1988 albums, numbers 71-80

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


The Wonder Stuff ◊ The Eight Legged Groove Machine
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Mal Waldron ◊ The Seagulls of Kristiansund: Live At the Village Vanguard
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Mute Beat ◊ Lover's Rock
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John Zorn, George Lewis & Bill Frisell ◊ News for Lulu
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John Surman ◊ Private City
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Voivod ◊ Dimension Hatröss
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NoMeansNo ◊ Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed
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Los Cafres [Spain] ◊ SF 13 Tractor Cerebral
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James ◊ Strip-mine
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Crowded House ◊ Temple of Low Men
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1988 albums, numbers 81-90

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


Gil Evans ◊ New Bottle Old Wine
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Henry Threadgill Sextett ◊ Rag, Bush and All
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U-Men ◊ Step on a Bug
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Steve Lacy Trio ◊ The Window
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Live Skull ◊ Snuffer [EP]
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Norma Loy ◊ Sacrifice
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Mano Negra ◊ Patchanka [EP]
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Ocaso Épico ◊ Muito Obrigado
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Boogie Down Productions ◊ By All Means Necessary
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Hank Roberts ◊ Black Pastels
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1988 albums, numbers 91-100

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


k.d. lang ◊ Shadowland
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Datblygu ◊ Wyau
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Susannah McCorkle ◊ No More Blues
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Fred Frith ◊ The Technology of Tears [cd edit]
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Ludichrist ◊ Powertrip
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Joy of Life ◊ Hear the Children
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Front 242 ◊ Front by Front
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Camouflage ◊ Voices & Images
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Ketama, Toumani Diabaté & Danny Thompson ◊ Songhai
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Razor ◊ Violent Restitution
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1988 albums, numbers 101-110

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


Half Japanese ◊ Charmed Life
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Universal Congress Of ◊ This Is Mecolodics
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The Waterboys ◊ Fisherman’s Blues
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Fingers Inc. ◊ Another Side
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Opéra de nuit ◊ Opéra de nuit
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Stretchheads ◊ Five Fingers, Four Thingers, a Thumb, a Facelift and a New Identity
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Leonard Cohen ◊ I’m Your Man
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Flotsam and Jetsam ◊ No Place for Disgrace
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Diamanda Galás ◊ You Must Be Certain of the Devil
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Skin Yard ◊ Hallowed Ground
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1988 albums, numbers 111-120

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


King T ◊ Act a Fool
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R.E.M. ◊ Green
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Wynton Marsalis ◊ Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 3
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Camper Van Beethoven ◊ Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
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They Might Be Giants ◊ Lincoln
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Incubus [Brazil/Louisiana] ◊ Serpent Temptation
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The Feelies ◊ Only Life
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Deathrow ◊ Deception Ignored
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Saint Vitus ◊ Mournful Cries
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My Dad Is Dead ◊ Let's Skip the Details
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1988 albums, numbers 121-130

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


Pink Turns Blue ◊ Meta
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Rage ◊ Perfect Man
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Steely & Clevie ◊ Busting Out
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808 State ◊ Newbuild
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Armia ◊ Armia
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Kampec Dolores ◊ Kampec Dolores
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Exploding White Mice ◊ Brute Force and Ignorance
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Stetsasonic ◊ In Full Gear
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Ira! ◊ Psicoacústica
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Moss Icon ◊ Hate in Me [EP]
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1988 albums, numbers 131-140

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.


Hexx ◊ Help Yourself / Quest for Sanity [EP]
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Barbara Manning ◊ Lately I Keep Scissors
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Cleo Laine ◊ Cleo Sings Sondheim
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Lenny Breau ◊ Last Sessions
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Siglo XX ◊ Fear and Desire
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Clint Ruin & Lydia Lunch ◊ Stinkfoot [EP]
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Courtney Pine ◊ Destiny's Song + The Image of Pursuance
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Fliehende Stürme ◊ An den Ufern
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Henri Texier ◊ Colonel Skopje
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Insulin Reaction ◊ What's the Point
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1988 albums, numbers 141-150

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

Been a long time since I put together a list of albums by year. So, this is my 1988 best albums list. Why put together a list for 1988? Random. In a year this list will be different, both the order and many new albums that I didn't know or eventually heard. (But the top ten will probably be largely the same.)

This is numbers 141 to 150, more or less.


Flames ◊ Summon the Dead
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Kamal Abdul Alim ◊ Dance
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Merzbow ◊ I'm Proud by Rank of the Workers: Live in Khabarovsk CCCP
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Vinnie Moore ◊ Time Odyssey
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Voice of the Beehive ◊ Let It Bee
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La Polla Records ◊ Donde se habla
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Les Nonnes Troppo ◊ La mission
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Pixies ◊ Surfer Rosa
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Eric B & Rakim ◊ Follow the Leader
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Would-Be-Goods ◊ The Camera Loves Me
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also, blount: your opinion about lynch not talking is really stupid

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Media, Sports, Stuff.

I wrote a letter to ESPN. I would have posted it but ESPN requires posters to have Facebook IDs, and that is not going to push me over to having Facebook membership*.

Dear ESPN:**

I guess you consider your blog area a way of involving your readers. Most of your team blogs sometimes have a Mailbag, for instance. And your team blogs usually feature a writer who is knowledgeable about the team, and works hard, especially when the audience keenly wants to know, such as the pre-draft Combine.

Most of ESPN's team bloggers are up to the task, writing good pieces how their team approach the Combine, asking their audience for questions, etc. You would think that the Seahawks' blogger, Terry Blount, would dive in. There are lots of Seahawks fans. We want information. You would think catering to Seahawks fans would be easy. After all, Super Bowl Champs.

When ESPN team bloggers are catering to their audiences, Terry Blount is spending five days on "top defensive plays" in the last year. Not one day: five days, one play per day.

We know these plays. They're, you know, obvious. That's the column you write when you are stuck for a column. Hey, Terry: there's a Combine going on.

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* If eventually I have to get a membership in Facebook to vote, that might do it.

** There's a 1000-character limit*** for writing to ESPN. So I didn't write "Dear ESPN:" But I wanted to, because I'm polite.

*** or 7.14 tweet-limit (approximately)

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sam? footnote.

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Comedy, Media, Sports, Stuff.

I sent a tweet to Andrew Sharp -- the Grantland guy who sometimes writes hilarious, awful "attempt[s] to write the worst sports column on earth" under the hashtag #HotSportsTakes (a parody -- I assume -- of the dim Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith columns on ESPN):

Soren deSelby Bowen ‏@ScrapsDeSelby
@andrewsharp I'm waiting for a #HotSportsTakes about J Collins, outmaneuvering M Sam: now Collins will make history, and Sam? Footnote. :-)

(Oh, I hope somebody will be stupid enough to say it. Because many people will think it. And if people will say it {out loud}, you can bet they will use the "political correctness" defense. (Silent 25% nixon majority: solemn agreement, solemn agreement.)

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wallowing

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Sports, Stuff.

Right now I'm wallowing in the Seahawks championship; probably going to wallow for at least forty-eight hours. And then I'm going to wallow for two hours more. Then I'll see if there's any more wallowing to do.

Happy happy happy.

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beckett tattoo

Posted on January 26th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Quotes, Sports, Words, Writers.

Reading about the Australian Open winner, Stanislas Wawrinka, a first-time major winner, I read that he has a Samuel Beckett tattoo on his left forearm. It's one of my favorite Beckett quotes: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

I think Stanislas Wawrinka is my favorite player all of a sudden.

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oh for the olden days when we were wrong and happy

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Badness, Memory, Stuff.

I know that every generation goes through their time of trouble when we realize that the world is different now, but really:

I've recounted more wrong "memories" than most, but that comes with having a lot up there in the first place! . . . The world will be a lot sadder place when people stop letting their mind run with their memory and instead (as too many colleagues are starting to do) start "verifying" everything with their smart phones, as opposed to just letting the conversation and the mental connections rip.

The next generation of phones will come with information-blockers, so people who want to can have their conversations artificially hindered by argument-enhancers, or "stoned phones".

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anticipatory farewell to jim schwartz. forever*. (or: an amazing stat)

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Sports, Stuff.

Bill Simmons says: "[The Lions] hired 13 head coaches since 1964 — not including the soon-to-be-fired Jim Schwartz, not one of those coaches landed another head coaching job."

If I moved to Detroit (a fantasy: nobody moves to Detroit**), I would stop being an football fan***: like being a coach of Detroit Lions, it's the last job you will find.
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* okay: probably.

** that's not a shot at Detroit, like the shots that people take at Cleveland or Pittsburgh, mostly taken by people who have never been there (Joke Lite, no clown calories). I've never been to Detroit, but I like the name. Anyway, it's a reference to its steadily declining population: from 1.8 million in 1950 to 713,777 in 2010 (just the city, not the metro area). Even in ten years (2000-2010) the city's population fell by 25%. When I was a child, Detroit was 5th in population (behind New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia: the five cities in America that had a million people [in the seventies Houston joined them]). Detroit has fallen to 18th (again, the city, not the metro area).

*** I think I could still be a fan of the careers of Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson.

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a little test for sportswriters

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Media, Sports, Stuff.

ESPN:

Flacco didn't hide his dislike of the Wildcat when he lined up at wide receiver. He was so disinterested that he kept his hands in his front pouch and barely moved off the line after the ball was snapped.

Now. Substitute "Dez Byrant" for "Joe Flacco". Watch the sportswriters salivate.

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ed reed: moving up my favorite football players list

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Sports, Words.

Ed Reed last week was waived from the Houston Texans:

"[Critics] are looking for every reason to put everything on Ed Reed," Reed said. "That's funny. That's funny to me. And it's kind of funny that I'm speaking in the third person about that."

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your comments aren't getting through to my email

Posted on November 11th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Badness, Stuff.

That's what I said. I just found out. For the last three days, people's comments are getting posted on Parlando, but they aren't getting through to my email. WordPress still is set up fine, and I've been through my spam folder without finding anything. Frustrating!

edit: As soon as I complain, the email starts up again. I didn't do anything, except look at some of the obvious places. =scratch head=

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giffgaff: we like spam, yes we do, giffgaff happy to use spam spam spam, spam giffgaff! but seriously: we giffgaff like spam very much spam giffgaff spam.

Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Badness, Elsewhere, Stuff, Untruths.

"Just to re-assure you, we hate spam too. This email was sent to you because you have given giffgaff permission to contact you via this address."

Yes.

Okay, keep this short.* Of course I haven't given them permission. Usually, I sigh and click the tiny "unsubscribe" link. Usually, that's all that's needed. (Of course, I always click on the "spam" button, just in case.) But sometimes -- and this time -- when it says "unsubscribe", you click though to a page that you can't "unsubscribe" at all (and, funny, almost always they claim that you have given them permission. Like maybe I've forgotten).

With a grim smile, I type "we hate spam" and "giffgaff" into Google. One try (ten Google links) and I know: Giffgaff doesn't do a simple "unsubscribe". Maybe, maybe Giffgaff will "unsubscribe" if I join (with a password, etc). Actually, I'm not sure even that will "unsubscribe" me. Phil Bradley's weblog:

No, I have NOT given you permission to contact me via this address - you just decided to, and didn't give me an option to tell you not to. That's SPAM.

However, I decide to close the account, or at least, stop them sending me stuff. So I go to the website, where they want me to log in, with my user name and password. Y'know - the ones that I don't have *because I hadn't joined their service*. So not much I can do there. However, they have a help forum. So I go along to that; I knew what would happen, and it did. 'Before you can post, you have to join with your user name and password.'

So let's go along to their Facebook site. I complain. The next thing that I know is they have sent me a link to change my password. Now of course, this is where it gets interesting. They have now given me the opportunity to take over one of their members accounts. I haven't hacked it or anything... they have GIVEN me the means to do this. Now, I have no idea what's in that account, and I'm not going to find out. But I know the phone number, since they provided me with that in the initial email. I could do lots of interesting things in the account though, I am sure.

So - not only do Giffgaff NOT validate email accounts, they spam, they have no proper method of contacting them, and they're giving me permission to get into a members account. These people are an absolute shower - and if you have anything to do with them, I'd run away quickly.

Very nice! Oh, here's another little happy Giffgaff, well, thing, per Lewis Curdie:

[T]he worst offender in my opinion was “Cheeky SIM in the post”. I’ll let giffgaff explain: “As giffgaff is all about keeping costs down, we rely on our members recommending giffgaff to their friends and family – that way we don't have to 
spend lots of money getting new members on board through glossy advertising
 campaigns.

“We were a little bit cheeky and popped an extra SIM in the post for you 
to pass on, just in case you had any friends or family who've just come off a
 mobile contract or paying too much on ‘Pay as you go'.

“Don't worry – this is just a one off, promise.”

Cheeky indeed.

I think they think that we'll admire them.

By the way: every time someone complains about this treatment, either in the community of Giffgaff or off, inevitably several people defend Giffgaff, and inevitably they're off the point** (i.e. "check your preferences", as though you are a member), and so far they haven't pointed complainers to a simple link, just gestured vaguely. If you're going to gesture vaguely, or post vague defense ("I like it their great!"), don't bother; it will be deleted.
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*really, it was longer!
**that's assuming they are real, of course.

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unhappy with feedly, i mean apart from the silly name

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Boring Posts, Stuff.

Welp. Apparently Feedly has gone through an update, because it now shows (on Firefox) a blank white space. (On Explorer it's fine, but I'm not going to fire up Explorer with all its drawbacks just to view Feedly.) On Firefox, I have everything set up to go through Adblock and Flashblock; now I have Flashblock disabled on Feedly, but it still shows white, just white, white white white.

It's not that I really like Feedly. It's serviceable, with a few annoyances. I was fine with it, but. Anyone have a different news/blog aggregator that they're happy with? (Except LiveJournal; I've been there.)

edit: Nickel Chief suggested Digg Reader; so far it's doing well (better than Feedly, actually. I put up with a few annoyances with Feedly). Thanks, Nickel Chief!

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no, really? he's a small man? get out!

Posted on October 25th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Sports, Stock Phrases, Stuff.

"I think he just wants to flex his power," [Cliff] Bennett says. "He has small (man's) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there's not much respect for him in that locker room."

Cliff, why do you reference Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano's height when running him down? Many, many tall men casually flex their power, but you wouldn't refer to their height (well, maybe if he's seven feet tall). But if a short person "flexes their power", you hear it endlessly. It's cliché-psychoanalyzing. It's teeth-grindingly tiresome. As a short man (no, really? get out!), you have to behave like a short person should: deferential, always.

Greg Schiano's behavior is awful. To tie it into his height is a distraction when you should be zeroing in on the real problem: He's a classic, over-the-top boorish example of Football Coach's Syndrome.

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