Al's Ramblings



Thursday, March 31, 2011

(3/31/2011 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Huntsville roster set. Surprises seem to be few.


3/31/2011 11:51:00 PM



(3/31/2011 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Guy stuck to chair for two years. Really.

1. Suddenly, Gleeman and I feel a lot better about ourselves.

2. Who called the cops, you ask? His girlfriend, of course. Talk about a gal who doesn't ask for much.


3/31/2011 10:11:00 PM



(3/31/2011 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Cereality, a cafe that sells hot and cold cereals, and allows you to custom mix your own box, is down to only four franchises.

Apparently, even with the great margin of selling cereal for $4 a bowl, eventually, people tire of throwing their money away. That's one of those things that would be kind of fun once, and really stupid by visit #3.


3/31/2011 10:03:00 PM



(3/31/2011 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another death threat.

Dane County in no hurry to file charges, because liberals do not take crime seriously if it is committed by liberals.


3/31/2011 09:32:00 PM



(3/31/2011 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Let's just go arrest Qaddafi.

Clueless.


3/31/2011 08:16:00 PM



(3/31/2011 06:09:00 PM) - Al

I just don't see any way we can save money. None. We're cut to the bone.

For $600K, I'd like to think you could get something that wasn't ugly.


3/31/2011 06:09:00 PM



(3/31/2011 06:00:00 PM) - Al

*guest post*

Glued to the top until 6PM

Baseball betting at BetUS is now open, as the MLB season opens. Often times I am asked where one can go to wager online, and I always tell them BetUS should be their first and only stop, not only for their sportsbook, but you can also download their poker and casino software while you are there!

What else is going on Opening Day? Peter Gammons tells us we don't know as much as we think, because injuries and many other factors will help decide who makes the playoffs, and advances.

Adam has a pic that makes you thankful for Miller Park's roof, and tells us the high in Cincy is expected to be 48, and I've read elsewhere that sun is expected. Hopefully, the sun will shine and it will be a nice March day.

The team site also discusses how the catchers will be used until Lucroy returns, and talks bout 40 opening days on the radio with Bob Uecker.

A gander at MPD sees he is busily working on NL Central previews as the season approaches.

Friend of Ramblings MLBTR keeps us up to date with the latest moves, even if they are so dull as finding out where Luis Cruz will next get out 71% of the time.

Stay tuned all season long for more news, notes, and opinions. Plenty of good seats available!


3/31/2011 06:00:00 PM



(3/31/2011 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy from Bodog sends along these lines available at Bodog.com...if you care to place a wager.

Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Braun - Total HR's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 27.5



Ryan Braun - Total RBI's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 106.5



Prince Fielder - Total HR's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 36.5



Prince FIelder - Total RBI's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 100.5



Corey Hart - Total HR's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 26



Corey Hart - Total RBI's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 89.5



Rickie Weeks - Total HR's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 27



Casey McGehee - Total HR's in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 22



Zack Greinke - Total Wins in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 12.5



Zack Greinke - ERA in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 3.38



Zack Greinke - Total Strikeouts in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 180



Yovani Gallardo - Total Wins in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 15



Yovani Gallardo - ERA in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 3.57



Yovani Gallardo - Total Strikeouts in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 210.5



Shaun Marcum - Total Wins in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 14.5



John Axford - Total Saves in the 2011 Regular Season

Over/Under 28.5



Team Odds

Odds to win the 2011 World Series

Philadelphia Phillies 13/4

Boston Red Sox 9/2

New York Yankees 7/1

San Francisco Giants 12/1

Milwaukee Brewers 16/1

St. Louis Cardinals 20/1

Texas Rangers 20/1

Chicago White Sox 20/1

Minnesota Twins 20/1

Tampa Bay Rays 25/1

Atlanta Braves 25/1

Cincinnati Reds 25/1

Colorado Rockies 25/1

Detroit Tigers 25/1

Los Angeles Angels 25/1

Oakland Athletics 30/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 35/1

Chicago Cubs 35/1

Florida Marlins 40/1

New York Mets 40/1

Toronto Blue Jays 50/1

San Diego Padres 55/1

Baltimore Orioles 75/1

Houston Astros 80/1

Washington Nationals 80/1

Seattle Mariners 100/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1

Cleveland Indians 125/1

Kansas City Royals 150/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1



Odds to win the 2011 AL Pennant

Boston Red Sox 11/5

New York Yankees 7/2

Minnesota Twins 9/1

Texas Rangers 9/1

Oakland Athletics 11/1

Tampa Bay Rays 11/1

Chicago White Sox 11/1

Detroit Tigers 12/1

Los Angeles Angels 12/1

Toronto Blue Jays 25/1

Baltimore Orioles 35/1

Seattle Mariners 50/1

Cleveland Indians 55/1

Kansas City Royals 75/1



Odds to win the 2011 NL Pennant

Philadelphia Phillies 8/5

San Francisco Giants 13/2

Milwaukee Brewers 9/1

Atlanta Braves 11/1

Cincinnati Reds 11/1

Colorado Rockies 11/1

St. Louis Cardinals 12/1

Chicago Cubs 16/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 16/1

Florida Marlins 20/1

New York Mets 22/1

San Diego Padres 25/1

Houston Astros 40/1

Washington Nationals 40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 45/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1



Odds to win the 2011 AL East

Boston Red Sox 5/8

New York Yankees 2/1

Tampa Bay Rays 8/1

Toronto Blue Jays 16/1

Baltimore Orioles 18/1



Odds to win the 2011 AL Central

Minnesota Twins 3/2

Chicago White Sox 8/5

Detroit Tigers 2/1

Cleveland Indians 20/1

Kansas City Royals 25/1



Odds to win the 2011 AL West

Texas Rangers 5/4

Oakland Athletics 9/5

Los Angeles Angels 5/2

Seattle Mariners 20/1



Odds to win the 2011 NL East

Philadelphia Phillies 1/3

Atlanta Braves 4/1

Florida Marlins 9/1

New York Mets 16/1

Washington Nationals 30/1



Odds to win the 2011 NL Central

Milwaukee Brewers 9/5

Cincinnati Reds 2/1

St. Louis Cardinals 3/1

Chicago Cubs 9/2

Houston Astros 25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 40/1



Odds to win the 2011 NL West

San Francisco Giants 5/4

Colorado Rockies 2/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 3/1

San Diego Padres 11/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 18/1



Odds to Win the 2011 AL Wild Card

New York Yankees 7/5

Boston Red Sox 3/1

Tampa Bay Rays 11/2

Texas Rangers 12/1

Minnesota Twins 14/1

Chicago White Sox 16/1

Detroit Tigers 16/1

Los Angeles Angels 16/1

Oakland Athletics 20/1

Toronto Blue Jays 30/1

Baltimore Orioles 30/1

Cleveland Indians 35/1

Seattle Mariners 40/1

Kansas City Royals 50/1



Odds to Win the 2011 NL Wild Card

Atlanta Braves 11/2

Philadelphia Phillies 6/1

Milwaukee Brewers 13/2

San Francisco Giants 7/1

Colorado Rockies 9/1

Cincinnati Reds 10/1

St. Louis Cardinals 11/1

Chicago Cubs 12/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 12/1

Florida Marlins 16/1

San Diego Padres 16/1

New York Mets 18/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 20/1

Washington Nationals 22/1

Houston Astros 25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 35/1



Which Division will the NL Wild Card Come From

NL Central 3/2

NL West 8/5

NL East 7/4



Which Division will the AL Wild Card Come From

AL East 1/4

AL Central 5/1

AL West 13/2



2011 Regular Season Win Totals



Arizona Diamondbacks - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 72



Atlanta Braves - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 87.5



Baltimore Orioles - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 76



Boston Red Sox - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 95 ½



Chicago Cubs - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 81 ½



Chicago White Sox - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 84 ½



Cincinnati Reds - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 85



Cleveland Indians - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 71 ½



Colorado Rockies - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 86 ½



Detroit Tigers - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 84



Florida Marlins - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 82



Houston Astros - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 71 ½



Kansas City Royals - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 68 ½



Los Angeles Angels - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 83



Los Angeles Dodgers - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 84



Milwaukee Brewers - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 85 ½



Minnesota Twins - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 86



New York Mets - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 77



New York Yankees - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 91 ½



Oakland Athletics - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 83 ½



Philadelphia Phillies - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 96 ½



Pittsburgh Pirates - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 67 ½



San Diego Padres - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 75 ½



San Francisco Giants - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 88 ½



Seattle Mariners - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 70



St. Louis Cardinals - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 83 ½



Tampa Bay Rays - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 84 ½



Texas Rangers - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 86 ½



Toronto Blue Jays - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 76 ½



Washington Nationals - Total Regular Season Wins in 2011

Over/Under 71 ½



Awards and Stats Odds

2011 AL MVP - Odds to Win

Miguel Cabrera (DET) 11/2

Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) 6/1

Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 10/1

Joe Mauer (MIN) 10/1

Josh Hamilton (TEX) 10/1

Carl Crawford (BOS) 12/1

Evan Longoria (TB) 12/1

Mark Teixeira (NYY) 15/1

Justin Morneau (MIN) 15/1

Robinson Cano (NYY) 15/1

Dustin Pedroia (BOS) 25/1

Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) 25/1

Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 25/1

Adrian Beltre (TEX) 30/1

Derek Jeter (NYY) 30/1

Ian Kinsler (TEX) 30/1

Jose Bautista (TOR) 30/1

Grady Sizemore (CLE) 35/1

Nelson Cruz (TEX) 35/1

Felix Hernandez (SEA) 40/1

Adam Dunn (CWS) 50/1

Billy Butler (KC) 50/1

Carlos Quentin (CWS) 50/1

C.C. Sabathia (NYY) 50/1

David Price (TB) 50/1

Michael Young (TEX) 50/1

Nick Markakis (BAL) 50/1

Paul Konerko (CWS) 50/1

Torii Hunter (LAA) 50/1

Vernon Wells (LAA) 50/1

Victor Martinez (DET) 50/1

Jon Lester (BOS) 75/1

Justin Verlander (DET) 75/1

Aaron Hill (TOR) 100/1

Rajai Davis (TOR) 100/1



2011 NL MVP - Odds to Win

Albert Pujols (STL) 3/1

Joey Votto (CIN) 11/2

Ryan Braun (MIL) 8/1

Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 8/1

Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 12/1

Prince Fielder (MIL) 12/1

Hanley Ramirez (FLA) 15/1

Ryan Howard (PHI) 15/1

Matt Holliday (STL) 18/1

Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) 25/1

Jose Reyes (NYM) 30/1

Brian McCann (ATL) 35/1

David Wright (NYM) 35/1

Jason Bay (NYM) 35/1

Jason Heyward (ATL) 35/1

Jayson Werth (WAS) 35/1

Matt Kemp (LAD) 35/1

Roy Halladay (PHI) 35/1

Buster Posey (SF) 35/1

Cliff Lee (PHI) 40/1

Josh Johnson (FLA) 40/1

Shane Victorino (PHI) 40/1

Andre Ethier (LAD) 50/1

Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 50/1

Aramis Ramirez (CHC) 50/1

Carlos Pena (CHC) 50/1

Jimmy Rollins (PHI) 50/1

Justin Upton (ARI) 50/1

Aubrey Huff (SF) 50/1

Jason Bartlett (SD) 75/1

Colby Rasmus (STL) 100/1



2011 NL Cy Young - Odds to Win

Roy Halladay (PHI) 4/1

Tim Lincecum (SF) 4/1

Cliff Lee (PHI) 7/1

Josh Johnson (FLA) 7/1

Cole Hamels (PHI) 10/1

Roy Oswalt (PHI) 10/1

Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) 10/1

Chris Carpenter (STL) 15/1

Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 15/1

Matt Cain (SF) 15/1

Yovani Gallardo (MIL) 15/1

Zack Greinke (MIL) 15/1

Mat Latos (SD) 20/1

Tommy Hanson (ATL) 20/1

Jaime Garcia (STL) 25/1

Tim Hudson (ATL) 25/1

Shaun Marcum (MIL) 25/1

Matt Garza (CHC) 30/1

Ted Lilly (LAD) 30/1

Brett Myers (HOU) 50/1

Johnny Cueto (CIN) 50/1

Bronson Arroyo (CIN) 50/1

Chad Billingsley (LAD) 50/1

Ryan Dempster (CHC) 75/1

Ricky Nolasco (FLA) 100/1

J.A Happ (HOU) 150/1



2011 AL Cy Young - Odds to Win

Felix Hernandez (SEA) 7/2

C.C. Sabathia (NYY) 11/2

Jon Lester (BOS) 6/1

David Price (TB) 7/1

Jered Weaver (LAA) 10/1

Justin Verlander (DET) 10/1

Clay Buchholz (BOS) 15/1

John Lackey (BOS) 15/1

Dan Haren (LAA) 18/1

Francisco Liriano (MIN) 18/1

C.J. Wilson (TEX) 20/1

Max Scherzer (DET) 25/1

Trevor Cahill (OAK) 20/1

James Shields (TB) 30/1

Colby Lewis (TEX) 30/1

Dallas Braden (OAK) 30/1

John Danks (CWS) 30/1

Gavin Floyd (CWS) 35/1

Jake Peavy (CWS) 35/1

Josh Beckett (BOS) 35/1

A.J. Burnett (NYY) 50/1

Mark Buehrle (CWS) 50/1

Ricky Romero (TOR) 50/1

Brandon Morrow (TOR) 60/1





Who will hit the most Home Runs in the 2011 Regular Season?

Albert Pujols (STL) 7/1

Adam Dunn (CWS) 7/1

Prince Fielder (MIL) 10/1

Jose Bautista (TOR) 10/1

Ryan Howard (PHI) 10/1

Miguel Cabrera (DET) 12/1

Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) 14/1

Mark Teixeira (NYY) 18/1

Joey Votto (CIN) 25/1

Mike Stanton (FLA) 25/1

Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 28/1

Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 30/1

Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 30/1

Carlos Pena (CHC) 30/1

Mark Reynolds (BAL) 30/1

Evan Longoria (TB) 35/1

Josh Hamilton (TEX) 35/1

Nelson Cruz (TEX) 35/1

Ryan Braun (MIL) 35/1

Corey Hart (MIL) 50/1

Dan Uggla (ATL) 50/1

Jason Heyward (ATL) 50/1

Jay Bruce (CIN) 50/1

Justin Morneau (MIN) 50/1

Kendry Morales (LAA) 50/1

Paul Konerko (CWS) 50/1

Robinson Cano (NYY) 60/1

Adam Lind (TOR) 75/1

Jayson Werth (WAS) 75/1

Aaron Hill (TOR) 100/1

Andre Ethier (LAD) 100/1

Chase Utley (PHI) 100/1

Colby Rasmus (STL) 100/1

Curtis Granderson (NYY) 100/1

David Ortiz (BOS) 100/1

David Wright (NYM) 100/1

Hanley Ramirez (FLA) 100/1

Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 100/1

Matt Holliday (STL) 100/1

Matt Kemp (LAD) 100/1

Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) 100/1

Rickie Weeks (MIL) 125/1

Buster Posey (SF) 150/1

Tyler Colvin (CHC) 150/1

Field (Any Other Player) 6/1



Miscellaneous Odds



SEASON SPECIALS - Which MLB Manager will be fired first during the 2011 Season?

Ozzie Guillen 2/1

Edwin Rodriguez 2/1

Bud Black 3/1

Joe Girardi 5/1

Jim Riggleman 5/1



Albert Pujols - Will he be a Cardinal for Game 1 of the 2012 Regular Season

Yes Even

No -130



Will any of the Big 4 of the Phillies win the NL Cy Young?

Yes +140

No -180



Derek Jeter - Will he get engaged to Minka Kelly in 2011?

Yes +150

No -200



Derek Jeter Specials - Where will his 3000th base hit take place?

Yankee Stadium -170

Any Other Stadium +130



Derek Jeter Specials - What will his 3000th base hit be?

Single -200 (1/2)

Double +250 (5/2)

Triple +1200 (12/1)

Home Run +700 (7/1)



Andy Pettitte - Will he pitch for the Yankees in the 2011 Regular Season

Yes +150

No -200



Will Brian Wilson shave his beard completely during the 2011 Regular Season?

Yes 5/2



David Ortiz -BA in April 2011

Over/Under . 250



Highest Win Total by Any Team in the 2011 MLB Regular Season

Over/Under 100



Highest Loss Total by Any Team on the 2011 MLB Regular Season

Over/Under 100 ½



What Will be the Highest Number of Runs Scored by Any Team for the 2011 MLB Regular Season?

Over/Under 875 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Home Run Total by a batter?

Over/Under 46 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest RBI Total by a batter?

Over/Under 137 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest HIt Total by a batter?

Over/Under 215 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Stolen Bases Total by a player?

Over/Under 65 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Win Total by a pitcher?

Over/Under 20 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Loss Total by a pitcher?

Over/Under 16 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - What will be the longest hitting streak of the Season?

Over/Under 27 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Will any Player hit 4 Home Runs in a game in the Season?

Yes 12/1



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Strikeout total by a pitcher?

Over/Under 242 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Highest Save total by a pitcher?

Over/Under 46 ½



SEASON SPECIALS - Will any pitcher pitch a no-hitter in the Season ?

Yes -550

No +375



SEASON SPECIALS - How many No-Hitters will there be in the 2011 Regular Season?

0 4/1

1 7/4

2 2/1

3 4/1

4 Or More 7/1



SEASON SPECIALS - Will any pitcher pitch a perfect game in the Season?

Yes +325

No -450



Season Series Head-to-Head Matchups



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox -145

New York Yankees +115



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox -260

Tampa Bay Rays +200



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees -175

Tampa Bay Rays +145



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

Chicago White Sox -135

Detroit Tigers +105



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Chicago White Sox +105

Minnesota Twins -135



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers +115

Minnesota Twins -145



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers

Los Angeles Angels +145

Texas Rangers -175



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Angels +145

Oakland Athletics -175



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers -130

Oakland Athletics Even



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves

Philadelphia Phillies -200

Atlanta Braves +160



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets +240

Philadelphia Phillies -300



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

New York Mets +240

Atlanta Braves -300



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals -135

Chicago Cubs +105



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals -140

Cincinnati Reds +110



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs +125

Cincinnati Reds -155



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers -150

Cincinnati Reds +120



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers -150

Chicago Cubs +120



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers +135

San Francisco Giants -165



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers +135

Colorado Rockies -165



REGULAR SEASON SERIES - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

San Francisco Giants -130

Colorado Rockies +110


3/31/2011 05:36:00 PM



(3/31/2011 05:28:00 PM) - Al

I have not yet seen one other mention of the walk to Votto as being a vital turning point.

Forest for the trees.


3/31/2011 05:28:00 PM



(3/31/2011 05:25:00 PM) - Al

President Obama finally and quietly accepted his ‘transparency’ award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday. The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.--Politico

Heh. He's only transparent when it comes to telling everyone when the pullout from Afghanistan begins. It's like a sitcom.


3/31/2011 05:25:00 PM



(3/31/2011 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Needless to say, Casey not getting an out...and the walk of Votto, when his run was meaningless. I was unimpressed by Nieves' pitch calling in the 9th as well...he willingly pitched around Votto, and acted like he did not remember Axford had a breaking ball for much of the frame. Calling for a high fastball versus a RH hitter, granted inside rather than outside, was a goofy call at best.

Casual fans worried all offseason about Gomez and Betancourt, and once again, they prove themselves to be...well, casual. Worrying about a single player or two...even though they have spent numerous years in the majors...and ignoring the important stuff, like pitching, makes me wonder how many of these clods function.

That said, it's one of 162. Now that many of the casual, ignorant bloggers have made the old media look good (and I thought that was impossible), we're onto game two.

The irony is, the Reds have a team built around power, just like the Crew. 3 run homers will win you a ton of games, as they have proven for the entire Melvin regime.


3/31/2011 04:25:00 PM



(3/31/2011 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Lakers starting own cable network may be deciding factor in Kings' moving to Anaheim.


3/31/2011 04:02:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Not a big fan of the new graphic showing count, score, and so on. Score is huge compared to other numbers, gotta look around for pitch speed, inning...though maybe it is something the brain will adjust to.


3/31/2011 03:53:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Bloopers keep falling in. Short-term, it's not how hard they're hit, but where they are hit.


3/31/2011 03:50:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Early return on Accuweather's Violeta Yas...she's no Kate Bilo.

Of course, few are.


3/31/2011 03:38:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Bruce is a good hitter with a solid future, but that sure is a long, ugly swing on breaking balls in the dirt.


3/31/2011 03:36:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:34:00 PM) - Al

I was just thinking before the game, if I had to pick "surprise" players, I'd go with Gomez and Betancourt...not because I think they'll perform that much better than their career norms (I'd probably project each about 5-7% higher, due to peak age and/or park factors), but because expectations are so low for them.


3/31/2011 03:34:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Loe still struggles versus LH bats. Good to have a 4 run lead with him facing southpaws.


3/31/2011 03:31:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:27:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog seems to be having minor symptoms like he was bothered with a couple months ago, when he was diagnosed with a UTI, and being elderly.

You know decline is inevitable, and you know it's closer every day, whether you are a dog or any living creature. That doesn't make it any easier to watch, however. If only he was a bad dog, or tough to put up with, it'd be a lot easier.


3/31/2011 03:27:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Looks like a straight platoon with Kotsay and Almonte. I wonder if he'll play defense...I assume not with Reed and Morgan on the team.


3/31/2011 03:25:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:13:00 PM) - Al

That was a fine catch by Kotsay. Hart is likely quite a bit faster, but doesn't make that play as often as you would think.


3/31/2011 03:13:00 PM



(3/31/2011 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Learning to read is the key for K-3 grades.

I can't disagree with that. The whole world is your classroom if only you can take advantage of it. Shockingly, throwing money at the problem does not appear to be working.


3/31/2011 03:05:00 PM



(3/31/2011 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Already in midseason form. Ump lazily wanders out, blows an easy call a few feet away, directly in front of him.

Sadly, since he's a union worker, he'll have the job for life, regardless of talent, ability, or effort. He is overpaid, gets way too much time off, and other paid benefits. This reminds me of another situation, but I just can't put my finger on it.

Welcome to 2011 union world. Embarrassing. The Rambling dog could have got that call right, and he was sleeping.


3/31/2011 02:20:00 PM



(3/31/2011 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Those that claimed Gamel was a better defensive 3B than McGehee, based on a tiny sample from '09, when Casey's knee was bothering him, sure have looked foolish the past couple years.

It always amazes me when stat guys use small samples to try and prove a point that makes all of us who use math look like idiots.


3/31/2011 02:15:00 PM



(3/31/2011 12:32:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to mention that Nieves is starting, and whether that means anything. I have little doubt Kottaras is better offensively and Nieves is better behind the plate, and I tend to lean toward the offense, as it is easier to measure, more consistent, and you can play several games and just see routine plays being made.


3/31/2011 12:32:00 PM



(3/31/2011 12:27:00 PM) - Al

First I've heard of such a thing, but I'll back Mike Yon over any old media. However, boycotts in today's world seem outdated, and very, very tired. I'd be far more likely to send them an e-mail voicing my disgust.


3/31/2011 12:27:00 PM



(3/31/2011 12:10:00 PM) - Al

Geez, the Yankees are old. I had to chuckle when they said the Yankees were the best defensive team because they had the fewest errors...that's exactly what I would think of an old team with limited range, but some are so far behind in defensive metrics (I could be included in that group too, as I pretty much only use UZR, as many of the others seem to bounce around too much for me to believe them.


3/31/2011 12:10:00 PM



(3/31/2011 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Adam has the lineup and notes.


3/31/2011 11:10:00 AM



(3/31/2011 11:06:00 AM) - Al

A blog kept by a young military widow. Some adult language, but I read the cover page just now, and the potential is there.


3/31/2011 11:06:00 AM



(3/31/2011 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Tremendous offer for $4 Brewers' tickets...good seats too, for a late April weekday series.

I wish the Rambling son had some sort of Easter break that week.


3/31/2011 10:59:00 AM



(3/31/2011 10:41:00 AM) - Al

I have little doubt the administration has limited say over gas prices...pesky supply and demand plays the majority role, but I also have no doubt they LOVE the fact gas prices are higher...never mind it's possibly the most regressive tax man has created.

You can make it a friendly world in which to search out drilling regions, or you can have "pocket bans" or heavy regulations. They could open up the reserves or suspend/lower the gas tax as well, though I can understand the reluctance...though adding more to the deficit has not been an issue at all, though they prefer spending than taking in less.

I think this is an area much like gun and ammo prices...the negative feelings we all know exist have driven up those prices for 2.5 years now, despite no public statements. If we had a pro-business, or heck, a pro-capitalism president, some strategic public statements, ending the silent moratorium on drilling in the water, ANWAR, and, heaven forbid, throwing some incentives for companies to drill/reopen some US wells that may be a bit difficult, might go a long way. We're not talking $1.79 like we had under W (that bad, bad man), but we might see $2.75. As of this second, with an administration intent on giving the breaks to companies that only harness energy when the wind blows or the sun shines, I think we're entrenched with higher prices for the foreseeable future.


3/31/2011 10:41:00 AM



(3/31/2011 12:24:00 AM) - Al

My (wildly unrealistic) goal is to lose more pounds than the Twins' win total.--Gleeman

For many of us heavyweights, this is an excellent goal.


3/31/2011 12:24:00 AM



(3/31/2011 12:10:00 AM) - Al

Ohio's law seems to be far tougher than Wisconsin's.

Guess those union members who I hear are leaving the state in droves won't be relocating to Columbus or Cleveland.


3/31/2011 12:10:00 AM



(3/31/2011 12:02:00 AM) - Al

President Barack Obama, as an Illinois state senator in 2002, said that using military force to topple a murderous dictator amounted to a "dumb war" and should be opposed.

The "dumb war" Obama was criticizing was the planned invasion of Iraq and the murderous dictator was its leader, Saddam Hussein. Obama, speaking at an anti-war rally...said that while Saddam was a brutal tyrant, that was not enough to justify using military force to remove him from power.

"Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein," said Obama in his speech. “He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him."


Irony is indeed delicious.

Our president's moral compass spins like a top. He stands for being reelected. The rest...details.


3/31/2011 12:02:00 AM


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

(3/30/2011 11:57:00 PM) - Al

I need help on a decision. Should I take Astronomy or Geology next semester? Eric

Man, neither. CDR


Heh. I'd probably tell him to take the later class.


3/30/2011 11:57:00 PM



(3/30/2011 11:12:00 PM) - Al

Almonte may platoon with Kotsay in RF. Given that Reed and Morgan both bat LH, that makes sense.

I wonder if we'll see Morgan in CF and Gomez in RF at all. That's a very good defensive lineup, to say the least.


3/30/2011 11:12:00 PM



(3/30/2011 10:51:00 PM) - Al

On a sad note film icon Elizabeth Taylor has passed on. She is survived by everybody else.--Norm McDonald

One of the kinder, yet still funny quotes about Liz's demise.


3/30/2011 10:51:00 PM



(3/30/2011 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Carter just keeps getting easier and easier to despise. On the list of worst presidents, he's pretty solidly entrenched at the bottom. Now, he's getting closer and closer to claiming that spot on the list of ex-presidents.

Castro is an old friend? He's a despicable dictator whose policies has led to the death of thousands as they try to flee his pathetic, rusty island.

I'd call him a publicity whore, but I would hate to offend a whore.


3/30/2011 09:44:00 PM



(3/30/2011 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Obamanomics, as explained by Calvin and Hobbes.


3/30/2011 07:34:00 PM



(3/30/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

I'm surprised VandenHurk cleared waivers, he's a big RH who can start and has very good K numbers of one per inning.


3/30/2011 07:21:00 PM



(3/30/2011 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Last year, someone on a message board said Travis Ishikawa would be a decent replacement, at least as a stopgap, if the Crew dealt Prince.

I said he was a borderline major leaguer at best, a 1B with a low OBP and little power. Even if you have a poor defensive 1B who hits RH, there are better options to play the 8th/9th inning and protect him versus tough RHP.

SF released him today, so he's there for the taking.


3/30/2011 07:14:00 PM


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

(3/29/2011 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Kerry was against the war he voted for...but he's all for Libya...for now.

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the party the president is a member of.


3/29/2011 10:24:00 PM



(3/29/2011 08:06:00 PM) - Al

A profile of just another young online poker millionaire.

Not a penny of taxes is collected on the millions the sites take in as rake either. Good plan, fellas.


3/29/2011 08:06:00 PM



(3/29/2011 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Early take-home impact of bill on WI teachers: pay extra $348 for pension, $720 on heath, get back $1100 in union dues. Net +$32.--Iowahawk

If numbers are correct, allow me to once again ask they pay for damages at the capitol, whatever they turn out to be. You'd think someone who was good at math...maybe a math teacher, for example, might have explained this factoid long before now.


3/29/2011 04:14:00 PM



(3/29/2011 04:01:00 PM) - Al

If cluelessness were an Olympic event, Eugene Kane would be Mark Spitz.--Charlie Sykes

Heh. Kane is indeed as clueless as they come, I still recall his brilliant idea that the Brewers should sign more black players in order to improve. Sadly, to Kane, every single decision in life comes down to race, while to most of us, we never consider race to be a deciding factor.


3/29/2011 04:01:00 PM



(3/29/2011 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Nyjer Morgan goes down swinging in his second #brewers AB. That's going to happen quite a bit this year -- career K% of 17.1%, 17.3% last yr.--Brewers Bar

I also assume Nyjer will get out about two-thirds of the time. I seem to recall MLB average is right about 20%, so, while it's always ignorant to worry about how much a hitter strikes out, it's especially so in this case.

Throwing out numbers like that is what gives all bloggers a bad name.


3/29/2011 03:56:00 PM



(3/29/2011 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Needless to say, this administration is not going to stop spending foolishly until the day they are not in office anymore. Reform? Solving tomorrow's problems today? Heh.

Nothing could be further from their plans. The only plan since Day 1 has been to win the election in 2012, damn the never before seen debt.


3/29/2011 03:46:00 PM



(3/29/2011 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy to begin catching in minor league games. I'm not sure if Kottaras or Nieves will be kept, though Roenicke did mention George has hit better, which he no doubt will, as Nieves hits just like you'd expect from a good defensive backstop.


3/29/2011 03:43:00 PM


Monday, March 28, 2011

(3/28/2011 10:31:00 PM) - Al

What to do when your main contributors suck at getting decent test scores?

Get rid of 'em...no, no, the tests!

Good golly.


3/28/2011 10:31:00 PM



(3/28/2011 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Ft. Wayne sports editor reporting Matt Painter has taken the Missouri job, assistant Paul Lusk to replace him.


3/28/2011 07:48:00 PM



(3/28/2011 06:14:00 PM) - Al

Star Tribune piece on the union bad behavior.

As stated, as long as it's the left, the old media ignores it. The JS has managed to "overlook" the Dem legislator telling his Republican colleagues "You're dead," for weeks now.

This is exactly how Ted Kennedy killed a woman and still served 30 years.


3/28/2011 06:14:00 PM



(3/28/2011 05:34:00 PM) - Al

I much prefer Gregor Blanco, waived by the Royals, to Jeremy Reed....not quite as good on D, but a .358 OBP to a .311 one...Blanco is also speedier, if to be used as a PR.

This is exactly why you don't need to keep a 5th OF type on the 40 man all winter...there will be guys like Blanco available, there always are. Of course, if you see a guy you think might be more than a 5th OF someday, like many of us feel Dickerson could be, those are the guys you protect.


3/28/2011 05:34:00 PM



(3/28/2011 05:28:00 PM) - Al

Pictures in and around Chernobyl, which is a 30 square mile ghost town. Despite more cases of cancer, at least according to some, wildlife is abundant in the no human zone.


3/28/2011 05:28:00 PM



(3/28/2011 03:40:00 PM) - Al

In the past, I know the Brewers have made an effort to send the "A" squad when a spring training game was televised, but that seems to have been set aside, as this split squad is full of unknowns and organizational soldier types.


3/28/2011 03:40:00 PM



(3/28/2011 03:30:00 PM) - Al

A message board guy said last year that whenever he doesn't get a WMLW game on Fox WI (he has Charter like me), he sends a text to the booth (234234). I just got home from the office, and FSN was blank. I texted the booth, and in five minutes, boom, game on.

I have to remember this, as Charter forgets to "flip the switch" once or twice a season.


3/28/2011 03:30:00 PM



(3/28/2011 03:11:00 PM) - Al

The president has little to do about gas prices...but Obama is saying all the wrong things. Let's import more oil, ignore our own reserves, and keep throwing money at subsidies that produce 0.2% of the nation's energy.

This is the worst case scenario we feared. And you know, ANWAR is on solid ground, not in the water at all. Might want to look into that...


3/28/2011 03:11:00 PM



(3/28/2011 02:59:00 PM) - Al

Luis Cruz elects free agency, signs with TEX. The guy can field, but so can half the guys playing SS in the minors. We'll see if the Crew goes after another AAA SS, or lets Farris and Wheeler play there.

I'm sure that's be fine for AAA, but the worry would probably be if Yuni went down for the year, could Counsell and either of those guys play the season out? If the answer is no, they'll probably bring someone else in, though like Luis, odds are he won't hit a lick.


3/28/2011 02:59:00 PM



(3/28/2011 11:33:00 AM) - Al

While the family of a Green Bay soldier flies to return their son to his final resting place, Cassy Chesser, who writes a pro-America blog, will welcome her Marine hubby home today, just in time to take in the birth of their son, which I think is planned for Tuesday.

True heroes the old media chooses to write nothing about. What a shame.


3/28/2011 11:33:00 AM


Sunday, March 27, 2011

(3/27/2011 11:41:00 PM) - Al

One of the two ESPN brackets to get the Final Four teams all correct, out of 1.7M, if memory serves.


3/27/2011 11:41:00 PM



(3/27/2011 11:07:00 PM) - Al

Our prayers are with the family of Spc. Justin Ross of Green Bay who lost his life serving his country yesterday in Afghanistan.--Governor Walker

Ramblings will be happy to second the governor's thoughts. Damn shame.

ADDED: The Rambling wife knows a family member of the deceased, she's on a scrapbooking site with her. The family flew to Dover to bring the body home, funeral soon.


3/27/2011 11:07:00 PM



(3/27/2011 10:56:00 PM) - Al

The royals spend a weekend doing what they've done their entire life.

Hard to believe that made the paper.


3/27/2011 10:56:00 PM



(3/27/2011 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Al,

My take on Jeremy Reed being kept over Brandon Boggs.

The Brewers see Reed as a player who gets released when Hart comes back.

Boggs is a player they see as being a short term solution if an injury occurs.

I think they value Boggs more and therefore sent him out while the market is flooded with players and teams are setting their rosters. Thus, other teams won't come calling and he accepts the minor league assignment.

Make sense to you or is this a stretch?

Ed


If Brandon accepts his AAA assignment, it makes perfect sense. However, he should become a free agent and look for a team who is weak in AAA OF's...the Crew is not.


3/27/2011 09:45:00 PM



(3/27/2011 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Badgers set many records, just miss FT%.

Of course, we've been spoiled by Bo's run of success, many don't understand h ow difficult it is to win 20+ games every year. Looking at next year's team, I certainly see the potential for a down season, as a starting lineup of Taylor/Gasser/Evans/Bergerren/Bruiser is less than impressive...even though if Jordan stays healthy, the Badgers will have the best player on the court almost every game.


3/27/2011 08:19:00 PM



(3/27/2011 05:46:00 PM) - Al

I was in favor of the attack, though I'm not a big fan of the Clintonesque "air only, low casualty count" strategy...it doesn't have a good track record. By definition, war is messy, and people die. Trying to break a rule of war and still have the desired outcome, while I understand the idea, leads me to question everything.

And yes, I've noticed the complete lack of an exit strategy. Similar to Afghanistan, where Obama was terrified to even use the word "victory," choosing instead to give dates of withdrawal, breaking every combat manual ever printed.

It used to be a joke, but as clumsy as they are, you'd think by now they would have brought in McCain and asked him what to do. Heck, give him a title. The current deer in the headlights, obviously over their heads "why doesn't this just go away?" is embarrassing.


3/27/2011 05:46:00 PM



(3/27/2011 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Joe Inglett acquired by Astros.

I'd rather have him than Reed. Joe is better at the plate and can play 2B/LF/RF. Jeremy can play all the OF spots, but doesn't hit enough to play CF, never mind a corner. Of course, I realize his roster spot goes away when Hart returns...


3/27/2011 05:34:00 PM



(3/27/2011 05:17:00 PM) - Al

Estrada pitches well again, he looks to be the 5th SP, though it looks like he won't be brought back until the day he starts, 4/6 I guess.


3/27/2011 05:17:00 PM



(3/27/2011 05:10:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Silva released, nice recovery last year, bad 17 innings this spring.

If his velocity is there, I'd gladly take a risk on him at the minimum. There's not much downside. He'll be property of some team with a weak back of the rotation/bullpen a week from now, warts and all.


3/27/2011 05:10:00 PM



(3/27/2011 02:22:00 PM) - Al

VCU doesn't make the field if the NCAA doesn't expand to 68. There's plenty of good teams out there. I'm still in favor of 96.


3/27/2011 02:22:00 PM



(3/27/2011 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Wheeler, Farris, and Cruz will all split time at Nashville, splitting time between the various infield positions. I hope Farris gets plenty of time at SS, as he could be a cheap option there as soon as 2012, if he can be just below average at SS. Wheeler could easily take Counsell or Almonte's spot as early as '12 as well.


3/27/2011 02:08:00 PM



(3/27/2011 12:34:00 PM) - Al

As I expected, Almonte beats out Cruz for final bench spot. Cruz clears waivers and is outrighted to AAA. As I said before, surprised Boggs loses out to Reed for final OF spot.

40 man spots are needed for both, though I assume Boggs and Cruz's spots are now officially gone. One more needed for Morgan.


3/27/2011 12:34:00 PM



(3/27/2011 11:27:00 AM) - Al

The Kings are a small-market team with a losing record that is trying to make ends meet both on and off the basketball court while playing in an aging arena. Sound familiar, Bucks fans?--Tom Enlund, JS

Sacramento has a mayor who used to be an NBA point guard. Milwaukee has never shown any interest or initiative in doing a thing to keep the Bucks.

One has to wonder who the next Herb Kohl will be, if there is one. If one is waiting for someone to step to the front...I think several of the "leaders" of the city just took a step back, so as not to be bothered.


3/27/2011 11:27:00 AM



(3/27/2011 11:22:00 AM) - Al

If Estrada does not go north, then I would probably say Kintzler is the favorite for that final bullpen spot, based solely on spring performance, though one could make arguments for McClendon or James as well. All have options though, so they might be up and down all season.


3/27/2011 11:22:00 AM



(3/27/2011 11:12:00 AM) - Al

Morgan still just making $450K. Unless he makes a bomb in the clubhouse, you'd think he would have minimal value despite his reputation, he's had some very good campaigns. Tom H says the Brewers have the two fastest CF's in baseball, and while I do not know if that's true, it's a good thing to be able to talk about.


3/27/2011 11:12:00 AM



(3/27/2011 11:03:00 AM) - Al

I keep getting told the Crew may go with a reliever, be it Justin James, Kintzler, or McClendon, for a fee days, and then they can bring Estrada up for his start. I thought the Opening Day roster had to stay in place for 10 days barring injury, or maybe I was thinking of an optioned player has to stay in the minors for 10 days, barring injury.

However, I do wonder if they could send him down after the game on the 6th and then bring him back for the 16th...is that ten days? If they do that, they'll have to recall another player, as the reliever who began the season will not be allowed to return that quickly.


3/27/2011 11:03:00 AM



(3/27/2011 10:47:00 AM) - Al

The Crew does end up getting Nyjer Morgan, for cash and Cutter Dykstra. No offense to Cutter, as he is quite young, but his ceiling appears limited to that of a utility guy, and he has shown little of the athletic ability and speed that led him to be a high draft pick.

The Brewers appear to have chosen Jeremy Reed over Brandon Boggs, which seems strange, as Boggs has been better offensively in AAA, and is a switch-hitter. I wonder if Boggs was not a good option on defensively in all three spots, or if they simply felt Reed was a better choice for what they needed.

I talked about Morgan the other day, but I like him a lot, especially for next to nothing. He had an off year in '10, but is a very solid option. Supposedly he caused a fracas late last year, but I have no problem having to calm players down. Gomez is the CF, and Morgan is the backup, per Doug, who was told Nyjer is emotional, but not a bad guy in the clubhouse, per the JS. I would assume Morgan might be penciled in once a week or so in CF versus a tough RHP.


3/27/2011 10:47:00 AM


Saturday, March 26, 2011

(3/26/2011 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Norm McDonald's new stand-up is on Comedy Central at 10:30 Central. If you are offended easily, don't watch.


3/26/2011 09:55:00 PM



(3/26/2011 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Mike Redd will be active tonight versus the Bulls. That's an extraordinary comeback from what could have easily been a career ending knee injury.

Note many casuals insisted the Bucks would be better without Redd, especially on defense. Redd has always been an offensive force, and it seems rather obvious the Bucks have missed his shooting and scoring. Redd is not as good as he once was, but a year after Richard Jefferson was said by many to be "done," he signed a new 5 year contract withe the best team in the West.

Players that defend, Royal Ivey might be a good example, just slowly fade away. Guys that can score get every chance, and usually hang around longer than you would have guessed. Barring Redd being reinjured, he'll sign another deal, and some will be shocked. Scorers get every chance.


3/26/2011 07:22:00 PM



(3/26/2011 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Union protest turns violent in UK.

I, for one, am absolutely shocked.


3/26/2011 07:17:00 PM



(3/26/2011 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Tom H projects the 25 man, and had Kintzler making it over Estrada, which makes no sense, though that's par for the course with the JS.

I'll stick with my guesses, which are the same as View's...which are now updated, by the way, to indicate the Dickerson/Mitre deal.


3/26/2011 07:12:00 PM



(3/26/2011 03:40:00 PM) - Al

I love things like Earth Hour, because it shows how out of touch some folks are.

North Korea celebrates this every night, because they have no economic programs, other than taxing and spending, they have to shut off the electricity on a nightly basis.

Redistribution of wealth on display.


3/26/2011 03:40:00 PM



(3/26/2011 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Carter to visit Cuba.

Of course he is...he's a socialist, and cannot stand to be out of the spotlight for more than a dozen seconds.

Don't go away mad, Jimbo, just go away.


3/26/2011 03:21:00 PM



(3/26/2011 10:48:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, this "tax the rich" idea has been tried...and has failed.

The article barely mentions this little reality...the rich can...and will move.


3/26/2011 10:48:00 AM



(3/26/2011 01:00:00 AM) - Al

There are two truly sad things here...one, that some kid wants to meet Ina Garten instead of one of the really attractive women on The Food Network.

Two, despite the fact she has all these pretend parties with her "friends" in the Hamptons, she's far too busy to meet a kid with cancer.


3/26/2011 01:00:00 AM


Friday, March 25, 2011

(3/25/2011 08:52:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks back to 2 games out, they beat the Knicks in NY and Indy loses to Sacramento. The Bucks may have to win in Indy to get the tiebreaker, but they probably need that game to have a chance anyway.


3/25/2011 08:52:00 PM



(3/25/2011 07:18:00 PM) - Al

The tea party only has one official agenda and that is fiscal responsibility by the government.--Todd Brunson

Doyle's son and evil capitalist speaks the truth. The old media is preparing a report from an anonymous source indicating he kicks puppies and yells at children when they play on his lawn.

Meanwhile, Mikey Moore still wonders why the USSR failed despite brilliant principles.


3/25/2011 07:18:00 PM



(3/25/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling aunt sends this clip, John Pinette talks about buffets.

No offense to John, but he makes me feel better about myself. He looks like he's about my size, except he's about a foot shorter.


3/25/2011 07:15:00 PM



(3/25/2011 04:05:00 PM) - Al

I was just on the elevator w/a guy who looked like Jefferson D'Arcy, Al Bundy's next door neighbor. I asked him "you still w/Marcy man?"--CDR

Considering the Bucks are in New York, it may well have been Ted McGinley.

Andrew Bogut tweeted out earlier today that MSG smelled like urine during shootaround. Maybe the circus was in town.


3/25/2011 04:05:00 PM



(3/25/2011 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Bodog releases odds to win World Series. Phillies 13-to-4 Red Sox 9-to-2 Yankees 7-to-1 Giants 12-to-1. Who's 5th? #Brewers 16-to-1 ESPN

Bodog is just trying to mirror public opinion, as all bookmakers do. If they stay/get healthy, they could be very good.


3/25/2011 04:03:00 PM



(3/25/2011 04:01:00 PM) - Al

The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree...and think 25 to life would be appropriate. --Jay Leno

I hope they've made those prison meals healthier.


3/25/2011 04:01:00 PM



(3/25/2011 02:44:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings MPD has a paid for post about acquiring Opening Day tickets.

As a capitalist, I feel obligated to link to it. I've never heard of the company, so check it out while you're there.

Meanwhile, here at Ramblings, I've only had companies pay me to not mention them...


3/25/2011 02:44:00 PM



(3/25/2011 02:34:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin confirms that he has no interest in Nyjer Morgan and will go with the OFs he has in camp now.--JS

Jeremy Reed is probably a more cost effective version of Morgan of 2010, but Morgan is far better career wise.


3/25/2011 02:34:00 PM



(3/25/2011 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Melvin said he views Mitre as a bullpen guy for the long term but could use him for a spot start if that's best option at the time.--JS

Nice depth move, as I said earlier, this is exactly what I expected in January.


3/25/2011 02:32:00 PM



(3/25/2011 02:24:00 PM) - Al

I was just going to do a roster projection, but these guys beat me to it. Since I agree, except for Dickerson off, Reed on, and add Mitre (maybe in place of McClendon, as he has options left), I'm not going to bother.


3/25/2011 02:24:00 PM



(3/25/2011 01:59:00 PM) - Al

This short documentary about the making of Angel Flight was in my inbox this AM, and I'm honored to share it. Angel Flight is what the military calls the planes that transport those killed in action, and was made into a country song.

On a somewhat related note, I was reading my ESPN magazine last night, and there was a blurb about some trying to end NASCAR sponsorships by the various branches of the armed forces. One gal said, "I don't think anyone has ever joined because they saw the Army car going around a track," paraphrasing here.

I'm a firm believer in that the federal government spends far too much money, but recruiting young men and women to defend the USA is necessary and vital. I'm no marketing expert, but I'm sure they spend an extraordinary amount of cash on recruiting, including $7M on a car, and $4.5M to fly over the Super Bowl. I wish 18-24 year-olds were lining up to do a very difficult job for very little money (and holy heck, no collective bargaining on benefits, the freaking horror!), but they aren't, and thus, money has to be spent.

There's no doubt we possess the greatest military the world has ever known, with superb equipment and an all volunteer force that is dedicated, patriotic, and is a well trained killing machine (and yes, folk song singers, this is what they do to give you the freedom to be an ill-informed peacenik). Worrying about how much it costs to sponsor a race car when the former Speaker of the House had Air Force jets on call to transport her sorry self across the country is about as shortsighted as it gets.


3/25/2011 01:59:00 PM



(3/25/2011 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Mitre makes $900K this year, and will be a free agent after the current campaign.

Nice short-term commitment for a long man/low ceiling vet.


3/25/2011 01:48:00 PM



(3/25/2011 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal hears that the Brewers passed on Morgan. They'll go with Brandon Boggs and Jeremy Reed as extra outfielders.--MLBTR

Kotsay and Boggs (or I suppose, Almonte may be an option) will probably platoon until Hart returns. I'd remember the Morgan talk in case of injury, as DC is likely giving him away.


3/25/2011 01:27:00 PM



(3/25/2011 01:03:00 PM) - Al

I like Nyjer Morgan a lot as a reserve, and he's certainly got skills as an everyday guy. He's coming off a down '10. He's an outstanding defensive CF as well, which can't hurt, though he has a weak arm.

Mitre had an outstanding 2010, and has been a consistent, though lower level, big leaguer for several years. He'll put up a 5ish ERA as an SP, and a 4ish one as a RP. He doesn't strike out many hitters, so he's unlikely to be much more than he has been. That said, he's exactly the type of pitcher I expected Doug to pickup all offseason, a cheap, low ceiling swingman type who can start or relieve.

I do hate giving up Dickerson, who fit in perfectly as a backup OF in MIL, and has the skills to be at least a platoon guy. However, I was just thinking last night that with guys like Gindl in AAA, and a veteran like Kotsay available for under $1M annually in the offseason, Dickerson may well be worth more as a trade chip...I was thinking to be paired up with a youngster in a July/August deal, but, as many have stated, Doug's all-in for '11. Braun and Hart are signed long-term, and CF is the deepest position in the minors, and is manned decently by Gomez for the short-term.


3/25/2011 01:03:00 PM



(3/25/2011 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Doug also is looking at Nyjer Morgan as a reserve CF, per MLBTR.


3/25/2011 01:01:00 PM



(3/25/2011 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers deal Dickerson to Yankees for Mitre.

Sergio will either be the #5 SP to begin the season or be a middle reliever.


3/25/2011 12:59:00 PM


Thursday, March 24, 2011

(3/24/2011 11:34:00 PM) - Al

How unfunny are these Conan ads? I know he does well with the under 34 crowd advertisers love, but I think basic cable is a near perfect fit...I think his ratings have been nearly equal to Jon Stewart's smug, self-important, just left of Marx imitation news, that garners more media attention than viewers.


3/24/2011 11:34:00 PM



(3/24/2011 11:18:00 PM) - Al

If tonight is the last game of the season, I sure have enjoyed the season. As with all of Bo's teams, they play hard and never panic. I think if you add up the the offensive rebounds and the turnovers, you'll see exactly why Butler won...UW could have made up for it with a good shooting night, but they certainly did not get that. And, as always, Butler hit their 3's, that's always the case when the Badgers get lose. They hit a couple near impossible shots, reminded me of what Taylor has done a few times.

Best of luck to Butler, that's a team that can beat anyone if they hit their jumpers.


3/24/2011 11:18:00 PM



(3/24/2011 10:28:00 PM) - Al

How was that injury not a travel?


3/24/2011 10:28:00 PM



(3/24/2011 10:24:00 PM) - Al

BYU has a college in Hawaii? Never knew that.


3/24/2011 10:24:00 PM



(3/24/2011 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Never fails to amaze me how announcers fail to see the forest for the trees...choosing to use cliches like "flat" and "low energy" instead of the obvious...turnovers and poor free throw shooting have killed them. Charles Barkley gets it right, two good teams, Butler is playing the passing lanes, and it is working.

Butler is taking better care of the ball, and deserves to be ahead at the half.


3/24/2011 10:06:00 PM



(3/24/2011 10:04:00 PM) - Al

How many times does Alec Baldwin have to be caught on tape berating his daughter before companies stop paying him to be their spokesman?

I'd hire Charlie Sheen to promote Ramblings before that idiot.


3/24/2011 10:04:00 PM



(3/24/2011 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Two great companies and sponsors of myself have joined forces to make internet poker stronger in the USA.


3/24/2011 08:43:00 PM



(3/24/2011 08:42:00 PM) - Al

My favorite poker site and my favorite Vegas hotel have joined forces.

Why do I like the Wynn? I'd like to be Steve Wynn when I grow up.


3/24/2011 08:42:00 PM



(3/24/2011 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Funniest 2.5 Men is on at 8:30 on FX tonight.


3/24/2011 08:18:00 PM



(3/24/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

President Barack Obama Wednesday categorically ruled out a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes--AP

About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation.


Bold added. No ground troops, except these 2200 guys. When you paint with big, bold strokes, you tend to have to redo a bunch. From one day to the next, they don't seem to know who's where, or where they will be tomorrow.


3/24/2011 06:33:00 PM



(3/24/2011 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers return Egan to O's.

I'm a bit surprised, as with Hawkins and Parra scheduled to begin the season on the DL, I thought he'd at least get a look until mid-April.

Too bad, another reason I'd love to see a 26/27 man roster is to allow contenders to stash an unspectacular, yet useful player.


3/24/2011 05:55:00 PM



(3/24/2011 05:49:00 PM) - Al

How this teaching couple will be enjoying their taxpayer funded retirements...look at these numbers, and realize, you're paying for it.


3/24/2011 05:49:00 PM


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

(3/23/2011 11:33:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling brother and another curious e-mailer asked wo the player was I had not heard of in the draft. I went back and checked...it was Neftali Perez of TEX, their closer. I had "heard" of him, but did not know he was their closer, and come to think of it, he's been rumored as being put in the rotation this year, so I think I thought he was a set-up guy. I also was unaware of how good a couple of the A's young SP's were, when I punched up their stats.


3/23/2011 11:33:00 PM



(3/23/2011 07:55:00 PM) - Al

An e-mailer asks if I was aware another Fond du Lac officer was wounded, as was a K9 dog, who was sitting in the car. I was not.

I do truly wish the old media would have decided this was worthy of the coverage they dedicated to union members yelling and damaging state property. Does not fit the narrative, i suppose.


3/23/2011 07:55:00 PM



(3/23/2011 06:48:00 PM) - Al

I'd just like to say how strange it is that a week ago, many folks were picking Belmont to upset the Badgers. A week later, they are the trendy pick to make the Final four out of their region.

I admit, I'd be picking Butler if I was not biased. They are a nearly perfect tournament team, and they have no pressure on them at all.


3/23/2011 06:48:00 PM



(3/23/2011 06:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, there's simply nowhere left to cut spending.


3/23/2011 06:30:00 PM



(3/23/2011 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Climate change (and W) kills a bunch of Bambis.

The more we admit we do not know, the closer to the truth we are. It's called a fluke because it does not happen often. Quit blaming those who employ people.


3/23/2011 02:29:00 PM



(3/23/2011 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Adam shares the top selling MLB jerseys with us, and Ryan Braun is one of them.


3/23/2011 02:19:00 PM



(3/23/2011 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Jim Caple visits 10 spring training complexes, and sees 15 teams, in a single day.

Caple manages to relay no newsworthy information and manages to come off as a whining complainer...in other words, it's standard Caple, except he drove around a lot one day. The freaking horror.

I'd rather watch some guy shovel his walk than read Caple's drivel. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch my neighbor shovel his walk.


3/23/2011 02:14:00 PM



(3/23/2011 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Rachel, who is the wife of my House member, infuriates environmentalists by suggesting one can safely eat snow.

I find it amazing that packaged cookie dough has a warning that you should not consume raw, because once a year or so, someone gets ill from eating raw eggs. Yet, probably a kijillion pounds are eaten raw each year, and it fails to show up on a single list of common fatalities.

We insist on warnings for cookie dough, and we pay subsidies to tobacco farmers to grow a product that, at best, is unhealthy. Painfully ignorant.


3/23/2011 02:01:00 PM



(3/23/2011 01:58:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, the old media's use of "unexpected" to explain any negatives has grown larger than life.

And, they just keep doing it.


3/23/2011 01:58:00 PM



(3/23/2011 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Detroit is already dead...the obituary just hasn't been written yet.

The irony is, other than the wasted money on "Detroit is still alive and well" marketing campaign which probably costs the bankrupt city millions, is that they laughed at McCain telling them it was time to retool, while Obama told them he'd do all he could to bring manufacturing back...how's that going for ya?

Trouble is, no company is stupid enough to move into a crime infested city that is hellishly expensive to do business in. The private sector knows that unions make it nearly impossible to make money, so they don't bother. That's why the unions are so intent on expanding public sector unions...the government is so poorly run, running to the taxpayer every time they need more cash, they barely notice the overspending...let's be honest here, Doyle rubber-stamped the average $80K compensation per teacher, ran a deficit, and no one said a word.


3/23/2011 01:48:00 PM



(3/23/2011 01:39:00 PM) - Al

It's tough to take Fangraphs' pieces very seriously when they talk about Brandon Looper in regards to the Brewers...and if they would bother getting his name right, I'm always fine signing a veteran mediocre SP to a one-year contract.


3/23/2011 01:39:00 PM



(3/23/2011 11:21:00 AM) - Al

Gleeman points out that clubhouse leader, veteran 2B Orlando Hudson is already annoying teammates, just as he was rumored to have done in MIN, and why he likely struggled to find a job the past two winters.

Moral of the story, you can be as irritating as you wish if you hit like Manny Ramirez, but if you're just a decent 2B, like Hudson or Felipe Lopez (who I don't believe has found a job yet), shut up and show up on time.


3/23/2011 11:21:00 AM



(3/23/2011 11:12:00 AM) - Al

Despite a plethora of economic data to the contrary (I would argue most of it extremely biased against), most politicians do whatever they can to land teams, because they see first had the revenues it brings in.

I hate to see Sacramento lose the Kings, but even with the mayor's attempts, it does not look like the city wants to find a long-term solution to a long-term issue. Blame the owners all you want, but it's tough to turn down a better financial situation.

The day Herb Kohl decides he's done donating millions of dollars a season to the cause, the Bucks are in the exact same situation, and neither the city or the county of Milwaukee is the least bit concerned.


3/23/2011 11:12:00 AM



(3/23/2011 11:00:00 AM) - Al

With all due respect to Joe Biden, when you say as many stupid things as he does, he's lucky he isn't embarrassed by one of his poorly thought out, playing politics quotes every day.

I'm right there with Obama on this one, I just wished he wouldn't have flip-flopped, and gone in so half-heartedly, waiting for France and others to follow dutifully. Just once, I'd like to see a plan executed strongly, like the US military deserves.


3/23/2011 11:00:00 AM



(3/23/2011 09:08:00 AM) - Al

We had our fantasy draft last night for the league I set up for myself, ten lucky readers, and Vince from Miller Park Drunk, who spent most of the draft downing adult beverages and ripping on the host about my admiration for fiscal conservatives and lovely, healthy females (or in the case of Meghan McCain and SE Cupp, both).

Things that struck me during our 105 minute draft:

1. That Orioles' lineup is simply scary good, though they are full of older (Vlad, Roberts), injury-prone (Hardy), and hard to project (Mark Reynolds, Weiters, Derrick Lee, Luke Scott) guys. They have depth too, with Felix Pie and Cesar Izturis as very good defenders, below average offensive players.

2. Good closers always seem to be taken far too early, but mediocre closers last a long time. I took Kevin Gregg and David Aardsma, two guys who should be good for 30 saves, well into the middle rounds.

3. I don't claim to know all the players on all the teams, but I think a pitcher was taken in the 6th round that I had little/no knowledge of. Of course, with major and minor-league stats available at a dozen sites, you really don't need to.

4. Related to the closer dilemma, it was a bit challenging with so many former closers now being used as set-up men...Brian Fuentes especially, who I took often in the past, as people would shy away from him because he pitched half his games in Coors Field.


3/23/2011 09:08:00 AM



(3/23/2011 08:12:00 AM) - Al

Not only did Mike Redd practice 5 on 5 yesterday, Drew Gooden did too.

Making that playoff push a bit healthier.


3/23/2011 08:12:00 AM



(3/23/2011 07:58:00 AM) - Al

Brewers acquire Brett Carroll from the Royals...KC signed him as a minor league FA last November.

I thought the Crew was set at AAA for OF's, but with Hart opening on the DL, they might have needed another body at AA or AAA.

ADDED: As easy as it is to write this off as a move to fill out minor league rosters, and it probably is, Carroll is an outstanding defensive corner OF, in 150 career games, he is +17 UZR, and also has 10 career assists. Supposedly, he has a Gomez-like arm, one commenter at MLBTR said it was the best he's ever seen.


3/23/2011 07:58:00 AM


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

(3/22/2011 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Union punishments announced.


3/22/2011 09:25:00 PM



(3/22/2011 09:06:00 PM) - Al

This my friends, is exactly how the average person feels.


3/22/2011 09:06:00 PM



(3/22/2011 05:59:00 PM) - Al

The Ramblings' fantasy draft is in less than an hour, at 7 Central.

I'm surprised more media have not yet requested credentials. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to stretch.


3/22/2011 05:59:00 PM



(3/22/2011 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Adam seems to hint Estrada is the leader to start 4/6 as of right now.


3/22/2011 05:52:00 PM



(3/22/2011 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Gee, why do we think government employees are overpaid, and automatically get raises every year?

Because they do.


3/22/2011 04:34:00 PM



(3/22/2011 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Heard this: The Braves looking to make a deal involving Rodrigo Lopez.--Buster Olney

With several spots available in the bullpen, as it appears Hawkins and Parra will open the season on the DL, almost any pitcher who has been an SP and had some success...and does not have a guaranteed contract, has to considered possible.


3/22/2011 04:00:00 PM



(3/22/2011 03:55:00 PM) - Al

RHP Marco Estrada is pitching very well against the Padres in the competition to be the temporary No. 5. He hasn't given up a run through three innings.--JS

I was the only one mentioning him a couple weeks ago.

Maybe soon, capitalism will catch on too.:)


3/22/2011 03:55:00 PM



(3/22/2011 03:16:00 PM) - Al

How tough is it to fire union members?

You hear stories like this all the time, and it's ten times worse when the taxpayer is footing the bill.


3/22/2011 03:16:00 PM



(3/22/2011 02:55:00 PM) - Al

How lucky are we to have men and women like this, fighting pure evil for very little money (certainly nowhere near the "underpaid" union's $80K average).

Where's the outcry these folks don't have collective bargaining for their benefits?


3/22/2011 02:55:00 PM



(3/22/2011 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Zelous Wheeler was reassigned to minor league camp over the weekend. Reportedly impressed Brewers coaches.--Jim Breen

Let's keep in mind his ceiling may well be that of a utility infielder, but he seems to be an athletic young player that's not your average slap hitter, like most reserves that can play SS.


3/22/2011 01:59:00 PM



(3/22/2011 01:56:00 PM) - Al

I always find it funny when a goon or a thug doesn't want to talk about being a goon or a thug, but only about selling his wares.

You know, it's one thing when you dislike someone's politics. That said, if you buy this fool's music, you might as well be voting for abusing women.


3/22/2011 01:56:00 PM



(3/22/2011 01:54:00 PM) - Al

If I can figure out how to chop Ocho out of this pic, I may make it my screensaver.


3/22/2011 01:54:00 PM



(3/22/2011 09:16:00 AM) - Al

The proper strategy has been written and proven, it's just that the Obama administration chooses to follow Carter's lead, not Reagan's.


3/22/2011 09:16:00 AM


Monday, March 21, 2011

(3/21/2011 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Once again, fellow Ramblings' fantasy leaguers, draft is Tuesday at 7 Central, be there a bit early. Minor position change as well, Yahoo would not do what I had hoped.


3/21/2011 11:34:00 PM



(3/21/2011 10:24:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and myself were just checking to see if the College for Kids info was online yet for the Rambling son. While on UWMC's site, I see they had something called a "schedule grid." I just wanted to make sure it wasn't an early version of the actual courses offered, so I clicked on it.

It was exactly what I thought it would be, but it sure is funny that they think college-aged people would, you know, not be able to avoid scheduling two classes at the same time without this handy-dandy helper.


3/21/2011 10:24:00 PM



(3/21/2011 09:15:00 PM) - Al

I like Kawakami as well, if ATL only leaves about $1.5M or so to pay him.


3/21/2011 09:15:00 PM



(3/21/2011 09:08:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR looks at SP's that might be available. Some would probably be too costly, in terms of cash and prospects the Crew may not even possess anymore. However, John Maine has been mentioned here before, and Reyes and Smith might be short-term options.


3/21/2011 09:08:00 PM



(3/21/2011 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Doug on the lookout for pitching, tough to find.

In a perfect world, a pitcher will be available with an option remaining, or on a minor league deal.


3/21/2011 07:23:00 PM



(3/21/2011 06:25:00 PM) - Al

I stopped at Target on the way from work today, as I needed a couple things like mouthwash and shampoo. Some random thoughts:

1. As I went to buy a hair product for my dry, itchy scalp, yet oily hair (yeah, they make lots of stuff like that), I noticed that they have an Old Spice product called 3x Body Wash, which retails for $7.99.

I wonder if you can also use it for other things, like lubing your car, or as some sort of industrial strength drain cleaner.

2. I bought some snacks for the Rambling son, who just asked for more mac and cheese because he is so hungry. I asked him if he had a good lunch, and he told me he was hungry because they only give him two tacos for lunch.

I recall only getting one taco even when I was in middle/high school. I don't know how I survived.

3. As I was checking out, I noticed they had Reese's peanut butter eggs, a favorite of the Rambling wife. Since I offer so few positives, I bought her a bag (I also remembered to purchase here a big bottle of Aleve, her only request, which somehow can also probably be traced back to her relationship with me). Before leaving for choir practice, she had one and proclaimed them "far smaller" than they used to be.

I informed her they were also better for her now, to which she readily agreed. The last thing we need is bigger portions of sweets.


3/21/2011 06:25:00 PM



(3/21/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

The JS editor tells an e-mailer he has no desire to tell the truth.

Talk about bias. It is astounding to me that the JS isn't one of those free weekly papers.


3/21/2011 06:21:00 PM



(3/21/2011 04:10:00 PM) - Al

I ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz through funeral on Saturday--Gov. Walker

Hard to believe a cop could get shot in FDL, which is about the same size as Eau Claire, I think, and I don't think a police officer ever fired a weapon in the seven years I lived in EC.

The "suspect" killed himself afterwards. All the gun laws in the world can't do a thing with ne'er-do-wells intent on misusing a weapon. I wish they could, but they can't.


3/21/2011 04:10:00 PM



(3/21/2011 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Badgers fire Lisa Stone, women's basketball coach.

I'm 90% sure they just extended her last year, and her career mark is over .500. That seems like a personality clash or unrealistic expectations. Stone's team struggled early with injuries, and then had a very good Big Ten season.

I did not pay attention to the program as much this year, as Rae Lin D'alie is now playing minor league ball in Italy (yeah, I know, who would have thought they had minor league women's basketball somewhere).


3/21/2011 04:02:00 PM



(3/21/2011 03:59:00 PM) - Al

I hate private schools. I hate Marquette.--BrewCrewBabe

I've never heard anyone else actually say that, other than myself, of course.

I bet she's crushed I'm taken.


3/21/2011 03:59:00 PM


Sunday, March 20, 2011

(3/20/2011 11:56:00 PM) - Al

Double speak 101.

Classic, classic stuff.


3/20/2011 11:56:00 PM



(3/20/2011 08:34:00 PM) - Al

MLS averages 21046 in its opening week of games. Even more impressive, San Jose played at home, and they are stuck in a stadium that only holds 10525 for a couple more years. Over 22.2K for the other games.

MLS is quietly becoming a very successful league, attendance has been excellent, TV ratings are good, and soccer seems to be accepted as a major sport after years of failure. I said a while back that the MLS would catch the NHL in average crowd and ratings...it hasn't happened yet, but I still feel it will soon.


3/20/2011 08:34:00 PM



(3/20/2011 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Wood would be a nice fit in that second utility INF spot, RH bat, able to play all four spots.


3/20/2011 04:15:00 PM



(3/20/2011 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Ann talks to Socialists about evil capitalists. If one could only bottle that stupid energy.


3/20/2011 03:47:00 PM



(3/20/2011 03:38:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, Obama is going to let the president have it when he starts his campaign again.

When you have no plan to follow, it's easy to get confused. Hard to believe this administration still has not began compiling a spiral notebook to stop this from happening so often.


3/20/2011 03:38:00 PM



(3/20/2011 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Iraq: Andrew Sullivan vigorously supporting the invasion.

Libya: Andrew Sullivan vigorously opposed.--Peter Hoh


Andrew is still in support of gay marriage, however. In fact, because of that, I don't think he's able to keep a straight head about other items of importance.


3/20/2011 03:34:00 PM



(3/20/2011 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, has now fired more cruise missiles than all other Peace Prize winners combined.--KL South

We really should thank the Nobel committee for giving Obama this about 5 minutes after he took office. Not only did it prove how it's a joke, but it created so many humorous opportunities.


3/20/2011 03:17:00 PM



(3/20/2011 02:16:00 PM) - Al

He only has one leg, and he's a better athlete than any of us.

Part of me realizes he actually has a small advantage, as the leg he's missing allows him to have more muscle and bulk in the rest of his body. That said, compared to missing a limb, it's minimal, at best.


3/20/2011 02:16:00 PM



(3/20/2011 02:01:00 PM) - Al

If you are one of the lucky folks to be in the Ramblings' MLB fantasy league, don't forget the draft is Tuesday at 7 Central.


3/20/2011 02:01:00 PM



(3/20/2011 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Judge who granted temporary restraining order on Walker's bill?

Son works for the AFL/CIO.

And I wonder how Ted Kennedy not only never did any prison time, but continued as a politician. They are dirty, from top to bottom, all across the nation.

Incredible.


3/20/2011 01:41:00 PM



(3/20/2011 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Almost every team passes on Neshek until SD claims him.

Velocity is king. It's astounding.


3/20/2011 01:38:00 PM



(3/20/2011 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Charlie Sykes points out the obvious JS bias. The way they've ignored all the union behavior makes it as plain as anything.


3/20/2011 01:36:00 PM



(3/20/2011 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Watching idiots like Mike Moore and Garafalo backpedal from criticizing this president...obviously, both are racist, is going to be one of the funniest things we'll ever see.

Remember, Garafalo is on record if you are critical of Obama, you must be a racist. Sure it was shortsighted, and painfully ignorant...that's nothing, have you seen their economic plan?


3/20/2011 12:45:00 PM



(3/20/2011 12:37:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

Heck, I voted for Kerry before I voted against him.


3/20/2011 12:37:00 PM



(3/20/2011 12:19:00 PM) - Al

I would have called the first foul in the Pitt/Butler game.

I would not have called the second.

The first guy had a chance to score, albeit with a half-court shot. The second did not. I would have said "no harm, no foul."


3/20/2011 12:19:00 PM



(3/20/2011 01:57:00 AM) - Al

What if the Supermoon is just an ordinary moon with a GREAT publicist?--Nell Scovell

I saw it last night and tonight. I can't tell a bit of difference. Of course, if it was wearing a low-cut top, I'd be far more likely to notice.

Hint for next time, lunar tease.


3/20/2011 01:57:00 AM



(3/20/2011 01:46:00 AM) - Al

Norm McDonald and Lisa Lampanelli each have new stand-up specials on Comedy Central next weekend. They're two of my favorites.

Years ago, we used to subscribe to HBO for Dennis Miller Live and those comedy specials (then later, Six Feet Under and comedy specials). I wonder if HBO still has them...of course, they're on Netflix soon thereafter, even if they do.


3/20/2011 01:46:00 AM



(3/20/2011 01:28:00 AM) - Al

Hey all, as I was qualifying for my tourney tomorrow, I created a club for home games. Send me an e-mail if you would like to be invited.

Also, vote here on the buy-in for the first tournament.


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3/20/2011 01:28:00 AM



(3/20/2011 12:51:00 AM) - Al

Well said.


3/20/2011 12:51:00 AM



(3/20/2011 12:34:00 AM) - Al

Just saw Ryan Braun in a Muscle Milk ad. Did not know he was doing those.

He is a very handsome man. I'm confident enough in my masculinity to say that.

I found it online.


3/20/2011 12:34:00 AM



(3/20/2011 12:21:00 AM) - Al

Trying to qualify for a big tourney tomorrow. You know the old saying, if you can't satellite into a tournament, you shouldn't be playing it.

I decided to take 2 shots at it. Just got knocked out of #1, all-in preflop, my AA vs. K2. Flop JJ2. Turn...2.

You gotta be kidding me.


3/20/2011 12:21:00 AM


Saturday, March 19, 2011

(3/19/2011 11:49:00 PM) - Al

MARCH 19, 2011
OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...

MARCH 19, 2003
BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...--Drudge


Drudge does not miss this sort of thing.

I just wish Obama would have said this weeks ago when others were calling for it. As is, he looks foolish doing exactly what Palin and others called for. What has changed? I think it's obvious...they feel they had to abandon the folk song singing, hand-holding section of the party (Who else are they gonna vote for? Has Nader filed papers yet?) and make a move to the middle...isolationism is not popular.

I'm sure they hope for a quick air war, very minimal casualties, and not appear so incredibly novice-like in foreign policy and weak overall on defense.

As is always the case, a decision follows a flip-flop. The lack of a plan or goals is apparent, and moreso every day. If you don't see it, let's not forget the three things Obama campaigned about more than anything else was repealing the Bush tax cuts, ending Iraq/Afghanistan, and closing Gitmo.

It sucks when you can't vote present anymore.


3/19/2011 11:49:00 PM



(3/19/2011 11:04:00 PM) - Al

K-State coach Frank Martin told Bruesewitz "I don't recruit Minnesota, but if you have a brother, I'm coming after him."

Bruiser is the epitome of guys that Bo has brought to Madison. More tough than athletic, solid role player, who just keep getting better.


3/19/2011 11:04:00 PM



(3/19/2011 11:01:00 PM) - Al

President Obama went on ESPN to announce his NCAA tournament picks. Or, as Japan put it, "Really"— Jimmy Fallon

Heh.


3/19/2011 11:01:00 PM



(3/19/2011 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Badgers finish 10th in NCAA wrestling, Penn State wins.


3/19/2011 11:00:00 PM



(3/19/2011 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Jon Bon Jovi has opened a place called Soul Kitchen, where all the money raised goes to his charity. No prices on the menu, pay what you can afford, or you can volunteer to work if you cannot pay or would rather not.

This is a new trend among non-charitable restaurants as well, and most people supposedly pay more than they would have had their been a price.

Funny no one does this with a coffee place...most would happily pay $1 for a large coffee, and it costs about 10 cents for the coffee and 10 cents for the cup.


3/19/2011 10:53:00 PM



(3/19/2011 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Every single Badgers' fan that was on Twitter tonight was the epitome of a moron. They just don't get it...it is tough to win when you don't shoot 3's well, it has all but eliminated the dominant big man.


3/19/2011 10:22:00 PM



(3/19/2011 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Jarmusz, defensive whiz.

Casuals just don't get it.


3/19/2011 10:14:00 PM


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