home runs hit by a player that came into the game with the most incredible potential. If you can catch it (as we are sure they will replay it when he hits the next one) please watch it and pay attention.

Homer #1...skinny 20 year old, with some muscles...
Homer #100
...pretty much same body...
Homer #200
...he is a bot bigger but nothing amazing...
Homer #300
...not much change...
Homer #400
..ummm did he add a half a person in there?....
Homer #500..WOAH! Who the hell is that, he is big...
Homer #600...now there are two people and his head is growing...
Homer #700...he is, no lie, 2 1/2 times the size he was when he began and his head has grown 5 hat sizes...


In keeping with Morgen's wonderful Manic Monday... let's just say, we think steroid-head LIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He didn't know what the cream and 'clear' was..the stuff his trainer and the CHEMISTS gave him...yeah dude... here, close your eyes and open your mouth...promise we won't put anything in your mouth....LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Well the migraine hung on through Saturday playing little games and yesterday, we just sort of recovered and spent quite a bit of time talking to our best friend, which we had not had a chance to do in a few weeks.

That said, our newest template project is a few days behind. And we really didn't have anything set to post.

We also had fun screwing around on TurnBaby's BlogTalk Radio Show with Mr. Fab...we took the show over for a good 20 minutes...heehhee

Next two days we are off-site in planning meetings...

Heard a snippet of something on the radio yesterday, and it keyed our song of the day...

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls....


Paul Butterfield was born and grew up in Chicago. After studying classical flute as a teen, he developed a love for the blues harmonica, and hooked up with white, blues-loving, University of Chicago physics student Elvin Bishop.

The two started hanging around great black blues players like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Junior Wells.

Butterfield(Harp) and Bishop(Guitar) soon formed a band with Jerome Arnold(Bass Guitar) and Sam Lay(Drums), both of Howlin' Wolf's band.

In 1963, a watershed event in introducing blues to white America occurred when this racially mixed ensemble was made the house band at the Chicago blues club Big John’s. Butterfield was still underage at the time.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band added another underage member, Michael Bloomfield as lead guitarist and signed with ELECTRA Records. Their original debut album was scrapped, then re-recorded after the addition of organist Mark Naftalin.

After the release of their first album, Lay accidentally shot himself – he subsequently recovered and played drums for Muddy Waters and James Cotton – and Billy Davenport took over on drums.

The Butterfield Band's second album, East-West (1966) reflected the music scene's interest in sitar great Ravi Shankar and other Eastern musicians. It was also critically acclaimed.

This is the title track from East- West, written by Mike Bloomfield & Nick Gravenites...remember kiddies an interracial band in 1966 playing this eclectic music...

THE COUCH NOTE (added later): Think about the music of 1966; Beatles, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel ruled the charts...and in Chicago these five guys were creating this masterpiece....INCREDIBLE!


19 Of Your Sparks

  1. Liz Hill Says:
  2. LOL "took over"--Sugar I am a gracious hostess--of course I'll allow my friends time to play *giggling*

    Thanks so much sugar--it was awesome!


  3. I grew up with this album =) My dad is very into the blues.

    I saw that espn clip and I totally thought the same thing. He looks like someone stuck an air hose up his ass and inflated him!

  4. TURN: I am glad you were happy with it.

    STARR: Great album...and the hose theory is almost correct, and the ass is probably where it went into his body

  5. Schmoop Says:
  6. I missed the show...lousy "computer gone bad" timing. Cheers!!

  7. RW Says:
  8. Hey that's good music going to down load that!!!

  9. Rainbow Says:
  10. Hey Vinny...thanks so much for your help....take your time...I am in no hurry! HUGS!!!!

  11. Anndi Says:
  12. GREAT tuneage dear friend! Inspired choice!

    Glad the migraine left you.


  13. Sparky Duck Says:
  14. Bond, wow tell us how you really feel about the best known current SF Giant.

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  17. migraines suck.

    great tie in to the baseball lie-in


  18. katherine. Says:
  19. I'd be willing to bet in the past couple years...all of Bond's drug tests have come back clear...and as the Luddite mentions...how many of the pitches Barry faced have taken steroids?

    some interesting points

  20. Truth be told, I was mildly aroused by the three of you. But then, your eveil twin would pipe in and I'd go terribly limp. That thing is extremely creepy.

    You, however.... yummmm.


  21. Travis Cody Says:
  22. Excellent for A-Rod.

    I make no comment on that other guy.

    Enjoyed the show Sunday!

    I'll be back to enjoy more of that tune - I only had a few quick minutes at lunch and that deserves a real listen.

  23. AtriaBooks Says:
  24. Don't forget Tom Glavine, quite possibly the last 300 game winner EVER.

  25. MATT-MAN: HA...you were just intimidated by my wit and wisdom....

    ROGER: Sir, we only share the best her on The Couch and love to introduce our guests to things they have never heard.

    SUEANN: Let me know dear...

    ANNDI: Was a very small snippet of harp and the brain yelled "PAUL BUTTERFIELD!"
    ty sweet friend...SMOOCH

    SPARKY: OK, np &%&%$&##$*&(*&^%&$#^*%#@&*&
    got that? Of course you did, that is the language of Philadelphia! heheheh

    MORGEN: Probably the worst I ever had... and glad you liked it...

    KATHERINE: You are most certainly a fan of his...I used to be... but watch the body grow in the video and tell me that is weights...nope, not in a billion years

    108: KYRA...MILLY..mildly!!!! sheesh...get back to me when you fall down because your knees are shaking with desire! The evil voices stay away most days... KISS

    TRAVIS: Agree on A-Rod..agree on S-H...The tune is special...

    DOC: You know I posted at about 10:30 my time and the game was still on.. I will shout him tomorrow...Pettitte might make it...

  26. Travis Cody Says:
  27. As to Katherine's point - it is a valid one. However I don't know that it necessarily changes the argument or justifies cheating.

    The use of performance enhancing substances snowballed out of control as athletes thought it was the only way to stay competitive. And now it seems every achievement is suspect.

    If you used a foreign substance on a baseball, corked or otherwise altered a bat, or used a performance enhancing drug - you cheated. And I don't care if you played against other cheaters. You're still a cheat.

    To those who say that whatever they took wasn't banned when they took it, you are justifying the cheating of your sports heroes.

    I do grant the point that the unnamed home run hitter evidently has not failed a drug test...that we've been told. And then there's Rafael Palmeiro, who swore before Congress that he had never taken steroids. Five months later - ooops!

    I spent a lot of time deluding myself that McGwire and Sosa were drinking "protein" shakes during their Ruthian homem run duel. I'm not accepting those excuses anymore. The evidence of my eyes shows the changes to the unnamed home run hitter's body - those changes are not natural.

  28. Hey you! Psst...I tagged you :P

  29. katherine. Says:
  30. just for the record...

    I never said Bonds wasn't on the juice. But ya gotta know he wasn't the only one...and that sorta evens out the field.

    It was an era that is hopefully over.

  31. TRAVIS: Nice wrap-up on the subject... excellent my friend

    STARR: psssssssssssssst ok

    KATHERINE: Understand..much of it has to do with the fact that he is about to own the most revered record in the sport...
    Yes, hopefully it is over....Thanks for your contributions to this important subject.


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