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On “Open Thread

Frog: during the game in Detroit today the announcers quoted Al Kaline as saying "Trout reminds (him) of Mantle." I've been wondering when that comparison would be made. I think it's apt and I know you are a Trout appreciator as well. Also, has Granderson done something to sour Yankee fans opinion of him? Just going by his performance last weekend, he looked great to me. I haven't seen someone play that far in, take so many basehits away, but also cover territory to the fence like that in long time. He may deserve your snub for some reason, but he beat up the Angels.

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I guess that's true. After a rocky start, they looked really good there. But their stuff really isn't that good. I think Yankee stadium exposes weaknesses. You need Verlander type stuff to pitch well there consistently and only Waldon has that for the Angels and he couldn't be used because he walks too many people. Man, Granderson made some plays today. He's exactly right for the park too. You have to play in and then go get em. He's like Paul Blair was, only more athletic when it comes to the actual catch. The one he caught at the wall to rob Trout early on was incredible.

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That's how crazy that ballpark is. You end up feeling sorry for the players. Thanks for your sympathy. We needed all the help we could get. You must have shit in your pants when Weaver got a double play out of the oldest trick in the book, faking that throw to 3rd, getting Granderson (was it?) and then ARod too. Wow. I'm not sure I have ever seen that play work. Saved the game. Thank god that was the last game there. Heart-attack city. I was so made at the Angels pitches for those 9th inning walks, and they were given up by our best pitchers! They were in the game with a 5 run league, which in that ballpark was the right move, but I bet it only happened because Frieri hasn't pitched enough lately. Then he fucks the whole thing up. C razy.

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Frog: I agree about Angel's potential. For some reason, they are always a bit tight. Like they want it a bit too much or something. I just don't like the feel of what they're feeling. The opposite of what I felt during their championship season. But we'll see. They certainly have a lot of talent. Yankees will be hard to beat in Yankee stadium. They're built for the ballpark, especially when Tex is hitting. BTW, the Angel announcers thought Trout was safe on that play at third. I agree with you.

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Of course, that first game was painful for Angel fans. Given Downs' performance I was shocked that he let those first two batters get away like that. Anyone can give up a dinger in that park, but the walk was the real problem. Ouch. Now the pressure is on Weaver.

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Miami's shooting was once in a life-time individually and collectively. No way those two guys (and Chalmers, Cole) could all shoot like that, take turns shooting like that, and hit 'em at the right times in the game like that ever again in a million years. It's like baseball teams. Sometimes it all comes together. The Giants were like that win they won the series. It all came together for a bunch of guys at the same time. Sometimes it happens but it will never happen for those Miami guys together again. Battier didn't shoot well all year, Miller is on the tail end of his ability, Cole is too young to know better, Chalmers is just Chalmers, but for one series they were Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry and Billups all in one.

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Pretty bad. Perkins could be upgraded, or downgraded. You know what I mean.

On “Unger’s meaningless betrayal

One more thing:
No surprise, I actually sympathize with the professors dissatisfaction with Obama. I just don't see how he can justify pushing the worse-the better revolution overtly the way he does. He's not ready for that. As you always remind me, I'm not ready for that and I'm a whole lot more ready than him. But what other way to view it is there but to understand his intent as a provocation to make things worse so they can get better? Do you think that's how he sees it?

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Thanks. Also, your last too typically great posts deserve better than they get from us in respect to commenting. They are really masterfully scribed.

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"worse-the better" revolutionism. There will be lots of casualties. And no NBA. There's already no House. What kind of healthcare do you think there will be during the revolution? My brother and his wife pay $800 each a month with a $5000 deductible. Right there, the revolution saves them $1600 but like me, he needs to have several basil cell skin cancer thingies removed each year. Not sure a revolutionary medic can handle that.

On “Open Thread

And Battier. Who the hell could have ever guessed he'd turn into Bird? No shame, Frog.

On “More on Breaking Bad: Setting up S5 and vs. House

He has parents, of course. He has no wife or children, which is the opposite of Walter. That was the point.

On “Open Thread

There was also that Celtic series. As the Frog pointed out very clearly, both Eastern teams were terrible. Bosh has made a difference but I think OKC is a much better team that turned out not to be able to handle the pressure of an NBA finals. And I agree that Harden isn't as crazy as LO. Just more nervous.

On “More on Breaking Bad: Setting up S5 and vs. House

Well, his drug addiction puts him in his own league as far as television super doctors go. Interesting that Walter makes drugs and House takes them. I wonder what that says about our respective identifications with the characters? Walter has cancer. House is a cripple. Walter has a family and is trying to do for them. House has no family and never lets his best and only friend know that he's doing anything for him by way of selflessness--deceiving him right to the end when he lets Watson, I mean Wilson think he's dead until it can be revealed that House's manipulations have fooled the authorities and enabled them to ride happily into the sunset for the six months that Wilson still has left to live. Not sure if any of those differences are meaningful in the context of your critique but there you are.

On “Open Thread

I do agree. Not much traveling and Miami played right. Harden was scared. He reminds me a lot of Lamar Odom. Lefty. Constantly lipping out layouts. Will get into wonderful zones sometimes and then loose it again. Too uptight. Maybe Harden eats too much candy like Odom. Also might have something to do with marijuana.

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If I could be any player it would be Westbrook. How fun would it be to be that freakishly talented and crazy. It would be like a Beckettian fantasy come true within regular hoop dreams.

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OK, Frog. I'm holding you to your 2 game prediction. OKC has to win 3 in a row. Of course if they don't, we can drive CK crazy by continuing to cry about traveling. But we can't be the only ones. I mean did you see the play that they kept replaying where James literally hopped into the air came down defiantly with both feet, paused there to energetically intimidate the refs with the feeling of "this is legal" and then takes another half step? They replayed it like 4 times and no one, not even Van Gundy said a word about the hop. It's over. You can hop in the NBA. Maybe you should try out, Frog.

On “Open Thread

I've never seen him play much better than he's playing now. But where would the Heat be without the shooting of Bird, I mean Battier? Crazy.

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I blame Scott Brooks for this one. Because Derek made a big shot he kept him in the game way too long. When Sefolosia (who does have nerve problems and did make a critical turnover) came into the game with like 3 minutes left, OKC came back. You have to have him and Ibaka in the game more, especially with Durant out with fouls. Brooks made bad decisions. He also shouldn't have had Sefalosia bringing the ball in. You gotta know your people and their people. LeBron and Wade have a strange tendency to get beat down mentally and when OKC is stealing balls and blocking shots, they get down. Oh, well.

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Prometheus did have a couple moments. The self-directed surgery scene, when the new Sigorney Weaver cuts out an alien fetus, would get CK chuckling in a good way. The best thing about Avengers is the humor. Robert D Jr has some great quips. Iron Man and the Hulk become friends in a very well developed way, with their intelligence being the mutual draw. The whole movie is remarkably smart. I can't remember ever seeing a scene like the one when all the Avengers argue about what's going on. It brought to mind the dialogue in Amadeus, when the composer explains the way he's going to layer all the vocals in The Marriage of Figero.

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Just saw The Avengers. It was really good. I thought of the James K piece on the American "sacrifice" ethos. Interesting dialogue between Captain A and Iron Man. I think CK would be very interested in the whole thing. Did I report back about Prometheus? Sucked. Really sucked. The topper was when this one guy who had died beyond all possibility of coming back in a human way comes back to the ship and the captain, who's supposed to be a rational, clear thinking, astute captain guy, just lets him back on board without questioning the situation at all. The theater was empty on a Sat night so it was like we didn't get the memo, and those of us there were all just shaking our heads at how bad it was.

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Yes, KD has a shortcoming. Ginobili in that same situation (with advantage of being a step ahead of a sleeping defender) would have forced the refs to make a call. He's the best ever at that in my opinion.

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I did over-think that spelling. And while I'm here I can't help but point out something about LeBron's foul. He was not the wise vet there. If you have it recorded, watch how he doesn't know where the ball is. He's not making a defensive switch or anything. He's just a little slow. Biggest play of the game and he's not paying attention. So the ball comes in to Durant and he's out of position. If he was in position, I have no problem with an NBA foul being committed there, like the way Cooper would foul there. Totally different. LeBron phased out mentally like he does, and then used his strength to make up for it, hooking Durant seemingly casually because he's using so little of the abundance of strength he does have, making it look like less of a foul than it is. And this goes to what I wrote awhile back. Durant is not strong. If he gets fouled he won't make that shot and he didn't. That's a problem and it will remain a problem. That's the NBA, but a ref should be able to feel when someone is compensating for inattention and call them for it. That would be NBA level reffing. Didn't happen.

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