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2008 Baseball Predictions

Posted by Jack Deus on March 27, 2008

It’s that time again. Time for me (any everyone else, it seems) to make my predictions about the upcoming baseball season. It’s a futile task with so many variables that anyone attempting something like this with anything else in life is either locked up in a padded room or makes millions of dollars as a CEO. Yet it is damn good fun, so let’s get to it.

Final Standings 

National League


1st-Mets, 2nd-Phillies, 3rd-Braves, 4th-Marlins, 5th-Nationals


I can’t remain objective about ranking the central. As a realist I can’t put the Cardinals winning the division, but as a fan I can’t predict them any lower. Because of this I will only rank the other teams in the central.

1st-Cubs, 2nd-Brewers, 3rd-Reds, 4th-Astros, 5th-Pirates


1st-Dodgers, 2nd-Rockies, 3rd-D’Backs, 4th-Padres, 5th-Giants

American League


1st-Red Sox, 2nd-Yankees, 3rd-Blue Jays, 4th-Rays, 5th-Orioles


1st-Indians, 2nd-Tigers, 3rd-Twins, 4th-White Sox, 5th-Royals


1st-Angels, 2nd-Mariners, 3rd-Rangers, 4th-A’s

Playoff Results

Mets over Central winner

Phillies over Dodgers

Indians over Yankees

Red Sox over Angels

Mets over Phillies

Indians over Red Sox

Indians over Mets

Player Awards

NL Cy Young-Johan Santana

AL Cy Young-C.C. Sabathia

NL MVP-David Wright

AL MVP-Miguel Cabrera


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It’s a Girl

Posted by Jack Deus on March 7, 2008

I went with my wife to her OB/GYN appointment yesterday, as part of her monthly check-up to make sure the pregnancy is going well. Since she is nineteen weeks along, we were scheduled to have an ultrasound so the doctor could look at the head, spine, heart, bladder and kidneys, among a few other thing I forget, to make sure everything is growing correctly. I was under the impression the ultrasound was just to learn what the sex of the baby is, which we did learn (look at the title of the post more closely if you are asking yourself what we found out), so I was surprised to find out the entire ultrasound usually takes about forty minutes and looks at more things than just the sex. The first thing the ultrasound technician did was look at the spine to make sure there are no abnormalities. Then they measured the head a few different ways, and showed us different parts of the brain and what they control. Then, just because parents-to-be usually like to look at things like this, the technician showed us the face of the baby and we saw one of her arms moving around as she tried to suck on her thumb. My wife got super giddy when she saw that. Well, actually once the technician pointed out what we were looking at. I found it pretty easy to make out what was going on, but my wife had no clue until the technician used the mouse to point out what shadow was what. I don’t remember the exact order of some of the other things we looked at but the technician also measured the leg bone, made sure the bladder was full (shows at least one of the kidneys works), looked at all four chambers of the heart, and of course checked the gender.

I’m pretty excited about having a baby girl on the way, though not as outwardly excited as my wife. I’ve never been one to wear my emotions on my sleeve. As mentioned in a previous post we do have names picked out for both genders, but we won’t be sharing until after she is born, so please don’t ask.

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Rebate Rant

Posted by Jack Deus on March 4, 2008

In an effort to boost the economy, the US government recently decided to give “tax rebates” to just about every US citizen. I won’t pretend to know all the details, and most of what I am going to comment on here is based off of hearsay, but I think this is an absolutely horrible idea.

My wife and I are going to be getting a $1200 check from the government, in the hope that the check we get as well as the checks every other citizen gets will be used to purchase stuff. All of this purchasing is supposed to make companies more money, so they in turn are supposed to hire more people, or give people bigger raises. This in turn is supposed to add more money into the economy and *poof* no more economic slump. One glaring problem with this is that most companies aren’t run by idiots, so they will know they are about to get a huge surge in sales, but they also know it will only last a few months. What is going to happen once my wife and I spend our $1200? We aren’t going to magically get more money, so we are going to stop spending, as will everyone else. If you are running a business you are loving what the government did because now you can plan your next 6 months with better certainty than you normally could-“for the next 3-4 months I will see an increase in sales, and right after that I will see those sales drop back to where they are now.” Most businesses will do absolutely nothing except enjoy the extra money they get next quarter. They aren’t going to hire more people. What good would that do? They will just have to lay them off once their sales start dropping again.

Don’t get me wrong, if this actually causes the economy to pick up again, I will be the first to eat my words. I just think this is an assinine idea, especially when you weigh in the consequences this will have on future generations. How do you think the government is paying out all this money without raising taxes? We don’t exactly have a surplus of cash sitting around in the basement of the White House. Our kids and their kids will be “enjoying” the benefits of higher taxes once foreign governments stop loaning the US money because we have to make up names for the amount of the deficit.

I’ve never been one to complain without thinking up a solution first, so here it is. At first I thought it would be very noble of me to refuse to take the check, but I quickly dismissed that as stupid, because everyone else is going to take their checks so the deficit is going to go up anyway. With that in mind I started thinking more locally and wondering why exactly I care about the future generations, putting altruism aside for a moment. The biggest concern I have is that my, as yet unborn, child will have a difficult life because of the bad economy we are creating. So, in order to put my child ahead of the game I have decided to put the $1200 check in a savings account or CD or something to gain interest upon interest until they are old enough to be able to use it responsibly.

Dang, I’m smart. Hopefully all of you out there reading this will follow my advise and help your kids prosper in the upcoming crappy economy too.

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