Monday Night Open Thread

Jeter expects to resume running in a few weeks
Scouting The Market: Low-Risk Pitching Depth

The best of that video of Scott Brosius’ two homers in Game Three of the 1998 World Series is nerdy Brian Cashman at 0:48. He had been on the job about nine months at that point … which reminds me, yesterday was the 15th anniversary of George Steinbrenner naming Cashman his 14th GM in a 25-year span. That’s pretty crazy. Between Gene Michael, Bob Watson, and Cashman, the Yankees have had just three GMs in the last 24 years.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks are the only local team in action, but talk about whatever you like here. Have at it.

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Jeter expects to resume running in a few weeks
Scouting The Market: Low-Risk Pitching Depth
  • Nice Guy Eddie

    How about that Lowrie deal?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Looking at it now. Seems like a bunch of stuff and a decent high-A prospect in Stassi?

      • Tom

        Peacock is still a decent prospect. His #’s weren’t great in 2012, but he was pitching in the PCL which is less than ideal for pitchers. I think he was still in the top 5 in the A’s system (definitely top 10)

        Chris Carter can also mash (1B/DH); he had a wRC+ of 137 in limited AB’s last year (260). If he hits, he’s might be flipped at the deadline for more pieces.

        Seems like a pretty good haul for the Astros from what once started with Mark Melancon (who got them Lowrie)

    • Pat D

      Doesn’t seem a bad trade for either team. I guess Brett Wallace’s goose is cooked permanently.

    • turd surfer

      Like the trade for both teams. Can’t say that always.

    • Crink

      He’s a guy I would’ve liked the Yankees to target. I wonder how they would’ve matched up with the Astros for Lowrie.

      • MannyGeee

        I think Lowrie is a nice player, but good not great. Not positive he would have gone at a price the Yankees (fans) would have found agreeable. However, I really like the move for the A’s. They could get a little better to compete in the ALW.

        That being said, they should be thinking about selling right now and getting better in 3 years when LAA and TEX are on the downswing…

      • RetroRob

        They didn’t have anyone on the level of Carter, who would instantaly have become the Yankees RH’d DH. I can see Carter hitting 30+ HRs in Houston.

      • Bob Buttons

        Nothing like a guy who’s career high is 97 games.

        He’s a nice player alright but on this old team the second last thing we need is an injury-prone player.

    • OldYanksFan

      SG over at:
      http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....conundrum/

      does a nice job on “The Cost of Cano”.
      Worth a read and maybe some discussion here.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Imagine this thread now filling with 100 legitimate comments on Derek Jeter resuming running drills.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      LMAO.

    • Havok9120

      Now that would make my night.

    • MannyGeee

      I think this could be the best thing ever.

    • RetroRob

      Did I miss something?

      • Havok9120

        95 comments mostly concerned with fast food, my Mojo Stick, John Belushi, and Mo.

        We got impatient waiting on the Open Thread.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    Mike, how do you copy and paste the last threads fat comedians section over to this one?

  • jjyank

    Well…uh…I guess we can resume talking about off-topic things now?

  • Havok9120

    The people who were traveling for rush hour are all gonna get home, look at that thread, and loose a collective “what the Hell happened here?”

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      Dom Deluise still has IT even if he hasn’t done anything funny in 25 years.

      • Pat D

        And been dead for 4.

        • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

          Shit, I completely forgot he was dead.

          Im sad now. cannonball run used to be one of my favorite movies back in the day.

          • MannyGeee

            You, good sir, have fantastic taste in comedy.

            • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

              It was hilarious not to mention Farah Fawcett was smoking hot and Adrienne Barbeau had an incredible rack in that spandex jumpsuit driving the Lamborghini.

          • Pat D

            Your forgetfulness that he was dead is the reason for his death!

            How do you live with yourself?

            • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

              To steal a quote from the last thread, I don’t, I live elsewhere

              • Pat D

                Well done.

              • Havok9120

                Well played, sir.

                I expect my kickback to be paid in gold coins.

                • Pat D

                  “I only accept gold nuggets. Maybe Denver Nuggets. Whatever you got on ya. Chicken nuggets?”

                  • Havok9120

                    Exxxxxxactly. I went back and re-watched a ton of that last weekend.

                    • Pat D

                      I keep telling myself it will come back some day.

                      Some day.

                    • Havok9120

                      They’ve made, what, 3 or 4 games about it now. Same people doing voices and most of the writing. Telltale makes them.

                    • Pat D

                      They did the Strong Bad game and Strong Bad was in some poker game. That was all I knew.

                      I can do the voices pretty good, but that’s probably the easiest part of those cartoons.

                    • Havok9120

                      The Strong Bad game had at least 3 episodes. I never played it.

                      And yeah, the fanservice poker game was pretty amusing for a bit. Never played it, but I’ve seen it.

    • Pat D

      Oh, they know. They know.

      • jjyank

        They’d probably assume Ted got into a blowout argument with someone, and 5 minutes later just think “…da fuck?”

        • Havok9120

          This is my guess as well.

        • MannyGeee

          Hey jj… you know the funny thing?

          When I heard about “75 posts in a Jeter is running again” thread, this is INSTANTLY what I assumed.

          • jjyank

            Yep. I know that’s what I would think had I not actually witnessed what happened before my very eyes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I legitimately feel bad about that thread.

      • Pat D

        Eh…it’s not like it was a big story.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        It beats 100 comments about the definition of the word “likely” though.

        • Pat D

          At least it wasn’t sworn testimony asking for the definitions of the words “alone” and “is.”

        • Havok9120

          My God. That thread needed to die in a fire.

          • Pat D

            Did I miss that thread? What thread was it?

            • Havok9120

              I’ve pretty much erased it from my memory.

              • Pat D

                Eternal Sunshine’d, eh?

                • Havok9120

                  Pretty much.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    For the better.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oh god. Don’t remind me. That was such a waste of my time.

  • ken

    the texas rangers lost Hamilton,may lose nelson cruz,on list with arod. The yanks not going to resign granderson, rangers have 3baseman Mike Olt and Craig Gentry. We need a young 3bman. Would a trade make sense?

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    Getting back to the all important best fast food burger debate from the last thread, they opened a Sonic near my house about 3 weeks ago and the place has about a 15 car wait day and night since it opened. It’s always completely packed and we have Burger King, McDonalds, Wendys, 5 guys, CheeBurger CheeBurger and pretty much all other fast food chains within 15 minutes.

    • Havok9120

      I got over Sonic quick due to their miserable excuse for a price structure.

      That doesn’t play down here in the land of low living expenses and salaries.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        I haven’t been able to try them yet due to the crowds. Are they more pricey than the others?

        I saw a commercial yesterday and their hot dogs looked pretty f’in good.

        • MannyGeee

          Shiny Toy syndrome. You’ll be able to walk up day or night in a month.

          • Pat D

            There used to be a Golden Corral in this area. It closed several years ago. Then Golden Corral got really popular, seemingly. So a new Golden Corral opened a few weeks ago. It’s right off the highway I take to go to school. Every single time I’ve driven past it, it has been packed. Even during breakfast hours.

            It has me curious to know if the place is any good, but I’m not going near it for at least a few months.

            • Havok9120

              I’ve never been impressed by what I’ve seen in them. Never eaten there though. I rarely eat out as I enjoy cooking too much.

        • Havok9120

          Their price point is quite a bit higher down here than most fast food places. People still go, but I don’t like the food enough.

          Unless I need mozzarella sticks. Only so many places you can find those down here. :(

          • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

            Where is down here, Haiti ?

            • Havok9120

              The Gulf Coast states, non-Florida division. Most of my experience is from New Orleans to Mobile.

              • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                They must have some great non chain fast food BBQ places in that neck of the woods, no?

                • Havok9120

                  Oh yes, most certainly. Any kind of meat, really. Italian is harder but doable if you know where to look. New Orleans and Biloxi (the two towns I spend the most time in) are such big tourist areas you can get pretty much anything you want. Food wise, it is a very nice place to live.

                  • trr

                    NOLA has the best food of any place I’ve ever been, and gentlemen, I ‘ve been around…

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Portland, Oregon’s easily my favorite food city. Diversity-wise, obviously, i love my own current city, although NYC just make things more difficult than they should be sometimes.

                      I still haven’t made it down to NOLA other than a layover, but it should happen soon, as I have a friend with a big house down there and a young child.

                    • Havok9120

                      It’s a very good place to visit. Not a bad place to live, either.

                      Everyone should do Mardi Gras here once. Once is really all that’s required.

    • jjyank

      Sonic is pretty good. I only had it once, and I remember it being good but not “ZOMG I MUST COME BACK HERE” good. My memory of that day is a bit fuzzy though. It was the day I was finally convinced that my little snowboarding accident last year was in fact a fractured bone in my elbow and not just a really bad bruise. I was on pain meds and waiting for an x-ray and there was a Sonic across the street.

      Anyway, I digress. I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it.

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah, Sonic is more a novelty fast food than a place that is legit good (to me, at least)… Shiny toy syndrome I suppose, kinda like when the first Five Guys or Chipotle opened up here.

      I go anytime I am somewhere that has one (again, tourist novelty) but the food never wows me… except for the tater tots. Anywhere that serves tots is OK by me.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        The tots do look pretty sweet on the commercial and those real fruit slushees and limeades look good too.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’ve only been to a Sonic in Vegas. The whole drive-in concept was fun, but it was same-old, same-old once I got the burger.

        It’s pretty easy to resist fast food burgers now that, at least in big cities, there are so many middle-ground burger places opening up. There’s a couple of places in Brooklyn with two locations each named Burger Bistro and 67 Burger that I very much like, with their burgers costing about $8-$10 each. For that price, I have little need for anything other than Shake Shack. I hope my upscale burgers, though.

        If you’re ever in Manhattan, both the burger at the Ace Hotel Lobby Bar and the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern in the Village are the best things you’ll ever put in your mouth.

    • Pat D

      I don’t think I’ve ever had a burger from Sonic. I’ve only ever been there a few times, and I’ve never been too impressed, frankly.

  • Pat D

    Wow, I actually just listened to T-Mobile’s current commercial. I tend to phase it out since I still loathe them for laying me off, even though that’s going to turn out to be the best thing ever. I digress.

    Anyway, the thing they’re touting in that commercial is their call quality? Ah hahahahahahahahaha. As if that’s the reason people do and don’t switch carriers these days.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      That’s funny. When People buy phones and pick carriers these day, IMO call quality is about last on the list of things people are interested in.

      • Pat D

        Right. Signal is still important, obviously, but that’s a separate issue from call quality. Trust me, the last several months I worked there, I didn’t get many calls with people complaining about call quality.

        • Austin Aunelowitzky

          Put a fork in T-Mobile. Glad your next chapter is off to a good start.

          • Pat D

            I still have a few friends who actually transferred to other call centers, so I can’t be so much looking forward to their inevitable demise.

            But I really am.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I fucking love Carly.

      • Pat D

        So do I, but…her company is a poorly run piece of shit.

  • Dan

    Am I really the first to comment on a CLASSIC McCarver-ism?? “That home run didn’t come on a 3-2 pitch…. Well it actually did, but…”
    His point in the end is right, but he got there like only McCarver can.

    • Pat D

      Tim McCarver is hazardous to my health.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    Knicks are on fire lately. Up 25 on Detroit in the 2nd quarter after beating the Kings by 39 the other day in a game they were up by 50 in the 4th quarter. Those teams suck but the 3 pointers have just been raining down.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I read through that last thread, and as a west coaster I will firmly say that nothing tops In N Out Burger.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      Have you ever tried Big Kahuna Burger? I hear they’re pretty tasty too.

      • Pat D

        Is that that Hawaiian burger joint?

        • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

          Yeah. Gotta wash it down with a sprite through.

          • Pat D

            That would hit the spot.

            • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

              Especially good for breakfast.

              • Pat D

                It is the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.

                • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                  You win. That’s all I got unless I start shooting people.

                  • Pat D

                    What?

                    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                      Samuel L Jackson started shooting everyone after he ate that Big Kahuna burger.

                    • Pat D

                      Right, I was hoping you’d come back with “Say what again! I dare you! I double dare you, motherf**ker!”

                    • MannyGeee

                      Does Marcellus LOOK like a Bitch?

                    • Pat D

                      WHAT???

                    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                      Oooohhhhh. My bad.

                • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                  One more but I cheated and had to look this up.

                  The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the
                  tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through
                  the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike
                  down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you

    • MannyGeee

      Oh god, In N Out is a different world.

      also, for you southerners, a LOT of love for Steak N Shake out of Florida. Its LITERALLY why the rest of the world hates fat Americans

      • Pat D

        Steak N Shake is in the midwest too. Always loved going to the one in Mishawaka when I was at Notre Dame.

    • Jersey Joe

      5 guys. Regular burger with tomato, pickles, mustard and a vanilla root beer is heaven.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        If you live in jersey and find yourself in Eatontown by the Monmouth mall, hit Bobby’s burger palace. You won’t be disappointed.

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

          Same with if you find yourself near The Bergen Towne Centre in Paramus, definitely hit Bobby Burgers. If you aren’t in the mood for a burger though, go to Whole Foods and try their buffet. It’s heaven.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Oh, there’s one there. That’s the former Bergen Mall, right? I can easily hit that up.

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

              Yeah, I used that name ironically, I still call in the Bergen Mall around my friends…it’s like right across from Century 21 if you know the mall at all.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I haven’t been in it since high school. Still know where it is, though and, at some point, we’ll do a GSP run. Only the great unknown of my son at GSP has stopped us from shopping there this winter.

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

                  I have slight agoraphobia so avoid the mall (GSP) apart from movies from late November through Valentines day. Heads up, if you’re doing a GSP run in the near future they’re rebuilding a parking deck so chunk of the road that goes around the mall is closed right around the deck they’re rebuilding.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    We’ll see. I’m still pretty petrified at how my little guy will do at a place like that.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Five Guys opened up a half block from me. Closed up in less than a year. I think that says it all when there’s actual competition around.

  • Pat D

    Jeez, WWE, could you please stop jobbing out Cesaro to Ryback and Orton every week?

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

      I only watch raw semi-regularly, since when is Alberto Del Rio a man of the people?

      • Pat D

        About a 6-8 weeks ago. Since Rey Mysterio is having issues and no one cares about Sin Cara, they decided they needed Del Rio to be a face. It’s worked pretty well so far.

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

          That sucks, I liked him as the pompous rich douche. Then again I disagree with a lot of what the WWE is doing these days (Team Hell No as an example)

          • Pat D

            Team Hell No has been pretty good. It’s gotta come to an end sometime soon, though.

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

              See when I was a kid, Kane and Undertaker were straight up evil, scary bastards…not gimmicky plot lines, like a couple months ago when Kane was preaching the Hug It Out bullshit I nearly vomited.

              • Pat D

                They’ve gone back and forth with Kane like that. Heel Kane got old because it was always the same thing.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Kane’s in his mid-40’s at this point. Hard to be scary. Taker can barely even wrestle once a year at this point.

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

                  Undertaker is still active?! I thought he retired lol.

                  • Pat D

                    It sounds more and more like he’s going to be forced into it.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I wish the streak would just end this year already. His rumored opponent is CM Punk. Would LOVE for him to be the one.

                    • Pat D

                      At this point, the streak should not end. It should be Undertaker’s legacy.

                      There is no one on the roster who would benefit from beating Undertaker. Guys like Punk and Cena don’t need it to get over, and no one else is worthy of it.

        • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

          I saw Mysterio and SinCara beat team hell no in tag team the other day.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Face Del Rio rocks.

          On a slight DVR delay. Jack Swagger just came out. Don’t spoil this.

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

            I will say this, I love the new Jack Swagger, he seems like a BAMF.

            • Pat D

              I never cared for him. This looks like a step in the right direction. But his mic skills will always hold him back.

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

                He still has that ridiculous lisp then? That cannot be real. I hated the old pretty boy “swag” Jack Swagger, if he’s going to be darker more actual bad ass, than I think it’s a huge step in the right direction.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I liked him at first. He’s just gotten lost.

                  That’s a guy who should just go to TNA. He’s dead weight.

                • Pat D

                  I assume he still has the lisp. Haven’t heard him talk yet since I don’t watch Smackdown regularly.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s the Road to Wrestlemania. Every year, only about five guys win matches. At least one of them will be CM Punk this year.

      Once upon a time, the Intercontinental Champion NEVER was beat on television and was considered the automatic #1 contender.

      • Pat D

        That was a long time ago.

        They just really don’t know what to do with most of the mid card these days.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They did in the early part of last decade. They used to have a head writer then who was meticulous as to charting every wrestler and making sure they had a direction. That’s gotten completely lost as they book on the back of a napkin.

          Also, Cena’s been on top, or close, for almost ten years. He’s been around longer than Austin, the Rock, and Hogan were in their primes. Hard to know what to do there.

          • Pat D

            Yea, I like Cena but it’s really hard to keep him fresh. He does also tend to win too often.

            Right now, the problem is they’re relying on guys like The Rock, Brock Lesnar and Triple H to show up and pull ratings when they’re just part time guys. It’s starting to sound like Undertaker might not even be able to go at WrestleMania this year.

            But you’ve got Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ryback, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, The Miz, Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler, The Shield and now Chris Jericho and Mark Henry back. All these guys are upper-mid card to main event level and they can’t seem to build compelling storylines with most of them.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Exactly.

              They’ve also got guys like Zach Ryder and Curt Hennig’s kid (can’t even bring myself to say his dumb wrestling name) who can flat out go and can’t get on TV at all.

              Know what will fix this as well? Permanent tag teams.

              • Pat D

                Yep, but they’ve broken up Rhodes Scholars, Hell No has to split at some point and it sounds like they might break up the Prime Time Players, which would be stupid. So much for that tag team division revitalization.

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

              I’d like to throw this out there: I love the Miz right now.

              • Pat D

                He’s about to get F-5’ed.

  • Pat D

    A few quick observations/news items:

    The Yankees are going to keep ARod’s rehab location a secret. Probably not a bad idea.

    Gotta feel for Brandon Webb. His career is over at 33.

    And the 49ers are really sore losers. Hey Frank Gore, when your team took off the first half, you weren’t the better team.

  • MannyGeee

    The most amazing thing in my home is my FoodSaver vacuum sealer. For real, if you dont own one of these things, find one. I love it.

    • Havok9120

      Ours is pretty great, especially since we’re such carnivores.

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

    Just saw a commercial for Boston Market’s Tuscan Chicken. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK that looks incredible (I’m very hungry and love Boston Market and it has awesome looking spices on it)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I had some Boston Market while in Illinois a few months ago. It’d been YEARS, and I mean YEARS. It wasn’t bad at all.

      I used to love the meatloaf sandwich back when it was at war with Kenny Rogers Roasters.

      As a kid, I LOVED Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips.

      • nsalem

        In the future please be kind and try to avoid mention of Kenny Rogers even if it has nothing to do with baseball.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I guess you don’t know when to hold ‘em or fold ‘em.

          • Pat D

            Or to just drop in to see what condition his condition was in.

          • nsalem

            Just the pain of Game 3 in 2006 ALDS. Remarkably we won all 3 games he started for us in 96 despite his 11ER in 7 innings

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The one chain I will champion to the death, of course: Cheesecake Factory.

    • MannyGeee

      straight dope. closest one to me is 45 minutes away. 4 years later you STILL can’t get in in less than 3 hours on a Saturday night, which happens to be the only time I can get there considering its 45 minutes away.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Closest one to me is in Jersey, but it’s been a godsend twice lately while out of town and there’s been one next to the hotel. They do takeout very well.

        Trick to getting a table as well has always been to stalk the bar area for a table and forget the beeper system.

    • jjyank

      That place is the bomb. I had Chinese food there that was better than most Chinese food places.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        If you like Chinese, as far as chains go, I like PF Changs

        • jjyank

          Never been to one, actually. Every once in awhile I’ll spend my lunch break in Chinatown, though. DC’s Chinatown, that is. I only work a couple Metro stops away. I love Chinese food.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I fucking love that place.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Though I will say, they serve you a LOT of food.

    • Pat D

      I don’t know where there’s one near me at all. I’m also terrified of the place because of its frequent appearances in the Eat This, Not That and Worst Foods in America lists.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Well, they’re “sharing portions” which too many people treat as an individual dish.

        I get the thai lettuce wraps 75% of the time.

        • MannyGeee

          Guilty as hell of the solo sharing portion. Its kind of my thing…

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

            +1000

          • jjyank

            Right there with ya, brother. I don’t know what taking home leftovers even is.

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

              Until just now I didn’t know that they were sharing portions…

  • Pat D

    Watching Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero talk in the ring together is all you need to see the difference between being golden on the mic and being terrible on the mic.

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

      Haha, I just commented above about how much I love the Miz right now, that was an epic destruction of the two of them.

      • Pat D

        Yea, I said the F-5 was coming. I like Brock so long as he doesn’t talk. I also find it funny that he’s still advertising for Jimmy John’s.

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

          Brock is a bad ass, but I cannot stand Paul Hayman, and as such I find it very hard to root for anybody who associates with him. Though, I was rooting for CM Punk at The Rumble, but that’s only because I’ve liked Punk since his ECW days.

          • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

            The thing I like about Lesnar is he’s a badass in real life. If this stuff was ever real, he’d pretty much waste everyone.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The guys who are legit badasses are always random. William Regal could legit beat up almost the entire roster.

              • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                I always get the feeling that Lesnar is gonna seriously injure someone by accident. He’s just an absolute beast.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  He’s actually a good worker.

                  Guys like Chris Benoit and Bret Hart were considered great workers because they made something look like it hurt badly when they were protecting their opponent from getting actually hurt throughout.

                  If I were to pick who’s going to accidentally maim someone, my money would be on Ryback.

                  • Pat D

                    I don’t know, after seeing the replay, I don’t think that Brock was supposed to throw that chair directly on The Miz. Sorry if that spoiled something.

          • Pat D

            You mean his WWECW days. I’m not an ECW mark, as I’ve found a lot of the old ECW I watched to be boring, but what CM Punk did was not ECW.

            Paul Heyman is awesome. He’s so good on the mic.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Punk was an ROH guy, at least.

              • Pat D

                I give a rat’s ass about ROH.

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

              Fair enough, and yeah he’s great on the mic…great at being a dick lol.

              • Pat D

                Yea, that’s what he always has been and always will be. But he can make so many guys better. Brock sucks on the mic, after all.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Miz was at his best with Riley at his side. They’ve both been pretty ruined. I always hold out hope for him, though.

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

          Idk, after the way he spoke to Vicky and Hayman just now, I officially approve of Miz TV.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      Vicky Guerrero’s thighs are starting to look like Earl Campbell’s.

      She looks like she could leg press a Buick.

  • MannyGeee

    So as flip through channels tonight I am stuck with a dilemma… Shawshank on one channel and Dodgeball on another. Two movies I stop and watch ANY time they’re on.

    Also on the “Stop & Watch” short list for me: Major League, Goodfellas, Casino, Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop, The Departed & Training Day. Suffice to say I could spend an entire weekend in front of the TV if TBS & AMC break right.

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

      That depends on whether you’re more in the mood for a comedy or drama, I personally would just go with whichever has more movie remaining.

    • Pat D

      I’m not sure what movies would make that list for me. Inception, definitely. I did find myself stop and watch Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon on TCM the other night, even though I’ve seen them countless times. Probably two of the best screenplays ever.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Training Day and Coming to America are definitely on that list to me, as are any of the initial SW trilogy and Anchorman.

      Red Sox Friend has never seen any of the SW trilogy or any of the Godfather trilogy. Why should I ever trust her?

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

        She’s just a bad person…I assume she’s around your age R-Tils, so to have gone that long with out seeing 6 of the most influential films in modern cinema is ludicrous.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No. Red Sox Friend, aka the Work Wife, is ten years younger than me. She’s just been sheltered in her little suburban Boston experience.

          • MannyGeee

            Never trust a Sox fan…

            Also, never trust a big butt and a smile. That girl is POISON……

            #BBD

            • Robinson Tilapia

              +1

            • WhittakerWalt

              Most of my friends are Red Sox fans, and yet they’re completely decent people. The rivalry is not as strong in the real world as the media would have you believe.

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

            Now, R-Tils…I ain’t saying hook a brotha up…but hook a brotha up!! I will show her all these movies among a lot of other things.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The work wife and I have a wonderful relationship, being that I am married and she lives with her boyfriend. Works out perfectly.

              Can’t hook it up. Besides, she’d be way too squeaky clean for you.

              • jjyank

                I’m squeaky clean! Well, now I am anyway. Heh.

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

                If by squeaky clean you mean a goody-two-shoes, that’s fine…they are usually just the opposite come the night time.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Absolutely the truth there, or at least that’s what 13 years ago tells me.

                  Are we asking for a Barry cameo here?

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        You should never trust anything that bleeds for a week and doesn’t die.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oof. That is straight cold.

          • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

            Words to live by.

            • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

              Just don’t tell my wife I said that.

        • jjyank

          I love that line.

      • Pat D

        Those two trilogies really aren’t for everyone, and, to be a little sexist here, I can understand why females might not care for either of them.

        But, yea, those are must watch movies. You can skip Godfather 3 though.

    • jjyank

      Supertroopers and Grandma’s Boy are mine haha.

      • Pat D

        Here’s what I say to that:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYj7T9eEQ4U

        • jjyank
          • Pat D

            Have not seen that movie, and I never will.

            • jjyank

              Well that’s a damn shame.

              • Pat D

                My best friend is about 5 years older than me. He watched movies like that way too often. A lot of really shitty sophomoric comedies like that. I think it might have been one of the reasons that contributed to his divorce.

                • jjyank

                  It’s a great movie, though. It’s definitely ridiculous, but it’s way funnier than the other movies you’re likely comparing it to.

          • MannyGeee

            Your bed is a car….

            Yeah, but it’s a fuckin sweet car. My roommates said their gonna get me rims for for Christmas… Or a CB radio, so I can talk to othr car beds.

            Best line in that movie. Hands down

            • jjyank

              YES! Thank you for coming to Grandma’s Boy’s defense!

              There are so many great lines though.

              Dante: Dr. Shakalu brought my some crazy Zimbabwe weed that turns you into a deer.
              Alex: You do know that lions eat deer, right?
              Dante: Thats true kid. Doctor, we gotta be careful.

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

                Idk, by far my favorite line in that entire movie is stoned Doris Roberts “I can hear my hair growing.”

                • jjyank

                  Newscaster: Pamela Mills here in Van Nuys where a rare breed of African lion was captured in a residential neighborhood. Sir, what was going through your head when you saw the lion.

                  Dante: This shit is fucking crazy. I don’t know how lion got into the neighborhood. I heard some growlin’ and shit. So my roommate and I, we go to check this shit out. I look up in the tree, and there’s the fucking king of the jungle! It was staring right at me. I almost shit my fucking pants. So I ran inside and called the 5-0.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Good question. I’m going to go with a couple of Pixars and Disneys on my list too:

      . The Producers (the original, not the shitty remake)

      . Lion King

      . Beauty and the Beast

      . Wall-E

      . The Incredibles

      (I HAVE NO SHAME IN ANY OF THOSE 4, DON’T YOU JUDGE ME)

      . Any Harry Potter movie (They’re not even on my lists of favorite movies, I just can’t turn them off)

      . Wizard of Oz (Another one that I just can’t turn off)

      …And that’s about it. Really odd, because there are many movies I like more than the ones mentioned here. These are the ones I stop for though.

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

    I really don’t understand the new M&M’s marketing campaign. So in this universe M&M’s are sentient beings who live and intermingle with humans, yet humans still consume them, whether they’re the sentient M&M’s or the regular candy ones….that’s like zebras living and intermingling with goddamned lions.

    • Pat D

      Searching for meaning and logic in commercials is like looking for decency in Rush Limbaugh.

      • WhittakerWalt

        RUSH LIMBAUGH IS VERY VERY SMART MAN

        • Pat D

          I love when things come full circle.

          • ABC

            I love reading unemployed losers talk shit on an internet blog.

            Quite amusing.

            • Pat D

              Yep, I’m a loser because I got laid off. Just how Rush would see it.

        • ABC
      • ABC

        You got a real hard on for Rush, huh?

        Give it up dude. You’re acting like a scorned lover or something. Give him a call tomorrow on his radio show and give him a piece of your mind and get over it.

        I will be listening. Hopefully you can come across as less of a douche than you do here at RAB.

        • Pat D

          Why would I waste my time conversing with a repugnant person like that?

          Actually, that brings up a good point!

          O to the motherfucking S.

          • Grit for Brains

            Beacuse your wasting your time talking about him on the internet?

            • Pat D

              I think you missed the point of that post.

  • jjyank

    Ahhaha the Towelie episode of South Park is on where Towelie takes too many drugs and goes all “Million Little Pieces”. My favorite South Park character besides Stan’s dad.

  • Pat D

    I like Punk, but he needs to stop doing the Savage elbow drop. It just looks ugly and wrong.

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

    This Punk-Jericho match is incredible, especially because I love both of these guys.

  • Pat D

    Bruno Sammartino in the WWE Hall of Fame makes me have hope for humanity.

    (Not really, but it’s good)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      As long as he doesn’t go back to doing commentary.

      • Pat D

        Who was worse? Bruno or Superstar Billy Graham?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Lord James Blears on the old AWA shows on ESPN.

          • Pat D

            I’m not sure if I know who you mean.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’m sure there’s a YouTube somewhere. As bad as WWF guys were, nothing is worse than the old AWA or World Class announcers.

              The best? The dean of wrestling announcers, Gordon Solie.

              • Pat D

                I’ll look for it. Gordon Solie was the dean. Listening to Michael Cole makes me miss JR quite a bit. Even on JR’s worst days, Cole can be so more insufferable.

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

    Since this has basically turned into a WWE thread, I really hate that all belt challenges happen during Pay Per Views now. I remember in the early-mid 2000s they at least did mid-level belts during Raw or Smackdown on occasion.

    • Pat D

      They still do from time to time. Hell, Del Rio beat The Big Show for the World Title on SmackDown a few weeks ago.

  • Pat D

    So…Cena, Ryback and Sheamus against The Shield in an Elimination Chamber match? I hope they book it like a WarGames match then.

    Seth Rollins’ hair should be a crime.

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

      That’s awesome, I turned it off for Daily Show.

  • forensic

    Holy open-threading Batman! You guys were on fire tonight apparently. Over 325 comments (counting the last thread) on comedians, movies, food, wrestling, etc.

    Strongly put down those pesky attempts at talking baseball to start each thread too! :-)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No no no. I replied to the Lowrie trade question. There should be some baseball talk on here…..somewhere. :)

    • jjyank

      Apparently an awful lot of us were really bored tonight :P

    • Pat D

      All part of why I’ve felt that this offseason has been incredibly long. Baseball seems…foreign in some way.

    • Havok9120

      We were on the ball last night, ’tis true.

      One week ’till pitchers and catchers!

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

    Steve Colbert is the man.

    • jjyank

      It’s the sound stage for the moon landing!!!

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    The news about Arod justs gets worse and worse. It appears that Not only has he been using PEDs but he’s been a absolute fiend about it. I really wonder what kind of impact it’s gonna have on his performance if he has to stop. Those holding out hope that he’s been falsely implicated are gonna be disappointed IMO.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....;eref=sihp

    • Pat D

      I’m just so past the point of caring.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think those questioning the early reports will be disappointed. They’re doing what’s proper, as is Derek Jeter with his comments today.

    • barry

      Just time to get ready for the fallout.

    • mustang

      I have to agree with Barry on the “fallout” part.

      IMO A-Rod surgery is looking more and more like a mixed blessing. I think we all would rather see this tragedy be played out as far away from the team as possible.

    • mustang

      NEW YORK — To try and limit the “paparazzi” element of the performance enhancing drug allegations story involving Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees are planning on keeping A-Rod’s whereabouts a secret during his rehabilitation.

      “I’m not going to say to try and keep away the extra whatever you want to call it, paparazzi, whatever it is, the stakeout wherever he is working out,” Cashman said

      Apparently the Yankees will now hide A-Rod in AREA 51 next to the alien body.

    • Tom

      The article is hilarious…. I especially like the ‘code’ of using “food” to describe the drugs. Clever.

      “I am out thousands of dollars [because] I bought this month’s food,” as well as explaining, “I would like to send all the food out immediately to you so you may distribute it . . .”

      I can almost see McNulty and Lester listening in trying to crack the code and Prezbo finally figuring it out “You see when they say “food” they really mean “drugs” that have to keep it simple so the young hoppers roiders can figure it out.”

      The guy uses a code name for clients but then puts their triple crown stats on a given date in the journal? I also like the “allstar bonus” he got for Melky.

      At this point it’s hard not to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

  • RetroRob

    I was at a tradeshow in Atlanta during that World Series, desperately walking into bars and restaurants trying to find a place showing the game. Atlanta, still smarting from the Yankees (well, I guess I can just end it there), did not have the World Series showing in many places, but I was able to walk into one pub just in time to see Brosius’ second HR.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    does anybody know when mock drafts start on yahoo and espn? I know that espn usually starts their fantasy season around the start of spring training but I think yahoo usually starts in early to mid February?

    can’t wait to do tons of mocks again, I finished my fantasy baseball homeworks like 3 weeks ago and I’m ready to roll :D

  • Jim Is Bored

    You all are insane. But take that in the nicest way possible.

    • Havok9120

      Darn right we are.

      Awesome, too.