2018 Idaho Regatta Returns After One Year Hiatus

The Idaho Regatta returned to Burley, Idaho last weekend after a one year absence due to high water levels in 2017. My wife and I have attended each year since we re-located in Idaho five years ago. Thanks a million to my son-in-law Jason Stevens, sales manager for Watkin’s Distributing, this area’s Budweiser merchants, for the complimentary tickets. Just pack a picnic lunch, sun-screen, lawn chairs, and your favorite beverages (some of us are alcohol-free) and chill out by the Snake River, until it begins. Plenty of sun, fun, and for many, Bud, to go around. Our first year here, it was over 100 degrees (120 in the port-a-potties)! It wasn’t pleasant until the action began. One thousand to fifteen hundred horsepower boats that can go up to 130mph race around an island for four laps to determine heat winners on Saturday and eventually champions on Sunday. There are limitations on some races. Some you are disqualified if you go over 85mph and some 100mph. The racers have a GPS system that tells the officials if they break that limit. Racers from allover, including one from New Zealand this year compete. There was no going around the island this year. It was too windy and the water treacherous. So they circled in front of us instead of disappearing behind the island for a few seconds. The roar of the engines wakens everyone from their somberness when they line up. It is loud and sounds so powerful!! The temperatuure was in the mid to upper 70’s this year, and 20-25mph winds. Part of the race was delayed until Sunday. The K-boats, the big guys had to wait a day. Something about they need the water calmer to function properly. Oh well. Some chicken, a few chips, diet Pepsi, and a lot of exciting races later, we left for home. Some content, some -despite a ton of sun-screen-lobsteresque. Ask my wife, lol. Next year!!

Cheering for the Brewers two nights a week!

Raised as a Colorado Rockies fan. I grew up going to Coors Field in Denver with my Grandpa and Grandma. They would get cheap “Rock Pile” tickets and we would enjoy a sunny afternoon at the park learning the game and eating peanuts! It was a favorite past time and now that my Grandpa is no longer with us, the memories are cherished deeply.

Now let’s get into the Chicago Cubs, I honestly don’t remember the exact time I became a Cubs fan. But I wanna say it was about 7 years ago. Justin was a huge NFL fan and I wasn’t that interested. I was more into Nascar and he wasn’t interested in that. So we met in the middle with Baseball. We started watching the Cubs off and on and became more familiarized with the team. So we decided to go check them out at Wrigley Field. We were instantly hooked. The feel and warmth of Wrigley just was Home. I suppose from that moment on I knew the Cubs were my team.
So. Anyways my daughters started their first year of fast pitch this summer. I decided to move them into that program so that we are prepared for high school and they can learn a lot more of the dynamics of softball. And let’s be honest, fast pitch is so much more entertaining than slow pitch. So we signed up in our leisure club here in town. They play on “Major League” teams. So of course I was just praying to god my girls (who are both on separate teams) didn’t get stuck on the Cardinals or the Yankees. And was just hoping I would have pure luck and the would end up on the Cubs. Nope. That didn’t happen. They BOTH ended up on the Milwaukee Brewers, not just one. BOTH. (Insert face palm)

Now I now The Cubs and Brewers have a very strong rivalry, but I look at it as more of a friendly rivalry. Unlike one with the Cardinals or White Sox.
I honestly LOVE Wisconsin, I love the people, I love the towns. I spend a lot of time there and have met some of the most amazing people from that state. I have a lot of friends who are Brewers fans and we are constantly going back and forth about our teams. So they thought it was quite funny to see my kids wearing Brewers jerseys!

The first few nights of ball were very interesting. We had worked with our kids quite frequently to get them prepared, batting cages, pitching machines, etc.
Our oldest daughter pitched slow pitch so she wanted to attempt fast pitch. The coaches really worked with her and prepared her.

Monday was her debut. They had a double header and she was going to start the 2nd game. I’m most certain I was a million times more nervous than she was. Justin kept telling me to chill out and she would be fine. She also forgot her face mask so all I could think of was her getting a line drive straight to her braces. All in all she did well, she didn’t do great and still needs A lot of practice on her release technique. But this is why I put my kids into this leisure. To improve their skills. I love watching them change and grow with their team every single week. And although it kills me inside to cheer for the Brewers…..my girls still know Mama is a Cubs fan for life!

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Cheering for the Brewers two nights a week!

Raised as a Colorado Rockies fan. I grew up going to Coors Field in Denver with my Grandpa and Grandma. They would get cheap “Rock Pile” tickets and we would enjoy a sunny afternoon at the park learning the game and eating peanuts! It was a favorite past time and now that my Grandpa is no longer with us, the memories are cherished deeply.

Now let’s get into the Chicago Cubs, I honestly don’t remember the exact time I became a Cubs fan. But I wanna say it was about 7 years ago. Justin was a huge NFL fan and I wasn’t that interested. I was more into Nascar and he wasn’t interested in that. So we met in the middle with Baseball. We started watching the Cubs off and on and became more familiarized with the team. So we decided to go check them out at Wrigley Field. We were instantly hooked. The feel and warmth of Wrigley just was Home. I suppose from that moment on I knew the Cubs were my team.
So. Anyways my daughters started their first year of fast pitch this summer. I decided to move them into that program so that we are prepared for high school and they can learn a lot more of the dynamics of softball. And let’s be honest, fast pitch is so much more entertaining than slow pitch. So we signed up in our leisure club here in town. They play on “Major League” teams. So of course I was just praying to god my girls (who are both on separate teams) didn’t get stuck on the Cardinals or the Yankees. And was just hoping I would have pure luck and the would end up on the Cubs. Nope. That didn’t happen. They BOTH ended up on the Milwaukee Brewers, not just one. BOTH. (Insert face palm)

Now I now The Cubs and Brewers have a very strong rivalry, but I look at it as more of a friendly rivalry. Unlike one with the Cardinals or White Sox.
I honestly LOVE Wisconsin, I love the people, I love the towns. I spend a lot of time there and have met some of the most amazing people from that state. I have a lot of friends who are Brewers fans and we are constantly going back and forth about our teams. So they thought it was quite funny to see my kids wearing Brewers jerseys!

The first few nights of ball were very interesting. We had worked with our kids quite frequently to get them prepared, batting cages, pitching machines, etc.
Our oldest daughter pitched slow pitch so she wanted to attempt fast pitch. The coaches really worked with her and prepared her.

Monday was her debut. They had a double header and she was going to start the 2nd game. I’m most certain I was a million times more nervous than she was. Justin kept telling me to chill out and she would be fine. She also forgot her face mask so all I could think of was her getting a line drive straight to her braces. All in all she did well, she didn’t do great and still needs A lot of practice on her release technique. But this is why I put my kids into this leisure. To improve their skills. I love watching them change and grow with their team every single week. And although it kills me inside to cheer for the Brewers…..my girls still know Mama is a Cubs fan for life!

 

Written by my niece Amanda Smith. Thank you for sharing!

MLB: The New Brew Crew? And Other Tidbits.

The MLB regular season is a third over with some wonderful surprises! Being from the Dairy State, I’ve always been a Milwaukee Brewers fan eventho my favorite teams are the Yankees and Cubs. They just don’t want or can’t afford high priced talent. Towards the end of last year and

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MLB: The New Brew Crew and Other Tidbits

Being from Wisconsin, I was automatically a Brewer fan in the 70’s, even though I’m a Yankees and Cubs fan first. As a young lad, I read all the books on all the Yankees legends – Ruth, Gerhig, Dimaggio, Berra, etal. Cable TV and WGN showing all the Cubs games lured me to follow the Cubbies. Banks, Santo, Kessinger, Beckert, Jenkins, etc. Robin Yount was an 18 year old rookie, and that attracted me. They made it to a world series and lost. Since then, being a small market team, the money for high priced free agents wasn’t there. Who needs money? The Twins always made a run as did the Royals. Since the end of last season, the Brew Crew has been an improving team. They’re not Bambi’s Bombers. They’re just a sound fundamental team playing good baseball. They do have a habit of beating less than .500 teams and playing below that against teams with a winning record. I expect that to change. They are in the same division as the Cubs and Cardinals. How the Cubs are winning with a motley crew of starting pictures and hitters not measuring up is beyond me. Yu Darvish has been a bust, Quintana has been mediocre, Hendricks isn’t fooling anyone. And they let Jake Arrieta get away! Right now that division is up for grabs.

Watching the Yankees has been fun. They are never out of the game. They may hit close to 300 homers for the year. Judge has improved. Stanton and Sanchez haven’t hit their stride. Torres and Andujar are outplaying most rookies. Severino has been untouchable. Even with up and down pitching from Gray, Tanaka, and the loss of Montgomery, their bullpen has been lights out for the most part. Only the Red Sox who are having a great start are in their way. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros are way above the rest. Verlander is in a whole different league than everyone else. Closebehind are Morton and McCullers. Their starting staff is on pace for a record even with Keuchel under acheiving.

Watch out for the Angels though. They are holding their own even though they have half their team on the disabled list. Ohtani is a freak of nature and just getting warmed up. And now, he too, is on the list. Once they get healthy, they will be a playoff team to be reckoned with. Thanks to Trout mostly. There’s my prediction for four of the playoff teams in the AL.

In the NL, I see the Cubs, Cardinals, D-backs, Dodgers (if they get healthy) and I’ll through in the surprising Phillies in the mix. Maybe the New Brew Crew too!

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Yankees Heating Up

It’s easy for me to writeabout the Yankees-been a fan for 55 years. Read all the books about the greats from back in the day. My concern going into the season was not the production at the plate, but could any of their pitchers get it over the plate. Tanaka so far has been up and down. Sonny Gray has been anything but sunny. Montgomery has been temporarily shelved. German started great and may just be an above average addition to the rotation. And then there’s Severino. Wow! He’s been sensational. He’s now 6-1 with an ERA just above 2. Kershaw type stats. Giancarlo is getting to know the American League pitchers better so beware. Didi has been slumping, but no worries. The guy I’m waiting to see get going is Brett Gardner. He’s scored a lot, but is barely hitting his weight. After a quarter of the season, the Yankees are beginning to flex their muscles. With a little more pitching, they’ll be almost unbeatable.

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Brewers Starting Out Cold

Yelich and Cain were supposed to help the Brewer offense. Offense is still struggling. Bottom of the order not hitting at all. Sogard was sent to the Minors after going hitless 27 ab in a row. On the brite side the starting pitching has been adequate and relief pitching is lights out. Knebhl is back but Harder and Jefferies have been more than good while he was on the dl.

Big question is will the offense come around? Hoping they hit better when the weather warmer.

Written by John Zwickey of Madison,WI.[BLUE]Light Comfortable Leather Baseball Outfilders-Gloves LEFT

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Packers 2018 Draft Picks Questionable?

The Green Bay Packers 2018 draft picks were interesting to me. Earlier I mentioned how much I wanted Josh Jackson from Iowa to be a Packer. We got him! Why he was available in the second round is beyond me. Evidentaly, they thought higher of Jaire Alexander than of Josh. I don’t know much about Alexander, but I saw Jackson every Saturday because my wife is a Hawkeye fan. Who couldn’t be, with the heart wrenching tribute to the children’s hospital during home games. We should get much needed help in the secondary. Tramon Williams is back and can show them a few things. Ha Ha is getting better and better. Still a little ticked that Sam Shields didn’t come back to the Pack. Loved to watch him play. I’m hoping Vince Biegel stays healthy and plays alongside Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. All this help won’t matter if they can’t mount a pass rush. No cover man can sustain coverage for 6 seconds and even a mediocre NFL quarterback can complete a pass with protection for that long. Mike Daniels can put the pressure on as well as Dean Lowry, but can anyone else? Clay played injured a lot and needs to stay healthy and get back to form. Remember, defense wins championships, and Green Bay is lagging behind many strong defenses. Like the Vikings. On offense, I wonder why so many wide recivers were picked. Jordy was let go, and he was one of the best. Money reasons? Davante Adams is becoming great and Randall Cobb hasn’t been able to stay on the field. He has yet to be the impact that’s been predicted. Geronimo Allison is someone I love to watch. Maybe a starter? Three rookie wide receivers seems a little much. Couldn’t they find a pass rusher? Or running back? I was hoping Sony Michel would be available. It’s yet to be seen just how good Ty Montgomery is. Jamaal Williams is an above average back and fun to watch. Aaron Jones? Hopefully Ty can stay healthy this season. Thank you God for Jimmy Graham! Maybe that addition will help Lance Kendricks be better than last year. We also need a decent backup signal caller. The other Brett just isn’t the answer should St. Aaron goes down. Should be an interesting year in Lambeauland. Hopefully, the majority of the players can stay healthy unlike last year. Should you-know-who go down, it will be another disappointing year.

No Champs But Nothing But Winners

No Champs – Plenty of Winners

Saturday my wife and I had the pleasure of watching our granddaughter play in a volleyball “tournament”. Tournament was in quotations because it wasn’t really a tournament. No champion was crowned! Just pure fun and showcasing of some very talented young ladies in the 10-12 year range. The teams were from many cities in the Southern Idaho area and held in Filer. Twin Falls, Gooding, Minico, Declo, and our granddaughter’s team from Kimberly to name a few. Four games each to busy themselves on a crisp spring Saturday. The youth activities here are awesome. For boys as well as girls. It makes me smile to see so much going on for the children here. In fact, a little jealous. Nothing like this existed in my town when I was growing up except boys Little League baseball (no tee ball either). Kids are taught the value of teamwork and to help those with less than average athletic ability learn the game and have fun. Be part of something instead of being apart from things. No trophies. No clear winner. No dog eat dog competition. Sure they want to win. Everyone wants to be a winner. In this case, everyone is a winner. The girls, the coaches, the families and society. Every community could use more of this and less blood and guts competition. Childhood sporting events should be about forming good relationships with their peers and having fun. Doing their best regardless of winning or losing. Kudos to anyone involved with Southern Idaho youth sports events. Even though my granddaughters team won all four matches, EVERYONE went home a winner!!!!!!!!!!!!