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olddog71

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  1. I am a man created in God's image, just like any other human, and we all deserve a certain amount of dignity, but we as a human race screwed up very early on. I don't think we have improved much. Twentieth century history demonstrates that. Just like everyone like you, I recoiled at the image of George Floyd unable to breathe and see him deprived of dignity and life. I have seen examples of police misconduct, so I am not blind to the problem, but the scrutiny under which they now have to function is unwarranted. Every time a policeman shoots an unarmed black man, he will automatically be deemed guilty by many people -- regardless of the circumstances, but let an unarmed white person be killed bay a policeman it will basically be ignored, which leads me to believe that the media play an outsized role in the turmoil going on today. As I intimated above, we humans all make mistakes, but policemen are not allowed to make any. They must justify 100% of their actions. In a recent year 8 unarmed (but mostly of them suspicious) black men were killed by policemen, regardless of race. In the same year 11 unarmed (but most of them suspicious) white men were killed by policemen, regardless of race. That's 19 people out of a total population of 330,000,000. If you accept the proposition that humans make mistakes, that's a pretty small number. I don't believe that more police training would substantially reduce that number. Would I like to be one of those 19 victims? No, but that's beside the point. I worked as a teacher for over 3 decades in a NYS public school. Most of the time I liked my job and my employer, but there were sometimes tough periods where teachers would be dissatisfied with various working conditions or compensation. We teachers conducted job actions. I was NEVER allowed to protest during the time I was supposed to be working for my employer nor on their property. So in that light I have to disagree with kneeling during game times or on their property. If I am going to a sports event for which I have paid a lot of money, then I don't want to see their display. I also feel pity for players that feel pressure from their more activist teammates to do the same, and, believe me, there is a lot of pressure today. If you as an activist want to really impress me, then do it on your own time outside the sports site. Then you will show me that you are really willing to demonstrate your passion for your cause with some self-sacrifice. I sympathize with those here on the Board who have suffered under socialism/communism. Only you can really understand how oppressed it feels to operate under such a system, especially if you have the spirit of freedom and independence in your bones. I understand the need for government and shared services that they provide, but I become very wary when I see government becoming too active. When it is trying to force me how to think on various issues, then it has gone too far. I think of the story of Chinese peasants living under the emperors. When the government came to town, it wasn't thinking of some wonderful thing it was going to do for your life. It was looking for your money and your sons. Thanks for reading through this garble, and I appreciate different thought.
  2. Yes, I remember that morning when the temperature dipped to -28. It seemed almost like a relief because the wind had finally died down. During the previous ten days or so, the temperatures were "milder," but the wind chills were ridiculous. I heard readings of minus 70's. (The experts used a different scale back then.) I looked up the lowest temperature ever recorded in Albany a few years ago, and the -28 still stands. The unusual thing about that day is that the temperature rose to 22 that afternoon -- yes, a fifty degree difference. When I returned to my dorm in Dutch Quad later that afternoon, there were a number of students throwing frisbees in the quad in shorts!
  3. Something else similar happened a long time ago. When UA was in its Division III days, we had been playing Utica College for a few years. That school was also DIII. Then Utica hired the former Milwaukee Bucks head coach. I remember Dick Sauers actually won a game or two against him.
  4. I lived on the same corridor with dslyank freshman year at Brubacher. Yes, I remember the physical education requirement. As dslyank stated, the Phys Ed building was incomplete, so we couldn't do much of a physical nature; instead, we had phys ed lectures in a space below the main floor of the library. We also had to read a thick book for the course first semester. It was the only time I pulled an all-nighter for a course. I didn't do outstanding on that exam. Afterwards, though, I tried to live up to the maxim in the phys ed book to get enough sleep before important dates the next day. I also took Russian while at SUNYA, but I began my sophomore year. I am sorry that the university has suspended Russian language classes, but I understand. Although it was about 50 years ago that I took those classes, I still remember some of the language. It came in very handy for me last spring when I had an amazing encounter in Ukraine. I am thankful to SUNYA for providing me with that experience. Yes, many of my great memories of SUNYA revolve around athletics, but a lot of them are special for other reasons. I'm sure each of us could recite similar memories.
  5. Right now, I'm just happy this team is giving SBU a run for the money on its own home court. I didn't think UA would be capable of this display.
  6. Assuming that UA will lose to UVM on Tuesday, the regular season will end on a very disappointing slide. I just want this season to end mercifully early. I don't have much hope for much success in the tournament, even given Brown's usually good preparation for that special part of the season. To say that this season has been a great disappointment to me is a huge understatement. With increased player experience and a successful summer of play and team bonding in Canada, I was honestly expecting much more from this team; instead, I saw a drastic decline of play as the season progressed. I almost dread game day now. When I compare this year's team to the squads of our early Division I days, I am very pessimistic. Back then I was thrilled with being competitive even against very highly-ranked teams, such as UCLA and Duke. Now I don't hold much hope out for our prospects against mediocre teams. You can accuse me of being overly pessimistic in the short run, but I have been a UA basketball fan for 50 years, and I have a long-term perspective. I can't remember being so down our our future prospects. Yes, this year's team seems to be injury-prone, but it also seems like UA teams always have a high number of critical injuries. I sincerely hope I am very wrong about the near future, and this team rebounds.
  7. Yep, there are always at least two views to every question like that. I know that in recent years the BPG has not been a sellout; yet, the Times Union indicated it might be tonight. Anyone have any hard facts on how many tickets have been sold?
  8. When was the last time UA men hit 100? What was the crowd reaction when the team did it?
  9. Wow! Not only does this development add great strength, but even more it is a great human interest story. I hope it works out well!
  10. I recall a couple years ago that Coach Brown, after a disappointing season, blamed himself for not doing enough of good recruiting. Has anything changed in that regard in the last few years? Has Brown now assumed more of a recruiting role?
  11. It will be good for Coach Brown to get his 300th win. Then the win streak will begin.
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