Thursday, December 28, 2006

Utah

This state will never cease to amaze me. Certain towns in Utah, those that are particular high in Mormon populations, are celebrating New Years on Saturday.

Overall, I really enjoy living here. Traffic is not horrible for me on my commute, people are fairly friendly, and the climate is great. Even alcohol is fairly easy to get a hold of, no matter what rumor you may hear. But when it comes to events on Sunday's, the religious wackiness shows its true colors.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Some "Griz"mas cheer


My wife just sent me some photos from Christmas, so I had to post one. Here Basil is showing off his school spirit.

More fun with out of office

Here is my New Years out of office:

"I will be out of the office from December 28nd to January 1st attending the Pawtucket, Rhode Island 7th annual New Years winter quilt contest and jamboree. I will not have access to email during this period. I will return all messages on January 2nd.

Happy New Year!
Josh"

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. For in-depth coverage of the annual game, please hit Bill's link on the right hand side or just click here.

I am not sure if I will blog before years end, so have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fun with out of office replies

Since everyone that reads this never emails me at work, here is what my out of office says for the Christmas weekend.

"I will be out of the office from December 22nd to December 26th attending the Smugglers Notch, Vermont 11th annual Christmas snowball fight, snow fort and broccoli eating triathlon. I will not have access to email during this period. I will return all messages on December 27th.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Josh"

To my football counterpart, William. I will not be making this years game, I am saddened by that. However, next year...I will dust off the Manning jersey and come out of retirement. Do you have any "bloody" photos from last year’s melee in the park?

I don't watch the NBA

With the "punch and run" incident in NYC on the TV, it was like a traffic wreck. I stopped watching/following the NBA in 1998, when the last strike happened. That was my main excuse, as well as the image problem the NBA has. The image problem is not new.

I have listened to sports talk show hosts, but mostly guests on shows, that say the 15 game suspension was "too much". Honestly? He should get 2 more games for running away. "Melo" is good, very good at basketball; however the 15 game suspension was fine by me. After this incident some people were under the impression that what David Stern did, is attempting to clear up the "recent image problem". Recent? Have you been under a rock? Well, if you count the mid-90's as "recent" than sure. From my vantage point, the NBA has been having image problems since the 90's, maybe even earlier. Before you know it, we could have NBA stars in "don't snitch" videos.

On the new Blogger

After a 6 hour move, I am onto the new version of Blogger. If you have not converted your blogger blog over, I would do so in the dead of night.

The M's are now "talking" to Zito. However, his agent is the famous Scott Bore-a$$. So, if serious talks are taking place, Zito will come to Seattle for a hefty price. I hope that serious talks are taking place, because this could save face for Bavasi. Well, save some face. I still think he makes questionable decisions with people that either are past or have not reached their prime. And by "have not reached", I mean they will reach prime once they leave Seattle.

Festivus is Saturday. Does anyone have their pole up in preparation for the big event? I think this year, the feats of strength is what I look forward to most.

I am not a huge reality TV fan. However, I am drawn in like flies to a rib roast. I will say, "The Biggest Loser" could be a beneficial show. I use the word "could be" since I have no idea what is reality and what is not. This show provides those that need exercise the necessary tools to overcome their food and weight problems. I am sure people will disagree, but if you are actually trying to help people have a healthier life, more power to you. I am saying this as I type from my work computer, where I melt into my HermanMiller $500 office chair for 9+ hours a day. My longest walk during the work day is to the water cooler or coffee pot, depending on the time of day. Thankfully my dog forces me to go on walks at night; otherwise I am not sure what I would do to keep this fine physic.

Does everyone have their Christmas shopping done?

Why are the '08 presidential campaigns starting now? We just finished the mid-term elections; I feel we need a 1 year to 18 month break, at least, from this kind of discussions. What makes it even worse; presidential candidates have been lined up since December of 2004. Talk about burnout, it is not even '07 yet and I don't care who is running. What's next, Christmas decoration on sale in stores before Halloween.....oh, wait.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Almost Festivus!

Festivus is only 4 days away! This is what I know to be Festivus, however, last Saturday I had 2 people (on the radio) wish everyone a happy Festivus. I cannot wait for the airing of grievances.

No worries Bill, I got you point the first time....just kidding. I see you guys signed Dice-K, nice work. I hope he is worth every cent. The M's made the Vidro trade official, boy am I glad. Why do I have thoughts of Carl Everett coming back to mind?

With the Seahawks playing like Sentinel, it makes me think of gearing up for baseball. I cannot wait for February to arrive when pitchers and catchers report.

We had our first major storm this past weekend, in large part thanks to what Bill went through. Our yard had close to 8 inches of snow. I almost went out and purchased a snow blower on Sunday. Instead my nice Mormon neighbor came over and helped me finish my driveway.

If you like SNL or not, Darell Hammond is one talented impressionist. Also, you may not like Justin Timberlake or his music, but he is very funny.

Friday, December 15, 2006

What a joke

Being given back to back weekends of clinching the NFC Worst, the Seachickens cannot get it done against 2 sub-par teams. No matter what now, the NFC Worst winner will have an 8-8 record. How embarrassing is that? The Hawks have the Chargers next weekend and seeing how they cannot tackle nor stop the run, the Chargers should have an easy win. Then we close out, on the road against the Buccaneers. If we lose both these games, and the Niners win both of their games they clinch the title. They finish up with AZ at home and travel to Denver.

Since I am assuming they will lose the last 2 games, and perhaps the Niners only win 1 game, the Seachickens slide into the playoffs to lose in the first round. This will put us at 5 straight loses to finish this season so lets talk about draft/free agency. Find some killer offensive linemen. We need pass blockers and some sort of line for Sean to run behind. Secondly, spend extra time on tackling drills. It is an embarrassment to watch our defense play. I don't think we have bad players, just bad tacklers.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Going downhill

Jose Vidro? You are kidding me? It appears that we gave up "potential talent" in Snelling and Fruto, but Vidro is being paid 12 Mil to platoon at DH and all infield positions. Perhaps this will be a good thing, but I am not impressed for far. Vidro is a .300 lifetime hitter, .301 to be exact. However, he has not cleared the .300 mark since Bush's first term in office (2003). Snelling is 32 years old while Snelling and Fruto are 25 and 22 respectively. That 12 mil is spread out over 2 years...I guess that lessens the blow...well, not really.

We will see what March/April offer us. At the time of this writing, I am not thrilled with the team we are going to field in '07. I firmly believe that we may have worse starting pitching rotation than last year. Offensively, I don't feel we have gained much. Of course Beltre and Sexson ruined that for me. They signed both those yahoos after having successful NL careers.

Beltre has had 2 full seasons since coming over from the Dodgers. In his two years, he has not totaled the 48 HR he hit the season before signing. I will grant him that his numbers went up last in HR by 6 to 25 and in RBIs to 89, up from 87.

Sexson has hit over 30 HR's in both seasons with Seattle. His biggest weakness is K's. He would hit a dead duck if it was close to the letters.

I read on another M's blog, the small rumor that King Feliz could be dealt to Atlanta for Hampton. WTF? Thankfully this is just a rumor. King Feliz is not even 21 yet. He does have some work cut out for him, but his career should be more productive than Mike Hampton. Mike has been fairly consistently a 10+ game winner through his career, but his best years were with the Astros. Not worth giving up the one player on the M's called "the best pitching prospect in the history of the org."


That horrible duet came on Sirius again. Perhaps they need to expand their holiday rotation.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Typical Microsoft and Baby it's cold outside

IE 7.0 is a "critical update" according to Microsoft; however, the patch to fix your day light savings clock is "optional". Granite, the day light savings time is nothing like the Y2K issues that were talked about and survivor stores created overnight for, but still important. More important than an update to IE.

Want to hear the worst sound in the world? No, not quoting "Dumb and Dumber". Rod Stewart doing a duet for "Baby it's cold outside". I have Sirius channel 2 going on at work to assist me in stopping any Scrooge-like attitude that may find its way into my day. This song has to be one of the most re-done sounds on the planet. Next thing, you will hear Flavor Flav doing a duet with Barbara Streinsand, while the Smothers Brothers are on backup and Cletus is the jug.

What are the Mariners doing?

And I thought the Royals were the only idiots to overpay for pitching...silly me. The M's are going to sign that great pitcher Miguel Batista. The amount will be a 3 year contract for 27 mil! Yes, for a pitcher not any better that Meche, they are paying 9 mil a year! He has a 4.46 lifetime ERA.

You knew this was coming:

Yr.

Team

W

L

ERA

GS

IP

SO

1992

Pirates

0

0

9

0

2

1

1996

Marlins

0

0

5.56

0

11.1

6

1997

Cubs

0

5

5.7

6

36.1

27

1998

Expos

3

5

3.8

13

135

92

1999

Expos

8

7

4.88

17

134.2

95

2000

Royals

2

6

7.74

9

57

30

2000

Expos

0

1

14.04

0

8.1

7

2001

D-Backs

11

8

3.36

18

139.1

90

2002

D-Backs

8

9

4.29

29

184.2

112

2003

D-Backs

10

9

3.54

29

193.1

142

2004

Blue Jays

10

13

4.8

31

198.2

104

2005

Blue Jays

5

8

4.1

0

74.2

54

2006

D-Backs

11

8

4.58

33

206.1

110


Wow, 9 mil a year for a career record of 68-79. What did Meche have? He has career marks of 55-44 with a 4.65 ERA. I don't see how this helped us one bit.

****UPDATE*****
I told you so. (about half way down)

Stumble

If you want something that can be fairly addicting, I want to recommend Meth. If you have some sort of anti-drug blah blah policy, then try Stumbleupon. It is toolbar based, which I am not a fan of. It installs in IE and they do make a Firefox one. Since this is toolbar based (Have I mentioned I am not a fan of toolbars?) I installed it on my work computer IE. You "stumble" based upon what interests you have indicated you want to stumble upon. I am currently fixated on blogs.

I am a Firefox user. I started using Firefox for the added "security" and tab browsing. IE 7 has tabs, but it seems that EVERY "patch Tuesday" a security hole is plugged in IE by Microsoft.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What are the Seahawks doing?

A loss to Arizona. I am not sure what I think about this. Was Arizona on their "A" game? Is Seattle just falling apart? I am starting to think it is the second one. The Packers even helped us by beating San Fran. We are running close to the edge of not winning the NL Worst division.

The Red Sox sure know how to make 51 Million a dramatic figure. Midnight on Thursday is the cutoff for a offer to Dice-K. I heard today that Red Sox officials are going to raise their offer, even though that ass hat Boras has not countered yet. I have mixed feelings on this. You could very well be overpaying someone that is going to have a 1-2 year adjustment to MLB. Of course, the flip side to that coin is he comes in an dominates and goes 23-1 with a 1.76 ERA.

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Tale of two Swoggers

WTF was that? Hauck had to jinx us by saying we are a really good second half team. Then, we go and lay a god damn egg on the field. Obviously, UMass wanted to apply more heat, and they adjusted for it. Say whatever you want, the safety was the difference maker. Swogger was playing better and better each game, and the second half of this game was the Swogger of old.

I have not see the screen pass ran that many times since Dave Dickenson. They must have run that play 15 times. Oh, and 81...shut up and play. You actually did nothing all game.

Very disappointed, very. I knew it was going to be tough, thanks in large part to Brandy Nights notes. However, we had our chances. The defense did what it had to do on several occasions and we could not move the ball at all on offense. Good luck against App State.

Did anyone else lose ESPN2?

Well, all of a sudden, I do not have ESPN or ESPN2. So, needless to say, I am "watching" the second half on ESPN.com gamecenter. GO GRIZ!!!!

Did other parts of the country lose ESPN as well or just my house or area?

***Update*** ESPN2 came back just in time to see Swogger add 2 points for UMass. Come on Griz!!! Pull you heads out!

End of Winter meetings

Bonds will break the record in San Fran next year. I am not happy about this because of the dark cloud that surrounds this issue, true or not. People have asked for an * to be placed next to his name. The fans will give him the *. With the few people I have talked to about this, they still think Aaron is the home run king and will remain the king when Bonds hits 756.

The M's did some odd things. I will give them credit; they seemed to focus on youth. They went after right-hander Sean White (Pirates 25 years old) and left-hander Horacio Ramirez (Braves 27 years old). The M's sacrificed Soriano for Ramirez, who has had moments of greatness during his young MLB career. Sean White came over in a rule 5 acquisition. Sean seems to do okay from what I can find, nothing overly spectacular but his career seems fairly young. I like the focus on youthful pitching that the M's are bent on maintaining.

Besides that, I thought the Cubs overpaid for Lilly. He has not shown the greatness he had in Oakland. Maybe a switch to the NL will help with that. The Royals overpaid for Meche. I liked him as a Mariner, but he was inconsistent. I am not sure that his performance for the Royals will be much different. Freddy Garcia will also be pitching in the NL next season, for the Phillies. With the payroll put out for a Lilly and Meche, what does that say about Zito? If mediocre players can get 10+ a year, stars are going to be a very pretty penny.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"They are saying moooooovers"

You can hate Peyton Manning or love him. Regardless, this guy can pull off a joke. Peyton has to be the #1 marketing player since that one basketball player for the Bulls...Rodman?...nah, that can't be it. Ryan, I think you have mentioned how marketable he is. Now, I am not a fan of people bastardizing movies into ads these days, but the MasterCard ads that Peyton does are damn funny.

Dog Cam

We don't have kids, we have a dog. Basil (baz-il) is at doggy day care today and recently they added webcams. So now, I have the webcam for his kennel minimized all day long. I don't want to miss a second of the play-by-play ass sniffing going on.

Winter meetings started

The Mariners have kicked off the winter meetings my signing the nomad outfielder Jose Guillen. Jose has put up some ok numbers over the years. Three out of his last five years he was able to clear 20 dingers. I am not sure that makes him a power hit, but hopefully, if he can remain healthy, should add some pop to our lineup…some. Here are a few of his career stats.

Yr

Team

G

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

AVG

1997

Pirates

143

498

58

133

14

70

0.267

1998

Pirates

153

573

60

153

14

84

0.267

1999

Pirates

40

120

18

32

1

18

0.267

1999

D-Rays

47

168

24

41

2

13

0.244

2000

D-Rays

105

316

40

80

10

41

0.253

2001

D-Rays

41

135

14

37

3

11

0.274

2002

D-Backs

54

131

13

30

4

15

0.229

2002

Reds

31

109

12

27

4

16

0.248

2003

Reds

91

315

52

106

23

63

0.337

2003

A's

45

170

25

45

8

23

0.265

2004

Angels

148

565

88

166

27

104

0.294

2005

Nationals

148

551

81

156

24

76

0.283

2006

Nationals

69

241

28

52

9

40

0.216


The Manny craze has hit Seattle...again. Last year they were "in the running" to acquire Manny and the same is being said this year. Chances are he will remain in Boston. This "Manny Show" gets a bit tiring for us non-Sox fans. Something about a three way trade with San Fran-Boston-Seattle. The Sox get a "closer" in Soriano, the Giants get Sexson and the M's receive Manny. I don't think this is going to happen.

Looks like the Cubs are out of the Schmidt sweepstakes taking place. They are going after the more affordable Ted Lilly. For Schmidt, the Dodgers and Mariners seem to be leading the pack. I am not a huge fan of Schmidt, I think he is good; however, he has had some recent arm trouble. Plus, he has been an NL pitcher his career. The Lewiston, ID native is having his ”glory years” with the Giants so far possessing a 78-37 record.

Other names the M's have shown interesting in:
Jason Jennings COL Starting pitcher
John Thomson ATL Starting pitcher
Rodrigo Lopez BAL Starting pitcher

None of those names have impressive records. Jennings, in my opinion, has the most promise with a close second being Lopez. With that said, I don't think that any of those 3 names fill the void that Seattle is looking for a solid starting pitcher, at least on paper.