Al's Ramblings



Saturday, October 31, 2015

(10/31/2015 10:39:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife went downstairs to watch Hallmark movies she had DVR'd last weekend about 1PM...I watched football, napped, watched football and SVU, and didn't see her again until almost 10.

That's why our marriage works.


10/31/2015 10:39:00 PM



(10/31/2015 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Can someone explain to me how wearing a hat is racist?

Egads.


10/31/2015 08:06:00 PM



(10/31/2015 08:02:00 PM) - Al

If the Gophers go out of house for their next head coach, they should look no further than Tom Herman, head coach at Houston, and offensive coordinator under Ohio State before that. He's from Ohio, so the Big Ten is probably his dream job. 


10/31/2015 08:02:00 PM



(10/31/2015 07:50:00 PM) - Al



Alyssa Milano feeds her baby in her Wonder Woman attire.

Posted as a public service, because that's what Ramblings is all about.


10/31/2015 07:50:00 PM



(10/31/2015 03:38:00 PM) - Al

With Halloween on a Saturday, I would have thought sales would be way up.

Related to the continued higher cost of health care, or the general economic malaise that we've experienced for seven years? Probably a sign of a weak Xmas as well, and the fact there's "only" 28 shopping days (the range is 26-32) between Tgiving and Xmas will hurt too.


10/31/2015 03:38:00 PM



(10/31/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Far too little, far too late.

I agree with Paul Ryan, I can't even form an opinion on sending 50 dudes to fight the "JV team" that is "not an Islamic group"...those are direct quotes from the most powerful man in the world, as if we don't already sleep poorly enough.

As for the lack of protest, we all know anti war protests are just thinly veiled anti Republican protests. They don't understand our military is so limited by "rules" and "limits" they're pretty much armed Red Cross relief workers.

As for the change in policy, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.




10/31/2015 11:30:00 AM



(10/31/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I've pointed this out on several occasions...seven years of indifference have made things far worse, on several fronts.

On day one, the next president will have a boatload of problems, and many of them; crushing debt, a complete ambivalence on being a world leader, and a move toward socialism, have been made far worse under Obama.


10/31/2015 10:30:00 AM



(10/31/2015 09:19:00 AM) - Al

ESPN Game Day talking about how Clemson uses "disrespect" toward them as motivation.

The irony is, it isn't disrespect at all, it's just analysts and the media being truthful...they're a fine team, but they are probably a notch or two below the top teams. That said, if the season ended today, they'd be one of the top four teams and in the college football playoff. It's very similar to the Royals' goofy behavior, getting all "offended" when Brett Lawrie slides hard into 2B, and a pitcher has the nerve to notice they stand on the plate and dive over it...they pretend it was a foot or two inside, when in reality, it might have been over the inside corner.

What is this? I don't know if there is an actual term for it, I guess most call it "negative motivation." Basically, it's to get people mad or unhappy about something...anything really, and in theory, that person will work harder, though usually only for a short period of time. Think about it, this is the atmosphere that exists in weight rooms, in special forces, in sports...anywhere that you can say "run another lap" and not have people laugh in your face. And, you know what? It works, at times, in short spurts. Fear is a motivator, even if "fear" is just having to find another near minimum wage job (most people hate change), or that you can take a shower and relax if you can just complete a task in a certain time frame (note that I did not say, complete a task at a high level, as cutting corners and subpar work are pretty much accepted results).

If you've ever been around this for any length of time, you quickly realize there are consequences. It's exhausting to be around such constant negativity every day, and you suffer massive turnover. On a personal level, people flee from you, they cross the street to avoid talking to you. If you have people like this in your life, you will become negative by osmosis...it just becomes a way to look at life.


10/31/2015 09:19:00 AM



(10/31/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

BCB's recap of the event at MP Thursday night.

Far easier than me doing it. Kind words about OBP, Carlos Gomez being a "type" of player the team is looking for, and being a quantity of pitching team.

Continued no mention of a timeline, and no strategic mention except to say they want to develop and acquire young players, or as Stearns put it, "continuing what we began." Counsell did say one of coaches' main jobs to to use analytics provided and share them with players. Needless to say, that seems very much like a young man's outlook.


10/31/2015 09:00:00 AM



(10/31/2015 08:39:00 AM) - Al

I'm the only one up in the Rambling household, which as a founding member of the "sleep in when you can" club (a direct mocking of the "5AM club"), is a rare, rare occurrence.

It looks awful cold out there, although, to be blunt, it is late October, and I like living in a place with four seasons.


10/31/2015 08:39:00 AM



(10/31/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

See, not all young people are malcontents. Actually, I doubt any more are than when I was a young lad, when the percentage ran about 10-15%.

I think the problem is, half the population receives government assistance, so while many youngsters "demand" free tuition, books, room and board, and complain when they don't get it, they are just mirroring society. Don't forget, high school seniors and college freshmen were born in 1996-98...ten years after Reagan's presidency ended. They've never known an economic conservative (W was conservative compared to Clinton and Obama, but compromised so much on taxes and spending, he will go down in history as a moderate), and I'm sure many simply don't understand what basic economics, supply and demand, survival of the fittest; and so on, even are or mean.


10/31/2015 07:30:00 AM



(10/31/2015 12:51:00 AM) - Al

I just saw the pitch to Escobar they have been calling "up and in" all night. If you freeze the pitch as it crosses the plate and the catcher misses it, it may have been over the plate, but at most, was an inch or two off the plate. Never let the facts get in the way of a story.

Much like Weeks and Gomez, who we saw all the time, if you dive over the plate, you'll have a lot of pitches not too far from the hitter.

It's far funnier to me that the Royals have a guy who can't hit a lick leading off. There is nothing more meaningless than batting order.




10/31/2015 12:51:00 AM


Friday, October 30, 2015

(10/30/2015 10:40:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

One terrorist down...


10/30/2015 10:40:00 PM



(10/30/2015 10:19:00 PM) - Al

Just asked the Rambling wife what an "aggie" is, as it is the nickname for both Texas A&M and Utah State, who is playing on ESPN2 right now.

Turns out, an "aggie" is short for agriculture, as it is an agricultural school or college, or a student at such a school.

Never would have guessed that.


10/30/2015 10:19:00 PM



(10/30/2015 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Free speech means that yes, in a free society, a kid can dress up like Hitler, or nay other "bad guy." You can not like it, but if you start banning people folks don't like, the left will ban Reagan in a millisecond.

The fact so many on the left have spoken up loud and long to end a variety of free speech issues, should be enough to frighten everyone.


10/30/2015 08:16:00 PM



(10/30/2015 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another terrible decision by a school.

Short skirts? Really? They are so out of touch, they are a parody of themselves.


10/30/2015 08:03:00 PM



(10/30/2015 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Clown show is too kind.


10/30/2015 06:58:00 PM



(10/30/2015 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Grantland to close.

I remember being unimpressed by it from day one, as it is one of those "I'm so upset by this, even though it has nothing to do with me" sites; much like the Hardball Times, Craig C's drivel he writes with a far left silliness. I can't say I've been there in years, in fact, I was kind of unaware it still existed until today.


10/30/2015 06:10:00 PM



(10/30/2015 04:41:00 PM) - Al

The truth is, the students seem to understand the situation far better than 90% of the public.


10/30/2015 04:41:00 PM



(10/30/2015 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Lots of lists like this soon to come.

Bourgeois is a lefty masher who can play both 2B/OF, but is unlikely to be worthy of a 40 man spot for anyone.  Holmberg is a former 2nd round pick who has never found his niche, but might be plenty worthy of a AAA spot, as he might well be out of favor in Cincy.The old saying is lefties take longer to develop, which is ironic because they often get rushed along. Like many, he "just" needs to find control, but if it were easy, everyone would throw strikes with little effort.




10/30/2015 04:31:00 PM



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

The Padres quickly abandoned the idea of Wil Myers in center field and moved him to first base, but that now presents its own issues. With both Myers and Yonder Alonso figuring to be healthy in 2016, the Padres have two players for that first base spot. The best option for Myers is probably to shift to left field in place of the departing Justin Upton.--MLBTR 

I've always liked Alonso, and his production has likely been held down by playing half his games in Petco. He hits LHP decently, and I've always thought he is underrated because he lacks traditional 1B power, more of a gap hitter like Lyle Overbay.


10/30/2015 10:00:00 AM



(10/30/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Quick...what party do you suppose came up with this idea?

My goodness. As is to prove to us they have not hit rock bottom, but they gotta be really, really close.


10/30/2015 08:00:00 AM


Thursday, October 29, 2015

(10/29/2015 07:39:00 PM) - Al

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Sorry, it's called Inside the Brewers, and there's plenty of good seats available.

I assume this may well have been a full season ticket holders event only, and maybe only a fraction of them.That looks like less than 250 people.


10/29/2015 07:39:00 PM



(10/29/2015 07:34:00 PM) - Al

I'll try and sum up Stearns and Counsell at a Talking Baseball event tonight later on. Stearns did say, however, he feels defense is a priority to improve. Whether that's because D tends to be cheap, or he feels it is just the easiest to improve on the team, time will tell. I've often said the easiest way to improve D is just to never acquire anyone who is a below average defender...if everyone is average or above, by definition, the team has to be at least average. That said, no way Santana is going to be average in CF, and Counsell already stated tonight he views Khris as the everyday LF. I don't think there's any doubt about that, unless Davis is dealt.


10/29/2015 07:34:00 PM



(10/29/2015 04:30:00 PM) - Al

I got the Pats, because they are the Pats. They might lose a game or two, but it sure is tough to pick their opponent.


10/29/2015 04:30:00 PM



(10/29/2015 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Finally turned on the furnace. It's been 61 in here all day, and while that's "chilly" rather than cold, my toes were warmer when I went outside in my Crocs.

I'll surprise the Rambling wife, who will fully believe me when I tell her I turned it on just for her comfort, bliss, and satisfaction.

Deception...that's why our marriage works! Hey, it ain't just for the Hillary campaign...


10/29/2015 04:06:00 PM



(10/29/2015 03:58:00 PM) - Al

There will be stupider names bandied about as the Crew 1B for next year.

He makes sense because he'll likely sign a one year deal, has had success, and won't be all that spendy. He doesn't because of his recent health, though on a one year deal, the risk is minimal.


10/29/2015 03:58:00 PM



(10/29/2015 03:27:00 PM) - Al

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Well, the solution is obvious.

Spend more!

If only I was kidding, but many think it, and practice it, every chance they get. When you spread the wealth, everyone is a have not. That's exactly what they believe in. 


10/29/2015 03:27:00 PM



(10/29/2015 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Carson is 100% correct, but why do these guys agree to appear on CNBC with liberal buffoons as moderators?


10/29/2015 02:20:00 PM



(10/29/2015 02:17:00 PM) - Al

I had clients ask me if I could try and set their clock yesterday. It was one of those "never need to set it" clocks you see advertised in magazines; tells you the time, date, temp, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, what kind of pie is your favorite, and so on.

I tried to read directions on the back, and it only said how to set the time zone and whether your state uses daylight savings time (on/off) or not. I looked at the front, and it was two hours slow, and plainly said "PST" for Pacific on the display. It took me about 30 seconds, and they think I'm a genius.

If only all of life was that easy.


10/29/2015 02:17:00 PM



(10/29/2015 01:41:00 PM) - Al

I've been using an eye antibiotic cream since late last year, as it helps me have less gunk and "crust" all the time, especially during allergy season. I just called Target and asked them if they could have it ready by 3, when I pick up the Rambling son from school. All they have to do is put a sticker on the box, so the gal said it would be no problem.

The irony is, if I had gone through the recorded system, my only choices would have been by 11AM tomorrow or 1PM tomorrow. So, if you get better service by talking to a human being, what incentive is there to type in the prescription number, which is 12 numbers long?

{By the way, that means they can handle one less than one trillion scrips...that would be every American having 3000 prescriptions each. Fine decision.}

None. That's why no one uses it, and the staff is always busy talking on the phone instead of filling scrips.

Why do we order pizza online? Because it's quick and easy, and usually faster, and I can double check it myself, instead of trusting some one who doesn't care at all. There's incentive...Target needs to create some of that.


10/29/2015 01:41:00 PM



(10/29/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

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Trish Regan used to be on CNBC, before they moved to the left of Lenin. Join her in leaving the dark side my friends. And my adoration for Ms. McCain is well documented.


10/29/2015 01:00:00 PM



(10/29/2015 12:21:00 PM) - Al

In Seattle last night, more 18-49 year olds watched the MLS playoff game involving the Sounders on My TV than watched the World Series on Fox. While 40K paid to watch it at Century Link.

It's the quietest, most amazing growth of a sports league that no one reports EVER.

By the way, if you paid me $500, I could not find MyTV on my cable system in less than 2-3 minutes.


10/29/2015 12:21:00 PM



(10/29/2015 11:45:00 AM) - Al

My neighbor and all around good broad explains why UWSP is going to straight to hell.

No offense, but when you haul out policies that directly contradict the document the greatest nation in the history of the planet was founded on, you might wanna rethink your moral code. I'd call them a bunch of reprehensible human beings, but I wouldn't want to offend reprehensible human beings. These are the same fools that waste millions of our dollars because they view the taxpayers as their own open wallet, and despise our governor for having the nerve to freeze their runaway tuition (and bloated budgets).

They are so far off the beaten path, one could almost say they are lost for the foreseeable future. Even the moderates want to "fix" what others can only dream of one day being a fraction of. 





10/29/2015 11:45:00 AM



(10/29/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Michael Symon blasts WHO as a bunch of looney tunes with a political agenda.

He's being kind, to say the least, as they just make up a bunch of stuff because they are extremely negative fools who only want people to have choices if they agree with their choice.

Notice that while all the food and diet trends have been protein and low carb in the last decade plus, they are still using the same outdated info from the late 1900's, which, bought and paid for by the huge conglomerates, who sell cheap cereals, grains, sugars, and fruit and insist they are supremely healthy, as we have gotten fatter by leaps and bounds over the past 50 years.

Remember, sugar is 100% fat free. People get sick and even die without fat in their diets, as this often shows up when people eat rabbit all the time in survival situations.

What we do not need is exactly what they sell because it has the highest profit margin. We're fat because we eat too much and do not exercise enough. It does not have a thing to do with red meat, they're just pushing an agenda.


10/29/2015 11:00:00 AM



(10/29/2015 10:21:00 AM) - Al

For 2 hours, CNBC was thrust into the spotlight and promptly reminded America why it remains in the shadows.--Howard Hart

Yep. 


10/29/2015 10:21:00 AM



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

Tell ya what, if the Rambling son ever hits a cop, I have no problem with that response at all.

None.

We've somehow become a society in which cops are supposed to just accept getting shot or beat up every damn shift and smile, chuckle, and wrap the offending party in bubble wrap before hauling them off to jail, where the prisoner will schedule a two hour massage with their choice of natural oils; while the police officer heads to the ER and is told to rub some dirt on it.


10/29/2015 10:00:00 AM



(10/29/2015 09:33:00 AM) - Al

Kaminsky plays 6 minutes, Dekker 1, neither scores a point.

It's a different world in the pro game.


10/29/2015 09:33:00 AM



(10/29/2015 08:36:00 AM) - Al

Other than that, they did a fine job.

Goodness.


10/29/2015 08:36:00 AM



(10/29/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Ted Cruz's focus group dials hits 98 with his attack on media bias. That's the highest score we've ever measured. EVER.--Frank Luntz, pollster

Funny, no one even mentioned Cruz doing nicely.

Of course, pointing out the old media is biased is like pointing out Shawn Johnson is kind of cute....it's so obvious to everyone, there's no use even saying it.


10/29/2015 08:30:00 AM



(10/29/2015 08:12:00 AM) - Al

Taped an episode of The Waltons last night on Hallmark because I did not recognize the description. As soon as it begins, the scroll on the screen says The Waltons will be back January 4th, after Countdown to Christmas.

Hey, I get it, Hallmark is known for feel good Xmas movies, and obviously, people watch them. The Rambling wife, who is likely their target market, exclaims "Woo hoo" every time the ad comes on that says they are starting soon. That said, you know, it's October. A good many folks will be tired of them before December.


10/29/2015 08:12:00 AM



(10/29/2015 07:53:00 AM) - Al

TOR GM decides to leave team.

Odd thing is, he'll be the new hot commodity, though most jobs have been filled for now. Taking a year off and then being mentioned for every opening is far from a bad situation.


10/29/2015 07:53:00 AM



(10/29/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Got an Amber alert at 4:23AM from MN this morning in my email, and then they canceled it at 5:16AM.

They have a long ways to go before they can even call that whole thing "broken." I'd have more luck finding that sock I lost back in '98 than the public assisting in finding a lost child right now.


10/29/2015 07:30:00 AM


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

(10/28/2015 11:18:00 PM) - Al

Last year, when I said I felt Jerry Kill should retire due to his health issues, it was all "he can do whatever he wants, quit being so mean."

So now, Kill retires, and everyone is "well thought out move, he's in a stressful job, with his medical condition, he should relax and work on his health."

I said it when it was not PC to do so...I wasn't wrong though, I was just early.

Look, fat guys like me should not run marathons, but we should work on getting in better shape. Limits should be heeded. That said, when you have existing health issues, you should probably avoid an occupation in which you work 16-18 hours a day 4 months a year and get so upset you turn beet red a few times once a week. Retail was a frustrating gig at times, and needless to say, so is sales, as most of the population avoids it...just because it's sales.

But comparatively, both are a walk through a meadow compared to D1 or pro coaching.


10/28/2015 11:18:00 PM



(10/28/2015 11:05:00 PM) - Al

The more complicated the tax code, the more likely the rich will exploit it while the poor and middle class will be exploited.--Daniel Negreanu, discussing the debate

Like many Dems, DN has many conservative principles, but ignores them because he sees the left as being more "helpful" to the needy. Problem is, people are "needy" because of the left's backassward economic policy, which rewards people for working less and punishes the successful, which makes them, wait for it, work less and not expand their businesses.

He's 100% correct on the tax code though. The easier it is, and the more fair to all, the less the wealthy will cheat and "work and mold it."


10/28/2015 11:05:00 PM



(10/28/2015 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I did not even know there was a GOP debate tonight, but not only was there one, even the liberals on Twitter are complaining how embarrassingly biased and unfair the moderators were to all the candidates...I've seen terms like witch hunt, far left, and the worst performance ever...all by people who will vote for any Dem nominated.

CNBC (and MSNBC) is just a bit left of Marx (or the current Democrat Party), so that does not surprise me at all. I would ask why they would bother having a debate anywhere except Fox News myself...I'd reward the good guys and pretend the lefty networks do not exist...like the viewers do.

Per Twitter, Carson, Fiorna, and Christie did nicely, with many saying Rubio probably moved up considerably as Trump faltered...several folks saying Bush should quit, it's almost like he wore a dress and said we should worship  With Walker not having connected, those are my top four; though I'd vote for the devil himself if he won the nomination.


10/28/2015 10:25:00 PM



(10/28/2015 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Jason Kidd, who was once convicted of "domestic abuse" of his first wife, got a bigger hand than any player by my unofficial judgement (though Giannis is suspended for the game and was not part of the intros).

Winning solves all ills.

It is funny though how no one ever mentions Kidd's actual conviction, while KRod, who was never charged as his gal pal refused to respond to the DA when asked to press charges, is brought up over and over again.

The facts have no place in this argument is the casuals' belief, I guess.


10/28/2015 07:20:00 PM



(10/28/2015 04:28:00 PM) - Al

How do you make holy water? 

Boil the hell out of it. 

The Rambling son told me he heard this, and my clients think it's hilarious. What can I say? 


10/28/2015 04:28:00 PM



(10/28/2015 04:26:00 PM) - Al




I admit, I laughed.


10/28/2015 04:26:00 PM



(10/28/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Sunday started out with some upsets then got more predictable as the day progressed. Not many picked Jacksonville, New Orleans, or Kansas City to win. Mario Mergola (PickWatch) had the best week of the 142 experts going 13 - 1. He picked both NO and Oakland to win. You had a solid 9 - 5 week which was good for 78th place. The season leader is still McGuiness (ProFootballFocus) with an overall record of 77 - 28. You are at 65 - 40 for 74th.

I love this week with half of the games being tough to decide who the winner will be. Those games are NY Jets at Oakland, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Tennessee at Houston, Detroit at KC, Minnesota at Chicago, SD at Baltimore, and even GB at Denver.

Good luck, we need a 13 - 1 week ourselves.

Jim


It's beginning to bother me a bit Jim writes better copy than I do. I would not have picked NO or OAK to win if I could have picked both teams in 10 games, so, more power to that fella.

I was just talking to a client today about the Packers being a 3 point favorite over the Broncos...that means if they give 2.5-3 points (normally) for home field, that GB would be a 5.5-6 point pick on a neutral field and a 8-9 point pick in GB...that seems shockingly high, especially when one considers GB is barely over .500 on the road since the start of 2014...not to mention Peyton Manning is still the QB in DEN, and they still have high altitude, which usually makes it tough on the visitors.


10/28/2015 04:00:00 PM



(10/28/2015 02:53:00 PM) - Al

FA profile of Jordan Zimmerman, who despite being from WI, is not even mentioned as a Brewers' possibility.

His hometown is almost exactly equidistant from the Twins and Brewers home parks, so I would think there is a pretty good chance he'd love to play in one of those two spots...or maybe, he's happy going to the highest bidder, or playing in a larger market, I do not know.


10/28/2015 02:53:00 PM



(10/28/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Al,
Love the Schafer comp. Give me your thoughts on Braun and Lucroy being traded. % of trade or no would be great. I appreciate and respect your thoughts on the matter. 

Thanks!
Eric 
Braun is not likely at all, because he has a no trade clause that only allows him to be dealt to five teams, though he could go to more if he agreed to. I feel that would be more likely if he had a year left on his contract, not five. If he wanted to go elsewhere, he would not have signed long term. I'll say 10% before the end of next season.
Lucroy seems likely, as he is only signed for two more seasons, and is signed so cheaply, he is an upgrade and is easily affordable to 20+ teams. A few teams may want to see him play after he missed time due to a concussion, but if we're using the end of next season as the time line, I'd say 80%...he'll only be kept if the offers are lowball types.


10/28/2015 11:00:00 AM



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

The reason we have 8 hour days is because we have a 40 hour week, and 40/8=5.

The best part about 6 hour days, or 5.5 hour days are even better, because the state of WI insists you take a 30 minute unpaid lunch if you work 6 or more hours; is that you're almost in a sprint, rather than a middle distance or marathon. You move quicker, because you do not have to "save energy" or "pace yourself" for later. Even in retail, when we would go to 10+ hour days at Xmas, those of us on salary would still have our normal paperwork, filing, scheduling, and other stuff that was/is 95% a complete waste of time to do, which helped break up the day, gave us a chance to sit down for a while, and so on.

I think we may well see even more reduced hours in the future, as it would not surprise me at all to see the "standard" be a 32-35 hour week in our lifetime, for one simple reason...it's a lot cheaper to give people reduced hours than it is to pay them more. To many people, time off is far more valuable than money.


10/28/2015 10:00:00 AM



(10/28/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Without a doubt, this is the wave of the future, Mark Cuban's Mavs had a dozen plus coaches and analytical/video guys on staff, though you do not hear anything about them now. He had a guy in that did nothing except work with players on free throws, for example.

They can only have a set number on the bench, but you can employ as many as you want. While each may mean almost nothing on their own, but a point or two a game can mean 8-10 more W's over 82 games...that's making or not making the playoffs; or being the #2 seed versus a #5 seed.


10/28/2015 09:30:00 AM


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

(10/27/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Player A--.294/.308, 602 OPS, 7 UZR/150 CF, 16 UZR/150 LF/RF
Player B--.284/.310, 594 OPS, -1 UZR/150 CF, 12 UZR/150 LF/RF

These are two defensive specialists, neither of which have done a whole lot at the plate the past three years, but still have value due to their lefty bats, speed, and plus fielding.

Player A is Sam Fuld, player B is Logan Schafer.


10/27/2015 02:00:00 PM



(10/27/2015 12:12:00 PM) - Al

This is a contrarian approach that is off the charts.

I have often said I might try being open "special" hours on Black Friday, like 10AM-7PM, and tell people to sleep in and come in rested and refreshed to get bargains. As I have said, it'd be just a way to stand out a bit, as in reality, most people would hit other places and then wander in, but, anything to increase traffic.

I am not familiar with REI, I assume they are like a Gander Mountain or Cabela's, but I also assume Black Friday has never been a huge day for them anyway, as many folks are hunting and the like. They are getting an immeasurable amount of free publicity by doing this, so it's an idea worth trying.

EDIT: Scroll to the bottom and watch the ad...hilarious, and it makes you like the company, no matter how full of crap they are.

I do not know if they sell guns and ammo either, they do not talk about hunting at all, more of a hiking, biking, and camping feel...again, this is not the type of person that shops Black Friday, for the most part, anyway. Heck, in parts of the USA, I would figure lots of people use the four day Tgiving weekend as an opportunity to camp and do stuff outside.


10/27/2015 12:12:00 PM



(10/27/2015 11:59:00 AM) - Al

Probably directly related to Canadian team playing, FS1 (heck, even I didn't know when/where the games were on) broadcasting many of them, and KC being a tiny market who also made it last year, so the underdog appeal is gone.


10/27/2015 11:59:00 AM



(10/27/2015 11:54:00 AM) - Al




Yep.


10/27/2015 11:54:00 AM



(10/27/2015 11:45:00 AM) - Al

So, will Bo Ryan still be coaching the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team at this time next season?Not likely, based on what I’m hearing.

The story I’ve been told is the powers at-be at Wisconsin are understandably obsessed on hiring Tony Bennett, the highly-regarded head coach at Virginia who is the son of former Badgers coach Dick Bennett. But the ever-loyal Ryan understandably wants to hand the head coaching reins to his longtime assistant and friend, Greg Gard.

So, how do they settle this dilemma?

According to two individuals closely monitoring the situation, UW officials would like to retain Gard as Bennett’s top assistant – with a hefty pay increase as part of his incentive package.--Racine Journal Times


This needs to be settled ASAP, as the longer it goes on, the more likely it is to hurt recruiting, as it takes little more than a cute coed or a shiny nameplate over a locker to convince a 17 year old where to attend college. Throwing some real doubt into who the coach will be...more than enough to make most top recruits go elsewhere.


10/27/2015 11:45:00 AM



(10/27/2015 11:38:00 AM) - Al

I'm shocked that Duje Dukan is on the opening day roster of the Kings. Heck, I can think of a dozen guys off the top of my head that I'd rather have and every one of them is available. Not sure if Sacramento is just "going cheap" with that final bench spot or if they see actual NBA potential in him, probably as a "stretch 4" who does little except shoot the 3.

The real irony here is that Dukan rarely found the floor in Madison and is one of the few players to spend 4-5 years with Bo Ryan and still be a subpar defender. 


10/27/2015 11:38:00 AM



(10/27/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Women may peak at 19-25, but there are some whose beauty lasts decades longer.


10/27/2015 10:00:00 AM



(10/27/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

It will be the beginning of a much needed repair to our foreign policy, which at present, is laughably inept, and for the most part, nonexistent.

And for those of us who are justifiably patriotic and proud of our country, it will be a very bright day indeed.


10/27/2015 09:30:00 AM


Monday, October 26, 2015

(10/26/2015 10:15:00 PM) - Al

It's weird we watched Pat Murphy manage the Padres knowing with roughly 90% certainty that he would be Brewers' bench coach in '16.--JR Radcliffe

That's true, I think I even talked about it when MIL played SD.



 


10/26/2015 10:15:00 PM



(10/26/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Singing folk songs and holding hands does not a party make.


10/26/2015 03:00:00 PM



(10/26/2015 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Pat Murphy has agreed to be bench coach. Report seem to indicate the coaching staff will be announced when more names are known.



10/26/2015 02:19:00 PM



(10/26/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Both the president and Clinton seem to look at the military as just a bunch of fools that vote 75% for the other guys. They don't even pretend to care or respect them.


10/26/2015 02:00:00 PM



(10/26/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Definition of irony.


10/26/2015 01:30:00 PM



(10/26/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Embedded image permalink


It's funny because it's true.

I showed the Rambling son this, and he laughed, and said it reminded him of the old joke,

What's the opposite of progress? Congress. 

He's right you know.


10/26/2015 10:00:00 AM



(10/26/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If only there was some sort of basic economic theory that could have predicted this course of events.

Of course, common sense would have told you the same thing.


10/26/2015 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, October 25, 2015

(10/25/2015 07:51:00 PM) - Al

If nothing else, this is common with a new regime just to get a grasp on the value of your players.

As for Schwarber, he could easily play LF most days, while catching once or twice a week. People forget Adam Dunn was a terrible OF for a decade. By definition, half the players at any given spot are "below average," it's not a death sentence.

Fangraphs had him at -4 runs over a season...much ado about nothing. Work with him, have him play deep,


10/25/2015 07:51:00 PM



(10/25/2015 07:34:00 PM) - Al

This is one of those things that it's almost silly not to do...eating a puddle of fat does not make your pizza taste better.


10/25/2015 07:34:00 PM



(10/25/2015 03:51:00 PM) - Al

The Tennessee Titans – losers of five straight, with a 1-5 record – are one game back in the loss column from first place in the AFC South.--Norman Chad

They're going to start chanting "We suck less!" at the games soon. 


10/25/2015 03:51:00 PM



(10/25/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

NFL week 8
Seahawks--W
Bills--L
Rams--W
Steelers--L
Dolphins--W
Pats--W
Vikings--W
Falcons--W
Skins--W
Colts--L
Chargers
Giants
Eagles
Cards



10/25/2015 03:30:00 PM



(10/25/2015 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Flip Saunders passes away.

Only success the TWolves have ever had. Was still supposed to be back soon, if memory serves. A shame.


10/25/2015 02:17:00 PM



(10/25/2015 10:49:00 AM) - Al

INF Nate Orf doesn't make any Brewers prospects list but they like him and he's off to great start in AFL (9 for 18, 6 RBI, 1.202 OPS).--JS

A few AB's against tired and rehabbing pitchers means nothing, but I've talked about Orf before...if he were a 1st-3rd round pick, he'd be in the top ten prospects. Since he was undrafted (and "older") we expect him to hit a wall at some point. Like Rogers, eventually, if he keeps getting on base, he'll silence the skeptics.

Add in the fact he plays 3B (and has also played all over the field), a position of weakness in the system, we may all be overlooking him.


10/25/2015 10:49:00 AM


Saturday, October 24, 2015

(10/24/2015 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure what they're talking about here. After all, the old media has been nothing but fair to the Palin children...one of which has served his country proudly, and another who has Down syndrome.

Double standard? It's all they know.


10/24/2015 09:30:00 PM



(10/24/2015 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Lakewood Church in Houston cancels services tonight and tomorrow due to hurricane.

Let's hope they are somehow able to overcome this setback. Heh.


10/24/2015 07:57:00 PM



(10/24/2015 07:43:00 PM) - Al

Arkansas was a 6-7.5 favorite today, and won in triple OT...by 8, because they had to go for 2.

This is why people quit betting on sports.


10/24/2015 07:43:00 PM



(10/24/2015 07:03:00 PM) - Al

It is now pitch dark at 6PM, and next week, that will become 5PM.

It's time for double daylight savings time. As correctly stated here and here, there are no negatives and all positives (less crime, more sunlight for exercise and play after work or school, safer for kids walking to school or waiting for the bus).

This is so simple, it should have been done after it first was thought of during World War 2.

At the very least, we need to make daylight savings time permanent, then work on step two.


10/24/2015 07:03:00 PM



(10/24/2015 12:57:00 PM) - Al

It's not anymore "bad" for stores to be open Thanksgiving than any other day. That said, given that associates despise it, and many of your sales are going to be ones with razor thin margins...that you could probably just as easily sell Friday, Saturday, or whenever; I think many retailers will choose to not bother with Thanksgiving.

That said, I admit, the "outcry" that somehow extends to retail, but not to movie theaters, convenience stores, and restaurants, is a bit confusing.


10/24/2015 12:57:00 PM



(10/24/2015 10:33:00 AM) - Al

NOTHING I hate worse than whiny people working ON OUR DIME complaining ABOUT HOW HARD they work.--CM Dorsey

Heh. Amen.


The irony is, we all realize people who talk a lot about working hard are trying to convince folks because we all know they do not. When was the last time you heard a small businessman who works 12 hours a day talk about how much they work?

If you get paid directly from tax dollars, don't expect your salary or benefits to be as high as those in the private sector, as those folks take a risk of loss. 


10/24/2015 10:33:00 AM



(10/24/2015 10:22:00 AM) - Al

So, will his widow be invited to the White House, like clock boy?

Will the president send several representatives to the funeral, like he did a several times convicted criminal who attacked a cop?

I assume not, because it will be an admission the war he claimed he ended several years ago is not only still in full force, but is in full force with American military involvement.

We are in the very best of hands. 



10/24/2015 10:22:00 AM


Friday, October 23, 2015

(10/23/2015 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Some have mentioned Lonnie Chisenhall for the MIL 3B job. I did not mention him when I made my list because his estimated salary for next year ensures he will be tendered arby. That said, the Cubs seem to like him for a platoon OF spot, with maybe some 3B if something happens to Bryant.

Advanced metrics have him below average at 3B, but incredibly effective in RF, 9 UZR in just 40 games, almost all from range, and 11 DRS. Even if some liners and flies just happened to be hit to his glove, even a third of that, a +12 for the season, would have him in the top ten corner OF's.


10/23/2015 05:38:00 PM



(10/23/2015 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I do feel better.


10/23/2015 05:34:00 PM



(10/23/2015 02:11:00 PM) - Al

I turned on the TV to watch the local news this AM, and saw the last minute or so of The View.

I'm ambivalent to the designers, but that is one fine looking broad.


10/23/2015 02:11:00 PM



(10/23/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

We just ID'd a new species of animal that's the approximate size of a car, but we know damn well it's exactly a fraction of a degree hotter (or colder) than it was 150 years ago, and that's all caused by the internal combustion engine that the evil white men invented.

They don't have any idea about any of this, except they will say anything if some corporate sponsor will give them a nickel to go overseas, drink heavily, and spend time with women they are not married to.

Sadly, when they return, they have to "publish scientific data" that may or may not be representative of the "stuff" they found.

In truth, they're doing just what we all did in chem lab in college...figure out what the answer was, and then "show our work," to come up with the right answer (or, you know, close enough, as you could not hit it on the head or else it would be apparent you cheated).

Seriously, how many times does the community have to be caught falsifying data before one loses credibility? An Inconvenient Truth is so full of inaccuracy and deception, it sounds like Bill Clinton explaining Monica's stained dress right before he was impeached.


10/23/2015 01:30:00 PM



(10/23/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I just said this a week or two ago.

I'm probably not up to separating conjoined twins, but I'll take the comparison to Dr. Carson any day.


10/23/2015 12:30:00 PM



(10/23/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Fascinating look at the biggest ranch "behind one fence" in the USA.

The guy who herds the cattle...flies a chopper.

Really.

EDIT: I really do not know what that means, as obviously, highways, roads, and the like break up that farm, as it's as big as Rhode Island. 


10/23/2015 11:00:00 AM



(10/23/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Let's just cut right to the chase here.

My goodness, Lisa Turtle aged badly.

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


10/23/2015 08:30:00 AM


Thursday, October 22, 2015

(10/22/2015 06:21:00 PM) - Al

The MLS will officially announce an expansion team for St. Paul tomorrow.

Minneapolis will bask in the glow of empty space, no tax revenue from tickets, food and drink, and out of town fans enjoying local restaurants and hotels.

They're so much smarter than everyone else.


10/22/2015 06:21:00 PM



(10/22/2015 05:17:00 PM) - Al

As of today, the best prep to be a major league manager would seem to be employed as an assistant GM.

Kind of putting all that "strategery" talk to shame. I think most folks, especially the analytically minded front offices, that lineups, pinch hitting, and pitching moves are pretty much basic and not exactly rocket science in nature.

The irony is, message boards insist Yost, Macha, Roenicke, and Counsell are vastly different, but cannot name a simple instance in which they have made handled things in a contrary manner. Craig did play youngsters a bit more, as did Yost in his early years, but that seems to be a product of their place in the success cycle, not preference.


10/22/2015 05:17:00 PM



(10/22/2015 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Al,


We both went 9 - 5 for week 6 that left us in 37th place. McGuiness (Pro Football Focus) led the 141 experts with a 13 - 1 week. Only 6 experts took Carolina over Seattle, 12 took NO over Atlanta, and 19 took Pittsburgh over Arizona. For the season you are at 56 - 35 which puts you in 72nd place. McGuiness leads at 67 - 24.

The tough picks this week look to be Minnesota at Detroit, Dallas at NYG, and Tampa Bay at Washington. Somewhere among the remaining games there is an upset or two.

Jim


I have not even looked at next week's games, except I got the Seahawks tonight. I will say, I almost took PIT last week, but just because I almost always do. I pondered the Saints, but, as I said, I just thought ATL was a better team. Of course, without a blocked punt and a couple turnovers, the Falcons might well have won, as expected. You can chalk that up to bad luck, or desperate teams acting in desperation. I never would have taken CAR, as the Hawks hardly ever lose at home.


10/22/2015 04:45:00 PM



(10/22/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

DVR'd Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter Is Dead last weekend.

In the history of the planet, it's difficult to believe many women have peaked much higher than Christina Applegate did.

Damn.


10/22/2015 02:30:00 PM



(10/22/2015 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Hillary does have the worst poker face in the history of poker faces.

Listen to her response. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. 


10/22/2015 01:53:00 PM



(10/22/2015 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Internet reports have Derek Johnson taking over as pitching coach for the Crew. He has been the Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator. A piece on him is here, and he looks like he was Vanderbilt's pitching coach before the Cubs brought him aboard.

He has written books and mentored David Price, Sonny Gray, and others. He is from Normal, IL; so may well have been attracted to MIL more than many others.


10/22/2015 12:49:00 PM



(10/22/2015 12:37:00 PM) - Al

Al:
 
Very astute comment about success cycles lasting only 3-5 years.  Here is a list if every instance of a team making the post-season for at least three consecutive years since 1995.
 
TEAM
START
END
YRS
NYY
1995
2007
13
ATL
1995
2005
11
CLE
1995
1999
5
PHI
2007
2011
5
STL
2011
2015
5
NYY
2009
2012
4
DET
2011
2014
4
OAK
2000
2003
4
BOS
2003
2005
3
BOS
2007
2009
3
MIN
2002
2004
3
TEX
2010
2012
3
OAK
2012
2014
3
LAA
2007
2009
3
HOU
1997
1999
3
PIT
2013
2015
3
STL
2000
2002
3
STL
2004
2006
3
LAD
2013
2015
3
 
Scott

I think, now that we have 5 teams making each league's postseason, we tend to treat a non playoff campaign as a failure, when in reality, teams winning 86 games can make the playoffs one season and 88 can miss them another year. SF could have won 91 games and missed the playoffs, and DC could have won 89 and not made it.

Depending on your definition, one could say the Brewers' cycle that just ended with a poor '15 began with the 2007 season. They had sub .500 records, but never had a year in which they were not competitive or "could have," with better health and good fortune, until 2015.  

The Yankees still have a huge advantage in TV money, but that advantage has been limited by revenue sharing, luxury tax, and signing limits. The Braves built a great farm system, but much of their success can be directly related to their HOF trio of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz. Add those three to any team for that decade, and that club would have probably had the same prosperity.

That said, the Cubs still have a top minor league system, even having graduated Bryant, Schwarber, Baez, Soler, and so on. They also have dead money contracts expiring, leaving plenty of cash for FA signings for weak spots, and a huge fan base in a huge market. They are almost a perfect storm, and it's easy to see them winning 90+ games for the next few seasons. However, if they lose a couple key SP's, or other players in areas in which they lack depth, they could easily "slip" to a poor season. Also, remember when Puig started, some thought he'd hit .400. Now, he's just another good hitter, as scouting and trial and error have found his weak spots. Bryant may end up being a nice player, not a star. Schwarber is not built for long term success. Guys get involved with alcohol, drugs, suffer depression, all kinds of hurdles.

This time of year, people start saying stuff like "look at all this pitching we have." After you add in health and ineffectiveness issues, by June, you're calling up that Bruce Chen type veteran...just hoping to get 5-6 innings. 2-3 years ago, we had casuals insisting the current rotation would include Thornburg, Scarpetta, and Bucci; and every one of them were on the 40 man...some got hurt, some settled in as bullpen options, and some, like Jed Bradley, who was a 1st round pick the same year Jungmann was, simply has struggled against AA and above hitters.


10/22/2015 12:37:00 PM



(10/22/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

How Back to the Future was saved after sitting for years.

I always find it funny how often stories like this show up, and just as often, huge bidding wars occur for movies about nothing. 




10/22/2015 10:30:00 AM


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

(10/21/2015 10:55:00 PM) - Al

Mets have given up 23 runs in the playoffs, and all anyone can talk about is Daniel Murphy, whose HR tonight came with the team already up 6-1. Yawn.

This is why casual fans are casual. Can't see the forest, too many trees in the way.

This is why you can't pay attention to the fan base when it comes to building a team. Because, for the most part, they're all idiots.


10/21/2015 10:55:00 PM



(10/21/2015 10:48:00 PM) - Al

I have no problem with guys getting hurt or being sick or whatever. That said, I'm trying to think of a "personal matter" other than perhaps the birth of a child that would justify missing a game. I mean, he's not a doctor needed to perform a tricky operation. Did someone pass away? I can understand if they feel crappy and don't think they'd be better than their backup, but, why not say it?

A puzzler.


10/21/2015 10:48:00 PM



(10/21/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing beats a good talking animal joke.


10/21/2015 04:00:00 PM



(10/21/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

The irony here is, if the kid would major in some worthless degree at college, she'd be free. Also, she's protecting herself against nothing, as no 21 year old I know is worth $2000. If she gets ill, she should file bankruptcy.

Again, the problems are the laws, not the fact we need some sort of Soviet style health care.


10/21/2015 03:00:00 PM



(10/21/2015 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Cliches followed by commonplace misconception...FS1 guys fawning over Royals' offense...which, by the way, was 6th in the AL. Meanwhile, they allowed the 3rd fewest runs, meaning that's the key to the team. Just like the folks who insisted the Cards had some sort of mythical quality scoring runs...they didn't, they just did not need to score many to win.

Cmon fellas, grow up. A team is not suddenly an offensive force because they're facing average/weak pitching (5th and 13th in the AL) in the playoffs. Your small sample "proof" is why no one takes the old media seriously.


10/21/2015 02:52:00 PM



(10/21/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

To many, this is the hope of an entire party.




10/21/2015 02:30:00 PM



(10/21/2015 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Watching CSI Cyber I DVR'd Sunday night...I also DVR'd the late news, because I knew football ran late. Cyber started 28 minutes late...3-4 more minutes, I would have missed the exciting conclusion.

It's 2015, and networks can't figure out how to leave some leeway (often, very highly rated and expensive ad revenue leeway, I might add) after a live sporting event. Fox does this after a doubleheader, they have some sort of highlights show until 7 our time, which might last 15 minutes, might last 45.

60 Minutes is scheduled to start at 6:30 even though it never does. How stupid is that?


10/21/2015 01:49:00 PM



(10/21/2015 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I can't wait to bring up the fact in 2017 that the NL Central is going to have PIT, SL, and CHC in the playoffs for the foreseeable future.

Nothing is funnier than the casual fan who thinks tomorrow will be the same as today. Success cycles usually last 3-5 years, and SL/PIT have already made the playoffs three years running.

Do the math.


10/21/2015 01:42:00 PM



(10/21/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

And for that matter, why do they always sound like they're angry?


10/21/2015 01:30:00 PM



(10/21/2015 01:05:00 PM) - Al

I get the feeling his boss may have "suggested" he not run since he already could not keep the lies straight BEFORE his presidential run even began.

You don't need a good memory if you tell the truth. That ain't even an option when you live in a complex web of fibs, half truths, and kinda sorta maybes.



10/21/2015 01:05:00 PM



(10/21/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I got nauseous just looking at it.

Not for me, I'm afraid. 


10/21/2015 12:00:00 PM



(10/21/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

If you look up "leading from behind," you'll see a picture of our president as he tries mightily to ignore the fact this problem even exists, never mind that the USA usually works with allies to solve these dilemmas.

Now if you'll excuse him, time to strip away more protein from our school lunch menus.


10/21/2015 11:30:00 AM



(10/21/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

What's amazing is, he seems to have this much clout, and, he doesn't seem to be the least bit afraid of not getting the job.

Reminds me of that time they asked me to run for the condo association in the Twin Cities. When asked to speak, I only said I would serve if voted in, as the entire meeting, which should have lasted 20 minutes max, went on for over an hour, and was mostly people complaining about the lawn mowing, something I had barely noticed. I told the Rambling wife on the way home I'd never been so happy to lose in my life. A couple weeks later, the president called and said someone had resigned, and asked if I wanted to be on it. I replied no. He kept recruiting me for a couple more refusals, and finally I cut him off, said "No thanks," and hung up.

I'm not sure Ryan wants that job one bit more than I did.


10/21/2015 09:30:00 AM



(10/21/2015 09:08:00 AM) - Al

Rick Kranitz hired as Phillies' bullpen coach...or "assistant to the pitching coach" in this age of title inflation.

Counsell pretty much admitted he had little reason to let Kranitz or Tunnell go when he said he felt the person he hired to be the next pitching coach should have the freedom to build his own staff, I paraphrased.


10/21/2015 09:08:00 AM



(10/21/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The funniest thing is, if Back to the Future would have had a socialist running for president...and a closet socialist as the president, we all would have laughed and laughed. 


10/21/2015 09:00:00 AM



(10/21/2015 08:24:00 AM) - Al

What?

You mean the sky is not falling?

The hell you say.

I'm starting to believe there are some on the left that aren't being entirely truthful about the world ending.


10/21/2015 08:24:00 AM


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

(10/20/2015 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Cubs down 3 going into bottom of 9th. Their odds of winning? 

Hank

I believe a 3 run lead with 3 outs to go is 97%...though that may be heading into the 9th, when both teams have a chance to hit, if necessary. Considering Wrigley is usually more HR friendly than most, and the Cubs are an above average offensive team, especially power wise, I'd round it up to 3.5%.

EDIT: I had no idea it was raining with the wide shot. That looks just miserable. 


10/20/2015 10:06:00 PM



(10/20/2015 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Breaking records? Yes.

Breaking records by multiples of 6 and 10 times? Also yes.

I forget who said it, but when Disney bought Lucasfilm, and in so doing, the rights to the Star Wars franchise, they paid $4B, I recall the phrase, "It's a huge sum of money, but it's likely to be looked back on in a few years as an incredible bargain."

Unlike athletes, who are a knee injury or drug arrest away from being worth a fraction of what they are this second, Star Wars is one of the most beloved stories and franchises ever, and certainly in the past fifty years. And if this film does $1B, or whatever it ends up doing; you know what will break all those records? The next film.


10/20/2015 05:01:00 PM



(10/20/2015 05:00:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED: Reader MH informs me the money stays with Fandango (or Movie Tickets.com) until the movie opens. That makes sense, as if there were no presales, the money would come in the day of the film. Also, he says my theater may not be "selling out" because they will simply add more screens if they fill a theater...for instance, if the 7PM show fill up, they will add another theater, up to the capapcity of the complex...in my case, 10 screens. He says many theaters will only be showing Star Wars on the Thursday night before it officially opens, and possibly much of the day Friday.

Supply and demand...being a socialist, I no understand.

ORIGINAL POST: I just checked and it would appear my local theater has six screens of Star Wars 7 on opening night, and not a single one is sold out as of yet.

Do geeks not have room under their credit limit?

EDIT: Per this and other reports, I'm surprised the "prime time" viewings are still available. They probably are not in larger cities, as people in central WI simply aren't used to being able to attend opening nights, it's only been an option for a year or two.

EDIT 2: Who hangs onto the money for two months? Fandango? Theaters? Disney? Whoever it is, that's a sizable amount of legal float...even if they sell 5M tickets, that's $50M+ they can just hang onto for 60 days and then bank the interest, even 1% would be just under $100K, for doing nothing except opening the site early. 


10/20/2015 05:00:00 PM



(10/20/2015 04:30:00 PM) - Al

A little disappointed in the Amy Schumer special, not nearly as funny as her previous work. By far, and it's not even close, the funniest thing in the entire show is her interaction with an audience member saying very adult things, and it turns out the guy's mom is sitting right next to him...wishing she could vanish into thin air. 


10/20/2015 04:30:00 PM



(10/20/2015 04:29:00 PM) - Al

The State Dept *just* delivered nearly 1,300 printed pages of new emails from Ambassador Chris Stevens.--Instapundit

That sound you heard was the Clinton campaign calling the State Department and saying, "Hey, what the hell? Another week woulda killed ya?"


10/20/2015 04:29:00 PM



(10/20/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Look, she used to be mighty cute when she was young, and in LA Story with Steve Martin.

Now, she does indeed, resemble an equine.


10/20/2015 03:00:00 PM



(10/20/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

This is the elderly gal who, after months of feigning illness and vacationing halfway around the world to avoid testifying shrieked "What difference at this point, does it make?" when the evil mean men asked her why she ignored pleas for more security at the embassy for which she was in charge of, you know, security, which directly led to the deaths of several Americans.

It will be a victory for her if she manages to avoid using the 5th, though at this point, the truth is so scattered by previous untruths, I doubt a hunting dog could find it if it was wrapped around a raccoon.


10/20/2015 01:30:00 PM



(10/20/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

NASCAR from Kansas earns 2.2 overnight on NBC, lowest ever for Chase For the Cup on broadcast TV.

I never hear anyone talking Nascar anymore. I can't believe it gets that many viewers. 


10/20/2015 12:00:00 PM



(10/20/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Hey, I'd divert attention away from the performance of the current administration too.


10/20/2015 11:30:00 AM


Monday, October 19, 2015

(10/19/2015 05:17:00 PM) - Al

The store is saying they were notified by an alert sent by local police, but I must admit, who has ever heard of a store locking the door on a customer?

http://fox6now.com/2015/10/19/wouldnt-wish-this-on-anyone-bucks-forward-john-henson-claims-he-was-racially-profiled-at-jewelry-store/


10/19/2015 05:17:00 PM



(10/19/2015 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Not only is the ad being promoted nonstop, major theater chains are supposedly waiting until after the ad airs to put advance tickets on sale. Given the approximate nature of football games and ad breaks, they can't just program it in to "go live" at 8PM, can they?

Blogger's linking system is down, so for the moment, it's below.

http://6abc.com/entertainment/exclusive-new-look-at-star-wars-the-force-awakens-to-premiere-on-espns-monday-night-football/1039016/


10/19/2015 04:53:00 PM



(10/19/2015 02:47:00 PM) - Al

He's right you know.

My Facebook feed was littered last night with relief and victory from panic stricken fans who could not believe two professional teams could battle in WI and not have the result be a blowout. As almost always is the case, when a team is able to pressure the QB usually using only four pass rushers, that team will do a fine job holding down the scoring. Add to it a hot QB, passing for 500 yards with no TO's, the Packers were very fortunate to escape undefeated.

The Patriots were too, though being on the road made their win more of an accomplishment.




10/19/2015 02:47:00 PM



(10/19/2015 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Got an approval on Friday on a sale I had made. Then, got another one today saying it had been canceled.

I don't know why was the reply. Maybe we sent you the wrong template. I said, I know that is not correct, because if it would not have actually been approved Friday, you would not have canceled it today. No, no, I'm mistaken. It was never approved. Oh, and by the way, the sky is not blue, that's just a reflection of the atmosphere.

Waiting for that Wal Mart greeter position to call back.


10/19/2015 02:36:00 PM



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

As I talked about Friday, added HBO to watch the Amy Schumer comedy special. Of course, as long as I added them, I had the DVR taping movies pretty much nonstop, because I'm not stupid.

Called last night to cancel, she said "since you just added that package yesterday, I backdated your cancellation to yesterday, so you won't owe anything for the two days."

As I said to the Rambling wife, doesn't give me much incentive not to do that every time there's something I want to watch on a premium channel. 


10/19/2015 01:00:00 PM



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




Hey, she said it.


10/19/2015 01:00:00 PM



(10/19/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is the world the pro disease folks want to return to.

They are still living fifty years in the past, and history will have them looking as ignorant as those who insisted the glaciers would melt a decade ago.


10/19/2015 11:30:00 AM



(10/19/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Get your damn flu shot.

It costs nothing, and helps you and others stay healthy.


10/19/2015 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, October 18, 2015

(10/18/2015 09:33:00 PM) - Al

No furnace for us yet. Looking at the forecast, should be good for another ten days at least. A bit chilly, was 63 until the sun warmed us up to 69 today. We keep it at 65 during the day and 60 at night in the winter, so we didn't think a couple degrees was worth the bother.

Somewhere, there are a plethora of skinny broads clutching blankets around themselves wondering how we survive. Toughen up sweethearts. You know, thousands of people went camping this weekend, because they enjoy it.


10/18/2015 09:33:00 PM



(10/18/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

NFL picks--week six
Falcons--L
Broncos--W
Bengals--W
Vikings--W
Texans--W
Lions--W
Jets--W
Cards--L
Titans--L
Seahawks--L
Packers
Ravens--L
Patriots--W
Eagles



10/18/2015 04:00:00 PM



(10/18/2015 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "a lot of buzz" that the Nationals could make Stephen Strasburg available for trade this winter.--Rotoworld

That's be quite a way for Stearns to get his name out there. The irony is, one could easily look at the Brewers' young pitching and players and find a match. However, given that Strasburg only has 2016 remaining before free agency, it would not make a lot of sense. 


10/18/2015 01:02:00 PM



(10/18/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

While dependent on what other trades Stearns makes (obviously, Lind would have to be dealt), as I said before, Logan Morrison would be a nice fit on the roster, to possibly share time at 1B with Rogers and maybe get some work in LF/RF and as a PH.

Odds are, if productive, a contender would love to have him in July or August.


10/18/2015 09:30:00 AM


Saturday, October 17, 2015

(10/17/2015 09:59:00 PM) - Al

The sky is always falling if you're on the left.

It's because they're always unhappy and grumpy. And, they fail to understand the greatness of the USA.


10/17/2015 09:59:00 PM



(10/17/2015 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Top 10 prospects, after 2015 season
1. Orlando Arcia
2. Brett Phillips
3. Jorge Lopez
4. Gilbert Lara
5. Tyrone Taylor
6. Josh Hader
7. Zach Davies
8. Michael Reed
9. Adrian Houser
10. Kodi Medeiros
11. Tyler Wagner---Isan Diaz after 2/1
12. Devin Williams
13. Clint Coulter
14. Wei Chung Wang
15. Yhonathan Barrios

Honorable mention, others considered--Damien Magnifico, Javier Betancourt--after 2/1, Tyler Cravy, Monte Harrison, Jacob Gatewood, David Goforth, Yadiel Rivera. Yes, they are in order, so you could see this as a top 21 (22), if you wish.

Notes--Keep in mind, I do not consider players just drafted this past June.

Last year's list is here. I only did the one in April. I will reorder this list then, with deletions if players are no longer with the team, or additions with those added over the offseason.

I also did not consider those who no longer meet rookie qualifications, such as Sardinas (13), Knebel (11), Jungmann (7), and Santana (3).

In parenthesis are where I would have them, had they been eligible. That would be the player they would go ahead of, for instance, Luis would have been slotted in before Coulter.

ADDED: I was not going to publish this yet, but when I add a write up on each player, I will simply bump it to the top.

ADDED 2: I just looked over the list, and the one player I feel I probably should have higher is Dave Goforth. I have a pair of guys ahead of him that were in AA all season (Barrios/Magnifico) though both are younger, but all three have similar floors/ceilings. That said, the difference between #15 and #20 is minimal, I suppose.

ADDED 3: I see two significant dropoffs, the first after #4, as while you could argue a different order, it's difficult to put anyone from 5 down in the top 4. Same thing after #10, while Wagner had a great season and has SP potential, his ceiling is nowhere near Kodi's. There's a significant gap between those 10 and above, and those 11 and below. Of course, time, injuries, and bad decisions could easily change what the future brings.



10/17/2015 08:49:00 PM



(10/17/2015 02:04:00 PM) - Al




We're in the very best of hands.


10/17/2015 02:04:00 PM



(10/17/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have been preaching about Amy Schumer's hilarious comedy, and her gorgeousness, for years.

Finally, in the past six months, others have finally come around, proving once again that I'm never wrong, just sometimes early. The irony is, while some of her critics "don't get it," and wonder why everyone thinks her "dirty" stuff is funny. I tell them to lighten up, as funny is funny.

The other part of it is odd, as I have never met anyone who even argues she's anything but very attractive, though some may include "for a larger woman." She is not dainty, or petite, or the US entertainment industry's size 0-4 Barbie doll build, but she's very shapely and sexy.

I have long said Schumer's build is my "preferred" look, though I can certainly appreciate the female form Hollywood pushes...Calista Flockhart, showing my age here, was very pretty back in the day even though she was far from "womanly." I do have to wonder though, how much of Schumer's "body issue" is simply self created marketing...she told Howard Stern her trademark look on stage, a tight black dress with a thigh high hemline, is to get guys to set down the remote and give her a chance to woo them in with her routine, because men will rarely watch a female comic.

So, if I am following this, Schumer, who is universally thought to be lovely, dresses in a risque, sexy manner to draw in male viewers to her act...in which she discusses how slutty she is and that she is overweight and, at best, unsightly and not much to look at.

I think it's a marketing ploy that's taken longer than expected to yield the desired results. And as with many marketing efforts, the truth is kind of fuzzy.

Still love her though. Her HBO special premieres this weekend, and if you wish, you can add the channel on your remote and then call your cable company and cancel it...they will only charge you for the day. In my experience, as I often add a channel to watch the Badgers' basketball team play, or some other event, if you add and then delete the same day (add at 11AM, watch the game, and then call to cancel at 9PM, for example), they don't even charge you for the day, which is almost as close as you can get to beating the system. Feel free to DVR stuff on other channels while you have them too. As much as we pay for cable, I refuse to feel an ounce of guilt.


10/17/2015 11:00:00 AM



(10/17/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

I know she's lying. And then she's lying about that. That's all she's got. She's lived an entire life of doing nothing except acting selfishly and then defending herself for doing so.


10/17/2015 09:30:00 AM



(10/17/2015 09:03:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son and I are already home from Wal Mart...I awoke at 4:50 and was unable to go back to sleep, and he got up around 7, so we knocked that off the list early. Not very crowded, and I got my first, "I'm freezing and you're wearing shorts?" line, which always comes from a skinny broad who you know damn well complains when it's 75 in the house and everyone else is sweating away.

Look, I wear the same thing whether it's 30 or 90 out, because unless my car breaks down (and I don't really plan for that), I am only going to spend a limited amount of time outside. If I was going on a 100 mile trek, I'd wear layers and adjust accordingly. But I'm not, so I don't.


10/17/2015 09:03:00 AM



(10/17/2015 06:25:00 AM) - Al

The temperature has been in an up and down pattern of late, and that will continue.--weather guy on local TV this AM.

You know why? It's called "the changing of seasons," and it will continue to the end of time.

And, somewhere, somehow, hucksters like Al Gore, who aren't talented enough to do it through normal means, will try and make money scaring folks that this means the sky is falling, and the only way to fix things is to buy a product they thought of, whether it be a "medicinal tonic" that is almost pure alcohol; or carbon credits that benefit no one except the creator.


Hey, those massages ain't free.


10/17/2015 06:25:00 AM


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