Al's Ramblings

Sunday, March 31, 2013

(3/31/2013 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Finding it funny how many are surprised Astros not losing every game 8-2.

I said neither HOU nor MIA would be all that bad, and I stand by it. Of course, losing 90-95 games is far from good, but, not historical.

3/31/2013 09:29:00 PM

(3/31/2013 04:51:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, when the day comes when the federal government is forced to bail out a state (almost certain to be CA or IL), and our tax dollars are given to those who have simply overextended themselves with too much spending, that we may see that day of "I have had it" come, and we may see more than just us frequently described as "extreme" admit that common sense does not mean ignoring programs set to go broke in a few years, and throwing out a $1T "stimulus" program...completely unfunded mind you, was simply treasonous.

That day can't come soon enough. It may well be the thing that saves us from becoming Greece.

3/31/2013 04:51:00 PM

(3/31/2013 04:20:00 PM) - Al

Just thought of this as I was talking about people who embarrass themselves online...I have at least two people on Facebook that are very pro union (both are teachers, no self interest there, huh:) and both very vocally pro life.

So, do they realize there's like maybe a single politician or two that share their views? Maybe an old fashioned Southern Democrat, or maybe a Catholic Democrat? The reason I mention it is, they act as if any other opinion is just goofy...of course, public workers should have platinum benefits, and of course, abortion is wrong!

Of course, wrong does not equal illegal. Of course, many taxpayers paying for those benefits have far less glamorous and costly benefit packages, and have to pay for them all by themselves, in addition to the shiny spendy ones for a minority who launders union dues back to the left for special consideration (but only a fraction now, since doing it automatically was ended). 

3/31/2013 04:20:00 PM

(3/31/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Found this link in my own archives.

America is still the land of opportunity, no matter how hard the administration tries to take that away and turn us into fiscally irresponsible Eurotrash.

3/31/2013 04:00:00 PM

(3/31/2013 03:54:00 PM) - Al


Had to send you this quick before we sit down to dinner. We're all together for the holiday, minus a couple siblings who either live out of state or went to the other side of the family. We were sitting in the great room, and the TV was on, but no one was paying attention to it. Grandma came in and sat, took one look at the TV, and blurted out, "WHAT IS THIS?" as if we forgot to shut off a porn flick. I literally jumped, she was so loud. Turns out, a Criminal Minds marathon was on A&E, and she had sat down right when the gruesome dead body was being investigated. 

{Editor's note: When I opened this, I was watching, wait for it, Criminal Minds.}

So, after a few chuckles and telling grandma to relax, someone grabbed the remote, and after a quick conversation about channels, flipped it to the basketball tournament. It took about 30 seconds before Grandma noticed, "Basketball? Today?" After the replies and smiles, she then noticed that the seats were not empty, and made the statement of the year, "And my God, there's people there watching!"

So, will we ever be this incredulous over what people consider normal?


Heh. Granny would be incredulous if someone had to miss dinner to work at a gas station or the movie theater today, I suppose.

I do feel the older generations have a more celebratory way of looking at holidays, as many of us have worked or not really celebrated due to work or distance or whatever. Growing up, we always had people over for Easter, or went somewhere. When I was in college, it was kind of a pain, because the pizza place opened at 4 Easter night, and often, I closed Saturday night, so I'd work until 4AM, have to get up at 8:30/9, drive home, eat, and then drive back to work again that night.

As for your question, many of us already are. They either don't get the new technology, or embrace it to the point they embarrass themselves. 

3/31/2013 03:54:00 PM

(3/31/2013 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Lohse scheduled Friday, then Fiers.

Plenty of time for finagling with all the off days in April, but in theory, you want to split Yo and Kyle, because they are the most likely to give you 6-7 innings most nights (might be an exception for Lohse the first time or two out).

3/31/2013 03:06:00 PM

(3/31/2013 03:02:00 PM) - Al

If you have no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans.--Google

I guess we are at least in the 26th percentile then, because our home is worth more than we owe on it, and we have two vehicles paid for (I think one more payment on one). 

3/31/2013 03:02:00 PM

(3/31/2013 02:38:00 PM) - Al

AM/FM radio to not be in cars in 2-5 years?

Opinion vary, but obviously, it will be an option for longer than that, as they are cheap and people over 50 buy a lot of cars. Note the commenters that insist, without hesitation, AM/FM will be in cars through our lifetime...I'm sure 8 track and cassette enthusiasts said the same thing, and I promise you CD folks did, many just a few years ago. Never bet against progress.

That said, I would bet against AM/FM still being in cars in 500 years...100 too. 50? Very likely. In the meantime, your guess is as good as mine. 

3/31/2013 02:38:00 PM

(3/31/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I do find it difficult to believe Google could somehow pay tribute to some union organizer on Easter, but, also realize that Google does such a good job, I'll continue to use them even though they are just a bit left of Lenin.

They can do whatever they want, and the citizenry can dislike them, boycott them, do whatever. That's the beauty of Google being a private business. Their product is so darn good, it overcomes their goofyness. 

3/31/2013 02:00:00 PM

(3/31/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I still find it difficult to believe the medical community is correct, and that a bubbleheaded blonde who is famous for posing nude and acting like an ignorant fool is 100% wrong.

I'm the first to say she's gorgeous, but she's an idiot, probably responsible for thousands of deaths as well as the continuation of diseases science has cured. Oprah and others who gave her air time to spread her silliness should be ashamed of themselves.

There's a reason why they don't pay models to work in the ER...being a winner of the genetic lottery doesn't mean you know a damn thing about autism or anything else.

3/31/2013 01:30:00 PM

(3/31/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Zack Cox DFA'd by Marlins, former first round pick, hitting machine in college.

He is more of an OBP guy than a normal 3B, and is not known for being a good defender either. That said, still just 24, and I would be shocked if he clears waivers. Is he a better player than the Brewers' 40th man? Well, he may not be today, but his ceiling is, which is why I feel he'll be picked up.

This is a guy I'd find a spot for,

3/31/2013 01:00:00 PM

(3/31/2013 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Wal Mart open normal hours today. That's a bit of a surprise to me. I'm almost positive that means they are open 24/7 every day of the year except Xmas now.

3/31/2013 12:35:00 PM

(3/31/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Just so you know, the sequestration, which was all Obama's ideas, is not cutting people who are getting paid to do nothing...because they donate money to Obama.

I, or anyone with an ounce of common sense, cut could 10% of the budget with a Bic pen and a smile. Obama spends more because he hates the free market, and wants to get rid of it.

We're in the very best of hands.

3/31/2013 12:30:00 PM

(3/31/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Don't tell Obama, he'll insist on spending 100 times that to push it back 150 days...because, damn it, nothing sparks an economy more than bad green technology and taking money away from those who earned it.

Now if you'll excuse me, the royal family is golfing and skiing. I'm off to eat some watered down gruel, salt free, because they know better than we do.

3/31/2013 12:00:00 PM

(3/31/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Hey Al,
I just wanted to comment on the story you linked this afternoon on the Brewers' decision to ban people bringing port-a-john's to the stadium on Opening Day.  First and foremost, I am not at all they type of guy that would normally email you with something I disagree with, nor would I expect you to care about something that I do disagree with on your blog.  However, one line from the article was 100% false, and it got my blood boiling enough to mention it.  I thought this might shed some light on exactly why people do this.  The line in question is:

"Normally, there are in excess of 100 portable bathrooms in the parking lots around Miller Park."

This could not be more incorrect, and I know this as a fact.  Several years ago (Maybe 2007'ish?) some friends and I went to Opening Day and we were appalled at how few bathrooms were available.  I would guess there are at least 40-45K people that attend, and in the entire East lot there was maybe 10-14 P-a-J's available.  People were urinating up on the hill surrounding the lot, and in between cars, as the lines for the bathroom were easily 15-30 people deep.  Police were handing out tickets for public urination (nobody in my group received one, and a vendetta is not why I am writing this).  A few days later, my friends and I got upset and we got together on an email campaign.  About 5 of us all emailed the Brewers and voiced our displeasure with the bathroom arrangements, especially since they have 6 months to plan for a day when they know there will be A) lots of people there and B) drinking going on, and thus extra bathroom trips.  

Now, to their credit, a gentlemen from the Brewers actually called several of us back personally within 24 hours of the emails.  (I forget who it was, and I wish I remembered so I could add a little more credibility to this)  He told us that they were aware of the problem and I believe that he said they had provided a TOTAL of 16-24 P-a-J's for the entire day, for their entire grounds.  He was aware that it was too few, and again to their credit, the next year there were many more.

With that said, it's still probably under what they should have.  There is no way they have 100+, even now, and if they do it is a recent development so hard to call it "normally".  If you go to Summerfest, there is twice as many people that go, but they have easily triple the bathroom facilities not to mention tons of available facilities outside the park grounds leading all the way down Lincoln Memorial Dr.   It's rare for there to be a wait at longer than a person or two at Summerfest.  (I realize the Brewers don't need to do whatever Summerfest does, I'm just using it as a comparison.)

Anyway, my point isn't to bash the Brewers.  I love them, and I realize it's their business to run, not mine.  I just question that if you have Waste Management already coming to drop off some P-a-J's, how much extra could it cost to have them bring a few more?  Also, this is why people bring their own; because the Brewers are providing what I would call inadequate facilities for their fans.  You don't see people lugging their own bathroom to Summerfest, or some other comparable event, do you?  At least I don't, not often enough that it requires a ban on the practice.   My opinion is that they do it this way because the week or so after Opening Day there is usually a big dip in attendance, so they don't want to overplan for one day and have them sit unused for a month.  Lastly, if the Brewers and more importantly their stadium were 100% privately funded, I would say I don't care if they offered zero bathrooms and told people to deal with it.  It's their show. But we know that the public does fund at least a portion of this, and providing them with enough bathrooms seems like a good start towards saying thanks. 

Don't always agree with your take, but I still read often and have for years.  Here's to baseball starting again soon!


I would say the main difference is people go to Summerfest for 8+ hours, while people tailgate for 2-3 hours before the game. Also, as I said, the only people who have problems not peeing for a couple hours are a few with health issues, who know how to avoid these problems, and those that abuse alcohol. Many of these cause problems in the stadium as well, and I'm sure the Brewers may well think the longer stay in the parking lot is bad for these behavior issues and for concession sales. 

Let's be blunt here, people that use the portapotties, for the most part, are drinking far too much and will be less than well behaved. Hence, adding more portapotties, to lessen the "problem" would, in essence, probably worsen the behavior issues by making it more accommodating to drink more in the parking lot. 

I think this is what is really going on, though you'd have to talk to the Brewers to see if that's true. 

3/31/2013 11:00:00 AM

(3/31/2013 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Watching Shark Tank with the Rambling son and wife. The Rambling wife reports both church services she played at were packed and very hot...of course, she is getting old.

3/31/2013 10:56:00 AM

(3/31/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd not worry about this, except that Biden has done nothing, not a damn thing, and is taking vacations...from what?

As I say all the time, when they're willing to waste tax money on their own high priced trips, you know they're going to waste tax money on pork of every kind in blue districts.

Embarrassing lack of economic knowledge and leadership. 

3/31/2013 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, March 30, 2013

(3/30/2013 08:29:00 PM) - Al

America can do better, but we keep electing a guy with no knowledge of economics, and a complete ignorance of history.

Taking money from the successful and giving it to those who waste it has never worked, and will never work. Eventually, they'll run out of other people's money...and that's why socialism always fails.

3/30/2013 08:29:00 PM

(3/30/2013 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Figaro wins last spot, Green expected back soon, team will go back to 12 pitchers soon.

3/30/2013 08:22:00 PM

(3/30/2013 07:45:00 PM) - Al

I just now see that Steve Alford took the UCLA job. Alford was let go by Iowa and it took them years to get back to where they were with him. Many of us thought he might be the next Indiana coach, and he may still be.

3/30/2013 07:45:00 PM

(3/30/2013 07:40:00 PM) - Al

The Missouri Valley plays some great basketball, but everyone forgets this until the tournament, every single year. They lack the cable coverage and NY/LA media markets never notice them, but they are good from top to bottom.

We'll see if the Buckeyes can come back, but both Wichita State and Creighton were every bit as good as the top five Big Ten teams.

3/30/2013 07:40:00 PM

(3/30/2013 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Bigamy laws, as well as incest for consenting adults, will not exist soon, without a doubt. There's no reason to continue enforcing this, as the government should not be in the morality business. They shouldn't be sanctioning marriage (many have come around on this just months after I said it, though I was not the first) at all.They do have to decide who has the rights to pensions, military benefits, and the like. The answer is simple...the owner can give them to anyone he chooses, not just his spouse. If a single guy wants, he should be able to give his pension to a brother, sister, or whoever.

Obviously, existing Social Security claims have to be grandfathered in, because guys would insist their ex not get a penny.:)

3/30/2013 07:36:00 PM

(3/30/2013 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan and Bob Knight never play(ed) anything except man to man defense, and they always have (had) good defensive teams.

Syracuse always plays that 2-3 zone, and, even though by definition, every zone has a strength and a weakness, it doesn't seem as though their zone does (or, they know where each team usually shoots their 3's and overplays to those areas).

Lesson to be learned here?

If you spend all your time on one thing, you'll probably get really good at it. It's usually better to be excellent at one thing than not bad at several.

3/30/2013 05:27:00 PM

(3/30/2013 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Brewers score 3 in 8th, Donovan Hand comes in for a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

Was Hand in because he's going back to AAA or was this a trial by fire for the last spot?

Time will tell.

3/30/2013 04:07:00 PM

(3/30/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy came in for Maldonado today, and Lalli has not played at all. That would leave me to wonder if Lalli has decided to exercise an opt out clause and will ask for his release. I would assume he would be better off with a team without two solid catchers in the bigs, though there are worse situations than playing five days a week in AAA for a veteran catcher, especially with an organization that would give him away if a team said they would put him in the majors.

Note: Lalli did PH late in the game. 

3/30/2013 03:47:00 PM

(3/30/2013 03:17:00 PM) - Al

City of Orlando buying up empty lots and empty warehouses, plan to build soccer stadium.

Note to Milwaukee...this is forward looking cities up abandoned properties and make a weakness a strength. Meanwhile, Milwaukee has dozens of old factories and warehouses that are nothing except bastions of crime and vandalism, not to mention an eyesore to developers and entrepreneurs ...and insist there's nowhere for a modern basketball arena to go.

I truly do not know if they're that stupid, or just hoping that they can go back in time fifty years. 

3/30/2013 03:17:00 PM

(3/30/2013 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Maybe there's hope for us yet...several casinos tweeting out that they will have overlays* today, and/or expecting them tomorrow. It seems as if many poker players took Easter weekend off to celebrate the rise of their savior (or, just as likely, to get together with family).

*An overlay means the casino is losing money on a tourney because not enough players showed up to cover the guarantee. For example, if the guarantee is $20K, and the entry fee is $325, the casino needs 62 players just to cover the prize pool. If they have 48 people show up, the "overlay" is said to be the difference, or in the above case, $4400. Obviously, it's great for the players.

Tune in tomorrow, and I'll show you how to split an atom.

3/30/2013 03:07:00 PM

(3/30/2013 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Seeing this makes me wonder how I can be labeled as pro choice. I do believe that a woman has the right to end a pregnancy if the fetus is unlikely to survive outside the womb...I generally use six months as the "cut off," though that will change over time, as technology does. I may not agree with it or feel it is "right," but that's the price of liberty and freedom, and getting government out of the way..

That said, those that argue a child born means the medical providers should, at that point, ask the mother if they should perform lifesaving measures?

Debating if it's a debate? I'd say about 90% of pro choice folks are aghast. And, they should be.  They should realize they lose all credibility when they ignore common sense.

3/30/2013 02:35:00 PM

(3/30/2013 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Source: Minnesota offered the job to ESPN analyst/former NBA coach Flip Saunders but he has declined the offer from his alma mater.

 By my count, that's five who have turned them down or said up front they have no interest. Simply put, the facilities do not warrant anything more than a top assistant or maybe a winning head coach from a tiny D1 school. A proven D1 winner knows better.

3/30/2013 02:11:00 PM

(3/30/2013 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Brewers letting the relief staff pitch early today, everyone going an inning and then calling it a day. I would assume they'll do that until they run out of guys who need work and then have the prospects that made the trip north finish it up.

I was surprised to see 12K last night, though the Saturday game always draws less.

3/30/2013 02:05:00 PM

(3/30/2013 01:57:00 PM) - Al


How are the Brewers going to make room for another position player when they quit carrying 13 pitchers? Won't they have to clear a 40 man spot then? Better to do it now than later, as everyone is struggling to cut down?


Well, they won't have to clear a spot if said player comes from the 15 day DL, which might well be the case if Bianchi or Green get healthy. Otherwise, Santo Manzanillo would seemingly be the 40th guy, as his success has been limited, despite consistent velocity (at times) of 94-97 mph. Hart (or anyone currently on the 15 day DL) could go on the 60 day DL if it's felt he won't be back much before the end of May.

That said, I wish they had a 40 man spot open, as at least a dozen useful pieces will be waived in the next couple days, many with higher ceilings than Josh Stinson, who does have value, especially in his pre arby years. 

3/30/2013 01:57:00 PM

(3/30/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

I have never heard of this, and am wondering why anyone, outside of a few folks with health problems, would need to use the bathroom in the 2-3 hours the lots are open before the game. Heck, I often go all day without using the restroom if I'm working, though I shouldn't.

To be honest, it reeks of unsanitary conditions, and alcohol abuse.

3/30/2013 01:43:00 PM

(3/30/2013 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Benji Backer tells about his past three years of his teachers.

Remember, only the left is allowed to force their opinions into others...because they're always correct.

Sadly, nothing will change and no one will be punished, even though he has made this public. It's sad, pathetic, and why many of us have all but lost faith in public schools.

3/30/2013 01:16:00 PM

(3/30/2013 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Every guy watching this Sharpova/Williams match right now is pondering the age old question...athletic or womanly?

Don't get me wrong, Maria is a beautiful woman, but for me, not even close.

3/30/2013 12:57:00 PM

(3/30/2013 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Maybe they'll replace it with a government owned burger 11-6 daily, closed from 12-1 and 4-5 for mandated breaks.

They hate business, and they despise capitalism.

3/30/2013 12:40:00 PM

(3/30/2013 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Davis was told he made the team Wednesday, so it was not a direct result of the Crew not having a 40 man spot to give Lalli...though Doug and Gord may well have saw the writing on the wall.

Also noted...

...Schafer is probably the emergency catcher, somewhat interesting because he throws LH, but there isn't any reason a LH thrower can't catch, unlike playing 2B/SS/3B, which would be a huge detriment. 

...Sean Halton will play RF in Nashville, after being a 1B his entire career. Hunter Morris will play 1B, and Halton should look at this as a huge vote of confidence that the Crew thinks he might be a contributor as a bench guy able to play the corners. He did play one game at 3B last year as well, if you can hit for power and play all four spots, you'll have a job in the big leagues. No one said it, but the fact he'll play RF instead of LF is probably because Braun plays LF, and Davis has as well.

...The only battle seems to be between Figaro and Hand for the last spot on the roster. Both are nonroster guys, and one will take the spot previously held by Stinson.

3/30/2013 12:24:00 PM

Friday, March 29, 2013

(3/29/2013 09:48:00 PM) - Al

I would agree, though I would say the McChicken is a close second. As a mayo lover, even I think there's too much.

3/29/2013 09:48:00 PM

(3/29/2013 08:22:00 PM) - Al

On transfers, expect to see 1 or 2 at Wisconsin. At this point, I'd be surprised if PG George Marshall is a Badger next season.--Adam Hoge,

Illinois announced three transfers today, so it happens. Marshall might well be looking at being the 5th guard next season, with the much heralded Bronson Koenig coming in and Josh Gasser hopefully returning.

It would hurt my feelings, as George is the one who said exactly what I have always thought, that he would play more as a 5th year senior than as a true freshman.

The one I suspected was Evan Anderson, who committed very young and never developed an iota after that, as he wasn't even very good as a HS junior/senior, especially considering his size.

3/29/2013 08:22:00 PM

(3/29/2013 08:00:00 PM) - Al


1. I'm beginning to think that "everyone is going to love us" stuff was a fib.

2. At this point, isn't calling Obama a hypocrite just repetitive? He can't even keep his own untruths straight (see sequester).

3/29/2013 08:00:00 PM

(3/29/2013 07:39:00 PM) - Al

That's the same GAB that said they could not do anything about the recall signatures of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

They don't even pretend anymore.

3/29/2013 07:39:00 PM

(3/29/2013 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Continued rumors today that those named in Biogenesis papers will be suspended "soon."

I realize MLB is not the same as a court of law, but I'm having trouble putting together how being written on a sheet of scratch paper is the same as a positive drug say the least.

You never know, the players might have already been suspended and are all having their appeals right now...not that I feel that scenario is very likely, as MLB has more than enough leaks to prevent that from being a scenario. 

3/29/2013 07:18:00 PM

(3/29/2013 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced Friday that Chris Narveson would begin the season in a long-relief role in the bullpen.

Roenicke indicated that it's purely as a precautionary move so that they can ease him back into action after recovering from last year's shoulder surgery. They believe that limiting his innings to begin the season would be in his best interest long-term That means that both Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers will begin the season in the rotation.--Rotoworld 
I assumed they would just limit his innings and pitches. I'm sure he will never go consecutive days in a row, but I would not expect to remain in the bullpen long. 

3/29/2013 05:44:00 PM

(3/29/2013 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Love Flip Saunders. He's a good man and a good coach. Not sure he fits the mold of a college coach, as he's older and been in the NBA for decades. He's an alum, so maybe he'd take it as a favor short term.

3/29/2013 03:12:00 PM

(3/29/2013 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Peralta pitching game three, looks like Fiers will be in the bullpen...Crew looks like they will carry 13 pitchers to begin the season, if nothing else to save the guys on the 40 man.

3/29/2013 02:20:00 PM

(3/29/2013 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Jim points out Stinson made it past all the NL teams and was claimed by the 2nd to last team...27 teams passed.

That's a shame. The A's will probably send him down tonight, and he'll clear, and he'll be their property.

3/29/2013 02:16:00 PM

(3/29/2013 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Good Friday is called good because Christ, by His Death, "showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing." Good, in this sense, means "holy," and indeed Good Friday is known as Holy and Great Friday among Eastern Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday in the Romance languages.
Thus the answer given by the Baltimore Catechism seems a good explanation, except for the fact that Good Friday is called good only in English. In its entry on Good Friday, the Catholic Encyclopedia notes that:

The origin of the term Good is not clear. Some say it is from "God's Friday" (Gottes Freitag); others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag, and not specially English. Sometimes, too, the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons; so today in Denmark.
If Good Friday were called good because English adopted the German phrase, then we would expect Gute Freitag to be the common German name for Good Friday, but it is not. Instead, Germans refer to Good Friday as Karfreitag—that is, Sorrowful or Suffering Friday—in German.
So, in the end, the historical origins of why Good Friday is called Good Friday remain unclear, but the theological reason is very likely the one expressed by the Baltimore Catechism: Good Friday is good because the death of Christ, as terrible as it was, led to the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, which brought new life to those who

At best, not a very well thought out name. 

3/29/2013 02:04:00 PM

(3/29/2013 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Notes for the upcoming homestand.

3/29/2013 01:58:00 PM

(3/29/2013 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Adam says "the roster is tight," not sure if Crew will risk losing another off 40.

I just checked the link, I cannot imagine a single player clearing waivers to make room for Lalli.I have trouble even guessing who #40 would be. If I had to, I'd say it might be Bianchi, not sure what rules are regarding removing an injured player from the 40.

I wonder if Hart or Rogers, or someone else, could be switched to the 60 day DL; or if a minor trade could be made.

Also, Miguel DLS will almost certainly have to clear waivers once he is reinstated from the restricted list.

Davis might win a solely on 40 man standing, barring an injury this weekend.

3/29/2013 01:53:00 PM

(3/29/2013 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Stinson claimed by A's.

His ceiling is low, as he walks almost as many as he K's, but he could have been useful as AAA depth for both the 'pen and the rotation.

The irony here is, everyone insists the Crew has a poor system, but they keep losing almost player they take off the 40.

3/29/2013 01:33:00 PM

(3/29/2013 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Long, wonderful Esquire article on Hugh Hefner.

I wish his son who is "taking over" wasn't such an ass, but Hugh is just a regular guy, who lives an irregular life.

3/29/2013 12:58:00 PM

(3/29/2013 12:10:00 PM) - Al

I don't really see the benefits at AAA especially, but the point about young pitchers remaining healthy is well taken.

In twenty years, I think they will have changed the "win" standard to be less than 5 innings. I also think eventually, the fact hitters have less success versus a pitcher the first time they face them, and also the fact middle relievers are far cheaper than SP's, will lead to some team trying out a staff with no one going more than 2-3 innings...and you know what? It'll work.

3/29/2013 12:10:00 PM

(3/29/2013 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Verlander signs 7y/$180M extension.

I'm not a fan of anything over three seasons for pitchers, especially 30+ pitchers.

3/29/2013 11:52:00 AM

(3/29/2013 11:45:00 AM) - Al

So, where do you suppose business and entrepreneurs will move to?

They'll vote with their feet. Walker should keep mentioning it for the future, as he continues to eliminate the silly perks and platinum benefits for the special few. 

Income tax is ridiculous, and should be replaced by a consumption tax ASAP. No one should be taxed a penny on money they save, invest, or earn, only on what they spend.

3/29/2013 11:45:00 AM

(3/29/2013 11:35:00 AM) - Al

If only we had listened...

3/29/2013 11:35:00 AM

(3/29/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is also why we must have the internet.

There's a joke about a large anti-pork religion and a certain act going through my mind, but I'm far too mature to say it.

It's really funny though.

3/29/2013 11:30:00 AM

(3/29/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.

There's a joke in here about boobs, this administration, and overall ineptness, but I've had several coughing fits today.

3/29/2013 11:00:00 AM

(3/29/2013 10:15:00 AM) - Al

When I get home I am teaching you how to:

1: Use a secure password on all of your accounts
2: Use a password manager so you can remember all of your passwords

Maybe then you won't get hacked every few months!

Rambling son

He's 10 you know. Usually when I get talked down to like that, it's by someone who has spent at least eleven summers on the planet.

By the way, my passwords are always the highest "strength" per Yahoo.

3/29/2013 10:15:00 AM

(3/29/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Piece on Cate Edwards, John and Liz's daughter.

If there are two Americas, John Edwards is a scumbag in both of them. I also find it terribly refreshing Elizabeth didn't faithfully stand by him even though she was near death. She gained nothing by doing so, and was still openly upset.

3/29/2013 10:00:00 AM

(3/29/2013 09:26:00 AM) - Al

Forgot to mention a nice Bucks' win over the Lakers. Even though they have played terribly of late, still only two behind the Celtics, and they have the tiebreaker over BOS. They have a tougher schedule, but who knows? By the way, I've probably seen a dozen Lakers' games this season, and not only is Kobe anything more than above average, they may be the worst defensive team I've ever witnessed (and that's with Dwight Howard, one of the best defenders in the sport), and also are constantly yelling at each other, Bryant being the worst offender.

Jennings played well, but still finished the game on the bench, as they went with Ellis/Redick/Daniels, the latter did a very nice job on Kobe much of the game. The irony is, many that cover the game never even considered Monta could play the point, even though he had in Golden State. It makes one think about various labels and the like. I've always said if I coached a college or pro team, unless the lottery dropped a top C in my lap, I'd simply "go small" and get as many long 2/3/4's as I could find who could jump,defend, and shoot. Look, all things being equal, I'd rather have a 6-9 guy than a 6-4 guy, but rarely are all things equal. There are very few good athletes over 6-7 or so, and darn near zero over 6-9.

What's funny is, most of the time the Bucks or Badgers seem to have a height advantage, by the end of the game, they are playing three guards or a have Ersan playing the five spot to try and match up with their opponent's quickness. 

3/29/2013 09:26:00 AM

(3/29/2013 09:24:00 AM) - Al

Nothing better to start the day than angry emails telling you you've been hacked. I just changed my password yesterday because I had trouble signing in. Taken care of until the next time. And, if you asked to be deleted, I did so.

3/29/2013 09:24:00 AM

(3/29/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Regulations, almost entirely arbitrary and anti capitalist in nature, are one of many reasons the Obamaconomy is what it is.

Remember, they hate the free markets, because they make government unimportant.

3/29/2013 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, March 28, 2013

(3/28/2013 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Texas Tech expected to hire Tubby Smith.

I won't say Smith is in a better place, because that would be rude. However...

3/28/2013 10:59:00 PM

(3/28/2013 10:53:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have landed in Milwaukee...they do not seem to think 37 degrees is nearly as warm as I do.:)

3/28/2013 10:53:00 PM

(3/28/2013 07:36:00 PM) - Al

I did not know they were having the Friday night Miller Park exhibition on FSW...was that publicized or was it added?

3/28/2013 07:36:00 PM

(3/28/2013 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Ish Smith makes an appearance in the first quarter. I think they might have had a talk with Boylan about playing time for Ellis, who has been playing 40+ minutes nightly. 

3/28/2013 07:34:00 PM

(3/28/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

This marks the 1st time Leinenkugel’s, a division of MillerCoors, is being advertised nationally. Also 1st time its Shandy is in every

Hard to believe, as it's probably a top five beer locally. Not to mention, they're on so many billboards, it's hard to believe they're just a regional brand, albeit, 90 miles down the road.

3/28/2013 07:22:00 PM

(3/28/2013 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Lohse goes 3.2 innings in his start today, allows 1 run on 4 hits. Have not heard if he will go in the second series or the third.

3/28/2013 04:34:00 PM

(3/28/2013 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Smart staying at VCU, Gophers set sights on Hoiberg and Stevens.

Stevens gets tons of offers each year. Hoiberg is an alum of IS. Both those seem unlikely, though I suppose you aim high and go down.

3/28/2013 04:18:00 PM

(3/28/2013 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Nice to know, but there's no way Charter will ever get this figured out. My calls last year resulted in being offered to purchase the "sports pack" and insistence that I was incorrect.

3/28/2013 04:02:00 PM

(3/28/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Bullying is OK, as long as it's the left doing the bullying.

May you live in interesting times. 

3/28/2013 03:47:00 PM

(3/28/2013 03:16:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers had interest in Rivera earlier, but he chose to go to an AL team. A noted lefty masher, he would seemingly fit right in the spot currently being held by Blake Lalli, though Lalli is a LH bat and can be a 3rd catcher.

3/28/2013 03:16:00 PM

(3/28/2013 10:21:00 AM) - Al

This is exactly what we've been saying.

You don't prevent tragedy by wishing it away.

3/28/2013 10:21:00 AM

(3/28/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Story on the guy who designed the Youniform.

Fun to read just for the overdramatic author's "shiver down my spine" comments.

He did have a good idea though, to be unique. Probably 75% utilized the ball and glove logo somehow.

3/28/2013 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(3/27/2013 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Found while looking for other things...divorce is way down, and has never been anywhere near 50%, as often misreported by the nearly always wrong old media.

3/27/2013 07:58:00 PM

(3/27/2013 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Just saw a school rep talk about this on the news...he didn't even try to hide his contempt and said they would try to work with the victim "as difficult as that will be," implying they are the ones who did something wrong.

In our experience, they seem to look the other way and have to be forced into action. They simply want to collect their paychecks and benefits and go home. 

3/27/2013 06:16:00 PM

(3/27/2013 06:06:00 PM) - Al

The irony here is, SL guaranteed Wainwright $97M and his contract ends just after he turns 37.

The Brewers guaranteed Lohse $33M, and his contract ends just as he turns 37.

Not to mention Wainwright is just coming off Tommy John surgery.

3/27/2013 06:06:00 PM

(3/27/2013 05:16:00 PM) - Al

It's painful that the old media doesn't even pretend to check facts anymore.

Good riddance.

3/27/2013 05:16:00 PM

(3/27/2013 05:14:00 PM) - Al

The Midwest League Brewers' affiliate started getting the field ready today.

Good luck to them.

3/27/2013 05:14:00 PM

(3/27/2013 05:06:00 PM) - Al

I just realized I made an appointment for Friday, which, for those who were unaware, is Good Friday.

I know some people worked that day back when I was with Brand B, but most did not, if nothing else because it was mighty tough to book anything. I think there's a lesson there...if you do things with confidence, even if it's misplaced, often, folks just go along with it.

We all know that it is a minority of people that actually go to Good Friday service or "celebrate" the day with anything more than an acknowledgement of the minor holiday. 

When I worked retail, I do recall you had to allow folks to go to a Good Friday service if they asked, just like they could leave to vote if they requested. In a dozen plus years, I only recall anyone doing so a couple times, and they were management, who would always volunteer to make up the hour by coming in early or staying late.

I recall Norm McDonald joking on Weekend Update that most people knew Yom Kippur by another name...Wednesday. Good Friday is celebrated by most by simply dropping the Good.

3/27/2013 05:06:00 PM

(3/27/2013 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Real topic on Dr. Oz today...what do we know about Jesus' health?

1. It does break the streak of 77 consecutive shows in a row which he said all you need to lose weight is a simple diet plan that includes about 1200 calories a day (with a once weekly "splurge" of 1500).

2. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were guests, and they produced The Bible, but wow, that's still a stretch.

3/27/2013 04:48:00 PM

(3/27/2013 04:44:00 PM) - Al

I just realized if you take the recommended adult dosage of children's cough medicine (mmm, grape) a bottle lasts about one day.

Put a sweatband on my head and spray some sweat stains on my T shirt, I might fool some into thinking its Gatorade...

3/27/2013 04:44:00 PM

(3/27/2013 04:42:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure why so many people ignore the simple fact STD's exist.

3/27/2013 04:42:00 PM

(3/27/2013 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Ashley Judd's a looker, but there's a reason why the GOP was begging her to run...being left of Lenin might work in CA or VT, but it's not going to play in Kentucky, where the average Dem is probably further right than myself.

Polls I saw had it less than 50/50 that she'd even win a primary against a generic Dem who, you know, actually lives in Kentucky.

3/27/2013 04:21:00 PM

(3/27/2013 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Forbes estimates value, revenue, and a $9M profit for the Crew last year.

I realize there's accounting tricks of the trade, but if they made $9M in '12, I think we'd see Mark A happily have a $110M payroll this season.

3/27/2013 04:07:00 PM

(3/27/2013 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Dennis sends in this link to a rather negative outlook, though I do think the NL Central is, as often is the case, underrated.

I must admit though, saying the NL's best offense a year ago will be 5th in the division is a reach.

3/27/2013 02:50:00 PM

(3/27/2013 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain gets her own TV show, on a network that does not exist.

Sounds like what Lisa Ling does on OWN, with some drinking and swearing thrown in.

3/27/2013 02:24:00 PM

(3/27/2013 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Not only can we survive without government intrusion, we can thrive.

3/27/2013 02:12:00 PM

(3/27/2013 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Who saw this coming?

Oh, that's right, me and anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of economics.

3/27/2013 01:47:00 PM

(3/27/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember, name calling is only allowed on one side.

Note that racist terms are fine for the side that cries racism when there isn't any in sight. And, the silence of others defending Carson is deafening.

3/27/2013 01:30:00 PM

(3/27/2013 01:24:00 PM) - Al

I wasn't going to share this story, but it's not like most of my stuff is Pulitzer worthy.

Monday morning, the Rambling son had an appointment and then I took to him to his grandparents for spring break. I was a bit woozy with my cold and the meds, so when 4:15/4:30 rolled around, and the Rambling dog started whining and wandering around the living room, I shook my head, informing him that, in sleeping all afternoon, his inner clock was a bit off, and the Rambling wife would not be home until her normal 5:15-5:30.

Of course, as you know, the Rambling dog is very hard of hearing and like all dogs, does not have the ability to reason anyway, so my pleas to relax went unheeded. This went on until the Rambling wife made it home, and I explained to her that I had, for the past hour, saw and heard the Rambling dog walk and pace all over, stopping frequently at the top of the stairs to whine at the door, where he would stand, lie down, get up in about a 30 second pattern, go on a wandering spell, and then start the whole sordid cycle over again.

I informed the Rambling wife of the events of the last hour. Imagine my surprise when she told me that she was not the one being waited for, but, it was the Rambling son...who usually arrives home from school about 4:10-4:15, depending on how long it takes him to meander down the culdesac. The Rambling dog does not understand the concept of spring break, or of going away for a few days, so he was waiting patiently for the youngest member of the family to arrive.

Most of the time, I don't know what time it is, and I know how to read a clock. Somehow, our 17 year old cocker spaniel knows.

Tuesday, he didn't do this at all...I assume because the Rambling son was not here in the morning. That instinct and knowledge is almost scary in its accuracy.

3/27/2013 01:24:00 PM

(3/27/2013 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Front Row Amy has to have her 14 year-old dog euthanized later today, she reports on social media.

I can't even type that without my eyes getting misty, as the 17 year-old Rambling dog sleeps on the Rambling wife's chair (shhh, don't tell her).

3/27/2013 12:56:00 PM

(3/27/2013 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Lohse will probably pitch in game four or five, next Friday/Saturday.

With the day off after the first series (Thursday), I would probably have Lohse pitch and then bring back Yo, and use the #5 SP (likely Fiers) out of the bullpen the first week and have him start his first game early in week two.

3/27/2013 12:53:00 PM

(3/27/2013 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Another story on the incredible success of the MLS, this time in Kansas City.

They now average more per game than the NBA or NHL (yes, they do play fewer games), and the irony is, whispers are already being spoken that many of the "soccer specific" stadiums built in the past few years, usually with capacities of 18-25K...are just too darn small.

They still have issues, Chivas, one of two teams that play in LA, are struggling to fill their pitch (see, I used a soccer term) to 50% capacity. No matter how strong, you always have a weak link.

3/27/2013 12:44:00 PM

(3/27/2013 12:21:00 PM) - Al

The left protects their own. Alec Baldwin is a complete scumbag, but still reps huge, image conscious corporations. Dan Rather reported complete fiction as news, so did Andy Cooper. Obama insisted for weeks the sequester was a GOP plan he fought against, while instead, it was his idea and he refused to consider options.

May you live in interesting times.

3/27/2013 12:21:00 PM

(3/27/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Hart to 15-day is significant. Brewers had considered the 60-day to free a 40-man spot. This allows for earlier return if he's ready.--Adam,

This may make it difficult to add more than a single nonroster player to the 40, and hence, the 25 man roster.

3/27/2013 12:09:00 PM

(3/27/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Every minute we waste on these social issues is another $6.8 million in new debt. Literally.--Charlie Kirk

I agree wholeheartedly. They're fiddling while Rome burns.

3/27/2013 10:00:00 AM

(3/27/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Putting the final touches on my Brewers' projection for 2013...I guessed runs yesterday, so all that's left is runs allowed. Of course, that's a dozen pitchers plus replacements, so you could spend weeks on it.

750 runs scored, 716 runs allowed

That puts them at 85 wins, based solely on runs. A realistic estimate would be +/-3 of that, so 82-88.

In 2011 they "should have" won 90, and they won 96. Last year, they "should have" won 86, and they won 83. If anything, I think those numbers are probably off a bit more than usual because of  the dominance of the bullpen in '11, and the weakness of it in '12, in addition to random chance, of course.

For anyone wondering, I projected Lohse at 3.75 ERA, while I would have predicted the pitcher he's replacing at 4.50, which comes out to 17 runs. I think most would put his value at 2-3 wins, so if you take the 17 runs saved and also his expected 200 frames pitched, if healthy, it probably is an accurate estimate.

3/27/2013 09:00:00 AM

(3/27/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

How India's boom is a lesson to the USA...that we're ignoring, because we know better.

The free market is not a fad, and neither is socialism. History has a plethora of one working, and one failing.

Sadly, since some don't like the ending, they choose to ignore the entire story.

3/27/2013 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

(3/26/2013 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal on the Brewers' future plans.

Hart is a FA after this season, and Weeks after '14. Gennett and Morris will play at AAA this year, and could easily be cheaper alternatives (my old standby phrase is 90% of the production at 10% of the cost). Or, they may not. That's what the minors are for.

3/26/2013 09:05:00 PM

(3/26/2013 08:18:00 PM) - Al

I need to make some phone calls tomorrow, but I don't have any appointments until Thursday and Friday. I just googled hints on how to get over a cold quickly (the Rambling wife's lasted five days, and is still slightly bothered after seven). I wasn't able to find much that isn't common sense (lots of stuff about liquids and rest). However, I did see one that said just to sleep, in fact it said to "give yourself 12 hours to sleep and try to sleep that much."

That's the best advice I've had in ages. Heck, the Rambling dog does this every day, and he never gets a cold. 

3/26/2013 08:18:00 PM

(3/26/2013 07:19:00 PM) - Al

"Milwaukee didn't want to touch him," because of injury concerns, a major league exec says of Marcum.--Andy Martino

That was I suspected as well, especially after his price fell to $4M. Doug has avoided pitchers with a history of injury, and has also gone after those who have shown consistency

3/26/2013 07:19:00 PM

(3/26/2013 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Green and Mark Rogers placed on the 15 day DL.

This will also allow Rogers to rehab in the minors if and when he regains his velocity.

3/26/2013 05:54:00 PM

(3/26/2013 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Last year, the average SS put up a 680 OPS, while Yuni's career OPS is 652.

And, while I'm the first to admit he's a below average defender, he can play 2B/3B as well (and 1B, for that matter). Those that think you should be able to magically bring in a solid defender who can hit for a 700+ OPS to be a backup SS fail to understand math. As I said, I think he's better than Murphy, and at the moment, that's all he has to be.

3/26/2013 04:21:00 PM

(3/26/2013 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Yuni resigns with Crew, will be in a utility role to open season.

The interesting thing will be what happens when Hart, Green, or Bianchi return, as I have no problem admitting Yuni is every bit as good as Donnie Murphy or Blake Lalli.

3/26/2013 04:08:00 PM

(3/26/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I guarantee you, they use the phrase "flyover country" as they snicker.

3/26/2013 03:00:00 PM

(3/26/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Tell you what...being against the Constitution and vaccines makes him incredibly ignorant.

I'd be keeping it quiet instead of broadcasting how stupid I am. 

3/26/2013 01:00:00 PM

(3/26/2013 12:26:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Doug would go for a minor upgrade for a guy who lacks options, but Mahrtinez has been solid, though unspectacular.

3/26/2013 12:26:00 PM

(3/26/2013 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Overbay was offered a deal prior to signing with the Red Sox. Still would be a fit, in theory, at least until Hart comes back.

3/26/2013 12:24:00 PM

(3/26/2013 12:22:00 PM) - Al

Tyler Greene available, and  far better career wise than Donnie Murphy. That said, Greene may want to go to a team with less entrenched 2B/SS/3B...not to mention, when Hart returns, Alex Gonzalez will be in his way for playing time as well.

3/26/2013 12:22:00 PM

(3/26/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, I'll say it again, after the first couple "come out" there will barely be any mention of it. I've worked with several gay people, and other than some minor issues (usually other associates using language some might consider offensive), it was barely noticed.

I guess no one wants to be the first...though it seems quite possible one of the better known draftees is also gay, maybe that will deflect some of the attention. 

3/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

(3/26/2013 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Let them eat cake.

The strangest thing about their vacations is only the president has a job. I don't know if you can call it a vacation if you don't, you know, work.

3/26/2013 11:58:00 AM

(3/26/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Know why people don't like the fair tax?

Because it's fair. Many people just want to punish the successful, and don't care about anything else.

It's pretty much just like voter ID...if you don't like it, it's because you either want to cheat or want others to cheat. Ditto on the fair tax...heaven forbid we have a way to tax tourists, drug dealers, money launderers, and illegals (sorry, undocumenteds).

3/26/2013 11:30:00 AM

(3/26/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

3/26/2013 11:00:00 AM

(3/26/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Something most casuals will overlook...I believe your top five SP's average about 120 starts a season, leaving 40 starts for your 6th and lower SP's. As I said earlier, I'd put the Brewers #6-10 SP's up against anyone's. Also, they're #1-2 SP's are probably top five in the past two years, and certainly top ten projected in 2013. Obviously, #3-5 are the unknowns here, but the potential is certainly there. And, with the #6-10 arms being so solid, the leash will be a bit shorter than in the past, when the alternatives were, at best, risky.

That also holds true for the bullpen, as all but Gonzalez and Gorzelanny have options (and Tom G might, though unlikely to be used, as is also the case for Axford and Badenhop). For example, let's say Peralta struggles or is sent down to begin the season...he could be a valuable addition should someone in the rotation or bullpen falter. 

3/26/2013 10:00:00 AM

(3/26/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I've always said us fat guys need to be better than others to get a job, but it would appear heavy set gals and skinny fellas have it worse. 

3/26/2013 09:00:00 AM

(3/26/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Minor-league LHP Miguel De Los Santos has been placed on the restricted list and no longer counts against the 40-man, now at 39.

Heh. Ascencio wasn't as slow as DLS, who is injured anyway. Might be a perfect time to try and sneak him through waivers. Lohse was added, still an extra spot available.

3/26/2013 08:00:00 AM

(3/26/2013 06:00:00 AM) - Al

On pace for the most visits for the month since October.

The season must be getting close.

3/26/2013 06:00:00 AM

Monday, March 25, 2013

(3/25/2013 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Money seems to be on Peralta being bumped from the rotation and going to AAA to begin the season. Given his upside and service time, a month or two in Nashville is probably a good long term idea.

3/25/2013 11:26:00 PM

(3/25/2013 11:14:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers might just skip Lohse's spot the first time through, as they have an off day after playing Mon-Wed. That makes sense, though I'm not sure if they could wait to add him to the roster and go with another player or not. Unless there's some sort of "not in game shape" list, I doubt it.

3/25/2013 11:14:00 PM

(3/25/2013 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Brewers trade minor league free agent signing Jairo Ascencio, who just reported a couple days ago after he obtained a work visa via the Pony Express.

I would assume they did not think they had room for him, and/or they did not feel his stuff was good enough to justify his tardy arrival.

3/25/2013 08:38:00 PM

(3/25/2013 08:33:00 PM) - Al

 The Brewers agreed to pay Lohse $11 million per season from 2013-2015, though $7 million will be deferred from his 2013 salary and paid out between 2016 and

Ramirez did this too, we're talking Monopoly money anyway.

The Brewers said they sold 34K tickets since news of Lohse signing broke. They usually sell about 7K a day this time of year.

I have to wonder if those sales came because people are excited about Lohse, or if it is a Powerball like, free publicity type of thing.

Fred: Jim, did you hear the Brewers signed Kyle Lohse?

Jim: No, Fred, I did not. Speaking of the Brewers, I told Jimmy Jr. I'd buy him tickets so he and his teen friends can go on their church outing in May. Geez, I better get going on that. 


3/25/2013 08:33:00 PM

(3/25/2013 07:29:00 PM) - Al

The Blue Jays, Orioles, Twins, Indians, Cubs, Cardinals, Red Sox, Brewers and Mets all have scouts on hand for Young's start against the Astros today, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, as he's quick to note, that doesn't necessarily mean that each team is there to scout Young specifically.--MLBTR

That'd be funny if they signed Young too. Still an open bullpen spot (or two, if they send Fiers or Peralta to Nashville for a while). 

3/25/2013 07:29:00 PM

(3/25/2013 07:06:00 PM) - Al

With Lohse, my math has the Crew at about $88-89M opening day payroll, if you include Rogers, Bianchi, and Green, all expected top open on the DL.

Not my money.

3/25/2013 07:06:00 PM

(3/25/2013 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to shudder for our future.

I wonder what page of the bill they didn't read this was spelled out?

3/25/2013 05:03:00 PM

(3/25/2013 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Tubby Smith let go, Gophers think they can do better than 5 of 6 20 win seasons with lackluster facilities.

I wish them the best of luck with all that.

This reeks of when they let Glen Mason go after taking a moribund program to several consecutive bowls in a row...a level it has taken almost a decade to get back to. 

3/25/2013 04:58:00 PM

(3/25/2013 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Heh, that doesn't mean they won't try.

You know, that sequester was all the GOP's idea...yes it was. I said, yes it was.

Shut up then.

3/25/2013 04:08:00 PM

(3/25/2013 03:59:00 PM) - Al

I would agree. He has had success at Iowa State with a ragtag group of transfers and juco players...similar to what you'd find in the NBA, a star or two, and a bunch of guys no one wants.

3/25/2013 03:59:00 PM

(3/25/2013 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Being reported Mark Rogers is likely to end up on the disabled list.

The best part of that is it will allow him to go down for rehab, either 20 or 30 days. If it is truly just a "tired" or "dead" arm, that's plenty of time to get back in the groove.

3/25/2013 03:38:00 PM

(3/25/2013 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Lohse's projections (and stats) can be found here...3.39-4.12, in 168-208 frames. Needless to say, the Crew would happily take that, heck, they'd take that if you add a half run. To be realistic, you probably should add some, as those projections expected him to pitch half his games in SL, MIL has a 104 rating (100 is neutral, higher favors hitters) while Busch has a 98 so a 6% difference. That would make a 3.75 projection 3.86, figuring in a 3% increase (it only effects his home games).

3/25/2013 03:22:00 PM

(3/25/2013 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Fangraphs sums up my feelings pretty well...Lohse is not much of a gamble, other than the obvious fact he, like any other pitcher, might never throw one more pitch after their next one. He is healthy, so the Crew will be able to insure against that, especially year three. His floor would seem to be a 4.50-5 ERA guy that throws 150-175 innings, barring injury of's tough to even find that for a whole lot less than $11M per (though they don't need a three year commitment).

3/25/2013 03:05:00 PM

(3/25/2013 03:04:00 PM) - Al

The Sacramento Bee also reported that about $20 million in annual hotel tax revenue "would be used as a backstop to increase lenders' comfort levels." There also is a ticket surcharge planned as well.

It would be hard to imagine the city of Milwaukee agreeing to plan like this. Mayor Tom Barrett already has signaled that a regional solution, not a city solution, must be found to fund a new multipurpose arena in Milwaukee.--JS

As I've pointed out several times, you can pretty much fund an arena solely by using things like a $1-2 ticket surcharge (user fee), naming rights, and taxes that mostly effect business and pleasure travelers, such as a hotel room fee, rental car fees, and so on. You might even be able to add parking fees to the nearby parking garages, I'm not sure if they are private or public. You can raise $20M in this manner and over 20 years, pay for an arena, especially if the team agrees to fund a portion. It's also overlooked, but visiting athletes (not to mention home athletes, almost all of which smartly claim residence in another state) have to pay state tax on games in Milwaukee, which does add up (the Vikings brought this up during their stadium debate, the problem is, right now, that just goes into the general fund, so no one even considers it).

It's just like museums and police protection, it's what you want in a city. Des Moines is a wonderful city, but it will be never be considered "major league" because of a lack of pro sports. Neither will Boise. It's just a matter of civic pride to me.

3/25/2013 03:04:00 PM

(3/25/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

$300K for the limos? For Biden, who should never be allowed out of a padded room?

These apology tours are spendy. 

3/25/2013 02:30:00 PM

(3/25/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, there's nowhere left to cut!

How many spring breaks do people get? Well, non royalty I mean.

Liz echoes, great minds and all. 

3/25/2013 02:28:00 PM

(3/25/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

What's stupid is trying to legislate freedom.

Obviously, this will effect no one except hunters and law abiding citizens.

3/25/2013 02:00:00 PM

(3/25/2013 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Obviously, Lohse will be in the rotation, though I do not know if he'll be ready to go next week. I would assume that will bump Fiers or Narveson to AAA or the bullpen.  Suddenly, the Crew has as much SP depth (one of the above, Burgos, Thornburg, Pena, Figaro) as any team in the majors. 

I would assume at some point, Doug (and Mark A) agreed to guarantee that 3rd year, after probably offering 2y/$24-26M (Dempster money) ages ago.

I do hate giving up that 17th pick, though, let's be blunt, they got three better prospects for Greinke last year than they were likely to get there.

First thought, I would say this will put them in immediate "go for it" mode, and probably far less patient with young arms...could even effect Rogers spot on the 40 right away.

3/25/2013 01:55:00 PM

(3/25/2013 01:47:00 PM) - Al

I'm late to the party, as I was taking the Rambling son over to the Rambling in laws for spring break week. Brewers to sign Lohse, 3y/$33M. Back with more as it comes to my through my foggy, virus infested noggin.

3/25/2013 01:47:00 PM

(3/25/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Let me sum in up for you.

As usual, the New York Times was incorrect on almost everything.

3/25/2013 01:30:00 PM

(3/25/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

25 day forecast shows warmer than average highs and lows, no more cold.

It's almost like these things are cyclical.

3/25/2013 01:00:00 PM

(3/25/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Note how many times the Euro media has compared him to Carter?

You gotta go across the pond to find some old media not afraid to tell the truth.

3/25/2013 12:00:00 PM

(3/25/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

When the President designates five new national monuments Monday it will be closed press.--Roger Simon 

1. The most transparent administration in history.

2. Well, we all know why...someone might ask a question about the sequester that he lied about. Or the economy that he lied about. Or about Biden's hotel bill, which he will lie about.

3/25/2013 11:00:00 AM

(3/25/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Good to see so many coming around to the Ramblings view that the government has no place in marriage.

And lots of other places too. Baby steps. The quicker we can get concentrating on real issues, like spending $2T more every damn year than they take in, the better.

The child abuse they are partaking in, kicking the can down the road for the young and unborn, is inexcusable. And, a sign that not only are they ignorant buffoons, but selfish ignorant buffoons.

As Reagan pointed out, you can pretty much do anything under the guise of helping the poor. Sadly, we had a war on poverty, and poverty won. It's like fighting gravity, just far more costly and pathetic.

3/25/2013 10:00:00 AM

(3/25/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's all just politics...and, our money, of course.

The sequester has been a complete facade, and a poorly played one at that.Of course, you can pretty much say the same thing about the Obama presidency.

The blind leading the blind, wondering why the view doesn't seem to be improving. Luckily, they just keep blaming others, which many of us realize is just proof of abhorrent policy and a lack of leadership.

That said, the electorate and old media are not in that group. History will be.

3/25/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, March 24, 2013

(3/24/2013 08:30:00 PM) - Al

The Orioles, Brewers, Indians, White Sox, and Mets have all had "internal discussions" about surplus Dodgers starters Chris Capuano, Ted Lilly and Aaron Harang, and scouts feel that the Dodgers will ultimately trade at least one of them.--MLBTR

Doug was unhappy earlier when reports said they had asked about Harang, but Cappy or Lilly make perfect sense. 

3/24/2013 08:30:00 PM

(3/24/2013 07:45:00 PM) - Al

WBC insurance covers injuries from those extra games.

3/24/2013 07:45:00 PM

(3/24/2013 06:23:00 PM) - Al

The left always thinks "courage" is taking more of your freedom or your money.

Actually, it shows real courage to shut up and get out of the way. This administration's hatred of doing so is why it is what it is...a pathetic economy, getting worse on a daily basis, with no end in sight.

3/24/2013 06:23:00 PM

(3/24/2013 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Figaro was 93-96 mph in his inning. Making strong bid for club. Could be a multi-inning guy.--Adam,

Far better chance if he has an opt out clause coming up, and still better if Rogers is not in the bullpen.

3/24/2013 06:19:00 PM

(3/24/2013 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Bucks lose to Hawks at home, still two games behind Celtics, who have lost four straight. BOS isn't going to lose them all, and Bucks need to win two more than BOS to move out of the 8th spot.

3/24/2013 04:22:00 PM

(3/24/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Donnie Murphy with a thin air of Arizona HR, just like Cody Ransom (now with SD) the inning prior, probably cemented Donnie's spot on the 25 man.

3/24/2013 03:47:00 PM

(3/24/2013 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Rogers' fastball was 85-89 mph in the first inning w/ "limited life," says an NL scout charting the game.--Adam,

I feel he'll either be the last man in the bullpen or DL'd, "dead arm" most likely cause.

3/24/2013 03:43:00 PM

(3/24/2013 03:15:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have the B squad on TV today, as most of the starters stayed home. FSW picking up SD's broadcast. Peralta pitching, Rogers going back in Maryvale.

3/24/2013 03:15:00 PM

(3/24/2013 03:13:00 PM) - Al

I'm puzzled as to why teams keep assigning value to Vernon Wells...he's got out 74% of the time the past two seasons, and at 35, is unlikely to "find it" again. The guy might have a fit as a platoon player or reserve, especially in a hitter's park, but that's a $1-2M value, about $20M less than he makes. 

3/24/2013 03:13:00 PM

(3/24/2013 01:39:00 PM) - Al

If you're not watching the tournament, I actually feel sorry for you. Buckeyes win at the buzzer versus a tough, shorthanded Iowa State team.

3/24/2013 01:39:00 PM

(3/24/2013 01:14:00 PM) - Al

Baseball Musings projects the Crew to score about 4.4 runs a game without Corey Hart, and about 4.55 when he returns. Those numbers multiply out to:

w/o Hart--712

Personally, I would probably guess about 750 because I think they'll pick up a few because the bulk of the lineup runs at an above average clip. Plus, their depth is solid, with only Braun's reserve has a significant fall off.

3/24/2013 01:14:00 PM

(3/24/2013 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Your Earth Hour post may be the greatest post you’ve ever written: concise, yet vague... witty, yet biting... true, yet... well, true.  And, again, no hyphens....


Well, to be honest, it doesn't take much to be the best when you're up against nothing but the drivel I usually post.

And yes, even with a lack of hyphens, the public are still managing to understand it. Shocking, huh?  

Thank you for reading and writing.

3/24/2013 12:32:00 PM

(3/24/2013 11:54:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers went to see Mark Lowe pitch once this offseason, and he's available.

Chris Young might be as well, though someone will probably promise him a starting spot and his fly ball tendencies would probably not be a perfect fit for MP.

3/24/2013 11:54:00 AM

(3/24/2013 11:39:00 AM) - Al

I just got done at the Rambling wife's barber shop (where the quality of work is just sufficient and the disposition of the staff can best be described as surly, but, in an Obamaconomy, the price is right), and while the Rambling dog paced nervously (he looks out for me you know), a couple times, my hair fell on top of him.

You know what? We both have the same color hair, a light gray, with dark color there only so we do not resemble Steve Martin. They say we look like our pets, and at least in our case, our hair does.

3/24/2013 11:39:00 AM

Saturday, March 23, 2013

(3/23/2013 11:59:00 PM) - Al

To celebrate Earth Hour, Ramblings has decided to ignore such ludicrous fictional celebrations until alternatives become financially viable without my tax money going to con men who found a company like Solyndra, convince some dimwitted administration to cut them a check for a bijillion dollars, and then claim there's not enough cash available so some special ed kids from flyover country to take a gander at the crapper this mythical creature sits on after he has his First Lady approved bowl of 110% organic, gluten free, sugar free, salt free, taste free natural bran clusters...with just a splash of soy milk.

Tomorrow, more run on sentences and I'll tell you how I really feel about the lack of economic common sense.

3/23/2013 11:59:00 PM

(3/23/2013 09:37:00 PM) - Al

I gotta start trademarking these ideas.

It makes too much sense. You know Pelosi and Reid hate it.

3/23/2013 09:37:00 PM

(3/23/2013 08:48:00 PM) - Al


The truth is a painful reminder of how inept they are.

3/23/2013 08:48:00 PM

(3/23/2013 07:47:00 PM) - Al

The future is obvious unless it is repealed.

You cannot legislate away supply and demand. They may hate the free market, but that doesn't mean it stops working.

No one has even talked about the main problem with it...providers lose money on every patient they treat, but it's made up for by what private insurers pay. Many providers will simply stop accepting patients unless they have private insurance, which will become passe quickly, because the government made sure the penalty were far less than the cost of coverage. Hence, several days wait for a visit.

Unintended consequences are the result of socialism, and a painful fact that utopians always think will magically go away under their watch. It will be proven once again, they may everyone equal by making everyone a have not.

3/23/2013 07:47:00 PM

(3/23/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

This always puzzles me...what harm would it do the Astros to keep this kid and DH him once a week? They're a 60-70 win team, why not keep him?

3/23/2013 07:22:00 PM

(3/23/2013 06:57:00 PM) - Al

I knew if I waited a couple days, someone else would take care of the roster situations for me.



Rogers will either be DL'd or make the team. Figaro may have some sort of opt out clause, so that may effect whether he makes the team or not. Hand is not on the 40, so that result in him being sent down. Kintzler has plenty of options, so that could play a part. While Donovan has pitched nicely, he only has four K's in eleven innings, which is a poor sign for the future. My guess is Rogers (unless he's hurt) and Figaro (I assume he has an opt out, as a hard throwing vet who had success in Japan).

The bench looks to be Lalli, Murphy, and Davis, though I would assume Davis may be up and down several times, utilizing his option when they need an extra arm, and making sure he gets plenty of AAA AB's. As I say often, I think they will find someone better on waivers, possibly a 1B/OF (always plenty of 1B that can hit being sent down) to share time with Gonzalez, which would push Lalli or Murphy to Nashville.

One guy who may be available tomorrow is a familiar name who can play multiple infield positions. 

3/23/2013 06:57:00 PM

(3/23/2013 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Donnie Murphy goes to LF for Brewers in seventh as they try to judge his versatility as INF/OF.--JS

Unless they pick up one on waivers, Murphy would seem to have a spot going north. I'd prefer someone who does something very well, be it run, get on base, or defend. Donnie is just a generic utility infielder, with no real ceiling...that said, most every team has a guy like this, as if they have a plus skill and can play 2B or SS, they're probably starting somewhere.

3/23/2013 05:21:00 PM

(3/23/2013 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Regulation kills jobs?

Yep. And the left loves regulations. Why? They simply cannot comprehend that things work better without the government interfering. That's why they hate that charitable tax deduction...they want to be the charity that money goes to, and they despise the fact everyone else has less overhead and is far more efficient.

Not quite as much as spending our money.

3/23/2013 04:36:00 PM

(3/23/2013 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Tyler Graff is your 2013 NCAA third-place finisher at 133 lbs! Now a 3x All American.

I believe he's the one that redshirted last year and attempted to make the Olympic team.

3/23/2013 11:44:00 AM

(3/23/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

No carb bread? Seriously?

I just made it, though I added some chocolate protein powder and cinnamon, so it's about 0.5 net carbs per muffin, as I prepared it. The best part is, it actually looks and feels like a muffin, so much so, you could serve it to guests. Best recipe ever!

3/23/2013 11:00:00 AM

(3/23/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I just saw a link on Facebook saying if you buy a $24-28 Tshirt, $7 goes to feed a kid in Haiti.

1. Well, it may go to Haiti, but odds are in never reaches an aid station. That entire country is full of ne'erdowells.

2. Instead of overpaying for a Tshirt, why not just send $7 to a reputable aid organization?

Just curious.

3/23/2013 10:00:00 AM

(3/23/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al


I'm just shocked that taking money away from job creators is leading to fewer jobs.


3/23/2013 09:00:00 AM

(3/23/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I went 22-10 in the first round (well, second) of the NCAA's.

Some clown without a clue that just picked the higher seed in every game?

Also 22-10. Tell you what, if anyone has a perfect bracket, more power to 'em.

3/23/2013 08:00:00 AM

Friday, March 22, 2013

(3/22/2013 11:45:00 PM) - Al

Anheuser Busch pays some marketing company millions of dollars for a new Bud Light slogan, and they come up with "here we go."

Yeah, that'll hold off those hundreds of microbrews and specialty beers.

3/22/2013 11:45:00 PM

(3/22/2013 11:39:00 PM) - Al

I sure would have preferred Palin to Romney, on charisma alone.

The point comparing her to W is accurate as well. W was mocked relentlessly, but he got conservatives to show up.

3/22/2013 11:39:00 PM

(3/22/2013 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Leno to Fox already being discussed.

I looked it up, Fallon basically is in a three way tie with Nightline and Craig Ferguson so far this year. I don't think he's at all funny, and would go so far as to say he's painfully unfunny.

This looks like Conan all over again to me. You know, Conan, who now comes in behind all the rest on his little basic cable show?

3/22/2013 11:19:00 PM

(3/22/2013 11:09:00 PM) - Al

US soccer wins a snowy battle versus Costa Rica. Lots of fun to watch, because no one could stand up.

3/22/2013 11:09:00 PM

(3/22/2013 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Can't believe they schedule a World Cup qualifier versus March Madness.

ESPN has it, heavy snow outside Denver. Switching between five channels now.

3/22/2013 10:27:00 PM

(3/22/2013 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Fox News beats NBC...again.

3/22/2013 10:21:00 PM

(3/22/2013 08:32:00 PM) - Al

FGCU's coach was an assistant for the Bucks at one time, per Bucks' twitter.

3/22/2013 08:32:00 PM

(3/22/2013 08:15:00 PM) - Al

No wonder he doesn't have time for a budget, taking care of important stuff like this.

It'd be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

3/22/2013 08:15:00 PM

(3/22/2013 07:42:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if anyone in DC ever heard of "packing a lunch?"

Crying wolf is the only way the left knows. They are so used to their lies and fibs being reported as fact by the old media, they don't know what to do when the truth comes out.

Let's not forget, this sequester is devastating the much that 99% of us can't even notice. That's why a 10% cut on everything makes sense. It wouldn't even be noticed.

It ain't a revenue problem.

3/22/2013 07:42:00 PM

(3/22/2013 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Rahm, how's that tax and spend going for you?

They vote with their feet.

3/22/2013 07:06:00 PM

(3/22/2013 06:43:00 PM) - Al

An onion is the only food that can make you cry. oh, also my mother-in-law's pot roast.--Norm MacDonald


3/22/2013 06:43:00 PM

(3/22/2013 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Scouts this week will look at a) out of option players and b) rule 5 guys that may be returned or part of trade to retain them. Busy week.--Bernie Plascoff, former scout,

I still think the Brewers will pick up a reliever and/or a utility infielder on waivers this week, especially if Green and/or Bianchi are DL'd. Most feel Kintzler will take a spot, but he has options, and can go down and return once the inevitable injury/ineffectiveness hits.

3/22/2013 06:30:00 PM

(3/22/2013 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Not one penny more to countries that burn our flag.--Rand Paul

What's truly amazing is, Paul even has to say this, and that it isn't automatic.

Of course, I realize, there's nowhere left to cut. 

3/22/2013 06:22:00 PM

(3/22/2013 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Ravens have to play on the road, though it seems to me the "logistical nightmare" is a tad overblown...sure, parking would have been expensive and packed, but, to be blunt, so?

3/22/2013 03:42:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:55:00 PM) - Al

LaSalle up 17 on KState. Goodness.

3/22/2013 02:55:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:53:00 PM) - Al

I hit record on the Brewers' game, which is on WGN at 3, but I don't know when I'll ever watch it. Bucks play tonight too during the NCAA's.

I need to take a couple weeks off just to clear my DVR. 

First world pains.

3/22/2013 02:53:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:45:00 PM) - Al

That's because we've read the bill.

Wait until all the job killing taxes and regulations all kick in.

3/22/2013 02:45:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman says the Twins don't look a bit better than last year, and don't seem to get the simplest things, like delaying free agency/arby of a top prospect, instead chasing that 71st win.

3/22/2013 02:43:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Cincy looks like they're wearing some sort of arctic camouflage. Strange look. 

3/22/2013 02:27:00 PM

(3/22/2013 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Doug emails to pitch in that the Badgers probably weren't as good as the Gophers, Illini, and maybe even the Hawkeyes, but as usual, got the most out of their talent and overachieved. Well put.

I always say it doesn't matter too much where you're seeded, outside of being a #1/2, because it's better to run into a #7 seed not playing well than a #11 seed who is peaking. I always fear running into a hot team and/or a hot shooter, and they kind of hit both today, though Henderson was very mediocre overall, there's simply no defending 30 footers.

I will miss the seniors, never a doubt about their effort. Berggren will make a living playing the game, and the other two may as well, as they are athletic 6-6/6-7 guys...that's a C in much of Europe. 

As always, next year is a huge question mark, as of today, 5 of the top 7 players returning (assuming Gasser returns healthy) are guards, and one of the "big men," while extremely talented, plays more like a wing as well. Bo has found a way to be competitive so long, it's easy to take for granted, but it's far from automatic.

3/22/2013 02:20:00 PM

(3/22/2013 01:53:00 PM) - Al

As was said often, this is a team that will live and die on its ability to hit open shots. I think Ole Miss dis a fine job in defending, but as has happened often, the shots just didn't fall. Add in more turnovers than usual, that's a tough equation to overcome.

Ole Miss takes the place of the Badgers, they can beat anybody if they shoot well.

3/22/2013 01:53:00 PM

(3/22/2013 01:34:00 PM) - Al

The DHS has never explained why they need so much ammo, by the way.

3/22/2013 01:34:00 PM

(3/22/2013 01:18:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, we're cut to the bone here.

3/22/2013 01:18:00 PM

(3/22/2013 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Henderson's shots are going to start falling eventually. You don't earn the right to shoot like that if you miss all the time. 

3/22/2013 01:07:00 PM

(3/22/2013 12:43:00 PM) - Al

They only want to punish the successful, not those who ignore the law. Heck, Eric Holder might get prosecuted!

3/22/2013 12:43:00 PM

(3/22/2013 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Scott e-mails this positive preview of the Crew.

It basically agrees with me...this is one of the toughest teams to project, as the young pitching is very difficult to get a read on.

3/22/2013 12:05:00 PM

(3/22/2013 11:49:00 AM) - Al

The problem with a guy like Henderson, a pure gunner, is that sometimes, they go in. And, there's really no defense for that at all.

3/22/2013 11:49:00 AM

(3/22/2013 11:23:00 AM) - Al

I've noticed the same thing about women who choose not to have an abortion. The left is extremely rough on those who dare choose another path.

The irony is, being a stay at home mom is certainly not the hardest thing in the world...after all, I do laundry, cook, and so on too. It's the sheer monotony and amount of busy work you do, there's not a lot of relaxation and me time involved.

Another example dare someone have a differing opinion? 

3/22/2013 11:23:00 AM

(3/22/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm tellin' ya, there just anywhere left to cut!

3/22/2013 08:00:00 AM

Thursday, March 21, 2013

(3/21/2013 11:17:00 PM) - Al

Harvard is close to destroying many brackets, including mine.

3/21/2013 11:17:00 PM

(3/21/2013 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Todd from Baseball in the Blood is reporting MLB is filing suit against Braun.

More to come.

Thus far, this seems to be the best link. MLB seems to be grasping at straws here. 

3/21/2013 10:36:00 PM

(3/21/2013 09:16:00 PM) - Al

In many parts of the US, a picture like this would be called "Saturday."

3/21/2013 09:16:00 PM

(3/21/2013 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Senate votes 79-20 for repeal of the medical device tax in the Obama health law.

1. The the Dem controlled Senate.

2. A fine start. Just keep killing it fellas.

3/21/2013 08:50:00 PM

(3/21/2013 08:39:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, the world will just love us with Obama as president!

1. First of all, many will always hate the USA because it is by far the most successful nation in the history of the planet. That's because of capitalism and an unblemished record of kicking the crap out of their enemies.

2. If you'll note, at the Olympics, the crowd's loudest ovations are always for the home nation and the USA. All but the rebels and uneducated cheer the US because that's what they yearn to be, a bastion of freedom and prosperity.

3/21/2013 08:39:00 PM

(3/21/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Glenn predicted the movement a decade plus ago.

3/21/2013 07:22:00 PM

(3/21/2013 07:11:00 PM) - Al

South Dakota State's entire team is a step slow, an inch or two short, and just not quite good enough to go to the Big Twn and other big conferences.

Know what? Those kids can play, and often end up just as good when they're 21-23 as the blue chippers.

3/21/2013 07:11:00 PM

(3/21/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

I've never understood what the anti-Israel folks don't get...Israel gets attacked, and then they blow the hell out of whoever did it. They don't "issue sanctions" or "monitor the situation," and that's why they're respected.

The peaceniks are either ignorant of history or simply want them to turn the other cheek as they bury their dead. 

3/21/2013 06:59:00 PM

(3/21/2013 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Hipsters are too busy complaining how dumb everyone else is to do much else.

They also spend zero time doing dirty work.

3/21/2013 06:29:00 PM

(3/21/2013 06:20:00 PM) - Al

If Bianchi is injured, it may give them time, a few weeks, to let him get healthy on the DL and then on a rehab assignment, to decide whether they have a spot for him.

It opens up a spot for guys like Lalli or a guy like Donnie Murphy.

3/21/2013 06:20:00 PM

(3/21/2013 05:39:00 PM) - Al

I don't buy the Royals either. They won 72 games and added a plus SP, a couple decent ones, and traded the best hitting prospect in MLB, and they were 12th in runs scored last year. That screams bad offense with slightly better pitching...75-77 wins?

I think it's a classic case of getting impatient with a solid farm system, and a GM trying to save their job.

3/21/2013 05:39:00 PM

(3/21/2013 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Number one?

Ignore everything Tom H says or writes.

3/21/2013 01:58:00 PM

(3/21/2013 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Wow... Bruesewitz dropping stats to media about pace, "Last year's national champion Kentucky averaged 4 more possessions per game than us."--Wis BB

Heh. It's all about points per possession. Limiting each team to 13 scholarships has prevented teams from stockpiling scorers and overall talent. It's made defense the focus for all.  

3/21/2013 01:52:00 PM

(3/21/2013 01:04:00 PM) - Al

And this is why it's so easy to make fun of this website. Explaining what belt and shoes you need to wear to a basketball watching party?Which $40 T-shirt should you wear? How 'bout a wallet?

I get it, these are sponsored posts, but how unmanly can you get?

3/21/2013 01:04:00 PM

(3/21/2013 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Suppan may run for Congress.

3/21/2013 12:39:00 PM

(3/21/2013 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Being a young, proud Republican woman in today's world simply doesn't fit with the media narrative of what women should be.--Meghan McCain

Nope. That's also why her dad was too old, while Hillary Clinton is "mature." They don't even pretend to report the news, they make the story.

3/21/2013 12:24:00 PM

(3/21/2013 12:10:00 PM) - Al

Cutting staff to avoid Obamacare penalties.

Unintended consequences. They never saw it coming.

Totally clueless. Of course, when Al Sharpton is one of your economic advisers...

3/21/2013 12:10:00 PM

(3/21/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Badgers announce they will play Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium.

Well, I suppose the national TV exposure overrides the fact that's a mighty tough game.

EDIT: E-mails point out I had Brewers instead of Badgers. 

3/21/2013 12:00:00 PM

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