Musings From the Bench 1/5 Edition

musings from the bench-2At precisely the moment when the clock struck 12 and the transition from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day occurred, the first baby of 2015 was born at the city hospital.  At approximately that same time a father and son were walking down the street in another part of the city when shots were fired from a black SUV wounding the father making him the first gunshot victim of 2015.  His 18-year old son became the first homicide victim.

I was reminded of two things.  An episode of “Homicide: Life On the Street” and the song “And When I Die” written by Laura Nyro.


“And when i die,

and when I’m gone,

There’ll be one child born

In the world

To carry on, to carry on.”

In the episode of HLOTS the homicide detectives are working their shift in a very quiet squad room on New Year’s Eve.  As soon as the clock strikes 12 the detectives start responding to homicides all over Balto while the song “Boom Boom Boom” by the Iguanas plays in the background.

I’m not sure if art is imitating life or life is imitating art.


I’m a fan of the movie “The Princess Bride”. You’ll notice I didn’t say the book as I’ve never read the book by William Goldman which he wrote in 1973. But I’d hazard a guess that the movie stays true to his words since he’s the one who wrote the screenplay.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, Grandfather (Peter Falk) stops by his grandson’sprincess_bride (Fred Savage) house because the boy is ill and bored to tears. Grandfather brings the book “The Princess Bride” with him to read to the kid and spend some time with him. Of course the kid thinks the whole idea of having Grandfather read to him is lame, but what other choice does he have?  Grandfather starts reading, grandson asks questions and that’s when you know the kid is hooked.

Without getting into the meat of this fairytale romance I will say that whenever Buttercup asks farmboy Westley to get her something he answers with “as you wish.” The movie ends with the grandson asking the grandfather to come back tomorrow and read the book to him again and he answers with ‘as you wish’ and the credits roll. Now I’ve read something on Facebook that makes me wonder if I ever really knew “The Princess Bride” at all.

imagesMany people think that when Grandfather turns to his grandson and says ‘as you wish’ with that twinkle in his eye, he’s actually the Dread Pirate Roberts ready to hand over the mask to the grandson making him the new Dread Pirate Roberts.  Either those people are all fools or I’ve missed something every time I’ve seen the movie. I was always under the impression the phrase ‘as you wish’ was another way of saying ‘I love you.’


The first round of the NFL playoffs is over and I couldn’t be any more disappointed with the outcome. My picks:





I picked the Steelers because I’m afraid of the Ravens. As a Pats fan I’ve had my hopes crushed by the Ratbirds before.

I picked the Cardinals because I wanted to see NFL history being made. Had they been able to go all the way to the Super Bowl, they would have been the first team to actually have real home field advantage as SBXLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium.

I never thought the Bengals had a chance in hell of beating the Colts.

I picked the Lions because I really thought Tony Romo was going to choke. Heck, he usually does.

Here’s what I’d like to see happen on Saturday, January 10, 2015Patriots-vs-Ravens-deja-vu

Here’s what I’m afraid will happen on Saturday, January 10, 2015pats ravens

Sorry this weeks column is so short….I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately.

Thanks for reading Musings From the Bench 1/5 Edition.  Until next time.

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Born in the '50s, grew up in the '60s, got married in the '70s. Gave birth in the '80s and started collecting social security in 2013. My time is my own and I don't mind sharing my opinions on everything with everybody. I hate injustice, the truth is easier to remember than a lie. I like the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the New York Mets, and that English futbol team from Liverpool.


  1. Last things first… I’m picking the Ravens simply because the Ravens tend to have the Pats number and I expect them to have it once agaan… at leaat I damn well hope they do any way, since. as a Jets fan the Patriots and Belichick are public enemies… number1 and number 1A.

    Now, the first thing next… As far as your opinion of “as you wish…”… you are 100% correct…it means “I love you” and will do whatever can be done to make you happy and saisfied.

    In fact… in the very beginning of the story… there is this line…

    Grandpa: [voiceover] That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.

    Case closed…

    The grandpop is simply saying “I love you, grandson” and “See, we old men aren’t as silly as you think we are after all, huh?” That’s all…

    Sometimes people try to read way too much into stuff that really needs no explantion at all.

  2. A fellow Pats fan told me not to worry about the game against the Ravens as these are not the same players as the ones that picked our bones clean a few years ago. After seeing what they did to Big Ben, makes me think these guys are worse.

    IMO the only thing worse than being a J-E-T-S fan is being a Raiders fan, but who knows, now that Rex and Idzik are gone things can start looking up for your team.

    “The Princess Bride” is to me a straight forward movie of young love, adventure, and promise. Why some folks have to see conspiracy around every corner is beyond me.

  3. Does it really matter if Grandfather either means “I love you” or “You are the next Dread Pirate Roberts”? And aren’t they essentially the same thing?

    The book is based on the original story which contains a lot of political and economic lecturing which I can do without. The story was meant to illustrate the original author’s ideas here. Goldman rewrote the original story to (in almost his words) keep the good parts and cut out the bad parts. I like the result.

    With respect to your picks and the Cowboys-Lions game in particular: It wasn’t Romo who folded (nor, for that matter, Stafford). But the officiating crew taught us all a lesson in how not to run a football game.

  4. They said in the booth that the ref squad was one that hadn’t worked together much….it was almost as if the replacement refs had come back.

    “Good night, grandson.Good work. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” Nah, don’t see it happening. ‘As you wish’=’I love you’ and that’s it.

    “Breakfast at Tiffany s” is on our Netflix queue. I’ll let you know what I think.

  5. This is essentially what the coach said about that penalty when asked by the media if he got an explanation for why the flag was picked up… I got one but not one that I liked. Then, he said something to the effect of… but that didn’t cost us the game… we had our chances and just didn’t take advantage of them.

    That and a 10 yard punt didn’t help, either.

    Let me ask… were there calls that went against Dallas earlier in that game? I bet the answer is yes. One play… unless its in the last two minutes, or so, does not cost a team a game.

  6. Joe,

    Fair disclosure: I am a Lions fan, and have been dedicated to the Honolulu blue and silver since the beginning of the fifties. This does not mean that I believe in conspiracy theories or even that that call cost the Pontiac Pussycats the game. But it was a slap in the face to the Lions–and possibly to the Cowboys as well.

    I also heard the report that this was an “ad hoc” refereeing crew. The officiating throughout the game was–er–uneven?, but there were no blatant miscalls on the order of the Phantom Flag Play. One video roundtable I saw gave “Winners and Losers” for the playoff games. The loser for the Cowboys-Lions game was cited to be the Lions offense. I thought the Detroit offense did okay for a doormat team–albeit falling off at the end. The real losers were the officiating crew. I think both teams deserved better.

    I once did some Little League umpiring, so that (of course) makes me a “foremost authority.” And in my opinion, those clowns officiating that game didn’t know their sphincters from a latrine from start to finish.

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