Al's Ramblings

Sunday, November 30, 2014

(11/30/2014 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Must be miserable watching the games in Minneapolis and Green Bay today. I just went out to shovel the driveway (I put ice melt on it yesterday), and granted, I was just wearing a Tshirt and shorts, but I was only out for about five minutes. I've been in for ten, and my left hand still hurts, and my toes are still cold.

11/30/2014 12:07:00 PM

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11/30/2014 11:00:00 AM

Saturday, November 29, 2014

(11/29/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

My perfect job.

11/29/2014 01:21:00 PM

(11/29/2014 12:27:00 PM) - Al

I had both the Gophers and Wolverines to beat their spreads today, and despite the fact they are 2-3 TD dogs, would not be at all surprised to see one of them win. Those rivalry games are almost always close.

That said, Alabama is just oodles better than Auburn. They are only favored by 8, and it should be 14 or more. Add that to the fact MJ Hart is a Bama fan, I gotta say Roll Tide.

11/29/2014 12:27:00 PM

Friday, November 28, 2014

(11/28/2014 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Players can never see the forest for the trees. They are incredibly short term thinkers, and have no comprehension of payroll ramifications.

11/28/2014 11:26:00 PM

(11/28/2014 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Love this trade for the A's, as it would not surprise me at all to see Lawrie outproduce Donaldson...never mind the three other guys. Brett is a hothead and he's been injured a lot, but he's still just 24 and pretty darn good. He might well be a .400/.500 guy in 2-3 years, and his DL stints always seem extremely flukey.

11/28/2014 11:22:00 PM

(11/28/2014 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Lawrie and others go to A's for Josh Donaldson.

Beane does not sit on his hands. Doug rarely makes a deal that creates a hole on his roster. Beane rarely does not make a trade for any reason. I'm not sure if he has an endgame in mind, or if he just knows he doesn't like what he has.

11/28/2014 09:06:00 PM

(11/28/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Bucks playing without Zaza (death in family) and John Henson (foot injury) tonight, making them very shorthanded in the center spot.

It is funny though, last year, they were missing 5-6 guys every game. Several times, they had to have an injured player dress so they had nine, which is the minimum. Nate Wolters averaged about 25 minutes a game last season, and played well for a rookie. He has barely played this year, because the team is far better, deeper, and healthier.

11/28/2014 07:30:00 PM

(11/28/2014 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Always been a fan of Campana. He may only have one tool, but that tool gives you stolen bases, extra bases, and defense as well. He's more of a specialist than a reserve, but if you have a solid 4th OF, and can use him just to PR and PH late, he's a nice fit.

11/28/2014 06:11:00 PM

(11/28/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

How's that boycott working out?

Heh. I love it when freedom and capitalism win out over the "I know better than you" police.

11/28/2014 03:40:00 PM

(11/28/2014 03:15:00 PM) - Al

Surprised to see the Badgers are 8.5 point picks versus Oklahoma...then you think about it, the Badgers are ranked 3rd...they'd only be underdogs to a handful of teams, and then only on the road.

11/28/2014 03:15:00 PM

(11/28/2014 12:17:00 PM) - Al

NPR is anti capitalism, but they aren't stupid...they know many excellent deals are on Black Friday, especially on electronics. And, more importantly, you can't depend on buying a gift just before, and certainly not after Xmas.

Besides, most folks are off on Black Friday, and not everyone has a job that they can sit and monitor a computer for deals.

11/28/2014 12:17:00 PM

(11/28/2014 10:40:00 AM) - Al

If someone can explain to me how Duke got three times the guaranteed money as Frasor per year, and two more seasons, feel free.

11/28/2014 10:40:00 AM

Thursday, November 27, 2014

(11/27/2014 11:35:00 PM) - Al

Posting will be a bit sporadic the rest of the weekend.


11/27/2014 11:35:00 PM

(11/27/2014 11:01:00 PM) - Al

I've seen more "funny pictures" today than I ever care to. I'm not sure why folks take them, or why they think they're humorous. I guess I must be missing something, but, more power to those who are that easily amused.

11/27/2014 11:01:00 PM

(11/27/2014 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more.

That may be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. How 'bout you never sleep and live seven hours more every day?

11/27/2014 08:40:00 PM

(11/27/2014 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Well said.

The old media falling for a union ploy? The hell you say...

11/27/2014 07:25:00 PM

(11/27/2014 06:15:00 PM) - Al

Badgers use a hot stretch late to edge Georgetown. Tough game. They will play Oklahoma for the title tomorrow at 3/3:30ish on ESPN.

11/27/2014 06:15:00 PM

(11/27/2014 12:35:00 PM) - Al

FYI, the Badgers play on ESPN at 2PM or thereabouts today.

They are a nine point favorite over Georgetown.

11/27/2014 12:35:00 PM

(11/27/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving Al to you and your family!
I'm late with the week 12 results because I'm up at the hunting camp all week.  No running water, no internet access, and spotty phone service.  Came into town to take a shower at the laundromat and stop at a restaurant and have a nice meal with the gang.
I believe you went 11 - 4 for the week which would put you in a tie for 14th with 115 correct.  Eisenberg (CBS) still leads with 126 followed by Carter (ESPN) at 123 and Jackson (ESPN) and Joyner (ESPN) with 121.  Good luck on lucky week 13.
Jim R.

Remind me to dock Jim's pay for being late. 

11/27/2014 12:32:00 PM

(11/27/2014 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving to those who continue to check out Ramblings.

While the masses have chosen to focus their mock outrage on the fact that some retail workers have to work today, they seem to forget that many people; those who volunteer to defend their nation; hotel, restaurant workers, gas station, and movie theater workers; hospital and nursing home employees; firefighters and EMT's, and many that are self's almost certain if you called a farmer, plumber, or heating guy, they answer the phone today just like any other day. And, of course, though many do not hesitate to criticize the police, for, you know, doing their job and getting criminals off the street, they will be on the job today as well, handling the problems that pop up when you mix alcohol and people you only see once a year because you want to enjoy the other 364. For those working today, thank you, in case we need you.

And, in case many of you have not noticed, many that complained the loudest about stores being open today are the exact same ones who will be complaining tonight and tomorrow about lines, not enough sale merchandise, and how they had to park so far away. Complainers are going to complain, and since they don't really believe in anything, their opinions change as often as the direction of the breeze.

11/27/2014 11:34:00 AM

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11/27/2014 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

(11/26/2014 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Dear God, thank you for the blessing of living in a country that is based on liberty and justice for all. And thank you for the honor of living in a nation where young men and women still volunteer to defend those freedoms each and every day. Please bless and protect them. Amen.--Governor Walker


11/26/2014 08:11:00 PM

(11/26/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

If you're looking for something to be thankful for, Ramblings from last year did a fine job.

I also mentioned Anna Kournikova, because she's gorgeous.

11/26/2014 04:38:00 PM

(11/26/2014 04:33:00 PM) - Al

From Ramblings' archives, don't believe the marketing, as most "facts" about Thanksgiving are false.

11/26/2014 04:33:00 PM

(11/26/2014 04:29:00 PM) - Al

FYI, the Badgers are on AXSTV tonight at 6. I have it on Charter 704, but unless you live in my house (and if you do, get the hell out), check your local listings.

They are a 23 point favorite tonight, but stranger things have happened. The rest of the tourney is very tough, so hopefully, they can get their main guys out early tonight and rest up.

11/26/2014 04:29:00 PM

(11/26/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

I just saw a "Thanksgiving hack" which said to make cranberry butter by...wait for it...combining butter with leftover cranberry sauce.

You could make gravy butter or stuffing butter the same way, if I ain't mistaken.

11/26/2014 03:22:00 PM

(11/26/2014 01:19:00 PM) - Al

If true, this is fantabulous news.

However, I will wait until at least the ides of March, after he's been swinging the bat every day for a few weeks.

Basically, it's easy to stay healthy when you're spending the offseason working out and living in your beach mansion with your supermodel wife. And if it sounds like I'm jealous...

11/26/2014 01:19:00 PM

(11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I always call it Whole Paycheck, and will now do so louder, because it really aggravates them, per this article.

The problem with trying to sell "fancy" foods to poor folks is simple...they have less disposable income. If you make $100K a year and want to buy eggs for $3 a dozen, you're a frickin' idiot, but you're a well funded idiot.

11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM

(11/26/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, Francisco probably had a better 2014 than Ramirez.

Hanley is living off his past production to be certain, but it only takes one club to overpay. Given his growing pains sure to come in LF, I might well choose to take what's left of Carl Crawford's deal than this Ramirez contract. With good OF's available, I just don't get it.

11/26/2014 11:30:00 AM

(11/26/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

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I always have a great Thanksgiving, but it's because I love to eat, and that I'm thankful for what I have. Those that are always grumpy and complaining are probably unlikely to change for a single day.

11/26/2014 11:00:00 AM

(11/26/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Black Friday at 90% on all engagement rings.

You tell your girlfriend you bought her engagement ring at KMart, you'll be saving yourself 100%.

11/26/2014 09:00:00 AM

(11/26/2014 08:02:00 AM) - Al

Rule 5 preview.

I could imagine the Brewers using their final roster spot on one of these guys, especially if Jason Rogers makes the team as a 1B/3B/OF reserve, effectively taking up both the corner INF and 5th OF bench spots.

It's all about upside, as Wang was looked at as a guy who would have been a 1st/2nd round pick in the June draft, a potential LH SP.

11/26/2014 08:02:00 AM

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

(11/25/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I remember one holiday, an extended family member said she had called the dispatcher and wished them a Merry Xmas, and told her to tell all the officers working that day as well. She finished the call by saying, "I bet not many people say that. do they?" The dispatcher responded, "Nope. You're the first one today."

Nice token by JJ Watt. I know lots of people do take Xmas cookies and the like to the firehouse. Not only will they be working Thanksgiving, they might end up in a dangerous situation, and won't think a thing of it.

11/25/2014 03:00:00 PM

(11/25/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why we have six years of the Obamalaise.

Business just gives up and waits for a better time.

11/25/2014 02:30:00 PM

(11/25/2014 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Reid Nichols interview at Fangraphs.

I always say don't pay attention to stats in rookie and A ball. This is why. 

11/25/2014 01:59:00 PM

(11/25/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Saunders would be a solid, far cheaper than Parra option as a 4th OF.

11/25/2014 10:00:00 AM

(11/25/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Who can blame him?

11/25/2014 09:00:00 AM

Monday, November 24, 2014

(11/24/2014 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Just talked to the Rambling son. The weather was crappy all day, so they "hunted" from the four season room, hoped one would run across the field.

I think more people would enjoy hunting far more if they took this approach.

11/24/2014 05:57:00 PM

(11/24/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Farmers making record profits.

I dare you to fins one that will admit it though. If a farmer finds a $100 bill in the snow, they'll complain they hurt their back picking it up, and how much that office visit will cost them.

11/24/2014 03:40:00 PM

(11/24/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Imagine what he would have got had he not had a bad year. 

As anything but a SS, this is a tremondous overpay, but that seems to be the going rate.

11/24/2014 01:20:00 PM

(11/24/2014 11:29:00 AM) - Al

I would not have bet my life ten minutes ago that I could name the team Seager plays for.

You'd think I would know all the $100M players, wouldn't you?

11/24/2014 11:29:00 AM

(11/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I mentioned I wanted to write about a trade. It seems to me like it's been almost "too quiet," though I'm sure Doug has been discussing free agent signings, especially with relievers.

The thing is, Doug never makes a trade unless he has someone to replace the traded player. That said, don't forget, he traded Escobar in the Greinke deal and got Yuni in return to play SS for that season, so things are possible. However, if they are looking to deal from strength, the rotation seems likely.

With Gallardo and Lohse both in the final year of their contracts, and with Nelson not scheduled to be in the opening five man rotation, that would seem to be the place a big trade could come from. Both Kyle and Yo will seem almost free after the top five FA SP's sign. Other possibilities? The one that I keep wondering about is Maldonado, who I would be all over if I was a team looking for an inexpensive C. They have an extra OF, though Parra is very spendy for a reserve. Given what Doug discussed after the season, that they needed to get back to using Miller Park's dimensions to their advantage.

The other thing that keeps popping into my mind...Ryan Braun. It's always doubtful any player owed $109M would be dealt, never mind one that was injured much of last season. However, Braun had, at a fraction of normal health, the 7th best OPS of any RF. And considering many feel Jon Lester will get $25M per this offseason, is it possible someone would look at Braun and see an underpaid player? Or, possibly feel Braun is less of a risk than a player they are looking to swap? The Dodgers have been shopping Ethier and Kemp for more than a full year. Heck, the Angels are paying Hamilton $100M through 2017, and he makes Ryan's offense look Mantlelike. 

11/24/2014 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, November 23, 2014

(11/23/2014 11:02:00 PM) - Al

The Cowboys not only have to play Thursday, they have to play Thursday afternoon after playing on the road tonight. I would assume their private jet will touch down in Dallas about 4AM Monday, and they will take tomorrow off. Given that teams don't do much of anything the day before the game other than a possible walk through, they have exactly one day to prepare for the Eagles.

I assume they would normally be a 3-4 point pick...have to see if that moves at all due to that.

That said, I suppose the Eagles will fly in Wednesday after a light walk through at most, so they only have one more day to prep.

11/23/2014 11:02:00 PM

(11/23/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez is a plus offensive player if he plays SS, but not if he plays a corner OF spot.

I see this as an overpay, especially coming off a down season and possibly playing LF/RF.

11/23/2014 10:52:00 PM

(11/23/2014 02:48:00 PM) - Al

I promised a post about the Rambling dog last night, but didn't have the heart to type it up. I think he has a pinched nerve in his back, or something like that. He is in obvious pain and even struggles mightily to lie down...he sort of squats until his butt hits the pillow and then eases his front half down...the bad thing is, he usually is falling off after doing this, and has to start all over.

I switched him back to his old pain medicine, and I guess we'll see if it takes. If it works, we'll have to see if the vet allows him to go back on it (his liver numbers were way high); as I told the Rambling wife, if it works, the options may only be his old medicine or end his misery.

Just like with us, eventually, something just stops working. Getting old sucks.

11/23/2014 02:48:00 PM

(11/23/2014 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Just heard a coach say that the country fried steak will taste a lot better on Thursday since they won today.

It's amazing how many options there are besides turkey, and almost all of them sound better.

11/23/2014 02:41:00 PM

(11/23/2014 12:52:00 PM) - Al

I am in shock this AM, about 75% of our snow is gone. Not sure if it rained or if it just melted. So foggy, can't see anything, have to have wipers on, even though it is not raining.

11/23/2014 12:52:00 PM

Saturday, November 22, 2014

(11/22/2014 08:00:00 PM) - Al


11/22/2014 08:00:00 PM

(11/22/2014 07:29:00 PM) - Al

John Henson had a three pointer taken away...because he shot it from 5 feet away.

Heh. I would assume the stat guy simply hit the wrong button, or something like that, and since it was a blowout, no one noticed.

11/22/2014 07:29:00 PM

(11/22/2014 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Look, I have no ideas if Bill Cosby is a great guy or one of the worst human beings on the planet.

That said, why are all these no names stepping forward now, years after the fact, too late for the statute of limitations in many cases, and none of them are calling the police, only through the media?

Cosby has never, to my knowledge, been convicted of a serious crime. He did settle a civil case, which granted, does imply guilt, but we all know this is done all the time for any number of reasons.

11/22/2014 03:06:00 PM

(11/22/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I'll have posts later today about the Rambling dog and about a possible "big trade" involving the Brewers.

11/22/2014 12:30:00 PM

(11/22/2014 12:28:00 PM) - Al

I guess I have to purchase some ice/snow melt if it's going to get clear up to 44 tomorrow. Gotta get that last little bit off the driveway and clear off the Rambling dog's steps too.

11/22/2014 12:28:00 PM

(11/22/2014 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Um, no they're not.

A few people signing a petition means nothing. More and more retailers are open this year, and for the most part, the public is mirroring my libertarian attitude about it...well, if no one went shopping, they wouldn't be open.

The one that intrigues me is the Wal Mart "if you are in line, you get the product before Xmas." That seems to me that you can literally walk in to the store about 6:45 and get whatever you want, well, one thing at least. The Rambling wife and son will be at the in laws, so I was looking forward to eating turkey, country gravy (not traditional, but damn it, I'm thankful for country gravy), biscuits, and scalloped corn, and watching TV all day, without an ounce of guilt. However, a 40 inch TV for a bargain price would be nice, as would a laptop that fits all my needs and is not, by far, the oldest one in the house.

11/22/2014 12:13:00 PM

(11/22/2014 11:13:00 AM) - Al

Things I learned today:

They changed JV to varsity reserve a few years ago. In fact, the largest schools have four teams...varsity, varsity reserve, junior varsity, and JV reserve.

11/22/2014 11:13:00 AM

Friday, November 21, 2014

(11/21/2014 08:10:00 PM) - Al

I'm having trouble believing any human being would say something this racist, never mind the president.

Most intelligent man alive, you know.

11/21/2014 08:10:00 PM

(11/21/2014 07:25:00 PM) - Al

It's as if she has no nutritional knowledge at all.

Because she doesn't. And, as many have pointed out, she's kind of overweight herself.

11/21/2014 07:25:00 PM

(11/21/2014 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Speaking of the Bucks, I'd be very tempted to "punt" tonight, in TOR versus a 9-2 team, 3rd game in 4 nights, back home tomorrow. I might well hold a few older or banged up players out and give it a go with 9-10 others.

However, while San Antonio does this regularly, it has not caught on with other NBA teams, except the last couple regular season games each season. When Skiles was still coaching, he bristled at the idea, yet often would win a huge road game...and then lose the next home game, usually in which they were a solid favorite.

And note, I'm not suggesting not trying to go hard at the tip, and give just give some guys the night off. The Spurs often win on nights they rest Duncan and Parker.

11/21/2014 06:41:00 PM

(11/21/2014 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Turned on FSW to watch the Bucks, and caught the last couple plays of the high school football playoffs.

Not a single tear or sadness to be seen. The losing team, down 31-6, took a knee instead of trying to pass deep...something many college and pro teams could learn from.

I wish I was 2nd best at anything in the state. They should be thrilled to be there.

11/21/2014 06:32:00 PM

(11/21/2014 06:28:00 PM) - Al

I have three thoughts about this...

1. More power to them, at least they're not doing drugs, peeing on the lawn, and costing thousands in police and clean up costs.

2. If anyone thinks building a few shacks...not big enough to do anything but sleep in, is going to solve any problems, I pity you. Let's not forget, almost all the homeless test positive for drugs and/or alcohol.That doesn't mean they're bad people, it means they make bad choices.

3. I haven't seen a single media piece about the homeless (or an anti war rally) since W was in office. I thought all these problems had been taken care of by big government.

I guess I was mistaken.

11/21/2014 06:28:00 PM

(11/21/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

When you can't win on the facts, just make up numbers.

When the voters call your bluff, make up bigger numbers, even though everyone knows you're lying.

If you're wondering if your old media source leans far left, just see if they print lies like this. If they do, move along, there's nothing to see. When Politifact, which in itself has liberal leanings like a one legged man in a stiff breeze, rules it false, and you're still trying to sell it two months later, you are not being honest with your readers.

This, my friends, is why the old media is in trouble. Pravda was a more reliable, unbiased source of information, because they never claimed to be anything but the voice of the Communist party. 

The fact is, the old media knows how Obama's "hey all you illegals, come on down" speech went last night, and they're digging deep to try and make it less damaging. Lies? Of course. That's what you do when the truth is too painful to discuss.

11/21/2014 04:38:00 PM

(11/21/2014 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Remember, Dloug almost got Miller at the deadline. I guarantee you one of the 22 is MIL, and if Duke is worth 3y/$15M, Miller is worth at least $7.5-9M per.

Remember, payroll inflation is almost always because of terrible contracts. The only way to "beat it" is to wait until the end, when there are limited roster spots available, and a few dozen guys still on the market. Of course, this is like shopping on Xmas Eve, you might not get exactly what you wanted...

11/21/2014 04:18:00 PM

(11/21/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Cloward-Pivard strategy is now rather apparent, as there is no other sensible reason for Obama to announce he is opening the borders to massive amounts of illegals.

They simply don't believe in capitalism, because they don't understand that whole hard work and the cream rises to the top scenario.

If Marx didn't write about it, and they didn't read it in college while they were high, they don't get it. They refuse to learn from history, and keep insisting it just hasn't been repeated enough to work.

11/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

(11/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

What the dietician should be saying? Raw eggs could have ecoli or salmonella...but the odds are almost zero. You could easily get sick from eating a rare hamburger, or an over easy egg...or even scrambled eggs if you prefer them a bit "runny"...not fully cooked.

Even so, even if you do eat such food, the odds are you'll barely notice...many have to hurry to the bathroom, or feel sick for a couple days. While it is not impossible for a healthy person to die from eating something not cooked all the way through, it's far more likely most of the folks who end up in the hospital...or worse, have weak immune systems, or are very young or very weak/elderly.

It's just like George Carlin said, "They make you cook the s**t out of everything. Just ignore it, and live "dangerously." I would say it's probably oodles safer than driving a car or any number of other tasks.

11/21/2014 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, November 20, 2014

(11/20/2014 04:18:00 PM) - Al

I got the Chiefs tonight. I do like the Raiders to win a game or two this season.

11/20/2014 04:18:00 PM

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

Al - You've often mentioned that 'climate change' has always existed.  Thought you'd get a kick out of this description on about a lost city:

Angkor, Cambodia

Crumbling stone temples in the python grip of jungle vines, a flash of turmeric-colored robes disappearing into the alcoves of ancient temples. Angkor has its fair share of tourists, but its size means you'll easily find a place to get lost in the distant past. The great city was enormous, new research suggesting it covered 3000 sq km. Built by a succession of Khmer god-kings from AD 900 to 1200, it had a population close to one million, and was the capital of the Khmer empire. It's been suggested that climate change caused the city to be abandoned some 500 years ago.

I added the bold.

Keep Ramblin',


I blame the internal combustion engine myself.

You see, it's a half degree warmer/colder because of this, but those many times the planet froze completely...that was all natural and normal.

11/20/2014 10:00:00 AM

(11/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, she can quit whenever she wants.

11/20/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

(11/19/2014 06:14:00 PM) - Al

UWGB is always a tough game. The thing about them is, every single one of those players wish they would have been recruited by the Badgers, and not a one of them would have chosen the Phoenix if they had been offered by Bo. They are a good team, and that chip on their shoulder ensures 40 minutes of effort.

11/19/2014 06:14:00 PM

(11/19/2014 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign John Ely. He has had very passable numbers as a reliever in AAA, after being rather pedestrian as a SP in his earlier years. He gained 3 mph on both his fastball and change up after being moved to the bullpen...but still only averaged 90 mph.

11/19/2014 05:46:00 PM

(11/19/2014 01:24:00 PM) - Al

Lester may be the biggest overpay on the market, even considering Duke. Jon's ERA is almost identical to Gallardo over the past three seasons, and he's been worked long and hard (638 IP since 2012). I'd be afraid to give him three seasons, and he'll almost certainly get 5 or 6.

11/19/2014 01:24:00 PM

(11/19/2014 01:14:00 PM) - Al

There doesn't seem to be any hesitation to give pudgy guys long term deals, despite common sense saying there should be. I'm guessing 7y/$126M. They do have 1B/DH to "fall back" to in the AL.

I'll probably be low.

On a Brewers related note, BOS has that OBP machine 3B prospect that could be shopped, Cecheni? MIL does have more than 5 SP's who performed admirably.

ADDED: Cecchini actually was a bit "down" last year, as he put up an OBP under .400, though as a 23 year old in AAA. After minor struggles, his price may well have come down (why yes, there is a bright side to everything). 

11/19/2014 01:14:00 PM

(11/19/2014 01:09:00 PM) - Al

You can stop this sentence after the word "crap."

11/19/2014 01:09:00 PM

(11/19/2014 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Absolutely not.

Well, maybe.

When you don't stand for anything, changing your mind is easy.

11/19/2014 12:08:00 PM

(11/19/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another terrible decision by a school employee.

You truly have to wonder about the culture in the schools that creates power hungry idiots that don't care about children.

Every single day.

11/19/2014 11:30:00 AM

(11/19/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I agree completely.

The Bucks generate $10.7M in income taxes that will disappear if the NBA leaves. They should absolutely use those funds to pay for a new arena.

11/19/2014 11:00:00 AM

(11/19/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

100% true.

All those "hacks" are ridiculous, and it's about time someone says it.

11/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

(11/19/2014 09:19:00 AM) - Al

Fact is, I like Butler far more than most do.

The fact Beane likes him too makes me feel better.

11/19/2014 09:19:00 AM

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

(11/18/2014 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Now you know what the Democrats felt like two weeks ago.  You had lots of company as 17 of the 45 experts had 7 or less correct.  The top two for the week were Mortenson (ESPN) and Ditka (ESPN) with records of 10 - 4.  Your 4 - 10 record drops you into an overall tie for 13th with a total of 104 correct for the year.
Jim R.

I do not claim to know what it feels like to be a Democrat, because I have never felt punishing success was a good thing.

That said, I can't believe anyone got 10 right. I thought about 4 games, and went 1-3 in them. If I would have went 4-0, I'd have still gone 7-7.

Congrats to those guys, as they are the experts for a reason.

11/18/2014 09:22:00 PM

(11/18/2014 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Arizona State to add D1 hockey.

Those Canadian and MN kids that are used to cold and snow seven months a year might just find that tempting.

11/18/2014 03:33:00 PM

(11/18/2014 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Zach Duke signs a 3y/$15M deal with White Sox.


Far too much, far too long.

My prediction that teams would overreact to the Royals' relief dominance is already coming true.

If Duke is worth $5M, think how many guys are worth $7-8M.

11/18/2014 01:40:00 PM

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

Just thought I'd throw this out there...Melissa Joan Hart, my birthday buddy, fellow conservative, and who I've chatted with numerous times on Twitter, looks better on those Wal Mart ads at 39 than many actresses would at 22.

11/18/2014 10:00:00 AM

(11/18/2014 09:45:00 AM) - Al

I just read today that this is the coldest stretch in November in 130+ years.

Many see this as proof of climate change. If so, that would also mean we had climate change 130+ years ago.

{Actually, we did, many estimate a "mini ice age" ended in the mid or late 1800's, but let's ignore scientific facts for a sec, as we have bigger issues, such as made up weather facts.}

Weather changes. It's effected by the oceans, which are in turn controlled by the moon, which is, as many of us already realize, is clear out there in space. Other planets, the ones we look at through telescopes and all, have huge temperature swings in the same day, which is why they do not have life, as we know it at least.

Considering we live on a planet that had multiple ice ages, centuries and millenniums before the industrial revolution, you would think one would realize that temps ain't stagnant. Of course, if you had their record, you'd be trying to change the subject too.  

11/18/2014 09:45:00 AM

(11/18/2014 09:25:00 AM) - Al

I just found out I'm still sexist too. In scheduling an appointment, I asked a woman if next Monday or Tuesday would work, as it is always difficult booking anything in that short week, due to the holiday and hunting. If it were a man, I would have prefaced that with, "Are you a hunter?" She told me she has hunted for 40 some straight years, and she would not be available. We settled on Monday the 1st, the day after hunting ends.

I just never thought about it, and while lots of women my age and younger hunt, not many "older" gals do. 

11/18/2014 09:25:00 AM

(11/18/2014 09:21:00 AM) - Al

This is why many women roll their eyes at feminists.

Complimenting stay at home moms and saying they should be proud is not at all controversial, or even interesting. Cameron could say the sky is blue and many would argue he's a sexist pig. 

11/18/2014 09:21:00 AM

Monday, November 17, 2014

(11/17/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

A week or so ago, someone emailed and asked about a joke I had printed, something about an elevator and a woman. I kind of forgot about it, but tonight, realized I have a search feature (you do too, at the top left, but it sucks compared to mine) and found it quickly.

That and this one are my favorite Osteen jokes.

11/17/2014 04:30:00 PM

(11/17/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Jordan Walden would be a near perfect fit for Melvin, a big, hard throwing RH. No idea how a match up with the Braves would work, as they need offense, though since Harang and Santana are leaving as FA's, I suppose some sort of SP could be dealt.

11/17/2014 03:00:00 PM

(11/17/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I almost always wear olive colored pants, because they do not show dust or dirt to speak of. Meanwhile, black, blue, and other colors always look dirty, even when they're fresh out of the washer clean. They also look terrible if you touch your maroon car which spends all winter as a two tone, covered with salt residue. I had a friend who had several pairs of gray slacks who said the same thing.

No one ever mentions it to me either.

11/17/2014 02:00:00 PM

(11/17/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea of the year!

Why? Because her parents' political beliefs are far to the left of center.

That's pretty much all it takes.

11/17/2014 01:30:00 PM

(11/17/2014 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Two thoughts about Martin...too much, and far too long.

Lucroy is now worth $20M per season, as he is better and younger. I'd say there's a very good chance Jon either signs an extension for far less than market value ($12-15M per) or will be dealt with a year or two left on his deal.

FYI, Lucroy is signed through 2017.

11/17/2014 01:10:00 PM

(11/17/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Cards/Braves make a huge trade.

I can't say I like it for the Cards, because Heyward is a FA after '15.

11/17/2014 01:04:00 PM

(11/17/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I have no problem with people selling raw milk, but the people buying it need to sign a waiver saying they know it is not as safe.

The Rambling wife is from the Durand area, and she said many players were in the hospital recovering from this.

11/17/2014 12:30:00 PM

(11/17/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Never forget, unions exist only to defend the worst of the worst...including criminal lowlifes like this.

Because the best do not need defending. Neither do the average.

This is where their dues go. That's why most of them only pay when they have no choice. It's just so sad and unAmerican.

11/17/2014 11:30:00 AM

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

I was flipping channels Saturday, and FSW had highlights from state girl's golf. I heard the name Speedy Kent, and was close to being in love.

Imagine my disappointment that Ms. Kent's given name is Hallie, and Speedy is just a nickname.

11/17/2014 10:00:00 AM

(11/17/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to state Ramblings' opinion on the subject...all is good.

If you do not care for such pictures, do not look at them. And for that matter, when you're brave enough to venture out into the real world, keep your eyes off pretty women there as well.

11/17/2014 08:00:00 AM

(11/17/2014 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm not making light of serious depression or bipolar folks, as both are serious conditions.

That said, fifty years ago, no kids had ADD, now, 25% of them do, and most are on Ritalin. Being sad is not being depressed, and being moody is not bipolar.

11/17/2014 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 16, 2014

(11/16/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

You knew this already if you have been paying attention.

The cover ups, lies, and deceit is the only thing keeping him in office. My prediction someone will end up in jail over Benghazi remains in place. They ignored it, told special forces to stand down, and then have lied about it ever since.

At some point, Hillary and Barry are going to have to meet and figure out what the story is going to be heading into her campaign, and at that point, one might turn on the other...hey, we know the Clintons enemy list tend to disappear.

11/16/2014 05:09:00 PM

(11/16/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al


It's funny because it's true.

I'm telling you, just another tax increase or two, and we'll finally hit utopia. Notice how the old media never talks about the uninsured anymore, even though more lack health insurance now than before. Does not fit the story they've been spinning.

11/16/2014 04:00:00 PM

(11/16/2014 12:25:00 PM) - Al

If yu're wondering why the Bears/Vikings are on CBS, as I was, this is why.

11/16/2014 12:25:00 PM

(11/16/2014 11:40:00 AM) - Al

The Badgers are on ESPNews at noon today.

Check your local listings.

11/16/2014 11:40:00 AM

(11/16/2014 11:39:00 AM) - Al

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Michigan, died Nov. 14, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

I'm sure Nightline will start mentioning the name of every soldier killed.

No, of course they won't. It wasn't anti war, it was anti Republican. No one at ABC gives a damn about any of them. Their only mission is a continued liberal agenda.

11/16/2014 11:39:00 AM

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


11/16/2014 11:00:00 AM

Saturday, November 15, 2014

(11/15/2014 10:50:00 PM) - Al

Story on opening day at our local ski hill.

One of the young skiers said it was a "super fun vibe."

I am going to do my best to work that phrase into a conversation soon. 

11/15/2014 10:50:00 PM

(11/15/2014 08:52:00 PM) - Al

They just called twelve men on the field in the BYU/UNLV game. They sent it to the booth to review it. After several minutes, it was reversed.

Explain how a referee throws a flag for that without being sure?

Explain how it takes that long to count to 11 and overturn it?


11/15/2014 08:52:00 PM

(11/15/2014 08:25:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Penn State win that 6th game to make them bowl eligible. Because of their huge fan base, huge number of alumni, and the fact they are a rabid football school who has not gone to a bowl game in years because the NCAA punished the student athletes of today for the actions of others a decade or more ago, they will have their choice of bowl games, including a couple that are probably well above their talent level. 

11/15/2014 08:25:00 PM

(11/15/2014 06:02:00 PM) - Al

No, I've never heard of him either.

11/15/2014 06:02:00 PM

(11/15/2014 05:07:00 PM) - Al

Americans are so stgupid, they think the Big Bang Theory is funny.

I think I have a pretty good idea why the author of the article is a complete unknown. She's not very good at figuring out the simplest stuff. 

11/15/2014 05:07:00 PM

(11/15/2014 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Everything the administration touches turns into a massive failure, including the school lunch program, which is currently feeding less than half the students they did years ago.

11/15/2014 02:45:00 PM

(11/15/2014 01:50:00 PM) - Al

So, how's that Obamacare working for ya?

I warned you how expensive health care would be when it was "free."

11/15/2014 01:50:00 PM

(11/15/2014 01:12:00 PM) - Al

For those wondering, the Badgers' basketball team plays Sunday on ESPNews, at noon. A couple emails asking why the first game was not televised, but it was on BTN, which I suppose many have not watched since last basketball season.

11/15/2014 01:12:00 PM

(11/15/2014 01:08:00 PM) - Al

We're having out Tgiving tomorrow, as the Rambling son will be gone hunting a week the whole week and the Rambling wife is going over to her family's "official" holiday meal next weekend and for the long holiday weekend solo, as the dog can't go, and I would have to just drive six hours round trip for a meal...I'm not that bad of a cook.

Today, we went to Aldi's to pick up supplies, and to buy a case of cream soups and canned chicken broth, as both were on sale for very low prices. Not only was it packed at 10AM (we went before brunch), it was packed with older folks who stand with their cart across the entire aisle, not seeming to notice anyone else. We were buying both green beans and corn, and, not exaggerating here, waited 3-5 minutes for a single couple to decide how many cans to buy of a couple veggies.

As the Rambling wife said, they could go anytime. Why they would choose to go on a busy Saturday and clutter things up is beyond us.

11/15/2014 01:08:00 PM

(11/15/2014 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Funny story with a O Henry ending.

11/15/2014 12:59:00 PM

(11/15/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I always silently chuckle when I see vehement anti Walker people (damn it, I want better benefits, the hell with your taxes!) posting anti abortion links. You know, that completely unqualified candidate you supported LOVES abortion.

I get that I'm a bit unorthodox, being a pro choice conservative, up until the child can survive outside the womb at least. I believe in freedom, even if it is a bit muddled. That said, this is not a legislative issue anyway, it is a judicial one...and let's face it, there ain't a word in the Constitution about it.

However, I find the fact they unabashedly vote for their own wallet instead of their moral beliefs rather telling.

11/15/2014 09:00:00 AM

Friday, November 14, 2014

(11/14/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Wren is not nearly the prospect Taylor is, but even if he contributes as a backup, nothing wrong with that. Most AA players never spend a second in the majors, and Wren has a good chance of being a reserve someday. As a smaller guy with little power, he profiles as a gritty bench guy.

The fact he's a lefty hitter makes it easy to project him as a bench player too. Runs well. If he has the arm for RF, no reason at all he can't be a nice fit as a 4th OF.

Quintana? As a 5-11 RHP, his ceiling is as a reliever, and he's never struck out more than 6 guys per 9 innings. Plenty young enough to blossom, but as of today, the Crew probably has 50 pitchers in the minors they think more highly of. Just an arm, albeit, one that was once a 3rd round pick.

11/14/2014 10:30:00 PM

(11/14/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

UW-Milwaukee playing Auburn on ESPNU. The Panthers are a solid small conference club, up 3 at the half.

11/14/2014 09:55:00 PM

(11/14/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

No Ethan Happ tonight. The highly regarded freshman is trying to decide whether to redshirt. While he would likely be the 9th player on the team, he would be the 5th "big," and would certainly pick up playing time when foul trouble or injuries strike.

11/14/2014 09:47:00 PM

(11/14/2014 09:39:00 PM) - Al

If memory serves, the Badgers were up 23-15 with about 8 minutes left in the first half.

Now with 6 minutes remaining in the game, they are up 58-23.

In the past 22 minutes, they've outscored Northern Kentucky 35-8. We realize NK is not a Big Ten team, this is their first season in D1, I believe. But, goodness, that's quite a half plus of basketball.

11/14/2014 09:39:00 PM

(11/14/2014 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Know what? I'm not the least bit surprised St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detroit are complete dumpster fires, full of murder and mayhem. They all have been for decades, and all have large pockets of ghettos. Anyone who is middle or upper income has left, as why fight it when you can abandon it?

11/14/2014 07:51:00 PM

(11/14/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

Too bad we don't have a president that cares.

About anything.

Russia knows they can do anything they want, so they do. Elections have consequences, as does a complete lack of leadership.

11/14/2014 05:16:00 PM

(11/14/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Franchise crippling deal, though they will be able to insure it, as he's been healthy.

If you'll remember what I said when Braun signed his extension, which rounding off some numbers, is roughly $100M over 5 years:

When we get there, it will be a bargain.

And even though he is banged up now, it is. Well, it certainly is not a "massive" contract anymore.

11/14/2014 04:58:00 PM

(11/14/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al


I'm still not sure what or who allowed Westboro to be called a church, as they are simply a tax free hate group that would cease to exist.

We may well need to explore changing all religion's tax free status. I have never understood why a church pays no property tax, yet the fire and police department still take care of them just like their tax paying neighbors.  It simply does not mathematical sense.

11/14/2014 01:30:00 PM

(11/14/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

See how stunningly simple it is to lower welfare costs? As Walker has shown, it isn't hard at all to lower just spend less. Common sense and fiscal sanity is not hard to come by...unless you're a raging liberal.

Don't forget, Obama got rid of the federal requirement that you are looking for work that Clinton instituted, and has never explained why. Remember, they think this is a stimulus. The Democrats insisted sharecropping was a good thing too, but I realize facts have no place in this debate, so I'll move on.

EDIT: I recall one state made it so you had to "show up" to a seminar each week (on important topics such as birth control, resume building, job interview skills; but mainly, just to make them show up) in order to qualify for any benefits. They would just randomly assign people to a day of the week, and if they were working or were ill, they could just call in and/or come in another day. Over time, the state noticed that Tuesday-Thursday, people showed up without fail, over 90%. However, on Mondays and Fridays, it was very low, about 60% or so.

When they investigated, many people would say it "got in the way of their weekend" know, went out of town, had to leave early/got home late; had a party and forgot, and so on. So, the state took this info...and changed everyone's seminar to Monday or Friday, saving a boatload of money. Dems protested vehemently that this was "cruel" in some know, making people actually come in for an hour long seminar instead of a getting an early start on their taxpayer funded three day weekend. Over time, people figured out they could just come in another day...but since the only two choices were Mon/Fri, attendance never topped 75%. It seems many were so disgusted by this they...wait for it...gave up and got a job.

Evil conservatives.

11/14/2014 12:00:00 PM

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

Wonderful tribute by UW Green Bay, and sharp looking uniforms too.

11/14/2014 11:00:00 AM

Thursday, November 13, 2014

(11/13/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

It was great Sunday to be a Packer Fan but a tough Monday and Tuesday to be a Wisconsinite with all our snowfall.  With a 9 - 4 week you are tied for 4th with 100 correct.  Eisenberg (CBS) still leads with a total of 106 correct.  The best experts for the week were Katzowitz (CBS) and Wickersham (ESPN) with an 11 - 2 record.  This week has a few more evenly matched games than last and hopefully Eisenberg stumbles a bit.

Good Luck,

Jim is starting to write better copy than me. Of course, I don't exactly set a high bar.

I am taking the Bills tonight. Just a hunch.

11/13/2014 04:00:00 PM

(11/13/2014 02:06:00 PM) - Al

There's an old saying, you don't need a good memory if you always tell the truth.

Pelosi caught in a lie, but it's one of thousands, as we all know. Gruber may well end up being the catalyst that lands people in jail, and deservedly so.

11/13/2014 02:06:00 PM

(11/13/2014 01:05:00 PM) - Al

Almost all of the Brewers' future obligations is Ryan Braun.

11/13/2014 01:05:00 PM

(11/13/2014 12:52:00 PM) - Al

Of course she was.

They loves them terrorists on the left.

11/13/2014 12:52:00 PM

(11/13/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Gose is a lot like Logan Schafer, though a higher draft pick, and I'm sure DET thinks he will hit.

11/13/2014 10:30:00 AM

(11/13/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Tom H wonders if the Crew will trade a SP.

I'm sure plenty of teams will inquire, as Lohse and Gallardo are both in the last year of their contracts. I can't believe Peralta, Fiers, or Nelson are available, as they are cheap and young; and Garza would have a limited market due to his contract and fielding issues.

11/13/2014 08:00:00 AM

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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

As I predicted after the Series, the price of relief pitching is going to skyrocket, as teams overvalue guys that can throw 70 effective innings.

Relievers are important, but they tend to be very inconsistent from year to year, and the idea that 70 IP is worth $10M makes a 200 IP SP worth $30M, and at some point, the math just doesn't work to build a team that way payroll wise.

11/12/2014 10:27:00 PM

(11/12/2014 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Oscar Taveras was very intoxicated when he was killed driving drunk, at least 0.25, per sources.

That would be about 16 drinks in 4 hours, per BA calculator.

It's a shame, but we're lucky he only killed one other person...could have run a bus full of kids off the road. No excuses for a lack of personal responsibility. 

11/12/2014 07:56:00 PM

(11/12/2014 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Jim points out the late Big Bang actress played George's date in this Seinfeld episode as well.

11/12/2014 07:07:00 PM

(11/12/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Three postgame concerts for the Crew.

The Admirals do this and often sell out, but Saturday night games usually sell out anyway, or come very close. Looks like the Brewers are just trying new things and keeping their clientele happy.

11/12/2014 05:42:00 PM

(11/12/2014 05:37:00 PM) - Al




And no, you few union members that still pay dues now that you don't have to, I don't know why your union spends money on political races rather than helping improve their member's benefits and/or pension.

You should probably ask them. 

11/12/2014 05:37:00 PM

(11/12/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Me--Rambling son, please get a bag of corn out of the freezer in the garage.

Rambling son--I can't reach it, it's clear at the bottom. 

Me--Sure you can. Just put your belly on the edge and reach as far as you can. If you fall in, just scream, and I'll come help you out.

How I've been continually overlooked for the parent of the year awards is a source of great frustration to me.

11/12/2014 04:48:00 PM

(11/12/2014 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Lots of people are sad today, even though they never knew what she looked like.

11/12/2014 04:06:00 PM

(11/12/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Roy Marble, one of those guys who seemed like they played seven years against the Badgers, is quite ill with cancer. All the best to him.

11/12/2014 10:00:00 AM

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

(11/11/2014 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Ruben Tejada may be nontendered, and as a switch hitter who can play 2B/SS (and hits LHP better), might be a good fit, though the Crew would likely have to trade for him, as if he is nontendered, he seems unlikely to sign with a team with Segura/Gennett, a pair of young middle infielders.

Another name is Everth Cabrera, another switch hitter is also available, but he is not nearly as good defensively...though he does steal bases both in quantity and effectively.

With SS being such a weak spot, both the above guys should get starting spots if they hit free agency, so either would have to be dealt for.

Ronald Bellasario, a solid reliever who had bad luck last year, but has been very consistent for years, might be an under the radar type as well. 

11/11/2014 08:19:00 PM

(11/11/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

More guns equals less crime.

Criminals are not bothered by laws, because they do not follow them. Know what does work? The fear of getting shot. People that buy guns legally very rarely commit crimes.

11/11/2014 07:30:00 PM

(11/11/2014 07:18:00 PM) - Al

I have no doubt Walker is going to at least explore the possibilities. His election night speech was obviously throwing his hat into the ring, though he may decide he's better off waiting.

Just like Obama made moot any questions of someone not having enough experience, Romney made moot the idea of not being charismatic enough. Walker's results in WI speak for themselves, and that will have appeal to pragmatic swing states such as IA and NH, in theory.

11/11/2014 07:18:00 PM

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

Butler has big offer on table, despite coming off down season. He's a good one, and teams seem to be more accepting of "off years" of late, seemingly understanding the mathematics of a poor stretch.

11/11/2014 07:07:00 PM

(11/11/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Steve sends in this link, explaining how the city of Greendale doesn't value their veterans, or have the space for a tiny memorial across the street from a school.

This is why I hate people so.

11/11/2014 01:34:00 PM

(11/11/2014 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Thank you to all the veterans, and I appreciate your service.

The true heroes do not bitch and moan while they vandalize state property. They kill evil and save the world.

The link goes to Bobby Warns II's tribute video. You may have watched it before, but take a few minutes to realize what true sacrifice and love of country is. 

11/11/2014 01:29:00 PM

Monday, November 10, 2014

(11/10/2014 08:23:00 PM) - Al

I put Joel Osteen's new book on hold weeks ago at the library, and picked it up today. I told the Rambling son that he chose the title, "You Can, You Will," after his first choice, "You Can't, You Won't" fared poorly with test groups.

I don't think he believed me, but it's still funny.

11/10/2014 08:23:00 PM

(11/10/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

I was wondering how long until realized that the "sexist, offensive" language in the NYC footage was, at best, mostly innocent flirting, at worst.

The left is outstanding at making a big deal out of nothing...while ignoring the real problems of the day. They have no solution to the actual issues, because their answer to everything is the same; raise taxes and spend more. 

11/10/2014 01:28:00 PM

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

So, what party do you suppose this unpatriotic, waste of an American life belongs to?

Not mine. And you can have him.

11/10/2014 10:30:00 AM

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

Newest Ramblings cover girl.

The woman in orange on the Charter Spectrum dancing commercials.

She seems nice.

11/10/2014 10:20:00 AM

(11/10/2014 09:38:00 AM) - Al

Rays are moving closer to dealing Jeremy Hellickson to an NL team. Likely this week.--Joel Sherman

I was/am a big Hellickson fan, but I doubt Doug is, as Jeremy is not a hard thrower, and he's coming off of injury. However, that may make him available and a value proposition.

11/10/2014 09:38:00 AM

(11/10/2014 09:25:00 AM) - Al

On this day I was a teenager in Siberia, watching Ronald Reagan speech about fighting for Freedom. He influenced me deeply.--Tatiana Wright

Reagan always spoke of how great the USA was, and many of these words are still remembered today.

Thirty years down the road, I don't think anyone will be quoting "if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance."

11/10/2014 09:25:00 AM

(11/10/2014 09:14:00 AM) - Al

Appointments rescheduled, Weekend at Bernies on.

Anyone questioning my high brow tastes need not wonder any more.

11/10/2014 09:14:00 AM

(11/10/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Why Walker won.

Very good, fair analysis. I assumed most Dems, such as Feingold, thought this election was unwinnable, as Burke was an incredibly weak candidate for a statewide election. Was it? Perhaps, though a young, likable Dem, perhaps with 4-6 years experience in the legislature, without the warts of Burke might have made it a closer race.

11/10/2014 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 09, 2014

(11/09/2014 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Every time I write of Ted Kennedy being a drunk that killed a woman, I get people saying I should not do that. I always reply, if Ted Kennedy wanted me to not say that, he shouldn't have been a drunk who killed a woman.

11/09/2014 06:29:00 PM

(11/09/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

Glad to have this American hero on my side.

Know what's great? She's winning and serving her country; while the Dems have spent the entire week losing and then blaming the loss on how damn stupid the voters are.

11/09/2014 03:01:00 PM

(11/09/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond yesterday to get a new Sodastream cartridge, so I went this AM. I drove by Aldi and Wal Mart...both lots looked like Black Friday, packed. I assume many folks were out stocking up in case we get the storm that is predicted...far worse north of 29, and up to 18 inches in northern counties, but anywhere from 5-12 for us, depending on what line it eventually takes...and now I see a "wintry mix" is expected before the snow, meaning we could get snow on top of icy roads.

As the Rambling wife and I discussed, it's amazing so many people do not have a few day's worth of food in their house. I read once on a survival blog if you have a few gallons of water (or bleach to purify some) and enough food for 3 are in better shape than 80% of the citizenry. A standard moving box with easy to eat and prepare foods such as pop tarts, beef sticks/jerky, granola, and/or protein bars, AND some water?

You're in the top 5%. It doesn't take much.

11/09/2014 01:43:00 PM

(11/09/2014 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Actually, I found a possible target the other day and forgot to mention it. Jason Grilli was targeted a couple seasons ago, but the Crew only offered him a one year deal. Now, at 38, he is almost certain to only get one season offers, and Grilli throws hard and misses bats. He also does not strike me as a guy who cares if he sets up or closes.

Grilli struggled early and was injured (he likely struggled because he was injured), but recovered nicely after being dealt to the Angels.

11/09/2014 12:16:00 PM

(11/09/2014 12:04:00 PM) - Al

Brewers signing Scherzer?

Mark A and Doug often target a player or two that is a surprise, none of us knew they were after Garza until the agreement was all but complete. That said, I do not see Scherzer. MP is a HR/doubles park, and the idea of signing a FA SP to that type of mindblowing money...the same year that Braun finally starts making big money...very unlikely.

If they do sign a "surprise," my guess is it is a reliever. If they would pay a relief guy $10M and nontender (or trade) Parra, that's only a $3.5M or so increase. Could Parra himself bring back a reliever that team considers "overpaid," or unnecessary? A guy like Papelbon comes to mind, but remember, any team could have had him for nothing except his contract when he was on waivers last August.   

11/09/2014 12:04:00 PM

(11/09/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al


11/09/2014 08:00:00 AM

Saturday, November 08, 2014

(11/08/2014 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Watching ESPN's 30/30 piece on Netflix about the 1991 US Open, specifically Jimmy Connors. Talking about how Connors loved being the villain, and how many  people disliked him just because of his persona. I was always a McEnroe fan, but liked Connors because he was not dull, like Borg, Lendl, and so many others who just stared at their rackets, like some tennis playing robot.

11/08/2014 11:39:00 PM

(11/08/2014 08:44:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son: Three things I love about picking up fried chicken for supper. One, it's delicious, and two, no dishes to put in the dishwasher.

Me: Um, what's third thing.

Rambling son: Oh...I guess I meant two. 

He's gifted you see. 

11/08/2014 08:44:00 PM

(11/08/2014 07:35:00 PM) - Al

It used to be you could tell the home team because they wore the light jerseys.

I've watched parts of a dozen games today, and the away team has been wearing light jerseys every single game. Funny how things change. 

11/08/2014 07:35:00 PM

(11/08/2014 06:49:00 PM) - Al

This linked up to the Madison Rising video.

Toby Keith is still going strong, and the Dixie Chicks haven't been heard from in about a decade. That wasn't even a fair feud.:) If they were playing on my front lawn, I'd shut the curtains. They're terrible people, and I'm glad they're not on my side.

11/08/2014 06:49:00 PM

(11/08/2014 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Madison Rising celebrates the Marines' birthday.

Good to see a patriotic rock band, as most are too busy doing drugs to know what country they're from.

11/08/2014 06:21:00 PM

(11/08/2014 06:12:00 PM) - Al

I am shocked there's an Islam sympathizer who hates the USA on a college campus.


Heck, I'm more surprised if I see a fiscal conservative whose name I can pronounce. Heck, over half the Poli Sci courses I took at UWEC were taught by professors so far left they couldn't even see the center.

Of course, don't forget, Obama said ISIS is not Islam...even though that's what the first I stands for.

Most intelligent president EVER.

11/08/2014 06:12:00 PM

(11/08/2014 03:16:00 PM) - Al

Considering I bought both chocolate and cinnamon sugar Pringles today, I'm not one to judge, but I think it sounds pretty good.

11/08/2014 03:16:00 PM

(11/08/2014 10:57:00 AM) - Al


11/08/2014 10:57:00 AM

(11/08/2014 10:39:00 AM) - Al

Russell Martin is going to get too much money and too many years. He's a solid player, but is far too old and not much better than average to be so in demand.

11/08/2014 10:39:00 AM

(11/08/2014 10:28:00 AM) - Al

Sears used to be one of the top 2-3 retailers in the USA.

Now? Not so much.

11/08/2014 10:28:00 AM

Friday, November 07, 2014

(11/07/2014 09:52:00 PM) - Al

The last time IL had a Republican governor...1892.

The Wright brothers were 21 years away from flying he first plane, among other things. I just hope the left keeps blaming how stupid the electorate is instead of making simple changes such as quit giving into the unions because they want platinum benefits.

11/07/2014 09:52:00 PM

(11/07/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Sometime in the next four years, I predict the Dems will "suggest" the governor election occur the same years as the presidential election, because it would appear far more lefts and indys vote only once every four years, and that's the presidential one.

Why? As with voter ID, they will do whatever they can to rig the system in their favor.

11/07/2014 08:27:00 PM

(11/07/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Crew brings back Jeremy Hermida.

Not in the story, but Pete Orr too. Both are guys who could well be utilized if injuries hit during 2015. You could do a lot worse than Hermida for a platoon/reserve.

11/07/2014 05:21:00 PM

(11/07/2014 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Difficult not to be excited about this. Carson is a brilliant man, and while he lacks experience, Obama has made that a moot point, as he was wholly unqualified, but we were racist if we pointed that out.

11/07/2014 05:11:00 PM

(11/07/2014 05:02:00 PM) - Al

I watched Bad Grandpa for the second time last night. Still the funniest movie I've seen in years, and while in extremely poor taste, all but impossible not to enjoy immensely.

I truly feel sorry for anyone who does not laugh hysterically when they watch it. 

11/07/2014 05:02:00 PM

(11/07/2014 04:59:00 PM) - Al

Gabe Kapler hired by Dodgers as farm director. They are basically the A's with a dump truck of cash to spend.

11/07/2014 04:59:00 PM

(11/07/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The lone regret of my single days?

That I did not date more "fat" girls.

Damn. Said with tongue firmly in cheek. That is one gorgeous young woman.

11/07/2014 02:30:00 PM

(11/07/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

You know some far left kook will use this as proof of climate change.

You know, there's never been bad weather in Alaska before now.

11/07/2014 01:00:00 PM

(11/07/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al


Walker's wins. This would seem to prove just how upset the electorate was that we wasted the money on that mindless recall...look how upset the right was. The left loves wasting money, and doesn't care how they do it.

11/07/2014 12:30:00 PM

(11/07/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I love the "voters are idiots" aftershocks. Nothing I like more than people who want to get folks to change their minds by calling them names.

This sis why gthey lost.

11/07/2014 11:30:00 AM

(11/07/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I love it when the press guy has to lie so Obama doesn't have to lie.

11/07/2014 11:00:00 AM

(11/07/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Proof the left has no business sense?

They can't figure out why the only conservative channel destroys all the ones that split the liberals.

11/07/2014 08:00:00 AM

(11/07/2014 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I just read on the message boards the Crew should sign a starting SS to platoon with Scooter and backup Segura.

Yes, we should spend about $10M a season to sign a guy who will hopefully only play 60 games. Not to mention, like there's a starting SS who wants to be a part time starter in the prime of his career.

This is why they're casuals.

11/07/2014 07:00:00 AM

Thursday, November 06, 2014

(11/06/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Ever notice your views seem to fit in far better with folks that live in smaller towns and rural areas.

Me too.

11/06/2014 06:51:00 PM

(11/06/2014 04:27:00 PM) - Al

Counsell on list of Rays' managerial candidates.

Listening to him on the radio for much of a game this year, his heart seemed on the GM side. The Red Sox offered him a coaching job and he turned it down a couple years ago. 

11/06/2014 04:27:00 PM

(11/06/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

So, why do you suppose so many choose not to pay union dues anymore?

$40M on almost entirely losing candidates. Think how much that money could have helped their members if gthey had used it to reduce costs. Or, heaven forbid, invest it and have a permanent supply of cash coming in.

That'd make far too much sense.

11/06/2014 03:30:00 PM

(11/06/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks. We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb, and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany. It's worth noting that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama administration couldn't build a web site.-Jason on Facebook

I've seen this before, and posted it too, methinks. However, it does a fine job at highlighting what the USA can do, and how lacking in leadership the current administration is. Make all the excuses you want, but the public saw it as pure incompetence.

11/06/2014 02:30:00 PM

(11/06/2014 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Melvin said the club might need a right-handed complement to Lind at first base but said that likely will come from within.

“You’d like to have some versatility but I don’t think it’s going to be something we go out and search for,” he said. “It might be Jason Rogers. We might play (catcher Jonathan) Lucroy over there some more.” 

Melvin said he didn’t plan to pursue free agent Mark Reynolds, who split time at first base and third base last season.--JS

I did not see this when it first was written. Usually I am not a fan of youngsters on the bench, but Rogers is not that young, and he probably profiles as a reserve anyway. If he can play 1B/3B/LF/RF, he will also allow the team to carry an extra pitcher or a "specialty" player, like a veteran PH who doesn't own a glove anymore. Also, Rogers has options, so he can go down for a week or two to bring up an extra arm, especially if there's a run of RHP coming up. Roster versatility is a valuable tool, especially if you have guys who are banged up, but not so badly as they need two weeks off, but just a few days to rest a tight hammy or sore elbow; or to let a cortisone shot take effect. 

11/06/2014 01:26:00 PM

(11/06/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Creating more government to try to end up with less government always gives you more government and higher taxes.--Mark Cuban

Those that think government creates jobs have never read an economics textbook. They're still quoting Marx, whose views have been proven not to work time and time again over the past century.

If you don't learn from history...

11/06/2014 12:57:00 PM

(11/06/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I listened to Jerry Bader yesterday, as I had a 75 minute drive to my first appointment. The one thing I have to fully agree with him is how nice it is that the left seems to be completely unwilling to see why they lost so handily. Most refuse to blame the president and his plethora of scandals, and local Dems shake their head at how Walker continues to win time after time.

One caller summed it up nicely...Walker said what he was going to do. He then rolled up his sleeves, and did exactly what he said. Made some tough decisions, selfish folks were upset they only had gold benefits and no longer had platinum ones. They whined, protested, vandalized, called in sick, and the public shook their heads, looking at them as spoiled brats. Just like they did at the recall, they were finally able to voice their the ballot box. And the left says to themselves...why do all these farmers, factory workers, and loggers not want the public sector employees...mostly working cushy inside jobs, 9-5, Monday thru have far better benefits, at taxpayer benefit mind you, than they have for themselves.

The fact that this is lost on them gives me hope for the future. The mere fact that over half of teachers now pay no union dues has been ignored (don't forget, that's what the whole conniption was about, all the rest was just theatrics, as the only thing that matters to them is funding the union, which is basically just laundering money to be spent on Dem TV ads). They simply do not get it. That is great to see.

Even IL, a very blue state, has had enough, sees other states lowering taxes and spending less, and said, "Hey, let's try that. This raising taxes all the time is not the answer."

There is nothing better than to have a huge election victory, and the next day, the other side is doing nothing except saying how damn stupid the "other" voters are. I hope they run with the exact same ideas and plans in '16.

The best part is, we've lowered taxes and spending, and despite the cries and warnings it would devastate folks. I recall the mean old days of pure prosperity, when Reagan's entire budget was the same size as Obama's "stimulus" he spent on pork in blue districts. No one was dying in the streets, no one was wasting away from hunger...however, we did a lot fewer paper pushers, and far less waste and fraud.

Somehow, by sheer luck I would say, we not only survived, but we had an incredible boom, as folks knew hard work would be rewarded. Keep scratching your heads, boys...your ignorance does my heart good.

11/06/2014 10:30:00 AM

(11/06/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Everyone talking about Scott Walker being a true presidential candidate all of a sudden, including several people (Ed Schultz, MSNBC) who don't like him, but also respect his ability to win three elections in a swing state, especially when one considers so much outside money has been targeted to defeat him.

I've said for a couple years Christie/Walker is my dream ticket, as Chris' personality and Scott's common sense/Midwest values would make Hillary look like the old out of touch woman she is. I lost all respect for her when she stood by Bill through his poor behavior. Say what you will about Maria Shriver, but she decided she did not need to be married to a powerful fella for her self esteem and credibility. The fact the governors have become good friends makes me wonder if a conversation has already taken place in that regard.

Christie sounded  extremely rough on Obama this AM, saying it was a referendum on his failed policies and complete lack of leadership. Walker's victory speech sounded more like a pep rally and "I'm ready for the national stage" entry, talking about how his beliefs mirror American beliefs, and how out of touch DC is.

Many tweets were retweeted on my timeline last night making fun of Tonette Walker's appearance and weight (that, of course, is because the left is far, far classier than us). I was unaware she is a few years older than him until I read Walker's book. Of course, none of that matters to me, though to be truthful, I wish he was married to a 22 year old model if she's going to get a lot of screen time.

11/06/2014 09:30:00 AM

(11/06/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Factories still schedule like this though.

Most of it is because people refuse to change their habits...they get up about the same time whether they work at 8AM or 5PM.

11/06/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

(11/05/2014 11:48:00 PM) - Al

An interesting week 9 with lots of experts only getting 7 or 8 right but there were still five that went 11 - 2, and five that went 10 - 3.  With a 7 - 6 week you slid down into 5th place with 91 correct for the year.  Eisenberg (CBS) is the leader with 95 correct.  


I won a couple nailbiters too, could have been a terrible week.

I got the Bengals tonight, not gutsy enough to take the Browns.

11/05/2014 11:48:00 PM

(11/05/2014 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Capitalism works people. If no one shopped then, they would not be open.

Retailers can choose to be open when they can turn a profit. Save your pity for those that can't find a job, not those who have to work part of a holiday.

Welcome to the world nurses, firemen, police officers, EMT's, many in the hospitality industry, and the self employed deal with every year. Life ain't a sitcom. Most people don't work, but many do.

And if you ever have a pipe break, cut yourself, or need to fill up with gas in order to get home; you'll be glad they do.

11/05/2014 10:42:00 PM

(11/05/2014 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Just remembered to look up my assembly race, which was too close to call last night. Looks like a recount.

Never pretend a single vote will not matter, especially in local races.

Wright was incredibly liberal, so she was a target in a conservative wave. Lucky she did not get blown out.

11/05/2014 08:22:00 PM

(11/05/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

I'd have voted for her. Any 18 year old smart enough to be a fiscal conservative is all right with me.

11/05/2014 05:27:00 PM

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

(11/04/2014 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Polls always lean left. I've likened this to telling the pollster what they want to hear, but then voting with their heart once they are in the booth.

11/04/2014 11:31:00 PM

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

Burke spends her entire concession speech hashing over why she lost...Act 10, no belief in low taxes and low spending.

Walker opens his victory speech by thanking WI military members still serving in harm's way all over the world.

The difference is incredibly clear. I've never been so sure I'm on the right side.

Walker says he never remembers anyone growing up saying "Someday, I hope to be dependent on the government. In America, you can be and do anything you want. The outcome is up to you. That's the difference between Wisconsin and what they're trying to sell us in Washington. There's a reason why we celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April. We celebrate our freedom from dependence on government. " 

Proud to be a Wisconsin kid, and an American tonight. The future is brighter than it was yesterday.

11/04/2014 11:00:00 PM

(11/04/2014 10:53:00 PM) - Al

The gal who ran against my Congressman and neighbor, Sean Duffy, refuses to concede, saying plenty of votes are left to be counted. She has less than 40% of the vote with about 2/3rd's counted.

I'm embarrassed for her. She may indeed be the stupidest person on the planet. She was asked to run so Duffy would not run unopposed, and had no chance from day one. Sadly, I don't think they remembered to inform her of this little fact.

11/04/2014 10:53:00 PM

(11/04/2014 10:27:00 PM) - Al

And Illinois elects a Republican Governor.

Damn. I heard this AM that he was polling at 47%, and I giggled that it was even possible. 
Today was a referendum of President Obama. And while some folks bitch and moan, many folks just keep quiet, go to work, and let their votes do the talking. 

Tonight, we hear them loud and clear. Fox Business said 39% of the electorate answered the exit poll question "When will this recession end?" with the response of "Never." Pessimism is at an all time high, mostly due to the failed and divisive Chicago style politics we now have in DC. The next two years, he will pretty much be an empty suit, continuing to make hellishly bad decisions whenever given the chance. 

That said, Reagan is not walking through the door. Whoever the GOP nominee is in two years, they need to be optimistic, fiscally responsible, and most of all, patriotic, loud and proud. Many folks do not believe in the USA. To hell with them. 

They have been wrong at every stage of history, and they are wrong now. The free market works. Deal with it.

11/04/2014 10:27:00 PM

(11/04/2014 09:56:00 PM) - Al

"Most divisive governor in America" wins third election in four years.--Christian Schneider


Still waiting for that $20M check for the recall, by the way. Irresponsible SOB's.

Despite the fact Walker was outspent, and almost entirely by out of state money, who despise his fiscal intelligence; it appears he will once again win more votes than he did the election prior. In a swing state which almost always votes Dem for president. 

He's either a brilliant politician, or his opponents are just plain wrong. 

Or both.

11/04/2014 09:56:00 PM

(11/04/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Julian Bradley up 53-44 percent over Doug LaFollette in Sec. of State race. If he wins, Tammy Baldwin only statewide elected Dem. 

And she's the most liberal of anyone. Not to mention, Obama would win today too. 

11/04/2014 09:48:00 PM

(11/04/2014 09:43:00 PM) - Al

I just saw that Walker is ahead 60-39, with about 27% of the voter counted. .

The Ramblings credo, no matter how close an election, about 1% of the population will vote for some goofball third party candidate; remains true.

11/04/2014 09:43:00 PM

(11/04/2014 09:40:00 PM) - Al

So far in Waukesha County, Walker 83,796 to Burke 30,284. Schimel winning by even bigger margin.

Ramblings country. 

11/04/2014 09:40:00 PM

(11/04/2014 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Heh. I think I found my holiday card pic for my clients.

11/04/2014 09:28:00 PM

(11/04/2014 08:44:00 PM) - Al

I'd rather lose without them than win with them.

They are just awful, despicable people.

11/04/2014 08:44:00 PM

(11/04/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Obama has invited bipartisan, congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday afternoon.--White House

After six years of ignoring the GOP, it's time to "work with them."

Heh. I wouldn't even bother going. His reign of terror is over, the last two years are just for show.

11/04/2014 08:43:00 PM

(11/04/2014 06:55:00 PM) - Al

This is a very Republican group of states, even though they are basically the same as they were six years ago.

His excuses are even lies. Painful.

11/04/2014 06:55:00 PM

(11/04/2014 06:34:00 PM) - Al

We'll see if this leads to discussion about "big milk."

That said, if you talk to a farmer, they'll still say they're losing money hand over fist.

11/04/2014 06:34:00 PM

(11/04/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

"He has taken some batting practice off a pitcher," said general manager Doug Melvin. "It's not like he's playing every day. You're not going to get a good feel and judgment on it until then, when you're playing every day, seven days a week, taking BP and all that. That's the true test.

"But, right now, it sounds like everything is great. He's just going to let it go through the normal healing process."--JS

I'm sure Doug is checking in with Ryan weekly because Braun's health leaves Parra's status in flux. I can't believe how flippant casuals are about paying a reserve OF $6-7M when he is projected to only get about 250-300 PA's (he got 134 the last two months of '14 with all three OF's missing time with injuries, a pace of about 400). Heck, most teams do not pay their 4-5 man position player bench that much (the Crew was an exception last year, as Weeks made $11M).

11/04/2014 01:51:00 PM

(11/04/2014 01:18:00 PM) - Al

They should all blindly vote for the party that supported slavery, and fought civil rights every step of the way.

Racism is a sad thing. Feeling the need to rewrite history is even sadder.

11/04/2014 01:18:00 PM

Monday, November 03, 2014

(11/03/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Most popular jobs by state.

Never would have guessed hardly any of these...butchers in AK? Groundskeepers? How can there be more gaming supervisors that casino workers...I suppose they have many different names; dealers, hospitality, pit boss, waitstaff, maintenance.

11/03/2014 02:30:00 PM

(11/03/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

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

I'd rather lose without them than win with them.

11/03/2014 02:08:00 PM

(11/03/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Aramis opts in, will return in '15.

Doug and the braintrust will now decide if Jason Rogers will be the backup corner INF, or if he brings in a 1B/3B who mashes lefties, as Lind will not play versus some, if not all LHP.

11/03/2014 01:04:00 PM

(11/03/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I dare anyone to find an untruth in this editorial. We're in far better shape than we were, and Walker deserves the credit.

If you aren't smart enough to see it, you're a liberal apologist. Since math and common sense are in vogue at Ramblings, I cannot be of're simply too far gone.

11/03/2014 01:00:00 PM

(11/03/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

No voter fraud? Heh.

Of course, the highly ethical among us that get caught always seem to belong to the same party...

11/03/2014 12:00:00 PM

(11/03/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The amount of busy work always expands to fill the time available.--Rory Vaden

Amen. I still recall my last retail job we were faxing in a dozen things a day to prove they were done...and finally, in order to "help us," they added another weekly recap, that pretty much summarized all the others. I asked why we had to do both, as it was the same stuff. I never did get an answer, because there isn't a sensible one. That was the beginning of the end for me there. 

11/03/2014 11:30:00 AM

(11/03/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

An astronaut and a president.

The space explorer is obviously just dressed up for Halloween, but the president is a real leader. Many did not realize it at the time, but they do now.

11/03/2014 09:30:00 AM

(11/03/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Thirteen years later.

No politics at all in Manhattan. None.:)

11/03/2014 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 02, 2014

(11/02/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

One of the funniest things about Facebook is watching people proudly posting pictures of a dumpster fire...because it's their dumpster fire.

11/02/2014 02:00:00 PM

(11/02/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Walker, on the other hand, cut taxes by $2 billion, increased the state's emergency fund, yet still balanced the budget. Despite Walker's income tax cuts, $100 million of which was targeted for the state's lowest earners, Wisconsin is now collecting more in taxes than it ever has before.--JS

Read the whole thing. For us who believe in small government, it's been a dream come true. Let's hope we don't take a huge step backwards and return to the days of tax, spend, and deficits.

All the other stuff is meaningless to me. I believe in fiscally responsible, conservative government, and that's exactly what the common sense Walker approach has given us. Note, that with taxes lowered, the state is collecting more money.

That's why raising taxes does not work, much to the left's chagrin. Punishing the successful only discourages the successful from working more and/or harder. In my old office, in fact, many would barely work in December, instead resting, enjoying the holidays, and setting up appointments for January; because they knew were in a high tax bracket, and might not be the next year.

Human nature is simple, but liberals simply fail to take it into consideration. Citizens are just rubes to be fleeced.

11/02/2014 01:27:00 PM

(11/02/2014 11:37:00 AM) - Al

I was officially eliminated from my mythical survivor pool, and I see only 7% are remaining. I would have picked SF this week.

11/02/2014 11:37:00 AM

(11/02/2014 11:34:00 AM) - Al

It's also "possible" Aramis gets hit by a bus today.

What a waste of time.

Ramirez will make more this year if he accepts the option. He will get 2-3 years guaranteed, and more money total, if he shops around and accepts the high bid. Is money more important to him than playing in MIL? Time will tell.

11/02/2014 11:34:00 AM

(11/02/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al


11/02/2014 11:00:00 AM

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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

I've been saying this for the last decade, and the Rambling son has taken to saying he agrees with it as well.

Now, even the pope has joined the bandwagon.

I am one cool dude. Any minute now, I expect the pontiff to add, "And by the way, why does Obama tax and spend so damn much?"

11/01/2014 11:25:00 PM

(11/01/2014 05:04:00 PM) - Al

The way I look at this trade is I think our ballpark hurt Marco and I think our ballpark can help Adam Lind.--Doug M

Always building for the 81 games at home. Both of the above is true.

Doug also mentioned an everyday player would get about 150 AB's versus LHP a season, and "a few days off might help him." Probably not a straight platoon, of course, that might depend on how the RH fella does. Lucroy could pick up some starts there too, as he did last season.

11/01/2014 05:04:00 PM

(11/01/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy on Honor Flight today with vets.

11/01/2014 04:50:00 PM

(11/01/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I take a nap, and the Crew swaps Estrada for Adam Lind from the Jays.

I am assuming Lind will be penciled into play 1B versus RHP, and while I'm sure he will insist he can hit LHP as well, great opportunity for Jason Rogers to earn a bench spot as a reserve 1B/3B/LF/RF.

Lind was a target of Doug's way back when Hardy was being bandied about. He is a mediocre defensive 1B (-4 UZR/150, similar to Prince) who hits doubles and HR's. Acquiring him instead of signing a Adam LaRoche/Mike Cuddyer type saves the Crew $5-7M, and he has an option for '16 as well for similar money.

ADDED: Doug points out to the JS that the NL Central has very few LH SP's. 

11/01/2014 04:00:00 PM

(11/01/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Now that 1B is filled, for the most part, the one free agent I'd love to see MIL go hard after is Chase Headley, who is a switch hitting 3B whio is very good defensively. He has a career 799 OPS on the road, as he has played much of his career in the offense restricting Petco Park.

MLBTR estimates he will sign for 4y/$48M, which for his age 31-34 years seems about right...his floor is very high, as his defense is not going to suddenly slump, and 3B is a terrible position around MLB, barely higher than SS and 2B. He is also a plus baserunner, odd for a 3B.

11/01/2014 03:45:00 PM

(11/01/2014 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Next big decision is whether or not to pay Gerardo Parra $6-7M to be a plus reserve OF.

I like Parra a lot, but it makes no mathematical sense for a small market team. Unless they have poor reports on Braun. Also, while defense plays anywhere, Parra does not fit the mold for a corner OF in Miller Park. Add that to the fact he is not a plus defender if he plays CF, and has a huge platoon split, he is far from a perfect 4th OF anyway.

I would think he would have some trade value, and would be a very nice fit in a larger ballpark especially, like San Diego, Colorado, and so on.

11/01/2014 03:07:00 PM

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