Al's Ramblings

Friday, March 31, 2017

(3/31/2017 10:17:00 PM) - Al

I noticed. He was a hack then, and he's a hack now.

And the fact he has to make a "sequel" to explain why everything is the first film turned out to be incorrect or a lie is not missed by anyone except the old media.

What a loon.

3/31/2017 10:17:00 PM

(3/31/2017 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Of the first 14 projected top picks in the NBA draft by Draft Express, 13 of them are freshmen, with 1 international player.

Nigel Hayes is listed near the end of the 2nd round, first time I've seen him listed on one of those since after his sophomore year.

3/31/2017 08:11:00 PM

(3/31/2017 05:13:00 PM) - Al

And so it begins.

Dumped into the newscycle on a late FRI afternoon, per the standard Dem playbook. It's dead, but the heart is still beating. It may survive another year, but you can't fix shattered glass.

At some point, the narrative will change from "Obamacare is the greatest thing the planet has ever known" to "well, I guess we need socialized healthcare" only it will be called "All Health" or "Medihealth"  something like that.

And we will hear all the merits of DMV medical care.

3/31/2017 05:13:00 PM

(3/31/2017 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Counsell confirmed that when he mentioned 3 bullpen candidates for 2 spots, he meant Cravy, Jungmann, Scahill. So Barnes tentatively is in.--Adam,

I'm surprised. Barnes has options and had a mediocre spring.

3/31/2017 05:03:00 PM

(3/31/2017 04:50:00 PM) - Al

This is why the map is red.

3/31/2017 04:50:00 PM

(3/31/2017 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Cesar Vargas is not only just 25 and pretty good, but he was a KATOH darling last year.


Vargas was optioned in March, so he can be optioned as many times as possible in 2017. 

3/31/2017 04:09:00 PM

(3/31/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al


The fact is, the only violence on the right was when Sanders paid protesters to disrupt that Trump rally, which the old media harped about all weekend that it was a sign of how terrible Trump people were, but as I predicted, Trump's numbers went up, because the rubes saw it the same way I was not Trump's fault Sanders knew he was a threat.

It wasn't patriotic conservatives that made Occupy a cesspool of human waste, drug deals, and rape tents. It wasn't patriotic conservatives that lied about why they were against the pipeline in North Dakota and left behind piles of trash, abandoned vehicles, and pets. It wasn't patriotic conservatives that vandalized Madison and the capitol during Act 10 protests, which, not only failed, but have been proven to be 100% incorrect, as that legislation has not only worked exactly as planned, but is now being copied by other fiscally responsible states. 

3/31/2017 04:00:00 PM

(3/31/2017 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like Brogdon is out tonight with back stiffness. I assume Delly and Giannis will split time bringing the ball up, though Middleton and Terry also do it on occasion every night.

3/31/2017 03:38:00 PM

(3/31/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Why do those on the left hate their country so?

3/31/2017 03:30:00 PM

(3/31/2017 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I like to see more than dinosaurs and punchlines Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden speaking for all Dems. The same, exact, arcane message that led to defeat in 2010, 2012 (except the presidency), 2014, and 2016.

Hillary, who lost white women by 10 points, acting as if she speaks for an entire gender, when in reality, ladies who are pro life, pro military, and/or fiscally responsible simply despise her.

3/31/2017 03:21:00 PM

(3/31/2017 03:10:00 PM) - Al

--BUMPED with 2016 final totals

Brewers projections
708 runs scored
728 runs allowed

2016--671 scored/733 allowed

.314 OBP
.422 SLG


4.26 team ERA

2016--4.08 ERA

79 wins

2016--73 wins

Is it overly optimistic? I don't know. They can withstand an injury to any position player...except Braun. The position player depth at AAA is outstanding, as many, Brinson especially, would easily make the 25 man roster if not for needing PA's and service time considerations. The rotation is deep, though a trade of Guerra or Peralta, or an injury would be tough to overcome, though all indications are that Hader is ready to at least be passable, and I'm a big fan of Espino. The rest of the reinforcements, some combo of Wang, Wilkerson, and Burgos, are a nice group of low ceiling prospects. Magnifico, Goforth, Suter, Blazek...very serviceable.





3/31/2017 03:10:00 PM

(3/31/2017 03:04:00 PM) - Al

The Wall Street Journal seems to be saying that, yep, the administration spied on Trump.

The silence from the old media is deafening. Considering they did the same to a variety of journalists, and produced a shrug of the shoulders when the president tweeted it, no one should be surprised.

3/31/2017 03:04:00 PM

(3/31/2017 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Email runneth over, six new ones since my projections magically popped up at 11 due to technology.

--Tim asks if I could put last year's numbers on the post for comparison sakes. Will be done sir.

--Traffic (I assume that's a nickname) and GW (I doubt if that's 43) ask why Villar is so low. Because last season his BAbip was close to .400, meaning he was fortunate. Those things tend to balance out.

--Greg asks how I came up with Thames' projections...same as everyone else...I guessed. I am far closer to his career MLB numbers than many who have said he may put up a high 800 OPS or 900 OPS. My feeling is it once. Until then, I'm being conservative.

--WR asks why no individual ERA predictions. I actually have them, but did not post them because they are done more as a group, and, let's be blunt the difference between a 4 and a 4.50 ERA is how many ground balls sneak through, bloopers fall in, and how the bullpen does with the baserunners left on.

Karl (not the Rambling brother) asks how all 3 catchers can be so similar. Because they are. That's why no one knew who would be the two going north would be, until Susac was injured.

3/31/2017 02:45:00 PM

(3/31/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. It takes a village...of bad marketing to take a bad candidate and give her a bad logo.

3/31/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/31/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Amazon and Wal Mart are in a price war.

It's a buyer's market. Enjoy the savings, my friends.

3/31/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/31/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Don't do drugs, ladies.

You stay in school.

Cory Evenson was very attractive back in the day.

3/31/2017 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, March 30, 2017

(3/30/2017 11:49:00 PM) - Al

Manchin and Heitkamp say they will vote for Gorsuch.

Some folks want to be reelected, it would appear. The two biggest motivators are fear and need. Fear of losing, needing to appear moderate in red states...makes perfect sense.

3/30/2017 11:49:00 PM

(3/30/2017 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Counsell announces Tommy Millone has made the team, will pitch out of bullpen. Given his weak spring, I would assume he'll be used in long relief.

3/30/2017 05:51:00 PM

(3/30/2017 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Garza will open season on DL, groin injury.

That sets the rotation, I believe one more pitcher will have to be removed to get to 25 overall.

3/30/2017 05:46:00 PM

(3/30/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I must have forgotten the 15 day DL was changed to 10 days. Obviously, this would seem to mean teams to use it to rest a SP with a day or two off on the schedule and either not miss a start or only miss one.

It will also mean fewer games played shorthanded when a player is "only" expected to miss 5-7 days. 10 is only 3 more than 7, and those extra days are usually wise anyway. I could imagine more teams going with only 6 relievers and flipping them more in combo with the DL to rest them as well.

Time will tell. I would especially think contenders would do this.

3/30/2017 05:30:00 PM

(3/30/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Lots of very solid, if unspectacular relief pitchers becoming available at the end of March, as is usually the case. Given Barnes' struggles and his two options, not to mention an open 40 man spot, a bullpen addition would not surprise me at all. Of course, Stearns could pick up a position player as well, but with Counsell saying they will need an 8 man bullpen at some point, with only a single day off in the first 24 days, any position player picked up would probably have to have an option left.

3/30/2017 04:21:00 PM

(3/30/2017 04:10:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain hit the nail on the head today on Outnumbered...if the Dems and old media will attack VP Pence for being faithful to his wife...and for being intelligent enough to not set up a compromising photo op (remember, the New York Times hit piece on John McCain when he had the nerve to allow a woman who was not his wife to ride on his campaign plane), they will attack on anything.

You can add to it the needless and hypocritical delay of Judge Gorsuch, who has been approved before. The map is red for a reason.

3/30/2017 04:10:00 PM

(3/30/2017 03:12:00 PM) - Al

As I have said for decades, this is because we simply have too many cars.

X amount of people own cars. There are a few people who have a car that would like to replace it. There are a few people who do not have a car that would like one. However, even if the middle group exchanged cars, it would not do anything to reduce the number of cars out there, unless folks junk their old ones. Think for a minute how many thousands of cars are sitting on the lots of dealers right now. It's mindboggling.

One of the many ideas Obama had to "jumpstart" his slowest growing economy since WW2 was his "cash for clunkers," laughably inept and shortsighted program. What did it do? It gave auto manufacturers free reign to build cars willy nilly because thousands of quality used vehicles were destroyed. Know what the results of such stupidity is? Doubling 232 years of debt in 8 years, because Obama did not believe in supply and demand; and kicking the "too damn many cars" problem down the road.  

3/30/2017 03:12:00 PM

(3/30/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

This seems to be a message.


3/30/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/30/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I just read that the Bulls have won the last 19 games they have played on TNT.

They play the Cavs tonight on TNT.

3/30/2017 11:30:00 AM

(3/30/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Imagine if the old media reported this type of thing.

I'm sure they would now.:)

3/30/2017 10:30:00 AM

(3/30/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

When I was in 5th grade, several students noticed a trend in our weekly FRI newsletter (I don't think it was called The Weekly Reader, I think we had went to a generic, probably cheaper, more left wing brand)...every week, it talked about some impending natural calamity...earthquakes, pollution, extinction, nuclear war, get the point. After a few weeks in a row of reading about one "world is going to hell in a handbasket" scenario after another, several of us started wondering what this week would bring.

Our teacher, also a farmer and a talker, caught on one week and we spent much of the afternoon talking about how it's basically common for folks to insist that the future will be awful because of technology. His grandpa, he told us, almost disowned his son when the first tractor appeared on the farm. He kind of teased us about our belief that the weekly thing was negative, he thought it was more truthful.

Then on MON, he went back to the subject, because over the weekend, he saw a story on a 20/20 type program that basically insisted farmers were to blame for all the river and lake pollution in the world, because the fertilizer they used was washing into waterways. He said he and his son sat there disputing the report, but it continued on for a long time, to both their disgust. After it was done, the reporter sat with the host for a couple minutes, discussing things. The host finally said, "Well what can be done?" The reporter looked into the camera and said, "As long as the agriculture industry puts profit over the health of the planet, we're doomed."

He told us as his son said some choice words about things, all he could think of was, "Those kids were right." Among his many statements was he felt water was far cleaner now than it had been back when city dwellers took their buckets of human waste down to the shore and dumped them in, because then it all ended up downstream somewhere....something many of us had never known, but have since found out is 100% true.

As a wise man would say, they always complain with their bellies full and in a warm house.

On a final note, while Cronkite has been outed for decades as being a biased liberal, it would have been noted in a half second had he leaned right. He was called fair and neutral because he wasn't anymore left than others. "Fair" has been a synonym for "liberal" for half a century, at least. Why do you think Fox News stands out so?

3/30/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/30/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Maybe it's my libertarian side on display, but I really don't know what exactly is supposed to be done about this "crisis." The old media insisted that Nancy Reagan was just a simpleton for her "just say no" campaign, and while the Rambling son took part in DARE programs and the like at school; they get made fun of a lot as well. We are an incredible wealthy society, and many folks; teens, young adults, and adults of all ages, make terrible decisions. 

I'm not addicted to opiates for several reasons, but the main one is I've never tried opiates. It's certainly tragic when someone's bad choices leads to an early passing, but, bad choices often have consequences.

3/30/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/30/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I will say this...every time they think he's down, he seems to be rejuvenated.

I think some give him too much credit, but I also know many give him far too little. And they all are the same ones who insisted he had no chance of winning. I'd get tired of being wrong, but that's just me.

3/30/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/30/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Obama insists it's all just luck.

3/30/2017 01:00:00 AM

(3/30/2017 12:21:00 AM) - Al

With all the fertility treatment out there, I doubt the odds were as long as you think.

3/30/2017 12:21:00 AM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

(3/29/2017 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Bucks make my "punt idea" look rather shortsighted.

Good for them. No complaints.

Of course, my idea was with an eye on the long term, not tonight. While we'll never know if they would have won had they rested key players, I'll be the first to admit it would not be likely.

3/29/2017 09:08:00 PM

(3/29/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, a dead dog has a better personality and higher likability ratings than Hillary too.

3/29/2017 02:00:00 PM

(3/29/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

As Dana Loesch said, just like Hitler.

3/29/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/29/2017 12:48:00 PM) - Al

If this is not changed, in a couple decades, no one born a woman will win any medals.

Sad that Joe Rogan is the voice of reason here.

Some are so caught up with being PC they fail to realize the uneven playing field they have mindlessly created.

3/29/2017 12:48:00 PM

(3/29/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

There is a live stream of Detective Weiland's funeral online.

Warning, it's a mighty tough watch.

3/29/2017 12:30:00 PM

(3/29/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine being as ungrateful and hate filled as George?

What a pity.

3/29/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/29/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Lines to pay respects for a criminal would not be nearly as long where I live.

Some administrations were just a tad out of touch. That's why they lose.

3/29/2017 11:57:00 AM

(3/29/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It must be difficult waking up each morning and having to check which way the wind is blowing before you know what your innermost beliefs are.

I'm not saying he's a partisan hack. He does that without my help.

3/29/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/29/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Someday, be it in 4 years or 40, we will suddenly see the return of the days when it was incredibly stupid to call for the removal of a sitting president when you simply disagree with them.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

3/29/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/29/2017 09:41:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife and son are off to the inlaws to spend a few days of his spring break. She just called to report that it is mindboggling how many police cars she is seeing on the other side of Highway 29, often in small groups.

Law enforcement and the military are a close knit bunch, who support their own with no hesitation. I always heartily endorse both, while some choose to focus on a tiny fraction of incidents that may involve poor judgement (or, in the case of Ferguson "hands up, don't shoot," a lie sold by the old media because the truth did not fit the narrative they tried to sell).

Thank goodness we have men and women that choose to do the jobs the snowflakes complain about and are far too gutless to even consider.

EDIT: I should mention today is the funeral for a local police officer killed in the line of duty by a random scumbag.

Sorry, alleged scumbag. 

EDIT 2: No disrespect meant to bags of scum. 

3/29/2017 09:41:00 AM

(3/29/2017 09:17:00 AM) - Al

I have no idea why Vance Worley has to fight for a job every single season. Must be related to his low K totals.

3/29/2017 09:17:00 AM

(3/29/2017 09:04:00 AM) - Al

Iceland is one of the top two countries I would have at the top of my list if some sort of natural disaster destroyed the USA (never mind I would likely be killed, and that I have actually pondered such things...I blame too much time to think during my 5 years as a pizza guy).

Since I know it would kill you to not know, the other is Australia.

3/29/2017 09:04:00 AM

(3/29/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

If CNN drops much more, they won't have a number, just an asterisk.

I'm so old, I remember when CNN was relevant.

3/29/2017 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

(3/28/2017 10:55:00 PM) - Al

With a pair of winnable home games this weekend at home, again, I would seriously consider punting a tough road game in Boston tomorrow night, giving high minute guys like Giannis, Middleton, and Monroe a night off, to effectively give them 2 full days off before the FRI night tilt.

3/28/2017 10:55:00 PM

(3/28/2017 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Many folks are guessing the Crew has something brewing (pun intended) about Peralta, because if he remains, he will all but certainly pitch game 3. The lack of that well as the fact he is staying behind to throw in a minor league game, lends credence to that rumor.

3/28/2017 10:20:00 PM

(3/28/2017 07:28:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son sold out, selling one or two to everyone on the block.

He just asked me what "schleping" meant. Turns out, the main definition is to carry or haul, but another is a difficult journey or task, which I told him sales is.

3/28/2017 07:28:00 PM

(3/28/2017 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Dejesus trying to find a MLB team to add him to 25 man, Crew required to let him go if he does.

3/28/2017 07:11:00 PM

(3/28/2017 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Aguilar makes team, Dejesus does not. Crew appears to be either keeping 13 arms or a player being added from outside the organization. 

3/28/2017 07:06:00 PM

(3/28/2017 07:01:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son trying to schlep the rest of his candy bars for 4H that didn'rt sell when the Rambling wife posted it on Facebook. I told him to tell folks trhey were 2 for $3, he insists on saying they are $1.50.

A natural salesman, he ain't.

3/28/2017 07:01:00 PM

(3/28/2017 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Old media used to faking the news on bankers hours.

3/28/2017 06:59:00 PM

(3/28/2017 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers expected to be announcing roster moves shortly. Media in AZ have been hinting at this all day.

3/28/2017 06:56:00 PM

(3/28/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

This is obviously because of Trump's election and his limited time in office; yet his approval ratings remain either constant or down. This tells me there is still a "reluctant Trump" sentiment out there. Folks are becoming more confident to admit they like him, especially Republicans...but independents are hesitant, and Dems are afraid to, or they will be shunned.

I got a FB private message from a high school classmate the other day saying they agreed with me on a post I made, but because several others of our mutual friends have said they will unfriend any Trump supporter, they were afraid to be public about it.

The irony was, it was a thought about how good charter schools are, and our experience with the Rambling son's. Imagine, someone being afraid to "like" a post about how good our public school works for our child.

3/28/2017 04:30:00 PM

(3/28/2017 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Paid my respects to the family of Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland. Please keep them in your prayers.--Governor Walker

The visitation is about a mile from my house, with the funeral tomorrow, which is expected to draw law enforcement from all over the state and Midwest.

Already a line to get in.

3/28/2017 04:11:00 PM

(3/28/2017 04:02:00 PM) - Al

If the minimum wage worked like the left thinks, you could just make it $100 an hour and everyone would be wealthy.

3/28/2017 04:02:00 PM

(3/28/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Utah seems to be a poster child for what works...conservative government that works for the people, churches (in this case, almost exclusively the LDS church) and charitable organizations doing the charitable work, families doing what families do, take care of their own.

3/28/2017 04:00:00 PM

(3/28/2017 03:29:00 PM) - Al

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.--Mark Twain

And, possibly the repeal of Obamacare.

I know nothing except what is being reported by the Times; granted, which is about as credible as the dirt in the Rambling wife's garden. That said, you can't lower taxes a whole lot as long as that behemoth still exists.

3/28/2017 03:29:00 PM

(3/28/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If he were a conservative, this would mean serious consequences.

Never mind, nothing to see here.

3/28/2017 02:30:00 PM

(3/28/2017 02:14:00 PM) - Al

JS piece on Scooter.

Stearns has shown he likes "more athletic" players than Scooter as well. Gennett is a bat first guy.

3/28/2017 02:14:00 PM

(3/28/2017 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Scooter does not hide his sadness in leaving. Should be a good situation for him though, born in Cincy, hitter's park.

Jose Peraza is scheduled to play 2B for the Reds, but he is a natural SS, and Zack Cosart has been on the trade block for a while. Might be some opportunity at 3B too. Best of luck to Scooter, except when he plays the Crew.

3/28/2017 02:04:00 PM

(3/28/2017 01:55:00 PM) - Al

1. Dejesus would seem to have the inside track to what we would call Scooter's old spot. Has played all 4 infield spots and LF, though certainly not much of a ceiling. This would seem to be a fit for Yadiel Rivera, but Yadi will play at AAA, as he is young enough I'm sure the team hopes his hitting will improve with reps.

2. Adam reports Hernan Perez is now the longest tenured position player, other than Braun. Points out he was briefly a FA as he decided which team to sign a minor league contract with.

If you disregard Perez due to his brief free agency, Adam says #2 is Domingo Santana.

3/28/2017 01:55:00 PM

(3/28/2017 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Reds claim Scooter Gennett.

We'll have to see what Stearns says about this move, as I would assume they did this for two reasons...they did not want to pay him $2.5M to be a bench guy, and as a courtesy to him to give him a better chance at playing time.

It also opens up a spot on the 25 man. In my prep for my WTMJ appearance with Justin Saturday, I predicted Scooter would be traded before the season began to a team that needed a 2B. We never got to that on air, however.

ADDED: Link is down TUE, but worked SAT. Will update. 

Looks like I missed it by that much.

EDIT: Looks like I hit the nail on the head. Stearns did not see Scooter getting AB's, and even keeping him at AAA (he does have one option) would keep kids from getting playing time. Praised his versatility and willingness to try new spots. Money came into play too.

EDIT 2: Scooter was 2nd longest tenured position Brewers' player, only behind Braun.

EDIT 3: Adam compares this to Hernan Perez, who was let go about this time of year and removed from the 40, but later signed to a minor league contract. Scooter has had success in the majors, and will likely have a nice long career. Doug did this often, just let players go he felt would have a better chance elsewhere, though he usually did it in the offseason. Stearns said he simply did not see Scooter getting AB's now or see him as a long term fit. No one seems to be saying it, but to many teams, paying a reserve $2.5M is blasphemy, limited his trade value.

3/28/2017 01:29:00 PM

(3/28/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I still remember Erika Eleniak (she is a very pro military, positive person now, though she'll admit she spent her prime years in a haze), who was probably the most beautiful woman in the world in the early 90's* (granted, parts of her were as artificial as a cashier's smile in hour 7 of an 8 hour shift, but hence, I digress), saying how badly Steven Seagal treated her on the set of Under Siege, while never going into details. Apparently, she was not the only one.

I've hated him ever since. That said, Under Siege remains one of my favorite films.

*with all due respect to Christina Applegate

3/28/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/28/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

She's so brilliant, we should appoint her queen and take turns cleaning her lovely feet with our worthless rube tongues.

Of course, if she turned this in, she'd get an A+ and told not to even bother coming in for the final.

Please, please allow Chelsea to be the face of the Dems for the next 50 years. 

3/28/2017 11:30:00 AM

(3/28/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Almost every problem we have is directly related to government.

Money quote: The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.--Milton Friedman
Why? Because they don't have any skin in the game. They pass laws based on flavor of the day, which changes as often as the breeze. If not for the Constitution, we'd be as bad off as Venezuela.

This is why that expect government to "fix" everything are always disappointed. The only thing that works well is the military, and that is only so because they spend a bijillion dollars. A private security force could likely accomplish just as much for half the cost. Why?

Because a private company would be very unhappy if they lost $50M...never mind several billion. Government shrugs its shoulders and soaks the successful without blinking an eye.

3/28/2017 10:30:00 AM

(3/28/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al


PC culture at its finest.

3/28/2017 08:00:00 AM

(3/28/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Only a year behind.

Soon, someone will print up a piece that maybe, just maybe, Hillary Clinton is hated by an incredible amount of Americans.

3/28/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/28/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

CNN is fake news.

She has been caught climbing the fence of the White House. She's lucky they didn't throw her in a federal pen and "lose the paperwork" for a couple years. 

3/28/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/28/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

About 99% sure this young lady is from my hometown.

She's no Rambling wife, but she's quite a talent.

3/28/2017 01:30:00 AM

Monday, March 27, 2017

(3/27/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Always liked Blanco, does everything well except hit for power. Hits LHP too. Plays all 3 OF spots, runs at a plus level.

He'll all but certainly end up with a team by midseason, after injuries result in 50-100 more players taking their place.

3/27/2017 10:30:00 PM

(3/27/2017 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Saw last night when I was on my phone that the Rangers had scouts at Wily Peralta's last start. Interested now or later, no idea, but interesting.

3/27/2017 10:27:00 PM

(3/27/2017 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm very sad right now...even the once gorgeous Tabitha Soren, former MTV news gal, apparently ages just like all of us mere mortals

3/27/2017 09:30:00 PM

(3/27/2017 08:04:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife has been unable to walk with our neighbor due to her calf injury, so she went down to visit her this evening. She came back telling me that Leinie's Summer Shandy was out for the season.

FYI for other lemonade flavored beer lovers. I thought they had decided to make Summer Shandy all year long, but a check of their web site indicates I had confused that with Honey Weiss.

I have more trivial knowledge about beer than any nondrinker I know.

3/27/2017 08:04:00 PM

(3/27/2017 05:58:00 PM) - Al

No doubt Garza has pitched the worst of the rotation candidates, but we do not know if he is guaranteed a spot or not. He'll get one more tune up before the regular season begins.

3/27/2017 05:58:00 PM

(3/27/2017 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Just noticed that the LA Chargers will play in Stub Hub Center next season, which is a MLS stadium that holds about 30K.

I realize that an NFL team could make a huge profit by playing to a nonexistent crowd given their TV contract, but that's barely half as big a capacity of the next smallest.

3/27/2017 04:44:00 PM

(3/27/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al


Bernie's utopia doesn't really look all that utopian once you take a gander at it.

3/27/2017 04:21:00 PM

(3/27/2017 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Vegas Raiders.

I feel badly for Oakland, but when Clark County is spending $2B and Oakland needs baseball and football stadiums and like the rest of California, is broke...whatcha gonna do? 

3/27/2017 04:18:00 PM

(3/27/2017 04:06:00 PM) - Al

A quick look at Brewers' top prospects.

3/27/2017 04:06:00 PM

(3/27/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Liberal urban areas losing citizens? Moving to conservative suburbs and rural areas?

Gee, I wonder why? I, for one, am puzzled why anyone would leave a tax hell with high crime?

It's a mystery for the ages.

3/27/2017 03:56:00 PM

(3/27/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Too bad the old media could not be bothered to cover this type of real news.

Does not fit the narrative.

3/27/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/27/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Why do you think Obama lowered the charitable tax deduction?

1. The Dems want to be the only game in town.

2. They know their programs are not nearly as effective, so they can't compete.

3/27/2017 11:30:00 AM

(3/27/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

If he earns a third term, Evers said he would continue to push for more state funding for public schools — he is seeking $707 million over the next two years.--JS

Heh. Of course he is. Why not $7B? $70B? I mean, let's punish the successful but good!

3/27/2017 08:00:00 AM

(3/27/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

If current results are any indication, then no.

I'm sure the narrative will be we need to pay teachers more to get better performance, but the truth is, we got better results back in the 60's/70's/80's, before the huge pay increases. No one expects to get rich teaching, so that's likely a losing battle anyway. Many people I worked with retail that were studying to be teachers would proudly tell you they went into that field due to the time off; something that I'm sure they would deny out of peer pressure when they actually got into the field.

I'll never forget a rookie teacher talking to us when I was a HS senior. He had went to school for far more than 4-5 years, and was probably in his late 20's. He told us he kept going to school because he liked having summers off, and decided to teach when he realized that was the only job that allowed that. He only stayed one year, and left to...wait for it...go back to school.

He's the only person who has every said out loud what I have often thought...if you get good grades, don't work at all, and live a simple, frugal lifestyle, he said you can easily just go to school "for free" with grants, scholarships, and a small apartment in the college ghetto part of the city. I saw him at UWEC several times 2-5 years later, after I went to a two year school first.

If you want to attract good teachers, maximizing their 3 months and holidays off might be a the way to go. I have long said kids ain't learning nothing in June anyway. All but the best students tune out about mid May, and even the really good ones coast. 

3/27/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/27/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al


It is learned behavior. If you give someone everyone they need, they'll never learn how to do anything for themselves.

3/27/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/27/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I know, I know!!

Because boys are icky.

3/27/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/27/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Gee, I wonder what happened?

This is the USA's future without free market capitalism. It ain't a coincidence.

3/27/2017 12:30:00 AM

Sunday, March 26, 2017

(3/26/2017 08:00:00 PM) - Al

I hate to see Oakland lose the Raiders, but this is what happens when cities/counties and states don't step up.

When those who say "let them leave" get their wish, and then it is very, very difficult to get a team back. Ask Seattle how that NBA/NHL search is going to replace the Sonics.

3/26/2017 08:00:00 PM

(3/26/2017 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Canadian healthcare?

Hope you're patient.

Of course, lots of folks come to the USA, where we need to learn from Canada, I'm told. Imagine what the wait would be without those folks coming here...

3/26/2017 07:41:00 PM

(3/26/2017 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Trump called two very liberal newspapers right away to ensure they would have to quote him in their story. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

For a darn dope, he does brilliant things. Note that everything he said is almost identical to what I've said often in the past weeks.

3/26/2017 06:55:00 PM

(3/26/2017 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Astros have traded minor league C Tyler Heineman to the Brewers.

Likely just an organizational move for roster filler, but he's a switch hitter who gets on base and throws out over 40% of basestealers. I assume Stearns knows him from his Astros' days, so while it's likely meaningless, more meaningful than a generic move to fill a roster spot due to association.

Glanced at the minor leaguers, and it looks like they have an opening at C/1B at AAA, or a C at AA.

3/26/2017 06:41:00 PM

(3/26/2017 02:57:00 PM) - Al

It's safe to say we are going to need eight relievers at some point in the first three weeks.--Counsell

Plenty of the relievers will have an option, but Aguilar, who looks more and more like the 25th man, does not. Gennett, however, does, which could come in handy if they doing some "roster maximizing" at some point. 

3/26/2017 02:57:00 PM

(3/26/2017 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Scouts from teams looking for starting pitching have been monitoring Brewers. They know they have extra starting candidates.--JS

Would not surprise me to see Guerra dealt at anytime if Stearns gets his asking price. Garza either, for that matter. 

3/26/2017 02:08:00 PM

(3/26/2017 01:52:00 PM) - Al

The Cards kept stressing they had to improve their defense, and like they do every year, are just going with the best offensive lineup they can and ignoring the D.

Remember a few years ago they had one of the worst defensive OF's in recent memory, with Holliday in LF and Beltran in RF. They just outpitched and outscored the opposition. It can be done, but it's far from what is most common right now in the game.

One thought here...when was the last time you can recall the Brewers having someone complain like this? It's almost unheard of at least since the Melvin era began. Rickie Weeks saying he would rather sit on the bench instead of learn how to play LF/RF is about as close anyone has ever come to openly "complaining." 

3/26/2017 01:52:00 PM

(3/26/2017 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Not really a fit for the Brewers, but Drew Stubbs is a very nice role player for a team with LH hitter(s) in the OF, as he is a proven lefty masher who is a plus baserunner and defender at all 3 OF spots.

3/26/2017 01:41:00 PM

(3/26/2017 12:42:00 PM) - Al


The funny thing is, more people freak out over aspartame and other perfectly safe alternatives than they do smoking. Much like coming up with million dollar words like "verbal abuse" and pretending it's somehow as serious as actual violence, they're making a parody of themselves.

3/26/2017 12:42:00 PM

(3/26/2017 12:29:00 PM) - Al

One reason I enjoy watching all those Alaska shows about folks who still live a simpler life of hunting, trapping, and in a tiny cabin without electricity...they are all perfectly content with themselves. They don't want to go to work every day for someone else. They have no interest in being "successful" the way society views success.

It's too bad this gal feels her happy life is "just OK." As long as she's good with it, everyone should be good with it.

Of course, in the society in which we live, where segments of the population insist they "know better" than others, I suppose that's going to be the case.

3/26/2017 12:29:00 PM

(3/26/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Part of this is because of how slowly things get done in DC. Part of this is because it takes forever to get anything done because of procedural crap and lobbyists. And a great deal of it is because we reelect the same people every couple years, and like most government employees, their top priority is to have a job at the end of the day.

Getting stuff done, especially actual change, is difficult. And it often gets in the way of priority one.

3/26/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/26/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I think I've talked about this before, but it's an excellent listen...Why Men Hate Going To Church.

Short answer? Because it's set up by women for women. 

Perfect timing too, putting it on a SUN morning.:)

3/26/2017 09:30:00 AM

(3/26/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't see it the way most do at all. Neither does Scott Adams, who was the first to predict Trump's win, way before most of us caught on. Of course, I'm a contrarian.

The ACHA had a 17% approval rating...though most of that is because it was never explained (or folks ignored it because they just wanted to complain) by the old media that this was only a beginning, step one of three or four. It supposedly had to done that way to avoid needing 60 votes in the Senate...I can't say I understand the arcane rules enough to fully understand. Those talking about estimated cost increases were basically just using incomplete'd be like answering "How much longer?" when you don't know where you are going.

Obamacare is set to collapse soon, and the Dems passed it without a single GOP vote. It's highly disliked, though it is currently more popular than ever, as explained by Meghan McCain, "It's like when you're in a bad relationship. but don't really feel like being single again, you try and convince yourself things aren't all that bad, even though you know it's a trainwreck." 

Right now, when the eventual death occurs, Trump (and the GOP for that matter) can say, "I told you so." Even if it lasts longer than we predict, if current premium increases and lesser coverage continues, not only will it be a debt ridden disaster, it'll be a debt ridden disaster no one bothers to buy, even if insurance companies don't drop out as expected.

Remember, it's almost completely unfunded.

3/26/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/26/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

What a freaking loon.

3/26/2017 01:30:00 AM

Saturday, March 25, 2017

(3/25/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

BUMP: Remember, I'm on WTMJ with Justin around 7:15 tonight. Don't forget to listen live, or I will have the archive when it's available.


3/25/2017 08:30:00 PM

(3/25/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Well said.

Negotiate all you want, eventually, the team with more power and strength wins.

In combat, everyone dies but the victor.

3/25/2017 12:30:00 PM

(3/25/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Constitution should be adjusted...but only when extreme liberals feel it should be.

The reason it's the greatest document to ever govern is because it is brilliant in both its simplicity and its complexity. It does not allow emotion into the equation. That's all the left has.

3/25/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/25/2017 11:25:00 AM) - Al

Dayton's Archie Miller is in serious talks to become new coach at Indiana.--CBS

Let's just cut out the middle man and save 5 years of average to above average results and just fire him now. 

3/25/2017 11:25:00 AM

(3/25/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Socialist utopia struggling with basics. 


Almost too many cliches to bring up. But...

---If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free.

---If we could only think of a way to run our medical system like the DMV, said no one ever.

3/25/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/25/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

To be honest, that's a dealbreaker for most.

3/25/2017 10:30:00 AM

(3/25/2017 09:55:00 AM) - Al

Sadly, as Badgers' fans, we're far too close to the situation to be able to appreciate the beauty and greatness of the game.

We only care about the result.

3/25/2017 09:55:00 AM

(3/25/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Sowell is a genius.

3/25/2017 02:30:00 AM

(3/25/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Women in swimsuits are never a problem.

3/25/2017 12:30:00 AM

Friday, March 24, 2017

(3/24/2017 11:33:00 PM) - Al

I feel so sorry for the folks who don't watch live sports.

3/24/2017 11:33:00 PM

(3/24/2017 11:17:00 PM) - Al

Between the Bucks and Badgers, looking at the internet, it's tough to find a single conservative unhappy about the failure of the health care bill...none.

And pretty much a unanimous call to repeal and get out of the business, an idea that's so simple it's revolutionary. I have some folks insisting "Medicaid for all" is the only way to go, to which the obvious response is that the government will have to take over all clinics and hospitals, as they lose money on every Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare patient, depending on the group coverage rubes to make up for it.

3/24/2017 11:17:00 PM

(3/24/2017 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Bucks now tied for 5th in the East, win despite heavy legs in first game back from a long west coast trip.

3/24/2017 09:41:00 PM

(3/24/2017 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Why we're broke in one graphic.

And we all thought Idiocracy was fiction.

What was that old Roseanne line?

Apparently, I breed well in captivity.

3/24/2017 07:35:00 PM

(3/24/2017 05:38:00 PM) - Al

After Paul Ryan's ObamaCare replacement bill failed to garner enough Republican support to pass a House vote Friday, President Trump announced his planned path forward: "Let ObamaCare explode." 

Trump said that if things get bad enough, Democrats will come aboard the reform effort. At that point, Trump said, it will become possible to pass a bill even better than Ryan'

As I have pointed on several occasions, the Dems being "married" to a plan that is set to disintegrate within months (or, possibly, 18 months) is a very strange position to take. At that point, trying to somehow suggest a change should not have happened before...well, again, it's an odd stance.

Hopefully, the pressure of failure will be enough to bring the free market back into things.

I have read a few folks say the left will have only three choices then...working on reverting back to the old days of, you know, capitalism; suggest throwing money at Obamacare for a short term fix, or admitting defeat and pushing for single payer...which, at best, is a tough sell. The VA, Great Britain, and Canada all have huge problems...basic, same day appointments are difficult/impossible to come by, and ER/walk in visits often take 12-36 hours because that's where everyone ends up. There's a reason border clinics do huge cash business from Canadians...they drive 15 miles to see a doc and pick up a prescription rather than suffering a week.

I've had VA clients that tell me how they've driven to Tomah at 10AM, went "on the list" and been told to come back the next day. At 9AM they show up again and they are 10th on the list, and don't get seen until late afternoon. They kind of chuckle and say, "It's a 2-3 day thing. There's a nice hotel there, and we like the restaurants. Kind of a vacation. Sometimes, we go to the casino in Black River Falls in the evenings."

If you have an infant with an ear infection, doesn't that sound appealing? Kidney stone attack? "Oh, no one goes there with a real emergency," I have been told. If that's the only option, it'd be quite an adjustment, especially with the snowflakes ability to handle negatives.

3/24/2017 05:38:00 PM

(3/24/2017 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Two quick Rambling notes:

1. No way I'm getting my projection typed up today, as the Rambling son is off school and we're watching a Shark Tank. Look for that on Monday.

2. I will be on with Justin on WTMJ Saturday evening around 7:15PM. I will post the link here when it's sent to me. I am not above floating an early preview of what I see ahead for 2017 if it's brought up.  

3/24/2017 03:13:00 PM

(3/24/2017 01:51:00 PM) - Al with far more info on the shootings in the Rambling area than the old media is reporting.

3/24/2017 01:51:00 PM

(3/24/2017 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith will have Tommy John surgery.

Why I would continue to focus on position player drafting and development. Simply put, pitchers get hurt too often to plan more than a season at a time.

3/24/2017 01:47:00 PM

(3/24/2017 01:39:00 PM) - Al

A while back, there was an article that talked about how Drudge was all but silent on the GOP health care bill. Drudge, much like myself, is a libertarian at heart, and probably shares my feelings...this is a "fix" for the imminent collapse of Obamacare, but it's far from a perfect one, as it lacks free market stuff that would drive competition and lower premiums.

So, as most are torn, I am too. It's tough to decide who to root for here, because if it does pass, the Senate has to pass a bill, and then they will have to compromise the two together...a process that would end up with a bill only vaguely related to this one.

The gals at Outnumbered, along with their one lucky guy, seem to agree with me that this is why folks have no confidence in Congress at all, they are so caught up in political theater, they seem to just be ignoring the fact that Obamacare will blow up as early as the next sign up period, leaving many with no plan to choose from, and many, perhaps most, with only one option, which will lead to huge premium increases, because a lack of competition always does.

3/24/2017 01:39:00 PM

(3/24/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Michigan is about to get a lot more crowded.

The irony is, even if it happens, Detroit will still be a vacant hellhole.

3/24/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/24/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, I couldn't get by on that, but I respect her for her frugality.

3/24/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/24/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

They vote with their feet.

Farmers aren't ones to bother following ridiculous rules and regs.

3/24/2017 01:30:00 AM

Thursday, March 23, 2017

(3/23/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al


It's different when they do it. If it weren't for double standards...

3/23/2017 07:00:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Health care vote cancelled, still short of votes.

Lots of talk today that the GOP should simply repeal Obamacare and let the free market take over. It's such a crazy idea, and a contrarian one at that, I'm pretty close to agreeing. As I have pointed out a few times, most of the "I can't get coverage" brigade say that because it gets them far more sympathy than saying "I can't afford my health care premium because I am overweight/unhealthy." Don't get me wrong, there will always be a few folks that can't be covered, if you allow insurers to ask a health history, or even height and weight. But they are few and far between. Like drunk drivers and convicted felons when they apply for auto insurance, they would be charged more.

Last night, President Trump was said to have refused to even consider removing the preexisting conditions clause, as several senators apparently insist it has to be done to lower premiums for 75-90% of those seeking insurance. As I have pointed out on many occasions, Trump is extremely moderate, a nugget of info most have overlooked.

3/23/2017 04:54:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:35:00 PM) - Al

As with all fake news, it's so rampant it's difficult to find the real stuff.

3/23/2017 04:35:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:28:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have informed catcher Manny Pina and righty Jhan Marinez that they’ll be on the active roster to open the year,’s Adam McCalvy reports (Twitter links). Both were among the many Milwaukee 40-man members who enter the year without any options, so the news means that the club will avoid the need to expose them to waivers. Pina, 29, has a thin MLB track record but will share duties behind the plate with either Jett Bandy or Andrew Susac; the latter is currently dealing with neck and back issues, clouding his outlook, though both still have options. As for Marinez, he will have a chance to follow up on his solid 2016 season, in which he threw 62 1/3 innings of 3.18 ERA ball with 7.2 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9.

Meanwhile, the Brewers received some disappointing news on the farm, as righty Devin Williams is headed for Tommy John surgery, per Jim Callis of (via Twitter). In the most recent prospect rankings of the team, Williams takes the 18th spot among Milwaukee farmhands. The 22-year-old, a second-round pick in 2013, reached the High-A level last year and is said to carry future mid-rotation upside. 

As expected, Pina and Marinez will be kept, partially due to production, and in part that they would all but certainly be lost if demoted, as they would have to clear waivers.

As for Williams, there is no such thing as a pitching prospect; not to mention, there are only two types of pitchers, those that have had arm problems, and those who have not had arm problems YET. Hopefully, he'll return in 2018 stronger than ever.

That's all the cliches I got.

3/23/2017 04:28:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Tragic news from the Rambling area, every shooting happened with a few minutes of the Rambling residence.

3/23/2017 04:21:00 PM

(3/23/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine what the numbers would be if the old media was unbiased.

3/23/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al


Damn it, it works in textbooks!

3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

People vote with their feet. And by going to suburbs to buy carbonated beverages.

I always find it funny when liberals think they can "soak the rubes" and the rubes outsmart them. And the left NEVER sees it coming.

3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Fact check: True.

3/23/2017 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

(3/22/2017 09:08:00 PM) - Al

The pope is one demented fella.

Every time he says something, he loses any credibility he once had.

3/22/2017 09:08:00 PM

(3/22/2017 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Very interesting. One of these numbers is all but identical to what I came up with.

3/22/2017 08:44:00 PM

(3/22/2017 08:18:00 PM) - Al

DC Everest police officer was shot and killed and 3 civilians killed today, shooter is in custody, but apparently survived.

3/22/2017 08:18:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Supposedly, the House GOP is still working on compromises in order to pick up the support they need. So many are saying it won't pass (or come to a vote) it's difficult to believe they are all wrong. I hated it at first, but now feel it's better than what's currently in place, and supposedly, there's more steps to come. However, if so many intelligent fiscal conservatives are against it, it's difficult to be excited about it passing or upset about it failing.

As I have said, I would simply return to the days of 2008, when people bought health insurance the same way they bought home, life, and malpractice coverage; which, amazingly, still works fine. The government may have to keep some sort of "high risk" plan on the books for those that have been turned down by 3+ insurers (yes, that's exactly what WI had before, they "fixed" what was not broken), but the rest would be back on private coverage and simply let the free market work; along with the ability to cross state lines to buy coverage, buy short term or high deductible plans, and give more tax credits and fewer restrictions to those who want to have health savings accounts or flexible savings accounts

The problem, of course, is at the moment, this is illegal; and even worse, no entitlement a fraction of the size of Obamacare has ever been repealed, because as with all taxes, once it begins, it never ends.

3/22/2017 07:45:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Two Kings out tonight with injuries, and two out for "rest."

I'm sure the Bucks will happily take it. They are not proud, and neither am I.

3/22/2017 07:23:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:15:00 PM) - Al

A police officer and at least two others were shot today in the Rambling area, as every single location is within 10 minutes of the Rambling domicile. By reading between the lines, I would say that number is probably 4, as the shooter's apartment was raided about 5PM by a SWAT team, and several shots were heard on this video.

The Salvation Army is setting up a table in the parking lot of the apartment building where the SWAT team was, so it sounds as if all the excitement is over.

3/22/2017 07:15:00 PM

(3/22/2017 06:46:00 PM) - Al

Yes, there's no one I trust more than the extremely liberal DC elite to monitor the internet for "the truth."

Remember, Hillary was the healthiest person on the planet until her security team threw in her in the back of the van like a bag of rock salt. Not only were they used to it, they had seen it so many times, they didn't even bother taking her to the hospital, just Chelsea's apartment.

"The old broad passed out again," was very likely the exact phrase used. But we were clueless, because they're so honest.

3/22/2017 06:46:00 PM

(3/22/2017 04:41:00 PM) - Al

BUMP: Updated with info on Blazek being sent to AAA and Reed to AA at the bottom.

Brewers release Joba, Webb.

They both might well have had opt out dates, a day in their contract where they either had to be added to the 40 man roster, told they had made the 25 man roster, or had the right to choose free agency. Or, the Crew might have just knew they were not in the running for a roster spot (barring injuries) and decided to cut them loose to give them a chance to catch on with a team with a club needing arms or have had several relievers go down.

I thought Chamberlain had a good chance to make the club, even moreso because many of the Crew's bullpen core have options.

Who is this a good sign for? Tyler Cravy, Tommy Milone, and Taylor Jungmann are all on the 40 man and have pitched well, both in run prevention and in K/BB ratio. Ditto for Rob Scahill, who is not on the 40 anymore.

I assume Marinez, Knebel, Feliz, and Torres have spots locked up, while Blazek and Barnes are heavy favorites, though Barnes has options and Blazek does not.

Also to consider, if Nelson is the odd man out of the rotation mix, he'll all but certainly go down to AAA. Anderson would take a spot in the bullpen, though looking at their spring numbers, it would seem Nelson is well behind the others.

As for the position players, Aguilar seems to have won a spot, and may well platoon with Thames, while Perez platoons with Shaw and picks up PA's elsewhere as well. Pina has had a superb spring, and has no options. Bandy has thrown nicely, and Susac has been banged up, and has a pair of options. I'd say the smart money is on Andrew starting the season at altitude.

EDIT: Blazek's final option was used this morning, as he was sent down to AAA. No one else mentioned was sent down, Goforth is likely the only name most would recognize. Rivera and Reed also officially optioned, though neither had much of a chance to go north.

Reed will be sent to AA to play every day, as Kyle Wren will join the 4 OF rotation in Colorado Springs. 

3/22/2017 04:41:00 PM

(3/22/2017 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Can we actually fix how government has ruined health care?

I'm a firm believer the free market can fix anything. However, Meghan McCain was right that Obamacare made health care an entitlement, and to many, the government not only owes them healthcare, but needs to pay for it for them as well.

The thing that really irritates me is how few people are affected by it, yet the plethora of coverage it gets. Most states have more uninsured that have Obamacare, and no state has more than 10% of its citizens on "non group" insurance.

In 2010, we passed a bill that costs a fortune, was and is unsustainable, got rid of the entire competition based private insurance market for healthcare (which, amazingly, works just fine for life, homeowners, auto, renters, property, and so on). It is broken and will die on its own in a year or two. The irony here is, we have folks that vehemently defend this broken system because...well, it covers everyone...if they bother signing up and can afford it.

3/22/2017 03:08:00 PM

(3/22/2017 02:45:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and wife are both in lockdown mode after an incident at a local bank today.

I blame Trump.

EDIT: I was charging my phone and I put it on airplane mode for an hour because I read it charges quicker. Sure enough, it does, but I missed all the action. If I see a lone gunman, I'll call the authorities. 

3/22/2017 02:45:00 PM

(3/22/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The one thing Tomi Lahren has shown?

The pro life folks in the GOP don't seem to be interested in opening their arms and welcoming pro choicers who agree on the entire platform, minus one.

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

3/22/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/22/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what the Dept of Ag spends our money on.

The term "money wasted" seems to fit here as it does with most expenditures.

3/22/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Hollywood is so out of touch with most of the US, it's scary. There are people who will happily pay $30 to see a movie at home before it hits the theaters...but very few of them. To the elites in LA/NY, they know most of them, so they think they are everywhere.

3/22/2017 08:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Granted, if there's anyone who understands twisting the truth, Susan Rice is that person.

It's like they forget that they lied from the minute they began and continue to this day. Rewriting history is not nearly as effective as they hoped.

3/22/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/22/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Too busy dotting i's and crossing t's one would suspect. Government tends to work very slowly and with job security in mind. Fixing problems is not as important as having problems to fix.

3/22/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Down 49 pounds since JAN22, which I guess is 58 days.

I had an appointment with my doc yesterday and he had a student working with him who I talked to for about 10 minutes first. She said something I've never heard before...losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% what you do. Both said I was doing great and I didn't need to return for 6 months, barring problems on my end. By the way, a trip to the clinic is far more enjoyable when 2 of the 3 people you chat with are pretty young women. I should have found me a recent college grad lady doc when our doc left to work in the hospital a couple years ago. Me and the Rambling son both ended up with this guy, and the Rambling wife chose one that works closer to her work, so it's easier to see her.

I remembered something Rambling friend Jason said they told him once...that he was really healthy and had really good numbers...for a fat guy.

Hey, you take what you can get.

3/22/2017 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

(3/21/2017 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win one in Portland, who had won 5 in a row and are fighting for the 8th spot in the other conference. 3-2 on their western trip with 1 left.

Lots of years, they have had 1-5 or 0-6 trips, barely being in most games.

3/21/2017 11:31:00 PM

(3/21/2017 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The best available pitcher beyond Quintana, surmised two sources, is Junior Guerra, the Milwaukee Brewers starter who had a standout rookie season last year – as a 31-year-old.--Yahoo

That is a very weak SP market...wait until some guys get hurt. 

3/21/2017 09:03:00 PM

(3/21/2017 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Rand Paul says the Ryan health plan will be pulled if they are not able to secure the votes before THU, which makes perfect sense to me. That makes perfect sense to me. If they can't get the votes, they'll pull it and begin fresh.

3/21/2017 07:44:00 PM

(3/21/2017 07:39:00 PM) - Al

This will spark more Braun to LA rumors, though we have heard nothing on that front since that trade failed to take place last deadline.

Many said I was a darn fool when I said he'd stay, as his 10/5 rights kick in this May and the Crew is very deep in OF's. It made perfect sense for him to be dealt...almost too much. But his relationship with Mark A and the organization makes it seem doubtful too me...I think he has told them he would prefer to stay, and MA has told Stearns to only come to him for approval if as team overpays in talent and agrees to cover every penny of what Braun is owed.

3/21/2017 07:39:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Grilled burgers and brats tonight, and I somehow missed the handle (or my hand slipped off, I'm not sure) on top when I went to pull it shut, and my left pinkie tip/side touched the top of the grill, which I estimate was 7 zillion degrees.

Happened over an hour ago, and despite lots of running cold water on it, it still hurts. Never had a burn hurt that long, and I'm surprised nothing shows, not even red, never mind a blister or anything.

3/21/2017 06:51:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:28:00 PM) - Al

The local sports just had their all area girls basketball team. One of the gals hit 88% of her FT's, another 90%.

That makes the Happ and Hayes numbers even more painful.

3/21/2017 06:28:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:19:00 PM) - Al

With the kijillions of dollars we spend on education, you'd think kids that went to school would do better than those who, for lack of a better word, were "unschooled."

The way I see the scorecard, public school kids don't do as good as those that are home schooled, and do the same as those who don't get an actual education other than exploring what interests them.

That's about as damning as anything I've ever seen or heard. Tell me again...why do we pay ten times more per student than we did 50 years ago?

3/21/2017 06:19:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

The left needs to own every one of these examples of incredibly stupid behavior, almost all of which seem to promote violence.

When you promote an atmosphere of bitching about everything instead of trying to fix the problem, well, this is what you get.

It's different when they do it.

3/21/2017 06:12:00 PM

(3/21/2017 04:14:00 PM) - Al

I think the NBA is making too big of a deal about this. You can't tell teams to do what's not in their best interest.

I thought the Bucks should "punt" SAT night when they played Golden State, give Middleton, Giannis, maybe Terry the night off and allow them to take a 2-3 day stretch off before they have to play PORT/SAC back to back. I may have looked foolish when they got off to a good start early, but when GS dominated the last 42 minutes of the game, it made perfect sense. MLB gives guys days off all the time, it's not even noticeable in the NFL, because guys are banged up so often.

I assume it's more of a NBA "problem" because they market their marquee players so effectively, and because they only have 5 players on the floor per team at a time. It's almost as if Silver is "suggesting" they rest their players on a MON night in Milwaukee or Utah than a nationally televised game. 

3/21/2017 04:14:00 PM

(3/21/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The surge in optimism among businesspeople is overwhelming.

The left worries about the Court and Russia claims. Regular folks shrug and go to work, longing to pay less in taxes and hoping their job is secure.

3/21/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/21/2017 11:02:00 AM) - Al

She's right. Grocery shopping already has changed. And it continues to do so. In 5 years, the environment will look as strange to us as today's would to someone a century ago, when the shopkeeper took your list and filled your order for you.

Years ago, when we lived in the Twin Cities, there was a company that delivered groceries by truck, and left them on your doorstep in an insulated styrofoam container to keep it cool. They were called Simon Delivers, and are still around, after being bought out. I'd see them out when I walked the Rambling dog, and see boxes by doors.

The Rambling wife and I would get pamphlets left on our door and they looked very pricey, like a Whole Foods...but they'd deliver, so it was convenient.

However, with Amazon and now Wal Mart (just got our first delivery at 9:30AM this morning...ordered it SAT night). Getting our 2nd one tomorrow, as the Rambling son informed us he needed allergy spray, and it's cheaper buying it OTC, and that almost put us over the $35 minimum by itself.

Last night, the Rambling wife informed me we were almost out of minced garlic, so I added it to our next order, which will be ordered as soon as we hit $35 to get the free shipping. As I told her, if they would have refrigerated and frozen food, I may never set foot in a brick and mortar store again.

3/21/2017 11:02:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:57:00 AM) - Al

David Denson, the Brewers' minor leaguer who announced he is gay last year, has retired.

3/21/2017 09:57:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:40:00 AM) - Al

Several of you have asked when my projections will be out. Offense is done, still adjusting pitching.

3/21/2017 09:40:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:12:00 AM) - Al

It's simply off the charts when you consider what a terrible person she is...and still working for the Dems. Loyalty over character and ability.

3/21/2017 09:12:00 AM

(3/21/2017 08:42:00 AM) - Al

A nicely written recap of the health care bill and where we stand.

I, like most fiscal conservatives, hated it when it was first introduced. Then, after reading details and seeing Ryan's power point, I realized that it was far better than original Obamacare, even if it was not the free market proposal I would have preferred. I do not fully understand the details, but it has to be done slowly and in steps in order to not demand more than a simple majority.

President Trump seems to be fully involved and willing to make deals. If it does pass the House in some altered form, it will have to be altered again in the Senate, and then a compromise worked out. That's a lot of revisions, so the final version will likely have a lot of adjustments that will make it far better than the original one.

Don't forget, they wouldn't even release Obamacare to the public because it had so many holes and problems, they knew it would not pass the muster of public viewing. It was set up to fail after the 2016 election, and it did. It barely made it that long, as it took wheeling and dealing to convince insurance companies to offer plans in many states and counties for the 2017 plan year. That's why so many folks only had a single plan to choose from...backroom "deals" were made involving allowable premium hikes and so forth.

Will it get through? The president is a deal maker. Obamacare will blow up if left alone...I'm surprised some conservative Dems have not spoken out in favor of the new bill, as I would think they would want no part of a fallout from the original failing. Personally, I think they will continue tweaking the details to get the votes, and while probably making it watered down. Will the future "fixes" make it better? It will, though we are probably looking at a far less effective method than what we had back in 2008.

3/21/2017 08:42:00 AM

(3/21/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

What's astounding is, the dude many insisted was the smartest man alive, has shown complete ignorance (or, the idea that if you don't like the results, it will not be affected) over supply and demand, an incredibly simple concept that I learned in high school, and had drilled into my head for several semesters of ECON in non stuck up; public, state colleges in flyover country, where many bitter hard working folks cling to their guns and religion (we call them self reliant, but hence, I digress).

Of course, this could well be a direct result of me not spending my college years in a drug induced haze like the cool kids.

3/21/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/21/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The sportsbooks were printing money, thanks to the upsets, including the Badgers.

What's the old rule of thumb? 55% of the underdogs cover the spread, but 55% of the money is bet on the favorites. That alone gives the casinos a 15% edge (since they only pay out an average of $100 on every $110 bet.

3/21/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/21/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I started to read this, but saw a link with a pretty woman in a tank top and forgot who I was.

3/21/2017 01:30:00 AM

Monday, March 20, 2017

(3/20/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

The Blaze is making the huge Republican tent a little smaller, and that is not good for anyone. Very shortsighted both politically and business wise. I know Beck has his fans, but I promise you many folks pay $10 a month to admire Tomi's looks and listen to her rants.

As many have said, she has outgrown The Blaze's kind of like a SNL star leaving to go make movies. You should wish them good luck and success, not nitpick at them as they get in the limo on their way to better things. 

3/20/2017 06:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Once again, it seems the need for taxpayer money has been seriously misrepresented.

3/20/2017 04:42:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:23:00 PM) - Al

It may be directly related to the fact he's a violent psychotic radical loon.

3/20/2017 04:23:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:16:00 PM) - Al

This is how Reagan explained fiscal responsibility worked...the government pulls back, the private sector steps up.

The best part is, each person or business can choose their own cause. The negatives? When I think of one, I'll let ya know.

3/20/2017 04:16:00 PM

(3/20/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They believe in free speech and a no questions asked borders policy...unless you are a Republican.

In that case, you should just keep that to yourself. Oh, and you're evil.

3/20/2017 03:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 02:38:00 PM) - Al

This would be a dream come true.

3/20/2017 02:38:00 PM

(3/20/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Why do they sell fear and hate?

Because it works.

3/20/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is not just a funny video, it sums up many of our athletic careers perfectly.

3/20/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another horrible decision by a school.

As I have said before, I don't care if a kid shows up to school with a ziploc bag full of sugar, the school has no right to be concerned. Not because parents are all brilliant or have their child's nutritional needs in mid, but because the school is only involved with 180 of 1065 meals a year. If you're not going to worry about the other 885, shut the hell up.

Actually, that's pretty good advice for schools regardless of what the topic is. Considering how bad public education is in many areas, they have plenty to be distressed about without pretending they are not on a power trip instead of giving a damn.

3/20/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Al, why don't you have any respect for the pope on political issues?

Because, every time the pope opens his mouth, he proves himself to be more of a loon than even I ever believed.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to avoid stepping on a crack and gluing that mirror back together.

3/20/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Seinfeld was very politically incorrect. It was also very funny and a show people loved. Those facts are not completely unrelated, which irritates liberals to no end.

3/20/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/20/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Or, could it be their Art History and French Lesbian Literature degrees are just not what employers are looking for? Or that they bundle up in the fetal position and weep when asked if they could stay until 6 or 7?

Nope. Must be the fault of those who do the hiring and run the companies...because they obviously don't know what they're doing, being successful and not whining and all. 

Don't tell anyone, but I've heard rumors that some of them, a minute few of course, maybe 3-4%...might even be Republicans.

I tend to doubt that, but...

3/20/2017 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, March 19, 2017

(3/19/2017 09:23:00 PM) - Al

The fact is, people with jobs hate to be told by druggies and treehuggers that they are mean, despicable capitalists.

3/19/2017 09:23:00 PM

(3/19/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al


Norquist is a one issue guy, who would gladly exchange lower taxes for a military the French would find weak. It ain't that easy. However, his point is clear, the CBO is rarely even close to accurate, but they're "approval" makes things easier.

3/19/2017 05:00:00 PM

(3/19/2017 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Almost certainly the most fluff filled, cliche ridden article of the spring...until the next one.

3/19/2017 03:27:00 PM

(3/19/2017 03:01:00 PM) - Al

While I'm on the subject of annoying, poorly thought out ads, the latest Nationwide one has the guy rhyming "retired" and "tired."

The same sound does not constitute a rhyme, a similar sound does. It's very lazy and tells me the fella singing the "improvised jingle" probably doesn't even have investments, never mind Nationwide's awesome ones*.

*Ramblings is not a paid shill for Nationwide...but it could be. Email me. 

3/19/2017 03:01:00 PM

(3/19/2017 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Matt Damon has a net worth of $120M, and he says we can "end the water crisis" by purchasing an overpriced marketing Stella Artois drinking vessel for $13 so they can donate $6 to, which spends less of its money on its actual purpose than the much maligned Wounded Warrior Project, and uses 11% of its money to...advertise and ask for more money, of which they will use 11% of to ask for more money...and so on, until the end of the time.

I find it difficult to believe that holding hands and singing folk songs hasn't already accomplished the utopia we all seek. Eventually, robbing Peter to give to Paul's pet cause of the week only results in Peter running out of money and Paul moving onto something else that is all but certain not to involve veterans or law enforcement, because, wait for it, they are the problem.

Never mentioned is "the water crisis" exists only in nations of extreme poverty where they are almost certain to be victims of political systems which are exactly opposite of the one we have in the USA. Exactly like the one Bernie Sanders brags about, the one they have in Cuba and Venezuela, which have taken once prosperous nations and led them straight into the crapper...just not a crapper with running water mind you, like pretty much everyone in every capitalist nation in the world enjoys and doesn't give a second thought about.

Because while much of the world has no idea where their next meal is coming from, Bernie insists we could have exactly what they have...if only we only had a single government made deodorant to buy, instead of that damn free market.

Because he's so much smarter than us.

3/19/2017 02:52:00 PM

(3/19/2017 01:27:00 PM) - Al

FYI, I got Wichita State over Kentucky.

And Michigan State shocking the world over Kansas.

No, I did not have the Badgers winning yesterday.

3/19/2017 01:27:00 PM

(3/19/2017 01:23:00 PM) - Al

So Al, whatcha watching?

Oh, just another shi#%y Big Ten team beating a #2 seed.

The perennial "Big Ten is having a down year" discussion that we have in early March, every single year.

3/19/2017 01:23:00 PM

(3/19/2017 11:50:00 AM) - Al

One has to wonder if Chuck Berry would have had the influence he did if his cousin Marvin had not called him after hearing Marty McFly perform at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

3/19/2017 11:50:00 AM

(3/19/2017 11:43:00 AM) - Al

ESPN finally discovers what everyone in WI were talking about last week...the Badgers were way under seeded, how in the heck were they seeded lower than Minnesota and Maryland, and the NCAA needs to quit using RPI because while it has always been outdated, it's now just embarrassing, with far better analytical systems readily available online.

The New York Times reports on how the Badgers did it again.

Tom Oates points out we should be used to this by now.

Finally, let me paraphrase what one of the talking heads said last night, as I flipped channels while watching Purdue and the Bucks' games.

So, once again, here we are, talking about a Wisconsin victory. We do this every year. Remember when they best Arizona? Many of us had Arizona winning the title that year. We all said Wisconsin was a good team, would give them a good game. But they won. And we all were surprised. 

The next year, they were a #1 seed. They were playing Kentucky. We all said they were good. They'll give Kentucky a good game. And we all picked Kentucky. We all got it wrong. 

Last year, it was Xavier. It was a 3 versus 6, not even a huge upset. But some of us had Xavier as a sleeper pick for the Final Four. We thought they'd be a tough matchup. We all picked Xavier, all sat here wondering why we didn't see it.

This year, Villanova is the #1 overall seed, defending champs. We all said what a tough draw they had. We all said the Badgers were a bad fit. They played just like Butler, who beat Villanova. We all sat here and said, Wisconsin's a good team, they'll give them a good game. And we all picked Villanova. And now, we all sit here, and like we do every year, we wonder why we underestimated the Badgers in March.  

These are the good old days. 

3/19/2017 11:43:00 AM

(3/19/2017 09:06:00 AM) - Al

From the "gee, I never did the math department"...the Badgers are now 5-1 the last 4 years versus 1 and 2 seeds .

3/19/2017 09:06:00 AM

(3/19/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Always negative, always insist the sky is falling.

3/19/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/19/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The sickening thing is, they aren't even bothering to hide their extreme bias anymore. Dershowitz has been doing a fine job actually explaining the law of late, sans politics.

3/19/2017 08:30:00 AM

(3/19/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

New slogan.

The few. The proud. The very Caucasian.

The LDS. 

3/19/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/19/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Still trying to convince everyone he's not an unpatriotic fool.

An intelligent person keeps unpopular opinions to himself. Attention whores do not. Not many teams even pretend to want an attention whore, underachieving ones even moreso.

The hell with him.

Whitlock wins the internet. You don't get to be a jerk and then buy your way out of it. 

3/19/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/19/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

To me, this takes a back seat to our man made climate change crisis.

This germ theory and hand washing stuff...just a fad.

3/19/2017 01:30:00 AM

Saturday, March 18, 2017

(3/18/2017 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play FRI versus Florida. No time announced as of yet, but I believe they are all in the evening on the second weekend.

3/18/2017 10:39:00 PM

(3/18/2017 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Realized tonight about 8PM that a sale on sunflower seeds (for birds) ended tonight, so I put on sweats and went to our little local grocery 5 minutes away...the sale prices are usually pretty good, but regular prices are often double or more of an Aldi or Wal Mart.

I got the sunflower seeds (50 pounds for $10, go me!) and a few other items...every one of them on sale. The store was almost empty, because everyone (except, apparently, me) has something better to do on a SAT night.

The Rambling wife picked up the receipt on the counter and glanced at it:

16 items
$30.45 total
$30.17 total savings

It's like having a half price employee discount...without to having to put up with the customers!

3/18/2017 09:40:00 PM

(3/18/2017 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Her family is really wealthy too.

I believe that's what you call the whole package.

3/18/2017 08:54:00 PM

(3/18/2017 08:42:00 PM) - Al

First bracket in Yahoo history to get the first 37 games correct...has Wisconsin winning the title.

I hope he gets all 63.

3/18/2017 08:42:00 PM

(3/18/2017 07:34:00 PM) - Al

I have to laugh at all the air time the woman with half her hair colored green sitting behind Chris Collins got.

That's a terrible look if you're a supermodel, never mind for an average gal.

3/18/2017 07:34:00 PM

(3/18/2017 06:17:00 PM) - Al

Domino's makes a good pizza and you can always get it cheap if you choose a special. That's just good business.

How bad it used to be is sort of overplayed a bit. There's no doubt they changed the sauce and added flavor to the crust (however, it's mostly just butter brushed on at the end); however, my guess is it's 75% identical to the old version.

The "improvement" is mostly marketing and if you believe the old one wasn't that good, you'll probably believe the new one is better. If you liked the old one, you'll like the new one. It's the same basic idea as adding "new and improved" to the label of, well, everything.

3/18/2017 06:17:00 PM

(3/18/2017 04:43:00 PM) - Al

I gave the Badgers about a 20% chance of winning, but of those 20 times out of 100, I certainly did not have Happ and Koenig playing limited minutes in any of them.

Badgers were down 57-50 with about 5 or 6 to play, and ended the game on a 15-5 run. Huge shots by Koenig (2 3's), Happ, and Hayes, great rebounds and defense by Brown and Happ.

And finally, after 35 minutes, Villanova finally missed a couple open shots, as well as 3 of 6 free throws. Both teams with turnovers in the last minute too, everything gets a little tougher when time is short.

Funny though, the Badgers turning the ball over might have been the best case scenario, as the Wildcats missed a FT and with the way the Badgers shoot FT's. It allowed Bucky to get the set and play they wanted, and put all the pressure on Villanova.

As I say often, these are the good old days. 4 straight Sweet 16's, and 6 out of 7; simply remarkable.

3/18/2017 04:43:00 PM

(3/18/2017 02:25:00 PM) - Al

When everything is the end of the world, nothing is the end of the world.

3/18/2017 02:25:00 PM

(3/18/2017 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Guerra will start the opener. Worst kept secret I know of.

3/18/2017 02:05:00 PM

(3/18/2017 01:24:00 PM) - Al

Me no understand how to do that!

Back when I helped train new people, I was always amazed how many of them lived at home, even though most were college grads. Those that were "on their own" were almost all hopelessly in debt and clueless on how to stop the bleeding. One gal, who was one of my favorites but far from dedicated or overly intelligent, told me she had written a $1000 credit card check to herself to pay the rent and some other bills to "get a fresh start."

I told her that if she was struggling in sales (it was commission only) that she may want to look at getting a part time job, say at a restaurant, where she could just work FRI nights and SAT. I patiently explained that it would take the pressure off, as even 10 hours a week at minimum wage would add up to about $300 a month, plenty enough to cover her share of the rent and utilities in her 3 bedroom college ghetto house.  This would also help her in case of the inevitable "bad months" one has in sales.

She kind of shot me a look of disgust and was quiet for a while. Thinking she was pondering my advice, I let the silence continue. After a couple minutes, she kind of giggled softly. I looked over at her, and she was smiling at me.

Al: What? 

Trainee: Work Friday nights and Saturday. You don't know me very well, do you?

I guess not.

3/18/2017 01:24:00 PM

(3/18/2017 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Budget cuts 3.3% of Meals on Wheels funding.

Liberals outraged.

Anyone who wonders how Obama doubled the debt in 8 years need only look at the previous couple sentences.

3/18/2017 12:32:00 PM

(3/18/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Wow, difficult to believe we survived another week after the time shifted 60 minutes ahead.

Playing with house money, just like every other year. Oh, the problems they concoct when their bellies are full and those icky fossil fuels keep them toasty warm regardless of the weather. 

3/18/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/18/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al now offers free two day shipping if you have a $35 order. If you're like me (or even if you're not), you can just add stuff to your order as you think of it, and then hit "ship" when you get to the $35 plateau.

We have been basically doing this with Amazon Prime for about 6 months (the Rambling wife hates shopping, I am not a fan of people), but there's a couple problems:

1. Not everything is Prime.

2. On average, Amazon is $1-2 more on many items. On a 10 item order, that adds up quick. At WM, everything is priced the same as in the store.

3. Amazon also, for the most part, only has brand names. If you're buying Kraft mac and cheese or High Endurance deodorant, you probably are fine with that, but if you are buying antibacterial soap or vinegar, paying $4.29 instead of 89 cents is offensive.

FYI, I don't make a penny from this (damn it).

3/18/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/18/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Got this in an email about the "good ol days."

Now, even if you could buy them, you would have to hobble 100 feet away from the building to smoke them.

3/18/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/18/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

She's just admitting this now? It's like me waiting until now I could lose a few pounds.

3/18/2017 02:00:00 AM

Friday, March 17, 2017

(3/17/2017 09:50:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just asked when the Badgers played again, and I realized I did not know, other than tomorrow. 1:40 on CBS...just a 6 point underdog to the overall #1 seed, I expected double digits.

3/17/2017 09:50:00 PM

(3/17/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

She's a white broad who pretends to be a black woman...for some, every day is Halloween.

3/17/2017 07:30:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

3/17/2017 06:30:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Second day in a row I've said, "Well, if I'm gonna make it until the games are over, I better take a nap."

Don't judge, you're going to be old someday too.

3/17/2017 06:16:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is a bit abuzz that Tomi Lahren said "abortion is murder" 3 months ago and today on The View said she was pro choice, because she believes in limited government.

1. If she said the planet was a rectangle, she'd still be pretty.

2. Abortion is murder, and I'm pro choice, at least until 5 or 6 months.

3. That's the proper argument for me too, as government does not have the right to tell you what you can or cannot do. The "child" is dependent on the mother at that stage, for the most part, it cannot survive outside the womb. That's why I put the cutoff where I do.

I wish we lived in a world without abortion, where women would choose to raise the child or adoption. We don't.

3/17/2017 06:07:00 PM

(3/17/2017 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell said there would be four 40-man roster OFs at Colorado Springs. Brinson, Phillips, and Cordell, plus Michael Reed would be the fourth.--JS

About half the time, they have a DH to use as well.

3/17/2017 05:44:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:46:00 PM) - Al

She's conservative and she's soon to be a star, because no matter what she says, her "talent" is overwhelming.

3/17/2017 01:46:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:40:00 PM) - Al

This is why they lose.

3/17/2017 01:40:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Today's lower seeds I see winning?

Wichita State
Michigan State
South Carolina
Kansas State

I was only 1 of 3 yesterday, but I believe I went 12-1 picking the higher seed, so I won't complain.

3/17/2017 01:35:00 PM

(3/17/2017 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Braun is 100% correct. Players hate practice, and most of it is unnecessary. Coaches LOVE practice, because they want to do the same thing over and over.

Most of us spend our life working on our first ends up never being improved upon, because we're onto the next day, the next task, and so on. Baseball players used to report to Arizona 20 pounds overweight and use the six weeks to get into shape. Today's players don't need that, they probably work out too much in the offseason, as the plethora of pulled/torn muscles shows. We'll probably see a shift as time goes on to more stretching, more flexibility exercises, and such, and less weightlifting.

3/17/2017 12:11:00 PM

(3/17/2017 11:22:00 AM) - Al

What an idiot.

3/17/2017 11:22:00 AM

(3/17/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Government does not need to fund these programs. Churches, businesses, and successful individuals not only do a better job, but run a far tighter ship and are more efficient.

When the government gets involved, they add so much unnecessary crap (fresh veggies, local products, disabled workers, biodegradable packaging and so on) it takes away from the effectiveness.

3/17/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/17/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam again predicts the 25 man roster, making only a minor change, exchanging Cravy in place of Blazek. I would choose Millone or Chamberlain over both because they would likely be lost otherwise, though at some point, injuries might make the decision for them.

3/17/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/17/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, I do find it hilarious that after nominating someone with no accomplishments for president, the idea of her daughter, who has NEVER HAD A JOB IN HER LIFE, running for anything is almost beyond belief.

3/17/2017 06:30:00 AM

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