| More Sports Board|| A's win 19 inning game - Baloo on 4/30/13 at 12:13 pm|
Man, I'm glad I didn't watch that. Game ended at 3 AM, and the Angels blew a five run lead in the 8th inning, which is hard to do.
Josh Hamilton is hitting .202/.246/.298 after going 0 for 8 last night. That's unfathomably bad. ...
| Music Board|| Wedding DJ - Baloo on 3/8/13 at 11:58 am|
A couple of good friends of mine are getting married next weekend and they have asked me to be their wedding DJ. I have the equipment and stuff, but I'm most definitely not a professional. It should be a pretty casual environment (clearly, if they are asking a buddy to be the DJ). But, I thought I'd...
| Music Board|| The death of rock n roll - Baloo on 2/19/13 at 9:21 am|
Stephen Hyden has been writing a largely excellent series on Grantland called the Winner's History of Rock n Roll, in which he looks at the most popular rock acts and what the hell happened to rock radio. It's beena fun read, but I think he gets to the core issue of "what's wrong with rock?" in this...
| Movie/TV Board|| Re-evaluating the 1980s Best Picture winners - Baloo on 2/15/13 at 11:30 am|
The Best Picture thread inspired me to look at the 1980s, a decade renowned for being the low point in the Academy Awards. I’m going to try and re-issue the Oscars, using the same criteria that the Academy uses. So I’m not going to give it to a comedy or foreign film… just give the Oscars the benefi...
| Music Board|| Music Board's Albums of the Year - Baloo on 2/4/13 at 8:49 am|
Sorry it's a tad late, but I've tabulated the vote for the top albums of the year, according to this board. 111 albums received at least one vote, but I decided to make this a top 27 list, as that was every album that received over 15 points, which required at least 2 people voting for it. There was...
| More Sports Board|| MSB Season Long Hockey Thread - Baloo on 1/16/13 at 11:37 am|
Or, how will the Caps choke this year?...
| Fantasy Sports Board|| Fantasy hockey -- any interest - Baloo on 1/16/13 at 11:19 am|
I've actually never played fantasy hockey, but was thinking of joining a league. Figured I'd check to see if there was any interest here before I did that.
Any interest in forming an auction league? ...
| Music Board|| The Music Board's top ten albums of 2012 -- Voting Thread - Baloo on 1/15/13 at 9:49 am|
OK, I’ve waited a few weeks so we could all listen to the last purchases of the year, so now it is time for the Music Board’s albums of the year. A list of albums released in 2012 is available here:
Now, if you want to just submit a ...
| More Sports Board|| Comparing the HOF Ballot to the Middle Tier HOFer - Baloo on 1/7/13 at 2:11 pm|
How good is this year’s HOF ballot? There’s about 15 players on it who not only meet the Hall’s minimum criteria, they greatly exceed it. Many people argue against players getting in because a guy isn’t as good as Willie Mays, which is not, nor has it ever been the Hall standard.
But even if you ...
| More Sports Board|| Poz on Hamilton and Pujols - Baloo on 12/18/12 at 4:49 pm|
[quote]Which of these two sets of teammates would you rather have for the next five years if MONEY IS NOT A CONSIDERATION?
1. Anaheim's Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
2. Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez.
Yeah, you might have thou...
| Political Talk|| How the GOP could rebrand itself - Baloo on 11/30/12 at 11:41 am|
I’ve been giving some thought, like many people, how the GOP could reverse its current fortunes on the national stage. I’m a center-left guy and clearly not in the GOP’s target, but I’ve voted for GOP candidates in the past. In fact, this year I voted for a Republican for Congress as well as in plen...
| More Sports Board|| Hall of Fame candidate: Dale Murphy - Baloo on 11/29/12 at 12:31 pm|
As y’all know, I’m a Hall junkie. So, since the Best Ballot Ever is upon us, I figured it would be fun to go through each candidate that has a legit case for induction using the Keltner List. First up is Dale Murphy, on his last trip on the ballot. It’s his 15th year, and he got 14% of the vote last...
| More Sports Board|| Happy Birthday, Stan Musial - Baloo on 11/21/12 at 1:43 pm|
My favorite sportswriter on my favorite player ever:
There is absolutely no question that Stan Musial is the most underrated player in baseball history. The fact he is not mentioned regularly among the greatest of the great is absurd. ...
| Political Talk|| Tax Cuts don't lead to growth, study says - Baloo on 11/13/12 at 3:04 pm|
Interesting article from the Atlantic on tax cuts and the GDP
[quote]Analysis of six decades of data found that top tax rates "have had little association with saving, in...
| Political Talk|| I've never been less interested in a political election - Baloo on 11/5/12 at 5:22 pm|
Seriously, who cares? You either get a bland center-left candidate or a bland center-right candidate. And to be perfectly honest, both will govern in largely the same way.
I know the bases will get fired up, but I don't think there's ever been less of a difference in the two major candidates in ...
| Movie/TV Board|| Little Shop of Horrors Blue Ray! - Baloo on 10/24/12 at 8:51 am|
Now, with the original 20-minute "Holy crap! Audrey II is going to destroy the world!" ending.
One of the greatest satires ever made -- it's funny, kind of scary, has great music, and surprisingly poignant. And now, we can finally see the legendary ending that test audiences rejected as "too dar...
| More Sports Board|| The Baloo Family Baseball Apocalypse - Baloo on 10/4/12 at 8:13 am|
Well, crap. My wife is a huge Rangers fan. Like, her dad watches every game and practically raised her at the ballpark kind of fan. Like the sort of fan who has a Steve Beuchelle jersey. She's kind of fanatical, as she smashed in a light fixture during Game 6 last year (which, to be honest, was very...
| Music Board|| The economics of rock n roll - Baloo on 10/3/12 at 1:31 pm|
If you haven't read the article on Grizzly Bear in New York magazine, you really should. Now, I dislike Grizzly Bear, but they are a fairly successful band, and the article gets in to the fact they don't even have health insurance and are in fairly poor financial health. It's a fascinating read to s...
| More Sports Board|| The O's are on the cover of Sports Illustrated. DOOMED!!! - Baloo on 9/27/12 at 9:05 am|
Thanks for the jinx, a-holes. ...
| Music Board|| The Vandals - Baloo on 9/14/12 at 2:06 pm|
In honor of our weekend opponent, I've been listening to The Vandals first album, Peace Through Vandalism. Not gonna lie, it really holds up.
| Music Board|| Mudhoney's Piece of Cake - Baloo on 9/11/12 at 9:33 am|
The AV Club is inexplicably doing a tibute to 1992 Week on its site, and did a write up of one of my all-time favorite bands, Mudhoney, and their disastrous foray into the world of major labels. Only Mudhoney (and Lou Reed) would seemingly TRY to make a bad record, just to screw with record executiv...
| Music Board|| Finally got Sirius Radio - Baloo on 9/5/12 at 8:58 am|
Got a new car, equipped with Sirius radio... where has First Wave been all my life? ...
| More Sports Board|| I really hate the Yankees - Baloo on 8/31/12 at 9:22 pm|
6-1. How's that run differential, jack wagons? ...
| More Sports Board|| Orioles top last year's win total - Baloo on 8/28/12 at 1:14 pm|
70 wins, bitches!
No, I have no earthly idea how they are doing this either. There is really no rational reason why the Orioles should be a wild card team, but here they are, clinging to the second wild card.
The O's do demonstrate a few theories/concepts:
ONE. Replacement players. It is an...
| Music Board|| Pitchfork: The Peoples List - Baloo on 8/22/12 at 11:09 am|
Pitchfork asked their readers to vote on the best albums from 1996-2011, the period oft he mag's publication. Here are the results of the Hipster Nation:
Not a huge fan of the list, but anything with a lot votes tends to get uninteresting results, as bizar...
| Fantasy Sports Board|| Duct tape and baling wire - Baloo on 8/14/12 at 1:13 pm|
Have you ever had a team so decimated by injuries and poor play that your starting roster is just a bunch of waiver wire guys... and you're still in playoff position only you have no idea how?
Which is a long way of saying that Will Middlebrook can rot in hell. I'm now on my fourth 3rd baseman. ...
| Olympics Board|| Lame Defense of Ye Shiwen - Baloo on 8/1/12 at 1:29 pm|
[quote]In the absence of hard evidence—reliable sources, a failed drug test—sportswriters don’t go around accusing athletes of cheating. Except, it ...
| Movie/TV Board|| Sight and Sound poll OUT -- Vertigo #1 - Baloo on 8/1/12 at 11:42 am|
Every ten years, Sight and Sound polls the world's film critics to release the greatest ten movies list. It's a fascinating snapshot on how critical consensus changes through time.
Here's the new poll:
The Critics’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time
Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
Citizen Kane (...
| Olympics Board|| Fencing Controversy Explained in Legos - Baloo on 7/31/12 at 5:02 pm|
For those of you who missed A Lam Shin's hour long protest of the fencing semifinals yesterday, the Guardian has helpfully recreated the event with Legos.
| Olympics Board|| Beach volleyball: Brazil v. Germany - Baloo on 7/31/12 at 10:56 am|
Seriously, how great of a match was this? Eight match points? Just a riveting match they drew me in despite me not caring who won at the outset. ...