To balance the "RIP" thread, I thought it would be good to have a "happy birthday" one.

So, let me say Happy Birthday to Larry Bird. I had the good fortune of being at Indiana State when he was playing. Amazing. One of the greatest ever.
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Yep. From back when they still made real movies instead of just blue screen slo mo special effects all spliced together.

I don't think he was ever in a movie where he ran out of a building in slow motion just before the whole building blew up behind him. Whew!

And while some of his stuff was kind of corny (Lust for Life), and some was over the top hilarious (Spartacus), he still did a fine job more often than not and even made some great films (Paths of Glory).

If he was in it I'd still watch it. He's really the last of a breed.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
One of my favorites is Lonely are the Brave.

If there was a movie with Kirk and Burt Lancaster in it, my religion required me to watch it.


There are:
I Walk Alone 1948
Gunfight at the OK Corral 1957
The Devil's Disciple 1958
Seven Days in May 1964
Victory at Entebbe 1976
Tough Guys 1986
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by haggis:
Brad Pitt (not sure how "happy" it is!)

I'd be happy to be away from that unattractive weirdo he was married to. Never got the appeal many had for her looks.

Agree with you - don't see it.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Al Kaline

What a great player! Never played in the minors. I was at a game at Yankee Stadium that the Tigers won. On the last play of the game, Kaline ran in, dove, and got the ball flipping over and breaking his collarbone. He layt on the field until they brought out a stretcher to carry him off. All the fans (This was in Yankee Stadium) stayed and stood until they carried him off and applauded.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Beat me to it on Koufax.

Add in Tiger Woods and LeBron James and you have a trio of all time greats in their sport.


....and of course Tbird if drinking counts as a sport


I miss Tbird and wish he'd return...... Frown
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Beat me to it on Koufax.

Add in Tiger Woods and LeBron James and you have a trio of all time greats in their sport.


....and of course Tbird if drinking counts as a sport


I miss Tbird and wish he'd return...... Frown


Me too! We had some tailgates at Yankee Stadium and dinners together. Wish he'd come back.
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.



I'm certainly no authority on fine art-- or much of anything else-- but last fall I attended a Manet exhibit at the Pompidou in Paris, and as well went to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies again.

I think Manet revolutionized the art world through content; I was thoroughly engaged by his wit and remarkable innovation. I think Monet revolutionized the art world through style; I was in awe of the presence, and almost majesty, of the Water Lilies cycle.

I wouldn't presume to rate one of these great artists over the other, but if I had the means to put one their paintings in my home, it would be from Manet, as I expect w+a would do. My wife, who I believe is more sensitive to art than I, would do the opposite.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.



I'm certainly no authority on fine art-- or much of anything else-- but last fall I attended a Manet exhibit at the Pompidou in Paris, and as well went to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies again.

I think Manet revolutionized the art world through content; I was thoroughly engaged by his wit and remarkable innovation. I think Monet revolutionized the art world through style; I was in awe of the presence, and almost majesty, of the Water Lilies cycle.

I wouldn't presume to rate one of these great artists over the other, but if I had the means to put one their paintings in my home, it would be from Manet, as I expect w+a would do. My wife, who I believe is more sensitive to art than I, would do the opposite.


This may be the only time I disagree with S. Big Grin
Yes, Olympia. . In my eyes, obviously modeled after Titian's Venus of Urbino, but both trumped by Goya's clothed Maja, of which its been said is more sensual than his naked Maja. While I am a big fan of Olympia, (and don't forget another of his masterpieces, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere), upon closer inspection in person, he seemed, to me anyway, to struggle with the execution of her left hand. It's a bit overdone, compared with the softness (!) of the immediate surroundings.

Of Olympia, interesting to retrospect...my wife noticed I loved the painting, so she bought me a note pad of it. At that time, I worked with this black gal...she was super mellow, and we got along great. She saw the note pad and commented, to the effect of, a dislike of it, due to the racial undertones. I was totally oblivious up to that point, and from that day forward, I saw the painting in a different light.
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Originally posted by Jabe11:
Yes, Olympia. . In my eyes, obviously modeled after Titian's Venus of Urbino, but both trumped by Goya's clothed Maja, of which its been said is more sensual than his naked Maja. While I am a big fan of Olympia, (and don't forget another of his masterpieces, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere), upon closer inspection in person, he seemed, to me anyway, to struggle with the execution of her left hand. It's a bit overdone, compared with the softness (!) of the immediate surroundings.

Of Olympia, interesting to retrospect...my wife noticed I loved the painting, so she bought me a note pad of it. At that time, I worked with this black gal...she was super mellow, and we got along great. She saw the note pad and commented, to the effect of, a dislike of it, due to the racial undertones. I was totally oblivious up to that point, and from that day forward, I saw the painting in a different light.


The left hand was purposely Overdone as it represents her vigina.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is so tough he doesn't do push ups, he does earth downs.



A few years back there were quite a few Chuck Norris jokes in one of the threads here. They were pretty funny, but the one that really made me laugh for a long time was, Chuck Norris was born in a cabin that he built himself. It still cracks me up. (And big thanks due to whoever posted it originally!)

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