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66 days ago

I am a bit of an anomaly in that I like both the Red Sox and Yankees. Growing up I liked the Red Sox, but in 2004 two things happened. I moved to the Bay Area, and the Red Sox won the series. When I moved to the Bay I started following the A's, and when the Red Sox won, it took away the mystique. You know the feeling when you want something really bad, let's say it's a new car, and you've been saving up and saving up and waiting and waiting, and then you get it, and it's amazing for a few months until you start thinking about the next car? Well that's what happened with me and the Red Sox. Combine that with a few more championships and it's just hard for me to root for them anymore, although I guess I'm still a casual fan. I will say though with regards to the rivalry; it is quite real. I've seen fights, heard about worse fights, and once, while at Yankee Stadium cheering (politely and calmly) for the Red Sox, I got hit in the head with a water bottle. By the way, I realized that in this long diatribe I only covered baseball. I'll also mention football, where surprisingly it seems there should be more of a rivalry because Eli and the Giants got Brady and the Patriots goat. Twice. Back to Eli for a second - the guy wins two Super Bowls and most Giants fans I know call him a bum. Fickle bunch.

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66 days ago

There hasn't been much of any sports rivalry with these two in recent years. It's been Los Angeles vs Boston, with Boston taking both titles pretty easily. In the acting community however, people are constantly talking about LA vs NY, with both being the meccas; NY more for theatre with LA more for film and tv, although that is changing especially with the Netflix's, Amazon's, Hulu's etc of the world. LA does have a strong hold on comedy television if that's your thing. NY has some great dramas going on right now, two being Billions and the Deuce.

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70 days ago

Thinking back to 1988 I would be remiss to not mention the Dodgers underdog win against the Bash Brothers and the Swingin' A's. I remember where I was, at a campsite when this game was on the radio and my Dad and uncles were freaking out. The A's had Eckersley on the mound, perhaps the best closer in history or close to it, and Gibson was expected to sit the whole series because of two bad legs. When I watched replays of the at bat later, he really gave a sad couple swings. He was all arms. Hitting a home run was just about his only option because he would have had to hit a double in the gap to leg out a single. That game set the tone for the series and had Lasorda not made that decision to pinch hit Mr. Gibson I don't believe the Dodgers win that series.

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119 days ago

Tae Kwon Do sometimes gets some flack from martial arts practitioners as being more a workout than a self defense style. However, I wouldn't want to get in the way of an experience Tae Kwon Do student's kick. They can be flashy but also quite effective. The focus is generally at least 70% kicks, and like all styles they are taught to whip the kicks like a wet towel; pulling it back after it hits. This adds quickness and power, and sets the student up to deliver the next strike. The main difference here is that since the majority of time is spent on kicks, theirs are some of the most powerful. There is also often a big emphasis placed on training and endurance, so Tae Kwon Do students can be some of the best athletes.

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119 days ago

Kenpo for me was the simplest martial arts style to learn. There isn't a lot of complicated locks, nor a lot of grappling. The moves aren't very complex. It's quite direct, and the concept is that every block is a strike. For example, if someone throws a strike, some martial art form may teach that the block is it's own specific first move, there to avoid getting hit and set you up for your first strike. Kenpo eliminates the setup and goes straight to the offensive. A downward block for example might be used to strike a nerve in the forearm, and now your hand is in place for a quick strike to the face or neck.

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