Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King  on this Jan 15, 2019 - his 90th Birthday! 

Happy Birthday to a great American leader, a great man

From the  Biography web site of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC.  Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors.  King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

From the Bio page on You Tube this Mini Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.:



On August 28, 1963 there was a huge civil rights "March on Washington for jobs and freedom", which culminated in Martin Luther King's iconic "I have a dream speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, before hundreds of thousands [some estimate 250,000] of Americans.

Excerpt from Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech in Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963


Tales salutes this great American and wishes everyone a Happy MLK Day-2019!



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Defense Wins Championships - Really?

Hat Tip:  Sports Radio 610's "The Triple Threat" Rich Lord and Sean Pendergast.

Rich Lord and Sean Pendergast
It has been a truism in most sports and especially in the National Football League, that defense wins championships.  It will be said you play defense to win and offense for show. And for a long time in the NFL that had been true-indeed the teams who had won the Super Bowl were indeed also one of the best defensive teams [in stats] in the league.

That truism has not always held true lately.  What about in this 2018-19 NFL season?  There are four remaining teams still alive to win the 2019 Super Bowl Championship: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and the Los Angeles Rams. These four teams left have some amazing offensive and defensive stats that belie that truism that it is defense that wins championships.

First check out these top teams in scoring for the 2018-19 season:


The top four teams in offensive scoring in the NFL are the four teams left in the playoffs: KC number 1; LA Rams number 2; New Orleans number 3; and New England number 4.

So, by any measure you have  four of the top best offensive teams in the NFL.   But on defense [via Sean Pendergast-Sports Radio 610], not one of the four teams left is in the top 10 in most defensive stats. Only in scoring defense is New England in the top 10 at number 6 [still not even in the top 5].  New Orleans is 12th ranked in scoring defense; the Rams are 19th; and Chiefs [who could very well win it all] are a pitiful 23rd in scoring defense.

So, with four of the best offensive teams left in the playoffs - and four of the most mediocre to poor defensive teams left, for 2019, at least, we can say that it will be one of the best offenses that wins this year's Super Bowl Championship and not one of the best defenses.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Hey Mister James Harden Make A Three For Me

James Harden, guard for the Houston Rockets, is on an incredible scoring spree having his 30 point streak now at 16 games, tying Kobe Bryant for the longest streak since the NBA/ABA merger.  The reigning MVP is doing all he can to repeat his most valuable title as he is leading the NBA in scoring averaging 34.1 points per game blowing away his closest competitor by more than 5 points per game.  Harden also is number 5 in assists.

MVP James Harden #13 guard for the Houston Rockets
Here is a tribute the Tales staff, [i.e., me], made for the great future Hall of Famer of the NBA, James Harden.  I wish I could blame the "singing" voice on someone else but I must take full responsibility, with all due respect to The Byrds and Bob Dylan....well, at least to the Byrds.  :-)

For best viewing-play in full screen...and uh, for best listening, turn down the volume. 

Hey Mr. James Harden Make A Three For Me:


Remember Rockets' fans....it's the thought that counts!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classical Music For Relaxation

As the fetching Mrs. Sheralyn B. are on our way on a mini-vacation [cannot tell where, won't do it, wouldn't be prudent :-)] over the weekend, I publish my weekend classical music post a little earlier than usual.   I hope you enjoy it. 

In a previous post, "You Can Get It All From Classical Music" , I noted how different classical music pieces offers all kinds of moods to the listener, from excitement and drama to somber and pensive to beautiful and relaxing. This post will be for those with stress in their lives, or for those who just want to hear some beautiful relaxing music.  

Classical music offers many pieces of relaxing beautiful music - here is just a tiny sample
As I always say on my classical music posts that I do on the weekend, please turn up the volume and enjoy. This is in no special order.

W.A. Mozart: Serenade for Winds in B Flat Major, "Gran Partita", Movement 3, Adagio:



Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D Major:


Samuel Barber: Adagio For Strings [Original version for string quartet]:


Robert Schumann: Scenes From Childhood, #7, "Traumerei":


L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in E Flat Major, "Emperor", Movement 2, Adagio un poco mosso:


J.S. Bach: Air on the G-String:



Franz Schubert: String Quartet#13 in a minor, 2nd movement, Andante, "Rosamunde":