1:00 pm March 26, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 27th, 200912:36 am
Memphis had pulled to within 6 or 7 in the final couple minutes, but they kept playing Duke (down by about 20). During the earlier rounds CBS was absolutely schizophrenic with their coverage, but they didn’t even play any of the final 5+ minutes of the other game. I find it hard to believe that there’s THAT much of a bias. Was there seriously no other channel covering that game??
Cricket is often nasty, but always with a very polite overtone, unless Australians are involved in which case it is just nasty. (sorry dogsbrekky, but the Aussies do rather see cricket as war, rather than a nice way to spend the afternoon)
Big Boobs Salamander
March 27th, 200912:38 am
ABBA made their hits in the 70s. Maybe they had a career once the 80s started – I don’t really know that much about them. What is important is there role in planting the seeds of creativity that pushed the development of the Swedish music scene (or some BS along those lines), which is currently one of the best in Europe.
March 27th, 200912:39 am
Chattanooga is a beautiful place..you should visit some time. TnBrian
I have to agree. I love Chatanooga. My friends and I go up there for weekend trips all the time. There’s a great little restaurant called “Thai Smile.” I absolutely love it! It’s a pretty big city with the perks of the countryside. So beautiful!
DOB Memphis was week!! My high school basketball team could have beaten them. They were lucky to make it to the second round. : )
Man as I was watching that game I just new you were going to razz me about it.
In all seriousnes though, I am happy that the Tiger’s are having their day. Now if they can get past UConn I will take all the razzing you can dish out. There is NO WAY they beat UConn.
Good luck to your Jayhawks and My Sooners tomorrow. I have both going to the Final 4 in my bracket. I take it you will be no where near Dark Star tomorrow!!
March 27th, 200912:40 am
Well if Grabow’s getting $2.5M(thanks Anders) than in order for them to even pay a mill of that, Wren would probably have to give up too much. Who knows, maybe Logan works out in the end. You guys did read what Bobby said earlier..”we had our pen do this a few springs ago and it turned out one of the better pens we had.” Awww..Bobby Cox = Mr. Optimistic ain’t he?
March 27th, 200912:43 am
What is important is there role in planting the seeds of creativity that pushed the development of the Swedish music scene (or some BS along those lines), which is currently one of the best in Europe.
They were so bad they got booted to Sweden? Ouch!
March 27th, 200912:47 am
Ultimately, I guess I am asking if you would elaborate more on your thoughts about Morton. —PTBNL
I have seen him pitch a few times but no crazy behavior or such. For the most part I was referring to his confidence issues. They can be very hard to overcome. I meant that they are probably a bigger part of the puzzle of possible success than his stuff which is pretty good as Scoots I think it was, indicated.
I did not mean it was hopeless, but I will be a bit surprised and happy of course if he ever lives up to his full potential. It’s too early to tell really.
Take up baking, Spotts. That always seemed to get me a lot of attention on here back when ( could never figure out why; no one had eaten anything I’d made at that point).
Looks like I might get to take in a game at Gwinnett in April or May. Anybody gotten a good look at the ballpark yet?
Anders, just having some fun with ya.
All’s well here — no, didn’t bet on Duke. Only when they play Carolina.
And a Big 12 team advanced (yes, I’ll pull for our rivals in the tourney, good for the conference to get a couple of teams in the Elite Eight. If my boys or OU get in, that’ll happen. Perhaps even three teams? No, that might be asking too much.
March 27th, 200912:48 am
Roman Gal, you seem to pop up at the worst time. I felt I was losing you (and you are a paisan). I thought, what the hell, I’ll try to impress the Swedish lady. She didn’t like my favorite music, so I hit her with ABBA. I was clutching for straws. You wrote me off(I thought), and the Swedish lady was blasting my music. On top of all that, scoots was all over me for my flirting. I was desparate, I tell you, desparate. Actually, ABBA, I guess, wasn’t all that bad. But I honestly don’t know too much about their music. Do I still have an outside shot?
March 27th, 200912:55 am
ABBA is from Sweden Roman Gal… or maybe you knew that and were being sarcastic… either way, they were influential in terms of inspiring modern Swedish artists to do their thing (well, at least some of them).
March 27th, 20091:08 am
18 Wheels: How funny was that tonight? Great episode. And a great Office, too.
March 27th, 20091:12 am
TexasBrave: No, I will write and get off the Disney property hours before the Jayhawks take the floor for the late game, thankfully. Gonna need all the help we can get against Michigan State. Gotta do my part and make sure I watch the game miles away from the Dark Star perimeter.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
For once, baseball is the last thing on my mind.
The mighty Red River has again jumped her banks and put the entire Red River Valley in jeopardy. We here in Grand Forks are high and dry thanks to our 400 million dollar dike system that has been put in place over the course of the last eleven years. The flood of 1997 brought about the current flood protection system and we should be OK (knock on wood).
I can’t say the same about our neighbors to the south 60 miles away. Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota are two twin cities straddling the Red River and they are as we speak, hanging by a thread. Evacuations of low lying areas are already underway and the latest river crest is disheartning to say the least. They are only protected to 42 feet in some areas and the Red is predicted to rise upwards of 42 to 43 feet this weekend.
There has already been sporadic flooding of small outlying communities and the Coast guard has been rescuing people by boat and helicopter.
Say a prayer for us. The water is getting deep and we are fighting it in the midst of another major snow storm that just blew through.
March 27th, 20091:17 am
man letterman is sure jaded.
the dude has hate. much like all the jaded commedians.
he is barely tolerable.
john stewart, bill maher,
i love maher. at least maher, does not think he is god.
March 27th, 20091:22 am
nolie, I told you that I wasn’t taking a shot at anyone.
“You have indicated twice that we said that Logan=Ohman and that just is not what was said or meant. ”
Uh, no that would be incorrect. Nowhere did I say your name or PL’s, or anyone else’s. If you didn’t say it, you shouldn’t be upset. I didn’t use a quote that could be attributed to either of you. Please stop saying that I was speaking to you when I’ve said..3 times now…that I wasn’t doing so.
We have a difference of perception over some comments that were made by many people on that particular thread. We had a little back and forth that day but I thought that was done. I see I was wrong. I hope that you, or PT, can deal with me making comments about something I see as a problem and not think I’m talking to you guys personally.
I sure hope you and PL aren’t ones to hold grudges forever if you have a big disagreement over something with someone. I hope we can move on now and disagree without it being personal.
Her is a link to to my 1:12 post.
March 27th, 20091:27 am
Roman Gal@ BB5795:
Isn’t that band like from the 70’s? And weren’t they really bad in the 70’s?
They were always bad. I’d love to see their remainder open for Porcupine Tree @ The Tabernacle and see who the mirror ball lands on.
March 27th, 20091:32 am
Chattavegas does rule. Some pretty good little places to eat, particularly on the North Shore.
March 27th, 20091:33 am
and speaking of Tabernacle… June 3rd should be good
March 27th, 20091:34 am
Stinger Splash, Chattavegas?
March 27th, 20091:36 am
hmm post didn’t fly? make a double? June 3 @ same Tabernacle = fun
March 27th, 20091:38 am
TnBrian, am in Chattown often – nice place, likely move outside there when the @%$#! market comes back and I can sell – enjoy, enjoy
March 27th, 20091:42 am
Coach, I would have responded to you sooner, but my main keyboard just went down. I’m really sorry for what you are going through. I can’t totally relate, but for years, I’ve owned land on a flood plain, of a river. I used to have a house there, only used as a camp for 6 months, until it got washed away. A lot of my neighbors had year round homes, that got flooded. I’m only telling you this because I do have some experience, albeit on a lesser scale, of what you are going through. The night time temperatures, seem to me, are of equal problems, as the water. Where is everybody going when everything is flooded, and it’s 15 degrees?
March 27th, 20091:45 am
letterman is now a liberal hack.
guess what all you super genius types, the economy is getting better.
unemployment is a lagging indicator.
it is getting better, you dont realize you are into a recession until you come out.
i sit on a a major trading desk, and our run rate doubled last month.
feb. was terrible.
we need tranactions. that is our live.
we are now seeing a run rate that is normal.
it does not hurt that the s&p hit 666.
triple 666’s to 825 is close to 25%.
well you could of bought GE sub 7, could of bought alcoa, and international paper, at huge discounts.
but then again you listenened to the media.
they are so sure we are going out of businesss.
DOW STOCKS, IP, GE, AND AA.
March 27th, 20091:46 am
Coach, that 1:42 post, if you are still up, was from BB5795. I don’t know why it didn’t show, but first, I will figure out the meaning of life.
March 27th, 20091:50 am
The Huskies did romp and they did stomp. Gotta hand it to that kid Robbie Hammel. He played, and well, with a bulging disc. Final Four, here we come.
Too bad about the Dookies, Carroll. Sob.
What a night on this board! I’ve counted 5 or 6 chicks on here- nothing wrong with that. Good to hear coach dodged the bullet for now.
I particularly dug the DOB third person routine- shades of Johnny Cochran.
The Anders conspiracy theory, of course, sounds just as dumb as when he started posting it hourly six months ago. If Soriano had been healthy last season, I doubt Gonzalez would be the closer now. When healthy, like he was two years ago, Soriano is not only the best reliever we have, but arguably one of the best relievers in the National League. $6.1 million is a bargain if he’s on, considerably less than the Mutts wasted on two relievers when they should have been signing starters.
Without knowing the guy, or really knowing anything other than what is read on the DOB/MIB/BBQ/Music/lots-of-girls-all-the-sudden blog, to suggest that Soriano is “faking” injury…well it’s just hot air.
But for the record, that Phillys guy earlier makes Anders look like a real charmer.
And as far as the stuff about Glavine, they signed him because they didn’t want to go with a 22 year-old starter, not after the bloodbath last year. And to say they “barely” had the money to sign Glavine isn’t accurate. He got a crummy deal because a. The slow ecanoma (as that boob Herman Caine says) and b. he had no other offers.
Just keep telling yourself Anders: “Oswalt-lite, Oswalt-lite…”
March 27th, 20091:51 am
I VOTE FOR WILL OHMAN!
Come on it’s 2 million at most, and it’s the one weak spot on our club right now. We don’t lose prospects or anything. Sign him up, for this cheap it’s worth it, a bargain, gives us some depth, experience and dependability.
DOB I know it’s probab;y unlikely, but do you think Frank Wren has Will Ohman on his radar?
March 27th, 20091:52 am
this is the reason the braves SUCK. AND WILL ALWAYS SUCK. LOL @ GLAVINE
THE OTHER PERSON THEY SHOULD CUT IS CRY BABY CHIPPER JONES..HE BROKE A NAIL. BRAVES ARE A JOKE.NO BETTER THAN 4TH PLACE.
March 27th, 20091:53 am
i hope some of you realize the the oppurtunity that is still out there?
lots of companies that are cash rich.
csco, msft, orcl, intc, dell, hpq,
none have any exposure to the current crud.
March 27th, 20091:58 am
Razzle (1:27), I’m really losing my communication tools, however, “Porcupine Tree”, I’ve heard of, and like. I’m not familiar with “Tabernacle”. If I don’t keep in touch, too much, tonight, I’m losing my components. I can fix them, however, it’s easier when I have some sunlight.
March 27th, 20092:02 am
BB7795: “I’m not familiar with “Tabernacle”.”
The Tabernacle is a venue down on Luckie St. where you can see some good bands… quite often… at reasonable rates
March 27th, 20092:10 am
Razzle, you just made me go back to your 1:27 post. You said ” @ the Tabernacle”. I thought you said, and the Tabernacle. Now, you can understand why I have never heard of the “Tabernacle”. Don’t you think, however, that would be a great name for a group?
March 27th, 20092:12 am
there was a time when we knew what our cf. would give us.
25 dingers were a given.
he did that pretty much every year.
so thrash him, andruw jones WAS A GREAT BRAVE.
so many here want to disrepect him.
correct my memory, he hit 50 one year.
well i kinda remember him making great plays coming in or out.
now you want to make fun of him?
March 27th, 20092:15 am
Hmmm, yeah, might already be one… (scratches head) Tabernacle (all the fanfare you get for Spinal Tap at least) yeah Tabernacle… ok I will play drums, who else?
March 27th, 20092:21 am
certain banks are rushing to pay back TARP?
March 27th, 20092:23 am
Yes, Andruw was a great Brave. There will be a mystery as to how he lost the ability to swing (and make contact of note).
March 27th, 20092:24 am
to all my beloved braves bretheren: i have to sleep, eat and then fix stuff. then i’ll be back sometime, hopefully, before tomorrow’s game. to all my fellow comedians, lovely ladies and braves fans, i can’t wait to communicate again later. to everyone else, may the bats, of a thousand caves, use your shower as their new place of propagation.
March 27th, 20092:28 am
Those bats won’t split the same as maple…
March 27th, 20092:29 am
bank of america owns merril lycnh, merril lynch is the biggest ass on the street.
gotta hunch that combination will work.
In regards to the bit from what might/might not be Soriano’s buddy- the Braves, or any Major League team, for that matter, would be morons not to sign Dominican players- some of the best players in history have been Dominicans.
I heard that ugabrave- Andruw was one of the all-time great Braves for a long time- and the year he hit 50, he had the team on his back.
March 27th, 20092:35 am
BA, HE DID.
March 27th, 20092:42 am
WELL i remember when # 25 was always was great in cf.
nothing better when he came in on a ball.
nothing better when he went into a gap.
he made it look so easy.
hate the people that dont appreciate him.
March 27th, 20092:54 am
no comment, BA if you dont remember how good #25 was good for the braves in 2005.
he basicaly carried us.
but then again he was not a gwinttet county all star.
March 27th, 20093:00 am
well let us hope our new right fielder will understand that he has to hit for power.
March 27th, 20093:55 am
uga, you know me. Gotta chime in on somebody else’s conversation when I can.
The topic? “Making fun” of Andruw.
Fans are emotional. When a guy is on another team and he’s a jerk, we LOVE to rag on him. But when that “jerk” joins your team, the homer in all of us say, he’s just “misunderstood”, or “he may be a jerk, but he’s OUR jerk”.
As far as I’m concerned, the only real reason to mock Andruw, is because he (and his agent), took the money and ran. Then he wanted to cry about how much he missed Atlanta, yet was unwilling to accept a minor league contract to come “home”. That is assuming the Braves were ever really interested in doing so.
Boras (and Andruw) publicly stated how much money he would/could command on the open market and chose to do so. So since he’s not “our” guy any more, fans tend to dismiss all the good he did in a Braves uniform.
It’s a classic case of the “chicken and the egg”. I don’t question Andruw’s fist step, nor his ability to cover a LOT of ground in CF. But let’s not forget that for a LONG time, he had stellar pitchers that could hit their spots, and not cross up the defense, along with the great Pat Corrales aligning the defense.
While Andruw was great defensively, Grissom, Prime Time, Lofton, and Nixon all played pretty damn good defense behind that staff. But rather trying to decipher who made who better, I just choose to say AJ and those pitchers made EACH OTHER better, which made the Braves pretty good in the field.
Andruw was often as stubborn as Francoeur at the plate, though he did put up solid numbers, and did carry the Braves in his 50 HR season. But most other seasons, he was surrounded by GREAT bats in the lineup, along with those great pitchers, so he hardly carried the Braves for a decade. But make no mistake, he was VERY good. Key word is “was”.
March 27th, 20094:39 am
is peachtreetv on dish network?
March 27th, 20095:04 am
DOB, how big of a factor will the “arbitration clock” be in the decision to either make Jordan Schafer our starting CF or sending him back down to the Minors? And, who do you think will win the job?
March 27th, 20095:06 am
Willstet, Peachtree TV is a local ATL broadcast station. If you live in the ATL area, then you can get it with local channels thru Dish. But if you’re out of the area, I’m not sure if you can get it.
N Nine (eta Nine)
March 27th, 20095:41 am
ATLBfan___The one and only reason Schafer doesn’t make the team would be the “arbitration clock” you brought up. Even that’s not good enough reason.
Schafer knows speed is what Braves need and has been giving max effort to show Anderson’s speed value should be moot point.
Schafer hit over .300 last spring and didn’t make the team. This season we need him. Frenchy,Schafer, and Diaz/Garret should get us to forget last season’s overall OF production, well I hope at least.
I’d use the arb. clock on Hanson. By then, he should have enough triple A experience and keep the stud for another year. The challenge would be if a starter gets hurt before that period reaches. Do we use JoJo first?
Lets see what Glavine’s got today on his second start………
March 27th, 20096:29 am
uga, not everybody listened to the media, my friend, LOL. Sometimes, I picture you as the cowboy trying to turn the head of the runaway herd; a noble undertaking, keep it up!
Schafer’s “clock”, of all the reasons he might start at AAA, is so far down the list that it’s microscopic. A team that doesn’t expect to contend for a length of time might consider that a good move, but, not a contender. Management also knows that players (and agents) have long memories.
I found it interesting to read the difference in comments from DAvid Price and Thomas Hanson upon their option down. Price publicly disagreed with the Rays that his changeup still needed work; Hanson pretty much said he’d pitch wherever they wanted him, and that he knows he still has some work to do. Just…interesting.
March 27th, 20096:36 am
i hope the soriano thing is just a few days. i could see him and moylan closing some games and gonzo pitching the 8th sometimes. when playing the phils, mets or nats and those dangerous leftys come up in the 8th why not let gonzo mow them down, and give the 9th to someone else.
i know it’s just a fantasy, but a guy can dream can’t he.
whatever happened to Shaun? we need his analysis on this centerfield thing. i respect that dudes opinion, come back shaun, or let me know what your new moniker is.
March 27th, 20097:12 am
Seems there was an uprising of the Blogodites, yesterday. Because of their belief in omens, many called for the excommunication of the erradical relievers. I fully expected to hear one of your fine sermons, but to your credit you held your tongue. Although, I could sense your digits twitching mightily.
March 27th, 20097:13 am
ATLBFan: I think it’ll be a factor, but not the most important factor. If the Braves believe strongly that Schafer makes them a better team now, I think you’ll see him get the job. If they believe that. I think the chances of him winning the job have increased substantially during spring training.
But I still don’t know which way it’ll go. Not a cop-out, I just don’t have a strong feeling which way it’ll go. Ask me again in a day or two, maybe that’ll change if I hear something that seems telling.
March 27th, 20097:23 am
the dude has hate. much like all the jaded commedians.
he is barely tolerable. — uga-brave a 1:17 a.m.
letterman is now a liberal hack. — uga-brave at 1:45
Join us later tonight, when Letterman will have evolved into the great satan himself!
… but seriously, uga-brave, that’s a lot of powerful dislike for David Letterman. I’d be surprised if many jumped on your bandwagon on that one, dude. I mean, it’s Letterman. Pretty harmless guy.
March 27th, 20097:28 am
So if Schafer is brought up at any point this year, his arbitration clock starts, right? So then you’re only pushing it back if you believe Anderson can play the entire year? Then the only reason to delay his call up early in the season (rather than later, when someone will probably need a replacement in the outfield) would then be to decrease his major league service time in the first year and prevent Super 2 status?
This whole thing confuses the heck out of me.
March 27th, 20097:30 am
it’s May and late
for lilacs to bloom.
the scent of sweet
longed for change
has soured. a dark star,
a Frenchman’s spring ruse -
the swing to only come undone.
and May, the messenger
of 85, tears and questions.
and evermore – Time
out of our mind.
18 Wheels of Love
March 27th, 20097:32 am
Yeah 30 Rock was great. More liberal hacks making great TV, just like Letterman. Tina Fey has written the last few episodes and they have been excellent. I read she got a 6m book deal from Little, Brown….for not even as much as turning in an outline.
Office was really funny too. Really funny.
March 27th, 20097:34 am
I feel Schafer makes the team better. He’s such a sparkplug. But how much better is the question.
Letterman has no peers. No one can replace Johnny but Letterman comes closest for me. I like his cantankerousness, reminds me of me.
March 27th, 20097:45 am
Dukeboy and Carroll,
There is a silver lining… Duke does have two big men coming next year which should help, and if Henderson and Singler decide to stick around for another year and Elliot Williams continues to develop, Duke could be a very good team next year. If Villanova continues to play inspired defense..they could win the whole thing. Villanova has to be favored against Pitt. Is it me or does Pitt looked scared?
March 27th, 20097:47 am
March 27th, 20098:07 am
Letterman does have an agenda. Kinda wish he was simply a host and a comedian. He is jaded.
Alright, thanks for you response DOB. I’m going to try and watch the three games that are on tv this weekend, hopefully Schafer will impress. From what I’ve seen, he could definitely help the club out. I agree with what you said yesterday that since Schafer is still playing regularly, it shows he still has a chance at winning the job and the Braves haven’t made a decision yet. I’ll ask you again in a few days.
March 27th, 20098:15 am
Same old story. If you are a rookie in the Braves organization and get invited to spring training know up front you can hit a thousand make no errors or if you’re a picture you can throw a no-hitter every outing but with Bobby Cox in charge you’re goint to the minors. Why, because there may be some 40-44 year o;d pro that wants to play some more. Another thing , if they went down there to reall train, we wouldn/t be seeing all these strains and minor injuries that keep them from playing till the season really begins. Being a Brave fan is hard to swallow sometimes.
March 27th, 20098:32 am
Couple people were confused on what super 2 players here and this is what mlb says straight off their website.
Q: When does a player become eligible for salary arbitration?
A: A player with three or more years of service, but less than six years, may file for salary arbitration. In addition, a player can be classified as a “Super Two” and be eligible for arbitration with less than three years of service. A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 17 percent in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season.
March 27th, 20098:37 am
DOB I was in New York the last couple of days on business and flew into Laguardia so I got the good fortune of driving past Citi Field. After I cleaned myself up from puking in the rental thinking of the Mets I said to myself that looks like a nice place and a great replacement for your craphole better known as Shea. Its actually got stuff to look at and this was from the Grand Central Parkway at 60 mph. Met fans if you bitch and moan about that place your morons then and I cant wait for Chipper to hit the first game winning home run in the place ! HAHAHAHAHA
March 27th, 20098:39 am
Just wanted to chime in on Chattanooga, TN. Great little city, love to go up there for weekends whenever possible. Lots of great things to take the kids to (Aquarium, Discovery Kids, etc.) Also has a nice little bar/hangout area and the walk area along the river is a great place to score points with the wife/girlfriend.
We like to go to Chattanooga in the fall and spring, and go to Savannah other times (I’m kind of right in the middle of the two so the trip is about the same either way).
March 27th, 20098:40 am
dap01: If you sat in that chair for the past three decades, doing what Letterman does in the rather unique periods of politics and pop culture in which he’s done it, might you be a bit jaded? I know I probably would.
He’s too smart and too opinionated to be some sort of dancing (or joke-telling) monkey for anyone, and he’s not going to grin into the camera for Tostito’s commercials and make a living with inoffensive (and usually boring) jokes and observations like Leno.
Whatever he is, whatever supposed agenda Letterman has, enough people are of a similar view, or find his view compelling enough, to tune in for his show to keep him on the air and keep CBS paying him ungodly amounts of money, year after year.
And besides, what really intelligent, respected comedian these days doesn’t have some kind of agenda or some political slant, anyway, be it left, right or whatever?
March 27th, 20098:43 am
Letterman does have an agenda. Kinda wish he was simply a host and a comedian. He is jaded. (DAP01)
Letterman’s never pretended to be a sugarcoated showman like Leno. He pulls no punches and makes no apologies. It’s not always funny or entertaining but it is what it is and he is who he is and who he has been for almost 30 years now. Whatever mood he’s in is the mood you’re going to see on the tube. You at least have to appreciate him for being his own man and not being a sellout goober like Leno.
Personally, however, I watch Leno for the first fifteen minutes because his monologues are far superior and funnier. After the monologue though, I turn to Letterman for the next 45 minutes because his bits, personality and interviewing skills are far more interesting and thus more entertaining.
You have to always remember that his comedic commentary is a product of his times. Two wars that weren’t finished, a tanking economy, a stock market that has half the value it did a decade ago, and unemployment that has doubled in Georgia over the last two years tends to cause the party in charge to be killed by whomever is making commentary (whether that be serious news commentary or just mere comedic commentary). Letterman didn’t exactly pull punches on the Clintons when they were up to their shenanigans in the 90s or on Dukakis in 88 or on Gore in 2000 or on Kerry in 2004 and he won’t pull punches on Obama either.
Stop whining because your favorite team is the one who royally screwed up and is getting justifiably skewered for it at the present time. The other team will get slaughtered just the same eventually by the likes of Letterman when the inevitable screwups pile up. What goes around comes around. Letterman wouldn’t have lasted thirty years if his comedic commentary was limited to a fanatical loyalty to his favorite team.
March 27th, 20098:52 am
Let’s hope Cox is right: the bullpen will come around when the season commences. I really didn’t have any expectations for the Logan and O’Flaherty. I still think Wren should have resigned Ohman. But even with Ohman, there are, as usual, questions about Soriano’s health and a little concern about Gonzo’s effectiveness, despite him saying he “feels good.”
It would be ironic if the bullpen falls through (though too early to seriously judge). Wren spent the winter rebuilding the rotation thinking the bullpen would be solid. It’ll be interesting to watch.
March 27th, 20098:57 am
And besides, what really intelligent, respected comedian these days doesn’t have some kind of agenda or some political slant, anyway, be it left, right or whatever? (DOB)
March 27th, 20099:04 am
You missed 2 key words, Anders: intelligent, respected
March 27th, 20099:07 am
Dang Thrillhouse, that was harsh….but hey, it’s just a Mutt fan you were talking about so what the heck… J/K Anders, you’re the one Mutt fan that comes here that I actually have respect for.
March 27th, 20099:10 am
I’m as conservative as they come, and I can ignore Letterman’s personal views and appreciate he’s been as funny lately as I’ve ever seen him in 20 years or so of watching.
Anders, you’re the one Mutt fan that comes here that I actually have respect for. (blawgdawg)
And in so saying, one Braves fan just lost my respect.
March 27th, 20099:13 am
Come on Wascally, you don’t really put Anders in the same category of Met fan in Atl and the other Trolls do you? At least Anders shows us some respect when he comes here(as far as what I’ve read, maybe I’ve missed something though and could be mistaken). You can actually have a little back and forth with him without him going personal, unlike the Trolls that come here anyway.
March 27th, 20099:16 am
Dave’s brother Conan is better than both of them.
March 27th, 20099:17 am
uga-bravecorrect my memory, he hit 50 one year.
it was 2005, the last year the braves won the division. chipper was down for alot of the year, and while alot of credit for winning the division goes to the “baby braves” and the job bobby did managing them, andruw did absolutely carry that team to the post season. im still on the fence about him not getting the MVP that year.
I just like to razz Anders, BlawgDawg. Just wait until the season when he starts to ruffle some feathers himself.
March 27th, 20099:18 am
Is Roman Gal really a paisana? Or a devotee of our Sally League franchise?
Keeping It Real
March 27th, 20099:22 am
Why are the Braves wasting time with Glavine? He will not be a factor. Move on already and give someone else a shot. They got rid of Druw when he stopped producing so why keep baby sitting Glavine.I thought baseball was a business.
March 27th, 20099:24 am
Yeah, Thrillhouse, I know he’s gonna give it to us when he can as the season gets going. But the great thing about dealing with Mutt fans, you know come October when that chicken bone gets stuck in their throat (CHOKE, COUGH COUGH) We get a little (i know, very little) bit of peace and quiet for a couple of days anyway. Those dang Phillie fans are almost unbearable right now though since they’re the ones on top right now.
And for damage control since I don’t want to get blacklisted by my own kind (Braves fans that is)…..Anders, you Troll…..
March 27th, 20099:25 am
And these disappearing and reappearing comments are starting to become a nuisance. What’s the deal?
Flamenco the Foot
March 27th, 20099:26 am
Wascally Wabbit, You’re so punk rock…
March 27th, 20099:29 am
DOB I was under the impression we didn’t discuss politics.
I say we change the subject to The Big Lebowski. Did you know you never see The Dude bowl on screen?
Let’s face it. The Braves are going to finish at least 3rd and possibly 4th in the East this year. The pitching staff is better, but face it guys, we don’t have the offense to compete. Garrett Anderson was not the answer to our problem. Chipper can’t stay healthy. I think Brian McCann is one of the top three offensive catchers in the league but he doesn’t really scare a pitcher. We need a monster in the line up and until we get him, we will be a prentender, and not a contender.
March 27th, 20099:30 am
Any word on possible trades? I know people ask you all the time, but what is going on with Ohman (not just his status concerning the Braves)? From your observations, what is your honest opinion on what you expect from Franceour this year? Want to throw some numbers out? I say .275, 28 HRs, 103 RBIs, 40 BBs
March 27th, 20099:33 am
And in so saying, one Braves fan just lost my respect. (Wascally Wabbitt)
Sorry – I just can’t help but smile at the incongruence between what you’re trying to express and your moniker. It has a Micheal in the Office feel to it.
March 27th, 20099:34 am
I am not counting on Soriano to do anything. I have always believed the key guys are Mike Gonzalez, Blaine Boyer, Jeff Bennett and the Aussie Peter Moylan. If Cox doesnt burn out Boyer then he is our Soriano this year he has nasty nasty stuff. Gonzo will be fine and much stronger almost 2 years from Tommy John surgery and Moylan is super nasty with his sinker that gets chopped into the ground and Soriano always comes up with these mysterios ailments — a three week flu ? and now a muscle strain in his side. A lefty in the pen besides Mike Gonzalez is not that important because of Moylan and Bennets ground ball capabilities and Boyers ability to get a strike out. This team is better than people think and its a long season and we will see what happens in August and September. Mark my words here on March 27th — Franceour has a strong year and has learned how to listen about his batting.
Come on Wascally, you don’t really put Anders in the same category of Met fan in Atl and the other Trolls do you? At least Anders shows us some respect when he comes here(as far as what I’ve read, maybe I’ve missed something though and could be mistaken). You can actually have a little back and forth with him without him going personal, unlike the Trolls that come here anyway. (blawgdawg)
This is where you and I fundamentally differ. I don’t mind personal attacks or name calling. In fact, I prefer it. I like my fellow men to be direct and aggressive. Men should act like men, not like passive-aggressive women. Even the feeble minded can see the evil that lurks in the other Mets trolls from a mile away. Only the feeble minded, however, fail to see that Anders is even more of a troll than the other Mets trolls.
The other Mets trolls are abusive like Stanley Kowalksi. Anders is abusive like Julia Roberts’ creepy husband in Sleeping with the Enemy. You wouldn’t want either wifebeater marrying your daughter, but at least with the Kowalski types, you’d know who your daughter was marrying the first time you met him.
With the passive-aggressive, parasitic putzes like Anders or the creepy Sleeping With The Enemy husband, you wouldn’t see them coming and your daughter would have to endure the infliction of years of abuse before you wisened up and realized that your son-in-law is an abusive turd.
But I’m giving Anders too much credit. Anyone with half a brain can see from a mile away that he is a sad sack schmuck desperately seeking the attention his momma never gave him enough of
March 27th, 20099:36 am
UGA FAN…who needs a MONSTER in the lineup to win games? Yes the Braves might not hit an ungodley amount of homeruns this year but they are going to single, double, and triple their way around the bases. Instead of huge power hitters we have a lot of guys who can hit for .300 or so. I do agree that Garrett Anderson wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but like I said he is another clutch hitter who hits for average on a daily basis. If starters can stay healthy pitch 6-8 innings consistently I feel we have a chance to be a very good team that can compete against the mets and phillies
March 27th, 20099:37 am
UGA Fan, I think we might be able to score enough. Last year our biggest problem was the AAA starting staff (not including Jurrjens) after the injuries, which has been thoroughly rectified (we might even have a GREAT starting staff this season). I think the Rays’ 2008 season proved that all things are possible in baseball — not that there has ever been much doubt of that.
March 27th, 20099:38 am
Cyrus have you seen Jeff Bennett this spring?
March 27th, 20099:39 am
What do you folks think of the new AAA field? Looks a lot like Champioms Stadium at Disney? http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t431
March 27th, 20099:44 am
Braves may have the bullpen to get the job done this year, might be too early to call. However, as much as the Braves have put into gathering a very good starting rotation, I feel sure that if the bullpen is a problem, FW will do his best to fix it.
March 27th, 20099:45 am
Man, the image of that Wascally Wabbit I grew up watching just got rather dark. Those were some deep, dark thoughts there my man. I’m actually feeling a little creeped out now. In my mind, I’m now starting to picture Anders as Elmer Fudd during wabbit season.
March 27th, 20099:46 am
Its hard to imagine driving from macon to Gwinnet to watch a triple A game, but I think I might do that a couple of times this year.
March 27th, 20099:47 am
I think you are really wrong. Are we going to win the division, who knows? Wild card? That is a strong possibility. The fact of the matter is that we are very balanced, in both pitching and hitting.
We don’t have an elite arm that will scare anyone, except for maybe Gonzalez or Soriano when healthy. But, we don’t have a weakness either. One through five we have guys that will keep us in games. Watch out for J. Vazquez as well. He has always had the stuff to be an ace, but never the consistency. I think the inconsistency has always been a confidence issue. Bobby Cox may be the best in the business at instilling confidence in his players, which is why him and Leo have so much success with reclamation projects. What I am saying is that our pitching is good enough to keep us in games, and if our bullpen gets healthy it will be doen right nasty.
You are right that we don’t have a guy in our line up that puts absolute fear into someone. I will tell you that Chipper hit .364 last year and is capable of taking anyone out of the park at anytime. I guarantee you nobody is relishing facing him. Or, McCann for that matter. No we don’t have a Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, A-Fraud, or some other big bopper. What we do have is a lineup one through eight capable of power to the gaps (2Bs and 3Bs) and capable of clutch hits. It is convenient to sit around waiting for the three-run homer, but what wins games is pitching, defense and timely hitting. We should possess all three. Don’t forget that if we are still in it, we can always try to acquire a big bat at the trading deadline.
Don’t forget about our defense either. Our only weakness would be LF or 2B. But, Kelly is getting better and better. Remember, this is only his fourth year playing 2B EVER. Diaz is a pretty decent LF, but obviuosly Garret Anderson doesn’t have the greatest range. He defnitely knows how to play the position though.
Last year we were decimated by injuries to the pitching staff. We should be able to handle some of those this year, as long as it isn’t Soriano or Lowe for long periods of time. We have Hanson, Reyes, Morton, Parr, and Medlen waiting in the wings for SP. And, Campillo if needed. We also have a surplus of bullpen arms. They aren’t the greatest, but they were on the team last year (Bennett, Acosta, Carlyle).
I am as objective of a fan as they come and would be fairly discouraged if it was warranted. I am not delusional. However, I think we are going to be very formidable. We definitely have a shot at the playoffs. World Series, again I am not delusional. That would take a lot of lucky breaks.
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