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You'll see more plays like this at the plate, instead of collisions, if baseball changes its rules.
You'll see more plays like this at the plate, instead of collisions, if baseball changes its rules. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

MLB scores with ban on collisions at home plate

I realize I'm going to sound like a hypocrite here, but I think Major League Baseball is moving in the right direction in banning collisions at home plate.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have just "officially negotiated the addition of Rule 7.13, covering collisions at home plate, on an experimental basis for the 2014 season" this afternoon.

According to a statement from both parties, "In 2014, the rule being implemented by MLB and the MLBPA will prohibit the most egregious collisions at home plate."

It was just two years ago that I was extolling the awesomeness of former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel's vicious home plate collision. I even embedded videos of some other great ones.

But just because I like seeing them doesn't mean they shouldn't be banned.

It is the job of a league to protect the players playing in it, and to me, this is an unnecessary part of the game that should be legislated out.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin disagreed, and said as much when he joined MLB Tonight on the MLB Network and said, "I don't necessarily like it. Don't take away instincts from the players playing the game."

Melvin kept it simple.

"If you don't want a collision, you don't have to have a collision."

I get that. A catcher could move out of the way.

But really, depending on the situation, they're not going to.

This move will prevent unnecessary injury. It's one thing for Carlos Gomez to go careening into a wall to make a catch, or for Juan Uribe to dive into the stands for a foul ball (yup, I just pulled a 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series reference. You think Derek Jeter was the only one to do that?).

A defense can still accomplish its objective – tagging the runner out – without putting the catcher or the runner in harm's way.

While this type of play doesn't happen often, it can lead to serious injury for both parties. Why give these guys the option? Ban the collision, and I guarantee you no one eve…

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight was the first Milwaukeean to use the UberBLACK service.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight was the first Milwaukeean to use the UberBLACK service. (Photo: Uber)

Uber is here, bringing UberBLACK service to Milwaukee

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

It's been long rumored, and long awaited, but the car service app Uber is finally in Milwaukee with the roll out of its signature UberBLACK service.

The move was announced by the company with the posting of this announcment, which features Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight.

In it, the company stated:

With UberBLACK hitting the streets this weekend, Milwaukeens now have a convenient, stylish, and seamless way to move around the city. With just the push of a button, Uber will connect you with the closest available driver in town, ready to pick you up in minutes. You’ll be able to see a picture of your driver, the car they’re driving, and can even track their progress as they drive toward you!

The app is in its testing phase, so expect some hiccups and lack of availability, but as someone who has used the UberBLACK service in Chicago, I can vouch that it's very convenient, and a great way to get to where you need to go. And, it makes you feel a bit special, too.

And, since it's bar month here at OnMilwaukee.com (and every month of the year in the Cream City), be sure to use it to get home safely, too.

UPDATE: On the same day of its launch, the city of Milwaukee is saying that UberBLACK is illegal.

According to this FOX6 report, Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Owczarski said Uber has "made it crystal clear they have no intentions of complying with those rules and regulations," regarding filing for proper permits.

Uber general manager Nick Anderson contends that's not the case.

"Every city we go to, we research the local requirements," Anderson told FOX6. "So they’re licensed, they have the p…

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose on Feb. 2.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose on Feb. 2. (Photo: Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com )

Do you dead pool?

The sudden passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday created a certain kind of buzz among groups of friends and on the internet. No, it wasn't "did you hear?" or "how tragic!"

It was "did anyone have him?"

Have him in what? A dead pool.

Did you?

Yes, it's a thing. You can gamble on it. Or you can do it "just because."

It's definitely weird. And a little macabre. I get it. And I have no problem with it.

How do I justify that? I don't know. I can't, really.

And perhaps I'm a hypocrite since I don't think it's appropriate to take selfies at funerals.

I'm not big into celebrity culture. I don't follow any on Twitter. I don't buy celebrity-driven magazines, or go to celebrity-driven web sites. I'm not a fan of movies or television, really (though I do enjoy a little bit of each).

Those people exist, as I do. And then they won't, like I won't, at some point.

Some feel it's bad karma, to wonder about who might be die in a given year. I believe in karma, but there isn't any ill intent on my part. What does that mean? I dunno.

Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone, and I think about my death all the time.

Would I put myself on a dead pool list? No. As far as I know, I don't have a terminal illness, and I don't have addiction that might kill me suddenly. And, if I did, I don't think you can vote for yourself.

Would I be upset if someone did a Milwaukee "celebrity" death pool and put me on it? No. I mean, if I kick in 2014, I'm big points (100 minus your age). You always need one like that if you participate.

It's definitely a strange thing, that a death pool even exists in our culture. I don't know how it started or why. But it's out there.

I don't wish the end on anyone. I don't gain anything out of it. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not sad. I don't know those people, but I feel compassion for those that love them. Death sucks.

A friend of mine died in her 20s. My sister lost friends in their teens. I've lost older people. Some were really old. Some wer…

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