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|49 weeks 6 days ago||Wooo!||
|50 weeks 20 hours ago||Where is Morales going to||
Where is Morales going to play, though?
|50 weeks 21 hours ago||Jon from Cincinnati, is that||
Jon from Cincinnati, is that you?
|50 weeks 22 hours ago||But, I don't think they're||
But, I don't think they're replacing Dirks with Davis. They're going to platoon them. Davis hits lefties far better than righties, and provides significant speed on the basepaths and steal potential. If Dirks can be more the player we saw in 2012, I actually really like this platoon.
|50 weeks 22 hours ago||I would have liked to see||
I would have liked to see them add another big bat (particularly Choo), but it's clear they didn't want to take on anymore large contracts at the moment. However, theyr'e revamping the roster away from a power-hitting lineup, to one with better defense, more speed and better baserunning. That suites CoPa better than the more stationary lineup they had before.
But to address your arguments... Kinsler/Infante is not a wash. Infante had a career year (or clsoe to it) last season. He has a career .721 OPS and has hit more than 15 HRs once in 12 seasons. Kinsler has a career .804 OPS and has hit over 30 HRs twice. In fact he has over twice as many career HRs (156) than Infante (74), in four fewer seasons. He also steals far more bases than Infante. Yes, Kinsler has had a down couple of yaers, but even then his numbers are better than Infante's (with the exception of last year). I like Infante a lot, but to argue that he was anything other than an average 2B offensively is silly.
Peralta is certainly a loss offensively, but I think a lot of Tigers fans overrate his 2011 and forget just how dysmal he was in 2012. He bounced back in 2013, but we're looking at a guy with a career .755 OPS and some nice pop for a SS. While not a defensive liability, he was losing significant range as he got into his 30s. Iglesias is a huge defensive upgrade over him, and still an extremely young and raw hitter.
The loss of Fielder's power certainly hurts, but hopefully it can be made up for with the improvements in defense and speed. This team is built completely differentlly than the Tigers of the past. They're going to be manufacturing a lot more runs, and hopefully the defense will save a lot of runs, too. I thikn Porcello will particularly be helped by it.
They really need to sign a few more arms for the bullpen, though. I'm hoping for Jesse Crain, at least.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||"Perineal powerhouse." Just||
"Perineal powerhouse." Just so many jokes...
|50 weeks 4 days ago||First off, I've visted this||
First off, I've visted this site almost everyday for going on seven years now (not sure what that says about me), and I wanted to thank Brian and everyone else on the site for their hard work. I tend to post sporadically, but I'd been completely turned off to it this season because of the constant bitching.
I welcome the comment moderation system back wholeheartedly, but do I agree that if it's possible, changing the greyed out commment threshhold to soemthing like -3 or -5 would help pointless negging hiding posts. I found that to be an annoying phenomenon back when we had moderation.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Am I missing something here?||
Am I missing something here? Since when has there hatred for Minnesota among the Michigan fanbase? Maybe in hockey, I suppose, but as far as Big Ten teams go, I've always sort of liked them.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Roto is by far the better||
Roto is by far the better game. It's much more reflective of the quality of your team, whereas head-to-head is far more random. I'm not sure what rules you're using, but many (if not most) roto leagues don't have a set amount of players you can use per week.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I started coming to the site||
I started coming to the site sometime in 2005 or 2006 while I was in High School. I can't remember if one of my friends told me about it, or if we both found it independently and just talked about it a lot.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Perhaps I didn't make myself||
Perhaps I didn't make myself full clear, but dismissing my comment as "bull" without acknowleding that I have any point is ridiculous. I don't disagree that there is a place for Amerindian team names or imagery in sports and I never said I did. But, when most of these names were created, it certainly was not to honor the tribes in any genuine way. It the very best it was a reinforcement of the trope of the noble savage.
I do think it's possible to rescue names like Seminoles, Huron, Chippewas from this fate by doing just as you said: embracing the tradition. However, it's also important to reflect on the ways that these names have reinforced negative stereotypes in the past.
The fact is that people using these images are misrepresenting them, most egregiously the Redskins and Cleveland Indians.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Because Americans/Colonials||
Because Americans/Colonials didn't push the Vikings off their land, fight brutal wars against them when they tried to resist, force them onto reservations and generally discriminate against them for hundreds of years. The Vikings are a representative of the cultural heritage of the people of Minnesota. Native American symbols are not truly representative of the cultural heritage of these areas. They were appropriated by Americans in an extremely disrespectful fashion and at a time when Amerindians still faced intense discrimination and Americanization attempts.
These images reinforce the worst stereotypes about Amerindians that we have been spouting off for centuries. The only reason why it doesn't seem to matter so much anymore is that because of of the actions of colonial powers and the US governments, Amerindians make up such a small part of our population.
The fact that people constantly compare the situation to that of the Fighting Irish or the Vikings is proof that a huge number of Americans still don't get it. I for one believe that there is a way to keep some of these names as a way of honoring Native Americans, their history and continuing to move beyond our past. FSU is a good example. The Redskins and Chief Wahoo show how far we still have to go.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Pfft. I call us "Wolverine"||
Pfft. I call us "Wolverine" all the time.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||No, it doesn't say that Damon||
No, it doesn't say that Damon Webb or Chance Stewart will be on campus, but it heavily implies it. But, you're right... it's going to be Harris, Marshall and McDowell. That paragraph was just terribly worded.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||My interpretation of the||
My interpretation of the phrase was that Speight's reaction to the praise was a humble one, that he was happy about the praise, but felt he couldn't possibly be in the top three with all the other great QBs in the nation.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yeah, it's a ridiculous||
Yeah, it's a ridiculous percentage, but no one is saying that Florida would win 41.7% of the time. It's based on a statistical methodology that's helpful as a guide, but can only be a guide, given the imperfection of the stats put into it.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I think I know what Brian is||
I think I know what Brian is getting at with the recaps of our previous January 27ths, but it was a bit unclear. Yes, things looked dire for us in 2011 compared to now, but we that was the beginning of an 8-3 run that would have us in the tourney with a blowout win against Tennessee and a heartbreaking loss to Duke. It was a pretty damn good year.
But, we're light years away from that 8-seed underdog now.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah, they were definitely||
Yeah, they were definitely terrible. If they could hit a shot, they would at least have been able to score some points, but they didn't really have much of a chance to stop Scalabrine at all.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Why have a championship game||
Why have a championship game if all the best teams are in the same division?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||The sarcasm was the||
The sarcasm was the implication that the racism would be a draw for recruits.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Have you been to Boulder?||
Have you been to Boulder? It's a beautiful city and a great college town with plenty of going on.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Um... in what way isn't it||
Um... in what way isn't it romantically about an 11 year old?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Not sure why you're being so||
Not sure why you're being so insistent on a incorrect pronunciation, but in German O's are definitely not pronounced like U's. It would be Broh-ners or something along those lines, I'm not exactly the best with phonetic spelling. See: schon, vor, holen, tot, boren, etc.
While I'm certainly not fluent, I've been studying German for many years and I'm currently in Bremen studying. I could throw a rock and hit a native speaker to ask them the exact pronunciation if you'd like.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Great point and great post on||
Great point and great post on EDSBS, but Zork isn't a turn-based strategy game.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||+1,000,000||
|2 years 22 weeks ago||BSG's finale was great until||
BSG's finale was great until the final scene. It was horribly contrived and heavy handed. But, definitely agree that it is an amazing show.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||That sounds wonderful, except||
That sounds wonderful, except for the fact that what it reveals about their views of women. Refusing to play baseball against a girl reveals an obvious belief in female inferiority. That's the problem I have with the whole ordeal.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||COYS!||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Go look at YouTube. The||
Go look at YouTube. The description ends with "or doesn't."
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Too bad his real name was||
Too bad his real name was Bill Skowron and "Moose" was just a nickname, or else that would be the greatest name in history.