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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 25, 2015

No baseball. No Niners. Hockey is a word not to be spoken in our house. Maybe they’re having some good sales at Bed Bath and Beyond?

What do you guys do on sports-less days? Golf? Library? What?

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  1. Paul Sorensen said, on October 25, 2015 at 7:31 am

    What do I do on sports-less days? Massage. Not sports massage, although I suppose massage over here is sort of like a sport. And since there isn’t a lot of watchable sports over here, I guess that means I do massage a lot. Yes it does. It’s Sunday night in Asia, one of my usual massage girls just left after a nice 3 hours, and the world is still alive, so enjoy your Sunday, Flappers…

    • blade3colorado said, on October 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Ditto ๐Ÿ™‚

      • djloo27 said, on October 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      • blade3colorado said, on October 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        Loo, per sensei Paul, the rule of thumb is that you never say “ditto” (much less I love you) to massage parlor girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. willedav said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Oh man I no matter how many posts on this thread I don’t think anyone can top PIA..

    NFL is still fun to watch (Oak-SD should be good) without having someone to root for. I usually follow along cbs site which has good game day coverage. Good buddy of mine is Redskins fan and they are always good for entertainment in blogosphere. If game is boring I’ll read. B-ball to coach most Sundays breaks things up.

    For a good read tho, hard to beat Flap. every day. Other blogs like MacChron, Baggs, Pavs just don’t have same level of conversation. Lot of times there is strong level of animosity, one guy hates on/is ridiculed by all others and like national blogs just degenerates into name calling of who you follow.

    Even if you don’t agree with someone here, it’s still thought provoking, often funny as hell and a lot of times I’ve changed what I think from reading through posts of others.
    A cute gal KC fan I found out yesterday works right next door but I’m still down on Royals. I do think Loo is right, “Yost is a moron.” And most Mets fans were calling for Collins head earlier in the year. Now that he has some guys hitting he’s a genius.

  3. willedav said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Gotta wonder how many fans here in America would show up to watch Jacksonville vs. Buffalo.

    • zumiee said, on October 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

      I don’t think I can name a single player from either team.

  4. twinfan1 said, on October 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    The NBA starts this week? Wake me in May..
    Today? Ordering stuff online. Saucepans and skillets first- a man has to get his priorities straight.

  5. sfsarge said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

    3 girls and a honey do list a mile long. No sports dilemma solved

  6. snarkk said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Headin’ out with the Snarkettes to the local Peets for a pastry and coffee/ fru fru drink, then onto the Punkin Patch for the traditional (over 10 years) Perfect Punkin search and photo with them climbing on the same tree — amazing how they’ve changed over the years in these photos. Maybe lunch on the way back…

  7. wilcojoe said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

    It’s hard for me to sit thru an entire NFL game after watching college football on a Saturday. Not only is it boring but these guys play with no passion whatsoever. I get that the overall talent level is so much better, so your not going to see the same level of playmaking ability on offense but these guys are just lifeless. Especially the Niners and Texans. Two teams that are nearly unwatchable.

    Even playing fantasy football doesn’t help. Watching your rankings go up and down in fanduel is more exciting than the actual games.

  8. Lurker John said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Movies, music, sharpen knives, reading.

  9. djloo27 said, on October 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Drinking, whacking off, napping…

  10. twinfan1 said, on October 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Had a nice chat with Paul K. We agreed that we are the best commenters here ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Hahahaha. Where the feck did the *curmedgeonly* Twin go? Good to chat. Affably. Hey, we both agreed the Giants’ 3 in 5 will come to be seen as ever more remarkable and impossible as time marches on.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        curmudgeonly….I should at least spell right

  11. willedav said, on October 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    great night of college ball last night. Shaw would have lot harder time in NFL as have lots of other successful college guys. Just different game, with co-ordinators, salaries, drafts, FOs, length of season, OTAs. In college, head ball coach is the FO and can dump anyone he wants at any time by yanking scholarships. Way less under your control.

    Friend of mine has son at Purdue, who absolutely suck. Looking them up on cbs site I found immediate link to “Worst 25”, a ranking done by a guy over there who gives brief synopsis of each team (“unlikely to win again”), down to the worst. Pretty funny, and even some of worst teams fans weigh in.

    • djloo27 said, on October 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Yeah, but I was crazy about Leroy Keyes…

  12. zumiee said, on October 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    The Mets/Dodgers Game 5 is being replayed on the MLB Network.
    Good game. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. twinfan1 said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Career-
    POTD Standings- Loo 1,560
    The field- 34

    • blade3colorado said, on October 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Flavor and Loo = bromance

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Worthwhile piece by Ken Rosenthal over at Fox Sports, about the latest trend in GM selection (Ivy Leaguers) and managerial choices (the new-boy network). My only quibble is that Bruce Bochy does not get any mention, not even as a sterling example.

    • zumiee said, on October 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      The Giants are the San Antonio Spurs of baseball: winning lots of championships, but doing it without enough fanfare for the media, I guess.
      I do like seeing MadBum and Posey in their nationally-shown commercial endorsements. There is much respect for the Giants out there beyond the media pundits.

  15. zumiee said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Christine Brennan of USA Today: “A TV network using A-Rod for the playoffs sends a terrible message to kids, if any kids actually still watch baseball playoffs.”

  16. mrsprtdude said, on October 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I was thinking the exact same thing re Arod. WTF??? Re analitics and managing…they are people playing the game..but then again if you refuse to practice and then lay down a bunt or a slap against the shift then maybe the analitics are better. Tony Gwynn must be rolling in his grave.

  17. zumiee said, on October 25, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    From the Rosenthal article: Fredi Gonzalez, at the moment, is the only minority person managing an MLB team.
    But, hey, MLB honors Jackie Robinson every year by having all the players wear #42 on Jackie Robinson Day. Jackie, himself, would MUCH rather be honored by having more minority managers than ONE!!!! The topic of minority managers was a big one with him.

  18. willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Gonzalez I don’t think is very good mgr at all. Unfortunately, with way fewer black players these days there are going to be even fewer in managing positions. Wash didn’t exactly shine in that spotlight either. Can Dusty Baker still do the job? Idk, but McClendon’s team underperformed too. Those guys were gonna be let go no matter if they were green or blue.

    I think both articles are misguided. Mattingly was a new hire who had success and who had played game at high level. And Mattingly’s use of Pederson at lead off and then at bottom of order was defensible because of high OB, a stat very important to sabr guys. Ignoring stuff like that is just dumb baseball.

    As for Dipoto and the Angels, that’s another team that under Scioscia has been a fail last couple years too despite high payroll. GM left when maybe it should have been Scioscia an old boy that might be no longer effective. And the writer credits advance scouts of Royals with insights—how is there something wrong with advance scouting of your opponents?

    Amazing thing about guys like Bochy is how they are able to adjust their coaching style to who they have and what there is to work with. Giants, btw, have quite a few guys devoted to sabr stuff in their office according to book I read on such which belies the old school rant about Sabes. They have also developed quite a few young players through draft and their system on current team and past winners. Plus making successful trades and acquiring other players to fill in gaps farm system hasn’t supplied.

    • Bozo said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Wait, I thought Mattingly was promoted to manager because he was the only candidate who wasn’t going out with McCourt’s wife at the time.

  19. willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Sabes gets a lot of heat in blogosphere and he certainly has his share of luck, but compared to others in division (and maybe everyone else with his 3 in 5) he is clearly on top. Communication level with Bochy scouts and minor league mgrs. and coaches seems to working fine.
    Pads guy “won the off season” and then fired a good mgr. as team he built fell apart.
    Dbax might be on rebound, but past FOs have done some really dumb stuff, like trading Scherzer.
    Rox are still mostly irrelevant, good young position players but little pitching. Weiss non factor.
    LA might have even more holes than Giants in rotation and pen, 2b and still overcrowded OF.

    No one blueprint for success. Different teams win in different ways and it’s tough to keep things together and be in contention every year as well as Giants have been last 6.

    • zumiee said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

      If the Dodgers lose Greinke, that alone is enough to bring them back to the pack. Their outfield is as unsettled as the Giants’. This will be another interesting Hot Stove season.

  20. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:04 am

    A-Rod may be bad, but Pete Rose??? Christ, they’d be better off digging up Ty Cobb.

  21. Bozo said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:29 am

    What did I do on a sports-less weekend? Saturday was our local crab feast and raffle to benefit our VFD. I manned the hot dog grill all day. I gave away a couple of dogs at the end of the day that looked like Flav’s storied ballpark frank. Even for free, the guy poked it before taking it.
    Sunday was update our house to-do list (it’s huge), cocktails and homemade calzones. Both days were nice weather days and I didn’t miss watching sports at all..

  22. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

    There’s always stuff to do to our house as well. Neverending project. . .

    Actually had to help my daughters with their place as well. Always stuff. Did watch some of the Colts game (Andrew Luck is throwing a lot of picks), and the DaL/Giants game. Cassel is not cutting it as Romo’s replacement. Dallas is running all over the place, and the Giants run defense sucks, yet they put the ball in Matt’s hands to give away. Stupid shit, but I love it. Any time Dallas loses it brightens my day a little.

  23. chipower9 said, on October 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Twin – great news on your new digs. Glad to hear that everything worked-out with the insurance. When we last talked you were in transition from the vet’s cabin on Clear Lake (probably seems like eons ago). Anyway, I am very happy for you and Merna. And it is great to see you posting here, again.

    Lisle – good to see you back. Hoping everything works out for you. Stay strong and hope to see ya here regularly.

    Sports off day? I will watch a little NFL, if the Niners are not playing. Caught bits and pieces of Colts-Aints, Giants-Cowgirls, and Raiders-Bolts. NBA bores me to tears…I’ll watch a Sharks game first, anyday. I did watch the OU-Texas Tech game on Saturday. Being from Oklahoma it is a treat to catch OU on the boob tube out here.

    Really, I have so many projects going on around the house that between that, visiting the brewery and telling lies at the “old man table,” and chasing my better half around the house, I have no problems staying busy.

    Also, Placerville (where I live) had its Halloween Ball festival over the weekend at the county fairgrounds. The Raley’s where I do much of my grocery shopping is right next to the fairgrounds, and the brewery I frequent is across the street, so people watching at these two places provided for quite a bit of entertainment.

    I did see a couple of picts of Paul and Blade with what I assume are some of Viet Nam’s finest massueses. Now that is the way to fill the gaps (pun intended) on a no sports day!

    Wilco – hope you have weathered the storms okay. Unreal the amount of rain in such a short period of time.

    • wilcojoe said, on October 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Chi.

      Yeah it wasn’t as bad as they feared. It rained non stop from about noon on Saturday till some time after I went to sleep last night. It was actually more of a California type rain (remember those?) where it never got too heavy but just lingered on.

      • chipower9 said, on October 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Glad to hear all is good, Wilco.

  24. xoot said, on October 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Lot of activity at the Warriors practice facility today. Some of the fancier cars are starting to drive away now. Hard to get excited about the season opener, though. With baseball you’ve got natural progressions and the pagan calendar. Spring, Summer, beginning of Fall, the WS parade, Halloween, then dead of winter, but then Spring approaches, life revives, the equinox coincides with ST . . . . It all makes sense, and it’s easy to get excited about opening day. Pro basketball is just the opposite–no natural rhythm to it. Maybe around xmas it’s worth getting into, when it feels good to be inside all the time.

  25. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    The intrigue this year is how long Steve Kerr remains off the team recovering from his back surgery. Luke Walton has the reins now, and for the next few weeks, anyway. If the team can stay healthy, there’s no reason not to think they can get back to the finals. The west is a much tougher row to hoe, though.

  26. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    New Orleans being the biggest obstacle should they stay healthy.

  27. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t remember this, but really, pretty fricking funny:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/joe-maddon-makes-rays-lineup-867-5309-to-honor-tommy-tutone-s–jenny–211034639.html?nf=1

    Bochy does some oddball stuff, but this is just flat strange. Long season, need to shake things up, why the fuck not?

  28. chipower9 said, on October 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I’m ready for the world series. I am pulling for the Mets and predict a Mets victory (and that Kansas City bans the color orange from the city limits).

    • unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Hah! Yeah, going with the Mets mice elf. The city of New York will be banning Lourde’s ‘Royals’ song . . .

      • zumiee said, on October 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        “mice elf”
        Ah, you gotta love auto-correct. NOT. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • xoot said, on October 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

        lookin at the devil, grinning at his gun

  29. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Zumie, it’s actually a small tribute to Sly Stone, wherever he is.

    • djloo27 said, on October 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      That was my first concert. An unknown group named Earth Wind & Fire opened for them at MSG (1972?)
      All I remember was me and my pal surrounded by 18,000 guys who looked like Artis Gilmore…

      • Flavor said, on October 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        this is why you are winning POTD 1560-34. To be completely accurate, I will now say it’s 1561-34…..

      • willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        One of biggest dudes I ever saw. HOF hair cut too.
        When he was with Spurs you could stand right behind basket during pregame warmups at Coliseum and get a close up look at these guys without getting hassled.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

        Stood near Manute Bol after a game years ago. Dude was regular size from the waist up, but his legs were 6′ long. Crazy. Loved watching him play. Loved the Warriors back then, even though they never ever got far into the playoffs.

  30. Paul Sorensen said, on October 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Chi, that pic with Steve and me was not one of my massage girls; never have photos of them, they’re my secret…. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s Quyen, she’s one of the bar tenders at Vinyl, my fav bar in Saigon at the moment. Innocent stuff, fun bar. Good to see Steve visiting here again. I’m so busy with my work and looking for a new place to live, have only met up with him once, but we’ll meet up again soon…. I don’t know how to post pics here, otherwise I’d share that one….

    • blade3colorado said, on October 27, 2015 at 12:39 am

      Agree, Quyen is good people . . . Vietnamese bar girls are quite different from Thai bar girls let’s say . . . Many of them go to university, waitress at the bar, and sleep – that’s it. They will go out with you during their infrequent off hours, but insofar as “getting lucky” . . . Umm, not going to happen, unless they feel you are sincere about being in a long term relationship. That being said, innocent stuff like going to movies, dinner, etc., they are always up for that. Hard to explain the complex world of Vietnam women/culture – much (important) minutia that takes years to learn. Me? Barely scratched the surface compared to Paul.

    • chipower9 said, on October 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Not surprised at the “secret stuff.” I get it. :-p

  31. willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    First part of Nov is when HS b-ball starts up with coaches on floor full time, tryouts etc.
    I’m ready for NBA, hope Warriors are. Ring ceremonies suck, and no one is going to need extra motivation to play GS this year. They will miss Kerr too but it’s still on players. West will be tough sled.

    If WS goes 7 then baseball will not end until Nov. 4. If you add in WC as 2 of 3 that could potentially add 3-4 days including travel time such as Houston NY would have been. Season ended weeks ago for me. As long as Royals don’t win I don’t care.

  32. willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Just read something on Chicago csn site about Cubs re: J Zim.
    So…he hails from small D-3 college that also produced famous NBA player who used to light up Golden State.
    Any idea who that is?

    • willedav said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      school is Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

  33. unca_chuck said, on October 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Scottie Pippen?


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