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  1. In their home country, in a pandemic, incredible...

    In their home country, in a pandemic, incredible comeback in the quarters, beating the unbeatable team in the finals. One of the great wins in Olympic history.
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  2. Lazer's right, about 5 or 6 for most kids, as...

    Lazer's right, about 5 or 6 for most kids, as soon as they can have fun. For best results in any sport, as early as possible. A.J. Liebling on boxing:

    It is true there exist certain generalized...
  3. Källberg 500-1? I'll take those odds.

    Källberg 500-1? I'll take those odds.
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  4. https://www.youtube.com/embed/4UtSLrdnEv0?autohide...

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/4UtSLrdnEv0?autohide=1&controls=1&showinfo=0
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  5. For comparison, here's Harimoto age 14 in the...

    For comparison, here's Harimoto age 14 in the Czech Open:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Xv5hOR-9So?autohide=1&controls=1&showinfo=0
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  6. Mizutani vs Sora Matsushima

    14 years old. Maybe not quite Harimoto level at the same age, but not too far off.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/1MuotxOtIdw?autohide=1&controls=1&showinfo=0
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  7. Depends on the player. If he gets more control...

    Depends on the player. If he gets more control from extra spin than he loses from extra spin sensitivity then it's a net benefit. The balance comes down to style as much as level. Delicate over the...
  8. The Chinese Trials angle is better, especially...

    The Chinese Trials angle is better, especially for right-handed players. Closer is better for fine detail. Lower is better for shot trajectory. Off to the side is better for seeing at least part of...
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  9. Fewer than 20,000 athletes and coaches in the...

    Fewer than 20,000 athletes and coaches in the summer games. Even if all Japanese and foreign support staff are included, it's still an insignificant number given the current scale of vaccination...
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  10. No argument there. But the point is the loop...

    No argument there. But the point is the loop usually has a steeper angle of incidence because of the extra topspin. So -- unless the Magnus effect of the post-bounce topspin always dominates the...
  11. Interesting contention. You may be right (I...

    Interesting contention. You may be right (I haven't done the math) but I'm skeptical. For argument's sake I'll assume you're saying that more topspin always causes the ball to leave the table at a...
  12. Yes and no. A topspin ball's flight path bends...

    Yes and no. A topspin ball's flight path bends down and so impact on the table is more vertical. More downward force on impact means more upward force on rebound. Higher bounce. It's true that the...
  13. Long before November, everyone in Houston who...

    Long before November, everyone in Houston who wants a vaccine will have had one (except children under 12). Good venue choice by the ITTF.
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  14. Old Waldner was pretty good. His blocking,...

    Old Waldner was pretty good. His blocking, countering, big forehand, tactical flexibility would translate to today's game. His backhand not so much, but he'd have a good backhand the same way Michael...
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  15. This hurts. Now they can get a few more crumbs...

    This hurts. Now they can get a few more crumbs from the table of big time spectator sports, at the negligible cost of alienating their actual fan base. They weren't making money from us, so I guess...
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  16. Another thing is ball trajectory off the rubber....

    Another thing is ball trajectory off the rubber. Try hitting the ball up first, so it describes a shallow arc before the first bounce on your side of the table. You might find this makes it easier to...
  17. Thanks for talking about this, Yogi. This will...

    Thanks for talking about this, Yogi. This will convince some people to be a little more careful, and break some potential chains of transmission. Somewhere down the line it will save someone's life....
    Topic: Got Covid
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  18. Kallberg vs Ovtcharov in the quarters. Maybe the...

    Kallberg vs Ovtcharov in the quarters. Maybe the two current best European players? Dima looks like he's finally all the way back from injury, and Kallberg could be ready to challenge Falck as best...
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  19. Hard to argue with WCQ's results. I think he's...

    Hard to argue with WCQ's results. I think he's third best in the world, on a level of his own just below FZD and ML and above everyone else. Harimoto vs Lin comes down to who can develop the better...
  20. Looks like Ma Long chose the teams.

    Looks like Ma Long chose the teams.
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  21. Covid19 spreads primarily via respiratory...

    Covid19 spreads primarily via respiratory droplets. Any mask made of suitable material will catch some of those droplets. Given these well established facts, it would be remarkable if masks didn't...
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  22. Necessary (but possibly not sufficient) to...

    Necessary (but possibly not sufficient) to prevent this from happening again.
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  23. The egg theory is what I've heard most. There's...

    The egg theory is what I've heard most. There's French L'oeuf (zero on the scoreboard resembling an egg), and Latin ab ovo (from the beginning) via Italian L'uovo. But nobody knows for sure.
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  24. High toss serve turned the match around. Have to...

    High toss serve turned the match around. Have to remember that the next time I play Harimoto.
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  25. Not sure who's doing better, Harimoto or Liam...

    Not sure who's doing better, Harimoto or Liam Pitchford. Pitchford's a great announcer. Just wish the other guy would stop talking so much.
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