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  • GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY 2019 Open, and weekend open

    by coldwarrior ( 28 Comments › )
    Filed under College Football, Open thread at December 13th, 2019 - 8:30 pm

    2/5 last week, 32/60…1300/1000 thus far.

    Army v. #23 Navy 3:00 PM in Phillie. Army are 11 point dogs and cover this spread.

    Also, Satuday marks the 40th anniversary release of The Clash, London Calling. It’s one of my top 5s.

    London Calling has since been considered by many critics to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time,[67] including AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who said that it sounded more purposeful than “most albums, let alone double albums”.[21] In Christgau’s Record Guide: The ’80s (1990), Christgau called it the best double album since the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. (1972) and said it expanded upon, rather than compromised, the Clash’s driving guitar sound in a “warm, angry, and thoughtful, confident, melodic, and hard-rocking” showcase of their musical abilities.[60] According to the English music writer Dave Thompson, London Calling established the Clash as more than “a simple punk band” with a “potent” album of neurotic post-punk, despite its amalgam of disparate and occasionally disjointed musical influences.[68] Don McLeese from the Chicago Sun-Times regarded it as their best album and “punk’s finest hour”, as it found the band broadening their artistry without compromising their original vigor and immediacy.[59] PopMatters critic Sal Ciolfi called it a “big, loud, beautiful collection of hurt, anger, restless thought, and above all hope” that still sounds “relevant and vibrant”.[25] In a review of its 25th anniversary reissue, Uncut wrote that the songs and characters in the lyrics cross-referenced each other because of the album’s exceptional sequencing, adding that “The Vanilla Tapes” bonus disc enhanced what was already a “masterpiece”.[69]

    According to Acclaimed Music, London Calling is the sixth most highly ranked record on critics’ lists of the all-time greatest albums.[70] In 1987, Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times named it the fourth-best album of the previous 10 years and said, while the Clash’s debut was a punk masterpiece, London Calling marked the genre’s “coming of age” as the band led the way into “fertile post-punk territory”.[71] In 1989, Rolling Stone ranked the 1980 American release as the best album of the 1980s.[72] In the 1994 All Time Top 1000 Albums, Colin Larkin named it the second-greatest punk album;[73] it was also voted number 37 in Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[74] In 1999, Q magazine named London Calling the fourth-greatest British album of all time,[75] and wrote that it is “the best Clash album and therefore among the very best albums ever recorded”.[63] The magazine later ranked it 20th on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums Ever.[76] It has also been ranked as the sixth-greatest album of the 1970s by NME,[77] and the second-best in a similar list by Pitchfork,[78] whose reviewer Amanda Petrusich said that it was the Clash’s “creative apex” as a “rock band” rather than as a punk band.[79] In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it eighth on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,[4] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[80] Entertainment Weekly’s Tom Sinclair declared it the “Best Album of All Time” in his headline for a 2004 article on the album.[81] In 2007, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a collection of recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.[82] In 2009, the album was included in the BBC Radio 1 Masterpieces Series, denoting one of the most influential albums of all time.[83]

    UK Election Open

    by coldwarrior ( 117 Comments › )
    Filed under Elections 2020, Open thread, Politics at December 11th, 2019 - 4:01 pm

    The UK has a general election Thursday. This should be very interesting.

    Monday Open

    by coldwarrior ( 133 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at December 9th, 2019 - 8:48 am

    It’s a monday, and they have this in NZ…as well as a rather dangerous volcano!

    I’ll take the truck, thanks.

    Enjoy yinz’s monday, n’at.

    NCAA Football Championship Week 2019 OPEN THREAD

    by coldwarrior ( 103 Comments › )
    Filed under College Football, Open thread at December 6th, 2019 - 4:00 pm

    IT’S AN OPEN THREAD, and WEEKEND OOT…

    5/8 last week, 30/55…1400/1000 overall. We’ve made 40% and are beating the market. This is tough to do with Trump as President. I’ve made 35% this year in my 403b. Of course, I have some very aggressive funds given that my horizon is…now just…20 years. I’m old. 😉

    It is Championship Week!

    Friday Night:

    #5 Utah v. #13 Oregon 8:00 PM….PAC12 Championship…The Ducks were overrated again this year and no one saw the Utes making it this far. Utah has a hell of a QB and are 6.5 point favorites. I think that O’s O might be up to this challenge…their defense might not be tho…Utes beat the spread. This will be a great game.

    Saturday:

    #7 Baylor v. #6 Oklahoma 12:00 PM…Big12 Championship…In this rematch, OU is giving 9. I just can’t see Baylor not covering, the Bears only lost by 3 a few weeks ago.

    #20 Cincinnati v. #17 Memphis 3:30 PM…AAC Championship…This is another rematch where the winner of the last game is giving nearly the same spread that they won by. Cinci is getting 9.5 and beats the spread. If yinz like track meets, this one is for yinz!

    #4 Georgia v. #2 LSU 4:00 PM in Hot’lanta: ‘Bama is out because Nick Saban made a YUGE mistake, mark that one down as he doesn’t make many. This just proves that he is mortal. It’s LSU, Ohio State, and Clemson left with the real shots to win. OSU won’t be able to hang with either Clemson or LSU. LSU is giving 7 to the Bulldogs and cover. Its LSU’s national championship to lose at this point.

    #23 Virginia v #3 Clemson 7:30 PM…ACC Championship, Yeah right, I think Clemson is giving 30…I ain’t betting on this. Clemson’s starters will be out by the second quarter.

    #1 Ohio State v. #8 Wisconsin 8:00 PM…Big10/11 Championship…yeah, Land-grant Schools can’t count. They are really good at farming, veterinary science, and meteorology tho…REALLY GOOD….OSU stomped a mud-hole in M’s face last week. The line was 14.5 last time W met and OSU won by 31. The line is 15.5 this time. This time, OSU might sit their starters after the game is in the bag. OSU doesn’t cover. They really don’t have to. They are in with a win. Nah, they beat the spread.///I’m really on the fence over this one…

    OK…W covers.


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