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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2013 NBA Playoffs Thread
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:29:19 AM »
Gutless performance by the Knicks tonight in Indiana... down 32-48 at the half.  Seems like 'Melo and Felton are the only Knicks who made the trip tonight.  Can't hit our shots, and giving up too many second-chance shots to the Pacers.  Mystified by some of the calls against the Knicks, putting the Pacers in the penalty early in the second half... but we also commit some real idiot fouls at the same time. 

This series is on Woodson. He keeps putting lineups with less and less scorers on the court. Chandler cannot create shots and Martin isn't significantly better in that regard. Jason Kidd has been terrible for 2 straight months. We basically playing 2 on 5 or 3 on 5 on one end of the court.

JR is obviously failing but the coach has to do something to help him out at this point. Six games in a row he is not responding well to the increasing pressure. 

Woodson was lucky enough to stumble onto a 13 game win streak when he was forced to give Pablo big minutes. You would think he'd be smart enough to at least give the man some playing time over the last 3 quarters last night. Especially after the role he played in the Knicks' only win of the series.

Indy got lots of easy buckets off offensive rebounds and still only scored 92 points. Game before they won comfortably scoring only 82 points.

And what is the point of having such a veteran team if they always getting thrown off their game easier than the other team?

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Shouldn't they have a confirmed figure for at least 2012 and not just an estimate.

I think the nature of the thing is such that the number is necessarily an estimate.

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General Discussion / Re: Coursera
« on: May 02, 2013, 01:34:14 PM »
Anybody ever take courses at https://www.coursera.org/ ?

I've completed 5. I've started many more and dropped the classes due to lack of interest/time. Of the many I would say that only 1 person was a bad teacher. In terms of subject matter I would say they are on the light side.   

The evaluation could be more rigorous: it's sometimes a little bit too easy to pass the quizzes without watching the lectures or doing the suggested reading. So it's easy to get lazy. But I guess they are improving in this regard all the time.   

I've found the edx and udacity courses to be more substantive but they don't have the wide selection that Coursera has.

https://www.edx.org/
https://www.udacity.com/

Udacity courses don't have deadlines which is both good and bad.

If you are just looking for instruction without certification you might want to check out the Itunes U section in itunes.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Raptors Tread
« on: February 09, 2013, 01:04:32 PM »
Wow we finally signed a basketball player .am impressed ......seems like derozan is impressed also .

why did he go there?  raptors struggling to win games.  to me like memphis was on the come up

He has no say in where he goes. Memphis ownership fraid the luxury tax bad. Apparently it was a very unpopular move with Hollins and his teammates.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: New York Knickerbockers Thread
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:12:53 PM »
I also watched the game. The game was still close when the blow-up happened and certainly didn't help him or the team in the last few minutes. The Knicks go to Melo down the stretch of close games regardless of what transpired in the first 40something minutes.

But yes, the game tonight is the bigger part of the reason I say it hurt the team. I hate to say it but I was already bracing for a tough loss once I see Paul Pierce heating up to start the 4th. Feels like I've watched the same game about 8 times in the last 2 and a half seasons. 

The one thing I don't like about the Woodson era is that the Knicks are never the cooler headed team when things get heated.


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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: New York Knickerbockers Thread
« on: January 10, 2013, 04:44:29 PM »
That's on Melo. I think he is a very strong minded individual/player but he did come up short in that moment. Lesson learned so now time to move on and hopefully not hurt the team like that going forward.

I have doubts about whether the comment that tripped him off actually was what everyone says it is. As far as anyone can tell the only source is a single courtside fan who claims to have heard that.
Melo bouncing ball his whole life I would be surprised if KG came up with something that was inherently more hurtful than all the other trash talk he would have heard in the league/college/playground. Or that KG in possession of some super dangerous trash talk and was just waiting for Monday night to unleash it on the league.

Maybe there's something going on Melo's personal life currently that he's sensitive to. I remember when Vernon Maxwell went into the stands and say that the fan was heckling him about his wife losing a baby or something like that.


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Doh study Capo, de last time we lime (a while now), ah see about two or three # 24 juzzy hang up on he wall  ;D

I wouldn't be surprised if he had the old #8 too. Or the #33 Kobe used to wear in high school.

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Football / Re: Guyana boots T&T out of World Cup.
« on: November 12, 2011, 09:14:45 AM »
well, on the bright side, Guyana will surely be looking for somebody to play friendlies against in anticipation of their next round of qualifiers.

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Guyana Game (11-Nov-11).
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:11:28 PM »
Ricky Shakes of all people.

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Other Sports / Re: Penn State Scandal
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:17:39 AM »
Once that occurred he became captive to institutional dynamics.

We talking about the rape of a 10 yr old here. There really is no way to dress that up.

It is unfathomable that someone on his staff made such an accusation about a close associate and he supposedly never followed up on how the process concluded.

Additionally, neither the AD nor the college president had more power than Joe Pa in any meaningful sense: they literally could not get rid of him. But that is really secondary.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pros Scene
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:41:10 PM »
good roundup. appreciate this.

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Other Sports / Re: Georgetown basketball left out with realignment.
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:57:23 AM »
The NCAA doesn't share much of the money they get from CBS for the NCAA tournament

Actually they do... and tournament teams get an extra cut, which is why the cinderellas and mid-majors always cry down the "favoritism" shown to granting the big conference schools extra spots.  The thing is that not even tournament money could match the kind of money that football brings in. 

ok, thanks for the correction. Football really have a lot of money in it.

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Other Sports / Re: Georgetown basketball left out with realignment.
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:10:09 PM »
The NCAA doesn't share much of the money they get from CBS for the NCAA tournament (about 700million a year) so that just pushing the schools to follow the football tv money even more. Eventually the handful of remaining super conferences will start demanding their share of the March Madness money one way or the other.

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Football / Re: First round Benefits
« on: September 13, 2011, 05:46:18 AM »
these things are only benefits because we don't have our house in order. We supposed to getting friendlies that should be just as beneficial as competitive games against Bermuda, Barbados and Guyana.


Would have preferred that we avoided the potential Mex, CR group. It only have 3 teams in the region with better records in WCQ than us in the last decade (we make the Hex every time since 2001) and we manage to be in line to play 2 of them in the 2nd round.





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Other Sports / Re: US OPEN 2011
« on: September 13, 2011, 04:18:48 AM »
I'm very impressed. The man break Nadal 11 times. It seemed like every single one of Nadal's service games was going to deuce.

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Football / Re: Best Team on Paper?
« on: September 04, 2011, 07:37:58 AM »


Is 92 ah mean.  Not 2001

Michael Maurice
Marvin Faustin
Dexter Francis
Kelvin Jones
Dexter Lee
Clayton Morris
Kerry Jamerson
Russell Latapy
Dwight Yorke
Leonson Lewis
Clint Marcelle

And dat jamaican team only had 2 players of note.....Paul "Teegat" Davis and a left footer whose name escapes me

I does always wonder bout that team. If you check how young all dem fellas was in '89.  To think that you add Marcelle to the mix and give Yorke, Latas, and Leo experience in England and Portugal and  as you say a home and away against a side we had to hang. I think we had just beat them up in Shell Cup too.

I guess it's really a testament to the job that Gally do with the '89 team.

you mean Hector Wright? Honestly, I don't remember whether he was left-footed or not but I always remember him as Jamaica best player from them days.

   

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What about Track & Field / Re: Told you so (not what you think)
« on: August 29, 2011, 11:04:09 AM »
well, I'm going to be contrarian and disagree.

The only thing that makes this seem unfair is the idea that runners have previously been allowed more than one chance. I believe swimming has a similarly draconian false start policy and people accept it for what it is and adjust. The times in the 50 m freestyle are bunched just as closely together as the times in the 100m so it's not as if there is less incentive to get the extra fraction of a second.

I suspect that public sentiment will lead to the rule being changed prior to London when in reality a high profile case like this is actually what is needed to keep the athletes in line. People used to be DQed when they were allowed one; people used to be DQed when the field was allowed one; people will be DQed under any alternative. The nature of sport is for the athletes to push the boundaries. 

Everyone agrees that false starts should be punished. Without the threat of disqualification there is no meaningful way to punish false starts. Once you get to that point it's just a matter of deciding how many times you get to false start before being disqualified. Two isn't any more intrinsically fair than one. It's just a design decision.

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Other Sports / Re: TT boxing Classics (vids)
« on: August 13, 2011, 07:02:44 AM »
Yolande Pompey Kos European Champion.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=32621

FUC&&*G  beautiful body shot.

When you go to the vid. Scroll below for other Pompey fights

VB

it's easy to take the internet for granted but it's really amazing to have video footage of Yolande Pompey available. 

What about Constance vs. Gavilan. That is pure gold.

all of it is great. I just mean it from the aspect that I read about Yolande Pompey in my reading book in primary school. I never thought 20 something years later I would get a chance to see video footage.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Young signs in Argentina
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:32:26 PM »
wow, dat is a true globetrottin journeyman

true that's life of a pro baller outside the NBA and the few top teams in Europe

True, that's pretty par for the course outside the US.  I have a couple pardnas, some I went to school with, some I know just informally... and they've fashioned very nice livings off of journeyman careers in Europe.

Do NBA scouts spend a significant fraction of time monitoring these leagues?  How does one go about securing a contract to the NBA coming from one of these, through one's agent?  Assuming of course, you can make the cut

every NBA team has some scouts monitoring international leagues as their primary responsibility.

Having a good agent would be advantageous. I've heard of men showing up and talking their way onto summer league teams. Hustling is the fundamentally the same across professions.

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Cricket Anyone / Re: WICB AND GAYLE
« on: July 02, 2011, 09:40:54 AM »
You have no Idea why you were sacked as Captain?
Check the records.

Undoubtedly the board do stupidness, because they didn't really need to go through all that to tell you take a break. (and they do you wrong with the IPL business, for sure), but my ability to relate is tempered by the dismal state of the team.  This means that any captain would receive my undying indifference, but injustice?

Why you don't pen a letter to the fans apologizing for the absolute dreck we've had to endure these long years?

The problem with WI cricket is obviously infrastructural. The teams have been sub-standard for some time and a lot of players and a quite a few different captains have had opportunities. So I don't really get why you think the appropriate entity to be apologizing to the fans should be a player.

Anyhow, hopefully these fellas could chase 281 today.

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Other Sports / Re: TT boxing Classics (vids)
« on: June 28, 2011, 04:29:36 AM »
Yolande Pompey Kos European Champion.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=32621

FUC&&*G  beautiful body shot.

When you go to the vid. Scroll below for other Pompey fights

VB

it's easy to take the internet for granted but it's really amazing to have video footage of Yolande Pompey available. 

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:27:30 PM »
as far as I see the man make one mistake in this whole saga and even that I would have to say is just as much on Pat Riley as on him i.e. the hype concert where he say that the games going to be easy once they go up against each other in practice. Even the thing when he say he expect multiple championships is really just par for the course. Shaq predict a championship when he went Miami too; nobody eh say anything. European footballers does make similar proclamations when they get introduced to the fans.
 The organization shoulda never put him in a situation where he answering questions off the cuff in front of a stadium full of ecstatic fans.

For years I was hearing about how Lebron 2010 decision is news. Multiple NBA franchises based all their other personnel decisions on the probability that they could sign LeBron in 2010. After all the hype the man decide to make his announcement a news event. ESPN was glad to do it and lots of people watch, now LBJ is the villain in the piece?

People want to fall back on "oh, it's the way he went about it that have people mad" but the more I observe the level of hate for the man the more implausible that argument becomes. High school football players does make their NCAA signing day announcements live on the same ESPN.

I spend copious amounts of time and energy following the NBA and I never hear LBJ say he better than Jordan or Kobe or Dwade or whoever.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 14, 2011, 03:30:28 PM »


Apples and oranges dem comparissons. Not 2 mention Gasol was not able 2 walk into LA and get a ring. So y should Lebron oh yes I 4got he is d KINGGGGGGGGG. Rodney King probably because he was beaten up and d world saw.

A few things
1. What is so different about those situations and this one? Every single team in the league is putting together a team just to win. Nobody rebuilding slowly because it's the right thing to do.

In any case the NBA salary cap prevents the assembling of any clearly superior super team.

2. it have no "should" in getting rings. Their job is to play hard and they all want the ring. People assigning all kinda morality based on cliches in the media about a man they've never meet. If LBJ had ever won a ring in Cleveland it woulda be with the weakest supporting cast in league history. Some people lucky enough to be drafted by a team w other great players (Kobe, Jordan, Bird, Magic...) and other people have to move to find that (Shaq, Drexler, LeBron,...).
Sports is for entertainment and appreciation. The tone of the criticism of LeBron is unnecessarily nasty.
 
3. There is nothing wrong with comparing apples and oranges. In fact oranges are a very natural thing to compare apples to.  Just hours ago I was in the cafeteria at my workplace and I made the choice to have an apple with my breakfast instead of an orange. Seriously.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 14, 2011, 11:50:17 AM »

Dat will stop when he stop behavin like a drama queen. 2 say people have 2 go back 2 dey pitiful life while he goes back 2 his gr8 life eh go gain him any brownie pts.

WIN or SHUT UP

He said that?  When?


Like I said... doh let facts get in the way of allyuh irrational criticism.

 “At the end of the day,” LeBron said after the game, “all of the people that were rooting for me to fail, tomorrow they’ll have to wake up and have the same life that (they had) before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems they had today, and I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do.”

Not sure how Lebron supporters can spin that.

No need to spin anything. That is an honest and true statement.

Millions of people want you to fail at your job and at one of the most disappointing moments of your career, after a year of constant criticism, you get asked a question that paraphrases to "so how does it feel to know that people will be happy that you failed?". That is actually very mild for an honest response.

Lakers get Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown. Kevin McHale giftwrap KG for the Celtics. But everybody hate LeBron for going Miami. Anybody ever check the rosters for them old Celtics and Lakers teams?

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 13, 2011, 02:40:22 PM »

Not to nitpick but Jordan won all six of his NBA finals and Kobe won in his first finals if I'm not mistaken. Also this is Lebron's 2nd NBA finals.


this statistic is arbitrary in nature and not very meaningful.  The biggest factor is whether or not you happen to be in the same conference as the best team.

If Chicago was in the west it woulda be them losing to the Pistons in '90 instead of the Blazers. Might even have been them instead of the Lakers in '89.
I agree and I didn't say it was. I was making a factual correction

I guess I should have responded differently. Especially in light of the fact that you opened with "not to nitpick".

I hear people making a big deal about that from time to time and it annoys me.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 13, 2011, 02:04:14 PM »

Not to nitpick but Jordan won all six of his NBA finals and Kobe won in his first finals if I'm not mistaken. Also this is Lebron's 2nd NBA finals.


this statistic is arbitrary in nature and not very meaningful.  The biggest factor is whether or not you happen to be in the same conference as the best team.

If Chicago was in the west it woulda be them losing to the Pistons in '90 instead of the Blazers. Might even have been them instead of the Lakers in '89.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:11:09 AM »
D FANGS ARE COMING OUT

Heat should pull plug on Big Three

Jason Whitlock

They’re done. Miami’s Big Three — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Add Erik Spoelstra and front-running Heat fans, too. Toast. All of them.

They can’t survive what we just witnessed, a Finals meltdown of historic proportion, an ego deflation that is being celebrated throughout the basketball world.



Whitlock really needs to stop.

On May 12th he wrote a column explaining why the Heat were no match for the Bulls.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/LeBron-James-Dwyane-Wade-Chris-Bosh-Miami-Heat-are-no-match-for-Derrick-Rose-Chicago-Bulls-051211

On May 26th he wrote a column saying that the Heat had won the "war" and predicted they would dominate the league for a few years. (He did say that they might lose to Dallas but his thesis is that the Miami dynasty was inevitable).
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/Whitlock-Los-Angeles-Lakers-hope-Mike-Brown-has-intel-to-derail-LeBron-James-dynasty-052611

On June 6th he wrote a column saying that the finals were entertaining but the Mavs were done
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/LeBron-James-Dwyane-Wade-Miami-Heat-toying-with-Dirk-Nowitzki-Dallas-Mavericks-in-NBA-Finals-060611


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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: NY Knicks 2011-2012 Thread
« on: June 11, 2011, 07:15:16 AM »
Daryn, any news on de bush bath?

Funny.

But seriously I believe that the key for the franchise is to reverse the curse of the OJ car chase which you might remember interrupted game 5 of the '94 finals. The Knicks won that game but then proceeded to lose the final two games of the series. From that point on the franchise's fortunes declined at a slow but steady rate*.

I'm trying to get Al Cowlings to drive a White Ford Bronco (preferably the same one) in reverse in the opposite direction.

*-with the exception of the unlikely run to the finals, as a #8 seed, at the end of the lockout-shortened, and anomalous '99 season.   

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2011 NBA Finals Thread
« on: June 09, 2011, 06:54:55 PM »
winner of tonight's game gets two chances on what is close to a neutral court.

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