Saturday, March 31, 2007

Who Is This Guy? Why Does It Matter?






The greatest individual athletic achievement I ever witnessed in my life was Mark Spitz winning seven Gold Medals at the 1972 Olympic Games. It wasn't always thus but as I grow older I realized a few simple facts. We compete to gauge our ability. The ultimate gauge of ability is to accomplish victory, as defined by the parameters and rules of the event, and to accomplish that victory against the very best in your chosen endeavor.
Back story; Spitz was humiliated at the 68 games in Mexico City after he brashly predicted 6 gold medals yet won no individual events and only two relay gold medals. Spitz enrolled at Indiana University and recommitted himself to training and became a machine in the pool.

Result; Spitz won seven gold medals in Munich, he set world records in every single event. This was the first Olympics I ever watched and at that time (I had never even been in a pool before) I couldn't fathom what I witnessed. I had no context in which to place it. Years of watching Olympics and watching Bud Greenspan Docudramas have lead me to the conclusion that what I witnessed that year was more then remarkable, it was breathtaking.

The young man above is Michael Phelps, he is from Baltimore MD and he is pretty talented. Remember that name, he may be the story of the upcoming Chinese Olympic Games. The past two weeks Phelps has stood the Swimming World Championships on it's head.
Phelps's won seven Gold Medals (a record, breaking Australian Ian Thorpe's six) and broke three world records.
Phelps could have garnered even more heavy metal, but in last nights (Australian time) qualifying heats the Americans were disqualified during the men's 4x100m medley relay.

The results may be pumped up a bit because the Chinese don't send their best swimmers to World Championship events, their HGH cycle is meticulously set for the Olympics so they can't take the chance, but what Phelps achieved still easily makes him the favorite for the Sullivan Award as the amateur athlete of the year.
What Phelps has accomplished this year, 35 years after Mark Spitz's brilliant games, only magnifies how truly amazing Mark Spitz really was. I will never see another as great as Spitz and I feel sad for those who did not get to see him. Sadly, the brutality of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered 11 innocent Men and Women are what will always be remembered about those Munich games, but what should be remembered is Spitz's excellence and ultimate achievement of his athletic goal.

I used to argue with anyone who cared that Eric Heiden was the greatest individual athlete I ever saw, then I revisited my past and realized that I was wrong. Jesse Owens was great, Jackie Joyner Kersee was great, Carl Lewis was great, but only Mark Spitz and Eric Heiden can know what true perfection is. To win every event you are entered in and beat every human being on the planet at that event is a once in a lifetime moment. These men did it and I witnessed it.

Don't miss the China Olympics, your chance at watching this unfold may come true in the form of Michael Phelps.


I Came Across This Logo Last Night, How About A Vote On This Bar Posting It

While scouring the world wide web last night looking for logo's for the teams in the final four I came across this gem:

This was the logo prior to the PC police running rampant on Marquette's campus. The logo that the head honcho has on the site is o.k. but it's the later logo that was used as a compromise to stave off those PC eedjits of that time. This is the logo that Marquette used in the early days when they were becoming a nationally recognized collegiate basketball power.
I say put it to a vote. Which logo would the patrons of this bar rather see on the side bar?

New School VS. Old School









The web site I found these on is here. One other thing, I found this oldie but goodie on the site as well:
Apparently, judging by this version, us Wisconsinites fish, hunt, ski and snowshoe. Close but where is the beer bottle?
NOTE: The old Warrior logo is kind of grainy so maybe one of you photoshop experts could spend an afternoon away from the bar and clean it up a bit.


They should trade his useless ass to Seattle

That is about as far away from Arlington as you can get right and still be in MLB. Who am I talking about Shrek of course Mench is bitching about the platoon again Hat tip to Battlekow over at BCB

I am sorry Mench as stunk on ice since he got here, he has stated on Homers show on ESPN1510 he played bad last year because he missed his dog which he had to leave in Texas. Fuck him he wants to go back to the Rangers the Brewers should trade him to Seattle or to Tampa. I know Tampa is not that far from Texas but he would enjoy sitting on the bench even on that team I doubt he could crack the starting line up.

They need to get rid of the bald cancer so he is not poisoning the atmosphere in the club house. We as fans do not want to hear a baby making almost 4 million a year bitch he isnt getting enough playing time before the season has even started.

Trade the Dumb Ass

Hurray Beer
Chris

Whiling Away The Time

Flicking through the hundreds of cable stations available to a couch potato in this modern world I found a Major Indoor Soccer League game on the VS network.
Milwaukee is taking on California and winning 5-0 in the second period.
Milwaukee has to have a win to achieve the play-offs, and extend their post season appearance string to 14 years, the longest of any current pro league in the U.S.

It's a pretty good way to pass the hour before the college HoopsLa begins.
Pretty fast paced and enough scoring as to keep a soul from napping. I like it, but then again I'd watch my G'ma square off against the neighbor in a laundry folding contest. I'd even put money on it.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Previews the Brewers

Thesis: The Brewers are the class of the Central Division. Their starting rotation is the deepest, they have young stars at short, second and first, steady veterans on the bench, outfielders who will hit for power and average, quality behind the plate and two all-star closers in the bullpen. How can they lose? They'll win 95 games, beat the Phillies in the first round, the Dodgers in the final round and the Yankees in the Series. Retribution for 1958 will be ours and we will spit on your pin-striped graves. Lots o' people will get drunk.

Antithesis: The Brewers are a team of losers from a town of losers from an overtaxed state of losers, all of whom are too stupid to move to North Carolina or Florida. Ben "Three" Sheets will last a month, maybe two, when he will again tear something, break something or catch something which will keep him in permanent rehab mode. Again. A star at shortstop? In high school maybe. What has Hardy done on the major league level to make anyone think he can be a star? I'll admit you can afford one no-hit good-glove infielder (see Mark Belanger) on a good team but I notice you skipped third base, a traditional RBI position. Tony Crapanino or "Bat Boy" Counsell? Have you noticed that these guys weren't that good when they were younger and better? Rickie's Weak in the field. He lets more between his legs than a French call-girl. Then there's the Fresh Prince: all the range of the Statue of Liberty in the field and 250 strikeouts waiting to happen. Don't get me started on Mr. Future Massive Stroke's weight. The outfield? Don't make me laugh. "Wiffer" Jenkins on one side and Corey "Maybe I Shouldn't Wear These Sunglasses at Bat" Hart on the other side? Gah. Catcher? Better hope nobody gets on first against Estrada, because they won't stop running until they're back in the dugout. Suppan? Did you notice that the Cardinals, who win every year, didn't want him back? That was a clue, you might want to get one. The bench is full of old, used-up losers and the relievers have never even seen the strike zone. Hellllo! 79 wins and they might, I say might, beat out the Pirates for last. Cub fans will come to town, give us all swirllies, make us cry and take whatever good-looking women that are left back home to Northbrook. The Cards will win the division with 92 wins because they play 150 home games. Lots o' people will get drunk.

Synthesis: The Brewers only won 27 games on the road last year. To have any success they have to even that out. They have to avoid their annual pitching injuries. On the other hand, they seem to me to have a lot more quality pitching depth on the minor league level than any time in the past. I see Jenkins having a better year, Hall a worse one. Hopefully, they even out. Weeks has got to raise his defense to average, otherwise he'll give up more than he can produce with his bat. I like Estrada's offense, I feel sorry for Miller and Rivera but we need some offense to make up for what we're not going to get at third. I think it's going to be a fun summer. I always think the Cards are going to win because I'll admit that I'm a closet fan. A game in St. Louis is as close to a Badger football game as there is in baseball. I look at the Cardinals this year and there is absolutely no way they should win this year. No way. So I suspect it will come down to the very end between the Cards and the Brewers. The two teams have a series at Miller Park the last week in September. Get your tickets now. The Brewers will add 15 games to the win column. Like last year, that should be enough to win the division. Lots o' people will get drunk.

P.S. Unlike my fellow bartenders, I'm only doing the minimum required work to meet the assignment. It's like we always said when I worked for the government, "It's the least we can do."

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My Fearless Predictions.....or is that Fearful

American League

East
1. New York
2. Boston (WC)
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tampa Bay

Central
1. Minnesota
2. Detroit
3. Cleveland
4. Chicago
5. KC

West
1. California
2. Oakland
3. Seattle
4. Texas

National League

East
1. New York
2. Philadelphia
3. Atlanta
4. Florida
5. University Wisconsin-Milwaukee
6. Rockford Peaches
7. Perkins School of the Blind
8. Washington

Central
1. Saint Louis
2. Milwaukee(WC)
3. Houston
4. Chicago
5. Cincinnati
6. Pittsburgh

West
1. Los Angeles
2. San Diego
3. Arizona
4. San Fransisco
5. Colorado

The AL Wild Card goes easily to Boston after the 3-way race for the spot with Detroit and Cleveland fizzles in mid-September (ESPN is very disappointed they don't have to cut to everyone of Big Papi's ab's).

The NL Wild Card race is a thriller (cue Michael Jackson) coming down to the final weekend between the Crew and San Diego. The Crew comes into the final 4 game series against the Padres down by a game. As I attend every game and kill lots of brain cells (possibly some streaking down Water St) the Crew wins 3 of the 4 and takes the Wild Card by a game, winning 88 games in total.

ALCS: New York vs Boston
NLCS: New York vs Los Angeles
World Series: New York vs New York

World Series Champion: New York

Benjamin

Finally he does a post without pictures of Miller Park aka my picks for the 07 baseball season in all their glory

Wow that is the longest title to anything since Pink Floyd titled a song "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict."Side two, track 6 of Ummagumma. Why do I picture the younger members of our merry band scratching their heads going what the hell does he mean by "Side Two" You used to flip the album over kids trust me on that one.

Well since everyone else has done every division I will be forced to do that also overachieving bastards. ;)

American League

AL East
1. The Evil Empire(Yankees)
2. The other Evil Empire(Red Soxs)
3. Tampa Bay
4. Toronto
5. Baltimore
AL Central
1. Cleveland
2. Detroit(Wild Card)
3. Minnesota
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Kansas City
AL West
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County in the State of California.
2. Texas
3. Oakland
4. Seattle

The National League

The NL East
1. The NL version of the Evil Empire(Mets)
2. Philadelphia
3. Atlanta
4. Florida
5. Montreal oops I mean Washington DC.

NL Central
1. St Louis
2. Milwaukee(Wild Card with 87 wins)
3. Reds
4. Chicago
5. Houston
6. Pittsburgh

NL West
1. LA's real team the Dodgers
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
4. Arizona
5. Colorado

Ok I know I am going to get my balls busted for not saying they will win the division I just have a hard time believing they will go from 20 plus years out of the playoffs to winning the division. I hope I am wrong but I think they will win the wild card and end the winning season drought. If the middle relief pitching was stronger I would pick them to win the division

I think they will lose to the Dodgers in the NLCS.

Dodgers beat Cleveland in 6 to give the National league 2 World Series wins in a row.

I have no rhyme or reason for my picks just what my gut tells me.

Hurray Beer and tell me you would not take a winning season and the wild card slot.
Chris

Superman vs. The Mad Scientist

Superman vs. The Mad Scientist Pre World War 2



I am kind of stuck on these old 1930's cartoons at the moment

Happy Saturday
Chris

Friday, March 30, 2007

My Dog, Who Chews Gum, Ate My Gum Soaked Homework









March Madness is now, I know, I know, I have homework to do (instructions of the cheap bastard that won't give me a raise and runs this Gin Joint) and I'll get to that. This little sporting event happens first so I'm going to gander a guess at this happening.
G-Town-OSU
I have the good fortune of being located in a Big East market that happens to pick up a channel dedicated to D.C. sports. Bad for Baseball (Nationals) good for college basketball. The team I have watched the most games of this year is G-Town. Being a Big-Ten guy and hater of all things OSU I have watched them quite a bit as well, just not as much as I've watched G-Town.
Hibbert is slow of foot and if OSU makes a concerted effort to feed Oden he will foul out Hibbert early in the second half. I'd say at the 8 minute mark or so. That won't matter. G-Town plays stifling D. People perceive G-Town as being slow because Hibbert moves slow and Green makes everything look easy so it seems he's moving slow, they are not. If OSU falls into that trap they will lose. G-Town guards will blow by you just like Marquette (gratuitous Warriors mention), they just do it late in the clock and without panic. G-Town is experienced and does not panic when the clock gets late. G-Town is a team that plays alot like Wisconsin (balancing the ledger) I expect Green and Wallace to have good games. OSU has played against cutting edge offenses like G-Town's Princeton back cut scheme so they will adjust like they did against Bo Ryans high post offense. That adjustment on D will make the difference. I may get fired from this flea bag bar for this, but I predict OSU-69 G-Town-63.








UCLA-Florida

UCLA has the revenge thing going for them. Florida has the "better then three NBA teams" thing going for them. I watched three of Florida's losses late in the year, Vandy, LSU and Bruce Pearls Tennessee as well as their early season loss to Kansas (which is why my disastrous bracket had Kansas to win it all). The one common denominator in all three losses was Florida couldn't hit threes. Common wisdom holds that you build inside out, establishing your inside game and that opens up your threes. Not Billy Donovan. He starts outside and then gets his big men off. They flipped that script last week vs Oregon and have done so the last two games. That was Donovan's surprise to the world.

Ben Howland is a terrific coach and he learned from last years loss to Donovan, so any surprises won't work this year. Darren Collison is a much better point guard then Jordan Farmar was last year. Josh Shipp will make Corey Brewer an afterthought. Arron Afflalo needs to outscore Lee Humphrey by 20 for UCLA to have a chance. Florida will rotate to take Afflalo out of his game. If Afflalo panics and starts throwing up junk Florida will build a double digit lead that UCLA won't be able to overcome. Afflalo has to keep UCLA close the entire way, he may get help from Collison, which is why Collison is better then Farmar, he can score. None of that will matter. Horford and Noah will be the difference this year. UCLA has improved over last year at three positions. Unfortunately for UCLA they have the same two players down low. Mata and Mbah a Moute are the same players they were last year. Horford gets off and Noah plays well which leads Florida to a V. No surprise here, since I picked Florida to eliminate Bucky. I predict Florida-84 UCLA-78.

Back On The Rant Wagon

For the first time ever I took time out of my busy life to actually listen to one of My Cunts "Monologues". It's a terrible risk. I know going in that I shall never get that time back but worse I may lose brain cells that I possess so precious few of.
This sacrifice is mine so you don't have to.
Note: I didn't post it, but linked instead, this was due to my lack of technical know how and lack of faith in what the eedjit said.

First part was o.k. he compared the "57" Braves with the "82" Brewers. He picks the Braves 4-1 but you can listen for some pretty good make believe stats that he pulled out of his prominent posterior.

Second blurb was idiocy at it's best. Global warming. He begins by stating that he does not want to make it political and immediately in the next utterance out of his monstrous mouth he makes it political. Why this wind bag would even touch this topic is purely political and posturing himself as a thinker. Come on, the sports pages are the toy box. If he wants to come off as a "thinker" he should have applied for a job in the "make believe" section of the Urinal Mental like the rest of it's reporters.
MyCunt ponders the folly of Milwaukee paying for a retractable roof at a cost of 65 mil over the Twinkies paying for an open air stadium. He then pulls out of his ample ass a prediction of Minnesota playing games in April in the open air in twenty years while Milwaukee laments it's decision. What a tub of guts this guy is. Even Algore doesn't predict 20 degree temp swings, which is what it would take for his dream to come true.

He finally finishes up by banging the Randy Moss drum one more time for good measure. He thinks a deal will get done. Added to that is MyCunts theory that the Bucks are tanking games to get a better pick. It's a lottery dolt, they are in it. One or two ping pong balls aren't going to make a whit of difference. We get 1-4, that's it, Oden, Durant, or a plug in piece.

My head hurts and I think I'm suffering from internal bleeding form broken blood vessels in my head. I have had four wisdom teeth pulled by Army dentists, I have had a vasectomy, I've even had major surgery twice on my ankle and knee and nothing has left me in pain like the pontifications of this gas bag.
It's for the kids, I do it for the kids. I'm going to lay in the shower in the fetal position until the water turns cold.

Asok Predictions

AL East
Boston
New York
Toronto
Tampa Bay
Baltimore

AL Central
Indians
Detroit
White Sox
Minnesota
Kansas City

AL West
Angels
Oakland
Seattle
Texas

NL East
Phillies
Mets
Atlanta
Florida
Washington

NL Central
Milwaukee - 90 Ws
Chicago
St. Louis
Houston
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh

NL West
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Giants

Wildcards - NYY, Mets
World Series - Boston - Mets

Mets Win because Buckner lets a slow roller slip between his legs.

Brewer's NL Prediction

1. Brewers 91-71
2. Cards 91-71 (Brewer's win tie breaker game)
3. Houston 86-76
4. Cin Cin 81-81
5. Cubbies 80-82
6. Pitty Pirates 62-100

My prediction was pulled out of my rump as requested by the head bar tender. I have no research to back it up other than what little I have seen about our rotation and offense. Our bullpen scares the snot out of me.

You also might be able to switch Houston and St. Louie...

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ESK's Always Brilliant and Flawless Predictions Sure to Put Paul to Shame

I'm doing this off the top of my head, so if there is some ridiculous error or something feel free to point and laugh in the comments.

AL East
New York
Boston
Toronto
Tampa Bay
Baltimore

AL Central
Indians
White Sox
Minnesota
Detroit
Kansas City

AL West

Angels
Seattle
Texas
Oakland

NL East
NY Mets
Philly
Atlanta
Florida
Washington

NL Central
Milwaukee (YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!!!!!)
Houston
St. Louis
Cincinnati
Chicago
Pittsburgh

NL West
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Giants
Padres
Rockies

Wild Card: Red Sox, Phillies

World Series: Mets v. Angels, Mets in 5

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I love these pictures

One thing they do at Miller Park which I love is on both the Club level and in the hall way to the suites on the Field level, they have these large framed photos of old and current MLB parks. I am told we have Wendy Selig to thank for this.


An example of the pictures on the Field level.

On the club level they have a shot of the famed "Polo Grounds" in the City(NYC). The History Channel geek in me just loves those pictures of the old parks.

Plus you can walk down the hallway playing "Need it, Got it" lol

Hurray Beer and the History of our game.
Chris

The Midwest Express Suite

Fear not if you are getting tired of these photo montages I am almost out of pictures ;)

This is the Midwest Airline Suite which is on the Field level what makes this suite so neat is they have put their own little touch on the box.

As you can see they have replaced one of the two rows of outside seats with leather airline seats just like the ones they use on their planes(unless you get stuck on a signature flight which is like flying fed ex, but that is what every airline is like now days "Damn you SouthWest Airlines, but I digress)
They even have a pair of leather airline seats inside.
I had never been in a field level suite they are larger than the suites on the club level. I wonder what the sight lines are like for a game its hard to tell when the park is empty. Still nice digs.

Hurray Beer and the best care in the air(flying them to Tampa in June Frak ATA lol)
Chris

Dan Kolb: Not Turning It Around Brewers: Different Story

Kolb has been released...from the PIRATES!!!



The ball club is ahead of last years ticket sales pace.



I think I got HDTV at exactly the right time. Discovery's Planet Earth...ARE YOU KIDDING ME. That show is the greatest thing ever. I was only able to watch a few minutes of it last night but holy hell...amazing stuff right there.



There is an interesting discussion about the value of an NFL draft pick going on at pro-football-reference.com. A couple of economists studied some stats, as economists are wont to do, and came up with this:



Massey and Thaler are not claiming that the players available at #30
will turn out to be better than those available at #1. They are instead
claiming that the players available at #30 will likely turn out to be
only a little worse than those available at #1, but that they will cost
a lot less.



My flight is at 5:30 tonight. I will be in Heaven (Judges Irish Pub) by 9 or so. God I can't wait to be back in Milwaukee.

















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Homework assignment for all the Bartenders

Sometime this weekend please do a post with your picks for the NL Central and how many games the Crew will win this season.

It does not need to be a Homer like Epic just a quick and dirty post with your picks.

If you want to do more great but remember as I used to say in college

"If it was not passing they would not have established bare minimums"

Hurray Beer
Chris

Badger Women team to play for WNIT Championship

I know it is only the WNIT but the Badger Woman have the honor of being the last Wisconsin Basketball team to be playing this season. They will play tomorrow at 2pm against Wyoming out in Laramie. Our Madison readers can actually watch this on something called My Madison TV. Must be a local access station in the Dane County area.

This is a nice building block for a Womans team that has been in the shadow of the mens team. Remember when we were all geeked about the Mens team making the NIT for the first time in a long while. It is what it is a stepping stone to better things in the future.

The write up on the semi final game they won from UW Badgers.com

On Wisconsin and good luck to the Womans team.
Chris

The NIT Champs

Are a bunch of...well, read for yourself.

Heh.

The Party Suites 1957 & 1982

On to the two "party suites" that are found on the club level down the right field line. Each is about the size of two normal suites I swear one of these suites includes the area that Jeffery Hammonds suite was lol. As you can see from the photos one of the suites is done up in a 57 Milwaukee Braves theme and the other celebrates the 1982 team. I believe these suites were created last year so this will be there second season. Once again I would love to see a game from one of these.












Hurray Beer and the finer things in life.
Chris

Why Brett Farve Returned

I have a picture of Brett Farve and it explains why he returned for one more season in uniform...




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Mixed Results For Milwaukee: WSJ Culls Web Predictions

Quite a list of, um, luminaries has been gathered to do predictions for the WSJ online this year. How do these brilliant baseball minds see the Brewers finishing?  Not so great.

Only one, Will Leitch, picked the Brewers to win the division. Everyone except the Pirates actually gets picked (yeah, how the hell do three guys pick the Reds? Anyone remember how Arroyo did in the second half of the season...not good). One thing sort of stood out at me though.  Jason Fry drops this quote: "Teams in other divisions should be allowed to forfeit 10 wins for a Sept. 1 transfer to the NL Central."

Then later on picks the Cardinals to win the Wild Card. How exactly do these two wash? If the NL central is so extremely terrible that the division winner will be 10 games worse than the second best team in any other division, how exactly do they get the Wild Card? That's just dumb.The Brewers get one more shot, as they are picked once to be the NL wild card. Interestingly, Sheeter gets 3 picks for Cy Young, I'm not sure I'm all aboard that train.



One thing they don't pick, Manager of the Year, I definitely think Yost is a front runner for this honor.







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This Friday Sweet Dreams are made of Shannon Elizabeth

This Friday Sweet Dreams are made of former actress current professional poker player Shannon Elizabeth.












Happy Friday
Chris

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Home of the 4 blind mice

Now the Umpires digs which are actually pretty nice. Mike pointed out to me something that we both found very funny. Take a look at what is at the bottom of the sign that says Umpire room under the numbers......



It is in Braille how funny is that


Not bad digs
My wife spotted all those bobble heads right away.
The umps taste in TV leaves a bit to be desired lol

Hurray Beer and dudes who have to stand for the whole game.

Chris

On to the Miller Park Locker room

Next on our tour of Miller Park is the Home Locker room and the players dining area.

The locker room was not in full season form yet actually if I had come next week I would not have been able to go into those areas. As you can see once again these are not your fathers baseball lockers I understand this is a huge improvement over the Old Grey Lady. Tv's every where you look. The most of the lockers did not have names on them yet. The one with a name plate is Ukes. Most of these photos explain themselves so I wont bother with captions the bottom three are the players dining area which is smaller than I would have thought.













Hurray Beer
Chris

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