In case you don't read the Courthouse News Service while enjoying your breakfast tea and beignets everyday like I do, a big story out of New York is that a man is suing the Yankees, MLB and ESPN because they showed him asleep on television. And then they did this:
ESPN focused its cameras on him, Rector says, and then "Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruck unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, include but not limited to 'stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid' knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world ..."
But that's not all. They also said these more specific hurtful things:
"Plaintiff is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure.
"Plaintiff is a confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual.
"Plaintiff is confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.
"Plaintiff is so stupid that he cannot differentiate between his house and public place by snoozing throughout the fourth inning of the Yankee game."
"Plaintiff is so fat he sat on an iPhone and turned it into an iPad.
"Plaintiff is so fat he also is suing X-Box 360 for guessing his weight.
"Plaintiff is so stupid he went to the dentist to get his Bluetooth fixed."
And on and on and on. There is a lot of hurt in there and while I don't doubt Rector's claims (or his feelings) I have to throw a bit of shade on the lawsuit. I mean, ten million? For that? I can think of way worse things that baseball has done to me that deserve money more than this. Continue reading →
If you were to ask me if it was worth it to go to the Miller Park Drunk Pants Party on Sunday July 27th, I would answer your question with a series of questions. Do you like baseball? Do you like having fun? Do you like tailgating? Do you like hanging out with like minded people in a parking lot before a baseball game? Do you like keg beer and grill food? If the answer to these questions is yes then the Pants Party is worth it for you. You will have a good time and you should just buy a ticket right now.
But what if you were to ask me, on a dollars and cents level, if the Pants Party was worth it? I'd say that I think so. I'd say that I know it is cheaper than some Milwaukee area bars who hold similar events and give you a bus ride to the park, but then make you pay for drinks in the parking lot. I know that, but I don't really know. I've never done the math. So let's do the math right now. Continue reading →
Sorry I'm writing about the NBA today when the Brewers are still the best ever, but I had to and you should still come to the Pants Party on Sunday July 27th. Only three weeks left to get tickets and when they're gone, they're gone. It will be the BEST tailgate party of the summer. You won't regret going, but you will regret missing it. Don't do that. Check it out.
The Bucks were not good, crappy, god-awful, terrible, sucky, awful, shitty and just plain bad last season. OJ Mayo was fat, Larry Sanders broke his brain, Caron Butler lived up to his "from Racine" billing and Larry Sanders broke his brain again. Which actually worked out pretty good for me because tickets were REALLY cheap and I like going to basketball games. The more I went, the more I got attached to this bad basketball team that was seemingly on its way out of my city. Before I knew it, I was invested. I cared about a Gary Neal/Ramon Sessions trade. I wanted these young guys to figure things out (Giannis! Wolters!) and fulfill their potential. I wanted Larry Drew to learn how to coach. I wanted them to stay. I became excited about the prospect of a high draft pick, even going so far as to watch college basketball to see the guys who could potentially play in the Bradley Center. It was cool, but there was still that shred of doubt that they were leaving. (I'm not going to get into the political arena debate here because we don't know anything about any of it, so what's the point?) I couldn't help but think that there was nothing that could be done and that the city would let them leave without a fight. I was excited, but there was always that in the back of my mind to hold me back.
And then they got sold and now every single thing that happens is exciting. They have the number two pick, they want to build the team through the draft, they don't care about being the eighth seed like Kohl and want to build a real life championship contender. These are real things that are happening and suddenly Bucks basketball is exciting again. For the first time since that brief period when we all loved Brandon Jennings (guilty as charged) or the Ray Allen Game 6 before that, the Bucks seems like a real team in the league. The thing is, the Bucks know this. They know that fan interest has never been higher, they know this is the most important draft pick in team history and they know that they can't miss. Which is why the following things are true: Continue reading →
The Brewers offense has been great this year, but of course it has. That's Doug Melvin's thing. He builds a team that hits a bunch of homeruns and then he fills it with pitchers who give up even more. Sure, he's built a team that hasn't done that but he did it by trading like 15 guys for one and a half good seasons of Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. It's not his strong point. This season? He nailed it.
Through a strange combination of questionable signings, draft picks and trade acquisitions; the Brewers have built a team of pitchers that you can be proud of. They've done it with a unique mix of lights out relievers, starters who go deep every game and an Asian kid you hope never has to pitch ever. No, I don't get it either. Yet somehow, some way this is a staff of All Stars. Continue reading →
There's been a lot of talk about the All-Star game lately and as of this writing the Brewers don't have any starters on the team. This is the despite the fact that Jonathan Lucroy is the best catcher in the league, Carlos Gomez is the best center fielder in the league, Ryan Braun is the best former PED user in the league and Mark Reynolds is one of the most lol-worthy picks on the ballot. There is still time for Wisconsinites to go crazy voting, but as it stands they are the team with the best record in the National League on the outside looking in at the All-Star Game. Some people care about these things, some don't. (Personally, I'd rather have Lucroy take the rest but with his batting average there is no way that is happening.) The truth is that it doesn't really matter if the Brewers have any All-Stars because they are all stars, the whole team.
It's a testament to Doug Melvin how really, ridiculously good this team is. I don't fully understand it, but they are just loaded with talent. The lineup, which isn't much different than last year's, is great. The bullpen is great. The rotation is great. Despite doing some things that make me wonder what they are thinking on a yearly basis, Doug Melvin and his staff have built the BEST team in the National League (so far). Seriously, look at these guys: Continue reading →