The Filibuster

Jimmy_smokes.jpgDoes Jimmy Leyland still smoke?  His voice sounds like gravel mixed
with more gravel.  I figured if anyone would know something as wacky as
this, it’d be you guys.

Hammond, IN


Does the Pope sh!t in the woods? By which I obviously mean, of course Jimmy Leyland still smokes. Let’s face it, even if he gave up smoking, the residual tar in his lungs and nicotine in his blood stream would be the equivalent of smoking a pack and a half of Marlboro Reds a day. For the next ten years. They may not have found any biological weapons in Iraq but the city of Detroit sure has one and it’s Leyland’s bodily fluids.

The more important question here, though, Nate, is why haven’t the Tigers used this to their advantage even as the season slowly slips away? For instance, if an opposing pitcher is heating up, have Leyland breathe in the guy’s face between innings. The nicotine blast alone would be enough to get the guy wired and perhaps allow the Tigers’ hitters to tee off.

But instead we have to content ourselves with blurry images of Leyland furtively catching a smoke while we take bets on how much lung capacity he has left. Considering the fact that he hasn’t really let loose on his team during this ridiculous slide, I’m going to say it’s only about 25%. Any takers? Nate?



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***Secrets of the Masons also welcome.


I love Leyland. Well, not love love. But I think he’s one of the great characters in the game, and I hope his lungs are OK because I’d like him to stick around for a long time. xxoo to Jim.

The way the Tigers have been playing down the stretch here makes me think he’s been smoking a little more the just cigs. He seems pretty mellow as his team heads for second place in the lowly Central.
You guys might wanna check out ‘Man vs. Food’ on the Travel Channel Wed. night at 10pm. They’ll be at 5/3 Ballpark in Grand Rapids trying the Fifth-Thrid Burger.

Is that even still a question? (* I think not.) ha well Allen gets his wish Tigers are going down to the wire for the AL Central, who ever thought it would come to this?


Does it matter, either the smoking or the lack lustre play by the Tigers is going to do him in, it’s just a matter of of which hurts him the most…probably the Tigers at this point…
Outside the Phillies Looking In

I am with Peter…that and the smog in Detroit ought to do him in eventually.


“The nicotine blast alone would be enough to get the guy wired and perhaps allow the Tigers’ hitters to tee off. ”
Hee hee!!!

Ha.. check his furtive movements in the dugout. I mean… why bother. Just stand on the rail and puff the damn thing : ) Hell, light up a stogie they last longer.

Buz –

Well, if the Tigers can’t tee off on the likes of Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing, I’m not sure even Leyland’s stinky breath can help.

So – what was more exciting – the Cards clinching the division or the Detroit Lions winning a football game?


Does a bear still poop in the woods?
That might be the more interesting question.
Leyland is that old school coach that still shows the habits, vices and also the gruff of a earlier time in the game.
But that also is not a bad thing.
His style might just be what the Tigers needed this year, but also might be what some of the clubs in the MLB need to get back into the playoffs and produce some winning records.
Funny, I still remember him standing in the dugout in S Florida so long ago, or even in those Pittsburgh colors, and his shape and demeanor have remians as consistent as his views of the game……….A true icon symbol for a manager.

Rays Renegade

I’m surprised some hysterical parent hasn’t raised hell because a molecule of nicotine might drift out of the dugout and harm The Children(tm).

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