December 10, 2011
The Xavier/Cincy fight with post game comments. Watch to the end to see the Cincy coach.
It was easy to be appalled by the Cincy players during the brawl. When I saw it the ESPN anchor said suspensions. Suspensions? One or two of them should be off the team. Then the Cincy coach, Mick Cronin. Wow. Exactly what he should have said. Made the players take off the jerseys and will decide who should get to put it back on. Jump to around 3:20 if you want to see the coach.
I assume no Cincy players spoke to the media after the game, or else ESPN would have shown it. I doubt the coach would have let them. I don’t think the Xavier players should have been out there either. I didn’t think they were wrong talking about being thugs and standing up for themselves, but maybe give it a little time before letting the players speak.
December 9, 2011
Favorite Story of the Day.
I probably don’t need to tell you but the Phillie Phanatic was born in the Galapagos Islands.
I didn’t see much about the details of the trip, but based on the pictures this appears to be a book tour as he is trying to sell his book about his adventures in the Galapagos Islands.
So many great pictures, this has to be my favorite:
What that little sea lion must be thinking. Check out all the pictures.
December 6, 2011
Favorite story of the day. (Actually yesterday, but I didn’t get to it.)
How much fun is that?!? This is a yearly tradition, after the first goal of the game, everyone tosses their stuffed animals onto the ice. Not sure what happens if the home team gets shut out, but it is minor league hockey and in my experience, that doesn’t happen very often.
The home team is the Calgary Hitmen. What are the chances that a team called the hitmen survives in the US?
Found at PuckDaddy.
July 23, 2011
The Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals AAA) are having Organ Donor Night where they will wear these sweet jerseys:
If you are an organ donor, you are entered to win some prizes, including a keyboard organ (those crazy marketers).
June 19, 2011
“I sure don’t think of myself as a fat person, just someone who carries extra weight. I’ve never seen anyone on the DL with pulled fat.” – Rod Beck
So simple. How is that not always the argument of heavy athletes? “I’d put on muscle, but all you hear about is guys pulling muscles.” Nice work Rod Beck on this quote that must be 20 years old that I just heard today. Sure hope RB knows about Google Alerts. He’ll be pretty excited today.
June 19, 2011
By now you’ve read the talk about the potential realignment for baseball. A team moving to the AL. No more divisions. Interleague all the time. Stark’s Rumblings & Grumblings has a good conversation with Olney about it.
No one seems to be talking about solving some of this with expansion or contraction. I don’t think contraction will happen, but why not expansion?
It will take a bit of work. It might lead to more distance between the top teams and the bottom. If they wound up as small market losing teams it would be more competition with the likes of the Pirates and Royals at the top of the draft. My only suggestions to help with this, and this is just for fun, so these could be argued, would be a cap or lower luxury tax threshold, and reworking the draft. Having a global draft with limits on draft pick salaries is a must without my expansion suggestion.
My first shot at the new teams are Portland and Vegas. Rivals for the Mariners and DBacks. This would bring the total to 32 teams, 16 per league. Then the divisions can be divided up with 4 teams in each. For the playoffs there could be no wild card, or two with some sort of bye for the top division winners. Oh, and the World Series homefield is for the league with the better record in interleague, which I have been saying forever. Also, with an even number of teams in each league eliminates that odd NL-only matchup during interleague times of the season, which really screws with the out of town scoreboards.
While I’m making things up, might as well come up with the divisions.
I didn’t do anything drastic. Seems to fit pretty well. I probably screwed up some rivalries, but most of the geographical ones are still in place.
June 2, 2011
The Blue Jays had 3 triples in a row last night. 3! The best is the announcer saying ‘you don’t see that everyday’ after the 2nd one.
I love triples. I wanted them to be worth more than home runs in my fantasy league. I think we settled on them being worth the same.
May 30, 2011
Reading this article about a new exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame, I spotted a jersey in the background of this picture.
An Eric Bruntlett jersey? I know the triple play to end the game against the Mets was amazing to see and a big deal, but HOF worthy? Watching the video again … unassisted triple play to end a game. Ok. Oh, MLB had embed code …
Anyway, this new exhibit sounds pretty cool. Not that I need a reason to go to the HOF. I’ve been saying I would go every summer for the past few years. I haven’t been to Cooperstown since Schmidt and Ashburn were inducted. I have only been to the museum once, I think it was the year before that. So yea, it’s been a while. It was certainly in the plans for this summer before my internship came up.
May 22, 2011
It came to me watching the Union game last night. I wound up watching most of the 2nd half. Including this amazing goal by the other Carlos Ruiz:
May 9, 2011
Continuing catching up. This clip is from 4/18 but it qualifies for today (well, what would have been today an hour ago). The Phanatic threw out the first pitch on his birthday and hit his mom right in the mouth (?). She goes down and then charges the mound with other mascots holding her back.
I think Mrs. Phanatic made an appearance tonight. I look forward to some quality video tomorrow.