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  1. Brew Shop looks like it's worth stopping in if I'm ever in the area. In DC proper I'll add Hop, Cask and Barrel on the north end of Georgetown near the Social Safeway. I get kegs for my home bar there because they are willing to chase down some harder to find or seasonal stuff, and they have a pretty esoteric selection in cans/bottles. I always find something new and interesting. On the other side of town across from Catholic U's campus is Wardman Wines. They have a small but locally-focused beer selection and usually stock smaller batch offerings. I have to mention that they also have a very robust wine and liquor tasting program and are pretty passionate about everything they stock (or in today's parlance "curate")
  2. By now the scope and breadth of what the Houston Astros were doing from 2017-2019 is well-documented. I'm sure we'll hear more in the coming months about exactly what the Red Sox were up to in 2018 as well, I don't get the sense that story has been fully told. With as much attention as this has received I think from punishment standpoint the participants involved have gotten off fairly easy. Yes, three different MLB Managers lost their jobs, as well as front office positions in Houston. There was a $5M fine for the Astros (the most that MLB was self-authorized to assess) and a loss of international pool picks (the latter stings far more than the former, the fine is chump change). Players not materially affected will carry the stigma of this, and the evidence is clear that basically the entire line up is implicated in one way or another. Who else gets the feeling that the MLB head office is jumping with joy that they may get away with this being sum total of the fallout?!? Here is a World Series champion caught red-handed not two weeks after the Series! Nobody questions that they cheated and gained a not-negligible advantage! Yet they've been able to deftly shift the discussion away from "So, should the Astros 2017 Championship be revoked?". There is SO MUCH going on here, and it's hard to even pin down my thoughts on what MLB should have done. Taking away a World Series trophy is a very big step, and in many senses there is absolutely no walking that back when this happens again (yes, something similar will happen again). The best MLB can hope for is to take very big steps against individual actors and hope the baseball-watching public sees justice. In the eyes of The Game those players are disposable. "But sign stealing is as old as baseball itself!", they say, and that is undoubtedly true. Technology has changed the way baseball fundamentally operates, so that fact that it's also being used to change the way teams cheat isn't surprisingly, but it's made it easier to catch those who are cheating, too! I've only scratched the surface here, this topic has tentacles that reach in a dozen different directions.
  3. You aren't taking into consideration possible human damage due to sudden deceleration from your spikes. When it comes to car accidents, the goal is to protect the fragile bags of flesh inside. In an emergency a modern car itself functions as a disposable force absorption device; people irrationally don't like to think of it that way, but that's really the choice automotive engineers are paid to make when designing crumple zones, etc. A sudden stop like you are describing would invariably be more likely to cause major harm or death than a relatively controlled deceleration with ABS and, yes, massive deformation of the car frame at collision. And the pop-off-the-wheels solution is missing one huge factor: the coefficient of friction of bare metal vs. tires. Think of it the other way around. Let's say you have two square foot slabs of asphalt, kind of like curling stones. You slide one as hard as you can down one of two surfaces: one sheet metal, the other vulcanized rubber. Which slab is going to stop in the shortest distance? We recently got a MY2019 car with most of the enhanced safety features common these days: lane guidance, blind spot warnings and automatic braking. I'm tempted to turn that last one off. It functions in three basic modes as it constantly scans ahead for objects, closing speed and trajectories relative to the car. First is an audible beep and a flashing "BRAKE" on the dash when it detects something that it deems too close for comfort. The second is the same warning with an automatic brake pulse to scrub speed when it determines something is in the way and collision may be imminent. Third is full on automatic application of the brakes to a full stop when it determines that you are actually going to hit something directly in your path. Like any system it isn't perfect and we get things like Stage 1 warnings on gentle curves when an oncoming car in it's proper lane is read briefly as something in our path. Those are annoyances. I've only had it apply brakes like Stage 2 once when a car cut us off on the highway trying to make an exit. It was a situation that I didn't think warranted the braking; I didn't feel in actual danger as a driver, and reacted the way I would have normally while the car exited out in front of us. Had it been a different situation I think that automatic braking could have made things *worse*, and here's why. In my few decades of driving I've only been in one situation where I really felt I was in imminent danger, and had things gone even slightly differently would have been in a collision with potential for serious injury (*knocks vigorously on wood*). Back before the turn of the century I was driving south on 95 through DE with light rain. Road was crowded, but not backed up or congested, and traffic was moving at speed. I was in the middle lane with a steady line of cars in the passing lane. A jacka** had passed me, tailgating the car in front, and was weaving in an out trying to get around cars in any lane. During one sudden change from behind a box truck he obviously didn't see a car in front also changing into his path on the right. They clipped bumpers and he started to spin, his car now rotating into my lane directly in front of me. All of this happened in a split second. There was a car on my left about even with my rear quarter panel. I hit the gas hard and pulled left, barely pulling ahead of that car and around the jacka** who miraculously didn't hit anybody else. Had I mashed the brakes, I'm 100% sure my non-ABS equipped 1990s car would have skidded on the wet pavement and slammed into him, sending one or both of us off into other lanes and possibly other cars. Even if I'd had ABS the collision was probably unavoidable. In my current car I don't think it would have allowed me to avoid it by accelerating into the only opening around that car; the collision avoidance system would have applied full brakes. And that scares me. Look, I get that these things save lives from the countless terrible, inattentive drivers they rescue on a daily basis. But they are also a dangerous crutch to exactly the idiots they protect the most. Witness the handful of Tesla drivers who have lost their lives by thinking the car tech was good enough that they could nap or read a book on the highway (let me re-phrase: they didn't lose their lives, they handed their life over to a fucking collection of metal and circuit boards)
  4. I heard this over the weekend and did a double take. There are bad losing streaks in sports, and then there are *weird* ones; this is the latter. UNC is UNC, and Clemson basketball historically is *not* UNC, but they aren't a bad program. You would figure any middle-of-the-pack ACC team would pull out a road win against UNC or Duke every once in a while.
  5. It appears she is still there running the new dairy stand that replaced Trickling Springs (the name escapes me), we noticed this past weekend. It's good to see at least some continuity.
  6. It would take a miraculous opening of wallets for Rendon to be in a Nats uniform next year. With the Stras signing they would be well on the way to the double secret probation phase of the luxury tax penalty ladder in the next decade, and I can't see the Lerner's going there or Rizzo mortgaging the future for those two roles with Soto/Robles on the horizon. I think the consensus has been "If you can only get one, get Strasburg". There are more free agent possibilities at 3rd this year.
  7. I recently got a digital subscription for $45/year (should have waited!). The fine print specifically says it will auto-renew at $59/year unless cancelled, so the ongoing cost is still only $1 and change per week.
  8. One of the most notable things about Wayne Cochran, other than his hair, is that Last Kiss hit #2 and then hit #2 AGAIN 37 years later as a Pearl Jam cover. Who am I kidding, his hair is absolutely the most notable thing about him.
  9. The past week has been a blur of nerves and sleep deprivation that may take a while to break out of, so I'll just say this: Thank you, AJ Hinch. Thank you for making the exact kind of context-free, stat head, match-up obsessed move that has doomed the Nats in the past (Williams pulling an utterly dominant Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2 in 2014, 26 outs into a 1 hit gem, a mere week after he had thrown the first Nats no-hitter; Dusty Baker, in probably the last of his many questionable playoff calls, pulling Scherzer in Wrigley in 2017 to play matchy-matchy with a middling middle reliever; both promptly ended in Nats losses). When it happened last night I said to everybody I was texting "The door is open". Grienke had completely shut the Nats down. They were powerless against him. At some point in the 4th or 5th inning he had over half of the put outs recorded because the only contact the Nats could seemingly make were weak come-backers to the mound. The door was ajar with Harris (their only really reliable option) and blew wide f*cking open when Osuna came in with 7 outs to get; there was no way in hell he was going 2 1/3 himself. I knew after Rendon's homer that it was going to get good, but the Astros panicked and pulled him way too early. And don't think Cole didn't notice: https://twitter.com/HunterAtkins35/status/1189758262133919744
  10. This really is quite an incredible ride we're on!!! I'll spare all of the narratives around the Astros being heavily favored and yet in this position down 0-2 and having to go on the road. A couple things I've run across in the past days: - Since the advent of the 7-game LCS format, there have been 8 teams who have swept their pennant series 4-0. Only ONE of those teams went on the win the World Series that year. 3 of these teams were themselves swept out of the WS! - Verlander is likely to win the AL Cy Young this year if his co-ace Cole doesn't. He is now 0-6 as a World Series starter. He is the all-time MLB post-season strikeout leader as of last night, but statistically one of the worst WS starters ever! That puts even Kershaw's post-season woes into perspective. - On paper, when measured by the games following the Nats 19-31 start, the two teams match up very well. The notable exception being the Nats bullpen issues. Ignore that and look at the last 15-20 games leading up this Series including LDS and LCS. Based on that ask yourself who came in with the advantage. This 2-0 start is NOT a surprise. Neither team is playing to their season-long average performance RIGHT NOW. It's obvious when you zoom in and ignore stats which tell you in part how they were playing 5 months ago. Baseball is weird, man. And playoff baseball is the weirdest. My heart may not survive this weekend.
  11. We have a lot of members in my ticket group, and I try to be a fair and benevolent administrator when it comes to making sure everybody gets their share of post-season baseball. I hedged my bets and chose Game 5 for the NLCS; I sent my wife to Game 4 since she hadn't been to a playoff game at all yet. I don't regret it one bit. They are still playing and that is all that matters. But you'd better believe my ass is going to be in our seats for Games 3, 4 and 5 next week.
  12. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!😱😱😱 That's about as coherent my contribution can be right now.
  13. Hold on to your butts! Yet another NLDS Game 5 to suffer through. I have ticket partners who have refused any and all tickets to NLDS games this year semi-joking that they are the jinxes holding the Nats back (although one of them tempted fate on Monday and was rewarded with his first in person victory in 5 NLDS tries, so maybe this is their year!). If Strasburg can continue his post-season dominance and get through 7 innings the Nats have a good chance, but if their bats can't produce more than 2 runs before we get to the 'pen .... Go Nats!!
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