Open Thread: Eye candy


Pat sent this to me earlier. I guess it’s some Japanese video game. Really, it doesn’t matter what it is. Enjoy, and watch for when one of the pitchers pulls a Wynona Rider.

In local sports, the Devils host the Lightning, the Knicks are in Atlanta, and the Nets try to fend off further embarrassment at the hands of the Bobcats. We should probably start a pool or something.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. DP says:

    Finally an open thread! How bout that mf’in draw for the US?

  2. ColoYank says:

    This definitely makes me think of that Dock Ellis no-hitter-on-LSD video.

  3. J says:

    No one can say that the Japanese have cookie cutter wind-ups

  4. Steve H says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I would never open a video sent from pat.

  5. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    If the Yankees trade Montero, I will cry. Period. Scratch that, Exclamation Point.

    • DP says:

      Can Montero have 10 30-HR seasons of spotless defense before we anoint him the next Yogi Berra?


      • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

        It’s more than what he might do. He is a beacon of hope. The next generation all-time Yankee. If, and this is a hesitant if, he fails, he should fail as a Yankee. Roy Hallady is just another store bought Ace.

        • Jake K. says:

          There’s no room for emotion or sentiment in fandom! How dare you sir!

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

            I didn’t spend nights in a minor league ball park watching Roy Halladay come up. I could care less about him. He’s a great pitcher, without question. A potential HOFer, but he is not Da Jesus.

            • Jake K. says:

              Amen. While Cashman should act without sentiment, emotional attachments to players (including prospects) is part of why we care when our teams win.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          Disagree. If he fails, and Halladay doesn’t in the fictional world where we trade Montero for him, than it was a bad move that worked out well. Come now, you’re going to tell me you’d be disappointed if Halladay pitched a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the WS because Halladay is “store bought”?

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

            Would I want Hallady on the Yankees? Of course. But I wouldn’t want the Yankees to trade Montero for him.
            The great thing about “The Core Four” (I hate that name btw), is that they were Yankees their entire careers (Houston never happened).

            I always want the Yankees to win, but I would rather see them win with players I have followed since their initial signing.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

              I don’t care how they win as long as they win.

              If Montero is traded (which I don’t want and would be a bad move BTW) for Halladay, and Montero isa bust and Halladay works out, I’d be thrilled.

              If Montero works out that’s different because then I’d be pissed Cashman traded him.

              But, yeah. Like I said earlier, I root for the laundry.

    • JM says:

      +X when X>0

  6. Salty Buggah says:

    So my computer does have a virus. Qwest blocked my Internet connection because of the virus. Apparently my computer or account was spamming others or something sue to the virus. So it took me 4 hours to remove the virus so they can allow me to use the Internet again but now my computer got the blue screen. It sucks

    • Jose says:

      Out of curiosity what piece of software eventually found the virus? I’m surprised your university’s software didn’t.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Well the Qwest people recommended some Windows virus remover tool. But while I was running the 4 hr long scan with it, Symantec, the software the University provided, also found two threats at the same time. After removing the infections, my computer slowed down and woudnt respond. Then the blue screen came up an now I gotta start all over and delete everything

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          You mean a system restore? That sucks.

          • Salty Buggah says:

            Yea, it does. I don’t mind it all that much but I do have some pictures I hadn’t backed up yet that will probably get lost. I have some music too but I can always get that again.

            • scooter says:

              Hope I’m not too late.

              Download the Knoppix ISO, create a CD from it, boot off it, and back up your stuff to an external hard drive.

              I assume your drive is still readable

              Another option is to try to do a parallel (2nd) installation of Windows on your PC, boot off that, and recover your pics.

              Finally there’s one more idea – buy another hard drive, install Windows on it, boot off the new drive, and recover your files off the old drive.

              In the future, try:
              Spybot (not as good as it used to be)

              Also use Firefox with AdBlock, FlashBlock, and NoScript

  7. JM says:

    I am officially in the DTJM (Don’t trade Jesus Montero)Club. I have an ID card and everything. If he is traded, we all made a vow to drown ourselves in boiling acid. I am not a psycho if that’s what you are thinking. I SWEAR. STOP JUDGING ME! No, no it’s okay, I’m just going to murder your family to prove I’m not psychotic.

  8. Scutaro signing says something of the Red Sox opinion of Lowrie.

    Wasn’t Lowrie supposed to be like the next big thing?

    • DP says:

      Wasn’t everyone who ever got drafted/signed/traded for by the Red Sox?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I don’t think he was particularly highly regarded, but he was supposed to be at least league average, which is not a bad asset for the minimum.

      However, he’s been both injured and lousy, so . . .

  9. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yanks want payroll to come to 185 million or so I’ve heard.
    Meaning Halladay chances are extremely low. He is owed 17 M next year. Plus with the new report that it will take a combination of AJax, Hughes, Joba and Montero? Fat chance.

    Lackey ain’t coming here either. Definitely not Holliday and definitely not Bay. This kinda makes me happy.

    • DP says:

      I thought we agreed the 185 million figure was irrelevant and Cashman’s attempt to gain leverage. Not that I want any of those things above to happen, but I hardly think we can put anything into that 185 million thing.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Per Cot’s, Yankees have $170 million committed for 2010 without bringing back Pettitte, Damon, Matsui, or factoring in arb raises. I seriously doubt $185 million is possible.

      • DP says:

        Not to mention the bench and the bullpen spot vacated by Mr. Hughes

        • Accent Shallow says:

          Well, I think it’s taking into account everyone on the 40 man, so that’s at least part of the way there. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see the bench/bullpen filled from within, or for any FA acquired for there to come cheaply. (i.e. I don’t expect Soriano or Valverde pitching teh eight!)

          • DP says:

            Right, I don’t either. But to say we only have 15 million (or less) left to spend with so many roster spots open, cheap or not, is absurd.

    • Jake K. says:

      I love Halladay, but I think the only reasons the Yankees should give up what it will cost in terms of prospects and money to acquire him are: 1) They believe they cannot win a championship without him 2) They cannot get similar production elsewhere.

      We know the Yankees can win without him. And given the potential of Joba and Hughes, the high upside pitchers like Sheets who could likely be signed to short-term deals, and the stud pitchers hitting the FA market in the next two years, there is no reason to think the Yanks can’t get similar production without clearing out the farm system.

      Halladay is a great pitcher, but trading for him is just not worth the cost when there are so many other options out there.

  10. Accent Shallow says:

    This article is a must-read for anyone citing LD%/FB% as if it were gospel:

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Not that this is the final word, but it at least paints (part) of the picture on how line drives vary park-to-park.

  11. Accent Shallow says:

    You’d think the ring would make people less insistent on the Yankees needing Halladay. It’s certainly made me take time off from arguing about roster moves to bask in its glow.

  12. ultimate913 says:

    Is it just me or is it a bitch to find the actual profile of Montero? I look up Jesus Montero and it gave me like 500 different results. Does anyone know which one is the real Jesus?

  13. Salty Buggah says:

    This is horrible:

    I go by the area where this happened a lot though I never witnessed this. Why and who would buy those videos?

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Yea, FSU did that several times during that game. Sometimes, none of the O linemen moved at all

      • Tseng says:

        In their defense, they’re taught not to move at all until the play is whistled dead if they feel like a defender jumped offsides. It looks like it was a mixup over the snap count in that clip.

        • Chris says:

          I understand waiting a couple of seconds, but when you’re the only one still in your stance, and the QB is being tackled 10 yards in front of you it’s pretty clear they’re not going to blow the play dead.

          • Tseng says:

            Sorry to get technical :P, but they don’t blow it dead for offsides.

            I agree that he probably went a bit overboard, but who knows what exactly his O-line coach said to him.

    • Kiersten says:

      I remember noticing that during the game.

      The Noles are such a joke this year.

  14. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Ok everyone. I started a “Bring Melvin to America” page on Facebook. I expect everyone to join.

    For the good of all humanity…….join.

  15. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    In before epic Nets collapse.

  16. scooter says:

    Tim Dierkes (over on just posted an Olney twitter post on the Yankee payroll:

    I know you guys did the math in the other thread – with salary increases and arbitration-related raises, Yankees should be sitting around 175 mil without any free-agent signings. Pettitte at $10 mil leaves another 10 – another 20 max. They can do 2 of Cameron/Damon/Matsui with that; that might leave room for a Duchsherer or Sheets

    • J says:

      It also stated it’s not a hard cap.

    • Jake K. says:

      Tyler Kepner is saying on Twitter that the Yanks won’t be in on Holliday (or Bay, for that matter). Not a huge surprise. I say bring back Matsui and Pettitte on one-year deals, add Sheets and Cameron, maybe a non-type-A reliever, call it a day.

      • J says:

        I would love to see Sheets and Putz (along with Pettitte and Damon). Think those two would be fantastic gets, and still leaves a fluid budget in case something else falls in their lap.

        • scooter says:

          I’d like that combo, too

          I know it’s not a hard cap – but if we sign Andy for $10 mil, that’s $185; if Damon is 2/20 mil, that’s another $10 mil. Sheets could be signed on an incentive-laden contract – but probably need $5 mil as a base, with escalators to $10 mil in 2010; Putz would be relatively cheap ($3 mil?)

          That’s $203-208 mil without signing a guy for the bench – but I’d love CC/AJ/Andy/Sheets/Joba or Hughes

  17. BklynJt says:

    This video completely explains okijima’s motion

  18. Eric says:

    Is that a swastika at 1:10 on that video?

  19. ultimate913 says:

    and the quest to 0 – 82 ends here. ;(

  20. Missed the reference, what’s “pulls a Wynona Rider?”

  21. Kiersten says:

    Since the game will be over before the next open thread, I’m gonna take this opportunity to say


    • SS says:

      If I didn’t live in Atlanta (and if Georgia Tech wasn’t five minutes from the dome), I would hope that a meteor hits the stadium. And lands right on Nick Saban’s head.

      SEC fans are the most insufferable people in the world. And I’ve met Francesca type Yankee “fans”, Red Sox fans, people from Texas, Notre Dame fans, Manchester United and Chelsea fans, fans of the Old Firm in Scotland, Real Madrid fans, and fans of the English national team.

  22. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    OK, so I was actually at the Nets game tonight.

    The Bad:

    -Dealing with the concession workers there makes you wonder why the unemployment rate isn’t higher
    -It was an awful game
    -The officiating was embarrassing
    -Neither team did ANYTHING until the Nets got hot in the 4th
    -The IZOD is a miserable arena. The crowd is dreadful and there are children EVERYWHERE. I don’t like going to Baby Gap to watch basketball, or whatever that game slightly resembled.
    -The dance team and cheerleading team haven’t the slightest ability to move in sequence and fell repeatedly. Quit it with the foreplay. They’re not dancers—they’re strippers! Make them strip!
    -Watching Josh Boone is kind of like taking a dump, forgetting to flush, coming back hours later and peeing on it to see how much of it you can break up into “subpoops.” It’s kind of fun, but you just don’t feel clean or mentally stable after watching him.

    The good:

    +the mascot is a Master Splinter-styled rat/wolf hybrid. Way cool!
    +Burritos shot out of air cannons into the crowd? Not actually sure if plus.
    +They brought a whole bus of 4th graders, 4th graders I suspect of having flesh-eating viruses, to play a game during halftime. It was WAY more amusing than the actual game I’d (barely) paid to see. They were so unbearably bad, it was funny. Even for 4th graders. I loved it
    +The Nets practically paid me to watch the game. I paid a total of $8 for two really good seats. The parking was $12. Yeah. Crazy
    +I yelled/threatened a small child due to his Banshee-like shrieking
    +Witnessed history

  23. Noemi says:

    We think the industry is going to be slower in the first quarter, if not the first half, than we originally planned. There’s clearly downward momentum right now caused by higher interest rates, higher fuel prices. Probably the? biggest factor is consumer confidence drop i?n Decembe?r. The industry operates on mo?mentum and we? think it will take time for that ?momentum to turn around.

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