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Labor of Love 177

Except for the Scioscia/Angels part, I hate those guys.

Monday brings us Parker Bridwell (sounds like Exeter, actually Hereford) vs Chris “Nondescript” Smith. Tuesday is the Lost Season Bowl of Garrett Richards vs Kendall Graveman. Wednesday matinee of Skaggs v Manaea. Two of three in the daylight presumably favors the less undead Oaklanders.

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

177 thoughts on “Labor of Love

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 1:28 pm

    Hah, knock him all the way back to Croxton-on-Worcester.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 1:39 pm

    “Chris Smith might not know how to pitch with a four run lead.” Glen’s prophetic words.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 1:54 pm || Up

      Chris Smith might not know how to pitch.

      TINSTAAFK
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 1:40 pm

    Valbuena’s ball flew out of the yard in the odd climate conditions. This feels like a good day for a 15-13 barnburner.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 1:46 pm || Up

      Or the A’s offense gets off to a good start and then disappears.

      TINSTAAFK
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2017 1:48 pm

    if I were luis valbuena, I would have a no trade clause to anywhere outside the al west and the A’s

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2017 2:25 pm

    i don’t like turning off games because they are gong poorly. Its just I only really hate the angels.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  6. andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 2:27 pm

    Chris Smith may have to fall back to his day job of President of Cresco.

    TINSTAAFK
  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2017 2:37 pm

    Billy/David:

    A pitching staff.
    Build one.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 3:14 pm || Up

      What do you want, they built two, 2000 and 2012. Not due for another for seven more years.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 3:19 pm

    This game might still be going when I light my grill in an hour.

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

      Bottom of the 8th, and the clock says it is time to light your “grill.”

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 4:22 pm || Up

        This game might still be going when dessert is served in an hour.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 5:25 pm || Up

          What’s for dessert? Pie, or shit sandwich?

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 5:48 pm || Up

            Mpre beer.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 3:20 pm

    And you guys thought Scioscia was overmanaging before rosters expanded.

    TINSTAAFK
  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2017 3:25 pm

    That was a pretty brutal call.

  11. andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 3:25 pm

    Great, ump show time.

    TINSTAAFK
  12. andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 3:36 pm

    Shutdown inning!

    TINSTAAFK
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2017 3:52 pm

    “And it’s 20 consecutive victories, on an unbelievable night…”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. andeux andeux Sep 4,2017 4:54 pm

    Olson HR -> Scioscia face

    TINSTAAFK
  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2017 4:56 pm

    Scioooooooocia face

  16. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2017 6:05 pm

    astros pxp guys mocking scioscia

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • colin colin Sep 4,2017 6:25 pm || Up

      Red Sox broadcasters too. Their pxp guy regularly complains about September expanded rosters and he pointed to this game as the epitome of what’s wrong.

  17. Soaker Soaker Sep 4,2017 7:11 pm

    Oh man. I hope nobody here actually spent 4 hours 38 minutes of his or her life on that.

  18. mother pucker Sep 4,2017 9:13 pm

    I’m generally in favor of never rooting for tanking in baseball unless there is that 1 in 25 year Harper type projected to go number one.

    Having typed that, the fact that this shit show of a team could actually pick outside the top five is fucking ludicrous.

    So while I cannot root for them to lose, I thinK that I can root for them not to win (except against the Slegna).

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 11,2017 9:45 am || Up

      5-1 since this.

      (Currently tied with the Mets for the sixth pick)

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 23,2017 4:17 pm || Up

      12-4 since this.

      (Currently the 10th pick with 12th pick now a strong possibility)

  19. nevermoor nevermoor Sep 5,2017 10:15 am

    Linking for the image, which actually made me laugh out loud.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 10:40 am

    Syria got an equalizer at the death in Tehran* to keep alive its improbable hopes of qualifying for its first World Cup.

    To qualify, Syria will have to win a home-and-home** playoff against Saudia Arabia or Australia, and then another home-and-home against the fourth place team from North/Central America which could be the USA.

    *Iran had already qualified so insert conspiracy theory here

    **Syria has been playing its “home” matches in Krubong, Malaysia.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 12:51 pm || Up

      visa will be granted just to ramp up the Military industrial complex for the match

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 1:27 pm || Up

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 10:56 am

    Disgraceful

    • batgirl batgirl Sep 5,2017 5:48 pm || Up

      It is unfathomable how awful these people truly are. I have a hard time thinking of even one issue where they haven’t done the exact opposite of what I want them to do.

  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 2:25 pm

    Honduras-USA from 95 degree San Pedro Sula kicking in 5 minutes on BEIN Sports.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 3:09 pm || Up

      The shit is now up to our ears.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 3:19 pm || Up

        Trying to save Trump the embarrassing decision whether to boycott Russia 2018.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 3:44 pm || Up

          Trump already had his favorite hotel suite booked.

      • MikeV MikeV Sep 5,2017 3:34 pm || Up

        Even if they come back and salvage somethign from this, Arena is a fucking joke.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 3:36 pm || Up

          If they somehow qualify, I’m really not OK with him taking the team to Russia.

          • MikeV MikeV Sep 5,2017 5:06 pm || Up

            I didn’t really want him brought back in the first place. 1 point out of 6 against Costa Rica and Honduras is unforgivable.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 4:09 pm || Up

          This is a laughably bad performance.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 4:17 pm || Up

        And the tide’s still rising…

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 4:23 pm || Up

          Poking our nose above the steaming pile for the moment…

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 4:32 pm || Up

            On one hand, thank god. OTOH, this team and its management are clearly in need of a shock of some sort

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 7:41 pm

    scioscia is so frustrating

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 7:43 pm

    a walk and two weakly hit balls, a missed cut off and 2nd and third no out

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 7:54 pm

    ffs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 8:12 pm

    chapman is smart at baseball

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 8:33 pm

    double, single, k, double

    1 run

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 8:53 pm

    PADL

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 8:56 pm

    Being able to wear shorts to an A’s night game is a rare treat. Runs would really just be a bonus.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:10 pm || Up

      ask again

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 9:38 pm || Up

        Magic 8-ball can we have more bonus runs?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:06 pm

    FOSSE CALLED IT*

    *0.00000002% correct

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:21 pm

    valbuena kills my team, but I love that he bat flips a walk

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 10:20 pm || Up

      he has faced 2 lefties and walked twice

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:24 pm

    fuck

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:38 pm

    andeux seems bundled up

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 6,2017 12:27 am || Up

      I was in short sleeves for most of the game. Must have just put on my sweatshirt when you posted that.

      TINSTAAFK
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 9:47 pm

    remind me never to go to an angels game in september

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 5,2017 9:51 pm || Up

      Everybody thought the September roster-size issues were going to be addressed in the CBA negotiations, with the apparent exception of the people who were negotiating the new CBA. I blame them for punting on an obvious problem.

      • dmoas Sep 5,2017 10:28 pm || Up

        Shrink the time on/off the roster to 3-4 days from 10 unless both teams have been eliminated at which point the 25 man roster gets “declare” but all 40 are allowed to play. Eliminated teams playing against each other should still be allowed to play a “spring-like” game, teams in it (or playing teams in it) shouldn’t. The declaration part keeps poor teams from making unfair moves to load up against teams that are still in it. Option B: same situation except keeping the 10 days.

        It’s an easy problem to solve, they just have to want to. Personally, I don’t really care that much about it. They’ve played this way for long enough.

  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 9:48 pm

    Scioscia everyone hates you.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2017 9:54 pm

    Almost three hours to play six innings?!

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 5,2017 10:01 pm || Up

      That clock in center field evidently isn’t much of a solution.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 10:04 pm || Up

        Maldenado is just as dely of gamey and scioscia

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 10:03 pm

    Semien should have run towards first and underhanded that

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:10 pm

    meanwhile in Boston they’ve played 3x the innings in the same amount of time.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  39. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:29 pm

    Sac bunt pays off in a 7-6 game, go figure.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  40. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 10:34 pm

    jario.

    sigh

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:39 pm

    An unscored upon Jairo 9th here ranks as one of his best outings of the year, for real, sad as that is.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:40 pm

    Walkoff pie? I’m thinking walkoff pie.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV Sep 5,2017 10:57 pm || Up

      when you come out your tent near the clavey one morning, and realize you left out all night that superb cherry cobler from the manteca stand.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:52 pm

    Extra innings after nine took 3:45. Crowd pleasing.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2017 10:53 pm

    OTOH I got to see Oski hit wiffle balls way worse than Stomper, so there’s that.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2017 11:23 pm

    silver lining: this terrible angels team has hope

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 6:25 am

    Looking forward to the 10, 15, etc. year retrospectives on this losing streak.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 6,2017 7:59 am || Up

      With a montage of Vince calls to properly capture the suck.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. andeux andeux Sep 6,2017 10:05 am

    Did anyone else (bother watching that game and) think it was questionable to let Maxwell lead off the bottom of the 10th down by a run? Healy and Canha were both available on the bench.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 10:11 am || Up

      Platoon advantage uber alles. (cue Future Ed re: Canha)

  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 10:33 am

    Either Trump didn’t like the bad press or this is all just an elaborate way to humiliate Sessions.

    • dmoas Sep 6,2017 11:30 am || Up

      He’s trying to create a chip to trade for his idiotic wall. Somehow I don’t think it’ll work out as he intends.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 11:52 am || Up

        Nancy will absolutely eat his lunch if he really tries to start negotiating with her.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:14 am || Up

          Still feeling pretty good about this.

          • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 14,2017 11:46 am || Up

            Yeah. If there’s any ray of hope at all right now, its that Trump sees he can receive praise if he does what Nancy says.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:48 am || Up

              He would be so much happier working with her as speaker instead of Ryan if it weren’t for the whole investigations and impeachment thing.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2017 1:24 pm || Up

              I am so conflicted. On the one hand I like that Nancy is fixing things on the other I don’t trust anything

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 14,2017 3:02 pm || Up

                Well, let’s get her a majority in 2018 then.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 11:56 am || Up

      Everything about this is hilarious.

  49. andeux andeux Sep 6,2017 11:35 am

    Brilliant:

    BART spokesman Jim Allison said the free passes don’t cost the system anything, because the cost of running trains would be the same with or without the free rides.

    Might as well give everyone free passes, then.

    TINSTAAFK
    • dmoas Sep 6,2017 1:15 pm || Up

      That’s all really strange. We had work with them a few years back and had temp workers doing stuff within their system. They flat out refused to give them free access after they got off to leave the job to go home. Very, very strict about it. As in they *demanded* they leave the station they were in and come back in.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 6,2017 1:38 pm || Up

        It’s a negotiated union benefit, so excluding temps makes complete sense.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • dmoas Sep 6,2017 2:35 pm || Up

          That one didn’t occur to me. That would actually make more sense with that in mind. Their PR person should have led with that if she could.

  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 1:38 pm

    No one is safe from the humiliation.

  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 1:54 pm

    I’m sure our pitchers will make this 1-0 lead stand up.

  52. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 1:58 pm

    That was really weird. HP ump tossed Chapman for jawing with and staring at the Angels’ catcher before his AB.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:00 pm || Up

      Now a warning to the dugouts. WTF is going on.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 2:02 pm || Up

        Some argument happened earlier between Canha and Graterol.

        That last thing, Chapman definitely initiated it, because he was talking to Graterol while Graterol was looking at Scioscia.

        Chapman: “I went to Cal State Fullerton, not Cal, but goddammit you do NOT say the things about Cal you said to Mark.”

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:03 pm || Up

          Fosse theory is that Graterol thought Chapman was relaying signs to Canha during the earlier AB.

          • Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 2:14 pm || Up

            My solution to suspected sign-stealing is pretty simple. If the pitcher and catcher think that’s happening, the catcher gives a curveball sign, and the pitcher throws a fastball up and in.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:05 pm || Up

          I’m really curious what Chapman could have said there to justify getting tossed. There was no physical altercation, and Chapman never moved toward Graterol.

          • Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 2:10 pm || Up

            The umpire told Chapman to shut up, but Chapman continued to talk to Graterol, presumably saying something less pleasant than offering a friendly postgame bong hit.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:13 pm || Up

              Seems pretty petty of the ump considering Chapman wasn’t being demonstrative at all. Graterol is the one who got up and took off his mask like he wanted to go.

              • andeux andeux Sep 6,2017 3:29 pm || Up

                Yeah, seemed like Graterol was the aggressor.
                Since when do you get tossed for jawing at the other team?

                TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 3:35 pm || Up

                  When the ump has already told you that he doesn’t care who started it, one more word and you will be sent to your room and lose your Nintendo privileges.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:15 pm || Up

              Speaking of, this is hilarious:

              • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 7,2017 3:17 pm || Up

                That’s not even Joe West.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:17 pm

    Nunez’s range looks a little less expansive than Chapman’s.

  54. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 6,2017 2:20 pm

    Cal now among the “Others Receiving Votes” part of the AP poll!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 2:41 pm || Up

      “A vote”, actually (for #24) from some guy in Wichita who dreams of being able to flee Kansas and move to the West Coast (8 Pac-12 teams in his 25).

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 11,2017 7:11 pm || Up

        Comparing that to his vote this week, Cal holds steady at #24 by beating Weber State by 13 at home, while Utah beats BYU in Provo but drops from #23 to out of the money.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2017 8:52 pm || Up

          I didn’t see any of this week’s game but after the opener I still choose to believe that Cal is secretly awesome. Watch out, Ole Miss.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • sslinger Sep 12,2017 9:26 am || Up

            This injury isn’t going to help.

          • Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2017 9:34 am || Up

            We seem to be having an inverse issue.

            Cal dropped off the ballot, although not solely because of the USC result. North Carolina’s home loss to Duke was a more significant factor.

            Mr. Wichita still has 3-1 Cal on his ballot at #24.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2017 7:04 pm || Up

              Less than two months until the hoops team tips off.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 2:50 pm || Up

      Five votes in the coaches poll! Though Army got two votes, so maybe not that big an accomplishment.

  55. Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 2:55 pm

    And the bullpen marches in. If it weren’t thunderstorming outside I would flee right now.

  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 3:02 pm

    Plot twist!

    • dmoas Sep 6,2017 3:36 pm || Up

      That’s sad they don’t feel like they can beat the A’s without stealing signs.

  57. andeux andeux Sep 6,2017 3:44 pm

    Oh good, Chris Hatcher for the third day in a row.

    TINSTAAFK
  58. Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 3:45 pm

    DirecTV has temporarily succumbed to the thunderstorm, but rather than fire up the app I will just let Ken deliver the bad news.

  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 3:54 pm

    Where were you when the A’s finally won a damn game?

    • ptbnl Sep 6,2017 4:00 pm || Up

      Firenze, since you’re asking.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 6,2017 9:28 pm || Up

      in court having my battery die.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • AV AV Sep 6,2017 10:30 pm || Up

        usually there’s an assault and in that sentence.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 4:08 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 4:10 pm || Up

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2017 4:44 pm

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 6,2017 5:07 pm || Up

      I hope you and @sunnyangela end up in the same shitcan.

  62. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2017 12:03 pm

    Just in case anyone needed more reason to despise New England:

    Also fuck the NFL for putting our “home” game vs NE in Mexico City.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 7,2017 1:32 pm || Up

      So who are you rooting for tonight?

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2017 1:39 pm || Up

        The Four Horsemen.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. sslinger Sep 7,2017 2:13 pm

    Bridge players bait (forward to today’s too).

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 7,2017 2:55 pm || Up

      When I was a bored kid, I used to read the bridge column and try to reverse engineer how the game worked. I think I mostly figured out. Someday I will actually play.

      • sslinger Sep 7,2017 3:42 pm || Up

        That makes you already better than me.

      • andeux andeux Sep 7,2017 4:16 pm || Up

        The mechanics of the card play is mostly the same as other partnership trick-taking games like spades or euchre.
        The meaning of the final contract is very simple: n of a suit means you are trying to take n+6 tricks with that suit as trump.
        The scoring (reward for making your contract, penalty for not making it) is complicated in its details, but just a big lookup table, and conceptually not too hard.
        The auction as a coded conversation revealing bits of information about your hand in order to try to reach that final contract is basically incomprehensible without learning its rules (which are not actually part of the rules of the game, but social conventions that have developed over time, and can be different for every partnership). That part makes for a very steep learning curve.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 7,2017 4:20 pm || Up

          Unwritten rules!

        • sslinger Sep 7,2017 5:07 pm || Up

          FKing ACOL!

          • ptbnl Sep 8,2017 12:07 am || Up

            45 has converted me to strong No Trump.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 8,2017 9:42 am || Up

              This is why we can’t play any more. Our hands would all just go to 7 NT.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 7,2017 7:03 pm

    Kiki Vandeweghe’s badass niece being named Coco Vandeweghe is one of those little things that makes me happy.

    • sslinger Sep 7,2017 8:40 pm || Up

      We saw her on an outer court years ago when she was a teen, and I loved that bit as well. Plus, you could tell she had game, not to mention a volatile temper. I’ve followed her since, and it was good to see her run this year until she ran into the Madison Keys buzz saw tonight.

  65. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2017 7:41 pm

    Al Michaels: “New England has better Buffalo players than Buffalo does.” Ouch.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 7,2017 9:19 pm || Up

      Worse than Stephon Gilmore of the last-place Patriots?
      Yeah, that is bad.

      TINSTAAFK
  66. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2017 9:08 pm

    I remember a lot about the A’s of the 70’s but I didn’t remember this. Might have to check out this guy’s new book.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2017 9:36 am || Up

      This excerpt is a nice companion.

      As Hunter walked by the whirlpool later in the day, rookie George Hendrick, having a soak, called him over. “Who the hell grabbed Epstein and broke up the fight?” he asked, angry at the intervention. “I wanted to see Epstein kick the shit out of Reggie.”

      The book sounds great.

  67. MikeV MikeV Sep 7,2017 11:23 pm

    95mph WTF

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • colin colin Sep 8,2017 11:22 am || Up

      That’s a lot of arm-side run, but I think the camera angle is part of the reason it looks so crazy.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 8,2017 4:20 pm || Up

      15 in a row for the Tribe, that’s close enough.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. vignette17 Sep 8,2017 8:47 am

    So anybody starting to get worried for the 20 game streak? I’m mostly fine with the Indians (minus Chief Wahoo), but they are likely Cavs fans so…

    • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 8,2017 9:43 am || Up

      Still very unlikely. Mrs. N would love it though.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 8,2017 10:00 am || Up

      Also don’t ignore the D-backs (next 7 games at home).

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 8,2017 4:21 pm || Up

      read the thread fsu

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2017 7:12 pm || Up

      I like most of the clevelands, trever bauer, although educated at a good institution, is an idiot.

      tom hamilton is a delight. and no one wants to be larry czonka

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2017 7:21 pm || Up

        I have no problem wanting the A’s to remain the record holders, also I’m more a Mercury Morris man myself.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • dmoas Sep 10,2017 7:32 pm || Up

          I’d care more if were an MLB record and not just an AL one. That being said, until they change their name, fuck them.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2017 7:41 pm || Up

          Yes, the A’s remaining the record holder would be nice. but I won’t be offended.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2017 9:28 am
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 8,2017 9:54 am || Up

      Well, I am. I paid Equifax $10 originally to put the security freeze on my report, circa 2002, and I have to pay them another $10 every time I want it lifted temporarily. Over 15 years I must have paid them around $100 (every time I have moved plus an occasional application for new credit), and in at least the initial freeze plus the moving cases the same to Experian and Trans Union. It’s pocket change compared to the cost of fixing an identity theft that’s actually put to use by opening fraudulent accounts and IMO worth the occasional inconvenience if you’re not applying for credit very often.

  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2017 11:18 am
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 8,2017 4:26 pm || Up

      ‘My allegiance is always to my constituents and never to a party.’ For a few days at least.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  71. andeux andeux Sep 8,2017 1:49 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2017 2:45 pm || Up

      Does this violate his sentence?

      In sentencing Dykstra, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered him to stay away from the victims in the case and barred him from posting ads on Craigslist or social networking sites, prosecutors said.

  72. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2017 6:05 pm

    Tiger Woods is sitting in the front row of this Nadal match wearing a Raiders jacket.

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