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    The Original Wing

    Awful arrogant to say "the world's best players" !

    Awful arrogant, yes, but just as with the MLB, not inaccurate.

    I hope they can come to an agreement. Although it's a non-event in terms of Japanese attention, I think that hockey is the best team sport in the Olympics - winter or summer.

    Posted in: NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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    The Original Wing

    Japan's stubborn insistence on unnecessary sacrifice bunting came back to doom them. The decision to bunt in the first inning (lead off hitter on 1st, 0 outs) was annoying but typical. The decision to repeat it in the bottom of the 8th inning ruined their best chance of tying the game up. Having Yamada sac bunt and give away a free out??? Come on. Terrible managing. Kokubo earned Japan's loss.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal

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    The Original Wing

    Great tournament for the Dutch, despite the result. This was their second extra-innings thriller, to go along with their loss to Japan. Looking forward to Coco Balentien carrying all that momentum over to the Yakult season!

    Posted in: Puerto Rico edges Netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach WBC final

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    The Original Wing

    Ms. Delicious: So, by making all the kids appear abnormal during a so called normal situation, Julia learns absolutely nothing about proper behavior and learning to be part of the normal group. This is so anti pedagogical it makes me sad.

    a) How is jumping around to have fun "appearing abnormal" for children? b) Perhaps you're right. But 67 out of 68 kids learn a lot about being inclusive and considerate of others.

    Diagnoses of autism have risen steadily in recent years to the rate of one in every 68 U.S. children

    Posted in: 'Sesame Street' to tackle autism with new muppet

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    The Original Wing

    this just seems like they need some cash

    My guess is their record label is just scraping together anything they can, with the band steadfastly continuing to stay in retirement.

    Posted in: 1966 Pink Floyd recording to be released for first time

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    The Original Wing

    Sesame Street continues to lead the way in teaching new generations about diversity. Kids benefit a lot from seeing human characters of various races and accents, and muppet characters of all types and styles. It's a far cry from "the nail the sticks out gets hammered down."

    Posted in: 'Sesame Street' to tackle autism with new muppet

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    The Original Wing

    The gap between the pack and Nos. 1 and 2 is still enormous. Federer being as in-form as he has been, plus Nadal being healthier, could help bridge that gap a bit in the months to come. These are dramatic and interesting times atop the men's race.

    Posted in: Federer climbs to 6th in tennis rankings; Nishikori 4th

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    The Original Wing

    @goldorak: I think that an "average" MLB team would probably lose to or be an equal match for Japan's current WBC team. Japan has proven that its top tier of talent - particularly pitchers - can be between "good" and "star" players in the MLB. Japan's problem is depth. While Japan's stars can succeed against the MLB, its mid- and lower- range players of the NPB are far inferior to those in the MLB. But if we're talking pro teams, then I think that Japan's pro NPB teams are still a half-step below MLB standards.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    The Original Wing

    I think it's an understatement to say that Kyrgios is unpredictable. Will he be on or off vs. Federer? I suspect that even he doesn't know. But when he's on, he's a monster to play against, as Djokovic found out. Here's hoping his end-of-the-year meltdown from last year put his mind on the right track and he can get down to focusing and playing great tennis. Unlike MacEnroe, the antics seem to distract him rather than fuel him, and unlike Safin, he seems be get completely derailed once something starts to bug him. He treads on a fine line, which is what keeps his matches always interesting.

    Posted in: Kyrgios beats defending champ Djokovic at Indian Wells; Federer, Nishikori advance to quarters

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    The Original Wing

    Baseball’s birthplace, the United States, has never won the Classic with Major League clubs refusing to release players, giving rise to questions over the tournament’s future.

    I think it's a sort of chicken-or-egg situation for the U.S. Fan and media interest in the WBC is very low. Teams and players are hesitant to risk injury over an exhibition tournament. Plus, the concept of "international baseball" really doesn't have any significant history or prestige (in places other than Japan). With the professional season already being so long and grueling, it's tough to expect any kind of commitment.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    The Original Wing

    Come on, Nick!! Most entertaining player on the tour.

    I second that.

    Posted in: Kyrgios beats defending champ Djokovic at Indian Wells; Federer, Nishikori advance to quarters

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    The Original Wing

    It's been a while since there's been an American men's player that people had any faith in. Since Roddick was in his (pre-Federer era) prime, there hasn't been much noise coming out of that country, except for the Bryans in doubles.

    Posted in: American Taylor Fritz earns 1st win at Indian Wells

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    The Original Wing

    Are you kidding me? That's incredible! Way to pack the drama in from Day One. Should be thrilling to watch.

    Posted in: Federer unfazed by tough Indian Wells draw

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    The Original Wing

    Matsuda is such a clown - I can't stand him.

    Japan's offense obviously looked good, but their relief pitchers were more than a bit shaky. They really let Cuba back into the game in the later innings. Regardless, looking forward to what should be a deep run for the home team.

    Posted in: Japan see off Cuba in WBC opener

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    The Original Wing

    Way to go, Kyrgios! He's one of my favorite players on tour. Reminds me of Safin - in both good ways and bad. Thoroughly entertaining to watch in any match.

    Posted in: Kyrgios stuns Djokovic to reach Mexican Open semifinals

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    The Original Wing

    Saved 7 MPs?! Wow. That takes nerves of steel, regardless of opponent. Bravo.

    Posted in: Murray survives seven match points in Dubai quarterfinals

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    The Original Wing

    fxgai, of course I understand Dolgo is capable of flashing that kind of talent at odd spurts here and there. But, considering all his results from over the past 52 weeks (and 4 years prior), if you were to bet money on his results for next week (some week, any week), would you presume that next week he's more likely to play like the 13th ranked player or 65th ranked player? I think the smart gambler would assume he'd play like the 65th ranked player - which he is - but have less confidence in that bet due to his high potential and past success.

    I must ask you, what you think about all the talk of "excuses" above by your peers? Does it appear to you to contribute to that higher level of discussion that you were hoping for?

    Yes and no. The higher level discussion I was hoping for would be getting away from the same old patterns that every tennis discussion on JT has been falling into. Those patterns are becoming tiresome and repetitive, and I agree with you - the issue of "excuses" does fall into that category. However, I think that if the Nishikori Bandwagon Contingency (which includes the biased Japanese media) was more willing to concede that Nishikori (like all players) has flaws and is deserving of some criticism, then the issue would go away.

    Why didn't he just say at his press conference "He won, I lost" in response to questions?

    Exactly.

    Why don't you try to apply the argument that you three come up with to Djokovic who lost to Istomin or Murray who lost to M. Zverev at the AO.

    When Nishikori has won several big tournaments (including Slams and Masters 1000 events) and established himself as a consistent threat for the world's top titles, then his occasional losses to much inferior opponents will be much less noteworthy. Until he reaches that point, those little losses will continue to prop up a growing suspicion that perhaps Nishikori doesn't have the nerve/killer instinct to win when the big pressure is on.

    Posted in: Top-seeded Nishikori loses temper and his 1st round match at Rio Open

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    The Original Wing

    @fxgai, thanks for the response. I still see your argument as inconsistent. Nishikori's ranking is an objective fact, while Dolgo's isn't?

    I agree with you that Dolgo perhaps has more pop than other players ranked in the 60's, but on the other hand, his results over the last 52 weeks clearly state that his current expected results are worthy of a player ranked where he is. If he were bursting with top-15 potential regularly, then his ranking would be higher. But it's been 5 years since he was that high. 5 years! Being ranked so low isn't an anomaly when considering his career.

    Del Potro and Federer are a separate case because their rankings have been negatively affected by injury-shortened years. Someone who loses ranking points due to injury can not be categorized the same way as someone who has lost ranking points due to poorer match results, in terms of projecting current/future results.

    Thank you for pointing out that you assume I know who Juan Martin Del Potro is. I'll assume that wasn't a backhanded compliment.

    Posted in: Top-seeded Nishikori loses temper and his 1st round match at Rio Open

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    The Original Wing

    @fxgai, I find issue and contradiction with your point about the rankings. Barring an injury which keeps someone from playing for an extended period of time (which doesn't apply to Dolgopolov anytime recently), a person's ranking is a demonstration of their ability NOW. You keep pointing out that Dolgo was ranked as high as 13 - but that happened back in January of 2012. Does that mean that we have to regard him forever as a top-15 player? I don't think so. The larger sample size of his career shows him to be much lower. The last time he was ranked in the top-20 was in January of 2015. By cherry picking a brief high point in an otherwise lower-tier career, you're misrepresenting his skill. On the flip side, you're quick to point to Nishikori's ranking to defend his ability, but we could go back to 2011 when Nishikori wasn't even in the top-50. But that doesn't define his career, either, of course. Rankings show the composite level of your play for the past one year, which is the fairest method of evaluation: that has Nishikori at 5, and Dolgo around 50 or 60, which marks a very disappointing loss for Nishikori last week.

    Posted in: Top-seeded Nishikori loses temper and his 1st round match at Rio Open

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    The Original Wing

    I agree with Joeintokyo. The second half of La La Land finally got better, once the main part of the story kicked in. But the first half was brutal. Lots of fluff, lots of totally unnecessary songs that don't further the plot any. I'm not the target audience for a musical, but in my opinion, songs work best when they're moving the story along or when something new about the characters is being revealed by them. La La Land had a lot of songs just for songs' sake, and I found myself getting bored.

    Posted in: 'La La Land' has Hollywood singing a different tune on musicals

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