September 13, 2006

My favorite thing to complain about the past month

Not that this is a new revelation or anything, but isn?t it ridiculous that a pitcher who blows a five-run ninth-inning lead doesn?t get a blown save, while a guy who comes in with the bases loaded, no outs and a 7-6 lead, and gives up only a sac fly, gets a blown save?

While I understand why pitchers can?t create their own save situations, shouldn?t they be able to create their own blown save situations? Failing to hold onto a five-run lead is a lot worse than allowing a game-tying sac fly with the bases loaded. Why should the pitcher who pitches well suffer, while the other guy avoids the blemish on his record (although his ERA suffers tremendously)?

Just another instance of how dumb stats like saves and holds can be.

Worst fantasy move of the month

Leaving Hideki Matsui on my bench last night for his return, then watching him go 4-for-4. I read in the paper yesterday morning that he would be back, yet forgot to pull Pat Burrell and his .050 average (the past 10 days) out of my lineup. Normally, moves like this don?t matter in September since I am 47 points out of first, but this year I actually have a chance to win my first legitimate league in nine seasons.

Most annoying part of the opening weekend of football

I?m in Dallas for the weekend and watching the Chiefs-Bengals game at my relatives? house. Since they don?t have the NFL package, I have no way of switching to close games such as the Pats-Bills, Saints-Browns, Seahawks-Lions or Jets-Titans. When the KC-CIN game finally decides to end, CBS switches to the end of the Jets-Titans game, where a rejuvenated Kerry Collins (well sort of) is driving Tennessee down the field with a minute to go, trailing 23-16. But then, only a few minutes after the game comes on, James Brown appears to tell us that due to contractual obligations, CBS can no longer show the game.

This I understand. Since the Dallas game had started on FOX, another game can?t be shown opposite it on another channel it the local market. I don?t love this rule, but it?s been around longer than I have, so I?m used to it.

What makes the whole thing ridiculous is that CBS shows Brown for the next three minutes watching the game on a monitor to his right, and calling the plays for us. About five seconds after each play, CBS shows us a replay of the play Brown just called.

If networks are allowed to do this, why not just show us the end of the game? Most people are still not going to change the channel when it is 3rd and 6 from the eight yard line with 43 seconds to play, if someone is telling them what is going on in the game and they can see the replay a few seconds later.

Seems like a lot of trouble to go through just to abide by an old rule that should probably be altered anyway, since many people have DirecTV nowadays (outside of NYC that is) or are watching in sports bars, where they can see every game out of their local market.

Final thought

Had my 32nd birthday last week, not something to get very excited about.

When you turn anywhere from ages 1-12, every birthday is enjoyable. You get tons of great presents, have a party where everyone has to cater to you the entire time, and usually you can get away with doing just about anything — without getting punished or yelled at.

As you get older, the presents begin to disappear, but at least you earn the ability to do some important things – work legally, drive, vote, drink, etc.

But once you pass 21, the excitement pretty much stops. Sure you can begin to rent cars without paying ridiculous fees at age 25, but for the most part the whole birthday thing begins to lose its luster.

Despite all of our great technology, most people will forget your birthday unless you remind them that it’s coming. You usually wind up organizing your own party, dinner, drinks or whatever you decide to have. You don?t want people to buy you anything because most of the time you know that you?ll have to fake like you are excited when the present is usually just OK at best.

As I look at it, there’s not much left to look forward to on your actual birthday once you pass 25:

35 years old: You can run for president
40 years old: Someone will attempt to throw you a surprise party, which you’ll enjoy, but you?ll also know the entire time that your midlife crisis will begin the following morning
50 years old: Another potential surprise party, but you’re so miserable that you’re actually 50, you have trouble enjoying it.
55 years old: You start qualifying for senior discounts
57 years old: Even though you can barely throw a ball more than 24 miles per hour, you keep telling yourself that Satchel Paige pitched when he was your age, so you can?t be that old yet.
65 years old: You can retire and do nothing the rest of your life (assuming you planned right), although if Medicare and Social Security disappear by 2039, this may not be that easy.
100 years old: Willard Scott says your name during the Today Show, although you can’t hear it or see it, so it doesn?t matter much anyway.

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