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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 10-18-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • Astros can yell “Houston Strong” all day long, but if they don’t pick up the slack in the hitting dept. they’ won’t last much longer in these here playoffs. Yes, they have old man Verlander going in Game 6, but he is going to give up a few runs in the minute band box, which means guys like Springer had better get some spring in their step, as well as their bats. Stros are sorely in need of a straw for a stirring change of momentum. #Astros #Yankees
  • Los Dodgers finally are at a loss for in-game solutions.  Baez says bye bye to his little friend and to a sweep.  Time to bring in a ton of Clayton and squash this rally in the bud. #Dodgers #Cubs


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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 10-17-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • If Houston loses this series, they’ll point to the disastrous 7th inning as the beginning of the end, when a 4-0 lead vanished like a house of cards. Houston’s relief has not lived up to its name, bringing nothing but heartburn for Hinch, who doesn’t seem to know where to turn… and they’re burning for game 6 in the Bronx! #Astros #Yankees
  • Cubs looked quite famished for runs with the twirling Darvish on the mound.  Yes, Yu can’t hit what Yu can’t see, and Chicago needed a seeing eye dog for most of the night.  Meanwhile, Carl Edwards Jr. has a senior moment, walking the pitcher with the bases loaded, and the Dodgers looked relaxed and self-assured from the plate.  #Dodgers #Cubs
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 10-14-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • With a couple of good yanks by Yasiel, it’s more redemption for Kershaw and the Dodgers. #Dodgers #Cubs
  • Another small but important step (or group of short, quick steps) for the Mayor of Munchkinland Altuve, while the Yankees find themselves in a very hairy, 0-2 situation (despite their no facial hair policy)…#Yankees #Astros
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Lots of Dead Men Walking at ChabDog Sports Talk …


At ChabDog Sports Talk, we’re all about talkin Dead Men Walking; listen in as we foretold the firings of Farrell, Phil, The Mad Hatter, and Charlie the Strongman and why Dusty, Terry and Chuckie should be running for cover, not hovering in the dugout or on the sidelines.

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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 10-12-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • All you need to know is that at game’s end, there was a big W sign joyfully bouncing up and down in the stands and it was blue, not red. This was a typically nasty Natty meltdown, garnished with plenty of bad luck, bad execution, missed opportunities, and questionable managing from guess who… Dusty Baker. Where do you start? 1) Choosing geological disaster Geo Gonzalez, who put us through 3 very painful innings, and following that up with a clearly used up and off target Max, who was getting lots of unwanted movement on his pitches, to not challenging the batter interference on the swing that hit the catcher’s mask, to not moving the runners over in the 8th with men on first and second and nobody out. The fact is that Joe Maddon is probably the best manager in baseball, and he’s working for the Cubs, along with a team that likes the pressure, if not thrives on it. As for Washington, there were too many miscues, missed calls, and mistakes both in the field and at bat to keep track of, but who will ever forget Werth’s deer in the headlights play in left or Lobaton forgetting to leave his foot on first or a panicked Bryce Harper swinging right through that last third strike. Now it’s on to LA, where the Dodgers face the Lester of two evils. Good advice would be to make Johnny throw to first. #Cubs #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 10-11-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • Nice change up for the Nationals — you can certainly say that again — as Stephen stymies the Cubbies with his slow down strikeout pitch, and Washington show uncommon valor in an elimination game. The question now becomes who will Dusty designate to start Game 5 in DC, and will it even matter against wily Kyle Hendricks, he of many tricks up the sleeve. Fans of the host had better hope their team’s bats don’t take their usual leave of absence when it matters most. #Nationals #Cubs
  • New York finally has something to get delirious over, what with Didi’s repeated straightening of Corey’s curves (or were they fastballs?), and CC giving the Indians a very deadly case of Slurvey. Houston has more hitting than Cleveland, but the fact remains that the Yankees have better overall pitching and right handed bats that could mean trouble in the Minute Maid band box. Look for home field advantage to be pivotal … Astros in 7. #Yankees #Indians
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 10-9-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update (Divisional Series):

  • Rainy days and Mondays certainly get the Indians down, as they fumble away Game 4 quite carelessly, looking more like Wolverine receivers trying to catch a greased pigskin than baseball players in the field. By all rights, Cleveland should be done, but they have a chance at redemption in the rubber match by the shores of Lake Erie. Unfortunately, they won’t have their EE battery to bail them out, and this lack of punch may well be the deciding factor. #Indians #Yankees
  • This amazing game at Fenway had just about everything you could imagine jam packed into a simple 9 inning, 9-run contest, including an overreaching ball girl, a couple of ace starters who raced in to put out some serious indigestion, an inside-the-park job in the bottom of the ninth, and a mouthing off manager who got tossed in a NY minute. And in the end, the Astros just had too many answers for everything that the resilient Red Sox threw at them, including no fear for killer extraordinaire Craig Kimbrel. Houston looks primed and ready to continue its run, which would certainly be nice for a city that’s endured courageously … not only through this year’s hurricane … but through many disappointments, … from the Oiler collapse to Frank Reich, to the gut wrenching playoff loss to the Mets in ’86, to the NBA title losses to the Celtics in ’81 and ’86, to the 2005 power outage against the Chisox in the WCS. Kudos to a well coached, hard working team that will give the Yankees-Indians winner a real run for their money! And congrats to a Red Sox team that fought the good fight all year, and will be back in contention in 2018. #RedSox #Astros
  • Nats probably thought they were in for a pleasant drive on the Scherzy turnpike, what with Maxie seemingly in cruise control through 6. But there was double trouble by Zobrist in the sinful 7th, and when that ever-present Achilles heel of a pen reared its ugly head for Washington its was curtains for Baker’s boys. But please, somebody tell Rodney Dangerfield Rizzo to calm down … it wasn’t a lack of respect that caused Dusty to pitch to him in the 8th … no, it was just sheer stupidity. Nothing personal. #Nationals #Cubs
  • For six sweet innings, Darvish was simply fantastiche, while a grinding Professor Greinke had definite problems maintaining Dodger decorum on the field, particularly when he had his school bell rudely rung by Bellinger.  These Dodgers have everything, including a confident lazy looking closer named Kenley, who can produce Ks at a moment’s notice. Sorry Bud… you’ll need more than a revolving door of reliever to deal with this fire drill situation.
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On the October 8 edition of ChabDog Sports Talk (pt. 1):

— ChabDog tries to give Frank a Rosie outlook for the day with some New Jersey rock from The Boss;
— Put in Matt I Want Less Moore;
— Harbaugh’s still harboring resentment for L’il brutha’s latest home invasion at the Big House;
— MD’s application for the Misfit Conference has just been given special attention by the admissions committee;
— Forget Tornado Alley… Norman’s located smack dab in the middle of Cyclone County;
— Don Criqui gets so excited during his broadcast of Notre Dame’s slamming of the lamb-like Rams that his girdle came undone;
— Trojans pounded the Beavers;
— Bulldogs promise to drink up at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party… and it won’t matter;
— Hear why Bryce got a call from the Secret Service about some broken windows at the White House;
— Girardi’s days may be numbered like those of Frankie Pantangeli .. “Michael Corleone says hello”;
— One of the world’s great unsolved mysteries… why does Chris Sale run out of gas each August?
— “Live from the Dolong Bridge, it’s the ChabDog Sports Network”;
— Deano reminds us “You’re not drunk if you can lay on the floor without holding”;
— Eric negotiates syndication rights, live on the air, for “Let me be Frank”;
— Caruso confirms that the Red Sox will clench their fists and prevail in Game 3 over the Astros and their magical midget;
— Much discussion about steroid use and things breaking off, both on the field and in the bathroom of the Bada Bing;
— Jay Cutler as a color commentator? We wouldn’t put him in a telephone booth…
— and more

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-8-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update:

  • Betts extends over the fence to haul back a would-be homer, Hanley shows his teammates how to handle the bat, and the Red Sox keep hope alive for another historic playoff comeback. #RedSox #Astros
  • Cleveland’s run of good fortune finally ends against the well compensated Yankees. And given what happened in Game 2, it’s a good thing for Girardi that the hometown fans left today’s game feeling like they got their money’s worth. #Yankees #Indians
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 10-7-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update (Divisional Series):

  • Nationals avert mass suicide in the Nation’s Capital when they miraculously emerge from a protracted playoff coma, coming from behind in a crazy eighth when Lind singles, Harper strokes one into the cheap seats against Carl Jr., and Zimmy gets to do the Fully Monty after his round tripper against Monty. #Nationals #Cubs
  • Now all they need is maximum output from Mad Max and for Trea Turner to get off the ground.
  • The use Robbie Ray and pray strategy doesn’t work too well , as the Dodgers pound Arizona pitchers into the ground; Bud Black’s D-backs now retreat to their desert refuge and put all their eggs in the Zack basket. #Dodgers #Diamondbacks
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 10-6-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update (Divisional Series):

  • Raging red-head Justin Turner hits Taijuan Walker’s meatball all the way to Tijuana in a first inning Dodger eruption that buries the D-backs at the Ravine in a pile of rubble. To a man, the Janitors know they need to clean up their act in Game 2 … this was messy. #Diamondbacks #Dodgers
  • Big red Ws produce a big fat L for the typically timid Nationals, who again forget how to hit the ball in the playoffs … this time against Chicago’s No. 3 starter. Baker’s boys now don’t look so fabulous now, and face a must win pressure cooker at home in Game 2. #Cubs #Nationals
  • If this game doesn’t validate the Windians as this year’s team of destiny, nothing does. Cleveland manages to claw their way back from a 5-run hole, against perhaps the most vaunted pen in the AL. And they do it without having to go through chief fireman Chapman and with the help of a missed-hit-by pitch on Chisenhall that Giradi for some reason chooses not to challenge. #Indians #Yankees
  • It’s Boston’s worst fears coming back to roost, as Astros revisit an 8-2 pounding, part deux. How do they handle another tough left-hander (particularly with Nunez neutralized and on the bench), and what to do about all that right-hand hitting power of the explosive Stros…. #RedSox #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 10-5-17 (click post for audio)

MLB Update (Division Series):

  • Cleveland blanks the Yanks, as Trevor gives the wild card winners some real tremors. Just ask Judge. #Yankees #Indians
  • Sox and red-faced ace get chased from Minute Maid with egg on their face after little Altuve finds the perfect groove for his productive swing. For Boston, they’re praying that their real stopper, Drew, can bring a respite from the Houston headaches in Game 2. #RedSox #Astros
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