1:31 pm September 28, 2012, by David O'Brien
September 29th, 20123:07 pm
Mark it down, it’s going to be St. Louis playing the Braves in the WILDCARD PLAY-IN GAME. Now, the Cardinals would be totally stupid and off their rocker not to start a lefthander. I think they only have one frontline lefty starter and that’s Garcia. He has been doing pretty good lately. Why do I say they would be crazy not to start a LH? Here’s why: The Braves have scored 448 runs vs RH’s this year and only 238 against LH’s per a noted baseball stats site(am assuming it’s correct). That’s reason enough right there, as that is ridiculous. I was looking for their W-L record against LH’s but never found it. Will keep trying as I know it’s there somewhere.
September 29th, 20123:09 pm
You’re wrong, nolie. It goes like this: “Life’s a bitch, you pay taxes, and then you die!”
September 29th, 20123:14 pm
Atlanta Braves @Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. NYM (7:10, PTV/680AM/BRN): Constanza 8 Prado 7 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 McCann 2 Simmons 6 Minor 1
September 29th, 20123:16 pm
hmmm, never heard it that way, and taxes are part of it being a bitch
September 29th, 20123:19 pm
baseball or any other endeavor, some folks can only deal with disappointment by getting angry and shifting the blame to someone else.
September 29th, 20123:20 pm
I must be one of the whiners,because I must of missed all those hits we have been getting with runners in scoring position,and stupid me thinks all those wins are because of the best pitching staff in baseball.And of course I whine thinking about giving a leadoff hitter who will strike out over 150 times a season 18 million a year for 5 or 6 years.And my biggest fault believing people have a right to an opion.
September 29th, 20123:21 pm
Good to see you back on the forum Nolie.
I’d wager that even the haters missed ya
September 29th, 20123:25 pm
thats bulloney John. you have your right to your opinion and someone else has the right to disagree
in general it is the guys who are negative and insulting all the time who catch hell on here not someone who reasonably posts an opinion and backs it up with facts
September 29th, 20123:26 pm
The play-in game isn’t going away folks.
I like it, just not necessarily how it’s determined who plays in the game.
But, it’s not going anywhere. The players like it and want it. Players have been clamoring for an extra wild card (including a one game play-off) for years now.
Over time, it could get expanded to a best of 3. Who knows? But, the number of play-off teams will not be reduced. Expansion equals money and more teams in the tourney.
The 1 game play-off will be fun. If the Braves lose, we are going to complain. But, if you are #5, it’s a great opportunity.
doubt that Stringer, but thanx
September 29th, 20123:28 pm
I have several names for the phenomenon around here:
First, it can be called the SEC syndrome. (as DOB has some eloquently explained)
Second, I call it “Fantasy Baseball Fans” Folks that treat each game, inning and at bat as a significant event.
And most of us are OK with folks getting frustrated, but it’s the idiots that somehow think that every game should be won and even if we pull out a squeaker, they find some reason to be negative about it.
Except for the Astros, every team wins 60 and loses 60. It’s what they do with the other 40 that really matters. That’s why most of us don’t get worked up into a tizzy when we lose a game or two.
September 29th, 20123:30 pm
UKUGA says, “the players like it and want it”. CJ just said this week, “It’s STUPID” so would think lots of them think that.
September 29th, 20123:31 pm
The thing about the play-in game is that a one-game series should NEVER decide anything in baseball. I am not against having 2 WC’s, but if folks like us can figure it out, why can’t the baseball powers that be see this? Just frustrating.
September 29th, 20123:33 pm
as I have said a dozen times and can be easily proven by visiting, all the blogs are alike, the same things are said about the managers and players, and other posters too, that are said here.
Even between winning and losing teams, the percentages of such comments are usually not even all that different.It is more about human nature and our learned responses than it is about the subject
I’d venture a guess that only 1 team in baseball right now is negative about the 1 game play in. The Braves. The teams winning divisions don’t care, and things are so close in the AL for the last 2 slots, that teams just want to be a part of it.
So truly, only the Braves qualify as a team that wouldn’t like the play in game.
September 29th, 20123:34 pm
USNAVY, I agree and equate that convoluted thought process to what goes on in the US Congress and White House. It’s called “no common sense and logic” which a lot of highly intelligent people do not possess.
but last season we would have loved it Wayne
September 29th, 20123:37 pm
Agreed Nolie. I spend a lot of time on music-related forums, and in the past, video game forums.
Its the same stuff everywhere. Reasonable people, who might complain from time to time, mixed in with those who seemingly want nothing more than to criticize for the pure enjoyment of it, with nothing more than ‘gut’ feelings and other nonsense to back up their verbal diarrhea.
September 29th, 20123:38 pm
Again, you are correct!
We can be a fickle bunch, can’t we!
September 29th, 20123:39 pm
The ones who dislike it are saying they don’t like the “one game deal”. If it were 2 out of 3 I don’t think even CJ would have a problem with it. I know I wouldn’t.
September 29th, 20123:41 pm
As tough as it would be to win the division at this point in the season, it would also prove to be really difficult on the team what with pitching matchups and travel. Maybe the Braves should just use these last 5 games to go in as prepped as possible; though never conceding defeat.
September 29th, 20123:42 pm
the Braves should just use these last 5 games to go in as prepped as possible; though never conceding defeat….DS1
I think that is the approach being taken
September 29th, 20123:43 pm
I’ve been MIA on the blog for a majority of the past 10 days or so. Am I reading that you are overcoming some health issues? If so, here’s hoping things are looking up for ya. God knows you deserve some good fortune!
September 29th, 20124:04 pm
Geeze, way to go, Wayne
The Blogger Formerly Known as Billy
September 29th, 20124:18 pm
DOB on fire this AM….
September 29th, 20124:23 pm
Once again someone blasted for having an opinion that isn’t consistent with the regulars. Is that really what people want on this blog is for everyone to come on and say the exact same thing.
Thank you Lane. A voice of reason.
Jorge_Jorge, you wouldn’t know reason if it came up and smacked you in the puss.
September 29th, 20124:28 pm
Lane Kiffin — I don’t want to see people banned for stupid comments either, but the one attacking Chipper’s personal life is really uncalled for, that one was quite eggregious.
Disgusted has every right to be disgusted with – who is the “Lane Kiffin,” by the way? He seems to be Jorge_Jorge’s (”The Obsessed One”) new pal in idiocy.
First ACE, and now Lane. You’ve got to do a better job picking your buds, Jorge_Jorge.
September 29th, 20124:37 pm
The one game WC system for now might not be perfect and could be changed to a best two out of three but its an experiment and we will see how it works.
Bud Selig > then Dictator Roger Goddell anyday. Overall in his tenure I think Selig has been a decent MLB commissioner (some good, some not so good decisions) but overall given the times and circumstances, not so bad.
At least this game now has had some labor peace.
I cannot stand Goddell who acts above the game. I like the NFL, prefer the way MLB is run anyday.
I don’t blame the NFL players for not trusting the league and its hired henchman Goddell. Protect the shield my tail. The rules in the NFL about uniforms and someof the other silly stuff is crap.
Baseball > Football. And this is from a football fan.
Dawgs not doing bad today at all.
September 29th, 20124:42 pm
I really am happy getting the 1st WC seeding & I’d just assume the Braves use these next 5 games to get their post season rotation set, and use the time to get some guys righted for the post season.
Uggla is looking like he is getting more and more straightened out.
Now, may we PLEASE have the good Mikey Bourn again. Hope the BUMB thumb heals up in the next couple days — no sense if forcing it right this minute. Be ready Friday the 5th.
And we need the hot Chipper again — a little rest will not hurt. Might do him some good.
Another TD run by the Dawgs — Gurley a long run — WOW. Marshall and Gurley have done it with the highlight film today.
September 29th, 20124:44 pm
Gurley and Marshall have made the GA Dawgs a complete team this yr.
We have the finesse, the defense and now the running game to punsh folks. That is a great thing.
September 29th, 20124:45 pm
Remember the GA kicker is going to cost us a game this year. The guy has a worse hook than Charles Barkley.
September 29th, 20124:53 pm
Braves lineup: Constanza cf, PRado lf, Heyward rf, Chipper 3b, Freeman 1b, Uggla 2b, McCann c, Simmons ss, Minor p
Fredi G said maybe tomorrow on Bourn, again said Braves just being cautious because don’t want a setback this close to WC game and postseason. When they bring him back, want to be sure he’s healed.
September 29th, 20124:54 pm
I see Chipper got a pool table. I will have to go shine up to him and get him to play some 9Ball, see if I caint get some of that 100 some million that he made
September 29th, 20124:55 pm
Imagine how nerve wracked we’ll be Oct 5. Thinking that one wrong play, or a bad hop here or there and we’re finished until April next year. No more Chipper … nothing!
September 29th, 20124:56 pm
no way I am on here during the play-in game
September 29th, 20125:01 pm
I don’t drink, but I might Friday.
September 29th, 20125:19 pm
Thank you for your graciousness, McFann. Your past frequent analyses and perspective were always a breath of fresh air on the blog. I think many of the blog regulars (and regular readers) feel the same way. Life gets in the way of blogging as it probably should, but just wanted you to know you were and are appreciated. You are a very thoughtful bright, young lady. Hope you end up going to Ga Tech as it will help you take the next big steps in your life–it did for me.
September 29th, 20125:29 pm
Chipper in the gift he just got from Mizuno, his equipment company throughout his career.
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
September 29th, 20125:32 pm
Well, thank you, northbeach Scott, I appreciate that.:)
September 29th, 20125:33 pm
Wow! Heck of a game so far! Thought UGA had it in the bag when they went up 27-10.
September 29th, 20125:34 pm
Sweet ride there for Chipper and nice gift by Mizuno. I expect we will see that vehicle again on future “Buck Commander” episodes.
September 29th, 20125:37 pm
usnavyvolfaninva tour team came to play ball as a Dawg fan all I can say is it’s on now
September 29th, 20125:38 pm
your team lol
September 29th, 20125:45 pm
I’d just love to see our guys play 60 min of football…win or lose, keep it close.
September 29th, 20125:55 pm
Arena football, SEC style.
September 29th, 20125:58 pm
I am counting this GA-Tenn game as a loss — these guys are a bunch of overrated stiffs on D this team has no lineman, so secondary and no heart and deserve to be Booed.
I don;t care how many four or five star athletes you have if they are unable to stop anybody as a unit.
This defense is a joke, the worst in the SEC and this second quarter has finished this season.
Overrated — Overrated and Overrated. You do not give that many points in a half and gie a lead away if you are a good team. This is a terrible GA football team.
September 29th, 20125:59 pm
They obviously deserved to be booed, Disguster
September 29th, 20126:00 pm
My days of being a Dawg fan are over — I am switching to Alabama. Or LSU.
This GA team does nothing but disappoint you yr after yr — for the talented players we bring in they find a way to underachieve.
This team is not gonna win another game this yr and next yr and next. 50 game L streak.
You DO know that UT has YEt to beat a ranked team under Dooley.
That is correct — they desreve to be Booed for the next thousand yrs.
September 29th, 20126:02 pm
US NAVY — I am mad at the Dogs right now — that second quarter was inexcusable.
We should not have this much trouble vs Tennessee.
I am real mad about quarter 2 that is all — the Dogs really should come out and take over this game and why did that happen –
September 29th, 20126:03 pm
OK, disgusted, now I KNOW you’re not being serious.
September 29th, 20126:04 pm
It’s obviously nice to be Chipper.
I am seriously mad at the defense US Navy, they do have ability — now show it.
They should tuck in in on this drive but can we play D today.
Come on D — Play up to your hype.
September 29th, 20126:06 pm
Murray to Bennett — Now that is more like it.
The O is not the problem today though Murray threw one dum dum pick six that was unnecssary.
It would have been nice had Murray not thrown that dunce dunce. He deserves to have a dunce cap on his helmet.
September 29th, 20126:07 pm
I retract that statement about not being a Dog fan — even if I am mad at em — well the d anyway.
September 29th, 20126:08 pm
The pick 6 by Murray was off a tipped pass. Not much you can do about that one.
September 29th, 20126:10 pm
Good to see Disgusted’s dramatic hyperbole isn’t limited to just the Braves
looks like West Virginia and Baylor played a bouncyball game today, 70-63
September 29th, 20126:11 pm
It was a costly bad break for Murray but Murray has made enough plays to distinguish himself today.
Frustrating though and we need a play by the D — stop em now cause GA is a better team than the Vols & need to take over this game now.
LOL…yeah, I can’t belive I’m encouraging a fan of the opposing team… pretty sad, if you ask me.
September 29th, 20126:12 pm
Disgusted – do you complain about 3 day weekends too?
September 29th, 20126:13 pm
AHH now that is more like it Special Teams. Number 23 is the man of the moment.
He should run for Governor in the future. Or, mayor of Athens anyway. Great moment and play.
Now lets punch it in and take over this one.
Wow…Tyler Bray just not living up to his billing this year.
September 29th, 20126:14 pm
Feeling better yet, disgusted?
September 29th, 20126:15 pm
3 day weekends are great. No complaint about that jeffery d.
Only complain when things are not going good — the Dawgs are not BUMBS anymore if they take over the game and play like this.
Momentum our way now — this is good, now, take it over and finish a W.
September 29th, 20126:16 pm
I am feeling great now US Navy.
Total mood change — I love winning and good play.
Only complain when things are not going good
Oh really? I hadn’t noticed.
September 29th, 20126:18 pm
his definition of not going good = totally blowing out the other team
Now, this is more like it.
Its our way now — lets focus and keep it –
That XP team has alot of work to do — that is the nicest thing I can say about that unit. Alot of work.
September 29th, 20126:20 pm
ESPN is betting the farm that Bobby V is getting fired at the end of the season. I could care less personally, but it’d almost be worth it to see the BoSox keep him for another year just to see the egg all over ESPN’s face.
September 29th, 20126:21 pm
My days of being a Dawg fan are over
He should run for Governor
I mean, your hyperbole is so bipolar you’re turning yourself into a caricature.
What was that Nolie — blowing out the other team is going good.
Dog fans should hope that whan happened in quarter 2 gets cleaned up — if we are going to finish it up and run the table.
This team does have a chance but some things need cleaning up.
September 29th, 20126:24 pm
Whatever — Just having a little fun on the blog that is all.
Hey, they woke up after I balsted em a bit so it was worth being a carcature. So long as they win.
September 29th, 20126:25 pm
Nice run by CP!
September 29th, 20126:26 pm
if we are going to finish it up and run the table.
This team does have a chance
This team does have a chance…this team does have a chance??? Here’s what you said about 25 minutes ago.
the worst in the SEC and this second quarter has finished this season.
This is ridiculous — there is no way that this defense should allow this.
They might be talented athletes but this needs cleaning up. Today the defense did unerachieve. That is factual. This defense has embarrassed this University today.
We might have been better off not getting some of these guys back — they suck.
September 29th, 20126:27 pm
I hate this defense. These guys are worthless.
September 29th, 20126:28 pm
This team did not want it today and was unable to focus once they got good leads.
I will not be surprised if the Dogs choke this one away.
September 29th, 20126:29 pm
Well, at least we can score — but no lead is safe today.
September 29th, 20126:30 pm
watching GA-TN game and reading these comments – really entertaining
September 29th, 20126:33 pm
lot of talent on the field between the hedges today on both sqads
September 29th, 20126:35 pm
Well, we ain’t dead yet.
September 29th, 20126:38 pm
I think even with the forced fumbles, UT has the worst defense in the nation. Maybe transitioning into the 3-4 wasn’t such a great idea.
Richt celebrating that missed FG so much and congratulating his players (who had nothing to do with the miss) somehow doesn’t look very good
September 29th, 20126:42 pm
It takes awhile just tweet Grantham he’ll tell ya
September 29th, 20126:43 pm
Dawgs need Mike Nolan as D Coordinator today! Grantham has done a good job, this is just an off-day it seems. The offense showed up though, so the better team is winning
UT has some work to do — Dooley thinks his team is not that far away but they have to clean up some things.
They might be around where we were for the majority of the Ray Goof ehh Goff era. We got to a bad level under Ray Goof. He never coached again to my knowledge.
Wonder what he did after coaching — I do remember him being in sports talk radio for abrief time in ATL but that was in the late 90’s. He must have just gone away quietly to South Georgia and faded from the public eye.
September 29th, 20126:44 pm
Maybe not cricket but I bet it felt good
Not sure about the call by Richt right there. They way he’s been running it down our throats, really surprised he didn’t go for it.
September 29th, 20126:48 pm
Grantham is not a bad coach but I put this one on the players today.
We have too many head cases on the defensive side who get themselves in trouble and get suspended.
I will give Grantham the benefit of the doubt over some of the charachters on the field. Are they talented athletes? Yes.
Are they able to be focused and disciplined as a unit and play fundamental defense vs the very best????
I don’t know — Come on guys prove me wrong. Its your career and its up to you to live up to your talent and maybe even play on Sunday. Its your future guys, now go for it.
September 29th, 20126:51 pm
about braves’ owner -
September 29th, 20126:53 pm
uga – Dooley and Jose Maria have the same look in their eyes.
September 29th, 20126:57 pm
UT is not out of this game with our untrustworthy D.
Life could be worse — could be a Tech fan — Wow!!!! That is a mess in midtown now.
Not a big Paul Johnson fan and there is a good reason why the triple option is not commonly used. Its not an offense for today in big time CF.
I would rather have the personality of Mark Richt handling my program over Paul Johnson anyday, not to mention what a hole PJ is with some of the media. Seems like a jerky guy.
September 29th, 20126:58 pm
Once again the D lets us down. This is an arena football game today.
There are guys on this D who are either unfoucsed or just plain lazy. I do not know which but the coaches will find out.
September 29th, 20126:59 pm
September 29th, 20127:00 pm
DOB – Thanks for what may be your best post ever. Delightful insights into Chipper and the other guys you covered over the years plus your own misspent youth which reminds me of my early radio career albeit about 30 years earlier.
September 29th, 20127:01 pm
I guess that beats having hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place, huh?
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