Sunday Night Open Thread


From the 2008 archives. I have no idea why Rick Porcello and Kei Igawa were in a photo together.

Here is your open thread for this chilly Sunday evening. The late NFL game is the Cowboys at the Falcons, but feel free to talk about anything here aside from politics. Thanks in advance.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Big Member says:

    Same contract. Who would you take on a one year deal, Haren or Jackson?

  2. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Anyone have information on how the Tribeca area is doing? I’m scheduled to stay there next weekend (Fri-Sun.) The hotel is open and seems to be fully functioning. Anyone have any idea how the surrounding area is? We were hoping to go to Chinatown and Little Italy for a couple of meals.

    • A says:

      Tribeca has full electric power and water.

      Chinatown: House Of Vegetarian (healthiest, tastiest Chinese food in Chinatown – vegetarian/vegan)

      Little Italy: Forlini’s, Paesano’s, Da Nico Ristorante (all three oldschool long-running Little Italy Italian restaurants – latter two on Mulberry Street but Forlini’s on Baxter Street is the best of the three)

      Soho: Broome Street Bar (best burgers in downtown Manhattan), Lupe’s a block west of BSB (best Mexican food in downtown Manhattan)

      • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

        I’m going to have to try House of Vegetarian…thanks. But as far as Little Italy goes, that is not the place to go for good Italian restaurants. Very mediocre food catered to tourists.

        • Cris Pengiucci says:

          Recommendations in the Tribeca area?

          • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

            Petrarca Vino e Cucina is pretty good. Not overly expensive. Great service and food. Far better than anything in Little Italy.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Locanda Verde. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Both upscale and homey Italian at the same time. Legit stuff and really nice place. Deniro’s a part owner. Gets packed.

            Tamarind Tribeca. My favorite Indian place in NYC. Very inventive stuff and not your typical Tikka Masala.

            With Chinatown and Little Italy, I recommend Rubirosa, which has definitely earned raves in a stretch that has become more of a tourist trap in recent years. I love Xi’an Famous Foods in Chinatown, which is one of three locations they’ve got. Legit, hardcore, dirt cheap stuff. New York Noodle Town is still pretty damn good.

            The thing with Chinatown is that there are so many places which do one thing very well, and so many opinions, that you could have a field day doing research.

            Don’t forget the Lower East Side as well.

          • vicki says:

            don’t do little italy. it’s faux, a very brief disney of what was.

            my recommendation ain’t swank, but it’s legit new york. go to arturo’s, w. houston @ thompson. on a nice night walking distance from where youre staying; else a very very cheap cab ride. it’s been there forever, owned and run by the same family for a couple generations. share hot antipasto, a (coal oven) pizza and a carafe of wine. food is really good, atmosphere is the best.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        Have any non-vegetarian Chinese restaurant recommendations? While the vegetarian one sounds good, we may want some meat as well. :-)

  3. Rob says:

    What’s with Tomlin and the fake field goal in the Giants-Steelers game?

  4. JohnC says:

    Giants got totally outplayed today in all facets of the game. If not for a couple of favorable referee calls, they get blown out

  5. nick says:

    i sure miss that stadium behind porcello and igawa

    • jjyank says:

      I don’t, actually.

      • Joe F says:

        There was a certain feeling to it, but the new one is way better.

        • jjyank says:

          I didn’t mean that I hated the old stadium. But I really like the new one.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I miss the history of the old stadium. I don’t miss the side entrance for the bleachers and not being able to access whatever I want. I don’t miss the narrow concourses one bit either.

            • jjyank says:

              And I LOVE the entrance hall of the new stadium. Big, grand, all the banners…it feels like I’m entering the stadium of the grandest sports franchise. I really do love it. Bitch about the pricing and whatnot all you want, but I fucking love the stadium.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                I’ll never forget the first time I walked into YS3 in 2009. We showed up at about 11 for a 1:00 PM game. Took me 15 minutes to figure out my way around the place. It’s just so easy to get from spot in the stadium to another.

                I get the stuff about the muted crowds. Sitting in the upper level is just death to me. I still wouldn’t trade the comfort of the stadium for anything.

                My only complaint will forever be the food. I even find Lobel’s to be too soggy for ballpark food.

                • jjyank says:

                  Sure. There are definitely better food options in other stadiums. But for watching a game? I love going to YSIII.

                  • Robinson Tilapia says:

                    Speaking of food, I HOPE CRIS SAW MY RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS! I love recommending good food.

                    • nick says:

                      All valid points and agree about the comfort-ability and better access, but i cant help that every time I walk into the new joint i just wish it was the previous one. Color me nostalgic i guess but it just is what is it and i cant see it changing anytime soon. Anyways, this off-season speed up already lol.

  6. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Pandora or Spotify? I love Spotify.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Spotify and it’s not even close.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

        Good, I won’t even check out Pandora.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Spotify allows you to choose by album. It’s not just a radio station type thing. It’s not the perfect selection, but it is incredibly strong.

          It’s been a while since I’ve used Pandora. I don’t know if they’ve expanded to just letting you choose artist and album in order to keep up.

          • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

            Yeah, I’ve been using Spotify for a couple of years. Wasn’t sure if Pandora was worth checking out or not. Curious what the other was offering. Will stick with Spotify.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Spotify all day long

  7. Alkaline says:

    JJ, if you see this, you’ll totally appreciate it. Halo 4 party this upcoming weekend with college buds. A good time will be had by all.

    For now, I just started Assassin’s Creed III. Anyone get into that?

    • jjyank says:

      I have it pre-ordered, I am very much looking forward to it. I love me some Assassin’s Creed as well, and I’ll play III eventually. Money’s a bit tight right now though. But I’ll be all over Halo this coming week. It’s gotten some great reviews, I’m pumped.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I liked the first Assassin’s Creed despite the weird control scheme. Did they improve on that?

        I’ll spare you another fuddy duddy video game rant tonight.

        • jjyank says:

          Oh be quite, Fish Fingers. Yes, they did improve on it. The ACII Trilogy was AMAZING. Gameplay wise, and historically. Machiavelli was an assassin. And if you took even 1 Poli Sci class, you’d know that this fits him perfectly. I got great joy out of that.

  8. Joe F says:

    Cowboys need this win.

    • vicki says:


      bright side, the miserable giants held serve, so far, with eagles facing an overdue saints team in new orleans tomorrow. blue not due to gel til week 13 anyway.

  9. Bo Knows says:

    Man, walking dead just pissed me off….T-dogg (aka the last remaining black man on earth) just got bit; what is it with horror shows/movies? Are studios contractually obligated to kill everyone with a hint of melanin?

    • jjyank says:

      Well there still is the black prisoner? I dunno. I feel like it had more to do with him being a secondary character than his race.

      • Bo Knows says:

        I don’t think its a conscious effort but it always happens, its especially bad considering they didn’t expand on his character at all in any of the previous seasons (he’s basically tertiary character) and then the one time he says more than three words, he gets bit.

        This is me venting about the whole horror genre, black characters are always underdeveloped (very rarely are there more than 2 at one time) and they are guaranteed to die (no longer in the 1st half of the show…its now the “heroic sacrifice”)

        • jjyank says:

          I haven’t noticed it to be honest. You could be right, but I just never had that racial distinction before.

          • Bo Knows says:

            It’s honestly a running joke at this point (I’m black btw, not that it matters) when it comes to horror movies/shows/commercials/etc

            if your not played by a famous rapper, your gone lol

            • jjyank says:

              I figured you were, but yeah, it doesn’t matter. I guess I’m just not plugged into the horror genre much, it’s generally not my thing. I’m more of the comedy type, but this particular drama grabbed me. So I suppose I’m not in on that running joke :P

            • vicki says:

              horror writers aren’t super kind to blondes either. fight the power.

        • Bo Knows says:

          and less than one minute after I post this, he goes down with the heroic sacrifice…..

  10. What is the ‘most popular team in world’ and how big a fan-base do they claim?

    There is one club that has doubled its supporters in five years. They may have been defeated by Chelsea in the chase for Europe’s hottest property, lost the league title with the last kick of the season to their bitter local rivals and crashed out in the group stages of the Champions League.

    But, according to the UK Guardian, none of that has stopped them doubling their international fanbase in five years to a mind-boggling 659 million and remaining the most popular club in world football. Read how they did it …

    • jjyank says:

      “Soccer” is in your handle. Now I don’t pretend to like a sport that ends with a 1-0 score consistently, but if you’re gonna pose as a real fan, call it “football” at least.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        It’s the penalty kicks at the end. Those slay me. Everything else I’m just fine with. I *should* follow it all more, yet I don’t.

        • jjyank says:

          Eh, I like the sport just fine, but I hate the lack of scoring. 90 minutes for 1 goal? Please. Not my style.

          Either way, I have enough respect for the sport (and have spend enough time outside of America) to not refer to it as soccer. Just struck me as funny that a fan of the sport would come into a baseball site to defend their fan base, and refer to it as soccer.

          I went to a football game between the Jordanian National team and the Palestinian National team. Shit got real.

    • vicki says:

      soccer-trolling a yankee board. random.

      i’ll say one thing for the sport: relegation. brilliant.

      relegate the marlins, for example, and promote the motherloving trolley frogs!

  11. Pat D says:

    This weekend basically sucked.

    Notre Dame should have lost, Giants played like shit, Boardwalk Empire got blowed up, a movie I tried to DVR got fucked up because of some kind of disconnect between DirecTV and TCM due to DST ending, some other shit I’m just not remembering right now.

    I can’t wait till Wednesday. I think.

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