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 on: July 27, 2014, 11:47:26 PM 
Started by 77ncaachamps - Last post by Not Chris Otule's Coach
I always thought that the end of the internet was a myth.

 on: July 27, 2014, 11:05:34 PM 
Started by The Sultan of Sunshine - Last post by brandx
Sadly, it isn't just playgrounds for basketball.

When I was a kid, we played baseball every day in the summer. We would bike around to different parks in the city and could always find a new game. Today, it is hard to find even one park where ball is being played.

 on: July 27, 2014, 11:03:17 PM 
Started by rocket surgeon - Last post by brandx
I can only imagine Brandx was responding to me.  smh   Apparently he doesn't realize the number of hospitals and doctors who no longer Accept Medicare.  The majority still do, but not all.

Also, should the 1973 Church Amendment should be ignored?

Hmm... So some Catholic hospitals are turning away the elderly, disabled, and Veterans? I didn't think they could stoop any lower than their previous scandal.

But as I said earlier - and it IS fact - all hospitals receive public funding. Some here want to manipulate statistics to say it isn't so, but that is a lie.

This occurs not only through the obvious Medicare and Medicaid payments, and treatment of Veterans, but also through the use of public bonds to fund things like construction and improvement programs. All of us taxpayers - Catholic and non-Catholic - are paying to have Vatican doctrines deny things like voluntary sterilization, HIV prevention counseling and even simple referrals for birth control.

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:53:35 PM 
Started by PTM - Last post by wadesworld
Been to many, hope to get to them all.  Everyone, of course, will have different rankings.  My bias is showing, but how Dodger stadium can rank that high is beyond me.  It's a dump in my opinion. Has been showing it's age for the last 20 years.

PNC is fabulous.  KC, actually I would put in top 5.  Love Petco as well.  He definitely has the last 3 correct, at least based on my visits there.  

I haven't been to many (just 2 Brewers, White Sox, old Twins, Reds, Braves, and Astros I believe), so I couldn't really tell you if Minute Maid is overrated or Miller Park is underrated, but there's no way you put Minute Maid 8 spots above Miller. They're the same ballpark and everything he knocks Miller Park for can be said exactly for Minute Maid. I'd even say I think more highly of Miller just because there is more to do, both inside and outside the park. Inside you have an area for younger kids to play around at in Miller Park and you have TGI Friday's. Outside obviously tons of parking to tailgate. Plus there's seating around the entire park and the seats actually angle towards home plate. Minute Maid outside you have a giant convention center and just city streets around it. Inside there's really nothing besides 1 bar on the opposite side of the main hallway from the field and the fan shop. Plus it's a baseball field built into a rectangular building, so there is no seating from CF to LF minus a few rows where they made a 320 foot wall straight down left. It's a building that a football field would be better suited for. Also, I was sitting between 1B and RF and the seats were not angled towards home plate at all. If I looked straight forward I was looking square at the LF wall. Had to either sit on the edge of your seat or crank your neck the whole game to watch the actual game. And the only reason he can come up with for Miller Park not being as good as lost of the others in the league holds exactly true for Minute Maid: there is absolutely no background scenery to be seen from inside the park whatsoever.

I pretty much disagree with everything the guy wrote about Minute Maid especially when I compare it to Miller. He says it's especially nice when the roof is open at Minute Maid. That was the best thing they had going for them (well, that and the open seating policy...get tickets for $10 from a scalper and sit 5th row, not bad, and they proudly advertise that).  Thought it was amazing that the air conditioned that thing. No warmer than 70 degrees in there and it was 90 degrees outside when we went. That was the 1 big plus about that stadium, in my opinion.

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:53:09 PM 
Started by 77ncaachamps - Last post by 77ncaachamps

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:50:55 PM 
Started by Lighthouse 84 - Last post by 77ncaachamps
Jimmy Butler (groin) will miss Team USA camp
Jimmy Butler | CHI
(July 27, 2014 7:45 PM EDT)
Jimmy Butler will not participate in Team USA's training camp this week due to a slightly strained groin.
The injury doesn't sound serious but Butler is taking a conservative approach, which should please the Bulls even as it weakens Team USA. Earning a spot on the team would have given Butler an opportunity to learn from the league's best while gaining international exposure, so it's an unfortunate turn of events for the Bulls' 24-year-old shooting guard.


 on: July 27, 2014, 10:49:46 PM 
Started by VegasWarrior77 - Last post by Texas Western
Wojo is definitely looking for athletic wings to round out the 2015 class. Kennedy is hot for this kid. Galena Park is right in TAMU's backyard. He's friends with a couple of the guys on the team.
I noticed he had some offers from good academic schools. Sounds like a quality kid.

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:48:25 PM 
Started by LastWarrior - Last post by Texas Western
Matt and his team lost a rough game Friday night. Had control the whole way through until it was tied with a few seconds left. Game was extended and they lost. Good first half by Matt... and Wojo, Carrawell and Phelps were there for the entire game.

That was the last game of pool play.. 3rd of 4th place in their pool for the Spartans. Then things clicked.. got a couple of close wins, including a triple OT quarterfinal win.. 5 in a row yesterday and today to win the 17U Diamond division.. non-Midwest guys watching Matt this week were mostly of the opinion that, "wow, this kid is really pretty good.. "

I'd bet on Scout having him in their top 100. Personally, I really like Matt. Just keep getting a little bit better every week and he'll be in good shape.
I think Matt and MU both made a good decision here. He can focus on getting better and I think we got a Diamond in the rough.

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:46:27 PM 
Started by Texas Western - Last post by Texas Western
From the article:

"Was Buzz Williams right?  Is it easier to compete from the bottom half of a power conference like the ACC than it is from the top half of the Big East?"

This argument has been debunked.  When you have a record of making the NCAA tournament five of your first six years with two sweet sixteens and a final four during three of those years, and yet, you fear being fired eventually -- it is easier to get a contract that in all cases protects you and screws the school in the event of you getting fired -- from a school from the bottom half of a power conference like the ACC, then it is to try and get such a contract from your current employer.

I have to say that I really like how the article concludes:

"Wojciechowski, the former Dukie, knows a thing or two about the ACC and high expectations.  His willingness to take over at Marquette and his efforts on the recruiting trail is a vote of confidence in the Golden Eagles and the Big East."
I think the conclusion is accurate.

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:37:58 PM 
Started by rocket surgeon - Last post by MU82
98%....which orifice did that come from?   Grin

Sorry. More like 99.5%.

Happy Holidays!

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