Monthly Archives: February 2005

Seeing Double

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Apparently, there is another Varitek. Meet Jason’s little bro, Justin.

From the Herald, (thanks, Hoo!):

At first glance, it appeared that Varitek had a stunt double on hand but it was only younger, look-a-like brother Justin, who was in uniform for the day. Justin Varitek played three minor league seasons in the Seattle Mariners system and with the independent St. Paul Saints and Berkshire Black Bears before becoming an assistant coach at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla.

“Look alike?” I’d say they’re damn near identical. *Kristen does happy dance*

Good genes in that family.

Per Hoo: “Tek bookends.” Excuse me while my brain explodes.

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Just Say No

This is man-love:

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This is man-love on crack:



Any questions?

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Wide A-Wake

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On a team full of idiots, goofballs, cowboys and cavemen, it’s important not to overlook the guy who’s been there longer than any of them. Bill Mueller is often called “The Professional” but I would argue that title is just as apt for Tim Wakefield.

Boston.com has a good article on Wake today. Of note:

“There’s no question in my mind I can pitch until my mid-40s,” he said, “[but] I’m not going to pitch that long.”

Are you sure?

“No, I’m not sure,” he said, “but I’m positive I can pitch to at least 42. If I sign a two- or three-year extension that would carry me to 42.

“The whole reason I want to pitch longer is I want my son to know what Dad did. I want to share the experience with him.”

Baby Trevor may not be old enough to understand what his daddy does just yet. But he’s got a hell of a legacy to look forward to.

Thanks, Wake. We’ll see you soon.

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Bye, Ty

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According to Boston.com, the Patriots have released Ty Law.

Colleen gon’ be pissed, he was her Patriot baby daddy. First Pedro, now Ty. I say we stop letting Colleen have baby daddies in Boston. All in favor?

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What Might Have Been

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(I love it when you call me Big Papi)

Hoo’s already posted on this but it was sent to me via a coworker (thanks, Bridget) and it had me giggling madly and wiping tears from my eyes.

Title of the thread on NYYFans.com: “Should the Yankees Take a Look at David Ortiz?

Salient (heh) points:

“i think the yankees have enough 1st baseman/dh types…” – KLJ

“Yeah, with the signing of Zeile there’s really no role for Ortiz.” – Mr. Mxylsplk

And perhaps most deliciously: “he’s a fat and he can’t run or field. we have enough DHs. and most importantly, he’s very injury prone, which isn’t a good sign for someone his age. all the guy does is hit home runs. besides that, he’s worthless.” – Trojan Pony

To all of them I say, “NEENER, NEENER!”

Has the season started yet?

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‘Round and Around We Go

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(Like Wheel of Fortune, except without Vanna)

I am not a sports writer. But I do like to spout off unintelligibly about all things sports if given the chance. Even things I may not know too much about. Like basketball. Today was, well, with the trade deadline and all, it was sorta busy. Now let me see if I have this right.

Chris Webber joins Allen Iverson in Philly as the Sixers ship Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson to Sacramento. So now Webber and Iverson make a scary combo and everyone in Boston goes “shit!” while Mer does a happy dance.

Antoine Walker comes back to the Celtics after Danny Ainge essentially went, “Oops, my bad,” (and probably panicked a bit after the whole C-Webb to the Sixers thing). We sent Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta, Michael Stewart and a first round draft pick to the Hawks. So now Pierce and Walker are back together again. Reunited and it feels so good! Reunited and it’s understood…

I guess that makes Jiri Welsch expendable so he goes to the Cavaliers for a 2007 first round draft pick. Maybe he can join Lebron’s posse.

Old friend (or thorn in side) Vin Baker gets packaged with Moochie Norris and ends up in Houston, hanging with Yao.

There were some other names bandied about as well – Nazr Mohammed, Jamison Brewer, Malik Rose, Eduardo Najera, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (and I thought “Mientkiewicz” was difficult), Rodney White, Mike James, Zendon Hamilton, Reece Gaines, Baron Davis, Speedy Claxton (Heh, “Speedy”), Dale Davis, Keith Van Horn (Ooo, I’ve heard of him!), Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth, Jamal Mashburn, Rodney Rogers and Glenn Robinson. But frankly, none of that really affects my team either directly, (like the prodigal son Walker deal) or indirectly, (like the C-Webb business) so it’s all so much alphabet soup to me. Chances are, if you follow a basketball team, someone you know just got traded or acquired or demoted to sweat mop up boy. Sure hope all them kids here in Boston hung on to their Walker jerseys.

I think I’m semi-happy about this. If this truly was Ainge realizing his mistake in trading away Walker in the first place, and doing what it’s in his power to do to make things better, then good. I appreciate that. If it was reactionary to the Sixers C-Webb deal, that’s a little different. Let’s see, let me attempt to put this in terms I can more easily deal with. If the Yankees trade for Randy Johnson and then, ah, no, that won’t work. Um, okay, if the Yankees beat us out to get a Cuban flamethrower, crap. Um, if the Yankees pick up a loud-mouthed shortstop-turned-third baseman after we couldn’t close the deal for him and then he gets into a fight with our catcher and…okay, um, never mind. My point being, reactionary trades aren’t necessarily the best thing. But in this instance, it might work out. I listen to enough WEEI (more than is strictly healthy, I’m guessing), to know that there are plenty of people around these parts who are still pissed that Ainge traded Walker and Tony Delk to the Mavs in the first place. They think he belonged here. They should be happy about this.

As far as downside goes, I wonder about Gary Payton’s influence on the whole thing. I know that when GP first came to Boston, he wasn’t all that happy about it. There was talk of him retiring and leaving the Celts in the lurch but he did the stand up thing, suited up, and played. He became a calming influence to the often exasperated – and exasperating – Paul Pierce, essentially telling him that he was too good to be making the Peyton Manning face when things didn’t go well. Apparently, Payton was also becoming something of a mentor to the 23-year-old Marcus Banks as well. (Also, 23? Yeah, I feel accomplished). And now GP’s gone, leaving that task largely to Pierce. And Walker, I suppose but I have to think it can’t be that easy being an on again, off again kind of guy and attempting to remain influential. I suppose we shall see how it all plays out.

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In other, completely unrelated news, thanks to Netflix and the interminable month after the Super Bowl and before Opening Day, I’ve started watching the ESPN series, “Playmakers.” Partly because I never watched it when it was broadcast originally and it was deemed controversial and I’m usually one that goes, “Ooo, controversy? Let me at it!” Partly because it’s ostensibly about football and me? I like the football. And partly because it read like a season-long advertisement for Under Armour and eye black, both of which do funny things to me and should probably be considered controlled substances when I’m around. So more than a little bit because it is, as Amy would say, “an orgy of man-hot.”

The verdict so far is a resounding, “Eh?” It’s not a bad show. But it’s not a good one either. It is a bit demoralizing in that, aside from linebacker Eric Olczyk (Jason Matthew Smith), the requisite warrior with a heart of gold (#54, coincidence? I think not), there is not a single “player” on the team who isn’t a completely contemptible person. In one locker room – the Everytown Cougars – (I’m assuming “Everytown” as the uniforms are vaguely Lions-esque but there’s never any definitive city given), there are coke heads, wife beaters, criminals, murderers and juice heads. So it’s sort of like the Raiders, only with blue uniforms.

Look, I love football and I’ll watch it in pretty much any form, fictional or otherwise. I’ve even been known to watch arena football when nothing else is on. Hey, sometimes I’m rewarded with shots of Philadelphia Soul partial owner Jon Bon Jovi hanging with Bill Belichick (an unlikely combination if ever there was one). But I suppose that part of being a Patriots fan is expecting all football teams to be the Sunshine Huggy Bunch, a locker room full of good guys who babysit each other’s kids and send Christmas cards to each other’s moms. It’s probably unrealistic to expect that of a fictional team. Especially considering that in the real world, people consider the Patriots “boring.” Of course, by “people,” I mean, “not Patriots fans” and frankly, I don’t much care what not Patriots fans think. But my point is that in a world where Ray Lewis, Bill Romanowski, Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant exist and draw headlines, it’s kind of hard to have a team that doesn’t have a single “thug or criminal” on it. But I think Hollywood can go a bit overboard with their depictions of “real life.” Example: in the episode I’m currently watching, the team’s marquee running back has just stolen morphine pills from a sick kid during a hospital visit, a veteran running back has been arrested for spousal abuse and a wide receiver has just sucker punched a gay man in a bar despite the fact that he, himself is gay. And no, I’m not kidding.

I’m not sure if I’d like this show more or less if it was less over the top, but I’d be interested to find out. It won’t happen since, to the best of my knowledge, ESPN didn’t get good ratings for “Playmakers” and they haven’t re-upped it for another season. But until Opening Day – excuse me, Open-RING Day! – it might take care of my football fix. I said “might.” I’m not going to stop searching absolutebrady.com. And neither should you.

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Kristen vs. the Glass

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(Keith “Hot Lips” Foulke looks much the way I feel)

So apparently Kristen’s hand + sudsy water + drinking glass = pain, suffering and bloodshed. At present, my right hand looks as though I’ve lost a fight with a particularly feisty lawnmower and the blood-soaked towels on my bedroom floor may lead the landlord to believe that someone has met an especially gruesome death. As such, posting something of substance today may be difficult. But I shall try my darndest. In the meantime, should you want to read more about the Great New England Road Trip of Aught Five, check out Amy’s hilarious synopsis. Seriously, this shit makes me laugh and I was there.

Road Trip!
Road Trip: Friday
“What Are You Doing In Portland?”
Negotiable American Currency
The Happiest Place on Earth
IKEA Related Dialogue

Also, Chris Webber to the Sixers, Randy Moss to the Raiders (how apt) and the release of Earthwind Moreland. Discuss. And read some of those fantastic blogs over there to your right. No, over there. Yeah, read ’em. I shall try to be back in fighting form soon.

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