Friday, May 16, 2008

Mac's Mailbag 5/16/08

1. How many games played do you see for the following players in 2008: Nate Tomko, Ben Smith, Shelley Goodpastor, Jon Olsavsky, Dennis
Lackey, Jamie Moroco, Jared Clayton, Mikey Moroco, Matt

NT: 15, BS: 18, SG: 9, JO: 17, DL: 4, JM: 20, JC: 10, MM: 21, MM: 14

2. Will we ever see trades in the SBL again? If so, what trades do you think would make sense?

The past two seasons there really haven’t been as many such roster moves, but you have to keep in mind that in the past couple seasons, the teams have been pretty much hand picked by either team captains or people who know something about baseketball. I really think this year you may have a chance to see the trade deadline come into play, as there are in my opinion many more chances for personality/team chemistry clashes than in the last couple. Which teams might you see makes some moves? Well, the three teams that come to mind are…

The Kamikazzes (PJ and John have seemed content in the last couple years to come when it suits them...which is not good for a captain who needs them there every week yet might not have the stones to call and bitch at PJ to come like Nate or Rando would).

Banana Democracy (If a player on the roster isn’t at least in question as far as attendance goes, then he is a rookie…and we all know that sometimes rookies aren’t what they seem. Also, for karma’s sake, I think kippy needs to trade for a girl)

Fleshy Funbridges (If good players are not getting their share of playing time on a good team (see team Hall) then this could be the logical destination. I don’t know anyway who doesn’t enjoy playing with Rando.)

3. If you could make your own team of players you have never played with, who would be on it?

Shernisky, Rando, Pat Nespor and myself

4. If you were to construct your own All-American team, with drinking
ability being the only attribute considered, who would be on it?

Nate, Rando, Ben Smith, Bill, and Wes Davis

5. What is your status for this summer?
This really is a loaded question. The one thing for sure is that I’m going to find a new job and will not be there opening day (or probably the first couple weeks). After that, I see a few distinct possibilities.

1) I find a job in Pittsburgh and come home to play Sundays.
2) I end up moving in with Billy and working back in the valley
3) I take a job with the government in DC and work most every Sunday

Yeah, to make matters worse, I kind of met a girl out here…so nothing is really for certain.

6. Which team (not yours) will you enjoy watching most this year?

The fleshy funbridges!

Funny yet not contrived team name…check
Jaime Moroco on roster…check
Two most likeable GFs in the league…check
Loveable fat rookie who isn’t a ringer…check
Player expected of taking performance enhancers in the past…check
Biggest lightweight/funniest drunk ever (Palini)…check
Captain who cares more about fun than winning…check

What more is there to love?

7. Will we see regular updates to your blog?

It will really depend on how things play out with this new job and where I’m living.

8. Who's the biggest cheater: Bryan Frankovich (picking up ringers unknown to the rest of the league in past drafts), Bill Belichik (videotaping scandal), or Barry Bonds (steroids)?

When Ben Smith starts scraping the bottom of the barrel with questions, it’s obvious.

Ummmmm, I’m going to go with Bonds. At least the other two will admit to their crimes. Barry Bonds insults my intelligence.

9. Who is your dark horse POTY candidate?

Wow, this is going to sound wrong, but I have to say Terry Hall.

10. Rank the seven statistical categories in order of importance.

Didn’t you ask me this same one last year Ben?

1) Games played, 2) RBIs 3)DPs 4) Average 5)Assists 6)HRs 7) POs

11. How does it feel to be in the Hall of Fame? Any speech planned?

It honestly feels very similar to the Player of the Year Award in that I certainly didn’t feel deserving, but apparently was acknowledged for things other than just athletic prowess. Let’s face it, Frankovich came from that same year and he is a much more gifted athlete. Let’s just say it meant a lot. If I were to die tomorrow, I’d want it on my epitaph.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Power Rankings 05/08/2008

Yeah, that’s right bitches…rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…probably by Ben Smith…that asshole.

1) The Laser Cats

Any time you lead off a roster with the two best baseketballers of all time, you’re going to be the favorites going into the season. I’m not buying into all the talk of the two stars not being able to co-exist. I think both are going to be willing to change their game a little to hoist the left eye at the end of the year. The lame duck President has a habit of winning SBL championships every other year, and I think he has a good shot this year. I have a strong suspicion that this team will be intact come playoff time, and we already know that Terry can play with only one teammate if needed during the regular season.

2) Team Fro

This season looks to be a lot different for young captain Terry Hall. While last year was certainly a painful one, he has the talent to go all the way this year. If the Laser Cats have a team of players that may face chemistry issues at first, team Fro’ will have that going in, as many of the players have played with each other before. The key to their success really will be the emergence of Hall as one of the marquee names in the league, on par with the Frankovichs and Moroccos of the league (if not in the Shernisky/Tomko category). McClelland will certainly miss several weeks at the start of the year, but should be there more as the year goes on. There is also an outside shot that Shelley Goodpastor could be lured out of exile….which would spell doom for the rest of the SBL. My lone critique would be for them to dump these ringers and pick up Big Ted.

3) Team Frank

I don’t know what the hell Frankovich was thinking picking up so many players who dislike him. I’m not talking about the fake rivalry that many of us have with B-Frank either. Big Whitey just does not like him. That said, Bryan is the third best player in the league…and Aryn isn’t far behind.

4) Voltron

I couldn’t agree more with the fact that the best thing that could have happened to Mike Frankovich was to be free of his brother’s captaining. It’s like in that movie A League of Their Own. He’s going to get much better this year playing under Billy. This is certainly the most likeable team in the league…if they traded Gavin St. John for Pat Nespor, they might have the most likeable team of all time. I only wish they had someone with a little more fire to play under the basket with Billy.

5) Kyoto Kamikaze

Morocco better start praying that Jon, PJ and Greg all come regularly…which is a pretty big reach. This could finally be the season that Mikey steps out from B.Frank’s shadow and carries a team of his own. The question is what kind of team will he be carrying.

6) Team Fear the Sun
I don’t know many of the people on Kip’s roster, but I do know Ben and Dennis. I can’t see Dennis showing up week in and week out, and I just don’t see who is going to be the go-to guy on this team. This could change quickly once we get a look at these rookies.

7) The Fleshy Funbridges

The knowledge that Jamie Moroco is boinking some dude that isn’t me certainly plays into this ranking. But almost as scary is the rumor that George “The Juice” Kovac is now drug free and has lost about 30 pounds. We all saw how that worked out for Giambi. Will he be the same player without the Human Growth Hormone or the roid rage? Will he even come for a captain who to my knowledge he has little connection to? Let’s just say I’m looking for Fat Ass Davis to get a lot of action this year…which isn’t a good thing if Rando actually wants to win this year.