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  • #1339
    EThompson
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    This is a topic much on my mind as of late and I credit the Donald and people who have immigrated to SW Florida for keeping me current with the issue.

    Specific example but interesting:

    I hire a lawn service that is primarily comprised of Mexican and Honduran workers but owned by American Anglos. The Mexican account exec for my lawn (big job- lots of high maintenance flora and fauna) was over to discuss some issues today on his own time. He is given a generous Christmas bonus but I added this one as well:

    “Jose; you have a son and you look like a sports fan to me. I own a chain of sports stores in SoCal and carry every single team in the NHL, MLB, and NFL. We have an excellent asst of NCAA as well but NBA is limited to Lakers and Warriors. You’ve done a great job this year and in addition to money, I’d like to give you and your son an assortment of caps and jerseys from your favorite teams.”

    He was polite, but said he and his son only follow European soccer. (There is no American license here unfortunately; I’ve tried and tried to no avail.)

    Now what is wrong with this picture when an individual is offered free sports merchandise while living in the U.S. and turns it down??

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by EThompson EThompson.
  • #1362
    Devereaux
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    Interesting.

    Assimilation is a funny thing. I myself would have turned you down also, although perhaps my son and daughter might want Cubs, Bears, or Cowboys stuff. But I don’t watch sports except some college football. I might watch the Stanley Cup – IF the Hawks are in it.

    What I DO follow – sort of – is Formula 1 racing. I was sorry to see that Lewis Hamilton lost out to Nico Rossberg, as big a lout as his father was.

    My son watches a lot of soccer, of necessity a foreign sport. I continue to be bored by it.

  • #1363
    Devereaux
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    Oh, and I’m not watching NFL because of Capernich. I generally don’t care much for the NFL simply because they have made the game boring. Too much meddling with a team. No sooner does a manager or coach form a good team then it gets broken up. The stars often don’t do that well when they go elsewhere. So I loved seeing Detroit because no matter how bad they were – and they were bad – Barry Sanders was always a wonder to watch. Likewise Sweetness on the Bears. But those days are gone.

  • #1367
    MLH
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    I just don’t wear team wear stuff. So, I probably would have turned you down, too.

  • #1371
    EThompson
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    D, I agree with you about the NFL (exception: the Pats although I tire of the swinging doors of receivers). At least Brady is still there and Logan Mankins and Matt Light played as long as they could before severe injuries/illness took them out of the game. I’m keeping my fingers crossed about the Gronk, but doesn’t look good.

    I’ve never been to a Stanley, but I did get to see a Wings/Hawks play-off game last year at the Joe and it was exciting. My only problem with the NHL is that it moves at lightning speed and you really need to be on or near the ice to catch everything!

    Baseball seemed to enjoy a bit of a Renaissance this year thanks to the Cubs. That win still continues to influence sales in a positive manner even among customers who are not normally Cub fans. (Thank God it wasn’t the White Sox- Obama’s team). In any case, baseball seems to have a bright future especially with GMs like Theo Epstein traveling around spreading the wealth of his immense knowledge!

  • #1372
    EThompson
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    P.S. to Devereaux: You almost made me a bit emotional with your ref to Sweetness; there will never be a greater Bear (both on or off the field).

  • #1373
    Mike LaRoche
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    College football will always reign supreme in my book. God bless Mike Leach!

  • #1374
    EThompson
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    @MLR: You know where I stand on this one!

    Always loved The Pirate because he represents everything I admire: a true boldness and fearlessness and an innovative approach to the offensive game.

    I still remember that fabulous observation from former Tech QB Cody Hodges in 2005: “He (Leach) actually called a pass play when we were 4th and 20! WTF?”

    Michael Lewis’ cover story in the Sunday NYT was one of his finest pieces of writing and I just had to respond to that:

    “I can’t imagine how any reader (sports aficionado or not) could be less than intrigued with the story of such a maverick.”

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by EThompson EThompson.
  • #1378
    JJ
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    Well, dang, now you’ve piqued my curiosity again about your stores. :) Do you feel comfortable tell us which chain it is? I understand if you don’t.

  • #1380
    EThompson
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    Thanks for asking JJ; it’s a “niche” chain in Orange County that carries very specific and unusual sports jerseys, hoodies, and caps. I generally try to separate my politics from my business because I do have to make a living in the bluest of the blue states. :)

  • #1381
    Devereaux
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    ?So you live in Florida and have your business in Kommifornia. How different. Both basically blue-hair states.

  • #1384
    EThompson
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    Hahaha D!
    I lived in NYC for 12 years and then established a business in CA. My acct permits me to claim residency in FL (no state or city tax). It’s been awfully convenient that hub and I had bought a home in FL years prior to living there full time so there was little adjustment because I love Midwestern folks, peace and quiet, and beautiful, white sandy beaches that are closed to people who do not live in the particular hood and do not pay annual dues for upkeep.

    I just can’t do “public” anymore. I’ve become far too set in my ways. :)

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