23 December 2004

Bittersweet Fantasy

So, what does one do when he's made it past the first round of his fantasy league playoffs?

Most of you might be saying, "Rejoice, that's one hurdle down!" or "One step closer to the title!"

These are not the laments of your perplexed writer.

Instead, Nightmare scenario #2 has befallen him: Facing your significant other in the semi-finals.

It's safe to say that I'm not looking forward to the outcome of this competition. Someone is going to get hurt.

We'll keep our reader abreast of this weekend's contest as we tally the results.

In the meantime, I'll be readying the couch and stockpiling the bomb shelter.

Happy Holidays!

20 December 2004

The Cards Mark An Ace

To be honest, it had been a pretty shitty day.

On Saturday, Kirsten and I spent the first part cleaning the house (Alright, Kirsten mostly) before heading out to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

After that, the plan was to head up to Atlanta and get back in time to take in the Cottonmouths game later that night.

A few hours and a 40 min traffic jam later, we're sulking on I-85 heading back home...no hockey game tonight.

Then, as we're flipping the channel on Kirsten's XM, we hit ESPN radio and two guys recapping the NFL action say the words "Mulder" and "St. Louis" in the same breath.


So, here we are, hurling toward Columbus, catching the middle of a conversation on the Cardinals pitching situation, trying to verify if what we heard was true.

"Is Mark Mulder a Cardinal?", I wondered.

Truer and sweeter words were never uttered. I must've sat there mouthing the words for the next 10 minutes:


As the radio guys gave the parties involved in the deal, I was waiting with bated breath wondering if the only Card mentioned was the only one dealt: Kiko Calero.

I should've known better. Billy Beane, the A's GM, is a notorious dealmaker and his antics are best described in the book "Moneyball".

The deal:

Mark Mulder to the Cardinals for Danny Haren, Kiko Calero, and minor league prospect Daric Barton.

The asessement: A fair trade for both teams...a classic example of both teams getting what they want.

Danny Haren is the short term centerpiece for Oakland. A rising star, his poise and experience at a young age will put him in the A's rotation to complete one of the best young staffs in the game.

Kiko Calero should shore up Oakland's thin bullpen, giving the team a young solid fireballer with devastating stuff.

On the other hand, Daric Barton is the long term wild card. At 19, he's a hitting machine...just the kind of catcher any team would covet. He's a few years out, but at his current pace, he should be a great backstop for years to come.

But back to Mark Mulder. Not since John Tudor have the Cardinals had a dominant southpaw ace power pitcher.
Case in point: Since 2000, only one pitcher has more wins than Mulder's 74. That pitcher is Curt Schilling.

Case revisited: Since the 2001 season, no one has won more games than Mr. Mulder. No one.

By the way, did I mention he's only 27 and just hitting his prime.

For years, the Cardinals have searching for another great power pitcher, dare I say, another Bob Gibson. We've seen some very promising ones fall from grace or never materialize.

With Mulder, a blossoming Adam Wainwright, and a reborn Rick Ankiel...the Cards could soon be back as a pitching powerhouse.

One more stat: The 2004 Cardinals averaged 5.2 runs per game.

In games where his offense scored 4 or more runs, Mr. Mulder is 65-4.

Mark, welcome to the greatest baseball city in the world.

17 December 2004

Seeing Some Old "Friends"

What an amazing thing is our pal Friendster.

I found two "friends" on there earlier tonight...check 'em out...you might have heard of them before.

Jeff and Jay.

I wonder if they're on each other's friend list.

Methinks the answer is no.

16 December 2004

Happy Holidays

That's me in the blue....ugling up the picture. Just look at the pretty lady and you should be good.


07 December 2004


News Flash: The BCS blows.

Shocking, I know.

Can we please get back to yesteryear, when the bowls meant something?

Here's hoping...

02 December 2004

30 Frames of Celluloid

OK...I know that film runs at 24 frames per second and video runs at 30 frames per second, but I needed a catchy title.

Our good friend Mike has a favorite films list going with many other friends chiming in with their picks.

You can find it here.

So, being a film buff myself, I'm submitting for your approval my 30 favorite films (that I could think in the span of an hour).

Don't be left out in the lobby....submit your top 5 in the Comments section.

With that, grab your tub o' popcorn and hot tamales....the reel is rolling:
  • 30. American Beauty (1999)
  • 29. Taxi Driver (1976)
  • 28. Say Anything... (1989)
  • 27. Wonder Boys (2000)
  • 26. Memento (2000)
  • 25. Pi (1998)
  • 24. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • 23. Lost in Translation (2003)
  • 22. Caddyshack (1980)
  • 21. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (2002)
  • 20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
  • 19. Office Space (1998)
  • 18. Se7en (1995)
  • 17. Rope (1948)
  • 16. The Graduate (1967)
  • 15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001)
  • 14. Animal House (1978)
  • 13. Hoop Dreams (1991)
  • 12. Toy Story (1995)
  • 11. The Matrix (1999)
  • 10. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • 9. Fight Club (1997)
  • 8. North by Northwest (1959)
  • 7. Slap Shot (1995)
  • 6. This Is Spinal Tap (1982)
  • 5. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb) (1964)
  • 4. Waiting For Guffman (1996)
  • 3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • 2. Rushmore (1999)
  • 1. Citizen Kane (1941)

01 December 2004

Creative Spelling

How fitting if one of the qualifications was "Attention to Detail A Must."

Fox affiliate in Toledo OH is looking for a candidate with strong management writing and creati9ve abilities. Broadcast experience of 3-5 years in promotion is preferred. Applicable college degree combined AVID skills and production techniques a must. Please forward resume and tape to Fox toledco 4 Seagate Toledo, OH 43604. No phone calls please. EOE.