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|1 day 14 hours ago||How unbearably sad.||
In so many ways.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Brooklyn Cyclones & Staten Island Yankees||
The Cyclones play in Coney Island, right off the Boardwalk, home plate facing the ocean. I went their first season in honor of a late uncle who was one of those Brooklyn old-timers who turned his back on baseball when the Dodgers abandoned them for LA. My best memory is the cap I bought. Didn't even realize it had Brooklyn spelled in tiny letters across the brim until someone else noticed it.
Then a good buddy, a Yankee fan all his life, started going to the Staten Island Yankees when the uptown version got way too expensive. (Also easier for him to get his 90-something Dad out there than all the way up to the Bronx.) He started celebrating his b'day there, renting a "luxury box" for $20 per person, including free food, AC indoors and 20 seats outside. The free food is what you'd expect for free, but you can also order other stuff if you want to defeat the mood of the minor league experience. Gorgeous stadium, looks like something from a small town from another era, and the outfield is the view of downtown Manhattan. (Occasionally blocked by a slow-moving trawler.) A short, easy walk from the Staten Island Ferry (now free both ways).
Got to go to the game when Mike O'Neill was playing for the SI Yankees (the "Baby Bombers")and Pat Biondi for the visiting Cyclones (though he didn't get on the field that night). But also have been there on Irish night (bagpipe & drum team and teenage stepdancers), and almost every night has a special commemorative cap and fireworks after the game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Current NY Times article with lots of links||
Including videos and graphics, and lots of quotes from Dr. Bolton. LINK. For those of us who can't get enough.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There are actually several kinds of dementia||
And when old people show dementia, most people (including too many doctors) assume it's Alzheimer's and there's nothing you can do. Some dementias in the elderly are from reversible causes, like medications or interaction of meds, so it's good to find out.
They're learning more about Alzheimer's, but as of now no effective treatments. But the original "Alzheimer's" was early-onset dementia as described by Alzheimer and named for him. The name is now used for what used to be call "senile dementia" -- because the brain findings are the same. But why it shows up in younger people is still in question.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Early Charlie Rose interview on CBS This Morning||
Just as I saw this post, but over by the time I finished typing.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Did anyone see the ad with the Michigan olympians?||
I was sitting at the computer and managed to look up when I heard Michigan. Figured there'd be others featuring other schools, like with the NCAA men's gymnastics ads, but only saw a replay of this one. (A car sponsor.)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Don't confuse me!||
Okay. Brian's spelling agrees with Andrew's Twitter account. I guess I'll go with that.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Since you're in Cbus, maybe you can answer this question||
How many recruits with Harvard and Yale offers get invited to OSU's camps? Just curious.
[I hear the best O-linemen are smart. Along with size and strength and coachability and other stuff, of course.]
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Helpful spelling hint: The Team, The Team, The Team.||
Solomon, not Solo-man. Wise man Aubrey gets it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||But is it wise to drink and drive?||
The discussion here seems mostly about what's legal or not or why it should be legal or not. If you are a truck driver for a living, an employer or prospective employer might be worried to hire someone who was heavy drinker, not trusting the person to drive sober. (Don't know the legalities of the hiring process here, just for discussion.)
I also don't know enough about the science behind the "altered state" that makes weed so attractive, but what about a kid's responsibility to his team? Can an athlete compete effectively in said altered state? Are his reaction times and concentration diminished? They're supposed to keep up their physical training so they're fast enough and strong enough to compete. Why shouldn't they be required to keep their mental state crisp and ready as well?
Food is legal, but a coach has the right to advise a player with a weight problem to work on controlling it, to choose what and when and how much he eats. If a player doesn't show an effort to change behavior that might be detrimental to the success or chemistry of a team, or his own success as an athlete, it doesn't matter that it's a free country and over-eating is legal. If the kid chooses food over team, he has chosen it over the privilege of playing.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Sense of humor and a sense of history||
Michigan and Ohio had to fight over Toledo, after all. So nicely subversive choice for a sub.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Why Gordie Howe is close to my heart||
Not that I ever knew him. In fact, I knew nothing about hockey growing up (in Michigan), and I knew almost nothing about professional sports when I first moved to New York.
I was at a party playing Trivial Pursuit, on a team with two guys, so I planned on deferring all sports questions to them. The lawyer missed a question about a famous lawyer. The painter missed a question about an artist (I think he was a bit plastered by then). Our next question was "What team did Gordie Howe play for?" The two guys, both New Yorkers, looked at each other blankly. But I, a silly girl knowing nothing about hockey [then], recognized the name and somehow knew he played hockey. So he must have played for the Red Wings, right? How else could his name be embedded in my brain?
I got the question right. The entire table turned to me in shock. I had established some legitimacy and respect in my new home, and I loved all things Gordie Howe ever since.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||What's that you say?||
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||So true||
Unfortunately, Hilton is the sponsor of the national team training program, so he has to wear their uniform now that he's a non-student team member and trains there full time. At the actual Olympics, they'll get to wear USA.
I admit I almost pulled the sign in the OP when I noticed that big Hershey sign. But I liked Sam's smile. So I kept it.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Fortunately the event scoring is tons better than it used to be||
What I was talking about above was only the point system for making the US team which is matter of fact based on the placement. The scoring of events themselves used to be so subjective it was like a strike zone moving from pitch to pitch or somebody being called for targeting and kicked out of the game, and we can see from replay they're full of-- But I digress.
Skating and gymnastics used to be as frustrating, and now known to be pretty corrupt in the past. They've made great efforts to make it more scientific, which is still pretty weird with skating when there's "artistic" score as well as "technical" score. People have different theories of what's artistic.
In gymnastics (at least for men), they've made great strides for objective judging, with two separate panels: one judges the difficulty and one the execution, and the two scores are combined. Execution means he got over the bar, but were his legs completely together when he was in the air with his toes pointed, did he stick his landing or do a hop, skip and jump? (Demerits for stepping out of bounds are separate.) Did the guy on rings do the difficult skill while managing to keep the rings still? Yes, he did the skill, but he was swinging and that lowers the execution. They have all the routines on their laptops and can look for those little tiny things that take off a mini-point or two and discuss and compare.
It's hard for most of us to watch and determine why one guy's routine looked perfect but was scored much lower than someone else's, but that's because we don't understand that their skills were much easier. There are standard points for each skill, and the judges have the planned routine in front of them and can see if it was completed or only partly completed or totally f'd up. The difficulty score goes down from the posted possible total. Now that I've watched more gymnastics and listen to the commentary, I wouldn't be able to score myself, but I can get a pretty good idea of the range of the score, and the comparison between routines seems pretty fair. (Coaches can always challenge, and the judges go back to the laptops and look for evidence.) Sam's high bar routine above had some glitches, so he didn't get the full possible execution score, but it had such a high start value that he was still happy. His first day he was way ahead of the crowd going into his last routine, one that had lots of beautiful execution and difficult, but he made several very uncharacteristic (and obvious) oops-es and ended the first day in second.
PS: Seeing it live makes it all make more sense. And more exciting. These guys are scary good on a simply scary level of competition. And all of them fall now and then, and all of them can ruin a great score by a big step on the landing.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||They have a complicated method of scoring||
but yes, the results of this competition carry over to the trials. The all-around scores determine the winner of an individual competition, but there's a separate points total that figures into team placement. Not sure of the exact number, but points are given for being in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an event. I think if you're 1st or 2nd in 3 separate events and finish high enough in the all-around you're an automatic lock.
The first 18 in the points total from this competition made the national team and move on, but there are guys whose all-around totals may have been higher than some who made the team because they didn't place high enough in individual events to get the necessary points.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||this is a test, this is only a test|
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yup, and it's deja vu all over again on this board||
Can't remember the specific thread where we educated somebody else, but found something new this time: It's also the name of a documentary about Berra. Website says the VHS is discontinued (what would Berra say about that?), but here's the description:
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Fortunately Kona is known for its coffee beans||
Just in case you have trouble with the time change.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||He just tweeted that he was sitting next to Jim Harbaugh||
and all those answers! From his mom, from the girl he has a crush on...
|7 weeks 4 days ago||One doesn't bother||
Areas to improve: Injury future.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Bravo!||
Justice is served.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Appreciate the thought, but please don't do it on our account||
The photo itself requires a double dose of Lipitor.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Primanti Bros.?||
Article says it's been "a sandwich mainstay in Pittsburgh since 1933."
[But maybe not. Research says they're known for their "Italian-bread meat sandwich stuffed with slaw, tomatoes, and fries." Could be at a sports bar that's more known for burgers. Maybe a Pittsburghian knows.]
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Hmm. Was going to move this now that there's a thread...||
But I wouldn't want to endanger another segment of our population. [Ah, I did it anyway. ]
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Too late to delete this from the other thread...||
But Hagelin fans may be interested to know that his 3rd line has become so popular that a Pittsburgh eatery named a sandwich after them.
Ham, Bacon & Kielbasa. And white bread. (Apparently that's the eatery's tradition, not a statement on the line's make-up.) For those in Pittsburgh with a note from your doctor, here's the article.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Since you noticed...||
I'll post this here: Carl Hagelin's 3rd line has become so popular that a Pittsburgh place has named a sandwich after them:
The H also stands for ham. The article, for those who have a doctor on call.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Bobsled is winter olympics||
and I'd guess rugby would be summer. So conceivably he could do both.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||My computer crashed just as it starting looking possible...||
I was watching on Gametracker (which is hardly watching)... Just as... Is it possible? Could it happen? Crash.
I checked the evidence of miraculous happenings when I booted back up. I thank you all, because now I can go back to the game thread and live those last few moments with you.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Was it? Here?||
I did a search, and only found the posts I mentioned above. Not quite sure how I stumbled on the info (the same page you linked to)... But I live in abject terror of posting something redundantly.