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Like Dick Cheney heading the group to pick a Vice Presidential running mate for George W. Bush. The recommendation was Dick Cheney.
Jan. 21, 2017
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If anyone wants to take the under and bet with me, I'll make enough posts by myself to win.
Jan. 20, 2017
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A friend of mine once partially defined a “sport,” as one where participants where uniforms. I'm not sure about whether this excludes bowling and table tennis, but it's not a bad start.
Jan. 20, 2017
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Of course, what would stop Team B from adopting the same strategy as Team A? With both teams “dumping” can you imagine what a fiasco would ensue?
Jan. 19, 2017
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The answer to the OP's question is yes, but…
Jan. 9, 2017
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Where does Malcolm Gladwell's quote that “10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness” fit in? Assume you play 25 hands in 3 hours, have you achieved greatness yet? Obviously, as with much of Gladwell's writing,the 10,000 hour figure is controversial and may have been discussed on this Board some time ago.
Jan. 7, 2017
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Actually, while for some time I have been thinking about writing about this topic, Paul Marston's post led me to post it yesterday.
Jan. 2, 2017
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It is very unlikely in football that the players themselves would dump. a) it is too easy to risk injury by letting up;and b) their salaries and in many cases their jobs could be impacted by poor play.

However, let's say that the Giants did not mind having the Washington team make the playoffs instead of the Packers/Lions. Not playing Eli Manning and some of the starters would not be criticized, since they could risk injury impacting on their own playoff chances. Conversely, if they wanted Washington eliminated, they would take the risk and start Manning and the others.
Dec. 27, 2016
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The Giants–Washington (won't say their other name) game was originally scheduled to be played earlier on Sunday. I believe it was moved up before the Packers-Lions game was. Of course, no one in the NFL cared about the ticket owners who might not be able to attend the later games.
Dec. 27, 2016
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Are there details of his making a grand slam without KQ10xx of trumps? Maybe leading a small trump from dummy, LHO with Q10xx covering with the queen for some reason and Declarer's Ace drops the king. After getting back to dummy, leading the trump nine, covered by the 10 and Jack. Follow this with 2 higher spot cards beating 2 lower ones.
Dec. 25, 2016
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Babe Ruth allegedly played bridge. Probably wasn't a Life Master, though.
Dec. 25, 2016
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But isn't one peek worth a dozen finesses?
Dec. 22, 2016
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Is there any evidence that he has not been elected into the Hall of Fame solely because he is from Canada? Even anecdotal evidence would be better than nothing.
Dec. 19, 2016
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Linda–My class would have appreciated your approach on having more board practice, and I will be doing a lot more of that in my future class. However, what will be traded off is some of the lessons, particularly since our class time is more limited than yours seems to be.

Also, the hardest thing for them to learn was Stayman. The idea that someone would bid clubs when they have only a couple as a way of showing the minors was understandably strange for them, but even the brightest of the newcomers had trouble grasping it.
Dec. 13, 2016
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I tend to agree. I live about 30 miles from the site of the DC Nationals. I drove a few people who live near me or further away, but I recognized only a couple of players from Baltimore which is about 45 miles away. I know that when my Baltimore club closes for most of the Hunt Valley Regional, many of the club's players drive about half an hour to play at the regional.

Maybe it's because many Baltimore residents seldom leave the Baltimore area, and most Washingtonians and those living in their suburbs will not go to Baltimore, except possibly to see the Orioles
Dec. 13, 2016
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I found this on a legal website. Not being a constitutional lawyer (or any kind of attorney), I still think it's correct. Since these cases are not criminal or penal, I don't see any Constitutional issue.

The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, sec. 10, forbids the states to pass any ex post facto law; which has been defined to be one which renders the act punishable in a manner in which it was not punishable when it was committed. This definition extends to laws passed after the act, and affecting a person by way of punishment of that act, either in his person or estate….
This prohibition in the constitution against passing ex post facto law's, applies exclusively to criminal or penal cases, and not to civil cases.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Thank you. I will look into that book before my next class starts in late January.
Dec. 4, 2016
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“They had a team in Brooklyn? :). I must be younger than I thought.”

The Dodgers have been in Brooklyn continuously for more than 100 years. They've just been on a very long road trip since 1958.
Nov. 30, 2016
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Are these people jerks in general or do they just think that hotel staff are their servants, one step lower than novice players?
Nov. 28, 2016
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“What I wonder about is why so many posters think ever other word needs to be capitalized. :-)”

Or “every other word” :)
Nov. 27, 2016
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