Al's Ramblings

Thursday, November 26, 2015

(11/26/2015 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Lions/Eagles game over at 2:35.

Cowboys/Panthers scheduled to kickoff at 3:30.

Today's schedule was obviously put together by a napper.

11/26/2015 02:35:00 PM

(11/26/2015 02:24:00 PM) - Al

I'm stuffed and I haven't gone back for seconds.

This might endanger my American citizenship.

EDIT, 2:30: Always room for a pudding dessert?

EDIT, 2:35: That was a mistake. Room yes, enough room, no.


11/26/2015 02:24:00 PM

(11/26/2015 01:48:00 PM) - Al

It's not often I feel pity for pro athletes, but I picked the Lions and I still feel for the Eagles.

11/26/2015 01:48:00 PM

(11/26/2015 01:24:00 PM) - Al

If you are playing the Jim Bob Cooter drinking game at home, you never made it to the turkey.

When are eating we later....I gotta drink pour TOUCHDOWN!

11/26/2015 01:24:00 PM

(11/26/2015 01:18:00 PM) - Al


Thank you for your service, ladies and gents.

11/26/2015 01:18:00 PM

(11/26/2015 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Target advertising "HDTV's on sale."

Have you tried to buy a TV that is not HD, say, in the past 5 years? Other than at Goodwill or a garage sale, I do not think they've been available. Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

11/26/2015 12:35:00 PM

(11/26/2015 11:37:00 AM) - Al

Don't forget, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

As the first comment points out, if you are very poor in the USA, you are wealthier than 90% of the world. Try and describe to someone living in the third world what an appetizer or what dessert is.

11/26/2015 11:37:00 AM

(11/26/2015 11:16:00 AM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving to all, but a special mention to those who are working today without a fraction of the fanfare of those in retail; our police and firefighters, EMT's, those that take care of the elderly and those stuck in the hospital, restaurant/hotel folks, convenience stores, movie theaters, and so on.

And a special mention to those in the military, who volunteered to sign on the dotted line to serve and defend, many of whom are halfway around the world for the holiday.

11/26/2015 11:16:00 AM

(11/26/2015 11:13:00 AM) - Al

I had no idea Boston Market did so much business on Thanksgiving.

Good for them.

11/26/2015 11:13:00 AM

(11/26/2015 10:40:00 AM) - Al

The Food Network tweeted that they are having a "real time Thanksgiving," such as making the sides, putting the turkey in, and so on...but they must be doing it online, as the network is just repeats today.

Maybe this is somewhat of a "dress rehearsal" for the future, but, I think many people would have it on in the background all day. It'd also be a way to promote their on air talent, as they could bounce from person to person making different stuff.

And, of course, they could tape this any day of the year. 

11/26/2015 10:40:00 AM

(11/26/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al


11/26/2015 10:30:00 AM

(11/26/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Dukasis is right, but, to be honest, you can only eat so much soup and need so much stock. Considering Aldi sells chicken broth for 35 cents a can (and you can buy the powdered stuff for like a dime a serving), and that most people see all that he does as "work," as usual, he comes off looking like a loon.

11/26/2015 10:00:00 AM

(11/26/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

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All over the USA, college kids will be coming home and informing their parents they are now vegan, or anti cruelty, and that's the exact reaction they'll get.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

11/26/2015 07:30:00 AM

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

(11/25/2015 05:24:00 PM) - Al

I'm positive Damaris just poured her stuffing out of a glass 9x13 pan into another glass 9x13 pan to make a frittata.

Luckily, she's so adorable, she's above all my petty criticism.

11/25/2015 05:24:00 PM

(11/25/2015 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Note on Yadi Rivera...yes, he put up a .405/.425 line in the AFL. Sadly, he did that while putting up an unsustainable .431 BAbip.

Far more lucky than good. I'm happy he walked 10 times in less than 90 PA's. He didn't suddenly improve offensively, he just found some holes. He's still young, and he has a great glove. But let's not pretend he's anything more than he was a couple months ago...a work in progress.

11/25/2015 05:23:00 PM

(11/25/2015 04:41:00 PM) - Al

The Thanksgiving with white families hashtag on Twitter is one of the funniest things I've read in ages.

Among the highlights is using bottled water to cook with and being thankful for the latest video game. It's funny because it's true.

ADDED: Lots of jokes about there being five different casseroles on the table. That's very true. 

Working in retail, I was surprised how many people go to restaurants on Thanksgiving, and also, many people have roast beef (or prime rib, or steaks) with the turkey (though the most popular alternate main dish is ham).

Today (and all week actually), I called many of my clients to wish them a happy holiday. Funny, even though on TV, you always hear about people eating the "big meal" in late afternoon, say between 3 and 6, everyone I spoke with is eating between noon and 2. Not sure if this is left over from when many people farmed or what, but it was interesting.

If you drive, please slow down and travel safely. And, if you shop, remember, those people in the store probably did not cause the problem; nameless, faceless corporations did.

11/25/2015 04:41:00 PM

(11/25/2015 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Bucks and Badgers both play at 7 tonight, on FSW and BTN.

Damn the stress.

11/25/2015 04:37:00 PM

(11/25/2015 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Added a Happy Thanksgiving "reply to all" onto a similar email late in the work day.

Inbox now full of a couple dozen autoreplies, informing me they are out of the office until Monday. I guess it was the thought that counted.

11/25/2015 04:28:00 PM

(11/25/2015 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Watching the Pioneer Woman and Southern at Heart on Food Network do stuff with Tgiving leftovers.

Yeah for timely programming, but I just always eat them the same way I did the day before. I guess I'm not very inventive.

I told the Rambling wife I was scratching the cheesy potatoes from my holiday meal tomorrow (I planned it all out just like Mario Batali does, though my crocs are Brewers' ones, and are not orange). She asked why, and I said I did not see me finishing the leftovers by the end of the day Friday, and I will go back to yummy, low carb eating as of the weekend. She informed me I was a wise least that's what I heard.

11/25/2015 04:12:00 PM

(11/25/2015 04:06:00 PM) - Al

I requested some books from the library Sunday night, but only one arrived by this morning (another showed up this afternoon, but, like I'm leaving the house again). I went to the little hold area, found my book, and noticed below the shelf with the holds, there was about a dozen books just lying there. I figured maybe these had just arrived and they had not had time to alphabetize them, so I looked through them...nope, the entire pile was all for the same person.

Apparently, there is no limit to how many you can request.

11/25/2015 04:06:00 PM

(11/25/2015 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Hey Al, 

Going to type this up right before I leave for the long weekend. In regards to families eating late, we always had our Thanksgiving meal about 5:30 or 6, mostly out of respect to the hunters, who would then hunt all day, go home, get cleaned up, and grace us with their presence. Love your Ramblings sir, thank you. 


Makes perfect sense, Chris. 

11/25/2015 03:59:00 PM

(11/25/2015 03:45:00 PM) - Al

I got the Lions, Panthers, and Pack tomorrow.

11/25/2015 03:45:00 PM

(11/25/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,

I'm still up at the hunting cabin, we're seeing some does but no bucks. Drove into civilization to submit my summary. 

For the week you were 8 - 6 which put you in 67th out of 141 experts. Top picker for the week was Gordon McGuiness at 12 - 2. Your season tally is 94 - 66 for 82nd place. Gordon McGuiness (ProFootballFocus) and Josh Katzowitz (Forbes) lead the pack with 109 - 51 records.

There's 6 toss up games to help gain ground if you can get them correct. They are TB/Indy, Minnesota/Atlanta, Pitt/Seattle, Oakland/Tenn, Philly/Detroit, and Carolina/Dallas. Of course you know that at least two of the overwhelming favorites will lose too. Your guess is as good as anyone's which ones it will be.

Have a good turkey day!


Jim, showing more dedication than Ramblings deserves. Thank you sir.

I made my survivor pick Monday night (took ARI, though I hated to do so, first road team I've taken this year), and glanced at the lines...all but a couple games are within a TD, most within 3-4 points. I'd already taken the Packers, so I had to go with the other heavy favorite, which meant taking a visitor.

11/25/2015 03:30:00 PM

(11/25/2015 02:47:00 PM) - Al

I just don't understand how anyone can claim we don't have global warming, and that climate change is a major problem?

Because it ain't.

11/25/2015 02:47:00 PM

(11/25/2015 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Instead of a fresh copy, here's the link to my 2013 Thanksgiving post, which includes my favorite links for the holiday.

Click on it and be more thankful than before.

EDIT: Had to change a link, fixed now. 

11/25/2015 02:27:00 PM

(11/25/2015 12:28:00 PM) - Al

This reminds me of those that belong to a particular party that go out of their way to find the negative in what is the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

11/25/2015 12:28:00 PM

(11/25/2015 10:34:00 AM) - Al

It is nice of Ryan to fly in annually for this event.

Note even he is stuck going to the inlaws for Xmas. The price of marrying a supermodel, I guess.

11/25/2015 10:34:00 AM

(11/25/2015 10:13:00 AM) - Al

I often joke The Onion doesn't try to be funny as much as they try to "make a point" and basically be anti capitalist, but I've seen two links in the past 24 hours that are both hellishly funny, well, at least the headlines are.

11/25/2015 10:13:00 AM

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

(11/24/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Stearns discusses his plan on building the Brewers.

11/24/2015 03:30:00 PM

(11/24/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

True as true can be.

11/24/2015 02:30:00 PM

(11/24/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

CAR is the first 10-0 underdog since the '85 Bears--ESPN

I was surprised DAL is a 1-2 point favorite, and am torn on every game Thursday. I would normally just pick all the home teams, and still may, but I could see all three road teams winning...even the Bears, who I would be shocked if I picked, who are a pretty solid team since starting 0-3. 

11/24/2015 02:03:00 PM

(11/24/2015 01:41:00 PM) - Al

The last tweet on Zobrist was not simply speculation. Nationals are interested in Zobrist. So are many other clubs. Fits almost all.--Rosenthal

Nothing is more overrated in MLB than a guy who can play several positions and closers. That said, both are valuable cogs, just not nearly as valuable as fans (and some teams) act as if they are.

Ben Zobrist is a nice player. However, his worth is not as high as some would think due to a couple reasons:

1. He can play anywhere, right? Well, kind of. Games played at each position below.


So, he is basically a 2B/SS/LF/RF, which is nice, but not as sexy as "he can play anywhere."

2. So, he can play four positions (and I assume, is plenty capable of playing 1B just fine), BUT...should he?

He has a nice stat line of .356/.413, which is very good for a 2B/SS, but nothing great for a LF/RF. Therefore, playing him in a corner OF spot, and having a middle infielder, most of which don't hit a whole lot, is probably not in the best interests of winning.

Also, Ben is going to be 35 next season. As a below average defender at SS, he probably is not going to improve, and is quite likely to decline, and probably quickly.

So, it's probably safe to say Zobrist is a 2B/LF/RF...who should be probably be playing 2B most every day. It's nice he has the versatility in case you have no OF depth and a AAA 2B ready to step in and play every day...though in that scenario, you probably are not going to sign him to a contract that pays him $12-15M per anyway.

11/24/2015 01:41:00 PM

(11/24/2015 01:12:00 PM) - Al

Impassable roads lead to school cancellation today. Good! An "ice day" today allows the kids to help me decorate for the family Thanksgiving gathering here; and we'll show Tripp how to use the new snowplow on the 4-wheeler; and this lets me remind them how "tough" kids were back-in-the-day when school was never cancelled, despite conditions like Todd's elementary school only shutting down when it was -55 or below. So his teachers would insist for days on end during cold spells that it only reached minus -50 despite the weather report, so school was always on!--Sarah Palin

I tell you what, I have no problem with them canceling school for bad weather, as safety is far more important. But yes, we never knew what a "cold" day was. I remember once, it was about 20 below, and as per usual, I trekked to the end of our driveway, about a quarter mile from the house. After waiting for about 15 minutes, I was shocked to hear my mom's voice. She had come to tell me the bus was running about 30 minutes late, per the radio. Of course, it really did not matter, as I did not have a choice in the matter, I could not see the bus from the house, so my options were either wait patiently or go warm up and risk missing the bus, which would have went over like the proverbial fart in church.

I got on the bus a while later, and there was only one other person that got on before me, a neighbor who was in the same year as me. I had barely got on and he was telling me how he was able to wait in their shed, and I must be darn near froze to death standing out in that cold and wind for all that time. I'm sure I was mighty cold, but the strange thing is, the thing I remember that day? That every house we came to, our driver would honk the horn, wait a while, honk again, and how few people rode the bus that day. Most must have either got a ride or stayed home, as instead of the usual 40 kids, we had about 10. They didn't cancel school, but most folks decided it was not worth it. I'm sure I didn't learn anything that was life changing, to say the least.

11/24/2015 01:12:00 PM

(11/24/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Not smart enough to put perishable food on the deck, I guess.

11/24/2015 10:30:00 AM

(11/24/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Again I ponder...where was this anger back in 2012.

Instead, we had a quiet resentment, with a hint of conceding.

11/24/2015 10:00:00 AM

(11/24/2015 09:37:00 AM) - Al

There have been times in our nation's history when the president would get leaders from other troublesome countries on the phone, rip into them, and inform them they need to get in line well behind the USA or risk massive economic sanctions and possible military retribution. Said countries would cower in fear and back down.

Today, I have to imagine the conversation involves the fact Turkey is causing problems, during Thanksgiving week, when a lot of turkey is consumed. This is followed by awkward laughter and an uncomfortable feeling that this is actually our foreign policy, or lack thereof.

This is what leading from behind looks like.

11/24/2015 09:37:00 AM

Monday, November 23, 2015

(11/23/2015 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Logan Schafer signs with the Nats. Looks like a nice match for him, might fit in nicely as a reserve there.

11/23/2015 08:14:00 PM

(11/23/2015 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Padres sign Johnny Hellweg to minor league contract. Near perfect signing, tons of potential, no risk.

11/23/2015 04:28:00 PM

(11/23/2015 12:46:00 PM) - Al

This is where my tax dollars go, subsidizing this little twirp's education.

We're in the best of hands.

11/23/2015 12:46:00 PM

(11/23/2015 12:43:00 PM) - Al


I sent my wife the link to RR's e-mail and told her we should stay home and not go to her family Thanksgiving this year. 

She just replied that "tell Al holidays are to be spent with family." 

Didn't work for me, 


Nathan, it only works if you marry well.

And to be honest, if they lived closer, I'd get together with family too. The idea of spending a lot of money and spending so much on the road has no appeal to me. However, to each his own.

My point is, enjoy yourself, and do not make decisions based on the fact your family "expects" you to do something. Do what you want to do and enjoy your limited time on the planet.

11/23/2015 12:43:00 PM

(11/23/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

That is one stupid broad.

11/23/2015 12:30:00 PM

(11/23/2015 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' spring training news can be found here.

I am ambivalent about exhibition games, but know some enjoy them.

11/23/2015 12:15:00 PM

(11/23/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Never forget, WI was going to turn into the wild west when conceal carry was passed.

Instead, some shortsighted businesses bought anti gun stickers and put them on their front door. Other than that, nothing changed.

Because responsible gun owners do not commit crime, criminals do. And they, by definition, do not obey the law.

11/23/2015 10:30:00 AM

(11/23/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al


If you give a student free tuition, they will ask for free room and board. We've built such a culture of victimhood, we have white people pretending to be black to cash in, because they're fame and attention whores.

By the way, we already offer free and discounted tuition, it's called the GI Bill. Many brave men and women qualify for it every year, and many whiny complainers do not. The hell with them.

11/23/2015 09:00:00 AM

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