Feb
19

Open Thread: An Embarrassment Of Riches

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You see what’s going on in that picture right there? There’s 29 other teams out there wishing they had the same problem. They should all be so lucky.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The Nets are in action tonight, plus there’s always the Olympics. But it’s Friday night, go out and do something you’ll regret in the morning.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Categories : Open Thread

158 Comments»

  1. pete says:

    I’m starting the “We Refuse To Read Any MSM Article About Joba Chamberlain From Now On” club. Any takers?

  2. Aaaahh! I have to wait to next week to find out if I got the gig….

    Though I like to think I acquitted myself well…

  3. Mike, do you have a picture of Phil throwing to Jesus in that AP wonderland you have access to?

  4. Cecala says:

    Damon lost a lot of leverage in the withdrawal of the White Sox. Boras is not going to be happy until Damon basically sits out and waits for a left fielder gets hurt and a team needs him…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Matsui’s knees are already acting up. Maybe Damon can go to Anaheim.

      • You just wrote Jon Heyman’s next story.

      • Zack says:

        “feels physically pretty good, although to be honest, my knees aren’t 100 percent.”

        His knees arent 100% after the offseason, they must have been like 50% during the season. Makes his last season even more impressive

        • Cecala says:

          As much as I loved Matsui I realized his knees were shot and the Yanks were smart to let him go. Who is the Angels backup now that Gary Matthews Jr is gone?

          • Zack says:

            Oh I agree.

            Rivera, Hunter, Abreu, Morales, Aybar, Izturis, Wood, and Napoli are their primary starters.

            Kendrick, Mathis, Willits are their primary bench.

            If Matsui went down I think Scioscia would but Napoli at DH and start Mathis. Or DH Kendrick, or DH Wood and move Kendrick to 2B and Izturis to 3B. (Not sure how Wood is defensively)

        • Accent Shallow says:

          Wow.

  5. Kyle says:

    6 Man Rotation!!!!

  6. T-Dubs says:

    I held the world series trophy today. It’s heavier than I expected.

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    I find it hilarious how all of these reporters are now suddenly saying that A-Rod’s apology was awesome and how Tiger’s is insincere despite ripping A-Rod at the time of his apology.

    • bexarama says:

      This was amazing.

    • Well that was a different era.

      • Zack says:

        Never gets old

        • pete says:

          of course it doesn’t. it keeps changing because the eras keep changing. the old “that was a different era” was from a different era, so the new one is totally different because it’s in a different era. no way to compare the two

    • Salty Buggah says:

      PeteAbe was one of the people who bashed A-Rod for his apology IIRC. Today, he had this to say:

      “Good day for A-Rod, at least. He was much better at apologizing than Tiger was. And he was man enough to take questions.”

      “Tiger needs to talk less about his “business partners” and more from the heart. It comes of as angry lecture. Not well done”

      Didn’t he (and many other reporters) say how A-Rod’s apology also didn’t seem like it was “from the heart?”

      • Zack says:

        Tiger should have just told them he wants to tell the truth, but he doesnt know how he got all these women. When he gets the infomation he’ll [never] get back to us.

        /ortiz’d

        • DCBX says:

          Totally agree. Tiger owes his, wife, kids, and sponsors apologies. It is not only not our business if he screwed around on his wife, it’s a giant lie that he regrets all that pussytubing – so why do we insist on forcing him into the position of telling a giant lie?

          Dammit, he isn’t a presidential candidate, he’s a golfer!

          /Bones McCoy’d

    • Riddering says:

      New rule for these apology events: if you have any sort of paper product near you with words on it you are automatically a phony.

    • Pasqua says:

      Proof-positive that everything is forgotten in (a surprisingly short amount of) time.

      As soon as Tiger wins another major or two, today’s press conference will be called his “turning point” and then, in short order, this whole circus will be remembered as a “misstep.”

  8. What’s your guiltiest musical pleasure?

    My current fave is Owl City or…Miley.

    Go.

  9. Brian says:

    This may have been mentioned before, but I can’t believe that the Yanks have all 40 on their 40-man at camp, none on the DL, after a championship run no less. Add to that no significant injuries (that I can think of) to other camp invites and we have some pure competition.

  10. bexarama says:

    Phil on Mo:

    Also, he is like a video game where you can control putting the ball exactly where a hitter can’t hit it. It sounds strange, but we play with a video game.

    It’s here, BTW.

  11. I bet the majority of Yankee fans are still clamoring for Matsui over Nick Johnson, even though there’s a solid chance Matsui has polio.

    But hey, that makes tons of sense.

  12. Someone explain to me the appeal of men’s figure skating. Effeminate men dancing to avant-garde Disney music wearing sequin-adorned spandex? I like weird novelty shit as much as anyone, but damn, that’s lame.

    And curling? That’s not a sport. If you can do it while pregnant, it’s not a sport. Bocce ball and shuffleboard on ice, right?

    • AndrewYF says:

      I agree, I like to watch sports played at a high level because it’s something I could never, ever do.

      Anyone with one arm could be on a curling team.

    • My friend and I tried to decipher curling tonight and came up with the same conclusion: frozen combo of bocce and shuffleboard.

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      I had similar concerns, but then my jingoism kicked in. NBC framing the Russian as Ivan Drago certainly didn’t hurt.

      • Meh, my parents are from Hungary and dealt with a fairly hard life under the Russians, don’t like Russians by and large…but it’s the Winter Olympics.

        I mean, I know we’re supposed to be patriotic but ultimately, it’s a few privileged athletes from different countries competing in a sport. I don’t see any larger message in it.

        If a Russian wins? Cool, whatevs. If a Hungarian wins? Great. American? Huzzah. I just see it all as a very silly exercise in emotion.

    • Riddering says:

      Effeminate men dancing to avant-garde Disney music wearing sequin-adorned spandex?

      The audience for that = pretty much all women and enough men too.

      • I guess my question is…why would anyone of any gender or sexual orientation find that appealing?

        I see it as childish.

        • Riddering says:

          While I can see it not appealing to some–and I’m not crazy about it myself–why shouldn’t men be able to figure skate in crazy ass costumes just like the ladies?

          • See that’s the thing, they’re not crazy, inventive or attractive. They’re flamboyant but “safe” to some extent. It shows no creativity to doll up a few sequins on an open shirt and what appear to be dress slacks.

            Some of the female outfits show some ingenuity. Part of this is because — and I think it’s fairly sexist — the female anatomy lends itself better to design. For fuck’s sake, we’re still doing pants and shirts. That’s it. Women have so many more options.

            But beyond that, the men won’t take any real style risk and do something provocative and sultry because it would upset advertisers and some fans.

            Women as close to naked as possible when figure skating? Way more appropriate in the eyes of the general public (we’re desensitized to female “sexiness”). People accept women doing it, not men.

            It’s unfair, but men in figure skating could do much, much more than the weird Cap’n Crunch outfits and disco suits they work with now. I’d like to see something like a Green Man suit or a Theo-styled King Kong outfit or a Lady Gaga getup. If not, how about a serious, classy looking outfit?

            Wow, that was long-winded.

    • Rob NY says:

      George Carlin covers that… ” To my way of thinking there are really only three sports: baseball, basketball, and football. Everything else is either a game or an activity.”

      http://www.boredatuni.com/stuff.php?stuffId=11

      • thurdonpaul says:

        Swimming. Swimming isnt a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning.

        I just about pissed in my pants. Mr. Carlin was incredible.

  13. Rob NY says:

    For good measure … “Hockey comes to mind. People think hockey is a sport. It’s not. Hockey is three activities taking place at the same time: ice skating, fooling around with a puck, and beating the shit out of somebody.”

  14. Seth Kaufman says:

    idk if any1 wants another bit of info on joba/huges (lol) but LoHud Blogs has a 3:00 clip from both Hughes and Chamberlain discussing the competition. Pretty cool stuff

  15. bexarama says:

    SNY has the 2009 Mets Season in Review. Why would ANY Met fan want to watch that?!

  16. College player to look out for:

    Soph. George Spring at UConn–last year he put up a .358/.454/.679 line and was voted (unanimously) as one of the Big East’s best pure hitters and best OF defenders.

  17. ok thats enough, how can Ice Dancing be an olympic “sport”

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      To be fair, this compulsory dance portion isn’t really representative of Ice Dancing.

      I don’t really give a damn about this one, but I get kind of pissed off with people saying this and that “isn’t a sport.”

  18. Pasqua says:

    I know I’m late to the party on this, but what are people’s thoughts on “District 9″? I just watched it…totally enjoyable, but despite some pretty clear allegorical stuff early-on, I thought it was a pretty standard sci-fi/action movie. I don’t quite see the Academy Award quality in it.

    • I liked it a lot, but there were things I didn’t like. The bad guys were rather one note and they used that “looking at the shooter from the barrel of the gun” angle a few too many times. It was a solid movie, but I agree w/your last statement.

  19. I’ve made a lot of money over my career and I could retire right now and I could be fine financially. My kids can be fine when they get older. Money is not an issue for me.

    So if these guys were to bring in a LeBron, a D-Wade, along with a Chris Bosh or a Stoudemire, I’d be a damn fool to not want to stay here. So I’m just telling you right now that I will definitely embrace the opportunity to be here. Money is not an issue.

    Sincerely,
    Tracy McGrady
    Friday, February 19, 2010

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/.....id=4928424

    • My faith has been restored. Thank you for posting that.

      • 1-McGrady
        2-Chander
        3-LeBron
        4-Gallinari
        5-Bosh

        Bench: Douglas, 2010 second round pick, Walker, maybe some other vet on a minimum deal to play with the corps

        Next summer, Curry comes off the books, we add another quality free agent big man with his 12M cap hole, and we tack on whomever we take in the bottom third of the draft (whether it’s our own pick or Houston’s)… Yup, it’s doable.

        • I wrote a fairly detailed piece on this but yeah, that’s basically what I wrote, though it was before McGrady’s statement. If he’s not completely posturing, great. But he might need to sign for the league minimum. He says it now, but if he puts up 18/6/4, he might balk at that idea in the summer. We’ll see. Also, not sure a guy coming off microfracture can move laterally well enough to play the point. His explosiveness is probably much more limited. Might be tough for him to guard really quick guards. But whatevs, a true point isn’t needed in Gone in 7 Seconds offense.

          If there’s a way to keep Curry ’til February and still get far enough under the cap to go after two max guys this summer, I’d prefer that. It all depends on the cap. I see absolutely no reason to bring David Lee back. To pay the $11 million for a guy that cannot for the life of him play defense seems like a poor idea. His best asset is scoring; we wouldn’t need much of that with LeBron, Bosh, Gallo, Chandler, McGrady, whoever. We’d need another Big that could play D and a solid off-ball PG.

          Back to finances, I don’t think we need to worry too much about Curry’s contract this summer, since it’s my guess the cap will be higher than the estimated $53 million. It’ll be $55 or $56 million. His expiring deal is just way more valuable at the deadline, so I’d prefer to see them ship it off then when they’ve actually seen the team play together and have a better sense of what the true needs are.

          In this league, stars dictate the standings. A team with two top-8 players, one good-not-great player and two mediocre players will always be a better team than five good players but no one in the top 15. The difference between the league’s top 10 and the next ten is HUGE, whereas the difference in guys 10-20 and guys 20-30 is relatively small in comparison.

          Lebron and Bosh going to the Knicks would be good for basketball. I’m not saying there are conspiracies out there or anything, but if Stern could, he’d prefer to bring the cap up knowing the league survives on big market, big history teams with big stars. New York would be the most impressive statement of that if they could grab Bosh and LeBron.

    • its happening
      where is summer

    • ROBTEN says:

      “There’s no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they are going to come after me hard. It’s definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It’s not what I need.”

      Sincerely,
      Johnny Damon
      May 2005

      /I keed

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      You missed the part where he is done like Sasha Grey

  20. Oo, The Patriot…I mean Braveheart…wait…yea, it’s The Patriot is on TNT!

    • Gotta love TNT: Braveheart is actually on when this ends.

    • Okay seriously, how non-sensical was 18th century European-style warfare? Fucking rows.

      • You know, it’s funny. The European powers of the day would continuously battle natives fighting guerrilla war style, who despite far smaller numbers, inferior technology, little military training, regularly knocked around the “strategic” powers that be. Fun fact — Vlad the Impaler drove back the Ottomans using guerrilla war methods. Also, Central Asia (including some of the guys we’re fighting now) have been practicing it for thousands of years. Fighting in a row in an open field is just dull-witted. You remove many natural advantages you have in battle.

        And none of the 18th century guys while fighting each other thought, “You know, lining up in rows and shooting at them might be a fairly dumb idea.”

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