The Grand National Championships

February 8, 2010

The Big 10 Race, in a nutshell.

It’s basically decided. Anyone doing worse than Illinois has no shot. As I said previously? We still have seven tournament contenders. And yet…we only have five teams that are looking at the conference title.

Michigan State is bloodied, and there are four contenders breathing down their neck. Can they hold on? Yes. Suffice it to say they can.

Why? Sure, Purdue poses a problem without Kalin Lucas, even at Breslin. But after that we have Sparty facing Penn State twice, Indiana, and Michigan. That’s four wins. Ohio State comes to Breslin, and Purdue has a return match. Sparty could very well go 6-1. But 5-2 gets them to 14-4.

Homeristic tendencies aside? The Badgers have a shot to make run the table. With Al Nolen ineligible, traveling to the barn becomes easier. Northwestern struggles on the boards, and that’s at home. Not to say that Illinois doesn’t have the length to cause fits for Wisky, but suffice it to say that that the Badgers are looking at a 7-1 finish. Split versus Illinois, sweep Indiana, beat Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota. So that is also a 14-4 finish.

Ohio State has two tough games as well to end the year. Purdue comes to Value City, and they travel to the Breslin. They also have two against Illinois. Indiana, Penn State, and Michigan vibe as gimmes. I see this as a 6-2 finish. But that means 13-5. It’s a little tougher of a road.

A lot tougher of a road belongs to Illinois. 4 games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. Add to that a game against Purdue, and there’s a distinct possibility they will lose all five of these games. They travel to Ann Arbor and get Minnesota at home. I’ll say they get three. Enough to get in the tournament, but 11-7 is strictly second echelon.

Purdue looks like they’ll have a say in the conference championship. Two versus Sparty, and I think they’ll get them both. But they have to travel to the Barn and Value City. Admittedly?That’s a strange scenario and they won’t go unscathed. But they’ll make the conference championship a triple triad.

It will also make the tournament fun.

June 23, 2009

UPDATE: HEIR TO BEEF JERKY FORTUNE FLIPPED FOR JARVIS VANARDO CLONE!

It’s a small deal, but it’s a deal you have to like. Fabricio Oberto is a 34 year-old Argentinean Back-Up Center. Amir Johnson is a 4 who makes big bold plays. His frame and game remind me of the delightful Mississippi State low-post presence that is Jarvis Vanardo. And the Bucks got that for nothing.

Awesome. Simply awesome.

April 7, 2009

Ooooooooooopening Day.

Opening Day for the Brewers wasn’t fun. You know it. I know it. But to properly dissect it? You need to get a real journalist.

Keith Morrison reporting.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

Keith Morrison:Opening day. It’s full of hope. It’s full of dreams. For the Milwaukee Brewers, there was a sense of optimism even despite the high-profile defections. After all, they made the playoffs last season.

But little did they know, that what they thought was a light at the end of the tunnel, was merely a poorly pitched baseball.

Ken Macha: I went with experience on Opening Day. Soup has a tendency to pitch to contact–

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM:Was there trouble at home?

Macha: Nah, Soup’s a gamer, he’ll work through his struggles.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM: Oohh.

But that wasn’t the only problem. The Brewers had more than 20 at bats with a runner close scoring. Ooooooooooooooh. They just didn’t hit in the clutch. J.J. Hardy alone hit into two double plays.

JJ: Okay, so I tried too hard to bring the runners home. I’ll admit it. Bobby Howry just got me out.

KM: Out for dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf?

JJ: …Nooo. It’s a long season. I had a bad day today. I’ll be better tomorrow.

KM: I’m more interested in today. Has a handsome man such as yourself ever dined with a respected newsman?

JJ: Yes.

KM: Well I’m going to First Crush. No pressure, I just want to talk further.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM: The Brewers lost 10 to 6. Yovani Gallardo will start tomorrow. J.J. Hardy? He never showed…

Ohhhhhhhhhhh!

Ooooooooooopening Day.

Opening Day for the Brewers wasn’t fun. You know it. I know it. But to properly dissect it? You need to get a real journalist.

Keith Morrison reporting.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

Keith Morrison:Opening day. It’s full of hope. It’s full of dreams. For the Milwaukee Brewers, there was a sense of optimism even despite the high-profile defections. After all, they made the playoffs last season.

But little did they know, that what they thought was a light at the end of the tunnel, was merely a poorly pitched baseball.

Ken Macha: I went with experience on Opening Day. Soup has a tendency to pitch to contact–

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM:Was there trouble at home?

Macha: Nah, Soup’s a gamer, he’ll work through his struggles.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM: Oohh.

But that wasn’t the only problem. The Brewers had more than 20 at bats with a runner close scoring. Ooooooooooooooh. They just didn’t hit in the clutch. J.J. Hardy alone hit into two double plays.

JJ: Okay, so I tried too hard to bring the runners home. I’ll admit it. Bobby Howry just got me out.

KM: Out for dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf?

JJ: …Nooo. It’s a long season. I had a bad day today. I’ll be better tomorrow.

KM: I’m more interested in today. Has a handsome man such as yourself ever dined with a respected newsman?

JJ: Yes.

KM: Well I’m going to First Crush. No pressure, I just want to talk further.

Keith Morrison Pictures, Images and Photos

KM: The Brewers lost 10 to 6. Yovani Gallardo will start tomorrow. J.J. Hardy? He never showed…

Ohhhhhhhhhhh!

September 18, 2008

I am punching myself in the carotid artery.

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Chokery,Interesting Homerism,Weepy Salty Tears — by Andrew @ 3:52 pm

And I want Salomon Torres to know that the blood is on his hands.

THESE ARE THE GIMMIES FUCK-O!

P.S. Blogger needs to fucking fix its autosave like yesterday.

July 7, 2008

C.C. Built my Hotrod.

Filed under: Analysis,BAYSBALL!,C.C Sabathia,Interesting Homerism — by Andrew @ 5:04 am

This is literally Christmas in July for Brewer fans. Heck, I’ll go as far to say that the great state of Wisconsin just got itself a reason to live. Really. The Brewers strode up to the big boy table and got themselves a Cy Young Award winner all by themselves.

Did they overpay? Yes. While the pitching is likely ballast, Matt LaPorta is the truth. Is Sabathia gone by the end of 2008? Likely.

But none of that matters. I may be marking out like a puberal fanboy in regards to his first Comic-Con Booth Babe, but I’ll offer you context. In 1982, the Brewers lost a hard-fought series to the Cardinals. Guess how may other teams have made the playoffs since?

All but one. And the Brewers don’t even have the what if scenario that the ExpoNationals had in the tragedy that was 1994. Our history can be boiled down into 1982, a win streak, and Pat Listach. Not to say that the Brewers have been incessantly bad? But the mediocre don’t make history. And consistency at a 75-87 level gets you nowhere.

This means Sabathia is under minimal pressure for a merc. Getting there will be the hard part. Anything beyond the Wild Card round will be gravy. And he’ll get his desired 20+ million a year.

And if he gets Milwaukee a ring? We will love him even if he never makes another visit to Milwaukee.

I’ll be honest. By 2012? This trade may look really stupid. If the Brewers don’t make it to the NLCS or worse yet, if they miss the playoffs? Matt LaPorta becomes our Jeff Bagwell. But that’s down the road. Leave the whys and wherefores for when they come.

Today’s about basking in the glow. My baseball team’s taking a shot at glory. My baseball team’s renting a superstar. This is Andrew’s manic pop thrill.

Sabathia, Sheets, and Parra/Suppan. That’s a playoff rotation that can make you break yourself.

Can you tell I’m in love with the world?

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