Al's Ramblings



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

(12/31/2014 05:02:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying this for thirty plus years...most UFO sightings are very close to military bases.

And, by drunks and druggies.


12/31/2014 05:02:00 PM



(12/31/2014 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Because selling the dresses and donating that to charity would have been so much less intelligent.

That's why the selfish gal was left at the altar.


12/31/2014 04:55:00 PM



(12/31/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

two-bite super-clean combinations like compressed watermelon with cave-aged AmaBlu cheese

In a bold departure from the complicated, often overly fussy plates that have come to signal New American cuisine--both quotes from the same City Pages Twin Cities article about restaurants

The irony, of course, is they praise such a ridiculously arrogant description in the first, and then refer to "overly fussy" in the second.

And hey, I'm from a small town and consider a meal "fancy" if the table has napkins on it and not paper towels; but what the hell is compressed watermelon? Cave aged? Seriously?


12/31/2014 01:21:00 PM



(12/31/2014 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Badgers at noon versus Penn State on BTN.

Bo's fellas are a 19 point favorite, so let's hope they can dominate after being pushed by a tough Buffalo club the other night.

Bucks at 6 versus the Cavs, Lebron may not play, which, of course, would be a shame.


12/31/2014 11:18:00 AM



(12/31/2014 10:46:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe that today is treated just like a holiday or weekend...day games in college football, the NBA, and the NHL.

The funny thing is, many offices and businesses treat it just like any other day, even though this afternoon's activity will be nonexistent for all but the hospitality industry.


12/31/2014 10:46:00 AM



(12/31/2014 10:36:00 AM) - Al

I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality.--Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Just like many in various groups, they do not want equal treatment, they want preferred treatment. If you can't make it in the USA...sadly, many choose to make excuses.


12/31/2014 10:36:00 AM



(12/31/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Note to these students....they aren't ever going to get a job talking and writing badly.

As Charles Barkley said decades ago, "Eubonics? Try getting a job at IBM talking like that."


12/31/2014 09:30:00 AM



(12/31/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Two days ago, I faxed a sheet of paper to a business. Yesterday, I called them to verify they received it.

Al: So, I faxed you this yesterday around 1, can you verify you got it?

Gent: No sir, I cannot. 

Al: OK, when can you verify it?

Gent: When did you fax it again?

Al: About 1PM yesterday. 

Gent: We'll get that tomorrow morning. Call anytime tomorrow. 

Al: So...the stuff you got faxed to you yesterday...you guys don't look at until tomorrow.

Gent: That's right sir. 

Al: That seems very slow and inefficient. You can't take a look for me now and just tell me if it's in your system? 

Gent: No. Any item we received yesterday will be taken care of tomorrow. 

Al: So, I should call back tomorrow. How late are you there, as tomorrow is the 31st? 

Gent: We're here all day, until 4. 

Al: So, if you tell me tomorrow you did not receive it yesterday, and I refax it, you won't be able to tell me if you got it until what...Friday, or maybe Monday? 

Gent: If you sent in yesterday sir, I'm sure it will be in our queue tomorrow.

Al: Considering you had it a couple minutes after I sent it, and can't tell me if you have it more 24 hours later, and want me to call back tomorrow, so we can do all this again, I wish I shared your confidence. 

{hangs up phone}


I'd write a letter and tell them how disappointed I am in their service, but by the time they got back to me, it'd be a different week, and I will have forgotten why I wrote.



12/31/2014 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

(12/30/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

I'd hate to give up on Wolters, but it's unlikely he'll ever be more than a reserve.

That said, I'd especially hate to give up on Nate for a 33 year old who hasn't played this year.


12/30/2014 07:19:00 PM



(12/30/2014 06:47:00 PM) - Al

When the Rambling son was a little fella, he went to bed about 8PM, but wanted to try and stay up until midnight. He didn't even make it until 9 or 10 the first year, but in year two, we acted as if the New York City countdown was our time zone, and he was none the wiser, and was thrilled he made it.

Netflix makes it even easier.


12/30/2014 06:47:00 PM



(12/30/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

The in thing is...upscale movie theaters.

Note the comfy seating and fact that some don't even have a ticket booth. Also, they are aimed solely at adults without kids...these are also the client base that can afford the $30 ticket cost (for two) and another $20-30 for food.

We used to love our "cinema cafe" in Woodbury, MN and in Shawano, about 45 minutes from our home in the Wausau area. Even if the movie was "just OK" we would enjoy a pizza or burgers, and often the bill was less than $10 a person, as both showed second run films. During matinees in Woodbury, they would not even charge you for admission until the waitstaff added it to your food bill.


12/30/2014 03:20:00 PM



(12/30/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Hey Al,

I read your blog daily and enjoy it a lot. Much like yourself I pride myself as being antisocial and a bit of a contrarian.

I agree with you that Paul Chryst would not of been hired without his past connections to the UW program.  Doesn't  that hold true for Bo Ryan as well? I mean Bo only coached two years of D1 ball at Milwaukee and was barley .500. He had a ton of success at Platteville but D3 coaches never make the jump to a major conference D1 school. He was also a Wisconsin assistant back before his Platteville days.

I don't really know what my point is, I guess I'm hoping the football program has found their version of Bo. Plus as a former resident of SW Wisconsin it warms my heart to see that the school in Madison has to go get Platteville (I'm guessing you know Paul Chryst was a Platteville H.S. Grad and his dad hired Bo to coach at Platteville) guys to win games for them.

Keep up the good work on the blog,

Josh 



Bo was hired because of his massive success in D3 ball, and the fact he was interested. I'm not sure if his days as a Badgers' assistant were related or not to his hire. Usually D1 coaches come from lesser conferences and from top assistants in D1. Bo was a D1 coach at a lower level conference, who had previous success at the D3 level. It makes perfect sense to me. Dick Bennett also came from a lower level conference, and he had huge success at Point back when it was NAIA. When the day comes when Bo leaves, I'm sure he will want Greg Gard to get the job, and he might. A safer choice would be to bring in a top young coach from the Missouri Valley or the Atlantic 10, good basketball conferences without the notoriety that the Big Ten has. Of course, I can always hope Tony Bennett would contact Alvarez and declare himself interested.

Chryst might be a tremendous hire, I have no clue. When you compare him to other recent Big Ten hires; Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, Jerry Kill (consistent winner at the FCS level), James Franklin (rebuilt Vanderbilt into a winning program), Tim Beckman  (bowl games at Toledo); at best, Chryst is underwhelming.




12/30/2014 02:27:00 PM



(12/30/2014 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Giada is back on the market.

That said, I doubt I'd have much of a chance even if I was single.


12/30/2014 11:11:00 AM



(12/30/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al



Doing so only proves you have nothing better to do. And, when you disrupt businesses, block hospitals and interstates, you deserve to get run over.

That said, you don't see a lot of entrepreneurs and forward thinkers out protesting...too busy, you know, reading, learning, and working. And, making fun of those losers who think they're accomplishing something by loitering.

People that bitch and moan don't accomplish a whole lot. Just coincidence, I'm sure.








12/30/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Anyone would be better off living in the USA instead of the Dominican, because the Dominican is a crime/drug/mob infested sh#&hole of a country,

This just goes to show you "home" is a very powerful thing. Almost everyone lives where they grew up (or close to it) or where they found a job. The internet is full of information on where to retire, where to live, where to move...and everyone ignores it.


12/30/2014 10:00:00 AM



(12/30/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The government's plan not as good as the free market?

I, for one, am shocked.

Shocked I say.

Funny, it worked out so well in Cuba and the USSR.

It's almost as if they lied, isn't it?


12/30/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 29, 2014

(12/29/2014 11:01:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying it all year, but it's even more obvious now...Arkansas is in far better shape with their football program than the Badgers are. They improved weekly all season, and are dominating their bowl,

The Hogs have a dominating defense and excellent running game; and went from a crappy team to 3 wins to now winning 7...in the very, very tough SEC. Meanwhile the Badgers are, well, a solid team in the weak Big Ten. They may well have plateaued, and just brought in their 3rd coach in 4 years...a guy who would have never been considered if he did not have "connections" to the program.


12/29/2014 11:01:00 PM



(12/29/2014 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Rambling family made its New Year's plans tonight. We plan on playing a radio trivia contest the evening of the 31st (last year, we finished 11th out of about 45 teams, though we are at a huge disadvantage by listening online, the questions are delayed by a couple minutes) while enjoying homemade pizza; on the 1st, it's Golden Corral for lunch, and shrimp scampi for dinner.

A little disappointed GC is not open for breakfast on the holiday, as we like going for brunch and starting just as they start changing it over for lunch, about 10:30, but I understand, not many early risers on New Year's (and those that are up are off to the gym).

One year, I worked 12-cl at the craft store, while another manager worked 9:30-4, as we were open 10-6. I got there, did a quick walk of the store, we chatted, and I punched up sales on the computer...we had done $155. Finished the day about $5K, so the morning was about as slow as any day of the entire year. She went to go to lunch about 12:30, and I just told her to go home.

Despite being a noted workaholic (like many at that company, they had never learned to delegate, so they spent most of their time doing busy work, just to look busy...it's just how I always imagined the military to be) since she was off the next few days, she actually left. I sent everyone home except a couple cashiers at 4, and after filling in my hours the next day, the district manager called to tell me I must have made a mistake, I had said we only used 30 hours. I told him that was correct, and later that day, he had a conference call asking why some had used 80, and we had only used 30. The answer was simple...many stores had just scheduled a regular day, and I had scheduled very light, knowing it would be slow.

This is one of many times I did things differently than everyone else...later in my career, I was told I was not needed anymore for the exact same reason..."Al, how come you're the only one who does not blindly follow the scheduling computer guidelines?" "Because it wastes hours and leaves us shorthanded when we're busy." "HR insists it doesn't." "That's because HR has never run a store, and never works weekends." "Well, HR says to get rid of you."

Choose your battles, my friends.:) A few months later, I stopped in at the Madison store and was talking to the store manager. He informed me they had "finally told us to ignore the computer program because they found out it ignored sales." Turns out, it just measured tasks, and since you did not do tasks on weekends, it shorted stores so much on Sat/Sun you couldn't even staff the store.

I was a freaking genius, way ahead of my time. But, I was also unemployed. :)


12/29/2014 09:25:00 PM



(12/29/2014 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win in OT at Charlotte.

1. 16th win of season, they won 15 last year.

2. Found out Charter does not offer NBATV in my area, on any plan. That's why I could not locate it, I guess. I "watched" the 4th quarter and OT on Gamechannel, which is basically like going to a high school game and never glancing at the court and just watching the scoreboard.

3. Good win, as you want to split on the road, and they only play the Cavs in CLE on this trip.


12/29/2014 08:51:00 PM



(12/29/2014 01:59:00 PM) - Al

A few years ago I chose Newcastle United as "my team" in the English Premier League. I just watched them win last night after the football games were over in a game I DVR'd.

Interestingly, looks like the manager is leaving to go to another team, and NU will be getting compensated for him. A couple months ago, fans were calling for his head.

The EPL is much like college basketball, as the coach is also responsible for acquiring players, as they "run the show" so to speak. Pardew has always been known as a guy who got the most out of his players, but has never had an opportunity with one of the big budget teams.


12/29/2014 01:59:00 PM



(12/29/2014 01:46:00 PM) - Al

He is a parody of himself. And a selfish oaf.


12/29/2014 01:46:00 PM



(12/29/2014 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Randy emails in this gem that climate change folks simply ignore the facts to attempt to create a panic.

Weather changes. It varies. It has far more in the past than since the Industrial Revolution.



12/29/2014 12:15:00 PM



(12/29/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Our tax dollars at work.

You know, I think we should give them more. So they can help us.


12/29/2014 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, December 28, 2014

(12/28/2014 09:09:00 PM) - Al

Both guys on NBC pick Carolina to defeat Arizona next week. I thought I would be the only one, but it looks like a popular pick. Heck, the Panthers might be favored.

EDIT: AFC lines not up yet, as games not finalized, but Panthers are a 4.5 point pick, while the Cowboys are favored by 7. The DAL line seems low, and I think I'd take ARI and the points if I got more than a FG. 


12/28/2014 09:09:00 PM



(12/28/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Terry Bradshaw wonders who can beat Dallas as well as they are playing, but one has to wonder the same thing about Carolina. The Panthers have won their last four games, by an average score of 28-10.

The Cowboys have scored 38 or more in their last four, all victories.


12/28/2014 07:11:00 PM



(12/28/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

The Ramblings motto:

Always take the points.

Note the fans always boo when teams bring in the kicking unit, but they also boo when teams fail to convert on 4th down. That's the epitome of casual fandom, and why strategic decisions should never be left to random crowd noise.

I'd love to see a team decide to go for 2 after TD's, unless the math dictated otherwise (up 8, down 4) all season and see how it worked out. Nothing is more dull in sports than an extra point.


12/28/2014 03:45:00 PM



(12/28/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

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Keep siding with the protesters libs. And calling the voters stupid.


12/28/2014 01:32:00 PM



(12/28/2014 01:09:00 PM) - Al



Good luck with that.

We'll be waiting for ya when you grow up and, you know, actually get a job. 


12/28/2014 01:09:00 PM



(12/28/2014 12:51:00 PM) - Al

Hypocrites and horrible human beings.

Protest all you want from behind bars.

That's a shame.


12/28/2014 12:51:00 PM



(12/28/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Texans
Colts
Ravens
Pats
Jets
Vikings
Chargers
Giants
Bucs
Cowboys
Packers
Falcons
Seahawks
49ers
Broncos
Steelers


12/28/2014 11:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 27, 2014

(12/27/2014 11:38:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious.

Of course, we all know he would just fly like Superman.


12/27/2014 11:38:00 PM



(12/27/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

UPDATE: At bottom of post. 

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
It's hard to believe that this is the last week of the regular season already.  You had a good week with an 11 - 5 record bringing you into a tie for 11th with a total of 160 for the year.  You were the only expert out of 49 to pick Washington to win and one of two to pick Atlanta to win.  Pete Prisco (CBS) had the best week with 12 correct, seven others had 11.  For the season Jamey Eisenberg (CBS) continues to lead with 168, followed by Carter (ESPN) with 167, and then Jackson (ESPN) and Joyner (ESPN) both with 165.  The worst "expert" for the season is Wilson (CBS) with only 137.

No games until Sunday this week.

Jim

The bold was added by me, because I have so little to brag about.


Thank you to Jim for doing this little recap weekly all season. It does not seem like much, but I hate having to add them up and keep track. Interesting to see how I fared versus people that actually spend more than 90 seconds on their picks too. I wish they would keep track of how the "favorite" did each week, as I assume that they would have about the same as myself.

FYI: Jim emailed to say he does keep track of the "favored" team each week, and thus far, the team the line has favored has 161 correct. Hence, one more than me.

Lesson to be learned...don't overthink it. The favorite wins most of the time.


12/27/2014 09:00:00 PM



(12/27/2014 07:53:00 PM) - Al

How can they allow these anti police lefties to speak? Funerals are not a public event.


12/27/2014 07:53:00 PM


Friday, December 26, 2014

(12/26/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I never recall criminals getting a standing ovation. That's why protestors are so out of touch. They just don't get it.


12/26/2014 12:30:00 PM



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

I miss W.

This is why the military loved him so. He was just one of the guys, and always treated them like heroes. Obama can barely hide his contempt for the little people.

Obama was a selfish oaf before he was president, and he still is. And to be truthful, that wouldn't really matter so much if he didn't suck at it so.


12/26/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/26/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

After the family enjoyed A Christmas Story for an infiniteth time on Xmas Eve, I watched several episodes of Alaska: The Last Frontier, which features Jewel's dad and extended family as they hunt, fish, farm, and survive in rugged rural Alaska.

I recall we were talking at the office earlier this year, and one of the veteran, more mature folks talked about how, in the 50's and 60's, many farm families still had outhouses, even though their homes had long been equipped with running water and the capability to have a toilet inside. Why? Because it was looked at as being arrogant or bragging to do so. Many did not install them until well after even lower class homes all had them, perhaps into the 70's and 80's.

So, one of the families just installed a water line into the home, and the guy, who I think would be either Jewel's brother or cousin, said, "My wife and I are in agreement that we're still going to have an outhouse."

Well, of course. Nothing beats a fifty yard walk outside at 4AM in January on the Alaskan coast.

As the little girl said in Xmas Vacation, "I like it here. You don't have to get dressed to go to the bathroom." 


12/26/2014 09:30:00 AM



(12/26/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I wouldn't hire this imbecile to lay sod, because you know at some point, I'd be forced to tell her "green side up Kay."

So, for destruction of property, the idiot got a paid vacation.

We are in the very best of hands. And if this clown ever so much as speaks to my kid, one of us won't be around anymore...and I ain't going nowhere.


12/26/2014 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, December 25, 2014

(12/25/2014 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Luckily, not all Jews are as crabby as this one.

In fact, the ones I've known celebrate both Hanukkah and Xmas, as they felt it helped them "fit in" better


12/25/2014 05:22:00 PM



(12/25/2014 03:18:00 PM) - Al

So, Chinese food really is more popular on Xmas Day.

I'm not sure if this is just young people being rebellious, or is it because people are just sick of ham, turkey, and traditional holiday fare? Or, is it related to the fact many pizza places, and even other types of restaurants, such as Mexican, are closed that day?

This is why we must have the internet.


12/25/2014 03:18:00 PM



(12/25/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If you are not in the Xmas spirit, here's a couple videos of young men finding out they have earned scholarships after walking on.

Congrats to them.


12/25/2014 02:30:00 PM



(12/25/2014 02:16:00 PM) - Al

300+ theaters end up with The Interview, though many, in WI at least, are small town, smaller venues. Not a single Milwaukee/Madison theater among them...too busy being politically correct to realize how ignorant and shortsighted. Gutless.

Alamo Drafthouse, which runs a dozen or so brewpub theaters has announced their Austin, TX venue is sold out for today.

It's a blow for freedom, but the chains that backed out due to being wimps will hopefully lose their fear the next time a mildly controversial title comes along.


12/25/2014 02:16:00 PM



(12/25/2014 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Bacon wrapped tenderloins, chicken breasts hot off the grill for our Xmas Day lunch/dinner, to go with twice baked potatoes and apple tarts from the oven. 

Life isn't so bad unless you spend all your time protesting the fact criminals get shot and trying to make others as miserable as yourself.


12/25/2014 02:15:00 PM



(12/25/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Grandma is explaining how condoms are too expensive, but luckily she doesn't use them. I'm glad I know!--Sam Murphy

It's times like this I realize how fortunate I am my grandparents have been dead for decades.


12/25/2014 01:51:00 PM



(12/25/2014 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Jet Blue offers free flights to attend NYPD funerals.

They'll probably get in trouble by protestors for not offering free flights to the funerals of various funerals. That's a badge of honor in my opinion. If you're not making those morons mad, you're not living to the best of your ability.


12/25/2014 10:44:00 AM


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

(12/24/2014 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Know why? Because he was a thug.

Thugs tend to get shot by cops. It's in the job description.

It's time we stop wondering why thugs keep getting killed by cops. It's like wondering why the fat kid ate the last piece of cake.


12/24/2014 07:55:00 PM



(12/24/2014 07:50:00 PM) - Al

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Reagan is remembered for all these brilliant patriotic sayings. Obama will be remembered for "Fore!" and "If you like your health insurance..."


12/24/2014 07:50:00 PM



(12/24/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Dems believed in slavery because they felt blacks had to be protected.

And then they believed in sharecropping.

And today, they believe in "taking care of them" by sending them a check every month. Oh, and to prison.

They were wrong then, and they're wrong now. The best way to prevent this is capitalism and free markets...which the left fights at every opportunity.


12/24/2014 03:32:00 PM



(12/24/2014 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Went to Wal Mart this morning to pick up some Sodastream syrup. They had every single register open, and many of the operators were standing out in front, just waiting for someone. They are history's greatest retailer for a reason. Every time I question it, I remind myself they do 30 turns a year (for those unfamiliar with retail terms, this means they sell their entire inventory 30 times a year), while no company I ever worked for was able to do more than 4-6.

And they insisted they were way ahead of the game. 


12/24/2014 01:58:00 PM



(12/24/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Don't zap THAT George Bush! The other one, Lord, zap the other one!!--Jon Frank

Maybe someday, with luck, I will be as polite and civil as those on the left.



12/24/2014 11:30:00 AM



(12/24/2014 11:18:00 AM) - Al

The list is up to 25 theaters.

If you ever wonder how it's possible that most theater chains have declared bankruptcy at least once, despite having 90+ margins on concessions such as popcorn, pop, and candy...we're seeing why. They are incredibly stupid, and wimpy as well.

Most seem to think the movie will do very well per location, despite the fact the trailer was unfunny and dumb. Many say they're going to see it just to "make a point," and I might do this as well, if I was a frequent moviegoer and if it was playing near me.


12/24/2014 11:18:00 AM



(12/24/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The thing is, nothing is more damning to Obama than...Obama himself.


12/24/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember after the elections, the Dems spent much of their time complaining how damn stupid the public is?

Don't ever change. Please. They just don't understand the majority of folks despises big government and loves the free market.


12/24/2014 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

(12/23/2014 10:47:00 PM) - Al

Players say they were disappointed with effort. The Hornets are playing well and hitting tons of shots. Good to see the players care and all, but I think they were just beat by a better team playing well right now.

The only thing I worry about is they should be better at home, barely better than on the road thus far.


12/23/2014 10:47:00 PM



(12/23/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' players having a player's only meeting after the game...has lasted 50 minutes. Nate Wolters just walked by reporters waiting...I assume he might be flying home to MN tonight for Xmas Eve.

Odd such a meeting is taking place...the Bucks had a solid 2-2 road trip, and while they lost to Charlotte tonight in MIL, the Hornets are on a good run, having won five in a row. Be interesting to hear why it was called.


12/23/2014 10:30:00 PM



(12/23/2014 08:41:00 PM) - Al

I worked with Austen's mom for a year or so, and he is from Iola as well. Good luck to him, one more game than almost everyone this year. 


12/23/2014 08:41:00 PM



(12/23/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Remember this when people tell you really fast guys who get thrown out taking an extra base really hurt their teams.

In truth, they do, but not nearly as much as really slow guys.


12/23/2014 03:53:00 PM



(12/23/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al



Happy Festivus, Ramblings' readers. For those of you who wish to see it again (or for heaven sakes, for the first time), TBS will rerun the episode at 6:30 Central time tonight.


12/23/2014 03:00:00 PM



(12/23/2014 02:33:00 PM) - Al

 



Stacey Hayes used to be a cohost on Lingo, and is 38 years old.

Merry Xmas.


12/23/2014 02:33:00 PM



(12/23/2014 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Crew claims Shane Peterson, LH hitting OF/1B. Shane was claimed by the Cubs a week ago from the A's.

Unlike you might guess, he appears to have good speed (84 SB's, 17 CS's), and has played over 100 games in each OF spot. And, the past two years at least, he has hit LHP as well as RHP.

Depending on what happens with Parra, Peterson may well have his sights set on the 4th OF spot.

Brewers claimed him last week too, but was awarded to the Cubs due to their record last season. 


12/23/2014 02:02:00 PM



(12/23/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al



Leadership 101. We're in the very best of hands.


12/23/2014 01:51:00 PM



(12/23/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

He simply has no clue.

I wish he pretended to be a fraction as upset over the death of two cops as he was the deaths of criminals who happened to be black. The fact he is not is why we lack respect for him.

The irony is, to him, it's all about race. That's why he has the such a terrible record on anything race related.


12/23/2014 01:32:00 PM



(12/23/2014 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Sony caves, will release The Interview to at least one chain.

The theater chains that don't want it are gutless, but Sony is even moreso, as they basically gave in to a ruthless dictator whose opinion means nothing.


12/23/2014 12:49:00 PM



(12/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Lies on the left?

I, for one, am shocked.


12/23/2014 10:00:00 AM



(12/23/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Sharpton is no different than the Westboro Baptist Church. He should be treated with exactly the same contempt.--John Groves

He is in my house.


12/23/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 22, 2014

(12/22/2014 08:53:00 PM) - Al

You can take everything they have and not get $1. We're talking about career criminals and government leeches here. I doubt if a single one of them could pass a drug test, or a literacy test.

This is just Occupy without the rapes being publicized...yet. None of them have jobs, none of them have a clue, and none of them worry about the consequences because they have never worked a day in their lives.  


12/22/2014 08:53:00 PM



(12/22/2014 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play Cal at 8 on ESPN2. Ranked #3, and are a 10 point favorite in Berkley.


12/22/2014 07:31:00 PM



(12/22/2014 06:54:00 PM) - Al

The city of Milwaukee would balk at being responsible for a buy one, get one free DQ coupon.

Because that's how they roll. They have done nothing to assist in finding a place to put the new arena, despite downtown Milwaukee being made up mostly of abandoned factories and warehouses.

That said, the new owners seem to be doing everything to get this done, and many "insiders" feel something will be announced soon. The money seems to already be there, as Governor Walker has said the NBA players' income taxes, said to be about $11M a year, would seemingly take care of the rest, and would be fair game to such a project.


12/22/2014 06:54:00 PM



(12/22/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Terrific BYU/Memphis bowl today, marred by a postgame brawl that included the fellas from Utah getting in some cheap shots that were very unholy.

But, on the bright side, no premarital sex was had, so there were no honor code violations.


12/22/2014 06:00:00 PM



(12/22/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Actually, he should have done this weeks ago, before his shortsighted stupidity (sending people to Ferguson for the funeral, for example) caused all this crap. His AG kept the protests alive even after the grand jury cleared the officer.

Elections have consequences. They never realized stirring up a race war would lead to dead cops. They are beyond ignorant. 

We long for the days of Jimmy Carter's leadership. Mindnumbing.


12/22/2014 04:00:00 PM



(12/22/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another hellishly ignorant decision by a school.

I'm sorry, but, everyone involved should be fired before they get to the t sound in "I did it."

We're in the very best of hands. 




12/22/2014 03:00:00 PM



(12/22/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

UPS is delivering 34M packages today.

It's amazing what companies can do that are not hampered by the artificial constraints of government inefficiency.


12/22/2014 02:08:00 PM



(12/22/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

That is a shame.

And this time, I actually mean it.


12/22/2014 01:20:00 PM



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

I am sick and tired of black racists, from Sharpton to Samuel Jackson, spreading lies about white people and police and inciting their murder.--David Horowitz

If you are not, you should be.


12/22/2014 12:30:00 PM



(12/22/2014 12:25:00 PM) - Al

I found this link while looking for the Louis CK one on travel.

I've seen it before, but if all SNL skits were this funny, what a world it would be.


12/22/2014 12:25:00 PM



(12/22/2014 12:15:00 PM) - Al

In a day or two, the stories of travelpocolypse will begin...for those unaware of the term, it's when yuppies who have plenty of time off around the holidays decide to travel on the busiest days of the years, and then bitch and moan how badly they were treated because weather and mechanical delays caused them to miss a flight or get where they were going a few hours or a day late.

First world problems. Modern travel is luxurious, fast, and comfy; but no one bothers to notice.

It's a shame. Don't let 'em drag you down. And don't be afraid to mock them. Loud and long. 


12/22/2014 12:15:00 PM



(12/22/2014 12:04:00 PM) - Al

The other day, I did my yearly eye doc appointment. She asked about my antibiotic ointment, which I use to help combat the "gunk" or "crust" my eyes tend to have. I was honest, told her I only use it when it's bad, instead of every night before bed. She told me to use it as directed for a couple weeks, as they seemed very dry, probably drying out as they try to wash away the gunk. Sure enough, last night I noticed my eyes looked clear, and I had not rubbed them or had trouble all weekend. Score one for the doc.

This morning, my right eye is only about 25% open, I have a huge, painful stye on it. I put a warm compress on it for a few minutes and it did nothing, and remains very sore and irritating. In theory, you would think the ointment should have prevented it, or at least stopped it from becoming so large, as it's the same thing they gave me to treat a stye years ago. I guess not. 


12/22/2014 12:04:00 PM



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

The difference between the left and myself? Their mock outrage is at the attire Upton wears during this ad.

Meanwhile, I'm unhappy that the left's continued anti police protests have led to the death of two honorable NYC cops.

I'll let you decide for yourself. I do know Upton is laughing all the way to the bank, my personal opinion consists of a single word.

Damn.


12/22/2014 12:00:00 PM



(12/22/2014 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Obama's approval rating with our military...15%.

I would think foot fungus would get higher than 15%. Granted, the armed forces tends to skew heavily Republican, due to several factors...they want a strong national defense, they are usually pro gun, and they want a president who is strong and has their back.

The difference between the reaction for W and for Obama at the link is very telling. You can't fool those guys, and Obama's lack of respect towards what they do, which he has never tried to hide, shines right through. 


12/22/2014 11:56:00 AM



(12/22/2014 11:49:00 AM) - Al

In case you have forgotten, the 70's were right after the 60's, which while romanticized and whitewashed, were when drug users and ne'er-do-wells did a lot of protesting.

Which, despite claims of "peace," pretty much always leads to violence.

The lack of leadership is very telling, and very obvious.


12/22/2014 11:49:00 AM



(12/22/2014 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Not often a guy who can give you 20/10 gets released. He'll likely end up in San Antonio or another contender. He shoots too many long 2's, but he's plenty capable of being a go to guy down the stretch.




12/22/2014 11:41:00 AM



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

Heh.

Truth is far funnier than fiction.


12/22/2014 11:30:00 AM



(12/22/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

We lied about Sarah Palin and Tucson, so now you shouldn't talk about mobs cheering for murder and those who incite them.--Passably Affable

Heh. How dare we hold the left accountable for their ignorant actions?


12/22/2014 10:00:00 AM



(12/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

That's because they are only selfish imbeciles, they aren't really protesting anything.

In reality, looking at the facts, they are "protesting" that police officers have the right (and responsibility, for that matter) to protect themselves when some thug attacks them.

Besides, it's not like they have a job or girlfriends to occupy their time. They are dependent losers who suck money from others and the taxpayers. Tomorrow, they'll find something else to do. But, they will always blame others for their lack of success.

The lack of personal responsibility always leads to the lack of achievement.


12/22/2014 09:00:00 AM



(12/22/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

About three weeks ago, the Rambling family said goodbye to the best cocker spaniel we've ever known. It was a mighty tough time. Since then, we've got used to not having him around, and admittedly, the main difference is having to pick up our own spills and drops.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank those of you who sent an email or a Twitter message. One person said they've only written three times despite reading Ramblings for over a decade...when I lost my dad, my mom, and now my dog. Most had nothing much to say other than they were sorry.

I just wanted to mention that regardless of the verbiage, your thoughts were much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time. And, thank you for continuing to check in.




12/22/2014 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 21, 2014

(12/21/2014 11:28:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if he's never been responsible for anything in his entire life.

The lack of leadership is both painful and obvious.


12/21/2014 11:28:00 PM



(12/21/2014 08:12:00 PM) - Al

Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye has cut his list to Illinois, Creighton, Washington, SMU, Oregon, and Wisconsin.--CBS

That would be a huge get for Bo. He'll be eligible next December, and he'll have 1.5 years left. Top 25 out of high school. 


12/21/2014 08:12:00 PM



(12/21/2014 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Obama has said more about the death of a convenience store robber than the cold-blooded assassination of two NYC policemen.--Hale Razor

We're in the best of hands.


12/21/2014 06:54:00 PM



(12/21/2014 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Very interesting decision for the Lions and Packers next week...play hard and try to win while risking injury, or go at it with reserves and enter the playoffs healthy.

Most fans would, of course, say a full effort should be given. If Rodgers were to go down, many would have a change of heart immediately.

EDIT: Right now, whoever loses would either play at Carolina/Atlanta or at Green Bay/Detroit. I would seriously consider resting my top players next week.  


12/21/2014 05:55:00 PM



(12/21/2014 05:40:00 PM) - Al

35-0, 12 minutes left.

Might be time to switch the country over to the other game. Heck, if the Colts got it to within 21, they could always switch it back.


12/21/2014 05:40:00 PM



(12/21/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

When the bill collectors call you, tell them your deficits are actually going down...as long as you measure them as a percentage of GDP.

Because, in reality, he's almost matched the debt accumulated in the first 232 years in his six.

Some would say that was unpatriotic, and it is embarrassing my son's generation will have to take care of the problems he's kicked down the road while ineptly golfing and sneaking junk food every time his overbearing spouse glances the other way.

Of course, some folks actually stand for something


12/21/2014 04:26:00 PM



(12/21/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Hi Liberals: I missed the memo changing how "rhetoric" can inspire murderers to how it can't. Can you forward me a copy?--Kurt Schlister

Own it. Take responsibility for the situation you created to get people to look the other way instead of at your failures.


12/21/2014 04:19:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Look, someone who does not hate cops.


12/21/2014 02:58:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:55:00 PM) - Al

We certainly do not need the government that got two cops in NYC killed.

They are still alive if the left would not have used police defending themselves to push their spend, spend, spend agenda.

Own it.


12/21/2014 02:55:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Once again, capitalism comes through while the government looks on stupidly.

And plays golf.


12/21/2014 02:49:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Fight back like a girl.

The hell with them. They should be ashamed of themselves and resign. Every single one of them.


12/21/2014 02:46:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:33:00 PM) - Al

It starts at the top.

Fictional race issues, fictional police problems. All part of the plan to ignore the fact the debt will double under Obama, while the economy remains in a malaise.

Being tall and often in a tie, I can't step foot in a store without folks asking me for help. Of course, since I'm not a moron, I never blamed racism.


12/21/2014 02:33:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings has always been proudly pro police.

And anti criminal.

Since my views do not change every time the wind blows, I do not feel the need to alter my views.

Young man, I'm sorry those in charge have different views than we do.


12/21/2014 02:30:00 PM



(12/21/2014 02:25:00 PM) - Al

They made their bed. Now, they are struggling to find a way not to lie in it.

Rudy is speaking the truth. I cannot believe anyone could even pretend to disagree. The left has consistently sided with criminals even after police have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Why are folks so hesitant to admit this, when they were so proud of the anti cop protestors a couple days ago? If you are going to side with scum of the earth Occupy and those who block ambulances and interstates, you own this.


12/21/2014 02:25:00 PM



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

One of the many phenomenal things about the Xmas season...seeing MJ Hart many times a day on those Wal Mart ads. She looks better at 38 than she did at 22, and she's not just my birthday buddy, she's a proud conservative, ever since she voted for Dole in '96.

She's smart enough to keep quiet about it, as she likes to work, but she supports our service members and our police officers too. Not all Hollywood beauties are empty headed buffoons like Jenny McCarthy.


12/21/2014 12:00:00 PM



(12/21/2014 11:46:00 AM) - Al

I'm surprised the first thing out of his mouth was not asking if the cops were black.

We're in the best of hands.


12/21/2014 11:46:00 AM



(12/21/2014 11:25:00 AM) - Al

Watching the left race away from their previous statements this morning reminds me of a simple thought...if one thing makes you reconsider your beliefs...your beliefs weren't very well thought out to begin with.


12/21/2014 11:25:00 AM



(12/21/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The blood is on their hands.

This is what happens when you have the old media and attention whores like Sharpton lying about the facts.

I support the police. They do not. I don't know how they sleep at night. And the left supports them wholeheartedly, because they don't believe in lawful behavior and respect for others.

Own it, you gutless wonders. 


12/21/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/21/2014 01:03:00 AM) - Al

Two great NFL games decided by late field goals, and the Bucks give the Clippers all they can handle before falling. A solid 2-2 road trip and they were mighty tough in both losses...and perhaps even more importantly, got lucky in the two wins....I swear every last second shot went against them last season.

Get home, rest up, two winnable games before Xmas, and no holiday break to speak of. Hopefully, they can get some guys back soon as well, as their main eight are pushing 36 minutes most nights.


12/21/2014 01:03:00 AM


Saturday, December 20, 2014

(12/20/2014 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Cheers for cop killer in ultra liberal NYC.

These are your people, libs. Own it.

I'd rather lose without them than win with them. Luckily, most are too stupid to vote. 




12/20/2014 09:35:00 PM



(12/20/2014 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Dolphins
Packers
Lions
Falcons
Pats
Steelers
Browns
Ravens
Rams
Bills
Cowboys
Seahawks
Broncos


12/20/2014 09:20:00 PM



(12/20/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Gotta go across the pond to find any media that will tell the truth.

The left believes in bad behavior, from these thugs to Occupy. Own it.


12/20/2014 07:30:00 PM



(12/20/2014 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Some on Twitter have pointed out that all those teams who wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts might as well have pulled the trigger on the NYC cops themselves.

Shortsighted and ignorant. This is your aftermath. Own it.

Hope you're happy. This is the world you desired.


12/20/2014 06:10:00 PM



(12/20/2014 04:37:00 PM) - Al

All those who supported or kept quiet as lawless, ignorant protesters called for dead cops now have blood on your hands. 

Thanks for nothing President Obama. He won't be attending the funeral of the police officers...on vacation, you know.

I am on record as supporting cops and not criminals. Too bad this is such a gray area to so many dingleberries.


12/20/2014 04:37:00 PM



(12/20/2014 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Al,

We had an early Xmas at my wife's grandparents this afternoon, and then stopped to pick up a few things on the way home. We have a pair of friend's Xmas parties tonight. I'm extremely jealous that you are watching sports and relaxing. 

PF

First of all, note PF can't even sign his name for fear of retribution. Good luck with all that. And by the way, while we joke about it, it's easy to live in the Rambling manner...just don't go. You are not required to go to every minor get together your codependent inlaws throw together.

Back when the Rambling wife was the Rambling fiancee, I spent Xmas Eve at her house (after working until 5 or 6), went to midnight mass (at midnight, you gotta be freaking kidding me, the church was so packed, they opened the doors about halfway through to let the cold air in to get it down to about 80 degrees), and then went to her grandparent's "afterparty," which went from about 1:30-3. I then spent the entire Xmas Day there, drove home Xmas night, worked at 5AM the 26th, worked all day the 27th, and then drove home to my family's thing on the 28th (my boss grumbled that he had to work that day, since it was a Sunday). And then, Monday was the start of another work week. I'm tired just typing it up, never mind living it.

I decided then that we weren't going to do that every year, so we stopped. Some call it selfish, some call it antisocial. I call it common sense, and doing what I want. Sometimes, her grandparents will say, "We sure don't get to see you very often." Until a couple years ago, I would just say to myself, "Too bad you spend three months in Arizona then." If you're afraid of the cold weather even when you don't have to spend a minute outside, you're gonna have some tradeoffs.




12/20/2014 04:31:00 PM



(12/20/2014 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Had to turn the thermostat up to 68 since the Rambling in laws are over for the weekend.

You may not think 68 is warm, but it is when you're used to 65 (and 60 at night and on weekdays from 9-4), 68 is the equator. I'm sweating like midsummer.




12/20/2014 04:06:00 PM



(12/20/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife went to a holiday get together with some gal friends today, and then stopped to pick up a couple things. She complained how busy it was.

One, of course, she was part of the problem. Two, the Saturday before Xmas is almost always the busiest shopping day of the season.


12/20/2014 03:53:00 PM



(12/20/2014 02:12:00 PM) - Al

I got the Redskins and Chargers tonight.

And yes, the NFL is on today, 3PM on NFL, 6:30 on CBS. Bucks play at the Clippers on FSW.

And for you UWM alums, the Panthers battle at 6:30 on FSW as well.


12/20/2014 02:12:00 PM



(12/20/2014 11:05:00 AM) - Al

Amazingly, not a single one of them had a date.

If your life is so pathetic you feel the need to spend your Friday night messing up traffic, it's pretty obvious why your Friday nights are open on your calendar.


12/20/2014 11:05:00 AM



(12/20/2014 10:54:00 AM) - Al

Considering they don't even teach writing anymore because it's, you know, so damn stupid, this may be one of the most ignorant thoughts I've ever read.


12/20/2014 10:54:00 AM


Friday, December 19, 2014

(12/19/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Every time someone bothers to look, they find species they never knew existed...but by God, they are 100% sure it's a quarter of a degree hotter colder different than it was a century ago...and they know exactly what's causing it!

We're in the very best of hands.


12/19/2014 05:44:00 PM



(12/19/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Nick Punto was never good enough to get $2.75M per, but he certainly is good enough to not release him. He's a switch hitter who plays good D and, while certainly not a power bat, makes fewer outs than most middle infielders, and certainly most middle infield reserves.

Shortsighted in every way.


12/19/2014 04:00:00 PM



(12/19/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to sum up this article, briefly.

He circumvents the Constitution to get his way. And he doesn't even try to hide it. Because he thinks he's far, far better than we are.


12/19/2014 03:30:00 PM



(12/19/2014 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Stopped at the post office to mail out a couple things for clients this afternoon...for the record, it was about 1:30. 

Closed. As it is every day from 1-2. Except Saturday and Sunday, of course, when it's not open at all.

It's extremely difficult to run a business with such horrendous customer service as to only have someone available from 9-1 and 2-5 on weekdays. It's horrifying to run a business so badly as to lose $60M every single day, whether you open the doors or not.

But to do both, you need a perfect storm of indifference, inefficiency, and a complete lack of skin in the game.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the federal government. 


12/19/2014 02:54:00 PM



(12/19/2014 02:05:00 PM) - Al

I have known at least twenty people who have have their jaw wired shut, and none were nearly the drama queen about it as this lady. 

I took the time to read a couple of her other articles, and if forced to spend one minute with this attention whore, I would run through infinite layers of barbed wire as to spend my remaining time in a less painful manner. 


12/19/2014 02:05:00 PM


Thursday, December 18, 2014

(12/18/2014 07:39:00 PM) - Al

The Rays might not be long for Tampa. There really is not a major league city and stadium ready to go, but if Vegas, or any other city, wants to get a $500M ballpark approved and ready to break ground (along with a temporary home while it is built), I'd say they might well be gone in a few seasons.


12/18/2014 07:39:00 PM



(12/18/2014 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Amen.

They should be ashamed of themselves.


12/18/2014 04:46:00 PM



(12/18/2014 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Sanders suspended tonight for touch foul.

Goodness gracious. What a bunch of wimps. Moncrief was doing color last night, and said that should be a flagrant, as it's far more dangerous than other types. But it's not, and the NBA is overreacting. They need to decide on the rules and go from there.

What's especially maddening is Brandon Knight was shoved earlier in the game and no one even questioned it. Sanders is likely being punished for past transgressions, and it leaves the Bucks with only nine players tonight. That includes Nate wolters and Johnny O Bryant, who have barely stepped on the court this season.


12/18/2014 04:40:00 PM



(12/18/2014 04:32:00 PM) - Al

Incredibly cowardly. Almost off the charts.

The incredibly liberal entertainment industry is terrified of offending anyone, and their actions show it. They don't seem to realize freedom is doing what you want and telling those who disagree to go to hell.


12/18/2014 04:32:00 PM



(12/18/2014 04:20:00 PM) - Al

All over the state, the left is just furious that it's working.

You know, this allowing people to keep more of their own money is an idea that might just catch on...


12/18/2014 04:20:00 PM



(12/18/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I got the Jags tonight, because I gotta pick one of them. 


12/18/2014 03:30:00 PM



(12/18/2014 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pick up a pair from Dodgers for Zarraga, a catcher who can hit but probably not catch at the big league level.


12/18/2014 02:43:00 PM



(12/18/2014 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Vegas will build a soccer stadium if they get an MLS team. They started discussing this a few months ago.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee still not really sure where to put a new NBA arena, even though they have dozens of blocks of abandoned warehouses and old industrial settings.




12/18/2014 02:16:00 PM



(12/18/2014 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Allen Craig talks back on, Brewers only team still linked to them, though any other club could have decided to go after him.


12/18/2014 02:10:00 PM



(12/18/2014 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Al,
The Experts really earned their titles last week.  Four had 15 correct picks, four had 14, ten had 13, and five had 12.  You had 12 right for a total of 149 for the year dropping you into a tie for 17th out of the 49 experts.  Eisenberg (CBS) continues to lead with 158 correct.
Where are the upsets this week?
Jim


I can't believe I'm only nine games behind the top person. My pick for tonight will be popping up at 3:30 today. 


12/18/2014 01:58:00 PM



(12/18/2014 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Guy buys ticket for girlfriend on a trip around the world.

They break up.

Guy finds another woman with the same name so ticket does not go to waste.


12/18/2014 01:37:00 PM


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

(12/17/2014 02:09:00 PM) - Al

With luck, perhaps I will be as polite and civil as those on the left.

They bitch, moan, and vandalize.

I vote. And I proudly vote against their tax, spend, and punish the successful "ideal."


12/17/2014 02:09:00 PM



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

Wonderful.

I support cops. You support criminals all you want.


12/17/2014 02:00:00 PM



(12/17/2014 12:43:00 PM) - Al

Beautifully said.

If they're so traumatized by the law working, maybe they shouldn't be lawyers.


12/17/2014 12:43:00 PM



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

Rowen is a very interesting reliever, has been lights out in minors, incredible BB/K ratio, mindbogglingly low HR's allowed, but according to Fangraphs, he's a two pitch guy...a ":fastball" that averages 79 mph and a slider at 73 mph. I would assume he might well be a sidearmer or submarine style guy.

He's a tempting guy in my eye because he's had success and has 2 or 3 options left. He did not face many LH hitters in the majors, but did get them out in AAA.


12/17/2014 10:30:00 AM



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

Greenpeace is not an environmental group, it is simply political goofballs who despise capitalism and free markets.


12/17/2014 10:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

Crew signs a couple solid AAA OF's to help fill out the Colorado Springs roster.


12/16/2014 11:12:00 PM



(12/16/2014 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Jabari Parker expected to miss rest of season, torn ACL.

Devastating to both the Bucks and his future.


12/16/2014 10:03:00 PM



(12/16/2014 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Class all the way.


12/16/2014 04:03:00 PM



(12/16/2014 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Capuano was said to be looking at Japan a few days ago, somehow finds $5M guaranteed despite being very hittable the past two seasons.

There will be some guys with better numbers than Chris sign minor league deals with an invite to spring training. Shocking overpay for the Yankees. Maybe they see him as Zach Duke with the ability to start, but it's ridiculous.


12/16/2014 11:53:00 AM



(12/16/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I've never been so embarrassed as I am watching Ray Lewis, who we all know killed a guy, tell us how a player is supposed to act after the game.

Jay Cutler has the exact same demeanor as Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, very professional, very analytical. The Bears are not a dynamic team, and Cutler is probably closer to mediocre than he is top five. But to pretend he's the problem is just not paying attention. You used to hear the same silly stuff about Tony Romo too, he'd get blamed when DAL scored 45 points.

It's really a shame the best ESPN can run out there is a murderer who speaks in cliches. Painful.


12/16/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/16/2014 10:26:00 AM) - Al

Here's a thought...what team would we cheer for if the Brewers had never ended up in MIL? I would assume the options would be the Cubs, White Sox, and Twins (would any team have broadcast games into WI?), but, with technology the way it is, maybe I would have become a Rockies fan after they were named as a new team.

Would the city have eventually received an expansion team? One would doubt it, as Miller Park would not exist without Selig's forward thinking, and there's no way the city of Milwaukee could have gotten out of its own way to get it done.


12/16/2014 10:26:00 AM



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

In one month alone, Nov 2014, jihadists killed 5,042 people across the globe. You can stop making the school shooting comparison now.--Counter Moonbat

Remember, Mike Moore said we should just ignore terrorism and not worry about it, since you can never fully stop it. He's truly the Neville Chamberlain of the modern day.

Again, the left wants you to look the other way so you don't realize the vastness of the problem. School shootings are not only incredibly rare, but it's impossible to not be against. The only disagreement is how to combat it. Common sense tells you no madmen are going to be slowed by passing a law, as thousand of gun laws are on the books now, and criminals just ignore them. Heck, if laws worked, we wouldn't have anyone with drug problems.


12/16/2014 10:00:00 AM



(12/16/2014 09:56:00 AM) - Al

Top three expected for Walker in straw poll.


12/16/2014 09:56:00 AM


Monday, December 15, 2014

(12/15/2014 10:50:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win on a 3 at the buzzer that rolled around the rim, in and out, and off the backboard.

They are far better than they were last year, and way luckier too.

ESPN just pointed out the game had six lead changes in the last 40 seconds. Fun ballgame. Kidd reminds me of Bo Ryan a bit...lets his assistants map out a play, does not call time out when behind, just yells out a play or a formation and lets his players run it. 


12/15/2014 10:50:00 PM



(12/15/2014 08:58:00 PM) - Al

The Royals are paying Morales and Rios $18M next year to play RF and DH, and will be fortunate if either does not get out less than 70% of the time.

Baserunning and defense will win you some games, but it's almost like they don't believe in OBP at all.


12/15/2014 08:58:00 PM



(12/15/2014 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Varvaro makes plenty of sense for the Crew, but also for a third or more of all MLB teams. He throws hard enough 92-93 for Doug to want him.

He'll garner something in trade for the Braves, without a doubt.


12/15/2014 06:20:00 PM



(12/15/2014 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Looking forward to seeing the Selig retrospective at Miller Park. 

No Brewers without Bud. Best commish ever as well.


12/15/2014 03:51:00 PM



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

Glenn uses math and common sense to dispel the false sexual assault stats.

It is a shame the left feels obligated to lie about safety to divert attention from the debt and foreign policy missteps.


12/15/2014 12:11:00 PM



(12/15/2014 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Just when you think they've hit a new low...

A guy who hates Jews and a 9/11 truther...someday, I hope to be as classy as the Cap Times. They went out of business for a reason.


12/15/2014 11:49:00 AM



(12/15/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The Badgers rarely attract transfers, partially because of their academic standards being unkind, and partially because Bo doesn't get into the promises game. That said, they went after Semi very hard (Bo went to see him play several times as a sophomore and junior in HS) and he is said to be an excellent student.


12/15/2014 11:30:00 AM



(12/15/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

We got so much food in America, we got food allergies. You think anybody in Rwanda got a lactose intolerance?--Chris Rock

I always wonder how many folks in the old west had chronic fatigue syndrome. "Hey Tex, what's wrong? Well, you just go rest under the tree for a few hours while we all just wait up for you." 


12/15/2014 10:30:00 AM



(12/15/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

You know that 1 in 5 stat the administration keeps throwing out?

A lie. The BJS has the number at 0.6%, during an 18 year study.

Why? You'd lie too if your results were that bad. The key is, keep bringing up stuff that the rubes think is "an emergency"...climate change, police brutality, whatever the story of the day is. In reality, the "emergency" is the fact that Obama has almost added as much to the debt in six years as we did in the first 232...and despite being almost mathematically impossible, his economy has managed to remain in a malaise his entire time in office despite this dumping of funds into the economy. 

I'm not sure what the next "emergency" will be, but I do know it will be "very important that we deal wioth it immediately."

And so will the next.


12/15/2014 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 14, 2014

(12/14/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Just got an email asking me to promote the Save the Diamond Dancers FB page.

Don't need to ask me twice when beautiful young women are involved. It sounds like they lost their corporate sponsor, so if you have a business in the SE WI area, or know of one with a marketing budget, let them know. All the likes in the world won't help unless someone steps forward with cash. 


12/14/2014 07:01:00 PM



(12/14/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers keep being linked to Allen Craig, who was very good before getting injured.

The problem is, he's been subpar for two seasons, and has 3y/$26M guaranteed left. I like him a lot, and I'm positive injuries have bothered him. If he came to MIL, he would not be penciled into an everyday spot, but that also means he cannot be paid like one either. MIL really does not have any bad contracts to unload.


12/14/2014 06:51:00 PM



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

Chiefs
Ravens
Steelers
Colts
Browns
Patriots
Bucs
Giants
Bills
Jets
Broncos
Lions
Seahawks
Cowboys
Bears


12/14/2014 11:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 13, 2014

(12/13/2014 11:49:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if the White Sox are an 85 win team even now. They've added four quality pieces, but I doubt Melky or LaRoche add more than a couple wins.


12/13/2014 11:49:00 PM



(12/13/2014 11:02:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win a home game versus the Clippers.

They started the game at 6:35 as they try a variety of start times. Now off on a west coast trip, in which they've often returned winless in previous seasons.


12/13/2014 11:02:00 PM



(12/13/2014 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Jason Kidd seems to have an extraordinary amount of player personnel say so, per the owner.

If this continues, Kidd might well be coach and president, with the GM role being mainly in charge of paperwork and salary cap stuff.  




12/13/2014 05:19:00 PM



(12/13/2014 02:41:00 PM) - Al

This is how a real American spends their time in Ferguson.




12/13/2014 02:41:00 PM



(12/13/2014 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Quick question...if the tea party had protested like they did in Ferguson...what would the reaction of the old media have been?

I think we all know the answer, and we all know a huge double standard exists. Until the old media answers to this, and admits the problem exists, it will continue to mean one thing...the old media is nothing except a worthless mouthpiece for liberal policy.


12/13/2014 01:47:00 PM



(12/13/2014 01:18:00 PM) - Al

One of the Rambling neighbors is at the Badgers' game today.

They play at 2 on BTN, and are a 38 point favorite. Hopefully, a relaxing afternoon.


12/13/2014 01:18:00 PM



(12/13/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.


12/13/2014 09:30:00 AM


Friday, December 12, 2014

(12/12/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

UW given exemption to state hiring law, only has to wait five business days.

If they would have done that last time, they would not have ended up with Andersen, as several better known coaches could not leave their programs in limbo for weeks.

Chryst seems like a pretty weak pick to me, as he has had middling success as a head coach in a middling conference. If not for his UW ties, he would not even be considered. 


12/12/2014 05:09:00 PM



(12/12/2014 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

It is amazing how many brands have deals with other brands. And, how exactly they could "forget" given the agreements in place is a mystery.


12/12/2014 02:20:00 PM



(12/12/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Liberals last week: "Evil GOP will shut down the gov." 

Libs today: "Elizabeth Warren's shut down is moral and just." 

This is what happens when you don't really believe in anything. Also known as the last six years.


12/12/2014 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 11, 2014

(12/11/2014 08:33:00 PM) - Al

He's an incredibly selfish, egotistical player.

They'd have a lot better second unit if he didn't take up $30M+ of the salary cap and is only a fraction of the player he once was. 


12/11/2014 08:33:00 PM



(12/11/2014 04:22:00 PM) - Al

This seems like it was almost certainly an autocorrect, right?

I guess when you lose all the seats the left did and has to witness how well the fiscal responsibility they hate so much is working in WI, this is what you're reduced to.

So sad.


12/11/2014 04:22:00 PM



(12/11/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Another week with some crazy results.  How can anyone pick Oakland over SF or Carolina over NO?  LaCanfora (CBS), Corbett (USA), and Davis (USA) had the best week with a 13 - 3 record.  You had a very respectable 11 - 5 week.  Only 14 of the 49 "experts" had a better week than you.  Eisenberg (CBS) continues to lead with 147 correct.  Your total of 137 puts you in a tie for 12th. 

Good luck picking,
Jim


I considered the Raiders, because SF was coming off a win and were playing SEA the week after. That said, I figured, "well, SF is just a lot better than OAK." NO has been great at home for years, but terrible this season...maybe ought to consider that, huh?

I got the Rams tonight.


12/11/2014 03:30:00 PM



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

Brewers have two minor league vets chosen in AAA portion of minor league draft, Sean Halton and Kentrail Davis.

I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but both could have easily been protected if the Crew had chosen to do so. This appears to be more of a Eric Farris move, simply allowing a veteran to move on to another organization in which he may have a better opportunity. Teams often take players in the minor league Rule 5 just to fill out a roster, for example, if a team has no OF's ready for AAA, a team might take a couple guys in the minor league Rule 5 just to have some warm bodies in camp. The number of players taken that have went on to have a substantial big league career are almost none...but, a few reserves and middle relievers have come out of it.

Halton is not a bad bench player, able to play 1B/LF/RF and provide a tad of RH pop. Davis was a former high draft pick who has OBP skills and can play all three OF spots. Both are probably just organizational soldiers, though both could find themselves on a major league team at some point, they are probably correctly placed at AAA. 


12/11/2014 12:30:00 PM



(12/11/2014 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Mark Reynolds signs with SL, will backup 1B and 3B, probably play 1B vs. tough LHP's.


12/11/2014 11:58:00 AM



(12/11/2014 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Brewers do not make a selection in the Rule 5, and as of yet, have not lost anyone either.


12/11/2014 11:18:00 AM



(12/11/2014 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Attention whores are going to be attention whores.


12/11/2014 11:08:00 AM



(12/11/2014 11:02:00 AM) - Al

Kudos to the Venetian.


12/11/2014 11:02:00 AM



(12/11/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This is mostly mock surprise to the Gary Andersen move.

1. Wisconsin is, at best, trying mightily to hold onto the "top of the hill" appeal it had a few years ago. It's very difficult with only 85 scholarships. One can sense it, very few freshman/sophomore contributors.

2. The Big Ten is a ghost of what it once was. The SEC is loaded, top to bottom. The Big Ten, while likely the 2nd best overall, is light years behind the SEC, and well behind other conferences athletically.

3. Andersen is a west coast guy, and is headed back home.  


12/11/2014 10:30:00 AM



(12/11/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Yes Virginia, tax rates do matter.


12/11/2014 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(12/10/2014 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Shocked how quiet the many Badgers' fans are in Milwaukee tonight, considering how much red there is in the crowd, and the rumor that 10-20% of their season tickets are sold to Badgers' fans, who sell the rest (or most of them).


12/10/2014 08:19:00 PM



(12/10/2014 07:46:00 PM) - Al



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Me too. I'm also a proud capitalist who believes in free markets.

 I'm a rebel.


12/10/2014 07:46:00 PM



(12/10/2014 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports that Doug has said the team will not make a Rule 5 pick tomorrow.

That said, he has said that in the past (that it was unlikely) and they still made one. Once, he said they decided to at the last minute because they were surprised their guy was still available. 


12/10/2014 07:40:00 PM



(12/10/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Why I never check out Hardball Talk anymore, despite Gleeman being a fine baseball writer. Sadly, he's surrounded himself with boobs that put out crap like this, and feel the need to explain how they are holier than thou, and, it goes without saying, far better than their stupid readers on every subject.

Trust me, if you have authors of articles commenting in the comments and deleting any that are at all critical, your website has just about had it.


12/10/2014 05:27:00 PM



(12/10/2014 04:40:00 PM) - Al

I can confirm that OSU has hired Wisconsin's Gary Anderson as it's new head football coach.--Connor Letoureau

Start saying the next guy is obviously better than Bielema now. It was not true before, and it's even less likely to be now. Arkansas looks like a top 25 team and SEC power in the next few seasons.



12/10/2014 04:40:00 PM



(12/10/2014 11:31:00 AM) - Al

Cubs sign Lster for 6y/$155M, and the Cards are interested in both Weeks and Reynolds, presumably as bench players.


12/10/2014 11:31:00 AM



(12/10/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Irony is a cruel bitch.

Oh, and...that's a shame.


12/10/2014 09:30:00 AM


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

(12/09/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Navy debuts some good looking uniforms for the Army/Navy clash this weekend.


12/09/2014 05:21:00 PM



(12/09/2014 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Colbert has Obama on tonight.

1. What a hack Colbert is/was. He's not at all funny, and does nothing except spread liberal lies and then when pressed, maintaining it's all just a comedy show.

2. Obama is a disgrace. He always finds the time for any softball piece, and has yet to explain what the hell he was doing while Americans were getting killed in Benghazi on his watch. There are words for human beings like him, and none of them are suitable for a family website such as mine. That said, he's a despicable, horrible person.

By the way Barry, how's that "it's unpatriotic to have a deficit" going for you? You know, socialism always worked in the textbooks....


12/09/2014 04:07:00 PM



(12/09/2014 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Doug says at this point, he has no desire to bring back KRod, since he has Broxton/Jeffress/Smith, and implied in that statement might be that KRod will make too much money and/or be unhappy if he is not closing.

That said, I don't see Frankie being the full time closer for anyone (except maybe HOU, who seems to be desperately want to overpay a closer), and because they always seem to find each other in the end, you never know.


12/09/2014 04:01:00 PM



(12/09/2014 03:58:00 PM) - Al

It sure seems strange to me that Roenicke (and Melvin, to a lesser extent) keep talking up waiver acquisition Luis Jimenez as a possible platoon partner with Lind and backup 3B to Ramirez, while Jason Rogers seems to have so much more going for him; such as the ability to play LF and RF, better AAA numbers (947 career OPS vs. 812, despite Luis' home park being more offensive friendly).

Maybe it's something very simple, like Jason is an atrocious fielder at 3B, while Jimenez is said to be very good with the glove. Rogers is also a bit "husky," so maybe he looks awkward in the field regardless of where he plays.


12/09/2014 03:58:00 PM



(12/09/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what the future holds for many of the players signing bloated contracts for too much and too long thus far. Look, we all know teams are soon to get more TV money, but that doesn't mean you have to spend it on 30+ guys who aren't really that good.


12/09/2014 03:42:00 PM



(12/09/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I hope the Dems do give up the South.

And the other three directions too.


12/09/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 08, 2014

(12/08/2014 09:26:00 PM) - Al

A's to trade for excellent young SS. That seems a lot to give up for a single season for a solid, but not elite SP. I guess the Sox have an even better SS prospect, so they may be undervaluing this one just because of that.


12/08/2014 09:26:00 PM



(12/08/2014 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Trading Parra for a reliever that team feels is overpriced might be a near perfect match.

Royals said to be looking at Melky, need a RF to replace Aoki. 

Makes too much sense to ever happen...


12/08/2014 09:14:00 PM



(12/08/2014 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin said Carlos Baerga told him prospect Jorge Lopez is best pitcher in Puerto Rican Winter League. 1.73 ERA in 6 starts.

I believe Lopez will be in AA next season. 


12/08/2014 08:52:00 PM



(12/08/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

I do have to wonder...what exactly are the Obamas good at?

Because we ain't found nothing yet.

Giving the public what they want...what a novel idea! This free market thing ain't a fad.


12/08/2014 05:21:00 PM



(12/08/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Reminds me of the Rambling single days.

I'm sorry, I misread that. It said he left with twenty women. I thought it said twenty women left him.


12/08/2014 01:28:00 PM



(12/08/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not about being qualified, it's about loyalty.

This is why their foreign policy sucks so badly. They have a bunch of complete morons in these positions. I can all but promise you she'd leave out the A in the country she's the ambassador of if asked to spell it.


12/08/2014 12:30:00 PM



(12/08/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Payback's a bitch.

That's a shame.


12/08/2014 11:00:00 AM



(12/08/2014 10:53:00 AM) - Al

Fangraphs puts out Brewers' projections for '15.


12/08/2014 10:53:00 AM



(12/08/2014 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reporting Crew is willing to move Parra, might be a good option for a team that loses out on Melky Cabrera.

I was thinking something similar last night. Too spendy for a 4th OF, and as much as Doug spoke highly of Davis' numbers, I don't think they want him sitting one game each series. If healthy, Gomez and Braun are playing 150 games. The math just doesn't work. There are far less expensive options, and many of them are almost as good. Heck, Logan Schafer is as good a defender, and I still think he'll hit if he gets AB's.



12/08/2014 10:45:00 AM



(12/08/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I can't help but compare Cosby's situation to that of the now appears to be fictional Rolling Stone piece. Whenever you crucify those that have not been charged...never mind not convicted; you tend to look foolish very soon thereafter.

Don't forget, when you point fingers, there's three pointing back at you...and for good reason.


12/08/2014 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 07, 2014

(12/07/2014 11:06:00 PM) - Al

JS reporting Doug Melvin is on crutches after breaking his ankle.

Still at winter meetings...what a gamer.


12/07/2014 11:06:00 PM



(12/07/2014 05:45:00 PM) - Al

UAB, Ohio, Middle Tennessee State...three of the four teams who are bowl eligible but not going to a bowl, per my homework. I'm not sure why this fascinates me so, other than you know, no bowl would choose to take the pudgy kid from the small town. Not sure if Georgia Slouthern, who won enough games, but lost their appeal to go to a bowl, as they are in their first season of FBS play, is the mystery 4th team or not.

EDIT: Nope, 80 teams were bowl eligible without Georgia Southern, meaning 4 did not get chosen.

EDIT 2: Now reading that since Oklahoma State and Temple won yesterday, there are six teams that are bowl eligible that were not invited. Two of them are Temple and Texas State, but still one left. 

EDIT 3: The 6th is Old Dominion. The Sun Belt and Conference USA get no respect at all. 


12/07/2014 05:45:00 PM



(12/07/2014 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Even in the internet and Google world, trying to find out which bowl eligible teams did not make a bowl is darn near impossible.

I would assume in a couple days, there will be lots of discussion about this. Not now though.


12/07/2014 05:31:00 PM



(12/07/2014 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Rewriting history.

I and many others pointed out it was there before they voted it through to "see what was in it." She is lying and should be forced to resign when it is proven.


12/07/2014 03:05:00 PM



(12/07/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

Three evaluators told me that Craig will have a market if the Red Sox decide to deal him. The Marlins and Brewers have been interested. One evaluator told me there’s no way Craig is done as a premier hitter at age 30, and that foot injuries derailed his season. The evaluator said the Red Sox should be careful on this one and stick to their original evaluation of him — a clutch, impact, professional bat when he’s right.--Boston Globe

However, Craig is owed a lot of money...$26M over three years, I think. I agree he is almost certainly been bothered by injury, but not only is it a risk, it's a lot to pay for a bench guy. Barring a monumental trade, possibly including Braun, I do not see it.


12/07/2014 03:01:00 PM



(12/07/2014 02:41:00 PM) - Al

The Big Ten appears to have one of the four bowl eligible teams that won't make it to a bowl, due to too many teams having six wins and all the bowls having some sort of conference "tie ins" (kickbacks, bribes, whatever the in word for funds exchanging hands is these days).

Ohio State did move up into the top four last night. I was shocked Vegas had the Badgers favored by 4, partially due to the Buckeyes' QB being injured. I expected the Buckeyes to win (not by THAT margin), as they were simply a far better team.

I just read yesterday that while the line often moves 2-3 points on news that the QB is hurt (even more for a Manning or Rodgers), the line rarely moves at all if a top player on the line or defense goes down. There are people who probably just wait for this to happen and bet such games, but I'm sure they do it discreetly, as they don't want said strategy becoming well known.


12/07/2014 02:41:00 PM



(12/07/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

I've seen many pictures of people out getting their Xmas trees, and every single person looks unhappy to be there.

We bought a real tree the first few years we were together, and the whole process of getting it home, getting it straight, and it shedding all over the car made me realize how damn awesome a fake tree is.

The Rambling wife says we should get a real tree annually, and I just pretend to be deaf until the feeling passes.


12/07/2014 02:32:00 PM



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

NYC cop shot...too bad none of the cable channels will care enough to even report this.




12/07/2014 12:00:00 PM



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

Dolphins
Bengals
Colts
Texans
Giants
Saints
Lions
Rams
Vikings
Broncos
Cards
49ers
Eagles
Patriots
Packers


12/07/2014 11:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 06, 2014

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

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Heh.


12/06/2014 11:00:00 PM



(12/06/2014 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Let me summarize.

The woman lied.

The reporter did not care, just wanted a story.

The magazine din't care either.

Now, with minimal, basic fact checks, the story has completely fallen apart.

This is very likely why no charges were ever filed. At worst, something happened that cannot be proven. Regardless, all the parties involved, especially Rolling Stone and the reporter (who has done this before), should be ashamed of themselves.


12/06/2014 07:48:00 PM



(12/06/2014 07:07:00 PM) - Al

I don't recall seeing this when it first came out.

In theory, playing four OF's to prevent doubles makes as much sense as moving the 1B/3B closer to the line late in the game.


12/06/2014 07:07:00 PM



(12/06/2014 06:45:00 PM) - Al

This is one of the stupidest things I've ever read.

Parker is playing 30 minutes a game, Ersan plays the same position as him, and Henson barely finds the floor. Kidd is doing a fine job of splitting up minutes for a surprisingly deep team.


12/06/2014 06:45:00 PM



(12/06/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

He's a complete hack that takes his sitcom news show seriously.

The odd thing is, no one watches him, but since he's way to the left, the old media treats him as if he has a huge audience.


12/06/2014 03:44:00 PM



(12/06/2014 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Played softball with Glenn for years. Slumming as a college professor, poor guy.

Too bad not everyone can be a minor success in sales like me.:)


12/06/2014 02:42:00 PM



(12/06/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

The woman who mocked the Romney family for adopting black children explains to us how racist we are because we allow the legal system to run its course rather than rushing to judgement.

May you live in interesting times.


12/06/2014 02:32:00 PM



(12/06/2014 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Bucks last night, Marquette this afternoon, Admirals tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

Busy 36 hours at the Bradley Center.


12/06/2014 11:51:00 AM



(12/06/2014 10:52:00 AM) - Al

Rolling Stone's lies and false reporting is almost identical to the rest of the old media's leaving out the truth about Ferguson and Trayvon Martin.

This is what happens when the media makes the news rather than reporting the facts. You end up with a biased viewpoint in which everyone always looks guilty, but no convictions ever occur. Notice the NFL follows this too...the best running back to ever play the game will miss an entire season because of a misdemeanor and public outrage that followed, totally unrelated to the actual crime.

There's a reason we have the greatest court system in the world. It takes the emotion away. That's why we used to have so many hangings and stonings in the rush to judgement in our nation's history.


12/06/2014 10:52:00 AM


Friday, December 05, 2014

(12/05/2014 04:21:00 PM) - Al

The mythical ceiling for a really good closer remains at about $10M. Miller gets less because he signed for four years instead of three, and probably because he has not been a "closer" which some clubs likely still value, however silly it is.

And yes, Papelbon got more, because the Phillies are poorly run. 


12/05/2014 04:21:00 PM



(12/05/2014 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Talk about aging nicely.


12/05/2014 02:01:00 PM



(12/05/2014 01:42:00 PM) - Al

On this date, six years ago, my brother's killer was sentenced to 33 years for committing a slew of crimes that had nothing to do with Ron and Nicole's horrific murder .... even still .... that was a good day.--Kim Goldman

Sadly, twelve people that had no understanding of DNA made up the jury. OJ should have been in jail 14 years prior, if only someone on the jury understood six billion to one.


12/05/2014 01:42:00 PM



(12/05/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The Food Babe is a brilliant marketing ploy.

Why is anyone surprised it's a load of crap.


12/05/2014 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 04, 2014

(12/04/2014 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Cowboys tonight.


12/04/2014 06:50:00 PM



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

There are many folks who would love to adopt a Down syndrome child, but none are available.

'Tis a shame.


12/04/2014 01:00:00 PM



(12/04/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I have to agree with Barkley, because he can tell the truth and not be called a racist.


12/04/2014 11:30:00 AM



(12/04/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Sleeping at 1PM, check. Disrespecting a woman, check.

That said, while he's a loser, the idea of being charged with a crime seems rather harsh.

And, a sad waste of a $1 and a yummy sandwich.


12/04/2014 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

(12/03/2014 11:41:00 PM) - Al

Duke shot over 60% in defeating the Badgers. Looked like a lot of tough shots and long 2's.

Dekker is apparently barely practicing and has a sore ankle. He'll be better, but if Duke can shoot like that, they'll never lose a game.


12/03/2014 11:41:00 PM



(12/03/2014 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin recap from 105.7FM interview, his words paraphrased in italics:

Hart had a nice season after Prince left, but felt had to upgrade somewhere, afraid to miss out on FA market. Counsell stressed we needed a LH bat in middle of lineup. Many compliments from AL GM's who feel he's a pure hitter. Lucroy might play some 1B, Luis Jimenez also a sleeper, playing well in winter ball, Asian teams offering to purchase him. 

Not difficult to find a guy who can hit LHP and play 1B. Hopefully, either Rogers or Jimenez step forward and fill the role cheaply.

Not sure what happened late in season, Ramirez and Braun each had 5 RBI's in September. Just tough to explain. Always want to get off to a good start, and OAK, ATL, and MIL did, and all faded late. Tough to put together six good months. 

I've said it a dozen times, 162 is a long time to have good fortune and hide a weakness. All that really matters is how many you win total. 

Segura is young, league has adjusted. SS's are tough to find. some teams have no one at SS if season opened today. Need him to keep defending well and get on base. Feel he may have been bothered by extension talks his agent turned down. No offer on the table, and team is not going to talk extensions during spring training anymore. Tough for guys mentally to concentrate on so many things. Probably not as good as his rookie year, better than last.

Said Jean hung around MIL a month after the season, came into talk well after season was over. I would agree on his future. Still say he has been playing "beat up" much of his career. Simply not running as well as he did early.

Defense making a comeback, used to have many SS's that were offensive minded, not anymore. 

Game has changed, defense easier to measure with numbers now. 

Won 82 games, very slight difference between 82 and 87-88. 

Very true. A healthier Braun and getting more innings from Garza may have had them at 85. All good teams are healthy teams.

Pitching was 10th in league, hitting was 6th, yet we all talk about improving the offense. Offense was down all over last year. Braun struggled a bit, but offense was down everywhere. 

Much of the hitting "trouble" was simply facing good pitching. Didn't struggle to score versus hacks. 

Very happy up the middle, with Lucroy, Gennett, Segura, and Gomez. Another GM said the other day "you guys have real players" meaning solid everyday players. Lots of teams have part time players playing every day. 

Doug said several times they like all eight of their position players. Any major trade would likely involve getting younger and cheaper, and a SP like Lohse or Gallardo, guys on one season contracts, might well have appeal to a team that is not comfy or loses out on Lester and others going to get 5+ years at $20M per.

Counsell feels team is in top 3 in MLB as far as developing their minor leaguers. Khris Davis has hit 47 2B's and 33 HR's in 630 MLB AB's, DBacks just paid a Cuban player $80M and hope he can do something like that. 

Davis and Gennett were never "prospects" according to the minor league gurus, and are still overlooked. Meanwhile, those top 100 guys still can't hit, but they sure run fast and have good tools. 

Have to embrace young players, let them play. On some teams, Scooter, Nelson, Fiers, and so on would still be in the minors, behind guys signed as FA's making $10-12M a year. Talent backs up a bit, but it's still there. Brewers always let young players play when they show they are ready. Many teams have a high ranked system, brag about it, and have a $180M payroll. 

Very true. The Dodgers let their top OF rot at AAA, paid Crawford $20M to sit on the bench.

Not sure if Weeks finds a job as a starting 2B. Still will get on base, .350 OBP guy. 

He's a near perfect fit as a 2B/1B/LF/RF/DH reserve who can get 400 AB's, if he allows himself to realize he is a weak defender at 2B, so being a weak defender elsewhere is far from tragic. He will probably age nicely too, because he walks. 

Scooter will get chance versus LHP, has to, but manager and results will decide how much. 

Results matter. They had to pay Rickie regardless, so he was a nice fit. As long as the utility infielder (H Gomez is getting a lot of play for a career AAA SS) can spell Scooter against a tough lefty (they ain't worried about Joe Generic Southpaw, it's Jon Lester and the top ten MLB LHSP's) they will be fine. 

Ramirez needs to have a better season, probably will get 15-20 games off as he gets older. That seems to be a trend in the NBA. Gotta be careful to not burn him out. Tough to replace him, both a 3B and a middle of the order hitter. Did not expect Aramis to return, looked for him to get a 2-3 year deal as a FA. Thrilled to have him. 

I've discussed this trend as well. Other sports giving days off early. 

Happy to have kept Aramis, and also added Lind. Parra and Broxton were added last year knowing they would return in '15. Feel team is better than a year ago. 

Doug often has an interesting viewpoint, and this sounds like a Counsellism.

Fans look at free agency, we don't get involved in that a whole lot. 

And when they do, it's a guy like Lohse who was overlooked. Few top FA's want to come to MIL, and MIL can't afford to give one guy 5-7 years. 

Six players on one year deals. Have never really rebuilt like other teams. Been trying to win every year, even big market teams have rebuilt for years. Lakers, Knicks, and Celtics are rebuilding. Cubs and Mets. Have not had a top ten pick in the past seven years. Not involved in Japanese or Cuban bidding wars. Concentrate on scouting and development, what we do best. 

You can't do stuff like the big market teams, because they can just outspend you. Have to be different. 

Need to improve OBP, but not with a new position player replacing on of the current guys. 2-3 mentions about how good Khris Davis is for a young player. Teams have asked about him. 

Several mentions of Davis being a player to build around, a player MIL needs to develop. Hosts mentioned arm, Doug said there are plenty of players with good arms, and few that have 80 extra base hits in 630 AB's. 

Host mentions Emilio Bonafacio is a popular target among fans. Plays lots of spots. Does not run like he used to, unlikely to come to MIL because we have a starter at every spot, FA's look for a team where they can start a lot, and get 450 AB's. Herrera basically does same thing. Likes SS's, Segura, Hector Gomez, and have a guy a couple years away that might be the MVP in Venezuela in Orlando Arcia.

Arcia is a true SS and whose minor league offense is similar to Scooter's, age and numbers. Herrera is probably best suited to be in AAA and then come up as injuries hit, but his minor league and major league stats mirror Emilio's.

Doug not sure he wants to go with one closer, guy blows a couple games, everyone looking for a new closer. Will talk to Ron. Likes Broxton, Smith, and Jeffress to all close games, maybe split closing chances. Likes Wang a lot for future, best control and change up in AFL. 

Doug scoffed at the "having Wang in the first half led to the bullpen struggling in the second half"...one of those things that just sounds ignorant...because it is.  

Roenicke will be the manager and not be on the hot seat if team starts slowly. Tough finding a guy who will listen and use analytics. 

Many managers still refuse to even platoon and look at splits and, you know, 1970/80's stuff. Hosts mentioned Gardenhire, Doug discussed he was a good baseball man, but many guys go with hunches and their gut. Read between the lines. 

Tough to be patient, could have kept Lawrie, Brantley, Cain, Escobar, Odorozzi; would not have won in 2008 or 2010, but who knows what would have happened? Doug said impatience is much in vogue, and have talked to Mark about it. Teams always want to do something instead of waiting back.

Not sure how the won/loss record would have ended up, but one thing for sure...Doug would not still be the GM. The Rays have tried it, more out of financial necessity, and they have had scattered success, but no attendance and no consistency. I forget who said it, maybe Jim Bowden, but the old saying, "Prospects and potential get you fired" remains true. With the cash flowing in from local and national TV, spending it on a mediocre FA instead of letting kids play is very much the preferred path.

No talk at all about adding pitching, which is where I see bargains developing and signings taking place. They can't ignore the fact they have Thornburg and Henderson on the mend, but for much of last year, they had Wang, Duke, and KRod all on the 25 man, and unless Frankie returns, that's three spots open. Kintzler will be back, and Broxton, Smith, and Jeffress will be too. That's four. Add in the fact relievers often sign 1-2 year contracts, and often for less than $3M per...that's an inexpensive place to solidify. Heck, Tyler and Jim both have options remaining too (as does Brandon and Will), and even if they are healthy, they might not be 100% and/or need time off. Use that to keep guys rested. That's another reason Elian is a nice guy to have, bouncing back and forth as they need a 13th pitcher.



12/03/2014 09:54:00 PM


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