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  1. February 22, 1980: The Miracle On Ice

    I remember reading that cars stopped in the road when the final was announced over the radio. Strangers literally stopped what they were doing and started hugging and cheering USA. Still get goosebumps when I watch those final seconds tick off.
  2. ES Soccer Thread

    Good to see Bayern looking toward the future: Luxembourg youth midfielder Ryan Johansson has signed a long-term contract with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and will join them from Metz in the summer. Johansson, 16, trained with the club on Monday and Tuesday and impressed the club's scouts. "I'm very pleased to join FC Bayern from this summer, and I am looking forward to the challenge," Luxembourg newspaper Wort quoted him as saying. Timon Pauls, Bayern's junior team chief scout, said: "We've signed a very talented player in Ryan. Funny, according to other reports, Bayern were not scouting him, but a team-mate of his when Ryan caught their eye and they signed him instead.
  3. Alan Colmes 1950-2017

    First, while he rarely raised his voice, he certainly did stand up for himself and his political beliefs. At a time when many 'Pundits' on both sides thought the best way to get your point across was to yell louder than your counterpart, he would usually remain composed and present his side. The other thing that many folks didn't get is that Hannity and Colmes was a TV show. It was about politics, but it was still a TV show - and a HUGELY successful one: Hannity & Colmes is the only FNC program which has remained in the same timeslot for 12 years, catapulting to number one in 2003 and never relinquishing the top spot. The second highest-rated program in cable news behind only The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes averaged 3.3 million viewers nightly for the Nielsen month of October and is poised to mark 60 consecutive months at number one at the end of November. <source:>. That is very good and their formula worked. I enjoyed listening to him as he was never the type of pundit that was just a mouthpiece for one political party or the other. He was thoughtful and logical. I may not have agreed with everything he said, at least I could completely understand WHY he felt that way and realize that his final intentions were always good (and usually in line with mine, just down a different path). He really was one of the last good guys.
  4. Alan Colmes 1950-2017

    According to the Washington Post, his wife said he died of complications due to Lymphoma. I really used to like him on Fox as he presented a solid response to Hannity. Those two really went at it, but both liked each other very much. I can remember in the early 2000s he had a radio show that was simulcast in the DC/Baltimore area. I actually called and talked to him a couple times. He got the biggest laugh when I told him some of my Democratic supporter friends said he wasn't a 'real' liberal and was 'too soft'. In reality, he was far from that.
  5. ES Soccer Thread

    Plus, the owners were the ones who decided to cash in on some of the team's vital players. What did they expect. I don't understand the timing, though. Seems to be the WORST side to have to play against (Liverpool) with a care-taker manager. Also, Spurs in very difficult position in Europa League. Down 2-1 aggregate, gave away home goal, and Delle out with RC due to his horror tackle (easily a leg breaker).
  6. I know the old refrain is "Wait until they playoffs" with the Caps, but I have to say that watching this season is actually MORE fun than last season (and I loved last season). Watching the Caps 4th line outplay the fillys first line, especially the shift where they kept the cycle going for the entire shift in the filly's end, was extremely enjoyable to watch. I can certainly love the next month+ of hockey with the Caps.
  7. The Hamdog

    Close the thread now, we have a winner!!! ps. Thanks for the laugh....
  8. February 22, 1980: The Miracle On Ice

    I didn't watch the whole thing, but it looks like this is the entire show: Correct. The Soviets got around the 'amateur' rule by having all of their top athletes join the "Army". They got paid to train for the Olympics under the guise of being in the Army. The US (and most other countries) could only send amateurs, so the US was mostly college kids.
  9. February 22, 1980: The Miracle On Ice

    It was literally the best sports moment in American history. Never had a game meant so much to a country. I know it is hard to find, but try to watch the HBO special they did about that team. The biggest upset as it was literally boys against men, just a week after the 'boys' lost 10-3. Even the pros couldn't handle the Russians. As for the game, I didn't know when I was watching it that the game was actually played mid-afternoon. The Soviets wouldn't move the game time, so ABC decided to show it tape-delay and not release the score. Imagine trying that today. They even went with the typical US television rules, running commercials during the game (there were no breaks during the periods to allow for commercials). Every time they went to commercial, I can remember waiting with a pit in my stomach, praying USSR wouldn't score. Eruzione describes the last 10 minutes as the longest of his life. I ran outside after the finial whistle, and there were all my neighbors, outside, cheering and changing USA, USA. It was wonderful. The other funny part was that they still had to beat the Fins on Sunday morning to win the Gold. As Herb Brooks told his players going into the 3rd period: “If you lose this game you will take it with you to your f-ing graves." As he started to leave the locker room, he stopped, turned around and added, "Your f-ing graves.” (and he didn't say effing).
  10. Is that still Martin Sheen or has he been replaced?
  11. The Official Maryland Terrapins Thread

    Here's a good link to recent Terps sports (all sports) news: Also, nice to see the Men's Lax team now #1 in the country (play Yale, who always gives them a hard time, this Saturday, noon @Capital One Field). Meanwhile, the Lady Terps Lax team now #2 in country, host #1 UNC on Saturday at 3 PM. College Lacrosse "center of the universe" will be in College Park this upcoming weekend. Good Luck to both teams. If you can, get out and support these great teams. Fear. The. TURTLE!!!!!
  12. Not wanting this to be political, I put this article here. I thought it was funny (and very clever, for whom-ever started that site). Enjoy. Fake News Site Lets Liberals Live In Alternate Reality Where Hillary Is President Liberals seeking refuge from reality now have a fake news website where they can pretend to live in a world where Hillary Clinton is president. “Approval ratings for President Clinton hit 89 percent,” “Confused by fake news, Redditers think Trump is president” and “DOJ considers charging Trump with treason” are just a few headlines featured on, a satirical news site devoted to covering stories from an alternate universe where Hillary won last November’s election. “In the midst of a Constitutional crisis, this is our response,” the site’s description reads. “Long live the true president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.” The site’s proprietors do not identify themselves online, and did not return TheDC’s request for comment, but their articles suggest they have liberal leanings. Read more:
  13. The (political) HUMOR thread

    Pretty sure he meant @ some particular person, as the @ and btfoom were right next to each other. Plus, I didn't see "think and feel" in that post.