Open Thread: TGIFR


My brackets are in pretty decent shape so far, much better than the last few years. Ironically, I paid even less attention to college basketball this year than I usually do. Go figure.

Anyway, here’s your links:

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Isles, Devils, Knicks and Nets are all in action tonight, plus there’s a whole bunch of college basketball games going on. Today’s an off day for the WBC, the semifinals kick off tomorrow night when Korea takes on Venezuela. USA will play Japan Sunday night, and they’ve pushed Roy Oswalt up for the game Anything goes here, just be cool.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. “Dear Yankees Fan:
    Thank you for registering for the chance to be included in an online Pre-On-Sale Ticket purchase opportunity. Unfortunately, however, your entry was not selected. Thank you for taking the time to register and please remember that any Tickets that remain after the conclusion of all Pre-On-Sale opportunities will be available for purchase, online only, beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:00 am.

    Thank you for participating.

    On behalf of the entire Yankees organization, thank you for your continued and loyal support. Please do not hesitate to contact the Yankees Ticket Office at (718) 293-6000 if you have any questions.


    Go Fuck Yourself, San Diego.”

  2. Matt says:

    In communist Cuba, ball hits you!

  3. Now that they’ve been eliminated, the 2009 WBC is the first time since 1959 that Cuba has not reached the finals of an international tournament. That is a pretty amazing accomplishment.

    R.I.P. Communism, 1848-2009

  4. I want the San Fransisco Giants to draft Madison Younginer so they can eventually pitch him and Madison Baumgarner on back to back days.

  5. From KLaw:

    “This draft is great if you like pitching — polished guys or high-ceiling arms — but if you’re looking for a bat, it’s slim pickings.”

  6. Eirias says:

    I’ve never done a keeper league. This is not going to end well.

  7. John says:

    Why does a Blonde wear condoms on her ears?

    …So she wouldn’t get Hearing Aides.

  8. RCK says:

    So who else got rejected for singe-game ticket sales?

    • Me. I posted a copy of the email, but I guess it’s caught in moderation (or the Communistic Totalitarian RAB filters are blocking my dissident-flavored posts of righteous indignation.)

    • Yankeegirl49 says:

      Me and the 6 other people I registered. Luckily I had presale info..Im going to 19 games including both vs the Cubs and 3 Sox games. Couldn’t get opening day. Im also going to 3 in Balt and 2 in Im pretty satisfied. I havent given up on opening day tho.

      • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

        Give up. They’re selling for four times face value on StubHub.

        I love the Yanks, I’m a die-hard fan and have been for over 30 years. But for quadruple the ticket price, I’ll skip opening day. Plus, the Yanks are giving the Cubs game for free to full season plan holders, so I’ll just go to one of those.

        • Yankeegirl49 says:

          I agree..Im not paying stub hub prices. Im hoping somehow there are tix being held back till Tues and I get lucky or a friend comes up with one for me.

          • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

            The last game in the old stadium was almost impossible to get tix for. $12 Bleacher seats STARTED at $250 on StubHub and went up from there. The first official game at the new ballpark won’t be quite as bad, but its going to be a very hot ticket.

            If I were you, I’d try to get a ticket for one of the two Cubs games. It will be almost as much fun, I’m sure Sweet Lou will give the fans a tirade or two and you can probably get grandstands at face value.

        • I personally plan on going to the Oakland weekday series in lieu of the pricey Cleveland weekend series.

          Cheap seats are on StubHub for as low as $11.

          • Yankeegirl49 says:

            I got tix for the Sat game vs Clev weeks ago on Stubhub. Paid $35 for $25 grandstands.

          • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

            You wouldn’t happen to have one of those ‘Giambi Mustaches’ from last year, would you?

            • Yankeegirl49 says:

              Sorry, no..I thought that was pretty ridiculous.
              I do however have lots of dirt/gravel from the warning track (yes, the sneakiness knows no bounds)

    • LiveFromNY says:

      I posted yesterday 25 minutes after the tickets went on sale for full season ticket holders. I could only buy seats $1000 plus and the system was so strange that you had to go all the way back to the beginning (putting in password and then the bot stop word) and try again. If I tried any section on its own I was told there were no tickets left.

      I spent about 20 minutes on the site and then gave up.

      Every other year I would just go straight for the cheap seats and pick up a bunch. This year it wouldn’t do it. And I was on the site the MINUTE it opened for single seats.

      • Yankeegirl49 says:

        So was I..and had no trouble with weekday games, weekends were another story. I put grandstand in right off the bat and was able to get tix.

  9. Tom Zig says:

    Assuming Swisher starts in RF. How would the Yankees’ defense stack up against the rest of the AL East?

    • Matt says:

      Well, the OF defense–Damon/Gardner/Swisher–would be among the best in the league. The infield defense is hard to predict. Ransom’s going to have a much larger sample size, Jeter will probably be below average, Cano is up and down, Tex is solid…I don’t know. Putting them together, I’d say the Yankees will be an average to slightly above average defensive team in ’09.

    • Thomas says:

      Baltimore will have the best OF, followed by Tampa, the Yankees, Boston, and Toronto.

      For the infield the best is Tampa, Boston, Toronto, Yankees, and the Orioles.

      However, overall the Yankees are still above average defensively.

      • Thomas says:

        Actually for IF it should be Boston, Toronto, Tampa, Yankees, and Orioles. I thought Pena and Bartlett would have higher UZR than they do.

    • I’d say:

      4-Red Sox

      1-Red Sox

    • Jamal G. says:

      OF wise? The Yankees would probably stack up third behind the Orioles (first) and the Rays (second). The edge goes to the Orioles in only a provisional sense because it depends on if Felix Pie is the everyday left fielder, and because Gabe Gross will not be the everyday right fielder for the Rays. The only reason the Blue Jays rank fourth – and not fifth – is because Adam Lind has had polar opposite seasons in the field over the past two years(not to mention the fact that Alex Rios should probably be playing CF over Vernon Wells). The Red Sox rank last in outfield defense because they are the only quad that sends out a horrid defender out there in Jason Bay.

      So, to rank ‘em in terms of OF defense:

      1. Orioles
      2. Rays
      3. Yankees
      4. Blue Jays
      5. Red Sox

  10. Wang Fan says:

    So quick fantasy question. I managed to get both Mauer and Wieters as my catchers. I was psyched. Except now, it seems that Andy McPhail is a tight wad and won’t start Wieters and Mauer will not be ready for opening day. Do I drop Wieters to pick up a catcher that will, you know, play in April, or suck it up and not play a catcher for a bit?

  11. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    Rank the starting rotations in the AL east

    Red Sox
    1.) Beckett
    2.) Dice K
    3.) Lester
    4.) Wakefield
    5.) Penny/Smoltz

    Tampa Bay
    1.) Kazmir
    2.) Shields
    3.) Garza
    4.) Price
    5.) Sonnanstine

    1.) Sabathia
    2.) Wang
    3.) Burnett
    4.) Chamberlain
    5.) Pettitte

    I think we can all agree Toronto is #4 and Baltimore is #5. But what I’m really interested in are the 3 contenders. Toronto could possibly be higher, they led the league in fewest Runs Allowed last year. But with the losses of Burnett, Marcum and McGowan, its hard to argue for them.

    • 1-Yankees

      • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

        That’s mine. The Yanks have 3 guys with top of the rotation stuff (CC, AJ, Joba) and Wang might be the best 4th option in Baseball. I think Andy will be solid, people seem to forget that there were questions about him holding up going into ST last year because he wasn’t able to keep up with his off season conditioning program due to all the Clemens bullshit.

        The Red Sox may still have the best pitcher of the 3 teams in Beckett, but he was shut down for a month last year and you wonder when the shoulder that the Sox were so worried about (when they saw his medicals after they traded for him in 05) is going to go. The one Gammons said was described to him as “chopmeat”. But until he visits Dr Andrews, you have to assume he’ll be great. Dice-K is another story, he can’t keep walking 5/9IP and succeed in MLB, and his walk rate wasn’t much better in 07 (4/9IP). Lester is terrific, but after him its a mess. Who knows what Wakefield gives you anymore and I have no idea what they were thinking with Penny. He was horrendous last year with LA and has a bad shoulder, which hasn’t been operated on yet. They’re going to get smacked around a lot every 4th and 5th day, and their bullpen is still thin in the middle.

        Tampa figures to be outstanding top to bottom, and Price may be the best pitcher on the staff. Given that it will be his first full season in the bigs, its tough to expect him to dominate right away. Kazmir is very good, Shields is the most complete pitcher they have, Garza can be as good as his maturity allows him to be. Sonnanstine is a nice #5, and they have good depth backing him up.

    • Thomas says:

      1. Tampa
      2. NY
      3. Boston

    • Ryan S. says:

      I honestly think the Yanks have the best rotation in baseball, its freaking ridiculous. 4 of our pitchers can be lights out on any given day, and good old Pettitte is a reliable vet. Plus we having Hughes/Kennedy waiting in the minors gives us very good depth (mostly provided by Hughes, Kennedy…not so much).

  12. Question: If Joba actually ends up having to do, say, 3 days in jail like Charles Barkley did, would he then become the first Yankee ever to be gritty?

    I mean, if missing games midseason to go to the clink isn’t gritty, what is?

  13. Matt says:

    Hey so not to be a Debbie Downer but…is it possible we’re overrated Tex on defense? 3 of the last 4 years he’s posted -UZR/150 tallies–though last year was pretty kick ass (9.4 UZR/150 and he was +24, leading the Majors).

  14. First Tennessee, Utah State, West Virginia, now possibly Portland State and Utah… my bracket is crashing and burning just like Brad Penny, J.D. Drew, Freddy Garcia and Tim Redding.

  15. VO says:

    Hey guys I just finished my draft, personally I think I did terrible. It’s a 12 team league and I missed my first 2 picks so they were auto. What do you think?

    C Ryan Doumit
    1B Ryan Howard
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    3B Mark Reynolds
    SS Derek Jeter
    OF Carl Crawford
    OF Michael Young
    OF Matt Kemp
    UT Jim Thome

    OF Justin Upton
    OF David Dejesus
    C Ramon Hernandez
    1B James Loney
    2B Kelley Johnson

    • Matt says:

      That’s not too bad–you’ve just gotta worry about Philly’s bullpen sans-Romero and coming back down to earth.

      • VO says:

        Ok also I forgot to add in I have the Mariners pitching staff on my bench also I was half way into the draft and I forgot to get pitchers.

  16. Losing by 28 points against the Sacramento Kings at home…


  17. Steve H says:

    Jamal, love the comment on Klaw’s facebook!

  18. Tom Zig says:

    Someone care to grade my team? Just want to see what other people think.

    12 man league.

    (stats include: R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, AVG; IP, W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP)

    C- Russel Martin
    1B- Mark Teixeira
    2B- Brandon Phillips
    SS- Stephen Drew
    3B- Adrian Beltre
    OF- Rick Ankiel
    OF- Ryan Ludwick
    OF- Jason Bay
    Util- Hideki Matsui

    BN- T. Teagaarden
    BN- Edwin Encarnacion

    SP- Tim Lincecum
    SP- Josh Beckett
    RP- Brad Lidge
    RP- George Sherrill
    P- Ubaldo Jimenez
    P- Justin Verlander
    P- David Price
    BN- Chris Carpenter
    BN- Brandon Morrow
    BN- Damaso Marte (holds are counted)

    • Thomas says:

      That team look really good with the only real weak spot being the OF. I’d personally try to trade Ludwick for a better bet in the OF (maybe include Beltre, EE, or even Phillips since he will be weak for BB). But overall looks solid.

  19. Raul says:

    I have read in several places that this is the first time since 1959 that Cuba has not reached the finals of an international tournament. That’s not accurate.
    Cuba finished in 4th place in 1959 Pan American Games behind Venezuela, Puerto Rico y USA.
    Also Cuba finished 4th in 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games, this time behind Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

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