Dave Rice

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Miramar Air Show planes "don't drop food, they drop bombs"

Visduh - I did make at least a quick attempt to back up the claims made by Patterson and Beckwith. Per Wikipedia (not a perfect source, I'm aware): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Angels During its history, 27 Blue Angels pilots have been killed in air show or training accidents.[42] Through the 2006 season there have been 262 pilots in the squadron's history,[43] giving the job a 10% fatality rate. The link contains a detailed list of the accidents associated with the show, and while you're right that the most recent death occurred just a couple months ago, the overall frequency of fatalities seems to be lower in recent decades than in the '60s and '70s.
— August 19, 2016 10:48 p.m.

Qualcomm stadium is still in diapers

I was a football fan in another life. A rather dedicated one at that - I've traveled to Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Green Bay, Kansas City, New England, and San Francisco to watch our soon-to-be-departed franchise mostly get walloped. From experience, I can say that the local stadium is certainly among the league's worst facilities - even considering I visited San Francisco back in the Candlestick days and Buffalo's facility that hasn't been updated, every location I visited (except, notably, New England's new-ish facility) provided a considerably better game day experience. Heck, in Atlanta the seats built for the commoners were so well-designed that one could get up, use the restroom, visit a concession stand, and be back in one's seat before the end of a TV time out without missing a play. And they're tearing that place down to build a new one. This isn't to say that San Diego can afford a new facility, or that even getting one would be a net positive - in New England the stadium seemed designed to cater to the premium seating locales, where I sat in the poor man's seats access ramps, concessions, and restrooms were all woefully inadequate. Take away the tailgating experience (which for some odd reason supporters of Mission Valley failed to grasp would be lost to infill development if a stadium was ever built there anyway), and it's hard to fathom anyone without $5000 or so in disposable income to direct toward 8-10 annual sporting events getting excited about keeping the team in town.
— December 9, 2015 10:07 p.m.

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