Morning Reads for March 12.

No need for an intro, everyone knows who I am.

“Son of Mustang Ford” by Swervedriver. 


  1. Man from Atlanta says:

    Huge props for the Swervedriver link — I wouldn’t have thought you were old enough to remember them!

    • Ed says:

      What’s crazy about baseball deals is when you look at them compared to other sports, especially basketball.

      For example, just look at all the guys in baseball making even close to $20m and then look at LeBron who makes “only” $20m. No way does Mark Texeira or Brian McCann deliver anywhere near as much value to the organization in any respect, as King James does.

      • xdog says:

        Baseball is awash in money and the owners can’t keep it all.

        Nowadays, Mark Texeira doesn’t deliver as much value as Eldon Brand.

        • Harry says:

          Awash in money unless you’re Liberty Communications. There’s smart, well-timed money…and dumb money.

          • xdog says:

            Liberty’s not my idea of ideal ownership (I’ll take DeWitt or Henry or late-period Ted Turner) but they’re not squeezing the franchise. They’ve ponied up for a slew of extensions this year and hey, just committed $14M more than they had budgeted for 2014.

              • xdog says:

                Which injured starter would you have moved? Which team is interested in accepting injured starters?

                I think you’re just fussing.

                • Harry says:

                  Wouldn’t have moved anyone. At beginning of postseason they should have grabbed an extra decent starter when most are available. It was already clear then they were dealing with very likely health issues in their rotation. They were tight with the cash and assumed they could wing it. That’s what happens when you have ownership by committee. Contrast that behavior with Blank’s. He was aggressive with a purpose yesterday.

            • Dave Bearse says:

              Why would Liberty need to squeeze the franchise when Cobb taxpayers just put $300B+ into their pocket?

      • saltycracker says:

        Well at least they are private businesses and not costing the taxpayers……uhhh……
        …never mind……

  2. John Vestal says:

    The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019 ) passed the US Senate by unanimous consent yesterday. The Act is named for 10-year-old Gabriella Miller of Loudoun County, VA, who died last October from an inoperable brain tumor.

    The bipartisan measure, which passed the House 295-103* last December, proposes to authorize $13 million per year for 10 years for pediatric research by redirecting funds designated for political party conventions. Additionally, to ensure the funds are spent on pediatric research, the bill establishes the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund.

    * House vote Dec 11, 2013, Republicans – Yeas:223, Nays:1

  3. saltycracker says:

    Smile for the day: Channel 11 6PM reported on problem getting through on the phone to the food stamp program- the aggrieved on camera were obese women with cell phones….. Rep suggested they come in to the food stamp office…..
    Feds say $76 million at stake if we don’t fix it

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