Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quick Hits

Welcome to another entry of quick hits. There are a few topics I wanted to cover, but nothing necessarily big enough for its own post. Feel free to call it mindless ramblings, if you choose.

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Indians of the International League (IL), top farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Howard is entering his 34th season with the Indians and continues to call high school football and basketball games for WHMB TV-40. Howard was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame on Saturday night. I just wanted to give a shout out to Howard for his work. I have enjoyed listening to Indians broadcasts and hope to be able to enjoy hearing his voice for many more years. Congratulations, Howard!

Let's just hope that we never see Bob Kravitz's name listed here.

Indianapolis Colts' 2009 Schedule

The NFL released the 2009 season schedule last night. The Colts justifiably get five prime-time games next season. What irks me is that for the second year in a row, the fans get hosed on the number of prime-time home games. Of the five games next year, only one is at home, against our arch enemies, the New England Patriots. The Colts will have road prime-time games against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Titans and Jaguars. The Colts only played two of their five prime-time games at home last year (Bears and Patriots). I don't know what jacked up criteria the NFL uses for their scheduling, but we got hosed again, Billy!

St. Louis Cardinals Bullpen

They're still shitty! OMFG!!!! OMFGTAFPMOLYWNFB!!!!!! The Cardinals lead the Majors in '08 with 31 blown saves. In 9 games this year, they've blown 3 so far! The Cardinals parted with Jason Isringhausen and Chris Perez after last season. Ryan Franklin and Kyle McClellan were kept on, but neither one will be the Cards #1 closer. They have added Jason Motte, Josh Kinney and Trevor Miller to their roster this year. The Cards are hoping that Motte and be groomed to be their closer, but he bombed in his first save opportunity. The Cards have the offense to make a run for the playoffs, but their bullpen will be the death of them again this year. Fuck!

St. Louis Blues

Yes, I have a thing for St. Louis teams. Growing up in Indy in the 70's and early 80's, the only professional team we had were the Pacers. So I attached myself to the Cardinals in the early 80's and adopted the football Cardinals (until the third or fourth season of the Colts in Indy) and the Blues as well.

Congratulations to the Blues for making the NHL Playoffs after a three year absence. Last week, the Blues were on the outside looking in. But after winning their final four games of the regular season, they jumped all the way up to the #6 seed. The Blues will face the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. Good luck, guys!

March FotM

Reminder to everyone to get in your votes for March's Fucktard of the Month! Your nominees are Bob Kravitz, Jay Cutler and ESPN.

And finally, in the "it's never too late" category, Slut and I had intended to do some baseball predictions and analysis. We have our division results and playoff predictions, along with O'Hoolix who wanted to get into the mix, and we will present those shortly. It remains to be seen if we can actually find some time to do our division-by-division analysis. At this point it may be the All-Star break before that happens. We'll see what we can do.

As always, thank for reading.

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