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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Top 10 Baseball Players of the Decade.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By WARP3, only regular season is considered.  For an alternate view, see Rob Neyer.

1. Albert Pujols
2. Alex Rodriguez
3. Barry Bonds
4. Mariano Rivera
5. Scott Rolen
6. Carlos Beltran
7. Lance Berkman
8. Johan Santana
9. Jim Edmonds
10. Roy Halladay

Let's Play Hoops! 12-16-09

Overall: 3-3

For whomever it is that (wisely) considered my college football advice this season, I don't have the same level of confidence about hoops (at least not yet).  I did this last year, really for the first time on a daily or nearly daily basis and went about .500.  If I start to get hot, consider hopping aboard.  Right now, for example, I seem sort of locked in on the NFL.  I wouldn't anticipate feeling the same level of confidence about this for awhile.

My bowl picks will be Friday.  I may pick them both against the number and note if I have a different outright winner in any given game for those of you in confidence pools.  We'll see. 

SFla -7.5 UCF (loss)
Richmond + 5 SCarol (loss)
Ohio over Ill. St. (win)
Ore St. -4 Ill Chi. (loss)
NCol -11 UL-Mon (push)
Ark-LR v. SAla over 135.5 (win)

2-3-1
5-6-1

Top 10 Films of the Decade

My cinematic involvement is almost entirely limited to US films, which makes this of only limited warrant.  Do with that what you will.  My Top 10 TV Series are right there, those are far more solid at least in terms of my measuring what I like; I just take television more seriously than I take the full cinematic landscape.  I do watch a ton of documentaries. 

1. Adaptation
2. Farenheit 9-11.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Synecdoche, NY.
5. No Country for Old Men
6. Why We Fight
7. Memento
8. The 40 Year Old Virgin
9. Juno
10. Murder on a Sunday Morning/The Staircase

I slid Juno ahead of Lost in Translation, the Dark Knight and There Will Be Blood (which is getting a lot of internet run as best film of the decade; I think I like it where I like it, right off the top ten) Sideways, You Can Count on Me, Bowling for Columbine, Once, and Chuck and Buck are all near misses.  As a crazed Charlie Kauffman fan I'm tempted to put Synecdoche here also and say "Y'all just don't get his delicate genius" - but 2 Kauffman's are enough.  Hey, that makes 20.  I've yet to see any of the 2009 Oscar-bait, so I may amend in 6 months or so.

I amended.  Synecdoche belongs.  Done. 

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