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  1. MikeV MikeV Mar 7,2012 10:32 am
    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 4:03 pm || Up

      Okay fine… the Raiders then?

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • lynnzgal Mar 7,2012 7:25 pm || Up

        They should, but they already shot their wad on Palmer, plus they have Campbell.

        • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 9:45 pm || Up

          Sacramento Mountain Lions?

          \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
    • PaulThomas Mar 7,2012 6:42 pm || Up

      I’m trying to figure out if they think Manning’s arm is shot, have no money, or are just stupid.

      Anyone?

      • MikeV MikeV Mar 7,2012 8:15 pm || Up

        Because signing a 36 year old who has had 4 neck surgeries and nerve damage is a good thing?

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

        Thanks, and go As.

  2. MikeV MikeV Mar 7,2012 10:48 am
    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 12:40 pm || Up

      That’s not really an accurate summary of the action. Oakland allocated $3.5 million (which could not be spent on anything other than Coliseum-area development work) for contracts to do an EIR for a plan which would include both business park development on the airport side of 880 as well as up to 3 sports facilities on the Coliseum side, plus pre-development contract with a team that includes HKS Sports, the foremost sports facility developer in the nation.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Mar 7,2012 12:45 pm || Up

        They had allocated money for an EIR for Victory Court as well, but (as I learned from you) allocating the money is different from actually spending it. Is this a similar situation, or is this work that’s actually likely to get done?

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 1:21 pm || Up

          No, this will really happen, because the deal with post-redevelopment money is that localities can keep and use what’s been allocated to specific purposes and encumbered in third-party contracts. Which is why this was an easy call for Oakland…if they hadn’t approved a Coliseum-area development use for the money, it would have gone back to the state. Also, the studies are planned such that the work product will still have economic development value even if one, two, or all three sports teams leave.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • MikeV MikeV Mar 7,2012 2:00 pm || Up

        I wasnt trying to be accurate.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

  3. andeux andeux Mar 7,2012 10:57 am
    TINSTAAFK
    • grover Mar 7,2012 12:06 pm || Up

      Didn’t realize Peyton was a generous soul…

      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 4:09 pm || Up

        That’s why he’s been my favorite football player for so long.

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  4. monkeyball Mar 7,2012 10:59 am

    Urk. Off to NYC for market research for 2-1/2 days. I hate non-redeye flights to the East Coast. Also hate being away from JP and Meesus Moonkeyball. Back Friday night.

    you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
    • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 11:39 am || Up

      If you’re flying United it may be worth checking in early. They merged their computer system with Continental’s over the weekend and the result is a huge clusterFK.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • monkeyball Mar 7,2012 1:11 pm || Up

        … And got this advice too late. Took over half an hour to check in, missed my flight, now have three hours to drink myself into (even more of) a stupor.

        you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
        • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 1:19 pm || Up

          Ooof – sorry about that.

          Yesterday it took 5 United staff with a collective 120+ years of experience almost an hour to get the system to allow me to pay for 2 already-reserved tickets with vouchers. And even then when I got home and checked online one of the reservations no longer existed.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Soaker gonealookin Mar 7,2012 1:30 pm || Up

          This reminded me that I had a few Delta frequent flier miles that I would never use so those have just been donated to The Nature Conservancy. All FF earnings (for hotel stays etc.) go toward Southwest points now.

        • Soaker gonealookin Mar 7,2012 1:38 pm || Up

          Also, if DFA is anywhere around, maybe he can round up some cute French girls to help you pass the time.

          • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 1:52 pm || Up

            Or at least a cardigan.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • DFA DFA Mar 8,2012 8:17 am || Up

          And you didn’t call me? #Fail I was around yesterday too.

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • ptbnl Mar 8,2012 2:41 pm || Up

          Took my own advice, arrived 3 hours before (international) departure time, and was in the lounge with a beer within 15 minutes. They did say that when things get closer to departure it will be a zoo since the new system takes at least 5 minutes per customer.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • grover Mar 7,2012 12:07 pm || Up

      Virgin airlines?

      • monkeyball Mar 7,2012 1:17 pm || Up

        Untied

        you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
        • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 1:23 pm || Up

          Recently merged with Detrimental.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  5. AV AV Mar 7,2012 11:49 am

    mmmmm. barcelona leberkäse.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 1:21 pm || Up

      Holy crap.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • AV AV Mar 7,2012 1:22 pm || Up

        i think there’s still time for 7.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2012 1:26 pm || Up

          Are they still trying to score?

          • AV AV Mar 7,2012 1:28 pm || Up

            they’re like sharks. they die if they stop trying to score.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Mar 7,2012 1:26 pm || Up

          yep. messi’s 5th.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  6. ptbnl Mar 7,2012 12:01 pm

    4.7 – The physicist in the top right of the picture is Tom Kibble, my former supervisor in London and a frighteningly smart guy.

    I recall going into his office one afternoon to discuss my work and starting by writing a dozen dense quantum field theory equations on his whiteboard to describe a problem I’d been struggling with for a week. When I had finished and turned to discuss it I found that he had nodded off at some point in the preceding half hour. I coughed gently and he woke, stared at the board for 30 seconds, and pointed out my error.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • batgirl batgirl Mar 7,2012 6:58 pm || Up

      I like that story.

    • the llama the llama Mar 7,2012 9:42 pm || Up

      For some reason, I’m reminded of an unrelated story told to me by an old-school chemist. I have no idea if it’s true, but it’s truthy and funny so here goes:

      She was a postdoc for nobelist Glenn Seaborg way back in the day. One day, she and Seaborg were walking down the LBNL steps when who should be walking up but Linus Pauling. Seaborg and Pauling start exchanging pleasantries. She is too awestruck to do anything more than shake Pauling’s hand. After Pauling and Seaborg part ways, Seaborg turns to her and says, “Do you know who that was?” “Y-yes,” she stammers. “That was Linus Pauling! He’s won *two* Nobel prizes!” Seaborg confirmed, “Yes, that was Pauling” and then added, irritated, “but he didn’t really deserve that second one.”

  7. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 12:10 pm

    Tyson ross gets 2 ks v the vaunted Dodger offence Harriston/Gwynn and Sands.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2012 12:11 pm || Up

      It bothers me that a whole generation of fans is growing up thinking that “Tony Gwynn” is a terrible hitter.

      • Tutu-late Mar 7,2012 12:32 pm || Up

        It just seems wrong on so many levels.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2012 12:40 pm || Up

          It’s like, son, I’m proud of you for making the big leagues and all, but…c’mon.

          • aardvark Mar 8,2012 8:48 pm || Up

            It’s his own damn fault for giving the kid his name.

      • elcroata elcroata Mar 7,2012 11:56 pm || Up

        Now, if there is one player who should have changed his name to Giancarlo…

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • the llama the llama Mar 8,2012 9:36 pm || Up

        This got me thinking, who is the worst player to accumulate 3000 hits.

        As I suspected, it’s Lou Brock by a longshot, with 39 WAR. After that, you’ve got Winfield (60), Biggio and Palmeiro (66), Eddie Murray (67 WAR), and Gwynn (68). What’s interesting is that if you look only at these players as hitters, Biggio stands out as by far the worst (233 RBat – everyone else is in the 400s).

  8. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 12:12 pm

    Manny scratched with back stiffness

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  9. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 12:20 pm

    Harang has given up 4 straight 2 out hits suzuki carter Reddick pennington

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  10. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 12:22 pm

    Darvish 2 ks

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  11. brian.only Mar 7,2012 1:03 pm

    Jack Hannahan hits a Grande Slamme.

    • brian.only Mar 7,2012 1:04 pm || Up

      Off of Skaggs no less, who combined w/ Cahill has given up 7 in 2.2in.

  12. andeux andeux Mar 7,2012 1:08 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • monkeyball Mar 7,2012 1:16 pm || Up

      Hunh?

      “The reasons why it changed are bad reasons,” he says. “They’re economic and financial and marketing reasons, and they have to do with snobbery and academic laziness.”

      So … academic/prestige/”literature” fiction writers abandoned genre for the big bucks in academic/prestige/”literature” fiction?

      you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
      • colin colin Mar 7,2012 1:28 pm || Up

        I think the idea is that the split occurred for marketing reasons and then literary writers abandoned genre to follow prestige. I don’t know if this is historically accurate at all. I do appreciate the trend, that Chabon is very much a part of, for “literary” writers getting into genre fiction.

        • lynnzgal Mar 7,2012 7:33 pm || Up

          It inspired this immediate desire in me to know more, to visit, to go there, and see what this was about. What was this thing, who was John Carter, and what was going on with these green guys, and red-skinned beautiful princesses, and flying boats, and everything I was seeing on the covers of these books?

          Me, too!

  13. brian.only Mar 7,2012 1:33 pm

    Fuentes walks Jerry Hairston, can we trade this guy for a Single A SS already.

  14. brian.only Mar 7,2012 2:08 pm

    I’m starting to like Wes Timmons

    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 4:19 pm || Up

      get on board the Timmons train. Japan or bust!

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  15. lenscrafters Mar 7,2012 2:55 pm

    http://twitter.com/#!/JohnSheaHey/status/177521580975468546

    Might as well start ignoring John Shea’s tweets then.

  16. nevermoor nevermoor Mar 7,2012 4:17 pm

    DFWAS (the professor, not the president)

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 7,2012 4:17 pm || Up

      Also too: Romney voters.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  17. wacchampions Mar 7,2012 5:16 pm

    Hello peeps…does anybody need or know of someone who might need a job? Working in a hotel, I need front desk people, housekeeping, restaurant, banquets, night audit, shuttle drivers….on and on….I have full and part tiem positions available..

    • Tutu-late Mar 7,2012 5:32 pm || Up

      Where is this hotel? My son is looking for fulltime work. He has had a rough time finding work since leaving the military last April. Can you email me the contact info?

      • wacchampions Mar 7,2012 5:34 pm || Up

        Oh yeah I guess I should have provided more info..lol..it is The Red Lion Hotel at the Oakland Airport…anyone interested can email me at gm@redlionoakland.com

        Thanks!

        • Tutu-late Mar 7,2012 5:35 pm || Up

          Oops, I thunk you were still in the Fresno area. He lives in Oakhurst. Thanks anyway, wac. :)

          • wacchampions Mar 7,2012 5:42 pm || Up

            Oh sorry…yeah I havent lived in Fresno in a long time…LOL

            • Tutu-late Mar 7,2012 5:48 pm || Up

              News takes a while to reach us in the mountains. That whole Pony Express stuff.

              • wacchampions Mar 7,2012 6:01 pm || Up

                LOL…yeah..I moved from Fresno in 2004….so you should be hearing about it any day now…

          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 7,2012 8:09 pm || Up

            I was just going to say that if it was in Fresno I could line up a couple of people…

            Tutu I others looking. If I ever hear of anything interesting from them I’ll let you know. I could also take a look at my neck of the woods-it would be entry level call-center type stuff…

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • lynnzgal Mar 7,2012 7:38 pm || Up

          We’re writing this down!

        • Soaker gonealookin Mar 7,2012 9:22 pm || Up

          Your hotel is a little too expensive, Mr. GM @ RedLion. I’m getting quotes of $103.55 for AAA and AARP for April 21. The Days Inn across the freeway gives me a $63.83 AARP rate.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 10:02 pm || Up

            priceline right now $103/$55

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker gonealookin Mar 7,2012 10:13 pm || Up

              Yes, that AARP rate is actually $55.99 plus the tax. Now if WAC wants to compete with an FK rate I will consider patronizing his establishment for my trip to the FKup.

              Hmmm, actually that would be even more difficult because I get 600 Southwest points = $10 airfare value for the stay at the Days Inn.

              • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2012 10:21 pm || Up

                cool. I always wondered about the discount broker sites and their comparative prices

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Soaker gonealookin Mar 7,2012 10:36 pm || Up

                  I’ve gotten some very good deals off Expedia but the above is more typical; Expedia’s price for an advance booking is the same as the lowest publicly-available discount rate you can get through the chain’s own website. Plus you have to prepay with Expedia but with the direct reservation you can cancel without being charged up to 4 p.m. on check-in day.

                  For a real lowball rate you can wait until a couple days before your trip and make a bid at Priceline, which I’ve done in certain situations, but the issue there is you lose control over which hotel you’re staying at.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 10:44 pm || Up

            On the matter of April 21: been too busy to get the official RSVP post up yet; probably early next week. Interested in views on what type of seats we should get. Value deck’s nice for affordability at $12 and maybe extra space for folks who already have seats to join us. But I’m open to something in the Plaza/Plaza IF ($24-26) if folks wanted better seats. Thoughts?

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • the llama the llama Mar 7,2012 10:46 pm || Up

              I’m a value kinda guy.

            • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 6:04 am || Up

              I’m not keen on the upper deck; too high, too detached from the game action. A PaidSeatUpgrade is OK with me. If it’s upper deck on Saturday night that’s fine though because I plan on going back on Sunday as well.

              • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 7:38 am || Up

                too high, too detached from the game action

                #fsu

                you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
                • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 7:51 am || Up

                  Yay! I’m not the #1 go-to butt of the stoner jokes anymore!

                  \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 9:37 am || Up

                I think our default needs to be value deck, just to be maximally inclusive of all FKers, unless there’s a resounding opinion to the contrary.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • MikeV MikeV Mar 8,2012 9:39 am || Up

                  I think I’m in the small minority in not liking the value deck, for the same reasons that gonealookin mentioned.

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

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 10:56 am || Up

                  Publically, I’m with you on GP.

                  Privately, since I only see a few games a year, I’d rather have better seats, especially if it’s a crowded game and FSU’s aren’t possible.

                  \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:21 pm || Up

                  I don’t have a problem with the value deck. I like row 10 or higher though to see the whole field

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 1:22 pm || Up

                  Yes, I was pissed off that we had some seats in obstructed rows last time, because I took pains to tell our ticket rep to avoid that issue, and he failed me. My fault, though, as I should not have assumed he’d handle the problem.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • batgirl batgirl Mar 8,2012 4:09 pm || Up

                  I love the value deck. Especially if I can spend my jumbo bucks on pencils.

                • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 8,2012 7:56 pm || Up

                  I’m with you on the value deck.

                  It’s the best value in the park, which makes for good group stuff

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • Dial C for Concupiscence Dial C for Concupiscence (UM) Mar 9,2012 12:53 pm || Up

                  Not that I’m able to come to this particular FKup, but I agree about the value deck.

                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 6:44 pm || Up

                  I buy the tickets and sit somewhere nicer, does that make me evil?

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 6:45 pm || Up

                  If you buy cheap tickets and sit closer right away…well, yeah.

                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 6:48 pm || Up

                  I usually wait till the 3rd inning if thats anything

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 6:51 pm || Up

                  In my opinion – not that you need to care about it – not really. I wouldn’t try to move down until at least the 6th or 7th inning. I just believe if you buy a ticket in a certain price range you should spend the majority of the game there.

                • aardvark Mar 9,2012 10:55 pm || Up

                  They way I learned to operate is that a 3rd inning move involves a bribe. $20 gets you and your buddy into the good seats. You wait until the 3rd inning because by that the usher knows where he can put you without causing any trouble.

                  7th-8th inning is where you get more flexibility in taking the upgrade yourself.

                  I remember that the Red Sox used to open up the bleachers in Fenway after the 7th inning and let people in off the street for free. I have a great memory from when I was about 17. I was having dinner with family at the Elephant Walk restaurant in Brookline. I was vegan at the time and in love with a dish made that they served with tofu, pineapple and mango. My cousin with the front of house manager there, so we ate there every time we visited. After dinner I left the family after dinner to explore the city. It was a time when I was exploring my independence and the thrill of being out, in the big city, on my own was exhilarating. The restaurant is mere block from Fenway, visibly from the street, so I gravitated to the Green Monster. The thought in my mind was maybe I could convince someone who was leaving to give me their ticket, but when I walked by the outfield gates I notice that they were open. And not just slightly ajar, but wide open. So I walked in. Through the center field gate I walked and when nobody stopped me I realized that they must be letting everyone in. I looked around and the park was almost totally empty. It had been raining earlier and it had driven most of the fans home. I kept walking as nobody was stopping me. I walked out of the bleachers and down the right field line. As I approached first base I started to get a little nervous, so I grabbed a seat in short right at the back of the first group of rows. From there I watched the last 2.5 innings of the game on a cool misty misty night. I remember nothing about what happened in the game that night, it was a relatively unremarkable game played in wet conditions with almost no fans in the seats, but for me it stands out as one of my favorite baseball memories.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 10,2012 9:31 am || Up

                  My cousin lived by dodgers stadium and would regularly drive in around the 6th and walk right in. not parking attendants or ticket takers. it wasn;t that they let people in, but that stadium readies for people leaving and doesn’t need the same security.

                  Sam with the only time I was kick out of the coliseum (for smoking weed in the third deck, I mean really?). they escorted us to the exit where we walked out then right up another ramp back in

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • the llama the llama Mar 10,2012 2:03 pm || Up

                  Elephant Walk

                  Ooh, I went there about eight years ago. On someone else’s dime.

                • batgirl batgirl Mar 10,2012 5:05 pm || Up

                  That is so cool–what a great memory!

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2012 6:58 pm || Up

                  Yeah, that’s the way to do it if you enjoy making the usher-escorted walk of shame back out of the section shortly thereafter. It’s actually best for all concerned to occupy the upgraded seats before the game starts, acting like you belong there, making eye contact with staff and chit chat with neighbors, and no one even knows your ticket says something else on it, much less cares.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 7:17 pm || Up

                  I get that, but personally I like it even less. To me it’s just a form of stealing to pay less with the intent of sitting in a better seat right away or early in the game. But, that’s me.

                • MikeV MikeV Mar 9,2012 7:21 pm || Up

                  agreed.

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

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 7:24 pm || Up

                  I admit it: I get a little sense of joy whenever I see the actual seat owners show up with someone already in them.

                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 7:30 pm || Up

                  I figure by the 3rd folks who were going to show up would have been there by then, its not like I’m crashing 112, I creep into 227 or worse.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2012 7:31 pm || Up

                  Stealing from who?

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 7:34 pm || Up

                  The man w/ the 14 ft baseball bat in his foyer.

                • Soaker gonealookin Mar 9,2012 7:38 pm || Up

                  Yeah, that part doesn’t bother me at all. Watching on TV I always think it would look a lot better if they’d have more people sitting in 212-222 and fewer in the outer reaches of the second deck.

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 8:22 pm || Up

                  The team, essentially the fans who paid honestly and fairly to have the right to the more expensive seat. You’re not stealing directly from other fans but in a way it devalues their tickets.

                  Do you think it’s good business practice for a team to just allow people to buy cheap seats and move up to the more expensive areas? Ushers may be told to stop bothering with checking tickets after a certain point, but obviously there’s a reason for doing it prior to that.

                  My point is by the time the game’s mostly over, who cares if you move up? But other than that, if you want to sit closer you should be buying the ticket there even if you’re one of the only people in that section.

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 8:23 pm || Up

                  @gonealookin

                  Sure it would, as long as they paid for the ticket. There may be some exceptions to the rule, such as a rain delay, but if there are 8,000 people in the whole place and they’re all allowed to move up close it’s not like it’s going to make the place look packed all of a sudden.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2012 8:42 pm || Up

                  I’m not devaluing other fans’ seats at the park any more than I’ll be devaluing the seats of the people I sit near on my next airline flight who paid twice as much. As for the team, well, I don’t really care about that. If they bothered to try selling more tickets I might feel differently.

                  (Actually I don’t upgrade that much anymore, and never into the best seats, and the A’s get plenty of my dough for good seats too. Hell, I often downgrade, price-wise.)

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 8:55 pm || Up

                  @FSU

                  I’m not suggesting you or anyone else is always doing it or buying the cheapest ticket possible and moving up behind the dugout. I still don’t agree with the practice in general, that’s all.

                • Soaker gonealookin Mar 9,2012 7:02 pm || Up

                  The ethic is, if you buy a ticket as part of a group, you sit with the group. Once I bought a discount ticket as part of my employer’s night at an A’s game but bailed on my lame-ass co-workers and sat with my buddies in the bleachers. Some of my co-workers had gone to games with me, they knew where I sat and they spotted me out there. I was told in very clear terms to never pull that crap again.

                  We’ve had a lurker or two show up at the previous FKups in the parking lot; I did that myself for an AN mini-gathering in Kansas City a few years back. That’s cool, but if you aren’t sitting with us inside go ahead and buy your own ticket.

                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 7:15 pm || Up

                  I actually didn’t look at when the aforementioned game is, solely commenting, that said seeing as I won’t be making any AN tailers’ I’m interested!

                • brian.only Mar 9,2012 7:16 pm || Up

                  I buy MVP tickets a handful of times a year so I’m not pure evil FTR.

                • ptbnl Mar 9,2012 11:30 am || Up

                  I’m another value deck fan.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2012 12:59 pm || Up

                  I believe the people have spoken. The unAmerican non-citizens also.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker gonealookin Mar 9,2012 2:05 pm || Up

                  I didn’t think I had much chance of winning that one.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:20 pm || Up

              my fave is the plaza club $32 with $10 value ticket money

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 12:31 pm || Up

                That seems like a good deal in general, but it’s more value ticket money than I would generally want to spend after consuming mass quantities at a tailgate.

                TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:43 pm || Up

                  Yeah, I guess. Its cool with the kids, cuz they want merch and its a good offset and the area gets shade pretty early in the game

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 8,2012 2:12 pm || Up

                  It’s a 6:05 pm start in April….you must be even more sun-phobic than me.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 2:15 pm || Up

                  I wasn’t really thinking about the 605 games.

                  I like sun for a while at first. too much makes children unhappy.

                  I mostly take them to day games.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • monkeyball Mar 7,2012 11:15 pm || Up

            I’m not telling you where work is putting me up in NYC.

            you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
            • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 6:22 am || Up

              Living the life of a 1%’er for a couple days, no doubt. You might at least go down to Wall Street and chat it up with some of the OWS folks while you’re there.

          • wacchampions Mar 7,2012 11:28 pm || Up

            Hi Gone…email me!! Ill take care of you!

            • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 6:17 am || Up

              Ooh, let’s make a deal! I sent that to your Yoohoo! address though, not the RedLionOakland one.

    • lynnzgal Mar 7,2012 7:35 pm || Up

      Um, yeah! Ian.

  18. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 7:44 pm

    Ok, if this doesn’t bring Bloom back I don’t know what will:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5I79j6Ink%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_embedded” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lynnzgal Mar 7,2012 7:48 pm || Up

      He’s staying with the ex, yes? He tends to not post when he’s doing that.

      • monkeyball Mar 7,2012 11:16 pm || Up

        Let me look into my crystal ball …

        you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
    • ptbnl Mar 7,2012 7:58 pm || Up

      That’s a truly horrible rendition of a nasty nasty song, but what’s really striking is how he’s grown into his looks.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  19. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 7,2012 8:18 pm

    So, about 8 years ago or so I had to teach my mom how to do some basic things in Excel. When I told her to click on the disk to save she could not find it. Finally she said “oh-the TV up on top”. The concept of a disk was so new to her she could not see it and we forever referred to it as the console TV.

    Tonight I was showing little Miss Ace how to use PowerPoint. I told her to click on the disk to save. She told me “that isn’t a disc..they are round and shiny”. The concept of a disk is now so archaic that none of my kids realize that is what it is.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 9:53 pm || Up

      I’m gonna teach my little nephew all about old media while he’s young and curious and still gives a shit.

      He’s got a heck of an arm, though. When he throws a tantrum, he throws his toys with a smooth, compact delivery.

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • colin colin Mar 8,2012 8:12 am || Up

        But does he lift his elbow above his shoulder?

        • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 9:27 am || Up

          No. His motion is pretty Wakefieldian at this time.

          \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 9:23 am || Up

        PDXSpawn2 impresses me with her arm at age 14 months – she can huck a cheerio clear across the room. I’m writing her in for RF for semi-pro mixed leagues 20 years from now..

        A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
        • Tutu-late Mar 8,2012 9:25 am || Up

          She probably shows more power than Sweeney, correct?

          • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 9:44 am || Up

            Don’t we all?

            A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:23 pm || Up

              he can hit dingerz in BP and off Boston College players

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 9:26 am || Up

          Move over Eri Yoshida, there’s something meatier!

          \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  20. the llama the llama Mar 7,2012 9:48 pm

    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 7,2012 10:32 pm || Up

      Is that some sort of complicated new Rorschach test?

      I say it’s a… “clusterfuck”

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 10:47 pm || Up

      Man, there sure are some hideous PPT slides at that site. The one you chose reminds me how much I hate work process consultant speak.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • the llama the llama Mar 7,2012 10:53 pm || Up

        Yeah – I’ve seen some bad ppt slides in my short career, but at least in my field there is usually either data or data interpretation on any given slide.

        • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 9:26 am || Up

          In grad school, I attended a presentation by the TA for our Communications mini-course, in which we learned PP dos and don’ts. Her slides resembled the 2nd prize in this contest.

          A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
  21. the llama the llama Mar 7,2012 10:51 pm

    An Athletic leads the league or is tied for the league lead in:

    HR: Sogard (2)
    R: Sogard (6)
    RBI: Allen (8)
    BB: Carter (3)

    W: Castro, Milone, Parker, et al (1)
    K: Milone (6)

    • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:01 am || Up

      So, the trick is to play more games – why don’t they try it on MLB level?

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 8,2012 8:19 am || Up

      An elfin, myopic Scandinavian-American Athletic leads the league or is tied for the league lead in:

      HR: Sogard (2)
      R: Sogard (6)

      • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 9:28 am || Up

        cookie-making…you forgot to mention the cookies.

        A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2012 11:02 pm

    If the solar flares arriving early AM tomorrow crash the world power grid and civilization gets destroyed in the ensuing chaos, it’s really gonna ruin my International Women’s Day.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 6:38 am

    Our resident llama gets a mention on FanGraphs

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • colin colin Mar 8,2012 8:19 am || Up

      So obviously the dataset of RS/RA and team wins is really useful for this study, as shown in the fangraphs article, but I’m curious about how far you could get just from a pure calculation, with some reasonable assumptions about shapes of distributions. It seems like one important feature is that, for a single game, the number of runs scored and runs allowed is a small positive integer (or zero).

      • the llama the llama Mar 8,2012 9:36 am || Up

        If you assume a (discrete) Weibull distribution for RS/RA, the pythagorean win pct can be derived from first principles. The weibull shape parameter turns out to be the pythagoream exponent, typically taken to be 2 but usually closer to 1.85. See http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/math/pdf/0509/0509698v4.pdf for a derivation, or Google “weibull baseball” for more.

        • colin colin Mar 8,2012 9:40 am || Up

          Nice, I always thought that would be an interesting calculation to do (I’m a huge nerd, obviously).

          There should be some way to extend this to wider and narrower distributions (with the same mean), which would get at the issue of whether it’s better to be more consistent.

          • andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 9:56 am || Up

            There are three parameters in the distribution used in that paper: one corresponds roughly to the mean, one corresponds to where the support of the distribution starts (always set to -0.5, which is the smallest number that rounds to 0), and one that corresponds roughly to the variance.
            And that last parameter also turns out to be the exponent in Bill James’ “Pythagorean” formula for W/L (assuming RS and RA have different means, but the same value for that parameter).

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 10:11 am || Up

              So the outcomes vary but ultimately point to a similar end point. In other words, Weibulls wobble but they don’t fall down.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • ptbnl Mar 8,2012 10:28 am || Up

                Oooooowwwwwwww

                If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 10:35 am || Up

                Has el croata told you his story about the running of the Weibulls?

                you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
                • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 10:58 am || Up

                  2nd place, doc, but a strong one. (your joke, not IDA__BWID’s performance)

                  \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:31 pm || Up

                  Running with tiny bulls is hardly an accomplishment.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 8,2012 7:59 pm || Up

      Painful apostrophe fails in that paragraph.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 11:34 pm || Up

        Here?

        One of the many insights to come from Bill James was the fact that a team’s winning percentage could very easily be estimated based simply on the difference between the runs they scored and the runs they allowed. And while James’ Pythagorean Expectation cannot account for all variation in team performance, it does a fantastic job.

        Which one?

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 9,2012 9:47 am || Up

          Baxamusa showed that team’s did not gain a great advantage if they scored more than five runs per game.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • elcroata elcroata Mar 9,2012 10:27 am || Up

            Oh, I somehow read “first” paragraph instead of “that” paragraph. No idea why

            All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 7:30 am

    Breitbart: A legacy of facepalms

    Yesterday, the Breitbart empire stepped up to the plate, called their shot, swung, missed, hit themselves in the face with the bat, then took a triumphant trot around the bases as spectators looked on with piteous and mocking wonder.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 8,2012 8:21 am || Up

      I heard that title in my mind in the manner of the Barron’s Jewelers radio ads: “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa legacy aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahv facepalms!”

      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 8:32 am || Up

        heh

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • AV AV Mar 8,2012 8:49 am || Up

        i love (hating) that commercial.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 9:35 am || Up

          I love all the commercials on A’s radio, even the horrible ones (beer poets), because they mean I’m listening to A’s baseball on the radio.

          "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 8,2012 9:37 am || Up

            T-T-T-TAP!

            • AV AV Mar 8,2012 10:01 am || Up

              and i did not spill… my plastic.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 8,2012 8:02 pm || Up

              I like them though.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 9:33 am || Up

        That’s what I was going for. I detest that child.

        • AV AV Mar 8,2012 9:56 am || Up

          don’t detest the child. detest the parent who forced him (her?) to read the line like that.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 10:00 am || Up

            Fair point.

            By the way, I’m nominating this for goal of the week.

            • AV AV Mar 8,2012 10:04 am || Up

              i do this. this. this. this. this. this. gol. easy!

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 10:15 am
    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 11:15 am || Up

      I just sent that off to Paul Lukas. He likes stuff like that.

      Has anyone already invited him to FK?

      I don’t quite know how to do that unawkwardly.

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 11:18 am || Up

        Oh man, I would love to geek out with him on uniforms.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2012 11:47 am || Up

        Maybe we can start a uniform arguement so you can ask him to respond as an expert.

        The A’s button down that they had from ’81-’84 (with the “A’s” on the side) is the best A’s uniform EVER!!!

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 11:54 am || Up

          The ones that looked like the Tigers’ home uniforms? Those were beautiful.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2012 12:02 pm || Up

            Those are the ones. I continued to be surprised they don’t get brought back at some point. Now I love the Kelly Green and Fort Knox gold, do not get me wrong, but that uni just always stuck out to me as unique.

            My hope is that one day Rickey will give Mitchell and Ness permission to move ahead and that will be the jersey they choose. I would be ok with a pullover too but I am afraid they will just do the current one.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 12:03 pm || Up

              Rickey’s not letting them make Rickey throwbacks? I didn’t know that.

              • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2012 1:21 pm || Up

                I saw something on their website aroune when Rickey was voted into the Hall about it.

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:39 pm || Up

          Picture?

          All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2012 1:26 pm || Up

            Looking for an actual image, but here you can at least se the basics.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2012 1:30 pm || Up

            A bit better here, if you can handle the Tony Armas all around it..

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 1:34 pm || Up

              I can, thanks!

              All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 1:36 pm || Up

              That’s a sweet uni top

              you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
  26. Kay Temple Kirk SPWC Mar 8,2012 11:04 am

    This is one of my favorite hip hop albums of all time. I like the KRS-One influenced polyrhythmic cadences OutKast often used. Having Cee-Lo Green on the backup vocals doesn’t hurt, either. Nearly every song is a classic jam. Plus, the outlook was mostly positive and mature, with a noticeable dearth of sexist/racist BS.

    I enjoy it more each time I listen to it or one of the tracks comes up in a mix. So, today I decided to look it up and learn a little more about the circumstances behind it. I was thinking that maybe Dre and Big Boi had been in some bad late ’80’s crew or something I could delve into and hear a little bit of the backstory…

    No… They recorded the album while they were in HIGH SCHOOL (and after dropping out), and the boys were 18 when it was released. HOLY FKing SH!TB!SBCU!TS i

    I was so blown away that I felt it was appropriate to share.

    Carry on.

    \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  27. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 11:16 am

    Cuuuuse!

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 11:19 am || Up

      I thought that was Tutu’s line.

      A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
      • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 11:24 am || Up

        well done

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 11:28 am || Up

          Thanks. I’m not getting work done following all of the action closely today, as it’s fairly likely that Northwestern will make the tournament if the team beats Minnesota today. Any poor performances by other teams on the bubble are welcome, too.

          A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 11:30 am || Up

            Lunardi has them in the dreaded play-in game (or, as no one unaffiliated with the NCAA calls it, the “first round”).

            • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 11:33 am || Up

              Several folks do; others have us 10th/11th. I don’t give a $h1t, I just want to get in the tournament in my lifetime, even if we’re bounced in the play-in game.

              A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
              • PDXAthleticsfan PDXAthleticsfan Mar 8,2012 4:44 pm || Up

                FK. Hopes dashed.

                A soliloquy of fresh-sounding ideas which would probably be disastrous.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 4:48 pm || Up

                  That sucks. It’ll happen someday.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 12:18 pm || Up

      Heeeeels (will play Maryland tomorrow)!

      Hopefully Jim Calhoun’s career is now down to just one game left. Can’t stand that guy.

      Not wishing them any particular ill-will, but all the stars are aligned for this to be the classic Syracuse postseason where their very highly regarded team gets knocked out early.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:40 pm || Up

        I’m thinking the same (perhaps trying to reverse jinx it). Great seeding, the regional tournament and semi-final both close to home… sounds to good to be true

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 5:01 pm || Up
        TINSTAAFK
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 12:02 pm
    • the llama the llama Mar 8,2012 9:40 pm || Up

      I’m with the asshole boss on that one. I don’t want my establishment known for having waiters that might put information about you online.

  29. Dial C for Concupiscence Dial C for Concupiscence (UM) Mar 8,2012 12:07 pm

    Just…I mean…really?

    Cordes, whose daughter plays for Winthrop, told TV station WBZ he didn’t intend to shine the laser pointer “maliciously,”

  30. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:37 pm

    It’s a half an hour of your life you should have time to spend:

    ” width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>

    KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:51 pm || Up

      And for full disclosure, here are some valid critical points to it

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • the llama the llama Mar 8,2012 9:44 pm || Up
      • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 11:40 pm || Up

        Yeah, the quality of the video was amazing, and the knee-jerk reaction was positive, but more I dele into it, more questions pop-up. Spending one third of the funds on the projects itself is a red-flag, although with their rather unique marketing approach, I don’t see it as thebiggest problem. Not haveing one single African on the Board is a much bigger one, as well as the general oversimplification of the situation.

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  31. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 12:46 pm

    God bless him. On the broadcast, Rick monday is talking about the history of the A’s and how nice melvin is to have the number 6 and it took chalie steiner to point out that he, in fact, wore white shoes at the time too.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 12:48 pm

    Best shape of their lives

    I’ve always been one of those guys who always played for the tie, you know? You bust your tail in the gym and then you go to McDonald’s and have like three double cheeseburgers.

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 12:54 pm || Up

      They missed our guys: Anderson (-25), Fuuu (-10) and Suzuki (+15).

      TINSTAAFK
    • the llama the llama Mar 8,2012 9:46 pm || Up

      Would lose an extra 15 ponds if he shaved.

  33. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:20 pm

    So what is he gonna do next year?

    Benjamin Christensen, 29, is an Oakland Athletics fan from Bakersfield, Calif., who (as of today) has tattoos depicting 38 MLB mascots and logos past and present in a variety of cartoon poses arranged on either side of his torso (AL teams on right, NL on left),

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 1:24 pm || Up

      Astro glide!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 1:30 pm || Up

      I smell a transplant marketing opportunity!

      you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:23 pm

    mark ellis in a dodgers uniform. Sad face

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2012 1:27 pm || Up

      Holy crap! I did not realize until this very moment that he was no longer a Rockie. Crap.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 1:32 pm || Up

      Ooh, free (registration required) audio on mlb.com

      TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 1:38 pm || Up

      good you reminded me the game is on mlb.tv. my first baseball game this year, yeah!

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  35. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:33 pm

    Devine just walked Juan Uribe

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 1:39 pm

    Joey Devine vs. Ellis

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  37. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:40 pm

    Its spring, I know. Its early, I know. But Joey Devine seems to have forgotten that the point of flinging the little white thing is to put it in an imaginary box sixty feet from him

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:40 pm

    and here is MaEl with the bases loaded

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 1:42 pm || Up

      Nothing like an (ex) A’s hitter to get the first out of the inning

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:45 pm || Up

        a double play ball no less

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  39. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:44 pm

    I think ellis changed bat companies.

    hits a shot to third which was fielded by donaldson, but the throw was off line and weeks seemed unprepared to adjust.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 1:49 pm

    Sean Doolittle in.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 2:16 pm

    The A’s are in mid season form. Have not had a baserunner in an hour

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  42. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 2:19 pm

    Um?

    Ramirez was left behind to play in a simulated game at the nearby Papago Park

    he is still a DH, right?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl Mar 8,2012 2:32 pm || Up

      All that sitting takes practice, y’know.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 8,2012 3:18 pm || Up

      but if he hits it he might have to run or jog a little

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  43. andeux andeux Mar 8,2012 2:27 pm

    Dodgers have Tony Gwynn Jr, Jerry Hairston Jr, Ivan de Jesus Jr., Dee Gordon (son of Tom), Scott van Slyke (son of Andy)

    TINSTAAFK
  44. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 2:39 pm

    the dodgers look like they are wearing molded spikes

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 3:06 pm

    The dodgers camera is focused on the pitcher and everything else is out of focus. It make it look like you are watching a movie

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  46. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 3:13 pm

    Dodgers research staff is top notch.

    Even if they are just reading the media guide, they pick out good stuff

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  47. MikeV MikeV Mar 8,2012 3:41 pm
    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • ptbnl Mar 8,2012 3:43 pm || Up

      On the ride to the airport this afternoon I sat under an A’s ad about grass-stains matching the uniform that featured an action shot of Sweeney.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  48. ptbnl Mar 8,2012 3:49 pm

    But tell us what you really thought of it:

    John Carter is one of those films that is so stultifying, so oppressive and so mysteriously and interminably long that I felt as if someone had dragged me into the kitchen of my local Greggs, and was baking my head into the centre of a colossal cube of white bread. As the film went on, the loaf around my skull grew to the size of a basketball, and then a coffee table, and then an Audi. The boring and badly acted sci-fi mashup continued inexorably, and the bready blandness pressed into my nostrils, eardrums, eye sockets and mouth. I wanted to cry for help, but in bread no one can hear you scream. Finally, I clawed the doughy, gooey, tasteless mass desperately away from my mouth and screeched: “Jesus, I’m watching a pointless film about a 1860s American civil war action hero on Mars, which the inhabitants apparently call Barsoom. I can’t breathe.”

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. monkeyball Mar 8,2012 6:01 pm

    Woo-hoo! I got to pick dinner location. Since we’re in midtown and have a veggie among us: Cafe Boulod

    you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
    • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 9:01 pm || Up

      Had the vodka-cured salmon, the lamb shank, a bottle of something red from the Languedoc under $100 (sommelier really knocked it out of the park — hit every note I asked for, including the price point, and matched it well with our dinners), and the chocolate molten cake. Nothing groundbreaking, but exquisite attention to detail in the preparation, which is all I ask for.

      you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
      • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 9:01 pm || Up

        And, not out of my pocket.

        you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2012 9:12 pm || Up

          I had the pleasure of eating at his flagship, also not on my dime, a couple of years ago. Spectacular in every respect.

        • grover Mar 8,2012 10:32 pm || Up

          Ha!

          Food always tastes better on another’s dime…

        • batgirl batgirl Mar 9,2012 5:30 am || Up

          I am officially in the wrong business.

          • monkeyball Mar 9,2012 5:41 am || Up

            Especially if you have to be up at 5:30

            you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
            • batgirl batgirl Mar 9,2012 6:29 am || Up

              Heh. That’s actually one good thing about my work. The only time I’ve set an alarm clock in the past 13 years is if I have a flight to catch. It just happens that my sleep cycles are sort of wonky right now and I’m waking up earlier and earlier. Good thing I’m a morning person.

      • elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2012 11:43 pm || Up

        Sounds great!

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  50. Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2012 6:10 pm

    So I went to Travertine Hot Springs for a soak today. Wearing attire that I’m sure would make Bill King proud, of course.

    Travertine is just outside the little outpost of Bridgeport in the Eastern Sierra northeast of Yosemite. 90% of the town shuts down for the winter. But in the summer it has a business combination that is nothing if not original.

    • DFA DFA Mar 8,2012 6:28 pm || Up

      Is there a really good hot springs near the bay thats free and doesn’t have a ton of people? I heard there is a tidal one in Marin that depending on the tide is awesome. Was thinking of doing a trip.

      In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
      • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 6:39 pm || Up

        You’re thinking of Rocky Point which is between the Steep Ravine cabins and Red Rock Beach a little south of Stinson. That one requires a very low tide to be usable so it’s only available a few hours each month, and when that happens most of the town of Fairfax shows up. I’ve been there and it’s an interesting experience but it’s not likely you’d return.

        Unfortunately all of the other geothermal sites close to the Bay Area, mostly in northern Napa and Sonoma counties, were commercialized a long time ago. You have to go to the Sierras for free soaks on public land.

      • colin colin Mar 8,2012 7:04 pm || Up

        You will see some naked people out at Rocky Point (not that you’re into that sort of thing, I’m sure). If you’re driving out highway 1, coming from the south, then there is a big turnout right around where Stinson Beach first comes into view. You park there and find the trail leading down to the beach.

        • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 7:22 pm || Up

          Actually that’s the parking lot for and trail down to Red Rock Beach (nude beach, and a nice mellow scene, quite a bit more straight than gay unless it’s changed a lot in the last few years). The hot springs can’t be accessed that way. There’s a steep goat trail directly down to the hot springs from the highway that starts about 1/4 mile south of that parking lot. The best way to find that route is to check the tide table for a low tide below -1.0 and at that time go out there and find the area where cars are inexplicably parked along the highway between the Red Rock parking lot and the Steep Ravine entrance, then wait until somebody else shows up (won’t be long) and follow them down. I think you can also get to the hot springs at very low tide by walking down the paved road to the Steep Ravine cabins and then heading north along the rocky shoreline but that’s a lot longer.

        • monkeyball Mar 8,2012 8:53 pm || Up

          DFA wears his cardigan in the tub

          you better hope to God you don't show up in this little community, because you'll wish you had never come
          • DFA DFA Mar 9,2012 2:17 am || Up

            lies I would respect my cardi more than that!

            In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  51. nobody in particular Mar 8,2012 7:25 pm

    If you like the band Radiohead and you want to hear what they sound like doing songs of other artists — and some other cool/hard-to-find stuff of theirs — then you should click here.

    Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
  52. James V. JamesV Mar 8,2012 7:51 pm

    Just to finish things from the Tahoe trip, here are all the photos I put up.

    I don’t remember if I mentioned it but there were about four inches of snow to clear off the car on Tuesday before I went out and got some stuff like this:

    This was one of the last ones I took on the way home yesterday:

    • Soaker gonealookin Mar 8,2012 8:04 pm || Up

      In the last 6 weeks or so there have been some mild storms like the one Tuesday but the cumulative snow amount is pathetic. The lemonade would be that the summer season will start very early. Backcountry areas that were still inaccessible in late July 2011 should be open by or just after Memorial Day in 2012.

      TJ was asking about some areas in the southern fringe of the Tahoe Basin and that last shot is a nice view into Christmas Valley with the Upper Truckee meandering through it.

      • James V. JamesV Mar 8,2012 8:28 pm || Up

        Yup, I’m sure 4-5 inches in Tahoe from one storm is nothing for people who are used to it. For me, it was one of those things where I had to be careful driving in it since it was a first for me, but that was part of why I went there before the storm hit. Was kind of nice to be around a snowstorm again and not have to go shoveling a bunch of it around.

        • Soaker gonealookin Mar 9,2012 7:10 am || Up

          Even with 4WD and snow tires I try to minimize driving in bad weather at Tahoe because there are a lot of other drivers who are inexperienced or just impatient. When I first moved up from the Bay Area I was definitely one of them. You’re always looking in your rearview mirror to see if some dummy is going to be unable to stop.

          Then there are the people who paid $30 to a chain jockey to get over the mountains and dammit they’re not taking those things off until they get back to the west side again no matter how warm the weather gets.

          • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 7:53 am || Up

            That’s a good point. I went without chains even though I brought them up, and the first time I started to slide it took me from the left lane to the right one but nobody was close to me and I only slid a couple dozen feet or so since I’d already been slowing down. It gave me a quick understanding of exactly what I needed to do to avoid that, including how much space to leave between cars.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2012 8:30 pm || Up

      cool

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Dial C for Concupiscence Dial C for Concupiscence (UM) Mar 8,2012 8:35 pm || Up

      Great shots

    • nobody in particular Mar 8,2012 8:53 pm || Up

      Hello, new desktop background.

      Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
      • James V. JamesV Mar 8,2012 10:53 pm || Up

        Which one? I can drop a larger size if you want. ;-)

        • nobody in particular Mar 8,2012 11:04 pm || Up

          Yeah, that’d rock even harder. It’s the last one with the mountains.

          Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
          • James V. JamesV Mar 8,2012 11:06 pm || Up

            Got a rez preference?

              • colin colin Mar 9,2012 6:51 am || Up

                How ever many pixels your monitor displays.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2012 8:28 am || Up

                That crime-ridden cesspool of a monitor attached to nobody’s computer doesn’t deserve to be graced with a picture of garbage dump, much less Lake Tahoe.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 8:29 am || Up

                  Sounds like it’d soil the photo just by being associated with it.

                • the llama the llama Mar 9,2012 9:57 am || Up

                  Fsu successfully baited!

                • nobody in particular Mar 9,2012 11:58 am || Up

                  OMG FSU is a meanie!!!!

                  Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
            • nobody in particular Mar 9,2012 11:57 am || Up

              high!

              Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
              • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 2:20 pm || Up

                Not that kind!

                • nobody in particular Mar 9,2012 3:36 pm || Up

                  (high rez!)

                  Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
                • nobody in particular Mar 9,2012 6:08 pm || Up

                  THANK YOU :)

                  Never suck on a Blow Pop with the microphone open.
                • Soaker gonealookin Mar 9,2012 6:15 pm || Up

                  That view when you round the corner after Echo Summit on 50 and come into view of the lake always takes my breath away, and actually the Bay Area has a similar driving moment which still impresses after a few thousand iterations: on a clear day, westbound 24 after you come out of the Caldecott Tunnel and the Bay, bridges, SF and Alcatraz all come into view.

                • James V. JamesV Mar 9,2012 6:25 pm || Up

                  Funny thing is Monday was the first time I saw that view. I’ve been along 50 twice before but those were only leaving Tahoe, not getting there. I passed the turnouts on the way in without stopping, so I took care of it on the way home.

  53. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2012 12:57 pm

    first and third, one out.

    Hit and run, Reker lines out to Tulowisski….Double play.

    Nice job king buzzo, hope you learn your lesson

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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