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The Greenies Defense....
I'm in a bit of a nasty mood with a laptop in front of me, so I'm going to channel it into something (relatively) harmless, the argument about whether known or strongly suspected PED users should be admitted to the Hall of Fame. Even if I will be largely re...
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My Hierarchy Of Anger
I am angry. I am angry that we have a president who might be bungling us into war, isn't leading us as various parts of our country are devastated by hurricanes, and stokes resentment trying to get private companies to fire people for political activism.* T...
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2017 Kyrie Irving vs. 1982 Magic Johnson
A lot of the commentary about Kyrie Irving's trade request centers on the assumption that two alphas can't co-exist on the same team for long. Shaq and Kobe are the canonical example. On the other hand, almost every legendary player had a top-level sidekick...
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Unconventional Wisdom -- School Shopping Lists
First of what may become a series in which I confront from standard opinions that pop up in social media that I disagree with but am not inclined to confront there . We're getting closer to school beginning, meaning that parents are starting to get shopping...
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Easing The Burden
Meagan, Katherine, and I worked at the Vacation Bible School last week. The girls were both “crew leaders” of groups of about a half dozen elementary school children, and it was fun to see them having a good time and growing into leaders. My job was to help...
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Winning Time = Joyful Time?
First, it was a wonderful piece of work, one that I will likely be sucked into whenever it comes on, which, to my family's dismay, will likely be often. Any talk of the demise of ESPN will have to reckon with the fact that it continues to produce work like ...
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That Championship Feeling
(Memory of below may be a bit hazy as the events happened when I was a child, but looking them up would ruin them). As the Philadelphia 76ers entered the 1982 offseason, they had had the following results in their past 3 seasons: 1980: Lost in Finals on roo...
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Responding to Defeat
In the last week, I came across, two articles about how teams responded to mistakes that led to defeat in the championship round: Mike Lombardi on how the Seahawks are still haunted by the interception that ended Super Bowl XLIX. Zach Lowe on how the Golden...
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The truth is a cross -- Why the anti-anti-Trump temptation must be resisted.
When pushback first started against the "anti-anti-Trump" position, I was not on board. Wasn't Trump himself a response to the failures of the media and the establishments of both parties? Should we ignore those problems? Don't we need to provide a credible...
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A Dramatic Loss
I'm sure the sabermetric community would kill me for this, but it seems like last week;s thrashing of the Rockets at home in an elimination game by a Spurs team missing its MVP candidate best player and point guard was more than just a single game. It seeme...
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