Monday, April 20, 2015

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Some good things to discuss. No time to delay...

-After a beautiful weekend weatherwise, we start of this week with a rainy, miserable Monday. But speaking of this weekend, we had a wonderful time with family on Friday and Saturday and did something on Sunday, organize the garage, we've been meaning to do since the winter.

-The Mets have won eight games in a row and have not lost at home this year. That's the good news. Travis d'Arnaud was heating up, but will be out for a little while after being hit on his hand and fracturing it. The same goes for Jerry Blevins, broken forearm. In spite of these injuries, the Mets have gotten off to a huge start. Next man up. The Mets take on the Braves to finish a 10 game home stand and then head over to the Bronx for the Subway Series against the Yankees.

-Clover has been working on a post, which should be out this week, between patrolling the yard and sleeping all weekend.

-The Rangers travel to Pittsburgh for game 3 with the series tied 1-1. They looked a little flat in game 2 and the Pens came out flying. Whoever thought this team would make anything easy was just kidding themselves. Henrik and the boys drop the puck tonight at 7pm. Let's go Rangers!

-This week is about sticking to the plan I set and staying disciplined when it comes to food choices. So far, so good. With nicer weather, I have a goal to get out and play and explore. My little sidekick, Clover, is always up for both, which is a big deal.

Here's to a productive, healthy week. And don't forget, Let's go Rangers!

Until next time.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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The quest begins tonight for the New York Rangers. The quest for the Stanley Cup for those who might be a little lost.

For those of you who only watch playoff hockey, or only get into hockey during the playoffs, the Rangers finished with the overall point lead in the NHL and will have home ice advantage throughout their playoff run. That doesn't mean much in hockey. It's not like football where as a #1 seed you get rewarded with a bye. Oh no, in the NHL, you must play a 7 game series just like every other team who made the playoffs.

Without getting to deep into the series, the Rangers open up against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If the Rangers play the way they have been and the Penguins do as well, this series should be over within six games with the Rangers moving on. The Rangers have gotten healthy towards the end of the season and look to have Henrik Lundqvist back at full strength and fully rested.

Let's go Rangers!

Until next time.

Monday, April 13, 2015

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A lot to get into, so we will get right into it.

-Today is the Mets home opener at 1:10. For the first time in more than a couple of years, I will be making the trek out to Citi Field to cheer on my beloved Mets. While there was some controversy as to whom would be the starter, I am really looking forward to seeing Jacob DeGrom take the mound today. The Mets need to start off strong at home, especially after losing a series down in Atlanta.

-The Rangers won the President's Trophy for having the best record in the NHL and on Saturday clinched the best overall record any Ranger team has had. They open their playoff run at the Garden on Thursday night against Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. I am going through some mental exercises to help prepare myself for the emotional roller coaster known as the NHL playoffs.

-I have been thinking of planting a vegetable garden for a good time now and the plans are starting to come together. The seeds have been started and over the next couple of weeks they will be transferred to the garden. The garden is still a work in progress, meaning I have a vision of what it's going to look like in my mind. Come July, I will be having a real life farmer's market in my yard, or it will be an utter failure. There is no in between.

-The Wife bottled her beer over the weekend. She has still yet to come up with a name, but after some arguments this weekend, sources say she might be close to finally announcing it. Currently there are two beers we are drinking and three more fermenting. April 27th is the date of the next release, Le Pirt and and the beer yet to be named. Good things.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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What's more important, motivation or discipline? I ask this question because I am struggling with both.

I know what I should be doing, but I'm just not. Is it lack of motivation? No, I don't think so. I know what I'm supposed to do. I make the plans and schedules for structuring my life and days, I just don't do it. Distractions play a part in this and so does laziness. So to me, it's not about motivation. I am motivated to get things done, get healthy, and be a better person. It's about having the discipline to make the right choices on a daily basis and not distracted. How does one gain that discipline?

Well, I can tell you how not to. Reading self help articles on discipline is a great way to sap motivation and to help quell any discipline one may have. It really just makes you procrastinate. Plus, there is nothing good that comes out of these articles. It's just a bunch of "Top 10 ways to be productive" and "7 Things all successful people do". It's a bunch of clickbait.

So how do you get discipline? Damned if I know. That's why I search for it on a daily basis. My thought is it is a skill that you can hone by practice. Some people are born with it, while others (Me) are not and have to work at it. The struggle is real.

Have a good, productive, and healthy weekend.

Until next time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Today is a big day for Hops and Homers. Three reasons why today is so big, actually. Three very different and all special reasons.

First, today marks the fourth anniversary of me creating this website. Hops and Homers was created to allow me to put down in writing things that float around in my head. It is my little corner of the internet where I try to keep myself accountable, where I go to get thoughts out of my head, and finally a place I can go and vent about anything and everything. I'm not going to make a big deal about it, but let's just say, here's to another five years!

The second reason today is special is something I talked about on Saturday. Tonight is the NCAA men's basketball championship game between the Blue Devils of Duke and the Wisconsin Badgers. I have spelled out my reasons for rooting for the Badgers, so I will not go into that here. Let's just say someone who writes for Hops and Homers picked the Badgers in their bracket (Me!). On Wisconsin!

The final reason today is a big day around these parts is because today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. I know there was a game last night, but that doesn't count. It's not Opening Day u til your favorite team plays, and the Mets start their quest today at 4pm in Washington DC, against the Nats. The Mets are a team that have a chance to make some noise this year in the National League. They also have a chance to be the same mediocre, meddling franchise they have always been. As they say, that's why they play the games.

So, without further adieu, here are my picks for the 2015 MLB season:

National League
East: Washington Nationals
Central: St Louis Cardinals
West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Cards: New York Mets and San Diego Padres

MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Cy Young: Matt Harvey, NY Mets

American League
East: Boston Red Sox
Central: Detroit Tigers
West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Cards: LA Angels, Cleveland Indians

MVP: Mike Trout , LA Angels of Anaheim
Cy Young: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Good luck to all who play fantasy baseball! Good luck to all alive in brackets still. And of course good luck to all who love baseball. Today everyone is 0-0 and has a chance to win the World Series.

Let's go Mets! On Wisconsin! And here's to another five years of Hops and Homers!!!

Until next time.