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Texas Blues
2008-08-05 07:23
by Alex Belth

Yanks got a bad case of the blues this morning.  Nothing to do but hope for the best while we wait to hear word on Joba Chamberlain's shoulder.  And iffin it gets real dark fuh ya, make like Jimmie and bust a yodel.


2008-08-05 07:50:37
1.   Chyll Will
I smell remix! >;)

I also sense that if we were to go around singing songs like that now, we'd end up in Guantanamo quick, fast and in a hurry...

2008-08-05 07:53:56
2.   ms october
do we not have enough to just get rid of texas as a state yet?
2008-08-05 08:14:05
3.   Chyll Will
2 Maybe if we ring the entire state with a chain-link fence barbed with evolutionists and guarded by fashion designers...
2008-08-05 08:17:04
4.   JL25and3
I can't watch the video at work, but am I reaading the clues correctly? Did you just post a Jimmie Rodgers video?


2008-08-05 08:30:02
5.   Schteeve
I don't know about the rest of you, but that game was the most exhausting baseball game I've ever watched. I borderline went into shock when Joba went down. Then I got pretty fired up when the Dog Man X tied the game. Once Marte started walking dudes I knew it was over. All against the backdrop of tornado sirens going off in Chicago.

All in all, a very surreal night. Fingers crossed real tight for Joba's shoulder.

2008-08-05 08:30:41
6.   Bama Yankee
From the desk of Hank Steinbrenner:
"It's time the Major Leagues join the 21st century... They are playing the same way they did in the 1960s. That's over with. It's time to stop playing baseball games in the state of Texas. It's the right thing to do."
2008-08-05 08:43:48
7.   Alex Belth
Yeah, that's the old Jimmie Rogers. I first got turned onto him by Ethan Coen when I worked for the Coen bros. Which is funny because one of the things I'd always loved most about "Raising Arizona" was the yodellin theme song. Ethan, and his wife at the time, were big into old timey country records, which shouldn't come as a surprise, with "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?"

I've never really been to Texas, just stopped through the Dallas airport a few times. I would like to visit though. I like their chuzpah if nothing else. Plus, I wanna get me some of that good time barbeque, man.

2008-08-05 08:45:50
8.   RIYank
do we not have enough to just get rid of texas as a state yet?

But ms oct, if I'm not mistaken we have already deprived Canada of statehood, and they still have a team and we still have to go play there.

2008-08-05 09:01:12
9.   JL25and3
7 Yeah, that yodeling theme song in Raising Arizona is great. But then, I love pretty much everything about Raising Arizona.
2008-08-05 09:14:11
10.   ms october
8 baby steps - riyank, see chyll's first step 3 then we get to bama's letter from hank 6 :}

actually my grandma and aunt live in dallas and have lived there for about 20yrs or so after leaving london.
and i'm going there in a couple of weeks - they do have some good barbeque - different from the deep south but good

2008-08-05 09:22:00
11.   Bob Timmermann
Jimmie Rodgers. Can he put the brakes to any potential losing streak?
2008-08-05 09:30:16
12.   unmoderated
i have to admit that after last night's game, i am depressed. not the usual tough loss depression, but a serious "why do i even watch baseball?" funk.

imma gonna have to skip tonight's game.

2008-08-05 09:31:49
13.   Raf
8 And having visited both Toronto & Montreal, I think they moved the wrong team.

Montreal > Toronto

2008-08-05 09:33:26
14.   mehmattski
3 Did someone call for an evolutionist?!?
2008-08-05 09:40:15
15.   standuptriple
7 I figure you'd like Austin, but that's not REALLY Texas. Lots of live music and The Salt Lick is only a little piece down the road. Best BBQ I've had (not made on my own) and plenty of it. It's in a dry county, but you can bring your own adult-beverages.
2008-08-05 09:40:20
16.   Schteeve
3 What about Intelligent Fashion Designers?
2008-08-05 09:40:21
17.   Schteeve
3 What about Intelligent Fashion Designers?
2008-08-05 09:40:36
18.   Schteeve
What the f?
2008-08-05 09:44:19
19.   Just fair
I vowed to avoid all media today when I went to bed last night. So much for that. Good tune, Alex. I met a dude from Tennessee about 10 years back when I was ski bummin' in Colorado. He got me into BlueGrass and I've been hooked ever since. My friends think I need my head checked. : )
My sister lives in Dallas and is going to Thursday's game. Hopefullly the possessed Arllington mound won't claim any more pitchers this week.
2008-08-05 09:47:55
20.   dianagramr

nicely played ...

I hear that Zoolander is warming up on the catwalk.

2008-08-05 09:49:59
21.   skybluestoday
I think "Raising Arizona" is the high-point of their career to date -- the perfect merger of the Coens' Rube Goldberg-esque stylistic fireworks and sharp, shaped content. Ah, blessed sophomore efforts!

Hope my inner redneck isn't showing too much here, but I would strongly recommend Lynyrd Skynyrd's cover of "T for Texas" as well. It's on their live record ("One More From the Road"), and they really reimagine it with some killer Steve Gaines countryfried pickin'. Great stuff.

2008-08-05 09:51:11
22.   YankeeInMichigan
Can a BP subscriber out there share Will Carroll's insights on Joba?
2008-08-05 09:52:27
23.   YankeeInMichigan
Cliff, wishfull thinking on Saturday's matchup on the sidebar?
2008-08-05 10:05:49
24.   RIYank
15 Austin is the only place in Texas I've ever been (except airports), and I've been there four times. I have to say I like it less nowadays (about a year ago) than when I first went (maybe twenty years ago). Could just be a matter of who I was visiting and which part of town, I guess.

Also, Alex doesn't drink, remember? So he'll be happy to get the BBQ in the dry town!

Finally, I want Robinson Cano to demonstrate how to get justfair and standuptriple together in one play. Tonight, please.

2008-08-05 10:07:42
25.   dianagramr
From Will:

The early word is that his muscle tightened up due to a combination of the blistering heat (I sat in that heat the night before, and yeah, it's a huge factor) and fatigue. It's the latter that's most worrisome given Chamberlain's switch of roles. While he built up his arm strength, no one has any idea how the fatigue will be affected by the shape of his season. He's headed back to New York for tests, so we'll know more soon, but early reports and sources tell me that things look relatively positive, based both on the pain's location, and on his reaction. Expect the Yanks to be ultra-conservative, and for Chamberlain to miss a start at least. We'll know more after the images ...


2008-08-05 10:09:46
26.   standuptriple
23 Grrr. I'm heading down to ANA/OC/LA for the Sat/Sun and was looking forward to seeing JC in person (missed him when the Yanks came out to OAK). Now, it is a huge longshot.
I'm still debating on keeping the mustache though. Any thoughts?
2008-08-05 10:13:21
27.   JL25and3
11 I don't want you to think that one just got by everybody. Nicely played.
2008-08-05 10:19:43
29.   standuptriple
28 So the Rangers are a "never was" then? Glad we got that straightened out.
2008-08-05 10:19:56
30.   Max
28 Dude, chill. I'm trying to see where in this thread anyone slammed the state seriously, and I don't see it. Just some playful banter and frustration over the fact that we've had bad luck with our young pitchers in the state.
2008-08-05 10:27:14
32.   Schteeve
28 It's easy for you to write all of that from your butt or your couch or whatever you said. Right?

Also, I'm neither a frustrated author or ball player, I'm a professional porno star/fighter pilot, so there.

Finally, I like Texas. Everything is bigger there.

2008-08-05 10:30:46
33.   standuptriple
31 What a witty retort. Certainly proved your point. I will never question anything written about sports involving the State of Texas. Lesson learned.
BTW, my brother-in-law is a native Texan/Cowboy/Spurs-fan/Marine. Even he knows better than the spout off about baseball.
2008-08-05 10:33:14
37.   Schteeve
No size requirement, but I aced the vision test!
2008-08-05 11:33:34
38.   weeping for brunnhilde
28 You forgot the part about sitting on our underwear-clad butts and that those televisions or computers are (of course) tucked away in the perverse safety of our mothers' basements.

Also, we employ sinister code names just to make sure we're extra-special safe from the retribution of the subjects of our puerile ravings.

2008-08-05 11:33:56
39.   Raf
"Holy dog shit. Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down. Do you suck dicks?" - Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
2008-08-05 11:38:31
40.   Raf
32 I'm a professional porno star/fighter pilot

Cool! I'm a cowboy astronaut millionaire, meself...

2008-08-05 11:47:15
41.   Shaun P
28 Are you the same blairkar who bid $9 on 7/24/2008 at 7:18 PM EDT for an auction for a per night price for a room at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott, with a minimum bid price of $10, on

That's the only blairkar Google was able to find (and its an old auction, so it was cached on July 27). Well, someone in the UK as well, but I get the feeling that's not you, folks in the UK generally having more dry wit and all.

Just wondering . . .

2008-08-05 11:54:31
42.   Bama Yankee
28 Who knew that Francis from Stripes was from Texas? ;-)

Lighten up, buddy. Nobody around here is seriously anti-Texas (although I'm still a little upset about the 1965 Orange Bowl ;-). Heck, the people around here even tolerate this old country boy from Alabama so I'm sure a Texan won't be a problem. It's pretty easy to get along with people around here, just remember Patrick Swayze from Roadhouse: "Be nice".

2008-08-05 12:00:55
43.   Chyll Will
40 I flew over Texas once...

2008-08-05 12:02:21
44.   Chyll Will
But seriously, they have good BBQ and interesting backstory >;)

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