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June 29, 2008
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*Maybe when you hurt yourself moving pillows on your bed, it's a sign you're not really cut out to be a professional athlete.

*Price fixing does not sound like a useful solution to the hazards of maple bats. (H/T). Does anyone really think Major League ballplayers are currently using cheap knockoff bats?

*George Carlin on Kiner's Korner. And a few of his one-liners from the later stage of his career (i.e., when he wasn't high). Some of those were only funny because of Carlin's delivery, and some have become cliches by now, but he does have a few classics there. Carlin was at his best when he was being misanthropic.

*Chicks don't dig the Mariners. (H/T). This would be even funnier if they had not just whupped the Mets.

*Replacing Chris Noth with Jeff Goldblum on Law & Order: Criminal Intent is not a step up. Amusingly, that photo makes Goldblum look quite a lot like Jerry Orbach, though.

*There's money in poverty, if you're a friend of Barack Obama. Decent housing's another matter.

*The Barackheads do not like it if you mock their god.

*It's like joining a cult, except...I'm working on it....let me think ....

*Comparing your client to the Rosenbergs is not a great idea.

*Somebody on Kos tried to do a response (sans permalink) to our RedState editorial on the GOP as the party of freedom of choice, and I think I hurt my brain reading the thing. The paragraph on the salary cap is priceless, and the sad part is that the author presumably intends us to take the Jeff Spicoli quote as authoritative, as if quoting Montesquieu or something. In a similar vein, this is awfully unspecific. Why should it matter if I'm "ungrateful" to farmers - I pay for my food, and that should be enough for them just as it is for lawyers, autoworkers, toymakers, whoever.

*Interesting writeup on great NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk, who I'd never known much about. Man, that's a guy with a lot of problems and a lot of injuries.

*Nice writeup about 100-year-old ex-MLB player Bill Werber (career numbers here). The Babe Ruth anecdote is vintage Ruth.

*Hugo Chavez and Hezbollah, perfect together.

*This is an oldie but a goodie, on Live Earth. Our old friend and Holy Cross classmate Dave Holmes makes it out of this with more of his dignity intact than most of the participants.

*I shouldn't laugh at Al Sharpton on a bicycle (in fact, I can't ride one myself), but what the heck, he's Al Sharpton.

*I have to feel like the AP is stacking the deck when they give us this, this and this as pictures of Spain's fans at a Spain-Russia soccer game and this as the picture of a Russian fan.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:01 AM | Baseball 2008 • | Blog 2006-14 • | Politics 2008 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Carlin said it best about "freedom of choice".
You can choose "paper or plastic" only.
The rest is an illusion of choice.

Republicans will sell the citizens down the river in a second.
Democrats will wait 4 seconds before they sell the citizens down the river.
Some choice.

Posted by: Berto at June 29, 2008 1:19 AM

Inge re-injured his oblique moving the pillow, Crank... he was already on the DL for his oblique injury.

Posted by: Joel B. at June 29, 2008 1:41 AM

Elect Obama. he'll do for America what he did for the South Side of Chicago

Posted by: Ironman at June 29, 2008 2:07 AM

Thanks for the link to the Werber article, Crank. THAT was cool. I wonder how many ballplayers from the 20s and 30s are still living?

Posted by: feeblemind at June 29, 2008 11:59 AM

Regarding their salary cap comments, is that true? It seems to me that Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett are the highest paid players in the NBA because they signed their contracts before the salary cap was introduced and are therefore exempt. Even if a study showed that the median salary is higher now than it was before the cap in the NBA, couldn't that just be a result of increased revenues overall?

Posted by: KDH at June 30, 2008 5:40 PM
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