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Cargument Argument of the Week

Because writing a rule book without any gray areas would be nearly impossible, human judgment is necessary for almost every sport.   That’s the main reason those other guys, the ones not playing and wearing the striped shirts, are on the field.   However, there are many rules that are not open to interpretation, they are clear-cut, black and white.   Did the ball go through the hoop?   Did the player cross the goal line?   Was their any time left on the clock?   Foul or fair?   In or out?

If all human error, by referees in these clear-cut calls, could be removed from a sport and technology put in place to make sure that the correct call is made the first time on every basket, strike, foul, touchdown, etc. would you support the change?

TheRoadto90’s Reply:

I’m going to answer no on this one. To me, part of what is great about sports is when refs. make mistakes. I’m sure #12 would be quick to point on that Michael Jordan “clearly” pushed off Byron Russell, which should have led to a foul, which means Jordan doesn’t make that critical shot.

But then we’re left without the debate. Was it a foul? Was this another example of Jordan getting “ever” call to go his way, etc. etc.

Who doesn’t love yelling at the screen, “that was a TERRIBLE call!” If we reduce balls and strikes and touchdowns to a robotic decision, we lose the human side of decision, which, while it is prone to error, makes the game what it is.

I’ll take my blown calls any day, just as long as they’re not against my team!

TheLongTalk’s Take:

Plant TheLongTalk’s flag clearly in the technology camp.   It makes no sense to support errors in a game, even when they’ve always been a part of the game.   Bacteria has always been a part of life, but if I get a cold I’m going to try to kill it.   If a clear-cut call is made incorrectly by humans, but can be made correctly by technology… then call your IT guy and get on it.

You’ll still have referees on hand for gray areas of the game, so if the technology makes the wrong call – 404 Error style – they can overturn it.   If it was a foul ball it should be called a foul ball.   If the player stepped out of bounds, they should be called out of bounds.   If it wasn’t a touchdown because the ball didn’t cross the goal line, it shouldn’t be called a touchdown.   If the computers can call the game better then the humans, let them call it.

Cargument Argument of the Week

This weeks Cargument is a simple one…  Who wins in a battle between Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes?

#12 with the Right Answer:

TLT and RT90, Wow.  This is way before my time.  I have no idea…really I don’t.  I guess I am showing my youth and TLT’s age.  I’m going to say Leonardo, for no other reason than I remember him more, and I’m a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Possibly the best name ever for a group of superheros/crime fighters.

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help #12

TheRoadTo90’s Reply:

Boy, I must admit, I don’t even remember Snake Eyes. Let me Google him.

Well, it’s a good thing I did. According to Wikipedia (I know, I know) Snake Eyes defeated Cobra Commander single-handedly. I never remember any one of the Turtles defeating Shredder all by themselves.

I’m going to have to go with Snake Eyes on this one, for that reason alone.

TheLongTalk’s Take:

This one is a tough one… Snake Eyes is a lone wolf with mad ninja skills.  He’s tough and super serious. (forget about making him laugh, he doesn’t even talk)  On the other four fingered hand is Leonardo, the team leader and go-to turtle for a team of master’s… trained by a sewer rat.  He doesn’t fool around and don’t get between him and his pizza.

TheLongTalk would have to say this all depends on the situation.  Take the fight into the sewers and Leo wins, but put them on the surface or heaven forbid – in the Vietnamese jungle… Snake Eyes would wipe the floor with our half shelled hero.  In the end TLT suspects this would come down to age and experience… Snake Eyes is a battle hardened bad a$$ and Leonardo’s just a teenager.  GO JOE!!!

Cargument Argument of the Week

Here’s a simple Holiday argument…  White meat or dark?

TheLongTalk’s Take: The only correct answer to the above question is dark meat.  It’s more flavorful, it’s more colorful, and most of it comes from the drumstick which everyone knows is the second best stick after the actual instrumental drum stick… is TheLongTalk lying RT90?  The truth is it wouldn’t even matter if it all tasted the same TLT would still go with dark meat, because like Salma Hayek it’s exotic.

White meat when done properly, meaning not dry as the Sahara Desert, is OK in a pinch.  However on white meats best day it’s still better cold then it is hot, so on the actual Turkey Day go for the dark selection.  If you’re making an after Thanksgiving sandwich, TheLongTalk still advices finding some tasty drumstick… but if that fails then white meat is acceptable.

TheRoadTo90’s Response: TheLongTalk is sadly mistaken in his support of dark meat.

White meat is the king of the white meat/dark meat battle. Unless of course, you like slimy meat. You see, I’m a big food texture freak, so I CAN NOT STAND dark slime-filled meat. I’ve never liked it.

There is something about tearing into a piece of (somewhat) juicy white meat. Pour a little pepper on top, and you’re good to go!

Now, give me that drumstick and I’ll beat some sense into TheLongTalk!

#12 with the correct answer: First of all, I cannot tell you how surprised I am that a topic between white meat and dark meat has stayed clean for so long.  Anyways, #12 is impartial when it comes to the color of the turkey meat.  It’s all the same bird ladies and gentlemen and when #12 gets some meat, he likes variety.

#12 is a all for equality so the white gets just as much love as the dark.  I have no preference.

RT90, I don’t get the food texture argument.  How can texture bother someone so much?  I’ve never been affected to eat or not eat food because of the texture.Who cares about the texture, its all about flavor.  And for #12, I want to taste some dark and some white on turkey day!

I’ve never gotten this argument.  I have some friends who used to look for white meat or dark meat chicken nuggets at McDonalds because they would only eat the white meat, and not the dark.  Are you kidding me?  Who cares!  It’s all the same bird, and it tastes almost exactly the same.  So on turkey day give some love to both camps and enjoy.

Cargument Argument of the Week

Cargument Argument of the Week

This first Cargument Argument of the Week is an oldie, but a goodie.  The ever popular and always exciting… Should we stop for directions?

TheLongTalk’s Take: When TheLongTalk’s lost TheLongTalk stops for directions, cliché’s be damned.  TLT wants to get back on track, fast.  So the answer is obvious, you should stop for directions at the next gas station.

If you’re rocking a GPS, then TheLongTalk can understand the desire to figure things out for yourself and keep-on-keeping-on, but short of TomTom tech. it’s insane to keep heading in the wrong direction.  If you’re lost right now, why on Earth wouldn’t you be even more lost in 3 minutes?  Get directions, get on track, get to where you’re going.

#12 with the Correct Answer: When by myself, I never have, nor never will ask for directions.  Being lost is too fun to ask for directions.  Now if I am with my wife or with other people and we need to get somewhere fast, then I suppose, eventually, maybe, possibly I would stop and ask for directions.  But, when by myself I am rarely in a hurry to get from point A to point B, so getting lost is fun.  I use to live in Indiana and one day I took a wrong turn and thought I could take another turn to get back where I was supposed to be.  Confused?  Apparently, so was I because I got lost, and did I stop for directions?  Nope.  Did I turn around?  Nope.  I kept exploring (always keeping in mind the general direction I thought I had to go) and found an awesome berry farm (#12 loves berries and fruit).  It was a great find and something I never would have discovered if I had stopped and asked for directions instead of enjoy being lost. Stop and ask for directions?  Where’s the fun in that?

TLT, I understand why you would want to stop and get directions.  If we had listened to your directions instead of mine we would still be lost in a Wyoming forest…

TheRoadTo90’s Reply: I’ve never personally actually had to stop for directions often, but under the right circumstances, I’d say stopping is a must.

Close to out of gas? Stop, hopefully at a gas station
In a rough part of town? Get somewhere less rough and stop.
Impatient significant other with you? You bet your butt you better stop.

Got a full tank in a safe location with no other obligations? Feel free to explore.

Let’s all remember that it was I who insisted I knew the right way home from a trip to Philly, but everyone else didn’t get on board with me. I’d like to remind us all how that trip turned out.

Just sayin’…