Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Breaking the Rules...

If there's one thing I can't stand (there are obviously way more than just one), it's when someone or something goes out of their way to make sure you understand their "rules", only to then go out of their way again to break their own rules while trying to pass the alleged transgression off as shock, surprise OR a long sought "solution". I call it the "If the sky is green, it's green", rule (also know as the Inception rule). And somehow I think I've been able to eloquently relate that to BOTH the Alex Rodriguez FUBAR-fest and the latest episode of Breaking Bad. Am I reaching in an attempt to give this post a theme? Meh, probably. But I'll let you be the judge. I'll even reward you for your effort with a little fantasy football advice if you're able to power through...


Remember that world we created and immersed you in? Yeah, turns out
it may have all just been a dream. AKA FUCK YOU!
First, allow me to explain my "The sky is green" rule. It's rather simple, and it's basically this:

In establishing your rules, whether they be for a sport, game, TV show or movie, you have to make sure you stick to those rules throughout. Most importantly, you can't suddenly "forget" or go against those rules simply because it's the easy way or out or has suddenly become a nice way to tie things together. I call it, "the sky is green", because I figure it you want to tell me the sky is green, that's cool. But you can't then suddenly solve all the problems in your movie or film by suddenly discovering that the sky is actually blue. If it's green, it's green. AKA Find a way to finish your story or solve your problem without breaking your own rules. It's not too much to ask...

And that's where I've found myself with both MLB and Breaking Bad. MLB, because of their poor handling of a "suspended" player. And Breaking Bad because they just spent 4+ seasons painting a character in one light, only to apparently switch gears at a pivotal moment, and have that character make a decision totally inconsistent with how they've been portrayed. Got it? OK, here we go...

The sideshow has officially taken center stage...
When is a suspension not a suspension? If you guessed, "when the suspended person is still allowed to do the thing for which they were being suspended", then you're right. It's not a hard concept to wrap your head around. But here's Major League Baseball, being made the fool by Alex Rodriguez as he slugs and shrugs his way back into the public's collective heart. Why? Because they put for the edict of "IF YOU GET CAUGHT USING PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS, YOU WILL BE SUSPENDED", only to then attempt to suspend someone without providing the necessary evidence of guilt...

So, I have to ask. Why bother coming down so hard on ARod if you aren't fully prepared to immediately prove his guilt to both your sport's governing body (If that even exists. Spoiler: it doesn't) and/or the viewing public? Oh, that's right. It's because you don't really have the power to adequately enforce the rules you consistently say are vitally important to the integrity of the game. In other words, the rules aren't really the rules. OR, to fit my theme. Despite your overt insistence to the contrary, the sky isn't really green, after all...

That's all I ask. If you're going to bark about something, and profess it's validity from every vacant rooftop, then at least be as prepared as you are confident that you can see that proclamation through even in the most tumultuous circumstances. And, hey. Maybe MLB is prepared to do just that, but are merely crossing their t's and dotting their...lower case j's. I tend to doubt that's the case, but it's going to need to be for them to get through this saga without looking like anything but Ted #1. And with that, the noise will have officially prevented anyone from hearing the actual message. And what seemed like possibly the league's biggest drug scandal, will simply fade from memory and have no lasting impact on cleaning up the game. A ship I think we all agree is at the very least beginning to pull out of the harbor, if it hasn't already set sail...

Oh, and as for Dempster hitting ARod? 3 things:

1) Nobody came onto the field to defend Arod

2) Dempster can't even hit adequately throw at guys, never mind get them out


3) It would be easier to believe that the umpires wanted ARod to get beaned (letting Dempster throw behind him 3 times) if they weren't so consistently inept...

But, yeah. Those bitter old bastards probably wanted to see that purple lipped sociopath get at least a portion of what he's got coming to him...

I'm also bitter because I wanted Lackey to bean him in the face when I was actually at Fenway on Saturday afternoon. So there's that...

As for Breaking Bad, where my rule fits more eloquently (it is a rule honed from TV and movies, after all). My beef is with Anna Gunn's, Skyler White, and her refusal to immediately turn on her husband when given arguably the most accessible situation in which to do so...

First, I should mention that I think both of the female leads in Breaking Bad are essentially useless (particularly Marie). Maybe my feelings of dislike stem from the fact they've received so much critical acclaim that I don't understand? I don't know. But I've never been overly impressed by their acting. Especially not in the same way I've been impressed by Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks. But, impressive acting or not, that's not the problem. The problem is that Skyler's actions in this latest episode seemed too conveniently inconsistent with how we've been told she would act. Not "led to believe", but told...

Here's a woman that has been looking for a legitimate way out since jump street, yet when finally presented with one, buy her brother in law no less, she freaks out and lawyers up. And hey, maybe she is going to revert back to her well established character eventually. With this just being a stop and go for the writers to extend the story. I sure hope so. I mean, I want characters to grow and change. Don't get me wrong. And misdirection and foreshadowing are great things. But not at the expense of an integrity of one the series' major characters...

It's a nerdy stance, I know. And you could easily argue that I just don't like being deceived. But I assure you that's not the case. I just figure, you created this freakin' world, the least you can do is stick to it's rules. You know. Your rules?

Whatever. Like I said, I'm a nerd. And for all I know, Skyler's actions could ultimately satisfy even my staunch demands. But for now, I can't help but view it as a convenient exception. One that could be first of many, ultimately setting Breaking Bad up for a truly unbelievable ending. For better, or for worse...

This paralysis by over analysis means I'm still into the show, though. So you've got that goin' for you if you've actually been enjoying my reviews...

This was in the search results for 'ESPN fantasy fail', so here it is...
As for the fantasy football advice I promised you, here it is. Don't take any fantasy advice from ESPN. Now, it's not in my best interest to tell you all this, seeing as you're all potential competition. But it's legitimate advice, not my attempt at clever disinformation. And the reason you should ignore them is that their "advice" is only useful if you're in an 8 team league with 3 inactive owners. Their "sleepers" will be gone by the 8th round of your draft and their recommended waiver wire pickups will always be owned. I attribute it to the fact that when these guys started doing fantasy it was probably hard to even scrape together 8 teams to get a legitimate league going. I think that, because I've been there. But they've got to adapt or die. And if their networks continuously sagging ratings are any indication, it'll be the latter long before it's ever the former...

If that leaves you looking for a new place to get your fix, well then I leave you to find a fantasy advice platform of your own. It's not that I don't want to tell you who I read and where I go (I don't), but finding someone whose fantasy advice you like is like looking for a film critic that shares your taste in movies. So have yourself a search in the 'ole Google-sphere. I'm sure you'll find something. And if you have the word "roto" in any part of your search, I'm fairly confident that you'll end up in some capable hands...

The Sox are continuing to sputter, but so is the remainder of my summer. So I'll get to that next week. As well as another look with the Patriots as the regular season draws ever closer. Oh, and by this time next week I will have actually drafted my first fantasy team. The results of which I'll be gracious enough to share. I'll probably have another Breaking Bad revue, too. Because that seems to be my thing...

So, yeah. Be sure to check back. And don't be afraid to leave your thoughts, either. I'll liekly disagree, but there's nothing I enjoy more than a little spirited message board discussion. Hell, it's one of my favorite parts of fantasy football...

OK, enjoy your week, friends. I'll catch you next time...



Anonymous said...

My last vehicle I purchased would have been a 1993 Acura Integra; it currently has around 160,000 miles plus it still drives good my website you can invariably contact
the lender and have whether any other documentation should be

Lili Wang said...

jordan 3s
sac longchamp
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin shoes
polo ralph lauren
true religion
hollister clothing store
michael kors
cheap soccer shoes
christian louboutin sale
louis vuitton outlet
oakley sunglasses
michael kors bag
louis vuitton
tods outlet
tory burch
louis vuitton
gucci outlet
ray ban outlet
christian louboutin
toms outlet
christian louboutin outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet
abercrombie store
pandora charms
copy watches

Gege Dai said...

ralph lauren sale
mont blanc
kate spade
michael kors watches
tory burch outlet
ray bans
nike pas cher
ed hardy uk clothing
tn pas cher
coach outlet
christian louboutin
burberry scarf
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet store online
replica watches rolex
coach outlet
oakley sunglasses cheap
pandora bracelets
nike air max uk
louboutin pas cher
jordan femme
ray ban outlet
true religion sale
air force pas cher
gucci borse

Wlp W said...

ittle more insanity workout than rolex watches five tiffany and co minutes after nike store the arrival omega watches of north face the harrods open boat, true religion jeans Cleve chanel bags Verney set nike his ray bans foot longchamp handbags upon the rude landing levi's jeans place, ray ban as old ralph lauren perhaps as ugg the supra shoes Priory itself; softball bats a clumsy tommy hilfiger online little ralph lauren outlet pier, constructed burberry outlet of great rocks, hollister clothing overgrown with sea-rack, michael kors over which slippery platform longchamp he strode with true religion reckless haste, burberry outlet online and up timberland shoes by that michael kors outlet steep and pretty little hermes winding michael kors outlet lane, the trees overhanging which cheap jordans look

chenlina said...

air max 95
nike huarache
oakley sunglasses wholesale
christian louboutin uk
ralph lauren outlet
moncler jackets
adidas superstars
swarov ski jewelry
fake oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren pas cher
moncler outlet
polo ralph lauren
oakley sunglases cheap
timberland uk
gucci shoes
air force 1
pandora jewelry
mont blanc
abercrombie and fitch
coach outlet
ralph lauren polos shirts
louis vuitton pas cher
nike free run
nike roshe run
fitflop uk
ed hardy outlet
nike roshe runs
michael kors outlet online
louboutin pas cher
louis vuitton handbags
nike blazer
prada uk
cheap ray ban sunglasses
uggs on sale
burberry outlet
adidas shoes uk
replica watches
tods outlet

xumeiqing said...

michaek kors outlet
louis vuitton
nike air force 1
hollister co
coach outlet online
hollister co
gucci shoes
uggs outlet
nike air max
instyler curling iron
north face jackets
ugg outlet
beats by dre
canada goose jackets
cheap ugg boots
christian louboutin outlet
kevin durant shoes
abercrombie fitch
cheap uggs
michaek kors outlet
polo ralph lauren
oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses outlet
nike running shoes
supra shoes
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
mulberry handbags
ugg boots sale
polo ralph lauren
nike air max
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
canada goose
michael kors uk
uggs on sale
ugg boots
chanel bags
ugg outlet store

方松腾 said...

bottega veneta outlet online
burberry outlet
cheap toms
polo ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet store online,coach outlet store,coach outlet
nba jerseys wholesale
moncler outlet
ugg boots clearance
valentino shoes
michael kors factory sale
rolex watches
kobe bryants shoes 2015
mont blanc
true religion jeans,cheap true religion jeans,true religion jeans wholesale,true religion outlet,true religion sale,true religion outlet online
ray-ban sunglasses
ysl outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
lebron james shoes,lebron 12,lebron 12 shoes,lebron sneakers,lebron iv,lebron 11,lebron 10
hermes outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
celine outlet
cleveland cavaliers
football shirts uk,soccer jerseys uk,cheap soccer jerseys uk
ferragamo shoes
pandora charms
ralph lauren,ralph lauren uk,ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren outlet online,polo ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren polo
omega watches
michael kors uk outlet
burberry outlet
christian louboutin

Abel Ahar said...

after reading this article inspired many of my .

cara menggugurkan kandungan
obat aborsi
tanda tanda kehamilan

Post a Comment