[Marijuana RANT]I've lost a friend to alcohol and another to tobacco-related illness...both are _much_ more dangerous, IMHO, than the drug that Honey Badger and company were "enjoying" or about to enjoy.
I've yet to hear of any deaths surrounding cannabis use or overdose. Don't give me the "stepping stone drug" baloney...that's just FUD/hooey to justify the ridiculous amounts of money this country wastes on the "War on Drugs".
Still, given his situation, he should be thinking of his future enough to realize that this was a stupid thing to do.
posted by slackerman at 04:52 PM on October 28
Yep...good call Hal! And "Go Giants!"
posted by slackerman at 12:29 AM on October 23
Doesn't matter, the Nats, Reds, or Giants are all better than the Yanks this season.
For that matter, I consider this more an A's bullpen meltdown than an excellent Yankees performance/comeback.
This from a big Giants fan who feels they are _better_ than they were in 2010 and peaking at the right time.
IMHO, of course. :-)
posted by slackerman at 02:09 AM on September 23
I think it's up to Strasburg, his doctor, and the Nationals...
If he plays beyond the doctor recommended innings pitched, a series of tests ought to be done to ensure his arm is holding up OK.
I saw him pitch in SF on Wednesday and, outside of the first few innings, he looked GREAT.
posted by slackerman at 06:33 PM on August 17
Yup...it (steroids era) happened...can we all just move on? Please!?
Baseball shouldn't be attempting to project a "holier than thou" image. That's disingenuous (at best) and flat out criminal (at worst)!
posted by slackerman at 06:48 PM on June 18
The NCAA is a cartel. I'd say let's abolish their anti-trust immunity, slap them with a few lawsuits, and then get on with a college sports program that actually makes sense (cents should be secondary).
I have zero respect for those who mete out these arbitrary punishments on the one hand while pocketing millions with the other.
posted by slackerman at 07:40 PM on December 21
Wonder if they have tape of Earl Weaver in the O's clubhouse before Game 5 of the 1969 Series.
Yeah, cuz Earl was so known for his pristine mouth... :-)
posted by slackerman at 06:34 PM on November 19
Heh...that was funny. The pitcher was so shocked at his distance from the plate that he walked him :-)
posted by slackerman at 05:06 PM on August 15
Though I'd like to see cheaper seats at Giants games, I'm happy the SF Giants built AT&T park the "right way"...without the usual ballot box "we need you to fund this" or "fund this and you'll see lots of local business" shenanigans.
Who was the idiot who started that trend anyway?
posted by slackerman at 05:29 PM on August 04
Bettman, Stern's (butt) buddy...
One of these days he'll get it right.
posted by slackerman at 04:17 PM on May 31
In case you were wondering, other successful athletes suffer from depression and perform quite well after the fact (Joey Votto, for example).
Agreed Grum. It's always puzzled me why there's still such a stigma regarding "mental illness". We know so little about it, yet it seems that we're all too willing to label "head case". Especially, when it happens to someone who's even remotely famous.
posted by slackerman at 03:11 PM on March 10
I watched Barry play for years and it wasn't the power with which he hit that was impressive, it was the efficiency and quickness of his swing. 'roids or not, to me his most impressive year was 2004. I'm pretty sure I'll never see a player put up those sorts of offensive numbers again in my lifetime.
Off field, he was definitely a liability, but watching him swing the bat is something I miss to this day...
posted by slackerman at 02:01 PM on February 12
At the end of this season, I think that Stanford would have beaten any of these teams (TCU, Auburn or Oregon).
My heart just can't be in NCAA Div. I football until they get some sort of playoff system in place. I know this will never happen, but it doesn't hurt to dream...
posted by slackerman at 02:09 AM on January 11
...and Woodhead leads the game in receiving. I wonder how the combo of "dem apples" and humble pie tastes to Mr. Ryan today?
posted by slackerman at 11:49 AM on December 07
posted by slackerman at 02:14 PM on December 06
This is why I'm boycotting bowl games until they can crown a legitimate national champion year in and year out.
posted by slackerman at 02:29 PM on November 24
Did you see him in the prom jacket and bow tie before the game?
Whatever he did, it worked.
posted by slackerman at 03:14 PM on November 02
2 (nearly 3) shutouts. The best team won.
posted by slackerman at 11:54 AM on November 02
I'm with "brookish"... Go Giants! I'd much prefer to see "home grown" win over "hired gun" tonight.
posted by slackerman at 02:44 PM on November 01
It was 2-0 (not 1-0) and a very good game until the bottom of the 8th.
Historic bullpen meltdown... I don't much care for Texas and am a Giants fan, but I felt for the Rangers then.
The Giants' blowouts do nothing but make me nervous. I'm not convinced the baseball gods are ready to give SF a championship....yet.
posted by slackerman at 03:32 PM on October 29
I was a bit surprised the Phillies didn't move their lineup around a bit. Notably, Utley and Howard were vulnerable to the excellent lefty pitching in this series and their manager did nothing to help them out.
posted by slackerman at 11:57 AM on October 25
Make me want the Rangers to win even more.
posted by slackerman at 01:08 PM on October 14
It's a modern day "witch hunt" complete with rules that change after the "transgression" happens. In baseball it's especially bad as player's are being castigated for something that was completely within the rules of the game _when_ they did it.
posted by slackerman at 01:01 PM on October 07
I "like" how it's the players who are castigated for doing what was condoned (or, at least, ignored) by owners/organizations and even the establishment of baseball, itself. As the PED issue(s) took center stage, the entities that profited from these transgressions feigned innocence and their do-nothing figurehead (Selig)...did nothing.
posted by slackerman at 11:51 AM on August 22
Wow! As a Bay Area resident and Giants fan, I'm happy for Bengie. Always did whatever the Giants needed him to do...right up to the end.
Hope he continues to do well!
posted by slackerman at 03:09 AM on July 17
Amazing accomplishment. I wonder how long the egos can be held in check? I give them two championships before one of them starts shopping for a new team...
posted by slackerman at 07:01 PM on July 11
I like what Barkley said about him...
"You know, a lot of people feel sorry for him, because he's so tall and awkward," Charles Barkley, a former 76ers teammate, once said. "But I'll tell you this -- if everyone in the world was a Manute Bol, it's a world I'd want to live in."
posted by slackerman at 08:58 PM on June 19
Is it just me or does she look a lot like the parking lot attendant from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
posted by slackerman at 09:29 PM on July 16
Hah! Methinks a foul wind doth (or did) blow over the hallowed grounds of "The Beautiful Game"...
posted by slackerman at 07:11 PM on April 06
In my view, this whole thing is a waste of the justice department's time and our money...when we can afford wasting neither!
posted by slackerman at 02:56 PM on January 15
people may come out to see him because we all like to watch train wrecks No, (for me) it's because his swing is a thing of beauty.... I don't care whether he took steroids or not, or what (if any) of his records are valid. I just want to watch him swing the bat in a major league game again. I don't think I'm alone.
posted by slackerman at 03:20 PM on June 28
I agree with grum. Regardless of what you think of the guy, he is _still_ amazing to watch. That kind of bat speed and coordination cannot be taught or (arguably) "enhanced". I remember barely catching a home run of his (shortly after he joined the Giants...at the "stick"...on a freezing cold Summer night) many years ago. The reason I barely caught it was because it left the field so quickly. Hit on a line, and still rising as it smashed into (and dented) the right field scoreboard. I'll never forget it. I've enjoyed watching Barry ever since, and have learned to ignore both his (sometimes) caustic personality and the kickback from it. (BTW, I think that's as much a part of his steroid scrutiny as is his alleged use.) To me, watching Barry play is like watching a force of nature, and I've missed it this season. I certainly hope that Barry finds a home!
posted by slackerman at 12:58 PM on June 28
I think the league knew that what Bill got caught doing was going on with other teams, as well. They chose to pursue a high profile team/person just to make an example of them/him. In my opinion, it's great that the Patriots did this....especially this year, and without "cheating". Kinda like a great big FU to the NFL :-) Cheers and Happy New Year everyone!
posted by slackerman at 09:23 PM on January 03
Steroids or not, these guys all make WAY too much money. Where money goes, corruption follows. How then, can any of this be surprising??
posted by slackerman at 10:56 AM on December 20
Yup.... That's the problem, Steel_Town. Baseball's a team sport. Whilst I admire Barry's raw talent (a lot), his poor clubhouse attitude and lack of tact with the press makes him a liability for most (soon to be any) teams.
posted by slackerman at 04:57 PM on August 14
Good...now I only hope that Costas, Abom, and the rest of the holier-than-thou media SHUT THE HELL UP! For that matter, Curt Schilling and Selig can shove it, too. This record, like Barry's whole career is impressive, but the 2004 season was, to me, the pinnacle of his career....and I consider it relatively "taint-free". "In 2004, Bonds had perhaps his best season. He hit .362 en route to his second National League batting title, and broke his own record by walking 232 times. He slugged .812, which was fourth-highest of all time, and broke his on-base percentage record with a .609 average. Bonds passed Mays on the career home run list, hitting his 700th near the end of the season. Bonds hit 45 home runs in 373 at-bats, and struck out just 41 times, putting himself in elite company, as few major leaguers have ever had more home runs than strikeouts in a season. Bonds would win his fourth consecutive MVP award and his seventh overall. His seven MVP awards are four more than any other player in history. (The MVP award was first given in 1931.) On July 4, 2004 he tied and passed Rickey Henderson's career bases on balls record with his 2190th and 2191st career walks." I don't think that sort of offensive season is likely to be repeated in my lifetime. Surprisingly (to a stats wonk, like myself), this season went largely unnoticed.... Ichiro's record-breaking season, though not as impressive, gained much more media attention. Thanks Barry!
posted by slackerman at 12:38 AM on August 08
Right....and with Gary Player pulling drugs into the golf picture, I am officially tuning any mention of drugs, in association with athletics, out. The whole "drugs and athletics" scare is being blown way the heck out of proportion. Isn't this something that has been done since the times of the ancient olympics? People need to get a grip and stop vilifying athletes for trying to succeed. From what I've seen, the "science" of drug detection is more of a PR (or political) tool than an exacting discipline. Ok....tuning out.
posted by slackerman at 05:23 PM on July 25
Good for Florida. They played well and were much better coached. Next season, however, I'm looking for USC to dominate. Especially if Jarrett returns.
posted by slackerman at 01:14 PM on January 09
Being a Giants fan, I'm happy he didn't end up here. I think that Girardi's a better fit. He did a lot, with very little, down Florida-way this past year and SF is long overdue for some new blood (management and players).
posted by slackerman at 11:45 PM on October 16
For a brief period of time, I believe the El Paso "Buzzards" were called the "Cow Patties". The logo and their uniforms looked like they were made by Gateway.... Here's the only article I could find on it. The team's no longer there...go figure.
posted by slackerman at 04:17 PM on September 19
....and I suspect that, like Connors, he'll have a comeback at some point following his retirement. Perhaps, in his late 30s... Oh, wait, he is in his late 30s, and he's already done the comeback thing. I'm sure that he'll have plenty to keep himself busy with...he's quite the businessman. I wish him the best of luck, whatever he does next!
posted by slackerman at 01:42 AM on June 25
DD, you must mean the NCAA here, right? Also, I think the suit would be because in UND's opinion the NCAA have been selective in their penalization policy.
posted by slackerman at 03:04 PM on June 15
Classic! What's next?
posted by slackerman at 03:19 PM on March 15
The only thing that Bonds could be in trouble for is perjury. Hopefully, he won't have to worry about his records, etc. As others have mentioned, baseball's steroid "policy" was laughable prior to the scandal. It would be extremely lame if they (the baseball "powers that be") decided to punish Bonds for their own crappy policy (or lack thereof...)! I'd still place the pre-steroid Barry up with the best hitters of all time. It's a shame that such a talented person has to be such an ass.
posted by slackerman at 12:10 PM on March 08
I'd say that Bond's most impressive season wasn't 2001, when he got the magic 73, but rather 2004. His stats that year were incredible and I don't think that they can be considered "steroid inflated"...
posted by slackerman at 02:19 PM on March 07
I slingboxed the daytime/live schedule so I could sneak little peeks at it while at work... It's the only enjoyment I got from this Olympics. NBC really jacked this one up!
posted by slackerman at 12:26 PM on February 25
He'll be back, after this season, but not as a Giant. I think he'll end up in the AL as a DH for some series-contending team. Then again, being a Giants fan, maybe, just maybe they (the Giants) will pull a rabbit out of a hat and win it all......not likely, but dreams are all I have.
posted by slackerman at 08:07 PM on February 19
posted by slackerman at 11:27 AM on February 19
These guys are testing for over a thousand plus substances. I'd be watching what I eat and drink, like a hawk. The troubling thing is that a fair number of these tests are new and not that reliable. This is what happens when what should be a science (the testing of blood/urine) becomes politicized.
posted by slackerman at 02:41 PM on February 17
Gatorhawk, I'm a Steelers fan who's giving you some advice. 1. Please use the Return/Enter key more often. 2. Use the Preview button. There... Is that so difficult? BTW, the game sucked, regardless of who you were pulling for!
posted by slackerman at 02:23 AM on February 15
Rose deserves to be in the Hall. He's served enough time, literally and figuratively.
posted by slackerman at 02:31 PM on November 22
Right and for you Wayne's World fans (and donut fans), here's another link to enjoy... For me, the only question is to answer now is... Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts?
posted by slackerman at 05:19 PM on October 28
Good games, poor coverage, disinterested audience. 'Nuff said!
posted by slackerman at 02:02 PM on October 28
Hey tselson, That "In God We Trust", that you see on our money, was placed there by Deists, not Christians. Go read a book or two about the founding of our country and you'll see what I mean....and learn to turn off the damned Caps Lock newb :-) Sorry for the off-topic post!
posted by slackerman at 04:44 PM on October 27
(mis?)Quote of the game, by Mr. McCarver: "Ozzie and the White Sox are playing error free baseball." Sometimes, I wonder what game he's watching.
posted by slackerman at 01:55 AM on October 26
Oh come on! I think this blog, and the person who wrote it, is more annoying than Joe ever has been...
posted by slackerman at 12:08 PM on October 21
Pujol's hit was amazing, but unless it inspires the Cards to get some more offense going, it doesn't mean squat! On the Houston side, "He made a bad pitch..." might go down in infamy...
posted by slackerman at 01:25 PM on October 18
Go Sox! BTW, it's Ryne, not Ryan :-)
posted by slackerman at 10:05 PM on October 15
Yeah...Lou's definitely not stupid! I just remember when he was managing my Reds in '91... a sweep of the mighty A's! Ironically enough, I now live in the Bay Area, pull for the Giants, and admire what the A's have become under the expert management of Billy Beane. What has become of my Reds? Well, let's just say that certain owners need to learn the skill of "budding out". Cheers, - slackerman
posted by slackerman at 12:08 AM on September 22
Let's hope for a speedy recovery. Doug's definitely one of the NBA's most quotable.
posted by slackerman at 11:38 AM on August 30
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