Sunday, November 6, 2016

CHICKEN SCRATCH: Blake Snell

Blake Ashton Snell is a MLB pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays who made his MLB debut on April 23, 2016 and managed to compile a 6-8 record in his first year with an ERA of 3.54 and amassed 98 strikeouts. Blake was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft.


This is Blake's 2011 Bowman Chrome prospect rookie auto which I obtained opening one box after another during the "great hunt" for Bryce Harper rookie autograph cards. Blake's signature is very legible and you can make out all of the letters in his first name and his last name without any eye strain effort. I like how he makes both of the L's in his last name the same size as the "S". It's a very clean autograph and it's very well balanced and the signature does not dance all over the place.

For his efforts Blake receives 5/5 sharpies!!!!!

 

 Big Kahuna approved

The Big Kahuna gets honest

Ok......I was wrong. I admit it. Cleveland looked like it was locked in to win it all when they had the series lead at 3-1 and I thought, "Holy Moses my prediction is about to become true." But then Cleveland choked up and Chicago got hot and Eddie Vedder sang songs to the children and then Kris Bryant ate a Gyro and then Bill Murray showed up and loved everyone and then Steve Bartman prayed for a redeeming miracle.

Despite all of that happening supposedly, the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series which this series itself is going to go in the record books as one of the best MLB World Series ever and while Cleveland unfortunately lost, they still need to hold their heads up high. Besides we can blame the NFL! The last time the NFL had two teams with ties in their win/loss records, the Cleveland Indians were in the world series and lost the world series. What happened this year...........2 teams in the NFL had ties in their records and Cleveland was in the world series......go figure........the goat perhaps has now become a Cleveland fan.

Congrats Chicago Cubs! Enjoy your spoils and victories! At least you didn't buy your world series like the NY Yankees have done.........................................................or did you?


Sunday, October 23, 2016

ALL HAIL THE GOAT!!!

The Big Kahuna has come down from the mountain to spread the word across the land and to share thoughts on the upcoming 2016 MLB World Series and will now finish up sacrificing virgins to address the masses:




 The Big Kahuna Speaks now.......(silence you fools):

"For I have had a dream....and in this dream there was a vision.....a vision of Babe Ruth. He stood there (while eating a hot dog with one hand and holding a 40oz in the other) and spoke so firmly at me these following words (while chunks of hot dog buns were being spewed upon me from him speaking)":

"Here in the afterlife Big Kahuna we know how things will turn out. Ty Cobb was going to tell you these words but unfortunately he's still stuck in hell reliving every day that he beat up the one arm fan in the bleachers by being beaten up by a pack of one arm horned demons with barb-wired baseball bats so they sent me instead to share these words of wisdom with you.":

Babe pulls a paper out of his pants pocket and the paper has scribble on it. Babe puts his hand into his other pocket and pulls out 2 hot dogs and begins to chow down.





"Sorry but these hot dogs are so good and I was hungry."

"Wait a minute Big Kahuna. Before I share these words with you I need another hot dog and a rub down."





(Big Kahuna waiting patiently)


 

 "Just a minute Big Kahuna.....Oh this is soooooooogood. I gotta have dessert too you know."


TMZ BREAKING NEWS STORY: The Big Kahuna grows impatient and decides to shave the top portion of his head while he's waiting on Babe Ruth's spirit to finish eating!


"For crying out loud RUTH....your balls are foul so get on with it!"



"Ok Big Kahuna. I've got my milk and a "cookie" for later (gotta feed the crabs too you know). Ok where was I....oh yeah....the message. This is what I am to share with you:

Babe shows me a picture that is on the paper:


"The great and powerful Chicago Cubs goat will sit back in silence and watch as the world series unfolds. He had been tasked with the job of keeping the Chicago Cubs baseball team unbalanced and sad for many years and was ultimately created to deprive the Cubs of ever winning another World Series championship. But the goat is puzzled. He is bothered by how well the team is playing this year. He wonders if he should let them get so far and then pop up like a big surprise in one of the many forms he likes to present himself in.......in a form of a...... say oh I dunno..... like when he popped up in the form of Steve Bartman perhaps. The goat was pondering and pondering and thinking and the goat thought perhaps this year he will take a vacation instead and allow the team to share in the joy of winning a championship because he knows that the people of Chicago deserve a champion team. But then the goat looks at how Cleveland is playing this year and is impressed with how they are on fire right now and knows that they are worthy of a World Championship as well. The goat takes a deeper look into his feelings and has sympathy for the people of Cleveland because he knows that the Cleveland Browns will NEVER EVER win a championship and bring glory to the masses. The goat then realizes that the Cleveland Cavaliers won a championship this year and it has already brought some happiness to the people of Cleveland. Then the goat realizes that the people of Chicago are still suffering from the White Sox failing to bring a championship to the windy city and the Blackhawks failing to win the Stanley Cup and this makes the goat think, "perhaps this year will finally be the year that the Chicago Cubs shall be allowed to win a world series."

The question at hand Big Kahuna is will the goat be turned into a sandwich specialty at Slyman's restuarant by the Indians so that they can end their amazing season on a feast of World Championship champagne and BBQ goat or will the Cubs finally be freed from this everlasting curse of World Series Championship denial and proudly drink from their highly hoisted bottles of championship champagne and serve the Indians up like a specialty sandwich from Au Cheval and end the years of misery and finally put the "goat" in the pasture for good."

The Babe folds up his piece of paper and puts it back into his pocket and then snaps his fingers and in the blink of an eye, the Babe and myself are staring at a kitchen table with cereal on it. The Babe sits down and begins........AGAIN..........EATING!
 

It is at this moment I awaken from my dream and I come to realize that in my hand was a spoon and the paper from which the Babe had spoken from.

SO, it is now on this very day in the year of YOUR LORD (that's me), I will decree to you......the people (my peeps), the followers of mine (my worshipers), to the masses among us..............IT IS ON THIS VERY DAY THAT I WILL DECLARE the winner of the 2016 MLB World Championship series (In 5 games) is going to be ............................................................................................................................................................


 "OH MY GOD......he did not say that"

"Yep.....the Chicago Cubs hope and dreams of a world series title for this year .............. and it's gone"





Because here's your winner folks

RICKY "Wild Thing" Vaughn and the Tribe will be the winners.

The "TRIBE" has spoken and the word is decreed (funny we just noticed that we're the tribe too-see it's predestined to happen!).

Big Kahuna







Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"It's on like DONKEY KONG, CLEVELAND INDIANS!"


The Toronto Blue Jays will be playing the Cleveland Indians for the ALCS and I am really excited for this series for two reasons:

1. The Toronto Blue Jays are playing.
2. The Cleveland Indians are playing and not the NY Yankees or the Boston Red Sox or the Kansas City Royals will be playing. Cleveland's last appearance in the world series was in 1997 and they have a shot at possibly returning to it. However, their last few trips in the playoffs have not been so great as they lost to Boston in the ALCS in 2007 and lost in the wild card game to Tampa Bay in 2013. Change is good though and I'm glad to see another team that has struggled over the years in the playoffs.

I was hoping that I would get to see a NY Mets / Toronto Blue Jays world series match-up (Bucket List item) but thanks to the San Fran Giants, that will not be happening this year. Toronto being in the playoffs is kind of the bright spot for me right now in "my sports world" as the Mets are out of the world series. The NY Giants are playing "pee wee" style football and Odell Beckham is slowly turning into this prima donna:@terrellowens

Eli Manning is thinking about Christmas and is giving away the team possessions. It's only preseason right now for the NY Rangers and I'm hoping that Oscar Lindberg (new pc player) can have a good second year. Henrik Lundqvist was impressive again last year and I hope he can obtain his 12th straight 20 wins season.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

"SLAP SHOT" Saturday

"SLAP SHOT" by Anthony Duclair


2014-15 SP Authentic Future Watch Anthony Duclair RC Rookie AUTO 025/999

Ever growing NHL collection continues....

Today I would like to share with you what I've been adding to my personal hockey collection.

Let's start with this goaltender right here:


This is Frederik Andersen who is the current goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was the goalie for the Anaheim Ducks. Frederik was was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and was picked 87th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. I enjoy collecting goalies and Frederik has become a "focused player" in my ever growing NHL collection and this is the second "Cup" card that I've purchased. The first "Cup" card that I purchased was of this former NY Rangers player Brian Boyle:



Here is another NHL goalie that I enjoy watching stonewalling wingers and centers:


This is Carey Price who is the current goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. Carey was selected fifth in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens. I obtained this card through a box of SP Game used that I had purchased from Blowout cards. It must've been a Canadiens hot box because I pulled an Alex Galchenyuk authentic rookie auto and then I pulled this card also:


So are you a "wing-man"? Do you like to be the "center" of attention? Do like the"brick-walls"? Who do you collect from the NHL?

more to come.......

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Topps......what in the world is going on?

So........a while ago I had an issue with Topps and their justification of "equal" replacement: http://annoyanceatitsfinest.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-big-kahuna-vs-topps-via-better_30.html

It was done and over with and I accepted the Devon Still as my replacement and moved on because it just kept getting worse with the selection choices they gave me and the case was closed.

SO in the mail this past week I received this from Topps:


3 years and 2 months later Topps has sent this "gift" to me. I was already under the impression that this was a done deal and that Devon was to be accepted as the end result of our negotiations. Now I feel really weird about this whole thing and it has left me with 5 thoughts:

1. Topps is really really really slow in shipping out their replacement products.
2. Topps must've found all the notes from the Better Business Bureau complaints I've filed against them over the years for their bait and switch tactics they've tried with me  and want to kiss and make up for it.
3. Topps is trying to win back their customers for their mistakes they've made?
4. Topps computer systems are so screwed up they cannot keep an accurate track of who had stuff sent out and who didn't.
5. Topps is clearing out their warehouse of all football related items.

I reached out on twitter to https://twitter.com/yanxchick as I thought maybe she might have a thought or opinion on the situation but I have not heard anything back yet from her. I feel like sending these cards back to Topps because we had agreed already on the replacement which they already fulfilled.

What would you do? Would you keep them? Would you send them back? Would you throw them into the volcano pit? Would you throw them into a blender?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHICKEN SCRATCH: RODNEY HOOD Edition

Today, your eyes will gaze upon the autograph of Rodney Hood who is a shooting guard for the Utah Jazz in the NBA.


Every year I buy a few packs of basketball cards just for giggles and when you pull an autograph from that pack it does make you feel like you just won the lotto.......in a small kind of fun way. I pulled this card from a feeder box at target and was literally surprised because the pack didn't seem very thick or heavy. This is a Rodney Hood 2014-15 Panini Excalibur Basketball Rookie Rampage patch auto card serially numbered 21/25.

The first thing that I noticed in Rodney's signature is that he signed his first name with a "Lasso"effect. It's in my opinion that you can make out an "R" if you already knew his name was Rodney. However, when I showed the card to a few friends and asked them for their thoughts on the autograph, their first thought was that it's an "A" more than an "R" that he signed. 

With his last name (Hood), it looks like it's spelled, "Nid" or "Mid". If you look really hard at the card you will see these letters: A N D. So I guess his signature name is "and" perhaps?

Either way Rodney's signature is better than most of the NBA player signatures in the last 5 years and while it may be barely legible the tribe has decided to give him 2 sharpies for his efforts. 



THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN!
 



Sunday, September 18, 2016

So what good cards have you pulled lately? Here's what my cold hands have been pulling......






I swear the Cleveland Browns football organization has a QB curse......


Word of advice.......don't go into management! Nuff said.

Finally......finally I can get back to blogging on here again. I was on a 6 week hiatus from work (on a well deserved mental break) and when I returned to work I had successfully transferred to the night shift life style again. Less fuss and less stress. What exactly does this mean for me? Well then, allow me take a glance: my blood pressure is going down, my weight is going back down, the body count I was producing is going down, my hair is still thinning, and unfortunately my wallet keeps going down...lol. I missed doing the little things on here and now I can start to put some focus back into it again and win over the hearts of the mindless trolls that love to spam me and the hearts of card collectors in Peru (if there is any.....which would be cool....seriously....way cool). The Big Kahuna has come down from the mountain tops and will share his thoughts on the disappointing NFL season (oh no he didn't just say that cuz it's only week one!). Also TBK is not happy about Panini holding the exclusive title for football cards for the NFL and will be asking our next president to grant Upper Deck a license and then send a redemption card to Topps for a license to produce NFL cards (but never fulfill the redemption).



Friday, April 1, 2016