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fix your robot!

Sep
30

So I’m checking my stats, just because I like to see what weird places link here (including the luchablog) and the numbers and such. Most days, I’m doing between 1 and 3 GBs of bandwidth. When I think about that, that seems a bit crazy, but it’s been that range for a while so I don’t think about it. (The CHIKARA show day was about 4.)

Then, there are days like last Tuesday, when the website serves 708.78 GBs. Followed by 300 the next day. This is actually not the first time this has happened, but the first time I’ve had time to look into it.

As best I can figure, it’s all someone from 64.15.69.3 (Glumper.com?) who downloaded over a thousand copies of each and every Joe versus the World episode. That sounds like a webscript gone horribly wrong (I encourage everyone to listen to every JvsTW site a thousand times, but you can do it with one copy), so I’ve blocked that IP. I’ve looke daround for info about this site to see if I can contact anyone, but of course there’s no info – maybe offering this post up to the massive google search index will get it noticed.

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one last W

Sep
28

Greg Maddux earned career win No. 355 by limiting the Giants to one run in six innings on Saturday.
In what could have been his final ever appearance on a major league mound, Maddux passed Roger Clemens and moved into eighth place on the all-time wins list.

– rotoworld

I can’t say it wouldn’t be cool for Maddux to win 8 more and beat Warren Spahn for the post-WW2 record wins record only Brian Kenny cares about and Greg Maddux can do whatever the heck Greg Maddux wants to do at this point, but…it’s over, it’s been over for all season, and that is such a perfect way to go out that I hope he takes the exit this off season. He’s got so little left, even he can’t even make anything out of it. Even though he can put together the occasional great start, it’s no fun seeing him get lit just as often.

I think the only way the Cubs would be sad in a win is if they slaughtered Maddux in his last game ever, so let’s hope again that. (It’s also possible Maddux comes back and kills them one last time, so let’s hope against that one too.)

technology becoming cheaper

Sep
26

Of all the inexplicable things I’ve dealt with this month, I think the most incomprehensible is ComcastChicago and WGN suddenly having K-Zone technology and acting as if it was there all along.

There’s a presidental debate, there’s far more vital games, there’s a stack of backlogged lucha, and there’s things one could be doing on a Friday night, and I’m watching Game 159. Please send help!

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Game 157: Cubs 9 – Mets 6 (10)

Sep
25

box
Cubs 96-61
Mets 87-71

POTG: 3B A Ram (2 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 3 BB, HR)
very close: RP Cotts (1.1 IP, BB, 3 K, 0 R, 0 H, 2 marooned)
Runner Up: LF Soriano (2 H, 2B, RBI, BB), SS Ryan Theriot (3 H, 2 R, SB, still over 300), B D Lee (2B, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB), RF DeRosa (2 H, 3 RBI, HR), CF-LF Johnson (2 H, RBI), C Blanco (2 H)

That was the one of the best games of the season, even if you only picked up right before Z was pulled out of the rotation. Big scores and comebacks and the other team making comebacks and relievers walking tight wires and living to tell the tale. Of course, it was completely meaningless for the Cubs and there might be 20 people besides myself who watched the game in Chicago (there’s a rumor there was a slightly more vital game), but it still was pretty great.

A completely crushing loss for the Mets. FanGraphs has them peaking at 91.1% win chance before the Cubs started there rally back from 5-1 and a 93.% after Murphy’s triple to lead off the 9th. The Mets had runs on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 7th, 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 8th, and 3rd with no outs in the 9th and scored all of 1 run. And that’s Keith Hart, Jeff Samardzija and Bobby Howry, not guys who’ve been lightning the world on fire.

This doesn’t make up for 1969, but this sure is some good vengence for 2004 and the Victor Diaz game. Hopefully Harden kills them tommorow (or they continue comitting suicide), and then they burn Shea to the ground.

PS3 Releases: week of September 15, 2008

Sep
23

Hilariously late! I haven’t had my PS3 on in two weeks, so it’s new to me.

2.43: unless you’re Japan, you don’t need this, so they’re not pushing it on you.
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2008 Playoff Roster Guesses

Sep
22

Comcast is promoting a story on “the Bonehead Merkle play” later. Can you not say Murkle’s Boner on Comcast Sports Night Chicago?

Anyway, instead of doing the beloved PS3 stuff quite yet, let me get this out of my head.

For Sure

01 LF Soriano
02 SS The Riot
03 1B D Lee
04 3B A Ram
05 CA Soto
06 RF DeRosa
07 CF Edmonds
08 2B Fontenot

09 OF Johnson
10 IF Cedeno

11 SP Z!
12 SP Harden – the debate about the order for the playoffs is a fun one, but for when the match is known
13 SP Dempster
14 SP Lilly
15 RP Marquis – earned it, one of the 11 best, even useful off the bench!

16 CL Wood
17 RP Marmol
18 RP Marshall – hopefully can adjust back to being a reliver, even though he’s starting again this week

Highly likely, but with a slight chance

19 CA Blanco – they do keep on playing Hill instead of him, which would be a concern if he was not Hank White
20 1B Ward – if they didn’t need many lefties, if Micah got real hot and Ward looked really immobile..
21 RP Cotts – if Marshall was really good, if Cotts was really not, if they didn’t need a second lefty…

Almost spiraled right off the list

22 RF Fukudome – even past being benched, lots of speculation about IF he could be dropped (would you do that to a guy in the first year of THAT contract?) but got a couple hits at the right time. Unlikely to get starts but still bringing the defense.

If he’s healthy, he’s playing

23 RP Gaudin

It’s the one really bad outing versus the Nats (2 IP, 6 ER) that obscures how effective Chad’s been on this team. I’m sure he’ll be used extra amounts to size him up and get him ready for the playoffs, but the hope is he’s the 7th inning to Marmol’s 8th and Wood’s 9th. If the back is fine, even a bad week won’t keep off the roster.

the spots on the line this week

24 OF Pie or PH Hoffpauir

There’s no reason to bring 12 pitchers for a short series, and it’s not as if there’s 12 pitchers the Cubs really want to have right now. The bench gets an extra spot, and there’s really only the two lefty outfielders as candidates. I think Lefty is the key; the Cubs will always have Ward waiting to go as lefty PH, and either Fontenot or (more likely) Fukudome will also be on the bench from the left side, so you don’t have to have another guy who’s going to bring most of his value from hitting. With 14 hitters, the Cubs can afford to use Pie in the role he’s had the most success in his major league career (pinch runner), and he gives Lou more options for his 2B/RF/CF rotations. It’s hard to believe, as bad as he’s been buried this season, but Felix Pie is going to the playoffs.

Cubs are never going to want to pinch hit for Soto, so a third catcher is pointless. Casey McGehee is actually the only other hitter on the active roster and hasn’t been given serious ABs.

25 RP Howry or RP Samardzija or even someone else

All Jeff Samardzija is doing in the strike zone is fastballs, and everyone’s caught on
All Bobby Howry is doing in the strike zone is fastballs, and everyone’s caught on (and they’re not as fast)
Kevin Hart is kinda the same way.
Michael Wuertz isn’t even getting it in the strike zone.
Angel Guzman hasn’t been effective, and can’t pitch often enough. It’s nice that he got back to Chicago, but he’s not ready this year.
So, yea, if Randy Wells lit it up sometime in this last week…

It’s really either Howry or Samardzija, and the way they’re giving Howry every chance to get in, they really want him to show enough to justify going with the veteran. But he could just as well dig his own grave.

I don’t think the Cubs know what they’re doing with this spot and are hoping someone makes the decision for them. I’d prefer Marquis got in the game before whoever ends up in this spot. Bullpen depth was a big plus earlier in the season, but they definitely dropped a gear.

09/20 CHIKARA results

Sep
21

CHIKARA (SAT) 09/20 Streamwood Community Center, Streamwood, IL Lineup
0) Silas Young b Egotistico Fantastico [NWA MIDWEST HEAVY]
1) Helios & Lince Dorado b Los Thomasellis
2) Buck Hawke b Tim Donst
3) Soul Touchaz b Crossbones, UltraMantis Black, Trik Davis, Sami Callihan
4) Colin Delany b Jimmy Olsen
5) Discovery, Incognito b Guerrerito del Futuro, Aguila de Oro
6) STIGMA b Drake Younger
7) Vin Gerard b Fire Ant [YOUNG LIONS]
8) Mike Quackenbush, Player Dos, Gran Akuma, Solider Ant, Amasis b Hallowicked, Player Uno, Icarus, Worker Ant, Ophidan

So. I’m going have to rethink some of this if I ever do a live blog on the road again. Not happening any time soon, at least.

Show got rolling around 6:45 ish.

– opening title match was good, crowd got into it.

– Both Helios and Lince looked good in their match. (No Lince blown spot as far as I saw, though I missed his dive when Helios was diving at me.) Thomasellis did not leave a big impression, positive or negative (which was probably the idea, this match was about the tecnicos and succeeded as such.)

– Hawke impressed me even more as a character live. Donst is a lot wider (certainly not fat, maybe broader is a better word?) and I could not imagine him playing other role than amateur wrestler. I know he was, but there’s surely been others with similar backgrounds were who make more sense doing some other character. Donst is perfect for his role. I wanted more from this, but they’ll surely match up many more times in CHIKARA if they’re both there and this spot wasn’t for a big match

– Soul Touchaz were over huge from the moment their music hit and threw the match. They totally ran wild for a long time, to the point where I was wondering if the rudos were just going to get squashed without getting serious offense in. Marshe got trapped after some dives to solve that, but this was more the hometown boys doing whatever they wanted to do in front of the home town crowd, and everyone was happy to see it. Most curious about how this transitions to DVD

– Colin/Jimmy didn’t have the crowd as much as it would if this was in a CHIKARA home market, which isn’t a huge surprise but makes me wonder why they did it here. It was good, but not the super match you kinda hope for when ex-tag team partners collide. (Which is actually what happens a lot when tag team partners collide.) Jimmy was very sad after the match. I kinda wonder if they did this match here just becuase it had to be done before they Colin and the UnStable onto whatever else.

– Let me tell you, it’s pretty freaking humbling when you sit with a group of people who know you mostly as That Lucha Guy, four luchadors come out, and you can’t identify the original Mystico when they ask. At least Incognito was living up to his name. No one really knew the other three guys. I think the idea here was to make sure the card has some ‘authentic’ lucha libre so those who came for Oriental would be satisfied, which is an admirable concept but possibly unnecessary – it was your usual midwest indies crowd (with more kids), not the faces I see at lucha shows. Which is a shame, because I think they would’ve liked it, but crossing those two audiences is tough. Anyone who can come up with a Rosetta’s Stone is gonna make some money someday.

This was not a Rey de Voladors Incognito, this was a lot more power stuff. GdF and Aguila de Oro (may have wrong name) worked as the rudos, but Incognito towered over them and threw them around at will. Rudos really never had any control of the match, and the match didn’t have much of a flow – it felt like four guys who just met before going out there, which is odd since I think Discovery and Guerrerito at least are still working ELL MEX and have crossed paths plenty around Chicago. Discovery did little here, I’ve seen better of him around here and I know I’ve seen better of Guerrerito del Futuro and probably of Incognito too at some point. Finish was great, because no one outside the ring appeared to know Aguila gave up until the tecnicos arms were raised.

– STIGMA got dropped on his by a (I think) a half nelson suplex in an ugly manner, but kept living to get the distraction added win. I sure hope they’re just establishing the new faction by having them interfere a lot, and it’s not going to be three run-ins on every single show because it kinda was done by the final. Colin dresses to well to be hanging with this crew; I guess he’s still abiding by the WWE dress code?

– My only problem with the Young Lions Cup match is that I still had their last match in my head, and this could not be that and shouldn’t be expected to be that. But it’s tough not to compare, you know? There was pretty good, but not on that level. After Fire Ant took out Vin with a move while Vin was hanging from the apron, I thought they were going to do a double countout finish, but they made it in back in time. Ref bump came on the second Beach Break (first was kicked out) – PJ was way too close and got kicked in the head by Vin’s legs. Unstable had been doing more distraction/standing on the apron bits then actually getting in the ring all night, and I think this was that again, before Jimmy and Drake came out to run them off (going after their early opponent, of course.) Vin fouled Fire Ant, then faked a foul, I guess to cloud the issue as PJ got up. Bryce got to the ring just as PJ was recovering – I guess he was going in if PJ was out, but since he was stirring he couldn’t without causing an issue. At first, Bryce had PJ’s attention trying to explain the low blow, which I thought was going to set up Vin doing something more, but he just put on his STF, PJ turned around, saw Fire Ant giving up, and called for the bell. Bryce trying to point out the foul was clearly a story point, but I don’t know if it’s any deeper than the usual bit of two referees arguing a finish (maybe to set up the rematch?)

– Before the ten men, teams were announced as teams, so it was only when the ring started filling up with men but team members seemed to be moving to opposite sides of the ring that it became clear what was going on with the match.

Normal tag team partners fought each other with no hesitation, though Ophidan and Amasis avoided it until late – it might have been on purpose, but after they exchanged words/hisses about 20 minutes in, they were alright with it too. That said, SSBs and the Portal seemed particularly upset/conflicted when their usual tag partner was getting worked over by a teammate – Amasis and Quack had words about this at one point.

Quack very very subtly played rudo – like you could see it in an occasional facial expression, but it was no big thing – and I think his team controlling the match was more about Quack being a Leader Of Men and able to organize his partners into keeping a man in for extended time (Hallowicked, and later Player Uno) then some sign of turning evil or whatever. And it makes sense, because you wouldn’t expect the same of Hallowicked or anyone on his side. It was just odd how Icarus was the world’s most booed tecnico for the night.

Outside of the one lucha spot you expect in a lot of man tag match, I was thinking they weren’t making use of the numbers enough, but they were just putting that off in the first half of the match and doing it for a lot of second half chaos. (A highlight of the chaos was four different pins going on, SSBs left standing and free to break them up, but utterly baffled about which one to break up.)

Ten man tag was probably much better than whatever tag and six man they could’ve done in the same time – long breaks on the apron surely helped out in the heat and they had plenty left for the finish. A lot of what you would expect in a match this size – a sequence of one guy hitting a big move, someone breaking it up and hitting a big move on them, repeat and four dives going on at once near the end. (Well, 3 and 1 a little delayed, but it was a neat trick not running each other over.) Finish makes sense given the next title match.

Player Dos seemed still to be in an adjustment period with his mask. Amasis was messing with his knee brace late, but it seemed more an issue with the brace and not the knee.

Got my money’s worth. Had an urge to pick up a Blue Panther mask from the mask seller, but he said he only brought 2 and they were gone instantly. He said he had a Villano mask, but I’m too mad at him to buy that. Ants, Donst, Helios, Lince, Ophidan, UltraMantis (and probably others I’m forgetting) hung around after for lots of pictures and the like. UnStable were just outside the gym to sell their stuff and make fun of small children. A fun time was had by all.

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814 stigma via tombstone after

Sep
20

814 stigma via tombstone after drake shoved into vin. drake wants revenge but held back

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nothing going on yet. decent

Sep
20

nothing going on yet. decent turnout.

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in. tpi ads on the

Sep
20

in. tpi ads on the front two rows. same setup as nwa midwest iirc.

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