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Contest Time: Win a Free Hand Crafted PC at The Flap Next Week For Doing Absolutely Nothing Except *Winning*

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2013



If you read the blog even half-way regularly you know that Twin has decided to put on another one of his famous contests. For those who read less than half-way regularly, these are always lots of fun. The prizes are always rad, usually hand made PC’s by Twin himself. More than a half dozen vets here can vouch for the quality of these units that they won competing in his contests. And you don’t have to spend anything to participate unless your internet provider charges you for sending an email. If that’s the case should focus your free time on finding a new internet provider……….

All Flappers are welcome to participate in the contest. I know the blog world is fraught with lurkers who read but don’t write—you come to this site, you’re a Flapper. I’m inviting you to come out from the shadows. All you have to do is email me or Twin and say you want to play. That’s it. And if you just want to play for fun and don’t want the PC if you win that’s totally cool. Just play for the “W”. I don’t anticipate hearing from a lurker cause that would be in conflict with the whole *shadowy* thing. Nevertheless, you are invited. The only contingent is that me or Twin have seen you post here before I typed this thread (or that you make a good case for why you want to play in the email you send me)……

Here are the rules of the contest:

You start by picking the winner of the wild card games–1 point for each game picked correctly. You get another point for picking the correct winner of the NLDS and ALDS, the NLCS and ALCS and the ultimate World Series winner. You will also pick the number of games it takes for your predicted team to win each series. You get an additional point each time you predict the number of games it took for your team to win the series. Example: In the ALCS you predict that the A’s to beat the Tigers in 4.  If the A’s win in 4 you get 2 points. If the A’s sweep the Tigers in 3 you get 1 point. If the Tigers win you get nothing.

Now, let me stop to reiterate (from previous threads) a critical component to this contest: Do NOT send me all of your picks for the playoffs in one long email. We are going *series to series* here. 

There is a World Series tie-breaker thing that I’ll discuss later as the contest unfolds.

The way the contest starts: The first pick you will send me via email will be your prediction of who will win the Pitt/Cinn wild card card game on Tuesday. You can send me your pick anytime before first pitch of game. Your next pick will be your prediction for the winner of the Cleveland wild card game (their opponent will be determined tomorrow).

After both of the wild card games I will create a Standings page that will exist on the right side of the blog. And whether you won or lost your WC picks, you will then send me your NLDS/ALCS picks. And so on and so on. The standings will change accordingly.

If you want to play just email me or Twin before the first wild card game is played. Our emails are and

Another detail of the contest: When you send me an email containing your prediction I will send you back a confirmation email locking your pick in. I check email every 2 hours daily.

Any questions, kick ’em down. We’ve got about 15 players confirmed so far but that number is growing…..


a couple of updated notes:

1) some of you are sending me predictions for the Tampa/Texas game. Do not do this. It’s not a wild card game, it’s a tie-breaker game to determine who will face Cleveland in the AL WC game

2) don’t announce who you are picking in the thread. I mean, you can if you want but it puts you at a disadvantage if others know who you have picked–this will be of increased importance once the wild card games are over. I’ll release everyone’s picks once each series has started and the picks are locked in.


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  1. twinfan1 said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    confirmed contestants: craig, chi, chuck, snarkk, mac, rooster, kat, salty, blade, manny.sandawg,pawlie, birdog. wilcojoe has indicated he will also participate. i want to reiterate that we want everyone here to enter. it’s a great prize but, as we’ve said, you can just play for bragging rights. here’s a little bit about the prize:
    this is more of ‘family pc’ than a gaming or real high end unit but it runs 7 and the aero desktop well. intel atom d2500 cpu, 4 gb ddr3 ram, 80 gb sata hd and a 250 gb external sata drive, dvd burner, intregrated intel 3600 graphics. case is a shuttle small form. it’s not a shuttle pc, i just liked the looks of the case. it’s a ‘mikey’- i’ve built units for gamers, film directors, architectual firms, and many servers for businesses. due to some motor deficits i can’t do my business anymore but with a little help on the screws i still do pcs for locals and previous customers. there is no ulterior motive other some occupational therapy for me and the pleasure of, well, just the pleasure it gives me to do this. back to the unit: accessories are a wireless keyboard and mouse, logitech speakers, webcam, card reader, and usb wireless adapter. it has 6 usb 2. 4 in back, and 2 front. front jack for mike and headphones ( headphones also included.) os is windows 7 premium, 32-bit, included and installed. plus misc. software and applications. i’ll detail those later.

    • Flavor said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      looks great Twin. Thanks. I’ll leave this thread up all day tomorrow.

    • Rooster said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Damn nice of you, twin – that’s a hellava nice prize.

      And here’s something to cheer you and all the Flappers up tonight – looks like the Dodgers will be going into the postseason with Skip freaking Schumaker as their starting CFer. Dodgers didn’t miss a beat and in fact went 42-8 for one stretch with Kemp MIA this season – but that was because Ethier slid over to Center and played a surprisingly good defensive CF while also producing at the plate during the run. Now Kemp out for the year and Ethier VERY questionable (hasn’t been cleared to run the bases yet) to even be included on the NLDS roster. So, happy times, Giants fans! – Skip Freaking Schumaker!

      • Flavor said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Yeah, no Kemp, who sucked dick all year when he did play, is gonna be your excuse when you get bounced. That’s cool get the excuses going early. But this Schumaker thing is rich. I was expecting that to be like excuse 9-10 of why they fuck up this post season.

      • Flavor said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        just remember, near the end of that 48-8 thing or whatever it was I declared in print that your rag-hag team would go down in the first round. Stop complaining about injuries, everyone has them. One day, The Art Dealers will own all stars at every position. And the best part about that is, they still won’t have won a World Series since I was in high school! bahahahahaha!

    • Chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Another example of your generosity Twin. Thank you very much.

  2. blade3colorado said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I hate going against the Pirates, but I had to select the Reds (my email was sent a couple of minutes ago). Thanks you guys . . . Steve

    • twinfan1 said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      the bucs were my first love, i even remember listening to prince on the radio when i was only 4. i thought that he was speaking just to me. by the time i was 7, i was a fanatic. my mom was my backyard catcher, i destroyed baseball bats by using small rocks as baseballs as i rocketed my awesome shots over an imaginary fence. and when i finally went to my first game i was truly awestruck. pittsburgh was a filthy town back then and the sky seemed forever a murky smoky gray which made the green grass at forbes field seem almost surreal. mom or dad could have left me in my seat and told me this was my new home. i would never have left…they’re my team for this year’s postseason.

  3. Flavor said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    just saw the Zito strikeout/walk off. Super cool and awesome of the packed house to do what they did. They *git* it…

    • Rooster said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      No, actually Kemp wasn’t bad once he got a couple games under his belt – it was just that once he started getting it going he’d go down to injury again

      • Rooster said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Oh, and no – Kemp going down is no excuse at all – like I said above, the Dodgers did very well without Kemp – Ethier going down is the excuse.

  4. twinfan1 said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    nite all. all in all an awesome game today. of guys i would guess to hit a game tying hr in the ninth, peguero was right behind madbum. and a fine send off for zito. i wish him well.

  5. sportdude said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Just sent in my pick. Pirates baby!

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

      so you’re in the contest?

  6. blade3colorado said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “just remember, near the end of that 48-8 thing or whatever it was I declared in print that your rag-hag team would go down in the first round. Stop complaining about injuries, everyone has them. One day, The Art Dealers will own all stars at every position. And the best part about that is, they still won’t have won a World Series since I was in high school! bahahahahaha!”

    AWESOME DUDE! Now crown your ass POTD!

  7. sportdude said, on September 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    where did you see the homer?

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

      peguero’s? uh, on tv. why?

  8. snarkk said, on September 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Breaking Bad — great finale…

    • chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I have never watched it, but with all the ruckus about it, I am going to have to check it out.

  9. chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Hey Flappers – was out of pocket for the weekend. Wish I could have been here to celebrate the end of the season with you all.

    I got home yesterday at the beginning of the 7th inning, down 6-3. It was awesome that Zito got in for one hitter in the 7th, and the crowd’s response when he came off the field was moving. That was bad ass.

    And then the rally. Fucking-A…what a way to end the season…Pence with the walk-off after winning the Willie Mac.

    I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE this place. Craig, thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart, for building this community. I was blessed to have met a number of you in person at the Sombrero Flapalooza. This is just a great place to talk Giants baseball, and I truly cannot imagine a better group with whom to discuss our passion of the Orange and Black. You all are awesome. Looking forward to our times around the hot stove as it is going to be a very interesting off-season.

    One Flap Down!

  10. willedav said, on September 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Nice to pin an L on Street finally.
    I think Kuip Friday said something about Denorfia, asking if he hit everyone else like he does SF. He’s a good looking player; at least he doesn’t burn SF with HRs like S. Hairston.
    I’ll pass on the contest stuff, and look forward to further Bozo updates on how many days til P and C report. Which isn’t a clown question either.

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

      you can enter just for ‘shits and giggles’, there’s no obligation for anything other than to have a little fun.

  11. Nipper said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

    It’s finally over! Third place never felt so good! Yea!

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I know. With #questfor4th we were aiming low!

      • Flavor said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

        they were talking about the “quest for 3rd” today on KNBR. Kinda feel like they ripped me off a little. 🙂

      • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

        i ripped you off first, nyah nyah nyah to knbr…

  12. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Even though the postseason is just beginning, I am feeling a hint of that Baseball Is Over The Leaves Are Falling Off the Trees Blues. Maybe it’s just because OUR season is over. But we had a grand finish, eh? And wasn’t it a winning September?

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

      we haven’t been used to this lately, but i think that what sabean does this off season has some extra drama and suspense. the hot stove league should be cookin’ this winter.

  13. twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    note the update by craig that we’d like to set the deadline at 4 pm today for entering the contest. we’ll post the updated list this evening along with a reminder to get your nl wild pick in by 4 pm tomorrow, an hour before gametime.
    note for the new folks and ‘lurkers’ – you are welcome to enter, several of you have emailed craig about this. but besides your email we would like you to post your request on the blog as well. as with the others, we’d like to know by 4 today pacific that you are in.
    btw, the great and esteemed pigskin expert unca chuck has a football blog,, you can check it out through the link on the right side. his regulars have also been invited to enter the contest.

  14. Chico said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Anyone have a link as to where people can purchase Paul’s book? I’m on a facebook book club with over 5,000 Giants fans and would love to give it a plug.. I know, book clubs are cheesy as shit, but reading does a brain good.

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

      they have them in paperback and kindle, i believe.

    • chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I bought mine on Amazon, Chico.

      • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        yeah, my link was to his amazon page.

      • Chico said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        Thanks Mike.. I just shared it with the book club. Done! Chi, I’m ordering myself a copy tonight. Thanks bud.

      • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        i wanted to reply right away, before paul saw it. he doesn’t like it to seem as if he’s using the blog to help sell books. so he pays me royalties to do it for him

      • Chico said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Ha! The facebook group I belong to is filled with a lot of Giants fanatics and they created a book club page for off-season reading.. I figured I’d recommend a book written by ‘one of us’.. 😉

  15. chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Go Bucs!

  16. chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

    It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.

    One of my favorite baseball pieces (an excerpt from “The Green Fields of the Mind” by Bart Giamatti.

    • Chico said, on September 30, 2013 at 11:59 am

      One of the the most articulate, insightful, and incredibly thought-provoking baseball writings of all time.

    • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      If Giamatti hadn’t died in ’89, there’s no doubt in my mind that the steroid era would have been “nipped in the bud”. We’ll never know, but I say he would not have ignored it. He did the right thing and took a stand against Rose’s gambling, he would have done the same with steroids, IMO. He was smart enough to see what it would eventually do to the game over any short term PR goosing by increased offense. If the club owners and players wouldn’t agree to testing and sanctions, he probably would have threatened to expose it and resign. The problem is it took 15 years for baseball to come to the point where the steroid stain on its soul finally outweighed the money the owners and players made from it. Instead of Giamatti, it took Jose Canseco and Balco to force that calculus. I’m sad to say my team was up to its complicit neck in this fairly dark episode of our greatest sport. And, with Braun, A-Rod, and the Biogenesis thing, continuing reminders that this episode is not over…

      • chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        For as long as the game is played, there will be those who look for an advantage.

      • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        chi, and that is why i think that at some point baseball will have to cope with reality, not the certain failure of it’s war on peds. i suspect that you agree. some form of regulation will come in the future, selig certainly knows that, it’s a case of ‘not on my watch’. imo.

      • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        There is no certain failure on the war on PEDs in baseball, a society of less than 1000 players at any one time, with lots of money to lose if banned from the privilege of playing professional ball. The war on drugs in wider society, yes, that is doomed to failure. I certainly couldn’t care less if all players were on PEDs, or if none were. In between those poles is the issue, where the uneven playing field between users and non-users develops; where the non-users are under suspicion because of the users. The problem is that PEDs are illegal under federal law. So, unless / until that changes, testing needs to be done ala the type and professionalism of Olympic testing to level the MLB playing field as much as possible. The risk/reward tradeoff must be adjusted to keep the cheating to a minimum, so that we can at least have some sense that the competition is mostly natural. If it’s hands off or joke testing, the sport could devolve to what pro cycling is today — a sewer of PEDs and a joke, which is where baseball was headed until Canseco blew the whistle…

      • chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        I agree, Michael. snarkk – the problem is, that regardless how well baseball tightens-up their testing processes and procedures, there will always be those developing new drugs/cocktails to beat the system. It was happening before, and it will continue to happen. I do agree that if baseball got serious about long suspensions and lifetime bans, then it may give some pause in determining if they really want to go down that path. But overall, I just don’t see the attempt as having much chance for success.

      • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        the possibility of the player’s union accepting a lifetime ban is as possible as todd akin becoming the president of planned parenthood. it will never happen. nor should it.

  17. zumiee said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Pence put up a lot of good numbers after the Giants were way out of contention. He struggled during the most crucial part of the season. I still favor re-signing him at the 5 years/90 million, though.
    Some will bash Posey for his season, but during the most critical time of the season, when the season was on the line, he was the Giants’ best hitter, but often batting with no one on base ahead of him. The 3-year grind of playoffs + broken-leg rehab seemed to finally catch up with him. The extra off-season rest will do him well, and he’s bound to get a re-surge in his extra-base hits next season.
    Find a good left-fielder and the Giants lineup should be real good next season.

    • unca_chuck said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Well, I disagree to some extent. The critical time of the season was after the break. It seemed everyone cratered at that point.

      It wasn’t only Posey, but he disappeared the longest. I sure hope he comes back stronger next yeasr. he said as much that he wasn’t in the shape he should have been in, but he did go through a lot these last couple years.

  18. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Chico, thanks for the plug. Twin, appreciate the link you posted. Chipower, I always love the Giamatti quotes, especially that one. (I met him in the Eighties, at The New School.) And, Snarkk: I agree.

  19. Winder said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    twin – Glad to see you on chuck’s blog. I guess I’ll try for that computer myself. Even though things didn’t work out for the Giant’s like we’d hoped, I do believe we have a bright future in store. I am also glad the stinkin Dodgers are finally playing good ball, makes it more fun for this Giant fan.

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      you’re in. the list will be updated this evening, as will the deadlines for the wc card picks.
      nice to see you, too. i still love sir alex, though- but not as much as our niners…

  20. Macdog said, on September 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Day-after reflection: The Giants’ low point was 16 under .500, which they were are at several times, the latest Sept. 7 at 63-79. So it was good to see them finish strong at 13-7, although it really means absolutely nothing with regards to 2014. The biggest mystery is why they were so poor vs. the NL Central at 11-23. Also 6-14 vs. the A.L, including 5-11 vs. the A.L. East, but then that was the toughest division in baseball.

  21. chipower9 said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    The Reverend voted NL Player of the Month.

    • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Too bad it wasn’t for June or July…

  22. unca_chuck said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Too bad Pence didn’t get the continuation RBI for yesterday’s single. he woulda ended up with an even 100.

  23. snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Giamatti, an English professor. Loved words, baseball, traditions, and principle.
    Bud, a car salesman.
    No question which archetype the owners will follow to select the next commissioner…

    • twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      giamatti’s refusal to withdraw yale’s holdings( 300 million, it was reported) in apartheid south africa at a time when many other universities, churches, and many other institutions had done so, is a ‘black’ mark for giamatti in my mind.

  24. zumiee said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Chuck- regarding Posey, I think it’s a common theme with the 2013 Giants that they all thought they were ready for the season, and they just weren’t somehow. It seems as much mental as physical to me, as viewing from the outside.
    And it was pretty much across the board, except for Bumgarner, IMO.

    • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      What galls me about the cratering of the Giants from mid-May through August was that no other playoff team from last year came close to doing that. Marty Lurie said that was because the Giants won — and I’m not sure he’s wrong. They won, and this season took their foot off the gas pedal…

      • zumiee said, on September 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        I agree, and I think it was from the top of the organization to the bottom. From the ownership and Sabean being satisfied to let the season play out, and not make any serious attempts to do something to try to save the season, all the way down to the ball-gal that tried to fight a giants player for a foul pop-up. Everything related to the organization was off its game this year, the players most of all.
        Even with the Wilson thing. Someone from the organization should have just walked over to the Dodgers clubhouse before game one of that series and given him the darn ring.
        The ones who were there bringing it every game were the fans. The Giants fans came through like champs this year. Showing up to every game, and pulling hard for the team through it all.

      • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Agree Zum, it was an organizational failure, top to bottom. I say one of the most telling events of the season was when the Giants batted out of order at ATT against the Dodgers. Whatever the excuse was, there was NO excuse for that at the major league level. Sorry, but lots of folks weren’t paying attention for that to happen. A brain fart moment exemplary of a brain fart season. But, the fans just continued to show up, they didn’t fail. They kept the cash registers humming and “dynamic” ticket prices up. I’d like to see the “dynamic” pricing have a transparent variable of current position in the standings. The lower you are in the division standings is a reducing factor to the ticket price, and vice versa. As for Wilson’s ring thing, I agree with you again. Just give him the damn thing already, they could have given it to him earlier in the month when the Giants were in LA, too. Something kinda smells fishy about that whole deal…

  25. twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    that’s a heck of a lot to tackle. thank goodness you guys were spared the fate of being born,raised, and living in cleveland all of your lives 😉

  26. snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I thought that at some point, MLB was saying that the new WC playoffs would be 2 out of 3, not just the one “sudden death” format?…

    • Flavor said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I hope they don’t change it, I like the sudden death aspect of it for teams that didn’t win their division. It’s sudden death in every football playoff game, no reason it can’t exist in baseball for the teams that slipped in thru the back door.
      I’ve got an updated list, I’ll try to write a thread tonight.

      • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        I disagree. Since they’re expanding WC to keep fan interest (and more to the point, fan dollars) up at the end of the season, I think each WC team’s fans deserve at least one home game as a reward for supporting their team down the stretch. Football can’t be played one game after another due to the physical toll. Baseball, no big deal for at least one home game each to reward the fans for a long season of support…

      • Macdog said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        snarkk, a buddy of mine had a pretty good suggestion: Make it a best-of-3, the first game at the 2nd WC team, and then an if-necessary doubleheader the next day at the 1st WC. That way the teams use up at least 2 starters, and possibly 3, and it’s over in two days.

      • snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        I don’t like rewarding the lower-ranked WC team with the first home game. That’s an advantage it doesn’t deserve. The logistics aren’t good, but I still prefer a home -away – home schedule for the #1 WC team…

  27. snarkk said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I nominate the Flap to be our new US Congress. No shutdowns or debt limit debacles for us. Over several beers and several hours, we could turn this country into a well oiled machine. Or, at least we’d meet long enough to vote ourselves pensions, lifetime healthcare, and expense accounts to pay for the booze and food — and oh yeah, playoff tickets with flights and hotel prepaid…

    • blade3colorado said, on September 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      In my opinion, there will only be ONE result – “moderate” Republicans in the House will rebel and a up and down vote by the entire House will finally be allowed by Boehner. Moderate Republicans and Democrats will pass a “clean” bill that the Senate will approve, sans all this Obamacare revisions/delays.

      As a result, I see the government shut down ending NLT the weekend. Road kill as a result of this chaos will be Boehner, who will lose his Speakership post and a chasm in the Republican party (civil war) for the heart and soul of the party (neocons against moderate conservatives).

  28. Macdog said, on September 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    A little baseball talk at work, mainly: If the Braves didn’t like what Carlos Gomez and Jose Fernandez did on their home-run trots, wait until they get a heavy dose of Puig’s act over a best-of-5 series.

  29. twinfan1 said, on September 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    new thread with final list of contest entrants.

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