Standings and Schedules and Stats. Oh My!

October 28th, 2018

The schedule is up for the rest of the season. Please don't ask for changes. You can tell me if your team isn't available on a certain day, but we're not going to make changes. It just causes too many problems. 

The standings are updated. The names of the divisions are the original members of one of my all-time favorite groups--the Average White Band. Rhythm and blues and funk are the main ingredients of my musical world (as I'm sure you can tell by looking at me). Funk was huge in the 1970s when I was playing ball in college. Fueled by an appreciation of James Brown's hard-driving back-up band, The Famous Flames, funk bands sprang up across America. They ranged from the somewhat-melodic Earth, Wind and Fire ("Shining Star") to the churning, thumping beats of The Ohio Players ("Fire") and Parliament ("We Want The Funk"). But then came AWB from, of all places, Scotland. Having grown up with an appreciation of American R&B, the Scots burst onto the scene with a No. 1 album and a No. 1 single. That single was "Pick Up The Pieces." (If you have never heard of AWB, Google "Pick Up The Pieces" and you'll say, "Oh, I've heard that song.")

Unfortunately, right when their album hit No. 1, their drummer, Robbie McIntosh, accidentally OD'ed at a party in the Hollywood Hills. The lead singer, Alan Gorrie, also almost died that night, but Cher (who was at the party) walked him around and kept him conscious until the EMTs arrived. They made several more albums and once played a concert in front of nearly one million people on Copacabana Beach in Rio. Their music is among the most sampled ever in the world of hip-hop.

The reason that the white album (as "AWB" is often referred to) was so important to me is that, when I was playing ball at Cochise, the only two radio stations in town were country and Spanish language. The funk and falsetto soul of AWB kept me sane.

The stats are mostly done and will now be updated weekly. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal recently about how every company has that one person who excels at Excel. My daughter, the in-demand engineer, is our Excel savant, but in recent weeks, she has been working on projects in California and Utah, as well as coaching a high-school volleyball team, so the Excel stuff fell to me...and then pretty much fell on the floor. Not all of the stats have been inputted properly, but the vast majority have. It should be perfect very soon.