12:41 pm February 24, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 24th, 201011:09 pm
Old Dogs Bright White Hair & Yeller teeth
Steve from OH
February 24th, 201011:17 pm
AustinBrave–wow, A&M? My little sis is going for a softball scholarship herself, but nothing as big as A&M. Congrats to her, she must be a top-flight player.
February 24th, 201011:22 pm
Steve from OH- Its not the D1 A&M, its there branch D2 in Kingsville, TX. But she’s still a great ballplayer. I wish I could say she took after her dad. At least she loves the Braves like her dad. Good luck to your sis.
February 24th, 201011:24 pm
nolie, feliz didnt even OPS .700 last season. the guys we have might not be able to do much better than that (conrad might be able to) but we already have them, so that a point in thier column.
February 24th, 201011:25 pm
Hey, D1, D2, it don’t matter–it’s still a great accomplishment. I know how hard my sister has worked so I know your daughter deserves it. Best of luck to her.
February 24th, 201011:34 pm
joerochester, it’s a very good movie.
February 24th, 201011:36 pm
i just bought the new johnny cash on itunes, and am finishing up the first listen of it.
my first thoughts on it: VERY mellow, in a good way. it’s mostly johnny singing, with accompanying guitar. the songs are slower-paced and remind me of the slower songs from the Unearthed box set, especially the “My Mother’s Hymn Book.” the first song, “Ain’t No Grave,” has a sound unlike the rest of the cd — sounds like “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” from American V.
haunting to hear johnny singing “new” material, what, seven years after he passed? overall, it’s a good album.
February 24th, 201011:38 pm
I’ll have to add it to my list of movies to check out. Thanks, all. I was perusing Nick Cage movies and came across that one. That man is hit or miss with movies.
February 24th, 201011:43 pm
Face/Off… what a flick. Travolta plays a great bad guy.
February 24th, 201011:44 pm
I think I’m going to name my kid Caster Troy.
I usually like his movies, from as far back as Guarding Tess and of course ConAir…Didn’t care much for Weather Man or whatever it was called….but you’ll like Matchstick men. Good performances and good writing.
February 24th, 201011:48 pm
Heath – choke city for the Tribe tonight we would have had a shot at 2nd place…
February 24th, 201011:51 pm
yeah, Matchstick Men is worth a viewing or two … chick from “Drag Me To Hell” co-stars
February 24th, 201011:52 pm
“from as far back as Guarding Tess”?????????
Raising Arizona?? anyone??????
And Roodge Owns
February 24th, 201011:54 pm
Director commentary on Matchstick Men is good, too. Interesting to listen to a heavyweight (Ridley Scott) talk about his approach to a “yarn” kind of a story.
This Finland-Czech game is really good…
February 25th, 201012:00 am
MZ: I was thinking the same thing — “far back as Guarding Tess”?
Geez. A half-dozen memorable roles he had that were at a decade more before that one: Birdy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Cotton Club, Valley Girl, Racing with the Moon, Rumble Fish.
Then there were these in the late ’80s: Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, Vampire’s Kiss. And of course, Wild at Heart in 1990.
All great roles, mostly terrific movies that were far better than Guarding Tess.
Especially back then, Cage was one of my favorite actors. He lost me with some of the blockbuster action movies, but I really liked him in Bad Lieutenant last year, and Lord of War a few years back.
February 25th, 201012:02 am
Shout Out to Red Rock West.
February 25th, 201012:03 am
I was just about to ask you about that game. Good news for USA if Finland holds on?
Went through the blog and may have missed it but did Jurrgens get to long toss today or did the rain cut the day short? If he did get to did you get to talk to him or anyone on how it went?
February 25th, 201012:04 am
Nah, I think they’re better than the Czechs, but it’s pretty close, so I don’t think there is too much of a difference. Kiprusoff is a great goalie, however, so he’ll give the USA fits, I’ll bet. Should be a great matchup though.
February 25th, 201012:05 am
MZ / DOB -
Just a reminder, I’m in my 20s…didn’t see any of those movies you mentioned. I’m sure many of them indeed are better than Guarding Tess…that was just the one that came to my young mind, and even it wasn’t my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. It was, though, watchable…probably one of the movies you many would label as “cute” or something.
I think the Finns were the #4 overall seed to open the tournament (USA being 6, Canada-Russia-Sweden being 1-2-3).
February 25th, 201012:06 am
P’Cola: Yes on Jurrjens long-tossing today. Had no problems. He’s progressing as the Braves hoped.
February 25th, 201012:07 am
After that performance from the Swiss goalie today, either one that they face next has to be bit easier. 40 some-odd saves or something wasn’t it?
February 25th, 201012:08 am
I dunno, Kiprusoff is pretty tough. He’s been outstanding tonight…
And Finland is much, much better as an overall team than Switzerland too, so the shots won’t be so lopsided…
February 25th, 201012:09 am
looks like the Fins…
Heath, I didn’t say it was bad. Just said those others were mostly far better — in my opinion. Rent a few of them, see what you think. Try Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas.
February 25th, 201012:15 am
maybe she can teach you that the proper word is “accepted.” congrats to your daughter.
February 25th, 201012:17 am
Thanks DOB. Good to hear.
February 25th, 201012:25 am
Anybody see Tracy Morgan on the Daily Show tonight? I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jon Stewart laugh so hard. He couldn’t keep it together. It was hilarious.
February 25th, 201012:26 am
Will do. By the way….knew you weren’t jabbin’ at me or anything…just didn’t want to sound like a complete movie idiot.
February 25th, 201012:29 am
I started listening to and watching some Townes Van Zandt tunes and interviews cuz of his mention here on the blog a day or two ago. Had always heard of him, but never knew of or listened to much of his music.
In a word, damn.
Loved the documentary they have in ten parts on youtube.
And these lines of his jump out:
“I figured there’s Heaven, Purgatory, Hell, and the Blues…and I’m just tryin’ to climb up from the Blues.”
“I’d like to write some songs that are so good nobody understands ‘em, not even me.”
I think he probably hit the last one, and can only hope he accomplished the first.
One cool dude.
February 25th, 201012:31 am
Just rewatched the ESPN phone prank again. Scott Van Pelt face is priceless. He’s trying so hard not to laugh. He didn’t really know where to go next. It was a good laugh. Wish I would have caught it live.
February 25th, 201012:32 am
Thanks DOB for all the updates from spring training. It’s really been awesome to know whats going on without being there. Keep up the excelent work!
February 25th, 201012:33 am
All great roles, mostly terrific movies that were far better than Guarding Tess. DOB
I’ll put Guarding Tess with many of those, and I abhorred Vampire’s Kiss. Dreadful movie and extreme overacting. Ugh!!
February 25th, 201012:37 am
Ah yes, Leaving Las Vegas. Quite the feel-good movie.
Came for the Shue, stayed for the gut-wrenching despair.
February 25th, 201012:39 am
DAP that shows you how little faith I have in either Conrad or Thurston.
February 25th, 201012:40 am
well if the Shue fits, enjoy it
February 25th, 201012:43 am
Haha. True that. And boy did both deliver…
Just Pat, another Carrabellean Braves fan here! I’ll bet you’re the Braves fan I’ve been hearing about. I’m really hoping and praying I’ll be able to pack mostly shorts for my spring training trip next week. It’s gonna be in the 30’s here again tomorrow night. Where is spring?
February 25th, 201012:45 am
That’s right, us “download mostly” music fans closed the Virgin megastore, but we also kicked the Backstreet Boys right in the nuts.
Just Pat , you in Carrabelle?
February 25th, 201012:46 am
Richard Branson’s an a-hole anyway…
Andrew in PA
February 25th, 20101:06 am
Nolieee whats up dude how you doing?
February 25th, 20101:07 am
DOB, whats happening with the Braves tomorrow?
February 25th, 20101:11 am
Enter your comments herejust hangin’ Andrew.. fixin to go watch an old B&W western in a few. Whats the haps with you? It’s chilly and windy down here, whats Pa like?
February 25th, 20101:13 am
about to get 6 more inches of snow and 50 mlp winds
February 25th, 20101:14 am
All great roles, mostly terrific movies that were far better than Guarding Tess. DOB
I’ll put Guarding Tess with many of those, and I abhorred Vampire’s Kiss. Dreadful movie and extreme overacting. Ugh!! — Nolie
That’s why I said “mostly” terrific movies there, Nolie.
But I wouldn’t be shocked if you rated Guarding Tess ahead of the likes of Moonstruck, Birdy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Raising Arizona. You’re older than me, if I’m not mistaken. And judging from what you’ve said about your taste in movies, and from the movies you’ve listed as your all-time favorites, I sense that you like more straightforward filmmaking. Lot of traditional stories, melodramas, not much that’s too edgy, irreverent or unconventional.
But Guarding Tess on a par with Moonstruck, Birdy, Raising Arizona, or Fast Times? C’mon. Really?
February 25th, 20101:15 am
Brrr! damm man y’all having another Ice Age up there this winter. I sure don’t miss it. I just have someone send me a picture on a card for my snow fix for the tear.
February 25th, 20101:28 am
But Guarding Tess on a par with Moonstruck, Birdy, Raising Arizona, or Fast Times? C’mon. Really? DOB
not with those four But I liked it better than Leaving Las Vegas. Not saying it was better just that Vegas was too damn depressing. Actually I’m not into drama much at all. I do like traditional films but I also like Coens, Tarrantino and ‘everybody dies stuff too. Depressing is not for me, I would never watch Precious for instance even though it is rated as a great flick , just not my thing.Don’t much care for feel good stuff either like The Blind Side.
I love older comedies but not modern ones so much. I don’t have anything against edgy, but stupid and slacker humor is not funny to me, it’s just stupid. Tootsie, As Good As It Gets and the old screwball comedies with a lot of word play are examples of my type of humor.
February 25th, 20102:08 am
“Is there good Asian food in Atlanta?”-joerochester
Are you looking for South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, or West Asian? To reduce a continent to a few types of cuisine. South Asian–fairly good. Some decent kebabs and okay biryani at Luqma. Some decent South Indian at Bollywood Grille or Madras Chettinaad. East Asian–some good Chinese food at Tasty China in Marietta (very spicy), Little Szechuan in Doraville, and several others along Buford Highway. For Southeast Asia, there are a number of good Malaysian places, including Penang on Buford Highway, Vietnamese—Cafe Saigon in Duluth & Decatur, or Pho 79 in Doraville. Other Asian places: Thai food–Thai Restaurant of Norcross on Norcross Tucker Road; Korean–Korea Garden on Buford Highway.
February 25th, 20102:10 am
“about to get 6 more inches of snow and 50 mlp winds”
We have had snow 3 times in the last 5 days. It is still snowing tonight. Not sure how much we will end up with. I was out earlier this evening. My neighborhood was getting a lot of snow, but 20-30 minutes away was getting almost none. Very annoying.
February 25th, 20102:24 am
Seeing the name Moe Berg reminds me of what the other players used to say about him ” He could speak 9 languages but he could’nt hit in any of them .”
You know he was a language expert and did spy work for the US during WWII .
“But Guarding Tess on a par with Moonstruck, Birdy, Raising Arizona, or Fast Times? C’mon. Really?”
While Cage is not my favorite actor, he is great in Raising Arizona, Wild at Heart, Moonstruck, or Leaving Las Vegas. His action hero incarnations have not been so interesting.
NO MORE BOBBY
February 25th, 20102:25 am
I actually hope Heyward does not make the team this year so he has no Bobby Ball or Terry Time to screw him up for the new manager. Pinch me. Did I just say new manager? I have waited to say that since 1999.
February 25th, 20102:26 am
“He could speak 9 languages but he could’nt hit in any of them .”
Probably would be true of me, as well. (Actually, I’ve only studied 7 languages.)
February 25th, 20102:28 am
I look forward to seeing Heyward, but my hope–unless he has an absolutely fantastic spring training–is that he gets some at-bats in AAA.
Bay Area Steve
February 25th, 20104:02 am
February 25th, 20105:40 am
Will miss the blog denziens and debates today. Gotta get caught up at work and at home, so I’m taking a break from my extracurricular stuff like the blog. Hope to be back soon. Have a good one, guys and girls.
February 25th, 20105:56 am
nolie – the way he speaks of it implies he knew and left Schafer in. That’s the read I got.
February 25th, 20107:01 am
Mornin’ all. Chilly here on the perimeter of Dark Star — 41 degrees with a 34 wind chill. Daaaamn. That ain’t cold if you’re in Atlanta (or Philly, or New York, etc.), but it’s sure chilly when you’re headed to the ballpark. Chilly dew on the ‘yard….
Haulin' the Tarp
February 25th, 20107:04 am
what’s the schedule like for today?
February 25th, 20107:24 am
DOB…will you please tell us where you get DARK STAR…everyone keeps asking and we would really like to know. Thanks
February 25th, 20107:56 am
Andy: Think it has to do with DOB’s great dislike for Disney….just my assumption (and vague memory).
Question for everyone…..
What will it take for Braves’ attendance to significantly spike this year???????? (aside from a torrid start to the season….winning big cures all ills)
February 25th, 20107:58 am
“nolie – the way he speaks of it implies he knew and left Schafer in. That’s the read I got.” – 38YearBravesFan
Not at all. Cox was implying that he was overlooking Schafer’s struggles at the plate, and left him in for his defense. He was not implying that he knew Schafer was hurt and left him in anyway.
February 25th, 20108:02 am
What will it take for Braves’ attendance to significantly spike this year???????? TommyP
I think if Heyward has a great spring and makes the club right out of spring training, then we could see attendance spike from the start, and if Heyward mashes the ball like we all know he can, then I can see attendance spiking even more.
February 25th, 20108:04 am
…not to mention a healthy dose of deflecting any blame from the player, hence the “I was selfish” part.
February 25th, 20108:05 am
I think Heyward is the key to this years team, I really do. Because if the kid can go out there, win a starting job and put up decent numbers for a rookie, that will spark this team big time.
February 25th, 20108:12 am
I lived in Taiwan for five years and traveled all over Asia in my business and I got exposed to some fine eating. I can confirm the following as being authentic Chinese cooking. Little Szechuan in Doraville, on Buford Highway.
The last time I ate there their sweet and sour soup was terrific. Or do they call it “hot and sour?” Oh well, doesn’t matter.
Incidentally, I’m also a Ga. State man.
February 25th, 20108:17 am
TommyP, I don’t know if there is a way to get a significant spike in the attendance other than winning. Besides, Braves fans have the best excuses for not getting out to the games… “I can’t afford it” “I live 3,000 miles away.” “I’m on my deathbed”.
February 25th, 20108:21 am
Don’t forget “I85 sucks” “I75 sucks”, “I400 sucks”, “I285 sucks”.
February 25th, 20108:44 am
I think the key to attendance is:
1) Heyward’s ascension. If the kid can come up and contribute immediately like we think, I think that will bring fans out at a greater clip.
2) Glaus’ having a big year. If he comes in, stays healthy, and hits 30+, we’ll get more in the stands.
After those, I don’t see a spike in attendance unless we play at a 95+ win pace.
February 25th, 20108:50 am
Were you not excited about the futures of Kyle Davies, Chuck James, Andy Marte, Macay McBride, Anthony Lerew and Blaine Boyer
Excited about? That was 2005 and the team made the post season. Yes I was excited. But I didn’t expect much from McBride or Boyer. I liked Boyer, largely due to he and a friend sharing the same surname. Anthony Lerew was interesting and I thought he would hang around longer, but never imagined stardom. Davies and James would were more of a disappointment to me.
I thought for sure a kid who produces a 2.94 ERA with 509 K in 499 innings and a nearly 3-1 K-BB ratio would be better than he was. Likewise with a kid who produced a 2.04 ERA with 417 K’s in 344.3 innings and a 4-1 K-BB ratio would have been better, and he wasn’t bad all the way up until he blew out his arm…July 25, 2006. He had made 39 straight starts, averaged 6 innings a start with a 3.73 ERA and nearly a 2-1 K-B ratio. Not too bad. Then he blew out the shoulder and stunk up the joint… 7.31 ERA doubled his HR rate, decreased his K-BB ratio, just a total injured meltdown. As to Andy Marte, he wasn’t around long enough for me to get too hyped about him and I never hated that trade. Loved it actually. And it only got better with time. Like a fine wine.
February 25th, 20108:51 am
I finally saw A Serious Man last night. Loved it. Best Coen Bros. movie since The Man Who Wasn’t There, in my opinion.
February 25th, 20108:55 am
choppinmama and JustPat:
Used to spend time in Carrabelle when ex and I indulged in salt water fishin’….is Julia Mae’s still there? If you just wanted good ole’ fried fish and those piled high pies her sister used to make, couldn’t find much better. The ex wanted to buy a little hotel there that was for sale…but I just couldn’t pull the trigger on that “dream”…
And I am older than you DOB, but have to agree that Raising Arizona and Fast Times were some of the best NC movies…. and thanks for ALL of your stories and insights — as stated here many times, you are the best!
February 25th, 20108:57 am
“Mornin’ all. Chilly here on the perimeter of Dark Star — 41 degrees with a 34 wind chill. Daaaamn.” DOB
Yeah. I don’t really feeal sorry for you. LOL.
Wayne in Utah
February 25th, 20108:58 am
Making the assumption that Heyward IS all he is cracked up to be (not expecting a 330/400/500 season in the first year, for sure), I think that we almost have to see what Diaz with maybe a few starts for Cabrera will do over a 162 game schedule. Matty D has been so solid for all years but 2008.
He at least needs to be given 1 more shot at being the primary for LF.
When is McLouth’s option year? I think it might be 2011?
It sure would be sweet if Schafer kicks azz in AAA and gives us a chip (McLouth) to go out and get some more prospects!
February 25th, 20109:00 am
mattdrum, I’ve heard noting but good things about it and I usually love the Coen boys movies… but the trailer makes it look a little weird and boring. I guess I should quit trying to avoid it and just watch the movie already.
February 25th, 20109:01 am
I spent some time in Ft Lauderdale in January of 1989. Temps dropped to the low 60’s and locals were major complaining.
Gotta drive over the Rockies today (Denver to SLC) so I am not feeling sorry for any “cold Floridians” right about now…..
February 25th, 20109:08 am
Wayne, I like Diaz a lot. Think he works really hard, but his splits against right-handed pitching don’t make him seem very likely as an everyday player. Last year was a spectacular year for him, but look at these splits.
AVG OBP SLG OPS
vs. Left . 412 .464 .640 1.104
vs. Right .255 .349 .400 .749
February 25th, 20109:10 am
Raising Arizona is a movie everyone should see. Great acting. John Goodman was brilliant.
HE’S OUR BABY TOO!!!!
February 25th, 20109:11 am
All great roles, mostly terrific movies that were far better than Guarding Tess.
I didn’t see you list it so this is a bit out of the way maybe, but I gotta say, I hated Peggy Sue Got Married. Hated it. But that was the role that inspired the Coen’s to get him for Raising Arizona, in which he was brilliant.
Any way, not a big “Guarding Tess” fan either…
Join the group I made on facebook it’s called thank you bobby cox for all that you have done!!
February 25th, 20109:12 am
The key to an attendance spike:
1) In-migration from the suburbs to the city
2) Unemployment falls below 8%
3) a MARTA rail spur from GA STATE or Underground Atlanta to TF
February 25th, 20109:13 am
Crazytrademan – you forgot I-20
February 25th, 20109:15 am
38 Year – I wouldn’t read too much into it; that’s Bobby, protecting his players. In private, I’m pretty sure the message was quite different.
Bobby has a very particular way he deals with the media. Even when he’s exasperated with a player (see Andruw, circa 1998) he does not correct the player in the media. And that’s the way it is. Ozzie Guillen should have picked up that skill. The game’s hard enough without having the world know your boss is pissed at you.
February 25th, 20109:16 am
hey everyone…I need 3 ppl for my fantasy league on ESPN
February 25th, 20109:24 am
DOB – In light of your appreciation of all things Disney, have you read Hiassen’s epic hatchet job, “Team Rodent”?
This is an article from Kevin Kerman NY Post about Frenchy will hit 27 hrs this yr, also say that in this past Winter HOJO Visit him for a few day a give him some tip how to change his batting stand, Mccann also offer him some advise.
sidslidkid, you should definitely check it out. I didn’t think it was boring at all. Weird?, maybe to some folks. It’s definitely not a movie that will appeal to everybody. To me, it’s a Coen Bros movie along the lines of Man who wasn’t there, Miller’s Crossing, or Barton Fink maybe. It has some very funny moments, very good acting and a great story. It also has one of those endings where it leaves you thinking, What happened? Doesn’t tie everything up in a little bow. I like that.
Mark in Madison
February 25th, 20109:28 am
What type of league is your fantasy league (rotisserie, head-to-head, etc …)?
February 25th, 20109:31 am
Head-to-head points…are you interested?
Frank Robinson (Rockmart)
February 25th, 20109:35 am
February 25th, 20109:36 am
Alright post your email address and I’ll send you an invite when I get home from school the draft is tmrw I might have to change the time to later in the night
February 25th, 20109:43 am
While you are correct about Diaz splits for last year, for 2006/2007, he hit righties extremely well. Don’t know which Matty D is the real deal, but I would sure love to find out.
I guess even if he primarily hits against lefties, then he can still be a big cog in our predominantly left-handed outfield.
February 25th, 20109:45 am
Jersey Gil: Was just about to post that Francoeur story!
Twenty-seven home runs? Where’d he come up with that number? You have to hand it to Frenchy, though; dude comes to spring training each year with some serious optimism.
More likely outcome than 27 home runs: Francoeur sees exactly 500 pitches in his first 500 plate appearances.
Nice article post Jersey Gil…
Sounds like the same old Frenchy. I remember several times last year when he claimed he had made the necessary adjustments to start hitting more consistently.
February 25th, 20109:49 am
Wayne, True. He did hit righties better back then (although his 2007 splits in OPS still revealed about a 200 point gap). I agree that he can be a real cog. And perhaps you are right, maybe he will return to an earlier form. But if his splits continue, I still see him platooning.
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