Saturday, August 1, 2009

455 for 1

The Major League Baseball has come and gone, and with each minute that passes, I fear the worst for my beloved Cleveland Indians. They have dealt 1B Ryan Garko, RP Rafael Betancourt, and perhaps the two biggest blows to fan morale, reigning American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee & the lone Indian to make the All-Star team C/1B Victor Martinez.

I've never been Cliff Lee's biggest fan. I once called him "the hack that anchors the Tribe." And that's the nicest thing I can print. I've watched Victor Martinez go through an awful slump earlier this season that culminated on Memorial Day. After going 0-5 in the game, the Indians rallied from down 10 runs down. And Victor came to the plate in the clutch situation in the bottom of the 9th. And he delivered! A big single up the gut to score the game-winning run. It is quite easily one of my favorite sports moments to have been a part of.

I still was not a V-Mart fan, until I tuned in to watch his farewell interview with an increasingly despondent Cleveland media that has become all to familiar with the scene and questions. The first thing I noticed, Victor was wearing sunglasses. Why? Because the poor man had been reduced to tears at the thought of leaving his friends, his family, & HIS team. Martinez did not play anywhere else. He was a "home-grown" talent. And he's cast aside, just because our team won't be playing in October. In that moment, I became a Victor Martinez fan, and I came to a horrifying realization.

Cleveland Indians management has destined the Indians to fail.

How else do you trade the reigning Cy Young winner, and get prospects, none of which are ready to contribute now? Or next year? Why are we planning for 2012? How do you trade someone like a Victor Martinez, without so much as a thank you or a good luck? This weekend, ironically, is Victor Martinez giveaway weekend. A bobblehead Saturday, a backback on Sunday. In the e-mail newsletter announcing the trade, a quote at the bottom made me furious. I won't quote it, rather I'll paraphrase it. "Don't worry, we're still giving away the items listed, cause we could careless about V-Mart." Nice work, Cleveland.

You're probably asking yourself, who in the hell is responsible for this. That would be GM Mark Shapiro, whose claim to fame is the infamous trade of 2002 that sent SP Bartolo Colon to the then Montreal Expos for 4 players (prospects) including OF Grady Sizemore & SP Cliff Lee. Shapiro must think he's got the Midas touch. Well, I would like to be among the many Cleveland fans who would like Shapiro to take a one-way trip the hell out of Cleveland. In fact, I'm listening to a song that just about sums up Cleveland at the trade deadline. It's from Theory of a Deadman; called "So Happy." Take a listen thanks to the fine folks at youtube.

Hey Shapiro, "we're fed up, so get up and get out!"

What does this mean? It means, the Indians will get rid of anyone no matter what. And at any cost. I joked with my friends yesterday that the Indians had just traded me to Cincinnati for a bowl of Skyline chili & a fan to be named later. And I double-checked Sporting & ESPN just to make sure they really didn't! For 455 games in the '90s and early 2000s Cleveland fans sold out Jacobs Field. Guess what? Regressive Field is going to sit empty for quite a while. Except for me.

I won't be hard to find. I'll be the guy holding the sign that says "Fire Shapiro, or they won't come back."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

What is Necessary?

It's sad stories like this one that are par for the course with our economy in the dumps. It's unfortunate, and according the idiots running these car companies "necessary." Yeah, "necessary." I think it's "necessary that they don't get paid until everyone who's been laid off thanks to their stupid decisions with money get their jobs back!

Here's the link.

In case you did get a chance to read it, please check out BWE-EBW Jakarta Encounter, which I had a great time writing with help from my buddy & yours, "The Dave." It's a good read, trust me. And it's better to end this on a high note.

Have a good day everyone.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

...And I Still Don't Know What Twitter Is!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; children of all ages, welcome to the show that never ends! Ok, so it does go on temporary hiatus, but hey, what can you do, right? Anyway, I am happy to report that I am officially over my nagging cold! Yay! Oh man, I should never do that again.

I had the absolute privilege of being in attendance Memorial Day for the Indians vs. Rays game at Progressive Field. The Tribe rallied back from a 10-0 defecit to win 11-10 on a sensational walk-off two run single by Victor Martinez. The same V-Mart had gone 0-5 in his previous at-bats that game. Anything can happen in baseball, and V-Mart proved that!

The excitement in the stadium during that unbelievable bottom of the 9th is something I will never forget, and I was happy to be a part of that. I was fortunate to attend the game with my brother, and it was a great time to say the least. I hope everyone who gets a chance, will go out to the ballpark this summer and take in one of the many games going on this summer. Trust me, every game leaves you with a story to tell the next day. Here's the story on the game for the Indians' 10-run rally that had me leaping out of my seat in celebration.

What is Twitter? I see on tv, everyone's on Twitter. My friends tell me to send them a tweet, and I have to look at them funny because I don't know what they just said! Just curious is all.

I want to do a little janitorial work here and remind everyone that coming up this week on Basic Bloganomics, BWE & EBW are back in action as we proudly present the Jakarta Encounter! Live from the Tripzibit Resort in Jakarta, Indonesia! I'm proud to be one of the writers for this, and while I may be biased, I think this is our best show to date! There's a little bit of everything in this one, and it is currently scheduled for this Thursday, May 28th. Be there! And for anyone unfamiliar with it, click on the banner to the top left for our previous show!

Now, I want to comment on a situation that is unfortunately far too common on the internet. It is called plagiarism, and it is a serious crime. I've seen this happen before on another site I blogged on, Sporting News, with my friend David Funk. It is one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed on-line and it is something I DO NOT tolerate! I have called people out on this before and I will do it again if needed to protect my friends.

Here's the tag, please feel free to grab it share with everyone to show those who steal the works, thoughts & ideas of others that it will not be tolerated!

Please copy from here and share:

What is Plagiarism?

According to Dictionary, Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.

To all Bloggers who exert effort to create noteworthy entries and who continue to maintain a Blog which is a reflection of who she / he is, ” Good job! ”

To those who have the desire to Blog but are merely scraping contents from other peoples materials, ” Whether you are monetizing your site to help you with your basic needs or to satisfy some of your wants, do it the proper way. Stop making money out of someone else’s work. Otherwise, you are nothing but a common thief! ”

Thank you!

Spread the word to stop plagiarism! And please check out the talented writer's in the list to the right. They are the cream of the crop in blogging. Oh yeah, what is Twitter?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Quick Update

Hey guys. I just wanted to let everyone know why I've been missing in cyberland these past couple weeks. For the past week I've been under the weather with some type of annoying cold. You just have to love the Ohio weather that goes from 90 degrees, hot, sunshine to 42 degrees, cold, miserable, wet. And it was during the unexpected cold snap that I became sick.

Please do not worry! I do not have the swine flu or whatever the World Health Organization is calling it now! I have your standard, run of the mill cold with an alergy combo. I know, it's not exciting or interesting, but believe me, this thing is hanging on till the end. It's really annoying!

But never fear, my down time is not going to waste. My mind is racing with new ideas and I can't wait to show them to you! I'm planning to post 2 new video game reviews soon in the Soapbox, as well as the upcoming BWE/EBW Jakarta Encounter on Basic Bloganomics. And some other fun stuff. Until then, be safe & stay healthy.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Special Awards & A Story

I am going to try and knock out as many of the tags I have as possible in the next week, and there's a lot! First, I have this really cool award from my buddy The Funkster on Basic Bloganomics, who also came up with the second tag I'll be working on in this edition of the Soapbox. Here's the first one.

That is a very cool award called the Blogger Trophy Award. Very cool. I'm going to pass this along to all of my friends who have stopped by to visit. If you've ever read this site (and thus are reading these words now.) feel free to grab this really cool looking trophy.

The second tag is a little old, but it's taken me a little while to get this one done. It's especially close to my heart being this is a sports blog, I want to make this sports tag very important.

This is the WBE Sportsmanship Award! WBE stands for World Blogging Entertainment which is a name created by David Funk used to recognize excellence in blogging, and has annually named a Blog of Courage Award winner every year since 2006.

WBE Sportsmanship Award is given to ANY blogger for showing the following qualities:
*Kindness to all bloggers
*Courtesy to others
*Respects the opinions of bloggers
*Displays a sportsman-like attitude
*Addresses and debates any topic with professionalism
*Motivates or supports other bloggers
*Strong leader and community builder.

The Rules for the WBE Sportsmanship Award:

1. Talk about your favorite sports team or teams. List what team you like, where they are from, what league they play in, and why and how you like them.

2. If you don't have a favorite team, then talk about your favorite player or players in other sports. Any sport can be talked about, and not just team sports.

3. You can talk about favorite teams and players that are no longer playing if you choose.

4. Download a picture or logo of your favorite team or teams so that other countries around the world can see them. Or provide a picture of your favorite player or athlete.

5. You can add more information about any teams you talk about to help other cultures understand more about them.

6. Nominate at least five bloggers for this award, and let them know you tagged them.

7. Link back to this post and the person you received this award from.

8. Come back and leave a comment on this post so that your name can be added to the list of those who received this award. This is also done so that others can refer back to this entry, and read other entries throughout the world that they may have missed.

Favorite Team: Cleveland Indians baseball team
From: Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
League they play in: Major League Baseball, American League, Central division.

Why I Like 'Em: This is going to be fun, because as I write this my favorite team has yet to win a professional baseball game in the year 2009. That sucks. I am a die-hard Cleveland sports fan, and I blame that on my family & friends. Being a Cleveland sports fan is like enjoying pain. See, Cleveland teams raise losing to an artform. Ever watched a baseball game where your team had a 10 run lead? Felt comfortable, right? Not for Indians fans! We look at that and say, "Nope, we need 5 or 6 more!" As funny as that might sound, it's not really a joke. The reason I love the Indians and will happily be in attendance for two games this season is the passion the fans have for the team, and the passion I have for the team.

I come from a poor family, so I didn't attend my first game until I got a job and paid for the tickets myself. But the few games I have attended are very special to me. I won't highlight them all, but I want to point out one game in particular. I believe it was August of 2004. I had heard talk all week on sports radio of this guy, Grady Sizemore, being called up to the major league roster and he would get to play "any day now." I heard great things about him and I wanted to see him play. He was not in the starting lineup. "Crap!" Well, at least I get to watch a game against the White Sox. Suddenly, a hellacious rain releases from the heavens (oooh, irony!) and drenches the field. "Crap!" We wait, and wait. An hour and a half later they tell us the game will be played. "Cool!" Maybe we can at least out-hit the Sox? Mark Buehrle of the White Sox pitches a no-hitter through 6 innings. "Crap!" Well, at least I'm on SportsCenter! Hey Omar Vizquel just hit a bloop single. "Crap!" Well, maybe we can start a rally, a get on the board. 12-1 looks much better than 12-0. Double play. "Crap!"

Not the best game in world right? Until I hear over the PA, "now playing in center field, Grady Sizemore." Yes! And you could tell even in the one inning he played in that game he had the star potential. I proudly keep the scorecard from that game, because I can say that I saw Grady Sizemore's major league debut. I've followed him ever since, and I am happy to say I was there. I have not been to the ballpark in 3 years, but that will change later this month when I see the Indians take on the Boston Red Sox and in May I get to see the defending American League Champions the Tampa Bay Rays. And thanks to a great promotion from the Indians and my wonderful family's help, I've got the best seats I've ever had at the ballpark. Behind home plate for the Tampa game, and 15 rows back from the field for the Boston game!

Why do I like the Indians? I don't. I love them, and I always will for the great moments, the history, and the joy they bring me even when they're down. Being at the ballpark is an experience you never forget, and I'm greatly looking forward to the next two trips to see my beloved Tribe.

I'm going to do the tagging portion of this show a little different. I'm putting it up for everyone to grab. This has easily been one of the most fun tags I've done, and I want everyone to get a chance to try it. So show your love of your favorite sports team and take this tag!

And don't forget to check out the newest BWE Throwdown! on Basic Bloganomics! Some very unique matches took place, and yours truly even stopped by to leave a comment or two. It's a very good read, so if you have not already, click over to Throwdown!


Monday, March 30, 2009

The "Uber" Soapbox

As I joyfully read through my super cool cbox just the other day (oh my, I'm becoming delusional! Did I just use the phrase "super cool?" I'll hear about that one, I'm sure!). Anyway, reading through the cbox I see a message from Awesome Arnie that yours truly has been given the Uber Amazing Blog Award! Really? Well, I'd like to thank The Academy first of all. Without them, none of this could have ever happened! Thanks so much, and good night everybody!

Oops! Almost forgot to do my part in this! Alright, here's the important info about this award.

Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
  • inspires you

  • makes you smile and laugh

  • or maybe gives amazing information

  • a great read

  • has an amazing design

  • and any other reasons you can think of that makes them

  • uber amazing

The rules of this award are:

  • Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.
  • Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
  • Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.

  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.
I would like to pass this award on to all my friends! Upon further review, it would appear all my friends have already been nominated (no surprise there. After all, they do have Uber Amazing Blogs), so I'm going to do things a tiny bit different. Instead of nominating people who already know they rock, I'm going to put this up for anyone to grab. My request is, if you grab it, please let me know so I can make a list here for everyone to see.

Thank you Arnie for giving me such a great honor! From one Uber Blogger to another, you are awesome! I still have one more tag to work on, from The Boss. Plus, I will be posting a review of the new WWE Legends of WrestleMania game for PlayStation 3, and I hope to get something posted about WrestleMania since it is that time of year once again. Plus, baseball season is just about to start! A full plate to work from. I wonder how much I can get done? Stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Award Season Starts Early

Hello my blogging brethren (and sisters too! I think Twinks would go into Blogula mode if I forgot the ladies!) So The Amazing Funk has been putting together a lot of tags he has recieved, and in that long list, who's name should appear but PH (that's my new nickname from Twinks). I will tackle this one, then Arnie I will happily tackle the Uber Blog Award later this week (Thanks!) Enough chit chat, let's see what I'm working on today.

Cool graphic! I will give this Award to someone who's very nice and friendly to me...

Here are the rules for this meaningful award:

The aims of this award:

-As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
-To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!
-Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it
-Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
-Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
-Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
-Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

These are the people who I want to have this award:

Since all the people I want to have this award have already been given the award, I'm going to do what I call Circle Tagging. I'm going to give them the award anyway (because they truly deserve it), and because that's what friends do. So here are the people I want to be extra sure have this award:

-David Funk- Ha! Just because you nominated me, doesn't mean I can't nominate you! That's just what a "Creatively Insane Apprentice" would do, don't you think? Known to his many friends as Big Sooners fan, BSF, DF, 'D, or simply Dave, I can say without question if he were not blogging, I would not be either. Thanks for being such a great friend & remember who runs the A-show in BWE Promotions!

-Arnie- One of my new friends, and a very creative blogger. Creative blogs are one of the cornerstones of my blogging (or so I would hope!) and with Arnie I have read some tremendously creative stuff. I think she has the Midas touch, because everything she's touched has turned to gold (and coincidentally made her very rich.)

-Maxi- Another reason I owe Mr. Funk a debt of gratitude is his promotion of me and my writing, which brought Maxi around to say hi. And with that I instantly fell in love with another great blog to add to my reading list.

-3rdStone- I can't remember the last time I posted something and did not see a comment from 3rdStone. I appreciate that greatly and will begin to return the favor as soon as possible, and I apologize for not doing so sooner.

-Twinks- Thanks to Mr. D Funk, a sweet, innocent, lady has become a blood sucking vampire in the world of BWE. Trust me, that's meant completely as a compliment. And it's not the craziest thing I've seen happen in BWE! Anyone who can take that ball, run with it, and score, has gained me as a fan!

These great friends I have made are the main reason why I love blogging!

These tags are fun to work on! Anyone who would like it is welcome to take this.

Thanks for reading everyone! Looks like I'll be busy with tags for a while. See you soon!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tagged, You're It!

So ladies and gentlemen of cyberland, I'm happy to be back to posting and it was great to see some new faces join me in the Soapbox (winks at Maxi & ArnieV). While doing some blogwalking (is that the correct term?) I noticed my name pop up at the IHOF (that's International House of Funk), and it seems The Funkster has tagged me for this Meme. As I type that I have to wonder if I just ended a sentence with a preposition. If I did, I apologize to every English teacher I've ever met. My bad, dawgs! On we go!

The Rules:
List these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
Tell 7 unspectacular quirks on yours.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blogs.
Link the person who tagged you.
Leave a comment for each blogger.

7- Facts about me: Paul H aka The Rated R Blogger
I enjoy any type of music. I only look for a good beat and ryhthm. Any suggestions for songs I should hear?

One silly idea I have is to visit every ballpark in MLB and see a game there. So far I've been to Jacobs Field so I'm at 1 of 32. Next stop, Canada!

I am a huge wrestling fan, as evidenced by my writing on the Basic Bloganomics site. In fact, I recently had the pleasure of going to a live WWE Raw & ECW taping in Cleveland, OH with my younger brother. We had a great time!

Don't ever ask me to take your picture! Chances are I'll cut your head off. The picture I mean.

I write for EBW on the Basic Bloganomics site, and my boss is kind of insane! "Creatively insane."

My favorite movie is The Dark Knight. It is the only movie I've went to see twice in theathers and I own a copy on Blu-Ray. Why so serious?

I can't dance. Not a single bit. Luckily, my Prom date was very understanding about that.

7- Unspectacular Quirks:
I have 10 toes. Trust me, they're all there. Just to be sure I counted them as I wrote this sentence and... where the heck did that toe come from??? Just kidding.

I have a freckle on my right hand. It's on the other side of my palm. Hmmm... I completely blanked on what that's called.

I have not changed my hairstyle in 10 years. Why mess with perfection?

I wear two different colored socks, one white and one black, and no one has noticed yet!

I ask a lot of questions. I mean a lot. Too many at times. Know what I mean?

I watch tv way too much. I have the Fox Sunday line-up memorized. Darn, should have counted that as two!

For the wrestling fans out there, I've been known to do the Orton pose hanging out with friends. (Let's see how many get that one!)

Now here are the people I want to pass this tag to:


If you read and are so inclined, give this a try! It was a lot of fun for me, and I hope it is the same for you as well. Plus, I think all of my blogging friends have already gotten tagged for this, so it would be silly for me to re-tag them. I not some guy with a spray can trying to cause trouble.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Let's Try This Again

After realizing I have not posted on my blog in a while I thought, "what the hell? Let's try this again!" So I just want to comment on some stories in the news. First, spring training is in full swing finally. After watching the Indians play earlier and looking at their roster, three things come to mind.

1. What the hell happened to our rotation??? If our hopes of getting 6+ innings out of starter rests in the hands of Carl Pavano, we may be in trouble! Think about this, the Yankees got rid of this guy because he lost his stuff. So, unless he is a magician and can make things appear and disappear at the drop of a hat, I don't suspect he found his stuff and is going to carry the load this season.

2. Why is Kerry Wood our closer? Granted, he did make the All-Star team last year, it's still frustrating to see the team making the same mistake over-and-over. If you want a true closer, look in the farm system and grow one! Relying on closers who are in the latter stages of their career is a recipe for disaster, and it has not brought a championship to Cleveland.

3. Why is Matt LaPorta not on the 40-man roster? This is the top prospect we traded our #1 starter, CC Sabathia for at the trade deadline last season, and he's not even on the 40-man roster? I'm no expert, but if I traded away the best pitcher Cleveland's seen this decade and then the guy we traded for ended up elsewhere the following year, fans might get pissed! Even the video games would call that questionable!

Speaking of which, (cheap plug alert!) the new MLB games for 09 are out this Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum is on the cover of 2K Sports MLB 2k9; Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia is on the cover of MLB 09: The Show, which is exclusive to the Sony brands. I have a PS3, so I'll be looking for The Show. I played both last year, and I still can't stand the game 2K Sports keeps putting out. I don't see them making the changes to put that game on top of the market, and the only reason it will sell better is because it will be on every current generation console. When does that exclusivity deal end, anyway? It can't be soon enough!

I have to talk about Manny Ramirez. Why? Well, when someone is greedy about money, I feel like I should stand up and say, WHAT THE HELL??? In this economy Manny has decided that very substantial offers from the only team who's bidding on him, the Dodgers, is not enough? Read that sentence again. Does that make sense to you? Let's see if we can put this in perspective. Let's say you were window washer. And let's say your contract with A-1 Washers expired Jan 1st and you were making good money after spending several years at BRS Cleaners. But you grew tired of BRS and purposely did a lousy job in your final year with them. Now, A-1 wants you back. But you raised your asking price and now not even Steam Frank Gigante wants to sign you because you're just too expensive and after your experience at BRS, you can't be trusted. A-1's offered you three deals but each one is met with your agent saying, "More money and more years." Don't you think A-1 should just tell you to stick it and let you sit on the sidelines making nothing? Let's see what happens to all those sponsorships and investments then!

Hmmm... I seem a little angry there. Let's end on a fun note (and a another cheap plug). As you may know, I'm a wrestling fan. With it being WrestleMania season, it's great to hear that a new video game is coming out this month with legends from WWE. The game, Legends of WrestleMania features stars from the '80s and '90s. You can relive the famous Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant match from WrestleMania III, or the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock match from WrestleMania XV that launched the biggest rivalry of the "attitude era." And the list of legends in this game is impressive: Undertaker, Ted DiBiase, Ulimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Legion of Doom, Yokozuna, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Jimmy Hart. This one is quickly crawling up my wish list, and if you would more info on it, including the complete roster, head over to

One last thing, I'm trying to find some good blogs for baseball card collecting as I'm restarting my favorite old hobby. If you have one, or write one, please let me know and I'll be happy to link you once I get that part of the site fixed.

OK, final thing. If you're wondering what's up with all this "What the hell" stuff that's going on throughout my blog, I have just the person for you to ask. That would be my buddy David Funk. He's much better at explaining it than I am, plus he's good to talk sports with. Any Sooners fans will want to add him to your blog roll, trust me on this one. And don't forget to check out our Basic Bloganomics site where you can read both of us, including new BWE & EBW blogs! Thanks everyone!