Sep
19

Open Thread: Manning Bowl

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(AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)

Thankfully the sports gods have given us plenty of ways to get the frustration of the latest Yankee loss out of our minds. For first time in what, four years?, Peyton Manning and his Colts take on brother Eli and the Giants. Not that I’m qualified to make predictions, by my money’s on Eli. No particular reason why, just an uneducated hunch. The game starts at 8:20pm ET and can be seen on NBC.

If you’re still yearning some baseball, the ESPN Sunday Night Game features a pair of non-contenders in the Tigers and White Sox (Bonderman vs. Danks). That sounds very easy to pass up. Enjoy the game, y’all.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Softball Week Two because I know you’re just sooooo interested:

    Five innings at catcher, 0-1, two walks (ie, I’m Nick Johnson. Even have the injury–perennally sore shoulder to go with it!). We won by 24, and are now 2-0.

    I probably take it a *little* too seriously.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Twenty…. four? No mercy rule in your league? Brutal!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        Well, the game was called an inning early and we conceded our last AB, so it was mercy ruled in that regard.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        The first game I played in high school (a scrimmage), we lost 50-3. No, not in football, in softball.

    • Cecala

      0-2 with 2BB again. My BA is .000 but my OBP is .333 so I am doing my best Nick Johnson impression as well.

      Team won 6-4 and is now 1-1

      • Mister Delaware

        Raked today but might have broken my foot coming up quicker than the ball at SS. In the 1st inning. Spent the next hour knowing I didn’t want to take off my cleats.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

          How’s your foot now?

    • Jon in CUO

      I really need to join a league. This sounds great. What’s your team name?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        Bunt Cakes

  • Esteban

    Jets Pats still on though.
    I guess the Jets aren’t terrible and Mark Sanchez doesn’t suck as the media were telling us?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      That.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Peyton’s chick: 7.5-8/10

    Eli’s chick: 5.5-6/10

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      I was thinking about the same thing, But in reverse. I believe more in depth analysis is needed. Perhaps from a different angle.

    • Esteban

      I hope you’re not serious.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Neither are attractive in my opinion, my scale is low here. I just really don’t care for the one on Eli’s side!

        =P

        • Cecala

          I agree, the one on Eli’s side doesn’t do anything for me. The one on Peyton’s is a little better, but I wouldn’t do anything unless I wanted to get experimental.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    For those who care about baseball (not that I’ll be watching Tigers/White Sox because… out of it and out-ter of it) and are nerds like I am
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/c.....0s_top_ten

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      That was really bloody hard

    • Alex S

      42 out of 110

    • Kit

      Wow, I really fucking sucked at that. I got the obvious ones, but was completely confused by everyone not in the top 2 for each position.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I missed Utley WTF is wrong with me

    • Pat D

      I got 72. I don’t think that’s acceptable for me.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      I got 56. meh.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      I got 66. That was a tough one.

  • ZZ

    Bexarama,

    My female intuition senses that your are upset with me. Therefore, I think it would be a good time for an airing of your grievances. Let it begin!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Are you Andy?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I would never be angry with my sweet Andrew Eugene.

        /that one Andy Pettitte girl, as someone said last night’d

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Nah, I was just super cranky and I thought you were deliberately ignoring certain peoples’ arguments. I do think you concern troll a lot, which is a pet peeve of mine, but you’re a good egg overall.

      • ZZ

        May I ask what concern troll is?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          http://www.urbandictionary.com.....cern+troll

          I’m not accusing you of not being a Yankee fan, FTR. And I don’t really think you’re doing it on purpose.

          • ZZ

            Thanks. Still a bit confused by the urban dictionary explanations.

            This one in particular was not very helpful.

            “A phrase of absolutely no meaning, used by bloggers to shut down debate on their sites.” :)

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Not Bex, but I think it’s basically someone who comes around mostly in bad times–and even good times–and takes every effort to point out every single flaw the team has while ignoring its strengths/failing to point out that every other team has similar flaws.

          Just think of Rose when you think of a concern troll.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I kinda got it.

          • ZZ

            I ignore the strengths on this team?

            The other day I wrote as part of my long diatribe how great A-Rod and Cano look at the plate. Yesterday, I was one of very few who actually thinks Gardner can improve on his 2010 campaign next year. Today I wrote that Robertson is likely a future closer. I was even positive about AJ 2 nights ago, saying how much better and heavier his fastball looked. Just a few examples.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              I didn’t say you; I was just trying to define a concern troll.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Yeah, that’s a pretty good description of a concern troll, but it’s not really what you do. More like… harp on weird things that don’t matter at times, I guess.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Today I wrote that Robertson is likely a future closer.

              OMG. I’M NOT ALONE IN THIS! YES. I swear I’m the only one–well now not–who’s said that. Thank you.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Everyone says that. He needs a little more control, he walks too many guys. But yeah, I can see it too.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Shh, you’re ruining my shit.

                • Dream of Electric Sheep

                  4.61 bb/9 , plus more than occasional lapse in command. Although, hitters can’t square up on his 92 mph fb under most circumstances.

                  • Accent Shallow

                    One walk every two innings wouldn’t put him out of place among non-Mariano closers.

                • ZZ

                  What makes Matt and I so positive and upbeat about Robertson is that we think he can close even with his high walk rate.

                  • Dream of Electric Sheep

                    I think so too. But I also wonder if he loses 1-2 mph on his fb , will he be effective with that bb rate. Like I said, I am impressed by the fact that hitter can square on his fb despite it’s slightly above average velo wise.

              • Dream of Electric Sheep

                I think he can a closer now. The question to me is whether he can be a good closer for the Yankees and a perennial pennant contending team.

                I think he can do better than Kevin Gregg for example.

                • ZZ

                  I agree with this.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey
  • Carlosologist

    I’m just starting to get into football, and I’d like some help as to what statistics I should look at for the offensive positions (QB, RB, WR, etc) and the same for defensive positions.

    I’m also a Jets fan, just letting everyone here know. :P

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Come to the dark side (well , more successful side) , Go with the Giants.

  • Reggie C.

    I see what the Miami dolphins did today … and how important a role Karlos Dansby played. I really wish Jerry Reese had been able to sign Dansby.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    I like these Jets. Where were they last week?

    • Esteban

      Handicapped by a way too-conservative offensive game plan

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That. Looks like we’ve learned our lesson, though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m surprised the national game wasn’t TB/LAANA

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Cal Angels has much better ring to it than LAANA .

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Anything has a better ring to it than what the team is currently called.

    • Carlosologist

      Morgan and Miller probably wanted to get out of that hellhole and not go back for another 10 years.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I’m so glad I’ve never been to the Trop and will likely never go.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    If either Manny or Beckham score a run tonight I win my league and $250. They are both on the bench. I’m going to “lose” 8-8. Unreal.

    • Mister Delaware

      When someone invents a fantasy league that somehow ignores managerial whims, they’re going to be trillionaires.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        You could form a league based solely on metric stats.

  • pastadivingarod

    Eli takes down Peyton with everything he has taught little brother.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Freeney and Mathis take down Eli with everything big brother has told them.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Bradshaw takes down the jelly-donut Colts rush defense for 200 yards with everything Arian Foster has taught him.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          I say 150 all purpose yards tonight for him.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Go big or go home.

            Bradshaw can drop two bills on this uber-soft Colts D. Book it.

            • Dream of Electric Sheep

              I should bring you to a poker game , Tommie.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Heh.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    My backyard is getting carpet bombed by fucking acorns. I need the Janitor’s squirrel army here.

    • pat

      Hahaha, I don’t know how much they would help..

    • Accent Shallow

      I’ve got a seventh sense about that sort of thing. My sixth sense is I can tell when squirrels are afraid.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I bet the Vikings are pretty happy they gave Favre that extra $7 million this year.

    • Little Bill

      lol, and they begged him to come back too. They’ve got the Lions next week so they better win that one. After that they have 4 tough games.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        The worst part is he was coming back no matter what and they paid him the extra $7 mil. He wasn’t going to walk away from what he had coming anyway and they panicked.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      It’s still too early to tell. 14 games left.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Favre will play better than this, yes… but not good enough to get the Vikings to the playoffs.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        He threw 7 INT’s all of last year and he’s already got 4. They didn’t lose a game at home last year and lost to the Dolphins. Things are not looking good.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          They didn’t lose a game at home last year and lost to just got shoved the fuck around like a bully’s bitch in their own stadium to the Dolphins.

          Fixed.

          • Ivan

            I know they haven’t looked good so far, but it has been 2 games, and 2 games that could of went either way.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Last year, for the overwhelming majority of their games, they looked like they were clearly the most talented team on the field.

              They have yet to remotely look that way. Getting outclassed by the Saints is one thing, getting outclassed by the Dolphins is another.

              • Ivan

                True, but this team is way too talented to stink for a extended period of time. Not to mention even if they have to vie for a WC spot, I have hard time believing that any team from the NFC West, South and (excluding GB) the North can keep them out. Although I am surprised that their offense has looked rather meh.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  True, but this team is way too talented to stink for a extended period of time.

                  Maybe… maybe not.

  • Jack

    2005 NLCS on ESPN Classic. Poor Brad Lidge.

  • Esteban

    Kyle Wilson and Cromartie really stepped their games up in Revis’ absence. Very impressive 2nd half by the Jets.
    Randy Moss’s catch was pretty absurd though. One handed it like it was a baseball

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yeah, you can’t even be mad at that. Revis only left one opening for Brady/Moss, the “pinpoint perfect throw and incredible, acrobatic, one handed catch” opening.

      If they beat you that way, tip your cap.

      • Esteban

        I was annoyed by the jabs people were making for Revis leaving the game after that play. They stopped when I told him his hamstring was bothering him all week.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Whoa, did you see what happened to Colvin? Impaled by a bat?!

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb-270755

      Colvin getting hit by the bat is probably the 2nd worst part about that picture. That crowd looks like a Staten Island game. Brutal.

      • VO

        In the mini photo am I the only one who thinks the trainer looks like Youkilis?

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Nothing would be better than having Manny hit a pinch hit HR tonight to help me beat a Red Sox fan and win $250.

    Do it Manny.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Has Manny gone yard with the White Sox yet? I put him in the Berkman category, I am still wishing on a Puma big fly.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Yeah he’s got one. I actually only need him to score a run, but HR is likely the only way that’s happening him since he’s on the bench. Manny hasn’t been great with the Sox, but he’s sporting a nice .426 OBP.

  • Ivan

    Eagles won today, but already I do not like the defense so far this year. Plus, playing a division where all 3 teams have capable Qb’s, Im kinda worried.

    However, Mike Vick is playing tremendous, Im surprised that he has throwed the ball so well so far. And I gotta say, Vick can sure entertain, man he still got those ridiculous moves.

    • Kevin G.

      Hey! One fan of a rival NFC East team that DOESN’T think that Eli suck!

      • Ivan

        Hey Im not a Eli fan, but im not stupid either…

  • Ivan

    What a bad lose if your a Redskin fan…Not that I shed a tear for you guys lol..

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Go team Eli!

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Go Jints!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I must have this.

        (After I get the Snoopy)

  • Esteban

    Does anybody here use advanced football statistics? Are they as applicable as advanced baseball statistics? They certainly haven’t caught on like they have in baseball.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      When it comes to football, I just enjoy watching the game mostly.
      Plus schematics are so important in football, individual stats only tells a small story IMO.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m saying this again, ’cause I’ve said it before and I’m pretty sure Tommie put it in my head:

      If QB rating can catch on in the general population, wOBA can. Keep hope alive!

      As for the other part, yeah, I have no idea about advanced football stats.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        What’s funny is, the overwhelming majority of the public has no idea (or inclination to find out) how QB rating is tabulated, but they accept it as a reliable and efficient statistical metric.

        The overwhelming majority of the public also has no idea (or inclination to find out) how UZR or wRC+ is tabulated, and they hate the fucking fuckity fuck out of those evil worthless shitty horrible incorrect false and otherwise 1,000% wrong “stats” that were created by some nefarious clandestine collective of baseball-hating nerds, dweebs, dorks, losers, pencil-pushers, communists, fascists, terriosts, baby-rapers, Unitarians, lepers, and O.J. Simpson.

        • Ivan

          You forgot about the Illuminati…

          • Esteban

            and the Bildebergers and the Tri-Lateral Commission.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            What about the Knights Templar? And the Government/Death Panels.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I can neither confirm nor deny the participation of all those groups.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          And Hugh Jackman.

          /Scrubs’d

  • Frigidevil

    Gooooooooooooooooooo G-men!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Any Colts loss is helpful to the Jets, so:

      Gooooooooooooooooooo G-men!

      • Ivan

        Well a Giant loss, assist the Eagles soooooooo:

        GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Colts.

  • Reggie C.

    BIG BLUE BABY!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That was certainly not fun.

    • Reggie C.

      That was a tad on the easy side. Ugh.

      Now its Eli’s turn. Or excuse me … AHMAD BRADSHAW’s time.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        Clock control, We need give our D a breather and slow this shit down.

  • Kevin G.

    Well… that sucked.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I’m ready to predict a winner tonight.

    Offense: a shitload
    Defense: 0

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Ugh, that was almost too easy for Colts. Peyton and no huddle precision is no joke.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Best part of the next seven games: the Yankees cannot be walked off.

    Seriously, they equaled their regular season walkoff loss output of 2009 just on this roadtrip. The silver lining being that means a brutal 3-6 roadtrip could’ve just as easily been 6-3 or 7-2 perhaps, but still, nothing is more annoying than walkoff losses.

    Then again, the Red Sox have had 10 of them, so I guess we can’t complain too much.

  • Carlosologist

    Because it’s a boring Sunday evening, I decided to post my thoughts on realignment. I think the divisions should be more geared to a geographic setting. I think that means eliminating the AL/NL East and West and replacing them with a Northern and Southern division. This would allow the good teams that cannot contend because of one or two teams being better to compete and allow them to enter the playoffs.

    The new divisions under my (probably batshit insane) idea:

    AL North:
    Yankees
    Red Sox
    Blue Jays
    Twins
    Mariners

    AL Central:
    White Sox
    Orioles
    Athletics
    Indians
    Tigers

    AL South:
    Rays
    Rangers
    Angels
    Royals

    NL North:
    Phillies
    Mets
    Brewers
    Pirates
    Cubs

    NL Central:
    Giants
    Cardinals
    Rockies
    Nationals
    Reds

    NL South:
    Padres
    Dodgers
    Diamondbacks
    Braves
    Astros
    Marlins

    Any thoughts on this?

    • Esteban

      I don’t think it’s a great idea putting west coast and east coast teams in the same divisions. given unbalanced scheduling.

      • Carlosologist

        Well, the schedule may have to change from the unbalanced format to something different.

        • Esteban

          How about keep the divisions, but just rank the teams based on record for the playoffs, regardless of division.

    • Reggie C.

      Are you doing away with the mandatory 18 (or is it 19) times the Yanks have to play in-division teams? If so , and and the Yanks dont have to make it out to Seattle a bunch of times, then the idea does intrigue.

      Splitting the Braves from the Phillies and the Rays from the Yanks would be good for baseball.

      • Carlosologist

        That’s the exact thing I was going for when I thought of this: No more 18 games against a division rival.

        The only problem is that I don’t know how the schedule will work out with this new system.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m way more interested in adding two more teams, going to eight 4-team divisions, NFL style, and adding some extra wildcards in super-short series with byes for the top two teams than in your idea.

      Kudos for developing it, though.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        I hate the idea of bye’s in baseball. It just doesn’t work well at all. How many times has a team won their LCS via sweep, and waited a week before playing again, only to come out flat and rusty in the World Series?

        • Esteban

          Or healthy and rested?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          If the bye was, say, a three day rest (allowing the teams to give breathers to the fatigued guys and set up their pitching however they like), that’s a reasonable amount of rest. I don’t think you’d get rust.

          Have the two best teams get byes, and have the two worst division winners and the two wild cards play best of three series in three days with zero off-days.

          The two division winners get all three games at home.

          The wildcards get appropriately punished; the two best teams get appropriately rewarded, and the two other division winners get a big home field advantage against the WC’s.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I’m not a fan of adding extra playoff teams, but adding two other teams to the league could offset my bad taste. I’d rather just go back to two divisions, division winners + two best teams (regardless of division) make the playoffs.

      • Carlosologist

        Now that I look at my idea, I can see that it’s set up more towards the NBA style of three five team divisions (Pretend the D-Backs are in the AL South).

        I’m intrigued by your idea as well, but I would set up the playoff system more towards the NBA style with eight playoff seeds.

        If we were to apply the current standings to the NBA style playoff system, we would get this (AL only):

        1 New York vs 8 Oakland/Detroit
        2 Tampa vs 7 Toronto
        3 Minnesota vs 6 Chicago
        4 Texas vs 5 Boston

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      I read an idea a while ago, that I immediately liked. Two divisions, and the division winners and two best records aside reach the playoffs. That could mean either two playoff teams from each division, or three from one, and one from the other. If memory serves, the divisions would’ve been something like this (AL only):

      AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Jays, O’s, Tigers, Indians

      AL West: Royals, White Sox, Twins, M’s, A’s, Rangers, Angels

      The biggest problem here would be that one division only goes from New York to Detroit, while the other goes from as far as Chicago to Anaheim. But that’s a problem in all sports, so I dunno what could be done to alleviate that.

      Under this scenario, if we were to presume all things remained the same, it would be the Yankees, Rays, Twins, and Rangers in the playoffs. Hmm, sound familiar?

    • Jerome S

      The AL gets the D-Backs so that the NL South doesn’t look like an Indian Slum.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The AL gets the D-Backs so that the NL South doesn’t look like an Indian Slum overcrowded.

        /lessoffensive’d

    • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

      I don’t like the multiple time zones in each division. That would lead to a brutal travel schedule for teams. Travel schedules are already pretty intense.

      Disclaimer: I don’t think there’s a need for realignment.

  • Reggie C.

    HOLY SHIT. That was a quick 3 and out.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thank you, Reggie.

  • Ivan

    Wow Giants dodge a bullet their.

    • Esteban

      their what? Their lucky day has arrived?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Wow. Reggie Wayne dropping balls? Crazy.

    • Reggie C.

      I thought that was Garcon for a second. Giants seriously lucked out right there.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Giants need to find a way to pressure Peyton more. Thank you Wayne , that looks like a TD there.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    (scanning NFL box scores)

    The Cowboys and Bears played today. One of those offenses is coached by Mike Martz.

    One of those offenses had 20 rush attempts for 36 yards and FIFTY-ONE pass attempts 374 yards.

    It wasn’t the Mike Martz team.

    I apologize to anyone who I recommended give Felix Jones a fantasy start. That Dallas OL is putrid, and Jones/Barber/Choice are all nonstartable until they demonstrate a committment and an aptitude to run.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Did I just hear someone drop a Warren G. Harding High reference?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Wait, he has a high school named after him?

      HE’S NOT EVEN A F#$%ING CITIZEN, THAT SHAM PRESIDENT!!!!

      /Rose’d

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-0.

    Raise your hand if you saw that one coming…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I didn’t see it coming… but that’s because I wasn’t paying attention. If I’d looked at their sked and seen their first two games were against the Browns and Panthers, then yes, I would have predicted the Bucs going 2-0.

      The Chiefs going 2-0, though… yeah, I didn’t see THAT coming.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Haha, Dwight Freeney wears a Yankee hat.

  • Jerome S

    You know what?

    Manny Ramirez is pretty good in my book.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Ugh, come on, more Bradshaw please.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    The Mariners are on pace to score 513 runs. EVERY. OTHER. TEAM, even the 51-win Pirates, has already outscored them.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    I was at the Yankee game today and through a personal connection to the orioles front office we sat in the equivalent of the Guiliani seats! Anyway, in the first inning I teased Adam Jones in the on deck circle that he couldn’t surprise bunt the run in from 3rd. He tossed the weighted donut and said “watch me”. First pitch he bunted in Roberts. A cleanup hitter!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Pics or it didn’t happen.

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        It happened. Diamond level/section 30/seats 5 and 6.

        Peyton sticking it to Eli like Buck did to to Joe today. I was impressed how Showalter managed this series and this game for a team so far out of it. Also loved that he came out to argue a first base call the other day-something Joe G never does. Grandy looked very safe today but no argument from the quiet Northwestern engineer…

        • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

          forgot to add row 1.

    • Pat D

      So it’s all your fault!!!

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        I was trying to psyche him out but he was good. Next time up he took a curve and a change for an 0-2 count and then flied out. He told me before his third at bat that he should have swung at the second pitch because every pitcher in baseball is tough to hit 0-2. I loved the guy. Asked him how old he was and how much longer he was signed for. He said 25 and 3 more years. I told him we’d wait for him in the Bronx and he said “that’s what we’re all playing for” da money…

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      AHAHAHAHAHA

  • Frigidevil

    I hate when people say no pun intended after an obvious pun. Please Al Michaels, explain to me how ‘they were ready to throw him out of Dodge’ was NOT a pun about how crappy Matt Dodge was last week. If you say something like that by accident, NPI is appropriate, but that was such a reach.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      No offense, but your sister’s a whore.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS
  • Mike HC

    What a great league the RAB Fantasy Baseball was. And not only because I was the winner of the Premier League, ha. Seriously though, one of the best leagues I have ever been in. I would like to thank Axisa for putting in the time to set the league up.

    Good luck to all next year! Looking forward to defending my title.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Disclaimer: Arbitrary endpoints:

    Since the last game of the Toronto series (the day the the recent run of bad luck started) the Yankees have left 115 runners on base and grounded into 13 DPs. So about 8.7 runners LOB and 1 DP per game. That’s pretty rough. Here’s to hoping that will change tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Al Michaels just pulled a John Sterling.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Austin Jackson is below .300 for the first time since April 11th.

    Here’s betting hit he hits <.275 next year.

    • Accent Shallow

      I can’t bring myself to root for him to fail,but his statistical profile is odd enough that it almost offends me.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    this is what we’re playing next week:
    http://battingcleanup.tumblr.c.....ad-at-them

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      SFW, not safe for retinas

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The Rays should blend right in with their octogenarian fans with those outfits.

    • Carlosologist

      That is awesome.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Who is dude with the green blazer ? He looks kinda like Robert De Niro.

      • Carlosologist

        That is Joe Maddon.

        No, seriously that’s Joe Maddon.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          Yeah, I thought it might be him. The dude with the orange checker pants right behind him look at he is bored to hell with it. At least Maddon looks like he is into it.

    • Kit

      My God. Between those pants and their “braysers” I have never wanted to punch grown men more than I do right now.

  • Carlosologist

    So I’m planning a baseball-related trip with my friends and we decided to go to Baltimore and catch the four game set between the Yanks and them. Any sights we should see while we’re down there?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      The aquarium.

      Also, I just sent you an email. dun dun dun.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      Babe Ruth museum and lots of good stuff around Camden yards..stores/museums etc…

  • Mickey Scheister

    Peyton Manning is good at football, Eli Manning always has a dumb look on his face. One team has a good defense thus far and one sucks at life. Who knew the Colts had any kind of running game, not the Giants, so far.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      They are getting all kinds of pressure on Eli. Adai is running amok through our D. This does not look good.

      • Pat D

        This game is over.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          Yup , time to pop in a movie.

      • Mickey Scheister

        The interception ball was nicely thrown but into triple coverage and the fumble was just awful. The Giants D looks over matched, now 24 first half points all unanswered, at least one Manning is doing well.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The Giants could score on the kick return then open the second half with a score and be right back into the game! They could do this.

    /wishful thinking

  • Mickey Scheister

    First Half Manning Comparison

    Eli: 3/8, 17 yards, 0 TDs & 1 Int
    Peyton: 13/16, 154 yards, 2 TDs & 0 Ints

    Wonder how this one is gonna end, maybe a Manning makes a comeback maybe a rout. Who knows! You can’t predict football! Anything can happen in the WW…er..NFL. Look Vick and Sanchez lead their teams to wins and the Cowboys and Vikings can’t buy a win.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Even if Eli and the offense does come around. You have to stop Peyton pretty much in every possession. It’s over baring some kind of minor miracle.

      We might have to hire Goldberg to body slam Peyton illegally to make that happen.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I know realistically it’s not gonna happen. But if Rey Mistero can defeat men twice his size then, with his team on his back, Bradshaw can pick up the Giants and carry then to 25 unanswered and win this one.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          Extreme sound reasoning on your part, Mick :) I bet you Ray Misterio would have been good baseball player.
          He would most like out grit Gardner has UZR of +14000 as a LF.

          On a slightly less facetious note , When you look at all the physical specimen in NFL , one can’t help but wonder if a few of them could be really good at baseball and dwarf even some of the ‘greats’ in the game today.

          • Mickey Scheister

            Mistero would make Ichrio look like a cross between Pat Burrell and Marcus Thames in the field. They wouldn’t be able to track his UZR, just off the yelsabar.

            • Dream of Electric Sheep

              He has some nifty moves for sure. Though , I am slightly puzzle by the fact he is named Misterio. There is nothing Misterio about him except he wears a mask always. He needs to have a gimmick or some kinda sign (see prince).

              Even fucking Batman had the sign via those lights. Zorro as well. They need to work harder to enforce that mysterious image.

              Like a duality of men kinda of shit… rev it up.

          • Mickey Scheister

            To reply to your serious part, I agree but alot of the NFLs fastest and strongest guys are high draft picks who get more money and get to play right after their drafted. Can’t blame them, money talks. Guys like Reggie Bush or Randy Moss imagine them in the outfield.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I do not want my kids playing football, seriously they need better helmets. I know concussions can happen in any sport but someone every week has one. You can point at Posada and Cervelli and say they’ve each had one but it took Jorge what 15 years to get one and Cervelli is, well, Cervelli. It’s terrible, Kolb last week, Witten this week, most NFL players have had some sort of concussion or rather will. Such a violent game, I for one enjoy baseball more.

  • pat

    It’s not a good sign when your left tackle is doing his own spin moves.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Peyton: “Hey Eli, did you like that 51 yard play action TD? I rule, You drool!!”

    Eli: “Whatever Pey, how about that 54 yard strike I fired to Manningham. I don’t drool, mom told you to stop making fun of me geez whiz.”

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    So I just started a new job and at this job, we have to use a machine to clock in an out. But I work on a deadline and in the week I’ve been here I’ve finished anywhere between 9 and 10:15. So I’m done for tonight but I need to stay here til 9:40 to get 40 hours for the week. I don’t know if they just give me 40 hours if I’m slightly under? I mean it’s silly for me to sit here if all the work is done, but I don’t wanna lose half an hour’s pay when I’m just gonna go home and sit on my ass anyway.

    /rant

    and in other news, Dolphins are 2-0 wooooooo!

    • Mickey Scheister

      Are you salary? If so normally you still get your 40 regardless what u work. I know I can work 60 hours and still get paid for 40 or work 20 (like last week) and still get my 40.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        No, I get paid hourly, but I’m a full-time employee.

        • Mickey Scheister

          Milk that clock then, I would. You shouldn’t get paid less because your awesome and can do a job in half the time that Red Sox fans can. You could always “double check your work” for the duration of the time needed to hit 40. Colts are crushing the Giants, your not missing anything, I promise.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Couldn’t you ask whomever is in charge there?

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        My boss doesn’t work Sundays and he told me NOTHING when I started. Plus he just sits at a desk in the middle of all our desks like the rest of us and I feel weird going up to him in front of everybody and asking stupid questions.

  • bonestock94

    Just got back home from camden yards.

    1. Andy Pettite looked beast after the first inning. He is as hot in person (no homo).

    2. If I was blindfolded I would’ve thought I was at Yankee Stadium.

    3. Driving a combined 7+ hours and shelling out $200+ just to see your hero blow a save kinda blows.

    4. I’m beginning to reevaluate my irrational love of Lance Berkman.

    • bonestock94

      Pettitte*

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      I hate it when people do ‘no homo’, because even if they don’t mean it it insinuates homophobia

      /rant over

      • bonestock94

        It’s a joke, and it means I’m not a homosexual. That’s not homophobic, that’s you being too sensitive.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

          I wish that were the case, but I have too many friends who are members of that community to be anything but over sensitive.

          • bonestock94

            What can I say, I guess I can’t portray the lightheartedness of the comment through text. What matters is what the people in power think of the community, and my votes will never go to anyone that doesn’t believe in equal rights for all sexual orientations, races, religions, etc.

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

              And I truly appreciate that =)

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        I agree . The ‘no homo’ thing is utterly retarded. It’s a lot of machismo insecurities. First time someone who typed it out that online to me, I thought he meant it’s not a Homosapien argument.

      • Josh Z.

        Does it? I don’t think bonestock was insinuating homophobia. You made the assumption.

        A man can identify himself as non homosexual without being homophobic. It’s people like you that place labels on people that think differently than you that contribute to these things.

        Am I homosexual? No. Am I homophobic? Also no. If you deduce differently, that you’re problem.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Andruw Jones can make me $250 if he can just get Manny in.

    Against Phil Coke too.

    • Carlosologist

      Somebody must be $250 richer.

  • Carlosologist

    LOL Detroit sucks.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Yep, Giants’ offensive line still sucks.

  • pat

    Of fucking course. I knew Nicks would catch a garbage time TD and fuck me. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

    • Hughesus Christo

      I started Eli AND I benched the Steelers D/ST.

      Luckily, I discovered the secret to fantasy football and it didn’t even matter.