Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day



By Rick Morris

[NOTE: This is a column that we publish every Labor Day.]

In the world we live in today, Labor Day may seem like the most anachronistic of holidays today, certainly more so than Independence Day, Memorial Day or anything else that still seems completely relevant -- but there are still people left to remind us of the importance of the day.

As an example, I would cite my great-aunt Josephine – who is observing her 99th Labor Day today – someone who worked very hard at her job for decades and who helped unionize her workplace when abusive conditions became completely rampant. Now, I'm no fan at all of what many affiliates of the modern labor movement do to workers -- taking money out of their paychecks so that they can hand it to politicians who advance causes many workers oppose -- but that doesn't change at all the heroism of those who in an earlier day and age put their own well-being on the line to help build a more humane workplace and society.

To my great-aunt Josie and all of the other heroes who helped to build a better America, Happy Labor Day.

MLB power rankings for start of September



By Rick Morris

NOTE: Rankings from the start of the season to the last installment are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Los Angeles Angels (14-6-6-6-2-2-2-4)
SECOND TIER
2 Baltimore (16-16-15-13-5-4-4-2)
3 Los Angeles Dodgers (5-8-10-10-4-10-3-3)
4 Washington (7-10-11-11-11-6-6-6)
5 Oakland (1-1-3-1-1-1-1-2)
6 San Francisco (4-3-1-2-9-8-9-11)
7 Seattle (24-19-18-16-7-9-13-8)
8 Detroit (8-4-4-5-8-5-5-9)
9 Kansas City (10-9-21-9-12-20-11-5)
10 St. Louis (11-11-7-7-10-3-7-10)
11 Pittsburgh (26-24-22-21-15-12-12-12)
12 Milwaukee (2-2-2-3-3-11-10-7)
13 Atlanta (3-5-8-8-6-7-14-17)
14 Cleveland (27-26-26-18-19-14-15-15)
15 New York Yankees (13-17-9-15-16-15-16-14)
16 Toronto (19-18-5-4-14-16-8-13)
THIRD TIER
17 Cincinnati (15-14-17-17-13-13-17-16)
18 Tampa Bay (21-21-24-28-20-17-18-18)
19 Miami (17-12-12-12-17-22-20-19)
20 San Diego (25-25-25-26-21-27-22-20)
21 New York Mets (9-15-16-25-23-21-21-21)
22 Chicago White Sox (18-20-20-20-18-19-19-22)
FOURTH TIER
23 Philadelphia (23-27-27-27-28-25-28-27)
24 Chicago Cubs (28-29-30-29-27-29-27-26)
25 Minnesota (22-22-23-24-22-24-24-23)
26 Boston (20-13-19-22-25-18-25-24)
27 Arizona (30-28-29-30-29-23-23-25)
28 Houston (29-30-28-23-26-26-26-28)
FIFTH TIER
29 Colorado (6-7-14-14-30-28-29-30)
30 Texas (12-23-13-19-24-30-30-29)

BIGGEST RISERS: San Francisco (5 spots), Atlanta (4 spots), Los Angeles Angels (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Milwaukee (5 spots), Kansas City and Oakland (4 spots), Toronto (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 AL WEST 71
2 NL CENTRAL 74
3 AL EAST 77
4 AL CENTRAL 78
5 NL EAST 80
6 NL WEST 85

AL 226
NL 239

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #453 – Survivor



By Rick Morris
Mini-Episode #453 of The FDH Lounge features a backstage, pre-concert conversation with ‘80s rockers Survivor.

       

       

       

       

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #452 – 2014 FDH MLB Top 30



By Rick Morris
Mini-Episode #452 of The FDH Lounge features analysis of the 2014 FDH MLB Top 30 Players list with FDH Lounge Dignitary Steve Kallas.

       

       

       

       

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #451 – Top guest clips #351-450



By Rick Morris
Here is Mini-Episode #451 of THE FDH LOUNGE, highlighting some of the top guest moments of the past 100 segments, including conversations with the likes of Bob Barker, Kenny Albert, Robert Flores and Lex Luger.