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jjb last won the day on November 10

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  1. Veterans Check In

    USMC, '72-'76. Ran a section of Marine One Security Guards in the Nixon/Ford Administrations. I'm the tall one under the "U"
  2. Took a job that requires dress shirts tucked in. Any ideas?
  3. Starter uniforms for rookies

    I think how you look affects how you are perceived; therefore how you are treated. Put an Umpire in khakis and black shirt out there, and they are going to be treated as “second-class” Umpires. Not to be taken seriously. Every close play they call, it will immediately be followed by the coach looking at the “real” Umpire behind the plate. The shirt isn’t that expensive; most big-box sports stores will have them, either in powder or navy. Wal-Mart has gray slacks. Dark shoes, navy hat, whatever. Now, he/she looks like the guy behind the dish. Before you know it, he/she will be acting like the guy behind the dish. MHO.
  4. Y'know, you're right. I think I'm going to use this; Coach: "That call was horrible! I can't believe you're even seeing the same game!" Me: "Coach, you're just projecting negative emotions onto me in a Level 2, or immature, defense mechanism, similar to the defense of displacement, whose rationale is similar". Coach: "----------------------" (walks away). This is awesome.......
  5. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I don’t know. I was brought up different. I’m a Baby Boomer, born just after a war, and was brought up to know that there’s a “right” and a “wrong.” Even through the 60’s and 70’s, things were the same; what you did was “right” or what you did was “wrong”. Now it’s a mess; the lines that I was brought up with are being deliberately blurred. Kill your parents? “Not your fault, it’s because you weren’t breast fed”. Kill your ex-wife and her boyfriend? “Not a problem, one of the cops used the N-word 5 years ago”. Try and take the gun from a police officer? “not your fault, your great-great-grandmother may have been a slave”. For crying out loud, you can’t even call your son “he” anymore, without being called a “bigot and Dr. Suess is a white supremacist!”. It seems that virtually everything in the country that’s designed to bring us together is being deliberately cast side. No longer are we “Americans”. We are now, “---------americans (small “a”), “------privileged americans”, “rich” “marginalized” “fascist” and “supremacist”. We’ve been broken up into parts to be eliminated one at a time. It seems that everything that’s supposed to keep us together is being cast aside as “old”, “antiquated” and “racist”. Now we’re looking at symbols of America. First, it was “the confederate flag”. “Racist, gotta go, tear them down”. It then morphed into “confederate statues”. “Racist, gotta go, tear them down”, Then, it was Jefferson, Washington, Columbus. No one is safe. Where does it end? Now we’ve gotten into sports. The one thing that brings us together. A guy in a Raider shirt can sit next to a guy in a Charger shirt, and, (aside from a little good-natured ribbing), together watch a competition away from work, politics or just “the real world”. And the competition starts with everyone standing together, hands across hearts and TOGETHER hearing that we are one nation. We’ll break up into Patriots and Jets later, but, for now, we are one…. Now it’s changed. The National Anthem is being discarded as “antiquated”, “obsolete” and “racist”. Burning, spitting on or turning your back on the symbol of the country is now considered “courageous”. Holding your hand over your heart is now “promoting white supremacy”. Right is now wrong and wrong is now right. What is “legal” but “wrong” no longer matters, as long as its “legal” IMHO Screw legal, can we do what’s RIGHT?!
  6. Kneeling for National Anthem

    "The media's problem is they can no longer differentiate between fact and opinion. They cherry pick facts which support their world view and over-engross on the commentary/opinion. If you give me the real unfiltered facts I can form my own opinion". Agree, Warren. The media don't speak in "facts". It's now "spin". The don't deal in "opinion". It's now "a narrative". FWIW, a good friend of mine spent many years in front of the news camera. He's now in Government, and now can't believe how bad the media's become. If it doesn't fit their "narrative", it didn't happen; if it fits their narrative, they'll blast it incessantly. You'll never get "unfiltered facts" ; they don't produce ratings, so there's no advantage to air them. I've found that, if something happens, I'll watch Fox. Then, I'll watch CNN. I know the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
  7. Kneeling for National Anthem

    LawUmp; I read your responses. We agree to disagree, and that's what I wish everyone would follow. We can have a spirited debate on a topic, and, at the end, shake hands and move on. That's why I post here and nowhere else. Peace, out, brother....
  8. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Wow, Kevin; you channeling Madison by any chance? Very well done ,sir. In your defense of the 1st Amendment, believe me, we stand shoulder to shoulder. I unabashedly celebrate their right to speak; I only question the assertion of nobility in doing so, and the assertion (perhaps even yours) that the players, (though shielded from consequences financial or otherwise), are somewhat "courageous". I stand by my assertion that, until they have something to lose, they are not. I hate to use the words of others, but please look at this http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/25/mike-rowe-blasts-everyone-involved-in-the-nfl-national-anthem-protests/ Either way, you have spoken your opinions succinctly and honorably and I have enjoyed reading them. jim
  9. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I agree, Foley; the message gets morphed into so many other things that the original message gets shoved to the corner. That’s my point; we really don’t know what the players are “protesting” against; therefore we can’t decide whether to fight for or against them. “Racism?” OK, show me who has discriminated against whom, and I’ll be at your side fighting with you. Use words like “everyone knows”, and “institutional racism”, and you lose me; it’s much too vague. Far as I know, there are no meetings deciding to discriminate against anyone. You can’t reply to the question: “what’s your beef?” to “Racism”. It’s just too vague. It’s like the answer to ”what’s wrong with Umpiring?” to “the Infield Fly Rule”. OK, what the hell does that mean? I’d be happy to discuss individual issues with you, but I’m sure Warren would decide this is an Umpires’ Forum (correctly), and shut us down.
  10. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Lawump, I heard (ok, read) you for years and respect your (real) profession as well as your knowledge on the field. BUT, I’m not sure you’re differentiating between what you have the right to do and what you should do. Yeah, they have the absolute “right” to sit during the anthem. 1st Amendment, got it. However, you have the Constitutional Right to stand up in Court and yell “the Judge Sucks!”. What you can’t do is do it without repercussions; you will then hear a loud “clang”, and your new roommate will introduce himself. Before they decided to embark on this course, they needed to think of a couple things: 1. Will this actually accomplish anything? Is there anyone who thinks that the people will see someone kneel and think, “Oh, yeah, I forgot, let’s talk about racism in America”. Really? 2. Are you really prepared to teach children that disrespecting America and the flag is the way to demonstrate your disaffection with the current administration? If they get a C in Spelling, do you want them sitting in the corridors during the Pledge of Allegiance? 3. Finally, my most important point: What If It Doesn’t Work? So OK, they sit, and nothing happens with America; (see point #1). What’s next? Do they kneel during kickoffs? Burn the Flag at halftime? Exit strategies are important. Finally, an observation: the NFL fined a player who wrote his father’s initials on his shoes after he died. The NFL denied the Cowboys putting a sticker on their helmets after 5 police officers died during a protest in Dallas. But, disrespect the Flag, and America, we’re good to go. Hard to have any respect for these people.
  11. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Personally, I think Kapernick isn't playing, because he doesn't fit any NFL offensive scheme. He's always been an option play quarterback. (Think Vince Young, RGIII, Tebow, even (gulp) Manziell). The option doesn't work in the NFL, and he's a terrible pocket passer. If he could play, someone would sign him....
  12. Kneeling for National Anthem

    (respectfully): Horse Hockey. Courage is doing something regardless of the consequences. They were risking nothing. Their paychecks will come whether they sat or stood. Had the League told them, “you sit, it’ll cost you 100K”, and they still sit, that’s courage. How many times do we say “You want to complain about the Umpiring? Put the gear on”. You have a problem with “Police Brutality”? Become a Police Officer. You have a problem with Foreign Policy? Run for Office. To whine about Umpiring and then refuse to strap on the CP isn't courageous. To complain about the country, and then climb into their Escalades to go behind their gated houses isn't either. This by no means "stimulates public recognition that racism is a problem"; it hasn't budged my opinion a whit. It just lowers my respect for them.
  13. Catcher not in control of mask

    It's just an annoyance, getting hit in the arms, legs, (never got hit in the face, however). Here's what I did; when he'd continue to flip the thing backwards and hit me, and as he's throwing, collecting the ball, etc, I'd pick it up "to get it out of the way". Then, I'd toss it (also to "get it out of the way") as far as I could toss it. Eventually, he'd get tired of trying to find it and walking over to get it, (I'd never throw it in the same direction twice), he'd complain, and I'd tell him "then stop hitting me with it". Usually worked....
  14. Softball vs Baseball

    Many years ago, I went to the ASA National Umpires Academy. At the time, They didn't teach 3BLX, and were told to slide over to 3BLX only if the tag was to be well up the line, to grab the swipe tag..
  15. Why is this out? Abandonment?

    Better idea; why not grab some gear and get behind the plate, and THEN yelp about the calls. I had a veteran HS Coach decide to do get into Umpiring. He went through Umpire Training and I put him on a 10-year old Rec game. Afterward, he came off the field soaked in sweat, and told me "I had no -f------idea it was this hard". I promise you (because I watched), he blew a bunch of calls himself.....(oh, and he's a great Umpire, now, and (admittedly) a much better Coach....)