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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: February 27, 2015, 01:28:14 PM
The one thing I got from watching 20 hours per week of MLB Network this winter is that Russell doesn't have the arm to play 3B.

Really? Most scouting reports I've seen on Russell rate his arm somewhere between above-average or plus. And while 3B might require a slightly stronger arm than short, I don't think the difference is all that significant. But if Baez fits better at 3B than Russell, that's fine. I still don't see Bryant sticking at third for more than 3-4 years, if at all. Especially if he can be a good defender in left field, as a lot of people have said.

Of course I've let my BA subscription lapse.  Ugh.

MLB.com rates his arm as a 55.  BP's scouting report rates his arm as a left-side of the infield arm.  Splitting hairs.

I just don't think it matters right now.

Not to derail the certainly riveting discussion I just skipped over, but 55 out of what?

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/scouting-explained-the-20-80-scouting-scale/

Thank you.

I mean that sincerely.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: "Turd Throw" and other stories from the rancid NLC. on: February 27, 2015, 01:27:26 PM
This thread works cause it's a sad story: https://twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/status/571333892323483648

Quote from: Adam McCalvy
Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his final season.

I feel like he might be the most underappreciated Cub of my lifetime. The dude was really damn good for quite a stretch and yet lots of people seemed to have a problem with him.

Most of those people were local sportswriters and talk radioheads (most of them white) who had it out for the best 3B this city had seen in 3 decades because he wore a facemask while playing April baseball in Chicago. That, combined with the presence of a much shittier player at 3B on the South Side who was both white and on a World Series team (and thus tried much harder) for some reason made Aramis into a bad guy in the eyes of various meatballs in the press and fanbase.

Up yours, Barry Rozner.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: February 27, 2015, 01:18:31 PM
The one thing I got from watching 20 hours per week of MLB Network this winter is that Russell doesn't have the arm to play 3B.

Really? Most scouting reports I've seen on Russell rate his arm somewhere between above-average or plus. And while 3B might require a slightly stronger arm than short, I don't think the difference is all that significant. But if Baez fits better at 3B than Russell, that's fine. I still don't see Bryant sticking at third for more than 3-4 years, if at all. Especially if he can be a good defender in left field, as a lot of people have said.

Of course I've let my BA subscription lapse.  Ugh.

MLB.com rates his arm as a 55.  BP's scouting report rates his arm as a left-side of the infield arm.  Splitting hairs.

I just don't think it matters right now.

Not to derail the certainly riveting discussion I just skipped over, but 55 out of what?
4  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: Of All the Souls I Encountered in My Travels, His Was the Most.....Human. on: February 27, 2015, 12:42:53 PM
The cosmic ballet goes on.

Does anyone want to switch seats?

He will always be my favorite of the Little Rascals.
5  General Category / You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Kiss Eight Bucks Goodbye / Re: Birdman on: February 24, 2015, 05:11:43 PM
Yeah, several.  It was pretty hairy, one way and another, but honestly, even if he'd been a picture of health, I'd quite possibly still have found it overwhelming and deeply unpleasant.  My whole fucking life got turned completely upside-down and I didn't like it one bit.

I thought the first two weeks were awesome, since she was sleeping like 22 hours a day. Weeks 2-6 were pretty tough in a what-the-hell-have-I-done sort of way and are mostly a blur.

I've heard from very few dads who *love* having an infant, so I think this is a fairly universal thing. For whatever reason, new-dad struggles are something that isn't talked about a lot, so it came as a bit of a shock to me. I remember thinking that I was a bad person because I was certainly not "treasuring" every moment (as I was told to do by every old person at the grocery store). It still feels that way a bit, but less so even after a few months.

You're absolutely right.  People looked at me strange when I talked about how bloody difficult I was finding it, which just made me all the more determined not to make a secret of it.  I'm not ashamed of how I felt.  I think it was entirely underfuckingstandable, considering what had just happened to my previously self-centred existence.

First 4 months sucked. Then they start to play and it's fun.

Until they turn 15, fuck up their biology test, don't ask for help, and have a shitty-for-what-he-can-really-do first semester of high school.

Time to waive that college scholarship goodbye.

Waive or wave?



How do you sleep at night?
6  General Category / You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Kiss Eight Bucks Goodbye / Re: Birdman on: February 24, 2015, 09:47:54 AM
DPD.

Mrs. flannj and I just got a call from the oldest, he's taking a break from law classes / studies and coming home for Sunday dinner and staying until Monday night.
Anything he wants is on the menu.

Tonk, I am sure that Stew would agree that these are the simple things you look forward to when empty nesting is your way of life.


Yeah, I can't even comprehend what that will be like. My in-laws took the kids over the weekend, and it was just bizarrely quiet.  The dog was going out of her mind trying to figure out what was happening.

Then they came back and my oldest said "You know dad, only 6 more years and I'll be able to drive" and I had heart palpitations.
7  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: '84 Cubs Finally Establish a Body Count on: February 22, 2015, 11:34:22 PM
This is the last time I make a "Uecker Was a Terrible Hitter" joke on the Autism Awareness Page.

I'm an excellent historian.

Except when it comes to establishing a correct Deadpool thread title, apparently.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Is it baseball season yet? on: February 19, 2015, 10:49:16 AM
45 days until the Cubs are supposed to open at Wrigley Field. Drove past the park Saturday and noticed that the whole Clark St. side of the ballpark from Waveland to Addison is pretty much inaccessible with a large hole in the ground from where Yum Yum Donuts was to the outer wall of the park. Seriously, will they move the games to Busch Stadium, Miller Park, or Comiskular?

Kane County.
9  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: February 18, 2015, 12:49:43 PM
The only possible complaint I could have about this season is that with so many excellent characters/actors there isn't enough screen time to go around.  We definitely could have used some scenes of Wynn and Mikey playing Scrabble in season 5.

10  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: It's My Party on: February 16, 2015, 10:08:30 PM
CT has a sad.



They sent a lesbian to seduce Robin. How strangely appropriate.
11  General Category / The Dead Pool / Re: Space Ghost on: February 15, 2015, 05:43:16 PM
God damn it. There's nothing funny about this.

Nothing at all.
12  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: February 13, 2015, 10:42:43 AM
I think I could sit and watch Sam Elliott and Tim Olyphant parley for the rest of the season. Hell, Sam Elliott and anyone. I love that they've got Guterson out in the field with Raylan this season, he's always good for at least one great line a week (this week's highlight: dying between Sigourney Weaver's thighs). This is a great nugget from Yost on the aftermath of the Wiz explosion:

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The one thing that got cut out is, we had a follow-on scene where Boyd and Duffy go back to the Wiz's house to clean up, because they got the guts on them, and in comes Bridget [the girl with the snake], who was named in honor of Bridget Fonda, who was in Jackie Brown. She realizes the Wiz is dead, and she's furious, and Duffy gives her $10,000 to shut up, and he says, "And I mean, shut up. I mean you don't talk to anyone, and you stop talking now." And she says, "Well, this is the start," and he shoots her in the head. "I told you to stop talking."

One of the things that was going to come out in the scene was that it was her who had called the Wiz and rang his cell phone, which set off the explosives. We liked the idea of the Wiz being truly hoisted on his own petard which, by the way, a petard was a grenade of some sort way back when. So he blows up on his own. We shot it, and we just felt that with the propulsion of the episode, it just wasn't necessary. Part of it was, we wanted to re-establish Duffy's badassery, but you know, you've had Jere Burns, you don't need to re-establish that.

New idea for a show: celebrity poker with actors from Justified and they must all be in character when they play.
13  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: NBA Hoop Thread (Non-Fro Dog Edition) on: February 13, 2015, 10:19:47 AM

Wash, rinse, repeat.
14  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: February 11, 2015, 01:42:14 PM
Also, I didn't realize how much I wanted to see Jake Busey explode until I saw it.

I, on the other hand, picked the precise wrong moment to glance away from my screen.

Finally, a plea for a Justified prequel series based around Wynn Duffy's surfing and crime committing adventures in Hawaii.

Warming up to that banana hammock?

For the record, we have now seen Wynn Duffy covered in the blood of a safe-cracker, a Detroit mob enforcer, and an FBI agent. Did I miss anyone?
15  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: February 11, 2015, 11:31:02 AM
Welcome back (temporarily?) Dickie Bennett and Loretta McCready (hopefully not temporarily)!

Also, I didn't realize how much I wanted to see Jake Busey explode until I saw it.

Finally, a plea for a Justified prequel series based around Wynn Duffy's surfing and crime committing adventures in Hawaii.
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