Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/19/17

3 Up

1. Adam Jones - Can we give it up for Adam Jones and the way he has been the leader for this USA team during the World Baseball Classic? And that catch! THAT CATCH! Move over David Wright, we have a new Captain America. 

2. Spring Breakers Doing Good - I was in Miami last week, and I saw how crazy Spring Break can get. Kudos to those students who went without the debauchery and opted to serve those in need. 

3. NCAA Tournament - I've been enjoying this year's NCAA Tournament thus far. Honestly, the college game is wide open, and there doesn't seem to be a clear and top heavy few teams. Plus, with my Knicks destined for another lottery pick (ugh!), I'm interested in the talent to be available. 

3 Down

1. Confederate Flag in South Carolina - I still can't believe that there are people still defending this symbolism of the worst event in our nation's history. I just don't get it. America is just crazy, man. 

2. Budget Cuts - I'm not sure where we are going over the next four years, but the recent cuts to specific programs, mainly, meals on wheels for our elderly, is just so messed up. Politics have been in this section weekly for way too long. 

3. Snowstorms - It's March. Enough with the blizzards, snowstorms, and unbearably cold weather!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pondering Picture #77


I'm not sure how far we'll go, but this catch to help get us to this point is unforgettable.

USA! USA! USA!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Takeaways From WBC Experience


I found myself in a mix of emotions. Disbelief. Frustrated. Excited. And overall, in awe. The World Baseball Classic and my experience over this past weekend spanned the realm of each of these feelings, and much more. 

I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect. Filled stadiums? Lack of energy? Constant Vuvuzuelas? Ironically, my time in Miami at Marlins Park provided, much like the emotions, all of it. The two games I attended, USA vs. Dominican Republic and USA vs. Canada, were tremendous games to attend, and quite frankly, an experience I would recommend for any baseball fan. 

Of course, if you follow this blog, or the Twitter account, you know that I am a huge fan of the World Baseball Classic. I love the culture of the tournament. I love the passion it produces. I throughly enjoy the styles it produces. And honestly, I'm all for competitive baseball as early as possible. Especially when my New York Knicks are doing typical New York Knicks things.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Madness 2017 - The Official DP Bracket

As tradition goes, here is the official Dome Pondering March Madness bracket. I'll be honest, I kind of tuned completely out of the college basketball season once Spring Training began, and even more so once the World Baseball Classic began. Truthfully, I forgot it was Selection Sunday this past weekend. Ah well. 

Regardless, like the millions of sudden know-nothing-pretend-experts on college basketball, here is my bracket. Part of me believes (maybe even slightly hopes) Lonzo Ball and his dad becomes an even bigger figure during this stretch. That would make for some extra fun to the sometimes boring finale to the college tournament. I guess we'll see. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Bucket List #1 - Visit Marlins Park


My 14th MLB stadium (not counting the ones that are no longer - RIP old Yankee Stadium) was in fact Marlins Park in wonderful Miami, Florida. I had the opportunity to check off two bucket list items in my visit by seeing the park, AND being present for the World Baseball Classic opening round. Of course, I'll have more on the latter in another post.

Regardless, back to Marlins Park. My first and major takeaway is in fact tied to the bureaucracy that has surrounded the building since it's inception. The park is located in a peculiar location in Miami. Very apparent of the cheap land acquired, and the socioeconomics of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Though, much like the two games I went to, the ballpark has given many of the neighboring folks revenue-generating opportunities, renting out their front yards for parking and other tailgating opportunities. Makes for a unique concept.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Off to Spring Break

I am about to turn thirty-two years old in several weeks, and I will be enjoying my first Spring Break starting today. Yes, that's right. That opening sentence was correct. I'm thirty-two. Spring Break. 

This is indeed happening. Ironically enough, I work in higher education, so my life has perpetually become segmented by semesters, and driven by things such as "J-term" and "summer vacation". It's a far cry from the missed opportunities during my undergraduate career which was committed to college baseball, and my graduate career which included me simply trying to finish in order to start my career. 

And of course, as a professional, Spring Break just means no students are around, and it's an opportunity to take a breather before the stretch towards commencement. 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/5/17

3 Up 

1. Mets Prospect Bat Catch - This was just flat out absolutely awesome. Give it a look

2. Snap Chat Investment - With Snap Chat going public this week, it was announced that one High School who invested $15,000 in the social media company, now owns stock in the company that is worth millions. Not a bad investment. And of course, not bad innovation from Snap Chat. 

3. MLS Soccer - So happy to have the league back. Soccer Sundays have returned, and week one has been so much fun. 


3 Down


1. Jeff Sessions - I'm so tired of politics dominating the "down" section thus far this year. The whole entire Sessions ordeal has been a disaster. 

2. North Korea Missile Launch - Anytime North Korea does anything of this kind, it's cause for concern. Four ballistic missiles landing in Japanese waters - yes, cause for concern. 

3. VOICE - This program outlined by the President during this past Tuesday night's address in my opinion is shocking. A clear attempt to highlight something to sway and keep the narrative on immigration reform as something overly negative. 

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Manchester By The Sea (2016)

What is it about? 

An uncle is asked to take care of his nephew after his brother's death, while coming to grips with his own issues. 

Who is in it? 

Casey Affleck - Lee Chandler 

Kyle Chandler - Joe Chandler 

Michelle Williams - Randi Chandler