I have been slacking off, people. I admit it.
I haven't filed as many entries this week and I haven't filled as many glasses.
And I certainly haven't done much entertaining or thought-provoking, which is just as essential to cyber-bartending as changing the fake kegs.
So here are some random thoughts and a question you can chew on all weekend (kind of like the beef jerky in the glass jar at the west end of the bar).
I saw that Barbi Benton, 1970s sex symbol, actress and former Playboy centerfold, turned 60 this week. Not only does that make me feel ridiculously old, but it also makes me wonder how difficult it must be to be a 60-year-old woman named Barbi. I'd suggest changing her name to Betty or Sylvia and quietly ride out the next two decades.
The season-long suspension of the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas cements a point that my 10-year-old son Alex made a few years ago. I took him to a Wizards' game for his 8th birthday and on the train to the arena, I explained to him that Arenas was a superstar and one of the best players in the NBA.
Well, that game Arenas had like 10 points and Caron Butler had a career-high 20-something. Afterward, walking back to the train I asked Alex what he thought of the game. And he said, "Well, you were wrong. No. 3 is so much better than No. 0, daddy." I think that was his indoctrination into an unassailable truth: sportswriters know nothing.
To my music lovers out there, I am seeing the Felice Brothers on Saturday night, and I am psyched. I can't tell you the last time I was this excited about seeing a band for the first time. It's a sold out show in an old, 450-seat movie theater. I can't wait, even though they are Yankees' fans.
Oh, and to the baseball fans in the bar, I really do think the Orioles are done setting their 40-man roster before spring training. Yes, that could change if Erik Bedard wants to return to Baltimore. But I'll call that reunion unlikely right now. And I see no other 40-man roster additions before pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota.
So that makes me think it's time to evaluate Andy MacPhail's offseason. He said he is pleased with it – he traded for Kevin Millwood and signed Garrett Atkins, Miguel Tejada and Mike Gonzalez – but are you?
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