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|23 hours 23 min ago||I love the Michigan Daily-esque "gridder" term||
I still have no idea why cager = basketball
|3 days 22 hours ago||Weird shit happens||
After not getting in a car accident for 14 years, I got in 2 in 3 days this week (neither were my fault). I pondered whether the first accident caused me to be tentative, drive differently, and get in the second one, but there was nothing different with how I drove. Sometimes people are going to rear-end you while they're on their cell phone or run a blinking red to your blinking yellow and plow right into you and there's nothing you can do about it.
Things you think are impossibly rare actually happen fairly often, you probably just don't notice it. Another example is a very geeky one from probably 9 years ago. I used to play World of Warcraft, and there used to be a talent for warriors called sword specialization. This ability gave you a 5% chance to get an extra swing (double damage). That extra swing could also chain into another 5% chance to get a third swing, and so on. A friend of mine once had this chain 6 times for 7x damage. That's 1 chance in 64 million.
It was a moment like the scene from Pulp Fiction where the guy missed all six shots from close range and Jules thought it was divine intervention. I told him that God didn't make your sword swing 7 times, it's just really rare, and of the billions of sword swings that happen in that game any given day, I'm sure it happened probably 100 times a day, but the people didn't care; they probably just said "whoa, that's a lot of damage" and never bothered look in their combat log to realize what happened.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I had a moment like that growing up||
My dad used to race cars as a hobby, so our family was always into racing. Dad took me to the Indy 500 when I was 9, which was 1986. This was when the Indy 500 was a big deal and NASCAR was nothing; Tony George wouldn't permanently fuck up Indy cars until the mid 90s.
Anyway, we went down there for the race, and it's raining. It rains on-and-off all day and the race gets postponed. We spend the night and it rains all day Monday (Memorial Day) as well, and we have to go home so I can go to school on Tuesday, probably never seeing the race as it would probably be run during the week. The powers that be decided that they weren't going to run during the week and they were going to postpone the race until the next weekend. Hurray! We still get a chance to see the race. I was so happy.
We go down to Indy for the second time, and race day is beautiful. Tom Sneva crashed on the pace lap. I was a HUGE Rick Mears fan and desperately wanted him to win. When you're at that age, fandom has no rationality. I don't know why I wanted Rick Mears to win, he could have been a serial killer for all I knew. I never met the guy. But Rick Mears winning was the most important thing in my entire life at that exact moment. He led with about 14 laps to go, and I almost pissed myself I was so excited. He got passed by both Bobby Rahal and Kevin Cogan in one lap, though, and ended up finishing 3rd. I was devastated and had a very similar reaction to the Brazilian soccer kid.
|3 weeks 1 min ago||Dutch should have saved a sub for that other goalie I guess||
what a wipeout in the shootout
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So many goalscorers||
that the graphic on the screen has to scroll down to show them all
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's tough to lose a parent at a young-ish age||
My dad passed away of a heart attack in 2004. He was 65 and I was 27. His passing was especially shocking because I'd just seen the guy 4 days previous for Mother's Day. My dad was a tough man and difficult to please, and for most of my childhood acted more like a demanding boss instead of a dad. It wasn't until I started getting older that I began to understand the guy better, and when I started working full time and bought my first house, I could tell he was really proud of me and just smiled a lot more every time I saw him. We were on more even terms and could connect with each other a lot better; we would talk about lawn care, fixing stuff, or corporate politics/bullshit. Things that college kids don't talk about. Unfortunately, that time was fleeting and only lasted about a year. It was a great loss and I'd lost both a parent and a mentor.
I know it's a difficult time and you have my sympathy.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||Haha, the soccer ball physics are fantastic||
It's rare to see an Atari game where a projectile just stops after a short distance; usually, they are always constant speed, flying all over the place
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||Makes sense||
I can imagine it being very difficult to execute that volley (I couldn't do it in a hundred tries, I know that much), and it did have certain things going for it in that it was basically served up on a platter for him and he was in a perfect position to put power behind it and place it where he wanted to. It just surprises me that there aren't "volley specialists" or something along those lines that can execute that more regularly; it was an incredibly efficient move that the defense had no way to respond to, which makes it seem like the ideal form of attack.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||So I just saw the Cahill goal||
Not a soccer person, but I always wonder why more players don't hit balls on the fly like that. You see so many wait for it to hit the ground and then fart around with touches, and by that time the defense closes on them and it's over -- is that volley just really hard to do? In my limited viewing, it's very rare for someone to do that.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Russian goalie Hagerup'ed it||
what a mistake
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I remember the Brazilian soccer name generator from 2010||
Roy Roundtree = Roundtreundo
I called him that for the remainder of his career here
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I hate these uniforms||
we're not Russia
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This sport is so funny||
4 years of prep and qualifying to have your team pretty much take a dump right on the field. The teams are so self-combustible and the wheels come off so quickly and openly for all to see, it's amazing. I can see why so many flock to the sport just for the drama aspect of it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||They're talking about Germany-Portugal||
needing the US to beat Ghana is kind of a given
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Just want a 1-0 winner||
A high-scoring draw is basically the nightmare scenario for this game
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah, this is much better than my HS writing||
I didn't know it was "could have" instead of "could of" until I got to college, and I had a 3.98 GPA in high school (one B in English, of course!).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||US won 2-1||
They went up 2-0 on two Altidore goals and looked like they were going to run Nigeria off the field in the 2nd half, then US subs came in and it got hairy at the back end with Nigeria scoring on a penalty with about 7 mins to go.
I don't watch much soccer at all, but my takeaway is that Bradley is really good and US defensive subs are terrible.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Just moths in a tornado||
reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend one time; she breeds preying mantii and apparently she had one that was sick or messed up for some reason that passed away. She was trying to nurse it along and mentioned "we were just trying to get it to the next molt." That's my new life philosophy, even if it doesn't make any sense whatsoever for humans.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I remember the 2001 Washington game||
My cousin's kid turned 1 and they had a birthday party, and for some reason this party had Fall Wedding status because my cousin wouldn't let us watch the game. My dad and I listened to the first half in the car before my cousin relented and let us watch the 2nd half trainwreck.
That ball deflected right off Perry's chest. Outgained them 372-268 and still lost.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||My favorite game of the year was the Sanchez blister game||
Ortega loads the bases no outs and they yank him for Coke. Well, that's going to end real well. I just turned the TV off and started cleaning. Seriously, he is so bad I chose to clean my toilet over watching him pitch.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Wow, a T-shirt Nebelwerfer||
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||I have Bubbles glasses||
Cataracts at 18 months old, pretty much had them my whole life. I can wear contacts though, so it's not that big a deal.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Never watched Bugs Bunny?||
sheesh, kids these days
|11 weeks 2 days ago||As a chemical engineer, I only have least favorite classes||
basically any of the classes involving group work with partners you can't choose (Lab 360 and Lab 460). Lab 460 was especially bad for me; we had three rotations, and generally you only have to present for one of the three, but due to an odd number of people in the class, I was the lucky one that had to present twice. Presenters are considered team leaders for that rotation, which involves more responsibility. I got two completely useless partners for one of my rotations; one guy was just unstable and we basically had to meet whenever he wasn't drunk, and I caught the other writing an email that said "this meeting is so useless" after I'd written the entire 20-page lab report by myself. When you get good partners, it's like a dream by comparison.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty amazing where some of those guys were picked, too||
2001 with five guys in the first 43 picks, that's almost Alabama 2011-2012 levels
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Freaking Peko TD||
"No big, replay will save us!" HAHA HOW NAIVE WE WERE.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Mom died to leukemia at 68||
Ten months total that was, five of it in hospice. The last month she would have wonderful conversations with her friend Penny, which was the wall next to her bed. She didn't know who we were and rarely responded to when we showed up. My grandma demanded to see her for 2-3 hours every Sunday regardless, and I would pick grandma up and drive her there and back, but near the end I didn't have the heart to see my mom for more than a few minutes at a time and I would go to a different wing of the building to watch TV. Hospice is a horrible place and it's hard for me to imagine what it must be like to work full time at a place like that.
|14 weeks 5 hours ago||I did a cruise-by of Bucknuts yesterday||
and it was basically "oh hey, apparently we signed some guy" and nobody there had ever heard of him; a poster or two said "cool" and the thread went away. It surprised me because I was so used to when MSU signs a guy and RCMB busts out a 100-page CROOTING! WE OWNZ SCUM! circle-jerk thread. It made me realize how pathetically desperate our fanbase is right now, especially compared to OSU.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I hate how he says "our" game all the time||
Who is "our?" I honestly don't know who he's referring to when he says that. The players, the fans? Why not just call it "the" game. He sounds like such a controlling asshole all the time.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I haven't watched all of them||
but Once Brothers is probably my favorite out of the ones I've seen. I like when history gets involved in sports. I don't feel bad for Vlade in that situation, but it is interesting to see how a quick, impulsive mistake can haunt you the rest of your life. They still hate him in Croatia. I think all of us can find times in our lives where we did something stupid and regretted it, but were lucky to not have it affect us that much; the show gave me pause and made me thankful for what I have, and to be more thoughtful of my actions in the future.