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Politics, baseball and not much sleep

If I seem a little sluggish on-air lately, I have an explanation. You see, the last few weeks have been the perfect storm. In this final month of the longest election season ever, my beloved Philadelphia Phillies have been playing in Major League Baseball's postseason. And last night, they opened play in the World Series with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. As a baseball fan and WWAY's political reporter, it has meant some very long days and very short nights. But these are the sacrifices we make for our passions.

Some friends and family think I am crazy. But considering the last (and so far only) time the Phillies won a World Championship I was two years old, there is no way I am going to miss this experience. In fact, so far I've only missed a three innings of the Phillies postseason. And in the process, I missed a lot.

It was last Monday, when John McCain held a rally at Cape Fear Community College. I came to work just before 3 a.m. as usual that day and stayed through the 2 p.m. event. I was hoping to head home a short time after that once my stories were done, but my wife and I found out that afternoon that a realtor wanted to show our house, which we are trying to sell (Don't worry. We're staying in the area.), between 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. Having stayed up late the night before to watch the Phillies lose Game 3 of the National League Championship to the Los Angeles Dodgers, I was already hurting and planning to catch some Zs before Game 4 started around 8:20 Monday night. I wound up getting home a little after 6 and getting a two-hour nap before the game. When the Phillies were again losing and playing poorly in the 6th inning, I gave in to Mr. Sandman. I woke up a few hours later to find out the Phils had staged a dramatic rally to win and take a 3-1 series lead. Needless to say, I was awake around midnight two nights later when the Phillies clinched the pennant.

In many ways, it is the best of times and the worst of times. I am enjoying watching my team chase a championship, but in the process I anguish and stress with every pitch, especially when the final pitch of the game comes after midnight, as it did this morning. And I'm sure to lose more sleep as I make a more than eight-hour drive to Philadelphia Saturday afternoon to attend Game 3. On the political side, I love the theater the campaigns create, but I am worn out from the rhetoric dished out by all the candidates I've spoken with recently, and I've spoken to a lot of them.

Given the alternatives, I gladly accept the challenges the campaign and baseball seasons are presenting me right now. There is drama every day it seems, one way or another. The baseball drama will last at most for another week. The political drama should be done in 12 days, though the way presidential elections have done lately, you never know. One thing is for sure: No matter who wins the Series or the elections, it will have made for a memorable October.

By: Kevin Wuzzardo

Woooo Hooooo

HEY KEVIN.....HOW ABOUT THOSE PHILS !!!##!!!!!

Baseball games and such.....

I have two words: GO PHILLIES !!!!

How Governor Sarah Palin is superior to Senator Barak Obama

Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. There are great reasons our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin would be a better future leader than Senator Barak Obama. The greatest reason for our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin's is ideology. Our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is conservative in that she is pro life, marriage, guns, low taxes, low government spending, small government, unintrosive government, traditional and judeo Christian values, Bible reading and prayer in our public schools, and military spending. Senator Barak Obama is a liberal who is anti every thing that I have described that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is pro about or for. A second reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of experience. As a governor she has two years of executive administrative governing experience that Senator Barak Obama does not have. A final reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of political accomplishments. When our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin came to office she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: she showed great leadership in the 3 following areas: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She also stood up to the special interest and lobbyist, and produced major ethics reform. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending, ending the abuses of earmark spending by congress, and by getting rid of the private jet, the chef, and the chuffer. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. When the last section of the pipeline is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. Senator Barak Obama has done nothing, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency. When our soon to be Vice President does lead the nation as President after a John McCain presidency,she will be the greatest President that we have ever had. Finally she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama

Seriously?

If you are going to write such a paragraph as repetitive and elementary as that, at least learn how to spell BARACK Obama's name please. It just proves that McCain's supporters tend to be the one's that are a bit less informed and haven't done their homework. And also, did you forget that MCCAIN is running for president, not Palin. You are pinning up the wrong pair here. And what's up with you saying she will take over presidency? Be careful about that one, sounds almost like a threat.

Does Sarah know she has a stalker?

Dude, I like Palin as much as the next guy, but I'm sure that if she reads your post, "Our beautiful soon to be Vice President" will shudder with extreme "creep-out" and hand it over to the Secret Service. How many newspaper clippings and pictures of her do you have taped to your bedroom wall?

Was that some fifth grader's

Was that some fifth grader's social studies essay? The writing is so elementary and redundant to the point of overkill. I give it a D on style and an F on content. They sold that jet at a major loss so I would not really tout that point when talking about the caribou barbie! That women is such an idiot she is not even aware of how stupid she is. That is dangerous as we have seen with Bush.

Homeboy, it's called a PARAGRAPH

WHEREAS, I think I like what you were trying to say, but the lack of any sort of break in that string of words makes my eyes hurt. THEREFORE, Having to endure pain, causing me to lose interest, I stopped reading it. Blah, blah, blah. Sarah Palin Rocks! Does that about cover it?