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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 17, 2016

Here are the teams that paid lux tax on the 2016 payroll:

  • Dodgers, $31.8MM tax bill
  • Yankees, $27.4MM
  • Red Sox, $4.5MM
  • Tigers, $4MM
  • Giants, $3.4MM
  • Cubs, $2.96MM

I would imagine a game or two of concessions and parking will take care of that tax bill.

#FreeStix RPOTD

stixwiz said, on June 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm (Edit)

Wonder if Timmy’s ‘conditioning’ may not relate to his bust a few months back. People smoke for a lot of reasons. There are many different grades of smokum. Like the Indica is soporific, kinda like opiated quaaludes. Sativa is more of an activator/energizer. Maybe Tim is off his medicine. Maybe a lot of his hyperanxious teammates could use some good, positive, energizing but relaxing medication.

Fkkk the Feds, the Duponts, the Mellons and Big Pharma. At least you Californians have the chance to vote on it this fall by way of Initiative and Referendum. Democracy, baby. As for “bad influence on kidz” ~~ psssss on that nonsense. Ask any 16 year old. He’ll tell you where to get anything you want. It’s the hypocritical, corporate-serving attitudes that gets em thinking all forbidden fruits are good and then they go doing something stupid like taking hard drugs.

Ignore me if i’m “off message” and if you suffer from an acute case of cognitive dissonance. For a fact i know that my writing and the insights behind it happens to be one helluva lot better when i’m buzzed than not ~ which happens not to be now. I’ve been out in the sun hoeing weeds a bit long, my brain’s a bit cooked, the Giants lost last night and i’m in a bit of a pissed off mood.

This whole country needs a good reality check.

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  1. zumiee said, on December 17, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Stix telling other people they need a reality check is pretty funny.

  2. willedav said, on December 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Wilco sorry to hear about Dad’s issues.
    U of Houston vs. SD State today in Vegas as bowl stuff gets under way, should be good one.

    Lot of good college b-ball today, including Kentucky at Carolina, old time SWC match up Texas and Arkansas, Purdue vs. in state Irish, old Big East rivals G-Town at Cuse.

  3. willedav said, on December 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I finished B Jenkins book Shop Around, about his musical experience living with Dad who produced Sinatra and others, while his own tastes revolved around Blues Motown Stax Muscle Shoals Tower of Power. This was done by same small co that put out Dusty Baker book about traveling to Monterey for Pops Festival in ’60s.

    He makes a point in there about his Dad not caring what the musicians were on as long as music was top rate, and reiterates it in regard to Motown back up guys who often would be out playing in clubs at night and enjoying themselves and then return to studio to record in early morning to knock out hit after hit with incredible sound and precision.

    He talks about avoiding talking to Bonds for 10 years but respecting what he did on the field, level or not. Today he furthers that point and quotes Susan Slusser, who says electing Selig to HOF, as the great enabler who looked the other way during roid era, makes a better case to include Bonds Clemens Pudge et al. And of course Ortiz will be eligible in 5 yrs.

  4. unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2016 at 9:38 am

    LaRussa as well. To pile accolades on him while ignoring what he presided over is hypocrisy to the Nth degree.

  5. snarkk said, on December 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I had a blog repartee with Susan Slusser a few years ago on Bonds. She would not admit that her choices for HOF, which excluded Bonds, were clearly based on the insupportable foundation that for all those on the eligibility list, she and her writer brethren apparently KNEW exactly who on the list had been on and who had not been on PEDs. Unexplainable otherwise. And that if they knew, as supposed journalists why didn’t they expose it all while they had the chance when the guilty were playing? At least she made something of a cogent argument, bogus as it was. She outright says in Jenkins column yesterday she knows who was/was not on PEDs: “Senseless to keep steroid guys out when the enablers are in the Hall of Fame. I will now hold my nose and vote for players who cheated.” Anne Killion, on the other hand, is just a doofus. On the 2014 ballot she voted for only 4 players, left 6 votes blank. She reveled in the Bonds rejection: “Trending the wrong way: Barry Bonds, and his evil twin Roger Clemens.” She voted for Frank Thomas, as she apparently knew he never used ‘roids, because he was just a “big man”, was publicly against using them, and it seemed to her his body aged naturally. (Surely when somebody in the public eye says they are against something, it must be true that they are sincere, right?; and surely no naturally big guys ever used ‘roids). Bonds dissed her more than once, thats for sure (as if she were the only media dissed). This is a woman who wrote a book about the consistently idiotic Hope Solo and then defended her when the US Soccer federation cut ties after she made those outrageous Olympics post-loss comments about how the Swedish players were “cowards”. How any writers can now keep the alleged ‘roider players out with their pretzel logic, after Selig and LaRussa get into the HOF on a magic carpet above the PEDs stink that respectively, they helped create and helped them win games…

  6. Bozo said, on December 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Mr. Loo with a thing of beauty at the end of yesterday’s thread, “I hope Stix is nice and warm wherever he is.
    Genius incarcerated…”

    Loo, I bow in your general direction.

    • Flavor said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Stix is a polarizing figure. I see both sides.

      • djloo27 said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Flav, I’ve heard Stix has e-mailed some objectionable and way out stuff to some of the guys here, but I don’t sense anything evil. He’s a brilliant man and lives very differently from the people we’re used to meeting every day…

    • djloo27 said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you, sir. I was feeling very sad when I wrote it…

  7. snarkk said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Mike Macintyre, just named college coach of the year, could have been the Cal coach, if the idiot AD at the time had even tried to get him. Mike had Bay Area bona fides, and good recruiting contacts on the West Coast. Plus, a solid approach to building a team — hell, SJ State is a football nothing, and he got it going. Instead, Sandy Barbour hired Sonny Dykes, who has the team headed into permanent mediocrity, with a caffeinated offense, and a perpetual sieve for a defense. Just fired his DC and will need to retool the defense coaching. Again. I said at the time Cal should go after Macintyre, like a lot of other Cal people…

  8. Flavor said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    As I see it, here is where Stix ran into trouble: independent guy, living his life by himself with some genuine paranoid theories on the world that got seriously exacerbated once he came into contact with the internet and all the stupid shit people make up and upload for all the world to read. He probably didn’t have the right make up for the internet. Other than that I fall on the side of enjoying his posts and appreciate him as a true Giants fan and a legit Flap vet.

  9. snarkk said, on December 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    The only opinions I have one way or another about Stix’ writings:
    1. I liked his info and descriptions of Giants minor league talent.
    2. I strongly disagree with his treatment of pork chops…

    • djloo27 said, on December 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I would send a limo to bring him to Finnerty’s…

      • zumiee said, on December 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        Then tell him you’re the son of a Jewish banker to really liven the evening up.

      • snarkk said, on December 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Well, zum, in that case, probably a lot of international conspiracy talk, but at least one fewer ruined pork chop served for dinner…

  10. zumiee said, on December 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Stix probably fried his brains somewhat on drugs in the ’60s as some did. He represents both sides of the ’60s- individual freedom and personal expression, but also reckless drug use, which had a lot of casualties, including a lot of great musicians. The dichotomy of light and darkness. Woodstock as compared to Altamont. Stix has some of both.

  11. snarkk said, on December 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    BTW, the lux tax BF notes on the Giants is literally peanuts for the organization. If they are upset at that amount, they’re in the wrong business…

    • Flavor said, on December 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      well, supposedly 2017 tax is going to be double or close to that. Either way, peanuts for them.

  12. zumiee said, on December 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Headline of the day:
    “North Carolina Central loses Celebration Bowl after late-game excessive celebration penalty”

    • Bozo said, on December 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      McCrory and the NC Legislation were probably involved somehow.

      • Bozo said, on December 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

        Sorry Zum, NC politics are killing me these days, but yeah, that is a great headline.

  13. xoot said, on December 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Chi kindly emailed me a copy of the letter he received from Stix. Fairly long, classic Stix h/w missive drafted in part, I’m sure, for the benefit of the jailers who read outgoing mail. (According to one brief filed in the case, the feds know all about the content of the query letter Stix sent to Rolling Stone, in which he proposed to write an article about his recent adventures.) I have no practical experience with criminal law (three minor arrests in the distant past notwithstanding). But I do know that criminal defendants often say nothing–to the cops, to the prosecutors or to the jury–and instead force the government to prove its case with other evidence. Stix is definitely taking a contrary approach. The trial could turn into quite a show.

    I considered having Amazon send Stix a great food book, something by Jim Harrison or John Thorne. Then I realized how torturous that could be for a guy eating prison gruel. I’m still pondering my selection. In any event, I bet Stix is warmer in stir these days than he would be on the homestead. Wind-chill temp of -41 is predicted for Minn/St Paul tomorrow.

  14. willedav said, on December 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Warriors carving up Portland tonight, up 26 with couple minutes to go in first half.

    Wonder if Stix read Pawlie’s Baseball’s Starry Night. Not just a story of teams involved but also every day bloggers, fans who were in the parks when stuff went down, good and bad.

  15. zumiee said, on December 18, 2016 at 12:41 am

    She’s good.

  16. zumiee said, on December 18, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Nicely done.

    • snarkk said, on December 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Giants new LFer?…

    • eddacker said, on December 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Very nice work, thanks. The 2017 season approacheth.
      Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a blessed 2017.

  17. willedav said, on December 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

    With GS up 36 by end of 3rd Q, extended garbage time. Shabazz Napier of UConn had hoop of the night after a steal in front court. Heads down right side, at the rim shows ball with right as he goes up/Shawn Livingston (at least 6-7 inches taller) flys by and Napier finishes with left hand on other side of rim.
    Festus Ezeli in street clothes on blazer bench, and out of the year for knee surgery. Meanwhile Javale McGee with 3 lob slams 11 points 5 boards in 11 minutes.

    Portland talking to themselves in locker room about showing more heart, bad sign.

  18. gianthead said, on December 18, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Those extra dinars from concessions should also be no impediment to picking up a bat for left field during the season. I fully expect that McCutchen and JD Martinez will be back on the market with expiring contracts this summer…

  19. gianthead said, on December 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I’ve liked what I have seen out of JaVale McGee last couple of games. I thought when they signed him he could have a pretty good potential impact on this team with his length. It was interesting watching the game Thursday against the Knicks when I picked up for the first time that they were running plays to McGee. If that is in the playbook for the playoffs, it will be a big time dimension to add against Spurs/Cavs. There was one great play where Curry just stood there and picked Noah as McGee just ripped to the basket….easy slam..

  20. gianthead said, on December 18, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Here was some scary video of a tanker crashing yesterday morning south Baltimore when we were hit up with a morning ice storm. Why do drivers like this trucker drive so insanely when there is plenty of warning about conditions??? This wreck then caused a 55 car pileup behind it killing two others. One report had the truck driver also dying, I don’t see how he could have survived otherwise…couple of years ago and probably only a couple miles from this accident, a semi taking an overpass turn too fast flipped over crushing cars below as it landed…awful.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4043668/Slick-roads-cause-crashes-Maryland-Virginia.html

  21. willedav said, on December 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Not a Chiefs fan except when they play the Raiders, but Tyreek Hill is awesome.
    That TD where he cut back vs. approaching tackler and blew past him as guy fell down reminded of one of Bill King’s best b-ball lines: “…he leaves him directing traffic.”

    • djloo27 said, on December 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

      The kind of guy the Raiders used to draft. Bad rep. Not sure what he might have done…

  22. alleykat69 said, on December 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Hill definitely a burner, fastest dude at the combines bar none.Dont know if he had the usual issues in college,drugs,gf beatings etc but that guy was in 5th gear when the Titans D were stuck in neutral..

  23. zumiee said, on December 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    The Niner defense is not awesome.

    • alleykat69 said, on December 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Either is the offense.Which really is offensive to watch..

  24. djloo27 said, on December 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Happy birthday, Pawlie Kokonuts!!!

    • Flavor said, on December 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      didn’t know that. HB Koko!

  25. Flavor said, on December 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I watched the Raider game today instead of the Niner game. That’s a first. I’m not a Raider fan although I wanted to see them win because I like Carr and Mack. I saw the NIners got destroyed again. And down at headquarters absolutely NOTHING will change except maybe the GM gets canned. That’s a start but not enough.

    • snarkk said, on December 18, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      I’ve been following the Niners since early ’70s with Brodie and those crushing playoff losses to Dallas. This is the worst time for this franchise since the Joe Thomas period. You’d have thought the decade of crap from Ericksonn, young Nolan, and Sing was the worst, but no; this is. The fall from the top of the Harbs period is amazing how fast it happened. Totally on ownership, and the Rasputin GM that somehow has been teflon to ownership through successive horrendous drafts, including the ludicrous all-ACL team, and a first-round WR that never played. $40+ million in cap space unused, so this crap fest is what you get. Time to burn it all down. Start over with an entirely new organization run by a football guy who chooses his coach and front office. Until that happens, I don’t give a crap what this brainless organization does anymore. And, nothing will happen until they get a QB. See, Oakland and Carr. Bring on Spring Training…

      • djloo27 said, on December 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        The last time my team was in the Super Bowl was 4 months before the Kent State massacre…

      • eddacker said, on December 18, 2016 at 11:25 pm

        I have cataloged this post because after 3 yeqrs of Trump we may get the same rant. 🙂

  26. willedav said, on December 19, 2016 at 7:03 am

    well, I guess Tyreek is a little less than awesome (thx for link to assault by Loo). The never ending criminal assaults vs. women by college and pro athletes is just disgusting and needs to stop.

  27. unca_chuck said, on December 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

    It ain’t just the athletes doing the raping in college.


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