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Fly, Robins, Fly
2007-01-04 14:37
by Jon Weisman

Fifty years ago today, the Dodgers purchased a 44-passenger airplane to become the first major-league team to own their own air transport, hot-air balloons excluded.

Fifty-two years ago today, Walter O'Malley invited Vin Scully to lunch.

Details at

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2007-01-04 14:42:16
1.   Bob Timmermann
Did O'Malley pick up the tab for lunch?
2007-01-04 14:44:03
2.   Sam DC
There's a Mel Durslag sighting in there too.
2007-01-04 14:52:44
3.   Greg Brock
TS Eliot died on this day as well.

I don't know if he ever met with Walter O'Malley. I suspect not.

2007-01-04 14:53:02
4.   Sam DC
'Homicide at the Rose Parade.'

Well, Stephanie, I can think of one Los Angeles CITY Librarian who I'd bet would give it a read.

Are they Wisoncsin fans who get homicided, by chance?

Anyhow, this whole post at LA Observed is fascinating, including the linked posts about what searches lead people to LA Observed (mostly searches for sexy female newsreaders).

2007-01-04 14:57:11
5.   Bob Timmermann
T.S. Eliot, who would be described in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this way.

"Poet T.S. Eliot, a St. Louis native and Smith Academy alum, wrote 'The Wasteland'"

2007-01-04 15:47:29
6.   Daniel Zappala
The NY Times would call him Mr. Eliot.
2007-01-04 16:03:05
7.   Greg Brock
Tommy Craggs would call him a hack.
2007-01-04 16:07:36
8.   Hythloday
Well O'Malley certainly didn't part his hair from behind and he probably dared to eat a peach, but if he had been O. Walter Malley that would have been a totally different story.
2007-01-04 16:25:05
9.   Jon Weisman
Did O. Henry ever eat an Oh Henry!
2007-01-04 16:33:54
10.   Greg Brock
Did O. Henry ever shop at Banana Republic?
2007-01-04 16:40:27
11.   twerp
A replay of Boras' big contracts===

2007-01-04 17:06:49
12.   Johnson
9 Did O. Henry ever eat an Oh Henry!

Unfortunately not, because he pawned his dentures to get his girlfriend a silver comb.

2007-01-04 17:18:33
13.   Jim Hitchcock
Did baby Ruth ever eat a ... no, wait, this is getting too weird.

Hey, Steve, nice to see you too. Hope the Bar exam went well. Know it did.

2007-01-04 17:23:01
14.   Bob Timmermann
It was tough for him to think of a touching sacrificial gift every year for his wife. Good thing she died young.
2007-01-04 18:21:08
15.   Jon Weisman
Pac-10 basketball chat welcome. Oregon leads USC at halftime.

Stanford lost at home to Cal last night - though I didn't even notice it in the paper today.

2007-01-04 18:21:35
16.   Jon Weisman
And TV chat at Screen Jam
2007-01-04 18:21:43
17.   Eric Enders
Did Marvin the Martian ever eat a Mars bar?
Did O. Henry ever win the O. Henry?
What would the New York Times call the Mary Anne Evans?
2007-01-04 18:22:22
18.   Eric Enders
Me and my extraneous "the"s.
2007-01-04 18:33:42
19.   natepurcell
if RJ matches his ZIPS projections, the nl west should be a very low scoring division with all the decent pitching.

peavy, young, maddux, johnson, webb, cain, zito, schmidt, lowe, penny....i kinda feel bad for colorado.

2007-01-04 18:49:24
20.   D4P
I fear that Oregon's undefeated record won't last much longer. They'd probably do well to finish 8-8 in the Pac-10.
2007-01-04 18:59:44
21.   trainwreck
I do not get the UCLA game tonight, but at least I get to watch lakers.
2007-01-04 19:07:43
22.   Bob Timmermann
But you get the NFL Network and the chance to hear Bryant Gumbel do play-by-play.
2007-01-04 19:11:43
23.   Bob Timmermann
The microphones in Corvallis are a little too sensitive with the crowd noise.

There is one fan who employs very interesting metaphors.

2007-01-04 19:31:05
24.   Bob Timmermann
And the undefeated teams drop to just two: Clemson and UCLA.
2007-01-04 19:32:45
25.   D4P
Oregon's undefeated start built up unrealistically high expectations for the remainder of the season.
2007-01-04 19:38:54
26.   Bob Timmermann
If UCLA wins its next two (including tonight's game), then USC would have the chance to try to knock off another unbeaten team.
2007-01-04 19:49:41
27.   D4P
There's a good chance of UCLA winning its next two. That reminds me, though, that I was at the game in 95 where Oregon beat the Ed O'Bannon led Bruin squad that went on to win the national championship. I think that was one of only two losses that year for the champs...
2007-01-04 19:53:12
28.   Bob Timmermann
Indeed it was. Oregon was their first loss and UCLA would later lose to Cal at Pauley Pavilion.
2007-01-04 19:56:30
29.   D4P
Oregon also beat Arizona the year the Wildcats won the championship, back in 97? or so. Mac Court can be tough.
2007-01-04 19:58:32
30.   Daniel Zappala
Cook has 13 points in the first half of the first quarter, as the Lakers lead 19-6. Are the Kings just not guarding him?
2007-01-04 20:01:45
31.   trainwreck
Cook is Mr. Streaky.
2007-01-04 20:02:26
32.   Jon Weisman
New Dodger post up top - I don't know if you want to move the chat up there or not.
2007-01-04 20:03:05
33.   trainwreck
Washington beginning to open a nice lead on Arizona.
2007-01-04 20:05:26
34.   D4P
Looks like the Raiders will have a new head coach next year
2007-01-04 20:06:04
35.   D4P
CBS is telling me that Kobe has yet to attempt a field goal
2007-01-04 20:06:49
36.   trainwreck
Thankfully, yes. Now I just hope it is not Rob Ryan or someone else that will just depress me.
2007-01-04 20:08:29
37.   D4P
I haven't really watched him much, but from the box scores, I get the impression that Andrew Bynum has a chance to be very good
2007-01-04 20:13:03
38.   trainwreck
Okay Kobe can you pass more like this when Lamar is back.
2007-01-04 20:14:18
39.   D4P
I'm one of those people who thinks the Lakers would be better off if Kobe took fewer shots
2007-01-04 20:14:28
40.   trainwreck
Pac-10 officials are so bad. Shakur trips trying to make a spin move and they call a foul.
2007-01-04 20:15:40
41.   trainwreck
I thought everyone thought that way. Even Kobe seems to be thinking that way.
2007-01-04 20:20:16
42.   Jon Weisman
Doesn't everybody think all officials are bad? (Do you ever hear any officials being praised by fans?)

And if all officials are bad, wouldn't everybody then be wrong?

2007-01-04 20:21:17
43.   trainwreck
I think hockey officials are pretty good.
2007-01-04 20:22:50
44.   trainwreck
I just think in general the speed of basketball causes the worst calls. Pac-10 officials have the reputation for calling ticky tack fouls and not letting the game be as physical.
2007-01-04 20:23:14
45.   Bob Timmermann
You have never met someone who is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. You know how many times since 1967 have the Leafs been cheated out of the Stanley Cup by refs?


2007-01-04 20:24:23
46.   Bob Timmermann
I bet the Pac-10 has better volleyball officials than most other conferences.

And probably good ones for water polo too.

2007-01-04 20:26:22
47.   Bob Timmermann
I believe the Oregon State coach was one of the co-authors of the Bizarro version of The Federalist Papers.
2007-01-04 20:26:24
48.   trainwreck
And tennis judges.
2007-01-04 20:27:38
49.   D4P
My wife and I like to attend Duke's field hockey games. Some of the refs are rather masculine-looking females. Last season, one of the rowdier Duke fans responded to one of said female's calls that he didn't like by shouting "I respectfully disagree with you, sir!"

We still laugh about that to this day.

2007-01-04 20:32:33
50.   trainwreck
When attendance is higher than capacity, isn't that illegal?
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2007-01-04 20:41:34
51.   Bob Timmermann
That depends upon the fire laws.
2007-01-04 20:49:08
52.   Greg Brock
Very workmanlike effort from the Bruins tonight.

Hey trainwreck, what insane person would possibly want to take the Raiders job? Isn't that why they had to hire Shell in the first place?

2007-01-04 20:54:07
53.   trainwreck
Well the word on the street is that they are going after Petrino (again) and Tedford.

Actually, the only person they offered the job to last year was Petrino, but he decided not to take it. Whisenhunt wanted complete control so Al told him to get lost. So Shell was his second choice, because Al has always felt he made a mistake in firing Art. He was wrong.

2007-01-04 20:57:47
54.   trainwreck
The other word was Weis, but I just assume that is complete garbage.

I guess they could depress me and hire Rob Ryan or Mike Martz.

2007-01-04 21:02:48
55.   trainwreck
If you like the video game NBA Jam, I suggest watching the AZ-Wash game.
2007-01-04 21:04:01
56.   Greg Brock
I revel in Al Davis's failure. He's a despicable human being and an egomaniac. I wish him nothing but great health so that he can watch his team lose forever.

Sorry trainwreck, you're good people, but I hate the Raiders. I hope they hire Rich Kotite.

2007-01-04 21:06:43
57.   trainwreck
Satan can't die.

If they hired Karl Dorrell you would love them.

2007-01-04 21:09:12
58.   Greg Brock
If Al Davis hired Karl Dorrell, I would name my first born after him.

Decrepit Jerkface Brock. Has a nice ring to it.

2007-01-04 21:16:57
59.   Greg Brock
Karl Dorrell might actually be a very fine NFL head coach. Zero charisma, no creativity offensively, conservative, by the book.

It works in the NFL, which is just about the most boring and predictable product in modern sports. I'd bet he'd be a better NFL coach than college coach.

2007-01-04 21:18:03
60.   trainwreck
I am already assuming the worst with the Raiders next coach and the worst for UCLA football. So either way Karl Dorrell could be coaching one of my teams.
2007-01-04 21:19:29
61.   trainwreck
But most conservative NFL coaches tend to be defense oriented, not offense.
2007-01-04 21:21:56
62.   Greg Brock
I don't see a lot of innovative offensive minds in the NFL. Maybe Mike Martz and Tom Moore. Hey, hire Norm Chow!
2007-01-04 21:26:20
63.   trainwreck
I do not need innovation. We had a guy who ran a bed and breakfast as OC.

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