A Blowout to Begin

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The youngsters from Citrus Park opened up the 2008 Little League World Series in grand fashion this afternoon, as they clobbered the Midwest representative Rapid City, South Dakota 10 – 0 in a “10 run rule” shortened game in four innings. The runs came early and often in an 8 run 1st inning as the Southeast reps sent 12 boys to the plate. They tacked on 2 more runs in the second. The combined pitching efforts of Levi Gilcrease, Darren Miller, and Kevin Merrell combined for a four inning no hitter. The offensive outburst, dependable defense, and stellar pitching has perhaps placed a target on the boys from Tampa as the team to beat. Good job and good luck! CPLL continues Pool B play against Hawaii on Sunday night at 8 pm. Make sure you watch, heapsters!

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The Rant I

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Welcome to The Rant. Some of you are going to enjoy this little segment of the blog, where I find something and pretty much just go off about it. To the faint of heart, or those who just don’t like complaining, please feel free to read the rest of the blog! (It’s much more positively toned!). Anyways, the current rant: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP6) being delayed by more than half a year till summer of 2009.

I read about this last night, and was pretty disappointed to hear this. Then again, I am not a die hard Harry Potter fan, (or a “potter head” as we like to call them here at the heap.). No, leave it to my sister to have a Tourrettes-like outburst, not to mention the launching of projectiles my way for delivering the bad news. Then of course, I was also talking to Angel, who does a lot of “potter” herself, and there was another outburst there. So I dedicate this rant to both of them, my two favorite “potter heads.”

What I am upset about is the rationale behind the decision. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Harry Potter, but this news wouldn’t be enough to motivate me to write in protest. No, rather, I am very much against Hollywood Business. If you want to read the finer details, you can read about them here.

So the facts are these: HP6 was slated for a November 21st release, but is now scheduled to open July 17, 2009. Here is the quote by Alan Horn, Warner Brothers president and COO: The move was made to take advantage of an open weekend in Hollywood’s busy summer season. The film had been on schedule, and the change was not due to any production snags… He goes on to say that the movie is even completely done and that it is “fabulous.”

So essentially, it was done in an effort to make more money. I guess being around Thanksgiving isn’t advantageous enough. You know what? Let’s go through HP release history and statistics.

HP1: Opened Nov. 16, 2001, 90 mil opening weekend
HP2: Opened Nov. 15, 2002 88 mil
HP3: Opened Jun. 4, 2004 93 mil
HP4: Opened Nov. 18, 2005 102 mil
HP5: Opened Jul. 11, 2007 77 mil

Any way you look at it, its a lot of money. I’m not sure that pushing the movie back to the summer will make too much of a difference. Harry Potter already has a cult-like following and people will go see it. Well what can you do. My favorite headline I found after glancing at the IMDB website? 16 year old explodes due to delay of Harry Potter 6

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