Friday, July 24, 2009

Fiiiight!

Paul Finebaum said something about Urban Meyer. I thought the swirl of minor controversy around it had settled down, but apparently not.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel didn't like it, then proceeded to call out Alabama fans (of which Finebaum is most certainly not).

Finebaum has responded.

It's all a bit ridiculous, really. Finebaum is not a Crimson Tide fan, so I see no reason why Bianchi decided to attack us. Granted, Finebaum had no reason to start the Meyer to Notre Dame talk.

But that's what he does, he stirs the pot. Bianchi just fell into his trap... and drew the ire of the Bama Nation, not the smartest move he's ever made.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Monday, so good to me

Finally, TD has come back to Tuscaloosa!

For the first time since... well, shit, I don't remember the last time I had a proper vacation. I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into the daily grind.

First things first, there is now another place to read my writing: Examiner.com. I am their Tuscaloosa Bars Examiner, and henceforth will be writing about Tuscaloosa-area bars and the goings on with them. And in case you forget this post, there's that big ol' button over to the left to remind you (Once again, Facebook readers... ah, hell, just bookmark this page).

The Braves are rolling, and that is awesome. Tommy Hanson improved to 5-0 tonight, continuing his run at ROY. The hitting is starting to come around, but I'd still feel more comfortable hit one more bat, and possibly some middle relief help. The Bravos have now won 8 of 11, unfortunately the Phillies have won nine in-a-row, and stand 6.5 games ahead. Of course, the Braves only stand 3.5 back in the Wild Card race.

There are three steps to the college football preseason. First is the release of the preview mags. Today, the second happened: I picked up my copy of NCAA Football for XBox 360 (Gamertag: TaDow22 -- but, I should note I won't be online for a few weeks because I'm moving). The final step, the beginning of fall practice, is just a few weeks away.

Got to watch Raw tonight, it wasn't bad. I'm not completely sold on this guest host thing they're doing (tonight's was ZZ Top), but it hasn't been horrible so far. As long as they push storylines and remember that there is wrestling to be done, I won't object. Next week, Shaq will be hosting. That should be priceless.

This looks damn funny:


I was born my papa's son, a wonderin' eye and a smokin' gun

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Oh yeah, it's that time

In case you haven't heard, we are slightly fond of our college football 'round these parts. What I'm saying is, people are ready for some football:



(Once again, for those that read the imported version of these notes on Facebook: Facebook doesn't embed videos for whatever reason, so you have to click the link that says "View Original Post" down there at the bottom.)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New idea for the Bravos

OK, so there's been a ton of rumors in regards to what moves the Braves might/will make as we approach the MLB trade deadline. Most of those rumors involve Jeff Francoeur (if people actually want him), some involve Yunel Escobar (not gonna happen), and the rest involve Javier Vazquez (a major trading chip).

I think Frenchie's gotta go if we can get rid of him. He hasn't turned it around like we hoped he would, and if he has any trade value now, we gotta move on it.

Escobar should be untouchable. Yes, he can be moody at times. But we can handle that. But he's young, is solid in the field, and most importantly hits well (.292 AVG/.355 OBS/.430 SLG) -- especially with RSIP (.413 AVG/5 HR/38 RBI).

Vazquez is the major chip according to most, but I think we should hold on to him in light of Derek Lowe's recent struggles. Everyone points to Tim Hudson's return in about a month's time, but nobody has any idea what that'll bring. If he's in his top, Cy Young contending form then great. But we can't for sure know that. Vazquez should stay. Our starting pitching is what gives us an edge in the race, we shouldn't weaken that advantage.

However, I think there's someone everyone is overlooking: Casey Kotchman. Kotchman still has value on the market, and we have a younger, hotter 1B in Martin Prado right now. Prado has been tearing it up this year. Compare the two:

Kotchman: 71 G/242 AB/.273 AVG/.339 OBP/.384 SLG/3 HR/30 RBI
Prado: 58 G/167 AB/.317 AVG/.377 OBP/.503 SLG/4 HR/ 15 RBI

I think a Francoeur/Kotchman package could get us a serious bat in the middle of the lineup.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sunday thoughts

Alright, so the Braves are done with their season-defining stretch, let's review.

Overall, they finished 8-8, finishing with a three-game sweep of the division-leading Phillies. However, let's look at this weekend's series against the Nationals. You just swept the team that leads your division, you stand two games out. Now you have a three-game set against the worst team in baseball. And you lose two out of three. Jeez.

Now, the Bravos stand four back with seven to go before the All-Star break (three at the Cubs, four at the Rockies).

So, after these 19 games, where do we stand? At the very same place we were before the stretch: one piece away from being a complete team. That piece is a hitter who can bat cleanup and knock in runs. Take today's game, a 5-3 loss at Washington. The Braves were 1-10 with RISP, the lone hit being a Nate McClouth two-run homer in the 9th. That will not get you into the playoffs.

There needs to be a trade made. Move Jeff Francceur, move Yunel Escobar, do what you can to get a big bat in between Chipper Jones and Brian McCann. But, don't do it at the expense of the farm system.

Other than that, the Braves have the pieces. They can get on base, he starting pitching is fine (although I am worried about Derek Lowe's recent struggles), and the bullpen -- albeit frustrating at times -- is solid for the most part. We just need to generate more runs.

WWE stuff

Some interesting things going down in the WWE world, namely a roster trade that saw the following moves:

Moving to the Raw roster: Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, Mark Henry.

Moving to the SmackDown roster: Matt Hardy, Finlay, The Hart Dynasty - David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd & Natalya.

Moving to the ECW roster: Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, William Regal, Brie & Nikki Bella.

Raw obviously gets the best of this deal, with two great young talents in Swagger and Bourne coming over. It should be interesting to see how they're used, but mainly I see them bolstering the mid-card. I'm also interested to see how the Hart Dynasty is used on Smackdown, and if the tag-team division will get a boost from them.