July 11, 2006

All this can be yours...


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Originally uploaded by MrBadExample.
Behold, the grand prize to be awarded to 2006's Old South Hill Association champion. Veterans of the league may remember Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown. Rookies (and veterans who need a refresher) can visit http://www.buffo.com.

The 2006 Old South Hill Association Prize pack includes:

One (1) framed 8x10 signed photo (inscribed "To the winner!") from Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown (aka, former minor leaguer Tom Toman); the photo is signed "Buffo, WSC" and "Tommy Toman"...it's a sure collector's item

One (1) Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown button

One (1) Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown sticker

Now there's truly something to fight for.

Best of luck,
James Sigman
Prize Wrangler,
The Old South Hill Association

November 30, 2005

Welcome Back ...



For a special weeklong return to the world of temporary blogging.
This time, I've got more coffee and even less free time. Enjoy it
while it lasts.

Here is a summary of this and last week's baseball-related
emailings,printed without permission or authorization. Sorry.
Most of 'em are from me anyway. Too much coffee.

Anyway, here they are, in order of posting.

From the Commish:

On the Mets:
I actually like both moves made; and the money was there considering
Piazza's gone, Cameron's gone and all kinds of other shit from the
Bad Bad Past came off the books this offseason.
So, if they signed one of the non-descript catchers they're pursuing,
resigned a few guys, picked up a middle reliever - I'd be fine and not
feel like I was watching the Jr. Yankees next year. But it's this
incessant talk of dumping Milledge, picking up, god I can't even type
it, Manny Manny, or Zito, or whatever, that's irritating. Jesus God,
let this thing develop. You've got a few good young players, a kick-ass
1B, a decent rotation, a real closer for a change and one of the best
prospects in the game, supposedly. I'm not a fan of overhyping
prospects and keeping them in-loo (ho ho) of real, proven players, but
hey, Wright's turned out pretty good, you know (I should scout for
these fuckers - he's the only player I've seen in Binghamton the last
8 years I knew (knew!) was going to be a real ballplayer and, lo and
behold, he is grandpa! he is).
So, I like Omar, but he drinks too much coffee or something. Take it
easy padna; people aren't Mets fan because they can't handle being the
"red-headed stepchild," or "second-class citizens" in New York. It's
because all those years of dealing with that Shit pays off when an
underdoggish team wins something and makes Us All Feel Good about being
Chumps. Or something. It feels better when it's "natural," a theory
that applies to so many things (breasts, especially, and baseball).

From the only in New York file: For the love of Fuck they have a team

policy on the Gaddawful "America's Pretty" song? But the best part is:
a day after Delgado signs, some Jack Ass in Newsday writes a column
telling Carlos he won't be "everything he could have been" because he
decided to follow team policy and stand for the stupid song. Thanks for
that. Duly noted. Now go punch an old woman in the face you goddamn
leech. Four hours he's been here. Four! Or 24! It doesn't matter. It's
a song. I don't care if it's team policy to have the American Flag
tattoed on your ass at Spring Training. It's baseball. Never the twain
shall meet.
So that's my cup of coffee this morning.
B

From Little Jimmy:
Regardless of how good Delgado ends up being for
the Mets (and I don't think he'll be that great), the Marlins should
be abolished. Nevermind moving the team in 2008. Just fold already.
Enough of these almost yearly salary dumps.
As for the actual trade, I'm not too keen on it. But because it's New
York and we have to overspend on marginal talent just to satisfy the
average 45-year-old crank who calls up the 'FAN every night so he can
bitch to some gravelly voiced sports radio guy, I guess it's not so
bad.
I still think Delgado's not a big-market player, regardless of what
guys in Toronto say. I also wish the Mets would go after B.J. Ryan
instead of throwing $30 million at Billy Wagner, but that's another
story entirely.
I do hope the Mets don't have to pay the bulk of Delgado's salary,
'cause his contract is ridiculous for a guy who's done fairly good on
fairly bad teams.
I wonder what it's like to be a Pirates fan, knowing that building from
within is your only shot at ever making the playoffs, and that you
can't throw money at free agents, or trade for high-priced talent, or,
well, do much of anything.
And, in closing, I wish Glen Sather would go back to coaching the Rangers.
james.

From The Commish: Mets fans, if you spit up in your coffee this morning,
at least take the time to go to metsblog.com and read the interview with
reporters from the Toronto Sun before you convince yourselves Carlos Delgado
is going to scowl his way through a Mo Vaughnesque .241, 18 hr, 76 RBI
line this year.
Having seen Petit pitch twice last year, I will say Omar The Looking
Better Every Day seems to have made a pretty good deal. Yes, Delgado is
a free agent, or can request a trade or something complicated, at the
end of the year. But it sounds like the Marlins somehow paid for
Jacobs? I think, and took on some of Delgado's salary.
Anyway, using the Bill Simmons (the link is dead)
corollary, which he used to make himself feel better about picking up
Just .500 Josh from the Marlins, (for some reason I keep typing
Marlines; what does it mean?), (another aside for those of who don't
like cutting and pasting: The Bill Simmons corollary, in summary,
states that you almost always win when trading "superior prospects" for
established talent because the list of so-called "superior prospects"
from the last ten years plays like a Where's Waldo? find the regular
Big Leaguers game - Ok, back to our original point) this seems to me,
you, they like a good deal. Big bat, crappy defense (so what? pick up a
2nd baseman with range and they've still got the best infield in the
league; the worry is, of course, right field and the
not-as-rangey-as-advertised Carlos Part I in CF) and steadfast
opposition to the policies of our Idiot Administration. Welcome to the
family.
What I know about Jacobs from the B-Mets beat writer at the Press:
Streaky; not as good the second time around with pitchers. Chases bad
shit. And swings at a lot of balls, too (huzzah! there's a Binghamton
sluts joke in there somewhere).
What I know about Petit from reading Mets-related publications: Sandy
Koufax is a fag. Muslims look East and see his visage rising from the
oil fires and bacon smoke at al-Qaida cookouts.
Whoops. Might have offended someone there.
What I know about Petit having seen him in action: He throws 90mph, and
it's a 90mph with Zero pop. "They" say he has a sneaky-quick fastball
and great off-speed stuff. Sneaky is good in Wiffle Ball, Little League
and maybe for half a season in Binghamton. Not good in Big Leagues. At
least he can go drinking and pissing on Pizza parlors in Florida with
Scott Kazmir and that White Guy with a Black Name the Mets had in RF a
few years ago.
Ok, it's snowing. I wanted to talk about baseball. So it goes.
B

July 13, 2005

Another Hockey Hijacking


Stanley Cup
Originally uploaded by MrBadExample.
Our great national nightmare is over. I look forward to the Islanders once again providing me with the disappointment only they can bring. Sure, Braden Looper blows, but no one blows like Oleg Kvasha blows.

As a testament to just how little anyone cares about hockey, Chris Chelios actually got away with saying this, which was buried at the end of an article this week:

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"It's not so much the deal," Chelios said. "It's all about the lies and separating the players from the league and making us look bad because we have to defend ourselves."

Then, using language that is certain to offend, especially given Bettman's Jewish heritage, Chelios was quoted as saying: "That alone should be just cause for him to get the gas after this is all done."
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I guess the interview ended before he was able to say how much he looks forward to getting back on the ice, so he can "lynch Jarome Iginla" and "sell Donald Brashear into slavery."

May 20, 2005

The Dream Team 2005

There's no point in posting this picture. But it's dead around here. So I thought I'd lively up the place with an embarrassing photo of me and some wrestlers (the latest in an ongoing series).

For those who haven't seen me in awhile, I'm the guy in the middle. And for those who can't spot bloated ex-wrestlers, I'm flanked by Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/criticalbutstable this weekend for the latest wrestling convention stories.

April 19, 2005

"I've got more K's than pixels"

A sweet new ad campaign for an Intellivision retro sports video game collection (warning, it's a big ugly PDF...bit it is worth it).

April 15, 2005

Our Boy Bronson

"...I love that dirty water...."

April 04, 2005

Where have you gone, Jesse Orosco?

So I watched a little of the Yanks-Sox game last night and just read up on the Mets-Reds game here at work. I now realize two things:

(1) The Hula Hula Boys will be finishing dead-last this year
and
(2) I'm probably going to be finished with baseball in about two weeks.

Best of luck everyone!!!

And on a more positive note, I'm almost done with reading "Cup of Coffee" by Rob Trucks. It's a series of interviews with pitchers who only had real brief careers in the majors. It gets a little repetitive, but, overall, it's a pretty damn good book with a lot of interesting stories. Some guys seem a little bitter, some are grateful that they got the little time they did. Anyway, check it out.

In a few weeks, I'll probably be getting around to reading Mike Lupica's "Summer of 98," which I expect will be a hoot given the current goings-on.