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  1. What happened with Lima? He seemed to make the most of the very brief chance he got with the USMNT and we appear to have moved on from him already. He doesn't have Yedlin's flat out speed but he definitely looked to be more the complete package.
  2. In the mid-70's I went to a basketball camp at the University of Maryland, and Len Elmore was one of the counselors. He was extremely friendly and treated all of the kids like he was their big brother. I seem to recall he spent a lot of his time with me, wrote me a nice, personalized note when I got his autograph, which also included his contact information with the Indiana Pacers. There's not a day that goes by that I don't kick myself for not corresponding with him, and even in this age of heightened social media, I'm still a little scared and ashamed I still haven't reached out to him. Didn't meet per se, but I did once insult a local DC TV anchor, Gordon Peterson, back when I was in college. I worked at a golf course that hosted a yearly "pro/celebrity" tournament that had been started by his co-anchor for sports, Glen Brenner. I was working at the gate, checking them in and showing them where to park. Peterson rolls up, face buried in some paperwork that was sitting on his lap, and just kind of grunted in acknowledgement as I gave him directions, so as he pulled away and I took the next car, I said not to him directly but just out loud "Gee, don't bubble over with enthusiasm, Gordo". One of my co-workers told me a few minutes later that he had apparently heard me, and of course I had to pass more instructions to him later. When I got his attention for that, he turned to me with a big, sarcastic smile on his face and bubbled over with enthusiasm. I guess the reason the first encounter with him bothered me so much was that this tournament was named after his co-anchor who had just died a few months before. I guess I was expecting him to be a little more 'into' it than he seemed to be. I have also met former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich, one of the few Republicans to achieve that office. His son and mine faced off on the baseball field when they were about 10; his son hit a towering HR off my son in the first game of a double-header. During the second game, I walked over and introduced myself. This was also around the time he was considering running for governor again, so I told him 'Even though your son hit a homer off my son, I'd still vote for you.' He laughed and we chatted for a little while about nothing political. Almost 10 years later, the two boys wound up on the same Summer collegiate league baseball team, so we again got to hang out and watch games together, again not talking about politics. One issue was that it was pretty clear that we travel in very different social circles, and while he never struck me as a snob or anything like that, it's just that there were times when he and some of the other dads whom his son had played with regularly growing up would start going on about past great teams their kids were part of, and their perspective about youth travel ball was a lot different than mine, mainly because they were more affluent and were on teams that attracted top talent, whereas my son for the most part played with friends from his local rec all the way through high school and were often the victims of teams like theirs. My wife once ran into Kathie Lee Gifford. When Kathie Lee was still working with Regis Philbin, her mother passed away. Her parents had gone to the church we were going to at that time, so the funeral was held there. The women's group at the church organized the post-funeral get-together, so my wife made/bought something to contribute, and when she was coming out of the church after dropping it off, she wasn't looking where she was going and bumped into someone (Kathie Lee), knocking her down, but since she wasn't looking, she didn't realize who it was for a few seconds. She only had time to help her up and apologize before they went their separate ways.
  3. If you've seen this before, disregard; if you haven't, learn from this guy.
  4. Or... #72 The Call - Everywhere I Go Honestly got a little misty over this one. With deepest sympathies, Tim.
  5. They (at least Ocasek) were also about the visual aspect of their music/personae, and a 'modern' one at that, so while they are on the fringe of rock, they definitely should be considered New Wave. Hope I'm not spotlighting, but this song (I think it's the keyboard) and Driver's Seat immediately transport me back to that period in time. It was a sound that was gone too soon for me. FWIW, this is my favorite Cars song, and I oddly hope it's the only one that appears on this list.
  6. Broadcasting the news 3 times is reminiscent of new wave era TV, when there were just 3 networks. Well done. Very meta.
  7. Better question is what didn't happen to him. Answer: too many sad things to mention. Last I heard from him, he moved across the country a few years ago after his mother died and started over as a steamfitter. Not to go too far afield, but among his lifetime "accomplishments": --Joined the Navy with the intent to become a nuclear reactor tech, only to find out after he was sworn in that he was too old, and the sub he did get posted to spent all of its time in dry dock except for its one deployment to get decommissioned. --Cost another friend of ours a good job in finance by convincing him to run a credit check on the guy he thought was sleeping with his wife, only to learn he gave my buddy the wrong person, who raised a s---storm when he found out about it. Bottom line, he didn't deserve most of what happened to him, but it fell in line with the type of upbringing he got at the hands of his out of touch father. ETA: On the other hand, I went with him and his wife to see R.E.M. in '88 or so, and was tripping on LSD the whole time. And speaking of his wife, together, they were affectionately known as Sid and Nancy, and surprise, she did end up dying of a drug overdose after they split up.
  8. My only experience is with baseball, but my impression is that there are soooooo many schools out there--including NAIA--that a talented ballplayer can play on a collegiate level. Maybe it's more competitive because basketball has fewer roster spots than baseball, but there's always a place for talent. He may have to start in community college, but as the old saying goes: if you're good, they'll find you. As for looking at who's already on some team's roster, unless you know the kids, I wouldn't put much stock in their 'pedigree'. When my son started at his school, most of the kids on the team had one sort or another 'accomplishment' in their HS career. Just like in HS, the coach doesn't care about what you did before you got there, it's about what you will do while you're there with the talent you have and the work you put in to make it better. Quick-ish story about my son: When he arrived at college, they had starters for all 3 outfield positions, but the starting center fielder wasn't doing some of the 'little things' my son had been coached to do and/or just did by instinct from the time he was little. Biggest example, in their first game that year, an opposing player hit a grounder up the middle and the center fielder got in front of the ball but let it just roll to him and then he picket it up and tossed it back in. Up to age 12, my son was throwing out the runner at first on a hit like that the batter wasn't hustling, so to see such a nonchalant approach at that level, I told my wife after that play "if {insert my son's name here} isn't starting by the end of the season, something's wrong." Sure enough, one of the other outfielders got hurt the following week, my son came in and never returned to the bench, moving over to center field shortly after that. The other kid is a step faster but IMO relies too much on his natural talent to get by. His speed covered a lot his shortcomings (led the team in on-base percentage but couldn't bat his weight) the year before my son got there. I just think that based on what your son has accomplished so far, he still has a place somewhere on the next level.
  9. My dad was 25 when I was born, so that was always the benchmark for me growing up. I blew right past 25, 26,27,28, 29 and when I hit 30 I told myself that if I wasn't at least with the woman I was going to marry by the time I hit 35 I was going to be a bachelor for the rest of my life. I promptly met my wife, married her and by the time I hit 35 I had 2 kids and the third (last) one on the way. I felt like at 32/33 I was getting a late start, but as it turned out, I reconnected with several people from my old neighborhood/HS and they too had started around the same time, so there was a small group of us who were the same age and whose kids were the same age. There were also a couple of dads a good 8-10 years older than me with kids my kids' age, and I marveled them for their parenting skills. It had also helped that for both of them, these kids were from 2nd marriages and they also had adult age kids, so I think for them, having a second round of kids energized them or at least made them feel that since they had been through it once, the second time around would be easier and they would have some insight they didn't have the first time. Conversely, the parents of one of the kids I grew up with didn't have kids until they were near the end of child bearing years (IIRC, the mom was in her 40's when he was born, and either late 30's or 40's as well when his older brother was born), and the dad was at least in his 50's when my friend was born, and while the mom was sweet as can be to all us kids in the neighborhood (and why not, she was as old as our grandmothers), the dad was old school and didn't care/know anything about 'modern' parenting. The older brother was unabashedly his favorite (one Christmas, he got a $2000 electric piano/organ, and my friend got electronic Battleship and repairs to his bicycle), and was otherwise such a curmudgeon that he embarrassed my friend to the point the other kids in the neighborhood (I admit me as well, but to a lesser extent. Not that it really matters and may have been even worse) teased him mercilessly as well. Saddest part is this kid was arguably the smartest kid I grew up with but so socially awkward that he ended up being his own worst enemy. Having said all of that, I think the "pros" and "cons" are meaningless as long as you understand and stick to your role and responsibilities as a parent. My experience has been that it's a crapshoot in the end and you have to figure out what each kid needs from you, and sometimes even that isn't enough; just love them the best you can anyway and keep figuring out how to do that better.
  10. This sentence reminded me of a conversation I had just last night with my parents. We were reminiscing about when I went to Lefty Driesel's basketball camp when I 8 or 9. One of the counselors was Len Elmore, and for some reason, he gave me a lot of his time during the week, wrote a nice, personalized note with his autograph and even included his contact information with the Indiana Pacers. My mom said he was gracious talking to her as well, spending time giving her a breakdown of the camp and everything they were doing. Sadly, I didn't correspond with him over the years and I kick myself for not taking the time when I was younger. The way I tie this story into your comment is that if you don't know Elmore's career, he missed his freshman year due to a broken leg, and considering what he went on to accomplish after that (got his degree after his 4 years of eligibility were done while toiling in the ABA/NBA, got a law degree, spent some time as a District Attorney in New York after retiring, as well as dabbling in the sports agent arena along with his broadcasting gigs and more), we collectively surmised that he probably had a lot of time on his hands to think about life outside of/after basketball while he was recovering. I'm sure it sucks to have to think of it that way now, but perhaps this time recovering will become the motivation he uses not only when he returns to basketball, but also for deciding what he's going to do with his life. As for colleges, there are so many schools out there besides DI that would take a chance on him especially if he proves to be as good a person off the court as he is a ballplayer on it, and if a school wants him, they'll figure out a way to provide at least some kind of aid. Best thing to keep in mind now is it's not the end of the world, or even his playing career. Keep the faith.
  11. Message of Love was the first video I ever saw on MTV, so it is my sentimental choice for this list.
  12. Shark move would have been sending au unknown black actor to accept on his behalf.
  13. You're too kind. Seeing the Bong give his Oscar speeches piqued my interest and gives me a little backstory to work with. He seems like an auteur, let's see what he does with dystopian sci-fi.