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Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth

The year is 1994. The Seattle Mariners ended the season on a 4 game losing streak allowing the Minnesota Twins to force a 1 game playoff for the wild card1.

Twins owner, Billy Heywood fired their manager mid-season. Instituted himself as manager because he couldn’t convince Whitey Herzog to take the job. Then proceeded to bench one of the Twins best players, Lou Collins, down the stretch simply because Lou was dating Heywood’s mother.

The Twins undoubtedly did not deserve to be there. Sometimes that’s how baseball goes. The Mariners, clearly the better team had two future hall of famers to the Twins entire roster of players who don’t even show up in fangraphs. Continue reading “Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth”

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Sausage Party is the Raunchy Anthropomorphic Food Cartoon We’ve Always Wanted

Over under on how many unwitting grandparents took kids to see this over the weekend?

Sausage Party wastes no time in letting you know exactly what it is. The latest Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg creation answers the question “What would it be like if a Pixar movie made dick jokes?”, and thankfully we have the answer.

This movie quickly lets you know what it is all about via a catchy Disney-esque song that gets you ramped up for everything that’ll be satirized over the next 90ish minutes. This movie satirizes almost everything you can think of. Anthropomorphic food sex, anthropomorphic food religion, anthropomorphic food race, and so on. It does all of this without seeming mean spirited the whole way through. Something increasingly difficult in a time when everyone is constantly offended by something. That is not to say that it doesn’t make the easy joke, because it is definitely not afraid to do that.

I think there is definitely something here for most everyone. Our theater had a wide variety of folks in it, and everyone was laughing their ass off throughout. Especially the bros sitting in the back who likely had pounded some bro drinks beforehand. Shout out, broskies. Continue reading “Sausage Party is the Raunchy Anthropomorphic Food Cartoon We’ve Always Wanted”

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The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 1

We’re down to number 1 on the Greatest Fictional Sports Team of All-Time list, but before the big reveal let’s go over the rules. Each team in the GFSTOAT list is graded on a scale of 1 to 5 in 5 key categories: key players, depth, coaching, results, and legacy. So far we’ve had:

5. The Washington Sentinels – The Replacements
4. The Sandlot Crew – The Sandlot
3. The Mighty Ducks – The Mighty Ducks
2. Tune Squad – Space Jam

Now let’s get on to number 1. Continue reading “The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 1”

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The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 2

We’re on to number 2 on the Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time1 list. The list was put together using the scientific method. In that I made up 5 categories and ranked teams on them from 1-5 without consulting anyone else. Those categories are Key Players, Depth, Coaching, Results, and Legacy. Let’s recap the list so far:

5. The Washington Sentinels – The Replacements
4. The Sandlot Crew – The Sandlot
3. The Mighty Ducks – The Mighty Ducks

On to number 2! Continue reading “The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 2”

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The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 3

We’ve moved on to number 3 on the GFSTOAT list. My personal biases would have flipped 3 and 4 on the list, but we stick to a scientific method here at View From The Pine. What’s that method you ask? Teams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 for key players, depth, coaching, results, and legacy. Oh and it’s all made up by me.

First, let’s recap:

5. The Washington Sentinels – The Replacements
4. The Sandlot Crew – The Sandlot

With that racket out of the way let’s get on to number 3 on the GFSTOAT list. Continue reading “The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 3”

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The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 4

We’re on to number 4 on the GFSTOAT. It pains me, deeply, to put this team so low, but the grades just worked out that way, and we’re nothing if not unbiased1 here at View From The Pine. Let’s do a quick recap: at number 5 we had the Keanu Reeves led Washington Sentinels from the classic film The Replacements. Now at number 4 we’ve got: Continue reading “The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 4”

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The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 5

Here at View From The Pine we1 have been scientifically2 putting together the greatest fictional sports team of all-time. We broke it down into five key categories that make a great team: key players, depth, coaching, results, and legacy. Then rated each team’s category on a scale of 1 to 5 and totaled them up to find the best.

Let’s get right into number 5 on the list. Continue reading “The Greatest Fictional Sports Team Of All-Time: Number 5”