8:35 pm December 18, 2012, by David O'Brien
December 28th, 20122:36 pm
Except that the Hawks are at home where they are significantly better than they are on the road…
December 28th, 20122:37 pm
Niners getting the bye means we don’t have to face them the Divisional Round… not that I’m scared of the tattooed man Kaep, cuz I’m not. But I’d rather the Seahawks or Skins, even Packers first.
Excellent article in today’s AJC about former star wrestlers Diamond Dallas Page and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and how Page possibly saved Jake’s life.
Here’s the link: http://www.ajc.com/news/lifestyles/health/former-wrestler-uses-yoga-to-transform-lives/nTfw6/.
I thought Jake was the inspiration for Mickey Rourke’s character in the movie “The Wrestler”, but it is not mentioned in this article.
Page lives somewhere in Smyrna, close to me.
December 28th, 20122:38 pm
The Packers won’t lose on Sunday.
There is no way the Falcons would play the Niners before the Title game if the Niners win the division.
December 28th, 20122:39 pm
I don’t think the Packers will lose either, but there is much more riding on that game for Minnesota than for the Packers
December 28th, 20122:40 pm
I really don’t think you want your Falcons to face the Packers at all in this year’s playoffs.
And yes, a lot of players on go nowhere teams press trying to help their teams too much. It happens. Not to all players, but for some it is harder being on a bad team. DS1
I’m not buying it much, if the team is that bad no one player will make them better.
In all the types of competition I have engaged in pressing and thus choking because of it demands the possibility of success .
I agree that some players don’t do well on poor teams, but I doubt that pressing is usually the cause, though I guess anything is possible.
I think the Rams have a better shot at beating the Seahawks than the Cardinals have of beating the Niners.
Now, are you gonna tell me you’re not rooting for the Vikings on Sunday?
December 28th, 20122:42 pm
Packers want the bye and are really focused right now so to them there is a lot riding on that game. Also they are just so much better than Minnesota. Stop AP and game is over.
Of course I am- again, only because it would help the Niners. The Packers don’t need the Niners to lose in order to get the bye
Half Full (DS1)
December 28th, 20122:43 pm
Schafer also ain’t too bad a lookin feller for a guy with elephant ears either.
Trying to be positive.
December 28th, 20122:44 pm
But the Packers will be the #2 or #3 regardless, which means a home playoff game. Minnesota HAS to win to get in the playoffs at all. WAY more at stake for the Vikings
Dreams of flying may well be the most common of all dreams. Dreams of flying often fall into that special category of dreams in which the dreamer realizes he or she is dreaming. These dreams, called lucid dreams, are some of the most fascinating to both dreamers and dream researchers alike.
Dreams of flying are often described as joyful, fun and exhilarating, and flying dreams are often among the most pleasant dream experiences.
Dreams where you are flying easily, soaring over the landscape and enjoying the serenity often mean that you feel on top of the situation and in control of your life. Flying dreams of this nature are often a nighttime manifestation of the feeling of rising above it all and being in control. Often dreamers are able to control where they fly in their dreams. Being able to control where you fly, how fast you fly and how high or low you fly is often a representation of a strong sense of personal power.
The flip side of that happy scenario are dreams in which the dreamer has difficulty remaining in the air, or dreams where you are unable to fly and begin to fall to earth. These types of flying dreams can represent a lack of power, and an inability to control your personal circumstances. Often people going through situations where they feel powerless will experience these negative kinds of flying dreams.
Obstacles like power lines, mountains and trees in a flying dream can be dream state manifestations of actual barriers in your waking life. For instance, if you feel that roadblocks are constantly going up in your life, you may see these roadblocks manifested as trees, mountains, power lines or other hazards in your flying dream. Identifying the barriers in your life, and overcoming them, can remove these barriers from your dream state as well as your waking life.
Often the dreamer will experience fear while flying, or be afraid that he or she is flying too high. These types of dreams are often representations of fear of challenge, or fear that you cannot succeed.
Dreams of flying are some of the most interesting types of dreams for dream researchers and psychologists. Unlike dreams of being naked, dreams or running, dreams of falling and other common dreams, flying dreams represent an ability that humans do not have in their waking lives. Anytime someone dreams of doing something they do not have the ability to do, it is of interest to dream researchers.
Dreams of flying can represent yearning, or striving to be better. They can also be manifestations of feelings of power, or in some cases feelings of lack of power. The ability of the dreamer to take control of the flight in his or her dream can be an exhilarating experience, and provide the dreamer with a feeling of power than can last into his or her waking life.
No matter what the dream of flying represents, it remains one of the most fertile fields in the world of dream interpretation. There are many reasons to dream of flying, and many ways such a dream can play itself out. Chances are that dreams of flying have been around as long as humans have been dreaming, and that they will continue to be around for millennia to come.
December 28th, 20122:45 pm
I wish I had BP’s confidence. The Vikings are peaking right now. The only thing that’s hurting them is their QB, Ponder, tends to suck at times.
My conundrum, however, is that I want my buddy’s team (yeah, the Vikings) to get into the playoffs.
December 28th, 20122:46 pm
I think it happens more than you might think. But who knows? Maybe he just sucks.
But hey, I’m the guy that wanted to bring Matty Diaz back for ONE MORE TRY!
Revenge for the last time baby! And Rodgers doesn’t get much protection anymore, and our defense is much better.
And though the circumstances weren’t the same for the Giants game, we dished out some sweet revenge on them too. Started the sticking of the dagger into that team.
They’ll be ready. Much different team here.
December 28th, 20122:48 pm
The high and mighty Seminole Ponder is on that Viking team… he’ll be good.
December 28th, 20122:50 pm
Interesting stuff. My earlier dreams of flying was more like hovering. I couldn’t accelerate or go very high, but loved being able to “hide” above it all.
And the last dream (that I have only had once was in a flying craft (it was kind being in a flying little box with the top cut off). Now in that one I was soaring!
Whatever it means, it was nice.
Marijuana and his cocky UF self doing work!
(Schafer likes to use the hashtag #DoWork on Twitter)
December 28th, 20122:54 pm
you think I am HooRah because neither of us likes you? I got news for you little mean spirited one, we are not the only ones here who think you are worthless ACE.
December 28th, 20123:00 pm
I always hated the nickname Simba (The Elephant) that was stuck on Simmons. But I’m willing to go along with it for Schafer. Simba Schafer sounds right to me.
December 28th, 20123:01 pm
Half Empty, who are you talking to?
December 28th, 20123:02 pm
Police say the wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her. A police report obtained by The Associated Press says the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their home for Christmas morning. … Nicole Jones told officers she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her downstairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report.
Uggh. And Murph wanted him back!
Nowhere Man from a while ago Tom
December 28th, 20123:06 pm
Oh! I was wondering where ACE/Nowhere Man’s post was. I was scrolling up & down the page.
December 28th, 20123:07 pm
Too bad about Andruw. I never had gotten the impression that he was that angry
December 28th, 20123:11 pm
This doesn’t make sense at all… Why would someone react like that? Drugs? There’s something fishy about it…
Something else must have happened..
December 28th, 20123:15 pm
The article also said he was very drunk, but so what?
December 28th, 20123:16 pm
If you look deeper into the Andruw story, you will find that he was amazingly drunk. SO drunk when the cops got to the house and came in his bedroom, he was passed out. They touched him and he woke up in a drunk confused state.
My guess is that he drank all day and it caught him. Not a good thing to have happen, but it happens.
Andruw was so inebriated that he was literally out on his feet.
December 28th, 20123:21 pm
Couldn’t control his consumption….
December 28th, 20123:24 pm
perhaps he is drinking so much because he is depressed. Things have not been going well and the holidays are the most depressing time of the year for many people too.
This is a great read from a BBWWA “geezer” that knows a thing or 2 about PEDS. It is about HOF voting and is a great read.
December 28th, 20123:27 pm
Ben Duronio @Ben_Duronio
“@vnodnarb1: @Ben_Duronio you like the Packers -3.5 on Sunday? will they be motivated enough?” Yep. Really want that 2 seed.
He’s a Packers fan
December 28th, 20123:29 pm
Depressed??? He is getting $3.5M to play in Japan next year. What does he have to be depressed over? No he is not depressed. He is a drunk and an abuser? It’s that simple.
Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and countless others have admitted they used amphetamines during their careers. If they used today and were caught, they would be suspended under baseball’s rules. I don’t know anyone who wants to think about pulling those beloved players out of the Hall, even though one of the few studies ever done on PED use showed that amphetamines clearly enhance athletic performance.
And a Day of Rain
December 28th, 20123:30 pm
I met Andruw in Frederick, Md the year he came up to the Braves (he stood by me while my wife took our picture together). Now he should go to AA (not Japan).
December 28th, 20123:31 pm
So what? The world is full of drunks who can’t handle it and don’t have enough sense to leave the stuff alone, that’s what.
And no, I don’t need any lectures on addiction, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah.
If you can’t handle the stuff, stay the heck away from it,
December 28th, 20123:32 pm
You don’t see how someone could be depressed about the turn of his career and having to go to a second level league to continue playing.
Plus clinical depression needs no obvious reason to arise anyway.
Perhaps not, but you have no way of knowing that to the extent of your comment.
December 28th, 20123:33 pm
Well that explains it then
December 28th, 20123:34 pm
I’m depressed as a son of a gun much of the time over a failing marriage, but I rarely drink.
How would drinking help one damn thing? It would do as it ALWAYS does and make it worse.
yes, addiction is such an east thing to handle for strongminded people like you phil,
even though you seem addicted to making almost nothing but negative comments on the blog.
December 28th, 20123:35 pm
Being drunk does not give you a free pass to abuse your wife!
December 28th, 20123:37 pm
Nobody here suggested that it did OMG, we are simply speculating about possible causes, all of which could be wrong and none of which excuse his behavior.
December 28th, 20123:40 pm
Half Empty, more senseless drivel from you, I see.
Brilliant. If one is addicted, just stay that way since it’s hard to be otherwise. Why not, right?
I quit smoking cold turkey 8 years ago now. Not one since then. Damn right I was strongminded about it.
And OMG is exactly right, of course.
December 28th, 20123:43 pm
Most of us that will never sniff a million bucks have a difficult time seeing how a major league baseball player could be depressed about going to Japan and making a boat load of cash.
But when you get past the money thing, then it’s very understandable.
But in reality, most of us create the situation we are in that causes us to be depressed. (yes, yes, I know that sometimes this is NOT true, so please no lecturing)
Throw all softminded people out of the Hall of Fame….
December 28th, 20123:44 pm
If one is addicted it is harder than most can handle to stay away from phil, that is what addiction is all about. and the fact that you managed to quit smoking has little to do with anything. Pretty black and white world you live in I guess, but most places it is not.
December 28th, 20123:45 pm
Never understood the angry drunk thing. People drink for the wrong reasons. I like to drink to have a good time, not to get mad and beat people or try to start fights.
I guess we’ll see about the revenge thing but Matty Ice doesn’t scare me at all, and the Vikqueens are not peaking at all Tom. The have one player on offense and if you stop him you take away their whole offense. Packers defense is peaking at the right time and hopefully the offense starts getting healthy and gets rolling. The team is starting to get it going at the right time like a couple years ago. Gotta believe Tom…Go Pack Go!
DS1 – I think it’s certainly fair to say that some of us may help create such situations.
Half Empty depresses me, and I most certainly did not create such as that…
We all have our demons……………… Someone once said: “Judge not!”
Pretty good advice (that I should listen to more often!).
depends on the type of depression DS1
December 28th, 20123:46 pm
Half empty – One can continue making excuses for it or do something about it.
Black and white it in fact often is.
December 28th, 20123:47 pm
You come on the blog knowing somebody is going to depress you; so truly you did bring this upon yourself. Right?
My stomach thinks somebody done gone and slit my throat!!!
your constant negative comments depress me, but it is my fault because I still read some of them instead of treating them like they deserve phil
December 28th, 20123:48 pm
Abusers abuse because they can. Domestic violence is about power and control. It is a choice. Drinking and depression does not change that. He would abuse even if he was not drunk or depressed. I will bet that this is not the first time something like this has happened, but it may be the first time the police were called.
December 28th, 20123:49 pm
I am not excusing his behavior in any way whatever the cause and have already said as much
That’s why I requested no lectures, as I know there are other reasons……….. Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people for no known reason. Shyt happens!
December 28th, 20123:52 pm
that’s true DS1, and clinical depression which is the most severe and most deadly often has no observable cause
December 28th, 20123:55 pm
Had it not been for that ripoff in Seattle, on week 2, you & I & cab could be a lot more relaxed for this Sunday.
But, we can’t change history. I believe, I believe… GO PACKERS!!!!
December 28th, 20123:57 pm
Half Empty doesn’t want you to go, Wayne. You really COMPLETE him.
December 28th, 20124:00 pm
December 28th, 20124:01 pm
Actually, the vast spectrum of dimwits to the downright intelligent is normally a nice lift for me here.
I appreciate the vast majority of you.
Anyone seen Bat lately?
December 28th, 20124:04 pm
At home, Matt Ryan should scare ya…. near unbeatable there 33-4. 2 of the 3 playoff losses came on the road, and the 1 home loss (to the hot Packers), we were missing some key guys on defense. His not great performance didn’t help things, but he wasn’t the main reason we lost.
New coordinators, unbeaten at home this season, got some swagger…. the Falcons at home should scare any opponent imo.
December 28th, 20124:05 pm
Neff is a talented man no doubt. I’m sitting here listening to Brighter Than Creation’s Dark right now. Man he shines brighter on that album than any other in my opinion. Daddy Needs a Drink, Bob, Lisa’s Birthday, The Home Front, Goode’s Field Road, A Ghost To Most, Monument Valley,…and especially on The Opening Act. Love his Pedal Steel work on that song. Great stuff. I’m going to miss what he adds to the band.
December 28th, 20124:18 pm
I WANT the 49ers or the Packers!
Hell everyone! I was watching MLBNet Work yesterday, and Wren, is still looking for a LF. They mentioned three possible LF Braves could look at? Delmon Young, and Scott Hairston LF? Ken R. mentioned that a possible Dexter Fowler trade could happen still? Haven’t heard any thing on David DeJesus, and nothing on the Braves being interested in Coco Crisp. There is still time, so all we do is keep waiting…..
December 28th, 20124:21 pm
If Prado tears up a knee and is out for the season, can we transplant his brain into Schafer? – old man
Performance enhancing organ?
There are a few here who could probably use one o’ those. lol
December 28th, 20124:22 pm
Bring Loaf back and be done with it.
I still think a possible trade is still out there, and a possible sigining, but not over 8.5 million for a LF. MLBNet Work Ken R. says a platoon could also take place, and was brought up again with Prado, Reed, and Francisco, because of the numbers he put up in Winter League ball, and the improvement?
December 28th, 20124:25 pm
Speaking of waiting…
Is anyone else as antzy as I am in waiting for New Years? That’s when Coach said he’d reveal his new moniker.
I’ve been climbing the walls since he mentioned that.
I wish he’d give us a hint or something.
December 28th, 20124:32 pm
Cunningham or Gattis (or both!) for LF… Prado doesn’t have to be a yo-yo. Move Juan and a prospect for a good upside position player at A or AA.
Ideal, if we’re going w/ internal options I suppose
All, have a good one, and ” New York Giants………Well, hopefully?” Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!” Talk later tonight, and for a little humor….. Kirk Out!
December 28th, 20124:42 pm
December 28th, 20125:07 pm
Too bad about Andruw’s alleged behavior, there are usually two sides to a story but it’s never cool to hurt a woman (unless in self defense to protect yourself) . Andruw always seemed to be on island time – pretty passive but the demon drink can alter that. I hope it works out alright for him.
December 28th, 20125:22 pm
half empty is addicted to nonsensical posts.
You can find Ace along with Clusters and a lot of others on JS blog.
December 28th, 20125:25 pm
I am sure coming from you, I should take it as a compliment to be compared to Ace.
December 28th, 20125:28 pm
sure ACE, whatever you say
December 28th, 20125:31 pm
funny – how to pitch –
December 28th, 20125:36 pm
cricket, thank you
December 28th, 20126:34 pm
EVAN GATTIS’ winter ball season appears at an end. Not in tonight’s line-up.
I’m wondering if he, AVILAN, and MEJIA will rejoin ZULIA February 1-7 for the Caribbean Series. The EAGLES may be the champs of the VENEZULEAN League and in the series as they are currently 0.5 game behind the leader with two games to play.
December 28th, 20126:38 pm
gattis is done for regular season but will return for the round robin.
December 28th, 20126:44 pm
Reading after my post regarding George_George, I guess no one noticed that the sarcasm meter was full on.
December 28th, 20126:46 pm
VJ didn’t. (To be honest with you, I didn’t, either.)
December 28th, 20126:50 pm
Wonder what kind of interest my man “Sea Bass” is getting from around the league. If a team wanted a strong defensive SS and didn’t need him to bring a lot of offense to the game, he’d still be a pretty good pick. Seems to border on being injury prone though.
Even with his low OBP, he was still a favorite of mine when here.
December 28th, 20126:53 pm
Hey Ds1…. how about trade Simba for Upton or McCutchen and sign Gonzo for SS?
TheOnlyBravesFan (Schafer's Cooked, Juan Sukks, Bourjos and Greinke 4Ever!)
December 28th, 20126:54 pm
or maybe he could be the backup SS… more of a threat w/ the bat than Yawnish or Pena
December 28th, 20126:55 pm
Geez, that moniker was way too long
December 28th, 20126:56 pm
December 28th, 20127:01 pm
I’d trade Simba for McCutchen in a heartbeat! As they say, in a New York minute! But not for Justin.
And Sea Bass is not suited for coming off the bench. He’d require too much $$ for a backup.
December 28th, 20127:03 pm
Wondering where Kelly Johnson might wind up too. He’s due for a good year. He’s one of those good year, bad year guys. Coming off a bad year.
December 28th, 20127:05 pm
If KJ could play some LF and 1B, he’d be a good lefty bat off the bench. He normally hits lefties better than he does righties in his career. Higher average, but the OPS is within 15 points, being better against lefties.
December 28th, 20127:08 pm
I like David DeJesus. Good OBP guy. Would be a decent leadoff hitter and play a respectable LF. And is affordable.
But I wouldn’t give up one of our top throwing prospects for him. Maybe a couple of midling level players.
5 in a row and your talking to yourself…………..
December 28th, 20127:10 pm
Hey!! Can y’all keep the chatter down a bit in here?
I can’t hear my music!
December 28th, 20127:14 pm
December 28th, 2012
sorry you detest my posts. Not always negative by any means but am a good bit. Oh well. As you say, don’t read em….
December 28th, 20127:15 pm
Nah, Kelly can stay away… Prado/Kelly drama +he’s been pretty bad lately… declined since his 2010 season in AZ
And Sea Bass is not suited for coming off the bench. He’d require too much $$ for a backup.
Even after the injury? I’d say about 1mil to 1.3mil should be good. Pena/Janish are making somewher between 900k and 1.1mil I believe
December 28th, 20127:16 pm
December 28th, 2012
worry not. They will.
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