Friday, November 16, 2012


Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey were chosen as MVP for their respective leagues. There certainly were other candidates that were worthy, but since both players' teams ended up in the World Series and both had great seasons, it's hard to find fault with the winners.
The "Mouth That Roared," Curt Schilling, tried . He picked Mike Trout, and he did have a great season, but Schilling seemed to focus on the fact that he was going to be good for a lot of years. It seems to me that Schilling is as good a baseball analyst as he is running a video game company.

David Price and R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young awards, two more good choices. Unlike the MVP award, which indicates the value a player has in helping his team win, the Cy Young award goes to the pitcher that had the best year. While there were other good performances by others, these choices worked for me.

I don't know what that means. There are analysts who have argued both sides of the deal, one side claiming the Jays came out on top, while the other side say the prospects the Marlins got will prove them the winner. This was not a "sale," players weren't sold, so how is Selig going to justify voiding the move. Years ago, Bowie Kuhn canceled a couple of deals by Charlie Finley of the Oakland A's, who sold three players for one million dollars each, to reduce his payroll because he was losing money. Kuhn  said the deals "...were not in the best interests of the game."  This obviously did not please Finley, who began calling Kuhn, "The Village Idiot." Maybe Selig should try and help Florida finish counting presidential election ballots and stay out of things he has no insight into.

Of course, straight lines have a lot to do with that. A pub in England is hosting a "World's Biggest Liar" contest. I first read about this yesterday and so far I have seen four different punch lines on the various sites I frequent, all with similar themes: certain people have been declared ineligible. Senators, lawyers, generals and even A-Rod to name a few. I was going to put one in my post, but all the good ones were already used. Here's a couple of them:
"A British pub hosted a “World’s Biggest Liar Contest” this week. Since this was an amateur event, lawyers and generals were not allowed to participate."  -- TC Chong
"The Bridge Inn pub in Northwest England is hosting "The World's Biggest Liar" contest.
Alex Rodriguez — who said he wanted to play for a winner, then left an ALCS Mariners team in 2000 to sign a record deal with last-place Texas — is reportedly up for a Lifetime Achievement Award."  -- Dwight Perry

There is something called "Marathon Madness" going on today. The games will start at 10:00 AM  with the last game starting a little after midnight. A total of 67 games, 134 teams will go at it. I've been know to stay up until 4:00 AM to watch college games with as much importance as Oswego City League games, but this is a little much for me. Some of them might be interesting, Oklahoma State vs, Tennessee, or Wake Forest vs Connecticut, but others...well. The Highlanders of Redford will tip off against Towson Tigers in the Comfort Suites Invitational at 8:00 PM. If that holds no interest for you, try the Quinnipiac Bobcats against the Iona Gaels in the Paradise Jam, in which the winning team gets to pick a new nickname (Go Iona!!)
I never realized how many states are divided up between schools. Check out this list:
Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky
Michigan has three - Eastern, Western and Central
North Carolina could have it's own conference -
N Carolina, N Carolina State, N Carolina Central, N Carolina Greensboro, N Carolina Wilminton, Eastern Carolina, UNC Ashville and N Carolina A & T. And they all play today. I believe there will be a lot of college professors looking at empty classrooms today.

A final note, 26 of these 67 games will be televised nationally. This means that some fans will HAVE to suffer through Dick Vitale  -- "Baby!"

" A University of California study finds the harder the lessons we have to learn, the stronger the brain gets. Does this mean all Toronto Maple Leafs are geniuses?"  -- RJ Currie
"A-Rod says he will approve a trade, as long as he doesn’t go to a team that wants to use him exclusively as a DH. As witnessed during the recent playoffs, it’s obvious that he still wants to play the field."  -- TC Chong
"MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is apparently “examining” the pending trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. What, to find out why the Marlins didn’t make the deal with the Yankees?"  -- Janice Hough
"At the airport I was asked if I'd seen anything unusual lately, so I reported witnessing the Kansas City Chiefs get a first down."  -- Brad Dickson
"My favorite video game as a kid? Pac-Man, a little yellow guy who kept popping pills until he won. He was the Lance Armstrong of his day."  -- Craig Ferguson
"Don Cherry, the bombastic Canadian hockey broadcaster, incurred a few bee stings when he stumbled upon a nest built in his backyard shed.Our unofficial straw poll says 73 percent were rooting for the insects."  -- Dwight Perry
"Northern BC communities that lack real Banks (Taylor, BC) will get ATMs with video links to “live” tellers.
I tested one of those video ATMs once. I held up a gun to indicate it was a holdup. The video teller responded by showing me a set of handcuffs."  -- TC Chong
"In college basketball, No. 9 Duke defeated No. 3 Kentucky, 75-68.Give Kentucky coach John Calipari credit for not using the fact that three freshman Kentucky starters left for the NBA at halftime as an excuse."  -- Brad Dickson



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