October 18, 2010

Show #130: The Braves 2010 Season Comes To A Close

The NLDS loss.  Fredi Gonzalez is announced.  TP moves gigs.  And our 2010 season awards.



274 Responses to “Show #130: The Braves 2010 Season Comes To A Close”

  1. 1
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Aw Hammy…you’ve come so far this season! Martin Prado MVP indeed! I say Gonzalez is the LVP for the series for sure. Conrad’s errors were way easier to swallow than his lame attempt (or lack there of) to run to first base with an elimination game on the line…NO EXCUSE! Still mad…can you tell?

  2. 2
    Steve Says:

    Hey Mara – I considered Gonzo for LVP, but his 2 run double in game 2 just wouldn’t let me do it. And he was pretty stellar in the field as well. Remember, he played half of 3rd base for Troy on Monday night as well.

    Anyone have thoughts on how game 3 (ALCS) will go tonight? I think Cliff Lee dominates. Curt is pretty sure it goes the other way.

  3. 3
    Curt Says:

    Right, as always

  4. 4
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I don’t care Steve…anything before his infield bobbled by Renteria supposed to be hit is lost on me. I can’t get over it.

  5. 5
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I pretty much love the Rangers right now. I don’t get the whole “claw” but I love watching Yankee fans leaving their seats.

  6. 6
    Curt Says:

    How much sweeter would it be if it was 3-0 right now.

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    Steve Says:

    Curt – agreed. But I think that 3 – 1 is just around the corner.

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    Kate Says:

    Mara – the claw is just a long distance high five.

  9. 9
    Steve Says:

    Both Melky and Saito just released by the Bravos.

  10. 10
    Curt Says:

    interesting, but not surprising.

  11. 11
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Greg Norton-batting coach. Assess.

  12. 12
    Bubdylan Says:

    I would like Norton. He has a good sense of humor, which they say is a sign of a good teacher. Not because being funny while you teach is so great (though it is), but humorous minds are well equipped to teach anecdotally.

    I made all that up. Could you tell?

  13. 13
    Steve Says:

    I saw the stuff about Norton as well. But also that it’s totally untrue and that he will remain with the Marlins AAA team.

  14. 14
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Why do people mess with me?

  15. 15
    Bubdylan Says:

    Finally got to listen to the show. Pretty cathartic & also funny.

    Appreciated the positive moments from the Ted being reported.

  16. 16
    Steve Says:

    Thanks, Bub. Glad you liked it.

  17. 17
    Bubdylan Says:

    Rank the personalities of the 2010 team if you’re bored enough. I’ll go first:

    1. Kenshin Kawakami
    2. Billy Wagner
    3. Matt Diaz
    4. Martin Prado
    5. David Ross
    6. Derrek Lee
    7. Brooks Conrad
    8. Jair Jurrjens
    9. Derek Lowe
    10. Brian McCann

  18. 18
    Bubdylan Says:

    11. Jonny Venters

    Our goes to eleven…

  19. 19
    Walker Says:

    Is it bad that I’m cheering for the Yankees because I hate George Bush?

  20. 20
    Curt Says:

    Freeman hurt his thumb in an Arizona Fall League game. I sense a hidden problem coming next season from another Braves’ player.

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    Anne Says:

    Fellas – finally got a chance to listen to the show last night on my way home from work. The nostalgia and good feelings about this past season were just great – I had a mini-smile on my face the whole drive.

    Bub – personality chart – don’t know how you’re listing your eleven by rank. Having nothing to do with playing the game, but just on personality: my zero personality ranking is Jason Heyward and my 10 personality ranking is Peter Moylan. (11 is, of course, his change-up, Dave.)

  22. 22
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, me, too.

    Anne, I meant KK was my favorite and on down to Venters being my 11th favorite. I forgot about Peter.

    I miss Ohman.

    I guess I hope the Yankees go on and lose, but I have this fantasy where the Yankees buy 3 championships in a row and the outcry is enough to force action.

    But it’s a dumb fantasy. Even if the machine/empire could be beaten that way, you just CAN’T buy championships in baseball, period. Even if the Yankees got so good they won 75% of their games – that’s 120 wins per year!! – they would still have to defeat a team that won 60% of their games in a 7-game series. It’s still a coin toss. It’s still a game where 2 hits in ten tries means you go back to the minors and 3 hits in ten tries gets you in the hall of fame. It’s SO impossible to separate the best team from the second best in 7 games under those conditions.

    So all the Yankee travesty really gets you is a perpetually frozen American League East.

  23. 23
    Curt Says:


    I don’t even get the sense that there is an outcry. There might be some under the breath mumbling about what the Yankees do, but with revenue sharing these small teams are content to sit back and make money by not fielding a team. I wish we had owners like the Yanks. Win at any cost. Literally. I can’t fathom owning a professional sports team and having no desire to win. Why even do it? Where is your spirit? Where is your commitment to your fans? (And I’m not even talking about Liberty). If I’m a Royals fan, I would boycott that team until it was sold. It’s disgraceful. I hate the Yankees, but they have the cash and they sure as hell spend it on fielding that team to win championships, not the wild card.

    Would you guys trade JJ to get a bat? Seems to be a lot of chatter around to that end lately.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I don’t fault the Yankees’ ownership at all. They’re playing within the system. I do hate the system, though. You can’t have a team with full of all stars and still pretend you’re providing a great product for the fans (other than the lucky ones that happen to root for that team).

    BTW, “Seven Samurai” isn’t just some art flick you’re supposed to like. It’s actually way good.

  25. 25
    Curt Says:

    Agreed. System sucks.

    Did you get a chance to see Lives of Others yet?

    I was watching some Harold Lloyd films with my kids the other night. I don’t know if anyone knows him, but he is truly amazing. Just poetic. It’s old black and white silent stuff, like Buster Keaton. The kids couldn’t stop laughing.

  26. 26
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, I totally forgot about Lives of Others. Writing it down again…

    JJ for a bat… depends on the bat. I know we can’t get 2009 value for Jurrjens, but I would not trade him for much less. I’m afraid the same reasons we’d even think about letting him go (2009 Peripherals suggest a career year, Boras, injury concern ever since his days with Detroit, weight gain) are the reasons we would not get a huge return. Taking a chance that he’d return to good/great form with the Braves might be the best gamble with JJ. It reminds me of Soriano: good when healthy. Some question his drive. But Soriano did a nice job with the Rays, so…

    Even after all the offensive woes, I still would rather have a great rotation than lose a top pitcher for a bat.

  27. 27
    Bubdylan Says:

    Netflix includes “Steamy” in its descriptors of Lives of Others. Which is another way of saying it is now in my queue.

    Is Netflix a status symbol? I really kind of hope so. It should be. It’s a very grown up way of arranging your evening enertainment, don’t you think? It says, “I know what I want, and I’ve known it for three days.” Most of the people I know who have their lives in order do Netflix. My friend who still bounces checks and wears socks that don’t match, he goes to the video store.

    Well, I’m claiming it for my status symbol. My car is dumb. My apartment is good, but sheesh, I’ll turn 40 without a mortgage (and not in the good way…), I wear Hawaiian shirts under a jacket in the winter. Those little red envelopes are all I got.

  28. 28
    Curt Says:

    It’s foreign, so steamy should be implied, even for the Krauts.

    It is outstanding.

    My wife has us on the most low budge Netflix membership you can have. So I guess my status is like social member, without the full benefits of the golf course.

  29. 29
    Anne Says:

    Bub, I’m on the Netflix three-at-a-time plan, appropos of nothing, other than everyone now knowing that I spend more on at-home movies than Curt’s wife. I love it, too. BONUS – live streaming via Wii.
    I rarely watch week-to-week shows and prefer to catch up to them later via Netflix. Caught up with last season’s Dexter and 30 Rock, and the finale of The Tudors. Tis the season: tonight am watching Nosferatu the Vampyre, Herzog’s 1979 remake. :30 in and it’s not looking worth my time. I have lines to memorize, anyway…Go Braves (in 2011)!

  30. 30
    Bubdylan Says:

    What play are you doing, Anne?

    Are you a fan of the K. Branagh Hamlet? I rented it and liked what I could understand, but I think I’ll have to just buy it and watch it with subtitles a few times. I figure it’ll be worth it to do a little work to get acquainted with the full length Hamlet. (that’s what she said…)

    I have to say, though, Jack Lemmon was a big distraction to me. As was Keanu (rolls eyes) in Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing. I know it sells tickets, but I wish they’d stick to the Brits in Shakespeare movies unless the actor has serious stage chops. (Though, Denzel was good in M.A.A.N.)

  31. 31
    Curt Says:

    Orson Welles was pretty solid as Othello

  32. 32
    Kate Says:

    Frenchy is in the World Series. That just sounds wrong.

  33. 33
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, yeah, “solid” is a good word for it. *In best Undercover Brother impersonation* Sssssssolid…

    Oh, no, I forgot about Franc***r being with Texas. Go Yankees. 8)

  34. 34
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heh. Yanks are done. I didn’t even remember that was tonight. Flu has broken my brain.

  35. 35
    Bubdylan Says:

    Andrus and Feliz headed to the big show. Man, what might’a been.

  36. 36
    Yeah, but... Says:

    You did NOT say “Go Yankees”…you’re fired. Not fun seeing Frenchy in the WS but I do like his beard and I got a ton “o” respect for Josh Hamilton. So I’m kinda excited. Now if the Giants can win tonight I’ll be super stoked.

    Anne, the Rev and I catch up on Dexter on Netflix. That and Mad Men. My 5 year old knows how to work the ‘flix on the wii. Anywho…go Braves! And Giants!

  37. 37
    Anne Says:

    “You Can’t Take it With You” – 1930s comedy – at the University. Yours truly = The Grand Dutchess Olga Katrina. Blink and you’ll miss me.

    “Mara” I wish I could get in to Mad Men…just not doing it for me. (TWSS)

    Rangers beating the Yankees…so freaking great. Good for young Jeffy – I’m sure we’ll have plenty of things to tease him about soon.

  38. 38
    Steve Says:

    Hey guys – been buried in work hell. Sorry to have missed the last few days.

    Bub – the player personality list is sorely missing Hinske. I’d have him and Ross in the top 3.

    Curt – trading JJ scares the hell out of me. I like all the pitching. And no Medlen for essentially all of 2011 leaves me more uneasy.

    Go Rangers! So happy to see the Yankees go down. So, so, so satisfying. Way worth Frenchy in the WS as a result. So, can the Giants pull out another win? I don’t think so. I think they are done. And then, Rangers in 6 over the Phils. You heard it here first.

  39. 39
    Curt Says:

    Actually second. I picked the Rangers over the Phils on the show.

    Does JS get a ring from the Rangers, because there ain’t no way they are there without his help.

    Good to see MLB getting a strong return on their bailouts.

  40. 40
    Curt Says:

    A great sports weekend, other than the Jackets. ND loses and Yanks and Phils get eliminated. Perfect.

  41. 41
    Yeah, but... Says:

    Annnnnnnnnd, auburn beats LSU! WDE!

  42. 42
    Curt Says:

    Go Dawgs

  43. 43
    Leah Says:

    I think I’m a bad sport. I wanted the Giants to win but now I’m mad at them. Are the Braves ever going to make it to the world series?

  44. 44
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, the Auburn game was awesome to watch. My first full game look at Cam. If they can get past Bama in T Town, I gotta think they’re the best in the country.

    Can’t understand them not being ranked #1. No SEC team, undefeated, should be behind anybody at this point in the season. I mean, it’s a down year for the conference, but not in the West. 5 ranked teams in the West, and that’s with them all beating each other up.

    If Auburn gets the BCS Championship and the Heisman the year after Bama got both, that would be a helluva thing.

  45. 45
    Leah Says:

    Yeah…the Rev is pretty excited. We shall see…

  46. 46
    Bubdylan Says:

    I just saw the BCS poll is convinced. Congrats. (Do you not pull for Auburn secondly to the Bulldogs?)

  47. 47
    Leah Says:

    Heck no. I always want the Hubs happy. I really just pull for the Bulldogs when they do something spectacular.

  48. 48
    Leah Says:

    Ya know…like beat GA.

  49. 49
    Bubdylan Says:

    I kind of was asking if you pull for Auburn at all, as in AT LEAST behind MSU. Wasn’t sure if #45 was a hint that you weren’t that excited.

    Cool thing would be if Auburn won the BCS this year and then both schools met undefeated in a sort of tie breaker next year. Pretty unlikely I suppose, since Ingram (and Richardson? and Julio Jones? and McElroy?) will be gone. Will Cam Newton hang around another year?

  50. 50
    Anne Says:

    Leah – I’m glad you’re Leah again.

  51. 51
    Bubdylan Says:

    I agree with Anne.

    Leah, have you seen the A. Bros. animated video for “Head Full of Doubt”? I freaking loved it. Best video I’ve seen in a good while.


    Also, have you noticed that “I and Love and You” sounds a lot like a 70’s album? I mean, not just the songs themselves, but the sound of the production. I’m sure it was on purpose, especially since the album cover looks 100% like it was ripped out of that decade.

  52. 52
    Bubdylan Says:

    You know, when you consider that 8* teams per year get to the MLB playoffs, Atlanta winning 1 in 14 doesn’t sound quite as failing. I mean, if they’d just won ONE more championship, it would actually be about right, share-wise.

    *since ’95, so, for most of Atlanta’s reign, there were 8 per year.

  53. 53
    Curt Says:

    2 would have made a world of difference. And back-to-back titles with a beatdown of the Yanks in 96 would have made my life.

  54. 54
    Bubdylan Says:

    If they’d have won in ’96, they’d probably have won 4 or 5 total. That was the one that brought the funk.

  55. 55
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ouch my soul hurts now. I just looked up the ’96 Series. We outscored the Yankees 16 to 1 in the first two games. In Yankee Stadium.

    What the HELL happened???

    That’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever forgotten and then remembered. Should have left that one where my psyche had put it: blocked behind the same Spirit Wall as the Carter presidency and the movie “The Wiz.” Damn Wikipedia.

  56. 56
    Leah Says:

    Thanks guys. I thought I’d stop using Mara Wanna. Some studies say it’s bad for you and it also stinks up your house.

    Bub, that is a fantastic video. I just love it. Would you be surprised to hear we’re headed to Ashville for the New Year again? Maybe I’ll see Cledus! Also, did you hear the newest slogan for AU ? “War Cam Eagle” Pretty funny. Go Braves!

  57. 57
    Bubdylan Says:

    Do you ever meet any cool Thomas Wolfe stories up in Asheville? Any children or grandchildren of the townspeople he portrayed in his stories?

  58. 58
    Leah Says:

    Will you hate me forever if I admit to not knowing who that was before I googled him? What if I promise to read your favorite novel?

  59. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    No, it’s not like that. I’d just barely heard of him before this year and I’ve been to Asheville a few times.

    The story goes: he wrote stories that were fictional, but biographical in that they covered his young life in Asheville pretty closely. The townspeople in his stories were thinly veiled real citizens of the town and this caused a stir, as he viewed the town with a critical eye.

    So I would be curious to know if there’s still any local buzz by direct descendants, etc.

    You already read my favorite novel. I require no further pentance. :)

  60. 60
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, but if you do ever get to read his short story, “The Lost Boy,” it’s very beautiful.

  61. 61
    Curt Says:

    Funny, or not so much, I just looked at a game-by-game breakdown of the ’96 series. So much worse than just the Leyritz homes. You’re right Bub, that should have stayed in the vault. God, I’m sick.

    I think the one that would have brought 4 or 5 was winning in ’91. Maybe obvious, but that one set the tone for me. The loss in ’98 was the end of it all.

  62. 62
    Curt Says:

    Jeff Francoeur will be the first of the so-called “Baby Braves” to play in a World Series.

  63. 63
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’ll have to update my Frenchy ballad.

  64. 64
    Curt Says:

    Something to do with a Texas twister – vis-a-vis his swinging and missing so much.

  65. 65
    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s brilliant. Good for several rhymes too: Mister, Sister, Kissed ‘er, Blister, Missed ‘er… could definitely work out.

  66. 66
    Curt Says:

    According to DOB, the Braves were in fact looking at Don Baylor as their new hitting coach, but he has taken the same job with AZ.


  67. 67
    Steve Says:

    “That’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever forgotten and then remembered.” I really liked that.

    So, I just read this: “They are not a good defensive team. They aren’t a patient team at the plate. They don’t steal bases. They can hit home runs from No. 1 to No. 8 in the order, but otherwise, they aren’t a particularly good offensive team. So, how do they win? They are a tough, gritty team that is all about character, diverse personalities and great starting pitching.” – Tim Kurkjian describing the Giants made the postseason.

    I know it’s time to stop the coulda’s/shoulda’s but damn that sounds like the Braves.

  68. 68
    Bubdylan Says:

    It does sound like the Braves. Maybe the experience will be enough to push next year’s version a step further. (Anyone notice the Phils are stepping the other way? WS Win, WS Loss, NLCS Loss… next year a first round loss? And then, bye-bye Oswalt & Hello Ryan Howard’s Albatross Years)

  69. 69
    Curt Says:

    Hello Braves of the late nineties/aughts

  70. 70
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wren’s interview meetings for the Hitting Coach position should consist of three hours solid viewing of Nate McLouth at-bats. First candidate who doesn’t run from the room screaming gets the job.

  71. 71
    Bubdylan Says:

    Or, just give it to Jim Presley.

    Hunka Hunka Burning Bullpoops.

  72. 72
    Bubdylan Says:

    So, I just joined the video game revolution and bought the $99 PS2 and MLB 10 the Show. My first Chipper Jones at bat and he’s running out a grounder and I’m wincing and curling my toes as he goes across the bag, waiting for Video Chipper to grab his hammy. True story. I might have to play as a different team or I’m gonna have problems.

  73. 73
    Steve Says:

    Bub – that’s pretty funny. We recently just got a cheap PS2 and MLB10 The Show as well. It’s pretty great. But how is it that Major League Baseball pronounces our starting 2nd basemen as Martin instead of Marteen. Shameful.

  74. 74
    Bubdylan Says:

    I KNOW! I heard that, “Martin Prado.” Awful.

    By the way, if you have an old tube tv around, it has a better picture for PS2 than HDTV’s.

  75. 75
    Leah Says:

    Where did I put that ABT decoder ring? I’ll just get my 9 year old to translate.

  76. 76
    Steve Says:

    Bub – as it happens, there’s only one TV in my house and it’s the old fashioned kind. I was amazed at how great the PS2 looked on it. Now I know why.

  77. 77
    Bubdylan Says:

    Translation into Girlese for Leah:

    Bub: I saw Chipper at the arcade. He was limping


    Bub: No way! Be my bff?

    Steve: YES!

    Bub: … Prado’s so fine I can’t stand it.

    Steve: YEAH he is.

  78. 78
    Leah Says:

    Why is it the comments that should be the most offensive make me laugh the hardest? Even if they ticked me off I’d get over it due to all the belly laughter.

  79. 79
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, I thought I was gonna be in pretty big trouble there. You’re a good sport. :)

  80. 80
    Leah Says:

    Rest assured, if I believed you really thought my mind worked that way I’d be mad as hell. Im not a good sport. I’m so jealous of the Rangers and Giants I may not be able to watch.

  81. 81
    Bubdylan Says:

    Never ever microwave hickory smoked Spam.

  82. 82
    Leah Says:

    Haha! Did you at least take it out of the can? I fried home grown okra for the first time. It was delicious but I sure do hate the clean up.

  83. 83
    Bubdylan Says:

    Congrats on the okra, but there is no food more foul to my senses. I stand by my original review from my first grade lunchroom: dirtballs fried in boogers.

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    Leah Says:


  85. 85
    Leah Says:

    Lincecum’s pot smoking is showing. Wow what a stupid play. Glad it didn’t hurt him.

  86. 86
    Bubdylan Says:

    This Andrus kid… wish we could farm ‘em like that. I can’t STAND Mark Teixeira. Everytime I think if his face, I punch it in my mind.

  87. 87
    Bubdylan Says:

    A shame, too. If we’d kept Andrus, we’d have Presley coaching Elvis’ hitting.

  88. 88
    Steve Says:

    I’m feeling bad for the Giants. I know, it’s a little crazy. But I don’t really have a dog in this fight and I hate seeing the underdog getting knocked around in their home park.

    By the way, John Legend’s National Anthem was pretty great. Dude can sing.

  89. 89
    Bubdylan Says:

    Alright! Attaboys.

    I’m for the Giants. This AL thing is bullhunkus. McCann getting the All Star game followed by the Giants getting the WS would do some leveling.

  90. 90
    Leah Says:

    But what about Frenchy?

  91. 91
    Bubdylan Says:

    Right. Frenchy. GOOOOO Giants.

  92. 92
    Leah Says:

    Oh Edgar! Nice play!

  93. 93
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’d be MUCH prouder of seeing Renty pick up a ring.

  94. 94
    Bubdylan Says:

    Don’t care for Lincecum, but you have to say, Cy Young, Cy Young, World Series is no bad way to begin a career. As long as his Tommy John(s) go well, he might have a decent shot at the Hall.

  95. 95
    Steve Says:

    Bub – good call on Renty. I’m a little torn because my 10 year old has decided that the Rangers are his 2nd favorite team. He loves Ian Kinsler (from watching Quick Pitch highlights). But I really find myself pulling for the Giants.

    Juan Uribe has got to be like 45, right? He looks really old.

  96. 96
    Bubdylan Says:

    Woo Hoo! ESPN “Off the Cliff” headline in 10… 9…. 8… 7…

  97. 97
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, the Giants radio guy says this, “and they’re out of the fish bowl folks. They’re out of the fish bowl.”

    What the?

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    Leah Says:

    Tim keeps winking at me in between innings.

  99. 99
    Bubdylan Says:

    He’s going by your old name.

  100. 100
    Leah Says:

    He should know better. The Rev could whoop his skinny little self.

  101. 101
    Bubdylan Says:

    No, I meant “Mara Wanna”.

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    Curt Says:

    Giants, failing to follow the script I keep writing for them.

  103. 103
    Leah Says:

    Wow…the Rangers almost came back and made the Giants look really small. Who wins tonight?

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – that’s funny about the winking. I saw that too. What the heck is that? Does he just wink normally, like it’s a tick or something? Or does he do it for the camera (which would be a horrendous answer, I mean who winks anymore?).

    Giants win tonight. And Nolan Ryan looks even more grim in the stands, if that’s possible.

    Bub – why were you listening on the radio? No TV or just a preference?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    No cable, Stevie. The only surer way to explode my studies than my internet addiction is cable tv. Netflix & Hulu give me all I can handle.

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    Steve Says:

    It’s crazy in Atlanta radio-wise. There are two main sports AM stations: 790AM and 680AM. Neither had the World Series on last night. I assume it was on one of the “sister stations” to 680, which is about impossible to get at night in the city.

  107. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    I pay the 20 clams a year to get the audio to any game from mlb.com. It’s nice to get a break from the ATL broadcasts once in a while, especially if I can get Vin Scully for a Dodgers game, or like to listen to really grumpy broadcasters (Cubs) when Atl’s kicking someone’s butt. I’m sure you know this, but some broadcasters are willing to be critical of their teams and that’s always refreshing too.

    Not that I don’t like Powell & Sutton, cuz I really do, but sometimes they go one prune-tini over the line and I gotta switch.

  108. 108
    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s also interesting to see your team from an outsider’s perspective, hear them talking about Heyward, about the pitching rotation, about how tough it is coming to Turner field when you really need to pick up some wins, etc. They way they still get nervous when Chipper’s up to bat no matter what kind of year he’s having. Etc.

  109. 109
    Leah Says:

    A guy I work with has a patent out on software he designed to cover certain broadcasters’ voices with crowd noise. He can’t stand Phil Sims.

  110. 110
    Leah Says:

    I told him to speed up that patent so I could use it on Chip Carey’s voice next season.

  111. 111
    Steve Says:

    Anybody out there?

    The Giants just look like the better team, don’t you think? And that’s not a question I expected to pose when this series started. And how about Renteria
    ? Not only his bat, but his glove tonight. Unbelievable.

  112. 112
    Bubdylan Says:

    I totally called the “Cain is Able” ESPN headline, though they actually went with “More Than Able.”

    But I could not have predicted their awful masterpiece from yesternight: “Juan Giant Step.” Now that’s doin’ it. Two puns in one.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, I think they “look” (I’m on radio) better, but I also think that’s the nature of the postseason. You have two teams brand new to the WS. The first team to feel the heat was bound to tighten up. And if the first team to go ahead is playing at home, they’re bound to gain a ton of confidence in a hurry.

    Remember the Braves in May & June? How it seemed like they couldn’t lose? Confidence & Rhythm are such big deals in baseball.

    If the Giants pull it off, they should send Brian McCann a ring. I just don’t believe, talent wise, what’s unfolding makes much sense. Love it, though.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    EDGAR!!! I forgot how much I like Renty. Nice to have at least a piece of one dog in the hunt.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Giants offense scoring 11 runs a game in the WS? I called that.

    Make that 11.5… and counting.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I call this headline on some Cali rag somewhere tomorrow morning:

    “Giants Mess With Texas”

    Whatcha think?

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    Steve Says:

    “I just don’t believe, talent wise, what’s unfolding makes much sense.”

    Well said.

    9 freaking runs tonight. I’ve become a big ol’ Giants ho-bag since they moved on to the Phillies. And, let me say it again – the miserable Nolan Ryan face is just priceless. I have nothing against him and I’m not trying to be mean it’s just off the charts.

  118. 118
    Steve Says:

    #116 – I like it.

  119. 119
    Steve Says:

    And Frenchy gets an at-bat!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Giants radio guy: Francoeur’s a tough guy to walk.

  121. 121
    Steve Says:

    And Frenchy ends the game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “the miserable Nolan Ryan face is just priceless.”

    It’ll probably be on that mock expression website, whatever it’s called, tomorrow morning.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Buster Posey is being interviewed on the radio. Amazingly smart and likeable dude. I couldn’t be more impressed. Like listening to Glavine do an interview and he’s a rookie.

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    Curt Says:

    I’m watching the old Clash of the Titans with Harry Hamlin. Brilliant doesn’t begin to cover it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    SF Radio Guy just now: “Cain’s calm demeanor goes a long way. He doesn’t look new to this at all. He looks as calm as John Smoltz or Greg Maddux after doing it a bunch of times.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, my mother took me to see COTT at the movie theatre – the first one she ever took me to if I remember right. I had Medusa nightmares for weeks, but every time I woke up from them, I would stay scared for about 3 seconds before breaking into raptures over how cool the dream was.

  127. 127
    Bubdylan Says:

    Renty is the only player to play SS in the WS with three different teams.

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    Curt Says:

    I saw it in the theaters too. I think the giant scorpions got to me. I hate bugs.

    It’s hard to believe it was even in theaters. It’s like Smokey and the Bandit or Ferris Beuler. Movies that are on TV so much that it is hard to imagine them ever having been in a theater.

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    Steve Says:

    Let the Larry Parrish era begin! I’m excited. Seeing how it’s pretty difficult to judge these things, he certainly has a lot of experience. I’m in.

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    Kate Says:

    Let the fire LP era begin!

  131. 131
    Leah Says:

    Who watched Modern Family this week? I Can’t remember last time I laughed so hard at a tv show. And yes…Gloria looked lovely.

  132. 132
    Curt Says:

    Leah, it was pretty solid.

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    Leah Says:

    Ok Mr. Alicious, I’ve come to a conclusion. You mentioned my reading your favorite novel and I’ve decided it’s your turn. It’s not my very very favorite, nothing compares with Austen, but I think you will really dig “Last Days of Summer” by Steve Kluger. So as soon as you’ve watched Curt’s movie you have to read it. It’s your penance. And remember …”The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
    — Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey)

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    Steve Says:

    Alright, if we’re talking favorite novels, two immediately come to mind for me:

    “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irvin is my favorite of all time. Could not love that book more. It is a big reason my wife and I got married (b/c on our first date we discussed our undying love for that book).

    A more recent addition to my favorite is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Phenomenal.

    So, now that the Rangers showed they could actually win a game, do you think they are the favorites once again? I still think the Giants will take it. In 6.

  135. 135
    Steve Says:

    Ugh – John Irving, that is.

    Leah – I’m a few weeks behind on Modern Family. Been in absolute work hell for past 2 weeks.

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    Curt Says:

    You guys ever read any Ferrol Sams? I loved his first 3 books. Great Southern narratives.

    All time favorite is “The Sun Also Rises.” Hemingway’s descriptions are so wonderful.

    I think the Rangers are back in it, but those first two games really shocked me. I didn’t see the Giants beating anyone down like that, let alone the Rangers.

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    Leah Says:

    “Extremely Loud and Incredibly close”, I know I’ve read that. Is it about a boy who walks around NYC after his dad died on 9/11?
    I didn’t get to watch the game last night. Glad the rangers are showing life.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – that’s right. I see it made a huge impression on you. : – )

  139. 139
    Leah Says:

    Steve, I’ll never forget it. I also remember keys for some reason. Clearly it’s a good thing your wife has a much better memory than I have.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, Leah, you wouldn’t ask me to read if you saw my list for Lit Crit. @400 pages per week, and about 3/4 of it is almost inpenetrable(sp?). I wouldn’t wish Jacques Derrida on a Mets fan.

    Curt, I haven’t read TSAR, but my best (and most well read) friend says it’s the shizz.

    Steve, that’s a cool story; you and your wife & Owen Meany. That’s the stuff. Getting married over a book > getting married over a movie.

    I had to film a halloween themed wedding today. They wrote their own vows. The bride’s began with “Ever since you knocked me up…”

    Noone laughed. And the pause for laughter quickly became of a pause of not knowing if she should keep reading or not. Un. Com. For. Table. I haven’t decided if I’m going to add laugh tracks to the video to make a joke of it or if it’s better to show it in all its unnerving horror.

    Two+ hours of film to go through. Miles to go before I sleep.

  141. 141
    Bubdylan Says:

    Nice to come back and see the Crimson Tide on the front of ESPN for … not playing a game and moving up 2 spots. :) We’re back! (Gonna get destroyed by Auburn…)

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – that story about the wedding vows is awesome. I for one vote for no laugh track. They’ll want to see it in its true and horrifying glory, I think.

    There was a great shot of Bochy in the dugout after Posey hit his homer in the 8th. A sly smile on his face that said, as I interpret it, him thinking to himself, “holy sh*t, we’re really going to win this World Series.”

    What a performance by the Giants. And Bumgarner. Unreal. The dude’s got “bum” in his name for God’s sake and he’s putting up these kinds of numbers in the post seaston. Impressive.

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    Leah Says:

    Bub, I give you until January 1, 2011. That’s the best I can do…some things just can’t be helped. The wedding story is quite hilarious and I’m with Steve or maybe you should insert the scariest scream known to man. Only in AL…and/or MS.

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    Curt Says:

    As I was saying, the Rangers are done.

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    Nate Says:

    Hey guys, just caught up on the show. Good stuff, as usual. Steve, #142, Bochy is awesome. Bub, I know my Volunteers gave you something to smile about on that 3rd Saturday in October. Quite a year for us Vol fans. Getting trucked by Georgia, Alabama, and Spurrier all in the same month. Plus the month started with us putting 13 guys on the field to save the Mad Hatter. Ouch. You know your team is bad when they have had trouble getting 11 players on the field all year. You’d think that might be something you go over in preseason practice. Now we get to sit back and wait for more sanctions in December from the NCAA. Go Vols. My only hope is for a Falcons playoff run. Is it Spring Training time yet?

    BTW, Cam Newton is a Manbeast. Auburn deserves this year after the 2004 fiasco. Undefeated, SEC, how do you not play for the Championship.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Undefeated, SEC, how do you not play for the Championship”

    That was highway robbery.

    Iron Bowl of a lifetime shaping up if the Tide can get past LSU and Leah U.

    Nate, good to hear from you again. I was just telling my dad that I think Tennessee is tradition-rich enough to weather the storm. Hang in there. A year ago, Auburn was supposedly on a spirial, living in UA’s shadow again, joke of a coach, blah blah blah. Look at ‘em now. (Dammit).

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, the scream idea is a good one. I’m doing a “straight” version and a goofy one anyway, so maybe I’ll work in the Wilhelm scream. They’d love that.

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Leah Says:

    I am LOVING this dialog!

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    Leah Says:

    Bub, that’s weird! I’m very familiar with about 1/4 of those movies (I’ve seen the animated features thousands of times) and never noticed the same scream. Very interesting.

    We’re having our roof replaced. I might be insane. If I could hear myself think I’d know.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s really bad to get familiar with the Wilhelm scream. It can totally mess with your viewing experience. When it was just an industry inside joke, part of the reason it was funny is that you can’t just naturally notice it. But it got leaked and now people look for it and memorize it, etc.

    The information age…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, looking at the Giants’ line up, I see several players I would not want on the Braves. Which is to say, yes, it could have been us.

  153. 153
    Bubdylan Says:

    Of course, looking at the Braves’ line up, I see several players I would not want on the Braves…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Renty! Have a career!@!!!!

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    Steve Says:

    So – does Renteria get the MVP?

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    Steve Says:

    Or, maybe Lincecum with his 2 wins.

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    Curt Says:

    I still don’t think the Braves would have gotten through the Phils. They are too much in the Braves heads now. But it would have been fun to go into it with a full team.

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    Steve Says:

    The Chipper we saw the 4 weeks leading up to his injury AND Prado – it would have been fun.

    Renteria did get MVP. THAT is a good story.

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    Leah Says:

    Shoulda coulda would…how many days until spring training? http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/issue.php?id=159
    Wha…how’d that link get there. Silly me…I have no idea but if you notice there is a familiar name in the table of contents. Not once but twice. :)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    We’ve had a nice long look at post-surgery Moylan. How do we feel about him as a reliever next season? I’ve been meaning to bring it up for a while. He came out of nowhere, and I believe he’s headed back there. I think it’s gotten in his head, and I think the league/ division is picking up his delivery fairly easily. How much will he cost? With Wren’s history concerning veteran relievers, I think he might be going bye bye.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, you lost me. What table of contents?

  162. 162
    Leah Says:

    Special Delivery
    D. Andrew Jones on Why I Don’t Handwrite Notes & Letters

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    Leah Says:

    I would change my name to braggadocios but I’ve decided to never change my name again.

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    Nate Says:

    I don’t think bringing back Moylan is a HUGE priority. It would be nice because the guys all like him, but it seems weird to think of him as the veteran leader out there. IMO, the veteran leader should be one of the better relievers of a bullpen, and I think Venters, Kimbrel, Dunn, and maybe even EOF are better than Moylan. Not to mention you get Meds back by the end of the year.

  165. 165
    Nate Says:

    This Giants team reminds me of that D’backs team that won it all. I think it was 2001. Not a very impressive lineup at all, but 2 very, very good starters. Matt Cain really impressed me this postseason, and although he looks like something you might see at Bonnaroo, Lincecum is one of the best in the league.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Looking back, I wish it had gone seven games and the Giants won. I like the Rangers alright and I hate it that they finally got there and had such a poor showing. And I hate that Texas fans might make more out of it than is realistic; meaning that the fans will think the Rangers failed in some big way. It’s so luck & momentum driven in the post.

    If you really, REALLY wanted to have a World Series that determined the best team in baseball,

    1. Play a 140-something game schedule where every team in each league plays every other team that league the same exact amount of games.

    2. Let the best records from each league play each other in a 21 game World Series.

    First to win 11 games is the champ.

    No system is perfect, but I think that would end up with the best team in baseball being the champions 75+% of the time.

  167. 167
    Anne Says:

    Ankiel & Farnsworth let go – so says 680 The Fan.

  168. 168
    Bubdylan Says:

    Without looking, I’m going to guess that the motherblog is butt deep in politics tonight.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Heh, what’ya know. They’re behaving over there. Euphoria?

    I’m ready to go back to having a king already. Can I be the first one, though? I’m pretty sure I can make everybody happy. Well, maybe not, but I’ll get rid of everybody who’s not happy under my rule, so in the end it works out.

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    Curt Says:

    Don’t worry, in 2 years everyone will change their mind and turn it all back the other way and ‘mandate’ someone else. And so it goes. On and on and on.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, since you’ve joined me in the Great PS2 Gen X Revival, you might try Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition, if you and your boy like racing games at all. Nice to look at, not hard to control, family friendly, the manual is helpful. It’s kind of a laid back game, I mean for a racing game. Racing at midnight in the rain in Tokyo is pretty gorgeous.

    Curt, I hear ya. I even know some from tonight’s winning party who hoped the wins wouldn’t be so big that the hard times of the next two years would cost them the pres. election. Isn’t that some goofy logic?

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    Curt Says:

    Never in there was the sentiment that they should do a better job to prevent themselves from being thrown out. None of them care. And if they do, 10 minutes in DC corrupts it out of them.

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    Leah Says:

    How many more days til baseball? I’m trying to fill the void with the first season of Mad Men. It’s just not the same.

  174. 174
    Leah Says:


    Same ole, same ole…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb (because I never, ever make drastic resolves on this site) and say that if the Braves/Liberty/Wren can’t come up with something nice to put on the field this time around, I’m giving it up.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, start packing.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What did Wren MEAN when he said he would get us a big bat two or three years ago? Why did he say that? He said he’d fix the rotation, and he did. Then he said he’d get us a big bat, and he never did. Was it Troy Glaus? Was that the gleam in Bobby’s eye during the Vazquez(?) press confrence about getting some offense? Now I think that look was supressed laughter.

    So ridiculous. I’m not asking for someone elite, but dang, the outfield is so, so bad, and we’re gonna have a daisy fresh rookie at a power spot in the infield. How about Cory Hart? Josh Willingham? Cody Ross? This window of Hanson, Heyward, Jurrjens, Prado, & McCann all being affordable won’t last forever.

    PLEASE tell me he isn’t going to let another winter go by without getting a well-above-league-average bat for the middle of the order. No lead off guy and no slugger, how long will this go on?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    p.s. without our WonderGlaus May this year, the Braves might have finished below the Mets and Florida. So, it’s not as if we can say this team got to the playoffs without a slugger.

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    Leah Says:

    Do we think Heyward will be more consistent next season? He really tanked in the end….which Heyward is the real deal?

  180. 180
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I expect the great Heyward is the real one for three reasons:

    1. The walk rate. That’s what separates the boys from the men; a guy who is swinging at strikes and not at balls. And on top of that, he got robbed a TON on balls being called strikes. If umpires start to give him a little break (he could help that himself by not acting a fool), he’ll be even better.

    2. The great Heyward is the one indicative of his minor league dominance. When he was beasting at the major league level in April, it still never exceeded the predictions.

    3. No matter how much potential a rookie hitter shows, it’s still a hard year. But even with his struggles, he put up something crazy like 5 WAR (somebody check me on that), and that was with a busted thumb.

    I think he’ll be a beast. But putting the offensive weight of the team on his shoulders would be a bad, bad idea.

    I also expect he’ll be an injury risk most of his career. I mean, he has been for all of his minor league career and had assorted injuries as a rookie.

  181. 181
    Curt Says:

    1. He needs to not take so many strikes. He needs to get more aggressive in certain situations, which will come with the experience he gained this year.

    2. I hope he moves out of the 2 hole. I really hope he moves out of the 2 hole. Even if he’s moved to 5.

  182. 182
    Curt Says:

    I read an article about colby rasmus being a guy the Braves might go after. might have been DOB that wrote it. apparently he doesn’t get along with LaRussa, and he is a huge Braves fan growing up in Georgia. He has pretty decent numbers, young guy, but it would require a trade, and the article discussed JJ or Prado having to be the jump off point in that deal.

  183. 183
    Bubdylan Says:

    I would trade JJ for Rasmus.

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    Leah Says:

    But not Prado…never Prado.

  185. 185
    Bubdylan Says:

    No, I’m kind of hoping Prado is signed long term. I think the Braves should try to do that soon. It’s a risk, but that’s why it would be affordable. 7 years at 7 million per.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, your school ratted out the Rev’s school.

  187. 187
    Bubdylan Says:

    $20.00 bet pays $150 on TCU winning the National Championship. I’m seriously thinking about it.

  188. 188
    Leah Says:

    I know! Yikes! Trouble in paradise.

  189. 189
    Nate Says:

    Bub, I would take it. TCU is good. That game Saturday with Utah is gonna be one you wanna watch. I think Bama plays at the same time, though.

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    Bubdylan Says:


    Maybe by the time Gonzno (can we call our short stop Gonzno?) is done next year, Tyler can step in.

  191. 191
    Bubdylan Says:

    So, daddy motherblogger deletes my post. Amazing, considering what he lets stand. All’s I said was Wren’s advertised big bat needs to arrive or I’m exiting. Petty.

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    Leah Says:

    That bloody Mother Blogger.

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    Leah Says:

    Things that make ya go hmmm.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, for your amusement: Kenny Rogers top 10 greatest hits (Kenny Rogers is the guy’s name mixed up in the Cam Newton scandal, you see:)

    10. Love Gifted Me

    9. You Decorated My Church

    8. You Were a Good Fund

    7. Paytime Friends and Nighttime Flubbers

    6. Till I Can Rake it on My Own

    5. Steward of the Bounty

    4. Aubie, Don’t Take Your Funds to Cam

    3. Don’t Fall In Love with a Schemer

    2. Every Time Two Fools Collude

    1. You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Cecil

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    Leah Says:

    HAAAAA!!! Hilarious!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I just picked up the 2-disc version of It’s A Wonderful Life that has a new colorized version on one of the disc. Now, I love B & W films and I’ve cursed at the t.v. plenty over those super-saturated colorized atrocities that flooded the tube in the 80’s and 90’s, HOWEVER, this looks really, really nice.

    It isn’t flawless, a few of the colors look suspicious. But I never minded that you could tell something was up in the colorized versions, it was that it was so UGLY, like the films had been exposed to radiation, or they were trying to simulate the worst era of Technicolor.

    Anyway, to me, it looks very pleasing. It’ll never replace the B&W, but I think I’ll watch it all the way through in color this year, and I’d have thought that was blasphemy before.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Err… scratch that. After 20 minutes I was missing the old images badly. Had to take it out and put in the other disc.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Toy Story 3 on DVD is to die for, too. The mushroom cloud of monkeys is one of the finest moments in film history.

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    Leah Says:

    I thought we’d get TS3 for the kiddie but I’m not sure I can wait!

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    Leah Says:

    Let’s try that again. Comment #199 take two…” I thought we’d get TS3 for the Kiddos for Christmas but I’m not sure I can wait that long.” That’s what I get for trying to comment before my coffee.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, get it NOW. Christmas is magical all by itself. THIS will give you November Magic: a rarer wonder. (I’m so silly…)

    The commentary track is very informing. Did you know they got the kid who voiced Andy to come back and voice college age Andy? How cool is that?!

    Actually Sid has a cameo, too, as the garbage truck guy, and they got that kid to come back and do the grown Sid, too.

    Any Kubrick fans? There’s this signature “dark expression” Kubrick got his characters to do where the face gets very still, and the eyes glance up through slightly angry eyebrows… they use that to show Buzz’s transition to the dark demo-version prison guard Buzz. Those guys at Pixar are steeped in film tradition, if anyone didn’t know.

    Okay, end of fanboy spaz.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate sports.

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    Leah Says:

    Oh what a difference a year makes. Bub, no matter what happens next weekend we’ll still be friends…right? Right? Bubalicious?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, of course, goofy. I’m not that kind of sports fan.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I dumped your email addy when my account got compromised and somebody was sending garbage to my contacts. So I’ll have to post you this here. Thought you and the Rev might like it.


    It’s downloads (free) of John Cleese’s readings of The Screwtape Letters. It’s a shame this went out of print, and a bit of a mystery as it got a grammy nomination and was well reviewed and popular. Cleese is the perfect match for Lewis’s wit & whimsy. If the “mp3 hum” gets on your nerves, you can score used cassette versions of it pretty cheap online, though brand new ones go for as much as 2 thousand dollars. (Isn’t that insane?).

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    Leah Says:

    So do you have the same email? If not, thanks for the link! And shame on you for dumping me. I feel so …used. :)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I got your email and replied. Believe me, you’re glad I dumped you. Saved you a slew of Arabic spam from a Canadian supplier of sex drugs. Figure that one out.

    Advice for all: if you ever have to sign up for anything with your email addy and a password, don’t use the password for your email account. How I could have been so dumb is… well, no mystery, really.

    (And no, I didn’t sign up for anything Arabic, or Canadian, or sexual… “nothing of a sexual nature I assure you” – Fletch)… I have learned that it’s common for shady pharmaceutical companies to invade someone’s email and spam all their contacts. How stupid is that? Anyway, I’m lucky it wasn’t a virus instead, I’m told. So never, ever do that. If you’re one of those peeps that has one password you use for everything, it would be far less risky to have a list of your passwords in your wallet/home than to use the same password over and over. At least that’s the word I’m getting from the dude who helped me get out of this jam.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Pizza News: are you all hip to the fact that Pizza Hut’s $8 mediums and $10 larges are the permanent prices now? That’s up to 3 toppings.

    $2 charge if you get a specialty like Meat Lovers.
    $2 charge also if you get stuffed crust.

    Still, for you family folks, seein’ as how they got this depression on… that’s a nice price on what I’d consider great pizza. (Restaurant Snobs, please move along, nothing to see here…)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    *sniffs underarm*

    Where everbody wentz?

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    Leah Says:

    Pizza hut? Branch out buddy.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Great. I’ve been food snobbed by a Mississippian.

    I’m off to the sushi bar…

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    Leah Says:

    Only cooked sushi please. Papa Johns is way better than PH. Even Dominoes is better.

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    Leah Says:

    Surely that doesn’t make me a food snob.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You like Dominoes better? Their tomato sauce has that super-chemical aftertaste to me. Oh well, to each her own. I can see Papa Johns, though. Their veggies are yummiest.

    I guess if you DO happen to like Pizza Hut, it MIGHT come in handy to know the pizza they’ve been charging 14-18 dollars for quite a while is now firmly positioned at ten dolla. A’ight? A’IGHT??!

    *crosses arms*

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    Leah Says:

    Have you had Dominoes since they changed ALL their ingredients? Including the tomato sauce? I like how they made the crust all garlic-ee.

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    Steve Says:

    Guys – sorry I’ve been so absent. More work hell. Like I’ve never experienced.

    Bub – thanks for the PS2 recommendation. And what do you mean DOB’s blog has been deleting your post? Do you really think it’s because of content? As you said, they let anything fly on there.

    And, yes, yes, yes to the Toy Story 3 DVD. Fantastic. I am a freaking blubbering mess at the end of the movie. My kids are somewhat disturbed by my reaction.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, I know, right? I watched it with my sister, managed to make it through the hand-holding inferno scene, but that damned pass-the-torch scene with Andy and Bonnie in her yard, I’m like, trying to position myself on the couch where my shaking lip isn’t showing.

    Freaking Pixar. By the time Bonnie lifts up Woody’s hand to wave goodbye, I’m… this guy:


    Leah, I didn’t know they changed ingredients. I swore them off years ago. I’ll have to give them a try.

    Steve, sorry your work is having hell. Hate to hear that, really. Hope it improves sooner than later.

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    Leah Says:

    That poor guy. I actually saw that episode of Intervention (I’m addicted to that show…get it?). Definitely give Dominoes another go. OK…I’m going to buy TS3 asap. My kids are thanking you guys in their adorable little hearts. They just don’t know it. Speaking of adorable hearts, I was helping at my 5 year olds school and I over heard him telling his friends that I was the coolest Mom ever. Bliss.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Whatever wOBA is, Chipper Jones was the 9th best offensive 3rd basemen in it last year, even with his struggles. That makes me a little hopeful that with even a slight rebound next season, he might not be an albatross.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and re: DOB deleting me, no, it couldn’t have been the content. The man just hates me personally. Not that I’ve ever been paranoid.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I decidedly CANNOT make it through the inferno scene. Damn, what a great movie.

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    Leah Says:


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    Curt Says:

    You people don’t like sushi?

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    Leah Says:

    The risk alone keeps me from trying sushi.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’ve only had sushi twice. We had Korean neighbors when I lived in Auburn and they were forever having cook-outs involving sushi. They drove to Atlanta to get their groceries from a special store. It was all good stuff. Spicy, though.

    Gosh, I miss living at those apartments. About 1/2 of the units were filled with international students and their families. There were three huge abandoned mattresses (not as ghetto as it sounds) on the lawn that young kids would play on and jump on during weekend mornings, and there would be 5 or more languages/accents represented in all the giggling and singing. I wish I had filmed some of it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m in danger of becoming more addicted to Midnight Club than I am to the internet. Is it bad that I think of Carlos, the guy who runs the garage in this video game, as my friend? He’s very nice to me.

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    Steve Says:

    THIS is phenomenal:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    THAT is the greatest video I’ve ever seen. Bet he didn’t see that sh*t coming.

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    Leah Says:

    Do you guys follow bravesbuzztap? If they don’t stop cluttering up my feed with “all things Atlanta and sports and anything else we can think of” I might have to unfollow them. Also, what is this movie being filmed at the Ted?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Something about an excellent adventure.

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, that video response by Cleveland is strong to quite strong. Seriously Lebron, you’re a punk. You’re from my generation and I have so much more respect for Kevin Durant, even if he went to the OTHER UT. You’re a tool. What should I have done? Maybe don’t bask in your own narcissism after you FAILED and essentially gave up in the playoffs. You’re Joe Johnson with more endorsements. I watched Jordan. You’re nothing close. MJ would have dropped 40 on Boston multiple times and then made Kobe his pet. I’ve been drinking. I’ll stop here. Again, awesome video.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, cheers, Natey.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    (Not that I’m drinking. Don’t fret, mama.)

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    Curt Says:

    Is it sad the best I can offer is Angry Birds on my iPhone? It’s pretty addictive.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah, re: #229. Something seemed to change with bravesbuzztap and they went from linking only to Braves related stuff to seemingly every article that the AJC publishes. I unfollowed them yesterday. It was ridiculous.

    And, here’s the movie info. They filmed a baseball scene this past Saturday afternoon and invited folks in to fill the stands and be extras: The movie is called “The Change-Up.” The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde. Reynolds and Wilde are expected to be at Turner Field for the filming. David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”) is directing. Which explains why both Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds were at game 3 against the Giants, come to think of it.

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    Leah Says:

    I love Jason Bateman! I’ve heard of “angry birds” but I don’t need another addiction. Between Mad Men and ABT I’m exhausted.

    Good job Bub! Look atcha…making Mama proud.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh, Joe Mather and Beau Torbert. Just freaking shoot me.

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    will Says:

    For petes sake…I just woke up from a quick nap and the Falcons are 6-2.

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Curt Says:

    So Atlanta sportstalk radio is once again abuzz with the Andruw Jones and/or Frenchy returning to the Braves as a 4th outfielder next year. Speaking of shoot me. Andruw did hit 19 homers this year which I think was, outside of Heyward, more than our entire OF combined.

    Will, I’m headed to the game tonight. Been to the AZ beat down and the SF and TB nailbiters. This one might be tough tonight, quoth the Ravens.

    We were set to do a new show this weekend and then this week but Ham got food poisoning and Steve actually had to work, so it’s coming……at some point.

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    Leah Says:

    That would have been a very unpleasant podcast. Feel better soon Hammy!
    Bub, we need a new topic of conversation. We’ve covered books, music, what else…oh yea, there was that time we discussed baseball for a bit.

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    Leah Says:

    They let me run a laser today at work. I know…I feel like a super hero.

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    Nate Says:

    Curt, what a game to be at, huh? That was awesome. Matt Ryan looked great tonight. So proud of our guys for not letting that one slip away. That win was strong to quite strong. Now for an OF bat…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Great googly gosh, run out and spend $5 on Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas on DVD (Wal Mart, of course – when I’m rich one day I will totally snub them, but until then…). Some top notch Jim Henson, and the special features are loaded.

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    Bubdylan Says:


    (one of the better blooper reels, too funny)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Can I get the batcode for reading Heyward’s tweets?

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    Leah Says:

    WDE! And…maroon, white, maroon , white and so on and so forth.

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    Nate Says:

    No more KK. Is McOut next?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Nate, I fear they will give McLouth another go.

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    Leah Says:

    Watching my favorite cheerleader at a JV football game. I swear Ted Turner’s look alike is in the stands.

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    Leah Says:

    War Cam Eagle!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, I was all set to pull for him once Bama lost their shot, but… how do you like him? Pretty shady dude.

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    Leah Says:

    Proof Bub. Proof. Plus, I like his smile.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, Johnnie Cochran…

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    Leah Says:

    Hey, your boys are beating up my Dawgs!

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Is it worse that I got spam email called Diaper Promo or that I thought for 10 seconds that was someone’s name (French, maybe? Dee-AH-pay?)

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    Leah Says:

    New show?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    How bout those Falcons, eh? I really don’t watch them, but I read about the Ravens game, pretty intense.

    Is there record for real? Are they… good? The Falcons?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    So, how about the…

    Did you guys hear…

    Oh, guess what I just…

    … pheesh. Fine, I’ll join a … literature blog or something.


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    Leah Says:

    Seriously…I told you days ago we new a new topic of conversation. You’re the clever one. Come up with something! Had you read “The Last Days of Summer” we’d have something to talk about. Who’s going to see Harry this weekend?

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    Leah Says:

    Or…we could talk about how my foot hurts really really bad and I have to go to the dr or the Rev won’t speak to me.

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    Leah Says:

    If we do acquire Dan Uggla I wonder if the Braves Broadcasters will adopt, “his name is Daaaaaaan Uggla!”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward defeated for NL Rookie, and Feliz wins it for the AL.

    Because being shot in the eyeball with a flare gun is just too little pain.

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    Leah Says:

    Posey’s a beast.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Feliz makes me sad.

    Get it?

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, I was there for the Falcons/Ravens game and, to me, it was their first real win this season. It was a great atmosphere and a great game – other than the Falcons blowing another big lead. I think they are good, but not elite. I wouldn’t take them over the Giants or obviously the Eagles, who already blew them out. Prior to the Baltimore game, they had only really played 2 teams and lost both of those games – Pitt and Philly – and both were on the road. But they also struggled to beat Cincy, SF, and Cleveland. Not a murderers row. And they should have lost the game in NO. Guy missed a chip shot FG. On the road this Sunday at St Louis, which is a huge trap game I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost, and then home with GB. Then at TB, another tough game, and left still with a Monday night game in Atlanta with the Saints. And a trip all the way to Seattle. I think they are an 11-5 team. I think they win the South and maybe get a bye for the first round. But I think the best they do is NFC Championship game.

    I was surprised that Heyward got wiped. It wasn’t even close. But Posey did it when he had to. Can we get credit for the Feliz award?

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    Leah Says:

    I can’t believe you guys thought Heyward had a shot after Posey’s End of the season heroics and Heyward’s lack there of.

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, why do you hate Heyward so much?

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    Leah Says:

    Cause his name isn’t Martin Prado.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The timing of Posey’s heroics should be irrelevant. Like Jason’s thumb.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    hmmm…not sure I agree. The thumb injury is unfortunate and of course it would be a different story had Mr. Thumbkin not been injured. Clutch in the midst of pressure as your team races to the finish line will beat out striking out looking the last month of the season regardless of injury. Although, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

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    Curt Says:

    New show coming tonight.

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