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Theories, Observations and Tips No. 1

…Or, what’s been going on this week in my brain…

You can teach your toddler to not develop an addictive personality. Seriously, you can. Maybe. For those of you with small children, this may make a little bit of sense. What are you in constant search of as the parent of a toddler? Silence? Peace? Sanity? Love? All of the above? When you find something that your child likes (maybe a shiny new toy), when do you take it away from them? Probably not while they are contented by it, right? No, you wait until they are fed up with it, and then you find a new way of entertaining them. Let me launch this idea at you, though: What if you DID take it away while they were enjoying it? Would it be mean? Yes. Would it be to your immediate detriment? Absolutely. BUT, would it also serve as a barrier to your child’s need to be contented by outside influences, and thus learn to rely only on themselves for happiness? I, uh, think so. But hey, I’m no doctor.

You should be able to make an Energy Smoothie at home without a blender or expensive supplements. And guess what? You can. Pay close attention as I give step-by-step directions…

       Step 1: Purchase a Five Hour Energy.

       Step 2: Purchase a gas-station-sized bottled (12 oz) juice drink. I use grapefruit juice. Orange juice is also good.

       Step 3: Freeze the juice. This is the hardest step.

       Step 4: If you completely freeze the juice, let it thaw just enough to shake it.

       Step 5: Take a healthy swig of the juice, just enough to allow enough room to pour the Five Hour in.

       Step 6: Pour the Five Hour into the frozen juice.

       Step 7: Shake vigorously.

       Step 8: Drink

       Step 9: You’re welcome.

Billy Beane really regrets the Matt Holliday fiasco. By acquiring David DeJesus and Edwin Encarnacion in the past week, it seems as though the A’s are really trying to put together a winning team that has the potential to get them over the top. This, despite a net loss in the two Holliday deals tells me that Beane probably believes that if he can win now, maybe nobody will notice that 1) he got out-Moneyballed by the Giants, and 2) the Holliday fiasco was a horrible idea that could come back to haunt him unless the A’s can continue to stay competitive on the field. I expect to see even more moves by the A’s during this off-season.

Thank you for reading. Now, get out of my head.

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New Kid on the Block….not the “dreamy” Joey either.

The title brings me to a question:  What was your favorite NKOTB song?  Personally, I liked “Cover Girl.”  I’m not afraid to admit the fact that I listened when I was younger; a guilty pleasure that I can’t deny.  It’s like my obsession with the “Smallville” series. (Come back Lex.)

I would thank my counter-part for the introduction.  All three words of it.  Since this is my introductory blog (and my first blog ever), I would like to allow myself to introduce…..myself.

I work in the radio industry as Sports Director for a public radio station in Indianapolis.  I am a play-by-play commentator and reporter for the radio station.  I am also a student and write articles for the school newspaper as well.  This is all a learning process, so hopefully I will grow as my career grows and we all grow together  (Is that weird?  Did I just make it weird?).  Aside from my career, I serve tables at a local restaurant in Indy and I am a dad of an amazing 8-year-old girl.

(Damn.  This kinda sounds like an online dating profile.  “I like the outdoors, rain, long walks on the beach…”)

So why the information?  Because I might talk about any of this on a random basis.  (Hence sports randomness.)

The podcast is a work in progress.  “The Think Tank” will be up and running by the beginning of November and you should be able to find it through the site here or on iTunes.  In it we will focus on the fantasy world in sports, but a little more in depth.  We will talk about players, but also league settings and formats and what other fantasy “experts” are saying.  We will also dabble in the pop culture world and just about anything else related to the world of sports we love so much. Any mention of “Glee” will be strictly prohibited.

More to come from me and the rest of the crew at Sports Randomness.  I have now found my New Kids cd….

Oh, sweet melodies……

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Under (long overdue) Construction

Sometimes life gets in the way of doing the things we actually like to do in our spare time. Sometimes it’s a new baby, sometimes it’s more responsibilities at work, sometimes you just feel like being a slacker. In my case, I’d answer D) “All Of The Above”.

But allow me to stop digressing and start progressing toward the point, which is that grand happenings are a-coming. The baby will be 1 in December, so it’s time to get off my lazy ass and start writing again.

Not just writing, but also podcasting. Jason and I are in the collaborating and idea-forming stage of developing “The Think Tank”, a weekly podcast produced in the studios of the University of Indianapolis and available here at the site.

Not just writing and podcasting, but also, um, well maybe that is it for now. But in the future we hope to have more contributors on board that share our love and disdain for all things encapsulated under the moniker of “Sport”.

Stay tuned..

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Mark Cuban (Almost) Takes Advantage of Peter King

Earlier tonight while perusing twitter for updates on the US Men’s Soccer Team’s quest at a World Cup berth, I happened across a rather strange feud. It seems that Mark Cuban decided to pick a fight with Sports Illustrated writer and NBC NFL analyst Peter King. 

Now, I follow my fair share of sports celebrities on twitter and, other than Chad Ochocinco picking a fight with Shawne Merriman, I can’t remember such a high profile skirmish being started (and probably ended) right there in front of me on the powerful social network website. It all started with this tweet, which basically is Mark Cuban accusing Peter King of being a neanderthal for not knowing what HDNet is.

HDNet, for those who don’t know, is a  high definition television network that “provides viewers with some of the most exciting and topical news, sports, music and entertainment programming in the industry” (As taken right off their website). More relevant to this discussion, though, it is also the channel that televises the games for the newly formed UFL professional football league. If you weren’t aware of that don’t worry, you’re not alone. Apparently neither did Peter King. Although technically this is a retweet, meaning that @Golf Logsdon was the one who actually didn’t know where to find the UFL. Fortunately for him and everyone here, we all know where to find it now.

That’s the point of all of this after all. Mark Cuban basically used Peter King to promote his network. You see, Mark Cuban is the Chairman and President of HDNet, and therefore a strong advocate for the success of the UFL. Peter King is a football writer who has shown passing interest in the UFL. When Cuban saw that King was tweeting about the UFL, he waited for some sort of negativity on the part of King and jumped at his chance to rope the 20-year SI veteran into a war of, um, tweets.

After that initial provocation, though, King never really took the bait. Maintaining his composure, King responded by re-tweeting what Cuban was saying to him a couple of times, adding a “Nice to meet you” to the end of the first one. King also came right out and explained his position further, that he had never heard of HDNet

Cuban, for what it’s worth, didn’t take matters too far. He had what he wanted, which was a response or two from King and his 85,000 twitter followers. Although I did find it funny that when Cuban saw this tweet from someone explaining to King that he was being baited, Cuban had the response of “ding, ding, ding :)” An overtly condescending reaction from Cuban,you might say.

I take two things from this whole episode: 1) Peter King is, if nothing else, an intelligent person for not retaliating in this situation; 2) Mark Cuban likes to use smileys in his tweets.

Oh, and 3) Go USA! They beat Honduras and are headed to the World Cup. USA! USA! USA!

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I’m not really A Radiohead fan. Is that ok?

Listen, I know that a LOT of people listen to Radiohead. They are actually considered to be Gods, I’m pretty sure. But I’ve just never enjoyed listening to them. It may have something to do with the fact that the first time I heard them I was unbelievably drunk and stoned and the video for Paranoid Android came on, (you know, the cartoon dude who chops his arms off) and it completely freaked me out. But not only did it freak me out it also was the last thing I remember before I started praying to the porcelain gods. And it was one of those REALLY bad nights, I think maybe it was my birthday or something. And when you get that sick you have a tendency to associate it with something. Well for me that something is Radiohead. So, just to clarify, I’m not a Radiohead fan, but I don’t dislike them for any real reason. To me they are like Pearl Jam or even The Rolling Stones. I’ll listen to them if someone else plays one of their songs, and I’ll even admit that it’s pretty good, but they just don’t do it for me.

But what I’ve noticed lately is that anyone who wants to sound like they know music at all will try to associate their listening tastes with Radiohead. Like, just the fact that they listen to Radiohead makes them cool for some reason. And I’ve gotta say, this is now my new reason for not liking Radiohead. I feel like I’ve had this conversation many, many times and it always goes something like:

Whoever: “Hey, so what’s your favorite band?”
Me: “Well I really like The Police, and Nirvana, and lately I’m sorta into Death Cab.”
Whoever: “What? What about Radiohead? Of course you like them, right?”
Me: “Um, no. Not too much really. I would have definitely mentioned them if I liked them.”
Whoever: “But they are like the only REAL band out there. Maybe ever. They are real musicians.”
Me: “People always said Phish were real musicians. You a big phan of them too?”
Whoever: “Uh, they’re alright. I guess. But Radiohead, they are the best. You just don’t like good music.”

That conversation probably ends badly. And it may be a little bit of an exaggeration. (That ‘whoever’ guys sounds in my head like the dude who plays Earl’s friend in My Name Is Earl, and he was also the sailboat guy in Mallrats.) I don’t think I’m exaggerating all that much though, and I have to assume you’ve met people like that too. They’re everywhere lately. How do I know this? Well, by everywhere I mean the Disney Channel, and more specifically little Miley Cyrus, who refers to them as her Rock Gods. Seriously? WTF is that about? This Radiohead thing has officially gone too far when Hannah Montana is acting like she likes them just so she can look cool.

I feel like there may be an analogy to fantasy baseball here, but more than anything I really wanted to get that off my chest. Oh, I know what it was. To me, all of the fantasy sites that try to tell you exactly how to draft your team, they are all like Radiohead fans to me. One guy on one site will be telling you not to pay for saves, and someone else will tell you to ignore steals. Or even crazier, you may get someone to advise you to never worry about pitching at all and spend all of your budget on power hitters. They all apparently know better than you. But guess what, they don’t have to listen to that crap, er, I mean, they don’t have to manage your team. You do. And while seeking advice is always a very prudent thing to do, you should never feel swindled into any one set of parameters for how to build your team. If you want to have all elite closers because they won’t kill your ERA and WHIP, then pay for them. If you want to have speedy steals guys with the potential to score a lot of runs and hit for a high average, then draft them. If you want to build the most awesomest pitching staff ever assembled just because you really enjoy watching great pitching, then more power to you. And nobody should tell you otherwise.

Fantasy baseball, first and foremost, should be an extension of being a baseball fan. Don’t get so caught up in “winning your money league” that you lose sight of that. If you’ve watched a guy play and you feel like he’s poised for a breakout season, but the experts don’t agree, I say screw ’em! You spend as much as it takes to get that guy on your team, then you go out and buy his jersey, and sit back all season and just root for him. Like a real fan is supposed to. Dammit.

I feel like I may be starting to sound like James Earl Jones here, but then again I like to pretend that I always sound like James Earl Jones when I’m trying to make a point. It reminds me of all that once was good and it could be again. Just like a good Radiohead song.

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