In reply to Chud and Stamper, I agree with a lot of what you say. The Marlins are idiots for considering parting with Stanton, but their gigantic trade with the Blue Jays was nothing more than a salary dump. One could argue the A's got a better return by trading Gio.
If you're going to rebuild, you can't go half-way. Royals fans understand this. It makes zero sense to give away established major league talent for fringe prospects if the goal is to compete in two or three years (unless the Marlins have the greatest farm system in baseball, which I'm pretty sure they don't). Four years from now, Stanton will likely be gone, so why not get a gigantic haul for your best asset before that asset walks? You've already given up on competing while Stanton will be around.
I think Chud's trade proposal is more accurate than mine. My thought was the Marlins would want Major League ready talent (like Straily and Griffin) rather than lower level prospects, and Reddick is similarly cost controlled as Stanton. With as much (warranted) shit as the Marlins ownership are getting for this rebuild, they need a cost controlled power hitter to replace Stanton if they make a trade. Reddick and Stanton both play RF, and the A's will have to rid themselves of at least one OFer to make this work.
I also agree Yunel isn't a good idea, but I think he's really good defensively, which is why I keep hearing teams are interested in him. He hates gays though, and there are a lot of gays in the bay area, so it's probably a bad fit.
Gotta love Seattle media pretending we are front runners on a big free agent again. Josh Hamilton is not going to be a Mariner. I can't see that happening. I don't really care about some of the red flags that would come with him because we are desperate for some offense. I would actually be super stoked for him to be on the team. It will be just like last year though (how we were front runners for Prince)
I think Seattle is a perfect fit for Hamilton. They LOVE signing free agents with red flags. I've mentioned it before, but they routinely have one of the highest payrolls in the AL, yet still suck every year. I was the happiest person on the planet when they signed Chone to that ridiculous contract. Hamilton is going to take the most guaranteed money he can get, then fade into obscurity, ala Chan Ho Park.
It has nothing to do with me liking Menomena. I am an advocate of supporting local music. Most of us are here because we don't subscribe to the theory that the radio tells us who we should listen to. We all have our favorite local bands we support in the hopes that they someday make it big. We buy their music, we go see their shows, we tell our friends all about them, we try to catch them live every chance we get. Some nights I pick a random venue to see bands I've never heard of just to show support for local music.
You have spent three years and over 12,000 posts trying to convince people you know what you're talking about. You underestimate how many people will read this, and how many of them trust your opinion. Then you come out and take a cheap shot against a local band I support, a shot that is not only incorrect, but absurd. I don't support bands who suck live. Yes, Menomena's first album was weird, it makes sense you liked it. They are a typical indie rock band now, so it makes sense you don't like them. You hated that show before you even stepped in the venue, that's fine too. But to tell the internet "they suck live" because you don't care for their music anymore is idiotic, and it makes me realize that you don't give a shit about supporting local music at all. You care more about your reputation than theirs.
Talking shit about Soundgarden and Muse is fine. Make fun of the millionaires all you want, I've got no issue with that. But if this is what you're coming with when discussing the little guys, the best way for you to support local music is to never go see local bands. That way you won't try to convince the internet the bands that play the type of music you don't like suck live.
If I went on an internet quest to convince anyone who will listen that Alexis Gideon sucks live, you might understand my point.
The fact is Menomena is an extremely talented group of multi-instrumentalists who are very tight live. If you listen to their albums, there is always five to ten different sounds occurring simultaneously, and they somehow do a decent job of translating that live.
I've seen them about ten times, pre and post Brent, and they most certainly have never "sucked live." The notion that anything they do live actually "sucks" is beyond stupid.
Of course it's a different band without Brent. One third of the band is gone, it won't ever be the same. The remaining members didn't forget how to play their instruments because Brent is no longer there. They are actually enjoying themselves on stage much more now that Brent is gone, because it's well known that the remaining members absolutely despised Brent before the separation.
I understand being upset the guy you like is gone, I know Menomena fans who feel the same way. They don't go around claiming Menomena now sucks live, because they don't pull random shit out of their asses and call it gold.
You were just disappointed that the guy who wrote the song you like five years ago is no longer in the band, and once you realized they weren't going to play that song, you left early to catch the last bus home to avoid paying for a cab.
The support for my claim is that I saw them live and I thought they sucked. It's an opinion, based on experience. They were sloppy. Half of the songs, those complex rhythms that are the essence of Menomena's music were all muddy. And the others were played at half-tempo so that they could get it right.
Now you are completely talking out of your ass to try to justify your comment.
And you are so far from accurate, it's amusing to me.
Looks pretty reasonable but I would switch Atoms for Peace and Blur.
Does the average Coachella goer even know who AfP are? At least everyone knows that "Woo Hoo" song.
The average Coachella goer loves anything Thom Yorke does. It seemed far fetched they could headline Coachella, but I'm more open to that idea than most speculated headliners. Atoms for Peace are a rare get, and L.A. goes bat shit crazy for Thom Yorke. Blur is not a Coachella headliner.
Not gonna lie...I am pretty butthurt about Buck not getting MOTY but Melvin did some amazing things with the A's and I am happy to see him recognized for it.
Yup, one of these manager were going to get screwed, since they were probably the most worthy Manager Of The Year candidates in either league in the last ten years. I'm glad Melvin won, and I feel like he had to manipulate the lineup more than any manager this year, but it sucks Buck had lose.
Again, holy shit on that Blue Jays/Marlins trade. I can speculate loudly that Billy Beane is going to be talking with the Marlins GM regularly over the next couple weeks. He's unsuccessfully tried to pry Stanton away from the Marlins for years. It's time to break the farm to get Stanton. The A's have a plethora of young talent to offer the Marlins, and Stanton will come at a discount if the A's are willing to take on Nolasco's contract. They could also land Yunel Escobar to fill their SS gap.
Tell me (Chud/Gibbons/anyone else who cares), would the Marlins balk at a trade offer of: Stanton/Nolasco/Escobar for Weeks/Reddick/Griffin/Straily/Peacock/lower level prospect(s)?
Great fake, the billing order usually makes most of these fakes laughable, but that one is pretty much spot on. My only complaint would be the Walkmen are billed too high, Rusko is billed too low, and it's extremely unlikely both of Trent's acts play. People are reading too much into his statement that he is preparing music for two bands in 2013. That doesn't mean he's preparing to play them simultaneously.
Whoever made the fake should have included their real name on the bottom line. Who is Frank Price? Must be a DJ or something.
Knowing this year's free agent crop is a pile of turds, I had a tough time guessing why you were so happy to be a Jays fan all of the sudden.
Holy crap. They are getting four of the Marlins five best players.
How it must suck to be a Marlins fan right now. They just got a new stadium this season, and finally started spending money to build a competitive team. Now they've successfully unloaded every verteran from their team in the last three months. Nolasco is next, then their highest paid player will be making 1.4 million.
"Thank you. I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how music is presented live. Lights in the Sky was probably my favorite live show I've worked on so far. This was a real collaboration between myself, Rob, Roy Bennett, and Moment Factory. We set out to make an experience and I really felt proud to put that on every night. ."
He should feel proud about that show. That shit was amazing.
There were a lot of questionable calls, all of them against the Chiefs. The announcer summed if up at one point with "that call...that was a bad call...I don't agree with that call at all..." in the most depressed voice. The drive that put the Steelers ahead with a few minutes left in regulation (the chiefs were able to tie it afterwards) was kept alive by at least 4 questionable calls.
Not every bad call went against the Chiefs. The first bad call of the night was a phantom holding call against Pittsburgh that negated a 7 yard gain on first down. The announcers never questioned the call, and they never showed a reply, but I re-watched the play 12 times, and there was no holding on the guy they called it on, or any other player. Then they added a 15 yard penalty on top of the bad holding call for "cursing an official." That rule is new to me, and should have been used every other down when the replacements were around. Pittsburgh went from 2nd & 3 at the 30 yard line to 1st & 29 at their 5. The next play was a fumble and the Chiefs had first and goal. I know the refs didn't cause the fumble, but that holding call (plus ref curse) had a huge impact on the game.
There was a holding call on the Chiefs which negated a TD. It wasn't an obvious hold, it didn't have to be called, but it was by definition a hold. The crowd sure didn't like it.
Agreed with Chud, the most unfortunate call was when the Steelers QB clearly threw an incomplete pass on third down, but the refs let the Chiefs pick up the ball and return it for a TD. Then they got a 15 yard team celebration penalty. After reviewing the play, it was obvious it was an incomplete pass, so they reversed the TD, and the Steelers got a first down because of the team celebration penalty. It was really bad the call on the field wasn't initially an incomplete pass, but that's really the Chiefs fault for the group celebration.
By the way, what even constitutes a group celebration? I thought it was more than one person, yet I saw two Chiefs lineman doing a choreographed dance after sacking the QB which included them dancing and kicking each others feet. That's not a group celebration?
There were a few questionable calls near the end of the game, but nothing I thought was too horrid. This game wasn't the reason I mentioned the refs being so shitty lately, it seems to be happening in every game I've watched the last two weeks.