Happy Leap Year.

29 February, 2008

Baseball Prospectus and Ron Shandlers Baseball Forecaster arrived at my door today, I don’t have to work, and there’s a case of cold beer in the fridge. I just wanna play Ice Cube real loud and get drunk while reading tables of numbers…

It’s a good day…

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State’s in Town. MSU @ WI **LiVe**

28 February, 2008

8:25 – picking this up after work, 10:20 left in the 1st half, MSU 16 – WI 14. Izzo just subbed out his entire starting lineup to keep his guys fresh, but after a Badger dunk it’s tied at 16. I understand why he did it, but he was dumb to do it.

8:27 – MSU guy travels when he gets caught in between 3 WI defenders. Butch hits his second three. , Badgers lead with 8:12 left after MSU puts in their starters back in.

8:29 – Spartans get called for traveling again. They were solidly in control, but Izzo subbing 5 guys simultaneously messed up the MSU rhythm. If it ain’t broke….

8:33 – mad scramble for a loose ball sends 4 or 5 players to the floor. Possession to WI with a pt lead and 6 minutes left.

8:34 – Joe Krabbenhoft knocked down a 3? Here is his picture…

shoulder rub

8:35 – Now Butch hits a 3, score is MSU 20 WI 24. Marcus Landry gets a two back from MSU. 4 minutes left and MSU calls a timeout. Former Badger Devon Harris drops 21 points and 5 dimes in 18 minutes tonight and it seems like a good omen with UW now leading by 6.

8:40 – Drew Nietzel is 0/5 so far. Badgers still up by 6 with minutes left in the half.

8:43 – Badgers are taking too many threes. It’s been a while since anyone scored. Timeout with a minute left. In fact its been almost 3 minutes since the last basket by either team. MSU’s Lucas gets a runner to go, UW 26 MSU 22 with 30 seconds left in the half, and another Timeout means that Bo Ryan will draw up a play for the last shot, although I’d prefer a shot with about 7 or 8 seconds to allow a second chance. Now the announcers are telling everyone about the winter Madison’s had, as if its funny. Landry hits a 2 with 10 seconds left, and MSU won’t get the last shot off. Half ends with UW up 28-22. There’s Erin Andrews…

8:52 – ESPN’s calling this week in college basketball “Judgement Week” which is also the working title of the 4th Terminator movie, which follows an elderly Arnold around the retirement home with John Conners grandmother. I just think its a bit melodramatic.

I just saw a great commercial for this. I concur.

But back to the game – Goran Suton is really keeping the Spartans in the game. He’s got 12 points to lead all scorers. Strangley, Michigan State is out-rebounding the Badgers 16-12, but trail by 6.

9:05 – Spartans draw first blood in the second half, and cut the lead to 4. The refs aren’t going to call too many fouls, and the team that adapts best will win. 18 minutes left now, and the Badgers are playing tough defense.

9:08 – a couple UW free throws are followed by a runner by MSU’s Lucas. 16 minutes left now, UW inbounds with a short shot clock. it seems like the Badgers are forcing a lot of bad shots, but so is MSU.

9:12 – Krabbenhoft just fell over going up for a dunk. He looked like a deer on ice. MSU travels again, and then the Badgers miss another shot, and there’s been one mad FG by both teams combined this half.

9:16 – There’s now two made FG’s as Flower’s gets a layup in transition. He’ll shoot a free throw, but with 6:30 gone in the 2nd half it looks like this game could end up in the 40’s. The announcers want the low score to not seem so bad, comparing it to a pitching duel, but go back to UW- Duke to see what happens when a good defense meets a great offense. Drew Nietzel’s misses again and is now 0/6. I’ll save the disparaging comments for after the game.

9:22 – UW and MSU both get points on consecutive possessions. How did that happen?

9:24 – a Flower’s three makes it a 7 point WI lead, but Nietzel hits his first shot of the game (a three) to cut it back to 4. Both teams are picking up the pace. Annoucer just said quick release. get it? Quick Release?

9:26 – Butch hits a couple FTs to extend the WI lead to 6. Both teams are playing pretty good help D. Bo Ryan bio time, as the announcers completely gloss over the job he had at UW-Platteville. I guess 352 wins and 4 D3 championships are easy to forget. MSU cuts the lead to 5. Krabbenhoft hits a two with his foot on the three point arc. Who knew he had that kind of range?

9:32 – Neitzel can’t buy a shot. TV graphic shows that UW has only 1 turnover in the game. There’s 6 and a half left and Erin Andrews gets some airtime, but strangley they don’t show her on the screen, instead opting for dejected Spartans on the bench. Badgers lead 41-34radiated dewey

9:37 – Neitzel misses a three (again) and Brian Butch hits another three. someone just said “pronation” Here is a picture of Brian, as Erin Andrews is talking again, but is still not on the screen. Strange. Not as strange as all the backhanded compliments the announcers are giving Butch. He hits again, and the Badgers are running away now, 50-36.

9:42 – Butch is now 4/7 from beyond the arc. He’s probably the prototype that Bo Ryan looks for to run his swing offense. A seven footer that plays fundamental defense and can also play in the post as well as the perimeter.

9:45 – Hughes gets a bank shot to go in, and after MSU a bucket back its 55-38 with 2 and a half to go. It’s within the realm of possibility that the Badgers will hold the Spartans under 40. That’s probably the only reason I’m still watching.

9:48 – Krabbenhoft gets popped in the face and after UW controls a rebound (that’s right, MSU is still at 38) the officials stop play with 2:12 left in the game.

9:49 – ESPN2 names Michael Flowers as the player of the game on account of Drew Nietzel being held to 3 points, can’t disagree. MSU gets a two to spoil the Badgers chance at a sub 40 defensive performance. There’s a minute and a half left, and if UW can run the clock down here, they’ll have a chance to limit MSU to one more ….THERE”S ERIN ANDREWS!!! wow. I can’t believe it took this long for her to get some screen time. The announcers are praising the Nitty Gritty, despite the fact that they play that terrible Birthday song 5 times an hour. MSU gets another 2, but being held to 40 some points is still freakin’ embarrassing.

9:55 – Clocks done, game’s over, Badgers win 57-42. Here is a picture…

Angry Drew Neitzel


The Winter of Our Discontent.

28 February, 2008

Yes, I know, I’ve been on an unannounced hiatus. It doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of page views, as a good portion of my hits are related to the fact I host images of Gisele Bundchen and Jessica Simpson. I’ve resigned myself to the idea that people are less interested in what I have to write and more interested in titties. I must confess that my interest in sports also pales in comparison to my interest in boobs. I am no different than the average person who stumbles across this blog.

On the topic of sporting events: My copy of the 2008 Baseball Prospectus has finally shipped. Hooray. Upcoming is my preseason preview of the Brewers prospective bullpen lineup, as well as other baseball related content(hopefully including T’s Mets preseason thoughts). Trevor has promised an in-depth fantasy guide. Will he deliver? You decide.

In addition…

I have been promising the second episode of the Sparano’s. Will I deliver? If I don’t soon someone else will rip off my idea….Oh wait. Sparano’s — Soprano’s … It’s an easy word play, someone probably has already done what I wanted to, only better. So here’s what y’all came here for in the first place…

gisele

js

Until next time…


Because I am Lazy…

23 February, 2008

…I give you snow related car accidents….

and finally…


No Freakin’ Way. I Don’t Believe.

22 February, 2008

Its a joke right?  It’s got to be.  There’s no way that this man is a vegetarian.

prince fielder

Is there?  I’ve read the article, but I can’t help but suspect that he’s sneaking in some fatback on the side.  (Tangent: Prince said that his wife gave a book about how it was mean to eat meat and that’s why he’s now a vegetarian.  I just wonder if she held out on him until he agreed to substitute cottage cheese for double cheese burgers.  Also, did she inspire this change because (a) She was genuinely concerned for his health.  (b) She is genuinely concerned about ‘animal rights’ or (c) she was tired of having to lift up his belly to….you know.  ???)

Personal Prejudice against PETA aside, other things are happening that involve the Brewers.  Mostly the pitchers, so here goes…

Brewer’s Starting Rotation

The Brewers don’t know what to do with Carlos V. and  Ben Sheets wants to stay healthy.  What’s new about this?  Nothing, really.  Here’s how I see the Crew’s starting rotation coming together…

1. Ben Sheets – Ace of the staff.  Wants to be healthy, but won’t be.  Penciled in here as the Crew’s #1 starter, and will be when he’s not on the DL.

2. Yovani Gallardo – The New Hope.  Young guy with big potential.  Pitched very well for a Rookie last year, and is #2 on my rotation, but may end up at Yost’s #3

3.  Jeff Suppan – The 6 million dollar man.  Gave the Brewers an adequate showing last year, and will likely give them the same this year.  Definitely getting a starting job.

4. Carlos Villanueva – Remarkable last season in only his second year, he’s got the skill to be a solid starter.  Yost and Maddux will be well served to let this young man start, although he could end up in long relief.  But he wouldn’t be needed in long relief if the starting pitching was better.  Confused?  Don’t be.  Even if Carlos isn’t named as a starter out of spring training, just wait a month for Sheets to sprain something and Carlos will get some starts.

5. ???

Here’s where all this gets tricky.  Parra, Vargas, Capuano and Bush are essentially vying for the one spot.

Given how the Brewers handled Carlos V. last year, I’m discounting the possibility that Manny Parra will be named a starter.  He’s talented, sure, but erring on the side of caution has been a trademark of the Crew, even when they desperately needed starting pitching last season.  I’d expect to see him in relief only.
So its really between Vargas, Capuano and Bush.  All 3 finished last season with an ERA of 5.09 to 5.12.  Not inspiring I know.

Claudio Vargas finished with an 11-6 record, despite a WHIP of over 1.5 and ERA of 5.  How?  Was it blind luck, or just the knowledge of the offense that they needed to score a lot because Claudio gets knocked around?  Something to consider: Claudio’s 07 performance is pretty close to his career average.

Chris Capuano had a miserable year.  Not just on account of his 5+ ERA (which is over half a run higher than his career average.)  He went months without a win.  Blind luck or the result of pitching 219+ innings the previous two years in a row?  I think the guy just burned out last year, and answering the question: Can he come back? probably can’t be answered by the end of Spring Training.

The Bottom Line?

5. Dave Bush – Will be the #5 starter for your Milwaukee Brewers!  He finished just a half run above his career average and has been by and large injury free.  Not only has he been a workhorse for two years now, but he has a better K/BB ratio than Capuano and Vargas.  He’ll get the nod for the final spot.

Not to worry for Cappy, Claudio and Manny.  There’ll be plently of spot starts and long relief opportunities.  Plus should anyone screw the pooch the Brewers have plenty of options, no?

Will He Be Back?

Who cares??  Does it matter now?  With training camp months and months and months away??  Personally I’m more interested in who the Packers might draft, Who they franchised, and who’s recovering from severe injury.  Favre will tell us soon enough.  Besides, it’s almost time for March Madness, and soon afterward there’ll be baseball.  Then its still a matter of 5 or so months until training camp even starts.  So unbunch the panties and play some Madden if you really can’t stop thinking about Favre long enough ponder Bubble Teams and Cactus League Baseball.  Either that or debate the call of Tails that gave the Falcons the third overall pick.

 

Blame Games and Buck’s Basketball

Who’s fault is the Buck’s suckitude?  Do I blame Larry Harris, GM extraordinaire?  Do I blame an owner meddling?  Do I blame the players?  I don’t think I’ll be making the trip to Milwaukee to see the Bucks play this year.  If I want to see sub-par basketball that borders on comedy I’ll go see Semi-Pro.

Bo Ryan Loves Tall Minnesotans

Here’s the proof.   I wish I was 6-8.  Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Big 10 Basketball, Kelvin Sampson got fired, which means I have to keep this picture in the can for a couple years until he gets hired and then fired again…

 NCAA rep demanding to speak with Sampson

 

 


What? When Did Gooden Grow that Beard?

21 February, 2008

I knew he had facial hair, but damn. Thicker than my beard. Not thicker than this guy’s beard…

impressive beard

But still pretty thick.

duncan on gooden beard love Here’s a shot of some beard on beard action that fans in Cleveland will be missing since the epic trade.  (click to enlarge) As much as Ben Wallace and Wally S. can help out the Cavs I don’t think it was good idea to trade Gooden.  11 points, 8 rebounds are good for a Power Forward on a team with LeBron James.  I can see the whole aspect of wanting to deal Hughes for a bonafide 3 point threat, and they got that in Wally S.  I’m skeptical, however, of whether this will work out to be a case of addition by subtraction or subtraction by addition.  Also Props to Danny Ferry for getting Delonte West from Sam Presti.  To celebrate that, here is another picture of the newest Chicago Bull, Dwight Gooden’s Beard…

hot beard on beard action ptII

“Ride it, My Pony!”

End of the day?  Maybe this trade is great for the Cavs, maybe not.  Theyre a playoff team either way.  Chicago makes out alright, getting Hughes and Gooden, and they don’t have to pay Ben Wallace.  The Sonics get….Um, Donyell Marshall?  Also, Joe Smith goes to Cleveland.  I had 5th row seats for the Bucks vs Raptors at the Bradley Center a few years back when Joe Smith dove 3 rows deep after a loose ball.  I told him “way to hustle.”  It was the only positive thing I would say, aside from encouraging Tony Kukoc to drive on Brian Cardinal.  But enough about a totally irrelevant story.


It’s been a Good Day.

19 February, 2008

Thanks to Dane 101 for the link.  I was just kidding when I said that I wrote myself in, just thought I would point that out quick.  Who did I actually vote for?  Let me first tell you who I didn’t vote for.  I didn’t vote for McCain, because he’s wrong about Iraq, too old, and has a strange growth on his jaw.  I didn’t vote for Huckabee because he’s crazy.  I didn’t vote for Ron Paul, because he wants to eliminate the IRS, and while I don’t particularly like paying taxes, I DO like federally funded highways, internet infrastructure, medicare, social security, etc.  I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she couldn’t figure out the “evidence” about Iraq’s “WMD’s” was bullshit, even though I could smell it on my couch in Wisconsin.  Who did I vote for?  I voted for Obama.  And he won.  He’s going to win the nomination, and he’s going to win the general election.  I wouldn’t trade that for a Packer’s Super Bowl victory.

But since this blog is essentially about sports…

Yovanni Gallardo is getting his knee scoped?

Shaq as a Sensei?

Stupid NCAA Men’s BB Drama?

Is it me, or is there nothing interesting going on in the wide world of sports tonight?