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Who Won The World Series is not a Devil Ray

So, who won? I stayed in last night and watched a movie (Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead) and haven’t heard the final score. I’ll asume the game is still being played. By design, baseball is infinite, isn’t it? The game might just last all winter and into the spring, just in time for spring training. Lets assume that’s the case. Extra, extra innings….

Human Race May Split In Two (Guess Which Are The Red Sox Fans) is a Devil Ray

From the BBC, gracile or robust…

Humanity may split into an elite and an underclass, says Dr Curry
Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.
Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.

The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said – before a decline due to dependence on technology.

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the “underclass” humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Race ‘ironed out’

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

However, Dr Curry warns, in 10,000 years time humans may have paid a genetic price for relying on technology.

Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals.

Receding chins

Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect. People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.

Physically, they would start to appear more juvenile. Chins would recede, as a result of having to chew less on processed food.

There could also be health problems caused by reliance on medicine, resulting in weak immune systems. Preventing deaths would also help to preserve the genetic defects that cause cancer.

Further into the future, sexual selection – being choosy about one’s partner – was likely to create more and more genetic inequality, said Dr Curry.

The logical outcome would be two sub-species, “gracile” and “robust” humans similar to the Eloi and Morlocks foretold by HG Wells in his 1895 novel The Time Machine.

“While science and technology have the potential to create an ideal habitat for humanity over the next millennium, there is a possibility of a monumental genetic hangover over the subsequent millennia due to an over-reliance on technology reducing our natural capacity to resist disease, or our evolved ability to get along with each other, said Dr Curry.

The Legend Grows is not a Devil Ray

Curt Schilling punched another notch into his belt last night. The aging junkballer twirled a pretty good game last night but the Rockies have to be kicking themselves this morning for watching so many (so many) pitches crawl past them. Now, we’ll have to listen to another 6 months of Schilling talk. And a lot of the Schilling talk is Schilling himself talking. His mantra this post season is that he has to pitch perfectly to win- it’s pure snake oil. The Rockies were tenative last night and left their bats on their shoulders far too often. A more aggressive approach would have knocked the tar out of him. We’re still willing to bet that the Rockies will make a go at extending the series and have another crack at the blowhard.

Boston Cops Preparing for Another Red Sox Victory is not a Devil Ray


Curt Schilling Writing and Writing is not a Devil Ray

Curt speaks:

Congratulations to Josh Beckett, 2007 ALCS MVP. I don’t doubt for a second that we don’t get here if he doesn’t clutch up with arguably the most dominating post season start in my lifetime. So many guys came up huge but the awesome part of this was that I don’t think at any time after game 4 did we think about the deficit as anything other than a number.

After game 4 it got very easy in the sense that there was zero gray area, it was win or go home. That’s not to make it sound trivial but game 5 was truly the first time this entire season when we had our backs to the wall for real, and the team responded as a championship team has to, and will.

Josh comes out throwing 125 in the first and Youk jump starts us with a bomb. Game 5 we took a mentality of one pitch, one out, one inning at a time and ran with it. The exact same thing we said from game 4 of the ALCS in 2004 on through. It’s one thing to say it, but another to actually put it in play. The guys did that and that’s as big a reason as any we ended up winning 3 straight. I also know that the last three games created some chemistry that only win or go home games can create. We embraced it and ran with it.

Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians. Say what you want but that’s a hell of a team with a hell of a future. The core of the team is incredibly young and talented and I would imagine they’ll be participating in many more October games over the next 5-10 years. Even though their big two had games they’d like to replay, those kids are going to be fine. They’ll learn from this and get better. I know CC a bit and he’s a kid that gets it and respects the game, he’s on the path that if he can stay healthy will most likely end up with a plaque in Cooperstown. Jake pitched an absolutely gutsy game last night. It will get lost in the shuffle but to finish with the linescore he did after the pressure we put him in those first 3 innings was nothing short of awesome. Carmona already proved from 2006 to 2007 that he knows how to learn and I don’t doubt for a second that he’ll be a force in this league for years to come.

It was a hell of a series that felt every bit the heavyweight fight it appeared. No one budged and the scores will NOT reflect the intensity and closeness of the games or the series. I thought it was pretty cool that what I thought were the two best teams in the AL both made it to the ALCS and gave fans a series worthy of crowning a league champion.

Now we move on to the last dance against a team that’s basically lost 1 game in the past month. Some people are already crowing about the NL being the ‘little sister’ to the AL but I can assure you every one of us knows that this is going to be a hell of a series. I think, like pretty much every other World Series, it will come down to starting pitching and who gets the most out of their guys. Both teams can hit so the team that executes it’s game plan from the mound I think will be the first team to 4 wins over the next 10 days. None of us have forgotten the 3 games we matched up with them earlier this year and the offensive whipping they gave us in 2 of those games.

Hats off to Sox nation as well. Fenway was absolutely electric for games 6 and 7. It was night and day from games 1 and 2 and every one of us noticed. There can be no doubts going ahead how important Fenway and home field advantage is for us when the city of Boston is worked up.

Congratulations to Terry Francona as well. In a city that features armchair QB’ing and media second guessing as legitimate paid professions, he stayed true to himself and true to us as players and managed his ass off. I still think he’s the most underrated manager in baseball. Sticking to your guns is hard enough, but in a town where the home team is pretty much second only to catholicism doing so is even harder. We won because he made the moves he had to make, and because he trusts us to do what we’re supposed to do when it matters most.

A few random observations. The Red Sox in me is happy Joe Torre is no longer in charge in NY. The person in me wonders how does a guy who obviously has the respect and loyalty of his entire roster, a guy who’s taken his team to 12 straight post seasons, a guy who exudes class and respect, how does he, in the midst of what might have been his most challenging and defining season and post season, not only have to manage his team in a best of 5 win or go home series, but also answer a billion questions about being basically told ‘win or you’re out’? How did it come to that? I have never had a chance to get to know Mr Torre beyond handshakes of congratulations or hellos, but I have never heard a player on his team utter anything but respect for the guy. Much like Boston, managing a 175m+ roster of super star players, in that market, with a hack to writer ratio bordering on 100-1, how does he basically win pretty much every year, get to the post season and get an ultimatum at THAT point in the season? I have always thought very highly of Mr Steinbrenner as well, anyone that pours that much of himself into his team, is that dedicated to his teams fans is ok by me and I would think ok by pretty much anyone that plays for him since he never makes issue with paying the huge salaries players make these days but only adds the caveat of “Just win a World Series”. I don’t think players have ever had problems with owners like that.

Then he gets ‘offered’ a pay cut with strings? That sucks. Was very cool to see the mass of Yankee fans at the “keep Joe” rally though. Amazing how that loyalty card plays out in the public eye and through the media when the shoes on the other foot. Managers don’t win ballgames, players do, and I think you’d be surprised to know how bad we feel when managers we care about get fired because we know, if we have one ounce of integrity, that our failures as players are, most times, what gets a manager fired.

Terry Francona is a genius since he arrived in Boston? Having been on his team the first day he managed in the big leagues through today I’ll tell you up front that he is not much different. He does suck much more at cribbage now than he ever did and his fantasy teams continue to suck as well, but as a manager he’s not really different. I think the interim jobs he had in Cleveland and Oakland showed him the inner workings of baseball front offices more and helped him in some areas but in the clubhouse, dugout, and on the field he’s pretty much the same non-jersey wearing guy he was in Philly, he just has a front office comprised entirely of people that understand winning games on the field matters more than anything else. The ‘know it alls’ in Philadelphia, from Conlin to Cataldi to Macnow, aren’t really know it alls are they? Their people who’s life it is, who’s entire job description, revolves around creating news or stories where there is none, to make you think their ‘in’ and you’re not, and if you want to truly know or get smarter, listen to them. Pretty cool when you can be wrong pretty much 90% of the time and still be considered an expert.

Wonder how smart Tito looks to the guys that hacked him in Philly now? 3 post seasons, 2 world series appearances in 4 years here. Nice to know he gets that last laugh.

Starting Wednesday it’s on.

Patriots Win, Red Sox Win, Turkey Is Set To Invade Iraq (Will that mean we’re at war with Turkey?) is not a Devil Ray