Jim R

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  1. Soccer/Football

    I love it. The ability to out-think less experienced players is a nice feeling. I had to stop playing when I was in my early 40's, but even when I was younger there were always plenty of players around who were relatively new to the game. Interesting. This reminds me of something I didn't mention, which is that I played against a number of teams that were assembled largely according to ethnicities/nationalities. For those teams, it always seemed to up the stakes to some degree, despite the assumed friendly/recreational nature of the activity. It's understandable, though. Playing for pride and all that. Yeah, I can't say I'm at all surprised. Pick up games are just a different atmosphere. Fortunately, people typically controlled themselves pretty well in the rec leagues, because the league organizers had a pretty strict policy. I can only remember one player getting banned from the league while I was playing. Again, I'm not surprised, and you've described very well what I disliked so much about those settings. Intimidation and a lack of trust and flexibility. As if it matters who wins in a pick-up game! Anyway, if you're still enjoying that avenue for playing the game, then you're more probably tolerant than I was of those selfish and quick-to-judge-your-skills guys. If I were you, I'd be looking for a rec league team to join up with. Generally, the turnover rate on most teams was always pretty high when I played, so I'd think it wouldn't be too hard to find a team that's eagerly looking for good players to join them. There were also different league levels according to age and skill/experience. There were minor fees to join a team, and of course the regular responsibility to show up and play games according to a schedule, but for me it was well worth it. Even if you had to start out as a reserve player for awhile, it might be worth investigating (if you haven't already considered it). What position do you prefer to play, by the way?
  2. Soccer/Football

    An interesting question, Dmitry, which I haven't thought about in a very long time. Before I get to that, I should emphasize that I rarely played in "pick-up" games. I played in recreational leagues, in a structured setting with scheduled ten-game seasons, and an organized team. The team went through constant changes over the years, but ours included one of my brothers as well as a friend who I'd grown up with and played with in high school. So, I generally knew what to expect most of the time (like I said, I always played as the team's striker), and over time I even got to know what to expect from many of the opponents that we played once or twice per season. Even though there was really nothing "at stake", I still always took it pretty seriously anyway (not only wanting to win, but wanting to do everything I could to help facilitate the game being played the right way). Besides being able to score some goals, what I really loved was passing. Making a great pass was always more gratifying than scoring a routine goal of some sort. I was sort of a target striker, but I usually didn't try to hold the ball up, and although I had decent speed, I didn't try to attack with the ball very often. I usually preferred to play the ball first time to a wing or a mid, and then look for space and a return pass. I played with some guys who could really serve the ball into the box nicely, so I scored a lot of my goals via headers. Anyway, back to your question. I felt a combination of excitement and anticipation before games, as well as some anxiety. I can recall having concerns about all kinds of things... poor fields, poor referees, playing games with certain team members absent, difficult opponents, playing with injuries, and not wanting to let my teammates down. The anxiety was all out-weighed by the prospect of the team playing great, and the joy of being part of that. When I did find myself involved in pick-up games, it could be very uncomfortable... people not knowing each other's skills and temperament, having to play out of position, etc. Those scenarios usually involved more selfish play, less teamwork, and less fun. Thanks for asking, by the way. What have your experiences been like?
  3. Soccer/Football

    I played in high school (starting in 1970, when the sport was first offered as part of the athletics program, through 1974). I had a step-grandfather in Tacoma WA who hailed from Liverpool, and he used to send me the sports section of the Liverpool paper after he'd read it. Lots of articles about Kevin Keegan and Stevie Heighway. I started going to San Jose Earthquakes games in 1974 (the beginnings of the old NASL), and also began watching the World Cup (only available in spanish, on a UHF tv channel, in those days). In the mid-to-late 70's, I was able to get both "Soccer Made In Germany" (Bundesliga matches, announced by Toby Charles) and "Star Soccer" (EPL, announced by Mario Machado) on our local PBS affiliates, and started to learn more about the game. But the World Cups continued to be spanish-only until many years later, and when we did finally get english-language coverage ('90 or '94?), it was cringe-worthy (Seamus Malin explaining the rules of the game to Jim McKay for 90 minutes). I wasn't talented enough to play in college (SJSU was often ranked in the top ten in the nation at that time), but I played in recreational leagues for about 20 years (always at striker, where I was lethal ... I scored just over 300 goals in roughly 300 games). Injuries began to mount, and I had to give it up when I was in my 40's. I've remained an Earthquakes fan through the transition from the NASL to MLS, and I've been a fan of the U.S. national team ever since they qualified for Italia '90. These are not good times for either the Quakes or the Nats, but I'll keep my chin up. I'll watch an occasional EPL or La Liga or Champions League (etc) match, but I'm generally much more interested in the international game (all of it... WC, WC qualifying, regional tournaments, and even friendlies) than I am in following foreign leagues. I'm not even sure why that is.
  4. Name Three People...

    Dino Wilma Flintstone Wanda Venus Fairywinkle-Cosma
  5. BFT for September

    So, I listened to track 9 in the hope that I might recognize the Canadian player. Thought it might be someone like Peter Leitch, or Lorne Lofsky, or Reg Schwager. Doesn't sound like any of those to me. This player sounds a bit less fluid/polished and confident than those guys. Good player, but not what I would call world class (feel the same about the pianist). He/she sounds like they might have been influenced by Joshua Breakstone (who has done a few stop-time tunes like this, btw). I think I like the composition better than the playing on this track. I've heard about another Canadian player named Richard Ring, but I'm not familiar with his work.
  6. What's this LP album?

    Possibly, but the record might have been in mint condition too. This is a photograph (by a camera of unknown quality) taken out in the sun, from a distance, and we don't know if the image has since faded. I still see bluish on the left and reddish on the right (spotlights), and everything else matches perfectly in terms of the cover's layout. Zero doubt. Now, everybody back to work on that Steve McQueen LP.
  7. What's this LP album?

    Yes, these make it pretty obvious, along with the other details that match.
  8. What's this LP album?

    ? It's clearly the Little Richard LP. Look at the whole cover, not just the human figure.
  9. Westerns.

    My personal favorite, which hasn't even gotten a mention so far:
  10. Dexter Gordon

    According to Thorbjorn Sjogren's 1986 discography, these recordings were made at the J.M. on three consecutive nights (Thursday) July 20, (Friday) July 21 and (Saturday) July 22. Back when this thread began, I might have been able to tell you whether any other sources had given the same three dates, but I no longer remember whether I've seen any such corroboration or other scholarly writing about this. The Jazz Colours CD, which was the last of the four to be released, indicates July 20/21, but is the one CD which contains material from the July 22 show, according to Sjogren. However, Manfred Scheffner's liner notes are extremely brief and generic, and say almost nothing about the actual recordings on the CD. Sjogren lists 32 songs, while the four CD's contain a total of 21 songs. Jazzdisco.org's entry only indicates July 20 and 21, and they botch the discographical details, listing several songs twice for the sake of organizing them by their commercial releases (?). Anyway, I couldn't tell you how many sets were involved each night, but I can list all of the songs if you're really interested.
  11. Mistakes in covers, booklets...

    Where's the mistake on this? The photo orientation being flipped? If so, that seems pretty tame. In other guitar-related news, the penultimate track on the new Wes Montgomery/Wynton Kelly "Smokin' In Seattle" disc (Resonance label) was mis-identified. It's a Jobim tune, but it's not "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", it's "O Amor Em Paz" (aka "Once I Loved"). I wonder if someone at Resonance initiated the mistake, or whether it goes back to 1966.
  12. The penultimate track on this was mis-identified. It's a Jobim tune, but it's not "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", it's "O Amor Em Paz" (aka "Once I Loved"). I wonder if someone at Resonance initiated the mistake, or whether it goes back to 1966.
  13. Mystery Desmond track on youtube

    It's listed there. http://www.jazzdisco.org/paul-desmond/discography/ Paul Desmond Quartet Paul Desmond (alto sax) Ed Bickert (guitar) Don Thompson (bass) Jerry Fuller (drums) Edmonton Jazz Festival, Edmonton, AB, Canada, April 14, 1976 Just Squeeze Me Gambit (Sp) 69280 Darn That Dream - Wave - Some Day My Prince Will Come - Wendy - Take Five - * Gambit (Sp) 69280 Paul Desmond Quartet - Edmonton Festival '76
  14. Name Three People...

    Doug Raney Grant Green Jr. John Pizzarelli