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Updated to 10-26

...From what I've been reading, I have been missing a pretty good World Series so far. Problem is I just can't stay up that late to see any of it. :(

...And that's one of baseball's biggest problems. These games are on late at night. You got to blame FOX and Bud Selig equally for this.

...Not that I am complaining or anything, because I'm not, but has it been explained to people why the gas prices are dropping now?

...This is the last full week of having to listen to all this political crap on TV. And on the radio. And at work. But not here. Because I don't read those threads. :)

...Those "Mac vs PC" ads on TV are funny.

...Nothing makes me happier right now than reading articles like this that tell of CC Sabathia's firm desire to play in California. I just don't want the Yankees to overpay for someone like him. Remember now, when he was in Cleveland he wasn't lights out like he was in Milwaukee.

...Although I am concerned about where Money Ramirez will end up. :?

...AC/DC sold out to Walmart as they made an exclusive deal with them to only release their new CD to be sold only at their stores. Well, I won't be getting it because Walmart sucks and I never go in there.

...I'll be honest with you, if there is one guy at ESPN that I wish I could beat senseless it would be that whiny little SOB Bill Simmons. Then when I'm done with him I'd go looking for Jim Caple.

...This has been a fast month. I'm on vacation for the Thanksgiving week. Only a few more weeks now!

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...Not that I am complaining or anything, because I'm not, but has it been explained to people why the gas prices are dropping now?

I don't know and I don't care! Paying $2.50 for gas is fine with me!

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. . .Great...Halloween is Friday. . .

. . .I hate Halloween. . .

. . .My girlfriend is making me go to some stupid Halloween Party...THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN...WTF?. . .

. . .I'm being Clark Kent. . .

. . .I don't want to be Clark Kent. . .

. . .Speaking of AC/DC. . .

. . .I am pissed off at Sirius Satellite Radio. . .

. . .They took the Punk Rock 29 Channel away. . .

. . .And turned it into AC/DC Radio. . .

. . .AC/DC sucks. . .

. . .The Giants play the Steelers today. . .

. . .It'll prolly be a good game. . .

. . .But the Giants will lose :sad face:. . .

. . .The weather in Texas has been good. . .

. . .Not to mention the gas prices. . .

. . .I paid $1.98 on Friday. . .

. . .God Bless QT in Burleson for being so cheap. . .

. . .God Bless the stockmarket going down so hard. . .

. . .That's the reason for cheap gas...seriously. . .

. . .My little brother's birthday is tomorrow. . .

. . .I already got him Fable 2, and he beat it. . .

. . .But tomorrow I am also giving him a pair of Skull Candy headphones. . .

. . .They are the best headphones I have ever used. . .

. . .I have also been listening to AFI's "Sing the Sorrow" album. . .

. . .I forgot just how great of an album it is. . .

. . .That is all for now. . .

. . .Getting ready to run errands. . .

. . .Bye guys. . .

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I don't know and I don't care! Paying $2.50 for gas is fine with me!

At some stores here, it's as low as $2.09 a gallon.

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I saw a gas station next to my house drop below 2.00. It was listed at 1.98 yesterday

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-- The World Series this year sucks. It lacks of interest and the Phillies are playing. I'm a huge baseball fan, But this series is just blah. Go Rays for now.

--Lets hope the Chiefs don't have a kicker named Janikowski, and hopefully the Jets can itch one out today.

--Halloween is around...who cares?

--The Mets are still eliminated.

-- The online league I'm running is actually going good now, hopefully it doesnt tank like last season.

--Shea is gone, it JUST hit me.

-- Hopefully Money Ramirez come to the Mets, along with K-Rod, makes next season a little more interesting.

--My left leg is killing me right now, I guess Cornerback isnt my position, I'm back at QB.

-- I'm still proud to be Puerto Rican!

and thats pretty much it for my random thoughts for this sunday, you all have a great day, and God Bless ya'll.

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...I joined a fantasy basketball league even though I hate basketball. I got Dirk, Kidd, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobelli on the bench.

... Lol, I'm watching volleyball right now, and jw, but why does one person wear a different jersey then the rest of their team?

... Our football team sux, we lost 40-0 on homecoming and 51-0 against our rivals on friday...go soccer

... I hate winter, i hate the cold and the short days.

... Wow, i've been watching some vids on youtube lately, and Bobby Lee from MadTV is hilarious, i've actually ROFL'd from some of his videos.

...I have to write a paper that's due tomorrow but I know I'm not going to start it until tonight.

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I have had the worse week off college. I Have had 5 big essays that all needed to be finished by tomorrow and so since Sunday last week i have spent aleast 7 hours everyday doing college work.

I am watching the NFL from Wembley and wishing i managed to get tickets for that game.

I am really annoyed that the football (soccer) team i support has been drawn against my home team in the F.A cup and i won't be able to go watch it because i've got to go down to London

One good thing is that i can't wait to get back to my own house and back to using my own computer.

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- Gas will go up again when people use heating oil. This happens every year guys. If I didn't sink all of my money into an apartment I would be investing in oil and doubling or tripling my money by July 4th, before the price of oil inevitably falls again.

-Bills faces the Jets today and the Giants face the Cowboys, good day for football!

Here is a long post I wrote on MotownTigers.com, enjoy!

What I think should be done to fix the World Series (and postseason):

What should definately be done

1. Move start times to 8:05 pm eastern, that way a normal game ends no later than 11:00 and 'epic' games end before midnight. I agree that pregame coverage could occur from 7-8 o'clock including introductions.

2. Move start times for all weekend games to 6:05 pm eastern. It's still nighttime in the east but it's still early enough for the whole country (and the kids!) to watch the game. Bud Selig may say crap like 'look, 2008's afternoon game had poor ratings' but this is when the Superbowl starts, and Football has no problem with ratings.

3. Start the World Series on SATURDAY again. Adding the extra off-days not only kills whatever momentum the post-season builds, but having baseball games compete with crappy TV Shows like Uglybetty, Coldcase, or whatever the hell people watch these days reduces ratings. While less people watch TV on Saturday, more people watch SPORTS on the weekend. Baseball would be the 'only game in town' on Saturday and it would piggyback football ratings with game 2 on Sunday. If the series is exciting enough, people will have no problem watching games 3,4,5 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

4. No excessive off-days. While scheduling doubleheaders would simply messup pitching rotations and bullpens and affect the pennant race, reducing regular days off would be easy. One day off in the division series, and two days off for the Championship and World series. Just like it was so long ago in 2006. Less off-days equal more momentum. Deal with the cold weather of early April and late October as it usually helps pitching. Plus if Global Warming was real we would never have to worry about this for long. ;)

What I would want done

1. Move games back on other major broadcast networks other than Fox, just to have competing coverage. However, this is impossible due to contracts.

2. End interleague play. Other than a few actual interleague rivalries, no one gives a crap about interleague play anymore. Selig would state increased ticket sales in June but I think that's because of warmer weather.

3. Balance the schedule more. I think Teams playing each other 18 times is excessive and unnecessary, especially when these same teams may only play a team in another division 5 or 6 times that same season

4. End the Wildcard, or at least force Fox and ESPN to promote more different teams. Has anyone noticed that every postseason matchup or World Series matchup is a 'snorefest' now? Did anyone find it boring when the Braves faced the Twins back in 1991 or when the Angels faced the Giants in 2002? Hell no. Now every matchup sucks. Fox promoted baseball SO POORLY to the point that the NLCS matchup of the Phillies vs. Dodgers, the 2 and 4 media markets of the United States, was a poor draw for ratings. (Even with Manny, and two MVPS and 3 other superstars on the Phillies.) Simply, for Fox if it isn't Yankees-Red Sox or Cubs in the World Series it's impossible to get any ratings. This is something that must be stopped by 2012, or the World Series is starting after 9 PM on Cable TV before you know it. Possibly if there was no more wildcard, it would be easier to promote the front running teams. Pennant races would be straight forward again and less terrible teams (who are usually not wildcards by the way) will make the postseason. Division series games aren't even on regular TV anymore, pretty much that novelty has worn off.

5. Move the World Baseball Classic to... October. That's right, October. Put WBC games on in the afternoon in neutral sites that was the kids could watch them after school. Fill the rosters full of plays not on postseason eligible teams. Not only does this give a showcase for players on different teams, this PROMOTES the regular postseason. It's way too smart to implement. The only losers here are Japanese baseball fans. (Ruining their World Series)

What WILL happen

1. Neutral site for the World Series. When Peter Gammons discussed this, I knew it would be a matter of time sadly. As if people didn't care already.

2. More postseason games. More wildcards? Sure! Why not? People love the wildcard, and the World Series ends right before Thanksgiving! More wildcards mean that subpar Yankee-Met-Red Sox teams always make the postseason! Good for $$$$.

3. World Series on Cable. It's pretty much five years away at this point. Since baseball is such a 'burden' on Fox and the other major networks, fine cable networks like TBS, TNT, and Outdoor Sports Network will have no problem broadcasting the World Series! ESPN 1-2-3 will have Poker Shows on, so baseball would be a burden on their ratings too.

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Seriously, baseball has to get its head out of it's *** quick, time's almost up.

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Two new teams in the WS was different for the better, even a different outcome in the Phills/Dodgers NLCS I still would of enjoyed the WS. I understand it wasnt a high rated WS but being from Philly and I am sure I can speek for those in Tampa that it was great seeing our teams in the big show.

I am still in aww that The Phills won it all and I am so happy its not even funny. The Parade was Friday and so was Halloween but here in Philly you would not of known it was Halloween. I had Jury Duty Friday but I skipped it just to make sure I would be at that Parade. One of the best moment for me Friday was Chase Utley's speech and I know some think it was uncalled for cause of Children but hey if waited this long who cares, and the thing that make it so great is that Utley doesnt talk alot he would let his play do the talking, to show that emotion was the greatest moment for me.

I also wanna congradulate the Rays on a great season. You guys are gonna be force for years to come.

I am looking forward to the NXE for xbox live coming this month (the 19th I beleive) and the Eagles play on Thanksgiving night on the NFL network. Christmas is right around the corner and I cant wait for it to come and go cause being a Parent for two girls, me and my ol' lady really stress ourselfs out big time around this time of year.

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Updated to 11-2

...I hope everyone had a good time on Halloween. Around where I live it was a pretty good day for the kids weather wise, so they were able to be outside and not freeze. We had the usual batch of kids, all dressed up as pirates and goblins, etc. You know, the usual stuff. But there was one kid who dressed up in a baseball uniform. A Red Sox one. My wife made me give him candy. :D

...Thank God that Tuesday is election day. All I get these days in the mail is political crap.

...Go to Tim Horton's on election day and get a free donut. I'd rather have an iced coffee, thank you.

...Look, I have no problem with the Phillies winning the World Series. They earned it. But during the victory celebration I think Chase Utley went a little too far. There's no reason to swear like that in public. Yeah, I know I hear that word every single day, but there had to be little kids in that crowd and they didn't need to hear it.

...Well, free agency is going to start soon and the only thing I can hope for is that the Yankees don't spend their money like idiots.

...I think the Dodgers have enough money to keep Manny wearing their uniform. At least I hope so. It would be hard to picture him in a Yankee uniform. I mean how could the Yankees forget how this guy behaved in Boston and why would they think he would behave here? They had to see what was happening in Boston.

...This is the most depressing part of the year for me. The World Series just got done, baseball's in the books for another season and a long terrible winter is ahead. That's why I'm down in the dumps today.

...The World Series drew record lows in ratings this year. Is anyone surprised? I bring this up only because in the post before this one, Swingin Soriano had some very good ideas about what baseball should do to fix this problem. I think they are pretty good and I also think because they are so good they'll be ignored. When you have games that start at 8:30 at night and have a ton of commercials thrown in, you are not going to get a lot of ratings. That's one reason why kids get interested in other sports because they can't watch an entire post season game. Hell, I can't even anymore.

...Is it too early to think about vacation? I got the Thanksgiving week off. I need it.

...One more depressing thought: Christmas is next month. Oh man, I am really not doing good. :)

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Updated to 11-9

...I am sure I am speaking for many when I say that I am very happy this election stuff is all over with. Between the presidential and the local ones, I had enough.

...Ok, I read about fights every day, but when Monks fight, it's going to make the news. You just don't expect to hear about stuff like that. I think the real reason why they started to fight was that one of them sneaked in a hip-hop CD and started playing it, which caused the fight.

...Of course, I'll give hip-hop fans like MarkB equal time for a rebuttal. :lol:

...I am still at the stage of muting all the Christmas commercials I see on TV because I still think it's too early for this sh**.

...I got relatives here this weekend from out of town. I'm up early doing my random thoughts because everyone's still asleep. These people are night owls who go to bed very late. What's on my mind is that I am wondering if they are going to ask us to go down there for Thanksgiving in a few weeks. :(

...If I do, my laptop goes with me this time and I'm going to install a few season mods on it. I got to have something to do while they are out shopping on Black Friday.

...I was kind of disappointed to see Willie Randolph go to the Brewers as a bench coach because I was kind of hoping he'd come back to the Yankees for that same position.

...Although I understand they have other things on their mind. Given the choice of Texiera or Sabathia, I would take Mark Texiera.

...It's easy watching football these past few years when you are a Raider fan because you know your season ends in October.

...Pay no attention to that rumor of Kraw joining Obama's staff. Many people were worried about this because it could have meant the cancellation of Mvp 09.

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Updated to 11-16

...Either I'm the only one that's got a random thought around here lately or else I'm the only one who hasn't been busy. :wink:

...Every time my wife watches the QVC channel I get nervous.

...Why are the Yankees overbidding on CC Sabathia? Why are they bidding at all? Stay in the National League.

...Honestly, I am not even sold on the other free agent pitchers the Yankees are drooling at (Derek Lowe and AJ Burnett.)

...Take care Darrell Rasner and enjoy Japan. At least for a time last season you did a good job (which was more than I can say for Robinson Cano) but towards the end you were terrible.

...I was in YankeexDev territory a few nights back when my wife wanted to go to the village of Webster because they have a Friendly's restaurant there. Webster's a fine place and I enjoy it every time I go there but I hate Friendly's because it is always wall to wall three year olds each time I walk in there. Also, it was a 20 minute wait to sit down. I'm not a big fan of ice cream in the first place so I have no problem avoiding this place.

...This next random thought is for YankeexDev too. Have you tried Five Guys burgers in Henrietta? It's not a bad place, decent prices and food but the only drawback is that it's located in Henrietta, which of course is the most highly congested areas in the city. I avoid Henrietta at all costs.

...Just to let you all know, every time I go out I don't go to some place to get something to eat. Why just this morning when I left the house before I started posting in this thread I went to go get the paper. :lol:

...It's freezing out today, I just let the dogs out and while I was out there I realized how much I miss not having baseball around. You never are aware how much you miss something until it's gone and not part of your every day life.

...Next week, on vacation. It has been a long time coming.

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I try to avoid Friendly's if I can. The place is too small I think even though they created more seating in the back. I usually go to Martinos, Tom Wahls or Bill Grays if I go out to eat.

My mom told me about that burger place before but I never went there. I am in Henrietta every day of the week thought since I go to college at MCC (You must of heard that stabbing last week). I can't stand the traffic in Henrietta it is horrible, it takes forever to get around.

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My mom told me about that burger place before but I never went there. I am in Henrietta every day of the week thought since I go to college at MCC (You must of heard that stabbing last week). I can't stand the traffic in Henrietta it is horrible, it takes forever to get around.

Yes, I heard about the stabbing but I don't know any of the details. Good luck in school.

And try that place out if you get a chance. It's really nice.

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- Posting this a day early because I don't know if I'll be on here tommorrow

- Cooking a "Fakegiving" dinner tomorrow. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies, and all that fun stuff gluten free. I did this because I was invited to a gluten-filled thanksgiving so I'll likely be hungry on Thursday. Hopefully the Cowboys lose.

- Guns N Roses' "Chinese Democracy" arrives at midnight and Axl was nice enough to have the album uploaded on his myspace. For 17 years in the making there isn't even 17 minutes of great music. The songs don't suck, but there's nothing special as evident in the leaks. The title track is nice and Shackler's Revenge is sweet but that's about it.

- Was Phil Hughes even born when "Appetite for Destruction" came out?

- Will Phil Hughes be out of baseball when Guns 'N Roses' next album comes out?

- Sabathia really does not want 140 million dollars. At least we can say he wasn't about the money. Good for him, I'm not sure he could hold up, and if he could it'd be a bitter pill to swallow to pay 23 million a year for a better version of David Wells minus the hangovers.

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I'll post them now (for the first time ever) because it's already sunday here in germany

- What a huge win by Penn State earlier today. I can't wait for the Rose Bowl

- I wonder what will happen if the Yankees can't sign either Sabathia, Lowe or Burnett. MLBTradeRumours.com has a good article.

- I watched the Arizona Fall League championchip game and there were some good players on both teams.

- I found some interest in creating/updating portraits over the last 2 weeks.

- I'm already pissed off that christmas stuff. It's still more than 1 month and thise christmas things are overall.

- We had snow for the first time this winter today.

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- I watched the Arizona Fall League championchip game and there were some good players on both teams.

Did you happen to get a look at Brett Wallace?

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- Guns N Roses' "Chinese Democracy" arrives at midnight and Axl was nice enough to have the album uploaded on his myspace. For 17 years in the making there isn't even 17 minutes of great music. The songs don't suck, but there's nothing special as evident in the leaks. The title track is nice and Shackler's Revenge is sweet but that's about it.

Haven't heard Chinese Democracy yet but I can't imagine anything special, even if it did take 17 years to come up with. The important part about Chinese Democracy is http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081120/ap_on_...roses_dr_pepper

Getting a iPhone 3G soon to replace my iPhone since I'm switching to AT & T instead of T-Mobile for business expenses. Yay GPS and 3G speeds. (Sean O's in love with these sentiments)

I'm getting sick of coding... and this semester...

Oklahoma is getting their asses handed to 'em on a silver platter.

Watching 30 Rock, gonna see how well that goes, it's good so far. I just caught up on all my shows now.

I slept way too late today...

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Did you happen to get a look at Brett Wallace?

No, I haven't seen him on any roster.

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Updated to 11-23

...I've never heard of anyone having a gluten free Thanksgiving Swingin Soriano, but I hope you enjoy it. Also, I hope the Cowboys lose too. I've been a Cowboy hater since way back.

...After all this time I have put Guns n Roses out of my mind. Seventeen years is way too long to go without releasing anything new. They'll never recapture the sound they had from the Appetite for Destruction that really made them what they are, or I should say were.

...I'm on vacation as I write this. I have not been on one since the middle of July and I feel great. I'll be gone at the end of the week because I'll be out of town for the holiday at my wife's hometown. I should have Internet access though so I'll be ok.

...I better have Internet access down there because the games on TV that day are going to suck. In case you don't know the NFL Thanksgiving schedule, here it is. Read it and yawn. Game one is Tennessee at Detroit. Tennessee will only win by 30 or 40 points. Next is Seattle at Dallas. Another two teams I don't give a *&^% about. And at 8:15 pm on the NFL Network it is Arizona at Philadelphia. At least the improving Cardinals may make this game worth tuning in. The sad part is that a lot of people don't have the NFL Network. I have it because I have DirectTV. It's not that bad.

...I noticed that Wikipedia has a goal of six million dollars for donations. Good luck with that.

...Snow came early this year around here as we got hit every day this week with the white stuff. You should see the people every year that apparently have forgotten how to drive in this weather. They're the ones who go off the side of the road or hit a stop sign and they don't know why.

...This also goes for people that try to shovel their driveway and fall down right on their knee that they recently had surgery on. I will not give you the name of the person that did this since I am sworn to secrecy. :)

...I love Jennifer Love Hewitt and her show Ghost Whisperer.

...It's nice to see that the Yankees appointed Hal Steinbrenner in charge of the team and it's also refreshing to see that they seem to be using their heads when it comes to the free agents this year.

...I was originally upset to find out that Dustin Pedroia was named MVP but after thinking about it I had a change of heart. It's not that I'm happy he won it. Hell no. I'm just hoping that Robinson Cano was paying attention to this because Cano is supposed to be a better hitter and fielder than Pedroia but he sure as hell doesn't act like it. He may be a better player than Pedroia but Pedroia plays the game a lot better than that lazy SOB and truth be told, I'd rather have Pedroia playing second base for the Yankees instead of that sack of crap that is out there right now.

...Time to go enjoy my vacation. Everyone have a great week and a wonderful holiday!!

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Updated to 11-30

...Came back home last night from the Thanksgiving holiday that we spent out of town. There's nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

...Every time I complain about going to work I can say I could have it worse. I could be having time off and be down at my wife's hometown. I have never spent a fun and interesting day down there.

...My wife and her two sisters and their mother were looking through the ads on Thanksgiving day like they were battle plans. Not one thing was missed.

...I did not go near a store on Black Friday.

...What economic recession? We drove into the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall (a place that has over 100 stores) on the way back home to pick up something and that place was full. I wanted to get out of there as quick as possible.

...The games that I watched (the Detroit and the Dallas game) were terrible. I did not watch the Cardinal one. The Detroit Lions ruin every Thanksgiving.

...A middle finger is extended to all the tractor trailer drivers on the New York state Thruway last night. Those selfish *&*()^& acted like they were the only ones out there. What a profession! If you are an as*****, you can drive a truck.

...On Wednesday when I left town I got gas for $2.15. When I got home it was down to $2.09. That's nice!

...Why did Plaxico Burress have a gun with him in a nightclub and why was he so stupid to shoot himself in the leg? You know darn well the Giants are going to get rid of him now.

...Best of luck to Lane Kiffin, the new head coach of the University of Tennessee.

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