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Ahh Saturday

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Comment 20 Jun 2017

If, amidst this flurry of downvotes, someone would like to provide a third way of accounting for BtoD's numbers, I'm happy to read your explanation. Right now it just seems like people are mad about their choices.

Comment 20 Jun 2017

Let's assume for the sake of argument that your numbers are correct, because if they are, there are really only two ways to account for it. 1) there is something inherent in being black, or black culture, that leads to violence, a position that is pretty much the dictionary definition of racist. 2) there is something deeply racist about the structures and institutions of our country that has engendered and perpetuates the violence you describe, in which case it is hard to object to a tshirt alerting people to that.

Comment 20 Jun 2017

Free speech is great, but . . .  Just not worth it in my opinion.

Shockingly, I don't think my above elision of the quote misrepresents its meaning. If anything, it cuts through to its point. Pretty sure I've never seen a person simply shrug off the right to free speech so easily in my life.

Comment 20 Jun 2017

People like/watch sports to escape from politics.

I agree, but the people who play the sports people like to watch are under no obligation to make that escape easy. They are people with the right to free speech, and I support any athlete in his or her right to exercise their free speech.

Comment 30 May 2017

My son was born 10 weeks early at 3 pounds on the nose. Breezed through the ISCU in 3.5 weeks, and we've never looked back. He's 10 now and thriving. Best wishes for you and your family.

Comment 24 May 2017

Some personal background: I am Cleveland born and bred, but moved to Chicago during the interregnum while Jordan was swinging at curve balls in the dirt. I was a committed Bulls hater and cheered loudly, and at great personal risk, for John Starks and the Knicks inside a neighborhood sports bar during the Eastern Conference Finals. Afterwards, I talked to a guy from work who was from Detroit. I figured he'd hate the Bulls as much, if not more, than I did, but he didn't. He was a Bulls fan. "Spent a season watching Jordan" he explained, and that was all it took.

When Jordan came back, I spent a season watching him play, and then another, and another. The season the Bulls won 72 games, I probably watched close to 70 of those games. I became a fan. Some might call this bandwaggoning. I simply call it persuasion. Say what you will about what a mean and awful bastard Jordan was/is but he brought intensity to Every Single Game. I've never seen a person combine his level of talent with that spirit of competitiveness. A loss in an irrelevant game in the middle of February visibly disgusted him, and you knew how the team would bounce back. You could see him flip a switch for the whole team, usually in the third quarter if the Bulls were trailing at half. Suddenly the Bulls were everywhere. It seemed like they had 10 guys on the court, and you could see the body language of the other team. They knew it. Game over.

Although the OP didn't phrase this as an LBJ v MJ battle, Cavs v Bulls must inevitably be reduced to it. You can look at Pippen and Love and Kyrie and Rodman, but those guys are just the parts. The engine for both teams wears/wore 23, and as good as LBJ is, I have never seen a player who could will his team to a win the way MJ did, and I think that will leads his Bulls past LeBron's Cavs.

Comment 19 May 2017

If "bridge jumping" were a team sport, and Urban Meyer had coached three championships in it, I might not jump off, but I'd at least listen to his opinion carefully. As it is, nobody is perfect, and assessing talent can be a tricky business. I think Urban Meyer has shown he's pretty damn good at it, maybe the best in the business.

Comment 04 May 2017

GLCA used to be king, but something has happened in recent years.

What happened was you realized beer shouldn't taste as if it's been brewed with the crap you soak your Christmas tree in. Love GLB, but never been a fan of Christmas ales.

Comment 02 May 2017

Love Ballast Point, though I'm not too crazy about all their many fruit variations, my general feeling being "keep your damn mangoes away from my beer." Still, Sculpin is top notch, and I just recently tasted the Manta Ray Double IPA, damn fine beer.

Comment 02 May 2017

Couple local favorites of mine. If you're in Chicago, and thirsty for beer, check out Revolution Brewing Tap Room on Kedzie. Everything is good, but my is the Galaxy Hero tasty:

And from the Temperance Brewery up in Evanston, the one that's been my "fridge beer" for a while . . .

Comment 26 Apr 2017

I'd love to hear either of our Andrews weigh in on the Oats situation. He had a very early offer from the Buckeyes, but is his offer "commitable"? If so, why no commitment yet?  Are the Buckeyes fighting with other schools for Oats, or is Oats fighting with other prospects for a spot in this class?

Comment 21 Apr 2017

If you're visiting this thread, you're probably a Prince fan. And if you're a Prince fan, you need to drop what you're doing right now, and watch this. Thanks for the music, you dirty-minded, little genius.