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Re: Monday Morning

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Actually, I rather like football.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:22 AM
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I think football is a sport that is dangerous to its participants. The risk of damage from concussion is so high that I will only watch people who play for free. That way I know they really wanted to play and aren't being unduly influenced by money brought into the picture by fans.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:26 AM
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2 is almost as diabolical as the "I won't be in a threesome with another guy because I'm a feminist" argument.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:51 AM
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2: Are you not entertained?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:55 AM
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I got the idea from IRB rules about compensation for study participants.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:57 AM
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I'd love to see Cam Newton do the bit in 4.

I was entertained. Denver basically reprising the Baltimore Ravens early 2000s Super Bowl run with Peyton Manning playing the part of Trent Dilfer. Carolina just being flat out better than other teams. So far.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 7:58 AM
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6.1: That would be so awesome.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 8:12 AM
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As a self-hating Eagles fan, I have to say this post-season didn't really work out in terms of teaching Eagles fans valuable life lessons the way I hoped. Andy Reid is a great coach who is fucking terrible at clock management. Eagles fans are chuckleheads who think that there's no such thing as luck, and every season they don't win the Super Bowl is a total failure, and who hate all of their stars. So of course they hate Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid. When KC made the playoffs and the Eagles missed, I thought this would be a valuable opportunity for them to learn to appreciate it when they have players and coaches who are good, even if they aren't perfect. But then KC, despite winning their first playoff game in 20 years, lost because of bad clock management, and now they're back to "See, Andy Reid sucks. That's why the Eagles only went 10-10 in playoff games." That means you got to see the Eagles in 20 playoff games, you moron!


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 8:29 AM
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I gotz linkz!

1 Million Syllabi aggregated, graphed, ranked. Play! Indirect link, thru Understanding Society.

The Mandel and Kittler I'm reading are in there, but way way down. The Leila Ahmed on Egypt and the veil and the one on posthumanism in anime are probably too recent.

Aliens! Fur Fucking Reelz ain't no randomness in nature!


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 8:53 AM
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I'm a Patriots fan. Watching this season has been discouraging. Given the way they have played (and yes, there are reasons), I am glad they didn't make it to the Super Bowl. It would have been embarrassing. Maybe not as embarrassing as Super Bowl XX, but not good. (Good lord, that was THIRTY YEARS AGO!!!)

Go Panthers!


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 1:27 PM
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and yes, there are reasons

Too much air in the ball.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 1:29 PM
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I don't claim to be an analytical football fan or to have a deep knowledge of the (most complicated of the major sports) game, but I don't understand why every team hasn't been using the same strategy Denver did yesterday against the Patriots for years, at least in the years since it's been clear that they have a far from elite O line. Pressure Brady constantly, but don't blitz so you command the short or mid range routes and cut off that weapon. Double or triple team Gronk. It seems so obvious! Why not do this all the time? I know Denver has an elite defense but it doesn't seem that hard to implement the same strategy with mild variations and beat the Patriots most of the time, as the Broncos just did with a barely functioning QB.


Posted by: R Tigre | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:14 PM
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Talk about sports?

The firing of David Blatt is a fascinating story.

While the Cavs suffered a monumental loss to the Warriors in a primetime matchup in Cleveland, it's hard to argue with Blatt's overall results, even in a weaker conference. According to some reports, it was the internal team politics that were more to blame for the firing than anything related to basketball. While the Internet had a field day with the firing, Rick Carlisle, Stan Van Gundy and others, were nowhere near as joyful.

Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:21 PM
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But how do you pressure Brady without blitzing? It worked for Denver because they have the best defense in the league.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:22 PM
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The Pats O-line is bad enough and has been bad enough for a while that it feels like a league-average or above defense should be able to pressure him. But again I don't claim to even fake-know football strategy in the way I do NBA or MLB.


Posted by: R Tigre | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:25 PM
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12: Denver has the best defense in the league, and yet that strategy only barely worked for Denver, thanks mostly to an extremely rare fluke missed extra point by Gostkowski.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:41 PM
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Yes but most other teams play with a QB that can throw the ball.


Posted by: R Tigre | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 2:52 PM
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Andy Reid's clock management is puzzling, but it's hard to call thst the reason they lost, given they were behind by 14. It's very different than blowing a lead by failing to run down the clock enough.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 01-25-16 8:03 PM
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I love playing ping-pong and badminton. I like watching football and basketball games, but I can't play them。


Posted by: Outlet Stores | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 1:59 AM
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You could, if you'd applied yourself. And you wouldn't have to be an outlet store either. You could have sold first-run merchandise if you'd tried.


Posted by: Opinionated Outlet Stores's Mother | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 6:11 AM
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I played ping-pong and badminton this weekend. I feel so close to you now, Outlet Stores.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 6:47 AM
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At least you have a job that doesn't involved shirts too shitty to sell at even a regular Sears.


Posted by: Opinionated Outlet Stores's Mother | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 6:50 AM
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If there really is a newly discovered, formerly hidden planet in the solar system, can we call it Pluto? I don't like learning new things.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:30 AM
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First we strip it's planet status and now you want to unname it? Poor lil' planetoid. Doesn't this discovery suggest there are probably a lot of very large planets in distant solar orbits? We're going to need a bigger mnemonic anyways..


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:37 AM
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OOSM's expectations were formed when it was a lot easier for a Mom and Pop store to thrive. She should be more understanding of her failure of an offspring.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:39 AM
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I'm not a failure! People drive 100s of miles to visit me! Do you know much revenue I generate?
Lots! I'm rich!


Posted by: Outlet Stores | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:43 AM
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Holy crap the Warriors are good.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:45 AM
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Happy Australia Day, people. I am told this is the national anthem.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:48 AM
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Are the chest plates a Ned Kelly reference?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 7:58 AM
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I assume that's just what Australians wear in case of random crocodile attack.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:02 AM
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I doubt a chest plate would be of much use in that regard. I think the crocs just grab your legs as you walk by the water or arms if you reach in to fill a canteen. The iron would just help drown you.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:09 AM
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"As a self-hating Eagles fan, I have to say this post-season didn't really work out in terms of teaching Eagles fans valuable life lessons the way I hoped."

Talk radio is crazy out here. Everybody was calling for chip kelly to be fired and now they are complaining about the new coach.


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:15 AM
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"As a self-hating Eagles fan, I have to say this post-season didn't really work out in terms of teaching Eagles fans valuable life lessons the way I hoped."

Talk radio is crazy out here. Everybody was calling for chip kelly to be fired and now they are complaining about the new coach.


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:15 AM
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Full disclosure: I have never been bitten by anything in the reptile line.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:23 AM
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33: Same as it ever was.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:28 AM
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As a self-hating Eagles fan

So, how did you feel about Glenn Frey's death?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:32 AM
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13: I don't follow men's basketball at all, but I do love gossip.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 8:41 AM
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37: When I saw the word "gossip" in relation to this topic, my first thought was "OMG -- was Blatt dating Lebron's mother too?"

But, no, article was just repeating the same old stories.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 9:18 AM
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That would have been kind of awesome, though.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:25 AM
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I don't follow men's basketball at all, but I do love gossip.

It looks like there's about to be a bunch of gossip about Blake Griffin (who reportedly broke his hand punching a staff member).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:30 AM
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Wait. Why did Blatt get fired?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:30 AM
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Wait. Why did Blatt get fired?

Nobody knows, but I'm inclined to agree with this.

Putting it all together, it is hard to accept any non-LBJ explanation for Blatt's firing. The ESPN piece is detailed in its reasons but they really are mostly small details when the larger story was that James didn't really did not want Blatt as a coach for much of last season. Moreover, the fact that James has been publicly quiet this year does not mean he has been quiet behind the scenes (in fact, you could infer that his quiet public stance is cover for backroom discussions).

Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:40 AM
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From 38 and 39, I thought he was dating the mother of a different player.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:42 AM
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So, for Austrailia Day, we did Tim Tam Slams. And holy shit, that was good. I need to figure out what the North American equivalent of a Tim Tam is.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 10:50 AM
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Glenn Frey had it coming. He knows what he did.

Wait why are Eagles fan already complaining about the new coach? He hasn't done anything yet.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 11:05 AM
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Possibly not quite the right link, Spike?

Sports hey? What about these IOC guidelines on transgender athletes then?
http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/Medical_commission/2015-11_ioc_consensus_meeting_on_sex_reassignment_and_hyperandrogenism-en.pdf
I've been puzzling over it all day, and trying to find out more about the physiological implications, and I always like to know what you lot think about things.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 3:42 PM
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my favorite mock trial student ever* is featured in a story on the senojrehtom website!!!! so proud of her and looking forward to tough talk about completely redoing her closing argument before competition starts next week! my budding social justice warrior!!!

*totally not fair to have favorites but oh well.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 3:59 PM
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Possibly not quite the right link, Spike?

I suppose not. Here is the correct one, featuring Natalie Imbruglia.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-26-16 4:55 PM
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Basketball?

Jeez, I just noticed the last SF-SA game. Even without TD, mygawd.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 01-27-16 12:45 AM
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