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I know that no one here cares. Maybe Keith Olbermann cares about sports. The rest of this community could care less. I've seen it in some recent comments. We all care about laws made in Arizona and Oklahoma, but not about the distractions that take us away from these embarrassments.

I would like anyone who reads this to know that sports history was made tonight. For the first time in the history of the N.H.L., the most storied league in all of sports history, a #8 seeded team BEAT the #1 seed, when the #1 seed was "up" 3 games to one.

The underdog won, against all odds, for the first time ever. To top it off, the team that won, was the winning-est team in N.H.L. history. The Montreal Canadiens, winners of 24 Stanley Cup Championships, beat the Washington Capitals.

Damn non-americans, beating our #1 team. You know, best ever in the history of the world, French Canadian team, beating the Americans.  

Wow, imagine if this game was played in Arizona? Would some of the guys playing this game be arrested based on their last name? Foreign sounding last names, different accents, not exactly WHITE skin?

Please pronounce most hockey players names. Not exactly American last names, eh?

I'd love for these "American/America First" folks to go after their favorite sports figures. It is already a fact that the N.F.L. pulled a Super Bowl from Arizona, based on the state's refusal to recognize the M.L.K., Jr. holiday.

Remember that the M.L.B. All-Star game is scheduled for Arizona within two years.

How many M.L.B. Players have Hispanic sounding last names? Hey, AZ police...wanna stop these guys? Men who might have enough money to fight back, and sue y'all? Who might have lawyers, equal to, or better than your own, to fight this unconstitutional law? Wanna fight, we'll fight. Brown people actually are protected under YOUR Constitution.

The professional athletes of the world are not going ignore the ignorance of Arizona, hopefully, they will stand with the rest of us. They will say that this is wrong, they won't let discrimination guide their decisions. They will ultimately see that Arizona is bad for them, it's bad for all of us.

Originally posted to The 13th Floor on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

    by The 13th Floor on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 11:36:09 PM PDT

    •  i care about sports (0+ / 0-)

      go cubs, go hawks... don't really care about the bulls...

      •  HIJACKED!!! (0+ / 0-)

        "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

        by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:26:50 AM PDT

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        •  :lol: (3+ / 0-)
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          dotsright, MKinTN, The 13th Floor

          I care about sports. It was good to see history made last night. Congrats to the Habs.

          Unfortunately for them, that's about all they'll accomplish this Stanley season. Pitt ends them in six, I predict.

          But I'm more interested in the running history being made by my boys each and every year around this time. Add one more year to the number of years of the longest-running streak in North American pro sports:

          The Detroit Red Wings make the playoffs for the 19th season in a row, making 25 of the last 27.

          Of course, we needn't mention just how many times we've taken the show (the most of any American hockey team, behind the Canadian leaders Montreal and Toronto).

          We've done it so often... we had to let Pitt take it last year in the rematch because we got tired of doing it again and again.

          Game 1 tonight.

          Go Wings!

          More and Better Democrats

          by SJerseyIndy on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 05:14:55 AM PDT

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    •  WTF are you talking about? (1+ / 0-)
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      The 13th Floor
      Go Giants

      I don't dare disturb the Mrs koNko when she's watching her Giants on ITV.

      Or her beloved Chinese Female Curling champs.

      Dude, if I didn't care about sports (kind of the NBA freak of our house), she would beat it into me.

      Wed April 21 07:49 - a moment of silence for Qinghai Earthquake Victims

      by koNko on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 09:43:29 AM PDT

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  •  Hey it IS Canada's game ! (3+ / 0-)
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    right on Habs

  •  Yes! (4+ / 0-)

    Congrats to the Canadiens and their fans! I'm a Hawks fan, but I'm glad to see an underdog bump off the Caps. That series was a comeback for the ages.

  •  also on the topic of arizona sports (2+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, The 13th Floor

    here's an interesting article on the D-backs relating to the new immigration policy

  •  "N.H.L., the most storied league in all of sports (2+ / 0-)
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    Void Indigo, Ann T Bush

    Are you writing from a mental ward?
    Leaving aside the difficulty of defining "most storied" ("written about" seems like a good start)FYI, a subject/keyword search at the Library of Congress returns 3,101 titles for "baseball" and 913 for "hockey." "Football" gets 2,880.

    Enjoy your small triumph, but try not to undermine your credibility too much in the process.

    Regards, Buzzkill.

    •  Thanks Douchenozzle. (2+ / 1-)
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      "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

      by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 12:34:14 AM PDT

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    •  The Stanley Cup, itself, is the story. (5+ / 0-)

      Show me your trophy.

      Does it contain every name, for the past 80 or so years, that have won the championship?

      Does any other trophy have the names of the "4th line" guys and the owners of the team on it?

      How about the trainers?

      LORD STANLEY does!

      "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

      by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 12:45:58 AM PDT

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    •  Is baseball a sport? (5+ / 0-)

      Fat, overpaid guys, hopped up on steroids, chewing tabacky & spitting--who are considered superstars if they can hit the ball one out of three times.


      I love the passion the Canadians have for their national game. Which at least has some integrity, and holds the interest of Canadians from childhood through their days in the Old Canucks Home.

      Baseball? Meh. I know a few friends who are passionate about it, and more power to them. I'd rather watch paint dry. Actually, I'd rather paint. Inactivity--which is the heart and soul of baseball--bores me to tears.

      My DVR is tanned, rested & ready for Jeff Lieber's Miami Medical, Fridays on CBS at 10p/9p central. Yours too?

      by earicicle on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:07:10 AM PDT

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      •  Hey, hey, hey... (1+ / 0-)
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        hold on, now!

        The Great American Pass Time?

        How could you not love apple pie, baseball, and merika?

        "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

        by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:12:17 AM PDT

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      •  try hitting a 99 mph fastball (1+ / 0-)
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        or catching a sinking line drive, or throwing a curveball for a strike with 40k people cheering and then tell me if you think it's a sport.

      •  holy christ! (2+ / 0-)
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        LinSea, earicicle

        you used "canadians" and "passion" in the same sentence! they said it couldn't be done!

        yes, i have accepted burt bacharach as my personal savior

        by memofromturner on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 02:45:22 AM PDT

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      •  You ever play baseball? (0+ / 0-)

        Didn't think so.  

        I get it though.  Baseball is like chess.  Alot of things going on behind the scenes.  Alot of moves within moves and alot of strategy.  Not for the typical neanderthalic sports watcher who would rather watch a bunch of 300lb fat guys hopped up on steroids beating the living shit out of each other for 5 seconds at a time, then taking a breather and going at it again.  And definately not for the guys who love to watch a bunch of men on skates basically skating around in circles with a crooked stick trying to slap around some stupid little puck while pounding each other.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 04:11:22 AM PDT

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        •  Baseball is strategic (1+ / 0-)
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          I would argue that football is more like chess.  In baseball, the available options are pretty slim.  

          It's mostly a binary choice- fastball, changeup... okay, not binary, but more limited than the options in football.  

          In football, you have one little block that changes the entire offense, causing one particularly weak player to become the strongest player on the field.  

          Baseball has options, but if you're on 2nd base, no outs, and the score is within one, how many managers are going to do anything but sacrifice the player along?  

          It's obviously an interesting debate, but when you remove the hitting and physicality from football, it becomes much more of a chess game than baseball.  I think baseball is often likened to chess just because it's quiet and there is less reliance on sheer physical prowess.  

          What's with the Jesus fish eating the Darwin fish? I thought they wanted people to eat Jesus, not have Jesus eat people.

          by otto on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 07:50:33 AM PDT

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          •  You're completely ignoring baseball defense (0+ / 0-)

            where the position players can be placed in pretty much an infinite number of combinations. Which direction should the centerfielder shade? Should 1st and 3rd basemen play the line or off the line? How deep/shallow should the shortstop be?

            And then there's all the strategy that goes into substitutions (especially in the real league, the National League). When you can never put back a player that's taken out, you really have to think before making a substitution.

            I think that baseball is more difficult because of all the inaction. It's easier to stay 100% alert when things are happening all the time, but when you've been sitting through 10 foul balls in a row and then the batter suddenly slaps one a foot and a half over your head, you have to be ready to leap at just the right moment to catch it. That's not easy.

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            by wide eyed lib on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 07:57:14 AM PDT

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            •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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              It's not really all that complicated.  

              If it can be kept in your head the way traditional baseball defense is, then it's not that complicated.

              Show me the defensive playbook and the number of players who come out for specific defensive alignments.  

              It's just not nearly as complicated.  Professional football requires a dozen coaches to make it work.  

              What's with the Jesus fish eating the Darwin fish? I thought they wanted people to eat Jesus, not have Jesus eat people.

              by otto on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 09:42:31 AM PDT

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        •  Chess...even more boring!!! (0+ / 0-)


          My DVR is tanned, rested & ready for Jeff Lieber's Miami Medical, Fridays on CBS at 10p/9p central. Yours too?

          by earicicle on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:05:44 PM PDT

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      •  Sure, baseball is a sport... (0+ / 0-)

        at the collegiate level and below.

        Once again, the most organized event at the convention was the anarchy workshop. - Bill in Portland Maine

        by tornadic on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 08:08:11 AM PDT

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      •  "holds the interest of Canadians..." Wow. (0+ / 0-)

        That's some blurb. I'm surprised I haven't seen that on the dust jacket of a Stephen King novel.

        Curling and french fries smothered in suet and curds hold their interest, too. Apparently, they can be distracted by just about anything.

        I didn't want to be even more of a--douchenozzle was it?--but I have to agree that hockey does suck. The puck is too small to follow as a spectator, the players too violent, and the violence itself vies with professional wrestling in its predictability.

        Baseball remains, in the words of the New York Times reporting on the early games played in the fields north of Greenwich Village back in the 1820s, "the best game yet devised."

        •  Not all of them eat poutine. (0+ / 0-)

          And OMFG, look at some of the crap that constitutes the American diet. McDonaldsBurgerKingTacoBellPizzaHut--fast food fried heart attack via drive-thru, anyone?

          "Pro" wrestling is crappy theater. I will admit that curling is a little weird. But still far more exciting than baseball. Hockey is not my particular passion, but I do get that the Canadians love it. And some of my best friends are Canadians. Some of the nicest people you'll ever know.

          Oh...and they don't let their citizens die in the streets for lack of health care.

          My DVR is tanned, rested & ready for Jeff Lieber's Miami Medical, Fridays on CBS at 10p/9p central. Yours too?

          by earicicle on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:11:08 PM PDT

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  •  I'm waiting to see how how the PGA and LPGA (3+ / 0-)
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    dotsright, LinSea, The 13th Floor

    handle Az. If they cancel tournaments or if sponsors pull out it will have a significant impact.

    I like underdogs, in all sports.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 12:42:23 AM PDT

  •  It's not true that people here don't care (2+ / 0-)
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    dotsright, LinSea

    about sports.

    My second diary was about baseball (here -- if you're interested). I grew up in MN and used to follow the North Stars, until the owner moved them to Dallas and changed their name to the Stars. Yet one more reason to hate all sports teams from Texas (don't even get me started on the Herschel Walker debacle).

    I think it's great that the #1 seed lost to the #8 after being up 3 games to 1. I tend to cheer for underdogs anyway. Remember a few years ago when the Red Sox beat the Yankees after losing the first three games? And that game when the Mariners beat the Yankees (1995) in the playoffs? I was there.

    Seattle has a minor-league hockey team; I've only been to one game. You might not know this, but a Seattle hockey team actually won the Stanley Cup, way back in the old days (1914? 1916?). It was around the time of WWI and the big flu pandemic.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that there are some sports fans on Daily Kos.

    Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by Dbug on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:12:52 AM PDT

    •  Metropolits (1+ / 0-)
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      "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

      by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:14:23 AM PDT

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      •  Yeppers (1+ / 0-)
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        The 13th Floor

        Seattle only has two major league sports championships. The Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup and the Supersonics won the NBA championship (1979? maybe?). A few minor league teams won their league championships, and we got a WNBA championship a few years ago. But the best the Mariners have done was an ALCS (which they lost). And the Seahawks went to the Superbowl, but lost.

        I forget to mention that I hate Oklahoma because they took our NBA team. Hating OK sports teams is like a corollary of hating TX teams. (I don't hate the people who live there, just their sports teams). Oh, yeah, and the NY Yankees are the devil's team. I'm not very fond of the Atlanta Braves, either.

        Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

        by Dbug on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:24:34 AM PDT

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        •  How's about the New Jersey (1+ / 0-)
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          "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

          by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:26:02 AM PDT

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          •  No opinion on the Devils (2+ / 0-)
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            dotsright, The 13th Floor

            but if you're cheering for them this year, then what the heck, I'm on your side.

            Vancouver is close to Seattle (and it's a beautiful and friendly city), so I like the Canucks. And I've always liked the Red Wings because of the octopus tradition.

            The three best/most famous hockey players I can name are Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky, so I sorta like Chicago, Boston, and Edmonton, just for the historical connection. I'm not sure if they're in the playoffs.

            Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

            by Dbug on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:44:08 AM PDT

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            •  Chicago & Beantown (2+ / 0-)
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              dotsright, Dbug

              We (Flyers) gotta play Boston.

              Bobby Orr and Raymond Borque.

              Remember 1974.

              "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

              by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:50:27 AM PDT

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              •  As a Pens fan (1+ / 0-)
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                I was gleefully cheering Montreal on, ecxept I began to suspect that playing the Caps next round would be easier than trying to get around the fantastic man-to-man defense the Habs are showing.  Oh well.  I have a great story about Bobby Orr.  The family of my best friend during high school are hockey people.  They had a cottage in Orillia near the Orr-Walton hockey camp.  The dad and the brothers worked there during the summers and when Bobby Orr and Bobby Walton came to Pittsburgh they usually came out to their house to eat dinner.  I was invited over to eat with them one time and I met and dined with Bobby Orr.  At the time I didn't give a hoot about Bobby Orr and it was just something to do.  Unbelievable.

    •  A team which, I might add... (4+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, dotsright, The 13th Floor, Dbug

      My second diary was about baseball (here -- if you're interested). I grew up in MN and used to follow the North Stars,

      ...engineered an upset of far greater proportions in 1991.  Unlike the winning record of the Canadiens this year, the North Stars in 1991 finished 12 games below .500.

      And in the opening round of the playoffs they dispatched the team with the best record in the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks.

      To follow-up on that, in the second round of the playoffs they knocked off the team with the second best record, the St. Louis Blues.

      Third round?  They eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers.

      Then they finally ran out of steam in the Finals, losing to Pittsburgh.  The '91 North Stars are the only team with a losing record to make the finals in the last forty years...

  •  My dear 13th floor, (2+ / 0-)
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    green minute, The 13th Floor

    How are you doing with regards to your friend ending his life?

    Do you think about it every day?

    More than once a day?

    I hope neither you nor anyone else reading this comment thinks I am trying to torture you.  As a widower myself, I feel better when anyone asks how I am doing, and that means, how am I doing at balancing my living alone with phone calls and very sexy dates with my sexy girlfriend.  How am I making the mix work.

    So, using the golden rule, I surmise that you may want to respond to this comment, or maybe just think to yourself about the topic.

    I was so glad to find you at The Grieving Room.

    I am so glad to find you here.

    By the way, I am not a sports fan, but I have deep respect for each athlete who works so very hard to entertain all of us.  Just as I have deep respect for anyone else in show business.

    Yes, it is show business.  That means professional wrestling is the most honest sport of all.

    Think about it.


    •  All the world is but a stage (4+ / 0-)

      and we are merely players.

      Wrassling ain't a sport.

      "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

      by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:37:55 AM PDT

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      •  I am so in the mood to make trouble: (1+ / 0-)
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        The 13th Floor

        The best sports are tractor pull, airplane races, speed boat races, and such extreme motor sports.

        The most extreme motor sport is space travel.

        Once again, it is all show business to me.

        We have no need to go to the top of Mount Everest, and we have no need for space travel.  But that space travel is the ultimate sport.

        Boxing is attempted murder, but I am a fan of George Foreman.  He was never knocked down in a fight, starting with street fights as a kid, as best I understand, from reading a brief biography of him.

        The best sport for kids, it seems to me, is 100 meters.

        If every kid, from first grade on up, would run 100 meters, and the school would put charts in the hallways, showing everyone's times, each and every kid would show faster and faster times, from first grade to twelfth grade.  Much faster.  Unless a kid was very ill, such as a kid with muscular dystrophy.

        If all kids had that chart on the wall, and if schools would simply not waste time with team ball games, then all the kids would enjoy watching his or her time in the 100 meter get faster and faster, and none would sit and give in to obesity, and die young, while the very few bust ass on the football field or basketball court.  

        We have a very stupid system, that encourages Americans, starting in school, and continuing through adult life, to sit and get fat watching a tiny, tiny percentage of athletes entertain the rest of us.


        •  But you originally brought up (1+ / 0-)
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          wrasslin' as a "sport".

          You can not sit at home now and pretend that runnin' is your favorite sport.

          "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

          by The 13th Floor on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 02:04:38 AM PDT

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          •  In the category of (0+ / 0-)

            televised, mass media sports, which, by virtue of being broadcast by the mass media, become show business, in that category, the one that most blatantly presents itself as soap opera show business is professional wrestling.

            How can you say that all the other mass media sports, with the soap opera feel to all of them, are all truly sports, when the most soap opera-y of all, professional wrestling, is not a sport?

            How can you?

            And then, I just threw in that motor sports, topped off by space travel, are the most extreme, and dramatic sports of all, if you feel that the scripted feel of wrestling or the slow pace of baseball and golf make them not sports at all.  If a difference in speed makes the faster a true sport, and those way slower not sports, then space travel is the only sport, cuz all the others are so very much slower.

            Then I changed the subject to what sports I wish kids, all kids would work at and play at, all through their lives, from first grade to death at age 90.  And that would be 100 meters.

            Sorry I did not make myself clear with the other comment.

            Are you groking me yet?


            Are ya?


  •  "Golf is a good walk spoiled." (4+ / 0-)

    -- Mark Twain

    Is golf a sport?

    "Here's the book on Alan Greenspan: He thinks what everybody else thinks, but one fiscal quarter later." -- James Grant

    by dov12348 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:44:59 AM PDT

  •  kos twitter (3+ / 0-)

    Just noticed this twitter by kos, so thought I'd post it:

    RT @pourmecoffee: Why are we not deporting Canadiens? They come in this country and take our trophies.

  •  I care about sports (2+ / 0-)
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    Ann T Bush, The 13th Floor

    but the first time a 8 seed beat a 1 seed after being down 3 to 1 isn't THAT exciting. Im certainly not going to bring it up with any of my friends or anything.

    Tim Lincecum pitched 8 1/3 innings 11ks and gave up 1 run before being pulled in the 9th by Bruce Bochy. They ended up losing it 7-6 in the 11th. Is it too early to be watching the Cy Young? Lincecum's pitched 35 1/3 innings and has given up 5 runs, if Bochy didn't pull him he'd probably have gone for the full 9 and gotten his 5th win, and maybe not let that runner on 1st score.

    Whos your Cy Young?

    Tim Lincecum: 35.1ip 22hit 5run 5er 2hr 7bb 43k 4wins 0loss 1.27ERA 0.82 Whip 0CG

    Roy Halladay: 40ip 36h 9run 8er 2hr 3bb 33k 4wins 1loss 1.80era .98 whip 2CG shutotus

    If Obama climbed Everest there'd be lefty critics whining at him for using a corporate air tank and not doing it shirtless in half a day.

    by CornSyrupAwareness on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 02:34:42 AM PDT

  •  I don't care. (1+ / 0-)
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    The 13th Floor

    And I know that you don't care that I don't care.

    I don't care about that either.

    Dammit, it's time for some poetry! And some news!

    by Yosef 52 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 03:17:53 AM PDT

  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

    MLB is the most storied league.

    And the bit about the Arizona law you've jammed into this sports article is more out-of-place than a penguin in the Sahara.

    Ginning up a fake, "Damn non-americans, beating our #1 team" strawman statement -- who on Earth is saying that? -- just to excuse the rest of your diary is lame.

    Additionally, the issue in Arizona isn't that people are being arrested based on their last name. It's that they're potentially going to be harassed based on their last name, and then arrested based on the fact that they aren't in the country legally.

    This diary is stupid.

    Not saying anything about the diarist, but the (a) blaring tone, (b) constantly morphing topic, and (c) stylistic overuse of rhetorical questions addressed to the other side is how a lot of people write when they're drunk.

    Again, not saying the diarist is or isn't, just that it would be far more explicable if he/she was.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 03:22:17 AM PDT

  •  I blame David Gregory. (0+ / 0-)

    He was at the game last night...

  •  Really? C'mon Really? (3+ / 0-)
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    paulitics, dotsright, The 13th Floor

    French Canadians vs Americans?  You say you're a Flyer fan but....

    1.  There are more French Canadians on the Flyers (4) than the Canadians (3)
    1.  There are more Canadians on the Flyers(18 counting the French Canadians) than on the Canadians (13, again counting the French ones)
    1.  There are more Americans (bet you saw that coming) on the Canadians (4) than on the Flyers (3)
    1.  And the remaining 11 players are from various parts of Europe.

    That said.... 12:30!!!!  What the heck?  I have a commitment then how can I possibly catch the Flyers game!?!  I'm bummed.  I may have to rig a radio or stream it on a computer (not sure I can).  I have to proctor some examinations and of course - this weekend I get extended time.  I'll be lucky to catch the end of the third.

    Let's go Flyers!

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 04:52:44 AM PDT

    •  Don't worry newfie... (1+ / 0-)
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      We Boston Bruins fans will watch the Flyers lose Saturday starting at 12:30.  Without Carter and Gagne (oh, he's hurt again?) they have no chance.  Two words for ya: Tuukka Rask.

      And to the diarist, in all due respect the greatest comeback in sports history was the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees after being down 3-0.

      "To do is to be." - Plato "To be is to do." - Aristotle "Dooby Dooby Do." - Sinatra

      by paulitics on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 05:50:32 AM PDT

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      •  Hockey is a funny game (2+ / 0-)
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        paulitics, dotsright

        Sometimes hot goalies go cold and cold goalies go hot.  Sometimes the unknowns and unlikelies rise to be the heroes.  Neither Carter nor Gagne played a major role in the series against the Devils.  Although Carter finally seemed to regain some stride the game that he broke his foot.  C'est la vie.  I think the biggest factor in that series was Kovalchuk.  Man oh man did he throw off the Devils rhythm.  I have no idea what Lemaire was thinking - there were times that K. was out there for 3 or 4 mintues straight.  Well - maybe I know what he was thinking... "man I'm tired of this... I can't wait to announce my retirement..."

        Rask has played well.  Don't be too surprised though if he has a bad game and then seems not to be able to find his game.  That will happen with the young ones.  You do have Recchi though - what a great guy!  My son's favorite when he was just starting to play (6 -7)  Took my son to a signing with Recchi and my son couldn't utter one word.  Recchi signed his game stick a couple of photos, chatted with him etc...  He still has that stick.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:02:39 AM PDT

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        •  Recchi's been great for us... (1+ / 0-)
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          He's hinted at retiring but I think he'll be back next year.  He loves Boston just as I'm sure he loved being in Philly back in the day.  He's been a real stabilizing presence in the Bruin's locker room and he's a classy guy.

          Rask will be fine.  I've watched all of his starts this season and nothing rattles him.  It's amazing to see him guard the crease so fluidly.  He never overreacts unless the D puts him in a bad situation.

          Best of luck to your Flyers.  It should be a great series.  Nothing like NHL playoff hockey...P

          "To do is to be." - Plato "To be is to do." - Aristotle "Dooby Dooby Do." - Sinatra

          by paulitics on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:15:49 AM PDT

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  •  Not history (0+ / 0-)

    Teams have come back from 3-1 deficits before. The number 8 seed has beaten the number 1 seed before. In fact wasn't it just 2 or 3 years ago that all the bottom seeds in the NHL's western conference won? Now that was making history. Go Leafs.

    "Take back my country" means "there's a black guy in the Oval Office and he's not with the maintenance crew".

    by jhecht on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:50:19 AM PDT

    •  Previous No. 8 wins in Stanley Cup playoffs (1+ / 0-)
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      The 13th Floor

      Here is a comprehensive list of all the times a No. 8 seed has defeated a No. 1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs since the NHL adopted its current playoff system in 1994:

      The Montreal Canadiens became the ninth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed on Wednesday night by knocking off the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Montreal became the first No. 8 team to beat a No. 1 seed by rallying from a 3-1 series deficit.

      It's the second time in as many years that a No. 8 seed has ousted a No. 1 seed in the opening round.  In the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals, No. 8 Anaheim upset the No. 1 Sharks, the Presidents' Trophy winner, in six games.

      No. 8 beats No. 1

      1994 -- San Jose (8) won best-of-seven series 4-3 over Detroit (1)
      1995 -- N.Y. Rangers (8) won best-of-seven series 4-2 over Quebec (1)
      1998 -- Ottawa (8) won best-of-seven series 4-2 over New Jersey (1)
      1999 -- Pittsburgh (8) won best-of-seven series 4-3 over New Jersey (1)
      2000 -- San Jose (8) won best-of-seven series 4-3 over St. Louis (1)
      2002 -- Montreal (8) won best-of-seven series 4-2 over Boston (1)
      2006 -- Edmonton (8) won best-of-seven series 4-2 over Detroit (1)
      2009 -- Anaheim (8) won best-of-seven series 4-2 over San Jose (1)
      2010 -- Montreal (8) won best-of-seven series 4-3 over Washingon (1)
      All are conference quarterfinal series
      Of the previous upsets, five came in six games and three others in seven games. In addition to the Canadiens-Capitals, the others that went the distance are San Jose over Detroit in 1994, Pittsburgh over New Jersey in 1999 and San Jose over St. Louis in 2000.

      The Sharks are the only team to twice win a playoff series as the No. 8 against a No. 1. San Jose also is the only team to win as a No. 8 and lose a series as No. 1.

      Two teams -- Detroit and New Jersey -- have been upset as a No. 1 by a No. 8 seed twice. The Devils lost to Ottawa in six games in 1998 and in seven games to Pittsburgh in 1999. The Red Wings were knocked off in seven games by the Sharks in 1994 and in six games by Edmonton in 2006.

      After the euphoria of pulling a shocking upset subsides, the No. 8 seed historically has had very little luck in the next round.

      Of the eight upset-pulling teams before 2010, only the 2006 Edmonton Oilers made it out of the next round. Not only did those Oilers advance past the conference semifinals, they eliminated No. 5 San Jose (in six games) and No. 6 Anaheim (in five games) to meet Carolina, the No. 2 seed in the East, in the Stanley Cup Final. Edmonton fell behind 3-1 in the series and almost pulled off a monumental comeback, but lost Game 7 at Carolina.

  •  Vive la Belle Province et les Canadiens! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Actually, they are attacking Tom Brady (0+ / 0-)

    for being a UN environmental ambassador and building a humungous house.

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