wow. i know no one has been following the crazy nba off-season. july 1 at midnight all the free agents can begin meeting with potential suitors which starts a frenzy of deals. and oft times the focus is on the big fish available which will effect how other players are courted. this year was uniquely crazy because a new tv deal had been signed and the salary cap instantly went up 35%. so some middling players were suddenly being signed for $15 million a year and social media was not unduly shocked by the numbers. i think the cap is supposed rise significantly again next year before leveling off and this was also impacting decisions made by some of the top eschalon players. do you sign a big deal this year or go short term and sign an even bigger deal next year? also, in an effort to keep players from leaving their teams to maintain balance and so players dont bolt small markets for bright lights, big city, the incumbent team can always offer a little more money and a year longer contract.
so all of these concerns were weighing on this years top free agent, kevin durant, along with questions of loyalty to a team and legacy and all the bullshit sports writers talk about to make themselves seem important. (i actually got a direct message from a ny sportswriter this morning, which never happens, because i mocked him for thinking that spending eight hours in a hotel lobby stalking ny knicks gm phil jackson in order to get a quote about how the knicks free agency was progressing was somehow a bold and vital use of ones time.) and he is not your average free agent but a former mvp in his prime who will probably end up a top 20 all time player. his like rarely are available is my point.
the conventional wisdom was that durant would return to oklahoma city for one more year at least to try and avenge their loss to golden state. as im sure you recall they were up 3 to 1 in the western conference final before faltering much like golden state did in their finals loss to cleveland.
but............. he went the "if you cant beat'em, join'em" route and signed with the golden state warriors moments ago. they are now beyond formidable (they won a record 73 games this past season) and anything short of a championship barring catostrophic injury will be a failure. i just read that he signed a 1 and 1 deal which means he could leave after a year but also that he can resign after a year with the bigger salary bump.
fear not, intrepid readers. i will not leave this room until all the pertinent questions are asked and all evasive politic answers are given!
this little japanese fast food stand opened in essex market. i just grabbed the fried chicken slider which was pretty good but the goto is their cabbage-infused pancake sliders w/a variety of meat fillings. tough sell at that market since it closes so early. they get no dinner service and theres just not enough traffic. nice couple that run it.
looking at mens tennis best runs in grand slam:
laver won 5 of 6 between 69 & 69 but was shortchanged because most of his career pros could not compete in open events. he won 5 of 6 as an amateur between 61 & 62 prior to turning pro.
borg won 7 of 13 between 77 & 80
lendl won 5 of 8 between 85 & 87
sampras won 6 of 12 between 93 & 95
federer won 11 of 16 between 04 & 07
nadal won 7 of 13 between 08 & 11
djokovic won 6 of 8 between 14 & 16
What oil do people use for sautéing? I use grape seed because it has a neutral flavor and I have an unscientifically weird feeling about canola but maybe there is something better? Just curious.
Thirty-seven years ago, Lamborn created the first sugar snap pea; today he grows more than 200 types of snow peas and snap peas on his farm in Twin Falls, Idaho, and sells seeds across the world. Surprising colors of butter yellow, maroon, deep purple, and chile pepper red relay a kaleidoscope of flavors. Many of the rarer varietals, coveted by chefs for specialty dishes, sell out quickly at the greenmarket.
twenty minutes until argentina thrash.... wait, that was tuesday. ill still be surprised if argentina loses especially since chile beat them last year in this tournament albeit in chile. messi has never won a major (or in this case, less major) tournament for argentina. they seem primed. no major injuries which inhibited them in the world cup finals in 2014. plenty of motivation. the only concern is that theyll be overconfident after the walk in the park against us. or maybe theyll get distracted by the game of thrones finale tonight at halftime. the lord of light though is surely on their side.
RIP Bill Cunningham
Brexit! Obviously it's massively complicated and I don't think anyone has a real grasp on what the ramifications will be. I think this article is an even handed look at the range of possible economic implications, and it shares (mostly) my general pro Brexit feeling at least insofar as it represents a strike against the clearly failed policies of neoliberalism (failed, that is, for all but the very top of the economic ladder.) Interesting times and all that....
explain to me why we cant vote with our phones yet?
Art and money. Value and worth. How does art get from studio to museum? Journey back to the early sixties, to the beginning of the market for contemporary art, when the art dealer and tastemaker Dick Bellamy (1927-1998) made history but chose not to make money. At the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, Bellamy launched the careers of Pop, Op and conceptual artists, as well as mavericks and minimalists, artists such as Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and Lucas Samaras, and Robert Morris and Larry Poons. The story of Dick Bellamy, a beatnik with a legendary eye, unfolds as postmodernism elbowed the past aside.
twenty minutes until the us vs argentina in the copa semi-finals. an hour before its effectively over.
doing rt 66 in a tesla
ginger beer recipe
game 7 nba finals. last licks, people! i got a beer so you know its serious.
BEGIN Japanology is a series from the only Japanese public broadcasting company, world division. I've watched rain, department stores, tempura and wood joinery. but there is a tuna one queued up that wont go well for the tuna im afraid. looking forward to charcoal and storehouses. on YT.
usa not nearly as athletic or talented as this ecuador side. would be fun if they held on to this slim lead to see them thrashed by argentina.