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Ooh, I'm late but I wrote this earlier today on my site about the subject: There's trouble afoot in Capital City! The DC city council is upsetting the Major League Baseball Overlords. My solution: make "The Nationals" a barnstorming team. The team without a home, they will travel the country in a decked-out entourage of planes, trains, busses and trucks, finding a "home" stadium when they can (if we don't have enough empty major league ballparks now, we may yet) and playing the role of a true national team. (The mascot can be a guy with a sack tied to a bat.) This kind of radical departure requires a thumb-on-the-nose attitude on the part of the owners and whoops! There's the flaw. The owners are in bed with themselves on this one. Until someone puts Major League Baseball out of its monopolistic misery it is going to continue on a downward spiral toward the sterility of which Mr. Disney was so fond. One look at the suburbs though and we realize it's a success!
posted by Dick Paris at 07:05 PM on December 16
I'd totally forgotten about Italy's weird-ass stick thing. WTF, Italy? Blame Post Modernism, Ufez. Onto the lion. That's a lion? Looks like the love child of a hyena and gorilla. Weird ass indeed.
posted by Dick Paris at 11:01 AM on December 11
Here ya go, usfbull. Bill Buckner Statistics (I'm on a Mac too. ;-)
posted by Dick Paris at 05:13 AM on October 29
leave it to fox to not show the damn flyover. Dark and gloomy night. Low flying, fast moving objects. Donut stadium. Nothing to show.
posted by Dick Paris at 09:51 PM on October 26
Pedro now in groove. His early innings, of late, (isn't dat veerd) are going to be the death of me.
posted by Dick Paris at 09:48 PM on October 26
What's up with these low strikes from Suppan? The ball taking some sort of dive that only the umpire can see? I just want to add, once again... FOX. COVERAGE. SUCKS. /dead horse
posted by Dick Paris at 08:24 PM on October 26
Eight errors in two games? I don't feel good about the Sox playing without a DH in Saint Louis. (Although I really, really hate the DH and will grumble about it on my deathbed.)
posted by Dick Paris at 11:24 PM on October 24
Er, maybe that was less of a rant about game 6 than other pressing issues. Go Sox!
posted by Dick Paris at 11:19 PM on October 24
For all the times I have complained about McCarver and know others have too, I am amazed that FOX (was he on CBS before FOX?) has not found a replacement for him yet. His stock is so low in my book that he is a throw-away line in my rant about the broadcast and presentation of game 6 of the ACLS. Tivo's not causing the delay. For game one I was listening to broadcast radio and broadcast TV -- all analog, so old fashioned -- and the radio was just far enough ahead for me to know when to turn my head to see the shots! on the tele.
posted by Dick Paris at 11:13 PM on October 24
Weather looks like it's going to be windy again on Sunday. Look for another soppy game.
posted by Dick Paris at 07:36 AM on October 24
Will there be video? Oh, and YEAH SOX! It's nice to read this thread after watching the game. interesting to see the flow and the bizzarre pulling fo Lowe. Lovin' it SpoFi. See you in the Series!
posted by Dick Paris at 12:28 AM on October 21
I got it Dzot. Need to be more in touch with DC news for that one to land, I'm afraid. And can't one be thrown out of Yankee Stadium for using the phrase "cracker jack" in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"? or some such nonsense. I read it on the internet. Really. ;-) I'm going to have a lot to say about this -- somewhere, somehow. I bought today's WaPo to digest the entire matter (although I have been loosely following the tale for... how long has this been a tale now?) My first reaction: I once again am flabbergasted by the numbers being bandied about for stadia and their deals. I designed a ballpark as part of my final year's work in grad school and did a lot of peripheral research about baseball. It's been a while since I put that knowledge to use but my gut reaction is to be troubled by the creation of stadia and the events within as a single commodity. Stadia (especially as urban place settings) had at one time grown organically within the fabric of the city. Now, they are designed and, with the event they house, packaged as a desitnation which only feeds a beast that still pretends to be a "democratic" institution. Don't get me wrong: I love baseball and ballparks. That architects have at least captured the "style" of the ballpark's organic origins is good but they are still a commodity no different in substance (aside from degree -- they are substantially more a commodity now) than the donut ballparks planned in the late 60's. I don't know exactly where I want to go with this but I need to stop now. Best name suggestions I've heard so far: the Washington Grays. Fitting given it really is a team playing in a "home away from home".
posted by Dick Paris at 07:16 AM on September 30
When are the Feds coing to step in and put this cartel and its all-powerful boss-man out of its misery.
posted by Dick Paris at 03:28 PM on August 19
Since when is anyone compelled to stand during "God Bless America"? Aside: I was at a concert recently of student musicians who tacked the "Star Spangled Banner" onto their program. They did not open the concert with it, in customary American-gathering fashion but instead played a highly stylized version at the end of their scheduled program -- so stylized in fact that it took a number of measures before any recognized the tune and it was impossible to sing along if any one was so compelled. The first hint of the melody sounded like it was to be a thematic insertion into a larger American medley. When we finally realized that they were butchering, er, playing, the entire tune, people slowly started standing -- but this was a concert of symphonic music. It was so out of place, so bizarre that I must say I felt snared in some kind of jongistic trap. By the end of the song, everyone in the hall was standing except for a very stubborn me and my wife (who is not well versed in these Americanisms having being raised over seas). Aside to the aside: I say butchering because I was in the marching band in high school and l;earned to play the "Star Spangled Banner" correctly and am, as a result, always annoyed when I hear it played or sung with "artisitic license". How is it that no Yankee players have not yet mutliated their ears after hearing this mediocre song sung in the most abusive way possible (referring to the Kate Smith version mentioned in the article -- maybe they are not always treated to the same version)? If I were there every game, I'd skitter away at the first note of that tune.
posted by Dick Paris at 04:31 PM on July 22
Damn Yankees. /nothing new
posted by Dick Paris at 08:45 AM on July 02
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