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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Dumpster Diving--David Harris---MLB
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:07:56 PM »
Just a typical BB move. Pick up an aging veteran and watch him have an all pro season. BB does this all the time, while we sit and say that they are too old. His formula is successful, why doesn't anyone else copy it?
There is plenty of work on LI, depending on his field. Working on LI would be the best thing, avoiding all the commuting and traffic.
I agree about Syosset, there aren't many cheap places there and if he is looking to buy a house, be prepared for property taxes of over 10Gs. Don't know about rentals. Syosset is about an hour train ride to Manhattan on the LIRR. If he is to work in Manhattan, then add a hefty fare for a monthly ticket on LIRR, and forget driving. It would be a nightmare. Syosset may not seem far out as LI goes, but it is out there and the only way is the parking lot called the Long Island Expressway. Huntington is further out, so the cost factor in commuting wouod be worse. There are cheaper parts of Huntington, but the neighborhood changes as does the price. Levittown is a bit closer and could be a bit of an easier commute, but not by much. Levittown would be cheaper than Syosset, by how much, I could tell, but it is also a very desirable location and the prices reflect that. Excellent baseball in Levittown though. I know that doesn't mean anything to you, but to me, as an umpire, I love doing gmes there.  :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies PART 2
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:37:23 PM »
How times have changed    :what: :what: :what: :what:

Remember when my wife was pregnant, she didn't it around and knit little booties, but she sure wouldn't go around doing acrobatics. I really surprised a women that far pregnant would risk doing stunts like that, but, as I said, different world today.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Look What I found in the Attic.
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:32:52 PM »
I have that program also. Bought it on ebay quite a while ago for $5. I also have so much stuff with that 'Rose Bowl' logo.
There is simply no doubt that the 1986 defense was the best we ever had. We had great plays up front and maybe the best ever LB in the history of the modern game.

That said, and since I go back more years than many here, I would also like to add the 1956 Giants defense as the second best ever
front 4, Robestelli, Modzeluski, Grier and Katkavage
LB--Huff, Svare, Svobada
DB--Patten, Tunell, Nolen and Hughes

Sorry, but you can't get much better than that.

And, not to throw another defense into the mix, but our defense in 1977 wasn't too shabby. If not for an offense that couldn't score more than 14 points a game, that defense could go down as a truly great one
DL--Gregory, Martin, Mendenhall and I think Troy Archer was part of that
LB--Carson, Van Pelt and Kelley
DB--This was where we were weakest, with Ray Rhodes,Steinke, Powers, Bryant.
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies PART 2
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:22:14 PM »

 I watched a movie the other day, 'Truth', starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as a producer on 60 Minutes. It is the true story of how 60 Minutes ran a story about George Bush and how he apparently got out of his military duties. Turns out some of the facts weren't right and it ultimately led to the retirement of Rather and the firing of this producer. Redford was terrific as Rather, even looked something like him. For me, I just love these true to life stories that I really remember, but have forgotten many of the subplots. If you haven't seen this movie, get it and watch it. Just a very entertaining watch.

BTW, I am rewatching 'A Man For All Seasons', and I just recorded 'Z', which I haven't seen in many, many years.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: If Phil Simms had more playmakers...
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:55:07 PM »
Like Jim, this is just my opinion, if Simms had the WR's that Eli has and had the OC's that just wanted to throw the ball all over the field, he would make Eli look small. I understand why many feel Eli may be the best, but look at the offense each ran. Phil was a manager while Eli needs to carry the team. Yet Phil still threw for over 4000 yards with WR's that wouldn't scare even an amateur DC.
My top 3, Simms Eli and YA
Big Blue Huddle / Re: If Phil Simms had more playmakers...
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:36:33 PM »
Eli vs Phil- They both have their strong points but they both also have several weak points. I sure wouldn't put Phil in with Aaron Rodgers, who is really a complete package.

Eli has the offensive weapons and probably the better arm, Phil had the better OL and ultra strong running game. Give a guy enough time and he doesn't need all pro WRs. Loo at guys like Montana who had a great OL, all pro WR's and a strong running game. Kind of makes you drool a bit.
As much as we want to win every year, we certainly cannot complain about Phil or Eli and what they have done for our Giants and us fans.
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies PART 2
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:30:04 PM »
Last night we watched the latest in an never ending list of super heroes movies, 'Wonder Woman". The movie  just opened and was doing great at the box office and I can see why. It should appeal to just about every teenager in the world who loves these type of movies. Lots of action, lot s of things blown up and a real looker as Wonder Woman. So what did I think--- I could have lived an entire life and never missed this movie.

My take, as I have said many times, I am usually not a fan of these type of super hero type movies. It really has to be something special to make me like it and this one wasn't. I don't know if there have been other Wonder Woman movies, but I certainly remember Lynda Carter as Wonder woman on TV. She was a God to many of us growing up. Myself, I don't know if there is a particular story of how Wonder Woman started, like superman or Batman, there is a specific story as to how they became their characters. In this case there is a story of how she became Wonder Woman so I'll leave it at that. Story wise, (????) we are in the final stages of WWI, Germans are about to sign the armistice, but wait, certain Germans are developing a new weapon that can save German and win the war. So Wonder Women, believing that this 'mad' German is really the God of war--Ares, who she has vowed to slay, figures if she kills him, the German will surrender and the war will be over. Got all that. Obviously, you know how it will end, so now half the kids in America will believe Wonder Woman actually won WWI. (as they did believe Captain America won WWII). And we wonder why kids know nothing about history.

Anyway, for ME, the movie was just plain silly. Lot's of Special effects, some are dazzling, but just too many explosions and no substance. After all, it was made for kids and teens and it is a summer blockbuster, so of that's what they want to see, give it to them. It surely is made for the entire family, even for young kids. No scary creatures, just a silly plot and good looking people..
If I had to rate it, 2 stars, just for some real great special effects. If there is ever a Part II, I pass.
Myself, I just LOVED Nickelson as the Joker. He played it the way West would play Batman, mostly silly, for laughs, but when he was on screen, the movie was great, not as well for Keaton, as Batman.
As for Ledger, without a doubt, if you want an evil villain n  ledger was great. I believe he won an Oscar for his role,. but again, when he was on screen, the movie just took off.
The Front Porch / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:17:59 AM »
Jimmy is quite the douche, isn't he? Feel bad for Kim. How the hell did she go off road like that? I can't believe how short these seasons are for this show. Next week the finale. It just keeps you wanting for more.

I agree Ed, 10 weeks for a season, WOW. Just when you're sitting back ready to enjoy another episode, it's gone. Even when we had Breaking Bad, it was always about 16 shows, same with TWD, 8 and 8. I sure hope we don't have to wait an entire year to watch more of this show.

Yesterday's show was excellent. Chuck is getting better, but not by leaps and bounds he wants to portray himself. Jimmy does what Saul did, which is do what is necessary to survive and hopefully thrive. As for Kim, we don't know. At first I thought she might have dozed off and went off the road, then I thought, maybe a stray bullet from a drug deal gone bad, and would that crash open the trunk and let all her papers fly away--a lot of questions and not a lot of time to answer all of them.
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies PART 2
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:12:21 AM »
Really sorry for your lose JBB and that of your sister. One should never know such tragedies, but in cases like that, I can see how one would question the existence of GOD, even devout believers.

Thanks for the heads up on the book. Myself, I didn't care for the movie, and I'm sure I wouldn't care for the book either, but, I'm sure it could b e a good read for others.
And the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies PART 2
« on: June 11, 2017, 05:11:30 PM »
Last night we decided to watch a movie that Ed sort of recommended, "The Shack' starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. I didn't decide to watch it based on what Ed said, but I did look at the trailer and the plot line and it did seem fairly interesting, so we said, let's do it.

Not to rain on Ed's parade, but I did not care for this movie one bit. Not that it was a bad movie, as my DW did enjoy it, but for me, it just seemed like an hour and a half infomercial about God, and what it's all about, etc, etc. It just wasn't my thing. I can see maybe some one like Jim, who may be more into something like this, really enjoying it, but I found it slow, boring, and in many ways, just plain silly.,

Not sure if Ed did any synopsis, but a nice family goes camping and thru no fault of anyone, their youngest daughter goes missing and presumed dead. The father, while doing some snow removal, finds a letter from God in his mailbox, asking him to meet at the shack where they think the little girl was killed. What comes next, as the father goes, meets God and his journey to try and understand the terrible tragedy and maybe find some peace. What follows, as I said--FOR ME, was the rest of the movie as an infomercial about God. I just didn't get into it and all the sort of preachiness about it. Again, some may find it fascinating the way they had Ms Spencer portray God, I just didn't.

Just my take, the father blamed God for the tragedy, basically saying if God was real how can she let this happen to an innocent child, and God's side is that she cannot stop every bad thing that happens in the world, but she was with the child every step of the way and thr4 child was indeed happy now. I guess it depends on how you want to view the debated.

Anyway, I can see the entire family watching this movie and maybe having a good discussion about certain aspects of it afterwards. It is not for young children as the plot is just too deep. As I said, some may find it a very good movie, I just didn't.
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