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  1. As a kid and a Lakers fan my most hated sports...

    As a kid and a Lakers fan my most hated sports figures were Red Auerbach, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell in that order.
    I became a real Russell fan with the gradual realization that he was a larger than...
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    When I started 5th grade eons ago, a new kid...

    When I started 5th grade eons ago, a new kid named Leo announced that he was from a place back east that baffled the rest of us.
    He version of the city's name was "Woos-tah"
  3. Great article. Great community.

    Great article. Great community.
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    Per Atticus: True enough, but I don't think...

    Per Atticus:


    True enough, but I don't think what is true in T&F is analogous to a high school football team on the wrong end of a major beatdown. A track athlete can be completely outclassed by...
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    21st Century Camping

    An advisory group of concessionaires has a new vision for the National Parks system including Wi-Fi, food trucks and Amazon deliveries to campsites, all available on a sliding scale of additional...
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    I don't think the Pats will be perfect :-)

    I don't think the Pats will be perfect :-)
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    Good answer, Conor. One that makes sense to even...

    Good answer, Conor. One that makes sense to even history majors who never got beyond Algebra II !
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    Here is what I (in my not-so-numerically oriented...

    Here is what I (in my not-so-numerically oriented mind) do not get:
    If the quantum calculations would take thousands of years to process on "classical" computers, how do we know the result of the...
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    World"s Largest Geode

    Because my parents were "rockhounds" I spent a good deal of my youth scouring the desert floor in search of gemstones and geodes. My biggest geode find was about the size of an avocado. Now I see...
  10. Thread: Son like father?

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    I believe Valery Brumel had a son, Viktor, who...

    I believe Valery Brumel had a son, Viktor, who became a 2.21 HJer.
    And, of course, Randall Cunningham's daughter Vashti is within 2 inches of her dad's PR, which may still be the record at Santa...
  11. Thread: Whj wr

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    dukehjsteve, as usual is exactly right. And the...

    dukehjsteve, as usual is exactly right.
    And the head official is the final arbiter.
    As per rule, there is this discretionary power:

    The key phrase here is "without touching it". But in this...
  12. Thread: Whj wr

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    Interesting. Tough call from the video evidence....

    Interesting.
    Tough call from the video evidence.
    Was the bar wobbling and nearing displacement or not?
    Once the head official rules a clearance the bar can be stabilized.
    But in the...
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    Also: I hate the light show introductions that...

    Also: I hate the light show introductions that require the athletes to stand at their blocks way too long.
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    Seems to me the continuing trend is that Brit...

    Seems to me the continuing trend is that Brit commentators more often describe what is really happening while the US narration follows pre-scripted talking points.
    In one NBC Sports broadcast...
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    That is a reasonable an explanation for the...

    That is a reasonable an explanation for the mis-statement of the rules, although the use of flags in HJ events is far from universal at all levels.
    Bottom line is that the official must determine...
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    When Hauser received his high school diploma at...

    When Hauser received his high school diploma at the Oxnard HS stadium he was such an accomplished athlete that as he was handed the his scroll a curtain was dropped from the football score board to...
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    My favorite gum chewing, gaunt Johnny Cash...

    My favorite gum chewing, gaunt Johnny Cash video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgn60pCY3xQ
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    Interesting comments but some flawed premises. ...

    Interesting comments but some flawed premises.
    For instance, does anyone really believe that all throwers and jumpers really try for PRs on every attempt?
    Or that attempts at lower heights in...
  19. Thread: HS Reunion

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    Best aspect of my 50th was that nearly all the...

    Best aspect of my 50th was that nearly all the spouses decided they were fed up with such gatherings and decided not to attend, so old friends didn't spend a lot of time having to introduce and try...
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    So the plasticine is a quarter inch higher than...

    So the plasticine is a quarter inch higher than the board? Pity the poor Lonewolf and colleagues smoothing out the junk to that exact tolerance ! And how about the unfortunate jumper whose take off...
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    The Altamont free concert was a freaking...

    The Altamont free concert was a freaking nightmare.
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    All this recollection got me to thinking about...

    All this recollection got me to thinking about which 1969 legends I'd actually seen in person:
    Jefferson Airplane (with Signe Anderson and later with Grace Slick)
    Rolling Stones (from a distance at...
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    Here's a pretty grim outlook vis-a-vis the aging...

    Here's a pretty grim outlook vis-a-vis the aging music legends of 1969 and, by implication, their aging fans!!!
    https://theweek.com/articles/861750/coming-death-just-about-every-rock-legend
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    She made great music throughout her career,...

    She made great music throughout her career, including terrific covers of Mexican classics.
    Here in her powerful prime:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNAN-JoMabM
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    Has anyone yet called Brazier's performance...

    Has anyone yet called Brazier's performance "Wottle-esque"?
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