The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dad Update

My Dad is doing a bit better, but is still up at the hospital. He's been through two surgeries - one to remove a chunk of his intestines, the other to remove a benign tumor on his kidney.

He hasn't been looking so great in recent days, but it looks like his "innards" are starting to work again. Hopefully he'll be able to get off the NPO restriction and get that tube out of his nose, which has probably made him sound (and feel) worse than he really is.

Next step for him is to start eating and drinking. If he can do that and keep it down, he might be out by this time next week. Keep praying for him.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Alma Mater Fun

Ah, the joys of being an alum of an urban high school:

My alma mater, Racine's Washington Park High School, had to play their first round WIAA Division I football game without their starting tailback, Damonshay Pitt. Why, you ask?

He was charged with attempted armed robbery in a drug deal gone bad. He is in jail pending bail, and will probably not play again for the Panthers.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Little Things

Then, I found the Nerf Sports Pack for Wii. Basically, it's a hard plastic "handle" in which you put the remote, and it has three attachments that connect to the handle. One is a foam baseball bat; a second one is a tennis racket head; the other is a small golf club.

Believe it or not, the golf club has helped my Wii game immensely. I've actually hit par my last few times playing Wii Sports Golf. I have not, as of yet, used it on Super Swing Golf, but anticipate it to be just as helpful. Of course, my expectations are very low - I have so many snowman scores on SSG that I got no Pangaya points from my first round on the course.
As I started off down the trail, I inadvertently reset my bike computer, and had absolutely no idea how to re-program it for the right wheel size. Both of my guesses were wrong (I forgot the simple circumference formula of 2πr in my calculations), so I got the odometer and speedometers all messed up.

It got cold, so I didn't go as far as I wanted; I ended up turning around by the church on the lake and came back to the trail head. That was where the fun began: in trying to get the bike back on the rack on the back of the car, I cracked the chain guard plate. It's now in two pieces, which forced me to drive over to Wheel & Sprocket to see about a replacement. I also told them about my inability to get the bike on the rack. I purchased a bike "bar" that allows the bike to sit on the rack for transport... but there was about three inches of clearance between the front wheel and the road.

This wasn't entirely a huge issue, of course; the front wheel has a quick-release hub which allows it to be removed for such a situation. However, to release the wheel, you have to release the front brake as well. Doofus me didn't watch as the tech at the Delafield W&S undid the brake clamp, so I now have an inoperable front brake on the bike.
He's been trying to get up and walk a few times today, and it looks like his bowels are trying to start back up again - though it's difficult with nothing for them to work with. Today was the first day this week I didn't go up and see him, since I needed to have some time doing stuff for myself and I wanted him to rest.
In a strange change of events, I actually had a grilled chicken snack wrap from McDonald's today - and forgot to special order it without the lettuce. For anyone that knows me, this is a huge thing. Not that I actually ate all of the lettuce, of course, but I did eat most of it.
What I haven't seen is why a good chunk of Waukesha County lost their cable signal for that length of time - nor why I still had my Road Runner account still up and going. Normally, RR is the first thing to go when there's an issue with the TV picture. RR was still working (as far as I could tell).

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wanderings through SE Wisconsin

I'd planned on this being a "Wanderings In The Desert" blog, but plans changed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My Dad

Any of you who are wondering why my posting has been erratic as of late, here's the reason:

My dad went into the hospital on Monday the 15th (three days after his 67th birthday) for a blockage in his intestinal tract. He was throwing up over the weekend, and they couldn't figure out why.

As I type this, he is in surgery at All Saints Medical in Racine (the hospital formerly known as Saint Mary's). I have no idea what is going on, since they won't tell me what's happening over the phone. Guess what that means - yep, road trip time.

We were scheduled to fly to Arizona next week Tuesday to his trailer in Mesa; I'm not 100% convinced that we will be doing that now.

This is a difficult time for me, obviously. My father and I are the only ones left from my family, considering my mother died many years ago and I was an only child. Keep him and us in your prayers.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


That time of year again - the 2007 Major League Baseball Standardized Runs All-Star Teams.

The Standardized Runs formula:

SR = {OBP x [TB + .55 x (SB – CS)]} / SRF

SRF is a major league constant that changes from season to season; it is major league totals in the brackets {} above, divided by the total number of runs scored in the major leagues. The 2007 Standardized Run Factor = 1.03627.

OFIB, by the way, is the player's Offensive Fibonacci Wins total (Offensive Wins times Offensive Won-Lost percentage, plus Offensive Wins minus Offensive Losses).

CA – Jorge Posada, NYY (113.5 SR, 11.92 OFIB)
1B – Carlos Pena, TAM (121.9 SR, 14.16 OFIB)
2B – Brian Roberts, BAL (106.0 SR, 10.95 OFIB)
3B – Alex Rodriguez, NYY (157.7 SR – best in majors, 17.42 OFIB)
SS – Derek Jeter, NYY (109.7 SR, 7.90 OFIB)
LF – Carl Crawford, TAM (100.6 SR, 7.62 OFIB)
LF – Manny Ramirez, BOS (89.2 SR, 9.89 OFIB)
CF – Curtis Granderson, DET (122.4 SR, 13.50 OFIB)
CF – Grady Sizemore, CLE (114.0 SR, 14.79 OFIB)
RF – Magglio Ordonez, DET (148.8 SR, 16.57 OFIB)
DH – David Ortiz, BOS (147.0 SR, 18.53 OFIB – best in majors)

CA – Russell Martin, LOS (93.7 SR, 10.85 OFIB)
1B – Prince Fielder, MIL (134.9 SR, 16.82 OFIB)
2B – Chase Utley, PHI (120.5 SR, 13.83 OFIB)
SS – Hanley Ramirez, FLA (141.3 SR, 15.28 OFIB)
3B – David Wright, NYM (139.0 SR, 17.62 OFIB – best in NL)
LF – Matt Holliday, COL (152.5 SR – best in NL, 17.37 OFIB)
CF – Aaron Rowand, PHI (114.3 SR, 10.08 OFIB)
CF – Carlos Beltran, NYM (103.0 SR, 12.08 OFIB)
RF – Brad Hawpe, COL (103.3 SR, 11.59 OFIB)
DH – Jeff Cirillo, ARI (22.0 SR, -0.47 OFIB; Cirillo spent most of '07 in the AL)
PI – Micah Owings, ARI (13.8 SR, 1.91 OFIB)


The Cy Young Point total formula is discussed elsewhere on this blog; it basically is a measure of the "real" number of wins a pitcher contributes towards his team, based on winning percentage, relief points and pitching performance.

AL Rotation:
AL Bullpen:
NL Rotation:
NL Bullpen: