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Convenient Off Day
2008-02-13 20:03
by Jon Weisman

Beloved NBC sitcoms 30 Rock and The Office are to return with new episodes April 10, Variety reports. The Dodgers are kindly taking that night off so everyone can watch.

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Comments (58)
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2008-02-13 20:18:19
1.   GMac In The 909
It's a win/win/win!
2008-02-13 20:19:07
2.   Bob Timmermann
I'll be in Kauai on that day. I hope they still show them at the regular time there.
2008-02-13 20:20:09
3.   Branch Rickey
"If you desecrate something, is that bad?"
2008-02-13 20:23:49
4.   Eric Stephen
No doubt spurred by yesterday's talk here of Laker playoff glory, The Big Lead has video of Horry's 3 against Sacramento in 2002.

Upon watching that, I was reminded that the Lakers were down 20 at the end of the 1st quarter, matching the largest playoff deficit after the 1st quarter in a win.

The game it tied I vividly remember, a 1989 2nd round game against Seattle. Lakers were down 20 after one quarter in Game 4, and remember they were down 41-12 at one point!

I was at a restaurant in San Bernardino for a family get together (kind of a midpoint for people coming from Orange County and Palm Springs), and we left about the time the Lakers were down 41-12. I listed to the comeback on the drive home (to Palm Springs) and was able to catch the last quarter or so on TV at home.

That completed the 2nd sweep in a row for the Lakers, their 9th playoff win in a row. They of course would go on to sweep Phoenix and enter the Finals 11-0 -- I forget what happened after that! :)

2008-02-13 20:24:45
5.   Eric Stephen
I should have studied library science in college. I need more vacation time.
2008-02-13 20:28:14
6.   Eric Stephen
I would like to repeat my plea for all DTers to post their predictions for the 2008 Dodgers. I'll compile all the data!

Please guess the BA/OBP/SLG for the 10 "regulars" on offense (meaning LaRoche/Nomar and Pierre/Ethier), and ERA/WHIP for the starters and relievers.

I will accept predictions through next Friday night at midnight. That's February 22! Get your guesses in ASAP.

*Note: Only Andrew Shimmin is allowed to guess .120/.110/.120 for Pierre! :)

2008-02-13 20:29:41
7.   Bob Timmermann
I only have 22 vacations days banked. And 112 sick days. And a floating holiday.

But the best reason to study library science is to pick up chicks.

2008-02-13 20:35:31
8.   Bob Timmermann
FSN West is showing Game 6 of the 2002 World Series. I sure hope Kevin Appier doesn't give Shawon Dunston anything good to hit.
2008-02-13 20:47:15
9.   jasonungar07
Kauai is my favorite place on earth that I have been to so far.
2008-02-13 20:50:37
10.   Eric Stephen
Here's more on the stunning Devean George blockage of the Kidd trade:

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is the only player in the league with a specific no-trade clause in his contract, but league rules dictate that it's a right George also possesses because he's on a one-year contract (worth $2.4 million) and because Dallas would have Early Bird rights to re-sign him this summer.

If such a player is traded, Bird rights are not traded with him. So league rules compensate for this by requiring George's consent in any trade

2008-02-13 20:55:32
11.   LogikReader

Bob, you'll be in good shape. Two years ago, I spent a week in Hawaii with my family, and not only will you forget all your troubles, but the Office will start at 9pm local time, or the exact same time it usually starts in our time zone. Hawaii is able to delay the broadcast time a few hours to make TV watching more manageable.

2008-02-13 20:56:55
12.   Bob Timmermann
Of course, we could be out enjoying the wild nightlife of Kauai.

I believe chickens are involved.

2008-02-13 21:00:54
13.   Eric Stephen
Looks like Shaq's first Suns game will be next Wednesday against...wait for it...the Lakers!

2008-02-13 21:00:56
14.   LogikReader

Oh yes, there will be many, many chickens.

2008-02-13 21:01:29
15.   LogikReader

That will be LEGEN- wait for it...

2008-02-13 21:05:47
16.   Eric Stephen
When will HIMYM be back?
2008-02-13 21:08:14
17.   Bob Timmermann
I told Appier not to pitch Dunston low and in.
2008-02-13 21:09:34
18.   Eric Stephen
Using Jon's link above, HIMYM will be back March 17.
2008-02-13 21:11:06
19.   Bob Timmermann
Mike Scioscia is not letting Kevin Appier keep the ball when he takes him out of Game 6.
2008-02-13 21:19:34
20.   GMac In The 909
13 Yeah, but will Mandy Moore be there for the premiere?
2008-02-13 22:05:49
21.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
And that's my birthday!
2008-02-13 22:11:04
22.   Bob Timmermann
5-0 Giants in the 7th and there's already one out.

This one's in the bag for the Giants.

2008-02-13 22:15:55
23.   trainwreck
Want to bet?
2008-02-13 22:29:17
24.   LogikReader
This one's for you, Eric

Word George blocked the trade apparently spread throughout the arena because George said he heard fans hollering things like, "C'mon, what are you doing?" and, "Stop it, you're holding things up."

That's a wow. This is really what the fans want?

2008-02-13 22:30:28
25.   Bob Timmermann
Felix Rodriguez made a bad pitch to Scott Spiezio. Michael Eisner seems very happy. But I think Scott Eyre is going to settle things down now.
2008-02-13 22:33:43
26.   bhsportsguy
I hope Eckstein can do something here because Erstad sucks.
2008-02-13 22:34:01
27.   Eric Stephen
Maybe the fans meant George's 0 for 11 stinker was holding things up for the Mavs tonight. :)
2008-02-13 22:35:39
28.   Eric Stephen
My Time Warner guide is a filthy liar. "Angels Greatest Games" was slated to be on my FSN, but instead (as is usually the case during baseball season) I had some Best Damn Sports Show offshoot.
2008-02-13 22:37:42
29.   bhsportsguy
You tell him Timmy, Donnelly sucks.
2008-02-13 22:38:07
30.   trainwreck
Maybe the Angels will gain inspiration from that disease carrying monkey.
2008-02-13 22:41:25
31.   bhsportsguy
Also, I realize that this is now 6 years ago, but only Anderson remains from the players on the field.
2008-02-13 22:43:33
32.   Eric Stephen
For any Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fans out there, I highly recommend watching the documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream." It's four hours long, but it's awesome...lot's of great old footage, cool interviews, and lot's of music. A very comprehensive film.

2008-02-13 22:45:42
33.   Xeifrank
I must've gone to Kauai at the wrong time (Easter last year) the weather was pretty bad, windy and rainy for a good portion of the time and I wasn't even staying in the area that was suppose to be rainy or windy. I could see how one would think it was the most beautiful place, but only if the weather cooperated. It even rained on our Luau(sp?). The windy drive to the seven sacred pools was the highlight of the trip. Due to that unfortunate experience I would rank the following beach places higher on my list of favorite places to travel.

1. St Croix
Greatest snorkeling site I've ever been to.

2. The Algarve

vr, Xei

2008-02-13 22:46:46
34.   bhsportsguy
29 Tim was wrong.
2008-02-13 22:46:58
35.   Bob Timmermann
Well, the 8th inning should be easy for the Giants. Worrell has been steady and Nen can close it out if there's any trouble.
2008-02-13 22:49:18
36.   bhsportsguy
33 Those Kauai marketers must be working overtime to get you to look for those pools on their island because that tourist trap is on Maui.
2008-02-13 22:52:28
37.   bhsportsguy
35 Was this the last time Nen pitched?
2008-02-13 22:57:14
38.   Bob Timmermann
Yep, Nen's arm is barely in one piece in this game. He was in a lot of pain, but he figured he owed it to the team to give it his best.

This at bat is fraught with moral dilemma!

2008-02-13 22:59:38
39.   Bob Timmermann
I watched much of this particular World Series game on a small TV at the Rose Bowl while watching UCLA play Stanford.

Bruins 28, Cardinal 18.

2008-02-13 22:59:53
40.   bhsportsguy
If the Giants had a better defensive LF that inning, do the Giants win that game.
2008-02-13 23:01:08
41.   Jon Weisman
Marc Stein has hit the bigtime.

2008-02-13 23:02:02
42.   Xeifrank
36. Yeah, Maui/Kauai, they're all the same. :) oops.
vr, Xei
2008-02-13 23:03:19
43.   Bob Timmermann
The Giants didn't really have outfielders to come off the bench who were a lot better. Baker didn't want to take the best hitter in the game out of the lineup just for the marginal increase of Tom Goodwin or Tsuyoshi Shinjo's defense.
2008-02-13 23:05:42
44.   trainwreck
If Shinjo had his fancy electric belt in America, he would have been the greatest hitter ever.
2008-02-13 23:08:57
45.   Eric Stephen
As silverwidow noted earlier, Mark Sweeney is listed on the Dodgers' 40-man roster. Also, Tony Jackson reported that Sweeney's deal is for $725,000. It was previously reported by Diamond Leung as $600,000 + incentives including $125,000 for making the team. It sounds like Sweeney got that bonus rather quickly.
2008-02-13 23:10:37
46.   Bob Timmermann
When Shinjo played in Japan, his name appeared on the scoreboard as SHINJO. Everybody else had their name written in Japanese.

When the Fighters won the Japan Series in 2006, the whole country acted like Shinjo won it singlehandedly and he was nothing more than the Japanese equivalent of Marquis Grissom at the time.

2008-02-13 23:16:19
47.   Andrew Shimmin
6- I'm also projecting that he gets 1500 ABs, so he'll still collect his 180 (nearly 200!) hits.
2008-02-13 23:21:22
48.   jasonungar07
32 It's a fast 4 hours. I loved the film and think it's on par with the best rock films. I taped it and play it all the time on my dvr as background noise when not wanting to really watch anything specific....The concert is already sold out down here in Irvine Meadows. In August. Aside from wilco at -1 month, it was to be his first concert. I'd take him to Springsteen, but at 6 months (3 months now) I want to take him to an outside show (Bruce is at the pond).
2008-02-13 23:27:40
49.   Eric Stephen
I think there are still tickets available for the Irvine show in August. The pre-sale and package deals are sold out, but you can still get tickets through Ticketmaster.
2008-02-13 23:29:43
50.   LAT
After reading about it on line all day, I am finally watching Sports Center and footage of the Clemens hearing today.

Clemens is not a well spoken man.

ESPN is full of Clemens apologists.

Dan Burton's display was simply disgusting.

Some of our leaders are shamefully inarticulate and cannot string together two coherent questions. I have seen law students prepare more effective examination.

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2008-02-13 23:40:49
51.   jasonungar07
nice are right. lawn seats came up.
2008-02-13 23:57:46
52.   silverwidow
Loaiza Not Keen on Relief

Esteban Loaiza earned his 100th career win in 2004 while serving as a swingman for Torre, but he has never felt particularly comfortable coming out of the bullpen.

"It was hard --warming up, sitting down," said Loaiza, who has made 37 relief appearances in 13 seasons and will need a strong spring to stay a starter. (Diamond Leung)

I knew it; another whiner.

2008-02-14 00:01:47
53.   jasonungar07
It was hard for us to watch Esteban.
2008-02-14 07:20:37
54.   old dodger fan
We are paying you $43,000 per game whether you pitch or not. Deal with it.
2008-02-14 07:24:57
55.   Bob Timmermann
Actually if Loaiza pitches in relief, he might get into more games, so his price per game would go down.
2008-02-14 07:31:49
56.   old dodger fan
55 An example of ineffective cost savings.
2008-02-14 07:33:06
57.   Bob Timmermann
Then you should figure out the salary per inning.

Bring some tissues. You'll need them.

2008-02-14 07:35:43
58.   Jon Weisman
New post up top.

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