2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 25th, 20095:39 pm
I wish it were…and given that I have (obviously) never played organized football I might be wrong, but I am under the impression that it is rather difficult (not to mention against the rules) to throw a ball down the field while laying on the ground under a pile of large men…
Nolie, don’t you think your boy Moby Grape can take care of himself? Why not mind your own biz unless spoken to? (Jeff321)
against a childish hater like you, first round KO for cuz. But if you put trash out there you should expect anybody on the board to respond to it, and whether anybody else did or not I thought it foolish enough to respond to, that’s kinda what happens on a blog you know, like Braveheart responded too in a way, but nicer. . You do know that , right? That’s why you are a never ending source of entertainment Jeffy. Keep up the good work.
April 25th, 20095:41 pm
Darn the fox blackout! Today’s game would have been just the remedy for my strained Braves enthusiasm. ‘way to go Chipper and Yunel.
DOB: another reason for supporting Esco as the POG – he did all you mentioned AND got HBP again.
Dave, you know all this draft talk is gonna hijack the blog for the evening, don’t you?
April 25th, 20095:44 pm
Looks like the falcons are going to miss out on Brian Cushing
April 25th, 20095:46 pm
Glad, I can keep ya entertained, Nolie! I sure got a kick out of that “vibrator” comment you made the other night.
April 25th, 20095:47 pm
Choppinmama, not a problem. The draft talk, that is.
Frank from KS
Hey, the Braves are on ESPN Monday night. Hey DOB….who’s slated to go Monday night?
Steve from OH
April 25th, 20095:51 pm
Monday it’ll be Jurrjens vs. Joel Piniero.
Nolie, I hate that you’re on pain pills, but I gotta say I love how much nastier, funnier and brutally honest you get when you’re on them.
April 25th, 20095:52 pm
I went to a arts/crafts/funnel-cake/bloomin’ onion/grouper sammich-kind of event today in our little ‘neck of the woods. Always enjoy sitting and people and panting dog watching. .One conclusion I drew today, males and females were equally tatted up that I saw. Only the guys had bigger ones……..tattoos that is.
One kind of tattoo you never see – tattoos of your body organs right over where the organ should be. Kinda cool to have kidneys, your heart or lungs inked right where they lay. Could be part of the initiation process for Doctors On Wheels or The Chrome Coroners.
David Ross was such a great pick up. It’s nice to know we have a bat when McCann returns, and needs a rest.
April 25th, 20095:54 pm
cabravesfan … I meant your rant, not the situation. You meant your rant to be funny, and, I laughed out loud. I can see you take your football seriously and are frustrated. I kid around about how aggravated I was, last season, losing game after game by a point or 3. At the time, however, I wasn’t laughing.
BTW, I screwed up before (another flaw I try to keep hidden). When I read the printed-out Braves’ schedule, I read the month to the right of April (you know, reading left to right). However, that month is June. May, is underneath April. The next 2 Saturdays are Fox games for the Braves (Houston, Philly). I may see the Philly game here, if there’s no Mets or Yankees. Who knows what they’ll show out your way?
April 25th, 20095:55 pm
I sure got a kick out of that “vibrator” comment you made the other night. (Jeff321)
good for you dude, that’s why I made it to entertain. At least my humor is intentional if not always successful, as opposed to yours that is unintentional when you’re being serious.
Frank: thanks for the heads up. I stay with DirectTV to get the Xtra Innings package but it doesn’t help on Saturdays. I sure enyoy the games with lots of runners and balls flying out though. Sorry I had to miss today’s.
April 25th, 20095:59 pm
Nolie, I hate that you’re on pain pills, but I gotta say I love how much nastier, funnier and brutally honest you get when you’re on them. (BRAVEHEART)
Thanx…I guess. I hope I’m coming off soon, though I’ll be sorry to disappoint you with the old bland nolie.
April 25th, 20096:00 pm
Chipper looks like he’s farting in that catcher’s face on the front… “Smell this, PUNK!!”
I can rant with the best of them…that was the norm last year (and as I type, Ellsbury just tied the Sox/Yankees game up at 6…in the 5th inning- great pitchers duel there!) and i only mostly hate Scot McCloughan…he has occasional moments of coherent ideas (like when he fired Mike Nolan). I do have nothing positive to say about the spawn of satan that owns by beloved team…
Next week’s game wont bother me because I will be out of town but it would be really nice to see the Phillies game
April 25th, 20096:01 pm
“it is rather difficult (not to mention against the rules) to throw a ball down the field while laying on the ground under a pile of large men…”
cabravesfan … Brett Favre came the closest I’ve ever seen to pulling that off.
On Baseball, the Yankees were up 6-0. The key word there is “were”. The Red Sox have tied it up and are threatening to go ahead.
Actually Mike Nolan was fired by 27 year old (not a misprint) team president Jed York. I would have given anything to have been in the room for that conversation
April 25th, 20096:02 pm
After being down 6-0, the R. Sox have come back to tie the Yanks it at 6. Varitek with a GS in the 4th and a HR by Jason Ellsbury(sp) in the 5th.
A.J. is losing it in the 5th.
Go Sox!!!!! :>)
unfortunately, Shaun Hill is not quite He Who Shall Not be Named…
gotta get a faster computer, damn it.
April 25th, 20096:03 pm
Nolie you didn’t make the “vibrator” comment to entertain. You made an honest mistake talking about a bed used to increase circulation. But, the blog thought you were talking about a device used for pleasure.
That said, its really no big deal. But, if you’d like to converse in the future — I would suggest staying off the personal stuff and focusing on the players.
April 25th, 20096:04 pm
DOB: Maybe MLB should make everyone that has to go through waivers sit in the green room, televised 24/7 until something happens. No – that even LOOKS boring in print.
OK guys, the draft blog is yours tonight……….
April 25th, 20096:08 pm
cabravesfan … You sound more passionate about the 49er’s than the Braves. Is football your favorite sport?
April 25th, 20096:11 pm
……….and you too, cabravesfan
April 25th, 20096:12 pm
A quick toast to Bea Arthur, who had a good run of 86 years (I hope I can get somewhere close to that). The disturbing thing is that I actually have a song by Bea Arthur (and the still going at 80-something Angela Lansbury) in my I -Tunes Library that I could play while I was doing the toast.
April 25th, 20096:13 pm
Choppinmama … I wouldn’t leave yet. It looks like we have a blog-fight coming up.
April 25th, 20096:14 pm
Jim, did “Maude” die?
April 25th, 20096:16 pm
I’ve been a 49er fan all my life (I grew up a dodger fan, at least until I was about 12 or so) but, no I like them both about the same…it’s just that the 49ers are much more frustrating to watch…p*ss poor ownership, bad GMs, horrible coaching hires, questionable draft picks (with a few very good ones thrown in)…and in a 16 game season every management and coaching mistake is magnified and they haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 (they haven’t had a winning record since 2002)
April 25th, 20096:23 pm
So…what is going on with Lance Niekro? Is he pitching in the minors or what?
April 25th, 20096:24 pm
Somehow, listening to Mike Singletary doesn’t make me feel any better about Crabtree:
When asked how Crabtree fits into the 49ers’ mix he said, “We’ll figure it out. We got a playmaker.”
When asked about reports that Crabtree is a diva and this and that, Singletary said he checked out fine on the team’s background check. “To the best of our knowledge, this is a really good pick for us.”
I was hoping for something better then “we’ll figure it out” and “to the best of our knowledge”
Macon Braves (RIP)
April 25th, 20096:25 pm
Here’s hoping to see Shafer moved to the leadoff spot at some point soon. And if he does move up, I think Kelly Johnson should be batting second behind him. With Escobar hacking at the first pitch all the time, Shafer would never have a chance to swipe second even if Bobby did turn him loose to do it. Kelly is much more patient and would be willing to give Shafer a couple of pitches to try and steal.
That came as a shock to me (Bea Arthur’s passing). Never did watch her in Maude….but I sure did watch the Golden Girls and even now, catch a rerun every now and then. Betty White and Rue McClanahan(sp) are the only ones left from that show.
Being only 33, I can say I’m probably the only one who can say that…(Lol).
April 25th, 20096:26 pm
Man, back in the Montana-Rice days, they were one hell of a team. They were so good, that many around here jumped on the bandwagon and became 49er fans. I don’t mean to pester you with a bunch of questions, but if you’ll indulge me, one more time … how did you become a Braves’ fan? Did the Dodgers p-ss you off?
April 25th, 20096:27 pm
Frank from KS-
I’m a few years younger then you and I watched The Golden Girls a lot when I was younger…loved Bea Arthur, sad to hear she passed.
April 25th, 20096:28 pm
What is going on with Escobar? I know he had a big day today, but all the first pitch swinging is getting tiresome. He had such good plate discipline in 2008 too; a regression.
April 25th, 20096:29 pm
“I was hoping for something better then “we’ll figure it out” and “to the best of our knowledge”
I can see where that may shake your confidence.
Tom – that would be correct. No details other than ‘cancer.’
Getting close to the Falcons pick now….how sweet is it to have to wait till the end of the round to see them pick? Especially since it is off performance from the previous season.
Can’t believe the Raiders reached as far as they did for the WR from Maryland……well, on second thought, it is the Raiders. Bet Michael Crabtree was quietly breathing a big sigh of relief for not being drafted by that train wreck of and organization. Think a lot of players would rather go to any other team (even the Lions) in the league than go play for Al Davis’ nutty self.
April 25th, 20096:30 pm
I think Singletary has the makings of a great NFL coach. Hell, he played for one of the best in Ditka and will probably coach a lot like him, I’m guessing.
April 25th, 20096:31 pm
Macon Braves (RIP) … I don’t know if Bobby is ready to put Schafer in the lead off spot yet, and I hope he does, but I doubt if he’ll keep Johnson there much longer. He’s really struggling.
April 25th, 2009
Is that really necessary?
“That came as a shock to me (Bea Arthur’s passing). Never did watch her in Maude”
Maude was a really good sitcom in its day. Not as cutting edge as All in the Family, but close – and it was almost impossible to be that out front after the barriers were broken.
My friends and I used to watch the late-nite re-runs, and to this day often use one of Maude’s classic lines… “Who cares, Walter? Who cares?“ … when someone rambles on about something.
She was just a great comedic actress – had the deadpan humor down to perfection.
Coach (2010 or bust)
April 25th, 20096:32 pm
Nothing but Bobby ball today. Great pitching from Lowe and the pen along with two HR’s, ten runs and solid D.
SERGE, Brian Barton is on the 40 man.
April 25th, 20096:34 pm
One thing that still puzzles me about Bea Arthur.
She was a guest on Pam Anderson’s Celebrity Roast on Comedy Central.
Something to make ya go…”Ummmmmmmm…”
That is the other reason why watching the 49ers the last few years has been so frustrating- the teams that I grew up with (from Eddie DeBartolo on down) were the model NFL team, and they were really really good. (they are going back to those great cherry red unis this year! WHOO HOO!)
Yes the Dodgers p*ssed me off…They blew a giant divisional lead in 1991 and my 12 year old mind decided that they were not worthy to have me as a fan anymore. The Braves happened to be the team that won the division that year (man, I miss the days they were in the West!) so I decided they would become my new team. I, of course, had no way of knowing they would become the team they did but I have now been a Braves fan a lot longer then I was ever a Dodger fan (going on 18 years now)
And I have no problem with the questions, believe me you are not the first to ask how a girl from LA became such a huge Braves fan
April 25th, 20096:37 pm
Tom O’Hawke—Yeah, I doubt it happening soon, that’s why I was saying “at some point soon”. I think the kid is showing lately that he’s got what it takes though. Even if it isn’t soon, I think CF and the leadoff spot for the future is in good hands.
I love, love, love that they hired Singletary full time- I think his fire is exactly what the team was seriously lacking in the early part of last year, and for several years previous…
April 25th, 20096:42 pm
Peria Jerry for the Falcons.
April 25th, 20096:45 pm
It is now 8-8 Yankees/Sox in the 6th
April 25th, 20096:46 pm
Kinda the same thing with me. I grew up being a HUGE Royals fan (Brett, Willie Wilson, Frank White, Quizenberry, Hal McRae, etc) and of course….manager Dick Howser.
I lost interest in them after Brett retired in 93 even tho I still followed (and still do to this day….just not as much as I did at first) them afterwards.
By the looks of things…at least early, the Royals could very well win the A.L. Central. Be about time too. I’ve been wishing they would get back to being a good team again.
“So…what is going on with Lance Niekro? Is he pitching in the minors or what?” — Name (?)
I heard about a week ago, that he is still in the organization, but, “he has a lot to learn”. I’m not sure what that all entails, but suffice to say, you won’t be seeing him on the mound, at the Ted, anytime soon.
April 25th, 20096:47 pm
Check that. Brian Barton was listed on the 40 but not anymore? I dunno.
Was hoping for Jerry or Vontae Davis, so can’t complain about the DT being the pick.
GO FALCONS AND GO BRAVES
April 25th, 20096:50 pm
I actually had the pleasure of meeting George Brett on several occasions (his brother was my next door neighbor for several years)- what a wonderful man! He was so cool to a little kid, just hanging out talking like neighbors do. I became a huge fan of his after the first time I met him.
April 25th, 20096:55 pm
Packers just took Clay Matthews…you will like him a lot
Tom – Packers get Clay Matthews at #26.
April 25th, 20096:56 pm
Interesting USA Today article about old school (over 65) managers coaching in these new-fangled days:
Today’s old school managers have the respect of their players, management and peers.
“When I think of old school managers, they’re the ones not worried about all the stuff on the periphery: all the media stuff, all the TV stuff, all the glitz and glamour,” Braves general manager Frank Wren says.
“Bobby (Cox) just has an unbelievable desire to win. When the game begins, you see that fire. It’s no secret why he’s been thrown out of more games than any manager in history. It’s that competitive fire.
“The other part that’s made him successful is that he’s great at building relationships. Players love to play for him because of the way he treats them.”
Cox is the only manager six-time All-Star Chipper Jones has played for in the big leagues.
“I associate the ‘old school’ label with the fact that you know how to play the game and a manager that insists the game be played the right way,” Jones says.
“Bobby is about as old school as they come in this day and age. Managers like him, Leyland, (Mike) Scioscia have very little tolerance for the consummate look-at-me guys (that say), ‘Hooray for our team as long as I’m the star.’
“If somebody were to say that, I might be old school. I’d certainly take it as a compliment.”
April 25th, 20096:57 pm
wow- and they gave up 3 picks to New England to get him…
April 25th, 20097:00 pm
cabravesfan re: your 6:50
WOW…sounds pretty cool. Yeah ole George was my boy..(Lol). Chipper’s a George Brett-type.
cabravesfan and Frank (and to anyone else that cares to read this)
I guess a lot of us aren’t products of our environment. The number one team I enjoy seeing lose is the Mets. Number two is the Yankees, and I live in New York (upstate, however). The year the Yankees played the Mets, in the World Series, I left the planet(temporarily).
April 25th, 20097:07 pm
So, will the Hawks fire coach after this series?
April 25th, 20097:08 pm
The year the Yankees played the Mets, in the World Series, I left the planet(temporarily).
You, me, and a lot of other people I think
I remember the first time I saw the video of the “Pine Tar” incident and I couldn’t believe it was the same person! George Brett was totally different sitting in his brother’s home, laid back, relaxed, totally chill (yeah, I know it was a completely different situation but I was about 8 at the time…things like that didn’t enter my brain)
April 25th, 20097:12 pm
Johnny Damon just got picked off second…it’s 10-9 in the 7th
Nice to see those high priced players getting their work in today
April 25th, 20097:13 pm
At least, during the run of the Braves superiority, seeing the Yanks lose has been a great thing. Never had the dispise for them in the 80’s as I do now. I did like Don Mattingly. He was a class act.
Truth be told….I pulled for the Mets in the 2000 World Series. I know, I know….I should be shot and hung for that (Lol)…but it’s the truth.
Wasn’t it in 92, the Dodgers had a p*** poor team? I remember one game against the Braves where they threw the ball around in the infield at one time during the Braves half of an inning. They were THAT bad defensively.
April 25th, 20097:14 pm
Tom – I was a Mets’ fan for years (I was at the Eastern Division clincher on 9/24/69, 10 years before I was born), divorced them when they traded Seaver, fell back into line in the mid-80’s (the sixth game in the ‘86 World Series is one of the great nights of my life), but, since I lived in Richmond and (Go NY Giants!) I got to see the core of the early 90’s (and beyond teams), I slowly morphed into a Braves’ fan. I also managed to catch Smoltz’s ML debut – it was Old Timer’s Day at Shea, and it was my daughter’s first game (and my Grandmother’s last) – if I wasn’t familiar with the Richmond Braves I would probably not remember who pitched for the Braves that day.
Wow. I thought it was a night game there at Cincy… but it’s good to see that Yunel and Chipper (specially Chipper) went yard and that both had a great game.
Good to see that Lowe plunked a hitter today. It’s a way to send a message to the other teams. I don’t care if Volquez did it on purpose or not last night, we kind of needed someone to take care of our batters and Lowe is that kind of guy (I think he also hit a Nationals’ batter when KJ, I guess, was hit in the home opener series).
April 25th, 20097:15 pm
cabravesfan and Jim, thanks again for the info. Southern Cal guy, huh? I can see why you’re familiar with him. The Packers must have really wanted this guy. They don’t have another pick, now, until the 4th round. BTW, this guy would be easier to feed. He’s “only” 240. He was 160 as a junior in HS. Then he “grew”.
April 25th, 20097:18 pm
nice to see the blog is in a better mood today. I still can’t believe those who can’t see anything good even during a 10-2 win. I’M also a Mets and Yankees hater too Tom O’Hawke. If the Braves are not in the playoffs I still am happy as long as they are not either.
Jeff Locke tossing a no-hitter for Myrtle thru 5…with 2BB and 4K’s. Freddie Freeman solo bomb to put MB up 1-0.
the dodgers were good in ‘91- they were the team the Braves ran down to go worst to first (in a very short time if memory serves)
Familiar is an understatment on – have seen every game he’s played in college (did I mention I am a live-and-die-with USC Trojan fan?)
April 25th, 20097:19 pm
that was supposed to say “on Matthews” of course
April 25th, 20097:20 pm
Make that 12-10.
Mike Lowell, 3 run shot. 12-10 Boston.
April 25th, 20097:22 pm
those guys are going to run out of pitchers
April 25th, 20097:24 pm
Frank …. that 2000 series was a no win situation. I probably would have rather seen the Mets win, also. National League and all, but I wouldn’t admit it. That’s why I took some time off and went to Ursa Minor.
April 25th, 20097:29 pm
Nolie you didn’t make the “vibrator” comment to entertain. You made an honest mistake talking about a bed used to increase circulation. (Jeff)
It never occurred to you that knowing this board, I figured what kind of response I’d get? and that I would then have a reasonable excuse to claim that I meant nothing “racy”.on the board It’s a game like chess dude. , gotta be thinking a few moves ahead. Some fish bite.
Great weather and a great game. I was surprised by the number of Braves fans. Braves improve to 4-1 in games I have attended and Chipper has homered in every game he’s played that I have gone to. If only I can reverse the Extra Innings/MLB.TV trend (last three years).
April 25th, 20097:31 pm
Yeah, I agree with ya there that it was NOT a no-win situation…but I dispised/dispise the Yanks MUCH more…(Lol).
That’s why it was SOOOO awesome to see them lose in 2001 :>) and on a GW hit, at that.
April 25th, 20097:33 pm
Locke still has no-no thru six…7K’s. Also a GO/FO ratio of 9/2 so far.
April 25th, 20097:34 pm
it’s now 12-11 R.Sox.
I don’t know tho…..games like this are a lot of fun (for at least us fans) as 2-1 games are.
April 25th, 20097:36 pm
I much prefer pitchers duels…much less scary then “whomever has the last at bat is going to win” type of game…plus I like a well pitched game
April 25th, 20097:37 pm
Smyrna Jim …. I liked your 7:14 post, but you left me in a quandry, with this one line. “(I was at the Eastern Division clincher on 9/24/69, 10 years before I was born)” Even for a guy like me, that travels to other solar systems, you confused me. BTW, before Richmond, did you ever live in NY? Pluto?
April 25th, 20097:41 pm
Yeah, I was curious about that comment of Jim’s too.
April 25th, 20097:46 pm
cabravesfan … no you didn’t, at least not while I was on the blog. Joe Pa and Penn State is my college team. I hope that’s not another strike against me. With the Braves and Packers, they were my only ray of sunshine last year, except for that Bowl game against that rag-bag team. Who were they again?
Run Heap Run
DOB @ 4:27 … Good call on Yunel. He definitely deserves to be in the mention. 3 way tie then..
Frank – Bea Arthur was hilarious on Pam Anderson’s roast. Those comedy central roasts usually are.
OT: I went to an estate sale today and wow this lady must’ve had swagger in her day lol. Almost every bedroom of the house was done in red with the spanish decor that was popular in the 70s and she had tons of cowboy boots and silky western shirts, fancy scarves and several fur coats but the back room was the piece-de-resistance; red shag carpeting, a huge 1950’s black curved sectional sofa, a red velvet love seat, some kind of velvet wall art, a piano, a ukulele, a big cabinet stereo (one of 3 throughout the house) and hundreds of records. I bought an old radio and an ashtray advertising some nightclub in Chicago. Don’t smoke but I liked it. (Hope it’s okay with Ronald Millsap that I shared a personal story).
April 25th, 20097:50 pm
You mean the team that embarrassed them all over the Rose Bowl on New Years day? The team that turned what was supposed to be the best bowl game of the season into one that was over at half-time? That “rag-bag” team?
I can’t hold it against you if you like Penn State…I feel a litte bad for you but no animosity
April 25th, 20097:52 pm
Don’t smoke but I liked it. (Hope it’s okay with Ronald Millsap that I shared a personal story). (RUN HEAP)
what? You didn’t buy the whole bedroom?
April 25th, 20097:54 pm
Tom – I was trying to disguise my agedness – and I grew up on Long Island before heading off to William and Mary for school. I actually dropped the Yankees for the Mets when they fired Yogi. Plus, we lived closer to Shea (although my first game was at Yankee Stadium – I remember Al Kaline throwing a strike to 3rd, and Clete Boyer changing his pants in the dugout after a pant-tearing slide).
cabravesfan … yeah, that team.
April 25th, 20097:55 pm
LOL nolie no. It was just so…disco…I wanted to take a pic of the room but there were several other people in there. If it had been just my friend and me in the room I definitely would have. It was definitely like stepping into the set of Boogie Nights.
April 25th, 20097:57 pm
That would be my USC Trojans, adding a 24th Rose Bowl title to their trophy case
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
The Texas Braves are having a good game…Andruw has an HR, Salty is 2-2 (4 for his last 5), and Elvis has scored a run and make a nice play…
April 25th, 20097:58 pm
Run Heap Run
Comedy Central just had one for Larry the Cable Guy, here recently.
April 25th, 20097:59 pm
The 3 most time-consuming events in the world. (starting with the shortest) 1) the evolution of man
2) getting your car repaired
3) Yankee – Red Sox game
April 25th, 20098:00 pm
rey maualuga is a beast…anyone here a Bengels fan? This kid is scary good
April 25th, 20098:01 pm
I’m sure you didn’t see my question during last nights game, so I’ll ask again. Just wondering if you ever got a chance to hear a band called “RLA” in ATL over the past few years. They played regularly at Smith’s Old Bar and a couple of times at the Roxy. They played in several other clubs during that time period and just wondered if you ever saw them.
April 25th, 20098:04 pm
That game over yet? The Fox affiliate(sp)has went to severe weather coverage here in my area of Kansas
April 25th, 20098:06 pm
Locke out after 6 2/3…no-no broken up with one out in the 7th. Ended up giving up one earned on 1 H, 2BB, 7K.
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