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Opening Day 2020: The quest begins…eventually 396

By this time today I expected to be starting the coals in the Coliseum parking lot. Oh, the opening day parking lot, a carnival of glorious green and gold, East Bay vibe on full display, victorious even before the first pitch is thrown.

Alas, that day is not today. Nevertheless, we A’s fans should try to summon up just a little bit of that Oakland spirit today, feel the new season, even if the new season ain’t quite feeling us yet. And when the Opening Day does arrive, whenever that may be, we can celebrate making it through…up to and including the first pitch.

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

396 thoughts on “Opening Day 2020: The quest begins…eventually

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2020 12:27 pm

    I want a person in front of every building from today on, no matter if there is a health crisis or not, taking people’s temperature

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2020 1:21 pm || Up

      Can I skip the line with Temperature Pre Check for a small fee?

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2020 2:00 pm || Up

      It’s definitely going to create some permanent changes, as did 9/11, and probably not all good, as with 9/11. 20 years from now we’ll say “we never gave any particular thought to this until the coronavirus crisis but we accept it now”. One small thing I noticed that I bet stays: the bagels and sandwich rolls at Safeway’s bakery aren’t loose in bins anymore; instead they are wrapped two to a bag in single-use small plastic bags. And Safeway’s employees won’t touch your reusable bag; you have to pack that yourself, which seems to discourage the use of reusable bags.

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  2. andeux andeux Mar 26,2020 1:25 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2020 1:38 pm || Up

      Also bad news (source: Adelson News). That stadium timeline is pretty tight for completion by August, and the Raiders’ 2020 option at the Coliseum shouldn’t be forgotten.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2020 4:59 pm || Up

        The Raiders, masters of timing that they are, reportedly declined their 2020 Coliseum option last week.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2020 5:00 pm || Up

          Also note gratuitous shot at Cal at the end: “Cal is never going to win, but they are never going to move, either.”

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2020 5:47 pm || Up

          Oh good, I missed that. They can play on the high school field out in Boulder City.

          Also presumably the A’s are now free to make whatever further modifications they want to the Coliseum immediately, and people could use the work.

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        • MikeV MikeV Mar 27,2020 11:26 am || Up

          All the football stuff has been removed already anyway. There was no way they were gonna come back for another season.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 13,2020 3:32 pm || Up

        Oakland isn’t even plan D.

        Per Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders investigated options to play games in Salt Lake City, Phoenix and San Diego if the coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home orders continue construction delays to Allegiant Stadium. This is considered the worst-case scenario for the Raiders as the franchise still plans to have the stadium completed in time.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 14,2020 8:37 am || Up

          They’re probably right in thinking that another “this could be the last season in Oakland” for the fourth year in a row would be going to the well (at least) once too often.

          Of course, if you’re playing games in empty stadiums it doesn’t really matter what venue you use. And if that’s the case, I’d choose a location with a more business-minded governor, like SLC or maybe San Antonio.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2020 4:44 pm || Up

      I’m confused how SEIU was able to “locate” 39 million N95s while presumably every state health department is actively seeking the same.

      Also thank you so much, yours are helping nurses as we speak.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • mikeA Mar 27,2020 9:21 am || Up

        I am a bit skeptical of that press release…

      • andeux andeux Mar 27,2020 11:08 am || Up

        I was hoping you (via NurseU) might know something more about it.

        And glad we could help (however slightly). It is mind-boggling that that kind of thing is necessary.

        TINSTAAFK
  3. Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2020 4:11 pm

    We got through Opening Day without the usual loss, and to my knowledge nobody has Syndergaarded themself into oblivion either.

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    • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2020 4:46 pm || Up

      And in fact the A’s are 1-0 in the Strat-O-Matic simulation, posting a 5-3 win before 25,682 at the Coliseum. It’s good to see that Stephen Piscotty had a miraculous comeback from his injury and was in the Opening Day lineup, and in case you were wondering Tony Kemp was the starting second baseman.

      Minnesota lost it in the 2nd inning when Oakland did all their damage when they came up with 5 runs on 6 hits. That was all Mike Fiers( 1-0) needed. Fiers got help from Liam Hendriks who pitched great and earned his 1st save.

      Jose Berrios(0-1) absorbed the loss. He got hit pretty hard, allowing 8 hits and 3 walks in 3 and 1/3 innings.

      “I just wanted to give my team a chance to win”, said Fiers. “I got burned on a couple of pitches. But we won the game, and that’s all that matters.”

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2020 11:51 am || Up

        2-0

        7 scoreless for Manaea, Canha’s solo shot provided the only run of the game.

        (I think the rules may need some tweaking, as it looks like Melvin brought in Petit to start the eighth, and pulled him after two batters. Here’s hoping this doesn’t mean he’s injured.)

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2020 11:08 am || Up

          3-0

          Chapman, Semien, and Murphy homer. Sweet Lou gets the W, Clip Art gets the L.

          44,279 in attendance sounds a bit ambitious.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 28,2020 11:18 am || Up

            Why did barreto come in? Is marcus hurt?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2020 1:16 pm || Up

              Very un-Melvin like indeed to give Semien an inning off, even up 10 runs.

          • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2020 3:33 pm || Up

            Josh Donaldson is off to a lousy start, 0-for-10 with 2 BB and 5 K.

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          • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 12:06 pm || Up

            It’s a FKing SWEEP! The East Bay is fired up, as 45,617 packed the Coliseum to see Jesus Luzardo’s first big league start. He gave up a couple long balls in the third inning, but fanned 7 and didn’t walk anybody in his 6 innings of work, and the bullpen sent the Twins packing with 3 more innings of stellar relief. Homer Bailey took the loss for Minnesota.

            This could be a stupendous season, like 125 wins stupendous.

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            • andeux andeux Mar 29,2020 12:17 pm || Up

              Simulated me must be pretty jazzed about having seen that from the front-row seats.

              TINSTAAFK
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 12:26 pm || Up

                The 45,000 simulated fans are hard to account for, unless Kaval let the Corps of Engineers turn the East Side club into an emergency hospital,

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 29,2020 2:54 pm || Up

                I asked SuSlu if she will start a simulated reluctant mailbag, she said yes.

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 3:21 pm || Up

                Simulated Kaval failed to anticipate the huge walk-up, which meant parking was a total clusterFK and security lines wrapped around the Arena due to the understaffing. Simulated you missed the first three innings anyway.

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                • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 30,2020 4:18 am || Up

                  The simulated GT has been lonely too with all you local FKers at every game.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2020 12:45 pm || Up

              Finally took a loss, Puk struck out six in five innings pitched but takes the loss. First Khrush homer of the year is the highlight on offense.

              "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 30,2020 1:52 pm || Up

                Looks like Melvin got a scoreless eighth out of McFarland down a run and then inexplicably left in him in to start the ninth, allowing Houston to break it open. Dammit Bob.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2020 11:20 am || Up
                • andeux andeux Mar 31,2020 3:41 pm || Up

                  That would’ll’ve been great to see from ptbnl’s luxury box.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • ptbnl Apr 1,2020 11:42 am || Up

                  Colin and I would have been in the front row seats.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • colin colin Apr 2,2020 7:36 am || Up

                  And we would have been able to argue about discuss the role of simulations in person

                • colin colin Apr 2,2020 9:12 am || Up

                  I’m talking about baseball season simulations **obviously**

                • ptbnl Apr 2,2020 10:06 am || Up

                  **obviously**

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2020 11:21 am || Up
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2020 11:44 am || Up

                  Given the A’s legendary second half prowess this team may win 140 games.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 1,2020 12:50 pm || Up

                  Or it could be 2014 part deux. We will know at the trade deadline if we trade Chapman for a bag of baseballs.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • mikeA Apr 1,2020 12:22 pm || Up

                  The br one is good. Has Bob using Diekman as backup closer and Diekman sucking. Plausible.

                • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2020 3:10 pm || Up

                  Simulated Schlitter must have started taking massive amounts of PEDs and destroyed the last couple weeks of the Cactus League to make the Opening Day roster. He’s not even on the IRL 40-man. And where’s Puk? Optioned? Spring training injury carried over when Piscotty’s didn’t in either simulation?

                  There was horror at the Coliseum on Opening Day when starting pitcher Luzardo faced only 4 batters, throwing 15 pitches, in the top of the first and had to come out. But he came back to throw 97 pitches and beat Verlander last night so we’re good there. Also, Bob used Soria as an opener ahead of Fiers on Monday.

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      • elcroata elcroata Mar 30,2020 1:33 am || Up

        Hey, is this something you set up, or is there a public league of some sorts? Can’t find the homepage, standings…

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2020 7:47 am || Up

          Strat-o-Matic is running it; here’s the home page.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 30,2020 2:02 pm || Up

            Do you know if there is anywhere on the site that shows the full roster for each team? I want to complain about the bullpen or something but dont want to try and piece together who is in it…

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 9,2020 1:55 pm || Up

        The A’s are now 10-3 in this simulation. I’m starting to get really sad that we could miss out entirely on one of the great A’s teams of our lives.

        • Soaker Soaker Apr 9,2020 3:58 pm || Up

          Best 13-game starts in Oakland A’s history:
          12-1 in 1981
          10-3 in 1978 and 1990

          On the other end:
          3-10 in 1987, 1998 and 2001

          That 1978 team peaked at 19-5, as late as July 5 had a 1/2 game lead in the AL West at 43-39, and saw .500 as late as August 15 (61-61 and only 6 games behind the Royals). They finally found their form after that with an 8-32 finish.

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        • batgirl batgirl Apr 9,2020 5:38 pm || Up

          Totally!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2020 4:49 pm || Up

      If I’m setting odds on which A’s player is most likely to hurt themselves in some stupid way while sheltering in place, Khris is the obvious favorite. Beyond him I worry about clowning-related injuries to jokesters like Bassitt and McFarland.

      Would be a way to protect Barreto/Mateo for another year…

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 26,2020 5:09 pm || Up

        Trivino is my pick. I’m assuming he is still showering while under quarantine.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  4. batgirl batgirl Mar 26,2020 5:53 pm

    Dan Haren is still funny.

    This Mike Piazza bobblehead note reads: “I remember he hated turbulence.” -Dan Haren

  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2020 1:59 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2020 4:32 pm

    OK, to hell with the niceties. Yes, I don’t wish disease on anyone. That said, if Trump’s GOP is determined to literally kill off its highest officers and most devoted adherents, I’m becoming more inclined to be OK with that.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2020 7:39 pm || Up
      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2020 8:44 am

    Tonight starting at 5pm NBCCA is showing noteworthy A’s games from 2010, 2018, and 2019, started by Braden, Manaea, and Fiers, respectively. I’ll try not to jinx anything.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 11:09 am || Up

      Today’s 3pm offering is this 2016 game remembered (hah!) as the best game of Kendall Graveman’s career. Also they like picking on James Shields.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 11:53 am || Up

        I see from looking at our series thread that this was also when Danny Valencia beat the crap out of Billy Butler.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 11:56 am || Up

          The beginning of the end of our long fat nightmare.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 3:54 pm || Up

      Meanwhile, MLB Network is carrying repeating programming of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, not just the game telecast but interview-type shows too. It looks like there’s literally nothing but that until 9:30 tomorrow morning.

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 30,2020 4:19 am || Up

        Why bother showing a game that was suspended after 8 innings?

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  8. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 28,2020 4:57 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  9. AV AV Mar 28,2020 6:30 pm

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 10:59 am || Up

      Caught a glimpse of Ben Sheets in the dugout during Braden’s perfecto replay. One of many past-their-prime one year free agents whose A’s tenures I barely recall.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2020 8:09 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 3:24 pm || Up

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. colin colin Mar 29,2020 7:59 am

    Fangraphs has a very technical discussion of Luzardo’s pitch arsenal and ways that it could be tweaked. I guess I’m pretty skeptical that pitchers are able to change their spin rate / axis in intentionally defined ways, but maybe it’s something that could be done with lots of practice and repetition. Then I’m also skeptical about the robustness of their swinging strike rate predictions.

  12. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2020 11:09 am

    I hate baseball

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 12:01 pm || Up

      Does he not know how to use Google? Like this or this or this? Outrageous dumbshittery.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 3:57 pm || Up

        Well none of your links go to Fox News or Breitbart so I suppose that’s why he isn’t seeing that stuff.

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  13. Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2020 5:44 pm

    Hang in there man.

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  14. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2020 10:57 pm

    Astrophysicists, is there anything they can’t do? Turns out yes.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2020 11:22 am

    Happy Birthday andeux! The longstanding tradition of an A’s home game on March 30 has been temporarily interrupted but let’s party anyway!

    A birthday being like New Year’s Day as a time for an evaluation and thoughts about changes going forward, I think my best way to reduce the psychological and sociological impact of current events is to reduce my time sitting in this chair and looking at stuff on the Internet by a rather high percentage. Reading less information and opinion that I don’t really need and reducing my own investment by cutting back on participation. FK isn’t a specific target but it’s not exempt either. It’s not a *click* but I don’t think you’ll be seeing Vince grinning out at you from the avatar quite as much.

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    • andeux andeux Mar 30,2020 12:18 pm || Up

      Happy Birthday Soaker!

      I hear you about internet fatigue. Even before the current crisis, the constant stream of things about which to be outraged for the last few years has been taking a toll. OTOH, I’ve never been much for talking on the phone (or texting) so in the current situation the internet (and largely FK) is my main connection to people outside my household. I hope you find the right balance for yourself. And also that we have some real baseball to talk about before too long.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2020 6:39 pm || Up

      yes, Happy birthday to both of you. As someone who also had a birthday in shelter in place, I feel for you.

      Speaking of shelter in place, anyone else over thinking every headache/sore throat/fatigue?

      Also, I am hoping Nurse upgrade is staying safe.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2020 6:58 pm || Up

        Happy birthday to March FKers.

        Nurse U is fine, due to canceled vacation is actually off schedule until next week. A nice respite before the deluge. Each kid managed to get strep throat and terrify me.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Mar 30,2020 7:03 pm || Up

        I’m not a big bday person. Might have gone out to dinner if possible, but otherwise it’s not so different from usual. Does feel a little weird though.

        On the other thing: I have allergies, so really glad sneezing and runny nose are not symptoms of covid. The other day I woke up not feeling great, a little stressed about some other stuff, and by the time I got out of bed had convinced myself that maybe I had a fever (even though we have been good about the quarantine, and at that particular point had had zero contact outside the home for over a week). Took my temperature. 97.0.

        I can’t even imagine what it’s like for Nurse U. and the other health care workers (and their families) going out on the front lines.

        TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 30,2020 10:35 pm || Up

        Every time I have a tickle in my throat. Or if I start to feel a little warm, or a little cold. There was a period of like 3 days where i would go check my temperature every 4 hrs or so because I was thinking about it so much and the thermometer was right there…

        Fortunately I have been so underwater at work that it has distracted it me on most weekdays. All of our vendors have been hit by their nations implementing quarantines, which left me with about half of our staff. At the same time we have actually seen an increase in people contacting us. (Guess be a home exercise type place is a plus when everyone is stuck at home). Long story long it has been a string of 13-14 days and full day weekends since the 13th.
        all the dreams I had of a snow day scenario went up in smoke.

        Prayers to Nurse U, Gertie (if she ever sneaks by and sees this) and all the other frontline warriors.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • ptbnl Mar 30,2020 10:52 pm || Up

          The ski resorts are all shut down anyway, no?

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 31,2020 10:17 am || Up

            I would NEVER go skiing on a snow day.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Soaker Soaker Apr 8,2020 12:31 am || Up

            I went walking over in South Lake Tahoe today, which gets more snow than I get here just by virtue of being maybe 3 or 4 miles closer to the Sierra crest, and at lake level the amount of snow is quite impressive for April 7 (though it will be gone at that elevation soon per sun angle). It wasn’t the greatest snow year overall but the late returns were pretty good. I hope the ptbnls are enjoying some terrific simulated spring skiing.

            One change I have noticed is that the other folks out for walks are much more outwardly friendly, and so am I. Much more smiling and a “good morning” rather than just a grim nod if that. Even people in cars give a little wave to the pedestrians. Folks walking toward me on my side of the street do almost always go over to the other side when our approach distance gets down to 50 yards though. There’s also one guy I have seen out there for years who will never smile or nod or anything, he just glares straight ahead. It could be the Zombie Apocalypse, just him and me left, it wouldn’t change.

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            • ptbnl Apr 8,2020 8:17 am || Up

              No skiing for us this season – with the extra Astro2020 workload and the change in vacations between middle and high schools it was only ever going to be day trips at best, and then one of the two main lifts at Homewood broke, February was absurdly dry, and COVID happened. Not the worst season to have missed.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2020 1:55 pm
    • doctorK doctorK Mar 31,2020 9:03 am || Up

      That picture of him just screams “WOONATIC”.

  17. vignette17 Mar 31,2020 2:31 pm

    Well, I thought Justin Verlander was the tiger person I hated the most. Turns out there’s a show that’s got a whole group of tiger people I dislike. Thankfully, none of them could ever be described as athletic.

  18. Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2020 3:54 pm

    No more farms, in Berkeley? Booooo. No, Mooooo. In addition to all the products on the dairy shelves they had the restaurants, the Walnut Creek location of which being one of my departed mother’s big favorites.

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  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2020 4:56 pm

    RIP Adam Schlesinger. One of the greatest, most underrated crafters of pop hooks the world has ever known. I’m suddenly remembering seeing him with Fountains of Wayne at Slim’s, also now dearly departed…

  20. Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2020 5:09 pm

    Dept. of Poorly Timed Ad Campaigns: Today I received in the mail a survey from The Neptune Society (“Cremation, Today’s Sensible Choice”). If I had completed the survey and sent it back, rather than immediately running it through the shredder, I would have received a FREE Cremation Answer Book. Sometimes maybe you need to call up your mass marketing company and say, umm, let’s hold off on the survey mailing for a while.

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  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2020 5:21 pm

    Contrary to this advice I went ahead and cut my own hair a few days ago and it worked out fine.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 1,2020 6:22 pm || Up

      My greatest anger out of all of this so far. My hair was just starting to get into the awkward phase in late Feb. Decided I didnt want to go through it and grow it long, so I chopped it down.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2020 6:38 pm || Up

        If it’s any consolation I made the opposite choice and regretted it. Grew hair long into Feb, came close but blew off a few Supercuts trips, then by quarantine time I looked like an even crazier person and also itched. Nothing a dust-covered set of clippers dug out of the garage couldn’t fix.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2020 6:32 am || Up

          I think you are correct of course. I also am reminding myself that my hair grows slow enough that the awkward phase would roughly be about 9-12 months so hopefully we dont hit that point.

          Related: I also took this time to go clean shaven for the 1st time in I have no clue how many years. I can say with certainty that that won’t happen again. Also I need to cut out 1-2 mid day snacks.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2020 7:14 pm || Up

      I cut mine two weeks ago, it was fine. I have forgiving hair.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • AV AV Apr 1,2020 8:19 pm || Up

      been cutting my own hair for, well, since i gave up on that magnum pi look whenever that was.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  22. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2020 7:23 pm

    So twitter. One thing I do is click on the profiles of “regular people” accounts that give bad opinions on political threads, the berners that can’t stop calling biden a rapist or the anti pelosi people that think SALT reform means a tax break to only millionaires.

    I am trying to determine how crazy or if the account is a russian troll/bot. FOr a while I was looking at the “other account suggestions” to suss it out. A few were easy where other accounts were clearly russian or middle eastern words yet american avatars, but I haven’t seen those in a while.

    Now I am noticing that toxic accounts all follow about 4000 and are followed by about the same.

    My new running theory is that accounts that have about a 1:1 ratio follower/ing arelikely troll bots.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  23. andeux andeux Apr 2,2020 9:30 am

    TINSTAAFK
  24. AV AV Apr 2,2020 9:58 am

    FK salon started following me.

    who was running that? someone here or was it bed alone?

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2020 10:04 am || Up

      FK Salon contains multitudes.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2020 10:39 am || Up

      I set it up and I think i made the password public here. Periodically, I sign onto it and mess around. it could have been me.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2020 11:01 am || Up

        Do you remember what that password is? Once or twice I have thought of something more fitting for it than me, but could never remember it.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2020 11:36 am || Up

          let me know if I am wrong

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2020 11:47 am || Up

            Will do. I got a second confirmation though so I think you are right.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2020 4:07 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2020 4:09 pm || Up

      Best part of this already great tweet is all the MAGA Kentucky fans pissed at him about it in the replies.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2020 4:31 pm || Up

      ………

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2020 5:11 pm || Up

        LOL. Between him today and Kevin McCarthy complaining about nepotism a few weeks back, they’re producing some great ad copy for the general election campaign.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2020 5:27 pm || Up

          Looking forward to the general in november twenty never

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2020 12:42 pm || Up

        I don’t know why this particular bit of everyday venality is especially pissing me off, but it is.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2020 4:08 pm || Up

          no, you are right to be mad

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • AV AV Apr 2,2020 8:21 pm || Up

      i clicked through.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • sslinger Apr 3,2020 12:05 am || Up

        That’s insanely cool!

        • AV AV Apr 3,2020 6:38 pm || Up

          reminds me of that guy shooting a soccer ball through moving tires.

          you don’t know what’s supposed to happen, but once it happens, you’re like, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  26. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 3,2020 7:52 am
    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  27. Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2020 11:27 am

    A couple of my favorite subjects in this podcast, baseball and jam bands. The second half starting at around 21:00 is the segment with Sean Doolittle. Unsurprisingly he shares this interest with his wife but not with anybody else in the baseball community. It was recorded a month ago before the COVID-19 stuff hit the fan.

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  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2020 1:01 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2020 1:55 pm || Up

      I have decided to restart the 2018 season. I hope I don’t get past 100 games, but there may some doubleheaders especially here in April with some lousy weather coming in. In the current game which I’m doing radio only, Manaea has given up just a solo shot to Trout but Tyler Skaggs has levitated from the grave to throw 6 shutout innings at the Coliseum.

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      • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2020 3:09 pm || Up

        An excellent teAse, but with the tying run at third base Matt Joyce grounds out weakly to end the game. I’m off to the Chicken Pie Shop of Walnut Creek for a postgame snack.

        Support locally made sausage!
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2020 3:11 pm || Up

          Tell Ray and Townie we say hi.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 4,2020 6:00 pm || Up

        I’ve made it through the first 4 games (A’s won on Opening Day but dropped the next 3 with some horrible defense in Games 3 and 4). It’s a different way of looking at it, somewhat dispassionate because although I only remember sporadic details of games from two years ago I know how it’s going to turn out after 162. I can come back here at the end of a series to see the real time comments. For example:

        lenscrafters Mar 31,2018 1:51 pm
        Is it bad that it’s only the 3rd game of the season and I already want to DFA 5 players?

        We’re going with a center field platoon of Boog and Smolinski to start the season, so there’s two. Lucroy is the starting catcher and with Phegley on the DL Maxwell made the roster as the backup. Maxwell had a horrible defensive game in his one appearance in the series and he’s a solid three. Casilla of course is four, and five might be either Hatcher or Coulombe at this point.

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        • lenscrafters Apr 4,2020 7:19 pm || Up

          Hah, I don’t remember what part of that game triggered that comment but looking over the roster to start that season, you’re right that Hatcher, Casilla, Maxwell, and Smolinski were almost certainly on the list. And I think Piscotty might’ve also been given his godawful start to that season. And I’m sure there were additional candidates on the 40 man too.

          • Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2020 3:14 pm || Up

            Piscotty is real tough to watch here. The last two games he’s 0 for 8 with 4 K and 2 GIDP and he clanked a fly ball for a three-base error (96% catch probability). I’m giving him a big break because as he probably suspects, and I know, his mother will be gone in a couple of weeks. If this goes so long that I ever start replaying the 2019 season I won’t be so charitable.

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        • Soaker Soaker Apr 7,2020 9:51 pm || Up

          Part of doing this, in my usual anal way, is that I have to go through every game in order, even when I remember that one was particularly awful. Tonight’s replay of a shitshow in Anaheim, which I did remember (not all the details but the general picture) gloriously typifies the genre. When I’m on my deathbed with a few minutes left, it’s going to cross my mind that I dedicated not 3 hours and 35 minutes, but 7 hours and 10 minutes of my life to that.

          That was a Friday night game. I have a feeling Ohtani is going to pitch very well deep into the Sunday game in Anaheim and I’m going to tolerate that with good humor as well.

          Support locally made sausage!
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 8,2020 9:40 am || Up

            Watching Ohtani will at least be nice

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2020 11:04 am

    Today NBCCA gives us three vs the Astros: At 3pm, 9/8/17 in Oakland. At 5pm, 8/17/18 in Oakland. And at 7pm, 9/10/19 on the road, in which several runs were scored.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • batgirl batgirl Apr 4,2020 11:55 am || Up

      Sorry for the reply–FK won’t let me start a new comment.

      National Theater Live is making some of their broadcasts available for free on Youtube one week at at time. I recommend One Man Two Guvnors.

      • sslinger Apr 4,2020 12:27 pm || Up

        Thanks, that looks like a good diversion.

      • AV AV Apr 4,2020 7:00 pm || Up

        reply–FK is my new favorite FK.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2020 6:14 pm || Up

      Hah! Just randomly turned on the TV for the 8/17/18 game…and there’s sslinger being interviewed by Kara!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Apr 4,2020 7:00 pm || Up

        3ple play game i believe?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Apr 4,2020 7:01 pm || Up

          wait, no. wrong year.

          how many times have you been interviewed by kara, SS?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • sslinger Apr 5,2020 1:26 am || Up

            I think maybe twice. I didn’t see it but I’m guessing that game she was asking about the Streak. The other time would have been when we went out to see the goings on behind the RF scoreboard and I got to flip over a number. And a bunch of us sang TMOTTBG at a 7th inning stretch, but don’t think I was interviewed. Pretty sure I turned down one because of the onset of the pregame edibles I ingested.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2020 11:31 am || Up

              More than that. She had you sing TMOTTBG on a freekraut day. I have video

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2020 11:32 am || Up

              I didn’t even read the whole comment

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • sslinger Apr 5,2020 1:29 am || Up

          Triple play game was when we went behind the scoreboard. And we stopped to talk to Dogfather when it was happening. (IIRC)

          • AV AV Apr 5,2020 10:50 am || Up

            my fuzzy memory is that somehow i got the tickets from dogfather. i remember thanking him for the in-person triple play experience. not sure if he was there himself. maybe he had better seats and that’s how i got his?

            you came through on the way behind the scoreboard and asked if we could take a pic of the screen when the interview was happening.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • sslinger Apr 5,2020 12:58 pm || Up

              That sounds about right, and I think he was there too although possibly not sitting together with you.

              That was all during the year Kylie put together the scavenger hunt, and Kara was really great about helping us make things happen. It was supposed to be some fun to keep us entertained during a down year, and ended up being a lot of fun in a surprisingly good year.

              • AV AV Apr 5,2020 3:27 pm || Up

                and EM was sitting next to me.

                yep, that was a fun season.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • ptbnl Apr 5,2020 4:33 pm || Up

                  Apart from losing monkeyball.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  30. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 4,2020 3:08 pm

    So I thought I was never going to use, or even open, my extra Cespedes scarf. But in a pinch it made a usable grocery shopping mask.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2020 6:16 pm

    Pro-tip for those unable to find open places to walk for exercise: Hike in the rain! I was just up on some heavily used Tilden Park trails and there were very few others out. Nice days have been crowded AF.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. mikeA Apr 5,2020 12:33 pm

    https://writeforcalifornia.com/p/remembering-larry-berroya

    Not sure if people here ran across Larry on the internet, but he was one of my favorite people on the sports internet, and a wonderful person in life. This hit me hard.

  33. sslinger Apr 5,2020 3:16 pm

    Has anyone else seen The Platform (or El Hoyo, the original Spanish title) yet?

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 6,2020 8:48 pm || Up

      I tried. It was too weird for me.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • sslinger Apr 7,2020 10:29 am || Up

        Definitely weird. And it gets weirder. And grosser. But I couldn’t stop watching.

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2020 11:22 am

    No news here, but I just noticed this from Kaval in an email to Access members late last week:

    Given local and national health recommendations and restrictions, the timing of the 2020 season is still unknown. Major League Baseball is relying on the CDC, the WHO, and a group of infectious disease specialists as resources in order to have the best possible understanding of when we can return to the field. MLB’s goal is to play as many regular season games as possible.

    No mention of whether they are going to continue to make monthly debits for memberships they are fairly likely going to have to refund.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2020 11:36 am || Up

      Said refunds would also need to account for those of us who paid for full 2019 postseason tickets then had the unused balance credited against our 2020 Access fees.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2020 2:10 pm || Up

        They will probably ask us to credit these refunds against 2021 Access now that I think about it.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 2:41 pm || Up

      Update:

      We hope you are staying healthy and safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on MLB, our team, and community. We recognize this is a challenging time, so we wanted to share the adjustments we are making to the 12-month Auto Pay plan. We have decided to pause your auto-debit scheduled for April 15, 2020 and all future monthly payments until we get clarity from MLB on our season. We will share additional details before we reactivate any monthly payments.

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2020 12:31 pm

    So with Boris Johnson in the ICU…who exactly is running the UK government right now?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2020 12:40 pm || Up

      Answering my own question.

      • AV AV Apr 6,2020 1:27 pm || Up

        ICU. raab. and johnson.

        so we’re not in the dumbest timeline. we’re in the porn parody one.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  36. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2020 6:16 pm

    I assume many of us were in the house for tonight’s NBCCA offering, Opening Day April 6, 2015, starring Sonny Gray.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 6,2020 8:50 pm || Up

      So if I am on my work’s secured connection, I can borrow my buddies NBCSNCA account and actually get the recording telecast!! There is old baseball on my computer..

      Brett Lawrie and Ike Davis???

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2020 9:26 pm

    This sounds like the bargaining stage of grieving for the 2020 season.

    Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2020 11:09 pm || Up

      Soaker was on this idea awhile back. As game play goes I could see it working, but from a public health perspective? You’d have to regularly test every player coach ump and broadcast crew person, and tightly control their external contacts 24/7, all without diverting test kits and other public resources. Hard to picture that working.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 7,2020 8:49 am || Up

        To the extent that somebody like Gavin Newsom is putting up roadblocks when other cities and states are ready to reopen, I can see Arizona being a (bad) solution for California’s major and minor league teams, but one that gets the TV money flowing again which is why something like this is even suggested. If the health concerns are still such that all 30 teams and their top minor league teams have to work in some sort of giant quarantined bubble, then no.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 7,2020 9:32 am || Up

          The summer heat alone would seem to make this plan a non-starter. Chase Field can only host so many games.

          • Soaker Soaker Apr 7,2020 9:47 am || Up

            It doesn’t work for all 30 teams, but if at least half the teams could play in their regular home parks the heat can be miserable but doesn’t prohibit it. The Giants AAA team played in Phoenix Muni and then Scottsdale Stadium for many years; ask former Firebirds announcer Ken Korach about that. Even Arlington through last season. There’s also an Arizona Summer League. In addition to Chase Field most Cactus League parks have AAA to MLB-standard lighting for televised night games.

            Support locally made sausage!
      • AV AV Apr 7,2020 8:50 am || Up
        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 7,2020 9:18 am || Up

        Sounds like MLB is trying to walk it back a little now. I get that they have to plan. You cant just sit around and wait until everything is perfect or it would be 2022. But you cant be leaking trial plans while we are in the middle of what everyone keeps saying is the most critical week.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • dmoas Apr 10,2020 3:21 pm || Up

        It could probably be done. Rent out several hotels, quarantine them and the stadiums. Employ staff within them that stay there too so the only ones who can possibly have interaction with them are all in isolation. Build a quarantine zone between anything coming in like food and supplies, etc. It would be complicated and have a lot of moving parts, but with enough planning it could be done without having to use too many medical resources. At least in theory. The odds of that kind of preparation being done by May or even June/July are pretty unlikely though. It’s kind of a rabbit hole of preparation to get into. Of course, the moment an outbreak does occur, it’s going to be a disaster.

        The biggest issues are that you’d have likely play without a minor league system or a place to do rehab play. The heat. All kinds of little things that change the game pretty dramatically. At which point you have to ask whether it would be worth the risks.

  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 7,2020 2:41 pm

    On this day in A’s baseball history our heroes turned a routine 8-4-3-2 triple play.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  39. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 8,2020 10:48 am

    Biden is a creep. he was a creepy young man, he was a creepy middle aged man and he is a creepy old man.

    The way he touched all women and girls is and always has been wrong and gross. I will not out of hand dismiss the allegation of rubbing a woman’s vagina area, but I need more information before I believe it.

    That said, Bernie seems to also be a creep. I haven’t seen any video of him and AOC where he isn’t doing something wrong like where his left arm is in this picture

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 8,2020 11:05 am || Up

      It will be a healthy thing when our politics moves on from guys born in the 1940s. Lotta those guys don’t/didn’t understand what level of touching is appropriate. The Biden thing stinks of desperate BS to me, but he is certainly a guy who likes to lay hands on people in ways that you don’t do anymore.

      Anyway, I don’t think Bernie is a creep, but I do think he is an ineffectual slogan artist who, while very, very appealing to a certain small segment of American voters, made it hard for a real progressive leader who can build a winning coalition from emerging over the last four years. It will be interesting to see what happens when some of that oxygen floods back into those corners of the electorate (during a Biden presidency, I hope).

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 8,2020 12:13 pm || Up

        This is Bernie’s national campaign press secretary, a person who also publicly announced in 2016 that she was voting for Jill Stein. If he was going to run for the Democratic nomination again, he really should not have staffed his campaign with people like this.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 1,2020 1:45 pm || Up

      I feel pretty comfortable at this point concluding that the accusation against Biden is a fabrication. Hard to tell what the actual deal is with the accuser, but the accusation is not credible at all, from what I can tell, and nobody other than the particular brand of Bernie deadender and/or grifter media types who are coaching here is even acting like it is. Even they seem to have moved into a zone where they are no longer asserting it’s true, but trying to suggest that he should step aside because….he was accused of something I guess. We’re now into the world of meta stories (this will raise lingering questions/some unnamed Democrats nervous/what happened to “believe women” huh????/why not release some set of papers or something/he can’t prove this *didn’t* happen etc.) that pretty much concedes that there’s no actual there there.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2020 2:40 pm || Up

        New Top Flack McEnany says she’ll never lie to us, but also says with a straight face that Tara Reade is credible and Christine Blasey Ford is not (also she immediately lied about the FBI and Flynn).

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl May 1,2020 3:11 pm || Up

          Start with the big lie and everything else is sprinkles on the cupcake.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 1,2020 4:55 pm || Up

        That’s where I am too. She always reminded me of some of my clients that have been so damaged by drugs that their fanciful stories have cemented in their minds as truth. I don’t know what damaged this woman, but she is being actively harmed by the people promoting her story.

        The USA today editorial was very well done, pointed out something I forgot, she has a law degree and presumably would have been exposed to enough training to know that her story has a difficult narrative arc and evidence is scant and flimsy.

        If you care to read a neat story that has a little to do with her credibility but nothing proving or disproving the allegations, just a sub culture that is new to me read the medium piece about her and the horse rescue

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • ptbnl May 1,2020 5:08 pm || Up

          I think her main purpose (to those who will use her) is to set up the false equivalence to Trump’s numerous, well-documented, self-confessed, assaults.

          Part of what pissed me off so much about the Dems process was not valuing the opportunity to attack that cleanly that someone like Warren would have provided. And all the more so after the Clinton experience.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Future Ed Future Ed May 2,2020 5:31 pm || Up

            I don’t understand why they didn’t just let warren and harris duke it out, for the non sanders lane

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 2,2020 11:43 am || Up

          she is being actively harmed by the people promoting her story.

          Maybe this is unfair, but with the involvement of The Intercept crew here I can’t help connecting it to the way they hung Reality Winner out to dry through their sloppy work.

          • Future Ed Future Ed May 2,2020 5:28 pm || Up

            That is fair

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 22,2020 9:41 am || Up

              And now, after those guys pushed her iffy story into the national spotlight, her entire life has come under scrutiny and been found to have been built on lies and potential frauds, to the point where even her Trumpy lawyer has withdrawn from representing her. Agenda-driven irresponsibility in the extreme by people holding themselves out as paragons of journalistic integrity.

              • AV AV May 22,2020 10:17 am || Up

                the expert witness cases…

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 22,2020 7:42 pm || Up

                  Yeah, those suck.

                  I think the appellate court will probably say the testimony was harmless except in the one case that is quoted in the story. That one is a tougher call.

                  Ultimately, its on the Defense attorney to suss out the credibility of the witness. obviously fine tooth combing over every CV is resource intensive. I hope the 6th district will send them back, but I just don’t see it happening even with the attempt murder

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 8,2020 1:10 pm
    • AV AV Apr 8,2020 4:34 pm || Up

      first i heard that term, i thought they were talking about *my* zoom.

      because it’s BOMB.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 8,2020 5:15 pm || Up

        Hah! Excellent Zoom game. The Repo Man generic is especially awesome.

        OTOH, in none of those are you being either naked or racist.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • AV AV Apr 8,2020 10:05 pm || Up

          well, i’m bad at racist.

          but i’m not wearing pants?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 9,2020 1:13 pm

  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 9,2020 1:15 pm

    About the most creative thing my family has done while locked down together is to dig the Wii out of the garage and have Mario Kart tournaments.

    ” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 9,2020 2:03 pm

    I somehow missed that Ronaldinho has been in a Paraguayan prison for the last month because he entered the country using a fake Paraguayan passport even though Brazilians are allowed entry to Paraguay without even a Brazilian passport.

    Quickly rumors spread of wether the World Cup and Ballon d’or winner would put his famous left foot to use in custody.

    After much speculation, in an intramural league against other inmates, he did. In his first match, it was reported he scored five and assisted six goals. His squad, Negro Cumbiero, won the championship and the purse that came with it, a 16kg pork for barbecuing.

    He’s spending the rest of his sentence on “house arrest” in a luxury hotel in Asuncion.

    • AV AV Apr 9,2020 6:21 pm || Up

      lol. that team name.

      somewhere between cumbia-dancing dude and cumbia-dancing black guy.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 9,2020 8:56 pm
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 9,2020 9:48 pm || Up

      Gosuch is the cousin of a former co worker. there is a crazy coincidence about scalia’s death and his family history, like they used to vacation at the same place scalia died. Right after gorsuch was nominated I gave her a lift to somewhere were were both going. It was an hour and a half drive and she was really high and trying to figure out if it was some deep conspiracy or not.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. AV AV Apr 10,2020 10:02 am

    this seems like a place in need of fresh commentating.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV Apr 10,2020 10:02 am || Up

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • batgirl batgirl Apr 10,2020 12:22 pm || Up

        He needs to put out at least 5 videos a day to get me through this.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 12:38 pm || Up

          Right? Someone sent these to me yesterday and I was cry-laughing for 20 minutes.

  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 11:52 am

    Finally some good news.

    • batgirl batgirl Apr 10,2020 12:23 pm || Up

      Holy hell this PPP loan thing is an ungodly mess.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 10,2020 12:43 pm || Up

      That is good news, I do a lot of copy editing and am tired of having to argue with two-spacers who are certain what they learned in typewriter class is still correct.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 12:49 pm || Up

        I work with some older lawyers who insist on two spaces even after I show them that one spacing will allow them to fit more (unnecessary) words within the page limit on their briefs. It’s like a religious tenet for them.

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 12:43 pm

    Good idea.

  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 10,2020 1:16 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 10,2020 2:48 pm || Up

      Christ the Redeemer what an asshole.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  49. sslinger Apr 10,2020 5:40 pm

    Just finished reading the Last Detective series. I found it perfect for this shut in time.

  50. sslinger Apr 11,2020 1:17 pm

    I can’t believe they Rick-rolled us on Wait Wait.

  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 13,2020 12:20 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 13,2020 12:29 pm || Up

      32 years later and I bet you could still easily get Dave Stewart to fly into a rage by asking his thoughts on these balk calls.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Apr 14,2020 6:16 pm || Up

        nahhh. he totally gets over shit like that.

        like, let’s see what he’s up to nowadays….

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  52. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 14,2020 12:18 pm

    A’s continue to dominate the Strat-O-Matic AL West, 13-5 after today’s win over Boston, featuring the rare Tony Kemp two-homer game.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 14,2020 12:57 pm || Up

      Cant stand the DieBBman couldnt finish off the 9th and we had to use Soria. This is the type of thing that comes back to bite you once we hit the dog days.

      (Man did that feel good to type..)

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2020 12:49 pm || Up

        Piscotty ninth inning walkoff jack sends 18,000 work-shirking Oakland fans home happy! Best record in baseball 11.728% through the 2020 season. I’m worried about that Murphy injury though.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2020 3:02 pm || Up

          All individual stats through 19 games. The pitching is FKing awesome. It doesn’t matter which reliever Bob chooses, they’re all off to good to great starts, even Lou. Throughout the league it looks like offense is way down though, at least to start. 20 of the 30 pitching staffs have ERAs under 4; there were 6/30 in that category for real life full season 2019.

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    • Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2020 1:18 pm || Up

      In “real life” the 2018 A’s will be playing their Free Game at the Coliseum against the White Sox tonight, with Trevor Cahill 2.0 making his season debut after a few starts with Nashville. Chapman is emerging as a bonafide MLB star and he and Jed! have been leading the offense through the first three weeks, with Khris also hitting 4 HR in the last few games after a slow start. Aside from Manaea, who has been sharp despite somewhat reduced velocity (some theorize that he’s not throwing as hard to obtain better command), the starting pitching has been a mess with Graveman off to an especially disastrous start and Gossett already exiled back to Nashville, and that’s the main reason why they are 7-10.

      I tend to remember at least whether the A’s won or lost each game and occasionally some detail like a big home run, and obviously I know what Manaea will do in his next start against the Red Sox. So there’s not a heck of a lot of suspense but I do feel like watching the games in order gives me a little sense of the normal day-to-day structure. How long I’ll stick with it, haven’t decided.

      Support locally made sausage!
  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 14,2020 2:46 pm

    Interesting

    Employees of Major League Baseball teams are participating in a massive study that will test up to 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies and should offer researchers a better sense of how widespread the disease is in major metropolitan areas across the United States, though doctors caution that the data gathered is not expected to hasten the game’s return….

    The goal of the study is to get a better sense of the virus’ true infection rate by utilizing a nationwide sample. The speed with which MLB coordinated logistics and ensured participation from a wide range of people, including players, front-office staff, concession workers and others, made it the right choice for the study, according to doctors running it.

    • ptbnl Apr 14,2020 5:25 pm || Up

      If you compare the current death rate in New York with the annual average, the excess is 2x the official COVID count. Seems like a much more reliable number.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • andeux andeux Apr 14,2020 6:51 pm || Up

        That’s one reasonably reliable number, but we really want two – how many people have been infected and how many of those have died.

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Apr 14,2020 6:54 pm || Up

          Yeah – unfortunately I don’t see any way to get the first.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • elcroata elcroata Apr 17,2020 12:12 am || Up

        Where can one get such data?

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • ptbnl Apr 17,2020 6:29 am || Up

          The CDC has it here

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • elcroata elcroata Apr 17,2020 8:18 am || Up

            What am I reading wrong?
            If I chose Region 3 (which I assume is NY), I get 5369 total deaths in Week 14 of this year (first April week).
            If I chose the same region one year ago, I get 5862 deaths.

            Same happens if I compare nationally.

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • ptbnl Apr 17,2020 11:46 am || Up

              There’s something weird with the New York state data, since it shows fewer deaths than New York city.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • vignette17 Apr 17,2020 3:23 pm || Up

              Don’t know if it’s been updated since you both looked at it, but Region 2 includes New York (and New Jersey). Data show deaths at 6788 vs 4206 (2020 vs 2019). As for NYC vs NY state, if you add NYC + NY + NJ you end up with the regional total. Therefore, NY selection is the state excluding NYC.

              • elcroata elcroata Apr 18,2020 10:55 am || Up

                I now get similar numbers, but not quite the same, which irritates me.

                2020W14R2 = 6788
                2019W14R2 = 4512

                Also 2020W14R2 & 2020W12R2 are exactly the same, which points to some kind of a bug in the query.

                Oh, OK, now I get it, you probably just changed the year and landed on W38 (4206 deaths).

                But back to ptbnl’s original point, that NYC deaths 2020 ~= NYC deaths 2019 + 2 x Official Covid-19 count, I just don’t see it.

                This is the data I compiled from that CDC page:

                And this is the official count from here:

                I count roughly 4k more deaths in Region 2 since beginning of March as opposed to same time last year. Nationwide, there are ~25k fewer deaths, if I read that data correctly.

                All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • ptbnl Apr 18,2020 12:29 pm || Up

                  Apologies – it applies to New York city, not state.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • elcroata elcroata Apr 18,2020 12:32 pm || Up

                  No problem, I am sincerely intrigued by the situation and am happy for anybody pointing me to any reliable data.

                  Two questions, though – do you have any sources for the NYC Data and how do we explain lower mortality in the US this year despite what are at least 35k COVID-19 deaths?

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • ptbnl Apr 18,2020 12:42 pm || Up

                  The NYC data is on the CDC site (floating in the Atlantic on the map).

                  My guess (though I’d have to look at the data) is that nationally COVID deaths are still in the noise, and it’s only when an outbreak really takes hold as a fraction of the total population – as with NYC – that you see the discrepancy.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • elcroata elcroata Apr 18,2020 1:00 pm || Up

                  I was looking under “Regions” until now, not under “States”. Found NYC now, thanks!

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • elcroata elcroata Apr 18,2020 1:14 pm || Up

                  Hmmm, the data still doesn’t add up.

                  For weeks 10-15 (March 1st – present), I have about 6k extra deaths in NY (5k of which in NYC). There have been 16k reported COVID-19 deaths in NY.

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • ptbnl Apr 18,2020 1:21 pm || Up

                  Check your email.

                  Go A’s.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • andeux andeux Apr 18,2020 2:04 pm || Up

                  I don’t know about raw data, but this report (and the previous one it links to) says, for the period March 11-April 13:
                  5155 deaths expected in NYC
                  18551 actual deaths in NYC.
                  The first number matches your table, more or less, but the second one doesn’t. (Part of it might be that your column totals seem to include only the first 5 rows out of 6, but there is also some other discrepancy.)
                  Of those 13,400 excess deaths:
                  ~6600 officially died of COVID-19
                  ~3700 not officially of COVID-19 but had symptoms
                  ~3100 not counted in COVID death toll.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • elcroata elcroata Apr 18,2020 11:37 pm || Up

                  Correct on column totals, I first used only the weeks 10-14, then added W15, but forgot to adjust.

                  Either way, assuming that report is correct, that makes the CDC raw data unreliable to the point of not being useful at all. March 11th to April 13th is Weeks 11-15, minus March 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th and plus April 12th and 13th (assuming you guys still haven’t figured out that a week starts with a Monday).

                  CDC has 12,762 deaths for NYC in Weeks 11-15. Removing four March days with the W11 daily average and adding two April days with W15 daily average makes it 13,112. The report mentions 18,551. That’s 40% on top.

                  Tried to find the raw data on total deaths on http://www.health.ny.gov because they are quoted in the article, but no luck.

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 14,2020 6:22 pm || Up

      It’s very interesting, and I’m sure it’s at least vaguely related to baseball’s return. Say, if every player and team employee is tested before each homestand, you could get a pretty good sample of spread in an actively moving cohort. At least conceptually, I am sure MLB sees this as helping blunt the argument that the game’s return would strain public health resources.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2020 4:13 pm

    Yikes.

    Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high-levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him, a National Transportation Safety Board report issued Wednesday said.

    Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgement as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of the water, the report says about the Nov. 7, 2017, crash.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2020 4:59 pm || Up

      “About a week before the crash, (Halladay) had flown the plane under Tampa Bay’s iconic Skyway Bridge.” That seems like a thing that can’t be legal for a civilian, right? Of course, Florida, so…

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2020 8:57 pm || Up

      I mean, Yeah. Wasn’t that a thing at the time of his death? I remember it that way anyway

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  55. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2020 1:30 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl Apr 16,2020 2:30 pm || Up

      All the answers are Rickey.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Apr 16,2020 2:39 pm || Up

      i already lost. without more context, i can’t tell what team name is the right answer.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2020 3:32 pm || Up

        More context

        Ted is a former baseball writer at USA today. He was laid off recently, but has been doing trivia at a brooklyn bar

        He also plays baseball in the NYC equivalent of my SF game. He came out and played with us a few times and even once went to san quentin with us. (I was the one who grounded into a double play behind him)

        Anyway, let me know if we should sign up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • AV AV Apr 17,2020 8:40 am || Up

          i wouldn’t be any actual help…

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2020 10:49 am || Up

          I’d play, but my fast-twitch recall muscles ain’t what they used to be. I could be our expert on events of the 70’s and anything that appeared in Strange But True Baseball Stories.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2020 2:04 pm || Up

            I am sincerely asking. I don’t know what the questions are going to be like, but I will say that the first prize he gave out at the bar trivia he did was a jack cust bobble.

            I assume we would have a text thread through sms or what’s app or something for deciding the answers

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • sslinger Apr 18,2020 12:04 am || Up

              I’ll happily join in with you – who knows, maybe I can answer an old Twins question! I have no pride so if we come in last and it’s fun, sounds like a win.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2020 11:05 am || Up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Apr 19,2020 11:22 am || Up

            2. Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers
            4. Dykstra and … Mitch Williams?
            6. Don’t know. Encarnacion and Cruz maybe? They’ve both moved around a lot (including not playing for the A’s) and I don’t even remember where either is now.
            8. Lefty Grove. Jimmy Foxx.

            I’m another maybe, if you don’t get 5 definite yeses. My baseball trivia knowledge is pretty good compared to the average person, but probably weak compared to the average person who does baseball trivia contests.

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 19,2020 1:03 pm || Up

              I would have gotten 2 and 8 also, the easier ones. Maybe #4 I swap in Schilling as the obvious heel pick.

              If I were handicapping and FK baseball trivia contest you’d be the prohibitive favorite, at maybe 2-5.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • andeux andeux Apr 19,2020 1:31 pm || Up

                I don’t know. At least when it comes to past A’s games, several people here seem to remember more specifics than I do.
                If there are questions about five-year-old comments on FK, I will dominate.

                TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Apr 17,2020 12:10 am || Up

      I would, but it’s 2:30 AM my time. Sorry.

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • vignette17 Apr 17,2020 3:27 pm || Up

      I would be interested.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2020 5:12 pm || Up

        Cool. I want to set up a team by monday. I think 5 in the limit

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2020 5:47 pm || Up

          I’d be interested but I’m unsure if I can commit to being available at 5:30.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2020 6:45 pm || Up

            cool. we’ll count you as a “more committed than ec”

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 19,2020 10:00 am || Up

              I’m somewhere between GM and EC. I have virtual plans already otherwise I would.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 22,2020 8:33 am || Up

      hey, can anyone that wants to do this trivia or is thinking about it email me at sidawied at gmail dot com?

      If you have a twitter account and a phone number so we can have a texting tree for questions?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 23,2020 8:58 pm || Up

      16th place out of 41. No rickey answers, but he was featured in a card

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  56. elcroata elcroata Apr 17,2020 12:09 am

    We’ve been doing Jimmy Carr’s daily quiz on You Tube. One question was pretty funny. He translated chunks lyrics of the songs from English to Japanese and then back to English.

    Name the song:
    Fate, fate, fate, fate, fate, lizard.

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • ptbnl Apr 17,2020 6:37 am || Up

      Cute

      Karma chameleon

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • colin colin Apr 17,2020 6:44 am || Up

      My pub trivia team has been writing our own trivia games (following the particular format of the game we usually go to) and then running them over zoom.

  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2020 10:40 am

    We’re never getting that Red Sox cheating report, are we.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 22,2020 1:50 pm || Up

      Interesting that the convict is a West Pointer. What are they teaching there anyway?

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  58. Soaker Soaker Apr 17,2020 3:07 pm

    Possibly an odd bit of timing, but it’s long overdue: We’re going to build a concert and sports arena. The commissioners’ vote on the bond issuance was the final requirement for the funding. It will be in what’s now the Montbleu surface parking lot and will hold up to 6000 for concerts including floor space and 4200 for sports.

    Your turn, Oakland.

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  59. ptbnl Apr 18,2020 12:20 pm

    The only way to attend the American Physical Society’s virtual meeting this weekend is to set your computer clock to Eastern time!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2020 7:12 pm

  61. andeux andeux Apr 19,2020 4:56 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 19,2020 5:37 pm || Up

      Sponsored by organic CBD oil company. I’ll take it!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2020 8:11 am || Up

      Looking over the bracket, I think the weak Sithole Region is primed for an underdog to make the Final Four. Watch out for Perfecto Cuervo.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Apr 21,2020 10:19 am || Up

        I would have pegged you for a Chadfield Clapsaddle fan.
        Kokain Mothershed also looking strong in that bracket.

        Overall, I like Mathdaniel Squirrel to take it all.

        TINSTAAFK
        • andeux andeux Apr 29,2020 11:04 am || Up

          TINSTAAFK
  62. andeux andeux Apr 20,2020 10:03 am

    I had not realized that Saag’s shut down last year.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2020 11:19 am || Up

      I didn’t realize that either. This chron article makes it sound like the sadly typical tale of a strong local company getting bought by a megacorp then being shuttered. So probably not the fault of them losing the Coliseum concession.

      Smithfield is the same outfit that’s having coronavirus issues in its big Iowa plants.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. ptbnl Apr 20,2020 1:05 pm

    With oil prices going negative due to lack of storage capacity, at what point do producers start pumping it back into the ground?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • colin colin Apr 20,2020 1:09 pm || Up

      Getting rid of oil? Isn’t that what ecologically-sensitive wetlands are for?

  64. lenscrafters Apr 20,2020 4:29 pm

  65. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2020 6:40 pm

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  66. elcroata elcroata Apr 20,2020 11:42 pm

    So, definitely no baseball, right?

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2020 8:01 am || Up

      Taiwan retaliates by imposing a tariff on beef!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Apr 22,2020 9:08 pm || Up

      So suspending green card approvals … no impact on immigration (let alone public health) but FKs up a bunch of non-citizens lives. To call him an ass-wipe would be an insult to shit-stains.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2020 11:23 am

    Sandy Alderson said on today’s Baseball Tonight podcast that he offered to sign Michael Jordan to a MLB contract with a guaranteed spot on the 25-man roster to lure him away from the White Sox.

  68. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2020 11:43 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2020 1:33 pm

    Still leading the world after beating Cleveland on the strength of 3 HRs, including the 6th Khrush bomb of the year. Liam Hendriks is unscored upon in 12 appearances.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2020 1:40 pm

    Today in news to alarm the not-insane conspiracy theorists, Palantir is building the federal platform to track coronavirus contacts.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  71. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2020 8:32 pm

    I’ve been enjoying bits of these World Series replays from the 70s. Just saw Wayne Newton croon out the national anthem, Dodgers Stadium 10/12/1974

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  72. andeux andeux Apr 24,2020 9:22 am

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Apr 27,2020 9:45 am || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 11:07 am || Up

        Sounds like Ricky Gervais and Albert Burneko a part of a conspiracy which developed the novel coronavirus to make Trump look stupid. Funded by George Soros, no doubt.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2020 5:37 pm

    Next time someone offers to play rock, paper, scissors against you in Quebec for half a million loonies, don’t bother.

  74. sslinger Apr 25,2020 10:19 am

    I generally haven’t been paying attention to the simulation games but seeing today the A’s won again and are 18-9 actually kind of pisses me off.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2020 5:55 pm || Up

      Man that’s nothing, on TV this year they are undefeated, with like three no-hitters!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2020 7:39 pm || Up

      yup

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  75. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2020 1:57 pm

    I have a $2 Win bet on Soros, a longshot (he wants you to think) in the 9th race at Gulfstream.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 25,2020 9:37 pm
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 26,2020 1:31 pm || Up
      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 12:17 pm || Up

      A guy named Rohrwasser from West Virginia with a 3%er tattoo, yeah, I’m not giving this guy the benefit of the “I was just a dumb teen” doubt.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Apr 27,2020 12:33 pm || Up

        I’m waiting for Belichick to show up on the sidelines in one of Melania’s “I really don’t care. Do U?” jackets.

        TINSTAAFK
  77. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 8:38 am

    So the First Saturday in May won’t be what it usually is. I will still make my mint syrup and enjoy a julep or three while watching and betting on Derby-quality fields in the rescheduled Arkansas Derby, running two divisions of 11 horses each. With a bonus race of top-level four year olds in between, including last year’s contenders Tax, Tacitus, and Improbable. Great card.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2020 7:40 pm || Up

      Mint syrup is cooling overnight. I’m definitely backing even-money favorite Charlatan in the first flight. The second flight is wide-open, more handicapping to be done. And the Oaklawn Handicap for four year-olds could be the most exciting of the bunch. NBCSN around 3-5pm our time. Live sports!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2020 12:52 pm || Up

        FSU have you provided a Julep Recipe before? Could you again?

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2020 5:52 pm || Up

          They’re all pretty much the same, with one big decision. Are you a dim hayseed who freshly muddles the mint like lawn clippings right into each glass (plus crushed ice bourbon and simple syrup)? Or are you a person of taste who infuses your syrup with minty deliciousness in advance?

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  78. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 1:38 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • colin colin Apr 27,2020 3:24 pm || Up
    • AV AV Apr 28,2020 2:12 pm || Up

      warning: for completists only.

      was brew the album where miles told the engineer to paste a take into a certain spot, the engineer said something like, that’s on the wrong count, and miles said something like, fuck it they won’t know the difference?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  79. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 27,2020 1:49 pm

    FYI, for your commenting templates

    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 27,2020 2:00 pm || Up

      I mean it makes sense. Why would he want to be known as a guy who hits a lot of big HRs. With all those other tools he has.

      checks other tools

      uhh…I got nothing.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 4:28 pm || Up

      It only ever worked for me because of the spelling, I agree that his personality is too reserved to fill out a “Crush” nickname. The Kh spelling is the part that inspires.

      But I suppose Khmer Verte is too edgy. Other suggestions? Key Hole? Henry’s law?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  80. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 4:31 pm

    The inevitability of this news does not diminish the spectacle of the abject idiocy on display.

    Whitlock confirmed she tested positive but refused comment when asked whether she attended ReOpen NC’s protests in downtown Raleigh the last two Tuesdays.

    In the information Whitlock posted on ReOpen NC’s private Facebook page, she complained that the quarantine violated her civil rights.

    “I have been told not to participate in public or private accommodations as requested by the government, and therefore denied my 1st amendment right of freedom of religion,” Whitlock wrote. “If I were an essential employee, I would be denied access to my job by my employer and the government, though compensated, those with other communicable diseases are afforded the right to work. It has been insinuated by others that if I go out, I could be arrested for denying a quarantine order. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination by employers, places of public accommodation, and state and local government entities. . Where do we draw the line?”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 27,2020 6:12 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2020 7:59 pm || Up

      I feel for you.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 28,2020 8:01 pm || Up

      The same contestant disappointed by correctly answering “Aer Lingus” tonight.

      TINSTAAFK
  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2020 5:05 pm

    The new who-knows plan is a 100-game season beginning by July 2 and played in empty big league parks.

    MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography.

    The plan, pending approval of medical experts and providing that COVID-19 testing is available to the public, would eliminate the need for players to be in isolation and allow them to still play at their home ballparks while severely reducing travel.

    The proposed divisions:

    EAST

    New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins

    WEST

    Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners

    CENTRAL

    Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2020 5:31 pm || Up

      I love that Atlanta would have played in the east central and west divisions

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2020 5:35 pm || Up

      It would be pretty easy to ignore 2020 Studio Baseball if the A’s were in one of their Geren-ish doldrum periods. This being a season we’ve been pointing to for a while as the biggest opening of the contention window…I’m sure I’ll watch whatever they come up with for a format but there’s going to be a very hollow feeling about it.

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      • Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2020 6:06 pm || Up

        Should add that I don’t see much possibility of attending either A’s games or Cal football games for the rest of 2020. I imagine there will be a lot of hoops to jump through to gain admission to any of those events, I’ve seen plenty of both and just wouldn’t be interested in bothering with any hassle, others can fight those battles. Watch Cal make it to the 2021 Rose Bowl.

        When I got the stimulus payment from our Dear Leader I stimulated both United Airlines and Outrigger Resorts for a Kauai trip late this year. I expect that will go as scheduled although I made sure the condo deposit is fully refundable and the plane ticket can be swapped without penalty for some alternate plan. The payment was direct deposited but I did notice the letter that came later with Our President’s signature bragging about the money he had sent.

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        • andeux andeux Apr 28,2020 6:26 pm || Up

          There are projections that show the pandemic fading away in only another month or so. It’s possible that football could proceed as normal by the fall.
          But without a vaccine, the worry is that things could flare up again as soon as people start socializing, leaving us stuck in the current situation for who knows how long. I don’t even have a clear idea of how it ends. The comprehensive test-and-trace plans people talk about seem awfully pie-in-the-sky.

          In any case, these plans MLB keeps coming up with are aiming at a pretty small target – players, coaches, and necessary fans and support staff able to interact, travel, etc., but fans still not able to gather. I’d take whatever I can get, but at this point my expectation is still no baseball this year at all.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2020 7:54 pm || Up

            Socially distant watch party in July seems about the best we can hope for.

            Still, I can’t help but think such distance can be achieved at your average Tuesday night Coliseum game.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2020 8:36 pm || Up

              Cactus League games are usually such a throwaway, just a chance to sit in the sun and watch some who-cares baseball for a few hours, but boy am I glad now that I have that relatively fresh ballpark experience in my memory bank. Gonna have to live on that until 2021.

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          • vignette17 Apr 29,2020 8:01 am || Up

            I am very hesitant with those projections For one, they assume that the slope coming down is as fast as coming up. As we’ve seen from Italy, Spain, and New York it’s got a long tail not a normal distribution. And they also have perfect social distancing going forward. Basically, no new clusters are ever formed. That seems…unlikely. Without incredibly heavy testing and/or contact tracing, I fail to see how this can go away before a vaccine or we let enough people get sick to get herd immunity. And either option seems miserable.

            • andeux andeux Apr 29,2020 8:46 am || Up

              I’m not sure there is necessarily symmetry baked into the model. But you are probably right that the assumptions about social distancing are too optimistic.

              TINSTAAFK
              • andeux andeux May 2,2020 1:24 pm || Up
                TINSTAAFK
                • vignette17 May 4,2020 9:25 am || Up

                  Great article. My disappointment in that model is threefold: the flaws in its analysis were apparent from the very beginning, this will further divide those already disinclined to trust statistical analysis, and I wanted it to be right!

                  It brings me no joy to see it fail by people dying. But from the very first day I saw that model, I knew it was wrong.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2020 3:36 pm || Up

                  OK but wait til you see the “cubic model”

                  White House officials have been relying on other models to make decisions on reopening, including the IHME model and a “cubic model” prepared by Trump adviser and economist Kevin Hassett and the Council of Economic Advisers.

                  People with knowledge of the “cubic model” say it currently shows deaths dropping precipitously in May — and essentially going to zero by May 15.

                • andeux andeux May 4,2020 3:49 pm || Up

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2020 10:36 am || Up

                  I’ll leave it to you stats people to confirm that this is every bit as amateurish as it sounded.

                • colin colin May 5,2020 10:51 am || Up

                  yep. In absence of a well-motivated model, there is no reason to believe that any particular functional form is predictive at all.

                  And they give it away with this figure, where the cubic fit cuts off at the present day, so they can’t be accused of using it for predictions… but if you aren’t extrapolating based on that curve, then there is just zero reason to use it at all. We can all see the actual data.

                • 5Aces 5Aces May 5,2020 10:59 am || Up

                  Years ago I started working for a credit card group. They were super proud of their forecasting accuracy at a daily level. After a week or so I was able to see how they got there-they would update their daily forecast throughout the day up until about 3-4pm.

                  This feels like that, only with human lives and not just phone calls.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • andeux andeux May 5,2020 11:56 am || Up

                  Yeah, what Colin said.
                  Curve fitting can be useful, if the form of the curve to be fit either comes from a model (in epidemiology, the simplest one would be exponential growth or exponential decay, depending on whether a certain parameter is greater than or less than 1) or comes from historical data (that IHES model based on previous recovery curves in China and Italy). Even then there are a lot of caveats.

                  Fitting some arbitrary curve and using it for “prediction” is just abominably stupid.

                  Also, as a side note, whatever that curve is, it isn’t a cubic. It looks like a Gaussian.

                  Also also, AV’s picture there relates nicely to a quote from John Von Neumann I saw on this subject just this morning on Twitter: “With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.”

                  TINSTAAFK
                • AV AV May 5,2020 11:40 am || Up

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • vignette17 May 5,2020 2:34 pm || Up

                  It’s really easy to model the past. In fact with enough parameters, you could create an equation that matches it exactly. It’s really hard to model the future. Especially when there are so many (mostly unknown) variables. But once you lose trust, it’s nearly impossible to win it back. People still use Nate Silver’s and 538’s names derisively and they were closer to right than anyone!

                  That’s why an inaccurate model is so god damn dangerous. It’s sophisticated enough to convince moderately well-educated people. And that’s typically the decision makers. Non subject matter experts. Insert Trump joke here.

                  So, it’s easier to criticize then create? Here’s a prediction I will stand by. There are two ways this pandemic ends: herd immunity by vaccination or herd immunity by natural antibodies. The vaccination will take another 12 months. It’s contagious enough (and people will relax regulations enough) that we’ll get to herd immunity by people getting the virus before 12 months are up. And 500 K-1 M people in the US will eventually die. That’s the prediction you make with as few variables as possible, and there’s not enough information to change it. Please, please convince me I’m wrong.

                • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2020 2:55 pm || Up

                  i can’t imagine the time between having a vaccine developed and its approval. that’s going to be chaos

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • vignette17 May 5,2020 3:00 pm || Up

                  We’re already sort of in it now. They have multiple vaccines created. Testing and approval are the next steps.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2020 3:47 pm || Up
                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • AV AV Jun 14,2020 9:53 pm || Up

                  hm. to my untrained eye, the green line is tracking.

                  too early to call it a stopped clock?

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • vignette17 Jun 15,2020 9:14 am || Up

                  Depends if it follows typical pneumonia patterns or not. The probability of a second wave coming seems pretty likely to me, but it’s always better to see a decrease, so those numbers are at least semi-good news.

        • Soaker Soaker May 4,2020 9:51 am || Up

          Re the hoops and hassle:

          During a Monday segment with “Good Morning America,” Dolphins CEO/president Tom Garfinkel revealed mock-ups of new entrances into Hard Rock Stadium that would help people adhere to social distancing guidelines.

          “We would have times to come in for security at different gates so people would be separated out, in terms of when they enter the stadium,” Garfinkel said. “We would exit the stadium much like a church environment, where each row exits so people aren’t filing out all at the same time in a herd.”

          Garfinkel said this mock-up plan would include all fans wearing masks and ordering food from their seat then go upstairs and pick it up rather than waiting in line for concession.

          Hard Rock Stadium can hold approximately 65,000 fans for a football game, but the Dolphins said they might be down to 15,000 fans for the next season as they adjust to a different setup.

          I expect scenarios like that will be the rule for some time, and I’m just not in that market.

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  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2020 10:21 am

    I think that when I look back on this period of American history the thing I may remain most disgusted by is the president putting his idiot, corrupt son-in-law in charge of running everything for four years when everyone knows he is a corrupt idiot. It’s obviously only one facet of a larger disaster, but such a telling and aggravating one.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2020 10:30 am || Up

      Really? I heard it was a great success story.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • sslinger Apr 29,2020 10:33 am || Up

      Remember when there was the hope that Ivanka was the smart/nice/sane one, and that her father would listen to her, and she could reign him in? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

      • ptbnl Apr 29,2020 11:09 am || Up

        To be fair, she was busy creating 15M jobs.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  84. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2020 12:37 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2020 2:00 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2020 2:30 pm || Up

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 29,2020 2:58 pm || Up

      I don’t have any A’s single-game tickets. I do have tickets for the A’s-Mariners games in Seattle May 12-14 and got the e-mail from Ticketmaster today, but there’s no refund option at this time. My event has been “postponed” but it’s still happening! (says the e-mail) at a later date to be announced.

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      • Soaker Soaker May 3,2020 10:04 am || Up

        The refund option is available now. Airplane and hotel were refunded a while back. Sigh, I’ll check the Seattle weather next week; I hope it’s pouring rain for three straight days.

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  86. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2020 7:55 am

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • vignette17 Apr 30,2020 10:44 am || Up

      I would be in for the trivia again.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 30,2020 12:32 pm || Up

      Let me check my calendar this weekend and I may be able to lend a hand if you need 1 more.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2020 12:43 pm || Up

        I don’t think there is a limit, it says there is but who really carers.

        I was thinking of doing a video chat this time? might be easier?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • sslinger Apr 30,2020 1:28 pm || Up

          That would be good, but however we do it we should make sure we’re all online together beforehand so we’re ready.

        • andeux andeux Apr 30,2020 8:38 pm || Up

          Will we want to do video chat while we are all watching a video feed to hear the questions?
          Group text was OK. I would prefer something that would also work from a computer, not just phone (like fb messenger or equivalent).
          But whatever works for everyone else is fine.

          TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux May 11,2020 8:40 am || Up

      “Kraut-sourced” (or some other cabbage-related pun)?
      “All the answers are Rickey”?
      Something more topical?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 11,2020 9:30 am || Up

        Yes yes, we should do this.

        I was thinking of using zoom? we could still use and should use the chat, but might be easier to talk out answers and not have me fail to write stephie graff and one other that we got right in banter, but I didn’t put in

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • sslinger May 11,2020 1:56 pm || Up

          That sounds like a plan. I haven’t set up a zoom call yet but my understanding is without a paid platform you’re limited to 30 minutes or so. Does anyone have the ability to set up a call with an unlimited time? As to the team name – Quarantined Kraut? Isolated Kraut? Free the Kraut?

          • AV AV May 11,2020 2:05 pm || Up

            i think i can set up an unlimited meet for you to use without me even being there.

            i’d email you the link rather than post it here.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 11,2020 3:23 pm || Up

              why wouldn’t you be there?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • AV AV May 11,2020 3:59 pm || Up

                see???

                you thought it was an easy question, but i’m already stumped.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • sslinger May 26,2020 8:20 pm || Up

                Is this happening again on Thursday?

                • Future Ed Future Ed May 26,2020 8:53 pm || Up

                  I haven’t seen it advertised. I’ll look

                  It doesn’t appear to be happening.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • sslinger May 26,2020 9:26 pm || Up

                  Ok thanks, please let us know when you hear about the next one.

          • vignette17 May 11,2020 3:26 pm || Up

            FKlin Barreto

      • 5Aces 5Aces May 12,2020 10:46 am || Up

        Having to decline again. Father of Aces passed away this weekend so I am on clean up detail this week. I never bought into all the “issues” of being an only child, but once you lose the last parent it stinks.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 12,2020 11:34 am || Up

          My condolences. That’s got to be even harder to go through in current times.

        • batgirl batgirl May 12,2020 12:47 pm || Up

          I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how hard this is–awful under normal times, but this just makes it that much more difficult.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 12,2020 12:57 pm || Up

          So sorry.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • ptbnl May 12,2020 12:57 pm || Up

          So sorry to hear that – please let us know if there’s anything we FKers can do.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 12,2020 4:36 pm || Up

          Very sorry for your loss Aces.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces May 14,2020 3:37 pm || Up

          Thanks to all of you. And 3 years of Krauty goodness is the best thing you guys can do so know how much I appreciate it.

          Dad had been in poor health for the last few years so, while it was not expected (he had sounded really good the last couple of times we spoke) it wasn’t a shock. And given our current world I should say it was non-Covid related.

          Odds and ends from having it happen now. I dont have to/get to plan any sort of celebration of life. I also have to make appointments to get death certificates and things like that. Also there isnt a way to just have DAV or some other group come out and pick up things to donate. So I have spent the last few days trying to see if anyone wants all sorts of items that I cannot/do not want to take back to LA before calling someone to just throw them out. It is surreal.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  87. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 30,2020 2:49 pm
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 30,2020 2:56 pm || Up

      Maybe I’m not remembering it properly, but even the most wacko Tea Partiers never never got to this stage of menacing, did they? These are the kind of people who used to stay holed up in their compounds looking for helicopters. Now they are inside capitol buildings.

    • batgirl batgirl Apr 30,2020 4:05 pm || Up

      White dudes can get away with pretty much anything and everything.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 1,2020 8:11 am || Up

        And of course Trump just called them “very good people.”

    • ptbnl Apr 30,2020 4:34 pm || Up

      Carrying confederate flags and swastikas while shouting “Heil Whitmer” … hmmm.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 1,2020 4:47 pm || Up

        The defense behind using Nazi imagery is supposed to be that they are calling the Democratic governors Nazis, right? Not sure how that works when the protestors are using Nazi concentration camp propaganda to advocate for what they, the protestors, supposedly want.

        • ptbnl May 1,2020 5:16 pm || Up

          My understanding was that the confederate flags and swastikas were personal adornments, but the slogans were in protest.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 2,2020 11:13 am || Up

            Meanwhile…

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 2,2020 11:41 am || Up

              I saw that last night and literally could not believe I was seeing it correctly.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Future Ed Future Ed May 2,2020 5:35 pm || Up

                I am 1000% sure they did not pay for those

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Future Ed Future Ed May 2,2020 5:37 pm || Up

                and they will say they were not given adequate PPE by the Libtard city so they used what was donated to the, personally by the union. THEY DEMAND PPE AND A RAISE

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2020 9:46 am || Up

                  Apparently they were actually branded with SFPOA’s logo. That’s incredibly provocative and surely deliberate.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2020 2:56 pm || Up

                  Saw one live today on an officer

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2020 10:05 am || Up

              Police unions are bad.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 31,2020 7:11 pm || Up

              Really hope this is fake.

              • AV AV May 31,2020 8:50 pm || Up

                i always thought the *thin* blue line referred to the liminal edge between a law enforcer and a law breaker.

                still think so. just wondering how it’s so widely misinterpreted.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 31,2020 9:10 pm || Up

                  This is the only Thin Line I respect.

                • AV AV Jun 1,2020 9:27 am || Up

                  i like the one between loathe and hate.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 1,2020 2:48 pm || Up

                  Wasn’t the documentary about the closing of ranks between officers? I haven’t seen it since college

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • colin colin Jun 1,2020 8:30 am || Up

                Not fake, though it was Hamilton County sheriffs, not Cincinnati PD. They tweeted out a weak excuse last night:

                FWIW, the Hamilton county sheriff (Jim Neil) is a Dem, but he got a bit Trumpy and he was beaten handily in the recent primary.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2020 9:32 am || Up

                  I like to think some frustrated classics major running that account capitalized Vandalism out of respect for the sackers of Rome.

      • ptbnl Jun 14,2020 4:52 pm || Up

        Up there with giving fascist salutes while “defending” Winston Churchill’s statue.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.

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