Sunday, September 21, 2014
(9/21/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al
Save the planet...throw your trash on the ground at the climate change march.
Hypocrites, one and all.
9/21/2014 08:55:00 PM
(9/21/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al
The irony? The Dems have been trying to trump up fictional charges against Walker for years, and their candidate, who they chose because she had no past at all, is found to have plagiarized several times...and they act like it's no big deal. This is serious stuff, and has ended campaigns.
This is what happens when you put loyalty over character and results.
9/21/2014 07:32:00 PM
(9/21/2014 06:27:00 PM) - Al
She's a middle aged Barbie.
She should go by Mary Obama, she stands for nothing, and steals others ideas if they sounds good.
9/21/2014 06:27:00 PM
(9/21/2014 05:00:00 PM) - Al
I'm a fat guy, so I can post this without hesitation.
9/21/2014 05:00:00 PM
(9/21/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al
I can't say I've heard anyone say they need to add another SP...possibly you could try and swap SP's and upgrade by adding another player, or get younger and cheaper in that manner, but they have six solid SP's under team control, and could bring back Marco, if they want to offer him arby, to give them seven.
The two weak spots on offense are certainly 1B and SS, as if Doug returns, he is not the type to look to replace others. A veteran 1B/OF for the bench would be dandy (I yearned for Chris Carter before he broke out in the 2nd half), but as Doug has pointed out, they usually go to the AL. Names we have heard in the past; Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, and so on might become available. There are several teams that seem to have two or more 1B on their roster, so it would seem likely some will be available in trade or as nontenders.
9/21/2014 04:50:00 PM
(9/21/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al
Gomez says his mistake was not leaving second base -- it was stopping on the way to third. "99 percent I make it."--Adam, MLB.com
I bet he would have not have hesitated if he was 100%, or close to it.
Credit both SP's, you almost knew it was going to be decided by a blooper falling in or something just like it. Infield hit, passed ball, and wild pitch. Wily likely overthrowing a bit, thinking one run would be enough.
9/21/2014 03:42:00 PM
(9/21/2014 01:31:00 PM) - Al
Defensive shifts have taken about a run a game off the board this year...and the irony is, many former players still insist they don't work.
9/21/2014 01:31:00 PM
(9/21/2014 12:54:00 PM) - Al
Al Gore explains this away by ignoring the fact weather occurred even when there was no pollution...because he's a con man. When pressed, con men change the subject, and hope you're stupid enough not to notice.
At this point, so many have been fooled, there is likely attempts to save face going on.
The irony is, despite my many questions as to how we've had so many ice ages, all eons before the Industrial Revolution, no one has ever answered that simple query. Because it proves they are, and remain, 100% completely wrong.
9/21/2014 12:54:00 PM
(9/21/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al
Badgers pick up another commitment for next year, a bit of a stretch 4, per reports.
9/21/2014 12:47:00 PM
(9/21/2014 12:22:00 PM) - Al
The Pirates are quickly becoming incredibly wimpy. Problem is, the constant bitching and moaning seems to be working the same way Bo Ryan chirping in the officials' ears works...as reminders that they should punish the opposition.
Tell McCutchen to quit diving over the plate. I wish someone had the computer skills to take where the pitch is when it hit him, and tell me how far that is from both the exact center of the strike zone, as well as the point of the strike zone that is high and in. I doubt the point of impact is more than 6-12 inches from the strike zone. That's why Gomez and Weeks get hit often too.
And yes, the Pirates' antics seem to be the ignored by the umpires. They threw at Braun twice, no penalty. Cole caused the entire confrontation earlier in the season, no penalty. The umpires need to actually take a moment out of their busy lives of counting massive piles of cash for incompetent performance and actually, you know, do their job, and punish the wrongdoers, instead of shrugging their shoulders and making decisions that can only be described as idiotic.
9/21/2014 12:22:00 PM
(9/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al
It's far more simple than that...they are terrified of strong, sexy women who preach common sense.
If Palin was for high taxes, wasteful spending, and killing embryos, she'd already be on Mount Rushmore.
9/21/2014 10:00:00 AM
Saturday, September 20, 2014
(9/20/2014 11:04:00 PM) - Al
I can't understand why it's illegal, as you can have all the sex you want as long as you don't profit from it...it's actually anti freedom and capitalism, not anti prostitution.
It's one of those things that was shortsighted to begin with, and the fact it's still on the books is just absurd. Part of a free society is not banning stuff just because you may not agree with it.
9/20/2014 11:04:00 PM
(9/20/2014 10:57:00 PM) - Al
Why any college campus would dream of allowing fraternities is beyond me. Drunken rich boys who want to delay growing up as long as possible. Embarrassing.
9/20/2014 10:57:00 PM
(9/20/2014 10:36:00 PM) - Al
9/20/2014 10:36:00 PM
(9/20/2014 10:09:00 PM) - Al
Brewers win the BAbip battle tonight...Pirates line out with bases loaded in the 8th, Crew gets a double down the RF line when the ball bounces over the 1B's head.
I'm sorry. I meant, "the Brewers got the big hit when they needed it, those gritty, scrappy dudes!"
9/20/2014 10:09:00 PM
(9/20/2014 07:59:00 PM) - Al
The absolute worst. How can anyone possibly be ignorant enough to be a major league umpire? Every single one of them is as stupid as a pile of dirt.
If you started over with untrained monkeys, in two weeks, the quality would be vastly improved. We are simply talking about the dumbest people on the planet.
9/20/2014 07:59:00 PM
(9/20/2014 06:53:00 PM) - Al
You know, this might be related to his lack of production.
9/20/2014 06:53:00 PM
(9/20/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al
Hoosiers with a huge win over the ranked Missouri squad, first win over a ranked opponent in a decade. Been a long rebuilding effort in Indiana, nice to see a signature win.
9/20/2014 06:42:00 PM
(9/20/2014 05:58:00 PM) - Al
So I asked Rob Schneider where he found the time in his busy schedule to film a State Farm ad? Then I remembered, he's rich, and I'm not.
9/20/2014 05:58:00 PM
(9/20/2014 05:41:00 PM) - Al
Thousands of civilians and children killed. Obama insists there's nothing to see here.
It's mighty tough to pick a side based solely on polls and whether or not you played a good round yesterday.
That's the risk one runs when they electa leader who stands for nothing.
9/20/2014 05:41:00 PM
(9/20/2014 06:30:00 AM) - Al
If you cannot be positive, you can at least be quiet.--Joel Osteen
My daddy always said, never pass up an opportunity to shut up.--Dr. Phil
Whenever I talk about my many years in retail, I always get around very quickly to the complainers and the whiners...every store has 'em, and almost all of them were middle aged, and the vast majority were women. The first thing I did when I got my own store was make it a negative nellie free zone...I told everyone the golden rule was simple...complain up. Not only does it not accomplish anything to complain down, but it brings everyone down. Very quickly, I figured out something...the ones that kept complaining down were chronic, and never stopped, despite warnings, write ups, and threats, rarely in that order. And, they never brought any good ideas to the table either...basically, they complained about things like the weather, the fact customers asked questions, and the fact merch came in to the store...stuff that, you know, is not complaint worthy, it's just retail.
Toward the end of my fifteen years, I had turned my "no condidence in you" talks into an art form. I'd sit down, tell them I just did not trust them to do a good job, and would beg them to either change, or just leave. In every case, within three months, they would give notice. No one makes enough in retail for them to stay where they feel unwanted, and the fact is, no one wants to work for someone who doesn't appreciate them.
So, what's the point, you ask? Basically, when things are going good for the Brewers, everyone is a fan. They are the epitome of casual, and spout more cliches than one can imagine. So and so is "clutch" because he hit a fly ball that the OF lost in the sun. That guy "knows how to win" because his pop up with a man on #B was caught by an OF with a terrible arm, and it hit the mound when they threw it to the plate. And sadly, when they are going bad...the same cliches come out, just the opposite. Jon Broxton, of course, is one of the best relievers in the game this season, though he's had some luck to be certain, as his expected ERA is a notch or two higher than his actual. When you give up a HR, it's almost always on a bad pitch, almost always missed location. However, whether that's a solo HR or one of the multirun variety often is the difference. Sadly, just like an error, you can't time a mistake...an error that leads to a big inning is no more an error than one with two outs when your team is ahead 8-2.
Fact is, the big play of the inning was not the HR, but the little squibber to Reynolds, hit so slowly and awkwardly, Mark had to toss to Broxton, who was likely a bit slow to the bag, and who either missed the bag or barely got it. You can't really do much about things like that, and to be honest, those things balance out over 162 games, or pretty close to it. As I pointed out often early in the season, they were extremely fortunate early, which many folks attributed to skill. They still have three more wins than they "should," based on run differential, a fact no one ever brings up, because it does not fit the narrative, or they're too caught up in other stuff to know better.
That said, you know what? I can't make the bandwagoneers go away like a bellyacher in the store. What's truly sad to me is...these people believe it. A ground ball two feet from the SS is an act of skill, reminiscent of Rogers Hornsby or Al Kaline; while a ground ball at the SS for a double play is the result of the hitter "trying to pull an outside pitch" or "jumping at the ball." In reality, the difference between the two is if the SS took a step or two over before the pitch when the bench coach motioned him over, knowing a certain pitch was called, or if he had to cough and missed it.
It's embarrassing, but it's the price you pay when your team is good enough to be in the race with ten days left.
9/20/2014 06:30:00 AM
(9/20/2014 12:18:00 AM) - Al
The facts are simple...people don't pay attention to how old a player is. It's why I was the only one who insisted Scooter would hit, while everyone else watched him progress up the chain and never noticed he was years younger than most everyone else in his league, and kept picking on him for being a slap hitter...as power is always the last thing for youngsters to develop.
Folks can't see any trees...the forest is in the way.
And don't forget, Braun has a hitch in his swing. If you're a wannabee scout, please back it up with numbers. That's all I ask.
9/20/2014 12:18:00 AM
(9/20/2014 12:10:00 AM) - Al
TV Land is reminding me how unfunny and overrated Friends was when they play promos for it. There's a reason why Seinfeld is still near the top in syndication and Friends, shall we say, is not.
One was a historically funny show. The other was Friends.
9/20/2014 12:10:00 AM
Friday, September 19, 2014
(9/19/2014 09:01:00 PM) - Al
And yes, Josh Harrison is no more an MVP than I am. It was comical enough he was an all star, as to pretend he was one of the top 35 players in the NL was funny enough. He's a nice little player who is taking advantage of the fact 36% of he time he hits the ball in the field of play, it's been a hit.
Better lucky than good.
9/19/2014 09:01:00 PM
(9/19/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al
For those new to the old veteran ballplayer cliches..."doing the little things" means getting fortunate on BAbip.
9/19/2014 08:57:00 PM
(9/19/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al
It never fails...guys who never have anything to say always talk about massive tie scenarios.
Never mind the odds of this are not only astronomical, but the actual tiebreaker scenario isn't even really that bad...you just play a game or two to decide the division winner, and then do the same for the wildcard.
I wish I could be simple enough to be intrigued by math. I mean, seriously, it's math...you lnow, simple numbers.
9/19/2014 08:55:00 PM
(9/19/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al
BA being a bit dramatic...Brewers have been very good late in games. Getting BAbip'd to death, followed by a fly ball that sneaks over the wall.
9/19/2014 08:43:00 PM
(9/19/2014 08:40:00 PM) - Al
The irony is, the Hope Solo case is the one they are handling correctly.
She has not been convicted of anything, and she's playing until she is found guilty.
9/19/2014 08:40:00 PM
(9/19/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al
Sure is easy to imagine the Brewers' 1B of 2015 currently being a member of the 2014 Pirates...Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez, and then others like Andrew Lambo, who is a Matt Clark type.
9/19/2014 08:20:00 PM
(9/19/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al
A quick note or two as I just completed one of my annual tests that allows me to do what I do. It is pure silliness, of course, as life is an open book test, so if a client asks something I do not know, I simply get back to them. Why we're forced to memorize is beyond ignorant. Anyway...
...not to step on the toes of the optimistic or just plain casuals, but while you're calling for a sweep of the Pirates, you should preface it by saying how unlikely it is. Two even teams will only lead to a positive sweep for your team 12.5% of the time. Add to it that PIT is at home and has played better of late, 5% is probably a realistic chance of a Crew sweep.
That's 19-1 against. Hey, I hope it happens too, but it's probably not going to. A more realistic statement might be along the lines of, "The Brewers need to win two...and hopefully, they can win the first two, so they have a chance to get all three." Because, not only is it very real worldy, it's also true...losing 2 of 3 puts them 4.5 back with 6 to play (7 for the Pirates). The odds of even a tie is very minimal, as one would figure PIT will win 2-3 of 7, never mind how MIL does.
The last two games, effectively games in which a couple lucky breaks could have made the difference (as in any close game), were huge hits, as luck is far better than skill short term. In case you had doubts, compare Hector Gomez's "hit" to Johnny Peralta's warning track fly out Tuesday.
9/19/2014 01:04:00 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2014
(9/18/2014 09:50:00 PM) - Al
I'm not sure at all Reynolds did not make that play knowing the correct number of outs. Prince used to do that all the time, get the sure out first and go from there. Actually, I'd often like to see more of that, especially in lieu of flipping with the glove, for example.
9/18/2014 09:50:00 PM
(9/18/2014 09:45:00 PM) - Al
For your info you were 11 - 5 for week 2. That gives you a won/loss record for the year of 22 - 10.
I keep track of 45 "expert" picks from CBS sports, ESPN, Fox sports, Pro Football Talk, USA sports, Yahoo sports, and a few others. Your record would tie you for first place with Halpin from Fox. If you keep posting your picks I'll keep you up to date on how you compare to the pros.
Considering I put in 5 minutes a week, I'll take it.
9/18/2014 09:45:00 PM
(9/18/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al
It's almost as if spending less and letting people keep more of their money is a recipe for success.
You can tell the left has nothing to say, because all they have so far is a bunch of lies. That said, WI is full of "independents" who lean left and believes that socialism makes perfect sense, it's everyone working for the common good, you know.
9/18/2014 06:42:00 PM
(9/18/2014 05:23:00 PM) - Al
Those that hate Fox News watch CNN and MSNBC.
And I laugh and laugh and laugh...
9/18/2014 05:23:00 PM
(9/18/2014 05:14:00 PM) - Al
Very excited to join forces with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2015 and beyond!--Brewers
Also, I was thrilled to join Thad's dodgeball team in 7th grade Phy Ed, even though I was the last person to be chosen.
9/18/2014 05:14:00 PM
(9/18/2014 04:54:00 PM) - Al
I think 90% is low.
Note how anyone that you respect feels the same way. He simply has no clue how to lead. Nor does he believe in the exceptionalism of his country.
9/18/2014 04:54:00 PM
(9/18/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al
I have ATL tonight, and NE as my survivor pick this week.
I'd inform you how I did last week, but I never added them up.:)
9/18/2014 03:55:00 PM
(9/18/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al
Thank goodness the Rambling wife didn't like to do stuff like this. Of the 50, 47 of them worse than solitary confinement to me.
9/18/2014 03:44:00 PM
(9/18/2014 02:34:00 PM) - Al
So, if Fresno is going to be the AAA affiliate of the Astros, that would leave Brewers with Colorado Springs. Only place left to go.--JS
Always late to the party. Also in the news, summer is over, and we're into autumn.
9/18/2014 02:34:00 PM
(9/18/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al
The ladies on The View are all just like Shepherd, selfish lefties who think nothing of those they destroy with lies and their utter stupidity.
I'm glad they're not on my side.
9/18/2014 02:29:00 PM
(9/18/2014 01:54:00 PM) - Al
FSW will televise 80 Bucks' games.
That's all but two.
9/18/2014 01:54:00 PM
(9/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al
I should make this clear...the main reason Colorado Springs is a bad match for any team other than the Rockies is that pitchers lose confidence, and their breaking balls do not break in the thin air of Colorado.
Obviously, pitchers that think their off speed stuff is going to get hit hesitate to throw it; which is bad for their development. The only bright side is it will help make them mentally tough. Of course, that doesn't help them a bit if they do not have good stuff. And pitching where nothing works but fastballs, change ups, and sinkers is not going to help anyone's curve or slider improve.
9/18/2014 01:51:00 PM
(9/18/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al
Nats DFA OF eury perez. .310/.354/.411 with 63 SBs in aaa career. only 24 years old.
DC forced to make room, I assume. He;ll probably be claimed by a dozen teams minimum.
9/18/2014 01:03:00 PM
(9/18/2014 12:41:00 PM) - Al
We're thrilled to reach an agreement with the Astros. Be ready to see the No. 1 farm system play at Chukchansi Park. Press release coming.--Fresno Bees
The Brewers and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are suddenly the only two left without a dance partner.
The good news is, it's an hour away from Denver, which is one of the largest airports in the USA. When the Crew needs a body, 50% of the time, that player will be one flight away from wherever they need him to be.
The bad news...every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be hitting .370 with power in AAA. And we'll have to hear the following several times..."Before his promotion, he was 4-3, with an ERA of 6.44...of course, remember, that was while playing half his games in Colorado Springs."
9/18/2014 12:41:00 PM
(9/18/2014 11:39:00 AM) - Al
While it is pretty much accepted that the Brewers will end up with either Fresno or Colorado Springs as their new AAA affiliate, Fresno is still trying to convince the Giants to stay, even though they supposedly have a verbal agreement with Sacramento, who the A's just left for Nashville.
I believe Sacramento draws very well, and like Fresno, has a pretty neutral environment...though they play mostly other teams in the PCL West, where runs are scored like DC wastes money. That said, if they end up in CO, every position player will look like Ryan Braun in '11, and every pitcher like he's facing an entire lineup of Brauns.
EDIT: BREAKING: RiverCats become TripleA affiliate of SFGiants per agreement reached today between the clubs.--Sacramento Bee
Heh. Never mind.
9/18/2014 11:39:00 AM
(9/18/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al
Is Halloween anti religion?
Asked the person with a full belly, good job, and nice house. One of the downsides of living in the greatest nation in the history of the planet, in a land of excess; is people really have nothing to occupy their brain, so they begin to worry about matters that are less important than just about anything in the history of man.
Personally, I decided Halloween was stupid when I was about 9. The Rambling son opted out at about 10, as always having snacks and desserts in the house made going out in the cold begging for bite size pieces of off brand candy less appealing. ("Fun size?" There's nothing fun about it!) We both just came to the conclusion dressing up was, shall we say, kind of stupid (said the gent who puts on a decorative piece of fabric almost every weekday and proceeds to tie it around his neck, but hence, I digress).
However, the difference between me and, let's just say another political philosophy, is that while I may think it's goofy, I do not try to ban it. I allow the fact that many children, and a small, but loud segment of adults, may enjoy this custom. I do not feel it is evil, or that it glorifies Satan, or even that it's somehow incorrect behavior. However, I feel the need to point this out, the entire female gender has been using this holiday as a weak excuse for dressing like a hooker for some time now. For many of us, this is the only thing that makes the last day of October tolerable.
I just choose not to do it. You go ahead, and have fun for me too.
9/18/2014 10:30:00 AM
(9/18/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Purdue is a 3 point favorite at home this Saturday versus Southern Illinois.
Not only is Purdue a Big Ten team, SI is a FCS team, who of course have fewer scholarships, lesser facilities, and for the most part, no player who gets offered to a FBS school takes a FCS schollie.
9/18/2014 10:00:00 AM
(9/18/2014 09:49:00 AM) - Al
Another term for three Biden gaffes in 24 hours?
Remember, Jesse Jackson once insulted every Jew on the planet when he called New York "hymietown." The left not only tolerates ethnic slurs, they hold the guilty up as proud examples of who they are, and call us racist when we point out this nugget of information.
That's why they're not on my side.
9/18/2014 09:49:00 AM
(9/18/2014 09:43:00 AM) - Al
Was NFL any more "tone deaf" in activating then deactivating Adrian Peterson--than NBA in letting Kobe play while prosecuted for RAPE?--Larry Elder
Kobe was found not guilty.
Part of the reason I'm a contrarian is because many decisions are made stupidly, in an emotionally stupid state. No one even has stopped to consider the simple fact Peterson is also not guilty (or guilty of a far lesser charge), and should be allowed to make a living while the case plods through the courts.
There is a reason why a person is presumed innocent. Court cases do not begin and end in 45 minutes like they do on TV (not do the ADA's wear skirts that short, but hence, I digress). We are undergoing a bit of a stupid revolution in the USA, as many insist that we make environmental and fossil fuel decisions on the basis that the planet is warming up, despite ample evidence to the contrary (and proof that the warming data has been nothing but pure fiction).
Despite ample attempts that have always ended in abysmal failure, many still believe socialism will lead to an economic utopia, with all of us holding hands, and singing folk songs...despite the fact it has led to starvation, mass exodus, and tyrannical dictatorships everywhere it has ever been attempted.
Many are afraid to speak up when outnumbered, but for me, it's difficult not to. It's not the popular position, but it's the correct one. For many folks, they're too busy trying to protect the angelic and the unblemished, they fail to see that they are doing exactly what they accuse others of, as they bask in their self righteousness.
9/18/2014 09:43:00 AM
(9/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al
They don't even pretend to give an effort.
Pretty tough to beat a good SP with a fictional strike zone like that. Laughable, and truly pathetic.
9/18/2014 09:00:00 AM