Dec
16

Sunday Night Open Thread

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The weekend never seems long enough, doesn’t it? At least the holidays are coming up soon and that’s always like one big long weekend. Here’s your open thread for the night. The late NFL game is the 49ers at the Patriots and that’s it. Neither of the basketball locals are playing. Talk about the football game or anything else you like here. Enjoy.

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  1. Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

    Season finale tonight for Dexter and Homeland. With Boadwalk empire finished for the year and Walking Dead not back till February, I have nothing good left to watch after tonight.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      American Horror Story is a very good show, but it’s midway through the season.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      American Horror Story is a very good show, but it’s midway through the season.

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      There’s always Netflix!

    • Jacob says:

      I hear Dexter is good and I want to check it out but netflix does not have it at all on the instant queue

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        The first and second seasons were great, the fourth was fantastic. The third was okay, the fifth kind of meandered…they could have done things with it but they didn’t. The sixth was meh up until the last scene where they shot some new blood in the show.

        • Jacob says:

          DON’T SPOIL IT

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            No spoilers. All you know is that six seasons have happened so far, and at the end of the sixth season there’s a bad ass scene that knocks you on your fucking ass. I had the scene spoiled for me because on Shotime’s DVDs they air too many scenes of consequence in the opening sequence.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

          Season 4 is up there as one of the best seasons of any show in television history IMO.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

          Season 4 is up there as one of the best seasons of any show in television history IMO.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      The comedies that are on are pretty good. Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, Modern Family, The New Girl, Suburgatory, Ben and Kate, Parks, and 30 Rock have been killing it all year. Also Justified comes back in January, which is the most important thing.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

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

        I’m sorry but everybody knows the most important things are Doctor Who and The Walking Dead.

        • Rigoleto says:

          Game of Thrones

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Boyd Crowder >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Every character on TWD.

          Eva >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anything.

          #TeamEva

        • YanksFanInBeantown says:

          Gotta say, Sherlock > Doctor Who.

          And the most important thing is that on February 7th it will finally be October 19th.

          #sixseasonsandamovie

          • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

            I love Sherlock, I really do BUT I hate it at the same time because of the scheduling and stuff. It sucks that Moffat works on both Sherlock and Doctor Who because both are great and just take time from each other.

            • YanksFanInBeantown says:

              Yeah, I need a new show to tide me over, but I think Netflix has spoiled me. Sherlock and Breaking Bad are the only active Whedon-level dramas not on HBO right now.

              S.H.I.E.L.D. can’t come soon enough.

  2. Dan says:

    I still get chills watching both the 2003 bloop and the flip play.

  3. McLovin says:

    Anyone read the article from the NY Times on Youkilis? I have the same last name as his great-great-great-great-grandfather. I think its pretty neat.

  4. Pat D says:

    My parents just hit their 39th wedding anniversary. Something I know I’ll never hit.

    Of course, I’m always of the opinion that they don’t really much like each other anymore, but……I don’t think I have much of a point.

    Oh, yea, the Giants suck.

  5. Knoxvillain says:

    This weekend was long enough? I’m not so sure what you’re talking about; I don’t have to be back in class until January 7th.

    • jjyank says:

      You suck, you know that? This is my first year ever without a winter break. I used my last vacation day for the day after Christmas. I have a whopping 36 hours to be home. Fuck I miss college.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        :)

        That’s the only thing I’m gonna miss when I get a job- the nice breaks. I quit my job last week so I could get the last break of my life this month. My first real job is in April. I’m looking forward to it, but it’s pretty nice sitting around on my ass all day doing nothing.

        • jjyank says:

          That’s great that you have a job lined up. If it’s not too personal to ask, what field are you going in to?

          I’ll mind not having breaks a whole lot less if the next week goes well for me. A few of the commenters here know what that means.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          I loved High School, but man I just HATED college. Was forced to live at home and go to local school all four years, and there was NOTHING to do. In HS after school I did sports, theater, the science fair one year, a trivia contest club thing…in college, nothing but school and home. All of my friends were either away at school or a half hour away in another state. It sucked.

          Sitting on my ass all day is still something I do a lot, but I’d much rather be really DOING shit. The whole “doing nothing” allure leaves a bad taste in my mouth after college.

          • jjyank says:

            Fari enough. Sounds like my grad program, I didn’t like that part. But undergrad? I lived in Vermont for 4 years, went snowboarding, was the membership director of the UVM College Democrats, joined a fraternity, joined the snowboarding team, etc. I miss it.

            But I get where you’re coming from. My last two years were the grad school thing. It was pretty much all work and no play.

            • Rocky Road Redemption says:

              It wasn’t even all work. It was all work, then…nothing. Just nothing but sitting around, goofing on my computer or watching TV.

            • YanksFanInBeantown says:

              My friends love UVM, particularly the local flora. The Burlington area is amazing though, my summer house is in Charlotte so I’m up their for a couple of weeks every summer.

          • Kevin G. says:

            Well I’m going to college soon and will probably live at home too, so that sounds pretty bad. Fortuanetly for me it seems like a lot of my friends are going to a local community college so hopefully I’ll still be able to hang out with them.

            • Laz says:

              I hope best for you. I had same situation as RRR and it was hell, At least I had a job to occupy myself for 40 hour/week.

              • Cris Pengiucci says:

                I went commuted to college for 4.5 years (took me an extra semester as I changed majors) and while I’m sure I missed out on some life experiences, in retrospect, I enjoyed it. Got to do and see a lot of things I would have missed out on. My best friends were living nearby as well, so it kinda worked for me. Who knows which way is better? Make the best of it if that’s what you’ve got.

                • Laz says:

                  While it wasn’t great, I graduated without debt and a lot of savings. Means I don’t have as much to worry about now, and can be more flexible in what I want to do

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  I was a commuter student as well. All of my friends during my “college years” were from outside school.

                  At the same time, I worked through college at a music store (was really was pretty much like that “Empire Records” movie) and paid my own rent at a decent apartment, so I still lived a pretty good life for the time.

                  My only regret was not doing things like a semester abroad, etc. College “life,” though, as in drinking/drugs/girls/etc? I guess my work/friends life wasn’t that different.

                  • Robinson Tilapia says:

                    Same with grad school as well, except I was already working in my field, living in a better place, travelling, etc.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Where to?

            • vicki says:

              listen! if you have the test scores, get the hell out of town.

              life is brief; move 1000 miles away as many times as you can manage.

            • YanksFanInBeantown says:

              Bro, don’t live at home if you can at all help it. Part of the college experience for me has been the fact that I’m only really accountable to myself, so if I screw up, it’s all on me.

              Hell, I hate my tiny New England prep school of a college, but I’d rather be here than living at home and going to my dream school.

            • Rocky Road Redemption says:

              If you have a lot of friends there, you’ll be fine. Or if you’re not like me and find it easy to make new friends.

  6. OldYanksFan says:

    MUST READ about th $189m Budget:
    http://www.captainsblog.info/2.....oll/18407/

    Bottom line:
    In comparing payrolls of $189m vs. $210m:
    If we have a payroll of $189m in 2014 ONLY,
    the Yankees will save from $38m to $44.5m in 2014, and then an additional $13m over thn next 3 years.

    If the payroll is $189m in 2014 and 2015,
    the Yankees will save from $79m to $95.5m by 2015, and then an additional $13m over thn next 3 years.

    I am for this.
    When considering the roster loses in 2014 (Andy, Mo, Grandy, Kiroki, Youk),
    the uncertainty of Cano and Hughes, the possible continued decline of ARod, Teix and Jeter (if he’s still around) and arb raises (specifically to Gritner, Joba and DRob), even with NO budget, 2014 is a rebilding year.

    Even with spending a ton, 2014 and 2015 are tough years.
    However, by 2016, any of our promising kids who are going to make it in MLB, will be up. Reinvest the $110m saved, and we can start to build a dynasty again.

    • Joba is Einhorn...Einhorn is Joba says:

      or hank and hal see what its like to pocket extra money and get a taste for it…the rational part of me doesnt see that happening, but the insane spoiled fanatical yankee fan part of me is terrified of that

      • OldYanksFan says:

        The Yankess have paid almost a QUARTER of a BILLION dollars in luxury tax. This on top of having over a $200m payroll for over a decade.

        Simply by having the largest payroll by hitting the cap (but not going over), the Yankees would be a QUARTER of a BILLION dollars of additional profits. But they don’t. They gave that to the fans.

        I simply can not claim the Yankees have been selfish.

        I don’t like the ‘new budget’, but this team is at the end of their run, no matter what. It was built on the back of the Fab Five… all homegrown players. They will all be gone by 2015. It is a new era. It is not unrealistic to re-evalute the future of this team, and have a few down years in order to come out strong again.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          I agree that the day of reckoning is on the horizon but I think they still have a run left in 2013.

          With the budget, the pending loses of Kuroda, Pettitte, Mariano, Granderson and Youkalis, huge raises owed to Hughes and Cano to retain them, likely diminishing returns on Jeter, Arod, Ichiro and Teixiera all without getting much support from the farm system till 2015 or 2016, I think anyone who thinks the Yankees are gonna be fielding a team capable of winning a championship in 2014 and 2015 is delusional

  7. Pudge says:

    25th bday! Happy birthday :)

  8. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So Andruw finally signed with his team in Japan. Here’s to you Andrew:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsMfSKX1KTw

  9. David Brown says:

    Yankee Baseball cannot come soon enough. Steelers blowing it to the Cowgirls (And no playoffs), no Penn State Bowl Game, no Penguin Season, PSU hoops sucks, and no NBA rooting interest.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Steelers, Penguins and Penn State fan??

      Your only redeeming trait is that you’re a Yankees fan too

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      Well, Penn State does have D1 hockey now, so that’s a minor consolation. I have no idea how the men’s team is doing, but I know the captain of the women’s team as she & my daughter played on the same teams on and off since they were 9 & 10.

      College hockey is great to watch if you’re close enough to get to the games.

  10. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So I’m looking at UFC’s line up for the next three months or so and they’re killing it.

    Heavyweight Championship on the 28th
    Belfort/Bispings on FX in mid January
    Awesome Fox card with Mighty Mouse/Dodson, Glover/Page, Cowboy/Showtime, and some meaningful prelims
    Aldo/Edgar, Reem/Big Food, Shad/Lil Nog, and Fitch Maia before Super Bowl Sunday
    Barao/McDonald on Fuel in Mid February
    157 isn’t a bad card. Machida/Hendo, Rousey/Carmouche, and Faber/Menijavar late February
    Then a bad ass Fuel Card in early March. Stann/Wandy, Struve/Hunt, Gomi/Sanchez
    Then mid march we get Rush/Diaz, Condit/Rory, and Hendricks/Ellenberger

    Obviously injuries will happen and we’ll lose some of these fights, but the UFC is bringing it in the Winter. I don’t know how they’ll be able to follow this up for the rest of the year, or if injuries will plague cards left and right again, but they’ve got some bad ass cards coming up. Easily the most interesting sport right now.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      Well, I feel like that’s the time for UFC to make it’s money…during January and Feburary: Basketball is in it’s ‘dog days,’ shitty teams already know they’re going nowhere and good teams are just waiting for the playoffs, football’s only once a week, and this season at least there is no hockey.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        The sports universe is expanding. NBC’s Sports Network is doing a lot better and Fox is going to finally get a real cable network. There’s enough of a market for three big 24 hour sports networks, and three networks for each league. That’s a ton of oxygen up there. With their Fox contract they’re going “mainstream” they’re putting awesome fights on Fox, their last card with Bendo was lights out, and they’re putting good cards on Fuel and FX. If they get more exposure on networks like ESPN and Fox cross promotes more, eventually they’ll probably go to a model with 4-8 PPV events a year and an assload of free cards.

        They have four elite champions, two that are almost there (if not already there), and two champions that are talented fighter, likable guys and finding their footing in the sport. That’s a pretty good place for the organization to be roster wise. Ultimately I think they can do well in any time of the year. If they have a good card every two weeks, and stay away from big college football match ups on Saturday Nights or shift to a weekday, I think they’ll do fine regardless.

  11. CT Yankee says:

    Denver was beating Baltimore so bad today CBS pulled the game before the 3rd quarter ended. Was pissed because I’m a Broncos fan. They put on the Indy/Houston on instead.

    Anyway, I guess the big baseball news o’ the day is that the Blue Jays gave Dickey 3 days to sign an extension in order for this trade to go down.

    Any chance it happens?

    • Laz says:

      Happened when the Mets traded for Johan, and when Phillies traded for Halladay. No reason it shouldn’t, his public demand was only $25M/2

    • Deep Thoughts says:

      He wanted 2/26 from the Mets; I’d expect him to ask for a little more since he’ll get taxed up the yin-yang in Canada and they have a ton of money coming off the books next year and he’s ruled against the AL lately.

  12. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    So The Giants currently are in a three team tie at the top of the NFC East with a very real possibility of not making the playoffs…I just hope they win out while both the Cowboys and Skins go 1-1 with the Skins losing next week but beating the Cowboys the following week.

    • pistol pete says:

      Giants are in trouble, injuries and a brutal schedule are piling up on them. It’s not likely they make the playoffs.

      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        Boo-hoo, I feel so bad for them.

        Injuries? Try having all of your starting offensive linemen be injured at some point or another, losing three of them, including the best LT in football, to the IR. And then try losing your QB, your top 3 RB, your TE and your No. 1 receiver on top of that.

        Brutal schedule? Try facing 4 straight teams coming off of their bye weeks.

        And, on top of that, the Eagles weren’t very good to begin with.

        • vicki says:

          dante reserved the centerest circle of hell for bitches what betrayed they hosts. yankee board equals new york board. ie, our house.

          act right.

    • You should have shot Arod says:

      Not make the playoffs?
      Take your panties off dude
      Giants at balt and philly at home
      Deadskins at philly and dallas at home
      Cowchips host NO then play in wash
      Giants win out at 10-6 lock up a div or wc no matter what
      Chicago losing today killed them giants have tie breakers over vikes too
      Next week philly will take washington down and brees will rip up dallas while giants bring the
      Pain to Balt.

  13. mustang says:

    Well, this weekend sucked. Yankees are talking Vernon Wells while the Mets are talking Travis d’Arnaud. Giants go from first to on the edge of falling of the playoff cliff.

    Thank God for the Knicks!

  14. Dr. Jake Rosenstein says:

    Twins signed Mike Pelfrey for $4 million. They expect him to be ready for opening day despite having TJS last May. Good luck. Can the Twins get even worse? They should offer Willingham to the Yankees already…and pay his contract as well since they’re throwing good money after bad anyway.

    • forensic says:

      You mean you’re not impressed by their rotation of Worley, Correia, Pelfrey, Diamond, and Duensing???

      If the Yankees stayed under the luxury tax for 3 years could they buy their way into the AL Central?

  15. forensic says:

    The NFL just demonstrated why I’m still in between on more replay in baseball. They just went 8 minutes in between plays because of discussions and replays. Terrible…

    • Crapper Napper says:

      No, it’s much better to let some old idiot (protected by a union) make a call on something he prob didn’t see. Guessing is much better.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Let’s throw in anti-union shit for shits and giggles, why don’t we.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          It is true that the officiating in the NFL and MLB for that matter is typically pretty below par and there seems to be little to no accountability for their screw ups, regardless of how big they may be.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            All officiating is terrible. So below par for what? An NBA ref was caught betting on playoff games that he called. While umpires tend to have terrible strikezones they’re at least uniformly terrible. This weekend on The Ultimate Fighter finale Steve Mazzagatti watched a flagrant groin kick RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM and didn’t even think to stop the fight. He still has a job. Hell he’s even stated that he is OKAY WITH GROIN KICKS. Still has a job, not a member of an officials union.

            We saw what replacement officials got in the NFL. In order to be an MLB ump you have to be a minor league ump, and if you don’t make it in five years you lose your chance to et to the bigs. There is accountability for screw ups and there are options, it’s just that the people that run these sports are lazy and indifferent.

  16. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It was a drizzly evening here in Brooklyn and I was out with my wife and son doing some very local Christmas shopping. We were walking around 5th Ave. here in the Slope when two guys walk towards us on the street. My wife nudges me and is, like, “I know that face.” I look up and I immediately know the face from years of watching him on TV. It was WWE wrestler Mark Henry randomly walking around our neighborhood, which was cool and perplexing at the same time…..until I remembered there was a PPV at the Barclays Center tonight.

    Somehow, a 6’5″, almost 400 lbs. man somehow looked smaller in person.

    • forensic says:

      To make sure I was thinking of the right guy, I googled him and checked out Wikipedia. He’s actually got some pretty impressive accomplishments to his credit (outside of the WWE stuff) including numerous world records and other things. Pretty crazy stuff.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        ’96 Olympics, if I remember correctly. They signed him right out of the Olympics to a ten-year contract and then watched him not do a whole lot for ten years (insert Yankee joke here.) It actually took him about 15 years to become something watchable.

        BIG guy on TV, but I didn’t look at him and go “holy god, there’s this huge guy walking towards us.”

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      He’s taken on a much smaller role in the WWE over the last year. He went from a world champion to being pretty much written out of the show.

      I wonder if he has some type of injury

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        They knew he needed surgery, so they backed off his push big-time. The fact that he was near Barclays (even though he was walking around dressed like a normal guy a couple of hours before the show – clearly not wrestling) seems to indicate he’s coming back soon.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Actually, the time to really run into a bunch of these guys would be right now, as the show just got out and the wrestlers will probably begin hitting local bars. At another time, maaaaaybe I’d have gone to see who I’d run into.

          You’d be surprised at how many of the guys on top right now were guys I saw at Elks Lodges when they were with groups like ROH. Unbelievable to see guys like Punk, the now-Cesaro and Bryan now on top.

        • forensic says:

          Wikipedia (everything on it is true) says he lives in NY, so maybe he just lives near you. Better not run into him in some dark alley though, that could be pretty intimidating.

    • vicki says:

      some nights i come home, check the open thread; and you haven’t said what you did/ate all night. it freaks me out.

  17. OldYanksFan says:

    Your present for this evening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5t_9PKffmM
    (must see)

  18. Pistol Pete says:

    Dickey to the Jays, Baltimore improving, Tampa always tough, the Yanks look like they’re heading for rebuilding. It ‘s been a long ride but with the budget obviously a real deal the Yanks likely will not compete at the top level the next couple years. Fans have been spoiled since 95 but the near future is scary. I remember the rebuild after 64 and it. took 13 years and after 81 it took 14. If the Yanks start to falter as is likely I hope they can get back more quickly than the last two rebuilds.

    • forensic says:

      Personally, I’m not too worried about Dickey in the ALE, though I can certainly understand the other argument. How is Baltimore improving? Are they going to set more records on top of the ones they did last year for close and extra inning wins, among others.

      I’m a bit down on the Yanks too, and don’t think they’ll really compete (or maybe even get to) a WS for several years, but it’s not like everyone is going to run away from them. There are huge question marks on all teams in the ALE.

      • Tonino says:

        “There are huge questions marks…”

        There definitely are, and people seem to overlook that. Now with Tampa trading Shields, the Yanks might have the best rotation- to go along with the best bullpen- in the AL.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      The trick is to retool AND compete at a high level, which I still feel this franchise is capable of doing.

      The Jays made a lot of moves, each with some questions. Not impressed with what anyone else has done. Tampa might take two steps forward in the future, but it’s one step back right now. Boston hasn’t signed themselves back into contention.

      Let’s see what happens when the games are actually played. I think you still see the Yanks at the top of the heap in 2013.

  19. RetroRob says:

    Is Baltimore improving? For a team that got by on the luck of god or satan, they’ve done nothing so far but get…worse.

    Tampa is always tought, Yankees always tougher.

    The Blue Jays will be everyone’s favorite pick. Maybe it’ll be like 2011 when the Red Sox were supposed to run away with the division and the Yankees were supposed to finish in third or below. Baseball is a funny game.

    • vicki says:

      all we can do is build a playoff roster. same as every year.

      once we’re in it’s a crapshoot.

      we’re good enough to make october.

      jays and angels stepped up (kind of). other hand, a’s and o’s are unlikely to duplicate. short term, at least, texas and tampa may be weaker.

      weird as hell hot stove. not just bombers; mlb-wide. fasten your seatbelts; it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “Maybe it’ll be like 2011 when the Red Sox were supposed to run away with the division and the Yankees were supposed to finish in third or below. Baseball is a funny game.”

      Heresy.

  20. Brian S. says:

    So when are we signing Michael Bourn?

  21. vicki says:

    mike, your vid up there made me weepy, and more than a little creamy.

    my K I N G D O M for a switch-hitting catcher. who would sooner kick your ass than shake your hand.

    jorge posada. a man who eschewed batting gloves. hockey goalie-style masks. and good manners.

    he came here in a time machine. from the days of thurman munson.

    baseball changed forever the day he retired.

    long live jorgie. and if he and his wife ever want to get freaky, call me.

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