Posted June 30, 2008
These popped in my head over the last 72 hours and seemed like good solutions to two problems in baseball.
1. Instead of using the All-Star game to determine home field advantage in the World Series, use the cumulative record for interleague play. Using one game where the players aren't used to playing together and probably won't be going full force isn't representative and home field is a big deal. This year, the American League would have won handily, having bested the NL with a 149-102 record.
2. It's time to get replays going in baseball. The angles aren't as tough as other sports so replays should be fast. To keep gameplay moving, they should adopt the NFL rules and allow two challenges per team, per game. Not that it would have kept the Cubs from getting swept by the White Sox, but it's frustrating when replays show a clear mistake by the umps. Time to fix it.
Eric Asimov and the NYT Says Sprecher Makes the Best Root Beer
Sprecher is my all-time favorite, having drunk it regularly while in Madison. They don't review my second favorite, Henry Weinhardt's, but you'll have to trust me. While shipping is not cheap, Pop Soda lets you mail-order all kinds of delicious root beer and fizzy drinks. [via kottke]
Switch Hitter Faces a Switch Pitcher and Hilarity/Conflict Ensues
This is in the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones game (both A-ball teams)
A Nightmare for Suburban, Nervous, Kinda Racist Dads
Man, this image is hilarious. I don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but Sorry I MIssed Your Party catalogs the worst party images from Flickr. And yep, this party looks pretty awful.
A Piglet Wearing Boots
Oh man, this is a cute photo. They think the young pig may have mysophobia — a fear of dirt.
The Awesome Three-Piece Book Jacket for Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends
Yes, this was everywhere a month or so ago, but I'm in clear-all-tabs mode.
The Many Ways in Which The Happening is Awful
M. Night, I think it's time to let someone else write your scripts. [via dan]
Ugly Betties From Around the World
If ugly looks that good in Spain, I'm gonna go pack my bags.
One Question, Two Tip Jars
Every day they post a new question and you put your tip in the bin that corresponds with your choice. I'm sure this ups your take, but I'd love to hear by how much.
Read at Work
A flash player fills your screen and a Windows desktop appears. You can then read works of fiction as if they were Powerpoint presentations. [via buzzfeed]