Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I watched Game One of the World Series last night and was astonished at how piss-poor home plate umpire Larry Vanover was.
I thought, as did millions of other baseball fans, that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umps.
One headline from the Chicago Tribune read: “Corey Kluber helps Indians to 6-0 victory over Cubs in World Series.” Kluber’s a great pitcher, but Vanover is the one who “helped” the Indians win. It was infuriating to watch this dolt call a handful of balls off the plate strikes and to a greater extent pitches right smack dab in the strike zone balls.
According to Baseball Prospectus, Vanover’s K/BB ratio is 2.25 compared to the MLB average of 2.58. His ERA is 3.93 while the average MLB rating is 4.18 and finally, his WHIP rating (walks plus hits per inning pitched) is 1.29 compared to the MLB average of 1.33.
Tonight's HP ump Larry Vanover has one of the smallest zones in MLB, and rated below average as far as his calls matching the typical zone.— Jon Roegele (@MLBPlayerAnalys) October 25, 2016
Cubs left-hander Jon Lester was noticeably upset about the disparity between calls made on his pitches and those of the Tribe's hurler. He had a chat with Vanover at the end of the third inning to express his ire. “I don’t know if he had a (microphone on),” Lester said. “It was just two professionals talking to each other about what was going on. I don’t comment on umpires. I’m a competitor. I think every ball I throw should be a strike. We talked it out; we hashed it out and moved on from there.”
Anyway, we’re done with Vanover. He will rotate to the field and will be the replay official for Games 3-7.
CNBC published an interesting piece noting the 2016 World Series could be one of the last World Series in which balls and strikes are called by a home plate umpire.
“Sportvision, a subsidiary of sports powerhouse SMT, has the technology to call every single ball and strike with near perfect accuracy, using its "Pitchf/x" product.”
“Pitchf/x is the rectangle you see on TV that shows the strike zone. It's the same technology that undermines umpires when they clearly miss a call. And it's the same technology that can reduce umpires from key decision-makers to caretakers at baseball games.”
I’m not going to overreact (not much anyway) to this setback. Kluber dominated the Cubs. It’s not the end of the world. Game Two starts tonight at 7:08 PM ET on FOX. The early start is due to a forecast of rain in Cleveland.
GO CUBS GO!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Those “Loveable Losers” are losers no more. From his broadcast booth in baseball heaven Harry Caray was shouting “Holy Cow!” at the historic news the Chicago Cubs won the NLCS against the LA Dodgers and a trip to the World Series. The World Series I tell ya!
Seventy-one years removed from their last pennant, and 108 years since their last World Series crown, the Cubbies begin the series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The first pitch will be tonight at 8:08 PM ET on FOX.
My beloved Atlanta Braves were awful this year but I remember well the utter euphoria in 1995 as the Braves won the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. I have a soft spot for the Cubbies. How can you not root hard for a team that has the longest title drought in baseball history?
Indians first baseman Mike Napoli said, “The baseball gods are really happy right now. I wanted the Cubs to win just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts and there’s going to be a winner.”
Monday, October 24, 2016
The political action committee of Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Hillary and Bill Clinton, gave almost $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That very same official played a role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Campaign finance records show McAuliffe’s political-action committee gave $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Why did she spend $1.5 million for a chance at a $18,000/year state senate gig? She and husband wanted a second car I guess— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 24, 2016
The Assistant FBI Director that took Governor McCauliffe's bribe will be promoted to Attorney General by Hillary Clinton.— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) October 24, 2016
"[T]he only curve being bent downward now on Obamacare is the honesty curve...." @EdMorrissey (2014) https://t.co/KeRo47jWqD— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 24, 2016
Obama folks going for old "piss on your leg and tell you it's rain" strategy https://t.co/6pOS0NzNEE— Sunny (Mat) (@sunnyright) October 24, 2016
Jonathan Gruber unavailable for comment.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) October 24, 2016
Please campaign loudly on the argument, “the average family paying $4800 more per year than in 2008 is a sign the law is working.” https://t.co/XRLihbHIk9— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 25, 2016
Cue the creepy Stephen Hawking laugh:
Saturday, October 22, 2016
This afternoon, beginning at 3:30 PM ET, all eyes will be glued to a TV set in anticipation of the battle that will be waged at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Bama haters are itching to see the Aggies serve up the Tide’s first loss of the season.
Some would have you believe that Alabama must lose a game this season and it will come at the hands of either A&M or LSU.
Is there any reason to believe that the Aggie defense that gave up 684 yards of offense to Tennessee, a team Bama held to under 200 yards last week in Knoxville, will win today? The ESPN Matchup Predictor gives The Crimson Tide a 76.7% chance at victory and A&M a pathetic 23.3%.
Folks in College Station have high hopes of a win today and uploaded a hype video to pump them up:
OK, TA&M has played very well so far this season. The Aggies are rested as they come off a bye week and they’re hanging their hat on QB Trevor Knight who led the Sooners to a 45-31 victory over my beloved Boys from Tuscaloosa in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
Knight ain’t no “Johnny Football” and their “12th Man” will be noticeably absent in a stadium filled with over 108,000 rabid Houndstooth-hat-wearin’ crimson-clad fans in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has vanquished other quarterbacks cut from the same cloth as Knight. I don’t think for one moment that he will be able to sit in the pocket and exploit the Tide’s secondary nor will he have any better success running against Alabama’s D-line than Josh Dobbs did last week. Saban and Kiffin will have the Aggies on their heels early and often.
Here’s hoping the cameras capture Aggie fans doing some epic “surrender cobras” as they come to realize they’re losing the game.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
Friday, October 21, 2016
This presidential race has been a three-ring circus and not the good kind we remember as kids.
The avalanche of leaked emails brought to us by Julian Assange, the FBI 302s exposing Clinton’s quid pro quo, strong suspicions of intentional voter fraud, voter intimidation by DNC operatives like Robert Creamer and the blinding liberal bias and media collusion has folks reeling in disgust. Apparently, this election cycle will determine the presidency of No Longer America.
Makes ya wonder if all the circus clowns whose job it was to sweep up after the elephants ran off to become campaign spokesmen for Hillary. I hope they’re happy to be in league with The Beast because if she wins on November 8th they’re going to be stuck powdering Granny’s folds for the next several years. They must be so proud.
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The soundbite everyone seems to have seized on after the third and final presidential debate was Trump’s declaration that if he loses the election he might consider the results illegitimate because the process is “rigged”.
Granny huffed and puffed that her opponent’s answer was “horrifying” saying he was “talking down our democracy.”
With the mounting evidence of intentional voter fraud, voter intimidation and media collusion with the Clinton camp is it any wonder that Trump would make such a statement?
James Carville, the Gollum-like weasel and decades-long Democrat operative, admitted “of course there’s going to be some fraud.”
The g-d Left have argued vehemently in the past that “their” elections were stolen, i.e. John Kerry in 2004.
In August, according to The Federalist, Politico’s Ben Wofford wrote a piece explaining how the election could be hacked in 7 minutes. The piece focused on a professor who bought an $82 voting machine and hacked with it so he could manipulate the results.
Wofford noted, “In American politics, an onlooker might observe that hacking an election has been less of a threat than a tradition,” citing Huey Long’s infamous rigging in 1932, and the 1948 “Lyndon Landslide” during which Lyndon B. Johnson “mysteriously overcame a 20,000 vote deficit in his first Senate race.”
In September of this year, disgraced former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied George W. Bush won Florida in the 2000 presidential election saying Al Gore AKA ManBearPig won it and the Supreme Court elected Bush to the presidency.
In October 2002, at a private fund-raiser in Los Angeles for Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan of Missouri, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told the crowd that President Bush merely had been “selected” president, not elected. Remember the hanging, swinging, pregnant, dimpled and tri-chads and the infamous “butterfly” ballots?
According to a 2012 Pew Charitable Trust report, roughly 18 million voter registrations are either “significantly inaccurate” or invalid—enough to tip an election. Yet when Donald Trump echoes the concerns about election integrity many Americans have had for years, it’s totally insane.
It’s pretty plain to see that election-rigging only matters when Democrats lose.
Relive the insane machinations of the
Sore-Loserman “recount” from this HBO documentary clip:
The media colluded with the DNC to take out Bernie and the Clinton campaign to take down Republicans, but Trump's dangerous to our democracy— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) October 21, 2016