The Witty Lizard

Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

The Witty Lizard - Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

Thursday Links

I have always hated saves… Grantland

I’m starting to think Lunt may be the man… Tulsa World

Blake Jackson might be the best of the class of ’12… ESPN

OSU baseball is flat terrible, time to make a change… NewsOK

Axl Rose is a douche (and I love GnR)… LA Times

Political reform? The hell you say… The New Republic

The world is shrinking… The Economist

A cure for hangovers would be amazing… The New Yorker

Population and tax revenue are directly related… Mother Jones

Damn these were fun days… NewsOK

Pretty solid guesses… NewsOK

Absolutely awesome, and impossible… Kegs ‘N Eggs

Very intriguing… The Economist

Will never happen, although it should… The Economist

Wow, that’s all I got… Slate

I’m pretty stoked by these moves… Star-Telegram

I really hope this works out, for many reasons… Sports Illustrated

More good advice from Mark Cuban… Blog Maverick

CJ Wilson is an idiot… BBTIA

Spending is a bit out of whack… Mother Jones

 

Great Night in Arlington

Neftali Feliz was crazy good tonight.

A little rough in the first, understandable given that this was his first major league start. Solid defense in the form of a double play allowed him to escape form a 2 walk first.

Then he settled into a rhythm.

Great command of his off speed pitches and still a dominating fastball.

It’s only one start but it looks like the beginning of great things to come. Remember, he was rookie of the year two years ago with no closer experience. This is a guy who can pitch and a guy who has pitched in the most pressure pack of environs.

If 7 innings, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, and NO runs is the norm, the Rangers just might turn the corner and win it all this year.

Well done Nefti, I’m looking forward to what happens five days from now.

Thursday Links

Shit, did he say “dynasty”… ESPN

QB battles are what message boards were invented for… NewsOK

This will carry on all summer I’m sure… Tulsa World

Spring Football is here… NewsOK

They are really not good… OkState.com

I like Napoli, but can’t get my head around a long-term deal… BBTIA

Hamilton’s weird stuff yet again… BBTIA

Really? Did we thinks he was going to be perfect?… BaseballDo

Mich Leach is back in the saddle… Seattle Times

A marketing plan that’s not entirely honest, no way… The Economist

Interesting argument for economic growth… Huffington Post

This is from 5 months ago but this man fascinates me… Seattle PI

It’s the market stupid… The New Yorker

This explains a lot about what’s broken… The New Republic

Mark Cuban is awesome… Huffington Post

 

Thursday Links

The Paradoxical China… The Economist

Obama is a putz… The Economist

Unleash the crowds… Slate

Red Sox are confusing me too… Grantland

Ranger stuff… BBTIA

Profar is looking like a stud… Texas Rangers

Things they are a changin’… NewsOK

Hasn’t this been going on forever? But still good stuff… Star-Telegram

SEAL Team 6, enough said… NY Times

William Wallace please stand up… NY Times

Big 12 (-2) expansion on the horizon? ESPN

I love this hire… ESPN

I agree with most of this… Just Blog Baby

Random Dallas Cowboys stuff… ESPN

Dude is a beast… ESPN

Great writer, intriguing story… Grantland

How ’bout less Xbox, just a thought… NY Times

Don’t I wish… NY Times

 

Rainy Day

Rainy days and Mondays…

I’m ready for spring to get here. Rainy and grey days have officially gotten old. I need some sun, baseball, cold beer, golf, and short skirts.

The Rangers have made some moves that have me excited for spring training, maybe I should make a trip to Surprise, AZ.

Golf is something I really enjoy but have been away from for sometime. I was playing a ton, handicap was back down to about 9, then mom got sick and I spent the next two springs/summers in the hospital with her. So, it’s time to get back on the links.

And I mean really, who doesn’t like the warm weather? It brings out all the short skirts and tank tops. My favorite thing to do in the spring is sit on a patio drinking beer and watching the beautiful women who have decided to dress for the weather.

Friday Five

My favorite American cities.

  1. New York
  2. New Orléans
  3. San Fransisco
  4. Chicago
  5. Dallas

I struggle with New York and New Orléans. Both incredible cities with rich history and culture. I have to choose New York because I’ve been there more than any city on my list (except Dallas), almost ten times. I know New York. Where to go, how to get around, what to do, what not to do… I have all these things figured out. I even have a favorite bar, McCoy’s on 9th avenue between 51st and 52nd. I always go to McCoy’s when I’m in town. It’s a wonderful little Irish pub. The barkeep speaks with a heavy Irish brogue as though she recently arrived in town, although with knowledge of the city only a local would have. And I’m quite sure the 3 guys in the corner booth last time I was there are mobsters from the old days of Hell’s Kitchen. Sports, food, music, bars, and theater are among the best in the world.

New Orléans is my second favorite for the pure debauchery of the place. OK, I know, it’s not always about drinking and carousing, but damn, it’s NOLA. The history and culture of the place is so unavoidable that the city oozes with it. The river, the architecture, the food, the music, how can you not love New Orléans?

Number three is a recent addition to my list. I had not been to San Fransisco until a summer trip in 2010, I instantly fell in love with the city. I’ll admit that I haven’t done much past the usual tourist stuff, Alcatraz, the Mission, the Golden Gate. But the vibe of the place is incredible, reminds me of NOLA in that way, and I can’t wait to make a return trip.

My dad, that’s Chicago for me. We have taken 4-5 trips there over the years to watch baseball. I have taken trips to baseball games with him since I was about 10 and Chicago has been our top destination. It is an incredible sports town. Plus, the bar scene and the food are top-notch.

Dallas… What to say except I grew up not far from there, I lived there as an adult for 12 years, and I still live close enough for a quick road trip. It is my town. And for travelers, it offers all the same things any major city offers except public transportation. Like any city, if you know what you’re doing, it has great bars, great food, sports and culture.

There you go, my favorite American cities.

Damn, I need to catch a plan….

 

 

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish is a Ranger.

Let’s hope this is the piece that leads to the ‘ship. He has been a rock star in Japan for a while, so hopefully, the spotlight won’t bother him in Texas.

The measurables are awesome — 6’5…95 MPH fastball…at least 3 plus pitches. He ha all the makings of a legit #1 in the bigs. Color me excited that the Ranger brain trust got it done.

Now…. Is a Prince in the future?