Schwarz follow-up, new blog

DMZ · January 24, 2005 at 1:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Alan Schwarz writes a quick bit following up on the discussion that quotes (twice) from one excellent comment made here by dw, who has his own site, Client and Server. So Schwarz reads U.S.S. Mariner, apparantly. Hi Alan! We’re big fans! Please plug the site sometime!

And also, it’s a really slow time for news. I almost wish the team would invite some local celebrity to spring training so we could write about it (Jon Keister? GM Ford? Is Neal Stephenson still in town?)

Also, #1 most-frequent USSM commenter David Corcoran’s got a blog of his own now. Using advanced projection software, we can guess that based on his past history, he’ll be posting 20-30 times a day in 15-50 word increments. I’d put him on the link bar on the left, but thought I’d give him a plug. If you liked his comments, you’ll love his blog.*

To get to McCall, Idaho, for what it’s worth, draw a line on a map eastwards from Portland and another line northwards from Boise and drive to the intersection. You’ll be pretty close. Going east from Salem would actually be a little better.

* not a guarantee


30 Responses to “Schwarz follow-up, new blog”

  1. paul on January 24th, 2005 1:21 pm

    I’d love to see Jim “IMPENDING DOOM AND GLOOM! RIGHT NOW! LIVE! AND I’M COVERING IT!” Foreman invited to spring training…and beaned by a Moyer fastball (we don’t want to KILL the guy, just scare some sense into him!).

  2. msb on January 24th, 2005 1:27 pm

    “And also, it’s a really slow time for news.”

    well, the Reds just gave Rich Aurilia a minor league contract with NRI, and the Pads did the same for Steve Sparks….

  3. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 1:37 pm

    Actually, I am commenting my own comment threads as well.

    Thanks for the plug though.

    And it scares me that you took the time to figure out where I live.

    I should inform you all though, it is a great tourist resort town. They just opened the first new ski resort in 20 years about 10 miles south of us, called Tamarack.

  4. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 1:39 pm

    And I’m spending all my time now watching my site stats. I am experinencing a HUGE jump in patronage since you posted this post.

  5. Evan on January 24th, 2005 1:40 pm

    The “partly sunny” comment from DW was very witty. That one deserved to be quoted somewhere.

    I like DJC’s blog. It certainly doesn’t lack activity.

  6. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 1:43 pm

    33 freakin hits in 41 minutes. Thank you USSM!

  7. DMZ on January 24th, 2005 1:44 pm

    And it scares me that you took the time to figure out where I live.

    I used to have an aunt and uncle in Boise — I’ve been to Idaho before.

  8. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 1:46 pm

    Shoo. I was worried that you pulled out your Map(quest) to figure out where I lived.

    Fortunately, I’m unlisted in the phone book, although you can ask just about any permanent resident and they can point you in my direction…

  9. DMZ on January 24th, 2005 1:47 pm

    Jim Forman would be awesome. “I’m here live for no reason in Peoria, Arizona, where today the Mariners B squad faced the grim but unlikely prospect of a KILLER SNOWSTORM that could snarl traffic and leave thousands of tourists stranded. I’m here with local prospect Matt Tuiasosopo.

    Matt Tuiasosopo: “Dude, you’re that guy that has to stand out in the rain and cold all the time. How come you don’t get a better job?”

    Jim: “Dennis Bounds has been holding my mom hostage for years. What am I going to do?”

    Matt: “Dude.”

  10. paul on January 24th, 2005 2:09 pm

    Foreman: This just in, the weather has been downgraded from Winter Wonderland to a Class III Killstorm.

    Brockman: What’s the death count from the killer storm, bearing down on us like a shotgun full of snow?

    Foreman: Kent, as of now the death count is zero. But it is prepared to shoot right up.

    Brockman: DAMN YOU SNOW!

    Foreman: And when the snow does, in fact, get damned, I’ll be here covering it and the snow damning’s effect on me, standing in the snow.

  11. zzyzx on January 24th, 2005 2:54 pm

    Thank you for posting this link because the original story happened when I was on Jamcruise. Oddly enough, I decided I’d rather sit by the pool and listen to bands than surf the internet all day (especially at Carnival’s prices), but I really liked the comments on the thread.

    I think a large part of the snarkiness problem is probably just the echo chamber. It’s so easy to hang out in the stats world, that I get shocked when I read sports threads on music sites.

    I think to some degree the scouts are closer to getting it than the stats people right now. Why? Because the new discoveries become closer and closer to common wisdom over the years – I suspect that the scouts are only 5-10 years behind the stats people in terms of that – but the effort to integrate scouting knowledge into the stat world is only just beginning.

  12. dw on January 24th, 2005 3:13 pm

    Good fkn Gawd, I’m micro-famous. Just wish Schwarz had actually credited me. Those two lines together make me look even more bipolar than I am.

    And the very next comment is Derek chewing me out for the “political hacks” comment. Heh.

    You all are forgetting… Jim Foreman would be covering the M’s from the TOP OF QUEEN ANNE HILL, where all the stations go the moment anyone mentions “snow” in this town.

  13. Ty on January 24th, 2005 3:36 pm

    It’s good to see David J. Cocoran has another blog attempt. I’ll even bookmark it, along with my other 50,000 bookmarked blogs.

  14. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 3:42 pm

    That’s Cor-COR-an.

    I’ll get you linked up too, Ty.

  15. Jeremy on January 24th, 2005 3:43 pm

    Every TV station needs a Jim Foreman.

    This cannot be debated at all.

    What I wouldn’t give to see Foreman do a report in July when some podunk town in Southeast Arkansas gets hit by lightning.

  16. Jeremy on January 24th, 2005 3:45 pm

    Oh yeah, welcome back to the blogosphere, Corcoran.

    Who knows, one day, you’ll be in the class of USS Mariner, Sports and Bremertonians, Mariners Musings, Leone For Third, and Nice Guys Finish Third. Good luck.

  17. Ty on January 24th, 2005 3:49 pm

    Oops. Sorry. I’ll try to not make that mistake again. I’ll make a link thing for the blogs on my blog too.

  18. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 3:53 pm

    We’ll see about that. Due to time constraints, I have a pretty low ceiling.

    And don’t acknowledge my previous foray into the blogosphere. That was embarassing.

  19. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 3:57 pm

    The sad part is, I started the blog to try to post here less, yet 7/19 comments on this thread are STILL mine.

  20. Ty on January 24th, 2005 4:06 pm

    What is your blog’s title? I want to know so that I can put it up on my blog list.

  21. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 4:11 pm

    The official name is David J Corcoran presents Mariners Blog of McCall, Idaho, but you can call it Mariners Blog or David J Corcoran’s Mariners Blog or whatever you want along those lines…

  22. Tyler on January 24th, 2005 4:28 pm

    wow… that was a worthless bunch of random nothingness.

    in an adam sandler reflective mode… (paraphrased from Billy Madison)

    we are all dumber for having [read] that, and may God have mercy on [our] souls.

    seriously, though. good luck on the blog. may you madly scribble your thoughts to your heart’s content. and even better, may others read them and not think you an absolute nutcase.

  23. Jim Thomsen on January 24th, 2005 4:37 pm

    Not that it matters, but it’s actually spelled “Jim Forman.”

    Too bad he’s not a print journalist … he’d have the greatest datelines of all time:




  24. PositivePaul on January 24th, 2005 4:47 pm

    I almost wish the team would invite some local celebrity to spring training so we could write about it

    I vote for Adam West. I attended the same elementary school as he did (many, many moons before I did), and it’d be cool seeing Batman hitting the crap out of the ball. But, since he left the Seattle scene a long, long time ago, does he really count as a “local celebrity”? If, by that, you mean “celebrity who lives here currently” then how about another guy who frequents the sports scene (if not KJR in the very least): Alan White? After all, he has been seen in an M’s uniform before: (late ’80s)

  25. David J Corcoran on January 24th, 2005 4:50 pm

    “may others read them and not think you an absolute nutcase.”

    To be honest, I already am a nutcase. So it doesn’t matter if I become an absolute nutcase…

  26. wabbles on January 24th, 2005 5:07 pm

    “And also, it’s a really slow time for news. I almost wish the team would invite some local celebrity to spring training so we could write about it (Jon Keister? GM Ford? Is Neal Stephenson still in town?”

    How about another “Ken Griffey Jr. was spotted at a Capitol Hill Starbucks this weekend, which means he’ll be wearing Mariners blue and teal come Opening Day.” story? 🙂

  27. DMZ on January 24th, 2005 7:57 pm

    Check out Jim Forman’s page if you want to know more about this local landmark.

    Incidentally, a barely-disguised Forman appears in GM Ford’s latest book, neatly tying him into my original post.

  28. Mike Wolf on January 25th, 2005 10:45 am

    I’ve met GM Ford. Nice guy, if a little gruff, but that’s part of his shtick. His wife, Skye Moody (also a mystery writer) is pretty cool too.

  29. Jordan on January 25th, 2005 11:27 am

    How about Sir Mix-a-lot?

    I’ve seen him around the SuperMall before. . . he’d probably go along with it.

    Other ideas: Krist Novaselic, Kim Thayil, Geoff Tate. . . maybe Bill Nye?

  30. Hal O'Brien on January 26th, 2005 8:45 am

    Neal Stephenson is definitely still in town. On the other hand, he’s fairly well known for being in-person publicity-shy.