Beyond the Page - November 5, 2019

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You know, in a world of instant consumerism it is quite humbling to be forced to wait for something. 

Basically, anything you want can be in your hands within a day or two thanks to Amazon or other online options.  Sometimes their offerings just aren’t good enough though.  When I wanted an upgrade to a guitar recently there just wasn’t anything online that quite hit what I wanted.

Of course, I could have got a “good enough” replacement that probably would’ve worked just fine, but I opted to go big or go home.  So, now a craftsman is toiling away in Maryland actually producing the instrument themselves instead of it being just assembled sloppily at some factory in China.

I feel the choice in the long run will be the right one, and the wait is really forcing the impulsive nature of my personality to slow down and wait for greatness.

In the meantime, I guess I have plenty of time to practice.  That matters more than any instrument in the world, anyway.

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Attached to this week’s column is the bracket for the Pleasant Hill Tournament, which also ran in the Index this week.  I’ll run scores if I can get them.

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After a great Homecoming against Loyola, the Many Tigers wrap up their regular season this Friday at home against Bunkie.  Game starts at 7 p.m. at John Curtis Stadium. 

After that it’s on to the playoffs and the team has looked particularly strong these past few weeks.  Going to be an interesting month ahead. 

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It was a Rugby World Cup of ups and downs…and mostly downs. To me, most of the ups had to do with Japan and England vs. New Zealand, while the downs had to do with seemingly everything else.

As talked about last week, England made the final but just didn’t stand up to the South African side.  Wales and New Zealand played for third place.  New Zealand, of course, came out on top.

Oh well, on to club level.

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Dan’s Games to watch:

Soccer, the sport of sports

Tuesday, November 5

Champions League! (TNT or B/R Live)

11:55 a.m. – Barcelona (Spain) vs. Slavia Praha (Czech)

2 p.m. – Liverpool (England) vs. KRC Genk (Belgium)

2 p.m. – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) vs. Internazionale (Italy)

2 p.m. – Chelsea (England) vs. Ajax (Netherlands)

 

Wednesday, November 6

Champions League! (TNT or B/R Live)

11:55 a.m. – Bayern Munchen (Germany) vs. Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece)

11:55 a.m. – Lokomotiv Moskva (Russia) vs. Juventus (Italy)

2 p.m. – Paris St-Germain (France) vs. Club Brugge (Belgium)

2 p.m. – Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Galatasaray (Turkey)

2 p.m. – Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (England)

2 p.m. – Atalanta (Italy) vs. Manchester City (England)

2 p.m. – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs. Athletico Madrid (Spain)

 

Thursday, November 7

Europa League (B/R Live)

2 p.m. – Manchester United (England) vs. Partizan (Serbia)

 

Saturday, November 9

English Premiere League

6:30 a.m. – Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace – NBCSN

9 a.m. – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sheffield United – NBCSN

German Bundesliga

11:30 a.m. – Bayern Munchen vs. Borussia Dortmund FS2

 

Sunday, November 10

Major League Soccer CUP FINAL

2 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC – ABC

English Premiere League

8 a.m. – Manchester United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – NBCSN

10:30 a.m. – Liverpool vs. Manchester City – NBCSN

 

Gridiron

Thursday, November 7

7:20 p.m. – Chargers @ Rams – NFL Network

 

Saturday, November 9

2:30 p.m. – LSU @ Alabama – CBS

 

Sunday, November 10

12 p.m. - Falcons @ Saints

12 p.m. – Lions @ Bears

7:20 p.m. – Vikings @ Cowboys

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