Posted on: March 30, 2009 6:44 pm

On to Motown

I'd like to thank my beloved Michigan State Spartans for blowing up my NCAA Tournament brackets.  To be honest, I was not doing that well to begin with, but the Spartans' dismantling of the overall Number One seed ended any chance I had of winning my wager back.  I'll gladly take the trade.

MSU did more than beat Louisville.  They embarrassed them.  Rick Pitino's shocked look as the Spartan bench was emptied said it all.  In East Lansing, there was much rejoicing. 

For my Spartans, the Wildcats, the Huskies, and the Tarheels, welcome to Motown.  There's lots to do when you're not practicing.  In the meantime, listen to Sam Roberts sing about Detroit in 1967.


Posted on: March 9, 2009 4:52 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2009 5:01 pm

Drafting Over Your Head

Two down and two to go.  Last night I completed what was quite possibly my worst baseball draft in a couple years.  I would love to blame the booze, but I came into this one sober. I was simply outclassed.

Clear of mind and focused on the task at hand, I sequestered myself to the man cave.  Armed with Red Bull (OK, more than just a splash of vodka), my notes, projections, and the USA baseball on the TV for motivation, I drafted like a tequila-fueled Jim Bowden after a night at a Dominican den of iniquity  . My fellow league owners were one step ahead of me at nearly every turn.  I became annoyed, angry, and ultimately, exhausted.  At least I think I learned something.

1.  Your next pick WILL get taken.   If you are playing against a quality opponent, they will be on their game. Chances are they have been reviewing similar if not the identical resources you have.  You might even be friendly with them and god forbid, you might have even discussed strategy.  In other words, Ricky Nolasco is not a sleeper

2.  Don't get flustered. Everyone else is changing their plans too.  Just because your next stealth pick was taken is not justification for you to reach for your deep sleeper at that position.  Have your plan B for every pick.

3.  The pre-determined rankings are crap.  I appreciate CBS offering the mock drafts.  They are great practice.  But they are not the Elias Sports Bureau.  You won't be drating against "ilikemudkipz" in two weeks.  Just because he and a cadre of others think Big Papi is a second round draft pick does not make it so.

4.  That next drink, while tempting, will inevitably lead to at least one bad decision.  Hey, you learned this while barfing on Max's shoes in 1984...

Time to toughen up.  Learn from my mistakes and hide the booze.  Who am I kidding?  Can I have a refill?

While the waitress is getting the next round, give a listen to some Death Cab for Cutie.




Posted on: February 16, 2009 9:03 pm

Pitchers, Catchers, and Music to Bide My Time

When I was a kid, I would make a point of listening to the first preseason Tigers game.  Before the first pitch, Ernie Harwell would recite the Song of the Turtle.  To me, I knew that spring was at hand and my beloved baseball was being played. Here we are in the third week of February, Ernie would be (and likely still is) talking with the players, getting ready for the new season.

Nine days until the first pitch.  Nine days until baseball...

In the meantime, I run the roads listening to XM.  Fiction Family popped up on my radar a couple weeks ago.  Comprised of a couple guys who play multiple instruments, their debut single can best be described as an ear worm. Give a listen.

Posted on: February 9, 2009 9:43 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 1:15 pm

To Occupy My Time Before Spring Training

I spend far too much time in the car driving to and from work.  Ah, the joys of living in metro Detroit...  Through the magic of XM Radio, I've been exposed to some excellent music this year.  One of the tunes that has been rattling through the cavern of my melon is James Morrison's "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You."  Give it a listen .

I've always wondered how Great Britain can produce so many soulful white guys...

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