More planning for Baseball Off-season Distraction

Just not ready for fantasy football or already have too many teams to add another? How about just picking the “winners” of the games each week? Here’s your chance to see how well you can match up against others in deciding who should take the honors each week. We’ve had a group going for … well, way too many years to count now but we have no limit on how many people can be in our group and it’s not too late to sign up.


One of the features of Minneapolis Star Tribune’s free pro football contest is that you can compare your scores with that of your friends on a private page.

To join your friends’ group, first sign up for the contest at, which enables you to win prizes for each week or a grand prize overall. Then, after you log in, click on the “My Groups” tab, and then click on “Join a Private Group,” and submit the following:

Contest URL:
Group Name: Tackle Bunnies
Group Password: touchdown


GameChat – Kansas City @ Minnesota #2, 7:10pm

The Twins bullpen let a Kevin Correia gem result in a no decision last night, so let’s hope that they’ve learned their lesson and pitch well this evening.  The Twins have struggled against the Royals all season, and if the Twins lose today, they will have failed to win a single series from the Royals in 2013.

Go Twins

 Kansas City


 Gordon, A, LF  Dozier, 2B
 Bonifacio, 2B  Ramirez, W, RF
 Hosmer, 1B  Morneau, 1B
 Butler, B, DH  Willingham, LF
 Perez, S, C  Plouffe, 3B
 Maxwell, RF  Herrmann, C, C
 Carroll, 3B  Colabello, DH
 Escobar, A, SS  Thomas, C, CF
 Dyson, J, CF  Florimon, SS
 _Duffy, P  _Albers, A, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 8 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2

I really think the line score and box score says all that needs to be said about this game. – JC

GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 7:10pm

The Twins kick off tonight’s action in line to have the sixth pick in next year’s amateur draft, but they’re within three games of picking as high as fourth and as low as fifteenth. While the Twins are out of postseason contention, there are still thirty three games left on the Twins schedule that hold a whole lot of value.  There might not be a big difference in value between the sixth and tenth picks, but if the Twins fall past that tenth spot they would no longer have a protected draft pick, which means they would not be given a compensatory draft pick the following year if they were unable to sign their 2014 selection.

I’m certainly not arguing that the Twins should go out and try and lose games, just that the real goal for the remainder of the season should be on finding out what kind of talent is available in the system and seeing that talent on the field in Minnesota.

Go Twins!

 Kansas City Royals


Minnesota Twins
 Gordon, A, LF  Dozier, 2B
 Bonifacio, 3B  Herrmann, C, RF
 Hosmer, 1B  Morneau, 1B
 Butler, B, DH  Willingham, LF
 Perez, S, C  Doumit, C
 Lough, RF  Colabello, DH
 Getz, 2B  Plouffe, 3B
 Escobar, A, SS  Thomas, C, CF
 Dyson, J, CF  Florimon, SS
 _Shields, P  _Correia, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 6 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1

So Kevin Correia went seven innings without giving up a run and the Twins’ bullpen blew it?

That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. – JC

Fantasy Football 2013

So last year I opened up a couple spots for the “easy league” I run in fantasy football – and we had a good enough time that I thought I would offer two spots again to any new Knuckleball folk that might want to give it a try.

Read a description of our basic league principles here: Last Year’s Invite

We have a good time once baseball season has ended and if you have always wanted to give it a try but never felt comfortable in those high pressure competitive leagues or just want to see how things work, you are more than welcome.

But just because we’re low pressure doesn’t mean that we aren’t still a competitive group – after all, the Beverage Bowl is on the line! We have a traveling trophy for the winner each year!

Beverage BowlThis will be our 7th season playing so we have a lot of names on that trophy now.

If you’re interested in participating, email me at Again, I’m offering up 2 spots and I’ll fill them first come, first served.


GameChat – Astros @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

UPDATE: Pedro Florimon is a late scratch with wrist soreness, Bernier will start in his place.

I don’t know if you count it as an exciting game or a really boring games when two bad teams play extra innings, maybe both, but I was not around to see it all as I fell asleep some time around the 4th inning.

Failing to make a roster move to replace Scott Diamond, even if they just brought up an extra bat for a few days, cost the Twins last night as they were working with a thin bench and they ended up losing the DH.

Things should be a little more normal today, but the Twins will need a strong performance out of their starter to save the bullpen.  But hey, Andrew Albers arrives today, so there’s that!

Go Twins!



Villar, SS Dozier, 2B
Altuve, 2B Mauer, C
Castro, Ja, C Morneau, DH
Carter, DH Doumit, RF
Wallace, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Dominguez, 3B Arcia, LF
Grossman, LF Colabello, 1B
Barnes, B, CF Thomas, C, CF
Hoes, RF Bernier, SS
  Bedard, P   Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Minnesota 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 6 9 0

Kyle Gibson had a great opportunity to rebound from a poor start in Seattle and he couldn’t keep it together, failing to pitch into the fourth inning.  Luckily the Twins’ bullpen was back in full force again tonight after a marvelous performance a night ago.  Six scoreless innings from the pen, topped by a great performance from Anthony Swarzak.  For coming into the game and calming things down (3IP, 5K, 0H, 1BB), tonight’s BOD is Anthony Swarzak, with ice cream for the rest of the bullpen.