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MordenoftheSith


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Live: 2008-2009 NHL Season Stanley Cup Playoffs, Columbus's first home playoff game in team history, Game 3 I was in section 210 at NWA. CORRECTION: 2013-2014 NHL Season Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 4, I was in Section 220 for Columbus's GREATEST COMEBACK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY BABY!!!
    TV/Radio: 2002 Fiesta Bowl, Dorsey's "ring-around-the-rosie" desperation heave that missed its target.
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  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
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Comment 31 Aug 2016

So, here's some personal details only a few of you know about me.  My oldest son is on the spectrum.  Klinefelter's Syndrome is the exact diagnosis, but in order for insurance to pay for the genetic testing to get that information, he had to be diagnosed on the spectrum.  That said, with my experience with him and his classmates (he was in early intervention pre-school for 2 years prior to going to K this year), I am conflicted with the statement "sad that this boy has to eat alone. Even worse that the school doesn't try to help.  Maybe a teacher or an aid could sit with him from time to time." 
1) Children on the spectrum, for the most part, are socially awkward and tend to be blunt when dealing with other people.  It is who they are and sometimes classmates don't like it, so they avoid the situation.  Perfectly normal thing to do as I do that now as an adult (avoid uncomfortable situations).  As a parent I understand wanting everybody to be friends with your child, but also understand that my little guy simply doesn't give a crap if anybody sits with him or not.
2) Almost all kids today know if a classmate is on the spectrum, either they've been in the same pre-k classes as a typical peer model or they help out in other ways at the school, again as a typical peer model in a different setting.  With this information, and having a direct dealing with the classmate, it's reasonable to assume they are following #1, avoiding the situation.
3) For kids who do not know and are not in a situation to understand what it means or what is happening, seeing a teacher or an aid sit with the child could be reason to pick on the student.  I would like to believe that doesn't happen, but I've seen too many stories to be that naive; why give any ammunition for that to occur when it can be avoided, especially since the child doesn't care nobody is sitting with him?
4) The school is already taxed when it comes to accommodating students on the spectrum.  It's difficult to get all of the programs every child on the spectrum needs to succeed, and to be honest, while it's hard as a parent, imagine how hard it is on the staff.  Most parents have 1 child on the spectrum, which is difficult with all of the programs and therapies; schools usually don't have just one...

I thank my lucky stars my son was placed in a class with a teacher who has experience with special needs students and most of the class is comprised of special needs students, with a few typical peer models sprinkled in.
 

Comment 29 Aug 2016

Here is the story on one of my favorite movie news websites.  They have a pretty damn good quote from his nephew.

...this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

Just.... wow....

Comment 19 Aug 2016

I certainly couldn't perform 10 events in a week, let alone 2 days, at a high level.  I'm not disparaging the athletes at all, I simply can't call anybody the "Greatest" anything.  I can give my opinion of a top 5 or 10 list, and it will always be "in no particular order".

Comment 19 Aug 2016

What I'm saying is it is impossible to state who clearly is "The World's Greatest Athlete".  Do I consider a two-sport athlete like Bo Jackson or Deon Sanders to be in that category? No, but as you can see, some folks do. 

I never said being a decathlete isn't an amazing feat, but if you look at the way they score, you only have to be great at running to win gold.  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-scoring-for-the-decathlon-and-heptathlon-favors-running-over-throwing/

So you're exceptional at the sprints, above average at the hurdles, below average at the distance and only average at the remaining 6 and you can win Gold and obtain the title; or win no medal because you're terrible at all running events and above average to exceptional in the non-running events.

Again, subjective and the idea of "World's Greatest Athlete" is hyperbolic.

Comment 19 Aug 2016

It's all hyperbole.  I've heard the TnF announcers claim Usain Bolt should be on your "Mount Rushmore of Greatest Athletes" because he won 3 consecutive Olympic Golds in the 100m and 200m sprints.  I'm sorry, but he might be the greatest sprinter ever, but certainly should not be on any "Mount Rushmore" that isn't specific to sprinting.  Can he win Gold in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m? Nope, because he is disciplined in only short sprints, not distance.
I understand decathletes possibly being placed into a "Greatest Athlete" category, it is a 10 discipline event after-all.  Even then, they aren't sprinting AND doing distance, they're mainly running/swimming distance, which is basically endurance.  Endurance isn't necessarily a great indicator of athleticism.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Wrestlemania VI... Hogan v Warrior... loved them both, didn't want either to lose...  I recently re-watched that match and it actually holds up to what I remember, which is rare.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Same here... I cried when The Rockers broke up... I cried again when they did the one-night only reunion against Le Resistance.  Marked out like crazy when that music hit...

Comment 16 Aug 2016

I LOATHE "The 'Mount Rushmore' of ______" and "____-gate" because journalist are lazy and can't come up with a legit name for the scandal of the week.  IT'S CALLED WATERGATE BECAUSE THAT WAS THE NAME OF THE HOTEL, idiots!

Comment 16 Aug 2016

I HATE this cover, especially as a fan of the original and a fan of Disturbed. 

I've said it quite a few times, but I'll repeat, bearing in mind that I might get MOD intervention: After listening to this cover, I now know what my lady friends went through when I was 17/18 yrs old.  Great anticipation with a severe let down at the end...

You want to hear a great metal cover of the song, listen to Bobaflex's version... superior metal cover in every way.

Comment 15 Aug 2016

This was the first tape I got my mom to buy me, I was 11 so obviously didn't have a job.  My favorite song off of this album, hands down Of Wolf and Man... gets me jacked up every time I hear the opening riff.  Enter Sandman was meh, but really was a great song for Riviera to walk out too, which is mostly why I hate the Yankees.

Comment 12 Aug 2016

Nope, this is being billed as the Rebel Alliance's FIRST attempt to get the Death Star plans, but not the last.  It's between Ep 3 and 4, but does not directly lead into 4, hence their first attempt.

Comment 08 Jul 2016

I haven't seen any traditional sports reporting site even mentioning this, so, i'm calling BS for now.* 

*Opinion is subject to change depending on reputable sources corroborating