Archive for October, 2010

My Most Painful Sports Losses Ever

October 14, 2010

My Atlanta Braves offseason post helped me greatly in recovering from the Braves’ gut-wrenching NLDS defeat. As much of a cliche as the phrase is, every sports fan at some point takes comfort in the saying, “There’s always next year.” In sports, as in life, some small part of us always tries to maintain the hope that a brighter tomorrow is just ahead. Perhaps sometimes it’s delusional, but it’s also one of the best traits of the human spirit.

Yet there are some defeats that feel particularly agonizing, some losses that are nearly soul-crushing and leave us temporarily unable to take comfort in those old cliches. So now, before I allow myself to close the book on my latest chapter of sporting letdowns, I’m going to revisit some of those losses that hurt the most when they occurred, and linger the most now.

This will not be fun.

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Atlanta Braves: Offseason Outlook

October 12, 2010

The Braves just went through one of the most painful playoff series losses I’ve seen in quite some time as an Atlanta fan, losing three games by a combined three runs, with all three losses coming with some umpire/player/managerial controversy.

But what’s done is done, and as frustrating as it was to lose such a winnable series, Atlanta still had an impressive season. The Braves led their division for about 2/3 of the season, despite it being fairly clear to everyone that they weren’t the best team. They also had truly horrid luck with injuries, having to replace two major everyday starters, 40% of their pitching rotation, and two of their top four bullpen options, with their closer also going down at the end. Added on to that were some attitude problems and woeful underperforming issues that led the Braves to replace three more starters, at shortstop, first base, and center field. The result was the Braves only had three Opening Day starters in their playoff lineup: Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, and Matt Diaz — and Diaz was among the woefully underperformed group but was deemed less mediocre than Melky Cabrera. They also got very little from Jair Jurrjens, who had posted the third-best ERA among NL starters in 2009 but was never 100% this year, and it showed in his performance and lack of inclusion on the postseason roster.

Yet in spite of all this, Atlanta clawed its way into the playoffs. The Braves have a lot of positives to take away from 2010, despite the disappointing end. The task now becomes how to build for 2011 and beyond. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the options and choices facing Atlanta this offseason.

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Emma Stone is…..

October 6, 2010

Mary Jane!  Gwen Stacy!

The Spider-Man reboot gets better and better. First, it’s Marc Webb in as director, who showed in (500) Days of Summer he can make AWESOME movies, and more impressively, one that’s a romantic comedy, which should help with Parker/Mary Jane/high school hijynx.

Then, it’s Andrew Garfield (Red Riding Trilogy, The Social Network) as Spider-Man, who by all accounts is an actor on the rise capable of an Oscar statue.

Now, while rumors were that Emma Stone was going to be penned in as Mary Jane, which judging by the picture, would’ve been perfect, she’s actually been tabbed as Gwen Stacy! Apparently Emma’s a natural blonde, too. And whatever, I don’t care who she plays, I just LOVE that she’s involved in this. I’m a huge Emma Stone fan.  She’s beautiful, she has starpower as seen in Easy A, she’s funny charismatic, perfect. She was a great love interest in Superbad, super foxy and funny in Zombieland (one of the best comedies of the past decade) and completely charming in Easy A. She’ll do great opposite Spidey.

Baseball Playoff Predictions

October 5, 2010

It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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Assorted TV/Comics thoughts

October 5, 2010

Several opinions on various shows from the young TV season, plus some quick hits on some comics, including New Mutants, X-23, my upcoming PROJECT post, and since I’m here, this week’s new releases.

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