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2731  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: December 18, 2007, 02:43:03 PM
I think the "its the players, stupid" argument works a lot better in baseball than it does in football.  With the possible exception of Barry Switzer (and maybe Don McCafferty) all of the Super Bowl champs have been coached by first-class football minds who could game plan extremely well.  Some abject morons have won World Series because of their players, though.
2732  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: December 18, 2007, 01:31:49 PM
Everyone cheats.  Except Maryland.
2733  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 18, 2007, 12:46:09 PM
He's a bad clubhouse guy because he doesn't talk to the media.
2734  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 18, 2007, 12:35:24 PM
I'm not understanding the Orioles apparent desire to deal Bedard, either.
2735  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 18, 2007, 12:13:56 PM
Heh.
2736  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 18, 2007, 12:10:59 PM
It's not for me to "forgive" or not "forgive" Brian Roberts.  He's never done anything to me.  All I know is that he's raised a ton of money, given a ton of money and donated a lot of time to helping some terrible situations in Baltimore.
2737  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 18, 2007, 11:32:51 AM
I would argue that the Garza factor is as unknown as the Yankees' kid factor. 
2738  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 17, 2007, 05:48:49 PM
The question, though, and it's fair one but that Kid doesn't ask is that why should it be the government that decides that "you [can't] use the funds for today's emergency leaving yourself unfunded for tomorrow's"?

I think that's a question that can and should always be asked about the necessity of all laws, regulations and programs.  Despite what some on the right seem to reflexively believe, the government does do many things very well.  That said, trusting the government to do EVERYTHING well doesn't seem right either.
2739  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 17, 2007, 05:30:20 PM
I believe the "fight" was instigated by you in asserting that I "forgot"  Mussina's 2006.   But you're right, I agree that Mussina should get the April nod-in which it's probably going to be hard to get regular work anyway-and that Kennedy should probably start the season in Triple -A.
2740  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 17, 2007, 05:21:26 PM
Not by me you weren't.  

But that's besides the point isn't it?  I can compile a list as long as my arm of pitchers who in their late 30's have lost it quickly.  I'd say the burden rests with Mussina to show that it was a bad season, not a decline in skills.
2741  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 17, 2007, 05:13:57 PM
I don't forget anything.  Pitches can and do lose it fast.

In Kidworld nobody ever does.
2742  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 17, 2007, 05:10:34 PM
He's thrown a lot of innings in his career and while he still throws a lot of strikes and is a textbook in his approach, he doesn't have the stuff he once did.
2743  Sports / Baseball / Re: American League on: December 17, 2007, 05:01:51 PM
I assume Mussina will start the season in the rotation and if he pitches like he did last season, he'll eventually be out of the rotation.
2744  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: December 17, 2007, 03:54:59 PM
I'm not so certain about that....
2745  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: December 17, 2007, 03:46:51 PM
I believe Huckabee is the most sincere creationist in the race.
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