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GirlieView (02/23/2012)

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Administrative (but fun!) Stuff

We’re running a College Basketball Tournament Pick’em here on VFTB for anyone who cares to participate. While some of us are enjoying the beginning of spring training, others are anxious for March Madness to begin! And others are just bored. This is just for fun … you don’t even have to know anything about college basketball to participate. Trust me on that one! In fact next time I’ll share some of my favorite bracket-picking methodologies with you! But for now, get yourself set up if you’re interested in playing, as follows:

  • Go to http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1
  • Click on Join a Group (yellow button, middle of page)
  • Click on Join Group (under Accept an Invitation to Join a Group)
  • At this point you’ll be asked to sign into Yahoo or create a Yahoo ID if you don’t have one.
  • Also at this point I can’t really continue with the step-by-step instructions since I already have a Yahoo ID and also already signed up for the Tournament. But eventually you’ll need this information:
    Group ID = 4275
    Password = lizzievftb
  • You’ll be asked to create a name for your bracket. It would be helpful if you used something similar to the name you use to post around here but that’s not essential.
  • Once the teams in the tournament are determined and the games scheduled, you’ll be able to go back in and actually pick your bracket.
  • If you have any questions or need any assistance drop me a line at lizzie@viewfromthebleachers.com

Lizzies

  • Theo and Jed appear to be addressing the lack of quality pitching available by going for quantity instead.
  • I would most certainly not want Randy Moss on the Chicago Cubs next year, or the Chicago Blackhawks for that matter since those are my teams.
  • the Blackhawks might be better with Randy Moss.
  • the player that Soriano best compares to this season is David Dellucci and that might be an insult to poor Mr. Dellucci
  • Burma Shave
  • If Dempster ISN’T better in 2012 it’ll be the end of my letter writing campaign to have the term “contract year” repurposed as “Dempster year” because of Ryan’s penchant for performing at his peak only when a payday is imminent.
  • I like Soldier Field over the Cell.  Less scheduling conflicts and forced interaction with Sox fans.
  • At some point people have to take responsibility for themselves
  • If there was a chew ban imposed upon our team, our roster would be two guys deep.
  • I love the fact that Sox fans have collectively acted like 2012 won’t be happening.
  • I’ve found that it pisses Sox fan off a LOT more if I just don’t care.  They WANT you to hate them.  I choose to not care.
  • my wife and I welcomed our first child, Bennett, to the world on January 12.
  • I have been vocalizing my distaste for the DH around Emma…laying the foundation.
  • How does one get an avatar on this site?  Is there an application process?  Do I need to clean Lizzie’s house?  Kiss cap’n’s pinky ring?  How?
  • I’ve actually been considering rocking a pinky ring.  Chuck might have just forced my hand…
  • Between Raker and Butts – an unenviable position.
  • Man I gotta do something to get a lizzie!  I’m too old to wait much longer!!!
  • I swear I haven’t been drinking, the internet connection in Peoria is changing my letters. “I now have one less Lizzie than I do Twitter followers! Go Me!”
  • The MLB’s steadfast refusal to make thorough use of instant replay is past the point where you could reasonably call it “quaint” or “traditional.”
  • the only kind of playoff expansion baseball fans want to see is the expansion of the League Division Series to seven games.
  • The “human element” is really a euphemism for human error. We don’t need it.
  • Watching Doc purchase the annual “Bill James Handbook” at a Barnes and Noble.
  • You can bring a Doc to Barnes and Noble to purchase a Bill James Handbook but you can’t make him read it.
  • I could define my “bucket list” as enjoying every remaining day above ground.
  • as you get older you just set the bar MUCH lower – so when you take that “60-day cruise through the Panama Canal” you replace it with “make it Denny’s before 5pm WITHOUT forgetting your ‘meat-chewing’ dentures.”
  • It will be part of my memoir book “Things You Can’t Unsee: How a six fingered man led me to found VFTB”
  • I have half a mind to launch a Kickstarter account for us all to chip in and send Joe to Mesa next month so he can witness firsthand the sun-drenched majesty of Spring Training.
  • Cubs are always in first place during spring training since they have yet to lose a game for the upcoming season- hope springs eternal.
  • Dave and I always shared the mutual love for under appreciated and somewhat skillfully-limited baseball players
  • Quite a tribute..I understand he plays hard too!

Lizard

  • WTSHEHTS???–What the sam hell ever happened to Sherm???

2012 Overall Standings (1 point for each Lizzie, 3 points for the Lizard)

  • cap’n Obvious – 23
  • jswanson – 23
  • Jeremiah Johnson – 21
  • Doc Raker – 19
  • Jedi Johnson – 18
  • Buddy – 16
  • Seymour Butts – 13
  • Chuck – 10
  • 29 others have < 10. I’ll run the full list every other month or so.

Shout Outs

Congrats to the following folks who got their first 2012 Lizzie this week!

  • Allan
  • Josh Cornwall

Lizzie’s Kitchen

Chit Chat

This past week Joe scheduled some Skype calls for the writers and I was explaining to him my Skype-a-phobia. I hate it. It’s not because of the video. Despite what I might say, I really don’t care if y’all know what I look like. It was just a fun little game I played when a few of the contributors thought I was Carrie Muskat! I hate Skype because of my experience the first time I used it.

This was several years ago. I was trying to get my parents set up on Skype so we could talk across the miles. If you have older parents you will understand how trying the installation process was, especially since I was here and they were in Pennsylvania (the whole point of the Skype in the first place!) Once we were all set up, I thought yay! Now I can talk to them and see them too, whenever I want! Well, the call lasted about three minutes. First, my father couldn’t even carry on a conversation because he was too busy watching himself. Next, my mother walked by wearing a nightgown that was too big on her hence her left boob was hanging out of the sleeve hole. It was a scene right out of Everybody Loves Raymond. Well, aside from the nudity.

I’ve never used Skype since, until this week. I was scarred for life. What’s your “scarred for life” story?

  • Jedi

    Tommy didn’t pick up a “lizzie” – he made so many “jokes” though.

    • Pissin off the Lizard Queen didn’t help, either.

      • Jedi

        I doubt calling her the “Lizard Queen” helped your cause.

      • I am trusting that Liz has a sense of humor. Hope springs eternal Jedi. I’m a Cubs fan, remember?

      • Chuck

        So will her monkier now be Queen Cobra?

    • Hey the week wasn’t a complete loss. Jake Tapper did read my Tweet on ABC’s This Week about Election 2012

      • Jake Tapper, as in Chrissy and Janet’s roommate?  I thought he was a chef…

      • I do believe his name was Tripper. Jake Tapper is a first class reporter for ABC and I don’t say that just because he read my tweet on the air. F’rinstance he went after Carney, today in the WH briefing.

      • My wife and I haven’t watched ABC since the Lost finale. Does this Jake Tapper guy do pratfalls?  

      • Jedi

        @Joe – the list reminded me that we still haven’t heard your six-fingered Tony story.  The longer this drags on, the harder it’ll be for you to over-deliver.  If you like I can incorporate it in Friday’s Morning News – feature it all fancy and journalistic-like (ok, maybe I’m overselling that last part).

      • Seymour Butts

        Where does the six shooter buy his gloves?

      • Polly Dactly

        Odities R Us!

      • Joe Aiello

        I’m telling you, the story really isn’t good, but I’ll tell it on Monday.

      • BLPCB

         I thought you created this site because of the 2003 season. Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter

      • Jedi

        My Morning News for Friday really isn’t good – but that won’t stop me from posting it.  Monday people, Monday!

      • BLPCB

         It just got better with Braun’s suspension being overturned

      • Jedi

        No it’s still going to suck.

      • Joe Aiello

        Do you need me to e-mail you some nuggets I bookmarked?

      • Jedi

        No, put all your focus on the six-finger Tony story…it sounds like a classic!

      • Jedi

        No, put all your focus on the six-finger Tony story…it sounds like a classic!

      • BLPCB

         Why is it going to suck?

      • Jedi

        Oh I don’t know CAPS – maybe it won’t…but I don’t want to get your hopes up.  What’s the one thing you’d most like to read about tomorrow?  (I’m not above shameless pandering)

      • Seymour Butts

        How about an expose’ on why Lawn darts are so hard to find these days.

      • BLPCB

        I found this hilarious video of a guy getting the snot kicked out of him at Disneyland

      • Jedi

        No it’s still going to suck.

      • AC0000000

         Why is it going to suck?

      • Jedi

        Oh I don’t know CAPS – maybe it won’t…but I don’t want to get your hopes up.  What’s the one thing you’d most like to read about tomorrow?  (I’m not above shameless pandering)

      • Seymour Butts

        How about an expose’ on why Lawn darts are so hard to find these days.

      • AC0000000

        I found this hilarious video of a guy getting the snot kicked out of him at Disneyland

      • I miss John Ritter, too. We lost him all too soon.

      • BLPCB

        https://mobile.twitter.com/Haudricourt/status/172804608597557249
        What kind of a stunt did he pull to get out of this suspension? Can’t wait for a politician from Ohio or Missouri to get involved in this one

      • Jedi
      • BLPCB

        Just issued a correction. It’s overturned.

      • Jedi

        I love it when they screw up in their race to be first!

      • Doc Raker

        “first class reporter for ABC’- do you mean the “ABC Democratic Propaganda Department’ – it does pump out first class propaganda.

      • Tapper isn’t part of that – I think you’re confusing ABC with MSNBC.

      • Doc Raker

        Not much difference, the bias is there just more subtle. 

      • Tapper isn’t part of that – I think you’re confusing ABC with MSNBC.

  • Jedi

    Tommy didn’t pick up a “lizzie” – he made so many “jokes” though.

    • Pissin off the Lizard Queen didn’t help, either.

      • Jedi

        I doubt calling her the “Lizard Queen” helped your cause.

      • I am trusting that Liz has a sense of humor. Hope springs eternal Jedi. I’m a Cubs fan, remember?

    • Hey the week wasn’t a complete loss. Jake Tapper did read my Tweet on ABC’s This Week about Election 2012

      • Jake Tapper, as in Chrissy and Janet’s roommate?  I thought he was a chef…

      • I do believe his name was Tripper. Jake Tapper is a first class reporter for ABC and I don’t say that just because he read my tweet on the air. F’rinstance he went after Carney, today in the WH briefing.

      • My wife and I haven’t watched ABC since the Lost finale. Does this Jake Tapper guy do pratfalls?  

      • I miss John Ritter, too. We lost him all too soon.

  • Yowzers. Mom boob is never a good thing to enter into the world of Skype. 

    I’ve heard many Skype horror stories, but never had one myself. 

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all my supporters and friends who helped me along the way to my first ever Lizzie. Without all of you, nothing is possible

  • Josh Cornwall

    Yowzers. Mom boob is never a good thing to enter into the world of Skype. 

    I’ve heard many Skype horror stories, but never had one myself. 

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all my supporters and friends who helped me along the way to my first ever Lizzie. Without all of you, nothing is possible

  • Eddie Von White

    Lizzie – you’ve taken us all some place we don’t want to go.

  • Eddie Von White

    Lizzie – you’ve taken us all some place we don’t want to go.

  • cap’n obvious

    we just set up Skype so my 3 1/2 year old daughter can chat with my mom and her husband in Florida.  Gives her someone else to boss around.  I hope to all that is good I don’t have a similar experience.  Some of your recipes look pretty good, I’ll have to try a few…

  • cap’n obvious

    we just set up Skype so my 3 1/2 year old daughter can chat with my mom and her husband in Florida.  Gives her someone else to boss around.  I hope to all that is good I don’t have a similar experience.  Some of your recipes look pretty good, I’ll have to try a few…

  • BLPCB

    I just registered, my name is BSCTS FTW! (Buford, Sullinger, Craft, Thomas and Sibert for the win)

    • I’m serious dude…just switch them all to CAPS

  • AC0000000

    I just registered, my name is BSCTS FTW! (Buford, Sullinger, Craft, Thomas and Sibert for the win)

    • I’m serious dude…just switch them all to CAPS

  • BLPCB

    My scarred for life story is reading what you just posted, Lizzie

  • AC0000000

    My scarred for life story is reading what you just posted, Lizzie

  • Kris

    I wasn’t afraid of Skype until today! That was one doozy of a story, Lizzie. 🙂

  • Kris

    I wasn’t afraid of Skype until today! That was one doozy of a story, Lizzie. 🙂

  • BLPCB

    I don’t use Skype to video chat. Because everyone I talk to has Gmail or facebook, I use those. Skype will be out of business soon.

    • Joe Aiello

      CAPS,

      you do realize that Facebook’s video chat is provided by Skype, right?

      • BLPCB

        Really? I didn’t know that. But I don’t have a Skype account.

  • AC0000000

    I don’t use Skype to video chat. Because everyone I talk to has Gmail or facebook, I use those. Skype will be out of business soon.

    • Joe Aiello

      CAPS,

      you do realize that Facebook’s video chat is provided by Skype, right?

      • AC0000000

        Really? I didn’t know that. But I don’t have a Skype account.

  • Did seeing mom-boob invoke a teen-aged “maaaaaaaahhhhhmmmm!” from you Lizzie?  That is too funny…can’t blame you for retiring.  

    • Lizzie

      You got it, jswanson! Followed by about a year and a half of trying to erase the image from my memory (no luck with that.)

  • Did seeing mom-boob invoke a teen-aged “maaaaaaaahhhhhmmmm!” from you Lizzie?  That is too funny…can’t blame you for retiring.  

    • You got it, jswanson! Followed by about a year and a half of trying to erase the image from my memory (no luck with that.)

  • Joe Aiello

    Is it too soon to make the joke where I ask Lizzie to e-mail me a picture? It’s like 3 days old, that’s long enough, right?

    • Seymour Butts

      I second the motion…do you have anything in a speedo?

      • Joe Aiello

        Her mom in a speedo would reveal a lot more than just one boob

      • Seymour Butts

        Not lookin’ for her Mom…Mom could be my age!

      • Lizzie

         Seymour, I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but I am your age.

      • Jedi

        This week is carnival game is “guess your personal information” at VFTB; brought to you by Identity Guard!

      • Jedi

        “This week’s”

      • flyslinger2

        My story:
        I was 6 or 7 years old and my Grandmother was in the hospital with kidney stones. Dad took us kids to the hospital one night during visiting hours to be with her. Being the bored child that I was I plopped down on the heating register that was beside her bed. Shortly after that Gma started fidgeting because she was getting uncomfortable in her bed. She decides to roll away from me towards the. Other side of the bed. Hospital gowns should be verboten. What was staring back at me when I looked her way? The biggest wrinkled NAKED behind I had ever seen in. My life. I was mortified.

      • Seymour Butts

        Mine was, to be short, seeing grandma’s boobs looking like tube socks at about age 5. Still there……

      • How old is Lizzie’s mom, for the record?

      • Chuck

        I’m sexy and I know it!

      • Jedi

        Haven’t we had enough speedo talk this week?

      • BLPCB

         Not with the London Olympics coming up

      • AC0000000

         Not with the London Olympics coming up

    • Lizzie

      Why did I not see this coming?

      • Seymour Butts

        well… your avitar is blond…

      • Lizzie

        This avitar gives my friends and family good ammunition for blond jokes. However I have brown hair. Occasionally I add blond highlights to cover up the gray. I’m sounding sexy now!

      • Kris

        I am blonde and didn’t see it coming. Fortunately the surprise made it even funnier. 🙂

  • Joe Aiello

    Is it too soon to make the joke where I ask Lizzie to e-mail me a picture? It’s like 3 days old, that’s long enough, right?

    • Seymour Butts

      I second the motion…do you have anything in a speedo?

      • Joe Aiello

        Her mom in a speedo would reveal a lot more than just one boob

      • Seymour Butts

        Not lookin’ for her Mom…Mom could be my age!

      •  Seymour, I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but I am your age.

      • Jedi

        This week is carnival game is “guess your personal information” at VFTB; brought to you by Identity Guard!

      • Jedi

        “This week’s”

      • How old is Lizzie’s mom, for the record?

      • Chuck

        I’m sexy and I know it!

    • Why did I not see this coming?

      • Seymour Butts

        well… your avitar is blond…

      • This avitar gives my friends and family good ammunition for blond jokes. However I have brown hair. Occasionally I add blond highlights to cover up the gray. I’m sounding sexy now!

      • Kris

        I am blonde and didn’t see it coming. Fortunately the surprise made it even funnier. 🙂

  • Jedi

    @Joe – the list reminded me that we still haven’t heard your six-fingered Tony story.  The longer this drags on, the harder it’ll be for you to over-deliver.  If you like I can incorporate it in Friday’s Morning News – feature it all fancy and journalistic-like (ok, maybe I’m overselling that last part).

    • Seymour Butts

      Where does the six shooter buy his gloves?

      • Polly Dactly

        Odities R Us!

    • Joe Aiello

      I’m telling you, the story really isn’t good, but I’ll tell it on Monday.

      • AC0000000

         I thought you created this site because of the 2003 season. Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter

      • Jedi

        My Morning News for Friday really isn’t good – but that won’t stop me from posting it.  Monday people, Monday!

  • AC0000000

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Haudricourt/status/172804608597557249
    What kind of a stunt did he pull to get out of this suspension? Can’t wait for a politician from Ohio or Missouri to get involved in this one

  • Lizzie

     Amen!

  • Lizzie

     Amen!

  • flyslinger2

    My story:
    I was 6 or 7 years old and my Grandmother was in the hospital with kidney stones. Dad took us kids to the hospital one night during visiting hours to be with her. Being the bored child that I was I plopped down on the heating register that was beside her bed. Shortly after that Gma started fidgeting because she was getting uncomfortable in her bed. She decides to roll away from me towards the. Other side of the bed. Hospital gowns should be verboten. What was staring back at me when I looked her way? The biggest wrinkled NAKED behind I had ever seen in. My life. I was mortified.

    • Seymour Butts

      Mine was, to be short, seeing grandma’s boobs looking like tube socks at about age 5. Still there……

  • Allan Bendert

    Looking forward to the Tournament Bracket game, it should be fun!!!!  Come on guys everyone get in!!!!

  • Allan Bendert

    Looking forward to the Tournament Bracket game, it should be fun!!!!  Come on guys everyone get in!!!!

  • RichBeckman

    When I was a kid there was a neighbor kid, Mark, my age with whom I did not always get along.  One day when we were not getting along I was standing in my driveway holding the hose watering the garden.  Mark came walking down the drive carrying a piece of trim off of a car (so a three or four foot long piece of steel – this was almost fifty years ago).  I turned around at his approach.  He thought I was going to spray him with the hose (that was the reason he later gave) and he swung the car trim at me and cut a gash down the side of my nose.

    I believe it was twelve stitches and the scar is still visible so I think that was a scar for life.

    What?  Not what you are looking for?  Oh well.

    I have no memory of Mark receiving any negative repercussions from the incident even though my parents were fully aware of how I received the injury.  The good old days.

  • RichBeckman

    When I was a kid there was a neighbor kid, Mark, my age with whom I did not always get along.  One day when we were not getting along I was standing in my driveway holding the hose watering the garden.  Mark came walking down the drive carrying a piece of trim off of a car (so a three or four foot long piece of steel – this was almost fifty years ago).  I turned around at his approach.  He thought I was going to spray him with the hose (that was the reason he later gave) and he swung the car trim at me and cut a gash down the side of my nose.

    I believe it was twelve stitches and the scar is still visible so I think that was a scar for life.

    What?  Not what you are looking for?  Oh well.

    I have no memory of Mark receiving any negative repercussions from the incident even though my parents were fully aware of how I received the injury.  The good old days.

  • Take a moment to enjoy the inane crescendo…the lull between Randy’s camp and Mesa box scores is a strange, strange time at VFTB.

  • cap’n obvious

    boob shots are how women control men.  It’s a 2000 year legacy.  Admittedly, I don’t have much experience with the ‘older’ ladies, but at this point, for me at least, they all seem pretty good.  Hooooooowhee….how ’bout those Cubbies this year?

    How did we get here?

  • Smitty

    *cough cough* I do believe that this is whats known as a new low. When grandmas exposed boobs and butt are mentioned within the same post, and somehow someone snuck in the mention of speedos, it’s obvious we need baseball. Now.

    • Eddie Von White

      Amen, Smitty. Amen.

  • Smitty

    *cough cough* I do believe that this is whats known as a new low. When grandmas exposed boobs and butt are mentioned within the same post, and somehow someone snuck in the mention of speedos, it’s obvious we need baseball. Now.

  • Buddy

     I know I say this every year, but I’ve never been more anxious for baseball to start.