Tagged: Blogging

Pass the Crown! (Clue Update – 11.17.2011)


Today is the day we humbled bloggers at RSBS get to share with you, dear readers, the clue to what our Pass the Crown gift from Crown Royal may be!  Remember, in this gift swap among the interwebs’ finest, one of our lucky readers will be the beneficiary of whatever RSBS receives!  So far an iPad 2 has been revealed as well as a private party for up to 40 people hosted by Crown Royal in your home market and an Omaha Steaks All-American Combo.

The clue to our gift is…

So now we need your help.  We have until 4 p.m. ET today (11/17) to let Crown Royal know if we are going to keep our bag and open our gift or if we’re gonna swipe one of those already revealed.  Since one of you will be the beneficiary, we want to hear your voice!  Comment, email us (RSBSblog@gmail.com) or holla back on Twitter (@RSBS).  We’ll be tweeting about it with the #PassTheCrown hashtag.

Bottoms up!

Jeff, Allen, Johanna & the Interns

P.S.  Like the embroidery work on that there CR bag?  Then make sure to check out how to customize your own!  They are available to adults (21+) on www.CrownRoyal.com for $9.95 and feature a max of 40 characters, making the perfect gift for the whiskey drinker in your life (if you’re like us, then you have a lot of those).

Pass the Crown!

If there’s one thing the guys at RSBS have in common with the guys from Boardwalk Empire, it’s that we like our Canadian whiskey.  And that we kind of resemble Steve Buscemi.  But mainly it’s the whiskey.

So, when we got word of Crown Royal’s “Pass the Crown” promotion and found out that they wanted us to get involved, well, you can imagine our excitement.  The best part is that we also get to reward one of our loyal readers.  Yep, that’s right.  You might get to share in our excitement!

The game works like your traditional Christmas party gift swap where the first person grabs a gift, opens it and then the next person can either pick another gift or take the one that the first person received.  Our turn is this Thursday and we’ll be looking for you to tell us if we should steal one of the first three gifts or grab a new one from the middle.  Of course, this all takes place in the virtual world of the blogosphere so tune in to RSBS and our Twitter feed (@RSBS) to let us know what you think we should do.

But here’s where it gets even more exciting.  Whatever gift we end up with, one of our readers will get a matching version, including the possibility of a Crown Royal hosted happy hour!  It only makes sense that a gift like this should go to RSBS‘s biggest fan so send pictures showing why you’re our biggest fan to rsbsblog@gmail.com and we’ll decide sometime around Christmas who wins.  Since the contest is sponsored by Crown Royal, though, you need to be 21 or older to win.

It may feel like Prohibition all over again the way the economy looks but at RSBS, we’ve imported the fun from our neighbors to the north.  There’s plenty for you, too, so make sure play along with us.

-A

Garbage Time: This is Thriller

When you’re a baseball and politics blog, things get a little interesting when the baseball season ends and it’s an off year for elections.  It’s like what you get in football when you’re up by four touchdowns with 30 seconds left to go.  Even if I were put in the game to quarterback at that point, it would be pretty hard to lose.

Luckily, there’s an answer to garbage time and its name is YouTube.  Today, in honor of Halloween, here’s a guy with waaaaay too much time on his hands.  Which is not to say that it isn’t impressive:

Happy Halloween!

-A

Fahrenheit Four Fifty O’Reilly

The right of free speech ingrained into the Constitution our freedom to say whatever stupid thing might pop into our heads.  In general, this is a good thing.  Within certain reasonable limits, we can express our opinions on everything from foreign affairs to Fanta soda.  It allows us to question whether or not the President of the United States is an American and then choose not to believe the facts when he presents his birth certificate.  It’s a powerful right, even if it tends to be wasted on people who seem to exercise it the most wantonly.

Luckily, it cuts both ways and occasionally leads to heart-warming images like this:

I wouldn’t say I’m generally in favor of book burning but I understand the sentiment.  One time while living overseas I received a package at my local post office.  Now, to release packages from the postal system in this country, you were required to pay by weight.  I didn’t have a lot of money but it was a package and I didn’t get a lot of them so I paid up.  The box was somewhat heavy and came from my grandma so I rushed home to open it up.  Imagine my surprise when I cut through the tape to find a bunch of Reader’s Digest magazines and Bible devotionals.  Not one of my better days, I can assure you.  And I’m pretty sure a few of those items went up in flames.

The point is, I can understand the need to burn something.  Like how I wanted to burn my 2011 Detroit Tigers’ team program when they finished rolling over so the Rangers could finish them off.  But instead I just use my Freedom of Speech and write about it.  Hey, it could be a collectible one day.  The writings of Bill O’Reilly?  Not so much.

-A

The Filibuster

Do you guys drink beer and eat fried chicken and play video games while you’re supposed to be perfecting your craft?

Kevin
Chicago, IL
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Frankly, Kevin, I’m insulted.  That’s like going up to C.C. Sabathia and asking him if he sits around eating Krispy Kremes while he’s supposed to be working on his change-up.  Look at the guy!  You don’t get a body like that without a healthy serving of lard and/or hydrogenated fats at least twice a day.

The same is true of the RSBS team.  We are a well-oiled machine and part of that oil comes from the grease collecting at the bottom of the multiple family size buckets of KFC original recipe chicken that we consume every single day.  Sometimes the grease gums up the controllers of the Xbox forlornly attached to the 13-inch TV one of our mothers gave us in 1998 but luckily a splash (accidental or otherwise) of Schlitz or Milwaukee’s Best solves that problem.

Just kidding.  Blogging is a grueling slog through the minefield that is humanity but it’s a slog we happily undertake for you, the reader, on a daily basis.  Slogging, however, shouldn’t be entered into lightly.  It’s a process, one that often begins with hours of painful research trying to come up with the perfect photo of the current Miss USA:

Or the ideal angle at which to view Ines Sainz:

Sure, it may look easy but there exists the rare occasion when the results more closely resemble the feces streaked walls of the primate cage at your local zoo.  That doesn’t mean we didn’t try, though.  Also, as a side note, who’s to say that design by defecation doesn’t constitute art?

The fact of the matter, Kevin, is that we’re here day in and day out to bring you a product that requires our full attention and a respect for our audience that belies any sort of orgy of fast food gluttony or the occasional video game bender.  What we’re doing is too important to not take care of ourselves.  And now that I have fully made my point, I feel vindicated in finishing the cold beer I cracked open while sitting down to write this.  Hey, it’s only one out of three.  That’s not so bad.

-A

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*The Filibuster will be taking its regular offseason hiatus starting next Sunday.  Don’t worry, it will be back in time for Spring Training 2012, so keep a lookout!  In the meantime, please enjoy our offhanded satire and scantily clad womenz who will take its place on Sundays during the Fall/Winter.  Thank you to all who have written in!

Weekend at Jeffy’s

As you probably know by now, last weekend I finally got to sit down with Jeff and Johanna to record an RSBS Podcast in person.  The recording session took place around noon but the day didn’t end there.  No, it continued for many hours, many drinks and many laughs.  Sadly, though, we apparently did not party hard enough because it pales in comparison to the weekend Robert Young and Mark Rubinson had.

One of these days I’ll find myself back in the Chi and I hope we can take a mulligan on last weekend’s events.  I think that if we really tried, we could even go so hard that we become Angels’ fans:

On second thought….

-A

Mr. Lung’s Invisible Hurdles

My friend Mr. Lung, while an excellent writer and a true baseball devotee, has the misfortune of often face-planting when his thoughts turn towards the political arena.  Here’s an accurate representation of Jeff’s political discourse:

I say this because although Mr. Lung may have made one or two valid points in his original “coming-out as a Libertarian” post, his argument this past Friday mainly left me feeling embarrassed for him.  I don’t have time to go back and correct all of his logical and factual fallacies one by one but there is one point that bears discussion.

Let’s take these two statements:

Tell that to the folks paying $4.25 for a gallon of gas, the people who can barely afford groceries, who are meanwhile raped for 20% of their income in taxes to fund programs they’ll never benefit from.

and:

They hate us because of our longstanding foreign policy which is to invade, overthrow and then set up puppet governments and act as dictators to protect our interests in oil.

You don’t get it both ways, my friend.  Despite what your new friends on the fringe of either party may tell you, avoiding foreign entanglements by drilling at home or investing in alternative fuels is not going to change the price you pay at the pump.  Sure, over the course of a generation or two you can make those changes but in the short to medium term, your choice comes down to either securing fuel supplies in whatever clusterf**k part of the world they happen to come from or paying $6-8 a gallon like our friends in Europe.

I’m going to simplify all of this for you.  Government is a social contract in which the governed (including you and I) agree to give up a portion of their individual sovereignty for the good of the whole.  There are different levels to which this premise can be taken from the socialism of the Nordic states to the relative autonomy of the European Union.  Both extremes have their problems and both have their benefits.

In the US, we have eschewed the extremes and held to a longstanding tradition of slowly moving from one side of the equation to the other as necessary but never moving too far from the center.  From FDR’s New Deal to Reagan’s supply-side economics, programs come and go as they are needed.  It’s often painful, it’s occasionally embarrassing and it doesn’t always work.  But you know what?  If you don’t like it you can go out and vote for someone who promises change or even run for office yourself.

Many Americans prefer to lament the “broken” system, though, and sign up for whatever -ism fits their current worldview.  It’s simple, it’s available and it allows them to refrain from accepting any personal responsibility.  So tell me, my friend, how are you any different?

-A