Friday, November 30, 2007

Sunday it's supposed to snow. Monday it's supposed to blizzard. Tomorrow? Very nice.

So I guess it's too bad that we're not moving the couches we bought tomorrow. Instead we've been postponed to next Friday... in the middle of a snowstorm. Yay.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I took my college assessment exam. Basically it's an exam that covers all of the core classes in your major. Long story short, it means I'm almost done.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

There was an article on today about how the Yankees are looking to trade for Johan Santana. Rumor has it that he's looking for a new deal in the $25 million per year range. Not many teams could even begin to think about signing him to a deal like that, but the Yankees are certainly one of those teams.

This, once again, leads to my question of when is MLB going to beat down the union and install a salary cap? Is it going to be when the Marlins have a $25 million payroll and the Yankees have a $500 million payroll? It should only be a few more years before that happens. If the Yankees do get Santana and pay him his $25 million, then they'll have a 25 man roster that costs more than $250 million per year. That's a ridiculous AVERAGE of $10 million per year per player.

I don't care that the Yankees haven't been able to buy a World Series lately. Regardless of what you believe, the fact is that eventually this disparity will kill the game.

In 2007 there were 64 players in MLB that had salaries of $10 million or more. 11 of those played for the Yankees. Now consider than the Yankees also had 9 players making less than $1 million per year. Imagine what will happen to their payroll when they begin replacing some of those low priced players with high priced players.

I say it every year, and I'll say it again. One of the main reasons that the NFL succeeds is because of their salary parity and the non-guaranteed contracts that they have. All of the teams are on equal footing, which is why teams come from nowhere to compete. That's unheard of in MLB. You're not going to see the Devil Rays lose 100 games for 5 years in a row and then win 100 games the next year. It just doesn't happen. Well it does happen in the NFL. The Browns have been a doormat for 5 years and if the season ended today, they'd be in the playoffs.

I understand that the executives in charge of MLB love having the Yankees as the big gorilla at the top. It helps attendance, etc. What it doesn't help is parity.

Here's a wild solution that stands absolutely zero chance of happening.

1. Install a salary cap in baseball.
2. Allow each team to designate 3 keepers (players that will stay on its roster.)
3. Throw all of the rest of the players in the Major Leagues into a draft.
4. Have each team do a re-draft of players while sticking to the salary cap.

You'd end up with salary parity and a real feeling that anyone could win. Yes, I know it would never happen, but imagine the excitement that people in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay would feel.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our project due date got moved to next Tuesday. Praise the Lord! I had done only about 25% of the work that I needed to have done by tomorrow, so this is really great.

Also, school's almost over.

Suck it school!

Monday, November 26, 2007

An uneventful return trip from Maryland. Not counting the 90 minutes of dead locked, 10 MPH max traffic between Breezewood and Bedford Pennsylvania of course.

You've got to love the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It's the definition of great.

It's got it all...

Stopping on the highway for no reason? Check.
Under construction all of the time? Check.
Views of a boring wasteland? Check.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I'm closing my eyes now and picturing Miguel Cabrera playing third for the Indians. It's nice.

Now I'm opening my eyes and realizing that it will never ever happen.

Florida probably wants CC Sabathia, Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, and the naming rights to Jacobs Field in order to consummate any trade with the Tribe.

Boo to that. I don't want the Jake to be renamed Fish Stix stadium, or some other such crap.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Once again, my group hasn't done too much. It's okay though. I only have five class days left and just two more group projects. Ever.

Ah, sweet sweet freedom. I can taste it already.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Might get new couches tonight. Pretty exciting! Then I've got a big day tomorrow too. Actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I think it's hilarious that Alex Rodriguez is once again talking to the Yankees. It turns out that it wasn't about wanting out of the pressure pot known as New York... it was only about more money. That's why people hate a lot of professional athletes. They claim it's for personal or family reasons, but it's ALWAYS about the money.

Scott Boras: We demand $350 million per week in order to negotiate.

A-Rod: Nevermind Yankees, I don't like New York so I'm opting out.

Steinbrenner: Okay, we don't want anyone that doesn't want to be a Yankee.

Rest of MLB: *crickets*

Scott Boras: Oops.

A-Rod: I changed my mind. I love New York!

Steinbrenner: A-Rod has shown he DOES want to be a Yankee. Yay!

It's so freaking stupid. All he cares about is the money. He doesn't want to be a Yankee any more than he wants to be a Marlin. He just wants $30 million per year. He doesn't care where it comes from. It's all about the money. He'll kiss the new Steinbrenner's booty in order to get it too. It's just a shame that the new management of the Yankees didn't choose to stick it to him this time and not let him back to the table. That would have been really great. To see A-Rod leave $81 million for 3 years + $150 million for 5 years on the table in order to take a 4 year offer of $80 million. Oh the happiness that would've brought me.

Suck it Scott Boras!

Oh, and PS. Suck it Yankees!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Money doesn't buy rings, but what it definitely does buy is the ability to recover from a free agent mistake. It also makes it far easier to add depth to a team so as to prevent a few injuries from ruining a season.

Baseball needs a salary cap and it needs it now. Whenever average (at best) pitchers are commanding $10 million + salaries, there is a huge problem. They need to break the union and install a cap. It's the only long term hope for the success of the league.

Presently, there are about 25 teams out of the running for most of the free agents in the market. That's just not good for the health of the game. When fans give up on their team before the season even starts, it's just not good.

The NFL is successful because all of the teams salaries are on par. Everyone has a chance. MLB is successful in spite of the huge salary disparity of the teams. That can't last forever.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The potential end of my long and painful college career is just a month away.

Finals are the week of December 10-14 and graduation is on December 17th.

At that point I will have earned 203 credit hours. 203! For a freaking bachelors degree. That's 70 more than is required. I could've earned more than 2 masters in the same amount of classes, and people wonder why I hate school so much.

It's because I lost so many credits in my transfer. It's ridiculous that they can't give you credit for a class because "it's too advanced and we have nothing comparable."

That just sucks.

Dear college,

I hate you!


Monday, November 12, 2007

We're STILL writing wedding thank you notes. And by we, I mean me. I imagine we've got about 10 left to write, and they just seem to be taking forever. Why? Because I suck. It's certainly better than not having to write any notes, but we must have had about 873.2 notes to write. That's a lot.

Friday, November 9, 2007

What annoys me most (among a long list of mosts I might add) about Hillary Clinton is her seemingly invulnerability in the media. Am I the only one in the world that has noticed that every time she speaks her opinion her ratings go down? They only go back up when she shuts up. Guess what that means? It means that she sucks.

Why doesn't the media say something about that? Oh. I remember now.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

So I was reading this article about this kid that made a foot powered toilet lid (just like the trash cans you step on to raise the lid.)

Anyway, in the article is this quote:

"My mom was getting mad at me for forgetting to put the toilet seat down and she was falling in," said Jake, a fourth-grader at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary School.

This got me to thinking... if women can complain about the lid being up all the time, don't you think they could also just check to see if it's down before they sit on the toilet? I mean really, how much effort is it to just look before you sit?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

We had our group project tonight. The guy who did nothing got zero credit. He didn't even get to present tonight. Sucks for him, as this project was worth 25% of our total grade and this is our capstone class...

You get what you earn though, and he earned zippo on this.

What sucks though is that we have one last group project, and it's with the same groups, so once again we get stuck with this guy who has already screwed us on two different projects.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Gotta love group projects part two: One of the guys in my 4 man group didn't bother to contact us or respond to his responsibilities until tonight. The project is due tomorrow along with the presentation. Nice one. The guy literally did nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Then he has the nerve to contact us to see if we needed help with anything. Ha! That's funny. Funny like a clown. Funny ha ha. You amuse me.


Friday, November 2, 2007

Can someone explain to me why this person with the freakishly huge mouth is attractive to a large portion of the world? I just don't get it. She's average at best to me...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

This just in. LeBron James is boring and the Cleveland Browns are exciting.

What world is this?