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Baseball Instant Replay Rant!

White Sox and Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Arizona this week. Other players will follow soon. It will be warm there. We will be jealous.\n\nAnd we’ll be excited initially because it’s baseball. But later we’ll be aggravated when we realize that almost as bad as no baseball is the prolonged agony of fake baseball.\n\nIn the end, capsule for sale spring training is like six weeks of drunken foreplay: we’re looking forward to where things are leading, sovaldi sale but it’s hard not to pass out during the run-up.\n\nSo let’s talk about something besides things like who is showing up to camp in the best shape of his career.\n\nLike here’s something that happened this offseason that kind of flew under the radar: as part of America’s quest to suck the humanity out of everything, viagra baseball is going to instant replay!\n Continue reading


This Is Your Daddy’s Hall of Fame

Being a White Sox fan, capsule hospital it goes without saying that I’m a fan of Frank Thomas, no rx the most formidable hitter in Sox franchise history.  His five or so plate appearances were reason enough to tune into White Sox games nightly in the 90s.  And during and in-between those Frank at bats, getting lost in some great White Sox teams in those years, I became, as far as sports go, a baseball fan first and foremost.\n\nStill, the news last week that the Big Hurt was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame didn’t do much for me.\n\nPartly that’s because I think the guardians of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown are self-righteous boobs, and so Thomas’ first ballot selection is naturally a product of self-righteous boobery.\n\nIt’s clear that the baseball writers collectively have blacklisted players connected to PED use from the Hall of Fame.  Many of them the same Judas scribes who celebrated home run hitters and the return of baseball (and their own livelihoods) from a long players strike in the late 90s.\n\nThomas was never connected to steroids in the media as a player and he’s instigated a very public “I was clean” campaign since his retirement.  So Frank Thomas, one of the bulkiest players in an era of roided-up hulks, oddly has become the poster boy for anti-doping in baseball.\n\nHad this not been the case, would the baseball writers have voted in on his first ballot a player who hit mostly as a designated hitter and played in the field only 38 times after his age 32 season?  I don’t think so.\n\nBasically by his own admission, Frank Thomas’ 83.7% of the writers vote was as much about PEDs as Barry Bonds’ 34.7% or Mark McGwire’s 11%.\n\nSo ironically, Thomas’ first-ballot enshrinement, despite some gaudy career hitting numbers, feels kind of tainted by steroids.\n\nBut my blase attitude toward the Hall of Fame announcement comes from something more than this. Continue reading


Depraved Owner of the Week: Tom Benson

Tonight the Bulls take on the New Orleans Pelicans, viagra buy ampoule or last season’s Hornets by another name.  So let’s take a look at Louisiana taxpayer “investment” in the various enterprises of Pelicans owner Tom Benson, site view or extortion by another name, thumb in this holiday double-length edition of Depraved Owners.\n\nName: Tom Benson\n\nNet Worth: $1.3 billion\n\nTeam: New Orleans Pelicans (formerly Hornets)\n\nForbes Team Valuation: Value $340 million; Revenue $100 million; Operating Income $3.3 million\n\nTenure: Since 2012, when he acquired the Hornets for $338 million.  Good luck with that!\n\nArena: New Orleans Arena (1999)\nOriginal Capital Cost (2010): $160 Million\nOriginal Public Capital Cost (2010): $160 Million (18%)\nSource: Judith Grant Long, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities (Routledge)\n2013 Renovations: $50 million\nPublic Cost: $50 million\n\nCost of Game for a Family of Four (2012-13): $220.40\n\nOngoing Subsidies:\n\nIt’s difficult to separate Tom Benson the Pelican’s owner from Tom Benson the New Orleans Saints NFL team owner, and why try?  Through his ownership of both teams and property adjacent to the taxpayer-owned New Orleans Arena and Mercedez-Benz Superdome, Benson regularly receives oodles in renovation funding and tax breaks from the government.\n\nHere’s part of the recipe for the subsidy gumbo that Benson has cooking with the state of Louisiana Continue reading


Dear Disgruntled Braves Fan (TTC)

A recent email obtained by The Third City written by an Atlanta Braves executive to a concerned fan.\n\nDear Disgruntled Braves Fan, buy viagra viagra\n\nI write in response to your email in which you voice concerns about the Braves good standing in the community after last week’s announcement of our move to Cobb County, Georgia.\n\nYou say that you’ve been a fan since you were a boy growing up in Boston.  That’s great!  Of course, that would make you pretty old.  I hope you’re keeping healthy, fit, and regular (if not, try fiber).\n\nYes, we’ve moved around a lot as a franchise, but I assure you it’s only because we haven’t had to pay for it.  As you know, we were in Boston until 1953, before Milwaukee came calling with a brand new stadium built by the county.  Those were good times, but thirteen years later we were wooed from Milwaukee by a new ballpark built by the city of Atlanta.  Then the city built us another new stadium in 1996.\n\nContinue reading at The Third City?


Depraved Owner of the Week: Donald Sterling

By James Fegan\n\nThe Bulls season is hurtling down into a tunnel of sadness, nurse ailment so pointing out that the opposing team’s owner is a scumbag has become overkill. Yet we’d be remiss if we passed on the chance to write up the man who inspired this series. Ironically, viagra Donald Sterling might be such a notoriously unfeeling leather sack of racism and antipathy that a report on his misdeeds is akin to shooting fish in a refrigerator.\n\nName: Donald Sterling\n\nNet Worth: $1.9 billion\n\nTeam: Los Angeles Clippers\n\nForbes Team Valuation: Value $430 million; Revenue $108 million; Operating Income $9.1 million\n\nTenure: Since 1981, when he acquired the Clippers for $12.5 million. Good for him!\n\nArena: Staples Center (1999)\nTotal Capital Cost (2010): $535 Million\nPublic Capital Cost (2010): $98 Million (18%)\nSource: Judith Grant Long, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities (Routledge)\n\nCost of Game for a Family of Four (2012-13): $369.40\n\nOngoing Subsidies:\n\nThe Staples Center financing process is actually seen as a relative breath of fresh air in the unfathomably putrid world of super-rich sports franchises holding massively indebted metropolises hostages for funding they don’t need for stadiums that only serve to raise their own revenues. Los Angeles’ obligation was actually reduced from $70.5 million due to concerns about the debt repayment schedule.\n Continue reading