Tuesday, January 27, 2009
As a Boston Fan I hope he resigns something. But I don't think Boston should stop there, they need to go out and get the catcher of the future. George Kottaras is not the future. He did a nice job in Triple-A last year in a platoon. I think he would be a nice young option for a back up catcher but Boston needs to go out and get the catcher of the future.
According to the Star-Telegram out of Dallas though, the Rangers are willing to deal Jarrod Saltalamacchia (The Sultan of Sodium as according to Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Fantasy Sports) straight up for Clay Buchholz. But I don't believe that's the deal to make.
If I were Theo, I would go out and get Taylor Teagarden. I would take Clay Buchholz and package him with another young low level pitcher (Like a Kris Johnson in Portland) and get this deal done! Teagarden is only a career minor league .267 hitter, but he has plus power (.509 slugging%) and has a good eye to get on base (.390 on base%). Teagarden also had a .991 fielding percentage in four minor league seasons. He's only 24 and he is only going to get better.
If Boston can secure Teagarden and get Varitek you would have solved a future need for catching, as well as having a veteran teacher presence in Varitek.
Monday, January 26, 2009
No they did not win in 2008. I don't believe they will be winners in 2009 either (I have seen stranger things however).
The Rangers decided win the worst batting helmet award! The rangers released some new uniforms which feature this fantastic new two-tone batting helmet. I think Josh Hamilton found Jesus last year, so that he could guide Josh to wear the worst batting helmet ever.
This was reported by ESPN.com and the article can be found here.
Friday, January 23, 2009
As reported on WEEI AM850 Boston, ESPN was to make a large announcement about a change to the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. Rumors had it that Joe Morgan was going to get fired, since no one at ESPN in Bristol, CT (possibly the country?) likes him as a co-worker (or a human being).
However ESPN reports that Peter Gammons will no longer travel with the crew, to do the on field analysis. To take his place, they are going to add Steve Phillips to the broadcast. However Steve will be in the booth with Joe morgan and Jon miller.
My intial reaction was WTF? But taking some time to think about it, I believe this has to be Gammon's decision. I don't believe that Gammons does not provide enough to the broadcast, I think this is a good way to beef up the Baseball Tonight cast.
I like Steve Phillips, because he knows a good amount about the game and how it is played, but he was not the best GM. This was the man who traded away Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano...ouch. How he could be in the studio analyzing players and their talent, but not realize what he had in Kazmir, make you wonder a little bit. But Phillips will do great announcing games, I mean anyone is better than Morgan.
So here's post 1 of hopefully many in 2009 and beyond.
This year I want to try to stay on top of major sports transactions and stories. Being from MA we are fans of Boston sports teams (unless you're from Canada and then well you like hockey and saying "eh" after every statement), but we want to make sure we can unbiasedly (trying anyways) cover these stories.
I hope Caf and Canada read this and jump on board this year so we can generate some serious hits here!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Well I was wrong.
But anyways I felt I had something to write about, so here I am writing (I know this is boring).
Well Celtics are World Champions. If you were a Celtics fan the only doubt you had was how many games it would take. The thing that bothered me throughout these playoffs is how much ESPN sucked Lebron and Kobe's dicks respectively. I don't get it! They are great players, but when their teams won it was always about them, even when they had last than perfect games. When they lost it was always how is (insert one of the two here) going to bounce back from this? How bout, how are the LAKERS going to bounce back from this? Or how are the Cavs going to bounce back? When the Celtics lost it was always (insert name) takes over the game. When the Celtics won it was never (insert name) played awful (insert team) loses. Thank you ESPN for reminding us how much you don't care about the sport, but how much you care about Lebron and Kobe.
Another thing that pissed me off about ESPN lately has been the coverage on Tiger. Tiger wins US Open dramatically. Much props because that was impressive, it made watching Golf on TV relevant that weekend. However, having an in depth coverage on his knee surgery is waste of good sports time! The fact that a week after Tiger wins the open and they are asking people what is golf going to do? OK golf will be just fine. Someone else will fucking win. That's about it. Who gives a shit about his surgery. He needs to rehab and he'll be back. It doesn't vouch having a 20 min segment on his surgery. A simple "Tiger Woods will be out (insert amount of weeks) because of (injury). He had surgery today and it went smoothly. We hope Tiger returns soon so golf will have ratings again." End of story.
I actually have more stuff to write here but it will have to wait.
Until then I leave you with The Tampa Bay Rays a half game in first place.....WTF?
Thursday, May 22, 2008
-Oh look, 17 seconds into the game and Detriot is shooting free throws.
-Ray Allen seems afraid to shoot the ball from a distance of greater than 5 feet out.
-A whistle blows and everyone starts cheering. I seem to have missed an offensive foul on the Pistons.
-Rondo with a sick rebound, immediately conserves greatness and throws the ball at Rasheed Wallace.
-Allen called on a foul for standing still while being assaulted with the ball.
-Fuck, this is hard.
-Holy shit. Celtics out of nowhere blocking/stealing everything.
-First commercial break. There is now a cat sitting directly in front of the TV, blocking a 5"x5" square of viewing area.
-Back from commercial and greeted with a 24 second violation by the celtics. I'm still not sure how that ever happens.
-With the crowd chanting "D-FENCE" the Celtics decide to watch Billups drive to the hoop for an easy layup. Must be opposite day.
-Timeout for more commercials.
-This Dockers ad has a pretty cool song in it.
-Coors Light "Love Train" Commercial Count: 2
-Eddie House gets kicked in the balls while fouling Billups on a 3-point attempt.
-Kevin Garnett hitting fade-away jumpers like it's his job. Oh, wait...
-Cat status: Still blocking the television.
-Pistons 24 second violation. I still don't know how it's possible to not even chuck the ball towards the basket when given that much time.
-Paul Pierce to the line with 18 seconds left in the quarter. Hits both.
-End of the first quarter. 20-18, Celtics advantage.
-I just learned that there is such a thing as the "Mobile Law Office" which is essentially a shortbus that this lawyer will driver to you house to solve your personal injury lawsuit. Nothing good will come of this.
-Sam Cassell is straight chillin' on the sideline right now.
-Neither team has scored yet this quarter.
-Nevermind, Pistons just tied it up.
-Bill just got here and now refuses to follow through with his bet of ingesting a tablespoon of cinnamon. What a fucktard.
-Lindsey Hunter steals the ball from Allen and promptly falls on his face without being touched by anyone. Obviously Allen is called for the foul.
-"Nudists in hot air balloons" commercial by Honda freaks me right the fuck out.
-Random shot of Doc Rivers on the bench drinking from a water bottle with his pinky extended.
-Posey ties up the game with a clutch three pointer.
-OH MY JESUS FUCKING SHIT! Garnett blocks a 1 on 1.
-Miller Lite "Annoying Blind Guy" commercial. Someone needs to beat that fucker with his blind stick.
-Indiana Jones commercial. Note: DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. IT BLOWS GOAT BALLS. You have been warned.
-Cat status: moved away from the TV. I can now see the ESPN Bottomline.
-Two Celtics go for the same rebound and nearly turn the ball over. In other breaking stories: water is, in fact, wet.
-Cameras panning the audience show a child mimicing suicide by gunshot after a bad foul call. The broadcast can only go downhill from here.
-First "BULLLLLLLLLSHIIIIIIIIIIIIT" chant of the night.
-Pistons go up by 5 on some bad passes. Celtics playing like a bunch of Aspies at this point.
-"Stops on a dime and gives him 9 cents change." I will give $1 to the person who can explain what the hell Marc Jackson is talking about here.
-Rich Hamilton shooting foul shots. I still maintain that he should paint menancing images on his face protector.
-Announcers postulating what Billups' current problem might be. I'm not sure about basketball, but in life it probably stems from his parents naming him fucking Chauncy.
-Celtics call timeout with 16 seconds left in the half. Time for some
-Annnnnnnnnd that's the half. 43-50 Pistons. Shit.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
no one? didn't think so...
For those of you who live in a cave, the Boston Celtics are 52-13 and en route to a nice little romp through the playoffs. Thank you Minnesota. (for KG, Big Papi, and indirectly Randy "straight cash homey" Moss)
But I want to give a little credit to two other people who aren't on the court every night. Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers. Now, i know what you're going to say. "Coaches only make a difference in football when they're calling the plays" "GMs are worthless suits" yadda yadda yadda.
You gotta thank Danny for putting this whole team together, and what a team it has been. Obviously, Kevin McHale owed Ainge BIG time for something that happened between them years ago, so he gave us KG for some undisciplined juniors, but what about the real role players? The signing of KG allowed Ainge to get sharpshooter Eddie House and defensive specialist James Posey at a discounted rate. These were the signings that completed the team, along with the development of younger players like Rajon Rondo and Leon Powe. KG makes a huge impact, but the Big Three are nothing without their solid gold supporting cast.
Props go to Doc as well. In the beginning of the season it was "Doc has done a great job controlling the egos of these three superstars." Now it's something different. Look at the Spurs and the Rockets games over the past two days. Against San Antonio, the green were down by 22 at one point. When some teams would fall apart and coaches would cry at this, Doc and his celts buckled down and stormed back. Same thing against Houston. Tied 40-40 at half time. You don't think Doc's advice led the to demolish the 22 game win streak in the second half?
Yes a lot of it is the intensity and fortitude of the men on the court, but give a little love to the boys who keep things together. That and Doc has reached a .500 career record as a coach, and will almost definately surpass that mark as a Celtics coach this season as well. Congrats
Monday, March 10, 2008
I've participated in quite a few seasons of organized and pick-up sports (mostly in the grade school - high school level) and one thing was blatantly obvious to me all these years...Basically, the guys who are actually good at said sports were usually picked first.
What may have caused a riff in a great friendship because you picked Joe Baseball over your best friend (who's probably a better Mathlete than athlete,) probably ended up being the better decision for your T E A M. Gordo the Mathlete may have run really hard, dove for every ball, and never quit on you, but unfortunately, Gordo was a blond haired, transparent skinned wimp who regardless of his grit and determination got thrown out, missed when he dove, and always walked away feeling like he could have left more out there...maybe something like talent.
Which brings me to this fabulous article (Warning: This entire article is NOT dedicated to the grittiness of the SuperWhite Twins, but contains references to said "super" heroes)
"Those two guys exemplify what we want to be," Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi says. "That's why they're better fits for us. They're grinders, and they're dirtbags.
If by "exemplify what we want to be", you mean we want to suck, then you are right on target.
I don't care if i have a team and a half of Gay-Rods who get pedicures before games and have bedazzled cell phones. If they put up a line like this .314/.422/.645 (with 54 HR 156RBI 95Runs) I would get Cover Girl to be a stadium sponsor just so they could get free blush. (Note: while some of those are Career stats for out friend Mrs. Rodriguez, most of them are around his career average)
While Eckstein may be (i can't believe i'm saying this) somewhat of an improvement over John McDonald at SS, he is hardly the Savior of Teams, and definitely not someone I would like to model my franchise after. And Rolen is an obvious downgrade at 3rd from Troy Glaus.
"Just the style of these two guys is something we needed," manager John Gibbons says. "It's not like either of them are such great players that everything comes so easy to them; they're cruisers. They both get down and dirty. And teams that win always have their share of those guys. I think we needed more of that."
Apparently my previously stated logic has been debunked. I cannot have a team of over achievers who put up ridiculous numbers and play fantastic defense and win a championship. I have to throw in a few guys who aren't that good at baseball to even the playing field.
WAIT, I've got it! In order to win you have to be gritty, and in order to be gritty you have to be...white! I see it all so clearly now. It can all be explained by this simple formula:
x + x = championship where x = white/ gritty/ or not nearly as talented so they have to make up for it with dirtbaggieness (TM)
Apparently everyone else in the league who doesn't fall into this category doesn't actually value winning. They get paid absurd amounts of money to play stick ball with their buddies, and go home thinking "¿Por qué hacen éstos a tipos blancos tratan tan duramente? "
P.S. Gordo was just his nickname. His real name was obviously David.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The discussion in our apartment went something like (read: exactly like) this. Imagine the Gammy part as being yelled through a hallway, up a flight of stairs and at my closed door while a sick Me is trying to go to sleep at 8:30pm.
Gammy: We're back bitches!
Me (internal): What the fuck is he yelling about?
Me (out loud): What the fuck are you yelling about?
Gammy: TDC, baby!
Me (to myself): Oh...
And Canada wasn't home so that's how it all happened. Magical, isn't it?
Now, I hadn't planned on posting anything until our fantasy draft in March but since Gammy made the post and decided to blueball all of our readers (hi Ed) by not saying anything else for 15 days I'm going to take the time to drop some knowledge up in this bitch.
In actual news, the third iteration of our fantasy baseball league has begun!
This year, titled "Tampa3 - Rays of Death", we have a 12-team head to head 8x8 stat category clusterfuck going on which (I think) can be viewed here. After much internal discussion the stat categories are as follows:
- Hits - Fucking, duh.
- Runs - Number of runs scored.
- Runs Batted In - Also fucking, duh.
- Home Runs - The single most valuable thing an offense can produce.
- Stolen Bases - Gives value to fast guys who can't hit.
- Batting Average - The chance that a batter gets a hit.
- On-base Percentage - The chance that a batter does not make an out.
- Slugging Percentage - The number of bases gained per at-bat.
- Wins - 20 of these are equal to one Cy Young award.
- Saves - The reason people think Todd Jones and Joe Borowski are good pitchers.
- Holds - There are such things as pitchers between the starter and the closer. Who knew?
- Strikeouts - Good pitchers have lots of these.
- Earned Run Average - This is very dependent on a team's defense and luck but nobody seems to notice or care.
- Walk + Hit/Innings Pitched - The number of baserunners allowed by a pitcher per inning.
- Strikeout/Walk - Ratio of strikeouts to walks.
- Strikeout/9 Innings Pitched - Ratio of strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
We left Heart, Scrap, Grit, Shortness and Whiteness off of the list this season. Whoever drafts David Eckstein is going to be sorely disappointed.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Anyways, in two days the spring training finally begins. I'm excited. Why you ask? Well its not over the fact that I still have to wait a little over a month for real games to begin. I'm excited because it is the beginning of fantasy baseball season! It's all the excitement of finding the next big prospect, the smack talk between friends, and who could forget the prize money of finishing in the top 3.
Well get excited, TDC is back....
Friday, November 16, 2007
Miami (0-9) @ Philly (4-5)
Philly has Donovan McNabb who's coming off a nice passing effort last week, and Brian Westbrook who sniffs out the endzone like I sniff out donuts in the house. Miami has the oldest defense created. And they are probably going to start rookie John Beck at QB. The only thing good Miami (compared to the rest of their team) has is Chatman at RB and an OK offensive line. Philly 44-Miami 10.
Arizona (4-5) @ Cincinnati (3-6)
Kurt Warner met with Brett Favre before the season to get that fountain of youth Kool-Aid, Brett clearly only gave him the light version. Arizona's offense has the high scoring capabilities, and a great matchup against a dismal Cincy secondary. However Arizona's D is not like the second coming of the steel curtain. Palmer has not preformed to "Palmer Like" potential as one Chris Collinsworth said earlier this year. Palmer does have one of his favorite endzone target in Chris Henry back. If Watson or Rudi can get the run established this week I see a good week for both teams (fantasy wise anyways). I expect a shootout Arizona 35 - Cincinnati 41.
San Diego (5-4) @ Jacksonville (6-3)
This will not be what everyone is hoping for. LT running all over Jacksonville and MJD doing the same over the Chargers D. There is a lot at stake in this game, Jacksonville with a win and Colts loss to the Cheifs could be in a tie for the division lead. The Chargers want to keep their distance atop the AFC West coming off a great victory against the Colts. I see this as a defensive game but San Diego comes out on top. SD 10- Jacksonville 7
Chicago (4-5) @ Seattle (5-4)
Chicago is bringing Rexy back...YEAH! Their defense is beat up with Nate Vasher still out but has been still playing well as of late. The Seahawks are getting back Branch with the offense firing on all passing cylinders. Look for Hasselbeck to throw early and often. If Sexy Rexy starts throwing deep however, Seattle could be in trouble. I say Chicago 24- Seattle 20.
Pittsburgh (7-2) @ New York Jets (1-7)
Here's an easy one. Steelers win. "Big Ben" throws for 5 TD's easy since they don't like to give Willie Parker any love any more. The Jets are terrible this year. If Miami does win a game I say there best chance is against the Jets next time around. Pit 42 - NYJ 14
Washington (5-4) at Dallas (8-1)
The only chance that Washington wins would come with Joe Gibbs not taking his Alzheimer’s medication and forgetting to be at the game. Washington has the talent to put together an upset but if it happens it will be in spite of their coach. The more likely outcome for Washington involves leather, a ball-gag and Dallas telling them what to do.
New England (9-0) at Buffalo (5-4)
New England will win this game. If you need me to defend this pick you are goddamn retarded.
New Orleans (4-5) at Houston (4-5)
The Saints started the season by losing four in a row. Then they won four in a row. They just lost again so they need to lose three more times before they can win again. Andre Johnson is off of the injury list for the Texans and has like seven weeks worth of passes to catch. Hopefully Matt Schaub can see straight enough coming off of his concussion to pick apart one of the worst defenses in the league against the pass.
Oakland (2-7) at Minnesota (3-6)
With Adrian Peterson sitting on the sideline with a torn LCL, the Minnesota Adrian Petersons will essentially not put an offense on the field. This game will be a shootout between the Vikings’ defense and an Oakland offense held together by safety-pins and tape. I bet the defense scores more points. Note: this game will probably be hilarious.
St. Louis (1-8) at San Francisco (2-7)
I am picking St. Louis in this one. They finally managed to pull out a win last week and they can still come up with another one or two this season. This is one they should win. Did I mention that the Rams have a healthy Steven Jackson while the Niners are 25th in the league in rush defense and just lost their starting NT for a month? Note: this game will be on par with Oakland/Minnesota.
Carolina (4-5) at Green Bay (8-1)
Green Bay found a running back (Ryan Grant) who is actually good at running the ball and it only took them eight weeks. On top of that, the defense pitched a shutout last week against the Vikings and could easily do it again here against the Carr/Testaverde lead Panthers. The game goes to Green Bay but Farve will gunsling his way to two interceptions and everyone will still love him.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
In case any of you haven't heard. Today...November 15th 2007...Barry Bonds was indicted on the cares of federal perjury and obstruction of justice.
The only way this day could get any better is if they threw his ass in jail, and put an asterisk stamped ball at the entry way to the HoF.
Lets get things crackin…
Two mediocre teams. One on the rise (Browns) and one on the decline(Ravens). If Boller can ignite the offense, the Ravens could pull through, but that is highly unlikely.
Prediction: 24 – 17 Browns
A tale of two opposites. Everyone expected the Giants to be pretty much where they are right now while those same people expected that the Lions might be 3-6 at this time. Kitna predicted 10 wins for this team, and has more fire in his left testicle than Manning could muster up if he went Super Sayan. Expect tight game.
Prediction: 31 - 27 G-Men
The Colts will not lose three in a row. Just like the would not lose two in a row. I think people are more intimidated by the thought of Peyton Manning than his actual prowess. The loss of Dwight Freeney is killer, and the addition of Simeon Rice might actually make them even worse. Sadly, not bad enough to lose to the Chiefs. Despite having a pretty solid defense, the Chiefs just can’t seem to put points of the board, and even an Adam Vinatieri meltdown won’t help them.
Prediction: 19 – 34 Colts
Prediction: 33 – 20 Titans
I could not care less about any two teams than I do the Falcons and the Buccaneers. I seriously forget
Prediction: 17 – 13 Bucs
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I want to start by congratulating Dustin Pedroia, he is not only part of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (still sounds nice right), but he is also your American League 2007 Rookie of the year. And well deserved too according to the voters. Pedroia received 24 of the 28 first place votes.
Also, congrats to Ryan Braun. He won the national league rookie of the year edging out Troy Tulowitzki. Braun was not only productive on a rookie standpoint, but I would have to say in the 2007 fantasy baseball season he was a difference maker for any team that found a spot for him.
Lastly in this post I would like to discuss the word Creepily. Yes it is a real word and an adverb to be exact, however it is a stupid word. It has been used in such sentences as "That baby talks creepily." That word sucks. Pick a fucking new word that sounds better. I just wanted to say that before Caf starts a rant about it.
07' AL Silver Slugger Award Winners
C - Jorge Posada
1B - Carlos Pena
2B - Placido Polanco
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez
DH - David Ortiz
OF - Ichiro Suzuki
OF - Vlad Guerrero
OF - Magglio Ordonez
07' NL Slilver Slugger Award Winners
C - Russell Martin
1B - Prince Fielder
2B - Chase Utley
SS - Jimmy Rollins
3B - David Wright
OF - Carlos Beltran
OF - Matt Holiday
OF - Carlos Lee
Now, because Caf was awesome enough to actually put his predictions in writing (so he can't go back on them) here is how his picks stack up.
AL Rookie of the Year
NL Rookie of the Year
Caf's RoY Picks
It's still early in the day, and the asshole side of my brain isn't functional yet, so i really don't know what to say. Caf, your picks were, although just, mediocre at best. Now as far as any of you know, I creepily predicted each and every winner of every award. Thank you for your patronage.
(p.s. I used creepily here, which is the adverb form of creep, to describe the verb, past tense, predicted. Look it up. Oh wait. I did)
|1.||having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear: a creepy ghost story.|
|2.||that creeps: a creepy insect.|
|3.||Slang. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.|
Thursday, November 8, 2007
This morning the
"Lots of words were tossed around on Thursday night, including "not too busy," "elegant," "professional" and "classic.""
How about "really", "fucking" and "lame".
Way to adopt the most generic looking uniforms I've ever seen. Did some 8 year old write the name and then some graphic genius decided it could use a lens flare while the owners said something along the lines of "let's slap that bitch on these surplus Mariners jerseys and call it a day"?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
P: Johan Santana
C: Ivan Rodriguez
1B: Kevin Youkilis
2B: Placido Polanco
3B: Adrian Beltre
SS: Orlando Cabrera
OF: Grady Sizemore, Ichiro Suzuki, Torii Hunter
P: Greg Maddux
C: Russell Martin
1B: Derrek Lee
2B: Orlando Hudson
3B: David Wright
SS: Jimmy Rollins
OF: Andruw Jones, Carlos Beltran, Aaron Rowand, Jeff Francoeur
Note that the NL has four awards for the outfield. What the fuck? I don’t really care, just wanted to point that out. Moving on.
In early September, I sent an e-mail to the other writers of this blog with my predictions for this year's MLB awards. With the awards being announced over the next week and a half it’s a good time to revisit these picks starting with the Gold Glove. Here they are with correct picks in italics:
C: Kenji Johjima
1B: Kevin Youkilis
2B: Placido Polanco
SS: Orlando Cabrera
3B: Brandon Inge
OF: Grady Sizemore, Coco Crisp, Ichiro Suzuki
C: Russell Martin
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Brandon Phillips
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
3B: Aramis Ramirez
OF: Andruw Jones, Aaron Rowand, Carlos Beltran
You might notice that I didn’t choose a pitcher. The fielding sample size with pitchers is very small (the average starter has only 15 putouts and 25 assists over the course of a given season) and luck plays a much larger factor in small sample sizes which makes it hard for one pitcher to be distinguished from the others. Seriously, Johan Santana won the AL Gold Glove this year with a 14/26/1.000 line (putouts/assists/fielding percent). But how is it any better than Joe Blanton’s 15/27/1.000 or Shaun Marcum’s 19/27/1.000 which included six double-plays?
But hey, 9/16 isn’t too bad. Yes, out of 16. Jeff Francoeur can cry himself to sleep cuddling his extra award for all I care. That shit came out of nowhere. And I stand by my original choices of Crisp, Phillips and Tulowitzki. I think they all got robbed.
Phillips lead NL second basemen in putouts and assists by a large margin while only committing 8 errors in 1371 innings (second most played). Tulowitzki lead NL shortstops in fielding percentage, putouts (by 21) and assists (by 82). Leading in putouts and assists by that much without playing the most innings is huge by the way. Because it means he handled the ball the most and committed very few errors while doing it (only 11). He also had the highest RF9 (range factor per 9 innings played measures the ability to cover the field) and was ahead of the actual winner 5.39 to 4.41. Crisp managed to lead the entire league in fielding percent but none of this really matters with the lack of comprehensive fielding statistics.
I’m just mad that some players who put up excellent seasons got snubbed for big-names who had mediocre years. Hopefully someone else will post about the MVP/Cy/RoY when they are announced.
EDIT: Forgot to mention Tulowitzki's UNASSISTED TRIPLE PLAY.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
All I’ve heard for the last few weeks has been “Oh man, I can’t wait for the Patriots to get ruined/crushed/raped/curb-stomped (choose one) by the Colts”. Well, game over, you lose. Who’re you going to turn to now? The fucking Ravens, who lost to Buffalo last week and only managed to put up 9 goddamn points on a shit-heap San Francisco defense? Or maybe you turn to the Steelers who haven’t won a game in Foxboro in this century? I don’t really care at this point; whoever you put your faith in is going to lose.
You all scream about Bill Belichick being pure evil because he videotaped opposing coaches. And who knows, maybe he is? Maybe he does spend his weeks killing children while exposing himself to old ladies and snorting lines of cocaine off Satan’s ass but he wins on Sundays and that’s all that matters.
I honestly don’t see this team losing to anyone during the regular season if they can play that bad against a team as good as Indianapolis and still win. It’s just not going to happen. And even if I wasn’t a Patriots fan, I’d be rooting for them now just to make the ’72 Dolphins shut the fuck up.
Finally, to anyone who has said “the championships are tainted”, called the team cheaters, used the words Patriotgate/Spygate/Cameragate in a non-ironic way or called for death and serious injury to members of the Patriots and their families, I hope you choke on a dick.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
That being said, i believe we now have our blogging GOLD MINE!
Just as FJM has their weekly Joe Chat, it seems our friend at the Globe, Mr. Shaugnessy now has his very Dan Chat!
The only issue with Dan Chat is that, as much as we hate Dan, he knows slightly more than the Talented Mr. Morgan. Aside from a complete ineptitude for typing and spelling, we're going to have to keep tabs on this, watch his every move, and figure out his habits and patterns so we can get into a groove of really exposing him for the anti-Boston fraud that he is.
If any of you read the Dan Chat, or participate in it, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. I can one hope Dan will grace us with gifts like "concetrate" or "consistent", but only time will tell.
Next Week. Dan-Chat...the battle begins.
Monday, October 22, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE:
Game 7. ALCS. Sox v. Tribe
What is Mike O'Malley doing? Writing in his blog. (why i'm reading this during the game is beyond me) Let's check out a few gems...
Hopefully, a man named Dice-K.
Ok, i JUST mentioned this guy was a closet pedophile, and right off the bat, here he is making reference to GUTS, and show that ended, oh, approximatley 12 YEARS AGO! Dice-K is not a 13 year old girl from arkansas who gets that awkward feeling when you put your arm around her, and ask her to spill her guts...
Asdrubal Cabrera just struck out. Asdrubel sounds like the least appetizing German pastry ever invented.Ass-Dribble (quoted from Caf) is probably one of the worst names i have ever heard. Done.
The woman in front of me just turned around and said, "It doesn't feel like a Game 7, huh? I stared her down.
Here's my issue with this cockstain. First I want to know who this lady is. Second, I want to know how many games 7's she's been to in her life? Odds are this is the first...MAYBE the second if for some reason she was in New York 3 years ago. Needless to say, there havn't been a lot of game 7's in this area in a while.
Next, I wonder if this "game 7" feeling she has is from actually being at game 7's or from watching them from home. I've never been, so i don't personally know of any difference, but from what I've collected...Game 7's are a lot like other games. Even on the virge of a comeback for the ages, it's still a baseball game...till the post party where you can sometimes catch scantily clad closers with beer boxes on their heads. To get to the point, networks dramatize the hell out of games on TV. And I love it.
Love "Little Papi". I'm totally going to use it...never. Points for creativity, but i have a feeling he's given out that nickname before.
Dear John Henry: I broke my chair jumping on it because i ate too many Asdrubals and I weight too much. BTW, Lets start calling the short kid "Little Papi" to make him feel better about himself.
Jacoby Ellsbury is a Native American and we love him.
I am part Native American too. Do you love me? I didn't think so.
Thought we could all use a good, "pick me up" JPEG.
Andy Behrens, a Yahoo! fantasy expert posted this in his "Sunday Scence" article: "Every time you see that Shaun Alexander-Joey Fatone ad, you become 17 percent more metrosexual. There's real science backing up that claim."
Behrens also went on this article to talk about the fantasy factory the Patriots offense (except if you are a current healthy RB sorry LM).
Tonight the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts. Usually whether you like him or not you have to take Manning and the Colts in a game. But when TDC interviewed Manning, all he could do was make this pose found here. Based on this interview I would have to say Jacksonville wins this game. Oh yeah Eli has not comment either, from his NY party.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I wasn't planning to make a post about this but it seems my hand has been forced. My thoughts on the subject have already been posted by better (and professional) reporters so I'm going to let them do the talking.
Stephanie Stradley at FanHouse writes:
"Many of the media accounts of this event are factually wrong, incomplete and I would suggest, deliberately provocative. [...] These accounts make it sound like it was Travis Johnson who actively hurt Trent Green, and not that Green concussed himself making a legal but unwise block.
In addition, receiving the ref's judgment call of a "taunting penalty" is different than taunting someone in some sort of schoolyard way as implied by the articles. As he made his way back to the bench, he yelled at the guy who hurt him.
Most of the pictures that fans saw after the fact were Green carted off the field and not the actual violence of the collision. Or the photo of Johnson walking by Green, which from the angle makes it look like he was standing still over him instead of walking by."
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle writes:
"Johnson might not have been the one carted off the field with a concussion after what Texans coach Gary Kubiak describes as a "nasty collision," but he certainly came close to being the one in need of medical attention. Give an inch here or there, and Johnson would have spent Monday morning on an operating table.
So understandably, he was a bit peeved that Dolphins quarterback Trent Green went low with what is a legal but potentially dangerous block. That block is illegal on kick returns and change-of-possession plays. With Ted Ginn dribbling the ball in the backfield Sunday, this was as close to those types of plays as you will get, but technically, it was just a running play. Don't be surprised if the league bans this type of block on reverses next offseason.
Johnson says he didn't jump up and point at Green to say, "Glad you're hurt, pal." His immediate and justifiably heated reaction was to say, "Hey pal, what are you doing? You can hurt somebody like that." And maybe there was an expletive or eight tossed in for flavor."
But hey, whatever, getting in line behind sensationalist journalism is fun. It's not like there could be more than one side to a story, right?
By saying i miss sports, what i mean is...Baseball is on hiatus for a couple days until the Championship Series begins, Football is obviously on the weekends, and Basketball hasn't started. I can hear you assholes saying "what about hockey?", and all i have to say to that is fuck hockey. I know, I'm Canadian, it's kinda like my birthright, but fuck it. And the last thing I want to do is turn on the t.v. and see the WFSP(World Fucking Series of Poker) or some stupid Wife Carrying competition.
I'm sick of hearing from people that Daisuke Matsuzaka was "a bust" or the biggest waste of money in red sox history. Was Josh Beckett a waste of money? lets take a quick look at Beckett's number last year, and Matsuzaka's numbers this year...
ERA - 5.01/4.40
WHIP - 1.29/1.32
K - 158/201
BB - 74/80
BAA - 2.45/2.46
IP - 204.2/204.2
HR - 36/25
Need i go on? Check the player pages. The similarities are almost eerie. (unfortunately, I can not and will not include "stats" like VORP and ZAPF and WIGGLE and so on) Lets not forget that they both switched leagues (granted Beckett's switch was probably a little easier than Daisuke's) and had to get used to more proficient hitters (the American League has better hitters than the National League overall...period). So can we expect Daisuke to experience the same learning curve as Beckett? Maybe mot exactly the same, but the guy has amazing stuff, his durability will increase as he gets used to the longer season, and I'm sure we can expect the same kinda of experience we had with J.B. over the past two years.
Marion Jones should STFU. Barry Bonds should STFU. You know the difference between the two? Well, yea, Marion Jones looks and sounds more like a man, but that's not what i meant. The difference is she outright got caught. I have some amount of respect for her for admitting it, and returning her medals and asking for amendment of the record books(something BB has not and will never do. But she should stop crying and act like an adult. When i was a kid and got caught stealing a cookie, i cried. Now, i put it back on the counter and ask the lady at Starbucks to please not call the cops. Marion Jones should just plead with them not to send her ass to jail for lying to federal officials.
As much as i can't stand the Yankee's, they just don't seem like the Yankee's without Joe Torre. Would i hate them as much? Probably. Would they still loom over baseball like a dark cloud of evil? As long as Steinbrenner is at the helm, sure thing! But if there's one thing i respect about the Yankees, it's Torre. Not because he hasn't brought them to the World Series since the team he inherited disbanded. The guy's got longevity. How many coaches these days stay with a team for longer than a few years? How many GM's are willing to endure more than a couple seasons without a championship without firing their managers? A smart GM will realize you're not going to win every year, no matter how much money you spend. This is slightly easier to accept in a salary cap sport, but even in baseball you have to account for too many things to think one team will take you the same place every year. I'm sure Mr. Stienbrenner doesn't feel this way, but he has had the balls to hang onto Torre, a clubhouse leader and respected figure, through 7 seasons without a championship. I hope he stays.
Because with Torre, lately, it seems they'll never get back to the world series!
Lastly...Normally i HATE Jim Rome, but he said something in agreement with what I've been saying over the past few days. To put it in T.J.'s words, Fuck Travis Johnson. Here's my gripe...
It was a legal block. This what you want, but until it is made illegal by the league, what Trent Green did was something anyone in the league could do. Think about it. Green is what...200, maybe 210lbs. Johnson easily has 100 lbs on him. Do you really think Green had any chance of taking him down any other way? You run the risk of getting hurt in this game, and if this guy thinks Green was trying to hurt him, he's crazy.
And lets talk about the lack of class. This is what really gets me. Fatty Mc Fat Fat was walking fine, wasn't hurt, but was a little...perturbed lets say. I can hear the conversation they had now.
T.J. - Fuckin a, who the fuck was that? The QB? Who the hell does he think he is? I don't care if it was a legal block, that was cheap. I'm a go give that sucka a piece of my mind.
T.G. - ::drools::
T.J. - ::Taunting a motionless Green:: Yo Sucka, that's what you get when you mess wit tha bull! How dare you lay a cheap shot on me. I hope yo ass is done.
T.G. - ::more drool::
you get the point. Taunt a guy who's conscious and can appreciate the hateful words you express to him. Not a guy who's getting carried off on a stretcher with a class 3 concussion. I'm not sayin you gotta apologize to him, cause you don't, but don't make a fool of yourself...and then continue making a fool of yourself 3 hours later in a post game press conference.
That's it, i'm done...peace out
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The sad truth about the NFL, is that people get hurt really bad some times. Kevin Everett, backup TE for the Bills had a serious neck injury in the first game of the season. He seems to be doing well and looks as if he will recover fully. Cadillac Williams goes down with a serious patella injury, and now Pittman is out for the season too. QB's have been taking the hit badly too. Trent Green suffered a class 3 concussion and could be career threatening. Seen here by Houston Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson (99) as he stands over a motionless Green. Jake Delhomme is having season ending elbow surgery. And now Matt Leinart is done for the season with a broken clavicle.
These injuries for lack of a better term all suck. But what gets me is the lack of available solid backup QBs. Now Kurt Warner is doing ok as the Arizona Backup/Committe QB. But will he be able to stay healthy long enough? He of all the other backups probably has the best chance for success this year. The Cardinals want a third QB, ok that seems reasonable, so they inquired about the services of Vinny Testaverde. Are you kidding me? The man is 44 years old, 8 years older than the 36 year old Warner, definitely injury prone. But then again 3rd on the depth chart is not a terrible place for him.
For the Carolina Panthers though, they have inquired about the services of Drew Bledsoe to be their starter. So one former Number 1 overall pick wasn't bad enough? Lets call Drew "Sack me Again" Bledsoe. The fact of the matter for Carolina is this, one oft sacked QB can not be replaced by an older Oft Sacked QB. If you have stock in Steve Smith this season I'm sorry, because David Carr needs to find some magical fucking pixie dust to become a good NFL QB.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I'm buying a Travis Henry jersey as soon as i can find one. Please join me.
Lets Break this down piece by piece...
30. San Francisco
It has been awhile, but one of my cockamamie theories actually worked: The Winston Wolf "Let's Not Start Sucking Each Other's Popsicles Yet" Test that eliminates the bandwagon playoff pick (as applied to the Niners in this year's NFL Preview).
Lovable San Fran is currently ranked 20th in overall defense, and...wait for it...DEAD LAST in overall offense. If i remember correctly, the defense was expected to be on the upside of mediocre, but come on! When you really put some thought into it...and i mean thought, not stats or projections...just open your eyes, who in the league would you think would have a more anemic offense?
Normally, I would think Cleveland (ranked 11th only because Derek Anderson doesn't have a limp wrist like Charlie Frye, and because the Cincinnati defense is so abysmal), or Buffalo (who lucky for them is ranked...31st).
In other news, you know the Patriots own San Fran's 2008 first-round pick, right? After losing their own first-rounder with CameraGate, how funny would it be if the Niners' pick ended up being first overall? Don't count this out. They're terrible.
No complaints here. Except maybe CameraGate (spygate for all of you who pay attention in the world) No points awarded here for creativity. The scandal was given a name, use the anointed name, not the time to be creative. That and I'm pretty darn sick of hearing about it. Continue.
That reminds me, some eerie similarities have developed between the '86 Celtics and '07 Patriots, right down to the thriving Boston sports scene and the fact the Celtics owned floundering Seattle's No. 1 pick that season, so not only were we Celtics fans watching a 67-win team, we were rooting against the Sonics every game and scouting college prospects such as Brad Daugherty, Lenny Bias, Johnny Dawkins and John Salley. Twenty-one years later, the Pats look invincible, Brady and Moss have assumed the Bird/Walton roles, and on top of everything else, Patriots fans are rooting for a top-five pick and scouting college guys. It's like sports déjà vu.
Now without trying to sound like a total homer, DAMN it feels good live in Bean Town right now. But seriously folks. This is what i like to refer to as Karma. I bet whatever soul i have that the Patriots were NOT the only team implementing this sort of tactic. And i bet that same soul that every coach and coordinator in the league is gunning for the Jets cause Dudley-Do-Right Mangini decided either A) It's time to clean up this league, and i'm going to set forth a chain of irreversible events starting with taddling on my old boss. or B) I'm sick of losing to the Pats, so if I can't beat that, i might as well attempt to tarnish any and all of their recent accomplishments including the Super Bowl rings that i kiss every night before I go to bed.
What goes around, comes around bitch. Here's a prediction for you. You will NEVER win ANYTHING in New York. This is the new millennium. Yanks haven't won since the turn of the century. The Bills, the Sabers (yea, i supposed Buffalo counts as part of New York too, although I fell Canada might attempt to obtain it via osmosis very soon) the Jets, the Knicks, the Mets, and the other 500 New York teams all...wait for it...SUCK! And by this i mean they haven't won a thing in a long time. You'd think with so many teams, including multiple teams in each league, you'd have a better shot of actually winning something.
If the Patriots win the Super Bowl and land the No. 2 pick, I'm leaving the country for four days after the draft, just to be safe.
It will be the apocalypse. Towers will fall, subways will cave in, and sports fans across the world will have just one more reason to hate New England.
But come look at out foliage. I hear it's quite nice this time of year...
Friday, October 5, 2007
"And listen to this crowd. It's like an English Premier Soccer game."
Fuck the heck? First of all, do people in Cleveland know what soccer is? Or where England is for that matter?
But more importantly, who the hell does this guy think he is? Has he ever been to an English Premier League futbol match (not soccer game asshole).
He is, in fact, speaking about the same league that in recent history had to take the following actions:
- Cancel games midway through because the crowd was too...let's say rowdy...and not mention the throwing things on the field, fans storming the field and actually injuring players.
- Suspend fans from stadiums so that matches could be played without interruption.
I think you get the point.
Now I'm not saying fans in the good ol' U.S. of A. aren't as passionate about Baseball as Europeans are about Futbol, though they aren't. And I'm not saying Futbol is more boring than Baseball, because it isn't. But come on! You're comparing the loudest, craziest, most masochistic fanbase in the history of modern sports...to the fans... with their mouths full of flying ants... at Jacobs Field...in Cleveland, Ohio.
I've said enough. Whoever you are commentating this game, you're on my list.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Second I said Maybe that it is because Lackey is over-rated and sucks. It was my thought at the time, it didn't need to be backed up by fact. Because I wasn't trying to prove anything. I personally believe he's over-rated(my opinion).
From now on I'll make sure to distinguish fact from opinion for you.Because I don't want to "kill you" or make you upset that we all don't believe what you believe.
First off, consistent is only a good thing to say about someone when it is followed by "ly awesome". The consistent Orlando Carbrera is consistently league average or worse. Yes, that includes this season where everyone started getting chubbies over his offensive output early in the season. He set a career high for OPS+ this year at 100. For those not in-the-know, A (+) stat of 100 is league average. THE BEST HE HAS EVER BEEN ON OFFENSE IS DEAD FUCKING AVERAGE. That is not something to praise when talking about strenths in a line-up.
"Or maybe it is that Lackey is over-rated and sucks"
John Lackey does not suck. He opposite-of-sucks. On the season he is only .07 behind the heralded Josh Beckett in WHIP (Walks/Hits per Inning Pitched) at 1.21 to 1.14 and he is ahead of Beckett in ERA+ (144 to 139). He pitched more innings and did better. If Lackey sucks, and he is just as good as Beckett, then Beckett must also suck.
Ok so maybe that's harsh, maybe Beckett had a really good game and just was lights out (which he was). Or maybe it is that Lackey is over-rated and sucks and the Angels are better than good. I'm not saying this series is over but last night looked dismal for them.
Wins left for Papelbon to dance: 10
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
In preview of the ALDS, ESPN's Page 2 had this to say about the Yanks v. Tribe matchup.
What Page 2 Wants to Happen
A-Rod hits .625 with two game-winning homers in the series and Jeter goes 1-for-21, ending the A-Rod choker label and Jeter's sheen of infallibility. It would take the New York papers exactly two days to ditch those story lines and start accusing Eli Manning of stealing money from orphans.
Now, I would be perfectly fine with this scenario if the outcome was one of the following:
A) A-Rod's two walk-offs were the only two wins in the series: Tribe in 5
B) On that last walk-off, instead of A-Rod's bat flying into the stands, his arm falls off, and flies into the stands.
I have no professional issues with MildlyConfused-Rod (unless you count screaming at third basemen to dristract them, and flamboyantly slapping balls out of a certain pitcher's hand ISSUES), and he is quite obviously the most talent player of our era. BUT, I am SICK and TIRED of hearing his name and Jeter's like they're the next coming of Christ and Christ's gay third baseman.
This is not because I'm a Sox fan. I get sick of hearing anybody's name more than once and hour (exception: Tom Brady. No one can get enough of him). But I would certainly love for ItOnlyHappenedOnce-Rod to show everyone in NY he's not choke artist (he just gets distracted when Jeet smiles at him) and for Jeter to prove once and for all that his is HIGHLY overrated and should be executed on the spot.
P.S. Eli Manning does NOT steal money from orphans.
He eats babies.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Browns (2-2) @ Patriots (4-0)
If you are in a survival pick-em pool this is definitely the game to bet on this week. The Patriots are running over defenses like they are the fucking Killdozer and have yet to win a game by less than three touchdowns.
Jets (1-3) @ Giants (2-2)
This game has the highest chance for a team from the AFC East not named the Patriots to actually win. They probably feel like shit after losing to the Bills so I'll take the Giants at home.
Dolphins (0-4) @ Texans (2-2)
The Dolphins will win a game when Notre Dame wins a game.
Cowboys (4-0) @ Bills (1-3)
The Bills enter this week giving up an average of 430 yards per game on defense and the Cowboys gain an average of 440 yards per game on offense. It's safe to say that the Cowboys spend 60 minutes of gametime suprise sexing the Bills this weekend.
If the weekend pans out like my super-scientific picks predict that is a four game lead for the division. Fuck, I knew the Pats were going to be a good team this year but this is unheard of. Who would have thought that the addition of a legitimate receiving corps would give us this much of an edge over the rest of the division. And we still get to look forward to the return of Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour. THE TEAM IS ACTUALLY GOING TO GET BETTER FROM HERE. THAT SHOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.
Side note: For anyone who is wondering, Moss is on pace for 2020 yards and 28 touchdowns. Holy. Fuck.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Some notable quotes:
KG speaking about the Timberwolves: "Well I've been in jail the last few years, and if any of you have been there you know what it's like."
Pierce speaking about Antoine Walker saying he had the best team in Miami: "You know I've been calling him to talk about my team. I think I've left 4 voicemails, he still hasn't returned my call."
But my favorite:
KG "We can talk about scenarios, like the opposition is going to shut me off with the double team and take away Ray's 3, and then they're gonna say let's make pierce beat us. Or They're going to take away me inside and Pierce through the lane, but make Ray beat us with the 3."
I want to end this by thanking the great state of Minnesota.Because Minnesota you should be proud, you've sent us some great players (indirectly and directly). So thank you for KG and Ortiz and thank you for Randy Moss (oh yeah Oakland, Randy Moss has been such a problem for us, thanks for the advice).
Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Patriots, 34-24. “If Tom Brady were any more accurate he'd be a GPS system.
Sorry Hunter, but i think it's time for a name change...Gives a whole new meaning to those HORRIBLE Tom Tom commericals
Thursday, September 27, 2007
My favorite part is where he is asked to compare himself to another player and gives us this gem.
"I would say LT. Just basically because I pretty much line up on the same areas of the field as he does."
So for the record, my driving skills are comparable to that of any NASCAR driver because we both sit in the same area of the car while driving and my batting skills are obviously on par with those of Manny Ramirez because we both stand in the batter's box. This logic is awesome.
I am David Eckstein. ( I'd prefer to be Dustin Pedroia, but he is yet to be worldly renowned as the the Duke of Grit...the Earl of Heart...etc.)
I am the undeniable force that holds this team team together.
With out David (Me) this team (blog) would wither and crumble.
unfortunately for me...DAVID ECKSTEIN SUCKS!
But he's got heart...i'll give him that.
Now that the introductions are over, can we talk about sports? Thank you.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Now onto Business...
Grit is a better fake stat than VORP.
VORP is meaningless. No matter what Caf might say VORP doesn't hold any value. Grit at least describes something. What does VORP do? It gives baseball stat freaks something to get a Chubby over.
So VORP's out, and Grit is in!
By the way...I just lost.
Now where is my goddamn chinese food?