Wednesday Night Open Thread

The oldsters continue to lose at Survivor. I hope they send Jimmy T. home, he's such a loser. Looks like it might be Danny instead.

Also on: America's Next Top Model and the Defenders.

In other news, the iPhone is coming to Verizon next year.

Big companies are getting waivers from the new health care law.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Kudos to Roy Halliday, (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by scribe on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:17:53 PM EST
    who pitched a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Reds in the opening game of their National League Division Series.

    This was Halliday's first post-season game in a 13-year career.

    Halliday won 21 games this year, leading the National League in wins, complete games (9) and innings pitched, and coming in second in strikeouts, third in Earned Run Average.  He threw a perfect game against Florida earlier this season.  

    In today's game, he faced one batter more than the minimum, walking one in the middle innings.  Only three other pitchers have thrown two no-hitters in one season;  the most recent was Nolan Ryan over 30 years ago.  This was also only the second no-hitter in post-season play in all of baseball history, the other being Yankee Don Larsen's perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series.

    A minor correction (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by scribe on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:29:28 PM EST
    There were four other pitchers who pitched two no-hitters in the same season, not three.  They were
    Nolan Ryan (Angels), 1973
    Allie Reynolds (Yankees), 1951
    Johnny VanDerMeer (Reds), 1938
    and the immortal Virgil Trucks (Tigers), 1952.

    My apologies for having forgotten Mr. Trucks.  He went 5-19 in 1952, but 2 of those wins were no-hitters.  Go figure.

    VanDerMeer is the only pitcher to have thrown no-hitters in consecutive games he pitched.


    So "Scribe" is Bill James's (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:47:11 PM EST
    screen name?

    Colorado's own! (none / 0) (#2)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:22:29 PM EST
    Dollars to donuts it is the lead story on the local 10p news tonight.

    Heck of a start to the play-offs...


    And the Yankees are losing--so far. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:27:40 PM EST
    Go Twins! n/t (none / 0) (#5)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:32:18 PM EST
    thanks for the heads up (none / 0) (#6)
    by nycstray on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:36:17 PM EST
    when i checked the TV sched, I missed they were on. forgot to look at TBS :P

    yankees up 4-3  ;)


    Not anymore they aren't. (none / 0) (#7)
    by scribe on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:37:09 PM EST
    Thank you, Liriano, for hanging that pitch to Granderson.  A 2-run triple and knocking Liriano out of the game.  Well done, Curtis.

    I jinxed 'em. (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:44:54 PM EST
    YEAH! Way to go, Doc! (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ellie on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 10:45:47 PM EST
    And tell that Clooney fella that I am available as a consolation pillow.

    It was amazing to watch. (none / 0) (#14)
    by jeffinalabama on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:20:42 AM EST
    I didn't get to see all of it, only a few of the middle innings, but the crowd was so loud, then a Reds pitcher throwing an airball to first-- amazing.

    I love baseball. Spring Training to the World Series, Free Agent Season, the hot stove league... I do love it so.


    Just saw that Lou Dobbs is being accused of (none / 0) (#11)
    by Angel on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 08:53:00 AM EST
    hiring and utilizing the services of undocumented or illegal workers for years at his 300 acre estate!  Hypocrite - if true.

    Love it. (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:04:47 AM EST
    So predictable, in the same way that the religious rightie congressmen are always the ones to get caught with their pants down.

    Not exactly (none / 0) (#15)
    by waldenpond on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:33:05 AM EST
    Dobbs wants the legal process expanded... more visas and didn't he flip and come out in support of a path to citizenship?

    Yes (none / 0) (#17)
    by jbindc on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:38:38 AM EST
    On Bill O'Reilly show in January of this year.

    Jimmy T got sent home on Survivor (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:06:03 AM EST
    I was glad too. He was painful to watch - just incoherent.

    I'm rooting for Jill the redhead ER doc. She's way cool.

    Intended consequences (none / 0) (#16)
    by waldenpond on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 09:38:14 AM EST
    In contrast to the 'unintended consequences' theory of electing Obama....

    McDonald's and 29 other company got waivers for health insurance.  Ha!

    What does that mean?  The schmucks get to pay more money for less coverage, the insurance company gets to continue it's huge profit margin and a generous ability to deny payment.