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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: November 24, 2014, 06:31:14 PM
I went into this thinking it must be a really shitty time to be Pablo Sandoval, but Mike Bauman and his big brain convinced me otherwise.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Goobye, Sweet Prince- Hank White 2005-2008 on: November 22, 2014, 01:45:14 PM

In before Dolan starts publishing eBooks full of Hank White/Luis Valbuena slash fiction.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: November 21, 2014, 06:04:58 PM
Deadspin dropping the video.

And a couple money quotes from station boss Jimmy de Castro in today's Trib.

Quote
De Castro said he understood Finfer's frustration.
"He got a little bit upset," de Castro said. "That's a tough way to find out."

To be fair, if that's how I found out I was out of a job, my reaction would make these people look downright stoic.

Is anyone really surprised by this?  I was expecting a year at best when this launched and wondered what people jumping from the Score were thinking.

Were you really so sure this was doomed to fail from the start?  I mean, yeah, it's easy to look back at it now, but it's not exactly like when dumbasses like Jesse Rogers jumped off the short bus for Webbio.  It was a WGN subsidiary.

I'm not saying I'm totally surprised (radio in general is not what it once was) but to be so smug as to suggest that this was a fait accompli from Day 1  strikes me as rather disingenuous.



No, I really didn't think this would be successful, smug or not.  I'm pretty sure I laughed when I read the announcement.  A station with a frequency that no one can hear anchored by David Kaplan and David Haugh?  Supported by a roster of mostly unknowns?  I was especially surprised when Adam Hoge left and thought it was clearly a mistake (maybe they paid him a buttload, I don't know).  If I was a Score producer who was offered a chance to leave I absolutely would have stayed, knowing only what I knew at the time.  There was talk during the launch that WGN would later move THE GAME to a different frequency.  That type of deal might have had a chance, but that's a different question.

That they were sick of waiting for Terry Boers to retire and that Patrick Mannelly jumped the queue?

And Chuck, if they had the foresight to know Patrick Mannelly would jump in front of them six months after they left the Score for the Game, they probably wouldn't have joined the Game in the first place. is wrong.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: November 21, 2014, 02:44:26 PM
Deadspin dropping the video.

And a couple money quotes from station boss Jimmy de Castro in today's Trib.

Quote
De Castro said he understood Finfer's frustration.
"He got a little bit upset," de Castro said. "That's a tough way to find out."

To be fair, if that's how I found out I was out of a job, my reaction would make these people look downright stoic.

Is anyone really surprised by this?  I was expecting a year at best when this launched and wondered what people jumping from the Score were thinking.
5  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: Graduated on: November 20, 2014, 11:10:49 PM
Fun fact, Mike Nichols was Rachel Nichols' Father-In-Law.



Well...It's certainly a fact.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 20, 2014, 04:31:56 PM
BleedCubTweets indicated that apparently some guy writing an article on Al's main page advocated the Cubs give 5 years, $75 million to Chase Headley. I can't even process the level of stupidity behind that.

I actually like Headley well enough, but I have no idea how he would fit into the Cubs' plans over the next five years.

Well that's what I mean. I'd argue 3B is the deepest position in the entire Cubs system if you factor in the possibility of the surplus shortstops moving in there. Even Valbuena is a perfectly average MLB 3B it appears. Giving $75 million to a guy to block your own prospects seems really, really stupid, even for BCB.

Next up for GM Rob Huff: Sign 1B Adam LaRoche for 5/$100M.  HE'S GOOD VALUE.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: November 20, 2014, 03:58:43 PM
THE GAME 87.7 FM will be pulling the plug on 12/31.
The employees were informed while on air by a Robert Feder tweet.

Sounds about as considerate as where I work.

The station might have had a better chance if they weren't on a frequency that only dogs can hear.


I am so torn between laughing at Kap and Haugh and that one meatball Slak's always retweeting and my pity for some of the people I do like who work there like Adam Hoge.

Hoo boy:

Quote from: @JulieDiCaro
Huge thanks to @RobertFeder for breaking that news while we're on the air. Rather be first than worry about people's feelings.

Tough break for Julie, finding out how this business works at her very first job fresh out of college, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Yes, Robert Feder, how dare you report what you have when you should have done The Game management's job for them by calling every employee into your office (or since you don't have an office at the Game maybe a nearby Starbucks, a bus stop, your conversion van, whatever) and breaking the news gently?  What an ass.

If there's a silver lining to this story, it's that someone still supports CubbieJulie:

Quote from: @bleedcubbieblue
@juliedicaro Sorry to hear about 87.7 The Game. Chicago needs new sports talk and you all did it well.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 20, 2014, 03:49:42 PM


I'm totally fine with the Cubs offering more than this.  

6 years feels like the right amount, but if the Cubs want to go $150 that's cool. 

I'm with you $25MM/season seems fair for Lester.  Unless Theo goes with Al's suggestion and trades for John Danks, because reasons.

Those were 4 really impressive starts, to be fair.

I mean, he beat the ROYALS for Christ's sake. 

The comments on this article are now closed.

This is an admission from me that this article wasn't well thought out and pretty weak.  As such, I'm closing comments.  Let's move on.

The rest of the articles, however, are fully thought out and incredibly strong.

BleedCubTweets indicated that apparently some guy writing an article on Al's main page advocated the Cubs give 5 years, $75 million to Chase Headley. I can't even process the level of stupidity behind that.

"Use some of that money to buy yourself a catcher's mitt, Chase.  You're our new Russell Martin."
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 20, 2014, 01:20:59 PM


I'm totally fine with the Cubs offering more than this.  

6 years feels like the right amount, but if the Cubs want to go $150 that's cool. 

I'm with you $25MM/season seems fair for Lester.  Unless Theo goes with Al's suggestion and trades for John Danks, because reasons.

Those were 4 really impressive starts, to be fair.

I mean, he beat the ROYALS for Christ's sake. 

The comments on this article are now closed.

This is an admission from me that this article wasn't well thought out and pretty weak.  As such, I'm closing comments.  Let's move on.

The rest of the articles, however, are fully thought out and incredibly strong.
10  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: Graduated on: November 20, 2014, 01:18:49 PM

You owe it to yourself to listen to some of his old recordings with Elaine May. Years ahead of their time.

Thanks for the link, ya jerk.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 19, 2014, 06:20:59 PM


I'm totally fine with the Cubs offering more than this.  

6 years feels like the right amount, but if the Cubs want to go $150 that's cool. 

I'm with you $25MM/season seems fair for Lester.  Unless Theo goes with Al's suggestion and trades for John Danks, because reasons.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The Chicago Shite Sox on: November 18, 2014, 01:04:40 PM
ZACH! DUKE!  Here come the White Sox.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 17, 2014, 04:37:11 PM
And the Cubs didn't just have a right fielder turn into road pizza, so they probably weren't that interested.

Heyward is only 25 and has averaged just over 5 WAR a year since 2012. Or, another way to look at it:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=FFb98

I sure as hell hope they were interested.

There's still hope for would-be shirsey buyers. The Cubs can get ready to give him $200+ million next offseason as they hand St. Louis a first-round pick for their trouble, unless the Cardinals can extend him during the next 12 months.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: "Turd Throw" and other stories from the rancid NLC. on: November 17, 2014, 04:09:30 PM
Bill Mueller quit as hitting coach to become the cards assistant hitting coach.

Finally, he's on the right side of the rivalry.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: November 17, 2014, 02:31:31 AM
Cubs get Tommy La Stella from Atlanta for Arodys Vizcaino and swap bonus pool slots. JULIE SAID TRADE INFIELDERS NOT GET MORE, EPSTINK IS TERRIBLE

Thinking the key to the deal was Atlanta's 4 International bonus slots.

According to reports they only got Atlanta's #4 slot, not four total.

They GAVE the Braves 3 slots.

Other than that, great job, Fork and Sterling.

Didn't realize I was supposed to list the entire trade instead of correct him on how many slots they're getting from Atlanta.  Way to go, Sterling, you shitty mindreader.
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