Saturday, December 27, 2008

Jibjab's 2008 Year In Review

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I was rather cynical when this poem was written; nonetheless...

'its just the beginning of the message we send
a political season winding down to its end
I will not raise your taxes my friend
just those who make more than you

autumn's arrived coloured leaves on the trees
the Seahawks keep losing we need a reprieve
sitting with santa in pictures say "cheese"
with vertically challenged elves
[Written on 10/14/08]

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Miscellaneous Musings on Threads of Interest:

This post was mostly drafted back on December 12th and deals with the subject of sports -one that has been such a downer this year that I have said next to nothing on it at all on this humble weblog. Nonetheless...

Jack Zduriencik's first trade is a good one (Steve Kelley)


I waited to see something substantive from this new general manager before saying anything. It is based on basically five frustrating years of watching a team make one disaster of a mistake after another. But Steve Kelley -a columnist whom I disagree with about as often as I agree- really summarizes my view of this trade well and I am not just referring to the Abbot and Costello analogy at the beginning of the column.{1}

New Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik comes out dealing at winter meetings (Larry Stone)


Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most naturally talented players in baseball history in his prime. Injuries have robbed him of much of the past eight years{2} but at 39 he still has plenty in the tank. He is not gonna hit 50 homers anymore but at Safeco he might do 35-40. The field was literally built for his swing after all. Bring him to town, pay him reasonably, keep him off the field{3} as designated hitter (DH), and it can only help this team which has a serious need for a left handed power bat.

Gary Payton trying to get NBA team in Seattle

May you be as intense and relentless on this project as you were on the court back in the day Gary. Seriously.

Hawks send coach out a winner in his final game


It was nice to see the Hawks put together a battling game this season after the rash of injuries to key players and the lowered morale of losing so many close games. Mike Holmgren is the best coach the Hawks ever had and he made this team respectable as well as annual contenders. I look forward to their return to respectability next season but will always be thankful for what Holmgren did for not only the Hawks but for pro football in Seattle. Now if only someone can do something about the Washington Huskies but I digress.

Notes:

{1} Though that does not hurt of course :)

{2} Here is his stat chart. As readers can seem except for 2000, 2005, and 2007 Griffey had decent numbers -though the latter saw Griffey hit a mere 35 and 30 home runs respectively due to injuries but at least he was able to do something. (In 2000 his hitting 40 was seen as a down year based on his past track record but he has not duplicated that feat since.)

One reason he has not done so is playing him in the outfield where the injury bug has simply been too pervasive a problem for him. (The National League where the Cincinnati Reds play having no DH.) At DH Griffey could probably play five more years and at 32 homers a year on average (if he stays healthy) he could break the "record" set by that steroid bloater unethical cheater Barry Bonds and restore respect to a tarnished record.

{3} He is not the defensive dynamo he once was and though still good with the glove, there is too much risk of injury at this point to put him in any position except DH.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

allowing me to be me
who else could I hope to be
as Ronnie Van Zant's "Freebird" was free
that's my goal in life to some extent

woke up radio on to my favourite band
dreamed that I was lucky but woke up cold in hand
cracked open a Guinness, steak that is canned
obla dee, obla dah, life goes on
[Written on 10/15/08]

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Points to Ponder:
(On Gun Control)

If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime. [The Ninety-Seventh Congress: Report on the Senate Subcommittee of the Constitution (circa February 1982)]

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