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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4810 posts, RR: 23
Posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Everyone, add Antonio Davis to your lists. Talk about a lame excuse for not wanting to stay in Toronto:

From sportsnet.ca:

Metric system concerns free agent Davis

The big forward says he's concerned his kids' are learning the wrong things in Toronto, making Raptors fans nervous and perhaps further inflaming the sensitive Canadian psyche.

TORONTO -- Antonio Davis is worried. His young children are being taught the metric system and the Canadian national anthem.

Antonio Davis had his best season this year, averaging 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.

That's not what American children should be learning.

At least, that what the Toronto Raptors' soon-to-be-free-agent all star forward told American syndicated talk show host Jim Rome on Thursday.

“It's just that Canada teaches a lot of different things,” Davis said when asked what he didn't like his 6-year-old twins, Antonio Jr. and Kaela, exposed to.

“You know, the metric system, when they go to school every day and they're singing the national anthem. Some of those things are going to pass as they're kids. As they grow older, there are some different things they need to learn.

“I'm a little worried about it now because they're really starting real school -- first and second and third grades -- and I think those grades are very important in their learning process.”

Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald, who has become a Canadian citizen with his two children, wasn't overly concerned with Davis's comments.

“Tell Antonio that I will volunteer to tutor his kids in pounds and ounces and gallons and pints (if he re-signs),” Grunwald said with a chuckle.

Davis's California-based agent, Bill Duffy, was amazed at the indignant reaction to his client's remarks.

“I can't believe the over-reaction to this,” said Duffy, who also represents Dallas Mavericks star Steve Nash of Victoria. “I heard the interview and I told him (Davis) that it was a great interview.”

He defended Davis's prerogative to judge his children's schooling.

“I think it was fair and not controversial at all,” Duffy said. “I would expect a Canadian living in the U.S. might say the same thing. It wasn't disparagement.”

Davis, 32, has two years left on a seven-year, $35-million US contract but is eligible to become a free agent on July 1 and is looking for a long-term deal in the vicinity of $10 million a season.

“I think my family was happy (in Toronto), but I'm not sure how happy they were,” Davis said. “There was a lot of time that I was worried about them and worried about their situation, the kids in school, the opportunities for my wide to do different things.

“I just need to make sure those things are taken care of first, and then we'll make that decision on whether it's the best thing for us to come back or there's a possibility we'll have to go elsewhere. I think everything else in Toronto is just fine.”

Davis enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2000-2001, averaging 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game in the regular season and becoming a key factor in the Raptors taking the Philadelphia 76ers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals before being eliminated from the playoffs.

He said he intends to pursue his free-agency opportunity agressively.

“I don't think there's many times in your career where you have an opportunity for people to really get a chance to see who wants you and what's going on,” Davis said.

“I'm going to do my best to try and keep it open. If I'm here is Toronto, that's fine. If I'm somewhere else, I have to make that change and be ready to do the same thing and continue to play and try to be the best player that I can be.

“I mean, Toronto's not a bad place. I was happy here. I was happy with the team. But if I have to move on, I have to more on.”


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 847 times:

The metric system is the work of the devil.

There is a reason why the standard measurments are called Standard



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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 847 times:

What a bunch of crap. I don't think he said anything racist about Canada. The fact that he's greedy - yeah, but so is pretty much everyone playing at that level.

L-188 - that's another pile of big steaming bullshit. Metric System is accepted worldwide, except for United States. The fact that it's called standard does not mean shit.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 846 times:

AN-225, Since when does caring about your kids education count as being racist?

I think being concerned about culture shock and worrying about differences in cirriculum between a US school and a Canadian one is something that a parent should worry one.

And that 1/4 of me that is Canadian is not insulted in the least.

Oh and as far as the nasty metric system goes...You will observe very few aircraft with metric parts on them. They are out there but they are pretty rare. Most companies use standard componets...

There's that word again. There must be a reason it is standard.



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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5483 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 831 times:

That is such a piece of crap it isn't even funny. I as an American would rather learn the metric system(which I have learned) personally, i think it is easier because it is all on the same units. Whereas customary NOT standard is based on a whole bunch of units. In my mind, his is excuse is pure crap and he just wants more money.
rgds,
blink182



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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 825 times:

L-188, what I meant is that he did not say anything racist about Canada, but he was pounded by press and fans alike, when it shouldn't have been the case. As for aircraft - perhaps, I believe you, but the world uses metric system, except for the US. I still can't get accustomed to it!


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 826 times:

Just out of interest, when (if at all) is the US planning to change to metric? It's just that here in the UK it has been a nightmare changing to Metric, although metric obviously makes a lot more sense. We still use miles here though, and I can't see that changing.


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User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 821 times:

Canada changed to the metric system before I was born. Therefore, I have grown up with metric. I think it's a lot easier than imperial (standard, what-have-you). I don't understand all their crazy units and numbers.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 821 times:

I'm in same boat as that lousy NBA loser. Everyday, I have to listen to the Americans' "pledge of allegiance". Dammit just tell your kids to do what I do, don't say the words!!! what a jerk.

By the way the "standard" is a bunch of bull-poopy. inch, yard, mile you need all these crazy fractions to convert from one to the other. Metric is so much more logical: 1 kilometre=1000 metres. none of that 1,3XX feet in a mile crap


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 821 times:

The old english system is a bunch of crap! I live here in the USA for 7 years and still dont know how many yards are in a mile and how many inches in a yard!

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 810 times:

I agree with LOT. One of the few things we can agree on.  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 810 times:

Sad, sad, sad.


Ryanb741: America tried switching to the Metric in the 1970s, a committee was established, but nothing was ever given a timetable, so it slowly dissappeared. I would imagine within the next ten years the US will be making concerted efforts to be in the SI (Système international, or the official name for the Metric system). Already in many states, you will see distances given in feet and metres or miles and kilometres on road signs. It's only a matter of time. I did once find a website put out by the government explaining all the reasons why the US should go Metric, and I believe there is a bill in Congress to install the Metric System.

LH423



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User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3877 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 802 times:

Ironically, I think it was Ben Franklin that proposed the metric system in the first place.


User currently offlineNew sensation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 796 times:

This article is bullocks. Antonio Davis wants to leave Toronto because he's pissed off at Vince Carter for going to the commencement ceremony, and at the Raptors organization for allowing him to go. Vince carries too much power with the Raptors, just like Grant Hill did with Detroit. When you give one player too much of a say, it's gonna cause some friction. Oakley also wants out for much the same reason, but no other team would be willing to pay him what he will ask for.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 790 times:

You can tell that he's after the green. He won't sign with Toronto unless it's a maximum. As much as I admire Grunwald has done with his team in the midseason, he really needs to wake up and not be suckered into believing what the players say. It's bad enough that McGrady left for nothing, it looks as if Davis will be playing alongside McGrady next season. And with Oakley likely gone soon and Carter sure to jump Canada as soon as he's eligeable, he'll only have Peterson in the long run in the worst case. And this is the same guy who rewarded Stewart with a multimillion dollar deal for doing nothing.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4810 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 786 times:

I've always wondered that. What on earth were they thinking by signing Michael Stewart to a long term contract for big dough!!!??? He played about 30 minutes all of last season and he was healthy!

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 782 times:

I think he scored about five baskets this year. His shots ought to be the most expensive one out there. What a bust...

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 779 times:

"Canadiaphobia"


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User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (13 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 779 times:

The English system might be harder for those who cannot remember simple numbers or do simple math (haha  Wink/being sarcastic), but it is also more applicable to about everything. The sizes of the standard measurements in the English system are better selected for what they will be used to measure in most cases. The English system has "evolved" since the time of the Romans to what it is now, and the very useful and applicable measurements we use today have survived this long time span.

Newer is not always better. Thankfully the United States still uses English units in nearly every circumstance.


User currently offlineFP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 771 times:

Both systems are good, it only depends which one your more familar with. The Imperial system is used only in a hanfull of countries around the world while the metric system is used everywhere else, even Star Trek!

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11571 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (13 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 769 times:

Hmm. That's funny about American kids not learning Metric. When I was in second grade, we learned Metric and "Imperial" at the same time. (I've never heard it called "Standard.")


BTW, DG_Pilot, you want to attempt to prove what you just said? Sounds like a load of mullarkey to me. "The sizes of the standard measurements in the English system are better selected for what they will be used to measure in most cases."

So, an inch is more appropriate to use than a centimeter in what cases? Gallons is better than Liters? (Hell, what measurement do you use to quantify your sodas?)



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User currently offlineLambertSTLouis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 760 times:

I think that we made a mistake by not switching to the metric system back in the 70's.

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 760 times:

While I do prefer C° to F° (but today they seem to be used simultaneously in the US), I'm glad we're using the Standard system and not Metric. We shouldn't switch just because the rest of the world is doing it... our system works perfectly fine.

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11571 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (13 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 756 times:

"We shouldn't switch just because the rest of the world is doing it..."

You're right. We should switch because it's a better system.

BTW, if you really want to know how much better Metric is to Imperial units, here's a thought for you: Imperial units are officially defined in terms of their metric counterparts, while the metric system is defined by exact, and simple)scientific reasons:
A gram is how much one milliliter of water weighs (at sea level). (So, a liter of water weight 1 kg.)
A milliter in a cube measures exactly 1 centimeter on a side. (Thus, a meter can be accurately calculated using a bottle of water!)
An inch is OFFICIALLY and exactly 2.54 centimeters.
(There are 36 inches in a yard, and 1760 yards in a mile.)



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 756 times:

The english system is a bunch of old horse crap! The problem it would take billions of dollars for the USA to fully switch to the metric system.

25 D L X : "The problem it would take billions of dollars for the USA to fully switch to the metric system." Source?
26 Watewate : Maybe it's just me, but I'm amazed at how a thread dealing with NBA player can turn into Metric vs. Imperial war.
27 DG_pilot : BTW, DG_Pilot, you want to attempt to prove what you just said? Sounds like a load of mullarkey to me. "The sizes of the standard measurements in the
28 D L X : DG_Pilot, as expected, you cannot provide an example of a situation in which the imperial system is better than the metric. Natural selection, as you
29 XFSUgimpLB41X : In the US both systems are taught. The English (i have never heard it called imperial) system is standard though. We use Metric in all my science clas
30 Aviatsiya : A person would have to be an utter moron if they cannot understand the metric system. How hard is it to think in terms to the power of 10? How many me
31 XFSUgimpLB41X : 16x2000... 32,0000 ounces in a ton. Easy.
32 Aviatsiya : Actually, there are only 32,000 ounces in a ton. But how many inches in a mile? Why not answer both of them? Or is it a little bit harder having to de
33 Crjmech : DLX is now wearing your collective ass as a hat and he looks quite good in it. Give up now and save yourself (and your countrymen!) further embarassme
34 DG_pilot : Neither system is hard. Why in the hell would you want to know those anyway Brissie? Besides, if you did, it does not take a genius to figure them out
35 Cicadajet : HAWKS AND DOVES (Neil Young) Ain't getting old, ain't getting younger though Just getting used to the lay of the land I ain't tongue-tied, just don't
36 Post contains images Aviatsiya : DG_Pilot Don't turn this into one of your famous "You are anti-American" bullshit threads. Why would anyone need to know how many inches are in a mile
37 L-188 : Oddly enough I can't think of the last time I needed to know how many inches where in a statute mile. I'll tell you what pisses me off.... My 81 picku
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