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now: @nytimes. previously: @voxdotcom. Go Blue.
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3 Aug
“A DeBord special” really has the feel of “clearance lunch meat”
Under two yards per carry with like 10 future NFL starters, that’s grounds for show trials
(I was thinking of 2003, my apologies on conflating numerous weird games against Minnesota)
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2 Aug
Last week I talked about how sexual abuse can happen when kids aren't believed by parents and adults but purported authorities are automatically believed. This is what I mean. thecut.com/2021/07/dr-jos…
Last week I talked about how sexual abuse can happen when kids aren't believed by parents and adults but purported authorities are automatically believed. This is what I mean. thecut.com/2021/07/dr-jos…
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2 Aug
She clean and jerked 304 pounds in a weight class she had to gain more than 20 pounds to compete in, in this household we are very proud of Mattie Rogers
I deadlifted 235lbs for 5 reps yesterday, she put nearly eighty pounds more OVER HER HEAD.
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2 Aug
The FIG, man. Disallowing "touch" warmups for the entertainment value. slate.com/culture/2021/0… Image
If you wonder why event finals look like everyone is falling over in terror, they are, and it's because the FIG thinks that letting athletes warm up would "irritate TV broadcasters."
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30 Jul
I am so glad that someone wrote this -- we gotta get rid of the wolf turn. slate.com/culture/2021/0…
The wolf turn having the same point value as this beam mount makes no sense:
The wolf turn: annoying, hard, no one likes it

The Teza: looks cool as hell, HAS THE SAME SCORE VALUE AS THE WOLF TURN

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30 Jul
2. It is an excellent restaurant. It’s even right by the metro! Highly recommend.
3. That quote is just like … I don’t even know what to do with that.
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29 Jul
Not enough has been done. Athletes don’t have enough representation within USAG, and the processes that protected Nassar — and other abuse coaches — are still present.
Nassar had help — in some cases from coaches who were themselves extraordinarily abusive. web.archive.org/web/2018011710…
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29 Jul
Some of his victims have alleged that he would rat on them to coaches — for example, telling them if the gymnast stole food at night, or if they “weren’t as injured” as they said they were (keeping in mind he was lying)
Nassar was essentially acting as a prison guard for the gymnasts, reporting on their activities to higher-ups and given access to them in return.
In general, adults don’t believe children, and do believe other adults. So if an adult — a medical professional at that — tells another adult, “oh she just doesn’t understand the treatment” or “she can go, her injury is fine,” they’ll believe them. And not the kid.
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28 Jul
This reminds me: @philipaklein wrote a piece referencing the tragic accident that paralyzed a young gymnast in 1988. I immediate noted one thing. nationalreview.com/corner/those-d…
According to the book "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," Fong pushed Gomez to perform that vault, and argued after her death that it was imperative to teach the Yurchenko to younger gymnasts in order to beat the Russians. chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-19…
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28 Jul
The CrossFit Games have an adaptive division this year so yesterday I watched a guy deadlift 500 pounds with one arm.
The individual Games start today and I am EXTREMELY hyped
Event 2 for individuals, I’m laughing because this will be brutal
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27 Jul
Guys this routine is just spectacular, those transitions are nuts
Gymternet correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that first transition (high to low) is a Bhardwaj, named for the great Mohini Bhardwaj who competed at the elite level, then went to UCLA, then came back to elite (which is rare!)
Okay quick explainer! "Elite" gymnastics is a specific category as defined by a few things (here's a chart) usagym.org/PDFs/Women/Eli…
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27 Jul
There is a poisonous idea within women's gymnastics (and track and field) that if your athletes don't have severe eating disorders and train with broken bones they don't "want it" enough.
As a side note, it's interesting who was asked to be a knowledgable source on how American gymnastics got so good pre-Rio. (This is before any allegations were published widely).
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27 Jul
The only comparison to be made is "hey these are two great athletes"
Again: Kerri never competed again, she was carried off the platform by a sexual predator, and Bela Karolyi made her vault a second time by saying, "you better do it" (when mathematically her second vault wasn't necessary for the US to win gold).
I don't think people truly understand what the Karolyis did and permitted a rapist to do. This is testimony from Aly Raisman and former trainer Melanie Seaman: washingtonpost.com/sports/olympic…
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27 Jul
Notably, she never really competed again.
Also the person who helped carry her off the floor was Larry Nassar, so let’s just not get into that today.
USAG prioritizing medals over athletes is why the organization is bankrupt so amp.usatoday.com/amp/6835734002
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25 Jul
Also shout out to the great Cheryl Haworth on the commentary. A legend.
Every weightlifter should be celebrating good lifts 90% more. You snatch 332 pounds at 147 pound body weights, throw yourself a parade.
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23 Jul
The best Mission Impossible villain and in Boogie Nights the most pathetic character ever portrayed on screen.
MI: 3 is a banger of a movie for multiple reasons but PSH just raises the stakes to a degree that I had never seen before in an action movie.
Boogie Nights is, for many reasons, one of the saddest movies I've ever seen.
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22 Jul
Right, like, Nathan Bedford Forrest was a person people thought was a monstrous murderer in 1864, so
"Modern scrutiny"
Seriously, Tennessee is a great state with a lot of historical heroes to honor who didn't commit war crimes and help launch the nationalization of the Klan
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22 Jul
For the record, my feelings on the upcoming Michigan season are as follows:
This
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22 Jul
1.) You have the right to record your interactions with police. eff.org/deeplinks/2020…
2.) Not being polite to police should not endanger your life or the life of the people you're with.
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21 Jul
This + "if you don't like it, you don't love this country", for months and months and months
When Bush won in 2004 I remember thinking "we're going to be at war for the rest of my life" and well
My parents were staunchly against the war (they also opposed Vietnam, the bombings in Libya in '86, and the Gulf War, and the War in Afghanistan) and our household felt at the time like a very strange island in a sea of people whom I did not understand.
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