The black jews of Spain; or, can a Tzadik walk the tal’k?

something about: jewlia eisenberg, tanya haden and aisha tyler, with special guest apearances by beth custer and alden van buskirk

Big ups to sista Jew

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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2 Responses to The black jews of Spain; or, can a Tzadik walk the tal’k?

  1. Mark Weiss says:

    on the same episode of “Tal’k” actor Taye Diggs spoke of “pulling the goalie” which news to me has become slang for trying to conceive — to stop using contraception — but also can mean masturbation — but had me sussing the traditional (Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito, Jacques Plante) uses — “empty net goals”, for hockey or soccer I would think — and I found this one post that calmed me down:

    Perhaps you have had this experience: the Canadiens are down one goal and it’s the last two minutes of the game. So they pull the goalie. And guess what happens? That’s right. You knew it would happen. Everyone knew it would happen.

    The opposing team scores another goal, putting away the game for good.

    So why do coaches persist in doing this?

    There seems to be no one-goal games any more. The winner always wins by two goals because the losers have given them an extra goal with the empty net to shoot at in the last two minutes.

    It has become some sort of bizarre dark ritual of humiliation. Why lose by one goal when you can lose by two?

    And when the team that scores an empty net goal celebrates, it is embarrassing. It isn’t a real goal. It’s a gimmie.

    Being curious about this practice, I went to the Internet message boards to read what people were saying. And there is much discussion about whether pulling the goalie works at all. Many people agree that it does not.

    “It’s easier to score an empty net goal than it is to score on a 6 on 5 advantage. You can shoot a weak floater from centre ice, and with no goalie to stop it, it just has to be on the mark. Good luck scoring with a weak floater from centre ice with a goalie in the net.”

    “…when teams pull their goalie, the outcome is usually negative: the opposing team is almost 10 times as likely to put the game away with an empty-net goal…”

    There are some who quote obscure or imaginary studies to defend the practice:

    “On the positive side, teams score 5.5 goals per 60 minutes when they pull their goalies, which makes them almost four times as likely to score the tying goal than if they’d kept the goalie in. Overall, 40-60 games per year get tied up with the goalie pulled, compared to less than 10 if goalies stayed in. This represents an average gain of 2-2.5 points in the standings per team, clearly justifying the strategy.”

    And some who even had figured out exactly when to pull the goalie:

    “There was a study done in 2005 that tried to be empirical, though it should be taken with a grain of salt, that found the highest success rate being at a pull of 2:40 before the game’s over.”

    “…it’s better to pull the goalie with about 2:00 or 2:30 left in the game. There’s a much bigger risk of getting scored on, obviously, but pulling the goalie with just 1 minute left makes the chances of scoring very, very low so you’re probably going to lose anyways.”

    But as another commentator points out, the studies are flawed because there is no control mechanism:

    “It’s useless without looking at situations where they DON’T pull the goalie.”

    The idea seems to be that with the extra attacker you have a much better chance of scoring, as with a power play. But power plays don’t always result in goals. Just ask the Washington Capitals.

    “…putting that extra player on the ice could create more confusion with positioning than actually out-man the opponent.”

    Commentators seem to agree that the danger of the empty net outweighs the power play advantage.

    “Having more players on the ice during a PP is OK, but not when you’re trying to win a game with a minute left in regulation when one push of the puck by the leading team could seal the deal.”

    This next comment makes the most sense to me:

    “The assumption at work is that by removing the goaltender and adding a skater, you thereby increase your chances of scoring to an extent that more than offsets the rather obvious disadvantage of not having a goalie and thereby increasing the other team’s chances of scoring on you”

    It is immediately obvious that this strategy is flawed in terms of logic. If removing your goalie and adding a skater gave you a real advantage, teams would do it all the time. Obviously, nobody does. So why do teams think that doing it in the last minute of a game is different?”

    In other words, if pulling the goalie actually increases your chances of scoring, then why don’t coaches do it when they are motivated by genius and not desperation?

    Is this strategy good or bad? This comment sums it up quite well:
    from the West Island Gazette, I would think that is Long Island?

    “We will never know the truth until some coach somewhere decides to go a season or two without ever pulling the goalie. But that would require genuine leadership. It would require genuinely independent thought. It would require someone unafraid of heresy.”

  2. Mark Weiss says:

    weird day, and realizing that I missed the Matt Haimovitz show at Yoshi’s. Found this article about him from Times:
    by jeremy eichler

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