I had a 2 hour meeting cancelled...yadda yadda yadda..I have time to blog.
I am not sure if you listen to sports talk radio, but the big topic, yes the #1 topic is not the furry flurby attached to Manning's back, but rather all the distractions of
The M's have made the Weaver thing official. He is monopolizing the main homepage. Looking around at "Mariner nation", others seem to agree with me on the Weaver signing. Dare I predict a .500 season this year? If I keep it up, it has to happen eventually right? Better dust off the Fantasy baseball knowledge. I need to finish higher than 9th this season; of course I did beat Greg.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I had a 2 hour meeting cancelled...yadda yadda yadda..I have time to blog.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather folks are telling us 4 more days, then this crud should be leaving the valley. For those readers in
With the M's signing Weaver, Redman is probably no longer on the radar. I don't see the point since they established their 5 man rotation. I bet this would drive a nail of fear through any batting lineup:
...I am shaking in my boots.
With these less than stellar moves, I am still excited for the season to get underway.
Other "things that must go". The person who parks the shopping cart in the middle of the aisle. Then, as you try to get by, you receive a look that says "thanks for ruining my day because I had to move my cart."
On rare occasions, I listen to the Bob and Tom and show. The "thing that must go" with them is to stop laughing over and at their own jokes. It becomes annoying and one hell of a distraction. I only listen to hear what comics they are going to be interviewing.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
I arrived to work at the butt crack of dawn so I was able to get a lot done in time for me to enjoy a cup of company sludge and do some more blogging.
Why are we looking at Jeff Weaver? Jared, sure go after him with a vengeance, but not Jeff. Jeff has a good post-season. Yes, that is right...post season. However, do not base his 1 game performance as something to gauge his career. If this rumor holds true, Jeff would be arriving on the M's staff with 2 winning records in 8 seasons. Talk about a fireball.
Mr. Diamond earring is back in our pen. For those of you that don't recall the Omar Vizquel and Arthur Rhodes "ow, my eyes!" incident, it was a bogus attempt on Omar's part. I like Art, he can really deliver. So does this mean that Jeff Nelson would be returning for yet another tour of duty with the M's?
Ichiro is officially our center fielder for the '07 season. I think this is a strong move. However, I think we will give up a few three baggers when hits go to deep right field this year. Ichiro has a gun for an arm and his presence alone made for many doubles that should have been triples.
Last night, my wife and I as well as a co-worker of my wife's went to the bayou. I decided to have a local cask brew first (Latter Day Stout), but after that I dived into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog.
Beer of the week part 2: Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale. This is a classic
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This will be a new "segment" to the MEARFT blog. I do a majority of my 3.2% by weight (4% by volume) beer shopping at Smiths. I will be expanding to Wild Oates at an undetermined date. Information to look for in these segments: A link to either the brewery and/or beeradvocate.com. I am doing this from my desk while making an attempt to review a beer from 2 days ago. I promise that these reviews will improve over time.
Beer of the Week: Lawson Creek Vanilla Cream Stout. Beeradvocates rates this as an American Stout, which could be their way of saying English Stout. English Stout is going to give you a creamier, smoother taste than say a Guinness. A great English Stout example is Sammie Smith...but I digress. The color of this Cream Stout is relatively clear and filled with warmer tones and hues; lighter than what a Stout beer should resemble. Your taste is going to be sweeter than what most will like, but yet not overwhelming like a fruity beer. Cream Ale would be a more accurate name. For me, this was a "drinkable" beer.
Not "W", but Reggie. I am disappointed to hear about these tapes surfacing with him taking some sort of money. Part of me is not surprised about this. I have come into recent contact with a D1-AA football player from back east. He told me that even at the D1-AA level; athletes always received "gifts". It might have been money, free services or free food. As a college student that has no job for income because of their desire to play sports, they would take anything given to them, he told me. Nothing in the line that Bush has been questioned in accepting, but gifts nonetheless. In the article: Who names their kid Michael Michaels?
In drive-up lines, whether it is the bank or fast food, I think people behind you should always turn off their headlights. What good does it bring to you to have those running and illuminating the back of the heads of those in front of you? What good does it do to blind the driver in front of you with your new Xeon headlights reflecting into his eyes from the outside rear view mirror? I drive a car 95% of my time, and I have always turned off my headlights in drive-ups. However, I have noticed that 100% of the people behind me do not. When I do drive my wife's Jeep into these places, I turn off the headlights, it just seems like an obviously nice thing to do. Feel free to add your own "things that must go" to the comment section. Today's theme: common courtesy.
Is it just me or has the service industry gone downhill? No matter what service we are requesting, (home delivered pizza to cable television/internet to car mechanics) I don't feel I can trust anyone, any more. The past couple of times I have gone to Taco Bell, I have ordered, they confirmed the correct order with me verbally, and I still have the wrong items in my to-go sack. We have issues with our internet connectivity where either my wife or I have had to miss work for a tech to arrive at the house. Of the 4 "appointments" we had setup, only twice did techs arrive. The other 2 times they did not arrive, Comcast informed me of incorrect dates that I had previously confirmed or the ticket number I was given is not valid. For whatever reason, I recall a time when you requested something, and it happened. I feel I need to “baby-sit “every situation, frustrating. I felt like pulling a Kramer with the cable guy, but decided against it.
Not a whole lot new on the M's front. No official word on the Brian Lawrence situation. On a "lighter" note, King Felix arrived in Seattle 20 pounds lighter. With the 20 year old showing such devotion to improving not only his health, but his strength, this season could be the glimpse of what all the hype was about. For you Fantasy owners out there, he could be the ONLY M's starter you want on your squad. The reason I say only, is because the other 4 are going to rely on some more run support, which is a huge question mark for this organization.
I need to start my annual harassment of my fantasy baseball commissioner. Last year I waited until February due to the success of the hawks in the playoffs. I am ready now for baseball to begin.
MLB and DirectTV have issued some exclusive blockbuster deal. I am not sure what this is about since almost all the good articles I have found require a paying membership. If anyone has a link to this, please let me know. I heard something about this interrupting the online service MLB.tv.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Baseball is coming, time to get ready for fantasy. I read that Lawrence is coming off of rotator cuff surgery. I am not a fan of someone coming to the M's with this sort of arm problem. People can bounce back, and I hope that Lawrence can be one of those.
The inversion finally broke for a day in SLC, only to return yet again. The winters in SLC can be pretty bad from that standpoint. We have been in a "red" air condition for what seems to be over a week. One day of clear air was nice, but January is not a great month for the lungs of the SLC valley.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I have my first visitors from
The M's are in the running for Brian Lawrence. He spent most of career with the Padres, but would be coming from the Nationals, just like our new DH, Vidro. His career in SoCal was a piddly 49-61 with a 4.11 ERA. We will see what the
Bavasi is on the hot site for GM's. I must say, I am somewhat glad to hear this. I don't think he makes the best decisions. What we need is another Gillick-type GM.; someone that has built a World Series type club in the past.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Erik Kuselias says goodbye to Sportbash and onto a different ESPN show. John Seibel is your new host, I am not a huge fan of his, but perhaps he will grow on me. Erik always had great report with guests and make the conversations fun.
As much as it pained me to see the Seahawks lose yesterday, I felt they played fairly well. I was disappointed with the lack of urgency shown by them at the end of the first half and regulation. Overall the defense played well. The Bears offense should have attempted to exploit the secondary a lot more, but when they did, it paid off for them.
Shut up about Grossman. Why the need for controversy and drama? I overall enjoy Buck as an announcer, and really miss his father, but every time the Bears offense took the field, he mentioned something dramatic about Grossman. Grossman has been the center of a made up QB controversy in my opinion. Romo and Bledsoe received less attention than this.
I was disappointed to see the Bolts lose; however, you really have to give props to Brady. What a clutch QB!
The Saints have a decent chance against the Bears. Bears with have the frozen tundra, but the hawks proved you can run and pass on this defense. The Saints defense is better than the Hawks defense, it will be important for them to hit Grossman in the mouth, early and often.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
On the field goal attempt, Romo technically fumbled twice. Of course the ground caused the last one. When Romo fumbled while being sacked earlier in the contest, I got the distinct impression he threw the ball more than fumbled, but I could be wrong. With as many fumbles as he has had in the last two games, Dave's fumble record could be in jeopardy.
Jeremy Stevens can catch the ball. It is about time! He still needs to do that for 3 more seasons before he should talk smack or have the right to do any end zone dance; but he played a very good game on Saturday.