MLB playing a ridiculous 60-game season without spectators in Commissioner Rob Manfred's desperate desire to dredge whatever is left from his industry's TV money.
My rooting against baseball to even resume despite it being such a passionate part of my youth playing it so often and attending games so often in San Francisco watching the Giants at old Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park (I doubt I will be watching many of its games in a sport polluted by too much analytics, too much Scott Boras and too many spoiled, overpaid performers with inflated egos).
A more blessed human being than USC's Clay Helton, a truly awful head football coach who had no business getting such a high-profile job in the first place from the since retired AD Abomination(a) Pat Haden, no business getting that ungodly five-year, $15 million extension from the since fired AD Abomination(b) Lynn Swann, no business fate once again luckily intervening on his behalf as the Trojans' scheduled September 5 game against Alabama figures to be canceled because of Covid 19 to spare Helton certain humiliation once again against Nick Saban (Helton's team was nipped 52-6 by Saban's troops in 2016).
My no longer printing the names of four Long Beach Board of Education members to spare them cruel and unusual public condemnation and ridicule for giving the new LBUSD superintendent Dr. Jill Baker an undeserving, unfathomable, ungodly raise that lifted her annual salary to $345,000 -- a $58,000 bump over her predecessor Chris Steinhauser -- despite her school district enduring 10 percent budget cuts and a $72 million shortfall.
My mentioning the name of only one Long Beach Board of Education member, Dr. Juan Benitez, who courageously dissented by not even deigning to cast a vote in the Great Dr. Jill Baker Giveaway in which she somehow wound up with a cushy four-year, $1.350 million contract.
March in protest if Dr. Jill Baker and her academician adjutants actually go through with their Draconian plans when the K-5 schools reopen -- keeping the kiddies locked up in the classrooms during school hours without, among other things, playground access even though there is no medical proof that they at their tender age are in any danger whatsoever of coming down or causing Covid-19 (keep the damned masks off their faces, too!)
The co-founder of the Belmont Rugby Club, Bad Stu Ledsam, who deservedly earned his nickname for his hair-raising antics across the decades, becoming a mild-mannered philanthropist with links to the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, the Century Club, etc., since his marriage to the mild-mannered Paula Beck, the Avis bigwig who retired Wednesday and who's been a saintly miracle-worker in somehow transforming the once highly combustible Mr. Ledsam into a complaisant, even-tempered gentleman.
The great undefeated welterweight fighter, Terence Crawford, the best I've seen since Sugar Ray Leonard, being matched against such worthy contenders as Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, or Shawn Porter -- and, alas, I'll never live to see it because none of those guys will dare step in the ring with Crawford because they know they'd lose.
My being denied entrance to Europe by the EU, which would be the case if I wanted to go today and probably will be the case when I'm set to go in mid November for six weeks, which, if I don't go, will be the first time since 1988 I haven't crossed the pond to the Old Continent.
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Previously by Mr. Krikorian:
My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
Excuses By Long Beach Police & Poticians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
From Krikorian's Notebook: (1) LBUSD Mgm't Mulls Keeping K-5 Kids Indoors Without Normal Access To Playground, Cafeteria, Auditorium Activities; (2) And More...
From Krikorian's Notebook: When Will LB Police Chief Luna Come Clean About May 31 Downtown Long Beach Looting Frenzy?
Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
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