Recent Comments by Monica Poland

The Real Cost of the Ball Game

He just doesn't know where to watch a game...The Angels have $3 tickets and sitting in the boxes (10 rows from the field down the first baseline) can be as low as $33. Parking is only $8 (which I thought was a lot until I went to the Dodger's game)...yeah food is expensive but who goes to the game and buys food? We bring our own munchies and drinks (okay..you have to buy their beer) so we can get the whole family into a game for about $32 cheaper than a movie

posted by Monica Poland at 02:26 AM on September 20

Source: Caster Semenya is a Hermaphrodite

I have not read the answer to this question -- does having 3 times the "normal" level of testosterone give her an advantage?

posted by Monica Poland at 01:38 AM on September 14

ESPN: Favre Reaches Deal to Join Vikings

I like it better than the Herschel Walker trade... I don't think that the Vikings are any worse off.

posted by Monica Poland at 06:02 PM on August 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Post-Season Standings

Well, obviously I am the cousin who shows up and knows absolutely nothing about the gathering, tries to participate and manages to spectacularly not get it right. Thank you for the accolades and for allowing me to come to your party. It was fun and I am glad that I came. Thanks Dr. J for hosting the party and for the lovely awards; I will be waiting by the mailbox for the arrival of my 3 spectacularly expensive and gaudy trophies -- 2 Constanzas and 1 for getting 2 Constanzas.

posted by Monica Poland at 08:37 PM on November 28

CFL Pick 'Em, 96th Grey Cup Edition

Montreal by 13 Avon Cobourne Over 312 yards

posted by Monica Poland at 01:06 AM on November 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Division Finals

Montreal by 3 Calgary by 9 Calvillo B.C.

If I'm not too late....been distracted by fires and winds here in the OC

posted by Monica Poland at 01:15 AM on November 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Playoff Edition

Since I did so well on my own during the regular season, I got some advice.My 9 year old (who doesn't know that there is a CFL) has told me to pick

Winnipeg 16 B.C. 8

Boreham

posted by Monica Poland at 10:54 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Thanks Dr. J. Maybe next year, I can actually watch a game (or at least a highlight) and do better. Good job to all of you. Great job Tommy.

posted by Monica Poland at 04:34 PM on November 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Saskatchewan by 9 Edmonton by 3 Winnipeg by 11 Calgary by 17

Am I eligible for the "award" since I missed two weeks of picking (not that it would have added many points but I don't want to take anyone's trophy if I am not eligible)

posted by Monica Poland at 12:13 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Calgary by 21 Edmonton by 2 British Columbia by 12 Montreal by 7

posted by Monica Poland at 09:36 PM on October 23

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition

Rays in 7 Longoria Base hits .415

posted by Monica Poland at 10:54 PM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

British Columbia by 8 Montreal by 4 Calgary by 9 Saskatchewan by 18

I missed last week because I was in the wilds of Oceanside (okay just because there was a shopping center across the street it doesn't mean it wasn't roughing it. There was no wifi).

posted by Monica Poland at 07:19 PM on October 16

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition

Dodgers 6 Rays 5

Lowe (NL), Shields (AL)

AL +3

posted by Monica Poland at 03:56 AM on October 08

Dodgers win their first playoff series in 20 years.

Coming back to win game 3 on the road after losing 2 at home takes a lot of character and Chutzpah. It seems that the Cubs ran out of both.

posted by Monica Poland at 03:08 PM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

And thanks Dr. J for doing these. It's a lot of fun

posted by Monica Poland at 03:45 PM on October 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Obviously my picks from last week didn't post (it's the hit the button twice thing that I am still having trouble getting used to.) Oh well, back in the cellar again.

Let's see if I can do it right this time.

B.C. by 4 Calgary by 2 Montreal by 6 Winnipeg by 11

posted by Monica Poland at 03:44 PM on October 02

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition

Thanks for doing this Dr. J

posted by Monica Poland at 11:39 AM on October 01

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition

Angels in 4 Rays in 4 Cubs in 5 Brewers in 5

Tori Hunter

AL +7

posted by Monica Poland at 11:38 AM on October 01

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Elimination Playoff Edition

Twins by 1 Mauer scores

posted by Monica Poland at 12:50 AM on September 30

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG,

gee as a taxpayer and an insuree (they took over my insurance without even a please) does that mean I get double the shares?

posted by Monica Poland at 05:57 PM on September 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Winnipeg by 7 Calgary by 13 Saskatchewan by 8 Montreal by 6

posted by Monica Poland at 06:37 PM on September 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Toronto 8 Montreal 12 Edmonton 3 Saskatchewan 8

posted by Monica Poland at 01:36 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

If it's not too late (I've been with my mom who has been hospitalized for the last 2 days so I have had no internet access)

calgary 8 hamilton 4 montreal 11 winnipeg 1

posted by Monica Poland at 02:04 AM on September 05

CFL Pick 'Em - Week 10

Montreal by 7 Saskatchewan by 14 Calgary by 9 Toronto by 12

Thanks for doing this I'm hoping this is my break through week.

posted by Monica Poland at 05:14 PM on August 27

9 year old with a 40 mph fastball, gets the boot.

My 9 year old son was in an instructional league last spring. He was beaned in the side of the head by a pitcher who threw between 40 and 50 (but he hit at least one batter every time he pitched). My son survived the beaning and after shaking it off and running the baseline got back in the box and faced the pitcher again (he struck out but then the next time he faced him he was the only one on the team to make contact -- he wasn't awarded a base for being hit because the ump called time and the pitcher didn't hear him and threw anyway. My son wasn't ready and had his head turned so the ball caught his on the ear protector -- it hurt but he didn't cry). All this to say, that 40 MPH is not too fast for 9 year olds (that's the speed he works on in the batting cages. Most pitchers throw at least that fast).

The other parents seem to be most upset that the team is dominating the league and are using the pitcher as an excuse (He is playing on a team other than the team that wanted him). The team won when he didn't pitch and I am sure that the kid can't pitch every inning or every game (they have rules against that). Leave the intrigue and posturing for Olympic host nations.

So let the boy pitch. Make all the parents (and the league officials) be quiet or be banned from games. And next time, put him in a different league because this kind of bickering and fighting take all the fun out of a game.

posted by Monica Poland at 05:08 PM on August 27

New Stadiums: Prices, and Outrage, Escalate

How can anyone afford to go to these games? We get the $5 tickets in the view section to see the Angels and bring our own food and drinks (and not only are we allowed to bring in our own sunscreen, they also give away sunscreen there in case you forget yours). It doesn't cost more than $50 for the 8 of us to go to the game. Do the Yankees or the Mets do anything like that?

posted by Monica Poland at 11:02 AM on August 26

When is enough "enough"?

Except the rules say that you must be a certain age (those rules established to protect the girls) and if you were younger and you won then it would be cheating.

Since other websites and sources (even government ones) seem to be disappearing faster than dissidents and Christians, I'd say that something is afoot and there is a conspiracy of some sort.

posted by Monica Poland at 04:50 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Edmonton by 8 British Columbia by 9

posted by Monica Poland at 11:15 AM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

We've missed you weedy (and it just seems that long without your acerbic comments)

posted by Monica Poland at 11:06 AM on August 19

Equestrians' silver touch

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

posted by Monica Poland at 12:47 AM on August 19

Eight.

Great FPP Joey -- succinct and to the point!

Back in the 70's you could watch swimming on Wide World of Sports. Maybe now they'll bring back swimming on TV. and yep Cavic was wrong (unless it was his way of motivating Phelps to win).

posted by Monica Poland at 07:03 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Dr. J you're a star!

Hamilton by 17 Toronto by 8

posted by Monica Poland at 02:04 AM on August 13

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 6

Montreal by 9 BC by 17 Toronto by 12 Calgary by 21

posted by Monica Poland at 09:13 AM on July 30

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 5

Montreal by 14 Toronto by 7 Winnipeg by 9 Hamilton by 11

posted by Monica Poland at 12:05 AM on July 22

Not tonight, honey, I have a game tomorrow.

Emancipated107 -- isn't it more important how you perform during?

posted by Monica Poland at 11:46 PM on July 18

Judge Sides with Redskins

I've learned not to drink and read sportsfi so no one owes me a new keyboard.

posted by Monica Poland at 12:33 PM on July 16

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 4

For the second week in a row, I managed to double my point total! Stampedeers by 9 Lions by 12 Allouettes by 5 Eskimos by 8

posted by Monica Poland at 01:10 PM on July 14

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 3

Montreal by 6 Toronto by 12 BC by 3 Saskatchewan by 9

posted by Monica Poland at 10:28 AM on July 07

Are you ready for some football?....Sit Down!

The solution is: Duct tape -- can be used to keep both drunks and children quiet and seated.

posted by Monica Poland at 12:07 AM on July 03

3,494 and counting.

How do you get pucks? I've been to a dozen or so games and never have gotten one!

posted by Monica Poland at 12:36 PM on July 01

The Day Innocence Died

I remember this story even though I have never been a basketball fan. The impact of his story is not that he died but the results of his death (the war on drugs -- stricter laws and enforcement). Because his death brought drug use to the public's attention, Congress reacted and hurriedly passed laws that met the public's demands but were they really the right laws with the right consequences?

posted by Monica Poland at 10:56 AM on July 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Ignorance may be bliss but it also puts you in the running for the Costanza! No where to go but up from here. Toronto by 13 Calgary by 9 Montreal by 3 B.C. by 4 Thanks for doing this Dr. J (I joined this year because last year you guys made this so much fun)

posted by Monica Poland at 10:53 AM on July 01

Dodgers beat Angels without a hit.

At least my son (the Angel fan) can say to his friend (the Dodger fan) -- my team no-hit your team!

posted by Monica Poland at 10:12 AM on July 01

3,494 and counting.

I took my two sons and two of their friends to a game recently. We were able to get 3 balls during batting practice -- all of them tossed by the Angels outfielders. I am glad this guy wasn't there so they had a chance. I am amazed that he can get that many. My oldest did get two during one batting practice between the Padres and the Rockies. (I don't bring a glove to the game either-- I bring boys!). Although I did get one off a HR during batting practice at Dodger stadium before I had children.

posted by Monica Poland at 10:05 AM on July 01

George Carlin: (Late) Sports Authority

I had to break the news to my children that Filmore had died. Some day when they are older, they can get to know Filmore's other side. .

posted by Monica Poland at 01:57 PM on June 24

The 4th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick ’Em

Hamilton Tiger-Cats by 5 B.C. Lions by 3 Toronto Argonauts by 11 Saskatchewan Roughriders by 7 Thanks, Dr. John for doing this (and allowing us south of the border to participate).

posted by Monica Poland at 02:55 PM on June 21

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

Thanks for doing this YYM.

posted by Monica Poland at 12:23 PM on June 07

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals round results.

Thanks for doing this NoMich. It was fun.

posted by Monica Poland at 12:03 PM on June 05

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Conference Finals round results.: Plus Finals round rules inside.

Wings in 7 Zetterberg and Crosby Osgood

posted by Monica Poland at 09:33 AM on May 21

A dazzling Manny being Manny moment

awesome

posted by Monica Poland at 06:07 PM on May 15

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

Tahoe I'm only steppin on your head because of the alphabet.

posted by Monica Poland at 10:49 AM on May 09

Teen is running out of innings, but the game still isn't over

Thanks BI -- great post. The tears are still flowing. I am inspired. Best wishes to Mrs. Thx--you both are in our prayers.

posted by Monica Poland at 11:38 AM on May 08

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

I am basically in the basement in all pools so....here goes nothing. In the Battle of the D cities (alphabetical not grades) wings (Zetterberg) over stars (Morrow) in 7 games In the Battle for Penn's Wood (or the P cities) flightless birds (Crosby) over flyers (Richards) in 6 games

posted by Monica Poland at 02:36 PM on May 06

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 1 results.

San Jose (Cheechoo) over Dallas (Morrow) in 6 Detroit (Zetterberg) over Colorado (Statsny) in 6 games Flyers (Briere) over Habs(Kovalev) in 7 games Rangers (Shanahan) over Pens(Malkin) in 6 games

posted by Monica Poland at 11:12 AM on April 24

Perfect?

I'm thinking that the Vikes have the 8-8 covered.

posted by Monica Poland at 12:18 AM on April 22

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

Can the rest of the cellar dwellers join in guitar hero (which I won't win either but when they invent tuba hero---watch out)? Owlhouse -- my teams are discouraged that you didn't pick them!

posted by Monica Poland at 11:18 PM on April 20

Say it ain’t so, George!

If you really wanted to curse them, wouldn't it have been better to put a Tampa Bay shirt under the Yanks clubhouse?

posted by Monica Poland at 12:44 AM on April 16

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

Bruins in 6 (Kovalev/Sturm) Senators in 6 (Malkin/Heatley) Flyers in 5 (Ovechkin/Prospal) Rangers in 7 (Parise/Jagr) Redwings in 4 (Zetterberg/Dumont) Avalanche in 7 (Hejduk/Gaborik) Ducks in 5 (Getzlaf/Morrow) Flames in 6 (Iginla/Cheechoo) Goalies: Giguere, Price

posted by Monica Poland at 04:20 PM on April 10

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

Thanks YYM

posted by Monica Poland at 11:30 AM on April 10

2007 NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Congratulations, Yukon Thanks, Apoch Good job, Ufez

posted by Monica Poland at 05:46 PM on February 04