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jjb last won the day on November 10 2017

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  1. Cold Weather hoods

    I've had mine for years, and they only stretch when you pull it back over your head like a neck warmer. They're nomex and used by the fire service for cold and wet protection. Never wore the Manzella or McDavids, but I swear by mine. (I used it today to clear snow).
  2. Cold Weather hoods

    Look for firefighter hoods on-line. They're designed for cold, wet weather, long enough to fit tuck under anything, and they also come in black. I was never cold in them.
  3. Celebrating 10 Years

    UMPTALK! I was trying to remember. Wasn't it the site where, if you didn't post, like 12 times a month, you were kicked off and banned? It lasted about 45 days and melted away.
  4. Celebrating 10 Years

    You really had to be here for the McGriffs' days to understand the difference. ETeamz was only marginally better.
  5. 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"
  6. Took a job that requires dress shirts tucked in. Any ideas?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.......
  9. 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?!
  10. 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.
  11. 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....
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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....