# July 3, 2012: More Late Coffee

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### 79 LTEs written in response to July 3, 2012: More Late Coffee

• On 2 July 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain. Two days later, the body got around to approving a public announcement of its decision. Since that Declaration had the current date in large letters at the top of the document, the fourth of July has always been celebrated in the press and eventually became a national holiday. However, the date of the vote declaring independence was July 2, not July 4.

• AMR

Both days should be holidays!

• We could use more public holidays. I feel like this could be a real winner. MAKE IT HAPPIN CRAL POLAD!!1!

• SBG

And the third, too. Pretty steamed it’s not.

• AMR

The whole country was founded, man. We should get a whole week, or at least like five days. “The Five Days of Independence.”

July 1: Canada Day. Why the hell can’t we celebrate with our neighbors on their high holidays? (Kindof like attending local celebrations of Chinese New Year. Also, we should observe Canadian Thanksgiving.)
July 2: Independence Vigil.
July 3: Independence Eve.
July 4: Independence Day.
July 5: Summer Boxing Day.

• yickit

Seconded.

Lets have a vote of the First WGOM Holiday Reform Convention.

• And then make sure we make the date of the WGOM vote a holiday, too!

• hungry joe

dude, we can’t even remember the .org’s birthday.

• Philosofer

Or the year, for that matter.

• SBG

The original site was born on July 17, 2004. That much, I know.

• brianS

a National WORLD holiday, to be sure!

• Can of Corn

so…

Declaration of Independance: July 4, 1776
U.S. Constitution: Sept 17, 1787

wgom.com: July 17, 2004
wgom.org: April 15, 2011

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wgom.gov: ???

• sean

Nitpick: we paid taxes first and then started up the .org on the 16th.

• brianS

MOAR HOLYDAYS SEAN! GET IT DNOE.

• New Britain Bo

Banks would love nothing more than another day that you can’t take your money out of their accounts.

• Philosofer

Secondy-seconded.

• Can of Corn

From the respository:

Although the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress on July 4, the date of its signing has been disputed. Most historians have concluded that it was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

A whole month of celebration!

• AMR

August 2: Independence Reprise

• cheaptoy

The highs today through Friday are all expected to be 100º. This really sucks.

• Turns out Saturday was a great day to recharge the AC in the van.

• yickit

Its been 100 here in DC for what seems like forever. I feel your pain. Stay hydrated!

• We DID manage to sneak a little rain through from pop-up thundershowers yesterday, so the evening was quite nice. That’ll probably be it for another few days, though.

• meat

+crotch pot cooking.

• ubelmann

High of 62 today, warming up to a high of 75 this weekend. It seems like May or even April.

• SBG

Joe Mauer: .327/.417/.446, $11.7 million worth of value, which projects out to just over$23 million for the season.

I am stunned, STUNNED by this. Actually, no, I’m not.

• meat

These daily reminders that Joe Mauer is good at baseball won’t sway my opinion from the contrary.

• SBG

I should add that Derek Jeter has underperformed his contract seven (7) times, with this season likely being the eighth (8th) time he’s accomplished that feat. Meaning, of course, that Joe will have to underperform his contract every single year to catch the Cap’n. Assuming, of course, that Jeter stops underperforming, which I don’t see happening. This season, he’s on pace to deliver about half the value of his salary.

• socaltwinsfan

When Mauer has five rings, he can underperform all he wants. Actually, I’d be happy with one, not that I’m unhappy with Mauer at all.

• meat

Dude, hello, intangibles.

• brianS

Intangibles are only worth psychic income.

• brianS

AJ: 14 HRs and 45 RBI, $billions of value (or$10m, if you believe made-up statistics).
Joe: 4 HRs and 37 RBI, worthless. Who you gonna believe, made up statistics, or your eyes on the HR and RBI lines?

• davidwatts

one of my favorite running gags this season is the “boooo”-ing of Joe Mauer. it never gets old.

• Beau

The fact that Reusse continues to trump Mauer and will actually talk about positional relativity makes me like him more and more. Pretty much every other tool on the radio, even when they defend him, say he’s not worth 23 million. These clowns must have failed math, or something.

• ubelmann

I’m convinced that Reusse knows his baseball and as long as he’s not trolling (which he will do sometimes), he usually has pretty sensible opinions on the game. I can imagine him back in 1965 defending Ziolo Versalles as AL MVP, despite a .273 batting average, 77 RBI, and 19 HR. Not eye-popping numbers at all, but he led all position players in the AL in (at the time non-existent) fWAR that year. It’s a bummer that he’s not open to more advanced stats because he’d probably agree with them more than he’d like to admit.

I think Mackey rubs off on him on the radio. I really liked Reusse writing the anti-Souhan article a couple weeks ago.

• brianS

for those interested in Smog Tales, my guy tells me that I need a new catalytic converter. The last one went in 3+ years and 40-ish thousand miles ago. I’d guess that the rate at which I’m burning oil probably had something to do with its early demise. apparently the law changed shortly after the last replacement (which was replacing original equipment on this 1995 Saturn wagon), so that my cost is going to be several hundred dollars higher this time. Ugh. But still cheaper than buying a replacement car….

• yickit

Probably should just move to ND. They let you do almost anything there.

• SBG

Not sure, but I think spitting on the sidewalk is illegal.

• yickit

Well played.

But not enforced probably. And burning through oil is now a state pastime, so bS should be good.

• socaltwinsfan

Only in sight of a lady.

• brianS

and only if accompanied by vulgar words of language, in which case the approved remedy is to grab a log chain and administer justice. Or is that only in Oklahoma?

• meat

That song contains my favorite lyric ever, “Through this would I’ve wandered, I’ve seen lots of funny men, some will rob you with a six gun and some with a fountain pen”.

• brianS

It’s a nice piece of poetic myth-making. My favorite version is Zimmy’s on Folkways (a great “classic” album that needs someone to review it around here!)

• FYI, yesterday was Union Pacific RR’s 150th birthday. Another holiday in the making!

Also, sad to hear that Andy Griffith has died. I’ll go ahead and enjoy the theme song whistle in my head for a while…

• New Britain Bo

Loved the A.G. Show episode where buxilicious Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) comes to town, and opens up a nails shop. Pretty soon, all of the local guys are getting their nails done, including said Sheriff. Classic.

• ubelmann

I went to see the Mariners play the Red Sox over the weekend, and I don’t know if it was the extra couple innings or what, but it really hit home that during most half-inning breaks, the Mariners will just play some music, encourage people to dance, and then put them on the video board. (Perhaps this was worse than usual because they were running a “Viva Las Vargas” promotion--maybe the lamest promotion I’ve ever been to.) Each next time they did this, it struck me as more and more tedious. I’m not opposed to a little frivolity, but I really didn’t go to the game to find a dance party and for that matter, a dance party with really bad dancers.

It struck me that a much better way to use the video board, especially for west coast games when almost all of the days’ games have been completed, would be to just show highlights of other games between half-innings. That would be awesome. As it is, the only baseball-related video they showed between innings was a blooper reel. If you’re going to show bloopers, why not show highlights?

• Surely MLB teams aren’t blacked out/legally restricted from showing highlights from around the league, but it wouldn’t surprise me if somehow they were.

• ubelmann

Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised either, but it seems like a case where if everyone showed highlights at the games, it would overall be a win-win scenario. For one, compared to overall TV viewership, attendance at the game is minimal (60K max), and some of those fans will go home and watch SportsCenter or whatever anyway. But personally, if I’m devoting 4-5 hours of my day to going to the game and coming back home, I don’t have any time left to watch a highlights show afterward. So this would be purely value added from my standpoint, and I would be more up-to-date on the league, which would keep me hooked and make me more interested in seeing other teams that are coming to town.

I would almost think it would be such perfect advertisting that MLB Network would want to buy between-innings video board time to show highlights.

• They would certainly have to get expressed, written consent first.

(btw, did you see the latest Lews?)

• brianS

This may be one case in which I probably will NOT be “going Rogue”.

• SBG

Oh, you HAVE to. I totally would, if given the chance.

• meat

I agree. I’ll be purchasing one of those if they’re available in NOLA.

• Philosofer

Off for interview #3. If it goes well, hopefully interview #4 isn’t too far down the road!

• SBG

How about job offer #1? That’s what I’m hoping comes next.

• cheaptoy

What Stick said. Good luck on #3, but damn, I thought even that was a crazy number of interviews. Two is the most I’ve ever had to deal with.

• Philosofer

It makes some sense, given this particular office. And so long as I keep moving up the chain, I have no complaints with the process.

• AMR

At what point do you have to start recruiting others to get their first interview?

• If anyone is looking for something on TV, “Hellboy 2″ is on FX.

• Ugh…thanks again, Runner. Once again, I fell asleep early.

I haven’t mentioned this anywhere, but it’s probably time, since I’ve been a little absent. I got a call a couple of days ago that armed me with the knowledge that, barring a major surprise breakthrough, the TV show is dead.

• davidwatts

sorry to hear that news :/

• That TV graveyard is a big one. My condolences.

And I suggest you move Rhustler’s Rhapsody up on your Netflix queue in memory of Andy Griffith and for the comedic balm.

• SBG

Craptastic. Sorry to hear that.

• brianS

Dido. We are all still counting on you to remember us when, spoons. Hang in there.

• Can of Corn

BOOOOO! (in the usual sense…well, the usual sense outside of this place…you know what I mean -- sorry for the shit news).

• bhiggum

Damn, spooks, that blows. I’ll keep hoping for some surprise news for you.

Sorry to hear that, spoons. Something’ll work out.

• AMR

Crap. There goes my reason to hook up the cable to the TV…
Bummed for you, I was excited for this.

• davidwatts

I see on the Twitter machine that Liam Hendricks is going back down to Roch and Cole DeVries is back up.

• I feel a little better about the chances to win when Cole pitches.

• brianS

Twins are 3-9 in Hendriks’ appearances, 3-1 in De Vries’ appearances. Apparently, that EdinaEden Prairie cake-eater just knows how to win.

• Wait, deVries just pitched on Saturday -- when did he get sent down?

• davidwatts

he was sent down after the Saturday game. there is a new rule stating that if you have a split douleheader, you can call up a 26th man to the roster without adding an option to his status.

• I remember that new rule now that you mention it. I didn’t realize they applied it to deVries in this situation. Thanks, dw.

• davidwatts

there is a proven close ™ back on the market