I gave a baked treat to a promising baseball prospect, and it ruined his career.

With the new baseball season on the horizon, I’m reminded of the time I inadvertently crushed the dreams of a top prospect. And it can all be traced back to a cupcake.

Let me start at the beginning.

In February of 2008, I was living in Beaverton, OR — just west of Portland — when I happened to notice a posting online looking for a sports writing intern. The internship entailed covering the upcoming season of the local minor league baseball team, the Portland Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. (The team has since relocated to California.)…

The surprisingly profound impact 80s wrestling icon Sgt. Slaughter has had on my life.

Even though I was only six, I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. I was with my Dad and two older brothers at Madison Square Garden. And although I had been there before to see the Knicks or Rangers, this would prove to be something quite different. On this visit we were there to see people pummel each other inside a roped ring. No, it wasn’t a boxing match, it was something much more exciting: professional wrestling. The WWF to be exact, when it still was

Forget the lack of talent; it had to be because we didn’t have a name.

My band — the only band I’ve ever been in — never had a name. We were a typical basement band (I never liked the phrase “garage band;” growing up, every band I knew practiced in a basement). We were friends trying to have a good time, we played newish instruments but not that well. We just didn’t have a name.

It all started in eighth grade when a band made up of three of our classmates performed in the auditorium after school. It seemed…

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If you said Halloween, you’re wrong.

’Tis the season for spooks, scares, and scantily-clad zombies. It’s also the perfect time of year to order in, cozy up on the couch, and find something frightening to watch. But, if you’re looking for the ideal movie for Halloween, horror alone won’t cut it.

While the scary stuff is certainly a major aspect of Halloween, there’s another one that may be just as significant: the candy. As we grow older and have to stop trick-or-treating (that sad day came for me last year when I overheard a callous little punk say “Hey, check…

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I was a latecomer to Breaking Bad. I knew what it was about (pretty vaguely, as it turned out), and I just didn’t think the subject matter was something I’d be interested in. Boy, was I wrong.

After years of hearing people rave about it — including several family members — I decided to give it a try, and from the first episode I was hooked. I started watching it right before its final season, which ended up being pretty great because I didn’t have that agonizing wait for the new season to start every year.

And, even seven years…

Tim Josephs

Writer, humorist, bocce ball aficionado; yes, Tim Josephs is a man of many hats. Learn more about him here: https://timjosephs01.wixsite.com/mysite

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