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With under three weeks left in Arizona, the A’s remain hot on the heels of the league-leading Angels in the chase for the Cactus League championship.

Tonight’s game in Surprise is available on MLB.tv (Royals telecast). It’s highlighted by Mark Canha’s annual March appearance as a starting center fielder. It’s a good chance to preview the 2017 Nashville Sounds’ chances as the infield and outfield feature entirely bench or AAA players.

Sunday afternoon’s game doubles as the 3-hour ticket sales infomercial on CSN California with Glen and Ray.

401 thoughts on “ST GT #2: It’s always Sonny in Dr. Andrews’ office

  1. colin colin Mar 10,2017 3:01 pm

    It’s a good chance to preview the 2017 Nashville Sounds’ chances as the infield and outfield feature entirely bench or AAA players.

    Or perhaps you are overestimating the 2017 Oakland A’s roster…

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2017 4:18 pm

    Having a hard time not rooting for Colombia here

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2017 4:34 pm || Up

      The sight of Gregerson isn’t changing my mind.

  3. Soaker Soaker Mar 10,2017 4:19 pm

    Speakeasy Ales & Lagers shutting down. That’s a fairly big name to be biting the dust. That industry is long overdue for some retrenchment though. It’s like opening a microbrewery has been considered a license to print money. I know of three new microbrewery/brewpubs scheduled to open in South Lake Tahoe between now and the start of summer, and yes a tourist market can support some of that business but three seems excessive.

    • andeux andeux Mar 10,2017 4:29 pm || Up

      According to the sfgate article, they took on too much debt expanding to a much larger brewing system.

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      • sslinger Mar 10,2017 5:35 pm || Up

        Buying opportunity for ptbnl?

        • ptbnl Mar 10,2017 11:58 pm || Up

          I think I’d hate doing it for a living.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  4. AV AV Mar 10,2017 4:47 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 10,2017 9:30 pm || Up

      that’s the deaf club?

      maybe next door.

      delirium/skylark must be making a killing

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2017 6:00 pm

    Guillermo Moscoso on the mound for Colombia in the ninth inning of a tie game. I would have sworn he was from Venezuela.

  6. Soaker Soaker Mar 10,2017 6:05 pm

    Rats, I apparently can’t calculate the Pacific time equivalent of Arizona time so I missed the first 3 innings of the A’s game. It asks a lot of Cotton to be the #3 starter at the beginning of the season but he seems to be doing well tonight.

  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2017 6:13 pm

    So, the WBC is starting every inning beginning with the 11th with runners on first and second. A glimpse into the cockamamie future.

  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2017 6:43 pm

    Venezuela may be wearing the ugliest uniforms I’ve ever seen. Bright blue vest, red sleeves, yellow lettering, and gray pants.

  9. lenscrafters Mar 10,2017 7:57 pm

    Anyone know if there’s a way to get the old MLB TV player back? The new one is horse dung as you can’t adjust stream quality. The constant skipping/lagging makes it unwatchable.

  10. andeux andeux Mar 11,2017 3:46 pm

    First place!

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  11. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 11,2017 5:30 pm

    I would watch more of the WBC, but those USA/DR announcers are the absolute worst

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 9:53 am || Up

      They’re pretty bad. It’s someone I’ve never heard of plus Cliff Floyd. They seem to have sent the top crew (Gary Cohen?) to the Mexico group, which is extremely strange.

  12. mother pucker Mar 12,2017 9:51 am

    Wait, Rosales is back?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 9:54 am || Up

      He never left our hearts.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 13,2017 10:16 am || Up

        …or our bitter tear ducts.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 12,2017 1:16 pm

    Columbia just got pool- wining run thrown out at plate vs DR on a 7-2 double play, throw by Jose Bautista. Heading to extra innings.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 12,2017 1:44 pm || Up

      And now they go to the NCAA football-style overtime innings.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. andeux andeux Mar 12,2017 1:37 pm

    Canha in LF making a strong case against even trying him in CF.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 12,2017 1:45 pm || Up

      Yes, try as Ray might, the Arizona sky ain’t that much higher than the one we have in Oakland.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Mar 12,2017 2:31 pm || Up

      And Detwiler making a strong case for letting him exercise his opt-out.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 1:30 pm || Up

      He just did it again in RF. Went back on a ball and had it fall in front of him.

      (According to the Buancast)

  15. doctorK doctorK Mar 12,2017 2:14 pm

    Cyclones and Aggies – w00t!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 12,2017 4:28 pm || Up

      Potential second weekend matchups of doctorKs vs beds, FSUs vs Eds.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • colin colin Mar 12,2017 6:26 pm || Up

        Likely round of 32 matchup of colins vs Eds

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 12,2017 7:47 pm || Up

        Final Four battle could be the Cal Gang vs. the ECs. :-/

        • elcroata elcroata Mar 14,2017 8:42 am || Up

          {grabs popcorn, wonders how to watch NIT in Europe}

          All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 12,2017 10:22 pm || Up

        Nope, if they play on my birthday =/- a day, they lose. so the colin’s or the WTF is happening with an 11 seed play in game???’s will be moving on to week 2

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • doctorK doctorK Mar 13,2017 4:07 pm || Up

        If fact, if UCD wins the play-in game, I could have head-to-head matchups with the Bedsters on successive weekends. My dream matchup would be Davis vs ISU in the Sweet 16.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 14,2017 7:21 am || Up

          OK doc, I’m seriously considering picking Iowa State to beat KU and then make the Final Four. Convince me that’s stupid.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • doctorK doctorK Mar 15,2017 9:26 am || Up

            Pros: Monte Morris, team has good senior leadership, rapid fans that travel well (even back in the ’80’s we called Kansas City ‘Hilton South’), ISU beat KU in Lawrence earlier this season.
            Cons: Frank Mason, KU will still have effective home-court advantage, ISU is in a 5 vs 12 match in the 1st round so an upset is more likely.

            FK it. Go for ISU to advance at least to the regional finals. I think they beat Oregon, but probably lose to Louisville.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 15,2017 9:23 pm || Up

              That’s where I landed also, Cyclones beating Kansas then losing to Louisville.

              I have Carolina beating Villanova for the championship, god help me.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Soaker Soaker Mar 20,2017 4:04 pm || Up

                Since John Wooden retired the Pac-8/10/12 has two championships in 41 tournaments. Arizona’s chances of getting to the championship game in their home state are looking good after the first weekend. On the other side of the bracket Carolina has its hands full.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 20,2017 4:29 pm || Up

                  Arizona’s ocerrated. St Mary’s should have beat them, and either Gonzaga or West Virginia (my Final 4 pick) will.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 20,2017 7:30 pm || Up

                  Just as long as Nova wins the whole thing. (I’m running away with last place in my bracket)

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  16. Soaker Soaker Mar 12,2017 8:44 pm

    Mulder will work 35 games on television, up from 20 last year. With CSN doing 147 games, that means Ray is down to 112 on television, so look forward, or not, to more Ray On The Radio this year. Please, please keep using Roxy for fill-in play-by-play when Ken or Vince is off, although with Ray on the radio side that much I could see them scheduling it with him sitting in as the second radio PxP voice.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 10:12 pm || Up

      Joining the team is in-game reporter Angela Sun during home games.

      This has the potential to be annoying.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 12,2017 10:24 pm || Up

        it is going to be.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 13,2017 8:59 am || Up

        Almost seems like Ms. Sun has better things to do.

        As a world traveler, the award-winning journalist’s passion for storytelling and love for the oceans led to the creation of her first independent feature documentary, “PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH”. Angela directed & executive produced the film which has received critical praise and won 13 awards worldwide and been in over 40 film festivals, with supporters such as former VP Al Gore, Bette Midler, Jackson Browne, Forest Whitaker sharing about it on social media. The film helped start a #plasticparadise social media movement of thousands worldwide taking the pledge to say no to single-use plastics.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 3:00 pm || Up

          Hey, she may end up being great at the job. The problem is that the job is annoying.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 13,2017 4:21 pm || Up

            agreed

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker Soaker Mar 13,2017 5:06 pm || Up

              I’m afraid her main assignment will be to track down people eating Dibs, do the standard “Where are you from?” and “How many A’s games do you come to each year?” interview and engage in witty Dibs-related repartee with Ray, while the game is going on in half-screen size. How often do these reporters have any actual in-game news that isn’t either visible on camera (blood gushing out of somebody) or reported on the press box PA? Once in a while when Milton Bradley dumps coffee all over the starting pitcher but that’s about it.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 13,2017 5:59 pm || Up

                I’ll hold out hope that someone smart and driven as she seems to be took this A’s gig for the opportunity to make it interesting or challenging.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker Soaker Mar 13,2017 9:44 pm || Up

                  You take this gig because it’s a stepping stone to regular work at a place like ESPN.

                • colin colin Mar 14,2017 7:35 am || Up

                  I’m suspicious of anyone who is involved in as many things as her website suggests.

          • linusalf Mar 15,2017 1:32 pm || Up

            I feel the same way about Kara Tsuboi. I couldn’t stand her at first, then I kind of warmed up to her. Still I feel the root of the problem is the job it self and not Kara.

            • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 20,2017 6:52 pm || Up

              I love Kara, but last year her job really morphed into 90% selling (“Are you kids having a great time with the on-field experience your parents shelled out $200 for?” “Yes!”). I hope this might change with the New Regime.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 1:58 pm || Up

      The remaining 15 games will be available in the A’s TV territory on MLB Network.

      I guess this means they are not going to reprise the TV/radio simulcast weirdness they did for mid-week day games last season.

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 13,2017 3:18 pm || Up

        The simulcasts were two years ago. Last season’s arrangement was the same as this year’s, with the other team’s telecast shown in the Bay Area on MLB Network’s alternate channel. The 15 for this year are all midweek day games, including some of those 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. first pitches.

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 9:25 pm

    If Mexico holds on to beat Venezuela, those two plus Italy will finish the group at 1-2, with only one able to advance. There can only be one playoff game to determine who advances, so someone is getting knocked out on a tiebreaking formula. Here are the tiebreakers:

    Step 1: The tied Teams shall be ranked in the standings for that Round according to fewest runs allowed divided by the number of innings (including partial innings) played in defense in the games in that Round between the Teams tied.
    Step 2: The tied Teams shall be ranked in the standings according to fewest earned runs allowed divided by the number of innings (including partial innings) played in defense in the games in that Round between the Teams tied.
    Step 3: The tied Teams shall be ranked in the standings according to highest batting average in games in that Round between the Teams tied.
    Step 4: Standings shall be determined by the drawing of lots, conducted by WBCI.

    They’ve created a set of rules where the official scorekeeper could decide who advances.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 9:38 pm || Up

      Frustratingly, Gary Cohen and friend are not keeping us updated with live standings of who would get bounced based on current scores.

      Italy allowed 20 runs in 19 innings against Mexico/Venezuela
      Venezuela has allowed 19 runs against Italy/Mexico so far
      (Mexico will necessarily have conceded fewer than Venezuela if they win this one — they both allowed Italy to score 10, albeit in one more inning for Venezuela)

      So if the current score (8-4 Mexico) holds, Venezuela will edge out Italy for the playoff spot (tomorrow against Mexico). But if Mexico gets another run, then we have to look at earned runs and possibly batting average.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 12,2017 9:39 pm || Up

        And just as I type that, Mexico scores another. We are now in crazy territory if this score holds.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 12:07 pm || Up

        So it turns out Mexico was the team eliminated!

        Venezuela allowed 21 runs, and Mexico allowed only 20. But Venezuela played a 10th inning against Italy! So they allowed 1.05 runs per inning, while Mexico allowed 1.1 runs per inning.

        In other words, I suck at math. In my defense, at the time I went to bed Gary Cohen had declared that by letting Mexico get to 11, Venezuela was out unless they won the game.

        • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 12:23 pm || Up

          Still not quite right. Mexico allowed only 19 runs, but in only 17 innings.

          Mexico 19 runs in 17 innings = 1.12
          Venezuela 21 runs in 19 innings = 1.11
          Italy 20 runs in 19 innings = 1.05

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 12:26 pm || Up

            This is why I majored in History.

            • AV AV Mar 13,2017 2:32 pm || Up

              nice thing about math? you fail a semester and you don’t get doomed to repeat it.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 13,2017 6:00 pm || Up

                Except for poor Mobius.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • vignette17 Mar 15,2017 11:20 am || Up

                  I thought he gave up on school and started stripping?

        • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 12:26 pm || Up

          Still not quite right. Mexico allowed only 19 runs, but in only 17 innings.

          Mexico 19 runs in 17 innings = 1.12
          Venezuela 21 runs in 19 innings = 1.11
          Italy 20 runs in 19 innings = 1.05

          (Italy walked off Mexico with 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th without an out. Even one out there would have ended up changing this tiebreaker.)

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 12:27 pm || Up

            Oh, that part in the parentheses is really fucked.

            • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 12:44 pm || Up

              Double, double (with runner on 2nd only making it to third, so maybe a missed fly), double, error, walk, single, single. Ouch.

              Also, apparently there is controversy over the tiebreaker and what “partial innings” means. (The interpretation being applied is the standard baseball way of calculating (E)RA, which presumably was the intent, but it could have been worded better.)

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 1:03 pm || Up

            So if I’m understanding all of this correctly (a dubious presumption at best), after failing to hang a 12th run on Venezuela in the top of the ninth, Mexico’s only path to advancing required them to let Venezuela tie the game in the ninth.

            Then they either score three in the 10th to win it and eliminate Venezuela, or they play enough scoreless extras that a one or two run win would eliminate Italy.

            • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 2:30 pm || Up

              I think that’s right.
              And the flip side is that if Venezuela also understood the situation, knowing that tying it up could endanger their advancement, they would want to just make outs in the bottom of the 9th, similar to the situation ec described below (and also to some famous weirdness in soccer tournaments).

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              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 2:36 pm || Up

                Venezuela had something extra to gain by winning though: avoiding the tiebreaker altogether and advancing directly.

                • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 2:45 pm || Up

                  Oh right, I already forgot that this was just to get into a tie-breaking game.

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                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 3:24 pm || Up

                  From a strictly “don’t get eliminated today” perspective, your strategy was right. I think half the coaches in the NFL would do that.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 12,2017 9:42 pm || Up

      And if the official scorer can’t decide,

      Step 4: Standings shall be determined by the drawing of lots, conducted by WBCI.

      That needs to be something like a talent show. “Dancing with the Baseball Stars” or some such.

      • andeux andeux Mar 12,2017 9:46 pm || Up

        Bad facial hair contest.

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 12,2017 11:29 pm || Up

        Get the rope and ribbon: tug-of-war decides this just like on Battle of the Network Stars

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 13,2017 3:07 am || Up

      Yeah, that’s pretty standard in the international tournaments. I remember one where we played Sweden and had two on in the bottom of the ninth when we scored the run that pulled us within one and then purposely ran ourselves into a final out, because we didn’t want to risk tying the game and then giving up one more run in the tenth and losing because that would have tipped the tie-breaker.

      Fun part is how do you value the runs against scored in 11th inning…

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:21 am || Up

        Oh man, if that ever happened in a tournament that reached American hot take artists’ radars…the takes would be very hot.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 13,2017 4:29 pm || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 4:43 pm || Up

            Imagine if Fosse had to explain that.

      • dmoas Mar 13,2017 9:49 am || Up

        Seems like unless you’re willing play with randomized and probably hidden tie-breakers, that sort of scenario is likely to play eventually.

  18. colin colin Mar 13,2017 8:00 am

    Fangraphs top 100 prospects

    The A’s look pretty bad on this list — Barreto at 67, Puk at 68, Cotton at 71; Holmes and Chapman get honorable mentions. I don’t think I’ve seen Barreto that far down on any other list, but they don’t think he will stick at SS.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:23 am || Up

      The A’s had him playing second yesterday with Rosales at short. And then Kortroneo were talking (following a conversation with Forst) about Barreto having an outside chance of making opening day, but only if Lowrie were to be injured opening up the starting second base job.

      At this point, I’ll be surprised if he’s a shortstop in the bigs.

      • colin colin Mar 13,2017 9:26 am || Up

        Yeah, I wasn’t meaning to dispute the naysaying of Barreto’s SS defense. It seems like that is a pretty broad consensus at this point. 67 still seems like a fairly low rank for him though?

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:48 am || Up

          I don’t know if there is a consensus on him at this point. Sickels has him at #12, and says this:

          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.

          • andeux andeux Mar 13,2017 10:06 am || Up

            That #12 ranking for Sickels is an A-, and his #67 prospect is still a B+, so it might not be as big a disparity in valuation as it seems.

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            • colin colin Mar 13,2017 12:03 pm || Up

              Yeah, always a good reminder not to attach much significance to the ordering of these things.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 12:11 pm || Up

              That’s true, but in my mind there is a pretty significant gap between an A- and a B+. As Sickels suggests, one is elite and one isn’t.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 3:08 pm || Up

      So the Red Sox traded the #1 prospect in baseball for maybe the best starting pitcher in the American League, and meanwhile they still have the #2 prospect in baseball.

      Must be nice.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 13,2017 3:11 pm || Up

        Moneyball + money >>>> Moneyball.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • colin colin Mar 14,2017 7:38 am || Up

        They extra guy that the Red Sox threw in for the Chris Sale trade (Michael Kopech) is at #21 on that list.

  19. AV AV Mar 13,2017 2:37 pm

    i totally forgot my team was winning the tournament. stupid xmas break + AFA strike.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 2:56 pm

    This from Harry Reid’s former chief of staff seems right to me regarding the Obamacare repeal bill.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 3:38 pm
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 14,2017 10:39 am || Up

      Yeah, he’s probably pretty surprised he isn’t getting the warm hug of wingnut welfare. I kind of am too.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:08 pm

    Venezuela-Italy tied 2-2 in the ninth after Miguel Cabrera unloads to deep center.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:15 pm || Up

      Odor just drove in the go-ahead run with a ball off the top of the wall, but he only got a single because he bat flipped so hard.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:34 pm || Up

      Italy went with NNOB jerseys. Terrible.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 9:39 pm || Up

      K-Rod got the save. Ew.

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 13,2017 9:45 pm || Up

      Is the requirement for playing for Italy still just being able to point out the country on a map?

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 13,2017 10:03 pm || Up

        Must be able to quote from The Godfather Parts I and II.

      • elcroata elcroata Mar 14,2017 8:49 am || Up

        I’m pretty sure half of them can’t. However there are a couple of real products of Italian league (the same as with the Dutch), which is more than can be said for team Israel

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 8:52 am || Up

          Just wait until Sam Fuld makes Aliyah and founds the scrappiest baseball league in the middle east.

          • elcroata elcroata Mar 14,2017 9:45 am || Up

            Actually, a friend of mine who is a scout for the Pirates has an organization to promote baseball globally. One of their projects is Baseball Le’Kulam where they get Jewish and Arab kids in Middle East to participate in the camps together. Great guy and a great project.

            All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  23. andeux andeux Mar 14,2017 12:11 pm
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  24. nevermoor nevermoor Mar 14,2017 12:32 pm

    BSOL watch–over Yonder!

    Step 1: Yonder Alonso becomes Barry Bonds
    Step 2: A’s have a real shot at .500

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 1:17 pm || Up

      If Adam Rosales can turn himself into Chris Carter, then anything is possible.

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 14,2017 2:50 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 14,2017 3:32 pm || Up

      I do appreciate the fair pricing. 77 beers on tap is a little excessive, a number that impresses on the surface but without any real point. A couple good IPAs >>> 15 mediocre IPAs. Put either Drake’s or Racer 5 at every concession stand, for me that’s better than having to walk past 5 stands until I find something I like, especially considering how difficult it can be to navigate that lower concourse (start with 20 oz. of beer, get to your seat with 14 oz. left).

      • andeux andeux Mar 14,2017 3:49 pm || Up

        I imagine a lot of them will be only in the WSC. They had a pretty good selection of 20 or so there the last few years, along with the ones scattered around the concourse concession stands.

        IIRC, the park in Seattle has lots of beer stands, different from each other, and each with about 5 different brews. So you might have to go a long way if you’re looking for a specific beer, but you can usually find something good close to your seat.

        But it’s also true, as you say, that beyond a certain point, the extra variety doesn’t add all that much.

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    • dmoas Mar 14,2017 3:55 pm || Up

      That picture of him is horrifying.

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 14,2017 5:35 pm || Up

      Meanwhile, a Lagunitas is still $14 in San Jose.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  26. andeux andeux Mar 14,2017 4:19 pm


    Two minutes later

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  27. andeux andeux Mar 14,2017 4:51 pm


    Big if true.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 4:55 pm || Up

      Hmmmm. I’m ready to be disappointed by this. Something about “Trump tax returns” rather than “Trump’s tax returns” makes me nervous.

      • AV AV Mar 14,2017 5:21 pm || Up

        branded tax returns.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 5:29 pm || Up

        OK, well, let’s see I guess.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 14,2017 8:45 pm || Up

          My hot take: 2005 deliberately leaked by Trump camp because it’s only year that shows him actually paying taxes.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • colin colin Mar 15,2017 8:42 am || Up

            My guess is that even the full set of Trump’s tax returns will be lacking in bombshells. Yes, there are years when he didn’t pay tax, maybe lots of them. But he already admitted as much. Maybe there will be some documentation of questionable deals, but no smoking guns. I think that the only reason that he hasn’t released his returns is because he doesn’t wanna and FK the media. It’s just a demonstration of dominance, with no deep motivation at all.

            • andeux andeux Mar 15,2017 9:39 am || Up

              Probably not much in the 1040s themselves, but I suspect the detailed schedules from recent years would show that he owes a lot of money to Russian banks, or something along those lines.

              It does seem like Maddow (and the rest of us) got played on this release.

              TINSTAAFK
              • dmoas Mar 15,2017 10:16 am || Up

                Seriously, who even gives a shit about 2005? It’s hardly representative of what’s going on with his finances today.

  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 5:00 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 14,2017 8:42 pm || Up

      Geez, stereotypes, a short fat white kid who grew up playing hockey is a “Matt Stairs type.” Why not a Joel Ward type, huh?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  29. MikeV MikeV Mar 14,2017 5:38 pm

    LEICESTER!!!!

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 14,2017 5:41 pm || Up

      Firing the manager who won them the title has worked wonders.

      • ptbnl Mar 14,2017 7:18 pm || Up

        Winning the Champions League while being relegated would be an impressive double!

        (not that they’ll do either)

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • MikeV MikeV Mar 14,2017 7:35 pm || Up

          British, Spanish, German, and Italian league champs all in the CL quarters. Cool.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

  30. MikeV MikeV Mar 14,2017 10:53 pm

    :D

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 2:53 pm || Up

      What is happening here?

      • MikeV MikeV Mar 15,2017 3:14 pm || Up

        That would be Javy Baez celebrating a thrown out runner as he is applying the tag for the out.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 3:22 pm || Up

          Imagine if we had Tony La Russa managing the USA team. He would have guys throwing at the Dominican/Puerto Rican/Venezuelan hitters once an inning.

  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 14,2017 11:00 pm

    Cal in the NIT: Apathetic, or actively trying to lose? No Rabb and Bird, but CSU Bakersfield?

    OTOH, six of the eight NIT games were won by the lesser team, by seed. Perhaps not everyone was just happy to be there.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 9:19 am || Up

      I didn’t watch the game, but generally they shouldn’t allow power conference teams in the NIT due to apathy. Those teams have plenty of chances to get into the NCAAs and if they don’t make it, just go home. A lot like when a major-conference football team with high expectations has a disappointing season and winds up in the Whataburger Bowl against a Mid-American Conference team, and mails it in after a bunch of players are suspended and sent home for bad behavior in the bowl city. It’s a bigger deal for the mid-major conferences which get only one or at most two teams into the NCAAs.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 11:04 am || Up

      They’re just not very good. And without Rabb they are terrible.

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 2:49 pm || Up

        House cleaned, and now the next issue is, the new chancellor didn’t hire the current AD.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 7:10 pm || Up

          Wow. I guess being good at recruiting pays well even if you can’t actually coach.

  32. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 15,2017 11:04 am

    FKers: Recommendations for credit cards? Capital One has pissed me off for the last time with their horrible customer service.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Mar 15,2017 11:09 am || Up

      I’m interested too. We’ve had Working Assets for a long while, but they sold their credit card business to Bank of America a while back, which is quite a slap in the face since their whole raison d’etre was ethical banking.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • vignette17 Mar 15,2017 11:28 am || Up

        If you’re into travel and have a Chase account, the Chase cards (Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve) are very nice. I believe the bonuses have gone down, but I’m paying for a trip for 4 to Wimbledon with the bonuses on the cards. The CSR also pays for Global Entry and gives you $300 to spend on travel (of course it also has a huge annual fee that is waived year 0).

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 15,2017 11:48 am || Up

      I’ve had good luck following Nerdwallet.

      I personally only have the Costco Citi Visa, but I have been trying to figure out a way to get a travel rewards card to pay for the various tournaments and shit for the boys the next few years.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 11:50 am || Up

      If you’re a member, USAA now has a 2.5% cash back card with no annual fee and no limits (it does require a monthly $1000 transfer or direct deposit from outside into a USAA checking account, which I do anyway). Cash back isn’t sexy but it’s the easiest to redeem and use, more so than Southwest Airlines points, although in some travel-related cases like hotels and rental cars the Southwest points from that card have value greater than 2.5% so that’s a backup card I’ve retained. I think some of those Chase cards vignette lists have decent cash back rates and are worth looking into.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 15,2017 2:04 pm || Up

        Not a USAA member, unfortunately. I agree that straight cash-back majors more sense than miles/rewards. Mostly though I don’t care as much about that as I do getting a card company that won’t always suck whenever there’s a problem (most recently flagging legit routine transactions as potential fraud and disabling my card).

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 2:18 pm || Up

          Most of those companies are ranked fairly closely. I haven’t had a problem like yours and can’t remember the last time I had any problem that wasn’t easily resolved, dealing with USAA, Chase and US Bank for all of the credit card and bank accounts.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 15,2017 5:13 pm || Up

      We use the Citi Double Cash for everything except restaurants/gas (where the mandatory Costco card is >2%).

      Call me old fashioned, but I like cash rewards best.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • colin colin Mar 15,2017 7:08 pm || Up

        I was choosing between the Citi Double Cash and Capital One Quicksilver (1.5% cash back). I ended up choosing Capital One because they didn’t tack on a 3%(?) fee to all international transactions.

        • colin colin Mar 15,2017 7:09 pm || Up

          Probably the extra 0.5% would more than make up for the times when I am out of the country, but seriously FK fees

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 7:14 pm || Up

          I was going to recommend that Citi Double Cash card, but those J.D. Power ratings (expanded version here) put Citi at the bottom in most categories including “Customer Interaction” and “Problem Resolution”, which specifically were Upgrade’s main concerns. I have no personal opinion about Citi as I don’t do any business with them.

          • andeux andeux Mar 15,2017 7:36 pm || Up

            If you have a Fidelity account, they have a 2% card as well.

            TINSTAAFK
          • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 16,2017 10:56 am || Up

            Yeah, I can’t speak to those topics since I haven’t had experience with either. What they do have is a good web interface making it easy to redeem rewards.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • lenscrafters Mar 15,2017 7:34 pm || Up

      If customer service is the main concern, I would recommend any Amex card, primarily the Blue Cash Everyday (3% CB groceries, 2% gas, 1% everything else). Looks like they’re currently doing a 10% off for restaurants for the first 6 months promotion.

      Discover has pretty good CS too. Obviously with Discover and Amex, you run into issues where they’re not as widely taken as Visa and Mastercard.

      Citi, CapOne, and Chase CS is all about the same, unless you’re willing to go for one of the high annual fee cards.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 15,2017 9:26 pm || Up

        Thank you all for the very helpful info.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 16,2017 10:58 am || Up

        I have to take a moment to trash Discover. They once trashed my parents’ credit because a bill for something like $9 got lost in a move, and were entirely unhelpful in getting the issue resolved with credit agencies once it was discovered and paid.

        I won’t ever carry one of their cards.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • AV AV Mar 16,2017 11:05 am || Up

          i love the wells fargo CC.

          it came related to several other bank accounts in my name with very modest late fees and charges thanks to having been pre-matured for several months, and best part, I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OF IT!!

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • mother pucker Mar 19,2017 10:46 pm || Up

      To echo the comments of others, I’m a pretty big fan of the Citi Double Cash. One thing to mention though, the 1% in cash back that you get from the initial purchase is deducted from the 2nd 1% on the payment. E.g. the 1% on the payment amount is effectively .01 x .99 x statement (I think), so it’s not quite the full 2%.

      If you’re thinking about the Amex Blue Cash, I’d consider viewing this link. From my understanding, Amex changed the Blue Cash Rewards program, to essentially cap the rewards at 5k; however, the “old” version is still around. The catch of course is that you have to first spend 6 grand in order to unlock the 5% bonuses.

      The other card I have that I still get pretty good use out of is the basic Chase Freedom card. The 5% categories can suck from time to time, but overall the card still holds up well. The capped rewards are annoying though.

  33. andeux andeux Mar 15,2017 11:30 am

    Whoa, my company’s CEO is in the name of the year bracket.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 12:18 pm || Up

      I’m surprised Faraj Fartass and Fortunate Sithole would meet in the Sweet Sixteen; that sounds more like a Final Four matchup.

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 11:35 am

    • ptbnl Mar 15,2017 1:18 pm || Up

      He’s watched “Reefer Madness” so he knows.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  35. colin colin Mar 15,2017 12:30 pm

    I just found out that the Cincinnati Reds manager is a Tam High alum (along with me and nevermoor). I think that someone probably already linked to his 77 f-bomb rant from 2015.

    Price is a lot older than me, of course. This guy, on the other hand, was in my class and if our yearbook had a category for “most likely to be sued for corporate espionage”, he definitely would have won that vote back in 1998.

    • andeux andeux Mar 15,2017 1:56 pm || Up

      Levandowski? Ha, I have a little experience with him, and am similarly unsurprised.

      TINSTAAFK
      • colin colin Mar 15,2017 1:57 pm || Up

        Yeah. He was a smart guy, but not a lot of scruples.

        • andeux andeux Apr 6,2017 9:52 am || Up

          As more details come out, he seems to have even more levels of conflict of interest. This is not going to end well for him legally. (Financially, he will probably be okay, as it seems he is currently worth nine figures, and has probably stashed some of that away where it can’t be clawed back.)

          TINSTAAFK
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 1:16 pm

    Man City has already pissed away its aggregate lead half an hour in. Buckle in for a lot more goals though.

    • ptbnl Mar 15,2017 1:20 pm || Up

      And those 3 away goals set up a hefty hurdle.

      But the result of the night already came in, with Wimbledon beating MK Franchise 2-0 at home.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 2:20 pm || Up

        This is my favorite champions league tie ever. No defending allowed.

  37. linusalf Mar 15,2017 1:39 pm

    Kraut Balls!

  38. linusalf Mar 15,2017 1:41 pm

    Kraut Balls!

    (FTFY — Soaker edit)

    • colin colin Mar 15,2017 1:57 pm || Up

      Kraut Balls!

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 15,2017 2:02 pm || Up

      There was a video clip of Kaval with the head Comcast/Spectra concessions person at the Coliseum going through some of the new food options. They showed a throwback Colossal Dog with sauerkraut and said the kraut “would be available”, but whether that means “available at the self-serve condiment bar” wasn’t clear, and wasn’t really implied.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 20,2017 4:48 pm || Up

      Kraut macaroons? No. No kraut macaroons.

      • andeux andeux Mar 20,2017 4:57 pm || Up

        Besides, if you have to go to a store to buy sauerkraut, why not just buy coconut?

        You bring a baggie to the ballpark and load up on free kraut at the concession stand. Duh.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 20,2017 5:14 pm || Up

          When I smell a lady lying in the sun I’d rather not think of sauerkraut.

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  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 15,2017 3:52 pm

    SEE YOU IN COURT

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 16,2017 8:12 am || Up

      nice that he didn’t dance around the issue

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. elcroata elcroata Mar 16,2017 7:33 am

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • AV AV Mar 16,2017 10:55 am || Up

      más culo que alma. o… ¿menos?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2018 9:28 am || Up

      OK Manu, we just need you to pass this into Aldridge…

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      • AV AV Jan 3,2018 9:36 am || Up

        “i hadn’t made one that cleanly all year.” —MG

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 16,2017 10:35 am

    I prefer it when these doomed experiments are aimed at finding the next Tony Phillips type.

  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 16,2017 10:48 am

    BP’s projection for the 2017 A’s: forgettable

    • ptbnl Mar 16,2017 11:18 am || Up

      Forgettable
      That’s what A’s are
      Forgettable
      Tho’ near or far
      Like a clang of glove that stings to me
      How the thought of them does things to me
      Never before has some team been more
      Forgettable in every way

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 16,2017 12:41 pm

    As someone who volunteers for Meals on Wheels and sees the people who use its services, FK this guy in the ear.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 16,2017 1:24 pm || Up

      fund these things and people are still starving!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  44. ptbnl Mar 16,2017 3:04 pm
    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 18,2017 11:11 am || Up

      royal about to snuff it

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 16,2017 3:46 pm
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 16,2017 7:41 pm || Up

      wtf?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • dmoas Mar 19,2017 10:05 pm || Up

      Nothing quite like breaking the literal rule #1 of gun handling. And doing it on air.

  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 16,2017 4:04 pm

    Dingerz

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 17,2017 2:22 pm || Up

  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 16,2017 5:53 pm

    Of the four NCAA games now underway, three feature teams named Mary.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 17,2017 6:57 am
    • AV AV Mar 17,2017 9:37 am || Up

      HA!

      thanks.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  49. ptbnl Mar 17,2017 8:12 am

    Unfortunate draw for the Champions League quarter finals – its a bit of a shame to see all the heavyweights paired off (Bayern/Real, Barca/Juve) and moreover that the middleweights are paired by style (Atletico/Leicester, Dortmund/Monaco).

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 17,2017 8:49 am || Up

      Really I love the draw. Dortmund/Monaco is goign to be like 14-12 on aggregate.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • ptbnl Mar 17,2017 9:22 am || Up

        And Atletico/Leicester 0-0 after 17 hours of extra time.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 17,2017 9:27 am || Up

        Yeah, I’m happy with it too.

        The clashes of the titans are a round too early, but I’m not going to complain about getting those games at any point.

        Leicester will force Simeone to come out and play. It should be a good chess match.

        Dortmund-Monaco is going to be spectacular.

  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 17,2017 1:47 pm

    Chris Webber has made himself into a good CBB color guy. So glad that he’s on the Heels call and not Reggie Miller.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 17,2017 2:13 pm || Up

      Don’t you be badmouthing Cheryl’s brother.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 17,2017 4:41 pm

    Apparently San Francisco has an NASL team now? And the NASL still exists? And the first game is next week?

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 17,2017 11:54 pm || Up

      insider tip: they kinda suck.

      they have a few good dudes helping run the team though.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 24,2017 12:24 pm || Up

        They won the league title!

        And just folded.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 24,2017 3:55 pm || Up

          i looked into going. the ticket prices were not reflective of the stadium and status.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • MikeV MikeV Nov 27,2017 9:21 am || Up

          Marc Dos Santos should have a coaching job in MLS.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

  52. Soaker Soaker Mar 17,2017 8:51 pm

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  53. andeux andeux Mar 18,2017 4:25 pm
    TINSTAAFK
  54. andeux andeux Mar 18,2017 8:07 pm

    Someone behind home plate at USA/DR has a sign that says
    We want
    Bartolo
    Colon

    TINSTAAFK
  55. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 19,2017 12:53 pm

    On the plus side, Trevor Plouffe is a home brewer. More concerning, he’s best buds with Josh Willingham.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  56. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 19,2017 1:03 pm

    Five excellent new “Rooted in Oakland” A’s commercials. Doolittle and Vogt are good of course, Gray and Graveman are wooden, but the star of this troupe is clearly Bob Melvin.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  57. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 19,2017 2:29 pm

    Jesse Hahn, getting dinked to death hurt by mistakes shelled.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. harensheir15 harensheir15 Mar 19,2017 4:21 pm

    Federer is unbelievable.

  59. AV AV Mar 19,2017 6:50 pm

    japan olympics tells baseball: fuk you.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  60. ptbnl Mar 20,2017 7:34 am

    Hipple biffday, Ed.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 20,2017 9:06 am || Up

      Hehe, from over here, too!

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 20,2017 9:31 am || Up

        am a little disappointed with my cousin in egypt. he is usually first, mostly before my birthday for some time

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 20,2017 12:22 pm || Up

          And UCLA didn’t give you the bday loss you expected.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 20,2017 8:46 pm || Up

            what do you think, opening day zito v yankees or UCLA v Florida?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 21,2017 8:00 am || Up

              That Russel Westbrook kid will never amount to anything.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 9:30 am

    Yo 5Aces: Is this Nunes character your congressperson? Because he is embarrassing.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 20,2017 11:19 am || Up

      If I was still back home he would be, but as a now reluctant Angelino I do not have to claim him.

      (And yeah, he is a piece of work)

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 11:22 am || Up

        Oh yeah…

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 22,2017 12:12 pm || Up

        He is really covering himself in glory today.

        • AV AV Mar 22,2017 1:22 pm || Up

          i like snowden’s angle. which with just a little help from popsych ends up being about trump’s ego (again). it’s not whether mr narcissistic got collected by the NSA. it’s that everybody gets collected by the NSA, always.

          …feel free to reply after reading this, NSA.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Apr 1,2017 9:12 am || Up

        make it so.

        (yeah, different series, i know. i just don’t know any sulu quotes.)

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 22,2017 1:44 pm || Up

      …and he just broke the law on national TV. holy shit.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 22,2017 2:08 pm || Up

        Bruh

        • MikeV MikeV Mar 22,2017 2:18 pm || Up

          I meant this, but… WTF?

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • dmoas Mar 22,2017 2:46 pm || Up

            We were officially in crazytown looooong ago.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 22,2017 2:55 pm || Up

            We need a complete shutdown of Republican chairmen from Fresno, at least until we can figure out what is going on.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:35 pm || Up

      • AV AV Mar 28,2017 1:39 pm || Up

        *ableist.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 2:30 pm || Up

        LOL, come on man. We are well into “girlfriend who lives in Canada” with these “sources.” Just admit that it’s Bannon or Trump, and go back to Fresno.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 10:38 am || Up
  62. Soaker Soaker Mar 20,2017 4:05 pm

    In other words, call the coroner.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 20,2017 6:59 pm || Up

      Dr. Romeo was quoted as saying “None but fools do wear it.”

    • andeux andeux Mar 21,2017 2:23 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 6:19 pm

    Wladimir Balentien hits the ball too damn far to play in Japan. We should sign him just for the fun of it.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 8:06 pm || Up

      Seriously, he is just punishing baseballs for the Netherlands.

  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 6:24 pm

    First inning of Netherlands-PR, Jurickson Profar singles and then while he’s doing the whole point at dugout/raise the roof routine, he fails to notice that he has wandered off the bag, and that Molina has thrown behind him, and that he’s out.

  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 7:13 pm

    Oh.

    • andeux andeux Mar 20,2017 7:21 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
  66. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 20,2017 8:12 pm

    I think there may be a fake Marlins Man behind the plate at the WBC game.

    EDIT: It’s him. He just grew a beard.

  67. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 21,2017 1:05 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 23,2017 12:12 am || Up

      I know this guy from a croatian sports board

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  68. andeux andeux Mar 21,2017 1:14 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • doctorK doctorK Mar 21,2017 4:19 pm || Up

      Ah, another reason to despise Elway and the Donkeys.

    • batgirl batgirl Mar 21,2017 4:44 pm || Up

      Annoying but not surprising. I think he went to the damn inauguration.

    • andeux andeux Mar 22,2017 11:57 am || Up

      OTOH, I have found some common ground with James Comey.

      TINSTAAFK
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 21,2017 5:54 pm

    The slumping but still division-leading Sharks are trying to get healthy in Minnesota vs the Wild, who sport a red-and-green ensemble tonight which I find disturbing.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 21,2017 8:01 pm

    • AV AV Mar 21,2017 8:46 pm || Up

      jeopardy’s been rubbing up against wheel for, has it been decades now? still no sign of osmosis.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 21,2017 8:52 pm

    Japan brought a brass band that seems to have a song for each batter. So cool.

  72. ptbnl Mar 22,2017 12:17 am

    I just received the following workplace safety alert from the lab:

    Employee carrying too much Fall Protection Equipment suffers ankle injury

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 22,2017 1:30 pm || Up

      How many weeks until everyone gets those industrial exoskeletons?

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 22,2017 3:29 pm || Up

      its spring, aren’t they a little late removing their seasonal protective gear?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 22,2017 12:07 pm

    Uh huh

    OK

    Hmmm

  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 22,2017 1:30 pm
    • batgirl batgirl Mar 22,2017 5:17 pm || Up

      {Heads to Goodwill for Giants cap.}

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 23,2017 3:28 pm || Up
        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • batgirl batgirl Mar 28,2017 5:04 pm || Up

          I went to 3 Goodwills *and* Out of the Closet and not a Giants cap to be had. :( I really wanted a free new cap. I have like 5 A’s caps that are beyond wearing at this point.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2017 6:10 pm || Up

            My UNC hat is seriously thrashed, but I told myself I won’t replace it until we have another championship banner.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 6:14 pm || Up

              Just get a Sacramento River Cats hat haha

  75. AV AV Mar 23,2017 8:26 am

    they don’t say so explicitly, but i suspect this is really about the white guy in the white house.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Mar 23,2017 10:43 am || Up

        same for me. but i think i failed out of lazy, not vision. i gave up early on the one where you had to count how many. but i do pretty well on these ones that are just about relative difference.

        which one did you miss?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • sslinger Mar 23,2017 11:07 am || Up

          Same as you, I counted 1 fewer than the actual number. It did take some time to let my eyes adjust to each one but as long as I was at least a little patient I could see them.

          • AV AV Mar 23,2017 11:26 am || Up

            it’s good to be patient when you’re looking for subtle dicks, i always say.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • sslinger Mar 23,2017 11:53 am || Up

              Heh. I got a perfect score on the other test, better than I would have guessed given how much time I’ve spent looking at paint colors and then getting them totally wrong when I see them on the wall. But that has a lot to do with the lighting in stores versus in a home.

          • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 24,2017 11:46 am || Up

            Exactly right. The tiny one was well hidden by the others.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • oblique Mar 25,2017 11:12 am || Up

            7 of 9 – one miss falls into the category you’re describing, but the other I couldn’t see even after they told me where it was.

  76. AV AV Mar 23,2017 8:50 am

    and this? this is the best thing in the whole world.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Mar 23,2017 9:02 am || Up

      So how are you feeling about Chile? A play-in game against New Zealand or Tahiti is a decent safety net, but presumably one you’d rather avoid if only for pride.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • AV AV Mar 23,2017 10:35 am || Up

        i’ve lost track tbh. haven’t been paying attention to how individual players are doing, or who’s in/out of the lineups. but yeah, i’m basically relying on my deeply held beliefs about sports corruption vis a vis advertising rubles to make sure messi gets to russia.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • andeux andeux Mar 23,2017 1:58 pm || Up
          TINSTAAFK
          • AV AV Mar 23,2017 4:45 pm || Up

            pretty sure maradona is up to his nose in this scandal.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Mar 24,2017 9:44 am || Up

          whoops. i thought the game was today. see how bad i am at this anymore?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Mar 23,2017 10:09 am || Up

      Trying to imagine what the death toll would have been yesterday if automatic weapons were readily available in the UK.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 24,2017 11:52 am || Up

        0, because true british patriots would have stopped the criminal!!!

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  77. AV AV Mar 23,2017 4:48 pm

    the containers podcast, besides being really interesting, is hella bay area proud. especially epp 1.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  78. ptbnl Mar 24,2017 9:31 am

    Predictions for this afternoon’s vote? I’d expect it to fail, but the House Republicans are so supine these days I can still imagine the Trumpster Fire’s crude threats and insults working.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • dmoas Mar 24,2017 10:09 am || Up

      It’s toast. Which means it’s likely to pass and we’re all going die.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 10:41 am || Up

      It’s dead.

      Only question is whether Trump Bannon insists on a humiliating vote just to confirm who goes on the enemies list.

    • colin colin Mar 24,2017 11:05 am || Up

      The scenario that scares me is not that the House bill becomes law, but that the House bill passes and then McConnell replaces it with something new in the Senate that is just as terrible but not as crazy.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 11:13 am || Up

        I see the way that games out, but I’m skeptical that McConnell could keep such a massive and difficult project requiring involvement of multiple senators and their staffs bottled up such that we haven’t heard anything about it publicly. Also, if that plan exists, then it must either be opposed by a lot of Republican senators who have urged the House not to pass their bill or those senators have been kept out of the loop completely.

        • andeux andeux Mar 24,2017 11:20 am || Up

          Given that the main reason the House can’t get this bill passed is opposition from the “Freedom Caucus” who want something more draconian, I’m having a hard time envisioning either worst- or best-case scenarios.

          TINSTAAFK
      • ptbnl Mar 24,2017 11:18 am || Up

        I can certainly see enough GOPhers in congress voting for the bill to maintain ideological purity while trusting in the senate to kill it to avoid having to live with the consequences (the Gove-Johnson/Brexit strategy).

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 11:55 am || Up

          I think that was true when Obama was president (symbolic vote to repeal Obamacare in its entirety knowing he’ll veto), but not now that they own the consequences.

          Let’s say there are four basic groups of House Republicans:

          (1) conservatives in competitive districts (often erroneously called moderates)
          (2) conservatives in districts that are not competitive absent massive wave
          (3) conservatives in completely safe districts
          (4) Freedom Conference ultra-conservative wackos

          Group 1 knows this bill is extraordinarily unpopular in their districts. They don’t want to buck their party leadership, so if this bill were a runaway freight train sure to pass the senate, they might go for it against the wishes of their constituents. But if it’s doomed in the Senate, they would be crazy to vote for it. They would be writing their opponent’s devastating attack ad for no gain. And by voting no, they get to position themselves as willing to buck their party in a district that loves that shit.

          Group 2 knows that they will hold their seats unless the bottom completely falls out for the party over the next year. Their interest is probably in passing something to keep the party looking competent-ish, so they vote for the bill regardless of what the Senate does.

          Group 3 can only lose their seats in a primary. They probably just don’t want to draw the ire of Trump and Fox News, so they vote yes and forget all about it.

          Group 4 defines itself around never compromising. Even when a piece of legislation moves the country further toward the libertarian dystopia they desire, they will oppose it for not taking us all the way to Thunderdome. And the fact that the Senate will kill it anyway is even more reason to vote no. Why compromise their principles for something that will never become law?

          So I would say Groups 2 and 3 vote yes for ideological purity reasons, Group 4 votes no for ideological purity reasons, and Group 1 votes no for self-preservation reasons. Groups 1+4 are more than enough to kill it.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 1:57 pm || Up

            • AV AV Mar 24,2017 2:47 pm || Up

              nobody cares about your fantasy something something.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • colin colin Mar 24,2017 11:29 am || Up

        My above comment didn’t make it obvious, but if you click through to Wikler’s tweet, there is a thread that describes his theory.

  79. AV AV Mar 24,2017 10:37 am

    stomper got medieval or something? and what are the birdhouses on its back?

    sorry if these points are addressed in the content. this is one of those cases of re-posting after briefly looking at headline and pics.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • batgirl batgirl Mar 28,2017 5:05 pm || Up

      I like it, but he’s so angry looking. I like a friendlier elephant.

      • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 5:20 pm || Up

        We have to intimidate the Giants fans haha

  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 10:43 am

    I-5 between Redding and Mt. Shasta on a day with snow in the forecast:

    1. Strong likelihood of needing chains?
    2. Any chance of a closure?

  81. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 24,2017 11:47 am

    @GM: Not a drive I take much, but I-5 doesn’t go above 3500′ in that stretch, so my guess is closure very unlikely, chains somewhat unlikely.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 11:56 am || Up

      Sweet, thanks. Will carry chains just in case and hope that there are chain monkeys to help me should I need to attach them.

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 24,2017 12:24 pm || Up

        It’s getting late in the year to have a chain requirement of much duration in the daytime anywhere on I-5 in that area, even over somewhat higher Siskiyou Summit at the CA/OR border. Nighttime and before 10 a.m. or so, more likely. Lots of Caltrans cameras here; at the moment I’m seeing snow falling near Mt. Shasta City but just wet pavement.

  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 12:22 pm

    This is mildly disturbing.

  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 12:37 pm

    lmao

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 12:53 pm || Up

      OMG I can’t breathe

      • andeux andeux Mar 24,2017 1:55 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 2:00 pm || Up

          It was hard not to hear all that as a declaration that they are going to sabotage the law.

  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 1:23 pm

    Ryan is standing in front of the cameras right now admitting his party can’t govern. This is remarkable.

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 24,2017 1:50 pm || Up

      He’s right.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 2:32 pm

    Ahahahahaaha

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 2:54 pm || Up
      • andeux andeux Mar 24,2017 3:00 pm || Up

        The bill was tremendously popular. Believe me. It had the most support of any bill in the last 50 years. That’s not coming from me, it’s what everyone’s saying.

        TINSTAAFK
  86. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 2:44 pm

    If you split this kid in half you’d have three, maybe four hall of famers.

    Oakland assistant GM Dan Feinstein said he sees Frank Thomas similarities, A’s coordinator of instruction Ed Sprague said that Armenteros reminds him of Rickey Henderson,

  87. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 4:05 pm

    The hits just keep coming today!

  88. AV AV Mar 24,2017 5:04 pm

    whoa. i’ve never felt this OK after reading reader comments on foxnews.

    though i can’t believe they didn’t moderate out the N-word.

    the breitbart comments are just as opaque to me as ever though. they spent half the comments under one healthcare failure article deconstructing a pizzagate joke. and i mean that in the actual meaning of deconstruction, not the more recent one where it’s a misnomer for dismantling.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 24,2017 5:30 pm || Up

      In my sports experience communities of online dickheads lose interest fast when their team stops winning.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Mar 24,2017 6:31 pm || Up

        Present company excepted, of course.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 24,2017 6:58 pm || Up

          No fair-weather online dickheads we!

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 24,2017 7:03 pm || Up

            trying to formulate a soaker/all season tire joke, but I am afraid I don’t know enough about tires and seasons

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker Soaker Mar 25,2017 9:49 am || Up

              Well…I have made a comment or two or 20 that fell into the “online dickhead” category, but I don’t think the subject of discussion was ever all-season tires.

              • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2017 12:01 pm || Up

                I assumed you have seen all season tire fails through the winters

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • AV AV Mar 24,2017 7:07 pm || Up

          lol.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Mar 24,2017 7:37 pm || Up

      Derrida would be proud.

      TINSTAAFK
  89. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 24,2017 7:16 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  90. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 24,2017 9:24 pm

    MIkeV picked a good qualifier to attend.

    • AV AV Mar 25,2017 7:50 am || Up

      bah. no tension. well, except on the strings of the honduran net.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  91. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2017 8:05 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2017 9:53 am || Up

      17 year old Lazarito Armenteros gets a call-up today to the split squad game against the Dodgers, in part so he can meet Puig.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 25,2017 10:06 am || Up

        And that is a Dodgers TV game so I might check out a few innings later tonight. You have to know the depths of the A’s farm system to recognize the players in the split-squad group that’s playing the Dodgers. Oh, but it’s another Canha in CF game.

  92. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2017 9:00 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  93. ptbnl Mar 25,2017 10:53 am

    The big Andorra/Faroe Islands World Cup qualifier is still scoreless at the half.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Mar 25,2017 11:48 am || Up

      And Edmundsson is off!

      Seems to have picked up a second yellow while taking a free kick …

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl Mar 25,2017 11:56 am || Up

        And it ends scoreless, with the Faroe Islands unable to take advantage of their 60% possession.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  94. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2017 12:07 pm

    I am still a little new to cricket…is this a term I am not understanding here in 2017, or is it a term I am understanding in 1817?

    The Australian captain scored his 20th Test ton while the Indian debutant chinaman bowler picked up four wickets to tilt the balance.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl Mar 25,2017 1:41 pm || Up

      Origin unclear, but usually attributed to the 1930s in reference to Ellis “Puss” Achong (a West Indies left-arm wrist off-spin bowler of Chinese origin).

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2017 11:54 pm || Up

        good god

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • AV AV Mar 26,2017 9:23 am || Up
          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Mar 26,2017 10:12 am || Up

          sometimes i get into this ouroborosian space where i think, what if judging the isms of the past by the non-isms of the present is itself an ism (anachronism?) that we’ll be judged by in the future? except that if it is, the future would need to understand and forgive that ism? it’s very confusing. like going back in time, meeting a great grandparent, and, well, this could go either way really, so let’s do both… seducing them, then killing them.

          don’t judge me! i am of my time.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2017 10:35 am || Up

            I suppose I get it. but do we have to perpetuate?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  95. andeux andeux Mar 25,2017 1:42 pm

    Manaea is working on some things.

    TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 27,2017 2:08 pm || Up

      Triggs working on some similar things

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 27,2017 2:58 pm || Up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  96. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 26,2017 8:58 am

    Do you guys think the goatfucker was right? Just a random question, really.

    • AV AV Mar 26,2017 9:31 am || Up

      about as random as it gets, and all i have anywhere close to the topic is: since it’s sunday, maybe i’ll find some birria. mmmm birria.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Mar 26,2017 9:40 pm || Up

        goddamned niece on bay area visit changed her mind *en route* to taqueria; i endured chowder in a bread bowl. i tried to retaliate with pho for dinner. backfired when she, understandably, loved it.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Apr 11,2017 10:49 am || Up

        further word on birria sundays…

        i barfed at the pool on monday. (thought the coffee had just landed hard…) but then on bart at embarcadero. and at the office bathroom floor (eeeever so close to actually reaching the toilet). and on bart stairs on my return trip (but i was well prepared with disposable baggies). and at home one last time before i could successfully keep a glass of water down, some time around 1pm.

        guess i’ll try a different taqueria next sunday!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 26,2017 8:04 pm || Up

      I am somewhat happy that I have no idea WTF this refers to

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 27,2017 10:26 am || Up

        Indeed. Well rid of that place.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 27,2017 6:07 pm || Up

          No rush. Athletics Nation has an effective business model tbh.

  97. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2017 9:03 pm

    Final Four, baby!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2017 9:36 pm || Up

      You realize every single person in America who’s not a North Carolina alum will be rooting against your team. Well, the CBS execs want Carolina to get to the championship game. But, I mean, this is something even Donald Trump and Paul Ryan can agree on.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2017 11:41 am || Up

        There’s truth in what you say, as North Carolina is the Goliath to the other three Davids. But don’t discount fans of the power conferences generally from being on Carolina’s side in Phoenix. The crowd at an all-Carolina final, for instance, should tilt blue.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  98. MikeV MikeV Mar 27,2017 12:30 pm

    Vegas, baby.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • AV AV Mar 27,2017 1:00 pm || Up

      just bet, baby.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2017 1:24 pm || Up

        I’d still put the odds of a new Vegas stadium actually getting built at 50-50.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 27,2017 4:30 pm || Up

          Which is a better bet than Cisco Field in Fremont. So dont count anything until kickoff.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2017 4:38 pm || Up

          Mark has to make some commitments, with name on dotted line, and Adelson’s complaint was that he and his advisors kept moving the goalposts. I’m wondering in particular about the B of A money. But Oakland and Alameda County aren’t coughing up a $750M gift which makes me lean toward Vegas happening, but by no more than 60-40 for now. I do think a Las Vegas franchise can be a success, the legislation does not name the Raiders and that Jacksonville owner is probably circling the deal like a vulture.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2017 6:11 pm || Up

            I’m curious to see how the Vegas market pans out, once someone gets there. For this deal, Noll the dour stadium econ guy was especially negative about the ticket revenue projections. OTOH, there aren’t any good models for selling big chunks of seats to transient fans OR a in a single-market economy. Maybe it could work well enough to avoid empty seats, but is it enough to pay for a stadium?

            Fun conspiracy theory I read somewhere: the NFL likes this deal because they think Davis will soon get underwater and be forced to sell.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • dmoas Mar 27,2017 6:31 pm || Up

              I’d like it for that possibility too. That and what it potentially does for the A’s. But it still sucks for the fan base that loses it’s team, again. Pure greed by someone who lacks the money to own his team.

            • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2017 7:53 pm || Up

              I assume they have to sell something like 15K-20K tickets for each game to fans of the visiting team (so the atmosphere inside the stadium will be a lot different than at the Coliseum). A lot of those would be sold to the hotels which would create weekend travel packages. Maybe the hardest to sell year after year would be the Denver and Kansas City games. The Chargers would be able to draw from both LA and San Diego, and for the other 5 regular season games there’s a rotation of opponents so those teams’ fans are asked to come only every 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. I think they can do this on eight weekends in the fall. It also suggests why a baseball team there would fail and why the NHL team will fail; can’t get out-of-towners for regular season midweek games so easily, and for baseball in July and August in particular.

              The Raiders will always draw plenty of Silver and Black diehards from Oakland, LA and everywhere else. And everybody who comes from out of town contributes to the $750M via the occupancy tax; only the Las Vegas locals get a free ride on that.

              Noll never met a stadium deal where he didn’t think the sky was falling.

              • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 27,2017 8:02 pm || Up

                It should be successful then.

              • MikeV MikeV Mar 27,2017 8:42 pm || Up

                I feel like Denver and KC would be cheap enough flights that fans could plan a weekend to go.

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

                Thanks, and go As.

                • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 27,2017 9:08 pm || Up

                  Assuming you have frequent flyer miles yeah.

                • dmoas Mar 28,2017 7:33 am || Up

                  Denver flights are super cheap. Especially for someone willing to travel for a football game. KC would be more difficult.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2017 9:30 pm || Up

                We’ll see, though, whether that unprecedented visiting team gate really exists over the long haul, because if it doesn’t the assumptions about both direct revenue from tickets and indirect through occupancy taxes will fall well short. And of course Vegas in general is especially susceptible to economic ups and downs. That’s why I’m more skeptical of a deal which is financed by ticket assumptions, as opposed to being backed by some other source (see theory of NFL backing the BoA investment itself while Davis founders).

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2017 10:36 pm || Up

                  I agree that the r-squared between the depth of a recession and the number of empty seats at a Raiders game will be quite high. However, the hotels and other travel package agencies, as season ticket holders and PSL owners, will bear much of that load.

                • dmoas Mar 28,2017 7:34 am || Up

                  I’d bet on the deal being a certifiable disaster.

  99. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2017 4:36 pm

  100. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2017 10:21 pm
  101. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 9:20 am

    Well this seems wildly excessive.

    • AV AV Mar 28,2017 1:34 pm || Up

      front page news at home btw. someone tell trump he’s been displaced. also, someone tell putin, see if he can do anything.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:37 pm || Up

        Do we know what he said?

        • MikeV MikeV Mar 28,2017 3:59 pm || Up

          “A hot dog is a sandwich”

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

          Thanks, and go As.

        • AV AV Mar 28,2017 6:58 pm || Up

          get out of here. get our of here. your mother’s conch.

          that’s literally. the sense of the second part is dirtier than but not as directed as it sounds. it’s usually heard as a goddammit.

          after the game he shook the other refs’ hands but said something like, yeah no, to him instead. the ref looked all, yeah i wouldn’t expect it.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  102. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 9:24 am

    Uh huh. It definitely wasn’t because they were afraid he’d throw a lawn dart while getting booed within an inch of life.

    • colin colin Mar 28,2017 9:40 am || Up

      Afraid that he would look too much like this?

      • AV AV Mar 28,2017 12:19 pm || Up

        um hmm
        thats right
        uh huh
        oh no!
        fix yourself, guy…

        ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • batgirl batgirl Mar 28,2017 5:07 pm || Up

        Oh God what would possess him to put those pants on.

        • colin colin Mar 28,2017 7:47 pm || Up

          What would allow him to put those pants on? Surely not the laws of physics.

          • andeux andeux Mar 28,2017 8:01 pm || Up

            What if he put them on before inflation?

            TINSTAAFK
            • ptbnl Mar 29,2017 6:45 am || Up

              Then there would be Silk damping, and there sure as FK isn’t any Silk damping from that picture.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • colin colin Mar 29,2017 6:52 am || Up

              The belt gives him a pronounced dipole term.

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