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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: October 22, 2014, 04:42:29 PM
Smug know-it-all Leo Laporte (who really lays the "hey hey hey, I'm a slick! radio! personality!" voice on thick) and the aptly-named TWiT show.  I had the misfortune of hearing this, in which professional troll John Dvorak accuses Nilay Patel of being a racist for, like, no reason.  As if that weren't bad enough, almost all their predictions for Apple's keynote were plain wrong, and there's an odd yearning in the air to make sure everything someone says is Important and Meaningful and Well-Reasoned and a Grand Pronouncement.  They're not talking about tech, they're talking about Life and Philosophy.  What utter pretension.

Almost forgot: At one point Laporte tries to mount a defense of Nadella for his stupid comments about women in the workplace.  Also gotta appreciate the cluelessness of four men discussing GamerGate and Nadella's comments without a single woman around.  All in all a pretty A+ effort by the whole gang. 
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Theo Epstein Sploosh Thread on: October 20, 2014, 05:22:27 PM
Baseball America thinks The Cubs had the 4th best 2014 draft.

Quote from: Baseball America Draft Report Card
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The Cubs executed a plan deftly, getting the consensus top bat in Schwarber and saving enough to add needed million-dollar arms in Stinnett, Sands, Steele and Cease.

Quote from: More BA Draft Report Card
Best Pure Hitter: Several scouting directors contacted for this feature called C/OF Kyle Schwarber (1) the best hitter in the draft, wowed by his combination of strength, short swing and confident presence in the box. » Best Power Hitter: Schwarber has plus power from pole to pole and made hitting home runs look easy in his debut, mashing 18 over three regular season levels (and one more in the high Class A Florida State League playoffs) after hitting 14 in the spring for Indiana. » Fastest Runner: Five-foot-9, 170-pound OF Calvin Graves (27) has no power to speak of but is an aggressive 60 runner who stole 92 bases in four seasons at Division II Franklin Pierce (N.H.). » Best Defensive Player: 2B Andrew Ely (32) was an all-league defender in the Pacific-12 Conference with sure hands, good range and instincts to spare.

Best Fastball: RHP James Norwood (7) and RHP Jake Stinnett (2) have the best present fastballs, with the Cubs giving Norwood a slight edge. Both reach 97 mph regularly as starters, and pitch in the 92-95 mph range as starters. RHP Dylan Cease (6) came out of the gate hitting 98 mph this spring but got hurt and needed Tommy John surgery after signing in July » Best Secondary Pitch: Stinnett has improved his feel for a hard, late slider that has power in the 78-83 mph range.

Best Pro Debut: Schwarber made pro ball look too easy, hitting .344/.428/.634 with 18 homers and a 39-57 walk-strikeout ratio in 262 at-bats. He struggled more with the defensive part of the game. OF Kevonte Mitchell (13) hit .294/.374/.371 in the Rookie-level Arizona League, showing a more advanced swing than expected and stealing 19 bases in 20 tries. » Best Athlete: At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, Mitchell was a first-team all-Missouri basketball player as a junior, but he was committed to play baseball at Southeast Missouri State. » Most Intriguing Background: OF Joey Martarano (22) was one of Idaho’s top prep players in 2013 but didn’t sign and attended Boise State to play football. The Cubs drafted him in 2014 and signed him while allowing him to continue playing linebacker for the Broncos. LHP Carson Sands (4) has a younger brother Cole who is a priority follow for the 2015 draft. » Closest to Majors: Schwarber’s arrival will depend mostly on his ability to catch. If the Cubs decide to stick him in left field, he’ll be in Wrigley Field in 2015. » Best Late-Round Pick: RHP Jeremy Null (15) had back problems in the spring and saw his velocity drop into the mid-to-upper 80s. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder threw the ball better this summer after signing and was back up to reaching 93 mph with good downhill plane. » The One Who Got Away: Athletic OF Isiah Gilliam (23) was ruled ineligible this spring at Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., limiting looks at the athletic switch-hitter. He’ll make up for lost time at Chipola (Fla.) JC.

Whoa.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 20, 2014, 04:17:29 PM
Assuming we're not going to see a miraculous turnaround, and setting playoff flameouts aside, is this the most disappointing Chicago team in the last 20 years or so(preseason expectations vs. regular season output)? 2004 Cubs - who else?

Big Z was the truth that season.  Career-high 6.7 bWAR.  (fWAR was 4.4: same as 2003 and both career bests.)
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 20, 2014, 12:32:09 PM
Has a team ever won a Super Bowl after going winless at home? No reason.
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ricketts Family Annoyance Thread on: October 17, 2014, 02:09:48 PM
Dempster and DeRosa at the Cubs Convention

The convention really isn't for us.  It's for simpletons like Al who will tell their grandkids until the day they die about the time they related a mildly amusing anecdote to Dempster and DeRosa and both Cubs legends chortled.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 17, 2014, 02:07:49 PM
Keeping Smilin' Rick is fine for now, unless they have a shot at a post-Friedman Joe Maddon.

I do think Ricky does good work when it comes to making players feel good and happy. At least he has so far. That is very important. I hope he learns and grows with the on field stuff. I'm not really too interested in seeing them change managers all the time.

Starlin Castro has had 4 managers in his 5 MLB years

Right. Ricky will be here unless the Cubs somehow lose 100 games again next year or there's a player revolt. There's no point in getting worked up over Joe Maddon or anyone else.

If all our prospect hopes and dreams come true, all the Cubs' manager will have to do is get out of the team's way.

Which Matheny fantastically failed to do this week. I don't know if this is the Methocalypse we've been pining for but it's not another Cardinal championship, so there's that. They could always go get a post-Friedman Madden themselves but for all that talk, why wouldn't the Dodgers be the favorite to land one of those?

Getting Friedman has me worried the Dodgers will kill my David Price 2016 buzz.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 17, 2014, 11:37:01 AM
Keeping Smilin' Rick is fine for now, unless they have a shot at a post-Friedman Joe Maddon.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 17, 2014, 02:50:38 AM


If I only I had confidence this would never be Ricky, but whatever...I'm laughing now.

You want me to waste my best reliever in the ninth inning of a tied elimination game? Don't make me laugh.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 16, 2014, 10:35:52 PM
Fin.

I might buy a Giants hat now.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ricketts Family Annoyance Thread on: October 14, 2014, 02:14:47 PM
Chuck, any chance you want to become a Dodgers fan now that your beloved Andrew Friedman is taking over baseball operations there? Magic Johnson is just hands down a better owner than Tom Ricketts.

You get the Cubs as we think they might be in like five years. Who wouldn't leap at this chance.

Also no one in the national media is going to talk about the Cubs ever again.

I don't think it's guaranteed that Friedman plus $$$ is going to automatically mean the Dodgers will win 110 games every year forever. I have nothing to back this up, but it SEAMS as if moves like this never work out how people expect.

Intrepid Reader: Gordo
Just like getting Theo.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ricketts Family Annoyance Thread on: October 14, 2014, 02:11:18 PM
Chuck, any chance you want to become a Dodgers fan now that your beloved Andrew Friedman is taking over baseball operations there? Magic Johnson is just hands down a better owner than Tom Ricketts.

You get the Cubs as we think they might be in like five years. Who wouldn't leap at this chance.

Also no one in the national media is going to talk about the Cubs ever again.

Friedman will get all the free agents now, and Theo will get none.  Nice choice Tom.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 13, 2014, 03:22:31 PM
Oh and DJ Williams is worthless, and he was already losing snaps at MLB to Bostic in the base (Bostic was already the starter in the nickel) before Shamus got hurt, so at this point with Jones and Greene looking respectable and Bostic hopefully on the mend I don't see any reason to ever play DJ again, barring another apocalyptic wave of injuries.

They also got decent play at the nickel for the first time since Tillman went down now that Hurst and Vereen replaced Frey. So hopefully that continues and the middle of the field isn't free space anymore.

Here's my question for you on the defense.  Is there a possibility that Jones could develop into an impact player?  If not, maybe a solid starter?  Or is he pretty much an UDFA and nothing more?  I'll hang up and listen to your answer.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 12, 2014, 08:44:52 PM
Human Dumpster Fire:

156/229 (68.1%), 1676 YDs, 13 TDs, 6 INTs, 7.3 YPA, 279 YPG, 7.3 YPA, 97.4 passer rating.

I've seen worse dumpster fires?

Yeah but he doesn't look like he's sorry for being a dumpster fire or that he cares. Give me a dumpster fire with the fire and the passion anyday over this bum.

And at this rate the Bears can take Jameis Winston with a mid round pick in the 2018 supplemental draft after he gets out of prison. Win win!

He suited up to PLAY even when he was suspended! THAT'S A BORN WINNER RIGHT THERE. He'd never beg out of a game at halftime like Jake Utler! #SHAMEUSFORJAMEIS
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 12, 2014, 08:13:40 PM
Human Dumpster Fire:

156/229 (68.1%), 1676 YDs, 13 TDs, 6 INTs, 7.3 YPA, 279 YPG, 7.3 YPA, 97.4 passer rating.

I've seen worse dumpster fires?

Yeah but he doesn't look like he's sorry for being a dumpster fire or that he cares. Give me a dumpster fire with the fire and the passion anyday over this bum.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 12, 2014, 08:12:27 PM
WE WUZ ROBBED! #BALKGHAZI IS REAL! THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SET UP DARREN WILSON I BET! #CARDINALNATION #BESTFANSINBASEBALL #THANKSOBAMA #THEGIANTSAREGAYBECAUSESANFRANCISCO
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