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Yeah, I remember many an evening with my Mom walking up and down the aisles of the video store near her house when I was staying with her (my folks split up when I was little). Sometimes we'd take a chance, sometimes we'd play it safe, sometimes we had no idea what the hell we were taking home with us. And those are nice memories, but, no, I'm not shedding any tears for Blockbuster. For one thing, the last Blockbuster in my town closed about 5 years ago. (Bitchin' going-out-of-business sale, too -- I picked up about 20 DVD's and easily double that many Blu-Rays for about $150) There's pleeeeeeeenty of things "my children" (metaphorically; I'm not going to have any) won't understand about how things used to be when I was a kid, and this is one of them. (Reading physical newspapers is another big one.)
Whatever value Blockbuster had has pretty much been superseded by Netflix and also by Redbox. The obscure foreign film fan niche is quite a niche at that, and I'm not sure who's serving them anymore (though it's probably still Netflix). Time marches on, and the way entertainment is available to be consumed now is objectively better than it was just a few short years ago. At least until Netflix jacks up their prices :)
3 weeks ago on Farewell, Blockbuster: Is there still a place for video stores?
It seems I was reading the wrong list of standings, as Pedro/Bruno actually narrowly edged the Latvians, per http://www.fivb.org/en/BeachVolleyball/viewPressRelease.asp?No=43563&Language=en . I'll leave the article as is, mostly because I'm a lazy arse. But it is still a great season for them (and for both teams).
1 month ago on Picks for FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour seasonal awards
"Halifax, Canada" ? Would you say "Chicago, United States" ?
But anyway, damn that's a scary injury. Best wishes for a quick recovery!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Canada's favorite mascot is injured: Raptor tears Achilles
@Under_Dog_LeftyWow. So much ignorance in so short a time. I'm actually impressed.
3 months, 1 week ago on Peter King's MMQB website won't use the term 'Redskins'
Why is the robot hated?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 is promoting itself with a real version of Cleatus the robot
I went to the Division II NCAA tournament last year, and there were media timeouts at 16, 12, 8, and 4, just like in the Division I matches I saw on TV.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rules changes to improve college basketball
@Jk_Jr1 Apparently because he can't play a defensive position. *shrug*
4 months, 1 week ago on Why are the Seattle Mariners not selling?
I was all set to write-up day five, but there were no web-streams. Very disappointing. It's not even worth writing a quick set, because I didn't see one single point of either final match.
Rosenthal/Dalhausser won gold (21-15, 21-18) and Nicolai/Lupo won bronze (21-16, 21-13)
4 months, 1 week ago on FIVB World Tour Long Beach, Day Four
As far as Montero, he can rot in hell (or Tacoma....they do smell about the same) for all I care. He will not have a place on the Mariners gifted to him at any point. He will have to prove he's better than someone else to take it, and that's not a likely proposition. Of course if it does end up happening, great! Because the club will be improved further.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Why are the Seattle Mariners not selling?
@joelucia Maybe you haven't heard, but they've got this thing now where you're allowed to hit without playing a defensive position. Madness, I know. Morales' true market value with his bat, based on WAR, is something like $10-11 million. Those extra few dollars (couch change in ML budgets, you well know) are worth the leverage the Mariners get from extending the QO. If he takes it, great, they get their second-best hitter from this season back for at least one more (he's not gonna fall to pieces between now and April 2014). If he doesn't take it, also great, bonus draft picks.
Ibanez was exigent circumstances and the need to keep that bat in the lineup. He won't be back next year except GIANT MAYBE on something like $1 million guaranteed with heavy incentives. You'll get no defence of the Morse situation from me (from the trade to the keeping him in the lineup when he was obviously injured), but what trade value do you honestly think he has now? Correct me if I'm wrong, but being that he's on the DL, aren't the Mariners actually forbidden to trade him? Even presuming he's eligible to be traded, there's just no market for him. You'd get nothing. You'd get a 25 year old single-A right-hander.
And, really dude? A half decade of crap is coming because the Mariners aren't going to trade Aaron Harang? Have you noticed the young talent the club have got right now? The infield is looking pret-ty sweet (and pretty set for the next several years). No such prospects for the future existed in '07 or '09. The club are immensely better off than they were in either of those years. You're right in the sense that it makes no difference to the playoff fortunes of the 2013 Mariners whether the #5 starter is Aaron Harang or someone like Brandon Maurer, but, quite frankly, so what? Harang was acquired for almost nothing (a 26 year old right hander who had only just cracked AAA and was not on the 40-man roster) and would fetch pretty much the same if shopped now. So what's the harm in keeping him? Why not let the young guys win a couple additional games this year? You and I may not see any difference between 76 wins and 78, but I bet they do.
I disagree that Morales can't possibly be part of the long-term future for the M's. He just turned 30 this year. He'll have another two or three years like this one in him, and possibly more than that. I definitely disagree that he's not worth a qualifying offer. If his "true" market value is something like $11 million and the qualifying offer is $14 million, the advantages extending it affords the Mariners offset any discrepancy (plus let's all split hairs about how many millions someone is making).
Honestly, there's just not much for the Mariners to sell, in a combination of wanting to hold on to pieces for next year and not having much of interest TO sell. What trade value does Mike Morse have right now? Almost none. I'd expect Oliver Perez and Brendan Ryan will be dealt, and likely also Joe Saunders. Beyond that, it's gonna take someone coming to Jack for a deal to be made. I don't think that's the crime that evidently this author does.
No no no no, this is not a case of "she throws like a girl." That's an odious insult to girls everywhere!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Carly Rae Jepsen throws out a dreadful first pitch
Pretty easy decision to make. This guy has his fans and his VIRULENT detractors. One equals ratings, the other equals buzz. The story writes itself, and this is not the first time he's gone back to an ex-employer. May not be the last, either.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Get ready for the August debut of "Olbermann"
And now they've confirmed that they'll play some events together later this season in order to prepare for their 2014 partnership/eventual Rio run....but sweet jesus am I sick of hearing about this. Get on the damn court, then I'll give you some more coverage, Kerri. Not before.
5 months, 1 week ago on Quick set: Plot twist!
Wells' curve was pretty bitchin'.
5 months, 1 week ago on Dugout Digest - WARNING: hitters are pitching!
@CollegeWolf ? I totally replied to you once already.
Well, I'll do it again. Thanks for commenting and I hope you'll be a regular reader. I'm very excited to be a member of the Bloguin network, as I've said. Nobody covers volleyball in the scope that I do (which is also kinda why I want a partner!) so I'm very happy to be part of something bigger than myself.
Pass the link along to your friends! I'm anxiously waiting until I'm listed in the Blog Roster dropdown.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Unpacking the boxes
@nyrnyg17 You're damn right I don't understand why this garbage is in any way tolerated.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Preventing future ugly brawls
Slaps on the wrist. This garbage should get equal or worse penalties to doping offences. At least doping only puts the athlete himself in potential physical danger. Obviously that's not the case here.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Eight suspended in brawl aftermath including Ian Kennedy for ten games
@nyrnyg17 @monkeywithahalo How in the name of Cthulu does injuring someone, potentially severely, "protect" a different person or group of people?
I just have to wonder just a little bit why the perception seems to be that there's this 'tradition' of fisticuffs in baseball (to say //nothing// of hockey), but if it happens in football or basketball we're aghast. Shouldn't we be aghast when it happens in baseball? It's the least inherently physical of the four.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Preventing future ugly brawls