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Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 2-7

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He was either suspended temporarily or banned permanently for debating politics, and apparently it got way out of hand and hostile. :sorry:

That's too bad, He was always preaching a code of ethics to others on this site, yet he managed to say whatever he wished without penalty, at least until now. I'm pretty sure he'll be back, he's revered around here.

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To bad about Y4L, he's quite vocal in his beliefs, and it bit him in the ***. I disagreed with him about ALOT of things, but I also know he loves this site. I miss conversing with him, it's not the same around here.

This site has changed alot in the past couple of years. It's a shell of it's former self, and that's to bad.

I will always have a place in my heart for MVPMods, but I am also a realist, and this site is dead.

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To bad about Y4L, he's quite vocal in his beliefs, and it bit him in the ***. I disagreed with him about ALOT of things, but I also know he loves this site. I miss conversing with him, it's not the same around here.

This site has changed alot in the past couple of years. It's a shell of it's former self, and that's to bad.

I will always have a place in my heart for MVPMods, but I am also a realist, and this site is dead.

Well this is definitely bad to hear . . . hope dude is back soon. As far as this site being dead it obviously doesn't have the traffic and conversations of the past but there are still a few of us around. I try to visit as much as possible, never was much of a poster but I have truly enjoyed the people and mods from this site. (Wow that last sentenced sounded like a eulogy statement).

Anyways, quick random thought . . . This World Series was, and really this September and Playoffs, truly amazing some really great classic games. I think I can safely say Game 6 will go down as one of the greatest games of all time, and is definitely one of the new classics for this new era of baseball.

Staying with that "New Era" theme what "DJEagles" said as far as this site has me thinking, as old as MVP is the few of us that are still actively around are still finding a uniqueness to MVP that is still lacking in the current available Baseball games on the market.

Now, I'm an old school gamer my first home console was an "Magnavox Odyssey2" so for me a game has to be more than some pretty images to be considered the best, because I've seen and played 'em all. Now this is just my opinion, but while this generation of "sports games" have been some of the most beautiful I've ever seen they also have been unquestionably lacking in gameplay feel, except for NBA 2k11 and 2k12.

So with that said, I think I can safely see myself modding and tweaking MVP at least throughout the duration of this console generation and maybe even the next.

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Updated to 11-13

...Nice to be back in here after all this time. I had some technical difficulties which prevented me from coming in here to do my weekly Random Thoughts but they have now been taken care of and we are good to go.

...I want to thank the other people who took some time to come in here and make a few posts. I have always said that the posts by others in here really make this thread go and this just proved my point. Thank you all and please come back any time.

...The NBA still has not played a game yet and not surprisingly at all no one is too upset about it. With the NFL, people were worried. Not with these guys. It's hard to like a league where Lebron James is the marquee player in it.

...Just for laughs go out and find ten people who actually care about this. Ok, ten is too much. Go out and find five people who are all worried about the start of the NBA season.

...I stayed busy though. I finished up my baseball albums and even made a special one for the World Series. All the pictures posted in the month of October were overwhelming because they posted over 100 of them for each game played in the post season. And I covered them all.

...If anyone needs any book recommendations let me guide you towards the new book by Stephen King called 11-22-63. This is the first book by Stephen King that I have ever read in my entire life. I don't care for any horror stuff and I even avoided the movies that were made from his books, with the exception of The Green Mile. Now, I will not go into any detail in the book that you won't find in the description and I won't tell you how it ends. It's a time travel book and the only warning I have for you who decide to get this is this book will not let you go. I kept on saying to myself that I was only going to read one more chapter and go to bed but it never worked out that way. I had to force myself to put this down just so I could get sleep just so I could wake back up and continue reading. If any of you get this, you'll love it. The link for it on Amazon is right here.

...So Jonathan Paplebon is now a Phillie. Now I have to ask myself is this good for the Phillies or good for the Red Sox?

...When I read that the Twins signed Jamey Carroll for seven million dollars over two years I actually had to stop to try and recall exactly who this guy was. He's been with a number of teams. The Expos, Nationals, Rockies, Indians and as of late, the Dodgers. And now this journey man lands in Minnesota with a pretty good contract under his belt. Pretty good for someone who hit .290 with no home runs and a whopping 17 runs batted in in 146 games. Who are the Twins kidding here?

...It would be hard to imagine Albert Pujols in any other uniform than the Cardinals and if he accepts the Marlins offer he'd really look out of place. Pujols has said that he would "listen to God" when it comes to where he plays next. I kind of think that the Good Lord has other things to concern himself with than guiding some overpaid ballplayer to his next place of employment.

...Speaking of the Marlins, do you know what a good paint job is? It's when you spruce up everything around you to make it look a lot better. That's what the Marlins are doing. New stadium, new name, new uniforms. Everything new and improved on the surface. But they are still the Marlins and Jeffery Loria is still going to be running them. If there is one guy who has the ability to ruin everything down there fast, it's this guy. Major League Baseball may have conveniently forgotten what this guy did to baseball in Montreal but the city of Montreal has not.

...For forty-five years Joe Paterno was the head coach at Penn State where he won two National Championships. But now he is only going to be remembered as someone who decided to look the other way. And all it cost him was his job and every ounce of respect that people had for him.

...I'm glad that Jorge Posada is being realistic enough to know that he won't be back with the Yankees next year. He had as much of a chance to be back next year as Graig Nettles did being signed as the back up utility infielder.

...Dennis James churned out another top ten hit with his Negro League Baseball mod. Oh the history included in that mod. Careful now, you might learn something. Thank you Dennis for what you did here.

...On a personal note, I sure miss my friend MarkB not being here. I have no idea what's up with him or what is going on. I heard from him back in August and he said he was getting some things wrapped up that was taking up his time and then he was going to come here again. That's the last I heard from him. I sent him a birthday greeting on the 18th of last month and I heard nothing back. I just hope everything is ok with him.

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Good to see you back. I was wondering where the hell you went..... <_< >_>

The Miami Marlins uniforms are terrible!. Do you really expect cheapskate Loria to spend maybe half a billion dollars to sign Pujols, Reyes, and Buehrle? I sure as hell don't.

Speaking of Pujols. He says that he will go where God tells him to play. God must have told Pujols to go to any team that is willing to give him at least A-Rod type money. Sorry Cardinals fans. $200million and part ownership of the team isnt enough to keep this greedy chump in town.

Poor Jorge Posada. Deep down he still thinks there is a 1 in million chance the Yankees will bring him back. Then hes delusional enough to claim that there are at least 2 or 3 teams interested in signing him. Really? The market for past their prime DHs consists of David Ortiz and Jorge Posada.

This whole scandal at Penn State is terrible. It makes me wonder how many other sexual predator are on the coaching staffs or running the school. I havent seen any organization look the other way like this since the Catholic Church does with its priests.

Y4L, we all know you are laughing out loud at everything thats been going on with the Red Sox. A bunch of overpaid players that choked when it mattered most. Blame the manager and fire him. Lose wonderboy Epstein to the Cubs of all teams. Lose their highly overrated closer to Philly where he is destined to become the next Brad Lidge. All that wasted money they spent on Gonzalez, Crawford, and Lackey.

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Hi guys, I'm back after an absence because of MVP Caribe 2011 and university studies but I come here to share this that happened to me yesterday:

Yo guys might remember Pat Venditte http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtofU1hgf2w the switch pitcher that was drafted by the Yankees years ago, well, he's pitching here in Mexico and on friday his team (Mexicali) played here in Obregon for the first time in the season, it was awesome to see him, so yesterday I went to the field (I got a press pass for the season because of MVP Caribe :) ) when he was on practice I aproached to him and we had a nice conversation, he's an awesome guy and he told me he played MVP Baseball 2005 and asked me if I could give him a copy of MVP Caribe and one of the polo-style shirts I made for MVP Caribe, I said I'd give them to him if he helped me with a promo for MVP Caribe 2011, he agreed so today I'm going to pick him up at his hotel and we'll go to the ballpark to get the video for the Caribe mod. I'll post pictures later!

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Hey Y4L good to see you back

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Welcome back Y4L. so I was away for many years and I made a return back in July. But before I left, I think MarkB was the only friend here who knew what was going on with me behind the scenes. And over the years, I never forgot about MarkB. I was hoping that I'd talk to him again here when I returned. I didn't really want to go around asking people what happened to who. I was just hoping everybody would still be here. But that's not the case and something that really isn't realistic. So seeing you back Y4L is very cool to me.

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Welcome back Y4L. so I was away for many years and I made a return back in July. But before I left, I think MarkB was the only friend here who knew what was going on with me behind the scenes. And over the years, I never forgot about MarkB. I was hoping that I'd talk to him again here when I returned. I didn't really want to go around asking people what happened to who. I was just hoping everybody would still be here. But that's not the case and something that really isn't realistic. So seeing you back Y4L is very cool to me.

Thank you Veesmack for welcoming me back here. Mark has not been here since December of last year. I have been trading e-mails with him during the course of the year but as I said in my post, I have not heard from him since August. So I really do not know what is going on.

I miss Mark around here. He was a good friend, probably the best I had on here and we knew each other on another board before we came here. I am older than him but that was never an issue. I learned a lot from him and he was good to have around here and I hope he returns.

There is also a lot of people that I wish were still around here. Too many to name right now.

Hey Y4L good to see you back.

Thank you kado, and thank you for coming in here to post. I really appreciate it.

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Updated to 11-20

...The Florida/Miami/Whatever Marlins have reportedly offered Jose Reyes a six year contract with a lot of money attached to it. Reyes plays shortstop and the problem here is that the Marlins already have a prima donna shortstop on the team already in Hanley Ramirez. After Ramirez heard the rumors of Reyes possibly becoming a Marlin, he came out with a statement telling everyone that "he's the shortstop of the team and no one else is going to play it." I was immediately transported back in time 7 1/2 years when the Yankees acquired Alex Rodriguez from Texas and Captain Selfish said essentially the same thing.

...What a combination those two would make on the Marlins though. Ramirez, who only plays all out when he feels like it and when he doesn't he goes through the motions and Reyes, who just quits on the team when he thinks the time is right.

...Congratulations to Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who just purchased the Houston Astros. His main concern should be how to turn around a ballclub that lost 106 game in 2011. But because of something he had to agree to before Bud Selig gave his final blessing to the transaction, his ballclub will become an American League team in 2103. The traditionalist that I am hates this move. Houston has been in the National League since 1962, starting up in the same year as the New York Mets. They belong there. Bud Selig continues to prove that the changes he makes are moves that really do not have to be made for the good of baseball.

...Don't feel too bad for former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. He continues to prove that he is no fool because he quickly withdrew his name from consideration for the Cubs managerial job. Stating that he wanted to "re-energize" himself before he took on another job as manager, which was the nice way of saying to everyone there is no chance I am going to manage that team. Are you nuts? It should be pointed out that Francona did not say he needed to re-energize himself when he was in consideration to manage the Champion Cardinals.

...Nice to see so far that the Yankees haven't thrown a Brinks truck or two filled with money at some overrated free agent pitcher. On the other hand it's only November 20th. It's still too early for them.

...The latest gossip about the Yankees is that they are interested in pitcher Yu Darvish who just happens to be this year's version of the greatest Japanese pitcher ever. Who knows, one of these days the numbers that these pitchers put up in the states will equal the hype that surrounded them.

...I thought in this country you were supposed to be able to express your opinion freely. But in this politically correct society that we are in that is the furthest from the truth. Take what just happened with Franco Harris. Harris came out recently supporting his former Penn State coach Joe Paterno and said that the University should have backed Paterno during this time instead of firing him. That's it folks. That's all he said. And because of that he lost his job at a place called The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington, Pa., a job which required him to be seen by customers to glad-hand them, welcome them to the place and make public appearances representing the racetrack. In other words, a friendly familiar face that the customers can see right before they go into the casino and lose all their money. Well, because of what Harris said, he has this job no longer. It was his opinion. Nothing more and nothing less. If you agree with him, fine. If not, that's fine too. He didn't force his views on anyone. He just told people what he thought. But these days you can not do that. You can only speak out and not worry only when you say things people want to hear. Franco just found this out the hard way and all it cost him was his new job.

...Reading about stuff like this makes me laugh out loud when I hear America described as "the Land of the Free." If they really want to get it right they'd add on "provided you say and think and believe what everyone else does, or else you won't like what happens." Makes me wonder how bad things are going to be fifty or a hundred years from now.

...The Natalie Wood drowning case has been opened up once again after thirty years. The captain of the boat, a Mr. Dennis Davern, claims that Robert Wagner was responsible for Wood's death because of a huge fight the two had and that he initially lied to police during the investigation. Why wait all this time to say he lied? Why be dishonest in the first place? The only thing that is certain from that night thirty years ago is that a woman is dead for no apparent reason.

...I was at a place called the Finger Lakes Casino and Race Track yesterday. That's not exactly how I'd like to spend a Saturday afternoon, but it was interesting. I was watching people that were so absorbed in those machines that they didn't know what was going on around them. One lady was putting twenty dollar bills in a slot like it was nothing. By the way, that is exactly what she won.

...Can't make this stuff up Dept: There's a small town in Texas named Turkey. Reading up on this town from their Wikipedia entry their population, according to the census taken in 2000, is 494. So maybe now eleven years later they have ten or twelve more people. This small town's claim to fame is being the home of a man named Bob Wills. Wills was responsible for introducing something called "Western Swing", which was an offshoot of country-western music. If it were not for Bob Mills, this small town of Turkey would not have had any attention. That is until this week and the quacks who run PETA are responsible for it. PETA informed the town that they would like them to change their name from Turkey, Texas to Tofurkey, Texas for Thanksgiving. No kidding. Because you know, that will stop everyone from coast to coast from having Turkey this thursday.

...Well, with that out of the way I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in here. Have fun on that one special Thursday of the year where we put away a lot of turkey (and everything else that happens to be on the table) and when we are forced to watch the Dallas Cowboys year after year without fail.

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The America we know and love today will not exist 50-100 years from now.

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The NBA Stike has been great for Major League Baseball. Since the 1994 Strike, America's past time has been relugated to being #3 as America's favorite sport behind Football and Basketball. Perhaps, MLB will be back at least at #2 before the NBA re-opens for business. Glad the NFL avoided a lockout. Football has been pretty good this year

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Once again, glad to see you Y4L. There is a tiny town in Michigan? called Hell. The townsfolk truly embrace the name and try to capitalize on it as a tourist spot. Wheres all the bible thumpers protesting this blasphemy, huh? Must we wait for them to sacrifice billy goats so PETA gets in an uproar about it? lol

My "woman's " intuition tells me that the new Marlins dont sign anybody that they are claiming to show "serious" interest in. Obviously its just a ploy by Mr. Loria to drive up season ticket sales. I mean cmon, those horrible new uniforms are selling like hotcakes! Regarding primadonnas like Jeter and Hanley Ramirez, of course they must complain about their "spot" on their team- it takes attention away from their mediocrity to the press and casual fans.

Forcing Houston to jump ship to the AL in 2013 is a pathetic move by Bud Selig. I think the great Nolan Ryan of the Rangers has been calling Selig nonstop to make this happen. Just imagine the money going into everybodys pockets with a huge baseball rivalry in Texas.

Poor Oakland A's. Looks like Selig is meeting with the S.F. Giants brass to discuss these disputed territorial rights. Read between the lines folks- Selig is taking a greasy bribe here as well. Its gonna be 2002 all over again. MLB will purchase the Oakland A's and force the city or county to build a stadium or watch them leave the bay area.

For some of the younger folk reading this, they are asking "Who the hell is Natalie Wood?" Darn shame. She was the little girl in the original Miracle on 34th Street, and in the classic musical West Side Story.

I fully understand the passion of college football fans in general and wanting to support the longtime coach Joe Paterno. But what the hell is the point of protesting and rioting his firing? The old geezer looked the other way and downplayed everything too when he told the brass instead of the police about what happened in the lockerroom! And poor Franco Harris who offers a simple opinion on the matter. For all you conspiracy theorists out there, the original draft of the Decleration of Independence has been missing virtually since it was signed. Maybe the same can be said for our Constitution. I havent seen it in person, but its easy to imagine all the erase marks covering it because its been written in pencil, not ink.

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I think Natalie Wood may have committed suicide. Her last diary entries are reported to being that she was extremely lonely and that the undertow was strong. She was drunk. The whole fight may have triggered in her mind that it was time to leave the world. The captain said he thought Wagner was responsible but he didn't say he killed her. I think the captain is saying Wood would not have died if Wagner wasn't so drunk himself and didn't have such a heated argument with Walken. I think the captain is saying Wagner is indirectly responsible for her death. That's just my opinion on the reopening of the Wood case.

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Once again, glad to see you Y4L. There is a tiny town in Michigan? called Hell. The townsfolk truly embrace the name and try to capitalize on it as a tourist spot. Wheres all the bible thumpers protesting this blasphemy, huh? Must we wait for them to sacrifice billy goats so PETA gets in an uproar about it?

The bible thumpers are probably too scared to get within 100 miles of the place. :lol:

My "woman's " intuition tells me that the new Marlins dont sign anybody that they are claiming to show "serious" interest in. Obviously its just a ploy by Mr. Loria to drive up season ticket sales. I mean cmon, those horrible new uniforms are selling like hotcakes! Regarding primadonnas like Jeter and Hanley Ramirez, of course they must complain about their "spot" on their team- it takes attention away from their mediocrity to the press and casual fans.

I agree. Oh, do I agree.

Forcing Houston to jump ship to the AL in 2013 is a pathetic move by Bud Selig. I think the great Nolan Ryan of the Rangers has been calling Selig nonstop to make this happen. Just imagine the money going into everybodys pockets with a huge baseball rivalry in Texas.

Well I'm not surprised. This guy's done nothing to improve the game. I wouldn't be shocked at all to find out that Nolan Ryan has been whispering in Selig's ear to make this move. This guy is a terrible example of a commissioner. Just think of all the good that Bart Giamatti could have done had he lived.

For some of the younger folk reading this, they are asking "Who the hell is Natalie Wood?" Darn shame. She was the little girl in the original Miracle on 34th Street, and in the classic musical West Side Story.

Are you kidding? They don't care who Natalie Wood was. They are too busy text messaging. But she was a real beauty in West Side Story, wasn't she?

I think Natalie Wood may have committed suicide. Her last diary entries are reported to being that she was extremely lonely and that the undertow was strong. She was drunk. The whole fight may have triggered in her mind that it was time to leave the world. The captain said he thought Wagner was responsible but he didn't say he killed her. I think the captain is saying Wood would not have died if Wagner wasn't so drunk himself and didn't have such a heated argument with Walken. I think the captain is saying Wagner is indirectly responsible for her death. That's just my opinion on the reopening of the Wood case.

Hey you never know man, you could be right. Unless we find out otherwise all we have is speculation. This Captain, Dennis Davern, is someone who is not that trustworthy. Again, why wait thirty years?

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Hey,it could have been Christopher Walken that murdered her. Maybe he told her he thought she was pretty, but she needed more cowbell! She probably started laughing at him, so he tossed her off the boat. Then he tap danced to the theme from West Side Story that was playing in his head...... :diablo:

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I think the new investigation is a waste of time and money. This credible new evidence sounds pretty fishy, and I really hope this is not funded by tax payers. But if they do uncover something, then great. I however am really pessimistic in this investigation. Are they gonna find Walken's DNA on Wood that they couldn't test before because the sample was too small? Now that would be a Hollywood style twist. Unfortunately from working in show business for a short while, I find that most stuff is really fake in Hollywood...maybe like this "credible evidence"

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Updated to 11-20

...Don't feel too bad for former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. He continues to prove that he is no fool because he quickly withdrew his name from consideration for the Cubs managerial job. Stating that he wanted to "re-energize" himself before he took on another job as manager, which was the nice way of saying to everyone there is no chance I am going to manage that team. Are you nuts? It should be pointed out that Francona did not say he needed to re-energize himself when he was in consideration to manage the Champion Cardinals.

Been so long since I visited the site (or cared much about what was happening in baseball) that I almost forgot my login info. lol

I actually heard a couple of different times (on TV, so I really have no link) that Francona was quoted as saying the Cubs were his dream job, but that Epstein (or whoever) had not contacted him. I think him "bowing out" was the Cubs way of telling him they didn't want him, and letting him make a statement like that to save face.

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Updated to 11-27

...The long arm of the NFL has reached out to EA Sports and has basically ruined a key feature in the video game NFL Blitz. The NFL does not want the latest edition of this game to include late hits. The problem is this is what this video game franchise has been built on and EA Sports predictably showing no backbone, quickly adhered to the NFL's wishes. Why did the NFL do this? Because they've become more safety conscious and they don't want to give people the wrong impression. Apparently the higher ups in the NFL have a hard time with reality and the video game world.

...Well I tried to watch Two and a Half Men. I really did. But it's just not funny. I'd rather watch Red Sox highlights and that's saying something.

...One woman went to great extremes to make sure she had every chance imaginable to get an X-Box on Black Friday. After waiting in line in a Los Angeles Walmart, she went to the electronics department and right before the store brought out the consoles, she pepper sprayed the hell out of everyone. It isn't known if she came away with what she wanted but if she did I wouldn't want to be in line with her when the games go on sale.

...Every year you hear about kooks like this pulling these kind of stunts. Just three years ago a Walmart employee was killed in a stampede of crazy shoppers. And all people do is when they hear what happens on Black Friday is shake their heads and say that's terrible. It's the stores fault for hyping this up so much. God knows what is going to happen in the coming years because people sure as hell aren't getting any smarter.

...By the way, I had a great Black Friday. My head was on the pillow all morning while I was under the covers. And I didn't even have to wait in line.

...Kim Kardashian served meals to the homeless at the Los Angeles Mission on Thanksgiving day and just by coincidence there was a camera crew who just happened to be in the neighborhood at that time to take pictures of her. I was as surprised as the next guy that they were there.

...I've become quite the fan of a website called Bits du Jour. It is a site that has daily deals on many various kinds of software. Each deal lasts only twenty-four hours and if you are interested in a particular program, there's a good chance it will be advertised there for quite a bit of savings. If interested, you can sign up for the daily newsletter that lets you know what the deals of the day are. I've already purchased two programs from them in the past few months and I've saved a lot of money.

...For all of you with Imagecave accounts: Keep waiting. Whatever their problem is they are keeping it to themselves.

...I've been reading a lot of sports books ever since the Yankees did their annual exit from the playoffs and just about everything that I have read about Billy Martin makes me wonder why I thought he was the greatest guy in the world when I was a kid. He couldn't do no wrong back then in my eyes. But if he were alive today I wouldn't walk across the room to get his autograph.

...My wife got all upset when she read this article the other day. She said that lady stole her idea.

...The latest word with the NBA is that they are supposed to begin their season on Christmas Day. And all this time I thought Christmas was a time for celebrating.

...The Yankees re-signed pitcher Freddie Garcia. And I found out about this the old fashioned way. I went to their website.

...Note to DJEagles: Don't get to used to the new logo and uniforms for the Blue Jays. By 2015 they'll change them again. Check out their uniforms on that baseball uniform database. They're always changing them. It's like they can't make up their mind what they want.

...Finally, if you have not seen this video from Macy's that advertised Black Friday, you really missed something. Someone's got a good sense of humor here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpqBmt8yWfs

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Mitchell and Ness hit a jackpot with their every jersey for 100.00. I went on the website and spent an hour looking at every team. Very few "average" sizes that most men wear are still available. There are many xxxlarge available-for the extra large men out there. There is a Philly jersey from 1938 that is yellow.

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Mitchell and Ness hit a jackpot with their every jersey for 100.00. I went on the website and spent an hour looking at every team. Very few "average" sizes that most men wear are still available. There are many xxxlarge available-for the extra large men out there. There is a Philly jersey from 1938 that is yellow.

I definitely agree...what a great deal for us historical baseball fans. I could not pass this up and had to order this one. You can't go wrong with the 1938/39 World's Fair patch and then some...

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That's a sharp looking uniform. If I were to get a Yankee uniform I would get Mantle's # 7. The Cardinals with Maris's name was tempting.

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That's a sharp looking uniform. If I were to get a Yankee uniform I would get Mantle's # 7. The Cardinals with Maris's name was tempting.

I know what you mean...I literally had to do a coin flip to get the DiMaggio or the Mantle. If they keep this $100 special I may end up with both <crossing fingers>. At first I wanted a Babe Ruth but he wasn't available. Yeah, that Cardinals Maris jersey was sweet...I was on this website for about an hour before I made the purchase...cool stuff!

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I gave in and bought the Cardinals road jersey with Maris's name and #.

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Mitchell and Ness has the 1939 World's Fair patch wrong. But you don't have to take my word for it. Look at these pictures and be the judge. I've got nothing against their jerseys, but if you are gonna pay $100 up to $300, they can be as accurate as possible. But their version of the patch looks similar but not exactly accurate.

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...My wife got all upset when she read this article the other day. She said that lady stole her idea.

Just be glad that THIS WOMAN didn't steal your wife's idea!!

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Just be glad that THIS WOMAN didn't steal your wife's idea!!

Oh my God. What's the matter with people? That is awful. :sad:

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Give her a break. Her husband was an a-hole, and she was probably starving to death. :bad:

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Updated to 12-4

...The stock from Netflix continues to fall and they have no one to blame but themselves. The only thing these people succeeded in doing was to upset their customers so much that they turned on them as one. Every once in awhile the voice of the consumer is loud and clear. This time it could cost Netflix their company.

...If you needed yet another reason not to live in Alaska, here it is. A recent storm has prevented the residents of the little town of Nome to receive the fuel they require and they are facing the possibility of $9 a gallon gas. If it isn't bad enough they have to live in that hellhole now they have to fork over this much for fuel.

... Casey Anthony (remember her?) was the most searched for person on the internet in 2011. For almost anyone else that wouldn't be so bad but she's too busy to notice because she's still hiding away somewhere from her <ahem> adoring public.

...The hiring of Bobby Valentine as manager of the Boston Red Sox this week overshadowed all other baseball news from the past seven days. Naturally I don't wish him any luck at all, but I just wonder what Dustin Pedroia really thinks of this hiring because he's been acting like he is in charge for years now.

...How long now until the Red Sox are favored to win the division now that Valentine is on board? And if you don't think the Red Sox were covered a lot by ESPN in the past, I can just imagine how bad it is going to be next year when one of the ex-employees is running the show over there. Forget about baseball news because now it's going to be the nightly Red Sox report - only this time it will be a sixty minute show.

...The one thing that gets me about Valentine is that every single time you see him he has that same grin on his face like he saying I just got away with something and you don't know what it is.

...Bernie Williams' name is on the Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. Don't hold your breath, ok Bernie?

...If you were Albert Pujols, would you seriously consider going to the Chicago Cubs?

...Mindy McCready and her son were found hiding in a closet by police because she didn't want to give him back to her mother, who is the kid's legal guardian. Maybe the only reason why the boy went along with her initially was that McCready promised him Roger Clemens' autograph.

...I don't believe any of that nonsense about David Ortiz coming to the New York Yankees. And if this does happen I will be numb for days.

...It happened again and this time it was this unlucky 86 year old woman who was pushed around by the TSA people at the airports. Why does it seem that the TSA treats these old folks like quarterbacks and they are the defensive line?

...Remember Pearl Harbor Day on Wednesday the 7th. And on that same day it is HFLR's birthday, so have a great one Hector. You guys at Mvp Caribe always do a great job.

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Jays are supposed to be the frontrunners right now to land Prince Fielder. If that happens, I will dance out front of my house in the nude, and post the pics (censored) of course! No way in Hell this is happening.

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Updated to 12-11

...Jose Reyes is the problem of the Miami Marlins now because he said the Mets showed "no interest in signing him." Say what you want about the Mets but losing this guy to a division rival most likely isn't going to keep them up at nights. They probably figure by the middle of August with that heat down in Florida, Reyes will shut it down and quit for the rest of the season.

...And with the signing of Mark Buehrle the Marlins should have third place clinched next year.

...Albert Pujols takes himself and his bad attitude to Los Angeles for 250 million dollars for the next ten years. For the Angels sake he had better be 31 years old as he says.

...Hey, I wonder if they can move Pujols' statue that is in St. Louis to Anaheim ? St. Louis doesn't need it anymore.

...I bet that no one in St. Louis will have a hard time getting a table in Pujols' restaurant now. And according to this guy it is a good thing Pujols is gone.

...Maybe Lebron James should give Pujols a call to let him know how things are going to be from now on.

...The happiest guy in this Pujols deal isn't even Pujols himself. It's Prince Fielder. Can you all imagine what that guy is going to want just to have him sign his name on a contract?

...Enough of Pujols already. He got more attention in here than he deserved.

...Now that Manny wants to be re-instated I am curious to know how soon he gives Bobby Valentine a call?

...You got to feel bad for Virginia Tech. This week another nut decided to use that university to shoot people for no apparent reason. Virginia Tech is a fine school and always has been but unfortunately now when you first hear the name of the school you associate it with people like this.

...Surfing has to be one of the hardest things in the world to do. I can't even do it on the Playstation.

...You can tell it is a changing world when kids who are waiting in line to see Santa bring their tablets along with him to show him what they want online, pictures and all.

...Grease was on TV the other night. That remains the only musical I can watch all the way through without having a need to grab the remote.

...Lindsay Lohan posed for Playboy? She must have squeezed that in between court dates.

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...Grease was on TV the other night. That remains the only musical I can watch all the way through without having a need to grab the remote.

Is that because you have to wait until the last scene of the movie to see Olivia Newton-John in that skin-tight outfit? :)

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Is that because you have to wait until the last scene of the movie to see Olivia Newton-John in that skin-tight outfit? :)

I won't lie to you Jim. That did help.

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Updated to 12-18

...This week the Red Sox signed infielder Nick Punto to a two year contract. Punto has played in the big leagues for eleven years and during all that time has done nothing worthwhile to talk about. That being said, he'll probably hit .400 against the Yankees.

...It is just baseball's luck to have something like the Ryan Braun steroid incident ruin their image once again especially after the way the season ended and what happened in the post season. All that is erased right now. The September run of the Rays, the Rangers winning the American League and the Cardinals winning an exciting seven game series all takes a back seat to this news. Spring training is only a few months away. This is what is going to be talked about until then. Not baseball. The winter just got longer.

...Can you imagine how worse this would be for the sport had Milwaukee won the National League pennant and gone on to beat the Rangers in the Series with Braun winning the World Series MVP? The proverbial &@*% would have hit the proverbial fan.

...One thing that I noticed right away after the Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the same day was that no one complained about it. Sure, the subject of how much Pujols was going to be paid was talked about but there was no grumbling about what the Angels did. Now, had the Yankees gone out and done this and signed the same two players for the same amount of money....

...You wouldn't have heard a peep out of me had the Yankees traded Phil Hughes (5-5, 5.79) over the winter meetings.

...Barry Bonds will not be going to jail. Did anyone really expect he would?

...What's Kobe Bryant doing messing around on his wife for? She's stunning and she's got a brain in her head. What the hell does he want, a Kardashian?

...While that name is brought up in here, I really can not feel too bad for Kris Humphries, Kim's ex. After all he did marry her and on the wedding night he did <ahem> her. Not exactly hazardous duty if you know what I mean. :p

...Overheard while standing in line at the post office the other day: the lady ahead of me bought a book of the "forever" stamps. She asked the clerk how long they last for.

...Plaxico Burress became an avid reader during his stay in prison and since his release he has continued to do so, stating that reading books is something that gives him peace. I feel the same way Plaxico but I didn't need to shoot myself in the leg to find that out.

...It has been years since I read a Christmas story like this that really gives you an idea of what this holiday used to mean before the retailers started shoving it down our throats beginning in September. People from all over the country have been anonymously paying other people's KMart layaway accounts just so those people are able to have a good Christmas. It is remarkable. And this was done without a clever ad campaign or TV commercial behind it. When it comes from within you don't need any fancy words.

...I've owned my Amazon Kindle for quite some time now and I am absolutely satisfied with it. But it still does not explain why I still prefer to have a book in my hand when I'm reading.

...It sure was nice to see that Barefoot Bandit SOB get sentenced to more than seven years in prison this week. And if he knows what is best for him he'd better erase that grin on his face before he gets there before someone named Bubba steps up and does the job for him.

...One week to go. Thank God.

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Updated to 12-25

...Finally the big day is here and now we all can relax. No more Christmas commercials telling you what to buy. No more Christmas movies. No more Rudolph and Frosty and the Miser Brothers. All done! That is, until next year when it begins all over again.

...The best part about Christmas is the songs sung at Christmas mass. Walmart and Target and everyone else still haven't found a way to ruin that yet.

...I'm lucky that my wife didn't get me anything from Best Buy because chances are I would have never got it. Seems as if a lot of people got their orders canceled at the last minute with no explanation at all. Game on Santa? I don't think so. He showed them who's boss.

...Thanks to the Oakland Raiders for giving me an early Christmas present yesterday.

...The Texas Rangers found out they had 51.7 million dollars lying around and since they had all their Christmas shopping done they decided to throw it at the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters just for the right to talk to pitcher Yu Darvish. Now if they happen to sign him they'll have to come up with close to 100 million more.

...I'd have loved for the Yankees to get Gio Gonzalez from Oakland but the Athletics would have demanded the entire Yankee farm system. Instead, they allowed Washington to fleece them as the Nationals unloaded four pieces of driftwood to Oakland.

...You got to like the holiday spirit of the Minnesota Twins. They made American League hitters happy by signing pitcher Jason Marquis to a one year contract. National League hitters pounded him for twelve years. Now the AL is going to get their chance.

...There was nobody more surprised to learn about the death of Jon Bon Jovi than Jon Bon Jovi himself. Then again, if you read this on Twitter it just has to true.

...All I could think of after reading the article about some guy winning a Lamborghini and then wrecking it after owning it a few hours is that I was glad he didn't win a house or else it would have burned to the ground.

...I miss baseball as much as anyone but it sure is nice not having to listen to Michael Kay talk or the disciples of Derek Jeter going on and on about how great their hero is.

...The Atlanta Braves must have nothing better to do this off season then fight with the Walt Disney company about the name of their newest movie. Clearly this is more important to them instead of trying to beat the Phillies and not choking at the end of the season, again.

...The movie trailer of The Hobbit makes me wish 2012 would fly by.

...I still enjoy playing All Star Baseball on the original X Box. Even though it is a few years old I loved the games that Acclaim Sports made. Too bad they went bankrupt because they really put together some good games. Those guys were head and shoulders above 2K Sports and yet 2K is still around despite the lack of quality in their games.

...Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba hit an umpire right in the kisser with his palm in a recent Venezuelan League game. I don't know what made this guy so mad. He struck out on a low pitch. It happens. And it certainly wasn't the umpire's fault. Who knows, maybe Torrealba is still upset about losing the World Series. This guy's a classless hothead and I'm anxious to hear his explanation as to why he did this. No matter what he says, he should be thrown out of the winter league.

Here's the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEUUJiSu3V4

...Enjoy your Christmas everyone!

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Y4L, Merry Christmas to you and your family and to everyone else here. Glad that the commercialization of Christmas will be over, however I do enjoy the Christmas services at my church. I have not yet seen the trailer for the Hobbit, but I have heard that it is a true blow you away trailer.

After hearing your words about the All Star Baseball series, it made me want to fire up my old PS2 with All Star Baseball 2k3. I'll have to do it after church this morning. It was a series that was underappreciated by many fans, but I always looked forward to it. The only sport that I think 2k ever nailed was football with NFL 2k5. I still have updated rosters for it, as Madden has gone downhill in my opinion.

Well, it is the end of December, and so that means only a few months till spring training. Now that I live in Florida, I plan on going to a few spring training games. I live near Tampa, so I have quite a few different locales to go to to catch a game. I can hardly wait. I hope that my Pirates do good this year. Even if not, I will still root for them. Love the Pirates, always have, and can't ever see myself not rooting for them.

Anyhow, I have rambled long enough. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Updated to 1-1

...Happy New Year everyone. I hope this year is safe and healthy for all of you here on this website and for your families too.

...As per tradition, I watched the ball drop at Times Square and again I was glad not to be there. I can not imagine standing outside for that long of a time in one place freezing and waiting for midnight to get here.

...No matter how nice it looks when that ball drops, it can't compare to what Sydney, Australia does every year to welcome the New Year. Those Aussies really know how to put on a show.

...Besides, I know my luck. I never would have got to kiss Jenny McCarthy.

...Hey, guess what? Yorvit Torrealba expressed his "sincere apologies" for what he did and he now regrets his actions and blah blah blah. What is this? Do these players have a form letter that they read from after they have done something stupid? How many times have we heard the same apology -maybe in different words- but all in all the same? What the hell does Torealba care that he is suspended from the Venezuelan league for the rest of this year and next year? It's not going to affect him in the American League where he still is going to make his millions.

...Ok, I know that January is not even an hour old yet as I post this and that I'm getting way too ahead of myself but the fact remains that next month is February and that means spring training and all the wonderful things we associate with that.

...Yes, I am impatient.

...If you have heard enough about Tim Tebow during this NFL season you are not alone. Now this guy is having a beer named after him. The catchy name? Tebrew. Makes you really want to go out and get one, doesn't it?

...Sinead O'Connor didn't waste any time. After only 18 days of marriage, she decided to call it quits. And we all laughed when Kim Kardashian only lasted 72 days. I don't get it. 18 days?? You can keep a bag of salad in your refrigerator longer than this marriage lasted.

...The purge out in Oakland continues and this time it's the Red Sox who benefit, of course. The Sox were able to steal reliever Andrew Bailey away from the Athletics for three players that the Red Sox probably didn't want in the first place. Is there anyone else left on Oakland's roster that is worth trading for?

...I don't know about any other Yankee fan out there but you have to be concerned with how much they are standing pat this off season in the trade and free agent market. There's no way you can be confident with the starting pitching that they have going into the upcoming season.

...And signing washed up 37 year old Hideki Okajima doesn't count.

...Verizon tried to pull a fast one on their customers by trying to stiff them with a two dollar charge for every payment they made over their phone or online with their credit or debit cards. Imagine having their customers conduct business over their phones instead of sending text messages to each other! This two dollar fee got their consumers in such a clamor that they quickly dropped the idea. Makes me wonder what they have up their sleeve next to bilk their customers.

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Happy new year to you. At least you get to see a giant electrical ball being dropped every year. Over here we watch the fire dept. toss a midget covered in christmas lights off of the roof of a 5-story building and into a giant net.

Oakland will trade Suzuki, Balfour, and Fuentes before Spring training I think.

It wasnt appropriate by any means for Torrealba to attack an umpire, but I still thought it was funny.

Since when are the Yankees not spending money? They cant even sign that Japanese player they won the negotiating bid for. :facepalm:

With all this Tim Tebow hooplah, I am further convinced that he is the Antichrist that bible thumpers and doomsday prophets are warning us about. When his pitiful NFL career ends in a couple years, we shall see.

Sinead O'Connor is yet another celebrity that cannot decide her sexual orientation because she is more attracted to her own image in the mirror.

What Verizon was trying to do is similar to Bank of America: charge a fee for using their debit card. Gee thanks, no other banks are doing that.

I'm anxious for Spring Training to begin as well. Of course, the anxiousness usually starts the day after the World Series ends! My early sleeper pick is Kansas City.

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Why no mention of the Raiders game today?

It wasn't an oversight. I'm superstitious. I didn't want to mention them because for the first time in years they have a chance to make the playoffs. I'll be tuned in at 4 pm today to root them on though.

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OK-Makes sense.

What a waste of time that was. They played like, well, themselves. :sad:

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Veesmack random thoughts:

Let's get rid of the the Central Divisions.

Get rid of teams from the same division not playing each other in the first round (if Central Divisions are not eliminated). Who cares if they are from the same division? It should be record based.

BASEBALL is all bout STATS not technicalities.

Get rid of the All-Star game deciding homefield advantage. Wild Cards should never get home field advantage, EVER.

Veesmack rant about Selig:

Bud Selig = horrible commisioner because:

-looked away from steroid use to improve declining attendance after strike as "chicks dig the long ball".

-he only got tough on steroid use because the image of baseball got so bad because of him "looking the other way" in the first place.

-I thought he had done a great job with steroid policy but I realize it's because he had initally done a bad job.

-Personal Interest: He moved the Brewers from the American League to National League. It used to be his team. Then when Astros were vulnerable in the post Biggio/Bagwell years, he jumps on the opportunity to force the new Astros owner to move the team to the National League as a condition of obtaining ownership.

-The natural rivals argument is baseless. Are the Rangers and Astros gonna play each other 80 times a year?

-What next? Is Selig gonna move the Marlins to the American League or Rays to the National?

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Instead of kill the umpire it should be kill the commissioner.

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Well, the damage is done with Selig. He'll never be able to shake off the whole steroid issue that occurred in baseball. And that's something he will have to live with. If I recall, players caught using steroids before 2005 initially weren't even reported publically with the first steroid policy, now there's the whole testing of HGH thing. It's HGH Testing* with an asterisk because it only happens in spring training at this point.

Well, the bright side is that steroid and PED testing is better now. It's a travesty after the fact of the post 1994 steroid era. It's like that ADT commericial: "the first time you should act is not after something bad happens; it's before."

If Selig was a great commisioner, he would have enacted something way before Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti admitted to using steroids.

as for umpires, I really don't like Joe West. I hope a foul ball hits him outside of his patented Joe West umpire gear. But Joe does play guitar, so I give him a pass for being a biased umpire who has a job.

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I got to agree with you Veesmack 100% with your opinion on Selig. I can't wait until this guy's term in office is up.

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Updated to 1-8

...Some restaurant owner in Japan forked over $736 thousand dollars for a blue fin tuna that weighed in at a whopping 592 pounds. The first thing I thought of was how much mayonnaise they were going to need for it.

Here's a picture of the fish. That thing would scare the hell out of me if I happened to see it swimming around.

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...Microsoft is coming out with an Xbox 720 console? Damn, I haven't even worked my way up to the 360 yet.

...I can't decide if the people I see jogging outside in five degree weather are dedicated or just out of their mind.

...I got to root for the Steelers today only because I don't want to hear about Tim Tebow anymore.

...The Chicago Cubs finally found someone dumb enough to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands. Maybe now they can go into the new season concentrating on baseball instead of when that guy was going to blow his stack.

...It's going to be funny to see what happens down in Miami this year because if Zambrano pulls the same stunts with Ozzie Guillen around and threatens to retire again, Guillen is just as crazy and hot tempered as he is. He'll help him pack up his stuff and he'll kick him out the door.

...Philadelphia fans welcomed in the New Year the only they know how as they beat the hell out of some Rangers fans after the Winter Classic between the hometown Flyers and visiting New York Rangers. With a couple of well timed kicks, a few left hooks and right jabs, they taught a few fans a lesson they won't forget just because they happened to be wearing a jersey different from theirs.

...If you bothered to read that short article and then came away saying to yourself that this is very familiar, well you are right. Every single time I read about something these animals from Philadelphia do I can always count on the article quoting some fan who says what happened was terrible and it doesn't make the fans or the town look good, ad nauseum. After all these years, who are they kidding? If you are not a borderline psychopath with a perverse pleasure on inflicting pain on another human being, you can't be a true Philadelphia fan.

...Hey, don't shoot the messenger. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Not everyone in that city goes around pounding on guy sitting next to them at a ball game but their is more than enough of them to go around. The thing is they went too far this time because one of the guys they beat up was an Iraqi war veteran.

...And yes, before anyone asks, even the sainted Yankee Stadium has more than their share of nuts that belong behind bars instead of being at a ball game.

... Later on this month a fast food company is going to be releasing a Darth Vader burger and to give the Jedis equal time, the Jedi Burger. You can't even credit American ingenuity for this one. Belgium gets the distinction here. These burgers are only going to be sold in France. How much do you want to bet that some of the Star Wars fans, (you know, the ones that have said goodbye to reality several decades ago) go to France just for this?

...I just remembered. Prince Fielder still hasn't signed yet. Makes me wonder where he's going to end up. Now watch the Yankees do something stupid.

...For reasons too many for me to get into here, I am thrilled to learn that Jorge Posada has decided to retire. Now I'm waiting for the day when Captain twenty million a year says goodbye.

...Ok, I get it. Tiger Woods cheated on her. He embarrassed her. Her life was plastered in the tabloids for awhile. I can understand Tiger's ex-wife Elin being mad. But to bulldoze a $12 million dollar home? After learning about this, I don't want to hear anyone ever say that women are not irrational ever again. Sure, get mad at Tiger. Stay angry at him for as long as you want. But what the hell did the house do to you?

...Rumor has it that the Raiders want to hire Reggie McKenzie out of Green Bay as their next general manager. That's fine I suppose but what I really think they need is someone to catch the ball consistently and for that entire team to finally stop getting flagged for stupid penalties.

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Updated to 1-8

...I got to root for the Steelers today only because I don't want to hear about Tim Tebow anymore.

I guess you´re going to hear about Tebow one more week...maybe until the super bowl

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I guess you´re going to hear about Tebow one more week...maybe until the super bowl

Even worse -- Y4L has to choose between rooting for Tebow or (GASP!!) a team from the Boston area this weekend!! :facepalm:

Decisions..... decisions.....

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I would just stay in bed all day and unplug the tv and radio. :bad:

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