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  2. The Summer Olympics officially have a new starting date after their postponement. The games will begin on July 23, 2021 - almost exactly a year after they were originally scheduled (the opening ceremonies were slated for July 24th of this summer).
  3. I'm sorry, Zebra. I hope he pulls through. Even though Louisiana is hot with it and everyone knows it's already all over Texas, the governor refuses to acknowledge the fact and restrict the public's movement in the state. Just this morning the NY Times reports that Seattle's early intervention with shutting down the public's movement around the area might have been the key to their reduction in the number of new cases being reported now. Piecemeal quarantines don't work, especially in a place as mobile as Texas. I know we're a hardheaded bunch of folks who come from there, but one person is all it takes for somebody else to wind up in the ICU.
  4. So to report back, I did my pita 3 ways. The kids raked them ass follows: 1) pizza stone in oven at 450 degrees, 2) cast iron skillet, 3) steam oven on convection steam mode at 440 degrees. Interestingly, I split my dough into 7 equal pieces, using the first three for the comparison above. The remaining 4 were individually wrapped and put in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The next day, i made all 4 on the pizza stone at 465 degrees with even better results.
  5. Trying this one this week: https://www.tasteaholics.com/recipes/dinner/salsa-verde-chicken-casserole-recipe/ For any fellow sous vide aficionados, I am trying this technique this weeked:
  6. Both of these get frequent replays. Also, Howard's End and Remains of the Day. I also discovered the Sean Bean Sharpe series a while back and have enjoyed it, too. Then, there is Grantchester with the yummy James Norton (now, sadly, replaced by a new actor) and the hilarious Robson Green (who has a great travel show where he visits interesting historical towns around the UK). And, of course, I love Poldark. Just really too many to list, but a lot of great stuff to help get through the quiet times.
  7. My wife would always watch the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice whenever she got sick. If you can find it after all these years, perhaps the best Masterpiece Theatre ever done was The Jewel in the Crown. I watched it through a bout with pneumonia way back when it was still newish. Wonderful production of some of the best writing on India in English around.
  8. Well, COVID-19 finally got real. Got word tonight a pledge brother from TCU is in Plano Baylor hospital in ICU, and is critical. Really a good guy.
  9. Aw, man. Seeing him at Billiy Bobs was an early date for me and the future Mrs. Duq ...
  10. This. https://twitter.com/RexChapman
  11. I'm watching all my favorite PBS Masterpiece programs again and any other ITV and BBC period dramas I can find while I continue my recovery. (This illness has stuck with me for a l-o-n-g time.) There are a bunch of good ones on Prime Video.
  12. Due to the on-going developments related to COVID-19 the Big 12 Conference previously announced that all organized team activities whether organized or voluntary, including team and individual practices, meetings, and other organized gatherings, were suspended until March 29 and would be re-evaluated at that time. In addition, all conference and non-conference competitions were cancelled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. After re-evaluation the following Big 12 Student-Athlete policies become effective March 30: 1) No organized, in-person team activities of any type, in any location. 2) No in-person, voluntary workouts, film study sessions, meetings, technique drills or captains’ practices/OTA sessions of any type, in any location until a permissible date is established by the NCAA. 3) Virtual or on-line supervised physical workouts and skill instruction, regardless of location, are not permitted. 4) All “virtual” group activities, including film study, are limited to two hours per week in all sports. Only countable coaches may conduct virtual film study, technical discussions, tactical sessions and other non-physical activities. These policies will be revisited and adjusted at regular intervals and as circumstances dictate. 5) Coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans provided they are approved in accordance with proper procedures as outlined by each institution’s appropriate sport performance, medical and/or athletic training personnel (and in accordance with the NCAA Recommendations on Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death). Taped demonstration videos on respective workout plans are allowed in order to demonstrate proper form and technique. Institutional personnel may not supervise, conduct or monitor workouts on or off campus. 6) In-person, on campus meals and nutritional supplements may be provided in situations where student-athletes are unable to leave campus. Off-campus nutritional supplements are limited to the permissible items as outlined in NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2.8. 7) It is fully permissible to provide non-athletically-related support to student-athletes including: -- sports medicine treatments, physical therapy and rehabilitation -- academic support -- mental health and wellness support Eight) It is permissible for institutions to provide off-campus student-athletes with apparel and personal equipment that is regularly available to student-athletes when they are on campus for conditioning workouts. The provision of other equipment is not to extend to rental, purchase or arrangement of conditioning or strength training equipment or machines (e.g. stationary bicycles, treadmills, free weights, benches or weight machines) but is intended to allow for reasonable supplies such as stretching band/straps, foam rollers, etc. 9) Prospective student-athletes may not be involved in any capacity in any countable activities, including virtual activities. 10) The Big 12 Conference Board and Directors of Athletics will convene regularly to assess changing circumstances and to make shared decisions regarding amendments to the above-listed policies. The policies noted will commence at 7am CDT, Monday, March 30, 2020 and remain in effect until May 31, 2020 or until additional guidance is provided. 11) Decisions on the structure, schedule and components of training during the post Pandemic period will be made as circumstances dictate. https://big12sports.com/news/2020/3/13/baseball-big-12-statement-on-athletics-activities.aspx
  13. Yesterday
  14. COVID got Joe Diffie. Stay hard, Joe
  15. So Mrs. Turk and I are watching the original 2004 The L Word as part of our ongoing search for binge-able series. All I can say is, these characters better start getting interesting pretty fast, because it’s 2020, and now that Ellen, Rachel Maddow, Kate McKinnon, et al are mainstream, being lesbian isn’t in itself enough to make a character interesting.
  16. Sunday’s 6-packBiggest salary cap hits for NFL teams this year, for players no longer on that team:$18.8M— Nick Foles, Jacksonville$13.6M— Joe Flacco, Denver$13.5M— Tom Brady, New England$9.9M— Todd Gurley, LA Rams$9.8M— Matt Kalil, Carolina$9.6M— Trai Turner, CarolinaQuote of the Day:“I was at the SEC tournament last year. I went to get my credential, and it was eight to 10 interns, just college students there helping out. I showed them my ID, and they said, ‘Are you Rex Chapman, the guy from Twitter?!’ I went, ‘Yeah, that’s me, getting my credential. Let’s go.'”Rex ChapmanSunday’s quizH0w many pitchers have struck out 20 batters in a major league game?Saturday’s quizMichigan State has had only two basketball coaches since 1976: Jud Heathcote, Tom Izzo.Friday’s quizBob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title. Posted onMarch 29, 2020Leave a commenton Sunday’s 6-pack, Quote, Quiz of the DaySunday’s List of 13: Random stuff from your socially distant friend……13) We sit home and try to keep everyone healthy; I listen to lot of music, watch even more than usual TV. In these unique times, some interesting stuff has appeared.Thursday night, MLB Network re-played 1994 Opening Day from Wrigley Field, with the late Harry Caray and current White Sox analyst Steven Stone on the call.If you’ve never heard Harry Caray call baseball, it is worth a listen; he was unique.12) I’m scrolling thru Instagram Friday afternoon, and actor Jeff Goldblum is there, wearing a back/white checkerboard shirt, reading Dr Seuss books, for no apparent reason. It was excellent.11) If you’re on Twitter, you need to follow former NBA player Rex Chapman; he posts the most unique, uplifting stuff on his feed. Some of it is inspirational, some of it just makes me laugh.10) Major League Baseball needs to take the blackouts off of out-of-market game replays; people are bored, this is a time they could fall in love with baseball. New fans could be created; seeing Mets games every day has been fun, but seeing other teams would be great, too.9) In his first five days as Iona’s new basketball coach, Rick Pitino signed six recruits; Gaels lose lot of seniors off this year’s team, so that was necessary.Pitino actually has a tough act to follow, replacing Tim Cluess as coach; only 13 college basketball teams made the last four NCAA tournaments, with Iona/Gonzaga the only mid-majors on the list. Gaels weren’t going to make this year’s tournament, but there was no tournament, so the streak continues. Teddy Bridgewater is the Carolina Panthers’ new QB; he’s been preparing mentally for this season by playing Madden, and being the Panthers, to get used to the offense. Funny how video games are actually a tool to help real players get ready to play real football.7) Pittsburgh Steelers have already signed five players from the XFL; teams can’t scout college players as much this spring as previous years, so they already scouted the XFL guys, and they signed them instead. Curious to see how that plays out.6) Lot of TV news programs have correspondents broadcasting from home; weird seeing them all dressed up in suits/ties. You’re home, just wear what you normally wear at home.5) There are 24 new college football coaches this year; their debuts will be greatly hampered by not having spring practice.There are 23 new offensive coordinators, 11 new defensive coordinators.There are seven teams with the same head coach, but new coordinators on both sides of the ball.4) Odd stat: Baltimore’s Hanser Alberto led the major leagues LY, reaching base 13 times via error. Not really sure what that means.3) Like I said the other day, I’m reading a book about a stock trader who bets baseball; at one point in the book, he makes a sarcastic comment about “risk-averse” people. When he sees an edge, he tries to capitalize on it, with both feet, for better or worse. A gambler.It is interesting reading about the connection between stock trading and sports betting.2) University of Mississippi sent out a letter to donors Tuesday, asking them to consider adding the University to their wills, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Gee, that’s nice- we know you might die soon, why not give us your money?Wow.1) A telethon hosted by the Los Angeles Rams and KABC Tuesday raised more than $2.2M for United Way and the LA Regional Food bank.Drew Brees and his wife committed $5M to the State of Louisiana in 2020.
  17. And my rub with them. They lost a customer for that stunt. Hope the $15 made up for the $500+ on that order alone. Will order from THK direct from now on.
  18. When everything started to go down a month ago (and before I got so sick), I ordered all of Harvey's food and supplements for two months, even though I had enough on hand to last until the end of April. I was worried Amazon would get bombarded with orders or they would shut down/lay off a bunch of people and deliveries would slow way down. I'm still waiting on the last product from that order. It's supposed to arrive on April 1. That's exactly one month from when I ordered it and I have Prime, so it should have been two day shipping. But, I know they've been under a huge amount of stress to keep up with all the orders they're getting and trying to deal with their employees becoming sick with the virus and having to be out and then having to tell other employees to quarantine themselves. They're actively recruiting new employees in Portland, so I know they're trying. Everybody's got to be patient with each other in this calamity. However, charging for expedited shipping and then not being able come through is wrong. You can order THK directly from their website , with free shipping on orders over $49. They're probably not so busy.
  19. Last week
  20. Friday’s 6-packOdds to win next season’s Super Bowl, assuming there is a next season:60-1— Arizona Cardinals75-1— Miami Dolphins, New Jersey Jets100-1— Detroit Lions, New Jersey Giants175-1— Cincinnati Bengals250-1— Washington Redskins300-1— Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville JaguarsTweet of the Day:“You don’t make the timeline. The virus makes the timeline. So you’ve got to respond in what you see happen. And if you keep seeing this acceleration, it doesn’t matter what you say. 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks – you’ve got to go with what the situation on the ground is.”Dr Anthony Fauci, a medical expertFriday’s quizWho managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title?Thursday’s quizAl Pacino’s character coached the Miami Sharks in the football movie, Any Given Sunday.Wednesday’s quizCharlotte Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant, traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. Posted onMarch 26, 2020Leave a commenton Friday’s 6-pack, Quote, Quiz of the DayFriday’s List of 13: Random thoughts for a sunny day……13) Wednesday night, CBS Sports Network replayed some of Steph Curry’s Davidson games from the 2008 NCAA Tournament; was funny how they talked about him then, like he was some upstart kid shocking teams from bigger leagues. 12 years later, Curry might be the greatest shooter in basketball history; he’s not a spunky underdog anymore.12) All of which raises the question; Steph’s dad Dell Curry played 16 years in the NBA, and he went to college at Virginia Tech. How the hell did the Hokies not recruit Steph or his brother Seth? Wasn’t that malpractice? To me, it is mind-numbing that they didn’t.11) Jon Gruden has been an NFL head coach for 13 years; 14 different QB’s started at least one game, seven of them started at least 11 games:48— Rich Gannon33— Brad Johnson32— Derek Carr24— Jeff Garcia21— Brian Griese15— Chris Simms11— Bruce Gradkowski10) Mike Tomlin has coached the Steelers for 13 years; Ben Roethlisberger started 168 of the Steelers’ 208 regular season games since then. Seven other QB’s have started a game since then for Pittsburgh, with Mason Rudolph (8) having the most.9) Then there is Andy Reid, who has been an NFL head coach for 22 years; he’s had 14 different start for him, with Donovan McNabb (142) starting the most games:142— Donovan McNabb76— Alex Smith34— Michael Vick31— Patrick MahomesCurrent Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson started nine games at QB for Philly in 1999, which was Reid’s first year as the Eagles’ coach. Random fact: Dr. Anthony Fauci was captain of the basketball team at Manhattan’s Regis High School in 1958.7) Random stat I saw on Twitter; on an average American day, around 2,000,000 people fly on commercial airlines. These days? Not so much.Guys posted on Twitter Thursday that you could fly from Detroit to Las Vegas for $19. Not sure what you would do when you got there, but…….6) They showed a live shot of Times Square in Manhattan at 11pm the other night, normally one of the busiest places in the world. There were three people on the street. Three. Amazing.5) There is a commercial on TV for a pill that causes you to gain weight; they showed an attractive young lady who supposedly gained 53 pounds after taking this pill. Why in the name of Karen Carpenter would someone take a pill to gain weight? Just eat junk food!!!!4) Steve Ballmer owns the LA Clippers; Wikipedia says he is worth $51.8B, thats billion, with a B. Ballmer recently bought the old LA Forum in Inglewood, where the Lakers/Kings used to play; it is mostly a concert venue now. He paid $400M for the arena.Ballmer bought the Forum from James Dolan, who owns the Knicks, and who is also one of the worst owners in all of sports. Clippers are going to have their own arena in a couple years; they will move out of Staples Center, and Ballmer will make even more money.3) Cecil Fielder hit 319 home runs in 1,470 major league games.His son, Prince Fielder, also hit 319 home runs, in 1,611 games.2) Great minds think alike?My friend Ken in Las Vegas sends me a link to a fake 64-team bracket that someone posted on line, and asked me to fill it out; I did that, and came up with Dayton as my national champ.Turns out Ken also tabbed the Flyers as national champs; he had them beating Baylor in the final, I had the Flyers beating Florida State in the final.This is an argument that will never end; we’ll never know what would’ve happened.1) Thursday should’ve been on of the best sports days of the year:— Opening Day in baseball— Sweet 16 in college hoop— Hell, even my golf pool was supposed to startNow we stay inside and are smart and hope this passes with as few casualties as possible; then next year we can have fun. Until then, please be safe; I need all the readers I can get!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Saturday’s 6-packSix college basketball coaching changes:UAB— Andy KennedyGrand Canyon— Bryce DrewIona— Rick PitinoLoyola Marymount— Stan JohnsonWestern Illinois— Rob JeterWyoming— Jeff LinderTweet of the Day:“Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Limp, and you dance alone.”Chuck Barris, The Gong ShowSaturday’s quizWhich top 20 college basketball team has had only two head coaches since 1976?Friday’s quizBob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title.Thursday’s quizAl Pacino’s character coached the Miami Sharks in the football movie, Any Given Sunday. Posted onMarch 27, 2020Leave a commenton Saturday’s 6-pack, Quote, Quiz of the DaySaturday’s Den: Brackets for a hypothetical 1-on-1 tournament with NBA players13) People at the Action Network www.actionnetwork.com came up with a great source of discussion Thursday; a hypothetical, 64-player 1-on-1 tournament. Tremendous stuff to argue about and good way to spend time filling out brackets. It is worth a look.12) #1 seeds: Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden.#16 seeds: Jonathan Isaac, Kelly Oubre, Aaron Gordon, Blake Griffin.Harden-Griffin first round game would be entertaining.11) #2 seeds: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid#15 seeds: Eric Gordon, Domantas Sabonis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Eric BledsoeDurant is coming off of an achilles injury; those can be tough to recover from.10) #3 seeds: Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakim, Ben Simmons, Paul George#14 seeds: Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola VucevicSimmons can’t shoot; passing doesn’t matter- Gallinari would be a live 14-seed.9) #4 seeds: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler#13 seeds: D’Angelo Russell, Buddy Hield, Carmelo Anthony, Jaren Jackson Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Russell Westbrook are all 5-seeds, not sure how Curry would defend a much bigger player, but that guy would have to go outside to guard him, too.7) When they had a 1-on-1 tournament in the early 70’s, JoJo White won one of them; he was a good NBA player, but I doubt he was one of the favorites. Good shooter, though.Bob Lanier beat Connie Hawkins 50-46 in a legendary game (games were up tp 20, but you had to win by either 3 or 4 points).6) Harden, Curry and Jimmy Butler are all in the same region; Curry-butler would’ve been a really interesting second round game.5) Nikola Jokic as an 11-seed is interesting, because he could back a smaller player in, but he can also make 3’s. Could he defend a smaller sharpshooter?4) One factor if this was really going to happen; how far apart would each round be? Guys coming off injuries, or older players might struggle if there were two games on same day, or if they had to play 2,3 days in a row. One of those intangibles we’ll never know.3) Think about it; even if you’re a #16-seed here, it means you’re on of the 64 best basketball players in the world, which would be pretty cool.2) My Final Four: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Danilo Gallinari, James Harden.1) Anyway, there is a printable bracket at www.actionnetwork.com If you’re interested, print one out and give it some thought
  21. Amazon lied to me a couple of weeks ago. I put in an order with items listed as in stock and supposed to arrive completely by the 26th. After I paid extra for 2-day shipping and processed the order, they conveniently let me know then that it would be the middle to end of May before all the packages would arrive. The last package due to be delivered is the most important one of the lot, of course. This put a major halt to building a computer case, an entertainment center with built in computer case and a coffee table. Also included in that order was some dog food that I needed delivered in a timely fashion. Because of the deception, I had to pay $120 locally (from the only place that carries that specific brand/flavor within 90 miles) for a box of dog food versus the normal $60 MSRP. The one stop net shopping has pissed me off to the point of actively avoiding using it in the future. So, instead of using my forced downtime to be productive in my shop, I get to play pinball video games. Yay.
  22. BTW, that's a serious offer. May take a little time for me to get out to the boat where I can to final knot cinching with my winches, but I can certainly supply a few around to our small group of GOBs w/ pickups or ATVs. Thinking I may save my length of 12mm, however, as a special purpose line, so we're talking 10mm and 11 tonnes (12 US tons). Can be made a bit shorter or longer.
  23. Any good YouTube channels for recipes that y’all like? I like Guga Foods and Sous Vide Everything. It’s the same guy for both, but the videos are high quality, good content, and some interesting experiments.
  24. And here I was just going to post that if there's any GOB here who needs a 4" (inner diameter) shackle made out of 11 ton line for their pickup or tractor give me a shout! (As a way of passing on the karma of free line from the place here.) That said...would be quite effective for B&D as well. (Only available in WVU colors)
  25. I suppose it says something unflattering about me that I had to read down this post for awhile before I realized that Newf was NOT, in fact, talking about homemade B&D equipment.
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