Dear, Mr.Fantasy…

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In order to increase readership (from 20 readers to 30) I’m going to blog about fantasy baseball on occasion, once a week, or so.
Fantasy Baseball posts will receive the same attention to detail, and unbiased accuracy as I display in my NABA pots.

This league is composed of my childhood friends from NJ and the commissioner’s family, including his dad, who may or may not have forgiven me for encouraging his impressionable son, Dave, to smoke cigarettes, and do other bad things as a 14 year old.

We take our fantasy baseball pretty seriously.

I co-manage BreakfastofChampions with Pease, the third Duck ever.

My prediction:

Vonnegut lives.

Commissioner Johnson made this video about our fantasy league,
Gotham Fantasy Baseball.

(profanity warning)

I think he make youtube movies for a living, or something.


NABA Team previews to be posted tomorrow.



2008 Game Recaps and Ducks Awards

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2008 record 11-9-2
Lost in wild card playoff to Black Sox

Here are the Ducks 2008 team awards as chosen by Manager of the Year, TC Jones, who also wrote the summaries.

Team MVP: Nick Homa.

Without a doubt Nick deserves the MVP award. Not only was he arguably the leagues best pitcher, but he put up pretty good offensive numbers too. Without Homa we would have been an under .500 team.

Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Gwin.

This may have been the hardest award to pick. I think this award could have easily gone to Chris Wojoton or Jesse smith, but I chose Ben Gwin because of his clutch and timely hitting. Any time we needed to drive in important runs, Gwin was the one to do it. The +20 RBIs on the season prove it.

Defensive Player of the Year: Coby Kolaja.

Can we argue with the diving catches, the flowing hair, and the absolute cannon of an arm? I don’t think so. Coby Kolaja surprised everyone on the Ducks with his good reads and surprisingly accurate outfield arm.

Quack Talker of the year: Jim Spagnola.

I give this award to the Duck who made his presence felt with his verbal antics. It was a close call between Jim and Rick Whalen (both had particularly disgusting topics to ponder on the bench), but my decision was made after Spagnola called out an “F— You” to an opposing pitcher after getting a hit.

Duck of the year: KT Murphy.

I give this award to the Duck who best accepted his position on the team as a role-player. KT was at every game and never complained. He was also our most timely pinch hitter and made the most out of every opportunity he got.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Garret Moore.

To be honest, at the beginning of the season I wasn’t sure how much time I would be able to get this man. But his hustle and ability to put the baseball in play during at bats gained him the starting role as the DH.

Duck Profile of the Week: Launchpad McQuack

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Get your money in to Coach TC, “Gordon Bombay”Jones.
We need to get $2000 to Joe by April 1st, and we need to order uniforms before the end of March.

Make your checks payable to: “Pittsburgh NABA”

mail them or drop them off here

Dr. Theodore “Indiana” Jones

434 South Graham St. Apt. #4
Pittsburgh, PA

New players, get back to TC about your uniform numbers and sizes we have to order them soon.

We will practice next Sunday at 5pm at the Pitt IM field, and probably sometime this week as well.



Launchpad McQuack a brave, good-hearted, if somewhat naive pilot with a spectacular history of crashing. As one of his mottos went: “If it’s got wings, I can crash it!”

Launchpad in DuckTales

Through the course of the DuckTales series, Launchpad’s character was increasingly developed. As revealed in the episode “Top Duck”, he came from a family of barn-storming stunt pilots known as the Flying McQuacks, but he left home when he was a teenager because he felt his constant crashing was too much of an embarrassment to the family name.

Not long after setting out on his own, he met Scrooge McDuck (or, as Launchpad usually addresses him, “Mr. McDee”), when Scrooge came to the airfield looking for a cheap pilot. The plane from Scrooge and Launchpad’s first adventure was a rickety bi-plane Launchpad built called ‘The Sunchaser’ which ultimately ended up in an aviation museum for being the first plane to fly through the Earth. The account of this adventure (since Launchpad was drawn as a skinny teenager) places his series age in the mid-20’s.

In the episode Launchpad’s Civil War, it is learned he is of direct lineage to the (in)famous American Civil War General Rhubarb McQuack (who bore a striking resemblance to Launchpad, although the General had a bushy handlebar moustache) who Launchpad, for much of his life, believed to have been the hero of the Battle of Duckridge. This illusion was shattered during a recreation of the battle when he encountered surviving Civil War soldiers who informed him that “that lousy, rotten, bungling, polecat McQuack lost us the Battle of Duckridge.” He subsequently helped the Civil War survivors get even with the townspeople for making fun of them for so long.

Launchpad also tangled with the forces of F.O.W.L. (a criminal organization that would later carry over into the universe of Darkwing Duck, as would Launchpad himself). Launchpad thwarted a F.O.W.L. plot to destroy the world’s money supply after the D.I.A. (Duckburg Intelligence Agency) and Scrooge McDuck persuaded him to impersonate an enemy agent who was his exact double. This is shown in the episode Double-O-Duck.

In the episode Armstrong, Launchpad is pitted against a robot in an air-race. The announcer refers to Launchpad as a famous adventurer. In some other episodes, the public seems to know him by this description, totally unaware that his achievements were only possible through his dimwittedness, such as getting his scarf tangled on a wing propeller, thus causing his plane to loop and swerve in what seemed like an incredible stunt. See Top Duck.

Launchpad has also served as a youth baseball coach and a scout master for the Junior Woodchucks. Launchpad holds this organization’s record for earning merit badges.

Launchpad in Darkwing Duck

Launchpad’s character was altered somewhat for Darkwing Duck, falling out of the role of independent hero/jack-of-all-trades, to that of a more comical sidekick. Many of the heroic qualities he displayed in Ducktales became generally muted, whereas other features, such as his clumsiness or lack of intelligence, were made stronger. His physical appearance also changed, being re-drawn with a much larger beak and a more muscular torso. At times he is seen without his aviator’s cap, and as in Ducktales, his appearance without it varies, from having short, red hair that matches his signature forelock, to being drawn with the forelock as his only hair and the rest of his head covered with feathers (in the fashion of other Disney ducks).

In the series premiere, “Darkly Dawns the Duck,” Launchpad and Darkwing meet after Darkwing bodily crashes through the roof of an airplane hangar during his pursuit of Taurus Bulba and surprises Launchpad, who is there working on his bi-plane. Upon learning Launchpad is a pilot, Darkwing demands he fly him up after Taurus Bulba’s henchmen. Launchpad obliges, claiming to be Darkwing’s biggest fan. Launchpad then volunteers his services as a sidekick, but Darkwing refuses, insisting that he works alone (and annoyed because he failed to catch Bulba’s henchmen). Launchpad continues to offer his help, even bailing Darkwing out of jail to prove how handy he can be. Eventually, his persistence pays off and he wins the caped crimefighter over, perhaps sealing the deal by unveiling the Thunderquack, a high-tech airplane he built specifically for Darkwing.

Although Darkwing has a secret identity (Drake Mallard), Launchpad is always called Launchpad, and has no crimefighter disguise, except on rare occasions where he serves as a decoy for Darkwing. Following their initial adventure, Launchpad appears to live with Drake. Throughout the series he was occasionally reunited with fellow DuckTales character (and rival to Darkwing), GizmoDuck.


Up Next: A triple play preview of the Rakers, Bulldogs, and Gray Bats.

I was lookin’ around to find it…

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green duck
Big With Seed is good

Here is BWS’ myspace page.

Pregame at Guthrie and Gies’ then to Spice Cafe in Oakland to watch these guys play, then back to Squirrel Hill.

For more details read the previous post.

Spice Cafe is on Atwood Street in South Oakland.
Here’s how to get there

Here is how to get to Guthrie and Gies’
Feel free to go through their trash and steal their identities.
here is a pic of their house

Google Maps is creepy.

I will be on had to designated drive, and roll drunks.
All pick-pocketed proceeds will go towards Ducks uniforms.

First round of black-and-tans in on coach Jones.






I will buy you a beer if you show up and pay the rest of your league dues tonight.


St. Patrick’s Day Party

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

Friday 3/13


Gies and Guthrie’s

4022 Murray Ave.

All are welcome.

Pre-game from 8 to whenever then take a trip to scenic South Oakland.

Message from Mark “Last thoughts on Woody” Guthrie:

Alright everyone, an update of events: If you didn’t know, one of the best local bands, Big With Seed, is playing Friday night at Spice Cafe in Oakland. They’re a can’t-miss show especially on St. Patty’s Day weekend. So… The party starts here around 8 Friday (or whenever you want to get here) Then we’ll make our way to Spice and rock out with the Seed. The party will continue back here afterwards, and anyone who wants to crash til the morning is more than welcome to. Finally, we’ll get ready for the parade Sat morning with car bombs, kegs and eggs (among other eats).

So come ready to rock

You can find the South Oakland Ducks on Facebook.



Get your money in to coach TC Jones.

Make your checks payable to: “Pittsburgh NABA”

mail them or drop them off here

Dr. Theodore “Indiana” Jones

434 South Graham St. Apt. #4
Pittsburgh, PA

New players get back to TC about your uniform numbers and sizes we have to order them soon.


I’m looking for someone to help out with some of the blogging duties for this season.

We could use some variety, and another voice or two.

Let me know if you want to help.



NABA Team Previews: The Hotel Californias & The Matadors

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This is where the league begins to separate into the haves and have-nots.
last year three teams finished with under five wins, and everyone else was at worst around .500, and a had a chance to win every game.

The Matadors and the Eagles were both in it until the last weekend of the season in ’08.

One season removed from winning the Allegheny Division the 2008 Matadors missed the playoffs by a half game, and where the subject of accusations of point shaving, and bribery.


Matadors’ management also led a cu against our League President.
If they had been able to hold a 6 run lead in the bottom of the 5th against the Ducks last season (hyperbolic recap), they would have made the playoffs.
I have no idea what this team is doing in the off season, all these kids play together during the spring they should be better this season. That lefty is good.

The Matadors were allegedly willing to pay the Owlz to throw a game so the Bulldogs would miss the playoffs.

I don’t agree with the allegations that Joe Graff gives the Bulldogs preferential treatment.
If anything he’s harder on his own team for the purpose of avoiding these types of game-throwing situations.

The Matadors are a joke if they really tried to bribe a team to lose on purpose.
Thanks for the pic, Sorosky.

The Eagles had a great turnaround in 2008 after a miserable three year existence.
The came back like Don Henley did with “Boys of Summer”.

The Ducks took 2 of 3 from the Eagles last year.
This was a solid recap.

No word on how improved this team is, but their existence allows for the repeated posting of this you tube clip.

profanity warning

The return of Glen Fry and Joe Walsh up the middle really allows the Eagles pitchers to relax and throw strikes knowing they have a solid infield behind them.
Manager Don Henley has undoubtedly been scouring the Pittsburgh area American Legion teams, college campuses, and high school practices to bring in some new young talent and has been trying to pry top tier players away from other NABA teams.
Sorry, I confused him with Rob Cool.
The Eagles added a couple of qualaity starting pitchers last season, got rid of Playmaker, and that made all the difference.

Still on the waiver wire.
The Bulldogs have reportedly expressed interest in “Playmaker”

The Desperados will have to continue to imporve if they want to content in the power house Monongahela Division, as the Owlz and Black Sox will be fielding teams that could probably beat the Pirates.

Peacefull Easy Feeling?

There was some kind of near-brawl between the Witch-ey Women and the Rakers last year.
(Care to fill us in, Ben/Larry?)

The animosity really escalated last season.

I predict an ungly brawl this year (not involving the Ducks).
Just an unfortunate hunch.


Practice Sunday at 5pm, and Monday at 7pm at the Greentree Sportsplex.

Get your money into Ducks Manager, TC Jones, asap.

Dr. Theodore “Indiana” Jones

434 South Graham St. Apt. #4
Pittsburgh, PA