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Meet the Mariners new coach…

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A veteran with a long career, the roots of which run back to a place near another place that begins with an S.

Insert Trite but Incisive Point about Whupping the Yankees

“We Suck and We Can’t Not Suck”

thWe all have a sense of what’s right and wrong, long-term. We all know on some level not to have the extra slice of pizza. Many of you have probably set up retirement accounts. Many of you probably haven’t contributed enough. Even when we know we’re doing the right thing for the future, there’s no immediate reward for that, and we naturally want what’s rewarding now. It’s why we splurge on unnecessary things and then justify it by saying it’s been a hard week, or we’ll save money later, or what’s one little extra expense? We suck and we can’t not suck. Even when we know what’s absolutely right, it can be unappealing if we don’t get a short-term benefit. Save money for retirement and you actually lose money, effectively, today.

More here.

And here.

DISTURBING UPDATE HERE.

I Could Do This…

…but I choose not to.

Speaking of Bad Catholics

Interesting music and pics of Babe Ruth. I like the clip of him just stepping in the box and hitting, just like it is pure sport. The ball is thrown to you and you hit it. Ichiro used to give that same sandlot vibe.

Music similar to this, which has a bit of a Bilderberg riff as well. Speaking of the American League. That the Designated Hitter rule is a Bilderberg conspiracy is a well-known fact.

The Liverpooligans vs. The Bilderburg Bluebloods

In the US, however, spectator sports were organized from the top of society down, which has largely kept them from being a vehicle for mass populism. For example, American football evolved among rivalries between universities with national pretensions: Harvard v. Yale, Army v. Navy, and Notre Dame v. USC.

Similarly, professional sports in the US always had a strongly corporate, upper-middle-class air. For instance, the most celebrated game in professional football history, Broadway Joe Namath’s New York Jets’ victory over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl, was a victory for the national media’s home team.

In the 1890s, baseball’s sole major league, the National League, was being taken over by Irish brawlers such as the crafty John McGraw of the Baltimore Orioles. Thus, ballparks attracted a lower class of fan. In 1901 entrepreneur Ban Johnson founded the rival American League to provide a more honest and gentlemanly version of the game that would appeal to WASP and German-American families. Johnson’s league has remained dominant for most of the last eleven decades.

In contrast, European soccer clubs mostly emerged from their indigenous communities. European soccer teams sponsored local youth leagues that served as feeder systems for talent. American college basketball coaches, though, are lauded not for their training, but for scouring distant slums to recruit genetically gifted one-and-done stars.

 

Vanity, thy name is…

Not quite this anymore….

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….thanks to the newest Korrektivkind:

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Claudia Maureen. 9 lbs. 6 oz. 20 3/4 inches. Feb. 9. (4:50 a.m. (that’s right, A.M.)

Which for those with Irish Alzheimer’s (you forget everything but the grudges) means mnemonically that 2 had 9 on 2/9…

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So, I might be looking for a new set of plates but then again I might not… You see, 9-9 just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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JOB

“How my friend Maria joined the Sacred Order of the Very 1970s Catholic Social Apocalypse/Baseball Novel.”

The Awl discovers Catholic end-times literature.

The King Applies Another Korrektiv

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27 Up, 27 Down

This is well worth a gander, even for Mets fans. Felix is the kind of person you can really be happy for; totally classy through and through.

It was a beautiful day in Seattle yesterday and you’ll also notice in the video what a lovely stadium is Safeco Field. Maybe we can convene a conference there sometime. Good Mexican Sandwiches.