The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.
Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.
We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.
10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5
The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.
10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5
Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.
San Diego, 21-13
10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5
Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.
10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47
The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"
10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43
That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.
10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50
I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.
10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5
Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.
10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42
Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.
St. Louis, 19-17
10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43
If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.
10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41
There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.
10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46
I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.
10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5
I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.
10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57
Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.
Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47
The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.
Last Week: 4-10
This Week: 1-0
High School Scores
D-Y 48, Falmouth 0
D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.
Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13
Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.
#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14
Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.
Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8
Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping.
Apponequet 56, Bourne 6
You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha... we only lost by 48."
Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38
If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.
Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada
Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.
Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6
Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.
Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6
UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.
This Week: 14-5
MEET & GREET EVENT
FOR ALL WRITERS
"Free" Event at Braintree’s Thayer Library
Don’t know how to start your writing project? Have you already started but it’s not working out the way you want? Have you finished a final draft but can’t find an agent or publisher? Or wondering how to market your published work? Would you like advice and support from experienced writers? Or simply chat with others who share your interests, frustrations, obstacles, and successes?
Time and Place: Saturday, September 29th, from 11 am to 2 pm, Authors Without Borders is partnering with the Thayer Public Library to hold a free, public Meet & Greet— for writers who are published, unpublished, aspiring, or just interested in learning more. The library is located at 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.
Authors Without Borders began in 2007 as a regional consortium of four authors who came together to market their books and assist other writers in the difficulties of writing and navigating the rocky road to publication and beyond.
Founding members include published authors Pat Perry of Fairhaven, MA (fantasy), Willie Pleasants of Dorchester (poetry and short stories), Alberta Sequeira of North Dartmouth, MA (memoirs and Narrative Non-Fiction), Joyce Keller Walsh of Lakeville, MA (mysteries and plays).
AWB does workshops, presentations, produce and hosts the NBTV-95 Cable T.V. show in New Bedford titled, “Authors Without Borders Presents.” The group interviews writers, artist, and publishers. AWB also has an Associate Members program which includes writers with a diversity of interests.
See our website (www.awb6.com) for additional information on members, services, and events. Check our other website at www.authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com. You can contact us at [email protected].
The Thayer Library is providing free refreshments for this meeting. To register (so the Library can estimate the number of refreshments needed), please contact Laurie Cavanaugh, Circulation Librarian at (781) 848-0405. The library’s website is www.thayerpubliclibrary.org.
Life is a beach sometimes and others it's a real beach. As may of you know the beach can be a beautiful and wonderful place filled with warm sunshiny feelings and experiences. Sometimes you find you way to the beach only to find it cold, dark and unforgiving. You wonder sometimes what brought you out into this awful stuff as the winds howl across baron dunes and deems to whip sand in your face as if you laugh at such a fool. Other times even when it is cold it can be an interesting place with ice bergs being pushed up onto the sand and being left to create their own islands where non existed before, then just a few days later like a silent mystery they are all gone. Likewise the summer in all it's glory of warm sun and warm waters be a place of mystery with deep sea creatures coming near the shore line, or staying there too long only to get burned in many unwanted ways. I love to go to the beach and the waters edge in both the summer and the winter and ponder the things of the universe, the things of life, the things that have been, the things that could be. Conversations with the one who I call my creator, my maker, my inspiration asking the questions that many of us have. Seeing the vastness of all that is and asking so many whys, and most of the responses have to do with the choices I have made in life. What about? have you looked down and counted the number of grains of sand under your feet, or looked up as you stood on the beach in the evening and counted the number of stars. What about looked out over the waters and wondered how many drops of water fill the oceans or fish fill it's depths. I do not regret moving the Cape at all, I would not want to call any other place home more than this place as long as I am able to. But sometimes you wonder and ponder while feeling the sand under your toes, or feeling the howling icy winds in your face. The beach can be a beautiful place, it can also be your worst enemy. The Cape is one of those wonders that has allowed poets and philosophers write of love and tragedy, and the depth of space to the vastness of the oceans. Artists have tried to convey the beauty and the emptiness of lonely dunes and street filled villages. Of cottages filled with laughter and frivolity to empty boxes lining the horizon with specked colors wondering what tomorrow brings. Life is a beach, changing landscapes with shifting sands, exposing hidden treasures and wrecked ambitions. There is beauty in her and there is are the not so pretty aspects of her. Living life on the Cape can have it's pluses and minuses, it's beauties and it's questions, its warming sands under the feet or its cold howling winds slapping you in the face. Sometimes it's great to be lying on the beach soaking in the sun, while others when you think all is good and right end up burned in too many wrong places. Life on the Cape I would not change it for much else, but sometimes when pondering gets deep, well, the ocean seems so shallow at times. The Cape a mysterious lady, do we really understand her, do we really appreciate her, do we really,,,,, Do you? Are you? Live life to its fullest, and may the beaches of your like not end up being the beaches of your life. And may the beaches of Cape Cod find more warm sunshine under your toes than ice covered jetties with howling winds pelting icy salt water pellets in your face. You wonder at times what some of us who live thing and do and wonder. Does everyone think this way, Heck no and we are thankful for that cause nothing would ever get done, that need done, like transfer station workers, road repair crews, nurses and doctors and more. But from time to time I am sure we all ponder some of these those, as we stand on Cape beaches at different times of the year. Well have a great and wonderful and may your thoughts and ponderings be soothing of the Cape and not keep you up all night. Until we see you again, right here on old Cape Cod.
(cover may be different if picked up by a publisher)
Finally, after a good year, my first fictional series of The Rusty Years: A Remembrance of Being Young is completed. I sent my first query letter out to an agent of choice. Hopefully, the topic will be what interest her. She was looking for historical fiction, and especially, work featuring female characters, about families and friends, with unique narrative voices, I hope my story will interest her.
The Rusty Years follows three friends, Jenny Rossini, Rita Costa, and Kathleen Perry, as they come of age and begin to find their way in the world during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Tragedy haunts the girls as they navigate complicated family dynamics, the workplace, romance, the mob, and a rapidly changing world.
I’d like to get this into a sequel. If it takes a third book, I will make it a series. I’m confident the ending will have my readers shocked. After three memoirs, Narrative Non-Fiction, and three handbooks from my writer’s workshops, I want my followers to see a lighter side of me.
I will keep you posted if a get a nibble with the query. If no interest comes, my next action will be to self-publish again but I feel so different from this story.
So my followers, and past readers hang in for an interesting, different and enjoyable saga about to unfold.
Fall program registration continues for Barnstable residents only until Wednesday, September 12th when Non-residents can begin to register for programs that still have openings. Although most still have space available, here are a list of full programs: Babysitting, Lego Robotics, Mountain Biking and Beginner Pickleball. For a list of all the programs with descriptions, and to register online, please visit https://www.townofbarnstable.us/WebTrac/wbwsc/Recreation.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1. All programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and minimum participation requirements are needed in order for the program to run. So please sign up for those you want to participate in early!
Coming up next weekend, from Friday, September 14th – Sunday, September 16th, the Yarmouth Ice Club is hosting the US Figure Skating National Solo Dance Final Competition at the HYCC which will bring more than 500 competitors of all ages and skill levels, their coaches and families to the Hyannis area for practice and 28 competitive solo dance performances in pattern, shadow, and combined categories to thematic programs such as Swing Dance, Fox Trot, Rhythm and Blues and various Waltzes. The weekend is sure to delight all who attend with the beautiful costumes, music and pageantry combined with artistic precision and athleticism of figure skating! Tickets are available at the door and a complete schedule with more information about the event is available at http://www.yarmouthiceclub.org/2018-national-solo-dance-championships/
For over 50 years Captain Scott's has been serving seafood favorites and mediterranean specilaities on Tupper Road in Sandwich with the ambience of a cozy Cape Cod bungalow and the occassional sounds of a Cape Cod Train as they make their way to the canal. It all serves as a pleasant reminder of just where you are dining and a comfortable feeling of being a traveler on a journey filled with new experiences. The owners of Captain Scott's make it affordable with Lunch and Dinner Specials that change daily. For a $14 an exploring diner can enjoy a choice of salad, entree and dessert with some great choices of Baked Stuffed Scrod, New England Meatloaf, Swordfish Tips over Rice, Greek Style Pork Chops, Greek Styled Chicken and Shrimp Scampi just to name a few. By the menu selections, a diner can tell that their specialty is Greek food and if you are adventerous you should try some of their Greek specilities. As you know I like trying new restaurants or places that I have not yet visited and it has left me with not just one favorite restaurant but many places I like to visit on my travels around Cape. Captain Scott's was a pleasant stop on our way to the canal and the menu gave us lots of choices for all food lovers as well as a good Gluten free Menu. We started with a cup of Clam Chowder for my seafood loving friend and I tried the Lobster Bisque which were both delicious and all that they had promised with a rich creamy flavorful seafood base. The Bisque had a light sherry flavor with nice bits of lobster and the chowder was rich in clams and potatoes. The salad that came with my friend Sue choice proved to be a garden fresh prelude to her Ocean Fresh Swordfish Tips served over a bed of rice with a light lemon dill sauce to enhance the overall flavor. I tried a Stuffed Quahog which in presentaion was awesome on a bed of lettuce with rings of hot peppers, cocktail sauce and warm butter but the flavor of the stuffing was dull as it had not, as I believe been infused by the broth of the clams. It was good but needed the kick of the clam broth to really make it come alive. I had the Baked Stuffed Shrimp and Scallops which were delicious and cooked to perfection with a creamy sherry based sauce but the stuffing was as dull as the stuffing from the quahog with no rich seafood flavor. My non seafood loving friend tried one of the daily specials which was an Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich which fries which she claims are the best on Cape Cod. She totally loved her sandwich and it was all it had promised and more. For the rare person who loves smelts I encourage you to come here as Captain Scott's really does extremely well with delicious fried seafood choices and offers a Smelt Plate. My friend orderer her's to go for a later dining experience. They have great choices like the Althena Sandwich which is Golden Fried Haddock Topped with Roasted Tomatoes, Spinach, and Melted Feta Cheese on Toasted Panini Bread and lots more dinner choices. The serve is friendly and the restaurant is cozy and comfortable. I will be visiting them again as I see there are lots of choices and I am looking forward to trying something Greek. I also look forward to trying their Seafood Chowder which includes Fresh Clams, Scrod, and Sole in a Creamy Mix of Lobster Bisque and Clam Chowder. Thanks Captain Scott !!
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1 large apple, cored and sliced
1 large lemon, sliced & seeded
1 med lime, sliced & seeded
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 bottle red wine (750 ml)
1/2 cup apple liqueur
1/2 cup spiced rum (South Hollow Spirits is my go to)
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup apple cider ( NOT Juice, but cider)
2 Tbsp honey (if you can get an Apple or Apply Cranberry all the better)
sparkling water (optional)
Place fruit in a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients and stir until honey is dissolved. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours, best overnight. Serve with a splash of sparkling water if desired. Garnish with more fruit.
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The Barnstable Recreation Aquatics Staff again took first place in the Non-Surf Division for the tenth consecutive year during the 44th Annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition which was held at Craigville Beach earlier this month.
As we approach the Labor Day Weekend and school begins next week, the Barnstable Recreation Division and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center are ready and looking forward to handling a number of activities next week that will serve the purpose for residents and visitors of all ages! Click here for a list of all the public activities taking place.
On Monday, September 3rd the Hyannis Youth & Community Center will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday. Craigville Beach will be staffed with lifeguards and the bathhouses at all beaches will be open. Beach sticker sales at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center end at noon on Saturday, September 1st, signifying the unofficial end of summer. Gate attendants will be at public beach parking lots to serve visitors and residents should be sure their vehicle has a valid beach parking permit when parking at the Resident Beaches. Please be advised, that parking rules are enforced year round. Click here for more information.
The State Primary Election is Tuesday, September 4th and residents who are registered in Precincts 8, 9 and 13 will vote in the HYCC Gymnasium; polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Sample ballots can be accessed by clicking here. If you are unsure of which Precinct you live in or where you should go to vote, no matter where in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you live, click here.
Fall Program Registration begins on Wednesday, September 5th at 8:45 AM. To see a listing of all the programs and activities that will be offered and conveniently register on line, click here. You can also come to the Hyannis Youth & Community Center at 141 Bassett Lane, HYannis MA 02601 and register in person. Walk-in Hours are Monday - Friday 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM. If you have questions or need help with your online account, please don't hesitate to call us at 508-790-6345 during business hours.
As always, the Hyannis Youth & Community Center offers affordable fun every day for the whole family to enjoy! The Game Room and Gymnasium in the Lyndon P. Lorusso Youth Center are available for use by HYCC Annual Members or day pass holders. Annual Memberships are available for just $20 ($40 for Non-Residents) and day passes are just $5 for guests and visitors. Our professional staff are ready and waiting for kids of all ages to come and play! Public skating takes place almost every day in the twin rinks and there are specialized programs like stroller skating, pick-up hockey and walk-on figure skating practice times that are scheduled in advance. Check the web site for pricing and updates.
Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome! Please call and speak with on of our staff members about your concerns, ideas and experiences while visiting the Town of Barnstable's premier sports facility and let us THANK YOU for stopping in!
Dunkel-Weizen, Tide Jewels Saison and Narrow Lands New England IPA and a Pilot Beer (leave your growler at home on these) called Lone Galaxy IPA (actually available 8-31, this will have a tropical fruitiness about it, perfect for this summer oppression still going on. Next up are a few of the notable events; Craft Beer Cask Fest - September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm guest breweries, live music & food trucks! This is a ticked even and a 21+ only event so check out the events page. Next is the 3rd Annual Bee Ball – featuring a limited edition pilot beer made with local honey from Honeypots Hives in Provincetown. Ok for me that in itself sounds like a wicked good brew. This takes place September 15 from 5pm - 8pm. ATTN TICKETS SOLD ONLY IN ADVANCE all ages welcome. All registration fees and merchandise purchases are donations to the BCBA, what a great event. Then last but not least is the Cape Cod Oktoberfest – our annual celebration of beer! September 22 from 11am - 4 pm. Yes it's FREE Admission OR Get your VIP Package with access to an exclusive VIP beer line, an official event t-shirt, a pretzel & a half liter souvenir mug with two tickets to fill it with beer (1 liter total) for a nominal fee. Folks this is only a smattering of events happening please go to the website and check it all out. This business is not just about beer, it's about Cape Cod and a happen place. You don't want to miss anything that is going on here.
Last for this report is Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth on Oxbow Rd or on the web at capecodwinery.com. First up they are going strong through Septembers, Check out there events page for details. Friday nights with live music from 5pm - 8pm through September the 21st. On Wednesday the 12 from 6pm - 8:30pm Museums on the Green-Wine Tasting & Special Lecture about our East Falmouth neighborhood by Lewis White. And their hours of operations is: September 4th through October 8th: Monday: 12pm-4pm (open Labor Day & Columbus Day), Tuesday: CLOSED, Wednesday: 12pm-4pm, Thursday: 12pm-5pm, Friday: 12pm-8pm LIVE MUSIC 5PM-8PM!, Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm. This is no longer an up and coming,, they are here and they have terrific wines to offer and have a coming wine club. So be sure to check them all out.
Last notes, please remember that although we are missing updates from Hog Island, Devil's Purse, Nautabout, Barnstable Brewery, Cisco (on Nantucket), Shoal Hope CidarWorks and I am sure I am missing someone. Cape Cod really is a destination for Wineries, Craft Beers and Craft Distilleries. Hope you have enjoyed and please let them all know you read the CapeCod Rockhopper either through CapeCodToday.com or on my own blog CCRockhopper.com. Maybe we can encourage others to become more involved in upcoming or next years postings. Have a great and wonderful and please be a responsible drinker.
So would love to go back to the days of no worries, no real responsibilities, no bills, no thinking about where my food is coming from or who is going to prepare it, taken on vacations on someone else's dollar, freedom to come and go as one pleases with minimal restrictions. The days when the month of August meant sleeping later, laying on the beach, sailing, swimming, girl watching, biking, making new friends, fishing, and the list goes on and on. Life was so much simpler than and we took it all for granted for way to long. I know some out there did not have great childhoods or fantastic families. But I had parents who cared and even though my sisters were out of the house by the time I was in middle school/junior high I still had a fairly decent relationship with them. Why did we not learn earlier, or recognize how good many of us had. WOW, if only I could go back and make better use of my time or be more grateful for what I had and did not realize it at the time. When you stop and think about it, how many kids could say their family went on vacation for a whole month, let alone at the beach. I'm not talking about the rich and famous here, or those making six figures or more, I'm talking middle class America here, the working class, As a pastor my Dad worked more like 6 days a week and sometimes 7. He was not an Sunday morning only, or maybe through in the Wednesday night back in the day. Im talking Dad did, counseling session, he did visitations, he had board meetings, besides his studies. He was and still is well respected and used to write for a counseling periodical and the list goes on. He was a true pastors pastor and a churches gem, so he did "earn" his time off, but still on vacation put in time studying and working on what topics and passages of scripture he would be preaching over the next year. He did not belong to a conference or group of churches that dictated what he would preach each Sunday. So he had to prepare each week, and put in the time to research and read and make his outlines and,, most people do not realize what a good pastor really does. So when August came around, although he was still semi-working he never took away from my mother's and my time. August was my time away with Dad, we would ride bikes together, through baseball or softball, he taught me here on the Cape to throw a frizbee and how to fly a kite, and when I was in my older teens we would go golfing together. Funny today we could not afford it it has gotten so expensive. Oh those wonder years of living at home and part of a caring loving family. Perfect heck no, but much better than a lot others and that I did understand. I hope that through the years you are able to carve out time for those you love in places you love to be where ever that may be, here on Cape Cod, New England in general, Disney World, Europe or where ever your happy place is. And don't take for granted the times when life is giving you a break, cause there will be the rest of the time we only wish would pass. At least for now I am able to enough work days looking out my office window in my house knowing I live here on Cape Cod. May you have a great and wonderful rest of your summer and if you have the opportunity, come and visit us here on Old Cape Cod.