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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Food & Sports

I have the crib to myself this week. Cooking for one is not much fun, though cooking for two is the thing to do.

I whipped up some really swell Mahi Mahi (the dolphin fish so nice, they had to name it twice) Tacos. They're so swell that if I can find someone else (Kristen) who will like them then I'll share the procedure.

Strange week in sports. Golf was exciting and basketball was bo-ring. I like to watch golf on TV, but I've noticed that if Tiger Woods isn't playing, my golf attention span drops from two hours to five minutes. As for the b-ball finals, our LA radio stations overhyped the matchup so much that I didn't even listen to it on the radio. If that doesn't sound extreme consider that I listened to parts of 40+ regular season Laker games and most of the playoff games. And I don't even like the Lakers. Traffic is Hell.

To me, though Tiger and Kobe are the best at their respective sports, I have different viewing relationships with them. Kobe is SportsCenter good. His skills are best viewed as a 30-60 second highlight reel on ESPN. But Tiger is a thrill to watch live. There's always the sense that something miraculous is going to happen at any moment. Example: Woods beating every single professional golfer at the US Open...while he had only one functioning leg. His playoff against Rocco was better than any sports movie, ever. Thank you USOpen.com for streaming that. Yet when Kobe dropped 81 points on Toronto, it made for a perfect SportsCenter segment. I could watch the highlights for a couple minutes and didn't feel like I missed a thing.

The Yankees won last night, but The Farns did his darnedest to prevent that from happening. I am rooting for Joba Chamberlain to make a successful transition to starter, but here's the problem......there's no Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen to save his arse once he throws too many pitches.

My favorite Yankee right now is The 'Stache. Not the guy wearing The 'Stache, but The 'Stache itself. It seems to have magic powers. With it, a seemingly washed up player suddenly plays like he's 10 years younger and on the juice. But 'Roids ain't got nothing on The 'Stache. Go The 'Stache Go! Put the team on your hairy shoulders and carry them through October! My second favorite Yankee remains Jorge Posada's Batting Without Batting Gloves. That's right. That is so manly that I will refrain from going into further description.

On a side note: Moises Alou versus David Ortiz.

For those who don't know, a couple years ago Moises Alou told an interviewer that he urinates on his hands (in the shower) to toughen them up for hitting barehanded during games. There was a large "Ewww Gross" backlash that followed against him and it's still a running joke. I think that's silly. Pee is largely bacteria-free and 90-95% water. What a guy does in his shower is his business, plus it's not like he was pissing on his hands in the on deck circle. Though that would be awesome if he did that once. Plus he's a great hitter when he isn't screwing up his legs. Maybe he should wee on his knee once in a while too.

Then there's David Ortiz. Largely regarded as an absolute saint, the man spits a loog on his batting gloves and rubs them together before every at bat. THAT is disgusting. He might as well just spit right on the dugout boy 5 times a game. And no high-fives. D.O. is that to help grip the bat better? Why don't you just blow a snot rocket into your spikes to help grip the dirt on your home run trots?


  1. 1) The Lakers are a horrible disappointment. Consider yourself lucky/smart that you didn't watch or listen to the "series" against the Celtics. It was an affront to all Lakers fans and the game of basketball.

    2) Ortiz is a dirtball, but he needs to get of the DL and start hitting homeruns for my fantasy team again. Plus, he sounds crazy when he talks.

    3) I don't think the Yankees or the Dodgers are going to be playing baseball in the postseason this year. Count on the Angels though.

  2. Oh yeah, and I watched Mariano Rivera strike out the side in the ninth inning today for the save, so maybe they don't need Joba in the bullpen...

  3. By the way, what do you think about Hank Steinbrenner's comments about the NL, DHs and how he basically wanted to kill everyone after Wang went on the DL because he had to bat and run around the bases like a normal baseball player? :)

  4. Krav, since you have a certified blogfan now, you need to post more often. I need more insight about baseball and film that only you can provide. I'm going to come to your house and stalk you if you don't post more.

  5. Yeah dude, you need to check out my new blog post. It's all baseball geekiness.

  6. Damn, I've got a blog stalker. Sweet. School is out and marchhare14 is on the scene.

    Here's some thekrav answers:

    1.) Yeah, I was thinking Yanks were going to win, at most, 85 games. Don't know if I'll budge from that. Maybe 87 games if those baby starters get healthy.

    2.) Mo Rivera is amazing. But he's only good for 65-70 innings a year which is about 12-15% of the team's relief innings. The thought of the other 88% of the relief innings occasionally makes me nauseous.

    3.) Sorry that Torre hasn't brought along any magic. Maybe he should grow a mustache.

    4.) Hank Steinbrenner is loon. The NY press get much joy out of sticking a microphone in his face. I'm a traditionalist myself and wouldn't mind the two leagues agreeing on something. Though I always lean to get rid of the DH. But that will mean less runs and that's not sexy.

    Bam, there it is. I will now go to nodar.blogspot.com.

  7. I agree about the DH. Personally, I prefer a great defensive play to a home run. Or one of those strikeouts where the pitcher makes the batter look like he's never swung a bat before.