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TheLetter2

  • joined Jul 25, 2009
  • last login Jul 21, 2014
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Don't make fun of the South or public broadcasting, and we'll get along just fine.

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The Top Ten Questions Facing the Braves This Spring

With the retirement of Chipper Jones imminent and Brian McCann's departure to Montreal, the new-look Braves of 2014 will have some big shoes to fill. As Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez and others within...

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The 2013 Galoot All-Star Roster

The midsummer classic has come and gone, meaning sports editors around the country now have to fill eight column inches on page 6B, after the five pages of breathless college football...

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Poor Letter's Almanack - January 2013

The Earth is indeed a well-traveled ball of rock and iron. Since New Year's Day 2012, all seven billion of us have traveled 940 million kilometers in a great oval around the sun. For our home...

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Poor Letter's Almanack - December edition

December is another original passed down from the Roman calendar. As it was structured then, December was the tenth and final month of the calendar year ("dece" meaning "ten" in Latin). With the...

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Poor Letter's Almanack - November, 2012

November began life on the Roman calendar as the ninth month. When January and February were added to the revamped Roman calendar in the late 7th century B.C.E., November got bumped down to its...

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A Shining Romo on a Hill: The Nation's Newspapers

Well, sometimes things just work out. Something something Dave Garroway something pithy word count word count misogyny mind-melting argument. Parade sounds like fun. What will you be wearing?

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The 2012 Galoot All-Star Roster

The most anticipated event in baseball is at hand: The day I announce the galoots I fancy. The rosters are broken down into National and American leagues, and there's a third list for, uh,...

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Of Course He's Perfect: The Nation's Newspapers

I was half-paying attention to an episode of Friday Night Lights, half killing time on my laptop, when I looked up at a clock and realized it was almost ten p.m. I thought it was probably about...

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TheLetter2's Top Braves, 2012 Edition

Because this worked so well last year, here's my second annual assessment of the gentlemen of the Braves. It's just six this year, mainly because I had too many for a "top five" and didn't feel...

Smoltz promotes 'Starting and Closing' on CBS This Morning

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A nice chat with John Smoltz from the May 8 edition of CBS This Morning. Smoltz, on the paths not taken: "The family business was about playing the accordion. Both of [my parents] are accordion teachers, and I guess I was good, I don't know."

I know what you're thinking, and yes, I've already ordered twelve. ♥ ♥ Brian...

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I know what you're thinking, and yes, I've already ordered twelve. ♥ ♥ Brian ♥ ♥

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What We're Thankful For

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1956, Today host Dave Garroway recited a list of things for which he was thankful. The list, he said, was made up of "little things." White paint, because it makes...

O'Ventbrel piece in "USA Today"

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Seth Livingstone at USA Today wrote up a nice feature on the relievers. "Despite recent struggles, the trio's statistics are staggering. "Kimbrel has blown away Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz's rookie record for saves set last season. Kimbrel had amassed 45 in 51 chances with seven games left. Most impressively, he had struck out 124 in 75⅓ innings. "Venters, who has earned his own nickname, 'Everyday Jonny,' had a 1.69 ERA despite his heavy workload and had fanned 93 in 85 innings. O'Flaherty boasted a 1.02 ERA, best among major leaguers with at least 30 innings pitched." The story ran in the Thursday, September 22, edition, and includes (if I may say) a veruh, veruh nice picture of the guys.

Pitt talks "Moneyball" on NPR's Fresh Air

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On today's (Thursday, September 22) edition of the NPR arts and culture interview program Fresh Air, Brad Pitt talks with host Terry Gross about Moneyball. I thought you guys might enjoy hearing it. The audio from today's show will be available after 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 Pacific today. I was going to link to Pitt's appearance on NBC's Today this morning, but it was less about the movie and more about general celebrity pap. You didn't miss anything.

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Beautiful Ride - A Chipper Jones Story

This was written by request of a Braves fan who liked my previous short stories, but wanted to see one about Chipper Jones. It took me a little while to think of an appropriate setting and theme....

McFarlane Toys to release Posey action figure

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McFarlane Toys is getting ready to release a new set of its MLB figures, and this batch includes our own Buster Posey. His figure is slated for sale starting in June. And while you're at it, check out the updated version of the Tim Lincecum figure, which now comes with a replica WS trophy.

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TheLetter2's Top Ten Braves Studs

It started with a man and a dream. But enough about how Robert Goddard invented the first liquid-fueled rocket. This is a post about the fine, upstanding men of the 2011 Atlanta Braves. And how...

U.S. Senate honors Giants on WS win

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On December 2, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution noting the Giants' World Series win. My favorite section reads, "Whereas all 25 players on the playoff roster should be congratulated, including World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria, as well as, Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Guillermo Mota, Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Romo, Jonathan Sanchez, Brian Wilson, Buster Posey, Eli Whiteside, Mike Fontenot, Aubrey Huff, Travis Ishikawa, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, Juan Uribe, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, and Andres Torres..." Because you know, Posey, Cain, Torres and even that scalawag Burrell are now in the Congressional Record, and that makes me believe in America again. Full text at link.

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Curtain Call: The Nation's Newspapers

Okay, so it's not really front pages from all over the country, but "The Bay Area's Newspapers" didn't have the same pop. The barricades are gone, the crowds are dispersed, and pieces of...

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The Promised Land: The Nation's Newspapers

Bart Giamatti once wrote that baseball is designed to break your heart, leaving you to face the cold days of winter alone. And for 55 seasons, fall indeed broke the hearts of many a Giants fan. To...

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Three Down, One to Go: The Nation's Newspapers

(OPEN ON SHOT OF POSEY SITTING BEHIND DESK, TIE SLIGHTLY LOOSENED, SLEEVES ROLLED UP) "Hi. I'm Buster Posey. My opponents have been giving you reasons not to vote for me all summer. They say I'm...

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MATTHEW THOMAS CAIN: The Nation's Newspapers

It starts innocently enough. A strapping, wide-eyed country boy from the Wiregrass region of Alabama signs with a big-city team out West. The minors are fun, and mostly the guys you hang out with...

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A Good Start: The Nation's Newspapers

All right. Just got through watching my DVR'd copy of this week's Glee. What happened in the game last night? Let's see...seventy-five words. Uh, I bought a couch yesterday, but I think I mighta...

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Oh, Crap. It's Time for the World Series: The Nation's Newspapers

On a warm, humid morning in September, 1962, John F. Kennedy addressed a crowd at Houston's Rice University to dedicate the facility that would be the nucleus of America's manned spaceflight...

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Welcome to the World Series: The Nation's Newspapers

"The world will little note nor long remember what we say here," Abraham Lincoln wrote in his Gettysburg Address. "But it can never forget what they did here." His words might be applied to the...

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One More Win: The Nation's Newspapers

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE POSTS SWEEP NATION! OVERWORKED REPORTER FORCED TO ENTERTAIN MASSES WITH NEWSPAPER JPEGS! As always, PDFs are available from the Newseum...

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MATT CAIN IS BETTER THAN YOU: The Nation's Newspapers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Early returns indicate a landslide victory for the Cain/Ross ticket, a virtual deadlock until Tuesday. Cain successfully quelled rumors that threatened to de-rail his campaign,...

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Giants Advance to NLCS: The Nation's Newspapers

You know the drill. Let's find out what's on the front page of your morning newspaper, courtesy the Newseum in Washington. Print-quality PDFs are available from the Newseum until about midnight...

Giants Discussion on KQED's "Forum" at 10:00 a.m. PT

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Forum host Michael Krasny welcomes Baggarly, Larry Baer, writer Dan Fost and Sports Illustrated's Ann Killion. If you miss this morning's conversation, the audio will be up later today.
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Giants Win NL West: The Nation's Newspapers

Good morning, all. Using my powers of East Coast bias for good, here is an early-morning snapshot of newspaper front pages from the win. Links are included for downloading print-quality PDFs of...

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