Al's Ramblings



Friday, October 31, 2014

(10/31/2014 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Brewers replace Seid

I can't say I know a thing about him, but the fact he interviewed for a GM position a few months ago is a good sign, though he is probably unlikely to stay in this position for a long time. 


10/31/2014 10:25:00 PM



(10/31/2014 10:10:00 PM) - Al

A couple thoughts after renting Draft Day and Neighbors from Redbox last night, using a buy one, get one free bonus code, of which they email me 4-5 of these a week.

1. Disappointed in Draft Day. Unrealistic, overlong, cliche ridden. Completely unnecessary subplot. By far the star of the movie was Jennifer Garner's short dress.

2. The worst part about Neighbors? I'm not sure who was more unlikable...the idiot yuppie couple or the frat kids. I was hoping they would both lose in the end. Had funny bits, like a 90 minute SNL skit...punch lines with lots of swings and misses.

3. Tough to not notice that the cost to rent the two films was $1.27, including tax. It wasn't that long ago, in the early 90's, when I lived in Eau Claire, it cost about $3 for a new release, and maybe $1.50 for another. One night a week, they would do some sort of special, like 79 or 99 cents for anything not on the new release wall.

4.By far the toughest part of the entire experience was returning the movies...the Rambling son always does this, so I did not know you had to hit "return" on the screen before pushing the DVD into the slot. 


10/31/2014 10:10:00 PM



(10/31/2014 09:46:00 PM) - Al

I suppose I say this every year, but wouldn't it be nice if we treated Veteran's Day with a fraction of the excitement that society treats Halloween?


10/31/2014 09:46:00 PM



(10/31/2014 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Be interesting to see if the team that signs Weeks does so to be a 2B or as a 1B/2B/OF/DH. I cannot imagine there being a lot of 2B jobs open, even of the platoon variety. He might be a very good "out of the box" bench bat, especially for a team that has a few LH hitters as everyday players.


10/31/2014 05:45:00 PM



(10/31/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The FSW girls just continue to be used by corporate America.

Nothing I enjoy more than mock outrage from those that hate free market capitalism. 

EDIT: An emailer chimes in that it is thinking like that that allows men to force women to wear burkas and other such attire in goofball terrorist countries.

I never looked at it that way, but it makes sense. 


10/31/2014 04:30:00 PM



(10/31/2014 04:17:00 PM) - Al

This list lost me when I saw Zach Duke higher than Pat Neshek.

Love to see the Crew pick up Lind/Pena platoon to play 1B, with the other being a power masher off the bench each day. If most pitchers were LH, Wily Mo would be in the Hall of Fame.

EDIT: Unless the Crew keeps Parra to play RF and moves Braun to 1B (and I seriously doubt it, though I was the first to mention it), they won't go after Pena, as he has never played 1B in the bigs.

EDIT: I'd love to see Gorzelanny return, as he can start or relieve, and though he probably can't go multiple days in a row, he can give you 2-3 innings.


10/31/2014 04:17:00 PM



(10/31/2014 03:50:00 PM) - Al

The Crew exercises their half of Aramis' option, will wait for his decision.

With the buyout condsidered, they really agreed to a one year, $10M deal, which makes mathematical sense.

I think it would be best for both sides if he ends up elsewhere, as he could DH 1-2 days a week. He could have a very good season, but that seems unlikely playing 150 games at 3B. 


10/31/2014 03:50:00 PM



(10/31/2014 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Once again, I cannot tell you how glad I am she's not on my side.

I'd call her a horrible human being, but I would not want to offend horrible human beings.


10/31/2014 02:28:00 PM



(10/31/2014 02:10:00 PM) - Al

We worry about the Rambling dog as the weather gets colder, as we assume it makes his joints and the like hurt more.

Last night, as I let him out at 3:24 (has slept through the night once in the last 18 months, thanks for asking), he saw the inch or so of snow on the deck, and held his paw in the air as if to wonder if he had developed the ability to float. He looked up at me disgustedly, as if to say, "You let this happen."

Because of this, it did my heart good to see him rolling in the snow where the lawn used to be, just like he often enjoys doing in the green grass during summertime. He was a shivering, scruffy pile of snow and wet when he wandered up a few minutes later, and required a toweling off before settling down into phase two of slumber, which includes whistling, drooling, and wheezing (him, not me).


10/31/2014 02:10:00 PM



(10/31/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Catcher Juan Centeno has been claimed off waivers from the Mets. The 40-man roster now stands at 40.--Brewers

Lefty OBP bat who has thrown out 37% of base stealers. Only 25 too. 



10/31/2014 01:45:00 PM



(10/31/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

There's the shoe dropping that had to happen.


10/31/2014 08:30:00 AM


Thursday, October 30, 2014

(10/30/2014 04:54:00 PM) - Al

What's that old saying...one's a lie, two's a rumor, three's the truth?


10/30/2014 04:54:00 PM



(10/30/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Al,

You had a record of 11 - 4 for week 8 giving you 84 correct for the season.  Among the 45 experts you are in a three way tie for first with Eisenberg (CBS) and Joyner (ESPN).

Jim
But, I'm officially out of the survivor contest, asterisk or not.  I didn't like that Dallas pick from the get go.

I got the Panthers tonight.


10/30/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/30/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

I did not see this, but I do agree. With two outs, that runner should almost always be sent home, because the relay man often makes an awful, not even close throw.

After watching my DVR'd Criminal Minds, I remembered the game was on, so I switched it over to check the score. They were still talking about the previous triple, but Perez was batting.


10/30/2014 01:35:00 PM



(10/30/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The quietest success story in sports.

Meanwhile, this is what happens when you have a city that does not step up to get a place to play built. Milwaukee should take note, as Bud Selig and Tommy Thompson are not walking through that door to save your sorry selves.

Beckham should look to Sacramento, Minneapolis, or San Antonio. All are ready to go and arguably better places anyway.


10/30/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/30/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Biggest surprise when I voted...no way to vote one party, that I could find, at least.

No problem for me, of course, as I'll crawl over broken glass to vote R. The elderly or others might give up and just vote for governor and go home.


10/30/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/30/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

They hate what the country was built on.

Despise it.


10/30/2014 11:00:00 AM


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(10/29/2014 09:35:00 PM) - Al

It's all about the kids.


10/29/2014 09:35:00 PM



(10/29/2014 06:12:00 PM) - Al

I don't know if this is true or not...but it is 1000x'x more true than those pretend "Walker is about to be indicted" lies they resort to when they know his fiscal responsibility is working.


10/29/2014 06:12:00 PM



(10/29/2014 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Cubs plan to hire Maddon.


10/29/2014 05:53:00 PM



(10/29/2014 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Anyone else ever noticed how much the Waltons mom looks like the Little House mom?

They could be the same gal.


10/29/2014 05:18:00 PM



(10/29/2014 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Voted today at the village hall. No ID needed.

Picked up medication for the Rambling dog. "Can we see your ID, sir?"

Friends, we are in the best of hands.


10/29/2014 04:31:00 PM



(10/29/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I thought Obama killed bin Laden.


10/29/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/29/2014 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Reports claim the Cubs' job is Joe Maddon's if he wants it. Will decide by the end of the week.

They are a year away, but they are set up perfectly for a 4-5 year run of success.


10/29/2014 02:35:00 PM



(10/29/2014 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Why do they oppose voter ID?

Because they want to cheat. And they will.


10/29/2014 02:13:00 PM



(10/29/2014 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Let's hope that one was an outlier.




10/29/2014 01:55:00 PM



(10/29/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Good poll results, but the only one that matters is a week from today.


10/29/2014 01:43:00 PM



(10/29/2014 01:18:00 PM) - Al

How many platinum benefit packages does it take to make math more difficult than it is?


10/29/2014 01:18:00 PM



(10/29/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The local paper endorses Walker despite being raging libs who love Common Core (never saw anyone admit this before), Medicaid expansion (which would leave the sate with a huge yearly bill either now/later...or both, and against voter ID.

That might be the most blatant "Burke is not qualified" between the lines piece I've seen. 




10/29/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The question is, is we is or is we ain't gonna vote.--Gwen Moore

She's a moron, and in that district, Jesus Christ would only get 30% of the vote if he ran against her.


10/29/2014 10:00:00 AM



(10/29/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


10/29/2014 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

(10/28/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

You think he would be intelligent enough to set up a campaign event or three with "safe" candidates in far left states. As is, he is just setting himself up for ridicule.


10/28/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/28/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Pay your bills and shut the hell up.

These people that feel sympathy for someone who simply doesn't care enough to write a check (or file bankruptcy) are part of the problem.


10/28/2014 02:00:00 PM



(10/28/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, everything has been cut to the bone. There's no waste at all.

None.


10/28/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/28/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

What a freaking idiot.


10/28/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/28/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The left despises capitalism, so they try and defeat it through heavy regulations and laws designed to make it not work as well as it should.

I keep thinking that "wave" is coming, but with half the public receiving a check every month, and the other half having to work harder to support them, and out of touch because of it, I have my doubts.

I said sadly. 


10/28/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/28/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The Bucks look like they were severely understaffed under Kohl just like the Crew under Selig.


10/28/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/28/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

What's just guy talking about? We don't need facts...just the panic of the fiscally irresponsible to keep us from wondering why they're spending so damn much money.


10/28/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, October 27, 2014

(10/27/2014 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Notes from the Badgers' buckets scrimmage.

Stone showing up at a glorified practice says he has Wisconsin in his top two.


10/27/2014 09:57:00 PM



(10/27/2014 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Crew picks up 3B on waivers. Good pop, will soon be 27, so not a very high ceiling. That said, with 3B as weak as it is overall, nice guy to give a look to.


10/27/2014 09:43:00 PM



(10/27/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Why would anyone not be in favor of quarantine? Hi, I have ebola, do you mind if I come in and use your bathroom?

Are there really 6% of the public stupid enough to not slam the door? Or, does 6% not know what quarantine means?


10/27/2014 09:00:00 PM



(10/27/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Yes, the minimum wage kills job. Yes, raising it kills more.

Bookmark it for the next time some politician lies and says it will not. Of course it will, it's just math.

Show me someone willing to argue against math, and I'll show you a liberal politician that does not understand economics. I'm glad they're not on my side.


10/27/2014 04:25:00 PM



(10/27/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

So, why did Obama hire a lawyer to be the ebola czar?

Well, we all know...it's all politics, and rewarding those who have not questioned his decision making on, well, anything not related to his golf swing.

And why is Gowdy the only man enough to point this out?


10/27/2014 04:19:00 PM



(10/27/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.


10/27/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/27/2014 12:11:00 PM) - Al

The saddest thing? Davis is probably more qualified than Burke.



10/27/2014 12:11:00 PM



(10/27/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Even liberal New York City can't argue with the success of charter schools.

They work because they limit the crap most schools have...including not putting kids first.


10/27/2014 11:30:00 AM



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

Know what? These herbs were around when life expectancy was 30-40.

Anti medicine folks make me shake my head. They refuse to admit we live longer than ever before because of advances in health care and most importantly, in drug research. You can curse all you want how evil those pharmaceutical companies are, just make sure you continue to swear as you're living a dozen years longer on average than 2-3 generations ago. 


10/27/2014 10:00:00 AM



(10/27/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

If your party insists on rewriting history, it probably means its past is full of KKK members and a bunch of dudes that did not support the civil rights of blacks.

Yep.




10/27/2014 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, October 26, 2014

(10/26/2014 10:16:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure many folks are scoffing at Rodgers' being injured as he probably has a mild hamstring strain. They do not understand how hard it is to do stuff while in pain...the body subconsciously does what it can to avoid the pain...Ryan Braun's example of touching a hot stove is a good one...no matter how hard you try, you can't keep your hand there.

In Rodgers' case, he's been playing on one leg...mighty tough to move in the pocket and make accurate passes that way. He's been throwing the ball, for the most part, without taking a stride. 

Since he has not been keeping it warm, even by sitting on a hot water bottle, I would guess he probably came into the game with it "tweaked."

No one wants to hear it, but the best thing here is probably to lose the ball on downs and get him out of the game, rest over the bye week, get treatment, and return at 95% in a couple weeks. If he pushes it and pulls it more or tears it, it could be 4-6 weeks.


10/26/2014 10:16:00 PM



(10/26/2014 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Devastating loss for the Cardinals, especially since they dealt others.


10/26/2014 09:59:00 PM



(10/26/2014 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Common sense? Hillary has none, or she would not be with Bill.


10/26/2014 02:43:00 PM



(10/26/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Spent most of Friday and Saturday driving across our fine state, Eau Claire to Green Bay to Platteville and home to the Eau Claire area. My wife's mom does not drive, and she always spends a month or so with her sister, we'll take her home after Thanksgiving. 

Not only was it a beautiful ride, reminding us of God's glory and goodness, as we saw both nature and bountiful harvests. The thing I wanted to tell you about was we saw far more Walker signs, I would say 4-1. Many homemade ones in rural areas too, and not a single handwritten Burke one. It's difficult to believe this race is so tight. The car was full of one issue voters, as we are pro life and proudly so. We tend to side with the GOP on other issues as well, but we were happy to see so much support for our governor who wants to protect the most helpless, the unborn. 

Scott

I've done this before, and been chided by some for playing with the numbers, but it's 100% true.

Walker won the recall by 400K votes, or a 60-40 margin...if you remove Dane and Milwaukee counties from the total. How incredible is that? Reagan got 59% of the votes in 1984, one of the most lopsided blowouts we'll ever witness.

My point? Scott's trek took him through nearly the entire state, but avoided the liberal bastions. I tell people all the time, I talk to people every week, and I'm lucky if I meet a single Obama supporter all year...but I sure meet a ton of folks who despise him. Those that may have voted for him keep quiet about it.

Needless to say, I rarely see clients in Dane or Milwaukee. That's why the support seems overwhelming, but because of the population of those two counties, it's pretty close to a toss up.

Look, we know exactly what a Burke win will bring...we lived through eight years of Doyle. Property taxes went up annually, special interests got anything they wanted, and funneled cash back to the Dems. Walker has created more jobs in four years than Doyle did in eight. That said, the urban areas of southern WI still believe you can tax your way to prosperity, and feel by punishing the successful, you can create a utopia. They did manage to create a three billion dollar deficit, which has been replaced by a half billion dollar surplus. Reagan showed us that fiscal responsibility works, it's just basic economic principles.

It's working perfectly. That's why the ads focus on cliches and lies, full of outdated numbers. Facts simply are too painful to bring up. So, they don't. Many of us see this as a "crawl on broken glass" election...but most do not. Never forget, McCain got more votes in 2008 than Obama got in 2012. Our side just didn't show up. The disgust has turned to apathy. That is why this is a 50/50 proposition right now.


10/26/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/26/2014 12:49:00 PM) - Al

More folks voting with their feet.


10/26/2014 12:49:00 PM



(10/26/2014 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Barkley is 100% correct, and it is not just black people. Everyone is guilty of this. Many would prefer their kid be "normal" than have goals and have success at something.


10/26/2014 12:25:00 PM



(10/26/2014 12:18:00 PM) - Al

https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10153749_10152362893807007_7626947657131578451_n.jpg?oh=96d2738dd8f32e5b560541e0f955770a&oe=54AF2568


Heh.


10/26/2014 12:18:00 PM



(10/26/2014 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Never heard of sideline reporter Jenny Dell.

I need to spend more time studying.

If memory serves, she was let go by NESN when she began dating Wil Middlebrooks, and then brought back, or at least offered a contract to return.


10/26/2014 12:06:00 PM


Saturday, October 25, 2014

(10/25/2014 11:36:00 PM) - Al

Two former Brewers being considered by the Rays, as Montoyo was a farmhand in the late 80's/early 90's.


10/25/2014 11:36:00 PM



(10/25/2014 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Om my way home yesterday, I saw a pair of vehicles displaying a humble brag 26.2 sticker, which, of course, being a fat out of shape guy, caused me to chuckle and shake my head. More power to them, as I have my own sticker, as I'm pro choice on just about everything, because I'm both a libertarian and I don't give a damn.

That said, if you're going to brag about something, why haven't stickers like "my girlfriend is better looking than yours." 


10/25/2014 09:41:00 PM



(10/25/2014 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Hillary channels Marx...remember, only the government creates jobs. That why the USSR is fourishing, and the USA struggled so under that silly oaf Reagan.

The scary thing is, they actually believe it. They have not even the most basic understanding of economics.


10/25/2014 09:38:00 PM



(10/25/2014 06:31:00 PM) - Al




We're in the best of hands. I don't want them on my side. I'd rather lose without them than win with them.


10/25/2014 06:31:00 PM



(10/25/2014 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Seattle topped the LA Galaxy 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in front of 57,673 at CenturyLink Field, riding two late goals from second-half substitute Marco Pappa to the trophy-clinching victory.

Just shy of 58K fans in SEA for their home finale of the MLS season. I still say the MLS is the quietest success story in sports, and I still find it very ironic that their biggest problem is most of the soccer specific stadiums built in the past few years are simply too small, at around 18-20K. 



10/25/2014 05:33:00 PM



(10/25/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

NFL picks
Lions
Patriots
Chiefs
Vikings
Seahawks
Jets
Dolphins
Texans
Eagles
Bengals
Colts
Browns
Saints
Cowboys


10/25/2014 02:30:00 PM



(10/25/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Since my cookies saved my survivor picks each week, I had to search for "survivor" on Blogger and do the list again to see who I could use. Who would have imagined that sentence being typed twenty years ago?

I gotta take the Cowboys, even though I hate to, as they are playing a division foe/rivalry team, and coming off a huge upset win.

Survivor Grid.com says only 13% are still alive.*

*The Bengals tied when I picked them, so depending on the rules, I could be out too. Some leagues say your team must win, some say your team cannot lose. Since this is just for fun, I've kept picking.


10/25/2014 02:03:00 PM



(10/25/2014 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Last evening, my laptop simply died. I was typing, and all of a sudden, it went to a blue screen, a page of 'puter speak, and then darkness. I tried CPR (turned it off, then back on), same black screen.

The Rambling wife was at Target, so when she got home, she tried to run it in safe mode, and nothing.

I only hope when it is the Rambling dog's time, he can go as painlessly. Heck, me too.

Of course, before the obituary was even written, both the Rambling wife and son (online, as he's hours away) were angling to get the soon to be acquired, though as of yet unpurchased laptop, as though I do use mine for work, even the most basic, simple model is all I need, or desire. So, because she's older and makes more money, the Rambling wife passed off hers to me and shopped online for an hour on her tablet, finally deciding on one from Best Buy, hoping it goes on sale Sunday.


10/25/2014 01:49:00 PM



(10/25/2014 01:37:00 PM) - Al

The Illini QB's name is Riley O'Toole.

That seems like borderline child abuse.


10/25/2014 01:37:00 PM



(10/25/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son had Thursday and Friday off from school, so I met his grandma half way yesterday (I had an appointment in the area, so almost all the miles were deductible. Win, Al!) and today the Rambling wife headed over too.  The Rambling dog and I are enjoying a bachelor weekend. I set my alarm last night, and my tablet said "your alarm is set for 12 hours from now." Other than getting up to pee and, of course, to let the Rambling dog out twice (I'm telling you, he's just like having a newborn that never grows up), and telling the wife goodbye, we both awoke exactly 12 hours later when the alarm sounded (well, I woke up then, the Rambling dog woke up when the bed moved when I got up).

I quartered some onions and potatoes, and put a beef roast that looked too small for all three of us anyway on top of them in the slow cooker. We get much of our beef from the Rambling in laws, and they have their beef butchered just for them, so the packs are often a bit small for us. I opened the roast this AM, and found that not only is it kind of small, about 1/2 of the pack is made up of two huge bones that run through it. My guess is, there is about eight ounces of beef attached.

We DVR The Chew everyday and watch an episode or two many nights when the Rambling wife is home. They always talk about how terrible boneless skinless chicken breasts are (of course, other than an occasional purchase of boneless skinless thighs when they're on sale, that's the only chicken we ever buy) because the bone adds so much flavor and keeps it juicy.

I'm hoping my tiny portion is extra yummy. I'm sure glad I didn't choose that one to make roast beef sandwiches one night.  


10/25/2014 01:32:00 PM



(10/25/2014 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson looks like a sideline reporter talking to a big player.


10/25/2014 12:53:00 PM



(10/25/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Most transparent presidency ever.

They are guilty of things we haven't even dreamed about...never mind the dozens of scandals we do.

We're in the best of hands.


10/25/2014 09:30:00 AM


Friday, October 24, 2014

(10/24/2014 07:22:00 PM) - Al

An injury or two could make this team mighty average in a hurry.


10/24/2014 07:22:00 PM



(10/24/2014 07:15:00 PM) - Al

The fully realized Foxification of baseball: No action unanalyzed, no moment unspoken. It’s like watching a toilet overflow for four hours.--Norm Chad

I'd rather watch the toilet.


10/24/2014 07:15:00 PM



(10/24/2014 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Mike Hunt and Bob Wolfley have both "left" the JS in the past couple days.

I assume the newspaper industry has finally come to the realization that they will never be in again, and that there are many far better writers on the internet working for free than they are paying salary and benefits to.

Present company not included, of course. I do, however, put out far more material in a week than they do in a month.

Ramblings...quantity, not quality.  




10/24/2014 07:09:00 PM



(10/24/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son is a 12 year old hunter, and I guarantee you, even though he is proudly a geek, he could take every one of these clowns.

I'm so glad they're not on my side.


10/24/2014 07:01:00 PM



(10/24/2014 06:54:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I were all but positive the Rambling dog's last haircut would be the one he had in May. He is a shaggy mess, and as my spouse just said, "I can't believe he hasn't died."

The last year or two isn't pretty, for darn near any of us. He just spent the last twenty minutes outside sniffing the leaves that have blown in from all over. His nose is still as platinum as a government worker's taxpayer funded platinum benefits. Too bad the rest of him is just a shell of his former self.


10/24/2014 06:54:00 PM



(10/24/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Very fitting for those who ignore the facts and do not support Governor Walker.

Heck, the fact he's done this as the USA's economy falls apart is proof of how well fiscal responsibility and conservative principles work. 


10/24/2014 05:21:00 PM



(10/24/2014 05:13:00 PM) - Al

With the move to analyticals from "the old ways," we'll probably see GM's receive more pay, and see managers stay level.

Good GM's build franchises. Good managers win when they have good teams, and lose when they don't.

A bit surprised to see Maddon leave TB...he had a great thing going there...if he won, he was God, if he didn't, well, it was TB. He likely knows full well Freidman deserved most all the credit. 


10/24/2014 05:13:00 PM



(10/24/2014 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Governor Walker said it a few years ago...we all know they have to get 50.5% of the vote, because the cheating makes up about 0.5%.

Did Al Franken win because more than 300 people voted illegally? Quite possible...remember, they "found" those votes in a file cabinet days after the election, during the time they were counting the absentee ballots.


10/24/2014 04:54:00 PM



(10/24/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al

That's because the Pentagon doesn't lie.

Remember, you can keep your health care plan, and it won't cost us a penny. Obamacare remains 100% unfunded, because of all the money they'll save from...


10/24/2014 04:50:00 PM



(10/24/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

We could only hope.


10/24/2014 12:00:00 PM



(10/24/2014 10:11:00 AM) - Al

I promise you the Brewers are one of them.

Remember, a few years ago, the Brewers tried to swing a trade to the Jays for Lind and a CF for Hardy. Add that to the fact Jason Rogers hits LHP and can handle a bench spot, Lind would be a near perfect fit.


10/24/2014 10:11:00 AM


Thursday, October 23, 2014

(10/23/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Coles would have been on the list of top ten choices, due to familiarity and reputation.

This last choice is a bit more of a wildcard, as no one knows what position they will be coaching...could be 1B, assistant hitting, or one of those "without a name" coaches.


10/23/2014 02:08:00 PM



(10/23/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Remember, violence against women is fine, as long as the victim is conservative.

I'm so glad they're not on my side. I'd rather lose elections without them than win with them.


10/23/2014 02:03:00 PM



(10/23/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

What a group of morons.


10/23/2014 01:51:00 PM



(10/23/2014 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Tough to take any defensive award seriously when they feel there are three better CF's in the NL than Gomez.

I'm not sure there are three better defensive CF's in the history of the game.


10/23/2014 01:47:00 PM



(10/23/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

It's called a "calibration error" in IL.

In WI, we call that "getting caught."


10/23/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/23/2014 01:25:00 PM) - Al

A bounce back week with a 12 - 3 record enables you to stay tied for first place among the "experts".  With an overall 73 - 33 record you are tied with Eisenberg (CBS) and Jackson(ESPN).  The key pick for week 7 was that you were 1 of only 9 out of 45 that picked Jacksonville over Cleveland.  Your picks of Detroit over New Orleans and Pittsburgh over Houston also helped.

Jim
 
Thanks Jim, appreciate it. 


10/23/2014 01:25:00 PM



(10/23/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have Denver tonight. I did not figure how I did last week, but maybe my helper will do that for me.:)


10/23/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/23/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

It is exhausting dealing with these folks.


10/23/2014 10:30:00 AM


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(10/22/2014 10:27:00 PM) - Al

I see the guy Reynolds insisted was "unhittable" gave up some runs tonight.

The cliches and overanalysis make it unwatchable. I didn't even consider straying from SVU and Criminal Minds.


10/22/2014 10:27:00 PM



(10/22/2014 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Erin A. said that a fan told her that they paid 5,000 for a ticket. Joe Buck said earlier that Selig has a committee looking into shorter game. Is there still a 5,000 ticket for a two- hour game? How about one and a half?

Casey



Some would spend $5K on a piece of pie, or a fancy meal. Guys on Wall Street get a $200K bonus and lose $50K in Atlantic City playing poker and don't even blink an eye.

{There are actually threads on 2+2 detailing such "fish" (bad players) and where they can be found.}

As I have pointed out many times, almost all of the extra time games take can be blamed on added commercial time and more pitching changes, because that's just good strategy. You can also blame a little bit on more throws to 1B and pitchers stepping off, and just standing there, waiting for the batter to back out. 30-40 years ago, they just threw over once in a while and shrugged when Henderson stole 130 bases.

Watch those classic games on MLB this winter. All the players are pudgy, and for the most part, everyone just jogs. 

It's embarrassing.


10/22/2014 10:23:00 PM



(10/22/2014 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Can't believe Brandon Belt fell for that trick by KC infield.--Tom H

Heh. The casual folks insist those are the plays winning teams do not make.

They just don't get it. Every team makes mistakes, errors, and goofs over 162. Everything is magnified in these crapshoots, but no one in the old media gets it. They don't want to believe small samples or good luck exists.


10/22/2014 08:30:00 PM



(10/22/2014 08:23:00 PM) - Al

I checked hotel rates in San Francisco and decided to sleep under cardboard box over a grate. It's still $279 a night before taxes.--Tom H

31 Motel 6's within 50 miles, $56 and up.



10/22/2014 08:23:00 PM



(10/22/2014 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Doug still knows the Rangers' organization better than most or not, but it might be time to steal a prospect.


10/22/2014 02:21:00 PM



(10/22/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al

A woman being assaulted is funny if it is a conservative.

Now if it's a liberal, well, let's investigate this matter right away.

The old media doesn't even pretend to hide its bias.


10/22/2014 01:52:00 PM



(10/22/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

This is why it's so painful to see bad teams change managers...the Twins were awful last year, especially pitching wise. Which of these three managers would have handled it best? No idea, because they still would have sucked. 


10/22/2014 01:34:00 PM



(10/22/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

That's funny, I thought it was free.


10/22/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/22/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Nothing beats a beautiful woman with a powerful weapon.

If I could, I'd make that my screensaver.


10/22/2014 12:56:00 PM



(10/22/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not about who is qualified...it's about who is a loyal soldier.

And they wonder why all their appointments end up sucking.


10/22/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, I find it hard to believe Wendy Davis is a real person.


10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

We could be the best in the country at every position.--Zak Showalter

That might be a stretch, but top five with Kaminsky and Dekker, and Jackson/Gasser/Koenig might be top five as guards too. Nigel Hayes isn't top five now, but he might be someday.


10/22/2014 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Talk about exaggerating a guy's talent...Strickland had a 2.02 ERA...in AA. The announcers have called him "unhittable" several times.

Yes, he throws hard, and yes, he's got stuff. But most AA players will never spend a day in the majors.


10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM



(10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

If James Shields wasn't named "James," what would his nickname be?--Tony W

If Tony W wasn't a moron, he might not be so awful. It's like watching a house start on fire.


10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM



(10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Walks in a run to make it 5-0. Giants ready to blow it open.--Tom H

Heh. Where I come from, 5-0 is already "blown open." I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I gotta believe teams come back from a 5 run deficit less than 5% of the time, regardless of the inning. Heck, teams only score 5 runs in a game about 1/3rd of the time, right?




10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM



(10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR has LaRoche getting 2y/$30M. I would have probably predicted 2/27-28, but I'm perennially low. 


10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM



(10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Went to Milwaukee for business training yesterday, and just returned home. Not sure what I missed, as I could not connect to the hotel wireless last night.


10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM



(10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Waste in DC?

Never would have guessed.


10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM



(10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I did not even know Tom Sowell was a racist.


10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why he doesn't campaign anymore.


10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

No one will do the math and admit fewer people are insured now than before Obamacare.

10M lost coverage, and they've signed up 4M. This ain't even difficult.


10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A woman took over my old store and every person I talked to told me how they wished I was still there. Some of that may be folks just being nice, but to a person, they all used the same two words; "bitchy" and "moody."


10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, if Joe Biden was my dad I would probably do drugs too.--Larry Correia


True that.


10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's basically just a complaint fest. It's like sitting on the financial board of a failing church...excuses, unhappiness, and blame.


10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Just coincidence, I'm sure.


10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM


Monday, October 20, 2014

(10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Proof that anyone can indeed be president.


10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

If the alternative was the truth, you'd lie too. 


10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM



(10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Greg sends in this piece about the McRib, low pork prices, and it being a kind of popular, but not that popular offering.

I understand this, but it seems to me a national marketing campaign and the fact the patties are frozen could make for a lot of sales if they promoted it as Oct-rib-tober, or something like that.


10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I might have believed him had he not said ebola would not make it to the USA a couple weeks ago.

And, had he not said he was competent before that.


10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The facts hurt.

The truth is, they need to stop pretending they have improved education one iota in the last fifty years.


10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I think it may have something to do with the deceit from those lawmakers in DC.

They lie. A lot.

Nobody has even started adding up how much Obamacare is going to cost, and don't forget, it is 100% unfunded...because the president said we could cover everyone for the same cost as just a few.

So, for those keeping track, we now have more uninsured than we did before, and the cost is somewhere between zero and infinity...the over/under is far closer to infinity.

Elections have consequences. You can't just keep spending money you do not have, no matter what Obama thinks.


10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I remember my math teacher telling me I wouldn't be able to carry a calculator around with me all the time.--Shower Thoughts

Anything more than basic algebra is a total waste of time. Maybe they could squeeze in an economics class or two. How often do you use that geometry? Calculus? How 'bout chemistry and physics?

We're in the best of hands.


10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Photoshop, but close to the truth.


10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe this hasn't worked.


10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama's ebola czar has oodles of experience dealing with the ebola virus.


10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, October 19, 2014

(10/19/2014 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Ebola czar does not take part in ebola briefing.

Tough job.


10/19/2014 08:02:00 PM



(10/19/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al

I don't pretend to be a fast food expert, but the McRib is very popular, so why does McDonald's not bring it out all over? That seems very strange, to say the least.

The other starnge thing is, it's not inexpensive either, I think it costs $3.49 around these parts. That's huge for a chain that sells a lot of $1 and $1.29 items.


10/19/2014 05:38:00 PM



(10/19/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

I always like it when the deficit gets so high, they start measuring it in other ways, like as a percentage of GNP.

It's about a trillion dollars. Reagan's last budget was less. The percentages do not matter. You're spending way too damn much money, and that's why things are going to hell.


10/19/2014 04:25:00 PM



(10/19/2014 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Triple screens on Red Zone, all three trailing teams score to take the lead.


10/19/2014 03:11:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine what would happen in a real crisis? They struggle with the pretend ones.


10/19/2014 01:43:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Been several months since the Rambling dog had his hair cut, so he's getting shaggy and "smells like dog." So, with the Rambling wife at a Packers' party at church, the Rambling son and I gave him a bath, with all the usual home remedy suspects (white vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil, aloe vera) for a dog with sensitive skin.

It seems to have been effective, other than the fact he's shivering ever since, and shot us some glares that may not have killed us, but left me feeling nauseous. The Rambling son said on several occasions "Geez, does he ever look unhappy."


10/19/2014 01:35:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:01:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if there is really anything much better than the NFL Red Zone channel. For a casual fan such as myself, it's like watching only the funny parts on SNL sketches.


10/19/2014 01:01:00 PM



(10/19/2014 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Good to see the Post being truthful.

Remember, they ain't anti war rallies, they are anti fiscal conservatism rallies. Same thing here.

What's funny is, I've had the same opinion on gay marriage my entire life...I didn't care. Still don't. I don't think government should be in the marrying business, as it is a church thing...I don't care what consenting adults do in the privacy of their home.

The Clintons, like you would expect from them, don't really believe in anything, and have changed their opinion on the subject because polls tell them to do so.


10/19/2014 12:58:00 PM



(10/19/2014 12:48:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Funny because it's true.


10/19/2014 12:48:00 PM


Saturday, October 18, 2014

(10/18/2014 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Colts
Redskins
Bears
Jags
Seahawks
Packers
Ravens
Bills
Lions
Chargers
Cowboys
Cards
Broncos
Steelers

Baltimore is my *survivor pick*, survivorgrid.com says only 21% of those who started are still alive.



*The Bengals tied last week, so depending on the rules, I am out too. I'll assume this mythical contest says "your pick cannot lose" rather than "your team must win."


10/18/2014 09:12:00 PM



(10/18/2014 06:57:00 PM) - Al

I keep trying to explain to folks why Obamacare is worse than it was before. They don't get it.

This article explains it perfectly. Too bad there are so few of them.


10/18/2014 06:57:00 PM



(10/18/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

It's simply stunning how often we hear about one of Seinfeld's sitcom gal pals.

For those that do not recall, she is the "it's me" and "the tractor story"woman.


10/18/2014 05:09:00 PM



(10/18/2014 02:22:00 PM) - Al

At Kwik Trip this AM, picking up potatoes, onions, and butter.

Onions--38 cents a pound...or a 3 pound bag for $2.69. 

What am I missing here? How stupid do you have to be to buy the bag?

By the way, I woke up at 5AM, went to the bathroom, and the Rambling dog got up too, so I let him out. I never did fall back to sleep, so I got up about 7:30 and went grocery shopping. I picked up breakfast on the way home, and then made lunch.

The Rambling wife got up about 9, and went in to nap about 1:30.

Obviously, I must wear her out.




10/18/2014 02:22:00 PM



(10/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

You know you're a dumpster fire when you won't admit who you voted for.

I'm embarrassed to be of the same species.


10/18/2014 01:51:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Bobby Jindal hits the nail on the head perfectly, describing the Obama leadership style.

Scroll down and prepare to nod your head in the affirmative.

Glenn makes it look far prettier. 100% true though.

Obama has one of these clearly over his head moments every few weeks, while W's response to 9/11 was immediate, defiant, and perfect. 


10/18/2014 12:57:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Pretty good recap for an outsider.

I'd offer Ramirez his option, which he will turn down, and then use his cash to go after a 1B upgrade, as I think Cuddyer or LaRoche (or potential nontenders/trade targets like Ike Davis or Pedro Alvarez) are safer options health wise with either similar or better projections.

One of the few to mention how spendy Parra will be for a reserve. I would also agree they will likely pursue a reliever, though it may well end up being KRod returning. Estrada will be a mighty tough decision as well, though I have to believe he has trade value at $5M.


10/18/2014 12:56:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Well done.


10/18/2014 12:20:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:18:00 PM) - Al

He should be used to it by now, it's been the same thing for six years.

I don't know why everyone else keeps messing up, as we all know Obama is incredibly intelligent and effective. We know this because he's never released his college record, and he's never had a real job in his life.


10/18/2014 12:18:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I have to giggle when they're surprised the government is ineffective. They have no skin in the game, and their only goal is to work less and get paid more. Add it up.


10/18/2014 12:07:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:01:00 PM) - Al

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. –William JH Boetcker

Heh. That pretty much means the entire liberal platform is whack.

Which it is.

I got an email a couple days ago from a nice gent who asked, simply, why Walker is not further ahead in the polls, as the state is succeeding like gangbusters in the last four years...taxes are down (after rising every single year under Doyle), unemployment is down, spending is down, our deficit has been eliminated, our rainy day fund is growing, and we have a surplus.

I will tell you just what I told him...WI is a "swing state," but it leans left. Many folks are independents that lean left. Walker is doing just what he said he would, and has proven fiscal conservatism works, in case some have forgotten Reagan and his record. Know what? Some folks love high taxes, especially those who do not pay any. Some love irresponsible spending, especially those who get a check every month paid for by the labor of others. Also, there is probably some fatigue by voters on the right, as it seems like we just elected Walker twice (because we did). Add all that up, you have close to a 50/50 split. Sadly.


10/18/2014 12:01:00 PM



(10/18/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

How whiskey is outselling vodka.

Look at how much costs $30+ a bottle. Goodness. Those yuppies got plenty of cash. 



10/18/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/18/2014 11:29:00 AM) - Al

2015 Marcels are out.

For those unfamiliar, the Marcels tend to be career numbers with park and age adjustments. They usually move young players up a bit, and knock down older ones. It does not forecast breakout campaigns or "corrections" at all. Despite being almost 100% math, it has proven to be almost as accurate as the other commonly utilized forecasts.

I took a quick glace at the Crew and possible 1B targets, and the guy who jumped out at me was Mike Cuddyer, far higher than even Adam LaRoche.


10/18/2014 11:29:00 AM



(10/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Probably playing golf.

It'd be a great sitcom if it wasn't real.


10/18/2014 09:00:00 AM


Friday, October 17, 2014

(10/17/2014 09:20:00 PM) - Al

It's all just Monopoly money for these guys. This is the best representation I've seen.

What's odd is, despite this, players still chase the money and take an extra couple mil.


10/17/2014 09:20:00 PM



(10/17/2014 09:16:00 PM) - Al

Neshek might well turn his fluke season into a three year deal.

Motte and Masterson will be very nice reclamation projects, especially Justin, whose troubles can likely be traced back to injury and BAbip troubles.

I might be the only one, but I'd love to have AJ as my backup catcher if someone is willing to deal for Maldonado and value him as a slightly below average starter, which he is in my book (with the potential to be better).


10/17/2014 09:16:00 PM



(10/17/2014 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Rob Wooten tweets out he will take part in the MLB all star tour of Japan.

No offense to Rob, but I take it not a lot of players want to do the trip.



10/17/2014 04:49:00 PM



(10/17/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

We really need to find a topic that the administration has dealt with properly.

Just one.


10/17/2014 04:30:00 PM



(10/17/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm all for contrarian beliefs, but this is just stupid.




10/17/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/17/2014 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Daddy got him in the Navy, and he lasted an entire month before begging his way out by snorting cocaine.

We're in the best of hands.


10/17/2014 02:12:00 PM



(10/17/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

So Biden's son was given the boot from the Navy after one month and we find out 16 months later? Great job, media.--JammieWF 

If this was W's or Cheney's kid, it would have led the news for six months.

They don't even pretend to be unbiased. It is simply astounding.

And by the way, at least if Joe was on coke, he'd have an excuse for being so damn stupid all the time.

Well, it had to be said.


10/17/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/17/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


10/17/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/17/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember, polar bears will soon be extinct. Because of climate change, you know.


10/17/2014 12:00:00 PM



(10/17/2014 11:06:00 AM) - Al

I find this amusing because the NFL doesn't even dress many starters some games during the preseason. It's like these people think they are robots out there.



10/17/2014 11:06:00 AM



(10/17/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Beam me up, Scotty.

This may be the stupidest thing I have ever read.


10/17/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/17/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The last sentence is key...women have always been far tougher on other women than men.

I always find it funny that they are only pro choice when it comes to abortion...everything else, you better damn well agree, or they'll call you every name in the book.


10/17/2014 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, October 16, 2014

(10/16/2014 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Bill Simmons is pretty much a fiction writer, but this will continue to be discussed until Milwaukee gets its act together.


10/16/2014 04:45:00 PM



(10/16/2014 04:13:00 PM) - Al

You just can't make up this stuff.

Hypocrites one and all.


10/16/2014 04:13:00 PM



(10/16/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I have the Patriots tonight, FYI.


10/16/2014 04:00:00 PM



(10/16/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

Of course, he knows better than the free market.

So did Marx.


10/16/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/16/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Charlie Crist should have just debated himself, as he's been on both sides of every political issue, in many cases, at the same time.

I'd say he doesn't stand for anything, but I wouldn't want to offend politicians that don't stand for anything.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to rewrite history.

I know, I know...who could have saw this ISIS thing coming...oh yeah, seven years ago


10/16/2014 02:30:00 PM



(10/16/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The solution is simple...don't go to college.

The fact these hypocrites fail to see that as an option makes me glad they're not on my side. The ignorance is appalling.


10/16/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/16/2014 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez's numbers as for returning to Milwaukee.


10/16/2014 12:50:00 PM



(10/16/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, many of the left still use the incorrect term, and wonder why anyone would not believe in global warming.

Um, because we've been in a cooling trend for forty freaking years.

As Dennis Miller says, "How does it being hotter make it colder?"

It doesn't. and lest we forget, not a single hurricane has caused significant damage in about a decade.

This is why they always say the problem is going to occur "in a few years." Because when they're wrong, they look like idiots, and no one knows what excuses to make...so they double down on the lies.

After a while, the rubes see the sky is not falling.


10/16/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/16/2014 12:21:00 PM) - Al

I think we should just make him king.

One has to wonder if he has ever made a single decision that did not turn out incorrect. He should start doing the George Constanza opposite thing.


10/16/2014 12:21:00 PM



(10/16/2014 12:10:00 PM) - Al

I recall reading message boards that insisted Mike Fiers should be dropped from the 40 man last offseason.

He was very solid in 2012, and very good in 2014. He did have a poor 2013, but that was made far worse due to injury and his mom's illness, and eventual death.

Never dismiss personal reasons from performance. Fiers is still under team control for four more years. Those guys have to be handled with care.


10/16/2014 12:10:00 PM



(10/16/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd just like to point out Jewel is 41.

Years old.


10/16/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/16/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Deadspin has never impressed me, as they always seem to be making a mountain out of a mole hill. It's a perfect example of a "sky is falling" web site, as they have to fool readers into visiting every day.

Am I surprised they seem to have a political agenda? No. Have you ever noticed how the left goes on and on about a pretend crisis like climate change, and ignores the economy? Same basic idea.


10/16/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/16/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

What's funny is, Obama has spent money foolishly and far too much...except on national security and protecting our citizens.

That's a n awful funny place to suddenly get tight.


10/16/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/16/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama Downplaying Outbreak Threat.--Rand Paul

I don't think Obama could spell downplay in you spotted him the d and the p. A week or so ago, he said it was unlikely to ever make it here, and now that it has, he institutes the travel ban many suggested weeks ago that he scoffed at then.

We're in the very best of hands.


10/16/2014 08:30:00 AM


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(10/15/2014 11:22:00 PM) - Al

I have a better idea...Matt Adams isn't a very good 1B.

Forest for the trees. 

The bat plays. There are dozens of plus defensive 1B in the minors. They aren't going to replace him either.


10/15/2014 11:22:00 PM



(10/15/2014 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Instapundit retweeted one of my tweets. While I'm sure a few of his 35K followers will add me as a result, I wonder why I had to pick that tweet to misspell a word.

Pooh.


10/15/2014 11:19:00 PM



(10/15/2014 10:07:00 PM) - Al

I'm surprised HBO has beaten ESPN to the punch on this. ESPN is reimbursed at over $5 a month from cable/satellite, but making themselves available to stream for $8-10 a month would make millions cut the cord.

The silent, unasked question on this is can the nation's internet infrastructure handle this? At night, many times Netflix alone takes up 60-70% of the broadband being used, never mind the millions online surfing the web. Add in ESPN and HBO, many areas would have constant slow downs and outages.

I would imagine it is tougher to stream live than it is regular programming, as no sports, not even UFC or boxing have utilized it yet. 


10/15/2014 10:07:00 PM



(10/15/2014 10:00:00 PM) - Al

And one more thing the Royals will do...while some of us say (I would say correctly) that mortgaging the future for a wildcard spot is just mathematically incorrect...you can just see teams in the future making moves in July and August to add a win or two to get to 85-87 wins. Trading not just velocity and toolsy guys but actual top prospects.

Why?

"Look at the Royals."


10/15/2014 10:00:00 PM



(10/15/2014 08:56:00 PM) - Al

The old media likes to insist "randomness" does not exist.

162 games is plenty to prove who is better. Let's not pretend 5 or 7 does. That is actually what makes it far more fun. If the world Series was only a single game, it'd get far higher ratings.


10/15/2014 08:56:00 PM



(10/15/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

I get criticized all the time. I'm 'the dumbest manager in baseball. I'm OK with that. I know who I am.--Ned Yost

Ned has proven one thing...he can sure develop young talent. He's done that for a pair of teams now, and not worried about if his teams won 75 instead of 77 games while the kids got their feet wet.

To be honest, he probably shows how silly all the strategic talk is. The irony is, all the old media types were saying how much smarter Showalter was, and it simply does not matter...in a four game series, it's a roll of the dice...who is hot, who is healthy, and so on. A ground ball through the hole, a blooper that falls in, a nice play on defense...that's three games. Before you know it, the series is over.

If anything, it sure seems like the teams that have won in the postseason have effective bullpens, but there is not much more inconsistent in the sport than a reliever's year to year, even month to month effectiveness. If anything, I'd say it's a sign that reliever depth is vital...or, even better, relievers getting hot the right time, or having 3-4 top guys at the back end...add all that up, it's good to have a plethora of great arms, as whether it's because SP's get tired, or there is extra scouting that makes them less effective, it's hard to find winning clubs that don't have that. 

Will this lead to overpaying of relievers? Possibly. It may well also lead to something I've suggested for years...looking at hard throwing young SP's as middle relievers. Even the intelligent Rays' organization seemed to ignore what Wade Davis could do, and concentrated on what he could not.


10/15/2014 08:36:00 PM



(10/15/2014 07:43:00 PM) - Al

I recognized her immediately as the love interest/maid in Down and Out in Beverly Hills.


10/15/2014 07:43:00 PM



(10/15/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Classic lefty politics...make friends with your enemies, and soon, you will only have friends!

And then we will all sing a folk song, hold hands, eat something that didn't have parents, and live happily ever after.


10/15/2014 04:30:00 PM



(10/15/2014 04:15:00 PM) - Al

How do you know he's lying?

His lips were moving.

Hey, I didn't vote for him. Heck with this looking for lies, I'm still trying to find an occasion in which he told the truth.


10/15/2014 04:15:00 PM



(10/15/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers are a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten.

I get it, a Final Four and all but one rotation player back, but let's not forget, they finished tied for 2nd last season, and needless to say, they will be in the cross hairs of every team.


10/15/2014 03:55:00 PM



(10/15/2014 03:26:00 PM) - Al

The one thing I wonder as I see the constant complaining of how often they are bunting in the playoffs on Twitter...I have to wonder if the fans are a few years behind, as with offense down so much this season, bunting probably makes a lot more sense than it has in the past.

I also get the feeling that for the next year or two the old media will be overemphasizing defense, as the Royals and Orioles rank 1/2 in UZR. Of course, 3/4/5 is the Red Sox, Reds, and Braves; so let's not pretend defense is suddenly all that matters. The Dodgers, Tigers, Pirates, and Nationals all made the playoffs with bottom ten defenses...you can outhit and out pitch your poor defense.




10/15/2014 03:26:00 PM



(10/15/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al



10/15/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/15/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Once again, the entire world should be apologizing to W, and admitting, he was 100% right, the old media and the anti war crowd was 100% wrong, and we now know what happens when you have an incredibly weak leader without a plan in office.

W won Iraq, and Obama lost it...because he was too busy playing politics to give a damn about defending our country.


10/15/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/15/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what happens when he's caught telling the truth.

And yes, he should be ashamed of himself. The debt he is burdening the Rambling son's generation with is hellish and unacceptable. And, the sad truth is, most of it is being laundered to Democrat bed partners, and accomplishes nothing.


10/15/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/15/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Why should we? Why pay a marriage tax/penalty?

Once again, those hidden taxes the left keeps sneaking in has changed the nation in a negative manner.


10/15/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/15/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Yes, they did find chemical weapons in Iraq. Many of them were transported to the mountains of Canada for safekeeping.

It is astounding what happens when the old media doesn't report what actually happens...the truth gets confused.


10/15/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/15/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

Romney must wake up everyday and think, "At least I would not have been this bad."


10/15/2014 07:30:00 AM


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(10/14/2014 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Badgers buckets pick up a verbal commit, a bit of an under the radar 4 from MD.

Better link.


10/14/2014 10:03:00 PM



(10/14/2014 07:46:00 PM) - Al

The Greinke trade helped both teams.

The irony is, Doug dealt from strength...neither Cain nor Escobar would be starters now for the Crew (though one could argue Alcides would play over Segura half the time). 


10/14/2014 07:46:00 PM



(10/14/2014 07:39:00 PM) - Al

If you're snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.--Google Facts

According to my wife, I have not had a dream in twenty years.


10/14/2014 07:39:00 PM



(10/14/2014 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Heh. If only he would have kept a spiral notebook of his failures so he wouldn't be surprised when someone points out.

Hypocrisy at its finest. I'm not sure how he sleeps at night. He has taken a free, peaceful ally and turned it into a terrorist hotbed, where thousands of Iraqis have been killed.

Never underestimate the impact of a complete lack of leadership.


10/14/2014 05:26:00 PM



(10/14/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, who else's fault is it?

Maybe that telling terrorists when you're leaving was a wee bit shortsighted...



10/14/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/14/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I am shocked...shocked;  that adding more levels of liberals to the bureaucracy already in place has not solved every problem in its entirety and created a socialist utopia.


10/14/2014 02:30:00 PM



(10/14/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Why do I think this will work?

Because I'm a contrarian. And I know that, for the most part, what people feel is stupid is actually several steps ahead of the game. I've worked in a pair of businesses, retail and sales, in which I have had employers that did not enforce "time on the job" (the retailer in which I began my career had many store directors working 30 hour weeks much of the year).

Most people are stuck in the days of old, and are unable to separate menial, unimportant tasks

*cough*
$15 an hour minimum wage goofballs
*cough*

from the people who design video games and banking software; folks who are creative and ahead of the curve. And, to be blunt, most people value working hard instead of working smart; especially the older generations. They would proudly cut firewood all day with a dull saw than take a half hour to sharpen it and get done in a fraction of the time. Why? Because they did an honest day's work for a day's pay, and the early bird got the worm, and a dozen other cliches.

You don't see the CEO of Wal Mart mopping the floors or stocking shelves...but you often see the guy who runs the pretzel stand at the mall making the dough and running the register. He may work "harder," but you can bet your last dollar that he's never going to have a hundred stores either. Years ago, the Rambling father in law expanded his milking herd about four fold. He worked a lot more hours back when he had less cattle...but most of those hours were spent doing what any high school or college kid can do.




10/14/2014 01:52:00 PM



(10/14/2014 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Jackson does not receive a single vote, despite being the point guard of a Final Four team, and playing 35 minutes most nights.


10/14/2014 01:26:00 PM



(10/14/2014 01:13:00 PM) - Al

If no one shopped on Thanksgivng, the stores would not open.

It's up to the public, and the public has spoken.


10/14/2014 01:13:00 PM



(10/14/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Friedman to the Dodgers. Like the Cubs, it's a combo of smarts and money now.


10/14/2014 01:04:00 PM



(10/14/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The official airline of the Obama administration.


10/14/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/14/2014 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Finally stating the obvious, General Wesley Clark now recommends U.S. "boots on the ground" to protect Baghdad Airport. Obama has no choice.--Larry Edens

Years too late, as usual. Obama has singlehandedly given Iraq back to the terrorists.

Doing a fine job, Barry. Go play some golf.




10/14/2014 12:58:00 PM



(10/14/2014 12:54:00 PM) - Al

He's a joke. Why the old media keeps giving him air time is beyond me.


10/14/2014 12:54:00 PM



(10/14/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Rules? They only apply to conservatives!

Remember that SNL skit ages ago when Eddie Murphy wore make up and played "Mr. White"...and was shocked whenever there were no balck people around, all the white people just gave each other stuff...no payment required.

I get the feeling that as soon as I pay for my gas at Kwik Trip, the next guy in line plunks down his credit card, and the guy behind the counter says, "What are ya doing? There's none of them Publicans here."


10/14/2014 11:00:00 AM


Monday, October 13, 2014

(10/13/2014 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Six years ago, during a recession, 39.2 million Americans lived in poverty. Today, 47.3 million do. The left calls this “recovery.”--Ken Gardner

If W was president, it would be the weakest economy since '29.


10/13/2014 05:19:00 PM



(10/13/2014 05:14:00 PM) - Al

So far, so good.

That said, it probably would not terribly painful anyway, as he's had a couple weeks of rest.


10/13/2014 05:14:00 PM



(10/13/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Maybe they should move further left.

Make fun of Fox all you want, all the others split the lefties.


10/13/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/13/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

They are two of the most racist people in the USA, and neither has a single skill except showing up and the old media is stupid enough to give them free airtime.


10/13/2014 02:00:00 PM



(10/13/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Pres Obama now at Ft Belvoir for a round of golf. By my count, this is his 200th round of golf as President.--Mark Knoller

And we wonder why he's clueless on terrorism and ebola.

EDIT: FYI, W played 23 rounds in 8 years.

And the truth is, if his presidency wasn't a Carter like disaster, no one would care. But, when it's one scandal after another and matching the debt of the first 232 years, expect to be criticized when you're out accomplishing nothing.


10/13/2014 02:00:00 PM



(10/13/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I hope to never see an elderly disabled pregnant child.


10/13/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/13/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Most downloaded recipe on Food Network last week.

Yes, that is four sticks of butter and a pound of bacon. But, it's all McDonald's fault that we're fat.


10/13/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/13/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

No one with any intelligence at all would depend on an air attack...they simply do not work without boots on the ground holding that position.

Dropping bombs and expecting to defeat terror is akin to preventing forest fires by cutting down all the trees.


10/13/2014 07:30:00 AM


Sunday, October 12, 2014

(10/12/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

So strange to hear Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon...that's the same tendon that has caused the Rambling dog trouble over the years, and probably is the main problem behind his arthritis today.




10/12/2014 10:08:00 PM



(10/12/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Imagine that.

I don't know what they're worried about...Obama said ebola won't make it here...and that ISIS is a JV terror squad...that's not Islamic (and yes, that is what the first I is for, Barry).

Once again, this administration is too busy fund raising and golfing to, you know, do stuff.

If 9/11 had hit during the Obama years, the only response would have been to raise taxes and explain they're not going to be pressured into a response. And for Michelle to continue pushing a high carb, low protein diet against the better judgement of every single food plan in the past thirty years.


10/12/2014 09:18:00 PM



(10/12/2014 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Oh to be overweight and as heavy as Chandler Parsons.

Calling out a player in the media is never the correct response. It's hard to believe it still happens, especially when one considers the players make 5-10 times more.


10/12/2014 08:01:00 PM



(10/12/2014 07:04:00 PM) - Al

I have to giggle about this...Dave Stewart, who has been unsuccessful at everything he has done in baseball except pitch (when he was a drug addict) picking a former utility player to manage a team that's not even close to contending, and whose entire roster is made up of scrappy, gritty players.

The odd thing about ARI is they've never seemed to acknowledge the fact they play in a hitter's paradise. The Rockies have done many studies and made changes (humidor, avoided pitchers with a big breaking ball), but have not had a bit of success since they stopped building like a slow pitch softball team.

I think it was Doug who said you don't win with pitching in an offensive environment.


10/12/2014 07:04:00 PM



(10/12/2014 06:41:00 PM) - Al

I pondered picking a pair of upsets this week, but ended up going with the favorite in each.

One was the Cowboys.

The other...the Bucs.

I came very close to the pick of the year, as well as the worst pick of the year.


10/12/2014 06:41:00 PM



(10/12/2014 04:01:00 PM) - Al

No, I do not know what happens if my "survivor" pick ends up in a tie game.

EDIT: #1 answer on Yahoo Answers:

Some pools you are out with a tie "win to advance".
Some pools you stay in with a tie "one loss you are out" 


Since this is a fictional survivor pool, with no official rules, I guess I will continue to pick them, but put an asterisk next to it each week.

If I were to make such a pool in real life, I think I'd count it as a "no game" and make the person pick a pair of games the following week. 


10/12/2014 04:01:00 PM



(10/12/2014 01:39:00 PM) - Al

I don't know what Glenn's talking about, Obama told us ebola won't get here anyway.


10/12/2014 01:39:00 PM


Saturday, October 11, 2014

(10/11/2014 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Broncos
Steelers
Titans
Dolphins
Vikings
Bengals
Patriots
Ravens
Chargers
Falcons
Seahawks
Cards
Eagles
49ers


10/11/2014 09:35:00 PM



(10/11/2014 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Very true.

For eight years, it was fun for the left to joke about W's death. Now, if someone mentions the fact that Obama is indeed mortal, you get audited and called a racist.


10/11/2014 07:04:00 PM



(10/11/2014 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another school embarrassing themselves.

Simply put, they are power hungry fools who have no idea how to handle the most minute of problems.


10/11/2014 01:25:00 PM



(10/11/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember how I said the Dems look at the taxpayer as an open wallet?

Sadly, I wasn't even kidding.


10/11/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/11/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

It's difficult to believe this is a real ad...it does not get much lower than to make fun of a disabled man and calling him a bad man for...doing his job.


10/11/2014 08:00:00 AM


Friday, October 10, 2014

(10/10/2014 10:16:00 PM) - Al

Beyond thrilled to be there, so much so she does not know the guy's name, nor his correct bio.

Calling it in, two years to go.

Thanks for showing up Maude...um, I mean Michelle.


10/10/2014 10:16:00 PM



(10/10/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

I realize I'm not a target voter, but when your entire campaign is just one lie after another, who exactly is their target voter.


10/10/2014 07:19:00 PM



(10/10/2014 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Oops.

They had one job!


10/10/2014 05:53:00 PM



(10/10/2014 05:43:00 PM) - Al

My goodness. They don't even pretend to show their favorites.

Let's go over this...Molina gets fined $5K for pushing an umpire, and Gomez was suspended for three games for getting yelled at.

That seems about right.


10/10/2014 05:43:00 PM



(10/10/2014 05:13:00 PM) - Al

They cause all these fictional problems, but when you ask why we have record longevity (life insurance is cheaper today than it's ever been), silence is the only reply.


10/10/2014 05:13:00 PM



(10/10/2014 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Adam files a report with quotes from Doug. Between the lines, Iorg was probably let go due to his inability to work with Segura and Scooter...or the fact they did not like him. Counsell will assist in bringing in candidates, and it sounds like they will join the trend of two hitting coaches (no word if Shelby will be considered), as Guerrero is expected to be 1B coach and infield coach, as was Iorg.

Again, looking at what was said, Doug acts as if they want a younger, excitable guy(s) to replace Narron. Seemed to admit most players don't really listen to hitting coaches at this level...why would they?


10/10/2014 04:42:00 PM



(10/10/2014 04:32:00 PM) - Al

The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.--Audrey Hepburn

I know some people that go out of their way to be grumpy...they blame their job, their spouse, or everything except themselves.

Stay away from them, they just drag everyone down.


10/10/2014 04:32:00 PM



(10/10/2014 04:27:00 PM) - Al

This explains why the Ramblings reality TV show never got off the ground.

And to think, the network executives said "no one wants to watch a fat guy watch TV."


10/10/2014 04:27:00 PM



(10/10/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al

And with that, one of the Narrons and Iorg will not return.

I believe this opens up Narron to be Josh Hamilton's "don't drink that" partner again.

Seriously, decisions like this are often made for PR reasons, or to bring in a minor league guy...or even a buddy of the manager's. I would assume Mike Guerrero or John Shelby might move up and the new fellas will replace them. Good luck to them.


10/10/2014 03:42:00 PM



(10/10/2014 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Mark A., D. Melvin and RR met for 8 hrs Wednesday at an L.A. restaurant, then touched base again Thursday and today to finalize staff decisions.--Adam M, MLB.com

That would certainly seem to indicate that Roenicke will return, at least one coache will not, and that the waitstaff received a very large gratuity.


10/10/2014 03:36:00 PM



(10/10/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Over 14.5 years ago, we brought the happy, curious little Rambling dog home (it was estimated he was 4). About 12 years ago, the Rambling son joined the household. That's a long time, and we've been very fortunate. Heck, I'm sure lots of people have met someone, married someone, and got divorced in that time frame.

That's quite a long time. Two or three times in the past couple months, the Rambling wife and I have spoken, albeit briefly and unofficially, about "end of life" issues (I probably should mention this involves the Rambling dog, not the Rambling son. FYI.) . His pain medication is causing problems with his liver, which is what pain medication does, of course. As we try others, he just does not act like himself. I'm not certain he's "happy" anymore, except, of course, when he's eating. He is very hesitant to do most anything athletic...he refuses to even try to jump up on a chair or sofa, meaning he is probably either in pain or thinks that will cause pain. The irony is, his "bed' is an old easy chair in our bedroom...I put him up on it when I go to bed, and if I hear him jump down, I know he either wants to go out or he wants a drink. Regardless, I get up and either let him out or put him back up on his bed.

In the morning, the Rambling wife lets him out when she gets up (often having to wake him up, which never happened until about six months ago) and then puts him in bed with me. He kicks around the comforter grumpily, walks around in a circle as he has done for 176 months now, and plops himself down, usually accompanied by a loud sigh and exhausted exhale. Many days, when the Rambling wife gets home, she'll go in to change and comment "Gee, I wonder where Ronnie laid down," as the imprint has remained deeply imbedded all day. Even on days I get up shortly thereafter (this morning I had online training and testing to complete, so I got up about 8:15), he does not notice (or in some cases, care). I got done this AM about 11...he strolled out looking exhausted about 11:30. And while he still loves us with all his heart, you can see the mental capacities slipping as well. He's not "all there," and again, we wonder what he's thinking. As I watch him sniff around when he's outside (I've mentioned this before, but his nose is still platinum. He can find a treat thrown to him in the dark in seconds.), I do wonder how winter will bother him, after all, if you have achy joints when it's warm, the cold is bound to make it worse, as it does for many of my clients.

When he joined our household, it was impossible to even imagine a day when we'd be talking about such things. Back when we bought a condo in the Twin Cities, one of the Rambling wife's sisters was going to college there. One of her friends came over with her to our house and said, "Wow. Buying a house. It's like you're...all grown up." I kind of shook my head, as I was 30+ and had considered myself "all grown up" for a decade or more. But, to this young woman, who was probably 21-22, it was a huge step.

This is actually quite similar. When you are growing up, or even when you bring a young dog home, you think of people making decisions like this, as older and wiser. In reality, they are, like us...just older. 

Have a good weekend friends.





10/10/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/10/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I promise you that not only has McCain forgotten more about this than anyone in the administration understands, but that Obama giggles and says, "Kurds, that's a funny word," every time it comes up in between fundraisers, 18, and answering softball questions on 60 Minutes.


10/10/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/10/2014 02:12:00 PM) - Al

My Twitter feed informs me some colleges have "fall break" this weekend...many have Monday off (well, it is Columbus Day!) and some took either today or Tuesday off as well.

Many students are using this as an opportunity to study (ha ha, knew I couldn't say it with a straight face) go home, as if you decided on a school more than a couple hours away, it's tough to get home and return on a normal two day weekend.

I must admit though, I can think of no one who "needs a break" more than the average college student taking a dozen credits and living the lifestyle that many of us would need to go to "life fantasy camp" to partake in. 


10/10/2014 02:12:00 PM



(10/10/2014 02:09:00 PM) - Al

It just occurred to me I have not watched Netflix in ages.

{I looked it up, and in between the Rambling son's nonstop watching of animation and Mythbusters, the last thing I watched was Three Men and a Baby on 8/15.}

I added cable channels for the weekend a couple times in August, which only came with the package which basically gave us every channel, so I DVR'd a ton of movies, and still have not caught up.

Truly, first world pains.


10/10/2014 02:09:00 PM



(10/10/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I would liken this to being thankful your wife is just stupid, and not a child molester.




10/10/2014 02:00:00 PM



(10/10/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al

And yes, i do love the fact that I support the "hot babe" party.


10/10/2014 01:52:00 PM



(10/10/2014 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Hopefully, this will bring with it NBA teams each having a minor league team in the NBDL, and a way to send a player down to get playing time and to develop without it counting against your NBA roster limit (or expanding the roster to 18-20).

Oh, and by the way, the NBA is so flush with cash right now, it's almost unbearable. Seeing the free market on display like that, it's literally a liberal's worst nightmare.


10/10/2014 01:25:00 PM



(10/10/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

LA looks like it will have a NFL team as soon as next year, and two teams (Raiders and Rams) might end up fighting over the city. If your city wants a team, now would be a good time to be pitching a temporary and permanent home to those two clubs.


10/10/2014 01:21:00 PM



(10/10/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Theo tells season ticket holders team is in transition phase of process and ready to compete. Goal is to win Central in 2015.--Carrie Muskat

I think he's a year early, but he's in the ticket selling business, I realize.

I will have a couple notes about the Crew and expected win totals later. Those playing fast and loose with the facts, many in the old media, hate the fact that math works.


10/10/2014 01:03:00 PM



(10/10/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

You just can't fix stupid.

Also, it's high time the old media stops looking for ways to make us not hate terrorist groups. They are what they are, pure evil wrapped up in a human being. Death is too good for them.


10/10/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/10/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've heard this many times, almost every person who survives suicide says the exact same thing.

There's help available, and it's just a request away. Let's not ignore the problem just because it's uncomfortable.


10/10/2014 11:30:00 AM



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

Quality people.

Paid leave.

FYI, that's code for vacation.

I would have fired her before she got to the T sound in I did it. And if someone complained or began legal action, I'd ask for donations to cover the penalty. I'd collect at least six figures...probably seven.

I'm so glad these immature foolish losers aren't on my side. They deserve each other. I hope she is charged and convicted to the full extent of the law, and never teaches another child how to be a stupid, pathetic excuse for a human being.


10/10/2014 10:00:00 AM



(10/10/2014 09:46:00 AM) - Al

No doubt a guy like this could extend a roster a bit, allowing you to keep a Rule 5 player or a "specialist" or two, be it a PR, another loogy or roogy, or something along those lines.


10/10/2014 09:46:00 AM



(10/10/2014 09:33:00 AM) - Al

Stopping people from entering the USA with ebola will prevent medical workers from traveling to nations with ebola to help.

That, my friends, may be the stupidest thing ever said by this administration...and that's quite a pile of ignorance to rise to the top.

I wish they would just pretend to make sense rather than defend whatever talking point they decided to go with on the 18th green.


10/10/2014 09:33:00 AM



(10/10/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I wouldn't either, but, then again, I'm proud to say I did not.

Of course, I actually believe in something.

I believe in my country, in capitalism, and in not changing those beliefs every time the wind blows.




10/10/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/10/2014 09:28:00 AM) - Al

The Twitter feed of Amanda Bynes shows a woman with a plethora of mental problems. So sad how Hollywood destroys the young.


10/10/2014 09:28:00 AM



(10/10/2014 09:21:00 AM) - Al

Christie remains my favorite. Simply put, he is funny and actually does stuff. That is the opposite of Obama, without a doubt.


10/10/2014 09:21:00 AM


Thursday, October 09, 2014

(10/09/2014 11:10:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

I think we should just let government run everything, as they do such a fine job.


10/09/2014 11:10:00 PM



(10/09/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Jan Hooks passed away. She was brilliant on SNL and though she rarely showed off her body, very attractive as well.

Always appeared as though she was having a great time, no matter how bad the sketch. Will be missed.


10/09/2014 09:55:00 PM



(10/09/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm a little late with this update because I tried using Common Core math and it took me forever.

40 + 13 = 53
5 + 5 = 10, 5 + 5 = 10, 5 + 5 = 10, 5 + 5 = 10
10 + 10 = 20, 10 + 10 = 20
20 + 20 = 40
5 + 5 = 10, 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 1 = 3
10 + 3 = 13
40 + 13 = 53, finally.  Having to do it this way for 45 persons took me most of the day.  Maybe I still made mistakes.

I had you for down for a 13 -2 week giving you 53 correct for the year.  You are in a tie for first with Prisco from CBS.  Of the 45 I keep track of two have 52, 3 have 51, and 6 have 50. 

Jim
 
 
Heh, what's funny is, this is true. 
I do not know what my 2nd loss was last week, the only one I saw was Chicago, who was way ahead early. 

EDIT: The Lions, also way ahead early, lost to the Bills. Of course, many of my wins were also comebacks, so it all balances out.


10/09/2014 04:00:00 PM



(10/09/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I love Raven, even though she has no use for me or my gender.

Oprah doesn't realize she's being racist. As long as you care what color someone is, you're keeping racism alive. I have no idea if folks are tan whites, Latinas, or light skinned blacks...nor do I care. Those that insist on labeling have the problem, not I.


10/09/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/09/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

And, they should shorten the day a bit too...right now, far too many children spend ten hours a day gone because of their bus ride.


10/09/2014 02:00:00 PM



(10/09/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

But, other than that, what did you think of the place?

Negative nellies. It's like complaining your supermodel girlfriend can't cook.


10/09/2014 01:00:00 PM



(10/09/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al

If you like your health care plan, you can keep....

See, once the ball of lies starts rolling, it's mighty tough to stop. If only we had an unbiased media to keep them honest...sigh.


10/09/2014 12:47:00 PM



(10/09/2014 12:26:00 PM) - Al

Woman fails to understand supply and demand and that she does not have to buy anything she feel is suggestive. However, if the Duggars were left to make the rules, everything would have a 20 inch inseam, and she'd be bitching about that.

In closing, people can buy what they want, and Target, and every other retailer, can sell what they want. The problem with this gal is why church attendance is way down...some folks insist they know better, and have no problem telling you that.


10/09/2014 12:26:00 PM



(10/09/2014 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Hardy nears hellishly huge extension for an average SS in his 30's.

You can hear the regret starting a couple seconds after BAL signs it, but they won't be the first or last team to pay for what a guy has done several years in the past. 


10/09/2014 12:17:00 PM



(10/09/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They simply despise the military, and don't even pretend to hide it. Let's not forget, it's the left who spit upon vets as they returned from previous wars decades ago.

I'm so proud they're not on my side.



10/09/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/09/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I am universally pro choice, and to be blunt, can't say I care a whole lot if some clown spends his time and money wasting away. However, those that think it's harmless are fooling no one but themselves.


10/09/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/09/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Goalies have high cancer risk.

I would say this is a direct result of recycling. Obviously, they should be using rubber pellets manufactured and ground up just for this, not old tires that have been through who knows what in the world.

The left loves recycling, because it costs more and takes longer than making it from scratch. I don't...for the same reasons.


10/09/2014 08:00:00 AM


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

(10/08/2014 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Jason Kidd says he’ll play a 12-man rotation each preseason game, meaning some guys will sit. O.J. Mayo was the guy to sit out tonight.--FSW

I think this means the other twelve drew the short straw, as no one can even pretend to care about preseason NBA games.


10/08/2014 10:09:00 PM



(10/08/2014 08:37:00 PM) - Al

I got the Bengals for my survivor pick this week (only 31% are still alive) and the Texans tomorrow.

I do not know how I did last week, because the fella who adds them one has not emailed yet. Will update when I get them.


10/08/2014 08:37:00 PM


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