He Said, She Said – Recaps For 8/5/2016

So, the Olympics are back, and it’s that time where everyone has to dredge up their national pride by pretending to care if people can dance around a floor with a ribbon the best or dance on a long pole, or hang in the air on a rope.  Or something.  The Olympics were never really my “thing”.  Personally, I think they need to A) hold the event on the same neutral island every year instead of this ridiculous waste of money bullshit they do now, B) Seriously reduce the number of events.  It’s impossible to track most people who participate anyways, and really you are just rooting for the flag of your choice at a certain point.  I mean, I suppose when you really think about it all sports are silly, who can hit a ball or throw a ball or whatever better, but to me the Olympics take this on a whole ‘nother level.  Of course I know there are a TON of people who get weak at knees and teary eyed over the events, but to me it’s a big fat meh.  I’ll get into Soccer, and the World Cup, but I honestly couldn’t give to craps about synchronized swimming, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Trampoline, Taekwondo, Shooting, Rowing, Rhythmic Gynmastics, Moderns Pentathlon, Judo, Sailing, Handball, Archery, Badminton, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Canoe Kyak, or Gymnastics.  I mean do we really need all of these?  Can’t we pair down the events some?  Isn’t Basketball, Boxing, Diving, Golf, Track and Field, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Wrestling enough? I’m not trying to crap on anyone’s favorite event, and hell most of these evens I love to do myself, I just wonder do we really need to have them all as part of the Olympics?  Couldn’t we do it better by pairing down the events, allowing for a bigger spotlight on what’s remaining?  Maybe I’m just a grumpy old man.  Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments below.


 

 

Royals – 2, Rays 3 – Brad Miller hit a three-run go ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Twins 2, Indians 9 – Cleveland finally gets back on the winning side in a big way.

Cardinals 0, Reds 7 – I came across this article yesterday that may be one of the silliest, grumpiest, yell at the cloudsiest I have ever seen.  I mean it was so much better back in the day when a team literally owned a player right?  Right?

 

Giants 3, Phillies 2 – The Giants finally got back in the win column with a go ahead home run in the top of the 10th by Denard Span.

 

White Sox 6, Tigers 3 – Not only did the Tigers snap their 8 game winning streak, but they also potentially lost Jordan Zimmermann, who was sent off for a MRI post-disaster start.

 

Mets 4, Yankees 1 – Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer, and no one accused anyone of stealing any pitches so all is well in New York once again.

 

Athletics 8, Angles 6 – Coco Crisp had himself a day.  He hit the go-ahead two-run double and robbed Choi of a home-run.

 

Rangers 5, Orioles 3 – You can’t keep a good team down for long as Wade Miley’s Orioles debut did not go as planned.  Mark Trumbo hit home-run number 31.

 

Pirates 2, Braves 5 – 4 total errors in this game.  Matt Kemp and the San Diego Padres are in the middle of a little public feud at the moment.  Hey San Diego, if you really have to defend if you are really a baseball town, maybe you aren’t one.  Be the bigger man and just let it go.  Shouldn’t you be busy, you know winning games?

Blue Jays 4, Astros 1 – Toronto completes the sweet of an Astros team that just can’t get the job done.  Encarnacion hit number 30.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 – Kenta Maeda got his 10th win, the 13th Dodger rookie to do so.

Red Sox 3, Mariners 2 – The Sox score 1 in the 11th to slip out of Seattle with a win.

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13 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps For 8/5/2016

  1. No Nats game last night, but I love Aerosmith, so I feel compelled to post. (Note that I’m a fan of Dylan and The Who, as well, but I couldn’t find a proper youtube video of Tangled Up In Blue, and I don’t really have a favorite song by The Who.)

    Anyway…

    To me, Aerosmith, at least 70s era Aerosmith, are in the conversation for best American Rock and Roll band. I don’t care if I never hear Love In An Elevator again as long as I live, but I’ll listen to any of their first five albums all damn day long.

    That said, my favorite songs of theirs are this two-song sloppy mess from Live! Bootleg, recorded at Paul’s Mall in 1973. First part is a cover of Ain’t Got You, a blues standard done by many, and the second part is a cover of Mother Popcorn, by James Brown. If you’ve got 12 minutes, give them a listen:

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  2. No lengthy post today. Arrived at work at 4:15am (as every Friday) to conduct inventory and place orders for next week. Talk to you on the weekend.
    Twins’ momentum brought to a screaching halt by Cleveland yesterday. Ouch!

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  3. Apologies to Prof. WordPress is fucking around with the back end and is now hiding other people’s drafts from me in the standard portal. I have to now go into the super admin backend to work on these posts together. This is the second time in the past week it’s wasted a lot of her hard work. I really hate when they make changes and don’t fucking tell anyone.

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  4. I see you’re having a “get off my lawn” moment this morning Scout. I kind of agree. It goes back to the participant trophies every kid had to have in the 90’s. I have never been less interested in the olympics than I am this year. I’m a grumpy old bastard too!

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      • You boys can be grumpy, I’ll have all of the Olympic Fever for you. I generally watch swimming, diving, gymnastics, and some track events during the Summer Games. Man, do I love competitive swimming and diving. I actually watch them during non-Olympic years, too. Because I apparently have a problem. lol

        These Olympics, though? Other than my obsession with swimming, I honestly don’t think I’m too interested. Mostly because I am concerned that these athletes are all going to get cholera or some other horrible disease.

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  5. Not to pick nits, Scout, but the Jays didn’t sweep the Astros, they took 3 of 4. Houston won the first game 2-1 in 14 innings.

    Some take aways from the series:

    • J.A. Happ is the AL’s first 15-game winner and has been a pretty consistent starter for the Jays.

    • Edwin now has 30 or more home runs in 5 consecutive seasons. That’s a lot of parrot walking.

    • The Jays’ starting rotation, even despite the struggles of Dickey, have been the gold standard in the AL, leading the league in wins, losses, ERA, innings pitched, opponents’ BA, and WHIP. They also lead all of MLB in Quality Starts with 71.

    • Something is going on with the new LED lights at Minute Maid Park. Many players have complained that there is a lot of glare (guys are wearing eye black for night games) and it is hard to see the ball. Consider that since the new lights were installed, the record for batters striking out in a 3- or 4-game series has been broken 3 or 4 times. The Jays just won 3 out of 4 while striking out 61 times (!!) in a 4-game set. The Astros hitters had 44 K in the same 4 games, but only managed a total of 5 runs.

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  6. Never been a summer Olympics guy, too nice outside to sit and watch TV. Loved the winter Olympics because of the speed of downhill skiing and the gracefulness of ski jumping, especially Jens Weisflog and Matti Nykanen. Franz Klammer’s run in the ’76 Olympics is probably my favorite moment, even over the Miracle on Ice.

    As for Aerosmith, I don’t always listen to them but when I do, so do the neighbors.

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    • Love the last sentence. When I listen to NWA, I make sure that I turn it down so not to offend the neighbor with a Ben Carson bumper stickers. You would be astounded by the fucking idiocy of racist Mainers who love him, but hate anything that has to do with black culture. Then again, so does that stabby fucking mother beater.

      Also, if he fucking whiffed on brain surgery on a Mainer, you probably couldn’t tell.

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