13: Chop Seal on Beet Writing and Baseball

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by Chop Seal 

ATLANTA, GA – Hello, Everbudy!

Thank you Carulina Lady for letting me be a beet writer. I know I have been a pest about the expenze account but I have to keep up with the other beet writers in town who smoke cigares costing up to a dollar. I will try to be better behaved.

Where will we stay at Spring Training? And where are the really good seafood restaurants there? Where do we find the best bowl of whelk? Since I now have an expenze account I will be treating.

And where is the best place to obtain a player’s autograph? I would like someone big to be with me when I ask Chipper Jones because I do not want a signature on my hide.

And since this is the hi-tech blog, bloggers here should consider if a motion-activated butt-cam might reveal the truth about steroid injections. We would need someone crafty (artsy?) to install the camera, though. 🙂 😀 🙂 😀

And not many seals get the chance at beet writing. Carulina Lady is the bEst! But here are some reasons why I want to be a collumist instead.

a beet writer goes into a restaurant and is seated. All the waitresses are gorgeous. One of them comes to his table and asks, “What would you like, sir?” He looks at the menu and then grins and answers, “A quickie.”

The waitress turns and walks away in disgust. After she regains her composure she returns and asks again, “What would you like, sir?” Again, the beet writer answers, “A quickie, please.”

This time her anger takes over, she reaches over and slaps him across the face with a resounding “SMACK!” and storms away.

A man sitting at the next table leans over and whispers, “Um, Pal, I think it’s pronounced ‘quiche’.”

Let me share some New Year’s Rezalutions:

1. Become a Colummist Quick

I have not always been a beet writer. I was once a baby seal in Canada and I was almost clubbed to death there before Jimmy Smith came along. Just before the big club swung, Jimmy Smith shouted: “No, not him, he’s a journalist.”

The big man seal clubber hesitated, drew back his club and snarled, “Is he a beet writer?”

“No”, Jimmy Smith fibbed, “he’s a colummist.”

And the feersome clubber lowered his club and let me live. I am grateful to Jimmy Smith and now I help him meet girls. I want to be a reel colummist soon in case the seal clubbers come back.

2. Releese the new Chop Seal Bobble-Head

Bloggers wiill be glad to know that the new Chop Seal Beet-Writer Bobblehead will soon be available to all bloggers here. A beet-writer bobblehead has been tried only one time before, unsuccessfully, by another beet writer – but the head was so big that there was no bobble. There will be plenty of wobble in the Chop Seal bobble.

3. Become the best beet writer until i can be a collumist.
“What, what Carulina Lady? already the best? Oh, thank you!”

Beet writing doesn’t pay much but it is okay if you are a seal or don’t date much. Being a beet writer is important stuff if you have been a seal mostly and I promise to do my best to get the story and get along well with others without getting too big for my britches.

I am heering all kinds of beet writer stories.

A beet writer was walking down the road with a healthy looking pig under his arm. As he passed the bus stop, someone asked, “Where did you get that?”

The pig replied, “I won him in a raffle!”

Here is one of my favorate beet writer storeez:

Two beet writers went to the pound where each adopted a puppy, er cat. The joy of their new best friend was quickly overshadowed when they got home and the first beet writer said, “I think we’re in trouble, how are we going to tell them apart?

This led to several hours of concentration until finally, the second beet writer said, “I’ve got an idea. We’ll tie a red bow around my kitty and a blue bow around yours.”

The next day the first beet writer comes running up to the second when he got home, “Oh no, I can’t tell whose kitty is whose… they’ve pulled the ribbons off while they were playing.”

“OK, we need to find a better way to tell them apart,” says the second beet writer. After several more hours of concentration, they came up with the bright idea of getting different colored collars.

Again, the next day, the first beet writer comes running up to the second as soon as he gets home, “Oh no, I can’t tell whose kitty is whose… they’ve pulled their collars off while they were playing.”

“There’s got to be some way to tell them apart,” says the second beet writer.

After several more hours of concentration, the first beet writer finally comes up with another idea, “I know! Why don’t you take the black one and I’ll take the white one!”

This is why I want to be a colummist. Or a broadcaster like Chop Caray.

And now some baseball . . .Seal transition. I hope I am wrong, but the Braves could be in trouble next season. The starting pitchers are old and brittle and the rotation may come apart at any time.

Winning early is never important to Bobby Cox and he often fritters away early season games, then, when the team must win late in the season, there are holes from injury and such. And the team does not respond well to must-win situations (see playoffs).

If Bobby Cox is to remain manager of this team I think they should consider every game as important as the next and try to get off to a big lead in the division before the old guys drop. If/when the old-man rotation falters this may not be a pretty season.

Then again, this team could dominate with bionic arms and other enhancements.

Questioning this team is not normal beet writer stuff and may not play well for this Seal but Chop Seal has courage and Carulina Lady likes me.

And now, one last beet writer story:

A salesman is driving toward home when he sees a minister thumbing for a ride on the side of the road. As the trip had been long and quiet, he stops the car and the minister gets in. After a bit of small talk, the minister notices a brown bag on the front seat.

“What’s in the bag?” the minister asks the driver.

The driver says, “It’s a bottle of wine. I got it for my brother; he’s a beet writer.”

The minister is silent for a moment then says, “Good trade.”

Please make me a collumist soon, Carulina Lady.

Goodbye, Everbudy! Go Braves!!

Chop Seal

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299 Responses to “13: Chop Seal on Beet Writing and Baseball”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady January 10, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Chop Seal, only for you would I stay up this late to get your lead posted! 😆
    Very good!

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  2. 2 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Thank You!!

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  3. 3 chrisklob January 10, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Nicely done Chop Seal. I hope that you get that expense account soon. While you are at spring training you should check out some of the sushi restaurants there. Plenty of fresh fish.

    And just for the record, the seal “clubber” should not be confused with “Klobber”. I like seals and many other living beings. I’d never club a seal, especially one so talented as Chop Seal!

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  4. 4 Carolina Lady January 10, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Chris, he already has an expense account. From jjs.

    Just saw this: Curt Schilling is retiring after the ’08 season. Going full time into the video gaming business with his company 38 Studios. Who woulda thunk it?!

    Going to bed now. Should have been then 90 minutes ago…. 🙂

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  5. 5 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 12:32 am

    There are a lot of nice restaurants at Disney, Chop Seal. The Flying Fish at Boardwalk may be what you’re looking for.

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  6. 6 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Good night, CL. It’s about time for me to retire for the evening too.

    Interesting about Schilling. That’s not a business I would have pictured him going into.

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  7. 7 arkansashillbilly January 10, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Yeah, I figured Schilling to end up in the booth or in the Baseball Tonight studio. Somewhere that he can run that mouth freely.

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  8. 8 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Okay Chopper, a most interesting post. Not going to gain you any favors in the press box though if read by other Beet writers. I suspect you are going to be last in line for the cheese.

    Could even keep you out of the beet writer’s HOF….. Then again…… 🙂

    Will you be covering the Braves’ Fan Fest or the aquarium this week end?

    By the way, by your accent I mistook you for a California seal, like you know, cool.. 🙂 Now we find out you are a Canuck… eh? Will we now have dual anthems before each game? I actually know the words to O Canada 8)

    Anyway, nice job on the blog lead in. By the way…. Don’t take any calls from Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil… 🙂

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  9. 9 savannahguy January 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

    This Braves and Stuff blog has everything! Now we have an up and coming beat writer well on his way to becoming an honest to goodness columnist right in front of our very eyes…from a little Baby Seal to a little Chop Seal. Can a Cox-ish nickname be found? Chopper? Would Skip say chopper to Chopper?

    That was an excellent lead story Chop Seal. Without any hesitation or hedging of superlatives I can say, you are the very best beet writer I have ever seen. Be patient, the spelling will come along too!

    So many denizens have shared their personal stories when they come up to bat with their lead post. Thank you Chop Seal for sharing your personal story of how you survived the clubs in Canada. That must have been a scary time. 1970’s? Thanks to Journalist Jimmy Smith you were spared and now have a nice home and a budding career following in the Journalist daddy’s footsteps. Does he take fancy steps? Spins? Dips? So many questions…

    Speaking of footsteps and seal clubs, were the clubbers in Canada just like the ones in America? When Jimmy Smith saved you, were youstaying alive amongst the dangerous clubbers by disguising yourself with a pointy collar shirt, a white three piece disco suit and patent leather shoes? That was smart of you.

    It’s a good thing the journalist rescued Baby Seal from those clubbers. Who knows what Baby might have experienced? Club 54? Biker Bars? Snowcaine? Baby Seal, are those clubbers still around? If so, they need to be investigated, convicted and sentenced. They can just burn. That’s right, burn, Baby, burn is what I say to them.

    In the mean thyme, don’t ewe worry about yur speling young Chop Seal. We awl make mistakes and due that sumtime. It was a grate story and Kutoes.

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  10. 10 Chop Seal January 10, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Jimmy Smith told me bad spelling woudl stick out on this blogg, not like taht other blogg. I am going to work with Journalist Bob on my spelling and methinks. Still, good enough for a beet writer for now. All foam , no beer. Will have to improve for colummist. Can’t wait for Spring Traning.

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  11. 11 Chop Seal January 10, 2008 at 9:46 am

    FBG, is the Flying Fisch a seal-friendly establishmint?

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  12. 12 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Disney is very PC, Chop Seal. I’m sure they wouldn’t discriminate against you. Besides people come from all over the world to Orlando for vacation & some of them look very unusual. The Japanese sense of fashion, for instance, tends to be … um, interesting.

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  13. 13 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Methinks our chipper Chopper should be wary of those named Gill … sounds fishy to me “could even keep you out of the beet writer’s HOF” … but, it’s far more likely to get you in on the first ballot!

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  14. 14 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Chop seal, way to go!!! I think you have set the record for most words in a blog!!! And many of those words were spelled correctly!

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  15. 15 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Bob did you see my post on the other blog about where to find the best prices on Mr. Moto???? (It’s Amazon right now)

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  16. 16 arkansashillbilly January 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Arkansas running back, Darren McFadden, was handcuffed at a bar in Little Rock Wednesday night after being involved in a “pretty rowdy scene.” It’s the second time in the past couple of years that McFadden has had a run-in with the law at a bar, thus solidifying his status as the Atlanta Falcons’ first pick in the 2008 draft.

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  17. 17 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Risk verses reward for taking HGH and other PEDs… Ask Marcus Giles what the difference is between being on the “juice” and relying on natural ability. Appears to be about $5 mill per year.

    I am very inclined to be suspicious of any power numbers put up by players prior to 2006. I think it is going to be a long time before we see big home run numbers for multiple players again. There will always be a small hand full who will do it but it will not be the norm to have 4 or 5 guys hitting the long ball.

    They better start thinking about hitting the gaps and less on those upper cut swings resulting in warning track fly balls.

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  18. 18 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Should read not the norm for 4 or 5 guys on the same team….

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  19. 19 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I am not aware of how many of you are familiar with Jonny Lang but every time I see Roger Clemens I cannot help but think of this song. 🙂

    Lie to me and tell me everything is all right
    Lie to me and tell me that you’ll stay here tonight
    Tell me that you’ll never leave
    Oh, and I’ll just try to make believe
    That everything, everything your telling me is true
    Come on baby won’t you just

    Lie to me, go ahead and lie to me

    Lie to me, it doesn’t matter anymore
    It could never be, the way it was before
    If I can’t hold on to you
    Leave me somethin’ I can hold onto
    For just a little while won’t you, won’t you let me be

    Oh, anyone can see
    That you love him more than me
    But right now baby let me pretend
    That our love will never end

    Lie to me, go ahead and lie to me

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  20. 20 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Gil, sure I have heard of Jonny Lang,(and this song) I remember him back when he was young! 😉 Cruel song to link with Clemens! 😛 I still hold out a slim hope it was just vitamins and pain killers….silly me….

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  21. 21 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Lady, Carolina Lady!!!! Any chance to add this emoticon to our list???

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  22. 22 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks’ Berigan … the answer is yes and it has been duly acted upon!

    That little Hungarian was the best Japanese detective I ever saw … of course he wasn’t a bad German, Russian or Italian either.

    I see that Jimmy Smith has far more influence than initially thought … the hearings have now been postponed so as not to interfere with National Pie Day!

    Of course, if PEDs have a cumulative effect … one would think that the “off season” would be the “on season” for their taking, so as to be “ready” when Spring Training starts … and if material effecting were to take longer as one gets older, then some might even defer making an entrance.

    The Mitchell Report is long but does it reflect all that was found? Well, we may find out more in February than the skinny on our pitchers and catchers.

    $1,000,000 is an obscene amount of money, even considering the deflated value of our currency … it’s a team sport … pay each player on the active roster $500,000 a year … that’s only half obscene, but it’s still a lot of money to be paid to kids for playing a game, especially if they’re cheating.

    It’s a lot of money if you’re defending your country, teaching our youth, counseling the misguided, selling insurance, building houses, catching crooks, fighting fires, growing crops, attending the sick or caring for the elderly!

    Where’s the perspective? Take the Fehr out of Baseball … If you play well, and by the rules, you’ll get to keep your job! If you don’t, you won’t!

    With the money saved, the cost admission to games could be restored to reasonable levels … or they could just give it to me!

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  23. 23 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Now Gill, I’m sure it’s all just a simple little misunderstanding.

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  24. 24 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    The storms here in Nashville seem to have abated so I’ll do the same and get the car to the shop … later!

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  25. 25 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Bob,, Glad to hear that! 🙂 I am very familiar with Charlie Chan, as he and Sherlock were my Mom’s favs, but never saw many Moto’s. In fact, I think I only saw one before, and was not impressed. But, these are very good so far, and I like how menacing Lorre is in these early ones as well. Kills without a care, then goes back to being this humble little man!

    Actually, didn’t watch a Moto last night, went modern, and watched a Banacek(from 1972) Anyone remember this TV show? George Peppard long before A-Team. Very cool guy, rich, who solves mysteries that seem impossible on the surface….like a football player disappearing after being tackled on live TV, or how a race car was stolen from a moving train….

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  26. 26 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    hmmm, seemed to bold everything, when I only meant to bold Bob’s name…I am talented, ain’t I???

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  27. 27 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Berigan… Just more fodder for the kangaroo court… 🙂

    We will make sure it is put on the docket….

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  28. 28 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Noble idea of spreading the cash around Bob but you know it is not going to happen, any more than we will see a drop in gas prices or a roll back of the price of sugar. Price will only go down when demand is low. I bet you can get tickets to any soccer game in Tennessee for pennies on the dollar.

    I used to go to a lot of University of Richmond and/or William & Mary football games for free. Still can if I so choose.

    The best box seats at the Diamond are $10 a pop. General admission is $6 and sometimes less than that. Equivalent seats in Atlanta would be $300… To be honest, I would just as soon watch a Richmond game. The park is less crowded and the seats are less cramped. I know, I’ve been to both.

    I am beginning to wonder if I want to renew my MLB package this year. I can watch 16 games the Braves play the Nationals without extra cost. I’m telling you guys, I may just go fishing more this summer. If I am going to pay through the nose, I may as well be able to restock my freezer.

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  29. 29 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    True story…… I used to wear a feather on my hat whenever I was at work. I am not even sure what type of bird it was but I found it one day while checking the ash pond at the plant. It was a fairly large feather and I suspect it was from one of the many wild turkeys that roamed the compound.

    Now, I would not say a word about the feather but would wait until some unsuspecting supervisor would ask me what the feather was for. I would look them straight in the eye and tell them “I keep it just in case they need a feather for their cap, I will give them mine, just so they wont feel the need to pluck one from my a**”.

    Now that I think about it, maybe my reputation of being disrespectful was deserved. 🙂

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  30. 30 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I am beginning to feel that maybe I should give MLB the entire bird because they sure have been plucking a lot lately.

    There comes a point when I just don’t have the extra cash to throw around because some jerk thinks he is worth so much more. I would much rather play a round of golf than watch Tiger Woods play a round. Life is too short to continue to line the pockets of someone else.

    I am starting to feel that way about baseball too. I cannot remember exactly when I fell out of love with college basketball but I sense the feeling is coming on with baseball. I am tired of the cheating, the sniping, the denials and the greed. Someone needs to get things back on the right path or I may be spending my summers on a fishing blog when I am not on the water.

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  31. 32 journalist jimmy smith January 10, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    “All activities once inside Braves FanFest 2008, including autograph sessions with Braves players, coaches, and alumni, are free.”

    this is from the ajc.com article touting fanfest. admission is $15. looks like the ajc article may have been written by the braves p.r. department – maybe frank, frank’s self. anyway, it is wrong to use the word “free” – perhaps at no additional cost would be better.

    chop seal has been so excited today! and chop seal thanks chop seal’s many fans. today, after the blog appeared, chop seal broke wind, smoked a cigar, and ate some cheese. a real beet writer. but wants to be a columnist as soon as possible.

    and gil makes a good point about baseball. fans can grow weary. jimmy smith loves baseball but jimmy smith also loves to read. and to paint (something lew does not know). jimmy smith recently painted some cabinets. other diversions can be found.

    and fishing blog . . . must discuss this with carolina lady and chop seal.

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  32. 33 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Berigan, thanks for being so bold! All us actuarians remember Banacek and his polish proverbs … good show, that!

    Gil you may have a point but methinks our demand for higher prices has been low since before a bottled Coke went up from a nickel to six cents … and yet prices keep going higher and higher!

    Poker has little to do with the cards being dealt, provided there is no cheating … hard to win if there is. Baseball needs an honest dealer …

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  33. 34 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Chris, I know Lew would say big deal, but if that trade goes off, it is a big deal. Without him, I don’t see how the Mets can compete with the Braves and Phils.
    Santana is a big improvement over Glavine, and adding him to John Maine, fellow lefty (and as we all know, braves killer) Oliver Perez, and a possibly healthy Pedro Martinez, means their staff could be better than ours….

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  34. 35 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Bob
    Glad you recall Banacek! Honest Injun, I have no stake in Amazon, or Deepdiscount, but in case you didn’t know, you can buy them if you ever want to! I sure didn’t know that, til I stumbled across info on the second season coming out….
    http://search.deepdiscount.com/search?w=Banacek%20-%20The%20Second%20Season&

    If my Mom was alive, she would be in hog heaven with these and the Charlie Chan sets now out…

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  35. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Gil, I hate to see you give up on baseball…I understand it…I gave up on the game after both big strikes, but like Al Pacino said, “Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in” 😉
    We all tend to focus on the negative, I try to remember folks like Scott Thorman busting his butt down the line, teams like the Diamondbacks, and Rockies truly play team ball….it’s not fair to blame them for being paid so much, I am sure 90% of the guys playing today, would play for 5 bucks an hour…..Even Clemens showed guts to me coming out of the bullpen in Houston at his advanced age, risked future millions doing that….Do wish I had a magic wand that would set top pay at about $100,000 and top ticket prices owners could charge at $10…yeah, that’ll happen…..

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  36. 37 williamwallace January 10, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Gil, I still love March Madness but I think my love for college basketball waned when Kevin Garnett went pro straight out of high school. Ever since then the best high school players go straight to the pros or they stick around for only a year. The NBA adopted that stupid rule recently that they have to spend at least a year in college or be a certain age. I guess that was to help the NCAA but to me it only hurt the game. I would rather that kids who were not interested in playing college basketball not be forced to play if they would rather be in the pros. Sticking around for only a year does not solve the problem. It only perpetuates it. I never get mad at a kid for going early at all but………

    What has turned me off college basketball is that the kids don’t stick around. There is no continuity. It used to be that these kids would have storybook careers. I hate Duke and hated Christian Laettner with a passion. But it was so much more fun to hate a guy for his entire 4 year career. It was cool to watch him hit some big shots in the tourney as a freshman, hit that shot against Kentucky, get killed by UNLV, and then come back the next year and beat UNLV.

    You used to be able to know all of these teams. If you watched a team in the tournament last year, you generally had a good idea who would be back next year. But these days, it seems like as a fan, you have to learn all over again who the players are every year. As soon as I get to know who they are, they are gone to the pros.

    I wish there were more 4 year players and continuity and stability. It leads to more storybook careers and makes it so much easier for me to love or hate certain players or teams. Without it, I become easily disinterested.

    The best thing that could happen is for the NBA to act like MLB and develop their own legit minor league system and let the true scholar athletes play college basketball.

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  37. 38 chrisklob January 10, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    More sad news to report. Yet another giraffe has headed off to the great savanna in the sky (no, not you SG).

    Gemina the “crooked-necked giraffe,” one of the Santa Barbara Zoo’s most recognizable and beloved animals, was euthanized Wednesday.

    “We observed a decline in her appetite over the past two weeks and she had stopped eating all together,” said Alan Varsik, the Zoo’s Director of Animal Programs and Conservation.

    http://www.nbc11.com/news/15024067/detail.html

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  38. 39 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I am thinking more along the lines of something like the Northern Independent League. I am just really tired of folks like Selig telling me black is white and up is down. Like Lew says, MLB just doesn’t pass the “quack” test for me.

    Sorry folks but I am feeling very cynical tonight….. Must be the rain…. and the return of cold weather….. and wishing I could go on vacation tomorrow to some place warm.

    Maybe I should cash in my IRA and buy a sail boat…. Costa Rica is looking better all the time. To bad I cannot speak Spanish….

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  39. 40 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    No Berigan, it won’t happen because the “demand” isn’t there … most view it as “other peoples money” and them what don’t find it easier to “demand” higher wages than lower prices … and the beat goes on.

    I try to remember folks like Scott Thorman busting his butt down the line, … I’m sure that Gill does too … no question that Scott tries hard … too hard … and too rarely had he the opportunity to bust his butt … so it’s hard for us old guys to remember. Me, I try to remember folks like Andruw busting theirs down the line … try, and try and try. Being fair, Andruw busted his butt most every plate appearance, but it was usually from falling on it.

    No, it’s not fair to blame them for being paid so much, …; we’re the ones to blame. However, if the owners thought as you, I am sure 90% of the guys playing today, would be receiving 5 bucks an hour!

    It doesn’t take a magic wand … later

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  40. 41 morpheus45 January 10, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Morning, all! Excellent lead-in, Chop Seal. I’m only just now reading it because of the…(insert expletive here) that is Comcast. Blah.

    Gil, I believe someone has rained on your parade of late, my friend! Don’t take it so hard. The only time I’m ever shocked is when the game turns out to be straight. It just isn’t human nature. By virtue of the law of averages, there are a few decent folk that hide away in the woods (or blog on CL’s blog) but I wouldn’t trade a handful of shinola for the average person these days. Just the way it is; no need to bust a vessel over it.

    For all you elderly military types, Santa just whipped back around and brought me a 50th anniversary of D-Day commemorative issue genuine Benrus wristwatch, complete with canvas GI case and hatch for synchronizing so I can be like the Duke. Amazing how many old farts (including my history teacher) have come up to me in the last few days and started reminiscing. Growing up in the battery powered era, it’s awful hard to remember to wind this thing every morning (which puts me in mind of a saying, but I’ll just let it slide).

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  41. 42 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Umm, Top o’ the morning to you to Grinch! 😛 Well, it will be in 2 hours and 4 minutes….Or, are you in London right now??? 😀

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  42. 43 Chop Seal January 10, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Carulina Lady, will there be a cheez allowance?

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  43. 44 morpheus45 January 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I was wondering why the beer was warm and everyone’s teeth looked like Pete Moylan’s. 🙂 Oi!

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  44. 45 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Grinch, I have a functional “Chairman Mao” wristwatch, brought back from the mainland a few years back … methinks the communists in China are much more capitalistic than their Russian counterparts. It too has to be wound every 25 hours … and loses perhaps 2 minutes a day … but, it is a good conversation piece, provided you’re careful about who you let see what you’re wearing.

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  45. 46 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Wondered when you were going to surface, Grinch. Missed ya.

    You inspired an ongoing conversation between chrisklob, SavannahGuy & myself in your absence. I was trying to send you baked goods to bolster your spirits while diving back into school & they offered to “help” get the goodies to you (& help themselves to some of ’em). Now they’re trying to schmooze me into a business arrangement. I need an agent. How good are you with numbers? I’ll pay you in cakes, brownies, etc.

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  46. 47 chrisklob January 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    FBG, using your client as your agent, and paying him in baked good, would be sort of defeating the purpose of SCAMBAGS, don’t you think? You really think you can cut your friends from Savannah and Charleston out of the distribution network?

    As far as us trying to “help themselves to some of ’em”, our fees are strictly in line with what other distribution companies would charge. 🙂

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  47. 48 morpheus45 January 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    FBG, my dear, what must you be thinking? Using me as an agent to broker an arrangement to bring me goodies by paying me in goodies? Don’t get me wrong; sounds like a good deal to me. I’m afraid you’ll never be rich on your own that way, however, except in spirit. 🙂

    Bob, I imagine it’s a whole lot safer to wear that watch now than it used to be, and equally sad that the people that recognize mine are dying off. I have a Russian Spetznatz (communist-era special forces) hammer-and-sickle belt buckle displayed in my library that was given to me by a Green Beret friend who won it in a fair fight overseas from it’s original owner. It’s amazing how many people I have to explain to now what country it comes from.

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  48. 49 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    You think no one else wants my now-world-famous creations, Chris? Have faith. I assure you that my cakes, cookies, brownies, fudge, etc. have a very loyal local following. Think big… world dessert domination!

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  49. 50 morpheus45 January 10, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my; I had no idea you had so much Stewie Griffin in you. How positively delightful!

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  50. 51 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    …or maybe just a bakery/sweet shop with a nice little mail-order business? 😉

    I’m glad you’re pleased, Grinch, now who the heck is Stewie Griffin?

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  51. 52 morpheus45 January 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    He’s the evil little lemon-headed baby from Family Guy who sounds like Rex Harrison and is always trying to achieve world domination.

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  52. 53 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    And I’m supposed to be pleased with this comparison???

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  53. 54 Bob, journalist January 10, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    When I was in Russia, seemed like just about everybody knew all about Georgia … treated me real nice. You’d think the reverse would be true but it ain’t.

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  54. 55 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Hey Grinch…. Naw, I’m just in a foul mood because of the crappy weather is keeping me from getting anything done. Maybe I’ll change my moniker to MrGrouch… 🙂

    I picked up another boat yesterday and I am anxious to get it in shape.

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  55. 56 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Chop Seal, getting back to the subject of restaurants; just across the interstate from Disney is the Gaylord Palms resort ( “sister” to the Opryland hotel). In their upscale buffet-style restaurant, they have a cheese buffet. Perhaps this is where the journalists will gather?

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  56. 57 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Bob,J… They thought you were from the other Georgia…….

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  57. 58 mrgil January 10, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Figured you could have a hit put on them…. Accent is about the same to the Ruskies 🙂

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  58. 59 flbravesgirl January 10, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Gil, if they thought he was from the other Georgia they likely wouldn’t have been too nice. Unless, of course, the trip in question was before the tension between the 2 countries.

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  59. 60 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 12:03 am

    FBL… The problems only arose after Bob’s visit. After trying to decipher one of his musings the Russians thought they had been insulted and relations have not been the same since. 🙂

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  60. 61 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 12:41 am

    FGB had best be careful what she calls her baked goods if she’s looking for global domination. Belgian authorities have destroyed a shipment of more than 3,000 bottles of California-made sparkling wine that was labeled Champagne … Bravo!!

    If you can’t play by the rules, you shouldn’t be allowed to play.

    True baseball fans will understand this … most others won’t … unless they’re from the Champagne region of France.

    Rumor has it that the soon to be released De Decker Report names the players who are guilty of cheating so as to be able to better compete … looks like the culprits knew better than to try such shenanigans here in the States but underestimated the Belgians … thought they wouldn’t be able to read the labels since they were written in English … said they’ll sue the Belgians as soon as think of anyone famous enough to sue … personally, I think they’re bluffing, … still hurting from that waffle judgment a few years back.

    General reaction here in Nashville, especially around the Greyhound Station, is that it is sad … all that stuff going to waste … about what you’d expect, … the Sounds are a Milwaukee Brewers farm club.

    All we want is a level playing field … and since many cheat, one way to accomplish that goal is allow everyone to so do … then our heroes can be the ones who cheat the best … maybe they already are!

    I prefer a different approach …

    “You can’t identify all of those who cheat and it isn’t fair to name and punish just a few” … sounds like something Big Al might have said to the IRS.

    Goodnight Miss Allen … you too, George

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  61. 62 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Gil, no wonder your back hurts, quit picking up boats!!!!

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  62. 63 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I don’t know Gill, but FBG may have a point … I think they liked Florida better than Georgia … it’ a fact that they named one of their cities St. Petersburg … sounds like proof positive to me … don’t think have an Atlanta but they do have Coca Cola.

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  63. 64 journalist jimmy smith January 11, 2008 at 8:15 am

    flbravesgirl. please tell jimmy smith more about this cheese buffet . . .

    calabash style? oh, the humanity! will calabash never go away? unfortunate occurence. couldn’t be helped.

    and wristwatches . . . perhaps a chop seal watch would find favor in the market. first, bobbleheads. next, watches. journalism may prove lucrative for chop seal.

    picking up boats . . . must drink huge amounts of water before doing this.

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  64. 65 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Really, the water is needed to dull the pain…. 🙂 Looks like a nor easter is headed our way, I am beginning to feel like the forces of nature are working against me here. Oh well, at least I am not buried under 3 feet of snow.

    Great marketing idea with the Chop Seal watches…. Now you only need to determine which market you are going after, The cheap, $2 per watch kiddie crowd made in China or the high end Rolex folks by offering the Chop Seal as an alternative to the President. You could even contract the SCAM BAGS for distribution services.

    FBG…. Do think it to be too far fetched to start out small and grow into a major cooperation with your baking. Only depends on your own desire.

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  65. 66 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Okay… NOTE TO SELF….. Read before you post… Leaving out words can send the wrong message.

    What I meant to say was FBG should NOT be deterred from thinking about going commercial. It is not so far fetched as to think it possible. Please send samples… 🙂 I will be happy to evaluate your products. 8)

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  66. 67 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Yes Bob, you may have a point…. But I think they settled for Cuba instead. 🙂

    I was finally able to format my new hard drive so being forced to remain indoors today may have a positive affect after all.

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  67. 68 Carolina Lady January 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    A few interesting tidbits:

    On January 11th, 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was created with a proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt. (It became a national park in 1919.)

    On this date:

    In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.

    In 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union.

    In 1913, the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th Automobile Show in New York.

    In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

    In 1942, Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

    In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

    In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

    In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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  68. 69 Chop Seal January 11, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    “And where is the best place to obtain a player’s autograph?” If I find out who said “just below the ear” I am going to be madd.

    And why doesn’t anybudy here say whither? National Pie Day is January 23 and Jimmy Smith hopes FBG remembers. The blogging is slow today and i hope it is not because of my beet writing.

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  69. 70 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    On this date …

    In 1915, the New York Yankees were sold for $460,000.

    In 1983, George hired Billy Martin as Yankee manager. for the third time! … replacing former Atlanta Braves manager Clyde King, who is rumored to have had some pictures … Clyde is still associated with the Yankees.

    In 2008, Braves and Stuff broke the 9,600 hit barrier thanks methinks to the fantastic beet writing efforts of a seal with zeal … and O.J. will be spending the night in jail … again thanks.

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  70. 71 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Whither

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  71. 72 nacly January 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Chop Seal…don’t you worry…your beet writin’ gives this blog its’ rhythm!

    jimmy…about your water intake…64 ounces is a fair amount, but I do believe Lew mentioned 96/day. Don’t let it dilute your imagination, though!

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  72. 73 nacly January 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Bob…by far your shortest post ever…didn’t see that coming!!! 🙂

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  73. 74 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    On this day in 2008, Major League Baseball launched a department of investigations, a permanent branch of the commissioner’s office responsible for looking into drug use in the sport.

    The “MLB drug investigation department” http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3192208

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  74. 75 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    NaCly, even the best power pitcher in the game needs a changeup on occasion … don’t expect to see too many.

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  75. 76 journalist jimmy smith January 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    96 ounces? jimmy smith thought lew recommended 64 ounces. oh, the humanity! no wonder this has not worked. well, jimmy smith will drink 96 ounces of water in a few minutes. thank you, salty.

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  76. 77 Carolina Lady January 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Clemens’ new name: Roidger (Seen in a recent article)

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  77. 78 nacly January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Bob…third pitch, huh?

    jimmy…share with Chop Seal if you must…we can’t waste water these days! In times like these, intent can be virtue enough.

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  78. 79 nacly January 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    By the way, it’s cool to look over the titles to the blog leads. Very creative work there…makes a visitor want to read. Purty neet…and we have a Seal, two!

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  79. 80 Bob, journalist January 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I always loved German beer … loved it so much that it darn near killed me! It helped me to relax … lots of folks drank more than me but I took prescribed blockers for hyperactive Vagus nerves that slowed down the processes expelling the alcohol from my system … unfortunately, it was long after the fact when my doctors recognized the problem.

    Fortunately, one doctor suggested that the impurities in the beer could be the problem … and had me switch back to a light Chevis and water … 96 ounces sounds about right … 84 ounces of water … but Mama always suggested 72, sans the Chevis.

    That was years ago … these days, the 96 ounces is still about right … 8 cans of Coke … worse than the beer, but still tastes good!

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  80. 81 journalist jimmy smith January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    By MARK DAVIS
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 01/11/08

    Babies. They’re everywhere, in every corner, every open space, every place where Ron Gagliardo looks. He’s in the middle of a baby boom, a baby frog boom, and couldn’t be more pleased.

    Small wonder. This is the Year of the Frog, when scientists across the globe are urging governments to help reverse the collapse of amphibious populations. Gagliardo, curator of tropical collections at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is a frog guy.

    and are there more frog guys around? gill, perhaps? and do frog guys belong to a frog guys groups and what is that group called? lion’s club? not likely. frog guy’s club. feeling froggy? and are there frogs at the aquarium? are they allowed in the water? more on frogs later.

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  81. 82 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Frog guy? Well, not really but I do like frog legs… Does that count? Still, reminds me of one of my favorite Steinbeck novel “Cannery Row”. Really funny episode involving frogs.. 🙂 Also have some great frog jokes… Oh the humanity, I may indeed be a frog guy…..

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  82. 83 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I just pray I don’t croak too soon…

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  83. 84 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Don’t want everyone to jump to any conclusions…..

    Might take a leap of faith…..

    Ya’ll just going to have to accept me warts and all….

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  84. 85 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    It ain’t easy being green….

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  85. 86 Chop Seal January 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    A man was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess”.

    He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week.”

    The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, ‘ll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want.”

    Again the man took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

    Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess, that I’ll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”

    The man said, “Look, I’m a beet writer, I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog is cool.”

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  86. 87 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh mercy, the Seal beet me too the punch on that joke.

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  87. 88 Chop Seal January 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Seals are not to be triffled with.

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  88. 89 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Thank God, Mike Cameron signed with the Brewers!!!

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  89. 90 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Marion Jones gets 6 months for lying to the feds about using Steroids(Later admitted to this) but ol’ Barriod is walking the streets….figure that one out!

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  90. 91 Carolina Lady January 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    What kind of shoes do frogs wear?
    Open toad!

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  91. 92 Carolina Lady January 11, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Q. Why are frogs good at baseball?
    A. Because they catch a lot of fly balls.

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  92. 93 Chop Seal January 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    One day two beet writers were in Wal-Mart, they decided to get in on the weekly charity raffle.

    They each bought five tickets at a dollar a pop.

    The following week, when the raffle was drawn, each had won a prize.

    1st place was a year’s supply of gourmet spaghetti sauce and extra long spaghetti.

    6th prize was a toilet brush.

    About a week or so had passed when the men met back at Wal-Mart. The first beet writer asked the other how he liked his prize, to which he replied,

    “Great!, I love spaghetti!”

    “How ’bout you, how’s the toilet brush?

    “Not so good,” replied the beet writer

    “I reckon I’m gonna switch back to paper.”

    I’d like to be a colummist soon.

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  93. 94 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Ever notice you never see a certain journalist of renown whenever Chop seal posts???? What say you……………………………….BOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  94. 95 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Two blondes walk into a bar……you’d think one of them would have seen it!

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  95. 96 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    A baby seal walks into a bar and sits down. “What can I get you?” asked the bartender. “Anything but a Canadian Club” replied the seal.

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  96. 97 Chop Seal January 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    That was a good one, Berigan. If someone swings a Canadian club at me I hope it is Andruw.

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  97. 98 mrgil January 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Berigan…That was funny, I don’t care who you are.. 🙂

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  98. 99 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Were’d everybody go?????? Never seen 12+ hours without a post, even over the holidays! There isn’t a new blog….or is there??? 80

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  99. 100 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Hello, Hello?? Anybody awake yet?

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  100. 101 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

    😯 80 80 80

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  101. 102 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    They have all gone to Fan Fest I suppose…

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  102. 103 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Berigan, What tdo you make of the Mark Kotsay rumor?

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  103. 104 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Gil, you know the young crowd on this here blog, out drinking til 4 AM for sure!!!! 😯 😯 😯

    WHY is is to make this emoticon, you need an 8 and a capitalized O not a 0?????

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  104. 105 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Found I do not have to leave home to drink til 4 am…. In fact, wish I had something that lasted longer than 4 hours…

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  105. 106 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Bad weather is moving in again and my rain indicator is throbbing like a tooth ache.

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  106. 107 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Gil, I just don’t get it frankly, unless they want a guy who is considered a leader. I know he was injured last year, but .214 is .214. Again, like signing a Cameron type player, it’s the kind of signing you expect from a last place team trying to get lucky and hope a guy rebounds. If it costs us 4 Million, and Devine(as mentioned on the other thread) thats just too much! Give a rookie a chance for goodness sake! It was only 80 AB’s but he hit .188 after the all star break……

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  107. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:22 am

    My back’s hurting today as well, but it’s clear here….perhaps it’s a good weather indicator! 😉

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  108. 109 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I have just become so suspicious of pre drug testing numbers. You wonder if you are getting a guy who actually has talent of a Marcus Giles type guy who’s numbers declined steadily with enforcement.

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  109. 110 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:27 am

    At least you know with a minor league guy that his numbers are real.

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  110. 111 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Remember James Jurries? Had lights out numbers. Then they discovered he was juiced like a Florida orange. 50 day suspension, next thing you know, he’s batting .220…

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  111. 112 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 11:32 am

    ‘Morning, y’all! Where are the others?? AWOL for sure! 🙂

    Berigan, you asked about some other emoticons: wordpress only supports those on our Smiley page. Wish I could add others, but can’t. The 8+O: some things will forever be mysteries. 😆

    Found this quote from Milton Berle:

    “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are;
    because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
    I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far;
    for a might-have-been has never been,
    but a has was once an are.”

    Never thought of it like that! 🙂

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  112. 113 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Gil, when did he get busted??? I was just checking out his numbers at baseball cube…
    http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/james-jurries.shtml
    Incredible college numbers, and had a terrific spring training in “o6, but didn’t go north with the braves…..and hit .205 in Richmond that year…..

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  113. 114 Chop Seal January 12, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Beet writer is hear but there is no news. Carulina Lady, I could not affored to go to FanFest. Jimmy Smith is cheep. Its free but you have to pay to get in. The foam on the $7.50 beer is free, too.
    Beet writer out.

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  114. 115 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Hey, Chop Seal! Yeah, things are a little slow.

    I’ve been reading quotes from various people, some are really good.

    This one from WC Fields:
    “There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.”
    🙂

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  115. 116 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 11:57 am

    “The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.” WCF

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  116. 117 morpheus45 January 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Morning, all! Getting ready for my housewarming party…more work than I thought. My beers here might be foamy, but they will indeed be freen (though they weren’t at the store). Bob, I’ll think of you as I cap the evening off with some Glenfiddich 15 year old Solara Reserve and a Macanudo. After the leftovers are gone, I’ll be eating Ramen noodles the rest of the month. 🙂 Enjoy the day, everyone!

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  117. 118 morpheus45 January 12, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    free, not freen. The beers will only be freen after many have been consumed.

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  118. 119 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Hey, Grinch! Have a great party!!

    “Fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults.” – Mitch Hedberg

    “I wish I could play little league now. I’d be way better than before.” – Mitch Hedberg

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  119. 120 Bob, journalist January 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Grinch, thanks for remembering … how quickly we forget and are forgotten … I knew it was either “Green” or “Free” … either one morphs but thought green was the more likely until the store reference.

    “Fettucini Alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults” … Carol and I visited Alfredo’s a few years back … maybe we were just lucky but, it was a blast and the signature Fettucini was great! A table near us included an Italian Opera singer who sang beautifully … a friend of the chef who was just having a good time … but it was good, free entertainment … and the chef “Alfredo”, supposedly a great grandson, was delightful as well!

    Berigan, my lips are sealed but renown beet writers should not be mocked!

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  120. 121 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    berigan It was after he was sent down…. They test for steroids in the minors, not the majors. Cost him 50 games…

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  121. 122 Chop Seal January 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    BRaking news: Mark Kotsay may have toe problems but cannot be confirmed. Hit toe fourteen last season. Not excited about this.

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  122. 123 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Gil, not making any excuses for him, just wonder if there is any chance he got on the Juice after not making the club, since he hadn’t tested positive before….Had a great spring, but of course Bobby went with Brian Jordan….

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  123. 124 mrgil January 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Who knows, but his numbers sure went south after he was busted.

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  124. 125 Chop Seal January 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    BraKing News! The Falcons have a new Genral Manager. May not show up for work though. Wait and see.

    Baseball News. I went down to Fanferst anyway. Since I culd not get in I asked if I could just have all the free stuff . Didn’t work.

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  125. 126 Chop Seal January 12, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    More BRaking News: ESPN reports Kotsay will be a BRave and Devine is going to the A’s. Hope he has good toes. Will ask Jimmy Smith.

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  126. 127 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    “In return for Kotsay, the Braves are trading pitcher Joey Devine, and Oakland will assume $5.325 million of the $7.325 million owed to the center fielder for this year.”
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3193556&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

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  127. 128 nacly January 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I like it…and, “Evening, All!”

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  128. 129 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Hey, Salty! How you doin’?

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  129. 130 nacly January 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I’m well, thanks. Been outdoors much of the day…very nice. By the sparse activity on the blog, I’m guessing I wasn’t alone!

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  130. 131 journalist jimmy smith January 12, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    gingerbread. yes, gingerbread. should be served soon. one of this journalist’s favorites. and was there any gingerbread at today’s fanfest? free? only after admission. and what will mark kotsay’s nickname be? too old to be “kid”. already lots of kids anyway. and back surgery? back surgery? can bend over? igor? and jimmy smith is hydrated. 96 ounces. better hydrate mark kotsay. and everybody loves bobby cox but how about devine? glad to be away? seems so.

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  131. 132 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t know where everybody has been but it’s been a gray, WET day here. Yes!! RAIN!!! about a third of an inch, but it’s water we didn’t have! 🙂

    Would love to know if any of our group got to Fanfest. I think Chris and his son attended another event featuring Jeff Francoeur last night and he will be sending us a report on it.

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  132. 133 flbravesgirl January 12, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Quiet on here today. Oh well, sometimes real life interferes, right? Hope somebody went to Fanfest, I’d like to hear about it.

    Assuming Kotsay is healthy, I like the trade. Probably better for Devine to get a fresh start.

    Did anyone else read the story about Brian McCann taking yoga classes? While I’m glad he’s taking his conditioning seriously, the image of Mac doing yoga makes me chuckle.

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  133. 134 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Hey, FBG! I agree; somehow I just can’t picture Heap doing yoga! Just doesn’t compute!

    Yeah! I’d really like to hear a first-hand experience of Fanfest. Some comments I’ve read elsewhere weren’t too positive.

    I truly hope Devine does well. I feel that Cox mismanaged him and it really hurt him. I wish him ALL the best!

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  134. 135 flbravesgirl January 12, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    And of course Francoeur had to make a smart-aleck remark about Mac in a yoga outfit. Those two act like brothers. 😉

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  135. 136 Carolina Lady January 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    They certainly do! Guess they feel like they’re brothers! 😆 Good relationship!

    Well, I’m off to bed. That clock never fails……. 😥

    Have a great evening! 🙂

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  136. 137 flbravesgirl January 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Goodnight, CL. Glad I caught you in time to say hi!

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  137. 138 mrgil January 13, 2008 at 12:45 am

    From the Raiders to the Falcons…. oops… I mean from one A to another A… The sounds of exasperation you hear is coming from Gregor Blanco….

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  138. 139 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Yeah Gil, God forbid you give a guy a chance from within, clearly everyone else has better outfielders than we do!!! 🙄
    Sorry, I know I sound bitter, I just wanted to see someone get a chance from within, but with you mentioning James Jurries name,(And after having a great spring, Brian Jordan got yet another chance to fail) it just reminds me that ol’ Bobby doesn’t like to give rookies a chance to succeed, at least not til a proven vet hits .180 for a month or so. All Kotsey needs to do is hit .240 and it’s his job for the season…..sigh….I am just a bit negative, ain’t I? 😛

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  139. 140 Bob, journalist January 13, 2008 at 5:32 am

    To be frank, that’s a disappointment … and just when I was beginning to get excited … Kotsay at his very best, he’s better than mediocre, but he can’t be expected to at or near his best … offensively or defensively. Maybe it’s Frank that’s the disappointment.

    Oh well, maybe Frank’s got a point … it’s best not to disappoint fans when you’re new on the job … and how can they be disappointed if they don’t have positive expectations?

    Frankly, if that’s the case, I shouldn’t be disappointed with Frank. To be frank, … well, maybe it’s best that I’m not.

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  140. 141 Bob, journalist January 13, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Goodness …

    After saying repeatedly that Roger Clemens will answer any questions Congress wants to ask him, a source familiar with the inquiry said Saturday night that attorney Rusty Hardin is hedging over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s request to depose Clemens under oath next week because it might interfere with his defamation lawsuit against personal trainer Brian McNamee.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3194113

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  141. 142 Chop Seal January 13, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Partee Line is that the trade for Kotsay was brilliant. Golly, gee. Frank thinks it will work better than letting a young player play. Frank may be right. What you won’t read elsewhere is that Frank may be wrong. We shall sea.

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  142. 143 lew614 January 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Chop Seal is merely a NEW Beet Writer and must come soon to the realization that a GM will never make the right decision to half of the interested parties in any deal.

    All that has been heard throughout much of the Hot Stove season is wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth, moaning, wailing and griping that we just COULD NOT let rookies, no matter how talented, replace Andruw Jones in center field. They now have gotten exactly what they wished for-a player another team no longer wanted (whatever the reason) and no rookie in center field.

    This is known as being careful what is wished for,as you may actually get it. Look at it like this-if he fails, you get one of those rookies and all it will cost is Joey Devine, who Bobby Cox resolultely refused to give a chance and $2million, which everyone insists we have to waste. Live with what you desired. You now have it-whether for good or ill.

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  143. 144 lew614 January 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Also-No matter how the whole deal works out, half of you will still get a chance to wring your hands, gnash your teeth and you may moan and wail like The Banshee (or Bansidhe, for those more accurate types) for as long as you desire.

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  144. 145 Bob, journalist January 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Well Chopper, the last time I listened to a party line Mama switched me good for listening to the neighbors’ conversation and that was back during the war … brilliant? Maybe … if your a member of Doc’s Flock.

    “Mark, it’s not like we really want you but we’re not expecting too much … just don’t embarrass yourself or us until Jordan … Oh, hi Jordan, we love ya kid but this is a business … be patient and you’ll make it, just not this year … I’m sure you understand”.

    Seriously, he may pass the physical … as Gonzales did last year and I guess you take what you can get … or get taken for what you got, depending on perspective … a stop-gap centerfielder with a repaired back ain’t exactly what I’d call brilliant but hopefully, it’ll work out … as I recall, we did something similar last year too when we got Mark. At least, we took what we could get … and got took … sorry, that was another Mark.

    Well, we always have Jordan if Mark has problems … seems like it ought to be the other way round … a $2 million insurance policy reversal, assuming Devine’s value and contract was a wash, … brilliant!

    Lew, we usually get that for which we ask … we just don’t make the connection.

    I asked for a hot tub … guess it’s time to get it …

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  145. 146 journalist jimmy smith January 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    jimmy smith agrees that some fans have wanted a big name centerfielder in 2008. and jimmy smith agrees that some fans desire to let the young players play. once, andruw was a young player that was allowed to play. still, jimmy smith thinks that average vets are not necessarily better than youth. declining vets fit that same reasoning. vets that are coming off surgery and a “too soon” return to play may be suspect. but bobby likes vets. so does the v.a. jimmy smith hopes kotsay is the peaches. mondesi wasn’t. neither was jordan. redman. wilson. woodward. oh, the humanity! jimmy smith wishes kotsay well – and frank, don’t forget frank. and the braves team. just don’t get way back in the standings before trying some young players like francoeur, mccann, escobar. oh, the humanity! a pattern. and what pattern? must ask carolina lady. and carolina lady, please step up the pace of this blog. and now, taking a new computer into a tub . . . asking for trouble.

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  146. 147 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    What I really don’t get about the deal, is how much money Oakland is paying towards his contract! I mean, they are paying him 5+ million NOT to play for them! Lew, to me that is bad news….I can understand splitting the risks 50/50, but basically we gave them a hard thrower so they would make him a 2 million dollar risk for us.

    They need to save money more than we do, they have no fan base to speak of. Why pay us 5 million, unless after watching him day after day they don’t think he is worth 7 Million….

    Do you think it’s a good deal Lew??? He only played in 56 games last year, after having back surgery. He had 28 ab’s in August of 2007, then was shut down for the rest of the year. In 2006, he only had 65 ab’s in August, and 53 Ab’s in September! And they were in a playoff team that year. Why can’t the kid from Houston, or the myriad of Braves outfield prospects get a shot??? I know, I know, they will if he’s hitting .180 and it’s July….

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  147. 148 Carolina Lady January 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Sounds to me like $2m down the drain. Not sure we really need another question mark on the team.

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  148. 149 journalist jimmy smith January 13, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    yes, it is true – paid not to play for them. and devine takes that heat to another league. but devine would not thrive with bobby. maybe devine will flourish in the other league. then again, maybe kotsay doesn’t pass the physical. same doctor that checked gonzales? and what about doc from that other blog? good man. e.e. cummings fan. this blog need a medical doctor to discuss such matters. jimmy smith knows just the doctor. must call uboto. and poor peyton manning. tom glavine-like playoff performance. and whither the falcons new g.m.? can mail it in? and arthur likes to hire over the phone and over the satellite, huh? and poor mike vick in the news again today. and willie nelson has come out against dog fighting. and does arthur blank own a dog? what kind? sissy dog? sideline dog? time will tell. and now, more baseball . . . fanfest appears to have angered a few fans and made others happy. dressing chino cadahia like smoltz and having people stand in line for an autograph is not fan friendly. and chop seal is asking for a blackberry. must talk with carolina lady.

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  149. 150 lew614 January 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Berigan-I was more than happy to let Anderson and Blanco show what they could do. They are both excellent defensive center fielders and would have provided enough offense to make it a worthwhile look, anyway. I certainly was not in favor of picking up Cereal Dude Crisp or Mike “I’ll Miss The First Month of The Season” Cameron. If Kotsay can put up career average numbers while plaing 140+ games, it will be a decent deal. If not, Oakland got a little retribution for the Hudson deal.

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  150. 151 Dr. Uboto January 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Raw Potatoe is a remedy for back pain. Garlic, cloves, fish oil, lemon, and powdered sonth. A mixture of powdered sonth, sweet soda and salt if consumed with hot milk or water can alleviate backache problems. Someone tell Jeff Porter.

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  151. 152 savannahguy January 13, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    What say Kotsay?

    Sure didn’t see this one coming. But then, who does? Certainly not this hot-stove neophyte, to be sure. I’ve wanted a vet in CF on a one-year deal to give the kids more time but the vet I had in mind was a more recently consistent bat or a threatening power hitter to backup Tex in the 5 spot. Kotsay’s had very good years but has fallen way off the last few. All back related? Many questions arise. From what I’ve read, he’s one of the good guys.

    Suppose if I’m willing to give benefit of doubt I’ll have to include Mark Kotsay and Frank Wren. The GM is holding the cards and we’ll find out if he’s got a winning hand soon enough. I’m still hoping Liberty boosts payroll a bit to give us the best chance given all the givens. Is that naive? I don’t expect them to try to match Yanks and Bosox, Mets or LA salaries, but bumping the Braves up the cash would be great.

    What would another 7 or 8 mil buy us? Another starter? But then, ten million here, ten there…pretty soon we’re talkin’ big money, right? Maybe I’m still living in the glory days of the 90’s. Top salaries don’t buy a ring and they’re not a guarantee as we’ve seen so many times with lower tier teams in the playoffs and WS, but it sure doesn’t hurt the odds. Right now we’re right in the middle of the pack with MLB Salary Comparison.

    So, I’m pretty OK with the trade. Maybe Kotsay is a choice for a tight budget consideration. Maybe Kotsay is a solid clubhouse guy that can play while sharing time in CF while tutoring one of our young’uns. Maybe FW has something up his sleeve that will all make sense when we see his picks in the context of the final roster in April…or June. The proof will be in the pudding, not the cookin’.

    We shall see.

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  152. 153 Bob, journalist January 13, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve heard that Ginger really will help with backaches but she’s better with headaches; both of which I now have.

    When does a team that valued an asset at over $7 million, sell the asset for $2 million plus the marginal cost of acquiring a lesser asset?

    I don’t know but would not bet against their having revalued that asset at less than squat … maybe they just want to help Frank … or saw him coming.

    Who has the best information on the value of its assets, the owner or the buyer?

    Again I don’t know but maybe home field advantage is more than hype.

    Time for soup and a nap …

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  153. 154 Dr. Uboto January 13, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Bob, Journalist, please consider chicken soup – relieves cold and flu symptoms by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, inhibiting movement of the immune system cells that are involved in the body’s inflammatory process. The soup helps relieve congestion by temporarily speeding up mucus movement through the nose.

    And consider, too, an oatmeal bath — Either quick or old-fashioned oatmeal will help soothe dry, itchy or irritated skin. A food processor will finely grind oatmeal from the kitchen. The oatmeal powder can then be slowly sprinkled under bath water running at full force to create a skin-soothing bath.

    Enjoy your nap!

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  154. 155 chrisklob January 13, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Greetings folks! Been away for a couple of days. Some dear friends of ours got married on Friday. They’ve been together for 25 years or so and just made things legal and official finally!

    Here’s an interesting article pertaining to the steroid crisis that is pervading not just sports but the entertainment industry too!

    http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=654817&category=NATIONAL&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=1/13/2008

    SG, while passing through your fine city (on I-95) we saw the Mighty 8th Museum. Have you ever visited there? I have a uncle or eighth cousin (actually my mother’s, sister’s, mother’s, husband’s, third cousin twice removed) that has a statue or bust or something in there. I was wondering if it was worth a stop the next time we roll down to the FLA.

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  155. 156 Carolina Lady January 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Howdy, y’all! I’ve made a new page to which we can all contribute:
    Baseball Videos & Photos
    I’ve started it off with some that I liked/found interesting.
    Let me know what you think: yes, no, yawn, take it down!

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  156. 157 mrgil January 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Howdy all, Good football day for me… Bolts beat the Colts and the Cowboys bite the dust. Not that I am a big fan of the Giants but a lesser fan of Jerry Jones. 🙂 I wonder if this is the end for Wade Phillips? Seems like a good guy, maybe he would look good on the sidelines for the Falcons. Might be available after the Cowboys tanked… Oh the curse of Jessica Simpson….

    And wasn’t that a fun game to watch yesterday between the Packers and the Seahawks? Real old time football setting…..

    In baseball news….. uh, don’t have anything yet…. I truly hate to give second hand information, that is more like gossip than reporting.

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  157. 158 mrgil January 13, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    “Some dear friends of ours got married on Friday. They’ve been together for 25 years or so and just made things legal and official finally!”

    They will regret that decision when they file their tax returns. Oh well, if it makes them happy, it make me happy… 🙂

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  158. 159 mrgil January 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for the new page CL… I will view it in depth when I have a bit more time.

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  159. 160 flbravesgirl January 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Hi, Chris! That’s an alarming article. Don’t these people ever stop to think about the risks of putting this stuff in their bodies? Apparently not. They just believe whatever their “trainer” or whoever says about the “magic pill”. It scares me that so many people are so stupid.

    On a cheerier note, got a brief message from the Grinch & he says the housewarming party was a great success. It remains to be seen what constitutes a successful party in Grinch’s eyes. 🙂

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  160. 161 mrgil January 13, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    All those folks taking steroids…..

    Man, I should have known that the Krispy Kream diet was a farce but by the time I realized it was harming my body, it was too late. I was hooked. I loved that sugar high… 🙂

    Thank goodness I was able to at least ditch the cigarettes and coffee habit that often accompanies KK addiction. 🙂

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  161. 162 flbravesgirl January 13, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Looks interesting to me, CL. Some of those I haven’t seen before ( one of the downsides to ExtraInnings; sometimes I get the other team’s broadcast & you don’t ever get any pre- or postgame coverage). I’ll have to check them out tomorrow with sound.

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  162. 163 chrisklob January 13, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Gil, the Jerry Jones is going to have an interesting decision to make regarding his head coach. Of course, Wade Phillips is currently the head coach but Jason Garrett is their offensive coordinator. Jones hired him last off-season before he hired Phillips but didn’t know exactly what role he would play. Garrett is widely considered to be a rising offensive genius and several teams have been interested in speaking with him regarding their open head coaching jobs. The decision that Jones will have to make will be whether or not he should fire Phillips and promote Garrett or risk losing Garrett to another team.

    The situation with my Florida friends is highly complex. The groom has been ill with a terminal illness for twenty years and while they had a church wedding they were never legally married because they were afraid of what might happen to the “blushing bride” if his medical bills became overwhelming. He didn’t want to ruin her financially. Some details have changed and they decided that they could make their relationship legal.

    CL, I like the idea of your new page and will look at it when I have a little more time. Hopefully I’ll have a few pics of Frenchy to post after this Friday’s banquet.

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  163. 164 chrisklob January 13, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    CL, I never get tired of hearing Skip Caray saying “Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!

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  164. 165 Carolina Lady January 13, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Chris, I’m with you! I could watch that video over and over and over. The drawing that Lew did of Sid Slid brings back all of that. What a moment!!

    I thought it would just be fun/interesting/educating for us to have a place to post links to things we all find here and there. For the few that I started it off with, I enjoyed the casual interviews. Who knew that Chipper had had an interest in broadcasting??? Uh….. Loved seeing Satchel and some of the others.

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  165. 166 Carolina Lady January 13, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Blurry-eyed and yawning – time to get some sleep! Y’all have a great evening!

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  166. 167 chrisklob January 13, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    CL, I didn’t see the clip of Chipper saying that he had an interest in broadcasting. I’ll bet jjs will have fun with that one!

    Is there a place for us to post pictures somewhere on this site? I’m sure I’ll take some of Frenchy’s visit to Charleston this week. And I’ll undoubtedly take some of the Rome and Myrtle Beach players this summer.

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  167. 168 morpheus45 January 14, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Howdy, all…just got a sec. Much work to finish. Gil, Wade Phillips was our DC under Reeves and interviewed for the HC job then. Blank said no thanks and hired Mora the lesser. He won’t come back under same ownership for the same reason Reeves won’t. It just don’t work that way. Besides, all else aside he’s a great DC but a little too friendly and nonchalant for a HC. Dallas should have whipped the $%#@ out of NY today and didn’t…they’re 13-3 and lost to a mediocre team in the playoffs for a reason. He doesn’t quite have the fire.

    FBG, had you been there you would have been impressed. What constitutes a successful party for me now is different than what it used to be (much more grandiose and classy, many fewer cops called). But then I’m old now. 🙂

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  168. 169 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Glad to hear it, Grinch. (well, not the old part)

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  169. 170 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Grinch, Isn’t it funny how a guy can have success in one place and not another? I think a lot of factors go into that.

    It really is a shame so many coaches are unhappy with their current situation.

    True story… I was relating to an acquaintance once on how I had bought several different sets of golf clubs in the pursuit of improving my game. I told him I was still searching for the perfect set. Pretty bluntly, he said to me, “You know the one common denominator in your game don’t you? It’s you. don’t blame the clubs when you are the problem.”

    I must say it made me realize I could blame everything else for my poor scores but until I fixed me, nothing else would help. I can truthfully say, today I can play equally bad no matter what the cost of the equipment. 🙂 That being said, I no longer chase after rainbows but look for real solutions to problems. I also am a lot more content to play my own game and be happy with that too. If God had wanted me to be Tiger Woods, that is who I would be.

    Too bad many owners of sports franchise don’t see that the problem is themselves. No matter if it is greed or incompetence, the results are the same.

    FBG… Grinch isn’t old yet… He just understands he is no longer a kid.

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  170. 171 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Hello everbudy! It amazes this seal that baseball is going to be further embarrassed by having Congress dictate a cleanup of m.l.b. Why doesn’t baseball act now, without Congress? This is going to hurt.

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  171. 172 Carolina Lady January 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Chris, I’ve worked out a means to post photos but the only way is for y’all to send them to me and I can then post them for you.

    I’ll most likely be out the rest of the day – have to take Mother to the hospital and I know that takes many hours.

    Be back later.

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  172. 173 lew614 January 14, 2008 at 10:21 am

    FlBravesGirl-Gil is right. Grinch is not old. Gil and I are old. Bob is very old. Carolina Lady will never be old. We have hopes that the Chop Seal will become old one day. You never know with the youth of today-but then again, Grinch has made it this far. There is hope.

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  173. 174 nacly January 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Lew:
    Saw an article the other day that proved winters in the NorthEast were getting warmer at an alarming rate. Straight away, I thought of you and any endorsements you might give that theory! 🙂

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  174. 175 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Chop Seal, that is an excellent question. You’d think that these bozos would realize that they are in trouble and would get together to clean things up. It’d be a lot less embarrassing if they would just do it themselves. Plus, if Congress gets involved, they may put some rules in place that neither side is going to like.

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  175. 176 lew614 January 14, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Salty-I saw the same report. I grew up in and around Philadelphia in the 50’s and 60’s. WE got lots more snow then than we do now. The snow we’re getting right now is relatively normal, any given year-it’s the 65 degree temperatures interspersed with sub zero that makes one wonder what the hell is going on.

    It was 63 last week and will be below zero by the end of this week. 80 degree swings in a two week period would indicate to me that something is, at the least, different. Knowing humanity (or the lack thereof) we probably had something to do with it.

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  176. 177 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

    OF course, I am merely an adolescent seal but I am a beet writer. Ask Carulina Lady. It seems that Congress has more pressing matters than Baseball to deal with. Looks like Congress could come to that conclusion, too.

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  177. 178 williamwallace January 14, 2008 at 11:27 am

    33 more hits to go for 10,000!

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  178. 179 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Gil & Lew, I was merely saying that I was not happy to hear Grinch call himself old…. since I know that we are of similar age. I’m not ready to be “old” yet!

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  179. 180 lew614 January 14, 2008 at 11:38 am

    FLBravesGirl-I’m not ready to be old yet, either, however…..When one has children your age, one must concede that it has, apparently, happened-Ready or Not!!! I would suggest antioxidants included in the baked goods. It may help to forestall the advance of age. A Fairy Godmother would probably help, too.

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  180. 181 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Well, I am a little past princess age now. Does the Fairy Godmother need an apprentice? I’d love that job. 🙂

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  181. 182 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Maybe FBG could include some HGH in her baked goodies! Everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t we?

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  182. 183 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Chris!!! 😯 That’s terrible!

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  183. 184 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I am moulting and need some cookies. Can’t be seen right now until new hair grows in. Still can beet write, though. Many beet writers moult. And Roger Clemens disputes George Mitchell? Hmmm… which one is credible? I found something I like a lott. Apple dumplings. FBG makes apple dumplings?

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  184. 185 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Poor Seal. 😦 I’m sure I could find an apple dumpling recipe. No cookies in the house right now, I’m dieting.

    Are you going to watch Seal on Ice Sun. afternoon?

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  185. 186 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I am a good skater.

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  186. 187 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    fbg — 😉

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  187. 188 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Look at this mean quote from Steve Rosenbloom in Chicago:

    “I know that Peyton Manning is a Hall-of-Famer, but how can you not try a fade at least once on that first-and-goal series? And how does Tony Dungy not kick a field goal on fourth down with two minutes left so the Colts only need a field goal to win it later? I couldn’t figure out if the Colts were worse mentally than they were physically, but they choked as if they were the “Atlanta Braves of the NFL.”

    And this from journalist Bob Kravitz in Indianapolis:

    “It must be said: The Colts have become the Atlanta Braves of the NFL. Five straight seasons of 12 or more victories is absolutely remarkable. But it’s also relatively meaningless when you’ve got just one Super Bowl ring to show for it.”

    Someboddy better tell Frank.

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  188. 189 williamwallace January 14, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Carolina Lady did it! 10,000 hits in 40 days. Congrats Carolina Lady!

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  189. 190 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Woohoo! 10,000!!!!

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  190. 191 ssiscribe January 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Top of the afternoon, everybody. I’ve been AWOL with work, freelance work and family. All is well, though. We’re at 10,000 hits … awesome!

    THIS JUST IN: The Richmond Braves apparently are on the move to Gwinnett County, a suburban county on the northeast side of Atlanta. There is a story on the AJC site; a buddy of mine just hit me up with the news as I was heading into a conference call.

    So, there you go. Hope all is well with everybody.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  191. 192 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Really? That seems almost too close for a minor-league affiliate.

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  192. 193 lew614 January 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    It will save them money when they call up Anderson or someone else when Kotsay’s back breaks again.

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  193. 194 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Lew….:P

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  194. 195 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Or let me say, Lew….. 😛

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  195. 196 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I would feel bad for fans of the Richmond braves….what is their annual turnout up there???? And some other thoughts off the top of my wee brain…..what would be the turnout of fans up in Gwinnett Co. ??? And if there would be decent turnout, why would fans of baseball there pay for the gas to drive thru all that traffic down to the Ted, and pay much more to see a game there? Sure, it would be major league baseball, but some fans who can’t see games on free tv (or hear them on the weak at night WGST)might just say to heck with the Atlanta team…..

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  196. 197 lew614 January 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Berigan-What? Now they can take Marta.

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  197. 198 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    This is not good news for our man in the Richmond streets, er bleachers, MrGil!

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  198. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Well, in theory a swell idea. But, Marta sure doesn’t make it south to Jonesboro, and I don’t think it runs that far north either…(Someone correct me if I’m wrong) I think it was the fear of White suburbia back in the day that Black criminals would rob someone, then, naturally they would take Marta back downtown with a TV under their arm….

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  199. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Chris, we just need to convince Gil and Lew to head further south and they can watch their team(s) any time they want….unless they have a deep and neverending love for snow!!!!! :8

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  200. 201 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Well, if it is true, it proves that the Atlanta folks are liars after promising to stay in Richmond. How long do you think it will take the Nats to sign a lease to bring their AAA club here?

    I would be very distress if the Braves move but It will save me a lot of money as I can get the Nationals games at no extra charge. We will see. 😦

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  201. 202 Chop Seal January 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Carulina Lady, does this meen I have to cover to teams? I will need more money.

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  202. 203 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Tell you what folks, I’m pretty bummed right now. I am mad as hell and I don’t know who to bite first….. The wusses from Atlanta or the wusses at Richmond city hall?

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  203. 204 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Bite them both Gil

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  204. 205 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    See the braves tossed in another pitcher in the Kotsey trade….
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/01/kotsay-deal-rem.html#comments

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  205. 206 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Yep, only one way to go now…. Independent League….

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  206. 207 savannahguy January 14, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    10k in 40 days and 40 nights…way2go Carolina Lady. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

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  207. 208 savannahguy January 14, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Chris, saw your question. I have visited the Mighty 8th on several occasions. Is it worth the stop while traveling down I-95? Well, let me put it this way: It’s an awe inspiring, chill bump-raising, American pride trip back in time to the view an important piece of the tip of our greatest generation’s spear that literally changed the world with their ingenuity and their sacrifice.

    Inside, you can read first-hand accounts of the battles. You’ll see pictures and memorabilia that display some of the finest individuals that ever graced this country with their brave service. Yes, it’s worth a stop…a long stop.

    So, next time you travel south, plan a few hours extra and check it out. Sometimes, if lucky, you’ll even meet one of the men that were there. Best do it soon, as time and tide wait for no man…even the heroes of the Mighty 8th.

    Did that sound like a Mighty 8th PR guy? I’m not…just an admirer of their service, accomplishment and sacrifice. Got chill bumps just writing this.

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  208. 209 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    SG, thanks for the info about the museum. I’ve long wondered what it was like. Normally we’re in a hurry to get to see friends in FLA or back home but I guess we’ll just have to plan a stop next time. Sounds like it is definitely worth the stop.

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  209. 210 chrisklob January 14, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Totally off topic here, but as most of us here are Southerners (or live in Southern states), and NASCAR has Southern origins, you might find this article to be of interest.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/nascar/2008-01-14-nascar-struggles_N.htm

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  210. 211 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    The only reason NASCAR has been so successful here where I live is it is not in Richmond so it is outside the authority of the Richmond City Council. By the way, the mayor cannot be found.

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  211. 212 flbravesgirl January 14, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    What did you with him, Gil?

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  212. 213 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Also, as long as Rusty (I whine like a little girl) Wallace is announcing, I will stay tuned to MRN radio.

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  213. 214 mrgil January 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Hizzzoner the mayor is really getting hammered by the local press. 44 years of stability gone in 60 seconds….

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  214. 215 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Virginia is one of only two states in the Union where cities and incorporated towns are completely separate entities from the counties in which they were formed. that means there is usually a every man for himself attitude when it comes to any project requiring regional cooperation.

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  215. 216 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Gil, fbg’s question is pertinent. What have you done with him?

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  216. 217 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Wow. 😯 10,000 hits!!! Look what y’all have done!! Congratulations!! Who woulda thunk it?? 😆

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  217. 218 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 8:12 am

    journalist was quite confident in carolina lady’s ability to build a highly successful blog. now, if some of those “hits” will post with carolina lady this blog will truly be a colossus. and no nastiness. and better spelling. and complete sentences. er, strike that last one. and now, buford braves. sounds backward. could be formidable, though. and what will ticket, concession, and parking prices be? journalist may drive to buford for some baseball. can see future pitching before traded away. oh, the humanity! can’t trade many more pitchers. strength will become weakness (already?).

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  218. 219 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

    and back-to-back posts for jimmy smith. keep those hits coming.

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  219. 220 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Well, they news did not get any better for me while I slept last night. Usually this is the kind of thing that is reported on a Friday when the interested parties are unable to do anything about it. I have not forgotten when VCU was left holding the bag when the Metro conference became Conference USA. It only cost the league a couple of million to buy VCU off.

    This is a link if anyone is interested to what is being reported in the Richmond paper. Personally, I have a lot of resentment but being an old Union guy, I have seen lots of promises broken. That does not make me any less resentful. It just reminds me of the song “Smiling Faces”.

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-15-0094.html

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  220. 221 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
    Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
    Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
    They don’t tell the truth uh
    Smiling faces, smiling faces
    Tell lies and I got proof
    The truth is in the eyes
    Cause the eyes don’t lie, amen

    Remember a smile is just
    A frown turned upside down
    My friend let me tell you
    Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
    They don’t tell the truth, uh
    Smiling faces, smiling faces
    Tell lies and I got proof

    Beware, beware of the handshake
    That hides the snake
    I’m telling you beware
    Beware of the pat on the back
    It just might hold you back
    Jealousy (jealousy)
    Misery (misery)
    Envy I tell you, you can’t see behind smiling faces
    Smiling faces sometimes they don’t tell the truth
    Smiling faces, smiling faces
    Tell lies and I got proof
    Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
    They don’t tell the truth
    Smiling faces, smiling faces
    Tell lies and I got proof
    (Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)
    (Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)

    I’m telling you beware, beware of the handshake
    That hides the snake
    Listen to me now, beware
    Beware of that pat on the back
    It just might hold you back
    Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
    They don’t tell the truth
    Smiling faces, smiling faces
    Tell lies and I got proof
    Your enemy won’t do you no harm
    Cause you’ll know where he’s coming from
    Don’t let the handshake and the smile fool ya
    Take my advice I’m only try’ to school ya

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  221. 222 ssiscribe January 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Top of the morning, denizens, as the sun tries to melt the frost away from the grass here on the southern rim of the capital city.

    And what will be on that ground in 48 hours? Sleet? Ice? Maybe a little snow? A scribe hopes so, as his kids are all giddy with excitement.

    Either way, may not take on the freelance stuff this weekend. May drive to the mountains so the kiddies can revel in the white stuff that’s expected to make quite an impact on the hilly terrain far north of the Home of the Braves.

    Now, home of the R-Braves (transition, but bear with me, as it’s cold out here and the fingers don’t wanna work this morning): Buford Braves? Ah, a decade ago and I may have been covering them. Now? I’ll gladly drive up from the southside on occasion and check them out. Meant to get to Rome and Chattanooga for games last season. With family in Chattanooga and in Cumming, doesn’t make sense not to make it an outing from time to time.

    I don’t think having the AAA Braves in Gwinnett will hurt attendance at all at Turner Field. I do think it’s a great thing for baseball in the metro area, though, as you’ll have plenty of folks on the northside of town who will go see the AAA team play on a weeknight, when otherwise they would’ve stayed home. If you’re going to see the big-league team, then you’re going, and I don’t think having the AAA team around is going to change those plans most of the time.

    What the Richmond team moving to Gwinnett offers is an alternative. You still can go to an Atlanta Braves game on the cheap; how else did we afford to go, as a family of four, to 10 games last year (I went to several others with friends, a few with just my best girl, and a few by myself)? I think you definitely will see a lot of folks supporting the minor-league franchise. Gwinnett draws well for hockey, which isn’t exactly as popular as baseball with the general sports populace here in the ATL.

    Now, other stuff: I’m really proud of the blog for topping 10,000 hits. Carolina Lady is to be saluted for giving this group a place where we can chat about baseball and other stuff. Even though I haven’t been posting, I’ve been reading when able. Things here have been busy, and we will be moving in six weeks into a new house, for which we’re very blessed and excited.

    So, if you don’t see me posting on here, know I’m reading, and I’m proud of the way this blog has taken off. Good job, everybody.

    Enjoy your day.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  222. 223 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations on the new house, Scribe! Hope you can get the little Scribes to the snow this weekend. I’ll be in the mountains myself, making a quick trip to the house with a load of boxed-up Christmas decorations.

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  223. 224 lew614 January 15, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Scribe-Kids giddy with excitement over snow? You could put them in my back yard and not need to worry about them until May. They would be ecstatic-for about an hour and a half. No one builds snowmen in Vermont-they would be fifty feet tall by spring.

    Would all denizens who plan to make it to Spring Training between Feb. 15 and Feb.29 email me lewhartman@comcast.net I’m putting together print books so everyone can have something to get autographed. I will have to ship them to Florida and I need to have an idea how many I will need. I want everyone to have one, but do not care to pay to ship more (both ways) than I need to. I will try to send one to those who don’t make it there and will have attending denizens help get a few autographs for y’all (see Bob-told you I’d get you something), but still don’t want to do any more than is necessary.

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  224. 225 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 11:03 am

    You mean you’re not getting Bob the classic T-shirt : “My ______ went to Florida and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” ? 😉

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  225. 226 lew614 January 15, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I was going to get him the shirt, but he requested a player’s autograph instead. No accounting for some people’s tastes, I suppose. Maybe I could get him a Stetson T shirt since he probably went to school with the Stetson Hat Guy back in the 1800’s.

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  226. 227 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Maybe I could get him a Stetson T shirt since he probably went to school with the Stetson Hat Guy back in the 1800’s.

    First blog fight? What will Bob say to that? Oh, mercy…

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  227. 228 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Gil, sorry to hear about your loss of the Braves in Richmond. That’s gotta hurt the Braves faithful there and probably you more than any other. We’ll miss your scouting reports. By the way, will they complete the 2008 season before moving? Hope so. At least then you’d be able to watch another season and perhaps make it a little easier to let the change set in. It’s never easy to lose a team. Better to have loved and lost…?

    Savannah has seen its share of changes over the years with our single-A, Sally League team. We’ve had so many teams through here over the years it’s been hard to follow and difficult to get behind a team for long. In the grand scheme of it all, I suppose it’s good to see lots of affiliates, since they aren’t Braves.

    We’ve had quite a history with the old stadium here. In modern times we’ve had the Washington Senators, then the Braves were here from 1970 to early/mid 80’s. Next the Cardinals, Dodgers, Rangers, Expos-Nationals took turns parading through. Teams have arrived and departed Savannah more often than Rocky sequels. Well, maybe not quite that often.

    Now we have the Mets franchise (sigh). As much as I’d like the Braves to come back here and settle I just don’t see it happening. Then again, with all the surprise, unannounced comings and goings, who knows? Maybe the Braves take another turn in the coastal empire. Old Grayson Stadium is like a box of choc-o-lates…

    The good news is that they are restoring the stadium here and planning a series of upgrades such as new 300 square foot video scoreboard, field surface, field lights, sound system, right field grill, luxury suites, and upgrades to the kid’s area and such. Whatever the team, the league or the level, it’s good to go out to the old ballpark and watch the games.

    Here’s hoping Richmond can land another team, then you could at least go out and watch when the Braves come to town for your minor league reports.
    Have you considered a move to Atlanta? You could get a big moving van and relocate! Be sure to grab Bob and Carol on the way down. Southern Braves migration of sorts. Could get a duplex?

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  228. 229 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    “Maybe I could get him a Stetson T shirt since he probably went to school with the Stetson Hat Guy back in the 1800’s.”

    “First blog fight? What will Bob say to that? Oh, mercy…”

    yes, savannah, in times past that would have been answered with “lewser, your and idiot.” but this is a kinder, gentler, blog. journalist bob will likely consider journalist bob’s statesman-like roll on this new blog and offer a methinks. perhaps there will be some e-mail dialogue and an exchange of molasses candy and maple syrup. not likely to lead to an altercation.

    buford braves has a nice ring. can send kotsay there to rehab (somebody already said that?). gives a new meaning to buford dam.

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  229. 230 Chop Seal January 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -First baseman Adam LaRoche bypassed arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a $5 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates as the sides continue to discuss a multiyear deal.

    Can get Thorman cheaper than that.

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  230. 231 lew614 January 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Now, Now-Just keeping Bob on his toes (which certainly must NOT be trifled with). Don’t want him to get too lethargic sitting in that hot tub all day.

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  231. 232 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Adam LaRoache should sign a special contract, where he gets paid about $50 bucks a game thru May(Defense is worth something, is it not?) then makes millions the rest of the year….
    Wonder where we would be if we hadn’t traded ol’ Andy??? Would we still have all those prospects available for a mega trade for the O’s Erik Bedard??? He will be kind of cheap for a few years. Seems to be a reason the Mets may trade for him over Santana…..You just never know what will be the result of trading the 1st sacker a year later, do you?

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  232. 233 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Sorry if it’s been mentioned before, but ol’ Johnny Podres died the other day….
    http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080114.wobitpodres0114/GSStory/GlobeSportsBaseball/home

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  233. 234 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Found this as well on Podres…..

    Four decades later, he was manager Jim Fregosi’s pitching coach when the 1993 Phillies won their unlikely NL pennant. His ace was Schilling, who had come to Philadelphia the year before as reliever uncertain of both his stuff and his future.

    Schilling, who became an ardent disciple of Mr. Podres and his low-key but hyper-positive style, loved to tell the story of how that transformation began during their first meeting.

    “I was coming from a bad situation in Houston,” Schilling recalled in a 1995 interview. “The stadium was empty that day, and it was raining as we walked down to the bullpen. He asked to see my fastball, so I showed him a two-seamer, which is what I threw then.”

    “What the hell was that?” Podres barked.

    “A fastball,” Schilling said.

    “That ain’t no [expletive] fastball. That’s a [expletive] sinker,” replied the pitching coach, spitting out the final word.

    Podres lunged for the ball, grabbed it across four seams, displayed the grip to Schilling, and handed the ball back. What followed was a fastball – and a career – that rose.

    “Now that,” said Podres, pacing, puffing, pleased, “is a [expletive] big-league fastball.”

    Yesterday, Schilling noted Mr. Podres’ passing on his blog, 38 Pitches.

    “Outside of the Lord, my wife and my father, there was no person who impacted my life more than Johnny Podres,” Schilling, now a staple with the world-champion Boston Red Sox, wrote. “He asked everything of me and always got everything I had. He made me realize the only limits in my life were self-imposed.”

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  234. 235 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Lewser, your and idiot!

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  235. 236 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    journalist has never considered journalist bob’s toes . . . though jimmy smith thinks journalist bob’s toes must be pruney and wrinkled from all the soaking. hope this does not start a fight. last guy that picked on journalist bob didn’t fare so well.

    now, baseball . . . donald fehr is talking about bargaining. has donald fehr lost touch with reality? congress will not bargain. in fact, congress should not even be involved. nasty mess should be cleaned up. fehr may be as much the problem as anyone. oh, the humanity!

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  236. 237 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    savannahguy…. After being served with the divorce papers, it is hard to just say okay, it’s just business. Perhaps if Richmond was one of those merry-go-round cities that change affiliations every five years perhaps I would feel differently. However, after 42 years you really develop an identity with players and clubs and I feel like I’ve been spurned for the cute secretary that is all shiny and new after putting up with all the crap the Braves have sent here over the years.

    I understand the purpose of a minor league club and that is to develop major league talent. Okay, mission accomplished. I do not blame the Braves entirely. The mayor of Richmond had an opportunity to have the Braves stay forever. He blew it. So, where does that leave me? Good question…. There are a dozen major league franchises closer to Richmond than the Braves. Already we have the Eastern League and the Souther League salivating over the huge hole that the Braves will leave.

    I may not even attend a game this year. I would rather the Braves just go, good riddance and they can take their little dog Toto with them too…..

    It would be different if a new stadium was not in the works but Richmond wanted to redevelop the entire area. Not just build a ballpark. I expect now there will be no new park. Just some patching to the existing one.

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  237. 238 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I may just become like 90% of the rest of the population and root for whoever is in first place. That way I can always see “my team” on ESPN…

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  238. 239 lew614 January 15, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I have been called and idiot before. Does not change the fact that if Bob was not friends with the Stetson Guy, he was one of his first students.

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  239. 240 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    oh, the humanity! what is happening with this blog’s demeanor? carolina lady, some poetry, please!

    and bad haircut on the new falcons g.m. really bad. hat hair and no hat. could be a little wren nesting up there. could be a wren-like consultant. and any prison time? must find some common ground.

    uh, oh. journalist bob is really steaming now. here comes an e-mail . . .

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  240. 241 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    from the Braves site:
    Yoga by McCann: Needless to say, many Braves players were laughing when they learned that Brian McCann’s offseason conditioning program expanded two weeks ago, when he began attending Yoga classes with his older brother, Brad, who is a prospect in the Royals system.

    “Hopefully, they’re doing it in their own living room, so that nobody else has to watch them,” second baseman Kelly Johnson joked.

    John Smoltz added, “I’d like to see the instructor and see if the instructor has lost confidence in teaching Yoga after having him as a client.”

    All kidding aside, Smoltz has been impressed with the results McCann has realized with his offseason conditioning program. The All-Star catcher added strength to his upper body with a strict weightlifting program and now is attempting to improve his flexibility with Yoga.

    “He’ll certainly get his share of ribbing,” Smoltz said. “But there’s no reason to rib him after seeing him get in good shape to get ready for a long season of catching.”

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  241. 242 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Lewser, your and idiot!

    Bob, Journalist has replied and it seems the gloves have been drawn, the kinder gentler curtain is drawn, water pistols are drawn, lines in sand are drawn, pencils are drawn, pictures are drawn, hot tub is drawn…so many drawings. Will blood be drawn? Red ink Wurlitzer’s drawn? Will Marquess of Queensberry rules be drawn from the drawer?

    Was it the “your and idiot” that set Bob off, or did he take umbrage with the Stetson reference? Is Bob, Journalist really a Fedora man? That could be it. Will Lew throw the three dreaded blog insult words back at Bob, tit-for-tat? (can say?) Lew, be very, very careful. Bob, Journalist is feisty today. Hot tub with Epsom salts and oatmeal could have spurred this.

    Pretty soon Klobber will be here and pints of tap beer will be drawn. This skirmish could cause other denizens to be drawn into the fray and twist the blog into a knot. Frayed knot?

    Now Gil is so mad at losing the Braves minor league that he’s threatening to be drawn into rooting for whatever team is drawn to Richmond. Would Gil then become a Mets fan if they send a team there? Oh, the humanity! A Carolina Lady fight club makes no sense. She’s just not drawn to participate in fighting and insults and rooting for other teams than Braves. Hope this doesn’t escalate…oh, no! Now this…

    journalist has never considered journalist bob’s toes . . . though jimmy smith thinks journalist bob’s toes must be pruney and wrinkled from all the soaking.

    Oh, mercy! Now Journalist Jimmy Smith is drawn into it. Will more drawings be made? Will cheese platters be drawn? Will pies be drawn and quartered? Will Bob, Journalist draw Journalist Jimmy Smith out by calling him and idiot to?

    Carolina Lady, you must intervene and draw this to a peaceful resolution. Could get out of hand in a hurry. Must give peas a chance.

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  242. 243 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Braves officials are a lying sack of s***….. After denying they had plans to move the AAA team, they announced today during their press conference they have been working on this move since October.

    The people of Gwinnett are really going to be surprised when they discover that concessionaires and parking lot attendants as well as the ticket sellers are not exactly the kind of high paying jobs they seem to be touting when they say it will provide hundreds of new jobs in the county.

    Yes…. I’m still mad and getting madder the more I think about it. Now that I find the Braves have been fooling around behind my back. They are exactly the same types I had to deal with as a Union rep. No problem lying to your face.

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  243. 244 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    SG, personally I prefer whirled peas.

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  244. 245 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    savannahguy… The Mets have been mentioned as a possible replacement as have the Nationals. The problem is it would mean an additional franchise. Perhaps when the Marlins move to Las Vegas a AAA spot will open up.

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  245. 246 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    perhaps a peace maker will emerge. where is grinch? jimmy smith thinks lew may be suffering from cabin fever and journalist bob from saturation. should swap rolls.

    and now, fluttering eyelids is a symptom off too much water intake. lesson learned.

    and baked beans. a side item in most barbecue restaurants.

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  246. 247 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    As much as I have loved the Braves all these years, I can hate them just as much maybe even more. It takes about the same amount of energy to do either.

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  247. 248 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Gil,
    That really sucks, 42 years in one town. Of course, the Braves have gone from Boston, to Milwaukee, to Atlanta…..but those reasons were more likely financial than this one was. What kind of attendance do they get per year in Richmond???

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  248. 249 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    “where is grinch?”

    He’d better be typing! Very fast.

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  249. 250 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Carolina Lady Said: He’d better be typing! Very fast.

    😛 😛 😛

    Shoulda told him it was finals time again….

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  250. 251 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    The Lady has provided the solution…whirled peas. No more global worming or use of other inflammatory blogisms. Whirled peas…yes. Was Carolina Lady in the Miss America contest?

    Journalist Jimmy Smith has an interesting idea that may result in a kinder blog. Lew moves to Nashville for a few months while Bob, Journalist moves to Vermont. But what about Wurlitzer paintings and drawings? Will Lew be able to draw if a hot tub is drawn? Will Bob, Journalist cool off in Vermont and write beautiful prose with frozen toes? This could be interesting.

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  251. 252 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    While we’re at it, we’d better get Gil down south. Can’t have him angry at the Braves. But then…maybe Gil need to cool off. Yea, that’s right…ok, here’s the plan.

    Bob, J moves to Richmond, Lew moves to Nashville and Gil moves to Vermont. That way, Gil cools, Bob, Journalist gets to be closer to Washington for the political season and Lew gets to paint the Nashville skyline and a portrait of Bob Dylan. In a few months, Lew can rejoin his wife in VT, Bob gets his hot tub back and Gil continues south to Atlanta. Then everyone can be happy and watch minor league Braves and major league Braves too!

    Besides, Gil…it’s just a city that didn’t compete or invest in our ball club. Don’t hate on the Bravos. That settles it. Now we have whirled peas.

    There. I’m and dippomatt.

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  252. 253 williamwallace January 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Evidently for the Braves, Richmond is a Discontinued Operation and Gil is a Non-Core Asset. Very sad. But I must say that I have always been jealous of Gil being able to go to minor league games and make evaluations on kids before the rest of us get to evaluate. Now, I will be able to see them down here. But the AAA team probably won’t mean anywhere near as much to me or Gwinnett County as it did to Richmond and folks like Gil. Politicians and faceless corporate ownership sucks.

    Savannah Guy, Bob is not going to Vermont without his hot tub. Carolina Lady had to make Klobber put a hot tub in the back of the Knob Creek Saloon over here to accommodate Bob. He was tired of people pi$$ing in his tub over there.

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  253. 254 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    WW, I think Gil might like Gwinnett County. Plenty of Mechanics there. Or may Vidalia. He’s a Onion representative too.

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  254. 255 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Onion negotiations are needed. Could be a freelance Onion rep.

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  255. 256 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Carolina Lady, we must cheer Gil up. Where is Klobber. A round is called for. Pour Gil a double and remember…Gil’s money ain’t no good while he’s in the Heartbreak Hotel Saloon.

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  256. 257 savannahguy January 15, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, the humanity! Gil has removed his Braves hat!

    He’s bald!

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  257. 258 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    not many bloggers know that zamfir performs unchained melody on the pan flute. more now know. listen in for a good time. zamfir, official musician of the carolina lady braves and stuff blog.

    and now, stuff . . . not since the confederate govenment left richmond has there been such an unfortunate departure!

    apparently homeboy upstairs took robert e. lee’s remarks to heart:
    “I advise, that all preparation be made for leaving Richmond tonight.”

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  258. 259 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    gil, they will be heading to amelia court house. have some supplies waiting. jjs

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  259. 260 lew614 January 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    One makes allowances for Bob when he hits the Geritol too hard. It has been known to cause people to say things that they really don’t mean when combined with a hot tub’s temperatures and pruney toes.

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  260. 261 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    White Acre peas please!

    Stepping on someone’s toes should not be taken lightly … maybe lightly so doing sounds more polite, but, .. if you’re going to do something, do it right! That’s what Mama always said.

    Insinuating folks should call me “very old pruny toes” … or “Geritol Boy” when all I ever wanted was an autograph or three … but, I ain’t going going to start no fight … a nice old Setson or Christy and all will be quickly forgotten.

    Back during the war, I remember Grandpa had a room … probably 10 x 12 x 8 … filled wall-to-wall with nothing but hats, stacked to the ceiling … mostly high quality straw hats, methinks … but, Mama had pictures of me with felt fedoras.

    Gill, I haven’t kept up with it today but from what I read last evening, it seemed last that the Braves were the ones at whom your ire should be directed.

    I don’t know about this situation but it’s rare that I’ve seen a company’s new ownership came in and tell its employees and/or the public that drastic changes were going to be made … usually the exact opposite … but rarer still where that was true, especially where the change was predicated primarily upon tax advantages.

    Hard to reach conclusions without knowing agendas but we do know that MLB isn’t concerned over the fact that Ted and TBS created/cultivated a national/international fan base … and now that fan base “is being/has been” disenfranchised.

    As the night follows the day, the Cubs will be next … and all will be forgotten as fans will receive their Stetsons … the ability to watch their teams on the Internet, Cable, and Direct TV … at increased cost to the fan and an increased, more controllable revenue stream for MLB, the owners and the players.

    Maybe not … just an old man talking trash … but were I in Danville, I would be concerned … in addition to Lawrenceville, there’s still Cartersville to consider.

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  261. 262 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Serious question … in what kind of oil should one cook fresh French fries?

    I’ve used both vegetable and olive but just switched to corn oil and they are not crispy, an real understatement … they brown more quickly … no hint of oil taste but are totally limp.

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  262. 263 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Bob, J, try peanut oil. It’s what I use in the kitchen at Klobbers Knob Creek Saloon and Hot Tub Bar. It’s a monounsaturated fat with a high smoking point so it’s ideal for frites! In fact, I recycle the used oil to heat the new hot tub I apparently had to put in for you today! Enjoy!

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  263. 264 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Chris … wish I had done that … will try that tomorrow. Looked at peanut but found 2 gallons of corn for $9.50 … bummer … what is best cooked in corn oil?

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  264. 265 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    chrisklob is right! peanut oil. diane lane always used peanut oil in diane lane’s pudding. good for french fries and for fried fish. a light coat of peanut oil on a bicycle chain will make for hours of bicycling pleasure. and what is the official peanut oil of the buford braves? and how about a mr. peanut avatar? mr. peanut, a downtown atlanta icon. gave away roasted peanuts. big hat. kettle by the door – could smell the peanuts roasting. oh, the humanity! makes journalist feel old remembering all this. and mitt romney has won michigan! mitt sounds like newt, only mitt. not a good name for a president. mitt lincoln? not a chance. should be a catcher or first baseman. baseball name. taking hormones? any candidates taking hormones? not saying anything, just asking. and where are the ankles?

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  265. 266 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    is this corn oil mazola?

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  266. 267 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    From cooking.com:

    Corn oil is made from the germ of the corn kernel. It has a high smoke point and is extremely high in polyunsaturated fats. Corn oil is typically used in salad dressings, mayonnaise and is the main ingredient in margarine.

    From wikipedia.com:

    Corn oil is also one source of biodiesel. Biodiesel is commonly made from soybean or rapeseed oils, but as corn oil refining technology improves, it is expected to become a greater source of biodiesel and a backup source in case of large-scale soybean crop failures. Other industrial uses for corn oil include soap, salve, paint, rustproofing for metal surfaces, inks, textiles, and insecticides. It is sometimes used as a carrier for drug molecules in pharmaceutical preparations.

    Good luck with that one! Did you save the receipt? Can you take it back to the store? Donate it to a homeless shelter? Two gallons seems like an awful lot of oil.

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  267. 268 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    diane lane always used peanut oil in diane lane’s pudding.

    I think that the secret behind Diane Lane’s pudding failures has now been determined.

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  268. 269 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Unless she was trying to make Yorkshire pudding, of course.

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  269. 270 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Oily pudding? Ewww.

    CL, does Grinch know he’s up next? He’s been very busy lately.

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  270. 271 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    “what is best cooked in corn oil?”

    best in corn oil, the bunyoro rabbit.

    also good, the yellow-fronted tinkerbird.

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  271. 272 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    flbravesgirl is here! now we can learn about corn oil.

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  272. 273 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I think Chris covered it, jimmy.

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  273. 274 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Canola oil is also very good.

    “where are the ankles?” Right above the feet.

    ‘Night, y’all. I’m completely exhausted.

    If Grinch shows up, he may NOT blog until his lead is finished!

    And emailed!!

    😆

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  274. 275 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I guess he does know then.

    Good night, CL.

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  275. 276 journalist jimmy smith January 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    okay, bob, the corn oil must go. or can make soap. yes, that’s right, soap. google it. avoid calabash, though.

    and more from general lee: With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.

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  276. 277 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    FBG, he sent an email written at 10:14 this pm, said he had just come in the door, was in a writing mood and wanted to know when I needed his lead.

    sigh…… like, we’re closing in on 300 posts here now……. 🙄

    😆

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  277. 278 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Chris, it is a lot of oil but then we do eat a lot of potatoes … they’re cheap!

    Maybe I could market it to Clemens as a biodegradable, undetectable performance enhancer … or maybe I can take it back … they did guarantee satisfaction.

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  278. 279 flbravesgirl January 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Well then, he’s working on it now. I warn you though, if he says it will be an hour make it 1 1/2 or 2. ( Love ya, Grinch, but you know how you are when you get immersed in your writing.) 🙂

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  279. 280 Carolina Lady January 15, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    lol He has until shortly after sunrise – I’ve had several brutal days (nearly 8 hrs in the ER yesterday) and I’m b.e.a.t!

    See y’all in the morning! Sleep well!

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  280. 281 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Bob, if your fries are coming out soggy, you are cooking at too low a temperature …..

    The wife says she will continue to root for the Braves. Looks like there is going to be yet another divisive issue in our household…

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  281. 282 chrisklob January 15, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Gil, I havent’ been following all the news today but know that you’re upset that the Braves are leaving Richmond. Are you mad at Richmond or are you mad at the Braves?

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  282. 283 Bob, journalist January 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Gil, they’re coming out limp … not really soggy … did three batches to test the temp … the last one was so hot the oil was popping dangerously … maybe a foot high … all three were limp.

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  283. 284 mrgil January 15, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    chrisklob… Yes….

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  284. 285 mrgil January 16, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Bob, That is why you use a screen or a deep fryer… However, usually any good vegetable oil works.

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  285. 286 chrisklob January 16, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Gil, why are you mad at the Braves?

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  286. 287 morpheus45 January 16, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Done and Done. Check and see if it went through. Sheesh, you females are demanding. Now I get to do some homework. Yay for me! I want no complaints about hastily written lead-ins; this came right in between “No Country for Old Men” and an assignment in a totally, completely different direction for first thing in the a.m. If nothing else, the blog’ll load faster. Night, all; enjoy sleeping and tell me what it’s like. 🙂

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  287. 288 morpheus45 January 16, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Sleeping, I mean. Forget it. Busy, busy.

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  288. 289 flbravesgirl January 16, 2008 at 12:54 am

    “Demanding” ? Didn’t you see me sticking up for you?

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  289. 290 flbravesgirl January 16, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Well, since we’ll have to wait ’til morning to see Grinch’s masterpiece it must time for me to shut down & curl up with a book. Night y’all.

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  290. 291 morpheus45 January 16, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Quick bathroom break from assignment no. 2; I recommend the book version of the movie I just saw, FBG. Then go see it. You’ll be surprised how close it sticks and how good it is. Cormac McCarthy is the best living writer on the planet. Now, homework…

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  291. 292 mrgil January 16, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Klobber, despite what the Braves say, they were complicit in this move. First of all, the Diamond is not all that bad. Old parker Field was pretty shabby but a new stadium was built in 1985. Now, I don’t know about you but honestly, is twenty years the life expectancy of a stadium now?

    After the Diamond was built, stadiums were built all over the league. The problem being first is your stadium ages sooner.

    The regional authority was prepared to make several million dollars in upgrades when someone came up with the bright idea of building a stadium downtown. Well, then the counties pulled out of the deal to up grade the Diamond. The Braves offered to build a stadium if the city gave them the land tax free and they could also develop the surrounding area. Sounds great but the developer turned out not to be who he said he was (padded his resume’) plus the area has a terrible drainage problem.

    The Mayor proposed another site but you could not get there from here. So it was shot down, so the city determined the present location was best. The Braves were aware of the situation and gave every indication of being on board with the revised plan to redevelop the current location. We are talking about a 60 acre site which would include not only a new ballpark but likely a new arena, a new tennis facility and a track and field complex as well as shops and restaurants.

    No, it would not have a view of the River but you would also not smell the sewage treatment plant either. Funny how no one mentions that. Anyway, the Braves did not say once they were looking for someplace else to move. The city thought they had time to do it right rather than put something up in a hurry. The Braves meanwhile shrink their fan base. If you ask me, they were bargaining in poor faith.

    I don’t know about Georgia but if any county government in this area tried to do the deal Gwinnett did without voter input, they would be tossed out on their ear. So, where does that leave us? Braves lauded the fan base in Richmond for their support and then said… but this is business.

    Well, they can kiss my grits as far as I am concerned. I may as well get use to rooting for the Nationals because either they or the Mets will be here soon. Might just be a AA franchise but everyone in baseball says that is where all the hot shots are playing now anyway.

    It is going to be a nasty separation for me. Silly me, thinking being loyal to something was still possible, I might as well root for Exxon. Same difference.

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  292. 293 mrgil January 16, 2008 at 2:23 am

    True story…. My dad once had some storm damage to the roof of his house, in addition, a partition block wall lining his patio was blown over. He contacted his home owners insurance to report the damage and make a claim. The repairs were made and the paid for by his insurance company. When it came time for his policy to be renewed, he received a letter stating that the insurance company was sorry but they would not be able to renew his policy.

    At first my dad was rather upset by all this but knowing he had to have coverage, he contacted another insurance company. As it turned out, he was able to take out a policy with improved coverage and actually saved money over what he was being charged previously.

    The first thing my father did was write to the original company thanking them for canceling him because if they had not, he would still be paying their high rates and he would not have found another company which saved him quite a bit of money.

    The first company fell all over themselves, saying they had made a mistake and they were sorry for any misunderstanding and tried to get his business back. My dad told them no thanks.

    Well, perhaps there will be a silver lining in all this. In 42 years, the Braves have fielded very few winning ball clubs in Richmond, yet we still supported the team. I think it is funny how if a movie bombs, you don’t hear the movie company panning the public for not seeing a bad movie. They just send it to cable and move on. To berate a fan base for not supporting a bad product is stupid. We might be bush league but we’re not dumb.

    Maybe our next parent club won’t treat us like the red headed step child and try to keep a good club on the field.

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  293. 294 mrgil January 16, 2008 at 2:26 am

    And that is all I am going to say about that…..

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  294. 295 berigan2electricboogaloo January 16, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Gil, the Braves and those surrounding them have done some dumb things in the past few years. Bet you could get Braves games at night on WSB couldn’t you??? No chance of you getting WGST up there, I can’t get it 30 miles south of Atlanta! Bet you used to watch a lot of Braves games on TBS as well, didn’t ya??? No more of that silly business. Now they have told you and the other folks in your neck of the woods to stay fans as they move the AAA team away….Not smart if you ask me….

    Now, to play Devil’s advocate….I can see where having the AAA team just north of Atlanta could be a real advantage to the club. Gee, it’s too bad we traded Joey Divine away, if he still had any options left he could be sent up and down 50 times in a season with ol’ Bobby in charge! 🙄

    Seriously, it will be easier for the team to judge talent, and a guy could be on the AAA lineup card Tues. afternoon, and instead in the starting lineup at the Ted Tues. night!!!!

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  295. 296 journalist jimmy smith January 16, 2008 at 8:19 am

    perhaps the bloggers have heard of the feared buford triangle. many ballplayers have been lost in this buford triangle. disappeared. dropped out of sight. mysterious. unexplainable. only one way in and out of buford and maybe the braves don’t know this. yet.

    and now, gil. langerhans and company will be a most entertaining substitute. oh, the humanity! gil must remain a braves fan. remember tom glavine. and uh, chipper.

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  296. 297 morpheus45 January 16, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Hmmm…the crack of dawn is earlier for some than others, I take it. 🙂

    Gil, sounds like y’all got a raw deal indeed. Atlanta doesn’t deserve what fans are left, and there don’t seem to be many. Someone’s gotta pay for that new $45 million stadium, what shall we bet the “minor league experience” in Gwinnett will be an awful lot like the Major League one downtown? The prices will be similar; I make no doubt. The fans will probably be similar too, which means it should have stayed where it was.

    Gotta run; catch y’all later. Maybe I won’t get lost in the Buford triangle at lunch (two Big Bufords for $3?).

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  297. 298 journalist jimmy smith January 16, 2008 at 10:02 am

    a deception is at hand. (another one if you are gil). 😀

    it is believed that the atlanta braves obtained royce ring to obfuscate (1st use on blog) the condition known as cold ringfinger. in this case, when tom glavine is mentioned the braves can say, “no, not cold ringfinger. you must be talking about ring’s cold finger.”

    fits the profile.

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  298. 299 Carolina Lady January 16, 2008 at 10:14 am

    ‘Morning, everybody! My apologies to you and especially to Grinch for the delay in getting his terrific lead posted.

    A family emergency kept mother’s aide out this morning so I had it all to myself – and it takes a while to get a frail 83-yr-old going, bathed, dressed and fed.

    Anyhow, GRINCH’s NEW BLOG IS UP!!

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