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  1. i’d continue to worry after start 2. Yeah, I think his audition is up. Keough has a 4.50 ERA through 10 IP in long relief ... I can work with that. Stewart will likely be relegated to legit mop-up duty. Might try him again after a while, but it looks the sim doesn't like his stats.
  2. Struggling to link on phone (two posts already eaten), but here’s the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police condemning Chauvin’s actions. From “Protesters in New Orleans, Louisiana law enforcement leaders condemn Minneapolis police killing”, Nola.com 5/29/020
  3. Locally, it’s 60 days. Googling “held without charges in New Orleans” brings up many references.
  4. Stewart was one I was worried about -- one of those pitch-to-contact guys in real life, and I didn't get his best statistical season. Those kinds of stats can get punished in these things.
  5. ... only for my squad to drop three straight, giving up an average of nine runs per game
  6. I don’t think they should matter. Terry Bradshaw got one point; Dan Marino got what, 11? I’ve got no problem with that, do you? The poster boy for this in the NFL was Sonny Jurgensen, basically the Dan Marino of the 1960s and close to a forgotten figure in NFL lore. Jurgensen was rostered on only one NFL title team: as the back-up quarterback to Norm Van Brocklin on the 1960 Eagles. Until his final year in the league at age 40 (1974), he never played in a post-season game. He missed the entire 1972 Redskins playoff run to the Super Bowl due to injury. When Jurgensen did finally get into a playoff game vs. the Rams in 1974, it was merely in a relief role to Billy Kilmer. Anyway. When I was a kid reading sports books from the 1970s & early 80s, Jurgensen was considered a hands-down top-several NFL QB of all time. Jurgensen retired with a lifetime passer rating of 82.6, the highest career number ever before the 1978 defensive rules that opened up the passing game. He also logged over 32,000 yards passing and 255 TDs in an era when 2,500-yard seasons and 20-passing-TD seasons were huge. The lack of post-season accomplishments didn't matter -- Jurgensen was consistently named right alongside Johnny Unitas (then a consensus #1), Van Brocklin, Otto Graham, Bart Starr, Fran Tarkenton, Sammy Baugh, Len Dawson, and Sid Luckman. Fast forward forty years. Jurgensen doesn't even get drafted into our list of all-time top 16 NFL QBs -- and I'm not sure anyone even considered him. Ten of the QBs we've drafted started their careers well after Jurgensen retired. And Bradshaw and Staubach were still young players with their titles in front of them when Jurgensen hung it up. Maybe out of the top 20 is Jurgensen's rightful place these days, I'm not sure. It's just kind of jarring (just a little) to think about how much a top-10 list can turn over in one's lifetime. Then again ... it has been 40-something years. Maybe we were likewise giving short shrift to pioneer QBs of the 1920s & 30s like Jim Conzleman, Paddy Driscoll, Dutch Clark and Arnie Herber by not keeping them on the Great QB lists of the 70s.
  7. Another anecdote: Know a guy that was ex-Navy, a former master-at-arms at NSA Naples. Upon returning to the States, he joined the local police. He once told his wife that one of the reasons he wanted to be a policeman is that he wanted to know how it felt to kill someone.
  8. Only missed Tua ... thought I had a little trick to spell his last name right, but that trick ended up messing me up
  9. He's not a fellow officer in good standing. He's been fired. And regardless of what Chauvin's lawyer is doing, isn't there someone smart enough in Minnesota to realize this arrest needs to happen asap? The machinations behind the scenes could be unbelievably hairy. Huge Fish may something akin to a real-life DC Comics villain, who has a ton of politicians and power players in his pocket (not just by cash, but also by threats to loved ones). You might have powerful people essentially afraid to move on Chauvin because it upsets some kind of behind-the-scenes criminal underworld balance in some unknown manner. Maybe it's the opposite of what I've been positing -- maybe Chauvin can take down a ton of people with what he knows and he's threatening to spill if arrested. Though that would make him a ready target. Just a hare-brained fantasy conspiracy theory, of course. I just doubt that the reason the arrest has been delayed is a facile reason.
  10. What I meant by "good standing" was that Chauvin was not a trouble-maker for other cops (e.g. a scrupulously rules-following Internal Affairs narc or something like that).
  11. Besides, what I was actually getting at is that Chauvin has got to get arrested at some point, some way some how. IMHO, that's not the same as scapegoating him for all the systemic problems. Arresting Chauvin for the crime he commited is not nearly the same as saying "See -- no more racism in the department! All better now!" Chauvin needs to be arrested because he murdered a man. That's the fundamental layer. Another layer: the fact that executing the arrest in a "photogenic", PR-savvy way would have helped calm the public's nerves does not mean that the arrest itself is the wrong thing to do fundamentally.
  12. I'm extremely pessimistic about things changing -- I think our descendants in 500 years will be acting pretty much the same way as a society, just with different social divisions.
  13. Right. So maybe he should be charged with Murder 1. But at worst he should be charged with murder 3 (as was discussed yesterday). I just don't understand what they are waiting for. Its clear from the video and it would likely calm things a little. What I think Hell Toupee is getting at is that Chauvin's lawyer is potentially using huge-case-cracking information as leverage to delay what would be an insta-arrest for a civilian. It's likely an easier client-defense maneuver to execute than it might otherwise be because I believe there is something of an ethic against arresting a fellow officer in good standing within the precinct and/or union.
  14. Maybe. But at some point, the entire department gets backed into a corner by too heinous of an action, by too much video floating around, by too much incitement of the public. A one-size-fits-all stonewalling approach is no longer tenable. (I might have missed some big ones ... but have any easily legitimate police actions led to mass protests and/or rioting?)