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Beer and Queso / SnS Fantasy Football 2012
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:58:30 pm »
Hey All!

Sphinx pulled me out of SnS retirement to ensure he had an opportunity defend his title and take more of your money this year.  Please let me know if you're going to continue, and I'll transfer commissioner over to whomever can take it on. (its easy)

2011 Final Standings
1st - Sphinx Drummond - Corpse Killers
2nd - DVauthrin - Primadonnas
3rd - utastro - Four of us Wolves
4th - Austro - Hurtin' for Certain
5th - Waldo - Goal Line Gimmix
6th - BizidyDizidy - Decided Advantage
7th - Chuck - The Rues
8th - T.J. - Burning Sensations
9th - Lurch - Lurchs Short Bus
Participation Award - Andy - Vinegar Strokes

Talk Zone / Future of SnS
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:35:11 am »
We're nearing the logical break off point for some/many of us.  If im going to stop following the Astros, stopping by here becomes less nessisary, if not downright frustrating.  Sad that such a seemingly insignificant event may implode a "community" but that seems to be a very possible outcome.

Anyone else feeling torn about this?

Talk Zone / Thanks, Waldo
« on: October 31, 2011, 09:09:58 am »
That probably can't be said enough.

Beer and Queso / So, about that speed of light thing...
« on: September 22, 2011, 04:14:42 pm »

Talk Zone / 50th Anniversary Logo
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:00:09 pm »

Seems no one consulted JackAstro.

Beer and Queso / Texans '11
« on: September 11, 2011, 01:12:01 pm »
Holy shit, what a half!  I get that the Colts don't have Peyton, but was he on their D line, too?

Talk Zone / Update on Crane
« on: September 06, 2011, 10:54:01 am »
From BizOfBaseball

And from his Twitter
BizballMaury Maury Brown
Rumor was Selig told Crane Weds. deal was dead for Astros. League source says, "Not true"

Beer and Queso / Joey, check PM please
« on: September 02, 2011, 05:11:14 pm »

Talk Zone / $1.2B offer for Dodgers
« on: September 01, 2011, 10:21:13 pm »

Beer and Queso / OU Sucks
« on: August 23, 2011, 11:49:25 am »
Fuck OU

Can this season start already?!?

Beer and Queso / Thug U is done.
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:42:43 pm »

Quote from shaggybevo poster pretty well sums it up
Yeah I don't know how anyone could say this isn't a 10, unless they want to say it's a 20.

Yahoo has a separate page posted for every single athlete that received "benefits", detailing what was provided, backing that up with receipts, corroborating those stories with other eyewitness accounts, etc etc.

Usually stories leak out and there's enough plausible deniability to cloud the issue and maybe chuck up enough noise that people never fully grasp the scope. This is a fucking encyclopedia of corruption, with receipts.

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Brewers at Astros 8/5/11
« on: August 05, 2011, 04:14:10 pm »
Jason Bourgeois (CF)
Jose Altuve (2B)
Angel Sanchez (3B)
Carlos Lee (1B)
J.D. Martinez (LF)
Brian Bogusevic (RF)
Clint Barmes (SS)
Humberto Quintero (C)
J.A. Happ (P)

Angel batting 3rd.  Angel.  3rd.

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Astros Reds 8/3
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:18:13 pm »
bottom 1:
JD(m) with a 2run bomb to left scoring JB.  JMike follows w a double

Beer and Queso / Paging Das!
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:34:30 pm »
Please make this happen!
(thats how meteorology works, right?)

Beer and Queso / 401k Advice
« on: July 27, 2011, 09:20:04 am »
Anyone moving their 401ks to something safe for the next few weeks?  Im in a 2040 fund which is obviously a bit risky, so I'm thinking of moving everything to a low yield/low risk fund** until this all plays out.  It doesnt seem like the upside is there for when this gets worked out just before the deadline (the market is already acting like they are confident a deal will be reached) but the risk is pretty substantial on the miniscule chance that this gets ugly.


**The irony being that in my plan, that is a US govt securities/bond fund

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Home Run Derby
« on: July 11, 2011, 07:11:14 pm »
Why would the crowd be booing player introductions?! 

Beer and Queso / Yao to retire
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:04:23 pm »
Per Chron

The NBA had already lost me with their blackouts of Austin, but I still wish I could have seen Yao win it all with the Rockets.

Amazing to think he's only 30.  With the star power he has in China, I'm guessing this isn't the last we'll hear from him.

Talk Zone / Ranger Fan dies in fall
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:51:19 am »
If you have young children, you may want to avoid this story today.  I wish I hadn't read it.

Beer and Queso / Must-Have Office Toy
« on: June 28, 2011, 11:33:51 am »
I may be late to the party, but these things kick serious ass.  Get two.

Beer and Queso / NBA Draft
« on: June 23, 2011, 08:59:26 pm »
TT went #4 overall to the Cavs.  Hated to see him leave, but he seems to have made the right choice.

Beer and Queso / New SnS Members?
« on: June 22, 2011, 03:40:16 pm »
Looking at the directory, no one has joined since last Oct.  Something blocking new members perhaps?

Beer and Queso / DirecTV Free Premium Preview
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:53:12 pm »
Get your DVRs ready.  I want to see what the Game Of Thrones hype is all about

Tune-in to the DIRECTV Premium Channel Free Trial, June 9 - June 12. Enjoy channels 501-558 FREE all weekend long!

Game Zone 2011 Archive / 5/29 DBags at Astros
« on: May 29, 2011, 02:12:44 pm »
Not on tv in Austin.  Happ's line is interesting

Beer and Queso / New 3d TV
« on: May 19, 2011, 08:10:59 pm »
If you're considering a new TV I highly recommend this Visio.

I'm blown way by the 2d picture, excellent built in speakers, super light and thin, built in wifi with netflix etc, and of course 3d.  I wouldn't have been looking for 3d, but at less than $700 for 42", it was too good to pass up.

currently watching the mavs/thunder game on espn3d.  It's actually not as "gimmicky" as I thought it would be.  It really does have a live feel to it!  I could see this being the preferred way of watching a game.

The glasses are simple and cheap.  Same ones they've been using in theaters recently

Time to hunt down some 3d ps3 games now...

It may be difficult to find.  I went to three walmarts before finding it after giving up on amazon who kept pushing my delivery date back.

Beer and Queso / The Franchise
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:58:42 pm »
New series coming to Showtime in July will follow the SF Giants ala Hard Knocks.  Brian Wilson alone will make it a must-watch. 

Talk Zone / Yanks/ChiSox
« on: April 25, 2011, 07:49:17 pm »
Might be time to turn on this game.

Talk Zone / MLB taking over the Dodgers
« on: April 20, 2011, 04:08:56 pm »
How the mighty have fallen

LaTimes tweet:
Breaking: Selig expected to announce this afternoon MLB will take over #dodgers financial operations. More soon at

Beer and Queso / The Masters
« on: April 07, 2011, 01:01:27 pm »
Rory is on fire.  -7 through 15

Talk Zone / Hampton to Retire
« on: March 26, 2011, 07:37:20 pm »

One of my all time favorite Astros

Beer and Queso / Wish Granted: Mets FUCKED
« on: March 18, 2011, 06:41:31 pm »
Madoff trustee seeks $1 billion from Mets owners

Look forward to several years of fire sales and ownership changes

Beer and Queso / Horns @ Kansas
« on: March 12, 2011, 05:11:59 pm »
Who you got?

Beer and Queso / Texas v A&M
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:38:29 pm »
You have a chance to win $66k with four free throws and the first two dont even hit the rim.  Fucking OU fan.

This is going to be a great game.  Bill Self called for 4-5 OTs in the pre-game and he may get his wish.

Hook 'em!

Beer and Queso / UT at Baylor
« on: March 05, 2011, 08:06:31 pm »
Baylor is going to take this one early.

Good looking crowd

Beer and Queso / iPad 2
« on: February 22, 2011, 01:32:45 pm »
Looks like it will be announced on March 2.  Those of you that have an iPad now, are you still finding it useful, worth the expense?  Are you planing on upgrading? (probably a tough question to answer until the specs are released)

Talk Zone / Ticket Presale
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:58:51 am »
Here at 9

presale password is: 9PENCE11

Beer and Queso / Egypt
« on: February 11, 2011, 11:16:27 am »
Truly an amazing revolution, started on Facebook of all places.  I've been watching from home all morning and seeing the tears of joy and hearing people for the first time in their lives having their voices heard, really makes you really appreciate what we have.

Beer and Queso / Texas @ OU
« on: February 09, 2011, 08:02:44 pm »
It's a trap!

Beer and Queso / Community
« on: February 03, 2011, 07:42:17 pm »
Woah, tonight's D&D themed show was awesome.

Beer and Queso / Texas @ Ags
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:58:10 pm »


Beer and Queso / Texas 74, KU 63
« on: January 22, 2011, 05:34:46 pm »
What an amazing game by Texas.  Down 18-3 early in the first, I thought I was looking at one of the best defenses I've ever seen in Kansas.  Ends KUs 69 home-game winning streak, and the first time EVER Texas has won in Lawrence.

Beer and Queso / A&M (10) at Texas (11)
« on: January 19, 2011, 07:21:14 pm »
This should be a fantastic game.  Hook em!

Beer and Queso / Cotton Bowl
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:23:44 pm »
So, it's cool to shape the American flag into the shape of the US?

"Did you know that when the LSU stadium is full on game day, it would qualify as the 7th largest city in LA?"  Worst random stat ever.

Also, Kenny Albert needs to work radio.

Beer and Queso / Ravens @ Texans
« on: December 13, 2010, 07:40:15 pm »
On the ESPN pre-game, all 6 or 7 analysts picked the Ravens... nice

Beer and Queso / Indoor Turkey Fryer
« on: December 12, 2010, 01:51:15 pm »
I just got this last week and took it for a spin the first time today.  I've had fried turkey a few times when people brought it in to work, but never hot and fresh.  This was easily the best bird I've ever had!  Unbelievably moist and a ton of flavor.

As for the fryer itself, works just as advertised.  About 30 mins to heat the oil and easy to use basket to drop the bird in and pull it out 45 mins later.  Another 15 mins to cool and carve and we were eating an hour and a half after I started this morning.  Clean up is easy (ill drain the oil tomorrow to reuse) so I can see us using this frequently for cornish hens, pork chops, etc.

Might make a good Christmas gift if you're still looking...

Beer and Queso / Texans at Eagles
« on: December 02, 2010, 08:26:58 pm »
What happened to Andre?

Talk Zone / Q signs
« on: November 30, 2010, 02:40:51 pm »
1 year, $1MM per Footer and Tags on twitter

Was 1 of 8 arb eligible players

Beer and Queso / First Guitar and Bass Suggestions
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:44:55 pm »
Yeah, yeah, we've done this before...

I've been a percussionist/drummer for 25 years now and want to try something new.  Asking my wife to get me a guitar and bass for my birthday and Christmas.  I'd eventually like to be able to start recording individual tracks and mixing them.

Looking through some of the past threads, I saw Pete and HH talking about PRS.  These look awesome, but there are way to many options for me to even begin to decipher.  Using this as a baseline, anything stand out as being problematic for a beginner?

I don't know where to begin on bass guitars... how about this Spector Legend?  I'm starting to get suspicious about musicansfriend reviews.  Everything is 4-5 stars.

Finally, what should I be looking for in a small amp?  Could I get away with just one for both guitars, or do they require different specs?  I don't need anything crazy loud, but it needs to sound good enough to record later.

Beer and Queso / TCU to the Big East
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:08:02 am »
Good for them

Beer and Queso / Titans at Texans
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:36:35 pm »
Should be a bazillion to none, but I'll take 14-0 at the half.

Texans made sure to maintaining their league leading, cluster-fuck two minute drill. 

Beer and Queso / Ags at Horns
« on: November 25, 2010, 07:29:07 pm »
Horns bend-dont-break D is 2 for 2, but the number of mistakes they're making early sure isn't a good sign

Beer and Queso / Horns BB
« on: November 19, 2010, 07:32:32 pm »
Let's go for a slightly more upbeat thread subject, eh?

I just caught the last few seconds of the first half v Pitt.  Hearing the announcers, you'd think Pitt was the Globetrotters to our Generals, but it's just a 3 point game at half.  Anyone watching?

Beer and Queso / Iowa State... Powerhouse
« on: October 23, 2010, 12:13:01 pm »
Wow.  Texas D full of holes

Beer and Queso / RIP Mark Stevens
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:08:13 pm »

complications of Alzheimer's disease at 76

Riding/driving to school listening to Stevens and Pruett every morning is a fond memory

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ bucks, 9/24
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:34:23 pm »
Angel had a 12 pitch walk in the top of the first.  RBI single Pence and sac fly Kepp.

Wallace just made a spectacular diving stop at first that should be a web gem.  2-1 Astros end of 1

Beer and Queso / Football this weekend (Sept 25-26)
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:36:37 pm »
Fuck the cowboys.

And hope UCLA doesnt show up.

Beer and Queso / Fire Joe Morgan Reunion at Deadspin
« on: September 22, 2010, 07:34:43 pm »
Can't believe I screwed around and worked all day when this was available instead.  I may be up all night catching up.

Beer and Queso / Football this weekend (Sept 18-19)
« on: September 17, 2010, 02:19:52 pm »
The real kind, Limey (USA! USA! USA!)

Man, I'm pumped about this weekend.  Texas at Texas Tech and Texans at Redskins cant get here fast enough

Beer and Queso / Halo Reach
« on: September 14, 2010, 08:07:13 pm »
Anyone else pick this up today?

Just waiting for the girls to go to bed before I fire it up...

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Arizona Bay @ Astros 9/10/10
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:22:32 pm »
Tool - Ænema Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will. I sure could use a vacation from this bullshit three ring circus sideshow of Freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any fucking time. Any fucking day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.

Fret for your figure and Fret for your latte and Fret for your hairpiece and Fret for your lawsuit and Fret for your prozac and Fret for your pilot and Fret for your contract and Fret for your car. It's a bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any fucking time. Any fucking day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.

Some say a comet will fall from the sky. Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves. Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still. Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits. Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will cuz I sure could use a vacation from this Silly shit, stupid shit... One great big festering neon distraction, I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied. Learn to swim.

Mom's gonna fix it all soon. Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be. Learn to swim.

Fuck L Ron Hubbard and Fuck all his clones. Fuck all those gun-toting Hip gangster wannabes. Learn to swim. Fuck retro anything. Fuck your tattoos. Fuck all you junkies and Fuck your short memory. Learn to swim. Fuck smiley glad-hands With hidden agendas. Fuck these dysfunctional, Insecure actresses. Learn to swim.

Cuz I'm praying for rain and I'm praying for tidal waves I wanna see the ground give way. I wanna watch it all go down. Mom please flush it all away. I wanna watch it go right in and down. I wanna watch it go right in. Watch you flush it all away. Time to bring it down again. Don't just call me pessimist. Try and read between the lines. I can't imagine why you wouldn't Welcome any change, my friend. I wanna see it all come down. suck it down. flush it down.

Beer and Queso / Mike Portnoy
« on: September 08, 2010, 09:36:53 pm »
Just left Dream Theater.  Fucking devastating.

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ DBags, Sept 5
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:51:13 pm »
Astros won.

Beer and Queso / CFB, Sept 4
« on: September 04, 2010, 06:10:50 pm »
Put it on ESPN if you're not there already

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ DBags, Sept 3
« on: September 03, 2010, 08:59:34 pm »
Myers bottom 1.  Hit, walk, RBI double over Lee.  Runners left stranded at 2nd and 3rd after three pop outs.  1-0 Bags after 1

Talk Zone / Leading the Majors...
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:45:47 pm »

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Mets Aug 28 2010
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:52:51 pm »
Anyone find it on DTV?

Lineup per Tag:

LF Jason Bourgeois -- Making his 11th start of the season
CF Michael Bourn -- Has a six-game hitting steak during which he's batting .423
RF Hunter Pence -- Batting .327 in August with five homers and 18 RBIs
1B Carlos Lee -- is 12-for-39 (.308) in his career against Santana
3B Chris Johnson -- Leads the NL in batting since the All-Star break a .372
2B Angel Sanchez -- Hitting .291 in his last 35 games
SS Tommy Manzella -- Hitting .340 against left-handers this year
C Humberto Quintero -- Has hit safely in six of last eight games (.333)
RHP Brett Myers -- 9-7, 3.08 ERA


LF Angel Pagan
2B Luis Casillo
CF Carlos Beltran
3B David Wright
1B Ike Davis
RF Jeff Francouer
C Henry Blanco
SS Ruben Tejada
LHP Johan Santana

Beer and Queso / Credit Card Points
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:53:48 pm »
This may sound stupid, but for 15 years I've paid little to no attention to the points programs on my credit cards.  We got a Discover card a few years ago to take advantage of a 0% offer, and of course they cram that down your throat so it was easy to see and take credit for the points we accumulated on it (I always just do the balance credit).  But, for our other cards, the points weren't so obvious, and frankly I never went looking for them... until today.  HOLY SHIT!  I had no idea what was building up on these accounts.  Part of me is ecstatic to cash them in, but then again I feel like a complete dumbass for letting the card companies sit on my money for so long!

So, if you were like me and not paying attention, be sure to log into your credit card accounts and see what you may have accumulated in points!

Talk Zone / Bagwell
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:16:38 pm »
Appologies for where the link takes you, but there are some great quotes here:
Even the first comments won't cause your eyes to bleed

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Bucs @ Astros 8/13/10
« on: August 13, 2010, 07:06:11 pm »
Bourn Cf
Sanchez SS
Pence Rf
Lee Lf
Blum 2b
Johnson 3b
Wallace 1b
Quintero C
Myers P

McCutchen Cf
Tabata Lf
Walker 2b
Jones 1b
Alvearez 3b
Milledge Rf
Snyder C
Diaz SS
Ohlendorf P

Beer and Queso / Golf Club Fitting
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:12:51 pm »
Went to Golf Tec today to redeem a gift card I recieved last December.  I've reached a point where I'm overloaded on swing thoughts/theory, so I've been avoiding taking any more lessons and just learning while I play.  I just saw that they do an 'unbiased' club fitting, though, so I thought I'd give that a shot. 

I bought some Callaway Big Birtha Fusions 2-3 years ago and let the Golfsmith sales guy fit me.  He suggested and ordered 2 degree upright and 1" (I think) addl length.  I'm pretty sure I liked them when I first got them, but I've really not felt good about my irons for a long time now.

I walk into my hour-long fitting session and start taking some warm up swings.  Not more than 5 swings in, the instructor grabs my club, puts tape on it and has me hit off a lie board.  SON OF A BITCH.  Everything off the heal.  Lie is right, but the clubs are only 1/2" longer, rather than an inch.  I've been swinging and compensating for short irons for 2-3 years!  If you ever take the time to invest in a proper fitting, be sure to check the clubs once you recieve them...

I liked the Golf Tec setup a lot, though it's pretty damn expensive.  In the fitting, besides the now obvious length issue, he showed me how my clubs were producing far too much spin and put me on several different clubs that each reduced it by 800+ rpm (6 iron).  I've also got an issue to address where I'm casting the club head before I get to the ball sapping power and creating too much loft, which the numbers show, and the video confirmed.

I enjoyed telling the wife that her $100 birthday gift just resulted in me buying some new clubs!  Looking for the UPS truck in 10 days...

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Brewers 8/7
« on: August 07, 2010, 06:10:48 pm »
Bourgeois CF
Sanchez SS
Pence RF
Lee LF
Keppinger 2B
Feliz 1B
Johnson 3B
Quintero C
Myers P

Weeks 2b
Hart RF
Braun LF
Fielder 1b
McGehee 3b
Edmonds CF
Escobar SS
Kottaras C
Wolf P

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Brewers 8/6
« on: August 06, 2010, 07:12:43 pm »
Bourn C
Kepp 2B
Pence RF
Lee LF
Blum SS
Wallace 1B
Johnson 3B
Castro C
Wandy P

Weeks 2B
Hart RF
Fielder 1B
Braun LF
McGehee 3B
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Kottaras C
Bush P

Beer and Queso / McCartney at White House
« on: July 28, 2010, 08:19:48 pm »
Anyone else watching this on PBS?  Really well done

Talk Zone / Lance 6th in tonight's Buffet Line
« on: July 27, 2010, 03:42:23 pm »
er, batting order, per Tag

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Cubs 7-19
« on: July 19, 2010, 07:18:18 pm »

5 runs for the good guys before the cubbies make the first out

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Brewers 6/30
« on: June 30, 2010, 01:11:08 pm »
CF - Bourn   .265
2B - Keppinger   .275
1B - Berkman   .240
LF - Lee  .238
RF - Pence   .270
SS - Blum   .237
3B - Johnson    .277
C - Castro   .250
P - Rodriguez

2B - Weeks
RF - Hart
1B - Fielder
LF - Braun
3B - McGehee
C - Lucroy
CF - Gomez
SS - Escobar
P - Bush

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros v West Dallas
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:13:18 pm »
Bourn - CF
Keppinger - 2B
Berkman - 1B
Lee - DH
Pence - RF
Blum - SS
Johnson - 3B
Quintero - C
Bourgeois - LF

Andrus - SS
Young - 3B
Kinsler - 2B
Guerrero - DH
Hamilton - LF
Cruz - RF
Smoak - 1B (how often does a 1st bagger bat 7th?)
Ramirez - C
Bourbon - CF

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Yankmes 6/11
« on: June 11, 2010, 06:25:17 pm »
Well, fuck.

Beer and Queso / Democracy in Action
« on: June 11, 2010, 09:04:32 am »
Holy fuck.  Have you seen this??

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Rockies 6/7
« on: June 07, 2010, 07:53:33 pm »
Bourn 4-3, Kepp walk, Lance FC to SS (Kepp out at 2nd), Lee takes first pitch to left center (8 game hitting streak), Pence FC to 3rd (Lee out at 2nd). 

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Bagwell. Oh, and Cubs at Astros, 6/5
« on: June 05, 2010, 06:20:10 pm »
 Bourn steals second, advances to 3rd on a Kepp grounder and the Lance brings him home with a single up the middle.  1-0

Beer and Queso / Indy 500
« on: May 30, 2010, 12:21:16 pm »
Are you kidding me?!  Indy cars now have a button on the steering wheel that they can push for 20 extra horsepower for 15 seconds.  They can use it 15 times and have to wait 10 seconds after use before pushing it again.  Life imitating video games...

Game Zone 2010 Archive / @ Brew Crew, 5/26
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:24:08 pm »
Lee double scores Bourn from 2nd.  Puma single to CF results in Lee being thrown out at home.  1-0 Good guys going to the bottom of the first

Beer and Queso / Austin gets the US Grand Prix!
« on: May 25, 2010, 02:09:07 pm »

"This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US"

Beer and Queso / Scientists. Create. Life.
« on: May 21, 2010, 03:28:29 pm »
That this isn't the biggest headline on every "news" website is astounding.

Beer and Queso / Friday Timewaster
« on: May 21, 2010, 10:28:03 am »
Go to

ETA:  The story

Talk Zone / Clarification please
« on: May 20, 2010, 09:03:26 am »
Are we not allowed to talk about Kaz's departure or Fredia's pussy?  Both are quite nice.

Beer and Queso / Stock Market Run (Glitch?)
« on: May 06, 2010, 03:22:07 pm »
Go check out what happened on Wall Street today.  Prices started falling and auto-sells kicked in causing a major plummet.  Some talk that there might have been a glitch that kicked it all off.  PG fell from $62 to $39 before bouncing back to $61.  Someone has some serious explaining to do.  

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Hotlanta, May 1
« on: May 01, 2010, 12:56:26 pm »

So the Lee at 3 experiment is over... but why Feliz rather than Berkman??

Talk Zone / Wandy to miss next start
« on: April 29, 2010, 06:39:49 pm »

Beer and Queso / Multiple Lead Singers
« on: April 29, 2010, 06:32:37 pm »
In a Beatles conversation today someone mentioned how odd/unique the dual simultaneous lead singer arrangement was for a major rock group.

I came up with:
Fleetwood Mac
The Eagles

Who else you got?

Talk Zone / Runner flips over catcher to score
« on: April 22, 2010, 10:05:23 am »

So perhaps there is something to that whole rodeo clown thing...

Talk Zone / 1 Hit Win
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:37:15 am »
Unusual box score from last night

Beer and Queso / Damnit Vondrell!
« on: April 20, 2010, 07:43:21 pm »

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ FTC: April 17
« on: April 17, 2010, 12:10:54 pm »
2B Keppinger
CF Michaels
1B Feliz
LF Lee
RF Pence
3B Johnson
SS Manzella
C Towles
P Oswalt

SS Theriot
CF Fukudome
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
2B Fontenot
C Soto
P Gorzelanny

Game Zone 2010 Archive / 4/14/10 Astros vs Cards - Opening Day!
« on: April 14, 2010, 07:11:42 pm »
CF Bourn
2B Matsui
3B Feliz
LF Lee
RF Pence
1B Blum
SS Manzella
C Towles
P Myers

2B Schumaker
RF Ludwick
1B Pujols
LF Holliday
CF Rasmus
3B Lopez
C Molina
SS Ryan
P Penny

I've got it in SD on 680 (DirecTV).  Anyone find it in HD?

Beer and Queso / 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000
« on: April 13, 2010, 07:44:06 pm »
I don't remember recognizing the full magnitude of this in school, but thank you Nova for pointing it out again.

Our sun is just one of 100 Billion stars in our galaxy.  (stop, comprehend.. at least to the extent a human can really comprehend a Billion)

There are 100+ Billion more such galaxies in the universe, each with 100 Billion stars like ours.

That's more stars than there are grains of sand in every desert and beach on earth.

So, all things considered, that 0-7 start is not too big a deal.

Talk Zone / Sabathia
« on: April 10, 2010, 04:45:15 pm »
CC is 6 outs from a no-no

Talk Zone / Mills watched 120+ Astros '09 games
« on: March 29, 2010, 03:11:19 pm »

If you knew how The X-Files was going to end, would you still watch the whole series when it came out on DVD?

Talk Zone / Tejada to the Orioles
« on: January 23, 2010, 03:47:02 pm »
Will play third


Talk Zone / Valverde to Tigers
« on: January 14, 2010, 04:30:29 pm »
Footer twat twitted:
RT @brianmctaggart: If reports are true, Astros get two draft picks as compensation: Detroit's 1st round pick (19th overall) and supplem ...

RT @MatthewHLeach: RT @TBrownYahoo Valverde agrees with tigers. 2 years, $14 mil. Third year option for $9 mil.

Beer and Queso / Hook Em! Game Thread
« on: January 07, 2010, 07:02:46 pm »

Beer and Queso / Bowl Games
« on: December 28, 2009, 03:58:14 pm »
Kickoff in the next few mins: A&M vs Georgia in the first of three Big12 v SEC games

Ok State started the season beating Georgia 24-10 and then later on Oct 10 beat A&M 36-31

Arkansas lost a shoot out to Georgia on Sept 19 (52-41) and then dominated A&M on Oct 3 (47-19)

Beer and Queso / Rockets
« on: December 16, 2009, 08:17:22 pm »
Anyone following them this year?  I had family over before Thanksgiving and lacking anything better to watch together I went ahead and got the NBA Pass to catch that night's game (I was really just looking for an excuse to get it).  Well, it's been money well spent. They've been a lot of fun to watch so far.  Yes, there have been a few duds, but for the most part it's a young, fast, scrappy team that seems to be surprising everyone they play.

And tonight they're rocking the old red and gold unis.

Beer and Queso / Boston Globe: The Big Picture
« on: December 14, 2009, 08:32:02 pm »
2009 in photos

14 is incredible.  Not even sure how you can do that

Beer and Queso / Horns Basketball on TV Tonight
« on: November 18, 2009, 08:01:04 pm »
ESPNU at 8 (as soon as this blowout football game finishes).   614 on DirecTV

Beer and Queso / Them Crooked Vultures
« on: October 02, 2009, 09:33:17 am »
Saw these guys at Stubbs last night and it was a fantastic show.  John Paul Jones still has serious chops (and collection of basses), Josh Homme was a lot of fun to watch (I'd not seen him in person before), and Dave Grohl absolutely beat the shit out of his drums the entire set.  The music sounds exactly as you would expect, a heavy Queens of the Stone Age.  Loved every second of it and can't wait for their album.  If you're going to ACL, put these guys on your must see list.

Beer and Queso / Curb Your Enthusiasm, Anyone?
« on: September 29, 2009, 10:37:45 am »
I missed the first episode of the new season, but caught the second one, "Vehicular Fellatio", last night and may have a new favorite episode.  I was in pain by the end from laughing so damn hard.

Beer and Queso / Metal Gamers
« on: September 26, 2009, 11:29:43 am »
...will all be calling in sick Oct 14.  Brutal Legend

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Clark!
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:59:02 pm »

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Braves v Astros 9-10
« on: September 10, 2009, 07:13:01 pm »
First pitch was at 7:05, but someone forgot to tell Roy.

Beer and Queso / RIP Reading Rainbow
« on: August 28, 2009, 04:50:46 pm »
Remember, these things come in threes.


Talk Zone / Arias to the DL
« on: August 28, 2009, 02:46:49 pm »
Per Fuckhouse's tweeter

Whew, Coop!  He almost made it through the season unscathed.  That could have been embarrassing.

Beer and Queso / Mile High Club
« on: August 20, 2009, 08:13:33 am »
I'm surfing the Net while flying somewhere over New Mexico toward LAX.  2110kbs download / 173kb upload on speakeasy speed test.

Some 10 years or so ago, I was that geek on the plane that had the laptop playing a DVD, thinking it'll never get cooler than that.  Of course, the battery could only last through about 45 minutes...

Beer and Queso / PGA Championship
« on: August 13, 2009, 01:45:51 pm »
Tiger making the course his bitch.

Also, has a fantastic (and free) streaming video product.

Beer and Queso / Hellfire vs Insurgents
« on: August 10, 2009, 05:13:20 pm »
Overkill?  Nope.

Talk Zone / Confirmed: Season not over
« on: August 10, 2009, 01:21:14 pm »
Just to clarify for those who might misinterpret the 3 active threads pondering off-season moves and next year's team.

Game Zone 2009 Archive / A fucked up lineup vs MIL
« on: August 08, 2009, 06:11:04 pm »
Now he's just screwing with us.

Talk Zone / Nice Bagwell article
« on: July 27, 2009, 10:50:32 am »
...despite the goofy headline, a good catch-up on #5.  Be sure to read the Q&A down the side, too.

Interesting the multiple comments on spin.  I didn't realize batters paid that much attention to the spin they placed on a ball.  In golf, backspin is the killer of distance, but for Bagwell, the intentional introduction of backspin to his hits is what allowed him to hit further than he had in the minors

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Pirates @ Houston, 7/6/09
« on: July 06, 2009, 07:08:03 pm »
CF - Andrew McCutchen
SS - Jack Wilson
LF - Delwyn Young
RF - Garrett Jones
3B - Andy Laroche
1B - Steve Pearce
C - Robinzon Diaz
2B - Ramon Vazquez
P - Virgil Vasquez

--Good Guys
CF - Bourn
SS - Tejada
1B - Berkman
LF - Lee
3B - Blum
RF - Pence
2B - Matsui
C - Quintero
P - Hampton

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Tonight's game in HD?
« on: July 03, 2009, 05:57:32 pm »
Anyone getting FSN-HD tonight?  Not showing on DTV.  SD only

Beer and Queso / Coopers in Llano
« on: July 03, 2009, 03:18:32 pm »
Unfuckingbelievable.  55 minutes from my front door.  45 minutes waiting line outside.  $92 for our family of five.  I had no idea how much meat to get so I ended up with too much of everything.  Killer beef ribs, sausage, turkey, brisket that falls apart and easily the best pork chop Ive ever had in my life.  And then we got to desert.  Couldnt decide between blackberry, apple or peach cobbler, so we got one of each and quickly polished them off...fantastic!  55 minute, meat-coma-induced-silence drive home.  I may never eat again.

Beer and Queso / Los Angeles
« on: June 23, 2009, 12:31:17 am »
Ok, I have one shot to get this right.  24 hour trip to LA.  Landed at noon today and leave at noon tomorrow.  I want to hit In-and-Out before heading back to the airport ... "animal style", etc. or just a regular burger to get the true experience?

Also, street signs hanging from freeway overpasses here are protected by barbed wire.  The terrorists have won

Talk Zone / Roy Rumblings
« on: April 20, 2009, 05:00:56 pm »
Stark. (Apologies for anything else you may read there)

... the baseball community no longer talks about him with anywhere near the reverence it used to. "He's definitely now more heart that stuff," one NL executive said. "I love him, but I think the arrow is pointing down. He used to have an overpowering fastball. Now it's not there. His curve is still a good pitch. But it's not a power strikeout pitch. He still has good enough stuff, but he lacks that put-away stuff he used to have."

Talk Zone / Seriously? Suck it ESPN
« on: April 05, 2009, 04:25:11 pm »
2009 predictions.  Shouldn't be surprised, but not a single mention of the Astros or their players. 

Talk Zone / Early Race for the Lid entries
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:48:38 pm »
Coop - 90
Berkman - 91
JdJO - "20001"

Talk Zone / So close you can taste it...
« on: February 21, 2009, 04:57:48 pm »

Talk Zone / Worth Repeating
« on: January 14, 2009, 07:45:22 pm »
Don't give me that Cheap Drayton bullshit.
“I don’t anticipate adding,” he said. “We’ve got a pretty full team now. Our team (payroll) is up to $107 million, which is $10 million more than last year.”

Astros general manager Ed Wade the Astros’ payroll is roughly 8 percent higher than last year.

Yeah, the math doesnt work, but still... who the fuck else is spending 8-10% more this year despite an economy in full scale holy shit mode?

Talk Zone / Does Michael Young have a ranch in Texas?
« on: January 12, 2009, 11:56:26 am »
Wants out of Arlington after being told he must move from SS to 3B

Would the Astros be interested if they're on his short list?
Would Tejada move to 3rd?
Does this thread count as "sources say Young to Houston is being considered"

Talk Zone / Giant Unit
« on: December 26, 2008, 09:19:37 pm »

Beer and Queso / Oil Speculation
« on: December 01, 2008, 08:49:05 pm »
Interesting article suggesting it is back in a different form than we last saw it this summer... actually taking possession of oil to hold.

Demand for oil storage is so keen today that some big investors who can't secure storage on land have resorted to leasing supertankers and using them as floating oil tanks. For example, the U.S. oil trading firm Koch Suppy & Trading recently leased the 2-million-barrel-capacity Dubai Titan, a Koch spokesperson confirms, the third supertanker Koch has leased this year

Beer and Queso / Austin(ish) Watch Party: UT Game, Sat @ 7
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:59:58 pm »
With the Missouri/UT game being at night, we're setting up our 20' outdoor movie screen to watch.  Anyone in the Austin area* interested in joining?  Drink some beer, cook up some hot dogs, work out the details of a Peavy trade, and watch what should be a great game.  Next best thing to being there, and about $150 cheaper.  Any references to Palin are strictly prohibited.

*Fair warning, we're actually in Leander, ~25 mins from downtown


Beer and Queso / What a game!!!
« on: October 11, 2008, 04:03:50 pm »
Just caught up on DVR, and I think for the first time since the National Championship I'll go ahead and save this one to watch again later.  Despite giving up 35, I'd say the UT defense was outstanding.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Reds vs Roy
« on: September 25, 2008, 07:49:23 pm »
Roy gave up a first inning dinger to Patterson.

Looking to keep the streak alive, struck out the side in the 2nd

Beer and Queso / Nice Job, Mr. President
« on: September 24, 2008, 08:09:15 pm »
Economics 101 for the country.  Clear and concise.  Well played, Sir.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Pieroots @ Astros, Sept 8
« on: September 08, 2008, 07:28:06 pm »
Alberto Arias has struck out 5 of the first 6 batters he's faced.

Talk Zone / CC needs to suck just a little bit more
« on: September 01, 2008, 09:39:38 am »
I'd say error


Beer and Queso / Arkansas State
« on: August 30, 2008, 09:15:46 pm »
That is all.

Beer and Queso / Palin. WTF?
« on: August 29, 2008, 01:39:00 pm »
I don't get it.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Good Guys vs the Cincy Commies
« on: August 28, 2008, 01:16:10 pm »
Wiggie tagged a liner just over the scoreboard down the line

Talk Zone / Jose Castillo picked up off waivers (Giants)
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:35:22 pm »
fuck it.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros @ Brewers, 20 August 2008
« on: August 20, 2008, 01:07:35 pm »
LF Wigginton
2B Loretta
SS Tejada
1B Berkman
3B Blum
RF Pence
CF Abercrombie
C Ausmus
P Rodriguez

2B Weeks
SS Hardy
LF Kapler
1B Fielder
RF Hart
3B Hall
CF Cameron
C Rivera
P Parra

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Giants at Houston - Aug 11
« on: August 11, 2008, 06:56:29 pm »
 San Francisco   
   Season Avg 
R. Winn rf   0.294
I. Ochoa ss   0.302
F. Lewis lf   0.279
B. Molina c   0.279
A. Rowand cf   0.288
J. Bowker 1b   0.251
R. Aurilia 3b   0.272
E. Burriss 2b   0.256
J. Sanchez p   0.122
   Season Avg 
K. Matsui 2b   0.288
T. Wigginton lf   0.279
M. Tejada ss   0.283
L. Berkman 1b   0.334
M. Loretta 3b   0.278
H. Pence rf   0.269
M. Bourn cf   0.232
H. Quintero c   0.217
B. Backe p   0.297

Talk Zone / the end of the world is here
« on: August 09, 2008, 10:16:17 pm »
at ozzfest.  ozzy finished and metallica is about to come on.  so what do 40k drunk metal fans do while waiting? ....


Beer and Queso / Hard Knocks
« on: August 06, 2008, 09:12:03 pm »
New season starts tonight.  Cowboys this year.  I thought last season's series (KC) was fascinating, so I'm looking forward to it despite the team they went with!

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Fuck the cubs 8-4
« on: August 04, 2008, 06:10:33 pm »
  K. Matsui 2B
  M. Tejada SS
  L. Berkman 1B
  C. Lee LF
  H. Pence RF
  T. Wigginton 3B
  D. Erstad CF
  H. Quintero C
  B. Moehler P

 A. Soriano LF
  M. Fontenot 2B
  D. Ward 1B
  A. Ramirez 3B
  J. Edmonds CF
  G. Soto C
  K. Fukudome RF
  R. Cedeno SS
  R. Dempster P

Beer and Queso / HBO: Hard Times at Douglass High
« on: June 26, 2008, 07:07:20 pm »

One of the most disturbing documentaries I've ever seen

Talk Zone / The Shift ... Mind Games?
« on: May 06, 2008, 11:00:57 pm »
With the talk tonight about Washington's shift on Berkman which seemed counter-intuitive, I wondered if managers ever call for the shift simply to get into a hitter's head, especially one who is in the zone like Lance seems to be.  I've got to believe the hitter looks at the open field and at least momentarily considers trying to place one there.   Coach?

Beer and Queso / High Stakes Poker on GSN
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:42:45 pm »
Anyone else addicted to this show?  Apparently its been out a few years and I just stumbled on it a few weeks ago.   Fasinating how calmly they bet 50k on a draw.  The trick is trying to watch without getting sucked into playing along on pokerstars. 

Talk Zone / Patriots sued for $100M
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:58:46 pm »

Kevin Brown, anyone?

Talk Zone / Can you still root for Tejada?
« on: December 13, 2007, 01:29:16 pm »
I've happily ripped Bonds for years, and dont plan to stop.  Now what is appropriate for Tejada?

Talk Zone / The MOB strikes again!
« on: November 27, 2007, 01:06:30 pm »

Talk Zone / Abercrombe
« on: October 11, 2007, 05:10:29 pm »
Astros add Marlins outfielder Abercrombie to roster

Get the easy jokes out of the way...

Fitch to play SS

No word if he will use half naked kids on his baseball card.

Talk Zone / Andruw Jones NOT a brave
« on: October 02, 2007, 04:32:33 pm »

Talk Zone / Bad teeth, sure, but they also get a... (Non-BB)
« on: September 12, 2007, 04:01:27 pm »
Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert

Hottest ticket ever?

Talk Zone / HBO: The Ghosts of Flatbush
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:34:31 pm »

Caught this documentary on the rise and fall of Ebbets Field last night and it was very well done.  Recommended, FWIW.

Talk Zone / Flag Pole
« on: July 04, 2007, 09:29:09 am »
In 7 years I remember one ball (Sexson's) hitting the pole in center and then that one (almost) last inning.  Since the pole is in play, is a deflection off the pole that is caught before it hits the ground an out?  I could probably find this on the Astros website, but I figure I'll be lazy and somebody will answer it for me here.

Reply from Greg Lucas this morning...

No, its the same as if it hit the wall.  The ball is in play.

Greg Lucas Astros TV Field Level Commentator

No word on how they score a liner into the Reds dugout that bounces off Dick Pole.

Talk Zone / Bo.
« on: May 27, 2007, 09:27:03 pm »
Fun read.  Like Nolan, I didnt know what I was missing until he was done

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Arizona Bay @ Astros - 5/17/07
« on: May 17, 2007, 06:49:18 pm »
Biggio   2B
Lamb   3B
Berkman   1B
Lee   LF
Scott   RF
Pence   CF
Everett   SS
Ausmus   C
Oswalt   P

Winn   CF
Lewis   RF
Kelsko   1B
Bonds   LF
Durham   2B
Molina   C
Feliz   3B
Vizqel   SS
Lincecum P

Talk Zone / Act like you've been there before...
« on: May 17, 2007, 01:30:10 pm »
...or at least in the last 24 years

Talk Zone / Help finding a lost Internet Classic -- Very Non-BB
« on: May 10, 2007, 05:11:09 pm »
Many years ago (perhaps 10?) there was a brilliant website where the author got a hold of some Star Trek Convention photos and applied his own captions (akin to  For the life of me, I'm unable to find any remnants of it without better search terms (too many Star Trek Convention Geek Photos sites on the wrong side of the joke).  Does anyone else recall this?

Talk Zone / Stark: Lidge, Black Outs, Jennings
« on: April 19, 2007, 02:02:40 pm »
Good read on several topics of interest

Talk Zone / Lest you're unaware of your Token role...
« on: April 07, 2007, 07:28:01 pm »

Talk Zone / Bagwell Day (Jersey Retirement)- Aug 26
« on: April 06, 2007, 07:16:13 pm »
Get your tickets ASAP!

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