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Title: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 14, 2009, 12:38:50 PM
I am a huge Celtics fan and have been since the 80s, but . . . I want to see the Cavaliers beat up the Lakers in the Finals this year.

:pray: :pray: :pray:

I think each team would tend to dominate at home, but I believe the Cavs could humiliate the Lakes at least once in LA.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on April 14, 2009, 03:25:47 PM
Yes, I think the Sports Guy might be right when he says you can go ahead and pencil in those two teams for the Finals, especially the way that other teams seem to be playing right now. Celts don't seem to have quite the same spark as they did in that remarkable season last year (which, as a fan of the sport, was a blast to watch)...Sunday's game only served to reinforce that, though.

Apparently LBJ caught an offseason interview with Kobe where he said something about having to be at the gym by 6am, and resolved that he was going to have to work at least that hard to beat the guy, so he's stepped up his game and his regimen this year by a huge amount, with positive results so far...but hey it's the playoffs, who knows what'll happen (or how the NBA will direct its referees to influence what happens)

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 14, 2009, 04:53:32 PM
Yeah.  The Celts seem curiously subdued.  I know they've been on the injury treadmill, but they often seem just plain old tired.  They might be able to walk through the first round and then step it up, but maybe not, too.  It's funny because everyone expected them to be jaded at the beginning of the season, and that's when they were amped up.

James, to me, seems like the real deal.  Honestly, Kobe is a good defender and a better passer than he usually gets credit for, but he's basically an incredible scorer.  James is a force of nature . . . and more likeable, anyway.  :lol:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 29, 2009, 08:47:27 AM
Right now, the Bulls and Celtics hate each other so much that it's almost love.

Previously, no NBA playoff series had ever had three overtimes.  This one (a pretty unimportant first-round series) has had four so far.  Both teams are ridiculously beat up but playing like it was the championship.  It's flat-out crazy, and I think the next game is going to be 90% bruising grudge match.  I'm a-feared someone's going to get hurt.  Worse than already, I mean.

This bodes well for next season, though.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on April 29, 2009, 05:13:51 PM
How did one team in the playoffs score almost double the points of the other team.  NBA time to pare down the playoffs.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 29, 2009, 06:03:57 PM
Sometimes the teams wind up wildly out of balance.  There's considerable (and plausible) conspiracy theory as to how the Lakers made their blockbuster recent trade-acquisition and that the league facilitated it to counter the Celtics amazing but at least more explicable blockbuster trade-acquisitions.  The Lakers wound up way, way better than most teams out West, though, and the first round of the playoffs puts the #1 team against the #8 team in the conference, the #2 against the #7, etc.  There's going to be some non-contests, and some teams are going to get discouraged and give up.

Seriously, though, the playoffs are like half as long as the regular season, and so many teams have so many injured players . . . you're right that they should pare it down.  Make the first two rounds best of five's instead of best of seven's.

I also like the proposed plan of letting the #1 team in the conference pick their first-round playoff opponents, and then let the #2 team pick theirs from the remaining contenders, etc, for each round until there are only two left.  It would be an interesting experiment.

I still want to see the Cavs play the Lakers in the finals this year. 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on April 29, 2009, 06:39:46 PM
Anyone want to "Cel" me their "tics" to this incredi-"Bull" series? This thing's had more crazy endings than the Kennedy family!
-Fake Rick Reilly (http://twitter.com/FakeRickReilly)

It's definitely been the series to watch. Mavs knocked the Spurs out too, which squelched a lot of local jawing.

But yeah, injuries. That series might have been different with Ginobili (and Garnett certainly would've helped the Celts situation right about now)


Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on April 30, 2009, 02:10:23 PM
That would have helped the Sharks if they could have picked anyone but those fucking Ducks.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 30, 2009, 02:56:49 PM
Yeah, a lot of teams are stuck in Injury City without a bus ticket right now.  The Bulls are pretty hampered, without Deng and with Gordon and Salmons both playing gimpy, and the C's are so low on uninjured personel that two of the guys seeing serious minutes in the playoffs had hardly played in the last several weeks (because they were injured, too).  Meanwhile, unfortunately, Starbury hasn't been a disaster but hasn't been much of an asset, either, and new backup hole-filler Moore has been surprisingly useless.  It may just be that the learning curve on the C's defense requires more than a couple of months.


Sharks vs Ducks is a dumb team name lineup in the same realm as Vikings vs Dolphins.  It just shouldn't happen.  But then why the hell (money is no excuse) did the league allow Disney to buy that team name?  They might as well have created a team called the Love Bugs or the Cats From Outer Space.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 30, 2009, 09:46:48 PM
Holy crap.

Tonight's game is currently in triple-overtime.

:trance:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on May 01, 2009, 05:56:48 PM
What a game! Sports Guy weighs in (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090501&sportCat=nba)

This weekend a lot of the sports and entertainment world appears to be converging on Kentucky for the Derby. Paris Hilton is there hanging out already, Kim Kardashian is hosting a party tonight at a club called Glassworks...in between the Derby and the boxing match and Game Seven, there's a surfeit of big sports stuff goin' on...

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 02, 2009, 10:10:17 AM
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Sports Guy weighs in

:lol:  I know why Doc put Tony Allen in, though.  He was afraid Davis would foul out too early -- which happened anyway, in the third OT.

The real main problem is that Allen and Scalabrine missed so much time to injuries that this might as well be Game 3 of the season for them.  A tad rusty and confused.  Boston just has virtually no bench left -- Powe's gone to injury, Davis has become a starter since Garnett went out, House's role is disrupted by Starbury's arrival, and Starbury and Moore have been nearly useless.  In a better world, neither Scalabrine nor Allen would've played any significant minutes for the rest of the season.

I'm not making excuses, but the C's basically have about 5.5 players.  You look at Game 6's box, you see that four Celtics were in the game for over 50 minutes, and Perkins (44 minutes) would've played longer if he hadn't fouled out.  Actually, so would Pierce and Davis.  The Bulls are in a not entirely dissimilar depleted situation -- they, too, only gave two subs significant minutes, but Hinrich played 43 minutes of substitution and Miller played 35. 

I think there's a decent chance Game 7 might be a blowout.  Either team might show up with not much left in the tank.

I :lol: at the bit about Rondo hitting Salmons with a chair.  Rondo was such a quiet kid, but this series is getting to him . . . .
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 15, 2009, 09:14:24 AM
This is, seriously, my favorite NBA playoff season in a long time.  I don't even care when the Celtics finally drop out, and I am loving the crazy effort by underdog teams this year.  I did want to see the Cavs play the Lakers in the Finals, but now it really doesn't look like that's going to happen.  The Lakers are ridiculously overpacked this year but have been playing like whiny snowflakes in the playoffs, and now it looks like they might not even beat Houston (who are missing their best two players, for crying out loud) -- and if they do beat them, I don't see them beating Denver.

But LeBron vs Carmelo Anthony would give the commentators something extra to comment on, so that would be nice.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on May 15, 2009, 03:37:47 PM
It's diminished somewhat for me by the constant reminders that the whole thing is as rigged as pro wrestling.

They see to it, for example, that the Mavs never win a championship as long as Mark Cuban is their owner (unless maybe he performs some sort of long tortured public contrition or something). Game 3 was blatantly snatched away from them on a shitty no call; the league puts out a "whoops our bad, we shoulda called that" statement right after the game, but the damage was done. And "the Mavs are thugs" is the most Rovian reality switchup since that swift boat business where going back under fire to rescue his crew made dude into a yellow bellied coward. This Denver group is one of the most obnoxious and thuggish sports teams in years (just the tatted up Slap Chop guy should be enough to give any thinking person douche chills), but yet it got spun as just the opposite. Everybody saw the vid of Cuban yelling at Martin's mom but very few saw the vid of Martin calling Cuban a faggot motherfucker. Anyway it's done now, but it's hard to take the league too seriously when I have to see shit like that and the ridiculous Mavs-Heat finals a few years back going down.

Celts woulda got merked already this round if it weren't for the terrible coaching on the other side, but now it's down to one game so who knows there. Lakers are very inconsistent, but Game 7 is at home, Kobe will likely step it up for this one, and the league will do everything in its power to make sure they advance.
 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on May 15, 2009, 04:16:17 PM
Cavs vs Nugs are what I'm hoping for.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 16, 2009, 09:49:30 AM
It's apparently rigged, but I don't know if it's as rigged as pro wrestling.  I can never tell how much the wrestlers are winging it.  Of course, I don't watch much wrestling.

:shrug:

I admit that I'm often curious just how much rigging (as it were) goes into major sports.  It doesn't seem completely fixed, which just makes it more complicated.  Are they just covering the spread?  Information a friend of mine got a couple of years ago accurately predicted the NBA playoffs that year in terms of who would win each series and how many games it would take, but not, say, which games would go which way.  I tend to think it's nudged, and only when they get into a really bad situation do they really give it a hard shove.

It seems like any hard shove to put the Lakers in the Finals would be a tad obvious, and that they'd want to avoid that, but of course they want the Lakers up in the top tier.  The notion of the fix definitely changes the game for a fan, but it adds something back, at least.  It's weird.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Encino Man on July 23, 2009, 04:32:59 PM
Just saw the Erin Andrews voyeur vid. Not as exciting as hoped for...
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on July 23, 2009, 05:31:19 PM
:lol:

I saw it too, out of obsessive curiosity, and . . . I gotta agree that it looks kinda staged.  What you do and don't see seems awfully (and conveniently) choreographed, unless I just saw the 'teaser' bit.  (I wasn't obsessive enough to look for more than the first version that the googles popped up.)

If it was entirely slimy illegal spying, well, maybe the publicity will be some compensation.  She didn't look bad, anyway.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 19, 2010, 04:09:26 PM
So . . . this intro bit here is just to set up my point . . . everyone talks about pro athletes being fierce competitors and loving the game and being obsessed with winning.

Well, in the NBA, there's been recent speculation that three of the top players in the league -- all of whom, for NBA reasons, could easily change teams soon -- could (not necessarily would) all simply take pay cuts and join the same team.  The players are Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James.  It almost wouldn't matter which team they joined, as almost any team with all three would become an instant championship contender for about five years (maybe more) or until at least one of them left.

And none of them have won a title as yet.  Now, the Celtics recently managed a similar coup, adding two major players to a team that had one superstar and a young supporting cast.  They won the championship that same year.  The Lakers tried something similar.  It almost never happens, but it's an obvious strategy.

So why doesn't it happen?  Mostly because the players won't take a pay cut.

According to Sports Illustrated, Wade recently said, of the proposal, "I got two kids, man.  I got to think of them."  And I'm not dumping on Wade -- this is the constant mantra of NBA players.  And other pro athletes, too.  This is a guy who makes $16 million a year

WTF?  How much money do his kids need?  These guys talk up how obsessed they are with winning.  The irony is that the endorsement deals (which are often much more lucrative than the salaries) flood in when you win the title.  Agents have been pushing players into these huge salaries playing for teams that can only afford one huge salary and, as a result, can't assemble a good enough team to win.

I say come up with another excuse.  The I Have To Feed My Family thing makes you look stupid and like you can't handle your money.  I'd rather hear these guys just say they want every dollar they can get.

And when you wash out or don't even make the playoffs?  No whining.  It's your choice, man.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on January 19, 2010, 05:21:20 PM
I'd say that they are obsessed with winning - but it's not basketball that's defines "win" for them. I think they're spinning the statements, and leaving off the object of the sentence on purpose.

I've purposefully lost at a board game because I knew I couldn't win, but in doing so I could force another person to lose as well. I might not have been playing to win by most definitions but I did control the game more than even the winner did.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 19, 2010, 06:06:59 PM
I suppose there must be egoboo in being on a losing team BUT having a top-ten salary, but still.

Weaksauce.

I'm not saying it's for the best if most of the top talent is concentrated on two or three teams, and I'm not even touching on whether or not people deserve these kinds of salaries or what.  It's just (A) not jumping at the chance to be on a title contender, even if it means giving up 15% of your insane income, and (B) the lame-ass excuse invoked for it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on January 19, 2010, 08:13:10 PM
The NBA is interesting that way since there are only 5 players on the court and they play both offense and defense.   Football you have 11 offense, 11 defense, kicking, and special teams.  Hockey they play O and D but the starters in NBA will often play 90% of the game whereas in Hockey they'll play maybe 40% and the other lines will get considerable playing time.  Baseball there are 9, soccer there are 11, and roller derby there are...  I think that basketball is probably the only one that could have a coup like that as there are probably only a dozen or so top tier players and getting three would really skew it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 20, 2010, 06:25:17 AM
Baseball can almost be unbalanced as easily.  You can imagine the uproar and potential upset if, say, the three best pitchers in the league all switched to one team, or even the three best hitters.  Even if they didn't all manage to play as many innings as it would take to maximize their potentials, all the other teams would be denied their talents.

The NBA has a special extra bite just because it's almost impossible to referee -- there's so much going on, so fast, and so many potential things to call -- and so a lot of the officiating has to be fudged.  Intuitive, let's say.  And there's no question that on average the superstars get better calls (some more than others), so adding a superstar to your team can derail an opposing team in a lot of games.

And, yeah, the league's influenced, if not fixed.  That's kind of inevitable in pro sports, though.  There's too much money and drama involved to avoid that.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Tripper on January 20, 2010, 04:53:47 PM
The only athlete I know of that took a pay cut was Michael Jordan when he played minor league baseball.  Any others?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 20, 2010, 05:34:59 PM
Well, Stephon Marbury recently went from a few million a year to $200k a year to play in China because no one wanted him badly enough in the US.  But, yeah, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce all accepted paycuts so they could all be on the Celtics starting a couple of years ago.  None of them had ever won a title before, and they won that first year they were together.

They're not the only NBA players to do it, but they're probably the biggest three.  In the NBA, at least, players sometimes turn down the biggest deal on the table in order to play for a contender, but it rarely happens with the really big stars, and it's rarely a big cut in pay.  Still, it occasionally happens.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on February 19, 2010, 04:24:07 PM
I gotta say, and maybe this is just me, I don't care about Tiger Woods' apology.  He did bad things, and I think he IS a role model whether he wants to be one or not, and I think he ought to make a public apology and repudiation of his behavior before returning to the sport.

But . . . I honestly don't care about the details of his affairs, and although he obviously should get help if he can't control himself, etc, etc, I don't have a problem with him playing golf.  And I don't think his apologies or sins should be front-page news at this time except for some news sources dedicated to sports.

This is just not terribly important news.  People don't need to be talking about it so much.  There's, you know, actual shit going on in the world that matters hundreds of times as much.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mybabysmomma on February 19, 2010, 06:24:37 PM
I totally agree.  I believe it is precisely because there are other things going on in the world more news worthy that things like this are made so out of proportion.  Smoke and mirrors keep the sheeple moving on to the slaughter.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: pdrake on March 28, 2010, 05:02:56 PM
yoplait has HFCS.  :thumbsdn:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Encino Man on April 05, 2010, 12:50:30 PM
http://www.jennymccarthybodycount.com/Jenny_McCarthy_Body_Count/Home.html
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 05, 2010, 12:56:12 PM
Dang, and here I was thinking she was going on tour with Ice-T's band.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 05, 2010, 01:51:19 PM
I didn't know she'd dated Jim Carrey.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 18, 2010, 04:50:49 PM
Well, if you're going to commit a foul, commit a damned foul (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/e9/fullj.aa289611922d5d6d375b8d8d1f5bbd4b/aa289611922d5d6d375b8d8d1f5bbd4b-getty-98160154eg037_miami_heat_v_.jpg).

:lol:

Don't worry -- this isn't the kind that causes a gruesome injury.  Not that shows, anyway.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mybabysmomma on April 18, 2010, 07:05:31 PM
It might just be my imagination, but believe I see a little bit of bonage in that picture.  :knotty:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 18, 2010, 07:24:45 PM
:lol:

I think it's cup-shift, but I hadn't looked that closely before.  Damn it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 20, 2010, 08:05:59 PM
From a Celtics forum tonight:

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T0GETHER WE STAND, DiViDED WE FALL, UNiTED WE FORM VOLTRON

:huh:  I think that's actually not allowed in a play-off game, but it's a bold strategy.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 09, 2010, 07:58:00 PM
I don't really think the Celtics can go all the way this year; they've just been insanely inconsistent this year, and they don't seem to have fixed it for the playoffs.  They certainly can do some ass-kicking, though.  Don't get me wrong.  They can beat almost anyone if six out of eight cylinders are firing, but there are way too many nights where only three or four players are in any kind of good zone.  Why, I'm not sure, but there it is.

And I'd be happy to see almost anyone but the Lakers win this year.  Orlando could do it; Cleveland could certainly do it.  Phoenix is the underdog that might be able to do it.

The C's are currently 2-2 in a best-of-seven second-round series against Cleveland.  Rondo, their young point guard, has become a fargin amazing player.  He's a highlight reel all by himself.  He's 24 and has only been in two playoff seasons that didn't end early, but he already has four triple-doubles in playoff games (that's at least 10 points, rebounds, and assists).  That puts him in second place in Celtics history.  Larry Bird played a lot more playoff games and is at number one with 10 playoff triple-doubles.  In three of the four games in this series, Rondo's stats have crushed LeBron James's stats, which is like David and Goliath.  James is currently the best player on the planet.

Tonight, the C's won to tie the series, and Rondo had 29 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists.  That's freakish.

I still don't think the C's can win it all this year -- not that I'd be disappointed if they suddenly got their act together -- but it's fun to watch.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 09, 2010, 08:03:51 PM
From the AP:

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Rondo became the third player in playoff history to have at least 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. Oscar Robertson had 32 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists in 1963, and Wilt Chamberlain had 29 points, 36 rebounds and 13 assists in 1967.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: bit zero on May 10, 2010, 12:09:39 AM
Yep, Rondo is a former Kentucky player, back when Tubby Smith was still here...
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 10, 2010, 12:47:28 AM
He was infamous for having no jump shot.  He's improved it some, but mostly he's learned to play around it.

edit:  Rondo was another of the many Celtics draft steals of recent years.  I think he fell to #21, mostly because of the he-can't-shoot 'problem'.


He's like a younger Steve Nash, with the crazy passing.  

Speaking of Nash, he almost one-upped Rondo tonight.  His stats weren't as good, but he took an elbow to the face and played the fourth quarter with his right eye swollen shut.  He played ten minutes with one eye -- and scored 10 points and made five assists.  With no depth perception to speak of.

Crazy.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on May 10, 2010, 12:49:39 AM
Ffffffuck. I played my whole life with no depth perception to speak of.   :hmm:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 10, 2010, 08:43:15 AM
I once played a whole rugby match with one contact lens.

I did not play well.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 10, 2010, 11:16:32 AM
:lol:

Many years ago, I went on a one-month cross-country driving trip, from LA up the coast to Olympia and then east through Chicago, down through Cincinnati, and over to Boston.  I lost my glasses in a fight on the third day out and only did impressionist sight-seeing after that, although it was still an interesting trip.

We played a lot of tennis.  I had to listen for the bounce of the ball and then run toward it.  Not a great technique.  We also played a lot of miniature golf, where I fared somewhat better.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 10, 2010, 12:07:50 PM
Reading reviews of the game today, I found out that the pick Boston used to get Rondo at #21 in the draft . . . was traded to them by Cleveland, the same team he's torched three times in four games in this series.  Weirdly, he started as a backup for Sebastian Telfair, who's now with Cleveland but hasn't played well and is currently on the inactive list.

Two former Boston-favorite 'piece' guys who used to be with the Celtics are now with Cleveland, too -- Delonte West and Leon Powe, both smart high-energy guys who outperform predictions.  I like his game, usually, but West is a little too crazy.  I'd take Powe back in a second, though.  He was cut just because he was injured and not going to play the rest of the season last year anyway, and they wanted to make space on the roster.  The Cavs almost never use him, mostly because they have like six forwards who are better or have seniority, and maybe we can get him back next year.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 11, 2010, 09:21:54 PM
The C's are doing great tonight, but the refs . . . are really being friendly to them.  Not at the beginning of the game, but for most of it.  I wouldn't really mind except it's been a tad unfair at times, and it makes me wonder what'll happen in the next game.  The other three second-round playoff series were ALL four-game sweeps, so I'm sure the league would love to see the Boston-Cleveland series to keep going as long as possible.

You know the refs are being too nice to the Celtics when Rasheed Wallace complains about a foul . . . you called against the guy who was defending him.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Psidefect on May 11, 2010, 10:26:34 PM
Headline stolen directly from Reddit: The Arkansas School for the Deaf's mascot is the leopard. They are the Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards (http://www.arschoolforthedeaf.org/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=310&PHPSESSID=da56674d2f5669073de95583097f0ac2).

:headbang:

(Reddit link hyah (http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/c2thj/the_arkansas_school_for_the_deafs_mascot_is_the/) if yer interested)
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 11, 2010, 10:30:41 PM
:jam: :headbang: :jam:

*surruptitiously checks to see if Leadville has a team named after rigid-frame lighter than air craft*

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 11, 2010, 10:41:14 PM
Puh-riceless.  :thumbsup:

There are a bunch of schools called Motley, but I don't know if any of them have crew teams.  Still, they'd probably mostly suck . . . .
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on May 12, 2010, 11:42:06 AM
Headline stolen directly from Reddit: The Arkansas School for the Deaf's mascot is the leopard. They are the Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards (http://www.arschoolforthedeaf.org/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=310&PHPSESSID=da56674d2f5669073de95583097f0ac2).

:headbang:

(Reddit link hyah (http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/c2thj/the_arkansas_school_for_the_deafs_mascot_is_the/) if yer interested)

I approve.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 12, 2010, 08:13:50 PM
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, talking today about the limits of the usefulness of sports statistics:

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Years ago when we were going in to play the Bulls when I was with the Knicks, [our coach Pat Riley] said Michael Jordan shoots 52 percent on shots that are uncontested and 51 percent on shots that are contested. So I said we’re good then. We don’t have to guard him.

:rollin:

That's working smarter, not working harder.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on May 13, 2010, 08:53:36 AM
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, talking today about the limits of the usefulness of sports statistics:

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Years ago when we were going in to play the Bulls when I was with the Knicks, [our coach Pat Riley] said Michael Jordan shoots 52 percent on shots that are uncontested and 51 percent on shots that are contested. So I said were good then. We dont have to guard him.

:rollin:

That's working smarter, not working harder.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 18, 2010, 10:49:39 PM
Holy crap, they stole both of the first two games in the series from Orlando in Orlando.

There are a lot of ulcers in the Magic Kingdom tonight.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on May 19, 2010, 12:16:10 PM
When the Celtics and Lakers meet again it only just proves that the NBA is fixed.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 19, 2010, 12:17:45 PM
:galm:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 19, 2010, 01:35:06 PM
I would love LOVE LOVE for the Suns to beat the Lakers, but I'm not sure they can, especially since I'm not sure the league would allow it.  I don't think the NBA is fixed, but damn right I think it's influenced.

I really hate watching the C's play the Lakers.  I'd honestly rather have seen Orlando beat Boston and go beat up the Lakers, win or lose, but now that Boston has a 2-0 lead, it would be humiliating for them to lose the series.  Maybe in 7 would be tolerable, if it's close.

The Lakers are messed up and have two of the most unlikeable players in the league (to be fair, so does Boston), a player who'd be likeable except that the Lakers crap on him and he responds by playing half-hearted, and a bunch of minor players.  The Suns are a fun and loveable team.  I could also have rooted for Cleveland, Dallas, or Denver.  (Seriously, Denver should have put up a MUCH better showing.  I am disappoint.  Dallas always implodes in the playoff, and it's sad but not surprising.)

But the Lakers . . . .  Meh.  If you traded away Kobe and Gasol for, say, LeBron and the other Gasol, and they toned down the smug just a tad, then I could approve of them, but somehow I don't think it'll happen.  Although two of their players have said that if they don't win this year, the team will probably be blown up . . . I tend to doubt that.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on May 19, 2010, 01:56:53 PM
Dallas always implodes in the playoff, and it's sad but not surprising.)

Can't do it with just one consistent scorer on your team, no matter who it is. All they need is that one more guy (http://lebrontothemavs.com/).

(Assuming he doesn't go to Chicago and take Calapari with him. I bet that's all most of Kentucky is talking about right now, haha)

I think Dirk is highly underrated though. There's never been a seven footer that can shoot like that. People want to pigeonhole him into the normal NBA big man role though, so there's all this "He too soft, yo" and "Can't win a championship" talk, even locally. It's just like LeBron (or Jordan, who never won without Scottie)...gotta have that supporting cast.

(Mavs did have such a team a few years ago, but the league "rigged" or "influenced" those finals, choose your own euphemism. If we don't get LBJ here we should at least get D-Wade because of that whole business)


Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 19, 2010, 02:13:42 PM
Yeah, totally.  The Spurs are respectable, certainly, but the Mavs rock, and Dirk is why.  I'm still kind of sad that Cuban sent Nash away, but Arizona's been good to him, too. 

LeBron to Chicago . . . it's not impossible, but I don't think it's a lock to happen, and I really don't think it's a lock to make a blockbuster team.  The Mavs would be an awesome choice, and the Cavs would obviously rather see LBJ go to the Western Conference so they wouldn't have to play against him constantly.

A couple of sportswriters have noted that if James really wants to win, he should take a big pay cut (he'll make a fortune on endorsements no matter what he does) and go to a team that would be a guaranteed winner.  Peter May even said he should go to Boston, which is funny but unlikely.  The Knicks and Nets haven't got too much of a chance unless they can lock down other kickass pieces first.

Miami has the same problem as Dallas.  Wade is amazing but just doesn't have the right supporting cast.  Now, if Cuban got really serious, and those two took middling pay cuts, Wade and LeBron could both wind up in Dallas, and that would be a team worth losing to.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on May 19, 2010, 02:23:45 PM
Oh I would weep genuine tears of joy if that happened. What it would mean for the whole area....whoa. Just getting one of those guys makes the Mavs a genuine contender, though.

I can't imagine anybody who likes basketball (or Celts in particular) not reading Sports Guy already, but his Game 2 Diary (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100519&sportCat=nba) is up. It gets better after the initial mommyblogging.

Obvious thing of course is that the Celtics have heart, and these teams they're running into do not. Still can't get over the Cavs laying down with two minutes left in that last game. Astonishing. That told me it's over for the LBJ era in Cleveland, anyway.

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 19, 2010, 02:30:42 PM
:galm:

Anyone else get the impression Simmons doesn't much like Vince Carter? Anyone? No?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on May 19, 2010, 02:39:26 PM
heh, that goes back to his days of tilting with the Raptors fans about VC all the time. But then he does stuff like missing those two crucial free throws at the end and again SG can say "Told ya so," so he does.

(eta: I'm always amused at how defensive he gets about Paul Pierce too, who is viewed by most of the league's fans as a soccer-level diver. Hey, the guy never claimed not to be a homer tho)



Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 19, 2010, 07:37:15 PM
Pierce is a good flopper, although the NBA is so full of good floppers that I can't hold that against him.  He takes much longer than average getting up after being knocked down.  I can't tell how much of that is drama, how much is caution, and how much is just plain being in pain.  He gets knocked down a hell of a lot more than average, too.  (Fortunately, he can shoot free throws pretty well.) 

It's not just that he's a guard who's looking to draw the foul; he's also one of those herky-jerky WTF Are You Doing players, and defenders often foul him harder than they mean to just because they guessed wrong about which direction he was going.  You see a lot of guys intending to swipe his arms but catching him in the head or neck instead.  Howard's flagrant foul last night was like that -- he meant to hit him across the arms and nearly put Pierce's ear into his own shoulder, although the flagrant wasn't for the hard contact (which was accidental, if you ask me) but for then wrapping his hand around Pierce's face and pushing him down to the floor.  Yeah, they don't allow that anymore.

The C's trainer says Pierce has nerve damage in his shoulder that makes it extra-sensitive to pain.  Eh.  Could be.

Vince's real problem is that he was always touted as a franchise superstar.  He has the skills, but not the personality.  He doesn't want the responsibility and he can't handle the pressure.  He's a great secondary scoring option, but you put the game on his shoulders and he gets really unhappy and folds up.  If he were getting half as much money and had a job as a scoring spark off the bench, he wouldn't need to make so many excuses and wouldn't draw so much criticism.  He can score 30 points in a game where they're kicking ass, but he starts to look a little ill when he's expected to score 20 to salvage a losing game.

In fairness, a lot of 'superstar' players don't have the killer personality.  Pierce did NOT want to be the leader of the C's when it was just him and a bunch of kids.  He likes the way it is now, where he has to be the ass-kicker about every third game.  It's funny, because Garnett is the same way -- doesn't want to win the game by himself -- and Ray Allen is so quiet and ego-free.  But with all three of them, they buoy each other up, and you're pretty much guaranteed a game where at least one of them goes crazy.  Rondo has the killer competitive instinct, and Perkins is deadly serious about winning, and the bench has good energy guys, and that's generally enough.

Simmons is DEAD ON when he says this:

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Isn't it interesting that this year's happy-go-lucky playoff teams -- Cleveland and Orlando, both known for having fun in pregame warm-ups, organizing funky dances and laughing/strutting with big leads -- suddenly got that collective deer-in-the-headlights look as soon as someone punched them in the collective mouth?

The Cavs and Magic are both great chemistry teams when things are going well.  When things are going badly, they stop liking and trusting each other.  The Cavs were too cobbled together, and LeBron's probably gone.  The Magic are still on their way up, if you ask me, since Howard gets more polished every year and Nelson is really starting to blossom.  Rashard Lewis has totally sucked for them over the last two games, but who knows what that really means.  If he sucks in the next two, then there's something deeply wrong there.

Now . . . Rasheed Wallace . . . Sheed is Sheed.  What mostly surprised me this season is that he played so many minutes.  He played a lot of minutes I thought were going to go to Finley or the rookies.  I think Doc Rivers was just trying to force him to get into shape by making him jog up and down the court during those games.  :lol:

Sheed is awesome when he's awesome.  I saw a hell of a lot of awesome Sheed moments when he was with the Pistons.  When he's not into it, sit him down.  He'll play to help out his team if they appeal to him, but he doesn't really care about winning otherwise.  If Garnett can't motivate him, neither can the coach.  When he's hitting baskets, he's having fun, and he'll keep playing well, but if he's cold out there . . . try Finley or Williams or Davis.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 20, 2010, 03:31:15 PM
Ball Don't Lie on the new Russian owner of the Nets possibly renaming the team (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Mikhail-Prokhorov-might-rename-the-New-Jersey-Ne;_ylt=AvIO3eIN4s.dAwVXl8wWh5C8vLYF?urn=nba,242483).

I realize not everybody has followed this incrediblish story, but a Russian billionaire up and bought the New Jersey Nets NBA team.  The team has . . . been bad . . . lately, and it may move to Brooklyn.  They're also hoping to land LeBron James (as many teams are), which isn't totally unrealistic since they'll have money to burn, they'll no longer be in New Jersey, and Jay-Z, a personal friend of LeBron's, is also a part-owner of the team.  We'll see.

When I heard the Russian might rename the team, my first thought was the Brooklyn Dynamos, because 'Dynamo' (pronounced DEE-nah-moh) is a popular name for Russian sports teams.  Hey, it's better than some of the other traditional ones.  Not that many people can get too excited about the Brooklyn Players' Collective and their mascot, the Faceless Contributor.

But the BDL suggested names are funnier.  I particularly like the "Brooklyn New Jerseys" and the bit about dinosaurs.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on May 22, 2010, 10:45:28 PM
The C's cuh-cuh-cuh-CRUSHED Orlando tonight.  Holy Weightlifting Christ, that wasn't even close.  94-71, and the entire fourth quarter was garbage time.  At one point Boston was up by 35, and even in the fourth, with all the Celtic starters out, Orlando only scored 24 points in the whole quarter.  Two of the Celtic starters played less than half the game.  Boston's up three games in a best-of-seven series.  Ridiculous.

And Orlando swept their first two playoff series without a loss.  They hadn't lost two games in a row since Xmas, or something absurd like that.  I felt bad for Cleveland, but it sucks to be in the Magic Kingdom tonight.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 07, 2010, 09:05:13 PM
LA and Boston have split the first two games, and despite being a serious Boston fan I find it hard to care much, but there have been interesting moments.  There's been an almost astonishingly low level of animosity between the teams, with measured play, polite comments back and forth in the press, and a Lakers player telling reporters he was offended after something he said was construed as a dig at one of the Celtics.  :lol:

Nevertheless, the league has said they're worried about a brawl breaking out, and consequently the refs have been touchy.  Unpredictable, in fact, to the point that both teams have been a bit gunshy.  Even so, in two games there have been something like 140 fouls called.  The average number of fouls called in an NBA game is 45, so that's more than 50% above average.  Last night, the Lakers hit more free throws than regular baskets, which is either funny or sad.

Even Sports Illustrated complained to the league that there are too many fouls being called.  One thing the league is doing right, though, is that most people seem to agree that both teams are getting screwed. 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on June 08, 2010, 12:36:06 PM
The fans are being screwed because Bost0n and LA are in there again.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 08, 2010, 02:31:33 PM
Yeah, I've been a Celtics fan since the mid-80s, but I would rather have seen Orlando/Phoenix, Boston/Phoenix, or Orlando/LA.

Still, they've been getting their best TV ratings in six or seven years.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on June 08, 2010, 02:36:51 PM
Which is why those teams made it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 08, 2010, 03:00:40 PM
The C's definitely beat Cleveland, which imploded, and Orlando was just too lazy the first couple of games and then too discombobulated.  The LA/Phoenix series should've at least gone another game, and I'm still not sure how they got past Denver so easily, but I didn't see any of that series.

I don't believe any sport that makes a lot of money is completely clean, and the NBA is certainly no exception -- basketball is so fast and complicated and has such high scores that tampering with it is comparatively easy -- but it's still usually fun to watch.  I enjoy the regular season more than the playoffs because the games are less important, so there's less to get bent out of shape over.  The things they do and don't call, though, can be maddening.

Kobe guards Rondo not because he's particularly suited to it but because the refs will give Kobe star treatment that Rondo is at least a season away from, so Kobe can get away with a lot.  Garnett never gets called for holding or pushing.  Bynum can practically set up a tent in the paint without getting called for a three-second violation, and he and Gasol never get called for offensive goaltending.  Perkins will get called for an illegal screen at least once per game, which is especially awkward because the rule is so vague that no commentator can explain it.  (Ditto for the ridiculous Restricted Zone rule, which even the NBA can't explain.)  Pierce and Kobe can usually draw fouls just by grimacing while making an awkward shot. 

In this series, they're trying to make it even out.  They call a lot of ticky-tack fouls but skip major calls.  In the last game, the two teams got called for the exact same number of fouls, which isn't equitable (it makes a big difference what kinds of fouls are called, and on whom, and at what point in the game) but at least looks good on paper.

Davis and Perkins, on the C's, both had great defensive moments where they got called for fouls that didn't occur.  Davis had a perfect, clean block, and Perkins did a hilarious I'm Not Touching You! job on a shot by Kobe where he still got called for a foul.  :lol:  And they wonder why he gets so many technical fouls. 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 17, 2010, 10:58:51 PM
Man, that was brutal. Brutal. That was more rugby than basketball. Only guys actually playing out there were Rondo and Fisher.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 18, 2010, 07:56:19 AM
I didn't even follow it, or the last game.  They've got to get the officiating settled down.  I always like the regular season better than the playoffs because you don't get so upset if the refs are terrible in a game here or there, but this year's playoffs have been ridiculous.

Well, them's the breaks.  Weirdly, this series made me like Kobe a little better, mostly because of how he was less of a dick in post-game interviews.  It was like he was on a stabilizer or something.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 18, 2010, 08:15:30 PM
I'm not sure whether I ever heard it referred to by the now-common name, but who the hell had not seen a vuvuzela before this year?  Why is the media so hyper about this?  Just because it's easier than learning anything about international soccer?

They always sold those things at fairs and parades when I was a kid -- in fact, they were often called 'parade horns' -- and always had them at pep rallies, along with 'ratchets' (also called 'graggers' if you're from a Jewish area), and, later, those damned boat horns.  Or air horns, I guess, if you're not in a boating area. 

I just read an AP article that claimed that the vuvuzela was unknown in the US until 2009 World Cup action brought it to our attention.  WTF?  A vuvuzela shows up in a Simpsons episode -- yeah, at a parade, in fact, on St Patrick's Day, and Bart accidentally drinks a bunch of beer because of it -- that Wikipedia says originally aired in 1997.  The episode doesn't bother to explain what it is; they assume you know (or can figure it out).

I'm sure I'm not the first person to complain about this, but c'mon.  What's next, articles explaining what shin guards are?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 18, 2010, 08:22:38 PM
Shin guards?  :googily:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 18, 2010, 10:38:21 PM
I had a red vuvuzela for a Stanford football game in 1969. They actually didn't call it vuvuzela.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: eldiem on June 18, 2010, 10:52:52 PM
Yeah I was wondering if it wasn't all media-hyped because someone found out this name for the thing. I'd never heard the name before, but surely I'd heard the sound.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on June 18, 2010, 11:11:07 PM
Right, we hated these things already in MLS for years.

They're trying to say it's some sort of an Ancient African Tradition as well, which is also amusing.

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on June 18, 2010, 11:17:23 PM
Somebody was blowing on something at the last Sounders game we were at.  It sounded like a very sad fart.  fffffrt
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on June 18, 2010, 11:27:54 PM
 :rollin: :rollin: :rollin:

Things sound like bees. I am willing to bet that now a big deal has been made, those things are going to start showing up at events here in the US.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on July 12, 2010, 07:33:12 AM
OK, the drunken circus surrounding LeBron James has been amusingly out of control, and occasionally annoyingly stupid, but it turns out to be Jesse Jackson who takes it too far (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AnBZEr1rwNOQNMMk7plcL268vLYF?slug=ap-gilbert-jessejackson).

Jesse, I'm afraid you clearly do not understand sports.  There's a whole lot of racism in sports, but that ain't what's going on in Cleveland right now.  They worshipped this kid.  They tried to give him anything he asked for, no matter how bad an idea it was, and they hired people whose whole job was to hire people to hire other people to kiss his ass.  They begged him to let them to give him over $120 million.  That is not a master-slave relationship.

Everybody in Cleveland knew he might leave.  When it took so many years for management to even make a stab at putting a championship team around him, a whole lot of people in Cleveland knew James was probably going to leave.  What really cheesed everybody off was how he did it.  When he said he was going to be on TV for an hour to deliver his decision, 90% of analysts and fans thought that meant he was going to re-commit to Cleveland.  Instead, he not only blew them off thoughtlessly; he took out an hour on national TV to talk about himself and how happy he was to blow Cleveland off and how he was going to have fun in Miami.  It was insanely badly done.

It's been said before, but it's like getting to use the Jumbotron at the Super Bowl to ask your girlfriend to marry you . . . except instead you use it as a surprise to break up with her and tell her you're marrying her friend instead. 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on July 12, 2010, 10:02:23 AM
Jackson saw an open shot to take to remain relevant - and he took it. Guy is a bigger attention whore than someone else (whom I will not name because I want them to go away) that's been blissfully out of the news for a while.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on July 12, 2010, 10:53:46 AM
I suppose, but it was not a smooth way to enter the conversation.  You can't start with godwin.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on July 12, 2010, 10:58:49 AM
Jesse is loud, crazy, and not particularly smart. I'd be surprised if he didn't start with Godwin.  :lol:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 05, 2010, 12:24:39 PM
A couple of years ago, lots of Celtics' fans desperately wanted the team to trade for Jermaine O'Neal, a center with definite skills but a real tendency to get injured and a huge price tag.  I wasn't enthusiastic, and fortunately they passed.  He got paid over $20 million a year.

This summer, he signed a two-year deal with Boston for $6 million a year.  Quite a price cut.  And he's actually healthy at the moment.

Now Boston signed Shaq for two years, which is even more amusing.  The Celtics' starting center is out for at least half the season, and they need a few gigantic guys to play short stints in rotation -- and now they have both O'Neals.

A lot of people complained that Shaq's too old, etc, and he's too old to start, play 35 minutes, and expect 25 points out of, yes.  But fifteen minutes a night, ten points, a bunch of rebounds, and a couple of blocks, sure.  And at this point he could be a local hero if he just fouls LeBron five times in one game.  A lot of people say, hey, Cleveland tried that last year, and it didn't exactly work!

Yeah, but last year he was a starter in Cleveland for $21 million freaking dollars.  Boston signed him as a special role player for $1.4 million.  Again, kind of a price cut.

Personally, I think it's pretty funny.  Danny Ainge, the GM in Boston, is kind of a peculiar guy, but I know most of the other GMs hate the shit out of him.

First game of the season is the C's vs the Nazgul in Miami.  That ought to be entertaining . . . .
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 05, 2010, 12:36:06 PM
Most of the other GMs? Whoa, man, get real. Pretty much everyone in the world outside of Boston and Provo detests Danny Ainge.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 05, 2010, 12:37:02 PM
And he's kind of a nutbar.  But the Mormon ladies love him!
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 11, 2010, 09:12:07 PM
From Sports Illustrated online:

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This week, the Mariners fired Don Wakamatsu, the first Japanese-American manager in baseball history, on Japanese Heritage Night at their ballpark.

Apparently this rather awkward timing occurred because the head office doesn't communicate with the guys at the ballpark.  I can understand that that happens BUT if you're going to operate that way, you also need someone 'on the ground' who does know what's going on down there and who has the authority to keep things graceful.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 19, 2010, 04:27:56 PM
Funny stuff about the NBA rookie photo shoot (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Scenes-from-the-2010-rookie-photo-shoot;_ylt=AjlZZTwhntpp81t2YJwhMsnYrYZ4?urn=nba-263124).  No, really.

The Celtics, in fine tradition, drafted a big goofy white guy, although most analysts seem to agree he was the right guy to take with the pick the C's had.  I've only heard good things about his game, and apparently he's one of the nicest guys ever, etc.  But he sure does take goofy pictures.  Holy hell.

Luke Harangody.  About halfway down the page.  He looks too polite for pro sports, like that big goofy white kid in Major League who looks kind of like Mike Nelson.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on October 07, 2010, 11:50:02 PM
The NBA said they were going to crack down on technical fouls this year, but I didn't think this was what they meant (http://deadspin.com/5658235/when-preseason-games-of-grab+ass-go-wrong?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+deadspin%2Ffull+%28Deadspin%29&utm_content=Google+Reader).

NB:  It says they were both ejected.  Careful with the spelling, there.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on October 18, 2010, 02:45:31 PM
Wilson Chandler showing how he uses his mad kung fu skills to fight off three defenders.  :lol:

(http://cdn3.sbnation.com/photo_images/1323367/90286_Knicks_Celtics_basketball.jpg)

If you look closely enough, you'll even see a basketball.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 02, 2010, 05:24:24 PM
Apparently the Celtics just sent a guy to the D-league (the minors, basically), and his name is Magnum Rolle.


edit:  He's 6'11", which just makes it even funnier.  God, I hope he turns out to be a superstar.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 05:51:08 PM
I think the Minnesota Timberwolves might be the whitest team in the NBA this year, and I'm among the very last of fans to think that that matters, but frankly they have a lot of huge white guys who look more than a little goofy.  Kevin Love, their star, is 6'10" and looks like the giant son of the Burl Ives snowman from the Rudolph claymation Xmas musical.

Then there's the infamous Darko Milicic and these two other guys, all of whom are around 7' and aren't sure how to pose for the camera:

(http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nba_experts__65/ept_sports_nba_experts-759210436-1288884124.jpg?ymcOGCEDcXUN0tRu)

I think this is the perfect year for the team to switch to some kind of Timberwolf Viking theme.  I realize there weren't many Vikings in Eastern Europe, but close enough.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on November 04, 2010, 05:55:41 PM
The guy on the right - what's with his posture and the height of his shorts?  He looks like an old man.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 06:02:30 PM
I'm hoping that was a goofy outtake, but those shorts are so huge that there's no height the waistline could be at and not look ridiculous.  Even on a boxer.

Actually, one of my first thoughts on seeing that was . . . do they shave their legs? 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 04, 2010, 06:15:15 PM
Um, what? The friggin' Vikings founded Russia, fer bobsakes, and traded with the friggin Roman Empire (well-the greek part of it) up and down the Volga and the Black Sea. Vikings were the Byzantine Emperor's bodyguards. They were all over Eastern Europe!

Sheet, man. That Daniel Boorstin has completely upfucked history teaching in the US. :harumph: :battleaxe: :brick:

/looks around for monastery to loot
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 06:34:52 PM
WAT.

[wikis]

The Varyags were SWEDISH?  I . . . had not heard that before.  I thought they were Slavic and had been there since the Neolithic.

It's not really Boorstein's fault, though.  The only European history for Europe north of Italy that I had in high school was in an English class.  We had the American history, on the one hand, which was all Early Explorers (Europeans) and Colonial and Revolutionary and usually we got up to the Civil War a bit.  Then we had Western Civ, of course, which always started with a dabbling in hominids, spent forever on the Greeks (of various kinds) and occasionally got as far as the Crusades.  I didn't even have any 20th Century American history to speak of in school until college.

And my reading is pretty random, I admit.  My knowledge of European geography is all wrong because most of it was learned for WWI borders.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on November 04, 2010, 06:35:26 PM
We should totally have a dedicated NBA thread here.

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 06:36:30 PM
So we can talk about Vikings.  :lol:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on November 04, 2010, 06:36:55 PM
Curiously the former VP for our group (now VP of services) played in the NBA (for a preseason) and was cut by the Bulls.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on November 04, 2010, 06:37:36 PM
The viking thread can be used to talk about NBA.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on November 04, 2010, 06:45:03 PM
 :lol: but yeah, read back thru this thing. Hell, rename this one if you want. I'm just sayin.

Am following this season more closely than usual anyway, because the real life "NBA Today" stuff pops up in 2K11 (plus I even watch the lousier games on tv just to observe the free throw styles of second stringers and etc. so as to replicate their shooting arc ingame)

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 08:03:04 PM
Seems like I'm usually the only one around here who cares about the NBA, so I just post here when I gotta say something about it.

Weird that I would overwhelm a thread with my posts, though.  That's just not like me.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on November 04, 2010, 08:31:22 PM
Oh I love basketball. It's the only organized sport I actually bothered to play in school. I read the Free Darko and Ball Don't Lie and Basketball Jones and all that. It's sort of ingrained in my local and musical culture. It's always enjoyable to talk about.

Plus this season is really interesting, aside from my following it through a video game. In addition to the major LeBron/Heat storyline, there are the younger emerging players (Durant, John Wall already) as well as the last stands of some older teams (Dallas and San Antonio, as nearby examples). It will be fun to keep up with it all.




Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on November 04, 2010, 09:36:17 PM
Oh, I guess it sounded like I was talking shit? When I said I thought the NBA was worthy of its own thread that's really what I meant. Sorry if that was somehow interpreted as anything else.





Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2010, 09:55:07 PM
No, I thought you were serious.  I was just serious when I said I thought it would be pretty much just me talking to myself, which is why I didn't start an entire thread for it.  I try to limit that sort of thing . . . .

But we can do that.  Next time I have a random comment.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 04, 2010, 10:23:32 PM
OH YOU GUYS
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on November 05, 2010, 08:17:35 AM
Sheet, man. That Daniel Boorstin has completely upfucked history teaching in the US. :harumph: :battleaxe: :brick:

Really?  Too bad.  I like his books.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 05, 2010, 08:24:21 AM
He absolutely hates the Vikings. It's ... offensive.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on November 05, 2010, 08:33:05 AM
Well, to be fair, the combination of Brett Favre and Randy Moss was a little hard to stomach.   ;)
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on November 05, 2010, 10:10:00 AM
He absolutely hates the Vikings. It's ... offensive.

 :shock:

I like mine, and will slap anyone who starts shit-talking.  :harumph:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 05, 2010, 10:10:32 AM
Well, to be fair, the combination of Brett Favre and Randy Moss was a little hard to stomach.   ;)

Yeah, now, that was low.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on November 24, 2010, 08:20:03 PM
Saw an archeological bit on late medieval England, and they showed the jawbone and teeth of a peasant who obviously had little concept of modern dental hygiene.  The guy had so much accumulated plaque on his teeth that from canine to canine, and including one bicuspid, were freaking nitred together above the gumline into a solid continuous upper mass.  Freakish.

There was no significant decay, though.  My teeth may be cleaner, but not stronger.  I think I'm switching to a more thoroughly pottage diet.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on December 30, 2010, 04:45:10 PM
"Why Singletary shouldn't have been fired" (http://www.poormagazine.org/node/3501)

Teams sure do pull the trigger on coaches quickly now. I've seen coaches fired over one shitty game. The 24 hour sports cycle really hurts here. It seems like if you really want to build a System, and a group that works well within that system, it takes more than a year or two to make that happen. Nobody gets that long to implement their ideas, though.

This article doesn't really make a good case--it's more about Singletary being an exemplary person and less about coaching--but really, do people think Gruden or Cowher or whoever's currently fashionable to mention would have done any better with that team? If you remember, people were calling for Doc Rivers' head before the Celtics won a title. We all thought Schellas was ruining FCD until he had time to build his system and personnel into a Finals contender (even though he could withstand direct kicks to the nads (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45hWbIy5Fkk) without flinching)...

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on December 30, 2010, 04:56:55 PM
I think it's a cyclic thing, a question of public attitude mostly.  Once people see some coach get bounced, and their team seems to suck, they want the same result.

Everybody wants something to happen.  The mob isn't too bright about what that something should be.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 30, 2010, 05:21:30 PM
Also include the whole York family in with the 'not too bright' category.
The team's rapid decline coincided with Uncle Eddie going to yail (for completely non-NFL reasons), and the league taking the team from him and giving it to Denise and her husband, who immediately ran it into the ground. Jed is their kid, and that's his only qualification for this job. It's pathetic, and obviously the team sucks.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on January 03, 2011, 07:47:08 PM
The team has some talent.  But without a QB you're going nowhere.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 13, 2011, 04:05:14 PM
My asshole friend Colleen put it in my head that I should run the St. Pat's 5k with her.  I rejected it out of hand, but for some reason today it sounds like a fabulous idea.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: hajen on January 13, 2011, 04:11:45 PM
Do eeeeet.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on January 13, 2011, 04:16:41 PM
Is there green beer at the refreshment stations?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 13, 2011, 04:22:08 PM
There's definitely beer at the end.

I think the reason I'm thinking about it is because I can't lift with my cat-inflicted hand injuries.  So I'm doing only cardio until they heal.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: eldiem on January 13, 2011, 08:32:21 PM
Hey, it can't hurt. Plus having a buddy makes it go a little easier, no?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 13, 2011, 10:51:17 PM
Yeah, I might let her talk me into it.  There's also a "Leprechaun Lap" for under-10s.  Lilia has been DYING to run a race since we volunteered at the Seattle Marathon.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 13, 2011, 11:17:34 PM
:thumbsup:

Since I turned about 14, I can't run long distances without getting vicious gut cramps.  In an emergency, I'd tough it out, but I admire a certain amount of distance running on anyone's part.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 14, 2011, 01:11:01 PM
I did the first couch-to-5k workout last night.  Except I accidentally did it for 5 extra minutes.  Oopsie.  If I do the other 2 workouts at this level correctly I'll feel like a slacker now.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on January 14, 2011, 01:26:03 PM
I tried the couch-to-5K workout.  Shin splints told me that despite running on grass in expensive shoes, I was doing it wrong.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on January 14, 2011, 03:09:32 PM
Silly land mammals.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 14, 2011, 03:27:03 PM
When was the last time you swam?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on January 14, 2011, 03:32:01 PM
Yesterday morning.  I just started up again after two years off.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on January 14, 2011, 04:11:04 PM
Oh sweet!  I knew you hadn't in a while.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on January 14, 2011, 04:56:41 PM
:clap:

This makes me happy. When I think of you not swimming, I think of a fish on land, gasping for air.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on January 14, 2011, 05:06:12 PM
Gasping for water?

Gasping for oxygen, anyway.

Hey, can you keep fish alive on land if you put them in a really humid enriched O2 environment?  How inefficient are gills for that?  Would it have to be a, what, osteichthyes species?

Yes, I guess I want to make my own amphibians.  Everything is mad science.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on January 14, 2011, 05:19:19 PM
 :troutslap:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on February 20, 2011, 06:10:22 PM
I tuned in late and apparently missed an ugly Daytona 500, but wow what a nice sentimental win for the ol' Wood Brothers Ford (with a 20 year old rookie driver, whose official website currently says "coming soon"). That's one of those "popular in the garage" wins.

Hopefully the excitement carries over into the season; the whole "Chase for the Cup" era was pretty boring to me (and a lot of others) so I'm glad they've changed things up a bit.

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on March 01, 2011, 11:33:46 AM
And yet Phoenix was even uglier.  What the hell, mang?  I'm so over this sport.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 28, 2011, 04:31:58 PM
Amusing:

"But the Dane dug deep to clinch the second before world number 23 Petkovic held her nerve to serve out the final set with a confident love hold." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9439127.stm)

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/51881000/jpg/_51881522_011609281-1.jpg)

This is the face you make when you're in a confident love hold, apparently. :eek:  :knotty:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on March 28, 2011, 04:36:42 PM
Well, no, but very few of my ancestors were from Denmark.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: First Post on March 29, 2011, 12:21:18 AM
Good article about Lionel Messi. (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=macgregor/110328) I watched this game, he's not exaggerating. If not for standout work in goal from Tim Howard and an especially scrappy US backline, he would have scored several times.

It's that thing where he makes it look easy, and if you've ever tried to play the game you know it's not easy at all. The Gretzky-like awareness of his teammates and surroundings, the ability to put the ball where they need it to be...just amazing. Argentina is a fun team to watch, always on the attack, no boring bunker-ball.

(some of his best zomg moments (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo), tastefully set to Pearl Jam)


Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 29, 2011, 12:26:23 AM
:detta:

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on March 29, 2011, 05:55:41 AM
Yeah, his situational awareness is spooky.  I love that in a basketball player, too.  But he has the kung fu real strong -- that stutter-step.  It's like the changeup in baseball, too, but it comes up constantly in martial arts.  He has a really good sense of when another player has committed to a particular inertia, and then he immediately changes his tempo or direction, and there's no way for them to recover.

Soccer is one of the most 'running' games in the major sports played over here, so it often needs that.  Beautiful to watch, but you do need the replay to fully appreciate it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 11, 2011, 03:06:24 PM
Ouch (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/04/ten-indicted-in-point-fixing-basketball-scheme-at-university-of-san-diego-uc-riverside.html). Point fixing in USD and UCR basketball.

I'm gonna bet USD eliminates basketball after this. USF (another Jesuit university, in San Francisco) eliminated basketball after a string of scandals in the late Seventies - a time when they regularly went far in the NCAA tournament and were a Big Deal in orangeball, so the Jesuits are obviously not swayed by that sort of thing. 
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: hajen on April 19, 2011, 04:18:06 PM
This... is weirdly fascinating.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5651802 :shit:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 19, 2011, 04:34:41 PM
:puke:

Also, power of suggestion. I've really got to go drop one after reading that.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on April 19, 2011, 04:35:19 PM
I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often - even I can tell that after exercise, stuff loosens up down there.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mrcookieface on April 19, 2011, 05:12:17 PM
I was most struck by all the adjectives.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on April 19, 2011, 06:35:26 PM
I was most struck by all the adjectives.

Most fortunate for you.  If you would have been struck by all the nouns it would have been pretty painful.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mrcookieface on April 19, 2011, 06:44:11 PM
And wet, apparently.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 20, 2011, 06:44:19 AM
That was certainly a much longer article than I expected.  Flush twice.

I know that in the NBA, a lot of players have crazy pre-game rituals that include eating things that the trainers would probably prefer they didn't.  I don't mean live frogs, or anything, so far as I know, but I recently read about a starting point guard who always eats a huge stack of waffles for breakfast on a game day.  It probably affects his game differently depending on whether it's an afternoon or evening game.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: eldiem on April 23, 2011, 11:12:01 AM
So last night I had 90 minutes to kill (apparently) so I watched this: Sugar: the Bitter Truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM). It's an endocrinologist lecturing on the evils of fructose. It's heavy on the science, which I found appealing, though the average non-scientist may hate that part of it.

I was conflicted after watching it. I don't disagree with anything he said, I could follow the biochemistry, and he seems to have a lot of evidence. What does it say about me that I'm naturally apprehensive of someone who clearly is very passionate about something and is a good speaker, seems intelligent, and is charismatic? Like, I feel like he could be hiding something and I wouldn't know. Maybe that's the source of my unease. (Not that I logically think that's the case, but... you know?)
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 23, 2011, 11:22:10 AM
This is why the scientific writing style is so dry and dull and fucking passive-voice awkward. The slightest hint of passion or advocacy or self-interest brings out the knives Razors.

(see what i did there?)

What you've got is healthy skepticism. And that's fine, if you've got the chops to research it and find the holes yourself. You do.
What chaps my hide is people who criticize scientific results and implications that are inconvenient to them personally and call that skepticism.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 23, 2011, 12:01:20 PM
Yeah, the problem with the sugar thing is there are people on both sides of the Sugar Is Evil debate who are equally sciency, passionate, and charismatic.

I've seen maybe half a dozen big dealios about it, and I'm no professional, but . . . in my experience the Evil camp is the one making more leaps of logic.  The most egregious are the people who insist that all sugars are functionally identical.  I do tend to believe the anti-fructose people, but I admit to have a HFCS axe to grind, so I'm not exactly impartial.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: eldiem on April 23, 2011, 01:42:49 PM
Well this guy's thing is, sucrose is a disaccharide, made of one glucose and one fructose. This is what makes sucrose just as bad as fructose, since the sucrose linkage is broken immediately upon digestion. He has no problem with naturally occurring fructose because it comes along with fiber in fruit, or sucrose, I guess, but who eats sugar cane?

It left me wondering why no one uses glucose to sweeten processed foods, the only reason I can think of is that it's not nearly as sweet as fructose/sucrose, and I haven't done any research b/c, well, I'm studying for finals. Can't you tell?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on April 23, 2011, 06:15:35 PM
:lol:

Yeah, but other people say that fructose and sucrose, for whatever reason, aren't functionally equivalent in actual dietary use.  Maybe adding glucose to fructose does something inobvious.  Often the temporary concentration of a dietary chemical makes a huge difference, obviously, so it's possible that sucrose is different from fructose for that reason.

They use sucrose or fructose instead of glucose, yeah, because of the sweetness level, from what I hear.  It's more economical that way and allows for higher sweetness concentrations without making foods too syrupy / crystalized.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on June 17, 2011, 11:18:28 AM
Let the stalking begin! http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217680/Feds_move_toward_health_claims_database_despite_privacy_fears
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on June 17, 2011, 11:27:52 AM
Yeah, that won't get hacked  :whatever:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hedaira on June 17, 2011, 11:33:04 AM
Let the stalking begin! http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217680/Feds_move_toward_health_claims_database_despite_privacy_fears

"In most cases, enrollees in the federal health employment benefit plan won't know that claims information is going to OPM and they won't know what information is used and why, he said."

LOL HIPAA
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on June 17, 2011, 12:03:56 PM
 :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 17, 2011, 12:07:38 PM
Now would be an excellent time to develop a good rapport with the insurance companies, if you're a low level Fed employee with access to these data.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on June 17, 2011, 12:12:15 PM
I'd not even thought of the HIPAA angle. :hmm:

I can just imagine the forms for access to the full Personally Identifiable Information:
Quote
Do you promise to use this power for:
[ ] Good
[ ] Evil
[ ] Lulz
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on June 17, 2011, 01:11:08 PM
See avatar.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on June 17, 2011, 03:38:14 PM
Hey, anything that gets doctors to include less information in your medical records has to be a good thing.


No, wait.  Bad.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on June 17, 2011, 04:31:17 PM
I'd not even thought of the HIPAA angle. :hmm:

I can just imagine the forms for access to the full Personally Identifiable Information:
Quote
Do you promise to use this power for:
[ ] Good
[ ] Evil
[ ] Lulz

 :lol:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 17, 2011, 04:44:05 PM
FOR THE LULZ
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on August 15, 2011, 06:00:09 PM
Last night I went for a run.  I just kept runnin' and runnin'.  I don't feel bad today, and I calculated that I ran 1.3 miles without difficulty.  So... I have convinced myself to run in a 5k in October.  It's possibly the flattest course there is in western WA and it's in my town.  I don't like to get too far out of my comfort zone.   :P  I'm thinking that if I have a goal (not a weight goal) then I might stick to it, and lose some weight anyway.  My friend Colleen has been busting her ass and has lost about 70 pounds in the past 7 months.  I'm going to need some serious butt-kicking to stay on schedule.  Next year I want to do the Warrior Dash - 5k through the mud and over obstacles.  Colleen said it was a blast.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on August 15, 2011, 06:15:12 PM
:clap:!
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 15, 2011, 07:07:39 PM
:thumbsup:  If you did 1.3 miles without strain, you should definitely be able to train for 3 miles in October.

Losing 70 lb in 7 months is either amazing or dangerous.  Busting ass is right.  Weight loss varies with a ton of factors, obviously, but 2-4 lb a month is usually considered professional-assistance aggressive, and usually anything faster than that requires (or should require) medical assistance.  Alternatively, some places say you can safely lose as much as 10% of your body weight every six months, assuming you're sufficiently overweight in the first place.

I'm not saying your friend can't have done it safely, since obviously I don't know anything about her situation or methods, but regardless that's a pretty amazing rate.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on August 15, 2011, 07:21:45 PM
If I actually lose 10% (and I'm sort of trying), I have to get a new sleep study/CPAP recalc
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: vox8 on August 15, 2011, 08:24:24 PM
:thumbsup:  If you did 1.3 miles without strain, you should definitely be able to train for 3 miles in October.

Losing 70 lb in 7 months is either amazing or dangerous.  Busting ass is right.  Weight loss varies with a ton of factors, obviously, but 2-4 lb a month is usually considered professional-assistance aggressive, and usually anything faster than that requires (or should require) medical assistance.  Alternatively, some places say you can safely lose as much as 10% of your body weight every six months, assuming you're sufficiently overweight in the first place.

I'm not saying your friend can't have done it safely, since obviously I don't know anything about her situation or methods, but regardless that's a pretty amazing rate.

If you lose more than a pound or two a week  you are getting into dangerous territory. Your liver and kidney simply cannot handle the extra load required to process the toxins returned to the body when fat dissolves/reduces. And the additional load required because that fat is no longer available to store away toxins.

Which is why you have to be medically monitored. When I went on my crazy diet I had to have blood drawn every week at first, then every other week. They were testing mostly for kidney & liver functioning.

Losing weight uber-fast does it's number on those organs. You might not die of a obesity related heart-attack, but we'll see how comforting that is when you are hooked up to a dialysis machine.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on August 15, 2011, 09:19:49 PM
I don't know, maybe it was 50 lbs.  She had a doctor, a nutritionist, a therapist, group therapy, and a trainer.   Her health insurance covered half of the program and they still had to come up with $6k.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on August 15, 2011, 10:14:54 PM
I have no idea what's possible under those conditions, non-surgically.  :shrug:  It's amazing, regardless.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: feffer on October 02, 2011, 02:16:33 PM
So... I have convinced myself to run in a 5k in October. 

I didn't train as much as I wanted, so I decided not to run the 5k today.  Then I went to a party last night, and a few of the guests peer-pressured me into doing it anyway.  One guy had signed up but then had to go to Boston for work, so my timer thinks I'm a 33-year-old male.  I ran it way faster than I expected to.  Not fast, but I'm happy.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on October 02, 2011, 02:18:43 PM
:thumbsup:

That's the distance from my house to work.  I could not run it today . . . .
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Talix on October 03, 2011, 09:21:11 AM
 :thumbsup:

Really wish I could run.  I need a personal coach to tell me what I'm doing wrong.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Baahston on February 17, 2012, 05:55:09 PM
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Title: Re: Misc
Post by: the other andrea on February 25, 2012, 09:06:50 PM
Baahston!  :detta:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 11, 2012, 03:35:15 AM
Bummer - UCSB's not going to the Big Dance this year.

Of course, I don't care, and until tonight I didn't even know they were in contention :shrug:

Also an illustration of how bad the student newspaper is.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on March 12, 2012, 06:38:13 PM
St. Mary's in Moraga is though.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 12, 2012, 11:11:32 PM
h8 St. Mary's

had to play them a lot in rugby

dirty mofos
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on March 13, 2012, 04:17:35 PM
My BIL went there for a year before dropping out.  The last time they were in the tourney I think.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2012, 08:55:11 AM
OK, here is the car racing show I want to see:

- Pick however many teams.  I'd say 3-6.

- Each team gets a budget, and the producers have to enforce these rules carefully.  You take your budget, go out with a production assistant (hereafter 'referee'), and buy a car.  No shenanigans -- no buying a car at half-price from a friend.  A starting budget of $5k would be good.

- You don't know the tracks in advance.  The first track would be a pretty simple one.  Afterward, the tracks would generally be more challenging, but no demolition or crossovers.  Ideally, you can keep the car at the end of the series.

- In each race, prize money is awarded in a normal fashion, with the winner getting the most, second-place less, and so on.  But a car improvement budget is rewarded in reverse fashion, so that the slowest car gets the most improvement money.  And you can't use outside money on your car.  Everyone gets a basic repair budget, but that's separate.

Naturally, the producers should watch at least one entire season of Top Gear beforehand.  And the teams should have to drive their cars to each track, with a film crew.

Alternatively, or for the second season, you could start to go more Monster Garage / Junkyard Wars.  Up the budgets somewhat and say, "OK, the next race will be on sand." or "The next race will be off-road."

I know there have been some attempts at this kind of show, but they've been pretty feeble.  Let's do it right.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on July 30, 2012, 07:24:26 PM
I knew Chuck Connors (yes, of The Rifleman and such) had played pro basketball for the Celtics.  Today I learned he also played baseball for the Cubs and Dodgers.

Apparently he wasn't a star for any of those teams, but that's still pretty damned good.  He was on the championship Dodgers team in 1949 that also had Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella.  He was also drafted by the Chicago Bears but never actually played for them.

He was also friends with both Nixon and Brezhnev.  I guess he was just likeable.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on August 05, 2012, 03:55:13 PM
The mouse-over for Google's Olympic image: "Latest treading topic: Synchronized Swimming". :hisey:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Hisey on August 22, 2012, 07:46:23 PM
Unauthorized use of the :hisey!! You know I can do better than that.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on September 05, 2013, 06:09:12 PM
Intestinal bacteria and obesity (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/05/bacteria-slim-treat-obesity-study).

Diet still matters, but wouldn't it be horrible if they could correlate the rise in obesity to an increase in food workers washing their hands?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: the other andrea on September 05, 2013, 07:10:34 PM
Whoa, I had never thought of that.  :trance:
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: stormneedle on September 05, 2013, 08:01:09 PM
The world is stranger than is like to contemplate.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on September 06, 2013, 03:08:21 PM
So we want skinny fast food workers who don't wash their hands.  I'm on it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on September 06, 2013, 06:33:53 PM
Let's not jump to conclusions . . . .
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on September 07, 2013, 02:50:28 PM
We just want their bacteria?
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 08, 2013, 06:24:30 PM
Jealous long-distance swimmers find something to whine about re: Diana Nyad's swim across the Florida Strait (http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Nyad-s-team-responds-to-skeptics-doubting-her-swim-4796569.php)

Obligatory "Hey, I know that guy!" comment: I know Mitch Roffer, I see him at NASA meetings all the time. He knows how to read a satellite image, to be sure. It's a simple matter to have determined whether the currents were in Nyad's favor. And a one knot boost from a wiggle in the current is nooothing down there.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: vox8 on September 08, 2013, 09:37:37 PM
Haters gonna hate.

Of course you don't need a suit to swim the English channel, not a whole lot of stinging jellies there ...

And hey NO FUCKING SHARK CAGE.

Assholes.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on September 09, 2013, 10:16:33 AM
Basically, she did a crazy, unnecessary, insanely difficult thing, and they're arguing over whether she did it correctly despite not having any evidence to the contrary.

She's 64.  Just clap, you assholes.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: mo on September 09, 2013, 04:14:50 PM
Yeah, I don't care if she rode a dolphin, I would still be mega-impressed.

Title: Re: Misc
Post by: flipper on September 09, 2013, 07:02:16 PM
I'm not into 64 year olds....yet...
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 11, 2013, 06:49:51 PM
Quote from: my friend monty, who's chair of marine science at southern miss, on farcebook
Oceanography Corner: As much as I would've liked Chloe McCardle to have been the one to make the first swim from Cuba to Florida, there is no way that Diana Nyad cheated. I saw three days before her swim how oddly strong a deep northerly flowing Gulf Stream was moving through the straits. By a fluke, she picked an amazingly fortunate time to jump in the water.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: random axe on March 21, 2020, 07:58:57 PM
I mentioned elsewhere that in the last few months I managed to drill through my left thumbnail TWICE in separate incidents.  I just can't stop injuring that thumb, and apparently I don't own the right book of forbidden knowledge to tell me what that means.

I've been managing the broken thumbnail with nail polish (clear, mostly) and Super Glue and baking soda.  Very mixed results.  Yesterday, I friggin' googled the problem, because I know shit about nail polish.  (HOW CAN IT TAKE SO LONG TO DRY AND YET BE SO SOFT AND FLIMSY WHEN IT'S DONE I should just use polyurethane.)  Broken nails are something women have dealt with more than men, all in all, because men usually have just looked at the broken nail and cursed.

SO, yesterday, I put on a thin coat of clear polish and then pressed into it little strips I cut from a paper coffee filter, which I then covered with another layer of nail polish.  And you know what?  I should've done that like two months ago.  It's not perfect, but it was cheap and easy, and it works much better than anything I tried before.  And from an engineering standpoint, it's retroactively obvious.  :nonplused:

It also looks like I have a bandage on my thumbnail, which is a lot better than the nail actually looks, with or without gloss.  So there's that.  All in all, I recommend this method, should you need it.
Title: Re: Misc
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 22, 2020, 06:00:20 PM
"Dammit, Jim ..."