Interrogate the Industry No. 3: Dennis Esser, Ricky Sanders

May 21

Interrogate the Industry No. 3: Dennis Esser, Ricky Sanders

As I write this weeks Interrogate the Industry there is news of even more pitching injuries. This season has been disastrous for many teams, and Fantasy owners. On the bright side, there is always a bright side with me, several pitchers are coming back too, or coming back in to form such as Cole Hamels, Alex Cobb, Anibal Sanchez, Tony Cingrani, and HOPEFULLY Chris Sale. Keep tabs on waiver wires, ask questions and consult rankings on fantasypros to keep tabs on solid replacements. Worst case there is always a trade, but if you are in a situation as I am in one particular league there isn’t much else to do. I have five starters out for the year, possibly another with the potentially terrible Cliff Lee news tonight. Also, if you enjoy podcasts, I will be a guest on The Fantasy Forecaster this week with @tking978 and @rickygangster. Keep an eye out for links, or listen in live here The Fantasy Forecaster 5-22! That’s it for now, as there is plenty to cover with this weeks contributors.   Interrogate the Industry #3 Fantasy Contributor: Dennis Esser www.coachesser.com Itunes link to The Fantasy Coach Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fantasy-coach-podcast/id877693921 Stitcher Radio link to The Fantasy Coach Podcast http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=48991&refid=stpr @Coachesser on Twitter https://twitter.com/coachesser 1. Jose Fernandez is out for the season. Owners are panicking and rightly so, are there any pitchers you’d be targeting on the waiver wire after this week(end)? With all of the starting pitcher injuries (including Andrew Cashner and Gio Gonzalez this past weekend) the Starting Pitcher waiver wire looks a bit picked dry. The good thing is arms are always coming up to take the place of struggling pitchers and injured starters. Believe it or not Garret Richards was available is some 10 team leagues just a week ago. The first name that jumps out is Trevor Bauer who gets two tough opponents on his return to the big leagues this week. I think the Indians will give him an extended run and even if he struggles this week you should stick with his talent. The rest are streaming options that may catch on for at least a short while. Rafael Montero of the Mets, Drew Pomeranz of the Oakland A’s, and Danny Duffy...

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Time to Recognize Influence of Beastie Boys, MCA

May 05

Time to Recognize Influence of Beastie Boys, MCA

In 1986, my freshman year in high school, a friend let me borrow a copied cassette tape. When I got home and threw it in my tape player, I was introduced to the Beastie Boys, “Licensed to Ill.” A middle class white kid from the suburbs had a hip hop group to grab hold of. The Beastie Boys brought rock and rap together like no group had ever done before. The news of the death of Adam Yauch ( Beastie Boys MCA ) from cancer on Friday hits my generation pretty hard. While his death wasn’t as shocking as John Lennon’s murder or Kurt Cobain’s suicide, it was still jarring for a generation whose members have not yet starting dying at a regular rate. I’m doing my best to not overstate the importance of the Beastie Boys on teens in the late ‘80s, but it’s proving difficult. LL Cool J said that he owes his career to the Beastie Boys for putting his music in producer Rick Rubin’s hands. Chuck D credits Public Enemy’s success to the Beastie Boys allowing them to open for them in 1987. Their influence on dozens of musical groups throughout the years is obvious. From Rage Against the Machine to Limp Bizkit to Linkin Park to Sublime, a genre has taken a loss today. Music has changed in recent years, and the younger generation doesn’t connect to bands/groups/singers like we once did. It’s not a condemnation, just a fact. My cousin Aaron was talking with his 18-year-old step-son, Josh, about how the news about the Beastie Boys’ MCA affected him. Josh remarked that there’s not really any groups like that these days – or at least none that would affect him this way in 20 years. It’s true — and it’s sad.   If Parents Hate It, It Must Be Good My aunt used to hate that we listened to the Beastie Boys – and my other uncle even banned it from his house. I can’t say that I blame them, looking back on it, considering their lyrics were rough and the innuendo was even rougher. But for teenagers, it’s all about anti-establishment. It’s understandable why parents hated the Beastie Boys, especially if you...

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Best Classic Rock Albums of All Time: Mock Draft

Apr 14

Best Classic Rock Albums of All Time: Mock Draft

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Donovan, The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses (Why is the apostrophe on the “N” like that?), along with several people you haven’t heard of, in 2012. There are very few current bands I would consider “rock bands,” like Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Jack White, and maybe Linkin Park, The Strokes and a couple others I’m forgetting? But the days of listening to an entire album (vinyl or not) are long behind us. I remember, from when I was about 10 years old, listening to dozens of records my older brothers Scott and Mike had gotten from Columbia House. Styx, Aerosmith, The Cars, Argent, Led Zeppelin. We’d sit in the room, listen to records, look at the album covers and read “Mad Magazine.” It was awesome! (Then they’d tell me to go ask my mom what “masturbate” meant. JERKS!) Sure, being inducted into the R&R HOF might be a huge honor and all, but an even bigger honor would be having called one of the best classic rock albums chosen in the first two rounds of this mock draft. Just ask one of The Beatles! The Rules: Only albums from before 1989 (which is when the major labels stopped producing vinyl records) Only one album per band (My rules.) Songs have to currently be played on Classic Rock stations A great album cover definitely has influence No live albums (sorry Frampton) and no greatest hits   Best Classic Rock Albums of All Time Mock Draft ROUND ONE 1.01 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV A record with just eight songs tops the entire list!?! In all seriousness, name another stretch of songs that has the quality of this album, one through eight, with just two that are forgettable. 1-Black Dog, 2-Rock and Roll, 3-The Battle of Evermore, 4-Stairway to Heaven, 5-Misty Mountain Hop, 6-Four Sticks, 7-Going to California, 8-When the Levee Breaks. And let’s not forget it has one of the greatest rock ballads in history, with Stairway. Their first two albums were awesome, and the third one was just good. But the fourth was like an apology for the third. Houses of the Holy”\ was a...

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