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July 26, 2007 6:00 AM

Flip Flop


This year's version of Rockies baseball is a bit like a box of chocolates . . . you're never quite sure what you're going to get.

As I've told you in the previous blog entries, I'm in the process of learning Flash animation as part of my quest to bring you animated win, lose & Drew cartoons in the future. I've also been watching some animated cartoons when I can to learn comic timing in a different format. I started with the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tex Avery's Droopy Dog and Season 4 of The Simpsons. It's been a great education, not to mention somewhat therapeutic in the midst of my wife's recent health crisis. I've also discovered some great online Flash animations that have been pretty inspiring. Stuff like Mudbubble.com and cartoons featured on Salon.com are pretty well done. It's all about timing, and the idea is everything. When I launch my first animation, I want it to at least be somewhat humorous and hopefully more than just a song parody, which seems to be a trend. A few editorial cartoonists are doing animations, but I have found most of them pretty dry and often too long. Nick Anderson in Houston is doing some outstanding, quick-hitting cartoons on the Chronicle website. They are really entertaining, funny cartoons that make them worth a bookmark.

I'm working now on my first animation just to get a feel for things ( I doubt I'll post it here, it's not sports-related) and then I'll move forward on getting something ready for the Rocky website hopefully by early fall, depending on my wife's health.

I've also recently discovered Firefly, Joss Whedon's brilliant TV series that has moved to the top of my favorite shows of all time list (along with the Wonder Years, WKRP, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond). If you haven't seen Firefly, check it out. You can pick up the entire DVD set (14 episodes total) for $20.



  • July 26, 2007

    9:18 AM

    Mark writes:


    Of course, the "wins" flip flops are at home...

    Great to hear you're jumping into the animated area, really looking to see what you come up with.

    Might I recommend www.homestarrunner.com and specifically the Strong Bad Email section. Some great flash animation going on here. I got nothing but respect for the guys that do make these, it's advertisement free, which is rare, if not unheard of, on the 'net.

  • July 26, 2007

    10:53 AM

    Tom writes:

    The Rockies beat the Friars 2 out of 3, but it was, of course at home. Okay fine. Groovy.

    Now they play the Dodgers (again....at HOME.) The Rocks are at a VERY favorable point in their schedule. They have a lot of home games against the tougher teams they have been playing and will be playing for the near future.

    Wait until they have to visit the West coast later on.

    Winning against the Padres doesn't make up for laying an egg against the crappy Nationals.

    The sad fact here is that the Rocks think being a .500 team is a victory of some kind.

    It isn't.

  • July 26, 2007

    1:12 PM

    MJ writes:

    Are you a Rockies fan?

  • July 26, 2007

    1:24 PM

    Kurt writes:


    despite my best judgement, I will have to agree with you on a few things for once.

    Laying the goose egg in D.C. was hard to watch, and being .500 isn't much to cheer about, or is it?

    I do know that it is has been a much better time watching the rockies this year....

    Taking two from the Padres was good for this team, and they almost had three, lets see if they can hang with the best team in the NL west?

    It feels like ritght now is make or break for the rockies, i'm hanging on the optomistic side of make.....Tom's thinking break, right?

    go rocks!

  • July 26, 2007

    3:44 PM

    Tom writes:

    Nope....not a Rockies fan, MJ. Not even a little bit.

    Subtract the current ownership, add a real life pitching staff, and resign all the key players they need and maybe, just maybe...I might find myself interested.

    Until then.......

  • July 27, 2007

    4:29 PM

    A Sense of Betrayal writes:

    Look at the numbers, people. look at the numbers.

    The Rox are by no means perfect and likely never will be -- until someone pushes the Brothers Monfort off Mt. Elbert -- but they're actually playing BETTER THAN the New York Yankees!

  • July 29, 2007

    6:45 PM

    Matt writes:

    A sense -- you might want to learn how to read the sports page. Yes the Rox did beat the Yankees. But they are hardly playing better than them. Their record is not as good, and they are 2nd to the bottom in the NL West - which is hardly as competetive as the AL East -- in which the Yanks are 2nd.

  • July 30, 2007

    10:00 AM

    Tom writes:


    Let me remind you of something as well.

    The Rockies just got finished playing tow of the teams they are CHASING.


    They are always chasing other teams. No one is ever chasing the Rockies. No one ever has to chase the Rockies.

    I must say, I found it very funny that some of these radio hosts this morning were spinning this past weekend with the Dodgers as the Rockies "winning the series" because the Rockies took 2 of the 3 games.
    There is serious flaw with this theory.
    The flaw is that the series was 4 games, not 3. There is still a game to be played in September to determine the series outcome. It well might end up being a split series, so what the hell are these radio idiots thinking, eh?
    Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
    And oh....I love the headline "Excitement brewing for Rockies".....
    Excuse me?
    They're 53-51. They're 2 games over .500. And after this road trip, they could be 4 games under .500 if they hit a real tailspin. It's not unlike the Rockies to drop 6 in a row.
    And let me ask something....How many of Matt Holliday's home runs have been hit on the road vs. at home? It seems the Rocks cannot win unless they're hitting home runs. They have returned to the one dimensional Rockies team that has always been a loser.

    And as I keep reminding folks......there are still many games to be played out against the Dodgers, Padres, and Diamondbacks, and not all of them are in the "friendly" confines of Coors Field.

    Don't get too jazzed.

  • July 30, 2007

    12:38 PM

    Michael writes:

    Tom, Tom, Tom…
    As I said before, every win is something to get jazzed about. Last time I started with you the Rockies were 6.5 out and now they are 3.5 out. You said that we should just wait until we start playing the division and we would witness a slaughter. Our hopes would once again be smashed into a million pieces and we would take our rightful place in the gutters of major league baseball (I am paraphrasing of course). Now we have to wait until we play the division leaders in their backyard in order to take our place as the lowly losers we know we are. C’mon – the Rockies are decent, they are fun to watch, and they are making a season of it. For once we are not muttering “wait ‘til next year” half way through the season. They have stumbled quite a bit, but they have also shown some character and talent.
    Nothing has been proven – they are still the Rockies and they are still owned by idiots, but they are fun to watch. They are actually in the race. Hey, it is rare in the Rockies short and sad existence to be making it this exciting at the end of July.
    The Rockies are playing some good baseball and giving the fans a good show. Who knows the Rockies may just find themselves playing some baseball in October. Despite what Tom has to say about it.

  • July 30, 2007

    1:08 PM

    Tom writes:

    Oh my....

    I feel as though I have been taken to the woodshed.

    Oh dear.

    The slaughter is far from beginning, Michael.

    This is quite the fun debate, isn't it? Well...fun for me, anyway.....

  • July 30, 2007

    1:38 PM

    Michael writes:

    Oh brother...

    So dramatic aren't we?

    I'm just saying that the Rockies are playing decent baseball and are quite entertaining to watch.

    Can you be more specific as to when the slaughter is to begin? That way I can curl up into the fetal position in preparation.

  • July 30, 2007

    2:56 PM

    Tom writes:

    Ze slaugh-terre vill star-te ze neks tame ze Rekkies tre tu cuncare ze Freeurs.

    Ye zee?



  • July 31, 2007

    12:29 PM

    jimbo57 writes:

    Hey Tom what happened to that 6-20 stretch? 11-15 isn't what I'd like, but the team is headed in the right direction.

  • July 31, 2007

    1:17 PM

    Tom writes:


    The 6-20 stretch I talked about was a PREDICTION!

    And it started off looking pretty good too, if you'll look back. The Rockies were on pace for just that record over that stretch for a while there, eh?

    I also said they were ready for a tumble.

    They tumbled.


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