Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vin Scully missing postseason due to medical procedure

The LA Dodgers are my favorite baseball team. One of my first baseball games was in Dodgers Stadium, back in mid-1980s. Vin Scully is one of the best broadcasters in sports, and he has been the main commentator for more than sixty years for LA Dodgers games. Unfortunately, he will be missing the postseason due to a recent medical procedure. Vin will be back in 2016, for his 67th final season. Furthermore, it is hard to believe that he has been doing the same job for six decades plus. Vin is from Brooklyn, NY originally. The LA Dodgers host the NY Mets in game 1, of the NL division series tomorrow night. So far, the MLB playoffs have been upset filled. The NY Yankees lost at home in the first wildcard game, to the Houston Astros. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost at home in the NL wildcard game, to the Chicago Cubs. Today, the Texas Rangers beat Toronto in Canada. Finally, the Houston Astros upset the KC Royals tonight. The Astros are looking really good. Hope the LA Dodgers can beat the NY Mets in their series. Go Dodger Blue! Hope you enjoy the picture above, as the LA Dodgers logo is a popular one.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Quantico: a new tv show on ABC, and home of the FBI Academy

Have you been to Quantico, or heard of this small town in Virginia? It is in Prince William County, Virginia. The town is the home of the FBI Academy. The town is bordered by the Potomac River, and Quantico is 37 miles southwest of Washington, DC. During my three years living in Northern Virginia, a drive to Quantico was not high on my list of places to see. On the contrary, it should have been a place for me to see. Next, Quantico is a TV show on ABC. The show has its series premiere on ABC, on September 27. The show is a 60 minute fictional story, about young FBI recruits training at the US Marine Corps base. The show stars Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, as Alex Parrish. Priyanka is a talented Bollywood actress, and she won Miss World pageant in 2000. She has lived in the US, and in India throughout her cosmopolitan life. One of her best Indian movies is "What is your Raashee?"; which is a favorite of mine. Finally, hope "Quantico" tv show does well in its first season. Hope it gets extended to a 2nd season, if the first season's ratings are high. Hope you enjoy the picture of Priyanka Chopra above. She is in the picture, with Kerry Washington (another beautiful actress and the main star of "Scandal" on ABC). Au revoir!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Forget Under Armour and Nike, Adidas is the big winner at US Open 2015

If you are a fan of Roger Federer or Andy Murray, then you did not like the final men's result at the US Open. Andy Murray is sponsored by Under Armour, and Roger Federer is a Nike endorser. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the men's final, and Novak wears Adidas shoes. Novak won his second US Open title, and he will end the year at #1 in men's rankings. Novak tired out the Swiss Maestro, and Roger converted on four of twenty three break point chances only. As for the ladies final, it was an all Italian one with Flavia Pennetta defeating Roberta Vinci. Flavia beat Simona Halep, the #2 women's seed; and Vinci beat Serena Williams in the semifinals. In the battle of Italian friends, Flavia won the match in two sets with her Adidas Stella McCartney Barricade sneakers. Vinci denied Serena in the semifinals the chance to win the calendar grand slam, in a shocking three set defeat. In Pennetta's second round match, a drone crashed into the seats. Pennetta survived this eccentric ordeal, and won her first US Open title five matches later. As for the footwear battles, Adidas is moving forward in other sports like the NFL. Recently, the German shoe producer signed Aaron Rodgers (the Super Bowl winning QB from Green Bay). DeMarco Murray, Jimmy Graham, and Vonn Miller are Adidas endorsers too. James Harden of the NBA Houston Rockets signed with Adidas, but Adidas has a very small share of NBA shoe market. Hopefully, more NBA stars will join Adidas in upcoming years. As a final thought, hope you enjoy the picture of Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini. Fognini beat Rafael Nadal at US Open in the third round, in a brilliant comeback. Fognini is the fiance of Flavia too. Pennetta announced that she would be retiring at the end of 2015, during her US Open trophy acceptance speech. Great way to end a good career!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Carson and Sanders challenging the front-runners in NH, and Iowa

Today, the US looks at a variety of candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties for Election 2016. On the Republican side, Donald Trump is leading Ben Carson in New Hampshire and Iowa. Trump has captured 29% support, and Carson has 22% support. These two candidates are the only GOP ones to hit double digits, in the NBC News/Marist poll. "The Donald" is being known as a tea party type, or anti-immigrant type. The next Republican presidential primary debate is September 16, at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In contrast, Bernie Sanders has gained major popularity on the Democratic side. The independent Vermont senator is leading Hillary Clinton by 41%-32%, in the New Hampshire 2016 democratic primary poll. This poll is conducted by NBC News/Marist also. However, Hillary is leading the way over Bernie Sanders by 38%-27% in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus poll. One may wonder how is Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary in national polls. Finally, Georgia and Florida polls show Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the front-runners in their respective parties. Jeb Bush and the other Republican candidates are not gaining ground on Trump, and the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Joe Biden has not announced his decision to run in the presidential race, and he is doing well in the democratic polls. Will the current Vice President announce his run for President? That question is a tough one for Joe to answer. In closing, the presidential election is less than fourteen months away. It will be here, before voters of all ages know it. Hope you enjoy the picture above, as some of the candidates faces are familiar ones.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Brazil mired in recession, with the 2016 Olympics less than one year away

Today, many news articles on Brazil is what came to me as great reading material. Brazil is the second largest economy in the western hemisphere, and the country has produced a negative gdp for the past two quarters. The country's currency, Brazilian real, is plummeting. The country's unemployment is rising quickly. Also, the country's president, Dilma Rousseff; has an approval rating of 8%. With all of these debacles happening in the country, how will the 2016 Olympic games be affected? If you are an optimist, then you hope the Olympic games will not endure the recession or further distress. Brazil is associated with BRIC, and it's an emerging market economy. Yet, China and Brazil are going through tough times. So, is the BRIC the right area to invest in? Furthermore, one of the main reasons for Brazil's recession is the major corruption in the country. Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, is going through a major money laundering scandal. Electrobras, a large Brazilian utility company, is going through a major money laundering scandal too. In addition, the people of Brazil are protesting for Rousseff to be impeached. Finally, let's look at this experience from a foreign traveler's viewpoint. Would you want to travel to a country where your life could be in economic jeopardy? As a traveler, you could be exposed to the protests plus a falling currency, etc. In the end, think before you spend. Business travel will decrease to this nation, and other South American countries economies could lose steam. In closing, let's hope the Brazilians can turn the tide before the 2016 olympics start. Hope you enjoy the picture above, of the Brazilian flag. It is a cosmopolitan symbol for the author, and it should remain one of strength and resilience.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Quick trip to Cincinnati, OH for WR$G appearance

Over the past three days, Cincinnati has been my quick getaway trip. There was a tv show called WKRP in Cincinnati, in early 1980s. This trip to Cincinnati, OH to see my cousins is for 'WR$G in Cincinnati' cameo. First, the reunion with Kumthekar, Mehta, and Kulkarni families has been fun and reminiscent. It is great to see three generations of family, from my mother's side. RSG is visiting Cincinnati, after three years. Today, the ATP/WTA Western and Southern Open is my destination. Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in the men's final. Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep in the women's final. It was great to see both matches. During the women's final, the talented Mr. Rahulio Greenleaf spotted Drake. Drake is a renowned hip-hop musician. Drake is a major supporter of Serena Williams. Getting a picture of 'Drizzy' was the appropriate thing to do. After the matches, Roger Federer was on my radar. The Swiss Maestro came very close to me, and it was great to see the Grand Slam champion. That's all for me to write for this edition of 'WR$G in Cincinnati' chapter. Hope you enjoyed another vignette by RSG. Check out the picture above of Roger!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Google's new reorganization into Alphabet

In the past few days, Google announced that it would reorganize itself under a new parent company. Alphabet is the new parent company, and it serves as a holding company for all of Google's separate businesses. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt will hold the top leadership positions in Alphabet. Sundar Pichai is the new CEO of Google, and used to be a product chief to Larry Page. Pichai is the head of Gmail, Android, and Google search products currently. As a conglomerate, Alphabet will be the holding company for Nest and Google Glass. Alphabet will let Google continue to innovate, and to pursue projects that may or may not come to fruition. Alphabet will report financial information separately for each of its companies. Financial analysts and investors will understand better how the different pieces of Google operate. Hopefully, the conglomerate will bring some revolutionary products to the tech. society. On the other hand, renaming Google may not have an immediate impact on consumers. Self-driving cars is another product line, that will be under Alphabet. Yet, this product line has not quite taken off. The future for Google remains bright. Android and YouTube are two familiar products, which will be under Alphabet too. Hope you like the picture of Larry, Eric, and Sergey (the brilliant triumvirate) above. What will be the new products under Alphabet? It is yet to be determined, as the future brand of Alphabet will be marketed superbly.