Jurassic Park and it’s involvement in butterfly style goaltending

Mad Max – 9.4/10
This was one of the best action movies that I have ever seen. It was a visually stunning masterpiece of chaos. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are perfect in their roles. This movie is the reason that gigantic theatres were built.

Everybody has always had that neighbor in their apartment building that has the stomp walk. Why can’t you walk quietly? It’s just one foot in front of the other. Nope that’s a march. You don’t need to get to the kitchen one second earlier. Take it easy.

Food Truck events are huge in KW now. We went to one yesterday and it was a 20 min wait for lemonade. It reminded me of the Revenge of the Nerds scene with the whipped cream over the topless picture of Stan’s girlfriend. Why is everybody waiting 20 min for lemonade?

Mike Babcock has finally signed. He signed with Toronto. I hate it when the Leafs make good moves.

Everybody always has that person in their group of friends that would be willing to get into a garbage can and be rolled down a hill. Nothing good was going to come of this and everybody knew it. He knew his role. It was to get laughs regardless of physical ailment. We salute you.

While watching a NFL game I am generally the most entertained when a kick is blocked and the punter gets drilled by a defensive lineman. I lean up on the couch like a giddy 12 year old during a Call of Duty session to watch the replay over and over again.

Who has time to make all natural orange juice? Squeezing out 3 or 4 oranges seems like a lot of unnecessary work.

A rare thing happened at the Jays game yesterday. There were 45,000 fans at a sporting event that all had terrible musical taste. They have the shitty hat to prove it.

The people that are pushing shopping carts of grocery stores to their houses have zero shame. Every single person that is driving by them thinks the same thing. What a di**. Now, if you push the cart back. You are a hero.

I can understand why pets respond to the vacuum the way that they do. It’s a very unsettling noise. Do you think dogs will ever evolve where they can laugh?

Bloodline is a new show I started watching. It’s about a very well off and loving family that has an always getting into trouble brother that comes back to town to help with the family business. The first episode was excellent. It’s on Netflix.

Anime North was this past weekend. This is one of the few conventions that I really don’t understand anything that is happening. The only other time I feel this way is strolling around Tokyo. It’s all very pretty, but I don’t know what’s going on.

Sara and I went to see Spamalot on the weekend. It was excellent. I am a huge fan of Monty Python, and they did every gag from the Holy Grail that I wanted them to do. The sets were excellent, and the actors were outstanding. Cambridge does have a little bit of culture to it. That is until everybody started to honk their horns and head to Tim Hortons after.

There are so many breweries opening up in Southern Ontario. If you want a feel for just how many; start following a few on Twitter. It’s insane!

Mike Wilner from the Fan 590 is coming to Waterloo to the Starlight with a few more guys that know ball to discuss all things baseball. It’s called Pitch. It looks fantastic, and I will be there.

http://www.pitchtalksbaseball.com/

They now have a guy that has a French accent that works at my pharmacy. I always think he’s trying to fool me into taking the wrong medication for some reason now. He just sounds so sneaky.

Sometimes I wonder how those shady convenience stores stay open. You know the ones. They have the knock off Yankees hat that is either pink or has glitter all over it. Does anybody actually buy these items?

How did goalies not figure out that the stand-up style of goaltending wasn’t the most efficient way? “So if I stand up it takes up this much of the net, but if I go down into the butterfly it takes up this much.” Have you watched how many goals go in along the ice in the ‘80s?

Making a real Jurassic Park seems like a terrible move. I really don’t think humans and dinosaurs were supposed to live together. Even if they didn’t eat meat, you would have to worry about this hoser stepping on your car or wrecking stuff in the neighborhood.

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Toronto Blue Jays minus the off season of 2012

Miami Marlins send Jose Reyes, Mark Beurhle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolino, Jeff Mathis, and Jake Marisnick.

The New York Mets send R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, and Wuilmer Becerra.

With Syndergaard about to make his MLB debut we must look back upon the two trades that will cost the Jays for years to come. One of the main reasons that fair weather fans do not run MLB teams is the fact that everybody thought that these were terrific trades. Fans were screaming from the highest roof tops in Toronto that this was their year. Vegas had the Jays as the odds on favourite to win it all. There was no way that this could backfire.

Not only did the Jays take back over 100 million in salary. We cleaned out the cupboard of prospects that were masterfully obtained. The Jays were going for it. Having Jose Bautista clamoring for more presence in the lineup and staff probably didn’t help. Antholopous showed an extreme amount of patience for years. He traded away Halladay in a no-win situation. Drafting high ceiling prospects. Making smart signing decisions. Not blowing the budget on any one player. Toronto is a city of we want it all now. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in it. Antholopous thought they had a chance at making that jump before they were ready. Witnessing a decline in both the Red Sox and the Yankees after years of chasing them.
Let’s have a look at the lineup without these two trades being executed. This isn’t exact. It’s what I believe the smartest moves would have been. Yunel Escobar will not be included in this. He would not have been back with the Jays regardless.

1. Travis – 2B
2. Cabrera – LF
3. Bautista – RF
4. Encarnacion – 1B
5. Donaldson – 3B
6. Lind – DH
7. d’Arnaud – C
8. Pillar – CF
9. Hechavarria – SS

Starting Pitchers:
1. Marcus Stroman
2. Drew Hutchison
3. Henderson Alvarez
4. Anthony DeSclafani
5. Noah Syndergaard

The lineup doesn’t look stronger on first appearance. What it does have is a bunch of players with huge upside and a lot of room to add payroll. No need to bring in Martin at a huge price tag. The Donaldson trade might not need to happen either. Adam Lind could still be their DH rather than thriving in Milwaukee. Melky Cabrera could have come back. Nearly every one of the prospects that were involved in both trades are now contributing members with major league teams. This isn’t a told you so. I was on board with both deals. The Dickey trade not quite as much, but I would have made the same trade. Teams that are thriving in ball now are the teams that are able to grow up together. The bringing in high price talent hasn’t worked for about a decade now. Look at the SF Giants and St Louis Cardinals. Nearly every player on both of those teams were drafted by the club. Terrific coaching, and great scouting is now the key to a championship team.

Maybe it’s the being in the AL East that makes it tough for the Jays not to ride it out. You see the Red Sox and Yankees just throwing around money. The Jays if anything should use the Tampa Bay type of strategy. Grow the talent. One thing that the Jays have that the Rays don’t, is fans. People come to their games. They might even be able to keep the talent after they develop it. Keeping up with the Jones’ has been the Jays moto for the past 20 years. It has come with zero playoff appearances.

What do you do now? Unfortunately start over. Encarnacion should have a few more monster years in him. Donaldson will be solid (he will want big money soon.) Travis looks like the real deal. Their young pitching needs a bit more development, but it should be untouchable. They were taken advantage by two National League teams. The quick fix didn’t work. Eat the mistake, and get what you can for Dickey, Beurhle, and Reyes. I would also look at dealing Bautista. He is an aging superstar that is going to have a sharp drop off. You need to develop pitching. Every team that have won rings has had that one ace. You need to start to stock pile pitching talent to find that next Gray, Harvey, Fernandez, or Cole. They might have it in Stroman or Sanchez, but they need more options. Teams have been winning with average lineups, but great pitching. Again the Rays style of play.

Iit’s going to be a lengthy process. It’s not Toronto Maple Leaf lengthy, but it will be about 3 years before they see progress. They have some pieces in place. Their young pitchers are coming along. Do they have the right guys in place to develop them though? As a fan you need to look at the teams that are constantly in the races until the end. What do they have that the Jays do not? It comes down to the right person behind the controls. After witnessing the past three years, do you think they have the right people in charge?