Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday's musings

A lot of important sports happening this weekend...
Dallas 100, San Antonio 94: Dirk Nowitzki is a big star in this league, but I don't think he gets all the ink he should. He was 12 of 14 from the floor in this game, scored 36, powered a 7-0 run in the 2nd half all on his own, and was a key factor in Dallas winning this one. It also helped that the Mavs out-rebounded San Antonio, something hard for them to do...but something that makes them even harder to beat when they do it.

Meanwhile, it was a tough weekend for the Texas Rangers--they lost 5-2 yesterday to the New York Yankees, and were swept over the weekend. To me the key was that Yankee starting pitching just overmatched the Rangers all weekend--yesterday it was Andy Pettite, the day before it was A.J. Burnett, and before that it was C. C. Sabathia. All are pitching well. And the old cliche is right--good pitching beats good hitting most of the time...
The Detroit Tigers lost 2 of 3 over the weekend to Seattle; but did salvage yesterday's finale with a 4-2 win. The Tigers got an excellent start from Max Scherzer; a good sign. Once again Miguel Cabrera provided most of the offense with a 3-run homer.

Yes, the Obama administration passed their health insurance bill...but the American people still don't love it, nor do they love activist government in general:
"By almost every conceivable measure, Americans are less positive and more critical of their government these days. There is a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government—a dismal economy, an unhappy public, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials. These are among the principal findings from a new series of Pew Research Center surveys. Rather than an activist government to deal with the nation's top problems, these surveys show that the general public now wants government reformed and a growing number want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of Wall Street, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation's problems—including greater government control over the economy—than there was when Barack Obama first took office."

No wonder both Gallup and Rasmussen today have President Obama's job approval at only 48%.