May 1, 2008

G30: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0

Blue Jays - 001 010 100 - 3  9  0
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 4 1
The Red Sox got four hits (two from David Ortiz) and six walks (Manny Ramirez and Kevin Cash each received two), but could not get a runner past third base. They stranded eight men.

They have scored 5 runs in their last 50 innings.

0100000000010000000000000000000001000000101000000000

Wakefield did alright (7-6-3-4-0, 97) -- no Toronto batters struck out tonight -- but trailing by three runs during this team-wide slump was like being down by 15.

And now ... it's a weekend battle for first place with the Rays. Boston (17-13) and Tampa Bay (16-12) are tied atop the East.

***

A.J. Burnett (6.07, 69 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (4.06, 110 ERA+)
             IP    H   R  ER  BB   K   WHIP
Burnett 29.2 37 22 20 15 19 1.75
Wakefield 31 29 16 14 17 19 1.48
We may see a lot of baserunners tonight.

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redsock said...

From Bradford:

Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Lowell, 3B
Moss, RF
Crisp, CF
Lowrie, SS
Cash, C

Zenslinger said...

No LBJ.

nixon33 said...

well you could take a look at the yanks lineup for comfort.
looks like a AAA team!

L-girl said...

Hi gamethread, I missed you.

In fact I missed the whole game last night. I have meetings most Weds nights.

Still no LBJ! Boo.

As much as I like pitching duels, a shitload of runs would be a nice change.

redsock said...

nice backhand scoop from yook!

redsock said...

9 pitch BB for the GG.

Zenslinger said...

well you could take a look at the yanks lineup for comfort.
looks like a AAA team!


My regular source for Schadenfreude, the Replacement Level bog, is good reading today.

Actually, it always is. Jeter's defense has consistently been a big topic.

Zenslinger said...

Hate to say it again, but...at least we made him throw some pitches (20).

redsock said...

RL is a good blog. They are also part of the reality-based community when it comes to CI's fielding.

L-girl said...

Buffyvision has nice shots of the Fenway hawks. They're saying stupid things about them, but it's still great to see the birds.

Zenslinger said...

CI's fielding

Lot of talk of him at 1B or RF next year.

redsock said...

Really? Just wishful thinking on their part, I suppose? Who are they eyeing for SS?

redsock said...

nyy 3, det 0 in the first.

L-girl said...

Gotta be wishful thinking. This is the Yankees we're talking about. They're decidedly not reality based.

L-girl said...

Dr Doubles will see you now!

L-girl said...

Especially RF - wishful thinking. You will never see Jeter in the OF.

heng brothers said...

Doctor Doubles with consecutive games with extra bases... here comes the offense.

redsock said...

buffy praises wells for getting that ball in quickly so lowell could not tag and go to third.

yeah, slowell would go on a fly to lcf!!!

Zenslinger said...

Who are they eyeing for SS?

I don't know if they're eyeing any free agents, but the talk now is the former AG's defense and so-so bat vs. Jeter's poor defense and pretty good bat. Lot of talk as to whether Jeter could measure up offensively for those positions with higher offensive expectations. Not sure if they'd expect Gonzalez to stay at SS, though some like him.

Nice to see (er, hear) Mike get a double.

God, the radio totally -- what's the term? -- LURVEd me? On the Moss and Crisp fly balls.

Zenslinger said...

You will never see Jeter in the OF.

Hm. What makes you say so?

L-girl said...

When NYY got Alex, people thought Jeter would move to 3rd. Ridiculous. Remember how long they hung on to Mattingly at 1st? Jeter won't go anywhere until Jeter is ready to go.

redsock said...

Jeter won't go anywhere until Jeter is ready to go.

The mark of a true team player -- do what you want and not what would best help the team.

His bat would suck for a corner OF -- .300 maybe but mostly singles and no pop.

Amy said...

Good evening, all. I get here to see the first Jay hit.

Not many base runners yet though.

L-girl said...

What makes you say so?

My familiarity with the Yankees way of doing things.

Their first priority is not what's best for the team and for winning. They care more about appearances, status, selling tickets.

Jeter is the most visible and famous player. His myth is more important than his actual skills. Moving him would be an admission of his declining skills. They won't do it.

If they have a complete FO overhaul with a totally new mindset and attitude, then this doesn't apply.

L-girl said...

Jeter won't go anywhere until Jeter is ready to go.

The mark of a true team player -- do what you want and not what would best help the team.


You are misinterpreting me.

I'm not saying Jeter wouldn't move. That I don't know. I'm saying the Yankees won't move him.

I don't see how a player can be expected to make that call on his own. But the FO won't move him. That's my point - not that Jeter is not a team guy. I see no evidence that he's a selfish player.

L-girl said...

Hi Amy :)

phil said...

I'd assume you'd see Jeter DH before play outfield, but that's mostly just a guess. First base seems more plausible too.

Their strategy does seem to involve having a floating DH where the currently injured aging hitting superstar of the week can bat.

Fucking birds.

Amy said...

Hi, Laura! Nice to see you here.

Is it blasphemy to admit that I like Jeter? Can't help it. I do find his fist pump annoying, but I do like to watch him play.

(PLus I have to admit something nice about one Yankee just to keep some peace here. Harv often will compliment various Red Sox players.)

redsock said...

has cash adopted belli's habit of holding onto his mask and catching pops one-handed? i hope not. that always irked me.

nick said...

Hi all.

I'm not really here, but I've been either working or at meetings for nearly every game in the last week or so.

Emma asked about the Red Sox people, "y'know l-girl and those others". So, we're stopping in before her bedtime.

redsock said...

Is it blasphemy to admit that I like Jeter?

You have to ask?

L-girl said...

I was never a huge Jeter fan, but I never understood most Sox fans' obsessive hatred of him, either.

Or, I understand it but think it's silly.

Through most of his career, any baseball fan in his right mind would have been thrilled to have Jeter on their team. Fist pump? Please. Papelbon does it nightly.

L-girl said...

Emma! Aw shucks, I'm touched. Please tell her I said hi.

I haven't been here much this week either. It's nice to sit and relax with The Thread.

Zenslinger said...

I have to coexist with Yankee fans at the Bar and it's largely a pleasant experience, although I pick my people to coexist with. I'm not averse to complimenting them when appropriate; Jeter I respect somewhat but can't like.

If he's not a selfish player, and he does become "ready to move", I think the fact that it makes sense will counteract the tradition of having him at SS. Especially if they don't make the playoffs this year and continue making an organizational shift.

L-girl said...

I'd assume you'd see Jeter DH before play outfield, but that's mostly just a guess.

I think that's more likely.

But using Mattingly as a past example, I don't think they'll move Jeter at all. Just because they should and it's logical doesn't mean they will.

L-girl said...

I think the fact that it makes sense will counteract the tradition of having him at SS.

Maybe they've changed a lot since I followed them. But the Yankees I knew would never have sense counteract what they consider tradition.

Zenslinger makes a good distinction btn respect and like. Many Sox fans act like there's nothing to respect there, and that just makes no sense to me. But like, well, you can't like the most visible player on your nemesis team.

Amy said...

Allan, sometimes you have to make concessions for love... :)

Zenslinger said...

If fantasy baseball comments become annoying (i.e., irrelevant), someone please say so.

But -- despite good luck in the wins category and pitching in general, the last couple of days I've had Matsuzaka, Jurrjens, and Greinke collectively go 21.0 innings, 3ER...and no wins.

L-girl said...

Amy, please don't go there... :)

phil said...

Jeter's a good hitter and a vastly overrated fielder. Overratedness is really annoying even if the item that's overrated is actually otherwise a HoF player on other grounds.

It's also typical, at least for the male half of the species, to be more attached to one's own prick than someone else's prick.

redsock said...

if hank is grabbing more decision-making power (which may or may not be so) then the organization will be getting dumber -- much, much dumber.

heng brothers said...

Zen,

Such is the fluke-y luck of small sample sizes and fantasy baseball...

redsock said...

top 3rd: det now up 4-3!

Zenslinger said...

DP. Jeez.

Thanks for the response, Laura.

Everyone enjoy & go Sox.

L-girl said...

Jeter's a good hitter and a vastly overrated fielder. Overratedness is really annoying even if the item that's overrated is actually otherwise a HoF player on other grounds.

That's the logical reason to dislike Jeter.

It's also typical, at least for the male half of the species, to be more attached to one's own prick than someone else's prick.

And that's the more typical reason.

phil said...

It's also far easier to hide an aging defensive liability at first base than shortstop. Ripken had to move over eventually.

Amy said...

OK, I will clarify. I respect Jeter's ability. I don't like him as a person. I don't even know him. I do not ever wish that he do well against the Red Sox, but I do respect his abilities.

Just like Harvey respects the abilities of Ortiz and Manny, etc.

phil said...

Ripken's also probably a good comp, PR-wise.

Amy said...

It's also typical, at least for the male half of the species, to be more attached to one's own prick than someone else's prick.

Now that is one classic memorable line!

ish said...

(PLus I have to admit something nice about one Yankee just to keep some peace here. Harv often will compliment various Red Sox players.)

My favorite Yankee, for the player they are, is Fruitbat. I love watching him pitch.

phil said...

Trying not to get too heteronormative, though.

L-girl said...

We have a Sox-fan friend in the Resisters group, someone from Boston who moved to Canada during the Vietnam war. A great woman, too - big activist, well known in Cdn political circles. Our Sox-ness is like an instant bond every time we see each other.

So last night she was all excited to tell me she has tickets to see the Sox at Fenway in June. We were talking about how great Fenway is, how much we love it...

And I ended up saying, even before I was a Sox fan, Fenway was always my favourite park. She looked at me like, What?

I said, uh-oh, you don't know my history. So I told her a very brief version of my conversion, how I fell out of love and am on my second marriage.

She was thrilled. I think she appreciates my fan-ness even more now.

L-girl said...

My favorite Yankee, for the player they are, is Fruitbat. I love watching him pitch.

He was my favourite player through all those years. Although I all him Mariano. :)

I have a cap he signed for me.

redsock said...

Many Sox fans say that if Jeter had spent his career in Milwaukee, he'd be thought of as a good, but not terribly special, player.

I'm not sure of that -- though his true value as a player would be more accepted -- but here are his Top 10 Comps:

Barry Larkin (901)
Alan Trammell (869)
Ray Durham (867)
Ryne Sandberg (855) *
Arky Vaughan (850) *
Bobby Doerr (842) *
Kirby Puckett (836) *
Jay Bell (835)
Joe Torre (833)
Bill Dickey (830) *
-----------

1,000 would be an exact match. *: is HoF.

phil said...

Surprised they're letting her back in the country... nevermind, women can't be draft dodgers.

L-girl said...

Trying not to get too heteronormative, though.

I was thinking of that, too, re attachments to other men's pricks.

nick said...

phil said...

Trying not to get too heteronormative, though.


Thanks, phil. I thought about commenting on that, but couldn't come up with anything both witty and to the point.

Lately I've been reading on a controversy regarding women of color (WOC) and feminism on a lot of feminist blogs, so my level of awareness has been somewhat elevated of late.

nick said...

huzzah!

phil said...

Unfortunately, heterosexuality's typical. (I chose my words.)

Ben said...

Phew. Glad we got out of that.

L-girl said...

Phil, all the former draft dodgers go back and forth from the US to Canada at will now. They were granted amnesty, they hold Cdn passports and can do whatever they want.

The core of the movement I work with are all Vietnam resisters - some deserters, some conscientious objectors, some draft resisters. All can come and go to the US whenever they want.

Jere said...

My favorite Yankee is Mike Pagliarulo.

Just got in, and I see no talk about the camera-angle? I saw they had it recently on some plays, but tonight it's almost every pitch. (I missed last night's game, so maybe they did it last night?)

Anyway, I was turned off to the straight-on shot by ESPN when they tried it, because the camera seemed really high up But the way NESN's doing it, it's watchable. And great for seeing the knuckler move.

L-girl said...

Lately I've been reading on a controversy regarding women of color (WOC) and feminism on a lot of feminist blogs, so my level of awareness has been somewhat elevated of late.

I OD'd on my awareness of that. I'm glad the issue is out there, but I'm sick of hearing about it.

phil said...

On any given night, I'd accept 66 pitches and 1 run through the first four by Wakefield. We need runs, though.

L-girl said...

We have Buffyvision.

Jere said...

Right. But NESN people...

L-girl said...

Here we go! Papi's getting it started.

Amy said...

OK, while I was on the phone with my mother, you guys discussed favorite Yankees (a first for JOS, for sure), war resisters and feminism. Now I know Laura is around!

nick said...

we're starting to get close to my date on Jere's 500 HR contest. Manny's got to start producing for me.

Amy said...

Jere, what about the camera angle on NESN? I hadn't noticed.

Amy said...

Interesting list, Allan. Who is Barry Larkin?

(I guess that was your point!)

phil said...

Anyone know other sites besides mlb/espn/yahoo for gameday-like live scores? I'd like to find something that works behind my firewall at work besides fangraphs, which doesn't give balls/strikes/etc. during at-bats.

redsock said...

My fave Yankee? Babe Ruth.

Amy said...

Wow, nice play, damn it!

nick said...

no huzzah.

hazzuh on.

Amy said...

Phil, CBS Sports has something, but I don't know if will work any better than Yahoo, etc.

phil said...

Career three-hundred hitting shortstop for the Reds? Never heard of him?

L-girl said...

Many Sox fans say that if Jeter had spent his career in Milwaukee, he'd be thought of as a good, but not terribly special, player.

As in most things in sports, context is everything.

L-girl said...

Now I know Laura is around!

Guilty as charged. :)

redsock said...

you don't know larkin? really?

played SS for the reds from 86-04. won the mvp in 95.

Jere said...

Amy, and those without NESN:

NESN is showing just about every pitch from the straight-ahead angle. They have a camera pretty much directly behind the pitcher, instead of in the camera well for that off-center look that we're all used to. It's very odd--some things take a little getting used to. But you can really see the knuckler breaking.

ESPN tried this as their normal thing a few years back, but like I said the camera was so high it was like watching from the blimp.

phil said...

CBS Sportsline seems to work. Thanks.

L-girl said...

gritty double

Amy said...

Career three-hundred hitting shortstop for the Reds? Never heard of him?

Is that Barry Larkin?

When did he play? If I did once know of him, he is forgotten.

Which I think was Allan's point (not that I am necessarily the typical fan when it comes to name recall).

L-girl said...

Threaders:

Who's your all-time favourite player, from any time, any era?

L-girl said...

I don't think Allan's point was that Larkin is forgotten or was forgettable.

redsock said...

No, I posted that to show what an unbiased look of comparable players to CI were -- instead of what you'd see through the media's toilet-colored glasses.

L-girl said...

Wheee, that was fun!

redsock said...

Hey Buffy: Jays Runners Being Manny??

EFF YOU

Amy said...

Hmm, last played in 04 for a National League team. I am sure I once knew the name, but like many other things, it rings not one bell now.

Wow, that was a lucky break for the Sox. Poor gritty Eckstein.

Joe Grav said...

Howdy folks. I survived my chem exam (I even think I did decently well!) and just woke up from a much needed nap.

I see the offense is still just as sleepy as I am.

Joe Grav said...

l-girl, my all time favorite player is Pedro.

redsock said...

buffy did not say that. i said it to buffy and tabler.

they have been mums-ing a bit tonight.

L-girl said...

Tabler (on BuffyTV) said Eckstein's bad base running is his unfamiliarity with Fenway Park.

Even tho the Gritstein spent most of his career in the AL...

phil said...

Actually, CBS isn't updating unless I manually reload. Oh well.

phil said...

My all-time favorite yankee is Abraham Lincoln.

redsock said...

GDGD recovers from that play nicely! Surprising.

84242 if you are scoring at home.

Jere said...

Amy, here's a picture I took last season. In this shot, the camera well is just to my right--so that usual centerfield camera angle is even MORE off-center than my pic. That's what the angle's always been. Now look at your screen and see how the pitcher's head is basically covering home plate. Or just a tiny bit to the left.

Joe Grav said...

The new angle has already grown on me. I was able to see like 2 innings in HD the other day, and when they would show that angle, it was spectacularrre

Amy said...

OK, so I missed the point! Well, all I did was once again reveal my ignorance!

All time favorite player: very hard question. From my Mets days, there was no one I found more exciting to watch than Nolan Ryan.

But in my adult life, all time favorite? That is hard. Probably either Fisk or Tek, being a catcher girl as I am. But Pedro, Manny, and Ortiz are up there. And Yaz. Shit, I dunno. I love Lowell, the new kids, and YOUK.

Now, in 4 years, will I remember all their names??

Joe Grav said...

I am personally a big fan of the behind-the-plate angle but only in HD (it looks crap in standard, especially on my itty bitty ancient screen that I have in my dorm)

Jere said...

Another thing different about this angle, since it is from a slightly higher perspective, you don't see any of the crowd behind the plate.

redsock said...

buffy wondering why there is a ladder on the wall. hard to say iof he really does not know or if he was setting up tabler.

tabler talks about the "olden days" when there was a net up there!.

Jere said...

Back to the old angle for that last pitch, and on the groundout..

Joe Grav said...

(Gulp)
I just got my list of topics to choose from for my immigration class final papers.

Unfortunately, none of them is 'Describe some reasons why people would choose to emigrate to Canada.'

'Cause then I'd be all set.

L-girl said...

Abe Lincoln. :)

I didn't ask for all-time favourite Yankee!

Come on you guys, no one has an all-time favourite player, any era? Whether or not you ever saw them play.

Amy said...

Yeah, I see what you mean, Jere. It was too subtle for me. But now that you have pointed it out, I do see the difference.

L-girl said...

Unfortunately, none of them is 'Describe some reasons why people would choose to emigrate to Canada.'

'Cause then I'd be all set.


People are forever finding my blog for term papers.

redsock said...

tabler's "olden days" = before 2003

L-girl said...

Joe Grav, just saw your pick. Excellent choice!

Joe Grav said...

I can imagine, L. Lots of useful info on there.

BB!

Amy said...

Joe, glad chem went okay. What are the immigration topics?

Joe Grav said...

There was nobody more exciting than Pedro at his best. Watching Pedro and anticipating seeing him pitch every 5 games is what really cranked up my level of interest in the Red Sox.

phil said...

I got an A in immigration law. What're the topics?

Let's bore everybody.

Amy said...

I had lots of votes for all time favorites, but if I had to narrow it down, it would be either Nolan Ryan or Varitek.

L-girl said...

Joe Grav, I have a post coming up for you. A book you should read. Keep an eye out for it.

Jere said...

Okay, everybody, what do you like better? The old Blue Jays font, or the new?

(I prefer neither.)

L: Don't really have an all-time fave. But a lot of these current guys are of course way up on the list, like Papi and Manny and Pedro.

L-girl said...

Pedro had a lot to do with my conversion. I loved him.

I think Pedro is why Allan started blogging!

phil said...

As a kid, it was probably Mike Schmidt (nongeographical reasons). Not sure about now.

Jere said...

Number font, that is.

Amy said...

Pedro was exciting, and I loved watching everything he did...both on and off the field.

I remember taking my daughters to a game when they were younger, in Pedro's early days, telling them, "This is the best pitcher in baseball. This is something to remember."

I wonder if they do.

Joe Grav said...

Thanks Amy. There are 8 topics (I have to pick 3, 4-6 pages each) and some of them are longish so I'll just show the ones I'm considering:

1) Assume you are an immigrant advocate in Washington lobbying to secure amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States today. Write a strategy memo to your colleagues outlining what kind of coalition you would put together to obtain your objective. Be sure to specify which interest groups and organizations you would want to be part of your coalition and how you would entice them to join. Which groups would be your opponents and how would you deal with them? Be sure to consider the full array of interests and groups concerned, or potentially concerned, with immigration that we have discussed this term.

3) Write an evaluation of the Little Hoover Commission’s report and recommendations, specifically explaining why, if adopted, they would or would not be successful. Be sure to relate your argument to the readings and discussions from throughout the term.
^ The Little Hoover Commission Report was a California study we read in class which tried to craft a program that combined public services to recently arrived immigrants in exchange for certain obligations (English classes, participation in civic organizations, etc.)

4) Assume you are an advocate trying to increase the number of Iraqi refugees currently being admitted to the United States. What kind of case would you make to Congress and the American people? Be sure to include consideration of whether and how you would seek to identify with and work with advocates for ordinary immigrants.

7) Discuss Wilson and Taub’s findings and conclusions in light of Higham’s perspective on the tensions the United States has experienced over mass immigration.
^Wilson and Taub wrote a book called "There Goes the Neighborhood" which discussed the clashes and tension between various ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago as immigration increased in recent years, and Higham's perspective was that the prime battle between interests in the US is between different lower/working-class ethnic groups

8) Use the findings and insights of the 9/11 Commission Report special section on Terrorist Travel to explain why even today, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, government officials use the term “terrorist travel" instead of "immigration" to discuss the movement of potential terrorists.

L-girl said...

ROGERS TV IS SHOWING US COMMERCIALS BETWEEN BATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

please help me

Jere said...

Thanks for being kind enough to narrow it down, Joe....

redsock said...

8) Use the findings and insights of the 9/11 Commission Report special section on Terrorist Travel to explain why even today, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, government officials use the term “terrorist travel" instead of "immigration" to discuss the movement of potential terrorists.

"findings"???

"insights"???

I must have read a different 9/11 Commission Report.

papa sime said...

hey Phil - what is linkspamming?

Joe Grav said...

Rougeurs TV coummerciauls can't possibly be more annoying than this Jerry Remy Sovereign bank commercial, now that I've seen it 55,000 times.

L-girl said...

Jere, new font, if I had to pick. I like their old bird better than the new "mean looking" bird.

Joe Grav said...

Especially the terrorist-travel part. It was like a 150 page ramble about why they don't like to use the term "immigration" to talk about it, basically the same thing over and over again.

L-girl said...

RUNS PLEASE!

Joe Grav said...

It's been what, 46 innings since our last multi-run inning?

Jere said...

Youk heard saying "god damn" on NESN

Amy said...

Wow, Joe, that sounds like pretty sophisticated material. Do you have to do research, or is it all based on readings you have already done?

L-girl said...

Joe, I can mute that Remy/Bank ad. It's no worse than any other. These adds are DURING the inning, in between batters!!! Completely insane.

Joe Grav said...

It's all based on readings we've already done and in-class discussions. I don't know if that's good or bad. The good news is, I know the stuff I'm looking through... the bad news is, that kind of limits the ways in which you can craft your argument.

redsock said...

Terrorist Travel is actually a separate report/book from the main report that everyone knows.

L-girl said...

Is someone spelunking?

Papa Sime, why are you asking about linkspamming? (What did I miss?)

Amy said...

I like 1, 4 and 7. But don't ask me to write an answer!

Joe Grav said...

Do they come up in like a window in the corner of the screen or something? (which is bad enough), or do they actually cut to a legit, full-screen commercial in between batters? Because that would be REALLY ridiculous.

Joe Grav said...

F U, shift!!!

Jere said...

Papi through the shift...again

Amy said...

Papi has the hot bat!

L-girl said...

papi sez shift this.

Jere said...

Raining in Bronx. If the Tigers get two more outs, it's official. (4-3 Det right now). But the Big Stein Rain Machine might kick in before that.

Amy said...

Manny, tie the score!

Joe Grav said...

I'll probably do 1, 4, 7 but #4 might be tough since this prof. is notoriously hard on sort of sentimental reasoning and that would be the biggest part of my case. I mean, in how many ways can I say "you break it, you buy it" before it gets stale? haha.

L-girl said...

Do they come up in like a window in the corner of the screen or something? (which is bad enough), or do they actually cut to a legit, full-screen commercial in between batters? Because that would be REALLY ridiculous.

Full screen, full-on commercial! It's short (it has to be), but it's a full ad.

Of course I agree those ads on the bottom of the screen or in a corner are fucking bad enough but this is TOO MUCH.

phil said...

Linkspamming is when you post links to your website on other people's blogs, because you really want them to visit your website, often while pretending you're a reader instead of someone who just wants to generate traffic to his website.

Joe Grav said...

That's really lame. Is this a new thing or what?

ish said...

I'm starting to get used to this Camden Yards-like camera angle, but I really like the original angle. This is good for Wakefield games, though. I don't want this to be a permanent thing.

redsock said...

good buffy: says washington heights is in manhattan.

bad buffy: says yankee stadium is "a couple of blocks away" from the neighborhood

Joe Grav said...

The Terrorist Travel thing was the most tedious thing I've ever read in my life. "Then he applied for a visa. Nobody checked up on it or anything. Then he got it. Then he went to Canada. Nobody checked up on it or anything. Then he came to America. Nobody checked up on it or anything. Oops"

Amy said...

Isn't 4 also about asylum seeking by those facing religious oppression in Iraq?

Glad to hear we liked the same ones.

MBM on base.

Joe Grav said...

It could be. That's a good point, I never thought of looking at it that way. Talking about asylum seekers would open up a whole swath of different readings that I'd be able to use.

Thanks :D

L-girl said...

Joe, I think they're new to this season. It's a used-car website ad. The worst part is that it will become a permanent feature. The new normal, as they say.

Phrenile, good example. :)

Linkspamming = spelunking.

ish said...

I want the Red Sox to seek asylum from this goose egg on the scoreboard.

phil said...

I'm not a fan of those questions, but I'm not a fan of "were you paying attention in class?" tests rather than "try to have some original insights" tests.

What department is that in? Doesn't quite seem like sociology. Public policy?

Joe Grav said...

BTW: I find Colbert to be kind of overrated most of the time, but he had a hilarious interview last night with the guy who wrote "The Fall and Rise of Islamic States" about how the US is aiding in the implementation of sharia law in Iraq, since that's what the people voted for (not to veer too far down a political path)

Did anyone else see it? I thought the whole episode was brilliant last night - I had it on to distract me

Amy said...

No problem---my pleasure. It's the constant teacher in me.

Is this a history course? Poli sci? Sociology? Sounds like it could be any or all!

redsock said...

The Terrorist Travel thing was the most tedious thing I've ever read in my life.

"We have absolutely no evidence that these guys were the guys on the planes -- please ignore that pesky fact -- but here is where they went and where they lived."

Joe Grav said...

Political Science, Phil.

L-girl said...

If "you break it, you buy it" worked in the US... geez, that world would that be? Lotta broken shit all over the globe.

Joe Grav said...

Yeah, it could be from a number of different subjects, which is why I like it.

I don't like political theory classes, I find them to be the most tedious part of the poli sci major in general. Stuff based on history, sociology, etc. - that's the stuff I like.

Amy said...

Is Phrenile here? Or is that the same guy as Phil?

Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself.

papa sime said...

oh, well, I suppose I wish that it was "my website" but, alas, I am just another commenter commenting on comments, not running huge media conglomerates!

nah seriously, it was just links to some cool shit. jeez.

Joe Grav said...

Although, to contradict myself, I am taking a class on Enlightenment political theory next semester that I'm looking forward to.

L-girl said...

JG, I agree re Colbert. He's fine but very over-rated. Too one-note for me.

Jere said...

Yanks tie it at 4.

L-girl said...

(So that means I didn't see it. Was either watching Futurama or sleeping.)

phil said...

If it's polisci, then just grab the latest four data points and extrapolate in any direction you want.

phil said...

Same guy, amy.

Joe Grav said...

Yeah, I found his schtick to be ridiculously funny the first few times I saw it, but then it got boring. Sometimes the interviews are really good though.

CRAP. Rios Dong. This is not going well :(

Amy said...

Oh, that sucks. Why can't WE score some runs?

Arrggh.

L-girl said...

phil = phrenile

you might have missed that class. i did too, and found out later.

Joe Grav said...

Oddly enough, the interviews w/ authors from Colbert is how I found most of the books I've put on my personal summer reading list. (The Fall and Rise of Islamic States one from last night seems really interesting)

Joe Grav said...

wow. I'm such a geek.

Jere said...

his name is rios and his dongs go in the stands

Joe Grav said...

ahahaha nice one

Amy said...

Yeah, I definitely missed that class. I had sort of wondered what had happened to Phrenile!

Joe Grav said...

How many pitches is Wake at?

Joe Grav said...

Foul. phew.

Amy said...

Phew, foul. Come on, get out of this inning.

Good. NOW SCORE/

Joe Grav said...

TIME TO GET SOME RUNS! I mean, how long can you possibly go without a multi run inning? Even the Rays can't go this long w/o multi run innings.

GAHHHHHHHHHH you may have in-between batters commercials on Rogers, but at least you don't have to watch Hazel Mae... ever

L-girl said...

Joe, hardly a geek, those authors are on Cobert Report because they're well known and their books are well publicized. It's a big show in the book PR circuit.

Amy said...

Haha, Joe. I saw Phew,foul; you say foul, phew.

BTW, geekiness rules.

redsock said...

wake at 97

L-girl said...

GAHHHHHHHHHH you may have in-between batters commercials on Rogers, but at least you don't have to watch Hazel Mae... ever

Oh no, we only have Rogers tonight b/c it's the Blue Jays, our local team. We normally have whatever the MLB package is showing.

I can live without ever seeing Hazel Mae again. Ever.

Joe Grav said...

Well, Fluto Shinzawa says that Aardsma and Lopez are warming up, so let's please get some runs so that that changes.

redsock said...

Even the Rays can't go this long w/o multi run innings.

You mean the Rays that will be tied with us for 1st if we lose this game?

L-girl said...

If you can make it out of junior high alive, geek is where it's at.

Joe Grav said...

I'm continually fascinated by guys who find her in any way attractive. I just don't get it.

AND she's a horrible on-air personality, she mispronounces names, she has no flow to the way she presents highlights... she's got to be one of the worst on-air people in all of Boston TV

phil said...

Colbert can be grating, because he plays a character and his character's an asshole. His White House Press Corps dinner speech was top notch, though.

Joe Grav said...

BTW, thank you, gamethreaders, for helping me keep the game on and resist the urge to put on the BIll O'Reilly/Hillary Clinton interview. I'm gonna have to resist again when it's on again at 11.

redsock said...

I'm continually fascinated by guys who find her in any way attractive. I just don't get it.

from what i have read, they are wowed by her plastic jugs.

phil said...

They don't find Hazel Mae attractive; only parts of her.

Joe Grav said...

(shrug)

Joe Grav said...

This is pretty sad. It's very quiet in Fenway right now.

Joe Grav said...

6 outs left to work with. Holy crap, that inning was over faster than I could think "wow, Hazel Mae is so gross"

Amy said...

Resisting Hillary is not at all a problem for me. I just detest her. If she gets the nomination, I am voting for Nader.

L-girl said...

When I was blogging from Peru, everyone was telling us about Colbert's WH Correspondents Dinner speech. It was such a built up that when we finally saw it we were disappointed. Great effort, though.

I just find the show too limited. It's not that his character is an asshole - I just don't think it's all that funny.

But what else is new. People are always raving about stuff I don't find funny.

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