29: I Believe

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by williamwallace

I believe John Smoltz will pitch deep into October and reclaim the best postseason pitcher of his era title ESPN has mistakenly handed over to Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling.

I believe the Braves will play the Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series and John Smoltz will be the one who goes 10 innings this time against Beckett and wins a 1-0 game. A reversal of sorts of the Jack Morris game, with Smoltz being the old dude this time beating the fireballing young ‘un.

I believe Tim Hudson will continue to be the David Cone of this decade.

I believe Tom Glavine is more like the pitcher from his first 31 starts last season and not like the pitcher from his last three starts of 2007.

I believe Mike Hampton can stay somewhat healthy and give the Braves 100 innings.

I believe Chuck James will fill in the Hampton health gap and provide the other 100 innings Hampton canโ€™t provide. The two of them combined will make for one helluva fifth starter.

I believe Jair Jurrjens is going to be pretty special and will be the 2008 version of Fausto Carmona.

I believe Rafael Soriano is going to be a heckuva closer. Sure, he will blow about 5 saves like all closers do because of his propensity to give up the dinger but, otherwise, he is gonna be lights out.

I believe Peter Moylan is going to continue to cause hitters to kill worms all season long.

I believe Will Ohman will be awesome now that he is away from the not so friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

I believe Royce Ring will be pretty special as well if he can learn not to cause Bobby Cox heart attacks by walking so many hitters.

I believe Tyler Yates will once again be Tyler Yates. Nothing special but pretty darn good for long stretches of the season when he is not going through awful periods where you want to shoot him.

I believe I will enjoy watching Jeff Bennett pitching like a hungry man who wants to make the baseball world regret the day they left him for dead.

I believe Brian McCann will take back the crown of best catcher in the National League from Russell Martin.

I believe Javy Lopez will provide much needed pop off the bench and hit 8 to 12 meaningful homers for the Braves this season.

I believe Tex will be a beast and win an MVP.

I believe the Braves have no shot to sign Tex.

I believe I wonโ€™t shed a tear when Tex acts like the prostitute his pimp Scott Boras has made him and he leaves the Braves.

I believe I will laugh my butt off at Tex when he signs with the Yankees or Mets and is torn to shreds.

I believe Kelly Johnson will be an All Star this season.

I believe Yunel Escobar will continue to prove he is the new and improved Derek Jeter.

I believe Omar Infante is much better than Woodward and Orr, who are most certainly not to be confused with Woodward and Bernstein.

I believe Brent Lillibridge will be a very special utility player.

I believe Chipper Jones will continue to be one of the best third baseman and switch hitters the game has ever seen.

I believe Matt Diaz will win the batting title his manager should have let him compete for the last two seasons.

I believe Brandon Jones will make all of those fellas who gave up on him early in spring training very, very sorry they did that.

I believe Mark Kotsay will be Mondesi and Jordan all over again but that will be okay because Jordan Schafer will pull what Frenchy pulled in 2005.

I believe Frenchy will take the next step and become the superstar we all expect him to become.

I believe this will be the last season for the great Bobby Cox because the Braves are going to win the World Series.

I believe Bobby, Smoltzie, Union Man Tom, Mad Dog and Javy will all ride off into the sunset together come November.

I believe that in 6 years the entire TBS Nation and Generation will flock to Cooperstown, New York as Bobby Cox, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame together.

I believe there will not be a dry eye in the house and that no one who attends will forget the day.

I believe that although many have questioned the attendance record of Braves fans through the years, the Braves fans will set a Cooperstown attendance record should they induct that fantastic foursome in the Hall together as they all deserve.

I believe it would be a great shame if the Hall of Fame did not find a way to induct Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, and Skip Caray in on the very same day they induct Bobby, Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine.

I believe it would also be criminal if they did not find a way to induct Ted Turner and The Homeboy Upstairs in on the same day they induct Ernie, Skip, Pete, Bobby, Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine.

I believe that if they inducted all 9 of those fine baseball men into the Hall of Fame on the very same day, it would be the greatest day baseball ever had.

I believe it would be a stroke of absolute marketing genius by a game in desperate need right about now of some good p.r.

I believe that Ted Turner, Ernie Johnson, Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, John Schuerholz, Bobby Cox, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux should all be enshrined together on the very same day.

And, yes, again, I believe the Braves will win the World Series in 2008.

~williamwallace~

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728 Responses to “29: I Believe”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Just terrific, ww! Many thanks!!

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  2. 2 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Lew, will do! ๐Ÿ™‚

    jjs, will you transfer that post and link over here. Interesting that the young guy thought he wasn’t being “respected” in some areas of his proposed contract as he felt he was due. Rather sounds as if some bum advice was given by a certain agent.

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  3. 3 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

    OK – stuff awaits! Later!

    (jjs, behave yourself!)
    ๐Ÿ˜†

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  4. 4 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 11:18 am

    WW: Excellent post. Agreed on all of it… or at least hopeful on the World Series part of it. They can do it. Also hopeful Tex doesn’t play out like that, but like you, I expect it might. Signals point that way at the moment.

    My timing is way off… haven’t been posting much lately and every time I do a new blog pops up immediately. So, WW hope you caught my post to you there.

    Lew: Get well soon. Give Modest Mouse and Shins a few listens. Their music gets better each time you hear it. It’s contagious… oh, maybe I shouldn’t use that word around you right now.

    Now, once again I’ve gotta make like a tree and leaf. Will catch up later…

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  5. 5 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 11:24 am

    journalist jimmy smith also believes. good lead, ww.

    okay, carolina lady . . . hear it is:

    journalist jimmy smith Says: ๐Ÿ˜†

    March 14, 2008 at 11:02 am
    a little something different:

    http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Sports/219673/

    some beet writers would not uncover this . . . some would not share this.

    and hear is another:

    journalist jimmy smith Says: ๐Ÿ˜†

    March 14, 2008 at 11:18 am edit

    bobby cox was not joshing. oh, the humanity! that was bad. jimmy smith is trying to blog about bobby cox and not use the now-banned word synonymous with bobby cox on the braves and stuff blog. it is requiring considerable effort on the part of jimmy smith. journalist can be clinical when clinical is called for. โ€œdried nasal mucusโ€ can be substituted, when necessary, for the offending word. see, jimmy smith can cooperate.

    and a bitter bobby cox? bitter? never known bobby cox to be described as bitter. and if girardi was postured to become manager because girardi was a bench coach, does that mean that chino cadahia is postured to become a manager hear? old 3b coaches seem to do best off this staff. not bench coaches. and 2 games out of the playoffs. all blamed on players. would pat corrales and bobby dews have made a difference for last yearโ€™s team? fredi?

    and leadership . . . jimmy smith is gathering jimmy smithโ€™s thoughts on leadership. do not mirror those of terence moore. go figure.

    and game ranch. chipper should open a game ranch down by the stadium. money making idea from jimmy smith.

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  6. 6 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    rhinovirus? catch it from a hartebeest?

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  7. 7 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Terrific post, brave Sir knight! And all this coming from a Yankee fan!

    If half of the things that you believe for this season come true, it is going to be one heck of a season.

    I’ve never been to Cooperstown. It’s on my “Life’s To Do List”. I’ll be there the day all of those guys gain their entrance. Can’t wait, either.

    If Huddy is the current version of David Cone, when can we expect the perfect game?

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  8. 8 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

    SG-They both were good, they just caught me while in a Hard Rock mode (which neither of them is). I will listen to them more extensively when I get to my Prog Rock mode-as opposed to my Southern Rock mode or 60’s rock mode. I’m a changeable music listener. Sometimes I even get into a Queen and Jethro Tull mode. BTW-You never told me if you were interested in any of my Tull collection. I’ll record whichever (or all) if you’d like.

    I should be glad it’s only a Rhino virus instead of a Ceros Virus, which would mean I was-OH!!!!!The Humanity. Maybe I’d better not go there.

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  9. 9 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 11:46 am

    good blogging taking place on the braves and stuff carolina lady blog colossus today – and many of the bloggers are sick. sick in a normal sort of way – not sick in the ajc sort of way. and two ajc employees have been involved in a shooting incident – one more than the other. getting shot is more involved than shooting it seems.

    and beware the ides of march. just beware.

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  10. 10 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Lew, I thought you had one of them, whatyacallit, photogenic rememories??? Even I remember him asking you if you could copy some music for him…. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Can’t tease Lew too much today, I need to ask some fairly serious diabetes questions via Email if I can….

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  11. 11 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:52 am

    SG, big weekend coming up for the Coastal Empire! You gonna steer clear of all the nonsense on the riverfront or are you gonna go find yourself some cheap, green beer down there?

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  12. 12 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:58 am

    JJS stole my idea before I could post….but anyway,
    WW, I believe you are right on most everything in your blog!!! Well done sir! (Even though I am more a Medium rare kind of guy)
    I also believe WW should put lawyering on the back burner, and find a way to write for a living….which of course would be a tougher road to hoe. We seem to need lawyers more than we need writers. I don’t see nearly as many ads on TV saying how a baseball beet writer helped X collect $200,000 for “this” accident.
    If WW has to continue his lawyerly ways, perhaps free advice on the web??? Lot of ads around the freeness to help pay the way???
    Like I said, I can give all sorts of advice no one has asked for, It’s a gift. The Unmarried, childless Berigan is also there for any marital, or child rearing advice anyone should want as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. 13 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Berigan-Ask away. You can always do that and I’ll answer to the best of my abilities. I guess I missed SG’s response in some of the occasional inanity that takes place here (Me and Braveheart having testosterone contests and Bob and Paladin trying to remember what having testosterone was like). However, he knows how to get in touch with me in several ways, so all he needs to do is call or email me and I shall record what he desires.

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  14. 14 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    ww; Great lead!! And it is one of the few posts, and certainly leads, with which I can’t disagree with one word. If that doesn’t scare you, then you are fearless. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. 15 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    And Lew; I remember what having testosterone was like; it’s just that I have forgotten what it’s primary purpose was.

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  16. 16 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    cannot say testosterone hear. also cannot say – .

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  17. 17 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    ww: I believe that was one terrific lead.

    While I can’t throw Kotsay under the bus being driven by Mondesi and Jordan, I am pretty much on board with every other point you made.

    I believe Chuck James will fill in the Hampton health gap and provide the other 100 innings Hampton canโ€™t provide. The two of them combined will make for one helluva fifth starter. Very astute point, indeed…

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  18. 18 Salty March 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    (Me and Braveheart having testosterone contests and Bob and Paladin trying to remember what having testosterone was like).

    If ever a single line was Wurlitzer-worthy, that was the line! :mrgreen: But, that would be taking/rewarding yourself! Still…bloody good line! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Paladin! Equally worthy reponse! ๐Ÿ˜† You’re quick-witted, when the cells click! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  19. 19 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    One more observation before I get back to work: ww has gradeated from beet righters school…he’s now a kolumnist.

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  20. 20 Salty March 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    WW…outstanding lead! ๐Ÿ˜Ž You’re in the wrong profession, period! You are one very sharp cookie!

    FBG and jimmy…belated condolences…and prayers.

    VOR…a belated Happy Birthday…actually, jimmy, you as well! Who else have I missed?

    CL, SG, Klobber, Berigan…hi to you all!

    Running off again!

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  21. 21 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    and carolina o’lady will be having a st patty’s day blog special hear. not to be confused with that other o’blog host. good holiday though for leprechaun-like beet writer with o’name. can wear green socks and eat green cheese. and what might happen to such a beet writer in the clubhouse on st patty’s day?

    and posts hear on st patty’s day can be made in green and the favorite emoticon can be mr green :mrgreen:

    and somebody must hide eggs with chipper on st patty’s day.

    good thing about bob and paladin – can hide own easter eggs. ๐Ÿ˜†
    oh, the humanity!

    and jimmy smith wonders whatever happened to senor smoke?

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  22. 22 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks Salty. But, while my mind might have once been a castanet, it now is a Grandfather’s clock. That is one reason I am doing the Law School thing. As long as you can keep the gray matter active, you have a reason for taking up air. Have a good ‘un.

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  23. 23 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    jimmy; Will your — be green on Patty’s day? No, come to think of it, I don’t want to know?

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  24. 24 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    keeping active also keeps the gray matter from turning to mush. jimmy smith admires paladin’s determination. jimmy smith believes in stimuli to keep sharp. not p.e.d. stimuli – keeping active stimuli. of sourse, this journalist is still a young journalist but never too early (or too late) to engage the mind.

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  25. 25 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    jjs: Where will Bobby Cox hide Chipper’s eggs?

    Oh, the nasality!

    ๐Ÿ˜†

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  26. 26 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    paladin, cannot say that hear. but, yes, green — are a product of st patty’s day. watch the dugout carefully. shamus o’cox will be digging for that pot o’ gold.

    and is chino cadahia irish? green pants? green hat?

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  27. 27 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    SG, thanks for the kind words at the back end of the last blog. Wished I worked for The Firm, then I would be rich. Well, not really. I am much more of a public interest/public servant kind of lawyer. Doesn’t make me rich but there is damn good government money to be had in that as well if you are content to never become a millionaire….. I just plan on marrying one.

    But I gotta work where the passion is. And, for me, that’s being down in the trenches and dealing with the people. I could do all the other fancy lawyering stuff but I wouldn’t be any good at it because my heart would never be into it. If I feel like I can right a wrong or an injustice at the small individual levels or be a part of something more grand in scope at an overall level that is going to make the government or the people better off, then that is what I want to be doing because it presents challenges and a cause and a reason to believe.

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  28. 28 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    sure and here is a little something for the dugout . . . green doilies. good, green doily-talk on the braves and stuff carolina o’lady blog colossus. and what will the chop o’chick blog be doing to commemorate st patty’s day? molting? oh, the humanity! jimmy smith still remembers. must move on. some good baseball being talked hear in addition to some stuff. remember the name joe borchard.

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  29. 29 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    jimmy; the residue from my strokes makes keeping physically active, difficult. And I am too old to chase blossoms. I just admire pulchritude(like CL’s)from afar. But, it’s never too late to think about it.

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  30. 30 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    the cubs had hoped felix pie could play today after surgery monday to correct what the cubs described as “testicular torsion.”

    journalist must sit down and rest for a time.

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  31. 31 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Is it just me, or has the word dugout taken on a new meaning here in the B&S-hood?

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  32. 32 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    The filter swallowed my nicest post of the day. Go figure!

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  33. 33 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    It spit it out. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  34. 34 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    pulchritude

    I had to go to the dictionary for that one. CL, it is a compliment. It is not another word for ________.

    Uh, oh. jjs, move over…

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  35. 35 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    “…correct what the Cubs described as “testicular torsion.” oh, the humanity! worse than twisted testicle.

    and greg maddux was struck by a line drive and ww reminds this journalist a bit of atticus smith, lawyer in the smith family. practices in uganda. ๐Ÿ˜†

    and soon – baseball.

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  36. 36 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    VOR, perhaps so, but BC must have taken the expression literally!

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  37. 37 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Klobber, I hope Hudson has a perfect game in him. But David Cone was pretty awful for the next season and a half after throwing his, so maybe not. That Cone perfect game always reminds me of that Costner movie “For the Love of the Game”. I think it came out right about that time.

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  38. 38 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Lew: I believe I did respond to your music offer (I think so anyway) and you know I like Jethro Tull a lot, so yes, absolutely… I’d love to get anything pre Benefit or whatever else you have that you think I’d like. We can email details.

    Chris, a big weekend for sure and big day today in old Savannah. The Saint Patrick’s parade is about halfway through and the city is busting at the seams with Mardi Gras-like party folks from all over the place. But no green beer for me… or parades this year. Spent many years doing both to it’s fullest and greenest. Grinch would fit right in (beer and green). Nowadays I prefer staying out of the crowds and checking the parade on TV once in a while. Much work to do today anyway.

    Music this weekend will include the Pogues, Drop Kick Murphy’s… on and on with many the Irish lads and lasses.

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  39. 39 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    “Pogues, Drop Kick Murphyโ€™s”

    That sounds more like a tag-team match than a musical event. Green beer? Green whiskey? Why?

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  40. 40 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    What? No Green Day?

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  41. 41 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    JJS, you may want to sit down, but Felix might not want to yet! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  42. 42 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    That’s good Irish rock Paladin. Why green beer and whiskey? I just say no to that stuff. I like my whiskey color between clear and brown and my beer unadulterated and free of dye.

    A green alcohol exception would be Pernod. Pretty good sipping stuff. Like truth serum. Just check Ernest Hemingway’s Sun Also Rises for that.

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  43. 43 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    SG, you might like Chartreuse too.

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  44. 44 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Any game info?

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  45. 45 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Anybody?

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  46. 46 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    No, no, Paladin. I would never want to be a columnist. The days of the columnist has sadly passed in my opinion. There is only one columnist in this town and that is Furman Bisher. The rest of them are clueless waste of print space clowns. Moore, Bradley, Schultz. Gimme a break already.

    I read this blog and I read those AJC blogs and I see so many insightful and knowledgeable and passionate regular folks who are far better writers and thinkers than the hacks the AJC puts out there as columnists. If the rest of us can talk and talk and talk and write and write and write all day everyday, why is it they can only put out three crappy columns each a week (If they even do that many)?

    Their opinions are often vapid. There is no substance demonstrated. Limited knowledge. No heart and soul. No passion. No outrage. I often wonder if they even watch the games or know what is really going on with the teams. It seems like they don’t like writing or thinking or reading. They often seem afraid to write. I often wonder what these poor saps do with themselves all day everyday. They have all the time in the world to write something and they spit out something that would only take the bloggers here 10 minutes to write. I estimate that they only work 30 minutes combined over the course of a week to write their 3 crappy columns each week.

    They are almost always completely out of touch with what is going on. The other trend I have noticed is that they basically plagiarize things all the bloggers have been saying for weeks. By the time they express that opinion themselves, the point is almost no longer relevant because the bloggers have already discussed, argued, and blogged that issue to death. They often seem so timid to challenge a local team. Usually, their articles are nothing more than glorified proaganda brochures for what the team wants them to say. Or, when they do express a negative opinion, it seems to be expressed for the sake of having a negative opinion rather than something they have been objective about and thought deeply about before arriving at an opinion that could only be negative if they were being truly fair and objective about the issue.

    And that is not only in this town. It’s all over America. The local columnist is becoming irrelevant because fans are tired of them and are turning to amateurs on blogs and other internet outlets because they express what they as fans think and feel and know and experience. And, frankly, because the amateurs are often far better than the professionals.

    There are some great columnists remaining that I read everyday. Guys like Bob Ryan, John Feinstein, Tom Boswell, Shaun Powell, Paul Finebaum, Ian O’Connor, Murray Chass, Harvey Aarton, George Vecsey and a few others. They have their strengths and weaknesses but they all know and love and think and research deeply about the games and people they decide to write about on a particular day. And they are never afraid to express an opinion that is unpopular with the readers or the local teams.

    The problem I see with alot of blogs from the amateurs though is the problem I see with the professionals. Their blog columns are not in depth enough. That does not compel me to ever return to their website.

    If I had the money to buy the AJC, I would fire almost everyone on staff and hire every blogger here. With all of our different and unique writing styles, knowledge, experiences, perspectives, and thought processes, that would make the AJC the most unique and relevant and kicka@@ newspaper in the country. I would be very afraid to let Furman Bisher read or write anything I wrote though. He would tear my work to shreds.

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  47. 47 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I’ll google Chartruese… haven’t heard them. Think I’ll do an Irish music weekend starting with the Dropkick Murphys and Pogue, then U2 of course, Smashing Pumpkins, Cranberries and such. Even some good ol’ Chieftains (while eating).

    That and some corned beef sammiches and stout beer. Pure Irish mmm…

    Erin go Bragh to all’uvya lads and lasses. No blarney.

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  48. 48 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    SOLD!

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  49. 49 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Erin go braless to you to, SG.

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  50. 50 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Wait! I have a 13 year old niece named Erin! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Not you, niece dear!!!

    I feel so dirty… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  51. 51 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Damn, SG knows how to be a dirty mick like me with his music and food choices. Don’t forget to watch The Quiet Man. Always essential St. Paddy’s Day viewing. John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara. A real man and a real woman. Doesn’t get much better.

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  52. 52 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Just had a post for Raisin that was eaten. That’s twice in one day. Hmmm…

    Wellalrightythen… I have to leave. I shall return. Later…

    thisworkstuffisseriouslycuttingintomyplaytime.com

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  53. 53 ssiscribe March 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    6-1 Braves in the bottom of the second. A six-run top of the second, highlighted by a GRAND SLAM by Escobar.

    Hudson scratched due to the rain; Bravos don’t want him out there pitching an inning or two then potentially not getting any more work due to the rain (game delayed 30 minutes due to showers, and the forecast in Clearwater is not promising).

    Royce Ring starting. Good first inning, but a homer by Greg Dobbs in the second gave the Phils a run. A guy on base now. Probably going to end up with two or three minor-leaguers pitching at the end, since Huddy was going to go five and now instead I’m sure Ring will go no more than two.

    –30–

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  54. 54 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    The Quiet Man is on my list of all-time fave 5.

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  55. 55 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    youandmeboth.com

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  56. 56 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Dammit WW… tryin’ to leave and you hand me that crack pipe!!!!

    Quiet Man is one of my all time favorite films. John Wayne an all time favorite actor and, ooh ahh Maureen O’Hara… my first serious crush.

    Also watch the Molly Maguires with Richard Harris and Sean Connery. Also, Bloody Sundayโ€ฆ powerful. Then Michael Collins, then The Commitments then My Left Footโ€ฆ many more. Too many. Looks like I may be inside all weekend.

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  57. 57 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Try that Raisin post againโ€ฆ

    Raisins, you may want to keep an eye on your son. Chip off the old block he is.

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  58. 58 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Now Scribe hands me the pipe… Grand Salami Yunelescolito!!!

    OK… GONE. Really. No, really…

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  59. 59 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    SG, if you have never seen State of Grace, you should see that. Real good highly fictionalized Irish gangster flick made in the early 90s about the Westies. I know you abhor Sean Penn though so you may not want to watch it. But it has Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Burgess Meredith

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  60. 60 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    SG: That actually resembles me more than my boy… ๐Ÿ˜

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  61. 61 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    puff puff puff…. what?

    State of Grace is indeed a great film. As much as I detest Sean Penn’s politics and warped sense of social priorities, I think he’s one of the best actors and is in some of the best films in the last decade. He’s such a good actor, I forget immediately the other stupid stuff he does in real life, so no problem.

    That is a must if you love music, film and politics.

    Now, nobody say anything interesting for five minutes and I’ll leave. I know, I know… I won’t let the doorknob hit me in the… on the way out.

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  62. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Bravo WW… Another fantastic and insightful blog lead by the B&S staff…..

    Now, game time… ๐Ÿ™‚ And that tree still awaits….

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  63. 63 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    My favorite Irish movie was Gone with the Wind. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  64. 64 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I use to drink Green beer. I would mix beer and Scope to mess up the old lady.

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  65. 65 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    The Bravos added a field goal. The Foolies get 1 for spelling their name correctly.

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  66. 66 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Since nothing I say seems to draw fire: The Democrats are in a real quandry. They don’t know whether to vote for the nut with two boobs or the boob with two nuts. Move over jimmy and Klobber. I have senority.

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  67. 67 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Berigan-You should have mail soon. I just sent chapter two.

    SG-On days like today when I paint for a couple of hours and then come back, there are so many posts that I just scan them and it’s real easy to miss something that way.

    There were only two albums released prior to Benefit (also one of my favorites), This Was (The only Tull without Martin Barre on guitar and somewhat different than any other-very old blues based-less traditional British folk music) and Stand Up. There are approximately 27 after Benefit. I’ll do a three or four CD compilation and then you can see what you like best and I’ll record more extensively.

    For St. Patty’s day-listen to Horslips-sometimes referred to as Ireland’s answer to Jethro Tull. To my way of thinking they are totally different, but I like them both. Let us also not forget Thin Lizzy.

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  68. 69 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Ow! Thanks for the link, CL. The picture, though, definitely gives me pause to, uh, cringe in brotherly sympathy. I hope nothing got twisted in the incident… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  69. 70 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Whew!! When I saw CL’s post I thought I… But seriously folks(comic’s transition)those suspenions were richly deserved. I want ’em to play hard, but clean. That weren’t clean. And Gerardi will get his.

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  70. 72 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for the link CL. Doesn’t quite seem right to me. Now, granted, I have not seen video of the incident, only still photos. Duncan clearly come in and tried to hurt Iwamura and gets a three day suspension. Gomes comes in and tries to defend his teammate and gets a suspension that lasts almost as long. Duncan’s action was premeditated in my mind, while Gomes was reactionary. Something doesn’t quite seem right about that to me. EIther way, I’ll bet someone bought Gomes a beer that night.

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  71. 74 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Klobber; I agree with you in principle, but you have got to have order. It’s like going to the mound. You have to let the umpires do their job, or its going to become like hockey, with “enforcers”. New subject: The Bravos are playing like “I Believe”!

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  72. 75 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Duncan’s a goon

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  73. 76 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Paladin, you gonna start a fantasy baseball league for the blog?

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  74. 77 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    LINEUP:
    Paladin – on deck (ready)
    Flange1 – AWOL
    jjs
    ssiscribe

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  75. 78 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Top of the 9th: 9 – 1 Braves

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  76. 79 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Yeah, an old timers. I take Ted Williams, Duke Snider, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Micky Mantle, Scooter, Roy Campanella, Ted Kluszewski, Carl Furillo and Billy Martin. Pitching staff: Spahn, Sain, Rain, Maglie, Drysdale, Koufax, The Dean Brothers and The Neikro Brothers. Y’all ready? Play ball!

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  77. 80 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Speaking of AWOL, where’s Hillbilly??? Did he mention going anywheres???

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  78. 81 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    No Hammer on your team Paladin?

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  79. 82 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    In the supplemental draft Paladin corrects an earlier mistake and takes Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews.

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  80. 83 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I guess my choices revealed an early-life partialiity to the Brooklyn Dodgers. I loved them and have hated them ever since they moved. But, I hated the Yankees then and have put several of them on my team. I did the Hammer an injustice. He should be on the first line.

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  81. 84 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Click on it or don’t….but, it does make one wonder how the next president could listen to his preacher more than once without quitting the church!!!
    http://election.newsmax.com/obama_pastor2/?s=al&promo_code=4735-1

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  82. 85 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Paladin, my point about Duncan and Gomes suspensions was that I thought Duncan deserved a lot more time off than Gomes. Looking at the intent, it appears to me that Duncan’s actions were pre-planned while Gomes’ were reactionary. Doesn’t mean that Gomes was completely right in his actions (although his teammates have a little more respect for him) but I just find Duncan to be “more” guilty than Gomes.

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  83. 86 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    And Lew, thanks for taking the time to write all that! I will be smarter this time, and print it out…easier to reference info that way……

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  84. 87 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I also left off who I think is probably the best pitcher to ever play the game. Bob Gibson

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  85. 88 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Klobber; I agree. I would have given Duncan 5(and Garardi 3, for ordering it)and Gomes 3.

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  86. 89 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Paladin, you are clearly prejudiced!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก No Babe Ruth??? No Jimmie Foxx,Honus Wagner, Goose Goslin, Nap Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby, no Jake Beckley??? No Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Mordecai(Three finger) Brown, Chief Bender, Rube Marquard, Charley Radbourn, Kid Nichols, Christy Mathewson, or even Urban Shocker????
    Ageist!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  87. 90 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    And no, of course I didn’t go to baseball-reference.com to look up a bunch of names I couldn’t think of off the top of my head!! How dare you think or say that!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  88. 91 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Forgive an old man’s further reminisces. I put Sal Maglie on the team but I HATED him. I well-remember once when he tried to stick it in Ted Williams ear in an ALL STAR GAME, and I had to be restrained from attacking our 5″ screen, b & w TV.

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  89. 92 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I think Uncle Paladin just took players from his lifetime. Not even he’s old enough for Babe Ruth

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  90. 93 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Is that the team you are entering Berigan? Loser. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  91. 94 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Jake Beckley has 1575 RBI’s…really!!!
    and you want a real tough trivia question??? Without looking(Just like me!) guess who is tied for 3rd in all time wins with Christy Mathewson’s 373?????

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  92. 95 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    For leaving him off his roster, Juan Marichal is gonna come over and beat Paladin over the head with a bat like he did to that catcher one time.

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  93. 96 Bay Area Steve March 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    What’s a b & w TV?

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  94. 97 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    You are correct, ww, as usual. These are all players(except for the Dean brothers)that I had the privilege to see play. And it was a privilege.

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  95. 98 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Sal Maglie….a name I didn’t know….what in the world was his story, Paladin??? Rookie at 28???? Then didn’t play again until he was…..33????? And won 18 games that year??? 23 the next??? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Dang!!! That almost sounds like a story for a made for TV movie! Too bad he was a headhunter…

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  96. 99 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Berigan-You’re welcome-It might just be easier for me to write that damn book and get it over with. I really hate writing, though. I’d much rather paint.

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  97. 100 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    “Black & White television”. Jeez! You left-coasters. And ww, I can’t put everybody on my team. I have to leave a few for you chumps.

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  98. 101 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Just be careful Paladin. Marichal didn’t mess around. And he didn’t like Dodger lovers like yourself

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  99. 102 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Berigan; Maglie’s nick-name was “The Barber”. He was the original headhunter, as far as I know. And the brushback was the #1 pitch in his arsenal. And NOBODY dug-in on the Barber. As no one later dug in on Gibson.

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  100. 103 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    What I wrote was ridiculous. Maglie certainly was not the original headhunter. Many tried to bean Ty Cobb. Unfortunately, none were successful.

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  101. 104 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    pie traynor

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  102. 105 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    pie a la mode

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  103. 106 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    eskimo pie

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  104. 107 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    rusty kuntz wants to play on your team paladin

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  105. 108 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    American Pie?

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  106. 109 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    rusty kuntz wants to play on your team paladin

    Careful! A name like that will get you banned. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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  107. 110 williamwallace March 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry Paladin. But it’s the man’s name. How else am I supposed to say it?

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  108. 111 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the Braves signed HoRam to a minor league deal, and ended up helping us later this season????

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  109. 112 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    One must have a trainer to eat pie? Never needed any help, myself. I thought it came naturally.

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  110. 113 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve got to go out and give the pooch some TLC and exercise. Probably see those without dates, after dinner. Take care.

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  111. 114 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Berigan-Why would you think Horacio would be a help? He wasn’t the last few years he played for us and he sure didn’t help the Mariners last year.

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  112. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Lew… That is what would make it funny….

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  113. 116 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    what? broke the blog

    who? lew

    how? rhinovirus at 5:33 P.M.

    ๐Ÿ˜†

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  114. 117 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    paladin has a pooch? shrimp sammiches?

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  115. 118 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I thought that my time in the dog house (death row) had come to an end and my death sentence had been carried out, without me knowing it.

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  116. 119 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    with today’s homerun thorman is now hitting .179. joe borchard is hitting .346. hmmm…..

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  117. 120 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    carolina lady works in mysterious ways. must have pulled the plug. turned off the water. emptied the trash. put out the cat. starting to sound like chipper – gotta go.

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  118. 121 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Maybe she forgot to pay the blog light bill. Poof! Lights out!

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  119. 122 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    jimmy doesn’t have dates. He doesnt even have raisins. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  120. 123 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    roughage. need more roughage.

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  121. 124 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    At certain times of the day, I certainly agree.

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  122. 125 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Where is ww? Don’t tell me he got a date. Bet she’s uglier than a mud fence. But, you got to go with the pitch.

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  123. 126 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    test… test

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  124. 127 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Can’t hear you. Try later.

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  125. 128 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    SG, Chartreuse is a green-colored liqueur from France, not an Irish band.

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  126. 129 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    and now, for those who miss music with the blogging – celine dion . . .

    Every night in my dreams
    I see you. I feel you.
    That is how I know you go on.

    Far across the distance
    And spaces between us
    You have come to show you go on.

    Near, far, wherever you are
    I believe that the heart does go on
    Once more you open the door
    And you’re here in my heart
    And my heart will go on and on

    Love can touch us one time
    And last for a lifetime
    And never go till we’re one

    Love was when I loved you
    One true time I hold to
    In my life we’ll always go on

    Near, far, wherever you are
    I believe that the heart does go on
    Once more you open the door
    And you’re here in my heart
    And my heart will go on and on

    There is some love that will not
    go away

    You’re here, there’s nothing I fear,
    And I know that my heart will go on
    We’ll stay forever this way
    You are safe in my heart
    And the cheese will go on and on

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  127. 130 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Velveeta?

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  128. 131 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    savannah – not working right now. paladin is right. :mrgreen:

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  129. 132 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Cris is right. Chartreuse is a liqueur made by the monks at the Chartreuse de Champmol in France. This liqueur that gives the color chartreuse (a vivid bright green) it’s name. They’ve been making it for centuries (but probably with different monks)

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  130. 133 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Excuse me-Chartreuse de Champmol is a monastery.

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  131. 134 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Don’t mean to be so testy. It’s back!

    Funny, I had the same exact thought about Paladin’s pooch. Well, not the shrimp sammich part, but the same otherwise. We’re sick. Paladin has a pooch and a dog.

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  132. 135 Chop Seal March 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Chartreuse works at KrYstal.

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  133. 136 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    We have monkeys here in Tennessee that are making green(we can’t spell Chartreuse)sour mash. Can you help us find a market?

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  134. 137 Captain Calabash March 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Ron, Julia, party of two, your table is ready

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  135. 138 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Yes, you impolite yahoos, I have a pooch and a dog. But, I got both after I was 70. You should be so lucky.

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  136. 139 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    walking off the pooch while walking the dog . . . very confusing.

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  137. 140 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Pretty cool stuff. Braves and (cool) Stuff. Look and listen: Chartreuse

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  138. 141 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    CL!!! It did it again. Wah!

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  139. 142 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    SG; I thought you were the “Chablis” type. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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  140. 143 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Chris, it was just one of those days that Carolina Lady thought it best that we all spend time in the dog house. Pretty tight in there too. Claustrophobic and all. Glad nobody, uh…

    Lyrics are good for a blog. Sometimes fitting. Here are some Spring Training baseball lyrics:

    Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
    But he knew it wouldn’t last.
    Jojo left his home in tucson, arizona
    For some california grass.
    Get back, get back.
    Get back to where you once belonged
    Get back, get back.
    Get back to where you once belonged.
    Get back jojo. go home
    Get back, get back.
    Back to where you once belonged
    Get back, get back.
    Back to where you once belonged.

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  141. 144 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Oh dear, seems like the Calabash just won’t go away!

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  142. 145 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    as I was saying 2 1/2 hours ago…

    WordPress keeps trying to stop me from posting this! WordPress bored with HoRam talk already???? will try…again!!!

    Well, he’s a lefty, and he’s alive! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t know that he would help, but it would be funny(And kinda cruel) if he re-signed with us and was of some use….supposedly 7 teams are looking at him……I assume, all NL teams????

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  143. 146 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks to NICK in WordPress support, we’re back in business! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Sorry, gang!)

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  144. 147 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Get back, get back.
    Back to where you once belonged.

    Where to? Richmond?

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  145. 148 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Speaking of the dog house: If I catch one of you sniffing my behind, it’s duke city.

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  146. 149 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Chablis is no lady Paladin. But if you’re interested I might be able to set you up. Think, The Crying Game. Thatโ€™s Irishโ€ฆ but irish it wereโ€™nt.

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  147. 150 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Berigan, Braves camp is thick with lefties. I don’t see him getting re-signed here.

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  148. 151 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    (in unison) THANK YOU NICK.

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  149. 152 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Now playing on a radio station in Myrtle Beach:

    Rock The Calabash Bar by The Clash

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  150. 153 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    So that’s who Capt. Calabash is!

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  151. 154 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Paladin, it isn’t in the filter; dunno what happened to it!

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  152. 155 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Julia? Julia Child? She had a pooch, but damn she could cook.

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  153. 156 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Chris, yes. Or elsewhere. Anywhere.

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  154. 157 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    It’s alright CL. I’m like the 10,000 monkeys in a room full of typewriters. Sooner, or later, I’ll re-write it.

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  155. 158 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Blog problems = cream of chicken soup and a bologna sandwich for supper.
    ๐Ÿ˜†

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  156. 159 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Alright gotta go watch the Bama game. Roll Tide!

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  157. 160 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Paladin, it isnโ€™t in the filter; dunno what happened to it!

    CL was busy upgrading the blog with a new high-tech device that can read minds.

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  158. 161 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Fried bologna sammich. Mmmm…

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  159. 162 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    SG; and in your case it read “tilt”.

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  160. 163 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    should take chino out for some calabash.

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  161. 164 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Oh, it’s the half. 217 more hits to go for 30,000 hits.

    That would make it 40 days for 10,000.

    34 days for the next 10,000.

    26 days for the next 10,000.

    You’re trending CL. You’re trending. And the season has not even started yet. You go girl!

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  162. 165 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Way to go, gang!!! Thanks, ww!!!

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  163. 166 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I think tomorrow will be the 100th day of the B&S blog.

    What better day could there be to accomplish 30,000 hits?

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  164. 167 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I had sauteed green, red, and yellow bell peppers, artichoke hearts, green onions mixed with pasta. Crusty french bread and Chianti. But, I like fried bologna, too.

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  165. 168 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    CL; Any girl should be proud of 10,000 hits made at/on her. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  166. 169 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Sorry, 30,000

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  167. 170 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Is it something I said? Regardless, my eyelids are drooping.

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  168. 171 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    30,000 in 100 days. Not bad at all! It’s because y’all are so entertaining to read! Got the BEST bloggers that have ever been! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    ww, you keep good records! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  169. 172 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    No, Paladin – was arguing with the auto-refresh on Firefox! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  170. 173 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I have some catching up to do. Back later!

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  171. 174 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    CL; Was iit somebody in India? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  172. 175 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    WW has a head for numbers. Bob has a head for numbers. Lew has a head for numbers… Lew’s numbers are rolled.

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  173. 176 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I have a head for numbers. 1-2-3-4. See, I’m smarter than most on the other blog.

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  174. 177 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I know this announcement will be greeted with great jubilation by some. I’m going to bed. C many of you tomorrow?

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  175. 178 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Well, you all have made me hungry reading about your dinners and such. Then, movies and popcorn with Mrs. Guy. I’ll check back later if can.

    Will there be a dominator amongst you tonight? Lyrics? Poems? Baseball? Opines?

    whereintheheckhasthelatenightshiftbeenoflate.com

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  176. 179 Savannah Guy March 14, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Caught you before you left… G’nite Paladin. Good night all. Good night John Boy.

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  177. 180 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    smootch smootch.

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  178. 181 paladin2008 March 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Leave you night owls with this to ponder. Another in the case of how the mighty have fallen.

    `King of Torts’ Cops a Plea
    Published: 3/14/08, 8:27 PM EDT
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the legendary trial lawyer who made Big Business tremble every time he set foot in court, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge – a crime that could send him to prison and spell the end of his storied legal career.

    Federal prosecutors are asking for the maximum of five years behind bars for the 61-year-old Scruggs, the multimillionaire “King of Torts” who combined a shrewd legal mind and aw-shucks country-lawyer charm to extract billions of dollars from the tobacco and asbestos industries, among others.

    He will also lose his license to practice law.

    Scruggs and another lawyer in his firm, Sidney Backstrom, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud for offering a $50,000 cash bribe to a Mississippi judge for a favorable ruling in a dispute over legal fees from a Hurricane Katrina insurance lawsuit.

    In return for Scruggs’ guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend that the judge drop several other counts against him, including fraud. No sentencing date was set during the hearing at the federal courthouse in Oxford.

    Scruggs’ son and law partner, Zach, also is charged in the case but did not enter a plea and is expected to go to trial.

    For months, Scruggs appeared intent on fighting the charges, and many reporters who had closely followed the case were caught off-guard by the plea bargain. Scruggs folded after two of his co-defendants turned on him, one of them secretly tape-recording him for the FBI.

    Federal prosecutors refused to comment, and Scruggs’ attorneys did not immediately return calls.

    A giant of the nation’s plaintiffs’ bar, Scruggs was a chief architect of the $206 billion nationwide tobacco settlement in the 1990s, working with whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, a former tobacco company scientist. The actor Colm Feore played Scruggs in the 1999 movie about the case, “The Insider,” starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.

    After Katrina struck in 2005, Scruggs sued insurance companies on behalf of hundreds of homeowners whose claims were denied.

    Many industries that have tangled with Scruggs regard him as a buccaneer, a shakedown artist with a law degree.

    Scruggs has been “the bane of Wall Street,” and leaders of some of the companies he sued might take satisfaction in his downfall, said Stephen Gillers, a New York University law professor and authority on legal ethics. He described Scruggs as “an exceptionally prominent American lawyer with astonishing success and wealth from law practice.”

    Scruggs’ license to practice law will be revoked, which is standard in the case of a felony conviction, said Bobby Bailess, president of the Mississippi Bar Association. Under the rules, Mississippi lawyers who are disbarred for a felony cannot seek reinstatement.

    Scruggs was indicted along with his son and three associates in November.

    They were accused of conspiring to bribe Lafayette County Circuit Judge Henry L. Lackey, who was overseeing a dispute between Scruggs and other lawyers over $26.5 million in legal fees from a mass settlement of Katrina cases. Lackey reported the bribe overture to the FBI and worked undercover.

    Two of the men indicted, lawyer Timothy Balducci and former Mississippi State Auditor Steve Patterson, pleaded guilty and began working with the prosecution.

    Balducci admitted to the FBI that he paid the judge $50,000 in cash and said he did so at the behest of the Scruggses and Backstrom. Balducci also wore a wire and recorded incriminating statements from Scruggs.

    Scruggs lives in Oxford and flies to and from legal engagements around the South in his personal jet. The Mississippi native is also supremely well-connected politically as both the brother-in-law of former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and a major contributor to Democrats.

    A graduate of the University of Mississippi, he is one of the school’s largest donors. The music department building at Ole Miss bears his name.

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  179. 182 lew614 March 14, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Lew uses a pipe.

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  180. 183 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    67890

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  181. 184 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    OH thanks CL. Now I look like an even bigger idiot than usual!

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  182. 185 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I look like I”M the one using a pipe!

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  183. 186 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    anyone watching the SEC basketball tournament? Georgia Dome looks like it might have been hit by a tornado. The roof and scaffolding is shaking

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  184. 187 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Not watching but I just flipped over to ESPN and they were showing the catwalks and roof swaying from side to side. Crazy stuff!

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  185. 188 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    jimmy smith was doing research on famous beet writers and jimmy smith did a google search (caution! this is high risk stuff on a blog) for “beet writer” . . . and jimmy smith found out that chop seal is the number one beet writer that comes up – and braves and stuff blog is number one, too. oh, the humanity! already the number one beet writer and only a seal.

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  186. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    008… sounds like the subject of a John Grishom book….

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  187. 190 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    yes, the georgia dome took a hit of some kind. imagine how bad that might have been with the huge crowd in attendance! and worse, imagine city of atlanta responders having to take charge! the mitchell street bridge was closed today owing to deterioration. the whole infrastructure of the city is in disrepair. and city government is dysfunctional. oh, well . . .

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  188. 191 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜† Sorry, Chris! I was just checking to be sure it was still running right. Didn’t make sense to leave it there, so I deleted it! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  189. 192 WillyWally March 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    You can’t put that much tornado bait in one place and not expect a tornado to hit. I mean you got Bama, Tucky, UGA, Miss State people all in one place.

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  190. 193 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    jjs, infrastructure everywhere is falling apart and Obama wants to send hundreds of billions of US tax dollars – overseas. Does that make sense to anyone??? ๐Ÿ˜•

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  191. 194 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    yep, lots of trailer dwellers in that group ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  192. 195 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    well, carolina lady . . . city of atlanta deserves no bail-out and jimmy smith thinks sewers and bridges and sidewalks and public safety are for the locals to provide. but, yes, jimmy smith understands carolina lady’s point.

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  193. 196 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Everybody OK in Atlanta? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  194. 197 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Hey, everybody! Is the UGA/UK game on TV anywhere? The ajc says its on FSN, but I get the PAC-10 tourney there. That makes sense, doesn’t it, to have the PAC-10 on in the south and no SEC..?

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  195. 198 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Raisins, I found it on a weird channel. I’d tell you which one but since we’re not in the same area I don’t think it would help!

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  196. 199 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    play has not yet resumed. the building did get hit. there is exterior damage and damage to buildings in the immediate area.

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  197. 200 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Has the SEC tourney been halted because of the Dome damage?

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  198. 202 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Well, that ‘splains that, huh?

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  199. 203 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    journalist jimmy smith, do you know if Blossom is working tonight? Is she safe?

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  200. 204 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Just heard on the Weather Channel that CNN Center & Phillips Arena were damaged too.

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  201. 205 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    world congress center and cnn just on t.v. – both damaged. windows knocked out -debris on the ground. possible tornado touched down at 9:40 p.m. 10,000 customers without power. reports of large hail downtown.

    teams have returned to the floor and the game will resume.

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  202. 206 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    no blossom tonight – only obama and obama’s preacher. over and over and over again.

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  203. 207 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Texted Grinch. He said it was all north of him so far.

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  204. 208 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh the humanity!

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  205. 209 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    lots of debris on the ground. debris around the exits. the crowd will leave soon and no responders are evident. no one removing the twisted metal and broken glass. can see no evidence of debris removal – no police presence visible on camera.

    63 minute delay. play has resumed.

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  206. 210 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    It’s all south of Jefferson. Nothin’ goin’ on around here…

    fbg: Rabun is clear…

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  207. 211 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Still showing USC/UCLA on FSN.

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  208. 212 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Raisins, it’s not showing on FSN in Charleston. Showing some other weird channel. Check your TV guide.

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  209. 213 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks, VOR. Looks like a 2nd round of storms headed for downtown. I know Grinch, Berigan & Scribe are south of there. Be safe, y’all!

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  210. 214 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Hmmm… TV guide… now there’s a thought…

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  211. 215 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    roads are blocked – centennial olympic park was hit. billboards down – roofing on the ground. one serious injury at philips arena. trees down in park. hail stones 1 3/4″ in diameter. news reports are that people will not be allowed to leave the area for a time. storms popping up all around the area. dangerous situation.

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  212. 216 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    OK… UGA/UK has not yet even begun due to the delay. It may not. Surreal situation at the Dome and at Philips…

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  213. 217 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    more video on t.v. streets blocked. trees down. gsu hit, edgewood ave closed. looks like there will be no one leaving downtown for awhile. can’t get out. live wires down (electrical) -big mess on the streets. raining again – hard rain.

    journalist is going to bed in the face of danger . . .

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  214. 218 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I’m watching the news now. Alot of damage downtown. Wow… Unbelievable that there weren’t more people hurt. Windows were blown out of CNN Center and down onto Marietta St. damaging cars and stuff. Crap strewn everywhere.

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  215. 219 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    A hotel chair is in the middle of Marietta St. having been blown out of the Omni Hotel.

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  216. 220 journalist jimmy smith March 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    more video – dozens of injuries. windows blown out of omni hotel. structural damage cnn and omni hotel. vacant building has collapsed. porta potties in the road! that’s right, porta potties in the road.

    now, really going to bed.

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  217. 221 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I just saw a few minutes of streaming video from WGCL? and one building shown was 90% destroyed. Looked to be an office building. Lost signal.

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  218. 222 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Weather channel is doing a “show”, CNN is all-Obama all the time & Headline News is talking about Paris Hilton. Is a natural disaster not newsworthy anymore?!?

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  219. 223 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I’m still watching the news from Atlanta on Fox 5. It is a miracle that more people weren’t hurt. Fortunately, they were mostly inside in relative safety. Omni Hotel, CNN Center, World Congress Center… alot of damage.

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  220. 224 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Spoke briefly to Grinch. He & Pup are OK right now but could see the lightning getting closer. Power & internet are out, of course.

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  221. 225 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Grady Hospital and Peachtree/Westin Hotel were damaged as well.

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  222. 226 Carolina Lady March 14, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    from CNN:
    “Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Capt. Bill May said there were numerous injuries and widespread damage reported in downtown Atlanta, with roofs ripped off and trees torn down.”

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  223. 227 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    ATL police officer reporting that I-75 is slow due to trees blown onto the roadway.

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  224. 228 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Tony Taylor is interviewing a cab driver that cannot clearly communicate. Live TV at it’s best…

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  225. 229 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Wow! Just got back from eating dinner with a friend at a Ruby Tuesdays in Lovejoy….not a drop of rain…we saw flashes of lightning, wondering if we might get some rain….had no idea!!! No one talking about it at the restaurant, just amazing!!!

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  226. 230 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    At least you’re getting coverage, VOR. That’s better than what the news channels are providing.

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  227. 231 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Now, they switched to Charles Molineaux, who chose to interview another cab driver. Can’t understand him either…

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  228. 232 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Raisins, they always seem to find those people in a crowd, don’t they?

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  229. 233 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Glad to hear from you, Berigan!

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  230. 234 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    THe game has been postponed

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  231. 235 flbravesgirl March 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Not a big surprise there. It was something to see the replay of all the players just stop in their tracks & look up.

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  232. 236 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Crazy… Outside the Omni Hotel, there are ceiling tiles, linens, roofing material, glass, insulation and other debris all over the road. A billboard fell over on a bunch of cars. At least one small building collapsed. A part of an apartment building on Boulevard (The Stacks Lofts, they are saying)has collapsed and people are trapped inside.

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  233. 237 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    More info is now coming in from several areas, not just around the Dome.

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  234. 238 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    FLB, you mentioned the weather channel, you wouldn’t expect the weather channel to have live footage of the weather, or give warnings, when they can run a canned program, that has little to do with weather, do ya??? ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  235. 239 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    A couple of South Carolina fans say they saw the tornado coming and just ran for cover inside the Omni Hotel. They both say they are thankful to be alive. All these folks are now coming outside; they’re cut up from all the flying glass.

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  236. 240 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    An eyewitness is reporting downtown as “chaotic.”

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  237. 241 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Raisins, you can’t trust those SOuth Carolina fans. Remember that scene in the Borat movie where he was with those frat boys from USC? Mmm-hmmm.

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  238. 242 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    You NEVER hear of tornados hitting big cities! I mean, it can happen, but very rarely. People still talked about a big one that hit St Louis in the 50’s…
    Channel 2 is showing water running down the stairs in some building….

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  239. 243 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Both the Dome and Philips has let all of their people out, and new storm warnings were just issued for just east of Atlanta; should arrive downtown in about 35 minutes.

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  240. 244 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I haven’t been to ATL in a few years now, but I don’t remember seeing ANY trailer parks anywhere downtown. What gives? Did mother nature get some bad directions, or what?

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  241. 245 chrisklob March 14, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Berigan, while it is 15 minutes or so early, please allow me to be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday!

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  242. 246 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Berigan: You’re right. It NEVER hits downtown, but WW very astutely noted earlier: You canโ€™t put that much tornado bait in one place and not expect a tornado to hit. I mean you got Bama, Tucky, UGA, Miss State people all in one place.

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  243. 247 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    These people aren’t going to be able to go home with so many streets closed…they need to plow some of the roads free of junk and let people leave, or there will be real trouble!!!

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  244. 248 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Very funny, Scottish knight…

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  245. 249 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 14, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks Chris! Now, I guess my biggest wish will be the storm headed our way will not be as bad as the storm that hit Buckhead!!!

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  246. 250 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    It looks like the current storm may skirt to the north of downtown Atlanta, but who knows?

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  247. 251 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Alot of damage around the Dome. UGA/UK was postponed. Semi’s and finals yet to play. I wonder if they will have to move the rest of the tourney…

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  248. 252 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I still can’t get over the fact that with 10,000+ fans at both the Dome and Philips, no serious injuries have been reported. The good Lord had His arms around alot of folks tonight!

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  249. 253 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:00 am

    You got that right VOR!!!

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  250. 254 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:00 am

    The Peachtree/Westin Hotel sustained significant damage to its exterior. No injuries are reported there.

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  251. 255 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Happy Birthday, B3. Duck and cover! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  252. 256 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Good news! Nobody trapped at The Stacks Lofts…

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  253. 257 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:05 am

    CNN Finally has coverage….Weather channel back to weather…but got off Atlanta, so we got off their channel….both are based in Atl, so naturally it took about 2 hours to get to the story in their back yard….

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  254. 258 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Reports of tractor trailers blown over onto their side on Memorial Dr. in Atlanta.

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  255. 259 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:07 am

    B3, I’m watching Fox 5. They are covering this extensively…

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  256. 260 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Thanks VOR!!! by the by, don’t no one think they get out of wishing me a happy birthday once the sun comes back up! ๐Ÿ˜† I like birthdays, unlike some people…even being 41…well, don’t like that fact….but, whatyagonnado???

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  257. 261 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Many old magnolia trees on Marietta St. near GSU were blown over.

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  258. 262 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:12 am

    About 19,000 homes without power right now…

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  259. 263 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Raisins, If they don’t move some other games of the tourney that would force one team to play two games in one day. Is that a reasonable expectation? I’m not a baseball fan, so someone else needs to answer that question.

    Berigan, I don’t like birthdays, but I suppose it’s better than the alternative!

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  260. 264 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:14 am

    I just realized that I am repeating to the colossus blog the news that I am watching on TV. I don’t know why…

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  261. 265 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:16 am

    You sure write a fair bit about a sport you don’t like! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  262. 266 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:19 am

    klobber: I can’t imagine any way they’d have a team play twice in one day. From the looks of things, the Dome may not be useable tomorrow… I did just hear a report that Philips Arena saw only minor damage. Maybe that is a possibility… Regardless of where they play, the semi’s and final would have to be delayed at least one day because of what you mentioned. Perhaps they move the UGA/UK game to Philips, or even Alexander Memorial, and the Dome could be ready to resume hosting on Sunday.

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  263. 267 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:20 am

    That’s OK Raisins. I finally found coverage on CNN so I’m just now seeing the first images of it.

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  264. 268 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I like all sports, just some more than others…

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  265. 269 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:22 am

    BERIGAN, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!!!!

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  266. 270 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:22 am

    VOR, I was just kidding Chris since he said he wasn’t much of a baseball fan, when he of course meant basketball….

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  267. 271 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Raisins, I’m seeing images of Phillips Arena and it’s pretty beat up too. Of course, it could just be cosmetic.

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  268. 272 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Funny enough, I spent my long ride home last night listening to a good portion of the UGA/Ole Miss game on the radio. It was a good’un. I have been looking forward to the UGA/UK game all day. ๐Ÿ˜

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  269. 273 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:24 am

    You know this is going to look terrible tomorrow when brick buildings are damaged!!!!

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  270. 274 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:26 am

    It just occured to me that I’m supposed to go downtown to a concert at Philips Arena tomorrow evening! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  271. 275 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I was in Charleston for Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hugo was a strong Category 3 storm. I saw the damage first hand and can tell you that the video and still images that I saw of it didn’t do the damage any justice. This was no Hugo, but I’d be willing to bet that the damage looks a lot worse in person than what we are seeing on tv.

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  272. 276 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 12:27 am

    CNN finally got with the program. Wow. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ It looks like a bomb went off outside CNN Center.

    VOR, looked to me like the outside of Philips was peeled off. They call that minor?

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  273. 277 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Methinks you will be saving some gas VOR!!! How ironic, you will no doubt get a raincheck…..

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  274. 278 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I don’t think you are now, VOR. Heard a report of holes in the walls of the World Congress Center.

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  275. 279 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I haven’t seen the images of Philips. I’m still on the network news. They reported the “minor damage” earlier. I’ll move over to CNN (which I NEVER watch)

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  276. 280 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Oh! I’m getting seasick from that camera dude!

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  277. 281 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I have luckily only been in weaker hurricanes & tropical storms, Chris, but even those caused a huge mess. And I saw the parts of Florida south & east of here that were hit by the series of hurricanes a few years back. They have still not fully recovered.

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  278. 282 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:34 am

    The inane newscrawl running across the bottom is killin’ me…

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  279. 283 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

    And in the midst of all this mess… Happy Birthday, Berigan!!!

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  280. 284 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Oh, man, that woman’s voice is completely annoying! I gotta get off of CNN…

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  281. 285 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Wow, I’m looking at a pile of bricks that used to be an automotive shop. Dang!

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  282. 286 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Fox 5 reporter saying witnesses are telling him they saw 2 tornados. Of course, they look like they might see double often.

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  283. 287 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Thanks FLB! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone still has to wish me the same thing after I wake up “tomorrow!”
    I was going to say there is something to beware the Ides of March, but the storm hit when it was still the 14th…..

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  284. 288 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 12:42 am

    And now CNN has breaking news of Tori Spelling on Larry King……..

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  285. 289 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Fox 5 again reporting only minor damage at Philips Arena…

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  286. 290 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:45 am

    More eyewitness accounts of seeing “the funnel.”

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  287. 291 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Maybe its just some kind of siding on the building. Looked to me like big metal strips had been peeled off.

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  288. 292 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Fortunately, it looks as though the last 2 smaller/weaker cells of this storm system will pass just barely to the north of downtown Atlanta. Of course, the big storm is due in tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™„

    I must now go to bed. It is way past my beddy-bye time, and God knows I need my beauty sleep.

    G’night everybody…

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  289. 293 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:52 am

    fbg: Is that Philips? The Dome kinda looked like that.

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  290. 294 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Goodnight VOR! Remember, no concert tomorrow!

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  291. 295 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will be holding a news conference in about a half-hour where she will announce that due to the fact that the city of Atlanta has a $65 million deficit, and that since all city departments are ordered to reduce their annual budgets by 25% which will result in massive layoffs, that the storm damage must also reduce itself by 25%.

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  292. 296 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 1:02 am

    That’s a good one Raisins.

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  293. 297 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 1:03 am

    The shot I saw had the Philips sign on the outside.

    Looks like the worst is over now. ‘Night, y’all.

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  294. 298 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Last note:

    <a href=”http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3294382″ rel=”nofollow”Info on the SEC tourney canbe found here. I hope I did that right…

    G’night!

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  295. 299 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I did not do that right… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  296. 301 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Holy crap! It still posts as a hyperlink… cool!

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  297. 302 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Now, g’night.

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  298. 303 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 1:09 am

    goodnight flb!!! Getting tired myself….

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  299. 304 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 1:16 am

    One last note (again):

    ajc.com

    Hawks official: Philips Arena OK

    Published on: 03/14/08

    ATLANTA (AP) โ€” Atlanta Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said Philips Arena apparently sustained no damage from the severe windstorm that hit downtown Atlanta on Friday night.

    Inside the arena, there were no immediate signs of fallen debris, but small pieces from a ceiling tile landed on the Hawks’ practice court.

    “From what I hear, we’re OK,” Triche said after the Hawks’ win over the Los Angeles Clippers. “They’re checking the roof right now in one corner, but everything looks fine so far.”

    The Hawks were playing the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter when the storm tore a hole in the roof at the Georgia Dome, which is located in the same complex as Philips and less than one-half mile from the arena.

    During the Hawks’ game, arena officials made no public announcements about the storm.

    At the dome, Southeastern Conference officials briefly stopped the final night game of the men’s basketball tournament, but play later resumed in Mississippi State’s win over Alabama.

    Concert is on! G’night!

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  300. 305 Bay Area Steve March 15, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Grinch, I agree, women are confusing.

    And, I expect more from you than simple 3:00 eastern time domination. You originators are held to a higher standard. You are required to post something meaningful at all times. Us hangers-on/followers/ninth-wheels only have to post jibberish to achieve domination.

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  301. 306 Bay Area Steve March 15, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Mr. Savannah, check this website:

    thelateshiftisreadybutfeelsstupid(andisstupid)postingalone.com

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  302. 307 Bay Area Steve March 15, 2008 at 5:35 am

    In all seriousness, I’m glad all you folks are ok. I didn’t even realize a tornado was possible in Atlanta. Us California folk don’t like these earthquakes, but the sizeable ones are twenty years apart, and the best thing is we get no warning. I don’t know how these people in the Mid-West and Florida do it, with constant tornado and hurricane warnings.

    So, do you think Hampton was hurt by 80 mph winds and falling glass 400 miles away?

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  303. 308 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Morning, Steve; it’s fixin’ to hit here; the thunder/lightning is continuous and getting closer and louder. Time to shut the ‘pooter down. I have no regrets in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  304. 309 Bay Area Steve March 15, 2008 at 5:53 am

    008,

    a small test to see if you skim the overnights, as I recently saw you post criticizing others who don’t. I was joking about the b&w television. Where I come from, about the only way to show appreciation for someone is to criticize them (lovingly, of course). And it’s awful hard to find something to be critical of for anybody here. I figure the age gap is the one area I can score a point or two.

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  305. 310 Bay Area Steve March 15, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Hiya, Christmas Stealer.

    Miss Velvet said the power had already shafted you once…you got another one coming through?

    Do you folks actually shut the electronics down during a storm? I didn’t think so, but with the journalist’s (the hot tub one) many posts on the subject, and now Grinch’s, perhaps you do. I thought (in my infinite wisdom) that this stuff was grounded, and it didn’t matter.

    Keep in mind, we have no idea on the left coast. Half an inch of rain and it’s “Storm Watch 2008.”

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  306. 311 Bob, journalist March 15, 2008 at 7:27 am

    It may be grounded in the City …. but out hear, it can be dangerous if the generator gets overloaded, especially outside hear in in the bathroom where the TV antenna serves as a lightning rod.

    Over the years, we’ve had three, maybe four power surge incidents that were storm related … two years ago, two servers were hit and both motherboards and five hard drives were “fried” with all data lost.

    Downtown Atlanta was a mess last night … we drove to Roswell yesterday … rained all the way from Nashville to Atlanta … thunder rolls this morning before dawn and the wind is up on the lake …

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  307. 312 ssiscribe March 15, 2008 at 7:45 am

    From the southern rim of our bruised and battered capital city, all are safe here. Up early, thanks to a second round of storms that have no doubt wiped out this morning’s double-dip of T-ball practice, but that’s a minor loss compared to what I’m seeing on my TV this morning.

    I have sat in the Dome many times, mostly as a reporter high up in the building. I honestly don’t know what I would have done last night had I been in there covering the Falcons or a high school game. Having covered a major political summit, a Super Bowl and other big events, the thought of a terrorist attack has crossed my mind.

    Never thought about a tornado interrupting an assignment, though.

    I think the scary thing for me is this: I actually had considered taking my kids downtown last night. I was in New York City Wednesday night and saw the crowds milling around Madison Square Garden, and thought it might be cool to go down to CNN Center and grab some dinner with the kids, do some people watching as folks milled around for the SEC Tournament and maybe go hang out in Centennial Olympic Park, one of my and my kids’ favorite places to go in downtown.

    Obviously, glad I didn’t.

    Keep our city and the victims in your thoughts and prayers. It’s at moments like this when the significance of the SEC Tournament is dwarfed by much greater concerns.

    Stay safe. God Bless.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  308. 313 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Happy birthday Berigan! ๐Ÿ˜†
    A nice early gift of yet another storm blew thru at 6:30 am….4 hours of sleep. Bad enough I often wake up for no good reason, now…a good reason! At least I have a roof over my head, so can’t complain too much!!!!

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  309. 314 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:50 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERIGAN!!!!

    And Gil, at 5:53 you posted a “test” for me. I saw it during my regular scan of the overnights. I also saw where you think the “King of Torts” would make a good Grisham novel. I do too.

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  310. 315 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Hoist on my own petard! It was BAS who was testing me. The “oo8” threw me off. Anyway, I saw both posts.

    And I knew you were busting my chops, Steve, just as I–in return–was busting yours. C yah later?

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  311. 316 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Salty, did you see where the Birmingham News is doing a thing where you can vote for the greatest all time Bama sports legend? I think they have already done the first round but here is the bracket for the second round:

    http://www.al.com/contests/madness/sports-legend-bracket.pdf

    You can vote here:

    http://www.al.com/contests/madness/

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  312. 317 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I would almost pay out of my own pocket to get Boof Bonsen from the Twins. A season’s worth of comments by jimmy would be worth it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  313. 318 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Harry Gilmer.

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  314. 319 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:11 am

    And if Boof was from Ala would he just have one toof?

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  315. 320 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:19 am

    As for the damage in Centennial Park: At least they can’t blame Richard Jewell, this time.

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  316. 321 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:21 am

    7 out of 8!! Domination!!!

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  317. 322 Salty March 15, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Boof is from Alabama…toofless, though!

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  318. 323 Salty March 15, 2008 at 9:34 am

    WW…thanks for the link…will have to check that out!

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  319. 324 Salty March 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Going for domination here!
    I am one of those ‘and idiots’ that officiates sporting events. I got into it because:
    1. there weren’t enough officials at my kids’ soccer matches
    2. I thought I knew more than I did
    3. I wasn’t being a very good fan, and
    4. I believe in ‘walking a mile in another’s shoes’ when push comes to shove.

    So…last night I subjected myself to yet another round of ‘torture’ doing some high school soccer. The crap I and my colleagues hear, the behavior displayed by coaches, and the actions of the kids defy belief at times. Interstingly, one school was religious affiliated. Trust me when I say neither fellowship, nor Christianity were in evidence! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I do, however, believe the course in hypocrisy has full attendance!

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  320. 325 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Must get to my Sat. am chores and errands. But, let me leave you with this:

    A FOOL AND HIS MONEY…can throw one hell of a party.

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  321. 326 Salty March 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Interstingly is the same as interestingly, just light on the e! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  322. 327 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Looks like all Braves and Stuffers (stuff’ers?) survived the tornados. That storm caught everyone by surprise and several hours earlier than was even expected in Atlanta. Glad our capital city denizens were unscathed. Good thing Scribe didn’t take the little scribes to Centennial Park, after seeing the debris and those big torches downed. Looks like more storms coming today… be safe Atlantians.

    As for the damage in Centennial Park: At least they canโ€™t blame Richard Jewell, this time.

    Classic Paladin. Well done sir.

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  323. 328 Salty March 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Next round of storms will be on the city doorsteps in time for lunch! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  324. 329 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

    G’morning everyone. Happy Birthday again, B3.

    Craziness overnight in Atlanta. And how about this quote: Friday’s storm could be “nothing to compare with what’s coming in tomorrow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Leary. I slept through this morning’s edition.

    As far as I know, the concert I am attending at Philips Arena later today is still on. The arena is OK, but I wonder about navigating the area. The SEC tourney is moved to Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

    Salty: Unfortunately, many private schools, including “Christian” schools, are simply the landing place for kids who have been banished from public schools. They and their biological predecessors (it takes more than reproduction to be parents) should not be a reflection of the school itself.

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  325. 330 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Salty, you’ve entered the belly of the high school sport beast. I’m sure most is very enjoyable and even inspirational, but some of the behavior there is pretty disturbing.

    Good for you to put your money where your mouth is and invest your time there. Maybe you’ll do or say one thing that can make a difference there.

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  326. 331 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:10 am

    SG: Could Braves and Stuffers (stuffโ€™ers?) be abbreviated to BSers? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  327. 332 Salty March 15, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Raisins…I don’t think they’re allowing anyone into the area yet…which is largely why the SEC tourney was moved. Getting everyone out last night was a logistical nightmare! It’s not the buildings, per se, the streets aren’t passable and power lines are down.

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  328. 333 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Salty; I have to comment. When soccer began to take hold here in the South, two of my boys were “of the age”, so I became a “coach”. All I knew was you kicked the ball and if it went in the “net” you got points. I didn’t even know how many. But, away I went. And you can’t believe the crap I took from parents. As a result, my boys who were 2 of my best players sat more than anyone else. And I was harder on them. If I go to hell, that will be one of the mortal sins I will answer for. Anyway, one who hasn’t walked in those shoes(coach or ref) would be appalled at how tightly they pinch. Good luck, my friend.

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  329. 334 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

    paladin: I have coached in several sports, but the sport in which I have witnessed the most unbelievable parent (again, I use that phrase loosely) behavior was baseball. The very first team I coached was a Pony League (11-12) baseball team. I was only 21 at the time. 11-12 is a great age to coach, because the kids are old enough to have talent, but not so old that they think they know everything. My third baseman was a pretty good kid, good not great, whose dad had played minor league ball. He rode the kid constantly. After the kid struck out in a game, the dad yelled out onto the field to the kid, “You better find a ride home, because you aren’t getting in a car with me!” Appalling; the kid was more embarassed than anything. The irony is that he probably would have been a much better ballplayer if his dad woulda layed off. I think the kid hated being there at all.

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  330. 335 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Raisins; I wasn’t that big of a jerk; I at least waited until I got them in the car, to berate them. But, I was a jerk never-the-less.

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  331. 336 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Wow… I’m now seeing new images from downtown Atlanta this morning…

    How myopic was I last night just looking at the reports around the Georgia Dome? Unbelievable damage in surrounding areas…

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  332. 337 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I’ll say this, and then shut up. So many “adults” go in to coaching for an ego trip, to live vicariously through the exploits of their team. Many actually believe that they are pushing these little boys into being what they themselves “were”, when actually they are trying to push them much beyond the “adults’ meager accomplishments. And just as it frustrated them when it happened in their youth, it frustrates them even more and they take that frustration out on the kids. Again, I wasn’t that bad…but close.

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  333. 338 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:40 am

    The Great Soccer Santini.

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  334. 339 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I hadn’t thought of that, SG, but you nailed it!

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  335. 340 Salty March 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

    They live vicariously as fans, too…and as mentioned earlier, I was no poster child (Dad). However…I didn’t like what I’d become and set out to change it, and my sons took the course as well. That was fun, working as a crew.

    It’s not the sport…it’s a reflection on society. Very seldom do I get upset at an official’s call…which isn’t to say frustration doesn’t crop up. Still, I know how hard I work on the games, how seriously I adopt my role, and most of all, how much I simply want to let the kids enjoy their game and not influence the outcome. There is no reason (usually) for me to believe any official doesn’t take the same approach in their games.

    I know I’m droning…and frankly should simply take this topic up as a future lead, but folks need to realize we officiate/coach for love of the game and to share same with the kids. We work all day, and take time well into the evenings, many nights/week for those kids. Seldom do parents, other coaches, and players recognize it’s a sacrifice to our own time and families for their benefit…and is largely why many walk away. Why go home feeling worse than when you arrived? And lastly, too often, I don’t really see the kids having fun.

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  336. 341 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Raisins, watching the self-centered CNN report on the tornados last night and focusing so much on their own building and adjacent hotel was just like watching CNN report on any given issue that they are biased toward.

    At one point during and interview, an SEC fan had to help the reporter find words for his live report. That’s, uh… and idiot reportage.

    Then, ironic as it may seem, after hitting CNN the twisters veered left.

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  337. 342 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Of all of the sports teams that my 12 year old son has played on, he has been blessed with #1 pretty good people, #2 pretty good coaches. The only coach he has ever had that was a complete jerk was his last baseball coach – 4 years ago. That coached turned my boy away from playing baseball forever. That team went 17-0, including the league championship, but my kid said it was the worst season he ever had in sports.

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  338. 343 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Amen Salty, amen.

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  339. 344 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

    And interview… that works.

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  340. 345 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    When God hits CNN with a twister, you know he is on his game and has his best stuff!

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  341. 346 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    You should see how youth wrestling refs are abused…

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  342. 347 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Salty, just gather up and tell them something I used to tell my kids (and my employees):

    If you’re not having fun, your fired.

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  343. 348 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Savannah(Donald Trump)Guy. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  344. 349 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 10:58 am

    your fired… I must need more coffee. Dyslexia is kicking in.

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  345. 350 Salty March 15, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Then, ironic as it may seem, after hitting CNN the twisters veered left.

    SG….thanks for a good laugh! ๐Ÿ˜†

    In truth, officiating (probably coaching, too) is a lot like golf: just when you want to give it up, along comes that one good shot that pulls you back in! Thankfully, memory has a way of retaining the good, and tossing out the ‘trash’! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  346. 351 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Trump? I’ll take his money… not the comb-over.

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  347. 352 Salty March 15, 2008 at 11:02 am

    When God hits CNN with a twister, you know He is on his game and has His best stuff!

    That’s a gem, too! :mrgreen:

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  348. 353 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 11:05 am

    This past year, the local rec center changed policy on coaches for their 11-12 football league. Since it is the last step before the school system teams, the High School’s head coach hand picked the rec teams’ head coaches. No dads were allowed to be head coaches. It was awesome. My son learned more in that one season than in all of his previous seasons combined.

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  349. 354 Salty March 15, 2008 at 11:07 am

    And…not a surprise at all, Tornado Watch issued until 7:00PM for pretty much all of North and Central Georgia. Looks like the first test is within the next hour…my end of town (North) and onwards to you, Raisins. Hey, it’s Mother Nature’s call…we’ll wait and see!

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  350. 355 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Salty, many golfers are obsessive compulsive, just like fishermen… and bloggers for that matter.

    Can’t tell you how many times we would decide to head in after a day of fishing and on the last cast, catch a nice fish. That was just enough to suck us into re-baiting and try for another… and again and again. The justification over and over was, just one more cast. Called ourselves “The Mexicans” (Juan Moores). Juan Moore cast and we go home. Can’t leave with an air ball or rim shot either.

    Many returns after dark and into the evening… until the bait or beer ran out.

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  351. 356 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Type A people shouldn’t be allowed to participate in sports. In golf if I shot a 78, instead of rejoicing, I went home and practiced putting on the carpet, because ‘if I had just made that putt on 16″. When I was playing tennis and won a big match I spent more time lamenting my poor shots than exulting in my good ones. I would say that being a type A is a curse, but then it probably kept me alive during the 20 + years that I flew. But, don’t play chess or checkers with me without eye protection.

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  352. 357 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Paladin is on a roll. Must be a jelly roll with that pooch.

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  353. 358 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Good morning all…. Happy birthday Berigan.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Officially middle age?

    Glad to hear all our friends in Atlanta are no worse for wear.

    No real time to stay and play today but will catch up again later…

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  354. 359 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Canโ€™t leave with an air ball or rim shot either.

    ๐Ÿ˜† That is me. I always shoot hoops for about 15-20 minutes after working out. I can’t leave on touching rim, much less a miss of any kind. My wife calls me a perfectionist. I tell her I just have high standards… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  355. 360 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Looks like Lou Dobbs really went on a rampage yesterday. His homer yesterday against Royce G-Ring-O proved that Gringos don’t protect the border and then the old blowhard Dobber blows real hard and blows the CNN center and half of downtown Atlanta over.

    This Congress, this administration, really better start listening to the Dobber. Apparently, he ain’t just talking anymore. He means business now

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  356. 361 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I want to re-write something the filter swallowed last night. It is totally out-of-contex now, but what the hell.

    When talking about my “dream team” Babe Ruth came up. No, I didn’t see him play, but I saw him in person just before his death. He was so bloated, he looked as if he would explode. He didn’t look like that through my young eyes, however; he looked like a god. But, looking at the pictures of him when he played, do you think he could get around on the pitching he would see now? I don’t think so. I think a lot of pitches were “served up” in that time. A lot.
    I think all of the others would do well, now. Except Ted Kluszewski. I think he would be a Thorman, now.
    So, there it is. For what’s worth.

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  357. 362 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

    “context”

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  358. 363 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Oh, yeah… baseball. I kinda forgot about that. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  359. 364 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:38 am

    “For what it is worth”. Type A requires it.

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  360. 365 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Paladin, I think Babe Ruth would have been unbelievable in whatever era he played in. He really wasn’t that fat, especially when he was younger. The man was an incredible athlete. I think alot of the movies have made people remember him as this morbidly obese guy when he really wasn’t. At his fattest in his later years, he didn’t look that much fatter than Prince Fielder or Cecil Fielder or John Kruk or Tony Gwynn or what Nick JOhnson looked like a few years ago or what Brian McCann looked like last year. All of those guys have no problem getting around on fastballs. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial would have been dominant beasts in any era.

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  361. 366 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 11:45 am

    The Babe wasn’t any larger than Barry’s head…

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  362. 367 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday Berrigan and many happy returns. May the cedar waxwing of health and happiness land on your shoulder… without making a mess.

    Paladin, is a post do-over with two followup poopoo do-overs called a poo poo on top of a doo doo-over or, since it’s St. Patty’s weekend, maybe a triple Mulligan? I have at least two poops in every post. What the hay.

    Uh, oh… CL will surely erase this. Better go find my pooper scooper.

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  363. 368 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

    ww; good points, but I probably should have qualified “get around”. I think he could get around on anyone’s fast ball, it is the sliders and other “stuff” I am talking about. And he was a fantastic athlete; pitching and all!

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  364. 369 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Carolina Lady, can we train WordPress to automatically spellcheck and grammar-correct posts so we can all be, uh… less of and idiot?

    No? Didn’t think so. That whut eye thawght.

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  365. 370 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:52 am

    SG; Is all that poo poo what you don’t want the waxwing to do on Berigan’s shoulder? Talk about mixed metapoos.

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  366. 371 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 11:55 am

    In that blog lead, I said Ted Turner should be a Hall of Famer. Do people agree with that? I think he should because, despite all of his mistakes, he drove the game and understood how to sell his own personal name brand, the name brand of his team, and the name brands of his television stations unlike most. The TBS thing was genius. The America’s Team thing was genius, although flawed, as well. I think it really laid the groundwork down for all of those 14 division titles. When he finally got himself a dream team with the Braves of Kasten, Cox, and the Homeboy Upstairs, there was no stopping the Braves because he had helped create a fan base that was dying for the team to win and that financially supported the team. Without Ted doing all that dirty work growing the fan base from 1976 until 1990, that division title run may have run out 10 years before it did. I dunno. Those are some of my thoughts. But it’s hard to credit the other 8 I mentioned without appreciating that all 8 of them woudn’t have had all that success without the foundation and infrastructure for it being laid by Ted.

    I’m surprised that Bob has not chimed in yet and taken me to task for not including Milo on the list of Braves that should get in. I set it up there on a tee for him to hack away at. I never had the privilege of listening to Milo so it wouldn’t be fair for me to say either way. But Milo sure did seem to mean alot to the oldtimers and Ernie Johnson revered the man

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  367. 372 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I have just about screwed the morning away. I have GOT to get to my errands. C you crazies later. And poo poo to you, too.

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  368. 373 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Mixed metapoos? Is that a new chic breed of dog?

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  369. 374 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    First, I’m so thankful everyone is safely accounted for!

    Next, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERIGAN!!!!

    Ted Turner changed many things – the super-station concept, CNN (24 hr news channel – he took a lot of guff on that one – until it became successfull!), making most of the entire country Braves fans. And was willing to bankroll all of those endeavors until they each started making money. Then, when success came to them, he sold out for more money – and lost it all. He’s one who thrives on the challenge of something; once achieved, it loses its appeal. I’ve known people like that – always looking for something new and different. Never happy.

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  370. 375 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    If anybody is interested, I found the UGA/UK basketball game locally on WUPA channel 69.

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  371. 376 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Tornado warnings just issued in northwest Georgia. Salty, where are you? Duck and cover!

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  372. 377 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    The tornado warnings are for Bartow, Floyd, Paulding and Polk counties. Cedartown is in the path of a “rotation”.

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  373. 378 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    William Wallace, you make good points but I canโ€™t go along with Ted Turner being in the baseball Hall of Fame. He just did what a good owner should do (so few do) and he also did what owners arenโ€™t allowed to doโ€ฆ try to micromanage the team for a while. Maybe thatโ€™s an Atlanta sports thing: Ted Turner in the dugout, Arthur Blank on the sidelines and such.

    Anyway, heโ€™s already in a hall of fame, winning the Americaโ€™s Cup with his sailing. That old Savannah boy could sail. Before he became โ€œThe Mouth of the Southโ€, he was referred to as โ€œCaptain Courageousโ€, derived from his sailing savvy and his boatโ€™s name. The nickname โ€œCaptain Outrageousโ€ was soon adopted (by everyone but him), which was derived from his wild behavior off the boat.

    Once, during an award ceremony, he passed out face first into his plate of food. The man was a maniacโ€ฆ like James Dean in โ€œGiantโ€. Unlike the character in Giant, Turner had the cast-iron constitution to build a media empire.

    Soโ€ฆ no baseball HOF for Ted. He has a well deserved Americaโ€™s Cup, a baseball stadium named after him, a broadcasting and media legacy, a crazy starlet ex-wife, restaurants, hotels, commercial property all over the world, hundreds of thousands of acres in Montana, mega-herds of buffalo and billions of dollars. Thatโ€™s enough. If he hadn’t met AOL it would’ve been more.

    Maybe he should be awarded a snow sled named โ€œRosebudโ€. Then his legacy would be complete.

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  374. 379 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Funnel clouds reported seen 3 miles NE of Cedartown…

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  375. 380 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I have no regrets in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  376. 381 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Carolina Lady, can we train WordPress to automatically spellcheck and grammar-correct posts so we can all be, uhโ€ฆ less of and idiot?

    No…can’t trifle with the ‘blog’s’ personality! We revel in the creative and never-ending styles by which we prove our ‘and idiot’! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  377. 382 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Raisins…I’m in Woodstock and the sirens are blaring and the warning was just given. I’ll give play by play! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  378. 383 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    New tornado warnings for Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow and Paulding counties until 1:15. Salty, you that direction?

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  379. 384 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    WSB-TV channel 2 giving very good weather coverage…

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  380. 385 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    So far, so good…very, very still…the storm is at least 15 minutes or so away…gonna be close!

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  381. 386 jbinatl March 15, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    ” I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter” Crash Davis-Bull Durham.

    Great post! I believe in most all of those things as well. I hope to be returning to the blog throughout the year and seeing this things become reality in 2008.

    Keep up the posts and please stop by:

    http://bravesblog.net

    Let me know what you think of our site. I want to see us Braves bloggers really light it up this year!

    PS We will be featuring guest blogs throughout the year so please contact me if any of you are interested in a one or two time post on your Braves thoughts. Thanks y’all!

    Keep Choppin’,

    JB in ATL
    http://bravesblog.net

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  382. 387 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    A public service announcement! ๐Ÿ˜† Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!

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  383. 388 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Howdy, JB… Duck and cover!

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  384. 389 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    OK, big lightning strike close by. Gonna power down for a while. Salty, take care and be safe.

    C-y’all after the storm… ๐Ÿ˜

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  385. 390 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Looks like it will pass 5 or so miles north of me. There’s another storm back to the west that’s building up, and it is tracking a bit further south…will definitely bear watching. Meanwhile, here go the sirens again!

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  386. 391 Salty March 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Raisins…you have to watch the same storms as me…you’re on the identical line, just 45 minutes or so behind. No lightning here…yet, but I hear thunder approaching.

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  387. 392 lew614 March 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    If Ted does get elected to the HOF, it will be yet another HOF baseball in my collection. He was hung over when he signed it, too.

    Leave it to MLB to find a ticket outlet worthy of baseball’s brand of theivery-StubHub. I just got tickets in Tornto for two games of the Braves/Blue Jays series in June for Kathy and myself-four tickets cost $487.50. Of course, we do sit right next to the Braves’ dugout, but still……

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  388. 393 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I go along with SG. I liked Ted better as Capt Outrageous than I did as an owner. And when he married Jane(Traitorous trollop)Fonda he lost me.

    Now, for the storms. Do a George Patton and go out and shot at them with your ivory-handle hand gun.(No one but a piano player in a “hoar”house would have a pearl-handle hand gun)

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  389. 394 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    More rocky weather for the ATL. Hope everyone makes it through okay. I think the Holy City is going to see some of these storms later, hopefully with much less intensity.

    BAS, from your overnight blog (what are you, a vampire?), yes you really shouldn’t be using anything electrical in a thunderstorm. No phones either. Not safe. About ten years ago our next door neighbor’s home was struck by lightning. I thought it was our house and was afraid that it might be on fire so I ran out to see where it had struck. Turns out that it was next door thankfully. Poor guy lost his stove, range, all his phones, computer and his stereo. Yes, everything was grounded properly but when you take a direct hit like that you run the risk of losing anything plugged in. He was fortunate though that his house didn’t burn down. We found where the lightning exited. It was on the copper tubing that connects the compressor outside to the AC unit in his attic and holds freon under pressure. The spark that occurred ignited some of the material behind the wall. Got hot enough to melt the vinyl siding. Thankfully, the freon, which escaped through the hole blown in the line by the electricity igniting, extinguished the flame. He was very, very lucky.

    Willy Wally, I agree that Turner should be in the HOF. The man was a visionary and created in the mid-70’s what some teams are just now doing. He built one hell of a brand. As more and more teams are signing their own tv deals I scratch my head as the grandfather of them all is now gone. I just don’t understand it.

    jbinatl, thanks for dropping by. We’ve got a small but very passionate group of regulars here. Please come back. And I’ll be sure to visit your site. The way this one works is pretty cool. All of us (actually only most of us, hint, hint to some of y’all) take turns writing the lead. It’s a nice rotation and if you go back to our main page you’ll see that we have some good writers with some good topics.

    The story of the youth coaches reminds me of something that happened in one of my son’s games two years ago. It was a dark and stormy night, cold too, and we had the late game, and of course it went extra innings. School night too. Anyway, there was a somewhat controversial play and the opposing team’s coach comes running out of the dugout and goes all “Lou Pinella” on the umpire. Well, this guy goes about 6’3” and probably 275 lbs — great big dude. The umpire is about 15. He jumps all over this poor kid. Bear in mind that this boy has probably never been in any kind of position of authority before, especially over adults. So this clown is in this boy’s face and raising all kinds of hell and so the boy’s mother, who happened to be watching the game, jumps up and she’s all “Oh no you didn’t! You ain’t gonna be talkin’ to my boy like that!” She runs out onto the field to protect her son (don’t blame her). It didn’t come to anything more than a lot of yelling thankfully, but that clown-coach was suspended for a game and at season’s end was told he would never be allowed to coach for any town-sponsored team again. What and idiot!

    Y’all stay safe.

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  390. 395 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say “Good night Paladin” as I know that after that last post of mine that you are well on your way to Sleepytown!

    Lew, I counted the other day and realized that I have baseballs signed by 18 different guys that are either already in or are locks to get in (Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, Chipper, etc.) the baseball HOF plus John Elway too.

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  391. 396 Salty March 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Berigan, before I forget AGAIN: Happy Birthday!

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  392. 397 lew614 March 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Chris-I have 8 that are in now-Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Fergie Jenkins, Phil Niekro (a Braves Christmas Card), Don Sutton, Gaylord Perry and Peter Gammons. I also have Smoltz, Glavine, Bobby Cox, John Schuerholz, Chipper, and Andruw

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  393. 398 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I learned not to mess with umpires early in life. I was the 10th player on a fast-pitch softball team. I finally got my chance to start in a big game. The first pitch thrown to me was clearly a ball, but he called it a strike. I turned and said, “What?” He gave me the thumb. My big chance and I see one pitch. As a result I watch carefully as the batters give the umps all sorts of grief, but the don’t turn their head!

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  394. 399 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    “they” Sorry, SG.

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  395. 400 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Oh, did you make a post, Klobber? ๐Ÿ™„

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  396. 401 lew614 March 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve got a few more that are nice, though no HOFers-Tug McGraw (signed the day before he was diagnosed with cancer). I also have Terry Pendleton, Dale Murphy and Jimmy Rollins-all MVP players. !25 total signed baseballs and about 25 signed drawings or paintings. I twill take at least a week to re-arrange the museum after this Spring’s haul of fame.

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  397. 402 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I had some baseballs signed by some of the old Crackers. Eddie Mathews, Chuck Tanner, Ebba St. Clair, ??? but, they are long gone. Where? Now, my prize autograph is a book by Pappy Boyington with a note to me on the fly. That will have to dol

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  398. 403 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Cute, paladin!

    Lew, here’s my complete list. These are all baseballs.

    HOF’ers: Bob Feller, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, Tommy Lasorda, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Rollie Fingers, Mike Schmidt and John Elway.

    Future HOF’ers: Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Chipper, A-Rod, Frank Thomas, Andruw, Sheffield, Pudge.

    Potential HOF’ers: Nomar, Ortiz, Andre Dawson

    Got a ton of other interesting ones like Kirk Gibson, Luis Tiant, Varitek, Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton, Jose Reyes, and Frenchy too.

    Then, I’ve got a box of probably 100 balls of minor leaguers who were considered “top prospects” at one time or another and they blew up somewhere along the way. Suffice to say, my son will NEVER lack for BP balls. Thankfully, most of those balls were not paid for.

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  399. 404 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I think the only autograph I have is from Muhammad Ali. My father bumped into the GOAT in a magic store in Times Square 25 years ago. Pops gave it to me. I used to have alot when I was young, mostly Yankees players. Got ’em all when Pops used to take us up to Albany-Colonie to watch the AA Yankees. You can get millions of autographs at minor league games. My favorite one though was Deion Sanders. I don’t know what happened to them when I went away to college. My mom or pops probably tossed them by accident.

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  400. 405 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks everyone for the Birthday wishes!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† I was born around 8:30 CST, so really, feel free to keep the wishes coming til about 9:30 EST!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    I almost feel guilty joking with all the bad weather going on….yet another tornado on the ground as I speak!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  401. 406 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Paladin, “hoar” means “white.” Are you saying the piano player at the White House has a pearl-handled handgun? That must drive the secret service nuts.

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  402. 407 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Man, so many posts!
    Salty, need time one of these pretend Christians gets in your face, using salty words that would make Paladin blush, remind them that God doesn’t miss a game either!

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  403. 408 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    9:30 EST on the 16th I mean! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  404. 409 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    CNN is reporting that “At least one person killed as a dangerous line of thunderstorms moves north of Atlanta, Georgia, officials say.”

    They’re also reporting that the tornado last night was an EF-2 with 130 mph winds! Holy Cornelia!

    Keep your heads down Atlantans!

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  405. 410 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Well, y’all have a lot of really nice autographs, but I now have one on an original Lew Hartman portrait! John Smoltz.

    And Miss Kelly, grinning ear-to-ear, has a signed Hartman of Javy Lopez!

    Thanks, Lew! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  406. 411 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Paladin, about Babe Ruth, and how he’d do today….I was trying to find some info on his bat,(I think it weighed more than 50 ounces) and was going to argue that his bat was so much bigger than everyone else’s, that he had to besides being stronger than everyone else to catch up with fastballs, he also had to have great hand eye coordination….

    Well Paladin(And everyone else!) please check this Popular Science story from 1921!!! Holy Toledo!!! 4 pages, only read the first page, but it’s fascinating!!!
    http://www.popsci.com/node/9595

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  407. 412 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Gee, my eyes missed it on the first page…. ๐Ÿ˜ณ 54 Ounces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    I’d love to watch Ozzie Smith swing it, his bat always looked about a foot too long for him as it was…

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  408. 413 Salty March 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Chris…the last storm literally looped around Woodstock, then formed a tornado and headed off in Raisin’s direction. Most of the really bad stuff is closer to him; however, new storms are sliding in from Alabama, a bit further south of where the others came. So…Marietta and even the Georgia Dome part of Atlanta (Turner Field) could come under the gun in an hour or so. Crappy day, but no problems here. A couple of people have died to the west, and the reports haven’t really started in from the field, yet.

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  409. 414 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Salty, tornadoes are not to be trifled with!

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  410. 415 Salty March 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Berigan…very nice of you to point out the Popular Science issue…pretty sure Paladin has his own original copy! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  411. 416 Salty March 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Torna’toes’! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  412. 417 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Just got my birthday cake a goin’! Goin’ to Outback tonight, IF the weather will allow it!!!
    Another tornado warning, and much of bad weather moving towards the ATL again!

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  413. 418 lew614 March 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Chris- I’m impressed. You have a bunch I don’t have.

    Paladin-Pappy Boyington. Isn’t he the Black Sheep guy who wanted you to knock a battery off of his shoulder? I have a book about the Pacific Typhoon (Typhoon:The Other Enemy) that screwed up Halsey’s fleet pretty badly. My Uncle Lew was on the USS Benham during that storm and he gave the book (autographed by the ship’s Captain) before he died a few years ago. He never could deal with thunder storms after that incident, though he lived to 91 years old.

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  414. 419 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Jimmy sez tornatoe, Bob sez tornado. Tornatoe, Tornado. Let’s call the whole thing off.

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  415. 420 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    WillyWally=old…if he knows that song! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Berigan=old as well…..

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  416. 421 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Baa Baa Blacksheep, Lew, that’s him. There was a TV series with Robert Conrad in the title role. My note reads: ” To Major Street Hull, If your Mammy had had you sooner, you’d have been my wingman. Keep ’em flying. Pappy”

    ww and Berigan; Thanks for proving me wrong about the Babe. I’ll keep thinking about him as Superman.

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  417. 422 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    those in the ATL area….Channel 11 WXIA, showed a video shot, I think from the airport, and it looked like dusk!!!!

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  418. 423 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    No Salty, my copy had to be used on a visit to Alabama as out-house “material”.

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  419. 424 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Saw where a giant crane fell on a building in NY. No deaths. Sure glad it wasn’t a flamingo.

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  420. 425 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Dawgs win! Dawgs win! They upset Kentucky.

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  421. 426 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Braves got pummeled in both games. I HATE split-squad games!

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  422. 427 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    6 out of 7! Domination!!!

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  423. 428 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    6 out of 8 you mean! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  424. 429 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    so many cars on the road they are showing….people are oblivious to the world outside them it seems…

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  425. 430 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Dominoes, then.

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  426. 431 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    They don’t even see that giant ape climbing up the building with that woman in his hand. How oblivious can you get?

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  427. 432 journalist jimmy smith March 15, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    a tremendous hail storm just occurred hear. jimmy smith is worried about jimmy smith’s vehicle that is parked in the driveway. hail stones litter the ground. the sun is shining. wierd weather. wsb-tv reports baseball sized hail downtown. cobb police report a funnel cloud on the ground at six flags. oh, the humanity!

    journalist has attended two funerals today.

    palm sunday tomorrow. easter next. chop seal is away at spring training. no easter eggs hear.

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  428. 433 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    happY birthday, berrygan! I will senD you somE krystalS.

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  429. 434 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Look at the bright side, jimmy. the hail stones will kill the blew werms.

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  430. 435 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Paladin, CNN is reporting that four people died in that crane accident.

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  431. 436 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Uh, oh. Tornado sirens going off right now in 5 Points in Athens. Here it comes…..

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  432. 437 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Klobber; The initial report said no deaths. I apologize for my ill-timed “humor”.

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  433. 438 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Well, that was lame. Came and left within 5 minutes and now it is bright and sunny, thereby ruining a perfectly fine grey, gloomy day.

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  434. 439 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    We are also having bad weather in this area. So, you can imagine my trepidation when I heard a siren and something that sounded like a train. But, turns out it was an fire engine and a train. More later.

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  435. 440 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    DHALL TRADED! Hip, hip, hooray! To the Raiders. Perfect team for that idiot

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  436. 441 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I agree, ww!!! What, or who, did they get for him? Regardless, we are better off without that cancer in the lockerroom.

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  437. 442 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    What’s the temp in everyone’s neck of the woods??? It has been above 80 all day….

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  438. 443 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement in principle with the Oakland Raiders to trade cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the Raiders’ second-round pick in the 2008 draft, pending the Raiders finalizing a contract with Hall, according to a source close to the Falcons. FROM ESPN.COM

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  439. 444 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    If necessary, let’s take up a collection.

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  440. 445 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Berigan, that temperature is probably part of the problem. It’s been in the mid 70’s in Charleston. We’re now under a tornado watch until 1 am. Yeeha!

    Paladin, I wasn’t correcting you on your humor, simply stating that there were, in fact, some death attributed to that story.

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  441. 446 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    This Dimitroff(?)is going to be the new “homeboy upstairts”. Mark my words! And remember the name Joe Borchard.

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  442. 447 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Klobber; I knew you weren’t busting on me, but I don’t like to “make fun” of anything where there are deaths. There are grieving people tonight, and I feel for them.

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  443. 448 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Paladin will be away from his desk for a while. He is going to the chianti store and then to dinner. Try him later. This is a recording.

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  444. 449 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Well, it has been an interesting day here in Jefferson. A tornado passed within a few miles of my house, but all we got was hail. Big hail. 2″ hail. It was nuts… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I took a few pictures that I’ll send to CL later. Anyway, all of the raisins are fine. I feel awful for the folks in NW Ga. They got pounded.

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  445. 450 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Raisins, glad to hear y’all are in good shape.

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  446. 451 Salty March 15, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    No Salty, my copy had to be used on a visit to Alabama as out-house โ€œmaterialโ€.
    Fair enough…but I proved you had the copy!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  447. 452 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Fair enoughโ€ฆbut I proved you had the copy!!!

    You don’t remember lending it to me? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  448. 453 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Sure am glad everyone is all right – but now it’s up here. It changed from sunny to pitch black in under an hour by a little after 5. Tornado watches until the wee hours. The wind has been blowing a bit, but now it is dead still out there. Weird! Hatches are battened, animals are sheltered, prayers are said.

    Oh, and did I say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BERIGAN”???

    Salty, delightful to have you with us!! We’ve missed you!

    Where is Hillbilly??? Tomorrow is his day in the spotlight.

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  449. 454 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Have just a minute while the food is cooking and the wine is breathing.

    I want to modify what I said about never making fun of death. WHEN bin Laden catches a 500#der in his lap I am going to laugh, and celebrate, and make jokes, etc. And I hope his family and descendants endure 2001 years of sorrow.

    The NY situation is getting worse. My sympathies go out to the families of the dead and to the survivors.

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  450. 455 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I didn’t know we offered free advertising here. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  451. 456 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    CL, If that guy comes back, take his house key and give him the key to the doghouse that jimmy “used”.

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  452. 457 journalist jimmy smith March 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    journalist told everybody to beware the ides of march. next time, listen to this journalist. and what about the aquarium? fish still in the tank? and listening to chip caray today and not liking it very much. “the rays have new uniforms – good looking togs.” talks togs and cubs but never gives the score. and jimmy smith is going to buy some blue tarp stock. jimmy smith is an astute investor.

    carolina lady, does this blog have a severe weather center? live, team coverage?

    and thanks to the bloggers for remembering that toes are not to be trifled with.

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  453. 460 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    jjs, I think we ARE the weather center. That was some good tracking and info here last night and today. I’m watching 2 cells now – I think one will go just north of us into Pender Co, the second is on a direct course to me and it has 2 ‘hooks’ which usually indicate forming tornadoes. I stand on the scripture in Isaiah 54 that says “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”, including this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  454. 461 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    is this oKay, carulina lady?

    http://www.krystal.com

    i likE the krysTal.

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  455. 462 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, my lord! The raiders are reportedly going to give Hall “just under” what Asante Samuel’s record breaking deal was. 6 years, 57 mil; 20 mil in guarantees. Now I know for a FACT Al Davis has lost his ever-lovin’ mind. And I love him for it. It’s gonna take a couple or three years to plug all the holes and rebuild, but by cutting the final malcontent this sends the message that the Falcons are for real about character this time. Free agents already wanted to come here for the city life and Blank’s money; the ineptitude and lack of direction was holding them back. No more; I smell good drafts and competent signings from here on out. And I didn’t even have to use my AK; I have to say it was a good day.

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  456. 463 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Chop Seal, that Krystal chick was pretty hot and I was amazed she only cost about .53 cents until I clicked on her and realized I couldn’t make her shut up without closing the page. Sigh. How like real life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  457. 464 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    grincH, franksteR’s blog is beeing adverTised on radiO. thinK we can get rr to advertIse for uS?

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  458. 465 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    BraKing newS: dhaLL says hE haS not been traDed. shoulD be releazed.

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  459. 466 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    CS, we could use some serious star power to help our campaign along…I’m thinking like a tall, wide-mouthed super-starlet who likes shrimp sammiches. I’m sure RR would throw in if we could get her on board.

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  460. 467 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    yes, wide-mouThed but not a moUth breatHer liKe on that otheR blogg. i will sea if i can get in toucH with juliA. i thinK shE quiT blogging foreVer buT may come bacK. may neeD to buY her some saMMiches.

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  461. 468 morpheus45 March 15, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I wonder how the Raiders’ new coach (assuming they can find one) will enjoy having four brand-new locker-cancer cast-off’s from other teams that are now making a combined 200 million or so (about 188 mil more that they’re collectively worth)? They’ll be in salary cap hell for years now and for what? So they can go 5-11 this year instead of 4-12? I posit that they might even take a step BACKWARD. This makes Dan Snyder look like Robert Kraft.

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  462. 469 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Winds between 60 -70 mph, radar says lightning strikes avg 398 per hour, 1″ hail, rain rate – 6″ per hour. sigh…. But it’s moving between 40 -50 mph so it won’t last long.

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  463. 470 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I have this to say about Me-angelo Hall: Shut-down corner?! Who has he ever shut down? He is a legend in his own mind and should be given away, if necessary.

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  464. 471 Chop Seal March 15, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    take cover, carulina ladY!

    paladin, i say releaze him.

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  465. 472 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    jimmy; I’m not trying to quarrel but if we can get a draft pick for him, fine. If not, I hope he gets some concrete burns when they throw his a$$ out in the street.

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  466. 473 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Do y’all realize that the top and bottom of our rotation got roughed up today. No matter how you cut it, that ain’t good.

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  467. 474 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Don’t quite believing Paladin

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  468. 475 WillyWally March 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Don’t quit believing Paladin

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  469. 476 journalist jimmy smith March 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    made it without big play ray, can make it without me-angelo.

    and now, weather – not to be trifled with, much like toes.

    and journalist is suffering from a sore toe at this very moment.

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  470. 477 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Well all hell is about to break loose here. Tornado watches and warnings all up and down the coast. I keep hearing “Mt. Pleasant — Be ware”. Not good.

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  471. 478 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    It’s bad enough to see the damage but hearing people(mostly twits)that are supposed to be Atlantans, pronouncing it AtlanTA!!! adds insult to injury. It hurts almost as the bastardization of the beautiful Ponce de Leon into “Ponce”. Damn yankees.

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  472. 479 journalist jimmy smith March 15, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    even bobby cox does not pronounce atlanta properly. two t’s and both are pronounced. not uh-lanna. wait! uh, lanna . . . could be. could be.

    and what will become of joe borchard now? and javy is jitting .174

    and paladin, it was a deatly tornado.

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  473. 480 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    How many times have you heard, “We had little advance warning”? Two questions: By definition, isn’t a warning in advance? And would it be a warning if it wasn’t in advance? And as a bonus, what was our world famous weather center doing?

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  474. 481 lew614 March 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve always wondered about these advance tornado warnings. Do people actually think someone will just pop up and tell them “The tornado will be at 1411 W. 36th street at 7:14 this evening” ? If you hear a siren, you should consider yourself lucky.

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  475. 482 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Havy is jitting only .174? That isn’t even his slimmed down we-ate.

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  476. 483 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I start to get in my root cellar and then I hear the senoockees stirring and I say, “It isn’t really THAT bad.”

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  477. 484 journalist jimmy smith March 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    sirens went off and jimmy smith did duck and cover. next time, jimmy smith is going to the basement. some good provisions there just in case. and, where did all that peter pan peanut butter go? that’s right, public schools. and government cheese, too.

    now, more on blue tarps. minor league team. randy grommet, manager. used to be catcher, american league.

    “put jimmy smith in coach, jimmy smith is ready to play . . .”

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  478. 485 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Peanut butter brings to mind: I think Ernie, Skip and Pete went together like peanut butter and jelly on light bread. What with Ernie’s “aw shucks”, Skip’s wisecracks, and the Professor doing his thing. They were the best announcing crew I ever heard. As for Milo, he was…Milo. And don’t forget that Larry Munson was brought to Ga to be a Braves announcer. He was terrible. AAMOF, technically, he is a terrible football announcer. But, he is such an unabashed “homer” that if you are a Dawg, how can you not like him? Now I have committed blasphemy. Note: I, of course, am talking about Larry in his prime.

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  479. 486 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Hello! Is there anyone else still in here? Shall I turn out the lights?

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  480. 487 paladin2008 March 15, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to God my soul to keep. If I die before I wake; I pray to God my soul to take. Who moved my bunny slippers!?

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  481. 488 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Now THAT was a storm! Whew!

    Everybody OK??

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  482. 489 Savannah Guy March 15, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Checking in to see if everyone is ok… CL, glad it’s blown past you.

    We’re about to lose power I think… it’s flickering. Better shut’er down, tornado warnings just west of us. Storm lanterns, check. Flashlights, check. Where’s that lasso?

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  483. 490 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    We missed it here thankfully. It hit hard north AND south of us. However, in the southern part of the county, where my folks are, is just about ready for some relief. Reports of wide-spread tree damage and fallen trees, hail up to 2″, electricity outages, a few serious injuries.

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  484. 491 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    SG, good luck. I was watching the storm approaching Savannah and area and was wondering if you were around. Keep your head down.

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  485. 492 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Any volunteers to come help clean up the yard tomorrow??

    ~ ~ ~ crickets ~ ~ ~

    Didn’t think so. ๐Ÿ˜†

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  486. 493 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Hey, Chris! You got a Diet Coke over there for me?

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  487. 494 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Always CL. I’ll bet you could use one about now, huh?

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  488. 495 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    It would be nice! Has it passed over your area yet?

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  489. 496 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I’m glad as well you missed the brunt of the storm VOR…if you can call 2 inch hail lucky! Dang, might want to make sure the roof’s ok!

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  490. 497 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Sounds as if jimmy smith’s car may need some help after the hail storm.

    One last time: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERRIGAN!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Thanks for the Coke, Chris!

    ‘Bout bedtime for me; long, busy day today. ‘Nother one tomorrow.

    (Firefox’s spell check doesn’t like my style.) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  491. 498 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    CL, it bypassed us on both sides thankfully. Some others in our area were not so lucky. From the sounds of the weather man there may have been a dozen different tornadoes in the greater Charleston area.

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  492. 499 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    My 10:14 post should have been made around 7:30! Oh well, I just saw the whoops, small system error, hit refresh…usually I am told I have already said that…but I guess I didn’t say that already!

    CL, Chris, glas you missed the brunt of the storm(word of the day is…brunt!)
    Hopefully, SG will be as lucky as well!

    We are quite windy right now….something new and different. ๐Ÿ˜•

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  493. 500 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Man, that’s bad, Chris! Very glad you and your family are safe! I can’t recall a storm system that spread tornadoes over such a huge area. Glad it’s at sea now!

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  494. 501 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    very glas indeed!!!!

    HEY!!!!! like to waste time??? Here’s a new way!!!!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/reaction_version5.swf

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  495. 502 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I started out as a sluggish snail, but have since worked my way up to Bobbing Bobcat

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  496. 503 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks CL. Just talked to my folks. They live probably 12-15 miles away as the crow flies. If the crow walks or rides a bike their house is 23 miles away. Very high gusty winds, hail, minor flooding (bear in mind that they are barely above sea level) and some branches down. No major damage thankfully.

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  497. 504 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    My first try: Bobbing Bobcat! Should quit while I’m ahead! ๐Ÿ˜†

    (It doesn’t take much to entertain us, does it??)

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  498. 505 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Good news, Chris. Whew! What a storm.

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  499. 506 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    CL, bobbing bobcat first time out? Wow! Yes, quit while ahead! First time I was so slow…I was embarrassed myself! I think I have quick reflexes…I blame the mouse for me not moving up to the next level….

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  500. 507 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    The mouse did it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  501. 508 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    CL, at least one of our tv stations pre-empted their regular programming for 2+ hours to dedicate it to these storms. This one fellow was so excited, it was pretty entertaining to watch him. Anyway, there were several storms that they were particularly interested in as they were “textbook” examples of tornado-spawning storms that are more common in AL, MS, AR, TX, TN, etc. and are “once in a lifetime” type storms for this area.

    And this makes me happy knowing that my “once in a lifetime” opportunity for this storm has now passed.

    If only we could experience tropical cyclones “once in a lifetime”, we’d both be set in that category too. I know the last ten years or so have been bad in your area.

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  502. 509 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    ROCKETING RABBIT! Thank you very much!

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  503. 510 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I know what you mean, Chris! I see some of these “news” people and they are SO thrilled to have something to actually “report” on, they become like little kids – all wide-eyed, breathless, and excited.

    I especially remember one young girl reporting for a local tv station at one of the beaches before a hurricane arrived. This was the biggest event in her young life and it was apparent for all the world to see. She was pointing to the breakers rolling in and was almost hyperventilating over the “storm surges” coming in. She ain’t never seen a storm surge, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

    On today’s storms, I kept watch on the Weatherbug radar and saw those hooks forming and thought that was weird this close to the coast. Inland a touch, yes, but not right on the coast. Very unusual. Tornadoes during a hurricane, yes, but not otherwise. Something about how the ocean influences the atmosphere that makes it most difficult for a tornado to form.

    I’m just thankful they are over and everyone is well.

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  504. 511 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Rocketing Rabbit, Chris????? WOW!!!!! I am impressed!! Berigan is going to shoot himself.

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  505. 512 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    MCL….Meterologist Carolina Lady!!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  506. 513 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Rocketing Rabbit??? How much coke did you snort before playing?????? ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  507. 514 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Of course, we all know that tornadoes form in the southwestern quadrant of those hooks….It’s funny…”we” are dumbed down in so many ways, and yet they do give us a ton more info than we ever had before as well….

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  508. 515 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Hello everybody from a Bobbing Bobcat! I’m really glad everybody made it through the “once in a lifetime” storms. I don’t want to do that again for a long time… very stressful on the family. Thanks, Lord, for your protection! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Dawgs pulled out another one tonight and will play for the SEC tourney championship tomorrow. 1st #6 seed to make the finals since ’92. Go Dawgs!

    (Sound of yawning…) I am extremely tired. G’night everybody, rest well.

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  509. 516 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I think I’m stuck at Bobbing Bobcat. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Avg time 0.2168 seconds.

    Chris, that is incredible! What was your time?

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  510. 517 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Berigan, I’ve never done coke and even gave up Diet Coke (and all sodas) about a month ago. As a baseball player might say, I’m running “naked” (not a good mental image). Well, of course, I have had a little bourbon, but that goes without saying!

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  511. 518 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    CL, I don’t remember. I’ll go back and try to do it again.

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  512. 519 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    ‘Night, Raisins! Really glad all is well!

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  513. 520 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    G’night VOR!

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  514. 521 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Latest score = .1878, good enough for ROCKETING RABBIT again! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  515. 522 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Just got to rocketing rabbit!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    Pure dumb luck.
    Sheep 1 .313 sec
    2. .188
    3. .250
    4. .0000
    5. .188

    Jumped the gun sloooowly I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hows about the exact same time on 2 and 5??? What are the odds???

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  516. 523 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Just incredible, Chris! Congratulations!! I seem to be stuck at .2-something = Bobbing Bobcat. Oh, well, at least I’m not a slug! ๐Ÿ˜†

    OK, enough playing for tonight – the dratted clock will go off way before I want it to! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great evening!!

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  517. 524 Carolina Lady March 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hey, way to go, Berigan!!! Congrats! (MEMO to self: do not play against Chris and Berigan!) ๐Ÿ˜†

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  518. 525 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Goodnight CL!!!! Dumb luck on my part!!! If Chris can do that after drinking….imagine around noon!
    And just looked that that page again(Don’t want to tempt fate!) and my final number is…. 0.1878!!!! Same as Chris!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  519. 526 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Berigan, not meaning to stir up any “you-know-what” here but that .0000 on your fourth sheep indicates to me that you got very, very lucky which brought your average down dramatically!

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  520. 527 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Hence the mention of dumb luck….I’m old, I did well for a 41 year old, with a lousy mouse! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  521. 528 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Berigan, I wished you a Happy Birthday just before midnight last night, but I’ll say it again.

    Happy Birthday dude. Unfortunately, I’m still older than you.

    How’s the sleep going?

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  522. 529 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Looks like Savannah and the surrounding areas are getting pounded right now. Hope SG and his bride are doing okay.

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  523. 530 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks again….Sure, sure, you are older…that writing style reeks of youth! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Sleep was doing pretty well til the storm of last night woke me up….watched weather news for a couple of hours and then fell back asleep, woke up at 1:30 PM!!! So…will see if I get to sleep at a decent hour….

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  524. 531 Salty March 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Bobbing Bobcat? ๐Ÿ˜•

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  525. 532 Salty March 15, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Speaking of ‘cats; I am one proud Clemson Tiger tonight! With fortune, tomorrow night will be even better!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  526. 533 chrisklob March 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Sure, sure, you are olderโ€ฆthat writing style reeks of youth!

    Berigan, I’m gonna have to get you for that one!

    Salty, no bobcat here. ROCKETING RABBIT!!! Read the blog son! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  527. 534 Salty March 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Sorry…very tired…bleary-eyed…long day. Still hearing sirens in my head! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I did read (I think), but missed the ‘cats and bunnies genesis. Oh, well…

    Glad everyone made it through an intensely stormy day…unlike one I’ve experienced in many years! Wow!

    With that…have a great evening, all…time to work on my first dream!

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  528. 535 flbravesgirl March 15, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Glad to see everybody’s OK. That was scary.

    One more time before midnight… Happy Birthday, Berigan!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  529. 536 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 12:09 am

    thanks for more birthday wishes! The governor just announced that this weekend will be henceforth known as Berigan birthday weekend!

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  530. 537 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Well, you did say we all had to tell you again today & this is the first I’ve been online all day.

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  531. 538 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 12:49 am

    …crickets…

    Oh well. ‘Night, y’all.

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  532. 539 morpheus45 March 16, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Man, y’all are impressive; by the time I’ve gotten done with my third sheep I’m about ready to pass out and I thought I was virile.

    Goooooooooooo DAWGS! Sic ’em! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!

    Quote from MeAngelo earlier this year on how he might just sit the season out if he wasn’t traded: “I will not be part of another losing team for another year…I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do, no matter who hates me.” So he’s going from the 4-12 Falcons who by all accounts are heading up, to the 4-12 raiders who don’t even have a head coach or a quarterback. Good riddance, D-baggelo Hall; don’t spread your cancer to the 2nd and 6th round picks they were dumb enough to give up for you on the way by. What a complete and total waste of a good 40 time.

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  533. 540 morpheus45 March 16, 2008 at 5:25 am

    “The Raiders also like the fact that Hall can return punts…” Just exactly what he refused to do which put him in Petrino’s doghouse to begin with. When I grew up, the silver and black’s slogan was “A commitment to excellence” and they backed it up every freakin’ year. Now, apparently, they don’t even give a basic once-over to players they sign to max contracts. Shame. Glad the Falcons are finally the ones to benefit from it though.

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  534. 541 morpheus45 March 16, 2008 at 6:00 am

    I AM SAM. SAM I AM. Erin go blllaaarrrrgh!!!

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  535. 542 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Grinch Man, yโ€™all are impressive; by the time Iโ€™ve gotten done with my third sheep…….

    Dude, that is just so wrong.

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  536. 543 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Just been through the overnights and am glad to see that most are accounted for. Two exceptions: Hillbilly and SG. I’m not worried about Hillbilly. He has been missing since before the storms. I figure he is on a hunt. As for SG, anyone that full of poo poo couldn’t possibly be blown away by a little ole tornado.
    Finally, I have no idea what all this kreeapp is about Bobbing Bobcats but I couldn’t handle the truth.

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  537. 544 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

    And thank God Berigan’s birthday is finally over. I aged noticeably during the whole thing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  538. 545 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

    paladin, Berigan’s birthday may be over but Hillbilly’s has just begun.

    Happy Birthday Hillbilly!

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  539. 546 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 9:56 am

    ‘Morning, everyone!!

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILLBILLY!!!

    Paladin, check the link Berigan posted late last night. Fun test of your reflexes. Mine averaged a touch over .2 seconds but those 2 scoundrels, Chris and Berigan, averaged .18 seconds!

    Back later, just wanted to see how everyone is and to wish our missing Hillbilly Happy Birthday!

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  540. 547 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Meangelo is an idiot. Glad he’s gone. That guy was all talk and all potential. He never did a darn thing for the Falcons. It makes me so angry when I hear people say that he was so good and the best player on the team. What games were they watching? There was nothing shut down about him. Nothing game breaking. He typically played 10 to 12 yards off every receiver. What shut down corner does that? Shut ’em downs get right in the grill of the receiver and jam him at the line and never let him get more than a foot of breathing space. Never once saw that with Menagleo. Every big name receiver always came into the Dome and got their 100 yards receiving. I even remember slowpoke Hines Ward beating him deep a couple of times a few years ago. Whenever he would get beat though, he would blame the safeties or the system. He never took the blame onto himself. But he was always the first one to say “I’m a grown man.” Well, grown men accept responsibility when they get beat. Good riddance to that malcontent.

    Thankfully, I will never have to hear that idiot compare himself to Deion Sanders ever again. Deion might have been a pain but Deion was never a cancer in the lockerroom and Deion always backed up his bravado on the football field. Imagine the nerve of the most talented kickoff/punt returner on your horrible team telling his coach that he refuses to return kicks or punts. That takes some nerve. Deion, after all, made his name by returning not only interceptions for touchdowns (which DHall rarely ever did) but also by returning kickoffs and punts for touchdowns as well.

    The worst thing Arthur Blank ever did was hire Jim Mora, Jr. That guy spoiled and babied and inflated the egos of these guys way beyond what their talent and production was. I compare it to the Giants with Jim Fassel. He sort of did the same thing and they ended up with their three best players in Shockey, Strahan, and Tiki thinking they were above everyone and could do and say anything they wanted. It took Fassel to be fired, a few years of Coughlin, the retirement of Tiki, and the season ending injury to Shockey for the Giants to finally rid themselves of those contaminants and win the Super Bowl.

    So bravo to the Falcons for doing the rght thing and ridding themselves of their best players in Vick, Crumpler, DHall, Grady, Coleman. The Falcons will be much better off without those malcontents. Take it from someone who is both a Giants fan and a Falcons fan.

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  541. 548 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Ma’am; I don’t even WANT to know what my reflexes have deteriorated to. As long as they will allow me to scratch my bum before the itch becomes excruciating, I’ll have to live with it. ๐Ÿ™„

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  542. 549 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 10:06 am

    30,271 hits

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  543. 550 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Impressive. How about the OBP?

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  544. 551 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:22 am

    ww; I agree with all you wrote bout the Falcons with one exception. I think they could use Gravy Jackson next season. He takes up blockers AND his attitude improved makedly once he got away from liar-liar-pants-on-fire Petrino.

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  545. 552 Salty March 16, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Good morning, all! Happy Birthday, Hillbilly! I’m sure you’ll come in from the woods by this afternoon to watch your beloved ‘Hogs go up against the Dawgs…in an empty Jackets arena! What irony!

    I’ll watch my Tigers try to flush decades of futility down the drain! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had a post get filtered yesterday…referred to the storms as ‘nasal dwellers’, if you get my drift! ๐Ÿ˜† Sheesh…you’d think a filter could recognize context/metaphors instead of being literal! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I feel violated!!!

    Paladin, re: Popular Science…didn’t lend…I still have my grandfather’s copy! You, indeed, used yours! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  546. 553 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Tornadoes are especially cruel in that they huff and puff and blow your house down but then the tornadoes make sure they are followed by some of the brightest sunlight seen in months. It’s like the cruel buggers want to show off their work or something.

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  547. 554 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

    OK Salty, I give! It was my copy and it was dawg-eared like the rest of me. ๐Ÿ˜†

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  548. 555 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

    ๐Ÿ˜† ??

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  549. 556 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Happy birthday Hillbilly…. You can come back now… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  550. 557 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

    If the Dawgs make it to the big dance while playing in Tech’s arena won’t that be special? Please God!!

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  551. 558 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Paladin, I disagree on Gravy. I think he was highly overrated. Teams ran all over the Falcons with or without Gravy boy. And of course he’s on good behavior with his new team. That’s the m.o. of a malcontent. Everything is all rosy when they are in their honeymoon grace period. But when the honeymoon ends, the malcontent will go right back to being a malcontent. Just watch, we are gonna hear all of these wonderful stories over the next year about the maturation of DHall and how he just needed to get out of a bad place. People will buy in. About 2 or 3 years from now, the same tired act of DHall the Malcontent will rear its ugly head yet again.

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  552. 559 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 10:42 am

    ww; My point is that we only need one transition season out of Gravy before the draftees kick in. And I don’t agree that they ran on the Falcons “as much” when he was in there. Finally, he is only one piece; the other pieces must do their job, as well. They didn’t, before.

    Now, as they say on tv, we’ll give you the last word.

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  553. 560 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Paladin, you know alot more about and care more about the Falcons than I do. So I’ll take your word on Gravy then over mine. I was just never all that impressed by him, especially if he was gonna be a malcontent.

    Who do you think they will draft? I hope they go with the Michigan kid or Dorsey. I don’t think Matt Ryan is any good. 18 interceptions in one college season? No thanks. I heard some NFL guy saying how impressed he was that Ryan remembered all of his interceptions and the exact moments, plays, and coverages they occurred in. Big whup. I’m sure he’ll make a great television analyst someday boring me to tears by breaking down game film. Football games are worn in the trenches with the offensive line and defensive line. The Long and Dorsey kids are special. They need to grab one or the other.

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  554. 561 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I would pass on Ryan if for no other reason than our other needs are more pressing. A good line makes ordinary QBs look good; an ordinary line makes good QBs look ordinary. As for the other two, it will be a tough choice. But, I think I would go with Long. Defensive players(good ones)are available through FA. A guy like Long that can anchor an o-line for years, are not. With all these top-two round picks we have, we can fill a lot of holes AND add a QB. Further, the affiant sayeth not.

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  555. 562 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Good morning. The skies are clear, the wind is whipping and itโ€™s a beautiful day on coastal rim of the 13th Colony. Back from the power outage and reporting for duty. Hereโ€™s a weather report and commentary:

    Power went out just minutes after my post last night but weโ€™re no worse for wear, except for lost sleep. Was up until wee hours (BAS and Berigan time zone) trying to find a radio station that gave any relevant weather news. What and idiots the local yokels are during storms (but thatโ€™s a whole โ€˜nuther story for another local venue).

    Seemed we might be in for a bit of a ride when the temp went from 73 degrees (all day) to 80 degrees about 8 pm. Strange. Anyway, we wound up just having strong, sustained wind gusts, some rain but not much and reports of isolated twisters around a nasty storm cells just north and south of Savannah. We dodged a bullet.

    Hope all the folks between Atlanta and Carolina Lady are OK this morning. Seems they got the bigger stuff through there. Further south, the folks just to the north of Savannah and south of Charleston, between Klobber and me, got klobbered pretty good as well. Same proper noun as adjective used in same sentence (blog first?).

    God bless and healing to those killed and harmed by that bizarre storm. In Georgia, after Atlanta got pummeled, that army of banshees barreled east like Shermanโ€™s march to the sea. Difference was, this time there were no city fathers to ride out and hand over the keys to the city of Savannah as a gift to Lincoln. They were all downtown, drunk and “celebrating” St. Pattyโ€™s weekend.

    Savannah lost all power about 10:30, so the traditional St. Pattyโ€™s big, rowdy all-night party on River Street went dark. Which means that all the drunks there were left to roam the streets, grope around in the dark, bump into things, fall all over each other, relieve themselves on sidewalks, in alleys, parks and such.

    Come to think of it, the storm didnโ€™t change anything at all on River Street.

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  556. 563 Hillbilly March 16, 2008 at 11:08 am

    WOOOOOOOOOOO….PIIIIIIG…SOOOOOIIIIIIIEEEE!!!!!!!

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  557. 564 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Well…Hillbilly’s in the House! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  558. 565 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Sherman was able to “march” to the sea because the cream of the Ga troops were in Va and that idiot Braxston Bragg had so mismanaged the Army of Tennessee that the remnants of it fell apart in the face of Sherman’s superior numbers and equipment. Don’t get me started.

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  559. 566 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Paladin, I would probably go with O-Line as well. What you said about lines making QBs look good or bad is so true. Tom Brady didn’t look that hot in the Super Bowl when his O-Line got manhandled by the Giants D-Line. It’s funny when I was a kid, I would obsess over the skills position like QB, RB, and WR. But I now realize that almost the entire game is won or lost because of the lines. It’s almost like if you build a great O-Line and D Line, the rest of the team can be ordinary, including the QB.

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  560. 567 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:17 am

    To paraphrase: We have nothing to fear from people who do not know a pig-house from a field-house.

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  561. 568 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:17 am

    SG…here in the ATL, 3-4 of the stations went ‘wire to wire’ with their weather coverage. Seriously, at least eight hours straight of non-stop dissection of each and every storm that entered the state, and they kept on until the last storm entered Augusta airspace, aka., the listeners there can’t pick up Atlanta stations’ signals (cable, or otherwise). The meteorologists were drooling all day…visions of Emmy’s or other recognition dancing in their heads! I know, cycnical, but goodness, enough is enough after a while! ๐Ÿ™„

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  562. 569 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Uh, Paladin…that war is over! ๐Ÿ˜› Man, you are one passionate son of a…gun!

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  563. 570 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Just saw: Finals for the dribblin’ Dawgs!!! A two’fer in one day. Amazing stuff.

    Happy Birthday and congrats to Hillbilly and his Razorbacks. Good stuff.

    Also glad “Meangelo” is gone. I liked Neon… football and baseball. His money was always where his mouth was. A skinny Bo Jackson… sorta’ kinda’. Even the McCarver ice bath. At the time it seemed appropriate. You had to have been there I suppose. Tim said the wrong thing for the umpteenth time in the wrong place and got a shower.

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  564. 571 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Oh, the irony of ironies! It took Jacket mojo to kick the Dawgs into gear!!! ๐Ÿ˜† Who ever would a thunk it??? Obviously, GT didn’t use it all for themselves! What Southern graciousness…sharing with an avowed enemy! Just goes to show, Southernern hospitality first; all other differences to the rear of the line! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  565. 572 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

    The war is over? Damn, I was just gettin’ warmed up.

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  566. 573 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Paladin’s motto: Always prepared!

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  567. 574 morpheus45 March 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

    WW, Ryan threw 18 int’s because he had absolutely no receiving corps whatsoever and was forced to try and Favre-in passes to extra tight places. That said, he is not a top 3 talent and the Falcons don’t NEED an intangibles QB with their new system. Just someone who can hand off to Turner/Norwood w/o fumbling and throw a nice deep ball. Henne or Flacco will do fine with one of those 2nd rounders we are accumulating. Long should be our first pick if St. Louis doesn’t snag him; Dorsey or Ellis if they do. The three 2nd rounders should be a QB and two OL’s. Then we can go the whole “Best athlete available” the rest of the way.

    Later, all; got a long day ahead before the evening revelry begins (though in truth, I started St. Patty’s yesterday).

    Happy b-day, Hillbilly. Y’all will probably beat us today, but it doesn’t matter. Beating Kentucky AND Miss St. in the same day was all we really needed to prove with a 4-12 SEC team that only dressed 9 players all year.

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  568. 575 morpheus45 March 16, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Salty, that’s one war that will NEVER be over to this Grinch. Later.

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  569. 576 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:32 am

    One of my favorite names: Beauregard Beudreaux. I came across him down in Bayou le Batre.

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  570. 577 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Now that is a classic name, Paladin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  571. 578 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Yesterday you mentioned Boyington; have you read Ernest Gann’s books? I love them.

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  572. 579 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Salty, our weathermen are right 100 percent of the time. Trouble is, that’s only the case AFTER the storm. Before a storm or weather system you could make a good living betting against everything they predict. Iโ€™ll never forget Dan Rather coming to Savannah just before Hugoโ€ฆ or maybe it was another hurricane after that. Anyway, point isโ€ฆ he continued to report that it was going to hit usโ€ฆ even after he knew otherwise. Ratings. Drooling fool he is. Bit then, thatโ€™s his MO. I think the storm was in the National Guard at the time.

    Paladin, I’ve got a good old Bristol-Bragg friend in TN. So, you’re saying that Bragg pulled a โ€œTennessee Bruce Pearlโ€ on his team? Uh, ohโ€ฆ didnโ€™t mean to poke the badger.

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  573. 580 Salty March 16, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Bayou le Batre…LA! Close to home!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  574. 581 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Did Beudreaux use 3-in-One oil or WD-40? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Meant to mention, Pappy Boyington is a hero of mine. How cool to have met him. Baaa Baaa!

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  575. 582 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 11:40 am

    birthday greetings to hillbilly! soo-e pig! or something like that. and now, jimmy smith has major news: journalist toured downtown atlanta last night – and the omni is missing! gone! apparently blown away completely by the tornado. and not a mention of this on local news. bigger storm than bloggers thought.

    and the weather is beautiful today – so far. sleeping with one eye open now with all this bad weather going on. jimmy smith checked on jimmy smith’s favorite pickup truck that was parked in jimmy smith’s driveway during the hail storm. no damage! that’s right, no damage! jimmy smith is lucky.

    and now, baseball . . . jimmy smith is ready for the season to begin. hope bobby keeps some of jimmy smith’s favorite players. and will pete orr make the nationals? and isn’t langerhans going to start now that mo pena is hurt? or somebody else? just be glad the braves have new and exciting players from which to choose. and what will happen when chipper gets hurt? prado? hitting over .300 so far. and infante . . . how soon forgotten.

    the elusive hammock bone. bone to some, bane to a few.

    and chop seal is at sunday school this morning and is optimistic an easter egg hunt will be planned for next weekend. if not, maybe chop seal can hide eggs with chipper and chino. must call frank and ask.

    and should bobby cox retire? future with the siding doctor? prostate exams? transmission repair? not as many opportunities as vince dooley but doesn’t need to be eating potatoe chips anyway.

    and toe health on this team remains good. bodes well for the season. and anyone lured to a blog because of a radio advertisement . . . may be disappointed when called and idiot.

    carolina lady blog – a colossus.

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  576. 583 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Other favorite authors would be WEB Griffith, early Clancy, Joe Webber, Arthur Haley, Michener, Inglis Fletcher. Others who escape me right now.
    Used to read a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  577. 584 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Glad the truck is undamaged, jimmy smith! The Omni is destroyed???

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  578. 585 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Yes Ma’am, read ’em cover-to-cover. Bragg was and idiot! But, he was a classmate and friend of Jefferson Davis who would not relieve him. His General corps were about to mutiny against him but then most were killed in the Battle of Franklin. Bruce Pearl has done a much better job, but I still hate the Vowels.

    I would like to make clear that, like Grinch, that war will never be over for me, but I pursue it from a military standpoint, not a social one.

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  579. 586 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Itโ€™s like the cruel buggers want to show off their work or something.

    WW: you crack me up man. Good stuff.

    Carolina Lady, after the denizens arrive to clean up your yard, send them down here. Many limbs and all. Free pizza and beer for all. Or Diet Cokes. Or Cheerwine.

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  580. 587 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

    only the home guard left to deter sherman – old men, young boys, and a few seals. yes, seals. a long story for later.

    should have left johnston in command. too few troops, though. kept getting flanked. waiting for sherman at the river line . . . sherman went around. next day, john bell hood.

    john bell hood had a lot of fight but was not much with tactics. lost a lot of good men with unfortunate decisions. gov. brown and others were dictating to the military commanders – not to be done. yet the politicians still try – even today.

    should have destroyed the union army following chickamauga – timid leadership, though. too bad longstreet wasn’t in charge.

    now, baseball . . .

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  581. 588 lew614 March 16, 2008 at 11:49 am

    WOOOO PIG, My Behind. Go DAWGS-Sic em-woof, wooof wooof.

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  582. 589 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

    yes, carolina lady – no omni. must have been all the rust. blew away. gone.

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  583. 590 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 11:53 am

    By the way, do anyone know JB who popped on here with the Braves.net advertisement?

    beforeadvertisingyoumustconsiderbrandandblogloyaltybeforeblanketinvites.com

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  584. 591 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2008 at 11:53 am

    008… I came to the realization that the war of northern aggression was over 150 years ago and sometimes you have to just “get over it” and move on. The victors are not always the most righteous but often the best armed.

    Goes to show you what can happen when a bunch of civilian type hot heads call the shots. If you are dependent on foreign imports for your livelihood you best be sure you have the navy to support that.

    Grant wasn’t a better general than Lee but he had deeper pockets and bigger battalions. You just cannot trade man for man if you have less men to begin with.

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  585. 592 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 11:58 am

    One other note: The town I live in (Tullahoma) was Bragg’s headquarters and some memories remain. I live on J.E.B. Stuart St., for instance. We have a very close-knit and mutually understanding community, I don’t mean to imply differently. Except, none of us like liberals. ๐Ÿ˜€ The Klan was started over in Pulaski, and that is another story.

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  586. 593 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    woof, woof, woof, bow-wow. sounds like that other blog. could not help but notice the game is being played on ga tech’s floor. could get whacked there. could see the ghosts of kaiser. price-y place. oh, the humanity! a post not to be understood by all. none on that other blog. doesn’t the roof leak their? can’t build a good basketball arena hear. college football town. baseball town. not basketball. maybe college a little. still, better than the hawks.

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  587. 594 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Hey, I might be an obnoxious Yankee but my family wasn’t even in the country at the time. We were too busy over in the Emerald Isle being oppressed by the British.

    Armoured cars and tanks and guns
    Came to take away our sons
    But every man must stand behind
    The men behind the wire

    Through the little streets of Belfast
    In the dark of early morn
    British soldiers came marauding
    Wrecking little homes with scorn

    Heedless of the crying children
    Cragging fathers from their beds
    Beating sons while helpless mothers
    Watched the blood poor from their heads

    Not for them a judge and jury
    Nor indeed a trial at all
    But being Irish means youยดre guilty
    So weยดre guilty one and all

    Round the world the truth will echo
    Cromwellยดs men are here again
    Englandยดs name again is sullied
    In the eyes of honest men.

    Proud we march behind our banner
    Firm weยดll stand behind our men
    We will have them free to help us
    Build a nation once again

    On the people step together
    Proudly firmly on their way
    Never fear never falter
    Till the boys are home to stay

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  588. 595 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    jimmy; My name is Longstreet for good reason. Now, don’t forget the name Joe Borchard.

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  589. 596 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    But, we have learned to live with our conqueror’s ways:

    Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia,
    Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia.
    Glory Glory to ole Georgia,
    G-E-O-R-G-I-A!!!

    Go Dawgs!!!

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  590. 597 lew614 March 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Gil-The south’s major problem in the war was believing Virginia was actually southern.

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  591. 598 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    dixie redcoat band? oh, the humanity! cannot say dixie. covers dixie like the dew? not anymore. can’t even cover baseball right. well, new standards in place. gotta adapt.

    question: where did the omni land? gwinnett county? sports complex? will need a coat of paint.

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  592. 599 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    old warhorse

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  593. 600 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    “will need a coat of paint.” ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  594. 601 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Enough about Joe Borchard. All bat, small glove. He’s American League bound, midseason or earlier. You heard it here first.

    Jimmy Smith, that’s an omni-ous aftermath damage report you’re giving there. Are you sure you were looking at that big bubble downtown? Could this be a “Katrina” stadium slant or a Falcons prediction to the reportage? Oh, the inhumanity and dirty-birdness!

    Well, my out-box is empty and my in-box ain’t gettin’ filled and just looked outside for the umpteenth time (first?)… those limbs are still there. Dammit… was hoping they would be gone. If they aren’t, then I am.

    Gotta meet Grinch at the gym anyway.

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  595. 602 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Dear Old Donegal

    It seems like only yesterday
    I sailed from out of Cork
    A stranger from old Erin’s isle
    I landed in New York
    There wasn’t a soul to greet me there
    A stranger on the shore
    But Irish luck was with me there
    And riches came galore

    And now I’m going back again
    To dear old Erin’s isle
    My friends will meet me on the pier
    And greet me with a smile
    Their faces, sure, I’ve almost forgot
    I’ve been so long away
    But my mother will introduce them all
    And this to me will say:

    Shake hands with your Uncle Mike, me boy
    and here is your sister Kate,
    And there’s the girl you used to swing
    down on the garden gate
    Shake hands with all of the neighbours
    and kiss the colleens all
    You’re as welcome as the flowers in May
    To dear old Donegal

    They’ll give the party when I go home
    They’ll come from near and far
    They’ll line the road for miles and miles
    With Irish jaunting cars
    The spirits will flow and we’ll be gay
    We’ll fill our hearts with joy
    The piper will play an Irish reel
    To greet the Yankee boy

    The dancers will reel the whole night long
    Such fun as never seen
    The lads will be decked in corduroy
    The colleens wearin’ green
    There’ll be thousands that I never saw
    I’ve been so long away
    But my mother will introduce them all
    And this, to me, will say:

    Shake hands with your Uncle Mike, me boy
    and here is your sister Kate,
    And there’s the girl you used to swing
    down on the garden gate
    Shake hands with all of the neighbours
    and kiss the colleens all
    You’re as welcome as the flowers in May
    To dear old Donegal

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  596. 603 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I love all that song except the part about “yankee boy”. Substitute: Georgia boy.

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  597. 604 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Paladin, what years did you serve in Braxston Bragg’s unit? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  598. 605 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Klobber; I thought you knew. I was in the Confederate Airforce. We used giant sling-shots. The takeoffs were spectacular, but the landings were a beeaytch. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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  599. 606 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    SG, have you looked at Borchard’s career numbers? You might want to re-consider your statement “All bat, small glove”, as it does not apply here.

    Glad to hear y’all came through last night’s festivities (not the ones on River Street) in good shape. We missed any real bad weather but my folks, who live across town, got popped pretty good.

    Oh, and I checked out that other blog that jbinatl told us about and left a couple of comments. Pretty good stuff, although they clearly don’t have as good a blog mistress as we have here!

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  600. 607 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Ah yes, the ol’ CAF. Those must have been rough landings indeed. Rather kamikaze-like?

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  601. 608 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    No, it was more like ham-bone, ham-bone, where you been?

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  602. 609 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    And if Borchard’s glove is too little, he can borrow Thorman’s. He uses it very rarely.

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  603. 610 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    journalist jimmy smith is looking over a four-leaf clover
    That journalist jimmy smith overlooked before.
    One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
    Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
    No need explaining, the one remaining
    Is somebody journalist jimmy smith adores.
    journalist jimmy smith is looking over a four-leaf clover
    That journalist jimmy smith overlooked bee-foore!

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  604. 611 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Paladin,, beautiful song.

    But what was it like to serve under George Washington in the Revolutionary War?

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  605. 612 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Klobber; I think you will find yourself in a very small minority on here who give a rat’s behind what jbinatl’s blog is like.

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  606. 613 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    George was a good commander but it was very disconcerting to see him pick at those wooden teeth with a bayonet.

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  607. 614 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Chris, actually I have looked at his career numbers and, like our weathermen, can tell you exactly what he’s done in the past. I’m not saying that Borchard isn’t or hasn’t been a good player. Just saying that, with all the youngun’s Braves have stacked up and with his ST and last few years performance, his big bat won’t overcome our defensive game for him in the field or on first base.

    On the bench, sure. He could be a powerful slugger. Who will he bump?

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  608. 616 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Paladin, did you fight in the Crusades as well?

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  609. 617 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Now, Andy Jackson, he was the man. Me and him took a little trip…down the Missisip. That may have been when I run up on Beauregard Beudreaux. Gosh, I ate those mud-bugs ’til they were coming out my…never mind.

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  610. 618 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    remember when wooward would pinch hit? orr? wilson? thorman? oh, what a horrible bench! must have bench players with some pop in the bat. and if javy is on the bench javy will sit because bobby won’t use a catcher to pinch hit early. some thought must be given to constructing a bench that will provide good defensive play but some offensive strength, too.

    and what is the official powder of the atlanta braves?

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  611. 619 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    ww; Which one?

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  612. 620 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Beudreaux’s Butt Paste?

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  613. 621 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    It also comes in a powder for those that have…more time.

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  614. 622 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    close, but wrong powder.

    not many know how much powder is used in the braves clubhouse.

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  615. 623 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Paladin fought with Alexander the Great.

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  616. 624 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    “Lopez said he would consider going to the minors — something he hasn’t done for more than a week since 1993 — if it helped his chances. He wants to be a major leaguer again, and not just a good spring story.”

    Woo boy… we’ll take him… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  617. 625 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Did I mention that I, berigan, was born in the STL??? Not a southern boy, nor a yankee…a Midwesterner…..no Irish in the family either. Family came over in the 1880’s…. talk of Civil war and football very strange to this midwesterner…. Baseball is only real sport, everything else is just a waste of time.
    The opinions expressed by Berigan, INC, do not represent the management of the B&S blog, or any other bloggers….

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  618. 626 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Yes Lew, Virginia would have never succeed if Lincoln had not insisted on marching through the state to reach North Carolina. Virginia probably lost the most of any southern state when it came to prestige and territory.

    Alas, it was a century ago and I have since moved on. The irony of it all was for a bunch of rich white guys to convince a bunch of poor white folks to fight for the benefit of those same rich white folks.

    That said, had Virginia fought on the side of the Union, the war would have been over 3 years sooner.

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  619. 627 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    And Happy Birthday Hillbilly!

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  620. 628 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Chris, it’s been a while so I just looked at Borchard’s numbers again. For the life of me, I just don’t see it. Maybe you’ve dug deeper into potential or he has a great attitude or whatever, but if he hits HR’s roughly10 percent of the time and has an average of 250ish when he gets more than a few hundred AB’s… will he bump Thorman? Whoโ€™s on first when Tex is out? Borchard? I think not. But then, Bobby likes big guys that swing hard that arenโ€™t catchers on the bench.

    What about the platoonโ€ฆ Schafer? Anderson? Will Lilโ€™B (lilโ€™ Biggio) take over at SS when Chipper sits out or goes on the DL? Will we move Yunel to third if Chipper is out more than a week or two? Put Lilly at third? So many questions.

    Anyhoo, the limbs are still sitting there in the yard. They haven’t moved since this morning. Lazy limbs… the nerve of them. Just sitting there like that.

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  621. 629 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I thought this was St. Paddy’s Day. It’s coming down more like “Pick on Paladin Day”. And yes, I fought with Alexander the Great. I also fought alexander the not-so-great. I whipped his too too.

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  622. 630 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    SG, I am NOT advocating having Borchard on this team. I think that I may have misinterpreted your original post saying something to the effect of “big bat, small glove” and you may have misinterpreted my response.

    No, he is a AAAA guy, through and through. Career BA of .275 in the minors against career BA of .205 in the bigs.

    He’s having a great spring. Well, whoopdi-freakin’-do. Those numbers don’t mean squat. I wish the guy the best of luck. I’ve met him a couple of times when he was at Charlotte but I don’t see a spot for him on this team. Even if there was, I’d like to think that there were better options.

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  623. 631 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    paladin, did you mean to say that you “whipped his too too too”?

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  624. 632 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    picky, picky.

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  625. 633 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Paladin, did you really fight alongside Zeus too?

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  626. 634 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Heck, Chris, Paladin was in the Garden trying to shoot that snake out of the apple tree! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  627. 635 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    CL, you sure that he WASN’T the snake in the apple tree? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  628. 636 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Gil; I agree with your statement about the war being over in short order if Va had stayed in the Union. For one thing, we wouldn’t have had Lee and Jackson. That’s two things. But, if we are going to play what ifs: The best general on either side was Nathan Bedford Forrest. If he had been in command of The Army of Tenn., the fight in the central front would have taken so much pressure off of Lee that, I think, he would have captured Washington and ended the war. Forrest, however, was not a West Pointer so was regarded as poor white trash by the aristocracy. BTW, his army was still functional after Lee’s surrender and if he hadn’t been persuaded to end it, Sherman would have had to turn back and see what fighting a seasoned fighting force under a brilliant tactician was like, rather than bullying women, children and old men. This(hold the cheers)is my last on this, at least for the day.

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  629. 637 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Paladin is really the archangel St. Michael and ejected Lucifer from Heaven

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  630. 638 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Always on the side of the good guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  631. 639 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    ejected? can use on hear?

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  632. 640 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you, Ma’am. And as to the cotillion next week, would you do me the honor?

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  633. 641 lew614 March 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Gil-Just jokin with you, Dude. I’m just upset that every time I visit friends in Lynchburg (the Klingons), it’s impossible to get grits with your breakfast. Home fries are Yankee food. If you don’t serve grits, well By God, you just ain’t Southern-no matter WHERE Robert E. Lee came from.

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  634. 642 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Me and George Patton have been here for every conflict on this planet and we’ll be here for Armageddon.

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  635. 643 Savannah Guy March 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Lunchtimeโ€ฆ cheese grits, eggs and bacon. Homemade biscuits too. Molasses too. Mmm… must quit blogging now. Lunch is much better than yard cleaning. Besides, limbs can wait since they don’t seem to be moving. Theyโ€™ll be there, waiting on me. Those lazy things. As far as procrastination goes, I’ll quit doing that too… tomorrow or the next day.

    I thought this was St. Paddyโ€™s Day. Itโ€™s coming down more like โ€œPick on Paladin Dayโ€.

    Paladin, tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day… today is Roast Paladin Day. Be honored. Where’s Dean Martin, Don Rickles, Bob Hope, Angie Dickenson (ooh la la), Orson Welles, Johnny Carson and those other esteemed panel of roasters when you need them? Loved those. Friends roasting friendsโ€ฆ. should also be a blog tradition. Maybe call it Braves and Stuff Barbeque.

    In my book, only the good guys get roasted.. The again, there are exceptions. Hey, even you get roasted. There is no quarter given for age or service to country. Otherwise, you wouldnโ€™t have needed to hang onto the side of Noahโ€™s Ark during that flood and all. But that was your mid-life crisis. I’m just amazed you survived the big day when you were just a little one…

    The Big Bang must’ve been loud.

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  636. 644 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Well, kiss my grits and fry my baloaney aand I don’t care if it hare-lips everybody north of the MD line!

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  637. 645 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Paladin, how hot was Joan of Arc? Did you dance with Cleopatra?

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  638. 646 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Lew, you’d be so proud of me! I got hungry just a little while ago, and I just had some veggies!!! In fact, I was so proud of myself, I just rewarded myself with a slice of birthday cake!

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  639. 647 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Angie Dickenson and Ann Margaret can roast me anytime! Even on Confederate Memorial Day. That is, if they like ‘cue.

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  640. 648 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    ww; You are too young(by centuries)to know. Now, I hear an ambulance. Run!

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  641. 649 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Paladin, I’d be delighted! But Angie and A.Margaret are gonna hafta stay home!

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  642. 650 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    And by ambulance, he means chariots

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  643. 651 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    That’s what I get for taking SG’s word for anything. It’s Dickinson! Jeez. What a doofus.

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  644. 652 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    You will always be my true love, my Lady. These others are for when the Spitzer come out in me. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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  645. 653 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    frenchy got beaned

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  646. 654 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    “comes”. Can say on hear? I doubt it.

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  647. 655 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    So, the game isn’t on tv anywhere???? Why were they on earlier in the week, but not on this weekend???

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  648. 656 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Because they are cruel and heartless, Berigan.

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  649. 657 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    When you bean one of the other team’s star players in ST, I think it should be an automatic ejection and possible suspension.

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  650. 658 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Good afternoon, y’all. Another birthday? Guess I’ll have to check the list daily.

    Happy Birthday, Hillbilly!!!

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  651. 659 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Beaned? Details, please?! Is he OK?

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  652. 661 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    CL, ๐Ÿ˜†

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  653. 662 paladin2008 March 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    FBG; He was on the ground for a few minutes and then left the field under his own power. But, concussion, vision problems, etc., are still in play. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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  654. 663 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Man, that’s horrible! Could have been worse, amazed more players don’ get hit in the face since a lot of high pitches tail in….

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  655. 664 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Scary. Especially when you consider that he had that bad facial injury in the minors that required surgery.

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  656. 665 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    FLB, I didn’t know he had been hit in the face before!

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  657. 666 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Doesn’t Francoeur have a plate (?) in his face from a previous hit in the face? I know he was hit badly at one time in the minors, foggy on details. Lordy, let us hope it didn’t mess up that!

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  658. 667 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Unfortunately, a MLB pitch in the face CAN’T be good. Pray hard.

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  659. 668 lew614 March 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Berigan-Occasionally it’s OK. I had an encounter with some Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate cookie ice cream last night, myself.

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  660. 669 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I think he fouled off a ball or messed up a bunt & it hit him near the eye, breaking some bones. I know it had to be repaired surgically & that he had trouble with an infection in the site some time later.

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  661. 670 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    And I don’t care how gutty you are, something like that has got to effect(at least for a while) you at the plate. It can turn a hawk at the plate into a duck.

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  662. 671 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    hey, what are them flying nat like things that we have by the hundreds all of the sudden??? They are all over the front door, and a few made it in underneath I think…they don’t fly as much as crawl around…

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  663. 672 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Lew, I wonder why folks even bother with Heroin or Coke…have they never tasted chocolate, realllly good chocolate before???? Sugar is much cheaper as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  664. 673 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t mean to be funny when I say that beanings are not to be trifled with. Boston’s can’t-miss 3b(I think)Canigliaro’s career was cut way short after he was hit in the face. Don Zimmer’s playing career was ended after he was hit in the face. And some will say that Kirby Puckett’s career was ended the same way. God, I hope this is not the case with Frenchy.

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  665. 674 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Berigan; Who gives a [hoot??] about chocolate right now? And I’ll take my chances on being banned for saying so.

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  666. 675 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Yeah Paladin, I think Kirby lost the vision in one eye…

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  667. 676 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I’m sorry Berigan, I lost my head. It’s just that I am real scared.

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  668. 677 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    You know Pal, you’d save yourself a whole lotta grief if you’d you know…read just a few posts up…..

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  669. 678 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I read every post. Do you?

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  670. 679 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Easy there, boys.

    Initial report doesn’t sound too bad. This was on the other side from the previous injury & on the corner of his mouth.

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  671. 680 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    No, but I also don’t cuss, since I know it’s peeves a certain lady that I respect….

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  672. 681 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks FBG. I’m glad neither the old injury or the eye(s) are involved. But, we ain’t out of the woods, yet.

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  673. 682 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I apologized berigan. Let it go.

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  674. 683 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I know but at least it didn’t reinjure his eye. They’re doing precautionary x-rays of course & it sounds like he might need a few stitches inside his mouth but the toothy smile is apparently intact.

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  675. 684 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    CL; you have mail.

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  676. 685 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    And I did not recall the previous injury correctly. He was squaring around to bunt & was hit by the pitch, which is how he was hit on the right eye.

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  677. 686 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    The Big Bang mustโ€™ve been loud.

    I LOL’ed!!!

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  678. 687 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I didn’t Klobber. It scared hell out of me.

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  679. 688 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Paladin, that would officially make you older than dirt, wouldn’t it?

    I sure hope Frenchy is okay, both physically and psychologically. He’s a vital cog in this team’s success.

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  680. 689 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    But, then I woke up in this garden. And being me, I slithered around the trunk of the tree and said to the comely young maiden, “Honey, could I have a bite of that apple”. The rest, as they say, is history. Maybe I should have asked…but that is only conjecture.

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  681. 690 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday, Hillbilly!!!

    Go Dawgs! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  682. 691 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I’m not only older than dirt, I’m older than hydrogen.

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  683. 692 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Welcome to Pin the tail on Paladin Day, Raisins.

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  684. 693 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Braves win! Braves win!

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  685. 694 chrisklob March 16, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    We’re just funnin’ with ya’ Paladin. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  686. 695 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Like they say: If you are being run out of town, get out in front like it’s a parade and you are the drum major. Seventy-six trombones…

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  687. 696 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Another thought. As the guy who was being hanged said, “If it weren’t for the honor of the thing, I’d just as soon not be here.”

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  688. 697 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Berigan, forgive Paladin, he got one of those momentary Vietnam flashbacks he has, and thought your name was Charlie

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  689. 698 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    today is not st patty’s day. tomorrow is st patty’s day. green grits tomorrow – not today.

    saturday was ides of march. monday is st patty’s day. in between is palm sunday. best to remember palm sunday.

    and getting hit in the face with a spring is not good for any ballplayer. and whatever became of the blogger, spring lizard? used to get hooked on spring lizard’s every post.

    and the weather is calm and beautiful today. soon, the atlanta mayor will be calling for federal aid for atlanta. must clean up the mess and must pay those who clean it up. somebody has to pay. might as well be folks not impacted by the storm.

    and now, baseball . . . chip caray again on radio. oh, the screeching blackboard! should be a cubs announcer. should be cubby.

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  690. 699 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    oh, the humanity! bloody mouth! bloody mouth! francoeur is a mess in the photo on ajc.com. not a good time for a snack of famous delta peanuts. float. root beer float. soft ice cream.

    a blogger informs jimmy smith that it is reported on that other blog that francoeur has “lacerations (cuts)”. good that the clarification (make clear) was possible (able to do).

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  691. 700 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Frenchy got punched in the mouth with a 85+mph piece of horsehide. I don’t think Tyson(in his prime)could hit any harder, or more effectively, than that. I think soup will be on the menu tonight and cream of wheat in the morning.

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  692. 701 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Ouch! Not the prettiest picture.

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  693. 702 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    That photo in the AJC shows that Frenchy still has most of his choppers. But, they sure do look like store-boughts.

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  694. 703 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    a nice story on Troy Percival is helping the “Rays” become a team for once….they sure have talent…
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2008/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3293015

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  695. 704 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    According to the beet righter across the way(I know, but he’s with the team and you have to find out from somewhere), Blanco, Prado, Borchard and Pena or Sammons are looking like the most likely candidates for Chino’s Bench. So much for speed and nostalgia.

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  696. 705 flbravesgirl March 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks, Berigan. I think they’re finally building a good team after those first several years of “let’s change our direction every season”. I’d like to see them do well.

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  697. 706 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Judge Sam C. Pointer, Jr. has died. He is known as much for presiding over the silicone-gel breast implants trial as he was/is known for some landmark civil rights decisions. I know people who practiced in front of him and they said he was a tough and fair judge. R.I.P.

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  698. 707 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    watching the cubs . . . soriano will surely be sorry if soriano continues to stand and admire soriano’s homeruns. some clubs may take exception to such behavior.

    felix pie report coming up.

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  699. 708 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    GET THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN OFF THE STREET, IMMEDIATELY!!!

    A jjs felix pie report to follow.

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  700. 709 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    I would love to have seen Soriano try that with Gibson. His ears would have been ringing like a telephone exchange, for weeks, or maybe months.

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  701. 710 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Looks like it is just you and me, jimmy. Hell, let’s go have a beer. I’ll even drink a green one.

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  702. 711 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    from AJC:
    “and not the right side of his face, where he has a titanium plate below his eye from an ugly incident July 8, 2004.

    Playing for Class A Myrtle Beach, he squared to bunt and was hit below his eye, fracturing the orbital bone and causing other damage to the eye socket. He spent five weeks on the disabled list.”

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  703. 712 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    It makes me feel better when CL quotes from the AJC, too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  704. 713 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Paladin, I check the Braves NEWS page now and then. I just don’t go to that other place. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  705. 714 BeRiGaN 3 tHe SeArCh FoR rOcK March 16, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    And people think of baseball as a safe game! Titanium??? Good grief!!!
    712 posts with this one, going for a record????

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  706. 715 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Is the blog still loading OK for everyone?

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  707. 716 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    CL, I don’t have any choice. Our local NP’s idea of current events is a tractor-pull and by the time we get USA Today, it’s USA This Month.

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  708. 717 WillyWally March 16, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Probably couldn’t eat with Captain Calabash when he had a titanium plate put in his face while with Myrtle Beach

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  709. 718 paladin08 March 16, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I’m loaded.

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  710. 719 journalist jimmy smith March 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    yes, green beer and can take carolina lady along with us. green caffeine free diet coke. getting queasy . . . stomach lining turning flips.

    and titanium head might be a good nickname to replace frenchy. high-tech as opposed to lead head at third base.

    and testicular torsion does sound painful but twisted testicle just plain hurts (just plane hurts). felix pie started today in center field and seemed to be running okay. had to call for a ball in left center field and could be heard to shriek in a girlish voice, “mine”.

    yes, twisted testicle is not to be trifled with.

    blossom watch tonight. hope to learn blossom’s reel name. will be monitoring cnn for as long as journalist can stand to do so.

    and squirrels in the backyard today. must not know about the blue werms. will find out.

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  711. 720 Carolina Lady March 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    The BLOG, Paladin, the blog! ๐Ÿ˜†

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