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1  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Fargo on: April 23, 2014, 09:43:45 PM
I am loving the shit out of this show (pun intended).

2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Pollyellon banned me on: April 21, 2014, 02:22:31 PM
It's too bad there isn't catchy phrase like "suck for Luck" that the Cubs can use like the Colts did. That would make waiting through this shitty period a lot more fun.

I think RV's post upthread was good and thought-provoking. If baseball has really been changed so that outright tanking is now the easiest (or "best") way to rebuild franchises, that's bad for the game. Partially because tanking sucks and isn't fun for anyone. And partially because it's so much harder to turn around a baseball organization by tanking, since one guy doesn't have the impact of a Luck or LeBron like in the NFL or NBA. Plus, it's still harder to accurately project baseball players than basketball or football players. If a team commits to tanking for a few years and misses on one or two picks, they're kind of screwed.

Basically: thanks, Obama.

The important thing is that Pen's good friend Bud Selig's tenure as Commissioner has been a complete success.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Getting The Bandstink Back Together—Blackhawks 2013-?? Dynastink Thread on: April 18, 2014, 08:54:24 AM
Tough loss, but not much of a nut punch.  All it took for the Blues to win was 2 full overtimes, an otherworldly performance from Ryan Miller (after the 1st period) and Maxim LaPenisloaf making the only decent hockey-related play of his entire life. 
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Score some fucking runs thread on: April 17, 2014, 11:22:47 AM
Castillo bunted on his own yesterday according to Renteria, so there's that.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/23122/cubs-go-down-quietly-in-new-york

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Castillo bunting: Renteria indicated catcher Welington Castillo bunted on his own in the fifth inning of Game 2 on Wednesday night. With runners on first and second and none out, Castillo laid down a nice sacrifice, but it wasn’t what his manager wanted.

"We wanted him to swing the bat," he said.

The Cubs' Nos. 8 and 9 hitters were due up, as Kalish subsequently struck out and Barney flew out. Renteria has used the bunt often so far this season, so maybe Castillo thought it was the right move. It wasn’t.

Gee, Rick, I wonder where he could have gotten the idea.

Why would Castillo sacrifice on his own? Isn't that the type of thing a manager always calls for? Are the players so stupid that they need a "don't bunt" sign?

Ricketts probably called for the bunt from the owner's box.
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 16, 2014, 11:06:56 AM
What on earth are we talking about?

About how the Cubs apparently have 30 Javier Baezs in the minor leagues.

But really, there's a big leap from "it's too early to worry about Baez" to "it's not even that big of a deal if Baez somehow doesn't work out." Those are two very different things.

Will it be disappointing if Baez is a complete flop? Absolutely.  But I think I'm less inclined to "worry" about him simply because he was a draft pick under the Hendry's regime, which proved itself to be completely inept at drafting.  So I guess if Baez develops into a very good major leaguer, I'm viewing it as found money.  If Baez had been drafted by Epstein and flopped, well then I'd be disturbed.
6  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Mad Men - New Season on: April 15, 2014, 09:22:39 AM
And, honestly, what's the deal with people having "theories" about Mad Men in the first place? This isn't Lost. What the hell do people expect to "figure out"?

Fucking internet.

/TPD

Christ, I am so sick of the idea that a show is a puzzle to be unlocked. Admittedly, the Sopranos finale was something you had to think about, but since when has Weiner been the creator of shows with long-running secret, arcane symbolism?

The worst thing DB Cooper ever did was disappear forever, allowing his story to be hijacked by every lazy, two-bit hack writer ever.  Not counting Weiner among them, but I wonder if Cooper had any idea that by leaping out of that plane he was falling into eternal McGuffinhood.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 14, 2014, 11:22:32 AM

No look, he got up and he's walking away.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Single Greatest Thread Ever on: April 11, 2014, 03:13:30 PM
I've missed baseball talk so much.
9  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: April 09, 2014, 02:44:34 PM
While Wendy's idiocy stretched beyond belief for me (she really thought Kendal shot Art until that moment?!?) I did enjoy Darryl's antics this season.  Unlike the other master criminals that have populated Kentucky, Darryl had only the vaguest goal (work for Boyd? Become Boyd's partner? Make money and go back to Florida?) and no real plan for accomplishing that goal, other than to insert himself into every situation and do whatever appears to give him the most leverage.  It was kind of fun to see all these characters on both sides of the law put together intricate plans only for Darryl come smashing into the scene and completely fuck up everything.

The finale did seem pretty low key though, more concerned with setting up Season 6 than ending Season 5.  But it's always good to see Rachel and Tim get screen time (their relative absence is probably my biggest disappointment in this season).

Anyway, the table is set for Raylan vs. Boyd, the final battle.  Now we just have to sit back and wait for it.



Is anybody else planning on watching "Fargo"?
10  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: Not so Ultimate, after all, then? on: April 09, 2014, 09:07:27 AM
Quote from: Ultimate Warrior, Monday night
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if that man did in his life what makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.

He foresaw his own demise, just like Martin Luther King.



Does it matter? They'll just replace him with a different guy again.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Starlin Castro Unbridled Manlove with a Side Order of Sploogetasticism Thread on: April 07, 2014, 03:03:53 PM
/thread

Did he get traded or something?

Nah, just figured we'd never need it again.*

* I may be trying a reverse jinx here. Anything's worth a shot.


4 games

Right. He's started slowly after missing almost all of Spring Training. DOOOOOOM!!!

After 700 mostly-terrible plate appearances last year.

and he's even worse this year!

Yeah I don't see where there's anything illogical in being off the Starlin bandwagon. His value was tied entirely to his batting average and it's been garbage for over a year after a not insignificant decline in 2012 from his 2011 high. There's a good chance he's just bad and grossly overpaid now.

Yeah, but this year was all about seeing if he could rebound from last season. And, particularly given his spring training injury, it's way too early to make a call on that.

Which is to say, we'll have wait to see how this one plays out.

Yeah, and when this strategy costs the Cubs their 77th win who'll look stupid then?
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: April 03, 2014, 09:23:51 PM
Glendon Rusch inexplicably began following me on Twitter.

I got Ellis Valentine. I win.

Yeah? Well, Butthead connected with Martellus Bennett on LinkedIn. He wins in a landslide.

Pfft. Mike North PM'd me to tell me I'm funny.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Score some fucking runs thread on: April 03, 2014, 11:01:19 AM
This season is going to suck some serious hang if the Cubs continue to hit .037 with runners in scoring position.

Look on the bright side, once Bonerface turns back into himself, nobody will every be in scoring position again.
14  General Category / The Old Feedbag / Re: Lunch... Jeetyet? on: April 02, 2014, 03:47:48 PM
Anyone ever been to Snarfburger?

There are two here, but the 3rd location is at 600 W. Chicago.

Snarf's is a sub shop here in Boulder and it's pretty damn good. Snarfburger is the new burger joint, though I've never been.

Edit: I see that Snarf's also had their sub shop in Chicago and fired all their employees by email 3 days before Christmas. So, yeah...this might not go over well.  Still, could be good.

There's a Snarf's next door to my office and while it's pretty good, it seemed to me to be a blatant ripoff of Potbelly's. Like, the exact same sandwiches and ingredients just with a different name.

Is the Snarf's where the Quizno's used to be? I literally walk by there everyday but never pay attention

Yes. Understandable that you'd be distracted by the siren song of Authentic Chinese Slop at the Panda Express across the way.

It appears I have touched a nerve by not PAYING THE FUCK ATTENTION to RV's beloved Snarf's. Seriously though, just the smell of that Panada Express is enough to give me the trots.
15  General Category / The Old Feedbag / Re: Lunch... Jeetyet? on: April 02, 2014, 01:26:04 PM
Anyone ever been to Snarfburger?

There are two here, but the 3rd location is at 600 W. Chicago.

Snarf's is a sub shop here in Boulder and it's pretty damn good. Snarfburger is the new burger joint, though I've never been.

Edit: I see that Snarf's also had their sub shop in Chicago and fired all their employees by email 3 days before Christmas. So, yeah...this might not go over well.  Still, could be good.

There's a Snarf's next door to my office and while it's pretty good, it seemed to me to be a blatant ripoff of Potbelly's. Like, the exact same sandwiches and ingredients just with a different name.

Is the Snarf's where the Quizno's used to be? I literally walk by there everyday but never pay attention.
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