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First it was the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez  Monday afternoon. And Former Ray Carl Crawford. Photo: http://bosoxinjection.com/files/2010/11/carl_crawford.jpgnow with the signing of Carl Crawford to a 7-year $142 million dollar deal, the Boston Red Sox  have officially one-upped the Yankees for the title of baseball's biggest prostitutes. I would say another word, but this is a family site I’m submitting this to.

Judging by Crawford's stats, it seems he's vastly overpaid, much like Jayson Werth. But this off season, that seems to be a recurring theme.

Even if the Yankees  snag Cliff Lee for seven years, they still won’t top the Red Sox. No, I am not counting the multi-year deals they gave Derek Jeter  and Mariano Rivera  over the last few weeks. They HAD to sign these guys or the Yankees would be under scrutiny they hadn’t seen since the summer of 1977.

It’s kind of fun to see these two old goats (as Pedro Martinez once said in regards to himself and Jamie Moyer) go at it like they do. Since Boston’s historic comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, this rivalry has been kind of quiet. Not anymore.

Their respective television networks  will prevent the Phillies  from even financially scratching the surface of these two American League powerhouses. After all, it’s tough to compete with a team who dominates Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The Red Sox still need to sure up their pen and the Yankees are an aging team, so let the games begin.

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Adoption Center: 100 N. 2nd Street ∙ Philadelphia, PA 19106 ∙ p. 215-238-9901
 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic: 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue ∙ Philadelphia, PA 19146 ∙ p. 215-298-9680
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This Saturday, December 11
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sporting Club at the Bellevue
Pet lovers: bring your four-legged friend for some holiday cheer!
Pet portraits with Santa, shopping village for pet gifts, agility course, and more! Proceeds benefit PAWS.
Vendors include:
Pupcakes (gourmet treats)
Bone Jour (pet supplies from their Old City boutique)
Peace of Color (tie-dyed dog clothing)
Walk it Like a Dog (pet supplies from their Queen Village boutique)
PhilaPets (pet sitting/dog walking services)
PAWS will also be on hand with adoptable dogs, 2011 calendars, dog t-shirts, gourmet dog treats from “Just Dogs!” and other merchandise, and info on how you can help save Philadelphia’s homeless animals.
Admission is free. Pet portraits: $10. Donations to PAWS encouraged and appreciated.
Sporting Club at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia
Hope to see you there!
About PAWS:
The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city's largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.
In March 2010, PAWS opened a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic serving pet owners and rescues in an effort to keep pets healthy and reduce the homeless pet population. Located in the Grays Ferry section of the city, the Clinic serves pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care and rescue organizations that need affordable spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to carry out their lifesaving work. It also includes housing for homeless dogs and cats, enabling PAWS to save even more animals from being needlessly killed in shelters. In 2009, PAWS rescued nearly 2,800 homeless cats and dogs. In conjunction with PAWS’ large and growing adoption and foster care programs, the Clinic is having both an immediate and a long-term effect on the number of stray and unwanted animals born and surrendered to shelters.
Support for PAWS funds lifesaving initiatives including adoption and foster care programs, spay and neuter surgeries, low-cost vaccinations, and other efforts, all of which help reduce and will ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of Philadelphia's animals. For more information, please visit www.phillypaws.org

The Kensington Strangler could be Philadelphia's first serial killer in quite some time.There have been six (possibly seven) attacks linked to this individual.

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It's such a serious threat that the FBI is getting involved in the investigation. 

The Philadelphia Police Department will hold a press conference this morning to update the public on the so-called Kensington Strangler.

Congratulations to Jayson Werth, who finally got that lucrative contract he has been seeking after signing with the Washington Nationals for 7 years and $126 million clams. The Phillies weren't going to committ $18 million a year to a player who isn't among one of the game's best.

Jayson Werth Photo: Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Face it-Werth is a really good player, but it's delusional to say he's among one of the top 10 players in the game - which is how he's being paid. 

When you view the list of the current Top 15 highest paid players in Major League Baseball, the list goes something like this:

#1 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees- $ 33,000,000

#2 C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees- $ 24,285,714

#3 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees- $ 22,600,000

#4 Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees- $ 20,625,000

#5 Johan Santana, New York Mets- $ 20,144,707

#6 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers- $ 20,000,000

#7 Carlos Beltran, New York Mets- $ 19,401,569

#8 Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies- $ 19,000,000

#9 Carlos Lee, Houston Astros- $ 19,000,000

#10 Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs- $ 19,000,000

#11 Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs- $ 18,875,000

#12 John Lackey, Boston Red Sox- $ 18,700,000

#13 Manny Ramirez, Chicago White Sox- $ 18,695,006

#14 Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels- $ 18,500,000

#15 Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants- $ 18,500,000

Of those players, A-Rod, Sabathia, Texeria, Cabrera, Lee, Lackey, and Howard are the only ones who deserve that "top 15" money. It makes you wonder what the management of these teams are smoking when they sign players to these ridiculous contracts.

The Nationals seem to think that Werth deserves that ridiculous money. With the 7-year $126 million deal, Werth will make an average of $18 million per season which makes him among one of the highest paid players in the game. Since Ichiro ($18 million last year) ranked 16th overall in annual salaries, Werth will be in the Top 15 of highest paid players now that Jeter (free agent) will be off that list.

Again, let me clear that Werth is a very good player and probably worth a salary in the $10-$13 million range, but he's also prone to prolonged slumps. He may go on a roll for a few weeks, then he'll be stone cold for a few weeks. The great players are more consistent than that.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Jayson Werth and his insane agent Scott Boras wouldn't be reasonable and give the Phillies the "hometown discount" and decided that Werth sell out. And, it's hard to blame him. He's 31 years old and in the prime of his career. The Nationals probably won't have him on their team 7 years from now (when he'll be 38), but for Werth he can play for a bottom feeder and make insane money.

The Nationals are going to contend for 3rd or 4th place for the forseeable future. Werth better get used to it. He had a great opportunity to win a title in Philadelphia.

At the end of the day, many athletes would rather get paid. Werth obviously fits into that latter category. Werth's decision to go to the Nationals makes him the biggest sellout in Philly sports history.

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The passing of legendary Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo has not only put a face to the diabetes epidemic in America, but it reminds us of the Hall of Fame's inability to "get it."

Anybody who is a 9-time All Star in any sport should be in the Hall of Fame.

It's a fact that there are fewer third basemen in the Baseball of Fame than any other position.

While, Santo is no Mike Schmidt, he certainly belongs in the Hall.

While it's a travesty that Santo hasn't been elected into the Hall of Fame; diabetes should be the issue on everybody's minds. Santo suffered from diabetes and lost both of his legs.

The Diabetes Epidemic in America is very serious as it is estimated 24 million American suffer from the disease.

Ron Santo's death should be a reminder that diabetes is a tragic force to be reckoned with in America.

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The nation of Qatar scored a major victory today when FIFA awarded them the 2022 World Cup today.

For the U.S. it's a huge upset and means they'll have to wait until at least 2026 until their next World Cup, which would make it 32 years they last held it in 1994! Time flies fast doesn't it?

Does the 2022 World Cup win for Qatar make them a superpower? When you consider the fact that they are the second richest nation on Earth per capita, they already were a superpower. What this does is put the spotlight on the Middle East.

But, they'll still have to wait another 12 years...

Welcome to the first edition of Philly Buzz. I thought I’d kick things off by firing the first shot if you will... the first post.

Remember kids, you CAN try this at home. In fact, we’d rather you do this than us. Hell I’m just writing this because Vallee and Bakay promised me a free week at the Andy Reid Slim Down Spa… as soon as it opens of course.

So, look, here’s the deal… this is YOUR forum to write about whatever you want, whatever floats your proverbial boat, whatever is on your mind. All we ask is you keep it clean and yes, you know what clean is

You can go rapid fire as I like to do…

With all this talk about global warming, reducing your footprint, sustainability, and renewable energy, what does it mean to “Go Green”?US Green Solutions

To “Go Green” means taking action to care for where you live, both on a local and global level. It means to live a lifestyle where decisions are made in part based on their impact on the environment. Okay, you might be thinking “I’m just one person, how can I make a difference in such a big world?," or “This sounds easy, but where do I start?”

Let’s look at the first question, “How can I make a difference?”

There are 1000’s of things you can do, ranging from a one-time action to a significant lifestyle change. Let’s start with simple and move our way up.

- Replace one standard light bulb in your home with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). A CFL bulb costs about three times more, however lasts ten times longer and uses about 75% less energy. If every home in America changed one light bulb,Compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) photo: http://www.ipaa.org/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cfl_bulb_mercury3.jpg we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 800,000 cars.

- The average person uses over 2 gallons of water per minute in the shower. Shorten your shower by five minutes and save over 300 gallons per month.

- It takes a millennium for a plastic bottle to biodegrade. Invest in a filter that attaches to your faucet and use a refillable aluminum water bottle.

- Think paperless. The average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper each year. Here are several ways to cut back: only print emails that are absolutely critical and use both sides of the paper when it is necessary, use dish towels instead of paper towels, cut used paper into smaller pieces to be used for scrap paper, notes, etc., and bring your own bags to the grocery store.

- Go solar. Every day the sun produces enough energy to power the earth for a year. Harness the power of the sun by going solar and producing your own energy.

Now for the second question, “Where do I start?”

The answer is simple, wherever you want. Just get started and make a difference.

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One of the greatest theme songs in the history of television blares Alex O' Loughlin and Scott Caan in the new "Hawaii Five-O." Photo:http://brusimm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Hawaii-Five-0-promo-with-Alex-Oloughlin-and-Scott-Caan.jpg   through your screen at the beginning of each show.

After that however, there really isn't anything that the new Hawaii Five-O has in common with the CBS program of the same name that ran for 12 seasons on the same network from 1968-1980.

TV's "Number One New Show" has all the elements to make this one of the BEST shows on television. However, the powers that be are trying SOO hard to make this show different than Jack Lord's 'Five-O'  that at times it comes off as pretentious instead of appealing.

To be fair, the last few episodes of the show has seen the gang hit their stride. Moreover, Wo Fat (Steve McGarrett's arch nemesis from the old Five-O) is making his debut in several weeks, which could provide some interesting story lines.

So why is it that people either love or HATE the new Hawaii Five-O? The weekly reviews from web sites are never in agreement with how good or bad that week's particular episode is. You literally get 10 different opinions. Never a clear cut "awesome," or "really good."

It's not like nobody is watching. 'Five-O' has been a Top 25 program for most of the season (although ratings aren't what was expected), CBS DID order a full season worth of episodes, and it is reportedly the most DVR'ed show of all time.

CBS HAS to stick with 'Five-O' because of the one million commercials that seemed to air during the summer of 2010? You know CBS: if they like a show (and put a small fortune into hyping it), they will plug it to DEATH. If they don't give a crap about it (Jericho, Hack), it usually vanishes after a year or two. Let's go over what gives 'Five-O' its potential.

Beautiful scenery to go with unbelievable cinematography- CHECK

The best action-special effects on television to go along with the show's fast pace- CHECK

Solid acting from its stars- CHECK

Although I am not an avid watcher of CBS' cookie cutter dramas (you know what ones I'm talking about), something tells me that none of them have the scenery or explosive special effects that CBS has given 'Five-O' to make it stand out above the rest.

So WHAT'S the problem?.................

For starters, I wasn't a fan whatsoever of the pilot episode. However, I understood that it IS a pilot, and they have to squeeze three hours into an hour (How else could you explain McGarrett meeting Danno just once and making him his partner?). My sister called it "cheesy," and also noted that the relationship between McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) was "way too contrived." I happen to agree on all counts. This even stretched into the other episodes when I was hoping it wouldn't.

Too often 'Five-O ridiculously drops a moment into the show where you end up shaking your head about it for the next five minutes. Like when Kono (Grace Park) takes a girl out for "shave ice" whose mother was just brutally murdered about an hour beforehand to try and pimp her for information about the case(?!). Or in the same episode, when McGarrett is trying to rescue ship hostages with guest star Robert Loggia. As dozens of lives are at stake, the two take a minute to reflect on Pearl Harbor. Really? Is NOW the time to do this? Why not when there's two minutes left in the show and everybody is safe? Moments like THESE are what made several friends of mine give up on this show already.

Even for a CBS drama, the plot lines are too far fetched and confusing. I know we aren't watching Shakespeare, but don't insult the intelligence of the viewer, either. "Five-O" has also been accussed of falsely portraying native Hawaiins, and sometimes the acting (with the exception of its regular stars) leaves a lot to be desired.

At least Danno no longer pops off EVERY time he meets somebody he doesn't like, or whenever McGarrett makes a comment. The writers toned this down, but in the beginning, they were more like an old married couple than partners. This got old and annoying WAY too quickly. Every once in a while it's fine because Caan is able to pull this off, but come on writers! We know it's coming, it's tiring, and it's played out already. Tone it down and it will be tolerable. Even Magnum and Higgins knew when to stop breaking each other's balls. The original Danno (James MacArthur) took tons of crap from McGarrett, so maybe that's why this is going on. Who knows?

Lost  alum Daniel Dae Kim (who plays Chin Ho Kelly), and Park need to be used better. The two barely get enough screen time to justify their acting talents. If Park isn't in a bikini, she is trying to deliver comedic lines that just fall flat. In one episode, she insinuates she threatened to have a suspects dog killed in order to get information from her. It was meant to be a joke, but it was just beyond brutal. The other time, Five-O is at a murder scene and she cracks a joke to McGarrett about him not returning all of his girlfriends' calls. Being that the old 'Five-O' had NO humor whatsoever, maybe this is a feeble attempt on behalf of the writers. Fail.

So that's my rant. Yours truly has tuned in every night since its premiere in September to get a glimpse of version 2.0. I really want to tell all my friends how awesome of a show this is. How it's supposed to replace 24 as my favorite Monday night show.

Despite my issues with the series to this point, I am going to keep on tuning in because I REALLY want to like this show. The potential is SO there for this to be a smash. I don't want to be calling my friend who is grading papers at 11pm and tell him why I DIDN'T think Five-O was that good tonight. With some minor revisions, 'Five-O'  can stick around. Let's hope the writers find their footing in time.

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