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  1. nah (0 Replies)

    Everybody hated the Cowboys when they were really good, especially after adopting the moniker “America’s Team”. If you are dominate for any amount of time, you get the haters.

  2. also (0 Replies)

    I think part of Christopher’s question hinted at why a handle vs. real-name. As I do on any forum, I lurked for a long time before posting to get an idea of the environment. At that time, most posters used handles so that was the way I went.

    The three and a half people who actually know me here can attest to the fact that my last name is a toughie (unless you are Polish – it’s actually quite common) so it’s probably better that I’m not using it. :)

  3. I was wondering the same thing (1 Reply)

    I’m not sure how much the condition of the ball matters, but if both teams are allowed to do whatever to the balls, there should be no advantage. Heck, let ‘em throw pizzas if they want. If there ARE rules, then the refs have to be in control of the balls.

    Either the stomv way or the hrs-kevin way would be fine w/ me.

    OTOH, neither deals with the much more serious issue of player concussions…

  4. regarding comptence (1 Reply)

    As I was relocating some snow outside my home just now, I was thinking that the planning for the venues so far has all of the rigor of some buddies and me sitting around drinking and contemplating, “Hey, if Boston had the Olympics, where would the events be staged?” Of course, we’d have an excuse for not actually checking things out: We wouldn’t be serious. What’s Boston 2024′s excuse?

  5. other stuff is slated to be built before 2024 on some sites (2 Replies)

    Beat me to this one, Rye…

    Equally jaw-dropping is that some properties identified for venues already have non-Olympic developments plans in the works.

    Corcoran Jennison Cos. owns several properties adjacent to the Bayside Exposition Center, which is owned by the University of Massachusetts and would be the center of the Athletes Village. The company owns the Bayside Office Center and the DoubleTree Hotel, which is slated for a $28 million expansion. It is also planning a $40 million residential complex. But Boston 2024 proposes using those properties for housing, a media staging area, or retail shops for competitors.

    “We were under the impression that [the Athletes Village] was only on the UMass Boston portion of the property,” said Michael Corcoran, an executive at the firm. “They haven’t contacted us, and we have no intention of slowing our projects.”

    Criterion Development Partners owns 25 Morrissey Blvd., which is included in some diagrams of the Athletes Village compound. The company is scheduled to begin construction Tuesday on a 278-unit, multimillion dollar apartment building on the property next door to the JFK/UMass T stop.

    The apartment building is scheduled to be occupied before Boston learns whether it will host the Games. Jack Englert, the company’s executive vice president, said Criterion Development has not been contacted by Boston 2024.

    “That patch of grass and parking lot on the [Olympic] map is our site, and we’re anxious to get in the ground,” said Englert. “We’re not going to postpone it until 2024. They may have to adjust their plan.”

    Emphasis mine.

  6. sure (2 Replies)

    It is what my Polish grandmothers called me. Correct pronunciation is “yah-shew” with the accent on the first syllable.

  7. any comment w/ Firesign gets an uprate (1 Reply)

    Although I pretty much would have uprated anyway…

  8. I guess there is no argument to be had (0 Replies)

    If someone wants the Olympics bad enough that they are willing to throw away my and everyone else’s Constitutional rights in order to get the Games, I suppose there is no changing their position.

  9. got to love the humor, both intentional and unintentional (0 Replies)

    The Pats themselves have made at least two image goofs that have led to Twitter fests. First was Edelman being interviewed in a t-shirt that said “Trust Nobody” and features Tupac giving double-birds. Then today’s press conferences with both Belichick and Brady had a backdrop advertising Gillette’s “Flexball” razor.

    But my favorite is a press release by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a farm team for the Chicago Cubs, advertising an event for their upcoming season which also doubles as a serious fundraiser:

    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are pleased to announce #DeflateCancer Night, one of the six nights in the team’s Strike Out Cancer Series, on Wednesday, April 15 against the Salem Red Sox. In light of the NFL and New England Patriots “Deflate-gate” scandal, #DeflateCancer Night will focus on raising awareness for testicular cancer and feature an inflatable baseball giveaway to the first 1,200 fans through the gates. Eleven of every 12 fans will receive a deflated ball, while one in every 12 will receive a “properly” inflated ball.

    Of course, the more you know about the details of the controversy, the more jokes you get.

    When fans arrive at the ballpark, they will be greeted by a variety of ball-related promotions. Any fan who arrives in a vehicle with a Massachusetts license plate can request a complementary tire-pressure check from service technicians from Tire Town, who will also be on-site passing out free tire pressure gauges to fans.

    “In honor of the New England sports tradition, the choice of a night in which the Boston Red Sox affiliate was in town was the obvious choice for this night,” explained Milovich. “To be able to promote awareness of such a serious disease so early in the season, while having some fun in the process is what we are all about.”

  10. yes it is exactly like that (2 Replies)

    It’s not like one team uses one ball and the other team another ball.

    Please actually read some of the (vast) coverage on this before commenting further.

  11. "ends justify the means" much? (0 Replies)

    Seriously, did you actually mean that? As long as we all “live to tell about it” it is OK to do without the Constitution for a while?

    Seriously?

  12. comparison to casino situation is apt (1 Reply)

    ST, you touched on something that I’ve been thinking for the last day or so. Rather than large public projects like the Big Dig, I think the apt comparison for the Olympics is our recent and ongoing situation with the casino industry. In both cases, we are dealing with people (casino industry and IOC) who are known shady characters and our government types promise us everything will be above-board, transparent, and honest – until it isn’t. The further we go down the road with either, the worse it will get.

  13. similarity (0 Replies)

    One similarity in both of these cases: the protests were fruitless. Prop 2.5 is still with us, and the folks involved this week did not do any good for their cause either. Hope someone learns a lesson.

    I do think this is good to bring up, however. Wonder if any of the MSM will tackle it.

  14. heat them up (0 Replies)

    I’ve never figured out how to make leftover ones quite as good, however.

    If you have a toaster oven, pop it in for long enough to get it warm all the way through. Still, that’s only for a day or so afterward. They aren’t meant to have a shelf life.

  15. entertainment angle (1 Reply)

    I have to say that I’m intrigued by the thought of Mitt running on an anti-poverty platform. Would love to see what that looks like. Pass the popcorn!

  16. posting entire article (1 Reply)

    Not quibbling with the content and I appreciate being informed of Deford’s piece, but unless williamstowndem IS Frank Deford, isn’t there a copyright problem here?

    FWIW, here is a pointer to the article itself.

  17. thanks (0 Replies)

    I was worried that I had blacked out for a while during which time both the 22nd amendment was repealed and Obama was re-elected (I’m sure there are some right wingers who think he is plotting right now to make this happen).

  18. blind arguing with the blind (0 Replies)

    What is most troubling about this entire debate, and supporters of the bid should be the ones most troubled by this, is that we are all in the dark about the details of the bid. Where proposed facilities and venues will be, how much they will cost, and what long term benefits the city may get in terms of infrastructure investment, tourist revenue, and potential for growth. One would think these details would be widely touted by the bid architects to win more support and arm their supporters in the community with better information to communicate.

    Exactly. The problem is that the supporters don’t know what they are supporting and the opponents don’t know what they are opposing. My default position in such a case is to oppose moving forward until I have a handle on is going on. But moving forward is what is happening.

    This is no longer Boston’s bid or even the region’s bid or Massachusetts’ bid. It is the US bid. That means that, unlike just a few weeks ago, a lot more interests (many outside of MA), including the USOC and NBC, have skin in the game on the side of seeing that it happens. It has become that much harder to stop it should the consensus of the governed be that it is undesirable.

  19. you have to log in every time? (2 Replies)

    I stay logged in for months on multiple devices and browsers. Wonder what the difference is…