DLD 11.29.10

OptimistPrime will make his big-screen debut this September.

Fat Elvis is a pretty popular free agent, kind of.

The Astros are turning their lineup over to younger players in 2011, and every at-bat they give Berkman, 34, would be taking one from Brett Wallace, Jack Shuck or Brian Bogusevic.

"After initially being pretty disappointed, I've gotten over it," he said. "Now my focus is on who is going to contend that wants me to play for them. There's been a lot of interest — Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, A's, Pirates, Blue Jays, a bunch of teams. I haven't had a single offer in terms of X amount of dollars, but I think this is the time of the year when there's a lot of tire-kicking."

An article about the soccer exploits of Billy Beane and John Henry.

"Football’s strength is its spontaneity and the fact it is free-flowing," said Beane. "It is far easier to measure a player’s worth in baseball and cricket.

"John won’t simply try and impose something that works in baseball on football. But what he is likely to do is look to see whether the practices we use can make his football team run more efficiently. Surely that’s a good thing.

"People take a step back whenever stats are mentioned, but measurements are used in every sport. Every day, people look at the Premier League table. Who’s top? How many points are we behind?

"There is a perception with metrics that we are not looking to spend money, but that is completely incorrect. Good players can cost a lot of money, but just because someone is paid a lot of money doesn’t automatically mean he’s good.

"We are just trying to avoid the mispricing of players."



RIP Leslie Nielsen

"Leslie has the idea to play it maybe not straight but deadly serious," David Zucker told the L.A. Daily News in 1994. "You can take any one performance and just transfer it from a comedy to a drama. There's just no difference — that's what he can do."

Nielsen was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His father was a Royal Canadian mounted police officer and one of his brothers became a deputy prime minister of Canada.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force after graduating from high school and after the service studied at a Toronto radio school operated by Lorne Greene — who would become a TV star with the series"Bonanza"— before moving to New York to start working in television.


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Not sure if this has been posted before, but Jeff Passan's free agent tracker is always good.


Some miscellany:

 darren rovell  Bar that pays drink bills when Miami Heat loses has lost $30,000 SO FAR 
 darren rovell  Giants players get $317K, Rangers players get $246K for postseason. If Bengie Molina got full share from Giants, he makes $564K.

How good does this sound?

This just looks scary:




It's 2013. You're 3 1/2 years removed from finishing your advertising degree at Marquette, and you're now working for, say, a chic Manhattan ad agency. Finished with a day's work designing flying bus advertisements (because it's 2013) for flying Segways (because it's 2013), you head to your hover-laptop to check your fantasy league starters for that night.

Gotta move Andrew Bogut(notes) into the lineup because it's 2013, and he's finally healthy. And then you notice, whoa, "@ NYK" is right next to Andrew's name. Your beloved Bucks are in town to play the New York Knicks in a game that could decide the fate of that year's Eastern Conference (because it's 2013).

You can't miss this, but there's no way you can get back to hover-Brooklyn (because it's 2013) in time to see the game at your apartment. You call in for tickets, but there's nothing there. Nothing but standing room only to see the class of the East.

Just SRO? Damn. Unless, of course, the Knicks at this point had done something to alleviate the frustration of trying to watch a game while standing in back of the very back row.

Something like ... spectator bridges over the court?

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