Jan 8 dpb commented on Once More into the Postseason with the Statistically Unmatched, Often Heartbreaking Seattle Seahawks.
@18 the hawks schedule was not pretty weak at all. We played every NFC playoff team at least once (Arizona 2x, Packers, Vikings, and Panthers), except for Washington. And we also played 2 of the 6 AFC teams in the playoffs (Steelers and Bengals). And four of those seven games were on the road. The Rams are clearly Hawk kryptonite with Fisher as the coach. The Rams are built to win in the NFC west. They beat the Hawks, Cards, and 49er's each once, and the Hawks and Cards wins were on the road for the Rams. And Palmer didn't play in the second half of that game because they were getting trounced 30-6 and didn't want him to get hurt before the playoffs. Look at Carolina's schedule and tell me the hawks had an easier one.
Apr 7, 2015 dpb commented on The Mariners Already 1-0 as Flowering New Baseball Season Yields First Fruit.
Great way to start the season. Aside from Farquhar's meatball fest, I think everything else went pretty much as could have been expected. Felix pitched like he was still mad he didn't get the Cy Young last year, Jackson looked like a legit leadoff guy (although it appears I might have more hops than he does, which is not a good thing), Smith and Ruggiano showed us how a platoon is supposed to work, and we got production from the top and bottom of the lineup for a change. Cruz and Seager will get theirs, but it's nice to see we can win a game pretty handily when our 3, 4, 5 hitters combined to go 1-12 with an single rbi. And how about the faith that Lloyd had in Carson Smith to come in to the game with two men on and Trout at the plate in the 8th?! Maybe Lloyd was just trying to prove to everyone that sending down Leone and keeping Smith wasn't a mistake? Either way, they both made each other look brilliant. And to the dude who got the beer shower standing in the tunnel below where we were seated yesterday, sorry holmes. You might smell like beer, but for $10 I'm glad somebody got something out of that beer we bought. And who knows, maybe that'll be a new Safeco winning tradition. I hope we get to knock over beers on at least 94 other people this year.
Mar 4, 2015 dpb commented on The Nightmare of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
All time favorite Xmas movie. Make all my friends watch it every year. Every song kills it, even the sappy ones. You can really jam when there ain't no hole in the washtub. For sure.
Feb 24, 2015 dpb commented on The Mariners Are Good, But What Would It Take For Them To Be Great? Part One.
Seems like the most likely scenario involving 1b has Morrison playing full time with Weeks and Willie "Pride of Port Orchard" Bloomquist spelling him occasionally. Montero will only come up in the event of injury and only if he is also playing well in Tacoma at the same time. But keep an eye on Patrick Kivlehan. If something happens to Morrison and Montero does his usual Montero things, Kivlehan could be a nice surprise at 1B. If Zunino can get his AVG to .240 and his OBP over .300, he will be an all-star. The SS battle between Miller and Taylor is really the only position up for grabs this year, except for the 5th Sp battle between Walker and Elias. This team has depth at almost every position, something that no recent Mariner team has been able to say. As long as Felix, Iwakuma, Cano, Seager, Cruz, and Zunino stay reasonably healthy and perform somewhat near career levels, the M's should improve upon their 87 wins from last year. The division is no longer one of the best in baseball, but the Astro's are getting better by the year, just the same as the Angels are getting older by the year. If Texas isn't struck by a voodoo curse again, they could compete for the title. You never should count the A's out, despite how insane their offseason moves look. Billy Beane knows shit that none of the rest of us have even thought of before. Can't really remember a Mariners in the last ten years with the expectations that this team has, but if anyone can get them to think about the task at hand and put one foot in front of the other, it's Mclendon. Pretty excited for sun, baseball, and a meaningful summer of baseball. Go M's!
Jul 14, 2014 dpb commented on No Dive Bar is Safe: Bye Bye 2 Bit Saloon.
The PI is the best bar in this city, hands down. Great fish and chips, good beer selection, killer juke box, just enough attitude behind the bar, and a mixed enough clientele to keep it interesting. Take out the fish and chips and that describes the streamline.
May 19, 2014 dpb commented on The Monday Morning News.
If snitches really do get Stitches, no wonder nobody is talking to the cops.
Jan 8, 2014 dpb commented on Another Way in Which "Rideshare" Is Just Another For-Hire Vehicle.
I think this case in S.F. is going to have huge implications for Uber and Lyft in Seattle: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/u…

Uber claims that they and their drivers are fully insured, but in this case they are clearly trying to suggest that since the driver wasn't actively involved in a fare that they aren't responsible. What happens when the drivers personal insurance refuses to cover any of the claim because he was using his car for commercial purposes, thereby voiding the policy? Will Uber step up and pay? I'm really curious to see how this gets handled.
Oct 22, 2013 dpb commented on Lunchtime Quickie: It's Almost Hallow's Eve!.
The Thomas family farm in Snohomish is pretty awesome. Corn maze, haunted meat packing plant, beer garden, pumpkin patch, kettle corn, and don't forget the zombie paintball hayride.
Aug 17, 2013 dpb commented on Drunk of the Week: Reader Submissions! Vote For Your Favorite!.
@1 Tried to shotgun a can of Tab once for the same reason. Closest to a near death experience I've ever had.
Apr 22, 2013 dpb commented on The Way That Wind Farm Is Dressed, You Know She Has It Coming.
Are they trying to make a shitty joke whose punchline is 'they blow'?