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Posted in: Ohtani's Fenway debut a success with 11 Ks, RBI in 8-0 rout See in context

@go and rainy--funny stuff and kudos for keeping it collegial.

I think the old timey shorthand is just diehard fans signaling their fandom. For example, Cubs fans are known for flying an archaic font W flag on the increasingly rare days when they win a game. It is something visual, not spoken or heard. Nobody says we doubleyoued the game. Likewise, announcers rarely say K as it is too slangy, and plenty of fans follow suit. It is believable that gogogo knows standard announcer-speak and not all the arcane codes.

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Posted in: Don't call him CEO: Jack Dorsey says he's 'Block Head' now See in context

Dorsey owns a 2 percent stake in Twitter, so if the proposal goes through he will be paid nearly a billion dollars. He might have to send Elon a nice old fashioned Hallmark card to say thanks.

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Posted in: Sasaki nearly throws 2nd straight perfect game See in context

@rainyday--funny mistake, makes me think of the porcine fighter pilot in the Ghibli film Porco Rossi, or armchair warriors braying into their ham radios. Neither related to meatpacking or pro baseball.

Too bad the mirthfully named Kochi Fighting Dogs play in an independent minor league and rarely get a mention in English media.

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Posted in: Flamboyant Japanese baseball manager ups ante on hover-bike See in context

On some higher realm, Bill Veeck is going through his Rolodex trying to find the fashion consultant and tech toy supplier used by Showman Shinjo.

This is close to passing rodeo rider Madison Bumgarner as riskiest off-field hobby.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@Thomas--I will accept your talent in rating tennis images the day that you are on here clutching pearls about all the lousy in-game shots of Daniil Bedhead Medvedev.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@TG--spend an hour or two going through all the advertising photos that make her the worlds highest paid woman athlete. There should be something that meets your exacting standards for sports photography.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@C N C -- Loose? As opposed to lose?

MM -- The big retirement news was Ash Barty when she was ranked world number one. Naomi is ranked top for total income from all her sweet endorsement deals. It is not our fault that you are not up on tennis news.

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Posted in: Ohtani chosen as Angels' opening day pitcher See in context

No choice because the fans would revolt without their ace Sho-time coming off an MVP year. Syndergard, their other big name pitcher, has not pitched in a couple of years so they want to ease him into the rotation.

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Posted in: World No. 1 Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25 See in context

@zoroto--gulp, the bad boys and girls of tennis. Give us the short list just for giggles.

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Posted in: Russia detains U.S. Olympic basketball champion on drugs charge See in context

Wow, that is a dumb move. Griner is like the b-ball equivalent of Ovechkin in the NHL.

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Posted in: Bach criticizes Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's entourage for their 'tremendous coldness' See in context

@justasking--that last part made me think how much mileage Pikotaro got from singing Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. I hope a video of the time he performed it for Donald Trump was saved for the historical archives.

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Posted in: Valieva skates into first place after Olympic short program; Sakamoto third See in context

The dog ate my homework again this week.

I hope a large part of the ROC prize money intended for Valieva goes to gramps after he gets thrown under the bus like this.

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Posted in: Japan edges Denmark for 2nd curling win See in context

@Capt-- the same frosty fantastical fringes where outdoor ice hockey and sled dog racing are local obsessions. Places like Minnesota, Alaska, and Canuckia. . . er, Canada.

Curling rocks are all produced from a single deposit in Scotland.

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Posted in: On the ice, a question: Where are the Black figure skaters? See in context

Correction: Shani Davis, the first Black speed skating champ, won back to back golds in 2006 and 2010, to go with two silver medals. He also set world records nine times in his career. Perplexing that Shani is kind of overlooked when people with similar results in other events like Yuzuru Hanyu have international star status. Should have done some plush toy gimmick to whip up the fan adulation?

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Posted in: On the ice, a question: Where are the Black figure skaters? See in context

@Fighto--do not forget Lanny Davis, a Black speed skater who was seen as an outsider for not staying under the guidance of the American Olympic Team coaches. The sticking point is probably a cliquish coaching system as much as any other factor.

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Posted in: Crosby, Stills and Nash follow Young's lead in Spotify row See in context

@CC--do the worlds armies let their soldiers choose their own vaccination status? But citizens are not forced to vaccinate like soldiers, so they have relatively more freedom and diversity of medical choice.

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Posted in: Crosby, Stills and Nash follow Young's lead in Spotify row See in context

@divinda--not sure about all three singers but Neil Young definitely picked up US citizenship a few years ago for voting purposes. Hd was public about it but it didnt stop the right wing rumor mongering.

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

Now then, to answer my question about why Clarence Thomas voted alone to keep Trumps records secret, the most compelling reason in JT comments at the time of the verdict was. . . Drumroll. . . Because his wife had a role in facilitating the Jan. 6 uprising, and the other justices did not want that stain on their records. Thus, we can argue that any holdout diehard Thomas fans like our own blacklabel must be some ways down the path that leads to political extremism.

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

What is this proper proportion you speak of? Surely something not enshrined in law.

And if CT is so great, why did the other conservative leaning justices leave him isolated on their last Trump/ exec privelege ruling?

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

Huh, I would wager a female version of Clarence Thomas would be hard to locate. Do you have a short list of names that you feel Trump should have nominated instead of the three he went with?

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

@Mr K the legalese is super tricky. By high ranking lawyer, you surely meant judge. And I doubt that the pool of potential nominee judges is as huge as you think.

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

Ketanji Jackson seems to be the front runner as she has clerked for Breyer and passed an interview with the Senate.

Awaiting her confirmation, we will have to put up with the indignation about eminently qualifed women from the usual five knuckle draggers on this forum.

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Posted in: 1,000 women take part in New Year archery event See in context

You say otamo, they say omato...

I remember hearing about scads of dudes shooting later on the same day, but they never seem to get as much attention as these photogenic lasses that have been getting featured on JT for all the years I have been reading.

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Posted in: Osaka 'as good as I can be' ahead of Australian Open defense See in context

@piskian--but that is not true because she was playing in a different one--Brisbane?--earlier this month. She got through at least one round before she withdrew.

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Posted in: Ratings for NHK's year-end 'Kohaku' music show hit record low See in context

The bit I caught had an enka singer leading a group of kendama enthusiasts trying to set a Guinness record. If they keep challenging the kendama record every year, plus karuta and rock-paper-scissors, the songs will be relegated to BGM status.

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Posted in: U.S. forces in Japan begin pre-departure virus tests of personnel See in context

Hell--that story sounds suss. How do you recognize JSDF when they are off duty? What is well-earned conversation? Are there really soaplands adjacent to any JSDF or US bases what with all the women soldiers, spouses and children of career soldiers about? I will take Yubaru at his word over your hypothetical imaginings.

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Posted in: Freddy Galvis signs 2-year deal with SoftBank Hawks See in context

@tina--while you may have a point about multi-billion dollar food and weapons exports, I have a hard time believing that anyone in the US government is pulling strings to find gainful employment for a random ball player. In case you were not aware, all major leaguers including Ohtani are presently locked out of employment until a new five year labor agreement is reached. If it cuts into the 2022 season, this Galvis guy will be fortunate collecting a higher salary than the reigning AL MVP.

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Posted in: Frontale wins fourth J.League title in five years See in context

@Jalapeno--Probably has to do with how amateur/school soccer and pro JFA have coexisted, for example keeping the national tournament Emperors Cup which I believe is open to all teams across the country including amateur--a top notch HS or university team could be the national title holder in theory. The same for the final game of the American football season that has the top semi-pro team against the best amateur/uni side.

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Posted in: Princess Mako visits palace for her last imperial rite See in context

@Larry--considering that royal family members for decades have done extended study abroad stints in their uni days, despite not having regular passports or even last names according to commenters on related threads, you would think the visa process for Ms. Mako Komuro is going to be simple, negating the need for support staff that she must have relied on until now.

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Posted in: China to ban karaoke songs deemed 'national security' threats See in context

Gambling tunes even? Makes you want to belt out some corny ol'

Viva Las Vegas by Elvis

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

Win Lose or Draw by Allman Bros.

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