Saturday, May 19, 2007

Nurse the Hate: Still Hate the Yankees

I am so excited about the Yankees floundering around right now. It’s really just the best, isn’t it? All those cocky fat turd Yankee fans aren’t chiming in about all those championships from years past now, are they? Here’s a question…How can you spend $500 million dollars in payroll, and forget to buy pitching? Did it just slip their minds, or are they convinced that a rotation of Mussina, Pettite, Igawa, Wang, and 47 year old Roger Clemons is going to get it done? Even better is the fact that when those chumps get knocked off the mound in the fifth, there’s no reliable help in the bullpen. The icing on the cake? Mariano Rivera is finally showing himself to be mortal, and has looked very shaky out there. Throw in a new steroid scandal with Jason Giambi, and now you’ve really got something! (Did anyone but me notice how Giambi got caught with steroids, lost 50 lbs of muscle, couldn’t hit, put 50 lbs of muscle mysteriously back on, and started to hit again? That wouldn’t be HGH, would it? Just asking…)

I love the track. In what is one of the last bastions of true manliness, the track has it all. Where else can you find scruffy degenerates drinking draft beer from paper cups, eating questionable nachos, and yelling “C’mon Queen! Gimme some sugar! Gimme some sugar! Daddy needs some sugar!” and not have anyone even think of it as being odd? Even more importantly, why do I feel at home there? Let’s not dwell on that, and instead focus on the Preakness. I dropped a little action on the Preakness for a gentleman that just had an operation and couldn’t make it there himself. Based on his selections, I think the morphine might still be flowing through his body. I took a flier on an exacta box with Curlin and Street Sense, and a trifecta box of Street Sense, Hard Spun, and Circular Quay. I don’t make any claim to know what I’m doing, but since I cleaned up on the Cavs game (+135 on the money line, thank you) I figured what the hell. Circular Quay might be a mistake in there. I’ll probably regret not putting King of the Roxy in the mix…

Random Notes: Jermain Taylor should beat Cory Spinks tonight in a decision. The real action is on the undercard where Youngstown’s Kelly Pavlik gets a shot at Edison Miranda. Both of these guys are big punchers, so there should be plenty of action. Pavlik is a slight underdog, and is a nice option at +125...I played a couple shows with Dick Dale this week. The guy still shreds on guitar, but his set list is a bit of a mystery. Why the hell is Dick Dale playing (and I’m not making this up) “House of the Rising Sun”, “Fever”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Rumble” and some medley with “Smoke on the Water”? He could absolutely kill if he played all his monster originals right down the line. Miserlou/Mr Eliminator/Run for Life/Nitro/Let’s Go Trippin/Taco Wagon/Etc, etc, etc. When I was walking around the venues, I don’t recall anyone saying, “Oh Man! I hope he plays Fever tonight!”. Hey, he can do what he wants, but everyone in that room wants to hear Dick Dale play Dick Dale songs…I saw the Hold Steady and Heartless Bastards last Sunday with a band on the bill that tried to be The Clash. (The problem is when bands want to be the Clash, everybody wants to be Joe Strummer. “No way! You wear the beret and creepers! I’m wearing the work jacket and combat boots.” No one wants to be Mick Jones apparently. The end result is that you‘ve got two Joe Strummers and a guy playing a bass swung real low.) The Heartless Bastards and Hold Steady were both really good. I loved the fact that the Hold Steady are juxtaposing classic rock hooks with original wordplay. They have a genuine quality to them. Heartless Bastards were also really impressive. I don’t know where that giant voice comes from out of that tiny woman. Great rhythm section too. Those guys really lock in together.

7 Comments:

At May 21, 2007 at 1:02:00 PM EDT , Blogger AZ said...

Not a fan of yankee fans, but they are better than bosox fans. At least they have a winning history to fall back on. F the Ironic Trucker Hat, but if I see another jackass wearing a boston hat at a hockey game or other venue, I swear that I will go Mad Ape on them.

Hit riverdowns to place my buddies wagers and hit the exacta and tri, which were worthless. All told dropped about a c-note on the event. Did you hear the Belmont give a collective sigh of oh, f once the triple was eighty-sixed?

Agree with Dick Dale. He did the same thing when you guys opened for him at the Beachland some years back. Why be a Dick, Dale? That is why I didn't head up to Columbus for the Thursday show. Cannot take the minor disappointment again.

The nba is only good in the playoffs and I wonder if the Cavs can Come on and make it happen with their fast paced action . . .

 
At May 21, 2007 at 11:25:00 PM EDT , Blogger Greg Miller said...

I'm all on board with the BoSox fan comment. I liked it better when they lost in humiliating fashion every year. The worst part about them is they complain about the Yankees $500 million dollar payroll, when they're sitting on $495 million in salary. I never thought I'd say this, but it would be nice if Baltimore got back in the mix. Of course, they might need a new owner for that to happen...

Cavs were gold for me tonight with that +6.5. I used that on a hedge with the money line at +270. Friggin Marshall misses that wide open 3! What a stiff...

 
At May 22, 2007 at 11:23:00 AM EDT , Blogger AZ said...

Exactly with the BlowSox you've spend about the same as the Yanks and never win it, yet still consider yourselves "elite." Personally, I'd like to see the Jays return to glory, but talk about a .500 franchise since the glory days. Sorry about your ATM machine goin down.

You were dead on again, Pavlik pummeled Miranda in one of the best pure fights I've seen in a long time, unless you count bouts where a fighter was drugged in a country that no longer exists.

That missed 3 was a gag. When a guy draws all 5 defenders and leaves you wide open in the nba, you cannot miss that shot. Tough, huge loss. Depite LeBron having a rough one, I agree with going for the win with the 3 in a place like Detroit rather than playing for OT.

Just like Wisc-Green Bay wanting to get the quick W and get out of Cleveland, there is never a reason to linger in Detroit. I'd even leave and then travel back for game 2 and the dozen casinos or so is still not enough.

Brutal when you don't hit it big, but as I say, win a little with a chance to back the Brinks truck up to your door, well I'll happily be in that position every single time.

 
At May 22, 2007 at 3:37:00 PM EDT , Blogger Mikey the Thumb said...

So the Minute Men can pay tribute to NOLA's favorite sons to your delight, but Mr Peppermint Man himself can't visit the "House of the Rising Sun"? Shame.

Stay Sick - Mikey

 
At May 22, 2007 at 4:23:00 PM EDT , Blogger Willie Gorillie said...

I've been a Yankees fan my whole life. Your hate only makes us stronger.

 
At May 22, 2007 at 11:01:00 PM EDT , Blogger Dave in Buffalo said...

I'll be drinking beer and betting the trotters at Northfield in two weeks. Which "Hanover" horse is ripping up the track? Is Aaron Merriman still the top rider?

 
At May 24, 2007 at 3:06:00 PM EDT , Blogger AZ said...

Damn Dave. Trotters?! I knew you were different, but that's a whole new think. No wonder you would up at the Tally Ho-tel. Don't know how anyone can bet those things. Maybe if the rigs were on fire. Ask Cy about his first ever bet and win on the trotters at the Canfield Fair.

When a young kid makes a foray into new gambling territory, well let me tell you it should be one of those supreme moments of manhood, so imagine Cy's disappointment as he cashed his big $2 win ticket and was given $2.20 on a 7-2 fav. That's not juice kids that's Orange Julius vig.

Damn Sabres.

 

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