Whoa dude…have a nap or something

Sportswriters get pissed about stuff. Near as I can tell from watching/listening to the Jim Romes, Colin Cowherds, and Skip Baylesses of the world, that’s like, all they’re supposed to do.

But this guy is taking it to another level with straight-up vitriol, the stuff usually reserved for fan blogs where the one guy who knows the batting averages of like every dude in AA goes ballistic over the firing of the equipment manager just so he can eventually say “YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND.”

I mean, here is a professional sportswriter asking a GM, “See what happens when you surround yourself with butt-kissers? How’s that working out for you?” This is some junior-high lunchroom shit right here. Read up and enjoy. [link]

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Is “Sean Gallagher” a pseudonym for Josh Vitters?

Because otherwise this Rich Harden trade makes me very, very sad.

I guess it makes sense that you can’t get a #3 overall pick with a massive ceiling who’s still like 19 years old for a pitcher who’s one throw away from launching his right arm into the stands, but still.  Mr. Harden was an absolute joy to watch — when he was on the mound, which unfortunately wasn’t all that often — and he will certainly be missed in Oakland.

But realistically, if he goes down one more time, Billy Beane and the A’s would never get anything for him, and in this case they got three ML-ready players and a second-round pick from last year, which ain’t too bad. It’s not ideal but it is what it is, and you gotta figure Harden’s just not going to make a full season. He was complaining of a “dead arm” a couple starts ago, so maybe this is sell-high time.

In other news, A-Rod’s divorce has been a boon for this blog. Sorry, buddy. Hope you get to keep the house.

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (3)  

Nice work, Selig…you douchebag

Oh, Bud. You are not good at your job.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig acts like he cares about making the draft more appealing to larger audiences (I’m not going to get into the details here…but read this for some simple suggestions on how to improve a draft that hopes casual fans will be excited to watch a selection process where like 38% of the first 30 players picked will ever even don a big league uni).

So on Monday, the first business day after the conclusion of the draft, I log on to MLB.com to read up on a couple draftees (like the dude in the pic, A’s first-rounder Jemile Weeks, brother of Rickie and hopefully dude who OPSes like 2.300 in three years’ time). And where do I find a link to draft info? Pretty much nowhere.

I finally locate a hyperlink to the word “draft” in like 8-point type, buried within the text of some fantasy baseball article teaser located about 3/4 of the way down the homepage. And there’s your entry point, ladies and gentlemen. Great work, Bud. Way to give it some play. Douche.

Published in: on June 10, 2008 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Derek Jeter can’t go left

While everyone’s here to look at pics of A-Rod with his shirt off, I figured I’d link to a little more evidence in favor of Jeter not being very good at baseball right here (as well as FJM’s take on the coverage here).

This, of course, is only on the defensive side; he’s clearly an asset offensively. But awarding him those Gold Gloves was comedy.

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Cut it the fuck out already

Please, for the love of god, when you’re referring to the sports team that you support, do not say “we.” As in “The Red Sox ahh wicked good. We lit up Mariano Rivera today.”

Unless your name is Jon Papelbon (in which case, I hate you), you are not on the team, so by the definitions set forth in the Oxford English Dictionary, you cannot refer to the team as “we,” because you are not included.

See Steinkamp’s comment re: the A’s vs. Francisco Liriano: “They own him.” That is proper. Stop being douches, 85% of all sports fans ever.

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm  Comments (2)  

An open letter to Brett Favre

Fuck OFF you attention-desperate, whiny 14-year-old girl.


The Overly Dramatic Truth

Published in: on April 10, 2008 at 11:22 am  Comments (3)  

A-Rod > Jeter, Pt. 4,329,896

Okay, I’m tired of trying to convince retarded people that Alex Rodriguez is a much better player than Derek Jeter, but in the midst of this latest fiasco, can we admit that articles like this at least hint that Jeter is a primadonna not to be upset for fear of him melting down in hissyfits? That if he is forced to acknowledge the blatantly obvious fact that A-Rod is an insanely better player than he is that he’ll become this venomous cancer and destroy the Yanks?

They’re saying it’s bad for chemistry reasons – Passan even cites studies that show Jeter is one of the worst fielders at his position – but fuck OFF with that. Jeter should have moved to second base when A-Rod came over anyway. Should a captain worry about shit like that? I think not.

And just look at that picture. A-Rod is not afraid to let shirtless old men rub him up. Jeter is a pansy.

Published in: on April 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm  Comments (2)  

Nothing to see here

Seriously. Just trying to get the headline “Behold: The Tijuana Shitter” away from the top of this thing. I was starting to get kinda grossed out.

I guess we need something in here content-wise. Um…here, read this. This helped me maintain my stranglehold on the Prefuse 73 market over there…out of six reviews for him on the site, I’ve written four, and a couple are even readable.

Also, I joined Facebook, so everyone can stop yelling at me.

Published in: on February 26, 2008 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

If my cell phone had a face I would punch it in it

razr.jpgLike most rational people, I fucking hate my cell phone. My RAZR has me convinced that Motorola designers all have some sort of severe learning disability. The sad part is that I’ve gotten used to using this totally nonintuitive turd, and now it’d probably be a pain to figure out how to use a cell phone designed by someone with an IQ above 80.

But my contract is up soon and I’m thinking I’m gonna jump ship on Verizon. There are two services that seem appealing to me — CREDO and Sonopia — because they donate part of your bill to progressive charities and nonprofits. CREDO donates 1% but gives you more groups to choose from; Sonopia goes for 5% but you can only choose one recipient, and they give you ugly-ass phones smothered in pictures of birds and shit.

Here’s my question: Sonopia uses Verizon coverage, which is pretty good, but CREDO uses Sprint, which I know nothing about. Anyone have Sprint? And if so, how is it? CREDO has a few phone choices (only smartphone is a Q); Sonopia offers only RAZRs. The coverage, then, could be the dealbreaker/maker, so let me know if you have any insights.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm  Comments (10)  

MLB testing the sexist waters

andrews.jpgSince we had fun debating sexism last time, let’s do it again.

I somehow became part of this little focus group for MLB where I answer online surveys like once a month. I do it faithfully because I love baseball and I’d like to think I help counteract the retards who are likely part of this survey group as well, the ones who provide suggestions like “John Kruk needs a reality TV show” or “MIC UP MORE PLAYERS PLZ.”

The last survey was all about MLB TV, a coming-soon, 24/7 baseball channel which I’d love to get but I’m sure will be way too expensive to justify. It covered baseball media in general, so I got to provide insight on who I think is worth listening to/reading (Jon Miller, Baseball Prospectus), and who I’d like to see doing commentary on TV (anyone but Mike Krukow).

Then it got kinda weird. Follow the jump for more; if you’re wondering, that’s ESPN’s Erin Andrews. She doesn’t do baseball. C’est la vie.


Published in: on February 14, 2008 at 10:45 am  Comments (5)  

I have to work today?

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 12:08 pm  Comments (1)  

Let’s annoy everyone with a post about politics

alg_debate-wave.jpgDid anyone watch the debates on Saturday? I caught the replay of the Democratic event (unless it really was live on the East Coast at like 1 a.m.) and I am going to pop some balloons up in this bitch: Obama is motherfucking boring.

I know he’s got way more to lose right now so he’s gotta play it safe and just keep saying “audacity of hope” and “bring the country together” and all that, but sometime since I last paid attention, that dude got really vanilla.

More of me acting like I know what I’m talking about–as well as one awesome quote from Bill Richardson–after the jump.


Published in: on January 8, 2008 at 12:42 am  Comments (9)  

ODT’s Best Albums of 2007, The Grand Finale


The moment all four of you have been waiting for. Read the writeup after the jump.


Published in: on January 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why you gotta be like that, PC?

oie_sad_desktop.jpgJesus. I just looked at this blog on my work computer, which is a PC, and man, this thing looks like crap. The fonts are all skinny and style-less, and I’ve been writing line breaks to fit on my screen at home, which is a Mac, and they do not translate here.

Can you PC users even see the hyperlinks in the text? I can’t even see which text is linked and what isn’t. That not very useful.

Anyway, let me know if you’re having similar issues, because, well…I dunno. I’m not going to do anything about it anyway. I will bitch about it, though. Fucking PCs. Lame.

Published in: on December 21, 2007 at 12:35 pm  Comments (3)  

The ODT Ultra-Brief Gift Guide

earbuds.jpg What to get the music hater/masochist in your life: Apple earbuds.

My badass AKG headphones have finally met their maker, after many rounds of super glue and scotch tape, as the left speaker has ceased functioning. Devastating. So over the past couple days I’ve been reduced to using the earbuds that came with my Nano.

I can’t believe people actually use these things on purpose. They sound tinny and flat, and you have to crank your volume to get any reasonable noise out of them – I’m just short of max volume when I’m walking around. Your music doesn’t even sound like your music anymore. And they’re brutally uncomfortable. Any of you typically cram a few dimes into your ears before you leave the house? No? Right, because that would be stupid. And so are these worthless pieces of shit.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 12:56 pm  Comments (2)