70s/80s Early pre-metal – Basically stuff that would be played on Ozzy’s Boneyard, leaving out some of later tunes. Lots of pre-glam metal era. Think everything that led up to, but not including, Metallica. Examples: Led Zeppelin, UFO, Iron Maiden, Nazareth, Motorhead, Diamond Head, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, early Queen
Blues Rock – Not really talking about a time frame, but I mean really bluesy rock here, not just the awesome late 60s classic rock which had the influence. Examples: Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Rory Gallagher, Govt Mule, Allman Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Anders Osborne, Robin Trower, Cream… Led Zeppelin again
Fusion-ish Rock – Ok, I was gonna write prog rock, but then all you might think about would be Yes or the Moody Blues, and I’m going for something a little different. Mostly hard rock not just based on standard blues progressions. Examples: Pink Floyd, Tool, Dream Theater, Dixie Dregs, King Crimson, Rush, Queensryche, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, probably some Queen and Zeppelin here has well
Remember when you make your choice, you’re here to learn something. And don’t quibble about which band goes where. Only AC/DC sounds the same in every song and they could really fit in either of the first two categories.
I’m gonna be on vacation next week, so rather than have a dated post in the front of the site, I came up with a couple of internet Meme’s for the Nats. I used this website to make them, and that’s where I got the names for the memes that are in parenthesis. If you’ve got moar, please feel free to add to comments.
Henry Rodriguez (Futurama Fry):
Ankiel Meme (Boromir- based on his line “One does not simply walk into Mordor”):
Last night the Nats were down in the top of the 9th, but took the lead when Adam LaRoche hit a 2 run home run off of former National Joel Hanrahan. Unfortunately, a half an inning later, the Pirates did the same thing, and won on a walk off 2 run blast. But I’m not here to talk about the game. There are plenty of great websites that give you recaps of individual games. This one rarely, if ever, does that. Instead, I want to talk about how Joel Hanrahan looks. Specifically, that he looks more like his team logo than any player I can think of since Nap Lajoie.
Last week, Frank Jackson at the Harball Times wrote an article chronicling the long-defunct Eastern Shore League. As a frequenter of the Delmarva peninsula, I have since been captivated by the idea of this league. If only I could go see some D league baseball when I was out there! And the thought of a minor league park in Rehoboth Beach just sounds incredible to me. My first thought was that it would be fun to put together a map of all the teams with their logos overlayed on top at their location. But a quick scouring of the whole entire internet leads me to believe none of these logos exist anymore.
So I made the map sans logos, and decided to make my own logos. If you follow the link above, you’ll see that some of these cities had multiple teams and mascots, so I picked a few that were appealing to me and went with em.
We’ll start with the map, and then go into the logos:
Rob Neyer has been all about the surnacronym game this week, but I have noticed a serious lack of Washington players. So, as a response, I tried to go through much of the starting lineup and create one, using last names, and descriptions that are actually fitting of the players. Here goes:
Desmond: Dumb Errors, Supposedly Maturity Often Nourishes Defense
Zimmerman: Zippers Infield Marvelously, Mashes Everything, Remains Most Awesome National
Morgan: Must Overtly Restrict Getting Always Nabbed
LaRoche: Late At Reaching Offensive Crest, Hacks Early
I have a new addiction, and it is trivia. Actually, I’ve always loved trivia, but now I have a new website that I am addicted to called Sporcle. I don’t even know if it’s new, but it’s new to me so back off! They have all kind of categories, but of course, I really enjoy the baseball ones. Here are a few of the quizzes for baseball – and how I did. Some I am puffing my chest out about, others I am quite ashamed of my lack of knowledge. See if you can beat my score:
Baseball Reference is a truly wonderful site, and it is the standard among anyone who wants to see tons of basic stats. Of course, if you are a reader of this site, you know the first time I mention any current major league player on the Nats, I link to his Baseball Reference page. These pages can be very helpful, but they can also be eye-opening, mind-blowing or just plain weird. Here are a few I’ve found that I find interesting in no particular order:
John Coleman: In 1883, he was the single season leader in Earned Runs, Hits, and Losses, and nobody has ever beat him in any of these marks.
Michael Jordan: A 31-year old AA player who batted .202/.289/.266, what’s so interesting about that?
Will White: He pitched 680 innings in 1883, a record that will broken some time after there’s a professional team on Saturn. More remarkable? He pitched 7 more seasons AFTER that, and did so rather effectively, with an ERA+ of 121 and a record of 154-133. This is all after that 1883 season, so maybe we ARE baby-ing pitchers. Let’s think about a 3 man rotation next year, is all I’m saying.
Babe Ruth: Look how many times he lead the league in R, HR, BB, OBP, SLG, OPS… there were 5 seasons where he got on base more than HALF the time he got up! Then, when you’re duly amazed, scroll down and look at his pitching career, which included a 94-46 record (10th all time winning percentage) and an ERA title. Geez.
Say what you want about the two big local DC newspapers, they both have great sports sections. They have strong coverage of the Nats, and well-known and well-respected writers like Boswell and Loverro spend alot of time writing about baseball. Despite what their mother-papers might do, both of their sports sections seem to be reasonable and informative.
Then there’s the New York Post, which ran a cover yesterday that was thoroughly hilarious, mostly because I can’t believe they actually ran it. This is a REAL newspaper, with a large circulation (6th largest in the US according to wikipedia). It is a tabloid, it runs some crazy stuff, but it is well-regarded for its sports coverage. It is also well known for its covers. And yesterday’s cover was just.. insane. There’s really no other way to describe it!
Twitter. Everyone keeps telling me I have to do it. But I have been skeptical. Isn’t it a bit narcissistic to think that people care what we’re thinking at any given moment? The same could be said about blogging, I suppose. But, I will be using it to talk about baseball and the Nats, so, what could be bad about that?
The Nats finished up their season yesterday, and Adam Dunn managed only to hit 38 home runs all year. Because he was specifically designed to hit 40 or more (and had done so for 5 consecutive years) he will be disassembled and sold for parts.
Invented in the late 20th century by Honda Research and Development’s Fundamental Technology Research Center, the android eventually known as Adam Dunn was the 4th in a line of robots designed to walk, strike out, and hit home runs.
Called Three True Outcome Robots, Adam is Version4.0, a grand leap in technology from his predecessors. Originally created back in the early 80s, V1.0, nicknamed Dave Nicholson, was good at doing what his creators intended. But on balance, he did too little of the most important outcome, hitting home runs, and was scrapped for parts before most of the engineering world knew of his existence.