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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    Boy oh boy is the NL Central a dreary, mosquito-filled festering swamp of disappointment. Apologies for the rant, but I can't only complain about my Cardinals looking like the worst "First Place" team in the league. The Pirates thought they might compete and are a complete disaster. Lucky for them they don't have any really terrible contracts, and their farm system is merely quite mediocre - an improvement on the three top teams' farms. The Reds were buyers at the deadline and have some exciting youth movement going on. I don't think they're going to catch anyone, but they might be OK next year. The Cardinals have looked really good two times - the first thirty games then a nice stretch in July. Other than that they have trouble getting a run over the plate more than once every three innings or so. We extended Molina and Carpenter, both grandfathered in to unnecessary extensions because Its The Cardinals reasons. These are two of my favorite guys, I've followed both since they were in MiLB. And if they both retired tomorrow, I'd be in line to offer my services to drive their truck in their parades. Both are so atrocious at the plate that they're costing us chances every time they start, on top of 20 million salaries. It's a bummer. Our farm system has two great hitters and a bunch of Mehhhhh. The Brewers sound great if you read off names, but have as many underperformers as the Cardinals or Cubs. Their farm system has one stud and a whole lot of long-shots or disappointments after. Plus, they're the Brewers and they really should get back to fourth or fifth place where they belong. You might think the Cubs would be 10 or 15 games up by now with the matching roller-coaster seasons their two main competitors have had. But they're right there as well, looking very scary sometimes, then showcasing their unreliable bullpen, underwhelming starters, and unbalanced lineup for disasters like last night's 9th inning meltdown. That's like the first damn time in my life I've been happy for Bryce Harper, for fuck sake. They have the worst farm system in the division, which is impressive with how lackluster the Cards and Brewers are. The Dodgers, Braves, and even bizarrely hot Mets all look like they'd wallop the division winner here. This ain't 2014, and we might see some major FO or coaching changes if everyone continues to fall over eachother to try to 'win'.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    My roommate in NYC was a professional dancer, and her, her dance company, and my other theater friends almost all disliked La La Land for one reason or another. She said the dancing was terrific considering their not being lifelong career dancers. She went so far as to ask me if Ryan Gosling's specific dancing was actually a professional dancer body double, with his face digitally added. I told her that'd be absurdly expensive for a simple musical, and she was somewhat resentful that her $120,000 private school dance degree was matched by Gosling's natural talent and brief training for this movie. I am not into musicals at all, but I generally enjoyed the song and dance scenes. As stated above, seemed like a pleasant throwback to harmless classic musicals. I was moderately surprised at the bittersweet ending instead of a saccharine one, but generally appreciated that part. It's certainly divisive, as I've heard a bunch of people who seem to have vehemently hated having to sit through it.
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    NBA Off-Season 2019 - Bridge Over the River Kawhi

    Americans simply don't care about national teams versus their own league. It's a bit odd really, with all the flag-waving nationalism, that national sports teams aren't as compelling a thing here. The Womens soccer team was a lot of fun to watch, but news coverage focused on politics. We get excited for Olympic gymnasts or swimmers for about six days every few years. Specific to basketball, I think most American fans simply assume we will win a gold with whomever is chosen. The basketball forum I frequent overwhelmingly supports the All NBA guys to skip national teams, instead preferring they avoid risk, stay healthy, not spend the six weeks training together to learn a slightly different style of ball. It's too bad. I sure would love if some of the top guys said "I want to win a Gold Medal for my country as much as sign a 150 million dollar contract". I just don't think it's much of a motivation compared to their agents and handlers and fan base simply preferring they focus on the NBA careers. Perhaps you guys are right that Americans need to be beaten by a strong European team to rattle the sabres.
  4. Joe's characters have inspired Pat to sheer e-sadism now. He already has my money, you mad lad
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    The second unannounced cameo cracked me up throughout, and I generally find that person very tiresome. What was with the evil villain over the speakers? Was that something referring to the other Furiously Fast movies? The 'plots' are always so disposable that I hadn't noticed anything recurring about a Bond villain. Elba seemed to be having a terrific time.
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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    Thrilling game between the Dodgers n Cards. Flaherty pitches another gem ruined by weak offense, alas. As soon as Miller went on the mound I knew we werent going to hold it. Then Martinez' wild pitch and I think the entire stadium (and 300k viewers on the youtube feed) saw the inevitable. Dodgers are a fun team.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Went to Hobbs and Shaw yesterday. Luckily, it was 5 dollar Tuesday, and I showed up already drunk. Totally worth it. Spoiler alert, the last battle starts pre-dawn, instantly becomes full daylight, then within 60 seconds is back to nighttime. They simply didn't give a shit about anything in this movie.
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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    Ya I was cranky. They haven't done much to make me happy this year, and relying on a chance to get hot late and maybe into get a playoff series has been the FO MO (sorry I had to) for a few years. I love Cards Cubs rivalry more than anything in sports so I'm mostly hoping we at least don't embarrass ourselves against you guys in September. Both teams (and the Brewers) have lots of holes in the hull to seal if they want to compete against the big guns. Holy crap the Astros look formidable, and the Yanks and Doyers are sound. As of today I'll be very surprised if one of those three doesn't win it all this year.
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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    I wish the Cards would just bite the goddamn bullet, fire Moz and Schildt, make Stubby the manager, sell off our dead weight (ie the probably untradable Carp) and do a two year retool / rebuild. Losing Luhnow is probably the worst thing for our franchise the last fifteen years, more than the idiotic Pham dump or the Carp extension. Astros have had one dramatic turn around, directly once Jeff Luhnow started making aggressive moves. Oh and Altuve helped !
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    I'm a Midwesterner who worked Irish pubs (and had mostly Irish friends) in NYC for a long time. My best pal is Northern Irish and adores Derry Girls, and had me watch most of the first season with him. I was able to lean forward and really, really concentrate and understand most of the dialect, but so many jokes are specific to that area that I merely chuckled while my friend was next to me laughing his ass off. If I hadn't spent a lot of time with Irish people, I'd have been wholly baffled. It definitely has some great lines that translate well to Americans that can handle the accents. I tried to get my parents to watch an episode, as they recently said how much they love British shows but often can't pick up certain character's lines. Sure enough, neither could figure out anything, and we abandoned the science experiment after a few minutes.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Sign me up to pile on that the first episode of Schitt's Creek was so damn un-funny that I never got past it. I had several very cool type people rave about it, it got some awards buzz, and the internet seems to like it. But man it sue missed, like, every damn bit they tried, least in that first one.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    @Veltigar, I had just read this AVClub article vaunting Avengement as precisely what you described. It sure sounds great. Adkins was lots of fun in that Triple Threat movie with Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen going at him. Adkins has had such an odd career - just about anyone I know who loves action or martial arts movies speaks the world of him. He isn't going to win an Oscar, but he is a far better actor than, say, John Cena. I'm happy he was in a Marvel movie, but he was just a blank henchman that Doctor Strange beat up with a cape. Zzz. Apparently he was in The Expendables 2 but I don't remember a damned thing about that movie other than "Didn't I think the first one was fun?" I really would like him to score a beefy role in a Hollywood A-level action movie. Surely he'll get cast in one of the infinite Fast And Furious: Midlife Crisis Years movies? He's extremely adept at fighting, he's handsome, and a solidly charismatic actor. Maybe he can get killed (after an unreal fight scene) by Keanu in John Wick 4 or 5.
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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    Alex Reyes broke his pinky literally hitting a wall earlier this year, and is now rehabbing some pectoral injury on the 60 day injured list. One of the sadder bits if the last decade as a big fan of developmental players. He was an absurdly dominant prospect for a hot second in between years of injury. I had high hopes he could pull a Joel Embiid and come back as a real force for the Cards. Maybe it's still in the cards but I feel like he is never even going to be a Jaime Garcia, putting up excellent pitching in brief stints between major injuries.
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    Lee Child’s Jack Reacher tv series on Amazon

    I had a manager who was really into those books, but wasn't really online much. When I told him they cast Cruise, he thought I was taking the piss. Ranted to me throughout its theatrical run what a ruinous casting choice they made. I can only think of athletes for the role, like if John Cena wasn't such a terrible actor, and also was, well, scary looking instead of looking like an enormously muscled boy scout. Whoever they sign could also play Logen Ninefingers, perhaps.
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    MLB 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Mets

    My guy Paul DeJong goes for three homers and a double (and a HBP) tonight. Cardinals are hot right now - what a crazy ass season. I went to a game a week ago, we lost a nailbiter in the 9th, and I felt like we should sell off a vet or two, re-tool. There's zero chance that happens now, so I wonder if they'll be able to shore up some of the rickety walls. The deadline could be rather dull, I'd say, with the amount of teams still on a buy/sell bubble.
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