Sports and my thoughts

Friday, April 28, 2006

Sports: Not such a smart move

When you argue with an umpire and you get ejected do you: A) leave in a huff? B) walk away humiliated C) throw your bat at the umpire.

Well if you are Delmon Young, a minor leaguer in the Tampa Bay organizations, you would throw your bat at the umpire. This is the biggest reason why teams shouldn't be giving millions of dollars to sign these rookies. All that does is make them think they are bigger than the game.
Top Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended indefinitely by the International League on Thursday, a day after throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the arm.

"The Devil Rays organization supports the decision," said Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay's team's executive vice president of baseball operations.

The 20-year-old Young, brother of Detroit star Dmitri Young and considered one of the best players in the minors, was ejected in the first inning following a called third strike in the Durham Bulls' Triple-A game at Pawtucket, R.I.

When Young took his time leaving the batter's box, the umpire tossed him. Young then flipped his bat underhand and it sailed end over end, striking the umpire. The umpire, whose name was not released, did not appear injured and remained in the game.

Maybe a season long suspension will make him think differently. Delmon Young should be made an example of why you can not throw bats at umpires. I wouldn't care if it was longer than a season suspension, what is did is intolerable.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sports: Scary thought coming true

Terry Francona in another brilliant move said he is going to start Willy Mo Pena in center for tonight's game against the Indians.
Terry Francona's declaration that he intends to play Wily Mo Peña in center field, tonight, had nothing to do with the latest win by former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who ran his record to 4-0 by holding the Washington Nationals to one hit over eight innings yesterday afternoon.

Francona mentioned the plan on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI yesterday, before Arroyo, who was traded for Peña, took the hill, then reiterated his intentions when he met with reporters before last night's game.

Against Indians lefthander liff Lee, Peña played right field, with Dustan Mohr in center, and after whiffing in his first at-bat, Peña hit his second home run of the season, drawing him even with Arroyo.

There's a high-risk factor in playing Peña in center -- defensively, he's shown a tendency to be Wily Oh No -- but the statute of limitations has just about run out on Willie Harris, who was a valued utilityman on a White Sox team that won the World Series last season, but has shown nothing this spring. Harris hit just .176 (3 for 17) in spring training, .161 (9 for 56) in Pawtucket, and is batting .071 (1 for 14) in five games with the Red Sox.

I have the over under on errors at 2. And that is just errors, nevermind all the mis played balls hit towards him that won't be counted as errors. I feel bad for Josh Becket, this won't be a good defense behind him.

Where is Adam Stern when we need him.

Sports: Redsox and Yanks both lose

I love hearing that the Yankees lose especially when they should win. It is amazing that they only scored 2 runs with their offense when the Devil Rays walked 14 Yankees. 14 walks! The good news, Riviera was the pitcher who gave up the runs to the Drays to eventually lose the game.

Redsox didn't fair so well either. Cliff Lee shut them down and only gave up a solo home run to Willy Mo Pena. Redsox lost 7-1 with Wake throwing another decent game but can't get any run support. Once Wake starts getting some run support he will start getting some wins.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Thoughts: I can answer all there questions

And I am not even that qualified, I just have common sense, something the democrats lack. The democrats are so worried how the oil companies made so much money this year. Well I can answer that question very simply.

Think of it this way, lets say you own a hot dog stand. Now one week you bought 100 hot dogs for a dollar each. And before you sell them there is a big hot dog shortage and that is out of your control and the price you can sell them goes up to 10 dollars each. So as a hot dog stand would you still sell at your old price or would you raise your price along with everyone else.

Now imagine that same idea on a scale of millions upon millions of gallons of oil. That is basically why the oil companies made so much money. There supply was at $20-30 a barrel and by the time they got into that stock barrels were selling upwards to $60-70 a barrel. Any good business man would have done the same thing. Sell at the high price and make a profit.

Sports: Clemens to the Redsox

There are going to be stories on where Clemens will sign until May 1st, which is coming very soon, next Monday to be exact. I hope he signs with the Redsox, but I think it is very unlikely.

But one of Clemens former team mate and long time friend, Al Nipper, says Clemens will sign with the Redsox and eventually go into the Hall of Fame as a Boston Redsox.
Roger Clemens's decision should come soon, Al Nipper said yesterday, probably within a couple of weeks, if not days, of the 20th anniversary of his 20-strikeout game against the Seattle Mariners in Fenway Park, which is Saturday.

Retirement? The way Nipper was talking, that's not on the table anymore. Sometime next month, Nipper said, Clemens will decide where he will pitch this season. And Nipper, Clemens's former teammate, longtime friend, and once-and-perhaps-future pitching coach, is convinced the Rocket will seriously consider staging his final act in Boston.

''I think we have a chance," Nipper said. ''We have a chance.

''We talked in Texas at great length, about things like how he'd fit in, and we talked to him about the ball club. I laid everything out. Believe me, I threw everything but the sink at him. Plus, he's going to be wearing a Red Sox hat into the Hall [of Fame], pass Cy Young [in wins by a Sox pitcher] and everything.

''We'll be talking more. We've exchanged e-mails and stuff like that. When he gets close to making a decision, I'm confident he's going to give me a call, because he told me he'd call and we'd talk more.

''I just think it would be a great ending to his career. There's no question it would give Boston, it would give our city a huge lift, it would give our club a huge lift, it would give our pitching staff a huge lift. I could not imagine going into a three-game series with Clemens, Schilling, and Beckett."

This all sounds good and I really hope Al Nipper is right, but I still think in the end the Rocket will sign with the Astros or no one at all.

Clemens has it made in Houston, he basically owns the city. Why would he sign anywhere else? Especially with the Astros in 1st place in the NL central. The only hope I thought we had, as I think the Sox are his 2nd choice, is for the Astros to be way under 500 by May 1st.

Just imagine if Al Nipper is right, can any of you imagine a rotation of Clemens, Schilling, Becket, and eventually Jonathan Papelbon. Now that is some power pitching.

Sports: Schilling doesn't get his 5th victory

But the Redsox still win 8 to 6 over the Indians.

So far this year I've thought Francona has done a good job all together with the team. Better than the last two years. My only complaint is leaving the starting pitchers in too long when they have been struggling. I know it is hard to take out an ace when he says he still feels good, but as a manager that is his job to recognize Schilling, or anyone else on the pitching staff, doesn't have there best stuff late in the game.

Sports: Icky Sticky Ricky suspendicky

Ricky Williams won't be playing this year. With his 4th violation of the drug abuse policy he is suspended for the year.

Dolphins halfback Ricky Williams lost his appeal with the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy and will be ineligible for the 2006 season.

The appeal was of his fourth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, a ruling that places his football career in jeopardy.

Two sources said Williams was told of the ruling earlier Tuesday. This will mark the second time in three years that Williams will sit out a full season. Williams missed the 2004 campaign when he abruptly retired days before the start of training camp that summer, following his third violation of the substance abuse policy.

"I'm disappointed with the decision but I respect it," Williams said in a statement issued through the Dolphins. "I'm proud of my association with the National Football League and look forward to returning to the Dolphins in 2007."

He mine as well just give up and move to Tibet for good.

Sports: Farve to play in 2006

I am not surprised. I've been saying he would play this year since this whole controversy started. But now it is confirmed by ESPN that he will be back for at least one more year.
Brett Favre informed the Packers on Tuesday that he will definitely play the 2006 season in Green Bay, league and team sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The NFL's only three-time MVP shared his decision with general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy in a telephone conversation on Tuesday morning, the sources said.

Neither Favre, Thompson nor McCarthy was available for immediate comment. Bus Cook, Favre's agent, did not return phone inquiries.

Favre, who had a roster bonus pushed back from March to July while he pondered his decision, has said that if he chose to play in 2006 that it would be his final season.

Favre said repeatedly after the 2005 season ended that he wasn't sure if he would come back to play a 16th season, saying he wasn't sure if he wanted to be part of what he saw as a possible long-term rebuilding effort.

Just like he wasn't sure if he would play last year. Until Farve's arm falls off he will be playing in the NFL. If he shows he can still throw a football this year he will be back next year.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sports: Nomar the great

I didn't even realize Nomar was playing again, but apparently he hit a game winning grand slam last night.

Good for Nomar, I really hope he can stay healthy and help out the Dodgers. I always liked him on the Redsox.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Finally

I can post again...but now I have to go and can't post.

Sports: AL East update

A lot has changed this weekend, but one constant is the Redsox. We are still in first place. Toronto has become are nemesis, we just can't beat them on a regular basis. Good thing there is no chance of them making the play offs. Especially now that AJ Burnett is back on the disabled list. He will go down as one of the worse signing in Blue Jays history. 55 Million for a below 500 pitcher that can't even stay healthy.

Yankees are back in 3rd place, soon to over take 2nd place. They are now 8-0 in day games and 1-8 in night games. I think they need to play more night games myself. Seeing them back below 500 would make me happy. But some how even if they do fall a few games below 500 by the end of the year they will still win 90 games and miss the play offs.

Sports: AL East update

A lot has changed this weekend, but one constant is the Redsox. We are still in first place. Toronto has become are nemesis, we just can't beat them on a regular basis. Good thing there is no chance of them making the play offs. Especially now that AJ Burnett is back on the disabled list. He will go down as one of the worse signing in Blue Jays history. 55 Million for a below 500 pitcher that can't even stay healthy.

Yankees are back in 3rd place, soon to over take 2nd place. They are now 8-0 in day games and 1-8 in night games. I think they need to play more night games myself. Seeing them back below 500 would make me happy. But some how even if they do fall a few games below 500 by the end of the year they will still win 90 games and miss the play offs.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Sports: One good thing about last night

It always sucks when the Redsox lose, but the one good thing is, I can call the last place Yankees the last place Yankees again. They are now in a 3 way tie for last with a 7-7 record.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thoughts: True Patriots

The Minutemen, who have been patroling the border to Mexico at no cost to the US Gov't, have a new message, either build a fence or we will.

Minuteman border watch leader Chris Simcox has a message for President Bush: Build new security fencing along the border with Mexico or private citizens will.

Simcox said Wednesday that he's sending an ultimatum to the president, through the media, of course - "You can't get through to the president any other way" - to deploy military reserves and the National Guard to the Arizona border by May 25.

Or, Simcox said, by the Memorial Day weekend Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers and supporters will break ground to start erecting fencing privately.

"We have had landowners approach," Simcox said in an interview. "We've been working on this idea for a while. We're going to show the federal government how easy it is to build these security fences, how inexpensively they can be built when built by private people and free enterprise."

If there is a way to donate I know I will. We need to crack down on our borders and building a fence would be a great step forward.

Sports: So who has the best record in baseball?

At 11-4, the Redsox have the best record in the majors with their 9-1 win over the D-rays last night. Schilling improved to 4-0 even though he didn't look sharp last night. Good thing the Sox gave him a lot of protection. If he stayed in there any longer he might have given up more runs.

Unfortunately, the last place Yankees are no longer in last place they are the 2nd to last place Yankees. Which really sucks, but hopefully they will be back there shortly. Somehow they managed to only give up 1 run last night to the Blue Jays and got the win. Now I have to say the 2nd to last place Yankees.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Thoughts: I want it

My birthday is tomorrow, donations welcomed.
Home TV screens just keep getting bigger. And there's no end in sight. Panasonic pitched a tent outside the New York Stock Exchange yesterday to show off the biggest high-definition plasma screen yet.

At 103 inches, it's an inch bigger than versions being produced by Samsung and LG.

Panasonic vice president Andrew Nelkin says the new screen weighs 400 pounds. If you buy one, and have a wall big enough to fit it, you'll want professional installation.

Thoughts: Bush needs a new press secretary

The shake up continues, Scott McClellan resigns as press secretary.
WWhite House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is giving up his policy portfolio and press secretary Scott McClellan is resigning, continuing a shakeup in President Bush's administration that has already yielded a new chief of staff.
So now the question is, who to replace him with. One possible replacement is Tony Snow.

With a few personnel shifts going on in the White House, there's speculation that presidential spokesman Scott McClellan may be looking to step down.

One of the people the White House has approached as a possible replacement for McClellan is FOX News Radio host Tony Snow. The White House discussed the possibility with Snow as recently as this week.

Snow, who hosts "The Tony Snow Show," once served as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

I love listening to Tony Snow, maybe he could whip Bush into shape too.

Thoughts: Dems blast Bush for high gas price

I'm sick and tired of listening to this. Democrats try to portray their mistakes as Republican screw ups.

Democrats accused President George W. Bush of an "absence of leadership" for failing to slow the rapid rise of US gasoline (petrol) prices, which now have breached the three dollars per gallon mark in parts of the country.

In a letter to the president, 15 Democratic members of the US Senate also renewed their call for an "energy summit" to discuss strategies for tackling the rising cost of fuel, and urged his support for proposed anti-price gouging legislation.

We have thus far been disappointed by your administration's lack of response to our invitation to co-host an emergency bipartisan national energy summit. This offer still stands," the lawmakers wrote.

"In the absence of leadership or cooperation from your administration, we will soon be moving ahead with our own set of real solutions, which will spur the kind of innovation and investment America needs to secure its energy future for the 21st century," Democrats said.

Gasoline prices across the United States have seen a sharp hike in recent days, and experts are predicting that vacation travelers in July and August will face pump prices that are about 25 percent higher than last year.

Democrats -- who say the price hike is due in large part to price-gouging by oil producers -- are calling for strong consumer protection measures. They also urged aggressive programs to develop biofuels, alternative fuels and energy-saving technologies.

In reality it is the liberals who are to blame for our rising prices, not the Republicans. When was the last time the liberals let us build a refinery? Over 25 years last time I checked. We can get plenty of oil we just can't refine the stuff.

If either party was serious about lowering the price of gas at this moment they would propose a decrease in the state and federal taxes on gasoline. But neither side will do that as both sides depend on the money that comes into the government.

Sports: Redsox do it again

Another win for the Redsox. Bringing their record to 10-4 for the year. Clement pitched like he needs to. He really should not have been put back out there for the 8th inning. He gave up 2 runs in the 7th and you could see that he was done. Good thing the Sox started hitting in the 7th and 8th scoring 3 runs in each inning. Papelbon came in the 9th and had his worst outing of the year. Walking the bases loaded with 2 outs. If not for Adam Sterns diving catching in center the game very well could have been tied up.

And what about those last place Yankees? Well they are still in last place. I really love to say the last place Yankees. I don't know if I've really said it enough, those last place Yankees are in last place and they didn't help their cause last night losing to the Blue Jays. Not only did they lose, but I fear, well hope, Randy Johnson is hurt. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings while giving up 7 runs. With out Randy Johnson the last place Yankees really will be the last place Yankees.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sports: Baseball needs a new commish

Since Bud Selig is stepping down as commissioner in 2009 I should become the new commissioner. A fan like myself could do more to improve the game than someone who has been in the establishment their whole carrier.

My ideas to improve baseball.

1. Minimum payroll. I believe every owner should spend at least $50 million a year to make an as competitive team as possible. If a city or owner can't support that he will be forced to sell the team or move the team. Not only will this stop teams like the Marlins from spending $15 million on their payroll it will also stop owners like George Steinbrenner from complaining about revenue sharing. Owners should not be allowed to just pocket revenue sharing and not put it back into the team, that is not what it was set up for. Revenue sharing was set up to have a more competitive balance in baseball.

2. Instant replay. There are too many blown calls in baseball. I know umpires are human and do their best. But they aren't perfect. Instant replay won't be for balls and strikes it will be for the close call at home or the home run ball you can't quite tell if it was a home run or hit the top of the fence. Unfortunately umpires get these calls wrong from time to time and an instant replay will ensure correct calls. Just like football there will be a limit on how many calls you can challenge, because baseball isn't as aggressive of a sport as football, I'd limit it 2 per game.

3. Contraction. There are too many teams in baseball with the talent level spread too thin. To improve the game there should be less teams. With more talent on each team it will make it easier to achieve the minimum salary with more players on the market every year.

4. No guaranteed salaries. The unions will hate this, but bad contracts bury teams and makes them not competitive for years. It works in football and will work in baseball. Fans should not get punished for stupid owners. If an owner signs a bad player for a lot of money and that player does not perform he should be cut with out being paid.

5. Afternoon play off games. The TV networks may not like this, but how many kids get to see a World Series game now a days when they start after 8. Sometimes I can't even stay up late enough to finish the games. Baseball is losing bad with the kids. Mostly because they can't watch the games.

Sports: Patriots day baseball

What a game, and I missed it. Mark Loretta hit a walk off homer. I was listening to the game until the Mariners took the lead 5-4 in the top of the 7th. After that it got busy at work and I missed the rest.

Perfect time for Loretta to have his first home run of the year.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sports: Redsox weekend update

WoW! We went 2-3 this weekend against the Mariners with going 2-438947289423 with runners in scoring position. And the only two hits were Alex Gonzalez. With out him we wouldn't have won any games this weekend. Some people would look at this as a negative, but not me. I realize we aren't hitting well right now, but how long do you really think Manny and Ortiz will be slumping? Once they start hitting there will be no stopping the Redsox with their pitching.

Speaking out pitching, how about Schilling and Beckett starting the year both at 3-0 with a 1.64 and 1.29 era respectively. How impressive is that? I know they won't win every game they start this year, but I believe they will both win over 20 games this year. There isn't enough I can say about John Papelbon. That guy is unhittable.

The big question is where to keep him? I think he belongs in the rotation. He is capable to win 20 games as a starter so why keep him as a closer. I understand right now, while he is the only option. But once Foulke or someone else can establish themselves as a viable option I firmly believe he should be starting. There is a reason why a mediocre starter like AJ Burnett gets $55 million over 5 years, because starters are more valuable.

As for this year, Redsox are 8-4 in first place. The Yankees are tied for last with a miserable 6-6 record.

Sports: The new Bonds

And I don't be a roid head. Yesterday David Weathers gave up a game winning homer to Albert Pujols. Why he even pitched to Pujols in that situation is beyond me.

With out a doubt, Pujols is the best hitter in the game. There is no doubt about that. It is about time he gets the Barry Bonds treatment. He should have been intentionally walked last night because he just flat out kills the ball.

After 3 home runs last night I expect him to be walked much much more.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Sports: Question about Bonds?

Now that the Feds are investigating Bonds for perjury I have one question for you all.

How many of you Clinton defenders are now Bonds opponents?

Maybe Bonds thought, hey if our President could get away with perjury, why can't I?

Personally I think if you perjure yourself you should be thrown in jail. Just like I thought Bill Clinton should have been thrown out of office and thrown in jail.

Of course people will probably say this is different. But why is this any different? It is still perjury under oath.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sports: I guess I'm not the only person counting

Bronson Arroyo 2 Willy Mo Pena 1. Willy Mo Pena hit a shot to deep center in yesterdays lose to the Blue Jays.

David Wells looked awful yesterday. I know he is a slow starter and he didn't have much a spring training. But if he wasn't ready he should have pitched another tune up game in triple A. He had a god awful showing in his first triple A game and then it carried over to his start against the Blue Jays.
I really wish he would have been traded. I think our rotation is better with out him. Even Lenny Dinardo looked better than Wells did yesterday. Dinardo actually came in and gave the Redsox half a chance to come back and make the game close.

But I guess we can't win them all. Matt Clement will be the stopper to end our losing streak of 1.

Thoughts: I'm officially pro sweatshops now

University of California students are protesting sweatshops by taking off their clothes. Any reason I can see some naked girls I'm for what ever caused it.

A group of University of California students say they won't wear university logo apparel made in overseas sweatshops - and Tuesday they proved it.

A handful of students stripped for a protest and rally at UC Berkeley to call on UC administrators to adopt a policy that would ensure that logo apparel is produced in factories that respect workers' rights.

``The naked truth is that our Cal apparel is still made in sweatshops, but we have the power to create an alternative model for the global garment industry that rewards rather than punishes good factories,'' UC Berkeley senior Nina Rizzo said in a statement.

People are idiots.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sports: Cuckoo for Coco

So much for not negotiating during the season. The Redsox just signed David Ortiz to a big deal and now they signed Coco Crisp to a 3 year extension.
The sting Coco Crisp felt from going on the disabled list earlier this week subsided a little on Wednesday when the center fielder agreed with the Red Sox on a three-year extension that includes a club option for the 2010 season.

The Red Sox had contractual control over Crisp for the next three years anyway, but now arbitration and/or yearly negotiations will no longer be necessary.

Once the deal expires -- unless the Red Sox exercise the option for 2010 -- Crisp will be eligible for free agency.

Damon who?

Sports: Patriots finally do something good this offseason

Patriots moto is the team over the individual. But they can not win with out Richard Seymour. Good thing they signed him to a contract extension.
Four-time Pro Bowl performer Richard Seymour, one of the league's most dominant and versatile front four defenders, on Wednesday reached agreement with the New England Patriots on a long-term contract extension, ESPN.com has learned.

Neither the terms nor the financial details of the contract were immediately available. But the extension will certainly make Seymour one of the highest-paid defenders in the league, regardless of position, and might even permit him to play his entire career in a Patriots uniform.

The contract was forwarded to the NFL for review on Wednesday afternoon. Because the Patriots adjusted Seymour's contract last August and NFL rules mandate a contract can be revisited just once per year, the deal cannot be officially signed yet.

Seymour, 26, was entering the final season of his contract and scheduled to earn a 2006 base salary of $2.02 million. Without the extension, Seymour would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring, but New England officials would never have permitted him to reach the open market and probably would have used a franchise designation, if necessary, to retain him.

Thoughts: Damn ruins my plans

Now I can't ejaculate on a girls face with out her permission.
Lawmakers were responding to the case of three UConn students accused of ejaculating onto a female student's face as she slept in a dormitory in September. The three men, who no longer attend the university, were charged with disorderly conduct and public indecency, but could not be charged with sexual assault under state law.

The incident caused widespread outrage as the state's victim advocate, chief state's attorney, women's groups and legislators vowed to close the loophole. The problem is that the existing legal definition of sexual assault requires "contact" between the victim and the perpetrator.

The alleged victim, who has stayed out of the public eye, strongly supported the bill in written testimony delivered to the legislature.

"This may actually force potential, as well as existing, sexual predators to understand that ejaculating on a person's face is not in fact funny, normal, or an act that can easily be dismissed by a misdemeanor," she said. "Although the refinement of this law will not improve my situation or case, at least I'll be able to live at ease knowing that no other innocent person will be taken advantage of by both a sexual predator and by the law."

The new law would help restore "the pride, self-worth, and safety of myself and other women victimized by thoughtless individuals such as the three men who sexually violated me and will only be convicted of a misdemeanor at best," she said.

Before its 35-0 vote Tuesday, the Senate placed the item on the "consent calendar" of non-controversial items that are passed without debate. Some lawmakers said the bill was approved on consent because some of their colleagues were uncomfortable speaking about the lurid details of the UConn case.
hahahahahahahahaha

Sports: Arroyo 2 Pena 0

Why did we trade for Pena again? Arroyo is more of a power hitter and he can pitch better.
Arroyo, with no homers in his first six major-league seasons, hit his second off Rusch in six days Tuesday, one of six long balls by the Reds as they routed the Cubs 9-2 on a windy day at Wrigley Field."

I got lucky again. Just keep hacking," Arroyo said after throwing seven shutout innings and hitting a ball over the left-field bleachers that landed on Waveland Avenue.
Why couldn't we have traded David Wells for Pena?

Sports: Redsox game report

This was my our 2nd home opener in a row. My brother and I are trying to make this a yearly tradition to go to every home opener for the Redsox. Last year we had a blast and this year was just as great too. The atmosphere in Boston is amazing. We will be there next year regardless of tickets or not.

What a good game with the Sox winning 5-3. We showed up around 11:30 for the game to have fun before it started. I thought it was more packed this year then last year, and last year was coming off the World Series. I guess I'm not the only one who is pumped up about our chances this year.

We went into the stadium about 15 minutes before the first pitch to walk around, find our seats, and watch the opening day ceremony. Everyone in the stadium was excited to see Becket throw his first pitch in Fenway park.

What a rough 1st inning. Beckett couldn't find the strike zone, even walked in a run to give the Blue Jays a 1 to nothing lead. Luckily Shea Hillibrand grounded into an inning ending double play. Becket and the Redsox were lucky to only give up 1 run in the first.

The bottom of the 2nd was all the Sox needed for the victory. Scoring 4 runs with the help of Mike Lowell hitting a double to drive in Nixon, Adam Stern, who I think will be an absolutely fantastic player in the majors, doubled driving in Lowell and Tek. After stealing 3rd, Stern was driven in by a Youkalis double.

This was followed up by a lot of boring innings where Beckett pitched lights out and the Jays pitched good enough to hold the Sox to no runs till Papi homered in the bottom of the 7th.

In the top of the 8th the Sox brought in Keith Foulke. Who I thought came off his best outing in over a year a few nights ago against the Orioles. Man did Foulke not look good last night. I hope he isn't going to be a Jekyll and Hyde this year. Never knowing which Foulke we are going to get. Although the homer he gave up to Frank Catalanato was assisted by Willy Mo knocking it over the fence on a ball he probably should have caught. But he kept the lead for the Sox 5-3.

In came Papelbon in the 9th and I knew it was over. He has been lights out all year and will continue to be. After the game we were listening to Sports Talk radio in Boston and they were comparing Papelbon to Mariano Riveria. I don't like that comparison as I think Paps will be a better pitcher in the long run. Paps most likely won't even finish the year as the closer of the Sox as he belongs in the rotation.

As a starter I see him putting up Cy Young numbers in the future for many of years.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

No blogging today

Will be at Fenway Park for opening day. Watching Josh Beckett light it up against the Blue Jays.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Thoughts: One of my favorite Democrats

Might not be one of my favorites anymore. Joe Lieberman, a Democratic senator in CT, thinks he might run as a independent in his next Senate run.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, facing a challenge from within the Democratic Party, said Monday he has not ruled out running as an independent in his bid for a fourth term. "I have not foreclosed the option," Lieberman said at a news conference at the Capitol. "If I wanted to run as an independent, I would. I'm running as a Democrat. I've been a Democrat all my life." Ned Lamont, a Democratic activist and anti-war candidate, is challenging Lieberman for the party's nomination this year. He has been garnering support from some Connecticut Democrats dissatisfied with Lieberman's stance on Iraq and his perceived closeness with President Bush's administration. The party will endorse a candidate at a convention on May 20.
Why not just run as the Republican. If the Democrats don't want one of the few level headed players in the party we will take him. The Republicans don't demand that you take up every single one of the conservatives core values. We like and demand debate in our party.

Thoughts: More bad economy news

God Damn I need to stop listening to the lame stream media. Not only is unemployment low, but the jobs we are producing are good jobs.
The US economy isn't just producing jobs these days, it's also producing good jobs. Alongside the ads for jobs handling a cash register or a spatula are these new opportunities:

• In St. Louis, AFB International is enlisting both technicians, paid $30,000 to $40,000, and PhD scientists, offered $80,000 to $100,000, in its quest for the perfect pet food.

• In Delaware, Honeywell plans to hire people at $40,000 to $100,000 to work in a data-storage center.

• In southern California, some of the latest openings involve working on the railroad, for $35,000 to $70,000 a year. Union Pacific plans to add 2,000 employees altogether.

These reports in the past month symbolize a welcome trend during an economic expansion that at first offered only tepid job gains, both in quantity and quality.

This good news about the breadth of job creation comes against a backdrop of labor-market anxiety that has persisted despite the economy's solid overall footing. Competition from imported goods, the threat of outsourcing services abroad, and a controversial influx of illegal laborers are just some of the forces that make many workers worried about their future.

Creating good jobs - the kinds that can keep American living standards rising - appears likely to remain a challenge. But the current employment picture at least indicates movement in a positive direction.

"We're creating lots of all kinds of jobs, across many industries, occupations, and pay scales," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com. But he adds: "If your skill sets are rusty, or at the low end of the skill range, you're going to have a tougher time."

The economy added 211,000 jobs in March, according to a Labor Department report Friday - a solid showing about on par with expectations. The unemployment rate fell a notch, to 4.7 percent.

God love America. But this is the worst economy since the Great Depression, just ask your local liberal.

Sports: A good trade idea

I would love for this to happen.
In the opinion of several general managers, it's practically a given that the Marlins will trade left-hander Dontrelle Willis before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Marlins president David Samson, however, calls such a deal "highly unlikely." Willis' agent, Matt Sosnick, says he would be "very surprised" if it happened. Which will it be then? When in doubt with the Marlins, bet on a trade. Willis, 24, stands to earn at least $7 million next season in arbitration, perhaps $10 million the season after that. The Marlins' entire payroll this season is $14.3 million. They need a new ballpark to keep Willis for the long term — and it's doubtful they will secure financing for one by July 31. From the Cubs, the Marlins could ask for a package starting with outfielder Felix Pie. From the Braves, they could demand catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. From the Red Sox, they could require left-hander Jon Lester. Those names — and those teams — would only be the beginning.
If the Sox could trade Jon Lester for Dontrelle Willis I would hope they would do it in a heartbeat. A young unproven lefty for a young EXTREMLY proven lefty. Why wouldn't the Sox do it?

How unstopable would that rotation be? Schilling, Becket, and Willis in the rotation. There would be no way the Sox would not win the World Series if they had that rotation. Given the relationship between the Marlins and Redsox I see them on top of the possible list able to trade for Dontrelle Willis.

Sports: Contract Extensions

2 years ago I would never thought Derrick Lee would be this kind of player. But after his break out last year I think a 5 year $65 million contract is well worth it for someone who hits like him and plays a gold glove caliber defense at first. Derrick Lee is someone I'd love to have on the Redsox. I'd gladly take him over Youkalis, I mean who wouldn't?

But someone I'd rather have on the Redsox is David Ortiz. Who just received a 4 year $52 million extension from the Sox. Which is basically the same deal Damon wanted from the Sox, only Damon was not worth it. But Big Papi is and will continue to be. I hope to see David Ortiz up in the MVP race this year too, as I think he will be.

Sports: Update on Coco

I just traded for Coco Crisp in one of my fantasy leagues last week too.
Boston Red Sox Medical Director Dr. Thomas Gill this afternoon issued the following statement regarding the condition of outfielder Coco Crisp:

"Coco has a non-displaced fracture at the base of his left index finger," said Gill. "He will be placed in a splint for 10 days and reevaluated at that time. Once sufficient healing has occurred, Coco can begin batting and return to baseball activities. No surgery is indicated at this time."

Hopefully after the 10 days he will be ok and come back and still score me over 100 runs and steal me 30+ bases this year.

Sports: Around the majors

Chipper Jones suffered a sprained ankle and twisted his knee trying to field a slow grounder in yesterdays game. Hopefully this isn't too serious as I'd hate to see him gone for a while. Chipper is a great player and I wish him the best.

Barry Bonds still hasn't hit a homer as he is off to a very slow start. Even though he isn't hitting he is still walking once or twice a game and still has a 500 on base percentage. The Giants are still winning but will need Bonds to hit if they wish to have any success this year. Pitchers are figuring out how to pitch to him this year and I think his walk total will be significantly lower than any of the past few years.

Corey Sullivan of the Colorado Rockies became the first player to hit two triples in the same inning in over 55 years. Two triples in 1 game is impressive enough never mind 2 in the same inning.

Thoughts: France surrenders to....

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/Europe/04/10/france.labor.law/index.html"> Itself. How screwed up is this?
The French government has scrapped a controversial youth job law, bowing to weeks of million-strong protests with a change of heart likely to further undermine the image of the country's embattled Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Students and trades unions claimed victory after President Jacques Chirac announced the decision on Monday.

De Villepin made an address on national television to express regret over the failure of the law that would have made it easier to hire and fire workers under the age of 26.

So France passed a law that would help the economy and help France but a bunch of whinny kids protested. So France did what France does best. Surrenders.

Thoughts: Global Warming

Wonder how the liberals will respond to this. Probably just ignore it like everything else that contradicts their core believes.
For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero). Yes, you did read that right. And also, yes, this eight-year period of temperature stasis did coincide with society's continued power station and SUV-inspired pumping of yet more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In response to these facts, a global warming devotee will chuckle and say "how silly to judge climate change over such a short period". Yet in the next breath, the same person will assure you that the 28-year-long period of warming which occurred between 1970 and 1998 constitutes a dangerous (and man-made) warming. Tosh. Our devotee will also pass by the curious additional facts that a period of similar warming occurred between 1918 and 1940, well prior to the greatest phase of world industrialisation, and that cooling occurred between 1940 and 1965, at precisely the time that human emissions were increasing at their greatest rate.
But, but, but. No buts. Global warming like I've said for as long as I can remember is a cyclical phenomenon. The earth warms and cools all the time. Nothing we do can change that. The Earth is a much stronger system than anything man can make. No SUV is going to change that.

Sports: Cookoo for Coco

Things aren't looking good for Coco Crisp and the Redsox. There are reports that his sore finger is actually a broken knuckle that could keep him out for 6-8 weeks.

Before yesterday's game, Crisp said he didn't want X-rays when asked about the sore and swollen finger he suffered on an unsuccessful attempted steal of third base in Saturday night's 2-1 win. Crisp, who left Camden Yards without a cast or wrapping on his hand last night, also said he could have played yesterday.

While a Red Sox doctor was on the trip, the team didn't offer information on whether Crisp was X-rayed during yesterday's game. A team spokesman said last night Crisp would be evaluated by the medical staff today, and the spokesman would not confirm or deny a Channel 7 report that Crisp had a broken knuckle and might be lost for up to a month.

If the the finger is fractured, it might mean an extended stay for Stern, who had been earmarked for Pawtucket as soon as his 17-day obligation to meet Rule 5 requirements is met later this month. But Stern's first 2006 start was quite productive as he went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBIs.

Hopefully this report is false as I want Crisp to be playing every day. But I am confident in Adam Stern's ability to fill in. He was fantastic in the World Baseball Classic and yesterday he went 2-5 with a timely RBI.

Thoughts: New book coming out in June

I know I'm going to buy this book.
The title and theme of a book which received one the largest advance paid to a conservative author can now be revealed:

Ann Coulter's GODLESS is set for release on 6/6/06.

The book -- which condemns what Coulter calls "The Church of Liberalism" -- will have a startling first printing of 500,000 copies, a publishing source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.

With chapter titles such as ON THE SEVENTH DAY GOD RESTED AND LIBERALS SCHEMED, and THE HOLIEST SACRAMENT: ABORTION, controversialist Coulter ups the ante in her fourth book for CROWN FORUM.

Developing...

Sports: No more Foulking around

The Redsox are now 5-1 with yesterdays win over the Orioles. They Sox are now 2 games ahead of the 2nd place Blue Jays and 3 ahead of the last place Yankees. God it sounds so good to say last place Yankees. I know that won't last long, but I'm going to ride it as long as I can.

Tim Wakefield and Josh Bard worked a lot better in yesterdays game then they did in their first start together. Wake pitched himself out of a few jams and just looked good. The defense made 2 errors but neither hurt the team at all. It is good to get the errors out of the way so they don't happen later.

But what I really want to talk about is Keith Foulke. His line is good, 1 inning pitched with a strike out. But that doesn't tell the whole story. He didn't just look good, he looked like his old dominant self. His velocity is where it was in 2004, 89-90. He had a great change going and couldn't be touched. If he keeps this up, I imagine he will take over the closing job by May 1st. Papelbon didn't look as crisp as he did the other day but still earned the save.

Hopefully Foulke can keep this up and become a dominant closer again. Papelbon belongs in the rotation where he can help the Sox out the most. A rotation of Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Matt Clement, Jon Papelbon, and Tim Wakefield could arguably be the best in the league.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sports: Sad

Bronson Arroyo is a better hitter than Willy Mo Pena.

Sports: AL east standings

I don't know how people could have picked the Blue Jays or Yankees to finish 1st in the Al East.

The best thing right now, the Yanks are dead last with a 1-3 record.

I really believe this will be the trend this year. Redsox won't give up the AL east lead at all this season. They are just too good this year. The do everything well, which is more than you can say for both the Yanks and Blue Jays.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Thoughts: US shutting off federal aid to Palestine

About f'ing time. We shouldn't have been giving them aid to begin with. They are terrorists and will continue to be terrorists.
The United States has decided to suspend direct assistance to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, while increasing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians through U.N. agencies, the State Department said on Friday.

"Because the new Hamas-led Palestinian government has failed to accept the Quartet principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and respect for previous agreements between the parties, the United States is suspending assistance to the Palestinian government's cabinet and ministries," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

Quoting a statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said the suspension would be lifted if the Palestinian Cabinet met the terms laid out by the Quartet -- the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.

"The path back to the road map is clear: acceptance of the three principles. If it accepts the Quartet principles or a new government comes to power that accepts them, funding can be restored," the statement said.

U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinians through U.N. relief agencies and non-governmental organizations that are not affiliated with the Palestinian Authority would be increased by 57 percent this year to $245 million, he said.

This should only be the beginning, any country who doesn't support us should lose all their funding too. There is no reason why we should be helping countries who fundamentally disagree with us.

Thoughts: Our crappy economy

Unemployment down to 4.7%.

Employers, in a springtime hiring burst, boosted payrolls by a sizable 211,000 in March and pushed the nation's unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent.

The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department on Friday, suggested that an accelerating economic expansion is putting companies in the hiring mood, brightening prospects for job seekers.

Hiring gains were fairly widespread. Construction, financial activities, education and health care and government were among the sectors posting payroll gains. That help to blunt job losses in manufacturing and in the transportation industries.

The unemployment rate, which dropped from February's 4.8 percent, ended up matching January's jobless rate, which was the lowest in 4 1/2 years.

Consumer confidence grows.

Consumer confidence in the economy's prospects improved in early April even as gasoline prices and borrowing costs marched higher.

The RBC CASH (Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household) Index, based on results from the international polling firm Ipsos, showed confidence at 89.4 in early April, up from March's 86.2. The new reading also was better than a year ago, when consumer confidence clocked in at 84.5.

"It's a positive sign," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

Overall, consumers are in a generally good frame of mind, economists said.

Oh wait, these are good things. Why are the liberals still saying we are in a recession?

Thoughts: Senate Republicans vote down Imimmgration bill

I am not surprised the bill got voted down, what I'm surprised about is the fact that the Republicans were united. I didn't think that was possible anymore.
The Senate sidetracked sweeping immigration legislation Friday, leaving in doubt prospects for passing a bill offering the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.

A carefully crafted compromise that supporters had claimed could win an overwhelming majority received only 38 of the 60 votes necessary to protect it from weakening amendments by opponents.

Republicans were united in the 38-60 parliamentary vote but Democrats, who have insisted on no amendments, lost six votes from their members.

Earlier Friday, President Bush prodded lawmakers to keeping trying to reach an agreement, but both sides said the odds were increasing that a breakthrough would not occur until Congress returns from a two-week recess.

"An immigration system that forces people into the shadows of our society, or leaves them prey to criminals is a system that needs to be changed," Bush said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. "I'm confident that we can change our immigration system in ways that secures our border, respects the rule of law, and, as importantly, upholds the decency of our country."

Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for the stalemate.

I blame both the Democrats and Republicans too. This bill should never have got this far. Anything less than forced deportation and building a wall should not even be considered. I expect more out of Republicans than this. We own the House, Senate, and Presidency, we should not be introducing piece of crap legislations like this.

Sports: I must be bad luck

I reported on Jimmy Rollins hit streak for the first time yesterday and now it is already over. Rollins went hittless last night and ended his hitstreak at 38 games.

38 game hit streak is still very impressive. Not many people can say they have hit in 39 straight games.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Sports: Joke

A New York family of Yankees fans heads out one Saturday to shop
for the youngest boy's birthday present. While in the sports shop, the
son picks up a Red Sox jersey and says to his older sister, "I've
decided to become a Red Sox fan and I would like this jersey for my
birthday."

His big sister is outraged by this, promptly whacks him upside
his head and says, "Go talk to mother!"
Off goes the little lad with the jersey in hand and finds his
mother.
"Mom?"
"Yes, son?"
"I've decided I'm going to be a Red Sox fan and I would like
this jersey for my birthday."
The mother is outraged at this, promptly whacks him on the head
and says, "Go talk to your father!"
Off he goes with the Red Sox jersey in hand and finds his
father.
"Dad?"
"Yes, son?"
"I've decided I'm going to be a Red Sox fan and I would like
this jersey for my birthday."
The father is outraged and promptly whacks his son in the back
of his head and says, "No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!"
Later they're all in the car heading towards home. The father
turns to his son and says "Son, I hope you've learned something today."
The son says, "Yes, Dad, I have."
"Good, son, what is it?"
The son replies, "I've only been a Red Sox fan for an hour, and
I already hate you Yankee bastards."

Thoughts: I guess it is a start

The Senate GOP will filibuster the immigration bill. Even though it is their bill. At least they are getting it right in the end.
Senate Republicans will filibuster their own immigration bill today in the face of steadfast refusal by Democrats to allow amendments to the bill that many conservatives view as granting amnesty to illegal aliens. As an alternative, Majority Leader Bill Frist reached an agreement last night with fellow Republicans on a new comprehensive immigration plan that includes increasing border security and a guest-worker plan, but still does not resolve concerns about amnesty. The new plan would allow illegal aliens who have been in the United States for more than five years to remain in the country working while applying for U.S. citizenship. Those who have been here between two and five years would have to apply for citizenship at a point of entry, but could remain working. Anyone here for less than two years would have to leave the country, but they could still apply for citizenship from their home country. Mr. Frist declined to tell The Washington Times last night how he would vote on the alternative measure. If neither of those bills receives enough votes to move forward, senators will have an opportunity before the end of the week to vote on a border-security-only bill introduced last month by Mr. Frist. Minority Leader Harry Reid refused yesterday to allow votes on amendments to the bill that Republicans say they will filibuster, including one that would prohibit any illegal alien convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors from obtaining U.S. citizenship. Mr. Reid and other Democrats say that such an amendment would "gut" the immigration bill and they accused Republicans of being hostile to immigrants for proposing it.
The only immigration bill I want to see would have to include force deportation, a giant fence on the Mexican border, and heavy fines for employers who employ illegal aliens. That is a bill I could support.

Sports: Redsox pulling away with the division

I picked the Redsox to not only win the division but also the World Series this year. The Redsox won last night with pitching, defense, and a timely home run from Trot Nixon. Last year they would have lost this game. Their defense last year would not have saved the runs that it did last night.

Not only that but did Francona made a smart move. I was amazed. In the end of the game he brought in Paplebon instead of Keith Foulke to close the game. I knew if Foulke game in to save the game we would have lost. He isn't 100% yet and until he is I don't want to see him close out any games.

Watching the Yankees last night I realized why they aren't going to win it all either. They can't pitch or catch the ball. Sure they can mash the hell out of the ball and I foresee them winning a fair share of slug fests. But I don't see them winning the close games that they are accustomed to winning. They were up 4-0 early but Wang fell apart after a Jeter error than later in the game Cano made a costly error that just led to the A's taking the lead and winning 9-4.

Sports: Rollins extends hitting streak

Rollins extended his hitting streak to 38 games in the Phillies lost to the Cardinals.
While Rollins stretched his hitting streak to 38 games, the Philadelphia Phillies remained winless. Yadier Molina's two-out RBI single off Tom Gordon in the ninth inning lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night.
I am very impressed, 38 games is a long streak and I hope he hits in 19 more games. As far as I am concerned if he hits in 57 games in a row he owns the streak. According to the record books they will say it doesn't count because it is over 2 seasons. But anyone who can hit in 38 games and counting has my respect in my book.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Sports: Instant replay in MLB

Sure it can be a pain in the ass, but I'd rather the umps get the call right than change the game with a bad call. I don't think it should be used to argue balls and strikes, that would be pointless and make the game too long. The Nats agree with me too.
It was in plain view on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and the evening news. It was on in the visiting clubhouse at Shea Stadium, where various Washington Nationals players looked at a video image on a computer screen, then walked away, disgusted. It was one of the highlights of baseball's Opening Day, the ball on the ground for everyone to see -- except the umpire charged with the impossible task of seeing everything.

In the top of the eighth inning of the Nationals' season-opening 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Monday, Alfonso Soriano dove toward home plate just as a relay throw arrived to Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca. Umpire Tim Tschida couldn't see what television cameras could -- that Lo Duca had dropped the ball, only to scoop it up as if there had never been a problem. Tschida incorrectly -- as was shown time and again on TV -- called Soriano out.

The play cost the Nationals the tying run and went a long way toward costing them the game, and just one day into the season it put a spotlight on the inherent fallibility of umpires -- who, naturally, make human errors -- and the fact that some mistakes could be overturned with the use of instant replay. The NFL uses replay. The NBA uses replay. College basketball and football use replay. Major League Baseball does not.
Plays like this should be reviewable. This bad call changed the complexion of the entire game and it hurt my fantasy team as I have Soriono on my team. I don't know if MLB will ever get instant replay but I hope it does to a certain degree.

Thoughts: Why are liberals still in power

This is why liberals are dangerous to the country. Senate Democrats won't even allow consideration to bar illigals convicted of felonys to gain US citizenship. According to Harry Reid it will hurt the bill. What a fucking joke.
Senate Democrats refused to allow consideration of an amendment yesterday that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonys from obtaining U.S. citizenship. Democrats said the amendment would "gut" the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate and refused to allow a vote on it. "It hurts the bill," said Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "It hurts the very foundation and what I believe is the spirit" of the legislation. Republican Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas restated the purpose of their amendment and appeared incredulous that anyone would object to it. "I do not have to explain in any more detail than what I have as why I don't want to move forward," Mr. Reid said. "I don't agree with the amendment. I don't think it's going to benefit this legislation that is pending before the Senate and I'm going to do what I can to prevent a vote on it." Later, Mr. Reid added, "We're not going to allow amendments like Kyl-Cornyn to take out what we believe is the goodness of this bill." The entire bill is "in effect being blocked by the other side," said Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican. After debate over the bill ground to a halt last night, Democrats filed a "cloture motion" that could set up a final vote before the end of the week on an immigration bill that many conservatives view as "amnesty." The bill allows illegal aliens to pay a $2,000 fine and remain working in the U.S. while applying for citizenship.
Of course illigals shouldn't be allowed to gain citizenship in the first place, especially those convicted of a felony.

This is a huge issue among conservatives like me. If the Republicans don't block this or any of bill that would give amnesty to illigals they will lose in 2006 or in 2008. That is a fact. The majority of the people don't want illigals in this country.

Thoughts: Who hates who more?

Liberals or conservatives?
Here are three questions comparing liberals and conservatives:

1. During the 2004 elections, which car was more likely to be "keyed," i.e., deliberately scratched -- a car with a "John Kerry" bumper sticker in an overwhelmingly conservative area, or a car with a "George W. Bush" sticker in an overwhelmingly liberal area?

2. When speaking at colleges, do right-wing or left-wing speakers need and receive police protection?

3. In a debate between a right-wing and a left-wing speaker before an audience equally divided between left and right, which audience group is more likely to boo and hiss at the speaker with whom it disagrees -- the liberal or the conservative?

Here are the answers:

1. Where I live in liberal Los Angeles, drivers of most vehicles with Bush-Cheney bumper stickers have told me (and I have often seen) that their cars (and mine) were deliberately scratched. When I have asked about the fate of cars with Kerry-Edwards stickers in equally conservative areas in, for example, Orange County or even the Bible Belt, no Democrat has reported such intentional damage to his car. This does not mean it never happens, only that it is far more rare. I would bet a lot of money -- and I am not a gambler -- that cars displaying conservative messages in liberal areas are far more likely to be defaced than cars with liberal messages in conservative areas.

2. When Ann Coulter goes to college campuses, she is accompanied by a bodyguard. And colleges routinely bring in police to protect her and to guard against student violence. No bodyguard or police contingent is necessary for Al Franken. Another leftist, Noam Chomsky, a man who has devoted his life to attacking America, goes from campus to campus without worrying about having so much as a pie thrown at him, something regularly done to conservative David Horowitz.

3. Whenever I have debated representatives of the Left before politically mixed audiences, I have been hissed and booed far more than my opponent was. Others who debate leftists report identical experiences. Why? Because in general, conservative members of the audience are more civil and less angry.

This is a no brainer. The left is full of hate. Just look at the last Presidential campaign. Everyone on the left hates George Bush, but us on the right just think John Kerry's ideas are stupid. The majority of the right never hated Bill Clinton, we just disagreed with his politics.



Sports: So much for 162-0

Both the Redsox lost and the Yankees lost last night.

Wakefield got smoked. I didn't get to watch the game, but I listened to it on the radio. It sounds like Josh Bard can not catch the knuckler. And when Wake did throw a knuckler over the plate the Rangers rocked the ball. I didn't get to watch any of the game, but I should be able to watch tonight.

I watched the last few innings on the Yankees game. I don't understand why the Yanks didn't use Riveria in the bottom of the 9th. Instead they brought in Proctor to blow the game. Yankees lost so I was happy.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sports: Injury updates

Since I have both these players on my fantasy team I try and keep up on them.

The Indians are in trouble already, Sabathia will be out at least 3-5 weeks with an ab strain. Tough news for my fantasy team, since I have 3 pitchers on the DL including him. Tougher news on the Indians as they have no shot at winning the AL Central with him hurt. Hopefully for both out sakes he will be back in the 3 weeks instead of the 5.

Ben Sheets should be back soon, he is making a rehab start in double A this week and should be back April 8th. Sheets went lower than usually because of his injury and I couldn't help but pick up this ace. When healthy he is one of the best pitchers in the league. I have high hopes for the Brewers this year, I think they could potentially be a sleeper for the wild card this year or defiantly next year. This will be their first winning season in a long time. That much I do promise.

Sports: NCAA finals

That was last night wasn't it? Seems like I totally forgot to make my prediction. Of course I could say I am brilliant and that I picked the Gators to win it all. But sadly I thought UCLA was going to win.

Who cares though, baseball is back!

Thoughts: Reason # 102456445 Why I love Israel

How can you not love Israel when they just randomly bomb the Palestinians leaders compound.
Israeli warplanes fired three missiles into the presidential compound of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, wounding two people and leaving deep craters in the ground. Abbas was not there at the time.
Unfortunately he was not there.
The Israeli airstrike came in response to homemade Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel though it was not immediately clear why Abbas' compound was targeted. Abbas has been a strong critic of the rocket fire and has urged the new Hamas Cabinet to accept peacemaking with Israel.
It isn't quite clear on why they attacked Abbas' compound. Here is a thought, Abbas is the leader of a terrorist organization known has Hamas. Once he can control his peons, which will never happen, Israel won't have to bomb him.

Sports: First real day of baseball

And I loved it. I listened to the Redsox beat the Rangers 7-3. Always great to see the Redsox win. Hopefully they have 109 more in them. 99 more in the regular season and 10 in the post season.

Roy Oswalt blew away the triple A Florida Marlins ball club. It looked like he was barely trying and the Marlins just couldn't do anything. I got pretty scared when Brad Lidge came in, I think he is still rattled from last years post season. But he saved the game and got a win for my fantasy ace.

Atlanta Braves and the LA Dodgers had a slug fest. Braves won 11-10 in what became a good game in which I thought it was going to be a blow out. Reitsma tried to blow it in the 9th but had just enough to finish it off.

Yankees were the Yankees. They out slugged the A's 15-2. No surprise there, they will undoubtedly lead the league in runs this year with that offense. I still don't think their pitching can hold up though.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sports: This is sad

The Redsox are winning 7-2 in the top of the 9th and all I can think of is, come on Foulke don't blow this.

Now I am watching the game and Foulke just gave two hard hits.

HOLY CRAP...Fantastic catch by Coco Crisp. Damon who?

They are absolutely killing Foulke here.

Good thing for good defense.

Redsox win their first game on the way to an unprecedented 162-0 season.

Sports: Opening day for the Redsox

Sports: This just does not sound right

San Antonio Marlins?

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Sunday that discussions with San Antonio officials about the possibility of relocating the team there are serious.

San Antonio has been trying to lure the team and county officials have offered to put up $200 million toward an estimated $300 million ballpark if voters approve extending a tax on hotel and car rentals.

The Marlins slashed their payroll to about $15 million in the offseason because of poor attendance and no progress in Loria's bid for a baseball-specific stadium. Florida plays at Dolphins Stadium, home of Miami's NFL team.

"We're still looking at all our options, but our talks in San Antonio are serious," Loria said on Sunday at Minute Maid Park before addressing his team.

Loria said several officials from San Antonio would join him on Monday when the Marlins open the season against the Houston Astros.

"I've invited them to join us to learn more about San Antonio," he said.

I would hope they would change Marlins to something else. Maybe the San Antonio Illigals?

Thoughts: The world is always cooling and warming

A must read by George Will.

Sports: MLB opener

Well I went to bed and it was 3-3 and the rain started coming down. So I was surprised to see the final score 10 -4 White Sox.

Not only did the Indians lose, but it also looks like CC Sabathia hurt himself and could be out as long as 6 weeks.

Not good for the Indians, they can't afford to lose their ace for that long.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sports: So much for opening day

Well I was watching Clevland tie up the game against the Chicago Whitesox then the rain started. I'm hoping the game comes back on soon, if not it will be bed time and I'll find out who won later, if it doesn't get cancled all together.

At least I will be able to watch the Redsox take on the Rangers tomorrow at 2.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Sports: Final Four Predictions

Florida over George Mason

LSU over UCLA