Monday, April 30, 2007
I really don't want to get into the Philly draft, mostly because I can't really comprehend what was going on. The 2nd-round QB has me mind-bent, and while I realize I'm slightly less risk-adverse than most (HI POKER), passing on Bush was hilarious, even for the current Eagles regime and their stodgy (and successful) personnel strategies.
Instead, let's talk about firing Joe Torre - one more reason why I could never be a Yankees fan. The Dan Duquette administration had more than its fair share of bizarre moves and reactionary drivel (hellooooooooooo Mike Lansing/Dante Bichette), this is certain. However, the sheer amount of drive shown by the NYC press, along with Steinbrenner's zeal (which, while commendable, works as a detriment as much as a positive - see: the 1980s), lead to such ridiculous situations that I can't really get over it easily.
Firing Torre would be just surreal - there's absolutely no chance you can blame him for the team's start. The Yankees are near the top of the league in runs scored (lead AL/2nd MLB), and their bullpen (while tattered) is not the glaring weakness most are claiming, in spite of Rivera's noted problems. The problem is mostly starting pitching, and specifically injuries. While research has shown a correlation between injuries and certain staffs, the Yankees have never really had problems - most of these are probably flukes.
Certainly, you cannot blame overwork here - Torre's bullpen usage is remarkably inefficient and suboptimal, but with possible exception of not controlling Wang's innings somewhat better, his use of starters has been flawless for years. He's willing to adapt (throwing starters from the pen on their throw days) and doesn't overwork needlessly. The starters, quite simply, cannot blame Torre, nor can the offense.
He also shouldn't be punished for Karstens sucking, or Igawa adjusting slowly, or Chase Wright being a punching bag. There is no alternative that is clearly more desirable. To reward a guy who has done great things with this team by using him as a scapegoat (all this after 1/8th of a season) is horrifyingly shortsighted at best, and borderline negligent at worst.
On an unrelated note, I've watched all of Matsuzaka's starts this year - I have absolutely no problem with his pitch selection or use of multiple types . . . so Ryan, I think you're 100% wrong. Unless you can identify which of his breaking or off-speed pitches are actually below-average offerings, I can't see anything specific that gets him into trouble other than locating the fastball early.
The only flaw with Daisuke so far is that he loses a little bit of command out of the stretch, so teams are taking a little more against him to try to get him out of the windup. He'll have to adjust - however, with his borderline-retarded 10+ K/9 and almost 4:1 K/BB ratio, color me unconcerned - exactly half of his earned runs have come against the Yankees, who have the best hitting lineup in modern baseball history, and he's still only at 4.38 ERA. All good in this hood.
Also all good: this Diplo remix of TV on the Radio's "Starting at the Sun" - just unreal. This whole Baltimore gutter scene has me super excited, in a scared white boy way.
TVotR - Staring at the Sun (Diplo Hollertronix mix)
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Once again scientists have found a reason why you are an unhealthy pig. But guess what, It's not your fault! According to a new study, researchers have identified at least 8 genes that are linked to type 2 diabetes, aka adult onset diabetes. I'm no gene wizard but I am going to have to take a guess that these genes are probably deep fried and made by Hostess. Diabetes is a problem for some from birth but for others it is mostly a product of lifestyle choices. Some people accept their panda bear shape, others choose to blame a number of suspects. Target 1.) The TV made me eat. The television never made anyone do anything. If you aren't smart enough to realize that the purpose of commercials is to make you buy things, than you are seriously misinformed about how the American economic system functions. People are paid large dollar amounts to make products appear appealing (eg Crystal Pepsi). If you didn't watch as much TV in the first place you may not be as chunky 2.) The media makes me ashamed of my body so I get depressed and eat. This is more of an issue with women but an increasing number of men are being found to have eating disorders as well. Bulimia and anorexia are the eating disorders that get most of the press but overeating is more of a problem. People should be ashamed of being fat. There are people starving in other countries that don't eat in one week what some people inhale in one sitting. It's an animal instinct to eat but guess what, we are not animals, we are people. People know when to say,"That's enough food for now". Animals wait in line at the Old Country Buffet like heffers being led out to graze and think "yea, that extra piece of fried chicken IS a good idea."
The bottom line is people want an easy solution to their problems and if there is no solution they want to be able to blame someone else or something they have no control over. The only proven way to lose weight is to decrease calorie input and increase calorie usage. This means exercise and not eating that bag of oreo's in one evening. At one time I would laugh if some fat person was breathing hard after climbing a flight of stairs. Now it's just incredibly sad, like a dog with peanut butter stuck to the roof of its mouth. Guess what Porky, it's not your genes or your perception of the media. It's your own damn fault.
Monday, April 23, 2007
This post is rambling a bit, but we truly lost a legend today, and for that, I am saddened. Rest in peace Mr. Halberstam, you will be missed.
I mean, it is April and there is a whole season left to play. However, after the thumping the Sox got from the Yankees last season during that five game series it was nice to see a little comeuppance.
Seeing back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers is always a nice added topper. Poor Chase Wright though. A couple weeks ago you are slogging through double AA and all the sudden you are getting face raped on national television. That speaks volumes to how decimated the Yankee rotation is. Not to mention being forced to use Josh Phelps as your catcher. I think Joe might be hearing from George this week, especially after his shitty use of the bullpen on Friday.
I wasn't that impressed with our starting pitching. I did like Dice-K's attempt to throw inside. Sorta like a child learning to walk. Plus, someone should have done that to A-Rod sooner.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
My starting 9:
C: Josh Gibson
1B: Lou Gherig
2B: Joe Morgan
SS: Honus Wagner
3B: Alex Rodriguez
LF: Oscar Charleston
CF: Willie Mays
RF: Ted Williams
DH: Babe Ruth
P: Roger Clemens
Rotation (Johnson would be #1 starter)
SP: Walter Johnson
SP: Lefty Grove
SP: Satchel Paige
SP: Pedro Martinez
SP: Cy Young
RP: Mariano Rivera
3B: Mike Schmidt
OF: Ty Cobb
OF: Mickey Mantle
1B/OF: Stan Musial
2B: Eddie Collins
1B/2B/3B/SS: Jackie Robinson
OF: Barry Bonds
C: Mike Piazza
C: Yogi Berra
OF: Hank Aaron
A couple of notes on this:
1) I had to go with Pedro in the rotation. It is hard for me to imagine a pitcher having a better stretch than he did in the late 90s, just as it is hard for me to imagine anyone being better over a long period than Clemens. Walter Johnson comes close, but taking into account that ballplayers have only gotten better over time, I just have to give Clemens the edge. Also, I know I went with six starting pitchers, but a lot of those guys pitched in relief in their careers as well.
2) I know A-Rod spent most of his career as a SS to this point, and may very well go back there if/when he leaves the Yankees. But, I had to have him in the starting line-up, and pairing him with Honus on the left side of the infield seemed better than pairing him with Mike Schmidt. It probably would be a better fielding infield with Schmidt, but I think Honus was the better all-around player.
3) My choice to have Barry off the bench was difficult, but I can't see benching any of the starting outfield or DH in favor of him. I thought about starting him instead of Williams, but I think Williams was the better overall hitter, and Mays can cover for Ted's defensive deficiencies.
So that's it; I could make a million changes if I thought about this for too long, but Contracts calls, and I have to stop at some point.
Friday, April 20, 2007
- While everyone wants to talk about Kevin Durant and Greg Oden in the draft (including myself in my last post), the most interesting figure may be Mike Conley. This is a draft with no true point guards (Acie Law doesn't count), so if Conley decides to stay in the draft, he automatically becomes a very high pick, at least in the lottery. As the NBA abandons the hack-and-check mentality of the 90's and embraces a more wide-open game, a good point guard is becoming more and more of a necessity. Conley may have picked the perfect year to come out, and his one year in college could turn into quite a windfall.
- In a recent Supreme Court case concerning a ban on late-term abortions, Justice Kennedy wrote what some would call a surprising opinion, coming down strongly on the side of banning such procedures. After the recent changes to the Court, it was discussed that Kennedy would become the crucial swing vote, filling the post left by Justice O'Connor. That prediction seems to be coming to light, although Kennedy has come down on the conservative side of social issues previously, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
- Two game winning home runs, 10 home runs in the first 14 games, standing ovations at Yankee Stadium...if A-Rod keeps this up, the NY sportswriters may just go into convulsions.
- I'd also like to add that if Alec Baldwin did his Glengarry scene in Ford commercials I would buy one...or several...right now.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
You stay classy Long Island. Geez, it's like you guys have something to be proud of. What would that be exactly?
Let's go through the list:
1.) You live on Long Island
2.) You root for the Islanders
3.) You seem to have sub 100 IQs.
Yeah, winning combo. Come to Buffalo if want to see what classy fans look like.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I figured out that rap songs covered by random white people is probably one of the funniest things on the web right now (yes I saw that damn Will Ferrell video). There is a cover of "My Humps" by Alanis Morissette. Pretty funny given how amazingly moronic that song is.
Above is a cover of "Bitches Ain't Shit" by Ben Folds. In my opinion the best example of the trend.
As I find more, I will post them. Enjoy
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
1.) The announcers on FSN are awful homers. Just terrible. I mean almost worse than YES. That goal in the second period by Vanek was clearly in on review. When they do the close up of the goal line and you see the puck on the white side, that means the Sabres scored. Don't pretend like you can't see it. I mean, come on now kids...just give it up.
2.) You stay classy Islanders fans. Come on, it was a bad pentalty I will admit, but act like adults. Throwing bottles make you look like Flyers fans. No one in their right mind wants to look like Flyers fans, not even Flyers fans.
So, the Sabres are up 2-1 in the series and Jack Bauer has gone AWOL while President Dave Chapelle is brain damaged. Oh noes.
I think the most interesting side story going into the day was the dwindling number of African-Americans playing the sport today. Apparently it isn't as cool as playing basketball or football. Seems some people think that Jackie would be upset by this. I don't think so. I don't think Jackie just opened the door in baseball for African-Americans, but for all minorities. I think he would be happy to see the wide range of ethnicities that play baseball today and the popularity the sport is gaining all over the world. Plus, the wide range of African American coaches (which was Jackie's final gripe with the major leagues).
Plus, I'm sure all the festivities pissed the hell out of Jeff Kent and Mike Mussina. Oh, the racism is killing me.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I learned that Islanders fans aren't that bright. Seems a group of them were up by the bar and kept asking me if I tipped cows because I was from upstate New York. Uh, kid hate to break it to you but parts of Long Island are a lot more farm-like than parts of western New York. Then they disappeared and after the game continued to talk shit even though their team lost. What kind of heckle is "enjoy a mediocre life"? Uh, thanks I think.
But I digress. The game was pretty much what I expected. The Sabres were a little slow out of the gate but picked things up. Drury and Campbell both had two goals. Turns out that Chris Drury's poop is currency in Argentina. True story. I love the guy, probably because he played for BU and hit a game winning home run in the Little League World Series. Rocking.
Game 2 is tonight, and supposedly DiPietro is in goal (another BU player) for the Islanders. So we will see if that gives them a little bit of jolt. I hope not.
Hey, in other news the Rangers won again. What is this crap? The Rangers winning in the post season. Come on Atlanta.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
"What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?"
Kurt Vonnegut passed away last night. I don't think it we should sit here and mourn his death, because we all know he wouldn't want any of that.
I don't care who you are, but at some point you probably read one of his books. If you haven't you should.
So real quick, my list of his best:
1.) Slaughterhouse Five- One of the few books in high school that I was forced to read that I have since read again (the others being Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises). The passage I always remember is Billy becoming unstuck in time and watching the war movie backwards.
2.) Mother Night- We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Truer words have never been spoken.
3.) Cat's Cradle- It's not often when the fake religion of a calypso singer makes perfect sense.
4.) Sirens of Titan- There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
5.) Breakfast of Champions- Who doesn't love a full page drawing of a butthole?
So, godspeed Kurt. Say hi to the Tralfamadors when you see them.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I am reminded of a skit, it was SNL I believe, where the guy was in social situations and would say the wittiest thing but only in the context of what was said 10 minutes ago. Ultimately, he finds a time machine, repeats what he said and gets laid. When I find my my time machine, I will be hip and on top of all that is current in music. Or I may just go back in time to shove Jesus. It's alright though, it's through the sheet!
Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
Unreal album - vast lyrical improvement, massive nerd boner
Legally download: "Someone Great", "All My Friends", Us vs. Them"
Person Pitch - Panda Bear
Uhhhhhhh . . . Beach Boys on ecstasy? Maybe?
Legally download: "Comfy in Nautica"
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse
Not disappointing - different direction, but not the one expected
Legally download: "Dashboard" (obv), "Florida", "Parting of the Sensory", "Education"
Plays - Secret Mommy
I have no idea what this album is about (drugs?)
Legally download: "Kool Aid River"
Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
No less weird - hate "mirror mirror" line, unlike the blogs
Legally download: uhhh probably the whole thing, it's swingy, make your own call
New Magnetic Wonder - Apples in Stereo
Feel-good album + vocoder = summer album, too early
Legally download: "Can You Feel It?", "Same Old Drag"
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? - Of Montreal
Best album of the year so far?
Legally download: "Suffer for Fashion", "Gronlandic Edit", "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse"
Living with the Living - Ted Leo/Pharmacists
Stylistic expansion, lyrically solid . . . but not satisfying, somehow
Legally download: "The Sons of Cain", "The Unwanted Things", "Colleen"
A Weekend in the City - Bloc Party
Um . . . sort of boring (sick remixes though)
Legally download: (Just email/IM me for the remixes, especially by SebastiAn and RAC)
Xan Valleys (EP) - Klaxons
New Rave? Big Gulps huh? Welp . . .
Legally download: whole thing (4 meaningful tracks)
Monday, April 9, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
- The debate is going to rage on no matter what, but I don’t think you can pass up Greg Oden, even for a talent like Kevin Durant. Durant’s skills are unquestioned, as are the results; averaging over 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, including some impressive games against the likes of Texas A&M, USC, Gonzaga, and other strong competition. However, I don’t think you can pass up a true center like Oden, especially one as skilled as Oden. His performance in the Florida game (notwithstanding Thad Matta not giving him a rest) just confirmed things. Centers who are his size, with his skills, don’t come around too often, and are one of the rarest qualities in the NBA these days. Durant can play, but there are more and more guys who can play the 3 or 4 spots like him. The team with the top pick should make the leap, take the big man, and go from there.
- The Dice-K era began in Boston with a bang, and while Sox fans shouldn’t expect 10 K’s every time out, it should be remembered that this guy is GOOD. Everyone, from Baseball Prospectus to ESPN to the grouchy old baseball writers are high on him. Are we looking at the next Pedro or Rocket? Probably not, but we’re looking at a top tier starter, and that in itself should be good enough for Sox fans.
- If you had told me three years ago I would pick Jose Reyes with my top pick in my fantasy draft, that I would get multiple trade offers for him, and that I would reject them all, I don’t think I would have believed you.
- Just a heads up to anyone who is thinking of going to law school; don’t be that guy/girl who raises their hand on every question. Also, don’t be that guy/girl who criticizes everyone else’s viewpoints. Remember, these are the people who you will be practicing with and against when you get out of school. Best not to have people hating you at the end of first year.