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Red Ops: Target Selection Complete
May 12, 2012 · 12 Comments
Red Ops: Target Selection Complete

This is Red Leader speaking. We have confirmed our fund-raising targets for the Red Ops contest. The cities/regions appear below, in alphabetical order:

Albuquerque, NM
Brownsville, TX
Buffalo, NY
Camden, NJ
Columbia, SC
The Dakotas
Detroit, MI
Joplin, MO
Northridge/Dayton, OH
West Virginia's northern panhandle

This …

The Vine: May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012 · 36 Comments
The Vine: May 11, 2012

I am on the hunt for the perfect work bag. I have tons of large shoulder purses that would work, but I do a lot of walking and have a lot of stuff in my bag, and …

The Vine: May 9, 2012
May 9, 2012 · 21 Comments
The Vine: May 9, 2012

I am a longtime reader and have honestly found myself in an anxiety-creating moral pickle (so to speak…though being in a literal moral pickle might be rather nice!).
Here is the short version: I was in …

Red Ops: Choose our 10th community!
May 8, 2012 · One Comment
Red Ops: Choose our 10th community!

It's time to choose the tenth and final community we drop a bazillion dimes on during the contest. The poll is below, and includes a few entries from the original poll, plus some write-in candidates. …

Out With The Crowd: "I'm so glad this is his last season"
May 7, 2012 · 4 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "I'm so glad this is his last season"

Out With The Crowd ventured into the NL East late last week when I interviewed Lauren, the head rodeo clown at LoveMyBravos.com, about bullpen-management issues, stupid baby names, and J. Hey's new look.
Sarah D. Bunting: …

Girls 104: Totally not an attached bleeder
May 7, 2012 · No Comment
<I>Girls</I> 104: Totally not an attached bleeder

From my recap of "Hannah's Diary," over at Press Play:
"Just be who you are," he says, oh so sweetly, and it's a moment Hannah is going to take out and look at with brimming eyes for …

Red Ops: The Tomato Nation / Donors Choose Spring 2012 Contest
May 7, 2012 · 14 Comments
Red Ops: The Tomato Nation / Donors Choose Spring 2012 Contest

10 cities. 2 weeks. 1 mighty Nation. Wheels up May 21.

Out With The Crowd: "Pure joy. Gone forever."
May 5, 2012 · 6 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "Pure joy. Gone forever."

Welcome back to Out With The Crowd, and our first foray into the National League. Joining us is TN reader and Colorado fan Leigh Bingham; we discussed Jimenez v. Tulo, pantsless mascots, porous defense, and …

The Vine: May 4, 2012
May 4, 2012 · 65 Comments
The Vine: May 4, 2012

I have a question about a topic I know is near and dear to you — snacks! Well, snacks and other food, and I'm hoping the TN readers can help with some suggestions.
I'm fat, …

Out With The Crowd: "You are not Herb Brooks"
May 3, 2012 · 15 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "You are not Herb Brooks"

In this installment of Out With The Crowd, I talked with TN/baseball regular commenter — and level-headed Red Sox fan — BSD about Cherington agonistes, chicken tattletales, and stabilizing douchebags. We spoke on April 21 …