Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

(2/10/2016 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Keith Law had the Brewers' farm system 28th last year, and 5th now. Link is on Insider.

Too bad Law is clueless. 

2/10/2016 02:08:00 PM

(2/10/2016 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers release full schedule of promotions.

Ramblings will probably be running some sort of ticket giveaway for the July 10th game with the Bob Uecker talking alarm clock, unless, of course, we decide to attend the game ourselves. That alarm clock is worth the price of several cheap tickets to me.

2/10/2016 12:45:00 PM

(2/10/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Brewers one of many teams looking to spend heavily in international market this year.

Might be the last dance, as the next CBA might well include an international draft (or the regular June draft might include internationals). With the major league payroll set to come in at about $70M, one would assume Mark A would put the excess $30M or so they have spent on MIL payroll into acquiring young players...with the Latin American market being one of them.

2/10/2016 12:01:00 PM

(2/10/2016 06:03:00 AM) - Al

Um, no.

Personally, instead of hiring a former ballplayer to fill the broadcaster position, I assume the Brewers will...wait for it...hire a broadcaster, either one with major league experience or one that has worked their way up the minor league ladder.

Bob Uecker was on Carson often and was a well known funny man when he was brought on. Dillard has made a few You Tube videos. I think he may be very good at it, but he can work his way up just like everyone else.

2/10/2016 06:03:00 AM

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

(2/09/2016 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Bush and PACs supporting Jeb spent $35M in NH and tied with Rubio for 4th, who spent about $5M. Cruz spent $800K in notoriously moderate NH and got 12%. Christie spent $18M and managed 6th, and has suspended his campaign.

I've seen several folks mention Christie's opportunity was 2012, when his only competition was the qualified, but dull and very straight laced Romney. Trump saying whatever comes to mind has kind of made Christie's witty thoughts seem boring.

2/09/2016 10:42:00 PM

(2/09/2016 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win when Celtics try to take a foul with one second left. Middleton hits FT, misses 2nd on purpose.

They need to win every game at home and hope for the best.

2/09/2016 09:33:00 PM

(2/09/2016 08:57:00 PM) - Al

According to Twitter, Hillary just gave the worst speech of all time in NH. Blamed "big money" and "GOP machine" for her loss. Several mentions that she looked unstable, medicated, or deranged. I have seen no fewer than a half dozen comparisons to the "Howard Dean yell," wondering if this might be the beginning of the end.

Allow me to say, Ms. Clinton just became the first person in US politics to lose a prez primary to an avowed socialist. Tomorrow, the talk will be more of a 3rd horse like Biden entering the race than Hillary.

2/09/2016 08:57:00 PM

(2/09/2016 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Exit polls in NH
Sanders +88 if honesty and integrity were most important (yes, 88, 93-5)
Sanders +31 among men
Sanders +7 among women

One thing no one else seems to be mentioning...Trump isn't getting a much higher vote percentage than he did in IA...the others are just being split by more candidates. It keeps getting back to what Walker said when he dropped out, the field so massive, a candidate can win with a small amount of votes.

2/09/2016 08:36:00 PM

(2/09/2016 07:03:00 PM) - Al

They probably couldn't find the one with the sickle.

2/09/2016 07:03:00 PM

(2/09/2016 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Ishikawa is a nice guy to have around, especially on a minor league contract.

2/09/2016 04:55:00 PM

(2/09/2016 04:11:00 PM) - Al

I'd say she was out of touch, but I wouldn't want to offend the out of touch.

This might be why she told her staffers to copy and paste classified information to her email. Luckily, classified emails do not allow cut and paste.

Of course, since that news first broke, the old media has completely ignored it, almost as if Bill had an affair with it first.

2/09/2016 04:11:00 PM

(2/09/2016 03:46:00 PM) - Al

I'm far from a cattle expert, but I would imagine the first order of business for Kroenke (other than, of course, lying in bed with a model as $100 bills rain down upon them) would be to somehow figure out how in the world his 520K acre ranch has only 6800 cattle on it.

If you google it, a cow/calf pair needs about 2 acres for a year. Considering the cropland, they should have ten times the least.

2/09/2016 03:46:00 PM

(2/09/2016 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Yet, no one will ask him where he was the night of Benghazi.

I'm surprised they did not find the old media in there.

2/09/2016 02:32:00 PM

(2/09/2016 02:14:00 PM) - Al

So, you're telling me that many of those currently getting a government check every month is perfectly capable of working?

It would take a simple work requirement to eliminate 75% of childless people on welfare. And don't forget, without a word of explanation, Obama removed said requirement.

2/09/2016 02:14:00 PM

(2/09/2016 01:58:00 PM) - Al

I think it's hilarious she is so afraid of a nutty socialist she won't allow a copy of what she said to be released.

2/09/2016 01:58:00 PM

(2/09/2016 01:28:00 PM) - Al

The truth is, Cam Newton could have acted better after the loss. However, in the industry, no one is upset that they have a poor loser on the team. In fact, I guarantee you many teams look at this as a positive.

2/09/2016 01:28:00 PM

(2/09/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Those young women simply don't understand how much Hillary and Bill care for them...especially Bill.

I must admit, hearing today that Bill called Bernie "dishonest" was one of the funnier moments of the campaign. His wife tells the truth every other leap year, and let's not forget, Bill was impeached after committing perjury.

2/09/2016 12:30:00 PM

(2/09/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Sorry, too many jokes.

2/09/2016 11:30:00 AM

(2/09/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This is painful...pic of anti Trump rally.

2/09/2016 10:30:00 AM

(2/09/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Double Amen.

2/09/2016 09:00:00 AM

Monday, February 08, 2016

(2/08/2016 09:08:00 PM) - Al

I have no doubt what party she votes for.


2/08/2016 09:08:00 PM

(2/08/2016 04:53:00 PM) - Al

The hell you say?

You know, it's just a shame there isn't hundreds, if not thousands of economic textbooks out there that would have explained this.

Oh, and by the way, socialism, tried and failed. Dozens of times.

2/08/2016 04:53:00 PM

(2/08/2016 01:23:00 PM) - Al

I don't know why all these rubes hate me.

The lady who is in a dead heat with an elderly, nutty socialist that is so far left he has more appeal to USSR senior citizens than American ones. And why is she so unlikable?

Because she pulls crap like this.

2/08/2016 01:23:00 PM

(2/08/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Not only is this one of the best TV ads I've ever seen for a sports team, I would be shocked if Counsell has not quietly agreed to an extension at least as long as the deal Stearns has.

Note how it mentions not being a bandwagon fan, and how it promotes loyalty, enjoying the team even if they are not contending, and how Craig is "one of you"...hinting he's in it for the long haul, and gosh darn it, you should be too.

I'm sure season ticket sales will be down (full season equivalents, known as FSE's in the industry, were estimated at about 14K last year, but were down 7% last month, around 1K), but hopefully, all except the most casual of fans will find it difficult to start over, after being a season ticket holder for 3, 7, or 10+ seems to me it'd be tough to see 1 or 2 after taking a season or two off, and having to start over on the seniority scale.

2/08/2016 11:30:00 AM

(2/08/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Andrea Tantaros is 37 years old.

That's all I got. 

2/08/2016 10:30:00 AM

(2/08/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Chuckle. Guffaw. Snort.

2/08/2016 10:00:00 AM

(2/08/2016 05:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't feel nearly as gray after seeing Brett Favre.

2/08/2016 05:00:00 AM

Sunday, February 07, 2016

(2/07/2016 11:05:00 PM) - Al

Final playoff record, 8-3 overall; 9-2 against the spread.

Of course, in my Facebook friend's contest, since we were playing for real, substantial Fuller Brush merchandise, I took SEA over MIN and went 10-1, and since the entire playoffs were chosen before the playoffs began, I went with DEN to win, not having seen CAR roll to several easy victories.

Maybe I simply overthink things. Originally, I went with DEN for their stellar defense and the fact Manning, even at 75%, is not going to make many mistakes. That's why they won too.

2/07/2016 11:05:00 PM

(2/07/2016 10:28:00 PM) - Al

I know I lose some cool points for saying it, but I loved the defensive battle. I just don't find those 77-67 shootouts you sometimes see in college to be fun, it's just one score after another, and each one means less and less.

2/07/2016 10:28:00 PM

(2/07/2016 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Just watched a story on our late local news talking about the new blaze pink color that was okayed for hunting. One woman, who is a hunter and fisherwoman and is the president of a woman's outdoor organization, said she found it sexist, the idea more women would hunt if they added a color.

I paused the TV and said to the Rambling wife, I much prefer the pink to orange, as orange is as fashion backward as one could get. I am not a hunter, but I would rather wear pink, if I had to choose.

They then talked to a young woman, who said pink was no more sexist than neon green, it's just another color you can wear, and she liked it. Then they spoke to a dopey looking guy, about my age, who said...he liked the pink, and he thought he might buy something in that color. He said it's a "cool color."

Again, why do people hate choice so much? I know Bernie Sanders only wants there to be one deodorant because he's a blithering old fool who wants the citizenry to be miserable, but, why would anyone care what others wear? Why do some hate freedom so?

2/07/2016 10:25:00 PM

(2/07/2016 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Peyton is pretty much the epitome of class, waits to put on his championship cap until after he shakes the hand of Newton and Rivera.

He'd never announce this was his last game because it would take away from the actual game and win.

2/07/2016 09:28:00 PM

(2/07/2016 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Who would have guessed the stars of Super Bowl commercials would be...constipation and diarrhea?

I guess those of us with somewhat regular bowel movements should be more thankful. 

2/07/2016 08:14:00 PM

(2/07/2016 08:10:00 PM) - Al

If David Bowie walked out right now the place would go bananas.--Jeff Ross 

One of these years, they'll have a funny comedian like Ross on the halftime show, and they'll never go back.

2/07/2016 08:10:00 PM

(2/07/2016 07:24:00 PM) - Al


I'm wondering just how ugly the NARAL gal must be to be that damn unfunny.

2/07/2016 07:24:00 PM

(2/07/2016 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Prepped about two hours yesterday for my talk with Justin. Said about 25% of it.

Best piece I did not get a chance to use?

From 2007-2014, Matt Garza pitched 8 seasons in the major leagues. Every single year, his ERA was between 3.32 and 3.95. Last year, it was 5.63. I think it's a very safe bet he was not healthy last season, and if he can return to health, he is very likely to return to an ERA somewhere in that range as well. If so, he could bring back a comparable amount to Lucroy, if Jonathan is indeed dealt in the next month, as pitching is always worth more at the deadline.

2/07/2016 02:12:00 PM

(2/07/2016 12:18:00 PM) - Al

After watching SVU much of the day yesterday, both Criminal Minds and SVU are on today.

What psychopaths do I want to watch today?

2/07/2016 12:18:00 PM

(2/07/2016 11:47:00 AM) - Al

My time with Justin went relatively smoothly, always amazes me how quickly fiver minutes goes. I'll link you up as soon as I see it.

EDIT: Link is available. Thanks to Justin again. 

2/07/2016 11:47:00 AM

(2/07/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

On with Justin at 11:35AM Sunday, tune into 620AM WTMJ or online at

2/07/2016 11:00:00 AM

(2/07/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

One thing I know: Whoever the next Republican president is, our veterans will be in much better hands.--Tammy Bruce

Amen. Couldn't be worse. 

2/07/2016 09:00:00 AM

(2/07/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

On with Justin at 11:35AM Sunday, tune into 620AM WTMJ or online at

2/07/2016 07:00:00 AM

(2/07/2016 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny, you never hear the old media mention this trend...though I do recall hearing thousands were going to move to Canada after 2004.

It's almost as if they aren't being truthful with us.

2/07/2016 05:00:00 AM

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