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  1. I just had the So Happens its Tuesday with Coffee from Bruery at Fireworks Arlington. They have something from Bruery on Tap and it gets a big crowd, being popular. This is great. I'm a dark beer fan. This is strong at 14.6 ABV and extremely tasty. It looks like it might be available at Total Wine. I'm in. I can't believe it. I never drink during lunch. Now I can't do anything...but boy that was good.
  2. I am not an Expert on WAR, though I have read through descriptions to try and grasp what it represents. I do leave it to those more knowledgeable to present coherent description(s) while I do have some perspective: A. WAR presents a single number; hence it creates an easy way to rate players against one another, the player with the highest WAR being rated the statistical best. It would seem to me since it creates an easy method of ranking by using one number that makes it easy to use and increases its popularity. B. I noted you had related dWar to War and had made a similar argument about dWar being undervalued. I suggest that in evaluating the offensive side vs the defensive side and evaluating runs scored vs runs NOT scored, one would have to add dWAR with pitchers WAR to adequately compare defense, (runs NOT scored) to offense (runs scored). For instance, if Scherzer throws a 9 inning shutout or a 1 run game say with a home run and strikes out 12 players, there is less defense. He and the eight players behind him only need to make 15 defensive plays. There is less defense. If someone else throws a 9 inning shutout or a 1 run game with only 3 strikeouts wherein the 1 run came from a series of hits then there are 24 outs wherein one can accumulate dWAR, let alone some plays where runners on base can be advanced or wiped out by good defense. In sum I suspect that both dWAR plus pitchers WAR should "equate" to batters WAR. Now I'm not sure if that is on the "right track" or not, but I do think in terms of wins and losses pitching and defense come into as much and equal play as hitting. I look forward to a better description of WAR from those that are knowledgeable.
  3. Thank you. Sounds great. Interesting article describing dishes not normally seen here. Looking forward to stopping by. I think the Ambar team are excellent restaurateurs and some of that shows in the quality/friendliness of the staff.
  4. Games for this year's NCAA tourney (2019) will start later this week. Having spent some time watching the ACC tourney last week I'm now more interested. In one of those rare years, this year's tourney has 3 teams from one league (ACC) as #1 seeds. While I suppose that seems like dominance both the SEC and the Big 10 have a group of teams in the tourney and a LOT of high seeds. As per usual there is and will be endless writings and articles about the tourney, including one little piece of silliness which rates the basketball skills of the coaches of the 68 teams, ranking their skills from 1-68. You will need to read the story to see how they are ranked. Now I particularly think this is silliness having this year attended one big conference game wherein the Coaches had been super stars. Earlier in the regular season I attended a college game between St Johns and Georgetown, both storied teams of the Big East. Why did I go to this game of so many??? It was because of the coaches, Patrick Ewing coaching his alma mater, Georgetown, and his old foe in college, Chris Mullin coaching his alma mater, St Johns. Those two were college stars of stars in their hey day. Conclusion????? Mediocre game and teams--and there were/are no Mullins or Ewings on either squad....some good players but none that reflect the former skills of their coaches. Further conclusion???? Caring about the former basketball abilities of a coach has absolutely zero relevance to a team's play. But if you want to spend some time reading about "old coaches"...well there is an article for you. Now as to this year's tournament: I have no favorites. Zion Williamson of Duke is probably leaps and bounds better than any other player in the college game today. Meanwhile watching UNC over the weekend was cool. I forgot about them. They have featured fast breaks for years and they can run some beauties. So I'll try and catch them. Good luck with your picks.
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    NBA Coaching Matters

    The video "replayers", whomever they are --are missing highlighting that play on its own. Its a wondrous fast break. Immediately taking it out after the basket, an outlet pass, Carolina players must have and were streaking down the court.. Point guard looks up and sees it....a long pass...a beautiful touch pass and a basket. That was a beauty. Hadn't watched UNC play this year. Now I'd like to watch them during the tournament--hope they go far. I like their freshman point guard with the long wild hair. He's an offensive player, a shooter, a driver who sees openings and goes for it. Admittedly his hair makes him more watchable in my eyes; Coby White. I guess he'll go pro, which means he might not play a lot. Too bad. He is very talented (at least for the college game) and watchable.
  6. Oh man! So now I need to add mortadella...just when I thought I had it down pat. Spoil sport!!!! 😂
  7. DaveO

    NBA Coaching Matters

    The pro game is very different than it used to be. Clearly the 3 pt shot and it’s emphasis b/c of analytics is the biggest change. Changes in defensive rules have also been impactful. One key element of the article is How Milwaukee has made much greater use of the 3 pt shot and how. I’ve seen lots of old fans lose interest in the game over the decades—for myriads of reasons. Meanwhile the play of the weekend that literally took my breath away was in the marvelous UNC vs Duke game. It was NOT made by Zion Williamson, but by UNC following one of his dunks—maybe about 4-5 minutes into the video below: Killer fast break by UNC While the video features Zion they should have kept replaying that fast break—just beautiful team basketball
  8. An interesting article analyzing the tremendous season the Milwaukee Bucks are having, currently and for much of the season, leading the NBA in wins and winning percentage attributes much of their success to the changes instituted by Coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer had one or two excellent coaching seasons turning the Atlanta Hawks into a playoff contender with a great regular season record, wherein he altered their game. He was a long time assistant under Coach Pop at San Diego. He took over from Jason Kidd, and Kidd's replacement from last season. Hmmm. Must admit Jason Kidd was one of my favorite players to watch, was an all time star, had a dramatic impact on teams that pushed them to winning records, seemed to carry that throughout his career,, even into the doddering end of his career and was clearly a player who had "coach" written all over him. Alas his coaching tenure's have also come with problems and his results as a coach didn't mirror his results as a player. Budenholzer has done very well...and this Milwaukee team has changed its character and is playing at an excellent level with a variety of changes that reflect the coaching changes. The article
  9. When I read your piece and the description of the dish, then checked the menu, I thought of the classic Crisfield's dish with crab. I too immediately wondered why Crisfileld's and Ikaros for that matter don't get more press. I think they are both so old school, having developed their reputations long before foodism became a popular press and public item. Cripes Crisfield's may have never changed its menu in the last 40 years (my frame of reference). I think Ikaros has stayed true to its original menu while adding dishes around the edge--the main menu changes having been adding Chesapeake Bay/ Baltimore favorites to the menu with their own Greek variations on the theme-evidently the dish you described above. Now I'm inspired to make a trip there to specifically focus on it. I suppose they developed their greatest kitchen and operational skills decades before food writing and publicity became big. They do have big followings. I suppose the owners never focused on following more recent trends. It hasn't been critical. Oh man...I think Ikaros is the restaurant I came closest to loving. I've had memorable romantic dinners, great fun dinners with small and large groups of great friends. The events were sometimes BIG and transcended the meals, but I've walked out of Ikaros many times in food awe. Its menu is mostly comfort food, which is the type of meal I most enjoy. In today's world they are both out of the public, press, and internet eyes. Too bad for a world of newer diners.
  10. Following the vicious, hate driven, White Terrorist shootings/mass murdeers in New Zealand, the Prime Minister of the nation is driven to change the gun laws. Possibly and hopefully New Zealand will react to this horrific event similarly to what Australia did before it. With that change in Australia it dramatically cut out these types of tragedies. One could only hope folks in the US would be so similarly smart.
  11. This topic stirred memories. Having grown up in Northern NJ and having now lived in the DC region for 4 decades I tried to estimate the number of times I've driven from DC to destinations North of Baltimore; guessing about 300 times with probably 2/3 of those having occurred in the first 2 of those 4 decades. Alternatively I might have driven South on 95/ 85 30-40 times with most of those drives terminating in North Carolina or the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area--actually not that long of a drive that it would precipitate a search for good off the road food destinations; I have none. Driving North to as far as Boston takes less time and miles than driving to Atlanta, let alone anywhere in Florida. In my case many trips terminated in Wilmington, Philly, South Jersey, Central and North Jersey, NYC, Long Island, Westchester, the upper Hudson Valley, and various points in New England. Between shorter driving distances and destinations that most often were with family or friends, and/or a mid trip layover with family or friends I am bereft of driving North off-highway dining destination points. OTOH this list of delis from another thread might be worthwhile Additionally while I haven't used this as an off road food destination Seabra's in the Ironbound Portuguese section of Newark seabrasmarisqueira.com is a fun interesting different tasty destination. OTOH upon review I have stopped in Baltimore a healthy number of times on the way back, most frequently on a Sunday evening. The diversion off the highway at the Eastern Avenue exit just North of the tunnel is not bad at all. Most of those stops have been at Ikaros. Additionally I've eaten in Baltimore's Little Italy and Fells Point and a couple of other places, only marginally further, and from there you can easily drive through the city to I-95 South and avoid the tunnel. Traffic in those areas of Baltimore on a Sunday evening, early dinner time is minimal.
  12. The above piece got me thinking and wondering: How does the above compare w/ Crisfield’s flounder w/ crab meat??... and BTW what does Crisfield charge for that dish today? (the Crisfield version being one of my favorite seafood dishes in the region)
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