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#3643545 2014 Olympic Pool - Picks Only

Posted gruven on 03 February 2014 - 05:31 PM


#3643424 2014 Olympic Pool - Picks Only

Posted gruven on 03 February 2014 - 10:38 AM


#3640816 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted gruven on 21 January 2014 - 08:45 AM

View Postserge, on 21 January 2014 - 08:37 AM, said:

yes correct..Variance...

Dont you agree that hockey has more intangibles than poker?

You must agree..
I think that they both are very comparable. The math in poker dictates what should happen over a large sample size. The way a guy puts his chips into the pot when he has a good hand is a variable.. CORSI and Fenwick tell you what should happen over a large sample size. A goalie playing really well over a stretch is a variable. I think math and stats in poker AND in sports are wonderful tools to help analyze the game. The fact that the math and stats aren't absolutes is what makes sports fun to watch, and poker fun to play.

#3640276 Random Basketball Observations

Posted SuitedAces21 on 18 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

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#3639604 True Detective

Posted BigDMcGee on 14 January 2014 - 09:43 AM

I"m so impressed by how good Matt McC is in this.

#3638780 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted serge on 09 January 2014 - 07:40 AM

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Zach rides the Subway unlike most of you
Yesterday we learned a new word it was digression
If the Leafs lost tonight it will be a big depression

We play the team that our friend Arp seems to like
The Team is Carolina and employs the Staals which we dislike
Is it Reimer or Bernier between the pipes tonight
We dont want to see too many shots of the red light

Bob and his buddies seem to dislike the coach
They give him the iq of a New York City cockroach
I think its time we silence the haters
With a big 4-1 win with a big game from our skaters.

Toronto Maple Leafs you are driving me crazy
Like a dark movie from Martin Scorcese
But no matter what happens between now and the end
I love my team so much, this we can not pretend

A poem by Serge, a Leafs fan.

#3635962 Random Still Photo Of The Moment

Posted sandwedge on 17 December 2013 - 08:02 PM

View PostWhiskers, on 27 February 2013 - 02:23 PM, said:

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Sorry I haven't been around in a while. My internet access has been really poor for a while. Looked back in this thread and remembered that I almost got a shot similar to this back in May. I was watching an osprey that had caught a fish and flew away from me. I drove down the shoreline looking for him. I finally pulled off the road, and instead of looking at the lake,I looked straight forward. There he was, right in front of my car, on a sign. I only had time to take a couple of shots through my windshield before he flew off with his fish. It was only after he was gone that I realized that the sign said "No Fishing". He was so close that the words weren't in the frame.

Just for reference sake, here's one of the shots. The fish isn't very noticable, and the poor image quality is due to shooting through the windshield.

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I thought y'all might like to see a macro shot I took last week of some morning frost:

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#3635628 Official Bruins Thread

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 16 December 2013 - 02:23 PM

I'm tempted to like Lucic, if only because he is so hated by both Serge and Dale. :)

#3635636 China News Thread

Posted BigDMcGee on 16 December 2013 - 03:39 PM

View PostAmScray, on 16 December 2013 - 03:16 PM, said:

Unfortuantely, parasites are a reality in a 'diverse' country that refuses to accept that people aren't inherently equal.

I don't think acceptance of equality has anything to do with it. Rome had no such illusions, they believed in the superiority of races and even in the superiority of family blood lines. Rome was forced to have a grain dole, to stave off unrest in the masses.. If the grain ever stopped, the Roman masses rioted. I think it's more a product of extreme gaps in wealth. If you have some small part of the society that is very rich and a large portion that is (comparatively) very poor, that very rich portion better dole out enough grain to keep the plebs stomach full, or you run into all kinds of trouble.

That's the unsung part of the New Deal era social policies. It's not that Rooseveldt was some radical socialist. He just saw how dangerous and uncontrollable empty stomachs can be, and in order to preserve the status quo, you had pay off the mobs.

#3634878 A H L Discussion

Posted Babying on 11 December 2013 - 12:50 PM


Asian Hockey League

Magically Delicious 1st
Ingmen 2nd
Big Ms 3rd

#3634624 Political (Or Non-Political) Chat In The Hockey Forum

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 10 December 2013 - 01:11 PM

View Postdigitalmonkey, on 10 December 2013 - 12:15 PM, said:

Pretend it's not guns; pretend it's your computer, your cell phone, a relative; anything that is deemed a threat to the powers that be.

But they were guns. That's the point.

If we're going to play make-pretend, can we just pretend that things are not black and white?
Not every police or government action comes with a long term plan of taking away your rights. Some things really are about one person thinking it was the right decision at the time.

I'm not silly enough to think there aren't things going out at the highest levels that we are not aware of, but I also don't think every action is another sign of a monster plan.

#3632104 Off Off Topic: Cool Toronto People's Thread

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 25 November 2013 - 08:34 AM

Shows what you guys know.....its coming to Markham.
Going to be built right beside the hockey arena for the Markham Panthers.

Wayne, once you get those season tickets, you can park in my driveway and walk to the stadium. I'll give you the friend rate of $40 a day. (Biatch, you get the regular rate of $60/day)
Remember, parking will be at a premium, no subways to Markham!

Tailgating in my backyard, all are welcome.

#3631121 Breaking Bad

Posted SuperJon on 19 November 2013 - 10:34 PM

Cranston and Paul reading the final few pages of the finale's script for the first time.


#3631087 The Official (haha) Hat Trick Thread

Posted digitalmonkey on 19 November 2013 - 06:23 PM

Pacioretty with the natural.

#3629821 Off Off Topic: Cool Toronto People's Thread

Posted gruven on 14 November 2013 - 11:01 AM

At the beginning of all of these revelations, Ford's allies and councillors tried to sit down with him privately, and urge him to look out for himself, to get help, and to come back stronger than ever. There was no public jockeying, no political manoeuvring, etc. Ford flat out refused. He insisted that he 'has nothing left to hide'. That alone continues to be a lie, and therefore warrants the added pressure. The problem with the city council is that they are literally powerless to do anything. So it has become in the past few days, just political grandstanding. For those that just started following council in the last few days, 90% of council meetings are this kind of politicking. And, for the record, the Ford brothers have always been two of the very best at this. If the shoe was on another foot, these two would be like pit bulls on the throats of another councillor. But that's neither here nor there. That's the nature of the political game. They ARE childish, and they ARE almost entirely selfishly motivated. That's not news in Toronto or any other political arena.
But the fact remains: the mayor of the city continues to insist that he did nothing. And every nothing that he's denied has turned out to be something. The media is all over him. They should be. That's their job. If they weren't, none of this would be coming to light. And I don't think very many would deny that the citizens in Toronto have a right to know if their elected political leader is smoking crack, drinking and driving, being abusive, consorting with criminals, etc etc.
He is, in fact, my boss, since I'm an employee of the city. I was heavily involved with the budget process at city hall last year, and I learned a LOT about the mayor as well as other members of council. Nearly every decision that's made at council level is based on back room deals, 'you scratch my back' ideology that is key to getting anything through the process. To have a mayor that at the very least might be susceptible to blackmail is beyond dangerous.
It's a sad fact these days that much of the news content in varying media forms is based on the political leanings of the owners/publishers/broadcasters. The Star leans left, the Sun leans right, etc etc. I HATE that supposed news reports are almost always painted by a political brush. But it's very significant that EVERY media outlet has backed away from Ford, and is now calling for his head. It shows you that they are actually listening to the public, and distancing themselves from someone that is burying themselves. You have no idea how painful it is in the editorial offices for the Sun to have to get on the mayor and hold him accountable.
This is no joke. This isn't bullying. This isn't piling on. This is media hunting down news stories, using FOI to get their hands on police documents, and reporting it to the public. This is part of our system of checks and balances. If there was only one newspaper and it was controlled by the mayor's office, what do you think it would be saying?
And yes, much of the recently released info is hearsay. Reported by people IN THE EMPLOY OF ROB FORD at the time, and people that were and in some cases, still are, loyal to him. If you got called in by the police, sat down, and asked 'what did you see', it's your duty to report it. People wouldn't have a problem putting two and two together if a police report noted that Vito Rizzuto met with the President of the Hells Angels. And the public wouldn't complain if the news media reported that.
At the end of the day, this is a man that's unfit to be mayor. I am sympathetic to anyone that has addiction problems. But when you're surrounded by people begging you to get help, and you don't, then there's nothing that can be done. I don't blame ford for resisting help. He doesn't think he has a problem. One of the first symptoms of addiction: denial. That's not his fault. I have sympathy for Rob Ford the person as someone with a problem. But as a mayor? He needs to go. As of now, he refuses. I wouldn't be surprised to see another handful of issues coming to light, and then finally he steps away. You don't have to believe its true. But you shouldn't blame the media for reporting it. Just ask Tiger Woods. Allegations, hearsay... but he manned up, and did the right thing. Hopefully this works out that way too....