9:20 pm January 22, 2010, by David O'Brien
January 24th, 20105:19 pm
Hey Nick, you wanna lay down a bet on the Braves season and the “75 wins at best”, comment?
If the Braves win 76 games or more, you have to post:
“Hi, my name is Nick and I’m a douchebag” for 100 straight days. Then leave the blog forever.
If you’re right. I’ll post how brilliant Nick is and how wrong I was, for the same time period and will also leave the blog for good after that.
January 24th, 20105:20 pm
Does anyone still watch the Grammies…?
What a joke…I’d rather watch old Ricki Lake
meant Saturday, not Sunday. Today is Sunday. duh.
January 24th, 20105:21 pm
Yeah Soph, Favre can be hard to stomach sometimes and I have no problem if the Saints win. That said, I’ll be pulling for the Vikings, kinda fond of old gunslingers.
January 24th, 20105:22 pm
Any idea when we’ll no what players will appear in the Braves Caravan?
January 24th, 20105:24 pm
If it don’t come from DOB, don’t click it! Just. Don’t. Do. It. Don’t. No. R19
I post plenty of valid links here as do many others, all you need to do is pay attention
Jeff Bridges also won best actor at the SAG awards last night. Looking good for his chances of winning the Oscar, I’d say. His performance in Crazy Heart deserves it.
January 24th, 20105:30 pm
I might be in the Minority but I like the AFC/NFC Championship games better than the Stuper Bowl for the Fact that the players are playing for their vacation to Miami…
The superbowl has become nothing more than a corporate exhibition much like the MLB All-star game was before they made it decide AL/NL home field advantage in 2003
January 24th, 20105:32 pm
Lowe, Derek $15,000,000
Jones, Chipper $13,000,000
Hudson, Tim $9,000,000
Kawakami, Kenshin $7,333,667
Wagner, Billy $6,750,000
McCann, Brian $5,666,667
McLouth, Nate $5,000,000
Saito, Takashi $3,200,000
Cabrera, Melky $3,100,000
Diaz, Matt $2,500,000
Infante, Omar $2,225,000
Glaus, Troy $1,750,000
Ross, David $1,600,000
Moylan, Peter $1,150,000
Hinske, Eric $1,000,000
Cabrera, Melky -$500,000
Total committed $77,825,334
Troy Glaus 2.25 million
Takshi Saito 2.3 million
So payroll could get to 82 million. Last year it was 96 million, but there’s the Tim Hudson issue. Even if insurance paid for his whole salary payroll would still be above the 82 million mark, at 84. How many cases have you seen where insurance pays for everything???? Maybe 75 % but not 100%.
They say payroll was close to 90 million so insurance probably covered half of Hudson’s contract, which was 6 million. Right now they should have 8 million to spend, unless they don’t think it’s worth signing anybody else, or the budget decreased because of the economy which affected the attendance.
January 24th, 20105:33 pm
Can anyone imagine if the Saints and Colts make it to face one another in Super Bowl. Get ready, mr. scoreboard operator. That could be a 55-42 type of game.
January 24th, 20105:34 pm
Tomhawkin, I agree with you on league championships being better than Super Bowl and Super Sunday, and we might not be in the minority in that opinion. Everything about the Super Bowl is bloated and overhyped, and I hate that neutral crowd that’s predominately corporate bigwigs who care far more about being there and being seen than about the game itself.
January 24th, 20105:35 pm
Braves607, they’re supposed to send out a complete list of players Monday or Tuesday for all the Braves Carvan stop. At least that’s what I was told when I asked last week.
January 24th, 20105:36 pm
January 24th, 20105:37 pm
I love all the posts on here stating what the payroll is. They all claim to be right but they all come up with different totals, and absolutely none of them have a clue as to what the real situation/numbers really is. Good entertainment !
January 24th, 20105:38 pm
At least the Superbowl rotates where it is played but I hear you Dobi, sounds like a Yankees game
In the Aussie footy it is played every year at the MCG, which is the home ground of 4 of the local teams, so when one of the interstate teams plays (every year practically) they have to play away against the HOME team
nolie- I second that. Even DOB himself has said that all he can do is give his best guess because Braves simply don’t fully divulge that info. So, if the beat writer can only guess… imagine how silly it is when someone else tries it. But damn entertining when DOB chimes in and pulls the bottom card out from their stack.
January 24th, 20105:41 pm
Where are all my Bandwagon NY Jokes Fans at now?
Chad = jerk
January 24th, 20105:43 pm
Nothing bothers me more than the 2 Week layoff of Media/BSPN Hype of the Stuper Bowl
Not to mention the quality of the Commercials at halftime gets worse by the Year not to mention the half-time concerts as well as the singing of the Nat’l Anthem by the newest American Idiot (Idol) winner
I’d Take Rasslemania over the Superbowl anyday
January 24th, 20105:45 pm
Levinson’s Liberty Heights was also set in Baltimore, though he made it after his so-called “Baltimore Trilogy” movies (as Nolie noted, those were Diner, Tin Men and Avalon.
Redstick19, are you familiar with the oyster bar on the west end of Front Beach road. I’ve been craving some oysters, can’t remember the name of the place.
LOL, I want to know if I’m going to get a Brian McCann or Clint Sammons autograph.
not sure whether I like BALLGAME! or GAME OVER! better. Is one strictly football and the other only for baseball? Inquiring minds want to know.
January 24th, 20105:46 pm
It won’t be before long that the Superbowl coincides with the date of when Pitchers and catchers report…
January 24th, 20105:48 pm
I called Game Over a lot last year due to our lackluster offense
But we won more than we lost
January 24th, 20105:49 pm
When I watch braves games, I call Game-over when we lose and ballgame when we win…
January 24th, 20105:50 pm
Come On Peyton!
Run up the Score, Keep Throwing! I wanna see the NY Jokes get Clowned!
Bat – I don’t like oysters (I know, I know. I get sh** all the time for being a Louisiana native who ddoesn’t care much for seafood.), so I’m not sure of the place you’re talking about. I live on the west end of PCB near the Beach House Bar. I think I’ve seen a place called Shuckers or something with the word shuck in it odwn closer to the “spring break area” of city. Not far from Sharky’s and all the huge condos. That help any at all?
January 24th, 20105:51 pm
but some others called BALLGAME! when something bad happened to the Braves early in the game. So confusing. One wants to learn the accepted protocol so as to be able to chime in without seeming unknowledgeable.
January 24th, 20105:53 pm
Look at me…prophetic again at 5:48
January 24th, 20105:54 pm
not just Louisiana Redstick, but that part of Florida is famous for it’s oysters. I musta et a long ton of ‘em when I lived up there.
January 24th, 20105:56 pm
Redstick – Yeah, I know where you are. One of the things I love about living here is the seafood. Of course I know where the place is, so it’s not like I have to remember the name. Man we are getting some serious wind and rain right now.
January 24th, 20105:57 pm
Nationals get a lead off double
looney fan 1: BALLGAME!! Why did Bobby call for a fastball?? AHH, Wren!!!!
January 24th, 20105:58 pm
nolie- it’s just a Gulf coast thing. Seafood, that is. I’m not repulsed by seafood and if it’s the only thing available, I can do it no problem. Prefer fried fish and grilled shrimp to all other seafood. Just not my first choice… I’m more of a pasta/Italian food man myself.
January 24th, 20105:59 pm
if you ever noticed that a lot of those fans only come on here for the big games and dissappear by August…?
On a side note I called Game-over anytime I saw Ryan Howard facing any of our relievers in aclose game…Dude kills us and was the reason we lost a few games against the Phillies in the second half
Went to high school in Baltimore beginning of the 60s so always interested in Levinson’s home town films. IMO Diner was the best by far.
January 24th, 20106:00 pm
Bat- where you live?
Nolie, they are not what they once were,I remember when you could barely fit one on a cracker, but still damn good.
January 24th, 20106:01 pm
Colts intercept with 2:05 left to play — game almost over. Colts 30-17.
It just Pains me to see Mark Skank-chez and the NY jokes get the crap beat out of them like this!
Redstick, you must have missed my reply to you earlier. I’m just west of you, Santa rosa Beach.
January 24th, 20106:03 pm
Jets aren’t going to win. Good call
Thanks. Although I had less confidence than the last time I said I’d go by “jeffrey doo doo head”
(It was when they were naming Silver Sluggers and McFann had to go to the Aquarium right before they announced, and I assured her that McCann would win it or else I’d go by…well you know the rest)
Well, doodoo er…jeffrey – you were right. Jets aren’t going to win. Good call.
January 24th, 20106:04 pm
I don’t think anyone in their right mind is gonna watch the Pro-Bowl, what a Joke…The Pro Bowl makes the NBA all-star game sound more exciting to watch and that is saying something considering what a Farce the NBA is….
January 24th, 20106:05 pm
Agree on Conference Championship Sunday being better than Superbowl Sunday. Told my wife as much this morning, when she told me to quit whining about having to work most of the day today and missing most of the first game.
These games are usually good games, and the SB is more of a snacks, beer and party day, and of course, the commercials.
That being said, the SB’s have been pretty good games in recent years.
Prophetic again. I enjoy predicting what you guys are going to say.
January 24th, 20106:08 pm
Oh, so now doodoo’s psychic, huh?
January 24th, 20106:09 pm
Rex Ryan looks so sad. I love it.
Speaking of Jeff Bridges, I’ve been watching Big Lebowski a lot lately, as I’m writing my thesis on it actually. Easily my favourite film of all-time. Can’t wait to see Crazy Heart, looking for it online but can’t get a good stream. If we could keep the spoilers away, I’d appreciate a lot, gang. Obviously a huge Bridges fan. But does anyone know where I can find it online?
Should be a great NFC Championship. Torn between my heart which says Saints, and my blood which says Vikings. Lots of Vikes fans in my family, and in Canada at-large.
Bat – cool. I used to work in FWB prior to the newspaper shifting copy desk over to the Panama City paper. My wife still works just down road from you in Destin. One of our first dates was Gulfarium right there near you. It looked like it could use some repairs/rennovations, but it wasn’t what I was really interested in anyway, if you catch my drift… Man, I love this area no matter what people choose to say about it or call it. Dealing with visitors sucks sometimes… but then we get ot all to ourselves for several months too. So it works out.
maybe just physicked
I prophesized what you were going to say word-for-word, didn’t I? And it’s not doo doo…Jets lost.
January 24th, 20106:11 pm
Now I can’t call you doodoo – they hadn’t lost when I typed it last. I could’ve put up with the Jets winning if I got to call you doodoo for a whole week.
Gee,my whole week was planned around calling jeffrey doodoo head,now what shall I do with myself?
January 24th, 20106:16 pm
Gee,my whole week was planned around calling jeffrey doodoo head,now what shall I do with myself? CB
renege on the deal and do it anyway. whats he gonna do about it?
January 24th, 20106:19 pm
Darn you Chad!!
January 24th, 20106:20 pm
Jason are you still fixated on that Florida election?
January 24th, 20106:21 pm
nolie,good point. DOO-DOO HEAD,jeffrey.
January 24th, 20106:33 pm
Restick- yeah this time of year it’s just small town living, even during the season it’s not bad along 30a where I live. I kept a boat over on Holiday Isle for a while, I was coming back from there during the July 4th holiday and was stuck on 98 in Destin for about 3 hours. I just try to stay out of there over the holidays. I will admit I like cruising the beach road from Sandestin to Destin that time of year, going a couple of miles an hour is best, since I can’t seem to keep my eyes on the road.
January 24th, 20106:36 pm
Watched the Roddick – Gonzalez match last night/this morning. Yet another really good match in the Aussie. Roddick prevailed in 5 sets despite Gonzalez whipping forehand and backhand (the real surprise) all over the place. The camera crew kept showing shots of Gonzo’s g/f in the stand. She is some pop/movie star in Chile… man she was a saaaaaaaaaaaaaamokin’ hot. Made it even better that I stayed up to watch the match.
January 24th, 20106:37 pm
amen, Bat. Destin traffic is the worst in the Panhandle. Hands down.
January 24th, 20106:41 pm
Oh Gawd! Another American Idiot (Idol) Winner doing the Nat’l Anthem
Brandon from Warner Robins
January 24th, 20106:42 pm
Vikings 33 Saints 26.
Peyton Manning playing his father’s old team for his second title… could be worse storylines. Geaux Saints! (I know that spelling annoys y’all, but deal with it. It’s a Louisiana thing. Humor us, for we give you great seafood and funny accents and ridiculous movie characters.)
January 24th, 20106:52 pm
This Southwest Airlines commercial is highly annoying….
That was too easy for the Vikings.
January 24th, 20106:54 pm
Nice opening drive by the Vikes! Looks like Favre is answering the ubiquitous “WHO DAT” question.
Rob, still sore, from (SC)
what caravan are you going to
January 24th, 20106:56 pm
Live from the Superdome here … I’ve never heard anything as loud as this crowd got on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage
January 24th, 20106:57 pm
Cards busted out 7-0 really easy and real fast against Saints last week, and then laid an egg rest of way. Never thought the Vikes would be shut out. Bring it, old man Favre!
January 24th, 20106:58 pm
DOB: You wrote earlier:
“Sorry, but I can’t let this one slip past without asking: When’s the last time the Pirates signed a 33-year-old former AL (or NL) home-run leader, a guy who averaged over 30 homers for the four-season stretch prior to being injured the year before they signed him?
When’s the last time the Pirates signed anything like a closer with 385 saves, a 2.39 career ERA and 1,092 strikeouts in 833-2/3 innings?
I mean, talk about exaggerating to make a point.”
Maybe you just don’t know much baseball history. The signings the Braves have made in Hinske, Glaus, Wagner, Saito and Melky (trade for Melky) are akin to what the Pirates did after the Bonds/Bonilla reign. They signed guys past their prime, gave huge contracts to guys not worth it, and gave money to younger guys that didn’t deserve it.
I’ll throw some names out for you: Kevin Young, Derek Bell, Pat Meares, Raul Mondesi…
The difference in the two franchises is that the Pirates signed them to more money.
But the bottom line is we just went shopping @ Dollar General.
Scrap heap = Braves offseason.
Finally, who cares that the Braves got a guy that’s a “former league home run leader” or a guy that has 380+ saves. If that’s your way of building a team, let’s go sign Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds as they, too, are stars of yesterday.
We heard way too much last year about how we’d have money to invest in the lineup, get that big bat, etc.
Wagner and Saito? Both over 40, right?
Yeah…Pirates-type moves to me.
January 24th, 20107:02 pm
January 24th, 20107:03 pm
January 24th, 20107:04 pm
Not really much into trash talking, but I’ll just repeat what I said at some point yesterday: Vikings are not built to win shootouts, and this has all the makings of textbook definition of a shootout. I like the Saints’ chances- but it’s way early. Lot can happen…
January 24th, 20107:05 pm
Come On, That Defense Got Drove!
How is that Wren’s fault. Liberty Media is not going to give the BRaves any extra money. We just need to focus on locking up our OWN players and hope LM sells sooner than later
January 24th, 20107:06 pm
the press box at the Superdome is literally shaking!
January 24th, 20107:08 pm
About your comments @5:34 PM.
I think the superbowl has become the symbol of American capitalism on steroids for a whole two week period, interrupted by a pesky game. Besides, with the game happening in Miami its definitely going to be all about celebrities (the real ones and the pretend ones) and the parties. Now that they have added the pro-bowl to the same location.. I’d hate to be a Miami area resident for the next two weeks.
January 24th, 20107:11 pm
Rob: If $95 million or whatever our “budget” happens to be isn’t enough, we need to look elsewhere for someone to build the team.
Wren had plenty of money to use.
January 24th, 20107:15 pm
The are going to destroy Farve at this rate
The Saints-Vikings game seems to have started with a lot of energy.
How many more hits can the old man take.
January 24th, 20107:17 pm
I agree with your last post on the Braves settling for Slop…
I’m not High on Troy Glass since he is off the roids
Milky Cabrera is another 4th outfielder with no power
And I’m not that high on Hinske either…Simply put, We have to many If’s in our lineup…
January 24th, 20107:18 pm
My point is this. Soriano and Gonzalez have zero experience during pennant races. Wagner and Saito do. The bullpen should be better this season. Secondly, in my opinion Holliday and Bay were not worth the money they recieved. There were no other big bats on the market.
Also, who did you want to trade Vazquez to. The western divisions were out because of his NCC. You couldn’t trade him within the NL East. NY was about the only place.
We are getting better each year.
January 24th, 20107:19 pm
Plus 95 million is a lot less than the Phillies, Mets, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners ect.
January 24th, 20107:21 pm
Nolie, nah, I was living in Maine then.
January 24th, 20107:27 pm
Rob: I’ve debated ad nauseam on previous blogs about a lot of this so it’s just repeating the same thing. Remember, this offseason started with the Hudson signing which put us in the predicament ’cause apparently nobody wanted Lowe and apparently Vazquez couldn’t bring the big bat. But shouldn’t Wren have known that was going to happen?
$95 million is also a boatload more money than a lot of playoff teams have spent on their teams in recent years.
January 24th, 20107:29 pm
I agree with you Rob (SC)
It was L. Media who decided to slash Payroll and go Cheap…
January 24th, 20107:32 pm
How else would you have spent the budget? Just curious.
January 24th, 20107:34 pm
Man. This is already a hell of a game!
January 24th, 20107:36 pm
Hudson is a better bet going forward than Vazquez. Don’t forget that Hudson should be the # 3 by next season behind Jurrjens and Hanson.
YOu also forget that Vazy is a free agent after this season. Would he have taken 9 mil. I don’t think so. He is also talking retirement. Braves made the right choice.
January 24th, 20107:37 pm
Unless the owners open their books, we have no way of knowing how much money (if any) Liberty made or lost on the Braves. $95 million ain’t cheap to me, given the limits on local revenues from Atlanta. Like it or not, since Time Warner sold the team, there’s no national cable contract. Without that, there’s not much way to compete with New York and Chicago for national TV revenues. (And of course ESPN seems to own a stake in the Red Sox ….)
Seriously, unless you’re a huge market like NY or LA, or unless you have a national cable contract like Chicago, or you have an apesh*t fan base like St. Louis, mid-market teams are going to be at a disadvantage financially. Hey, Liberty could decide to spend like Pittsburgh or KC. How’d you like that?
People just don’t like Wren for some reason.
Remember Schuerholz GAVE away Wainwright. Not to mention over paying for Teixeira
Gawd This is gonna be a Shoot-Out…
Minnesota, Come On!
January 24th, 20107:38 pm
“Like it or not, since Time Warner sold the team, there’s no national cable contract.”
Agree, Not having a Nat’l cable contract really hurts our bottom-line
January 24th, 20107:41 pm
JJ4NLCY The “Stankees” (to borrow a phrase from McFann).
Eh, change that “t” to a “k” and you’ve got it…although I stole it from Choppinmama, and it’s prob’ly the “dirtiest” thing I’ve ever posted.
jeffrey d It was when they were naming Silver Sluggers and McFann had to go to the Aquarium right before they announced, and I assured her that McCann would win it or else I’d go by…well you know the rest
That was great…especially because you didn’t have to go by “jeffrey doo doo head“!
The Braves have to take more gambles on guys like Glaus and be prepared to do salary dumps (as they did with Vazquez). It takes a lot of creativity by the front office. And some moves just won’t work out.
At least Liberty is spending some money. The last couple of years TW owned the club, they forced Schuerholz to pick up guys like Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi rather than actual major leaguers.
Steve from OH
January 24th, 20107:53 pm
I’d take LM over Time-Warner any day…
January 24th, 20108:03 pm
I actually think Stankees is funnier, per Liar Liar
Where would Tina Turner be if she had rolled over and said, “Hit me again, Ike…and put some STANK on it!!
January 24th, 20108:06 pm
Don’t know why the Hudson contract gets blamed for the trade of Vazquez. For budget purposes, Hudson only makes about a million more than Kawakami. Lowe makes the most money and gave the least bang for the buck last season so he should have been gone OR Kawakami is the worst of the 6 and he should have been gone.
The contracts of Lowe and Kawakami and their lack of trade value caused the trade of Vazquez. Hudson’s contract merely allowed the trade of one of their pitchers for something of value.
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