Taking Back Wall Street Trash Talk

Well we are a little late getting started on the trash talk this weekend, I apologize about that. I have been fixated on the Anwar Awlaki scenario and, today, the Occupy Wall Street effort. In honor of the citizens trying to take back the Street in New York, this week’s music is by Jimmy Cliff; you can get it if you really want it. But, you must actually try.

That, folks, is what is meant by the term “a democracy, if you can keep it”. The people still have the power, the people still have the vote; but they must have the information, and they must have the desire to exercise their power. Our friends and colleagues at FDL, via Kevin Gosztola, are doing great work covering the protests. And, if you have seen what I have on Twitter, it really appears to be something significant starting to form in the Big Apple. I am told about 400 people have been arrested; let’s hope they are replaced by 4,000 others.

Quite frankly it is a rather lackluster day in college football, the only 2 games I really had my eye on are Nebraska at Wisconsin, and 13th ranked Clemson at 11th ranked Virginia Tech. The Clemson game is already over, with the Tigers laying an unheard of whipping on Frank Beamer and the Hokies in Blacksburg. Not so for the Badgers however, the Cornfuckers are in Camp Randall right now with the Huskers up by a point 14-13. The rest of the game should be something fun, and the quarterback for Wisconsin, Russell wilson is really a special kid.

On the pro end of things, it is really not a very enticing slate of games on tap. Seriously there are like three games worth watching. The first is the Stillers at the Texans. Normally, this would be an easy call; but Pittsburgh has not settled in yet this season, and Houston has a fine team and is at home. That is a pickem. The second decent tilt, and maybe my most anticipated game, is Deetroit at Dallas. The Kittehs are THE hot team this year, and Suh is gonna be Romo rib hunting. But the ‘Boys are a little tougher than people think, and are at the JerryDome. I am leery of this, but am still going to go with the Lions. The other game tomorrow of interest is the Pats at the Black Hole to visit those nice Raider chaps. Darren McFadden got a bit nicked up in his huge day against the Jets, Jets, Jets last week, but looks good to go tomorrow. Marcy smells a Rayduhs upset here. So do I. Honorable mention to the Jets versus Ravens on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It’s in Baltimore, gonna go with the home team there.

Lastly, it is October baby. Reggie Jackson time! and playoff baseball is in full swing. Unless the game is at Yankee Stadium, in which case it is in full swim. Tampa Bay just clocked the Rangers behind 22 year old rookie sensation Matt Moore to open the series, but Texas is up 7-3 in the 7th inning tonight. Oops, Eva Longoria just hit a three run tater to bring it to 7-6. Rays are like butter. On a roll. Diamondbacks got freaking smoked by the BrewCrew today in game one of the NLDS. Arizona has the youngest team in baseball and has been on a great run this year, but still may be a year and another starting pitcher away from being serious contenders. Never count out Kirk Gibson though, and the DBacks are Gibby’s team through and through.

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
61 replies
  1. Bay State Librul says:

    Occupy Fenway.
    Arrest our Fund Manager, John Henry.
    Hire Joe Torre.
    Say no to Bobby Valentine (can’t stand his voice)
    Vote Halliday for Cy Young.
    The sixties are back, finally.

  2. scribe says:

    I have to say, now that Francona has gotten off the boat, all the stories that were swept under the rug are now erupting:

    – cliques in the locker room, one led by the putative captain, Varitek;
    – players off in the clubhouse pounding beers during games;
    – cliques that don’t talk to each other;
    – owners and the innumerable directors of this or that kind of operations going around the manager to ratify bad conduct by favored players;
    – all the players united around one thing: hatefilled disdain of Theo, “that dork from Brown or wherever who never put on a uniform, telling [us] our OPS is too low”;
    – refusal to get rid of clubhouse cancers;
    – and the list goes on.

    No wonder the Sawx had no chance of landing Cliff Lee in free agency.

    Given the level of dysfunction in the Sawx organization, this Yankee fan sees for the Sawx a long, hard road ahead with few or no playoff appearances for years to come. Following the big purge of players this coming winter.

    This Yankee fan smiles.

  3. scribe says:

    @Bay State Librul: No sane person will take the job of managing the Sawx, not without a substantial upfront cash payment and dictatorial control, neither of which he’ll get.

    And, all talk aside, I think Valentine is just hot air. He’s having too much fun in his three jobs: ESPN, being public safety director in his Connecticut town, and (I think it’s still there) being a restauranteur.

  4. Bay State Librul says:

    @scribe:

    What happens in the Clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse?
    Wonder way no Boston sports writer broke the story during the season?

  5. scribe says:

    @Bay State Librul: because they didn’t want to (a) lose access and (b) be accused of either making it up of otherwise stirring the pot. In other words, report the story, don’tbe the story.

    Besides, if you were listening closely, you could hear the story though not get the full picture.

  6. bmaz says:

    I am thinking maybe the Red Sawx can lure Roger Clemens out of retirement. They really need some pitching.

  7. bmaz says:

    Right now, given their offensive lines, the only real difference between Big Ben and Jay Cutler is that Roethlisberger doesn’t whine like a baby.

  8. emptywheel says:

    Wow. I really stomped on trash with that Dick Cheney post.

    The Kitties are trying another comeback. With no offense.

    • bmaz says:

      I am surprised Phred has not been around to talk some Badgers. Maybe still in hiding from that Red Sawx fiasco….

  9. rosalind says:

    so, have you guys already covered the demise of the Bieber Bob? the Mighty Samson enters the Oakland Stadium shorn of his locks…which legend will prevail?

  10. rosalind says:

    @emptywheel: Barry’s son Barry is being recruited by Stanford. He and Dad are headed out for an official visit (they’ve already visited unofficially two times).

    He’s also considering Oklahoma State, Alabama and Florida State.

    Go West, young man!

  11. Bob Schacht says:

    What??!! We’re in the Wheeler House and nary a peep about the Rugby IRB World Cup 2011: New Zealand vs. Canada??? How will we know who to cheer for or, for that matter what to cheer for, without some expert commentary?

    And why no comment on the Cards & Phillies? The Cards left their starter in too long in the sixth, and the Phillies blew it wide open. Who knew that you could score 6 runs on the Phillies and lose the game?

    And today the other (Arizona) Cardinals scored twice on the Giants, and their defense smothered the Giants for about a quarter. But now the Cards are behind 7-6, ’cause Good Eli decided to show up in the last series.

    Bob in AZ

  12. Bay State Librul says:

    All good stuff…

    Yankees losing
    Pats ahead 17-10 at halftime.
    Detroit Lions win.
    Buffalo loses…
    Green Bay ahead.

    So far, so good?

  13. freepatriot says:

    Reggie fucking Jackson ???

    really ???

    what is this , a “pick on an Athletics fan” season ???

    last week it was “moneyball”, now this ???

    just kick me in the crotch an get it over with already

    if the cards win, the deadskins will rule the NFC East

    And Boomer Sooners too

  14. emptywheel says:

    @bmaz: Again, he’s gotta work hard to stay up w/Johnson, who literally crawled up three defenders to grab a ball out of the sky in today’s game.

    Well, maybe not literally, btu it looked like it. Rugby line out.

  15. Bay State Librul says:

    Brady will not break Norm Van Brocklin’s record (554 yds) today,
    but a nice mix of run and pass, up Oakland’s black hole…

    16th victory after a haircut.

  16. bmaz says:

    In a pair of stunning upsets, the Patriots beat the Raiders and The Bolts somehow eeked out a win over the heavily favored Dolphins.

  17. bmaz says:

    WHOA!! Roidney Harrison declares the Lions to be the 2nd best team in the NFC, behind only the Packers.

  18. emptywheel says:

    @bmaz: Well, the Dream Team didn’t work out.

    But that may say more about the NFC this year than the Kitties, yet. Plus, I’d prolly still take the Ain’ts over the Kitties.

    But like I said a few weeks ago, the Kitties’ schedule works out great: they’ve got a bunch of winnable games in the first half and then some killer games in the second half, including the Packers on a short week on T-Day and then Lambeau for the last game of the season (tho, as Mr. EW noted, the Packers won’t need that game).

    We shall see. They have looked like shit in the first quarters the last two weeks. We’re not ALWAYS gonna be able to play from 20 points down.

    • bmaz says:

      Remember you will soon be getting stud rookie Nick Fairley, who may literally be another Suh, back soon. The team is gelling and learning to believe; they look pretty scary to me.

  19. Petrocelli says:

    4-0 ? – Is Fav-ray back with the Packers ?!!

    If that don’t bring phred here, nothin’ will …

  20. CTuttle says:

    @bmaz: I love the fact the Kitties did split the Yank’s home opener advantage and are looking forward to the three home games to put the Yanks away…! ;-0

    Go, Kitties…!

  21. CTuttle says:

    @bmaz: Btw, I do pity ya, bmaz, for ya snake-bitten ‘Backs… But, they do look good for next year…! ;-)

    Dayam, the Phil-Card game is just getting interesting too…!

  22. bmaz says:

    @CTuttle: Well, they were not expected to be there and are awfully young still. That said, they have been very resilient this year, and they are coming home. Probably done, but we will see.

  23. Bob Schacht says:

    @CTuttle: Well, the Cards won this one like they’ve been winning games for the past month: With determination. This time, their relief pitching was much better than it was last night. I was surprised when La Russa pulled Chris Carpenter out, just when he seemed to be settling down, but on 3 days rest he was approaching 100 pitches.

    Memo to Albert Pujols: It was NOT a good idea to try to steal that base.

    Bob in AZ

  24. Bay State Librul says:

    @Bob Schacht:
    I think LaRussa is on Theo’s “to interview” list.
    Imagine the Sox with a hard-nosed, not afraid to pull my pitcher
    attitide.
    Pedroia would be a terific “player-manager”, not since the days of Lou Boudreau
    Let’s go retro…

  25. Bay State Librul says:

    @bmaz:
    Phred is either in New York occupying Wall Street, or in the streets of
    Southie campaigning for Elizabeth Warren.

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