I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|4 hours 57 min ago||Clarification I should've||
Clarification I should've mentioned: Coming out of high school, UVA has 'em prep; they go to the local CC if they get to UVA and then flunk out. It's much rarer, because a lot of guys who flunk out prefer to just go to a school where the grades they already have are good enough, especially if they're NCAA eligible but not UVA eligible. A few, though, stay local and take the necessary CC classes.
|12 hours 7 min ago||The classes the two-year||
I think it's worth pointing out at this juncture that this is usually the barrier to JUCO players at higher-level academic schools. Fuzzy-sounding "admissions standards" are usually blamed but - at least at UVA, and I'm sure Michigan is similar - UVA doesn't take JUCOs because their credits don't transfer in. Either UVA has no equivalent class, or the equivalent class can't be verified to be up to snuff to earn a transfer credit. UVA will send ineligible players to a nearby community college to brush up their grades, but that's because UVA can control what classes they take. I imagine U-M is similar, with a similar unwillingness to just fudge the transfer-credit requirements.
|14 hours 17 min ago||Both the polls and computers||
Both the polls and computers like Ohio right now. If Ohio and Auburn both win I don't think that changes. Maybe the computers but they're only 1/3 of the vote. Human pollsters will pick the undefeated team.
|14 hours 42 min ago||Sparty hasn't been to the||
Sparty hasn't been to the Rose Bowl for over 25 years and maybe twice in the last 50. It's cute that they'll get to go again. A nice little underdog story. Barring something crazy they're going to the Rose Bowl win or lose, so they might as well win and keep Ohio out of the title game.
|17 hours 11 min ago||If the commercial doesn't do||
If the commercial doesn't do it, the presence of PETs (Performance Enhancing Tacos) in Spike's bloodstream probably will.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Fangraphs also calls Fister a||
Fangraphs also calls Fister a top-20 pitcher in the league, which is quite the exaggeration. The Tigers alone have three that are better, and it's not that hard to come up with 17 more.
|1 day 11 hours ago||It still doesn't mean the||
It still doesn't mean the same thing as "hyped up."
|1 day 11 hours ago||He's 39, so, not falling||
He's 39, so, not falling apart is no guarantee. We needed a closer and we got one - that's fine. My point with Valverde is exactly that - he looked great and then imploded, so acting like Nathan buys us two years of nothing but guaranteed 9th innings is foolhardy. I'll withhold ecstasy re: closer signings til he saves the fourth win of the Series.
|1 day 11 hours ago||This is cool but hard to get||
This is cool but hard to get that excited about....considering Valverde was also going to be a solution to the closer situation.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I'm gonna grammar nazi and||
I'm gonna grammar nazi and I'm not sorry. Hyped. Hype is a noun. A person cannot be hype.
(Also if they need chrome helmets to get fired up then someone isn't doing their job.)
|1 day 13 hours ago||Here's the thing about Robbie||
Here's the thing about Robbie Ray: He can be traded for anything. While a bird in the hand is much better, Dombrowski's modus operandi is to stockpile pitching prospects and trade them for what he needs. He does this all the time. Bet you Ray gets traded for something useful before he pitches 10 games with the Tigers.
|1 day 13 hours ago||No, you can't. Every||
No, you can't. Every reliever on the FA list is 27 or older. Last year's cheapest reliever went for $1.5 million. That was lefty Oliver Perez, with a career ERA of over 4.50 and a WHIP close to 1.50. Krol goes for roughly league minimum and he is younger than the whole free-agent market and better than most.
Go to the free agent list and tell me which lefty you'd rather have.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I didn't say they were.||
I didn't say they were.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Phil Coke is a "serviceable"||
Phil Coke is a "serviceable" lefty, which is to say, he doesn't implode sometimes. I'll bet you can't find one that matches Krol's 3.95 ERA and comes as cheaply. Krol tailed off some in September but that's to be expected in one's first major-league season. He's 22. I don't know what else you'd want, because "serviceable" is a euphemism for a journeyman who sometimes has a good season and sometimes doesn't. Show me a relief pitcher who isn't a risk to fall apart and I'll show you a future starter or Mariano Rivera. Krol's as good as any and better than quite a few.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Porcello's season needs to be||
Porcello's season needs to be evaluated without the 9-run disaster he gave up against LA in April. Without that outlier his ERA is 3.87. That and a 1.28 WHIP is awfully solid, especially for a still-improving 24-year-old pitcher. Easy to forget he's still at an age where a lot of guys are just barely making their debuts.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Because a good pitcher||
Because a good pitcher pitching six or seven innings is more valuable than a good pitcher pitching one or two innings. If it's that important to have a lefty in the pen, it's probably also important to have one in the rotation.
Oh, and P.S.: Ian Krol is a lefty. So it puts a quality lefty back in the bullpen anyway.
|2 days 3 hours ago||And a passable insurance||
And a passable insurance policy at third base.
|2 days 3 hours ago||We've pretty much passed the||
We've pretty much passed the point where anyone can say "don't let a few bad apples spoil the batch" when it comes to the Alabama fanbase. Murder, tree-killing, death threats to the kicker, tea-bagged LSU fans..... basically what it's come to is, if you are an Alabama fan, you're a sick fuck unless you can prove otherwise.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I'm not sure I really want||
I'm not sure I really want Brian Wilson. Baseball-wise it'd be a solid pickup.... I just think sometimes "being colorful" is a euphemism for "attention whore" and when you wear a Spandex bodysuit to the ESPY's, you're creeping toward being the latter.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Huh. Guess this puts Smyly||
Huh. Guess this puts Smyly in the rotation. Fister's a really solid pitcher and I'll be sorry to see him go, but if Smyly and Porcello pitch like they did for most of last year, they'll be fine.
Best and worst random tweet: "If the Tigers traded Fister for late-inning relief help, I am going to take Dombrowski for a ride in a shiny red Porsche Carrera."
|1 week 7 hours ago||+1 Informative. The extra||
+1 Informative. The extra month explains a lot. Thanks.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Question for Hanukkah||
Question for Hanukkah celebrants: It sure has moved up awfully early over the past several years. Does it cycle backwards at some point and move closer to Christmas again? What keeps it from eventually ending up in July?
I'm not the tiniest bit Jewish but I've got some friends who are and I've partaken at times in Hanukkah celebrations. Including the latkes. Especially the latkes. My friend's mom makes the best frickin' latkes.
|1 week 1 day ago||I doubt the ban comes from||
I doubt the ban comes from simply exercising their right to criticism. I'm sure we'll never see what the criteria were for the ban, and yes it's a little bit petty and WSU probably ought to be happy it even has fans, but I'll bet the stuff that set off the AD went beyond "harsh" and "criticizing the product."
|1 week 1 day ago||Because we're there.||
Because we're there.
|1 week 1 day ago||Looks familiar:||
|1 week 1 day ago||Because it's there.||
Because it's there.
|1 week 1 day ago||-- Don't give Dave Brandon||
-- Don't give Dave Brandon any ideas:
"We are gonna make a fortune with this place."
"We can charge whatever we want - $10,000 a day, $20,000 a day - and people will pay it."
"Sure, we'll have a, a Coupon Day, or something like that."
"Don't get cheap on me, Dodgson."
-- Not to pile on the offense, but, to pile on the offense:
"Our lives are in your hands and you have Butterfingers?"
"We can make it if we run." "No. We can't."
"That doesn't look very scary. More like a six-foot turkey."
"No wonder you're extinct. I'm gonna run you over when I come back down."
|1 week 1 day ago||Seriously, how much more fun||
Seriously, how much more fun would the pass rush be if you had to fence your way past the O-line? Don't even get me started on the added excitement of a safety blitz.
|1 week 2 days ago||Said the guy most likely to||
Said the guy most likely to be snarkily contradictory.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think I liked the Army-Navy||
I think I liked the Army-Navy game better when they wore traditional uniforms. What game in the country is more traditional? I'll admit to actually liking the blue and gold pattern on the Navy helmet.... but the Beat Army flags on the back ruin it.
And for once I agree with
Finally I was never sure why I was supposed to care about what it said inside the uniforms where you can't see 'em. Sure, put all sorts of stuff on there to inspire the players, but I'll never see it so I can't really get too hyped up about it.