Friday, May 30, 2008

Back in the saddle

Hello darlin's. Nice to see ya again.

It's been a hellish time for your humble scribe over the past week, and right about now, we're dying to get back to our daily Jays-oriented rituals.

We almost hesitate to make any sort of a comeback to the blogoworld, because a) the Jays have been doing quite well, thank you, since we went away, and b) we're only halfway done with our secret missions.

We'll confess to being a bit out of the loop, as we've read game stories or boxscores but have only seen a handful of innings since our last post. So in all truth, you probably know way more than we do about how the Jays are trending.

God almighty, we're looking forward to sitting back and enjoying a game. Listening to JaysTalk wingnuts. Reading the Drunks and understanding the references. Just a few more days to go.

Gibby, reconsidered
If there is one self-criticism that we would level at our own blog, it is the way we bounce back and forth on John Gibbons. Just a few weeks ago, we were eulogizing him. Now, he's won his 300th game as the Blue Jays' manager, and sits behind only Cito and Bobby Cox in that category. The Jays have pulled off a bit of a winning run, and have done so with several regulars in and out of the lineup with injuries. Maybe the good ol' boy has been pulling the right strings, or maybe it's all luck and balls are falling in. Or maybe there are benefits to facing the Royals for four games.

In the end, we shouldn't be praising Gibby for this run any more than we should be blaming him for the team going into the tank a few weeks back. Still, we have to admire his resiliency. No matter how many times we (and others like us) count him out, John Gibbons gets up of the canvas and gets back on his feet. That's got to be worth something.

A final introspective thought
We'd generally hesitate to respond to anonymous comments, but this one had us befuddled and bemused: "This blog just doesn't have the same enterainment quality as the drunks. That, and a past anti-American quip was unwarranted."

Let's just say that we'd generally agree that the Drunks have a higher "enterainment" factor than we do. But we're way prettier.

Also, can anyone think of the anti-American quip that we made? Not that we're above such a thing, but we can't remember it. (A note to the anonymous American: Develop a thicker skin. You're going to need it in the coming years.)

30 comments:

eyebleaf said...

welcome back, Tao...

you're right about Gibby. dude just manages to stick around, and now he's 3rd all time in wins? wow. good for him.

and i'm really surprised by that comment. although nothing in the blogosphere should surprise me anymore.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there needs to be a comparison - they're smarter and drunker, fine, but tao's goal is perfection. apples and oranges. Good to see you back.

Darren Priest said...

I remember that quip now: "Death to America; we will bury you!" Yeah, that was pretty unwarranted.

Stoeten said...

Yeah, Darren. I thought that was a little uncalled for, too.

I would like to think that both sites are essential reading for any fan. Why must this be a competition?

Kamran said...

Aren't there more writers on DJF than TOS? I like reading both but there's more to read on DJF (both in terms of posts and comments). Still, I might be the minority in this but I appreciate the lack of curse words on this blog. Yes, I am 93 years old.

the ack said...

Tao is Cheech to DJF's Chong (a Bob & Doug reference is way to obvious).

kamran has obviously never read a classic Tao "fuck to fuckity fuck fuck" riffs (sorry dude).

Kamran said...

I think the ringing in my ears of curse words from the DJF podcasts might be clouding my judgment.

Joanna said...

Hi Tao,

Welcome back. Entertainment quality is a relative term.

Anonymous said...

let's be honest here though, Tao is always saying the same shit as the drunks.

Stuff like saying "scrappy grit", "Playoffs!", they even often use the same images. Reading the Tao is like reading a watered down version of Drunk Jays Fans without their arrogant comments not related to baseball.

yours truly, angry asshole

The Southpaw said...

I still think Gibby and JP should both be fired at the end of the year.

Entertainment is what it is. Football in the groin had football in the groin, but The Big Lebowski had lines I'll be quoting on my death bed.

JW

Dane lorg said...

I love & appreciate you now + always Tao.

Kamran said...

@anonymous 6:23pm:

You could just as easily argue that DJF's posts are the same as each other, and sometimes completely off-topic altogether.

Tao offers what I believe is a more blue collar blog. It's like a good bowl of soup, something you can really enjoy for its simplistic but filling content.

Yeah, I went there.

Kamran said...

Also, I did not mean to imply that the content of the blog is simplistic, just that the delivery is clean and precise. You don't get lost in exclamation marks of inside jokes. Yeah, that's right, I didn't get it, DJF writers.

Darren Priest said...

I don't read DJF, but I guess I should.

Take heart, Tao, at least complete strangers are debating the merits of your blog...it's a sign of success.

Andrew said...

I just dig stuff written about stuff I like. Keep the stuff up but not too much crazy stuff. Sometimes some weird stuff brings in some crazy people looking for weird stuff.

Joanna said...

I hear that Hum and Chuck is another quality blog.

Darren Priest said...

Re: June 1. How about that Gabe Gross?

Andrew said...

Batting .095 against lefties. Oh, you mean his 2-4 with 2K's? Yeah good slump buster. Normal players get more than 40 AB a month though.

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