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  1. Thanks for the tip on this book 337. It will make for good reading when the season's over. I'll do anything to whet my whistle with baseball during the off season. I might even be mistaken for someone who knows something...
  2. Wow, that is mean. The Red Sox have always been the other team I've followed in the AL--not even close to the Tigers but I kinda like them. I spent many summers visiting my sister about an hour north of Boston and have seen a few games at Fenway. There was always an aura of authenticity about the place that reminded me of Tiger Stadium. As for the Cubs, expect an envelope of flour--or it is could it be?--to arrive in the mail very soon..
  3. Thanks for putting this together. Great info on Pena.
  4. Surprised that my Boise State Broncos moved up two slots in the poll to 21st. They were given a real scare by a weak team. It never should have been the contest it was. The Bronco coach wasn't very proud of their performance on his Sunday TV show. Guess teams surrounding them in the polls did worse or maybe voters just see who won and vote accordingly. Either way, I'll take it. We ended up at 16th last year. I hope a few 60 point games and a convincing win over Fresno State can push us beyond even that by the end of October.
  5. Associated Press Top-25 College Football Poll Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank 1. U-S-C Trojans (54) 3-0 1,613 1 2. Oklahoma Sooners (10) 3-0 1,562 2 3. Georgia Bulldogs (1) 3-0 1,456 3 4. Miami-Florida Hurricanes 2-0 1,437 4 5. Texas Longhorns 2-0 1,358 6 6. West Virginia Mountaineers 3-0 1,169 7 7. Ohio State Buckeyes 3-0 1,117 9 8. Florida State Seminoles 1-1 1,079 8 9. Auburn Tigers 3-0 1,064 14 10. California Golden Bears 2-0 1,034 10 11. Tennessee Volunteers 2-0 1,031 13 12. Virginia Cavaliers 3-0 919 12 13. L-S-U Tigers 2-1 844 5 14. Utah Utes 3-0 763 15 15. Purdue Boilermakers 2-0 652 18 16. Florida Gators 1-1 646 11 17. Fresno State Bulldogs 3-0 535 19 18. Michigan Wolverines 2-1 478 17 19. Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-0 475 22 20. Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 381 20 21. Boise State Broncos 3-0 307 23 22. Arizona State Sun Devils 3-0 210 NR 23. Maryland Terrapins 2-1 208 21 24. Louisville Cardinals 2-0 195 24 25. Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 134 NR Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 89, Memphis 78, Iowa 66, Kansas State 46, Southern Mississippi 34, Missouri 33, Virginia Tech 29, Alabama 23, Colorado 23, Boston College 19, Arkansas 9, Georgia Tech 4, South Carolina 4, U-C-L-A 1. As of September 19, 2004, at 06:16 PM ET
  6. Well, the Yanks punked 'em twice. Bummer. I would love to see the Red Sox Win the World Series. Their fans really deserve it. Thank God I have '68 and '84 to sustain me on cold winter nights...
  7. You are in my prayers Sue. My grandmother died today but having lost both my mother and father years ago, I know this is much more painful. Love and healing to you, Sue....l
  8. My wife’s 92 year-old grandmother died at 1:15 this morning. At one point eleven of us were in the room and all eleven were touching her, watching as each “last breath” took 40 seconds to be replaced by yet one more—for an excruciating 12 hours. And that doesn’t include the previous 48 hours at the hospital with even my 12 and 10 year-old daughters bravely staying overnight to be there for Gram. I’m so proud of those girls. They chose the path least taken for someone else’s sake. I brought them home to join the two younger kids last night when we realized that the gentle passing we’d hoped for would never come. Death never arrives on our own terms. I’d forgotten that last night and had to be reminded. But they saw what it was like. Solemn, gentle nurses making their rounds, the tears and laughs, our hushed voices, a clock ticking relentlessly in the corner. Yeah, it really does happen to everyone. Now they know. My 12 year-old daughter will play Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” at Friday’s funeral, a four-hour drive from here. For twelve years of public school Gram rode her horse to a one-room schoolhouse against a backdrop of breathtaking Idaho mountains. Her family and friends were cowboys; she danced and flirted at the grange hall, and taught school for 37 years. She wrote stories, poems and newspaper columns and lost her first husband to an accident on the ranch. An enlarged six-foot sepia of him in chaps and spurs and ten-gallon hat adorns our home today. She raised three strong sons I am proud to call my friends. Her world is passing away and I will miss her. I’m posting this because it’s something I need to share. It’s something worth knowing too, as she was someone worth knowing. I also wanted express my pride in my children for facing something so grave and fundamental with such courage. They exceed all my expectations and I feel so lucky to know them. My wife, as always, was a rock. I've never seen a night so long, When time goes crawling by; The moon just went behind a cloud; I'm so lonesome I could cry. The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky; And as I wonder where you are, I'm so lonesome I could cry. --Hank Williams--
  9. If Tram hates Munson so much, why was he the starting 3B all season last year until he was injured? Why is he still on the roster, and not cut loose? And haven't you seen him at 3B? Inge, by far, is the better option. He's a much better fielder, he's more accurate by far, and his bat is better. Munson had his chance.And concerning the comparison between Pena and Munson, Pena's bat has come around in the second half of the season and he's leading the team in HRs. His fielding has been sterling at times. If Munson had those credentials, he'd be the every day 3B. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-Munson. I actually like Eric Munson, but it just looks like he's not gonna cut it at 3B in a Tiger uniform. Maybe they can package him as part of a trade, and he can go back to 1B where he belongs. I'd love to see him flourish (when not playing the Tigers).
  10. El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Jared Zabransky passed for 392 yards and two touchdowns, as No. 23 Boise State rebounded from an early second-half deficit to beat Texas-El Paso, 47-31, in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Zabransky completed 26 of his 37 passes for Boise State (3-0, 1-0 WAC), which extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games. (It sounds like complaining but Boise State should have scored 55-60 points against this team and allowed no more than 21. I expect the coach to be less than pleased and the team might even drop out of the top 25. Looks to me like the guys took UTEP for granted and showed how vulnerable they can be. Bet Fresno State is licking their chops in expectation). 09/04/2004 Boise State Broncos 65---Idaho Vandals 7 09/10/2004 8:05 p.m. (MT) Boise State Broncos 53---Oregon State Beavers 34 09/18/2004 7:05 p.m. (MT) Boise State Broncos 47---UTEP Miners 31 El Paso, TX 09/24/2004 8:05 p.m. (MT) BYU Cougars at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/02/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) SMU Mustangs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/16/2004 6:05 p.m. (CT) Boise State Broncos at Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulsa, OK 10/23/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/29/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) Hawai'i Warriors at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 11/13/2004 2:00 p.m. (PT) Boise State Broncos at San Jose State Spartans San Jose, CA 11/20/2004 1:05 p.m. (MT) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 11/27/2004 1:05 p.m. (PT) Boise State Broncos at Nevada Wolf Pack Reno, NV
  11. Thanks Yoda. I "felt" this way about these issues on the game thread last night but I was unable to articulate it. Glad you're around.
  12. A couple months after I met my wife to be, she gave me two kittens for my birthday. The idiocy of giving someone a "present" that entails reponsibility for food, water and poop removal aside--I was an insufferable intellectual snob so I named them Nietzsche and Kafka. When Kafka lost a leg in an accident I renamed him "Tripod." Imagine your cat in an awkward or dangerous situation and name it accordingly. You might find that name preferable to one you might otherwise choose. It worked for me.
  13. Welcome to the board! Just be a shameless gatecrasher like me and you'll wear people down to the point that they get used to you.
  14. My digital cable provider has their own version of Tivo that you can add to your services for $5 a month. It's an option. You can fastforward, delete ads etc.
  15. Let's hope Ilitch is willing to get on his knees to make the best free agents come here.
  16. Monday, September 13, 2004 Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Baseball owners once passed up a chance to hire former colleague George W. Bush as the sport's commissioner, but now they're working hard to keep Bush at bat in the White House. More than a dozen current and former owners and family members are among the president's top re-election fund-raisers, an Associated Press review found. Seven are Bush "Rangers," each raising at least $200,000, and six are "Pioneers" who have brought in $100,000 or more. The Bush campaign has also received direct contributions from owners and executives of more than half of the sport's 30 teams, the AP analysis of Federal Election Commission reports found. Those include $2,000 contributions from owners George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees, Fred Wilpon of the New York Mets, Carl Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins, Peter Magowan of the San Francisco Giants and Michael Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers. Democratic nominee John Kerry, by contrast, has taken in money from only a handful of baseball interests. Bush also has picked up contributions from players and coaches -- including a manager he once fired. Bobby Valentine, axed by Bush as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1992, gave the president the maximum $4,000 this year. Valentine said he's not surprised Bush has support from baseball owners. "People got to work with him side by side and saw his passion for the game and passion for his work," Valentine said in an interview from Japan, where he is manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. "They saw that he really cared about baseball when he was in it, and not just the Rangers as a business entity." Baseball is part of the Bush legacy. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, played first base for the Yale baseball team, and the younger Bush took up the game as a Little Leaguer in Midland, Texas. He also organized a stickball league at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. With the benefit of family connections, Bush helped put together a group of investors to buy the Texas Rangers and then became its managing general partner from 1989 to 1994. There was talk back then that he might succeed Fay Vincent as commissioner, but the job went to Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig. Bush was a baseball traditionalist, opposing interleague play and the addition of a wild card playoff team. His investment of just $600,000 turned into $15 million when he sold his share of the team while preparing to run for governor of Texas. "The baseball platform was for him to springboard into politics," said Bruce Buchanan, a longtime Bush watcher and University of Texas government professor. "He was the face of the Texas Rangers, as well as a substantial partner in the economic side for some years, and that enabled him to become acquainted with all of these figures." Three of Bush's former fellow investors in the Texas Rangers -- Bill DeWitt, Marshall Payne and Craig Stapleton -- are campaign Rangers. Stapleton's wife, Debbie Stapleton, who is Bush's cousin, is a Pioneer. "George Bush knows a lot of people in baseball," said Craig Stapleton, a co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Connecticut. "So we've tried to talk to people that know George Bush well through baseball. He gets a lot of support from baseball people -- not only executives and owners but baseball players." For example, FEC reports show, Bush received $2,000 contributions from Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro, who played for the Rangers when Bush was an owner, and from New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the game. Bush turned to another former Texas Rangers investor, Mercer Reynolds III, to be his campaign finance chairman. "Having experience in baseball, Mr. Reynolds was able to reach out to many people to encourage them to get involved with the campaign," said Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel. Reynolds was a Pioneer for Bush in 2000. Former partner DeWitt is now owner and chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals, whose owners and executives have been among the most generous to Bush's re-election campaign. The team's ownership group includes two Rangers (DeWitt and Kimmy Brauer, wife of owner Steve Brauer) and one Pioneer (Robert Castellini). A rare Democratic Cardinal is co-owner Michael E. Pulitzer, who gave $2,000 to Kerry. The Democratic nominee has also received $2,000 contributions from Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and San Diego Padres owner John Moores. Several Cardinals owners have made individual contributions to the Bush campaign. DeWitt said he didn't try to line up support for Bush among the Cardinals ownership. "It turns out that Cardinal partners have been supporters of the president independent of my support of the president," he said. The team's contributions to Bush extended to the front office and even to the bullpen: General Manager Walt Jocketty and pitcher Cal Eldred each gave $2,000 to Bush, FEC reports show. Bush threw out the first ball at the Cardinals' home opener this year. The Cardinals' previous owner, August Busch III, chairman of beer giant Anheuser-Busch, is also a Ranger fund-raiser. Drayton McLane, owner of the Houston Astros, is on board as a Bush Pioneer. McLane said he got to know Bush well through baseball. "When I considered buying the Houston Astros, I talked to him on several occasions and he was very encouraging," recalled McLane, who bought the team in 1992. "He loves baseball. When I have the occasion to see him, boy, he's ready to talk baseball."
  17. I will be thinking of your father CD. My dad died of lung cancer in 1973, nine years after he stopped smoking. My best friend ever died of brain cancer two years ago. The two most important men in my life died of cancer. It really does suck, man.
  18. I might be able to swing a visit into the region next summer if we visit relatives in Indiana. Traveling with the wife and four kids really slows me down, though. I saw my last live Tiger game in '88 and Morris pitched a 3-0 complete game shutout over the Rangers. Probably the best I'll do in the near future is seeing the Tigers in Seattle. I would love to see a game with hardcore fans like the people on this board. In real life I rarely meet people who are into baseball the way we are, let alone the Tigers. I'll remember your offer. If you get a PM from me next spring keglerv be afraid, be very afraid...
  19. It must be so cool to have the chance to go to Tiger games. I sat through a 13 inning "contest," if you can call it that, between the Rockies and the Diamondbacks this week in Phoenix and the whole time I watched the scoreboard for the Tiger game.By the way, the potatoes are grown in two small counties four hours from here but the schools there still take a week off in the fall for "spud harvest"--pretty anachronistic given that almost none of the kids help with the harvest anymore. It's just another long vacation like Christmas.
  20. I got one of those for my two-year old and he won't leave home without it. I have one of the beat up old Tiger hats that's cotton and fits like a BP hat. It looks so old that Hank Greenberg could have worn it. The little guy and I get some intereresting looks as we tool around Boise, Idaho wearing Tiger hats with the classic logo bumper sticker Biff sent me pasted to the back of the van. We are total effin' geeks.
  21. I'm still really into the Tigers but I also know that next year is on the horizon and my eyes are looking more in that direction and a bit less on this year. The fact that this board flowered during the darkest days of Tiger history--last year and the preceeding disappointing years--says a lot about the people on it. But it's obvious that enthusuasm is down. When we hit the skids after the All-Star break, the game thread died down so much that the thread wasn't posted a few times until the game began. I started doing it after that. That's working your way pretty far down the food chain on this board. I'm really going to miss the games when they come to an end. Unlike others who really love baseball on this board, I'm more of a Tiger fan than a baseball fan. I love the game of baseball in the context of following a team--the Tigers. It's rare for me to just follow a game that doesn't include my team.
  22. I hope this means what it sounds like. Ilitch also said, “We were slated to draw 1.3 million and to lose $30-$35 million. That’s not a very nice picture to paint. The fact that the fans responded, that’s heartwarming." We should draw over 2,000,000 for the first time since CoPa opened. I wonder how big we can allow ourselves to dream... :classic:
  23. Ilitch smiling at '04 By Jason Beck / MLB.com DETROIT -- Tigers owner Michael Ilitch made his annual get-together with the players for the team photo, but more than any year since he bought the club, he wasn't just smiling for the camera. "Yeah, I'm pleased with the year," Ilitch told reporters in his first interview regarding the Tigers since last winter. "I'm pleased with the way the guys have performed for the better bulk of the year. They work hard. We've tightened up the middle. I'm real happy with our shortstop, second base. We've had some success out in center field. And Pudge has stepped in and displayed his leadership, and I think that's really helped us a lot. "We finally have, under my ownership, we finally have a nice foundation to build on." The way Ilitch spoke of Ivan Rodriguez clearly indicates the foundation starts with Pudge. Ilitch compared him favorably with the captain of the other team he owns, Red Wings veteran Steve Yzerman. "I think there's a real parallel there with Stevie," Ilitch said, "the only difference being that Pudge is more vocal than Stevie is. Stevie works a lot with the veterans and he leads by his performance. And I noticed Pudge works with the veterans and the rookies, and gets very much more involved." He's not just involved with the players. In a rare admission from a baseball owner, Ilitch said that Rodriguez has had suggestions for the club off the field as well as on it. "He not only brought leadership to the club," Ilitch said, "but he also, in a subtle way, made recommendations to management what he thinks might be positive, in a very, very subtle way. In other words, he's not trying to tell you how to run your business, but he'd go that extra step and commit himself -- that 'I think this would be good for the team, for the morale and for bringing us together and developing some real true chemistry.' In other words, he was thinking of both sides. "We're changing the face of the team, but we have to make sure we all get on the same page, and he was concerned about that and made an effort to cooperate in that area. We didn't ask for it. I thought it was very nice." As for the future, Ilitch wouldn't say whether he would go out and pursue more free agent talent this offseason. However, he gave plenty of hope to those who would like to see another active winter. "I'm going to leave that up to Dave [Dombrowski] and Alan [Trammell]," Ilitch said. "They're going to tell me what they need. I'm going to take the same approach I did last year. I'm not going to operate on a budget. I'm going to operate on what's available and what's best for the team, and we'll go from there. ... "You don't have to be a real sports evaluator to understand that once you've got something, you have to be good and a little bit lucky to take some good steps upward and move from this particular point on. But I think they understand that the team's going forward now. We're going to continue to use the same format. We're going to fill in where we're weak, where we feel that we have to add strength. And that's what we'll do for next year."
  24. It matters politically but not practically or militarily. This "movement" is a widespread deviant form of Islam that is not reducible to the existence of one person.
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