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One of the best sites ever. (Not sure if I can come up with one that was superior!)
an hour ago
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A very fine honor! Much deserved, BW!
an hour ago
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Richard, you surely make some valid points. Let's put it this way: what I believe is that the ACBL COULD handle what I have mentioned. But - that would only happen with change; big change.

Is the League up to it? I dunno. Honestly, if they don't put some significant changes into place, I do see more troubles down the road.
an hour ago
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Richard, perhaps I wasn't clear in what I think can/could happen. I do not see much “mixing” of these groups. But, I do think that the ACBL could have venues and events - and varied rules - for the two groups.**

**In reality, really more 3 groups. “Social players,” who enjoy playing and don't mind learning a little, but will be unlikely to reach “expert” status - for whatever reasons. “Expert” - people who can play quite well, but not in the third class: “World class.”

I see no reason why the League couldn't adjust to having these 3 groups and meet their needs, as required.
2 hours ago
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Yu, I understand your concerns. I do think, however, that the ACBL COULD do it - IF they were to choose to take this on as a goal. It would be different from what we've had, but - I do believe it is possible to achieve.
2 hours ago
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Chris, I personally think one in particular is very tough: transparency. Yet, that being said, it seems endemic to politics, per se, in general. Too many want to protect their turf, are afraid of being blunt and open, yada yada yada.

Yet, it surely seems in the bridge world at least, many of us do yearn for far more transparency! I know I do….
2 hours ago
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Michael, your example of the Hog demeaning you for “butchering the hand” is a prime example of how (alas) some very talented players feel the need to resort to low tactics like that in an effort to win. So - not always sexism; sometimes just “nasty-ism”…
5 hours ago
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Yes, the Hog was excellent at this, but let's it forget George Jacobs! Many a time I've been doubled over when George has the microphone.
20 hours ago
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Ed - the Hog was who he was.

Actually, my experiences with him were a pittance in contrast to many others in my area. He lived both in Iowa and the Twin Ciites; for years, I heard stories that occurred before I knew what “bridge” was.

He could be very funny and entertaining, and he was a talented player. I will admit, however, what he did to some of the lesser players (and I don't mean just playing really well against them) was not so much to my liking!
22 hours ago
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“I wish the people who try to pick everything apart had better things to do”

HA! Good luck with THAT thought, Barry ……. :D
23 hours ago
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Khokan, The Hog was ready to rape and pillage opponents of any skill level. One of the famed stories from these parts was when he went to a tournament somewhere in South Dakota. Starting against a couple of farmer's wives, Hog opened 1NT out of turn.

The director was summoned and before she could explain all the rules about opening out of turn, the Hog then said, “OK; THREE NT!”

The auction reverted to Lady #1; she passed. Hog's partner passed, as did Lady #2 - and Hog's pass ended the auction.

When they discovered that he had a yarborough, he was told: “Don't come back!”
23 hours ago
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TGLO (The Great Larry Oakey) who recently passed was one who gave many nicknames to MN and Midwest players.

When I began to play, I had recently married my first husband. With the name Peg Hitt, I became “The Hitt Lady” until George J christened me “Bundy” after you know whom.

Dave Lehman was “Victor Nullo” (I leave it up to you for that one.) And one of Dave's regular partners, Dick Melson, had a lengthy nickname that morphed over time. Dick walked with a bit of a bounce, so he became “Rodeo Boy.” That was shortened to “RB” - which became “Arby; Real Beef.” From then on, everyone pretty much simply referred to him as “the Beef.”

Mike; don't get me started on Mole stories now, though!
Aug. 20
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REALLY, Shawn?!? Wow!

Personally, I think that is simply awful of Hyatt. I had an ACBL reservation at the Intercontinental. Had one of THE nicest rooms ever - and the people who worked there were most helpful and nice, too.

Honestly, I do not blame the ACBL for this one. And - you should take lessons from me… If you get an icky room, COMPLAIN and find another!

When I go to check in, some of my friends want to tell the front desk: “Please give her the third room FIRST”! :P
Aug. 20
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Aug. 20
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Georgiana, EVERYONE around here referred to him as JBL. Not sure why; just the way it was!

Can't remember when JBL passed away - but - likely before the growth of the Internet. Very little I could find about him online.

Did find this, however: see page 3.

http://web2.acbl.org/nabcbulletins/1998spring/db4.pdf
Aug. 20
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David; I agree with you about all you wrote……. and I'm with your wife about fear should people STOP calling me a girl! ;)

As for the story I recounted - could have been sexism although frankly, I think it was more likely an attempt to simply to make us feel “less than” at the table. (And, this pair surely would not be the first to do that! I do not find it common, yet I do see some players who use this as a tactic against pairs they feel are not up to their level.)

Honestly, perhaps simply given my personality, I don't feel as if I run up against a lot of sexism myself. That being said - doesn't mean it doesn't exist….

And - I will add again; if you “man-up” - it often SHUTS 'em up!
Aug. 20
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Mike - afraid BW could set up a single category for this :)
Aug. 20
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Many, many years ago, I and my team were competing against The Hog and James Bolton Leary at a Colorado regional. They clearly had the superior team, yet - at the end of the match, we were the victors.

Needless to say, we were excited, and chortled a bit about a few Hog errors out in the hall. JBL heard us, puffed himself up and pontificated, “The Hog has forgotten more about bridge than Peggy shall ever know.”

“Maybe so,” said a teammate. “But - does he know more NOW than she does?”

Whether I did or not - we were happy - for more reasons than one (won :) )!
Aug. 19
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Tom, I agree (I think) with most of what you say. But - not sure of the “what 5 means” part.

Can't a partnership have what mine does? That is, 5 could be “gee; I hope we don't go for 800 - or if we do, perhaps it is a good save against their slam” up to “gosh; hope we didn't miss slam on this one”. I am not aware of any ACBL regulations that demand you select some particular range for your leap to the 5 level on this auction.

Ergo, for pairs that play “last guess is yours” with their preempts, how can the opponents do any more than guess themselves?
Aug. 19
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