Al's Ramblings



Saturday, January 31, 2015

(1/31/2015 11:52:00 PM) - Al

Wesley Matthews, who is from Madison and played at Marquette, and now plays for Portland, made some sort of gesture to the crowd every time he hit a shot tonight. Given that his team was behind pretty much the entire game, and trailing by double digits for much of the contest, his behavior was, at best, out of place, and at worst, selfish.

Nothing teams hate more than a guy who doesn't seem to care if they're losing.


1/31/2015 11:52:00 PM



(1/31/2015 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Bovada had the Bucks over/under at 24 wins prior to the season. They have 25 wins with 35 games to play.--FSW.com

I said I thought the Bucks could win 35-38 games and compete for a playoff spot. 

Of course, before you give me too much credit, I said pretty much the same thing last season. 

All that said, considering the games missed due to injuries, not to mention Sanders' difficulties, I'm not sure if they're doing it with mirrors or what. 



1/31/2015 11:34:00 PM



(1/31/2015 11:21:00 PM) - Al

One of the benefits of Facebook is seeing how miserable many people are that you really don't care for.

As I have mentioned, it is simply astounding how many folks use social media to inform everyone they know that their life is a complete and utter dumpster fire.


1/31/2015 11:21:00 PM



(1/31/2015 09:15:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe how childish Bucks' bloggers get every time someone has a nice dunk.

It's two points. Get excited about blocking out and having good help defense. All the other stuff is for ESPN to prove they're not a sports network, but PR for the leagues they carry.


1/31/2015 09:15:00 PM



(1/31/2015 09:10:00 PM) - Al

Walker may well be the frontrunner right now. Conservatives like him, moderates don't mind him.

Most of all, he's had success and he's proven he can win in a swing state.


1/31/2015 09:10:00 PM



(1/31/2015 05:58:00 PM) - Al

He left out the part about ISIS being a JV squad.

Nice leadership, Barry.

And when they kill the next one, he'll send out another stern letter. It'll take a decade of strong common sense foreign policy to regain the USA's standing as the leader of the free world. Right now, we're just Neville Chamberlain without the free market and capitalist beliefs.


1/31/2015 05:58:00 PM



(1/31/2015 04:13:00 PM) - Al

We cannot used the term "chink in the armor" anymore...might offend an Asian or person of Asian descent.

My goodness we're PC fools.


1/31/2015 04:13:00 PM



(1/31/2015 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Before the Badgers' win today, an amzing 7 of 14 teams in the Big Ten had three losses in conference play. That's almost mathematically impossible. As with many things, truth is far stranger than fiction.

I'm currently reading a book on randomness and why many rubes mistake fluke happenings for a pattern and try to allow it to make sense by doing so. It does not touch on climate change to speak of, but it does discuss hurricanes and other severe storms. These have happened less and less, one of the slowest periods since weather records have been kept, since Katrina.

If the standings were weather it would be "proof" of man made change. In reality, it's just an anomaly.

We live in a world in which history shows many frozen periods that lasted millenniums, and most agree at one time the continents were all together, and for some reason broke apart.

But, you know, while those are unexplained, there's no doubt why it's a half degree warmer or colder than it was a century ago. As long as there's money to be made by spouting nonsense, some fool is going to be spout nonsense. They used to be called town criers. Now, they're referred to as liberals.



1/31/2015 04:05:00 PM



(1/31/2015 01:37:00 PM) - Al

I'll have more on American Sniper later this weekend or maybe Monday. That said, heroes are not always nice people out of the public eye, be your idea of a hero be the very wealthy, athletes, politicians, military, or whoever.

Chris Kyle was the greatest sniper of all time. I'm glad he was on my side, and I'm glad they made a terrific movie about him. Did he have his demons? I'm sure he did, and his occupation is known as a hard life; often leading to heavy drinking, drug use, and poor behavior. The fact Ty Cobb was a bad man off the field does make him a lesser ballplayer.

Ditto for Kyle.


1/31/2015 01:37:00 PM



(1/31/2015 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Great to hear a GM that knows him well sees him as a starting SS option at a young age.


1/31/2015 01:19:00 PM



(1/31/2015 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Of course Woodbury is in foul trouble, after his eye pokes, he might as well have had two when the horn sounded. The refs were briefed and informed what happened last time.


1/31/2015 12:18:00 PM



(1/31/2015 12:05:00 PM) - Al

No idea if Dekker will forego his senior season and go pro or not (while he has not developed like many expected, he probably would have been a top fifteen pick last year, and on potential alone, might be top ten at the moment), but if he would, that would mean Kaminsky, Jackson, Dukan, Gasser, and Dekker would all be gone off this year's team....that would be about 150 minutes out of the 200.

Enjoy the ride this year, and while Bo has never rebuilt, he may be forced to. Heck, Bo is not a young man...


1/31/2015 12:05:00 PM



(1/31/2015 09:31:00 AM) - Al

This is actually an important signing...if Burgos is healthy, he can be solid AAA depth. He has been very good when not injured, ans awful when trying to pitch through health issues.


1/31/2015 09:31:00 AM


Friday, January 30, 2015

(1/30/2015 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Crew still would like a late inning reliever, probably Papelbon or KRod, not in on Joba or Soriano.


1/30/2015 09:37:00 PM



(1/30/2015 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Yet another pic of the Fox Sports Wisconsin Girls...you know, the ones those who seek mock outrage want to protect for, you know, being pretty and being compensated for it.

Capitalism, it just needs to be done away with. Let's hold hands, sing a few folk songs, and let the rubes get up early and harvest the crops...busy making fun of those idiots who believe in the free market. 


1/30/2015 06:55:00 PM



(1/30/2015 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Funny, you never hear anything about this when the left brags about how terrific it is under a far left regime.

Damn evil capitalists never sink ships...they just try to buy them.


1/30/2015 06:48:00 PM



(1/30/2015 06:03:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife bought a different sub than usual because she is eating healthy. I looked it up, and on the website, you can order online and choose what you want and where you would like to pick it up.

Not only do we have 4 Subways within two miles of our house, we found out we have 13 within ten miles. That's a lot of footlongs.

While that's kind of peachy, even more unusual...we also have 3 Arby's within 5 miles of us. I'm not sure if anyone else in the USA can say that.


1/30/2015 06:03:00 PM



(1/30/2015 04:51:00 PM) - Al

He's right.

These silly rivalries in the wildcard age are outdated and dare I say it, almost entirely fiction.


1/30/2015 04:51:00 PM



(1/30/2015 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play Iowa (again) tomorrow morning at 11. 

And no, I do not know why the Big Ten allows teams to play each other twice in ten days. At the very least, you should play every team once, and then the teams you play again begin.

In the computer age, it is easy to make a schedule in minutes, just program in the criteria and poof. Why we still accept goofy stuff, like the Brewers playing the Cubs 12 times in April and May and then 3 more in August, is beyond me. I realize it used to be tough back in the old days of pens, paper, and teams traveling by trains and buses....but we've moved beyond that.


1/30/2015 04:47:00 PM



(1/30/2015 10:51:00 AM) - Al

How quickly the cost cutting begins...too bad no one gave a damn until the budget was cut.

No one ever finds Jesus on prom night.



1/30/2015 10:51:00 AM



(1/30/2015 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Herrera DFA'd. I believe he is out of options, so this is probably just hurrying up the decision by a couple months. He's a nice player, good defender at six positions, with good speed and the ability to switch hit.

That said, he is probably correctly placed at AAA as depth. Hopefully, he'll agree to stay on a minor league deal, but I'm sure he can get one from any club, so it is unlikely.


1/30/2015 10:44:00 AM



(1/30/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The modern day left...as mentioned, this is the equivalent of spitting on returning soldiers.

I'm so glad they're not on my side. And I'm so glad I don't have to wake up every country in a country I despise. They're just such horrible, despicable human beings. I simply do not know why they insist on staying somewhere they claim to hate so much...do they not realize you are welcome to leave any time you wish?

They don't even pretend not to hate the military. They don't even pretend to be patriotic.

I'd like to think some of this is why they lost the midterms, but I realize all of that was people voting with their empty wallets and seeing that less government works.




1/30/2015 10:00:00 AM


Thursday, January 29, 2015

(1/29/2015 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Neal Cotts signs with Crew, 1y/$3M.

Be interesting to see who is DFA'd. I would have guessed Morris, and I have another obvious choice for the next one, but I hate to say who it is because it doesn't seem "polite."

I think I predicted Cotts was likely a couple weeks ago, as he has been targeted by the Crew before as a FA and in trades. If you'll recall, I had Sal Torres in a Brewers' uniform 2-3 years before he was actually acquired. I wasn't incorrect, I was just early.

EDIT: Was likely may be an exaggeration. Let's say he was one of a dozen I talked about.
 


1/29/2015 07:21:00 PM



(1/29/2015 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Neither does pasta. I'm not sure why people have such a difficult time with this. Chili is beef (or another meat) and juice/sauce.

Beans and pasta makes it a hot dish (or casserole). 


1/29/2015 03:56:00 PM



(1/29/2015 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

And, tell me if you think he's lying.

I'm positive he is. Most of my professors taught no more than two classes a semester, and had office hours only on the days they taught....that means most only worked two days a week. I'm sure many did prep work...though many had been teaching the same classes for decades.

The real irony is, I had a couple professors who only taught a single class (maybe two sections of it) and were also full time other things...my Ethics professor was also an attorney (insert your own punchline here), and I had a business writing professor who ran his own chapel and did weddings almost every Friday night and often several on Saturday.

According to the calculations in the link, those guys must have put in 25...maybe 30 hours a day.


1/29/2015 02:11:00 PM



(1/29/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Simply put, not many trams need a reserve/platoon 2B.

Unless Rickie tells teams he is happy to play 1B/3B/OF, he might not even get a major league contract.


1/29/2015 02:03:00 PM



(1/29/2015 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Vaccines are important? The hell you say.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to my weekly leeching. These crazy doctors with their preventative medicine and surgeries.


1/29/2015 01:25:00 PM



(1/29/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

They should quit having surgery and the like too.

It's all just supernatural hooey.


1/29/2015 10:00:00 AM



(1/29/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another shortsighted, ridiculous decision made by a school.

Because they're so much smarter than the rest of us.


1/29/2015 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(1/28/2015 07:19:00 PM) - Al

This has Doug written all over it, if the RH is healthy. Big guy, solid AA/AAA numbers, but a spectacular K/9 (10+) at ever level, and averaged 95+ mph in the majors both years he was up.


1/28/2015 07:19:00 PM



(1/28/2015 02:11:00 PM) - Al

How many times do you need to see it to believe it?

He believes in nothing. He can't even follow through on the only thing he truly loves...taking money away from those who earned it.

If you fail to plan...


1/28/2015 02:11:00 PM



(1/28/2015 10:41:00 AM) - Al

JS reports Crew prefers Papelbon, if something can be worked out. That makes sense, because he has had better results, and if they wanted KRod, it would likely be done.

Janssen just signed for 1y/$5M, so that my have lowered the price on closers, or, it might mean, since only a pair of "proven" closers remain, it may increase their asking price.


1/28/2015 10:41:00 AM



(1/28/2015 10:06:00 AM) - Al

Bucks add PG, still no word of injury exemption. Will use Sanders' spot.


1/28/2015 10:06:00 AM


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

(1/27/2015 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Also hearing that the Bucks are planning to sign former Nets guard Jorge Gutierrez on a 10-day deal out of D League in the near future.--ESPN

They have been connected to a number of point guards in the past week or two. This guy looks like a pass first type who drives more than he shoots jumpers...very poor from behind the 3 point line, and not a great FT shooter either, but he does get to the line a lot, and has a nice FG%, hinting he shoots the ball from up close a lot. 6-3, so he is far from a puny little fella.

Not sure if they're trying to get an injury exemption or using Kenyonm Martin's spot...his second ten day is up, though they've indicated they want to keep him for the season.


1/27/2015 10:24:00 PM



(1/27/2015 08:38:00 PM) - Al

The only people that I have seen publicly against the new Bucks arena and funding method are so far elft as to be inconsequential outside of China.

In their defense, they seem totally oblivious to the concept of losing $7M a year if the Bucks leave. As anti business as the left often is, that is not at all surprising. 




1/27/2015 08:38:00 PM



(1/27/2015 07:13:00 PM) - Al

This is the first talk I've heard of the NHL to Milwaukee since the Bradley Center was built, but of course, this is pretty much just a result of the excitement of news of the new arena.

I'd say at minimum there are a half dozen cities ahead of MIL, and Vegas seems to almost have a deal in place. Quebec is close to getting one again, the Toronto/Hamilton metro could support another team, and several cities; Kansas City and Louisville to name a couple, have brand new shiny arenas in place and ready to field an NHL team this fall.


1/27/2015 07:13:00 PM



(1/27/2015 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Governor Walker explains it to the fiscally unwise.

Already seeing fibs that it takes all the receipts, not just the increase.

EDIT: I typed the above before the last couple minutes...the owners have agreed to pay off the bond issue if they sell the team.

Brilliant plan by the governor. Bordering on genius.


1/27/2015 11:34:00 AM



(1/27/2015 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Measles were eradicated in the US in 2000.

Thanks anti science folks. And don't you dare go to the doctor for surgery...I got some leeches and spells you can try.


1/27/2015 11:15:00 AM



(1/27/2015 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Looks like the LaCrosse serial killer has moved to the Dells.


1/27/2015 11:11:00 AM



(1/27/2015 09:14:00 AM) - Al

Another executive order, no doubt, as unconstitutional as it gets.


1/27/2015 09:14:00 AM



(1/27/2015 09:08:00 AM) - Al

You can watch the storm from an upstairs window in Queens if you wish.

This is why we must have the internet.

With any luck, you'll see Frank Costanza shaking his fist at the sky, and then hiding when he sees George turn the corner.


1/27/2015 09:08:00 AM



(1/27/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Central Park looks like they've received a couple inches of snow.

The humanity. I sent my large donation to the Red Cross. Let's hope they are able to get those starter homes some canned goods.

And yes, that is a two bedroom apartment on sale for $600K at the link. Well, it's 800 square feet.


1/27/2015 09:00:00 AM



(1/27/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The day Al Gore was born there were 130,000 glaciers on Earth. Today, only 130,000 remain.--Rufus King 

Every single thing he said in his movie has either been proven incorrect, or has not happened.

I think it may be about time to admit the left pretty much made it all up to scare us into unneeded, very strict environmental standards that would just be ignored by India and China anyway.

Oh, and that if Al Gore were anything but a leading Democrat, he'd be doing life in prison for fraud. 


1/27/2015 09:00:00 AM



(1/27/2015 08:49:00 AM) - Al

We can predict decades from now that the climate will lead to certain doom, but can't accurately foretell a snowstorm's intensity today.--Hale Razor

As of last night, Accuweather was forecasting 23 inches for Manhattan today, Weather.com's forecast was 4.

150 years ago was the end of a mini ice age.

And despite many blathering about global warming, all trends show we've been in a cooling trend since the early 1970's.

Hey, I'm not sure how, but I know we need to spend lots of money, and devastate industry.

And do it right away.

Oh, and raise taxes. Because it's an emergency.


1/27/2015 08:49:00 AM



(1/27/2015 08:41:00 AM) - Al

They just can't stand the fact someone has caught them with their hands in the cookie jar.

Every year for decades.




1/27/2015 08:41:00 AM



(1/27/2015 08:37:00 AM) - Al

Brilliant plan by the governor. And with the NBA TV money and salary cap climbing briskly, it is sure to work.

As a conservative who despises most taxes, I find it to be nearly perfect. The state keeps the money it was getting, and the rest goes to the arena...without it, the funds would stop coming in.

Common sense is an amazing thing.


1/27/2015 08:37:00 AM


Monday, January 26, 2015

(1/26/2015 10:48:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce Hunter Morris was not claimed, outrighted to Colorado Springs.

Unlikely to ever be an everyday player, might still have a nice career as a utility guy, especially if he can learn to play 3B/LF/RF. Was a high draft pick twice, and was the minor league hitter of the year. Probably a bit underrated, as his struggles versus LHP mask his 800ish OPS against RHP in AAA, and has just under 100 extra base hits out of 215 AAA hits.

I assume he and Matt Clark will split 1B/DH duties, but both have some experience in the OF and at 3B, so they'll probably pick up some PA's elsewhere as well.


1/26/2015 10:48:00 PM



(1/26/2015 04:26:00 PM) - Al

The left is having a difficult time hiding their contempt for the American military of late.

Howard Dean, of all people, should not be critical of anyone. He's a loon who loves to tax. His opinion means nothing to those among us who are actually patriotic.


1/26/2015 04:26:00 PM



(1/26/2015 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan notes UW was only B1G team to steal a road victory over the weekend -- seven games.--JS

Most folks just don't understand how tough it is to win on the road. 


1/26/2015 04:05:00 PM



(1/26/2015 03:56:00 PM) - Al

How do those New York City liberals prepare for emergencies?

They don't.

I giggle a bit too at all the end of the world preppers, but most folks only have three days worth of food ijn their house. If you have some bottled water, canned goods, and protein bars, you're in the top 5% of preparedness.


1/26/2015 03:56:00 PM



(1/26/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

What a wonderful hobby.

And by the way, she looks like this.


1/26/2015 11:00:00 AM



(1/26/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama's complete failure to understand economics in one article.

Excellent, piece by RCP. He simply has no understanding of how to pay for all his socialist policies, so he doesn't bother. Because he's not smart enough to realize how damaging that is...or just doesn't care.

Or both.


1/26/2015 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, January 25, 2015

(1/25/2015 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Not even close. Six inches does it here. I'm never been anywhere that got 24 inches ever.


1/25/2015 09:25:00 PM



(1/25/2015 06:31:00 PM) - Al

I used to have weekly meetings when I was in retail, but they usually lasted less than an hour. When things were going good, 30 minutes was common.

The irony is, despite claims to the contrary, no one has been able to come up with much of a reason for the decline is that there were really two of them, and as Doug pointed out, every team that started off strong last season (OAK, DET, ATL, MIL) had a 2nd half slide. 162 games is simply too long to be hide weaknesses and avoid slumps, unless you are a 95+ win team, which, by definition of winning 60% or more of their games, is not going to experience an extended slump. Remember the '11 team, it was basically a 6-7 inning contest, when they were ahead, it was all but over.

It's like the old joke, that for Ted Williams, a slump was a 1-4 day. Good teams and players have shorter, less severe slumps...that's why they're good. 


1/25/2015 06:31:00 PM



(1/25/2015 05:57:00 PM) - Al

The goal is not to be average in Milwaukee.--Mark A

This might be the most telling quote we've heard. Several projection systems have Jimmy Nelson having a similar ERA to Gallardo. Many of us worry "but what happens if we lose a SP or two?" but in reality, very few teams, especially small market teams, can withstand the loss of a member of its rotation, and even moreso a pair of SP's, and still be a contender. They had good health in 2008 and 2011. Good health is a must.

Mark's quote basically sums up his philosophy...if the "goal" is to win 82-85 games, he believes in making a change and going for 87+. You know he's tired of losing guys to free agency for nothing too. Yet, they never have torn it all down...they try and win as many as they can. They never trade a young player unless they feel it's a good move to "go for it."  


1/25/2015 05:57:00 PM



(1/25/2015 05:37:00 PM) - Al

The thing I like about KRod is he always seems to accept less than market value, meaning if he returns, they might have enough cash left to sign another major league guy. If they go with another guy, like a Papelbon, he is probably it, except for a fella on a minor league deal.


1/25/2015 05:37:00 PM



(1/25/2015 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Nothing makes me laugh harder than Ray Lewis talking about integrity.

It's as if he has forgotten we all know he killed a guy.


1/25/2015 05:31:00 PM



(1/25/2015 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Large snow storm hits flyover country...ten seconds on the network news, with the anchor rolling their eyes, implying how stupid those people are that live there.

Large snow storm forecast to his New York City...cue REM.


1/25/2015 04:15:00 PM



(1/25/2015 04:03:00 PM) - Al

The irony here is, the new commish has considered eliminating defensive shifts to increase scoring, and many former players insist the shifts do not work. You know, it's just coincidence scoring is down, almost entirely because singles are down.

I can't see the forest...too many trees in the way.

I love shifts, by the way, for the same reason I like larger rosters and other concepts...they help the small market teams, because they are cheap and a bit of an equalizer (large market teams spend money on their top five players, not their 26th-30th).


1/25/2015 04:03:00 PM



(1/25/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

One thing I have found amusing...most everyone keeps throwing out middle infielders for the Crew to sign, while in reality, they like both Hector Gomez and Elian Herrera, and supposedly, both are out of options.

As I have pointed out numerous times, Herrera is basically the same player as Emilio Bonafacio, just without a couple good seasons several years ago.


1/25/2015 03:00:00 PM



(1/25/2015 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Mark A. says he'll be very surprised if the Brewers don't make one more signing before Spring Training.--Adam, MLB.com

Me too. They have at least one more reliever coming in. I'd say they'll likely add 2-3, though one may be a guy returning from injury, and 1-2 might well be of the minor league contract variety. At the very least, KRod has probably told Boras to either find him a closer job or else wait until the Brewers fill their roster. 

I'd say one bullpen piece and one "swingman" type. There was some talk today that they have some arms, other than Jungmann, who they feel can be realistic 6th/7th/8th SP depth, but I think someone will see the Brewers as a good opportunity to win a job and sign a 1y/$2M deal, or something like that, with an opt out of late March. 



1/25/2015 02:56:00 PM



(1/25/2015 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Got another Redbox code, buy one, get one free; so I went to their website to see if they had a couple I wanted to rent. They now have a bunch of "former top of the charts" movies for 50 cents (you do have to reserve them online). I imagine these are movies that they have a huge quantity of, that for the most part, are rarely rented these days. I got Guardians of the Galaxy, which the wife and I plan to watch after the game, the Rambling son saw it at school on a "fun day" in which you had to be all caught up with your schoolwork to participate in (I know, "back in my day," but let's face it, things are different today, heck, teachers didn't even sleep with students back then); and Non Stop, a Liam Neeson flick I somehow missed (I think he plays an accounting teacher who discovers a a better lawn fertilizer, but I'm not sure) when it came out.

I'm sorry, but back in the early 90's, I'd stop at the video store, have to talk to the clerk, and rent a couple new movies for $5-6. Today, the wife picked 'em up, and all she had to do was swipe her card and the machine spit them out, $1.06.

These are the good old days. 


1/25/2015 02:13:00 PM


Saturday, January 24, 2015

(1/24/2015 11:33:00 PM) - Al

The Interview is on Netflix, so I watched it after the Bucks game...hilarious for the first 30-45 minutes, and then all over the place the last hour plus, but far more slapstick than expected. I do wonder how anyone could take it seriously, as it is so satire filled, it's impossible to be offended.

It's like worrying about an old time ranch hand being offended by Blazing Saddles. Laugh and shut the hell up.


1/24/2015 11:33:00 PM



(1/24/2015 10:13:00 PM) - Al

American Sniper is about to have the 3rd biggest January weekend in movie history...in it's 2nd weekend out.

It's doing so much business, it's an outlier, you can't even compare it to other films. The one that keeps coming to my mind is Passion of the Christ...so many people that usually never, or very rarely go to the movies are, going to the movies in droves. It's skewing all the data.


1/24/2015 10:13:00 PM



(1/24/2015 09:55:00 PM) - Al




Hometown woman makes good. Good for her.


1/24/2015 09:55:00 PM



(1/24/2015 09:34:00 PM) - Al

When those Burke ads claimed unemployment was up, the Walker folks should have immediately put out a response ad with this graph and the phrase, "C'mon, how stupid does this dame think we are?"


1/24/2015 09:34:00 PM



(1/24/2015 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Funny how quickly the Dems that want be reelected complain.

Remember, the movie Obama's America in 2012 explained how Obama always was for the little guy and the rebels, due to his father's influence. It just keeps happening, it's embarrassing, and everyone ignores it, and focuses on the You Tube fools that Obama hangs out with because he doesn't even pretend to care about terrorism.

If it was a sitcom, it'd be funny. Since it's real life, it is not. Going to take a decade to rebuild the foreign policy. We've gone from being the most powerful nation to shaking our finger at bullies like Putin, as they make fun of us and invade our allies like Ukraine.

I would bet my house Obama can't spell Ukraine.


1/24/2015 08:43:00 PM



(1/24/2015 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Badgers win in OT, miss 2 of 3 FT's (one was the first of a 1and 1) down the stretch of regulation to allow Michigan to tie it at the buzzer.

I always giggle when people complain how the team that's behind fouls at the end of the game, even though the options are give up or foul...that's a pretty easy call.

Nice week off for them to rest up before a pair of tough games, SAT at Iowa and then WED vs. Indiana. Showalter looked good tonight, but Gasser and Koenig have been playing almost 40 minutes a game since Jackson went down...before the injury, Bronson was playing about 20 and Trae/Josh about 30-32. Those extra minutes add up, especially if they are not 100%...which we never hear about, unless they miss time.


1/24/2015 08:34:00 PM



(1/24/2015 05:53:00 PM) - Al

JS reports Papelbon deal is stuck on money, Doug seems to agree. Will not talk about KRod, or others, playing cards close to vest. Mentions price goes up if he indicates interest, reminds me of me earlier today.


1/24/2015 05:53:00 PM



(1/24/2015 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Back in the 50's, over half of all Ivy League male grads joined the military. Now, it's like 5 in each class. And those that do are mocked by their classmates, because they despise the system that made them unbearable and obnoxious...hey, it's not their own fault. Nothing is. 

I know Duke isn't an Ivy, but still great to see. And yes, they give exemptions, even if you're that tall. If nothing else, he'll be used for recruiting...he won't fit in a tank or helicopter. One of the top females in my high school class got in even though she was two inches too short. I think she might have made a career of it.


1/24/2015 05:46:00 PM



(1/24/2015 05:40:00 PM) - Al

Nothing makes me happier than to see colleges panicking, wondering what they're going to do without all the state taxpayer subsidies.

This from an industry which makes 90% of their money from federal grants and loans. Just a thought, but they might want to figure out why none of their tenured professors, you know, ever teach a class.

You can just hear them, can't you? "Damn it, back when Doyle was governor, we just asked for more money and he'd give it to us. That's why I'm a Commun..I mean, Democrat."


1/24/2015 05:40:00 PM



(1/24/2015 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Bucks scheduled to start at 6:30, Marquette in overtime at 4PM. Considering the entire floor has to be removed and then the Bucks' floor installed, those fellas are gonna earn their money today.

EDIT: They had an Admirals game last night, so they had to put the Warriors floor down on top of the ice, move in the end seats that are on the ice for hockey, and will then change over to the Bucks' floor. Three events in about 24 hours, and then it sits empty until Wednesday.

Makes me tired just thinking about it.

EDIT 2: Game ends at 4:05. Clock in boys. 

EDIT 3: At 4:47. Damn.



1/24/2015 04:58:00 PM



(1/24/2015 04:47:00 PM) - Al

If I were ever to commit credit card fraud, it would be to signup the Game of War on many accounts and have them debit them every month, just so these Kate Upton ads continue FOREVER.

"We have 10 million downloads."

"Great!"

"All but 600 are from this Al guy."

"Whatever."


1/24/2015 04:47:00 PM



(1/24/2015 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Painful to see 1000 or so Michigan students standing in line for a game that starts in an hour and 45 minutes. I know most student sections are general admission, but what a waste of time.

Badgers are a ten point favorite on the road versus a solid Wolverines' team that will be tied with them if UM wins. That seems far, far too high...I'd say a proper line would be about 5 or 6. 


1/24/2015 04:22:00 PM



(1/24/2015 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Ted Cruz says Americans that join terrorist groups overseas should lose their citizenship. Draws thunderous applause in Iowa, but the truth is:

1. Why is this already not in place?

2. Who would possibly argue against this?

Walker's speech went great as well, reports say. 


1/24/2015 03:56:00 PM



(1/24/2015 03:17:00 PM) - Al

One thing I find funny is much of the media seems to be wondering the same thing...why the Brewers are interested in Papelbon when KRod, Casey Janssen, and Rafael Soriano are still unsigned?

Well, not to be a realist, but while I would assume KRod would love to return to MIL, especially as the closer; we have no idea if the other two would consider it even if they were overpaid. There's a reason why the Brewers often focus on trades and youngsters rather than free agents...many simply have no intention of playing for MIL...and as Doug has often noted, often, just use MIL's interest to drive up their price, signing elsewhere for less money and/or fewer years after negotiating with the Crew for weeks.

Also, while I am not a believer in the closer being some sort of mythical commodity, as opposed to any other reliever, let's just look at these four guys since 2012, shall we?

Papelbon--2.45 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 9.6 K/9, 4.82 K/BB, 0.7 HR/9, 2.82 FIP
KRod-----3.47 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 9.6 K/9, 3.16 K/BB, 1.4 HR/9, 4.03 FIP
Janssen----2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 4.68 K/BB, 0.9 HR/9, 3.27 FIP
Soriano----2.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 2.98 K/BB, 0.8 HR/9, 3.36 FIP

Best ERA, best FIP, fewest HR/9, best K/BB ratio, tied for most K/9, and 2nd fewest baserunners.

Call him surly and grumpy all you want, the guy has been excellent and consistent. You can compare the other three and actually have a debate, but if you're arguing over all four, you're not paying attention.

And no, I don't understand how we have an infinite amount of internet sites and no one has done a simple comparison before bragging how damn smart they are.


1/24/2015 03:17:00 PM



(1/24/2015 02:48:00 PM) - Al

They are talking to Randy Breuer on BTN...funny, I have no recollection of him playing for anyone other than the Bucks...despite the fact he spent three seasons with the Twolves, when I was living in Eau Claire, just 90 minutes away, and spent some time with the Hawks and Kings.

They asked him why he decided on the Gophers, and he said it was mainly so his parents could watch him play...an hour from home, as opposed to 4-5 hours for Iowa and Wisconsin. Funny how many players go across the country nowadays, seemingly never thinking of that 


1/24/2015 02:48:00 PM



(1/24/2015 11:21:00 AM) - Al

NPR, always just a little bit left of Lenin, once again pushes a purely fictional report that the state has a deficit...based solely on what departments ask for, not what they have received in the past, not on what they will get. We all get it...they are trying to create a crisis and minimize the fiscal turnaround the state has had under Governor Walker...we have gone from an actual deficit to a surplus, which includes a rainy day fund.

By creating this mock deficit, it allows morons to say "see, we still have a deficit."

The old media, which NPR ia a part of, has no problem at all lying and not telling the the truth...and they wonder why no one respects them and listens to them when they endorse Mary Burke...a woman who has never had a real job except one her family gave her for for sham purposes.


1/24/2015 11:21:00 AM



(1/24/2015 11:09:00 AM) - Al

That's because he did.

Only in the NFL would you have to take several steps and dance a jig for it to be called a catch. They've over thought it over the years to the point they are lost.

The college game is so much better rules wise, especially the overtime and only one foot down rule, it is difficult to believe the pros have not changed theirs.

I would do away with the extra point and add a "bonus point"...one point from the one yard line, and two points from the three...considering most plays would work from either, it would be a strategic call after every TD. There is nothing in sports more stupid than the extra point.


1/24/2015 11:09:00 AM



(1/24/2015 12:38:00 AM) - Al

Last year, Iowa Republicans gave Palin a 68/18 favorability rating.--PPP Polls

This is why the old media and the left despise her so. She connects with regular, common sense folks. IA is more conservative than WI, but only because it doesn't have two huge urban areas that can only be described as Midwestern China.

Walker gets 60% of the vote outside Dane and Milwaukee counties. Outside of Des Moines, that probably describes IA and WI pretty well.


1/24/2015 12:38:00 AM



(1/24/2015 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Walker expected to include "jock tax" in budget, could cement new NBA arena in Milwaukee.

Regardless of how badly the city and county try and bungle it. If this goes through, Walker and former governor Tommy Thompson will have all but saved major league sports in WI, except the Packers, of course. 


1/24/2015 12:30:00 AM


Friday, January 23, 2015

(1/23/2015 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Phillies, Brewers appear "stuck" on how much Phillies pick up of Papelbon's remaining contract.

I would imagine the 2016 part is the hold up, as surely PHIL is well aware they'll have to pay a substantial part of his '15 money owed.

As for prospects, the Crew barely gave the Reds anything for Broxton...a hard thrower and another middling prospect. A return of that or even less is all one should expect...I'd guess the maximum is the guy on the 40 the Brewers would drop anyway. All 40 man rosters are full or nearly so right now, so they would probably prefer a guy not on the 40 anyway.


1/23/2015 11:44:00 PM



(1/23/2015 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Too busy for terrorism, Israel, cop funerals...plenty of time for this buffoon.

He's a parody of leadership.


1/23/2015 05:52:00 PM



(1/23/2015 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Hard not to love stories like this.

Tanner Bronson was a student manager, and he'll likely be a head coach somewhere in a few years, as he has been an assistant since he graduated.


1/23/2015 05:23:00 PM



(1/23/2015 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Vegas should be at the top of any list. The first team will be a huge success, and the others will wonder how they missed out.

Imagine the amount of Bruins or Rangers' fans that will head out when their team plays in Vegas. That's why MLB would work out so nicely, being they play mostly three game series, but it will work with any...in the NBA's and NHL's case, they also have the draw of warm weather, not to mention gambling and top entertainment.


1/23/2015 04:56:00 PM



(1/23/2015 02:34:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another embarrassingly bad decision by a school.

Every single day...


1/23/2015 02:34:00 PM



(1/23/2015 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Just a note to those of you refreshing all the sites every few minutes, this Papelbon thing is likely to take days, if they are able to make a deal, as there are many factors...Jon giving his OK, the money involved, the players going back, and so on.

I don't see this being finalized anytime soon. That said, we may already be in day 3 or 4 and it finally leaked...the Crew never leaks anything, as they've have completed deals that went unrumored (Parra was one, as was Broxton).


1/23/2015 02:28:00 PM



(1/23/2015 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Thoughts on Papelbon:

1. He is known as a surly, grumpy gus. To be honest, he might be a very nice fit, as the Brewers are known for being a pack of "good guys," far more likely to call a team meeting than throw a chair or yell at someone. I recall stores I worked at where one of the management team was a pain, but more seemed to be expected.

2. His velocity is down, but his results are not. That could be luck, or, as he has hinted, it may be planned. 92 on the outside corner at the knees is better than 95 right down the middle.

3. I am not a believer in "closers" being special. That said, a guy like Papelbon, like a Hoffman, has seen it all, done it all.

4. I am a believer in roles. For the last few years, many smart guys who believe in analytics have said some mighty dumb things about "your best pitcher should pitch in the 6th inning if that's the toughest situation," acting as if everyone in the bullpen is some sort of robot, able to warm up continuously and not be bothered, mentally, or physically. When a guy gets loose in the 6th, and the SP gets a DP ball, that arm is likely toast for the night, he's not coming in the 9th for sure, maybe the 7th. Hoffman had a routine he went through, took him about 10 minutes to stretch, throw about a dozen warmup tosses, and jog in. He, and many others, simply can't do that several times. Never mind if you bring in your best pitcher in the 6th to face the top of the order, those same guys are going to bat again.


1/23/2015 12:40:00 PM



(1/23/2015 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Brewers close to acquiring Papelbon?

That is unexpected. Is Broxton going to the Phillies? Is PHIL picking up tons of his salary? If the answer to those is no, the Crew will pay $22M for about 130 innings.


1/23/2015 12:08:00 PM



(1/23/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Upon further review, Mike Moore was not telling the truth.

That said, it's probably just a mix up of memory, nicknames, or military records. As the author states, Mike's dad and uncle were good men. Too bad Mike is such an unpatriotic fool.


1/23/2015 10:30:00 AM


Thursday, January 22, 2015

(1/22/2015 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Crew hires a new radio guy for when Ueck does not travel with the team.

I hardly ever listen the radio, but I do like the fact they don't go with a former player who just speaks in cliches.


1/22/2015 08:51:00 PM



(1/22/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Reports estimate the damage to be $7.22.


1/22/2015 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

(1/21/2015 11:53:00 PM) - Al

I'm having a tough time figuring this one out...very few players play in the College World Series, and the few that do, well, who cares? I'd much prefer they get players in as early as possible and get them as many games for development as they can.

Seems to me they just fixed a problem that really didn't exist. It will also mean many players start the summer wood bat season in the Northwoods and Cape Cod leagues, but leave after a month to go pro.


1/21/2015 11:53:00 PM



(1/21/2015 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Picked up a City Pages today, as I live by the belief that you keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. My favorite CP article ever was just before conceal and carry was legalized in WI, CP basically predicted the end of civilization as we know it in the state, shootouts and random crime were sure to be rampant. As if to point out their ignorance, they then pointed out that 45 states had already legalized this...so, because they simply do not get it, they were saying it would have catastrophic results in WI that had occurred nowhere else.

And they call the public idiots when elections do not go their way.

Anyway, after reading the far left slant that the DNR wasn't doing enough to hinder business (they actually seem offended that some feel this is not what the DNR should be doing), I got to the entertainment section. This week, two films were reviewed...American Sniper, which received 3 stars, and Paddington, which received 5 stars.

I have not seen either, but from what I heard folks say that saw Sniper over the weekend, allow me to say, Paddington must be one hell of a movie.

Or, City Pages is full of crap.


1/21/2015 06:39:00 PM



(1/21/2015 03:38:00 PM) - Al

I agree with every word.

Leave it to Palin to blast the libs and get to the point. This is why the left hates her...she thinks like the vast majority of Americans.


1/21/2015 03:38:00 PM



(1/21/2015 01:16:00 PM) - Al

The Patriots performed far better after the supposed "bad balls" were taken out of play and/or corrected.

The old media seems to be underreporting this little nugget of fact. In my view, if the officials put the ball in play, after that, everything is perfectly legal. 


1/21/2015 01:16:00 PM



(1/21/2015 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Very unlikely we'll ever see Willis on the 25 man roster, but, as like all minor league deals, no risk, high reward. I would expect to see a couple more of these, as there is an opening or two on the Crew's staff, and unsigned pitchers will be attracted to them.


1/21/2015 12:32:00 PM



(1/21/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al




Amen. The hell with them. I'm glad they aren't on my side.


1/21/2015 10:00:00 AM



(1/21/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Jimmy Kimmel talked to 14 people...and 7 of them said they saw MLK's speech this morning.

We're in the very best of hands. And this is with more money for the schools.


1/21/2015 09:00:00 AM



(1/21/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Wonderful story.

I wish Packers' fans would all stop blaming the loss on a single play, proving only how casual they are. They had some bad luck too, of course, but overall, SEA deserved the win. In fact, if not for their carelessness turning the ball over early, it probably would not have been a close contest.  However, games are played by humans.

The defense, however, deserves some credit for causing the turnovers...but overall, most are fumbles that bounce away and interceptions that are tipped. Causing turnovers is a lot like clutch hitting...not repeatable from season to season. Not turning the ball over, though, is a skill, as anyone who watch Bo Ryan teams can understand.


1/21/2015 07:30:00 AM


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(1/20/2015 08:30:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, it's a pleasure to see that, to be conservative, everybody hates Mike Moore.

Everyone.

It is an honor to wake up every single day and know that Moore and I never vote for the same candidate. 


1/20/2015 08:30:00 PM



(1/20/2015 07:54:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


1/20/2015 07:54:00 PM



(1/20/2015 02:34:00 PM) - Al





I guarantee you, it will be the same fibs as last year. Because last year was the same as the year before, and the year before that.


1/20/2015 02:34:00 PM



(1/20/2015 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Just listened to Doug chat with Bill Michaels...same as we heard yesterday. Nelson slides into the 5th spot, have not talked to Shields, unable to discuss Zimmerman, as he's not a FA. Looking at relievers, will probably make an offer soon.

Talked about the disparity in TV money, and that it is forcing teams to "be creative," A's had to let Lester go, trade Samardzija, TB had to deal Zobrist for a couple low A ball prospects.

Did not use any words like rebuild or take a step back, but dealing Yo for three players, none that are likely to be in the majors in '15 is not "normal" procedure, at least since Mark A took over.

EDIT: I looked back in my archives, and it was the middle of 2013 in which Doug talked about "taking a step back," and that he may have to make a deal that will make the club better 2-3 years down the line. That is what he appears to have done with Yo. He did not feel he could lose Gallardo for just a draft pick (that they have to pay a huge bonus) so he got three good prospects instead.


1/20/2015 01:34:00 PM



(1/20/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The definition of cowardice is not taking accountability for your own words.--Sean Parnell on Mike Moore.

Amen.


1/20/2015 09:00:00 AM


Monday, January 19, 2015

(1/19/2015 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Franklin Morales, Bruce Chen, Paul Maholm, and Carlos V might be examples of fellas Doug will look at as a spot starter, most likely on minor league deals. 

As for relievers, not only is KRod still out there, but Cassy Jansssen, Rafael Soriano, Ron Belisaro (a favorite of mine for his velocity, whose pricetag is likely to be lower due to having never been a closer), amd many others who have had success at times, like John Axford, Joba Chamberlain, Burke Badenhop, Joe Beimel, Neal Cotts (the Brewers have been connected to Cotts several times over the seasons), Joe Thatcher, and a dozen or so more.


1/19/2015 07:21:00 PM



(1/19/2015 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Doug tells the JS he can't afford to keep losing FA's without getting anything in return, looks to find a reliever and a spot starter, similar to Estrada.

The writing is on the wall. Have to see what Mark A says, though I'm sure he had to approve this deal. They might well have a guy or two in mind that remain unsigned that they hope will sign for less than market value, like Lohse.


1/19/2015 06:53:00 PM



(1/19/2015 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Hunter Morris DFA'd, as they had to place Knebel and Sardinas on the 40 because the Rangers rushed them last season with all their injuries.

Hopefully, he will clear waivers and remain in the system. Being the first time being removed/optioned, Morris will not be able to become a free agent.


1/19/2015 06:12:00 PM



(1/19/2015 05:04:00 PM) - Al

Just talked to GM Doug Melvin. Gallardo trade is about upcoming FA and getting return for him, plus giving Jimmy Nelson chance.--Tom H, JS

That does not sound as if a FA SP is soon to be signed, at least not a Shields type.


1/19/2015 05:04:00 PM



(1/19/2015 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Most fans, except the ones who beg the Brewers to tear it all down and build it all up again every single off season, are waiting to see what, if anything, is next.

Can Nelson replace Yo? Sure he can, and right now, he will. But, it is a dropoff, and even moreso, Jungmann is, currently, the 6th SP, and he's a huge dropoff from Nelson in that role.

Knebel might be given a spot in the bullpen, but I would say he is more likely to be groomed as a second half addition as an injury replacement, and he might be penciled in as the 2016 closer. And, he'll be under team control until after the 2020 season...at least.


1/19/2015 04:39:00 PM



(1/19/2015 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Done.

Sardinas and two pitchers.

We'll have to see if this leads to another move or not.

Diplan is a baby, is an 18 year old from Latin America.

Knebel was a first round pick in 2013 and is still very young, and is the ceiling guy here. He'll be 23 next season, and has never started a game in the pros...12 K's per 9 innings, and was shut down due to a knee injury last season, probably why the Brewers wanted extra time to look at his records. Throws 94-95 consistently, and has a big curveball for his second pitch.

Sardinas was rushed, but will still be just 22 next year and is likely to spend the entire season in the minors, barring injury. Has been a SS his entire career, and is a switch hitter. Good speed, known to be a plus defender.

EDIT: Just now saw the Crew is paying $4M of Yo's 2015 salary. I thought two top guys like Sardinas and Knebel plus another was a large return, so that balances it out a bit.

It seems very likely this is a part of another move, as the Brewers seemed very motivated to complete this trade...is one of the prospects already earmarked to another team? Is a free agent they are after willing to take less money in year one to make up for that money going to TEX? We will soon find out.

It seems very unlikely this is "it"...though Doug has talked about giving kids a chance because they have to, with their market size. Could a package of Parra and one of the prospects bring back a SP to replace Yo with some team control? Or maybe a reliever and a cheaper 4th OF? 


1/19/2015 04:13:00 PM



(1/19/2015 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Hearing a lot about Sardinas and Perez, though everyone is just guessing.


1/19/2015 04:09:00 PM



(1/19/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If I got this invoice, I'd laugh right in the face of the clod who sent it.


1/19/2015 04:00:00 PM



(1/19/2015 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Morosi on the Brewers' possible pursuit of Zimmerman and Shields.


1/19/2015 02:37:00 PM



(1/19/2015 01:33:00 PM) - Al

I'm about as unsympathetic to this as is possible, because big weddings are stupid, but there are so many lies in the article as to render it meaningless.

September is not peak wedding season at all, almost 50% take place in June, July, and August. It does not take a year to plan a wedding, never mind more than that.I'm sure plenty of hotel rooms will be open in Philly and its suburbs that weekend, though they may not be the five star, mint on your pillow ones.


1/19/2015 01:33:00 PM



(1/19/2015 01:10:00 PM) - Al

If you going to the On Deck event, take a book! Doesn't even have to be new.


1/19/2015 01:10:00 PM



(1/19/2015 12:42:00 PM) - Al

Kenosha casino expects to sign deal with state this week "will deliver to taxpayers the richest compact in WI history," says casino spokesperson.--WTMJ

That's less from the taxpayer's pockets. 


1/19/2015 12:42:00 PM



(1/19/2015 12:21:00 PM) - Al

After being blasted all night, Moore claims his sniper tweet has nothing to do with the movie that is taking in nine figures this weekend.

As I have said often, let's try a little consistency from the left. Obama doesn't believe in anything, and changes his mind as often as I change my undies. Clinton spent her whole life in Arkansas and DC, and then ran for office in New York. Now Moore blasts snipers, and it doesn't take much to figure out "sniper" is some sort of code for US military.

I have often stated my beliefs here on Ramblings, and you know what? I don't change them as often as the wind.


1/19/2015 12:21:00 PM



(1/19/2015 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Deal is done, both teams reviewing medicals.




1/19/2015 12:08:00 PM



(1/19/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We're almost certain that we have no idea.


1/19/2015 09:30:00 AM



(1/19/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The gnashing of leftist's teeth over American Sniper will be a boon to dentistry business.--Jules

Search Twitter for American Sniper, and all you will find is incredulous liberals, much like Mike Moore, who don't understand how an American military person can possibly be portrayed as a hero...and think proud, patriotic Americans who saw it and cheered are complete idiots. More than one have said the Taliban are far more heroic than the title character.

If you recall, this is the exact reaction they had after the election.

I'm so glad they aren't on my side.


1/19/2015 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, January 18, 2015

(1/18/2015 11:11:00 PM) - Al

Super Bowl line is pick em.

I would have guessed Seahawks by a FG or so before today, but SEA looked worse than usual and NE looked super.


1/18/2015 11:11:00 PM



(1/18/2015 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Is it possible Parra could be included in the Gallardo swap? TEX has a pair of rookies scheduled to make the 25 man roster and play OF, and I do not know if either is a top prospect.


1/18/2015 08:41:00 PM



(1/18/2015 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Here's a thought...maybe we haven't heard who is coming to MIL in the Gallardo deal from TEX because no one is...the Crew ends up with Zimmerman from DC.

Just an idea.


1/18/2015 06:29:00 PM



(1/18/2015 06:09:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal hearing Brewers are involved in talks for Jordan Zimmerman.


1/18/2015 06:09:00 PM



(1/18/2015 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Of course, who would have bet this when SEA was down, needing to score, recover an onside kick, and score again?


1/18/2015 05:54:00 PM



(1/18/2015 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Looking on Twitter for rumors/news about Gallardo trade is very frustrating, as gallardo means brave or gallant in Spanish, and there is also a sports car with gallardo in the name.

That said, my "problem" is nothing compared to the tears and excuse filled tirades of Packers' fans. Almost no doubt if Bostic comes down with that onside kick, the game is over. Very likely if Clinton Dix does not get caught between knocking the ball down or making the tackle outside the end zone, he does one or the other, and Crosby's kick is for the win, not to force OT.

Far better lucky than good. The Packers' good fortune, which really began with the way that Bryant TD was overruled, ended. Ground balls sneak through the hole, onside kicks sometimes slip away. Just the way it is.


1/18/2015 05:45:00 PM



(1/18/2015 05:35:00 PM) - Al

I got Indy, and one heckuva game by the Seahawks and Packers.

I feel sorry for all the GB fans who are unable to appreciate what a tremendous contest it was.

And I love Russell Wilson, who just like Mike Redd, always gives thanks to God after a win. Just once I want to hear a player say, "Everything was fine...until Jesus made me fumble."


1/18/2015 05:35:00 PM



(1/18/2015 05:15:00 PM) - Al

There is more to this, as MIL always informs players of trades before the media.


1/18/2015 05:15:00 PM



(1/18/2015 05:07:00 PM) - Al

Nats just acquired Yunel Escobar to supposedly play 2B, but many have dismissed that and said DC is shopping Ian Desmond and Yunel will move to SS. Could Odor (or Scooter?) be part of a deal to the Nats that involves Zimmerman, who of course, hails from WI?




1/18/2015 05:07:00 PM



(1/18/2015 04:54:00 PM) - Al

First rumor is that Odor and Feliz will be coming back for Yo.

Odor is a LH hitting 2B, so he makes little sense, unless he is part of another flip. Feliz, of course, is a very good reliever, who has had injury struggles the last couple years. He has two years of club control remaining.


1/18/2015 04:54:00 PM



(1/18/2015 04:40:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if the Nats supposed signing of Scherzer and then their openness to trading Zimmerman is somehow related to the Gallardo to TEX news.


1/18/2015 04:40:00 PM



(1/18/2015 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Nothing to report.--Doug Melvin, via JS

As noted, Doug usually makes statements such as "I haven't spoken to the Rangers in six months," if a report is not true. His lack of a denial is likely proof a deal is either complete or awaiting notification of the players involved. Doug cannot comment until after physicals, unless they are waived.


1/18/2015 04:19:00 PM



(1/18/2015 03:47:00 PM) - Al

When looking at the Rangers' farm system, one cannot help but notice 3B Joey Gallo, a huge LH power bat who is probably a year away.


1/18/2015 03:47:00 PM



(1/18/2015 03:32:00 PM) - Al

True that.

And what party does Mike Moore represent?

So glad losers that hate their country like that are not on my side.


1/18/2015 03:32:00 PM



(1/18/2015 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Shields does fit the bill, as Doug values consistency and durability as much as being an "ace."

{That said, the Brewers will almost always be unable to sign an "ace" because they'll just get outbid.}

Also, looking at the IP Shields has had, he may well be a bit better just by being taken out, as the Crew does regularly, after 100-110 pitches.


1/18/2015 03:19:00 PM



(1/18/2015 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Almost everyone is speculating the Brewers will receive prospects for Yo and then sign James Shields.

If so, then they already have a handshake deal with Shields, as Doug is not one to lose a player without having a replacement in hand, and Mark A is not one to take a step backwards and rebuild.




1/18/2015 03:08:00 PM



(1/18/2015 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers "on verge" of dealing Gallardo to Rangers, return unknown as of yet.

I would guess a young, cost controlled prospect, likely a pitcher, plus an add on, maybe a reliever. As noted, this would clear salary and allow the Crew to be players for a FA SP...though that is just speculation, of course.

EDIT: Profar is not part of the package, per Morosi. 


1/18/2015 02:50:00 PM



(1/18/2015 01:04:00 PM) - Al

First and foremost, we need to realize, once and for all, that throwing money at a problem does nothing to solve the problem.

Look no further than the left's infatuation to reward their union friends for mediocrity.

Need to lower the dollars spent 3-5% every single year and after 5-10 years, revisit the data and go from there. The answer, however, is not to raise taxes, as more money does nothing...it's been proven already.


1/18/2015 01:04:00 PM



(1/18/2015 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Governor Walker upping his Twitter game, mocks James Taylor's trip to France.

The funny thing here is, this made perfect sense to Obama and Kerry...because they're so out of the common sense realm.




1/18/2015 12:53:00 PM



(1/18/2015 12:29:00 PM) - Al

I got SEA. Still thinking about the second game.


1/18/2015 12:29:00 PM



(1/18/2015 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Hollywood, full of liberal elites like Jane Fonda, is wondering why in the world so many people went to see a movie about a damn baby killer.

Get educated, or you'll wind up in Iraq.--John Kerry


1/18/2015 12:25:00 PM



(1/18/2015 12:15:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife's walking partner just called and said they should go on their walk now, because "she was all stressed out about the game."

I told the wife, I didn't even realize the neighbor was playing. First world worries.


1/18/2015 12:15:00 PM



(1/18/2015 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Jane Fonda says she was misunderstood, that she was not against American soldiers in Vietnam.

Jane Fonda is a lying scumbag. Do you really think that if you were "misunderstood," you'd wait 40+ years to tell anyone the truth? She is a horrible, despicable human being. She deserves every ounce of scorn she gets, and much more.

Don't go away mad, just go away. It was idiots like her that spit on returning soldiers. I guarantee you it was not patriotic Republicans. You can't deny the facts.


1/18/2015 12:13:00 PM


Saturday, January 17, 2015

(1/17/2015 08:09:00 PM) - Al

I thought the James Taylor thing was a joke. What in gods name is going on?!?--Meghan McCain

He's the most intelligent president, EVER!


1/17/2015 08:09:00 PM



(1/17/2015 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Theater manager came in after American Sniper, asked all military to stand. Roar of thanks and tears from audience.--Texas Tsunami

Be nice if this was not such an odd occurrence.

And thank goodness we have red states where this can happen.


1/17/2015 08:02:00 PM



(1/17/2015 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Well, on the bright side, that's three players out for the season, and I believe that's what it takes to get a roster exemption. I assume they will look for a veteran combo guard, maybe a Luke Ridnour type.

On the other hand, Christ.


1/17/2015 07:44:00 PM



(1/17/2015 05:08:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is going to her work Xmas party tonight. Her date cancelled, as she is going to be out of town.

Me? Life is far too short to waste at such events. Heck, she never never asked me if I wanted to go. She knew what the answer would be. 


1/17/2015 05:08:00 PM



(1/17/2015 03:51:00 PM) - Al

I do not agree with the foul up 3. If they miss the first and tip it back outside the line, you're then a made 3 from a loss. It did not work today, but they were lucky they missed the first FT.


1/17/2015 03:51:00 PM



(1/17/2015 03:47:00 PM) - Al

I'm not going to argue its effectiveness...but hot and cold is uncomfortable and reminds me of what you might endure if you were a POW.

I'd compare it to buying candy and flowers for your ex wife...the benefits aren't worth the pain.


1/17/2015 03:47:00 PM



(1/17/2015 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Hillary is incredibly despised by conservatives and independents alike. Can she win? Of course she can, as Obama has proven, anyone of proven incompetence can win if his opponents do not show up at the polls.




1/17/2015 03:08:00 PM



(1/17/2015 12:43:00 PM) - Al

Donovan Hand signs with the Reds, thanks the Brewers on his way out.

Hand was a nice guy to have at AAA, but his ceiling was so low, that spot is far better used by someone who can throw 92+.


1/17/2015 12:43:00 PM



(1/17/2015 12:07:00 PM) - Al

American Sniper hits $30M after one day and Thursday evening.

Amazing what happens when you have an American war movie with an American hero.


1/17/2015 12:07:00 PM



(1/17/2015 12:02:00 PM) - Al

Over $100K for being Russell Wilson's body double.

The "team that never plays" is a thing too. 


1/17/2015 12:02:00 PM


Friday, January 16, 2015

(1/16/2015 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Al,

In watching the media coverage for the weekend games. I can't figure out why the reporters stand outside in an empty freezing cold stadium to give the reports, can you? Couldn't they accomplish the same thing in a warm press box?

Casey

I would assume it's because they need to ensure no one walks into or through the shot...often on our local news, they do a report from a hallway or close to a school board or city hall meeting, and people are always wandering up behind the reporter, and then trying to be invisible to get out of it. 


1/16/2015 09:23:00 PM



(1/16/2015 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Seeing "American Sniper" will make you want to run up to every American soldier you see and kiss them on the mouth.--Kathleen McKinley

A few years ago, someone wondered why all the war movies were flops, and I said it was because the bad guys always won, as the US military were always portrayed as broken losers.

Only in Hollywood would they be shocked Americans want to see war movies in which an American is the hero. Move a little further left, boys.


1/16/2015 07:47:00 PM



(1/16/2015 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Season tickets up 20% so far.

Not discussed is the fact many fans who plunked down sizable postseason deposits probably rolled that money over, though that said, it is still a result of solid marketing and the sales team. The good thing about this, other than more dollars in the bank early, of course, is it "creates demand" in effect...fewer choice seats makes fans decide to buy earlier, in order to get better seats on more popular days. Then, when the Saturdays fill up, people buy Fridays and Sundays. Finally, they move onto the weekdays.

When the new owners of the Bucks took over, they increased the sales reps as well. No one ever thinks advertising and simply asking people to buy actually results in more sales, but, of course it does. It may not pay for itself, but it does work. And, never forget, the number one advertiser in the world is this tiny company called Coca Cola. They sell tons of flavored water with bubbles for an incredible markup. And they do so because, wait for it...they advertise, a lot.


1/16/2015 07:03:00 PM



(1/16/2015 05:59:00 PM) - Al

I am flooded with people making fun of the fact the flu shot is "only" 23% effective this year. Not getting a flu shot is 0% effective.

That's a pretty easy call to make.


1/16/2015 05:59:00 PM



(1/16/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

 Of course, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is expected to churn business.  The percent of kids K-12 off are expected to spike from 8% on Friday to 95% on Monday, while those colleges off are expected to swell from 31% to 92% over the four-day frame per Rentrak Theatrical.--Deadline Hollywood

Apparently, the Rambling son is one of only 5% of the K-12 going to school Monday, though I would certainly assume Rentrak surveys far more urban areas than suburbs/rural. Meanwhile, I've never known any college to be open on MLK Jr. Day.


1/16/2015 05:44:00 PM



(1/16/2015 04:47:00 PM) - Al

This administration has been over their head since day one, and literally struggle to do even the simplest things without screwing them up.

Now what do they do? Actually send a folk singer over in an attempt to apologize for not giving a damn about terrorism. Maybe he''ll get them to hold hands and...

Never mind.


1/16/2015 04:47:00 PM



(1/16/2015 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Good for them.

There is no excuse for ever taking a shot once you are ahead 100-2. They just don't get it. It's sometimes tough not to run up the score in football, as some teams can just run up the middle every play and never be stopped. In basketball, however, it's easy...stop shooting the damn ball and run out the clock.


1/16/2015 04:38:00 PM



(1/16/2015 04:24:00 PM) - Al

I nailed this one too.

Ramblings realized long ago that "personal problems" is almost always code for "they love to use illegal drugs, and if they don't play, they can't get chosen to pee in a cup after the game."

Guys like Jeremy Jeffress beat this, so let's hope Larry can too. I wonder if they can get a roster exemption now, as Sanders, Parker, and Inglis are all out.


1/16/2015 04:24:00 PM



(1/16/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If you'll remember, I said this was stupid from the get go.

The NCAA let themselves get caught up in the emotion and old media hypocrisy, and have now come back to the common sense Ramblings' viewpoint.

Good to see.


1/16/2015 04:00:00 PM



(1/16/2015 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy to attend State of the Union as a guest of Senator Johnson. 


1/16/2015 03:44:00 PM



(1/16/2015 01:56:00 PM) - Al

I'd be surprised if it doesn't do $50M, especially since it's already 10% there after last night's previews. Not only is it a Republican style war movie (I've actually seen it called that several times, all by reviewers who use it as a negative term, but realistically, it means the good guys are American...quite a stretch for many on the left), it is being sold as a love story, which will bring in the female audience.

And as for the idiot who wrote the article, yes, having the most kills in US military history is a very, very good thing.


1/16/2015 01:56:00 PM


Thursday, January 15, 2015

(1/15/2015 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Dan Patrick is kind of right...they never should have taken Paterno's victories away. Giving them back is a no brainer.

This is what happens when you make decisions based on old media coverage and emotion. Paterno did not do anything wrong except possibly not banning an old friend from the campus and program a bit earlier. And even then, hindsight is 20/20...they should have locked the doors at Sandy Hook or had armed security in place too (as they do now). 


1/15/2015 08:29:00 PM



(1/15/2015 05:48:00 PM) - Al

Some actress on a minor TV show says white people shower too often.

Speaking as a white person, who often showers twice a day even though I don't work out nearly as often as I should, what the hell does she know? I started doing this in the summer, as I felt sweaty after being in a shirt and tie all day, but have kept it up, almost always choosing to shower in the late afternoon or early evening (as well as when I get up), and then changing into my "stay at home" clothes, which consist of a Tshirt and athletic shorts...or sweats, as we keep the house cold enough to store meat (I say proudly).

EDIT: Every time I see someone is not feeling well, be it an illness, cold, whatever; I always suggest they shower several times a day. I just think it makes you feel good, clean, and of course, it helps your breathing if you are stuffed up, or often eases a painful cough. Often, people reply they tried it and sure enough, feel much better afterwards.

Some great writer (I forget who) always bathed after breakfast, before starting writing, and then again after dinner, choosing to lounge around all evening in his nightshirt, even when he had visitors. Comfort is a good thing. 


1/15/2015 05:48:00 PM



(1/15/2015 05:29:00 PM) - Al

Maldonado avoids arby, signs a 2y/$2M deal.


1/15/2015 05:29:00 PM



(1/15/2015 02:44:00 PM) - Al

I have often lauded Wal Mart as the greatest retailer in history, by far actually.

When one considers how incredible WM has been, one need not look further than Target's costly, goofy failures. Next time they decide to delve into a new country, they might want to, you know, give it more than three years.

They seem clueless and very panic oriented. How they handled their credit card, personal info scandal a couple years ago makes you wonder how shortsighted they must be, and what their focus is.

Meanwhile, in the time it took me to type this, WM sold another kazillion dollars worth of merch all over the world, and $514K in profits.

{That's true, they made $27B last fiscal year, which is $514K every ten minutes. How are you doing, Target?}


1/15/2015 02:44:00 PM



(1/15/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Look, you want a news story? You find me an occasion in which Obama told the truth.


1/15/2015 11:00:00 AM


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

(1/14/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have only flown eight times, four from the Cities to Chicago, and four return flights, back when I was in training at Toys R Us for management. The first flight I ever took was delayed for a long time, about 2-3 hours I think, due to weather in Chicago. We got on the plane, pulled away from the gate to make room for other planes, and sat there for a couple hours. Finally, they drove back up to the gate and let off whoever wanted to get off, as most of the passengers, probably about 2/3rd's, were using the flight as part of a two flight plan elsewhere. I got off, wandered for a few minutes, and suddenly, they hurried us back on, and once I got back on, they told everyone that the plane had to fly out of Cincinnati the next morning at 9, so, while no one knew how long it would be, this flight was going to end up in Cincy. I was seemingly the only person on the flight actually just going to Chicago, and despite the plane having been full, we left with about 3/4th's the plane empty. I think it held about 90, so we only had 15-20 folks onboard.  

Not as impressive as this guy, but I did not think planes flying with just a few passengers was that odd.


1/14/2015 11:00:00 AM


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

(1/13/2015 11:38:00 PM) - Al

They have blood on their hands. Vaccines are out there for a reason.

Get your medical advice from intelligent, well read physicians. Not stupid blondes and alien/Bigfoot storytellers..."I thunk I saw one over in them woods, Pa!"

The really sad thing is, they put all of us at risk, because vaccines depend on 99% participation. 


1/13/2015 11:38:00 PM



(1/13/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

1. We're in the very best of hands.

2. That said, and I'm sure that Obama's staff is a bunch of whiny liberal buffoons, chosen purely on loyalty to the king; but other world leaders managed to show up, or, in the case of the guy who needs a sabbatical from his vacations, could have sent one of many lackeys...if they could only trust Biden off his leash and chain in the basement (remember, he was the foreign policy "genius").


1/13/2015 09:00:00 AM


Monday, January 12, 2015

(1/12/2015 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Considering Japanese baseball translates to AAA, Korean baseball to AA (with an extreme offensive tilt), this looks to be a four year contract for $21M to a utility infielder.

The Pirates will regret this one quick.


1/12/2015 08:35:00 PM



(1/12/2015 06:17:00 PM) - Al

Jackson has a fractured foot, out 6-8 weeks, but we all know that depending on the place of the break and how much pain he could tolerate, if it's in a bad place or is slow to heal, we may never see him on the floor again.

As for now, one could not ask for a much better guy to step into the starting spot than Koenig. Showalter is not a 3rd guard at the Big Ten level, though he can jump out of the gym and might surprise with playing time. There is some talk that Jordan Hill, who redshirted due to being behind three plus guards, may opt to set aside the redshirt if this injury gets him on the court for 5-10 minutes of PT for this stretch.


1/12/2015 06:17:00 PM



(1/12/2015 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Wal Mart made a mistake price matching my pork roast yesterday, punching in the price per pound as the weight. I got a $13 roast for $2. Would you...








Before the free poll died, 9 people said they would go back in, 12 said they would ignore it, and 8 said they would look for that cashier again...basically, a 2-1 margin would let it go. My feeling? I have two basic thoughts here.

1. Back when I was a Toys R Us manager, I remember getting called up to the service area by the gal working there, because she did not know what to do. A young woman was standing there, with a bag in her hands. She was waiting patiently for me, and kindly explained that she had been there a few days prior, but the cashier had not charged her for these two packs of diapers. I listened patiently, and finally just thanked her for coming in. I told her I would give her two options...one, she could just take the diapers home and I'd fix the inventory counts. Two, I could charge her for them. She thought about it for a few seconds, and said, "Yeah, just charge me for them." I have told that story numerous times, and the reaction is always the same...that lady was nuts. She made a special trip back to store to pay $23 for something she already had?

2. My personal feeling is this...if I would have seen the mistake as they typed it in, I would have corrected them. Why should I be punished for looking at the receipt?


1/12/2015 05:00:00 PM



(1/12/2015 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Heh. I love it when a guy figures out how to beat the system.


1/12/2015 04:11:00 PM



(1/12/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

My guess is, someone informed him what a despicable human being he had escorted to a meaningless awards show, so he decided to bail.


1/12/2015 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, January 11, 2015

(1/11/2015 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Congrats to a tough Rutgers club. Duke took a road loss at NC State today as well.

The idea of any team going undefeated is almost impossible to believe. In every road game the visitor is, at best, a hot shooting night away from a battle.


1/11/2015 08:46:00 PM



(1/11/2015 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Jackson joins Kaminsky on the DL, landed on a foot and hurt his ankle.

Rutgers up by 1 with 5 to play. 


1/11/2015 06:37:00 PM



(1/11/2015 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Kaminsky not playing today due to concussion protocol.

First time a Badgers' starter has missed a game due to injury in 77 contests. They've been very good and very fortunate the past couple seasons.


1/11/2015 06:06:00 PM



(1/11/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Most of these are kind of dumb, but you might get some use from them.


1/11/2015 05:44:00 PM



(1/11/2015 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Crazy thing is if that was a run, He would have been down by contact because his knee hit first.--Mark Cuban

As soon as the knee hits, the play should be dead. They have actually created a double standard in their goofy attempts to define a catch. Simply put, if you can catch the ball, take a couple steps, and then trying to score a TD...have it ruled an incomplete pass, you should realize that not the rule.


1/11/2015 03:22:00 PM



(1/11/2015 03:01:00 PM) - Al

Calls like that are why people will insist the NFL wants the Packers to continue on. How a guy can catch a pass, take a couple steps, and dive to the end zone, and have it be ruled an incomplete pass, is simply appalling.


1/11/2015 03:01:00 PM



(1/11/2015 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play in Jersey versus Rutgers at 5. BTN.

I saw Rutgers play a game the other day. They looked a bit undersized, but very athletic; like you might expect from  a Atlantic 10 club. Wisconsin favored by 15, a huge amount on the road.


1/11/2015 02:15:00 PM



(1/11/2015 02:09:00 PM) - Al

69 of the Packers could have also been called for a 15 yard penalty on the same play.

No matter how important the game, guys in the NFL always choose to put themselves ahead of the team. It happens every single game, often numerous times.

Simply mind boggling.


1/11/2015 02:09:00 PM



(1/11/2015 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Shocked to see this many people are at the Badgers' wrestling match today.

I know UW Marathon had a crowd of less than 10 for a basketball game a few years ago when they played during a Packers' game.


1/11/2015 01:10:00 PM



(1/11/2015 12:51:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is down in the family room exercising, and her TV is a few seconds ahead of mine.

It sure is annoying when she says, "Go, go!" and I look up, and they haven't even snapped the ball.


1/11/2015 12:51:00 PM



(1/11/2015 12:47:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son spent his Saturday giving to charity.

Well, playing video games and chess. Same thing, right? He is not in the video, but he is in the still at the beginning.


1/11/2015 12:47:00 PM



(1/11/2015 12:29:00 PM) - Al

One of my favorite things...when people ask on Facebook when the game is on, when they could have googled it in less time than it took them to type the question.


1/11/2015 12:29:00 PM


Saturday, January 10, 2015

(1/10/2015 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Don't be an uneducated idiot...get your flu shot.

And your other vaccines too. Don't believe info that has been disproven a dozen times by people that know how to read.

Speaking of which, haven't heard much lately about global warming have you? Never forget the great quote by a great man:

Can someone explain to me how it getting hotter makes it colder? That's all I want to know.--Dennis Miller


1/10/2015 10:28:00 PM



(1/10/2015 04:24:00 PM) - Al

No matter how big the game, some thug is going to get his team an unnecessary roughness penalty for...wait for it...hitting an opponent in the helmet.

These are some of the stupidest people on the planet.


1/10/2015 04:24:00 PM



(1/10/2015 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Al,
About the only game the experts had any kind of disagreement in picking the winner was the GB - Dallas game.  55 picked GB and 19 picked Dallas.  In the other 3 games the experts were much more decisive on their favorites.  66 picked NE and 8 picked Baltimore, 71 had Seattle and 3 Carolina, and 68 chose Denver and 6 picked Indianapolis.  
I went with Baltimore, Seattle, GB, and Indy.  I just find it hard to root for any of the Manning clan.  Can't put my finger on it, it's just that for some reason they all bug me, especially Eli.
Jim
I got the Pats, Hawks, Cowboys, and Broncos.

As I said last week, I felt far better about Dallas before they looked so mediocre last week. I also like every underdog to "beat the spread." I think the Panthers might well be within a FG of SEA.



1/10/2015 03:08:00 PM



(1/10/2015 12:04:00 AM) - Al

Got a buy one get one free text from Redbox today, so the Rambling son and I stopped on the way home from school. Loved The Equalizer, Denzel Washington was true to the original TV show, and a total badass. Meanwhile, Boyhood once again leaves me wondering what critics enjoy...an almost three hour movie with no plot and no point; that meanders along like a joke without a punchline.

At all.

The first half is tolerable, but the second forgets about everyone except the young male character, and he's by far the least interesting person in the movie...just an irresponsible slacker, with a "too cool" for that attitude, who mocks the adults in his life as they do what's best for them because he's too wrapped up in the mundane minutia  of his own selfish, stereotypical journey to, wait for it...college.


1/10/2015 12:04:00 AM


Friday, January 09, 2015

(1/09/2015 11:50:00 PM) - Al

Nice to see the Bucks finally win a home game tonight. A bit surprised to see Martin play, though a large lead made it easier for Kidd to get him a half dozen minutes or so. They play tomorrow, but then only one game, albeit in London, in eight days, so hopefully, some bruises and soreness will heal up.

I'm sure they wanted Kenyon to join the team before the time off, as they will likely have 2-3 actual practices in that week and a day. If you believe in camaraderie, as certainly exists in a game such as basketball, in which a guy like Larry Bird and, to a lesser extent, a floor leader like Kidd was when he played, makes every single player on the court a bit better.


1/09/2015 11:50:00 PM



(1/09/2015 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Walker and Christie rank 3rd and 4th on this list.

I have them 1 & 2, though I'm biased. I feel Bush has too many negatives and Paul, despite the fact he's great copy and speaks nothing but the truth, might not be a good choice to convince people that voted for Obama to return to the world of common sense and fiscal responsibility.


1/09/2015 02:28:00 PM



(1/09/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Follow me on Twitter! Hurry up.  One of these days, I'm going to start writing more there.

Also, while you are there, follow my old friend Jen. She writes about travel, the travel biz, and is one of the nicest young women you'll ever meet.


1/09/2015 02:03:00 PM



(1/09/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

This is not phrased correctly. It is not "two free years of community college," it is "two years of community college at taxpayer expense." Note there is no talk of what will be eliminated to pay for this. In the left's world, just spend more, and damn the consequences. 

The truth is, we do not need more poli sci, philosophy, and creative writing majors. We need more young adults with entrepreneurial attitudes and a "if I get knocked down once, I'll get up twice" attitude...the last thing wimpy, wussy, "go apply for more financial aid" colleges teach.

By the way, that's coming from a poli sci major. I learned lots of wonderful stuff about Plato, Socrates, and the like. I could have learned it all on my own by reading an hour a day too. Without the liberal bias, I might add. 




1/09/2015 08:30:00 AM


Thursday, January 08, 2015

(1/08/2015 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Most Big Ten teams have played three games, and the Badgers are the only remaining undefeated team in conference play.

That is 1 of 14.


1/08/2015 09:43:00 PM



(1/08/2015 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Sanders may well be plagued with depression, or some variable of it. And the pot may be his way of self medicating.

All that said, it sure is bad timing for a Bucks' team that could sure use his defensive prowess.


1/08/2015 04:14:00 PM



(1/08/2015 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Nate Wolters and Jeff Adrien are two available players who can positively help a team off the bench.--Josh Haar

And, of course, a dozen others. Adrien, you may recall, came over in the trade last season with Ramon Sessions from the Hornets and did a fine job with the Bucks as they finished out the campaign.


1/08/2015 04:03:00 PM



(1/08/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Al,
Only 4 of the 64 experts picked all 4 of the games correctly. They were Wilson (CBS), Schefter (ESPN), Davis (USA), and MDS (ProFootballTalk).  The oddsmaker straight up had Pittsburgh winning, but had the other 3 games correct.  31 experts had 3 right, 22 had 2 right, and 7 had 1 right.  You and I had 3 of the 4.  You picked Carolina and I had Arizona (bad QB = bad loss), and you had Pittsburgh and I had Baltimore.
Jim


Surprised only 7 of 64 got them all right, though all four lines were within a TD. 


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(1/08/2015 02:39:00 PM) - Al

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