Friday Night Open Thread


Happy Friday, everyone. If you’re going out tonight, dress warm because it is frickin’ freezin’ out there. If you’re staying at home, use this as your open thread. The Nets are playing tonight, but talk about whatever you like. Have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. RetroRob says:

    He’s baaackk….

    Hopefully this time not on the 40-man roster.


  2. Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob) says:

    Ahh good old el duque

  3. jjyank says:

    Man, when I was a kid in little league, there were two pitchers that we all tried to copy our windups off of: Nomo, and El Duque. I tried the El Duque for awhile, but ended up modeling myself after David Cone when all was said and done.

    • Pat D says:

      Wait a second. Are you fucking kidding me? You had coaches who let you try to imitate two of the most ridiculous, least fluid pitching windups ever? Holy fucking shitballs.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

        There’s no way they did this during the actual games. Come on JJ, restore our faith in Little League coaches.

        • jjyank says:

          No, not during games! But in practice, and in pick up games? Hell yeah! Every 10-12 year old at the time wanted to perfect those motions, they were bad ass for us.

          The fact that I ended up imitating Cone’s wind up is because I could never perfect El Duque’s high leg kick. My deception lied in hiding it behind the glove as long as possible.

    • RetroRob says:

      I can see that since their motions were so unique. This will sound like a “get off my lawn” moment, but one thing I miss over the years are the unique pitching motions, and to some degree hitting stances, that I used to see more when I was a kid in the 70s. A Jim Palmer or Juan Marichal or Luis Tiant had very distinctive motions. I think the homiginzation of motions is a good idea and probably helps reduce injuries, but as a kid, I loved the unique motions.

  4. Tim says:

    Chat today? Mike did you do a chat?

  5. Brooklyn Nets says:

    Look! When Yankee Stadium actually had fans going to games.

  6. Pat D says:

    OK, I just stumbled upon this. I can’t make up my mind, so I’m asking RAB Nation for some help.

    Is this trolling at its finest or is this someone who should never have been allowed to procreate?


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

      Looking at some of his other posts…I’m honestly not sure. Maybe a bit of both?

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      No idea, but honestly I wouldn’t care either way.

      • Pat D says:

        I wouldn’t say that I care, but I like to try and empathize with people. This is one of those areas where I simply can’t empathize because I could never conceive of having such notions. And yet I try.

        I’ve just always found that disliking/hating people for general reasons is beyond stupid. If you’re going to hate someone, jeez, take the time to come up with a specific reason.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

          I find that sometimes it’s just not worth it to give certain ideas serious thought. They’re just so wildly out of touch that it’s impossible.

          Like, I’m not even offended by the Westboro Baptist Church. Why be offended at a five year old sticking their tongue out and giving a raspberry?

          I have a similar attitude with comments like that.

          • jjyank says:

            Tangent: I am offended by the Westboro Baptist Church. And I’m a fucking atheist. But despite my atheism, I am technically a confirmed Presbyterian. So fuck them, and anyone who uses a god as an excuse to hate. That statement is equally applied to all religions, by the way.

            • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

              I used to be offended by them, then I realized that taking them seriously just empowers them. Now I just look at them like the joke they are and generally just ignore what they’re doing completely.

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

                You’re probably not going to see this, but as a religious person it surprises me that you aren’t offended by them. I understand your logic on why you aren’t, but if I considered myself religious I would be offended by their use of God as the reason for their hate.

                • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

                  I get what you’re saying. But when people are that batshit crazy nothing they say is going to be perceived as a condemnation of Christians or religion by any right thinking person, because it’s obvious to anybody with a brain that most religious people are nothing like them.

                  If I act offended by their use of God as an excuse it just means I find their ideas sane enough to address-and I don’t.

            • Pat D says:

              Here’s the first way to not get offended by them: Don’t think of them as a “church.” Think of them for what they are: a hate group. Same as the KKK and Neo-Nazis.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Kinda hard to say since trolling at its finest would look like someone who should never have been allowed to procreate

      Or IMO, trolling at its finest in some circumstances would also mean they’re someone who should never have been allowed to procreate

    • RetroRob says:

      I’m sure it’s a troll. Well, mostly sure. Sorta sure. Kinda sure. Maybe sure.

  7. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    So we got a Church to sponsor us.

    This simplifies things a ridiculous amount, and I’m frankly VERY relieved.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hey Guys, great down here in Miami. Getting my tan back. What up in NYC?

  9. Deep Thoughts says:

    Welcome to Crappy Catcher Musical Chairs, Bobby Wilson:


    I have to assume he’s Romine’s backup in Scranton.

  10. Jimmy McNulty says:


    Solid piece on the window of contention.

    • Anthony says:

      I was half expecting them to say 2013. Since I don’t have insider, it must be that ESPN has some confidence in some of our prospects.

  11. Ethan says:

    hahaha “cold” in NYC. It’s 14 degrees here and very windy. Not a fun walk.

  12. Havok9120 says:

    See, we actually had a pretty day today in New Orleans. Which I was very thankful for since it’s been doing it’s annual Seattle impersonation since we got back to school.

    A week ago, however, it was 75 degrees and had been for 2 weeks. I do not miss the weather up there.

  13. RetroRob says:

    Fun picture. Future HOFer Babe Ruth signing authograph for one of his many kid fans. Just so happens the kid was George Mikan, who would one day be inducted in the basketball HOF. Both men radically changed their sports.


    • Bob Buttons says:

      I clicked the picture before I read the comment and I was half scared seeing how the kid ain’t that much shorter than Ruth.

      • RetroRob says:

        Yeah, totally. Guess it made sense since Mikan would eventually introduce the big-man’s game to the sport.

        The photo was shot in 1934. Mikan would have been nine-years-old, maybe ten.

  14. Tom Zig says:

    RIP Prop Joe

  15. Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

    …why is there nothing on at midnight on friday night? Freaking 150+ channels and I’m watching The Fast and The Furious on TNT.

    • Pat D says:

      I have an 8:30 class on Saturdays for the next two months. So I pretty much have to go to bed as soon as I’m done watching the 2004 Royal Rumble match.

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

        Saturday AM class? That’s rough!! Also thanks for reminding me…I start on Tuesday..hooray (sets noose up)

        • Pat D says:

          It’s part of the “adult” class programs at the college I’m attending. Yea, hopefully I won’t want to kill myself for agreeing to it come this time tomorrow.

      • Bob Buttons says:

        Look on the bright side, I know someone who knew someone who had a 2h exam at 8AM, and I think that it might have been in the winter.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      I got reruns of Friends and already-seen re-runs of Deadliest Warrior.

  16. Rigoleto says:

    This Duque video got me thinking…Chapman was probably the biggest Yankee miss since Beltran. He definitely has one of the highest entertainment factors in baseball, although I wouldn’t have bet on the Yankees to not under-utilize him like the Reds have so far.

  17. Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

    The way Schaap just broke down his interview with MT is crazy. Sounds pretty convincing that he in fact was not in on the hoax.

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

      Scratch that. Way too many holes in what he says happened. This thing is so damn confusing I think he just hopes people lose interest. What a mess…

  18. Joel says:

    I was at this game. :)

  19. MartinRanger says:

    Can we really have an El Duque thread without this?

  20. Nathan says:

    El Duque was one of my favorites both during his first stint and the second time (still trying to figure out why the Yankees didn’t keep him the 2nd time around).

    • MartinRanger says:

      He was tremendously injury-prone and wasn’t all that effective as a White Sox if I remember correctly.

      Granted, I would have rather had him than Wright or Pavano or Brown but that was already done.

      Randy Johnson actually made sense at the time.

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