Al's Ramblings



Sunday, January 31, 2016

(1/31/2016 05:19:00 PM) - Al

40 here the past couple days, with 35 and sunny tomorrow. We're going to lose almost all of our snow...right before the big storm brings a 5-8 inch forecast TUES/WED, accompanied by 15-20 mph winds, 10AM-3AM.

The Rambling wife already discussed taking a snow day WED if we get as much as advertised. I am not scheduling anything and plan to tidy up my "office," as it will work out perfect, with trash and recycling pickup WED AM. Many companies change paperwork the first of the year, so it's easy just to start over by throwing out everything and ordering new ones, printing up stuff as you need it online in the meantime.


1/31/2016 05:19:00 PM



(1/31/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Because they have bills to pay, and no one gives grants to those who do not insist the end of the world as we know it is near.


1/31/2016 04:00:00 PM



(1/31/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

The sad thing, Obama has lied so many times, this barely registers any outrage. Remember, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?


1/31/2016 03:00:00 PM



(1/31/2016 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says Lucroy will be in camp and play hard.--Milwaukee Business Journal

Because no one wants him until camp starts and he's proven to be over his concussion symptoms. I seem to be the only person to feel this way, but it makes perfect sense.


1/31/2016 02:32:00 PM



(1/31/2016 02:26:00 PM) - Al

If you tried to go to Carnevor last nite and saw it closed for private event, the Brewers held a big dinner there for staff and players.--JS

In the past, the Crew has always had most players go to the Bucks' game Saturday night, but this year the NBA team was off, and Marquette played during the day and Admirals at night. Stearns may have simply wanted a bit of a "get to know you" session as well. 


1/31/2016 02:26:00 PM



(1/31/2016 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Braun called Lucroy in wake of Lucroy's comments on rebuild: "I made it clear to him that's not how we're going to handle the situation."--Adam, MLB.com

Braun has always been labeled as a quiet force in the clubhouse...I've read many mentions of his work ethic and playing through injury over the years, but this may be his first time he has made public his displeasure. Impressive.

Quite possibly, he has avoided it over the years, but with KRod, Gomez, Lohse, Ramirez, and quite likely, soon, Lucroy as well; he sees this as being the time to step forward. He is now the old guy, the veteran others look to.

Ryan Braun is the anti-Lucroy on topic of rebuilding. "I look forward to it," Braun said. "We're not breaking up a juggernaut team." --Adam, MLB.com

He said this before, actually. They are not breaking up a 95 win team, they won 68 last season. They've tried to contend every year since 2006. They were relevant in September most of those seasons. That's a glorious run for a small market team. Now, it's time to build it back up.

Many, including myself, think is year two (Yo was traded before 2015, it was a quiet admittance that everything had to go perfect to win 85-88 games and contend) of the rebuild. Five years is a nice round number, but it has taken 3 for some, 7 for others. The Pirates were on a rebuild that lasted two decades. With the head start they have, having picked up a half dozen AA or above players last season, and a plethora of kids at all levels in the offseason. They have what looks to be a top 5 system, and unlike most, is frontloaded at the AA/AAA levels. Those players are not a half decade away.

I seriously think 2017 has the potential to be a surprising, breakout campaign. Where does that leave next year? I would refer to it as a transition, seeing who takes the next step and who needs more seasoning. I'm looking forward to it as well.


1/31/2016 02:03:00 PM



(1/31/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything except limiting free markets and making everyone a have not.


1/31/2016 02:00:00 PM



(1/31/2016 01:23:00 PM) - Al

I wonder how many people see the similarities between the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal and this current Clinton scandal (heh, note the pattern).

In both cases, the only strategy? Deny, deny, deny.

Now, look back to what happened, and you'll see a pretty good representation of the future.

--Continued, and escalating attacks on those who dare to challenge the king (queen). The left attacked Monica as a fat slut, and insisted she was a lying fat slut until Bill's DNA made an appearance.

--A tearful apology, a quick admittance of guilt, and then back to business as usual.

--Even after being impeached, the shoulder shrugging continued. It will be argued this was a common practice. Soon, we will see others, high ranking folks on the left doing the same thing...kind of a "where's the beef" defense. "It's a private matter," was the most often used phrase, even though perjury is not a private matter; it's a serious, serious offense.

--Don't forget, her only presidential competition has been described as "what if George Constanza's dad ran for president?" and "that crazy uncle you pretend you're not related to." In Bill's case, the VP was a trifecta of sorts; his dad was a former KKK member, a tree hugger of mammoth proportion, and a married man who would be caught in a massage parlor later in life...likely, just the first time he had been caught (don't forget the way the old media covered up for John Edwards as his wife sat at home dying of cancer).

Most on the left would simply like to avoid the punchline, even if it means putting an extremely flawed candidate forward in November. Let's be honest, all but the rebels in the old media will avoid asking anything but softballs

{In your long history of public service Ms. Clinton, what immeasurably kindhearted deed gives you the most pleasure as you play with your grandchild and decorate the nursery for the next?}

And you think I'm kidding.


1/31/2016 01:23:00 PM



(1/31/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

And in other news, the RNC outraised the DNC $10M to $6.5M in December. DNC still owes more than it has in the bank.--Michael Short

Most fitting two sentences in political history.  The left doesn't care enough to balance their own books.


1/31/2016 01:00:00 PM



(1/31/2016 12:41:00 PM) - Al

"A few baseball folks" tell Cafardo that they get the sense something is brewing with Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy.  The Brewers backstop has a limited no-trade clause, but teams such as the Astros and Nationals could have interest in adding a top catcher like Lucroy.  The veteran isn’t coming off his best season, but his highly contract still makes him an attractive trade target. Lucroy is set to earn just $4MM in 2016 and $5.25MM (or a $250K buyout) in 2017.--MLBTR

As I have said often, I am sure several clubs want Lucroy, but none want to give a talent laden package for a catcher coming off a concussion until he is proven to be recovered. Why people are afraid to mention this little nugget is a mystery to me, but in the light of Joe Mauer just having a fraction of his past value now that he's a 1B, I see it as a fact.


1/31/2016 12:41:00 PM



(1/31/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

If nothing else, the Brewers acquiring Chase Anderson has once again shown how the old media and casuals alike simply have no idea that MLB teams need more than five SP's over the course of 162 games.

Too many starters or too much pitching is like too much wealth or success...it's said only by those who just don't get it.


1/31/2016 12:00:00 PM



(1/31/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld.--NY Times, current day


President Obama discovered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email at the same time as news readers.

Obama, after delivering a Saturday speech in Selma, Ala., was asked when he found out about Clinton’s personal email system run from her Chappaqua home.

"The same time everybody else learned it through news reports," he told CBS News.--NY Daily News, 3/2015


You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that we have a deceitful, untrustworthy president. In fact, as a proud American, it offends me how devious his reign has been.


1/31/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/31/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Iowa prediction?

I don't know if he'll make it into the top two, but I think Rubio will do better than expected and come out with momentum and move into 2nd place in NH.

Oh, and the Dems? Don't know, don't care. I'd vote for the devil himself over either of them, and I'd do so with pride. 


1/31/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/31/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why he's ahead. People, regular folks like me, are simply tired of Obama saying "revenue enhancements" when we all know damn well he meant taking more money from every one of us, by raising taxes.

And we all know that he doesn't do it because he's intelligent...heck, I've known how to say corpsman since I watched MASH when I was 8.

It is still a mystery if Trump will be able to maintain his support when the field thins out...despite leading IA, he is well down the list of 2nd choices, meaning he has his people, and few others, at least right now, which is much like Governor Walker said when he dropped out.


1/31/2016 09:00:00 AM



(1/31/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Isan Diaz, who was ranked as the #9 DBacks prospect, is now listed as the #15 Brewers' prospect, once again showing their organizational depth.


1/31/2016 07:00:00 AM


Saturday, January 30, 2016

(1/30/2016 10:44:00 PM) - Al

The Raiders to Vegas would be nearly perfect for all involved. Imagine the road team's fans making that their top travel spot each season.


1/30/2016 10:44:00 PM



(1/30/2016 10:26:00 PM) - Al

Dave Stewart says prized IF prospect Isan Diaz was one of the 1st players the Brewers asked for during their trade talks.--USA Today

Yep, as I suspected.

 He is young and has a high ceiling, with OBP skills. That is Stearns' "type."


1/30/2016 10:26:00 PM



(1/30/2016 09:47:00 PM) - Al

It is painful to me to see how little the casual fan understands. I know Stearns has said he doesn't bother reading the internet or listening to talk radio, and there's no reason to. Many of the "fans" simply don't understand anything.


1/30/2016 09:47:00 PM



(1/30/2016 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Tom H thinks taking Hill was necessary to balance out including Diaz.

If so, this is similar to the Crew including Fiers to the Astros in order to have Phillips in the return. It's a freedom teams who are where the Brewers are in the success cycle have. As I said before, most teams could not afford to pay Hill $6.5M either. That limited the suitors, and strengthened the Brewers' bargaining positioning immensely, one would figure. Even with Hill, their projected payroll is in the $65M range.


1/30/2016 09:07:00 PM



(1/30/2016 08:12:00 PM) - Al

I just checked out a message board, and one casual is worried about the "starting pitcher glut."

Too many quality SP's...that's a problem I can feel pretty good about.




1/30/2016 08:12:00 PM



(1/30/2016 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says Villar is likely the SS, also mentions Rivera.

That really muddies up the 3B picture, as one could imagine any one of several possibilities...Cecchini, Perez, Hill, and the two mentioned as SS's. Of course, once Arcia arrives, Villar moves back in at 3B, barring the unforeseen.


1/30/2016 08:05:00 PM



(1/30/2016 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Segura, Wagner dealt to ARI for Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, and Aaron Hill, who had negative value...the DBacks are paying some/most of Hill's huge salary.

I'll have more in a bit, as I just got done pushing papers around in my office for an hour.

EDIT: First thought about Anderson...he is under team control until after the 2020 season, and has had a very good K/BB ratio. He has been better versus LH bats than RH's...probably due to his change up. 

I hate losing any prospect, but Wagner's ceiling was far lower than most due to his lack of velocity. In fact, ironically, I would say his ceiling is very close to...a career much like Chase Anderson. Since most players fail to hit their ceiling, he is far more likely to settle in as a swingman type or a middle reliever.

We know Segura's eventual replacement is Arcia, though someone will obviously be the placeholder until he takes over at some point in the near future. Villar or Rivera are the obvious favorites, as they are on the 40 man, but Hernan Perez is likely also in the mix.

Diaz is 19, and was the MVP of the Pioneer League last season. He is a SS, but like many youngsters, could move elsewhere down the spectrum if his bat outperforms his glove. Almost half his hits have been for extra bases, a phenomenal amount, especially for a kid who is probably very lean and still developing muscle. He also walks 11% of the time, as rare for a Puerto Rican kid as a fiscally responsible liberal. Stearns continues to bring in "his type" of player, which is almost always athletic and with an above average OBP.

Hill has mostly been a 2B for the last decade, but has played about 80 games at SS and 80 at 3B as well. His inclusion was almost certainly to save face for ARI, and I assume what ARI does not cover of his $12M salary will be considered simply a cost of doing business, and what it costs to "buy" young talent like Anderson and mostly Diaz. Hill, on paper at least, would seem to fit in as Scooter's platoon partner and as a SS/3B reserve, and a PH with some pop.

Depending on his personality, you might well hear some talk of his "veteran" presence and leadership qualities. His splits are minimal, as he hits RHP/LHP about equally. If he's disruptive or a problem, I'm sure he'll be dumped, as his inclusion was to receive more talent from the DBacks, as he had negative value, given his salary and production.

EDIT 2: Being reported ARI will pay $5.5M of Hill's $12M salary...obviously, $6.5M is a lot to pay for a utility infielder, but the Crew has so little in payroll for 2016, he will easily fit in. They feel Diaz and Anderson were worth it, and had little need for Segura.

EDIT 3: Stearns tells the JS he sees Hill as a mentor to his many young infielders. That would imply he intends to keep him, though I suppose he knows no one wants him. With luck, he'll get off to a hot start and have value in July.

EDIT 4: Stearns confirms Arcia will begin 2016 in AAA. 

EDIT 5: I have to believe the MLBTR guy does not understand what type of talent Stearns has been accumulating, young and controllable. Anderson is a nice young SP, but I have to think this trade started with Diaz as the target. Remember, due to the 40 being full (and due to his job security), I'd say Stearns actually prefers kids who do not need to be added. 


1/30/2016 06:34:00 PM



(1/30/2016 05:30:00 PM) - Al

This is what happens when you have socialists in a free society.

Rent is for other people. They are "too good" for that.

Selfish hypocrites, one and all.


1/30/2016 05:30:00 PM



(1/30/2016 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Obama called Syria his greatest foreign policy success.

I'd hate to see his worst.

If you put the UN in charge of the Sahara Desert, in six months, there'd be a shortage of sand. They throw money at the problem, look the other way when the supplies get stolen or sold on the black market, and then throw up their hands, and say "we need more money."

They do a heckuva job.


1/30/2016 04:42:00 PM



(1/30/2016 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block to PIT, Levering promoted, ad still up to fill Levering's old spot.


1/30/2016 03:57:00 PM



(1/30/2016 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Aussie schools imitating the bad judgement of US schools.





1/30/2016 02:10:00 PM



(1/30/2016 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Irony is Larry Sanders bragging about his work ethic on Twitter.

No one I'd rather count on in a time of need than a pothead who let the Bucks buy out his guaranteed contract for 15 cents on the dollar just so he could be a pothead without anyone bothering him about being a pothead.




1/30/2016 11:19:00 AM


Friday, January 29, 2016

(1/29/2016 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Remember, she insisted NOTHING was classified.

If she was a conservative, she'd be in prison until she was 100 (and no, not until she looks like she's 100, that be a sentence of 6 months back in time). As is, they're trying to figure out what the maximum is that someone can get and still be president.

These Friday news dumps aren't nearly as effective in the internet age, said the liberals with chagrin.


1/29/2016 08:46:00 PM



(1/29/2016 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Down to 3-5 inches forecast for next TUE/WED, with the hours of snow getting smaller as well...now from 10AM-7AM.

3-5 would have sounded awful had it not been for the 8-12 they said a couple days ago. I was going to clean out my office and order current apps, so I don't think I'll schedule anything those two days anyway.


1/29/2016 04:38:00 PM



(1/29/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Good luck with the baby.--principal handing out diplomas on The Middle

It's funny because it's true. 


1/29/2016 02:30:00 PM



(1/29/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The most assigned economist in US colleges?

Marx.

Why? I would say it's directly related to the education system in the USA being so incredibly moderate.

Heh.


1/29/2016 12:00:00 PM



(1/29/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Gun sales soar in Berlin and potential terror attack foiled at Disneyland Paris. Next.--Charles Payne

Meanwhile, about a dozen citizens in liberal, strict gun control Chicago were shot last night. And the night before that.

Gargle, rinse, repeat.


1/29/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/29/2016 10:14:00 AM) - Al

From seeing them in restaurants and such, I would say...only 1/5th?


1/29/2016 10:14:00 AM



(1/29/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

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The irony is, Sanders' supporters have been trying to rewrite history by insisting Hitler was not a Socialist, even though the Nazi party full name was National Socialist German Worker's Party (as stupid as Obama insisting ISIS is not Islam, even though it's the first damn I).

Remember, when you have to rewrite history to not be embarrassed by your party of choice's history, you might want to rethink your party of choice.


1/29/2016 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, January 28, 2016

(1/28/2016 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Stearns tells the JS the team hopes Peterson is not claimed and he remains with the organization.

Of course, they never want to lose a player who may have value, but to be honest, Flores is also a LH hitting 1B/OF, who also does not have any options...and he might not make the team either.


1/28/2016 07:20:00 PM



(1/28/2016 05:07:00 PM) - Al

Crew adds a former top prospect from Padres, DFA Peterson, who pretty much everyone had pegged as #40 on the 40 man...though he is a decent bench option.

Liriano is simply too young and talented to get far after being DFA'd...it was so apparent, even I could see it.

He has played all 3 OF spots. Curious to see how if he has any options remaining.

EDIT: As expected, Adam reports he has no options left. That was probably the kicker for SD, as they decided to keep a player with options, and hoped Liriano would make it through due to his lack of options.

Now, in the past, we could probably pencil him onto to the 25 man, at least to begin the campaign, as Doug would keep a player out of options as long as he could (de la Rosa was the last I can recall losing of note) and demote a player with options, in order to keep both, for the time being. We do not know if Stearns will continue this (most teams do, though a few are loud and proud about their "we keep the best player regardless" philosophy) or not, or if he will take it on a case by case basis.

I would certainly assume Villar is guaranteed a spot, and I think Pena pretty much is as well. Others? Well, Jeffress is too, but he's been so good it would not matter. Thornburg probably on potential alone. So, Nieuwenhuis, Flores, and now Liriano are all out of options, and are very likely fighting for a single roster spot. Don't forget, Walsh and Jones are Rule 5 picks and have to be kept up all season or be offered back to their former teams.

It might make it very difficult for Broxton and Reed, for example, to open the season in MIL, as they can be stashed in AAA, while the three above cannot. However, we do not know for sure if Stearns thinks this way.


1/28/2016 05:07:00 PM



(1/28/2016 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Former scout Bernie Pleskoff discusses Brewers' farmhands who he expects to be up this season. The entire division and otehr clubs can be found at his blog here.

Orlando Arcia-SS-age 21- Arcia is among the best defensive shortstop prospects in the game IMO. He is a wizard with the glove. Excellent range, quick feet, soft hands and a fine arm are on display daily. Will he hit enough against quality pitching? I think the Brewers are in a position to let him play. I look for a mid-season call for him.

Colin Walsh-2B-age 26- Walsh was a Rule 5 selection from Oakland. I don’t know if he can stick all year, but the Brewers have a need for depth, and he has a history of being able to get on base.

Zack Jones-RHP-age 25- Jones was a Rule 4 selection from the Minnesota Twins. It may be a reach, but Jones will certainly get his chance to stick with the club out of Spring Training. But don’t the Twins always need pitching? They didn’t protect him. Hm.

Zach Davies-RHSP-age 22- Davies has a legitimate chance to claim a spot in the Brewers rotation. If he has a strong spring he can be a guy that can build up his arm strength and give the team some innings as a back end starter.

Andy Wilkins-1B- age 27- The Brewers are always looking for first baseman. Left-handed hitting Wilkins’ contract has been sitting on the desks of the White Sox, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Orioles, Mariners, Rangers and now the Brewers. All since he signed with the White Sox in 2010. Is this a place he will get his chance?

Yadiel Rivera-2B/SS-age 23- He should be able to provide some organizational infield depth for the club. Doesn’t have the ceiling or tools of Arcia, but can play.

Keon Broxton-OF-age 25- Broxton is a speedy right-handed hitting outfielder with a bit of pop. If he gets his chance, his value will be his good defense and running ability.

Garin Cecchini-INF/OF-age 24- A very tough year at the plate in the Red Sox system and that club’s organizational depth made him available. Now he has new life with the Brewers. But there is plenty of competition in Milwaukee as well.

Jorge Lopez-RHSP-age 23- Lopez is a legitimate top flight pitching prospect who may be able to help by mid-season. The Brewers need rotation help, and he may be ready to offer that assistance.

Adrian Houser-RHSP-age 22- Houser is a big, strong righty with an imposing profile on the mound. I saw lots of him in the Arizona Fall League. If he isn’t quite ready to start the season with the parent club, I think he’ll be there by mid-year. Bulldog presence.

Tyler Cravy-RHSP-age 26- Cravy could be ready for an extended look. If nothing else, he is another organizational arm waiting for a mid-year call.

Tyler Wagner-RHSP-age 25- Wagner completes a group of pitchers that could be called upon during the season.

Josh Hader-RHSP- age 21. Hader is different than the pitchers I listed above. He came over from Houston in a mid-season trade. He has electric stuff and I think he can be a force in the bullpen, if not as a starter. I think he has what it takes to be a huge success on the mound. I hope he gets a chance to strut his stuff. He’s got to command his pitches-but if he does, watch out!


1/28/2016 01:19:00 PM



(1/28/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

At this point, the only people who are against school choice and charter schools are inevitably looking out for their self interests.


1/28/2016 01:00:00 PM



(1/28/2016 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Brewers add new fan additions for this season.


1/28/2016 12:16:00 PM



(1/28/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've been called far worse.


1/28/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/28/2016 11:27:00 AM) - Al

I think I picked Fister to end up in MIL on the MLBTR contest. I thought he'd get 1y/$5M, but as often is the case, I forget teams start spending future TV money years prior. He might be a massive bargain for HOU. He's been a bit better than Yo when healthy.


1/28/2016 11:27:00 AM



(1/28/2016 11:23:00 AM) - Al

Certainly the potential for a large storm next week, computer models show at least several inches, but, this far away, could get 20 inches, might get nothing.--local weather guy, midday news

Well, glad he went to school for years to be able to tell us this. And they wonder why I just watch the prettiest one.

I'm not scheduling anything for next TUES/WED. Yesterday, Weather Underground had 8-12 inches for us, while today, it's 5-8, though with 15-20 mph winds. Yesterday, I drove 45 minutes to Stratford, and the wind was blowing snow across many spots on 153, so even though it was not snowing at all, it was a half inch deep in high spots, with poor visibility as well.


1/28/2016 11:23:00 AM



(1/28/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Who wants to watch the two Cuban guys debate?--Chris Matthews

Not surprisingly, all the known racists are in the party with all old white people running. 


1/28/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/28/2016 10:27:00 AM) - Al

Reagan's Challenger speech.

Short, simple, and full of hope.

Today, we would hear me, me, me, me, and how it was all W's fault.

I was home from school that day, went to school at noon, as I had been sick for a day or two before. Mom thought I'd be better off sleeping in and missing a few classes. She'd be arrested today, but she was right. Rest and making sure one is healthy is far more important than a couple 45 minute sessions       of liberal indoctrination. My Chemistry teacher told us  the next day he felt important space missions in the future would be unmanned, and he was correct. We no longer spend money on science, technology, or exploration; choosing instead to dole out checks on the first of the month to people who choose not to work and giggle all month at us rubes who do.

Also, 7 myths about the explosion. I did see it live, but only because I was home and we did not have cable in the country, or I'm sure we'd have been watching old game shows or sitcoms. Also, it leaked out very shortly thereafter that the thing the astronauts were in (was that called the capsule?) had survived the initial explosion and that they had lived until it hit the ocean, but no one ever really discussed it (back before 24 hour news, it would be talked about for months now). Of course, maybe they were unconscious, we'll never know.


1/28/2016 10:27:00 AM



(1/28/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

BP ranks 4 Brewers in the top 100 prospects:

12. Arcia
61. Phillips
72. Lopez
99. Clark

You can read the profiles here if you wish.


1/28/2016 10:00:00 AM



(1/28/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Ironies abound in this story about getting rid of tipping:

1. They admit the servers are often the highest paid people in the restaurant, whether they have tips or not. More than the owners or managers. No doubt, they also make more than those who do "dirty work" in nursing homes and hospitals as well, no to mention EMT's.

2. Servers, at places that no longer have tips, start at $17/hr. Start. That's about $35K if they work 40 hours.

3. Almost everyone admits cooks and kitchen staff are underpaid...but apparently, if the best restaurants do not pay more, they really aren't, as the free market tends to do a pretty good job in setting wages based on supply and demand (pause to allow Bernie Sanders' supporters a moment to google up "supply and demand" and "free market," phrases they do not understand, mostly because most do not have jobs).

4. I worked as a pizza guy for five years in Eau Claire back in the early 90's, and still probably tip better than average...in fact, I often feel I'm the only person who leaves a tip at a buffet place anymore. The strange thing to me is, the anger many folks feel about tipping...no one going to go broke tipping 15-20%, or $1-2 if you have Chinese or Jimmy John's delivered.


1/28/2016 09:30:00 AM



(1/28/2016 09:03:00 AM) - Al

Can we ignore them yet? Apparently not. Being a climate hysteric means never having to say you’re sorry. Simply change the cataclysm — Overpopulation! No, global cooling! No, global warming! No, climate change! — push the apocalypse back just a few more years, and you’re in business, big business. 
 
Even worse, the hysterics are hypocrites. It’s austerity for thee but not for me as they jet around the globe to speak to adoring audiences about the need for sacrifice...They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum. They refuse to walk their talk. As Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds often says, we should believe there’s a crisis when the alarmists start acting like there’s a crisis.--National Review
 
Read the entire thing, watch the video...and laugh and laugh and laugh. Then laugh some more.
 
And then share it on your Facebook. On your Twitter. Send it to everyone you know. This is what we're up against...21st century witch hunters who say "prove what I'm saying about the future is wrong."
 
We can't, of course. But we do know they're lying...their lips are moving. 


1/28/2016 09:03:00 AM



(1/28/2016 08:39:00 AM) - Al

Sarandon is 100% accurate on Hillary. That's why crazy uncle Bernie is hanging around. It's simply no secret she's unqualified and wholly disliked.


1/28/2016 08:39:00 AM



(1/28/2016 08:33:00 AM) - Al

No offense to Mattel, or "curvy" women, but if they intended to make a "heavy set" Barbie, they failed miserably. They now have regular, petite, tall, and busty. 

Katy Perry is a good comparison, as she's mentioned in the article, and no one would ever refer to Perry as overweight in any way.


1/28/2016 08:33:00 AM



(1/28/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

My neighbor was on Outnumbered yesterday morning, and while I enjoyed the joke about socialists, I'm a bit stunned a woman can look that good at her age and as the mom of seven.


1/28/2016 06:30:00 AM


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

(1/27/2016 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Remember the time line, my friends.

1. W sent troops to Iraq

2. Iraq was taken.

3. Obama proudly announced to terrorists the day he would be withdrawing from Iraq.

4. Troops withdrawn, as promised.

5. Iraq has been a haven for terror ever since, as has much of the Middle East.

6. Troops back on the ground in Iraq.

I would assume those troops will be under attack from former prisoners of Guantanamo, who Obama released because...well, no one really knows why.

We are in the very best of hands.


1/27/2016 05:46:00 PM



(1/27/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Why coaches always look so stressed, and why anyone that complains about a team fouling at the end is a neanderthal.

Two choices are to foul to extend the game or lose. It's an easy choice.


1/27/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/27/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Thankfully, everyone will LOVE us now that Obama is president.

And you know what? They actually said that seven years ago.

They will always hate the USA. Pure envy, of course. They despise freedom and capitalism. Some of them are even running for president...


1/27/2016 10:30:00 AM



(1/27/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al




Home library of Richard Markset, literature professor at Johns Hopkins.

Who doesn't love old books? As I said to the Rambling wife, it's too bad we waste our money on food and shelter.

Reminds me of the line in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels about the Michael Caine character's wine collection.  

I'd never sell it, it means far too much to me. I'd never drink it, it's far too valuable.


1/27/2016 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

(1/26/2016 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Everyone else is playing checkers.

He's playing chess.


1/26/2016 08:23:00 PM



(1/26/2016 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Trump says he may not do the debate in a couple days.

This is interesting in many ways, as I have always insisted that there are far too many debates, and I would only participate in 2-3 of them at most. However, the ratings have been huge for the GOP ones, which means...I don't know. Is it because of Trump, or is it because folks want a direction other than "tax and spend, and I apologize for America," or is it just because ratings are so spread out now, that the political junkies add up enough to seem really high?

EDIT: Mark Cuban just tweeted this is a "brilliant no show" and about a dozen people have said on my Twitter feed that "Trump is going to dominate the old media in the next two days AND does not even have to worry about debate prep."

I'm not sure if it will work as planned, but it's literally genius if it does. It's contrarian, and most folks don't get it. But I do.


1/26/2016 07:04:00 PM



(1/26/2016 03:55:00 PM) - Al




For those who have watched The Blind Side, this is the real family. Congrats to all of them.


1/26/2016 03:55:00 PM



(1/26/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This looks great, if you're 4 feet, 6 inches or shorter.

Otherwise, it's as worthless as Hillary's word.


1/26/2016 03:30:00 PM



(1/26/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

She keeps doubling down that she did nothing wrong, even though they've found hundreds of classified emails on her server, including some in which she insists her staff break the law by copying, cut and paste, and so on.

She's as guilty as they come, and once again, shows how bias strongly exists.

Laws are for the little people.


1/26/2016 02:30:00 PM



(1/26/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

We didn’t get snow until about 5:30—supposed to have freezing rain beginning at 9:00 a.m. And that was still in the forecast at 6:00 a.m. yesterday. Can’t predict weather for the next three hours, but darn certain the earth has risen a quarter of a degree in the last 50 years.

A friend of mine emailing me back about the weather. It's funny because it's true...and sounds kind of familiar...


1/26/2016 01:30:00 PM



(1/26/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

This pretty much sums up my feelings exactly.

Trump is a flawed candidate, though all candidates are, but to say he beats the Dem alternatives is an understatement of immense proportions. 


1/26/2016 12:30:00 PM



(1/26/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Considering FDR threw Americans of Japanese ancestry in POW camps and did nothing except create a variety of alphabet soup welfare programs (which, shockingly, did not work) as the depression raged on  for 6+ years until WW2 began, it would take a half century of a Trump presidency to come close to being as full of failure and reprehensible behavior.

When you're forced to rewrite history, the odds are, it was an ugly time. And it was.


1/26/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/26/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, I worked about six months with a young Asian American man a couple years ago, and he said the exact same thing. He said he had never heard a white person use the "n word" but heard people of his race use it every day.


1/26/2016 10:00:00 AM



(1/26/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

Spend, spend, spend, tax, tax, tax. And he can't figure out why we've had a malaise his entire eight years in office.


1/26/2016 08:30:00 AM


Monday, January 25, 2016

(1/25/2016 09:23:00 PM) - Al

McDonald's sales up 5%, credit given to all day breakfast.

I would argue there's a good chance it is because of the old media coverage of said change, which amounted to millions in free marketing; similar to what happens when the Powerball jackpot gets way up there.


1/25/2016 09:23:00 PM



(1/25/2016 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Two stories on Drudge about Hillary's health, or lack thereof.

As I saw today, she is the same age as Reagan was in 1980 (as is Trump, Sanders is five years older), and while the press discussed Reagan's age often, as of yet, are quiet about Clinton's. Hillary supposedly had health issues after Benghazi, though no one knows if she was lying or not, as health records are private, and, to say she is truth challenged is to say the planet is round.

I just saw someone say Biden is beating himself up every day about not running, and may be planning some sort of convention strategy, as he sees himself as far more electable than those actually in the race.


1/25/2016 07:14:00 PM



(1/25/2016 07:01:00 PM) - Al

NE/DEN averages 53M, peaks with 63M last 30 minutes.

Jeepers.


1/25/2016 07:01:00 PM



(1/25/2016 04:10:00 PM) - Al

JS reports Stearns says Capuano will be given a chance to make roster in both pitching roles. Also valued for "leadership."

My first thought was this was a "he's a good guy, clubhouse presence."

I checked last season, as Cappy was DFA'd several times by the Yankees, but was owed $5M, so kept going to AAA and returning. I seem to recall he had very good splits, I think versus LH's, and had a bad outing or two. Will take a look.

EDIT: Equally bad versus LH/RH, but had a good first half, 4.76 ERA, 3-1 K/BB ratio, very similar to his previous couple campaigns, and then fell apart in the 2nd half, quite likely caused by injury or inconsistent work. 


1/25/2016 04:10:00 PM



(1/25/2016 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Left-handed pitchers Cesar Jimenez and Chris Capuano have been signed to minor-league contracts with invitations to Major League camp.--Brewers

Two guys with a Milwaukee history. I thought Jimenez had signed with a foreign team, but something must have fallen through. 


1/25/2016 12:07:00 PM



(1/25/2016 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Gord Ash, now working as an adviser in the front office, is working from home in Toronto, per Tom H.

Not sure if this will continue when the season starts or not.


1/25/2016 11:49:00 AM



(1/25/2016 11:36:00 AM) - Al

Adam sends out this list of Lucroy trade destinations and adds one of his own.


1/25/2016 11:36:00 AM



(1/25/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember, this is just weather.

The rest of the winter? That's climate.

It's funny because it's true. The irony is, the weather is always changing, proven by the multiple ice ages long before the Industrial Revolution, which according to Al Gore's movie (all of which has been proven totally false, but bear with me while I make fun of the massage parlor loving lying loon) pretty much would be the cause of the end of the world.

The fiction people pretend to be the truth when they hope to make money from it (or, want to make their pitiful lives seem more important) is funny, funny stuff. And you know what? Some will still claim it exists, but we won't see the end of days "for 10-15 years." It's always 10-15 years away.

Which, FYI, is the same thing the cults wearing white Nikes and drinking cyanide are selling. They just have the decency and lack the greed to try and cash in from it.


1/25/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/25/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to say, I am not in favor of such a display, though it is protected "speech," though the school has every right to limit said speech.

That said, my question is "would there be a punishment if the students were black?" If the answer is no, well, there in lies the problem hypocrites of a certain party have happily created.


1/25/2016 09:30:00 AM



(1/25/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always depend on the support of Paul.--George Bernard Shaw 

This sentence, along with the unprecedented unlikability of Hillary, perfectly explains the popularity of Bernie Sanders.



1/25/2016 07:00:00 AM



(1/25/2016 05:30:00 AM) - Al

How can Bernie Sanders be doing so well?

They ain't voting for him, they're voting against her.


1/25/2016 05:30:00 AM


Sunday, January 24, 2016

(1/24/2016 09:57:00 PM) - Al

AFC Super Bowl QB last 15 years  

Manning 
Brady 
Manning 
Flacco 
Brady 
Ben 
Manning 
Ben 
Brady 
Manning 
Ben 
Brady 
Brady 
Gannon 
Brady



Yep, QB is mighty important, though a top defense helps, as SEA has shown, and both DEN and CAR have this season.


1/24/2016 09:57:00 PM



(1/24/2016 09:28:00 PM) - Al

I'm 8-2 both straight up and against the points in then playoffs.

I know I'll take DEN and the points, but I will hold off picking a winner for now, though I have a good idea who I will take. Regardless of who I take, it will be tough not to root for DEN, knowing it might well be the last time we get to see Peyton take the field.

I saw several people just take DEN today solely because the public bet NE heavily, and when in doubt, just assume the public is wrong. And it worked. I'm a contrarian for a reason. I wouldn't be if it didn't usually work.


1/24/2016 09:28:00 PM



(1/24/2016 08:49:00 PM) - Al

An online site just posted CAR as a 3 point pick over DEN, was bet up to 3.5 within minutes.

Obviously, if ARI comes back, all bets will be returned...

EDIT: Now up to 4.

EDIT 2: A Vegas casino has opened it at 5.5. 

EDIT 3: Online and Vegas books had it from 2.5-5.5 as they opened the betting near the end of the Panthers' win. Now settled in at 3.5-4 for the time being.

If history is a guide, people bet the favorite first, then bet the underdog late.


1/24/2016 08:49:00 PM



(1/24/2016 06:18:00 PM) - Al

She's a racist.

And not nearly as polite and civil as the left claims to be.


1/24/2016 06:18:00 PM



(1/24/2016 05:35:00 PM) - Al

And the sportbooks make a fortune on the outcome.

Imagine that. 


1/24/2016 05:35:00 PM



(1/24/2016 05:17:00 PM) - Al

Airlines overbook. If you do not like it, do not fly.

And, awwww.



1/24/2016 05:17:00 PM



(1/24/2016 02:25:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I were discussing last night how if it were not for that single snow storm, we would still have brown grass and little, if any snow on the ground at all this winter.

As amazing as this mild winter has been, if not for that one hit of snow, we could really have an extraordinary lack of precipitation on our hands.


1/24/2016 02:25:00 PM



(1/24/2016 12:21:00 PM) - Al

The DEN/NE game is one of the most interesting I've ever seen as far as the betting line and betting history has gone.

I could write all day on this, but to sum it up as briefly as possible.

--NE opened as a 3 point favorite.

--The public has bet NE, giving up the points, heavily ever since, at a 70-80% clip.

--Normally, this would result in the line moving up, in an attempt to even the money best on each side.

--For some reason, most casinos and sportsbooks have not done this.

--When they have adjusted the line, to 3.5, the DEN money has come in with such abundance, the line has moved immediately back to 3. And so it remains.

--Last week, NE was a 4 point favorite over KC, in Foxboro. This week, they are a 3 point favorite in Denver. Assuming the standard 3 points for home field, that means on a neutral field, NE is 1 point better than KC, yet 6 points better than DEN (by association, this would mean KC is 5 points better than DEN). That's not really the case, however, what happened is, the public's opinion of NE has shifted by 3-4 points.

--The term "recency bias" has been used quite a bit in regards to this game. The public saw NE destroy KC last week, remembers them winning the Super Bowl last season, and in their mind sees it as inevitable.

--Related to the above...the public thinks Manning is hurt, as he appears unable to accurately make a long pass. Many think if it was announced Osweiler was going to start, the line would move down to NE by 2, and for those unfamiliar, a 1 point move is sizable, especially considering Manning's illustrious history and resume.

--Mike Greenberg, of Mike and Mike in the Morning, is seen as an indicator of public opinion...not of a sports bettor, but of the average football fan. He said earlier this week if he had to gamble on this game, he would take NE until they were favored by 10...so, he would bet NE up until 9.5, then switch to DEN if they got 10 points. So, most folks feel NE will win, and many of those feel they will win easily, likely in a blowout.

--Most pros feel DEN is already getting "too many" points, and most of the "smart" money, even at 3, is going on the Broncos. However, there are far more casual fans and bettors than there are pros...and let's be honest, pros often are wrong 40-45% of the time.

--Add all that up, you have the vast majority of the money on the Patriots...and of the money bet on the Broncos, much of it has been wagered with them getting 3.5 points. So, the books look like they will lose heavily if NE wins by 3 or more...but it would truly be a disaster if they won by exactly 3, as they would "push" on most bets, but have to pay those who jumped on DEN when the line moved to 3.5.

For those of us who enjoy math, this is a fascinating game.


1/24/2016 12:21:00 PM



(1/24/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Completely true.


1/24/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/24/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The college generation simply does not believe in free speech or "innocent until proven guilty." And what political affiliation are they?

Check out Trenni's Twitter feed sometime...if someone is accused of something, she often suggests they be banned from the sport, deported, etc. Not convicted mind you...accused. She wondered aloud why no one was calling for Peyton Manning's dismissal during the now forgotten PED accusations which appears to either be fiction or highly exaggerated. She uses catchphrases like "protecting the innocent" and "do not insult the victim" by questioning the validity of claims. Then, as often happens, when the case falls apart, she ignores it, and moves onto the next rumor/scandal. She's a perfect example of those on the left. The Constitution is so outdated...

It's ironic that she also will not begin to admit that the reason for her success is she looks great in a tight dress, but I'll save this for another time. 

Of course, when one of their own is investigated

*cough*
Hillary
*cough*

it is some sort of conspiracy even when hundreds of confidential emails are found.

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







1/24/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/24/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

Takei pretends to be the victim, but is far worse than those who oppose him.

He's the perfect example of a guy who dishes it out but can't take it.


1/24/2016 10:30:00 AM



(1/24/2016 10:01:00 AM) - Al

This is 100% true.

Sanders and socialists think choice is bad. Obama basically did the same thing with health care.

And, wait for it, they're stunned that it did not work this time, after it has failed every single time since the beginning of time.


1/24/2016 10:01:00 AM


Saturday, January 23, 2016

(1/23/2016 01:42:00 PM) - Al

It's snowed so much in Baltimore, only two dozen citizens have been shot in the last 48 hours.


1/23/2016 01:42:00 PM



(1/23/2016 12:07:00 PM) - Al

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I say no all the time. That's why I spend my weekends watching sports and movies while you're running errands and doing laundry.


1/23/2016 12:07:00 PM



(1/23/2016 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Waiting to release emails in hopes Bernie Sanders dies in the next few weeks.

Over 1300 were "classified"...remember, they insisted there was none, and this is even after erasing the hard drive. What a clown. 


1/23/2016 11:50:00 AM



(1/23/2016 11:24:00 AM) - Al

I'm a bit surprised anyone is curious why those three items are selling so well...because they go bad quickly, few people keep much of a quantity in the house. Heck, we often do not have any milk, as no one drinks it (empty calories) and it is carb heavy.

A couple times, we have not had bread either, because it molds quickly, and again, I never miss it due to carbs. The Rambling son is often the only one eating it, and often just for sandwiches for lunch at school or an after school snack.

EDIT: I'm a contrarian, so it's not surprising I'd be concentrating on buying protein/breakfast bars, pop tarts, brats, cheese, crackers, cream cheese and stuff for dips...because I'd be concerned about not having power for several days, and getting stuff that's good cold or hot.  You could put a cooler outside to keep your stuff cold, so that's not a problem.

Of course, everyone should have a case or three of bottled water for such emergencies, but those making a grocery store run during the snowstorm haven't even thought of that. As Glenn said, many folks are buying liquor...probably thinking they'll order Chinese/pizza.


1/23/2016 11:24:00 AM



(1/23/2016 11:06:00 AM) - Al




Rubes.


1/23/2016 11:06:00 AM



(1/23/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

You know, if I didn't know better, I'd say there was a chance they were being untruthful.


1/23/2016 10:00:00 AM



(1/23/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Correction...no one likes her.

Not even a little.


1/23/2016 08:00:00 AM


Friday, January 22, 2016

(1/22/2016 08:57:00 PM) - Al




Posted as a public service. Though, to be honest, I don't think we do more than 2 or 3 of the 10.


1/22/2016 08:57:00 PM



(1/22/2016 07:14:00 PM) - Al

It's a different type of year for Badgers' fans. Instead of wondering if they'll be a 1, 2, or 3 seed, they're an underdog to make the NCAA tournament as of today, and since they played a tough noconference schedule, in addition to being upset by UWM and Western Illinois, it's conceivable they finish under .500 and be unable to play in the NIT...which, in and of itself, is hardly a huge deal, as to say the NIT has lost its luster is like saying I let myself go.

That said, this young team not only could use the 2-3 weeks of practice and games the NIT brings, it could also use that as a springboard to next season, when they, barring transfers, will lose no contributors of note and be a year more experienced, stronger, and mature.

Another thing? Because I'd prefer they finish in the top half, or as high as possible, I find myself rooting for the top 3-4 teams and hoping the mediocre clubs, similar to the Badgers, finish 8-10 or 7-11 (or lower), which would make the Badgers' wins more valuable (for instance, a 9-9 conference mark might have them 7th, rather than 10th).

As a noted fan of all underdogs, that's mighty tough to do.


1/22/2016 07:14:00 PM



(1/22/2016 07:05:00 PM) - Al

It's snowing in Alabama which I think is God's way of saying,"Homer, have a pizza. And maybe a little rum.--Homer Hickam

Patty Heaton tweeted out similar thoughts earlier tonight, that she's kind of jealous of those who are snowed in, and have a reason to just sit around in PJ's watching movies, drinking hot cocoa, and such.

Know what? I do that just about every weekend. I'm not sure why people would not do what they enjoy when they have time off, regardless of the weather.


1/22/2016 07:05:00 PM



(1/22/2016 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Of course they do. I never doubted they would do so for a second.


1/22/2016 06:47:00 PM



(1/22/2016 06:12:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe Liriano will get far on waivers...speed and power guy, still young.

He has reverse splits the past couple seasons, though his stats overall are tough to gauge since his home games were in El Paso, a noted hitting haven, though I guess nothing like it used to be.


1/22/2016 06:12:00 PM



(1/22/2016 04:44:00 PM) - Al

HOW CAN YOU HEARTLESS MONSTERS JUST SIT THERE WHILE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON DC ARE BEING INCONVENIENCED BY WEATHER.--David Burge

We are evil.

And, we also accept that precipitation continues to fall in the winter.

Every minute spent bitching about the weather is one less minute doing what you enjoy. The old media would be wise to accept this fact.


1/22/2016 04:44:00 PM



(1/22/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, I'm tired of the eastern media markets pretending they have bad weather, when, in reality, they are just poorly prepared and louder complainers.

And it's barely even started yet.

I hearken back to the old Gaffigan line, about taking a few minutes to explain what an appetizer is (I've heard it with dessert too) to someone who lives in the third world, where starvation is a common cause of death.

You see, it's what you eat before (or after) you eat. 

No, it's like, in addition to the actual meal. 

No, you have both. 

And after you do that, I want you to tell me again how our biggest two problems are childhood obesity and childhood hunger. And make sure you keep a straight face, and damn it, never once realize the extreme irony of what you're saying.

EDIT: It just occurred to me today that we can solve the above problem by simply feeding the fat kids to the hungry kids. 

I'm sure some will find this offensive, but, you know, some people are never happy.


1/22/2016 04:30:00 PM



(1/22/2016 04:08:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to fax a form in yesterday, and since my office was in the other direction of my appointment today, I stopped by my credit union, as membership allows me the privilege of free local and toll free faxes. I took a shower, got dressed, and drove right there.

The young lady, probably in her early 20's, and, like all women of that age, attractive; took the form, went back, faxed it, and brought it back. She walked over to me, gave me the form and the confirmation sheet, and as she did, inhaled, paused, and said, "Here you go...mmm, smell good."

Hey, I'm never gonna cure cancer or travel to other planets. This is all I got.

Irish Spring original body wash, you got yourself a customer for life.

One of the old ads many of us grew up with is here. Of course, since I never carry a pocket knife or would tolerate women degrading me like that...


1/22/2016 04:08:00 PM



(1/22/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

No matter how far left they are, they still hate others to see that their policies simply do not work.


1/22/2016 03:00:00 PM



(1/22/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Amy Schumer?

Not guilty.

Why?

Because she's really funny and looks great.

Hey, I'm just saying what you're thinking.


1/22/2016 02:00:00 PM



(1/22/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Amen.

The fictional self importance of actors and singers, almost always just residual guilt from being one of rhe few that are successful, please, what a waste of time.

I do not worry at all about people who do not like Ramblings. I see the numbers of people who click, from how many to how long they stay. Why would I care about the rest?


1/22/2016 01:00:00 PM



(1/22/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Al:

I think something that needs to be considered when analyzing pitch framing stats for catchers is that (I would assume) the umpires are keenly aware of which catchers have the best pitch framing numbers (i.e. are best at making them look bad.) When a catcher's numbers are great one year and lousy the next, it might not be due to a deterioration of skill at all, but instead simply that the umps are on to him.


Scott


I think Scott is giving far too much credit to the umps, who for whatever reason, choose to ignore the fact many catchers move their glove a few inches after catching the ball.

I'd say it's possible, but not probable.


1/22/2016 12:00:00 PM



(1/22/2016 11:31:00 AM) - Al

I'm taking CAR and DEN, both to win and against the points.

The Rambling family will be enjoying ribs and loaded cauliflower Sunday night (though sometimes the Rambling son opts to make a frozen pizza, as he's not a fan).

No game for the Badgers' buckets this weekend, so don't search for it.


1/22/2016 11:31:00 AM



(1/22/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another horrible decision by a school.

I'd say it's an embarrassment, but I would not want to offend embarrassments.


1/22/2016 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, January 21, 2016

(1/21/2016 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Badgers win a big win on the road (they're all big wins on the road) versus Penn State.

Ethan Happ with 20. He is very soon to be mentioned in the same breath as Koenig and Hayes...he was said to have considered giving up his redshirt last season when it became apparent he could have contributed 10-15 minutes a game even with the loaded frontcourt.


1/21/2016 09:39:00 PM



(1/21/2016 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Brewers mentioned as interested or having had some interest in Austin Jackson.

He would seemingly duplicate some of the talent already in house with Broxton and Nieuwenhuis. That said, Stearns has only shown an interest in stockpiling talent. On a minor league contract, he'd be a perfect pickup, as would most any major league veteran with experience. His offense took a huge hit when he went to SEA, as would be expected, and recovered somewhat last season in Chicago, which would also be expected.


1/21/2016 06:57:00 PM



(1/21/2016 06:24:00 PM) - Al

If you are curious about things, go to Twitter and do a search for Stacey Dash.

If you choose to, you will see an incredible amount of people on the left refer to her as a "n word." I have yet to find a conservative use that word in any manner.

I know what side I am on. I simply have no stomach to have anything to do with the others.


1/21/2016 06:24:00 PM



(1/21/2016 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Several rumors and discussions of late about the DH being added as soon as 2017.

This piece overreacts, as the "NL style of play" has basically been extinct since the offensive explosion in the late 00's, and despite run scoring being way down the past few seasons, has not returned at all. Not only doesn't anyone sacrifice anymore (except when P's bat) to speak of, stealing bases and even the hit and run are rarely used.

DH's make more on average than reserves, so the union will rubber stamp it, if MLB asks. Personally, I would find a platoon LH bat (similar to an Adam Lind type, though I'd look for one far cheaper) and against most LHP I'd just rest a 1B/3B/LF/RF and have him DH while allowing a RH reserve to play. Right now, Alvarez, Snider, and Morneau are still available, though the demand might pick up once it is put in place in future years.


1/21/2016 05:30:00 PM



(1/21/2016 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block is a finalist for a job in PIT.

I never listen to the radio, or hardly ever, so I would not know or mind. He does send out interesting Twitter stuff.


1/21/2016 05:12:00 PM



(1/21/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

The GM's will be working. A few folks in the MLB office probably will not, however. It's a billion dollar industry, but you get the feeling this was done all but solely so Dot would not have to come in.

Games taking place? Day games are played almost every day of the week except a normal Monday and on Friday, I believe only the Cubs ever play matinees. Other than that, teams often play day games on getaway days and weekends...and unless there's a rare "wraparound series" (usually a 4 gamer from FRI-MON) Monday and the Cubs on the road Friday, there's at least a single day game.


1/21/2016 04:00:00 PM



(1/21/2016 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Just paid $1.699 for gas. That must be the lowest in a decade or more.

Imagine how low it would be without all the unnecessary formulary restrictions and with Keystone. We'd probably be looking at $1.25 gas.


1/21/2016 03:53:00 PM



(1/21/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

If this holds, expect disappointing movie numbers this weekend, and possible record NFL championship game ratings, given the #1/2 matchups, the expected snowy weather in the population dense eastern USA, and the sexy Brady/Manning battle.


1/21/2016 03:00:00 PM



(1/21/2016 02:03:00 PM) - Al

A reader emails this in, which to save you time if you do not wish to read it, is a very nerdy math based defense that teams should pretty much always go for two when in the Packers' situation, down 1 near the end of regulation.

The problem is, for lack of a better way to say it, it isn't two average teams, it's two teams that have strengths and weaknesses. I would have all but certainly gone for two, but:

1. I'm not worried about a contract or my future, because, well, I don't even have a coaching job.

2. I can also tell you I would almost have certainly have had my QB, if RH, roll right on some sort of run/pass option, with several receivers in the end zone.

To me, that's by far the hardest thing for a defense to defend, especially if you have a QB with any speed and/or the ability to make an accurate throw (for the most part, arm strength is not all that important here, though I suppose it could require a rifle pass or a longer pass back the other way).

The one thing I think we will see in the future is more teams employing a "short yardage QB," who would usually employ a Mike Vick skillset. One thing we don't really consider is a guy like Rodgers might well be tired or not 100% healthy, and not be all that good at running full speed and tossing a perfect pass at that moment.

I used to insist teams did not shoot enough 3's, and now, just a couple years later, some teams entire offensive strategy is to shoot open 3's, a layup, or get fouled driving for said layup. Some disagree, almost entirely former players, and they are very quickly being replaced.

The real problem with the above link is, there is very little data in this situation, as it only happens a few times a year. The math works, but it's going to fail plenty to make coaches and teams hesitate.


1/21/2016 02:03:00 PM



(1/21/2016 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Is it possible the Nats signed Span without a promise of a starting job? I doubt it, so I assume Werth is gone if they sign Cespedes, unless they feel he can play 1B and Zimmerman can be dealt.

Both are owed $40-50M, so they will have little trade value.


1/21/2016 01:38:00 PM



(1/21/2016 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Heyman reports little discussion on Braun.

As I seem to be the only one to point out, Braun can only be traded to five teams without his approval, and two of those, the Rays and Marlins, probably cannot afford him. Given that Ryan said he had "talked to Stearns several times" when he was in town for the food drive, while Lind said he had never talked to Stearns before being dealt; that tells me they have asked Braun is he wants to stay or, like Lucroy, search out a greener pasture, and Braun has stated his desire to stay, barring a trade to LA, ANA, or DC (or TB/FLA).




1/21/2016 01:15:00 PM



(1/21/2016 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Chapman will not be charged, huge win for Yankees, Reds must just be beside themselves.

MLB will probably look at this as an opportunity to "send a lesson" (which in reality, will just keep more victims silent because of the pressure to do so from the player and his entourage) and suspend him for 15-40 games. That said, they got the best closer in the game (though a bit of an oddball) for the price of a solid but overpaid player.

Kudos to them for either investigating this or for taking the risk and getting lucky.


1/21/2016 01:10:00 PM



(1/21/2016 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who candidly expressed his frustration with the team’s rebuilding process yesterday, tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he’s working to avoid further concussions after suffering a serious one late in the 2015 season. Specifically, Lucroy explained that doctors and team trainers have preached neck strengthening exercises, as studies have shown that neck strength can help to limit the impact of a concussion.--MLBTR

The mere mention of a concussion will be enough to make many teams wait until he takes a few foul tips off the mask to see if symptoms return. The incredible amount of ignorance shown of late by casual bloggers, insisting the Crew trade Lucroy ASAP is an embarrassment to all of us, as we simply have no idea if they are offering 50, 75, or 90 cents on the dollar. My guess is someone will probably offer about 95% if he remains healthy in Arizona, likely around early March. I certainly would not offer anywhere near full value for a catcher who had a concussion and has not returned to action behind the plate. I doubt I'm the only one.

Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan examines the decline in Lucroy’s pitch-framing marks over the past four years and whether or not the Brewers (or an acquiring team) should expect him to bounce back in that regard. Sullivan’s research finds that catchers that see their pitch-framing numbers decline rarely experience a rebound in that particular metric, and perhaps more troubling, finds that Lucroy’s decline has been the most rapid of virtually any catcher in the league. As Sullivan notes, quantifiable pitch-framing metrics are relatively new, so there are some uncertainties with the information and there could be elements not being considered. Nonetheless, the initial returns on his examination don’t paint a particularly bright picture.

This is a new stat, and it seems very likely to me the reason for his decline is one or possibly two things:

1. Most likely, it's harder to "frame" a pitch from young, inexperienced pitchers who you have limited experience with. Imagine trying to make a 3-2 pitch from Jungmann look good when you aren't really sure where it's going to end up, or how it will move. Then imagine how comparatively easy it would be to do the same with Gallardo's stuff, after catching him for several seasons.

2. Also, Lucroy was never really at full strength last season, so he was likely in pain, in the midst of rehab, and/or discouraged the team was where they were. It's a lot easier to get excited about making a pitch look better when you're up 4-2 and in 1st place than it is down 6-3 and fighting it out for 4th with the Reds.

Over the next decade, time will tell if catchers changing teams or catching inexperienced arms see their numbers suffer. Right now, we just do not know.


1/21/2016 12:16:00 PM



(1/21/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember, these are government workers.

If it was our taxpayer money, they'd just abandon them and go buy new cars...

FYI, Cook is incorrect. Flurries indicate less than an inch, an immeasurable amount. With rain, a trace does the same thing, for lack of a better explanation, it means "we know it rained, but not enough to get an official amount."


1/21/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/21/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The liberal media is just a parody of itself.




1/21/2016 09:30:00 AM



(1/21/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Pretty much always the case when someone cries discrimination.

Seriously, the president is black. Crying wolf seems a bit ignorant given the facts.


1/21/2016 08:00:00 AM


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

(1/20/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Recess is cheap and effective. That's why teachers hate it.

I still recall when I was a freshman in HS, we had 5 minutes between classes. When I was a senior, we had 3. If you had one class in the upper corner of the 3rd floor, and your next one on the opposite corner of the 1st floor, it took you about 2.5 minutes just to walk it. If you had to pee, you were out of luck. Gots too much learning to do.

On the same note, this is also why companies that give their employees more time off, the ability to work from home, and other fringe benefits that do not involve hardly any added expense are so popular. You ever been around folks that work 80+ hours a week? They're not fun to hang around. It's the same idea, just with bigger people.


1/20/2016 03:30:00 PM



(1/20/2016 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Star Wars 8 moves to DEC 2017, domino effect follows.

That rain storm you hear is the tears of fans cursing seven more long months!


1/20/2016 02:04:00 PM



(1/20/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I just think this proves that since Act 10, WI is going to hell in a handbasket.

What?

Oh, never mind.

Gosh, who could have predicted that? Oh yeah, that's right.

And welcome to Ramblings.


1/20/2016 02:00:00 PM



(1/20/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

They don't have a clear successor to him in their farm system." - Haudricourt on why the Brewers are less likely to trade Luc right now--ESPN 

I know I say this often, but is Tom H really this thickheaded, or does he do it for show?

First of all, Maldonado is certainly extremely capable defensively, and could easily take over. Secondly, any team that acquires Lucroy would almost certainly have no use for their starting C, though MIL may have no interest in said player. Finally, the Brewers are not at the point in the success cycle in which they have to have a top flight player at every position.


1/20/2016 12:01:00 PM



(1/20/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Proof vegetarians have no sense of humor.

I'd double or triple down, just like Hardee's/Carl Jr's does...complain about a model wearing a skimpy bathing suit, have two modesl wearing skimpy bathing suits in the next ad.

To hell with them. The difference is, I simply have no concern at all what other people eat. They, on the other hand, simply despise freedom.


1/20/2016 12:00:00 PM



(1/20/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Every time I see one of these articles, the author, without fail, never once mentions that MLB is actually protecting its regional cable friends, who pay a combined $12 kazillion to broadcast games.

I'm the first to admit some of MLB's blackout rules and territories are very restrictive (a place like Iowa often is claimed by numerous teams, and even if you get Extra Innings, you do not see any of the games involving either CHI club, MIN, MIL, SL, KC, and maybe up to a couple more). However, MLB signed those contracts in good faith, and continues to protect those regional sports channels (many of which, not coincidentally, are partially owned by MLB teams). Even as they make more options available, they insist the Red Sox fan living in Seattle subscribe to ROOT, even though they are apathetic to the Mariners, Sounders, and whoever else they cover.

This makes many unintelligent, socialist fans unhappy, because they are shortsighted and not businessmen.

They tend to be unhappy a lot. Curse the free market and the inability for me not to get everything for nothing, or very little.




1/20/2016 10:30:00 AM



(1/20/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al




Still cleans up nicely.

If Hillary looked like that, she might get a Reagan like 60%. 


1/20/2016 07:30:00 AM



(1/20/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

True, every word.

You don't create a legacy by saying "this is my legacy." You do so by compiling accomplishments. Telling everyone your future strategy in the Middle East had the exact outcome anyone with an ounce of common sense knew it would, but he was too much of a glory hog to care.


1/20/2016 07:00:00 AM


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

(1/19/2016 08:35:00 PM) - Al

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Natalie Gulbis is one of the best female golfers in the world.

Meanwhile, I have little talent and am frighteningly unattractive on a good day.

Sometimes, life just ain't fair.


1/19/2016 08:35:00 PM



(1/19/2016 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy basically says the same as last year, no veteran wants to rebuild, but stops short of asking to be traded.

As I said then, actually, he's incorrect. Braun went out of his way to demand a no trade clause, allowing him to only be dealt to five teams. Many veterans sign long term knowing they will inevitably be part of the normal ups and downs, success cycles as they are known.

It's not exactly the same, of course, but some players choose to go to Duke, some choose a team that has struggled in the past and is looking to build a program. I have often said I would likely choose the latter, as winning just like others have means nothing to me, and I would rather be remembered as one of those who turned it around.

I am not Mark A, but if I owned a team, I would have one very simple rule...the same one when I ran a retail store. If you don't want to be here, let me know. Some would try and talk people out of interviewing elsewhere. I would not. Good luck in advancement, I would say. It's easier in baseball than it was in retail...I had no ability to trade anyone.


1/19/2016 06:52:00 PM



(1/19/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

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

You can't fix stupid.


1/19/2016 02:00:00 PM



(1/19/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I don't pretend to care about the Oscars, since they long ago made the decision to honor critically acclaimed crap most people do not care to see, but I gotta agree with this gal.

The worst part is, in the future, whenever a black person is nominated, whispers will be rampant that it is only a "token" nomination. My goodness, it's not like they nominate 25 folks in each category.


1/19/2016 12:00:00 PM



(1/19/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

That's the nice thing about the Clintons, they change their beliefs because they have no core values whatsoever.


1/19/2016 09:30:00 AM


Monday, January 18, 2016

(1/18/2016 09:10:00 PM) - Al

No school "back home" in Richland Center tomorrow. Forecast for 7AM are below:

Weather Underground-- -5, 2 mph wind
Accuweather------------- -12, 1 mph wind

There are some years that, if that's the standard, they would close 30+ days. At best, that's very curious.


1/18/2016 09:10:00 PM



(1/18/2016 06:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife reports she can't believe how much longer it stays light when she gets done at work...says it's 30-40 minutes longer than it was a month ago.

We're picking up a couple minutes a day, one in the AM, one in the PM. It's just math. Considering the warmer temps forecast, spring may be here in a matter of weeks.



1/18/2016 06:40:00 PM



(1/18/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Some folks on Facebook have mentioned this, but it is 100% true.

Baby boomers seem overly surprised that rock stars of their era, most of whom used drugs, drank heavily, had unsafe sex, and abused their bodies for decades...seem to be dying a bit prematurely.

Imagine that. 




1/18/2016 05:56:00 PM



(1/18/2016 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Glenn Frey, solo artist and formerly of the Eagles, passes away at 67 from an intestinal issue that he had surgery for a month or so ago.

Don Henley is the better known now, not sure who was back when they were active.

I just read a story the other day about the Eagles, that they broke up about six months before the classic rock genre appeared on radio dials. Hence, because of this, right about the time pop stations stopped playing their last albums, the newly created classic rock stations started. So, there was literally not a moment, not even a day, in which their songs have not been on the radio since they debuted as a band.


1/18/2016 05:23:00 PM



(1/18/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

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They were wrong then, and they still are. Why does the USA have to be the world's policemen? Because we are the only ones who don't cower in fear every time a bully walks in the room.

Well, we were.


1/18/2016 03:30:00 PM



(1/18/2016 02:54:00 PM) - Al

A pre-season trade of Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy appears to be increasingly unlikely, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests (Twitter links). Milwaukee has put a justifiably steep price tag on the veteran, says Haudricourt, and it seems that “has scared off suitors.” Of course, it’s probably fair to add that the situation still warrants attention this spring. A strong Cactus League showing from Lucroy and/or a key injury for a contender could quickly shift the balance of considerations.--MLBTR

Lucroy is worth several top prospects, the number and quality of which will be determined by their age, level, and ceiling.

Very few people want to state the obvious, that teams are waiting to see if he is healthy before trading for him...it makes too much sense, I suppose, but not many clubs want to trade for a catcher who has not caught since he suffered a concussion. Until then, Stearns is just assuming he's 100%, and a top backstop who is also very inexpensive, hence, asking a lot; just like with Gomez last summer.


1/18/2016 02:54:00 PM



(1/18/2016 02:40:00 PM) - Al

Steelers/Broncos get 43M viewers, 10M more than Packers/Cards. I would say that's a SAT/SUN thing myself.


1/18/2016 02:40:00 PM



(1/18/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Many have surmised the appendix was once helpful in digesting foods back in the days of early man that we no longer consume for the most part. Science now feels they have found what its purpose is, it would seem, or at least a working theory.


1/18/2016 12:30:00 PM



(1/18/2016 10:15:00 AM) - Al

The USA just gave Iran, a nation of terrorists that despises freedom and capitalism, $1.7B.

I hope they bought us dinner first. 

We're in the very best of hands.


1/18/2016 10:15:00 AM



(1/18/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I discussed this when I watched a History channel special on Prohibition...the entire movement was fueled by the left's quest for power and an incredibly superior inclination that they know better than the rubes.

In the end, it was all about two things...more control and more taxes. The question does not matter, the left's answer is always the same..."We're gonna take away some freedom and we're gonna need more of the money you earned."


1/18/2016 10:00:00 AM



(1/18/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.


1/18/2016 08:00:00 AM



(1/18/2016 05:00:00 AM) - Al

This is extremely easy to explain...I'd vote for Lucifer's evil twin if it meant avoiding four years with an elderly lying socialist as president...or for that matter, Bernie Sanders.

See what I did there?


1/18/2016 05:00:00 AM


Sunday, January 17, 2016

(1/17/2016 09:49:00 PM) - Al

NE opens as a 2.5 point pick over DEN, and is now 3.5. That would (likely) make them a 9.5 point pick if they were home, which seems far too high.

CAR opens as a 3 point pick over ARI.

Not sure if this is related to their blowout of KC or Peyton looking very mortal since about late October. Much like SEA, who seemed to be getting several points more than they should, they have played well of late, but the public seems to forget their poor outings. NE, with home field to play for, lost badly to MIA the final week of the season. Now, they did rest players who were less than 100%, as they should have, but it's not like Brady, Gronk, and so on sat. 

I am undecided on the AFC tilt, but I am taking Carolina to win and cover, at least up to 4 points. ARI is a very good team, but they are a notch below.


1/17/2016 09:49:00 PM



(1/17/2016 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Richland Center, where I'm from, canceled school tomorow, forecast for -7 air temp and -24 windchill for 7AM. Here in the Wausau area, we're supposed to be -13 and -29, and as of yet, no schools in our area have done anything, though that could change.


1/17/2016 09:37:00 PM



(1/17/2016 07:00:00 PM) - Al

I have all the higher seeds winning today, though since ARI and DEN are favored by 7.5, I'd probably take GB and PIT to cover those lines.

Thus far I'm 2-2 in the playoffs and 2-2 against the spread (Steelers won by 2, line was 3).

EDIT: I won all 4 both by the winner and the spread.

It's so easy when it works. 


1/17/2016 07:00:00 PM



(1/17/2016 06:53:00 PM) - Al

I'll guess CAR will be favored by 4 and DEN by 1-2.


1/17/2016 06:53:00 PM



(1/17/2016 05:52:00 PM) - Al

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It ain't a revenue problem.

The fact is, Hillary is so despised, this fringe candidate is actually being taken seriously.


1/17/2016 05:52:00 PM



(1/17/2016 04:22:00 PM) - Al

In the footsteps of Patton, Eisenhower.

Custer too. Mainly Custer.


1/17/2016 04:22:00 PM



(1/17/2016 02:58:00 PM) - Al

That Eric Dickerson ad talking about Walter Payton always reminds me of Drew Carey telling of the first time he was on Carson, and how excited he was when Johnny motioned him over to the couch, the sign he had really liked your performance.

Drew, who of course, is now a mega star and had untold successes in the industry, still tears up and breaks down some 20+ years later when recalling the story.


1/17/2016 02:58:00 PM



(1/17/2016 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Badgers upset #4 Michigan State at the Kohl Center, huge game by Koenig, fine outing by Hayes.

Got over the hump. Such a cluster of teams in the bottom half of the conference, the difference between 5th/6th and 12th/13th/14th might be a 8-10 conference mark versus a 4-14 one. Every game counts. Huge win for the young team. Played well, few turnovers, hit open shots, rebounded, and got a bit lucky. That's a recipe for victory.


1/17/2016 02:51:00 PM



(1/17/2016 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Anyone who pretends Russell Wilson is a top flight QB needs to be reminded that he's never once played a game without the best defense in the league on his side.

Know who Jon Gruden's QB was in TB when they won? Brad Johnson. You do not need an elite QB to win. You have to have an elite defense or offense, and it's tough to have a top offense without a QB.


1/17/2016 12:23:00 PM



(1/17/2016 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Well, I'll sleep better at night.

Kerry couldn't spell ISIS if you spotted the old senile fool the i's and the s's.


1/17/2016 12:15:00 PM



(1/17/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I'm familiar with this Jordan Smith fellow that sang the anthem, but it's nice to see a fellow built like myself get some air time and not have it be followed by, "and he's quite a plodding lineman."


1/17/2016 12:05:00 PM



(1/17/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

The EPA?

Government bureaucrats whose only reason to come to work each day is to have a job at the end of the day. I'd eliminate them and most of the other alphabet soup taxpayer black holes right after I removed my hand from the bible after promising to defend the Constitution of the United States...including the 2nd Amendment, and the parts in which I fully comprehend the fact I am not king.

I can hear the left's outcry...but Al, who would make sure the water was safe for the rubes the citizenry to drink?

My response is simple. The same people who are doing that now, when the EPA drops the ball because they're too busy booking fortnight long excursions to Vegas and Hawaii.


1/17/2016 12:01:00 PM



(1/17/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Obama showed his lack of respect for the military when he "closed" open air veteran memorials during the government shutdown...even though they were unstaffed before the shutdown. I will never forget, and never have an ounce of respect for him.

I don't think he would see anything as an embarrassment to our armed forces. To say he's out of touch is an abomination to the out of touch.


1/17/2016 11:00:00 AM



(1/17/2016 09:40:00 AM) - Al

Mike McCarthy has lost seven playoff games...five of them on the final play of the game.

He's some bad luck and coin flips away from being a legend.

Also, per ESPN, last 2 Cardinals-Packers playoff games:

Both at Arizona.

Both went to OT.

Both ended on 3rd OT play.

Cardinals won both. 

That's why live sports are such sought after programming. They're reality shows without having to tolerate idiots like the Kardashians. Besides, if it was fiction, no one would believe it.


1/17/2016 09:40:00 AM



(1/17/2016 09:38:00 AM) - Al

IJust checked Accuweather's extended forecast...after tomorrow, they do not have a single day with a below zero temp through March 1st.

Winter's almost over, except for some mildly chilly days in the 20's and 30's my friends. And if you don't think they know what they're doing...hey, they have "accu" right in their name.


1/17/2016 09:38:00 AM



(1/17/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

The funny thing is, I heard him say it, and it didn't even strike me as anything except promoting the game...but Cris Collinsworth asked Al Michaels if he had ever seen anything like this during the closing moments of the Packers/Cardinals.

Michaels, of course, called the Miracle on Ice hockey games back in 1980. I'll be the first to say it was an absolute classic football game, and very memorable, but they ain't going to be making a movie about it in 30 years either.


1/17/2016 07:00:00 AM



(1/17/2016 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Aaron Rodgers gets to go home to Olivia Munn. I think he'll be okay.--Ron White

Arizona won the game. Aaron's winning at life. 


1/17/2016 05:30:00 AM


Saturday, January 16, 2016

(1/16/2016 11:41:00 PM) - Al

I just wanted to point out that, after a time out mind you, ARI defended that hail mary with 7 guys rushing the QB and 4 defensive backs deep, defending...4 Packers' WR's.




1/16/2016 11:41:00 PM



(1/16/2016 10:52:00 PM) - Al

This is why the NFL gets a zillion dollars for their TV contract.

As good a game as you will ever see, why time management is so vital, why it's better to be lucky than good, and maybe an argument to be made for going for 2, if for nothing else, you control your own destiny...make a play, you win; fail, you lose.

Otherwise it might just come down to a coin flip.

All over football, teams will be discussing how to properly play the hail mary. Rushing 5-6 guys, like the Cards did, hey, I get it, but it's not intelligent. Teams need to learn that they can't stand behind the receiver, that just allows them to get first crack at the ball.




1/16/2016 10:52:00 PM



(1/16/2016 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win again, now 5 under .500. It means nothing unless they win them, of course, but they have played 5 more games on the road than they have at home. If they can win them, or say, 4 of 5 (they are 12-7 at home), they will be right back in the playoff hunt.

If not, they won't.


1/16/2016 08:29:00 PM



(1/16/2016 08:24:00 PM) - Al

Poor woman never had salt. I bet she thought potatoes sucked.


1/16/2016 08:24:00 PM



(1/16/2016 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Sorry, but common sense says if you have an agent negotiate on your behalf, you are no longer an amateur athlete.

The really sad thing is, anyone can negotiate the way this is set up, every pick has an amount assigned to it. You can ask for whatever you want, but it's easy to see what your pick is worth. You need to pay someone 5% because you're completely ignorant? Please.


1/16/2016 07:55:00 PM



(1/16/2016 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Watching people complain about the Chiefs' clock management was hilarious.

Yes, it took them longer than they'd have liked to score. But, to be honest, they were down two scores, and the "main goal" is to score and get a chance at an onside kick recovery and/or the chance to stop the opponent on downs. They accomplished both of those things.

This reminds me of people who are quick to criticize a cop for shooting someone when they point a realistic looking toy or BB gun at them in the dark. You do the best you can, but if it was easy, teams would not be down two scores in the first place.

It's like listening to a high school student complain how stressful their life is because they work 5-6 hours a day, 4-5 days a week. Sure those coal miners and special forces have it tough, but I have honors English AND Industrial Arts after lunch.


1/16/2016 07:36:00 PM



(1/16/2016 07:26:00 PM) - Al

I think this Chevy Malibu looks like a BMW or a Lexus, and is worth about $80K. 

This is why you are poor.


1/16/2016 07:26:00 PM



(1/16/2016 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Bayless returns, Ingles back to DLeague.

Wanna know a secret? I never knew he was brought back from his previous assignment in the DLeague...that was 12/5.


1/16/2016 07:13:00 PM



(1/16/2016 05:19:00 PM) - Al

For those that disagree about half that vote Dem simply want more stuff for free.

The GOP is the party of Lincoln and Reagan. The left is a party of "I ain't paying for that. Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme."

Remember, the USSR never had steak and lobster lines. People waited all day for stale moldy bread and sandpaper like toilet paper. Because, you see, that was fair for everyone. 



1/16/2016 05:19:00 PM



(1/16/2016 11:58:00 AM) - Al

I follow about 50 twenty/early thirty somethings on Twitter, and almost all of them do two things:

1. Drink heavily in the evenings and weekends.

2. Complain about how sick they are and how they "need more time off."

I'm no doctor, but I don't believe these two things are unrelated.


1/16/2016 11:58:00 AM



(1/16/2016 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Proof that the people closest are often the last to realize something?

I guarantee you no one in 1982 said a word about the infield being the best ever. Heck, many were probably trying to replace 2-3 of them to improve the club overall.


1/16/2016 11:24:00 AM


Friday, January 15, 2016

(1/15/2016 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win in OT. Playing better and/or not playing upper echelon teams almost every night.

Keep the faith, still the best talent in the league under 25, and it's not even close.


1/15/2016 09:46:00 PM



(1/15/2016 09:10:00 PM) - Al

Thoughts of the first Super Bowl
Very few long passes, at least more than a 20 yard pass. The "fly" pattern was not in vogue...I think it was very likely QB's simply could not throw the ball 40+ yards with any accuracy. Rodgers' hail mary traveled 65 yards in the air.

Centers using two hands to snap the ball.

As pointed out by the TV roundtable, WR's getting down in a 3 point stance. Haven't seen that in a decade, maybe 2.

Kickers and punters were simply awful. Straight on kickers too. Kickoffs to the 5 or 10.

The Packers ran the ball on 3rd and 3. Teams should do more of this, especially when already in FG range.

Most famous pic? Len Dawson smoking a cigarette at halftime. That would never happen today...because everything is non smoking now.

{I assume fewer athletes smoke too, but I'm sure some still do.}

Same formation almost every play. KC had a 3rd and 25, had 2 RB's and 2 WR's.

No hurry up offense, painful to see a team down 25 and not look to go out of bounds or conserve time.

The linemen...not much bigger than the other players. Analysts saying it's mostly about weight rooms and programs, unheard of back then.

Packers ahead 25, 4 minutes left, 3rd and 8...they're passing the ball. They needed a game strategist. :)

The kneel down play had not been invented. That's possibly one of the most amazing things. You would have thought that would have been one of the first things someone came up with, as in..."Why are we running the ball when the only way we can lose is to...run the ball?"

Hardly any penalties the entire game. None on kick or punt returns. None.

Goal posts on the goal line? No one used them as a pick possibility either. Why not? How did no one think of this, after seeing basketball use the pick and roll forever?


1/15/2016 09:10:00 PM



(1/15/2016 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign all three arby eligibles, so we will have to wait at least a year to find out if Stearns has a "strategy" or not.


1/15/2016 06:53:00 PM



(1/15/2016 06:52:00 PM) - Al

FYI, NFL Network has Super Bowl I on at 7 and 11 Central tonight, supposedly for the first time since it aired live. 

The Rambling wife said she wanted to DVR it so we can see "what the game looked like back then" (pause to allow people who watched it live to ponder their mortality). I can almost guarantee you the players will look slower and smaller, because they were. I have to wonder how a defensive coordinator would watch it, since I doubt either team had more than 100 plays in their playbooks.

I just saw a note on the Indiana Hoosiers, who supposedly have about 500 plays and every play has 3-4 variations based on how the defense lines up, might "simplify" it because they had seniors who still were lost after 4 years of the same terminology and general plan.

Many would argue it's better having 20 plays you know well than 200 you kind of/sorta know.


1/15/2016 06:52:00 PM



(1/15/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The reason is simple...more is better.

I often tell folks how the Rambling wife and I bought way too much house...we often go weeks barely using the downstairs (other than the Rambling son's bedroom). However, it's nice to have in case of family get togethers, bathroom trouble, and for storage.

And in the case of the "ridiculously small," it's just a mock accomplishment.


1/15/2016 01:30:00 PM



(1/15/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I chalk it up to the fact he's a hack who puts out incredibly long drivel that no one cares about.



1/15/2016 11:30:00 AM



(1/15/2016 10:31:00 AM) - Al

ESPN is often a parody of itself, but kudos to them here, 100% accurate, and the embarrassment is all on the WIAA.

Everyone is not a winner. Stop pretending they are.

And while we're at it, maybe get the schools to stop ignoring real bullying and going after this type of fictional stuff.


1/15/2016 10:31:00 AM



(1/15/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

She's barely ahead of George Constanza's dad, who by the way, is a socialist.

Doesn't get much worse than that.


1/15/2016 10:00:00 AM



(1/15/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Brewers season ticket sales down 7% thus far.

Less than most would have guessed.


1/15/2016 08:30:00 AM


Thursday, January 14, 2016

(1/14/2016 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Forsythe is several years older and not nearly as good as Scooter.

Hence, take a look at his value after next year.


1/14/2016 07:33:00 PM



(1/14/2016 07:08:00 PM) - Al

I do not see this working out well.

Early Darwin nominee.


1/14/2016 07:08:00 PM



(1/14/2016 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband.--Carly Fiorina

Heh.

Love Carly. Imagine what having a person that accidentally, or not, told the truth once in a while in the White House.

You know, Benghazi was all about a student film...liars, each and every one.


1/14/2016 06:30:00 PM



(1/14/2016 05:17:00 PM) - Al

All day, I've heard that Alan Rickman died, and not being a Harry Potter fan, had no idea who he was. Just now on my local newscast, the anchor bemoaned his loss and talked about how good he was in Galaxy Quest, and I instantly knew which character he played and that he, without a doubt, stole the movie with his disgust and deadpan delivery.

I see you managed to get your shirt off.

I added GQ on Netflix recently but haven't watched it again in the past year. It's a hilarious classic if you have not watched or have not watched it in a decade.

A story and highlight reel can be found here.


1/14/2016 05:17:00 PM


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