In honor of today’s spookiness, check out Google’s logo today:
In honor of today’s spookiness, check out Google’s logo today:
My life is pretty organized but not nearly as organized as it could be. To try and help solve the problem that I and millions like me face, my good friend Eric is one of the people who founded a new company called Convos.
Convos is an internet-enabled service designed for individuals and groups to easily communicate, collaborate and organize. Yes, that sounds sufficiently vague, maybe because “the Convos application is currently being developed and will launch in early 2007” so they are light on details. Here is the scoop on why they are developing this app:
Often, an organization or individual is saddled with multiple email accounts, instant messenger accounts, passwords and usernames. A person may be using one application for managing his contacts, another for organizing events, and yet another application for file sharing. These disparate platforms exemplify a lack of data standardization resulting in organizations and individuals wasting valuable time, spending more money, losing contacts, and compromising security.
Consequently, there is an intrinsic need to integrate these services into a simplified, organized, and standardized platform. Convos is that platform.
Sounds cool – but the proof will be in the pudding as they say. In the mean time, I plan on checking back every now and then to read the blog and to see if they have updated anything. Bon chance mon ami!
Donnie Baseball is now one step closer to being the Yankee manager when Joe Torre resigns. Although “The Hitman” (a nickname I never really loved – it implies violence and Donnie is such a nice guy) is my favorite baseball player – or athlete for that matter – of all time, the Yanks never have won a championship when he has been in uniform (1983 – 1995 / 2004 – 2006) so I’m not sure this is a good thing… Read more after the jump.
Major League Notebook: Mattingly Moves Up Yankee Ladder by Tyler Kepner
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 26 — The line of succession for the Yankees’ managing job might have become clearer Thursday.
Don Mattingly has been promoted to bench coach for Manager Joe Torre, with Kevin Long replacing Mattingly as the hitting coach. The moves leave Lee Mazzilli without a job on the major league staff for 2007.
Mattingly has spent the past three seasons as the Yankees’ hitting coach and has long been viewed as a possible successor to Torre, 66, who is entering the final year of his contract. Torre has often said that Mattingly will be a successful manager, even though Mattingly has no managerial experience.
Long has spent the last three years as the hitting coach for the Yankees’ Class AAA affiliate after previously working in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.
Mattingly will be Torre’s fifth bench coach in five years. Don Zimmer left after the 2003 World Series, giving way to Willie Randolph, who became the Mets’ manager after the 2004 season.
Joe Girardi was the bench coach in 2005 before leaving to manage the Florida Marlins, who fired him after one season. (Girardi is likely to return to the Yankees as a broadcaster for YES.)
Mazzilli took the bench-coach job last year after a season and a half managing the Baltimore Orioles, and he may be offered another position in the Yankees’ organization.
Stephen Corbert has his own version of Wikipedia up now called Wikiality, a site dedicated to upholding and documenting truthiness. It does a great job mimicing Wikipedia, almost as good of a job as I did mimicing the NY Times with The Poser.
One entry that is particularly funny is about Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle, the mascot of the Saginaw Spirit, a minor league hockey team in Michigan. It seems that they were having a contest to rename the mascot and enough people suggested that they name it after Colbert that the Stephen inspired name won. Now, the team has fully embraced the new name and I’m thoroughly amused to say the least.
Read through the rest of the site to truly understand why our country is screwed.
Even though Endy Chavez made one of the best catches I have ever seen live, or on reply for that matter, the Mets still went from you gotta believe to you gotta bereave (NY Newsday’s cover today) in the span of 24 hours yesterday by winning game 6 on Wednesday and then losing game 7 in crushing fashion last night. Check out the ice cream cone scoop of a catch below:
I did it. I actually posted a Met to my blog. That catch makes you do crazy things – it was that good. That being said, I found it incredibly annoying having the Mets in the playoffs while the Yanks were sitting at home and while I didn’t actively root against the Mets, I’m not sorry to see them lose either. There is now no more baseball in NY in 2006 and I say “good.” Let’s go Isles and J-E-T-S!
I heard a few weeks ago that the Iron Man movie (due to debut on 5/2/08) cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Mr. Iron Man himself, and at first I was pissed. “What the hell were they thinking?” ran through my head. After Cable & Batman, Iron Man may very well be my third favorite superhero so I am concerned that the movie will be more “FF” and “DD” than “BB” (Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Batman Begins).
Then I learned that Robby wanted the part so badly that he grew a beard and squared it off just like how Tony does in the comics. Then I pondered how a large part of Iron Man’s story centers around how his alcoholism. In the comics, Tony Stark lost control of his company [Stark Enterprises] due to his problem and is very open about it in the Marvel Universe. Like Iron Man, Robby’s had his fair share of problems. Then I read how Director John Favreau, someone I respect, said that he was the perfect choice for the role. So, I’ve gotten over my initial aprehension and am okay with the decision and even a bit excited by it. All in all, Downey is a fantastically talented actor and another bright star, Terrance Brennen (“Crash” and “Hustle & Flow”) has been cast as James Rhodes, aka War Machine, so things are looking up. As Yahoo! Movies wrote, “Here’s hoping this does for Downey what ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ did for Johnny Depp, allowing a tactile, clever actor the chance to reach a massive audience and cement his place as a box office dynamo.” Hear hear!
A good director, a good cast and a good budget all are a part of the equation which is a very good thing. This is the first film that Marvel is financing on its own – in the past their movies like “Spiderman” and “X-Men” have been partnerships with one of major studios – so its a financial gamble that I hope pays off. You never know with these comic movies but as Iron Man is one of my personal favorites, I am praying they do not screw this up.
I’ve been very busy with work, school and life and some peoplehave noted that I haven’t been posted at all lately. That usually happens for a few weeks after something I’m rooting for loses, whether it be the Yankees or John Kerry. I’m out of my funk and back. Look for much more in the next few minutes and days.
It seems that George Vescey and I are on the same page. I’ve been saying since the Yanks pathetically & meekly lost to the Tigers 3 – 1 that they are now they Atlanta Braves – a team that gets to the playoffs and then loses every year – and that I hate it. Sure enough, in the “Sports of the Times” article in Sunday’s paper, he starts his column with: “As of now, the Yankees are officially the Atlanta Braves. They have a nice little season. They qualify for the playoffs. And then bad stuff happens to them.” I am so pissed off and disappointed. They didn’t play like champs, they played like chumps.
As the Boss put it: “I am deeply disappointed at our being eliminated so early in the playoffs. This result is absolutely not acceptable to me, nor to our great and loyal Yankee fans. I want to congratulate the Detroit Tigers organization and wish them well. Rest assured, we will go back to work immediately and try to right this sad failure and provide a championship for the Yankees, as is our goal every year.”
The thing people need to realize is that the great Yankee teams from 1996 – 2001 had role players with heart as well as superstars. They need to go back to that model ASAP. Get SupercalafragalisticexpealaBrosious to play third. Get Chad Curtis to play the outfield. Bring back some hungry players, bring back Paulie to smash some helmets and yell. Get some better and younger pitchers.
Rodriguez and Teammates Fall Apart, and Yankees Fall Short Again
by George Vecsey
As of now, the Yankees are officially the Atlanta Braves. They have a nice little season. They qualify for the playoffs. And then bad stuff happens to them.
This pattern worked well in Atlanta for a long time, but I have the feeling that Yankee fans (and the Yankees’ principal owner) are not going to put up with this, not for one more year. This kind of showing is not why a gross amount of cable revenue is being paid to Alex Rodriguez, who just may need to move on.
At the moment, the city of Detroit is thrilled — orange-flag-waving, horn-honking, income-anticipating thrilled. It was fun to see the Tigers’ players touching hands with their fans at the edge of the field (and spraying them with Champagne) after their 8-3 drubbing of the Yankees yesterday, but the Bronx Bombers do not exist for the humanitarian purpose of providing a lift to a downtrodden city.
The Yankees have not won a World Series since 2000. In Yankees thinking, this is a very long time. Yesterday’s loss was one of the most humiliating for the Yanks in the 11 years of Joe Torre’s tenure as the manager.
After winning their opening game Tuesday, the Yanks watched the upstarts play crisp, aggressive ball while the Yankees panicked, all over the place. Rodriguez was a wreck. Even Derek Jeter was lunging at pitches yesterday. And Torre was juggling players and showing he had lost faith in Rodriguez, his most expensive player. Now begins the revolution.
Rodriguez is not a bad person. He works hard, but he is being paid $25.2 million a year over 10 years to win the World Series, and that is not happening. He went hitless again yesterday, batted .071 in this short series, and has lost more than a series, more than a season. He has lost his teammates.
It’s a foxhole thing. The players know that Rodriguez has come up tiny in big games over the years. Now, with all of New York watching, A-Rod has come undone. If the Yankees’ management brought him back next year, the players would only ask, what about October?
After the final game, Rodriguez deflected any talk of moving on. He stood and faced the waves of news media and said: “I’ve never run from problems. I’m 100 percent committed to being a Yankee. This is the only place I want to play.” He added that he might think differently “if they’re dying to get me out of here.”
There was no talk of that from Brian Cashman, the general manager, who said he was stunned at the reversal in three days. He called the attention to Rodriguez unfortunate, saying that other players “let us down at the same time.”
Cashman also said he had no thoughts of trying to trade Rodriguez, or of making any other personnel moves at that moment.
“I would like to figure it out and wrap my arms around anybody,” Cashman said. “I believe in working through adversity — ‘I got your back.’ I’m not giving up on anybody.”
As admirable as Cashman’s sentiments were, he has seen Rodriguez become identified as the main problem. Before this series began, Torre announced he was dropping Rodriguez to sixth, saying he had so many superstars he could basically pull a lineup out of his hat.
Some managers might have insulted everybody’s attention by pretending there was nothing wrong with Rodriguez, but Torre did the opposite: he confirmed A-Rod’s distress to the one person who might be trying to deny it — A-Rod himself.
A-Rod was subsequently moved back to fourth, and then yesterday was demoted to eighth. “We’re trying to win a ballgame,” Torre said.
That did not happen. Rodriguez was hitless and even made a throwing error at third base, which led to the Tigers’ fourth run. It was a terrible end to his third year with the Yankees.
Rodriguez would have to waive his no-trade clause, but it may be time to persuade him to do just that. The body language in the clubhouse is brutal, with Jeter, the captain, and most other key Yankees visibly abstract about Rodriguez. On some great teams, strong clubhouse personalities would have cleared the air, but Jeter’s team seems to lack the crusty resolve of great Yankees teams of the past.
Only Tuesday, many of us were speaking of the Yankees’ lineup as the best in baseball history — stars at every position, a modern Murderers’ Row. After this series, the 1927 Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig are safe for a while.
The George Steinbrenner we used to know and love would be staging a King Lear imitation right about now, attempting to regain the powers of his youth. It is not clear how much Steinbrenner has left, physically or psychologically, but in his demanding prime he would have been firing or threatening everybody — relatives, executives, coaches, scouts, players and, yes, the manager.
Seeing the Yankees go from Murderers’ Row to virtual Hitless Wonders in recent days makes me wonder if Torre has a feel for this club anymore. However, moving Rodriguez just may revive the energy of this club.
Something’s got to change. Steinbrenner never meant for his Yankees to become the Atlanta Braves.