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  1. Some more NBA nerdiness: Seattle, which drafted Durant 2nd in 2007 met the Bullets/Wizards two seasons in a row in 77-78 and 78-79, Seattle winning the championship the 2nd time, while the Bullets had the best regular season record that year. Being drafted 1st in 2007 might ultimately render Oden as one of the worst draft choices of all time. Durant is already an all time great and his stock can rise. His finals were superb as he added defense and rebounding to his repertoire. He could ultimately raise his game in those two areas. Meanwhile Oden belongs to an abysmal list of horrible Portland draft choices, especially centers. Portland chose oft injured and mediocre Sam Bowie before Michael Jordan, Oden, had a complete miss with a guy named Larue Martin, and only saw a brief period of the magnificence from too often injured Bill Walton. Back to Durant: one of these days or years Lebron James's game will begin to drop. Durant could take over the mantle of best player in the league at that point. It's sort of close.
  2. I'm sort of an NBA junkie. Durant was drafted 2nd and by the Seattle SuperSonics who later (following year) moved to Oklahoma City. Seattle, btw; played the wiz/bullets in the nba championships oh so many decades ago. First draft choice that year was a center, Greg Odom by Portland, who unfortunately was felled by a series of leg injuries which decimated his career. Odom was a high school and college teammate of Mike Conley, guard for the Memphis Grizzlies along with being one of the most highly paid players in the NBA. Now, for a wee bit of history. Back in the mid 80's when Michael Jordan was drafted....he was drafted.... 3rd that is crazy. But he was. The first choice that year was Hakeem Olajuwan...certainly a damn good pick in virtually any year, but probably not that year. The 2nd pick. Another dismal center choice by Portland--Sam Bowie. And then third, Michael Jordan.
  3. Dammit. Danged quartet of mobile, fat fingers, auto fill, and not paying attention. Sorry Having seen some of your posts on non foodie issues I sensed we might agree on a good many issues. Not this one though. The article's description of Kelly floored me. My own perspective is vastly different. Frankly it impressed me. I'd rather see a person with that level of integrity in his position than others, at least as the article described his devotion to service and level of sanity and balance (in general). Are the greatest people on Earth military??? Not that I'm aware, nor does the article suggest Kelly being one of the "greatest people". Nor would I personally tend to rank them at that level (some exceptions might be merited depending on time and circumstances). I suppose we might just agree to disagree. Meanwhile this article was what I found terribly alarming; not that those two did that, but that they early on decided it was critical.
  4. The article describing Marine General Kelly struck me. There is a level of service through the military that is so remarkably different than my own experiences that it was startling. Having not served in the military, having grown or age during the period when the Vietnam war was raging, having been faced with a draft for a war that was highly controversial, wherein 10's of thousands of young Americans died and 100's of thousands were injured, under conditions which millions of Americans debated and which questioned the wisdom and honesty of our leaders, I had no interest in serving. I was simply spared a decision or taking actions because I was young enough to be draft eligible when the size of the draft had diminished and then was ended. I didn't have to act. But the time and period were so etched in my brain that serving in the military was something far removed from my reality. Having said the above the article that described General Kelly's devotion to service, country, the Marines etc was powerful and imho deserving of tremendous respect. Citizens such as me owe citizens such as General Kelly respect. There appears to be a level of respect and reality in his words. I'm far happier Seinfeld someone like Kelly in his current position than others. I wouldn't be surprised if his immense devotion to duty is being down to try and protect us from a dangerous nut case. (There are reports that he and Mattis made a pact to that effect. I suspect my politics are night and day different than his but I have new respect for his integrity and reality
  5. Cuban Sandwiches

    ha ha. I agree that the Earl's sandwich is not a cubano. Its a variation. I'd also agree abomination is a strong word. It is a delicious sandwich. On Earl's menu they call it a Cuban Club. On a recent blog post about the Cuban Sandwich they call it the Best Cuban sandwich in Arlington. Well I'm not an expert on all the Cubano's offered in Arlington or elsewhere, but having read the above, and neither being a stickler for authenticity or caring all that much, I've been persuaded to differentiate between an authentic Cuban and variations. Earl's is a variation. Its heaped with fresh roasted ham with lesser portions of provolone and prosciutto. The Cubans I've had hold amounts of all three that are more equal in quantity. But this was an excellent sandwich imo. I savored the honey mustard element. It adds the sweetness that abundant ham or glazed ham give to a Cuban. Meanwhile without an overwhelming urge to uncover the best or "most authentic" in the DC area I'll sit back and see what the rest of you have to say. But I'll add that the Cuban restaurants in Union City, NJ in Hudson County NJ, directly across from midtown and downtown NY had excellent dishes that I thought rivaled Cuban restaurants in Miami, and IMHO is the general pizza capital of the USA along with a plethora of great examples of old school Italian American cuisine.
  6. Cuban Sandwiches

    Tons of fresh roasted pork (roasted that morning). Abundance of roast pork, smaller elements of proscuitto and cheese. Tons of roast pork. I guess the only thing that is the exact same with the original is the roast pork!!! I've had Cubanos with ham but more w/ glazed ham; glazed providing the sweetness element, which is why I was thinking that the honey mustard (plus fried pickles) does a nice job of replacing the sweetness from glazed ham. I've had them in Miami and Little Cuba in Jersey (Union City/Hoboken across from the Lincoln Tunnel into NY). I'm not an expert, but I've had a healthy number. Its the Earl's version. Its not a Cubano, but its a lot like a Cubano. Its good...and very hearty.
  7. Cuban Sandwiches

    I probably eat something from Earl's 1-2 times a week. Hadn't had their Cuban in quite sometime, but having seen this post I thought I'd give it a more recent try. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Its a hearty sandwich at $10 and non traditional it is, as they clearly mention--its their variation on a more traditional Cuban...changing: the bread ham or glazed ham to prosciutto swiss to provolone pickles to fried pickles and mustard to honey mustard Well well well. That is clearly a VARIATION on the theme. LOL. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoy this variation. I think in switching from ham or glazed ham to prosciutto they lose some of the sweetness factor, but the honey mustard and fried pickles provide that taste element. Certainly non traditional though in my mind it does a wonderful job of creating a tasty and recognizable variation.
  8. hah. We old timers remember Guidry. As per KN: He had one incredible season that stands out in the pantheon of career years, among the handful of absolutely most amazing. And he had other quality seasons. A great pitcher, with one historically exceptional season...KN describes it above. @MC Horoscope Well I was a little like those Cajun fans, if only by substituting my ole bud with the self same physique as Guidry blowing pitches by big lumbering batters and then transferring that awe to Guidry. Got a kick out of watching him pitch. Meanwhile that 78 season was amazing. The Yanks came back from 14 games down, Billy Martin resigned from managing the Yanks, Guidry pitched a season for the ages; then they won the AL playoffs and the WS and Guidry was the man of the year...all for a measly $47 K. Check out his otherworldly stats.
  9. Thanks for the reference @Kibbee Nayee Ron Guidry brings back memories, connecting all the way back to my youth. My closest friend, going all the way back to kindergarten turned into a high school baseball star; a pitcher who was Guidry sized--(very skinny) not tall, but who also had tremendous velocity a good curve and great control. He won all-conference, all county and all state honors along with a baseball scholarship to a division one college. But unfortunately his career peaked in college. Didn't go any further. Anyway we were sort of one another's "wing men" long before that phrase became popular, and practiced that starting in elementary school When Guidry burst onto the scene in the mid 70's we both realized this pitching star was the same size and dimensions as my ole bud, Don. They pitched alike albeit Guidry a bit, or more likely quantum levels better--but alike, nonetheless. Once Guidry became known we used to go to Memorial Stadium to see Guidry pitch, even springing for close up expensive seats. Ole Don grudgingly admitted: "Guidry's better". We saw Guidry pitch in Baltimore probably 7 years. Every year we'd schedule a visit: "Lets go see Guidry ." Guidry was a phenomena. Probably shorter than virtually all ball players and way way skinnier, but he had excellent velocity and had a dominating career for a number of years. Its not the kind of thing I ever whine about, but I felt a strong connection to Guidry...and damn yes. He should have won the MVP in '78. That was an epic pitching performance, one of the best in history. Damn that reference gave me a flood of memories. From elementary school on till our late 30's at least, we might have competed in some sport, some game, even checkers and chess. I estimate my record against that sucker might be an inglorious 20-480 or thereabouts. Ha ha. Cripes, I recalled, being his wing man, racing out of first or second gradel right after class, racing toward his house and neighborhood and hiding in some bushes. When some big galoot came by we both jumped out of the bushes and pounded him to a pulp. I didn't even know why. (guess he had previously punched out ole Don). That is a wing man for you. I don't believe I've ever strongly felt "this guy deserves the MVP" in any sport in any year. I still think that way for Guidry and 1978. What a flood of memories.
  10. Agree w/ @Kibbee Nayee. During his short peak Mattingly could have been the best position player in the game. A case can be made. He was Gehrigish as a run producer and good on dee. He picked up the mantle as the top 1st baseman following Eddie Murrays best years. If you wanted to see all time first basemen during the early to mid 80's nothing better than going to Bird/Yankee games those years
  11. Two sets of comments to this thread: One having to do with the word cosmopolitan and one having to do with Millers response at the 3:30 or so period wherein he reacts to Acosta. 1. Cosmopolitan: Where did this word come from when used in the context that Miller might have or could have meant. Cosmopolitan. I've never seen or heard of it used in the manner that MIller used it, and had to research it to get a feel for its usage. Here is one of a number of descriptions. Evidently I'm not the only one curious about its usage as a number of media sources took the time to describe what Miller could have been referring to. hmmm. In my experience different political groups tend to create words or descriptions that tend to denigrate their "opposition" while likewise spreading the word or phrase among their followers. "Cosmopolitan" as used in this press conference could easily have fallen into this category and the origin and usage of this word by that "group" indeed is sinister. 2. Miller was either extremely well prepared for Acosta's kind of comment or is so versed in his approach and perspective that he turned the question into an instant Trump type attack on the media. Actually sort of fascinating to watch his response, with its fluidity and articulateness. Overall I find it frightening. The origin of the word used in the context that Miller evidently meant is just plain ugly.
  12. Stuart Long, who passed away at the end of July was certainly one of Washington DC's significant restaurateurs over a long period. Besides his oral history from 2011 these two articles from the past reference his involvement in a number of different restaurants, the ones referenced alll on Capital Hill: From 1977 an article that describes how tough the restaurant industry was at that time with its many start ups and failures. Its always been a tough industry, possibly not that different today than from earlier periods. From a more recent piece, albeit, 12 years ago, it references some of the Hill bars that Long operated (and ultimately closed), while maintaining the Hawk n' Dove for over 44 years. I'm pretty sure he also opened some restaurants outside of Capital Hill having dealt with him on real estate issues somewhat during the 1980's. I do recall Jenkins Hill, which like the Hawk 'n Dove was far more bar than restaurant, neither of which was known for spectacular food, though both in their day were fine neighborhood bars. The oral history is quite rich as a recollection from someone who had an impact as both private citizen and business person in Washington DC with most of that activity focusing on Capital Hill neighborhoods, its businesses, and Gonzaga High School. It includes interesting interactions with the late Mayor Barry, and references to happenings that can only occur in Washington DC As an aside, last Autumn when I ran into that story I was surprised to see toward the end of the interview he discussed commercial properties he owned and referenced a property he failed to purchase, the corner buildings at Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd Street, NE. His description of the transaction is accurate. Though not mentioned, and he didn't know of my involvement, I was the person that brokered the sale to the other buyer, and was the person who discovered all the existing rental rates, details that only he and the tenants would have known. It spurred my memory of that transaction. It occurred in 1984, and boy it stayed vivid in his memory (and I guess mine), as I can verify the other offers, then Madison Bank, having offered the 3rd highest amount, the description of the buyer, etc. Back to the Hawk n Dove: Though not a regular I was a consistent customer in the 80's and 90's though less frequent afterwards, simply because I spent less time on the Hill. A damn good neighborhood bar imho. Beer, regular bar food, consistent burgers, and generally more interesting conversations than most neighborhood bars. He did a great job with that restaurant/bar.
  13. Men's Tennis - Who Is The Greatest Of All Time?

    Opinions are great. They merit respect. An opinion backed up by substance of one sort or another merits more respect (or is subject to debate with with different substance) One thing bothered the bejeebies out of me. I'm your contemporary and I played high school tennis. (I was lousy-though I played doubles competition as a soph--no big deal) My high school never got nuttin'. No front row seats anywhere. Not in tennis, baseball, football, etc etc etc. Nuttin'. I guess that is the difference between New York City and Jersey!!!! As a junior and already established as high school newspaper sports editor (in the final month of that year) I got to interview Willis Reed who spoke at our school sports awards ceremony. I heard we had to pay him to get out there. (Regardless a great thrill) Another example of NYC vs Northern NJ
  14. Men's Tennis - Who Is The Greatest Of All Time?

    I'm not sure how I happened on this video but here is an entire playoff basketball game from 1981 featuring the Celtics vs the 76ers, with Larry Bird, Dr J and a cast of 2 dozen. In watching I was struck by how different the game is now vs then with the biggest difference being the importance of the 3 pt line spreading out the game and necessitating players with different skills and strengths. Shooting is of course one skill but the ability to fly around out to the 3 pt line rotate and race back inside requires different types of players now vs then and vice versa. i think the same is true for tennis--actually more so. It makes it hard for me to join the "who is best debate" The game is radically different and the practice and then skills Borg displayed so long ago were based on the technology of the time and his ability to raise his skills within that environment. Which tennis payers of the different eras would adjust to the game in different periods and dominate the most? Well I don't know but I sure liked Johnny Macs style and touch in his era. Federer displays a grace that seems to indicate an ability to transcend eras at least in my mind. i'm not jumping in on the GOAT debate but I wish the technology would allow more net play so as to revisit the days when Johnny Mac displayed touch genius and others could strive to match or better it. It was a fun period to watch