1:54 am February 5, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 6th, 20102:04 pm
Asparagus spears, bbq-baked beans >>>> mac-n-cheese, pasta
Meanwhile…Villanova is creepin’ back into the game.
February 6th, 20102:06 pm
Any of the rest of you get as much snow as me?
February 6th, 20102:07 pm
Good grief, this O’Brien is talking this Damon stuff up like he has a good idea Atlanta has made an offer. As secretive as Wren and the Braves are, with the internet world and Olney,Rosenthal and a lot of other writers aching for something to write about you’d think we’d be reading something, anything about a possible Braves offer to Damon. Nope, nothing. — TnBrian on Feb. 3
Well, I guess you can rest a little easier now that FoxSports.com has written something again connecting Tigers and Braves to Damon.
None of us seems to know if Braves have made an actual offer, but I don’t think they have. I suspect they still haven’t done anything more than say they’d be interested only if he’s (very) inexpensive. That’s where it was a few days ago, and I haven’t heard anything new. Like I said in the original blog, Detroit has more to spend, by all accounts. So if they want to spend it, he’ll likely go there, unless another team gets more involved or the Braves decide they’ve got more to spend.
February 6th, 20102:09 pm
Executive Decision is on A&E right now. Pretty decent movie.
That FoxSports article still doesn’t sound encouraging about Braves getting Damon. Nothing at all new there.
February 6th, 20102:12 pm
Still a 14-point Georgetown lead with under 4 minutes to play. It was a 15-point lead with 15 or so to play.
This thing’s over. No. 2 ‘Nova going down.
DOB, ok, that was a little weird there because I only read your last post after I submitted mine. Well, strange to me anyways. Plus I was just mad that day because I was getting bashed left and right for my movie choices, even though I think I had a point with that comment. LOL
February 6th, 20102:18 pm
DOB-Yeah, just listening to XM Home Plate and Braves and Tigers both mentioned as potential Damonian Destinations.
February 6th, 20102:20 pm
I’ll tell ya something else … DOB has one heck of a memory. The thousands of comments people post on here a day, it seems, and he remembers one from three days ago. Pretty damn impressive considering all the “junk” a lot of write.
Nova Scotia Steve
February 6th, 20102:21 pm
So I just found out i am heading to the Vancouver Olympics on Feb 20 to cover some events! Should be pretty cool!
February 6th, 20102:23 pm
Ms. Dorris Burke… that would the lay the “King” down…
Youthful Metabolism my (not quite as) fat behind. I started out 09 weighing 330 and now weigh 270. I’ll be down to 200 by Christmas-and I’m almost 59 years old.
You just have to decide you’ll do something and not listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t. YOu want to lose weight? Stop eating and start walking. Works wonders.
February 6th, 20102:25 pm
I think the best description i’ve read about Atlanta’s interest in Damon is this: Passive…
And i think it always has been passive…and will remain that way until Damon calls Wren himself and tells him he’ll play for $3 million on a one year-contract.
Or as DOB says…ATL decides they have more money to spend and reach out to him and make an offer…But the Braves front office doesn’t really seem to care if Damon comes here or not…
February 6th, 20102:27 pm
NSS-Indifference is a good strategic ploy sometimes. If Damon DOES sign with the Braves, I imagine it will be a case of a successful strategy. If not? Hell Wren already covered it. We go into the year with Melky moving all over the outfield and the best pitching (at least ) in the NL.
Still-Damon WOULD be a good pick up.
February 6th, 20102:28 pm
Crowds sometimes are so ignorant. Villanova may not actually be the second-best team in the country..but they are certainly not over-rated.
February 6th, 20102:29 pm
Boog’s calling this K-State at Iowa State game.
February 6th, 20102:30 pm
I started out 09 weighing 330 and now weigh 270. I’ll be down to 200 by Christmas-and I’m almost 59 years old.
Holy cow are you serious Lew? That’s awesome! Congrats…I’ll be intrested in hearing your continued progress this year.
February 6th, 20102:34 pm
Youthful Metabolism my (not quite as) fat behind. I started out 09 weighing 330 and now weigh 270. I’ll be down to 200 by Christmas-and I’m almost 59 years old. — Lew
My point was that Schafer lost — and regained — 30 pounds all in the span of four months. That’s a bit extreme, for a guy that only weighed 200 to begin with. I wasn’t condemning the will or attitude of the average American.
I’m with ya Lew on Damon.
But to be honest my approach to Damon is much like the front office…If we get him that’s great…but if not…”we like our club”
Enter your comments here
February 6th, 20102:35 pm
Damon WOULD be a good pick up
I used to think that, but the more I’ve been thinking about it, the more I’ve been leaning towards hoping we don’t sign him. I’m real excited about an outfield featuring Schafer and Heyward, and both aren’t very far at all from the majors.
I think signing Damon would immediately help this team, but by June I think Heyward will have had more than enough seasoning (assuming he starts in Gwinnett) and Schafer will have gotten his swingback. That would give us six outfielders.
February 6th, 20102:36 pm
jeffrey d-Dead (or trying not to be) serious. 45 of those pounds came off from the middle of August until now. Doing it all under a Doctor’s supervision. Not using any drugs (exercise and count calories) and I flat out refused to have bariatric surgery.
Started in earnest on August 17-could only walk less than a mile a day (treadmill). I’m up to 3-4 miles a day now, no longer have arthritis as seriously as before, actually lowered my blood sugar to slightly LOW levels, popped a BP reading of 112/56 last week, knocked insulin down by more than 50% and reduced other diabetic meds substantially..
Yeah. I’m serious. Absolutely. I want to live a few more years. Not so sure I would have otherwise. Too much art to still do.
February 6th, 20102:37 pm
DOB-Yeah, losing and then gaining would be weird-especially in that time frame. Wonder if the Dude has metabolic issues?
February 6th, 20102:38 pm
February 6th, 20102:39 pm
jeffrey d -
I’ll be rootin’ hard for your dawgs tonight!!!! Go Dawgs!
I just can’t picture Jordan Schafer 30 pounds skinnier. He already looked 12
DOB-Didn’t take it as an indictment of people’s will. Just trying to show Denizens that almost anything can be accomplished if you get really stubborn and refuse to fail.
February 6th, 20102:41 pm
Congrats Lew. Keep up the fight. I would send you a bottle of bbq sauce but may not work w your diet.
Heath – What you got against Vandy?
February 6th, 20102:43 pm
Soph – that would not be my personal preference…
Josh — it’s called Antico Pizza Napoletana, and bschro is right, it’s awesome.
Lew — that is some kind of weight loss. Good for you, man!
February 6th, 20102:44 pm
stephen-I think one reason I’ve been this successful is that I allow myself an occasonal lapse in eating habits. I bought a pound of pulled pork last night and even ate a couple sandwiches on buns-but I still have most of that pound left-even ate a brownie. But that’s all the fooling around for another week. Until Friday, I’ll go all medieval on myself and bust butt.
Vandy is UK’s competition in the SEC. Tennessee too.
February 6th, 20102:47 pm
I didn’t realize Vandy and UK were tied in conference standings.
But still…that doesn’t matter nearly as much as it does in football
February 6th, 20102:50 pm
Got some pulled pork ready to go for tomorrow Lew. Wait til monday to get on track after the day of feasting.
February 6th, 20102:52 pm
True but I guess you still want your team to win the conference.
February 6th, 20102:54 pm
From ESPN Rumor Central:
We already Jason Heyward, the No. 1 prospect on ESPN MLB Insider Keith Law’s rankings, will get every chance to win the starting right-field job out of spring training. Most everyone will be hoping he can skip AAA and make an impact at the major league level early on.
But another rookie might make the roster. Jordan Schafer, 23, is in a three-way competition at center field. His chances are slim, though, because he’s coming back from a wrist surgery that has him trying to rediscover his swing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, “There might also be a chance, however slight, that Schafer could convince the Braves he%u2019s ready to open the season on the 25-man roster, but he%u2019s more likely headed to Gwinnett for at least the first part of the season to regain his swing and confidence.”
No. 1: Jason Heyward
“Heyward’s ascent to the top of these rankings was swift and unimpeded, and his path to the majors appears to be much the same, as he’ll have a good chance to win the every-day right-field job this spring. Heyward will be a middle-of-the-order bat with power and patience while playing above-average defense in right with a plus arm. “
February 6th, 20102:55 pm
Well, the Hawks game is postponed b/c of snow in DC.
February 6th, 20103:00 pm
I flat out refused to have bariatric surgery.
Good for you dude. I’ve heard that all sorts of complications can pop up from that procedure.
February 6th, 20103:05 pm
Lew, my girfriend is trying her little heart out to lose some weight. She’s not fat by any means, but she has gained some weight the last year or so. She has “sharko marie tooth” disease (feet problem) that’s hereditary and any extra weight to put on her feet is torture for her. Never complains, but I can tell she’s pretty unhappy at times. Anyways, you’re right, it’s mostly mental and she’s a very strong willed girl, so that’ll definitely help her.
February 6th, 20103:09 pm
It’s actually “Charcot-Marie-Tooth” disease, but it’s pronounced’s Sharko.
I’m rootin’ for UGA…not against anyone.
Steve from OH
February 6th, 20103:11 pm
“Charcot-Marie-Tooth” disease. Fwiw.
Hey…we won in 2008 and came in last in the SEC East
February 6th, 20103:12 pm
But still…that doesn’t matter nearly as much as it does in football — jeffrey d
jeffrey, I get what you’re saying about football standings and the SEC title being far more important in football than basketball. But remember, Vandy and UK aren’t winning football titles now or for for the forseeable future. Basketball is a different story. So for fans and alums of both schools, basketball standings are quite important, even for UK, which routinely wins the conference.
Kentucky is, as everyone knows, a big-time basketball school. Football is just something at which they’re pretty good from time to time, or even very good occasionally. But basketball is the key sport there. Always has been, always will be. Same thing at Kansas.
Lew–good for you, man. I hope for the best for you. Keep it up!
February 6th, 20103:16 pm
DOB – I didn’t mean that basketball didn’t matter. I know that basketball in enormous in Kentucky, Kansas, etc. What I meant was having the top record in the conference isn’t as important as it is in football. In the SEC and Big 12, only 2 teams get to go to the football conference championship. But in basketball even Georgia gets a shot.
Although top 2 in each division gets a first round bye, so your record is still obviously important.
I’m rootin’ for UGA…not against anyone.
Hey, thanks man. I was rooting for UK a couple years ago against LSU.
February 6th, 20103:19 pm
jeffrey d: yeah, I quickly realized after writing my initial comment that you were implying something else, other than what I first thought. I was already rewriting the comment before you replied to it. Just misinterpreted by me, that first comment you made.
February 6th, 20103:21 pm
TnBrian, there are several things your girlfriend can do to help- 1- wear high topped shoes to relieve pressure on feet,2- no high impact exercises-tell her to do a lot of swimming and bicycling to strengthen her legs and 3- lose all excess weight.
February 6th, 20103:25 pm
Football, historically, has not been UK’s strong-suit. However, Rich Brooks did a great job making them relevant in the conference. Now that Joker is the head coack, I feel he is gonna take them even further. He already has 2 ESPN150 recruits for the 2011 (which is big because before Brooks, we only got 1 and 2 star players, and 2 and 3 star players with Brooks). Not that means we will be winning SEC titles in the next year or two, but the program is definitely on the rise.
February 6th, 20103:27 pm
TnBrian-My sister has the Sharko condition (I actually thought that was how it was spelled) and it’s done a number on her. The weight makes a difference, because-as I understand it- it causes bones to shift position and to rub through the flesh of the foot. In a diabetic, this can be especially dangerous because of neuropathy that kills the feelings in your feet so you can’t feel when you have a cut and infection results. Easy to lose limbs that way-I almost lost a toe. Lucky for me my Podiatrist is a God of Medicine.
Hope she’s all right, but she’s right in trying to lose the weight-it can only help.
February 6th, 20103:28 pm
Yeah…I love college basketball. Been waiting for 7 years now for UGA to start building a steady program (thanks Coach Harrick). Looks like we’re headed in the right direction
February 6th, 20103:29 pm
man I love Major League…
CB, you’re exactly right. She and her friend go to the gym and do water aerobics and swimming. She says that’s the best exercise because it’s pretty tolerable. Definitely the excess weight needs to come off. There is no known cure for CMT disease and symptoms can multiply as she gets older. She’s a triplet and all three have the dang thing.
February 6th, 20103:31 pm
TnBrian-CB’s right-another thing that helped when I couldn’t walk from the toe infection (they were fixing to amputate it), was I started doing exercises in an office chair-lean back and do scissor kicks-it increases circulation in the feet and legs and is low impact. I also used bar bells (started with 3 pounders and worked to 20’s) just doing modified presses leaning back in the chair and curls on the side of the chair. Makes a world of difference.
February 6th, 20103:33 pm
TnBrian-I sat in an office chair (reclined) and did scissor kicks. Also used bar bells (started with 3 pounds-worked to 20) while in the chair and leaning back did modified presses and curls resting my arms on the chair arms. Worked wonders. Low impact and gets the foot circulation functioning.
February 6th, 20103:35 pm
Lew, she definitely talks about the loss of feeling in her feet. Sarah didn’t have any of the CMT symtoms when I met her 6 years ago, but they usually flare up in your early/mid twenites, I’ve read. She jokes that she walks like a horse. She does, but that’s part of it.
Your sister … hope all is well.
February 6th, 20103:36 pm
Brian,the shoes are very,very important also- high tops only.
February 6th, 20103:39 pm
Lew, you think the Total Gym would be good for her if she has it reclined real low? I use it, but she thinks those water aerobics are enough, but i still think, like you said, some bar bells and other workouts will help more.
February 6th, 20103:41 pm
TnBRian-Couple of helpful hints. Get your pharmacy (or hit GNC) for a B vitamin called Inositol. There are numerous medical studies that show it can reverse (at least to a point depending on how far advanced) peripheral neuropathy so you an retain feelings. You get it in 500MG tablets and she needs to take 100-200 mg daily (depending on how bad it is). You can’t OD on the stuff-it’s a water soluble vitamin and pee out what isn’t utilized.
As for shoes-support is supreme. New Balance or Asics Gels (2130, 2140, or the newer 2150 styles). If she doesn’t have wide feet, Keene or Merrill are good, too, but they don’t make EE or larger widths.
You should try finding a 13 EEEE sometime.
February 6th, 20103:42 pm
Excuse me-should have been 1000-2000 MG daily. Two to four tablets.
February 6th, 20103:44 pm
CB, she won’t wear high tops. This is where we argue because she gets stubborn, but she needs to listen. Her mom brainwashed her into not going to a CMT specialists that my mom (who’s a nurse) recommended, but instead, have botox injections that only helped for a short time. Go figure.
Not too sure about the Total Gym thing-never really seen one. ANY exercise is a good thing. Too bad she has difficulty walking -IT seems to be the most effective exercise you can do, though my Opthalmic surgeon swears lifting weights is The Fountain of Youth. Of course he DID come in hobbling for a few months with a bad back. HMMMMMM.
February 6th, 20103:47 pm
though my Opthalmic surgeon swears lifting weights is The Fountain of Youth.
Definitely. I personally feel that it’s one of the best things you can do. One of our professors also noted that there is a correlation between grip strength during youth and middle age vs. life expectancy and function at old age, fwiw.
CB-Why high tops? I’ve seen my podiatrist over 200 times since those toe problems and he never told me I needed high tops, just something from those four brands with great support.
TnBrian-She doesn’t like certain shoes cause they hurt her feet. Almost anything will be uncomfortable. Try the Inositol, a Super B Complex tablet daily and also about 1000MG of B12. They are all helpful for nerve function problems.
February 6th, 20103:48 pm
Lew and CB, I’ll be sure to pass along any of your info. to her. Things get so busy that we forget. But, any advice is good because problems don’t just go away. Thanks.
February 6th, 20103:51 pm
TnBrian-You can always email me LewHartman@comcast.net
I’ll be happy to give her whatever benefit of what I’ve learned without boring hell out of the Denizens. There are some readily available supplements that should help and I can recommend a (cheap) good book with some good nutrition and supplementation hints.
Pretty soon we’ll have someone telling us that this is a BASEBALL blog, not a forum for discussing music, BBQ or health issues.
February 6th, 20103:52 pm
Lew, my mom has a cabinet full of vitamines and she too has recommended B12 for Sarah. Vitamines are just good to take in general.
February 6th, 20103:54 pm
When she arrives we’ll check out your e-mail. Appreciate the help today.
February 6th, 20104:03 pm
Lew,the high top shoes will give her weak ankles support, in the worst cases they will have to give patient ankle braces eventually if she does not take care of herself.
February 6th, 20104:04 pm
UK game is blacked out for me…gotta listen to it on internet radio.
February 6th, 20104:05 pm
Lew,according to instructions at top of page,anything except politics.
willie mays hayes
February 6th, 20104:09 pm
Nate From NC State … i was gonna run the challenge today to but car hit us from behind on western on our way there so didnt get to do it … i heard it was their biggest turn out though, hope ya had fun
February 6th, 20104:10 pm
On Major League:
“I know he hasn’t done very well against this guy but I think he’s due.”
Remind you of anybody?
February 6th, 20104:13 pm
BC still has a chance vs. Duke. Only down 1 after hitting a 3 with 15 seconds left…
February 6th, 20104:14 pm
Scheyer hits two free throws, Duke hangs on for 3-point win.
February 6th, 20104:15 pm
richbrave – good win for the Spiders! As I breathe a sigh of relief after BC missed that shot. Two hours until the Tribe plays down in Atlanta…
February 6th, 20104:16 pm
Oh yeah, oh yeah. SPIDERS dismantle TEMPLE 71-56
Razorbacks take over 1st place in the SEC West in an overtime thriller over Auburn. Man I’m glad we got Courtney Fortson back. This is a different team with him on the floor.
February 6th, 20104:17 pm
February 6th, 2010
On Major League:
BOBBY COX on GREG NORTON.
February 6th, 20104:18 pm
Good luck tonight.
Got my new issue of Baseball America today, and there’s a nice story about OF Matt Young’s winter-ball success, written by Bill Ballew. Young hit .315/.435/.523 with eight homers and 32 RBI in 66 games and was named MVP of his Mexican League team (Navojoa).
Alas, at 27 he’s a bit old to be considered a prospect (and he’s listed at 5-9, but I can tell you after seeing him in the Fall League two years ago that he’s smaller than that).
Could he be someone to keep an eye on for possible bench job down the line? Hey, you never know. He’s scheduled to start season at Triple-A.
Gotta pull for dudes like that, an undersized guy who signed as a non-drafted free agent back in 2004 and plugged away for nearly five full seasons before getting a sniff of Triple-A.
February 6th, 20104:20 pm
Glad to see one of my Unforgetables doing well (Pelphrey).
February 6th, 20104:26 pm
I bet he’s glad, too. After the Kentucky beat down we received, this state was in an uproar. Everybody was ready to send him away on the next thing smoking. Since then, the Hogs have reeled off 4 SEC wins in a row, and should make it 5 next week with LSU coming to town.
I’m willing to give Pelphrey a chance now that he has all of his players on the floor. Suspensions have killed us in the last year and a half.
February 6th, 20104:33 pm
I saw the game against Texas when they got Fortson back…really close game throughout. If they had the entire team the whole year, they’d be in a lot better shape. If they finish strong and win the SEC West and go deep in the tourney, ya never know…
February 6th, 20104:38 pm
Think UNLV is motivated to beat a ranked team today? UNLV 45 – BYU (#12) 18 with 5:49 left in first half. Yikes.
February 6th, 20104:43 pm
Cousins is already a beast…when Patterson decides to join the rebounding party, those two can not be stopped. Absolutely hammering LSU on the boards right now, getting a rediculous number of offensive rebounds and 2nd chance points. 34-12 now after trailing 6-1 early.
February 6th, 20104:50 pm
With all the BBQ talk, I had to do Dave Poe’s for lunch. Mac and cheese and fried okra. And yes, the m&c is fantastic. It’s not at all like “standard” m&c. It’s big penne noodles (or something similar) with a very soupy cream sauce, baked with cheese on top. When it comes out, the noodles are still soft, the cheese on top is crisp, and there’s this runny, heavenly cream sauce dripping out of every big noodle. The recipe was run in the AJC a while back during an interview they did – I believe it was with Sam, not Dave. I haven’t tried making it at home yet – I’ve already got a pretty good m&c recipe, but like Isaid, this one is very different. Kinda like all the different types of bbq. Very different but still very good.
February 6th, 20104:51 pm
February 6th, 20104:54 pm
Baseball is one of the few sports where height/size isn’t a big deal. My dad who’s 5′10″, 135 lbs could hit a baseball a long, long way and I’d estimate his fastball got into the high 80’s, maybe 90. Pretty good if you could see him.
Voice of Harold
DOB, wondering if you have tried Maddy’s on Scott @ N. Decatur. Live music every night. Usually pretty good music. Good ribs in my estimation.
But in basketball even Georgia gets a shot .
Woo, damn. Lets hope the new coach the even part of that.
February 6th, 20104:55 pm
Here’s Dave Roberts (formerly of Sam and Dave’s BBQ, now of Community Q) mac and cheese recipe. It’s the one at the very bottom:
February 6th, 20104:56 pm
Whoops…….. the new coach can change
February 6th, 20104:58 pm
I’ve watched GT play 5 or 6 games this season, and I’m not impressed with how they move the ball. The win over Duke was excruciating to watch as every score they made seemed to be a near turnover turned miraculously into a basket. I am very impressed with how they attack the boards, however. Lawal in particular.
February 6th, 20104:59 pm
My brother, before he turned into what he is today, was a very good pitcher. Fastballs,curves,sliders and changeups. He could get his FB up to 91mph and had a good little hook. This was high school where location isn’t that important though. LOL
February 6th, 20105:00 pm
Heath, I’m with you on the mac and cheese. not a big fan. You can, however, pass the tater salad, please.
February 6th, 20105:03 pm
Voice of Harold: That’s good to hear — more for the rest of us. Mac-and-cheese. Ummmm (imagine as Homer Simpson response).
February 6th, 20105:04 pm
You should try finding a 13 EEEE sometime LEW
I’m 14 EEEEE. I get them in the mail from the KING SIZE DIRECT catalog and site, as I get all my clothes too. Good work on the weight lose. Just a tiny lil’ fellow to begin with @ a mere 330 though.:)
Keep it up. That Inositol helped me some for sure.
February 6th, 20105:05 pm
Here’s a pretty cool video of Maddux giving tips:
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