The bullpen upheaval has begun in earnest. If you need saves you’re about to get your chance to bid for some. The NFL draft also starts tonight, so I went with NFL movie themed tiers.

    • Mike Scioscia’s spirit must be haunting the hallways of Angel stadium. Brad Ausmus tried to get twelve outs from Ty Buttrey but he only had 11 in him and gave up a run and the lead to New York. Hansel Robles, who hadn’t pitched the day before, was called on for the last out of the loss. I’m more confused about the LA situation than ever.
    • Mychal Givens notched an honest to goodness save Wednesday. A six-outer, to boot! Maybe that means manager Brandon Hyde is starting to realize that Givens his only real fit for the ninth.
    • Ryan Brasier has grabbed the upside to the Boston closer Schwartz. He’s viewed as the more straight-line ninth inning guy, while Matt Barnes has more value as a fireman.
    • Baseball is weird. Shane Greene has eleven saves and two earned runs. He’s the second best closer in baseball on one of it’s worst teams.
    • With David Robertson on the IL the Phillies have been turning to Hector Neris mainly. That’s shocking for Gabe Kapler. When Neris has his split-piece working it’s nasty, though. We can back the Kapler meddling threat level to yellow for now.
    • Both Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo needed some well-deserved rest this week. Kevin Cash turned to Emilio Pagan for back to back saves. Pagan was cast off by Oakland after they traded for him and didn’t get the reliable reliever they expected. Their loss could be Tampa’s gain.

The Replacements

Has a sports movie done more with less? Gene Hackman nails Coach Jimmy McGinty. Keenu Reeves dusts of his Johnny Utah notes. Brooke Langton is endearing as the love interest. Despite the corny levels of comedic relief, the movie still shines. It’s a dependable rewatch ten times out of ten.

Varsity Blues

It loses some luster upon rewatch, but you’d be lying if you said your adolescent self wasn’t geeked for the whipped cream bikini. I wish I could give it ten, but these days it’s more of a 7.5.

The Program

The acting is bad, the plot is cliche, and the deleted scene of laying on the highway resulted in at least one copycat death. It still hit alarmingly close to the mark of what goes on in college athletics. Dismiss it at your own peril.

The Longest Yard (2005)

Having a cast of names doesn’t necessarily equal a quality product. This is vintage Adam Sandler giving zero damns about what the final product is. There’s money to be made, so he makes it.

  1. tbone says:
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    I just dont get it. All the great football movies out there and you go with The Replacements for the top tier?? A good movie it is, great it is not. It has tier 2 written all over it.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Haha, it’s not a comprehensive list. What’s your $12 rental?

      • Game Of Throws says:
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        My question is why aren’t we going with Baseball movies?

        Bull Durham
        Major League
        Major League 2
        Major League: Back to the mInors

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          Of that’s on tap down the road. I’ve been tying the tiers into other current events.

          • tbone says:
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            My $12 salads would have been Rudy. Friday Night Lights would also have been acceptable. Honorable mention to Any Given Sunday.

            • Roto-Wan

              Roto-Wan says:
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              Rudy is a classic and all, I just don’t think it’s as great as most do. Same for FNL. Any Given Sunday is not a great movie, though it has great moments.

              • Wilson Moreno says:
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                Friday Night Lights is best football movie – cmon
                Denzel in his disney Remember the TItans is pretty good too

                That being said, I like the 4 you picked. All solid.

                Friday Night Lights
                The Replacements
                Remember The Titans
                The Program

                Any Given Sunday, Longest Yard (05), Waterboy are next up

  2. Daniel Moran says:
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    Do you think David Robertson will reclaim that closer role when he comes back? Is he worth the stash in 12 team Yahoo standard?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      On the IL sure. No IL, I cut him if there’s a decent add.

  3. toolshed says:
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    Carlos Martinez is comng back as a reliever. Assuming he gets back, do you expect him to be the closer or set up hicks? Thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      That’s a tricky one. Hicks has been solid, but he’s younger. They may need to feed Martinez some save opps to keep him happy with the transition. I’d prefer to own Hicks, but Martinez is a solid stash.

      • toolshed says:
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        Maybe they will choose Martinez for financial reasons if he is healthy. More saves for hicks may drive up his arbitration cost. That is such a bs thing btw. I argue that fireman relievers who don’t get saves are more important and should cost more. Just another thing that is broken with baseball. Those fireman usually have to get the toughest guys out like barnes in Boston while brasier who isn’t as good collects the saves

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          That’s always possible. I don’t think it’s a clean cut situation if both pitch well. Especially since Andrew Miller is toast and they need a new fireman.

          Arbitration compensation is based on what free agents are paid for. As the better fireman eventually hit the market maybe the ones under team control will get paid more.

  4. Long Balls says:
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    I suggest leaving the witty tier names to Grey and going forward you stick with numbered tiers. These have been terrible.

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