May 02, 2011

Show #145: Rough Week On and Off the Field

McDowell’s Rant. Lowe’s DUI. The Bullpen’s Letdown. Ham’s Lousy Connection.



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  1. 1
    Jo-Bu Says:

    UBL is dead and the Braves won today. What more could an Atlantan wish for? A great day in America!

  2. 2
    Walker Says:

    Ageed Jo-Bu

    Congrats to President Obama. Republicans have no chance now.

    Great comeback for the braves. Will listen to podcast later.

  3. 3
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I think most everyone was fooled by the Cards this weekend. I didn’t have us sweeping them but I had us winning the series or at least thinking we could beat up on their bullpen. They are a hot team right now but you know what, it seems that the Braves are the remedy for any team that is struggling and it seems we’ve been running into a “hot” team every series this early season.

    McDowell should be fired and the only thing that he and the Braves (I’m sorry to observe) is that they are sorry that this stuff got out and the PR mess they are in. Do the right thing and fire this jerk and “restore” the class this organ-eye-zation has built over the decades. Of course the Braves are still going to be regarded as a very class organization but from my perspective, they lost a few Jo-Bu points by not doing the right thing and firing him.

    Yes, UBL is dead.

    Being that the 2011 Braves appear to be a streaky team, I have no idea how to predict this week. I mean, just what kind of team are the Brew Crew this season? They’re kinda like the Braves themselves so I say we take two from them and only take 1 from the Phils.

  4. 4
    Jo-Bu Says:

    #2: Yeah, I thought Barry-O was having an “AlGore” moment on TV with the whole Leon Panetta thing he spoke about when he took office — opportunisticas usual but at least he had the balls to give the order unlinke Clinton whom preferred stand-off action by lobbing tomahawk missles from 500 miles away.

    Now, back to baseball — I hate poly-ticks.

  5. 5
    Leah Says:

    Nice job guys. Don’t feel bad Curt, questions are hard to read. I agree with almost everything you said. While McDowell’s comments and actions are repulsive I find Chipper’s less politically incorrect improprieties from years ago even more so. Either way, Lowe’s an idiot and as much as I like to win I’d rather the Braves organization take a firm stand.

    I hope we play .500 baseball this week…I doubt it though.

    USA, USA, USA…

  6. 6
    Curt Says:

    Stumbling, bumbling.

  7. 7
    Leah Says:

    I hear ya…

  8. 8
    Curt Says:

    Interesting slide show in the AJC looking back on the run ins the Braves have had with the law, or with common decency, going back to Otis Nixon and his cocaine suspension. One I had totally forgotten about was Bobby Cox and his spousal abuse charges.

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    john vano Says:

    Two things I thought of as you discussed McDowell and Lowe.

    1) Wasn’t McDowell “the spitter” in the Zapruder film Jerry Seinfeld episode. Clearly the guy had some issues with being inappropriately demonstrative way back then. haha

    2) As you described Lowe racing down Peachtree/”why didn’t he take a cab” the connection to Margaret Mitchell formed in my head. She was struck down by a wayward cab on Peachtree Street back in the day.

  10. 10
    DAP Says:

    Wow, I’m surprised y’all have taken the accuser’s word on everything McDowell did.

    I’ll say I haven’t ever heard anything but good things about McDowell, and I think he only did 1 thing wrong, and that would be the “lewd act” with the baseball bat. The initial response to the hecklers can’t really be described as “homophobic”, and I don’t believe the threat of violence even happened.

    I think McDowell did some stuff he shouldn’t have done, got busted, and also got falsely accused of a few things. My opinion only, based on what I have heard from the situation. And, I think the punishment backs up what I think. If McDowell really physically threatened a fan, of course he would have been fired.

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    Curt Says:

    DAP, the SF Chronicle interviewed some people who backed up the story of the accuser. Also, if he is innocent, why did he apologize? Why wouldn’t he have vigorously defended himself, as he has every right to do? If I were innocent, that’s what I would have done.

    And “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” doesn’t sound homophobic to you?

  12. 12
    DAP Says:

    Uggla may be starting to snap out of it. He has raised his OPS by 56 points in the last 7 games, along with 4 runs, 4 walks, a HR, 2 doubles, and 7 hits. Its not dramatic, but he’s moving in the right direction!

  13. 13
    ham Says:

    Not to mention him pantomiming putting his bat in his butt and saying “isn’t that how y’all like it out here?” Strikes me as slightly homophobic.

    Still, I agree with Curt. The more egregious stuff was the threatening of the dude in front of his kids. I can’t say I think he should have hired a lawyer (especially Allred), but he should know better and act better.

  14. 14
    ham Says:

    the first he is the guy who hired the lawyer, the second dude is McDowell.

    I too hate pronouns.

  15. 15
    DAP Says:

    curt [“if he is innocent, why did he apologize?”]

    notice his carefully worded apology, for “responding to hecklers”, not for “threatening a fan”.

    [“And “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” doesn’t sound homophobic to you?”]


  16. 16
    DAP Says:

    I’m also going 4-3 for the braves this week, including winning 2 from philly. Braves are taking Lowe, Jurrjens, and Hanson into CBP, against a team that has been struggling to score runs. Uggla puts on a show.

  17. 17
    Nate Says:

    We get Gallardo tonight. Sweet.

  18. 18
    Nate Says:

    Oh, Nate…

  19. 19
    Nate Says:

    Taking advantage of gifts. Awesome.

  20. 20
    ham Says:

    Great win tonight. Thank you, JJ.

  21. 21
    Danny Says:

    Loving Jason’s Sportcenter commercial:

  22. 22
    Anne Says:

    Really? My first trip to The Ted this season and it’s gonna rain tonight? NOT fair.

  23. 23
    David Says:

    Just listened to this week’s podcast. I thought that you guys did a great job not only giving McDowell and Lowe their due, but also holding the Braves themselves accountable. It seems that they’re being a bit sheepish on both counts. I wouldn’t have been surprised if McDowell had been fired, and I hope that he’s at least on a very short leash from this point forward. Whichever one of you said that the Braves should’ve added on two weeks is right.

    And D-Loaded. Ugh. I wish that, at the very least, the Braves had skipped his start and had said it’s so that he can reflect on his decisions or whatever. If they had won one of the first two games in the series, perhaps they would have. And y’all raise very interesting points about alcohol and sports, especially the lack of a precedent for DUI for MLB players.

    Uggla’s already showing signs of breaking out of his slump, so I’ll go with yes — now that April’s over, he’ll hit closer to his normal self and finish May with a season totals of the average of somewhere around .260 and 9 homers.

  24. 24
    Nate Says:

    Just read the latest from Talking Chop. The Braves have the lowest stolen base rate in 30 years. They’ve stolen 5 bases and been caught 10 times. No Brave has more than 1 stolen base. They’ve played 30 games.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Gonna have us a game. My buddy Alan says they only anticipate 11,000. Yawn.

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