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Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 06:01 PM

MLB Playoff Schedule Stinks


This Friday night is the start of the next round of MLB playoffs. Friday... serious? Do we really have to wait until this weekend? It's lunacy. I like baseball so I'll stay riveted... but your average fan won't. Are the players that tired from grabbing their crotches, spitting and occasionally lifting a 3 lb. bat? Are the visiting teams arriving atop camels, mules or traveling by rickshaw?

Selig must have gotten David Stern's advice on how to ruin the playoffs and took the tips to heart. Don't you just love watching the W.S. in November? And don't get me started on the issue of replay either.

Selig is becoming to the MLB, what Al Davis is to the Raiders... an outdated and increasingly unpopular curmudgeon.



Posted Wednesday, August 05, 2009 02:18 PM

Prince Fielder a Vegetarian?

After the Dodgers pounded the Brew Crew last night for 17 runs, the highest team total since 1979, there were some more fireworks after the game.

Apparently, Fielder didn't much appreciate getting hit by former teammate Mota and attempted to barge his way into the Dodgers clubhouse last night, shouting obscenities the whole way. He was stopped by security at the door. Dodgers players scoffed at the idea that he would entertain thoughts of taking on a whole squad with 25-1 odds.

Fielder doesn't appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed now, does he? Let's briefly examine the situation. Both Manny and Juan Pierre had been plunked earlier in the game. Perhaps Big Boy Prince has forgotten the unwritten rules of baseball. You hit me-I hit you has been the mainstay strategy for over a hundred years in the game of bases.

"It's been part of the game since I was playing," said Russell Martin. "I understand he's frustrated, but I don't think you should take care of it after the game... if you want to argue and yell at somebody, you do it during the game."

Perhaps it's his neck tattoo, or the fact that he is a practicing vegetarian. Why else would you endeavour to take on a whole team by yourself? His dad was a classy player; Prince--not so much.

For a man of such girth to be a vegetarian is simply humorous. How huge would he be if he wasn't? Last night many Angelenos called CalTech to verify t... [More]

Posted Monday, April 06, 2009 02:12 AM

The Grind Begins

Gentlemen... the real tournament begins... the bases. It's gonna be a grind and at times a grueling affair... but with proper technique, homework, and overall knowledge I think we could again do major damage to the books.

Baseball is not for the faint of heart my friends. The arduous day in and day out schedule. The 162 games per squad, the early games, the late games, double-headers, make up games. Best to be wary these first weeks, let some trends develop and the cream of the MLB rise to the top.

Personally, I'm gonna play cautious and seldom these next days. Of course I won't let a bargain pass me by. But restraint can be key if you want long term profit wagering on the bases. I'll be hunting down the good matchups and decent prices, focusing on the TOTALS early and often. I'll be waking up early or staying up late just to pore over the numbers. I'm sure some of you do the same thing this time of year. I love it.

These are the times of cold beer, whiskey, the smell of fresh grass, hell... the taset of it. The crack of the bat, sunshine, girlies with tight shirts, cleats and dingers. These are also the times that try men souls. But inevitably the cheddar can be achieved and debauchery abound. It's baseball season... are you ready?



Posted Tuesday, March 03, 2009 02:48 PM

The Good, the Bad, and the Manny

As a diehard Dodgers fan, I initially wanted Colletti to sign Manny Ramirez. As the story drags on, however, my viewpoint has changed. Manny can go the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon for what it's worth.

He can spit at an inside fastball on a 2-2 count... but how can he shrug off $45 million for two measly years in today's harsh economy? Manny seems to be making poor choices, and Scott Boras is at the helm. Are they the only folks in this country whom the recession cannot touch?

Most fans who file into Chavez Ravine are working-class, blue-collar types--MLB is the last bastion for good, clean and affordable outings for families. God knows that only celebs can enjoy a game at Staples, with their $15 beers and whatnot, without taking out a second mortgage.

The Dodgers finally realized a couple of days ago what kind of prima donna athlete and agent they were dealing with, and hastily withdrew their more than gracious offer. You screwed up, Manny. We liked you here, but the Dodgers are best not to sign Ramirez and have him be a malcontent.

On the flip side of the coin, you have a stand-up guy like Randy Wolf. Wolf took a one-year $5m deal with the Dodgers and has been vocal when expressing his concern for the common fan. He recently campaigned for teams to scale back prices on tickets. Today in the L.A. Times he is quoted as saying, "Americans are losing jobs... they're not spending money, o... [More]

Posted Thursday, January 01, 2009 01:53 AM

Lakers Have Strange Schedule

All year long my Lakers have had what amounts to as the weirdest schedule of games in franchise history. A microcosm of the dissary that Stern has put the NBA into these last years. First round, seven game playoff matchups, that drag on for weeks, pinching every would-be advertisers duckets. Dress codes reminscent of L.A. Unified Midldle School projects. Meanwhile, NFL players hang out in T-shirts, Fedoras and house slippers and whatnot-- no fines, just celebrations... but I digress.

Lakers usually have five days off here, three in a row there, two on the road, blah blah blah, and then madness repeats itself again. Best time to watch the Lakers is when they are on the road on KCAL. Kobe has repeatedly been frustratred and disgruntled at the lack of a rhthym. Much of this he has blamed on this scheduled slop that has been ordained by King Stern.  

Do believe that somewhere in the long run, Stern must have made mad dough. He must present to the mass media and to their largest markets (i.e. L.A., CHI and N.Y.), the best product and then he flaunts it like a strumpet from TJ.

That's why, if you happen to be a Celtics, Lakers, Spurs, Cleveland fan, or the like, the schedule of your team may not only be seen as fixed, but also as blessed and sanctified by King Stern who craves what we all desire-- the cheese, the bread, the works. Consid... [More]

Posted Monday, November 17, 2008 08:09 PM

Donovan Dumbest Ever?!!!

After admitting he doesn't know the rules of the game that delivers his highly overpaid paycheck... Donovan McNabb is now my top contender for most ignorant QB ever.

On top of that.... he played the Falcons in 2002... one of the last teams to play in an overtime affair and have it end in a tie score. Did he not understand even then what the numeral 1 meant after the W and L records?

Quarterbacks are the leaders of the team and have to take a litmus test to prove their knowledge in order to secure their positions and worth in the NFL.

Somehow he fell threw the cracks. Shame on McNabb... and how stupid is the admission that you don't understand the rules of the game that is your livelihood? How he has not been run out of Philly by now is a miracle in my eyes. In the NFC East, a tie is basically a loss. Perhaps Rush Limbaugh and T.O know something we don't about this Philly Cheeseball.



Posted Tuesday, November 04, 2008 01:20 PM

Why All the Malarkey?!!!

Why is it that everytime I'm watching football, inevitably there is some obscene foul call by the zebras. I mean literally the worst officiating ever in NFL history.

I don't like the new "rules",  and arcane regulations like the "tuck", are just ludicrous. Let's be honest, Hochuli is still one of the better officials in the league, and that's after blowing a crucial and game changing call.

Now the NFL is in jeopardy of being the NPL. The Natonional Pussified League, complete with Goodell's inane and insane finings and punishments. This game, this beautiful dance of the bigs, this game of football, is a rough game. Guaranteed that every man who straps on a helmet and heads out onto the field, the warzone, is aware of that.

The QB position is virtually untouchable now. I'm blaming guys like Steve Young and Troy Aikman, whose untimely demises with concussions, have prompted and caused the commisioner to protect the QB position to the nth degree. Its sickening really.

Read the reports, days after Sunday, how Big Brother reviews every game and dictates what is a legitimate hit and what is beyond necessary violence. At the speed these guys play at that is unfair indeed Unecessary roughness penalties  imply in their very namesake that their is a certain degree of inherent brutality and necessary roughness in this game. Don't change the game Goodell, please stop the madn... [More]

Posted Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:04 PM

Pontificating Apolitical

In these days and times, when every media channel, be it radio or television, and every so-called pundit is forging into politics... let me be the breath of fresh air and not bore you with my political rant. Because most people will never be swayed to vote one way or the other, and are strictly partisan, who gives a darn anyway? 

Politics means nothing if you are the average Joe Six-Pack. If you aren't a lobbyist, big business or involved in special interest groups, take note: Your vote doesn't matter as much as you think it does.The difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between socialism and socialism-lite; both parties believe that you, as an ignorant American, don't know how to spend your own hard-earned dollars and feel they, as bureacratic drones and yes-men, have some ethereal knowledge of where your money should go... mainly their pockets/agendas. Therefore the difference between the two is marginal at best. Enough of the rhetoric and hyperbole. Let's get down to brass tacks--sports.

The NFL has been pissing me off this whole year; its tactics are obscene. Goodell is a tyrant of immense proportions. The penalities and reffing have been horrendous, and the entire league is in jeopardy of ultimate tomfoolery. Since when can't a DB (Smith) hit a QB or make a play on a receiver? Why does human error (Hochuli) ultimately affect the outco... [More]

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 05:21 PM

The Madness Continues

The saga continues in Raiderland, and the first official victim has been named. Lane Kiffin, as predicted by yours truly, didn't make it to Week 6. Big surprise, right? After watching his team blow yet another 4th-quarter lead, Al Davis has finally pulled the plug on his latest attempt at finding a coach that will tolerate his insanity.

Lane will have the honor of being only the 7th coach in NFL history to be fired midseason without the luxury of coaching five games. Kiffin joins the ranks of such famous coaches as Kay Stephenson (Bills '85), Jack Patera (Seattle '82), Jerry Williams (Philly '71), Howard Schnellenberger (Indy '74), Scott Linehan (Rams '08) and Mike "Rat Boy" Shanahan (Raiders '89). Imagine that, Al Davis has his hands in two of seven midseason firings? What a shocker.

Kiffin will more than likely not mention this in his newly dusted resume. Unlike Linehan, who was fired in a face-to-face meeting, Lane was informed by a Raider exec that Weird Al was going to call him at 9:15 a.m. PST and that a canning was in his immediate future. Nice graceful touch, Davis.

Good teams find ways to win close games. Time and time again, the Raiders have squandered leads during Kiffin's tenure and have become the perennial laughingstock of the league. In fact, the Raiders have had 4th-quarter leads in 11 of 20 games coached by Kiffin, yet have only five wins to show for it during his tenuous ... [More]

Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 03:03 PM

The End is Nigh

The volatile situation in the East Bay has reached critical mass. Al Davis looks to strike down with vengeance and furious anger and fire young Lane Kiffin sooner than later. After what occurred in Buffalo, can you blame him?

The Raiders, leading, 23-14, with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, managed to piss away another win. The Bills scored quickly on the Raiders' revamped prevent defense, got the ball back, and promptly marched into field goal range to attempt the game-winning kick. Kiffin, with two timeouts in his pocket, allowed the Bills to run the clock down to 3 seconds and never attempted to stop the clock or even ice the kicker. What? Higgins had already returned a kick for 64 yards, and Janikowksi is perfect on the season and has a notoriously strong leg, booting a 56-yarder earlier in the year. Poor clock management, or just plain idiocy? Nary a timeout was called, nary a whimper was heard. It appeared that Kiffin tanked it outright.
 

On Monday, a nameless Raiders exec (can there be no other) got into a tussling match with a reporter from the San Jose Mercury. The chicanery and petulance have brimmed over from the field and spilled out everywhere, even on media day. ESPN.com, Foxsports.com, the Contra Costa Times and various other local sources have indicated that Lane Kiffin's job is soon to be terminated. Of course there has been no official word from his Supreme Eminence Mr. Al Davis, so the nonsense continues unabated.

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 04:44 PM

Kiffin a Lame Duck?

The infighting between Raiders owner Al Davis and Lane Kiffin is ongoing this week, with Kiffin's job possibly on the line. Davis has threatened to fire the young coach, even after the team drubbed the Chiefs on the road this weekend 23-8, and finally scored a meaningful touchdown.

Rob Ryan and the defense didn't help Kiffin's plight to keep his job with stifling stops on Larry Johnson and upstart QB Tyler Thigpen form Coastal Carolina. Who? Where? Who again? I watched the entire game and didn't even realize the Chiefs #1 quarterback Damon Huard, was injured and taken out of the game by Herm Edwards.

The Contra Costa times reported over the weekend that Al is seriously considering canning Lane because of insubordination and harsh criticisms uttered by the young coach about the franchise. "He has a decision to make," responded Kiffin to the news. "It does me no good to worry about it right now." Lane continues to repeat that most things are out of his control, concerning the Raiders, and that he isn't even allowed to view the defense during the week. This is directly related to his disparaging comments about Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a crowd favorite and one of Al's cronies.

I fail to see how this can be good for organization that has epitomized how not to run a franchise the last four years. All of these shenanigans started when Kiffin flatly refused Davis' requ... [More]

Posted Tuesday, September 09, 2008 09:37 PM

Raider Rant 3000

Well, the carnage is over...and reality has sunk in once again. The onus of the Raiders' unprecedented demise lies squarely on the back and in the mind of one tyrannical man with hubris of colossal proportions. A man who would rather damn a once proud and exemplary franchise to eternal football purgatory than admit he has lost control.

There he sits... high upon Mt. Davis, blanket over his aged limbs, barely a nod or grimmace on his face. From a glance or even a stare, you aren't quite sure if he is living or dead. He looks familiar, but yet if you passed him at the Seacrest rest home you wouldn't know who he was. Yet he maintains his autocratic grasp over a team that has gone 19-62 in the last five interminable years.

Can no one wrestle away the control? Make a decent pick in the draft? Save the Raiders from this immense downward spiral? He looks feeble enough to blow over with the slightest zephyr breezing into the East Bay. I can't speak ill of the dead because apparently he still breathes.

I love the pillars he has built for the franchise, the three Super Bowl victories, the recent appearances and so on and whatnot. But as another wise man from the Bay Area, named Dirty Harry, once uttered, "A man's got to know his limitations."

 

 

 

 



Posted Saturday, September 06, 2008 09:42 PM

Angelenos Unite

With football on everone's minds this time of year, it's easy to overlook the drama devoloping in the MLB, especially in the N.L.W. Its even easier to get caught up in the media's unadulterated one-sided view of the game itself. So let me break it down for you, and explain the reality of the situation.

The Dodgers have finally done it folks. Not since April 4th have they had the lead, however small, in what many call the worst division in baseball. The Dodgers have beaten both Haren and Webb twice in the span of a week to overtake the hapless Snakes. No other race in the MLB is closer or more packed with drama than this divisional barn burner.

As a West Coast guy, sometimes I become offended with the overwhelmingly geographically biased coverage of America's pastime. Just because we don't have the "Sawks" and Yanks out here, people denigrate our love of the game and even question our fanhood.

Unbelievable. Nonsense. These are some of the more tamer words I could use to describe this East Coast bias. Year after year, the fans of L.A. flock to Chavez Ravine to watch their favorite Boys in Blue attempt to bring back the glory of '88. The specific numbers elude me, but the Dodgers are perennially among the top in the league in attendance. That in and of itself smashes the theory that West Coast folks don't appreciate baseball and the nuances of the basepaths.

Therefore, I would love for ESPN and all other pundits of the media to quit harpin... [More]

Posted Tuesday, September 02, 2008 02:10 AM

Raider Positivity

Once again its time for the silver and black helmets to be donned. The spikes to glisten in the sun and the pride, however fleeting, to beat proudly in every Raiders fans heart.

Its the new year. Questions emerge, yet to be answered, and lately, for the most part, it has been better to not have the answer. Mostly because there has been no answer for the carnage that the Raiders have reaped upon themselves.

How many 4-12's, 5-11's, 4-12's again, must one man endure through?               

As many as there is going to be unfortunately. Why you ask? Because I am a Raider fan, and a true and loyal fan. One that has stuck with them through all the crap instigated (mainly by one Al Davis), into the heart of the deepest hood in L.A., and off the freeway into Oakland during many of my yearly pilgrimages to the East Bay.

This is the time I have been treasuring since the debacle in '02. The beginning of the season, the hope that in the near future we can get it together and possibly, uh, I dunno, have a winning season finally.

So grab your Raiders flask, down that last cold beer, and relish the feeling that this year can be the year. At least for the first couple weeks... sheesh... as long as we beat the stinking Broncos. To the new year Raiders fans, I hope to drink whiskey for wins not losses.

OUTRO.

 

 



Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2008 04:56 PM

Interleague Over, Thank Goodness

It is a sighing relief not to have to deal with interleague at this point in the season, right before the All-Star break. I believe there is money to be made in the meantime, and its time for killing.

Thank goodness and the powers that be, that we can get back to the regular matchups now, divisonal and whatnot. Back to the trends and numbers that have actual meaning and lead to the scrilla my friends.

Its time to hearken back to your old knowledge, dig deep, and find the winners. These books are ripe for the monetary reapage, search for the gem. There is plenty of proof in the regular season pudding. Baseball will yield returns, its only a matter of time and effort.

Tread lightly, but carry a big stick.

 



Posted Saturday, June 14, 2008 02:28 AM

Trying to Deal with Loss is a Life Skill

Gonna take a couple days and re-focus. The ultimate goal seems to have dissipated into a vast abyss of nothingness.

In psuedo-Cubs-fan fashion, I can always look forward to next year.



Posted Thursday, June 12, 2008 12:51 PM

The Day of Reckoning is Here

Well, I'll be honest, I thought the Lakers were gonna open the proverbial can of ass whuppage last game... didn't happen.

Wherefore are thou, Gasol? Odom? If not for my greasy Slovenian brother (20pts)  I think the LakeShow run might have collapsed on Tuesday. I expect bigger and better production from those two on the home floor tonight. It was downright embarassing.

Injuries play a factor again this evening I think. Transvestite looking Rondo is hobbled and he has been solid at the guard position. Pierce and Garnett won't be as bad as Game 3, but I could hope they will be, but that isn't how you play the books and win cash.

I think Lakers win, but don't cover, and I lean OVER on this one, but with all that being said, this game screams NO PLAY for me, I'll be watching for pure heart-racing enjoyment. Remember that?

 



Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:56 AM

I LOVE L.A.

The LakeShow on the road... eh... not so much unfortunately.

Lakers at Staples... unstoppable... unless Crawford and Javie have something to say about it.

This is the game where the mettle will truly be tested. Usually the Lakers have no home court advantage, I've been dealin' with that since '85, its a reality.

I don't expect a huge disparity of freethrows like last game, but I also don't expect the Lakers to have a huge advantage at the stripe either.

Why? The bias against the Lakers is a clear and imminent problem with the ref's, its been going on for decades now.

So how do the Lakers overcome horrendous reffing, and not look like cry babies?

TAKE IT TO THE FUCKING HOLE EVERY FUCKING TIME AND FORCE THE ZEBRA'S TO EITHER MAKE THE CALL OR LOOK CROOKED NOT CALLING ANYTHING!!!!

Everytime someone as much as breathed on Pierce, or "Edgar Allen" Powe for that matter, a whistled was sounded.

Lakers did not get all the way through the tough West by shooting 17 footers. Phil Jackson has to get everyone on the same page tonight. Take these fucks to the rack like a slab of ribs. If the calls are not made, then you conspiracy guys have something to bitch about.

But the Lakers have to get physical, manhandle Pierce's fake ass knee injury, perhaps a hard foul? Something... The only thing that has reminded me of the '80's in this series is my renewed hatred of the Celtics, damn I hate 'em.

Where is ... [More]

Posted Sunday, June 08, 2008 01:32 PM

Its Now or Never

Well, game 2 is here folks, and the anticipation mounts.

Don't expect a downer game from Kobe and Co. today.

Can't wait to see if the injury on Pierce will play a factor.

 



Posted Friday, June 06, 2008 01:28 PM

WORK MUST BE DONE

Well it wasn't any surprise to see a Game 1 blown by the Lakers. We are muscled and out-hussled at almost every stage, the touch foul call didn't help either.

I expect a different story for Game 2 folks. Obviously so does Vegas, check at the line at almost a PK.

 



Posted Thursday, June 05, 2008 01:31 AM

LAKERS R DA FUCKIN' SH*T MAN!!!!

Can't wait until the Finals start tomorrow folks. Its like a great flashback to my childhood. Only thing better---------- HUGE PARADE DOWNTOWN L.A. HELL YEAH.



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