The Grand National Championships

October 30, 2008

God Selig!

Filed under: Analysis,Fuck Fuck Fuck,selig d-baggery — by Andrew @ 10:03 pm

What the Hell are you thinking?

The Series is tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday, October 28, 2009; if necessary, Game Seven will take place on Thursday, November 5.

This is without a doubt the fifth dumbest idea that you have had in the history of your sport. Seriously. Fuck you. Baseball in November. It’s like football in Feburary. An ugly sore on the corpuscle of sport.

Making it occur later isn’t going to make people like Tim McCarver any more.


Briefly on Ken Macha?

Filed under: A'Mod is the only Ned for Me,BAYSBALL!,Boring Homerism,Ken Macha — by Andrew @ 9:46 pm

If you’re going retread? It’s a pretty solid choice. He manages with a calculating sabermetric analysis. No more of Ned’s problems.

We aren’t going to see a player burned beyond the point of usability because he’s one of Ned’s guys. We aren’t going to see an illogical batting order. We aren’t going to see usage patterns ignored. And forget his tendency to crap himself when the pressure was on.

The knock on Ned is that a manager going by strictly common sense could win more games. With Macha? Last years team would have been awesomer.

It may take a miracle for next year’s team to be as good. But remember? A chill manager can get the most out of talent after a forceful manager leaves.

And the Cubs may not be spendtasic like they were in previous years, either.

October 29, 2008

Blog post called on account of flu-like symptoms…

Filed under: EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT! — by Andrew @ 7:29 pm

Bud Selig should take better care of me.

October 28, 2008

Oh Hi.

Filed under: Free two hits for people,I am awesome,YAAAAAAY — by Andrew @ 8:58 pm

Friend of blog Simon sent me a blog tip. It involves the underrated skill that Aaron Rodgers just does not have as a Packers QB.

Feel the arm puntery!


Filed under: Salacious Boredom — by Andrew @ 8:51 pm


Filed under: Salacious Boredom — by Andrew @ 8:51 pm

Listen…I’ll be honest…

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Political Falderol — by Andrew @ 8:31 pm

I’m a political nerd. It, along with my other nerdly vices make me a hit at parties and other social gatherings. But that being said?

527’s need people who don’t want to make you punch the screen with their annoying smarmyness. And this is entirely for a local campaign. Yes, this post IS completely unreadable.

But that being said? If you’re going to have an ad that’s going to waft through the cable systems like a rancid cheese and it’s not going to be based on facts that no one with any neutral background would give a fuck about? You need to have someone who can read a line.

One line. Just one line. You don’t need to be Marlon Brando. You don’t need to be James Lipton. Hell, you only have to cut a promo with the gravitas of WWE high-flying superstar Evan Bourne. (Two-percenter joke for the kids.)

But since the Grater Wisconsin Committee couldn’t be bothered to have someone deliver a passable line read. I have to endorse an old-fart Wisconsinite in a Cowboy Hat.

This is why I can’t have nice things. Because your TV makes my head hurt. And the Greater Wisconsin Committee lost Fred Clark the election.

Boobs to follow.

Can the Democrats get 60 senate seats?

The odds are about 1 in 4.

But if you think about it more logically, the odds are a lot longer than that.

Fivethirtyeight has the Democrats gaining a lot of seats in 2008. And if you count Lieberman, then you’ve got the Democrats at 51. And here’s where Fivethortyeight has the Democrats gaining in order of likelyhood.

Mark Warner (Virginia)
Tom Udall (New Mexico)
Morris Udall (Colorado)
Jean Shaheen (New Hampshire)
Mark Begich (Alaska)
Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
Kay Hagan (North Carolina)
Al Franken (Minnesota)

So, if Franken holds on (And considering the polls? His three point lead is definitely in the margin of error. And Dean Barkley is gaining in the polls, don’t think we don’t remember you getting crazy and electing a Superstar Billy Graham wannabe.) You just need one seat to get to 60. And therein lies the rub.

You’ve got to take a seat from the Deep South.

And that in a nutshell? Is the rub.

Now, as a Democrat, I do want to see some Republican fools go down. But I understand Demographics and geography. And the Democratic brand still has issues in Kentucky, let alone Georgia and Mississippi.

Not to say that Bruce Lunsford wouldn’t be as flat-out evil as Mitch McConnell. He’s got a good level of agreeable politics. But then again? McConnell’s still up three. His shot is the longest shot to connect.

And personally? I like Jim Martin as a candidate who can bring the taint of Saxby Chambliss’ 2002 Senate Election to a close. But there’s another that being said issue in the matter. Georgia needs a clear majority winner. And Allen Buckley is polling at a not nominal 4% If it’s 48-47? It’s meaningless.

This means Mississippi is the best shot for 60. Ronnie Musgrove. He’s a Reagan Democrat. He doesn’t have the good versus evil gravitas of a Jim Webb. But he is Mississippi’s ex-governor. And he is going after Trent Lott’s Handpicked replacement. And he is a Republican Congressman.

So maybe.

I dunno. Expect 58-42. That’s my guts.

October 27, 2008

Can it happen? Can our dreams come true?

Filed under: Analysis,Fuhbawls,William Clay Ford is made of fail — by Andrew @ 11:42 am

Could we see a team make a reverse run of the table in the NFL? Ever since there have been 16 games, this hasn’t happened. And we’ve been hoping. We’ve been praying.

Can we see a team go 0-16?

We’ve seen plenty of teams with a win. We’ve seen plenty of teams with two wins. But it hasn’t happened since 1976 that for which we have not seen a team go 0 for the season. And you know what? It’s going to happen this year.

But it won’t be Cincinnati. Not to say that the Bengals aren’t a bad team, but that being said? They have a home game versus Kansas City. If they don’t beat Cleveland the week before? They can beat Kansas City. It’s an unlucky break when you’ve got a team that can go 1-15 and not get a shot at the top pick, but Detroit’s got that certain je nais se quoi this year.

A. They made Kyle Orton Look Great

And if that happens, you can eliminate a shot versus Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay and New Orelans.

B. They made Michael Turner look like Jesus.

So, double strikes versus Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Carolina and Chicago. And you can add Minnesota and Tennessee to that list.

C. Dan Orlovsky is a bad quarterback.

Seriously. They could grab Aaron Brooks from two years of exile and have better luck with this league. So you’ve got a good defense like Tennessee, Tampa, or Minnesota (rulings permitting), and you’re in trouble.

So, this is why the Lions will fail. Epic fail.

October 25, 2008

You know what?

Filed under: Analysis,Blogger inside baseball — by Andrew @ 8:27 pm

I have been downright bitchy toward KSK. But that’s just me. I have an ego. It gets me into trouble.

But that being said? Men With Balls is spectacular. It’s got the swagger of the classic Big Daddy Drew posts, but if you feared that he had no chance of carrying the momentum through a 288 page book? Don’t. He knocked this shit out of the park.

I hate to say this. I wanted to believe that I was the best blogger in sports as well as have a target to punch up at. But the fact of the matter? He wrote an awesome book.

So awesome that I would deign to call him Blogging’s Lester Bangs. But Lester Bangs would rather call himself a “White Nigger” than work in advertising. So that wouldn’t work.

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