Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Is It a Blog?: Quick Hits #2

Originally posted on "Is It Sports?" Ryan and I are already talking about the 2006 baseball season.

Steve: booya keeping Konerko
Ryan: meanwhile, it appears the Twins may lose their biggest free agent to the Royals
Ryan: so, our teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum, really
Steve: that's pretty sad
Steve: I like how the White Sox could have lost him if they didn't offer him a 5th year
Steve: so they had to decide if they wanted to keep him until he is 33 or 34 basically, like it would matter
Ryan: hold on... phone
Ryan: Ok I'm back... the Twins want me to play second base
Steve: ok I'll type this when you're gone...if they wind up getting Juan Pierre their lineup will be
Steve: 1 Podsednik LF
Steve: 2 Pierre CF
Steve: 3 Dye RF
Ryan: I asked for 45 dollars a game, but that was too much for them
Steve: 4 Konerko 1B
Steve: 5 Thome DH
Steve: 6 Iguchi 2B
Steve: 7 Pierzynski C
Steve: 8 Crede 3B
Steve: 9 Uribe SS
Steve: I would have said, ok 42
Ryan: the Twins organization is terrible
Ryan: here is what I think the Twins lineup will be
Ryan: LF Stewart
Ryan: SS Bartlett
Ryan: C Mauer
Ryan: 1b Morneau
Ryan: CF Hunter
Ryan: 3b Tiffee
Ryan: RF Cuddyer
Steve: Iguchi said he'd rather hit for power and rbi's like he's used to in Japan, so they'll probably move him to 6th or 7th
Ryan: DH Ford
Ryan: 2b Henning
Steve: what about Punto?
Ryan: Punto can kiss my ass
Ryan: I'm playing second
Ryan: I'm actually convinced that the Twins arent going to sign anyone this offseason
Steve: but will he do it for less than $40
Ryan: and inexplicably, they turned down a trade to deal J.F.C. Romero to Colorado
Ryan: I would have taken a weekend in Vail in exchange for romero
Steve: lol
Ryan: teach Rincon to pitch lefthanded if we wanted a lefty that bad

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

New Stuff on Is It Sports?

Originally posted on "Is It Sports" by Steve. I'm making an attempt to inform that 2 or 3 people that still check the rarely updated site that we made some changes, and more posts were on the way. As far as the future posts go, I don't think I ever wrote about Dwyane Wade, the White Sox World Series title was hard to describe (I'm really not that good of a writer), and I did evenutally post on the Bang for the Buck ratings, on August 3, 2008. Also, this is the first time I mentioned my wife on the site, and ironically, she commented on my Bang for the Buck ratings when I finally posted them here almost 3 years later.

Hey Everyone. It’s Steve back again actually posting something new on Is It Sports? The last month has been pretty busy for me with work, 3 trips to Purdue, watching hours of White Sox World Series coverage, getting a great new girlfriend, and driving for 2 and a half hours from just outside Detroit to just outside Ann Arbor in a snowstorm on the busiest travel day of the year, just to turn around and spend Thanksgiving away from my family.

But now I have more time to work on the site, and we have a lot planned for our upcoming first anniversary. First, as you probably saw on the index, we added a “blog” (even though I hate that word) where we basically go back to the basics of why we created this site: to post entertaining online conversations we have about sports for people to read. Now instead of saving the conversation and using it to write a long post 2 weeks later, only to have me finally put it online 3 weeks after it’s finished, we can put it up right away, as is. We also added a Quote of the Week where we’ll dig through the archives for something either insightful or witty that was written in the past year, which will be updated every Sunday (hopefully).

As far as new full-length posts go, we have plenty planned. Ryan has already completed two, one recapping how well we picked in our baseball preview and another that I haven’t read yet but I was just told is “miscellaneous.” I will finally write my long awaited World Series post about the World Champion Chicago White Sox (doesn’t that look good?) because I think now it has finally sunk in with me. I’m also planning on writing about a statistical analysis I did (because I’m a dorky engineer) that I call the “Bang for the Buck” rating, which compares a baseball team’s salary to its expected win total based on the performance of the other teams. Also, due to popular request from some friends, I will write a post about my high school classmate Dwyane Wade and I was planning on doing my first non-sports post on the top 25 CD’s of the past 5 years, as soon as 2005 comes to an end. We may even have an e-mail or two to answer in a mailbag. We have plenty planned ahead, so keep checking the site for updates! - Steve

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Is It a Blog?: Quick Hits #1

Originally posted on "Is It Sports?" this is the first of our quick conversation posts since our long, drawn out posts and web site creation was taking way too long (the gap in posts from October 8 to November 27 says a lot). If you are looking for new wallpaper for your computer, click the links!

When we first started this site, the whole idea was to post our AIM conversations online, because they were pretty entertaining and usually about sports. Then we got adventurous and started writing posts that were pretty long and included pictures and lots of cool effects....and well, it got hard for me to keep up. So now when we have a good conversation, I'll put them up here ASAP with no pictures just how we originally intended, but expect new posts with pictures and other fun stuff to keep coming

Ryan: I love my NBA live... its 2004
Steve: ok?
Ryan: The Suns traded DerMarr Johnson to the Hornets for Jamaal Magloire
Steve: DerMarr?
Ryan: oh yeah
Steve: don't know him
Steve: best name in the NBA: Zarko Cabarkapa
Ryan: yep
Ryan: suns, right?
Steve: Warriors
Ryan: used to be the suns
Steve: yeah
Steve: I kind of want D-Miles
Steve: since he's ghetto as hell
Ryan: oh man! I was watching some of the POR-MIN game
Ryan: Darius Miles and Richie Frahm should not be in the same profession
Steve: Richie Frahm?
Ryan: Richie Frahm
Steve: there's a white guy on the Blazers?
Ryan: Well, he plays for the wolves now
Steve: this needs to be my wallpaper
Ryan: lol
Ryan: But yes, there is a white player on the blazers
Steve: he's got tatts though
Steve: so he's ok
Ryan: So, Stephen A. will definitely hate the Timberwolves this year
Ryan: Sczerbiak, Marko Jaric, Richie Frahm, Mark Madsen
Ryan: Way too many white guys
Steve: that would be good too
Steve: Marko Jaric is on my fantasy team
Steve: that one is actually pretty cool
Steve: why the white guys?
Ryan: I think Luke Ridnour and Dan Dickau are the two most out of place players in any league, and this includes kickers in football

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