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Broadway0474
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1/29/2015 | 10:34:36 PM
Re: People can reform
What sticks with me, David, are the memories of the uniforms --- for me, that means the colors of the late 70s, early 80s. The San Diego Padrea with the doo-doo brown. Tampa Bay Bucs with the sherbert orange and the flamboyant buc on the helmet. The Expos and the Brewers, the Eagles with their kelly green and the Browns ... oh wait, the Browns still have the same uniform. Anyway, when players wear those kind of colors, they didn't get paid much and they didn't seem to get in as much trouble.
SaneIT
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1/29/2015 | 7:56:28 AM
Re: People can reform
Well I can say without a doubt that many very good programmers live this way for about half the year.  When the development cycle started to near alpha release time the offices turned on an informal 24/7 schedule and it wasn't unusual for me to be working late, head up to one of the dev teams to get some information and find someone asleep in a cube with the person in the next cube hammering away.  They would run like this for a few months on one team, push out the product, crash for a month then go join the next team who was "stuck" and needed help getting their product out the door.  I didn't envy them at all but I didn't sympathize with them either since they had no problems calling me at 3AM when they had problems.
pcharles09
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1/28/2015 | 10:44:28 PM
Re: The Football in the Room
@SaneIT,

Ahh how familar that schpiel sounds. Nothing better than getting trapped on a conf call where someone says something like that then a few others pile on as well.
progman2000
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1/28/2015 | 1:57:28 PM
Re: Very Apropos...
Yeah sorry, I thought that was still bogged down in legal but see that he is officially out.  It gets hard to keep track of all these disgusting sports scandals sometimes - the last I remember hearing was that Shelly had some kind of argument to keep the team and then the NFL spouse/child abuse scandals took center stage...
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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1/28/2015 | 1:54:37 PM
Re: People can reform
@Broadway0474- I know what you mean by following players by bubble gum cards. When I was a kid, I collected baseball cards. My parents bought me like two or three packs of football cards. For several years I thought Brian Sipe was the best quarterback in the NFL.Never heard of Brian Sipe? There's a reason for that. But i still remember his trading card all these years later. 
David Wagner
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1/28/2015 | 1:52:08 PM
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@progman2000- Yes, he was forced to sell the team. Steve Ballmer owns the team now. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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1/28/2015 | 1:51:06 PM
Re: People can reform
@SaneIT- The stimulant thing frightens me. It frightens me like how I know there are thousands of truckers on 2 hours of sleep and 3 Red Bulls and a 5 hour energy driving on the same roads as me. If good programmers, and I mean good and not just people who need a new career, are taking things beyond a cup of Starbucks to get through a day it is actually sad and dangerous. 
progman2000
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1/28/2015 | 1:50:47 PM
Re: Very Apropos...
Is Donald Sterling even out at this point though?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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1/28/2015 | 1:48:37 PM
Re: Very Apropos...
@progman2000- I suppose you are right. But what gives me small amount of hope is the NBA situation with Donald Sterling. He had long been thought of as a jerk. He had been sued many times for violating civil rights of his african american tennents. Finally, an event big enough to get him out showed up. I don't recall a time in my life that ever happened before. After Robert Kraft got up and demanded an apology yesterday, I sort of hope they find him on tape telling them to deflate the balls. I'd like to see the NFL treat him like Sterling. 
progman2000
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1/28/2015 | 8:53:03 AM
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I just watched ESPN's documentary on Southern Methodist University last night.  SMU was repeatedly caught paying the top high school football players during their recruitment in the early 80's (aka 'cheating').  They got caught numerous times until the NCAA finally devlivered the 'death penalty' and deprived the school of the football program for a year which pretty much devasted the program.  The point is, it went on for so long there that the highest echelons of the institution considered it business-as-usual and didn't really think they were doing anything wrong.  Unfortunately the NFL will never be willing or able to levy anything substantial on teams like this that are routinely caught dodging the system.
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