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I Will Never Forgive Him

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2014

Scott Cousins is still slithering around the periphery of major league baseball. The Red Sox signed him to a minor league deal, probably for depth in the minors. He just turned 29 and has no skills or tools unless you consider being a “hitman” a tool. If so, he’s a 1-tool guy. If you considering “being a tool” a tool, then he’s a two-tool guy. Speed, power, defense? Those tools elude him….

Cousins can’t hit, he’s batting .179 in 193 major league plate appearances. Well, he can *hit*, he just has to turn himself into a human missile first and then he’s good to go. What’s the O/U on higher batting averages, Cousins or Rikkert Faneyte? He’s the worst Giants hitter I can recall from memory. I’m gonna say Faneyte nips him by a couple percentage points but that’s just because I want Cousins to lose at everything. Lemme go check….

Fuckin’ Faneyte can’t do anything right. He’s at .174 for his career. Cousins is also much faster than Faneyte, he’s leading him 2 > 1 in career stolen bases. Oh well, so much for the Amsterdam vs Reno.

As far as I can tell, Scott Cousins has done one thing in his life that can be considered meaningful: His attempted death-launch on Buster Posey impacted, in some way, the decision by major league baseball to outlaw home plate collisions between runners and catchers. This is rule change that should have always been in place, in my opinion….

Forgetting the obvious reason related to preventing injury and concussion, it was always just a puss move by the runner to begin with. In what sport can you run up to full speed, launch yourself towards another human who is standing still, defenseless and trying to do something else like catch a ball, and crash into them?

That isn’t sport.

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  1. DJLoo said, on January 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I found his perfect statistical match as a SF Giant. Our very own Bernie Williams:


    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      you work baseball-reference.com like Michelangelo sculpted David. And while I recognize that’s a weird analogy, I still say it’s spot on…..

  2. DJLoo said, on January 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    It was a lucky stab. I was thinking of lousy Giant hitters with short careers and there he was.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      In my best Sen. Lloyd Bentsen voice, “Loo, I met David in Florence, Italy last year and you’re no Michelangelo.”

      Umm . . . or, something like that. 🙂

  3. SanDawg said, on January 25, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Check out Bernie Williams’ card from ’73. What stadium is this? Shea? I have Kingman’s card from the same year and I had him sign in one time when the all-star game was in SanDog. Its the same angle in the same stadium.
    Just played some decent tennis followed by some epic ping pong and several beers with a friend of mine who went to high school with Alex Smith and Reggie Bush. He’s got some good Alex stories. They used to all play “NFL Blitz” at Wings n Things, which is a popular wing joint down here. Everyone would be high except for Alex, but it was all good. Never in a million years did my buddy think Alex would actually be a stud in the NFL.


    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      3.49? Why is every other card .99 cents?

  4. DJLoo said, on January 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Definitely Shea. I remember watching Schmidt and Vander Wal getting photographed in Giant uniforms right around that same spot before a game just a couple of weeks before 9/11.

  5. twinfan1 said, on January 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    What Cousins did actually poses more risk to the runner. Head strikes catcher at the wrong angle and a neck can be broken. Cousins is a lucky man

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      false. How many catchers have been hurt by a human missile crashing into them? How many runners have broken their necks running into them? I haven’t even looked it up but the risk is to the catcher not a freak accident to the runner.

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I’m reading it now as you saying the risk is to a broken neck and not just injury. My apologies, you are correct.

  6. SanDawg said, on January 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    How did you become a Chiefs fan Loo? For me it was the Podolak game on Christmas Day. I remember watching that game by myself and falling hard for the Chiefs that day. I had just turned 7 a few weeks before. I don’t think they made the playoffs again until I was in college!

    • DJLoo said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      The wacky formations, the mini-backs scampering out from behind the huge line, the dapper little coach, the arrowhead on the helmet, the pre-game charge of Warpaint the mascot horse, and to top it off, they were the only team that huddled in this formation:

  7. Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    thought of Stix when I read this article.

  8. Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I just added Yakutsk, Russia to my iPhone weather app thing. THat makes 6 cities I keep track of. It’s -51 there right now, lol

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      and it’s the middle of the afternoon with no snow and only 2 mph wind.

  9. SanDawg said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Nice! The arrowhead on the helmet is bad-ass to be sure. When I was a kid in San Luis Obispo, the neighbor kid and I were digging for arrowheads in my backyard (my idea–probably inspired by the Chiefs helmets) when we accidentally struck a PVC sprinkler line and had a a geyser on our hands.
    My dad got a lot of miles out of that story over the years.
    I just ordered a Philly Cheese Steak to be delivered. I’m gonna get high and watch Captain Phillips.Y’all have a good night.
    Loo, if you’d humor me with the details of what Bobby Bonds lied about on the Miller Lite commercials, I’d be much obliged. I’m a sucker for throwback marketing, so I did pick-up a 30 pack of Miller Lite featuring the original cans. They also have the punch-top perforations on the top, so that made the purchase even more of a done deal. We have a billboard down here featuring a huge original Miller Lite can with the phrase “All other Light beers-I’m your father” written on it. I’m amused by this.

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      agreed. Loo, regale us with the BB MLight ad lie. I’m sure it’s true, I just couldn’t find anything about it on the internet. Work your magic, Michelangelo…

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Hey, what’s a decent tip these days for a delivered cheese stake sando? Doesn’t the delivery cost outweigh the cost of the sando?

  10. SanDawg said, on January 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    The Bonds/Miller Lite controversy rings the faintest of bells for me and I did find mention of it on the internet, but no details.
    I give $5 to the Sunrise Deli delivery guy for the Philly Cheese. Yes, it ends up a bit pricey. but I consider it a bargain. After tennis, ping pong and multiple beers, that sando could cost me $10,000 if I went to get it myself-if you know what I mean.
    Flav–you and I must play table tennis in 2014!

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      I think I mentioned this at the Flap but if I didn’t: I’ve always been a decent ping pong player, drunk or straight. Last year I handsome pretty bad tendinitis in my left wrist (I’m left handed but am pretty ambidextrous) so I started playing PP right handed. I found out I’m better RH.
      So you might want to challenge the LH Flavor if you want a shot. Either that or keep the weed away from me, I do nothing but giggle like a school girl on that shit

      • Flavor said, on January 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        “Had some” not handsome. Fucking iPhone.
        Dear iPhone: I am never trying to type “ducking”

  11. SanDawg said, on January 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I give “Captain Phillips” a C+, and that is maybe even a tad generous. I thought the first half was pretty good, but the lifeboat scene went on WAY too long for me. You’re better off spending your time and energy on The Flap.

    • Nipper said, on January 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Sounds good to me.

  12. blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 5:24 am

    According to RotoWorld, “Former teammate Brian Dozier told St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mike Berardino that Ryan Doumit is “not catching anymore” after “talking it over with his family.” Doumit suffered a concussion in August and didn’t catch a single game for the Twins after returning. The Twins dealt the 32-year-old to the Braves in exchange for Sean Gilmartin last month. Doumit will serve as a backup at the first base and corner outfield positions in Atlanta.”

    • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 7:09 am

      you know it’s the dead of winter when “Ryan Doumit” updates are showing up at The Flap. 🙂

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

        LOL. Yeah, I agree. What struck me about this RotoWorld note is the fact I have never seen anyone say they weren’t going to play a baseball position due to the potential risk of injury. I would imagine that more players will be doing this.

  13. willedav said, on January 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I worked for many years alongside a delivery driver who was a die hard Raiders fan–he used to start talking about them winning the SB about July of every year. When Marty Schott was coaching the Chiefs he owned the Silver and Smack. We used to mess with this guy pretty good about that, including drawing arrowheads with the KC on our message board every time they played.
    I seemed to remember one game I was sure KC was gonna lose that resulted in an Andre Rison highlight. It was great–every time I’d see the guy walking around the warehouse I’d raise both arms in the air and go, “Pass to Andre Rison, TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs.”

  14. willedav said, on January 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    OK, full disclaimer, I do NOT own a cell phone.
    Caillie Millner, normally one of the more clueless SF Chron columnists, had one yesterday that resonated with me. It was about pedestrians in SF so fully locked into whatever is going on on their phone and completely oblivious they were walking into oncoming car traffic, and how neither she nor her friend did anything about it.
    I see this all the time around town where I work. From what I understand, cell phone theft is number one crime these days. I mean, how easy can you make it for a criminal? Hey, here’s my phone in plain sight and I’m not paying any attention to anything around me whatsoever.
    Maybe I just notice it more often last year or two, but the obsession with these things nowadays is just unreal. I was at HS b-ball game Friday night, and 3 kids behind me could care less about game–every time I looked at them they were staring at their phones. But it’s not just kids (who really seem physically addicted), it’s adults too, driving and looking down at them, walking around town having some loud conversation, and inside businesses (where I hear it all too often) and restaurants too.
    Sadly I was watching my friend’s son play his HS varsity game sitting next to her last week, and she pulled out her new humongous smart phone half a dozen times during game (which lasted maybe an hour) to text something to someone/get some msg back. This is what you’d rather do than talk to me (hadn’t seen her in a month) or watch?
    I don’t get it (more ways than one, btw).

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Willie, that is the best (and most relevant) non-baseball post I have seen here in quite some time. I do own a smart phone, but I have a few rules: I never use it while I am driving; walking; or on a date. The latter situation drives me up the wall. I walk away IMMEDIATELY if a woman pulls out her cell phone while we are on a date. The only exception is if she has young children and/or an emergency – where she tells me that she has to take this call.

      I date quite a bit and frankly, I am fed up with most United States women. They are mostly high maintenance and walk around the streets of Denver like zombies clicking away on their smart phone touch pads or walking while the thing seems to be growing out of their ear. Same thing in traffic, imbecilic women putting on make up or chatting mindlessly away on their phone. Granted, men do this too.

      Conversely, I go to a 3rd world country and people actually connect one on one with each other. Europe is as bad as the States, but still they are better than here. Best places are Latin America, especially South America. Asia is also a good place. Consequently, I get the fuck out of here every chance i get, if only to get away from the women here. ‘Nuff said on my part . . . 🙂

  15. paulinasia said, on January 26, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Smart phones make people stupid. Ok, that’s just a pot-stirrer, but still. I have noticed quite the change just in my 9 years of living and teaching at university in Asia. Before, during a class, I’d say, “Ok, take a break, 15 minutes”, and man, the chatter just instantly rose to high levels, the students finally free to talk in their native tongue to their friends sitting there beside them. Now, I say “ok, take a break” and the room goes completely silent, as each student goes to their phone and begins chatting with….. people not in the room. It’s just weird and eerie. There’s a TV commercial here for X-Finity, I’m not sure if it’s just a local communications company or nationwide, but it shows a woman.. housewife, maybe, hard to tell, smiling and talking about her happy family because they use X-Finity. She walks around her house, proudly showing off child #1 doing something online in one room, then her happy little husband doing something (TV, I guess) in a different room, and finally child #2, playing video games in yet a 3rd room. “One big happy family,” she smugly and self-absorbedly says. Right. I don’t know if it’s obsession, or addiction, or just a habit of convenience, and I do think it’s great to have what amounts to a little computer in your pocket if you need to get in touch with someone or the internet or email or whatever. Willie, I also read that story in the Chron. You just see it all too often. Everyone is here, together, and thinking they’re connected, and they’re absolutely and completely disconnected from those who are right around them. I’d like to think something will change and people will revise their social habits to also include more face to face, “be here now” communication. There will be a backlash, perhaps. Enjoy the benefits of technology, but for crissakes, not at the expense of real interaction….

    • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

      not sure if this link will work but check out the pope getting sworn in (or whatever happens when we get a new pope)–2005 vs 2013

    • paulinasia said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Hah, pretty funny, Craig…. it is what it is. Oh, and Steve, as much as you know I love the Asian women and can never go back to Caucasians, they ALL have smart phones too… in China, they have We Chat, which is obviously chat, and they’re on it all the time. I have had to request one or two to please “be present” when I’m with them, and they generally will. One couldn’t do it. I don’t see her anymore.. 🙂

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Bangkok was definitely like that . . . However, Chiang Mai wasn’t and definitely, Pai (rural mountain community) wasn’t like that. In Kathmandu, people can’t afford them, so they are still “connected” personally to each other. Out of all the countries I have visited, Ecuador is the best. People go to the parks and squares to communicate one on one. My friends, Mark and Ana in Montevideo, Uruguay, told me that it is even better there. Mark is a Canadian expat (Ana, is from Panama) and he will never return home to Toronto for the reasons discussed here. Too much go, go, go. (without drugs) attitude.

  16. Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

    count me in the pro smart phone camp. I couldn’t imagine going back. The access to information at the tip of your fingers is too good to pass up. And I’d like to think that when I’m with someone I’m not fiddling around on my phone but if I’m at a bar, alone watching a game, I would much rather click around the internet while watching the game as opposed to striking up a conversation with some yahoo next to me.

    • paulinasia said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Agree about using smart phones when you’re on your own. I’ve been a stupid phone person up until a couple of months ago, when I got my first iPhone. My students can never believe I’ve had a stupid phone all this time. No one in Asia has anything but smart phones. I do enjoy the mobile connectivity but I never use it when I”m with someone out to dinner or whatever.

  17. paulinasia said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Not sure if it was discussed here yet, but does anyone know anything or much about the two recent Giant signings? The lefty from the Yankees, and the “life-long” minor league infielder Mario Lissen or something like that who’s tearing up the winter leagues with power he’s never displayed anywhere else… hmmm.. Right, two very minor signings, I would guess. Mario isn’t even invited to the major league camp in Scottsdale.

    • Alleykat said, on January 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Asia Paul,Can’t say about Mario Lissen??Porn Star? Janitor? both?
      But the former Yankee guy is David Huff (No relation to Our boy Aubrey ) 29 yrs old lefty, did lead the Indians staff in wins with 11 in 09? Fills out the 40 man roster for now, so ST should get interesting.

  18. James said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I hope participation on the Flap counts as real interaction, including those posts with the funny misspellings 🙂

    WillieD, encouraging you to finish the “book” I linked to yesterday, if you haven’t yet. Once the pills and beer really kick in, the banter goes to another level.

  19. Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Paul– not sure about those two signings but some bad news to report– The Panda tweaked his leg running the bases yesterday in the Venezuelan World Series. I think he came out of the game. Not sure of the extent. It’s probably nothing but I still worry about him playing Winter Ball at such a competitive level….

    • paulinasia said, on January 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Yeah, seems like winter ball is ok for “staying sharp” and even working on some things, but I share your concern about all-out play during what is supposed to be down-time to prepare for the season. Hope it is indeed just a *tweak*…..

  20. Bozo said, on January 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Best story I’ve read in sometime. Through their concerts and CD sales (plus some recent big checks from the Thrill and Affeldt), Flan, the Lunatic Fringe and various other music makers were able to give $96,000 to the Stowe family. All involved are truly Giants in my book.

  21. blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Garza to Brewers for four-year, $50 million contract. The pact also includes a $13 million vesting option for a fifth season. Garza can earn an additional $1 million per year in reachable incentives, so the total value of the deal could wind up being $67 million.

    Dodgers run out of money?

    • zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Nope. They just signed an $8 BILLION TV contract that will pay them $340 million per season for about 25 years.
      Whatever happens in MLB going forward, let’s all be even more grateful for those two World Series championships in ’10 and ’12.

  22. zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    And surprise, surprise- the cost of the Dodger TV contract is being passed onto the Dodger fans, in the form of a newly created pay channel. Gouge the fans some more.
    From the LA Times:

    “With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Dodgers are about to launch a publicity push for their new SportsNet LA channel.
    The new television home is set to debut Feb. 25, the day before the Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule. SportsNet LA plans to air all of the team’s spring training games, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said.
    The channel also will air every regular-season game (except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts) and programs featuring player profiles and behind-the-scenes activities. Although SportsNet LA does not carry the Dodgers name, Kasten said there are no plans for other sports — or any other programming — on the channel.
    “For the first time ever, there is going to be a Dodger-only channel with Dodger-only content 24-7,” he said.
    Whether fans will be able to see that channel on Feb. 25 — or when the Dodgers open the season in Australia on March 22 — could be an ongoing story over the next two months. The Dodgers’ partner, Time Warner Cable, is responsible for securing deals to make the channel available on cable and satellite systems besides the ones operated by TWC.
    As with the launch of almost all new sports channels, cable and satellite operators are expected to object to the cost of SportsNet LA — expected to be about $5 per month, per subscriber. Negotiations are expected to start in earnest shortly, with deals most likely just before or just after opening day.
    “We want every home to have access to this Dodger channel all the time,” Kasten said.
    MLB has approved the Dodgers’ deal with TWC, two people familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Although there has been no announcement, the Dodgers have hired on-air talent for the new channel — including former players Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra — and have reached agreement with MLB about how much television revenue the team would share with the league.
    Mark Walter, the Dodgers’ controlling owner, said documentation had delayed formal league approval of a deal to which both parties agreed long ago.
    “Our understanding with MLB has not changed in months and months,” Walter said. “I never felt it was in any way hostile.”
    In June, The Times reported that the parties had agreed to value the TWC deal at $8.5 billion, with the Dodgers keeping more than $6 billion and sharing more than $2 billion with the league. The timing of Clayton Kershaw’s new $215-million contract — a record for a pitcher, expected to be announced Friday — had nothing to do with the timing of MLB approval.
    The new SportsNet LA channel will use the Dodgers’ interlocking “LA” logo, team co-owner Todd Boehly said. He said the Dodgers agreed to leave the team name out of a channel name that is similar to TWC’s other local sports network, Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
    “The decision was a Time Warner decision,” Boehly said. “That was something they thought was really valuable to their brand. We have the flexibility to sit down and evolve the name over time.”
    Kasten said the Dodgers and TWC plan to air 75 games in Spanish this season — on a separate channel — with the goal of airing all games in Spanish in future seasons.”

    • zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      The Dodgers have to share some of the cash with the other teams. That part is acceptable, at least.

    • snarkk said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I miss the McCourts…

      • zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Yeah, we’re all nostalgic for complete Dodger incompetence. 🙂

  23. zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    And I agonize at Costco over whether a certain product is being sold at a good deal or not. Pretty hilarious. By definition, I’m “middle class,” but these baseball contracts make me “feel” like they’re the “haves” and I’m part of the “have nots.” I realize the ‘crazy sports contract’ ship sailed a long time ago, but the Kershaw contract had a way of making me see it all over again.

  24. zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Regarding Scott Cousins, since the Giants did win the World Series in 2012, this may be crazy to say so, but I’d be reluctant to go back in a time machine and change what Cousins did. Cause and effect interlock in complex and mysterious ways. Maybe if the collision doesn’t happen, the Giants don’t win the championship in ’11 anyway, and then don’t win it in ’12 either.
    Easy for me to say, I’m not Posey with the broken leg.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Run that by me one more time Zum . . . 😯

  25. blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This cow town is really turning delusional. I went out with a friend earlier today and he asked if I had seen the local Woody Paige column about Peyton Manning unequivocally being the best QB ever. I chuckled and said, no. My friend is a Green Bay Packers fan and even he says that Montana is his choice for best ever (allowing that Aaron Rodgers could challenge him in future years if he wins 3 more SBs). Well, I just read this column online. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    What is really hilarious about this column is that Woody has a complete coma about Manning’s performance against Baltimore last year (specifically the interception at the end of the game), as well as his massive face plant against the New Orleans Saints in his other SB appearance, where they were favored to win. The Super bowl he did win – was against a mediocre Chicago Bears team, with the 5th ranked defense that year. Meh.

    However, there is more . . . Read the comments, i.e., the idiot fans that disagree with him – now get this – THINK HORSE FACE ELWAY IS THE BEST TO EVER PLAY THE GAME. Who knew?


    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I always wonder about Paige. Dude seems to be off his rocker half the time.

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Dirt, when Shanahan had his first (of three or four consecutive) 8-8 seasons in Denver, Woody predicted the Broncos would go 16-0. He was serious. Something happens to people who live here. Call it mass delusion or something akin to that old science fiction flick, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Thus far, I have been able to avoid “it” and I am not even certain exactly what “it” is, but it stole my ex-wife 3 weeks after we moved here in 1997 (i.e., she was cheering for the Broncos). I continue to lock my door and hope for the best . . . 🙂

  26. James said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    In some respects, what’s most disappointing about the Dodgers TV deal is that it locks in a regressive, already outmoded technology/business model, cable TV. It shouldn’t even exist anymore. I’d gladly pay a few hundred dollars a year to watch the Giants on my computer. Likewise, I’d pay for TCM as a Netflix like service. The rest of the utter shit that gets broadcast, I have no use for.

    • zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I can’t get into watching baseball on a computer. I like watching it on a 55″ inch HD screen.
      But I agree there’s an awful lot of CRAP on TV, including channels that have turned into complete garbage, abandoning their original reasons for existence, like the History Channel, TLC, etc., which mostly show crappy “reality” shows now. And the Independent Film Channel?….It’s showing the “Lethal Weapon” movies, and it showed the first “Batman” movie last night. Yeah, we all remember what shoe-string budget indie films “Lethal Weapon” and “Batman” were.
      Everyone’s chasing ratings, and selling their soul in the process…..

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        If you could stream to your 55″ and chose the feed (miller or kip and kuip) would be cool though right?

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        Get a HDMI cord Zumiee.

      • James said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        My 50″ TV screen and computer screen are one and the same thing, Zumie.

        All of those peripherals they sell — DVRs, Rokus, Blu ray players, “Smart” TVs – are completely unnecessary technology brought to you by the “free market.”

        Choice when you don’t want it or need it, obfuscation and lock in when you do. See Health Care.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      James, why even pay? I get EVERYTHING, even pay for view fights by going to VipBox and a couple of other sites. Same deal with television shows and quite a few first run movies (pirated). The movement, “cut the cord” is gaining steam every single day. Why anyone pays for cable or satellite is beyond me. My DirectV bill was under $60 w/Showtime and another movie channel that escapes me right now. Basically, it was that low because you contact them for “customer loyalty” credits whenever they try to raise the cost. Works with phone and internet as well . . . Fast forward to June of this year, they tried to raise my monthly bill to just under a $100. They thought I was kidding when I told them to stick it up their ass. As I had exhausted all “customer loyalty” credits, I disconnected and sent their DVR box back to them. I should have done this years ago.

      • James said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        What, and spoil my pleasure being the outraged consumer? 🙂

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  27. Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Sandoval is in the LU tonight so he’s likely all good….

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Yeah, I checked 3 times on RotoWorld injuries and didn’t see anything mentioned for him, much less the rest of the team.

      • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        he definitely tweaked something yesterday and didn’t just come out of the game because they were winning big. He grabbed his leg, all that jazz.

  28. DJLoo said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Flav-Dawg: Did you have a look at the link to the Bonds article? I like you to be confident that I don’t make this shit up.

    • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      the best part was his attempt at using AZ instructional league SB’s as part of his career total.

    • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      and remind me the name of that meat head friend of yours. Buzz saw? Buzz kill? Something like that?

      • DJLoo said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        Destroyer of Met fans and merry go round horses…

      • Bozo said, on January 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

        Destroyer of Met fans and merry go round horses”

        If that isn’t a great name of a punk band/album, I don’t know what is.

      • Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        maybe I’m getting screwed up trying to remember his last name. He’s a 1-name guy. He is BuzzSaw. And you want him at the ready if shit is going down. I think, I’m trusting you on that last one, lol

  29. zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I see the point you guys are making about computer/TV interface, but there’s a big segment of the population that is not moving as fast on that. I’m still a little leery of the TV/computer thing. TV’s are generally problem-free, and computers tend to have moments of being glitchy. NetFlix tried to force that change and the majority of their customer base rebelled against it. They still wanted their discs coming through the mail in the red envelopes. But more and more people are getting comfortable with streaming. So it’s happening, but at a pace the consumers are more comfortable with. We’re not all as tech-savvy as you guys. 🙂

    • James said, on January 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      It’s not the consumers that are dictating the pace of change — it’s the companies that would prefer to sell you several specialized computers for your entertainment needs instead of one. Your TV is a computer. I can’t watch Blu Ray movies with an OOTB PC blu-ray drive because the company that patented the technology charges the PC manufacturer licensing costs that preclude bundling the necessary software. This is so they can sell you Blu-Ray players, a completely phony product.

  30. Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    35-34 first half score in Boston (vs Nets)? I think I’ll take a 121-120 loss to Minnesota the other night over having to watch that shit Eastern Conference nonsense.
    Speaking of, looking forward to the Dub’s game tonight vs Portland.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I watched the Lakers and Knicks earlier . . . 😳

  31. SanDawg said, on January 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    It’s all about Kings/Nuggets tipping off in an hour!

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Kings will destroy them SD . . . Got my Fan Duel tournament tonight loaded with Kings.(Thomas, Thornton, and Thompson). Little or no D in Denver.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Belay what I said Dawg . . . It slipped my mind that Gay and Cousins are out with injuries.

  32. zumiee said, on January 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Hey, where’s all the Pro Bowl talk? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  33. Flavor said, on January 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’m gonna dump Loo’s POTD into the POTD-best of just so I can remember that guy’s fucking name…..

  34. blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I wish we had this rookie. I like his confidence.


  35. willedav said, on January 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Hypothetical, but if Garza suddenly becomes available from Brewers by June and SF SPs are struggling, would the money and years (4 at $50 mil) be right or an overpay? Don’t get that one…he gets out of Cubs purgatory and signs with the Brewers, another team going nowhere in that division?

    • James said, on January 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

      If Garza is pitching well, that would be a move worth making, assuming the Giants have something to give. Of course, Sabes may have raised the white flag again by June. That scenario seems likely if Posey, Belt, and Sandoval are all hitting, the team is still 9 games behind, and he believes pitching help from the minors is on its way in 2015.

    • willedav said, on January 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Assuming of course SF doesn’t get Arroyo Santana or (gulp) Ubaldo at similar numbers/years. I would hope SF could convince one of above to reduce demands, esp for length of the deal. ATT is a good place to pitch and Giants should be in contention with good core of position players and decent pen, plus a full stadium.
      Why a guy like Garza would want to pitch for Brewers and play in a band box is beyond me.

  36. Nipper said, on January 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I want more hitting, is that too much to ask? The fans want action. Besides scenery what do the Giants have to offer. More of the same?

    • Nipper said, on January 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Over-priced parking and beer an attraction?

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