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Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

OBSERVATIONS ON BOBBY VALENTINE ON SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL from Awful Announcing: "[H]is first year will mirror that of Jon Gruden's.  He'll have some great insight at times, then completely annoy you for three games in a row." That's still better than McCarver.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE Blythe doesn't like the new Zodiac, but when they make up what it means the ability to resist change is limited.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

THE NEW YORK POST WEIGHS IN Over the top in every way.

I still prefer this Darth Belichick representation

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

AND WE'RE BACK...Prepping for the big day of arbitration insanity tomorrow.  Thanks to the kindness of Lar Granillo, I have a few long form thoughts on the Hall of Fame over at his place.  And if you aren't reading Wezen-Ball, you're missing some tremendous baseball coverage.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

PROPERLY FRAMING THE MATT GARZA TRADE Sky Kalkman nails it.The reason the Rays win this trade every time is because with Jeremy Hellickson available to replace Garza, the Rays are trading a surplus commodity. The acquisition of young, cheap talent while shedding salary without sacrificing performance gives the Rays an obvious win, even if Garza is the Cubs ace in 2011. It's much like the Pirates trade of Nate McLouth that allowed them to play Andrew McCutchen full time.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

STILL STUNNED THIS ISN'T MORE COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD Memo to Orioles: Signing relievers to multi-year deals is bad

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

WHY VERIZON EATS AT&T'S LUNCH The idea of full roll-out that serves even remote areas is the difference between doing enough to cover most customers and covering as many customers as possible.

H/T - Instapundit

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

END OF AN ERA "After 26 years at 8 Elm Street I’m not being invited back at the end of my current contract." In the span of two years, WTNH has shed both their long-time meteorologists.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

HEATH BELL WANTS TO STAY IN SAN DIEGO Another coup for the quality of life argument. But the decision to retain Bell is one that the Padres can hardly justify unless Bell takes a huge hometown discount. Small-market clubs can ill-afford overpaying for relievers. And I don't expect Jed Hoyer to make the same mistake that Dan O'Dowd did with Huston Street.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 07 January 2011

OCCAM'S RAZOR STRIKES AGAIN Everyone has an explanation, but few see the reason. Andrew Luck's decision to stay at Stanford is easier to understand when one considers that there is no guarantee that their will be an NFL season in 2011. With a defined benefit (room and board and a top-notch education) that is irrevocable, why would Luck depart for the probability of being locked out without the ability to either play football and thus maintain his skills or continue his education - Stanford is pricey after all? The smart play is staying in school.

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