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Comment 16 Jun 2019

LeBron still played 55 games and they were 28-27 in those games. He just can't carry a team like he did in Cleveland for chunks of his career. 

I don't pay that much attention to the NBA, but my impression was that the Cavs teams, that LeBron carried, were mostly full of decent NBA veteran role players; whereas, last year's Lakers were mostly a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears neophytes.

And, while the Lakers still have a highly-dysfunctional front office, disassociating from LaVar Ball has to be a positive move.

Comment 12 Jun 2019

The referenced article is evidence that somewhere, there truly are an infinite number of monkeys with keyboards...

Comment 12 Jun 2019

I got the Nursery Cryme reference, and I instantly recognized it as Ramzy's handiwork.

The Musical Box was one of their best songs from the Peter Gabriel era :)

You must be joking; go take a running jump...

Comment 08 Jun 2019

I don't get HBO, so I haven't seen the series, but this is an interesting take on the series.

A couple excerpts:

Herein lies one of the series’ biggest flaws: its failure to accurately portray Soviet relationships of power. 

There are a lot of people throughout the series who appear to act out of fear of being shot. This is inaccurate: summary executions, or even delayed executions on orders of a single apparatchik, were not a feature of Soviet life after the nineteen-thirties. By and large, Soviet people did what they were told without being threatened with guns or any punishment.

In Episode 3, for example, Legasov asks, rhetorically, “Forgive me—maybe I’ve just spent too much time in my lab, or maybe I’m just stupid. Is this really the way it all works? An uninformed, arbitrary decision that will cost who knows how many lives that is made by some apparatchik, some career Party man?” Yes, of course this is the way it works, and, no, he hasn’t been in his lab so long that he didn’t realize that this is how it works. The fact of the matter is, if he didn’t know how it worked, he would never have had a lab.

It turns out that sometimes you really do need to put talented, qualified people in charge, rather than party loyalists.

Comment 02 Jun 2019

Al Oliver had a very good career. He is 43rd all time in doubles, with 529, and had a lifetime OPS+ of 121, which is pretty darned soliid (tied for 342nd all-time; OPS+ is ballpark-adjusted, but I don't think it's adjusted for "era"; Oliver's career (1969-1985) was played during an era of relatively low offensive output).

Comment 25 May 2019

When I read McNabb's assertion that he belongs in the HOF, I was reminded of a line from Bull Durham, where Annie Savoy says: "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."

Comment 08 May 2019

Number 1 seed would be even better.

That would require both Alabama and Clemson to have 3 losses, which seems unlikely.

Comment 07 May 2019


I think it would require the development of some sort of miracle blend of rye and bluegrass to ever make them consider switching

Carl Spackler:

This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.

Comment 04 May 2019

I think it all depends on which, and how many, games Fields misses.

Football history is littered with examples of teams that have, for a short time, overcome the loss of a talented QB. They do this by devising a game plan that leverages the backup's strengths, and by having the defense and special times rise to the occasion. Teams with good coaches and talented players on defense can usually scrape by for 2-3 games before a) the defense comes back to earth, and b) opposing coaches figure out how to exploit the backup's weakness.

I also think it's worth noting that OSU has an exceptionally talented group of WRs. If the OL can keep the backup QB clean, the WRs should be able to make him look a lot better than he looked at WVU or KU.

But if Fields is knocked out for the season in game one, then ... yes, it seems unlikely that the Buckeyes will achieve their goals for the season.

Comment 26 Apr 2019

In a way, this reminds me of 1995: Ohio State beat Illinois 41-3, with Eddie George running for 314 yards; five months later, Illinois LBs Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice were taken 2nd and 3rd overall in the NFL draft.

I gave up trying to make sense of sports, a long time ago. Weird shit happens, and bum juice, <arnold voice>and things of that nature </>