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|Oct-18-19|| ||plang: Thanks, not familiar with Joe Smith.
Jim Bunning became a Senator from Kentucky - more likely to burn Ball Four than to write it. (Jim Bouton wrote it).
Yankees big advantage over the Astros was supposed to be the bullpen but Astros bullpen has pitched quite well.
The Yankees could not afford a sloppy game (4 errors) at this point.
|Oct-18-19|| ||unferth: Joe Davis is pretty solid on Dodger telecasts; he & Orel Hershiser have a good rapport. when he first came up a couple of years ago, though, either he or a producer had the terrible idea to have him read historical anecdotes a couple of times a game in a transparent attempt to add some of Vin Scully's color. it always came off as awkward and phony, & it was a relief when they stopped.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||plang: Springer and Correa have homered in the same post season game 6 times - that is pretty remarkable.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||Bobsterman3000: <Keypusher - Every year ex-Dolphins get together after Miamiís first loss and have a toast to celebrate not being Dolphins anymore.>|
The yearly gathering of ex-Dolphins used to be much more glamorous as it was their former members of their undefeated '72 team who had an infamous (and slightly obnoxious) little TV get together every season to gloat and celebrate after the last undefeated NFL team took a loss and thereby preserved their distinction of the sole undefeated record in the Super Bowl era.
Of course, the 2007 Patriots took care of that permanently by going 16-0, with Eli and the Giants then taking care of the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
|Oct-18-19|| ||Bobsterman3000: Zach Lowe's wild NBA predictions:
Some of the biggies:
Giannis leaves Milwaukee if they don't make the finals, signs supermax to stay if they do make the finals
Toronto considers trading Kyle Lowry mid-season
Steph Curry wins scoring title with ease as Harden's numbers go down but Warriors finish in 9th spot as Mavericks take their spot in playoffs
Denver Nuggets take #1 seed in the West
Portland gives up huge future assets to win now in order to acquire Kevin Love, Blake Griffin or Gasol/Ibaka to solve their frontcourt scoring issues
And this one is easily the most likely to come true:
Chris Paul finishes the season in OKC
And you can write this one down and etch it in stone, I give it my 5-star guarantee:
Rockets put either Westbrook (or even Harden) on the trade block by end of season.
[the new Rockets owner Lorenzo Fertita seems itching to dismantle this team with a sledgehammer if they don't make the finals, he's already declined to give Mike D'Antoni an extension, he's a lame duck coach in last year of current deal]
|Oct-18-19|| ||Bobsterman3000: Other Zach Lowe lovely nuggets of wisdom:
Nikola Jokic just joined Wilt Chamberlain as only the 2nd player 6-11 or taller to average 7+ assists per game (Wilt did it twice)
Giannis is in line to become 12th player to win consecutive MVP awards (MJ only repeated as MVP once)
Giannis is a legit candidate for becoming the 3rd player to win MVP and Defensive POY in same year (Rudy Gobert was DPOY last year)
5 days ago Zach Lowe predicted that Bradley Beal would sign an extension in Washington without considering the open market and that happened exactly that way last night.
Bradley Beal is EASILY the most underrated star player in the NBA right now.
The Spurs have had at least 1 player named to the All-star game every year since 1997. (except for 1999 when there was no all-star game)
BTW, Zach Lowe also predicts the Miami Heat to take #3 seed in the East. They just signed Eric Spoelstra to an extension.
|Oct-18-19|| ||Keyser Soze: <Rockets put either Westbrook (or even Harden) on the trade block by end of season.> I dont see Rockets not going to the finals this year.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||keypusher: < Bobsterman3000: <Keypusher - Every year ex-Dolphins get together after Miamiís first loss and have a toast to celebrate not being Dolphins anymore.>
The yearly gathering of ex-Dolphins used to be much more glamorous as it was their former members of their undefeated '72 team who had an infamous (and slightly obnoxious) little TV get together every season....>|
<Thatwasthejoke.jpg.> I guess I need to work on my material.
<Of course, the 2007 Patriots took care of that permanently by going 16-0, with Eli and the Giants then taking care of the Patriots in the Super Bowl.>
Well, yeah, if you lost the Super Bowl you didn't go undefeated. Anyway, the concept of a "Super Bowl Era" as a standalone that allows you to more or less dispense with the first 45+ years of the NFL is a fairly recent innovation that I despise.
The Bears also went undefeated in 1934 and 1942(?) but lost the title game both years.
|Oct-18-19|| ||Bobsterman3000: The Lakers and Warriors have played 3 times this presason already, all Lakers wins.|
In one of the games Dwight Howard played 22 minutes and had 12 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 block while shooting 8-10 from the FT line.
If he's content with only a hard and motivated 22 minutes and only taking 4 field goal attempts in a game he's going to be a bigly HUUUUGE asset for the Lakers.
If he plays like he's played his prior 14 seasons in the league then he's going to be off the roster and waived by the trade deadline.
In the latest game D'Angelo Russell had 23 points in 27 minutes on 8/17 shooting and 3/8 from three. Plus 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
|Oct-18-19|| ||Bobsterman3000: <Keypusher - <Thatwasthejoke.jpg.> I guess I need to work on my material.>|
Oh, ha sorry. I didn't realize you were paying homage/invoking that old '72 Miami Dolphins oldtimers habit of making media appearances every year once those teams that started 10-0 or 11-0 or 12-0 then lost their first game while they would obnoxiously pop champagne and pat themselves on the back while holding up old memorabilia of themselves.
It was getting really bad and starting to ruffle a lot of feathers around the league, but it seems a lot of people have already forgotten about that 35-year annual gloatfest whenever the last undefeated team went down.
CNN/SI did a big and highly negative piece on all of them once and they instead doubled down and basked in the bad publicity. They were addicted to the attention every year, I think.
|Oct-18-19|| ||perfidious: <HMM>, Jim Bouton was the author of <Ball Four>, and indeed passed on recently.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||saffuna: Jim Bunning was a pretty great pitcher. Won 224 games for Detroit and Philadelphia.|
He is also Exhibit A for the foolishness of pitching on short rest. With two weeks left in the 1964 season Bunning was 18-5 and the Phils had a 5.5 game lead.
Manager Gene Mauch then decided to start pitching Bunning and Chris Short on two days rest. Bunning finished 1-4 and Short finished 0-2 (after starting 17-7).
|Oct-18-19|| ||HeMateMe: I can see Denver putting it all together as a team and somehow beating houston if the rockets are fighting over the ball.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||HeMateMe: Tonight is THE night the yankees begin a comeback, new York Islanders style!|
|Oct-18-19|| ||plang: As much as I admire Westbrook's talent and enthusiasm I am not convinced of his ability to fit in to a team concept. I don't think Houston will get anywhere near the Finals this year.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||saffuna: <Tonight is THE night the yankees begin a comeback, new York Islanders style!>|
it better be tonight, because it can't be tomorrow.
|Oct-18-19|| ||saffuna: <As much as I admire Westbrook's talent and enthusiasm I am not convinced of his ability to fit in to a team concept. I don't think Houston will get anywhere near the Finals this year.>|
Say the NBA announced it would not be recording stats this year. No points, no rebounds, no assists, no shooting perentage. Only wins and losses.
Then you might see Westbrook take off.
|Oct-18-19|| ||HeMateMe: Westbrooke is 'Nique McAdoo. He can only play one way -- it's his ball.|
|Oct-18-19|| ||saffuna: Something to that definitely. He certainly needs to have the ball much of the time. |
But he has 8.5 assists per game in his career, agaiinst Wilkins 2.5 and McAdoo 3.0 while he was a starter.
|Oct-18-19|| ||WannaBe: Verlander getting roughed up. Again...|
|Oct-18-19|| ||HeMateMe: hey the Yanks smell blood! people are on their feet already, they smell a blow out in the second inning.|
Damn, cheapest seats are $100+, standing room or even standing room partial obstruction, up in the nose bleed seats. 3 1/2 hours of standing. I rather stay home with my beer and bathroom nearby.
|Oct-18-19|| ||Penguincw: <HeMateMe: Damn, cheapest seats are $100+, standing room or even standing room partial obstruction, up in the nose bleed seats. 3 1/2 hours of standing. >|
On the secondary market, I believe ticket prices have actually dropped 50% since Sunday for Game 5.
Funny moment I found in the game tonight. There was a fan in the front row wearing a jacket. Underneath his jacket he wore a shirt that reads "JOE BUCK SUCKS". At one point in the game, he lifted his jacket to reveal the shirt. Right on national television.
|Oct-18-19|| ||perfidious: Yankees have one helluva ****ing nerve, getting that early lead in a game with everything on the line, and acting as though they had just won Game Seven of the Series.|
Perhaps someone should explain to the Pinstriped Scum that, even after booking the win tonight, their climb is still very much uphill.
|Oct-18-19|| ||HeMateMe: Were off to Houston!|
|Oct-18-19|| ||WannaBe: <penguincw> This may surprise you, Joe Buck is not well liked as an announcer in certain parts of US, because of his slant (in favour of) StL.|
Many think that is because of his father. If you don't know his father Jack Buck, look him up. =))
Now, if NYY is to reach the World Series, they would have to win 2 in HOU, tough order...
The last time HOU lost 2+ straight games at home? Oakland, on 9/9 HOU beat OAK 15-0, next day, HOU lost 21-7, then 5-3, and 3-2.
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