6:06 am January 17, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 19th, 20128:44 pm
Hey all. Coming to you tonight from the Atlanta bedroom community of Woodstock. Even drove in thru town so I could take a look at Turner Field………been missing bb a lot since the season ended. In town for the 400 Club dinner Sat night. Anyone else going? They’re gonna salute the ‘91 and ‘92 teams.
January 19th, 20128:50 pm
January 19th, 20128:53 pm
Sophee, he is a big kid. A player could get a workout doing long toss with him. He would wear out the player doing the long toss. And yes he brings it back. I am just glad I have a dog park near me.
Gotta love the mini-blog folks. Such optimists.
January 19th, 20128:54 pm
jeffrey doo doo
January 19th, 20128:55 pm
I love laboratories
Ray – that’s why I love ‘em. They’re so active and fun to be around.
January 19th, 20128:56 pm
January 19th, 20128:57 pm
Can I have a new brick wall? Like, now?
January 19th, 20129:03 pm
Yeah, not only does he have brown fur, but his nose and eyes are brown as well. I think he could rome LF for the Braves, track down anything. I just don’t think he would be much of a hitter. Maybe a good pinch runner in late innings.
January 19th, 20129:04 pm
Are you going to hit someone with it? I can’t be an accessory to a crime.
January 19th, 20129:05 pm
Wasn’t planning on it, but I nearly just tore a giant hole in my finger opening a new bottle of wine, so I might change my mind. I was going to use it to bang my own head…
January 19th, 20129:08 pm
Speaking of ‘91 and ‘92 teams, these Division Series rings and a WS ring are up for sale
Speaking of the ‘92 and ‘92 teams, those division championship and a WS rings are up for sale
January 19th, 20129:10 pm
January 19th, 20129:24 pm
N8, January 19th, 2012, 8:24 pm … “See…. I told you it wasn’t that hard to grasp. abwright figured it out.”
I resemble that remark.
January 19th, 20129:29 pm
and y’all thought you were rid of me…..
January 19th, 20129:31 pm
We are never rid of you, nolie…no matter how hard we try, you keep popping up again (my new computer just tried to autocorrect your name to “no lie” )
January 19th, 20129:33 pm
cabravesfan, January 19th, 2012, 1:48 pm … “I know it was just an example, but how could the Padres win the West with 80 wins if the Giants finished 2nd to the Braves with 100? They are in the same division”
I could have been talking about the baseball season in 2020 when both the Braves and Giants have relocated to Puerto Rico.
Although, actually, I was picking on the year that San Diego won the west with something close to a .500 record (at least I think it was SD) and the year that the Braves and Giants dueled to 100+ win seasons, with the Braves taking the NL West by a game and the pre-WC Giants had to sit home and watch the Phillies spank the Braves in the NLCS.
January 19th, 20129:35 pm
I figured you were just trying to make your point I just couldn’t help myself…hope you don’t mind a bit of teasing…
And here, I’ve always pronounced it “no lie.”
January 19th, 20129:37 pm
huh- I’ve always thought it was “nolee” (like his beloved Seminoles) (please tell me I got that right- the FSU fan part, I mean)
cab … I thought your remark on SD versus SF was spot on. I was hoping someone (hopefully someone nice) would call me on it.
Unfortunately, that pesky work thing kept me from replying til now.
January 19th, 20129:38 pm
which I realize now might not make sense, since the “e” is not a long “e” in “seminoles” but that’s where I thought he got it from…
January 19th, 20129:39 pm
I hate it when work gets in the way of a little blog fun
But nolie keeps telling us that he’s always right.
“That’s the facts, Jack. No lie.”
January 19th, 20129:40 pm
Meanwhile, I am watching The Tourist and 40 minutes in, I can honestly say that yes, yes it is a terrible movie
yes, nolie from Noles. course I don’t lie either, but I am much tooo modest to brag on myself about that…..
You know what they say, “All play and no work makes Jack a poor boy.”
January 19th, 20129:41 pm
Perhaps the man himself can enlighten us?
January 19th, 20129:42 pm
Ask and ye shall receive
That is, sadly, too true…I am lucky that I get to work at home, unsupervised, and at my own pace
January 19th, 20129:48 pm
cabravesfan … over the summers I get to commute in PJs. But I also like to go into the office as well. Of course, I don’t have LA traffic to deal with.
January 19th, 20129:49 pm
aleck and alas I loved a lass
alas and aleck she didn’t love me back
alack not aleck geeze
January 19th, 20129:51 pm
And yes, I knew Nolie was from seminoles. I still think the double meaning is amusing.
I don’t miss going into the office. I don’t miss sitting in traffic. And I don’t miss putting real clothes on in the morning, even if I could wear jeans and flip flops every day
January 19th, 20129:53 pm
Was that a smart aleck? Or a dumb Alex?
yes the name was a play on words….
a dumb aleck I guess
January 19th, 20129:55 pm
The “putting on real clothes” is definitely a drag. Left to my own devices, I might rock these Ninja Turtle pajamas til they could walk themselves to work.
January 19th, 20129:56 pm
Ninja Turtles! Love
January 19th, 201210:03 pm
my penguin fleece jammies are great in the winter…I do like to go into the office occasionally. I have friends I like to go to lunch with and 2 hours of checking email in the am bridges the commute
btw the little one turns 4 tomorrow and the other 1/2 is taking it poorly…its not like he is going to school or something
January 19th, 201210:04 pm
Speaking of autocorrect, it reminds me of a Monty Python sketch where a man created a Hungarian to English phrase book, where all the English phrases were “naughty.”
With our growing dependence on the autocorrect feature, you can imagine one day someone might hack the system and replace common words with naughty ones.
How long would it take an unsuspecting American people to catch on? 1 year, 5 years, never?
January 19th, 201210:22 pm
guess I’ll go read since nobody wants to chat
January 19th, 201210:25 pm
hi was eating dinner…sorry
January 19th, 201210:35 pm
And now apparently nobody wants to talk to me…
January 19th, 201210:36 pm
I thought I had put a “death nail” into the blog with my autocorrect post.
January 19th, 201210:37 pm
So, I got kinda excited when I saw Lilburn was listed as a caravan stop in the initial locations they released but turns out they’re just visiting a local elementary school. Boo.
So which elementary school? I attended two different elementary schools in Lilburn.
January 19th, 201210:54 pm
Moe – they’re going to Hopkins. Where’d you go?
January 19th, 201210:56 pm
1B MATT KENNELLY [.289 BA] 2-4, 1 SO.
1B DONEL LINARES [.190 BA] 0-1.
Mountain Braves Fan
January 19th, 201210:59 pm
Stephen James Strasburg ( /ˈstrɑːzbərɡ/; born July 20, 1988 in San Diego, California) is a right-handed pitcher for the Washington Nationals, who selected him with the first pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed a record $15.1 million contract with the Nationals on August 17, 2009, just 77 seconds before the deadline, breaking a record previously held by Mark Prior, who had signed 93 seconds before the deadline in 2001.
According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the $15.1 million four year deal is for the 2009-2012 seasons, and Strasburg will receive $4.875 million in 2012.
January 19th, 201211:00 pm
I went to Camp Creek and Arcado (and one elementary school in Mississippi).
January 19th, 201211:03 pm
Ah, I went to Lilburn Elementary for a few years after moving here. I didn’t know you were a former Gwinnettian, Moe.
January 19th, 201211:05 pm
It just occurred to me why the name Tommy Hanson is so familiar to me…it was Johnny Depp’s character’s name in 21 Jump Street (love that show )
January 19th, 201211:12 pm
And as soon as they can cram it down the paying public’s throats, they’ll add two expansion teams to dilute the talent even further and have 4 division per league. That will lead to 6 playoff teams (4 division winners, two wild cards) per league and maybe the World Series in November.
You know, I’d have no problem with 4 divisions, 4 teams per. Maybe group the divisions into conferences of two divisions each and have a conference play off then a league playoff then the WS. Lots of post season there. But every series matters. Every series has a title to it. Every one in the post season finished first in their division. It’d require expansion. But it’d be set up for something meaningful.
What I dislike about all this…. I specifically got married in November so that I wouldn’t have to choose between my anniversary and baseball. They keep going they way they’re going, they’re going to wreck my marriage.
January 19th, 201211:13 pm
Yep. Then, Trickum Middle and Parkview.
January 19th, 201211:18 pm
Cab it wasn’t meant to be condescending. Don’t be so damn sensitive. It was meant to show you that I wasn’t arguing WHAT the rule was. It was meant to argue whether the rule was fair.
Not only to the players. But how about the fans? The fans in a city support their team (a really good team), and they don’t get a home playoff game to go to? But a 7-9 team’s fans do?
January 19th, 201211:26 pm
Like I said, even if you didn’t mean it to be, that’s the way it came off. And I think I’ve made my point- the rule is fair. It favors the teams that win their division. That is what teams play for in the regular season. Not to come in 2nd in a tough division.
And as for the fans? You think the fans of a 7-9 team don’t support their team? Seattle might have the best fans in the league- every visiting team says it’s the loudest stadium in the league- and it’s not a dome. Why are those fans any less deserving? One could argue they are MORE deserving, because they show up and support their team no matter how good or bad they are. But again, I really don’t much care about the rule. Like I said, if a team wants to win the Super Bowl, they should be able to win games on the road. Especially if they are supposedly that much better than the team they are playing.
January 19th, 201211:28 pm
And as far as if a team is “good enough” (or whatever you typed – not important enough to go to previous page and copy/paste it), they should be able to win on the road?
See my 11:18 post.
A home playoff game is more of a celebration, than a guarantee of a win.
Hell, why not make the team that normally gets the bye, start on the road in the wild card round? If they’re good enough, they’ll survive to the end, right?
Like my very first post to you stated. For the most part I agree with you (and the rule). The Seahawks “deserved” the home playoff game last year, because the end result of their season fell in line with what the rules and regulations for playoff games states.
Whether they earned that by only winning 7 games compared to a 12 win team having to come to their house? THAT is what is up for debate.
It’s the root of the discussion from my angle. What constitutes “earning” it? Completely a matter of opinion by whoever creates and applies the rules.
The flip side is that 90 percent of the time, the teams are so close, it’s really not an issue. Had the Seahawks won that division with 10 wins, nobody would be remotely talking about a 12-4 team having to go face a 10-6 team on the road. But 7-9? Come on!
There at least needs to be some sort of amendment or over the top stipulation that says if the wild card winner has 5 or more wins than the division winner the home/road scenario should flip. Or some strange “special circumstances” thing. But it’ll never happen.
That doesn’t mean it’s not fun to discuss and debate it.
BTW, your 1:48 post to abwright was no less condscending than mine was to you. So stop acting like I’m picking on you due to one day of ragging on you over 6 months ago.
Simply not the case.
January 19th, 201211:31 pm
“Seattle might have the best fans in the league- every visiting team says it’s the loudest stadium in the league- and it’s not a dome.”
Funny. Every week you read the same thing about Arrowhead, Invesco, Philly, and Pittsburgh. They’re ALL the loudest. LOL
“Like I said, if a team wants to win the Super Bowl, they should be able to win games on the road. Especially if they are supposedly that much better than the team they are playing.”
Then why all the fuss about who earned it and what it is that they are earning? If it doesn’t matter, it should be a non-factor, right? Can’t have it both ways.
January 19th, 201211:34 pm
If you are referring to the comment about San Diego and SF being in the same division, it was not condescending, it was a joke, which abwright understood. I don’t think you are picking on me- just think your comment came off a bit arrogant.
I’m just tired of debating this with you- not because I think you are right (or wrong) but just because I think you feel you are right and that’s that. Which is fine. But I don’t want to go on and on about it. So, if it’s ok, let’s shelve this one
January 19th, 201211:38 pm
“I’m just tired of debating this with you- not because I think you are right (or wrong) but just because I think you feel you are right and that’s that…”
Fair enough. But are you really going to tell me that you don’t feel the same way about your opinion on this matter? If I din’t think I was right, I wouldn’t be arguing the point with you. LOL
I would have simply said “I agree with you” and moved on. Thought we were having a reasoned discusssion, but apparently I’m the only one that feels that way. Per your request…. it’s now vanished into the wind.
January 19th, 201211:41 pm
No, I would tell you the same thing And I do think it was a pretty reasonable discussion, as they usually are with you, but I don’t want to carry it on forever, because neither of us is going to convince the other that they are wrong (maybe that was a better way to put it). I usually enjoy a debate with you, but at this point in the evening, I am ready to call a truce.
January 19th, 201211:45 pm
Fair enough cab. I’m kind of tired of football talk anyhow since my team’s out of the running. As a former Cowboys fan as a kid (my first time crying over a sporting event was at age 9 over “the Catch” – which made it REALLY hard to like Montana when he became a Chief), it pains me to root for the 49rs this time of year. And since Harbaugh beat my Chiefs in 1995, I’m not a “fan” of his either. LOL.
But I’m not rooting for Eli Manning and the Giants. So good luck.
January 19th, 201211:47 pm
January 20th, 201212:07 am
Tennpaul, spot on @ 3:16. almost tebow like.
January 20th, 201212:10 am
actually that is the best post of the day.
January 20th, 201212:18 am
the braves better make hay early this season.
13 games vs. the mets, astros, and pirates in april.
January 20th, 201212:26 am
According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the $15.1 million four year deal is for the 2009-2012 seasons, and Strasburg will receive $4.875 million in 2012….MBF
4 years/$15.1M (2009-12)
signed Major League contract with Washington 8/17/09
$7.5M signing bonus
(paid in 3 installments of $2.5M, 9/1/09, 1/10/10, 1/10/11)
09:$0.4M (pro-rated), 10:$2M, 11:$2.5M, 12:$3M
looks to me like 3 mil in 2012, where are you getting 4.875? I must be missing something. as for demanding a huge compensation, he will still be in arbitration for several years and unless he has a great 2012, his raise for 2013 is not gonna be all that huge most likely
January 20th, 201212:27 am
Interesting how some people think they make sense when being so nonsensical…
January 20th, 201212:29 am
venice always picking a fight.
January 20th, 201212:31 am
Just random commentary – haven’t read the blog very closely since I just got home…
January 20th, 201212:35 am
The pieces are here to win this year, but I think Wren is gunning for ‘13 as more certain.
January 20th, 201212:38 am
The pieces are here to win this year, but I think Wren is gunning for ‘13 as more certain….CTB
and I don’t think GMs think that way at all
Then he will go out and make a blockuster deadline trade this summer to squash my thinking.
January 20th, 201212:39 am
ctb, this will be our deepest staff ever.
not ever, but lately.
January 20th, 201212:44 am
nolie, I just don’t see a ton of urgency on Wren’s part. Look at our bench. Our #3 hitter is a walking injury just waiting to happen. You’re looking at a combo of Constanza/Hinske/Diaz covering Prado when he’s covering the oft injured Chipper at 3rd base.
Urgency makes my head hurt…
January 20th, 201212:47 am
uga, yeah I’m excited about the pitching. We just don’t have that Glavine/Maddux/Smoltz in their prime. It is deep and good though, they’ll keep us competitive all season
January 20th, 201212:49 am
anyone else see raylan (justified) as a young clint eastwood?
January 20th, 201212:51 am
Venice, yeah urgency is headachy
January 20th, 201212:57 am
uga-brave – The only thing I don’t like about Justified and also Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy is that I just don’t believe anything close to what happens in the show could happen in real life. Which is why my favorite with Timothy Olyphant was Deadwood, which was base on some actual events.
He is a presence onscreen like Eastwood though. Calm, cool demeanor and a woman magnate.
January 20th, 20121:06 am
key, agree on sons and justified. that said i dont think breaking bad is far off from reality.
uga, there might be bigger (physically) tough guys on tv. There might be more intimidating characters on tv. But something about Raylan’s demeanor, attitude and confidence that pretty much makes him the biggest badass on tv in my book.
Far and away my favorite character on tv in quite some time. Then again, hard to not like Boyd as well. LOL
January 20th, 20121:11 am
key and uga, I think the problem with both Justified and SOA is the time in which they are set. If they would have went “old school” with both of them, I think it would be more believable that that sh!t could go down.
I’m a huge fan of Burn Notice too. But it has the same problem. Only so many cars and buildings that one dude can blow up in Miami before a couple of red-flags are raised. LOL
I’m not saying that there might be some communities where a gang of bikers still “run” the town. Very well might still happen today. But make no mistake about it. If there was the shooting and killing going on in today’s real world like it does on Justified and SOA, one would think that the National Guard would come rolling into town with their tanks, and maybe even an air strike from the Air Force.
Then again, I don’t have as much problem with the suspension of disbelief as I do with trying to convince myself that Peg Bundy is badass.
Either way I still love all three shows. But I’m right there with you guys.
January 20th, 20121:13 am
I love Justified and Deadwood, 2 of my all-time favorite shows. And I love Timothy Olyphant, but to be honest, isn’t he playing the same character in both shows? Which is OK, they are 2 of my favorite characters too, but I just wonder what his acting range is?
On the other hand, Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder and Shane Vendrell from The Shield are completely different. Plus I was channel surfing a couple of nights ago and saw him in some ridiculous alien type movie and he was playing a goofy little nerd, so he certainly has shown range.
Not that this means a hill of beans, but what the heck, any thoughts?
the office tonight redeemed itself. very funny.
January 20th, 20121:17 am
Timothy Olyphant pretty much played the same type of character in Season 2 of Damages as well. That being said, I thought he was pretty funny in The Girl Next Door” as the sleazy porn guy.
That was my biggest issue with American Horror Story. Dylan McDermott pretty much just rehashed his Bobby Donnell character from The Practice. Literally zero range in his ability to convince you he could play multiple characters.
January 20th, 20121:23 am
n8. check out the first season of BOSS. really good stuff from Dr. Faiser (kelsey grammer)
really good tv.
January 20th, 20121:27 am
uga: looks like the only underclassman we will lose is Orson Charles…is that your take?
January 20th, 20121:28 am
really good stuff going on on cable these days.
game of thrones
and on a sidebar amc pulled the plug to early on rubicon.
January 20th, 20121:31 am
N8: I didn’t see The Girl Next Door and I forgot about him in Damages, so I’m not much help as far as that goes. I will say Raylan Givens is/will be one of TV’s most iconic characters ever.
January 20th, 20121:32 am
ken, orson is the only guy leaving.
that said you south georgia guys need to rustle us some big uglies up front.
glenn, ben jones, and bean anderson are gone.
other then glenn, they can be replaced.
gotta find a new big left tackle.
January 20th, 20121:34 am
gotta remember this is elmore leonard writing it.
January 20th, 20121:37 am
N8: I liked Burn Notice a lot more the first 2 or 3 years, and you are right about all that blowing up and the cops never come?
What I liked about it early was Michael always explained what he was doing and how to make gadgets to blow stuff up or other purposes, it was almost like MacGyver. I thought that was a neat touch.
I do like the 4 members of the “team”, I think they work well together, although more of Sam would not hurt.
January 20th, 20121:42 am
uga: one more week in South Georgia and then my sentence is up , it’s back home to the ATL.
I found a house in Cobb County (where I grew up) and I’m moving next Friday.
Yeah, we need some biguns up front, for sure.
I’ll do that uga. I’m finally getting with the times and getting netflix set up in the next month or so when work slows down for me. Then it’s time to go to town on some shows I’ve passed up in the past. My wife says my DVD collection has to stop! LOL. It is getting kind of riduculous. Too much money that could be spent elsewhere.
kenhotlanta, I agree on Burn Notice. More Sam is always good. Great character. I like the humor. I like the subtitles with the “bad guys” or any character they introduce for that episode. Always a fair amount of humor when they do that. But I agree. The 4 main characters work so well together. And Michael Weston is pretty badass too.
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