Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Premier League Contest - Match 24

Those sneaky Englishmen and their mid-week matchdays. I almost missed it...

We have four matches today, starting in half an hour... and six tomorrow.

Could Newcastle slip into relegation???? With a loss to Villa and a win by either Reading or Wigan, and it's true.

Post up your results by Thursday lunch, capiche?

Go United!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good bye, Farewell, So long

The faces, they are a changin'.

Rumour has it that the Braves have finallized a deal with Arizona to acquire left fielder, Justin Upton.

In exchange, Atlanta sends personal favourite Martin Prado...

young stud starter Randall Delgado....

and three prospects. Atlanta also receives 3rd baseman Chris Johnson in the deal.

I can't say as I'm thrilled with the deal. As a LF last year, Prado hit over .300 and was runner up for Gold Glove.
Upton hit .280 and was not in the running for Gold Glove.

Rumour has it that Atlanta was not going to pay Prado his 10-11 million asking price after this year. He makes 4 mil this year.

Upton makes 10 mil this year, and 14.5 mil for each of the next two seasons.

And we give up Delgado.

Now, I'll readily admit, these people are smarter than I am, but someone needs to explain this one to me.

In another deal I'm not too thrilled about that happened a month ago, the Braves swapped Tommy Hanson to the Angels for a reliever.
I'm not happy about it, but I do understand it. Injuries, $$$, too many starters, etc.... I get it. Even with these deals, the Braves still look to have the best pitching in the NL. And that bullpen is nasty good.

I'd show off cards of our new acquisitions, but I don't think I have any. None that I can find, anyway.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Premier League Contest - Match 23

Welcome to Match 23.

Need I say more?

We've got games today, Sunday and Monday, so get your posts in by late Monday afternoon, mmmmkay?

and above all, Go United!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water....

The Big Man of South Beach is back. The Don of Cardboard, The Hitman of Havana, The King of Swing.....

AND.... he's having an uber sweet card draft. So go HERE and check it out.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Premier League Contest - Match 22

A sad day indeed... this is the last pack out of the box.

But let's soldier through.

Cecille Gahr works on her throw in technique... over the head love, not to the side.
Tiffany Selby dares you to come and take her ball....
Sweet jesus. My next ex-wife, Lisa Gleave.
A dual! Alana Cury and Katie Lohmann team up in sportsmanship.
and finally, Tira Provost to end things off.
All matches are this weekend, so let's get your posts in by Monday lunch.
How did your team do in the FA Cup this past week? Or did they add/lose anyone during the transfer window so far???

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

finally, a solution to the puzzle.

I hate blogger. Just wanted to put that out there. Since last Thursday I haven't been able to post anything because their image uploader hasn't been working for most people who use Explorer. I see a lot of blogs have been having the same issues.

After a week of troubleshooting the genius tech crew at Blogger come up with a solution!!!!!

They tell me to temporarily try using Google Chrome.


I sense shenanigans.

At least I don't have to make a deal with the devil they call Firefox. I'd quit blogging before doing that.

Onto some more pleasant things, like baseball cards. I've received a couple of packages in the new year, and I need to show them off. Now that I can upload pictures, I will do just that.

First, from night owl. A smallish, but power packed package. How so? Let me explain.

First card out of the package, a 2006 UD Oscar Villarreal. Oscar was the top card, and so was volunteered to be the brave warrior against the dreaded painters tape during the voyage here. He ended up victorious, but shows the scars of battle near both top corners.

from the same set, a Kevin Barry rookie card. You can tell UD was serious about baseball back then. Kevin is card #1014.  That's insane.

from this year's Bowman. Or is it last year's? Who can figure this stuff out? Anyways... a nice shot of BMac before injuries killed his season.

same set, Martin Prado about to gun someone down at 2nd base.

and, according to me, and every baseball stat site on the internet, the best right fielder in all of baseball, Mr Jason Heyward. 6.6 war ladies and gentlemen.

I'm guessing these are 2012 Topps Update cards? My first card of Jack Wilson as a Brave. Jack sure plays hard. Too bad he can't hit.

Ditto my first Brave card of Paul Maholm. By the way, when did Baseball Reference become so expensive? $270 to sponser Maholm??? $1500 for Chipper? I used to sponser starters on the Braves for under $25. WTH?

The most dominant reliever in baseball, Craig Kimbrel. Averaging 2 strike outs per inning. Nasty.

No wonder Dan forgot how to hit.... he's using waaaaay too many gloves.

getting back to this being power packed... I got to this card of former Brave and current free agent Michael bourn and realized that this was the first card I've seen before. Therefor the first duplicate! Woot! I needed all of those other ones! It's like owl took a look at my wantlists or something! (although to be truthful he didn't as I don't have public lists for any of those sets yet.... but still...)
not a great shot of Freddie...

but finally, the last card. Another one I didn't have. And even though it's one of the most over used pics in all of baseball card land, I love it. An auto of everyone's favourite knuckler, Phil Niekro.
Thanks owl!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Premier League Contest - Match 21

Sweet merciful crap. Four games in eleven days. Madness!

Hopefully most of you aren't too hung over and remember to check your team's success, or lack thereof.

Everybody plays today or tomorrow, so let's get our posts in by early thursday, okay?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a match to watch.

Go United!