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Archive for October, 2006

Don’t Screw Rivals.com

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

About two dozen page views later, I got an email from Bobby Burton at Rivals.  Seems it’s really not their fault, and they spent some time fixing the problem.

But so help me god, if I ever see an ad like that, I’m going to eat somebody’s children.

Sike.  Good job, Rivals.

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

Another Japanese clip. In this one, Keiichi Hirano goes Web Gem style.

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Screw Rivals.com

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

I was trying to read an article on “some of the best high school players in the Pacific Northwest”. Instead I got this:

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The majority of the page is full of a “Registry Cleaner Recommended”.

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 In a six point, grey font at the bottom of this window is the text “All information in this advertisement…”  I just want to go on record as saying this kind of advertising is scummy.  It’s the worst kind because it preys on less knowledgeable computer and web users.  And since their web design team sucks at their job, the advertisement is covered by yet ANOTHER ad for a Visa card, and since it’s not an HTML page, but probably a Flash thing, there’s no way to close the window, so I can’t even read the article I went to the site to read!

Good job, Rivals.  You lost a reader.

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Wolfpack’s Brackman goes hardball over hardwood.

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

2006-10-11-ncstate.jpgNC State’s Andrew Brackman will skip basketball season to focus on pitching, reports ESPN. Brackman, who as late as last week was undecided whether he would report to the basketball team, considers this a redshirt year, and hasn’t outright quit the team. The 6’10” pitcher/center missed most of last year’s baseball season with a stress fracture to his hip, but recovered in time to pitch well for Team USA in the summer international season.

Wolfpack b-ball coach, Sidney Lowe openly supports Brackman saying, “The door is always open. I wouldn’t close it on him. He’s one of our kids. He’s part of our family. He’s been on the team before. I’m just not one to close the door on family. He’s always welcome. The players feel the same way.”

But ask yourself one question.  How happy would you be if your only veteran big-man decided to sit out his junior year?

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

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Chunichi Clinches Central

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

Tyrone Woods’ 12th inning grand slam clinches the Central League pennant for the Chunichi Dragons. Kosuke Fukudome drove in the tie-breaking run in the top of the 12th to give the Dragons a 4-3 lead over the Giants. Woods’ grand slam, his 46th homer of the season, gave Chunichi the 9-3 win. The Dragons, who haven’t won a Japan Series since 1954, will meet the winner of the Nippon Ham v. Softbank series for the championship.

In a late season throw-away game, the Swallows and Carp combine for 37 hits in a wild 13-8 decision for Yakult. Hiroshima starter Shinjiro Kojima (0-2) caught a nasty case of whiplash giving up 7 runs in four innings and change as the Swallows hung a 10 spot on 11 hits in the fifth. Yakult lefty Kazuhisa Ishii (11-7) put on his kevlar helmet and managed to scrape out the win.

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College Round-Up

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

The Oregon State Beavers opened up Goss Stadium to fans as they participated in an intra-squad scrimmage. The younger black squad rallied behind a 2-RBI double from catcher Erik Ammon to beat the orange squad. The win guaranteed that the orange team would stay late to do field maintenance and wake up early for morning running drills.

OSU opens up their season on January 25 on the Big Island against the University of Hawai’i-Hilo for a 4 game set.

Notre Dame Sophomore Brett Graffy pitched 5 good innings giving up one run on a hit leading his Gold squad to an 8-3 win over Blue in an intra-squad game.

Florida State will scrimmage the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007. Mike Martin will take his boys over to the Phillies’ Clearwater training facility, bringing with him a 2-6 record all time versus Major League ballclubs.

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Pacific League Playoffs’ 1st Stage, Dragons Close to 1

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 9, 2006

Julio Zuelta, SoftBankThe Softbank Hawks defeated the Seibu Lions to win Stage 1 of the Pacific League Playoffs. Lifted by a Julio Zuelta three-run shot in the 8th, the Hawks pushed past the Lions 6-1. Hawks’ rookie reliever Akihiro Yanase (2-0) picked up the win shooting two hitless. Minoru Yamagishi gave up Zuelta’s homer, but Tomoki Hoshino (0-1) took the loss, starting the eigth inning walking two. Takeya Nakamura dropped a souvenier off Hawks’ starter Hayato Terahara in the losing effort.

The Hawks go on to face regular season champion Nippon Ham Fighters in Stage 2.

Tyrone Woods, Chunichi DragonsTyrone Woods’ grandslam helped Chunichi to a 10-1 win over the Swallows. Woods’ knock was his league leading 45th of the campaign. Hirokazu Ibata could only contribute a two-run homer to help Kenichi Nakata (7-4) earn the win. The Dragons are now one win away from clinching the Central League pennant.

Nakata’s magic number was four, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out four. His Yakult counterpart, Masanori Ishikawa (10-9) got touched up for seven runs on seven hits in three and a third worked.

The Dragons have Monday off, but can clinch on Tuesday as they start a set at The Tokyo Dome against the Giants.

Here’s a clip of Tyrone Woods in action last season against the Swallows.

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 9, 2006

Backstory: A few years ago I had a chance to go to Ireland to do some research on my roots. When I came home I found the Irish National Baseball website. Yeah, the country known for the Gaelic Games had a national baseball team. Their coach told me that in 2004 they were playing at about a middle of the road college level. Which is pretty good ball considering the island’s only had the sport about a decade at that point. I’m still trying to decipher the European baseball hierarchy. It’s much easier in Rugby, there’s the All Blacks and then there’s everybody else. (Yes, I know the ‘Boks, Wallabies, Irish, Scotts and English are all top-tier teams.) But the Irish are start to compete with some of the better teams. The baseball movement on the island is growing.

Fast forward two years. I start hearing about a movie about the Irish team. And I found it. John Fitzgerald (credits include PA work on NYPD, Kinsey, and Ladder 49) produced, directed and wrote a feature length documentary called The Emerald Diamond, the story of the Irish National baseball team.

John, thank you for making this movie.

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Quinnipiac Over Yale 19-6 for City Series

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 8, 2006

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Quinnipiac defeated Yale 19-6 in the finals of the 2006 City Series. Tim Binkoski was named series MVP.  The Bobcats went into the ninth up 11-6, but dropped a snowman on Yale to put the game, and tournament, out of reach. Keep an eye on Quinnipiac’s website for a recap of the game.

Personally, I think it was a mistake for the Bulldogs to run #41 out as their first baseman. But Fall Ball is about trying new things.

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