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The Los Angeles Dodgers posted a recent promo that featured a sketch of third baseman Justin Turner, who was decked out in a beret and robe while holding a paintbrush in front of an easel. Legend identifies Turner as “The Artful Dodger”, an allusion to a character in Charles Dickens’ famous novel, Oliver Twist.

For all of us who get the reference right away, here’s a comprehensive list of baseball players who share a name with a character from Dickens’s writings.

First baseman: Wally Pipp

Young Lou Gehrig replaced it for what was supposed to be one day, but history tells us the Iron Horse stayed there for the next 2,632 games. in the beautiful novel High expectationsPip was the protagonist who was bequeathed a fortune from an unknown benefactor.

Second Base: Jason Bates

He played five seasons for the Colorado Rockies in the 1990s while Charley Bates was a member of the gang of robbers in Oliver Twist.

Shortstop: Barry Larkin

The Hall of Fame shortstop spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds. Miss Larkins was the first love of David Copperfielda beautiful girl who ended up marrying a soldier in the book.

Third Base: Tommy Lastella

With a combined .284 average the past two seasons, he helped the Chicago Cubs win back-to-back NL West championships. When you drop the first letter of his last name, he matches the snobbish girl Pip falls head over heels for in High expectations.

Left field: Danny Heep

Uriah Heep was employed by Mr. Wickfield in David Copperfieldwhile the baseball player was a constant hitter for the Astros and the Mets during a ten-year career in the Major Leagues.

Center field: Fred Snodgrass

He spent nine years primarily with the New York Giants until he left the game in 1916, and Augustus Snodgrass appears in The Pickwick Papers as a member of the club named after the novel’s title.

Right field: Al Oliver

As if his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates wasn’t impressive enough, Oliver went on to join the Texas Rangers and capture the American League batting title. His last name, of course, is the first name of the young Mr. Twist in the title of the Dickens novel that became a huge hit on Broadway.

Catcher: Bill Plummer

by Dickens The cricket in the home focused on the Plummer family, and in the 1970s, Bill served as Johnny Bench’s backup at Big Red Machine.

Starting pitcher: Bob Sykes

He was a southpaw who played for both the Tigers and Cardinals in the 1970s and 1980s, while Bill Sikes was a boy Oliver Twist fought with but later befriended.

Relief pitcher: Hi, Jasper.

This right-hander who was part of the White Sox, Cardinals and Indians bullpens in the second decade of the 20th century, but Mr. Jaspers was the lawyer who eventually married the female lead in gloomy house.

HAS question of power It is the second book in the series. the chronicles of fire by Suzy Wright. preceded by Fire’s LordEast Question offers some answers in this volume, but hides several more in a sequel to come. If you want to take a trip to a fantasy land, full of adventure and romance, start the journey of the chronicles of fire. This book is just a technical stop on this fantastic journey.

While it is preferable that you read the first volume, the second volume is also strong enough to stand on its own. Before landing in Susi Wright’s fantasy realm, she equips him with a map and a crash course in Gaian philosophy, so he’ll have a sense of direction once he arrives. It is refreshing to note the abundance of female characters in the book. Some of them are present from the first volume, while others are presented now. They are quite intriguing and portray different visions of the Ideal Woman.

Humans cohabit the planet with Gaians and other fantastical races. Gaians are humanoids with superior perceptive powers and a few more magical tricks up their sleeves. However, there are also physical characteristics specific to Gaians, they have light-colored hair and eyes with a mystical glow that never fails to go unnoticed. New times find these two races living together in the safety of an Alliance and nurturing a new hybrid race, which proves to surpass the parents.

Early on, we follow one of the most promising young Gaian warriors, Xandor, on his quest to find and rescue other members of his race. His journey will result in finding and adding valuable members to his clan and to his life as well. Thus, the characters that inhabit the series emerge quickly. The tension in the air that they all breed forces the hand of their leader, Luminor, the Fire Lord, to act against a great evil that threatens to suffocate the new world order. And so they ride into battle against an unknown enemy fueled by an insatiable hunger for power.

HAS question of power is, without a doubt, a great book for young adults who love fantasy novels. The story is well written and the plot is easy to follow, it goes perfectly with the scent of spring. All in all, it is a refreshing read for people of all ages.

Marvin the Martian is an extraterrestrial character who stars in the Looney Tunes cartoon series created by Warner Bros. The character of Marvin was created by Chuck Jones and first appeared in the cartoon ‘Haredevil Hare’ in 1948. Originally, Marvin was called Commander X-2 and Mel Blanc voiced it. Over the years, Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, and Eric Goldberg voiced it. .

Marvin hails from the planet Mars and has a companion space dog named Commander K-9. He wears a red and green Roman soldier uniform and carries a small pistol throughout his endless battle for space territory within the universe. Marvin the Martian has planned and attempted to blow up and destroy Earth on many occasions with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator mainly because it blocks his view of Venus, however he is constantly outsmarted by Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny.

Marvin is well known for his oft-used quotes ‘Greetings earthlings’ and ‘Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be a momentous kaboom!’ The alien character has made appearances in many Looney Tunes animated television series and movies, including ‘The Hasty Hare’, ‘Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century’, ‘Hare-Way to the Stars’, ‘Mad as a Mars Hare’, ‘Spaced Out Bunny’, ‘The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show’, ‘Marvin the Martian in the 3D’, ‘Space Jam’, ‘Looney Tunes: Back in Action’ and ‘Bah Humduck!: Christmas of the Looney Tunes’.

Marvin the Martian has been a popular character in the Looney Tunes series of cartoons and movies and continues to entertain and amuse audiences today.

The Detroit Lions can be called the biggest losers of the season. And with a current record of 0 wins and 12 losses, they are indeed the worst team the NFL has ever seen. The Lions are now tagged with the title of the NFL’s losingest team and they blew every chance they got to win. This is probably the worst year for the Lions, even though they haven’t shown a stellar performance in decades.

The performance that the Lions are showing makes their fans really frustrated and disappointed. Although they have the most faithful fans, the question remains as to how these people put up with the poor performance that their team has been giving them year after year. Eventually, the kind of loyalty their fans give them will dwindle with how they lose game after game.

But there’s another reason Detroit is losing interest in the Lions, and it’s not because of the team’s losing status. It is also because of the depression that the economy is experiencing. In fact, many people associate the team’s losing status with the history of Detroit and its failing auto industry. And by chance, the team is owned by the Ford family. The same family that ran his business, the Ford Motor Company, ran aground.

The people of Detroit have grown tired of the team’s performance and don’t care as much as it used to. The few remaining Detroit Lions fans are leaving the games due to the NFL’s policy of not broadcasting if games don’t sell out. With the economy down, these fans have no money to waste on overpaid team owners and multi-millionaire players who don’t even perform at their best.

With the upcoming draft, the NFL is going to have to do something and start talking tough with the players. They will also have to resort to paying recruited players lower salaries. Fans don’t have enough money to pay roughly $100 for a game that can’t even get them out of their seats. Fortunately for the Ford family, as they get a free stadium, funded by the people of Michigan, but they make a lot of money on NFL TV plus licensing fees. No wonder winning isn’t at the top of his list.

You might ask, what’s in store for the Lions? The answer is as simple as nothing. If this team doesn’t pull together, their losing streak could last forever. Unless someone has some sense in their management and their players, they have very little chance of improving. But it’s never too late to do so, for glory’s sake and for the sake of their fans, the Detroit Lions should do something about how they’re playing their games. A victory is not that far away if the team and its management work together to seize the opportunity to win.

From Manning to Brady to Rex Ryan, the AFC will once again consist of close games every week. The Jets have made a number of moves to beef up their team, but is Mark Sanchez really ready to take them to the next level? Will Tom Brady get the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl? Check out our 2010 AFC Division Predictions below.

AFC East – The Patriots will return to their winning tradition this year with a healthy Tom Brady. Once the season starts and the connection between Brady and Moss resumes, Randy Moss will shut his mouth and stop whining. Look for the Patriots to beat the Jets in a close race due to experience and a sophomore slump for Mark Sanchez.

AFC South – It would be very difficult to pick against Peyton Manning even with a rising Houston Texans team led by Matt Schaub. The Texans are this year’s sexy pick and we think they’ll find their way to the playoffs, but until Peyton isn’t Peyton, we like the Colts.

AFC North – By far the easiest division to predict. The Baltimore Ravens have provided a core of receivers for Joe Flacco to throw from Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Donte Stallworth and not to mention Derrick Mason. Combine that with Ray Rice in the running game and you have a solid offensive attack. Oh yeah, and Ray Lewis still leads this defense that some are questioning this season. Really? The Baltimore Ravens defense is being questioned. The Bengals will get better, but TO will only get you so far before they implode. Big Ben is out for 4 games for the Steelers so his chances will be slim by the time he returns so look to Baltimore to take the division.

AFC West – Although the Raiders have improved, we assume they are still the Raiders and will find ways to lose games. The Broncos will be decent, but after seeing how they finished last season, there’s no question they can win this division. Look for the Chargers to win the AFC West, also known as the worst division in football.

Wild Card – Jets and Texans

AFC Division Winner: Baltimore dethrones the Colts and returns to the Super Bowl for the first time since their 2000 Super Bowl win. Their defense has always been there and now they should have a potent offense to go with it.

American sports, like most American institutions, have a history of shameful racism, and this includes thoroughbred horse racing, as anyone who has scanned the insulting and stereotypical names of some racehorses of the decade will confirm. At the same time, one of the inspiring things about sports is that, sometimes at least, excellence triumphs even in the face of prejudice, and the history of American Thoroughbred racing will bear this out as well. The most storied race in American horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is especially notable in its early years for its importance as a venue for African-American jockeys. Here we take a look at some of the great African-American horsemen in history.

The first Kentucky Derby winner, in fact, was an African-American man, Oliver Lewis, who led Aristides to a two-length win (and an American record mile-and-a-half) that stunned onlookers. Aristides, after all, entered the race as a mere leader from Chesapeake, a highly favored stablemate who blew the race faster than you can say “Dean yell.” This surprised both the crowd and the rider, who sought the advice of the horse’s owner, HP McGrath. McGrath yelled “Go ahead!” And so Lewis did.

Lewis’s contributions to racing history don’t end with his victory in the Derby (or his near victory at Belmont that same year); at a time when ex-jockeys were still allowed to do so, he later worked for a bookie, developing a system for recording the results of past races which clearly laid the foundation for the Daily Racing Form system.

Only next to the career of someone like Isaac Murphy, a trailblazer like Lewis might seem secondary. The son of a Civil War veteran who fought -and died- for the Union Army, Isaac Murphy won the Derby three times, twice in a row -riding Buchanan in 1884, Riley in 1890 and Kingman in 1891- and was the first to achieve either feat. Another achievement for Murphy – winning the Derby, Oaks and Clark Handicap in one year – 1884 has yet to be equalled. Sadly, this racing phenom died of pneumonia at the tragically young age of 35, in 1896.

Kansas City-born Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton won the 1892 Kentucky Derby by a nose, riding Azra. Most impressively, Clayton was a minor, only fifteen years old, and a relative newcomer to horse racing, having started as a practicing jockey in 1888 and winning the first victory of his career in 1890. He entered the Derby four times during his career, twice taking second and second place. once winning third in addition to that historic 1892 win. Other career highlights of his include a Churchill Downs crown in 1893 and a third-place finish at the Preakness in 1896.

In fact, several of the early Kentucky Derby winners were African-American. Among them is Erskine Henderson, riding Joe Cotton into the winner’s circle in 1885 after near misses (on other horses) in the 1882 and 1883 Derbies (where he placed ninth and seventh). We also find Apollo’s jockey in the 1882 Derby, Babe Hurd, a later steeplechase star, and, tragically, George Garrett Lewis, whose victory riding Fonso in the 1880 Derby is no consolation for his death, two months later, from internal injuries. caused by a month-long racing accident at the reported age of 18.

In fact, the list of African-American jockeys participating in the Kentucky Derby becomes more impressive the more we look at it. There’s Isaac Lewis, competing in every Derby from 1886 to 1889, including a win in 1887 aboard the Montrose. That’s not the impressive part: Later on the same day in 1887, he wins both Frank Fehr City Brewery Purse heats on a different horse, Brookful.

Finally, there is Marlon St. Julien, who joined this esteemed list by entering the 126th Kentucky Derby, after 79 years without an African-American runner in America’s most famous race. The jockey from Lafayette, Louisiana, was a late starter in horse racing: he had been a footballer, perhaps the least likely previous career of any jockey, but he changed his interest in the sport after his 11th year. He emerged from a tragic five-horse accident that, among other things, broke his sternum to race across the United States, including the inaugural 1997 season at Lone Star Park and at Fair Grounds in Louisiana.

Nearly 20 years before the hyped-up Inception focused on the dream phenomenon, Emir Kusturica directed Johnny Depp in the surreal comic fantasy Arizona Dream. The film was produced by Claudie Ossard (Delicatessen/Amélie) and is typical of the kind of bizarre auteur films Depp used to appear in regularly before finding mainstream appeal as a Disney pirate.

The plot, such as it is, follows the dreamlike adventures of Axel Blackmar (Depp), a drifter who has taken on the shadowy job of tagging fish for the New York State Department of Fish and Game. His cousin, aspiring actor Paul Leger (Vincent Gallo), shows up announcing that his uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis) is planning to marry his Polish fiancée Millie (supermodel Paulina Porizkova), a girl more than half his age and that he wants Axel to be the best he can be. men; Axel reluctantly accompanies Paul back to his hometown of Arizona.

In his best role since playing a version of himself in Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis stands out as Axel’s Uncle Leo; an infectiously optimistic successful Cadillac salesman and living testimony to the “American Dream” paradoxically racked by survivor’s guilt for causing the accident that killed Axel’s parents, convinces him to stay after the wedding and try to sell cars.

Axel’s first potential clients are the eccentric widow Elaine Stalker (Faye Dunaway) and her suicidal stepdaughter Grace (Lili Taylor). His brazen arrival sparks the interest of both Axel and Cousin Paul, whose gift of speech secures an invitation to dinner at the Stalker’s house. That afternoon; Here, screenwriter David Watkins (Novocaine) delivers one of the most jaw-droppingly hilarious surprise scenes I’ve ever seen, and from then on I was totally hooked.

Axel embarks on an adventure with Elaine, and despite his wacky demeanor and poor understanding of reality, this May-September romance is compelling and genuinely moving to watch, especially his attempts to build the flying machine that she uses. has always dreamed of. The film’s theme of the pursuit of dreams versus reality is thoroughly explored; Uncle Leo dreams of stacking Cadillacs high enough to reach the moon, Grace dreams of being reincarnated as a turtle, and Paul aspires to be a great actor by replaying his favorite movie scenes, providing one of the rarest scenes when he recreates the entire scene. Crop duster sequence from the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest for a local talent show.

Kusturica is clearly a master filmmaker and manages to maintain a dreamy feel throughout the film’s 142-minute runtime, it’s consistently funny but also has a haunting mystical quality that makes it engaging, and thankfully the release in French Blu-ray contains a DTS-HD. English 5.1 audio master track with forced subtitles for Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II excerpts only, full 1080p picture quality is superb and 20 minutes that were cut from the theatrical release have been fully restored.

Arizona Dream is impeccably acted, and while the story and script have obviously had an element of improvisation, they are strong and stay true to their purpose of evoking the absurd and surreal quality of dreams, an element totally missing from Inception. by Christopher Nolan, the same could be said for the laughs of which there’s a plethora here as well, making it a must-see for fans of Depp’s earlier work.

Major League Baseball’s 2015 draft featured a name that has already set a record for the sport. Milwaukee selected a player whose name contains 32 letters, by far the longest ever selected in the draft.

The new member of the Brewery organization is Oluwademilade Oluwadimola Orimoloye, an outfielder taken in the second round. If he progresses and makes his way into the big leagues, Orimoloye will become the first African-born player to suit up for an MLB team.

While it may take a while for stadium announcers to get familiar with Orimoloye’s pronunciation, they should be fairly comfortable with the names of many of the other players in this year’s draft. A handful of them are sons of former major leaguers, which has been fairly common in past drafts.

However, what is unique in 2015 is the number of recruits who are close relatives of people who work for various team administrations. Here is a list of just over a dozen recruited players who are descendants of Major League club front office managers, managers or scouts.

Tucker Ward, right-handed pitcher

Drafted by Arizona in the 40th round, this recruit is the son of Diamondbacks scout Turner Ward.

Jake Pries, outfielder

Baltimore used the 37th round to recruit the grandson of Don Pries, a former scout and director of player personnel for the Orioles.

Jack Graham, second base

One round after trapping Pries, Baltimore walked away with the son of current field manager Brian Graham.

Tate Matheny, outfielder

If all goes well, this fourth-round pick from Boston will have a World Series battle against his father, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny.

Nick Lovullo, shortstop

Boston drafted this son of bench coach Tory Lovullo in the 34th round.

Cody Staab, outfielder

The Chicago White Sox used the 38th round to draft the son of scout Keith Staab.

Joseph Reinsdorf, second baseman

Owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s grandson went to the White Sox in the 40th round.

Tyler Nevin, third baseman

Colorado’s 15th-round pick is the son of Triple-A Arizona manager Phil Nevin, a former major leaguer remembered for his power and unusual hitting stance.

Cam Gibson, outfielder

The son of former Arizona manager Kirk Gibson should feel right at home in Detroit, which drafted him in the fifth round.

Sean Miller, shortstop

In the tenth round, Minnesota landed this son of a Houston scout of the same name.

Tyler Williams, outfielder

Minnesota also drafted the son of Twins scout Ted Williams, who was selected in the 26th round.

Drew Finley, right-handed pitcher

The son of the Padres’ personal player manager, Dave Finley, went to the New York Yankees in the third round.

Dante Ricciardi, shortstop

The Seattle Mariners took the son of Mets front office executive JP Ricciardi in the 39th round.

Mattingly Romanin, second baseman

Toronto’s 39t round pick is the son of Blue Jays baseball operations manager Mal Romanin.

Like so much else about our society in these challenging days of Covid-19, Memorial Day celebrations in 2020 will no doubt be cut short from the usual practices. There will be no Indy 500 with the solemn pre-race tapping in honor of our American war dead. Some cemeteries may be decorated with American flags over the graves of veterans, but probably not as much as in years past. Churches that choose to pay tribute to those who gave the last full measure will likely do so via video conference. Social media will have its Memorial Day moment, to be sure, most of them well-intentioned and sincere, some as bland and irrelevant as those who post them.

In any case, who could have foreseen that during the spring of 2020, more Americans would be claimed by the coronavirus in these few weeks than were killed in action in Vietnam in more than a decade? It is a distressing situation, this vicious disease, fraught with uncertainty and fear and, for some, utter despair. It is a challenge that will demand the best of us, from the patience and determination of our citizens and trained first responders to leadership at all levels of government. The creativity and flexibility of our free enterprise system will also be critical in the coming months, as it was during World War II.

It is not a cliché to say that our current situation is yet another in a long list of crises this nation has faced. Because it is. Progress may be slower and less linear than we’d prefer, and the toll on lives will continue, but we’ll get through it somehow, we always do.

So is there a connection between our war dead and the current crisis?

Yes, for sure.

More than a million members of the US military have been killed in action in this nation’s wars. They are buried throughout the United States and in foreign cemeteries, especially in Europe. They were from small towns and big cities. Some had wealth and privilege while many others had very little. Some had worked on farms or in factories or had been public school students or teachers. Some were married while others had just begun to shave. Some were seasoned military professionals, while others were upset about the Boston Massacre or Fort Sumter or Pearl Harbor or 9/11, and wanted to strike back. Most, however, intended to do their part in uniform to the best of their ability and then go home.

These are different times, even beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. Less than one percent of the US population is serving in the military. Therefore, most American families have little or no connection to the military. Many of those family members have never even had a friendship with someone who is serving or has served in uniform. There is a disconnect that creates a social divide as military men and women serve and sometimes die while the nation at large barely notices. The burden falls on the precious few, and it is a heavier burden. Several universities have created safe spaces on campus where the snowflake students in their midst can avoid being offended by the “microaggression” of a sideways glance. Don’t look for them on Parris Island any time soon. Different times, actually.

Let’s go back to the connection between our war dead and the current crisis. What is?

Well, it’s in the fact that many of us feel like we’re facing real life-or-death circumstances for perhaps the first time in our lives. And it’s not nice. Our war dead faced those feelings, albeit much more intensely, in the dangerous existence they found.

It is in feeling the temporary loss of personal freedom either by edict or by a penchant for self-preservation, or both. And few of us like it, temporary or not. On a larger level, the idea of ​​freedom was important to our war dead, so they were willing to die to ensure their survival. Truth be told, more than a million did.

And it’s in knowing that, in the end, so aptly described in James 4:14, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Our war dead understood perhaps more deeply than anyone how fragile and fleeting human life is. And how small (and sometimes helpless) we really are in the workings of the world.

So think of them this weekend, our American war dead. We are connected, whether we realize it or not, as fellow citizens, as human beings. They deserve a place in our collective memory. They deserve our respect and admiration.

For the most part, however, they deserve our eternal gratitude.

Like all sports, horseback riding can provide a great deal of fun and exercise. Within the equestrian world there are endless different sports. So no matter if you’re a weekend pleasure rider or a serious competitor, a thrill seeker or an edgy Nelly, there’s something for just about everyone.

Generally speaking, equestrian sports are divided into categories. There is western riding, Olympic disciplines, endurance, pleasure riding, novelty, horse racing, rodeos, team sports, and carriage driving. Of course, there are also some obscure sports like show jumping, le trek, and camp drafting. Within these categories there are a variety of different sports again.

Western riding originated in America in the early days of the frontier; horses were the only way to herd and grade cattle. It is best known for the sports of cutting, reining, and western pleasure. Appaloosas, Quarter horses and paints are the main breeds used in Westerns.

Olympic disciplines include the art of dressage, show jumping and eventing. These had their beginnings in military warfare as a way to train both horse and rider to become agile and adept at helping defeat enemies on the battlefield. Over the years, a variety of breeds have been popular for these sports. Today, the Warmblood is the breed of choice.

Endurance driving is long-distance racing under controlled conditions. Arabians and Arabian derivatives are the most widely used breed in this discipline due to their resistance. The sport of drag racing was invented as a military test for cavalry mounts, where horses had to race 300 miles (485 km) over 5 days while weighing around 200 lb (100 kg).

Novel riding includes mounted games and racing, most popular at the pony club level. Many games involve horse and rider racing against the clock to win a course. The best known of the novelty riding sports is probably barrel racing, often seen at rodeos. A variety of breeds are used for these, with ponies being very popular.

Rodeo riding involves a variety of sports, including team roping, bronco riding, barrel racing, and break roping. In Australia, rodeos usually also include a day of essay competition at camp. Like western riding, camp drafting had its origins in Australia, probably around 1880 to 1890, and involves cutting a cow or steer out of a herd at a “camp”, then driving the beast around a course. in the form of a cloverleaf. The Australian Stock Horse is the prominent breed used for this sport, although Quarter Horses also do well.