Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pre-Game

Bobby and I have tentatively settled on a bet for the ALCS. As of right now, it involves humorous garb to be worn at the next WPBT live event. Terms are still being debated. Anyone have Joe Seebok's phone number?

I've been wondering if the Ewing Theory (a team makes an inspiring run after losing a superstar player) applies to X? A's were 0-9 in clinching games during our monogamy. Since she went free agent and started dating, they're 1-0. And the Douchebag is a Dodger fan. The Curse of the Trampino?

I'm working from home today because of other circumstances, but it's serendipitous that I'll be on the couch when the first pitch flies. Still trying to get a ruling on what time it's kopacetic to hit the bottle.

Daytime television sucks. I happened across a show called "Naked Science" that totally didn't deliver on it's title. I'm down to PBA Bowling on ESPN Classic or Punk'd.

I'm in the embryonic stages of planning a Vegas trip. The surprising thing is, it wasn't my idea. Looks like the weekend of Dec. 8-10. Not going to be my usual decadent assault on the city, as I will likely be taking in a show. Yes, you heard that correctly. Is it considered bad manners to offer prop bets during "Phantom of the Opera?"

I just finished my first pot of coffee of the morning. That should help with the jitters. One more cup and I'll be sweating like a drug mule.

For those of you who might consider placing a fictional wager on the ALCS, you'd be wise to remember the early West Coast start means twighlight baseball in Oakland. The hitters will be in shadow and the pitcher in sun for the first few innings which means it'll be tough going at the plate. Forecast says partly cloudy tonight, so the effect might be lessened somewhat. Did I just aid and abet?

I have a parent/teacher conference today. I expect glowing reports on my boy, but considering past events, I hope the words "Omaha" and "Jackass" don't come up.

Is it 5 oclock yet?

22 Comments:

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

Throwing out the first pitch should be the greatest player of our time...Ricky Henderson. Plus, he's an Oakland Tech High alumni. Ricky!Ricky! "Today, I'm the greatest player in the world." God bless you, Ricky.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Um... I got Joe's number...

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger alan said...

Rickey should throw out the first pitch for both teams (A's, Mets) in the World Series. And then go to the clubhouse and play cards.

Go A's! (I don't want to face Detroit in the World Series) :)

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger alan said...

Oh, and PBA Bowling on ESPN Classic RULES.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Chilly said...

I am planning on that weekend for Vegas as well. Where are you staying?

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Miami Don said...

3:01pm to answer that bottle question.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

Excellent use of the Ewing theory. Just in case it rings true, you should place a large bet on your favorite NFL team to win the Super Bowl. And if you don't have a favorite, then please adopt Da Bears.

A's win tonight easil. WTF is Leyland doing starting Robertson instead of Rogers???

I love me Phantom of the Opera. Can it be? Can it be Christine? Bravo!

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger JamieK said...

Parlay me. A's by 2 or more, total runs less than or equal to 8. Tomorrow, Weaver and Glavine take turns giving the "oh" (no) face, the over is 9.

BTW, this is what happens after losing a gajillion football parlays in a row.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

Oh, and I just put play money on an imaginary bet on the A's: -1.5 (+155)

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger April said...

Excellent weekend choice Mr. Speaker. But I hope you weren't hoping to not meet up with 100 other degenerates then.

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger pokerpeaker said...

I just did a story on a Greeley resident who plays Carlotta in the Vegas version of "Phantom."

Here it is:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/article/20061006/ENTERTAIN/110060123/-1/FEATURES


Enjoy the show.

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: The Ewing Theory


No, it doesn't apply in any situation, because Bill Simmons came up with the Ewing Theory, possibly the single dumbest thing ever written, and he only wrote it because the basketball team from his rival city had made the NBA finals while his team had yet another shit-tastic season, and Simmons, desperate to say something negative about one of the (presumably) two best teams in the league, brain-farted out that garbage, and then went and selectively cherry-picked other examples that might validate his grossly misinformed theory.

Jealousy is a very stinky cologne, Bill. Very stinky indeed.


-Greg

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger Huge Junk said...

I don't know anything about the Ewing Theory as you or Greg reference it. The only theory I know about Ewing is that by simply walking into a room his ginormous nostrils reduce oxygen levels by 75% in one study, and 92% in a second well designed study. Complete oxygen depletion will occur within 5 minutes unless somebody tosses him a basketball, at which point he will dribble once before travelling with the ball into another room.

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Ewing theory states that when an overrated superstar (which Bill Simmons claims Patrick Ewing was) moves on, the team instantly gets better when he leaves. The year after Ewing left the Knicks, they made the NBA finals. Thus, the Ewing Theory was born.

Simmons tries to justify this in any number of idiotic ways, but the main way he does it is to take the 1 out of 1000 teams that actually do improve when they lose their superstar and point to that as the Q.E.D. evidence he needs.

Don't even waste your time googling it, because reading that column will just make you dumber. Simmons is an idiot. Teams don't get better when they lose their superstars. They get better when they get better players (or fire Macha).

-Greg

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger Bloody P said...

Bottom of the 8th: Tigers 5, A's 0.

Sorry, Charlie.

 
At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I porked your ex about 3 years ago.

 
At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

first, thanks to greg for explaining silly sports theory of which i would otherwise be clueless.

and second, oooooh joe has a date in vegas where he has to be a musical-loving squishy boy. that rules

as a side note, if i were claiming to have "porked" (a term i believe last used in the 80s movie Porky's Revege, and it was stupid then) someone in the comment section of a blog...wait, i wouldn't do that, it's gay....but if i was gay...i wouldn't do it anonymously

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I think the tip for betting the under was spot-on.

Hypothetically of course!

Oh, I bet on the Tiggers last night. Finally a winning baseball bet WHOO WHOO! :)

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger CraigNY said...

Any comment on the Corey Lidle insanity?

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

Knicks fans are funny...

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger F-Train said...

Not looking good for Speaker. And that Bobby has a devilish wit. Who knows what he might make Speaker wear if the Tigers keep this up!

P.S. I porked Speaker about three years ago.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Randy G said...

I too was a little surprised by no mention of Lidle. Sad sad deal there. 6 year old boy lost his father. My prayers go out to all family and friends. Even though I was surprised I was kind of happy because we have been bombarded by ESPN News with excessive and repetitive facts that do nothing but take away from the man. I say remember him for his best and forget the rest.

 

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