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the shadow knows
north miami beach, FL
jewboy law ,education and training and ordained Rabbi
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CORRECTION: shawon dunston went to jefferson high in east new york (part of brooklyn). other famous graduate of TJ was the ohio state bruising Fb john brockington, whose lack of speed was shown in the pro. i think he was like 240 lbs, but couldn't run over or away from players in the NFL after GB drafted him.
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OC Dolphin, my man on the eaarly 60s dodgers was the great tommy davis, back to back batting titles and in 1962 he drove in 153 runs-which if i remember was 1/4 of the dodger total that year (maybe it was 1/5 or 1/6). tommy d broke his ankle when his cleats got stuck in the rock hard infield that o'malley insisted upon for his sped demons. even with a bad wheel, tommy d stuck around a long time and played until almost 40, most of the latter years as a DH in the american league. with fernando and koufax and tony gwynn my favorite players ever. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/davisto02.shtml with koufax the doidgers last ties to brooklyn: davis from boys high in williamsburg (now "boys and girls high-UGGGHHHH) and koufax from lafayette high in bensonhurst. next decent player from brooklyn was the cub shawon dunston, also from boys high. my high school landed many into the majors- including 59 series MVP larry sherry, and chuck essegian, who hit two pinch hit HRS in the dodger WS victory over "the go-go sox".
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Tom, re; sandy koufax he was a wilder than wild pitcher who walked plenty of guys until norm sherry, brother of larry and both from my alma mater fairfax high, advised him that he was throwing too hard; after which he backed off on the speed of his pitches and became the great pitcher of the early 60s. he didn't have a really long career at the levels where he was when he won the 5 ERA titles in a row. just as in the 65 series, if you need to pitch one lefthander, koufax would probably be the choice, but he didn't have a long run of greatness- 5 years or so, me thinks. for longevity, the best lefty might be lefty grove or warren spahn-let you decide; http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/koufasa01.shtml http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spahnwa01.shtml (incredible # of 20+ win seasons for spahnie) http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grovele01.shtml (incredible career)
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Big Baby, chicharito two fantastic scores for real madrid today. as stated previously, he is gonna make it tough for madrid to return him to man u. he has found his stride playing with the big boys and ancelotti (?) will have a tough choice on whom to play when benzema and bale are recovered. brilliant scores by the young mexicano making the coaches'/club officials' decision tough. off the bench as a late sub there is nobody who having played the previous 60' can effectively defend maybe the fastest player in the world in the late stages of a match.
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OTTOWA ROBBED/JOBBED!!! an extremely early whistle cost the senators the tying goal-bad, bad break.
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Tom, despite the difference in the cavaliers' efficiency rating with love as opposed to w/o him, i would never count out LBJ and kyrie irving; both are really, really great players. it seems to me that love's off arm can be patched up in a few days. if love is out, david blatt's coaching accumen will be on display and it says here the guy can coach winners at any level. since cleveland got it going at the end of the season, haven't heard any "dump blatt" chants from anyone. of course hoping that kevin love recoups quickly, but it seems to me that with the rest of the team healthy blatt can coach his gang into the finals. the bulls will be a tough out with love playing and keeping noah occupied; w/o love a series win over chicago would be very tough.
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Mr. Woodcock, "the fight of the century" is gonna last two rounds. de pilipino is gonna be on his back looking up soon after the fight starts. mayweather seems just to strong, more body mass that packy doesn't have the muscle to knock out. two rounds is what is says here despite packy's very acclaimed ability to duck punches. floyd is gonna bull rush him into near instant oblivion. nobody has defeated mayweather and packy has been beaten more than once, more than twice,... mayweather within five, definitely.
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DID SOMEBODY SAY "HOUSE PARTY"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3f8EDr2--I
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Mr. Woodcock, we also had a house party watching duran/leonard I. our mexican jewelers and i were pro los "manos de piedra", while my father, OBM, leaned towards sugar ray partly because he couldn't hack me inviting our employees over and our wild hollering for duran during the early rounds when he built up a huge lead, then went on cruise control until the 14th and 15th (or 11th and twelfth) when duran kicked it into to geat and hel on for the decision. for us the best part of the evening was duran giving wilfrido benitez "the panamanian salute"-lifting up his jock strap in benitez face to show his disdain for him. benitez was the fourth horse between duran, leonard, hearns and hisself. aaron pryor, the beast that he was, could've given benitez 20 lbs. and would have ripped him apart within 6 minutes. twas a golden age for the sub heavyweights and duran/leonard I and leonard-hearns were two truly great bouts.
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a salute to aks-ar-ben, one of the great small tracks, guitars aplenty courtesy skip spence and moby grape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_FlNwQlBmU from the summer of love- a great first album like many of those first albums of groups in 1967.
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HORSERACING GEEK TOO! anybody know who is the top gun among the 3 year olds this year? anybody know who won the snata anita or florida derbies? used to be knee deep into the hosses, but quit gambling (on the ++ side) when going to the track became uncoming for me in my "rabbinic garb (yarmulke, tsitsit,..) still remember cashing a $2 bet on gary stebens at kos alamitos (county fair meeting) and getting back $190. my favorite jockeys- he and lafitt pincay, jr, who never finished second riding affirmes (yes, one disqualification at saratoga in the travers).
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Big Baby, tremendous game between the flames and chinyuks. coming back from a quick 0-3 deficit to win going away was a treat to watch. tomorrow night the NYI can stick it to that russian bastard and send the playoffs back to the nasssau colliseum for another go.
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HOCKEY GEEK ALSO!!! the NHL playoffs have been incredibly close games and extremely watchable. even the non-big name teams have been showing up. the regular season games are played at 1/3 the warp speed of the stanley cup playoffs. thankfully wrong about the capitals; a win for the islanders sets up a NYR-NYI series!!! would be an incredible watch.
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KAWHI LEONARD GOES OFF!!! well the ole "soccer geek" has proven that he has an eye for the other non-geek sports. spotted kawhi leonard at SDSU and it didn't take much too see that this young man had "game". game 3 was the kawhi show -points, defense, getting the DPOY trophy and all this from an incredibly humble guy. willtry to juggle with the remote and catch the spurs this afternoon. believe you me, it takes an affinity for a player like me haves for KL to watch an entire game, playoff or not.
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Mr. Woodcock, methinks that the other soccer geek was "mike1". i don't remember anyone else posting about futbol other than mike, and we have needed an APB for him for a couple of years; he was a good guy and good poster who i think used to be located in houston.
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Big Baby, bayern/barca!! saw the krauts totally dimantle porto in the first 15 minutes to erase a -2 goals; they looked like alemania hammering brazil non-stop in the last WC semi. now my favorite player is on real madrid and puts them through to the semis. chicharito is gonna have a lot of choices when his loan to real dissolves; he wants back in the EPL, but if he scores again for real in the champions' league, they might wanns keep him. imagine having to defend bale and ronaldo and then have chicharito come off the bench with his blazing speed!!! methinks juve is gonna lose both matches vs. real, and that bayern will overpower barca physically.
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Mr. Woodcock, if their problem is coaching, i am puzzled because that would put the kabosh on both of the former "boy wonder" OCs. both lane kiffin and steve sarkisian were prime candidates to be awesome HCs, and if sark blows a tire where are they gonna turn for another coach? let's see if pat haden can rebound from his bizarre dash onto the field last year; the former golden boy was in line to be the university president until that embarassment. bad, bad, bad move by the former pristine scholat/athlete, and he was both.
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Mr. Woodcock, the past six seasons (since coach pete left) oregon and stanford have been at the top of the heap. hey, i ilke the old days, but at present USC is on the outside looking in at the rose bowl, which used to be the yearly goal of every trojan team-win the coinference and play in pasadena- it's been awhile. USC has had many conference champions, but none of late. they'll get picked to win again and won't. USC's running identity has gone the way of "kelsey's nutmeg" and they look like all the other pass-happy teams playing today's systems. these 40-50 passes/game bore me to tears. let's see if USC can find itself in the arroyo this upcoming new year's day-doubtful, it says here.
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http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/N/NobiTo00.htm this guy played for a misery of an expansion team and a tougher than tough coach in "the dutchman". still remember the great texas/alabama orange bowl where he stopped namath and the tide at the goal line to deprive alabama of the national championship (arkansas beat texas by a point, finished the season unbeaten with 5 shutouts in a row to end the year).
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Naples Jack, agreed about tannehill and the huge mistake in taking jake long. i can't recall how many OTs were taken with the first pick (do remember ron yary, who held deacon jones on every play in the pros), but jake long was bad from the outset and his first two years of "good" are only so when compared to the next three. holdings, sacks, penalties- he had all the tricks. jake long, picked #1, wouldn't make the top ten michigan linemen based on their NFL play. maddog, may he rest in peace, knew UM linemen and stated that mike kenn, who played for the falcons, was the best wolverine to play OL in the pros; and consider that tom mack was an incredible guard whom george allen actually started in year two of his career (george didn't like no rookies), maddog's statement re mike kenn takes on more weight. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KennMi00.htm first team all pro 11 years apart and played in an era of super-great offensive linemen!! how's about this tom mack feller? http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MackTo00.htm i guess tom mack was hurt his 2nd season, but in his second full season he started every game (and note that george allen started him 8 times as a rookie!! 11 time pro=bowler when that meant something!!
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Big Baby, been a warriors fan for a long, long time and can't say i have ever seen a better shooting team. curry is not just a shooter, but a scorer who get to the rim and makes absurd dave twardzik-type layups. thompson the junior is an incredible "strong" shooter whose misses (he and curry both had shots last night that hit the backboard!!!) are usually in and out types. before hailing stephon currry as the greatest shooter ever, maybe people ought to remmeber that reggie miller was an incredible shot and even jamaal/keith wilkes was dead-on from the corner; shots that the bombastic chickie baby, RIP, used to call "lay-ups", and he wasn't far from the truth.
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Senor Woodcock, the pac-? hasn't always been a one horse conference; at various times in the past washington under don james and the bruins under terry donahue were great teams. i know we are going way back, but of late the ducks and former injuns are very respectable football powers. the only real doormats these days are cal and the cougars. USC went into a funk under larry smith and especially paul hackett. and these days, tyhe trojans have been looking like the 4th best team, with one of the arizonas, or maybe both, ahead of them. USC has given way to wisconsin as the best running team in the country, when in the past they would just roll over the opposition behind their many, mnay great OLmen. Those were the days!! charlie white, the toughest man to ever play for SC, carrying the rock 35-40 times at 185-190 lbs and still able to power over many men much bigger than him after absorbing a game's fill of tackles. the last drive against ohio state when he carried the ball every play to win the rose bowl is one of the greatest mosments of the glory years of USC running out of the I. noiw they are throwing out of the pistol/shotgun and have let stanford win the old-fashioned way.
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speaking of redmen: here is the original that paul revere and the raiders ruined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clux1gLimUo
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Big Baby, incredibly huge gaffe when the islander defender lost his stick and gave up the winner in the last game. i sure looks like the capitals are too big and strong for the islanders and may win the next game also. the NYI haven't looked very good tonight after scoring first; we'll see. will leave for Sabbath shopping and hope to be home to watch the last two periods of the black hawks and that awesome injun on their jerseys.
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Jimbo, true that the dolphins passed on drew beees twice, but the second time he had a shoulder issue-when combined with his lack of stature it was not as bad as passing on him straight out of purdue. he was very fortunate that he chose new orleans and their ultra-dynamic sean payton offense; no saying what he would have done for the locals.
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