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About Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor is a writer and graphic artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing The Disgruntled Fan Report, Stephen also has an eclectic list of writing credits, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Baseball Research Journal, and Watching Backyard Birds. As a graphic artist, he has worked for newspapers (several local to the Bay Area), magazines, direct mail advertising companies, and large corporate brands including Ubisoft and The Body Shop. He spends his time bicycling (when the weather's good), watching a lot of sports, doing a little reading, and tending to his other obsession, cats (as a cat sitter and as a volunteer at a local animal shelter).

Camera Work From Camera Jerks

Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.

I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.

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Expansion Team, Anyone?

 

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Wow. A four goal lead early in the first period of their home opener. It’s hard to believe the Vegas Golden Knights are an expansion team.

Meanwhile, one hopes that maybe someday, the good people of Arizona will be able to enjoy their own NHL-caliber hockey team.

A good hockey team in the desert. How crazy would that be?

What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.

The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

Remember back when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of teams?

Remember when the Dodgers had fallen, and they couldn’t get up?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers: switch-flippers?

If you don’t, in either case, that’s OK, because apparently it doesn’t matter. Because once you get to the playoffs, it’s just about what you’re doing at that moment. And at this moment, the Dodgers are wringing the champagne out of their jerseys after sweeping away the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.

Beyond the immediate importance of this–LA is headed to the NLCS and another showdown with the Cubs (seriously, the Nationals are still the Nationals), there’s also an interesting implication in the once-dominant, once-stumbling Dodgers turning it on again just in time for the playoffs:

Maybe all those announcers and experts who say you can’t do that are wrong. Continue reading The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

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Snakeskin Snark

As much as I would like to see the Dodgers lose, just for the sake of the Dodgers losing…No, sorry–any team with uniforms as ugly as those Diamondbacks unis deserves to lose. Yuck!

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The D-backs unis: poisonous to the eyes

Seriously, that picture doesn’t even do justice to how butt-ugly those jerseys are. Just awful.