Spy Game and Notorious

Alfred Hitchcock had a pretty good sense of the landscape of the just before and just after World War II. His 1940 film not only foresaw the march to War, but of the need to get the US involved in the War, ending on a call to help the allies. Notorious, from 1946, foresaw some of the implications of Nazis and Nazi-sympathizers without a sanctuary in Europe and facing treason trials in the US. Notorious (1946) opens on a treason trial in the US for a Nazi sympathizer and the recruitment of his daughter, played by Ingrid Bergman, by a US spy agency to apprehend a Nazi friend of her father’s in Rio. Along the way she works with her handler played by Cary Grant, ultimately falling in love with h

2001: An Attack on America

This installment is more than just the 2001 season, it also covers a couple of other games in other seasons of the twenty-first century where the season was interrupted in a couple of ways for just a single game. 2001 Highest paid player: Alex Rodriguez, $22 Million US President: George W. Bush In the News: US Spy Plane crash lands in China, 24 US crew members detained for 11 days by the Chinese Government. Timothy McVey executed for the Oklahoma City Bombing Still unsolved anthrax attacks in the US First Class Postage Stamp: $0.34 Number of Games: 162 Number of Teams: 30 Changes since 1995: Expansion Teams Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (AL, later changed their name simp

Watchmen and Comic Book Vigilantes

Superheroes are vigilantes working outside of the law for good, or their interpretation of "good." There are times in film that the public or lawmakers reach the limit of what extra-judicial behavior they are willing to take from these actors These vigilantes or super-powered people are then required to register with the government or make their behavior completely illegal. This concepts have been visited a number of times in comics and graphic novels and ultimately come to the silver screen as well. The most influential comics to address this issue came out of the 1980’s, a time when comics started to abandon the moral restrictions of the Comics Code. The Code was brought about in the 1950’

1995: Win Above Replacements

The game was going to come back in some form. We were saved from a sham of a season at the last moment and were treated with a new era of baseball that would shape nearly a decade of the game. Who saved baseball? They all did. 1995 Highest Paid Player: Cecil Fielder $9,237,500 US President: Bill Clinton In the News Oklahoma City Bombing Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin slain by Jewish extremist at peace rally US bail out of Mexican Economy as the price of the Peso crashed First Class Postage Stamp: $0.32 Number of Games: 143-145 Number of Teams: 28 Teams of 1995 compared to 1994: the league was unchanged. The Ruling That Saved The Game From the New York Times in April 1995, “The judge or

1994: A Year Without Playoffs

It was a year as I was just starting to get excited by baseball and then it went away without a World Series. It was the heyday of cheap baseball cards, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and a slew of exciting stars of the 1990's. Ken Burns' Baseball documentary first aired on PBS. It was lost season that delayed a dynasty and was last shot for another franchise to succeed. Ironically, this was a great time for kids to get interested in the game that the league hasn't seen quite at this level ever since. 1994 Highest Paid Player: Bobby Bonilla $6.3 million US President: Bill Clinton In the News Nelson Mandella wins presidency in first interracial election in South Africa OJ Simpson slow speed cha

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