Jan
03

Open Thread: It was 36 years ago today…

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Few Yankee fans realize it, but Jan. 3 is actually a rather significant day in Yankee history. It was on this day in 1973 that a syndicate headed by George M. Steinbrenner III paid a meager sum of $10 million to the Columbia Broadcasting System for the New York Yankees.

In today’s dollars, the Yankees cost Steinbrenner and his group around $47,843,468.47 or what Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter make an a season. That price was, according to The Times article about the sale, a real steal, and CBS took a loss on their investment. “It’s the best buy in sports today,” Steinbrenner said about the Yanks. “I think it’s a bargain. But they [CBS] feel the chemistry is right. They feel they haven’t taken a loss on the team.”

While Steinbrenner bought the team after it a decade of losing seasons and its first sub-one million attendance season since World War II, he has, as we all know, turned the franchise into the premier team in sports with six World Series championships over the last 36 years, a new stadium and a run of attendance topping the four million mark. Needless to say, the team is worth far more than $47 million today.

Meanwhile, the best part of the article announcing the sale is the final quote from Steinbrenner. “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned,” he said. “We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”

Truer words are often spoken.

Anyway, use this thread as your evening open thread. We’ve got two NFL playoff games today, and the Nets, Rangers and Islanders are all in action. Just play nice.

The photo above is of Yogi, George and Billy Martin in 1976 and comes via The Daily News.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    ???

    You mentioned the Ranger’s game and you didn’t advertise yourself at Blueseat Blogs, Is your reign as temporary writer over?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

      Ben wrote the article, not Mike.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ben wrote this post, otherwise I would have plugged it. I’ll be covering over there another day or so.

      http://blueseatblogs.com/

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        I could have sworn I saw that Mike posted it. Guess not.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      it was ben

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    BTW, that Steinbrenner quote is SOO ironic.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “Truer words are often spoken.”

      Nice turn of phrase, Ben. You have ridiculous upside.

    • ‘The’ Steve

      He also said

      “I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball.”

      http://www.brainyquote.com/quo.....enner.html

  • radnom

    I’ve alway gotten a kick out of that Steinbrenner quote.

    And holy crap, apart from being more muscular, Yogi really looks very similar to how he does today.

  • Pel

    Pffft… $10M wouldn’t even get you an old Andy Pettitte in today’s economy.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

    Gee. Another masterpiece in Petes 4398 posts!

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....-vacation/

    How he spent his vacation. As if anyone but his sheep give a rats ass.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

      You’ve really grown to hate LoHud

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

        No. Just Pete’s retarded posts.

    • Pel

      What kind of sheep are you? Hate sheep?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

        I don’t hate anyone. I just dislike Abraham’s unprofessionalism.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    On Hot Stove Live just now, they said “the Yanks have already addressed their issues, signing power pitchers CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, and switch hitting first baseman Mark Teixeira.”

    I giggled with joy like a school girl.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

      Good now I am more secure with my masculinity knowing I wasn’t the only one.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        And now these three idiots all unanimously agreed that “there’s no way they can have him [Joba] in the rotation.”

        Erg.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

          Yup. See my post below. They were doing well too. Shame Shame Shame.

        • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

          is the off season going that slow that their back on that?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

            Listen. Right off. I think when you have a guy who has the kind of mental make up and raw stuff that he does, you need to try to start him. It isn’t often you get a guy like this that can come along and blow people away. It isn’t like he wasn’t a starter and the Yankees are going about this evil plan to get him to start.
            Heck, he might end up like Kerry Wood and may be best suited in the pen. which would be fantastic. But you just need to give the kid a chance to start.

        • Ivan

          WHY, WHY, WHY?

        • Jake H

          I’m so tired of that debate when really it shouldn’t be a debate at all.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          And now these three idiots all unanimously agreed that “there’s no way they can have him [Joba] in the rotation.

          I can only assume that we’re going to have an outfield of Damon-Gardner-Nady, with Swisher at first, and Mark Teixeira as our 8th inning pinch hitting specialist. That way, when the game is truly on the line in the 8th inning, the only one that matters, we can ensure that our dangerous, pinch hitting offensive weapon gets into the game, whether the scheduled hitters are the 2-3-4 slots or the 6-7-8 slots. We can’t allow simple chance to dictate the 8th, we need the keep Tex on the bench so we can “shorten the game” and allow Jeter, Matsui, Posada, and the other regulars to focus their offensive production on the first 7 innings, and let Tex and ARod close out games offensively.

          LF-Damon
          SS-Jeter
          1B-Swisher
          3B-Cody Ransom
          DH-Matsui
          C-Posada
          RF-Nady
          2B-Cano
          CF-Gardner

          8th inning offensive “setup man” – Mark Teixeira
          9th inning “closer” – ARod

          = 162-0.
          Q.E.D.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

            That is the best idea ever!!1!!1 Why hasn’t supid Girardi thought of this yet?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              See? Nobody does stupid as smartly as me.

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

                Wouldn’t it also make sense to start Molina and put Posada on the bench to make the game even shorter?

            • inman

              wait til april

          • ‘The’ Steve

            I hate to break it to you, but

            “Damon-Gardner-Nady”

            . . is going to be our everyday outfield.

            BTW-Welcome back, and happy new year!

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Thanks. And, I think Damon-Gardner-Swish is going to be our everyday outfield, and Nady goes to the bench. But that’s just my guess.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin

          I want to hear what Francessa(and all of the sports personalities actually) would say if someone from say RAB called his show and told him why Joba should be a starter by stating the facts.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Something tells me, the call wouldn’t last very long.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Front Office Manager(starring billy Beane) is coming out January 26, we should get a PS3 league going if we get enough people.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

      Funny you mention that. I saw something about that as I was researching something else. Looks like it might be interesting. Baseball games are only fun because of the transactions.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Your Rule 5 eligible relievers will be mine!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

    AHH MLBTV had to start this whole Joba shit AGAIN!

  • Ivan

    If Joba pitch for let say the Padres or Astros, and neva pitch in relief, would this be eva an arguement?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

      (Reading Closely) I am going with no. Because they (Massive sports media{EPSN MLBTV ect.}) don’t have a hate fetish for the Pads or the ‘Stros.

      • whozat

        Honestly, if he’d never come to the bigs as a reliever, even with the Yanks, this STILL wouldn’t be an argument. Which only highlights how idiotic it is to think that Joba should be in the pen.

        • Ivan

          Yea but Price came up as a reliever for TB and NOBODY thinks he should be a reliever.

          • whozat

            He didn’t “come up” as a reliever…he pitched in 5 games in the regular season, and then the post-season. It’s a very different situation, aside from the Yankees/TB contrast.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Seeing the Arizona Cardinals lining up in victory formation in January is unsettling.

    • Ivan

      I,ve seen everthing now……….well almost everything in concern with the Pirates and Lions.

    • ‘The’ Steve

      Could be worse, could be the Bengals.

      Or the Lions.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yeah, but everybody knew the Lions and Bengals sucked. The Cardinals were supposed to suck too, that’s their thing, that’s what they do. Now, they’re about to go to the second week of the playoffs. That’s just freaky.

        It’s like watching Pooh Richardson and Loy Vaught leading the Clippers into the playoffs. You have to check your pupils to make sure you’re not hallucinating.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          Almost like the Rockies in ’07. How the hell did they win so many consecutive games?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

    Yeah, What do you guys make of the DeRosa/Indians trade ? I think it is terrible.

    • Ivan

      for who?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

        Cubs.

        • http://deleted Randy

          great pickup for the tribe.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Great pickup for the Tribe. DeRosa’s not as good as his 2008, but he’s a very good player that can play six positions. Tribe didn’t give up much for him; Jeff Stevens was the guy they got for Brandon Phillips a few years ago.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        also the guy who blew every save in the olympics

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    So LDT is gonna play with a detached groin tendon?

    I’m reminded of the action figure they released of him:
    http://assets.espn.go.com/phot.....lt_300.jpg

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhu9jUal2Q&feature=related Joey H

      Nothing hurts more than a groin injury. I can speak first hand.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        How long is LaDanian signed through? Doesn’t letting Michael Turner walk seem like a bad idea now? Remember everyone killing the Colts for letting Edge walk? Hmmm, that seems like a good idea now.

        RB’s have expiration dates. That’s a fact. Sure, LaDanian will probably bounce back and have a decent 2009, but how many good seasons do you really think he has left in him? One, two tops…

        Looks like a mistake. Keep the younger, fresher back, even if the older, more celebrated back is a league MVP.

        • Joey H

          You are asking the wrong person my friend. I know nothing about the in depth NFL. I am a baseball Basketball guy.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          He signed a 8/60 mil deal in 2004, so that means 2012.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            And don’t forget about Sproles, dude can run. why keep Turner when LT has the highest contract for a running back ever?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              No, I know the Bolts were over a barrel, there was no way they could pay both LDT and Turner. I’m just saying, maybe they shouldn’t have given LDT that mammoth deal back in ’04. We constantly harp on the dangers of giving pitchers lengthy contracts in baseball… it’s dangerous to give runningbacks lengthy contracts in football. They’re a ticking timebomb, even the great ones. When they hit that wall, it’s all over.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Well, the main difference is that MLB contracts are guaranteed, NFL deals are not.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  True. But, in order to dump LDT in order to keep Turner (what they probably wanted to do last offseason), the Bolts would have gone through like 2 years of cap hell. You can get out from the roster spot, but you flood your cap number with dead money.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        Hey its not your fault. You were young, growing up on a farm and you had no idea how strong goats can be.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          I lol’d

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      http://nyfaninboston.blogspot......s-win.html

      haha we think alike. I thought about him last year as well.

      http://www.yardbarker.com/m/70.....linson.jpg

  • http://deleted Randy

    i’m happy with the mlb network so far, but between the joba debate and the complete railing of aj’s contract i’m getting a little annoyed. i know 99% of us don’t like the five years, but i mean come on. why is aj’s contract being used as a reference for every free agent that hasn’t signed (that’s an exaggeration, but it feels that way)?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’ve enjoyed it too. I like that HSL is a nightly thing, and having players on is pretty cool too.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        Yeah like Harold Reynolds literally making Cuddyer get the ball off the wall of the “studio 42 stadium”, or whatever the fuck they call it, and throw it when it goes off the wall. Pretty cool stuff.

      • http://deleted Randy

        yeah i agree. they seem to get a little more in depth than some other shows which is good and the emphasis on adding current and ex players is good.

        i also like that they clearly want their analysts to have differing views and really challenge one another. they’re not really going on script or muting themselves.

        i will say that i think i liked harold reynolds more when he was with espn than i do now.

  • GG

    Did anyone notice on the espn poll yesterday i think about Manning win the MVP the whole map was blue(cool with him getting it) except new england was all red(thought he didnt deserve it)?? Gosh those are some bitter bastards up there!

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Tell me about it.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        I’m wearing my Giants jersey to school on monday, just for kicks. Should be a blast.

        • Joey H

          Gonna bring your G-Men lunch box too? lol

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            I have Giants Boxers.

            • Joey H

              TMI.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      My MVP ballot:

      1.) Peyton Manning, IND
      2.) Ed Reed, BAL
      3.) James Harrison, PIT
      4.) Chris Snee, NYG
      5.) Drew Brees, NO
      6.) Albert Haynesworth, TEN
      7.) Michael Turner, ATL
      8.) Troy Polamalu, PIT
      9.) Adrian Peterson, MIN
      10.) Jordan Gross, CAR

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        You forgot Dustin Pedroia.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Peter Gammons’ MVP ballot:

          1.) Matt Cassel, NE
          2.) Tedy Bruschi, NE
          3.) Tom Brady, NE
          4.) Matt Light, NE
          5.) Dustin Pedroia, BOS
          6.) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE
          7.) Rodney Harrison, NE
          8.) Matt Ryan, ATL
          9.) Oil Can Boyd, BOS
          10.) Mosi Tatupu, NE

          • Joey H

            Honorable Mention- Jason the All Star Varitek.

          • Ivan

            No Kevin Youkilis?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Only had 10 spots.

  • Joey H

    “Hi, I’m Joe Buck. And my .. *looks around* Tim McCarver is… well taking a shit and will be with us shortly” Mlb net.

  • Joey H

    Anyone else think that the Rays will need more than just 5 starters next year?

    • Ivan

      Oh yeah. The rays are not gonna go through the season like in 08 with the same starters healthy for the entire year. No Way.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        They were very healthy last year, and pretty lucky. They didn’t score many runs and got career years out of a few bullpen guys, Balfour and Howell being the most glaring. But they do have Price coming next year, and should spend some money this off season to add some pop. But I still think they take a big step back and wind up in 3rd place in 09.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      me

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

    Colts vs. Chargers. Who do you guys got? I’m thinking Colts-27 Chargers-17

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      31-24 colts.

      Anyone else think its is really stupid how they are playing in San Diego? An 8-8 team is hosting a 12-4 team in the playoffs. Absolutely retarded.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

        I agree, and I looked at your latest blog post and it said the Giants can only play the vikings or the cardinals. Cool, those are two teams I think the Giants will beat.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          Wait a second. I am SO confused.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            OK, I got my seeds wrong(multiple times lol)

            Minnesota won the Division, so they are higher ranked than Eagles. So we play Eagles or Arizona.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

              Thanks, you made me look like an idiot.

  • ‘The’ Steve

    Looks like the Padres have a new owner

    “Buster Olney looks at the fallout for the Padres now that former D’Backs CEO Jeff Moorad has agreed in principle to buy the club with the help of some investors.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....oorad.html

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Yep, should make things interesting in the NL West (since there hasn’t been a good team there since… I can’t even remember.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        ’01 Diamondbacks probably.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          ’02 Giants were in the WS.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            True

          • Joey H

            ’03 Giants had more wins.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              http://www.baseball-reference......2003.shtml

              Heh, I looked and I was like, “How the hell does a team that got 132 starts from Kirk Rueter, Jesse Foppert, Jerome Williams, Damian Moss, Kurt Ainsworth, Kevin Correia, Dustin Hermanson, Jim Brower, Chad Zerbe, Ryan Jensen, Brian Powell, and SIDNEY FUCKING PONSON win 101 games?!?!?!”

              … and then I looked at Barry Bonds’ 2003 line:
              550 PA’s, 133 hits, 148 walks (61 intentional), 68 XBH, 58 strikeouts
              .341/.529/.749/1.278
              231 OPS+, .506 wOBA

              Great googily moogily.

              Oh, and from the four year stretch from 2001-2004, that ’03 campaign was Barry’s WORST year. My head just exploded.

              • whozat

                You and your stupid OPS+. His offensive contributions were completely negated by his failure to not bring a recliner into the clubhouse.

                • ‘The’ Steve

                  Ruth threw a piano in a lake once, if that counts.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Ty Cobb stabbed a guy.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Cobb did beat a crippled dude to within inches of his life, IIRC.

                • ‘The’ Steve

                  Allegedly. There’s not much behind that rumor, and the stuff about him being racist is also very likely to be overblown.

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb

                  People have to sell books, you know. So they say outrageous things, often based on very little.

                  I read a book on Ruth a few years back that claimed he was part Black, because there were pix of him with a dark suntan from playing outside all day for months on end. It also claimed his mother may have not known his paternity, since his parents weren’t married when they had him. Meanwhile, he was a dead ringer for his Dad, who was white as a ghost.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Brick killed a guy!

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.

  • UWS

    Fucking Arizona Cardinals. *mutters*

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Don’t tell me you’re a Falcons fan…

      • UWS

        No, I’m a Giants fan (and I don’t totally hate the Jets). Was rooting for Matty Ice, though. He’s like the anti-Vick. And I really effin’ hate Kurt Warner.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          So, as a Giants fan, who do you want? Eagles or Cardinals? Gotta be Cards, right? The healthy, motivated Eagles can beat anyone…

          • UWS

            That IS true. I didn’t watch much of the Cards-Falcons game, so I don’t know how much of the Cards’ win was due to the ATL’s own ineptitude…

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Meh, the Cards looked decent; their OL did a good job of shutting down JohnAbe (no relation to PeteAbe), but I don’t see them posing a real threat to the G-Men.

              Eagles are the real wildcard in the playoffs. They’re the only team this weekend I see as able to knock off either the Giants or Panthers.

              • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

                Did you notice how when they said Abraham only had 1 tackle he tackled the WR in a reverse for like a 15 yard loss. Epic fail.

                They did ok, they did a lot of long plays, seems like they bombed it to Fitzgerald every play. Boldin got banged up a little but he will be back.

                They did rush Matt Ryan very well, their O line couldn’t really do anything about it.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Awesome name for an NFL safety: “Melvin Bullitt”

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Stupid, dorky nickname for an NFL quarterback: “Matty Ice”

      • UWS

        Whatevs, dude.

        Anyway, the truly stupid nickname for an NFL running back: “LT.” There’s only one LT, and he ain’t wearing the Chargers uni.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Hence, I always refer to him as LDT.

          I respect Lawrence Taylor’s gangsta.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Aaaawww. Your first fight.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I love your body, Larry.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Fun fact: In 1932, Babe Ruth posted an OPS+ of 201; that wasn’t even in the top ten of his career. Unbelievable!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Fun Fact #2: in 1920, Babe Ruth’s first professional season with at least 600 plate appearances, he had a wOBA of .600.

      You read that correctly.

      SIX HUNDRED.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

        Pardon my ignorance, but what’s wOBA?

  • ‘The’ Steve

    Another site has a thread asking “Should we get Andruw Jones?” which got me to thinking.

    If you wanted to build the WORST team humanly possible, regardless of what it would cost, who would you want?

    CF-Andruw Jones (.158/.256/.249 last year)
    RF-Melky Cabrera
    LF-Wily Mo Pena
    1B-Daric Barton
    2B-Tadahito Iguchi
    SS-Tony Pena Jr
    3B-Morgan Ensberg
    C-Jason Varitek
    DH-Jose Vidro

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      With a Rotation of Zito, Ponson, Igawa, Nate Robertson and Brandon Backe

      • ‘The’ Steve

        Nice!

    • Joey H

      Trade ‘Tek for the Met’s catcher.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        Schneider? Nah, Tek’s got him beat by plenty.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....qual=false

        • Joey H

          Yeah. But at least Tek tries.

          • ‘The’ Steve

            You’re right. His gritty .220 is much better than Scnieder’s sissy boy .257.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              And Brian Schneider doesn’t accessorize his uniform with snazzy stars and stripes…

              http://allstarsportinggoods.fi.....ees_30.jpg

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      C- The ‘Tek
      1B- Richie Sexson
      2B- Adam Kennedy
      SS- Bobby Crosby (he hasn’t had an OBP north of .300 since 2005)
      3B- Juan Uribe
      LF- Brad Wilkerson
      CF- Andruw
      RF- Gary Matthews, Jr.
      DH- Jose Vidro

      SP- Ponsnerian (Sidney Ponson and Darrell Rasner melded into one fat, dorky-looking blob of craptastic starter)
      RP- Byung-Hyun Kim
      Closer- Fransisco Rodriguez

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Now, I need to go take a shower.

        • ‘The’ Steve

          I know, just the thought off having Ritchie Sexson on my team makes me feel dirty, too.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I have a better idea, how about the worst team money can buy?

      C – All-Star Jason Varitek
      1B – Richie Sexson
      2B – Jeff Kent (I might change this to Orlando Hudson if he gets signed to a three-year deal with an AAV of $10M)
      3B – Casey Blake (not because of his recent three-year deal, but because Ned Coletti and the Dodgers traded uber-hitting, catching prospect, Carlos Santana in a package for him)
      SS – Julio Lugo (nice one, Boy Genius)
      OF – Gary Matthews Jr.
      OF – Andruw Jones
      OF – Jose Guillen

      SP – Barry Zito
      SP – Carlos Silva
      SP – Matt Morris (I know he’s retired, but, come on, this was that bad)
      RP – Francisco Rodriguez (you wait and see…)
      P – According to Steve Lombardi, any pitcher ever acquired/yet to be acquired in Brian Cashman’s history/future as General Manager of the New York Yankees.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Russ Ortiz, Darren Dreifort, and Adrian Beltre should be in there somewhere…

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          As for Ortiz and Dreifort, I was going off of the past couple of years. Also, Fangraphs says that Beltre has been worth $55M over the past four seasons; he has been paid $50.6M by the Mariners over the aforementioned time period.

        • ‘The’ Steve

          Carlos Silva, anyone?

      • Nickel

        I heard Sammy Sosa’s looking for a contract.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        Pfft. You call that the worst team in Baseball? HAH! Your team is WAYYYY better than my team.

        I win. Or lose. Or something.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          C- David Parrish
          1B- Brian Buchanan
          2B- Andy Stankiewicz
          SS- D’Angelo Jimenez
          3B- Drew Henson
          LF-Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens
          CF- John-Ford Griffin
          RF- Lyle Mouton
          DH- Shelley Duncan

          SP- Sam Militello
          RP- Alex Graman
          Closer- Russ Springer

          • ‘The’ Steve

            I bow in awe of your ineptitude.

            Bravo.

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            I actually laughed when I saw this team

    • whozat

      Last offseason, Baseball Analysts or The Hardball Times (can’t remember which) did a couple pieces about the worst infield money could buy, the worst OF, and maybe the worst rotation. Like, most-craptacularity-per-buck.

      The answer was basically the 2008 San Francisco Giants ;-)

      Not, not quite. In seriousness, I think it was basically their entire outfield, and parts of their infield too. And Barry Zito. There were other players from other teams too, but there were a LOT of giants on there.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Brian Sabean = supergenius

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I’m pretty sure they’ll add some sort of bat – whether it’s Manny, Dunn, Abreu, Burrell or other has yet to be determined – and if they do they’ll win that division. You watch.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Meh, it’s the NL West. Give a room full of monkeys an annual 75M budget and they’ll win the NL West a few times each decade.

  • UWS

    Peyton Manning’s hair? Really? It’s a playoff game and they’re discussing Peyton’s HAIR?

    Goodbye, cruel world *shoots self*

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      CUT THAT MEAT! CUT THAT MEAT! CUT THAT MEAT!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      It’s Madden and Michaels. What else do you expect? Intelligence?

  • GG

    The baseball Gods are going to turn Gardner into a HOFer for scoring the last run at Yankee Stadium!

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    That KFC Honey Barbecue Wings commercial is currently the dumbest thing on TV.

    However, I would totally love to have some Honey Barbecue Wings right now, so it is effective. It’s still horribly stupid and unfunny, though.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow. Way to go Colts.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Fun Fact #3 (pending verification):

    Darren Sproles’ nickname in high school was “The Raging Christmas Tree”.

    No, I don’t get it either.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Sproles

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      That’s racist; just because he’s black, he has to be personified as a botanical organism? Such bullshit, yo.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I blame ARod.

  • UWS

    Indy = fucked.

    NBC primetime booth crew = terrible.

    UWS = going out.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      1) Indy will come back to win.
      2) Agreed.
      3) Have fun.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Wow, that was a fumble.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I hate when random teams play Enter the Sandman. Its not the same.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Didn’t Hoffman start using that before Mo did? I can’t remember…

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        Thats way before my time. Couldn’t tell ya.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        You mean Wagner? I thought Hoffman used “Hell’s Bells.”

        And I think Wagner used it once like…a month before Mo started doing it? Whatever, Wagner can’t carry Mo’s son’s jockstrap, let alone Mo’s.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That’s right, my bad.

          Sorry, I’m not a deathmetal junkie, I’m out of my field here.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            “Enter Sandman” is the only Metallica song I can stand for more than five seconds.

            • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

              i second tht

              • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

                hahahahahahha third that.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Old Metallica was the shit. Basically anything before and including the Black Album is an all-time classic. Then they lost their balls.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Fuck that, Death Magnetic is awesome. I love “All Nightmare Long” (on the album).

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  You have much to learn, young grasshopper. That album just happens to suck less than any of their previous five albums. It doesn’t hold a candle to Kill ‘Em All or …And Justice for All.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Yeah, I guess you’re right; that was just my first time listening to a full album from them.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Oh, speaking of all this rock stuff, Slipknot is playing at the Garden on February 5th; fuck yes!!!

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  I saw them many years ago at Ozzfest. The drum player was playing a set of three metal garbage cans instead of a regular drum set. It rocked, surprisingly.

                  Their first album > any of their other albums.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Oh, and the whole masks thing has gotten stale. And nine band members is just unnecessary. At least three of them just run around stage and nothing else.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Heh, for $100-$125 a pop, I want as much BS as they can possibly fit on that stage.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Hah. Metallica and AC/DC are far from death metal.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              I hate when people label music wrong, especially using the “E” word that I now refuse to use because no one knows what the fuck it really means.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Hah. Metallica and AC/DC are far from death metal.

              See? I know so little about metal and deathmetal that I didn’t know Metallica and AC/DC were metal and not deathmetal.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                General rule of thumb: the number of fat guys in the band is directly proportional to how “death metaly” they are.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Like pirates and global warming?

        • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

          talking about mos son remember him tht time on the road trip he was the bat boy, he looked good in tht unifrom i think its perfect mos heir can b his son

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Would anyone–and I mean anyone–be even remotely–and I mean remotely–interested in reading a big part of a 20 page paper I wrote two semesters ago comparing the Iliad and the Odyssey to “The Natural” if I put that up on my blog?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      How much will you pay me :P

      I probably would. Not all 20 pages, but most.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Haha.

        It’s only half of the paper. The other half is comparing the Iliad and Odyssey to “The Searchers,” which is John Wayne’s most badass movie. I don’t even like westerns but that movie is one of my favorites.

  • ‘The’ Steve

    I hope Mangini gets the Browns job. He got totally screwed by the Jets and their idiot owner.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I disagree. I don’t think Mangini deserved to be fired for Brett Favre inexplicably turning into Browning Nagle in December.

      But Mangini did deserve to be fired for other reasons. Namely, our inability to be a physical team despite having extremely physical players.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        What did Mangini in was that for 2008, Favre ran Mangini and not the other way around. Maybe he was doomed by an unsolvable situation, but Favre was dictating the offense, and his dictation was piss-poor. When you’re the head coach and you defer to what your QB wants to run, your QB better put of Peyton Manning-like results or you’re both getting the hook.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          Don’t you think if Farve ran Mangini, They would pass more and play more Packers style football(since thats all hes ever known)

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Week 16 is Exhibit A. The Jets play the Seahawks in a snowstorm on the West Coast.

            Favre threw the ball 31 times, we ran the ball 25 times. In crappy conditions. We looked like we were afraid to mix it up with a team that had been mailing it in for three months.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        As a Giants fan, I feel like the firing of Mangini was perhaps premature. The two situations are different–specifically the QB situation–I remember myself, and most Giants fans, calling for Coughlin’s head. The Giants stuck with him and won the Super Bowl.

        I mean, I didn’t follow the Jets too closely this year and I’m not too familiar with their internal struggles but part of me says that firing Mangini may’ve been premature. Starting off when you lose a coach OR a quarterback is rough enough, now it looks like they’re going to lose both.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      i afree with tommiesmithjohncarlos, he did desrve to get fired for other things like the play calling and such, i think the best play i saw out of the jets was the last play of the season that lateral, but even that took 2 trys to get right

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        What’s funny was spending the past 10 days in Florida… I was in Miami wearing my Jets jersey and a Dolphins fan starts cracking on me for winning the division with Pennington and such…

        I told him to enjoy it while it lasts. It’s easy to get a last place schedule, replace some horrid scrubs with some league-average vets and leap from last place to first place; that happens every year. We’ll see what happens when Pennington faces the Ravens, Steelers, and Titans defenses.

        And we’ll see what happens next year when the Wildcat novelty has fully worn off and Pennington and Brown actually have to win games the normal way. Color me unimpressed.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          Giants have an impossible schedule next year, its crazy.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yeah, the Dolphins (and my Jets, although we couldn’t capitalize on it) had a last place schedule and got the AFC West (shitty) and NFC West (shitty) on their 2008 slate.

            Next year, they’ll have the first-place schedule and the AFC South (Colts, Titans) and NFC South (Panthers, Falcons, Bucs). Goodbye, 11-5, hello, 7-9.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            They will host Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Carolina, Arizona, Oakland and San Diego. They will visit Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Denver and Kansas City.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

            From the Giants official website

            HOME: Atlanta, Carolina, Oakland, San Diego, Arizona
            AWAY: New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota

            It couldn’t find a schedule with the dates.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

              Damn, too late.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              I think they can definitely beat ATL/OAK/ARI at home, probably San Diego, too.

              New Orleans’ passing attack will eat them up, they can beat Tampa in Tampa, Denver and KC should be wins, and Minny as well–unless it’s a situation like it was last week and the Giants have nothing to play for.

  • Joey H

    It seems like every NJ Net game I watch is an instant classic.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

      How much do you want to bet it’s another buzzer beater?

      • Joey H

        I hope. But I am sick and fuckin tired of Brooke Lopez and his non agressive clumsy play.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Then don’t watch Hasheem Thabeet next year. If he were only more coordinated and like…half a percent more nimble, UConn would be unstoppable. But, alas, Can You Feel Thabeet has the hands of Jhonny Peralta and can’t play consistent offense.

          • Joey H

            Wade flat out raped him on both ends of the court tonight. And Lopez is probably the worst finisher in the league, He gets muffed every second chance opportunity

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Peyton Manning is a tricky bastard.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You know, that’s a good idea? I’ll just cut it up, maybe put it in a fruit salad…

      • whozat

        Do you have transcripts of every Peyton Manning commercial, Saturday Night Live appearance, and humorous post-game press conference like…indexed and searchable in some sort of home-built Google search appliance? With an Anchorman appendix?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          My mind is a steel trap.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Plus, there’s Google, and I type fast. That helps too.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yeah. I am. Fourth floor. Gonna get a massage.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      That was pretty smart. I think Cromartie was blitzing but he ended up covering Wayne. Heads up move but a tad too late. Genius move by peyton.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Heh, Cromartie was standing with his feet in cement looking at the sideline. Wayne was 5 yards past him before he realized the ball had been snapped. Horrible mental lapse.

        That’s friggin PEYTON MANNING at midfield. Keep your head in the game.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          ha I meant the guy that was paying attention, I thought it was Cromartie.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Here’s the NFL scheduling formula, FWIW:

    http://www.footballinjuries.com/rotation.htm

    “Under the new scheduling formula, every team within a division will play 16 games as follows:

    Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).

    The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).

    The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).

    Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games will match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference will be matched in the same way each year.”

    2009 rotations:
    AFC East: AFC South, NFC South
    AFC North: AFC West, NFC North
    AFC South: AFC East, NFC West
    AFC West: AFC North, NFC East
    NFC East: NFC South, AFC West
    NFC North: NFC West, AFC North
    NFC South: NFC East, AFC East
    NFC West: NFC North, AFC South

    So, the Fish should get a 2009 schedule of:
    Jets 9-7
    Jets 9-7
    Pats 11-5
    Pats 11-5
    Bills 7-9
    Bills 7-9
    Titans 13-3
    Colts 12-4
    Houston 8-8
    Jaguars 5-11
    Panthers 12-4
    Falcons 11-5
    Buccaneers 9-7
    Saints 8-8
    Steelers 12-4 (first place AFC North team)
    Chargers 8-8 (first place AFC West team)

    Heh, enjoy it while it lasts, Dolphins fans. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      You know what’s kinda cool/dorky? I figured out the NFL scheduling format after playing countless seasons in Madden NFL‘s franchise mode.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Heh, one of the reasons I stopped playing NCAA football was my frustration with their inability to correctly program the actual college scheduling. I got sick and tired of never playing teams in my own conference…

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Seriously? You’d think conference play would be a no-brainer to be included in a video game. They did have conference play in NCAA Baseball, but the schedule wasn’t true to life in terms of what day they played (ie weekend series).

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I played a dynasty as Colorado and never once played Oklahoma. Ditto with Alabama and Florida.

            Pitiful.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    All the Chargers cheerleaders on the sidelines literally look like Barbie dolls.

    That’s not a compliment.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      All the Chargers cheerleaders on the sidelines SoCal women literally look like Barbie dolls.

      Fixed.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Good point.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        Coming from the guy who lived in San Diego haha

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Speaking of SoCal, my wife was watching the Kardashians show earlier today and Kim Kardashian was hanging out with Reggie Bush at a fundraiser his charity was having to raise money for Katrina victims in NOLA. They said his charity was named “The 619 Foundation” and I had to attempt to explain to her why Bush (from San Diego) would name a foundation for an area code that it’s not in the city where he lives and gives to.

        Any-hoo, she gets me watching the show, and I think the other one (not Kim and not the big, older, mannish looking one) is the cutest of the three. Don’t know her name, but I think she’s cuter than Kim Kardashian, because Kim has that same plastic-looking face to me. She looks all cut up and fake like a doll.

        JMHO.

        • Ivan

          Your talking about khole? Yea she’s bangin.

          • Ivan

            my bad Kourtney is technically the oldest one and arguebably the best lookin one.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            http://tvmedia.ign.com/tv/imag.....2_640w.jpg

            The one on the left, whatever her name is.

            • Ivan

              That’s Kourtney, she’s also the oldest.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                How old are they? I was assuming she was the YOUNGEST. Shows what I know.

                • Ivan

                  Kourtney is currently 29 going on 30 this year,

                  Kim is currently is 28 going on 29 this year

                  Khloe is currently 24 going on 25 this year.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Huh. Looks like the good eggs were at the front of the ovary, huh?

                • Ivan

                  Mean.

                • Mike Pop

                  Ivan is a little intrigued with these girls eh?

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          I’d do all three.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Not the big one. She’s straight Austin Powers.

            “That’s not your mother, that’s a MAN, BABY!!!”

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Hey, you don’t look at the mantle when you’re poking the fire.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Wow. No words for that one, just wow.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Joe gets credit for that one.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Wait, I do have words for that one: giggidy, giggidy.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Quagmire (with a trashy girl on his arm): Hang around little guy, I’ll be back later (he winks).
                  Stewie: Oh very well. I suppose I’ll go and pump the chemical toilet. (Eyes the trashy girl.) apparently, you’re about to do the same.

            • GG

              yea, the big one is realll grimey…i bet she gives great dome though, having such hot sisters her whole life, im sure she was forced to figure something out to her advantage

            • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

              Yeah true, I didn’t know she looked like shrek till I actually saw a picture.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Here, allow my wang to give you a running commentary on this picture, from left to right:

                http://www.realtelevision.net/.....egirls.jpg

                “oh yeah, oh yeah, OH GOOD GOD NO!!!!!”

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Oh come on, she’s not THAT ugly.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I wouldn’t hit that with Bea Arthur’s dick.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          http://highbridnation.com/word.....isters.jpg

          Which one you talking about.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            All the way on the left. Not Kim (in the middle) and not the she-male on the right.

            • Ivan

              Khloe is the big bitch on the right. Not that I have a problem with big bitches but yea Khloe lags behind those two by alot.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                By the way, giving all your kids the same first initial = epic fail.

                I’m looking at you, Roger Clemens.

            • GG

              the she male/oldest is f-in hot

              • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

                alright she is decent but take away the make up and thats where she and her other two sisters are WAY different.

    • GG

      barbie is slamming

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Hence the term “Malibu Barbie”

  • Ivan

    Yo Jamal, what college you currently going to?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Lehman; hopefully NYU Tisch by the Fall term.

      • Ivan

        oh. I thought you went to a CUNY that’s why.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Lehman is a CUNY.

          Oh, and TSJC… eh, probably.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Wait, why am I admitting to this?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I dated several Tisch girls in my day. All of them cute, sweet, wholesome young women with a touch of batshit insane mental retardation.

            I asked this one chick (I may have mentioned her on here before) to show me some “acting” one time and she said Let me show you “crackhead”. I practically slept next to her with one eye open every night afterward. Couldn’t shake the feeling she was going to stab me in my sleep.

            • Joey H

              In your day? Lol I really thought you were some young 21 year old head case (in a way we have all come to love of course)

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I’ll be 32 in July.

                • Ivan

                  July what?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Heh, touche.

                  I was born in the year 1977. On the Gregorian calendar, to anticipate that one…

            • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

              hahahahaha that was the most innocent comment for he first line and a half then it went absolutely down hill.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                That’s kind of what our relationship was like, too…

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Yeah, you’re right, I do have some underlying insanity in me. Knowing me, that would probably just make me fall for her. What can I say, I like “different”.

            • Mike Pop

              This is the one that was in the dirty movies?

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                You’re gonna have to be more specific, Mikey…

                • Mike Pop

                  “In bed by 8 and home by 11!” Oh!!

          • Ivan

            oh my bad.

            Well the reason I ask cuz I might go to a CUNY too. City Tech.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You’re an actor? That explains your latent insanity.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, I’ve never seen a first down spot that close. Once the clock gets down to two mins, don’t they just have to get the ball into LT’s hands and let him do the rest?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      His Pelvis might fall off. Keep going to Bennett and yeah that was mad close, it was like they were exact.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        It’s only a flesh wound.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Heh, if you would have told a Chargers fan in 2007 that their 2008 playoff season would ride on the legs of Michael Bennett and Jacob Hester, they would have laughed in your face.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    WOW!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    They’re going to fuck this up somehow.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Darren Sproles is a man. He’s 43.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    If you guys haven’t been watching, there is a really good game going on that will most likely go into overtime. It’s on NBC

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      BTW, NBC loses points for calling their studio show “Football Night in America” when it starts Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm EST.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        I think the title is the least of their downfalls.

        Two words.

        John Madden.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          See, Sproles is gonna go right up in here, and BOOM! See, he’s gonna go right up in there, and make a play, cause when it’s time to make the play, that’s where you gotta go, you gotta put your head right up in there and go get it.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            BOOM.

            /game.

            Damn, I’m 0-2 today.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Oh man, I fucking love playoffs, so much intensity and insanity. Over time makes it even better.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    This officiating crew is fucking pathetic; penalties should never be the deciding factor in a game. Boo!!!

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Both were automatic calls jamal, the “holding” was about 2 yards to far for the allowed 5 yards. The facemask was clearly a face mask.

  • Joey H

    MLBTR comment from a Met fan on the Lowe rejection news:
    I would just sign Perez for 3/39 w/ club option 4yr.; then trade Church,Scheinder and Parnell 4 Sonnanstine and Navarro.Also,trade Castillo to KC 4 Guillen.Sign O-DOG.
    MY LINEUP;
    Reyes
    O-dog
    Wright
    Beltran
    Guillen
    Delgado
    Navarro
    Murphy
    My pitching;
    Santana
    Sonnanstine
    Pelfrey
    Perez
    Maine

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      He must be from Lohud.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        HAHA didnt even know it was you Joey.

        • Joey H

          Yeah BTW guys, this wasn’t my idea, This was a comment of MLBTR

      • Joey H

        Lol. C’mon now you know you don’t want to get me started :)

        My point, more or less is that they think these things just get done.. like that. Never mind what he is giving up. Anyway Beltran is far better off in the 2 hole. Go Reyes-Beltran-Wright-Delgado and switch depending on who is pitching.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Church, Schneider and Parnell for Sonnanstine for Navarro? That’s fucking retarded. I wouldn’t take that package of crap for either Sonny or Navarro by themselves.

      • Joey H

        Church is the most over rated player on the Mets not named Jose Reyes. He had a hot April (so did Melky) and all of a sudden he is an all star.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Jose Reyes is not overrated. In fact, he’s underrated by idiotic NY scribes, radio hosts and Mets fans. He’s the most prolific offensive short stop in MLB not named Hanley Ramirez; and not many hitters are as offensively prolific as Ramirez.

          • Joey H

            He is also very immature. Teams in the small markets might tolerate that ,but in NY you are front and center. And he Isn’t the least bit clutch.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Yeah, but would you rather have a guy who comes through in the majority of situations… or the 2006 World Series MVP, David Eckstein?

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

              • Joey H

                Nobody is doubting his talent persay. What the problem is, is that the guy is a total tool.

          • Mike Pop

            Agreed

            • Mike Pop

              with Jamal

      • Joey H

        Wouldn’t you say Jose Reyes is madly over rated Mike?
        Sept/Oct 2007 AVG/OBP: .205/.279
        Sept/Oct 2008 AVG/OBP: .243/.313

        • Mike Pop

          Id take Reyes over many SS’s in th game today.

        • Joey H

          Jeter Sept/Oct 2008 AVG/OBP: .342/.438
          Jeter Sept/Oct 2007 AVG/OBP: .311/363

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Wait, are you saying, right now, you would take Derek Jeter over Jose Reyes?

            • Joey H

              Well no shit. But just in comparison to a low key clutch guy to a fire starting unclutch guy.

          • A.D.

            Your going to boil down his season to 1 month? I love Jeter with anyone, but Reyes is one of the best offensive SS in the game right now, and plays very similar just below league avg defense that Jeter does (this year at least, he was a better defender the previous 2 years)

            You can not like Reyes for personal reasons & so-called “attitude” problems, but he’s a damn good offensive SS

            • Joey H

              When that one month results in a historic collapse. And one not to softer than the previous one. Yes, I do.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    That’s two “interesting” calls back to back.

    But both were legit, IMO. I don’t think the Colts defense can stop anybody without some extra-curricular stuff anyway.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    The refs have decided no way the Colots are winning this game.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    DARREN SPROLES IS A MAN. HE’S 43.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I have a vast disdain for Phillip Rivers. I really, really hope the Chargers suffer an embarrassing loss next week.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I have a vast disdain for Phillip Rivers.

      That’s just the nagging sense in the back of your mind that you’d have been better off just keeping Rivers and the extra first rounder and telling Eli to fuck off.

      It’s the same thing Larry Lucchino and Theo feel about Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez. Sadly, it’ll never go away.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        That would make perfect sense if this was not one of those illogical, nonsensical, irrational dislikes. You know the type, like if I saw him on the D train then my body would go into a paroxysm sparked by pure hatred.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      It’s because he looks like a total douchebag.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I figured it out: Philip Rivers looks a little like Jon Papelbon. That’s why he reeks of douchebaggery, and that’s why Jamal dislikes him irrationally.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          I want to devote the rest of my life training under the ghost of Bruce Lee just so I can develop the ability to punch that son of a bitch through the heart.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Which one, Ignatius, The Papsmear, or both of them?

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Does it really matter? If you had the ability to punch a human being through the heart, would you really waste any time choosing specific targets?

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I laughed.

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          http://i24.photobucket.com/alb.....tled-3.jpg

          Something I did a while ago. The guy on the left is from 300, on the right Shelly Duncan. This was before my photoshop class, the hat looks terrible.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Check out the stuff kissingsuzykolber does about Rivers, it’s pretty funny.

  • Joey H

    ROFL who was the huge angry black guy with the dreds on the Colts that made the Camera Man flinch?

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    ok scratch that…the Colts defense decided there was no way they were winning this game lol.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

    Wow, so much for an All-Manning Super Bowl. So…

    All-Manning Super Bowl
    Jets-Giants Super Bowl

    • Mike Pop

      Iggles are a threat. Iggles/Ravens, Ill go for tonight.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I really hope the Big Show just comes out of nowhere – Kool-Aid Man style – and choke slam the shit out of Phillip Rivers.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Shit, considering that we’ve recently seen:
    A) The Patriots go 16-0 (and not win the SuperBowl)
    B) The Lions go 0-16

    … it’s probably only fitting that the Chargers will be the first 4-8 team to make the playoffs, run the table and win it all.

    I believe in Charger Magic.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Fuck you Phillip Rivers, Don’t talk like your Eli or Big Ben because obviously your the odd man out of that Draft and no one likes your fucking attitude.

    /rant.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Fun Fact #4: Phillip Rivers’ first name is Ignatius.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Rivers

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        hahahha look at “early life”, gotta love Wikipedia.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That Minnesota VIkings player? Fuad Reveiz.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            NO, NO, WAIT!!! Take 2:

            That Minnesota VIkings player? Esera Tuaolo.

            [ insert gay joke here ]

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            aw its gone, I got the screen capture.
            http://i24.photobucket.com/alb.....rivers.jpg

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Heh, you gotta be quick. Those crazy kids, what with their internets and their U-Tubes and their drug-smoking….

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I’m 1-1 today, and I really thought there was going to be a Manning Superbowl but I guess not.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    MLB Network is showing Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS in two-and-a-half hours. Awesome, I get to see the fucktards fail at life.

    • Mike Pop

      They changed it, this time the Red Sox win.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Yeah they skip the spitting and batting glove buckling, its pretty convenient.

  • A.D.

    SD vs the Titans… might just work out for the Chargers

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    hhahaha has anyone read the new guest blog post at Lohud. Absolutely pathetic. A cashman hater at his finest.

    • A.D.

      It was a wonderful piece that failed to actually provide anything that mattered.

      My fav:
      A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!

      Yeah CC + Tex + Hughes + Melky + IPK + the rest of the farm which it would take for Cabrera > Johan + Miguel

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        He totally ignored Steinbrenner and his OCD with players.