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Pet Peeves, The Free Pass, And Other Consternations…

Posted in Uncategorized by snarkk on December 11, 2012

Alright. It’s been a while since I did a thread. I’ve been busy, so sue me. In what I do, lots of folks wait ’til year end to make up their minds to pull the trigger on some business decisions. Some waited until the election results. Surprise, their guy lost, so now they’re doing stuff in fear of what Uncle Sam will do next year. So, I get calls to pull their asses out of the fire so they can save lots of their own money. And, of course, I’m supposed to do that very quickly with no mistakes, while not charging them much. Phuck that.

Meanwhile, the winter meetings are done, and Sabean got stuff done we all pretty much agreed on, even though he apparently wasn’t even there in person. The electronic age is so — I dunno, convenient? Efficient? Or, bullshit. Whatever. Is Bobby Evans the guy that really does the heavy lifting now for the Giants? Anyway, now things are pretty slow on the baseball front, unless you’re the payroll clerk for the Dodgers. The Niners are in full gear preparing for the Pats and Mr. Bundchen, with a Qback controversy and suspensions of dudes that don’t play, but that’s another blog.

So, I thought just for Esses and Grins, since I was in a bad mood anyway, I’d just spit out a list of my Pet Peeves for you. Yeah. Things I don’t like in sports. Other things that piss me the hell off. Some not so bad, others that get me really in a froth. I’ll probably think of more after I post this, and that will piss me off even more that I didn’t think of them before. So, I reserve the right to add on. I offer the list as a welcome to your Pet Peeves, whether sports oriented or not. Which reminds me, I hate the word “orientated”. Is that even a phucking word? Whereinhell is William Safire when you need him? Oh, there. Anyway, so go ahead, chime in with YOUR Pet Peeves, baseball, sports, or otherwise. And BTW, whatinhell is a “Peeve”?…

Pet Peeves

1. NFL officials announcing on the field a time out or penalty: “…on the kicking team” or “…on the receiving team”. Why not just say “… on San Francisco” or “ … on Miami”. Or “holding, number 76, San Francisco”. I’ve heard quite a few officials say the team name, so there must not be a rule against it.

2. Announcers saying things like: “Well, when it comes to the Mayses, the McCoveys, the Bondss, the Morgans…”. Hate that. There are NOT more than one Mays, McCovey, Morgan, etc. That’s just lazy. Say instead, “Well, comparing him to Mays, McCovey or Morgan, he …”.

3. NFL replay where it is obvious immediately from the first replay angle what the call should be, yet they take a full two minutes or more to figure it out and announce the call. Totally bogus.

4. MLB umpire calls that are obviously, obviously wrong, and the other umps in the crew KNOW it, and do nothing. Phuckers…

5. Repeated TV shots in college football of the same student dudes with their shirts off in the cold spelling the college name or mascot. Usually yelling and pointing to themselves. One shot per game of the same group is enough. Always butt ugly dudes with crazy hair, too. Cheerleader shots can be endless, especially Oregon and SC and Ole Miss, that’s OK.

6. Halftime sideline reporter interviews of head football coaches. I don’t care if Erin Andrews is wearing a leather suit two sizes too small doing the interviewing. Almost always worthless.

7. Any sporting event on TV with Joe Buck. I always turn off the sound. The guy is just horrible, regardless of event.

8. The saying “back in the day…”. WHAT day? This is a fairly new bastardization of the language, maybe a decade and a half old, I should think. I don’t know where or how this started, but it’s terrible. How about what we used to say: “when I was younger…”, or “back when I was busy boinking co-eds…”. Either is much better, and more detailed.

9. I dislike the “continuation” foul calls in the NBA. If you’re fouled, you’re fouled. Continuation of what? Continuing on to make a play after you’re fouled, the result of which had nothing to do with being fouled? Should be outlawed.

10. While we’re on the subject of the NBA, I hate the “phantom” foul calls given to the superstar at home when he gets near the bucket. Why? So that we can see this dude make some free throws? Is it THAT interesting to see the home star get another 2 points free? Or, should we instead actually reward good defense by a no name defensive player? Another reason why I don’t watch the NBA much anymore…

11. “As far as apples and oranges, I like neither”. Another bastardization of the language. In real English, it shoud be “As far as apples and oranges ARE CONCERNED, both keep you regular”. Just use the complete phrase properly, please…

12. “Icing” in the NHL. As far as I can tell, this happens when the puck gets sent down to the OTHER end by the team that’s defending THIS end. Some sort of delaying tactic, I think. Has nothing to do with cake, that I know. I have no friggin’ clue what it means, or what the point of the penalty is, and it bothers me. Even though I don’t give much of an S about hockey, whether there’s “icing” once or 10X a game…

13. When you read a snack package or another food package of some sort and it says “100 calories per serving”, so you figure that hey, that’s not bad. Then you get home, and after eating the package, you look at it a little more closely, and it says “Contents: 3 servings”…

14. When I get home from the grocery store, and tear open the shopping bag that I think has that one item in it that I want to snarf right away, and it’s not there. Not phucking there! And, I quickly figure out that the checker at the store somehow did NOT get that one item into the bag, the ONLY ONE I really wanted to snarf down right then and there in the store, but didn’t, and thought about it all the way home…

15. The mixing of Pete Rose’s gambling with steroid use in MLB. Some say that if steroid users are “let into” the HOF, then it would be a travesty to keep Rose out. No, it wouldn’t. Rose bet on games. While he was a manager. He’s an admitted liar. So when he says he never bet AGAINST the Reds, I have reason to disbelieve him. IMO nobody that knowingly violated the #1 rule in baseball, with impunity, should enjoy HOF membership. That membership is a privilege and is important to many, though I don’t personally consider it that big of a deal. Since I think it is critical to keep gambling influences out of baseball, I agree with continuation of the rule that gambling in baseball gets you banned from the sport.

16. The intentional walk. The free pass. Though it’s been long a part of the game, and does add to the cerebral nature of baseball, as well as second guessing of managers, let’s get real. It’s a pussy move in a lot of ways. You can walk an 8 hole guy to get to the pitcher with two out. Smart, but bottom line, gutless. If you can’t get an 8 hole guy out, you deserve to lose. Walking Bonds 3X or 4X in a game? Pussy move, Clint Hurdle. You’re paying your pitchers to get guys out. The fans pay to see sluggers slug and pitchers strike guys out. Would the NFL let Bellichick tell the refs 4 times this coming Sunday game that he’s declared Aldon Smith persona non grata, so Smith can’t pass rush Mr. Bundchen on four 3rd and long situations? Hell no. Intentional walks should have a max per game, say no more than 2 per game. No more endless free passes.

17. The “good behavior” life tenure of federal judges. Granted by the Constitution, this supposedly allows judges to adjudicate free of political machinations, free from worries about their job and paycheck. Maybe then in the late 1700s. Not now. A 10 year term would be plenty. 20 years tops. We should not have the situation where any two-term president appointing two or three SCOTUS justices as well as hundreds of lower federal judges, can leave an ideological legacy for several generations. I’d also increase the number of SCOTUS justices to 13, from 9. Congress could do it, there’s no number in the Constitution. This would encourage better decisions from more points of view. It could be done by appointing an extra justice with every new president until you hit 13, that way no one president can appoint all 4 of the new ones…

18. ESPN …

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  1. zumiee said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Good stuff, Snarkk. I can relate strongly to many of those.
    I’d add the horrible thing that is happening in sports broadcasting, mostly from pundits, but it is seeping into everywhere, is this awful trend:
    “doing things to win football games”
    “rebounding the basketball”
    “scoring the basketball”
    and on and on…..
    oh please, someone make them STOP!!!!

  2. Flavor said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    1) as I’m approaching a red light and begin to break, the driver behind me drives right up my ass with no awareness that he’s going to have to break for the red light, too.
    2) people that forget to turn their phones off in meetings
    3) drunk Cal fans
    4) people at 7-11 who buy countless different lotto tickets and scratchers and have the clerk check each one of them (usually always losers)
    5) People who use coupons at stores and who argue with the clerk about their worth/validity

    There are many others that irritate me through my day. I’ll post some sports related ones later…..

  3. zumiee said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

    ……when people say that baseball umpires get the vast majority of calls right, or even most calls right. Most calls in baseball are not close, so of course umps get most of the overall number of calls right. The problem is that they, at best, only get about half of the close calls right.

    • snarkk said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Very good one, Zum. I’d like some geek with Elias or some such outfit to review a full season of close calls at first and figure out how many were called right/wrong. Based on what I see just in Giants games, I think at the league level that the number of bad calls at first base would be embarassingly substantial…

  4. ewisco said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

    women drivers. I swear they think the car is a penis and the smaller the hole they try to fit it into the better. just point the thing and follow it around.

    The fact that “our house, in the middle of our street, our house, it’s our castle and our keep” is still being played and those assholes are still making money off it. i wrote better drivel than that in middle school (what we used to call Jr. High).

    women in the grocery store. this isn’t rocket science. also, feel free to park your cart somewhere out of the way. related to the first issue.

    the sunol grade at 6 am. this morning we came to a complete halt at the foot of the grade. inexcusable.

    that replay/review is so fucking screwed up. great point snaark about the first view. drives me nuts. the fact that baseball can’t figure out how to review hits and scoring plays. it’s simple, if someone disagrees with the ruling on the field, you point at the booth, just like you point to the corner umps to see if the hitter went around. the review booth looks and a green or red light comes on or maybe a message on the score board: “hit”, “out” “run scores” “safe” whatever. no microphones. no headphones. no coming off the field.

  5. willedav said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

    special teams guys who make a tackle on a punt return and then jump around like they just scored their 6th TD of the game. Uh, dude that’s your job, and if you missed the guy you’d be in the arena league.

  6. Alleykat said, on December 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Any football player who does a jive dance in the endzone to celebrate a TD when their team is down 42-0 with 2 minutes left.WTF are you celebrating? Your team just got smoked.

  7. twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    “At the end of the day” go get shit faced and NEVER utter that phrase again. Who allowed ath-a-letes to use it in the first place? I’ve heard it used 42 times to answer “Were they doubling you today?”..
    There are many announcers I don’t like but when I get particularly exasperated, I remember that it’s not Mussburger….
    That 10 buck ring. To elaborate: do you want a woman who would be fooled? Do you want to face her wrath when she learns the truth from the check out clerk at WalMart ?….
    Hector got 61 hits. Kruk said “he can hit”….61 times
    Potato Chips- do we need 1,965 flavors?

    They shoot horses, don’t they?

    • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Shit, he looks like Walowitz from Big Bang theory . . .

      • chipower9 said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

        LMAO…that’s good, Chuck.

  8. willedav said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

    proliferation of year round club teams for all sports that start at jr high age, result being by HS kids aren’t playing 2 or 3 sports anymore. Hey parents, the odds your child gets a D-1 scholarship and saves you all that money are slim and none, no matter what your AAU/HS or whatever coaches tell you.
    I was an assistant to coaches who had girls in the gym Sat at 9 AM after a Friday night game that didn’t end til 9 PM. When I questioned the benefits of half asleep kids stumbling around in their PJs, response was “(Insert elite school) is doing it. I have to play them for (whatever) title, so we’re doing it too.” In other words, the same lame ass argument kids have been giving their parents to get the latest cool thing/ do something forbidden…”everybody else has one.”

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I am just getting my kid started in organized sports this year and I find this troubling too. It seems like having fun isn’t even part of it anymore.

      • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

        No shit. It got the the point where my son’s winter league baseball coach (not his fault) and the other team’s coach nearly got into as fistfight over some stupid play at 2nd base.

        Girls softball, soccer, basketball, baseball. Every stop that my kids have done on this have had some ugly episode or 3.

  9. unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    NFL replay – The Thanksgiving Deetroit game being a great example. The refs get a call completely wrong. The wronged team naturally throws the challenge flag in a fit of rage and disbelief. So, of course, since he threw the flag at the wrong time, not only is HE penalized, the review is waved off. So, the refs got the call wrong, penalize the team that was screwed, and the bogus TD is allowed to stand. So, threee wrongs make a right? Uh, no. It happened to the Cards the week before. The only funny thing about it is it was hand-job Schwartz that screwed the call and fucked his team with a TD the other way. You know, the guy that yelled at Jim Harbaugh when he screwed up a reg-flag call the year before.

    God Bless America now during the 7th inning stretch. Really? I get the Star Spangled Banner before the game, but in the middle we need to sing more? Enough already. Yeah, I love my country, but I don’t sing about it all the time.

    Like the 5-inning win rule now in place, these stop-gap and one-off measures that become set in stone are bogus.

    Fucking $10.00 beers. Seriously. I guess movie houses and sporting events are the last bastion of unadulterated gouging left in this world. $0.49 worth of popcorn? That’ll be $8.50 please. 12 oz of watered-down soda? $7.00. 10 oz of your favorite cheap-ass domestic brew? $10.00 Specialty beer? $12.00. Oh, you want to park? That’ll be $40.00.

    Thanking one’s dead relatives, or deity of choice, every time you do something good. Brett Butler had it right when he said, after a Giants loss. “I guess God didn’t want us to win tonight.” If yer gonna thank him for helping you win, you might as well blame him for the losses.

    Basketball. The whole thing is one giant pet peeve. From 5 steps and a hop-jump in the lane to the patented Michael Jordan palming on the dribble, the whole thing is a joke. Isolation plays where the entire team retreats to the far corner so the shooting guard can dribble around a pray for a shot, to the 27 timeouts in the last 45 seconds, to air fouls on layups, the whole thing is an exercize in how can we make this game completely devoid of flow and athleticism.

    • snarkk said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I’m with you on all of ’em Chuck. Especially the “God Bless America” in the 7th? Who ordered that? Nobody voted for it, I know that. It’s the 9/11ing of America. I was and am as ticked off about that event as any American not personally affected by it. But, I’m tired of the American boosterism, the loss of our privacy rights, the “Homeland”ization of this country, and the increase in religious nuttery that got even worse as a result of 9/11. There is no good reason at all to sing that song at a ball game of any kind, in a country that was founded on freedom of and from religion. I find it offensive on several levels. Besides, how long has Kate Smith been dead now? As for the Star Spangled Banner, I can go with an anthem, and that’s all, before the contest. But, that is a terrible song. “America, the Beautiful” would be so much better. Better words, better ideas, shorter, easier to sing, the real deal when it comes to our country’s ideals. But, no. We get an ode to a battle against the Brits set to the tune of an old British pub song…

      • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Bingo. I’ve felt that way for a long time.

      • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

        Jingoistic nationalism . . . . meh.

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

        plus the Yankees always milked it, I’m sure, to throw off the rhythm of the game, mess up the opposition

  10. unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Complaining about the money.

    RA Dickey showed up at the Mets holiday party (as an elf no less) to help Sandy victims, and proceeded to dog Mets management for not offereing what he thinks is good money. Right or wrong. bitching about the piddling 3 year $25 mill deal the Mets are offering while hosting a party for hundreds of people whose homes, livelihoods, and in somd cases loved ones, were lost to the devastation, is incredibly bad form, skippy. Time and place, fuckhead. “Poor, me. I’m riding out my $5 mill deal and hitting the road.” Boo hoo, dickhead.

    • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Worse was sending the storm victims DVDs of 2012 Met’s highlights…

    • Bozo said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Wow, I hadn’t heard about that. Talk about the Good, Bad and the Ugly.

      I’m not sure what our NY Flappers think of Gov. Cuomo. For me, I’ve got to say good on him for getting the major lending companies to waive the “discretionary” mortgage clause, that allows the lender to take your insurance money, put it in an escrow account and pay the monies in increments (in our case, after we paid the contractor ourselves). Talk about a pet peeve, Wells Fargo Asswipes (I think that’s their legal name) lost a customer for life by invoking that additional hurdle to getting back into our home after Irene.

      • Bozo said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

        My Good, Bad and the Ugly post was meant for the RA Dickhead move but it also works for the Met’s highlights DVD.

  11. twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Why don’t we have the pre-adolescent children of local politicians do all the National Anthems? That’ll put a stop to the whole practice.

  12. Macdog said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Incessant, blaring, can’t-hear-yourself-speak music during every interval at any sporting event.

    FOX Sports. Hell, FOX anything.

    “It is what it is.”

    • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Mac, at the end of the day, that’s what it is..

  13. dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Middle aged men bitching about what bugs them.

    God Bless America in the 7th does bug me though.

    • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

      It would definitely be better in the 6th..

    • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Don;t forget Ferret.

      • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

        How so?

      • unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Ahhh, this shit doesn’t line up right. This was suppoed to go under Dirt’s grumpy old men comment . . .

  14. blade3colorado said, on December 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Wonderful thread snarkk. I really related to your #6 and #14 (last one happened to me recently and am laughing hysterically right now, but then? Grrrrrrr).

    All of you guys too – Great posts! I have an internet date right now, but I will think about this. Actually, I’ll post one – internet dating, where the profile shows a beautiful woman, with the curves in the right place and her profile summary reads like a romance novel . . . Then you meet her. Worse, you make the bad mistake of inviting her to dinner for the first date. AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! On first meeting, you immediately notice that her picture must have been 10 years old. Second, the curves you thought were in the right place, are out of alignment . . . Yes, she is a FAT MAMAZOOKA! Third, she orders the most expensive thing on the menu. Fourth, during dinner, she prattles on, saying vacuous insignificant bullshit, even while chewing and every few sentences, spittle flies across the table onto my plate.

    Fast forward today . . . My profile indicates I am looking for honesty and that MEANS UP TO DATE PICTURES. As a hedge, I only ask them out for coffee on the first date.

    • Salty said, on December 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      In my limited experience with internet dating, curvy usually meant overweight.

      • blade3colorado said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

        You would be absolutely right.

  15. unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Internet dating? Some hot cam-to-cam action?

    There are times I’m glad I’m still married.

  16. snarkk said, on December 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This? (to start the game you even get a God reference for the religious zealots)

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    Or this? (no God in this one, but lotsa bombs and rockets)

    Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    • James said, on December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      The SSB really is shitty music, but I like that its convoluted syntax probably makes it a bit of a hermetic puzzle for many of those who value it the most.

  17. zumiee said, on December 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    People who talk during the music at concerts. The level of ignorant obliviousness is off the charts sometimes. The bigger the venue, the worse the behavior, usually. People who supposedly love the performer, but completely disrespect the performer during the concert, and try to ruin the show for other people in the audience. And the astounding thing is they get all miffed when they get called on it. How dare you, a complete stranger, ask them to stop talking during the music.

  18. ewisco said, on December 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    volume. the incredible volume both at the various stadia but even at concerts. I saw elton john at the colisium (or however you spell that) years ago. it was so loud i had to go out to the lobby area. I saw dave mathews at shoreline and all i could hear was the bass. and i was sitting next to the sound board. ATT is god-awful if you’re sitting under the stands. you can’t talk to your neighbor. unbelievable. and why? i liked listening to the other team warming up. the concept that our attention span is so short that all time must be filled immediately with some distraction. and the truly sad fact that for many people, it IS that short.

    I also am tired of god. I’m not an athiest, though i’ll be dipped to define what i am. organized religion is the work of the devil. Only he could possilbe enjoy what has and is transpiring.

    oh, and capital letters.

  19. Irish Kevin said, on December 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Almost all of my Pet Peeves are other drivers, most if drivers on the road should have their drivers license taken away
    bumper to bumper traffic and a guy who is trying to get to the fast lane!! really, dude it is not fast, everyone is doing 5 miles an hour.
    Drivers who don’t signal!! phuck you
    Unless there is a sign that says no turn on red, you can turn right on a red light!!
    I have a million of them, as I remember them I will post.
    Oh and for sports, papers, and tv, and radio all do it. the top three – five things a team needs to do to win. Really I didn’t know any of those.

    • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      You didn’t know that “control Brady” might be helpful Sunday night?
      Limit errors ?
      Score more than they do?

      • Irish Kevin said, on December 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Is play good defense lumped in with control Brady?? lol

  20. Irish Kevin said, on December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Oh, MNF, showing each player on offense or defense at the beginning of the game, play has started and I have Bubba from Alambama DE. and so on and so forth.

  21. unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Fox news Fox sports Fox commentary Fox entertainment Fox and the Hound.

    John Fox Redd Foxx Foxy Loxy fuck Fox.

    Fox consistently missed plays in the WS either pimping shows or cramming ads into the broadcast/

  22. Flavor said, on December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This isn’t my pet peeve but I thought Bruce Jenkins nailed it recently when he mocked the end of a pro B-ball game when everyone clears out so the star point guard can go 1:1 and jack up the game “winner”– it’s almost always a low % shot and it rarely goes in. You know what would work? All 4 players bail out and make it appear to be creating the dumb 1:1 that everyone knows is coming. But at about the 5 second point the off guard streaks to the basket– pt guard could hit him easily for the game winner. If it’s not there THEN you jack up a prayer. But it’ll be there. Makes perfect sense to me.

  23. Salty said, on December 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    W’s up on the Heat at the half

    • Flavor said, on December 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Klay with 21 at half, outscoring BOTH Lebron and Wade combined? Lee with a double double already? Green is fucking EVERYWHERE. Not sure I’ve looked this forward to a W’s second half in at least half a decade. Shit, I’m not sure if I’ve even watched a complete W’s game in half a decade, lol.
      They are a lot of fun to watch play right now and it’s so obvious that even without Bogut working out, they finally got to shift the direction of the team once they purged themselves of Monta. He limited them in so many ways….

  24. Salty said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I agree, they are fun to watch now. They can actually defend and rebound besides just bombing 3’s.

  25. salty said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Outstanding win on the road Jack

  26. Flavor said, on December 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    well my 5:18 pretty much nailed the W’s last second win tonight, eh? I mean, minus the *star point guard* call. Jack sat there dribbling, dribbling, everyone else had cleared out, and boom, BACK FUCKING DOOR!

    • salty said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm


    • blade3colorado said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Hey “swami,” whazzup with Barnes? Is he in the dog house? He was touted as a ROY candidate in November for a stretch of games. Need info quick (I’m thinking about picking him up on the waiver wire if there is any chance he can regain the minutes he is losing to Draymond Green).

      • Flavor said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

        Draymond Green isn’t losing any minutes if he keeps playing like this. I love Barnes, but he’s probably not going to get enough minutes to make himself worth your while in fantasy…….

  27. twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    \Jack, Landry, the rookies(what a draft)… how novel- a bench that can play a little.

  28. PawlieKokonuts said, on December 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    19. Announcers of football games being COMPELLED to use the word “football” when surely once or twice “the ball” would suffice. For fecksake, what do you think it is, a Ping-Pong [tm] ball? Of course, it’s a football. They even go to the extreme of having to declare “10 minutes left in the FOOTBALL GAME,” as if it is taboo [a good game, if you need a gift idea] to say BALLGAME. Can you just imagine if baseball announcers were similarly inclined to say BASEBALL game, all the time, and never say ballgame or simply game? Sheesh.

    • twinfan1 said, on December 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I’ve told of a game my Dad did with Unitas- maybe as smart as QB to ever play- and as bad an analyst ever.After a field goal, Johnny announced “Ray, he kicked that football with his foot”…another awful color guy was Jim Brown.. my favorite was Alex Goober, I mean Hawkins. Another short tale I’ve related before: Alex worked with Vin Scully a lot.It was a NYG-Bear game. Scully was going on about Payton “ice dancing in a hat”, Scully-isms were coming fast and furious. I doubt that Hawkins realized how sickening Vin was becoming but he brought it all back home when Joe Danelo came on for a FG try.Joe had a, er, prominent nose and Hawkins exclaimed :” Helluva scnhozz, eh Vinnie?” It was so beautiful, that line,..

  29. PawlieKokonuts said, on December 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Eli “El Presidente” Whiteside may set some sort of obscure record for number of times being traded without even wearing the team’s uniform. Now Texas has picked him up on waivers from Toronto.

  30. unca_chuck said, on December 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Flav’s back to predicting the future again, I see . . .

    How fucking annoying is that?


  31. chipower9 said, on December 13, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Swami Flav sez…W’s win! Hey Flav, give me the line on the next Dub’s game so I can give my bookie a call!

  32. salty said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Things are pretty damn good with the bay area sports teams…Sunday night game should be fun

  33. salty said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    The daily counter is again very ingenious flavor

    • Flavor said, on December 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

      thanks! that, the BBOTD’s and an occasional haiku are how I pass my time in the darkness of winter…….

  34. ewisco said, on December 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I love the counter. We’re almost in the 50’s!! It seems like yesteday we were in the 80’s.

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