rocketman's profile

Name: Sheridan Jackson
Location: Madison, WI
ZIP: 53704
Gender: DH
Member since: April 12, 2002
Last visit: February 11, 2019

rocketman has posted 22 links and 664 comments to SportsFilter and 3 links and 232 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I played little league baseball. I sucked. I played junior soccer. The other kids beat me up. I joined seventh-grade football team. I was cut. I learned to hate sports and the people that followed them. I became a writer, and hung out with artist types. They were more talented than I, and spurned me. Rejected and hurt, I came crawling back to baseball, my first passion.

I am a Brewers fan, and they're terrible. Goddam Brewers.

Recent Links

Is anyone else following the hearings today?: I didn't want to post to the front page about this, but thought maybe an ongoing locker room dump on Clemens/McNamee/Congress would be enjoyable. Admins: delete if you feel this is out of line.

posted by rocketman to navel gazing at 12:31 PM on February 13, 2008 - 30 comments

Curt Schilling has a blog.: (via Deadspin)

posted by rocketman to baseball at 09:54 AM on March 08, 2007 - 10 comments

How Good Is Your #4 Starter?: Jeff Sackmann, of The Hardball Times and Brew Crew Ball runs the numbers and concludes: back-rotation starters suck. But you might be surprised at how bad they generally are.

posted by rocketman to baseball at 06:26 PM on December 28, 2006 - 4 comments

Sanchez tosses a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks.: Everyone who thought the Marlins would be in the wild card race, raise your hand.

posted by rocketman to baseball at 09:29 PM on September 06, 2006 - 36 comments

Cricket explained from an American perspective.: I've always been a bit baffled by cricket, and news reports of matches do little to help. If you've ever wondered what's going on, this explains things pretty well.

posted by rocketman to other at 10:22 AM on August 04, 2006 - 18 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Brewers fire Ron Roenicke, and are reported to be replacing him with Craig Counsell.

In other news, Ryan Braun is now practicing his swing by standing on his tip-toes and holding his bat straight above his head.

posted by rocketman at 09:52 AM on May 04, 2015

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

not many worse than getting the rug yanked from under you by an umpire

I'd argue it's the catcher yanking the rug from under you, in said examples.

posted by rocketman at 09:40 AM on October 11, 2014

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I, for one, can not wait until baseball is umpired by robots.

I totally understand this impulse, but it would sap a certain joy from the game: watch those Vazquez gifs - they make me cackle with glee.

Just thinking about them has me giggling. How can you be against that?

posted by rocketman at 08:15 PM on October 08, 2014

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Best fans in baseball.

posted by rocketman at 10:40 PM on October 07, 2014

Brewers' Maldanado Knocks Cover Off the Ball

It would depend what they got for him.

posted by rocketman at 09:55 AM on April 20, 2014

Brewers' Maldanado Knocks Cover Off the Ball

Pirates' Maldanado


posted by rocketman at 09:48 PM on April 19, 2014

St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles

Ugh, this song and dance again.

It was refreshing to hear on the news this morning about David Beckham's push for a soccer franchise in Miami, and how he's not seeking any public money for the stadium.

posted by rocketman at 05:24 PM on February 06, 2014

How to Watch the Olympics

They're also pushing people into the arms of piracy.

Hell, I'd even be willing to toss NBC a token amount of money for access to their little internet site. But there's just no way in hell I'm going to spring for satellite service or cable just so I can watch the Olympics.

posted by rocketman at 04:04 PM on February 06, 2014

How to Watch the Olympics

I just might have to pursue that option. I'm powerless to the promise of long-track speed skating.

posted by rocketman at 01:15 PM on February 06, 2014

How to Watch the Olympics

Also, every event will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.Com, as long as you have a cable or satellite TV subscription.

I don't get this. So people with cable get to stream on the internet, but people who watch broadcast TV do not? Is NBC somehow unable to show advertising on their internet olympic coverage?

The Winter Olympics is maybe my favorite sporting group of events, but it gets harder and harder to actually watch it if you don't shell out a big amount of dough for cable or satellite. To hell with NBC.

posted by rocketman at 12:54 PM on February 06, 2014

Kyle Lohse Signs 3-Year Deal with Brewers

Are they really good enough this year to have needed to invest that money this year rather than in next year's free agent market?

Scoring runs hasn't been a problem for this team. The idea is that if you can ride a hot start into contention for the division, then make a trade to pick up more pitching help before the deadline. Lohse is not a savior, but if he puts up decent numbers, he could be part of that hot start.

Obviously, everything has to go right.

the Brewers could be considering whether their window of opportunity is going to slam shut soon with the MLB's single-minded pursuit of Braun.

This. Weeks only has this year and next on his contract (unless his option vests, which I'm not really optimistic about). Corey Hart is on a 3-year deal, but is probably going to start going downhill fast, maybe even this year. Aramis Ramirez is in year two of his 3-year deal, and will not be re-signed by this team.

I want to believe that Braun is clean. Maybe it's homerism, but I honestly do think the chain-of-custody issues warranted throwing out the positive result. I'd say the same if it was Gary Sheffield or Chris Carpenter, or any other player I love to hate. The current frenzy about Braun's name on a napkin, well... let's just say it puts doubts in my mind I'd rather not have.

Braun is going to be the most scrutinized player by the league, and my guess is they'll bend their own rules and protocols to nail him to the wall. Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, and Norichika Aoki are all useful players, but you don't go deep in the playoffs on their backs. You need pitching, and you need some depth. The Lohse deal gives the Brewers that this year, and this may be their only year for a while.

posted by rocketman at 10:42 AM on March 27, 2013

Curt Schilling: Members of the [Red Sox] organization encouraged me to use PEDs.

Curt Schilling: Aspects of my personality encouraged me to speak to the media so I could get some attention.

posted by rocketman at 02:02 PM on February 07, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ryan Braun linked to Biogenesis, he releases a statement claiming they were an "expert witness", the Brewers' front office claims they know nothing.

A protected tweet from Alex Tomter: "The Miami New Times is a free once a week paper and wouldnt use Braun's name b/c lack of evidence. Yahoo Sports however, no problem."

posted by rocketman at 01:09 PM on February 06, 2013

Zack Greinke Signs with Dodgers

That's sort of my hunch too, but I'm not going to commit to it. $225 million doesn't guarantee a playoff berth, but it's certainly a nice number for building a roster.

posted by rocketman at 04:27 PM on December 11, 2012

Zack Greinke Signs with Dodgers

JoePo has a great article on the Greinke signing.

As a Brewer fan, I knew he wouldn't end up in Milwaukee long-term, but boy did I want to see it happen. He's a fascinating athlete. Tough to root against.

Obviously the Dodgers are the new Yankees. Tough to see him land there, but I suspect he'll have a few good years in that park.

posted by rocketman at 11:52 AM on December 11, 2012