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    MLB 2019 Season: Shipping Up To Boston

    Now there's one "neutral" name that should've never seen the light of day. But then we had George Muresan on the roster! And this is a transition season for us. Let's save the pump-up surprise for better days.
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    MLB 2019 Season: Shipping Up To Boston

    And yet V gave up 2 runs last nite vs. Strasburg's 0 tonight. Not too shabby, no? Good point about Ns being the wild card, though. Obviously doesn't favor our boys. Or you could be stuck with our bball moniker "Wizards." It always could be worse. (Seriously not sure why they keep coming up...
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    MLB 2019 Season: Shipping Up To Boston

    Now that my Nats are all but guaranteed to advance any1 still think they're a long shot against the Ys or As? At the very least you've gotta be impressed with our pitching so far.
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    What is Your favourite Month? Season?

    The whole cohort of us night owls is more than a tiny "exception" to the rule given that we probably make up over 10-20% of the population. And my main point was that you can't make a sweeping generalization about sleep and health in a world that's "rigged" against us.
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    What is Your favourite Month? Season?

    I don't think this holds true for the night owls, and I hold myself up as exhibit A that's been out of sync with the "natural" sleep cycle since at least high school. Trust me when I say this "just happened" without any conscious effort on my part and that I invariably revert to this "unnatural"...
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    What is Your favourite Month? Season?

    It really doesn't make sense to ask about fave month AND season when people experience the latter differently depending on which hemisphere/area. Anyhoo I like fall/autumn best myself. Like it a tad chilly, love the kaleidoscope of colors (it helps to live barely an hour away from the...
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    To hell it with, here's Polina in full, again with Arabic subs: (The aforementioned final duet starts at 1:38:22. Attended one of the Merce Cunningham-centennial productions recently and his vast influence is unmistakable here.) Have never thought Bong's critical darlings as good as the...
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    Haven't seen anything of late that can seriously challenge my tentative faves of 2019 (FYI I'd remove Long Day's Journey into Night and add Olivier Assayas' Non-Fiction and The Last Black Man in San Francisco for an updated top 10), but here are a couple of borderline cheers along with another...
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    Duel Match Stats/Report - Sampras vs Agassi, Year End Championship semi-final, 1994 & round robin, 1996

    Vines, not Kramer. (Still vividly remember Drysdale sharing the breaking news about Kramer's death in a live ESPN broadcast and paying tribute to him as one of the top 10 of all time and not just pre-Open Era.) Elly once said he saw his youthful self in Sampras so Bill throwing shade at him...
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    Duel Match Stats/Report - Rafter vs Agassi, Wimbledon semi-finals, 2000 & 2001

    Not a fan of the except-on-serve caveat when judging the quality of a match. Admittedly I'm biased as I'm a die-hard fan of the big game, but it makes no sense to relegate the serve to some sort of second-class status when it's widely (and correctly) acknowledged to be the sport's most important...
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    Your favourite TV shows?

    Since most of the few TV shows I follow(ed) happened (or not) to be Emmy nominees Sunday nite and I'd already bloviated about some of 'em in a group convo about a month ago (and also because I just created a new thread about the perennial question of cinema vs. TV) I figured I'd combine all my...
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    Cinema vs. Television

    True, one could say Dekalog is really a compilation of ten hour-long films and I grant that even the very best (long) works of classic literature have lots of filler, but I'm not really grading on a GPA system here. If a TV series had only one truly great episode out of say 20 that makes you see...
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    Cinema vs. Television

    Yesterday I dared point out the obvious by posting the following (I won't say where to spare you the eye-rolling aftermath): Predictably the reaction wasn't very kind ("unfair," "an unrepentant snob," "ridiculous," "pedantry"), and apparently one never lives a solitary life by choice, but...
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    Better on clay: Muster or Bruguera?

    Heh, no "allegiance" here. You're talking to a Becker/Sampras diehard who's a fan of the big game in general and was mostly bored with the latest USO final. I'm just calling it as I see it. But since you brought it up, I said that about the hypothetical FO final between Bruguera and Muster...
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    A top player hitting zero winners in set?

    Doesn't matter, Kwahi dumped your ar$e the moment he could cuz Toronto is a dump. NBA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> WTA/LPGA.
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    A top player hitting zero winners in set?

    You've still got a long way to go if you had to score free tix! The braggarts have some kind of a subscription in place, I'm sure. I think you already know I'm not a fan of these fancy stats which strike me as more of those "analytics" that are supposed to help us understand the game better...
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    Better on clay: Muster or Bruguera?

    @tkramer15, you made it hard to respond to each point of yours so I'll just leave you with the following: I treat smaller tournaments including Masters mostly as warm-ups for the majors. If you're that adamant about insisting on the importance of non-Slam events then yes, it's "end of argument"...
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    Whats your top 10 of all time now (men)

    Count me among those who were less than enthralled with last nite's final which was hit-and-miss to say the least. While Medvedev did show plenty of moxie and I do expect him to win a major eventually I just can't get moi that excited about him. Don't see anything in his game that screams...
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    A top player hitting zero winners in set?

    You're not turning into one of those annoying I-saw-it-live-and-Imma-use-this-as-an-excuse-to-tell-you-about-it New Yorkers, kros? And yeah I missed most of it except the very end but it must've been a brutal experience for Wang. Definitely one of the most dominant performances by anyone.
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    Better on clay: Muster or Bruguera?

    As always I continue to be battled by the kind of statistical contortions that says 1 major beats 2 because, you know, all the other (warm-up) things. I could buy such a rationale if we were talking about GOATs with double digits between them, or even ATGs in the class of Becker, Edberg and...
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    Most famous love-40 holds?

    Pretty sure Dimitrov did it at least twice tonight, but wasn't paying close attention and can't say exactly in which games. P.S. @ForumMember just ID'ed one of 'em. And maybe Fed did it once, too. A good hold, yes, but still lost the next game and the match, LOL. And though it was indeed...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    This reminds me of the uproar over QT's indiscriminate use of the N-word in Django Unchained, or more recently over actress Hong Chau's stereotypical Asian mannerisms in Alexander Payne's Downsizing. In all of these cases the relatively minor controversy serves as a convenient red herring to...
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    Favorite Scenes (Movies & TV shows)!

    This thing deserves to be stickied for all time but here you go (again), the sexiest/coolest sequence in all of cinema:
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    Look, I'm done with this stupid crash course in Philosophy 101. For the umpteenth time, aesthetics isn't free from morality or politics when said work of art deals in the latter as QT's revenge flicks so nakedly do. It's truly embarrassing that I need to spell this out to any functionally...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    Aesthetics isn't completely free of moral or political considerations, because, again, art is supposed to tell us something about ourselves or the world we live in. You've been trying to pass off your failure to understand this as a shortcoming of my own. It's not, and your insisting over and...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    You don't even know what deconstruction means. And you continue to frame this issue in entirely political terms but still accuse me of self-righteousness? (If you cared to read I've been critical of the SJW school's myopia in this very thread.) Mm-kay. Look, I find your notion of art...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    Yeah, acknowledging the reality that art isn't pure escapism divorced from our world is "snobbery" and attacking that infantile notion is an "insult." And let's appeal to such infallible authority as Ebert's thumb even though most cineastes would be hard-pressed to name many of their peers who...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    It's not "condescending" to call a puerile notion of art what it is. When QT's defenders like A.O. Scott call DU "crazily entertaining, brazenly irresponsible and also ethically serious in a way that is entirely consistent with its playfulness" and "a troubling and important movie about slavery...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    Two things: 1) You really need to learn when to let go of a silly internet dispute. (And yes you're still wrong on the parsing issue.) 2) Your understanding of art is frankly sophomoric and hard for any grown-up to take seriously. Again just because a work of fiction deals in an "alternate...
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    Tarantino Movie Discussion Thread

    Yes, you are under the obligation to represent the other party's position accurately and you clearly failed at it, multiple times. I would've let this go and more readily addressed your other points instead if you simply admitted you got things mixed up in your initial reply but you've been...
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