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Happy Day Is Here Again
2008-09-06 16:02
by Jon Weisman

Happy day is here again
The sky above is clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy day is here again!

Comments (183)
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2008-09-06 16:04:10
1.   Berkeley Doug
Dodgers Win!
2008-09-06 16:04:15
2.   Humma Kavula
What's our magic number?! :-)
2008-09-06 16:04:15
3.   sporky
You were just itching to post this, weren't you?
2008-09-06 16:04:24
4.   Tripon
Teeing off against Johnson is a bit different than facing Kershaw. I am not impressed.
2008-09-06 16:04:31
5.   Eric Stephen
I can get used to saying this:

Starting for your first place Los Angeles Dodgers, Number 22, Clayton Kershaw.

2008-09-06 16:04:57
6.   Eric Stephen
2008-09-06 16:05:45
7.   Eric Stephen
Do you mean Scherzer?
2008-09-06 16:06:18
8.   sporky
And 7 in a row, too!
2008-09-06 16:06:35
9.   Indiana Jon
7 Our Johnson.
2008-09-06 16:06:37
10.   trainwreck
Doing the happy dance!

2008-09-06 16:07:31
11.   Indiana Jon
TD Notre Dame
2008-09-06 16:07:55
12.   Eric Stephen
Now I get it! Thanks.

Boo Notre Dame! :)

2008-09-06 16:08:04
13.   Tripon
7 JJJ. Somebody was saying that getting runs off of JJJ will let the D'Backs bat with confidence.
2008-09-06 16:08:22
14.   Bob Timmermann
I think most of the guys here have one of those already and don't need to share.
2008-09-06 16:09:03
15.   Andrew Shimmin
I interpret this post as an endorsement of FDR, and as such a clear rule five violation.


2008-09-06 16:09:09
16.   Bob Hendley
13 - Someone?
2008-09-06 16:09:11
17.   Indiana Jon
It's funny. The things I read on here about Notre Dame are mostly the exact same thoughts people around here have about USC.
2008-09-06 16:10:01
18.   The Trolley Dodger
Ice cream in the front office! Finally!
2008-09-06 16:10:32
19.   Eric Stephen
I'm pretty sure USC doesn't feast on the souls of children. :)
2008-09-06 16:10:38
20.   trainwreck
Well, I hate them both and the criticisms are far different.
2008-09-06 16:11:31
21.   herchyzer
I have to admit I had given up on the Dodgers, but I had sense enough not to post. Do I get any credit for that?
2008-09-06 16:11:43
22.   Eric Stephen
I'm going to enjoy next weekend, one of the few times most of America won't be rooting against USC.
2008-09-06 16:11:51
23.   Indiana Jon
19 I heard they torture small kittens in the locker room at halftime.
2008-09-06 16:12:27
24.   Eric Stephen
Your name is too close to tomorrow's D-Backs starter. Possible jinx involved. Credit pending.
2008-09-06 16:13:30
25.   trainwreck
I guess I had the West Virginia/East Carolina game wrong.

Can we just not count the Big Ten, Big East, and ACC this year?

2008-09-06 16:13:42
27.   Eric Stephen
Yeah, but that's just kittens! How else do you think Carroll is able to make his patented 2nd half adjustments?
2008-09-06 16:14:08
28.   Bob Timmermann
trainwreck and I both have the same nightmare involving Charlie Weis and a five-foot long hogie.
2008-09-06 16:14:21
29.   Frip
618 What's a juggernaut? Like a huge rock from outer space? Or a really big jug filled to the brim with naut? Can anyone picture a juggernaut right now? I didn't think so.
2008-09-06 16:14:24
30.   Indiana Jon
22 I must not live near, or associate with, most of America.
2008-09-06 16:14:53
31.   Eric Stephen
Where's Dwayne Jarrett when you need him?
2008-09-06 16:16:04
32.   Indiana Jon
28 I like Notre Dame, but if I had to choose between them and a five foot hogie, I might take the hogie.
2008-09-06 16:16:04
33.   Xeifrank
El Numero de magico: 21
Dateikennung: 21
Nombre magique: 21
Magisch aantal: 21
vr, Xei
2008-09-06 16:16:09
34.   dontraiseplz
didnt read game thread, too much on TV. great game.

did anybody just absolutely loathe the announcer? How much unwarranted credit must they attribute to Angel Berroa, Joe Torre, and Ned? They all but attributed Manny's HR to Torre's genius hit and run. where were they when we losing 7 in a row? they even praised Jeff Kent's take-no-guff attitude. yikes

2008-09-06 16:16:19
35.   Bob Timmermann
I can picture a juggernaut:
2008-09-06 16:16:25
36.   Humma Kavula
29 Juggernaut, pictured:

2008-09-06 16:16:41
37.   Eric Stephen
Pat White's Heisman chances are fading away.
2008-09-06 16:16:42
38.   trainwreck
I will be rooting for a giant meteor to hit the Coliseum.
2008-09-06 16:17:02
39.   Humma Kavula
six seconds! i'm going home.

wait, i am home.

2008-09-06 16:17:31
40.   Eric Stephen
We've all been there, Humma.
2008-09-06 16:18:20
41.   Eric Stephen
Hurtful words! Joe McKnight will still evade the meteor and score.
2008-09-06 16:18:42
42.   Indiana Jon
35 So you have become a Butler fan and scan their website religiously now? That's a big turn around since March, congratulations.
2008-09-06 16:19:26
43.   Penarol1916
30. You must not, because everyone I know in Chicago roots against OSU every Saturday of the fall. The only times I've rooted for them in the last 5 years were the two times they played Texas.

Frankly, the only reason to hate Notre Dame anymore is the fact that they still pollute the TV screen even though with the long grass, lack of speed and lack of skill, I could swear I was watching my junior high football team out there.

2008-09-06 16:20:11
44.   trainwreck
Just as long as he's not expected to know the play being called.

Has a bit of a problem with that ; )

2008-09-06 16:20:26
45.   herchyzer
I picture a juggernaut as some kind of medieval war-making device.
2008-09-06 16:20:37
46.   Indiana Jon
43 I will be rooting against OSU every weekend except for one.
2008-09-06 16:20:56
47.   GMac In The 909
38 You don't really want an L.E., do you?
2008-09-06 16:22:54
48.   trainwreck
2008-09-06 16:24:33
49.   Neal Pollack
2008-09-06 16:24:52
50.   Ken Noe
Happy squee is here again
The squee above is clear again
So let's sing a squee of cheer again
Happy squee is here again!
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2008-09-06 16:25:59
51.   UVaDodger
47 Wow, a Deep Impact reference. Crazy.

I love Notre Dame, but this game, although a victory, is not making me happy.

But i will endure another year of mediocrity from ND to see the Dodgers in the playoffs this year.

P.S. Bob, I was at the UCLA game in South bend, and it is one of my favorite sports memories. Sorry.

2008-09-06 16:26:51
52.   scareduck
Look at that mountain
Look at those trees
Look at that bum over there, man
He's down on his knees
Look at these women
There ain't nothin' like 'em nowhere
2008-09-06 16:27:12
53.   GMac In The 909
48 My mistake. It's called an E.L.E., or extinction-level event, as referenced in Deep Impact.

/We will rebuild.

2008-09-06 16:28:15
54.   trainwreck
Aww, was wondering if you meant that. I have not seen that movie, but I know E.L.E. because it is Busta Rhymes best album.
2008-09-06 16:28:48
55.   KG16
East Carolina is going to be ranked next week, no?
2008-09-06 16:29:15
56.   GMac In The 909
52 Those words are so infernal.
2008-09-06 16:29:52
57.   Eric Stephen
Guaranteed top 20. Maybe top 15.
2008-09-06 16:29:54
58.   trainwreck
Ranked high too.
2008-09-06 16:30:56
59.   Humma Kavula
56 Thou shalt not diss Randy Newman.

Has anyone heard his new album? Is it any good? I mean, I'm gonna get it whether it's good or not -- this is Randy Newman we're talking about -- but I'll feel better about the purchase if it's good.

2008-09-06 16:33:05
60.   trainwreck
Lou Holtz has a good line about the Pac-10 refs call on Washington:

"The thing that scares you the most is that the guy who made that decision has the right to vote."

2008-09-06 16:33:06
61.   GMac In The 909
59 I know this, man! I was sarcastically referring to the comment one of the Fox announcers made during the game. See 413 and 433 of the previous thread.
2008-09-06 16:34:18
62.   MC Safety
The Diamondbacks don't stand an Outside Chance:

2008-09-06 16:35:51
63.   Bob Timmermann
The Notre Dame-Michigan game is going to be a matchup of two incredibly inept offenses.
2008-09-06 16:36:41
64.   trainwreck
Two incredibly inept offenses run by offensive geniuses.
2008-09-06 16:40:04
65.   Them Blues
Holy Moses! What a season.
2008-09-06 16:42:31
66.   Bob Timmermann
2008-09-06 16:43:05
67.   68elcamino427
And on and on the Dodgers roll.
This is fun.
Dodgers coming up big with their backs against the wall.
Still on the edge of my seat.
Love it!
2008-09-06 16:46:52
68.   trainwreck
Doesn't take long for the A's broadcast team of Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse to get bored. It is the second inning and they already talked extensively about the D-Backs and are now talking about Carlos Quentin's injury.
2008-09-06 16:47:49
69.   Jon Weisman
They made up five games in eight days. Another big run to remember.

Colorado-Houston game starts at 5:05 Pacific, by the way.

2008-09-06 16:50:48
70.   bhsportsguy
68 Did you catch any of the BYU/Washington game, what did you think.
2008-09-06 16:53:36
71.   oshea2002
70 - a complete joke.
2008-09-06 16:54:12
72.   Uncle Miltie
Dodgers win, Ducks win. Good day overall.
2008-09-06 16:54:14
73.   Bob Timmermann
The consensus was:

Washington got hosed.

2008-09-06 16:54:47
74.   Jacob Burch
It's a snotty way to lose, but I've seen that call (ball thrown in the air) called with great frequency, and its not like "a 15 yard penalty? Well, looks like we're going to have to get it blocked" is the case. Refs are a fun scapegoat, but Washington has more of themselves to blame than anything.
2008-09-06 16:55:58
75.   oshea2002
I think if there hadn't been the joke penalty call, UW should have gone for 2. I like my chances with Locker in the gun on one play then OT with a better team.
2008-09-06 17:09:11
76.   LAT
Great game but it was really hot out there. Manny is a monster. Somehow you just knew he wasn't going to get fooled a second time.

My day was made a little more interesting becasue this person was sitting two rows in front of us with a few of her friends. I could not believe how many people recognized her and wanted their picture with her. Literally she had celeb status. I guess more people follow CA politics than I thought.

2008-09-06 17:14:28
77.   madmac
72 indeed. nice to see the Ducks not have a let down and put up a lot of points. would have liked to give up a few less, but oh well
2008-09-06 17:17:14
78.   bhsportsguy
74 BTW, all I saw was the score and that the extra point wasblocked, did not know the circumstances until I read the game story.
2008-09-06 17:19:58
79.   cargill06
At the risk of pissing a lot of my fellow DT'ers off... If the Dodgers win tomorrow I'm looking up plane tickets to O'Hare on Monday.
2008-09-06 17:20:16
80.   Uncle Miltie
77- It was a fun game to be at. LaGarrette Blount is an absolute manchild.
2008-09-06 17:22:19
81.   Jacob Burch
78 I've yet to review the play over and over and over, but from what I understand.

A) A very mild and usual celebration was dinked for a specific, lame, ticky tack part of the new celebration rule.

B) The kick was blocked.

I understand UW fans being extremely frustrated, but it seems sort of silly to blame the specific ref not only when, from what I can tell, he followed the letter of the law but the biggest part of the whole story--the blocked kick--gets muted out.

2008-09-06 17:23:14
82.   Jacob Burch
78 And I got your voicemail and will call you back once my paper is finished. Trying my best to get locked in--and failing miserably. I am too far removed from paper writing to bust out a twelve pager from nowhere.
2008-09-06 17:25:30
83.   madmac
80 ughh...I'm so jealous. Every year at this time I think about moving back up there. My cousin has season tickets, so we try to make it up once a year, but that hasn't happened in a while. From what I saw of LB last week, it seemed we would be ok after JJ moves on. How did Harper look throwing the ball?
2008-09-06 17:28:42
84.   Gagne55
I was at the game; it was pretty sweet. And when Manny blasted that homer, great times. When Ethier was walked, I was like "no way he gets away with that twice in front of Manny." Yay! I go to one game this year and the Dodgers jump into first place!
2008-09-06 17:29:41
85.   Gagne55
BTW, on the bigscreen it said tomorrow's matchup was between Scherzer and Kershaw. No Unit.
2008-09-06 17:31:26
86.   GMac In The 909
84 Aren't you 6-2 now all-time?
2008-09-06 17:33:14
87.   Uncle Miltie
83- Harper's throwing mechanics aren't great. He has a strong arm, but doesn't really look like a QB out there. He's a natural RB, but I see his future at WR.

Darron Thomas is the Duck's QB of the future (he originally committed to LSU).

Did you go to UO?

2008-09-06 17:36:40
88.   Gagne55
86 7-2, I believe counting today's win.
2008-09-06 17:39:05
89.   cargill06
Last night made me 9-2 this year (counting one game at Edison)
2008-09-06 17:40:42
90.   fanerman
1st place feels good.
2008-09-06 17:44:00
91.   madmac
87 nope. grew up in Springfield and going to games on Saturday. Now I live in Waterfor, CA, just down the road from Nate Costa's home town. Really bummed for him. I thought he would have done very well this year. Is Darron redshirting this year?
2008-09-06 17:44:31
92.   Gagne55
Games I've been to at Dodger Stadium:

And then a win today makes 7-2.

2008-09-06 17:55:09
93.   McNulty
I was at the game today, wearing my Chad Billingsley shirt. I wonder when will I start seeing people sport his shirt/jersey more often.
2008-09-06 17:55:31
94.   Alex41592
How about that crowd today?

Soriano has THREE HR's so far in Cincinnati.

2008-09-06 17:55:55
95.   Johnny Nucleo
76 Wow, if such a minor player in the California political scene got that kind of attention... just imagine if it was Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, or Nancy Pelosi! ;)
2008-09-06 17:57:43
96.   Bob Timmermann
Wow, that's the first time ever I've seen the Security here catch somebody who was stealing a laptop.

That kid was not a very good thief.

2008-09-06 18:01:05
97.   Sharkie
Didn't go to the game. I wish it did. When Ethier drew that (most excellent) walk in a tie game and then Manny hits a HR... that's just made to order.

How does Manny inside-out a pitch 400 feet the opposite way?

2008-09-06 18:07:46
98.   Jon Weisman
In the bottom of the fifth of a scoreless game in Denver, Brad Hawpe just broke up Roy Oswalt's no-hitter.
2008-09-06 18:07:54
99.   natepurcell
Does anyone have any defensive figures for Ethier this year?
2008-09-06 18:08:12
100.   Jon Weisman
Farewell, Tony Daly.
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2008-09-06 18:24:40
101.   Alex41592
Hunter Pence 2 run HR 2-0 Astros in Colorado Top 6.
2008-09-06 18:35:32
102.   Bob Timmermann
Five-man infield for the Angels in the 10th.

Which is usually not a good sign for the Angels.

2008-09-06 18:36:09
103.   Sam DC
Joel Hanrahn blowing save in ATL. With a two run lead, gave up one of those "saved by the automatic double" hits where he was lucky it bounced over the wall so that the runner from first could not score for the win.

But he still he has to get by Brian McCann . . .

2008-09-06 18:37:57
104.   Bob Timmermann
Shields doesn't need any infielders for the first out as Ks Thome.

Konerko up with runners on 1st and 3rd with one out.

2008-09-06 18:39:35
105.   Bob Timmermann
Konerko grounds to Figgins at third and he tags out Pierzynski, 5U.

I don't know if I've ever seen that particular play.

2008-09-06 18:40:55
106.   Bob Timmermann
And Hunter flags down Griffey's drive to center to end the inning.
2008-09-06 18:52:46
107.   Bob Hendley
105 - You are kind to Grumpy.
2008-09-06 19:29:59
108.   Eric Stephen
34 RBI in 34 games for Manny.

The last Dodger to have as many as 34 RBI, and at least as many RBI as games played, was Oyster Burns, with 128 RBI in 119 games in 1890.

2008-09-06 19:38:39
109.   Alex41592
Roy Oswalt throws a complete game shutout one hitter in Coors Field.
2008-09-06 19:38:44
110.   ToyCannon
When you see that Ponson is still in the rotation for the Yankee's in Sept that should tell you all you need to know about how their season went. Nothing like having an old, expensive, lousy team, looking up at a team who hasn't even gotten it out of 2nd gear yet.
2008-09-06 19:38:52
111.   Eric Stephen
I expected Pierzynski to feign obstruction there.
2008-09-06 19:39:30
112.   ToyCannon
Nomo, says big deal.
2008-09-06 19:42:19
113.   Eric Stephen
After his June 4 loss at Pittsburgh, Oswalt was 4-6 with a 5.38 ERA. Since then he's 10-3 in 15 starts with a 2.35 ERA.
2008-09-06 19:54:14
114.   Tripon
how can anyone believe Pierzynski on anything? He's the Vlade Divac of Baseball.
2008-09-06 19:54:20
115.   Jon Weisman
Stanford is undefeated after five quarters.
2008-09-06 19:56:10
116.   blue22
The Giants just added Conor Gillaspie to their 40-man. Doesn't that seem odd?
2008-09-06 20:01:55
117.   Tripon
Jim Thome hits a HR to win the game on the bottom of the 15th.
2008-09-06 20:02:38
118.   bhsportsguy
Jim Thome walks off the Angels in the bottom of the 15th.
2008-09-06 20:03:16
119.   Eric Stephen
Darrin Jackson just referenced "the sweet meat of Jim Thome's bat."
2008-09-06 20:04:33
120.   Eric Stephen
Shocker, indeed.
2008-09-06 20:08:24
121.   blue22
120 - Shocker. Ha ha.
2008-09-06 20:23:38
122.   Jon Weisman
Dodgers in the World Series? Stranger things have happened,0,6243246,full.story

2008-09-06 20:25:01
123.   kinbote
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

(Thanks to all who kept the faith--I can't say I did.)

2008-09-06 20:27:34
124.   Jacob Burch
While I gave up the happiness tied to winning after the Arizona loss, I do think I would have lost all hope and faith in taking the division if we had lost the next two. Still would have watched the rest of the games, but it would feel awful.

Really happy they won the two, obviously ;-)

2008-09-06 20:38:25
125.   Tripon
"How ya doing, coach?" Ramirez says, while probably having no idea of Bennett's name , or how he figures into the Dodgers' plans, but let's all get along here.

Hahahahahahaha. Coach.,0,266944.column

2008-09-06 20:43:24
126.   Gagne55
Chance of winning the West according to ESPN's system:
Arizona 50.7%
Los Angeles 46.2%
Colorado 3.1%
San Francisco 0.1%
San Diego 0%

That doesn't seem how it should be.

2008-09-06 20:51:07
127.   Humma Kavula
126 San Francisco 0.1%

I bet that one-in-a-thousand simulation would be very entertaining.

2008-09-06 20:51:28
128.   Tripon
126 Its not updated with today's games yet.
2008-09-06 20:54:04
129.   Bob Hendley
Had to go to SI just to see the standings. Proud of those guys.
2008-09-06 21:10:50
130.   Gagne55
128 The W/L is updated. But the playoff percentages might not be. Misleading.
2008-09-06 21:14:35
131.   underdog
Delayed Squeee-thier!

Manny Being Manny!

Dodgers in first!


Even if the Dodgers lose tomorrow, I still like their odds at this point, though it's going to be close. But right now, over this past week anyway, they look the better team all around, and that's not counting the possible reinforcements who may be coming. But we know how fast things can turn back around again, and how streaky they are, so I'm not gonna get carried away.

But anyway, was nice to watch the tape of the game and be able to fast forward through some of it. And at least the Fox crew finally called out Bills as a great, "under the radar" pitcher, and talk to Torre about him.

The Scher-shaw matchup tomorrow should be interesting.

2008-09-06 21:16:51
132.   Tripon
130 BP has the Dodgers making the playoffs with 57.2%. Not bad.

2008-09-06 21:18:07
133.   underdog
Btw, not that he'll win it, but any chance Billingsley enters into the Cy Young conversation at least? He's won 14 games, his near the top in K's, has a stellar ERA. Keep it up Bills, and you'll get some votes at least.
2008-09-06 21:19:19
134.   Tripon
We should look to make a long term deal with Bills.
2008-09-06 21:19:48
135.   Bluebleeder87
i don't know if this was mentioned yet but Dodgers Dot com says Furcal maybe be ready by next week [ ]

"It's to a point he's been away from competition so long I think basically he's going to have to just ease his way into that just being able to trust himself and allow himself to do all the things that he normally does when he plays this game," Torre said. "A couple different times it looked like he was close, and things went bad for him, so I could see where he would be hesitant. I'm not saying he's going to be, but I'm guessing that's something he's going to have to figure out."

2008-09-06 21:27:22
136.   ToyCannon
The team I envisioned after the Manny trade is getting closer to a reality. Even Kent might be back before the end of the year, not that I think he would improve on Blake at the moment.
2008-09-06 21:28:11
137.   Bluebleeder87

Oyster Burns, with 128 RBI in 119 games in 1890.


2008-09-06 21:35:22
138.   Bluebleeder87

he has been outstanding for us this year & i'm sure he'll be even better next year, Logan White sure knows how to pick'em. I really didn't think he was gonna be all that special this year, I have to admit.

2008-09-06 21:48:26
139.   Tripon
Why is nobody named Oyster today?
2008-09-06 21:56:32
140.   underdog
Check out the new FJM post, featuring commentary on the commentary from today's Fox broadcast of the Dodgers game. For those of you who enjoy Eckstein Thoughts.

2008-09-06 22:12:12
141.   bhsportsguy
Aside from Chad, I have seen in person every player in today's starting lineup hit a home run.

Tomorrow's game features a matchup of first round draft picks from the 2006 First Year Player Draft, Max Scherzer, the 11th player taken that year vs. Clayton Kershaw, the 7th player taken.

Scherzer, 2 days older than Chad Billingsley, will be making his 4th start of the season, his first since May 17th, he faced the Dodgers twice last weekend, pitching 3 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits with 1 strike out, he has not pitched since last Sunday. He pitched for AAA Tuscon this season too, he only had a 1-1 record in 13 games, 10 of those starts, but he had a 3.5 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio and struck out 79 in 53 innings.

2008-09-06 22:20:18
142.   bhsportsguy
140 Nothing shocked Bluebleeder and me more than Eckstein striking out twice.

Bluebleeder and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how Chad was going to attack each hitter.

2008-09-06 22:28:59
143.   bhsportsguy
A must win for Arizona?

"We need to respond tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said. "We've got hammered two days in a row here and the last four from them. We'll see what we're made of tomorrow.

"Everybody knows the significance of the series and where we are in the standings. We've been in first place for quite awhile and it's our turn to respond tomorrow and take it back."

2008-09-06 22:43:03
144.   Jacob Burch
For those curious, the "high in the air" rule is 9-2-2 (c), at least on the 2007 rulebook. I can't find 2008's.

Blaming refs when more blame should be elsewhere is a pet peeve, so I apologize if this is becoming a dead horse. I shall cease and desist now. (Another funny Emphasised celebration rule is 9-2-1"(h) ...or bowing at the waist after a good play."

Hoping for Kershaw to really shine tomorrow. It'll be a full sports day for me, going right into the Colts opener after the other Blue play.

2008-09-06 22:47:27
145.   Eric Stephen
going right into the Colts opener

Wow, you get around!

I agree with you regarding the refs. I was thinking about it. Let's say an extra point is a 98% certainty (just making up numbers here). The penalty moved the ball back to essentially a 37-yard FG. What is that, a 70% success ratio, if that? So the refs probably lowered the Huskies chances to tie by about 30%. Let's say they had a 50% chance to win in OT, so the refs really decreased the chances of winning by about 15%. That's still significant, but I'm not sure it's pitchfork time.

2008-09-06 22:48:36
146.   Eric Stephen
Thos final two games in SF are looking awfully appealing. I'm thinking a weekend trip is in order.

Trainwreck, underdog, Icaros, etc, will you be going to those games (Sept 27-28)?

2008-09-06 22:50:42
147.   bhsportsguy
144 Did you score today's game?
2008-09-06 22:51:32
148.   Jacob Burch
144 My biggest problem is that it wasn't the refs, it was the rules. If the ball was only barely tossed in the air I could understand the grudge (and still think most blame is on the blocking unit), but the ball was thrown high in the air. That's specifically mentioned in the rule book as a fifteen yard penalty.

And I'm afraid the "getting around" bit is lost on me, for I am knee deep in Hawthorne. Elaborate so I can feel like an idiot for not getting it?

2008-09-06 22:53:03
149.   Jacob Burch
147 I knew someone was missing my tri-daily Scoring update!

I did not score tonight's game, deciding to forever retire the Bob Book for games intended in person. The boxes on the Bob Book are smaller than what I'm used to, so I'm still bound for many adjustments, but I did enough of a job that its ready for the big show.

146 I have to imagine my brother will be trying to go, and if he does, I may just force my way up there as well. Let me know what goes down.

2008-09-06 22:54:09
150.   Eric Stephen
I thought you meant you'd be in Indianapolis for the Colts game. I was thinking you must have traveled a long way for the picnic!
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2008-09-06 22:57:02
151.   Jacob Burch
150 Ahh, I do wish I was "Back Home." Alas, I just meant my couch-ridden schedule.

I went to the Colts @ Raiders game last year and am going to attempt to go to the @ Chargers game this year. Some day, I'll take a game in at the Luke--possibly as soon as next year. This year is looking doubtful being in the poor house.

2008-09-06 23:00:27
152.   bhsportsguy
Dodger = Torre's Yankees

Russell Martin = Derek Jeter
Chad Billingsley = Andy Pettite
Andre Ether = Paul O'Neil

Anyone else that Torre has compared to a Yankee player he managed?

2008-09-06 23:01:16
153.   bhsportsguy
152 I forgot this one.

Scott Proctor = Scott Proctor

2008-09-06 23:11:48
154.   Eric Stephen
I don't remember any others, but I'll try to help with the casting:

Casey Blake = Charlie Hayes
Blake DeWitt = Scott Brosius
Gary Bennett = Ruben Rivera
Joe Beimel = Jeff Nelson
Jason Schmidt = Carl Pavano
Chan Ho Park = Doc Gooden (this was a stretch)

2008-09-06 23:26:35
155.   madmac
148 uh, no you are wrong. He flicked up over his shoulder. Regardless, he didn't violate the intent of the rule. It was a ridiculous call. Just like a certain "tuck" call a few years back. Yes I'm still bitter. BTW, I'm a Duck fan, nobody hates the Huskies more than us.
2008-09-06 23:27:22
156.   Icaros

We discussed going, but haven't made specific plans yet. Have not seen Trainwreck in person. He's still only half real. Kind of like Pinocchio.

2008-09-06 23:33:49
157.   Jacob Burch

That is not flicking over his shoulder. The ball leaves the top of the screen in a second.

The rule book is specific:
This prohibits: (c) Throwing the ball high into the air.

There is no intent to judge.

2008-09-06 23:44:32
158.   Jacob Burch
Wrong link got copied (I blame Google):

2008-09-07 00:30:22
159.   underdog
146 I am going to the Dodgers @ Giants game on the 26th, the Friday one, with my Dad. He scored some sweet tix from a colleague awhile back. I would be very happy to see some of you there though, we could rendevous by the Orlando Cepeda eatery. Depending on how things go, though I would definitely be up for going to the Sat or Sun game with y'all, if someone's organizing that one. :-) I have to steel myself up for it if the Dodgers could get knocked out by SF.
2008-09-07 02:49:24
160.   The Trolley Dodger
152 James Loney = Bernie Williams, for oddness.
2008-09-07 06:22:33
161.   D4P
Last 15 games

LA: 7-8
AZ: 5-10

2008-09-07 06:35:06
162.   bhsportsguy
Since April 6, 2008

Dodgers 68-68
D-Backs 67-68

2008-09-07 06:50:11
163.   D4P
Since Spring Training

Dodgers 72-70
D-Backs 71-70

2008-09-07 06:58:30
164.   UVaDodger
Since Sept. 4th;

Dodgers 2-0

D'backs 0-2

2008-09-07 07:01:23
165.   D4P
Since 1884

Dodgers 9948-9042
D-Backs 889-872

2008-09-07 07:19:40
166.   ToyCannon
Since Aug 30th
Dodgers 7-0
Arizona - who cares
2008-09-07 07:22:36
167.   ToyCannon
7 games into the 20 game winning streak Rob said we needed to validate going to the playoffs.
2008-09-07 08:16:30
168.   Indiana Jon
Can we hope that Saito=Wetteland and Broxton=Rivera?
2008-09-07 08:19:01
169.   Bob Hendley
2008-09-07 08:30:59
170.   Bob Hendley
M. Sweeney = Lou Gehrig
Pee Wee = Clubhouse boy.
2008-09-07 08:37:24
171.   KingKopitar
Mike Sweeney has Mike Sweeney's Disease? Oh no, the poor guy...
2008-09-07 08:47:49
172.   D4P
Mike Sweeney has Mike Sweeney's Disease?

I think it runs in the family...

2008-09-07 09:20:19
173.   Ken Noe
172 Given that he still has a job, he is the luckiest man in the world.
2008-09-07 09:32:45
174.   D4P
Today, I consider him as such.
2008-09-07 09:39:36
175.   Bob Hendley
Cue echo.
2008-09-07 09:41:23
176.   Paul Scott
So I assume all the "Manny provides protection" people did notice that Ethier, while being "protected" by Manny, was 0-2 with THREE walks yesterday?
2008-09-07 09:55:06
177.   Bob Timmermann
You would think by September 7, people would remember that Mike Sweeney plays for Oakland and Mark Sweeney plays for the Dodgers.
2008-09-07 09:58:18
178.   Branch Rickey
176 Please... keep your facts away from my dogma
2008-09-07 10:01:35
179.   D4P
You'd think people would be more bothered by Andruw Jones and his $18 million/year than by Mike/Mark Sweeney confusion.
2008-09-07 10:06:43
180.   berkowit28
179 And who says they aren't? What is it with you, anyway?
2008-09-07 10:08:18
181.   D4P
I think you just made Bob happy.
2008-09-07 10:14:44
182.   Bob Hendley
Its our fault for not giving M. Sweeney a nickname. How about Robot Made of Snails?
2008-09-07 10:22:46
183.   Jon Weisman
Two new posts up top.
2008-09-07 11:11:20
184.   Jon Weisman
From the press notes:

Most Strikeouts vs. LA Dodgers in a Season

(since 1958) Source: STATS, LLC


Pancho Herrera, 1960 Phi 74 33
Bobby Bonds, 1969 SF 71 31
Chris Young, 2008 Ari 68 27
Pancho Herrera, 1961 Phi 65 27
Preston Wilson, 2003 Col 71 24
Mike Cameron, 2007 SD 75 24

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