For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

THE TIME HAS COME



PUT ME IN COACH – 12

It is that magical time of the year again when peanuts and crackerjacks are vogue. The fans of the worst teams convince themselves they won’t lose 90 games this year, and they look good on someone’s paper. Thus, it is time for the most anticipated entry this blog offers; the 12th annual Code Monkey’s MLB Team Predictions and Slogans.

As normal, the predictions will probably be wrong, but they are here just in case I get one right so I can brag about it. The slogans are more in-line with what I think the team’s slogans should be if the teams were actually truthful with their slogans.

AL EAST
1.TorontoPlayer’s flipping bats and fan’s throwing stuff on the field is all part of our Canadian politeness
2.Evil EmpireReforming our ways with zero free agents this past off-season because we misplaced the checkbook
3.Tampa BayPlaying in Havana made us appreciate the Tropicana
4.Evil NationSomeone needs to check if Panda is on the endangered third basemen list
5.BaltimoreBanning our biggest threat – pies
AL CENTRAL
1.Kansas CityIt’s fine to hustle in the late innings and jump onto our band wagon
2.MinnesotaMinnie and Paul are looking forward to Twins Fur Bomber Hat Giveaway night
3.Chicago WSBelieving in strict child labor laws
4.DetroitBad bullpen and bad base running will not help us in this division
5.ClevelandLet the Lindor hype begin
AL WEST
1.HoustonThat’s right, contenders and Astros are now in the same sentence
2.SeattleDiPoto overhaul leads to dividends
3.TexasTo honor Josh Hamilton, we will rename our DL the Hamilton List
4.LA of AnaheimTrout would win the MVP if we could get to the playoffs
5.OaklandReady to trade Sonny Gray for a big haul
NL EAST
1.NY MetsPaying 10 times less in revenue sharing than the other team in our city, but we went to the World Series last year and they did not
2.WashingtonHarper vs Papelbon 2 is a tiring, clownish event
3.MiamiMattingly will be enforcing the Mr. Burn’s rule – “Shave those sideburns…you heard me hippie”
4.AtlantaFrankly, Starlet, Turner Field is ancient 19 year old stadium so time to move on
5.PhiladelphiaUpping fan’s cholesterol with Duck Fat Fries and Hickory Bacon Hot-Dogs
NL CENTRAL
1.St. LouisWe have heard that “The Year of the Cubs” stuff for over 108 years
2.PittsburghFighting for Wild Card Reform one season at a time
3.Chicago CubsThe bigger the build up, the bigger goat’s bah
4.MilwaukeeIt is going to be a long season when you lose a closer while he is taking off his shoes
5.CincinnatiWe got a $19 million bonus pool for being really bad or as we look it, we won
NL WEST
1.LA DodgersCan’t believe this is Vin Scully’s farewell season
2.San FranciscoHunter Pence Likes Even Number Years
3.San DiegoDon’t forget we still have all those big contracts we paid for last year
4.ArizonaBeating the drum that our 18 years-old stadium needs to be replaced – blah, blah, hiss, hiss
5.ColoradoWhat is this pitching thing everyone keeps saying we need?
SLOGANS FOR MLB:
Actually going to ban smokeless tobacco in some places
OTHER PREDICTIONS:
First manager to get fired: Mike Scioscia (LA of Anaheim)
WILDCARD PREDICTIONS:
AL #1Seattle
AL #2Minnesota
NL #1Pittsburgh
NL #2San Francisco
WILDCARD PLAYOFF WINNERS:
ALMinnesota
NLPittsburgh
DIVISIONAL SERIES PLAYOFF WINNERS:
AL #1Kansas City over Minnesota
AL #2Houston over Toronto
NL #1Pittsburgh over LA Dodgers
NL #2St. Louis over NY Mets
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PLAYOFF WINNERS:
ALHouston over Kansas City
NLSt. Louis over Pittsburgh
WORLD SERIES WINNER:
St. Louis over Houston

STATS:
In case you are worried I might make a correct predictions and your team has no hope, don’t be afraid. Below are my stats from the previous years. That should ease your fears and prove that I am no prophet.

Correct AL Division Winners13/3339%
Correct AL Wild Card Winners2/1513%
Correct NL Division Winners15/3345%
Correct NL Wild Card Winners3/1520%
Correct First Manager To Fired (got my first one right last year)1/1109%
Correct World Series Winners1/617%

There you have it, my skewed and unscientific view of the 2016 major league season. Enjoy the day and season, baseball fans. Go Rockies!


ALL MY FRIENDS SAY

At the end of each year, I like to honor my friends/people I know that have blogs by linking back to my favorite story that they wrote this past year. It is just a way to support my friends and let them know I enjoy their work.

I hope you take the time to click on the links and read about their lives and their thoughts.

BLOG LINKCOMMENT
The Adventures of MollieWhat an ugly word.
Bob The RunnerBob’s first time on the podium. Congratulations Bob!
Danica FavoriteTen things that make you awesome.
Dave & Amy Terpstra“I love to throw stuff away.” This was the first line of the entry and it really got my attention.
Field Notes On The Jesus WayFinish Strong, words I tell myself all the time.
Fraser Hess BlogTechie blog with some wise real world words: “sick of this macho, don’t-show-any-weakness nonsense from”
Grace and Truth“To be more clear don’t demand that you should be allowed to steal from other people because you made a dumb decision”
Grace in the StoryShine
Hammi: Bacon-Fueled FitnessThis was the last entry before motherhood took over for her.
Hugs Across The MilesAsking for help can be hard but so needed and useful.
I Get It ChiropraticSome health benefits of fasting.
I’m Julia’s MomThis is such a great blog making it so hard to choice a favorite one. I picked this one because it was about more of the this wonderful family.
J.D. Dudycha (The Penitent Man)Great blog from a good friend. It has lots of different entries. This one is about publishing his book.
Melissa CheathamFinishing life as an intern.
My Random ThoughtsDangerous life of those people.
Oh the Places You’ll Go!Yep, real leaders go first.
One More RiverWhen you play at Goatfest, I think you have made it to the big time.
ShalagAs someone who likes to eat, I like to have a list of feasts.
She’s an American GirlAnd she is off.
Way of RunningLoved the way he described Winter running, “guts to do what it takes and the craziness to endure”.
Win, Lose, & DrewIt should be this way every playoffs. I would have included the Dodgers, too.

Happy New Year! May you new year be much better than the previous!


MIGHT WIN AN OSCAR

It is a tradition of this blog near the end of each year to rank the movies that came out during the year (2015) and that I saw in the year (2015). These are just my thoughts about the movies. If it is different than yours, that is OK. We can have different opinions, really.

Why do I put this list out? Well, no reason really other than I just want to. It is just a yearly feature of Admirable Thoughts: Writings of Code Monkey.

I would like to thank the Local Public Libraries where I checked out all but four of these movies. Without the library, I probably would not have wasted hours watching movies because I don’t want to spend the money on them.

RANKMOVIETHOUGHTS
1Avengers: Age of UltronI find good Super Hero movies a lot of fun
2McFarland, USABased on a true story I can’t believe I did not know about
3Star Wars The Force AwakensVery enjoyable but nothing about the plot surprised me
4The Secret HandshakeNot best movie ever made, but it was funny and does deal with a great question “How do you teach a boy to be a man?”.
5War RoomActress Karen Abercrombie kind of stole the show, she did a good job
6MaxA classic family-friendly, dog movie, good acting, but with an average plot
7InterstellarI was surprised how much I liked this movie
8Mr. HolmesAn interesting take on an aging Sherlock Holmes
9Jurassic WorldAt least the kids did not reboot an UNIX server in seconds like in the first one
10Ant-ManNot Marvel’s best effort for sure
11Terminator GenisysTime travel lets you do lots of different things
12InsurgentMediocre at best
13Into The WoodsThis one disappointed me
14Furious 7Not feeling this Furious movie like I have with some of the other ones
15Mad Max. Fury RoadCan’t believe how many people loves this movie
16CreedSly was by far the best actor in this movie
17Fantastic FourMuch worst than people said it was