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  1. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened this was the featured song with Chuck Berry and "some back up band"
  2. I don't watch dualing "talking heads" these days. Not in sports/not in politics. They are often antagonistic and its often for show not substance. I watched that piece. They agreed. They both present in an "angry" manner. Whatever. I agree with them. For the same reasons. You can list more than 10 players better than Nowitzki. Now some additional trivia (detail) about Nowitzki. Our trusty nerd guide (the basketball-reference site) full of statistics, has a table for players since about 2000 that tracks shooting data. Amazingly its called Shooting. It basically assigns distance to every shot a player takes. Its fundamental to advanced analytics in this sport and others, with every move being filmed, analyzed and crunched. Nowitzki's shooting distance averages about 15 feet over his career. By comparison, (now citing from memory) Duncan is about 8 feet; Lebron and Anthony about 11,12 feet or so, 3 pt specialists such as Korver or Redick are up around 20 feet or so, Dwight Howard, a true old time center around 3-4 feet, and Curry and Klay Thompson high volume 3 pt shooters average something close to Nowitzki (they shoot long distance and drive) Nowitzki a 7 foot power forward/center spent his whole career shooting from long distance. A game changing kind of shot. Bully for him. That skill, talent, his production and his team's success vaulted him into rarified air, if not the top ten. --- As to Sabonis: He was good. Too bad he was badly injured. Too bad for us he didn't play more in the NBA where we could have seen more of him. Besides amazing size and bulk he had an excellent long distance shot and was a great passer--a renaissance kind of talent. If healthy possibly a top ten talent. We'll never know. In the NBA even with his reduced mobility he was one of the only players that gave Shaq problems when Shaq was in his prime. --- Back to Nowitzki contemporaries: Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace: The talking heads referenced Kevin Garnett as a comparable player to Nowitzki. They were contemporaries, similarly tall, talented and stars. Very different in terms of emphasis though: Garnett was a defensive hawk and Nowitzki an offensive center piece. One could argue forever about which was better. I don't know. Both were good and fun to watch. Now Rasheed Wallace is an interesting comparison in my mind. According to the "Nerd Bible/Basketball-Reference" Wallace shot from an average of about 16+ feet. He was another of the earliest stretch forwards. Wallace's depth of shooting really focused on 3 pt shots; Nowitzki split those long shots between "long shots" and 3 pointers. Both were very tall guys who could and did play center who liked to and were capable long distance shooters...and among the earliest in the game as it evolved. Nowitzki was far more of a main offensive threat; Wallace was always a support or secondary offensive player, putting more effort into the defensive side. Nowitzki was healthier, played longer, and was a centerpiece. But both presaged a change in the game.
  3. If you like NBA scorers, Dirk Notwitzki is and has been one of the best. He is currently 6th in all time scoring and only the 6th player to score over 30,000 points. Rarified air. He is also a horse. He is currently ranked 11th in all times games and 8th all time in minutes. He is still active. He has played a lot and scored a lot. He is a scorer, he shoots a lot and hits a lot, currently 11th in total field goals, 9th in attempts, 14th in total 3 pt shots, 13th in attempts and 7th in foul shots made. Completely a high production horse. Currently in his 19th season all for one team, The Dallas Mavericks. He is their all time star of stars. He is still effective. The other night in his 19th season he contributed to a Mavs victory at the Wizards scoring 20 points in 32 minutes. including some devastating 3 pointers. In his freaking 19th year!! Nowitzki has high value offensive attributes. He is the prototype "stretch 4" or big man that can shoot effectively from the outside. If he didn't invent the position he clearly defined it. He isn't just big, he is 7 feet tall. His outside shot is both deadly and unblockable. Put a tall guy on him, he can still shoot the fadeaway over the tall guy, or invariably drive by him. Put a shorter guy on him and the shot never gets blocked. Nowitzki has one of the games all time iconic shots. Interestingly Nowitzki's career virtually completely overlaps with that of Tim Duncan. Two guys with long careers for a single team, and coincidentally they played in the same state (Texas) in the same division, and matched up frequently: 57 times in regular season, 33 games in the playoffs. Personal statistics against one another pretty similar and characteristic of their strengths. Duncan has a big edge in regular season wins; its much closer in the playoffs. It is one of the league's all time rivalries if somewhat understated. Nowitzki has also been a winner, if not to the same degree as Duncan, still remarkably successful. During his time in Dallas the team had 11 consecutive seasons with 50 wins or more. 11 consecutive seasons. Phenomenal. Other teams have similar or even better streaks (Duncan's Spurs) and yet teams such as the Wizards haven't won 50 or more games since 1979. Nowitzki gave his team sustained excellence, including one NBA championship, two times in the finals, and endless times in the playoffs. Nowitzki is a scorer and a winner. During his "reign" Dallas never had another super star; accompanying good to excellent players but no superstars who played with Nowitzki at their primes. He carried the team. He essentially made Dallas "unmatchable". How do you cover a 7 foot guy who shoots from the outside and the far outside? You can't. Its been the defining element of the Dallas Mavs offense for most of the last 19 years. Quite a streak. Here are a paltry 4 minutes of some of his best and game winning plays:
  4. St Patties Day chocolate donuts: Include Jamison's, Guinness, and Bailey's in the ingredients. Currently at the Arlington Sugar Shack (reeks of alcohol--in a good way)
  5. The NCAA's are going on right now. Md is on TV and ex coach Gary Williams is leading cheers. Guess we now know the new #1 U MD sports bar!!
  6. This is slightly tangential to the topic in the opening thread and title: Having a bit more to do with training staff Including bartenders. I happened to run across this quote from a post by pizzaandbrew: I so agree and our school staff ultimately believes the same. We cover customer service elements in a dedicated class and sprinkle customer service elements in every other class, often relating them to the specifics of drinks, drink types, customers, the types of places certain drinks might be served, etc. We loved this Yelp review that references an old customer service technique applied by one of our grads at Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg. He learned it in class. The relevant paragraph: Anyway we were "interviewed" by The Melting Pot, a radio show covering Arlington "food news" the other day. The 26 minute interview includes half our school and half about The Westover Beer Garden a fun and quality place. (I liked the Westover part of the interview.) When the interviewer asked about "customer service" I found myself responding exactly like pizzaandbrew above. We can teach 100 items, we can't teach "being nice" or as he also described...lasting through the entire shift, giving it your all. In fact, I've heard and read the same thing from countless owners and managers. Serious people in the front of the house part of the restaurant business can "train themselves up" and practice enough to change from introverted to welcoming...but that niceness and dedication is an internal quality. Now what does all this have to do with diners giving advice to bartenders??? Probably not much. On the other hand, if you find really friendly helpful bartenders and servers...they are worth their weight in gold. Go back. Revisit them. They are providing service above and beyond the norm and it makes the visit more worthwhile.
  7. I also read that article. Pretty interesting IMHO. Amazing that entire packaged Irish bars have been so popular for so long and are sold all across the world. My goodness drinking and Irish bars are a world wide phenomena. (as noted above). Kudo's to the architectural group that came up with these designs and their long term sustainability. As for me, I've always enjoyed the conviviality and drinks in such a bar....food quality has often been another matter--
  8. I too thought that was admirable. I knew nothing of its organization or purpose. Wonder why its skewed so old. Has intellectualism died?
  9. This information is more newsy than restauranty or foodie. I found it interesting insofar as the owners of Cork are deep established within the liberal/activist/leftie world of DC. Its been a very long time since I've visited Cork. Liked it when I visited many years ago, and did so through friends who were part of that "community" and were enthused about the restaurant. It was (and I suspect still is) "enthusiastic worthy". As I recall food was excellent. I was still not touching wine at that time so was somewhat missing one of its attributes. Just haven't returned in many many years. I think the case has amazing theoretical merit. No politician at any level or a cabinet level appointee or simply many government employees could own the hotel or get income EXCEPT the President. (Its an amazing flaw in our laws). No president before Trump has kept private holdings while being in office. One of his appointees subject to Senate approval dropped out because of conflicts of interest he couldn't resolve. Its crazy. I guess we'll see where this goes. It will be interesting.
  10. hmm. Regardless of the newish thread title Clarendon is not ONLY about drinking....though it certainly has that flavor. Of fairly recent news Pete's Pizza is negotiating to give up dining space and the possible new tenant (drum roll) could be Dunkin Donuts. Crazy. It suggests Pete's finds value in delivery but the space is so expensive it can't sustain the significant amount of space to accommodate diners. That isn't the only time I've heard that with regard to restaurant spaces. As to delivery or pick up I'm strongly a WiseGuy Pizza fan. Glad they are in Arlington. On the dining in side of Clarendon I managed to get to the new Hanabi Ramen in Clarendon which is all of about 2 weeks old. While I'm not a Ramen expert my friend is and she deemed both the miso and regular Ramen's quite good. We similarly enjoyed the gyoza. Both broths were tasty and hearty and she deemed the noodles excellent. With my limited knowledge I concurred. We managed to eat in during their first couple of days in early March. Small space around the corner from the Clarendon Metro. It was busy and crowded. We arrived early and managed to gain two seats on the community table among others. By the time we left it was fully packed with a wait. Good luck to them. I hope they break the curse of that space and stay in the area a long time. Nice addition to Clarendon. Hanabi Ramen is NOT for drinking. (many other choices around the corner!!!!)
  11. More on watching/learning soccer: A little background first. I grew up playing soccer in an American soccer playing town. Actually that isn't quite accurate as I learned later on. I really started playing in junior high then played in high school, college, and in various leagues, often and primarily in ethnic (American/European) amateur soccer leagues. The natives of those lands GREW UP playing soccer. Not I or my native American peers. We were playing baseball or football, skating and hockey or basketball at early ages. Those guys I played with in ethnic leagues grew up playing soccer at their earliest years. Big difference. Their individual and team skills were far superior to the skills my townmates, other native Americans, or I had. It was how we "natives" dramatically improved and got "smarter". We played with players far superior to us both with regard to individual skills and the awareness and smarts that make the game "the beautiful game". I learned how to play the team game in offense and defense in those leagues as was promised by my high school coach and the hometown kids older than me also promised. Watching the team game heightens one's appreciation of the raw sport, IMHO. After all there are often few scores (goals). A team can dominate the ball and game and yet lose to a team with great goal playing. The game can go on for 90 flowing minutes with only one score. But if you appreciate the flow, teamwork and skills its ever more interesting and exciting. Also Eric's suggestion of choosing some favorite teams may have merit. I don't follow European soccer as do some others with far more knowledge, but occasionally watch games by choice or happenstance. At some of those times if I'm in a soccer bar with fans of one team it appears their "watching" is more enhanced than mine. That might improve the learning and watching experience. The Euro leagues are the Major Major leagues of soccer with the greatest skills and most extraordinary players. I used to watch the local United with some frequency. Good league with good players and skills, but its not the Euro leagues. Anyway I'd watch games with knowledgeable people. Its the only real way to learn and appreciate the game.
  12. Two recent references got me thinking about the Celtic House Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington. First it garnered publicity via this publication that weighed yelp reviews for Irish bars around the nation and ranked Celtic House FIRST as an Irish bar on which to celebrate St Patrick day. (Wahoo!!!!) Laugh or snicker if you like but in its slightly more than 2 years of operating Celtic House has numerous and tremendous reviews on Yelp and a variety of other review sites, the vast majority of which rate it highly. Secondly I thought of Celtic House after reading this post which suggested that a great way to learn soccer is simply to watch on TV or attend games. Certainly there are dozens of bars around the region that feature soccer. Celtic House is one and includes local United Games. It gets a good soccer watching crowd. Honestly I like one of the owners. He's a great Irish bar operator and before that was an Irish barman in NYC, deep experienced in other aspects of the restaurant business and to add to the authenticity he is Irish. On the food side it does a great job of various comfort foods, the chicken pot pie, stews, and burgers are all above average if not down right excellent. The staff is amazingly friendly--its an honest to goodness Cheers type of place. If you start going regularly you will be warmly treated and become part of the "gang". Its simply a tremendous neighborhood bar/pub with significantly above average food for that type of establishment and one of the friendliest places you will find.
  13. If you haven't played this is absolutely the best way to learn abt the sport. Go to United games. It's good quality and accompanying someone who knows the sport and players will provide insights and things to watch out for that you wouldn't catch on your own.
  14. and for one more perspective: I've been to the Courthouse location a very healthy number of times. I believe though that the majority of times have been at relatively off hours when its not that busy. Never had bad service. Not once that I recall or sticks out. Frankly for what is on their menu I don't think it matters if Guas is there or not in the kitchen. I suspect everything they put out should be well prepared so long as the back of the house staff is up to snuff and well trained. If he has great management skills then of course he should be at one or the other location. Possibly that isn't his strength, especially in reading some of the commentary, but I wouldn't know. And I still enjoy Bayou Bakery and will continue to return.