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Thursday, November 27, 2014

(11/27/2014 12:35:00 PM) - Al

FYI, the Badgers play on ESPN at 2PM or thereabouts today.

They are a nine point favorite over Georgetown.


11/27/2014 12:35:00 PM



(11/27/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving Al to you and your family!
I'm late with the week 12 results because I'm up at the hunting camp all week.  No running water, no internet access, and spotty phone service.  Came into town to take a shower at the laundromat and stop at a restaurant and have a nice meal with the gang.
I believe you went 11 - 4 for the week which would put you in a tie for 14th with 115 correct.  Eisenberg (CBS) still leads with 126 followed by Carter (ESPN) at 123 and Jackson (ESPN) and Joyner (ESPN) with 121.  Good luck on lucky week 13.
Jim R.

Remind me to dock Jim's pay for being late. 


11/27/2014 12:32:00 PM



(11/27/2014 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving to those who continue to check out Ramblings.

While the masses have chosen to focus their mock outrage on the fact that some retail workers have to work today, they seem to forget that many people; those who volunteer to defend their nation; hotel, restaurant workers, gas station, and movie theater workers; hospital and nursing home employees; firefighters and EMT's, and many that are self employed...it's almost certain if you called a farmer, plumber, or heating guy, they answer the phone today just like any other day. And, of course, though many do not hesitate to criticize the police, for, you know, doing their job and getting criminals off the street, they will be on the job today as well, handling the problems that pop up when you mix alcohol and people you only see once a year because you want to enjoy the other 364. For those working today, thank you, in case we need you.


And, in case many of you have not noticed, many that complained the loudest about stores being open today are the exact same ones who will be complaining tonight and tomorrow about lines, not enough sale merchandise, and how they had to park so far away. Complainers are going to complain, and since they don't really believe in anything, their opinions change as often as the direction of the breeze.


11/27/2014 11:34:00 AM



(11/27/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Lions
Cowboys
Seahawks


11/27/2014 10:00:00 AM


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

(11/26/2014 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Dear God, thank you for the blessing of living in a country that is based on liberty and justice for all. And thank you for the honor of living in a nation where young men and women still volunteer to defend those freedoms each and every day. Please bless and protect them. Amen.--Governor Walker

Amen.


11/26/2014 08:11:00 PM



(11/26/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

If you're looking for something to be thankful for, Ramblings from last year did a fine job.

I also mentioned Anna Kournikova, because she's gorgeous.


11/26/2014 04:38:00 PM



(11/26/2014 04:33:00 PM) - Al

From Ramblings' archives, don't believe the marketing, as most "facts" about Thanksgiving are false.


11/26/2014 04:33:00 PM



(11/26/2014 04:29:00 PM) - Al

FYI, the Badgers are on AXSTV tonight at 6. I have it on Charter 704, but unless you live in my house (and if you do, get the hell out), check your local listings.

They are a 23 point favorite tonight, but stranger things have happened. The rest of the tourney is very tough, so hopefully, they can get their main guys out early tonight and rest up.


11/26/2014 04:29:00 PM



(11/26/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

I just saw a "Thanksgiving hack" which said to make cranberry butter by...wait for it...combining butter with leftover cranberry sauce.

You could make gravy butter or stuffing butter the same way, if I ain't mistaken.


11/26/2014 03:22:00 PM



(11/26/2014 01:19:00 PM) - Al

If true, this is fantabulous news.

However, I will wait until at least the ides of March, after he's been swinging the bat every day for a few weeks.

Basically, it's easy to stay healthy when you're spending the offseason working out and living in your beach mansion with your supermodel wife. And if it sounds like I'm jealous...


11/26/2014 01:19:00 PM



(11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I always call it Whole Paycheck, and will now do so louder, because it really aggravates them, per this article.

The problem with trying to sell "fancy" foods to poor folks is simple...they have less disposable income. If you make $100K a year and want to buy eggs for $3 a dozen, you're a frickin' idiot, but you're a well funded idiot.


11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM



(11/26/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, Francisco probably had a better 2014 than Ramirez.

Hanley is living off his past production to be certain, but it only takes one club to overpay. Given his growing pains sure to come in LF, I might well choose to take what's left of Carl Crawford's deal than this Ramirez contract. With good OF's available, I just don't get it.


11/26/2014 11:30:00 AM



(11/26/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al




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I always have a great Thanksgiving, but it's because I love to eat, and that I'm thankful for what I have. Those that are always grumpy and complaining are probably unlikely to change for a single day.


11/26/2014 11:00:00 AM



(11/26/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Black Friday at KMart...save 90% on all engagement rings.

You tell your girlfriend you bought her engagement ring at KMart, you'll be saving yourself 100%.


11/26/2014 09:00:00 AM



(11/26/2014 08:02:00 AM) - Al

Rule 5 preview.


I could imagine the Brewers using their final roster spot on one of these guys, especially if Jason Rogers makes the team as a 1B/3B/OF reserve, effectively taking up both the corner INF and 5th OF bench spots.

It's all about upside, as Wang was looked at as a guy who would have been a 1st/2nd round pick in the June draft, a potential LH SP.


11/26/2014 08:02:00 AM


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

(11/25/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I remember one holiday, an extended family member said she had called the dispatcher and wished them a Merry Xmas, and told her to tell all the officers working that day as well. She finished the call by saying, "I bet not many people say that. do they?" The dispatcher responded, "Nope. You're the first one today."

Nice token by JJ Watt. I know lots of people do take Xmas cookies and the like to the firehouse. Not only will they be working Thanksgiving, they might end up in a dangerous situation, and won't think a thing of it.


11/25/2014 03:00:00 PM



(11/25/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why we have six years of the Obamalaise.

Business just gives up and waits for a better time.


11/25/2014 02:30:00 PM



(11/25/2014 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Reid Nichols interview at Fangraphs.

I always say don't pay attention to stats in rookie and A ball. This is why. 


11/25/2014 01:59:00 PM



(11/25/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Saunders would be a solid, far cheaper than Parra option as a 4th OF.


11/25/2014 10:00:00 AM



(11/25/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Who can blame him?


11/25/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, November 24, 2014

(11/24/2014 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Just talked to the Rambling son. The weather was crappy all day, so they "hunted" from the four season room, hoped one would run across the field.

I think more people would enjoy hunting far more if they took this approach.


11/24/2014 05:57:00 PM



(11/24/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Farmers making record profits.

I dare you to fins one that will admit it though. If a farmer finds a $100 bill in the snow, they'll complain they hurt their back picking it up, and how much that office visit will cost them.


11/24/2014 03:40:00 PM



(11/24/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Imagine what he would have got had he not had a bad year. 

As anything but a SS, this is a tremondous overpay, but that seems to be the going rate.


11/24/2014 01:20:00 PM



(11/24/2014 11:29:00 AM) - Al

I would not have bet my life ten minutes ago that I could name the team Seager plays for.

You'd think I would know all the $100M players, wouldn't you?


11/24/2014 11:29:00 AM



(11/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I mentioned I wanted to write about a trade. It seems to me like it's been almost "too quiet," though I'm sure Doug has been discussing free agent signings, especially with relievers.

The thing is, Doug never makes a trade unless he has someone to replace the traded player. That said, don't forget, he traded Escobar in the Greinke deal and got Yuni in return to play SS for that season, so things are possible. However, if they are looking to deal from strength, the rotation seems likely.

With Gallardo and Lohse both in the final year of their contracts, and with Nelson not scheduled to be in the opening five man rotation, that would seem to be the place a big trade could come from. Both Kyle and Yo will seem almost free after the top five FA SP's sign. Other possibilities? The one that I keep wondering about is Maldonado, who I would be all over if I was a team looking for an inexpensive C. They have an extra OF, though Parra is very spendy for a reserve. Given what Doug discussed after the season, that they needed to get back to using Miller Park's dimensions to their advantage.

The other thing that keeps popping into my mind...Ryan Braun. It's always doubtful any player owed $109M would be dealt, never mind one that was injured much of last season. However, Braun had, at a fraction of normal health, the 7th best OPS of any RF. And considering many feel Jon Lester will get $25M per this offseason, is it possible someone would look at Braun and see an underpaid player? Or, possibly feel Braun is less of a risk than a player they are looking to swap? The Dodgers have been shopping Ethier and Kemp for more than a full year. Heck, the Angels are paying Hamilton $100M through 2017, and he makes Ryan's offense look Mantlelike. 






11/24/2014 09:00:00 AM


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