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Josh Bubar

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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2005, 10:06:15 pm »
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Just to lend crdence to Jeff's post, it is my understanding that Coach Spencer has been a member of the "system" list-serv group for the past year or so.  That may or may not mean he will take the plunge the whole way, but California would be a great place to do it as there seems to be a great deal of talent and the potential for some of it to get overlooked, thus allowing him to get the numbers of players in that he will need, at least early on.

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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2005, 10:38:19 pm »
OK, Cabonney, you're scary. Because I have a friend in Minsk who has a friend in Pinsk whose friend in Omsk has friend in Tomsk with friend in Akmolinsk... :-)

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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2005, 11:56:48 pm »
Uh oh, Pat, you nailed me -

[WARNING to novices and all, no matter how obscure you initially think your reference, SOMEONE on the board knows as much or more than you do!!]

'cause I KNOW I got the quote wrong (for one thing, I left out the great line: 'that's why the good lord made your eyes').

I'm not sure I still have all the albums (in my opinion, Tom Lehrer's 4 albums are the four greatest comedy albums ever done!) - that's the hazard of a relatively rapid transition across media.  But I WILL find it!!

So, are you a direct descendent of Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevski??  :-)

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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2005, 12:04:33 am »
S'alright, I wasn't going to hold you to the 40-year-old text. :-)

(Plagiarize/Let no one else's work evade your eyes/Remember why the good lord made your eyes/so don't shade your eyes/but plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize)

Not to make you feel old or anything, but my dad passed love of Tom Lehrer along to me. Thankfully my bride is on the same wavelength. :-)

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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2005, 08:13:31 pm »
I LOVE the off-season! :-)

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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2005, 12:03:06 am »
Pat,

THANK YOU!!!!

Unless it is on some unlabelled cassette tape, my album is GONE!

And, as Socrates ALMOST said, "the unexamined life [without Tom Lehrer] is not worth living"!

Generations are so variable, that THAT sort of reference cannot make me feel old - one of my students KNEW Tom Lehrer, because HIS father was a good buddy!  (I admit that this was a student from about 25 years ago, but the point remains!)

Oh all right - I AM old!  :-)

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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2005, 07:48:38 am »
I have heard from a very reliable source that Second City is planning to run the Grinnell system this fall. They intend to bring back Tom Lehrer to coach this team. Godfrey Cambridge will be his assistant.

This shoulda been my Easter Post.

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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2005, 05:19:55 pm »
jeff p,

I think Tom Lehrer would have been more likely to adopt the Princeton system - I think your Grinnell coaches for Second City would much more likely be Robin Williams and Richard Pryor, with Chris Rock as grad student assistant!

I understand Harvard fired Tom Lehrer after each album, only to re-hire him in a year or so after the brouhaha died down!  (Despite the initials, TL should NOT be confused with Timothy Leary - Tom Lehrer was very much a mathematician: Princeton's 'angles' would have appealed to him!)

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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2005, 09:32:22 am »
But you forget that system ball is based on statistical analysis! Leary woulda fit well in the stands, though.

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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2005, 10:05:18 pm »
jeff,

Ya nailed me!  I don't know whether Tom Lehrer's mathematical specialty was closer to statistics or geometry (or, according to system critics, chaos theory!) - I guess either Princeton or Grinnell MIGHT appeal to a math guy!  

My suggested coaches are based on the assumption that a whole lot more 'improv' is required for system ball than most mathematicians would be comfortable with.

You must have a very 'interesting' crowd if Timothy Leary would fit right in - I'm not sure he would 'fit right in' in 1965 Haight-Ashbury!

(Message edited by cabonney on April 9, 2005)

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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2005, 10:54:20 am »
Anyone find it ironic that Westminster (PA) just hired an assistant basketball coach that also serves as an assistant track coach?

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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2005, 03:45:43 pm »
A quick look at the Grinnell schedule(4 official games listed so far) shows that we will indeed have the first game between two system teams on November 22 when MacMurray comes to Grinnell for a game. Grinnell is, of course, a true system team    :-)  
while MacMurray plays its own version of system ball. Anyone willing to take a line on this game?

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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2005, 05:44:06 pm »
Taking the over. :-)

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« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2005, 11:33:17 pm »
Pat, I'd set the over-under line well over 300; perhaps 330 - still the over?  :-)

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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2005, 11:38:34 pm »
If they televise it I'll take the under.