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    OT: The Olympics

    Yes, I know what you mean... Sports evolved over a long time... As for baseball, the good denizens of Beachville, Ontario, Canada lay claim to the first recorded baseball game in 1838: http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/29868/ http://baseballhalloffame.ca/museum/inductees/first-recorded-baseball-game/ The Beachville Museum says the significance of the 1838 game is that it was the: "first formally recorded account of baseball as a formal game." http://www.beachvilledistrictmuseum.ca/baseball.shtml As for football, McGill University lays claim to creating the "modern" game that people would recognize today: https://www.mcgill.ca/about/history/features/birth-3-sports More on the "first real football games" between McGill and Harvard in Cambridge in 1874 and how Harvard adopted the Canadian rules and they spread from there: https://www.mcgill.ca/news-archives/2005/summer/epilogue/ Just FYI. I doubt most Americans have ever heard of McGill or Beachville (no offence to the people of that fine village)... Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 25, 2014 8:48 AM Minor edit.
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    OT: The Olympics

    Economics and the population in Canada play a role too... Arguably, there is not enough population for the resources to go to anything but professional hockey. A player in the National Basketball League of Canada, for example, can expect to earn $3,000 a month for a 6 month season (average). The salary cap per team is $150,000 Canadian. A player in the Canadian Football League can expect to earn $80,000 per season (average) with a team salary cap of $4.4 million Canadian. The team salary cap for an NFL team is about $130 million by comparison. For an NBA team, it's about $58 million per team (roughly)... So the money just isn't there in Canada, with the exception of hockey, to develop lots of professional football and basketball players... And the money's not there, because Canada doesn't have the population...
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    OT: The Olympics

    Yes, I know, Darkblue. And I agree the ranking should be by gold won, then silver, then bronze... But many media and others were also ranking by total medals won. NBC, for example, has the US in 2nd place by total medals won at Sochi: http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals Canada, for example, was hoping to win the most medals overall at Sochi, even if that meant they were all bronze (for example)... So, is it better to win the most medals overall or the most gold medals overall? Opinions differ...
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    That's from 1978. Skit called "Drums of the Congo Swamp Rats" with Flaherty as Mitchum as the "swamp guide" and Catherine O'Hara as the "heroine." It was one of a "triple feature" of film parodies on "SCTV." I remember the skit but can't find it on the Internet...
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    "The Bob Hope Desert Classic" from "SCTV" with Dave Thomas as Bob Hope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNoaITtDNhg Rick Moranis as Woody Allen and Dave Thomas as Bob Hope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjYVyyTBdh4 "Taxi Driver with Bob Hope": Article about Dave Thomas meeting Bob Hope at Toluca Lake: http://observer.com/2003/08/nytv-2/
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    A few more with Mr. Ramis from "SCTV": "The North American Stethoscopy Institute": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkwvUhfKK_A "Do-It-Yourself Dentistry": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wpJJgpXmpI "Ad for National Drugstore Association": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMTjVXoMxCU "Promo for Glass Menagerie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhM26_Xg2H4 "Leave It To Beaver" skit with Ramis as Whitey:
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    "Pompeii" (2014)

    New flick "Pompeii" opened recently:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pompeii_2013/ Funny review by Mark Breslin and Richard Crouse says film has plenty of "molten cheese" and that volcano is best actor in it: http://metronews.ca/voices/reel-guys/948847/pompeii-movie-offers-cardboard-acting-and-plenty-of-molten-cheese/ See TCM aired the 1913 "The Last Days of Pompeii": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii_%281913_film%29 waaaaaaay back in 2002, but not sure if TCM has ever aired the other films from 1926: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii_%281926_film%29 1935: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii_%281935_film%29 1950: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii_%281950_film%29 or 1959: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii_%281959_film%29 or the one from 1975: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/560115/Last-Days-of-Pompeii/ And not sure about "Up Pompeii" from 1971: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Pompeii_%28film%29 Any other films about the Vesuvius disaster of 79 A.D., feel free to add them...
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    OT: The Olympics

    Many people in Canada play basketball - men and women. There's even a professional league in Canada - the National Basketball League of Canada: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Basketball_League_of_Canada And the NBA's Toronto Raptors. The problem in Canada - with the major exception of hockey - is that people play sports as an hobby. For a student, college/university is mainly about getting an education in Canada and not playing sports with an eye on having a professional career in sports. Sports is something you do as an extra-curricular for fun at college/university. There are athletic scholarships in Canada, but they are not as common as in the United States. So Canadians who play basketball or baseball or football have limited opportunities to make a professional career out of it. That is changing but will take time. Hockey is different. The NHL maintains a feeder system for players in Canada. Hockey players are developed from a young age and have a goal of a career in the NHL. So many people in Canada play baseball, football, and basketball, but really have no way of translating that into a professional career unless they go to the United States. And then they have to deal with the stiff competition there to get selected by a professional team.
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    OT: The Olympics

    Have to be fair to our American friends... In the overall medal count, the US finished ahead of Canada by 28 to 25. But by gold medal count, Canada had 10, the US had 9. Canada also had more silver, with 10 to US with 7. So it depends on how you are ranking things...
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    Here's the opening you're referring to:
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    Thanks Miss W. I posted the below in the "Hot Topics" thread for obits: Sorry to hear that Harold Ramis has passed away at 69: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-harold-ramis-dead-20140224,0,2259309.story I remember Mr. Ramis from "SCTV" growing up, before he went to Hollywood and made it big there... Here's a classic "SCTV" skit with Mr. Ramis as "The Plainclothes Mountie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BftMylPpChw And here in the old "SCTV" skit "A Fistful of Ugly": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXlHuRU-n24 Ramis plays the "sheriff" in the skit above... With John Candy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, etc.... RIP Mr. Ramis...
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    OT: The Olympics

    And baseball: "Some fans may not know it, but the first recorded game of baseball took place in Canada, a year before Abner Doubleday supposedly "invented" the game in Cooperstown, New York." http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/symbols_facts&lists/baseball.html http://www.beachvilledistrictmuseum.ca/baseball.shtml And football (McGill University in Montreal lays claim to creating three sports): "The world's first football game The very first modern football games were played in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 13 and 14, 1874, between McGill University and a squad from Harvard. This ?foot-ball? diversion, as Harvard's Magenta newspaper called it, was still in its infancy, and the rules evolved even as the match progressed. In fact, the Harvard squad so enjoyed the Canadian innovations (running with the ball, downs and tackling) that they introduced them into a match with Yale the following year ? and thus, college football took root in America. Although the Redmen and the Crimson no longer butt helmets on the gridiron, the McGill/Harvard rivalry lives on in an annual rugby match for the Peter Covo Memorial Cup, founded in 1974 in honour of the legendary McGill rugby coach and professor. Harvard may have won that first football game (3-0) back in 1874, but McGill leads the Covo series, having won 17 of 30 games." https://www.mcgill.ca/about/history/features/birth-3-sports As an aside, very good post below Miss W. Have you ever thought of doing stand-up at Yuk Yuk's?? http://www.yukyuks.com/index.cfm?action=club&venueID=511 Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 24, 2014 12:51 PM Added link to Beachville Museum Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 24, 2014 12:54 PM
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    I'm sorry to hear that, Tiki... Don't know what to suggest? Try accessing the articles through the link at her website: http://alexvontunzelmann.com/ Or at her "Guardian" page: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/alexvontunzelmann The reviews are listed there... She's reviewed 263 films from an historian's angle. And that includes classics such as "Lawrence of Arabia," "Paths of Glory," "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser," "Land of the Pharaohs," "Bonnie Prince Charlie," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Norseman," etc....
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    OT: The Olympics

    The bobsleigh team at Sochi referred to themselves as "Cool Runnings: The Second Generation": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Runnings http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1927933-jamaican-bobsled-team-qualifies-for-2014-sochi-winter-olympics http://www.sochi2014.com/en/bobsleigh-teams-jamaica-gender-men
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    OT: The Olympics

    The opening ceremonies were good too... But back to reality now... The United States has warned Russia not to send its military into the Ukraine: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/23/us-warns-russia-to-keep-its-military-out-of-ukrain/ (And amazing to see people pulling down statues of Lenin in 2014...) Sochi was a propaganda triumph for Putin, but he didn't fool many people ("Sochi Olympics provide chilling glimpses of everyday life for Russians: Kelly"): http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/2014/02/23/sochi_olympics_provide_chilling_glimpses_of_everyday_life_for_russians_kelly.html And you think the Russians would have been more careful about not attacking the members of the all women punk band **** Riot, especially with the international media there watching (Cossack auxiliary police attacked them with horsewhips): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10649037/****-Riot-attacked-with-whips-by-police-at-Sochi.html And now that the Olympics are over, and the international media aren't there watching, there's worry that Putin will get "retribution" on anyone in Russia who didn't toe the line during the games: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/23/gay-rights-post-olympics-human-rights-putin-protest/5754731/ Oh well, that's it for the winter games until South Korea in 2018...
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    OT: The Olympics

    Canada wins gold over Sweden by 3-0 so Canada going bananas... Our NHL hockey players beat their NHL hockey players... Don Cherry during today's game here (have to wait until 1 minute mark for Cherry): http://olympics.cbc.ca/videos/video/coach-corner-canada-sweden-gold-medal-game.html Cherry is such a character... Just turned 80 years old... Ron MacLean is his straight-man... Ironic that with Cherry complaining about Canadian referees, that MacLean was a referee... But notice how quiet he is... Anyway, that's it for another 4 years... South Korea hosts in 2018... Interesting item on beer Americans sent Canada after losses: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/23/beer-bet-us-canada-hockey_n_4842823.html?1 Beer label says "Forever Neighbours" with the "u." On a serious note, think Putin is waiting for the Olympics to be over before he reacts to what's happening in the Ukraine ("Ukraine Cheers, Lenin Statues Fall"): http://www.news.com.au/world/ukraine-parliament-speaker-appointed-interim-leader-as-sacked-president-goes-into-hiding/story-fndir2ev-1226834819311
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    OT: The Olympics

    You referring to Don Cherry: The real Don Cherry in Sochi here on game today between Canada and Sweden (have to wait until 1 minute mark of video to actually see Cherry): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7H64Crrl0U Anyway, Canada always has a chance to do well at the Winter Olympics, and sports like curling, hockey, and figure skating are immensely popular in Canada... So not surprising that people in Canada get pumped up for it... Not so much jingoism as excitement.. The Summer Olympics, on the other hand, not so much... A larger pool of nations, and many sports that Canadians aren't interested in... Btw, as I type this, Canada ahead of Sweden 1-0 in gold medal hockey game (Canada's NHL hockey players are ahead of Sweden's NHL hockey players...): http://olympics.cbc.ca/
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    OT: The Olympics

    "Is this some kind of Canadian joke, Sir?" (American student trying to play basketball to Dr. Naismith) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzsbZ3oem3Y (The above video: "A Part of Our Heritage - Basketball") Historica Canada video: https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/heritage-minutes/james-naismith Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 23, 2014 7:56 AM Minor edit.
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Yes, I like George Clooney too. And he put together a good cast for the film. Oh well, live and learn, I guess... Mr. Clooney will be doing more movies, I'm sure... And the Alex von Tunzelmann historian's review of the flick has a link to an article about Mr. Clooney recently calling for the Mona Lisa to be returned by France to Italy, and for the British to return the Elgin Marbles (Parthenon Marbles) to Greece: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/14/george-clooney-mona-lisa-france-return-italy What's ironic about the above is that London mayor Boris Johnson has implied Mr. Clooney is a Nazi for his call for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Athens. Johnson said: "And where were the Nazis going to send the Elgin marbles? To Athens! This Clooney is advocating nothing less than the Hitlerian agenda for London's cultural treasures. He should stuff the Hollywood script and stick to history." Of course, Johnson is totally ignoring how the Brits got the Elgin loot in the first place and that it's not just Mr. Clooney (and Bill Murray and Matt Damon) but also the Greeks who want the loot returned: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/11/george-clooney-bill-murray-matt-damon-elgin-marbles Oh well...
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    February 20, 2014 review for "The Monuments Men": http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/20/monuments-men-reel-history-true-story
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Historian and film reviewer Alex von Tunzelmann's latest review is for the Clooney flick: "The Monuments Men: a rickety plot ruins this relic hunt. George Clooney's epic about second world war art theft gets the true story of these art sleuths right, but needs to be liberated from too much material and a wayward plot.": http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/20/monuments-men-reel-history-true-story
  22. Sorry about that. I heard that viewers outside Canada get a message stating they can't view the video. TVO only has the rights for Canada, apparently. I wasn't aware as I live in Canada and had no problem viewing the video. Oh well...
  23. TVO has the entire documentary available to view on its website: http://ww3.tvo.org/video/199818/what-difference-day-made-doris-day-superstar All 90 minutes and 7 seconds, not just a preview. So you too can watch the whole thing...
  24. Maybe in border cities in the US, you can find TVO on cable TV?? I have no idea?? TVO ended analog transmission over the past few years (converted to digital): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVOntario#Digital_television_and_high_definition You may be able to get TVO free through a digital box in Detroit, Buffalo, etc... I don't know... TV viewers in Ontario are able to receive PBS stations as part of a cable package. WNED, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNED-TV (The article above states WNED gets more than half its financial support from donors in Canada - meaning Ontario!) Anyway, I used to get TVO for free through rabbit ears on my TV set. But now I subscribe to cable TV, so no idea how that works anymore if you don't subscribe to cable?? I understand if you have a digital box attached to your TV, you can still get some free TV stations without subscribing to cable?
  25. Very good film about Doris Day last night. Done in a fun way. http://ww3.tvo.org/video/199818/what-difference-day-made-doris-day-superstar (Link above includes a video preview.) TVO schedule for March isn't up yet, so don't know if more actor documentaries are coming? Have to wait and see...

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