Dear Meatheads at My Gym

Dear Meatheads at My Gym:

Yes, I’m talkin’ to you, fellas: you guys who talk loudly and incessantly and enthusiastically about your fantasy football teams:

Please view this graphic and let me know if you have any questions.

P.S. Thanks for the inspiration and the image, Mr. Sun.

Braves Go Gently Into That Good Night

This is why I was dubious about the Braves’ post-season prospects. If you can’t hold onto a 6-1 lead in the 8th inning, you don’t deserve to win. Even after 18 — 18! — goddamned innings.

David Z., an Atlanta native and a life-long Braves fan, excoriated me via email the other day for my fair-weather-fan, boo-hiss-the-Bravos-will-disappoint-yet-again post, arguing that the team had accomplished an amazing amount given injuries this season, and that some highly impressive rookies have done some highly impressive things. He’s right, of course. And I agree, as DZ pointed out, that 14 consecutive division titles isn’t something to dismiss lightly.

I was all prepared to link to this summary of MLB teams’ payrolls and moan about the underachieving Braves, but then I realized that, hey, they’re 10th on the list. (The real question is how, with a payroll some $80 million higher than the next highest team — which is the “Cinderella,” “underdog” Red Sox, by the way — the Yankees aren’t uttterly, utterly dominant. I suppose it’s time I give “Money Ball” a read…)

Since, as I mentioned, the Braves have won a remarkable 14 straight division titles, manager Bobby Cox is either A) a managerial genius with the ability to spur good teams to consistant excellence; or B) a mediocre manager who succeeds, year in and year out, in delivering his team to the promised land — the playoffs — but then lacks the ability to win the big games once they get there. I think A is more likely than B, but I just don’t know anymore.

Yankees, Red+Sox, Braves


If I Were Free Later This Month…

…I would totally go to the Arirang games in North Korea.


American tourists will have a rare opportunity this month to visit North Korea’s capital and see a mass sports festival. North Korea will allow United States passport holders to enter on visas from either Oct. 8 to 12 or Oct. 15 to 18 to go to the Arirang 2005 festival. Travelers will have to fly from Beijing to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on the country’s airline, Air Koryo, and then will be able to attend the games and see other parts of the country.

(Via Gridskipper.)

Pyongyang, North+Korea, Arirang