The Grand National Championships

November 26, 2009

Too angry at Fantasy football to type much more…

Filed under: EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT! — by Andrew @ 2:46 pm



Interesting Pieces…

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Dougie Melvin saved the day,Free Agency,Pitchery — by Andrew @ 2:53 am

Rumors are flying for Doug Melvin as he looks for pitching. You know about Lackey, you’re fired up for the Halamalocalypse. But amidst that are two things that interest me. People. Two people that interest me?

The first? Justin Duchsherer, or as I would call him, the Arch-Duke. 2009 was a lost year for him. He had a second hip surgery, an elbow surgery, and a bout with depression. I’m not going to speculate on the whys and wherefores of a mans head when my head can go off on its own tangent, but if he’s healthy?

His approach is off the charts. Not many righthanders are deemable as crafty? But the Arch-Duke is in spades. He led the AL in ERA for most of 2008. I know staying healthy is a skill. But if he is? The Brewers would be a great for him.

I mean, the National League is the supremely inferior league right?

(You don’t want to know my reaction to that opinion.)

Anyway. Kevin Correia? He’s probably not going to be as good as he was in San Diego last year. But so long as he doesn’t let his solid command go down the drain? He’s a fine fit for the end of the rotation. He’s got around a 2 to 1 K/BB ratio. Nothing wrong with that.

Not at all. And then again? When Correia has been healthy? He’s been quite good in the past three years as a starter. Yeah, I’ll say it. He may be able to rock out a stronger year than last year.

If you bring these home Dougie? I’ll start to trust you again. I know I’ve been hurt by recent events. But this would be a nice way to fill out the end of the rotation and in a worst case scenario? Add kickass middle relief.

November 17, 2009

Stephen Jackson and the will to whatevers.

Filed under: Day old opinions — by Andrew @ 8:25 pm

By now you know the whys and wherefores of this deal. Stephen Jackson to Charlotte for your basic stew of expiring contracts. Which means in the micro? Both teams get what they want.

Golden State loses a modern day flake and gets some salary benefits in the process. Charlotte gets better. And they’re able to get more points on the board. But this reeks of a scenario where nobody wins.

Allow me to explain. See, the Bobcats weren’t going to be a playoff contender. They weren’t event going to come close. And yet? They just took on another bad contract on a quest for the middle.

And during my more defensive days as a Bucks fan, I found myself needing to admit that Milwaukee is in no way a top notch free agent destination for a would be skilled player. But Golden Strate? They’re in the cellar.

Their coach is insane. The owner is a giant douche. They’re frantically trying to shop the man who helped end Dirk Nowitzki as one of the greatest players in the history of the world as if he was Laurence Maroney. The man called Kelenna Auzibuke is out for the season. And Raja Bell? He’d rather risk losing millions falling through the cracks then play there.

Nobody wins with this deal. Nobody.

November 16, 2009

TCU can crash the party.

Filed under: Analysis,BCS Retardation,Fantastical Football — by Andrew @ 2:10 pm

And not in a Utah if/then sort of scenario. Though the looming Cincinnati-Pittsburgh matchup does bear watching. Put it this way, here’s what we know.

1) The computer algorithims are flawed. Texas should not leapfrog TCU by beating Baylor when a ranked TCU beats Utah.

2) The winner of the SEC looks like a lock for one half-of the BCS.

3) The Big 12 Championship game is a 50-50 propisition for entry into the BCS title game.

Now, I know what you’re saying. Either they win or they lose, right? it’s a 50-50 shot. But here’s the deal. There have been 13 games in the history of the Big 12 championship. 10 have had a team either ranked first or second, or with circumstances earlier in the day leading to a win and they’re in scenario.

5 teams lost. Now, I grant the premise that Missouri losing in 2007 was not exactly an upset. They played and lost to Oklahoma earlier in the year, after all. But in 1996? Nebraska lost a chance at the Bowl Alliance Championship Series because James Brown was a man on fire. Kansas State has experienced both sides of the coin. Michael Bishop got shocked. And they beat the Heisman trophy winner in 2003.

And Mack Brown has been shocked before by a highly motivated BCS North team that finished strong. Gary Barnett had a National Championship Caliber team for the right two weeks in 2001. And the Longhorns? Don’t exactly have the strongest record in the title games.

If Wyoming doesn’t shock TCU this week? There’s going to be a world changing BCS event. Or a 1 in 3 chance, anyway.

November 15, 2009

You know what? I forgive Larry Harris.

Filed under: Basketball is played by tall guys,Boring Homerism — by Andrew @ 9:32 pm

Okay, not completely. But in terms of the Milwaukee Bucks? If the Bucks would have made the Chris Paul pick? They would have in no way made a move for Brandon Jennings.

I know that this is a sound of a man filled with youthful exuberance, but the Bucks look like they were gifted a Franchise player. I mean, he was a missed open three from tying the record for rookie points ever. And that includes the ridiculous running and gunning of the 1960’s. Jennings flat out kicked it into God Mode.

Does this mean the Bucks are going to be a contender this year? Nope. If they get into the four-five game? I would still be stunned. And I am in first class on the Buckwagon. But in terms of a plan? The Bucks can be set up to very interesting.

I mean, in 2010? The draft is rich in fours. The Bucks don’t need to attempt to make a tank job for Derrick Favors to get better. They can find an active four. And Redd and Gadzuric become expiring contracts for the team that Bill Simmons finally gets hired to generally manage.

Can we get a free agent? Very likely no one worth a damn. But that being said? John Hammond got a gift of someone who looks like a franchise changer. And if the front office doesn’t do something stupid?

For the first time in a long time? The Bucks have an identity.

November 13, 2009


Filed under: EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT! — by Andrew @ 10:57 pm

I saw A Serious Man? And Michael Stuhlbarg owned it. If he doesn’t get a lot of nominations come award season? It’s a fraud.

I know Looper was spectacularly bad last season, but this sort of thing means the Brewers better get John Lackey. Two of Doug Davis and Randy Wolf would just depress everybody.

Pirate Radio? If there was a fart noise emoticon on blogger? I would give it a that out of five. The cast was good. But it was too, “THIS DIALOGUE IS GOING FOR AN OSCAR!” for my taste.

St. Peters and Wofford win the almost nearly but not quite hardly for the first full night of college hoops. St. Peters was 2 points away from taking down Seton Hall. And Pittsburgh 63-Wofford 60. Thus?

The rest is silence.

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