what, did he text this article into his editors by phone?  


A man who was recently dubbed the most accurate kicker in NFL history is now unemployeed. Sources have told FOXSports.com has learned that the Dallas Cowboys have cut kicker Mike Vanderjagt and will sign Martin Gramatica.

Vanderjagt has been very inconsistent this year and an inconsistent kicker and Bill Parcells are like oil and water.

With the Colts, Vanderjagt was near automatic but suffered interpersonal problems after he ripped P.M. on TV only to have Manning fire back and call him "liquored-up idiot kicker."

me: PM?!?!?!?

But what was more interesting was an exchange that wasn't published. BDD asked Hendry if the Cubs will try and initiate a philosophical change in trying to get guys on base since they were 28th in the league in runs scored and 29th in OBP or perhaps sign some free agents who have historically had higher on base percentages (maybe Carlos Lee or J.D. Drew?) or even bring in a new hitting coach to alter the mindset of the approach at the plate. Hendry responded with the following:

"Well we'd like to get guys who can get on base, but our trouble was knocking guys in. We finished 4th or 5th in the league in hitting so we did manage to get guys on base. You can get all the guys on base that you want, but you have to knock them in."

Q: Are you going to do something about the fact that you were last in oranges last year?
A: well, we had a decent amount of apples, so, we had a lot of oranges.

Seriously, this is willfull ignorance. On base percentage measures the percentage of time that your players get on base. To ignore that percentage and in fact refute it by giving one example of how you got on base is just mindblowing.


Ok, it wasn't THAT shocking, but I was reading an article in Spin about Americans using music to torture people in Guantanamo Bay, and I was already mentally preparing my email to Steve. I don't know why, but the fact that they use Rage Against The Machine as one of their torture songs particularly angered (and semi amused?) me. There was so many psychological tangents that were swirling in my head when I then read this sentence...

"Dr. Stephen X______ [their last name], a psychiatrist..." Now, i know it's steven, not stephen, but i honestly thought i was hallucinating when i first read it. It's like the article was speaking directly to me.

Rush admits that he's a liar?!?!  


caught this on a tivo'd CR (and then had to google it to get the exact quote). I'm blown away. How could anyone continue to listen to him? This isn't even a political issue. If I'm listening to soemone b/c i respect their opinions, and then he tells me, flat out, that he doesn't believe what he says, why on earth would I continue to listen?

"I feel liberated, and I'm going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don't think deserve having their water carried.


Now I'm liberated from having to constantly come in here every day and try to buck up a bunch of people who don't deserve it, to try to carry the water and make excuses for people who don't deserve it."


I'm not trying to tell you that this is about me. I'm just answering questions that I've had from people about how I feel. There have been a bunch of things going on in Congress, some of this legislation coming out of there that I have just cringed at, and it has been difficult coming in here, trying to make the case for it when the people who are supposedly in favor of it can't even make the case themselves -- and to have to come in here and try to do their jobs."

How does one watch Fantasy Football?  


While I dabble in other fantasy sports (football, basketball, etc), nothing compares to fantasy baseball. competition based on skill is always more exciting than luck, and there is just too much luck involved in other fantasy sports. I take little to no pleasure in winning at fantasy football, but a victory in fantasy baseball is hard earned and well deserved.

I need to understand why Fantasy Football is so much more popular than fantasy baseball. It doesn't make sense. I can understand the argument that baseball is too time consuming. It is. But, some people actually think that football is more "exciting". This, I don't understand.

I've tried to get into the mindset of a fantasy football player, but something is lacking. Do these people go out to the bars every single sunday and watch all the games on the NFL ticket? If so, how can they possibly know how they are doing? Do they have their opponents lineup memorized? Can they calculate their fantasy points on the fly? I can get a general sense of how i'm doing (based on some key players, or if someone is in the midst of a huge game), but often times, i'm still unsure as to the ultimate outcome of my game.

I imagine that the average sunday is NOT spent at a bar. And the average person DOESN'T have the NFL ticket. So fantasy football basically comes down to watching the local team for three hours, and getting the occasional highlights. Then, at the end of halves and games (i.e. 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, etc) you go online and actually calculate your fantasy points. Yes, it all happens in one day, but the excitement is so short lived. I imagine that a good portion (25%?) of fantasy matchups are decided pretty quickly (or in the alternative, it's completely unknown b/c it all comes down to some random WR on a monday night game).

If you are just looking for excitment, why not just bet on the games? that has to be more exciting than fantasy football.