| More Sports Board|| re: Does anyone actually think the Angels are back - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 4:44 pm|
I know they've missed at bats. I'm just pointing out that Angels fans are only looking at the things going wrong and saying "if we fix that, we'll be awesome" while completely ignoring all of the things going right. They have a lot of guys playing over their heads right now, who likely will regress ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Does anyone actually think the Angels are back - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 3:50 pm|
[quote]I think if their offense starts clicking[/quote]
but their offense HAS been clicking. Outside of Hamilton's struggles, just about everyone on the team is play at or above their projection. Kendrick has an OPS+ of 116. Callaspo has a 107. Trumbo is at a whopping 142. Bourjos is at a 132.
| Movie/TV Board|| re: World War Z reviews are (shockingly) postive - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 10:19 am|
Now You See Me seems like a generic summer movie. Inoffensive, forgettable, but hardly "bad". It just seems to exist.
As for WWZ, I've been avoiding most of the complaining about a movie that's not out yet because it's not out yet. Who knows if it's good? Many troubled productions turn into great...
| More Sports Board|| re: Worst Position Player in Baseball - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 10:15 am|
I will say that Francoeur is one of the most likeable players on earth. It's why he's been allowed to hang around as a starter for so long. He's a genuinely good guy and people like him. Hell, I like him. I wish he was a better player. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Worst Position Player in Baseball - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 10:03 am|
He's sucked pretty consistently. Yes, he posted a 119 OPS+ in 2011. The previous year? 85. Before that? 93. Before that? 72.
He's a corner outfielder who can't hit. I feel I'm taking a pretty non-controversial stance here. One pretty good year sandwiched in between five bad ones is pretty much th...
| More Sports Board|| re: Worst Position Player in Baseball - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 9:36 am|
He's hitting 221/259/321 with an OPS+ of 57.
Last year, he hit 235/287/378 as a corner outfielder and still got over 600 PA's. I mean, what is our standard for "sucking"? Because that seems pretty f'n awful. He's also a net negative defensive player, but people think he's good because he has a c...
| More Sports Board|| re: Worst Position Player in Baseball - Baloo on 5/24/13 at 9:23 am|
Jeff Francoeur is usually a go to answer for this kind of question... but my God, has anyone looked at Victor Martinez's numbers? And he's so defensively worthless, he can't play the field. ...
| Music Board|| re: Neil Young/Billy Bragg/Wilco - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 9:46 pm|
Guthrie was also a well-off socialist who began his career literally singing songs on the streets for the money. Though I'm not sure why having a big house means you can't support socialism. England is a socialist nation and it has rich people. But that's a poli board discussion. However, Bragg's po...
| Music Board|| re: Neil Young/Billy Bragg/Wilco - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 9:31 pm|
[quote]no thanks to mr bragg [/quote]
Wait... what? If anyone is the hier to Woody Guthrie, it is Billy Bragg. All You Fascists Are Gonna Lose is what Woody Guthrie would've recorded had he been recording in the 80s instead of the 30s. No one gets as close to the spirit of Woody as Bragg. Not even ...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Alien Engineers: Prometheus Orginal Script (Link Inside and Cliff Notes) - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 9:06 pm|
I don't feel like reading the script but from the cliff notes... that sounds awful. Truly formulaic, awful B-movie crap. I'm so happy they made Prometheus instead, a film a genuinely liked. I felt it was a challenging thriller that also had a nice tie in to the Alien movies without being bogged down...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Refn's "Only God Forgives" Is Apparently Terrible - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 3:05 pm|
[quote]Movies aren't books. They are movies. But I know I can't change your mind about that.[/quote]
I know they aren't books. But the idea that art shouldn't say something is such a cultural cul de sac. It's just asserting your own meaninglessness. Why should I bother? ...
| More Sports Board|| re: What a joke...calling a timeout in the NBA allows you to advance the ball 65 ft. - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 11:33 am|
That's from 2009. Not one person dissents from Rex's complaints. My God, people agreed with REX. It's just a crappy rule that we live with. ...
| Tiger Rant|| re: Top College Baseball Venues...Nice Mention of Alex Box Stadium - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 11:19 am|
I love the bleachers. It means the stadium is designed to get in a bunch of rowdy fans. It's not just a callback to the previous stadium, it's also a way to build a real homefield advantage. I like a stadium with a bit of an edge. Cheap seats make the experience. You don't want a full stadium of the...
| Tiger Rant|| re: When did baseball become second most popular sport at LSU? - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 11:10 am|
The 1993-94 basketball team had to be the most unlikeable team in human history. Google Jamie Brandon if you are too young to remember that era. It was a stunningly selfish team that was headed nowhere (Lenear Burns is excused from all criticism). Still, there was some excitement with Henderson and ...
| More Sports Board|| re: The Cincinnati Bearcats have the best interviews in college baseball - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 11:02 am|
| More Sports Board|| re: The hatred for Jordan during his prime - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 10:33 am|
[quote]You must have not been a sports fan back in the day or you are to young to remember [/quote]
I hated Jordan because he was a sociopath. But it was lonely hating Jordan as I was about the only one. But I do remember when Jordan was "just a scorer" who "didn't care about winning" in his early ...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: So what's the status on the new MWADS list? Did I miss the reveal? - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 10:30 am|
It's my bad. I haven't written mine because I suck. Though I did spend last weekend watching the movies I'm writing for so I will have something to Freaux. I take full responsibility.
My bad. Sweep the leg. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: When Bryce Harper retires... - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 8:26 am|
Actually, I think I brought up Adam Dunn, and I know I brought up Chris Davis, about how a ton of strikeouts can derail even the best hitting prospects. Harper is pretty much at that line where his strikeout numbers are probably just a consequence of his power (HR hitters have big K totals, as a ge...
| More Sports Board|| re: What a joke...calling a timeout in the NBA allows you to advance the ball 65 ft. - Baloo on 5/23/13 at 8:21 am|
[quote]in my 9+ years on this site i don't think i've ever seen people bitch about this rule...until tonight [/quote]
I have. I hate this rule. It's beyond stupid. But I pretty much hate every rule in the last two minutes of a basketball game, and how a team can gain advantage by fouling. It's no...
| More Sports Board|| re: When Bryce Harper retires... - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 10:19 pm|
For fun, you can read both threads:
The Inky thread...
And the Beltre thread (looking at it, I called Beltre his WORST CASE and still compared him to A-Rod in both threads):
| More Sports Board|| re: When Bryce Harper retires... - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 10:08 pm|
No, I compared him to Adrian Beltre. I said, IIRC, that Harper could be a Hall of Famer, but I hate comparing prospects to Hall of Famers because it's so grossly unfair to everybody. I said his minor league numbers looked like Beltre's and he could have a career like his (which you said would be a h...
| Music Board|| re: Meaning behind band names - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 10:01 pm|
Jimmy Swaggart called rock n roll the "new pornography" in a televised sermon. Hence, the New Pornographers. ...
| Music Board|| re: Make me a Bruce Springsteen fan - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 9:56 pm|
Born to Run is THE Springsteen album. If you like Bruce, you'll like that album. It's almost a statement of purpose. If, like me, you think Bruce is wildly overrated, you'll buy Nebraska, the least Springsteen album in his catalog, and call it a day. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: So Bill Simmons said Duncan > Shaq - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 9:47 pm|
Duncan is still about 5000 career points behind Shaq (though he is about 120 rebounds ahead). So when we're talking total career, I still take Shaq. And peak, Shaq just crushes him.
Then there's the whole "different position" thing. Shaq is the best player of the past 30 years not named Jordan. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: When Bryce Harper retires... - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 9:36 pm|
Best seasons for a 19 year old?
So, looking at that list, there's three Hall of Famers there. Tony Conigliaro w...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Refn's "Only God Forgives" Is Apparently Terrible - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 5:25 pm|
[quote]Refn's becoming the Malick of noir crime thrillers[/quote]
totally stealing this line. I don't like Malick either. Both completely fail as storytellers. They prefer imagery over a coherent narrative. This sounds like Drive without the great performance from Albert Brooks. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Which Young MLBers Would You Rather Have at Each Position? - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 5:22 pm|
[quote]Surprised you didn't pick Bumgarner. [/quote]
that was my other choice, but Sale has a career ERA+ of 153 and averages over a K per inning. Bumgarner has a 112 (though in about 150 more innings). He also has a stellar K rate, just not as stellar. I like him a lot, too.
Also, Chris Sale is...
| More Sports Board|| re: Which Young MLBers Would You Rather Have at Each Position? - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 5:17 pm|
I think people jumped ship a little too early on the Royals' prospects. Progress is rarely linear. They aren't that far removed from having the best rated farm system in baseball history. Yes, their players have struggled on arrival. It happens. Sure, some of those guys are going to flame out, but I...
| More Sports Board|| re: Which Young MLBers Would You Rather Have at Each Position? - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 5:09 pm|
C: Salvador Perez
I actually think Perez has outperformed Rosario. In 600 PA's, Perez has an OPS+ of 115, Rosario has a 106 in about the same number of PA's. Perez is even younger. I think this is an easy one.
1B: Eric Hosmer
The guy has two full seasons as a starter at Age 22. Do you know...
| More Sports Board|| re: Article about 2003 WSOP on Grantland - Baloo on 5/22/13 at 1:31 pm|
I thought Farha came off as a bit arrogant, but he is arrogant. He didn't come off nearly as bitter as Dutch Boyd, who did nothing but complain about how bad of a player Moneymaker was....