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Nova Carmina

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  1. Funny addendum: on my local news this morning the haircut reading the news said, "The Stanley Cup was awarded last night to Colorado. The eh-vee-ess hadn't won the cup since 2001." (I'm guessing his transcript said AVS and he's not a hockey fan.)
  2. I remember as a kid being so fascinated by all the new teams, logos, etc. of the upstart USFL (I was a Chicago Blitz fan, from afar), but I wasn't even remotely interested in this rebooted version, and I haven't watched a minute of it all season. Now I see their championship is next week! Is this thing viable and watchable? Is this likely to go the way of other recent spring leagues?
  3. Dammit, the Yankees are actually good, aren't they? Ugh . . .
  4. Hi, my name's Nova Carmina; long time lurker, first-time poster in this forum, and I have a gluttonous sin to confess. This morning, one of my (young adult) children left a bag of Sour Patch gummies open on the kitchen counter. I find these things repulsive, but as I sat there watching the news, I tried one. Just one! It was pretty awful, but just to confirm, I tried another. And then another. I think I ate like two dozen before I was able to tear myself away. I feel so dirty. Maybe I'll have a drink to steady my nerves.
  5. Hope it's a good one! You should go back and listen to some of the boots of the great shows you've been to as you trip down memory lane! Tell everybody in your life I said they're to spoil you.
  6. When Wonder Woman wanted to remind all the little people how relatable Hollywood stars are and how they feel our pain, did she ask them to sing "Maybe I'm Amazed"? No, she did not.
  7. Not sure I could defend my picks, but the settlement probably means the NFL feels it's being taken care of, and while the guy obviously has a problem, there are no criminal charges, so that's not an issue. It would be nice if they banned him for a year, to send the basic message "do not be an lecherous asshat" but, I dunno, the NFL, man.
  8. Never leave it short in a scramble!
  9. Thoughts on the Rybus kerfluffle? Will he be missed?
  10. If I'm standing thirty yards away from the flagstick, if you gave me a football, I could hit the flag. If you gave me a baseball, I could get it within an arm's length. But with a golf club in my hands? Is that a quarter swing? Half swing? I take "a" swing and watch it majestically soar up and straight at the pin . . . and land at the back of the green and roll off down a hill. I'm twelve feet away on a putt. How far back do I draw the putter? Well, there's the slope to consider, the quickness/slowness of the greens, so I pull it back, follow through, and watch my putt travel about half the distance to the cup. I try again, trying to match the pace and punch of the first one, thinking "two of those and I'm good" and it rolls three feet past. Good news, I make the comebacker, and shot a 45 for the day!
  11. That's what I thought -- I'd asked for a Lewandowski!
  12. They broke up the Braves' streak, though!
  13. Missouri, home of heat indices over 103 all week! Yeah, the footage from the Country Club looks like it's quite comfortable golf weather thereabouts.
  14. The Northman. Totally gnarly and bizarre. Super violent. It looks so real, you can practically smell the mud and the sheep -- and everybody in it looks genuinely cold and miserable. So it was a bit surprising to me when the Valkyrie had braces! But lo! after a brief internet dive, it turns out they're not braces; they're teeth tattoos . . .
  15. Maybe there was never a time when every time was trying to win the whole thing, but modern ownership has often used analytics -- as in Edhunter's example with the BoSox above -- as an excuse/reason not to try to win: "We ran the numbers, we can't do it, so why bother?" They want the teams to be profitable first, and if that involves winning, so be it. It would be nice if those things were more closely correlated, but the Cowboys are one of the most valuable franchises in the world, and they haven't won shit in nearly 30 years. As LABT explained upthread, the massive amounts of data should be employed to enhance the likelihood of winning, and sometimes that might mean winning "ugly" (his point about the aesthetics of the shift, for instance), but if every team is shifting, and some teams (Let's go, Royals!) still suck, then that's the worst possible combination of analytics as excuse and analytics as aesthetic killer.
  16. It's like you're describing my round for the day! In the hottest week of the summer so far, I've managed to get out and play 36 holes -- nine on Tuesday (shot a 52 with an 8 [!]), 18 on Wednesday in a four-man scramble (I don't know what we shot, but it was over par, so in a scramble that's probably good for last place; you get an idea of how well we did if I tell you about half the shots we used were mine -- and it took 6.5 hours!), and nine today (shot a 51 after starting 7-7). So, in fewer words, more of the same. Can't wait til next week!
  17. Ah, the A's v. Royals match-up -- the essence of baseball!
  18. You make a strong case for '77, but I thought this was just the first half of the '70s? Oh, man, I knew I was confused by the instructions!
  19. Hey, I saw there were several tornados in WI; everything okay near you?
  20. He'll always be Mr. Bookman to me. RIP; thanks for the work!
  21. I wouldn't say it made my day, exactly, but I did smile and feel a pep in my step when I went to buy a bike lock so I can keep my golf push cart in the back of my truck, and I found one with the combination "2112"!
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