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ElViento: Well, I guess this answers the question of whether or not UH has the money to buy out a coach in a minor sport like baseball.

The two key candidates to keep an eye on are Todd Whitting, an assistant at TCU, and David Pierce, an assistant at Rice. Both men are UH grads with past experience as assistants for the Cougars.

Who do you like, Cougar fans?

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ElViento: The Conference USA tournament begins tomorrow at Cougar Field, and one thing is for certain: if Houston can’t beat the Rice Owls on Thursday (for the first time in six chances), their season will be over very soon.

First things first – the Coogs face Marshall on Wednesday. Houston won two of three against the Thundering Herd at Cougar Field earlier this month.

There are complicated scenarios in which Houston could advance to the championship game with a loss to either Marshall or Rice, but by far the easiest way in would be to beat both. In fact, if Houston wins its first two games, it will have clinched a spot in the championship game, and could relax against Southern Miss on Friday.

Head coach Rayner Noble has announced that Michael Goodnight will start the Marshall game, and William Kankel will get the nod against the Owls. He has not committed on a Friday starter, which makes sense, given how much more important the first two games are. If those two games are even remotely winnable in the late innings, Noble needs to throw everything he’s got out there.

For all of the disappointments of this season, there is no denying how well the Cougars can play when things are clicking. They swept a trio of Big XII foes at Minute Maid Park, won four of five in California, and most recently defeated a darn good home team in East Carolina twice when their season depended on it.

This kind of reminds me of the feeling that surrounded the men’s basketball team heading into the conference tournament. Despite a talented squad, the season has been a disappointment. So now the team has nothing to lose. So let’s sit back, and see what happens.

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ElViento: The Cougar baseball team grabbed two of three wins from East Carolina on the road this weekend, avoiding the potentially embarrassing scenario of hosting a conference tournament and not qualifying to play in it.

In typical University of Houston style, more people have voiced concern about the above scenario than have actually attended a Cougar baseball game this year. Despite playing for a fan base that is fickle at best, and even though they have avoided doomsday, it has been a rough season for the Cougar baseballers. Barring a miracle post-season run, UH will finish below .500 for the second straight season. This has happened in spite of a distinct downturn in the overall talent of Conference USA this year, as compared to most. More frustrating than the fact that they have been losing is the manner in which they have lost. Through Saturday’s regular season-ending loss, the Cougar pitching staff had issued one hundred and twenty-two more walks and hit batters than the Cougar hitters have accumulated. That speaks to a general lack of discipline, which reflects poorly on the coaching staff. There’s clearly talent on this year’s team, it just hasn’t translated into wins, and somebody needs to be held accountable for that fact.

The argument is no longer whether or not head coach Rayner Noble deserves to stay, but whether or not UH can afford to buy out the last two years of his contract. The fact that Noble stayed home for Thursday’s game to watch his daughter’s graduation in the middle of a playoff push might indicate that Noble has one foot out the door.

If Noble resigns this off-season, it will cement an almost-eerie ability of athletics director Mack Rhoades to talk coaches into resignation. In less than a year since Rhoades took over, volleyball coach Bill Walton resigned suddenly, followed by men’s hoops coach Tom Penders, who had claimed he wasn’t leaving, then had a meeting with Rhoades, and immediately decided to resign. Women’s basketball coach Joe Curl has also resigned since Rhoades took over, but that was widely expected, given Curl’s lingering health issues.

Turning our attention to the present, UH is guaranteed to get to play three games in the conference tournament, as part of the new pool play format. One pod will contain the 1, 4 and 5 seeds, while the other pod will contain 2, 3, and 6. Each team plays the other two teams in its pod, and one team from the other pod. (1 vs 6, 2 vs 5, 3 vs 4) The top team from each pod by record (tiebreaker: head-to-head) advances to the championship game. Pending Saturday’s results, it looks like Houston is likely to earn the 5- or 6-seed. Either way, it means the Cougars will have at least one more shot at the Rice Owls, who have beaten UH in all five contests between the two teams this year.

Even a lot of the actual show-up-to-games fans didn’t expect Houston to make the conference tournament, and the coach may be out the door, so hopefully the Coogs can channel that “playing with house money” feeling, and play worry-free baseball. Lord knows this team is talented enough to make a run if they play their best.

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I have mentioned the personal tragedy surrounding incoming Cougar hoopster Fabyon Harris in this space before, but for a much better write-up, check out this piece in the Chicago Tribune.

Reading the article, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Harris and one of my all-time favorite Coogs, Anthony Alridge. While I don’t know that Alridge has the dramatic past that Harris does, consider the following parallels between the incoming guard and the former running back: Both missed out on being recruited by larger schools due to being of a smaller stature. Both draw raves for their “have to see it to believe it” quickness. And both will have a chip on their shoulder whenever they face SMU, due to academics. Harris pulled out of a verbal commitment to the Mustangs, after it became apparent that the coaching staff had no faith in Harris’s ability to earn a qualifying score on the ACT, and signed another player at Harris’s position. Alridge played his high school football in SMU’s backyard, and was miffed when SMU failed to recruit him. His desire to torch SMU became even more pronounced when then-head coach Phil Bennett implied that the reason his team had not recruited Alridge was that his academics were insufficient to get him into SMU.

Hope to see you at Cougar Baseball Stadium this week. It may be hard to believe, but unless the Coogs stun the conference for their second baseball tournament title in three years, this week will mark the end of the 2009-10 athletic calendar for the University of Houston. I’ll try to keep on finding interesting things to write about this summer, so stay tuned, and we can count down the days until football, together.

Go Coogs!

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ElViento: Every time I look at wordpress’ site statistics, I am amazed anybody reads this site. Turns out, on Saturday, this site had it’s 100,000th visitor since its first post last May. (And WordPress swears that number doesn’t count our own visits, which would probably put us up at 150K by now.) So thanks to everybody who has dropped by, thanks to the 400-some odd of you who have left a comment, and thanks to every site for an opposing team which has ripped us, because that is always entertaining. Hell, while we’re here, thanks to all the people who have posted spam that I have deleted. Even that can be funny.

Anyway, enough gratuitous back-patting. On to the Coogs…

The Cougar baseball team came dangerously close to a series sweep against Santa Clara this weekend that would have brought their season record right back to .500, but ended up having to settle for a series victory.

On Friday, the Cougar bats woke up in a big way, putting up four straight innings of 3+ runs and turning a 3-0 deficit into a 17-9 victory. Sophomore transfer Matt Creel had a monster game, with 4 hits, 4 runs scored and 7 RBI. Junior Caleb Ramsey contributed 4 hits of his own, scoring three times.

Saturday’s game looked like it might be more of the same, with the home team scoring in each of the first two innings to take a 2-1 lead. But the bats went cold, the Broncos eventually tied up the game, and the Coogs would have to scratch out a victory by showing a flair for the dramatic. (With some help from the Bronco defense.)

With Creel in to pitch for the bottom of the ninth, Santa Clara put runners on first and third with just one out. But Creel induced the fifth double play of the game for the Coogs to end the threat.

In the bottom half of the inning, SC pitcher J.R. Graham looked like he would send the game to extra innings, retiring the first two hitters he faced. But lead-off hitter Joel Ansley hit an infield single, aided by Graham stumbling off the mound attempting to play the ball. With Blake Kelso batting, Ansley took off for second. He had the throw beaten for a stolen base, and when the throw to second found its way into center field, Ansley took off for third. Bronco CF Lucas Herbst tried to scoop the ball up and throw Ansley out at third in one motion, but ended up overrunning the ball. On the misplay, Ansley came all the way around to score, ending the game.

In the Sunday finale, the Cougars came up just short of a sweep, dropping an 8-7 decision after rallying from a 5-0 deficit after two innings. Kelso rapped out four hits, driving in three runs and scoring twice, but the Cougars failed to pick up an extra base hit, and left 11 runners on base, and the comeback bid fell just short.

While the series victory was certainly heartening (the team didn’t win two games between Friday and Sunday until the fifth weekend of the year last year), there are still reasons for concern:

-The Cougars have been a fantastic example so far of why batting average is an overrated statistic. Houston has outhit its opponents .303 to .269, and has been outhit in just one game out of six. But the UH pitching staff has surrendered a staggering 50 free baserunners (BB + HBP) in 54 innings pitched, while the Houston hitters have been given just 28 free trips to first. This tips the on-base percentage in favor of the opposition, and is the main reason Houston is out to just a 2-4 record.

-In six games, just one Cougar starter has lasted five innings, Michael Goodnight in Friday’s win. (In that outing, he went five and gave up five runs.) On Sunday, starter Eric Brooks didn’t make it out of the first. With the meat of the schedule coming up, and a number of mid-week games in store, this trend will eventually wear out the Cougar bullpen. Rayner Noble has been pretty quick with the hook so far, so maybe we’ll see him give his pitchers a longer leash in coming weeks.

Speaking of the upcoming schedule, we are about to find out what these Cougars are made of. On Tuesday, the Coogs head across town to take on Rice at Reckling Park. After getting out to a shocking 0-4 start, the Owls have won three straight. Next weekend, Houston will take on a trio of Big XII opponents at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, in Texas Tech, UT-Austin and Missouri.

After that, it’s out west for the Cougars’ annual, brutal California trip. This year, Houston starts with a weekend series at Cal Poly. The team will have revenge on its minds, after losing two of three to the Mustangs at Cougar Field last year.

Then it’s up to the Bay Area, for mid-weekers against solid clubs in San Francisco and Cal. But the biggest test will be the trip-ending series at Arizona State. The Sun Devils are in the top 10 in every poll, and as high as #2 in some. They are off to a 7-0 start (albeit against weak competition).

If Houston can go 6-6 in its next 12 games, it’ll be a victory for the team, and will do wonders for the RPI.
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I tried to warn some of you against using the four-letter H-word in regards to this Cougar men’s basketball team, and Saturday’s 94-83 loss to the SMU Mustangs proved me right. This team cannot consistently defend. Even in a game when the 3-pointers were falling for the Cougars, the defense was non-existent. The host Mustangs shot 52% from the floor, 59% from beyond the arc and attempted 29 free throws. At some point, when every team has a “hot-shooting night” against you, it’s not just hot-shooting. It’s bad defense.

The Coogs end the regular season with a home game against Rice on Wednesday and a roadie at Tulane on Saturday. The Rice game is Senior Night, so come support your Cougar athletes, and thank them for all of the effort they have put in.
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The Lady Cougar hoopsters had better luck, battering the conference-leading Green Wave from start to finish on Saturday, in a 74-62 victory that was less close than the final score would indicate. This makes two straight dominating victories for the women, who host Rice on Thursday for the season-finale. The Coogs are tied for third-place in C-USA with a 9-6 mark, with the conference tournament starting a week from today (Monday).
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After ten straight home games to start the season, the Cougar softball team finally hit the road this weekend for the LSU Tiger Invitational. Houston earned three victories by a combined score of 29-9, but fell just short in a pair of upset bids against their ranked hosts. The Coogs dropped a 2-0 decision to LSU on Saturday, beforing losing 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday.

Houston now sports a 7-8 record on the year, and continues their challenging schedule with a contest against Texas A&M in College Station on Wednesday.

That’s all for me for now. Hope to see you at Reckling Park, Hofheinz Pavilion and/or Minute Maid Park this week!

Go Coogs!

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ElViento: The Cougar baseball team put on a clinic on Friday night. Unfortunately, the clinic was titled, “How to Lose by Six Runs Despite Outhitting Your Opponent”.

Those of us hoping to make last year’s cold start by the Cougar baseball team a distant memory were treated to some painful reminders on Friday night at Cougar Field, to the tune of a 6-0 loss to Texas State.

Free baserunners given up, a lack of pop on offense, and questionable decision-making by Rayner Noble left me checking the date on my phone to make sure I hadn’t been transported back to 2009.

Through the first four innings, Cougar starter Michael Goodnight didn’t allow a baserunner. But on the other side, the Cougar hitters failed to take advantage of a lead-off double in the first, and one-out baserunners the next three innings. Baseball is predictable sometimes. And when you keep wasting opportunities early while the other team can’t get anything started at all, you just get that sneaking suspicion that you’re going to end up getting punished for not taking advantage of the chances you had.

Kyle Kubitza led off the top of the fifth with a single for the Bobcats, Goodnight’s first baserunner allowed. He promptly struck the next two batters, leading to…Noble coming out to the mound to talk to his starter?? The inexplicable decision backfired, with Goodnight hitting and walking the next two batters, respectively. Still, he was only at 79 pitches, he’s supposed to be the ace of this team, and it’s only the fifth inning. Much to the surprise of the Cougar faithful (or at least me), Noble lifted Goodnight for William Kankel, who promptly walked the next two batters while throwing just one strike, forcing in two runs.

The Bobcats continued the attack the next inning with a two-run homer off of converted pitcher Codey Morehouse (a reserve infielder a year ago).

Things didn’t improve after that, with walks and errors leading to unearned runs in the 7th and 9th innings.

Meanwhile, the Cougar offense went from unable to cash in on its opportunities to unable to generate any opportunities. When that mess of a game was finally over, Texas State had a comfortable 6-0 win.

So I’m trying not to completely overreact to a loss that felt even worse than the final score indicated. Here are some bright spots:

-Goodnight retired 14 of his first 15 batters faced, with five strikeouts. I truly believe that if Noble just lets him pitch, he gets through the fifth unscathed, and probably could have gone another inning or two.

-Sophomore transfer Austin Gracey picked up hits in his first two at-bats as a Division 1 athlete. Unfortunately, he cancelled that out by picking up two errors.

-Lead-off hitter Blake Kelso reached base on a double and a walk. Unfortunately, the double led off the game and was not followed up by another Cougar extra base hit for the rest of the game, and after the walk, Kelso was thrown out attempting to steal.

-After a forgettable 2008 season, and a missed 2009 season due to injury, Taylor Hammack was impressive in relief on Friday, going two innings and allowing just an unearned run on one hit, with two strikeouts. I wish we had used him back when the outcome of the game was still in doubt. Yes, I realize I’m utilizing 20-20 hindsight.

Here’s the real silver lining to the cloud that was Friday night’s game: things can only get better. And I believe they will. Hope to see you Saturday night, same time, same place.
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Just around the corner, the Cougars were having much better luck on the softball diamond. Houston kicked off its second tournament in as many weekends with a 2-1, extra innings victory over #16 Louisiana-Lafayette. Amanda Crabtree went the distance in the circle for Houston, earning her first victory of the season.

The second win of the day, over Texas-San Antonio, came in decidedly less dramatic fashion. Trailing 3-2 after four innings, Houston used a 7-run fifth to start the rout against the Roadrunners. The final score was 13-3, with freshman phenom Bailey Watts improving to 3-1 on the year. Jennifer Klinkert, Holly Anderson and Brooke Lathan all homered for Houston. Anderson’s shot was of the grand slam variety.

Houston is now 4-3 on the year, and faces Purdue and Iowa State on Saturday, before finishing up with UT-Austin on Sunday.

Anyway, that’s all for me for now.

Go Coogs!

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ElViento: With all of the excitement around the Cougar football team, it may be hard to think about the upcoming seasons of other Cougar sports, but let’s take a minute to do just that. The Cougar baseball and women’s basketball teams recently released their full schedules, so let’s take a look.

The Cougar lady hoopsters return their top four scorers of a year ago, and 87% of the team’s total scoring is back. Newcomers include Ohio State transfer Lesslee Mason (the #4 power forward in the country coming out of high school), and a trio of freshman in guard Macy Morton (sister of Cougar junior guard Megan Morton), center Zalika Dyson, and guard Megan Workman. For all of their experience, the Cougar roster still features just two seniors, and the top six returning scorers are non-seniors.

Houston opens with a scrimmage against the Houston Jaguars on November 9th, and begins the season with six of its first seven games on the road. Still, the non-conference slate features home matchups again Oregon State, North Texas, Princeton, Kansas and TCU. Top non-conference road opponents include LSU and Miami. Conference-USA play begins on January 8th at Tulane, and concludes with three straight home games to end the regular season, culminating with a game against Rice at Hofheinz Pavilion on March 4th.

Despite a disappointing 27-31 campaign in 2009, the Houston Cougar baseball team did not shy away from a tough schedule for the upcoming season. In fact, the non-conference slate looks noticeably more difficult than last year’s.

UH will open the season inside the Houston city limits for the seventh consecutive year with a weekend series against Texas State, starting off a streak of ten straight games in Houston to open the season. That run of games includes a weekend series against Santa Clara, a Tuesday game at Rice, and games against Missouri, UT-Austin and Texas Tech at the Houston College Classic, in Minute Maid Park. After that, however, the Cougars hit the West Coast for a brutal eight-game stretch. It starts in San Luis Obispo, California against a Cal Poly team that won 37 games a year ago, posted a 24-7 mark at home, and beat Houston two of three at Cougar Field. The Cougars have back-to-back midweek games against San Francisco and California, before a three-game tilt in Tempe, Arizona against Arizona State. The Sun Devils have been a top-8 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament each of the last three years, making it to Omaha twice in that span.

Other highlights of the schedule include a weekend home series against TCU, and an 8-game home stretch from May 7th to May 18th that includes two C-USA weekend series (Tulane and Marshall) and Tuesday games against Texas A&M and Rice.

Houston ends the regular season at East Carolina. Having met some ECU baseball fans last year, I say thank God we don’t have to host the Pirates this year. The Cougars do host the C-USA tournament, from May 26th to May 30th.

Cougar Fans won’t have to travel far for the Conference tournament

With a daunting schedule ahead of them, the good news is that the Cougars have a lot of talent returning from last year’s squad. Houston returns 98.9% of its hits from a team that batted .282 as a squad. Where the Cougars need to show improvement is earning the extra-base hits. UH slugged just .388 as a team last year, earning 18 fewer XBH than their opponents. Cougar baserunning decisions need to improve as well, because while small ball can work, it doesn’t work when the other team steals 18 more bases than you in just 12 more tries. In addition to all the returning talent (and hopefully increased health for guys like Matt Murphy and David Murphy), there are a plethora of newcomers on the offensive side. San Jacinto JC transfer Ryan Still should contribute on the infield, and freshmen M.P. Cokinos and Alex Anastas have the talent to see the field right away. LSU-Eunice transfer Matt Creel could also see some action.

The Cougars need to see the most improvement out of their pitching staff. Houston got off to a very slow start in that department last year, but the arms slowly improved, and as they did, so did Houston’s record – the Cougars started the season 3-14, but finished 24-17, including a 13-11 mark in C-USA play. The pitching staff will be without Donnie Joseph and Wes Musick, both of whom were drafted and signed after their junior seasons in 2009. Joseph was utterly dominant out of the bullpen last year, ending the season with a 2.16 ERA, a 3-1 record, and 75 K in 50 IP. Joseph – one of the classiest athletes ever to pass through UH – was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds. Musick struggled again in 2009, and never seemed to have “it” back after a stellar freshman campaign in 2007. Best of luck to both Cougar pitchers in the pros.

The Cougar pitchers who will be back include sophomore Michael Goodnight (4.43, 5-5), junior Jared Ray (5.34, 4-4), sophomore Mo Wiley (6.55, 2-4) and junior Chase Dempsay (5.00, 4-0; also a .275 hitter). For all four, the talent is unquestioned. All have shown flashes – Dempsay was a freshman all-American relief pitcher in 2008 – but need to prove that they can put everything together for an entire season in 2010. If Goodnight, Ray, Wiley and Dempsay can pitch to their potential, and Noble & co. can find some serviceable newcomers to use around them, 2010 could be a very successful year for the Cougars.

Looking around the college football world on Houston’s off-week…

The big news of the weekend is Washington upsetting #3 USC. But is Southern Cal’s annual choke job against a weak Pac-10 opponent really still news? I mean, I guess so. But barely.

UT-Austin got by Texas Tech, 34-24. What we learned about Tech, in a nutshell: their defense is pretty good, their passing game is very good, their running game stinks. So, everything we already suspected was just kind of proven.

Looking around C-USA, it wasn’t a real successful weekend. It took a late rally for Southern Miss to scrape by hapless Virginia. ECU showed that last year’s world-beating tendencies haven’t returned, as they looked overmatched against North Carolina. Tulsa got slaughtered by Oklahoma, to the tune of 45-0. UAB fell to previously winless Troy. SMU choked away the game against the country’s worst BCS-conference team, Washington State.

Doing an adequate job were Rice (lost by “just” 17 to Oklahoma State) and Memphis (took care of business against Tennessee-Martin).

Outperforming expectations were Marshall, who defeated Bowling Green for its second win of the season; Central Florida, who earned C-USA revenge against Buffalo; and UTEP, who thoroughly dominated New Mexico State, for the first win of the season for the Miners.

Aside from the UH-Texas Tech game this coming weekend, I’ll be keeping an eye on the following games:

  • Southern Miss @ Kansas…The Golden Eagles, the trendy pre-season pick out of the east, have looked uninspiring in getting off to a 3-0 start. Playing at a ranked Kansas team will be their first true test of the season.
  • UCF @ East Carolina…This one looked like a laugher before the season started, but it suddenly looks like it’ll be competitive. And every game matters in a lousy C-USA East division.
  • UTEP @ Texas…Can the Miners make this one respectable?
  • UAB @ Texas A&M…A battle of two freakishly athletic QBs (Joe Webb and Jerrod Johnson) on otherwise sorry teams. The Ags are 2-0, but 8-point victories over the Utah States of the world don’t make it look like aTm is a whole lot better than last year’s 4-8 squad.
  • Vanderbilt @ Rice…The Owls haven’t really been in a game yet, but they can take some moral victories away from this weekend. They actually outgained Oklahoma State, for example. Expect a low-scoring affair against Vandy. Rice might have a chance in this one if they can keep it close and make some big plays late.

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Bobb-O: I have realized I have not been posting my own stories on here lately and was trying to figure out what to post about. I thought John Daly and Phil Mickelson have returned to the PGA tour why not do that….. Then something fell into my lap. Before i begin this I would like to say I have met Jimmy Reviele, and thought he was a very nice guy and I appreciate him going out and representing me and my university. Jimmys father Vinny on the other hand is completly out of line and I wish him good riddance. When you make a website that bashes a team and a coach you sir is what is known as a douche. I will now go through and dispute major claims the douche put forth and try to set it straight. This is a 16000+ word document and may miss a few points but I have a feeling my co-bloggers will back me up.

1.) “Of course anyone who reads this is first going to think I am some disgruntled parent upset with his sons lack of playing time at U of H. Not true. Actually Mr. Douche this is true you are worse than a Little League mom who bitches her son isn’t getting playing time. Sometimes you must admit what you are and you sir are a pissed off parent. I get it you wanted to see your son play more that’s fine, We ALL get it.

2.) “My Son..did not want me to write or post this letter.” Then why Vinny did you embarrass your son in this way. Jimmy would have been another player who has come on gone but now because of your stupid move he is infamous.

3.) “A 27-31 record speak for its self ” I see your point but so does a CUSA tournament championship and many other regional appearences. A top 5 draft pick (Brad Lincoln), a guy who plays for the Houston Astros (Michael Bourn) and two guys who this year were drafted in the top 10 rounds……

4.) ” Noble would move them back a day in the rotation if they still struggled he would move them back another day to sunday and if they continued to have more bad appearences they would be moved to the weekday starter” I think he is speaking about Wes Musick who was just drafted in the 9th round……. Yeah he needed to be benched.

5.) “Noble would use any pitcher he could find no matter how badly they did in their last outing before he would use Jimmy” Thats because Jimmy had the 2nd Highest ERA on the team… Just sayin’

6.) ” whenever Jimmy did come in, it was usually when there were no outs and the bases were loaded.” Except for game one of the 2009 season in which he gave up 6 earned runs in one inning……

7.) The section of Jimmy as an all star in Little League is garbage. Hell I was an all star in little league and hit a homer. My best friend had the city of Arlington Little League record for home runs. It doesn’t mean him or I are D-1 baseball players. Little league doesn’t mean a damn thing so……. NEXT!!!!!!!

lil bobby

Besides baseball, Bobb-o excelled at painting (as seen here)

8.) Vinny Rav… politics does play a part in High School baseball. When I moved to Waco from Arlington, the coach actually said “see if politics helps in my decision ever again.” I’m sorry but politics isn’t the reason your son was on JV, the problem was there were older better more mature players who had seen High School pitching.

9.) He mentions player Jimmy faced and beat and how great they are. Excuse me douche but maybe those kids were good in High School but maybe the development was helped by the schools they went to

10.) “Noble said jimmy could have it ( Number 8 ) If he paid Noble $100.” Okay Vinny Rav… We all believe you.

11.) “Sadly once again, Jimmy only had a total of 19 appearances and 24 innings” Also he had a 6.38 ERA. Appearances are hard to come by when that happens. Batters hit a staggering .377 off of him.

12.) Ya Jimmy had a great strikeout to batters faced ratio, but again I will bring up opponents batted .313 off of him.

13.) Mr Douche also refers to Noble’s favorites and those favorites are starters when you need to pitch around trouble. If a starter gives up 3 runs not bad… if a reliever gives up three, that’s bad.

14.) He accuses Noble of having a foul mouth including this wonderful piece of motivation. You only have two pitches- a ball and right down the dick……… come on noone got a chuckle outta this? I sure as hell did. Honestly every coach says things like that, get over it Mr. Douche

15.) The Vinster brings up a player (Randal Girchuk) just recently drafted to the pros in the 1st round. he also says the kid signed with Arizona and it is all Noble’s fault. Maybe Rayner didn’t want to pursue the kid cause he knew he was going pro.

SarCoog: All I have to say is that Vinny Raviele’s rant didn’t just make my week… it made my year. Don’t think for a second that I agree with anything he’s said and I’ve seen strong evidence that major parts of this rant are false.

It’s even funnier if you know than VR is one of those guys whose fashion sense died in the early 1980’s and isn’t afraid to wear a polo shirt, short shorts and aviator sunglasses. He truly has a fashion sense that I myself could never understand or hope to understand.

Also, thanks to the Rice message board (the Parliament) I found out that the word “Jimmy” was used 513 times in the entire diatribe.

Ted Kaczynski and his Industrial Society and It’s Future manifesto think you’re doing a greeeeattt job Vinny… keep it up!

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