Al's Ramblings



Monday, March 31, 2014

(3/31/2014 11:32:00 PM) - Al

See what info I'm missing by not watching CNN?

Who would thunk it?


3/31/2014 11:32:00 PM



(3/31/2014 11:20:00 PM) - Al

Always been earthquakes, always will be. The US is on a ton of faults. Just the way it is.


3/31/2014 11:20:00 PM



(3/31/2014 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Why you ask? Because a nursing home is far more expensive.

I believe this is what they call "economic stimulus."

We're in the best of hands.


3/31/2014 07:14:00 PM



(3/31/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Nice profile of the Badgers' academics.


3/31/2014 06:51:00 PM



(3/31/2014 06:44:00 PM) - Al

You can't steal 1B.


3/31/2014 06:44:00 PM



(3/31/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al

New to Netflix in April.

I'll probably watch Mean Girls at least twice, because there's a reason we're all sad Lohan went to hell.

Don't do drugs, kids. You stay in school.


3/31/2014 06:42:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

It's down because it's a day that ends in Y.


3/31/2014 04:48:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Thought I had today...how many teams would PH for SP after 6 innings, 0 runs, and 92 pitches?

A few more might do it because it's so early, but remember, the Brewers are very conservative with their SP's pitch counts. Remember that Mets' SP that had surgery had far more high pitch starts than the entire Brewers' rotation.

UPDATE: Matt Harvey is his name, and here's my post on it.

Pitchers will always get hurt, but the Crew keeping pitch counts down can only help. 


3/31/2014 04:42:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

KRod will close until Henderson finds his stuff. Also likes the mix of Kintzler/Smith/KRod at the back end.

For those keeping track, that would leave Thornburg/Henerson/Wang/Duke as the guys for earlier in the game or when behind. 


3/31/2014 04:38:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Just because it's apparently National Cleavage Day DOES NOT mean I wanna see pictures of a bunch of women's racks in my feed, people!!--Ellisa Roberson

Looks like I picked a bad day to take off. We need better coordination between Opening Day and these holidays in the future.


3/31/2014 04:24:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

I don't begrudge anyone their success or wealth, so it never made any difference to me. However, for those looking to "spread the wealth"....confiscating wealth has appeal.

As I discussed last week, I was 25 and debt free, with $15K or more in mutual funds. Then, the Rambling wife (then the Rambling girlfriend) had a year or unpaid internships, including a semester in which we paid two rents on one income. Charles Givens was a financial guru who suggested you put away 10% of your income, and simply refuse to touch it, even in an emergency. Do your best to stay out of debt, and when you failed, pay off debt early. If we would have followed that advice, assuming we averaged $35K for fifteen years, that's about $50K plus the $15K, with an average of 5% growth, it'd probably be well over $100K, maybe $150K.

It's easy to look back.


3/31/2014 04:19:00 PM



(3/31/2014 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Just amazing that despite all those scouting reports, all the videotape, and so; they still miss KRod's changeup by a good foot 

Years ago, before he ever pitched for MIL, I suggested that most hitters would be better off just taking every pitch versus Frankie, as he rarely throws three pitchers in the strike zone before he throws four out of it. That may be the smartest thing I've ever said.


3/31/2014 04:01:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Frankie at 89-90 to Johnson.

That's fair, at best.



3/31/2014 03:48:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Strange about Henderson, as he pitched Friday, I believe.


3/31/2014 03:45:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:23:00 PM) - Al

LHP does Gennett a huge favor by throwing him a breaking ball strike. Fastballs in and breaking stuff in the dirt gets him out 90% of the time.


3/31/2014 03:23:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

I would assume Roenicke will split his two LH hitters if Overbay produces any offense at all. Tough to PH up two because both lefty bats are better defenders. 


3/31/2014 03:22:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Many who insist MLB umpires are good will be shocked when we find out about 50% of them are found to be incorrect.

Which, as the math proves, tells you they are no better than a coin flip. Those that think the umps are right 99% of the time are in for a surprise.


3/31/2014 03:04:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

The cost to register the Rambling dog for the year is $10 today, but goes up to $30 tomorrow.

Of course, when your dog is 18, you tend to wait as long as you can, as, well, you know.


3/31/2014 03:01:00 PM



(3/31/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Update below:

Spent part of the afternoon taking a look at what folks are projecting the Brewers for in '14. Here's a recap:

1. Almost everyone picks the NL Central the same; SL, PIT, CIN, MIL, Cubs. Why? Because that's how they finished last year.

2. Almost everyone predicts the Brewers will win between 71 and 89 games. Most were in the 77-85 range. Considering that if a team has 81 game talent, they could easily win anywhere from 75-87 wins, depending on injuries, luck, and a player or two having a breakout/down season.

As is often the case, the law of large numbers is usually pretty accurate. The over/unders Vegas and online sportbooks have for the Brewers are also in the 79-81 range...one thing to remember with them is, they realize there are a few games each season that are not made up, so "under" tends to win about 55% of the time.

I would have them in that 85 victory range, and hope they can sneak into that 86-88 win range, where playoff contention lives.

BUMPED:

Al, Just a nit… It’s very rare that games are not made up anymore due to the loss of gate revenue.  Over the last five years there have only been two scheduled games not played – same as the number of 1-game playoffs which also count as regular season games. Scott

I would have guessed 2-3 games a season, so correction noted.


3/31/2014 03:00:00 PM



(3/31/2014 02:55:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun stuff today is perhaps an opportunity for sportswriters to recognize the disconnect between their feelings and fans' feelings.--Gleeman

They all have little man disease...because they are unhappy, they strive to make others unhappy through constant negativity.

It's a shame.


3/31/2014 02:55:00 PM



(3/31/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Obama doesn't pretend to hide his disdain of the military...and vice versa.

Remember, the military is a higher percentage of blacks and Latinos than the general population. That really makes his numbers look bad.


3/31/2014 01:20:00 PM



(3/31/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Heh.


3/31/2014 12:30:00 PM



(3/31/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

As true as it gets.


3/31/2014 11:30:00 AM



(3/31/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

What's the difference between roasting and baking?

Well, what we have in the oven would be the easiest answer. But in reality, we "roast" meat and veggies, while we "bake" bread, cookies, meatloaf, and so on.

It's very similar to a muffin and a cupcake...they are almost identical, ingredient wise, with minor differences in size and presntation, but if you let your five year old eat a cupcake for breakfast, Social Services will be all over your butt. A muffin...well, carry on, you parent of the year nominee you.

Just don't let them eat any bacon and eggs, as that's awful (or, probably by far the best choice, one or the other).


3/31/2014 10:30:00 AM



(3/31/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

See, maybe I am normal, because I have no desire to leave the house to see people break into song in the middle of a conversation.

Because it's stupid.


3/31/2014 10:00:00 AM



(3/31/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Glenn worries about another mini Ice Age, apparently not realizing global warming is obviously on it's way...because after all, it's a half a degree warmer than it was a century ago...but a fraction of a degree colder than it was in 1970.

Of course, if you pay attention, you'll notice the only people falsifying data fibbing are those who hope to enrich themselves from the uneducated rubes' panic.

Remember friends, the planet has barely any true poverty; and very little needless death...the left has to make up an emergency to justify the continued and unnecessary "revenue enhancements" they keep pushing to "spread the wealth."


3/31/2014 09:30:00 AM



(3/31/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

There are few ideas more endlessly stupid than that you have to be rich to advocate for free markets and limited government.--Charles CW Cooke

If I wasn't already married...


3/31/2014 08:30:00 AM



(3/31/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This might help some of you.

I tried, but I just keep putting it off.


3/31/2014 07:30:00 AM



(3/31/2014 07:00:00 AM) - Al

One young man pays it forward.

I'd never heard of Snowball Express, but you can donate here. If you donate now, Gary Sinise will double it.


3/31/2014 07:00:00 AM


Sunday, March 30, 2014

(3/30/2014 11:57:00 PM) - Al

Just found out the Brewers will play Saturday afternoon if the Red Sox Friday home opener has to be canceled due to weather. BOS scheduled the second game Saturday night so they had a "backup" Saturday afternoon.


3/30/2014 11:57:00 PM



(3/30/2014 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Someone compiled all the negative posts from a message board during the streak in which the Badgers lost five of six...lesson, you're never as good as you think you are when things are going good, and you're never as bad as you think you are when things are going bad.

And most of all...never post the sky is falling right before Bo makes it to the Final Four. No one will listen to a thought you have the rest of your life. Ramblings has been around a dozen years, and I've made bad predictions, but I'm never embarrassed myself like the following.

Enjoy.   


Wisconsin just isn't very good. No more than a jump shooting team that can't rebound or play defense. - mcx99
The wheels have fallen off. The Badgers, like the Buckeyes, have been exposed as frauds. Look for the struggles to continue. - mcx99

This team has serious issues. 22 wins? No way. 20 wins at best. - mcx99

I see us winning one road game the rest of the way. Hopefully hold serve at home and finish at 9 and 9. Get a nice 8 seed and lose the first game because we're not at home. - Spdude

Think 10-8 in big ten will be likely. . Losses likely at Iowa at michigan and at home verse MSU based on the garbage they put out today. Likely will drop another two as well. - uwbadger23

UW gave up 34pts in the first half and 47 in the second. This team will finish 9th in the big ten. - badgerben

I would not even vote this team in the top 50 at this point. They have been exposed for what they are, a very lazy and soft team. - pjearl

Sad to say that I do not think this team will win a road game! - bajjerfan

22 wins over the course of the season seems impossible, not just for league play. - hoopz247

Bo Ryan might make his first ever final 4… in the NIT - hoopz247

IMO Bo has took the Badgers as high as he can and now it's somebody else's time to sit the sidelines. - hoopz247

NIT for this team. Another 1 and done in the NCAA if they make it. It's time to start looking for Ryan's replacement. Hint: Get somebody who can recruit. IE Stu Jackson. -12PackWorldChamps

This mess won't make the tournament. Haven't sat through anything this bad since their many NCAA tournament bombs.  Remember the 32-point "clinic"?  And others.  Embarrassing. - Omahabadger

Know this will get folks in an uproar, but here goes.  Anyone else sick of Coach  Ryan's teams' incredible poor games that crop up with repeat frequency over the years?  It's not only that they lose, but that they are so incredibly bad in so many of these games.  More than 12 minutes without a field goal tonight -- at home against Northwestern?  You have to be trying to do that bad.  I for one am tired of it.  Last UW MBB game I'm enduring this season.  I am a Wis. fan and donor but can't keep supporting this repeated boring stuff.  Good luck Badgers rest of season, but it will not be with me on board. - Omahabadger

Amen.  This guy will bring only in more duds.  Only way to get attention is to not buy tickets and not make donations to the programs.  Money alone talks.  I've written my last check to Wis athletics for the forseeable future.  Many more productive and worthy things to donate to. - Omahabadger

I have to say I have lost faith in Bo Ryan.  Out of a time out and you cannot even draw up a play. Are you telling me that you spent that whole timeout telling Jackson that he is supposed to win the game one on one against the best defender in the Big Ten. I have always has my doubts about Bo Ryan coaching in game situations and at times players have bailed him out. He has lost this team and you can see by body expressions from guys like Dekker, Kaminsky, Jackson, and Koenig that they have no clue what Ryan wants or expects or when they are going to be pulled out. - DocWrestling

I don't think this is a team.  It's a collection of players.  Players make a team.  I don't care if they all like each other all the time, so long as they "get it" on the floor. - PEBadger

Last year's team was far superior to this year's collection of players. If Bo has "lost" this group, it's because this group never completely bought in in the first place.  All the talk about changing the culture before the year tells you that.  They simply don't understand what it takes to win as a group.  Given Bo's track record of getting teams to come together, I'm putting my finger on this group of players simply not getting it, for whatever reason.  People bitched about Bruiser and Evans and Berggren last year, but those guys were part of a long line of UW players who "got it" and understood what it took and what it meant to win at UW.  Those guys were all great HS players coming in, but they subordinated themselves to the greater effort.  I don't see any of that with this group.  When things were going great they were fine.  But they have nothing to fall back on in terms of togetherness when it's not. - PEBadger

Bo has been hitting snooze all year - Panama74

I think this whole team has lost something and that includes the coaches. No edge from the players or coaches... Something is not clicking. -  badgerjess

It definitely looks like he's lost this team. All we heard during the winning streak was about how tight this team is, living together, doing everything together. Well, they're all playing like sh1t together right now. – RuckerPark

It is very on Bo. He  has not developed leadership on this Team. It shows. And as most of you know, leadership most often comes in b-ball comes from the point guard. He is the  quarterback. He is responsible for getting the ball to the right people in the right places at the right times. Chemistry starts with the PG. And I am sorry, Bo has allowed TJ to try to play that role, and it is an abysmal failure. And Bo won't switch, or do anything different. To boot, he has helped kill the confidence of his best player. – Wannagesha

I think it's fair to say Bo and his staff have, or nearly have, completely lost touch with this team.  Both the coaching staff and the players look lost and completely out of touch with the game, particularly at the most critical times.  I'm a fan of Bo Ryan's and I want him to do well.  Afterall, who wouldn't?  Having said this, to deny that there are serious problems right now with his staff and this team, is to be in denial of the obvious and would indicate an inability to reconcile with reality. - TheWiscoKid

No leadership, horrible late game possessions time and time again. It's not good, and it's not going to get any better anytime soon. - nbajam

It's never over until it's over but this admittedly looks a lot like season over, at least in terms of doing anything noteworthy. This team is truly worthless. - MUnertl

I said before the season three guards wouldn't work in conference play and that has proven correct.- MUnertl

Bo didn't build this program, he built upon it, but that upper level is crumbling, and if the erosion continues happening this year, at the end there should be a Shaka put into it so it can be rebuilt –goldenbernsy

Hopefully Bo steps aside as classily as Mack Brown did, admitting he's not as good at coming up with new ideas as before, so it's time for somebody fresh. – goldenbernsy

I would like to see somebody younger and a better recruiter take over. Give Bo the gold watch and move on. - 911sfan




3/30/2014 10:59:00 PM



(3/30/2014 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play Kentucky at 7:50 next Saturday night.

I didn't see either game today, busy watching The Brady Bunch and napping.


3/30/2014 07:06:00 PM



(3/30/2014 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Overall, this is just contrararian enough for me to think it may be 100% accurate...that said, there are two types of women that marry young, and you don't want anything to do with one of them.

So, I guess it all depends on the quality of woman...which is the case if you marry at 25 or 45.


3/30/2014 04:40:00 PM



(3/30/2014 03:26:00 PM) - Al

No surprises at all with the Brewers' roster. Segura not on DL. They'll see if he can go.


3/30/2014 03:26:00 PM



(3/30/2014 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Gordon will probably never see the inside of a classroom again.



3/30/2014 03:19:00 PM



(3/30/2014 01:44:00 PM) - Al

One of the funniest skits on SNL I've seen in a long time.


3/30/2014 01:44:00 PM



(3/30/2014 10:09:00 AM) - Al



Hard to figure why they struggled to get the ball in. Heh.

The refs sucked right to the end. They saw ticky tack stuff all night but missed the obvious. Sgt. Schultz would have done a better job. A disgrace.


3/30/2014 10:09:00 AM



(3/30/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Barkley knows politics too.


3/30/2014 09:00:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Al,

I listen to the TBS crew talk about these national basketball programs are really concerned about turning boys into men. The point guard from Florida was suspended then brought back for another chance, now is in the Final Four. Isn't it funny how the kids that give you the best chance to win are always the kids that get another chance. For these clowns to sit on TV and say that this has something to do with personal development is just sad. It always was and always will be about winning. What's wrong with just saying that?!!!!!

Casey



Same reason no one ever wins a game because they hit lucky shots. It's always deeper than that...even when it isn't.


3/30/2014 01:30:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:24:00 AM) - Al

You want something that's really difficult to imagine?

Try and imagine that Arizona hit a jumper at the buzzer.

Think how bad that would feel.


3/30/2014 01:24:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:22:00 AM) - Al

Badgers official video.


3/30/2014 01:22:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:13:00 AM) - Al

The Final Four might be Wisconsin and three teams the Badgers' defeated.

Jeepers.


3/30/2014 01:13:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:02:00 AM) - Al

Random message board from Badgers' overtime.

My blood pressure hurts.

I only talk to the TV during sports if it's a huge game. I could hear my heart beating at the end.


3/30/2014 01:02:00 AM



(3/30/2014 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I cannot confirm this, but I just read yesterday would have been Butch Ryan's 90th birthday.

I'm not a believer in many things. However, you can't help but smile.


3/30/2014 01:00:00 AM



(3/30/2014 12:34:00 AM) - Al

ARI had one less turnover, two more offensive rebounds, and five more blocked shots. They shot five more FT's.

You're not going to get many W's with those numbers. Take it and run.


3/30/2014 12:34:00 AM



(3/30/2014 12:24:00 AM) - Al

Ken Pomeroy reports the Badgers scored 1.04 points per possession...5th best versus Arizona all season.

That is one strong talented team. Congrats to them on a fine season. That was a coin flip game if there ever was one.



3/30/2014 12:24:00 AM



(3/30/2014 12:15:00 AM) - Al

I'm torn on who to root for, and shocked to see Kentucky is a 2.5 point favorite.

Kentucky is vastly talented, but while they are athletic and long; it seems like they could well be a team that the Badgers could break down, just as they did Baylor. And while Michigan is also a very talented team, we know the Badgers can beat them; but we also know the Wolverines are playing great basketball right now.

A big part of me thinks Kentucky might get flustered, turn the ball over, and jack up 3's and other low percentage shots. That said, they're good enough to hit them. If someone told me WI loses their next contest by 20, I'd immediately think, "Well, Kentucky must play a great game."

I also always root for the Big Ten, even if I don't care for the team...and admittedly, I have nothing against Michigan (or Michigan State, who I think will destroy UConn). So, I feel odd even thinking about it. But, you know what? I'd love to have an easy game in the Final Four. I just think the Wildcats have the best chance to lay an egg...but like most young, talented groups, their ceiling is immensely high. 


3/30/2014 12:15:00 AM



(3/30/2014 12:03:00 AM) - Al

So happy for Bo Ryan and this group of young men. Many had to wait until he made a Final Four to validate his skills, but please, 13 tournaments in 13 years at a school that made it 6 times in a century?

 It wasn't good coaching that made the Zona player hang onto the ball a fraction of a second too long (and he missed the shot anyway). He wins, his players stay out of trouble, and he runs a clean program.

And I'll say it again, better lucky than good. They showed that offensive foul with 3.2 seconds left several times, and while I'm sure there was some contact, a no call would have been my decision...and let's be honest, we're just fortunate it wasn't labeled a "blocking foul," as was the case all evening...how dare they try and defend?

As someone who has seen just about every game all season...I know I watched a couple on the computer that were not televised, it's been a heckuva ride. Proud to be a Badgers' basketball fan.


3/30/2014 12:03:00 AM


Saturday, March 29, 2014

(3/29/2014 11:07:00 PM) - Al

Charles Barkley is the living breathing example of street smart versus book smart.


3/29/2014 11:07:00 PM



(3/29/2014 10:49:00 PM) - Al

Charles Barkley, for all his silliness and attempts to be funny, has been drop dead accurate this entire tournament. He has a simply incredible grasp of the game.


3/29/2014 10:49:00 PM



(3/29/2014 10:37:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers haven't appeared "tight" all year, and they won't be next week. For whatever reason, the Final Four is almost bigger than the game itself. They're a group who doesn't seem to care at all who scores or who plays. Particularly loved the fact Ben Brust never forced a shot all night.

Kudos to ARI, who had a fine game plan, but didn't have an answer for Frank.


3/29/2014 10:37:00 PM



(3/29/2014 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Wow. What a game.

And, there is no way that call was "definitive." Those guys even guess when they're looking at a replay. As bad as it gets.

EDIT: In a game like that, I'll take luck over skill every single time. And I knew full well the buzzer beat the shot. Everyone has a skill. Mine is buzzer/shot. I'm barely ever wrong.


3/29/2014 10:15:00 PM



(3/29/2014 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Very decent look, created space nicely. A little more arch, and it's good.


3/29/2014 09:50:00 PM



(3/29/2014 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Yes.

Yes it was. But, shockingly, since it is colder now, the ice is still the same.


3/29/2014 09:32:00 PM



(3/29/2014 09:08:00 PM) - Al

A mock foul on every drive to the basket, but oops, missed that slap to the face...in the open floor

I'd say they were brutal, but I would not want to offend the brutal.


3/29/2014 09:08:00 PM



(3/29/2014 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Yep.


3/29/2014 09:01:00 PM



(3/29/2014 08:47:00 PM) - Al

That call on Kaminsky was bogus. The officiating was turrible.--Charles Barkley

Yup. As bad as it gets. I hope they swallow their whistles and let 'em play. Embarrassing to see a bunch of "look at me, look at me" guys at this level.


3/29/2014 08:47:00 PM



(3/29/2014 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Overall, a solid half. ARI has five more FT's, and they lead by 3. That's not a coincidence, but it's easily made up with a superb 2nd half.


3/29/2014 08:41:00 PM



(3/29/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

I guess Kaminsky is just supposed to get out of the way and let them dunk the damn ball.

That was one of the worst calls of the season.


3/29/2014 08:36:00 PM



(3/29/2014 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Nothing says the refs are in over their heads more than a technical foul during a time out. No one is there to see them, but they want to be the center of attention.

Pathetic. Probably from the Middle of Nowhere conference.

Shut up and let 'em play. 


3/29/2014 08:21:00 PM



(3/29/2014 07:58:00 PM) - Al

That junior high foul on Kaminksy on ARI's first possession will have a huge effect on this game. Refs blowing whistles ain't going to help the Badgers.


3/29/2014 07:58:00 PM



(3/29/2014 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Probably just roster filler, but I tell you what...picking up a former 5th round pick, 22 year old switch hitting C who can take a walk is the dictionary definition of no downside.


3/29/2014 07:34:00 PM



(3/29/2014 06:39:00 PM) - Al

I hate the fact that it stays light until about 7:30.

Said no one ever. They're just too shortsighted to realize that we have turning the clock ahead to thank.


3/29/2014 06:39:00 PM



(3/29/2014 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Coach Drew on Ramon Sessions: He's come into this thing and embraced this team and the organization.--Fox

I missed Sessions since he left and love having him back. I love the way he gets to the line, drives fearlessly and either shoots or dishes, and plays decent defense at either the 1 or the 2. He's not a star, but he's a very nice 3rd guard, or maybe a 4th guard on a top team.

He'll be a FA after the season, so I doubt he returns, but I sure hope he does.


3/29/2014 06:01:00 PM



(3/29/2014 05:25:00 PM) - Al

If you're having trouble keeping it straight...


...see, Colbert can make a racist statement, because he's a liberal making fun of conservatives. See, when he does something offensive, it's his way of slamming those nasty fools who feel national security is important, fiscal discipline is a good thing, and who are patriotic (cretins and derelicts, one and all).

...However, if I would say that, it is considered abhorrently offensive, because all conservatives are naturally racist, because we believe in the best person for the job, regardless of color, gender, or other stuff. Idiots, I know.

If you're having trouble keeping this straight, never forget, that even the lefty Supreme Court justices don't even pretend to hide their racist views. Remember, it's OK if you're on the right...or in this case, left, side. 


3/29/2014 05:25:00 PM



(3/29/2014 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Anti gun Dem arrested...arms trafficking.

Hypocrites, one and all.


3/29/2014 05:13:00 PM



(3/29/2014 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Saved $29.70 on $79.35 worth of groceries at the Capitalist Empire today. Paid just under $50 for almost $80 worth of stuff.

Why yes, I am cheap...especially on stuff I was going to buy anyway. The best part, was paying $6.88 for 200 Aleve...which admittedly, I've been downing like candy since hurting my back about ten days ago. Walgreens had it on sale a couple weeks ago, but they had some sort of rebate...oh well, whatever. Even the store brand was $11.

And that may be one of the cheapest weekly trips we've had in ages...it pays when the Rambling son is off to spend part of his spring break with the Rambling in laws. 


3/29/2014 05:05:00 PM



(3/29/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez welcomed a son into the world.


3/29/2014 04:30:00 PM



(3/29/2014 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Government at it's finest...tear down the brand new bleachers so everything is "equal."

We're in the best of hands.


3/29/2014 04:21:00 PM



(3/29/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

People often misread things such as this.

Microwave sales are also down because everyone owns one...and in many cases, 2-3 (one in the family room, or garage, or mancave). For years, CD sales were booming...because everyone was replacing their old cassettes. Then, they didn't need to, and sales fell precipitously, and folks thought music was dead. 


3/29/2014 03:01:00 PM



(3/29/2014 02:15:00 PM) - Al

 Al - my employer sponsors an Earth Hour counter-event called Human Achievement Hour that might be more up your alley. You can even celebrate by watching the Badgers game. Here's a Washington Post writeup, including a one-minute YouTube video we made.

Here's hoping the Brewers stay healthy. It'll be a good year if they do. I still think the Cardinals will win the division, but that's why we have the wild cards.


-Ryan


FYI. By the way, that article mentions several things I have discussed here...Bill Gates on how the world almost has no poverty remaining, and we are in an almost war free stretch of time.

Yet the left...never ones to allow the truth to get in the way of a fictional crisis, insists we need tons more welfare programs here in the USA...one of the wealthiest nations in the history of the planet; and that war is going on everywhere, and will soon spread to our military if we fail to keep electing former hippies and peaceniks.


3/29/2014 02:15:00 PM



(3/29/2014 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Bil Maher may be a liberal hack, but when he allows himself to be a contrarian, like he always has been until the past few years (and, of course, as am I), he can be devastatingly accurate.


3/29/2014 01:56:00 PM



(3/29/2014 01:53:00 PM) - Al

The problem is, I would assume it's right in the handbook he signed...you can never just leave. But he's right, a call is mandatory.


3/29/2014 01:53:00 PM



(3/29/2014 11:21:00 AM) - Al

Badgers are 3 point dogs tonight. If I had no fan interest, I would probably say the same, as ARI was very impressive and have been in the top five much of the season.


3/29/2014 11:21:00 AM



(3/29/2014 10:23:00 AM) - Al

We did not elect Mr. Obama to be a unilateral disarmer, but that's what he's doing. - Ben Stein 

Ben Stein is one of the smartest people in the world, and I rarely disagree with him. 


3/29/2014 10:23:00 AM


Friday, March 28, 2014

(3/28/2014 11:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm willing to bet Ryan Braun gets a standing ovation at Miller Park on Opening Day next year.--Breen

I would agree, with scattered boobirds. Cards' fans never turned on McGwire, and Cubs' fans still love Sosa.--Ramblings, 7/22/13


Sounds like it was almost all cheers tonight.


3/28/2014 11:30:00 PM



(3/28/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Earth Hour is the same time as the Badgers' game tomorrow.

I'll get right on that.


3/28/2014 10:52:00 PM



(3/28/2014 09:50:00 PM) - Al

All it would take for Montreal to successfully have a MLB team is a $500M stadium and fans to buy tickets...like about a dozen cities in the USA.

Montreal was not just the worst organization the last couple decades they had a team, they were an embarrassment. They still had logos on the wall that were a decade plus old.


3/28/2014 09:50:00 PM



(3/28/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

James Denton passes away.

Jane Fonda is still alive.

Both are damn shames.


3/28/2014 09:49:00 PM



(3/28/2014 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Mike Trout agrees to a 6y/$140M extension with Angels.

DET must be banging their head against the wall. Even compared to Trout, Braun looks like a bargain.


3/28/2014 09:28:00 PM



(3/28/2014 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Just took a look at my online pay statement. Because of advancing, cancellations, fees, renewals, and the like, it was 71 lines long...and the net was $110.

Why yes, my industry is highly regulated by the government...why do you ask? 


3/28/2014 08:41:00 PM



(3/28/2014 07:25:00 PM) - Al

If it is only one, that's an improvement.


3/28/2014 07:25:00 PM



(3/28/2014 06:43:00 PM) - Al

If you're a conservative, you'll say this is one of many areas that the government could easily save money.

If you're a liberal, you'll wonder why anyone cares about $1.33 a citizen.


3/28/2014 06:43:00 PM



(3/28/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al

I just set the microwave timer so I'd remember to turn on the slow cooker lasagna in an hour.

Think how difficult it was for the pioneer families, who had to remember to turn on the slow cooker without a timer.


3/28/2014 02:14:00 PM



(3/28/2014 02:01:00 PM) - Al

95% of the people that buy organic food say they do so to avoid pesticides. However, food is allowed to be labeled organic if pesticides or fungicides have been used.--OMG Facts

We are a nation of rubes.


3/28/2014 02:01:00 PM



(3/28/2014 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Saw that Jason Rogers and Sean Halton have been playing 3B in minor league games in Arizona. Both could increase their value significantly if they could be 3B that are even below average, but passable defensively.

Given that Ramirez is a free agent after '14, not a young man, and the organizational depth at 3B is very slim, having utility players take grounders there certainly can't hurt.

FYI, the 3B prospect the Crew got for KRod, Nick Delmonico, has not yet reported due to "personal reasons"...usually a code for not being able to play, but also not being injured. In the past, you may recall Zach Braddock and Jeremy Jeffress missing time with this, so it is often used as a succinct explanation for a drug issue or a mental ailment. Just guessing, of course, as it could be a family illness or any number of things.


3/28/2014 01:33:00 PM



(3/28/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

You can only get away with despicable racist behavior if you are on the left...luckily, the world isn't about color and gender on my side.


3/28/2014 01:21:00 PM



(3/28/2014 12:53:00 PM) - Al

It is truly painful how ignorant some people are.


3/28/2014 12:53:00 PM



(3/28/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Liberal talk radio host threatens NRA with gun violence.

Someday, we will be as polite and civil as the left.

I just hope we're never as hypocritical.


3/28/2014 11:30:00 AM



(3/28/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

For the last decade, tons of low carb, high protein and high fats diets have been shown to work, and be far easier to follow than low fat, high carb.

And which does the government still push? The one that is a decade behind.




3/28/2014 10:30:00 AM



(3/28/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Initial weekly Unemployment Insurance claims for the first 12 weeks of 2014 dropped to the lowest point since 2000.--Governor Walker

It's working.

Even with the dumpster fire of the Obama economic plan  (or lack thereof), WI has avoided the horrendous decline that has hit both MI and IL...who just happen to be far left, tax and spend, pay for it later states.

Coincidentally.



3/28/2014 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, March 27, 2014

(3/27/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al

One of my Facebook friends just complimented Frank Kamanicky. Join the bandwagon, my friends, plenty of room. 

He's no Sam Deckert, but he ain't bad...


3/27/2014 09:18:00 PM



(3/27/2014 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play at either 5 or 7:30 Saturday...on TBS.

When you have to win six games in a row, it always helps to get lucky. I'm sure the Badgers were well prepared defensively, but Baylor missed double digit open 3's, most of them completely uncontested. Toward the end, when Baylor took a 3, I just smiled, because they seemingly never hit them all night. Officially 2-15...again, if they hit 40%, that's a dozen extra points, and the game is at least contested at the end.




3/27/2014 09:06:00 PM



(3/27/2014 08:34:00 PM) - Al

1. Enterprise sells cars?

2. Why can't someone with a stolen credit card do that ride share and just take it to a chop shop, never to be seen again?

3. How bad a company if Enterprise to work for if they have to hire so many new people every single year?


3/27/2014 08:34:00 PM



(3/27/2014 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Key to game no one will discuss...so far, Baylor has missed four wide open, no one within 5-10 feet of them 3's. I may not agree with Dan Dakitch on much, but he calls that "a layup in today's game" for a reason...most guys hit 67-75% of them, at the line, wide open.

If they had hit 3 of 4, they're down 3, right in the game, not 12.


3/27/2014 07:51:00 PM



(3/27/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Migeul Cabrera extends deal, now has 10y/$300M guaranteed.

He's 31 now, and has been good since he was 23. However, expecting him to be good at 40 is ridiculous...heck, expecting him to be as productive at 35 is silly. By comparison, Braun is a year younger, and has 8y/$117M remaining on his contract, which looks like some sort of Warren Buffett type "how the heck did he do that?" steal.

Braun--.374/.564, 938 OPS
Miggy--.399/.568, 967 OPS 

Give Miguel bonus points for playing 3B at a below average clip, but that ain't worth $200M. You never know for sure, of course, but Cabrera seems unlikely to age gracefully, as he may well be limited to 1B/DH soon.


3/27/2014 07:11:00 PM



(3/27/2014 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Rats continue to desert the sinking ship.

None of them said a word until it failed miserably. That's the definition of a lack of leadership.


3/27/2014 05:32:00 PM



(3/27/2014 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Heck, I didn't even know Condi Rice was racist.

1. Irony is delicious.

2. It's not my fault the left are hypocrites.

3. I'm so old, I remember when dissent was patriotic.


3/27/2014 04:24:00 PM



(3/27/2014 04:20:00 PM) - Al

It costs $1 billion to get a new drug approved by the FDA, and can take up to 15 years.--John Stossel

Note to socialists...this is why your drugs are not free. Know what else? If you depend on the government to come up with medicine to save your life; I'd keep in mind they lose $60M a day delivering the freaking mail.

Lots of luck with that.

The irony is, of course, the FDA does not worry about people dying, or incredibly ill, or whatever, that will gladly take a "unapproved" pill because it shows promise or might extend their life. Mexico's process is far cheaper and takes far less time...and guess where drugs cost less and sends folks running across the border?

When your options are death or not death, bureaucracy is especially difficult to give a damn about. Of course, for many of us trying to actually fix the problem, that day is everyday.


3/27/2014 04:20:00 PM



(3/27/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Twins really abandoning the "no scholarships" and "spring training matters" stuff, both of which they've stressed as important in the past.--Gleeman

Roenicke basically came out and said spring training was a waste of time and he had his 25 man roster chosen before it ever started. Apparently, the Twins did not pay attention to the stats either. It's such a tiny sample, it is meaningless, but that doesn't stop teams from using them, at least for the final couple roster spots.

Also odd to hear Ron say Thornburg earned his spot last year, and even though it may be better for him to start every 5th day and the like, they're taking him north because he deserves it.


3/27/2014 03:39:00 PM



(3/27/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

Get ready for this under Obamacare...the athletic are obese.

Common sense has no place in the new school lunch plan either, because protein is bad. It's almost as if Ms. Obama has no nutritional knowledge or training whatsoever...oh wait.


3/27/2014 03:01:00 PM



(3/27/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

They lie.

A lot.

Hey, I didn't vote for him. Mary Burke admitted she lied about unemployment, and said she didn't regret it. Some people are so evil and agenda driven, you just have to hold your kids close to you and hope they don't attack.


3/27/2014 02:30:00 PM



(3/27/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious "life hacks" which are every bot as helpful as the real ones.


3/27/2014 02:30:00 PM



(3/27/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Making stuff up gets easier when you do it every day.

I don't think there's ever been a group of human beings more in over their head in the history of time. I often think back to that scene in Apollo 13, when the nerds on the ground had to make a CO2 filter out of the stuff they had on the table. I can only imagine the blame game, spectacular failure, and Hillary shouting, "What difference does it make?" after the astronauts perished.


3/27/2014 01:00:00 PM



(3/27/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've mentioned this several times.

The left are nothing if not hypocrites. It's easy when you don't believe in anything.

When you can justify pouring beer on those who have opposing political views, vandalizing the capitol, and falsely calling in sick (while depriving many kids of their only hot meal of the day*); you can pretty much justify any lies and ridiculous behavior.

Hence, the Obama presidency.


*Ironic, ain't it? Mrs. Obama rejoiced however...it would have made them fat anyway. 


3/27/2014 11:30:00 AM



(3/27/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Out of touch since 2009.

The description they gave him...

a president who travels like Julius Caesar but negotiates like Neville Chamberlain

...was stunningly accurate. He's been a laughingstock all around the world, but Americans did not catch on until recently. 


3/27/2014 10:30:00 AM



(3/27/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony here is, she isn't really good at anything other than hosting a talk show. Unless you want help on how to do that, or advice on how to be an attention whore, she ain't going to help you a bit.

So sad to see those who were once successful fail to enjoy their relaxation years.


3/27/2014 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

(3/26/2014 09:16:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife went to the doctor for a checkup, and she has officially shrunk an inch.

If this keeps up, in 2000 years, she will cease to exist.


3/26/2014 09:16:00 PM



(3/26/2014 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I would comment on this, but me no understand how to use the internet thingy.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sharpen sticks and string beads, because that's ll us idiot capitalists know how to do.


3/26/2014 07:51:00 PM



(3/26/2014 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Can't overstate the impression Mitch Haniger made on Brewers coaches this spring. Probably headed to Double-A to begin the year.--Adam, MLB.com

Reminds me of Scooter's rise to prominence after his solid AFL. Haniger is probably an untouchable and a projected starter in 2016 on the big board in Doug's office. He projects as an above average everyday player, and none of the "experts" act like they ever heard of him.

Don't forget, last year, the Crew was a bottom five farm system, graduated Scooter and Khris Davis, who had outstanding debuts, as well as Thornburg and Gindl, who were solid...and they are a bottom five farm system this year...even though they have five true prospects in the Nashville rotation.


3/26/2014 07:21:00 PM



(3/26/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Marquette should at least consider Ben Jacobson of Northern Iowa for its coaching vacancy. Has averaged 20 wins per year for 8 seasons.--Mark Miller

I agree 100%. They should go after Jacobson and Brian Wardle of UWGB. They seem far more intent on making news and a splash than finding the best coach.


3/26/2014 05:44:00 PM



(3/26/2014 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Peace through strength wasn't just a saying. A strong military is the backbone to peaceful living.

Economic sanctions...not so much.


3/26/2014 04:22:00 PM


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

(3/25/2014 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Rangers looking for depth at 2B, scouted Weeks today.

Rickie is sunk cost, and has a place on the roster, because Scooter has never hit LHP, though he is young enough to learn that skill. There's no reason to give Rickie away and pay all his salary, as I would assume he is very likely to outperform Herrera.

EDIT: I just remembered Prince is in TEX now. His input aside, Prince and Rickie on the right side of the infield can't be looked at favorably. 


3/25/2014 11:30:00 PM



(3/25/2014 09:09:00 PM) - Al

They just said a few days ago they could not extend the deadline.

Just making it up from day to day, and they wonder why things don't work out.


3/25/2014 09:09:00 PM



(3/25/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Invest your money kids.

I was literally doing perfectly, 25, no debt, had $10-15K in mutual funds. Then one day, the Rambling wife and I began dating...then, we moved in together, and suddenly, she had an unpaid internship for a year, and for four months, we had to pay two rents.

Never look back, and I certainly would not trade her for money for retirement. That said, if you believe in retiring young, avoid a serious relationship until you and your partner are set in your careers.


3/25/2014 08:36:00 PM



(3/25/2014 08:24:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what was reported after Benghazi, and the fact Obama/Clinton have tried to cover up the facts about what happened make me think it just might be true.

Otherwise...why not just tell us what happened?


3/25/2014 08:24:00 PM



(3/25/2014 08:01:00 PM) - Al

When you don't stand for anything, it's easy to keep dancing around the facts.

Their only goal is to hand it over to the next administration. When you fail to plan...


3/25/2014 08:01:00 PM



(3/25/2014 03:57:00 PM) - Al

They hate voter ID because they want to cheat.


3/25/2014 03:57:00 PM



(3/25/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Best year for FT shooting.

I think it is directly related to Ryan Evans graduating.

I just heard a few days ago that Andrew Bogut is shooting 32% from the line this year. He's a guy that was the first pick in the draft because he was a defensive presence in the middle and scored 15 points a game, mainly hitting 12-15 foot jumpers. Not sure if it's related to his injury or what, but it does keep him from playing late in games.


3/25/2014 03:53:00 PM



(3/25/2014 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Barring waiver wire pickups, the roster is set. Wooten goes down, as does Herrera.


3/25/2014 03:25:00 PM



(3/25/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Shaka Smart insists he's staying at VCU...until something better comes along. Those many reports out of Marquette that said he had agreed to terms now appear to be wishful thinking.


3/25/2014 03:20:00 PM


Monday, March 24, 2014

(3/24/2014 08:46:00 PM) - Al

I had my on short list for when Bo retires two names.

Shaka Smart
Tony Bennett

I have no idea how long Bo wants to keep coaching, though in my opinion:

1. I doubt he'll go more than 2-3 more years, though I hope I am incorrect.

2. He wants his long time loyal assistant, Greg Gard, to take over.

I do not know how this will play out, but I do know that very few coaches, regardless of their coaching resume, get their first head coaching job in the upper echelon conferences, like the Big Ten or ACC.


3/24/2014 08:46:00 PM



(3/24/2014 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Those in the know say Shaka Smart and Marquette have reached an agreement.

I will include this email I received tonight.

Al,

My brother went to college in southern CA and got a job out there. After a couple decades, he moved back home to the suburbs of Madison, taking a pay cut from about $150K to $38K. He is now engaged to a high school classmate and they just announced they are each expecting their first child. He told me over the weekend he sometimes cries as he's driving home, as he's never been so happy.

Never underestimate the power of home. 

MR

Smart is taking a job that is a lateral (or worse) move, in my opinion, but who cares? I hope he enjoys returning home.


3/24/2014 08:35:00 PM



(3/24/2014 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Shaka Smart and Marquette are being mentioned as a pairing, though it still makes little sense to me why such a hot property like Smart would be interested in a Big East team...maybe the lure to WI is greater than I think.


3/24/2014 05:37:00 PM



(3/24/2014 04:20:00 PM) - Al

No doubt, only one of the two has done any planning for the future. Putin is an evil dictator; but at least he's not embarrassingly self absorbed.


3/24/2014 04:20:00 PM



(3/24/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I took a few minutes and looked at Overbay's splits the past 2-3 seasons, and may have been a little harsh when I said he "had not produced at all," or something like that. He has been very passable versus RHP's, though he has almost been as bad versus southpaws as Francisco. He certainly will not start more than a game or two when a LHP is on the mound, but will face some off the bench, of course. I'll go into more detail later.


3/24/2014 01:30:00 PM



(3/24/2014 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Nice pickup by the Twins. If Gindl or Schafer was penciled in to be the main LF/RF, JD might have been a git for the Crew, as he hits LHP pretty well, and is better than replacement level versus RHP.

The best part is, he's still just 26, and in his prime. Likely to improve a bit, and regress almost exactly when he becomes expensive.



3/24/2014 01:22:00 PM


Sunday, March 23, 2014

(3/23/2014 11:38:00 PM) - Al

I suppose he could want to come "home," but Shaka Smart is at VCU in the Atlantic 10...I think it's a far better place than Marquette...now ACC or Big Ten, I think he'll listen.


3/23/2014 11:38:00 PM



(3/23/2014 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Badgers/Baylor at 6:45 Thursday on TBS.


3/23/2014 10:24:00 PM



(3/23/2014 08:19:00 PM) - Al

When you become a pawn to unions and other groups, raising taxes becomes the only solution even considered.

IL is broke. That's where WI would be.


3/23/2014 08:19:00 PM



(3/23/2014 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I despise more than the cameras showing little kids crying after their teams lose. The directors should be ashamed, and it also takes away from what those teams accomplished...there are about 350 D1 basketball teams, and if you're in the round of 32, that's a nice accomplishment. Kansas is not a #2 seed without Joel Emblid.


3/23/2014 01:40:00 PM



(3/23/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

MST3K is one of those perfect ideas for Netflix...loyal fans, and other than the cost to acquire the rights to the films, extremely cheap.

Instead, we get a "miniseries" on NatGeo.



3/23/2014 01:21:00 PM


Saturday, March 22, 2014

(3/22/2014 11:18:00 PM) - Al

Badgers won't know who they play until about 9PM tomorrow night, when the Baylor/Creighton game is done. I'm sure the assistants will spend all day tomorrow putting together game plans and tape of both squads together, and then be ready Monday to tell the team what they do.


3/22/2014 11:18:00 PM



(3/22/2014 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Francisco DFA'd, Figaro sent down, so unless they claim someone, Overbay and Reynolds will be at 1B to open the season, and the final two bullpen spots are likely between Thornburg, Wooten, and Duke.

I would have kept Juan, as he is by far likely to be an offensive force. I have to wonder if they just were not fond of him, be it his attitude, demeanor, or ability to fit in. By going with Lyle, who hasn't produced at the plate in years, they went with a guy who is solid with the glove at the #1 offensive position, and who is far from young.

EDIT: Juan's locker has been cleaned out, but no official announcement on him, as the Crew may well have teams that like his power and are looking for a LH 1B/3B/DH option.

Overbay's grasp on that spot is tenuous, as better, far higher ceiling 1B will become available in the next week. Unless they just feel he'll fit in nicely and are OK keeping him as a defensive replacement and LH PH, no doubt, Lyle should just rent, not buy. 


3/22/2014 10:07:00 PM



(3/22/2014 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Sandy Cohen of Seymour is released from his LOI at Marquette, says he is wide open.

6-5 wing who worked his way into the top 100 after signing with Eagles. 


3/22/2014 08:53:00 PM



(3/22/2014 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Oregon hitting everything 30 feet and in, refs, after calling fouls all night on anything, let Dekker get punched in the face with no call. Then, make their mistake worse by calling no one in particular for a technical foul. Embarrassingly inept.

No one wants to see a bunch of ticky tack touch fouls, all they want to do is make sure no one gets manhandled...these guys missed on both counts. Almost every year, the Badgers end up losing to a hot shooting team in a tightly called game. This is just a perfect example of that, at the half. 


3/22/2014 08:03:00 PM



(3/22/2014 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Talk about being too close to see the truth...the ACC is a vastly better conference than the new Big East, and, unless you are from the upper Midwest, Milwaukee is just a generic city.

If they can't figure out why Williams left, they're going to be shocked at how hard it is to find the next guy. If Wardle wants it, he should be named the next coach on Monday, as soon as the background check is done. As an alumni, it's probably close to his dream job, while to everyone else, it's a stepping stone.


3/22/2014 01:55:00 PM



(3/22/2014 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Par for the course. No manager should ever be allowed to be a "lame duck," and Doug understands the influence is minimal.


3/22/2014 01:46:00 PM


Friday, March 21, 2014

(3/21/2014 09:42:00 PM) - Al

It's just math.

You know, that stuff Dems don't believe in.


3/21/2014 09:42:00 PM



(3/21/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Shhh.

Don't tell them it's working. The left gets all weepy. They might start calling us Hitler, vandalizing the capitol, and pouring drinks on our heads...again.


3/21/2014 09:11:00 PM



(3/21/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

This is a good question.

And why is the government not reimbursed. Otherwise, the next one might bring the whole gosh darn extended family, like the Darlings, who, of course, lived in rural Mayberry, just past the Robert E. Lee Natural Bridge*.


*It’s where an oak tree fell across a shallow spot in the creek.


3/21/2014 08:27:00 PM



(3/21/2014 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife put on her sleeping attire, hitting the sack.

7:45, got the whole place to myself, living the dream.

Rambling dog pacing nervously; afraid no one will feed him his supper before bed, about 9:30/10. 

Back to reality. 


3/21/2014 07:57:00 PM



(3/21/2014 07:00:00 PM) - Al

What's funny is, they don't even see the obvious coming.

We'll be happy to have them and our far fairer taxes here in common sense WI.


3/21/2014 07:00:00 PM



(3/21/2014 06:55:00 PM) - Al

The Obamas need some politeness classes before they travel as well.


3/21/2014 06:55:00 PM



(3/21/2014 06:39:00 PM) - Al

UW-Green Bay coach Brian Wardle, a former standout player at Marquette, and North Dakota State's Saul Phillips, a former assistant to Bo Ryan at UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin, would also be considered candidates.--JS

Ben Howland, who coached at UCLA and also has state connections, is also said to be very interested. Marquette, while not a top sought after job, has plenty of clout and will be able to attract a fine candidate. 


3/21/2014 06:39:00 PM



(3/21/2014 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Premiums up in 84% of states with Obamacare.

Remember, it was never about health insurance, or helping a few folks, or anything but power. If they had said they were going to take over cable and satellite TV, the public would have cried socialism and unnecessary government intervention. But, under the guise of a minute few "uninsurables," they took over the entire market. They saw that the house had a broken window, so they tore it down...because just fixing the window would have been unfair and unliberal.

And guess what? With the government involved, prices have skyrocketed,taxes are higher, and the deficit is way, way up; much to the chagrin of rubes who do not understand profit, the free market, and having skin in the game.  

Oh, and by the way, not only are premiums up, but coverage is worse, and fewer people are insured than were before. If you'll remember, I warned you. It's not my fault you don't believe in math.


3/21/2014 06:01:00 PM



(3/21/2014 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Buzz Williams leaving Marquette for Virginia Tech.


3/21/2014 04:37:00 PM



(3/21/2014 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have to tell Overbay tomorrow whether he has made the 25 man roster.

That will answer the one question that has kind of hung over all of camp. That, Wang, and the reserve SS battle has pretty much taken up about 90% of the conversation on which has been a delightfully boring, almost injury free month in Maryvale.


3/21/2014 04:23:00 PM



(3/21/2014 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Remember, Obama promised (insert punchline here) he would not raise any taxes on anyone making less than $300K $250K $200K a year.

I guess none of them own any stocks, or are self employed, or are any of these things.

Don't forget, they insisted they were going to cover everyone for the same amount of money. My question? Did they lie, or are they really that incompetent? Because, I don't want them representing me regardless of the answer. 


3/21/2014 03:46:00 PM



(3/21/2014 03:23:00 PM) - Al

Mike Rowe understands economics far better than the president.

That's the way it was when I was in high school too. They pushed me to take calculus, physics, two different English writing classes, sociology, and psychology my senior year, and proudly told me that with my ACT score, I could gfo to any college in the state.

That said, I hated most every minute, and knew I was going to go to the community college in my hometown my first two years regardless. I should have told them to go to hell and I'll take what I want. Heaven forbid, I might have learned something that...wait for it...I could have actually used.


3/21/2014 03:23:00 PM



(3/21/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

I almost picked Mercer. I did...in fact, I had them down, but then removed them.

I can't feel bad though, because I just picked them because I hate Duke.


3/21/2014 01:28:00 PM



(3/21/2014 11:58:00 AM) - Al

It's a private vacation for FLOTUS, costing millions of dollars of other people's money to meet with the country to whom we owe trillions.--Razor

Again, allow me to disagree with the term vacation, as one must have a job to take a vacation...otherwise, it's just random travel.

And "meet with?" C'mon, what's she going to do, show them how to mess up their school lunch? 


3/21/2014 11:58:00 AM



(3/21/2014 11:39:00 AM) - Al

12-4 yesterday.

Today, I have the higher seeds except Nebraska, Providence, SFA, and Kansas State.


3/21/2014 11:39:00 AM



(3/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

A $2.3 million wind turbine at a Veterans Affairs clinic has been broken for over a year with no plans to fix it. Where’d the funding for this broken turbine come from? Obama’s stimulus project of course. What a disaster!--For America

We are in the very best of hands. Hard to believe the stimulus didn't solve joblessness with those great minds behind it.


3/21/2014 09:00:00 AM



(3/21/2014 12:16:00 AM) - Al

It ain't over until the buzzer sounds.

Gotta love March. Best two days of the year.


3/21/2014 12:16:00 AM


Thursday, March 20, 2014

(3/20/2014 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I love Wal Mart, because I love freedom, capitalism, and successful business.

Many on the left despise Wal Mart, because they love entitlement checks and socialism.


3/20/2014 10:25:00 PM



(3/20/2014 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Badgers only favored by 4.5 Saturday. So much for another easy game.


3/20/2014 08:56:00 PM



(3/20/2014 08:45:00 PM) - Al

All state QB accepts preferred walk on offer from Badgers' basketball.

Great athlete and great shooter...and 6-5, as opposed to most HS kids that can shoot the lights out...poor defenders, slow a foot, and 6-1.


3/20/2014 08:45:00 PM



(3/20/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious interview with coach's grandson. Wait for the split screen comparisons.


3/20/2014 08:36:00 PM



(3/20/2014 02:17:00 PM) - Al

I've read articles like this many times, basically saying toilets are not properly designed for their main use.

That said, well, I can't say I have issues.

Tell you what, if I got in that position, I don't know if I'd ever get out.


3/20/2014 02:17:00 PM



(3/20/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Over the last 29:17 of the game, Badgers outscored American 65-18. During that time, Eagles shot 5-27 (.185) & had 13 turnovers.

American must be wondering what hit them, but after the fist couple 3's went in, none did after that. They seemed to focus all but solely on trying to go inside and pick up fouls...rather than, you know, scoring points. 


3/20/2014 02:08:00 PM



(3/20/2014 01:48:00 PM) - Al

FYI, I did pick BYU, Harvard, and Western Michigan, who are all playing soon. If I have my way, lots of upsets this afternoon.

My other upset today is North Dakota State, in the interests of full disclosure.


3/20/2014 01:48:00 PM



(3/20/2014 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe I was concerned that American appeared to be playing "Northwestern defense" early in the game...just leave the 3 point line uncovered and hope they miss...it worked for the first 10-12 minutes.

I'd also like to tell everyone I picked Dayton over Ohio State.



I didn't, but I'd like to.


3/20/2014 01:42:00 PM



(3/20/2014 01:39:00 PM) - Al

Left leaning independent here, though I admit, it's tough to deny Walker's success, because I do believe in math. I often disagree with your beliefs, but I would hate to debate you on them. Enjoy your efforts, and allow me to write to you for the first time.

Writing to mention the pick ups at the airport post. Every year, we pick up my in laws, take them to the airport, and months later, we pick them up and take them home. Al, we live in the Fox Valley, they live just outside Racine. I'm not sure what a car would cost them for a pair of one way trips, but considering for us, it's a 300 mile round trip and often involves an overnight stay, I have often bit my tongue wondering why this is considered the solution. Look, it's not so much the money, though in gas alone, I'm figuring $62, but when we took them to their flight in early January, it was Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening (their flight was delayed, and my wife insisted we stay because "What if they have to go home and come back tomorrow?" Never mind, we both had to work Monday morning.  

I've seen them spend $500 on dinner at a steakhouse with the extended family, and they are very financially comfortable. A ride from Racine to the airport can't be that much, though far from $5-10. Your point though is an excellent one...if spending $600 to fly, what's the problem with spending $100 on a car to get you there? 

Regards, 

Thomas


Thank you for the thoughts and kind words, sir. I just googled it, it's $113 for a limo ride from Racine to the airport, assuming you mean Milwaukee. Your time and weekend is worth that, or at least, it should be.

Maybe we'll start a movement here.:)


3/20/2014 01:39:00 PM



(3/20/2014 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Several positive emails on my airport pick up rant, including one of my favorite types...wondering why they never thought of that.

I might print one later, but I hate fixing other people's writing goofs, so it may be a while.


3/20/2014 01:07:00 PM



(3/20/2014 01:01:00 PM) - Al

I heard an awful lot about Nate Silver's new 538 site last week, mostly self promotion, but have not seen a single link from anyone in my massive Twitter feed now that it exists, which can only be bad for the site.

If this is any indication, it may be worse than I was expecting, and my expectations were sub basement low.


3/20/2014 01:01:00 PM



(3/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Lena Durham is a pathetic, attention seeking hack. She should quit pretending to have a clue on anything but extremely poorly written television.


3/20/2014 11:30:00 AM



(3/20/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

At Junior Bridgeman's Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, customers build their own 11-inch pizzas for about $7 using more than 40 sauces, vegetables, cheeses and meats. The pizza is then cooked and ready to eat in two to three minutes, according to the release.--Milwaukee Biz Journal

I'm offended they stole Kramer's and Poppie's idea...no wonder he pees on the sofa...


3/20/2014 10:00:00 AM



(3/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I've said this since they gave it to them.


3/20/2014 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(3/19/2014 10:55:00 PM) - Al

What's preposterous is that people still watch CNN.

I'm expecting their next "lead" to be they're pretty sure Zeus grabbed that plane out of the air because he was angry. 


3/19/2014 10:55:00 PM



(3/19/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Wang has been so impressive, even if he were let go by the Brewers, would almost certainly be claimed by multiple clubs. This might bode well for the Crew, as PIT is surely aware of this and may be willing to make a deal allowing him to go down.

Funny thing is, Wang would probably be assigned to Brevard County if he could be. As is, he's thrown strikes, and should hopefully be good enough to be passable eating up low leverage innings, but as we all know, eventually, due to fatigue, injuries, and so on, he'll be forced into a tie game in extra innings, or be asked to pitch the 6th and/or 7th ahead 3-2. That's the way it always happens.


3/19/2014 10:08:00 PM



(3/19/2014 09:34:00 PM) - Al

People wondering where to park for the Badgers session at the Bradley Center, which, of course, is downtown Milwaukee on a workday....park at a large big box retailer a few miles away, call a taxi, get dropped off within a block of the entry.

According to this link, the closest Target to downtown Milwaukee would be $23 each way. I think I paid about $15 to park when I went to a sales conference on a generic weekday, and I assume rates will be far higher tomorrow. Besides, convenience matters...who wants to start and end your day by walking a couple miles, and probably still paying $10-20.

One of my biggest pet peeves is the simple phrase, "I have to pick up someone at the airport." Why?

1. No you don't. You chose to do so. Maybe to be nice, maybe because you want to be helpful, but you do not "have to."

2. I don't get it. I parked at the MSP airport several times when I was training for the toy store. I did get reimbursed, but, it was only $12-15 a day, though granted, that was almost twenty years ago. Even if it's $20-30 a day, quit being so damn cheap...if you're gone a week on vacation, how much did you pay for those airline tickets and hotel? $500? $750? And if parking of $140-210 is "too much," then take a $50 cab ride. Quit bothering your friends that have not been on vacation.

3. Of course, this is why I've been called antisocial. That said, my time is far more valuable to me than your paltry outlay for a cab.

Just saying.


3/19/2014 09:34:00 PM



(3/19/2014 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Burke admits ad is a total lie, and has no regrets about running it.

This is the best they can do, you realize. She's at the top of the heap.


3/19/2014 04:40:00 PM



(3/19/2014 04:03:00 PM) - Al

 I had this same idea a while back, but I made it voluntary and 1%.

Harvard and Yale have so much in their endowment funds, they could waive tuition for decades. By making it free, I think many would be far more likely to give later. Government shouldn't have any part of it though, but Bill Gates could start or buy an existing private school and give it a try.



3/19/2014 04:03:00 PM



(3/19/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

It's like they haven't been paying attention at all.

Even the most casual of fans knew this before camp ever started.


3/19/2014 03:45:00 PM



(3/19/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

He must not have been from Chicago.


3/19/2014 03:32:00 PM


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

(3/18/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Yep.

That's why the desperate attacks on Ryan, Christie, and the like. Obama has proven you can win by looking straight into the camera and lying, without a tinge of guilt.

Look at Burke's first ad...a complete untruth, with some ridiculous filler showing her wearing goggles, talking to a manufacturers, trying to hide the fact she despises them and their capitalist agenda.


3/18/2014 08:29:00 PM



(3/18/2014 08:07:00 PM) - Al

This is what I mean about Halton...HOU wants a 1B to delay their youngster's debut. The kid is a lefty hitter, so Sean could have filled in for now, and then protected him versus tough LHP and filled in as an OF reserve and PH. And, while his ceiling is not high, he certainly could put up a 800 OPS.


3/18/2014 08:07:00 PM



(3/18/2014 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play on TRUtv Thursday in their first round game.

Cut to thousands of Badgers' fans asking if they get TRUtv, followed by what channel TRUtv is.

Sadly, I have not watched it since last year's tourney, but I know full well it's on 651 on Charter. We didn't used to get it in HD, but sometime between last year and this, I recall seeing it on the guide.


3/18/2014 07:13:00 PM



(3/18/2014 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Great to see Bruce Pearl back in coaching at Auburn. He had great success at UW-Milwaukee and at Tennessee, and was let go because of a NCAA violation that can only be described as ridiculous, now Ohio State senior Aaron Craft was invited to a cookout at Pearl's home when Craft was a recruit.

Seriously. What should have been a "don't do that again" somehow turned into a big deal because, supposedly, Pearl knew it was a violation, and ignored the NCAA's rules of silliness.


3/18/2014 06:59:00 PM



(3/18/2014 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Kareem said on CNBC earlier that he is trying to get involved in a Bucks' ownership group that will buy the team from Herb Kohl.

I just read today that the Racine Journal Times is reporting Kohl has ignored overtures from at least two well heeled, actual cash on the table offers because they have been open and honest that they intend to buy the team to relocate them, one presumably being Seattle, the other rumored to be a city in the Midwest with an NBA ready arena...thought to be Louisville or Kansas City (and yes, it is funny those cities have beautiful new arenas, and Milwaukee does not, but hence, I digress).


3/18/2014 06:33:00 PM



(3/18/2014 06:13:00 PM) - Al

People mistakenly think Hooter's is breaking some law by only hiring attractive female wait staff; but they have hostess, cook, and busser positions for those of us deemed male, unattractive, or both.

Hollister, on the other hand, doesn't have a leg stand on, if this is, indeed, true.

When I ran the party store in the Twin Cities, one of my staff got a job at either Hollister or A&F. She told me it was difficult being on her feet all the time, but she told other associates she was told her job was to "flirt with the boys, talk to the girls, and fold shirts."

And yes, she was a 9 or a 10. I can still recall outfits in which I could honestly grade her at an 11. 


3/18/2014 06:13:00 PM



(3/18/2014 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Halton outrighted to Nashville.

I am kind of surprised the versatile Halton, who can play 1B/LF/RF all at a passable level, wasn't claimed, as RH power is always in demand, and he showed he can hit both RHP and LHP last season.

Doug has proven to be nearly genius at sneaking guys through waivers in his decade in MIL, losing not a single player of note.

I would say Reynolds has now all but made the team, barring a trade/waiver wire pickup.


3/18/2014 05:43:00 PM



(3/18/2014 05:24:00 PM) - Al

Some folks unhappy I suggested Dems couldn't find Ukraine on a map. Gwen Moore voted completely opposite on two votes days apart. I don't think she understands what she was even voting on, and if she does, she is clueless.


3/18/2014 05:24:00 PM



(3/18/2014 05:17:00 PM) - Al

Bill and Craig just came to the conclusion the Crew will only carry four OF's, "true" OF's at least.

Every casual fan on every message board failed to see that coming. A couple days ago, I saw one that had six; Schafer, Gindl, and Halton, along with Reynolds/Overbay/Gennett/Weeks.

No backup SS.

No backup 3B.

11 man pitching staff, with one being Wang.

This is why I gave them up. It's like listening to a guy insist vaccines kill kids...painfully inaccurate, but they think the more they repeat it, the more respect it garners. 


3/18/2014 05:17:00 PM



(3/18/2014 05:08:00 PM) - Al

If it was working, that's all they'd talk about. But, since it is a failure of previously undreamt of proportion, they bury their heads in the sand.


It's only a surprise if you don't believe in math...


3/18/2014 05:08:00 PM



(3/18/2014 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi is now 5-5 in stolen bases, and is almost certainly a better defender at 2B/SS/3B than Herrera. Elian runs faster and switch hits, and can also play the OF, while Falu may be a better defensive 2B, but is not very much of an OF.

I have to believe Bianchi makes the team and the Crew sends the others down to play SS a couple times a week. In the battle for backup SS and backup C, defense counts.


3/18/2014 05:00:00 PM



(3/18/2014 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Let her eat cake...no sugar, no fat, no carbs.

Of course, at the end of the day, she has no clue, as her lunch rules emphasize low fat, low protein, high carb, low calorie concoctions that most trainers and the like feel went out of style 2-3 decades ago. Of course, given their war on poverty is fifty years old and has been a complete failure, while costing taxpayers $5T, this is what is to be expected.


3/18/2014 04:56:00 PM



(3/18/2014 10:56:00 AM) - Al

I agree 100%. Those that defend pit bulls and other breeds that math overwhelmingly show to be responsible for a vast majority of unnecessary pain and death simply don't get it...


3/18/2014 10:56:00 AM



(3/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Give me $300K a week for a while, I'll lose interest in making more money as well.

Hopefully, I wouldn't turn into a raving, hairy loon, however.


3/18/2014 09:00:00 AM


Monday, March 17, 2014

(3/17/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

They laughed at Romney's foreign policy ideas at the debate.

We're in the best of hands.


3/17/2014 08:43:00 PM



(3/17/2014 07:14:00 PM) - Al

First budget cuts...NPR. The only people that would notice are left of Lenin.


3/17/2014 07:14:00 PM



(3/17/2014 05:47:00 PM) - Al

To me in the battle of 1B, I might well just go with Francisco and Halton, unless someone is released at the end of the spring.

Juan has by far the highest ceiling, and also had the best season in '13. I'll root for whoever ends up there, and I would guess that, if a better option comes along at the deadline (or even Morales, after the June draft), and they are in the race, they will not hesitate to upgrade.

Tom seems to just make up the fact Reynolds is in front, but it is interesting to hear Roenicke say they could keep a pair of 1B and a pair of 2B, which I have suggested all along may lead them to only carrying four OF's...a fact that goes over the head of almost every casual on the message boards. 


3/17/2014 05:47:00 PM



(3/17/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

When you don't stand for anything, it's easy to change your mind.


3/17/2014 05:27:00 PM



(3/17/2014 05:13:00 PM) - Al

About 5M people have signed up for Obamacare. Most have not yet paid a penny in premiums, however.

About 6.3M people have lost their healthcare due to the Obamacare rules.

Let's add this up...they've spent billions, and lost ground?

We're in the best of hands.


3/17/2014 05:13:00 PM



(3/17/2014 04:34:00 PM) - Al

If I'm ever diagnosed with a terminal illness, and given six months to live, I'm going to write all my business with a certain company, who from one day to the next, changes requirements on a whim, and when those are fixed, sends you a list of seven more that have to be taken care of.

Two weeks ago, I was told to do some training online (it isn't even training, you just click "yes" on every slide, and then check a box at the end, the Rambling dog could do it if his paws weren't so big, and he could keep his eyes open long enough to get through such mindless drivel) before they could take care of my business. I could not do it, because I did it two years ago. After going back and forth for a few days, they finally told me to disregard it. Since then, I sent in new stuff, mailed in the original of another, and patted my head while rubbing my stomach. Today, they told me I needed about 6-7 things. Disgustedly, I told them this was insane, that for every thing I fix, they then send me 3 more things that need to be done. I was driving the Rambling son home, so I told them to email me all the requirements. They said they would "try" to get to it today (you know, break time and the tourney brackets are a calling).

I just got the email. It says that despite being told an hour ago they were missing several items, they have now determined I only need to go online...and complete...the same training they told me to disregard weeks ago, because I cannot do it...because I did it before. I wrote back asking what happened to the other six things, and that I cannot do that training online. They said, after studying everything, they now only need that training done...ignoring that I cannot do said training.

They'd make my last six months seem like five years.


3/17/2014 04:34:00 PM



(3/17/2014 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Kiss and Def Leppard to tour this summer together, will hit East Troy in August. 


3/17/2014 03:46:00 PM



(3/17/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Bill Schroeder just said this spring training has flown by...they still have two weeks left.

At minimum, it's 10-14 days too long. Pitchers are already going five innings, and they rarely go more than 6-7 in April (or anytime, for that matter).


3/17/2014 03:20:00 PM



(3/17/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare is all Walker's fault.

I wish I could shut off my common sense for a day and spout off such ridiculousness.


3/17/2014 02:30:00 PM



(3/17/2014 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I have to agree...in five years, I fully expect the Cubs to be in the middle of a 5-7 year success cycle. I'm not scared at all of the Pirates or Cards or Reds, as they were quality clubs last year who were healthy, but none are as loaded and deep as I expect the Cubs to be. Theo and Jed found a perfect situation, a club with huge money that has been laughingly mismanaged for a decade. That can't be fixed in a day.

The worst part is how fans and the media have picked on Castro and the 1B whose name escapes me at this second. It's just like the NBA teams that draft a guy at 21, watch him struggle at 23, give up on him at 25, and watch him be an all star elsewhere at 27. Every team in baseball wants guys like that, even with the warts of youth.


3/17/2014 02:25:00 PM



(3/17/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al

I have not commented on Hank the dog, but it is nice to see the Brewers partnering with the Humane Society and, hopefully, using this as a way of encouraging people who want a dog to go the shelter route; rather than the puppy farm/respected breeder one, which we all know is the same thing, and a shortsighted, pathetic decision.

Of course, the difference between myself and a nanny state liberal is simple...I am a free market guy, and if another person chooses to make a bad decision, I don't try and legislate it away while proudly telling others of my moral superiority, however fictional.


3/17/2014 02:11:00 PM



(3/17/2014 01:57:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke confirms only two of the Reynolds/Francisco/Overbay trio will make the 25 man roster. And while everyone knows spring stats are meaningless, one can't help but notice Lyle and Mark have sub 600 OPS's, while Juan's is over 1000. Heck, Halton could make a case, as he can play LF and RF as well as 1B...especially if they decide to go with only four true OF's.


3/17/2014 01:57:00 PM



(3/17/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Polite and civil. How dare she take wedding pictures they don't like?


3/17/2014 01:51:00 PM



(3/17/2014 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Many of us have been saying for years that Tony Bennett would be a perfect choice to replace Bo when he decides to retire.

Sadly, unless he wishes to move back to the Midwest, Tony might not wish to take the position, which would be looked at as "lateral" at best.



3/17/2014 01:26:00 PM


Sunday, March 16, 2014

(3/16/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


3/16/2014 09:49:00 PM



(3/16/2014 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Badgers open as a ten point favorite over American.

I was expecting at least 15.

EDIT: The one I check online has them as a 13 point pick. 


3/16/2014 09:34:00 PM



(3/16/2014 08:24:00 PM) - Al

Perfect tournament...Badgers play at 11:40 Thursday morning, so then I can lean back and enjoy the rest of the games.:)




3/16/2014 08:24:00 PM



(3/16/2014 07:58:00 PM) - Al

I could imagine several teams taking a flyer on Guerra, including the Crew, who may want to bring him in and see if his velocity is still there. All their relievers on the fringe have options, though Wang can't go down and Duke has an opt out.


3/16/2014 07:58:00 PM



(3/16/2014 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Bracket Matrix had 78 "experts" fill out predicted brackets...one had NC State in.

So did the NCAA.


3/16/2014 05:53:00 PM



(3/16/2014 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Most of the trade speculation centers around Mike Carp, who doubles as a first baseman and triples as a third baseman. There’s always speculation about Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, teams that might want to upgrade at first base.--Boston Globe

Carp has never played 3B in the majors, and has only played a dozen games there in the minors. He's also barely played any OF spot except LF, making him a poor match with Khris Davis on the roster. He's a LH hitting 1B who can be put in LF if needed.


3/16/2014 05:51:00 PM



(3/16/2014 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Joe Lunardi gets 67 of 68 correct, and should have got 68, as NC State doesn't remotely belong in over SMU. 


3/16/2014 05:41:00 PM



(3/16/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Badgers get American U in the first game, and hopefully, the Oregon/BYU winner in the second. American plays a three guard lineup and none of their big men average over twenty minutes a game. I would expect foul trouble. 


3/16/2014 05:30:00 PM



(3/16/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

What's so sad is, they actually had to pass such a law, because the administration feels they are above such rules and regs.


3/16/2014 04:38:00 PM



(3/16/2014 03:58:00 PM) - Al

People think the military spends all of its time and money trying to develop better bullets and bombs.

They forget, someone has to shoot those bullets and drop those bombs. I just read a couple days ago that dehydrated foods, commonly used in the civilian world in camping and survival foods, are far tastier now than in the past...almost solely based on work done by military labs.

Caffeine is by far the widely used drug in the world, used almost exclusively by people who pretend to be exhausted from their life of rest, relaxation, double lattes, and fictional drama. Luckily, it has its merits, especially if given to the good guys before they destroy evil. 


3/16/2014 03:58:00 PM



(3/16/2014 03:31:00 PM) - Al

So last night, I went to bed per usual. The Rambling dog jumped up on his chair/bed and after kicking and moving his blanket around per usual, he settled in, as did I. After five, ten, and fifteen minutes I was having trouble falling asleep...the Rambling dog kept bothering me with a barely audible whistle or whine...I was unsure if he was bothered by something, or maybe it was just how he was breathing, like through his nose.

Finally, I decided I would get up and see if I could adjust his head or something, and see if he acted OK. So, I go over to his chair, touch his head, and he jerks up and looks at me, and of course, starts smelling around to see if I gave him a treat. It was then I noticed the whistle was still there...and coming from the Rambling wife.

I went back to bed, and as I did, she adjusted herself a bit...end of noise. It's exhausting being me.


3/16/2014 03:31:00 PM



(3/16/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al

If only the plane landed on a golf course...our President would find it in no time.--Matthops82

It's funny because it's true. 


3/16/2014 02:24:00 PM



(3/16/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al

The NYT is a parody of itself.


3/16/2014 02:03:00 PM


Saturday, March 15, 2014

(3/15/2014 11:36:00 PM) - Al

They tell us to go to the school board and "talk up" the Rambling son's charter school, but admit many of the board aren't fans.

Why? Not business as usual.


3/15/2014 11:36:00 PM



(3/15/2014 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Those who oppose charter schools are racists. (Ooh, that felt good! No wonder they throw that word around!)--Pat Sajak

Heh.


3/15/2014 09:51:00 PM



(3/15/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I had a bachelor day today, as the Rambling wife spent the day at a quilt camp. I took my weekly day off from my low carb menu, and enjoyed the McDonald's two fish filet deal for supper. I asked the Rambling son what he would like, and after thinking about it, he chose two McChicken sandwiches, sans the mayo and lettuce, of course. I asked if he wanted any fries, pies, or ice cream; and he said "Nope."

He'll make some girl a mighty cheap date someday.


3/15/2014 09:48:00 PM



(3/15/2014 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Who would have guessed taxing and spending was not an intelligent job creation plan...


3/15/2014 08:34:00 PM



(3/15/2014 04:01:00 PM) - Al

No decision on weather Dominican will play up next season--Mark Miller

Oof.


 

 

 

 



3/15/2014 04:01:00 PM



(3/15/2014 03:17:00 PM) - Al

This "uncontested arrival" doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

Funny, I thought those economic sanctions would chase the Russians right out of there.


3/15/2014 03:17:00 PM



(3/15/2014 03:02:00 PM) - Al

I just don't understand why the economy is struggling.



3/15/2014 03:02:00 PM



(3/15/2014 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Crew trades Hector Gomez to Angels for PTBNL.

Gomez had one good offensive season about a half decade ago, and since then, has been good field/no hit roster filler, though he spent some of it holding down spot #38/39 on the 40 man.


3/15/2014 02:56:00 PM



(3/15/2014 02:51:00 PM) - Al

All those times Aaron Craft has pulled up to shoot a 3, this time it just slips out of his hand.

Randomness.


3/15/2014 02:51:00 PM



(3/15/2014 02:48:00 PM) - Al

So nice to see Blair Taylor genuinely happy to finish 2nd. I wish I was 2nd best in my household at many things. So sad to see tears and disgust after going 5-1 in the postseason.


3/15/2014 02:48:00 PM



(3/15/2014 02:46:00 PM) - Al

What if Putin is behind the hijacking and he is planning to load a commercial looking flight with nuclear weapons to Washington DC?? What if?--Frank Kasella

While we are likely being paranoid, let's not forget, out military gets paid to be paranoid...they work on these "what if" scenarios 24/7/365 in special forces training, infantry mock battles, and war college.

After Clinton began gutting the armed forces, taking them from an active force of 2.4M down to the 1.5M range; one wishes we had an administration that didn't look to spend foolishly everywhere else but sharpen the knife when it came to defending our borders and our interests.

Never forget, five years after Sarah Palin predicted Putin would invade Ukraine, White House staffers defended their slow response by saying, "No one could have saw this coming."




3/15/2014 02:46:00 PM



(3/15/2014 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Not very impressed with Diamond Stone, especially since many are saying he's a "one and done" guy. Very heavy feet, very slow to move side to side. Struggling versus a kid who looks like me in a basketball uniform...what would he do versus a big athlete?




3/15/2014 01:50:00 PM



(3/15/2014 01:46:00 PM) - Al

In talking with manager Ron Roenicke, we have ID'd four AAA Nashville starting pitchers: Hellweg, Nelson, Fiers, Burgos.--JS

Heh. Those four were ID'd months ago. Only real question is, barring injury, if Thornburg will join them, or if he will be used in the bullpen. Might depend on Wang and other factors.


3/15/2014 01:46:00 PM



(3/15/2014 12:25:00 AM) - Al

All sorts of Brewers notes, including great lines from Mark A, likening teams giving up draft picks to giving up their first born.

The irony about that is, of course, very few top draft picks make it, especially beyond the top fifteen or so players taken in each draft. Years ago, many fans complained how Tony Gwynn Jr. "was a bust," so I mentioned he was a huge success for a 2nd round draft pick. Many said that after looking at lists of 2nd round picks, it turned out I was 100% correct...many did not even make it to AAA or the majors, and of those that did, half were just for "a cup of coffee"...a week or two to cover for an injury, a September opportunity, and so on.


3/15/2014 12:25:00 AM


Friday, March 14, 2014

(3/14/2014 11:44:00 PM) - Al

No longer an oddball theory, plane very likely was hijacked.

And could literally be used to transport a nuclear weapon, or aiming at a major city at this very second. I'm sure the administration is taking such threats seriously. 


3/14/2014 11:44:00 PM



(3/14/2014 11:13:00 PM) - Al

I keep hearing Scooter has struggled this spring, so I took a look at his numbers...

258 OPS vs. LHP
836 OPS vs. RHP

I know, small sample and all, but, golly.


3/14/2014 11:13:00 PM



(3/14/2014 11:02:00 PM) - Al

Some reports of Richard Pitino yelling at the Badgers on the floor and/or the coaches as they continued to shoot the ball up 25 or so early in the shot clock with a couple minutes or so left.

I saw Bo talk to him for a bit after the game and thought he may well have been apologizing for the shots, but I've never heard of a coach at that level caring at all about such things. I despise running up the score, and shake my head whenever I see a score like 72-11 at the high school level. That said, in a game with a shot clock, I don't care if the winning team shoots with 5 or 30 seconds remaining.


3/14/2014 11:02:00 PM


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