Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

(1/31/2018 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Brewers continue to be mentioned as suitors for Darvish, who is expected to pick a team in the next few days.

Also continue to be mentioned as going after Rays' SP Chris Archer, who had the 16th most trade value per Fangraphs a year ago, because of his performance and very team friendly contract. I've seen lots of ridiculous suggestions as to what the Crew should give for Archer, but the stupidest has been Santana and a low level prospect.

A more realistic package would probably look a lot like what the Crew gave for Yelich, 3-4 young players/prospects. TB might be in rebuilding mode enough so none of their return would have to include top level pitching, and Santana could end up being a part of it, but one would think at least one top 100 player would have to be included, of which the names that would fit would be Hiura, Woodruff, Burnes, and Phillips...Ray and Ortiz were recently on the MLB list, but were not in the recent BA update...both are probably top 150 and could be considered, depending on the Rays' opinion of them.

Yelich and Quintana were both lower on that list, and both got multiple top 100's...I would assume Archer would too, though Santana's 4 years of team control, youth, and breakout 2017 campaign could arguably make him about as valuable, or close to it, as a top 100.

Bare minimum to me; Santana, one top 100, Ray or Ortiz, and another prospect, likely in the 15-25 range on the Crew's list.

A pair of ways to pay less? The Brewers could take Denard Span back in the deal, who the Rays got in Evan Longoria swap, and is well overpaid for 2018.

Another? I'll throw out Jake Odorizzi again, who I (and a few others) feel is capable of moving up a notch, much like Nelson and Anderson did in '17.

1/31/2018 10:36:00 PM

(1/31/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Suns buyout Greg Monroe.

Yes, I'd love to see him return to MIL.

Bucks also looking at shooters, Malik Monk being one. Still trying to find a way to get Kaminsky back in the state too. 

EDIT: Monroe is not eligible to return to MIL since he was traded from them, apparently. 

1/31/2018 08:56:00 PM

(1/31/2018 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Of course they did.

Once again, the only collusion we find is on the left. Misdirection is a classic ploy.

1/31/2018 08:14:00 PM

(1/31/2018 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Would not surprise me at all to see a reliever included as a complimentary piece in a Santana or other trade.

1/31/2018 01:46:00 PM

(1/31/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Crazy like a fox.

1/31/2018 07:00:00 AM

(1/31/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

This is a good summary of those who wonder why the Dems insist on coming off as aloof and arrogant.

While Obama's speeches tended to be hellishly depressing, as he was obviously not a very patriotic guy, or a believer in American exceptionalism; his soundbites were often positive and funny (though dishonest, premiums $2500 less; you can keep your doc and plan if you like them).

1/31/2018 05:30:00 AM

(1/31/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Not a hamster fan, but this is mighty cute.

1/31/2018 02:30:00 AM

(1/31/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

A stunning headline from the very liberal Post.

1/31/2018 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

(1/30/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

43% of Dems and 72% of independents? 

That isn't just a good speech. That may be a miracle.

1/30/2018 11:30:00 PM

(1/30/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Reminded of previous scuttlebutt tonight, on reports the Brewers' braintrust never had Brinson as their top prospect.

Back after the Lucroy turned down the Tribe trade, they only had about 24 hours to swing another deal. They only got a couple serious offers, one from the Mets, one from the Rangers. Reports at the time said the Crew insisted on Conforto or another top prospect, I believe the 2B/SS Dilson. The Mets insisted Dilson was not on the market, and Conforto was a tough ask, but not impossible.

On the TEX side, Stearns was said to have preferred a pair of lower level players. They struggled to get together. Finally, the Rangers added Brinson. The Crew held back, still not excited, though admittedly, it was probably the best they were going to do. They only had a couple hours until the deadline. Stearns continued to work the phones and email. They met in the war room. All admitted TEX had the best offer. They had no luck trying to get another player, or additional player(s) added. Supposedly, the voice in the room that helped push the trade through was former GM Doug Melvin, who supposedly said something along the lines of "They stepped up and added a top prospect. Not going to do better now or in the offseason. If you don't like (Brinson), other teams will take him."

Now, it's not that Stearns and others feel Brinson sucks, but they may well have had him as a B prospect rather than an A. The one thing I always said about Lewis is that I did not like was his long swing. He'll probably always strike out a lot, and I would guess he'll always struggle versus breaking balls in the dirt. Of course, so do many major leaguers, including Bryce Harper, and they seem to have overcome it.

He'll probably always be a low BA/decent OBP/good SLG guy. Looking at Cain and Yelich, maybe they prefer plus OBP with mediocre power. Even better, of course, is high OBP and high SLG.

A supermodel that can cook and likes to watch sports is always in high demand too...

1/30/2018 10:30:00 PM

(1/30/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Seeing several comparisons to Reagan.

Several viewers admit they were brought to tears, some more than once.

Complete change from the previous 8..."we" and "us" said often. "I and "me" not so much.

Commentators trying to say it was a good speech, but trying to focus on "divisive" nature. Twitter comments are asking what part was divisive...the patriotic, the praise for law enforcement and the military, or the good economic news with a focus on working people keeping more of the money they earn. Being met with silence.

Choosing a barely known, not ready for prime time Kennedy to give the response? In an era of sexual harassment and plain speak, even a worse choice than it would normally be.

Standing in front of an old car? Who approved that? Everyone's first thought is exactly like this.

1/30/2018 10:00:00 PM

(1/30/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

This speech represents the presidential performance that Trump observers have been waiting for – brilliant mix of numbers and stories, humility and aggressiveness, traditional conservatism and political populism. Only one word qualifies: Wow.--Frank Luntz

I just might have to DVR this thing. Luntz is a pollster and is a conservative himself, but has been very negative towards Trump.

1/30/2018 10:00:00 PM

(1/30/2018 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, the president motioned to the Dem side of the aisle at one point to stand up. Many are calling this a historical presidential moment, perhaps one that has never been done before.

My question is simple? Did they stand up? Or did they ignore his gestures? I assume it was about our veterans or our military, as it would have to be something that is non controversial.

1/30/2018 09:31:00 PM

(1/30/2018 09:15:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is deafening on the Dems remaining seated for good economic news and when the president introduced heroes (I assume law enforcement/military, but was not watching).

Many are wondering who exactly they thought would find that to be a good idea. The response from others was "their base." However, it does not make moderates, independents, and Trump Democrats want to join them.

Polltaker Frank Lunz said the SOTU will give Trump's approval a bump, as he did not mention a single controversial thing, and basically preached to the choir on only safe, bipartisan issues. He even asked who was advising the Dems, as they looked unhappy and upset at good economic news, lower taxes, cash bonuses, and even the national anthem.

1/30/2018 09:15:00 PM

(1/30/2018 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Chiefs trade Alex Smith to the PCSkins, meaning Kirk Cousins will be QBing elsewhere next season.

1/30/2018 09:04:00 PM

(1/30/2018 08:48:00 PM) - Al

From the net...

--Most still consider the Cubs to be the favorite to sign Darvish.

--Many think Darvish would prefer the Dodgers, but they have given no indication of making a market value contract offer, as it would put them over the luxury tax.

--Darvish is said to be more interested in MIL since they signed Cain and acquired Yelich. Brewers have informed him they are not done, are looking to add a couple players in addition to Yu himself.

1/30/2018 08:48:00 PM

(1/30/2018 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Brewers continue having their ear to the ground, talking to Darvish; would love to land Archer. The thought of ending up with both, while unlikely, would not be a bad thing.

May have even discussed other top SP's today, possibly Stroman.

1/30/2018 08:06:00 PM

(1/30/2018 07:21:00 PM) - Al

For those curious, as of this second, the Crew have 16 players under contract for almost exactly $85M. This includes Gallardo, who is signed to a non guaranteed deal.

Even if they went near minimum on the 9 remaining, they'd end up at about $90M.

1/30/2018 07:21:00 PM

(1/30/2018 07:01:00 PM) - Al

I think the bases loaded would be a better idea, because the teams would be more likely to score a differing amount of runs. On 2B, the math says both teams will score 0 or 1, making a tie likely.

1/30/2018 07:01:00 PM

(1/30/2018 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Brewers continue to talk to pitchers, starters and relievers.

I was just thinking a day or two ago, it's been so long since we heard about a 2B, it's almost guaranteed that's what we'll hear about first.

1/30/2018 06:39:00 PM

(1/30/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The end of the world as we know it.

When you are a negative nellie, positive news sucks.

The headline is what a wise man has been saying for a year. Imagine waking up each day and cursing the fact your neighbor has a better chance of finding a job, or that their 401K's are likely headed upward. Welcome to the left.

1/30/2018 04:30:00 PM

(1/30/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I’ve been here. The best year. On all fronts. And a lot of people are shocked. Because we didn’t know what we were getting with Donald Trump. He was doing fundraisers for Chuck Schumer three or four years ago. But this has turned out to be a very solid, conservative, right of center, pro-business administration. And we’re seeing the results of it.--Mitch McConnell

This is why the left keeps bringing up Russia and the end of the world as we know it. They hate prosperity. 

1/30/2018 03:30:00 PM

(1/30/2018 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Susac DFA'd to make room for Albers.

Hopefully, he will clear waivers and be outrighted to Colorado Springs, as neither Bandy or Vogt is able to be sent to the minors.

1/30/2018 02:38:00 PM

(1/30/2018 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Remember when the president asked who it ended with, perhaps George Washington?

He was right.

They do not understand that pretending "Fighting Irish" is offensive does nothing to fight actual, real racism. In fact, it minimizes it, by comparing faux problems to real ones.

1/30/2018 02:22:00 PM

(1/30/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

That's where we differ.

When you're always the one picked on, you quickly develop sympathy for the picked on, and look for ways to keep it from happening.

1/30/2018 11:30:00 AM

(1/30/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Tough keeping your facts straight when you happily report fiction.

1/30/2018 08:30:00 AM

(1/30/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

He speaks the truth.

1/30/2018 05:30:00 AM

(1/30/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Of course he is.

1/30/2018 02:30:00 AM

(1/30/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.

1/30/2018 12:30:00 AM

Monday, January 29, 2018

(1/29/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

I keep hearing this, but asked the Rambling wife tonight if she has noticed this at her work, and she said no.

Maybe it's missed Central WI?

1/29/2018 11:30:00 PM

(1/29/2018 09:27:00 PM) - Al

The ones trying to do the framing are the ones who keep getting caught.

I have said this before, but the constant argument I keep hearing is "Trump was wrong when he said he was wiretapped." When someone points out it certainly appears someone on the left planted bugs or somehow listened in on the Trump campaign; the immediate reply of "That's not a wiretap though," not only seems rather weak, a more hypocritical response might be impossible to achieve if you attempted it for months.

1/29/2018 09:27:00 PM

(1/29/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

It would not surprise me at all if, in my lifetime, MLB asks the Brewers to reconsider their nickname because of alcohol abuse and its direct correlation with such things as impaired driving and spousal abuse.

The "chief" never bothered me at all, as I realize nicknames are always positive in nature, at least at the time given. Heck, he's got far better teeth than me.

1/29/2018 06:30:00 PM

(1/29/2018 05:44:00 PM) - Al


Clippers have to throw in a couple players for salary purposes, but essentially, a 5 for 1 swap.

1/29/2018 05:44:00 PM

(1/29/2018 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Pistons to acquire Blake Griffin from Clips. Trade to be announced soon.

1/29/2018 05:34:00 PM

(1/29/2018 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Very funny story involving Matthew Broderick.

Read the whole thread.

1/29/2018 03:54:00 PM

(1/29/2018 03:46:00 PM) - Al

The irony? Meghan isn't even a conservative Republican, she's moderate to liberal at best. However, compared to the Marxists she's on the show with, she looks like Goldwater.

The video is here. Pure hilarity as the senator pretends the Dems have never had any problems, and how she pretends she didn't campaign with and ignore Clinton's struggles for 7000+ days.

1/29/2018 03:46:00 PM

(1/29/2018 03:42:00 PM) - Al


It's a mystery. We may never know the real reason...

1/29/2018 03:42:00 PM

(1/29/2018 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Thoughts on Matt Albers.

Reminds me a lot of Jared Hughes, sinker slider type, very consistent, has only had one bad season (2016) since 2012.

In fact, signed for almost identical money as Hughes, making Jared's nontender even more puzzling.

"Normal" splits guy, slightly better versus RH hitters.

Albers was rumored to have reached an agreement about 6 weeks ago. May have been a handshake deal with the Crew (possibly waiting to clear a 40 man spot via trade?) or another team that ended up falling through.

Speaking of a 40 man spot, there is not one open. Taking a look at those players out of options, I'd guess Drake or Bandy; or Susac, who has one, but may be the most likely to clear waivers. They do not need to clear a spot until he passes a physical, so time will tell how soon that is. 

1/29/2018 02:26:00 PM

(1/29/2018 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign Matt Albers to 2y/$5M deal. Details at MLBTR, I'm on my phone.

1/29/2018 12:11:00 PM

(1/29/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Should have been eliminated 2-3 decades ago.

The only reason it hasn't? The government doesn't pay for anything.

1/29/2018 10:00:00 AM

(1/29/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why Trump won.

Quit helping them Katie.

1/29/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/29/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

All is proceeding just as Scott Adams predicted.

More and more...well, I may not like him personally, or I may not like the way he's going about things...but, the results speak for themselves.

1/29/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/29/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Results say it all.

1/29/2018 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 28, 2018

(1/28/2018 11:18:00 PM) - Al

2 of the 3 often named SP trade targets has ace potential.

1/28/2018 11:18:00 PM

(1/28/2018 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Another minor bit of news from On Deck, Hader will begin the season in the bullpen.

1/28/2018 04:25:00 PM

(1/28/2018 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Mark A expects to add another SP, either through free agency or in trade, he tells fans at On Deck.

1/28/2018 01:56:00 PM

(1/28/2018 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Having a proven thug like Jay Z speak out against you is a political gift from the gods.

1/28/2018 12:33:00 PM

(1/28/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

For 8 years, we were told the American dream was dead and gone.

For one year, we've been told it's just a damn fluke.

1/28/2018 12:30:00 PM

(1/28/2018 12:28:00 PM) - Al

Tons of mentions today of Santana for:

Salazar (CLE)
Odorizzi (TB)
Corbin (ARI)

MIL would need more back in the case of the latter two, as they only have 2 and 1 year of team control, but talent wise, they make sense.

1/28/2018 12:28:00 PM

(1/28/2018 12:12:00 PM) - Al

I just checked this yesterday and assumed he had an option remaining.

1/28/2018 12:12:00 PM

(1/28/2018 12:03:00 PM) - Al

Derek Johnson says he hopes Nelson will be able to return in June.

First time anyone has given a timetable of any sorts.

1/28/2018 12:03:00 PM

(1/28/2018 10:51:00 AM) - Al

First interesting note from the On Deck event? Ryan Braun saying he has talked to the braintrust about playing 1B and 2B. Says he'll play anywhere they want.

1/28/2018 10:51:00 AM

(1/28/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

They'd change it every day if they could. Because it gets in the way of confiscating the riches of the rubes.

Well, to be fair, it's well over 100 years old...

1/28/2018 07:30:00 AM

(1/28/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

It's tough to make up a crime even if you spend a year plus trying.

1/28/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/28/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I don't get upset watching any of these things. Heck, I DVR my favorite Bond movies whenever I see they are on.

Of course, to be fair, I'm not a raving loon either.

1/28/2018 12:30:00 AM

Saturday, January 27, 2018

(1/27/2018 10:18:00 PM) - Al

The truth is simple.

They can't stand to see Americans win and be the good guys, even if it's just the movies.

1/27/2018 10:18:00 PM

(1/27/2018 03:52:00 PM) - Al


Yes you do.

1/27/2018 03:52:00 PM

(1/27/2018 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Considering they are nothing alike, it's amazing how similar Eduardo Nunez and Neil Walker are as far as age and projection. MIL has been known to be interested in both, and have probably made offers to both. Very likely both want 3-4 year contracts, and have only been given 2 year offers.

1/27/2018 03:37:00 PM

(1/27/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If you were to remain silent for one minute for each death during the Holocaust, you would not speak for 11 years.--Melissa Joan Hart

MJ indirectly points out how wonderful it is that the left insists on comparing GOP leaders to Hitler. When you say stupid things like that, it makes other things you say look ignorant as well, even if it has some merit.

Luckily, they do not seem to get it.

1/27/2018 02:30:00 PM

(1/27/2018 01:49:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED: Unlikeable enough to lose a guaranteed win election?


Have another glass of wine, Grandma. 

1/27/2018 01:49:00 PM

(1/27/2018 01:10:00 PM) - Al

In a way, Salazar for Santana does make too much sense to ever happen.

1/27/2018 01:10:00 PM

(1/27/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Not only do the French stink and are arrogant SOB's, they have now outed themselves as being really, really cheap.

1/27/2018 09:30:00 AM

(1/27/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Trump is always the center of attention regardless of where he is.

It's how he got so popular. When he left the Dem party, it drove them crazy.

1/27/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/27/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Quit being negative nellie snowflakes.

See how easy that is.:)

1/27/2018 01:30:00 AM

Friday, January 26, 2018

(1/26/2018 10:31:00 PM) - Al

The 76ers have played 45 games so far.

The TWolves and Spurs have played 51.

That's quite a gap.

1/26/2018 10:31:00 PM

(1/26/2018 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Several comments online that Counsell and Stearns know more than they are letting on, very vague answers, never mentioned anyone by name except Cain, Yelich, and Braun.

Most expect this means Santana is likely gone sooner rather than later. In fact, Jacob Barnes announced he was flying to MIL with Phillips and Santana today, so they may be unreachable on a plane right now.

1/26/2018 02:38:00 PM

(1/26/2018 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Heyman says the Crew has had talks with the DBacks about Patrick Corbin all offseason, and that many in the industry still expect them to end up with one of the 4 main free agent SP's.

1/26/2018 02:27:00 PM

(1/26/2018 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Cain will play CF.

Yelich can expect to play some CF. His primary position is not known yet, Counsell says he has 9 weeks to figure that out. I assume they want to talk to Braun, and, of course, ensure it is Braun sharing the OF with them. And yes, Braun may play some 1B, and is open to doing so.

1/26/2018 02:17:00 PM

(1/26/2018 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Yelich and Cain will both be at On Deck SUN, if you are planning to go.

1/26/2018 01:51:00 PM

(1/26/2018 08:37:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal saying this AM that Brewers will consider keeping Santana in RF and having Braun play 1B.

1/26/2018 08:37:00 AM

(1/26/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

How stupid.

Yes, appliances can short out and start a fire. Yes, this is very rare. Thousands of people use slow cookers every day. Quit pretending there's a problem.

1/26/2018 08:30:00 AM

(1/26/2018 08:22:00 AM) - Al

Brian Wenzel reports Crew have been told they are out of the Darvish sweepstakes.

1/26/2018 08:22:00 AM

(1/26/2018 06:58:00 AM) - Al

Very little mention of Cain and Yelich being above average defenders. While we do not know the configuration yet, it is probably safe to say the new OF will be 10-15 runs better than last season.

The one person who did point it out was Rosenthal, who said Braun and the 2 newcomers would be one of the best OF's in the game defensively.

1/26/2018 06:58:00 AM

(1/26/2018 06:26:00 AM) - Al

Quick thought...reading Twitter recaps of Brewers' fans thoughts on the moves yesterday...painful.

My favorite has to be the one who thinks Cain and Yelich will platoon in CF, however. Think of this next time you hear some casual insisting they know how to make bullpen moves.

1/26/2018 06:26:00 AM

(1/26/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al


Everything is crap until you read it.

1/26/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/26/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

What's that old joke?

Kids today, with their fire. Time for bed, guys. Oh, c'mon Dad, one more log?--Jay Leno

George Will hates technology.

1/26/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/26/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al


Never forget.

1/26/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 25, 2018

(1/25/2018 09:09:00 PM) - Al

Speculation seems to be centered on Santana (and others) to TB for Archer; or Santana to CLE for Salazar.

Quieter talk about Odorizzi (mostly by me, but also a couple other bargain hunters), and some whispers of Duffy/Merrifield from the Royals.

Other than constant Giants' fans interest, not seeing a single NL team talked about.

1/25/2018 09:09:00 PM

(1/25/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al

MLB Radio is reporting all Santana talk on the Brewers' end is chatting with the Rays...seeing if they can work out a Chris Archer trade.

If not, they will begin to talk about other SP's.

1/25/2018 08:56:00 PM

(1/25/2018 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Not for long, but OF depth is not a problem.

1/25/2018 08:40:00 PM

(1/25/2018 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Hearing the loudest suitors for Santana thus far are the Tribe and Rays.

Could my prediction from 3 weeks ago actually come to pass? Archer is worth far more than Santana...but Odorizzi is worth less, only 2 years of team control versus 4.

Odorizzi and a prospect?

1/25/2018 08:28:00 PM

(1/25/2018 07:57:00 PM) - Al

This is why those that insist everything Trump does is wrong and stupid end up looking so...wrong, and stupid.

1/25/2018 07:57:00 PM

(1/25/2018 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Yesterday, Santana to CLE for Salazar and Kipnis was rumored to be on the list of possibilities IF they signed Cain and traded for Yelich.

Suddenly, it would appear to be a real possibility.

1/25/2018 07:28:00 PM

(1/25/2018 07:21:00 PM) - Al

A bit surprised about Phillips, but not especially.

1/25/2018 07:21:00 PM

(1/25/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING: Cain signs with MIL, 5y/$80M.

---Be interesting to see if Cain or Yelich plays CF. If Cain does, that may indicate Braun headed back to RF, unless Yelich has a better arm than I think he does. Domingo will not be coming to On Deck Sunday, because he knows he's gone. That's my opinion, not official.

---As of this moment, I would say Broxton is the 4th OF, with an occasional start in CF against a tough LHP, and to spell Braun and Cain, who certainly are not 150 games a year players. Phillips might bounce up and down all season, come up for injuries, for interleague series, and so on.

---Phillips just tweeted out a thinking face. He is probably the only unhappy person, along with Broxton. As I said, Domingo probably knows he's on the way out, for a return about 2/3rd's of Yelich, due to defense and the uncertainty of arby.

--Cain passes physical, will be introduced Friday at presser.

--Yelich has a 31 score on the Fan Scouting Report at Fangraphs for arm strength and a 54 on accuracy. For comparison, Braun gets a 60/50, so I do not see Yelich playing RF (FYI, Cain gets a 55/59, so his arm is not Phillips like strength wise either) everyday. 

1/25/2018 06:30:00 PM

(1/25/2018 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Brewers acquire Yelich for pretty close to what I expected.

Harrison (slightly lower rated than Woodruff/Burnes)
Yamamoto (similar to Pennington/Bickford)

--Rosenthal says Crew is still trying to land Cain, most feel to then deal Santana.

ADDED: Obviously, if they add Cain, that would mean at least one more move would follow.

--Stearns says they have been talking to Marlins about Yelich since offseason began.

--Stearns says goal remains the same, to improve the team and make the playoffs.

--Yelich saying all the right things, has no problem playing any OF spot. Will try and make On Deck event Sunday. Thrilled to be in MIL. Glad the trade talk is finally over.

--He was a Gold Glove LF and almost exactly average in CF (though he might improve playing there every day). Not sure if he has the arm for RF.

--Many commenting that while Brewers gave up 3 top prospects for Yelich, surprised no high level pitching was involved...MIL kept Woodruff, Burnes, and Lopez. 

1/25/2018 05:41:00 PM

(1/25/2018 05:39:00 PM) - Al

Bernie made a lot more sense back when he was saying college and healthcare should be free.

And that's saying something.

Much like socialism itself, the worst argument against Bernie is the more you hear about Bernie.

1/25/2018 05:39:00 PM

(1/25/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Why we call them snowflakes.

1/25/2018 02:00:00 PM

(1/25/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Almost not worth mentioning, as the water levels returned to "normal" within minutes, but still fascinating.

1/25/2018 12:00:00 PM

(1/25/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I believe the term is "follow the money."

They care a great deal about taking money from those who earned it, and getting as much of it back as possible.

1/25/2018 10:00:00 AM

(1/25/2018 08:28:00 AM) - Al

Seeing lots of momentum that Arcia would be part of a Yelich package, perhaps with Starlin Castro coming back.

Arcia plays the 2nd most valuable spot in the field and is younger than Yelich. That would be a huge price to pay, though the Crew does have several SS options* in the majors and minors (Villar/Sogard/Dubon/Diaz).

Is there anything to it? Often, once a player's name is tied to a deal, they will continue to be, just out of repetition.

*And yes, they have even more CF depth than they do SS depth.

1/25/2018 08:28:00 AM

(1/25/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Hence, it's working perfectly then.

Government healthcare is not about healthcare, it's about convincing the rubes to go all in, taxes for control.

1/25/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/25/2018 07:32:00 AM) - Al

People keep asking for names in a potential Yelich swap, instead of just a "3 top 100's and maybe one other prospect" recap.

Hiura or Diaz
Woodruff or Burnes (more likely to be Burnes, as Woodruff is probably penciled into the 2018 rotation)
Bickford or Pennington

That would be my best guess. And yes, that's a ton of talent. Proven players in their prime tied up for 5 years on team friendly contracts have oodles of value.

1/25/2018 07:32:00 AM

(1/25/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Well said.

They know Trump is not one of them. They also know he believes in the same freedoms they do.

1/25/2018 05:00:00 AM

(1/25/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Grassley just leveled both barrels at the dossier operation: "Steele, who was working for Fusion GPS, who was working for the DNC and the Clinton campaign, was working with the Russians. So, who was actually colluding with Russians? It’s becoming more clear."--Sean Davis

Classic misdirection.

1/25/2018 02:00:00 AM

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(1/24/2018 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Alternate headline: Russian ship in international waters, as are hundreds of others all over the world.

American territory ends about 15 miles off the coast.

1/24/2018 09:05:00 PM

(1/24/2018 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Funny how that works.

1/24/2018 08:52:00 PM

(1/24/2018 08:49:00 PM) - Al

If you'll excuse me, some raging lefties that work in law enforcement have invited me to their Secret Society meeting.

Back in a while.

1/24/2018 08:49:00 PM

(1/24/2018 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Per Heyman, Lo Cain is telling teams they are out of the race. Unsure how many teams he is down to, but he appears to be culling the herd.

1/24/2018 08:46:00 PM

(1/24/2018 08:30:00 PM) - Al


NBC sucks up, gets taken by communists.

I'm not sure why so many don't believe the old media.,,

1/24/2018 08:30:00 PM

(1/24/2018 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Since we seem to be at a standstill, probably waiting on the Marlins to decide what direction to take, my take?

This is just like Chris Archer versus a FA pitcher.

Do I prefer Archer (Yelich) to Arietta/Darvish (Cain)?


Do I prefer a FA and keeping all the prospects, either for the future or for another trade?


1/24/2018 07:47:00 PM

(1/24/2018 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Extended thread about the desperate lengths they went to, trying to frame Flynn, Trump, and others.

A year later, they still have nothing. Why? Because they made it all up. They paid for a fictional dossier, tried to concoct something from there, and wiretapped the president.

Because they hate their country because it's free and capitalist.

1/24/2018 06:57:00 PM

(1/24/2018 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Hoffman, others, elected to the Hall of Fame.

Trevor was only a Brewers' player the last couple seasons, but he was a great guy to have around.

See, the call here.

1/24/2018 06:20:00 PM

(1/24/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They'll still be people that insist one is far better than the other, even though they would almost certainly fail a blind taste test.

1/24/2018 03:00:00 PM

(1/24/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

What would I say if this were my kid?

No one likes a drama queen son.

1/24/2018 01:30:00 PM

(1/24/2018 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers thought to be trying to get another player (s) from MIA as well. Have asked for a quick decision, and may have sweetened offer a bit today to spur Marlins into moving. Hearing term blockbuster.

1/24/2018 12:59:00 PM

(1/24/2018 12:48:00 PM) - Al

From the internet today.

---Crew has offer on the table for Yelich. Stearns and braintrust confident. It is a true offer believed to be final. Marlins have told other teams they have an offer to beat, believed to be Brewers.

---Previous prediction of 3 top 100 players remains in play. May be lesser players involved too.

---No one seems to know if it is just Yelich or not.

---Brewers have other scenarios waiting to go, whether yes or no. Cain might well be option in both cases.

---Many reports suggest overwhelming interest in Santana in last 24 hours. Teams asking about Phillips, Brinson, Harrison as well.

---Indians keep coming up, as they have SP to trade, as well as Kipnis.

---Darvish believed to be deciding soon. Many still say he will go to Cubs, but agents still negotiating with others.

1/24/2018 12:48:00 PM

(1/24/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The guy who did this survey has not spent much time noticing what 16-18 year old girls look like today.

Every time I go to one of the Rambling son's matches, I wonder why there's so many college women there. At some point I realize...they're not college women.

1/24/2018 11:30:00 AM

(1/24/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We have a pair of floor lamps in the living room. They are just a black pole with a bulb at the top, with a white plastic thing under the bulb. Last night, the Rambling wife had the Rambling son reach something under the sofa, and he leaned the lamp over. When we set it back up, a crack in the brittle plastic broke from 20+ years of being inches from the bulb heat, leaving a 2 quarter size hole. Ordered new lamps from Wal Mart...$8 each.

Only 20 years of service from an $8 item...they just don't make stuff like they used to. :)

1/24/2018 09:30:00 AM

(1/24/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al


Comey is in deep doo doo.

1/24/2018 07:30:00 AM

(1/24/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

You get the feeling, it's all starting to unravel.

1/24/2018 05:30:00 AM

(1/24/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al


Ironically, everyone appears dirty except who they are investigating.

1/24/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/24/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Future generations may never see snow.

1/24/2018 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

(1/23/2018 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Could the Crew be interested in both Cain and Yelich?

That would defeat the narrative we've seen so far, but it would also leave Santana to be part of a trade.

One other thought...if they are considering trading a package of 3-4 good prospects or team controlled young players, could they be weighing Archer versus Yelich? Is that how this got started, MIA heard the Brewers offered several kids for Archer and asked if they wanted Yelich?

1/23/2018 10:15:00 PM

(1/23/2018 09:53:00 PM) - Al

This must be because he's so dimwitted and ignorant.

Crazy like a fox.

1/23/2018 09:53:00 PM

(1/23/2018 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Interweb says Darvish and the Cubs have an agreement.

Rumor? Scoop?

I dunno anymore. 

1/23/2018 07:01:00 PM

(1/23/2018 06:46:00 PM) - Al

Nothing close between Brewers and Marlins, several teams talking about Yelich.

1/23/2018 06:46:00 PM

(1/23/2018 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have made an official offer for Yelich. Go to MLBTR for details, I'm on my phone.

Tom H reports he has been warned to expect a lot of movement before spring training. If so, it will all begin with a single deal.

1/23/2018 03:38:00 PM

(1/23/2018 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another day of not only no Trump collusion, but more and more proof that Hillary's folks, in a classic case of misdirection, accused Trump of exactly what they were doing.

1/23/2018 02:14:00 PM

(1/23/2018 01:49:00 PM) - Al

There's only two things the left knows for sure...

1. Trump is a moron, a buffoon.

2. He keeps outsmarting them.

1/23/2018 01:49:00 PM

(1/23/2018 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers find new sponsor for sausage race, Klement's informs associates.

1/23/2018 01:45:00 PM

(1/23/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

A wise man think privatizing all government run business is a fine idea.

1/23/2018 08:30:00 AM

(1/23/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Life is good.

Admittedly, hearing the complaints about Schumer and listening to the Dems admit it was "their" shutdown, it made my eyes roll, so just think how "what the hell" those on the left are feeling.

1/23/2018 07:00:00 AM

(1/23/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

So, to be fair, nothing has changed.

1/23/2018 04:30:00 AM

(1/23/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Why is liberal California the poverty capital of the USA?

It's always funny when the answer can be found in the question.

1/23/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/23/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Alternate dislikes leader who tells them to go to hell when they request pallets of cash.

Well, good.

1/23/2018 02:00:00 AM

(1/23/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

So close.

1/23/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, January 22, 2018

(1/22/2018 04:31:00 PM) - Al

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Laugh out loud.

Feinstein is very bad at this.

I have complimented the left numerous times for sticking together. For whatever reason, this time, they folded like a beginning poker player dealt 2/7 offsuit.

1/22/2018 04:31:00 PM

(1/22/2018 04:07:00 PM) - Al


A 42 win pace is just about where I had them, I think I predicted 44 victories.

1/22/2018 04:07:00 PM

(1/22/2018 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Bucks are caught in the middle...they have a good young team, with pieces such as Thon Maker, who will be much better some day than they are now.

They are near the bottom of the league in rebounding, defense in the paint, and 3 point percentage and shots made.

They do have the ability to simply outscore and outshoot their opponents.

They are also a team pushing the salary cap ceiling. Help will not be as easy as adding talent in the offseason.

I must admit, hearing they fired their coach and haven't bothered telling him yet...makes me recall the leaderless days of the Dean Taylor era, when he had clods like Davey Lopes and Dave Stewart telling him they needed to blow out young arms and needed a speedy 2B to lead off while future all stars Ron Belliard and Mark Loretta sat on the bench...they no run fast enough.

I know the team is entering an easier part of the schedule. I am comforted knowing ESPN says the Bucks' job will be the most coveted of the offseason, with Giannis, a talented nucleus, and a new arena opening.

But not being able to do even the simplest things properly is painful.

1/22/2018 03:58:00 PM

(1/22/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

A 2 mile sniper kill.

Informative, absolutely spellbinding read.

1/22/2018 03:30:00 PM

(1/22/2018 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Espn reporting Kidd has not yet been told, and Giannis is devastated.

1/22/2018 03:08:00 PM

(1/22/2018 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Espn reporting Jason Kidd has been fired.

1/22/2018 03:04:00 PM

(1/22/2018 10:05:00 AM) - Al

We may never know the true reason.

1/22/2018 10:05:00 AM

(1/22/2018 09:51:00 AM) - Al

BA has 6 Brewers in the top 100.

Lewis Brinson (18), Keston Hiura (47), Brandon Woodruff (61), Corbin Burnes (74), Monte Harrison (75), Brett Phillips (80)

In my top 20, I had Phillips 5th, as I did not feel Harrison's breakout season had pushed him higher. Other than that, I just had Burnes and Woodruff flipped.

1/22/2018 09:51:00 AM

(1/22/2018 09:15:00 AM) - Al

Also, water is wet.

1/22/2018 09:15:00 AM

(1/22/2018 09:09:00 AM) - Al

A wise man has mentioned this before...every day is the end of the world. The only thing you can count on is tomorrow, they will insist things are even worse.

Negativity like that is just exhausting.

1/22/2018 09:09:00 AM

(1/22/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

To the Dems, impeachment is what you do when you lose an election.

1/22/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/22/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

This seems a bit...coincidental, to say the least.

Heads are gonna roll.

1/22/2018 12:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 21, 2018

(1/21/2018 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Patriots opened as a 6.5-7 point favorite, and have been bet down to 5.5 after 30-60 minutes.

1/21/2018 09:23:00 PM

(1/21/2018 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Reports also floating around the internet that the Crew has officially made an offer to Yu Darvish.

1/21/2018 06:31:00 PM

(1/21/2018 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Brewers close to making a trade, per Crasnick.

They've been talking to the White Sox, per Jerry?

Nate Jones? Soria? 

More as needed.

1/21/2018 05:58:00 PM

(1/21/2018 04:13:00 PM) - Al


1/21/2018 04:13:00 PM

(1/21/2018 04:01:00 PM) - Al

School already cancelled for tomorrow here. 6-10 inches of snow forecast per TV, 8 per Weather Underground.

The Rambling wife insists she's going to therapy and work...I may have to put my foot down. We have the Joel Osteen arrangement...she makes all the small decisions, I make all the big ones.

Still waiting for the first "big one" to need to be made...but we've only been married 20 years, so...

1/21/2018 04:01:00 PM

(1/21/2018 03:52:00 PM) - Al


1/21/2018 03:52:00 PM

(1/21/2018 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

College students routinely got draft deferments. Some got more than 4.Not sure why this is an issue 50 years later.

1/21/2018 03:44:00 PM

(1/21/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if private business steps up when government fails.

1/21/2018 02:00:00 PM

(1/21/2018 01:57:00 PM) - Al

The worst case scenario that we have wondered about?

It may be even worse.

1/21/2018 01:57:00 PM

(1/21/2018 01:42:00 PM) - Al

This is why the rubes have lost faith in the FBI.

And to be honest, DC in general.

1/21/2018 01:42:00 PM

(1/21/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Thus far in the playoffs, I'm 6-2, which is tied for 2nd place out of 94 tracked at NFL Pickwatch.

I got the Vikings and the Patriots this week.

By the way, those of you that took the Saints last week, I don't know what you were thinking.:)

1/21/2018 01:00:00 PM

Saturday, January 20, 2018

(1/20/2018 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Giannis to miss next 2 games, part of long term plan to keep him as healthy as possible.

It sounds almost identical to what the Brewers have done with Braun. Given that Giannis is 22 and his knee issue has no name, it seems strange, but I assume they know exactly what they're doing.

1/20/2018 05:11:00 PM

(1/20/2018 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, Jon's dumb as a post.

1/20/2018 04:47:00 PM

(1/20/2018 01:46:00 PM) - Al

They will teach marketing classes someday and study how good he is at this.

1/20/2018 01:46:00 PM

(1/20/2018 01:26:00 PM) - Al

We've learned no one denies Haiti is a dump, some folks are just bothered by the fact he said it out loud.

After 8 years of a community organizer informing us "we might need some revenue enhancement" when it came time to take more money from the rubes, those offended by plain talk and the truth have probably ruined their pearls from clutching them so often.

1/20/2018 01:26:00 PM

(1/20/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

The world ends every week for the left. It's like a daytime drama.

1/20/2018 01:00:00 PM

(1/20/2018 12:26:00 PM) - Al

The shutdown is directly related to good news like this.

1/20/2018 12:26:00 PM

(1/20/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

More proof I may be the only middle aged white guy not taking uppers, blow, or painkillers.

25 years ago or so, the PA gave me Tylenol with codeine for a painful tonsil infection. I barely knew who I was, and had to go tell my boss at Toys R Us I was in no condition to work.

Since then, I've been given 4 scrips for painkillers, and I've never filled any of them. My goodness, Nyquil makes me loopy. I guess the appeal is lost on me.

1/20/2018 11:00:00 AM

(1/20/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Palin was right again...

1/20/2018 05:30:00 AM

(1/20/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

If Mattis did not exist, we'd have to invent him.

1/20/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/20/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Oh, come on now.

1/20/2018 12:30:00 AM

Friday, January 19, 2018

(1/19/2018 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, Bernie is a complete idiot.

1/19/2018 09:45:00 PM

(1/19/2018 09:41:00 PM) - Al

If the Dems are watching social media, people are furious about the military not getting paid, and completely apathetic about the rest of the government shutdown.

Best line?

The government might shut down Friday...just like it does every weekend. 

I do wonder why the military was included...if it's a strategy, it seems shortsighted. If it's because they know the military votes 80% Republican; it seems very shortsighted.

1/19/2018 09:41:00 PM

(1/19/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if the old media is completely out of touch.

1/19/2018 08:56:00 PM

(1/19/2018 06:42:00 PM) - Al

Wait until that next contract has to be negotiated.

Get woke, go broke.

1/19/2018 06:42:00 PM

(1/19/2018 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, they don't really believe in anything.

1/19/2018 03:37:00 PM

(1/19/2018 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Patriots opened as a 9 point favorite, now down to 7 or 7.5, depending on the sportsbook. Most feel it is because of the Brady hand injury...or possible injury.

1/19/2018 02:26:00 PM

(1/19/2018 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Crew invites Wren and Orf to spring training, which would seem to be a way of letting them know they are still thought of as 25 man roster possibilities.

1/19/2018 02:16:00 PM

(1/19/2018 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Crew linked to Cobb, Lynn, and Nunez.

1/19/2018 01:59:00 PM

(1/19/2018 01:08:00 PM) - Al

This is pretty much how I feel too, other than the military heroes not being paid.

1/19/2018 01:08:00 PM

(1/19/2018 01:01:00 PM) - Al


They think we are incredibly stupid.

1/19/2018 01:01:00 PM

(1/19/2018 12:57:00 PM) - Al

I have a cold heart and do not impress easily, but I must admit, this is genius.

1/19/2018 12:57:00 PM

(1/19/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Top 20 prospects. ("seasonal" age as of July 1, 2018)
1. Lewis Brinson, 24, CF
--Best by far. Mike Cameron is a good comp.
2. Keston Hiura, 22, 2B
--Al he does is hit. Potential to be an all star if he can stay at 2B, solid player at 1B or LF. 
3. Corbin Burnes, 23, SP
--Can't ignore video game like numbers last year. Just toyed with A+/AA hitters.
4. Brandon Woodruff, 25, SP
--Solid debut last year, was almost as good as Burnes in '16.
5. Brett Phillips, 24, CF
--Many gave up on him after a poor '16. Still plenty young. 
6. Corey Ray, 23, CF
--His floor is so high, tough to put him lower than this. 
7. Luis Ortiz, 22, SP
--Very young, so even though he had a pedestrian year in AA, very solid. 
8. Isan Diaz, 22, 2B/SS
--Has a good eye and pop for a middle infielder.
9. Mauricio Dubon, 23, 2B/SS
--Very athletic and getting better every year.
10. Freddy Peralta, 22, P
--Set to explode, excellent velocity, misses bats. 
11. Adrian Houser, 24, SP
--Many have forgotten about him. I have not. Still a true prospect.
12. Monte Harrison, 22, CF
--Arrived on the scene after a struggle, fantastic athlete, will have ups and downs.
13. Jacob Nottingham, 23, C
--Overlooked, catchers always develop slowly. Plenty of time. 
14. Taylor Williams, 26, RP
--Ceiling probably a reliever now, but he will be good if healthy.
15. Trent Grisham (formerly Trent Clark), 21, CF
--Fine athlete, walks a lot. 
16. Lucas Erceg, 23, 3B
--I think he's a bit overrated, but lefty bat with huge power. 
17. Troy Stokes, 22, OF
--Overlooked due to lack of stature (5-8), but has good speed and power. Outperformed Ray and Grisham in '16.
18. Aaron Wilkerson, 29, SP
--Tough to put a fella almost 30 on the list. Never gonna going to be a star, but he gets guys out. 
19. Tristen Lutz, 19, OF
--Very young, but raw power off the charts.
20. KJ Harrison, 21, C/1B
--Doubt if he sticks as a C, might end up as a utility guy solely due to bat. 

1/19/2018 12:00:00 PM

(1/19/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I would say they do not lean any further right than CNN and the networks lean left.

1/19/2018 10:30:00 AM

(1/19/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

My top 20 prospects might just appear right around noon today.


1/19/2018 09:00:00 AM

(1/19/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al


1/19/2018 06:30:00 AM

(1/19/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

They could not be more transparent.

1/19/2018 04:30:00 AM

(1/19/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if the old media just covers what they want and ignores the rest.

Of course, the dude was here for decades and never did a thing as far as starting the path to citizenship, and supposedly used a fictional social security number all these years.

I may have a cold heart, but, that's a damn shame.

1/19/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/19/2018 01:43:00 AM) - Al

Many wondering as I am...what is in this memo that could be more damaging than what we know?

Only guess I have? Some never Trump folks were involved in payment or making up info, as it has been shown to be, at best, factually inaccurate.

McCain bringing a copy in was strange at best, though meaningless, as others had been seen before. Could that be part of it?

1/19/2018 01:43:00 AM

(1/19/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why the left fought it so.

They knew it would work, and knew it would be popular.

1/19/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 18, 2018

(1/18/2018 09:03:00 PM) - Al

I'm beginning to think this isn't an exaggeration, because not a single Dem has said a word about this being stupid or a waste of time like Hillary keeps insisting whenever someone brings up her lies and classified emails.

{You see, she thought the C stood for Clinton.}

1/18/2018 09:03:00 PM

(1/18/2018 08:52:00 PM) - Al

The Dems will not allow a "military exemption" like there always is?

That's as pathetic as claiming a tax cut will hurt people.

1/18/2018 08:52:00 PM

(1/18/2018 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Excuse me...but how unAmerican is it to waste law enforcement's time?

What a bunch of terrible people.

1/18/2018 08:49:00 PM

(1/18/2018 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Surprised to see Hayes in the NBA. I just did not see him as that type of player. Good for him.

1/18/2018 08:31:00 PM

(1/18/2018 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Wang might be headed over to South Korea to play.

1/18/2018 07:35:00 PM

(1/18/2018 06:28:00 PM) - Al

It's dead, but many will ignore that fact and keep feeding the rotting corpse to the rubes, who don't know any better, as long as they refer to it by another term, like "dommon dore."

1/18/2018 06:28:00 PM

(1/18/2018 06:22:00 PM) - Al

I have no doubt.

What we know so far is extremely damning...Hillary and others paid for a fake dossier, which was then used to obtain a FISA warrant, which was then used to listen in on a candidate for president.

That's spy novel worthy deceit, and unacceptable. Thus far, the biggest issue seems to be the left arguing what a "wiretap" is for legal purposes, but in private at least, have no issue admitting they eavesdropped on Trump and his people for political purposes.

Why the continued focus on "Russia" you ask? Read the above couple paragraphs and you'll quickly understand why the diversionary tactics.

1/18/2018 06:22:00 PM

(1/18/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

What did they have to lose?

Turns out, nothing.

1/18/2018 03:30:00 PM

(1/18/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

He lived in a bizarro world.

1/18/2018 02:00:00 PM

(1/18/2018 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Been resting most of yesterday and today, for the 2nd time in 3 weeks, have the Rambling son's terrible cold. Posts are mostly previously scheduled links.

Tomorrow, my top 20 or 25 prospects will appear, as list is done, but I want to say a blurb about each.

Enjoy the warmth, we have 5 days of 32+ forecast. Many years, we have a week or two it never gets above zero.

1/18/2018 01:22:00 PM

(1/18/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al


This continues to remind me of Governor Walker, who was the worst person to ever exist until he wasn't.

1/18/2018 12:30:00 PM

(1/18/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al


The Rambling wife married at 22, but you would have too if you would have met me.

1/18/2018 11:30:00 AM

(1/18/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

1/18/2018 10:00:00 AM

(1/18/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

On CNN, no less.

All is proceeding as Scott Adams predicted.

1/18/2018 09:00:00 AM

(1/18/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

$11B total...and it's nowhere near finished. Wait until it loses money every year...

1/18/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/18/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if not being Neville Chamberlain wimpy is a positive.

1/18/2018 06:30:00 AM

(1/18/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

And I laughed and laughed and laughed.

1/18/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/18/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Now I know why the left hated it so.

1/18/2018 12:30:00 AM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

(1/17/2018 07:28:00 PM) - Al

This is why Flake was in 3rd in his primary, behind his main opponent and undecided.

Usually, attention whores have a better grasp of not saying something so incessantly stupid.

1/17/2018 07:28:00 PM

(1/17/2018 06:22:00 PM) - Al

The thing is, if Aziz is guilty of anything, so is just about every single guy.

1/17/2018 06:22:00 PM

(1/17/2018 07:55:00 AM) - Al

Fairbanks is supposed to hit 32 today.

May want to hold off on packing your bags, as the forecast high a week from today is -20.

1/17/2018 07:55:00 AM

(1/17/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Like most bullies, he's a crybaby if stood up to.

1/17/2018 04:00:00 AM

(1/17/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

If it looks like a coup and seems like a's probably a coup.

Imagine, if you will, the GOP openly talking about forcing Obama out of office because, wait for it...they did not like the fact his policies were successful.

1/17/2018 02:30:00 AM

(1/17/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

2-3 packs a day, and maybe he'd be a god.

1/17/2018 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

(1/16/2018 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Churches need to do more marketing of every kind, but I'd say this will be effective.

1/16/2018 08:16:00 PM

(1/16/2018 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Whenever you begin to focus on anything except winning, your performance suffers.

1/16/2018 07:31:00 PM

(1/16/2018 07:01:00 PM) - Al


This seems to be the strategery.

They do seem to be infected

1/16/2018 07:01:00 PM

(1/16/2018 02:13:00 PM) - Al

The rubes aren't nearly as stupid as the elites think they are.

1/16/2018 02:13:00 PM

(1/16/2018 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Harrison asks out of Pittsburgh, though he does it politely.

1/16/2018 01:38:00 PM

(1/16/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

On the marquee sign outside of Family Video today:

My Little Pony Hitman's Bodyguard

You know, when he pulled the AK47 out from under his blanket and shot the stable boy 22 times in the face...I sure didn't see that coming. Love those plot twists!

Reminds me of the time Culver's sign said:

Tuna Salad Chocolate Marshmallow 

Who the hell came up with that flavor? 

1/16/2018 09:30:00 AM

(1/16/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has noted what a bunch of negative nellies the Dems are.

That said, with luck, they will keep this up FOREVER.

Nothing is more effective than "you rubes are terrible, come join us."

1/16/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/16/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. I know the feeling.

1/16/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/16/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine how vicious the attacks would be if she ever announced.

1/16/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, January 15, 2018

(1/15/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

This would seem to get in the way of that narrative they keep feeding us.

1/15/2018 06:00:00 PM

(1/15/2018 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Bucks sign Marshall Plumlee to a 2 way deal. Today was the deadline to do so.

He's a 7 footer with some inside skills. Can't tell much from his limited time last year.

1/15/2018 05:46:00 PM

(1/15/2018 04:42:00 PM) - Al

I must be the only one who thinks the Pirates are getting what their veteran players are worth.

Guys with 1-2 very expensive years left on their contracts simply very limited in their worth, as only a few teams can afford them, not all those teams want them; and often, they are teams with below average farm systems.

That's another reason I like Harrison, in addition to his versatility and athleticism, as he's signed for 3 seasons (even better, he's signed for 1 year with a pair of options, if he is left with a career ending injury, the risk is minimal). 486 games of Harrison is probably more valuable than 162 games of McCutchen.

1/15/2018 04:42:00 PM

(1/15/2018 04:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are "in" on just about any player they see as having value, such as a free agent that might end up being underpaid.

Imagine you know a guy who raises heifer calves until they are springers. If he sees a bull calf selling for $50 that he feels is worth $100, that makes sense.

1/15/2018 04:27:00 PM

(1/15/2018 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Stearns is way ahead of me, as always.

I doubt if PIT will mind dealing him to a division rival if they have decided to reset. 

1/15/2018 04:15:00 PM

(1/15/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

It is. They need to do a better job bragging about it. They did not go from 8 years of stagnation to incredible growth coincidentally. It has been one economic spark after another.

And, the attention whores like Flake need to shut up. When you know you have no chance to win your primary, you lose the right to speak for the party.

1/15/2018 04:00:00 PM

(1/15/2018 03:36:00 PM) - Al

McCutchen to the Giants.

Stearns should call about Josh Harrison, as it appears the Bucs have admitted they are in need of a rebuild.

1/15/2018 03:36:00 PM

(1/15/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember, they laughed at Sarah Palin when she said we should drill our way to lower oil prices.

Guess what we've done?

Those that refuse to admit supply and demand works are doomed to not understand economics.

1/15/2018 03:30:00 PM

(1/15/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Larry Summers should have said 100 billion.

It's still a lie, but I ain't going to even pretend to give a damn over 10K mythical people.

1/15/2018 01:30:00 PM

(1/15/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

1/15/2018 12:00:00 PM

(1/15/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

1/15/2018 10:30:00 AM

(1/15/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

It's difficult to report on a country you've never spent a minute in.

1/15/2018 08:30:00 AM

(1/15/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al


Condi correctly discusses how the latest fad leaves women looking helpless and blameless.

1/15/2018 07:00:00 AM

(1/15/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Takeaways from this article.

The notebook idea is really stupid.

The author of the piece is irritating as all hell.

When you're finishing an application you've known about for a long time on the day it is due, you have no chance of being anything but a blithering idiot.

1/15/2018 02:30:00 AM

(1/15/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

100% true.

1/15/2018 01:00:00 AM

Sunday, January 14, 2018

(1/14/2018 09:55:00 PM) - Al

In some sort of unheard of scheduling quirk, the Wild, TWolves, and Vikings were all playing at home today.

Reactions here.

1/14/2018 09:55:00 PM

(1/14/2018 09:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife says not only do most folks wear Packers' jerseys on playoff Sundays to her church, but the pastor always says a prayer...not just for good health and the like, but to include a Packers' victory.

It's always a very loud "Amen."

1/14/2018 09:48:00 PM

(1/14/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Choi is another very good minor league signing. Brewers have focused on getting some of the top players available since Stearns arrived.

Reports online say Choi turned down a 40 man spot from the Rays to sign with MIL, so I assume the Brewers' offer has an opt out, allowing him to become a FA at some point if not in the majors. 

1/14/2018 09:30:00 PM

(1/14/2018 09:08:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife refuses to watch this, but you can see Vikings' fans celebrate after their unexpected victory.

1/14/2018 09:08:00 PM

(1/14/2018 06:06:00 PM) - Al

There, now no one will touch them.

1/14/2018 06:06:00 PM

(1/14/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Wahlberg had a good agent. Williams did not.

1/14/2018 06:00:00 PM

(1/14/2018 03:07:00 PM) - Al

The stock market has gained an incredible 7.8 Trillion dollars in market value since POTUS was elected! Looks like 4% economic growth in 4th quarter, lowest level of claims for unemployment benefits in 44 years, and black unemployment rate is the lowest (6.8%) on record! MAGA!--Lou Dobbs

The truth is, we may never recover. 

1/14/2018 03:07:00 PM

(1/14/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Pencils in full color.

Watching all the steps, it's hard to believe they don't cost $5 each. I still like to use pencils, and considering how tough it is to find a decent at home sharpener (I bought a $20 one on clearance at my old arts and crafts store for less than $5, and it worked good for about 90 seconds), I was thrilled to find a dozen pre sharpened ones on for $2 a while back. Now, the difficulty is digging them out of the sofa.

1/14/2018 11:30:00 AM

(1/14/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, that was before they found out Trump was for it.

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

1/14/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/14/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Often, the truth hurts.

1/14/2018 04:00:00 AM

(1/14/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Allie wins the internet for today.

We'll see you tomorrow.

1/14/2018 02:00:00 AM

(1/14/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

The family of John Banner must be offended by all the bad imitations of the beloved Sgt. Schultz character.

1/14/2018 01:00:00 AM

Saturday, January 13, 2018

(1/13/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Me neither.

W was called every name in the book for 8 years. McCain and Romney, two of the most honorable men to exist in the 21st century, were called Hitler and worse.

Pardon me if I do not have an ounce of sympathy for the left suddenly having a case of the vapors at the president calling a sh*thole a sh*thole.

1/13/2018 10:30:00 PM

(1/13/2018 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Geritt Cole traded to the Astros.

And this time, I mean it.

4 for 1. Musgrove and Moran biggest names. 

1/13/2018 05:43:00 PM

(1/13/2018 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Need to be to them I mean...

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

Of course, note all the suggestions after 8 years of pretending foreign policy did not exist from the Obama braintrust (it was a video, I tell ya; how 'bout we send ya a pallet of cash).

To be truthful, relations with the fat boy (said as a fellow fat boy) are probably as good as they have been in a decade. North Korea wants to participate in the Olympics, and they have been informed to be good boys in order to do so. They voluntary renewed contact with South Korea on their "hotline" in case of accidental launch or, I suppose, in case they just want to shoot the breeze on why the north shuts off the electricity at night.

1/13/2018 04:58:00 PM

(1/13/2018 04:06:00 PM) - Al


It's different when they do it.

1/13/2018 04:06:00 PM

(1/13/2018 03:58:00 PM) - Al

We've talked about dirt cookies before.

They are a sign of great wealth. Because shut up.

1/13/2018 03:58:00 PM

(1/13/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Went 3-1 last week. Tied for 1st place with 21 others out of 113 at NFL Pickwatch.

This week, I have the Falcons, Pats, Jags, and Vikings.

1/13/2018 02:30:00 PM

(1/13/2018 12:54:00 PM) - Al

All it took was someone not telling us American exceptionalism was dead.

1/13/2018 12:54:00 PM

(1/13/2018 12:45:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has been saying this for over a year now.

It helped him immensely before the election too. It drove the unsure and halfhearted to the voting booth. Luckily, the late night operatives are too ignorant to realize what they're doing. 

I have compared this to Governor Walker's treatment many, many times, and it continues to ring true. Walker has, step by step, made WI the envy of many purple states. The growth from a state full of old fashioned business (agriculture, lumber, paper, cheese) is unheard of.

While he keeps adding to the state's rainy day fund, the previous administration stole from the transportation fund just to meet the budget.

1/13/2018 12:45:00 PM

(1/13/2018 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Addison Reed to sign with Twins, 2y/$17M.

As a fan of low risk, short term deals, tough not to like this for the Twins, though they obviously overpaid , paying $8.5M for 70 innings.

1/13/2018 12:21:00 PM

(1/13/2018 12:03:00 PM) - Al

You can outspend any income.

Proof positive, the US government.

1/13/2018 12:03:00 PM

(1/13/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Haiti is almost as grand a utopia as Venezuela.

1/13/2018 09:30:00 AM

(1/13/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Back to eating healthy.

Feel like this all day.

1/13/2018 06:30:00 AM

(1/13/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

We'll get through this the only way we know how...taking tons of cash from the successful and redistributing it.

1/13/2018 04:00:00 AM

(1/13/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

Sh*thole countries is a classic in the frustrating “Trump gaffe” genre. Saying something despicable that makes elites clutch their pearls but gets a majority of people nodding their heads.--Tim Miller

1/13/2018 02:00:00 AM

Friday, January 12, 2018

(1/12/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Matthews is said to be very upset with Trump's poor word choice.

1/12/2018 11:30:00 PM

(1/12/2018 06:53:00 PM) - Al

This is why they pretend to be so upset about silly stuff.


1/12/2018 06:53:00 PM

(1/12/2018 04:43:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if all the outrage is not sincere.

1/12/2018 04:43:00 PM

(1/12/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

This is not lost on the rubes.

We know they're pretending to be unhappy. That's why we do not want to be them.

1/12/2018 04:30:00 PM

(1/12/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Never heard of Ben until he married Meghan McCain, but he's pretty damn good at this.

1/12/2018 03:00:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:42:00 PM) - Al


Quite a quandary.

I have to admit, this is a lot like crying wolf to me. Being offended by "everything" is eventually going to lead to the public ignoring it...if it hasn't already. 

1/12/2018 01:42:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Why wouldn't you have to show up for training or something if you were an able bodied adult?

Freedom isn't free. Neither is health care.

1/12/2018 01:38:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Memories are short.

And by the way, if those countries are so great, move. I won't miss you a bit.

1/12/2018 01:35:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Gruden was outstanding. I would imagine Peyton would be very good, though I hesitate without hearing him do a few games. Most do not start off great like Tony Romo did.

1/12/2018 01:29:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Another reliever linked to the Crew.

I like Oh because he can probably be had on a one year contract, gets both sides of the plate  out, and he has had incredible K/BB numbers.

1/12/2018 01:07:00 PM

(1/12/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

If you're wondering how good the economy and country are doing, look no further than this.

Yes, I'm very worried about folks eating laundry detergent. Maybe we should ban soaps of all kind and smell like the French.

1/12/2018 01:00:00 PM

(1/12/2018 12:41:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

Sadly, the Warriors are still favored, and should be, even without Curry.

1/12/2018 12:41:00 PM

(1/12/2018 12:37:00 PM) - Al


I went to college with several foreign students from Central America. The term the president supposedly used is true and far more polite than the ones they did.

1/12/2018 12:37:00 PM

(1/12/2018 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Why the old media has no credibility at all.

1/12/2018 12:31:00 PM

(1/12/2018 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Brewers avoid arby with all 4 players still eligible.

Time will tell if they sign any to more than one year deals.

1/12/2018 12:21:00 PM

(1/12/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al


Let's talk about bias in the media, our guest, the legendary Dan Rather. 

1/12/2018 11:00:00 AM

(1/12/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

A better question might be why they criticize successful churches.

The answer to both are the same, really. Envy. They are jealous of those starting out because they know they have high hopes and big dreams. They are jealous of the successful ones because they have accomplished so much.

1/12/2018 08:30:00 AM

(1/12/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

That's why they voted against it. They would rather see Americans suffer than have Trump get the credit.

It';s patriotic to pay taxes. Except when it's not.

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

1/12/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/12/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Tune in tomorrow, when Ben Stein talks about water being wet, and teenage girls being mean to each other.

1/12/2018 04:00:00 AM

(1/12/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Those wondering why Megyn Kelly has struggled off the Fox News juggernaut, look no further...she's a very unlikeable person.

1/12/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 11, 2018

(1/11/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

No one wants to admit Trump makes perfect sense, and the left just keeps moving further left.

Of course, compared to the USA, almost every country is a dump. Hence, why they keep flowing in.

1/11/2018 11:30:00 PM

(1/11/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

New rule: We're only allowed to call the USA names.

The other countries that we financially support and defend militarily? Wonderful places.

This sums it up perfectly

1/11/2018 09:30:00 PM

(1/11/2018 08:57:00 PM) - Al

I think I'll finish compiling the Ramblings' top prospects this weekend. I've been all but done for a couple months, but kind of put it off to see if they traded or acquired any youngsters.

Look for it next week.

1/11/2018 08:57:00 PM

(1/11/2018 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Tell them to be quiet.

Most of it starts with looking at a very red map and insisting they're all idiots. I hope they never change.

1/11/2018 07:04:00 PM

(1/11/2018 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Justice feels it's a free agent SP or nothing for the Crew.

I still think Odorizzi makes a ton of sense.

1/11/2018 06:56:00 PM

(1/11/2018 04:33:00 PM) - Al

I worked for a district manager who told us to "give away the store" to avoid a complaint to corporate. His reasoning was, they would not back us up anyway, so just avoid the trouble.

Some struggled with this, and his answer was always the same, "What part of give away the store don't you understand?"

So, I guess I would have done this refund as well, with those rules in place.

1/11/2018 04:33:00 PM

(1/11/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Some people don't believe in flu shots, or other vaccines.

Some people are idiots.

1/11/2018 04:30:00 PM

(1/11/2018 04:12:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what they think of the working class...a bunch of rubes working for peanuts.

1/11/2018 04:12:00 PM

(1/11/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I struggle to be offended by any woman's legs. Good for Dean.

1/11/2018 03:00:00 PM

(1/11/2018 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Reports are that many agents and GM's are saying that players are getting fewer years but more money per season.

No FA has signed for more than 3 years guaranteed. This has severely slowed signings, as both sides play this game of chicken.

1/11/2018 02:08:00 PM

(1/11/2018 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Sam's Club closing 63 stores, some never opened this morning. 4 in WI, all in the Madison/Milwaukee area.

Always feel bad when folks go to work and find the doors locked. I was promoted out of a Toys R Us a year before it closed, and the party store I ran closed about 6 months after I saw the writing on the wall and went to a solvent retailer. I heard all about the tears and rough times.

I've always heard the margin at those warehouse clubs are very tiny, as their profits almost match their annual fees paid in to the dollar.

We only have a card because the Rambling in laws get X amount of cards with their business membership and gave the Rambling wife one years ago. We rarely shop there, except to buy big bags of chicken breasts.

1/11/2018 01:28:00 PM

(1/11/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I heard this a couple years ago.

I guess it remains the case. Math is an amazing thing.

1/11/2018 01:00:00 PM

(1/11/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

1. It's a mystery that may never be solved.

2. I must admit, the public's shock that the Neville Chamberlain tactics Obama used did not work is hilarious. 

1/11/2018 09:00:00 AM

(1/11/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

They all voted against it because they knew it would work.

Let that sink in a few minutes.

1/11/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/11/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Adams was right on mark with this. He has fooled them into printing thousands of pieces saying why he is or is not a genius.

1/11/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/11/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Meghan is 100% correct. Even the left knows it's fiction.

1/11/2018 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

(1/10/2018 10:48:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks are expecting to have Jabari Parker back before the All-Star break, according to Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Coach Jason Kidd was optimistic tonight in his assessment of Parker, who hasn’t played this season because of a torn left ACL.

“He’s doing great,” Kidd said. “Again, he’s doing everything; he’s practicing, he’s participating with the [G League Wisconsin] Herd. So, he’s getting a lot of basketball under his belt. Again, I think we’re about a month away from having him back.”

Parker is still recovering after suffering the injury last February. At the time, he was projected to be sidelined for about a year, and it looks like that prognosis will be accurate. Parker has shown flashes of brilliance in his three-year career, but has been limited by injuries. He averaged 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25 games last season.--Hoops Rumors

I had no idea Parker was due back so soon. He's an awful defender, but they can certainly use his scoring punch. That might be one reason Kidd has been pushing Giannis and Khris so hard, knowing he can lower their minutes soon.

1/10/2018 10:48:00 PM

(1/10/2018 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Jay Bruce was seeking a 5y/$75M deal, ends up with 3y/$39M from the Mets.

I'm sure Stearns hopes an arm falls like that.

1/10/2018 08:19:00 PM

(1/10/2018 08:14:00 PM) - Al

I believe the Bucks can take O'Quinn without sending out salary.

That's such a good match, it's doomed to never happen.

A Bucks' 2nd round pick a couple years down the road (2020?) might be all it takes.

1/10/2018 08:14:00 PM

(1/10/2018 03:17:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they, you know, want to win a war by killing the other side.

1/10/2018 03:17:00 PM

(1/10/2018 03:13:00 PM) - Al

The Dems were right...this is really going terribly.

1/10/2018 03:13:00 PM

(1/10/2018 02:45:00 PM) - Al

I bet at least a third of the team passed on the salad and got their own lunch.

Why? Because it's a salad. The best salad ever is still...just a salad.

1/10/2018 02:45:00 PM

(1/10/2018 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Obviously, no MLB team offered much for Jungmann, as his value is minimal without options, since there are other similar arms available on minor league contracts.

1/10/2018 02:33:00 PM

(1/10/2018 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Nate Silver may not be the biggest geek in the world...but I think he is.

1/10/2018 02:27:00 PM

(1/10/2018 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Jungmann going to Japan, opens 40 man spot for Boone Logan.

1/10/2018 02:15:00 PM

(1/10/2018 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs JJ Hoover to a minor league contract.

Hoover is a hard thrower who has struggled with the long ball and big innings in the past. He's plenty capable of going multiple innings as well, and about equally effective versus both lefties ands righties.

Stearns continues to build his bullpen on a budget, which as I have pointed out on several occasions, is the exact blueprint the Astros used until they felt they were solid contenders.

1/10/2018 12:39:00 PM

(1/10/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I don't recall this being part of the end of the world as we know it the Dems were insisting would happen with the tax cut.

Must have been an oversight. Because the left would never knowingly mislead the rubes...

1/10/2018 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

(1/09/2018 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Badgers lose another road battle, this time at Nebraska.

Even a split of the last 2 games, the prior being versus another lower echelon team, Rutgers, would have been a nice start to what certainly appears to be a rebuilding campaign.

I've seen a lot of teams like them over the years; always young, seemingly always just a couple turnovers or missed shots away.

1/09/2018 10:20:00 PM

(1/09/2018 06:11:00 PM) - Al

I love the fact that they gave Goodell a huge raise even though the numbers plummeted to the basement and lower.

The irony? They insisted they could outsmart Trump.

Guess who got played? Hint, it wasn't the president.

1/09/2018 06:11:00 PM

(1/09/2018 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will be resigning Nick Ramirez to a minor league contract. Ramirez had a stellar season in AA after making the move from 1B to KLH RP.

1/09/2018 03:58:00 PM

(1/09/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Pictures do matter.

Especially to those who make up their mind in the last week or so for reasons all but unknown.

1/09/2018 02:00:00 PM

(1/09/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

They're not going to like how this ends.

Everything he said was true. The overreaction and firing actually proved the point he made.

1/09/2018 01:30:00 PM

(1/09/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

While the fictional "concerns" are still discussed by the old'd talk about those things too if the guy you hated and insisted was a darn buffoon was making this running the country successfully stuff look easy.

It's kind of like those that insist Belichick is lucky or not all that good, and then watch him go 13-3 again. I'm not saying those people are wrong, but I am saying the facts are not on their side.

1/09/2018 12:00:00 PM

(1/09/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I think she has been drunk since she had the last kid.

1/09/2018 12:00:00 PM

(1/09/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, Scott Adams is currently batting 1.000. He was about a year ahead of the game and he has hit every prediction on the head since the election.

1/09/2018 09:00:00 AM

(1/09/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Too kind.

1/09/2018 06:30:00 AM

(1/09/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you have no credibility.

1/09/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/09/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Best two takes on the Golden Globes I saw.

Pretending to be very upset about something they covered up for years....that's rich.

1/09/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, January 08, 2018

(1/08/2018 11:20:00 PM) - Al

Before ESPN became a political network, I believe they called games like that instant classics.

1/08/2018 11:20:00 PM

(1/08/2018 10:44:00 PM) - Al

The left despises Governor Walker.

This is why.



1/08/2018 10:44:00 PM

(1/08/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

All right then, I'll let the groom be in charge of the program, there's no way he can mess that up.

1/08/2018 10:00:00 PM

(1/08/2018 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Multiple reports say the Bucks are considering Andrew Bogut, who is a FA after being released by the Lakers as a courtesy.

1/08/2018 09:29:00 PM

(1/08/2018 09:23:00 PM) - Al

As predicted.

This will be the beginning of "well, we don't like him." The tax cuts probably elevated him into "effective" territory.

1/08/2018 09:23:00 PM

(1/08/2018 09:02:00 PM) - Al

Garza will have surgery for injury apparently sustained when he ran into Aguilar in early June.

A wide man told us the reason for Garza's dropoff in production was injury.

1/08/2018 09:02:00 PM

(1/08/2018 08:59:00 PM) - Al


1/08/2018 08:59:00 PM

(1/08/2018 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Bethancourt is known as a fine defender who can't hit a lick. He was so bad, he tried pitching.

He actually has played all over the field, so his future is probably as a versatile utility player who can also be a backup catcher.

1/08/2018 01:48:00 PM

(1/08/2018 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Tomi is 100% correct. They don't want to hear any truth except their biased version.

By the way, "your truth" is a stupid term. Truth is truth.

1/08/2018 01:45:00 PM

(1/08/2018 11:39:00 AM) - Al

Rose McGowan is just about the only person in the Weinstein scandal to come out of it looking consistent and believable.

The rest all knew, but understood it would be like killing the golden goose to they didn't.

As others have pointed out, the reason they suddenly got all proper is's not because they found out, it's because we found out.

1/08/2018 11:39:00 AM

(1/08/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I think the goofy President Trump hides in the same place as the evil Governor Walker.

In reality, both are despised by the left for three reasons:

1. They won.

2. They are conservatives.

3. They push through a conservative agenda, which, if you pay attention, works pretty darn nicely.

1/08/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/08/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

When the truth hurts, talk about a book of fiction.

1/08/2018 06:00:00 AM

(1/08/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

You know what's really strange?

That not ignoring the 1st Amendment makes the news.

1/08/2018 04:30:00 AM

(1/08/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

That's what happens when you don't investigate an actual crime, but instead, try and pin a fictional crime to a certain person.

I've never killed anyone, but if I had to spend all my days trying to prove I have not, sooner or later, I'd probably look guilty.

1/08/2018 02:00:00 AM

(1/08/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Now this is why we must have the internet.

1/08/2018 12:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 07, 2018

(1/07/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

You betcha.

1/07/2018 11:30:00 PM

(1/07/2018 08:34:00 PM) - Al


1/07/2018 08:34:00 PM

(1/07/2018 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Bucks then release Bolomboy after signing him to an NBA contract.

Out of the box strategery explanation here.

1/07/2018 06:58:00 PM

(1/07/2018 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Opening lines

Steelers 6.5 Jags
Pats 13.5 Titans

I got one upset...I like the Jaguars to win, and I hardly ever pick against the Steelers. If that line sneaks up to 7.5, I think that's an excellent wager. 

1/07/2018 03:35:00 PM

(1/07/2018 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Bucks make moves to the bottom third of the roster.

That said, Mumford has hit 48% of his 3's. That is some serious shooting.

1/07/2018 02:16:00 PM

(1/07/2018 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Before the game was even over last night, I decided I'd pick the Falcons over the Eagles. Always nice to have an upset in the playoffs.

Falcons opened as a 2 point favorite. Have now been bet up to a 3 point pick.


1/07/2018 01:46:00 PM

(1/07/2018 01:42:00 PM) - Al

It's very easy to change your mind when you do not believe in anything.

1/07/2018 01:42:00 PM

(1/07/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

As I have pointed out often, it wasn't patriotic Republicans that spit on returning Vietnam veterans.

Hollywood has romanticized it for 50 years, but the truth is, the left did, and have not only not apologized for it, but are still proud of their actions.

Thank you for your service, sir.

1/07/2018 01:00:00 PM

(1/07/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I post this only because I know a few folks will be offended.


1/07/2018 07:00:00 AM

(1/07/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

1. Amen.

2. You're offended because you're a wussy.

1/07/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/07/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Not a single Dem voted for it.


1/07/2018 01:00:00 AM

Saturday, January 06, 2018

(1/06/2018 09:42:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before and I'll say it again...Mirotic makes the Bucks a legitimate top 5 NBA team.

There's gotta be a way to make a Jabari Parker package match up. 

1/06/2018 09:42:00 PM

(1/06/2018 09:06:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks will be $5.1M below the luxury tax once DeAndre Liggins is waived on Sunday. Milwaukee will have a $757,427 cap hit on the Liggins waiver and 14 guaranteed contracts. Milwaukee still has a $5M and $3.4M trade exception available.--Bobby Marks

Liggins was a vital piece of the rotation the first month or so, but has lost time since. I'm sure they're looking to fill that spot (as well as Vaughn's spot) and strengthen the depth/rotation.

1/06/2018 09:06:00 PM

(1/06/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Those that argue are simply denying they got played.

1/06/2018 07:30:00 PM

(1/06/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I finished the 2017 NFL season at 167-89, 65.2% correct, good for a 36th place tie at NFL Pickwatch, of 114 tracked. Jeff Ratcliffe of Pro Football Focus led the way with 180 right.

I was 46-45 (51%) after week 7, and then finished the season 121-44 (73%). Those last 10 weeks went a lot more to plan.

11-6 in my eliminator contests. No one in my group of 30 went undefeated for the campaign, and I came in tied for 16th of 30.

This week, I got:


1/06/2018 03:30:00 PM

(1/06/2018 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Even the Packers were down 9%. They fell for it and it will probably take years to get all those viewers back.

I've seen lots of people predicting the playoffs and Super Bowl will be a bit of a bounce back, as many more casual fans tune in, and it's more of a happening rather than a game. However, there's two ways of looking at it...I know many Packers' fans that would delay a trip to the ER or not go to a important event like a wedding or a funeral if it conflicted with a game. There are very few general NFL fans of that dedication level. So, it's quite possible they'll be down more.

Time will tell. 

1/06/2018 03:19:00 PM

(1/06/2018 03:09:00 PM) - Al

It's like a buying a billboard in every US downtown...and not paying a penny for it. And guess what?

They got played...again.

1/06/2018 03:09:00 PM

(1/06/2018 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Turns out, the best way to lower black unemployment is...wait for it...lower unemployment.

Being color blind tends to be the best way to go in many, many things. Not treating folks of different gender, religion, ethnic background differently "just because" is a trend that will gain momentum over time.

1/06/2018 02:58:00 PM

(1/06/2018 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Always a step ahead...he literally just tricked his opponents into branding him a genius in the same manner in which he tricked the old media into having a 15 minute segment on whether Hillary was more "crooked" or "heartless."

Crazy like a fox.

1/06/2018 02:46:00 PM

(1/06/2018 10:36:00 AM) - Al

We may never recover.

1/06/2018 10:36:00 AM

(1/06/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

If he didn't exist, we'd have to invent him.

Quote of the year is now a battle for 2nd.

1/06/2018 03:30:00 AM

(1/06/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Spare me your faux outrage CNN. You are nothing but a tool of the left.

1/06/2018 01:00:00 AM

Friday, January 05, 2018

(1/05/2018 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Gore tells his followers that all is going according to plan.

See, he chooses to be incorrect with every public statement to make others feel better.

1/05/2018 08:29:00 PM

(1/05/2018 06:28:00 PM) - Al

The women who took part in that pro abortion march are so silent, it almost makes one wonder if they could be any more transparent.

Hey, those days at the spa and "girl's weekends" take priority over actually giving a damn about other people.

1/05/2018 06:28:00 PM

(1/05/2018 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs loogy Boone Logan to incentive laden contract.

They will have to open a 40 man spot for him as well.

1/05/2018 06:18:00 PM

(1/05/2018 06:15:00 PM) - Al

My cold heart does not allow me to pass up a single opportunity not to mention this.

The irony? Krugman watched 8 Obama years lacking in growth (slowest EVER mind you), and then insisted it'd get worse under a businessman.

Talk about being out of touch.

1/05/2018 06:15:00 PM

(1/05/2018 06:11:00 PM) - Al

It should be free, and all the taxpayers should pay for it!

Even thew Times' readers note the hypocrisy, and allow me to say how stupid it would be that most of the people even in New York City would pay for it yet never spend a minute there.

Not a good time to push for socialism when they have no food or oil in Venezuela...unexpectedly.

1/05/2018 06:11:00 PM

(1/05/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

There's only two things to be certain of:

1. Trump is as stupid as Reagan.

2. Judging by early results, just as lucky too.

1/05/2018 12:30:00 PM

(1/05/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

And, did not cost a single pallet of cash.

It's almost as if not shaking cowardly in the corner while the world blows up around you has some merit.

1/05/2018 10:00:00 AM

(1/05/2018 08:29:00 AM) - Al

They vote with their feet.

There's only 2 things the left is sure of:

1. We need bigger government to save the rubes from themselves.

2. Why do the rubes not realize this?

1/05/2018 08:29:00 AM

(1/05/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

That's a shame.

1/05/2018 08:00:00 AM

(1/05/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

What a novel idea.

That simple determining factor of no aid to countries that burn the American flag is not just common sense, it's offensive to think anyone could disagree.

1/05/2018 05:00:00 AM

(1/05/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back 4 years and see how many times I commented on people I did not know.

If you're going to "make up a quote," you should at least do some research first.

1/05/2018 03:00:00 AM

(1/05/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

It's always easy to fix things when you're warm and full.

1/05/2018 12:30:00 AM

(1/05/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al


1/05/2018 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 04, 2018

(1/04/2018 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Barbato seems like a Barnes clone, and is only 24. A 94 mph fastball and a 87 mph slider is a fine place to begin.

1/04/2018 04:37:00 PM

(1/04/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al


Also true.

Note yet another comparison to Reagan. The more this occurs, the worse it is for the left. Not only was Reagan beloved then, it has grown exponentially over time; history has been extremely kind to him, especially his national defense and economic policies.

Reagan was always made fun of as being a lazy lightweight with stupid, simple ideas. And, wait for it, they worked.

Quick...who does that remind you of?

1/04/2018 04:00:00 PM

(1/04/2018 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Rasmussen has him between 44 and 46, also the highest in quite some time.

So far, this would seem to be an early example that the tax cuts, strong economy, and all around tough talk seem to be going over pretty well so far.

1/04/2018 03:52:00 PM

(1/04/2018 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Irony alert...could the Brewers sign Cain and then use OF surplus to trade for Odorizzi...after reacquiring Jeffress (again) last season?

1/04/2018 02:31:00 PM

(1/04/2018 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Brewers paired up with Cobb, Lynn, and Cain today.

Tomorrow, maybe we'll see them look at 5 letter possibilities.


EDIT: TEX and MIL both going after Cain "very hard" per reports.

The thing is, the pursuit of Cain has led to a boatload of rumors as to why, because without another deal, MIL has little use for him.

A quick list I've seen today?

--Brinson is to be dealt for a SP (Archer?) or Realmuto.

--Santana is about to be dealt.

--Broxton and Santana are to be traded, likely for pitching.

The most often discussed idea?

--Crew signs with Crew. Brewers now have several OF's, and several teams have expressed interest in them. They can basically have a mini bidding war, and decide which OF to trade and for which return. 

1/04/2018 01:10:00 PM

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