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Back to the grind

Oh. Right. Losing a game. It does happen, doesn't it?


Can't play at a .750 pace forevah.


Nor do we need to.


The .750 got us back into contention. Mission Accomplished.


Yeah, but before start unfurling the bannahs on the USS Bunkah Hill, let's remembah that now that we're in spitting distance, keeping pace with the Yankees is going to be a haul.


Especially when you considah that Tex and Slappy have been underperforming and it's only a matter of time befoah they revert to the mean.


Ah, no worries. If things staht go south we'll just call in Steven Chu.



Going up against Ihairy-o tonight is going to be tough. His stats are other-worldly. And so is his face. Odd looking man. Maybe his advanced alien mind can save the world.

Does Steven Chu?? Sorry ;O

Is it just me, or does Ubaldo Jimenez remind anyone else of Batshit Tavares? Not the pitching so much; but the alien face.

Barmes must have been rubbing his head ala Manny in the half inning before he made that grab and throw in the 9th against Lowell.

Is it just me, or does Ubaldo Jimenez remind anyone else of Batshit Tavares? Not the pitching so much; but the alien face.

Barmes must have been rubbing his head ala Manny in the half inning before he made that grab and throw in the 9th against Lowell.

Fucking double-posts. Sorry.

Based on the characters comments over the past several days and earlier twitter-things, I submit that hb is, indeed, a republican.

Well, actually, the "Mission Accomplished" was a slap at Bush, blast from the past.

Typically Mike takes the Dem side and Doug take the GOP side.

I think it comes out fairly balanced over time. Recall the strip that appeared on the back cover of the Maple Street Press Sox Annual last year, it was basically a paen to Obama.

And then there was the strip where Mike listed all the great Irish politicians including "O'bama."

There are more, such as the "who is hotter -- Kerry's daughter or Jenna Bush?" strip from the '04 campaign, the "you forgot Poland" strip so on and so forth.

If, however, you want to pick and choose and draw your own conclusions, feel free. Let's face it the Yankees trolls do it all the time when they accuse Soxaholix of always ballwashing Theo et al, when truth is the characters both praise and bemoan the Sox, just depends on the day.

Oh, and if you're referring to Doug's Tweets, well, yeah, that is Doug. I keep the hartbrachen tweets about soxaholix as far as I know.

Of course, if you want to know, yeah, I'm a conservative/libertarian kind of guy. Though the GOP party itself can go fuck itself.

Or perhaps it's just that he's capable of rendering an opinion on a matter without first checking MSNBC or FoxNews.

I am, myself, a libertarian. I hate national parties and think most public employees should get off the government's teat.

(I say, as I go check my LES from the Army to make sure I can buy beer tonight.)

I think calling a spade a spade, forming your own arguments and not kowtowing to public opinon whether it be baseball or politics is something sorely missing from most media oultlets. It's nice to come to Soxa and have differing viewpoints so we can actually have a discussion rather than blow smoke up each others asses just for the sake of it.

OMG between summers, gietner and now chu can this administration be any more corporatist? Thanks HB, I had no idea. and for the record I ask what would Jesus do? Feed the less fortunate among us and don't kill people.

Donovan!!! YES!!!!!

USA 1 - Algeria 0 in the first minute of extra time!!

It's like being forced to choose between having a toothpick driven under your right index fingernail (GOP) or a nail driven into the palm of your hand (Dems). Both suck when they have legislative majorities plus the Presidency but the Dems suck about 40% more.

Now stop talking politics and go back to ballwashing Theo.

sonomasox, if you get this, we'll be coming in from Santa Cruz to Sunday's game. Not sure when/where, but if you have a preferred watering hole you'd like to share let me know and I'll try to look you up pregame

And now this word from Landon Donovan:

"Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a game by diving for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard dive for his country. Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to score, wanting to stay out of the goal, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to score. All real Americans love the sting of the back of the net. When you were kids, you all admired the champion striker, the fastest runner, the big league soccer player, the toughest defense. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a game. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Now, US Men's Soccer is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, plays as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the New York Post don’t know anything more about real soccer than they do about fornicating.

We have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit and the best men in the world. You know, by God I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against. By God, I do. We’re not just going to shoot on the bastards, we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to weave the net in our goal. We’re going to murder those lousy European and South American bastards by the bushel.

Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you'll chicken out under yellow cards. Don't worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty. The 15 other teams are the enemy. Wade into them. Kill their ankles. Shoot past their Keeper. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do.

There’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what did you do in the great World Cup 2010, you won’t have to say, "Well, I shoveled oily shit in Louisiana."

Alright now, you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh, and I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into a game – anytime, anywhere.

That’s all."

General Kaz -- Brilliant!

Kaz, I'll follow you into a game anytime.


If I had to go back and change any of it, I'd replace:

"I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed."


"I wouldn't give a vuvuzela in hell for a man who lost and laughed."

Aust 2, Serbia 0. 4 more goals in the next 10 minutes and we're through!

And good work Kaz.

2-1; I think that means 8 goals in the next 7 minutes. Unless Ghana scores 2. Bye.

A match at Wimbledon just got called due to darkness. After ten hours. It's tied 59-59 in the fifth set. The longest match in Open-era tennis history.

buckner - we'll be taking the ferry across from San Rafael unless the weather sucks. As for watering holes, I've never been too particular around the stadium. Sometimes we hit one in the stadium near the main entry - not much difference in price. I'll have my Soxaholix shirt on - but would be good to hook up before. Cell phone? Email?

@Bob, yes and Isner was pissed off. Massively. They were doing the after interview and he looked like he wanted to take Mahut's head off. The hubby said something typically British about the French being spoil sports- with a few more colorful (read: loads of swaering) colloquialisms thrown in for good measure.

"They have been playing each other for a total of exactly 10 hours — 7 hours, 6 minutes in the fifth set alone, enough to break the full-match record of 6:33, set at the 2004 French Open.

All the numbers were truly astounding: They played 881 points, 612 in the fifth set. Isner hit 98 aces, Mahut 95 — both eclipsing the previous high for a match at any tournament, 78.

And this cannot be emphasized enough: They are not finished. No one won. The match will continue, stretching into a third day."

I'm exhausted just reading about it...

I'm at side1@comcast.net. I'll be the average-looking middle aged white guy ;-)

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