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The Americans Finale
A look at my Twitter feed indicates that I am in the minority in being underwhelmed by last night's finale of The Americans.  So, I figured I'd lay out my thoughts here. First, I have to praise the show in general. In addition, to producing tense and exciti...
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Welcome the Innovation?
Since the Rockets have now been eliminated, I'll go ahead and publish this month-old post.... With my 76ers suffering perhaps the worst loss of my history of sports fandom (some of those Eagles NFC championships and the 1993 World Series may come close), I'...
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One more thing about UVA
Mark Titus posted this after Syracuse upset my championship pick, Michigan State: Playing very slow, playing great D, and sucking on offense has taken two double-digit seed Syracuse teams on improbable NCAA tournament runs in the last 3 years. But remember:...
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Tentative theory on why a team like UVA was the first to lose to a 16 seed.
I would have expected the first loss to come from a team built on lottery talent like the Fab Five or Tark era UNLV or DC era Syracuse or a Coach Cal team looking past their first round opponent. (the Mourning-Mutombo Georgetown team that almost lost to Pri...
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Not getting better....
I saw the original Tweet Ruth Marcus pitching article I discussed yesterday :: My latest. If you disagree, I respect that. If you have a child with Down syndrome, even more so. But please read before you start shouting. https://t.co/iOYsvSFlRv — Ruth Marcus...
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Gun control won't fix this....
As I have observed people generally freaking out over Trump and about school shootings, I have not joined in. I struggled to come up with exactly why, but it is encapsulated in this tweet: Courageous column, @ruthmarcus “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down...
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Stumbling blocks for me in the push for gun control
As a pro-life and socially conservative person for the past couple decades, I have seen arguments similar to what I list below successfully deployed and often win arguments over the past several years: You shouldn't try to legislate morality, especially whe...
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Championship Observations
From my survey of championship teams : It appears that championships now come early in the success cycle, on a team's first deep run in the playoffs.  The old narrative where a team built up playoff experience before they were ready for a championship doesn...
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Championship Teams in Reverse Chronological Order
I grew up in South Jersey, went to college in St. Louis and lived there until moving to Seattle five years ago. This has given me the opportunity to root for a few championship teams, ending with the current Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. I though...
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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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