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- bill 1-22-2014 3:53 am [link] [1 comment]

surfing shot from a drones eye view.

- dave 1-22-2014 1:59 am [link] [2 comments]

- dave 1-21-2014 12:55 am [link] [add a comment]

While everyone's free to be as nostalgic as they like about Candlestick Park now that it's probably seen the end of its useful life, it's worth remembering that it wasn't only a miserable place to watch a game, but also a forerunner of the modern public financing con. The piece below, which originally ran in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 1972 1968 and is reprinted by permission of the author, lays out the mechanics of the scam, which should sound awfully familiar.

- dave 1-15-2014 8:57 pm [link] [add a comment]

"The remarkable story behind a mysterious inventor who built a "scientifically superior" golf club."

- dave 1-15-2014 8:21 pm [link] [1 comment]

time to step it up, lucas.
- dave 1-12-2014 1:08 am [link] [add a comment]

New Jersey F1 race continues to slip
- mark 12-24-2013 11:28 pm [link] [add a comment]

The case for Dennis Rodman.
- jim 12-20-2013 1:11 am [link] [4 comments]

As Smith notes, there has always been grumbling among old-school types about the 3-pointer — our dads and grandpas lamenting how those impudent youngsters only care about 3s and dunks, since those highlight plays get them on SportsCenter. But new, more nuanced concerns are starting to bubble up about the dominance of the 3-pointer. One strain centers on the consequences of the idea that math has basically solved basketball. Analytics has won out in shot selection. Just about everyone in the NBA, from scouts to head coaches to GMs, understands that long 2-point shots are bad and 3s are good. There is a strong correlation between 3-point attempts and team scoring efficiency, and an even more specific correlation between the number of short corner 3s a team attempts and its overall points per possession.

- dave 12-17-2013 6:31 pm [link] [add a comment]

GLADWELL: Hold on. Paul to Hilton to Kardashian to … Johnny Carson! I just read the new book about him by his lawyer and confidant Henry Bushkin. It's really about what it means to have been a celebrity in the 1960s and 1970s, and reads like something from another century. So Bushkin tells the following story: Carson used to hang out at a bar run called Jilly's, on 52nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, which was a big mob hangout. One night, Carson got very drunk and hit on an attractive woman at the bar who turns out, unfortunately, to be the girlfriend of a major Mafia guy.

Carson gets thrown down the stairs and escapes more serious injury only because "Jilly," who is everything the name "Jilly" would suggest, steps in. The mobster then puts a contract on Carson's life, who — terrified — holes up in his apartment and misses three consecutive shows. Desperate, NBC gets in touch with an agent at William Morris known to have an in with the mob, who brokers a deal with Joseph Colombo, the head of the Five Families, in which the contract is lifted in exchange for NBC agreeing to cover the Italian American unity rally on Columbus Day.

- dave 12-13-2013 7:14 pm [link] [1 comment]