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Talk Zone / Postseason tickets
« on: September 22, 2019, 11:40:29 am »
I got an email from the front office this morning informing me that I"ve been selected for an opportunity to purchase ALDS tickets. Starts Tuesday morning at 9am. Not having done this before, what should I expect? Is it just a free-for-all on the web site?

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Game Zone 2019 / Angels @ Astros, 9/20/19
« on: September 20, 2019, 07:22:23 pm »
I got here a bit late. For some reason, Altuve is leading off, but he did his best George impression and stroked a lead-off homer. Anybody know where Springer is? Seems odd that he'd be getting the night off after an off day.

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Game Zone 2019 / Sea Hags @ Astros, 9/12/19
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:16:00 pm »
There will be no no-hitter tonight (for Verlander, at least): Semien leads off with a single to LF.

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Game Zone 2019 / Astros vs Ancient Albatross Wearers, 9/6/2019
« on: September 06, 2019, 07:17:24 pm »
Jeez, Framber, get it together.

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Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ A's, 8/17/2019
« on: August 17, 2019, 03:25:54 pm »
Somebody *has* to get a fucking hit when it counts. Yordan and Correa are the latest failures, leaving the bases loaded in the top of the 1st.

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Game Zone 2019 / Sea Hags @ Astros, 6/30/2019
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:18:17 pm »
Ho hum. Another first inning solo homer. Seattle leads 1-0 going to the bottom of the 1st.

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Talk Zone / Joke of a contest in London
« on: June 29, 2019, 03:08:00 pm »
If Manfred was hoping to showcase actual baseball in London, he has failed. At the moment, the score is 15-6 in the top of 5th, and the Yankees have the bases loaded. There have been at least 11 pitchers so far. The starters lasted 1.0 innings, combined. There have been errors, wild pitches, passed balls, pulled hamstrings, lousy throws. Center field is a daunting 385 feet away. Fox is reduced to talking about those fucking 2' long Boomstick heart attack hot dogs. Well done.

I wonder if they're letting them carry extended pitching staffs for this little escapade. If not, tomorrow's game could take eight hours and result in about 40 runs. Shit, today's game may reach 40.

Oh good, there's two more. It's now 17-6 Yankees, 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th.

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Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Yankees, 6/21/2918
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:28:17 pm »
ESPN cannot contain themselves over the prospect of Judge returning and hitting leadoff. I hope he strikes out four times.

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Beer and Queso / Texans 2019
« on: June 07, 2019, 04:32:26 pm »
Just fired Gaine as GM. What a dysfunctional group.

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Game Zone 2019 / Indians @ Astros, April 26, 2019
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:23:19 pm »
McHugh looked pretty sharp and struck out the side, but he still took 25 pitches to get out of the 1st. Wasn't helped by Lindor's AB, in which he fouled off a lot of pitches in a 10-pitch AB. And he "hit" Ramirez with one of his patented back-foot sliders.

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Game Zone 2019 / Twinkies @ Astros, April 24
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:14:08 pm »
Man, where's the crowd tonight? Has the weather already gotten bad there? It rained like a big dog here in Austin today.

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Game Zone 2019 / Game 3: Astros at Rays, March 29
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:34:40 pm »
Well, I was slacking the first couple of days, so I'll try to be a bit more serious about the effort today. To that end, I'm cracking open the first of the sixer of Karbach Crawford Bock that my wonderful wife bought for me. I hope that it steadies Diaz's nerves.

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Beer and Queso / Nashville
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:13:30 pm »
My wife and I are going to our niece's wedding in Chattanooga in April, and we're going to fly into Nashville a little early and spend a day and change there before heading southeast. Does anybody have recommendations of noteworthy things that we shouldn't miss?

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Beer and Queso / A Star is Born
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:09:02 pm »
My wife and I went to see this Wednesday evening, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not a big fan of the Lady Gaga schtick, but stripped of that and just showing off her singing (and acting), she shined. Cooper was great, too, in that he made you want to make his character stop the madness. Heartily recommended. Still trying to figure out if Cooper was actually playing his guitar parts.

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Talk Zone / TJ surgery for Gregorius
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:32:11 pm »
Wow. From http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24966855/new-york-yankees-ss-didi-gregorius-tommy-john-surgery:
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The team believes it was during Game 2 of the American League Division Series last Saturday in Boston when Gregorius injured his right elbow. The throw that did it came in the seventh inning of a game New York ultimately won 6-2.

On the play, Gregorius hustled into the outfield to field an Ian Kinsler double that ricocheted hard off Fenway Park's Green Monster and out of Yankees left fielder Andrew McCutchen's reach. Once he picked up the ball, Gregorius threw it back into the infield, where it was cut off as Boston's second run of the game scored.

"Post-game that day, he was in the trainer's room," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Based on his dialogue and the feeling he felt on the tweak there, on that throw was where he pinpointed it."

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Talk Zone / ALDS
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:22:20 pm »
Boston's Achilles heel being exposed here: their bullpen can't get anybody out.

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Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Angels, 8/26/2018
« on: August 26, 2018, 03:10:30 pm »
Apparently an irrigation problem behind the mound before the game. As Crash Davis would say, " we've got ourselves a natural disaster!"

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Talk Zone / Orioles set a new standard
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:23:04 pm »
The Birds have been mathematically eliminated from the postseason. On August 11th. It's apparently the earliest a team has been  eliminated since divisional play began. (Information gleaned from telecast of [email protected], so if it's wrong, I"m blaming them.)

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Talk Zone / Hooks on TV tonight
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:57:28 am »
Newspaper says that Corpus-Frisco will be on FSSW at 7pm, for folks with that service.

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Talk Zone / MLB Network tonight
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:14:16 pm »
FYI, Severino vs Kluber on MLB Network tonight.

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Game Zone 2018 / Fishmongers @ Astros, 6/5/18
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:22:19 pm »
I'm beginning to get tired of Keuchel's starts.

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Talk Zone / Tough weekend
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:42:11 pm »
Yadi Molina takes a foul tip to the groin and has to undergo emergency surgery for a traumatic hematoma. He'll miss at least a month. I can't even imagine how much that must hurt.

Jacob deGrom goes on the 10-day DL because of a hyperextended elbow.

And today Clayton Kershaw goes on the 10-day DL with left biceps tendinitis.

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Game Zone 2018 / Angels @ Astros, 4/24
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:39:21 pm »
The umpires have obviously bought completely into the Ohtani infallibility story.

Did sneak back into the country and not tell anybody? I don't know how else to explain the sudden suckiness.

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Talk Zone / Tulowitzki down again
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:26:01 pm »
And Tulowitzki starts the season on the 60-day DL with ankle problems. That poor guy simply cannot stay healthy.

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Beer and Queso / College football
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:31:05 pm »
You know, this Barkley kid for Penn State looks pretty good.

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The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Astros @ A's, 9/10/17
« on: September 10, 2017, 05:08:26 pm »
The walk-fest continues. Keuchel just walked three in a row after a lead-off single, and the A's now lead 2-1. He's certainly not been getting any help from the ump, but damn this is frustrating.

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Beer and Queso / Texans-Jags
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:31:06 pm »
The O-line is certainly putting the "offensive" back in the term. Savage is no good, but he has no chance out there.

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The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Astros @ A's, Game 1, 9/9/17
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:11:25 pm »
Oh, great, we're hitting line drives right at people again. Super.

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Beer and Queso / US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:35:35 pm »
The US has had the complete run of play (including a foul against Altidore that should have been a penalty), and yet Costa Rica has a 1-0 lead because the defense fell asleep for 30 seconds. Very frustrating.

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Talk Zone / Catch of the year?
« on: August 26, 2017, 07:35:05 pm »
I can't find a link yet, but I'm sure one will show up soon. The Cleveland CF made an amazing diving catch headed straight back toward the fence to rob KC's Cain of extra bases. Keep your eyes open for a replay.

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Beer and Queso / 2017-18 Premier League
« on: August 12, 2017, 04:50:23 pm »
Geez, Limey, Palace falls 3-0 at home to Huddersfield? Ouch.

But it was nice to see Chelsea stumble out of the gate.

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The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Houston @ Baltimore 7/22 ???
« on: July 22, 2017, 06:27:34 pm »
Any word on how long a delay we're looking at? The info at NOAA makes it look like there might be issues for a while.

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We don't need no steenking lineups.

Peacock with an uneventful 1st inning (although he walked Choo on 4 straight pitches).

Springer leads off the bottom of the 1st with a dinger to the pump!

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Beer and Queso / JUCO World Series
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:43:54 pm »
Headed to CO tomorrow to visit my mother and brother in Grand Junction and take in the first few days of the JUCO WS. This year's teams are

Crowley (KS)
Wallace-Dothan (AL)
Southern Nevada
Wabash Valley (IL)
Chipola (FL)
Crowder (MO)
Dyersburg St (TN)
San Jacinto (TX)
Florence-Darlington (SC)
McLennan (TX)

Anybody on any of those teams that I should pay particular attention to?

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Beer and Queso / LSU forcing the issue
« on: November 24, 2016, 07:40:31 pm »
In the LSU-A&M game, they're reporting that LSU will have a deal in place with Herman by Saturday. That's going to make a pretty narrow needle to thread for UT if they're going to go after Herman.

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Beer and Queso / US - Mexico
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:37:02 pm »
Imagine my surprise when Bradley turns over the ball in a dangerous spot, resulting in a Mexico goal.

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Beer and Queso / Geez, Biz, what a mess!
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:55:36 pm »
Huskies are beating the shit out of Stanford. 23-0 at the start of the 2nd half.

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Beer and Queso / Texans
« on: September 11, 2016, 12:18:38 pm »
Wow, it's the return of the 2014 defense.

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Talk Zone / McCullers scratched from tomorrow's start
« on: June 27, 2016, 07:50:45 pm »
Evidently dealing with a blister. Feldman to get the start instead.

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Beer and Queso / SEC tournament
« on: May 28, 2016, 06:30:40 pm »
According to the hype machine, these guys are supposed to be AA-level talent. Through 16 games there have been 50+ errors, including at least one in each game. Yikes.

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Talk Zone / Bad news for AZ
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:10:35 am »
This is really unfortunate: Pollock apparently fractured his elbow last night. I really like his game, and I feel sorry for him and his teammates. He could be out for quite a while.

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Beer and Queso / Spring is here!
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:15:40 pm »
UT-UNLV on the tube, Friday night is starting to feel right again.

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Beer and Queso / Grantland RIP
« on: October 30, 2015, 06:06:45 pm »
ESPN pulls the plug. Not really a surprise, I guess, but I'll miss guys like Barnwell, Keri, and Lowe, at least until they land somewhere else. There's now little reason to use the ESPN site as anything more than a scoreboard.

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Beer and Queso / Houston bar recommendations?
« on: September 14, 2015, 07:03:20 pm »
A friend is going to the Houston area with his girlfriend for five or six days, spending the first few at ZaZa, and looking for things to do and eat. I've pointed him at a variety of eating places in the general area, but I'm way out of touch on the bar scene. He was hoping to find a stretch something like 6th street here in Austin where he could wander from place to place, maybe bump into some music, and just discover which places he likes. Anything like that? If not, anything particularly good that he should check out?

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Tinkies @ Astros, September 4
« on: September 04, 2015, 07:18:47 pm »
Conger once again exhibits his one skill: tagging out a runner on a close play at the plate. Good throw by Gomez, too.

McHugh gets out of the top of the 1st with no runs scored.

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Talk Zone / Angels @ Tigers
« on: August 26, 2015, 08:20:05 pm »
Interesting game going on in Detroit, and not just because the Angels are down 5.

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros @ stRangers, Wed 8/5/15
« on: August 05, 2015, 07:22:37 pm »
Where is everybody? Did MLB round everybody up and send them to the gulag?

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Beer and Queso / iPhone 5S bluetooth volume
« on: July 31, 2015, 07:55:49 pm »
I recently upgraded from an ancient iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5S, which has been a nice improvement except for one thing: if I'm using the iPhone as a bluetooth source for the car audio, the volume is much lower than when I use the radio or CD sources. This wasn't a problem with the old phone, so I suspect it's simply a matter of some difference in settings, but I haven't figured it out yet. Everything I've seen online says to make sure that the EQ and Sound Check options are off, and they are, but the problem persists.

Has anybody else seen this problem and, more importantly, conquered it?

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Talk Zone / Cautionary tale
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:12:31 am »
I hadn't really been paying attention to the Padres, but wow.

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Beer and Queso / RIP Murphy the cat
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:15:17 pm »
Our 7-year-old tabby started moving sluggishly Thursday and slept on my lap all evening, then slept all day yesterday, and then was out on the porch this morning with really rapid, shallow breathing. Took her to the vet, who said her lungs were filling with fluid, basically feline congestive heart failure. Probably started to be serious a few weeks ago, but cats simply don't exhibit symptoms until it's pretty much too late. There were things we could have done to keep her going for a couple of weeks or maybe a month or two, but there was no reversing the real problem, and treatment was going to be expensive. For the last 35+ years our household has always had at least one cat in it, so it's not like we haven't been through it before, but damn it's hard to look into those trusting eyes while the shot is being administered.

At least she went out with an Astros' win.

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Beer and Queso / The new Turleys are here! The new Turleys are here!
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:18:01 am »
Just got my delivery. Ok, Neil, how long do I need to cellar these bad boys?

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Beer and Queso / Kareem Jackson
« on: March 07, 2015, 06:23:19 pm »
The Texans just signed him for four more years and $32mm, with $20mm guaranteed? Why would you do that? I mean, he was a little better last year, but that's a pretty low bar. I don't get it.

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Beer and Queso / NFL Playoffs
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:10:57 pm »
That Carolina-Arizona game was one of the worst displays of offensive football I've ever seen. Yes, both defenses are good, but those offenses are abysmal. If Carolina winds up playing Seattle next weekend they'll lose by 30 points.

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Talk Zone / Padres get busy
« on: December 19, 2014, 09:12:43 am »
They've acquired Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, and Derek Norris so far (and maybe others that I've missed). I'd love to see them take down the Dodgers.

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Talk Zone / Stanton
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:04:28 pm »
Yikes: Giancarlo Stanton just took a fastball to the head. It looked like it might have deflected off of his hand/wrist first; if so, that probably took a little bit of the steam off of it, but he was still taken off the field on a stretcher. Hope it's not too serious.

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Beer and Queso / Who had one game in the Ash pool?
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:10:30 pm »

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Talk Zone / This stupid blocking-the-plate rule has to go
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:38:07 pm »
Jeez, go look at the ridiculous call in today's Giants-White Sox game. It's especially annoying considering that the Astros didn't get the call on a seemingly much more clear-cut block over the weekend. But none of the runners should have been called safe: not the Giants runner today, not the Astros runner today, or the guy last week who was called safe even though the throw beat him to the plate by 15 feet. This rule is a travesty! It's a sham! It's a mockery! Why, it's a traveshamockery!

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Talk Zone / Who is working the Rangers voodoo doll?
« on: June 08, 2014, 04:59:37 pm »
If it were anybody other than the Rangers (or maybe the Yankees), I would probably feel sorry for them, but it isn't and I don't. Now Moreland is down for three months or more with ankle surgery, so they're down to their third option for 1st base. Awwwww...

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Beer and Queso / Darvish
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:48:05 pm »
Loses his perfecto on an Astro-esque pas de deux on a pop-up to RF. Now he has walked a couple, but he still has the no-hitter going in the top of the 8th.

Hopefully that's enough to jinx him.

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Beer and Queso / Kelvin Sampson? Really?
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:02:05 pm »
BudGirl, what's going on at UHou? Were they afraid that with Bruce Pearl off the market the might not be able to get anybody else? This will not end well.

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Beer and Queso / Limey's perfect day
« on: March 29, 2014, 04:20:58 pm »
Palace beats Chelsea, and the only goal is an own goal by John Terry. I'm not sure there's a more perfect script.

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Beer and Queso / Texas bowl teams
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:51:46 pm »
Well, things are pretty unsatisfactory so far:

UT: stunk it up
Tech: looked good and won
Rice: stunk it up
A&M: stinking it up

I guess we're relying on Baylor and North Texas to bail us out tomorrow.

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Beer and Queso / Broncos @ Texans
« on: December 22, 2013, 01:27:27 pm »
Matt Schaub is comically inept.

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Beer and Queso / Pats @ Texans
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:58:05 pm »
Time for the usual 2nd half ass-whooping. Maybe they'll surprise us this time.

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Beer and Queso / Honda WTF?
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:29:19 pm »
In what universe is it considered a good idea to have a caterwauling Michael Bolton represent your product?

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Beer and Queso / UT @ WVU
« on: November 09, 2013, 06:32:16 pm »
Looks like UT has been grooming the new special teams coach for the Texans.

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Beer and Queso / Baylor-WVU
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:04:42 pm »
Baylor might very well score 80 points against UT. 28 points in the first quarter against WVU, and could easily have been 35.

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Beer and Queso / Texans-Seahawks
« on: September 29, 2013, 12:59:05 pm »
Texans' fans can thank me for starting Wilson (instead of Vick) on my fantasy team today.

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Beer and Queso / Merry Christmas, JimR
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:21:11 am »

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Beer and Queso / Alabama - A&M
« on: September 14, 2013, 04:15:52 pm »
I guess it's not a surprise after what Rice and Sam Houston State did to them, but this A&M defense barely qualifies as "token resistance".

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Beer and Queso / US-Mexico
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:17:24 pm »
I tuned in just in time to see Beasley's cringe-worthy whiff on a cross that turned into an own-goal attempt when the ball ricocheted off his plant leg. Fortunately, Howard was alert and grabbed it, but still...

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Beer and Queso / Texans-Chargers
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:29:08 pm »
Good grief. Even UT didn't really start to fuck up until the second quarter. Schaub sets a new record.

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Beer and Queso / US-Costa Rica
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:07:29 pm »
Well, there's your typical US start. Costa Rica scores on a corner only 2 minutes in. I don't understand why these guys always come out so cold.

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Talk Zone / Springer coming to a town near you
« on: August 21, 2013, 09:12:42 am »
Several of us were discussing this over on the Bus Ride, but there may be people who don't frequent that part of the site and missed it. OKC comes to RR for a 5-game series starting tonight. Drew Corleone, Sphinx Drummond and I went to one of the games last time OKC was in town, and Springer did not disappoint, crushing two homers and a triple. I'm going to go watch him rain cowhide death on the RR staff again, probably Thursday and Friday nights. Is anybody interested in an OWA get-together?

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Beer and Queso / Dolphins @ Texans
« on: August 17, 2013, 07:12:10 pm »
Well, that didn't look like a very good pass from Schaub. Maybe Hopkins tripped, but it still looked like it was behind him.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / OKC @ RR outing?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:35:25 pm »
OKC comes to Round Rock next Wednesday for a 5-game series. I intend to go to at least one of those games, probably Wednesday and/or Thursday. Anybody else interested in joining me to take a gander at Springer and Singleton?

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Talk Zone / Pujols gets feelings hurt, decides to sue
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:36:25 am »
Apparently Jack Clark was shooting his mouth off and claimed that Albert used steroids. Now Pujols says he is going to sue Clark to clear his name. I'm excited to see what other things, such as birth certificates, show up during discovery.

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Talk Zone / Boojwah up for Tampa
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:45:30 pm »
Desmond Jennings to the 15-day DL with a broken finger, and Bourgeois hangs around long enough to get another shot at the bigs. That's some perseverance. I hope he does well.

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Talk Zone / Now that's some bad luck
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:56:14 pm »
The Braves have lost three outfielders in 24 hours: Shreefer did something to himself last night, BJ Upton wrecked himself diving for a line drive in the first inning tonight, and Justin Upton hurt himself trying to beat out a ground ball in the seventh inning.

If it weren't the Braves, I'd feel sorry for them.

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Talk Zone / AA Meeting?
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:49:26 pm »
OKC visits Round Rock next week (Monday through Wednesday). I can't make it Wednesday, but I could do either Monday or Tuesday. Is anybody else interested in meeting up out there for one of those games? I'm happy to front the tickets.

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Beer and Queso / Baylor?
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:47:18 pm »
Seriously?

I hope DeLoss Dodds is paying attention. You'd think that Chicago kids would aim for the Colorado River rather than the Brazos.

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Talk Zone / Mihoba's SnS War Forum?
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:12:24 pm »
I'm no longer seeing that forum. Did it disappear, or has some setting on my account changed so that it's not visible for me?

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Beer and Queso / Comical qualifier
« on: March 22, 2013, 10:03:38 pm »
If you see this before the match is over, check out the US-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier on ESPN. I believe it's in Colorado, and it's snowing like a son-of-a-bitch, a nice, wet snow so that it's really accumulating on the field. I'm reasonably sure that the Costa Ricans are unaccustomed to conditions like this. US leads 1-0 at the half.

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Beer and Queso / Kabongo?
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:33:32 pm »
Why does anybody think this guy would be drafted if he declared this year? Bad decisions, bad shot, bad handle. He might eventually mature into a useful player, but I wouldn't risk a draft choice on that possibility.

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Beer and Queso / Blackhawks-Red Wings
« on: March 03, 2013, 02:14:00 pm »
If you like hockey, I hope you got to watch this afternoon's game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. Great effort and tremendous goalkeeping on both sides. Blackhawks win in a shootout, with Crawford fittingly saving all three Detroit attempts in the shootout.

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Beer and Queso / Crane
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:07:49 pm »
He's evidently a capable golfer. He's out at the AT&T at Pebble Beach, and he's tied for the pro-am lead at -30. Apparently owns a 3 handicap at Lochinvar.

So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

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Beer and Queso / Sweet...
« on: January 23, 2013, 07:19:31 pm »
#1 Duke is getting shitstomped by #25 Miami (up by as much as 30, up by 24 right now with 15+ minutes to go). Barry Larkin's son is running the point for Miami and looks pretty good.

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Talk Zone / And there's the third... RIP Ron Fraser
« on: January 20, 2013, 05:13:04 pm »

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Talk Zone / RIP Earl Weaver
« on: January 19, 2013, 09:59:53 am »

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Beer and Queso / Horns-Beavers
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:36:09 pm »
3rd-and-12, 3rd-and-13, 3rd-and-anything, Horns appear capable of giving it up. Story of the season.

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Beer and Queso / Texans-Titans
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:26:38 pm »
Hey, there's a surprise: Kareem Jackson beaten by 5 yards for a TD.

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Beer and Queso / Philadelphia Eagles
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:10:21 pm »
What a monumentally bad team this is. They're incredibly incompetent.

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Beer and Queso / Green chile cheeseburger
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:05:27 pm »
We just had Guy Fieri on as background noise, and he wound up at Burt's Burger Bowl in Santa Fe for a green chile cheeseburger (and some other things). Looked damn good. I seem to remember that several folks have broad experience with Santa Fe food. Has anybody been to this place?

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Beer and Queso / Baylor/UT
« on: October 20, 2012, 07:47:27 pm »
How is it that the pre-eminent public university in the state can't recruit offensive or defensive lines that offer more resistance than a roll of toilet paper?

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Beer and Queso / Aaaaaarrrrggghhhhh!
« on: October 10, 2012, 09:28:32 pm »
God I hate the Yankees. Raul Ibanez? Pinch-hit homer? Really?

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Beer and Queso / Wish us luck...
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:05:19 am »
My wife and I are headed down to Houston for final preparations for our daughter's wedding on Saturday. Doesn't seem like very long ago that we brought her home from the hospital, or sent her off to school for the first time, or took her down to college.

As far as I know, Neil's daughter isn't also getting married on the same day, which will make it one of the first milestone dates that the two girls haven't shared.

If any of you have any pull with the rain gods (das?), please ask them to hold off on the thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. I'll try not to screw up the toast.

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Game Zone 2012 Archive / Astros @ Turdinals 9/19
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:19:08 pm »
Don't have the lineups, but Altuve -- who was supposed to get the night off -- is in at 2B because Greene's knee is acting up. I'm in front of the TV, but I'm working on stuff tonight so my updates will be rather spotty. Sorry about that.

Altuve leads off against Lance Lynn with a bloop down the RF line for a hustle double.

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Beer and Queso / UT-Ole Miss
« on: September 15, 2012, 08:37:46 pm »
Ash looks absolutely terrified to throw the ball more than 5 yards. Not a recipe for success.

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Beer and Queso / Texans vs Dolphins
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:18:53 pm »
First Kubiak challenge of the season. Looks like a losing challenge to me.

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Talk Zone / Fucking Cubs
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:26:34 pm »
They're at it again: they don't like the way the Nationals are clubbing their sorry pitching, so they've decided that the way to fix that problem is to start throwing at guys. What a chickenshit organization.

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Beer and Queso / Alejandro Escovedo
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:44:32 pm »
He was just on Leno (yeah, I watch it, so what?). Who's playing bass for him? It looked a little like Charlie Sexton, but that seems unlikely. Am I on drugs?

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Beer and Queso / Worst penalty kick ever?
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:22:31 pm »
I was watching SportsCenter while waiting for the 'Stros game to start, and they had their "Not Top 10" segment on. One of the "winners" was this penalty kick, which is certainly the worst I've ever seen (including my own), and in the running for worst ever (although there are some real doozies if you search on YouTube).

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Beer and Queso / Lest the magic be forgotten...
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:15:00 pm »
43 years ago today, man first walked on the moon. I think many people today fail to comprehend the magnitude of that accomplishment.

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Talk Zone / Fucking Piniella
« on: July 04, 2012, 04:47:47 pm »
The guy's a total Yankee apologist. What a tool.

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Beer and Queso / Sorry, Deadheads
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:40:19 pm »
My wife just noticed an Amazon Gold Box deal of a 14-disc DVD set of Grateful Dead performances, list price ~$150, sale price ~$75. I asked her to check on exactly what performances we were talking about, and she said "too bad, it's sold out". It opened at 8pm, it's still open until midnight, but it's sold out. At least a few deadheads saved up some money.

I'm now on the waitlist at #129.

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Beer and Queso / And the Germans cough up another
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:24:50 pm »
It's always fun to watch the Germans start gripping, but my joy is tempered by knowing that John Terry will be associated with a champion.

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Beer and Queso / Joey Crawford sucks
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:51:46 pm »
I cannot believe how pathetic a referee that guy is. Does he have pictures of Stern doing unspeakable things? How does he have a job?

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Beer and Queso / I hate Windows...
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:21:09 pm »
...or something.

Somehow I fucked up my machine so that when I bring up a cygwin shell, I can't type lowercase 'e' chars. Uppercase? No problem. Go to any other window? Notepad? Emacs? Cmd? No problem. Back to cygwin? Loser. Reboot? No change.

How the fuck does that happen?

The last thing I was doing before the weirdness started was editing various .rc files to figure out which one was doing what to me, and I was editing them with emacs, so I clearly could use the 'e' key at that point. And then the shit started.

Anybody seen this before?

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Beer and Queso / Kevin Na turning into Steve Blass
« on: May 12, 2012, 03:05:23 pm »
This is really getting painful to watch. He addresses his ball, then takes a little waggle, and then goes through 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 half takeaways. Then he sometimes just walks away and comes back and does it all over again, and sometimes he actually hits the ball. The brain can be very mysterious.

I've been a fan of his ever since last year's tournament in San Antonio when he hooked a drive over in some horribly overgrown mesquite/whatever and wound up taking a 19 (not a typo) on the hole. He never lost his shit, he hung around after the round and answered questions, and he generally acted like a grown-up, which couldn't have been easy under those circumstances.

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Talk Zone / Ex-Astro goes off
« on: May 12, 2012, 02:23:04 pm »
Maysonet just hit a grand slam for the Brewers, his second big-league homer.

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Beer and Queso / RB, was that you?
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:30:15 pm »
I was just watching the 10 o'clock news, and there was a little segment about Ian McLagin, who's being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part The Faces and The Small Faces. There was some video from a local ceremony, and at the end while they were speaking with McLagan, there was somebody there in one of the Colt .45 throwback jerseys from last week. Never saw a face so I don't know who it was, but I figure that there can't be that many Austin music fans old enough to care about McLagan who were also at MMPUS last week.

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Beer and Queso / Once a scumbag, always a scumbag
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:03:15 am »
No, not Murdoch: Bobby Petrino. If Arkansas didn't know what they were getting when they hired him, they sure do now.

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Beer and Queso / iTunes help
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:01:07 pm »
I picked up some CDs at Waterloo on Monday, and one of them is causing me some grief. When I load it in the machine (a Windows 7 box), iTunes fails to recognize it. When I look at the drive using Explorer, it's simply recognized as an "Audio CD", with "Track 01", "Track 02", etc (and all of those tracks are .cda files, although I have no idea if that's unusual since I rarely look at audio discs). It'll play if I sic the Windows Media Player on it, but iTunes won't do a thing with it, which is preventing me from ripping it to my iPod. Has anybody else seen this problem and overcome it?

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Beer and Queso / NAS experience?
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:56:06 am »
I'm looking at NAS options to try to centralize the backup story for various home computers. Requirements:

1. Relatively cheap.
2. DLNA capable, so I can stream stuff from it.
3. Time Machine capable, so that we can use it to back up Macs (all running Lion now).
4. Also need to back up Windows (Win7 and XP Pro) machines.

The Synology DS211j seems like a good candidate, but like everything else in the universe it has its share of both 5-star and 1-star reviews. I can probably fill it with a pair of 2T drives for a total in the $600 range, which is acceptable.

Anybody have experience with this rig or similar ones? Should I stick with Western Digital drives?

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Beer and Queso / Sound equipment
« on: January 22, 2012, 04:40:29 pm »
Is anybody in this group using an outboard DAC in their system (e.g., Arcam rDAC, Cambridge Audio DacMagic)? If so, I'd like to hear about your experiences.

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Beer and Queso / Tim Howard scores a goal
« on: January 04, 2012, 08:02:26 pm »

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Beer and Queso / Holiday Bowl
« on: December 28, 2011, 09:59:53 pm »
How is it that The University of Fucking Texas cannot have even ONE competent quarterback? And why is Greg Davis calling plays?

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Beer and Queso / NCAA double standard?
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:26:37 pm »
I know, big surprise. But apparently they're letting Fickell coach Ohio State in their bowl game while Urban Meyer is out on the recruiting trail. How is this different from the UT situation when they restricted Muschamp's recruiting when he was named coach-in-waiting? Why shouldn't Meyer be similarly restricted until Fickell cedes his position?

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Crytsal Palace defeats Man U at Old Trafford. Other things that have taken place since that last occurred:

The Astros played in the World Series.
The Red Sox won a World Series.
Rice beat UT in football.
Iraq invaded Kuwait.
The Berlin Wall fell.

I assume that Limey will hold a fitting celebration tonight.

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Beer and Queso / Music emergency
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:03:21 pm »
I have just discovered that my CD player isn't working (lightning? who knows?), and this is not good because I'm spending today in the kitchen and need music to accompany me. Do iPods (or PCs, for that matter) put out a line-level signal suitable for patching into the aux inputs on my pre-amp (assuming that I could find a minijack-to-split-RCA cable)? Or am I SOL?

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Beer and Queso / President's Cup
« on: November 19, 2011, 08:31:40 pm »
This just in: Phil Mickelson is completely undependable.

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Beer and Queso / Cursed
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:07:56 am »
Oklahoma State dealt another blow: apparently the women's basketball coach, an assistant, and two others have died in another plane crash.

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Beer and Queso / Dynamo
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:04:46 pm »
The Dynamo scored a beautiful goal in injury time at the end of the 1st half. Davis took a free kick from about 30 yards out on the left wing, curled it into the box perfectly, and Ching made a sweet run and knocked the header into the upper right of the goal. Philadelphia is in deep shit now, because they have to score 3 goals in the 2nd half to have any chance of advancing.

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Beer and Queso / Perception
« on: September 30, 2011, 02:10:08 pm »
It appears that enough of us in this group are involved in creating software that this little chart might resonate: Workplace Subjectivity Chart. I especially like the "Clients as seen by Clients" entry, at least as seen by this developer.

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Talk Zone / True inspiration
« on: September 05, 2011, 08:03:13 pm »
I'm not sure it's possible to improve on this:

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By now we’ve gotten used to the promise of the Sunny Leone / Tori Black thesp-off, only to settle in for another forty minutes of sweaty man ass bobbing across the frame, providing the interpretive hula to the repetitive MIDI riffs that serve as soundtrack for a little ‘solo time.’

Although I'm not sure I want to know the muse.

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Beer and Queso / Malcolm Brown
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:22:16 pm »
For you UT fans: get ready for the Malcolm Brown show. Looks like he really knows how to read and get north/south in a hurry. His teammates are to be commended, too: some of those plays are really well-blocked.

Take it easy on my Owls next weekend.

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Reds go down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but not without a little excitement: Votto blooped a single down the LF line, but Paredes chased it down an gunned a throw to second that got Votto by about 6 feet.

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Beer and Queso / Vonta Leach to Ravens
« on: July 31, 2011, 09:07:23 pm »
That's gonna hurt. That man was a stud last year. I wonder what Plan B is.

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Talk Zone / Amazing!
« on: July 31, 2011, 08:19:36 pm »
After our grousing about how there would never be another situation like last Monday's (?) when a ball hits the top of the padding at New Jake Stadium, Freese did just that. This time they ruled it a double.

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Game Zone 2011 Archive / Astros @ Jakes, 7/25/2011
« on: July 25, 2011, 07:21:13 pm »
Is this thing on?

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Beer and Queso / British Open
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:11:42 pm »
It can't be a good feeling to be in a bunker whose sides are so steep that there's actually a staircase built into one side.

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Talk Zone / Ron Washington comes out and says...
« on: July 05, 2011, 09:31:20 am »
...what everybody knows: Angel Hernandez sucks.

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Not off to a great start here, as Happ walks the leadoff batter, gives up a hard-luck single the left side of the infield accompanied by a poor play by Carlos at first base that allows the runner to go to third, followed by a Gonzalez single to RF that scores the run.

Now the bases are loaded with no outs, Ortiz at the plate, and a full count.

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Game Zone 2011 Archive / Sawks @ Stros, 7/1/2011
« on: July 01, 2011, 07:48:48 pm »
Fucking idiot fans down in Dumbass Cove. We need some form of punishment more severe than mere ejection from the game.

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Talk Zone / Sam Fuld, ladies and gentlemen
« on: June 27, 2011, 09:00:30 pm »

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Talk Zone / Karma?
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:51:16 am »
Please tell me that strosrays has the preview for the Tampa series.

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Game Zone 2011 Archive / AstroBoys in the hood - 6/17/2011
« on: June 17, 2011, 09:23:14 pm »
1-2-3 in the top of the 1st.

Dee "Flash Junior" Gordon leads off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, Miles singles through the hole, Etier grounds to Wallace, who gets the force at 2nd for the first out, leaving runners at 1st and 3rd. Kemp hits a sac fly to Bourn in center, and Gordon scores. Loney singles into RF, moving Etier to 2nd. Uribe lines out to Lee in LF. Dodgers lead 1-0 after 1 inning.

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Talk Zone / A story of persistence
« on: June 17, 2011, 09:44:31 am »
I don't know how many people noticed, but the winning pitcher in last night's Yankee victory over the Rangers was Brian Gordon, the ex-Round Rock HS, ex-Round Rock Express, ex-outfielder, ex-reliever, turned starting pitcher. A week ago he was pitching in the Phillies' AAA org, but he had a contract that let him out if any ML team wanted to sign him, and the Yankees picked him up while trying replenish their staff.

I was under the impression that last night was his first ML action, but that's incorrect: he apparently had three relief appearances with the Rangers in 2008. Either way, it's a nice payoff for a guy who's been toiling in minor league ball since 1997 (he's now 32).

More here.

ETA: Duh, he wasn't the winning pitcher, because the Yankees won in extra innings long after he was gone. But I'm still happy for the guy.

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Talk Zone / 3... 2... 1...
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:37:49 am »

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Beer and Queso / Windows XP detox advice sought
« on: May 28, 2011, 10:56:55 am »
My wife has been visiting a bunch of new web sites lately, and apparently one or more of them weren't clean. So now our desktop machine (Windows XP SP2+) is infected with something. Immediate symptoms that I've noticed:

1. svchost goes crazy (continually between 85% and 100% of CPU). I used "tasklist /svc" to find out what services that instance was hosting, and of course it's got about two dozen, including several obvious network-related ones. Killing it kills all network access.

2. You can use google to present a list of search results, but most of the presented links, if followed, wind up redirecting you to one of a bunch of other off-brand search sites. Copying the google-presented link and following it directly sometimes works, but sometimes even that gets redirected. I assume that the browser (Firefox 3.something) has been infected with something that is doing on-the-fly URL modification. I can probably fix this problem by simply uninstalling the browser and installing a brand new copy. Presumably there's some way to export my bookmarks before I remove the old browser.

There may be other things going on, but the svchost CPU hog makes it so painful to do anything that it's hard to tell. I get a few minutes of peace after a reboot, but at some point something wakes up and then I'm screwed.

Does anybody know what the preferred tools are for diagnosing these problems? This wasn't exactly the way I intended to spend Memorial Day weekend, but I guess it's part of the fun of owning a computer.

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Talk Zone / Eric Hosmer
« on: May 13, 2011, 09:39:34 am »
Last night (KC-NYY) was the first time I've seen Eric Hosmer play. What a swing! Quick and powerful, but controlled. And his bat seems to stay in the hitting zone forever. I couldn't tell if he has any holes, but boy, if a pitch gets left where he can get at it, he's going to punish it. Extremely impressive.

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Beer and Queso / I'm confused
« on: May 10, 2011, 04:53:38 pm »
Noe, why is the sky getting dark outside my window? It's only 5pm. The elders here talk about water falling from the sky, but I assumed that was just an old myth. Is it actually possible?

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Talk Zone / I have a new favorite baseball player...
« on: May 07, 2011, 03:00:33 pm »
I'm on the Sam Fuld bandwagon. Two great catches in LF for the Rays today, one diving catch to end an inning, and a great reaching-over-the-fence grab to take a homer away from some Oriole.

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Talk Zone / Glanville on Oswalt
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:54:57 pm »
Another nice piece by Doug Glanville.

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Beer and Queso / Rockets WTF?
« on: April 27, 2011, 11:57:00 am »
Seriously? Kevin McHale? Sam Cassell? Kelvin Sampson? Please tell me they're just practicing their interview technique before bringing in some real candidates.

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Game Zone 2011 Archive / Turdinals @ Greenies: Missing Pujols Edition
« on: April 26, 2011, 07:16:57 pm »
Classic: the Tank Commander has Pujols on the bench against his kryptonite, the mighty Bud Norris.

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Beer and Queso / 1971 Music Thread
« on: April 05, 2011, 02:31:37 pm »
Fuck this hipster shit.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the recording of one of the great Grateful Dead performances: their performance of Not Fade Away/Going Down the Road Feeling Bad at the Manhattan Center in NYC was preserved on the Skull & Roses album, and it's one of the highlights of that period of the band's career.

Now you kids get off my lawn!

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Beer and Queso / NHL: Chicago @ Detroit
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:57:37 pm »
I don't know if anybody else is watching this game, but it's a heckuva contest. 2-2 going into the final 3 minutes of the 3rd period.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / OKC @ RR
« on: March 22, 2011, 02:31:00 pm »
Looks like the Express will have two four-game homestands against OKC:

4/23 - 4/26 (Sat - Tues)
6/25 - 6/28 (Sat - Tues)

That first series immediately follows a four-game series in OKC. I imagine that the teams will be pretty tired of seeing one another by the 26th.

It might be worth tying to set up an AA get-together at one or two of those games.

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Talk Zone / Jim Caple doesn't like the Astros logo
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:27:20 am »
He never gets around to picking on the pinstripes in this article, but he goes over the various team logos, including some of the old ones that have been retired. It was fun to see some of those old ones again.

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Beer and Queso / Playoff OT rule change
« on: January 07, 2011, 10:42:12 am »
Here's an interesting article about the strategic considerations for onside kicks in overtime given the new OT rules:

So Crazy It Just Might Work

I never knew the exactly language of the rule, but this quote

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As the site Pro Football Talk explained on Thursday, the overtime rules stipulate that "each team is only guaranteed the opportunity to possess the ball."

raises a different question for me. Imagine that Team A elects to receive the kick opening kick of the OT. They head down the field, but at some point Team B intercepts a pass. During the interception return, the returner fumbles the ball, and Team A recovers it.

If Team A is in field goal range after the fumble recovery and immediately kicks a field goal, does that end the game? I would guess so, since Team B gained possession with the interception. But I'm no referee.

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Beer and Queso / Merry Christmas, Biz
« on: January 06, 2011, 01:52:01 pm »

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Game Zone 2010 Playoffs / WS Game 1
« on: October 27, 2010, 07:11:53 pm »
What a brain cramp by Lincecum! Luckily for him Kinsler GIDPs and there's no further damage.

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Game Zone 2010 Playoffs / ALCS Game 6
« on: October 22, 2010, 08:50:34 pm »
Did Darling really just say that Berkman has less experience at 1B than A-Rod does at 3B? What a douche.

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Talk Zone / Job openings
« on: October 04, 2010, 11:36:23 am »
Well, the Mets have apparently canned Minaya and Manuel, the Pirates have fired Russell (because their lousy talent pipeline is obviously his fault), and the Brewers have fired Macha. Add the Dodgers' and Cubs' jobs (and maybe the Cards'?), and we're off to a good start for off-season turnover. Who's next?

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Game Zone 2010 Archive / Fuck the Cubs, Volume 1
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:07:29 pm »
Well, I won't be doing PBP, but I had to comment on Pence's pathetic attempt at the ball that scored the Cubs' second run. I'm not sure what the proper analogy is, but it isn't flattering.

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Talk Zone / Jeter joins A-Rod as huge douche
« on: September 16, 2010, 12:39:58 pm »
Check out Jeter's crushing hand injury after being "hit" by a pitch.

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Beer and Queso / Alkie: Hill Country Barbecue in NYC?
« on: August 12, 2010, 09:49:01 am »
I stumbled across this blog entry this morning, so I thought I'd ask about it. Have you (or any of the other NYC denizens) been there? Is it any good? I'm intrigued by the fact that they have the sense to import sausage from Kreuz's, but still: NYC?

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Talk Zone / Mini-ASS
« on: August 09, 2010, 08:38:48 pm »
Ok, I've got two spare tickets for Lyles' first RR start tomorrow night (Section 118, behind home on the 3B side, where we're occasionally graced by the presence of Express WAGs). Right now it's Ron Brand and me; PM me if you're interested.

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Talk Zone / Nolan suing himself
« on: July 12, 2010, 01:53:49 pm »
The Rangers situation has taken a new and interesting turn.

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Talk Zone / Wow, that's some ugly baseball...
« on: July 08, 2010, 08:18:54 pm »
Stubbs just scored the tying run for Cincy against Philly, which wouldn't be very interesting if it weren't for the fact that he scored from second on a passed-ball third strike with 2 outs because the pitcher declined to cover the plate.

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Beer and Queso / Band of Brothers
« on: July 05, 2010, 07:02:53 pm »
I've spent the entire day in the kitchen fixing tonight's dinner, and I've had the "Band of Brothers" marathon on since mid-morning. I like to think that I'd show the same resolve in the face of those challenges, but I'm not sure of it. Thanks to all of those who went ahead of us so that I could enjoy the freedoms I have today.

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Talk Zone / Front page?
« on: June 29, 2010, 02:23:49 pm »
I've been trying to go to the front page so that I can see what a recap of a win looks like, but I keep getting 500s. Anybody know what's up with that?

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Talk Zone / Top banner traded for banner-to-be-named-later?
« on: June 17, 2010, 09:19:34 am »
Where'd the top banner go? Please don't make me type the home page URL all by myself.

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Talk Zone / UT game?
« on: June 13, 2010, 03:31:39 pm »
I'm confused: the paper said that the UT-TCU game was supposed to be on EPSN at 3pm. Well, 3pm comes and goes and Vandy and Florida State are still playing, so they stay at that game. Ok, I understand that. But then there's a rain delay, but rather than go to UT, ESPN picks up the Coastal Caronlina-South Carolina game, which is already being carried on ESPNU. Is the game being carried somewhere else that I'm missing?

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Beer and Queso / Flyers-Hawks
« on: June 02, 2010, 08:47:20 pm »
I'm not exactly sure what's going to be required to get a penalty called on Philly, but I suspect it will involve a mortuary.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Juco prospects?
« on: May 25, 2010, 09:20:35 am »
I'm headed to Colorado Friday to watch the first four days of the Juco World Series. This year is particularly interesting, because College of Southern Nevada qualified from one of the regions, so I'll get to see at least a couple of Bryce Harper's games (who apparently finished the last two games of his region tournament 12-13 with 4 home runs).

The 10 teams that have qualified are

  Temple College
  College of Southern Nevada
  Iowa Western Community College
  Faulkner State Community College
  San Jacinto College-North
  Crowder College
  State College of Florida
  Chattanooga State Community College
  Pitt Community College
  Hutchinson Community College

San Jac usually has a couple of people to keep an eye on, but I don't know if they do this year. Do any of the bus drivers know of any prospects on these teams that I should keep a look out for?

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Beer and Queso / Femtocell experience?
« on: May 25, 2010, 09:10:02 am »
My mother spends a good part of the year in rural Wisconsin, and the AT&T cell coverage there is non-existent, which means her iPhone is little more than a paperweight unless she drives into town. AT&T has evidently released their own femtocell gadget (essentially, a mini cell tower that hooks to your internet connection and passes packets on to AT&T's network that way), and they're charging $150 for the thing. While it's annoying to give even more money to AT&T, it's better than the currently available alternatives. IF THE THING WORKS.

Does anybody here have experience with these things? AT&T's device certainly isn't the only one, so I'm hoping that somebody has used one before and can expound on their general viability.

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Beer and Queso / Chrome incompatibility?
« on: May 21, 2010, 08:30:04 pm »
I've got my new laptop (a Dell Studio 15 model that was attractive because of the employee purchase deal) and I'm setting up my my usual environment. I decided to give Chrome a whirl because I hadn't tried it in a few months, but it refuses to believe that I'm logged in to SnS. Is anybody else using Chrome? I'm using Firefox in the interim.

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Beer and Queso / Awful news for Pittman
« on: May 21, 2010, 11:24:16 am »

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Beer and Queso / Stay classy, Philadelphia!
« on: May 18, 2010, 04:33:45 pm »
Flyer fans deal on a Montreal writer's car. He's just lucky he didn't get tased.

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Talk Zone / Two games for Bourn
« on: May 11, 2010, 01:37:03 pm »

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Talk Zone / RIP Robin Roberts
« on: May 06, 2010, 10:26:00 am »

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Beer and Queso / New router blues
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:10:02 pm »
Last night I swapped out my old Linksys 11g access point/router for a new Cisco/Linksys 11n one. The supposedly idiot-proof setup software wasn't, so it took a little while to pick up the pieces. But after a couple of hours I got things set up so that the network is WPA2-enabled, and all three machines at home have network access.

That's the good news. The bad news is that none of the machines can see one another, which is tough on my file backups and shared printing. I can look at the DHCP client table on the router and see all of the machines, but if I try to ping them by IP address I always fail. At least the problem is symmetrical: pings from all three machines fail. This stuff all worked fine up til 6:30pm last night when I swapped out the router, so it's pretty obvious that the setup software changed some settings somewhere, but I'm at a loss to figure out what.

Has anybody else encountered a similar problem before?

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Talk Zone / Austin TW coverage tonight?
« on: April 21, 2010, 04:20:33 pm »
This morning's Statesman showed no channel for the Astros' games tonight or tomorrow night, and it *did* show the Rangers on 77, which is the usual alternative channel. Does anybody know if that's just a screwup on the Statesman's part, or are we really shut out?

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Talk Zone / Cards-Mets
« on: April 17, 2010, 06:56:08 pm »
Holy shit: Tremblin' Trever Miller is still in the league. He just struck out some Met in the top of the 12th in the Cards-Mets game.

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Beer and Queso / Laptop advice
« on: April 14, 2010, 01:17:49 pm »
Another hard drive bites the dust. Everything I care about is backed up, so this is more of a nuisance than anything else. Ordinarily I'd just go get a new drive, re-install everything, and get on with my life. But this machine is now close to five years old and it uses an old PATA IDE drive that isn't widely available anymore. So I'm looking at this as a signal that I should maybe look at a new laptop.

I use this thing mainly for browsing and posting snarky comments to SnS, and for acting as my remote desktop when I'm working from home (which is often). I also do some local document creation and spreadsheet manipulation on it, and run some design/simulation code on it. So a gadget like the iPad is out, and a netbook seems like it may be on the bottom end of acceptable. The current machine is a Dell, but I don't know if their current offerings are any good or not. My main criterion is reliability: just like my cars, I want to know that when I go to use it it's going to work. I do not want to spend a lot of time maintaining the machine and its software; I get to do enough of that at work.

Has anybody else been in a similar situation recently? If so, is there any wisdom you'd like to share?

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Talk Zone / Hazards of playing the Astros
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:45:45 pm »
Apparently, all of that baserunning over the weekend was hard on the Phillies:Rollins has a strained calf and will get an MRI tomorrow, and Werth has an aggravated hip flexor.

And in the "Only Surprised That It Happened This Soon" category, Milton Bradley is already having issues with fans.

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Talk Zone / Twins can't buy a break
« on: March 09, 2010, 11:55:26 am »

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Beer and Queso / McGrady an ex-Rocket
« on: February 18, 2010, 12:34:33 pm »
Deal is finally done, according to ESPN.

Looks like a pretty good deal for the Rockets from my perspective. I'm sorry to see Landry go, but Martin is pretty good.

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Talk Zone / Sheets to A's
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:56:38 pm »
According to ESPN. $10MM for one year, plus incentives.

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Talk Zone / Edmonds? Really?
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:54:42 pm »
Apparently the sexy, sexy bitch is imploring LaRussa for another shot at glory. I would love to see them waste a roster spot on him.

And, no, this is not an Onion link.

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Beer and Queso / Blake Griffin done for the year
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:05:34 pm »
So says ESPN. Welcome to the world's unluckiest (and possibly worst-run) franchise.

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Beer and Queso / Kiffin bails after one year
« on: January 12, 2010, 07:49:01 pm »
According to ESPN.

He out-Saban's Saban.

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Beer and Queso / Fox / Time-Warner / Sugar Bowl
« on: December 31, 2009, 10:02:10 am »
As of right now, barring any last minute changes, Time-Warner will stop carrying Fox in Austin (and some other places) at midnight tonight. That means that tomorrow night's Sugar Bowl will be hard to receive in my house. Does anybody know if there will be an online feed somewhere?

It would be a nice irony if Fox were also carrying the game online, so that I could use Time-Warner's infrastructure to pipe it into my house.

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Beer and Queso / Fashion statements
« on: December 22, 2009, 03:05:19 pm »
Those of us of a certain age will remember these outfits with equal degrees of nostalgia and embarrassment.

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Beer and Queso / Front page wonky?
« on: December 16, 2009, 09:18:55 am »
I'm getting a pretty strange rendering of the front page, and I'm seeing the same results on four different machines. Basically, the top banner isn't rendering, and then the usual list of links below that banner isn't present at all. Layout of "Astros News" and "MLB Landscape" pieces on the right doesn't look correct either.

The status bar at the bottom of the browser always says "Transferring data from widgetserver.com" or "Transferring data from <some flash provider>.com", so I'm assuming that the page hasn't ever actually finished rendering because it hasn't received all of its elements.

Is anybody else seeing the same thing, or is this an artifact of some connectivity problem on my end?

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Beer and Queso / Horns-Owls hoops
« on: November 29, 2009, 04:21:26 pm »
Rice is probably going to wind up losing by 20-25 points, but they look like they have some guys who can play a bit. I don't think they'll be the C-USA pushover that they have been in the past.

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Talk Zone / Yankees after Halladay?
« on: November 19, 2009, 11:21:29 am »
Yes, according to this rumor.

Yeah, I know, big surprise. But if the Yankees are balking at a trade just because they might have to give up Hughes or Chamberlain, they're a lot dumber than I thought. Those two have proven nothing; Halladay is a stud.

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Beer and Queso / Well, that was a wild game!
« on: October 17, 2009, 03:03:02 pm »
Man, what a back-and-forth game that UT-OU game was. Both defenses were incredibly tough. That was a lot of fun to watch.

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Talk Zone / Is Utley going Sax on us?
« on: October 16, 2009, 07:17:09 pm »
His throw on the would-be double-play last night was truly bizarre. I was listening to today's game on the radio, so I couldn't see that throw, but the radio guys (Shulman and Campbell) seemed to think it was a little wacky, too. Moreover, they were saying something about him exhibiting some yips late in the season (I have no idea if that's true or not). Are these just coincidental errors, or is something going on with him?

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Talk Zone / Tigers-Twinkies
« on: October 06, 2009, 08:07:46 pm »
Pretty exciting game. But why on earth wasn't the Twins' runner standing on third base as soon as he saw the ball in the air? That little delay going back to third was the difference between scoring and getting tagged out.

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Talk Zone / Well, rats...
« on: October 01, 2009, 09:59:56 am »

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Losing to Toledo (!) 23-3 at the start of the second half. After losing to CSU last week. What a mess.

Oops. Now it's 30-3.

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Beer and Queso / FML
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:10:48 pm »
It hasn't rained in about four years, so I figured that the end of August would be a safe time to get my roof replaced. So now that the guys are at my house ripping the roof off, guess what's barreling through Cedar Park on its way to my house?

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Talk Zone / Today's Doonesbury...
« on: August 14, 2009, 09:15:39 am »

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Talk Zone / Inanity check
« on: July 11, 2009, 06:29:09 pm »
In this afternoon's Cubs-Cards game, McCarver said something like "because the slider is the easiest pitch to throw, many pitchers will fall back on that when they need to throw a strike" (this as Marmol was losing his shit). Now, I never pitched after 4th grade or so, so I don't really know anything about it except that I wasn't very good. But it seems to me that a) a fastball must be easier to throw than a slider, and b) if you're trying to throw a slider for a (non-swinging) strike, you're probably doing something wrong. Am I on drugs?

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Talk Zone / Nieve getting clock cleaned
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:18:07 pm »
After three nice starts for the Stem, so far tonight he's given up 10H and 3R in 3+ innings.

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Beer and Queso / NBA draft
« on: June 25, 2009, 08:58:11 pm »
Anybody else surprised that OKC took Harden instead of Evans? The few times that I saw ASU this year I was not impressed by Harden, and it seemed like all of his big games came against suspect Pac-10 teams. Evans, on the other hand, looked like an up-and-coming Rose.

And what's Minnesota doing taking both Rubio and Flynn in back-to-back picks?

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Beer and Queso / Incredible...
« on: June 21, 2009, 03:07:50 pm »
At the risk of incurring the wrath of the soccer gods, I have to mention this:

The US has just scored their third goal against Egypt, giving them a 3-0 lead. Combined with Brazil's 3-0 lead over the Italians, it means that the US could advance to the semis of this tournament, which seemed completely improbable this morning.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Stros @ Snakes, 6/13/09
« on: June 13, 2009, 08:41:31 pm »
Michael Bourn is a fast human.

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Talk Zone / Nieve?
« on: June 13, 2009, 05:12:27 pm »
Is that our Nieve on the hill for the Mets? He's doing a nice job, including plunking A-Rod for good measure.

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Talk Zone / What might have been
« on: June 03, 2009, 03:06:15 pm »
I'm at home today, and I'm watching the MLB channel. They've got the Astros-Brewers game from 8/12/98 on, with Johnson clubbing the Brewers like a bunch of baby seals. That team was so good, I still cannot fathom how the Padres beat them. I mean, I know how it happened, but I don't understand how it happened.

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Beer and Queso / UT #1 seed overall?
« on: May 25, 2009, 01:33:16 pm »
Based on the handful of times I've seen them this year, that seems pretty generous. But that probably means this will be a wide open tournament.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Stros @ Dickities, 5/25/09
« on: May 25, 2009, 12:44:14 pm »
WTF? I come in from yard work and see that the Astros have scored 2 in the top of the 1st. Good. But the Dickities are up in the bottom of the 1st, they have one run in, bases loaded, and nobody out. The inning continues to unfold with the bad guys scoring on a ground out and then three two-out singles to take a 5-2 lead.

Who let Road Wandy on the plane?

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / stRangers @ Stros - 5/22/09
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:35:43 pm »
Starting lineups:

Texas

Kinsler, 2B
Young, 3B
Hamilton, CF
Jones, 1B (Andruw's range will really help there)
Cruz, RF
Murphy, LF
Saltalmgdannsdcieahsdaa, C
Andrus, SS
Holland, P

Houston

Bourn, CF
Matsui, 2B
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Pence, RF
Tejada, SS
Keppinger, 3B
Quintero, C
Paulino, P

Go get 'em, guys!

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Talk Zone / Man, this Mets' defense...
« on: May 11, 2009, 08:58:28 pm »
...looks like shit. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of guys.

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Talk Zone / An observation
« on: April 24, 2009, 09:56:00 am »
A brief comment on last night's 8th inning. (At least, I think it was the 8th.)

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Talk Zone / NYCU
« on: April 23, 2009, 09:26:09 am »
I was poking around on the front page catching up when one of the titles caught my eye the wrong way. I don't think I want to know what's going on with the Broc-Backe Rehab.

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Its own city, apparently.

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Beer and Queso / US - Puerto Rico
« on: March 14, 2009, 07:42:31 pm »
Peavy isn't missing many bats. 4-0 in the bottom of the 2nd.

Reynolds is talking about how Aviles "came out of nowhere". Every time I watched him when Omaha came to Round Rock, he got a couple of hits. The only mystery to me was why it took KC so long to bring him up.

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Beer and Queso / Please tell me the Rockets aren't this stupid
« on: February 17, 2009, 05:01:11 pm »
Rockets in talks with Nets about McGrady/Carter swap.

I'm no great fan of McGrady, but replacing him with Carter? Just say no.

The Nets are understandably worried about McGrady's injury history, so they've proposed another option. It's particularly noteworthy for being worse than any trade that's ever been proposed in here:

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The Nets have countered with a proposal that would send Carter and Josh Boone to the Nets [sic] for a combination of Ron Artest, Shane Battier, Luther Head and Carl Landry.

Why not throw in Yao, Alston, and Scola, too? Think of the salary cap room that would free up!

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Beer and Queso / Bad basketball
« on: February 05, 2009, 11:50:05 am »
Has anybody else watched the last two Longhorn games? There is not a single aspect of the game that they are executing well right now. I can easily see 5 more losses before the NCAAs (OU, one of the remaining OSU games, Kansas, Nebraska or A&M, and a conference tournament loss). And it's no sure thing that an 11-loss team that's played like crap in the second half even gets into the NCAA tournament.

The only silver lining that I see is that James has probably played his way out of the draft, so maybe he'll be back next year to try to prove that this year was an aberration.

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Beer and Queso / Austin zombies
« on: January 26, 2009, 10:44:37 am »

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Beer and Queso / Sid Finch to play for Arsenal...
« on: January 23, 2009, 11:47:33 am »
Here is a delightful article about a soccer prospect hoax. The descriptions of the media's credulity are especially chuckle-worthy. It's not too hard to imagine a Peter Gammons clone involved in the whole thing.

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Beer and Queso / LeBron James
« on: January 09, 2009, 09:20:48 pm »
When this guy was in high school and everybody was slobbering over him, I thought it was all hype. I was wrong: he's incredibly talented. Every game that I watch he does two or three things that are ridiculous; tonight against Boston is no different.

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Beer and Queso / Ok, I concede the point to HH
« on: December 14, 2008, 03:00:06 pm »
Kubiak is clueless. Between the Texans' toothless red zone "offense", and the challenge on the punt here in the 4th quarter, I think he's out of his league.

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Beer and Queso / Lane Kiffin?
« on: November 28, 2008, 05:02:08 pm »
I don't understand: why is Lane Kiffin considered to be such a catch?

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Beer and Queso / How bad are the Detroit Lions?
« on: November 27, 2008, 12:01:34 pm »
I'm trying to think of worse NFL teams that I've seen in my lifetime. Maybe those early Tampa Bay teams, but I'm not sure that even they were this pathetic. The Detroit defense's strategy appears to be to hope that the runner pulls a hamstring or steps in a gopher hole.

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Beer and Queso / Happy Thanksgiving to all!
« on: November 26, 2008, 07:59:05 pm »
I believe that it was Mihoba last year who announced his Thanksgiving spread (and it was mighty impressive). In his memory, here's what I'm preparing for my extended family tomorrow (most recipes courtesy of Food & Wine):

  Celery Root and Mushroom Lasagna
  Citrus-Marinated Pork Rib Roast
  Pan-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  Balsamic-Glazed Cipollini with Lemon and Bay Leaves
  Fennel Gratin with Crispy Bread Crumb Topping

  Red Wine Pear Crisp with Spiced Streusel

I'm hoping that I'll be awake again by 7pm so that I can watch the Aggies crash and burn (sorry Andy).

What are the rest of you fixing?

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Beer and Queso / Cedric Benson signs with Bengals
« on: September 30, 2008, 05:35:41 pm »
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3618613

That ought to be good for a few jokes on the late night circuit.

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Talk Zone / BBGs respond
« on: September 19, 2008, 02:52:23 pm »

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Talk Zone / Recap Title of the Week
« on: September 10, 2008, 03:14:16 pm »
"Clap for the Wolf man" is genius.

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Talk Zone / White Sox lose Quentin AND Crede
« on: September 05, 2008, 07:32:24 pm »
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3571240

I hope the Twins can take advantage.

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Beer and Queso / Google Chrome
« on: September 02, 2008, 08:52:37 pm »
Just for grins, I downloaded Chrome and I'm using it to browse the site now. Everything seems to render fine. Seems like it might render faster than Firefox.

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Talk Zone / New world record for quickest contract renegotiation demand?
« on: August 27, 2008, 02:01:30 pm »
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3556133

You'll be unsurprised to learn that it involves Bora$ and deadline finagling.

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Beer and Queso / Anybody watching FC Barcelona dismantle NY Red Bulls?
« on: August 06, 2008, 06:56:35 pm »
Barcelona just scored their fourth goal of the first half. A fifth went off the post. And I've only watched the last 10 minutes of the first half; there may have been several other misses that I missed. The Barcelona ball control is amazing.

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Beer and Queso / If Spaz were a musician...
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:49:22 pm »
...it might look like this.

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Talk Zone / "The most overrated position in sports"
« on: August 05, 2008, 12:54:47 pm »
Caple has a good article about closers. Two quotes I especially like:

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Yet when Seattle was in the midst of losing 13 of 14 games in late August and early September to tumble from the wild-card lead to hopelessly out of playoff contention, Putz pitched only twice. So when the team was floundering at a make-or-break point of the season, its supposed best pitcher -- the league's alleged best reliever -- was of no help because the Mariners were not in official and proper "save situations."

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That's because regardless of era, all stats point to this truth: The key is not who you have on the mound in the ninth but getting to the ninth with a lead.

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Talk Zone / Well, crap...
« on: August 05, 2008, 11:26:31 am »
I hadn't heard this before (from Footer's writeup on mlb.com):

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He [Hawkins] replaced Geoff Geary, who tweaked his groin in the seventh.

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Talk Zone / Austin TV tonight?
« on: July 28, 2008, 12:58:08 pm »
The Statesman listings this morning didn't show a channel for the Astros-Reds game, although it gave channels for the Rangers and whatever ESPN game is on. I just chalked that up to the usual editorial process over there, but I'm not seeing anything on the Time-Warner site, either. Are we really getting blacked out?

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Beer and Queso / Ridiculous
« on: July 26, 2008, 04:39:01 pm »
I went to Hobby Lobby today to buy some Krylon primer, and apparently the Austin powers-that-be have introduced some new regulation that requires all purchasers of spray paint (and glue) to fill out a bunch of paperwork before the purchase can be consummated. I probably wouldn't have to provide more information if I were buying a gun.

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Talk Zone / Heyman weighs in on the Wolf trade...
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:23:10 am »
Read about other trade rumors here:

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Astros GM Ed Wade certainly has the ability to surprise. And confound. His trade for Randy Wolf seems to suggest he thinks his team is a contender. Perhaps someone should next offer Wade a clue.

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Pirates at Astros - 7/23
« on: July 23, 2008, 01:25:06 pm »
No mas! No mas!

Sheesh: 4 runs (all earned) and 6 hits in the top of the 1st.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Trinidad in to pitch in Futures game
« on: July 13, 2008, 12:11:52 pm »
Bottom of the second.

Strikes out lefty first batter on a nice slider down and away.
Matt LaPorta hits a ground ball between 3rd and SS, 3B deflects it, scored a single (I disagree).
Next guy grounds ball straight to 3B, 5-4-3 DP.

Trinidad did a nice job of keeping everything down, down, down.

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Talk Zone / Albers injured
« on: June 30, 2008, 10:06:03 am »
I was incommunicado for the weekend, so I apologize if this was already covered in the GZ. But the reason for Albers' trip to the DL has now been diagnosed as a torn labrum.


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Beer and Queso / Euro semis
« on: June 24, 2008, 08:02:35 pm »
Who do you think will prevail in the semis?

Germany vs Turkey: If I heard correctly, the intersection of the set of healthy Turks and the set of eligible Turks numbers 15, and that includes the third-string keeper. I think that the absence of so many front-line people will be fatal, especially when Ballack is granted his customary immunity by the referee. Turkeys' frenetic pace and persistence may get them a goal, but I expect the Germans to score three or more.

Spain vs Russia: Have Spain put their underachieving ways behind them? Can Russia play consistently like they did in the quarterfinal? I was very impressed by Torres in Spain's quarterfinal match (and surprised that Aragones substituted for him, but what do I know). I was equally impressed by Arshavin, and I have to think Spain's thrashing of Russia in group play was in large part due to Arshavin's absence. I have no idea who will win, but I expect it to be very entertaining.

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Talk Zone / Dotel works his magic
« on: June 20, 2008, 03:49:27 pm »
White Sox were leading 3-1 going to the bottom of the 7th, and they brought Dotel in to relieve Danks. Dotel promptly gives up a homer to Lee to RCF and a homer to Ramirez to LCF, and now it's tied 3-3.

Somebody remind me: what did the Cubs give up for those two guys? Was it Choi for Lee?

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Runelvys Hernandez
« on: May 16, 2008, 09:44:40 am »
6 innings, 3 hits, one run, no walks last night. Command looked good. The run came on a no-doubter over the RF fence. There were a couple of other deep shots that were hauled in on the track, but other than that Iowa didn't get much going.

Hines pitched the 8th. Jim's right: he's all arms and legs. He's also all over the place. It's probably scary batting against him.

Q almost ended the game by picking a guy off second. Umpire called him safe, which elicited a call I hadn't heard before from a guy near us: "Hey ump, bend over and use your good eye!"

Can the gun at the Dell be believed? It said Hernandez was bringing the fastball at 93-94 mph last night, at least in the early innings.

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Talk Zone / Shutout for Volquez
« on: May 07, 2008, 03:43:58 pm »
Reds beat the Cubs 9-0, Volquez pitches 7 scoreless, and his ERA is now 1-something. Has anybody here seen him pitch yet? What does he throw?

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Talk Zone / Interesting series on Dominican baseball
« on: May 07, 2008, 09:54:37 am »
Not particularly in-depth, but entertaining nonetheless.

http://www.slate.com/id/2190554/entry/2190555/

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Talk Zone / Ouch: Tulowitzki out til All-Star game (or longer)
« on: May 01, 2008, 06:47:17 pm »
So says ESPN. I'll bet the Rockies are glad they held on to Barmes.

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Beer and Queso / What's a Limey to do?
« on: April 30, 2008, 04:48:18 pm »
Chelsea vs Man U for the championship.  That's like a Yankee split squad in the World Series.

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Talk Zone / Pineiro kick-save
« on: April 30, 2008, 01:19:56 pm »
Mailed to me by a friend: Pineiro makes play on come-backer.

Maybe not as good as Cammy having the ball roll up his arm, over his shoulders, and into his throwing hand, but pretty funny. I wonder what kind of bruise he has today.

ETA: This apparently happened last Thursday (4/24).

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Talk Zone / WTF?
« on: April 30, 2008, 01:09:31 pm »
I know, it's ESPN and all, but in this article about early season surprises Crasnick says (about Milton Bradley)

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Bradley is hitting .750 (9-for-12) on 0-0 counts, so opponents might want to be careful with those first-pitch fastballs.

Wouldn't that mean he's hitting .750? Doesn't every at-bat start at 0-0? Don't these guys have editors?

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Talk Zone / Borowski (no k) to DL
« on: April 15, 2008, 04:15:11 pm »
Indians' Borowski heads to DL after blowing save against Red Sox.

I wonder if the injury was incurred while defending himself from the fans after last night's blown save.

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Talk Zone / Alou already in mid-season form
« on: March 05, 2008, 08:23:13 pm »
Mets' Alou to miss Opening Day after hernia surgery

I feel bad for the guy, but this can't really be called a surprise.

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Talk Zone / How much does Ambiorix Burgos make, anyway?
« on: February 21, 2008, 01:08:54 pm »
From the "JEWELRY HEIST HITS METS HURLER" entry on the ESPN Spring Training Blog:

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Mets reliever Ambiorix Burgos had more than $270,000 in jewelry stolen from his hotel room earlier this week, but has recovered most of it -- albeit by bizarre circimstances [sic].

This knucklehead must think that his current income stream is going to continue forever.

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Talk Zone / First BBG target of the season...
« on: February 13, 2008, 06:06:26 pm »
From this ESPN article:

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"I think we are going to win the World Series. I really do," Dempster said.

Ready. Aim. Zot.

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Talk Zone / Bedard to Mariners
« on: February 08, 2008, 02:42:30 pm »
For Adam Jones, a reliever, and three starting prospects.  Read all about it here.

The story ends with this amusing typo:
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Tillman, 19, was Seattle's minor-league pitcher of the year in 2007. Neither Tillman, Butler or Mickolio were on the Mariners' 0-man roster.

Now, that's some cost-cutting!

(Edited to fix link)

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Talk Zone / Not a good day for Miguel
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:56:24 pm »
His brother was killed in a traffic accident:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3198240

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Talk Zone / College Classic?
« on: January 04, 2008, 10:46:14 am »
I see schedules from various teams that seem to indicate that Tennesse, Rice, UH, UT, OU, and Tech are the six teams in this year's Classic, and that it's taking place on 2/29, 3/1, and 3/2; does anybody here know for sure? Astros.com doesn't offer any info, nor have I been able to find anyplace to buy tickets; maybe they're not on sale yet.

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Talk Zone / Ike Turner, RIP
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:15:15 pm »
Apparently the news of the Tejada deal was more than his ticker could stand.

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Talk Zone / Sign of the Apocalypse?
« on: October 26, 2007, 08:54:34 am »
McCarver actually said something useful last night when he pointed out how the catcher proceeded up the line to cover 3rd when the 3B came in to field a sac bunt. The catcher's activity was out of frame, so it's probably not something the casual viewer would have noticed.

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Talk Zone / Astros FACT
« on: September 25, 2007, 09:40:41 am »
According to my page-a-day Astros calendar,
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In 1993, six Houston pitchers combined to toss a no-hitter against the Yankees in Interleague Play. Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner united for the 8-0 victory.

Those guys have been around a lot longer than I realized.

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Talk Zone / Public Service Announcement
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:25:42 pm »
Over the weekend I had a bottle of Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout, and, frankly, I didn't really like it much. But I think the key there is "bottle". Tonight I opened another bottle but poured it into a pint glass and let it sit a few minutes before I drank it. Big difference: it opened up a lot and tasted completely different.

Or maybe it was just the fact that the Astros were scoring gobs of runs.

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Game Zone 2007 Archive / Astros v steM - 9/7/07
« on: September 07, 2007, 08:37:23 pm »
This is one frustrating team. Left the bases loaded twice? 10 LOBsters through 6? I presume that records are kept for team LOBsters on a season basis; it will be interesting to see where this year's team ranks when everything is said and done.

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Talk Zone / Lee
« on: September 03, 2007, 05:25:54 pm »
Before I simply fly off the handle, I'd like to hear from people who may have been watching more closely than I was. But it sure seemed like Lee gave up immediately out of the box on his third (!) GIDP. And when the Brewers kicked the ball around at second base, anybody who might have been hustling (like Berkman in a previous inning) would have been safe, but Lee was only half-way down the line. Did it look like that to anybody else?

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Game Zone 2007 Archive / Shiner 97s vs. Old Style Swill - 8/31/07
« on: August 31, 2007, 01:05:27 pm »
I'm home this afternoon and watching the game. I can do pbp if anybody wants it.

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Talk Zone / That is one fine recap...
« on: August 30, 2007, 09:39:58 pm »
Nicely done, JackAstro.

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Talk Zone / Wagner coughs up the lead and the game
« on: August 30, 2007, 04:25:21 pm »
Mets go to the 8th trailing 8-5 and score 5 in the top of the inning to take a 10-8 lead. Wagner comes in for the bottom of the 8th and gives up one run on a Burrell homer to make it 10-9. Mets go quietly in the top of the 9th, setting the stage for the bottom of the 9th. A lead-off single, fly out to CF, steals of 2nd and 3rd, a single, a steal of 2nd, and an intentional walk later, Utley singles to drive in the winning run and set off what must be a great shitstorm in New York.

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Talk Zone / New favorite commercial
« on: August 25, 2007, 03:32:05 pm »
Has anybody else seen the commercial with the two guys batting a baseball between themselves on a tennis court? It's hilarious, and well-done.

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Talk Zone / Credit crisis worsens (non-BB)
« on: August 22, 2007, 12:39:25 pm »

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Talk Zone / Slow site?
« on: August 21, 2007, 08:31:21 am »
Anybody else having issues this morning, or is it just me?  Maybe we should slip some greenies into the food for the squirrels running the treadmill for the OWA generator?

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Talk Zone / Maybin
« on: August 18, 2007, 04:27:55 pm »
Just took Clemens deep to CF in Yankee Stadium. I can't believe Purp couldn't get him in a trade. What a slacker.

Interesting note: whoever is sitting next to McCarver in the booth is claiming that Detroit wouldn't accept a straight-up trade with Washington of Maybin for Soriano last year. Soriano's impending free agency probably had a lot to do with that, but still, that ought to give folks a reality check.

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Talk Zone / Biggio snub
« on: August 10, 2007, 03:05:23 pm »
From our buddies at ESPN:

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How many milestones can we celebrate in one season?
This season has already given us 756 homers for Bonds, 600 homers for Sammy Sosa, 500 homers for Frank Thomas and Rodriguez and 300 wins for Tom Glavine, but don't put away the party hats just yet. Ken Griffey Jr., a player worthy of celebrating, is only 11 homers from 600. Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield are at 490, 489 and 478, respectively.

Seems like somebody is missing from that list.

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Talk Zone / Mets-Cubs
« on: August 04, 2007, 03:20:35 pm »
Now that the Mets are actually playing Milledge, it's becoming apparent how ordinary he is. Getting smoked by a Ted Lilly fastball is somewhat telling.

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Talk Zone / "Human coffee bean"
« on: July 21, 2007, 01:59:20 pm »
I'm watching the Cubs and D-Backs right now, and that was Brenly's description of Eric Byrnes as he chased a foul ball to the wall.  Pretty funny; I don't think I've ever heard that before.

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Talk Zone / Friday disgusting beer thread...
« on: July 20, 2007, 09:55:59 am »
I forgot to mention that last week when driving through Abilene or Lubbock or somewhere out there, we saw a billboard for cans of...

Bud (and Bud Light) with Clamato Juice.

Premixed. Right in the can. The billboard was in Spanish, and I was convulsing, so I didn't get the full story, but it said something like "The Perfect Combination!" and some other come-ons.

Now maybe this is actually some delicacy that you'll enjoy if you try it, but I don't think I could ever get past my initial reaction. I've lived in Texas for more than 30 years and never heard of this. Has anybody else?

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Talk Zone / Post, TX
« on: July 13, 2007, 09:47:46 pm »
This was the week I got to drive to Los Alamos NM with my daughter. We went by way of Abilene and Lubbock. Between those two is the little town of Post, and as we made a bend in the road we drove past a nicely kept baseball field with a pressbox that said "Norm Cash Field".  WTF? I said to myself, so when we settled in for the night and had an Internet connection again, I checked, and sure enough, the great Norm Cash came from the tiny town of Post, TX.

BTW, Lubbock has to be the most godforsaken, depressing and desolate hellhole of a "city" that I have ever seen.

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Talk Zone / Buck or McCarver: which should die first?
« on: July 10, 2007, 10:12:41 pm »
Buck (after Santana makes Lee look bad on a swinging third strike): "Houston and Tampa both whiffed on Santana. He was in both organizations, but Minnesota took advantage."  The fact that he was a single-A pitcher at the time he was grabbed via the Rule 5 draft evidently doesn't matter.

McCarver (after Sanchez makes a nice catch on a foul pop-up behind 3rd): "That's why LaRussa has Sanchez out there: he's so versatile that even though he's in an unfamiliar position, he can still make the play."  The fact that he played 65 games at 3rd in '05 and 99 games at 3rd in '06 evidently doesn't matter.

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Talk Zone / Futures All-Star Game
« on: July 08, 2007, 03:52:22 pm »
I just switched over here after the end of the Astros-Mets game. Some kid (Jay Bruce?) with an incredibly quick bat just ripped a ball off the wall in the deepest part of Pac Bell, just missing a home run in that funky indentation in RCF. Unfortunately, he's an outfielder in the Reds' organization.

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Talk Zone / Austin Pilsener drinkers...
« on: July 07, 2007, 02:54:47 pm »
Just got back from Grapevine. They've got 12-packs of Czechvar for $8.99. That's a good price if you like the beer. They've also got a pretty good stock of 98.

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Game Zone 2007 Archive / spAstros at stRangers - 6/23/07
« on: June 23, 2007, 04:32:31 pm »
Jamie Fucking Wright. This is embarrassing. And why does Kenny Lofton own Roy?

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Talk Zone / Driving from Austin to Los Alamos (non-BB, obviously)
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:39:18 pm »
My daughter will be working in Los Alamos for several weeks this summer, and she'll need her car out there.  I'm going to drive out there with her and then fly back.  Is my best bet to head to Fort Stockton and then head north, or should I work my way north earlier (say, Lubbock)?

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Talk Zone / Go Owls!
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:38:24 pm »
I'm hoping that the Astros' current dismal season gives me a few points of karma credit that can be applied to the Owls CWS run.

Of course, just mentioning that is probably enough to bring things crashing down.

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Talk Zone / Rosenthal says...
« on: May 19, 2007, 02:54:55 pm »
That Tampa will be listening to offers for Baldelli (no thanks, he's on the DL again), Crawford, and some other outfielder. I don't get it; I thought that outfield was the core they were building around.

(He delivered that tidbit on the Fox pre-game show.)

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Game Zone 2007 Archive / stRangers @ Astros - 05/18/07
« on: May 18, 2007, 07:35:18 pm »
Anybody else here tonight?

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Talk Zone / Friday afternoon beer for your consideration
« on: May 18, 2007, 01:11:53 pm »
Red Hook Long Hammer IPA. Similar to Great Divide Titan IPA, in my opinion. I like both of them.

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Talk Zone / Tonight
« on: May 04, 2007, 03:11:05 pm »
Who are the Good Guys playing tonight? If there were something like a preview to tell me who they're playing and what the matchups are, I might be able to make an appropriate beer selection. On a related note, I suddenly can't find Titan IPA in my neck of Austin anymore.

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Talk Zone / NYCU on Nieve
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:16:06 am »
"Right-hander Fernando Nieve has a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow..."

If confirmed, does that require Tommy John surgery? Or is some different kind of repair required? Is that the same injury that Backe suffered?

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Talk Zone / Nieve
« on: April 29, 2007, 08:24:04 am »
Was removed from the RR game last night in the fifth after chunking two Laloosh-style wild pitches all the way to the backstop. No word yet on what the deal is, but he's evidently headed to Houston for an examination.

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Talk Zone / About the weather
« on: April 18, 2007, 09:22:23 am »
In a commentary about the early season postponements due to weather, Phil Sheridan has this gem:

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Truth is, there is one thing commissioner Bud Selig should do: nothing. Happily, nothing is what Selig is best qualified to do.

Here's a link:http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/other/04/18/18sptcol.html, I think, but it goes to a registration-required location. I got the quote out of the dead-tree edition.

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Talk Zone / Trivia
« on: April 17, 2007, 12:13:31 pm »
I just pulled yesterday's page off my Astros calendar to reveal today's Astros FACT.  Can you name the team leader in career inside-the-park home runs?  How many did he have?  Who is in second place?

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Talk Zone / Conrad?
« on: March 07, 2007, 04:45:09 pm »
Has Conrad made an appearance since he doinked himself last week?

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Talk Zone / I just have to say...
« on: March 01, 2007, 11:24:18 pm »
I'm getting a kick out of Limey's posts citing the missing YouTube clips that he would have linked to if only his miserly employer didn't have some twisted devotion to productivity.

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Talk Zone / BudGirl probably already knows this, but...
« on: January 18, 2007, 02:26:31 pm »
...according to my Astros page-a-day calendar, this is an Astros FACT:

Quote:

A New Haven, Connecticut native, Astros Catcher Brad Ausmus played high school baseball with NHL defenseman Brian Leetch, where they won a state title in 1984.




So Ausmus has hockey ties, too, further endearing him to BG.

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Talk Zone / Red Sox sign Matsuzaka?
« on: December 13, 2006, 06:02:55 pm »
Quote:

Daisuke Matsuzaka has reached a deal with the Boston Red Sox for six years, $52 million, a source close to the negotiations has told SI.com. The deal contains escalator clauses that could bring it up to $60 million.



 The link.

If true, that's quite a bit less than I expected Satan to be able to shake from Boston's pockets.

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Talk Zone / A nice little story
« on: December 01, 2006, 05:52:11 pm »
Stumbled across this little autograph story.  It's a nice story (except for the revelation of Carman's association with Boras at the end). I was never an autograph hound, but I certainly remember running home from school to look in the mailbox for various goodies.

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Talk Zone / Well, that was unusual...
« on: October 19, 2006, 10:43:36 pm »
I don't think I've ever seen anybody get hit on the head with a pitch that bounced in the dirt.  About the only comparable thing I can think of is a Cub game when the batter (Steve Ontiveros, I think; it was a long time ago) fouled a ball down off the plate.  It bounced straight back up and hit him in the jaw, knocking him woozy.

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Talk Zone / Uh oh...
« on: October 03, 2006, 06:46:34 pm »

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Talk Zone / Pedro: rotator cuff surgery?
« on: September 30, 2006, 07:36:10 pm »
I'm watching the Aggie-Tech game, and the ABC ticker just said something like "Pedro Martinez (rotator cuff surgery): expected to miss 8 months".  The only problem I had heard about was the calf.

And now mlb.com has  this , so I guess it's legit.

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Talk Zone / I apologize...
« on: September 30, 2006, 05:24:50 pm »
I headed out to the grocery store with the Cards and Brewers tied nuttin-nuttin.  Did my shopping, drove home, pulled in the garage, and remembered that the Cards were playing.  I'll just tune the old XM into the Cards game and see where it is, I says to myself.  Up comes the game, Brewers leading 2-0, bottom of the 8th, 2 outs, 1-2 count on Spiezio.  No telling how many people are on base.  Spiezio lines the ball into the right corner, and then the count starts: here comes Pujols (rats), here comes Rolen (RATS!), here comes Encarnacion (SHIT!), Spiezio into third.  Game (and season hopes?) over.

I apologize: I knew better than to turn that on.  Had I left it alone, we would probably be licking our chops over a Brewers 2-0 win.

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Talk Zone / Cards' ERA
« on: September 29, 2006, 03:18:38 pm »
Just for grins, I went back and figured out the Cards' ERA for the last 10 days or so.  From Monday 9/18 on, they've collectively pitched 94.1 innings, allowing 57 runs (55 earned) and 11 homers.  That's an ERA of 5.25.

By pitcher:
Code:

Pitcher      IP    R  ER  HR    ERA
Carpenter  15.0   12  12   2   7.20
Flores      3.0    3   3   1   9.00
Hancock     4.0    4   4   0   9.00
Johnson     2.0    4   4   2  18.00
Kinney      6.1    0   0   0   0.00
Looper      3.1    4   3   0   8.10
Marquis     7.1    9   9   2  11.05
Narveson    4.1    3   3   1   6.23
Reyes      11.1    3   3   1   2.38
Sosa        4.2    1   1   1   1.93
Suppan     10.2    5   4   0   3.37
Thompson    6.1    1   1   0   1.42
Wainwright  4.0    3   3   0   6.75


It's not quite as hide-your-eyes bad as I had thought, but it's not wonderful either.  Take Kinney out of there and the ERA climbs to 5.63.

(BTW: is there something besides the code tag that I should use to make tables?)

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Talk Zone / Make sure those scalped tickets are for the right venue...
« on: September 27, 2006, 04:33:02 pm »
From mlb.com (here, at the bottom of the page):

Quote:

A possible playoff for the NL Central between the Cardinals and the Astros would be played Oct. 3 at Houston's Citizens Bank Park.




So double-check those tickets from Ebay.  If they say the game's at MinuteMaid, they're probably fake.

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Talk Zone / This guy needs to do a little more research...
« on: September 26, 2006, 12:58:43 pm »
In this article, the author argues that The Big Hurt might be the best hitter ever.  One of his arguments is Thomas's 1994 season:

Quote:

If you concede nothing else to Frank, you need to give him 1994. In the modern, integrated era, it's the greatest 500-plus plate appearance season anyone's had.



Of course, someone else had an equally great season in that very same year.  With the exception of walks, Bagwell's numbers were at least the equivalent of Thomas's.  I suppose that you can argue that Bagwell didn't have 500 PAs (400 AB +  65 BB + ? sacs + at least one HPB), or that because he broke his hand he wouldn't have kept it up had the strike been averted.  But it's annoying that he's not even acknowledged.

Thomas had 44 more walks in that season, and that's probably enough to tilt the scales in Thomas's favor.  But even with those walks he only scored two more runs.  I don't remember old Comiskey as particularly hitter-friendly, but I doubt that it had near the effect on Thomas's numbers that the Dome had on Bagwell's.

Must stop grinding teeth now...

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Talk Zone / Freel done for year
« on: September 21, 2006, 07:14:30 pm »
Well, whoever predicted that Freel was going to hurt himself by throwing himself all over the place was right:  the link.

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Talk Zone / Aubrey Huff is a slow man
« on: September 17, 2006, 06:00:12 pm »
Seriously, in a foot race between Huff and Quintero, who wins?

I think we've seen enough now to know that Huff belongs at 3B, not RF.  I suspect that at most one of Huff and Ensberg will be an Astro next year.

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Talk Zone / Astacio?
« on: August 30, 2006, 12:41:23 am »
Just got back from Round Rock, and Zeke was sitting up behind us in the stands in street clothes.  I think he started last Friday, which would make tomorrow his next scheduled start, so it struck me as pretty odd that he wasn't in the dugout.  Is this a harbinger of some sort of trade?

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Talk Zone / Astro on 3rd? No problem.
« on: August 23, 2006, 02:58:43 pm »
Are the Astros noticeably worse than league average in the man-on-3rd-with-less-than-2-outs situation, or do the fans of all teams get to feel this same frustration?

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Talk Zone / Old-timer night at the Dell
« on: August 17, 2006, 09:32:28 am »
Went to the game last night, and who should appear on the mound for Iowa but Whitey himself: Wade Miller.  I wasn't paying real close attention, but I don't think he ever brought anything over 85 mph according to the Dell gun.  McEwing spanked two homers off of him, Round Rock won 6-3 thanks to 3 late runs off Iowa relievers.  Albers looked ok, but not great.  It was a grind-it-out night for him: 7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO (I didn't realize he had that many SO until I read the box score).  He got into a few situations, and it was nice to see him work his way out of them.

Pie looks pretty talented, and I think the Cubs would be idiots to resign Pierre for next year.  Pie does look like he might be a bit of a dick (opinion based on some preening he did rounding the bases after a lead-off homer and the way he carries himself out in center between pitches), but that'll help him fit right in on the Cubs.

Surprisingly, there was no battery exchange table at the Dell Diamond gate.

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Talk Zone / This may not be good.
« on: August 11, 2006, 09:04:57 am »
When whoever it was hit that squibbler down the third base line last night, my first reaction was "Nice marmot".  I may be spending too much time here.

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Talk Zone / Don't look now...
« on: July 26, 2006, 06:08:15 pm »
But the Twinkies are now tied with the White Sox.  A few more Chicago losses and we'll see how well Ozzie deals with a tight clubhouse.

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Talk Zone / Video from Busch
« on: July 21, 2006, 11:47:38 am »
A friend sent me  this link to some video from the thunderstorm at Busch the other night.

Ouch!

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Talk Zone / Semi-amusing article...
« on: July 17, 2006, 03:12:14 pm »
Tongue-in-cheek "analysis" of second-half chances: The Link

About the Mariners:

Quote:

Somewhat unexpectedly, the Mariners find themselves in the race for the division title and need to make some moves to stay in contention. One would be to acquire a power bat and give struggling DH Carl Everett his outright release -- although Everett has told the team he doesn't believe in releases, nor will he accept one, because they aren't mentioned in the Bible.



About the Cardinals:

 
Quote:

... but the Cardinals are still the team to beat in the NL Central -- and that's entirely thanks to Tony La Russa, the greatest manager the game has ever seen. All La Russa needs is a bat, a ball and 25 guys (most must be high-profile players signed to rather large contracts, though) and he can win you a World Series every quarter-century, guaranteed.



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Talk Zone / Man on 3rd...
« on: July 06, 2006, 11:46:58 am »
Are the Astros actually any worse than other teams in the man-on-3rd-with-less-than-two-outs scenario?  They seem to be pathetic, but I don't have any numbers to tell me whether their efforts are actually below par.  Maybe I'm just more aware of the failures because the Astros are involved.

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Talk Zone / Revelation?
« on: June 30, 2006, 05:15:05 pm »
It dawned on me last night as another Geico commercial came on during the Boston Entertainment and Sports Presentation Network's 73rd broadcast of a Red Sox game:

Gecko speaks like a Brit.  Gecko works in the insurance industry.  Gecko is always on during baseball.

Gecko is Limey! Limey is Gecko!

I'd be willing to be that nobody has ever seen the two in the same room together...

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Talk Zone / History question
« on: June 28, 2006, 02:43:57 pm »
Was Monday the 1-year anniversary of Kevin's famous prophesy?  ("I believe that this game was the turning point", or words to that effect.)  For some reason, 6/26 sticks in my head.

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Talk Zone / Ignorant question...
« on: June 14, 2006, 12:34:02 pm »
You'll often see on-deck batters (or batters fetching a new bat after breaking one) scrape the handle of their bat with something.  It's not a pine-tar rag: it appears to be something hard.  I think I once heard that it's bone, but I don't know if that's actually true, nor do I understand what benefit it would bring.

The last time I used wooden bats was in the late 60s, so I'm pretty out of touch.  Can somebody enlighten me?

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Talk Zone / OT - Amusing World Cup commentary
« on: June 13, 2006, 05:30:17 pm »
I'm following the Brazil-Croatia game on the ESPN gamecast, and the "live commentary" featured this description:

Quote:

60 minutes: Babic attempts a pass to an imaginary player.  He finds him.




Perhaps Babic and Berkman are related?

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Talk Zone / Amazing catch (HS baseball)
« on: June 09, 2006, 10:54:21 am »
In yesterday's 4A championship game New Braunfels beat Arlington Heights 4-1 at Disch-Falk.  The defensive highlight was an amazing catch by centerfielder Clayton Mott, one of the best outfield catches I've ever seen.  The ball was a deep drive to center, and Mott turned to his left and took off.  He then had to change shoulders and head back the other way, and then make a diving layout catch.  I haven't been able to find a video clip on the web yet, but here is a link
 to a Statesman (registration required) slideshow that has a still of him in the air (it's the 3rd photo in the slideshow).

If I find a link to a video clip, I'll post it.

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Talk Zone / The old reverse show-up...
« on: June 08, 2006, 11:47:14 pm »
Top of the 8th, 2-2 count on LaRoche, Wheeler throws a great pitch on the black.  LaRoche says "damn, that's good" and starts walking off toward the dugout, sure that he's being rung up.  But the ump declines to call it a strike, and LaRoche has to walk back to the batter's box to face another pitch.

Fortunately, Wheeler struck him out on the next pitch.  As JD said, "he'd better be swinging on this pitch".  He was.

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Talk Zone / More quality sportswriting
« on: February 10, 2006, 01:20:58 pm »
Just so you Houston folks don't think you've got the market cornered on Pulitzer-caliber sportwriting, check out Kirk Bohls' quality piece (registration required) in the Austin American-Statesman this morning.

It's more of the same old stuff, conveniently omitting some of the more important facts that tie McLane's hands. My favorite part:

Quote:

Billy Wagner and Jeff Kent and Carlos Beltran left for a reason.




Why, yes, they did.  Billy and his big mouth got traded, Kent got a ridiculous 11th-hour offer from LA that nobody in their right mind would match, and Carlos has Satan for an agent and never for one minute intended to stay in Houston.  I guess those are reasons, but probably not the one that Bohls is trying to insinuate.

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Talk Zone / MinuteMaid Classic
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:35:51 am »
I intend to go down to Houston for Saturday evening's Rice-UT game, and I'm wondering if ordering tickets now would be prudent, or if waiting until I get to the park is ok.  (I'll be picking up my daughter and some yet-to-be-determined number of friends, so buying them now involves trying to guess that number.)  Is it all just general admission, sit where you want?  Since it looks like it will be cool Saturday night, does anybody know whether they close the roof for these things?

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Talk Zone / ESPN says Toronto trying to work a trade for Overbay
« on: December 07, 2005, 02:33:40 pm »
I wouldn't mind a little bit of that action. I wonder what they're asking...  (Unfortunately [or maybe fortunately], it's an ESPN Insider article, so I can't see any details.)

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Talk Zone / ESPN says Delgado to Mets
« on: November 23, 2005, 10:56:05 am »
Mets get "Delgado and $7 million from the Florida Marlins for first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit"

At least that's the rumor.  Does that mean they keep PizzaMan behind the plate?  That could make a Wagner acquisition even more amusing.

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Talk Zone / Today's trivia question
« on: November 23, 2005, 10:21:22 am »
From today's Astros trivia page-a-day calendar:

Who holds the Astros record for most home runs in a season by a left-handed batter?

I was surprised by the answer.

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Talk Zone / Question about Game 3 9th inning
« on: October 28, 2005, 05:32:05 pm »
Sorry if this has already been discussed; I was out of town on Wednesday and several million posts went by without my notice.

In the bottom of the 9th, Burke made his way to third and Biggio was walked, bringing Willy T's spot to the plate.  I thought at that point that Garner would hit for Willy, probably with Palmeiro: that would bring a veteran with more plate discipline, plus the righty-lefty matchup would be in his favor.  Either he would get to face Hernandez (El Duque was still pitching at the time, right?), or Guillen would have to make a change.  It was apparent that if the #2 spot didn't get on base, Berkman would almost certainly be walked in order to get to MoBerg and the potential double play.  And Willy seemed like a pretty likely strikeout against the Hernandez sliders.

But Garner obviously went with Willy, so I've been trying to figure out why.  If he hit Palmeiro for Willy but they still didn't get the run in, he'd be forced to use somebody else in CF.  Presumably that would be Burke, with Palmeiro going to LF, which doesn't seem that awful.  But I guess that's more of a defensive risk than Garner wanted to assume if the game went into extra innings.  Is there something else I'm overlooking?

And I sure hope Willy spends the winter working with somebody on bunting to the 1B side.  If he could ever learn to bunt hard between P and 1B, I don't think they'd ever get him out.

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Talk Zone / Anybody else wondering...
« on: October 20, 2005, 10:34:26 am »
...if HD burst an aneurysm when Giles handed McClane the trophy last night?

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Talk Zone / Damn White Sox...
« on: October 18, 2005, 03:21:37 pm »
If they'd had the decency to lose one of the games in Anaheim, we'd have a game to watch tonight.  But no....

Just makes the impending approach of The Void more tangible.

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Talk Zone / Cano double last night?
« on: October 05, 2005, 12:00:28 pm »
I only saw one replay of the Cano's first-inning double last night, and that only out of the corner of my eye, but it sure seemed like Anderson was running in mud.  Did anybody else think his approach on that play was poor, or was that just faulty observation on my part?

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