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0622: Picked On in Tackling Problems 25th Jan, 2021
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Mel Cormac
Jon’s just surprised he wasn’t picked last.
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Microraptor
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Microraptor
"Use that anger on the field" - Anna would be an excellent Sith master!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Omg I forgot all about that! It's... surprisingly fitting in a way haha
anonymous coward (Guest)
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As I recall, it's fairly typical coaching advice to tell your team to channel their anger into their performance. Perhaps that means team sports is one of the straighter paths to the dark side of the force?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Non-team sports too! I was told to channel anger and frustration in martial arts too! Let's just say all sports are a gateway to the dark side
anonymous coward (Guest)
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....That idea leads to imagining the Canadian Olympic figure skating team with Sith cloaks and light sabers. I always knew they had to be more sinister than they looked like. Do we even know how many digits their death toll is up to?
junoro
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junoro
Haha watch Ken carry the day, just like he did with the fireworks and the extinguisher!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Ken the darkhorse
Squirreltastic-Blue
Anyone bring those coloured jersey things? How am I supposed to remember who is on who's team?
JEEPERS
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I considered subtly colour-coding their outfits but for some reason I didn't? *slaps head* this baby can fit so little memory in it
anonymous coward (Guest)
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This is what we have smartphones for. That becomes the reason why we get keyboard accessories for them so we can actually type faster than twenty words per minute.
LinkyBoy
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Since when is height an advantage in rubgy? Karen must have reffed too many basketball games lately...
If anything, I'd pick big ol' sturdy hairy-chested Jon first.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I think some positions are best for tall people, though I can't remember off the top of my head. Plus, taller people tend to weigh more, and "height advantage" is more tactful than "you're probably one of the heaviest people here". Being tall is also probably handy in lineouts, but that's not relevant to them here
LinkyBoy
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You mean lanky Seth is still heavier than sturdy Jon? Even so, isn't a low center gravity better for scrums?
Note I'm just trying to think out the thing -- you must have much more experience than I ever had, which is zero (on this side of the channel, rugby is more of a Southerner pastime).
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
In my mind Seth is slightly heavier than Jon, but that's from glancing at a BMI chart and going "yeah that seems right".

But yes, lower centre of gravity would be more useful. Maybe Karen just didn't want Jon on her team, and convoluted a reason not to pick him

(I don't have very much experience at all, I just know a bit from my dad who used to play, and then I brushed up on the rules to double-check some stuff, you probably know more than I do)
anonymous coward (Guest)
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This is balanced, Ken was the only person remotely competent to handle a minor fire emergency so now he gets to be the least competent rugby player on the field. I sincerely hope Jon gets to genuinely tackle Seth and make it hurt: He's overdue to realize he's full grown and his frightening older brother is just a twig that blows away in a gust.

Anna probably wants to see Jon tackle Seth more than I do. Jon has the mass to make a spectacle of it if he hits Seth right, and Anna's got the viciousness to set that up and, er, motivate him to do it.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
While I love showing Ken in his element, I also love writing him out of his element, because I enjoy suffering, even the suffering of characters I really like.

Jon probably has tackled Seth in their childhood, but they're adults now and Jon's only got stronger...
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Suffering is key to art, and inflicting it on the nonexistent is key to storytelling.

Maybe this is a divergence between art style and intention, but Jon looks at least twice ass wide as Seth is. Seth is definitely not twice as tall to compensate. Jon could fall over on him and break his tiny little twig bones.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Quite possible, I consider my artistic render of each character more of a suggestion than anything. I don't show him shirtless that often but Seth is what they call "skinny fat" - that said, you're probably right, Jon could bump into Seth and knock him over