Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Freak'n Crazy Weather

There is not much that I can say that will improve the conditions in the North Eastern Corridor that have been stricken by the likes of the Frankenstorm Sandy. I just hope that everyone's family and friends are safe and sound. Things will get better with each passing day. At first it will be overwhelming, then you feel anxious, and with time you will see progress. I think this photo says it all it was taken on the day after. 
 If you are looking to help and you are able to I recommend American Red Cross as an all encompassing organization that is in direct contact and are respected. 
1. giving  a pint of blood ( They can direct you to the nearest blood drive in your area. Because of Sandy the Red Cross was forced to cancel 300 local blood drives. This is a crucial resource for a disaster and the medical emergencies that arise.  
2. make a contribution to the American Red Cross ( Money always helps and I'm sure that there are thousands of people that do not have flood insurance and now have lost everything. 

If you are in the affected area and need assistance the Red Cross can direct you to the nearest shelter 

If you are so able and are looking to donate items the Red Cross usually has a list of things that are need in the affected area, so please check that out. 

I also want to warn you of scammers they always tend to pop up like pimples before the prom.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Rule: Bill Maher Vs Focus On The Family

I love Bill Maher. I hope you take a couple of minutes he always has some great points. The tidbit about Focus on the family starts about 3 minutes in. He really calls them out for what they really are. The other  New Rules segments leading up to it are just as good. I hope you all had a great weekend, I did I saw a rugby tournament on Saturday and Sunday I went to the Pride parade here in Atlanta, I'll post a few of the photos as soon as I finish going through them all.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Pride Weekend Atlanta!!!

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day and now we roll right into Pride Weekend here in Atlanta.  A fitting way to kick off the celebration here is some information for some of the events. If you want to know more about parties that will be taking place check out the Project Q Atlanta website the link is at the bottom of this post. As  for myself I will be going to the Atlanta Buck's Rugby Tournament on Saturday I have friends that play on the Bucks as well as the St. Louis Crusaders. I want to show both teams some support and will be taking some photos. 

On Sunday we will probably take in the Parade in Midtown Atlanta not sure where we will be along the route. Probably some where not far from the MARTA stop. If you are going to the Festival or the Parade in Midtown, take MARTA it will be a lot less stressful and it's only $5 round-trip. 

2012 Atlanta Pride Festival – October 13- 14
What: The Pride Festival and Marketplace 
When: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Featuring over 200 vendor booths, the Pride Marketplace is the largest expo of its kind in the southeast.

Rugby Round Robin Tournament
Saturday Oct 13 12:00pm until 3:00pm

Walden Austin T Middle School
320 Irwin St NEAtlanta, Georgia 30312
Join the Atlanta Bucks, St. Louis Crusaders, and Charlotte Royals for a revival of Ruck-A-Buck! The format will consist of three 40-minute matches starting at Noon. “Third Half” will be at Mixx following the matches (fans and friends welcome, $10 donation requested).
NOTE: The street signs around the school/pitch are CONFUSING. The school is located on Irwin Street but the street sign immediately in front of the school says “John Wesley Dobbs”. The school is located just east of the on-ramp to I-75/I-85 North.

 Sunday, October 14,  1:00pm SHARP
Assembly begins at 10:30am on the streets near the Civic Center MARTA Station Route: The Parade will step off from the Civic Center MARTA Station. The parade merges off Ralph McGill onto Peachtree Street and Travels north. It then turns east on to 10th Street and follows 10th Street to the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park, where the Parade officially ends.
The best Atlanta Pride things to do this weekend

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Just a Pissed Off Fan

If you didn't see the game the Braves lost the NL Wildcard game this evening. They would have probably lost anyway but the Braves were down 6-3 in the 8th with 2 men on. Anderlton Simmons was at bat and hit a fly ball into the outfield. I don't know if the two player rushing in on the ball lost it in the lights or they thought the other had it but either way the both stop running in and the ball dropped in the middle of the two. Just before the ball hit the ground on of the umpires call the infield fly rule in effect so Simmons was out at first and the runners must stay put. 

The Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez went out to argue the call but it stood. The manager then said they were playing the game under protest which was later denied. Was it a bad call? From what I could see Fuck Yes! 

This is one more reason why MLB needs instance replay. They are behind the times and should NOT have playoff games decide because of bad field calls. If there was a Umpire video crew at the park that could review the play and confer with the field team to make sure the Right call was made. 

The Braves did protest but that was denied by MLB's Joe Torre and Jeff Kellogg, not because the right call had been made, but because there was no time to thoroughly review the play. The normal protest time would take 5-6 days and this is the playoffs and the next game start on Sunday.  Here is an some more information... 
The Major League rulebook clearly states the circumstances of the infield fly rule."An infield fly is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out," says Rule 2.00 in the definition of terms. "The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule."
A further comment on that official rule spells out the complexity of making the call.
"The umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder -- not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines," it says. "The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire's judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire's judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately."
Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, addressed the protest after the game.
"I talked to Jeff Kellogg during the play stoppage because of the unique situation with the one-game playoff," he said. "He just was curious how to handle the protest. In looking at the rule, there's 24 hours you have to make the report. In the circumstances, I think, it just didn't make sense for that to take place. So after the game, I made sure I talked to both Frank Wren and Fredi to let them know that I was disallowing the protest. I wanted to make sure they heard it from me.
"I like the one-game playoff. It's a Game 7. This was an exciting game. I mean, I'm sorry about the controversy. It's certainly not something we ever planned on. But two out of three, a number of different reasons I don't like that. A two out of three, you've got to make an off-day somewhere. You could having a team win the division and [sit still] for five or six days."
The Braves played the game clumsily with 3 errors and a key base running error, also involving the rookie Simmons. This bad call just made matters worse and the fans. Fuck! I know you are upset about the bad call but you DO NOT throw a tantrum and throw crap onto the field. Which end up in delaying the game and forcing the Cardinals to change pitchers. Then play resumes after 20 minutes the hitters now have to face a fresh pitcher. 

Did the play cost the Braves the game? Probably not but lets face it didn't help. It just goes to show us baseball fans anything can happen in baseball.  

Friday, October 05, 2012

Wrapping up the Week

1. My take on Wednesday's Presidential debate... Ok so Romney wins the debating prize. He also wins the lying and deception prizes.  I also think that Romney changed his stance once again on at least 3-4 issues. Maybe it was me but what was up with Romney's smirk he had from the minute he walked on stage until they left. Was his dog still on the roof of the limo? Obama look distracted it was almost like he had just gotten laid. Yes I went there, I mean it was his 20th anniversary so the possibility is there. I really think he was hoping Romney would just say something totally whacked, then wanted to pounce, and it just didn't happen. I guess you can believe he was rusty but he did do a lot better against McCain. I can only hope Obama  does better the next time around. As far as the moderator I never been a fan of his. 

2. Bobby Valentine the manager of the Boston Red Sox was let go yesterday. It wasn't like the fan base didn't see it coming. I think if they hadn't the fans would have tarred and feathered him and chased him down on his bike. No matter whom the Red Sox hire as a replacement is walking into an optimal situation and at best they will be a .500 team next year. 

3. Braves make finished nice this year and will play the St. Louis Cardinals in a one game Wild Card game tonight. It's going to be a coin flip really anyone can win, though I like the Braves' chance with pitcher Kris Medlen starting against Kyle Loshe. After than the winner will be heading off to DC to play the Nationals. As a Braves fan that scares me even if they will be playing without their staff ace Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals have had the Braves number most of the season. 

4. Oakland A's beats out Texas Rangers for the West, which forces the Rangers to play in AL one game wildcard play off. The Rangers squandered a 10 game lead in the West at the beginning of September. I don't know if the rested players at the wrong time, it was just bad luck or bad managing. What ever it was the fucked themselves and now have to play in a do or die game situation. But Congrats to the A's I like the youth on their team but I didn't think it would shine this year. I will admit I have never been a Ron Washington fan, the manager for the Rangers, I just feel he has micro-managed his way into 2 World Series losses. So I want to see the Orioles beat Texas, but in one game I feel Texas has the edge, unless Ronnie fucks up again. 

5. NHL has canceled the first 2 weeks of the season, Yawn, I think they should have canceled the WHOLE Season seeing how the players have fled to Russia and the EU to play. I wish them the best of luck playing over there. The NHL really needs to Fire Gary Bettman who single handly has killed a great sport. I know I will not be watching ANY games this year. But if you are a fan, I would highly recommend going to watch NCAA, Minor league or local High school games I know they would appreciate the attendance and support. 

Well the Braves game is about to start so I hope everyone has a great weekend. Sorry I haven't post that much lately, I hope to do more in the coming weeks. 
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