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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 21, 2021

Looking forward to the game today to distract me from the horrendousness of my CBB brackets. I penned an open letter to my league demanding that the commisioner cancel the contest and refund all monies because of the VCU forfeiture. We’ll see if that works. I had Oregon so it’s unlikely to break my way……

Did the Giants not play yesterday?

What’s the Grave Duggar doing right now?

What has happened to Stix? I fear the worst. He didn’t respond to my emails.

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  1. Flavor said, on March 21, 2021 at 7:42 am

    I’m still irate about the Grave Duggar getting optioned. San Diggity is telling me to be patient but I feel this is a fuck up by Z that I can never forgive.

    • gianthead said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:20 am

      I missed this horrible development…

    • alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

      You don’t think I feel even more pissed about Davis the better athlete..
      Bottom line BF is the Giants have no plans for Duggar are Davis they have made that clear with there quick moves to send them packing to Sac to rot away..

      • Flavor said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:11 am

        Take back this slander, now

  2. gianthead said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Main local pool I am in with 455 entries I moved up to 16th hitting Abiline and UCLA. This is a pool heavily weighted to upsets. If Ohio State had not lost, I would be just a point behind. I have UCLA with two more wins. They have a lot of offensive weapons. But I need Michigan to lose before Final Four and Illinois as well to potentially win…

  3. willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Think fix is in for OF–the preseason favorites Slater Ruf Dubon Dickerson Yaz–are gonna be 5 guys going forward to start the season. Key word being “start”. Best option for Davis/Duggar is to be somewhere they can be in the lineup, get regular ABs and play D as opposed to being yanked around as part of Kapler’s platooney ball.
    Not gonna take much for changes and call ups to be made.

    Now can we focus on who IS here and will be on Opening Day instead of who isn’t?

  4. James said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:50 am

    There really isn’t a strong case for moving away from the position players who were successful last year, not at the outset. They’ll need similar performances from them to be competitive at all.

    Longoria, Belt, Posey all not 100% 10 days before the season starts. Wood, their best chance at getting a solid starter out of the various projects, is not right yet. Sanchez and DeSclafani haven’t looked that great. I know, don’t put too much stock into ST performances. The oft-mentioned injury record and ages of the OFers suggest Duggar will be here a lot of this season, although if he’s not, that would be a good thing.

    78 wins looking like a stretch right now.

  5. djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Ballplayers can be like racehorses.
    The entire story is not in the past performances.
    They are eligible to improve – and not necessarily out of nowhere.
    The best handicappers and talent evaluators know how to recognize the signs…

    • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 10:31 am

      Is that for Duggar? His spring stat sheet points to real improvement at the plate. The news of his recall won’t be as much of a drag now, if Ruf or Slater falters. Even if there was an eyeballing expert saying, you know, Duggar looks like he jumped ahead of Slater, it’s unlikely it’d turn into an urgent recommendation that simply had to be followed. Maybe if Duggar was RH.

    • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Heliot Lemuel Ramos

      • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 10:56 am

        They are talking CF for him after the reports he wasn’t headed there. The moves will be made more quickly, if he lights it up in the minors.

  6. willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Dodgers ditched couple of Roberts’ platooney guys in off season, Pederson and K Hernandez. I’m interested to see how that works this year for them, and if Roberts continues to platoon out of LF 2b and maybe 3b too. Muncy was not near as good as previous seasons while Taylor excelled.
    Is this how Giants, given background of Kapler and Zaidi, are going to try to play it going forward– few standout regulars surrounded by versatile players you rotate in/out of lineup to maximize matchups?

    • alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      Looks like they are going to go with 2 LU’s as much as possible 1) For RH pitchers, dominant LH hitters 2) For LH Pitchers,dominant RH hitters..

  7. xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 11:15 am

    That giant Jesuit’s pretty quick.

  8. gianthead said, on March 21, 2021 at 11:22 am

    The Loyola win gets me to 8th overall…:)

  9. alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    I had Loyola Chicago too advancing over Illinois!
    One thing I’ve found out early on playing NCAA tournaments for years,
    u have to have 2 really good guards to go with your real athletic big men who can run the floor if you expect to go far in the tournament.And if a top seed gets to cocky and expect to easily roll over their opponents that’s when they lose to teams that have nothing to lose..
    Still in the end the cream rises to the top and I have Gonzaga/Baylor in the championship game with Baylor beating Gonzaga in a great final game..

  10. djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Buried in between the ads, videos, and pop-ups is an article about what’s happened to baseball…

    https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/03/17/baseball-preview-pace-of-play-crisis

    • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Every pitch is a ball in play.

      • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:20 pm

        Thank you.

    • Bozo said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      This is the article that Snarkk posted on Friday. I think it brings up some interesting stuff, but apparently I’m just an old fucker yelling at MLB to get off my lawn.

      • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:18 pm

        I can imagine what it says. Reducing the time it takes to play a game from 3 hours to 2.5 isn’t going save anything except those 30 minutes. The casual fans will either stick with it or not in the long run, because baseball is inherently a slow paced game. As for this old fucker, watching a Greg Maddux shut out the shitty team you’re rooting for on 90 pitches with 15 weak ground balls is about as boring and tedious as baseball gets. When my team is in contention, I’m happy to watch for as long as each victory takes. I could give a crap about the aesthetics.

      • Bozo said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:48 pm

        “I can imagine what it says.” Well read it and be sure.
        I am not into slowing the game down just to slow it down. I do understand and enjoy the flow of a game and do not, and have not, agreed with most of Manfred’s proposed changes to try and adjust the flow. I like homeruns but not homerun derbies. I like people who played and love the game running it. Like I alluded to on Friday, most of the changes MLB has installed have made the games less interesting and so has stat ball.
        Two pitchers going at it, low scoring, hit and run, sac bunts, Managers reading the situation not the spreadsheet, Giants win, now that’s a great day at the yard in my opinion.
        Now get the fuck off of my lawn!

      • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:54 pm

        Yes, Mr. Bozo, sorry, Mr. Bozo!!

      • Bozo said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        Ahh, it’s ok lil James, I’ll find a way to tolerate you youngins. Now get yerself out there and have ya some fun, be sure to stock up on Saran Wrap and bring us home a winner.

      • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:44 pm

        Isn’t it a ROI thing? mlb starts losing money when a game goes past ten or eleven innings. Fans go to sleep. Players wear out. So, put an end to that waste. Speed the game up not to make it more interesting, but to make it easier to insert regular commercial breaks into broadcasts and streamcasts. And, of course, make more rational (more vicious, I guess) labor decisions with the new data magic. But is mlb any worse than football, with the strange “targeting” and “roughing” penalties, or basketball with its reign of threes? They’re all trying to figure out how to keep going. If mlb loses the interest of old men who vaguely remember Willie Mays do they give a shit?

        There was a time when longshoremen got off work and went to Red’s Java House for a breakfast of cheeseburgers and beers. A better time? Slower, surely. And any of those guys still around may or may not remember Willie Mays. Or anything else.

      • Bozo said, on March 21, 2021 at 7:13 pm

        As long as those longshoremen didn’t eat the chili at Reds, they should be ok.

  11. xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Longo’s going to be a good DH.

    • Bozo said, on March 21, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      I think Tampa would be a good fit.

    • willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      Taking a liking to Dodger pitching today too, always a good thing.

  12. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Yaz is looking locked-in.

  13. blade3colorado said, on March 21, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Loo, that SI article link is the definitive roadmap (roadkill?) of the demise of baseball. Thanks for sharing.

    • djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      Your post the other day might have inspired it!

  14. djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    One of the guys on the CBS NCAA halftime panel just said this about Baylor:
    “The longer they’re in this tournament, the more dangerous they get”

  15. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    My all-time favorite broadcasting moment is Tom Brookheiser talking about a talented young player and saying: “His future is really ahead of him.”

  16. xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    We could do worse than Chadwick. Remember Eli in 2011?

  17. willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Don’t think I’ve liked anything about Syracuse b-ball since Dave Bing.

    • djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I had an inexplicable fascination with Wendell Alexis…

    • Macdog said, on March 21, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Pearl Washington was a helluva good college player.

      • willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        oh yeah plenty of good players have come through there, definitely. Didn’t he miss game winner in Tourney?

    • willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      Louis Orr with Knicks maybe.

  18. alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I remember when Indiana’s Keith Smart hit the game winner against Syracuse in 87 to win it all..

    • Macdog said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      I think Derrick Coleman missed a free throw before Smart’s game-winner.

  19. James said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    March Madness, which tracks do the horses circle for this festival?

  20. blade3colorado said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I am so freakin’ lazy . . . I have a tax accountant for my annual taxes, but even gathering all the bullshit documents is a pain in the ass. Red letter date today, as I finally wrote the letter, with the dozen plus attachments. I have been screwing around with this for the last 3 weeks and finally sent the email. This year he has more work to do, as I moved to California in the first quarter of last year.

    Anyone else hate doing their taxes? My next “chore” is renewing my passport. Another ordeal as I am not certain I can do this online . . . Our damn city post office will only process passports if you make an appointment. Ugh. If it’s anything like my experience with the DMV (half dozen trips to get a simple registration and driver’s license), I may cut my wrists. lol

    • willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      well, this year since I’d spent most of 2020 on EDD (and only had deductions taken out last quarter of year or so)
      knew I had to pay Federales. Finished return, sent $$ online out of bank account. Shortly thereafter, Biden’s stimulus package passes–with a policy that IRS will forgive first $10 K of EDD earnings, so I should have larger portion of what i paid coming back.
      Relative who goes to H R Block told me feds still unsure how to handle that–they don’t want to process all the amended returns involved, so they might just send whatever $$ owed back. But no refunds will be sent at all right now and H R said best move is to wait maybe til May. Deadline has been extended to file iirc May 17.
      Plus whatever you put on AGI to feds gets automatically sent to state of Cal, which of course in my case is incorrect figure by $10 K or so. So state also has to figure out how they will handle it. Plot thickens.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:48 pm

        Willie or anyone else . . . I did not get anything from the State of California. Is that normal? I did get my property assessment from the county, but nothing like I normally got from Colorado (1099-G).

    • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Should all be online free of charge, run by an all seeing, oppressive central federal authority. There shouldn’t be a job called tax accountant, or services like TurboTax. Manually filling in data the government or other financial services already have on you is absurd.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:50 pm

        Agree unequivocally. Unnecessary bullshit.

      • djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:54 pm

        Would that be the old flat tax thing that they been kickin’ around for decades?

      • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:12 pm

        Loo, that would simplify writing the software for sure. Want to get a rational tax code? You could do worse than adjusting your business processes to contain the cost of software development.

  21. djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Ever think of how insane professional sports drafts are?
    In what other profession do you have no say in where you’re going to earn your living?

    • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      from one point of view, you’re just going to work for the league and the league decides which office you work in. Don’t like it? I guess there’s always Japan, Korea, Italy, Canada, etc.

      • djloo27 said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:39 pm

        If there were no drafts, wouldn’t the talent eventually have to spread itself around anyway?

      • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        Monopoly power’s gonna monopolize.

    • Winder said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Tru dat. Unless you are Eli Manning or John Elway.

  22. Macdog said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Argh, brutal loss for Rutgers vs. #2 Houston, two late turnovers and not getting rebounds did them in.

  23. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Xoot, I hear ya on Fairly. He was a tough listen. Fortunately the Giants were good during his time on Giants broadcasts so that helped a lot.

    • xoot said, on March 21, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      Remember Herb Caen’s running tally of fairleyisms? Good times.

  24. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    My favorite musical video discovery on YouTube today was the Red Hot Chili Peppers doing a cover of the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” at a Brian Wilson tribute concert in March of 2001. They totally nail it.

    • James said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      I am going to share this with a friend who’s completely stuck on early to mid 60s pop. He loves the Beatles more than you do, and the Beach Boys aren’t far behind. This cover will annoy him to no end, should he bother to listen. I am just feeling that way today.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      Nice video Zumie!
      Hot Chili 🌶 Peppers nailed it!

    • Flavor said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      that wasn’t half bad.

  25. alleykat69 said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Zumie I agree Ron Fairly was a hard sell to listen too, for me though it had to be Lindsey Nelson( he was terrible broadcaster imo)with his outrageous butt ugly outlandish suits he use to wear! Talk about a clown 🤡 act ( no offense Bozo) having to listen to him are on the tube for 3 long years are so?

    • zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Especially having to listen to those guys after having the great Lon Simmons set a high standard.

  26. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I read a thing recently that reminded me that Mike Love of the Beach Boys is brother to Stan Love, former Chicago Bull.
    But I don’t think I previously knew that Kevin Love is Stan’s son, and Mike’s nephew.

    • djloo27 said, on March 22, 2021 at 3:50 am

      Zumiee, you might be thinking of the great Bob “Butterbean” Love, an all-time great Bull.
      Stan never played for the Bulls. (looked it up)…

      • zumiee said, on March 22, 2021 at 6:19 am

        Oops. Yeah, Stan Love was more of a journeyman player.

  27. zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    “He loves the Beatles more than you do”
    Well, that is a high bar, indeed. 🙂

    • zumiee said, on March 21, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      “and the Beach Boys aren’t far behind”
      I get that. I’m totally onboard with them, too.

  28. willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Pac 12 yet to lose game as Beavs hold off Okie St. Tough one tomorrow as 2 seed Iowa, one of few Big 10 teams still left, takes on Oregon.

  29. willedav said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Michigan Iowa Maryland only 3 left after 9 selected.

  30. mrsprtdude said, on March 21, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Blade I’m with you. I hate gathering the crap for my taxes!!!

  31. unca_chuck said, on March 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Who knew Will Ferrell was such a good drummer?

  32. unca_chuck said, on March 22, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Fucking turbo tax is the same. I used it last year and they don’t export the existing info well at all.

    Looks like we might get money back this year for the first time in a while.

    Thanks, Donald.


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