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N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 3
October 20, 2010 · 63 Comments
N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 3

by Keckler
Updated bracket is here. Confused? Click here. Polls for Flight 3 close 11:59 PM ET on Monday.
1 Skittles vs. 16 Bit O' Honey. Really? How is a "bit o'" anything even acceptable as a …

N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 2
October 19, 2010 · 53 Comments
N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 2

by Keckler
Updated bracket is here. Confused? Click here. Polls for Flight 2 close 11:59 PM ET on Friday.
1 Peeps vs. 16 Zotz. There's no way I'm not picking Peeps to win this whole damn tournament. …

N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 1
October 18, 2010 · 40 Comments
N Candy AA II: Round of 64, Flight 1

by Sarah D. Bunting
Updated bracket is here. Confused? Click here. Polls for Flight 1 close 11:59 PM ET on Thursday.
1 Pez vs. 16 root beer barrels. The root beer barrel is that rare candy that …

AL and NL Championship Serieseseses 2010: Discuss/Vent
October 16, 2010 · 26 Comments
AL and NL Championship Serieseseses 2010: Discuss/Vent

Hey, Ron Washington: put the bullpen phone down, and back away…slowly.
Great pitching, miserable hitting, thrills and grievances. We're here for you. (Not you, Joe Buck.)

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Middle of the Fifth
October 16, 2010 · 11 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Middle of the Fifth

Halfway through the month today, and guess what you've done so far? You've polished off the 10K for Donors Choose with your usual ease; and you've only got $8,416 to go for Pitch In For …

The Vine: October 15, 2010
October 15, 2010 · 21 Comments
The Vine: October 15, 2010

I live in Wisconsin and the weather is already starting to get colder. The past few falls/winters/springs I've worn low-rise capri-length tights under my dress pants and various CuddlDuds tops layered under sweaters. The CuddlDuds …

The N Candy AA: Non-Chocolate's Revenge
October 14, 2010 · 83 Comments
The N Candy AA: Non-Chocolate's Revenge

Welcome back to the N Candy AA, sweet teeth! Keckler and I have put together a new bracket of non-chocolate treats for you to reminisce about, wonder at, and vote on.
And let me tell you, …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Stand-Up Double
October 13, 2010 · 17 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Stand-Up Double

But first, the TN Fall Classic/Adventures In Random DVR-Pausing crossover event, starring Messrs. Small and Large Salad, Kruk and Schilling. I didn't recognize Schilling at all for a few minutes. (Sarah: "Is that Dick Cheney?" …

The Vine: October 13, 2010
October 13, 2010 · 7 Comments
The Vine: October 13, 2010

It's the Fall Classic Ask The Readers edition of The Vine — reader Daisy has offered to donate $25 to the uniform haul if one of you fine people can identify the book she's looking …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Hustle
October 12, 2010 · 11 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Hustle

Some of you may not care about baseball. That's no problem, because this isn't really about baseball.
This is about kids feeling like somebody hears them and gives a damn. Adults feeling that way too, really …