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    Sticky: I'd be careful with all of that. There is...

    I'd be careful with all of that. There is nothing political about a pandemic, and there is nothing political about the recommendations of the CDC and lifelong government officials with expert...
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    I haven't heard many 2020 releases and no prog,...

    I haven't heard many 2020 releases and no prog, but I have been really liking Tame Impala's Slow Rush.

    It's got a bit of an ELO vibe.
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    I think his narrative about smoke machines is...

    I think his narrative about smoke machines is about as reliable as his account of how the '70s band broke up. IA has always had a hard time admitting to certain truths, especially where his own...
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    Sorry he has this. There is a small minority of...

    Sorry he has this. There is a small minority of people who can get COPD from 2nd-hand smoke - it is believed to be a genetic issue. If that's him, then he's just very unlucky.

    Otherwise, if he...
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    I'm sure they'll be allowed to do whatever they...

    I'm sure they'll be allowed to do whatever they want on their own. But I'm also sure that coordinated, league-wide events/timetables will not commence until the entire league can participate.
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  6. I guess if BBQ was involved, that's not a...

    I guess if BBQ was involved, that's not a terrible price.
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    The NFL can play without fans, as most of the...

    The NFL can play without fans, as most of the money is in the TV contracts. My guess is that they start the season without fans, and then play it by ear (this is predicated on testing capacity being...
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    The way the NFL does playoffs is pretty flawed. ...

    The way the NFL does playoffs is pretty flawed. Winning a division could arguably give rise to an automatic playoff berth, but should not give automatic home field. Give byes to the best two...
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    They didn't, and it was. This year, they...

    They didn't, and it was.

    This year, they should have been the No. 1 seed.
  10. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Cole to the Yankees; 9 years $325 million. I...

    Cole to the Yankees; 9 years $325 million.

    I was really hoping for Strasburg. I think he would have been a better fit. I have no doubt that Cole will be good in NY, but the park isn't suited to...
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    LOL, yeah. "Pore" is so frequently misspelled.

    LOL, yeah. "Pore" is so frequently misspelled.
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    Spoken like a true blinded homer. My mom went to...

    Spoken like a true blinded homer. My mom went to OSU - I hardly hate them. I have zero rooting interests college football at all, actually. I just watch it for the good games.

    Well, not...
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    Tempting, but it's not difficult (or expensive)...

    Tempting, but it's not difficult (or expensive) to find great-sounding specimens of this album in multiple formats.

    Plus, I kind of hate 45 RPM albums.
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    I give Oklahoma a puncher's chance against OSU. ...

    I give Oklahoma a puncher's chance against OSU.

    They have an offense unlike anything the Buckeyes have seen yet this year. They don't stop much, though.
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    Quite the turd laid by Wisconsin in the 2nd half.

    Quite the turd laid by Wisconsin in the 2nd half.
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    Not much prog on Broadsword and the Beast. Or...

    Not much prog on Broadsword and the Beast. Or Under Wraps.
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    Yeah, that's it For either reasons that have...

    Yeah, that's it

    For either reasons that have been discussed many other times ("what is prog" + "modern prog is too self-referential and not really progressing") plus issues of tech + the...
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    Then again - turnovers can change everything.

    Then again - turnovers can change everything.
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    I don't think there are any. The notion of a...

    I don't think there are any.

    The notion of a "flagship" indicates fulfilling some kind of objective criteria of accomplishment, rather than simply being the most popular/notorious/known from a...
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    Put this one in the books - Patriots getting...

    Put this one in the books - Patriots getting blown off the field.
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    I don't know if I've ever seen such a huge divide...

    I don't know if I've ever seen such a huge divide in AFC/NFC quality. Seahawks could very easily not make the playoffs. In the AFC, they'd probably - at most - need to find 2 more wins.
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    Patriots' perfect record in serious trouble. ...

    Patriots' perfect record in serious trouble.

    Defense is getting shredded and the offense can't do anything.

    Baltimore isn't doing anything via trickery, and there's no halftime adjustment for...
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    Can't believe it, but the Browns are pretty much...

    Can't believe it, but the Browns are pretty much playing for their season right now. If they lose the Broncos, there's no way they make up enough games to win the division, despite it not being any...
  24. Thread: MLB 2019

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    You think the player salaries are responsible? ...

    You think the player salaries are responsible? LOL. It's supply and demand.

    Plenty of families are going to games. Families with money.

    Sports used to be more of a blue-collar interest. ...
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    Why does it matter in any way to you what...

    Why does it matter in any way to you what billionaire owners pay their players?
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    Nothing really childish or wrong IMO about...

    Nothing really childish or wrong IMO about banging a bat. I hope the whole stadium starts a trend of stamping their feet when bad calls occur.

    As i said, umpiring can't become automated fast...
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    Automation at home plate can't come fast enough. ...

    Automation at home plate can't come fast enough.

    Umps throwing out Brett Gardner twice in a week for thumping his bat while otherwise being silent in the dug-out is the kind of umpire...
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    I support that, but requiring a 4th win to...

    I support that, but requiring a 4th win to advance instead of a 3rd win doesn't really have *that* much meaning, from the perspective of sample size. Anyway, I don't care about that nearly as much...
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    Short playoff series are the great leveler. The...

    Short playoff series are the great leveler. The best baseball teams usually don't win the World Series.
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    The Braves have only a slightly worse chance of winning the WS (assuming they win the...
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    They were already the best team - now it's by a...

    They were already the best team - now it's by a bit of a margin.
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    LOL. I'm actually pretty great at baseball...

    LOL. I'm actually pretty great at baseball evaluation, and sports evaluation in general. Your continued disagreements with me indicate that you, in particular, are not.
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    No. IMO Deep Purple has three good albums and...

    No.

    IMO Deep Purple has three good albums and this isn't one of them.
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    I'm right here. And I'm not seeing anything...

    I'm right here.

    And I'm not seeing anything that I didn't predict 10 days ago:



    The Yankees' record was somewhat fake, because, until last week, they had one of the 3 or 4 easiest...
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    S3 was OK - it's too bad that with good dialog...

    S3 was OK - it's too bad that with good dialog writers and editors, they aren't so good at coming up with good stories. It's the same thing episode after episode. No development of the Upside Down...
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    Agreed. The flat-out laziness in the editing of...

    Agreed. The flat-out laziness in the editing of both films was appalling.
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    In service of what, exactly, were the "liberties"...

    In service of what, exactly, were the "liberties" in the EJ film contributing?

    It was mostly laziness, as far as I could tell. Like, for example, the trip to the therapy session in costume didn't...
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    Neither were very good, IMO.

    Neither were very good, IMO.
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    Boston still stands a fair chance of winning the...

    Boston still stands a fair chance of winning the A.L. East, IMO; even if they don't, they'll cruise to the home WC game. If they win it, I'd make them the slight favorite to win the A.L.
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    The final season was quite dreadful, but I didn't...

    The final season was quite dreadful, but I didn't think the same of the preceding season.

    The 2nd half of the final season is a full-on crap-fest, though. The show totally fell off a cliff.
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    LOL. Is this Walking Dead or the A Team?

    LOL. Is this Walking Dead or the A Team?
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    It wasn't very good, though I thought that the...

    It wasn't very good, though I thought that the musical set-pieces *were* good and, considering that there are several of them, make the movie worth seeing on a big screen if one happens to be a fan...
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    I like live albums. However, I prefer that...

    I like live albums.

    However, I prefer that the performers be alive.
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    Very tough call there. He's good enough to pay,...

    Very tough call there. He's good enough to pay, but at the same time isn't a star. I think they should pay Prescott and let Elliott walk. Paying both is kind of dumb, and Prescott is harder to...
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    They didn't have any good options. Keenum is not...

    They didn't have any good options. Keenum is not a good quarterback. He's a borderline backup. Giving a contract to a guy like that to start at QB for the next three years - on a team that just...
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    You are basing Andujar on 6 months of MLB work. ...

    You are basing Andujar on 6 months of MLB work. Urshela now has nearly two months in for the NYY. It's a fair comparison. And when Andujar played for the NYY this year, he was easily the worst...
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    And he's not being missed in the slightest. So...

    And he's not being missed in the slightest. So far, Urshela has been a huge upgrade at the position over Andujar.
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    It is a true statement that the Yankees have...

    It is a true statement that the Yankees have NEVER won a world series when their payroll was above the cap. Not one.
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    How in the world has the Yankees' history - or...

    How in the world has the Yankees' history - or recent MLB history - illustrated that?

    I'd love to hear it.
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    Wow - sorry I missed him a couple of years ago,...

    Wow - sorry I missed him a couple of years ago, then.
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    I really wanted to make it this year, but still...

    I really wanted to make it this year, but still couldn't.

    Enjoy!
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    That's how the reissues were packaged. I put...

    That's how the reissues were packaged. I put everything back in the cellophane and am storing it that way. I guess at some point it will tear.

    The record sounds great, though. I'd never heard...
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    I was hoping that team was the Giants. It's hard...

    I was hoping that team was the Giants. It's hard to believe that Jones will be better than Rosen, and Rosen can be had for an early 3rd round draft pick.

    But why act rational? Draft Jones at #6...
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    I just looked through this thread and hope some...

    I just looked through this thread and hope some people picked up that Chainsaw Jazz album when it was on sale. I really like it.

    Probably not many copies left, either.

    Big accolades should...
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    I don't think Gettleman felt that much pressure...

    I don't think Gettleman felt that much pressure to take a QB. The team has needs all over the field and none of the QBs in this year's draft are projected to be big stars.

    What Gettleman does -...
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    Dave Gettleman is possibly the worst GM I've ever...

    Dave Gettleman is possibly the worst GM I've ever seen. It's amazing how he is allowed to make awful mistake after awful mistake and keep his job.
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    Frazier is potentially a high-value trade. His...

    Frazier is potentially a high-value trade. His current injury is very minor and he'll be back in 10 days. His situation as of last year has been resolved. There is of course the possibility that he...
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    It helps tremendously. The takeaway is not that...

    It helps tremendously. The takeaway is not that this particular squad of Yankees is good (they're not), but that - due mostly to the implosion going on in Boston, because 14-10 against by far MLB's...
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    There is little chance that Frazier will stay on...

    There is little chance that Frazier will stay on the Yankees, provided that he shows promise as more than a 4th outfielder, which appears to be the case. Judge is going nowhere and Stanton and Hicks...
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    Too bad about Frazier - he had been playing...

    Too bad about Frazier - he had been playing himself into being the centerpiece of a big trade for a starting pitcher. Hopefully he recovers soon.
  60. Great new classical: Thomas Larcher - Symphony No. 2 (Kenotaph)

    A couple of months ago I couldn't attend one of my NY Philharmonic concerts, so I took advantage of the free option to release the tickets and then go to a different concert. I picked Brahms #4...
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