Saturday, July 16, 2011

Leyland: Tired of Talking About Lineups

Really? Me too! Tired of HAVING to talk about how absurd yours are! Other than wondering if Miguel Cabrera will be hitting in the 3 hole like he should, or spending time at alcohol rehab treatment centers, I shouldn't have to scratch my head every single day when I look at the box score and the lineup card.

"I wrote down mine, and I think that’s my best lineup tonight," Leyland said. "That’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to discuss guys not playing, who’s playing, why aren’t they playing. I’m not going to discuss that."

Leyland hears the second-guessing when he rests players, but he said it is an important part of keeping them fresh.

"If you see somebody that’s treading water, you’re making out the best lineup by not playing him that night," Leyland said. "Trust me when I tell you, because you’re putting somebody in there with energy that’s not tired, and it’s probably going to give you a better chance to win the game." More

Impending Downfall Start Early This Year for Tigers?

If you recall, I mentioned the 5-6 weeks before the AS break as a great opportunity for the Tigers to take a stranglehold on the division. Playing such weak lineups and sub-.500 teams as Arizona, Seattle, Colorado, and the Mets. Unfortunately they ran through about 8 series of easily winnable matchups (2/3 wins to take series) with roughly a .500 record. Certainly not good enough for a team that had division title aspirations.

You could argue that they set the downfall up early this year and while they went into the break in 1st place they have quickly shown just how easy it is for this division to turn them into a 4th place team within a couple more weeks of poor play.

Opening the 2nd half against the team that is most likely to cause them trouble the rest of the way, Chicago, they have immediately dropped the first 2 games of the series and I predict they will be in 3rd place by the middle of next week behind both Cleveland and Chicago. They may shortly be in 4th place with Minnesota still hanging around, and we all know that Minnesota isn't going anywhere.

Carlos Guillen was back today and hitting 7th in the lineup. Pushing the all-star Alex Avila back to a familiar spot of 8th in Leyland's circus lineups this season. With 4 men hitting .300 in the lineup the team should have all it needs to produce runs. Unfortunately they can't do it when they need to lately and the pitching is getting slimmer and slimmer.

We are in for a long second half if Dombrowski doesn't bring in some more talent that is for sure. Chicago is playing with a bunch of guys that are having their worst career years and they are within a couple games of first place. Tigers are overachieving at this point. The only silver lining is that we may finally be rid of Leyland after this year. HE should start reading garmin golf gps review because it is time to retire.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberries For Men

Sick of having greasy chicken wings, heart attack burgers, or the old standard grape jelly sauce meatballs at your sports gathering? What? You like that horrible cheesy chili dip and stale tortilla chips? Of course not. Time to try something new. Check out these Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Men.

They don't have to be pretty either...well unless you are with your lady. You can get those too, but they also have an interesting design that are still good enough for the guys. Sports designs on the chocolate covered strawberries is a nice option when bringing over something to a get together. While I like to pull up with a few bags of crab rangoons, something like this is definitely a new idea for you.

Movie Night

This guest post from Lewis Beck

I like a lot of different movies. One of my favorite movie genres has to be horror and I absolutely love watching horror documentaries most of all. The last time I watched a documentary of that kind, I was watching it on my satellite tv, that I got after seeing this, and I absolutely loved everything about it. I made sure to set my alarm when the movie was coming on and I got some popcorn and sat down for a very fun time to watch some good quality movies that I knew I was going to love. I recently set up a date for all of my friends to get together to watch movies on Friday nights.

So far, we've had three dates and they keep getting better each and every time. The last movie we watched was about a serial killer and the other was about some type of haunted house. My friends love coming over because I really set the scene. I cut all of the lights and make sure to make some creepy noises while the movie is playing. We have ice cream floats and popcorn and just a really fun time. After the movie is over, we sit and discuss it on all different aspects. Sometimes we'll say we liked it and others we'll say that we should have watched a different movie on another channel.