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The dozens of people over 6o who take my beginner's bridge class would disagree with you David. And I know local teachers who have a lot more than dozens of newcomers. Obviously anecdotal, but I bet the more noted bridge teachers have many, many more retirees who want to learn bridge for the first time or haven't played in decades as they raise families, work, etc.
March 15
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Does it matter that the fields and players may be weaker as long as new people still want to learn and play bridge?
March 14
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When he was coaching, Billy Herman listed bridge as one of his hobbies.
March 14
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“My understanding (if I'm wrong about this, please let me know) is that the motivation behind banning of drugs is that they are harmful to the athlete. Some athletes are willing (perhaps without realizing the dangers) to accept long term harm to their bodies in order to acquire the short term gain from success in their competition. The drug banning is an attempt both to prevent this long term damage and to level the field for athletes who do not wish to take these risks.”

I doubt that is true for professional sports but hopefully applies to amateur sports. There may be several reasons why drugs are banned, including giving users unfair advantages, beating records that were made without drugs (Barry Bonds etc.); and the overall conservatism of owners and players. On the other hand, they usually give warnings and/or lesser penalties for first time the violator is caught, and in some sports is an issue for collective bargaining.
March 6
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My son saw it on Bloomberg News
March 2
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“Wrote a book ”Too Soon to Say Goodbye“. There was some financial issue as he outlived the six months allotted for Medicare hospice care.”

No. Medicare hospice care can continue beyond 6 months if the patient lives that long. In recent years, there have been a number of cases of Medicare fraud and/or abuse where hospitals discharged patients to hospice who were not projected by physicians to die within 6 months.
Feb. 22
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A courageous person as well as a great humorist.
Feb. 17
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I voted only for the people about whom I've either read their views on this Board or from people on this Board that I trust. I did not vote for or against others. So my vote is hardly scientific.
Feb. 17
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Can East ask the question AFTER making the opening lead?
Feb. 15
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“Diamonds are a girl's best friend” but “You've gotta have hearts”
Feb. 9
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On hand one did he have sufficient points to open? Sad story, regardless.
Jan. 29
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BaseballReference,com lists a few minor league players named “Hazen,” but none who played during the late twenties or early thirties when Lee Hazen would have played.

I was going to add, but Ken Rhodes beat me to it, that players like Lou Gehrig played under assumed names for various reasons, such as college eligibility. We may never know in this case, but it's reasonably certain he was not a Major Leaguer.
Jan. 3
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file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/img20190101_19124398.pdf


Not a good copy of the original Pogo comment. But an early protest against messing up the environment.
Jan. 1
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Peg, I understahd where you are coming from. Unfortunately, I still fear that only 1% of the ACBL members have any concerns about what the ACBL does, except maybe when raising dues.
Dec. 29, 2018
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“Whatever happened to: ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ ? and ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few’? When 95% of the members want something why shouldn't THEY prevail ?”


Maybe more than 95% of the people on this Board. Maybe 1% of ACBL members have even heard about the Lanzarotti matter.
Dec. 28, 2018
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“I most certainly NEVER testified on behalf of this person. I find it offensive for him to use my name in any regard, especially regarding some pretense of innocence.”

Wow!! I'm looking forward to his response to this statement.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I'm willing to bet that, per participant, far more cheating goes on in connection with the Olympics than around bridge. Yet no one has seriously considered eliminating the Olympics because of the cheating. (I personally support eliminating the Olympics for other reasons)
Dec. 24, 2018
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If you throw at him, the umpires will warn you. If you do it twice in a row, they'll either throw you out of the game, there may be a fight among the players or you realize that you're near to walking him. Generally, players on the opposite team will let you throw once at their pitcher without protest.

The problem in bridge though, is what do you do the first time you sit down with Lanzarotti? Cheat? Make a snide remark to your partner? Walking out is very honorable, but not tha I would ever be in that position with him, I'm not sure that I would be willing to take a bottom score by doing that.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Great article, butI thought the median age in ACBL was 70-71,not 75. And I have no idea about what the median age is for non-ACBL players in the U.S. or what the median age is in European Nations.
Dec. 18, 2018
Paul Elstein edited this comment Dec. 19, 2018
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I voted ‘other’ because I wasn't allowed to vote for both of the first 2 choices.
Dec. 15, 2018
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