Been a couple days…

Busy times these days. Last night was fantastic; my friend Heather and I went to see The Have Nots perform, and they were absolutely hysterical. They come highly recommended for their energy and absolute willingness to broach any subject. The extra improv session at the end was fantastic as well. Great times.

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Hoffman one save away from the all-time record!

Trevor Hoffman earned save no. 477 last night in a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Padre victory as well as a Dodger victory, this keeps San Diego a half-game up in the NL West race. This still, very much, is a heated pennant race. San Diego’s “magic number” to clinch the division (a combination of ten Dodger losses and Padres victories) is now at 10. Los Angeles maintains a scant half-game lead in the wild card over Philadelphia.

Stuff and things…

I think this post will be one of those miscellaneous “stuff and things” posts that touches on Ernesto and a number of other topics. Do notice that I’ve taken all the special storm links and the “tropical storm warning” bar down.

Ernesto

I just took a look outside and my section of Ashley Ave. continues to become more in the way of asphalt, but it’s still underwater and thus will continue to be barricaded. The winds have died off considerably but some light rain showers are still coming down. My barometer is beginning to rebound, though, and that’s a good thing. Looking at some of the satellite and radar imagery on the news tonight, it seems Ernesto’s pulling together an eye feature. I personally think that it will make Cat 1 before it makes landfall; the way it’s gotten itself together in the last 12 hours or so has been pretty impressive and i just don’t see the storm’s reorganization stopping until the center hits land.

Regular reader and commenter NotMyBest2Day compiled this animated GIF image of pretty much an entire day of Ernesto making landfall as seen through the Early Branch NEXRAD. It’s pretty awesome, and shows just how fast the storm came in and left. Dialup warning: It’s a 4MB+ file, so it may take a while to load if you’re on a narrowband connection. Worth the wait though, especially if watching long time lapse radar images is your thing.

Wells to the Padres…for a top prospect

ESPN broke the news about 20 or so minutes ago: David Wells has been traded to the Padres for an unknown quantity at this time, though we all pretty much know the Sox got highly rated prospect George Kottaras, who has a solid defensive reputation. The Sox need serious help with catching. I like Wells, especially since he’s put together a nice string of quality starts, but I don’t like giving away a top prospect for what could amount to a one month (we hope longer) rental. Wells is expected to retire after the season’s over. Let’s hope he can put San Diego over the top. It was mentioned on SportsCenter that he could fit between Jake Peavy and Chris Young in the rotation, and I like that idea.

The Gamecocks open their season tonight at Mississippi State. I know Mel’s freaking STOKED.

The Panthers play the Steelers tonight in their final preseason contest at Heinz Field. This is going to be a nice test for Carolina, especially since the Steelers travel to Carolina for what could be a very pivotal Week 15 game for both teams. In fact, that game is starting right now. I better hop to watching it in a second.

Computer Things

I saw on Slashdot that Firefox 2 Beta 2 is available. While there hasn’t been any public announcement yet, it was found on an FTP server. I grabbed it and installed it. I like it, but the theme needs a TON of work. before I can give it my 100% stamp of approval. One thing I adore: There’s a new dropdown on the far right edge of the tab bar, which lists all the tabs out for easy reach. It’s a great feature. I would like to see someone try and do an extension that mimic’s IE 7’s Quick Tabs thumbnailing feature, but I suspect this method will end up being a quicker, more efficient method, especially for large numbers of tabs.

Also, I plan on installing Vista 5536 sometime soon, maybe as early as tonight. I’m going to attempt an upgrade over Beta 2. Hopefully I don’t hose XP, otherwise I’d be in real, real trouble — guess we’ll see what happens.

I may make a post after the 8PM advisory on Ernesto. We’ll see…I’m looking forward to a restful evening of Carolina Panther football.

Later folks.

J

Saturday: A good sports day (mostly)

The Padres snapped their losing streak and made Jason Hirsh’s major league debut with the Astros memorable — for all the wrong reasons. Jake Peavy got only his second win since May 28, which is good — the Padres find themselves in a dogfight with the Dodgers down the stretch and need all the pitching they can muster from their rotation.

The Philip Rivers Era got off to a pretty much perfect start for the Chargers. Very, very encouraging news. It is early, but we’ll take whatever good news we can in that regard.

The Panthers now remember what it’s like to have more than one receiver. The reserves are a bit shaky, though — they’ll work hard on that. The Panther offense will be so, so dangerous with Keyshawn Johnson, a healthy Keary Colbert and Drew Carter in the #3 and #4 slots, and Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams showed some flashes of brilliance and some nerves as well, but I’m confident he’ll be a great #2 to DeShaun Foster, who looked fantastic last night as well. Yes, it’s only preseason, but things are looking up in Carolina.

Heck, the only bad news is that the Braves lost (again) and the Dodgers won (again).

Peavy homers, Padres win

Jake Peavy hit his second home run of the season and won for the first time since May 28 in the Padres’ 10-3 win over the Dodgers, who are 7 1/2 games out of the lead and in last place in the NL West. The Giants took the lead in the West for a day or so, but lost that lead the next night and the Padres have since rebuilt their 2 1/2 game lead. Peavy’s improved pitching is a great sign, too, as the Padres need their ace to step it up down the stretch.

Bonds to be indicted?

ESPN is reporting that Barry Bonds is likely to be indicted by a federal grand jury next week on perjury and tax evasion charges stemming from the BALCO steroids scandal.

If he is indicted, I don’t think he should play. Bonds is already an unnecessary distraction for the San Francisco Giants, and it just wouldn’t sit well with me and a lot of fans if he continued to play while under federal indictment. San Fran is tied with the L.A. Dodgers for second in the NL West right now, two and a half games behind San Diego.

Speaking of San Diego, they lost to the Braves 15-12 in an eleven-inning swirl of chaos that featured both starters out in the 2nd inning, a blown save by Trevor Hoffman, and home runs back and forth until Adam LaRoche said “f*** this!” (not really ;)) and drove in the deciding runs with a double. Crazy stuff. It was the worst outing of the year for Chris Young, the 6’10” lefty who has been much better for San Diego than anticipated this year.

John Smoltz and Chan Ho Park square off today, and Braves rookie Chuck James, quite effective in his first starts in the majors, will have a tough one as he goes against Jake Peavy on Sunday.

J

Peavy…HOMERS?

The Padres won 6-3 tonight on Khalil Greene’s clutch 3-run homer off Tom Gordon. Jake Peavy went seven innings and hit his first career home run for the Padres – go Jake! It’s nice to see him get a victory. He’s struggled somewhat this year. The Padres and the Rockies hold a temporary half game lead over the Dodgers, who lead the Diamondbacks 5-2 in the top of the sixth at the time of this writing. If this score holds the three-way tie for first will live to see another day.

Case of the Mon…erm…Wednesdays

Wow, today really strikes me as a Monday. I’m pretty exhausted after all the festivities and such yesterday heading into the night. Plus, work is always kind of a draining thing.

So yeah, today was one hell of a nutty day. Continue reading Case of the Mon…erm…Wednesdays

Padres win!

The San Diego Padres won their opener 6-1 behind a damn fine Opening Day start by Jake Peavy, Mike Piazza’s home run in his first at-bat as a Padre, Josh Barfield’s first major league hit, and Khalil Greene’s 2-run homer and RBI later in the game. The pitching was top-notch, the offense came from many different places, and defense was terrific. This is a great start for San Diego, and I hope they keep it up.