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The Long View
2008-04-28 15:00
by Jon Weisman

My most devastating breakup occurred eight days after the 1994 baseball strike began (with the Dodgers trapped in first place in the National League West) and barely a year after I had turned my life over for the second time to reinvent my career. I was feeling mighty low.

What a relief it was when the strike ended and Dodger games resumed in '95, replete with Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi and Hideo Nomo. Soon that year I got a job as a production assistant on a sitcom, moved up to writers' assistant and even got some jokes into the show's second script. Things were looking up – except on the relationship side. I was still feeling mighty low, and continued to for quite some time.

By October 2000, the strike was ancient history, but the Dodgers were on a treadmill. My already-peaked screenwriting career had arced from completed, produced scripts directly into a brick wall. And there I was, happily married. The plot twists of those six years caught me completely by surprise.

Nothing I feared happened. Everything I didn't fear happened.

The last thing I would have expected 14 years ago was that I would find myself on the eve of celebrating my eighth wedding anniversary with my lovely bride before the Dodgers brought home another World Series title. But here we are. Once upon a time, I did speculate on Dodger Thoughts that you never know when 100 years of Cub-like ineptitude will begin, but we're about 20 percent there. What will my life be like when (if) the Dodgers finally break through, when I'm 40 or 80 or 120? Will it provide unencumbered joy or temporary relief?

Here's my question for you: What do you want most in your life right now, and do you think the Dodgers will win the World Series before or after that happens?

Comments (276)
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2008-04-28 15:08:19
1.   bhsportsguy
As Dick Enberg would say, "Oh My!".

What's sadder is that the Dodgers have more control of their future than I do.

My hope is that I will but right now I'm much closer to Andruw Jone's OPS than Raffy Furcal's.

2008-04-28 15:12:48
2.   tjdub
I want my three young kids to learn to relish every earned success, and learn from, then move on from every failure, and to know that wherever they are on that spectrum, they are loved.

I have loved the Dodgers for as long as I can remember, but I can live without the World Series if I must. I've had too many blessings in the last twenty years to be bitter.

But still I will hope. For this year. Always.

2008-04-28 15:17:56
3.   Bob Timmermann
I wish I had big goals in life. But I've been out of the goal-setting business since 1993.

The Dodgers have won two World Series in my lifetime. I can't say I felt overwhelmingly much better after the wins than before them.

I try to avoid the highs and lows of life and just stop to write down the catcher's interference calls.

2008-04-28 15:20:31
4.   D4P
But I've been out of the goal-setting business since 1993

What happened in 1993...?

2008-04-28 15:22:23
5.   bhsportsguy
3 I am just guessing that the Dodgers and LA Times both squashed his dreams.

Luckily BAM was not around back then, it might have caused Bob to never embrace the e-mail machine.

2008-04-28 15:23:19
6.   Humma Kavula
What do I want most? I want to retire. I enjoy my free time more now than I ever have, which is saying something. I want to be able to enjoy each day as if it were my last...

...however, that doesn't pay very well. I just had a kid, and while we don't know the future, a second kid would -- eventually -- be a nice thing. I want only the best for my kids and that includes education.

So I'm not going to retire for a long, long time. We are looking at at least 25 years and probably more like 30 or 35 unless something very unexpected happens.

So will the Dodgers win a championship by 2038? Good lord, I hope so. If not, it will be a pile of bad luck.

2008-04-28 15:24:39
7.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
I'm with 2 . What I want most in my life right now is tied into the future of my kids. I want them to develop into fantastic human beings, find everything that they seek in life (and learn to decide what they should truly seek), and to live in a world that improves and gets better.

Of course, if the Dodgers don't win a World Series and all the above does happen, it won't be a total loss. Then again, I believe the Dodgers will win a World Series before all of the above comes to fruition, since the lives of my children will hopefully be quite long, and the time before the boys in blue win it all will hopefully be quite short.

2008-04-28 15:25:16
8.   Jacob L
The thing I want absolute most in the world right now aint going to happen.

So I'll settle for a new job. I hope it happens before October.

2008-04-28 15:26:47
9.   Xeifrank
I'm not sure what I want the most in life right now, but my 3-year old (and soon to be 4-year old) wants a Tinker Bell B-Day Party really bad. I doubt the Dodgers will win a World Series by then, but perhaps they can be in first place by late June and if not a few sprinkles of pixie dust on the bat of Andruw Jones will be needed.
vr, Xei
2008-04-28 15:32:03
10.   CodyS
The thing I want most in life is for McCourt to sell the Dodgers to an owner that knows what he's doing. I expect the Dodgers will not win a World Series until after this happens, uncoincidentally.

(For posterity, this is not remotely what I want most in life; just saying funny things on the internet.)

2008-04-28 15:39:00
11.   LogikReader

What I want most in life right now is to own a home, something large enough to roam around and host parties. What I'd really want is a soulmate, but I'm too tepid to take the plunge into dating. Too many bad stories of broken hearts have steered me away. The Dodgers will win a World Series well after any of this happens.

Besides that, I'd settle for a Lakers Championship, or two, or three...

2008-04-28 15:40:34
12.   LogikReader
oh!! And I'd like to visit New York City someday, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Fenwak Park, Wrigley Field. Oh, especially Wrigley Field.

I'd like to check out Safeco, Petco, and the A's Coliseum too, but those are easy to do so I don't think too much about it.

2008-04-28 15:40:58
13.   Jon Weisman
Twice in the past day I've seen people use the word "tepid" where I would have thought they'd use "timid." It's interesting, because I don't gather that either instance was a mistake.
2008-04-28 15:41:20
14.   LogikReader
Fenwak Park = Fenway Park
2008-04-28 15:42:46
15.   Greg Brock
I had a girl walk out of class today when the guy on Omaha Beach is walking around with his severed arm in his hand.

All I wanted was one kid to be totally wrecked by that scene. Days like this make teaching worthwhile, you know?

2008-04-28 15:44:26
16.   regfairfield
15 My history teacher subjected us to repeated viewings of that, just to drive the point home.
2008-04-28 15:45:04
17.   LogikReader
tepid (adj.) = lacking in warmth or enthusiasm i.e. motivation towards goal-setting.

Of course that only applies to that one area. I have many goals achieved and yet to achieve.

2008-04-28 15:45:41
18.   Greg Brock
To Jon's point, I've felt like the Dodgers were entering Cubs territory for awhile. I could envision no title in the rest of my life.

It won't, however, be cute, like the Cubs' futility. Dodger futility is celebrated around the country.

2008-04-28 15:45:57
19.   xaphor
City to finish above United. It's not too much to ask. Interestingly the boys in blue on both sides of the Atlantic are run by a "Frank" and if I had to put my money on one of them to get the job done, it would be the Frank who doesn't shy away from embezzlement and human rights violations. Get us in there Frankie boy.
2008-04-28 15:48:30
20.   bhsportsguy
12 Well you better head to New York this summer if you want to see Shea as the new stadium has a new name. Personally, even though the new place will have the old name, Yankee Stadium.2009 will be a lot nicer with bigger concourses and larger restrooms but it won't be where Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, and Reggie played.
2008-04-28 15:54:07
21.   bhsportsguy
In my day, WWII was mentioned around May or so, D-Day got a paragraph in my high school history book.

Unfortunately, no one ever thought it would be cool to have actual participants speak about events that had shaped the country in the last 25-30 years when I was learning this stuff.

2008-04-28 15:56:22
22.   MollyKnight
What I want is not to want what isn't mine.
2008-04-28 15:58:02
23.   bhsportsguy

Tony Abreu is accompanying the team on this road trip and will continue working out before the Dodgers decides he is ready for a Minor League rehab assignment.

2008-04-28 15:59:20
24.   Greg Brock
21 Well, I actually finished WWII last week. But we had a minimum day today, so wasting it on a video made me feel less guilty.

I have to get through the Civil Rights era by May 15th, as annual testing begins then. So damn the torpedoes, I'll be in overdrive for the next three weeks. And I have to do review from Jamestown to the '60's while I teach new stuff.


2008-04-28 16:01:52
25.   MollyKnight
Actually, what I really want is to be motivated to do work tonight. It's raining and there is no baseball on TV.
2008-04-28 16:03:14
26.   xaphor
24 . Will we be partaking in the Santaification of MLK?
2008-04-28 16:03:20
27.   bhsportsguy
24 Damm history, can't we just stop at some point and say no more.
2008-04-28 16:05:02
28.   KG16
I've got a list of things I want most in the world, the big ones:

1. a certain girl to leave the desert and join me on the coast;
2. finish and publish a novel.

There's a fifty percent chance on one happening before October, and I'd say a 15% chance of both happening before October. So, I'd say the Dodgers are on the clock.

2008-04-28 16:05:06
29.   Kevin Lewis
I want to learn a more simple lifestyle, enjoying the people and community around me more, rather than spending my time accumulating stuff.
2008-04-28 16:07:55
30.   KG16
28 - and for the record, if I was given the choice by [insert favorite evil mythical creature here] to have the girl move out here but it meaning that the Dodgers would not win the rest of my life, and the Giants winning every five years, I'd take the deal.

Without a second thought.

2008-04-28 16:08:17
31.   Kevin Lewis
Oh, and I would love to somehow rid myself of all junk mail. I am sick and tired of the amount of paper wasted on my mailbox on a daily basis.
2008-04-28 16:08:47
32.   eekrock
19 no ill will in the premiership directed towards you, but I have to think you'll be singing sad renditions of Blue Moon for a bit longer. i believe that the Doyars are turning a corner and the next few years look bright.

that said, Sven did make some astute purchases last time around and if you can add another Elano or two and tighten the ship at the back, you could jump into the top 4.

2008-04-28 16:09:02
33.   Dodgers49
Dodgers' 1st sweep is a variety show

>> Sunday's victory was made possible, in part, because of a brief conversation Torre had with Loney at the start of the week. After Loney hit into a double play in the Arizona series while looking like he was trying to swing for the fences, Torre called his first baseman into his office. <<

2008-04-28 16:09:19
34.   Kevin Lewis

Someone write the script.

2008-04-28 16:09:31
35.   Greg Brock
26 Not really. Everybody knows about MLK, the bus boycott, etc.

I talk about Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, or Scwerner, Chaney, and Goodman.

2008-04-28 16:13:43
36.   KG16
27 - I thought that's what we did in the 90s?
2008-04-28 16:14:47
37.   bryanf
Full RSS feeds on Baseball Toaster is pretty much at the top of my most wanted list, along with a new iMac and a 3G iPhone. However, I guess what I really want the most is to just get married already, but since that is happening in less than a month, it's unlikely that the Dodgers will win a Series before it.

Man I hope at least my kids will get to see the Dodgers win a World Series...

2008-04-28 16:14:52
38.   Bob Timmermann
In the 1982 AP History exam, the big essay question was on the Civil Rights movement. Which my teacher hadn't gotten to. But there was one student in class who had read ahead in the textbook just to make sure he knew what he needed to know.

Actually this kid read the entirety of "The American Pageant" twice before the test.

2008-04-28 16:16:47
39.   scareduck
I want the late Dr. Robert Bussard to be right.

I was going to fill in the blanks on what happens if he's wrong, but the "else" part is too obvious.

2008-04-28 16:16:56
40.   Linkmeister
35 Douglas Brinkley told a wonderful story yesterday at the LA Times Book Festival about Rosa Parks meeting Nelson Mandela as Mandela got off a plane in the States. He recognized her (she was in a wheelchair) as he was walking across the tarmac, stopped, pronounced her name, and walked over to her, lifted her out of her chair, and hugged her, all the while continuing to pronounce her name.

I saw it on C-Span.

2008-04-28 16:18:12
41.   skybluestoday

I think I'm your age, Jon -- born on 1/9/1968. Nixon's birthday. Lovely.

My longest and most intense relationship (seven years) just ended last year. She's now seeing a guy ten years younger than me. I'm doing lots of soul-searching. Guess who's having more fun.

I'm an old Red Sox fan from the Fisk-Lynn-Hobson era, but I've always been an inveterate Dodger fan as well. Heck, I named my cat "Dodger" back in 1977 or so. I remember watching all those decidedly intense World Series games on my (awful) black-and-white TV in my room when I was just a pup.

I watched the 1988 World Series in the main lounge of my college girlfriend's dorm. Some of her housemates were none too happy that I had shanghaied the television (especially because I didn't go to her school).

It was still worth it.

2008-04-28 16:18:25
42.   Linkmeister
40 Edited for clarity: I saw Brinkley tell the story on C-Span.
2008-04-28 16:19:00
43.   Andrew Shimmin
"The American Pageant," was the text in my 1997 class, too! I did not read it twice.
2008-04-28 16:19:30
44.   Humma Kavula


SUPERFAN, dressed entirely in DODGER BLUE stares inconsolably at the television.

JOE BUCK (VO, on television)
It is high and deep! Gone! The Giants win the pennant, and the Dodgers' long march into irrelevance continues! The San Francisco Giants, for the third time in the past fifteen years, have decimated the Dodgers' playoff chances, and will now return to the World Series to face the Tampa Bay Rays!

I think I'll violate rule one. Rule one violation.

He shuts off the television.

SUPERFAN (cont'd)
(turning to wife)
You know who I blame for this?

(heard this 1000 times)
DodgerThoughts poster KG16?

DodgerThoughts poster KG16. Sure, he got the girl. I'm sure he's somewhere on the coast, living very happily, writing his novels and living with that girl that he always wanted. But what about the rest of us? Why did KG16 refuse to think of the rest of us?

You know, you have a pretty good life, too.

All I wanted was for the Dodgers to win.

Superfan's wife looks up at him, incredulously.

SUPERFAN (cont'd)
I think he needs to pay.





2008-04-28 16:21:15
45.   KingKopitar
I think the Dodgers will win a championship before the Kings. You think being a Dodger fan is depressing...
2008-04-28 16:21:44
46.   LAT
I am way to conflicted to answer these questions.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers will tread water with Ned as GM.

2008-04-28 16:21:49
47.   bhsportsguy
44 I'm old enough to think of the San Antonio River when I see the word Superfan.

Better yet, Jim Healy.

2008-04-28 16:23:17
48.   scareduck
11 - you could wish for bad traffic.

2008-04-28 16:25:53
49.   Kevin Lewis

That was a good laugh.

2008-04-28 16:26:26
50.   madmac
24 that's the problem with history, every year there is more of it. when I was in junior high Vietnam closed out the history books and we never could reach the end.
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2008-04-28 16:28:18
51.   KG16
44 - heh.
2008-04-28 16:29:47
52.   Humma Kavula
You know, as I read over my work in 44 , there is a dead giveaway in it that it is fantasy.

Did you spot it? OK, I'll point it out...

Joe Buck would never say something like "long march into irrelevance."

2008-04-28 16:32:08
53.   Greg Brock
Teaching Vietnam is quick. I'm too young a teacher to care about the Baby Boomer arguments about the war, and the kids just want to know what napalm is.
2008-04-28 16:32:12
54.   Humma Kavula
51 Also, correct me if I'm wrong, KG16, but didn't you propose to a girl at a club this weekend, just because she knew that Pierre wasn't any good?

If that was you, I find it strange that you would doom the rest of us to a lifetime of Dodger irrelevance when you are so quick to hand out marriage proposals.

2008-04-28 16:32:58
55.   Eric Enders
I want the same thing Molly wants, actually -- to be motivated to do work tonight. Having spent most of the day running errands and doing other necessary things, I now find a whole day's worth of work in front of me and it's already 5:30 p.m. Normally I'd have no problem working nonstop until the wee hours, but tonight I feel like being lazy and I just wish there were a Dodger game on.

Bob will likely find amusement in the fact that one of said assignments is editing an article by Roger Kahn about the grand old days of New York baseball. I'm going to assume that one passes muster with the irony committee.

2008-04-28 16:33:09
56.   Humma Kavula
53 the kids just want to know what napalm is.

Tell them that it's the smell of victory and move on.

2008-04-28 16:33:14
57.   KG16
44 - there are so many real life twists to this story that would be all kinds of fun.
2008-04-28 16:34:20
58.   bhsportsguy
Greg Brock will not playing episodes of the recently aired "John Adamns" for his classes because he believes the actor portraying Alexander Hamilton makes him come off as insane or at least slightly unhinged.

He's waiting for Tom Hanks to capture the humanity of Hamilton whenever the powers that be decide to appropriately salute the man mostly known today for being on the $10 bill.

2008-04-28 16:36:52
59.   KG16
54 - I didn't propose... I said to her, "I'd marry you right now." And knowing that Pierre wasn't any good was icing on the cake, she also had season tickets. Besides, I was a few drinks into the night at that point, so it didn't really count.
2008-04-28 16:37:40
60.   Bob Timmermann
Bob will likely find amusement in the fact that one of said assignments is editing an article by Roger Kahn about the grand old days of New York baseball. I'm going to assume that one passes muster with the irony committee.

No comment

2008-04-28 16:37:43
61.   Greg Brock
58 Alexander Hamilton needs no pandering miniseries to illuminate his myriad contributions to the republic. It's the kind of lowest common denominator stuff that Jeffersonians need.
2008-04-28 16:37:44
62.   Jim Hitchcock
42 Book TV is a weekend habit for me, link...did you happen to see the forum hosted by Marc Cooper (my favorite political blogger) at about noon our time? I missed it.
2008-04-28 16:38:46
63.   KG16
61 - agreed
2008-04-28 16:39:08
64.   Jon Weisman
55 - Approved.

60 - Man, I think someone really got to Bob. Like, horse head on the bedpillow stuff.

2008-04-28 16:39:15
65.   Eric Enders
It was more the screenplay than the actor that made Hamilton come off as insane. Although in fairness to the screenwriters, the book makes clear that Adams did believe Hamilton to be completely delusional. He thought Hamilton was a monarchist who wanted to create a bogus war with France so that he, Hamilton, could take charge of the Army, lead it to victory, and then become a Napoleon-style dictator.
2008-04-28 16:41:40
66.   Humma Kavula
64 "Keep your friends close and Roger Kahn closer?"
2008-04-28 16:42:34
67.   KG16
65 - having read quite a bit about Hamilton, I can see how one might get that idea, but I'm surprised that Adams would have gotten that idea. Or that McCollugh would be that one sided (of course, I've never read any of his stuff, so grain of salt and all that)
2008-04-28 16:42:45
68.   Greg Brock
65 Well, Hamilton was a monarchist.

So what? Hamilton understood, like most rational human beings before Andrew Jackson, that the majority of people are dumb. They need a ruling class.

"Your people, sir, is a great beast."

2008-04-28 16:44:32
69.   Greg Brock
And it needs to be added that no American ever fought harder for ratification of the Constitution than Hamilton. And he personally rejected a lot of it. He felt it his duty to support it.
2008-04-28 16:48:30
70.   Bob Timmermann
Baltimore and Chicago were delayed by rain at the start. Then the White Sox took a 2-1 lead to the ninth and Jenks blew the save. Then the Orioles took a 3-2 lead in the 11th and Sherrill blew the save.

Now it's raining again.

I'm sensing a suspended game here.

2008-04-28 16:53:40
71.   Jacob L
Hamilton may not need a pandering miniseries, but I seem to recall a semi-pandering PBS "American Experience," replete with dramatic reenactments.

I thought it was pretty obvious that Hamilton in the John Adams movie was being portrayed as a Rove-ian figure for the amusement of the contemporary audience.

2008-04-28 16:56:13
72.   Dodgers49
Andruw's struggles not helping his case for Hall

2008-04-28 16:56:49
73.   KG16
I've always been amazed that Hamilton and Franklin were the ones who were closest in predicting what America would become, yet they get the least amount of play as founders. Also surprising because they were the youngest and oldest of the group.

I suspect their press isn't as good because they were never president.

2008-04-28 16:58:49
74.   Jacob L

yet they get the least amount of play as founders

Really? They're both in the top 5, wouldn't you say?

2008-04-28 16:59:27
75.   Greg Brock
Hey Enders, do you think Waking Life has too much foul language for a high school Philosophy class?
2008-04-28 17:00:51
76.   Greg Brock
73 Hamilton's party collapsed. Or it became the Whigs, and then collapsed.

The Democrats have the Jefferson Jackson dinner. The Federalists got nuthin'.

2008-04-28 17:01:49
77.   regfairfield
73 I don't even know how to spell Button Gwennet's name and only know who he is thanks to the Mr. Show commentary.
2008-04-28 17:01:52
78.   KG16
They're talking "plus one" again for the BCS. I really don't like the way they are talking about it right now: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3, winners in a championship game.

Why not have the old bowl system (more or less) and then take the two best teams after the bowls?

And no, a play off isn't going to happen... nor will it work.

2008-04-28 17:02:05
79.   bhsportsguy
73 Hamilton perhaps, but Franklin remains so beloved that he can be portrayed as a male exotic dancer on primetime television and still be revered throughout the land.
2008-04-28 17:05:24
80.   KG16
74 - eh, probably a little over the top on my part.

76 - the Federalists have a society now, though there are probably more Anti-federalists in the society than there are Federalists.

2008-04-28 17:05:55
81.   bluekang
Short term: Lakers win the title, since the Dodgers haven't won a world series in my lifetime, I have that champion emotional attachment to the Lakers

Obviously the Dodgers won't win before that, but before they threepeat again? Outlook not so good, I'm just looking for a series win.

I used American Pageant in my AP US class in...2005? I think it was. I read one chapter out of the book, damn good teacher

2008-04-28 17:06:10
82.   regfairfield
78 Isn't it a lot harder to decide who the fourth best team is in the country instead of the second?
2008-04-28 17:06:38
83.   Jacob L
80 I was just trying to see if I could bait people into ranking the founders.
2008-04-28 17:09:17
84.   Eric Enders
75 Well, personally, I would doubt that many films have too much foul language for an age group that spends most of its free time coming up with new and inventive ways in which to curse. I guess it depends on how much cursing will get you in trouble.

I've seen it about 10 times, and I can only recall one specific instance of foul language. So I'd say you're probably OK.

If you show it to your class, you should enable the pop-up text. The DVD has a feature where, while the movie is playing, subtitles come up which explain the philosophical background behind each scene.

Super perfundo on the early eve of your day.

2008-04-28 17:10:27
85.   KG16
83 - I almost did, but I'm not sure how close that would be to violating Rule 5
2008-04-28 17:11:13
86.   Jon Weisman
You know, I love this discussion, but I'd also love to see more thoughts on the original topic if anyone's interested.
2008-04-28 17:13:26
87.   Bill Crain
The thing I want most in life is for the capital gains tax to be repealed. Expansion teams yet unborn will win the series before that happens.
2008-04-28 17:14:37
88.   Dodgers49
Koplove standing tall on mound

2008-04-28 17:15:14
89.   Jacob L
Sorry, Jon. Not only did I detract from discussion on the original post. Not only did I nearly lead KG16 down the primrose path to a rule 5. I bald-facedly committed a rule 3.

It won't happen again.

2008-04-28 17:21:46
90.   Jon Weisman
No apologies needed.
2008-04-28 17:23:58
91.   Greg Brock
When the Dodgers go 50 years without a title, will it be a cute kind of futility, like the Cubs? Will it be cause for rending of garments and ceaseless negativity, like the Red Sox?

Or will it be irrelevant, like the White Sox?

2008-04-28 17:24:00
92.   KG16
Here's something else I'd like... though it's rather low on my list... the return of Big West Football.

I suspect each of the current 30 teams to win the World Series before the Big West has football again.

2008-04-28 17:25:47
93.   Dodgers49
Dodgers Mailbag: What has changed for Saito?

2008-04-28 17:26:14
94.   Eric Enders
I wouldn't describe the White Sox as irrelevant... more like comeuppance. Lose the World Series on purpose, and you get whatever bad karma you deserve.
2008-04-28 17:26:22
95.   KG16
91 - in the age of ESPN, it be a cross of all three. It will be cute because they will be able to harken back to the Brooklyn Bums, it will be negative because someone (Plaschke?) will write a book about how the soul of baseball is tarnished by the Dodgers not winning, and it will be irrelevant because it's the west coast and that's the stereotype.
2008-04-28 17:28:56
96.   Linkmeister
62 Jim, Mom watches it and I see it as I pass through the room. I rarely sit down and watch, but I'll stand there and make approving or snarky remarks for a while.

I think I saw some of Cooper.

2008-04-28 17:29:20
97.   Greg Brock
94 The Indians, then?

Irrelevant futility at its finest.

2008-04-28 17:33:22
98.   Eric Enders
The Indians. There you go.

Is the Giants' half-century without a championship becoming cute yet? Where do they fit into all this?

2008-04-28 17:38:22
99.   Sam DC
Oh sure, I figure, time to get off my duff, read back up on my Dodger Thoughts, get commenting again before I'm (gasp) forgotton.

And what do I find? This question!

2008-04-28 17:39:58
100.   Jon Weisman
99 - It is a perilous Internet, I'm truly sorry to say.
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2008-04-28 17:40:44
101.   PDH5204
Re "American Pageant", as the late Steve Biko said, the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Alexander Hamilton was otherwise most certainly not one of the oppressed.
2008-04-28 17:40:54
102.   Sam DC
An answer. Among the things I'd most want, I'd like to rediscover the bravery I had when I was younger. When I was 20, no matter what was going on, I figured it'd work out and so I pressed on. Don't want to be too foolhardy or anything, but brave is an important part of happy I think.
2008-04-28 17:41:36
103.   underdog
To get back to Jon's original question here (as best I can), I think I'd love to see a harmonic convergence of sorts (to borrow a new agey term), to have one of the next couple of years feature both a Dodgers world championship (or at least a trip to the WS) along with finally having either my optioned script actually produced instead of languishing and/or another script getting greenlit. That'd make me a happy camper. That and finally getting back into teaching, hopefully college level writing.

Oh, and owning a home, sure.
And an HDTV to watch Dodgers games in and watch Criterion movies on.

And I'd also like a pony.

2008-04-28 17:41:58
104.   Disabled List
I hold out hope that I can make significant progress towards the two things I want most - success in my personal life, advancement in my professional life - before October, which is the soonest the Dodgers can win the World Series.

It is, however, much more likely that the Lakers will win a championship before either of those things happen. But hey, you never know...

2008-04-28 17:42:23
105.   Sam DC
And I'm pretty sure I'll beat the Dodgers back.
2008-04-28 17:42:40
106.   underdog
I sound like Elmer J Fudd, millionaire. "I own a mansion and a yacht."
2008-04-28 17:45:19
107.   Joe Pierre
Mostly , right now I'd like to meet someone of the opposite sex, I'm 70 years old, so that should make it pretty difficult. Also to complicate things I'm kind of particular and women my own age don't appeal to me.
So the chances are no matter when it happens, the Dodgers have a better chance of winning the World Series first.
2008-04-28 17:45:58
108.   Jon Weisman
2008-04-28 17:46:22
109.   underdog
No chatter about Pat Riley's resignation as Heat coach this afternoon? Guess it wasn't really a shocker.
2008-04-28 17:49:14
110.   Andrew Shimmin
62- CSPAN has streaming video of that panel. You have to fast forward (or watch) the Brinkley panel, and a call-in segment; but it's there.

2008-04-28 17:51:48
111.   Disabled List
109 He'll be back on the bench when the Heat get good again. He just doesn't want his career winning pct. taking a hit for the time being.
2008-04-28 17:54:55
112.   underdog
108 I responded to that one, as best I could, and to Josh's post. Wow. Talk about perspective check(s).

111 Cynically, I am prone to agree with you, or at least that he'll coach someone again, maybe not the Heat. Otherwise I see him more than happy to be in a front office and segue into announcing. I mean if Van Gundy can get paid for that, why not Riley?

2008-04-28 17:54:58
113.   bhsportsguy
Which pro team's championship would be the most well-received in that particular town?

Los Angeles - Still the Lakers, I believe.
Phoenix - Suns perhaps, D-Backs, not so sure.
San Diego - Chargers, next.
Denver - Broncos, next
San Francisco - 49ers, I would guess.
Chicago - Cubs
Cincy - Reds or Bengals, Reds?
St. Louis - Cardinals
Pittsburgh - Steelers
Houston - Do the Titans even have that much love yet, Astros
Milwaukee - Well if they can't claim the Packers, Brewers.
New York - I'm going to say the Knicks.
Philadelphia - Egles, though Phillies could be close
Washington - Redskins
Atlana - Does SEC football count?
Florida - Considering that the Marlins have won 2 more titles than the Dolphins in the last 11 years, I would pick them but its hard to say.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Angels
Oakland - Raiders
Seattle - Seahawks
Texas - Cowboys
Cleveland - Indians, Browns are too new.
Detroit - Tigers
Kansas City - Chiefs
Minnesota - Vikings
Boston - With the Red Sox winning 2 titles in the last 4 years, the Celtics now occupy that spot.
Toronto - Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay - Bucs
Baltimore - maybe its split between Orioles and Ravens.

My hunch is that if you have a pro football team in your metropolis, you will find that team's success will generate the most response.

LA not having any pro football, really shifted the pro sports attention to the team with the most visible stars and combine that with a team that makes the playoffs and then usually is in championship contention, to me is what makes the Lakers the most compelling sports team in this city and when they are going good, the city strives on that.

2008-04-28 18:01:32
114.   Eric Stephen
What I want:

1) Someone to grow old with
2) To own a home
3) To shake Bob Timmermann's hand

I think the Dodgers will win the World Series sometime in between 1 & 2.

Would I be OK if the Dodgers don't win another World Series in my lifetime? Sure. It would be hard to top 1988 in terms of the excitement and wide-eyed wonderment of 12 year old me. Plus, I have thought about this in the last few years: there has to be something more to being a fan than the elusive quest for a championship. Otherwise, it's too depressing, collectively, to handle since 29 of 30 teams end up disappointed every year. In the last few years, I've been able to appreciate the journey of the long season.

2008-04-28 18:05:31
115.   Disabled List
Anyone see that Barry Zito got demoted to the bullpen today? I'm bummed by that. That's gonna seriously dent his chances of being a 20-game loser.
2008-04-28 18:09:22
116.   Sam DC
West Coast viewers, if you ever wished you had a friend like Wedge Antilles, and are manboy enough to admit it, don't miss tonight's Deal or No Deal.

Ross Gellar applauds the suitcase girl's second-half wardrobe.

2008-04-28 18:13:21
117.   regfairfield
115 So you have a team with nothing to live for and no prospects to speak of, and you demote your 126 million dollar investment to the bullpen instead of letting him work things out in April. Brilliant move there.
2008-04-28 18:13:55
118.   Bob Timmermann
I plan to cut off both of my hands to make sure Eric Stephen's dreams go unfulfilled.
2008-04-28 18:14:39
119.   underdog
They shouldve put zito on your namesake list with suckitis.
2008-04-28 18:14:59
120.   Jon Weisman
Hey - me and ToyCannon got married 10 years and one day apart.

2008-04-28 18:22:42
121.   dzzrtRatt
For my son: That his joy in music, theater and art can translate into a life of accomplishment and creative satisfaction.

For my wife: Peace. Contentment. Less stress.

For my parents and, really, all my older relatives: Many more years of vibrant life, but when their time comes, to die painlessly in their sleep. This to me is the ultimate luxury, a greater privilege than wealth or any other gilded pleasure.

For me: A minimum of five years of my life when my writing is the primary thing I do, and that I find some success in it.

For the Dodgers of 2008: That they realize how great they are and just relax and do the things they're capable of doing, knowing their fans always find them entertaining.

For my dog: A lifetime of good teeth, a good nose and good ears.

2008-04-28 18:26:50
122.   LAT
121. And good hips. Old dogs have a terrible time with their hips.
2008-04-28 18:33:09
123.   Suffering Bruin
I would like to be in really good physical condition. I mean, great shape. I want people to say, "Hey! Someone's been working out!"

I've never been in good physical shape.

I think the Dodgers win a World Series first.

2008-04-28 18:33:57
124.   Bob Timmermann
I have realized that it's very hard to cut off both of your own hands unless you use something like a table saw.

Let's just that this was a thought problem.

2008-04-28 18:34:25
125.   Bob Timmermann
Well, you're no Ed Begley, Jr.
2008-04-28 18:35:31
126.   regfairfield
123 If you can find someone to berate you everytime you don't work out, you can be in pretty good shape by this October.
2008-04-28 18:41:48
127.   Greg Brock
123 If you're in bad shape, I've been dead from diabetes for ten years.

Don't forget, I've met you!

2008-04-28 19:12:16
128.   bablue
(To answer Jon's original question): Have a big league career. I'm 19 right now, so I got a few more years. But that one's gotta happen soon. I don't really care if its before or after the Dodgers win a WS, so long as it happens. Obviously, the odds are a little low. Or as Vin would say "Very difficult, but possible."
2008-04-28 19:16:39
129.   Bob Timmermann
The Reds got three singles and an intentional walk in the top of the 7th in St. Louis and didn't score a run.

There were no double plays or runners caught stealing.

2008-04-28 19:18:20
130.   Vishal
113 maybe it's that i don't get your "well-received" premise, but assuming you mean what i think you do, i don't really agree with you, man. the lakers and 49ers have won plenty of championships in relatively recent memory. the giants, for example, have never won in SF. and royals fans have been long-suffering too. i think if any of those teams won, it would be extremely well-received in those cities. sure, some of these places are more football or basketball (or whatever other sport) towns, but if their teams in those sports are pretty consistently successful, another championship might not be as big a deal.
2008-04-28 19:27:53
131.   Dodgers49
120 Hey - me and ToyCannon got married

I was afraid to read any further. :-)

2008-04-28 19:33:15
132.   jtw
Short term: To find some way to way to reduce the constant nervousness I face as the father of a 3-month-old baby (or is finding a way to worry less about your kids a long term goal?).

Medium term: Have a second child that is as wonderful and exciting as my first, and to be able to afford a bigger house to fit everyone.

Long term: Be able to afford to send those 2 kids to college and to continue to make my wife as happy as she appears to be today.

Will the Dodgers win it all before any of that? I sure hope so, and by no later than the medium term.

2008-04-28 19:34:01
133.   Sam DC
128 Good luck! What position do you play?
2008-04-28 19:34:34
134.   Eric Stephen
Not to delve into Rule 5, but I just watched the 60 Minutes piece on Antonin Scalia and it was fascinating.
2008-04-28 19:36:27
135.   Sam DC
Is this an old Hearns Leonard fight on Versus?
2008-04-28 19:37:31
136.   Vishal
131 i know. it should have read "toycannon and i" :P
2008-04-28 19:43:05
137.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, yes it is.
2008-04-28 19:43:18
138.   Gagne55
Woah! The Hawks are about to make this a best of 3 series!
2008-04-28 19:43:41
139.   Hallux Valgus
113 As a Denver sports + Dodger fan, I can say that the Broncos get a bigger response than all other teams combined in that market. Broncos pre season games get better ratings than Avalanche Stanley Cup Final games.

Objectively, I would think the Cubs, given their history as both a loser and a media powerhouse (WGN).

And I would also add Nebraska football t the mix. given their recent history, if you saw an NU BCS championship, you would see Mardi Gras in the mid west. Ethanol prices would sky rocket, because no one would be harvesting corn.

Finally, the Broncos had a great draft and the Raiders neglected their 31st ranked run defense by drafting a running back to their 6th ranked run offense. Hooray! Now let's all watch the Nuggets not care some more.

2008-04-28 19:45:25
140.   Disabled List
This Hawks-Celtics series is starting to remind me just a little bit of the Warriors-Mavs series last year.

Just a little.

2008-04-28 19:46:35
141.   Vishal
to answer jon's post... the thing i want the most is for my sweetheart to move here to san francisco. i hope that occurs before the end of the season, so maybe the dodgers could win the WS this year and it will still be after what i want.
2008-04-28 19:47:16
142.   Gagne55
128 Where are you playing baseball now?
2008-04-28 19:50:30
143.   bablue

Thanks! I play outfield for a JC in the bay area. Well actually I'm red-shirting but next year I should hopefully be able to start. And then in a couple years hopefully get a scholarship somewhere at a 4-year school...

2008-04-28 19:52:52
144.   Gagne55
140 Well last year the Warriors at least had Don Nelson as a coach who knew how to exploit all of the Mav's weanesses. And the Warriors were a better team than an 8-seed from a very weak eastern conference. Also, the Mav's overperformed in the regular season last year; these Celtics have a superstar and two other multiyear all-stars and depth to spare, imo the biggest conglomeration of talent since Michael Jordan played for the Bulls. This should not be happening. But if they stop the Boston powerhouse I'm all for it.
2008-04-28 19:53:27
145.   bablue

Mission College, its a junior college in the bay area. Not much I know. If its any consolation I didn't actually start playing really until my sophomore year of HS so its been a lot of work just to get to where I am now. Not much of a chance for me but it never hurts to dream! :)

2008-04-28 19:54:00
146.   PadreJeremy
Try being a Kings and a Padres fan. Atleast you Dodgers fans have experienced a championship. The Kings are so bad, I think the Padres win a World Series before the Kings and both happen well after I die. And Im not that old.
2008-04-28 19:56:15
147.   Hallux Valgus
Christ, the Nuggets are going to be done before the coverage even switches over.
2008-04-28 19:57:25
148.   LogikReader
The Hawks beat the 66 win Celtics again! I LOVE IT!!! What a great game.

Is Dick Stockton a closet Celtics Fan?

2008-04-28 19:58:16
149.   Disabled List
144 Honestly, I think the 2004 Lakers (Kobe, Shaq, Payton, Malone) were a more talented team on the aggregate than those Jordan-era Bulls.

I still maintain that the '01 Lakers (the team that went 15-1 in the playoffs) would've beaten any of those Bulls teams in a 7-game series. I have a friend from Chicago who strenuously disagrees with this.

2008-04-28 20:05:59
150.   MikeB
"What do you want most in your life right now."
A job.

"Do you think the Dodgers will win the World Series before or after that happens?"
After, I hope.

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2008-04-28 20:07:02
151.   Eric Stephen
No no on that dunk attempt by Nene!
2008-04-28 20:09:25
152.   Greg Brock
150 Good luck. I know how it is.
2008-04-28 20:09:33
153.   Hallux Valgus
at least they're acting like they want to play playoff basketball. For the first time in 2.5 games.

(They will now go back to shooting jumpers and watching Gasol dunk.)

2008-04-28 20:09:47
154.   El Lay Dave
144 Talent conglomerations:
- Magic, Kareem, Worthy et al.
- The Logo, Baylor, Chamberlain
- Bird, McHale, Parish (he says begrudgingly)
- Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Bradley, DeBusschere (begrudgingly again)
- Russell, Cousy, et al.
2008-04-28 20:11:13
155.   trainwreck
I need me a full-time one of those too. Part-time just doesn't fatten my pockets enough.
2008-04-28 20:16:48
156.   Hallux Valgus
2008-04-28 20:18:49
157.   trainwreck
Still absurd he thought he was worthy of going by one name.

He's the McG of basketball players.

2008-04-28 20:19:38
158.   Bob Timmermann
The Yahoo boxscore insists on calling Nene, "N. Hilario" although I thought he had legally changed his name to Nene.
2008-04-28 20:20:09
159.   Bob Timmermann
It's a Brazilian thing, you wouldn't understand.
2008-04-28 20:20:28
160.   Kevin Lewis
Original Question:

I would add that I want to be teaching high school English in the next five years. The plan was to transition to that vocation this summer, but the coming birth of our son put some plans on hold. He will definitely be worth it. Due date: May 12th

2008-04-28 20:21:23
161.   Greg Brock
Hilario is a much better single name than Nene.

He should have been Hilario.

2008-04-28 20:21:45
162.   Jon Weisman
145 - We'll be rootin' for you :)
2008-04-28 20:23:05
163.   Hallux Valgus
157 I feel like you're lashing out for bypassing Warren Sapp's good replacement in favor of the new Reggie Bush. Don't blame Nene. Blame the Crypt Keeper
2008-04-28 20:23:20
164.   Eric Stephen
Little known fact: the favorite game of #28 on the Lakers is Mjenga.
2008-04-28 20:23:25
165.   Jon Weisman
Matt Kemp, is your glass half-empty or half-full?

"More than half of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd has died since last fall, forcing the government to suspend its annual slaughter program."

2008-04-28 20:24:05
166.   Hallux Valgus
161 Maybyner Hilario is a seriously cool name. He should have left well enough alone.
2008-04-28 20:25:21
167.   Greg Brock
160 When you teach English, please get the historical metaphors in Animal Farm correct.

Don't laugh. It happens.

2008-04-28 20:26:05
168.   Eric Stephen
I'm a sucker for any article that begins with "...forcing the government to suspend its annual slaughter program." That sounds like something Kent Brockman or Tom Tucker would say after a story.
2008-04-28 20:30:02
169.   Bob Timmermann
I thought it was an annual laughter program.
2008-04-28 20:30:08
170.   Hallux Valgus
this is pathetic. A $5 million coach is reduced to reminding his team to stay in the game in the middle of the second quarter. Explain to me why I should root for this team next year.
2008-04-28 20:31:29
171.   Eric Stephen
"You can't spell slaughter without laughter."

That is the only redeeming moment of the Comedy Central animated show "Drawn Together".

2008-04-28 20:32:27
172.   Eric Stephen
Sometimes if TNT doesn't have much in the way of audio extras, they shouldn't force that segment.
2008-04-28 20:33:43
173.   Gen3Blue
Anything that makes the government reavaluate a Slaughter program has to be more than miraculous. That is--it is much greater than a miracule.(spelling my favorite)
2008-04-28 20:36:39
174.   Bob Timmermann
I slipped a Simpsons joke through because apparently no one watched last night.
2008-04-28 20:37:05
175.   Hallux Valgus
172 I made this point last game- "if you don't want to play, I don't want to watch." This Nuggets team is downright insulting.
2008-04-28 20:39:33
176.   Dodgers49
165 I was at a Walmart meat counter this past weekend and noticed they were selling packages of ground bison. I almost sat down right there in protest. :-)
2008-04-28 20:50:17
177.   Disabled List
I passed by some activists in Union Square this past weekend who were imploring people to help "Save the Bison!"

They were handing out leaflets. I did not see Juan Pierre mentioned anywhere.

2008-04-28 20:53:09
178.   LAT
176. Then don't make ted Turner your BFF.
2008-04-28 20:55:58
179.   trainwreck
I watched a little bit of it. Simpsons are becoming hard for me to watch now.
2008-04-28 20:59:55
180.   LAT
Is the widget on the sidebar killing anyone's else's refresh time?
2008-04-28 21:00:28
181.   Eric Enders
There are people who still watch The Simpsons?

I think I've seen maybe one in the last 7 years. And that was only because I heard beforehand that there would be a Thomas Pynchon cameo.

2008-04-28 21:01:01
182.   LAT
To those looking for work: Don't unless you absoutly have to. Can you tell I'm still in the office?
2008-04-28 21:02:30
183.   trainwreck
Do the Chargers have the best receiving corp in our division?

That's just sad.

2008-04-28 21:02:50
184.   KG16
174 - I caught that on my read through.

I was listening to the Denver radio broadcast on the way home from the office. The announcers felt that the Lakers were getting a lot of calls. They were also down on the mistakes that Denver was making... I mean Chick Hearn-style, "They can't do anything right, tonight." But they were tough to listen to.

2008-04-28 21:02:58
185.   Eric Enders
That's the second reference I've seen to a widget on the sidebar. What are you guys talking about, anyway? My sidebar looks the same as it always has. Except the game-by-game heroes aren't there anymore.
2008-04-28 21:03:32
186.   KG16
183 - didn't the AFC West use to be a pass happy division?
2008-04-28 21:07:02
187.   Eric Stephen
LAT, if you are using Firefox, you can use Adblock to disable that widget.

2008-04-28 21:07:41
188.   Bob Timmermann
Orange alert for Frank Thomas! Orange alert!
2008-04-28 21:08:07
189.   trainwreck
He got pulled for a pinch runner.
2008-04-28 21:08:07
190.   Bob Timmermann
Cycle alert canceled.

Stand down.

2008-04-28 21:10:30
191.   LAT
187. Thanks. Its my office computer so I don't know what we use or what I can download.
2008-04-28 21:11:02
192.   Eric Stephen
Was Neil Patrick Harris's resurgence credited more to the first Harold & Kumar, or his underrated performance in Undercover Brother?
2008-04-28 21:12:23
193.   Eric Enders
An Orange Alert means the batter has already tripled, right?

I guess I can be kind of gullible sometimes, and susceptible to believing outlandish, unlikely things. But c'mon. Frank Thomas hitting a triple?

2008-04-28 21:13:25
194.   trainwreck
Yes, but now all the QBs are young or non-existent in Kansas City's case.
2008-04-28 21:15:30
195.   trainwreck
Nuggets kind of remind me of how the Blazers were. Except you know, the defense.
2008-04-28 21:16:22
196.   Bob Timmermann
Yep, the Big Hurt tripled. He only needed a homer. And the way the Angel pitchers look tonight, I think he could have picked one up.
2008-04-28 21:16:56
197.   LAT
193. I just assume a Frank Thomas triple is really an ITPHR for everyone else (except Prince Frielder for whom its a long double).
2008-04-28 21:18:48
198.   KG16
194 - I would think it would help to have good receivers as well.
2008-04-28 21:18:57
199.   Eric Stephen
Vin Scully was talking about good outfield arms yesterday and brought up Ellis Valentine. I happened to see a baseball card of him today (1981 Topps) and he's wearing the oddest baseball helmet I've ever seen.

It's like he took Terry Steinbach's helmet and broke the cheek piece off.

2008-04-28 21:20:00
200.   Eric Stephen
Bengie Molina might still be at first.
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2008-04-28 21:21:33
201.   trainwreck
Not the case with the Raiders.
2008-04-28 21:24:03
202.   KG16
201 - the Raiders don't have a good receiving core? Or it doesn't matter?
2008-04-28 21:24:54
203.   sporky
Brazoban promoted to AAA, according to Diamond.
2008-04-28 21:26:36
204.   KG16
although, I would think a Michael Bush/Darren McFadden combo could be similar to Allen/Jackson.

201 - wow, just looked at the Raiders depth chart on, that's sad. I remember joking as a youngster that the Raiders receivers could have won a gold medal as a relay team in the Olympics once.

2008-04-28 21:27:18
205.   trainwreck
We are proof how much more it based on QB's then WRs. Only we could waste Randy Moss like that.
2008-04-28 21:27:21
206.   Greg Brock
Wow, how did I just find out that Roger Clemens is Humbert Humbert?
2008-04-28 21:28:11
207.   RELX
199. I got to watch Valentine play when he was with the Mets. He did have a cannon for an arm. As far as the batting helmet, he had, I believe, been hit by a pitch at some point with the Expos which had broken his jaw, and after that, he wore the facemask extension of his helmet.
2008-04-28 21:29:07
208.   KG16
205 - honestly, I think it comes down to your offensive line in football. Don't care who you have taking snaps, if he doesn't have time to drop back and let the receivers run their routes, you're not going to get anything done.
2008-04-28 21:30:18
209.   Bob Timmermann
What were you doing all day? Hiding under a rock and showing your students a movie that was vastly overrated when compared to "Shakespeare in Love?"
2008-04-28 21:31:03
210.   Jon Weisman
If you guys don't like the widget, I can take it down. I'm not wedded to it. Although I did think it was kind of cool to have the whole schedule at your fingertips.
2008-04-28 21:31:19
211.   underdog
Never mind that, someone explain to me why the 49ers waited so late in the draft to take a wide receiver? Don't they have like.. Arnaz Battle and Isaac Bruce? That's just lame, even for the Niners.

Well, the Nuggets made this one a game for a bit, good on them.

Immersed in SFIFF flix (watching on disc in the comfort of my own cat-infested home tonight, though), but took a break to check that game. I am giddy to see the Celtics and Pistons both being scared to Jebus.

2008-04-28 21:32:07
212.   trainwreck
Did you read about Ronaldo?

2008-04-28 21:32:45
213.   trainwreck
I like the widget. It is useful.
2008-04-28 21:33:44
214.   underdog
Speaking of which, yes, I did watch the Simpsons last night, for the first time in awhile. Even if it's still doing too many random Family Guy-esque surreal asides now, I thought that one was fairly amusing. Maybe I just liked Zooey Deschanel's voice cameo. Some of the usual late-era Simpsons unbelievable moments, but overall it was pretty decent. And I got Bob's reference.
2008-04-28 21:35:29
215.   underdog
There's something about a soccer player having a "run-in" with prostitutes (as per the headline) that makes me want to make a joke about him being offsides or something but I just can't do it.

Hasta luego.

2008-04-28 21:36:24
216.   Greg Brock
209 You, sir, are an instigator.
2008-04-28 21:37:06
217.   KG16
211 - not a lot of high quality receivers in this draft, from what I could tell. Though it looks like they had a chance to take Manningham or DeSean Jackson, I also liked Dexter Jackson for the Niners... just doesn't make sense.
2008-04-28 21:38:33
218.   KG16
213 - I concur, if we're voting on the widget
2008-04-28 21:38:42
219.   Jon Weisman
And Mike Stanton? "Stanton and the $3.5 million is on me," (Krivsky) said. "And Juan Castro ($975,000), but I had something going with the Los Angeles Dodgers when I was let go. I told (new GM) Walt Jocketty to please try to find something for Castro."

2008-04-28 21:39:48
220.   Marty
Brock never pays attention to my comments.
2008-04-28 21:40:24
221.   KG16
wow, Larry Brown is the new coach for the Bobcats. Brown and Jordan strikes me as a bad combination
2008-04-28 21:42:56
222.   El Lay Dave
On the original topic....

When ToyCannon commented a "Christmas Wish List" in a thread last December, for my gift he wrote, "Don't you have it all??" Obviously I don't have everything (who does?), and I'm still not sure what exactly he was getting at (if anything), but it did get me to thinking about what it is that I do have, which is along the lines of the first part of Jon's question, "what do I want most in my life right now?", because to know what you want, you have to know what you already have.

I'm fortunate to have married the love of my life nearly twenty years ago (a magical year for Dodger fans too), to have been blessed with a wonderful daughter who is now a young lady away (but locally) at college, to have been raised in a loving family and to still have both my parents, to have a good career that provides me reasonable security and a good enough salary to provide well (but not so well that we both don't have to work) for my family. I don't have it all, but I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.

Like dzzrtRatt 121 , I have many wants for others in my life, many quite similar (and LAT is right about dog hips; I have a 15-year old, 60-pound mutt going through that right now), but for me personally, I want to have more time away from outside obligations (mostly work) and more time to spend with the people that mean the most to me, which I think means that what I want most right now is to be able to retire. Right now, I don't see that happening; I need to work hard enough to keep my "value" high enough so that I can't be replaced by some young gun, at least until I am retirement-eligible and can benefit from that. I'm still 7 ½ years from the eligibility age, and I'm probably 15-19 years from actually being able to afford full-time retirement. I think the Dodgers win the World Series first, either way.

Jon, thanks for posing the question, because you drew my attention away from the mundane details of daily life for a little while, and allowed me to refocus on the more important things again. And congratulations on your wedding anniversary – cherish them all!

2008-04-28 21:43:09
223.   trainwreck
Oh geez.
2008-04-28 21:46:07
224.   El Lay Dave
From the link in 219 :

Well, hey, now that we've seen Toronto eat about $10 million to dump Frank Howard and the penny-pounding Pittsburgh Pirates pour Heinez ketchup on $10 million for Matt Morris and eat it, how bad is Stanton's $3.5 million?

Frank Howard!? :)

2008-04-28 21:46:43
225.   trainwreck
Anyone know some crazy foreign or domestic movies I should put in my queue?
2008-04-28 21:46:59
226.   El Lay Dave
221 But Larry works so well with those ex-star GMs!
2008-04-28 21:47:59
227.   KG16
might be a good idea to box out Carmelo Anthony.

also might be a good idea to bring Kobe back into the game and give him the ball.

2008-04-28 21:49:16
228.   Greg Brock
220 I think we both know that's not true. I saw the Shakespeare kerfuffle earlier.

Plus, I doubt many DT folks remember your nametag story...Mary. And you still owe me a beer.

2008-04-28 21:51:04
229.   Eric Stephen
underdog to the rescue!

My choice would be "The Story of Ricky", possibly the greatest awful movie ever.

2008-04-28 21:54:47
230.   underdog
225 Which queue? ;-)

No, but can you, uh, be more specific? Like, comedies? Action or sci-fi? Korean? I can give you some recs. You can check my best of 07 list, too.

I assume you've seen The Host?

Man, U-G-L-Y, this Lakers-Nuggets game ain't got no alibi.

2008-04-28 21:55:33
231.   Greg Brock
Slapstick of Another Kind

If Jerry Lewis hadn't made a holocaust movie about a clown that leads prepubescent Jews into gas chambers, Slapstick of Another Kind would be the worst movie he ever made.

2008-04-28 21:56:54
232.   Eric Enders
So... again.... what is the widget? Because I truly ain't got it on my screen.
2008-04-28 21:57:17
233.   trainwreck
Already own it.

Yeah, I love Korean and Japanese movies. Any type of genre works for me, but I do like films that are different.

Yeah, I have seen the Host.

2008-04-28 21:57:52
234.   Jon Weisman
232 - It's between Dodger Resources and Non-Partisan Baseball Sites.
2008-04-28 21:58:15
235.   underdog
229 And only 43 seconds later! That's some dog whistle ya got there.

I think you can't go wrong with many Criterion DVD releases too. I loves me some docs, and so on.

Whatever you do, don't rent The Fountain, though, unless you wish to pass it off on someone you either dislike or who suffers from insomnia.

2008-04-28 21:58:35
236.   Jon Weisman
I love how images of the Dodgers' switch-hitting infield show them holding a bat on each shoulder, as if they switched bats depending on what side of the plate they were on.
2008-04-28 21:59:43
237.   Greg Brock
I loved The Fountain.
2008-04-28 22:03:19
238.   underdog
Korean: Well, if you've seen Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, then... Memories of Murder. 3-Iron. The Bow. Japan: Ping Pong was pretty fun. Plus everything Kurosawa. Twilight Samurai.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is pretty amazing, comes out this week.

If you haven't seen King of Kong Fistful of Quarters yet, you must.

Okay, I'm procrasti-netting. Cheers.

2008-04-28 22:04:14
239.   underdog
237 Really? Maybe I need to see it again much earlier in the day. I love what Aranofsky was trying to do but I just found it so ponderous. Maybe I should give it another try, while heavily caffeinated.
2008-04-28 22:04:32
240.   Eric Enders
234 All I have in that spot is about five inches of blank space.
2008-04-28 22:04:52
241.   Eric Stephen
Man, that was a dumb foul by Odom.

Kobe is 1-4 on free throws.

2008-04-28 22:05:44
242.   trainwreck
Seen all those except 3 Iron and The Bow. I will check those out.
2008-04-28 22:05:50
243.   Eric Stephen
If the Lakers don't sweep now, Lawler's Law will have been violated.
2008-04-28 22:07:45
244.   El Lay Dave
Lakers lead; Lawler's Law in effect.
2008-04-28 22:08:45
245.   El Lay Dave
Guess I was a little slow on my refresh....
2008-04-28 22:11:39
246.   trainwreck
Thanks, btw.
2008-04-28 22:12:03
247.   trainwreck
What is with Kobe's free throws?
2008-04-28 22:12:03
248.   Eric Enders
Bruce Springsteen's eulogy for Danny Federici:

"He was much more tolerant of my failures than I was of his. ... When Danny wasn't causing chaos, he was a sweet, talented, unassuming, unpretentious good-hearted guy who simply had an unchecked ability to make good fortune and things in general go fabulously wrong."
(Also a couple of great videos there.)

2008-04-28 22:12:37
249.   KG16
With both Martin and Anthony out and just about a minute to play, I think the 5 point lead should be enough
2008-04-28 22:16:18
250.   Gagne55
Another Gasol dunk!!!! How fitting that thats the dagger shot in this series.
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2008-04-28 22:17:10
251.   Gagne55
Unless the Lakers fail to play defense and make free throws.
2008-04-28 22:18:15
252.   Gagne55
Nuggets down three starters due to foul outs.
2008-04-28 22:20:09
253.   Gagne55
2008-04-28 22:20:40
254.   trainwreck
2008-04-28 22:21:44
255.   Greg Brock
George Karl has to go. How dare he sully the rich tradition of Denver Nuggets basketball.

I remember one time Fat Lever threw a cool behind the back pass. That's it, right?

2008-04-28 22:23:16
256.   LogikReader
sounds like for one day, the Lakers and Dodgers have something in common (brush brush)


2008-04-28 22:25:43
257.   trainwreck
First we take out Hallux Valgus; next is Daniel Zappala!

He probably does not root for the Jazz, but whatever.

2008-04-28 22:27:15
258.   Greg Brock
I totally forgot Alex English and his Oscar winning performance as Amazing Grace Smith.
2008-04-28 22:27:39
259.   Bob Timmermann
Dan Issel and Alex English are knocking on Greg Brock's door now. And they have pitchforks.

And torches.

And all the volumes of Fawn Brodie's biography of Thomas Jefferson.

2008-04-28 22:31:39
260.   Greg Brock
If you see one movie about a Little League pitcher that ends global nuclear proliferation, make it Amazing Grace and Chuck.
2008-04-28 22:31:41
261.   Gagne55
257 We gunna take the Jazz down. I don't care what the Hollinger Power Rankings say!!
2008-04-28 22:33:23
262.   LogikReader

If we're lucky enough, we'll target CajunDodger after that.

I think the highlight of today was the new born Celtics suddenly tied with the Hawks. I thought they were the Undisputed Best Team in the NBA&trade*

*according to ESPN

2008-04-28 22:34:01
263.   Daniel Zappala
257 I've never rooted for the Jazz, and I fully expect the Lakers to beat them.
2008-04-28 22:35:25
264.   Eric Stephen
I'm holding up three fingers in silence right now (wishing Jamie Lee Curtis was my agent).
2008-04-28 22:37:27
265.   Eric Stephen
Each of the four playoff series of Paul Gasol's career have ended in sweeps.
2008-04-28 22:38:17
266.   Lexinthedena
I love rooting against the Jazz, there home games get uuuuuglay...
2008-04-28 22:39:52
267.   Eric Stephen
Leave it to Carmelo Anthony to buck conventional wisdom. A post game quote from 'Melo: "Good offense always outdo good defense."
2008-04-28 22:43:19
268.   KG16
267 - um, Melo, you might want to try actually playing defense before saying such things.
2008-04-28 22:44:00
269.   El Lay Dave
I like the old Denver traditions regarding clothing their head coaches.

OK, that might be from the Carolina days, but close enough.

2008-04-28 22:44:14
270.   LoneStar7
Assuming we do get the jazz, its gonna be an emotional series. Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith made the nugs easy to hate with their thug like antics. But the Jazz are just flat out infuriating, almost as bad as their fan base. I expect things to be a bit testy, with whoever we play.

So the Dodgers sweep the rocks followed by a Laker sweep of the nuggets. Good week in L.A., bad to be a Denverite. Lets hope the Dodger keep things rollin' this week.

2008-04-28 22:46:45
271.   LoneStar7
Oh and this original post was freaky, lets not talk about the possibility of any Cub or Sox like drought. Gotta keep believing.
2008-04-28 22:50:06
272.   Eric Stephen
I'll concede that the Jazz fans are the whiniest in the NBA, but the only way the Jazz are infuriating is that they run pick & roll seemingly every play and yet they are still very effective.

Utah is probably the second deepest team in the West, but hopefully with Ariza back the Lakers will matchup nicely with them, with or without Bynum. I expect Kobe to guard Deron Williams for long stretches because he will destroy Fisher (and to a lesser extent Farmar).

2008-04-28 23:58:15
273.   underdog
270 Crazy Eyes James, is that you?

Yeah, with Ariza back, and possibly Bynum, and knowing that the team also has Turiaf, I can't stand having to watch Radmanovich get any playing time at all. I know he can score some points here and there, but, argh, he drives me batty on defense.


Man, the Rockies have really hit bottom. Losing to the Giants 4-0 puts the exclamation point on that. I hope the Giants can reclaim the last place that is by all rights theirs before too long.

2008-04-29 00:00:54
274.   underdog
About the Marlins early success to start the season: "We're here to play, and we're here to win every day," Hanley Ramirez told the team's official Web site. "We don't have to show nobody, but they're going to find out."

I wonder if he realizes that last sentence has double meaning, given the Marlins', er, underflow crowds at home games.

2008-04-29 00:27:14
275.   Andrew Shimmin
The Fountain was awful. Caffeine is not the right drug to pair with that movie. Maybe just pain killers, but probably hallucinogens. And you'd want to make sure you had enough, the thing is like eight hours long.
2008-04-29 00:40:45
276.   Jon Weisman

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