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A Grill, a Bowl, and Thou 344

I used to get excited to gamble on football. Now it just seems like so much work. I just don’t care about the other 31 teams, which kinda seems like a prerequisite. Someone does care about your fantasy team…so they can screw you.

The only bet I’m really enthused about today is from the prop list. At +1000, Lady Gaga opens her halftime set with Poker Face. The first line mentions Texas, feels like a lock.

Conventional lines have held steady all week, NE -3, over/under around 58. I’m rooting for Atlanta, of course, because I’m not evil. I’ll take them to win outright at +135. Call it 38-31 Falcons in a shootout.

In other news:

Carolina’s home game vs Notre Dame now no longer at home, as UNC and all of Chapel Hill have been evacuated due to tainted water. Heels play in Greensboro today at 10:00 AM our time instead.

James Michael McAdoo averaging 16 minutes per game since David West went out, and looking good. Love the energy on the defensive end especially. Also the wide-open dunks. Also the new nickname SwagAdoo.

Help me Melissa McCarthy, you’re my only hope.

The choice is clear:

"Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

344 thoughts on “A Grill, a Bowl, and Thou

  1. doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 11:03 am

    FK the Patriots.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 2:56 pm || Up

      This little guy on my shoulder, who looks exactly like Joe Buck, keeps going on about “this moment of redemption after all the trials and tribulations of Deflategate” and “staking his claim as one of the greatest, no, THE greatest, quarterback of all time”. But we shall see.

      As I’ve said before, I do think Buck and Aikman are pretty good, definitely better than having to deal with Phil Simms. But when Joe falls head over heels for one of the girls it can get pretty nauseating.

  2. batgirl batgirl Feb 5,2017 11:19 am

    I’m excited about Terrell Davis, and I am excited about the Puppy Bowl.

    Winter looks like he could be good for some action. Stormy looks terrified but adorable. And of course Lucky is going to be the fan favorite tripod.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 11:31 am || Up

      We’ve got Beebop
      Cause we’ve got a band
      And we play Beebop in the band

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 11:41 am || Up

      I’ll take Nyquist, slick locking Husky/Shepherd mix. And Winston the Aussie Shepherd looks dangerous AF.

      http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/photos/puppy-bowl-xiii-starting-lineup/

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • batgirl batgirl Feb 5,2017 11:46 am || Up

        Yeah they didn’t snap Winston from his best angle!

    • doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 1:14 pm || Up

      Sable the Black Lab/Husky mix.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 2:19 pm || Up

      Rory the poodle-terrier takes MVP. No one could’ve seen that coming.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 12:40 pm

    Terrell Owens interviewing Chad Ochocinco Johnson at a PBA Bowling event is an early contender for highlight of the day.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. andeux andeux Feb 5,2017 12:48 pm

    Mike Lodish should come out of retirement to try to reclaim his record.

    TINSTAAFK
  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 3:03 pm

    Bill King voice clip in the TV intro, yay!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. andeux andeux Feb 5,2017 3:59 pm

    A defensive battle, just like we expected.

    TINSTAAFK
  7. Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 5:09 pm

    Clunk. Even the commercials; if there has been a memorable one I must have been taking a leak.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 6:00 pm || Up

      The T-Mobile one with Snoop and Martha Stewart just now made me chuckle.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 6:15 pm || Up

        “Can of Bisque!” There have been a couple of clever ones in the second half, but maybe I just care more about that than the football at this point.

  8. ptbnl Feb 5,2017 5:23 pm

    That was the easiest Sunday afternoon drive back from Tahoe ever … finally a use for the Superbowl!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  9. doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 5:42 pm

    Best Halftime show in years.

    And I’m not even a fan of pop music.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 6:01 pm || Up

      Agreed, great straight-forward set of rocking music, sharp production without many stupid gimmicks.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Feb 7,2017 3:04 pm || Up

      Delayed agreement here. Of course Prince is still the best one ever, but this is very close.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • batgirl batgirl Feb 7,2017 3:56 pm || Up

        I’m still partial to the no holds barred zaniness of Katy Perry.

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 5,2017 7:01 pm

    Alfa Romeo? Seriously?

    • sslinger Feb 6,2017 12:07 am || Up

      Yeah, I wondered about that too.

      • elcroata elcroata Feb 6,2017 7:05 am || Up

        What about them? A commercial?

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • colin colin Feb 6,2017 7:53 am || Up

          They sponsored the halftime performance. Pretty high profile spot for a company that doesn’t sell many cars in the US.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 8:34 am || Up

            I’m pretty fired up about it. Fond memories of racing down the autostrada in the back seat of a rented Alfa my dad was driving with white knuckles.

            • elcroata elcroata Feb 6,2017 11:13 am || Up

              Been driving a Spider for almost twenty years now

              All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  11. doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 7:07 pm

    Gotta love the new Niners coach calling a pass play with his team at the 23 leading by eight.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 5,2017 10:48 pm || Up

      Yep. Cost ’em the game.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 9:11 am || Up

      It’s ok, the niners probably won’t be in that position very often.

      TINSTAAFK
  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 5,2017 7:13 pm

    Exciting, but goddamn it someone drive a wooden stake into Belichick’s heart already.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 7:14 pm

    The Buffalo Bills’ seat on the Throne in the Hall of Ignominy is in grave danger.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 5,2017 7:25 pm || Up

      You reigned for a quarter-century, andeux, but it’s over.

  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 5,2017 7:23 pm

    The Falcons owner’s three-piece banker’s suit is too funny.

  15. andeux andeux Feb 5,2017 7:24 pm

    Pretty sure Russian hackers are involved in this game.

    TINSTAAFK
  16. doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 7:24 pm

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK THE FUCKING PATRIOTS

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 5,2017 7:26 pm

    That was worse than the Warriors choke.

  18. doctorK doctorK Feb 5,2017 7:43 pm

    They’re not booing, they’re saying GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODELL.

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 5,2017 9:16 pm

    That Julio Jones catch on the sideline was ridiculous. Shame they pissed it away.

    • doctorK doctorK Feb 6,2017 8:53 am || Up

      Call three running plays, force the Patriots to burn their last time outs, then kick a FG to go up 11 with less than 3 minutes left – game over.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 6,2017 12:43 pm || Up

        Yep. Fortunately that type of playcalling won’t impact my life going forw…

        Fuck.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • MikeV MikeV Feb 6,2017 3:42 pm || Up

          I mean, that playcalling got ATL to the SB in the first place. It’s tough to not give the ball to the MVP and Julio Jones.

          And, really, Ryan taking a 10 yard sack and then the penalty after that were worse than the play calling.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 8:24 am

    Was that pass interference call right before the TD in overtime a little weak, or is that my ignorance showing?

    • doctorK doctorK Feb 6,2017 8:51 am || Up

      If the ATL defender turns around before the ball gets there, it’s probably a no-call. The way he played it, though, guaranteed the PI call (of course if he didn’t interfere, it’s probably a game-winner TD pass anyway).

      Basically, at that point in the game, the Falcons were FKed.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 10:11 am

    By the way, how did the Falcons manage to blow all three timeouts before the final drive of regulation, when they were leading the whole way? That seems impossibly incompetent.

    • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 10:14 am || Up

      IIRC, the second one was a play where Ryan didn’t like what he saw, and the last one was for an injury inside two minutes.

      TINSTAAFK
      • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 6,2017 12:45 pm || Up

        Last one was a challenge on that crazy catch over the middle where three Falcons should have intercepted/broken it up, and it sure looked live like it hit the turf.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  22. AV AV Feb 6,2017 11:26 am

    welp, i suppose this weekend i joined the great debate and chose a side.

    pretty penny

    the answer is: CATS!

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 11:29 am || Up

      Nice.
      I thought it was going to be VHS vs. Betamax.

      TINSTAAFK
      • AV AV Feb 6,2017 12:39 pm || Up

        pfft. the future is videodisc.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  23. Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 11:49 am

    Biggest winners on props:

    In a game full of records, the one that hurt the books the most was the game reaching overtime for the first time ever. The prop bet for “Will there be overtime” paid plus-550 (risking $1 to win $5.50), and 87 percent of bettors at William Hill books wagered on “yes.”

    Other rare occurrences in Super Bowl LI that bettors cashed in on at William Hill included-

    •Will there be a special teams or defensive touchdown? Yes paid plus-130 (87 percent of wagers were on yes).

    •Total players to attempt a pass: over/under 2.5 players. Over paid plus-175 (96 percent of wagers were on over).

    •Will there be a missed extra point? Yes paid plus-250 (87 percent of wagers were on yes).

    LOL, the books know what’s coming:

    “It was pretty quiet in the office,” said Nick Bogdanovich, U.S. Director of Trading at William Hill. “We were just waiting for the collapse to happen and it did.”

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 6,2017 12:46 pm || Up

      Plus 550 seems really low for something that had literally never happened before.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 1:03 pm || Up

        The percentage of Yes bets tells me the house strategy is to lure people into betting Yes on unlikely outcomes at dreadful odds, pay off the few that come through and collect all that other easy money. Not unlike your average state lottery.

        • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 1:35 pm || Up

          It looks like the NFL has averaged right around 1 OT game per week since bringing back the 2-point conversion (note: pro-football-reference game finder query lists each game twice), so fair odds would probably be about 15:1.

          At first glance, I actually thought the last two bets you listed looked reasonably generous (or at least not dreadful):
          -Gostkowski missed 3 extra points this year, Bryant only 1. So +300 or a little more would probably be fair. +250 is not bad as prop bets go.
          -Neither Atlanta or NE had a non-QB throw a pass all season, which seems surprising. But Belichik does like his gimmicks, plus there is the chance of an injury. Hard to estimate that one.

          So is there money to be made betting the boring side of these type of bets, or is the vig too large?

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 2:07 pm || Up

            On the site FSU linked at the top “Will the game go to overtime?” is listed as Yes +750, No -1500. I think the sole purpose is to grab $2 or $5 at a time from the guy wandering through the sports book with a drink in his hand.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 1:17 pm || Up

        I’m trying to google how often non-Super Bowl games go to overtime and failing. I wonder if these odds would start to look reasonable if you looked only at games with lines around 3 points.

        Side google-fail question: Is overtime more or less common since the 2-point conversion rule came in? On the one hand, it opens the door to weird scores. On the other hand, most NFL coaches won’t go for 2 unless it is to tie the game.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 7:06 pm || Up

      Official stats: Compared to the previous 9 years, the books’ hold percentage of 7.9% exceeded the average which is about 6.5%, and the $10.9M dollar amount of the win was the third highest.

  24. ptbnl Feb 6,2017 2:13 pm

    Rickey Henderson Field!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 6,2017 2:37 pm || Up

      (of course, the ceremony is on opening night to ensure no extra attendance)

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • ptbnl Feb 6,2017 2:53 pm || Up

        Or to guarantee a half-decent Opening Night attendance, in lieu of a viable team.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  25. andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 2:32 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 6,2017 2:36 pm || Up

      Cut the field in half and you’d have TWO hall of famers.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 6,2017 3:31 pm || Up

        Or at least a functioning drainage system

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 2:38 pm || Up

      That’s better than “Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium”, but I bet Rickey didn’t pony up the $18 million.

      • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 2:39 pm || Up

        The team should pay Rickey for the privilege.

        TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 5:42 pm || Up

      I’m already angry about when the Raiders screw up Rickey’s field.

      • andeux andeux Feb 6,2017 7:27 pm || Up

        “What are your divots doing in Boss Rickey’s field?”

        TINSTAAFK
  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 6,2017 5:53 pm

    It’s kind of refreshing to have ownership pandering to us a little now. Next up, the abandonment of directed parking and a “Fuck the Giants” day.

    • MikeV MikeV Feb 6,2017 8:59 pm || Up

      a “Fuck the Giants” day.

      Tell me more.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 9:30 pm || Up

        Did JamesV ever put his recordings of the Korach Sessions online? If I remember right, that was the one time I heard the F-Word out of Ken’s mouth, his mentioning that Bill referred to them off-air as “the fucking Giants”. Only about 25 of us heard it live though, in a meeting room in a hotel in Pleasanton.

        • MikeV MikeV Feb 6,2017 10:06 pm || Up

          OK that’s amazing and I want to hear.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Soaker Soaker Feb 6,2017 11:07 pm || Up

            Bad memory as it turns out. There was a word or two in there but it was actually “the TFGs” (at 16:26).

            The whole thing was pretty interesting if you want to listen to the 4 parts James posted, about an hour and a half.

    • dmoas Feb 8,2017 9:33 am || Up

      that’s everyday.

  27. ptbnl Feb 7,2017 10:23 am

    Ugh … DeVos on a tie-break, and now they can move ahead with Sessions.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 11:22 am || Up

      It’s bad that she was confirmed, but it’s good that people mobilized against her, no Democrat voted for her, and 50 republican senators have to explain why they were the deciding vote for her. The combination of her blithe ignorance, hostility to public education, and big donations to those senators makes for a pretty nice target for attacks.

      Sessions’ confirmation will be a much bigger tragedy, sadly.

      • ptbnl Feb 7,2017 11:35 am || Up

        Sure – she was just the most egregiously incompetent pay-to-play pick, so that even a republican senator could question her suitability.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • AV AV Feb 7,2017 11:57 am || Up

          did y’all catch who her brother is?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • colin colin Feb 7,2017 12:34 pm || Up

            The mercenary guy?

            • AV AV Feb 7,2017 1:54 pm || Up

              for now. the no child left unarmed act consultancy is on the horizon though?

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  28. batgirl batgirl Feb 7,2017 10:49 am

    Programming note: Swingin’ A’s is on MLB network tonight at 6pm.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 7,2017 7:06 pm || Up

      It was a decent enough hour of television. That’s not an area where there is any new ground left to be broken.

  29. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 11:20 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 11:26 am || Up

      I enjoyed the news that the Trump DOJ hires who were going to argue had to defer when their former law firm filed an amicus brief supporting the TRO.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 11:35 am || Up

        for what its worth

        they are not arguing separation of powers? I don’t remember much but isn’t immigration under congress?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • colin colin Feb 7,2017 12:39 pm || Up

          Article 1 Section 8:

          The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, …

          To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization

          • Soaker Soaker Feb 7,2017 12:52 pm || Up

            Naturalization =/= Immigration though. It’s that 1950 Knauff v. Shaughnessy Supreme Court ruling they’re citing that gave the DOJ and the Department of State broad powers. IANAL obviously.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 12:20 pm || Up

      They’re really going to argue this thing by telephone? That’s hard enough with one judge, but with three pushy appellate judges it will be a disaster.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:12 pm || Up

        dude don’t interrupt the judges

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 3:13 pm || Up

          “These proceedings have been moving pretty fast” is not really going to fly when you are the appellant asking for an emergency stay, methinks.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:21 pm || Up

            also “our claim is” is weak sauce

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 3:25 pm || Up

          “I do want to get to one key point.”
          “Well we’d like to get an answer to our question!”

          Yikes

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:14 pm || Up

        yes [the president has unreviewable power] with constitutional limitations.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • batgirl batgirl Feb 7,2017 4:54 pm || Up

        Whoa Michelle Friedland is one of the judges? I tangentially know her mom through a friend.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 10:27 pm || Up

          she kicked some ass

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • batgirl batgirl Feb 8,2017 6:39 am || Up

            I didn’t know her at Stanford but I remember her because she was Rachel Maddow’s freshman roommate. She’s pretty impressive.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 10:45 am || Up

              that is some high powered people in one room

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 3:12 pm || Up

      The government is off to a pretty shaky start here.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:23 pm || Up

        you can hear him getting notes handed over

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 3:24 pm || Up

          I think some whispering too.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:29 pm || Up

            i don’t think there is a problem with that, because he could do it in person as well, it just is stark with tel-appearance ™

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:30 pm || Up

        can’t you ask for more time if you go over because of questions?

        honest question

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 7,2017 4:00 pm || Up

          Up to the Court.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:31 pm || Up

        has this guy never argued before? he ain’t smooth

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:33 pm || Up

          ok, his non prepared stuff is better

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 7,2017 4:00 pm || Up

          Why would Trump hire someone experienced?

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:40 pm || Up

        taking phone calls dammit. stop calling me

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:51 pm || Up

        dude this is a softball, there is a provision for minority religions to get a waiver

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 4:05 pm || Up

          Yeah, and on the ridiculous underbreadth question (“80% of the world’s muslims are unaffected!”), these countries are where nearly all muslim refugees are going to come from (Syria, Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen)

          • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 4:12 pm || Up

            I wish erwin chimerinski was live tweeting this

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 4:18 pm || Up

              The Ninth Circuit is badass for live-streaming arguments. There were like 150,000 people on that stream at one point. It’s very stupid that the Supreme Court doesn’t do that.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 4:12 pm || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 3:30 pm || Up

      How did Judge Friedland get that midwestern accent? She’s from Berkeley.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 3:32 pm || Up

        my mom from el monte has that too sometimes. family i suppose

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 4:15 pm || Up

      If the order goes down in legal flames because Rudy 911 couldn’t stop himself from bragging to Judge Jeanine during a Fox hit, I will laugh forever.

      • dmoas Feb 8,2017 9:45 am || Up

        I’m worried they don’t care if it goes down in flames. That they will allow an attack so that they can extort it for more power and to further illegitimize the courts.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 9:54 am || Up

          Maybe, but defeating it and establishing a precedent that there is judicial review of these kinds of executive actions is its own reward.

          I also think that by establishing such a robust record of his administration’s incompetence and his own refusal to read intelligence reports, it’s more likely that the country outside of his super fans blames him for an attack.

  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2017 1:53 pm

    They’re doing a “Bay Area Hip Hop” fireworks show this season. Besides the Hammer catalog and The Humpty Dance I’m not sure how clean they can keep the lyrics.

  31. andeux andeux Feb 7,2017 8:34 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 10:28 pm || Up

      i am confused as I believe the constitution expressly excludes congressional floor speeches from liable laws

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Feb 7,2017 10:31 pm || Up

        It’s a senate rule against personal attacks on other senators. In this case, the nominee is also a senator, and criticism of his record can be construed as a personal attack, so …

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 7,2017 10:34 pm || Up

          but that rule is in direct conflict with a provision of the constitution. the supremacy clause should override and I suspect it would if it were ever challenged.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Feb 7,2017 10:52 pm || Up

            I guess you mean

            for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

            but

            Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two-thirds, expel a Member.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 5:01 am || Up

              that’s dumb

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 5:02 am || Up

              the two clauses, not you

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 2:40 pm || Up

              This particular rule has an apt history.

              TINSTAAFK
              • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:11 pm || Up

                naturally

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:13 pm || Up

                upon reflection, I think the rule still violates the first clause and the second doesn’t apply

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 6:19 pm || Up

                  explain

                • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:24 pm || Up

                  I got my plastic card in the mail yesterday. surprisingly hassle free

                  Clause 2 can’t be used to nullify clause 1, in a nutshell.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 6:28 pm || Up

                  But the speech or debate clause only applies, on its face, to consequences imposed in “other places.” That seems to allow for internal congressional discipline.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:57 pm || Up

                  i didn’t think a lot about it. I just think its dumb

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 7:01 pm || Up

                  It is definitely that.

        • ptbnl Feb 7,2017 10:35 pm || Up

          They’re playing for keeps.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl Feb 7,2017 10:35 pm || Up

        It’s not libel if it’s true.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Feb 7,2017 10:37 pm || Up

      DeVos was the one to stall. As long as she’s after Sessions, she doesn’t go through.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 9:34 am || Up

        I don’t think that’s right. If Sessions weren’t there, McConnell would have forced Collins or Murkowski to vote yes. They both voted to move her out of committee, after all, where she won by one vote.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 10:11 am || Up

      While it’s pretty unlikely I would agree with one syllable out of the mouth of the Breitbart guy, McConnell did to Warren what the Berkeley protestors did to Milo, though I’m not aware of any broken windows in the Senate.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 10:47 am || Up

        can we please call him yanopolis?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 12:11 pm || Up

      • batgirl batgirl Feb 8,2017 1:36 pm || Up

        I was surprised Melissa McCarthy could keep from laughing during her sketch, but I think saying this with a straight face is more impressive.

    • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 4:33 pm || Up

      And FK Joe Manchin too.

      TINSTAAFK
      • AV AV Feb 8,2017 4:39 pm || Up

        the google preview of his wiki page starts with Joseph “piss joe” Manchin. though the actual page doesn’t mention piss.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 4:44 pm || Up

          Joseph “Joe” Manchin III (born August 24, 1947)[1] is the senior United States Gumcobbler from Turkeydiddle

          It seems I am not the only one displeased with him.

          TINSTAAFK
          • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 9,2017 9:31 am || Up

            I guess. But do we really prefer that seat go red? I hated Ben Nelson as much as anyone else, but in both cases I just have to keep saying “big tent party”

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 10:08 am || Up

              Such senators are much more annoying when there is a Democrat in the White House and they gum up legislation and give cover to Republicans. In this context I’m willing to let him do what he thinks he needs to in order to keep the seat.

              I’m more pleasantly surprised that senators like Tester, Heitkamp, and Donnelly all voted no.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 4:49 pm || Up
  32. Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 10:30 am

    Off to a flying start!

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 10:48 am || Up

      i think last season took him out of the running.

      i do like watching him pitch though

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 11:57 am || Up

        When Bob Melvin is running the organization’s #9 starter out there, which usually happens by June, I’ll watch Mengden over Ross Detwiler eight days a week.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 8,2017 3:38 pm || Up

      Best shape of his life!

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  33. MikeV MikeV Feb 8,2017 10:35 am

    Jesus christ

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 11:24 am || Up

      • dmoas Feb 8,2017 11:57 am || Up

        As a matter of fact, it is. And they wouldn’t do it if it weren’t financially beneficial to them. Ergo, his claim that his opposition is false.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 11:44 am || Up

      LOL, Nordstrom stock is up 3% on the day.

  34. Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 12:44 pm

    Looking at the preliminary media guide, I see they are bringing Mark Mulder back for a second season in that part-time TV job. So it has been Hatteberg (2012-2013), Shooty ugh (2014), Chavez (2015) and now Mulder (2016-2017).

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 12:50 pm || Up

      Muldy > Hatty > Chavy > Shooty is I think the correct power ranking here.

      • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 12:58 pm || Up

        Ray’s 70th birthday is Game 2. Just sayin’, but I still think he works until he keels over dead in the booth some night.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:15 pm || Up

          send up dibs.

          i miss his nonsense over the winter

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 1:23 pm || Up

        Looks right. With Fosse somewhere in between the last two.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 2:22 pm || Up

          This will be Ray’s 32nd season. Thir tee two. Where is the campaign for the Frick Award?

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 2:33 pm || Up

            That’s amazing. It also made me find this resource on the A’s site that I did not know existed.

            My first A’s on TV memories are Lon and Bill trading off innings working with Bill Rigney on KBHK.

            • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 2:41 pm || Up

              Their website staff has forgotten its existence too.

              That doesn’t include a lot of fill-ins. There was a period when Bill had the Raiders and Lon the 49ers so they both missed games in August and September. Baer and probably Kozberg were the KALX announcers when Charlie didn’t have a commercial radio contract (good grief, it could have been Nico if that had happened several years later).

            • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 2:53 pm || Up

              Also, Harry Caray was on when I first started following the A’s on radio and the rare TV game (maybe 20/season). He was still a serious baseball announcer, not the buffoon he became later. He and Monte couldn’t stand each other. Most of Monte’s partners in the early Oakland days were Midwest guys Charlie had heard from his farm in Indiana; they came out to Oakland for a year or two each but quickly tired of Charlie’s criticism and quit, or were fired.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 3:01 pm || Up

                Fortunately for Ray, an A’s owner probably hasn’t watched one of his broadcasts since Walter Haas died, if ever.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 8,2017 5:28 pm || Up

                  I dunno, for all his many faults Lew was a legit A’s fan.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:16 pm || Up

              tim roye?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 6:23 pm || Up

                I don’t remember that either. But the Warriors’ website says he has called games for both the A’s and the Rivercats.

              • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 6:39 pm || Up

                After they dumped Greg Papa they rotated Roye, Kuiper and Greenwald for those seasons and eventually settled on Kuiper. They were still only doing around 125 games on TV so ~40 games/year would be easy to forget.

                • doctorK doctorK Feb 9,2017 8:27 am || Up

                  I remember Greenwald. Not only was he terrible, but to me his voice belonged to the Gnats, which is doubly worse.

                • Soaker Soaker Feb 9,2017 9:40 am || Up

                  Hank agreed with you on Giants vs. A’s, but more than that, he had been out of broadcasting for several years when somebody talked him into the part-time A’s job. He never regained the enthusiasm. Then in 2005, Ken needed a partner for road games when Bill’s injury prevented him from traveling. Hank took on most of that workload so he was doing even more of something he wasn’t interested in to begin with. No surprise, then, that he’s off the list after 2005.

                  Digging up a 2010 interview with Hank…yep, that’s how he came across during his A’s tenure:

                  What do you do to stay busy?

                  Greenwald: I like to tell people that I finally found something I’m really good at, and that’s retirement. I was cut out for this.

                  I still go to games. I enjoy going to the ballpark, it’s a beautiful ballpark, San Francisco. It’s always nice to go out there and see old friends. And now, I’m sort of like the modern day pitchers. I’m on a pitch count now, and about after 70 pitches, I can leave.

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 3:04 pm
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 3:10 pm || Up

      Somebody has watched too much soccer with the penalty kicks.

      • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 3:11 pm || Up

        I was thinking college football OT.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 8,2017 3:20 pm || Up

          Maybe we should give both teams half a win just for getting to extra innings, and then another half if they win the extra innings.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 3:26 pm || Up

      Thinking about that beyond the initial kneejerk, maybe it does make sense in the minor leagues. The way their rosters get jerked around the manager doesn’t always have a fully-stocked bullpen, sometimes two pitchers short. Wasn’t there a case some years ago where the Stockton manager ordered his pitcher to balk in a run in the 16th or 17th inning because he was out of pitchers and felt ending a Class A game with everybody healthy was more important than winning? I could see doing it after the 12th inning in the minor leagues. Not in the majors, ever.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 6:19 pm || Up

        i think this is good. maybe graduating up through the leagues with AAA getting that in the 13th or so

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 8,2017 6:24 pm || Up

          AAA baseball used to schedule doubleheaders, both games regulation 7 innings only.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 6:35 pm || Up

            Still do, I think.

            TINSTAAFK
            • 5Aces 5Aces Feb 9,2017 12:38 pm || Up

              I can confirm that. In fact the first time I saw Lincecum pitch was the first half of a 7 inning DH in the rain. He got pulled after 6.1 with a no-no in tact, but a couple of walks and a HBP IIRC.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • dmoas Feb 8,2017 9:50 pm || Up

        Just have ties for that.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 8,2017 10:07 pm || Up

          but this time it counts!

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Feb 8,2017 10:10 pm || Up

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 9,2017 7:34 am || Up

            The pinnacle of neckware fashion, never to be surpassed.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 4:48 pm

    Oh crap, a mathematics challenge on the login page. This may end my FK posting career once and for all.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 9,2017 9:33 am || Up

      We’ve been getting spam-accounted so hard the email account got suspended by Google for spamming. I’m hoping that helps, but if the flood abates I’ll test using it only on new user registration.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 9,2017 11:31 am || Up

        just don’t make the math any more advanced.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 9,2017 1:09 pm || Up

          Heh. I’ll see about adding square roots.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  37. Soaker Soaker Feb 8,2017 7:05 pm

    Tonight I’m finally getting around to the last unwatched DVR’d game from last season, Vin Scully’s Dodger Stadium finale, with all the Dodgers batters doffing their helmets and saluting him from home plate (though a couple times he has his head buried in a promo read). Immediately I was reminded this was the day Jose Fernandez was killed in the boat crash. But, it’s always good to see one of Brandon McCarthy’s rare starts.

  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 10:17 am

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 9,2017 10:46 am || Up

      So that buys him the first couple weeks of college…

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • andeux andeux Feb 9,2017 10:48 am || Up

        But he has another decade of child labor ahead of him to save more.

        TINSTAAFK
        • dmoas Feb 10,2017 11:51 am || Up

          In another decade there won’t anything called college anymore.

  39. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 9,2017 12:40 pm

    This makes so little sense to me I dont even know where to start.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • colin colin Feb 9,2017 12:45 pm || Up

      A fool and his money…

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 12:47 pm || Up

      This is amazing.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 9,2017 2:17 pm || Up

        I look forward to him blaming low sales numbers on the Fresno mound.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 3:10 pm || Up

          The customers let too many of his pitches go by and then take a walk.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 1:30 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmm

    According to Forbes, the $1.6 billion handshake agreement is with a real estate developer based in New York. But the article went on to say that “the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning he does not have the cash to buy the Marlins because his net worth is tied up in real estate.

    • andeux andeux Feb 9,2017 1:53 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 1:57 pm || Up

        Holy shit.

        The idea that this felon and Loria think there is a chance in hell of MLB approving that is troubling.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 9,2017 2:19 pm || Up

          MLB won’t allow free market, sad!

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Feb 10,2017 11:53 am || Up

        MLB actively denied he was part of it.

  41. elcroata elcroata Feb 9,2017 1:46 pm

    I’m skipping this one, but the start of the DH in World Championship in St. Moritz is epic.

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • ptbnl Feb 9,2017 2:02 pm || Up

      By the time they’ve climbed all those steps the racers will be exhausted!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • doctorK doctorK Feb 9,2017 2:27 pm || Up

      Go that way – REALLY FAST. If something gets in your way, turn!

      • AV AV Feb 9,2017 2:51 pm || Up

        do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is??

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 3:13 pm

    • doctorK doctorK Feb 9,2017 3:22 pm || Up

      More “so-called” judges. SAD!

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 9,2017 3:31 pm || Up

      Unanimous, no less. I saw some 2-1 predictions.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 3:43 pm || Up

        It’s an impressively thorough and well reasoned per curiam. Quite a comprehensive beatdown for the DOJ.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 9,2017 5:53 pm || Up

        i initially thought 2-1, and i am not so sure on a lower profile case its wouldn’t have been, but I think either they all agreed, or for the sake of the nation they decided to issue a per curium opinion.

        that’s the right call

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 3:45 pm || Up

      LOL, we just saw you getting your assed kicked in court.

      • andeux andeux Feb 9,2017 6:30 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 6,2017 9:18 am || Up

        And now we see you quietly withdrawing the enjoined ban while hiding from the cameras.

    • andeux andeux Feb 9,2017 4:22 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 9,2017 4:29 pm || Up

      • MikeV MikeV Feb 10,2017 8:46 am || Up

        That is fucking gold

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 9,2017 8:12 pm || Up

      Guess who had the pleasure of calming the angry President at the White House dinner tonight.

      • Englishmajor Englishmajor Feb 9,2017 8:37 pm || Up

        Great, now Trump will tweet something nasty about Mark Davis, and we’ll never be rid of the motherFKer.

  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 9,2017 3:16 pm

    “Dick Posthumus” is the name of Thomas Pynchon’s next protagonist, right? This is just one of his deft troll jobs? No one can actually have that name.

    http://theslot.jezebel.com/michigan-governor-appoints-posthumus-dick-to-be-chief-1792173072#_ga=1.3862320.1227501970.1486064980

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 10,2017 9:31 am

    Fakest libertarian ever.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 5:20 pm || Up

      Dude

  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 10,2017 12:35 pm
  46. Soaker Soaker Feb 10,2017 1:55 pm

    Lake Tahoe is up nearly a foot in the last week, to three feet below the maximum. “6.07” is the latest reading, which means 6226.07 feet above sea level; maximum is 6229.1. That’s a very steep rise for February; I finally had about 6″ of snow last night and this morning after rain most of the week. With all this snow in the mountains we should be full to the brim for Memorial Day and probably well into July.

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 10,2017 6:13 pm

    SwagAdoo is really balling since he put on the headband. Very ABA looking.

    • MikeV MikeV Feb 10,2017 6:31 pm || Up

      Dray has a good look at a quadruple double at halftime.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 10,2017 8:05 pm || Up

        Had to settle for a triple double because he only scored 4
        Points. I’m not sure there’s ever been a rebounds/assists/steals triple double before tonight.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 10,2017 8:58 pm || Up

          Yep. First NBA triple double with single digit points.

          • MikeV MikeV Feb 11,2017 12:06 am || Up

            Kerr pulled him with 4 points. Didn’t even let him get a 5×5

            Pretty sure that some how some way they could have fed him 3 dunks or something for the quad. lol

            And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

            Thanks, and go As.

  48. ptbnl Feb 11,2017 1:24 pm

    Self-portrait at 11.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 11,2017 6:28 pm

    These OKC fans are embarrassing themselves.

  50. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 11,2017 8:07 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  51. Soaker Soaker Feb 12,2017 8:45 am

    Adelson News version of why he told Mark Davis to go to hell. It basically claims the Raiders increasingly thought they could dictate the terms of the deal and Adelson felt his money was being taken for granted.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 12,2017 3:49 pm || Up

      I’ve heard there’s truth to that. Basically the Davises have no money so they needed Adelson to build the thing, but they were trying to dictate terms and not give him any ROI.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  52. elcroata elcroata Feb 12,2017 10:40 am
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 12,2017 11:31 am || Up

      we apologize, it was meant for our anthem

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • elcroata elcroata Feb 12,2017 12:05 pm || Up

        I mean, the guy is a teacher, what can go wrong…

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  53. AV AV Feb 12,2017 7:37 pm

    i’m not a niño torres devotee, but this one has to be seen.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Feb 12,2017 8:19 pm || Up

      Half the time I miss the link … can we give the link text a higher contrast, NM?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 13,2017 9:58 am || Up

        Just set it to underline. Happy to hear other suggestions instead.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • andeux andeux Feb 13,2017 10:37 am || Up

          Looks good.

          TINSTAAFK
        • MikeV MikeV Feb 13,2017 11:08 am || Up

          Significantly better. Thx.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

        • ptbnl Feb 13,2017 11:08 am || Up

          Excellent – thanks (though it doesn’t seem to work in the body of the post).

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • sslinger Feb 12,2017 9:34 pm || Up

      I think the call is more spectacular than the goal!

  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 13,2017 11:16 am

    Where to even begin with this? The combination of recklessness and access-peddling on display here is beyond belief.

    • ptbnl Feb 13,2017 12:45 pm || Up

      But email servers!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 13,2017 12:48 pm || Up

      every day a new horror

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 13,2017 12:58 pm || Up

        I still can’t get over him doubling the club membership fee after the election. Can’t say he’s not delivering the benefits he was implicitly offering up!

        • MikeV MikeV Feb 13,2017 7:32 pm || Up

          Gotta keep out the riff raff when you go there 3 or 4 weekends in a row.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

  55. Soaker Soaker Feb 13,2017 11:23 am

    Today was so well planned, Reno to San Jose to Kona on Alaska. Took off from Reno late, but with just enough time to make the connection. Circled down around Gilroy for a bit, San Jose was fogged in. Plane returned to Reno, so got to see the snowy Sierras twice! Waited two hours in Alaska customer service line, but, will now be leaving Reno at 2:45 p.m. (previous was 6:00 a.m), get to go to Seattle, then on to Kona, arriving at 11 p.m. Hawaii time rather than noon. So, 19 hours from original departure to new landing, the next 3 of which must be killed in Reno airport. I think it will be worth it though.

    • doctorK doctorK Feb 13,2017 1:43 pm || Up

      Yeah, the South Bay was socked in today until about 9:00 am. Saw the remains of at least one accident in Santa Clara on Central Expressway which was likely due to morons driving too fast for the conditions.

      All in all, I rather be on the way to Kona.

      • Soaker Soaker Feb 13,2017 5:11 pm || Up

        And who wouldn’t love a surprise trip to Seattle? It’s a gorgeous late afternoon, spectacular view of the Olympics, definitely an open-roof night over at Safeco Field.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 13,2017 9:59 pm || Up

      After I got ensnared in a Delta meltdown last summer I swore the next time I would immediately rent a car and just drive as long as it takes. That might not work for you though.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Feb 14,2017 2:00 pm || Up
      TINSTAAFK
      • doctorK doctorK Feb 15,2017 1:18 pm || Up

        Back in 1979, I was on a flight (Pan Am – ugh!) from SFO to HNL. We had an engine “backfire” (that’s what the pilot called it) as we were taking off, so we circled for about an hour while he dumped fuel so we could land. I’ve always assumed that all jetliners have dumping capability, but from the comments on the thread, the capability is limited to the largest airplanes, so a similar event today is most likely to result in wandering around for hours until the airplane is light enough to land safely.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 15,2017 1:21 pm || Up

        The pilot was obviously circling around until her or she drew a passable penis.

        • ptbnl Feb 15,2017 1:42 pm || Up

          If you have to circle for 4 hours anyway, why not just complete the flight?

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  56. andeux andeux Feb 13,2017 11:44 am

    All the prospect lists are coming out:

    BA: 40 Barreto, 83 Puk, 84 Cotton, 94 Chapman. (101 Montas)

    BP: 47 Barreto, 60 Holmes, 61 Puk, 86 Montas

    Sickels: 12 Barreto, 51 Puk, 77 Cotton, 80 Chapman, 100T Montas, 141 Holmes, 152 Gossett, 180 Olson, 189 Nunez.

    For perspective, in Sickels’ list the #28 prospect is a B+, and #200 is a B-, so the differences in rankings mostly don’t amount to very much.

    TINSTAAFK
    • aardvark Feb 13,2017 5:02 pm || Up

      Thanks for posting. A couple items of note:

      The BA team list for the A’s goes:
      Baretto, Puk, Chapman, Cotton but in the top 100 list Cotton and Chapman get switched.

      In response to a reader question about Chapman, Craig Goldstein said:

      Assuming you return tomorrow, you’ll read about him in the “just missed” section we have coming.

    • elcroata elcroata Feb 14,2017 1:54 am || Up

      Also, from Sickels:

      COMMENT: I considered Barreto as high as 6th. His industry stock seems down over the last couple of months but he still seems like an elite prospect to me. No other major surprise here, although I’m a bit higher on Mejia than some observers.

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • colin colin Feb 14,2017 7:09 am || Up

        Also in Sickels comments:

        Chapman has one of the best third base gloves I’ve ever seen. Cotton may be too low.

        • lenscrafters Feb 14,2017 8:18 am || Up

          I just have a hard time believing in Chapman. That strikeout rate is not just bad, it’s astronomically bad. A 30% K rate in AA and AAA is so hard to overcome that I can’t see the power or the defense ever coming into play. And it’s not like he makes up for it by walking a lot. A 10% BB rate in the minors is pretty meh.

          For comparison, Chris Carter struck out about 20% and 25% of the time in AA and AAA, while walking around 13% of the time.

          • colin colin Feb 14,2017 8:31 am || Up

            I guess he will probably start the season in AAA, right? Probably a make-or-break year for him.

          • MikeV MikeV Feb 14,2017 8:48 am || Up

            Designated fielder?

            And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

            Thanks, and go As.

          • vignette17 Feb 14,2017 10:38 am || Up

            This tends to be my thinking as well. My only reason for optimism is the league wide increase in K-rate. We may start seeing some of these guys who K a ton actually start to be successful.

            Also, Carter has really under-performed his MLE’s in the majors. Maybe we get lucky with Chapman?

  57. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 13,2017 12:52 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Feb 13,2017 1:24 pm || Up

      Smolinski is a decent platoon guy as long as you really use him that way and don’t try to play him every day (.796/.557 last year, .866/.570 career). So he will probably end up playing every day (cf. Valencia, Sogard, etc.).
      Rajai as full-time CF seems like the bigger problem though.

      TINSTAAFK
  58. AV AV Feb 13,2017 1:08 pm

    zomg! can i have almost $20 million? (and maybe some raccoon traps?)

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • batgirl batgirl Feb 13,2017 3:51 pm || Up

      Obligatory photo of my dog dressed as Little Edie.

       photo Little-Edie_zpsfqeealau.jpg

      • AV AV Feb 13,2017 4:13 pm || Up

        the costume for the day!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  59. AV AV Feb 13,2017 10:31 pm

    please don’t let stephen miller resign before paul reubens gets his guest star on SNL. please don’t let stephen miller resign before paul reubens gets his guest star on SNL.

    i know you are but what am i?

    (the URL doesn’t have a height override. so iono WTF. sorry)

    i mean …i meant to do that.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Feb 13,2017 11:52 pm || Up

      He should play Melania.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 10:12 am

    Very interesting that “he lied to Pence” is the supposed proximate cause of Flynn’s fall. Pence trying to distance himself and his future administration from the Trump crowd is going to become a theme, I bet.

    I find myself wondering what would have happened had Agnew not resigned before Watergate.

    • sslinger Feb 14,2017 10:31 am || Up

      That’s probably a pretty good guess, though Bannon would seem to have an interest in keeping Trump in as long as possible. What galls me is can’t even own up to it, saying he “inadvertantly” didn’t mention discussing sanctions. No republican official in memory has ever taken “personal responsibility” for FKing up, and it looks like that’s going to continue.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 10:52 am || Up

        The press briefing going on right now is unbelievable. What a fucking disaster.

        • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 14,2017 1:01 pm || Up

          Oh man.

          Q. If Counsel’s office was informed by the Justice Department (regarding the sanction easing conversation) on January 26th, why not relieve General Flynn on the 27th?

          Spicer: I don’t see how that would be due process.

    • andeux andeux Feb 14,2017 11:10 am || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 11:55 am || Up

        He’s already looking for someone to pardon Trump?

        • AV AV Feb 14,2017 12:06 pm || Up

          Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

          Bush: “Yeah those legs. All I can see is the legs.”

          Trump: “It looks good.”

          Bush: “Come on shorty.”

          Trump: “Oh nice legs huh.”

          Bush: “Get out of the way honey. Oh that’s good legs. Go ahead.”

          Trump: “It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus. Like Ford, Gerald Ford, remember?”

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 14,2017 12:03 pm || Up

        True. Burkean restraint!

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 14,2017 12:03 pm || Up

      (or, rather, it’s the final straw a month after DOJ tells Trump about it…)

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 14,2017 1:05 pm || Up

        this puts the lie to it all.

        relevant question i’d like to know about:

        what contacts between flynn and PEOTUS/PEOTUS team between the 5 sanction phone calls

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 1:16 pm || Up

        But Spicer said Trump was “unbelievably decisive.”

        • andeux andeux Feb 14,2017 1:21 pm || Up

          To be fair, everything about him is unbelievable.

          TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 2:18 pm || Up

      *cough*

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 14,2017 2:34 pm || Up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 14,2017 2:40 pm || Up

          Lies and the lying liars who tell them.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • dmoas Feb 15,2017 8:01 am || Up

          Didn’t he call Flynn in the middle of the night seeking economic advice about whether a strong or weak dollar was good?

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 14,2017 2:35 pm || Up

        and we have found the problem

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 2:48 pm || Up

      Uh oh!

      While it is not clear what he said in his F.B.I. interview, investigators believed that Mr. Flynn was not entirely forthcoming, the officials said.

      Appoint a special prosecutor, offer this dude immunity for obstruction of justice, and let him spill his guts.

      • andeux andeux Feb 14,2017 2:59 pm || Up

        Who exactly is going to appoint the special prosecutor?

        TINSTAAFK
        • nevermoor nevermoor Feb 14,2017 3:00 pm || Up

          The DNC baby!

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 3:08 pm || Up

          Sessions!

          There may be a few holes in my plan.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2017 6:15 pm || Up
            • AV AV Mar 1,2017 6:52 pm || Up

              why disclose that? it’d be merely anecdotal.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2017 9:32 pm || Up
              • AV AV Mar 2,2017 9:09 am || Up

                you sound like the man with no name in a fistful of dollars.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 2,2017 11:22 am || Up

              Probably!

              • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 2,2017 11:52 am || Up

                That’s the information he was given, anyway!

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2017 12:39 pm || Up

                  I agree that its the truth that he testified.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:02 pm || Up

          Rod Rosenstein

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 16,2017 2:43 pm || Up
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 15,2017 4:21 pm || Up

      *throat clear*

      • dmoas Feb 15,2017 4:56 pm || Up

        Pence playing checkers while Bannon playing Chess. Pence wonders why Bannon won’t king his pawn.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2017 1:17 pm

    Barcelona is playing wonderful soccer today. #alternativefacts

    • MikeV MikeV Feb 14,2017 1:37 pm || Up

      I don’t know if I can recall seeing them get beaten up like that.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

  62. elcroata elcroata Feb 14,2017 1:24 pm

    Dude, when they say that about you at the freaking DUKE

    “He’s the most sanctimonious student I think I ever encountered,” said John Burness, Duke’s former senior vice president of public affairs and government relations. “He seemed to be absolutely sure of his own views and the correctness of them, and seemed to assume that if you were in disagreement with him, there was something malevolent or stupid about your thinking. Incredibly intolerant.”

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 14,2017 5:45 pm || Up

      I was surprised to click through and find this wasn’t about Grayson Allen.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. elcroata elcroata Feb 14,2017 11:14 pm

    This is how the world ends. With a Trump’s nuclear bang actually, but you can’t hear it, because you are laughing too loud

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  64. ozzman99 Feb 15,2017 11:40 pm
    • ptbnl Feb 16,2017 7:44 am || Up

      Can’t trust an article that confuses disgusting vegemite with delicious marmite.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ozzman99 Feb 16,2017 11:56 pm || Up

        Vegemite really is disgusting, isn’t it? Not sure I’ve ever had marmite. Also not sure why anyone kept developing spreads for toast when butter and various jams already exist.

        • ptbnl Feb 17,2017 11:50 pm || Up

          Not sure about developing – brewer’s yeast has been around for a long time.

          My mother-in-law once bought me a vintage pot of real English marmite as a holiday gift, not noticing that it had been opened and half-consumed some time in the 1970s.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • ozzman99 Feb 18,2017 4:00 am || Up

            Or she did notice and was trying to kill you.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 18,2017 12:12 pm || Up

            Had it gotten any better in that time?

            • ptbnl Feb 18,2017 1:44 pm || Up

              It had dried out, so it was grainy rather than smooth, but nothing was growing on it!

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Feb 16,2017 8:16 am || Up

      …during ragtime?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • ozzman99 Feb 16,2017 11:57 pm || Up

        I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to have sex to that particular piece, and I just can’t.

      • ozzman99 Feb 18,2017 3:59 am || Up

        Oh, wait. I just got that. Duh.

  65. Jennifer Jennifer Mar 10,2017 10:21 pm

    I don’t know if anyone even cares or reads this, but I am leaving Emergency nursing. I start OR work around the end of March.

    • ptbnl Mar 10,2017 11:53 pm || Up

      Cool. Burned out on ER, fascinated by OR, or just time for a change?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Jennifer Jennifer Mar 12,2017 6:04 pm || Up

        1. I wasnt given a promotion a few months ago. They gave it to someone else, and said I was the lesser of the two candidates. Since that time, I’ve worked 1-2 days per week for the person who was promoted. They said “in hindsight we made the wrong decision.” Too late.

        2. The ER was moved and remodeled. It’s less efficient and I hate it. I have to do five more steps to do the same tasks I used to. The vital sign machines are shit. They don’t work properly and are brand new. It’s frustrating, and no one was listening to my complaints.

        3. I felt like a babysitter to my so-called “superiors”. Thousands of dollars are being pissed out the window and again, no one was listening to me. My director laughed when I brought up the problems.

        4. My BFF works in surgery. I need to be around quality nurses again. Where I can learn and not walk behind the circus and clean up the elephant shit every day.

        5. Surgeries are badass, and I wouldn’t have to work 12s anymore. Long hours occasionally? Yes. But not constantly on my post-op leg.

        Con: working 5 days a week.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 13,2017 10:14 am || Up

          Sounds like overall for the best. Plus, my sister (a surgical resident) would say that you also get to actually make people better in surgery, but then maybe she’s biased.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • Jennifer Jennifer Mar 13,2017 7:54 pm || Up

            I like that the patients are unconscious the majority of the time I’m around.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 14,2017 10:43 am || Up

              Yeah, that too.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • Jennifer Jennifer Mar 14,2017 9:03 pm || Up

                When the patients wake up they tell me I’m beautiful. A 94 y/o post op patient kissed me last week. It’s a great ego boost.

                • MikeV MikeV Mar 14,2017 10:49 pm || Up

                  age ain’t nothin but a number.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                  Thanks, and go As.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 11,2017 7:46 am || Up

      woohoo! regular schedule!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 11,2017 6:06 pm || Up

      Congrats and good luck with the new gig!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

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