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I recall reading a Bulletin article about a thriving young gay men's club in Portland (I think) a couple of years back. Wonder how they are doing. If we can convince potential young players that we are more like Leonard and Penny than Sheldon and Amy we might get more takers.
May 18, 2018
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Dave,
I AM trying to target jocks and cheerleader types. THEY ARE THE BAIT for the slide rule types. If we can't attract them, we must make them – teach the leaders to fake a decent bridge game, and video them.

As to GOAL, what's a squeeze if not a goal tender trying to defend against two attackers, one on either flank. If he moves to block his LHO, LHO passes to the tender's RHO who kicks though the opening – GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL. I figure the May Bulletin 6NT challenge hand will do. Just need to fill in the E-W cards in a way where the auction wouldn't be weird and the lead would make sense. Also the commentary is enhanced by the extra options for declarer.

We can actually shoot the players, and maybe the kibitzers, playing soccer or beach volleyball, then inset that footage into the video. As an example look at my 2008 “Bridge Babe.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1STqGji40Q&t=1s
Note that back then folks watched videos on laptops, not phones. Now videos must be much shorter.

Big issue is to get releases from actors and parent/guardians. That's why I don't work with kids.
May 16, 2018
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“It is much harder, and rarer, for a player of your experience to have such a great spirit and enjoy the process so much while you continue to improve.” (Feldman)

How do we make that statement false as we go forward? When I was learning my teachers told me that was the whole point, and if I thought otherwise I was wasting my time and theirs. Tiddlywinks were mentioned…
May 15, 2018
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That's a good age mix.
May 14, 2018
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Lol, one of the things I admire about Itabashi is his dedication to staying fit while amassing 55K MPs. He uses his breaks during sessions to take fast walks. I've noticed Wold and Morris in the gym too. These are the faces and bodies we need to be presenting to the public as we rejuvenate our image. Problem is, these ARE young guys when it comes to our average age. We need to partner with the NCAA and scouts, not the “mature” folks association and charities.
May 13, 2018
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That's why we've been trying to put the rubber back in bridge. That's where good bridge, teaching, and socializing can proliferate.
May 13, 2018
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Good grief, John, you using Grecian Formula or something? You don't look much older than you did in that “thinker” photo you had when you ran your website matching pros with clients. No beard then…

Maybe we don't need another Goren; rather, another Helen Sobel.
May 13, 2018
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No reason why we couldn't edit TV bridge. I have seen the slow play in the big games on vu graph and was surprised at the slow pace of play. (Sometimes it's due to an unseen director call.) Bridge does have a clock, but some players have abused tolerance. That has been noted by TDs, but I don't think a good solution has been found. This is a problem from the club level up, exacerbated by aging player pools.
May 10, 2018
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that was the beauty of the hole cam in televised hold ‘em poker tourneys. Also they had commentators. BBO is trying to simulate that, but it really won’t work until we simplify the game for TV tourneys – different from our normal venues. For one on one, just briefly explain the game and how to watch it as a kibitzer (as opposed to a rail bird). Then between hands and rounds answer questions. Clubs may need to designate a kibitzer table where everyone knows the drill when they come to it. It's not much different from sorting hands before replacing them in the board when they are moving to the table with the blind person, etc. If clubs want to live, they'll adapt.
May 9, 2018
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Of all the success skills required of network marketers, by far the most important is properly inviting. It's also the biggest stumbling point. Your simple probe, Jeff, is wonderful. Now we need to work on a gentle close if there's a sign of life from a prospect. “I'll pick you up and you can come watch, how's Wed at 11 look for you?” Don't make them play, and don't play yourself – you help them kibitz, and be ready to get them out of there if it's not a good situation. If they are interested, invite them back to a novice game and you be their partner – who cares if you are a Grand Life Phooba? They don't know, and you don't need points.
May 9, 2018
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Re: Tyer thread concerning Hamman et. al.
First, Jonathan, thanks for the pdf, which now lives again on my desktop. I had lost it and forgotten its existence.
Re-reading it, I find myself wondering what happened. While for the same reasons I stink (no, stank, I'm trying to reprogram myself) at dummy play, I hate quant and stats. (Figures lie, liars figure, etc.) But the stuff in the Hamman white paper seems like it could be done mostly by college kids as a term project if we broke it into pieces and farmed it out with some oversight. Please marry this thread with that of the Scottish prof who is advertising for a grad student. (Samantha Punch, “Seeking Ph.D. Candidate…”) Don't our members have grandkids in college who need a project for a term paper or thesis? Very little buck, much potential for bang here.
May 8, 2018
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I had heard EU countries and bridge associations were footing the cost, which was leading to greater penetration of the populace. Glad I checked with you.
May 7, 2018
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Who pays for the course, Ian?
May 7, 2018
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Probably told the girls “get you boys.” We used to emphasize that aspect of the game. Kinda got lost over the years. One of my favorite old bridge books is Powell's “Tickets to the Devil” centering on an NABC in Miami. Look at some of the old bridge cartoons from the 20s and 30s. Time to get some singers, actors and video producers interested in bridge. I volunteer to teach the Carl's Jr. girls.
May 6, 2018
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Sounds like goulash.
http://bridgefeed.acbl.org/swinging-with-the-griffins/
May 6, 2018
Chris Hasney edited this comment May 7, 2018
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This is part of what our thinking must encompass. Hook ‘em young with fun and an easy system. VERY FEW will play in early to mid life (family, work, military service, etc.) But if we make it something that they like from 5-25, they’ll be back at 45-60, when they've got MONEY (hopefully) and time. Our task is to hook 'em and stay alive long enough to collect. No wonder Blackwood was an insurance agent! (Although they bet the other way…)
May 6, 2018
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Stands to reason, having killed all those in SCA.
May 6, 2018
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There's a VERY attractive idea. I've been kicking around sponsor ideas, thinking gear, drinks, (adult diapers / enhancement pills), etc. But Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper are GOLD, and we can have kid tourneys there. Dave & Busters too! Forwarding this thread to ACBL Marketing.
May 6, 2018
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I concur with all of the above and add that this sort of problem is an absurd unintended consequence of the Active Ethics movement, which I support in its overall goal but not in its overreach by well-intentioned players and directors. We need more opinion articles on this by top level players, directors, and club managers, with real world examples like this. Didn't kibitz on BBO so don't know if this resulted in an actual conflict (words, looks, director calls, etc., the first two of which are also inappropriate).
May 6, 2018
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Joel, you need to submit that one to editor@acbl.org
May 5, 2018
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