Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I'll pass on paying $399 for a Celtics folding chair used at the new Garden

"Made me chuckle" is a nice way to phrase it.  Here's what it says on the Celtics website when you click on the link to buy one of the chairs pictured above, for $399:

"Take advantage of this exclusive offer to own a piece of Celtics history by purchasing an authentic courtside seat from TD Garden, the home of the 17-time world champion Boston Celtics.

Each seat was in use at Boston Celtics games at TD Garden from 2005 until October 27, 2015.*

*Courtside seats were added and rotated in between 2005 and 2013. Specific use dates are not available for each individual seat."

Come on Celtics.  You're better than this.  It'd be one thing if these were seats from the old Boston Garden, but don't try to pass off anything since the Fleet Center days as "a piece of Celtics history" (unless you can guarantee it's from the 2008 Finals, but that'd still be a stretch).  This is just degrading to your actual history.

Oh, and in case you're the one crazy person who wants to fill your entire house with $400 folding chairs from which somebody may or may not have once watched Wally Szczerbiak play basketball, you can't--there's a limit of four per person.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Is it really possible Bartolo Colon hasn't learned English by now?

Bartolo Colon recently made headlines by hitting his first career home run just shy of his 43rd birthday, (which is today, coincidentally).  Because of that, his decision to never swing the bat last night due to a bad back was all the more news worthy--particularly because Colon claimed he even told the opposing catcher as much:

You can watch Colon's postgame interview here (beginning at the 5:30 mark of the video).  What stands out to me though, is that it's in Spanish.  Colon began his career as a major league baseball player in the United States 19 years ago.  How does he not speak perfect English by now?  That's just lazy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Xander Bogaerts has the top batting average in the AL, is on pace for 232 hits this season

The Red Sox have homered in a team-record 22 straight games.  Jackie Bradley Jr. own's a 27-game hitting streak (he's also first in the American League with a .413 on-base percentage), and 40-year-old David Ortiz is playing like the MVP.

Amongst all of this, it's easy to lose track of Xander Bogaerts' accomplishments.  Bogaerts has hit in 16 straight contests himself, and is leading the league in batting (pictured).

However, even more impressive is the fact that Bogaerts has a major-league-best 63 hits through 44 games, five more than anyone else in the AL.  At that pace, Boston's shortstop could finish the year with 232.  That'd be the most hits in an MLB season since Ichiro Suzuki's 238 in 2007.  The last guy besides Ichiro (who did it three times) to record that many hits was Darin Erstad (240) in 2000, and the last Red Sox player to do it was Wade Boggs (also 240) in 1985.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Lucky Man" by The Verve

The Verve is best known for either A) not being The Verve Pipe, or B) their hit Bittersweet Symphony off of 1997's Urban Hymns album.  However, I think Lucky Man (from that same disc) is a much better song.

It also gets extra points in my book for being the background music in the For Love of the Game trailer (pictured).  Even though For Love of the Game is Kevin Costner's third-best baseball movie, it's still got some great moments.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Will the "Go Lounge" be all over the beach this summer?

In theory, the Go Lounge looks like a pretty good idea...

...but I just don't trust that it's going to work.

One, I have a hard time believing you can really get it to fill up by swinging it through the air.  My guess is when you go to sit on it it's nowhere near fully inflated.  Two, I'm also fairly skeptical that it'll hold the air in--you're probably sitting on the ground after 5-10 minutes.  And three, won't whatever it's made of get really hot in the sun and be extremely uncomfortable to sit on?

Friday, May 20, 2016

I can't wait for the Starks of Winterfell to get the band back together for their world-domination revenge tour

It's been four days since the latest Game of Thrones episode, so I don't want to hear and "spolier" complaints.  The moment Sansa showed up on Jon Snow's doorstep just before he was about to leave town for good, I was instantly more pumped than I've ever been watching this show.

Back when it started five years ago, (at least in my mind) it was all about the Starks.  They were the good guys.  Arya was training to do battle with her skinny little sword, and I assumed she would some day rule the kingdom with it.  But then their family was beaten and skewered a million different ways, with their few surviving members sent to various reaches of the planet.

So many other plot lines came and went that the plight of the Starks was all but forgotten.

And now, finally, it appears to be coming back.  I just hope the writers are smart enough to reunite the whole squad and put Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and that other kid who doesn't seem to matter (they might as well toss Theon back on the team as well) all in the same place at the same time for their final f-you world-domination revenge tour.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Better streak: Roger Federer or Cal Ripken?

Roger Federer announced today that a lingering back injury will prevent him from playing in the upcoming French Open.  The last time Federer missed a Grand Slam tournament was during the summer of 1999, when he failed to qualify for the U.S. Open--he'd just turned 18 at the time and wasn't yet ranked in the world's top 100.

Federer's run of consecutive Grand Slams lasted more than 16 years and spanned 65 tournaments.  There's an argument to be made that Federer's streak is as impressive as Cal Ripken's 2,632 straight Major League Baseball games played (also just over 16 years, from May 30, 1982 until September 19, 1998).

Baseball's offseason is roughly six months (plenty of time to recuperate), while the longest gap between Grand Slam tourney's is only four months.  And while Ripken suited up for about twice as many games during his streak as Federer played matches, a baseball game isn't even remotely close to a tennis match in terms of physical exertion and the amount of stress put on the body.

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