Feb
14

Valentine’s Day Open Thread

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There’s nothing to say about Valentine’s Day that hasn’t already been said. Some people adore it, some people hate it. It depresses some and excites others. Whatever. While Valentine’s Day happens but once a year, our open threads happen every night. I think that makes them a lot better.

If you want to use the open thread to rant about a current or former lover, go ahead. If you wan to profess your love for one of our esteemed commenters, this would be the time to do it. But really, anything goes. Enjoy it, folks.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Thomas A. Anderson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....38;feature

    Ranger fan gets completely shut down doing a jumbotron proposal.

    How does one recover from that? Oof.

    • bexarama

      It’s not nearly as bad as this:
      http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1774718 (safe but AWFUL)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        That one is a classic, though I generally find the Jake and Amir bits pretty lame.

        • radnom

          The prank war is separate. The guy getting pranked is Streeter, not Jake.

          You should watch the follow up to the Yankee Stadium one, somehow they keep getting more intense.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Right, I’ve seen them. I was just noting that I rarely find humor in Jake and Amir bits.

  • mustang

    Much love to the game of baseball it brings hate, pain, joy, sadness, happiness, anger and relief. In many way it’s not much different then a relationship.

    • mustang

      Except you don’t have to by it a ring and it doesn’t get mad at you when you don’t throw out the garbage.
      LOL

      • mustang

        Buy not by

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wolfman was thoroughly disappointing.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      In a related story, one of my cats expressed displeasure at getting neutered.

      • mustang

        LMAO

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        It wasn’t quite that bad, but the filmmakers definitely could’ve used a lesson in subtlety.

    • whatajerk

      your last name sucks

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Don’t sugarcoat it, whatajerk. Tell me how you really feel.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          They see me trollin’, they hatin’…

          • W.W.J.M.D.

            … tryin’ catch me writin’ hurt-tay

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              MY CAPS LOCK…IS SO LOUD.

              • W.W.J.M.D.

                I’m not sure what that means, but im guessing it’s a joke as to how what i wrote was so terrible, i tried. horribly.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  No, not at all. We had a new song going, man. It was a Cash Money Trollin’aire rendition of “Ridin’ Dirty”. It was working! But you’ve broken the chain. You’ve killed our baby!

                • W.W.J.M.D.

                  Lock me up, and throw away the key.

    • Accent Shallow

      I just finished A Night in Lonesome October, which features Larry Talbot. Versimilitude, motherfuckers.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Percy Jackson was really good if you didn’t read the book and okay if you did.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Only okay? Did they change a lot from the book? The book was pretty good though.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        It wasn’t even close to the book. Annabeth’s personality was never developed, there were no prophecies, there was no Ares…very, very different.

        I was pleasantly surprised by Grover though. They portrayed him more accurately than I thought they would.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          So Annabeth is portrayed only as an annoying bitch? And they take out a pretty big thing from the book from the prophecies. Those play a big role in each book. And they cut off a villain in Ares.

          Wow.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Annabeth is portrayed as this tough warrior chick. She is not an artichect and doesn’t really impress much with her ultra-Athena wisdom. We just have to go by the movie’s word that, despite doing nothing to prove it, she’s very wise.

            Oh, and instead of the characters starting at 12 years old, they’re 17.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Is there any phrase in the world sweeter than “spring training starts this week”?

    I mean, besides “Yankees win!” and “due to the inclement weather, school has been closed”?

    • VO

      Welcome to Yankee Stadium?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      “The hooker said she’s giving the money back.”

    • JGS

      how about “Opening Day is this week”

      the beginning of ST is nice because it gets people back in the baseball mood, but nothing really happens for another while

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      One more out?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Hearing “Not guilty” at your trial.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      “Congratulations! The Mets have traded you for…”

      • W.W.J.M.D.

        IETC

      • thurdonpaul

        lmao…that may be the winner :)

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Fine, I’ll sleep with you.

    • kenthadley

      Enter Sandman…….

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      “Ball game over, World Series over, Yankees win, theeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!”

      …although that also means baseball is over so maybe not.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Baseball has to end every year and that’s the only way I like to see it go.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is it just me or is TNT’s broadcast all sorts of fucked up?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      It’s turrible. Might be drunk. And turrible.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oh my Mo. We get it; the stadium is really big.

  • bexarama

    Me: Oh, ESPN has something about baseball, I should watch it… nah, don’t turn it on, they’re just gonna be talking about how awesome Boston’s offseason was and it’ll just make me angry. (I turn it on anyway, because I am dumb.)
    ESPN, within two minutes of turning it on: Boston had the best offseason! They’ve passed the Yankees, best rotation and defense ever!

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Which is why MLB Network is FTW.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I haven’t watched either a lot recently–is MLB Network really that much better than ESPN? I have liked what I’ve seen, but there’s some room to grow.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          You’re right. It’s far from perfect and has a ton of room to grow. It’s still >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> than ESPN.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            WHOA, didn’t know that would happen.

            • ticktock

              thats the coolest thing i’ve ever seen

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                You are a sad, lonely person.

                • ticktock

                  i’d say something back…….but its true

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            That. I think at this point anything covering baseball news >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ESPN

        • JGS

          Yes. It’s not just that MLBN is better, but their presence has made ESPN’s baseball coverage get progressively worse

        • bexarama

          IMO it’s way better. The analysis on both is, at times, really really bad, but MLB Network is usually a lot better. They try to talk about advanced stats, too. Like, they mentioned UZR the other day; I was proud of them (though they basically brushed it off by saying “but they said Teixeira was a bad defensive 1B!” ._.). They’re also really fair and don’t seem biased toward any one team. You can tell Reynolds is a Mariners homer, Leiter is a Yankee/Mets homer, Sean Casey is a Tigers homer, but they don’t let it get in the way of being professional.

          • JGS

            and Mitch Williams loves the Phillies

            • bexarama

              did you see the Williams/Leiter passive-aggressive-off after Game 4 of the World Series? It was a beautiful, hilarious thing.

              • JGS

                no, I don’t get MLBN at school. I’m sure it was beautiful though

      • bexarama

        I totally agree – I mean, neither analysis is amazing, but MLB Network is soooo much better – but right now they’ve just got old games. Which are awesome, but yeah.

        WTF now they’re going on about how they’re going to take away the DH? And I heard 47 references to Javy not being a “big game pitcher.”

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          neither analysis is amazing

          This annoys me.

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            We need Tom Tango to make his own network.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              The RAB network?

              • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

                That would be amazing. We’ll put the RAB Radio Show as an actual radio show. Then they’ll make their own TV Show called the RAB Network so we can actually get REAL baseball analysis.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Haha, yeah.

              It’s just ridiculous that the MSM–including the radio and print–is just so bad at analysis. All three MSM mediums–T.V., radio, and print–are very good at reporting but they’re pitiful when it comes to analysis. How is that possible?

              • bexarama

                This annoys me, and baseball broadcasting is so awful as well. Like… how? I don’t really follow any other sports, is it this bad in football and basketball too?

              • Pasqua

                I really think it’s because saying whatever the fuck comes to your mind is passed off as analysis. There’s this deep-seeded assumption that “I played pro baseball” = “everything I say is analytical.” No one in the MSM understands what analysis actually is.

          • bexarama

            Wow, I suck. This is what happens when you get three hours of sleep. “Neither of them have amazing analysis” or something like that.

            • bexarama

              Unless that was proper grammar and you just didn’t like the fact that they have non-great analysis. Sigh. So tired.

              • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

                Yeah it’s that.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                You could’ve said: “neither offers amazing analysis” or “neither network’s analysis is amazing.” We got it, though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Usher’s lipsynching is embarrassingly obvious.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    JabbaWockeeZ better make another appearance this All Star Game. Or some other awesome crew.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I’m bored. Someone entertain me.

  • simplegirlsimpletastes

    So…im a simple girl with simple tastes, who loves sports, yet here I am alone on Valentine’s Day….

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “brendog” Peck

      maybe you’re too bland then

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I’m not allowed to be within 500 yards of certain schools, but I also love sports and am alone on Valentine’s Day.

      Wanna meet up for coffee???

      • W.W.J.M.D.

        He’s on fire!!

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          You’re blowing up my spot, man. I’m going for subtlety, here.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I’m starting to believe that the whole “guys love girls who love sports” thing is a total myth.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Eh, I don’t think it’s based on myth, but how much guys love girls who are into sports is definitely overstated. It does give them at least give them the (sometimes faulty) notion that the girl is not high-maintenance and isn’t afraid to express her opinion or enthusiasm.

        However, say there are two girls the guy has a chance to date. One is an 8, is a bit more high maintenance, and prefers shoes over sports. The other is a 7.5, less high maintenance, and is a huge sports fan.

        The guy picks the non-sports fan 9/10 times. All things being equal, if they’re both an 8, he likely chooses the sports fan. I think you see where I’m going with this.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Some sentence composition errors on that one. Apologies. Hope it’s still readable.

          • Accent Shallow

            Did you just tell multiple women “The reason you have trouble meeting guys is you’re not attractive enough”?

            Just wanted to make sure.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Hmmm…no, you’re reading into things. What I said is women liking sports may be something men like, but how much it matters is overstated, and ultimately, most men find other factors of more importance.

  • W.W.J.M.D.

    You know what really grinds my gears? When someone talks trash about sports or how their favorite team is going to win, and then when they are wrong, they’re say, “oh, i dont really follow it that much, im just a HUGE fan.”

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      and that’s what grinds my gears.

      • W.W.J.M.D.

        Kiersten with the assist.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      You know what really grinds my gears? That I find Family Guy pretty much unwatchable at this point.

      Speaking of shows that’ve gone downhill, I watched the last two weeks of The Office on Hulu last night and was still unimpressed. Maybe Jim being back in sales/being able to fuck w/Dwight again will make the show funny again, but the outlook’s still pretty bleak. End the show, NBC.

      • W.W.J.M.D.

        I can never get into that show. It’s to slow paced for me, and Im all out of Adderall whenever it’s on.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Yeah, never been a fan of Family Guy. The Office jumped the shark years ago.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          It’s been mediocre at best since Season Three ended.

        • Pasqua

          I don’t know if I’d say it jumped years ago, but a shark jump most definitely occurred once Jim and Pam tied got married. They went from cute to grating and the whole tone of the show changed.

          Am I really, earnestly critiquing a sitcome?

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        The only thing Family Guy does well is mixing in something completely unrelated to the central storyline. It’s annoying.

        • W.W.J.M.D.

          I love Family Guy. I hate when they make references to things i wouldn’t understand due to my age. But that is how life works.

      • Rob NY

        Family Guy is such almost as unwatchable as the 2009 NY Mets. It isn’t that the show seems like it’s written by a kid with ADD. It isn’t that the show has a hard-on for bad 80′s jokes. It’s that the shit is not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. It’s the Dane Cook of prime time cartoons.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    OMG ANYBODY WATCH THAT WORLD SERIES GAME TODAY, WHERE SCOTTY BRO HT THAT 2 OUT HR!!!!!!! OMG, IM SO GLAD WE HAVE HIM AND NOT AROD!!!!! AROD=NOT CLUTCH!!!!!! HE DOESN’T GET BIG PLAYOFF HITS!!!!!!

    • bexarama

      We got A-Rod six years ago today AND WE HAVEN’T WON A WORLD SERIES SINCE. COINCIDENCE, I THINK NOT!!!11eleventy!!!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I turn my caps lock on to 11 when I need that extra kick.

        • bexarama

          I prefer “eleventy”

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Threve?

            • JGS

              $ Texas

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Simply stunning.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Haha, fantastic.

    • JGS

      you need more 1s amid those exclamation points

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        SCOTTY BRO=TRUE YANKEE!!!!111!!!1!!!11!

        • JGS

          much better

  • bexarama

    Oh noooo they just said the Yankees wouldn’t have won the World Series without missed calls :(

    • bexarama

      And that was Bobby Valentine. Who’s normally a non-idiot.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        His restaurant is good. Awesome nachos.

        • bexarama

          And he invented the wrap sandwich.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            I invented the internet.

            /Al Gore’d

            • Tom Zig

              I invented the blackberry

              /McCain’d

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Especially considering he said A-Rod’s homer was a double when instant replay was what turned it into a home run.

    • JGS

      ugh–which one, the one on Mauer or the one where Posada got tagged off third against the Angels

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That Posada/Cano thing was the worst umpiring. Ever. E-V-E-R.

        • bexarama

          That entire game was like the worst umpiring in the history of mankind. I love how Swisher was picked off, called safe, then they said he had tagged up early when he hadn’t, and the umpire was like, “Well, I felt in my heart that I was safe.” WTF? That’s what we’re dealing with, people!

          • bexarama

            “that Swisher was out”*

            Man I am just not on it tonight. ._.

        • JGS

          that was pretty inexcusable but saying they wouldn’t have won the WS because of that is a bit of a stretch.

      • bexarama

        The Mauer fair/foul call, and they said A-Rod’s home run against Hamels was a double

        • JGS

          wait, the one they actually looked at the replay for and determined was a home run? They are saying it was a double and citing bad umpiring for that?

          • bexarama

            Yeah.

            And now they’re all confused about the Rays. Oh, ESPN.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Easily the Posada play. That was painful to watch. They screwed up on the Mauer call, but it wasn’t nearly as egregious.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I heard it in context, and he was 100% right about everything. His point was not to bash the Yankees (not that he was wrong, it’s impossible to predict what would have happened if, say, Mauer’s ball was a double, not that it matters now), but to point out that “the human element” the goal of umpires is to get the orrect call and if the don’t, they’re not doing their job and if we could we should use better means.

      • bexarama

        I was sort of spacing out, I admit, and I do think the umpiring is awful. But didn’t he say something like, “If not for the bad calls, the Yankees might not have won the World Series?” Which I think is patently untrue, and I think most would agree with me.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          No, it was not untrue. What if the Twins had one that game, because Mauer’s ball was called a double? We have no idea what would have happened.

          It doesn’t matter, but it’s still true.

          • bexarama

            What if the Twins had one that game, because Mauer’s ball was called a double?

            If Mauer’s on second, Teixeira’s not holding him for the next batter, and he gets the ball. The chances of scoring with bases loaded, nobody out is higher than the chance of scoring for a guy on second, nobody out.

            Of course, the “what-if” game is silly, because maybe, if Mauer gets a double, the pitcher is shaken up and gives up a home run the next batter. Or maybe he goes “oh crap, focus” and gets the next three guys out.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Fallacy of the predetermined outcome; we have no idea what would have happened. All we know is that what did happen is that we won the game, and if something changed, like that Mauer double call, we have no idea if we still would have won.

              • bexarama

                Yeah, I think that’s what I was trying to say in the bottom paragraph. Here’s what we do know about the situation:

                1. Damn, the Twins got screwed on that call.
                2. The Twins still managed to get into a situation with a higher chance of scoring than “guy on second, nobody out” and couldn’t score.

                I am not a huge believer in momentum, though. Dunno about you.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Neither am I; that doesn’t change the fact that we won the game and if circumstances changed we have no gurantee that we would have.

            • JGS

              the next batter was Jason Kubel, who was 1-14 with 9 strikeouts for the series. That at bat was his one hit. Given fresh circumstances, he probably strikes out

              but who knows? More importantly, who cares?

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                1. That wasn’t the point of Valentine’s comment.

                2. It’s fallacay of the predetermined outcome. Could he have gotten a single? Yes. Hit a HR? Yes. Struck out? Yes.

                The thing is the best possible overall outcoome DID occur (we won the game), and if any of the circumstances change we have no idea if that outcome would be repeated.

                • JGS

                  but to say the Yankees wouldn’t have won it all without bad calls is stupid–they never even faced an elimination game. Sure, he likely said “might not have won” instead of “would not have won”, but had the calls all been right, the Phillies might have all forgotten to show up and forfeited.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  He was peaking very fast and merely trying to make a point, which he did very well. When asked again, I’m sure he’d change it to might have won. You’re all reading waaaay too much into this.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Oooh, peaking should be speaking. My bad.

                • bexarama

                  To be fair, because I started it by making that comment, I’m really really tired, not entirely paying attention, and should probably be asleep, but I can’t fall asleep aaaargh.

                  It IS dumb that he said we had to use instant replay more, which I agree with, then complained about A-Rod’s home run off of Hamels, which was only called a home run because of instant replay.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Yeah, you’re right, it was pretty stupid to talk about A-Rod’s HR off Hamels. Messed up on that one.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Cue another replay discussion…

        Seriously, though, replay needs to be improved/more widely utilized. There’s a very simple way to do it, too.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Woops, I forgot to say what my replay proposal is. Anyway, every play but balls and strikes is reviewable. An extra umpire, or independent replay official, is in the TV booth or literally anywhere in the stadium with a TV. He’s wearing a headset that allows him to communicate with the crew chief. As soon as he sees a play is wrong, he contacts the crew chief and the call is overturned.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I also really like Valentine’s idea of lasers for the strike zone.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              A computerized strike zone would be badass, but it’ll never happen.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, right?

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Valentine was on fire with his plea for expanding technology in baseball.

      That being said, I don’t think Mauer’s double would have kept the Yanks from the ALCS.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Probably it wouldn’t have.

        Do we know for sure? No.

  • Jose

    I was going to say that Valentine’s day is the most worthless holiday, but then I remembered Columbus Day.

    Why do people need a set day to be romantic? The true romantics know how to wow their significant other on any day of the year.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Columbus Day is pretty worthless.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Day off of work=not worthless.

        • Jose

          I have bad news, that could begin to change in the coming years.

          http://online.wsj.com/article/.....76887.html

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Essentially celebrating the beginning of genocide = worthless.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            You see it as celebrating th beginning of genocide; I see it as celebrating a day off of work.

            Besides, I look at it as Leif Eriksson day, the TRUE first European to discover America who also has a national holiday on this date.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              You see it as celebrating th beginning of genocide; I see it as celebrating a day off of work.

              You’re not celebrating a day off from work, though. Because of a “celebration”, you get the day off from work and there’s a big difference.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Whatever. It’s still a day off of work. If they called it Adolf Hitler day I’d still take the day off of work if they allowed me too. That doesn’t mean I’m actually celebrating the day.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I get what you mean; still, there needs to be a closer examination of why we celebrate holidays. On days like Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, MLK Day, etc., schools should be in session for half-days that are intensely focused on the reason for celebrating said holiday.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  It wouldn’t happen. Parents of said children would revolt.

                • VO

                  That’s not a terrible idea, but how much could they really teach. After a certain point of schooling it will be pointless because they have already learned it.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Mo forbid their children actually learn anything about the day they’re celebrating.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  What VO said too.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Fair enough, VO. But, if there’s enough curricular variance for regular subjects, there could be for holiday subjects. Not everything about each holiday is appropriate for all ages (I doubt we’d be teaching 1st graders about the mustard gas attacks of WWI), so different things could/would come at different times.

                • VO

                  That’s true but, most of it is taught in the curriculum as is. I’m not against the idea itself, but I just don’t really think it would work in the broader picture. Like you said how long could you talk to first graders about WW1, there is only so much you can say to a certain age group.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Word. It all comes back to one thing: Columbus Day is fucking worthless.

                • VO

                  Well, if you really want to get into that. The argument could be brought up that if Columbus hadn’t landed in America none of us could be here right now.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I just think it’s not worth making a big deal out of a) “discovering” a land that already had a bunch of people in it and b) the eventual/systematic destruction of said peoples.

                  That argument could be made, but it’s also unlikely that, after 500+ years, no one would’ve found the American continents.

                • Jose

                  He said Columbus Day is worthless not what Columbus did was worthless.

                  The day itself is because it celebrates a controversial figure who lead to death of millions of Native Americans. Not to mention he wasn’t the first to come to America. The day is arbitrarily set, it rotates based on a Monday, not an actual date.

                  We would still be here right now even if Columbus had never done that. It would just have occurred differently.

                • VO

                  I’m not saying I disagree with you. I’m just stating an argument that could be made. But overall the day is fairly worthless because, as Jose said it isn’t even on the actual day.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Fallacy of the predetermined outcome again. I’m not arguing for or against the character of Columbus, but would WE have been here? Who knows? People probably would have been here, though controlled by who, with what government, and what people (Asian? African? European? Middle Eastern?) we have no idea.

                  So whether WE-that is, us, who are writing on this blog-whether we would exist is impossible to figure out. The world would have been different-that much is certain.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  I myslf celebrate Leif Eriksson day. He was the REAL first European to discover America.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  So whether WE-that is, us, who are writing on this blog-whether we would exist is impossible to figure out. The world would have been different-that much is certain

                  I agree with this, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty damn unlikely that no Europeans, Asians, or Africans would’ve ventured West/East to find the Americas.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Unlikely-yes.

                  But alternate history is extraordinarily complex. History can be altered on mere whims. The Haitians won their revolution thanks to a freak icestorm that made Napoleon unable to send out another fleet of ships to attack the island. I’m not going to attempt to figure out what WOULD have happened had Columbus not dsicovered the Bahamas. Far too difficult.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I had a conversation about something like that w/
                  Stryker once; I forget what it was, though.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh They should have brought JabbaWockeeZ back. Better than Shakira…

  • ticktock

    anyone know if there will ever be another NHL game for the psp?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      NHL?

      /beating dead horse

      • Hughesus Christo

        I keep hearing that these olympic hockey guys play professionally somewhere?

  • DP

    Is anyone else watching the Winter Olympics?

    /shows self out

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I watched the women’s moguls last night and parts of the men’s biathlon today. I’ll watch the hockey when it starts, but that’s probably it.

      • DP

        The nordic combined today was awesome.

  • ticktock

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBwIDLHQ8d4

    yeah i was there. Greatest show ever

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    baseball tonight is the worst show. Yankees got worst this offseason? They aren’t going to be as good offensively? How do these guys have jobs is beyond me.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Yankees got better this offseason, but they probably will be a little bit worse offensively. They’ll still be the best in the league though.

      • Mike Pop

        I think the overall numbers won’t be as good as last year. But I think everyone also has to take into account that Damon and Matsui weren’t very likely to replicate their 2009 numbers and Johnson/Grandy are likely to equally produce or produce even better numbers than the former two in 2010.

        holy run on sentence.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          We’re talking about the offense being worse than they were last year, not worse than they would have been with Matsui and Damon on the team this year. I think Cash has made all the right moves, but I still don’t think our offense will be quite as good unless we get some killer years from several players.

          • Mike Pop

            Agreed. Basically the same thing I said.

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        I think that they will be around the same offensively with better pitching. Damon and matsui had great years but I think the odds of them repeating those performances were 5% at best.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I agree, but I’m also not sure that Grandy and Johnson will produce the value offensively that Matsui and Damon did LAST year. Remember, we’re comparing this year’s offense to last year’s offense, not this year’s offense to this year’s offense with Damon and Matsui instead of Grandy and Johnson.

          • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

            True but also keep in mind that they will have A-Rod for a full season. No Cody Ransom or Pena playing the first 6 weeks.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              We’ll have A-Rod for a full season, but Jorge will probably decline, maybe even significantly, and Jeter will probably decline slightly, just because he had such a fucking awesome year last year.

              • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

                True but if you look Johnson has a career ops + of 125, Matsui’s was 124. Granderson had a 123 ops + in 08 compared to Damon’s career high of 126 this year. I think that it’s more than fair to say that the odds are good that they could match the combined ops + of Damon and Matsui.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Wasn’t Grandy’s 08′ OPS+ his career high?

                • Mike Pop

                  2007 he had a 135.

                  A historically good season for a CF.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Ah, it was 07′. My bad.

                • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

                  07 as Mike Pop just said. I also think getting Granderson out of a terrible ball park into a more HR friendly one will have some of those fly ball outs turn into HR’s.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            It’s likely that both Johnson and Granderson improve this year, considering their new offensive environment and new home park.

            Johnson probably won’t hit 25+ home runs (a la Matsui), but he’ll get on base a lot and with Tex/A-Rod behind him, that’s very valuable. The CF offense gets an instant boost from Granderson, who could very well see his power improve by being in a new park.

            • Mike Pop

              I’m interested to see if Granderson does actually keep the CF job. Gardner is better fit for CF. I really don’t care either way, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                The numbers say Gardy in CF and Grandy in LF, but I won’t min if they keep it as is. If you switch them, and Gardner doesn’t stick, you’ve presented with a potential (albeit small) problem. And though it’d probably be small, it’d be a problem nonetheless.

            • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

              09 WAR stats
              Damon 3.0
              Granderson 3.4
              Nick 2.4
              Matsui 2.4

              So if they do the same for each players it is a .4 increase.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                We’re talking offense. WAR takes defense into account, and I agree the defense will improve, and the pitching, and the team overall.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        They’re downgrading in LF offensively, but improving in CF and it’s basically a wash at DH. They may get a little regression from Jeter and/or Posada, but I doubt it’s anything too drastic.

    • bexarama

      One thing I’ll say about ESPN: at least they didn’t say the addition of Vazquez made the team worse like SNY did.

  • bexarama

    ESPN bein’ B-Jobbers.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Shocking. It will never end. Even if they disagree, the fact that they can’t see that it makes no logical sense to put Chamberlain back into the bullpen after ’09 makes my head spin.

      • bexarama

        And they were praising what he did in the bullpen during the playoffs. What, like giving up that game-tying home run to Pedro freaking Feliz? (Yeah, I know I’m boversimplifying that. It’s a SSS. I gotta boversimplify here.)

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, based on the playoffs, neither Hughes nor Joba looked great in the bullpen.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I disagree; bexerama even admitted it was boversimplification. Take out that 1 HR, and Joba looked quite good. Actually, he looked quite good even WITH the HR.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              He did give up 9 hits in 5.4 innings. His control was great, though: 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.

            • bexarama

              Yeah, I was pretty much boversimplifying on purpose, just to mock ESPN. I was impressed that he came right back to strike out the next guy after that HR. That doesn’t mean “PUT HIM IN THE BULLPEN!!!” though. To me, and this may be my confirmation bias speaking, he doesn’t seem to use his pitches economically. I hope he can learn to do that better, and he’s very young so obviously he’s got a good amount of time to learn how to do that. If he does, he’ll be great.

    • Mike Pop

      Were they saying to put Hughes in the rotation over Joba?

    • VO

      Even if Joba makes the hall of fame as a starter, at his induction ceremony they will be saying “just imagine how good he could have been out of the pen.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I texted Mike A earlier, because I was out, but I told him some very, very disturbing news. Joba and Josh Beckett were hanging out together today at the race. Somehow I bet their conversation included what a douche Youkilis is.

    • http://www.vimeo.com/fiveeightfoursix thisis ledavidisrael

      source?

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Teh Internets Andy in Sunny Daytona

    • bexarama

      Didn’t Beckett call Joba a f-cking c-nt?

      My friend (a Mets fan) met Beckett once at a bar and said he was very nice. Total white trash, but nice.

  • ticktock
    • bexarama

      we want to root for the underdog, the little guy, the one that has the most heart. And New York will never have as much heart as Boston.

      • Tom Zig

        I can’t help but shake my head in despair that people still think like this.

  • ultimate913

    I’m looking at the single season records for games played in a season and the leader is Maury Wills with 165 games played in 1962. What the ****? Weren’t there always 162 games in a season? I can see 163, with a playoff game at the end but how the **** is 165 possible?

    • ticktock

      the giants and dodgers were tied after 162 so they played a three game playoff as per the rules in ’62

  • Mo’s Savant

    Heh, check out what someone did to Jason Bay’s Wikipedia page.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J....._York_Mets