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Post#141 » by montestewart » Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:18 pm

dckingsfan wrote:HOF...
montestewart wrote:I find so much of this to be so unpredictable, not Trump's behavior, but the way supporters, opponents, and power structures respond. His version of Gilligan's Island (RIP Dawn Wells) is a much darker sitcom where rescue (Biden assuming presidency) robs him of the accidental pedestal he refuses to surrender.

He has managed to make America very small. His toxic personality, lack of social skills or political diplomacy, threats and lies, and his ignorance and obliviousness to the rest of the world, have all eroded business and political relationships with foreign countries, as the U.S. has gradually become an isolated pariah with not one significantly winning foreign policy accomplishment during his administration. He has relentlessly transformed everything into us vs. them terms, with a text of "there's plenty for everyone" and a subtext of "there's only enough for one of you. " And especially, on a grand scale, he appropriated and claimed credit for (again) something that wasn't his, personally exacerbating the worst aspects of Trump Flu, undermining and preventing a unified nationwide response, pitting state against state, and citizen against citizen, allowing the discussion to be one of freedom from the state rather than one of health and safety.

That's right, he has remade his version of happy-go-lucky Gilligan's Island into a dog-shoot-dog-on-Fifth Avenue Lord of the Flies. He can't leave the island, that would be like leaving in the middle of Wrestlemania. What a horrible president. Just the worse. Nothing really to defend. He just sucks.

It would be nice for the show to end with Trump and his top conspirators broke, humiliated (where's the pee tape?), convicted, and in jail. Hard to know how much of that, if any, will come to pass. And no matter what Biden does, Trump's machine spins it as Commie Fascist Terrorist Alien Monster Joe Hates Us For Our American Freedoms. And his fans eat it up like evangelical blank slate teeny boppers. But, switching sitcoms in midstream, Biden might do better taking a Leave it to Beaver approach, responding to all the noise with relative silence, like the parents' response to a child whining about his allowance.

Get a job, Trump! Your mother and I have discussed this. You can't live in our house forever.

Let Congress (at least initially, and especially if the Democrats control both houses) take charge of the political/criminal response to the Trump administration. It was Congress that impeached Trump, and a Democratic controlled Senate might have found against him. Let Congress draft legislation intended to prevent future abuses. Until the country is truly secure from the no-information Trump voters, Biden should probably remember the narrow margins in multiple states and be cautious of short-attention span independents who may have cast against Trumpian rancor but may blame Biden if that rancor continues.

Thanks dck, although not sure about placing something here that is not a Wiz board post. doclinkin should weigh in on this.
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Post#142 » by doclinkin » Sun Jan 3, 2021 11:57 pm

I was going to post it, dckings got here first.
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Post#143 » by fishercob » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:47 pm

fishercob wrote:That time popper got drunker than usual in the politics thread:

popper wrote:Post#1072 » by popper » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:27 pm

fishercob wrote:Just the Governor of Kentucky suggesting that a Clinton Presidency may require a bloody rebellion.




http://addictinginfo.org/2016/09/12/watch-republican-kentucky-governor-calls-for-bloody-rebellion-if-hillary-clinton-is-elected/


Fish - I assume you are a man of courage and willing to sacrifice for what you believe in. The many hundreds of thousands of Christians and others that died for our freedoms and liberaties inspire many of us. Would you like to meet me to discuss our respective views on America in more detail (peacefully of course). I'll bring some members of my family who sacrificed arms and legs in the effort. Do you have the courage? I'll be back from Italy on Oct 11 and look forward to inviting realgm patrons for the debate. I hope you're willing to stand behind your beliefs.


Can anyone vouch for Popper's whereabouts a week ago today? What about our favorite "separate the races" mod?
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Post#144 » by doclinkin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:01 pm

fish! speaking of AWOL, where have you been man?
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Post#145 » by fishercob » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:46 pm

Around, just not in these parts. Hope you're well, doc. If my math is right you've got to be pushing 90 by now.
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Post#146 » by doclinkin » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:08 pm

fishercob wrote:Around, just not in these parts. Hope you're well, doc. If my math is right you've got to be pushing 90 by now.


With that kind of math I'm surprised you actually graduated from that college of business. :clown:
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Post#147 » by popper » Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:48 am

fishercob wrote:
fishercob wrote:That time popper got drunker than usual in the politics thread:

popper wrote:Post#1072 » by popper » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:27 pm



Fish - I assume you are a man of courage and willing to sacrifice for what you believe in. The many hundreds of thousands of Christians and others that died for our freedoms and liberaties inspire many of us. Would you like to meet me to discuss our respective views on America in more detail (peacefully of course). I'll bring some members of my family who sacrificed arms and legs in the effort. Do you have the courage? I'll be back from Italy on Oct 11 and look forward to inviting realgm patrons for the debate. I hope you're willing to stand behind your beliefs.


Can anyone vouch for Popper's whereabouts a week ago today? What about our favorite "separate

:D I’m still vertical fish and can assure you I was nowhere near the Capital last week. I’m pretty sure I apologized to you for that drunken post. Peace.
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Post#148 » by montestewart » Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:01 pm

fishercob wrote:Around, just not in these parts. Hope you're well, doc. If my math is right you've got to be pushing 90 by now.

I’m older. Miss you around here fish!
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Post#149 » by montestewart » Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:00 pm

Nominated (CCJ) and seconded.

dorianwrite wrote:Let me be more specific about how Westbrook stinks:

He is not good when on the floor --
He never stops trying to score
Except when tossing an errant pass.
On defense, he looks entirely gassed.
A 3-ball to Westbrook's far too tempting,
His teammates' better shots preempting.
The ball is dribbled off his knee,
Now watch him shout at the referee.
I'm not sure when he lost his lift,
But now his game is mostly ****.

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Post#150 » by Zonkerbl » Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:59 pm

What happened to the random thoughts thread? I want to post something about Shawn Bradley. Wow.

Didn't Shawn eventually turn things around and become a fairly dominant defensive player? I feel like we discussed this at some length.

Anyone Shawn has more important stuff to worry about now and I'm sending him positive vibes and healing thoughts.

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Post#151 » by doclinkin » Wed Apr 7, 2021 12:14 pm

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doclinkin wrote:The GM assembled a roster of international players since he enjoys smart team play, and for years has been the director of international scouting or whatnot (participating in Basketball without Borders etc). His CEO also directs him to select nice guys who are hard workers. The CEO believes you are best prepared to succeed if you 'do well by doing good'. That's the double bottom line. SO, pick good guys and you will win. When in doubt select for character over talent. So far there is a dubious track record of this as a winning strategy in basketball or the world in general, but it makes him feel good about himself and makes for a congenial locker room even on perennially losing teams. He does vocally state that his team will "never tank, ever" despite all evidence that the ONLY way to build a dynasty is to Suck to Get Lucky in the right year, and land the next generational player. Fortunately for him, the team has managed to suck sufficiently that we have landed top 3 players in 3 of the last 10 years. And lottery picks in 6 of the last 10 years. (Lets not mention that we also traded away draft picks in 2 of those 10 years). Of those top 3 high picks only 1 is still with the team. We do have 2 recent lottery picks with the team, but only one of them actually plays. The one who is still learning how to play basketball since he was a baseball fan into highschool and was playing in a country that pretty much ignores basketball since they have no human beings over 6 foot tall in their population.

The current GM was the selection by default after a 70 person focus group ranged far and wide to select the next figurehead of the team. After the last guy spent 14 years squandering the teams future by dong just enough cover-your-ass moves and last second desperation trades for veterans to make it look like he actually gave a crap about his job. The GM search failed when it was made clear that every significant final decision would be vioted on by a board including everyone from the guy who replaces urinal cakes all the way up to billionaire widow Laurene Powell Jobs who bought a partial share in the team when she was convinced it was a good idea by a local politician she was dating. She likes philanthropy, maybe she can help save the orphans and stateless denizens of the District of Columbia by pouring a drop or two of her inexhaustible funds into a long time losing venture that on paper looks like it has a suppressed value. It is underperforming and somehow still worth nearly 2 billion dollars. Anyway. All sensible NBA GM candidates declined to take the position. We were left with an optimistic cheerleader GM who was in the vice-president chair of the last GM for a decade and a half. He has made a couple savvy moves while handicapped by the philosophy that only good guys win. That this is more important than talent. You want both of course, but when in doubt pick the team player. He admires this mindset since that's what works well in Europe. Guys who play well together. Otherwise the coaches will bench them. There are no stars in Euroball. But we do not have a Euroball coach. Who gameplans to make their team stronger than the individual players. We have the other kind of guy.

This GM did not pick the coach, who is in the last year of the contract. The coach is known mostly for being unable to take a team with 3 MVPs deep into the playoffs. But he was friendly-ish with Kevin Durant so the former GM figured that was enough to bring KD home. Despite all evidence to the contrary. KD left home and has stayed far away from home eery choice he has had.

The coach's chief short-coming: he was a scrappy scrub PG who fetishizes two things: star NBA talent, and scrappy scrub role-players. The shorter the better. The sad thing is he is actually trying to win, perhaps to save his job, or set himself up for his next job. He thinks giving the ball to 2 players and letting everyone else stand aside is the best way to do so. And if you are behind you should just throw as many scrappy scrub role-players on court and hope desperately they will bring the energy to make things happen. They do, they make their team lose. He simply does not have a roster that is scrappy enough, apparently, as he has driven away and misused a couple players who were in the smart high-IQ category, but who were more cerebral and less feisty. The roster is incomplete, but is not being used to its best advantage. It was not assembled to play like this.

Before the season the star player was seen on social media partying during a pandemic and throwing up gang signs, after he has spent 2 years rehabbing. The 'CEO' of the team decided he had had enough and forced a trade of the formerly pass-first point guard. The only available matching contract was for a disgruntled former MVP on a team in Houston with a roster that had zero gruntles left to dis. The swap was made, the team gave up a pick to gain him, victory declared. The one thing Westbrook brings with him is all the gruntling in the world. He brings energy to everything, including his terrible shot selection. It is both inspiring and wrongheaded. But a weak coach gets runover by this energy like a donkey on a train track. He still has all-nba talent, but he needs a smart tough coach to focus it.

Meanwhile we have computers watching our players for control and load management and analysis of efficiency. We hired the Godfather of Basketball Analysis in Dean Oliver. We apparently ignore his advice because our coach notably is the least prepared coach in the league, according to a former scout. He writes nothing on the white boards before games. Does not believe in reading scouting reports or gameplanning for particular teams. He believes in upping the usage rate to his stars while everyone else watches. Behind the scenes that stat svengali approaches the players during halftime and says, "Hey you know what i have noticed? When you do this one thing then suddenly you are scoring easy. Maybe try that a bunch in the second half and see if they can stop it. Whaddaya think?" Our tier 2 star has notably excellent 2nd half adjustments, But the team has not found a way to turn that into wins. Just valiant losses clawing back from the deficit of starting out woefully unprepared to play basketball.

However, we do have a director of medical et cetera who will enforce load management from time to time. Bradley Beal is legit injured, though he could probably play. To preserve his career, in case he chooses to stay with us out of misguided loyalty or belief that the owner has a plan behind his jolly personable flim-flammery, the team will enforce some play restrictions to try to prevent the sort of injury by overuse that put our former star player out for 2 years. That's why we hired a medical maven for the squad. To save our biggest assets from the coaches that tell them how and when to play.

The hope against hope is that we can poach your current GM with a huge offer, and perhaps promises of control and a really fancy title that has been researched as being even more important sounding than GM. (Emperor of All Things including Basketball. World Chief of Basketball Operations and Future Worldshaping). Whatever will make Daryl Morey jealous. The secret weapon on our side is that his wife has family in the area and he is friendly with a former US president who is still hanging out in the area sometimes. It's pretty much the "please save us from ourselves!!!" plan that was cleverly enacted to recruit Kevin Durant to the squad. Nice, maybe it works, if the CEO can keep his sweaty meddling paws away from the team and allow the guy to do his job, whether or not Ms Jobs notices or cares or votes on his decisions.

That's pretty much it. In short, yeah they started the year trying to win. Even now the coach would love to win. They are just doing it wrong. In a year where there are a handful of potential all-star players available in the top of the lotto, and a mess of really good players sprinkled lower down. Maybe not generational game-changing talents, but maybe enough that a good GM and coach combo could make something special out of the raw materials we got. Maybe despite all else lined up against us, we suck to get lucky. Which is pretty much the only hope for Wizards fans. Though when Hope and Luck are your only strategy, generally you end up without one or the other.


The Mods must elevate this post to the rafters, to our HOF posts :clap: :usa:


Ha! Alright since it was moved and seconded. As the people's moderator, I'll put me in. Smh.

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Post#152 » by dckingsfan » Fri Nov 5, 2021 3:20 pm

Following doc's long HOF post...

montestewart wrote:Sometimes it's good to let star players play at GM, because they just might trade themselves.
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Post#153 » by leswizards » Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:06 am

Does ji still post on this board? Regardless, can the mods just go ahead and ban him before he comes along and jinxs the Wizards success?

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