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Neither of the Above

By on 10.13.15 | 1:41PM

Rasmussen Polls surveys more than just politics. They collect opinions on all manner of burning social and cultural questions. A personal favorite is when, apparently capitalizing on a TV fad, they asked voters if they thought zombies would do a better job of looking after the nation’s business than current federal employees. The results were closer than you might have thought.

The latest cutting edge question was whether voters would rather win an Oscar or a Nobel prize.

I didn’t bother to check the results as Rasmussen, usually more observant, left out the option many alert TAS readers, including me, would have chosen, to wit: I have no respect for either.

Utley Hearing Delayed

By on 10.13.15 | 12:08PM

CBS Sports is reporting that Chase Utley’s appeal hearing on his two-day suspension by Major League Baseball will not he held today. The hearing has been delayed to allow Utley time to prepare his case.

Utley was suspended Sunday by decision of Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer (what a title) after Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Utley slid hard into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Saturday’s NLDS game, helping tie the score of that game and leaving Tejada with a broken right leg. Torre maintains the slide was out of bounds and requires discipline. Utley and his agent maintain the slide was within baseball’s rules and should not be punished. 

See a minority take on the matter here.

DNC VP Uninvited From the Debate — For Calling for More Debates

By on 10.12.15 | 2:26PM

The Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee claims she was disnivited from this week's Las Vegas bash because she dared to suggest that a single debate might not be enough for the waiting public, who desperately want to hear from their potential Presidential candidates.

According to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who hails from Hawaii, she was just trying to give voice to some of the "lesser" Democratic candidates, like Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, who simply don't think six is enough to get their points across. But in typical Debbie Wasserman Schultz fashion, Gabbard was quickly dismissed from the "cool kids" lunch table, chastized for wearing pink twice in one week, and uninvited from Debbie's post-debate sleepover party at the Venetian. Oh, and they probably froze her training bra, too, based on their standards of behavior.

Obama Hits Out at Hillary, Disclaims Role in Arming Syrian Opposition on “60 Minutes”

By on 10.12.15 | 1:55PM

Hillary Clinton clearly isn't going to get any help from the White House as she battles her way out from under a pile of questions about her email server. 

Last night, on 60 Minutes, the President gave his traditional, yearly softball interview to whoever is still alive on the 60 Minutes staff. In it, he was asked about Hillary's "email scandal, claimed that he "didn't know" about her server - which is probably a legitimate argument given that he finds out about more serious scandals, paging through the Sunday New York Times looking for the crossword puzzle - but that what Hillary did is a "serious mistake" and questions about it are essentially political ones, but that an investigation is entirely "legitimate."

KROFT: Did you know about Hillary Clinton’s use of private… private email server —


KROFT: — while she was secretary of state?


KROFT: Do you think it posed a national security problem?

ABC’s Quantico Uses Timothy McVeigh to Smear American Veterans

By on 10.12.15 | 12:40PM

Coming this fall, tune in to watch a few shows critical of middle America and the US military.

At the National Press Club, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pointed out that the entire media business – especially the press (and the entertainment industry to a great extent) – used to be on the side of the people, but now they are only catering to a few affluent urban liberals. Isn’t that swell? The very media that’s supposed to be catering to the majority of Americans is now critical of the very audience they’re supposed to cater to. Just take a look at the SNL skit that took a cheap shot at Fox News last week.

Dean Chance, R.I.P.

By on 10.11.15 | 11:56PM

Former big league pitcher Dean Chance was found dead in his home in Ohio today. He was 74. 

After minor league stints with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators, Chance made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels late in their inaugural season in 1961. Chance would win 14 games in 1962. He and Bo Belinsky led a pitching staff that gave the New York Yankees a run for their money that season. His best season came in 1964 when he would win the MLB Cy Young Award (at the time there weren't separate Cy Youngs for each league). Chance led the AL in wins (20), ERA (1.65), innings pitched (278 1/3), complete games (15) and shutouts (11). At 23, Chance would be the youngest pitcher to win a Cy Young until Dwight Gooden won the NL Cy Young at the age of 20 in 1985. 

Chase Utley is Gonna Get Booed in NYC Tomorrow UPDATE: Utley Suspended 2 Games

By on 10.11.15 | 1:11PM


Los Angeles Dodgers secondbaseman Chase Utley has become public enemy #1 for this slide into second base which resulted in a broken leg for New York Mets shorstop Ruben Tejada during Game 2 of the NLDS last night.

Adding insult to injury, the MLB replay officials saw fit to overturn the out call despite the fact that Utley never touched second. The Dodgers rallied for four runs and won the game 5-2 evening the series at 1-1.

Considerable debate has ensued as to whether MLB will need to review the neighborhood play in the way they revised plays at the plate after San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey sustained a fractured leg during a home plate collision in 2011.

It has also been pointed out that Utley took out Tejada on a similar play in 2010 although Utley did apologize to Tejada and Tejada had no objection to Utley's actions. However, I don't think the Mets will feel any such generosity this time around.

Vin Scully on the DL

By on 10.10.15 | 3:51AM

Los Angeles Dodgers fans will miss the voice of beloved broadcaster Vin Scully on radio during the post season. He is recovering from an undisclosed illness and medical procedure, the Dodgers announced. Scully, who has broadcast Dodgers games for 66 years, was expected to call radio games in L.A. and New York, his home town. He has not traveled in recent years.

Scully missed the final series of the regular season against the San Diego Padres because of the illness. The Dodgers have announced that Scully is “resting comfortably” after his procedure, but provided no details.

The Los Angeles Times reports that while there is no official word on what the 87-year-old Scully’s ailment is, sources have said that it is not life-threatening, a full recovery is anticipated, and Scully is expected to be able to return for his final season in the booth in 2016.

TV networks are covering the post seasons so there was to be no Dodgers TV coverage, but the Dodgers broadcast team will do radio broadcasts. The other two members of this team are Rick Monday and Charley Steiner.

Jason Chaffetz Still Having Bad Luck With Hearings

By on 10.9.15 | 2:52PM

Obviously, I'm partial to Paul Ryan ., if only because of his deep blue eyes and his super-sexy economic policy, but Jason Chaffetz ., who is also rumored to be running for Speaker now that Kevin McCarthy . has dropped out, seems like an intriguing choice as well. He's not well known, but he's young, mostly acceptable to several warring factions of the Party and he has had a few high-profile opportunities of late.