Big Dan's Ramblings

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Finding My Way

Big Dan's Ramblings

I’m sure that a lot of you – and, by ‘a lot of you,’ I mean the 3-4 people who read this blog – have realized that I have been delinquent in posting anything new over the past week or so. There’s a reason for that. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I want this blog to go, what I want it to be about, and what I want to get out of it. For starters, I remembered that the name of this blog is “Big Dan’s Ramblings.” It is not, as a new reader may think, “Big Dan’s Reposted Sports News.” There’s really no excuse for this lack of originality. Life has simply been hectic lately. My two princesses just turned one year old, I’ve been travelling a lot for work, my back has been bothering me, the softball season has reached the playoff stage, and I’ve been trying to keep up around the house and with some reading. To say that I have a lot on my plate is an understatement (oh, and grad school starts up again at the end of the month). Keeping up with daily posts on a blog has turned out to be a lot more work than I expected.

So, I’ve determined why and how this blog went south, but how do I turn it around?

My original goal was to update this blog daily. I was hoping that, by updating daily, I would garner a following of readers. I was also intending for these daily updates to be a means in which my writing skills would excel. I did pretty good at this goal during the first few days of the relaunch, but quickly found that, without having a backlog of ideas to write about, I ran into tremendous cases of writer’s block. I then decided that writing about the Red Sox games (using internet articles as sources) would be a good way to continue writing and updating daily. This activity turned into simply reposting articles written elsewhere on the internet. I’ve quickly learned that posting articles about the Red Sox, Patriots, or Celtics that other people have written is A) boring and B) counterproductive to my goals. Who wants to read an ESPN or Boston Globe article at some off-the-beaten-path blog? And, quite honestly, how does cutting and pasting (with proper credit, of course) someone else’s work help my writing skills evolve? The answer to the former question is ‘no one’ and the answer to the latter question is ‘it doesn’t.’

So, here’s what’s I propose. I’m not going to update daily. I’m going to aim for 2-3 quality posts per week. They will be original posts by me – Big Dan. They main be about the Red Sox, Patriots, or Celtics. Or they may be about the myriad of other things in my life: family, work, school, cooking, or (if I’m feeling really secure with this blog) original works of fiction. I’m a long way off from that last one however. I’ll also use places on the web like Plinky to give me inspiration on posts. I may find a voice here – a central theme that this blog evolves into a subject matter area for. And I may not. Who knows. I think the best course of action for me is to try to be consistent with my posts while working on quality over quantity. This isn’t to say I won’t post links to great articles on occasion, but they won’t be the main crux of this blog.

So, please, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Thank you for sticking with me as I find my way.

Arbitration Likely for Bruins’ Wheeler

From James Murphy, ESPN.com:

The Boston Bruins and restricted free agent Blake Wheeler have apparently reached an impasse in contract negotiations and it appears that the matter will have to be solved in the winger’s scheduled arbitration hearing Tuesday in Toronto.

Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator, e-mailing from Toronto on Monday morning, told ESPNBoston.com that Wheeler will be meeting him there later in the day to prepare for a hearing.

“I am in Toronto and Blake is flying in today,” Keator said. “I am anticipating arbitration tomorrow.”

If the two sides do indeed go to arbitration, the Bruins will have three options once the award is handed down: They can accept the award; they can accept and then buy out another player’s contract in a 48-hour buyout period granted to the team; or they can walk away from the award, making Wheeler an unrestricted free agent free to sign with any other NHL team.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has exercised the walk-away option before when he chose that route in 2006 when defenseman David Tanabe was awarded a $1.275 deal from an arbitrator. With the Bruins up tight against the cap, having just $12,229 to spend under the $59.4 million NHL salary cap, chances are Chiarelli will have to either trade a player or use the buyout option to accommodate whatever award Wheeler may receive. He could also deal Wheeler, but Keator told ESPNBoston.com last week that he didn’t expect that to happen.

“I don’t really know because that’s a question for the Bruins, but I wouldn’t think so,” Keator said. “He’s only 23 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. We’re not concerned about that. We know the cap situation and we know Peter [Chiarelli] is working hard to deal with it. But we can’t worry about it because it’s out of our control.”

Once this situation is resolved, it is expected that Chiarelli will shift his focus to signing rookie Tyler Seguin to his entry-level contract.

A Sunny Saturday in Northport

If you spend any time with me, you’ll know that I’m a Boston-boy through and through.  I love my Sox and Pats and B’s and C’s.  I think the world revolves around the Hub.  And, because of that, I tend to be a tortured soul since I live on Long Island.  I don’t tend to see what so great about New York or New Yorkers.  I’ve even gone so far as to generalize all of them as wimps because New York was the only colony out of thirteen that abstained from the vote for independence.  But, even I have to admit that life down here isn’t all bad.  I have met some great people – shocker, some of them are even native New Yorkers! – and been to some very cool place.  Northport, NY fits into that latter category.

I had always heard about little waterside town that can trace its farming and fishing roots back to the mid-1600’s from friends and colleagues.  It was supposed to be this quaint little town on the Long Island Sound that was a great place for a stroll on a summer weekend afternoon.  Up until recently, I had never had the chance to go.  I finally got around to it on Memorial Day weekend and can say that I really enjoyed it.  My wife and I packed up our twin girls and headed on up.  The town itself is only about a twenty-minute drive from our house, but there are no main roads that go there.  Perhaps that in and of itself is what has allowed Northport to maintain its rustic charm all these years.

We parked near the water and began to walk around – the harbor is right there and there’s a big grassy park area right near where all the boats come in and out.  It’s a perfect people-watching area.  We meandered through there, noting that it was one of the few places on Long Island that encouraged you to bring your dogs.  When we finished taking in the scenery, we walked down Main Street.  Shop after restaurant adorned the .  Nothing was a chain – everything seemed to be owner-operated.  We were lucky enough to find a swing set that our girls had a blast on.  After that, we took a walk deeper into town and found a great ice cream place called Lics.  Check out the write-up I did on EatingEverywhere.com about it.  We strolled back to the park with our ice cream in hand and proceeded to spend about an hour in a shaded, grassy area just enjoying our time together.

Overall, our day in Northport was probably one of the top five days we’ve had as a family so far.  I’m very much looking forward to going back and exploring more – some of those restaurants looked delicious!

Magic Making a Series of It

Boston CelticsThe Orlando Magic have now taken two straight games – the latest a 113-92 drubbing – from the Boston Celtics. All of a sudden the previously assumed entrance of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics into the NBA Finals is not such a done deal. Boston fans are reeling after the Bruins major letdown after going up 3-0 in their playoff series…could the C’s be next?

Kevin Garnett not enjoying the view Wednesday night Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Kevin Garnett not enjoying the view Wednesday night
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Eye-opener: Is now the time for the Celtics to panic? – USA Today
Magic stays in the hunt by beating Celtics, 113-92‎ – LA Times
2010 NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics lose Game 5, but retain confidence‎ – ESPN
Celtics’ Frontcourt and Momentum Are Shaken‎ – NY Times

There’s Life In This Here Blog

After a few hours of work, I imported all my posts from my old blog (it’s still up) on Blogger.com.  The posts were moved here more for posterity than anything else.  I have every intention of making this blog a place where I post a few times a week, if not more, about the things that are relevant to me – sports (mostly Boston-based), food/drink, and random events that occur over time.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride.  And, if you do enjoy what I write here – tell your friends!