. . . and the home of the brave

Posted by: Lea

. . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 04:15 PM

Play ball!<br><br>Yes! Yes! Yes! The season finally starts tonight! Astros play their opener tomorrow against Pittsburgh! I am one very, very happy MacBabe!<br><br>Great column in today's sports section by Richard Justice ~ pretty much sums it all up for me. <br><br><br>[color:blue] NO other sport compares to baseball. No other sport has its timeless beauty or its pleasing rhythms. No other sport has its combination of grace and power. As wise people know, baseball is not just better than football. It's way better. We add now to a growing list of reasons why . . . </font color=blue><br><br> Baseball lengths ahead of football<br><br><br><br><br><br> [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/smile.gif[/img]<br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]Wild young Sammy was a crazy cat and she shook some dust out of her coonskin cap . . .</font color=blue><br><br>
Posted by: Michael

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 04:55 PM

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Posted by: DLC

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:03 PM

" NO other sport compares to baseball. No other sport has its timeless beauty or its pleasing rhythms. No other sport has its combination of grace and power...."<br><br><br>OH YEAH !!???<br><br><br>what about sex ? <br><br><br>I won't get into the puns, .... they run in the 1000s !!!<br><br> <br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:06 PM

My BF's family is so mad for the game that when his dad passed & was cremated<br>they sprinkled some of his ashes on the Mickey Mantle Memorial in Yankees Stadium<br>and put another healthy pinch of his ashes in Lou Gehrig's Locker in Cooper's Town, NY. <br><br><br><br>[color:white].</font color=white><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:13 PM

Aren't they tearing down Yankee Stadium for a new one?<br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:14 PM

I agree..baseball is boring.<br><br>Of course most sports are boring to me.<br><br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:22 PM

I'm with Michael...to me baseball is boring. <br>I would much rather see a bunch of 300 pound behemoths beating up on each other.<br>My best friend is a huge Red Sox fan. Very few people know more about baseball than he does.<br>So I keep my mouth shut. Especially since I can't stand the Red Sox.<br><br>
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:47 PM

On TV, yes. Live and in person? Really great drama.<br><br>
Posted by: Michael

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 06:59 PM

It's not a sport. It's a pastime. <br><br>
Posted by: Lea

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 07:05 PM

Especially if your battin' 1000.<br><br><br>(Blame David, not me . . .) <br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]Wild young Sammy was a crazy cat and she shook some dust out of her coonskin cap . . .</font color=blue><br><br>
Posted by: Pete

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 07:59 PM

Baseball's not for those with a short attention span, no. <br><br>
Posted by: Michael

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 08:28 PM

My niece says I don't understand the nuances of the game and she's probably right. I never played baseball, I never liked baseball. She lives in New Rochelle, NY and still comes to Boston to see games in Fenway. She's a hardcore fan. But, not surprisingly so is her father (my brother-in-law) and her brother. But, they're all Pats fans too so it's not all bad. <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 08:31 PM

[color:blue]Baseball lengths ahead of football</font color=blue> - yes the only sport where scratching your "nuts" means something <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 08:45 PM

Well now, in soccer you hold your nuts. Does that count? <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 09:16 PM

Well in Rugby you loose your nuts - does that count <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 09:22 PM

Hmmmm . . . I thought you had to be a loose nut to play rugby. <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/01/07 09:27 PM

Its organized muggings - much like Hockey , ahh hockey mugging does not seem organized to well - maybe its just me I guess<br><br>
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 06:03 AM

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Posted by: DLC

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 08:02 AM

HA HA HA ~ a past- time my eye<br><br> ...tell that to 10 million 'horny" American males on a Saturday night ! <br><br>yep it's Saturday night !! ... and past the Time !! <br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 10:40 AM

GRIDIRON'S 4 PUSS!ES!!! <br><br><center><br><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/X_hqosNvv5E"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/X_hqosNvv5E" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br><br></center><br>lezsee you bust them moves WITHOUT the Armour Plating!<br><br>[color:white].</font color=white><br>
Posted by: Michael

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 10:49 AM

<br>But, don't forget they're getting hit by 300 + pound guys wearing the same "armor plating".<br><br>Soccer is another no strategy game (although people will argue that as with any sport) that I never watch. <br><br>George Carlin summed it up best.<br><br>Baseball is a 19th century pastoral game.<br>Football is a 20th century paramilitary power struggle.<br><br>Baseball is played in a park...the baseball park.<br>Football is played in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.<br><br>The baseball field is...a diamond.<br>The football field is a gridiron.<br><br>Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.<br>Football begins in the fall, when everything is dying.<br><br>In football, you wear a helmet.<br>In baseball, you wear a cap!<br><br>Football is concerned with downs. What down is it? Oh, it's the last down.<br>Baseball is concerned with ups. Who's up? Are you up? He's up! I'm up!!<br><br>In football, you get a penalty.<br>In baseball, you make an error...oops!<br><br>In football, the specialist comes on to kick something.<br>In baseball, the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.<br><br>Football has tackling, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting, sacking, and unnecessary roughness.<br>Baseball has . . . the sacrifice.<br><br>Football is played in any kind of weather--rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, major catastrophe, can't see, don't know if there's a game going on, mud on the field, can't read the uniforms, can't read the yard markers--doesn't matter, the struggle will continue.<br>In baseball, if it rains, we don't go out to play. I can't go out, it's raining out!!<br><br>Baseball has the s e v e n t h i n n i n g s t r e t c h .<br>Football has the twominutewarning.<br><br>And, of course, the objectives of the games are also completely different.<br><br>In football, the object is for the quarterback, sometimes called the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which may consist of power plays designed to punch holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.<br>In baseball, the object is to get home . . . safe.<br><br>
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 10:52 AM

<br>THERE!<br><center><br><br><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sShMA85pv8M"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sShMA85pv8M" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br><br></center><br><br>...NOW IT'S OFFICIAL! <br><br>[color:white].</font color=white><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 11:32 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Soccer is another no strategy game<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>That's what I used to think, before I started coaching it for my son's team. Not quite as strategy-less as you think!<br><br>
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 01:49 PM

Yep!<br><br>And according to Jack (...remember Jack?)<br>"Baseball" is a girl's game called "Rounders"<br>for people too dense to understand the rules<br>of the gentleman's game called "CRICKET". <br><br>...but whatever...<br><br>[color:white].</font color=white><br>
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 02:22 PM

But all joking aside,<br><br>I recognize the line you posted from the Houston Chronicle as a <br>line extolling the merits of the game as described by Ken Burns<br><br>I bought the Boxed DVD Set and the Companion Coffee-Table Book<br>as a special gift for my boyfriend for his 55th Birthday last May.<br><br>He bought me "The Civil War" by Ken Burns & "COSMOS" by Carl Sagan<br>[color:white].</font color=white><br>
Posted by: Michael

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 02:53 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Not quite as strategy-less as you think!<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>And that's why I put parenthetically "although people will argue that as with any sport". <br><br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 04:21 PM

Dallas had better hope the Suns get eliminated early because the Suns have their number.<br>If I have to put my money on it I'd take the Suns all the way.<br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/02/07 04:34 PM

Understood. But my real basic point is that any sport, or any human endeavor really, seems strategyless (or "boring") to folks who don't know a whole lot about the endeavor. The more you know, the more there is to be seen, and the more interesting the subject becomes. The idea puzzles my students sometimes, who wonder why I'd want to go aroun dissecting poems, say, which they'd just as soon "enjoy" without the analysis. I tell them the same thing--the more you know, the more there is to be known, and so the more enjoyment there is in engaging with the subject.<br><br>
Posted by: MrB

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/03/07 08:55 AM

Baseball is to be enjoyed in a leasurely manner sitting back and watch two people play catch for the most part. If you took out all the time when there was not action you would be left with 3 minutes.<br><br>Of course if you did that with Football it would be that or less. Now with Basketball you dont' start the clock until someone is moving so you have 40 minutes or 60.<br><br>dave<br><br>
Posted by: Pete

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/03/07 09:47 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>If you took out all the time when there was not action you would be left with 3 minutes.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>A pitcher standing 60.5 feet away, hurling a baseball at 90 mph isn't 'action'...? <br><br>
Posted by: Lea

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/03/07 10:11 AM

How long does it take a 95 mph fast ball to go from release by the pitcher to contact (or not) with the bat?<br><br>.4 of a second. <br><br>I'm used to being pretty much alone in fora land with my love of the game. But I live in Houston, and I'm never alone loving my Astros. It's all good.<br><br>Well, except losing last night, because our snake bit closer, Brad Lidge, lost our two run lead and the game, top of the ninth with two outs. If I had his figurine, I'd rip it into little pieces and put it down the disposal. If I had his bobble head doll, I'd rip off the head and let my dogs play catch. First opener we've lost in six years. <br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]Just push play ~ Theyre gonna bleep it anyway ~ </font color=blue><br><br>
Posted by: Celandine

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/03/07 10:20 AM

Should be an inneresting season:<br><br><A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/sports/baseball/03yankees.html?em&ex=1175745600&en=041d9ebcf268c7b9&ei=5087
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Posted by: MrB

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 04/03/07 10:47 AM

Well, he and the catcher are playing catch. <br><br>Coming from the middle of America we have rodeo. Now that is something else entirely. Still boring. You have the bronc/bull riding and each action last no more than 8 seconds. <br><br>dave<br><br><br>
Posted by: Leslie

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 05/14/12 10:22 PM

Love baseball. It is the art world of athletics.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 05/14/12 11:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Leslie
Love baseball. It is the art world of athletics.
I love baseball too, but you do realize that this is a 5 year old thread? grin

If it was at the top you must have accidentally clicked something to sort the forum that way. No harm, just seeing some old names in the list gave me a flashback. cool
Posted by: MrB

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 05/15/12 09:33 AM

I noticed it was old but still


I still think its boring. But it's much better today with all the production the use and watching it on a HD tv

Actuall, it was just a month from this post backin '07 that I got my first HD tv.

Dave
Posted by: Lea

Re: . . . and the home of the brave - 05/15/12 10:33 AM


It is the art world of athletics.


Well, if it's National League, yes, it is.

American League? D.Fckn'.H. Nuff said.

Yep, I'm bitter about the forced move down here.

And nope, I can't believe we're in a thread that's ?? years old laugh Next time I'm looking for a truly satisfying waste of valuable time? I reeely want to try this magic trick. I still don't understand how it's done, though.