Al's Ramblings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

(10/23/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Coles would have been on the list of top ten choices, due to familiarity and reputation.

This last choice is a bit more of a wildcard, as no one knows what position they will be coaching...could be 1B, assistant hitting, or one of those "without a name" coaches.

10/23/2014 02:08:00 PM

(10/23/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Remember, violence against women is fine, as long as the victim is conservative.

I'm so glad they're not on my side. I'd rather lose elections without them than win with them.

10/23/2014 02:03:00 PM

(10/23/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

What a group of morons.

10/23/2014 01:51:00 PM

(10/23/2014 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Tough to take any defensive award seriously when they feel there are three better CF's in the NL than Gomez.

I'm not sure there are three better defensive CF's in the history of the game.

10/23/2014 01:47:00 PM

(10/23/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

It's called a "calibration error" in IL.

In WI, we call that "getting caught."

10/23/2014 01:30:00 PM

(10/23/2014 01:25:00 PM) - Al

A bounce back week with a 12 - 3 record enables you to stay tied for first place among the "experts".  With an overall 73 - 33 record you are tied with Eisenberg (CBS) and Jackson(ESPN).  The key pick for week 7 was that you were 1 of only 9 out of 45 that picked Jacksonville over Cleveland.  Your picks of Detroit over New Orleans and Pittsburgh over Houston also helped.

Thanks Jim, appreciate it. 

10/23/2014 01:25:00 PM

(10/23/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have Denver tonight. I did not figure how I did last week, but maybe my helper will do that for me.:)

10/23/2014 11:00:00 AM

(10/23/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

It is exhausting dealing with these folks.

10/23/2014 10:30:00 AM

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(10/22/2014 10:27:00 PM) - Al

I see the guy Reynolds insisted was "unhittable" gave up some runs tonight.

The cliches and overanalysis make it unwatchable. I didn't even consider straying from SVU and Criminal Minds.

10/22/2014 10:27:00 PM

(10/22/2014 10:23:00 PM) - Al


Erin A. said that a fan told her that they paid 5,000 for a ticket. Joe Buck said earlier that Selig has a committee looking into shorter game. Is there still a 5,000 ticket for a two- hour game? How about one and a half?


Some would spend $5K on a piece of pie, or a fancy meal. Guys on Wall Street get a $200K bonus and lose $50K in Atlantic City playing poker and don't even blink an eye.

{There are actually threads on 2+2 detailing such "fish" (bad players) and where they can be found.}

As I have pointed out many times, almost all of the extra time games take can be blamed on added commercial time and more pitching changes, because that's just good strategy. You can also blame a little bit on more throws to 1B and pitchers stepping off, and just standing there, waiting for the batter to back out. 30-40 years ago, they just threw over once in a while and shrugged when Henderson stole 130 bases.

Watch those classic games on MLB this winter. All the players are pudgy, and for the most part, everyone just jogs. 

It's embarrassing.

10/22/2014 10:23:00 PM

(10/22/2014 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Can't believe Brandon Belt fell for that trick by KC infield.--Tom H

Heh. The casual folks insist those are the plays winning teams do not make.

They just don't get it. Every team makes mistakes, errors, and goofs over 162. Everything is magnified in these crapshoots, but no one in the old media gets it. They don't want to believe small samples or good luck exists.

10/22/2014 08:30:00 PM

(10/22/2014 08:23:00 PM) - Al

I checked hotel rates in San Francisco and decided to sleep under cardboard box over a grate. It's still $279 a night before taxes.--Tom H

31 Motel 6's within 50 miles, $56 and up.

10/22/2014 08:23:00 PM

(10/22/2014 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Doug still knows the Rangers' organization better than most or not, but it might be time to steal a prospect.

10/22/2014 02:21:00 PM

(10/22/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al

A woman being assaulted is funny if it is a conservative.

Now if it's a liberal, well, let's investigate this matter right away.

The old media doesn't even pretend to hide its bias.

10/22/2014 01:52:00 PM

(10/22/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

This is why it's so painful to see bad teams change managers...the Twins were awful last year, especially pitching wise. Which of these three managers would have handled it best? No idea, because they still would have sucked. 

10/22/2014 01:34:00 PM

(10/22/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

That's funny, I thought it was free.

10/22/2014 01:30:00 PM

(10/22/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Nothing beats a beautiful woman with a powerful weapon.

If I could, I'd make that my screensaver.

10/22/2014 12:56:00 PM

(10/22/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not about who is's about who is a loyal soldier.

And they wonder why all their appointments end up sucking.

10/22/2014 12:30:00 PM

(10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, I find it hard to believe Wendy Davis is a real person.

10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

(10/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

We could be the best in the country at every position.--Zak Showalter

That might be a stretch, but top five with Kaminsky and Dekker, and Jackson/Gasser/Koenig might be top five as guards too. Nigel Hayes isn't top five now, but he might be someday.

10/22/2014 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Talk about exaggerating a guy's talent...Strickland had a 2.02 AA. The announcers have called him "unhittable" several times.

Yes, he throws hard, and yes, he's got stuff. But most AA players will never spend a day in the majors.

10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM

(10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

If James Shields wasn't named "James," what would his nickname be?--Tony W

If Tony W wasn't a moron, he might not be so awful. It's like watching a house start on fire.

10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM

(10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Walks in a run to make it 5-0. Giants ready to blow it open.--Tom H

Heh. Where I come from, 5-0 is already "blown open." I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I gotta believe teams come back from a 5 run deficit less than 5% of the time, regardless of the inning. Heck, teams only score 5 runs in a game about 1/3rd of the time, right?

10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM

(10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR has LaRoche getting 2y/$30M. I would have probably predicted 2/27-28, but I'm perennially low. 

10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM

(10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Went to Milwaukee for business training yesterday, and just returned home. Not sure what I missed, as I could not connect to the hotel wireless last night.

10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM

(10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Waste in DC?

Never would have guessed.

10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM

(10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I did not even know Tom Sowell was a racist.

10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM

(10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why he doesn't campaign anymore.

10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM

(10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

No one will do the math and admit fewer people are insured now than before Obamacare.

10M lost coverage, and they've signed up 4M. This ain't even difficult.

10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM

(10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A woman took over my old store and every person I talked to told me how they wished I was still there. Some of that may be folks just being nice, but to a person, they all used the same two words; "bitchy" and "moody."

10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM

(10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, if Joe Biden was my dad I would probably do drugs too.--Larry Correia

True that.

10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

(10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's basically just a complaint fest. It's like sitting on the financial board of a failing church...excuses, unhappiness, and blame.

10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM

(10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Just coincidence, I'm sure.

10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM

Monday, October 20, 2014

(10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Proof that anyone can indeed be president.

10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM

(10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

If the alternative was the truth, you'd lie too. 

10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM

(10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Greg sends in this piece about the McRib, low pork prices, and it being a kind of popular, but not that popular offering.

I understand this, but it seems to me a national marketing campaign and the fact the patties are frozen could make for a lot of sales if they promoted it as Oct-rib-tober, or something like that.

10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM

(10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I might have believed him had he not said ebola would not make it to the USA a couple weeks ago.

And, had he not said he was competent before that.

10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM

(10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The facts hurt.

The truth is, they need to stop pretending they have improved education one iota in the last fifty years.

10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM

(10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I think it may have something to do with the deceit from those lawmakers in DC.

They lie. A lot.

Nobody has even started adding up how much Obamacare is going to cost, and don't forget, it is 100% unfunded...because the president said we could cover everyone for the same cost as just a few.

So, for those keeping track, we now have more uninsured than we did before, and the cost is somewhere between zero and infinity...the over/under is far closer to infinity.

Elections have consequences. You can't just keep spending money you do not have, no matter what Obama thinks.

10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM

(10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I remember my math teacher telling me I wouldn't be able to carry a calculator around with me all the time.--Shower Thoughts

Anything more than basic algebra is a total waste of time. Maybe they could squeeze in an economics class or two. How often do you use that geometry? Calculus? How 'bout chemistry and physics?

We're in the best of hands.

10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM

(10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Photoshop, but close to the truth.

10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM

(10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe this hasn't worked.

10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM

(10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama's ebola czar has oodles of experience dealing with the ebola virus.

10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM

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