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Friday, March 31, 2006
Day 7, please send pizza
Today is Day 7 of my wife's trip to Ireland. The house has not burned down yet, the kids still are alive and my sanity is still intact.
Last night I was able to get a sitter and met with my good blogging buddy, SBG for a burrito and beer at Chipotle. Haven't been able to get together with him too often so it was nice to see him again. We talked some sports and I got to find out more about his job and him personally. He was even kind enough to pay for dinner. If it means that I owe him one, so be it, just another reason for us to get together.
No, not the kind where you dream of hitting a home run with Stacy Keibler. The other, far less exciting fantasy baseball. I am in the 2nd year in a league with 5 other guys and we each get to draft 5 teams. From these 5 teams we have to put together a starting lineup and 4 SP, 2 RP and 1 other pitcher (either SP or RP). You can have a max of 4 players from any team and you have to play at least 1 from each team. The twist this year is that we are making it a 3 year keeper league that you keep the rights of all the players on the team when you drafted them, even if they get traded to another team, so you have to take some youth factor into consideration. Hey, I don't have to do the admin work on this part so it's fine by me. We get 15 free moves during the season, after that, there is a charge. Trading between players is fine and counts as one of the moves once the season starts. Here's the teams I ended up with:
Chicago White Sox, Brewers (yes, I'm a homer), Blue Jays, Dodgers and the Royals.
I should be able to do something with these teams and finish last (like I did last year). The guys in the league are far more knowledgeable than I am with baseball, so I don't have the best shot in the world, but injuries and surprises always come into play somehow.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Daddy! Tell the Packers to go away! They're being mean!
Poor, poor Javon. He's such a manly man isn't he? Turns out that when the going gets tough he wants to run away and have his daddy fight his battles for him. Well, his stepfather, Charles (in Charge) Goldsmith at least. Here's some quotes from the article from this self-important idiot:
[Goldsmith said]"He doesn’t want to do like ‘T.O.’ (Terrell Owens) did and cause a big disturbance. He doesn’t want to do what Mike McKenzie did. "
Of course not, those guys went to the media and made absolute demands and voicing their dissatisfaction in public, and Walker is, umm doing the same thing. But according to daddy, this is completely different. Not sure what world he is living in, but whatever floats your boat.
"On Jan. 20, Goldsmith said he had a 30-minute conversation with Thompson in which he spelled out precisely why his stepson would never play again for the Packers and that he wanted to be traded."
Wow, I'm sure Ted Thompson is just reeling after being scolded by Javon's daddy. Because if there is one thing GM's in the NFL are afraid of are the parents of players.
Does Goldsmith ultimately expect the Packers to trade Walker, as they did with the disgruntled McKenzie in October 2004?“I think they will,” he said. “I don’t think they’re going to have much of a choice. We’re hoping that some rational thought will take place and Ted will realize that"
Yep, Ted's the irrational one. He's tryting to get out of a contract and whining his little ass off to the media and having other people fight his battles, oh wait, that's Javon and his daddy.
“They watched how Green Bay let those two guards get away and let somebody else pay them more money. They watched how Darren Sharper had to go to Minnesota. They watched how (Ryan) Longwell signed with Minnesota and didn’t even give Green Bay the opportunity to match it.
“They’re watching what (Aaron) Kampman went through to try to get his money right up to free agency. Ahman Green played here and got all those yards and he gets a one-year sorry contract. There was the Bubba Franks thing."
Does he even pay attention to this team or football in general? Wahle and Rivera got some of the highest contracts for guards in the NFL last season and the Packers had extremely little cap room. They had no choice but to let them go given they could not match the deals. Sharper was due to make 8M and again, the Pack had no cap room. Sharper was able to find the $ he wanted in MN, as they had the room. Longwell only wanted to kick in a warm climate or a dome and he came out and said so, it wasn't due to the Packers being cheap. Green has had 2 straight injury seasons and a torn quad. Given that nobody was willing to take a chance on him except the Packers, I think he should be happy as hell. Sorry contract? He can make 5.5M. But that must be just chump change to the Walker family. Bubba was tagged so that the Packers could have time to work out a great deal for him once they got their cap under control and Bubba got a great contract. Again, this guy is in such a dream world it's funny.
On Brett Favre: “He didn’t even pick up a phone as a leader and call Javon. Never has he once called Javon. He didn’t have to go to the media."
But apparently Javon felt the need to go to the media right from the start. Pot, meet Kettle.
Amazing that Javon is surprised that he acts how he does, and there is fan backlash. The guy has said that he will be a cancer on the team if he stays and expects everyone to pat him on the back. His dad also says that other players see what's going on and it reflects poorly on the Packers. But he is discounting that it is reflecting extremely poorly on his stepson. Other players see that he is willing to be a cancer and ruin a team when he feels "disrespected". Boy, that's one teammate I bet they would be falling all over each other to get.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Day 3, and all is well
So far I've managed to keep the kids alive and not burn down the house while the wife is off galavanting and cavorting in Ireland for 8 days. I am so far having more fun than I expected and it's good to reconnect to them. This may sound odd to you, but it's kinda wierd being home all day and around the kids so much. Given that I see about 3 hours of them daily during the week given I go to work. Doing things like this gives me an even greater respect for my wife even though she squashed the SPP I had (see Friday's post and comments, the party pooper), as she does one hell of a job, and a thankless one by-and-large from a societal standpoint. If you know a stay-at-home mom, give them a pat on the back (or better yet a babysitter) and let them know they are doing one of the hardest jobs there is and commend them for it. I get a break as my mother-in-law is watching the kids tomorrow and Wednesday so that I don't have to use up too much vacation time.
What a great time for Badger hockey. The women's team beat Minnesota for the national championship 3-0, and the men's team is now in the Frozen Four where they are the decided favorites not only by talent, but given that it's in Milwaukee, it's a tremendous home ice advantage for them. The defensive swagger that this team had prior to the Elliott injury is back and their 1-0 win in 3 OT against Cornell was one of the best ever. F' em Bucky!
Oh, and you know that I'm enjoying the hell out of George Mason's run in the tourney. There are the critics who don't like that the "best" teams don't get to play for the title some years. But if a team can go 27-7 in the regular season, beat #28, #12 and #2 teams in the country, they deserve to be there as much as anyone. They are not flukes. I'm rooting for them and hope they win the whole damn thing.
Friday, March 24, 2006
What should I buy?
My neighbor Shane has created a policy that is frankly the most brilliant thing I have come across in all my years of manhood. The Shane Purchasing Policy (SPP) is as follows: Everytime his wife is in the hospital or really sick, he goes and buys something he really wants that is expensive. Once she's recovered, it's too late to take whatever it was back should she object.
As much as I poke fun at Shane and enjoy destroying him in the Backyard Border Battle, he's got a leg up on me with this SPP. He's been able to purchase cable TV, a new TV and DVD player and an IPod video during these times.
Why am I bringing this up? Well, my beautiful wife is heading off to Ireland for 8 days with her sister starting tomorrow and thought this was the perfect time to implement the SPP for my own personal gain. I have seen first-hand how powerful this system is and now I am going to implement it. The problem is there are too many things I want and I turn to you, my readers, as to what I should get. Please help me out and vote in the poll below. I sincerely appreciate your assistance in the implementation of the SPP in enhancing my life.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
What's all the Who-Ha about?
Latest rumor from ProFootballtalk.com is that themanthemyththelegend Brett Favre is now coming back. Combine this with all the hysteria over Craig Nall leaving to sign with Buffalo as a sure sign that Favre is coming back and you got yourself some good old-fashioned speculation and rumormongering. Because after all, why else would Nall go sign with Buffalo, other than they have a crappy QB situation, he has a very good shot at starting this year and was given a bigger contract then the Packers would have given him. Dear goodness, what was the man thinking?! Given there is absolutely no verification from Favre or the Packers on this report, I'll just assume this is a bunch of crap as all rumors are in regards to him. Or as Officer BarBrady on SouthPark would say:
"Move along. Nothing to see here you bunch of looky-loos."
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
On the Gluttony, Sloth and Flatulence
Well, I've been requested to provide more details on the recent man weekend with the opening rounds of the March Madness tourney. Needless to say, I gained a bunch of weight back. How much you ask? Well, I'm both ashamed and proud to admit it was 7 pounds in 4.5 days. This just means I have to get back on the exercise and sensible eating horse I've been on since January. Not that I'm on an actual horse like that mind you, if I was, it'd be hard as hell to type this daily tripe. Anyway, on to the diary of the aforementioned "sins" in the title:
By far the worst one, but also the most fun to do.
Also add in that on my arrival home on Sunday night, we had a birthday party for my 3 year old daughter, and of course there was cake and ice cream. What the hell did I just do to my body?Sloth
Pretty much sat and reclined (individual recliners) on a leather couch watching a 52" TV screen for the majority of the time. Only real exercise was jumping up and down during the upsets and going up the stairs to use the bathroom. I did use their eliptical machine for about 30 minutes one day, but that was to make more room for the steak dinner that night.
You really don't need to hear about this do you? 5 guys (at times 8) sitting in a basement, eating junk food for hours at a time, you get the picture.
Overall it was another great time. As far as the rest of weekend details... what happens in the basement, stays in the basement.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
It's been a while
Back from the man weekend where the manners mattered little, Cokes were plentiful, and a 52" TV was enjoyed by all while seated on leather recliners. Now, onto everyone's favorite topic, Stacy Keibler! Or perhaps WI sports instead.
Bucky exits without much of a fight in the first round of the NCAA tourney. Wow, I have to say I'm shocked as hell. (please note the sarcasm here) Rumor is that everyone but Ray Nixon is coming back. Tucker is not good enough or has shown enough that he can go pro. Next season looks promising, assuming the players can read and write (hear me Steimsma and Landry?).
Actually playing well (except for that embarrassing game in Toronto) and have climbed to #7 in the playoff seedings. Whoo Hoo! They've earned the right to get their asses handed to them by Miami in the first round! If that doesn't get your juices running nothing will. Odd thing is, if they can put together a solid end of the season run, they could conceivably end up the #4 seed as they are only 4 games out of that spot. Riiiiiiiiight.
Here's the bright spot of the bunch. TT was able to sign Ryan Pickett, who is pretty much a younger, faster version of Grady Jackson, with 90% less whiny bitch added. Excellent signing to bolster the DL. Love how TT simply told Grady where he could take his attitude by saying absolutely nothing. Rod Gardner re-signed as well and was desperately needed to bolster the WR corps. He should come through as a solid #3 WR for the team. William Henderson visited the Vikings just to see for himself what a joke of a team they are first-hand, then signed back with the Packers. Rumor was he was still giggling about what he witnessed there when signing his deal here.
Granted, TT only signed 1 of the 3 guys I originally earmarked in FA, but we didn't have a shot at 2 of them anyway. Oh well. They may not sign another big name guy (outside of Viniteri) and likely will continue their methodical approach of not wanting to overpay for the current FA group out there. Likely scenario is that middle-of-the-road FAs will get signed for lower costs and bettering the overall depth of the roster.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Gluttony, Sloth and Flatulence
That's right, it's time for the annual March Madness opening weekend in Milwaukee! I get together with my best friends Gabe and Murph and we watch college hoops all day and all night with enough greasy, fried food and Coke that would feed several small African nations for a month.
But not only is it just us, oh no. There are several other buddies that drop by either for an hour or stick around for a whole day. Some of them bring food like rib tips, chips, and pie; we like those guys the best.
We also play some darts, cards, board games and such while the games are going on as well. Yes, it's a guy's weekend, but it's been going on for over 10 years, and I always look forward to it.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Ho Hum, Bucks win
The Bucks almost blow a 17pt lead in their 88-87 win over Atlanta. The Bucks are currently 31-32 and in the 8th spot for the playoffs, 3 games above Chicago, but only 2 games from the #5 spot (Indiana). The Bucks have been struggling lately and it's been real hard to follow them given all their issues and poor play. Not a single Buck has been consistently good and there are going to be some changes this offseason in personnel, that's for sure. Magloire is reportedly unhappy and the Bucks could certainly get some quality help in return in a trading him after the season. Perhaps with the much-maligned TJ Ford for a young, big-bodied PF to replace Joe Smith? Interesting to say the least. Mo Williams and Charlie Bell can handle the PG duties, and Bogut could then move to his natural C position.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Apparently, MN has the "perfect" holder, or at least, the contract
Ryan Longwell signed with the Vikings on a 5 year contract. Longwell's issues with the holders in GB and saying that he wanted to no longer kick outdoors at Lambeau is well documented. No real surprise here that he signed elsewhere. I had mused with some Viking fans about 2 months ago that I thought the Vikes would sign him. Turns out that is what was going to happen.
Longwell was the best kicker the Packers have had and was perfect for the conditions of Lambeau. Sad to see him go. Longwell was salvaged from SF scrapheap 9 years ago, let's see if TT can create the same magic with another kicker.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
The Milwaukee Journal is reporting that Aaron Kampman has agreed to a contract with the Packers. Whoo Hoo! Given that he was on many "experts" lists of one of the top 10 -15 FA out there, Thompson did good. Kampman is not flashy, but he's consistant, smart and very durable. The Packers know what they are getting from him under last year's defensive scheme he flourished quite well. One can only assume that he will continue to play at that level or improve under the scheme. It's a good signing.
How will this affect how the Packers draft in the 1st round? Some may argue that this means Mario Williams will not be picked and that AJ Hawk is now the man. There is still a lot of FA left to go through and many more moves that will bring in the Packers draft day into greater focus. I have a short list of who I would like them to get:
Will Witherspoon, LB Carolina Panthers
Fast, agressive and well, good. Exactly what the Packers need to bolster a rather poor LB group. With Julian Peterson to gain most of the attention of the FA market, Witherspoon could get fewer suitors until Peterson is off the market. The Pack should just focus on him from the get-go as they could outbid just about everyone for him.
LeCharles Bentley, C New Orleans Saints
Everyone who watched the Packers last year saw how crummy the OL was. Rumor is that MM has some sort of connection with him, so there may be a better than average chance of getting him. He's one of the best C out there and once again, the Packers can outbid the rest for him. Let the rest of the league go after Hutchinson.
Rod Gardner, WR Packers
Update 3/11 3:20pm: Bentley has signed with the Browns. Cleveland had a ton of money as well to spend and targeted him as their main man. That's one that got away.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Who pissed in Javon's Cheerios?
Well this is just ducky, Javon Walker has come out and says that he wants to be traded. Apparently his is still pissed that the Packers wouldn't give him a new contract last season and is taking shots at everyone.
"I just don't feel like this is the best place for me to be right now," said Walker, whose relationship with the organization remains fractured following the team's refusal last summer to renegotiate his contract and public criticism at his expense by Favre. "I really have no interest in being in a Green Bay Packers uniform or playing for Green Bay again."
He cites how he percieves the Packers paying people as his main point of contention. But money is not the issue.
He held out for some of training camp last year as he was mad about his contract, but money is not the issue.
"I'm not going to grandstand," Walker said. "I just want the Packers to give me peace of mind."
Sure you're not going to grandstand, that's why you're going public with your whining and saying you'll retire rather than play for the Packers.
Problem is the Pack cannot get much for him, a 2nd rounder at best given his injury that he suffered leaves legitimate questions about his current ability. Apparently, Javon thinks this injury should have no bearing on a huge contract given to him. FSU has to do a better job of edumacating their players.
This situation changes the Packers FA and draft strategy as the WR corps is virtually non-existant given Murphy's career is over. We'll see what TT is going to do about this and hopefully the Packers can get something good out of shipping his greedy, non-team centered ass out.
On a final note, I must apologize to Drew Rosenhaus as it is pretty clear that he was not behind the whole "new contract for Javon" thing last year. Sorry Drew.
The lamentation of Sheets
It was reported that in yesterday's outing Ben Sheets had "discomfort" in his latissimus dorsi in the bottom of the first inning and had to leave the game. This is the same muscle that Sheets tore last season and had to have surgery on. Oh crap.
That's it, the season is kaput! The Brewers need their ace in order to get to 90 wins this season and a shot at the wild card. Without him, we have no hope.
Oh cruel baseball gods, why hath thou unleashed this fate upon? Why wouldst thou raise our hopes and dreams to make us purchase expensive team merchandise then lay this disaster upon us? Have not the fans of the Brewers suffered enough throughout time?
You delivered us from the hell-hole that was County Stadium to Miller Park.
You delivered us from the incompetence that was Wendy Selig-Prieb and gave us Mark Attanasio.
You gave us Fielder, Hardy and Weeks along with a farm system that is the envy of baseball.
And for all these things we are grateful, but please don't take away our Sheets. We'll make Bernie Brewer slide back into the giant mug of beer for homeruns again should that please you. We'll even let the Italian sausage win a couple of races. I'll even swear off any beer other than those made in WI.
We need our ace. Please.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Here's to you Mr. No-Defense-Milwaukee-Buck
(Take on the Budweiser ads)
You don't bother with tiring yourself out on the defensive end, after all, you think defense doesn't win championships.
Never heard of the Spurs or Pistons
You think that the matador defense is the best thing since sliced bread
Pass the salami
Fouling is an acceptable way to play defense, after all, standing around for the free throw gives you a better opportunity to get your face on TV.
Ready for my closeup Mr. Deville
Playoffs? They are just an inconvenience to your golf game.
Watch out Tiger Woods
After a hard day of letting people score on you, you go to the locker room and play the "real" game on your Playstation. After all, that's a better reality anyway.
50" screen plasma
So here's to you, Mr. No-Defense-Milwaukee-Buck, and remember, you can't spell defense without a dictionary
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Days of our Packers
Well, it's been a while with Packer stuff on the Oracle hasn't it? It's been fairly dead on the news part until the last week so wasn't much to write about. Plus, I've been in a bit of a funk since Stacy Kiebler inexplicably lost on Dancing With The Stars.
Ahman Green signed a one year deal with the Packers. Here's a quote from the article:
"The one-year, $2 million contract Green signed Monday includes a $500,000 signing bonus, which is the only guaranteed money... The contract also features $2.75 million of incentives. Green gets $250,000 if he rushes for 750 yards, another $500,000 if he reaches 950 yards, another $500,000 for 1,150 yards, another $500,000 for 1,350 yards and another $500,000 for 1,550 yards."
So, the Packers are only out 2M in cap should Green not be able to come back from his injury with any real capacity, and they are not tied to a long-term deal should this be the case. Now, if he puts up 1550 yards, the Pack will owe him 2.75M, and if that happens, I think everyone will be friggin' ecstatic as the Pack will have had a damn good season. Heck, if he is able to put up 950 yards, I'm happy. Not seeing-Stacy-Kiebler-on-TV happy, but happy nonetheless.
A rumor going around is that the Packers will sign S Marquand Manuel from Seattle to replace Mark Roman once FA starts. Not sure on this one as he was not even in the top 10 safeties available in FA and we are rumored to have a 5yr deal all but done. He is an upgrade over Roman, but then a grilled cheese sandwich is as well. MMMMM grilled cheeeeeese... Ahem, sorry about that. Suppose I should trust Thompson that he knows what he is doing on this one, given he's the GM and been in the NFL for a long time and I just write a silly blog with a cheese background.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
I went back to visit the parental units back in WI and also see my brothers and sisters. My younger sister is having her first baby and so it was baby shower time. I was able to leave and go to Fred's bar and restaurant for hands down the best burgers around and introduce my son to properly made deep fried cheese curds, which he absolutely loved.
What's that you say, you think you're place makes better burgers? Juicy Lucy you call it? Please. These are half-pound, never frozen, fresh ground beef daily with phenominal seasoning burgers that kicks the snot of of anything around. Add to that that the cheese is not sliced crap you peel out of a wrapper from Kraft, no sirree Bob, this is liquid cheese that was lovingly made by WI cows. Now that that issue is taken care of, back to the story.
The low-light of the weekend was that I got a speeding ticket. Yes, my first one in over 8 years. One of those brain farts on my part where I just drove stupidly. Luckily for me and my wife, I did not extend this stupidity by being a smartass to the cop who pulled us over.
Of course the cop asks, "Do you know why I pulled you over?" and we all say "No, officer, I don't". Now, what the hell is the point of this question anyway? It's not like I'm going to suddenly have a breakdown and say "because I'm a drug dealer?" or "because I'm a crossdressing evil midnight bomber, the evil which bombs at midnight!" or even "because you really wanted my number?" (hey, it was a female cop and I am me, it's not totally ridiculous). Just say what's on your mind officer and let's get this whole show on the road here. Not like we're on game show and I get some great prize if I guess correctly like a years supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Crikey.
Needless to say, she did tell me that if I could drive back down there in 3 weeks for a mid-day court date on a Thursday. Really? I can take a day off, drive back 6 hours to this crap town to dispute some ticket, then drive back home another 6 hours? Thanks officer, really. So methinks I'll just mail in the money and be done with it.
I've decided to just take the advice that my good buddy Gabe has on the situation. Seeing how often I have speeded and not received a ticket, this one is simply my way of paying for the last 8 years of speeding. So looking at this that way, $15/yr to speed really isn't all that bad.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Week in Review
Let's take a look at the week in review of the news here in Minneapolis, on a fun tip.
NWA pilots authorized a strike this week and plan on delivering on this strike should NWA decide to impose a pay-cut or work rule changes. The airline filed for bankruptcy back on Sept 14 and is looking to cut back costs by over $1.4 billion from it's employees.
Wade Blaufuss, spokesman for the pilots union said "If NWA doesn't concede to our demands, we'll just take our planes and go home." After all, the strike worked so well for the mechanics union. I thought these pilots were supposed to be the "smart" ones with book-learnin' on their side?
Gay marriage is back on the agenda at the Capitol with an amendment looking to get pushed through that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
If this does not pass, supporters of the bill say they would want to then push a different bill through the legislature that would permit anyone to stone the same-sex couple. After all, isn't wholesale condemnation and hatred the Christian thing to do?
This week started the MN high school wrestling tournament. Or what the locals like to call "the contest of nearly anorexic young males trying to give eachother ringworm"
Carl Eller, a former member of the famed "Purple People Eaters" of the Vikings in the 70's was arrested for drunken driving this week. He was clocked at 97 mph on westbound 394. How drunk was he? When asked why he was going so fast, he stated that he was "trying to go back in time to stop Jim Marshall from running the wrong way with the fumble". Time for some coffee at the station Carl.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Welcome to the new look!
Hope you like the cheese background. I'll be tinkering with this some more, so I'm not fully done yet. Just seemed like the site needed a change. Let me know how you like it so far.
Newsflash! Bucks lose to good team!
In an amazingly shocking result, the Bucks lost to the Phoenix Suns last night 123-110. The Suns shot 103% from the field, helped by the Bucks becoming completely discombobulated and actually making some shots into their own basket for the Suns. Many in attendance were describing it "similar to that of a Harlem Globetrotter game". The crowd was roaring with laughter throughout at the ease at which the Suns scored.
MVP candidates Shawn Marion and Steve Nash combined for 52 points in about 12 minutes of play to lead the best team in the West. Nash was seen enjoying some ice cream while on the bench, it was reported to be mint chocolate chip.
The Bucks were led by Michael Redd's 37 pts, with Bogut chipping in 15 pts and 9 rbs. After the game, Redd and Mo Williams were wearing oxygen masks from trying to keep up with the constant sprinting offense of the Suns. Both were able to gasp out between breaths that it was all TJ Ford's fault that they lost, as he was not Steve Nash. Ford responded to the attacks by stepping on their oxygen lines and giving them purple nurples.
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