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Sports Thread #3 for 5/31/09: It Just Had To Happen One Day- The Aftermath Of Nadal's Stunning Exit At The French

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Photo from FFTThe press was still in disbelief, representing an entire sporting community in what they couldn't believe they've witness.

They must be a legit reason why the unthinkable became more than just thinkable. It happened! So the press had to ask the questions to try and make sense of it all.

"Where you tired? Did you play too much in the run up to the tournament? Did the crowd affect you in all way? Was the pressure of winning again too much?

But try as they might, Rafael Nadal just cut all of that unnecessary speculation out.

"When you lose, always everybody starts to analyze if I play too much. If I'mtired. The true, I won four years in arow playing the same. That's the true. This year I play the same and I lost. What happen? I lost. That's it."

The quotes of a true champion, even when he's dethroned.

The waves of the tennis ocean are still on high tide after Robin Soderling delivered one of the biggest upsets in tennis history by stoppin…

"Gunned Down While Passing Out Service Bulletins In The Church Lobby"

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Photo from reformation-lutheran.orgUnbelievably poignant and lachrymose post from a person apart of the church where George Tiller was assassinated at. His username is ecologist, and his description of the events are chilling:Like the late Dr. George Tiller, I am a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This morning I attended my service in Baton Rouge, LA, where I worshiped, heard a beautiful homily, and witnessed the confirmation of several middle school kids. During this time, the ELCA congregation at Reformation Lutheran Church witnessed a horrific event as one of their members, Dr. George Tiller, was gunned down while passing out service bulletins in the church lobby where he was serving as an usher.

Obama and Holder Not Taking Any Chances As Tiller Death Aftermath Continues

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Photo from APDesperate times call for desperate measures "The murder of Doctor George Tiller is an abhorrent act of violence, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic moment. Federal law enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement officials in Kansas on the investigation of this crime, and I have directed the United States Marshals Service to offer protection to other appropriate people and facilities around the nation. The Department of Justice will work to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice. As a precautionary measure, we will also take appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring."

Sports Thread #2 for 5/31/09: 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals- Penguins vs Red Wings, Game 2 Thread

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Photo from the great Harry How at Getty ImagesCan the penguins make this series? or will they fall behind 2-0 like they did last year, and really placed themselves up again it.

We'll see.

The One Sentence Thread for 5/31/09: Totally Unwanted

If Christianity in America (and in general) needed another negative event to make it look bad, then this day sadly delivered it.

Gwen Iffl Makes A Hell Of A Point

The perfect defense against the critics of Sonia Sotomayor

Ifill "never hear[s] people say that for a white male that it's identity politics if he is shaped by his white maleness"

Update: Maybe she should tell this to the clueless Bob Schieffer of CBS

The Reaction To George Tiller's Assassination

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Photo from the Kansas City StarBecause "gun downed" or even "slain" just aren't strong enough words to truly represent this right now. The reaction to George Tiller getting assassinated.

From President Obama:I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.From pro-life/anti-choice Operation Rescue's Randall Terry:George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We…

The Read for 5/31/09: Thanks To The Power of Facebook, A Mom Reunites With Her Son After 27 Years

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27 years ago..... (Photo from Daily Mail)
Online social media has its share of bad characteristics. Stalking, grotesque photos that ruin people's reputations, annoying groups, etc.

But with all the bad, there is a hell of a lot good with it.

This following story exhibits the absolute best of social online media. If you don't have a Kleenex right by your side right now, you may want to change that.

Because this really hits the soul:A British woman whose son was abducted almost 30 years ago was reunited with him - thanks to Facebook.
Avril Grube hadn't seen her son, Gavin, since his father took him to the Blackpool Zoo in 1982, according to the Times of London. The rest of the story will leave you at least saying "Wow." It's not too long, so you'll finish reading it in a blink.

Fascinating. Saddening. Inspiriting. Heart-wrenching. What more can I say?

.........And now (Photo from Daily Mail)

Sports Thread #1 for 5/31/09: Nadal and Ivanovic in trouble At The french

Rafael Nadl is down two sets to one to his nemesis Robin Soderling, while Ivanovic is two games away from going to Victoria Azarenka.

UPDATE: OH MY GOODNESS, Nadal LOST?

Sunday Sunrise- The 5th Sunday in May (And a Special Update)

Your weekly spiritual uplifting thread every Sunday here at The Whole Delivery.

Donnie McClurkin's "Great Is Your Mercy."


Yolanda Adams' "This Too Shall Pass"


May this thread fulfill the spiritual awakening you need. Stay blessed, and overcome adversity.

I'm off to church, see you later in the day!

UPDATE: By the way, this post is the site's 800 post! Congrats TWD.

5/31/09: TWD's Agenda For The Day: A Litigation Nightmare

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From Rennan Linsley of Associated PressLike a storm that has ravished a house or a bunch of children who have spilled food all over themselves, the Cheney Administration has left an unmitigated mess for the rest of the country. Especially the Obama Administration.

And it has lead to the current justice department having to make a controversial decisions that may not run completely with the rule of law. One of those decisions is this story in which the the Chinese Ulighurs are being held still at Guantanamo Bay and denied their entrance in the United States.

It is indeed a dicey issue, with China potentially angry if the U.S. lets these Ulighurs, who they consider terrorists, free in America. But these men have been deemed not a threat to America, yet this country detained them. So technically, we should take them. These Ulighurs have been offered up to go to other countries that want them, but there have been no takers. (The closest to accepting them was Germany, but as this poster ex…

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 5/30-31/09:The Worst Rap You Will Ever Here

A college basketball, as of this post, is in the 23rd inning. Yes, you read right, the 23rd inning. And with that, I know my non-Whole Delivery people are tired of the sports now.

So, we'll leave you with this awful rap from these young Republicans, via the Kos:


And Tevin Campbell as always. "Tomorrow, may it bring a better me, and a better you."

Sports Thread #4 for 5/30/09: NBA Finals Prediction (Already!)

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Photo from AP Photo/John Raoux
Magic in five games. Yes, you read correctly, Magic in five games.

And this is even just as intriguing of a question: Who does Shaq cheer for more: Kobe or Stan van Gundy?

And LeBron?

He left the area without even answering questions. LeBron's photo from NBA.com and Getty Images

Sports Thread #3 for 5/30/09: Cavs vs Magic, Game 6 Thread (MAGIC WIN 103-90, ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!)

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Photo from NBA.comOnce again, Mr.Durley-Petty aka "I even got Oliver Miller on lockdown at the spot" man with the preview:

Cleveland was able to narrowly survive elimination thanks to an imperial, preposterously disgusting fourth quarter performance by LeBron James. However, have they really turned the corner to win in Orlando and force a decisive Game 7 at the Quicken Loans Center or was it just a desperate fleeting mirage? Does Orlando have the killer instinct to bury the Cavs or will they gag under the pressure? Here are the keys it tonight's game.

Cleveland Cavaliers

MoWill you must be ill

Mo Williams finally awoke form his hibernation and delivered the type of performance that typified his all-star season, dropping 24 points connecting on 6-9 treyballs. The Cavs, and especially Born will need a similar production from MoWill in Game 6 in Orlando with more consistency throughout the game. MoWill may have erupted for 24 points, but he 14 came in the first quarter. Clevela…

Sports Thread #2 for 5/30/09: 2009 Stanley Cup Finals- Penguins vs Red Wings, Game 1 Thread

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Illustration from ESPN.com

It's the rematch everyone in the league wanted, as the Detroit Red Wings try to go for the franchise's 12th title against a Penguin team hungry to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time in 16 years

ESPN's asked their analysts eight key questions in the series, including this first one:1. Which captain makes the bigger contribution in this series? Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom or Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby?
Burnside: Got to go with Crosby, who leads the NHL in points (tied with teammate Evgeni Malkin) and goals, especially given that Lidstrom is just now returning to the lineup for Game 1 after missing the past two games of the Western Conference finals with a lower-body injury.

Hradek: Being the offensive threat, Crosby's contributions likely will be more tangible. And, as usual, his every move will be under the microscope. He has taken his total game to another level during the first three rounds of the playoffs, but the challenge will be…

Well, Look Whose Coming To The City Tonight

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Photo from the Associated Press
A night out down in Midtown.

Music Thread for 5/30/09: The New Videos

The new video for Kanye's single featuring Rihanna, "Paranoid." This video can't hurt your eyes with all the flashes. And I swear, when you watch Rihanna's transformation in this video, you would think you were watching a Sailor Moon transformation.


As highlighted a few days ago, here's new Mos Def! YEAH!


She is really obsessed with the black and white video (and other things in her videos), but here is "Ego" from Beyonce


And for the non Hip Hop/R&B, Urban Pop fans, here's Regina Spektor with "Laughing With." Because we try to provide the whole delivery at TWD.

Comedy Yet Again From Kos' HateMail

Rememberlast week?

Well, whether you did or not, here's this week's edition. It is pure comedy again.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/30/09: Third Round Stunner

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Photo from Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty ImagesFrench Open Report:

Novak Djokovic was headed to a possible collision course with Roger Federer in the semifinals. And with the form he showed all throughout the spring, a possible match with Rafael Nadal in the final.

Instead, the world number four collided into Philipp Kohlschreiber today, and crashed out of Roland Garros in stunning fashion.

A 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 laydown by the Serbian at the hands of the solid but far from spectacular German, unless you are talking about today. From the get go, Kohlschreiber was locked in for the upset, serving proficiently and using his terrific one handed backhand to full success. But Djokovic looked sluggish and had the wear and tear of a long clay court season spell his demise. 38 unforced errors from the 2008 Australian Open champion, and he summed up how dejected he was with the shocking result.

"What is disappointing was that I couldn't find the rhythm throughout the whole match. This is what I …

A "Reel Feel" Column: Their Just Deserts

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Hispanic Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Leslie Sanchez, and Danny Diaz are nowhere to found this week after the historic nomination of Sonia SotomayorA "Reel Feel" from what I thought yesterday. And it has been crossposted at the Kos, recommended at TPMCafe, and also written at Docudharma.They spent their years content to keep key constituents dumb.

It is their nightmare right now because of that.

They spent their years lying their gums off just so they could easily become part of the corrupt elite.

It is their nightmare right now because of that. It continues:Last night, I thought about this:Hispanic GOP members are having one hell filled week with how some in their party haven't said nice things about their race.And look what Mr. Sargent reports today in his Weekend Open Thread:Sam Stein reports that Hispanic GOP strategists are stunned and outraged by the conservative attacks on SotomayorAnd a key point to note:But you can just tell that some of them aren't…

5/30/09- TWD's Agenda For This "Satur"Day: Stanley Cup Finals

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From the NHL.comThough more people will still probably end up watching Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, love must be given to hockey's biggest stage. It's a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals, as the Pittsburgh Penguins look to get revenge on the Detroit Red Wings. Can Sid the Kid break through and beat the powerful Wings? We'll see.

Here's Obama's weekly address, and Susan G says it correctly: Obama is coming out swinging for Sotomayor:


And the Saturday agenda can't be complete without.......Luda!

Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) - Ludacris

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 5/29-30/09: U.N. Says U.S. May Have Committed War Crimes

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Two nights ago over at the Kos, I said that the United Nations claimed into a war crimes probe into Sri Lanka, but not into the United States under the Cheney Administration. Well, it turns out, they just had a report indicating that war crimes may have happened, and that U.S. human rights record was deplorable.

Ouch.

Huge thanks to the always assiduous and tireless Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse for linking this devastating report.

Until the morning, and remember, "Tomorrow Can Bring A Better Me and You." Sha-la!

The Friday Night Thread for 5/29/09

Montell Jordan, what night is it man?

Staying in tonight, as Game 6 of the Lakers-Nuggets series keeps going on and migraines persist in my head.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Nuggets vs Lakers, Game 6 (Lakers On Their Way To The Finals)

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Photo from NBA.com
The Preview from Mr. Durley-Petty himself:

LA Lakers

Keep scoring stable connected like cable

It may seem like an inconceivable oxymoron but the Lakers are actually better when Kobe Bryant isn't a dominant offensive scorer. For the series Kobe is averaging 33.8 points a night, but LA was successful in Game 5 because he got additional help from the complementary players. Five Lakers scored in double figures Wednesday. Kobe may have been limited scoring only 22 points on 13 attempts, but he delegated the pill beautifully, accepting double teams and hitting open teammates for open shots finishing with 8 dimes. Offensive versatility makes LA far more dangerous.

LO, LO dey know dey know

Lamar Odom finally woke up from his extended slumber as Lamar Oh No was buried and The Goods reemerged. Odom was monumental, scoring 19 points, snatching 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Odom's brilliance wasn't limited to the offensive end, but was also evident on defense as he punched 4…

Sometimes You Have To Handle Your Own Business: Robert Gibbs Blew It Today

Not coming in defense of Sonia Sotomayor's supposed controversial comments, White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs says that she used a "poor choice of words" back in 2001. Watch it right below:

Ok, now here's what President Obama told NBC's Brian Williams tonight on his reaction to Sotomayor's comments:

Major difference between the two, and not because one is on C-Span and the other on NBC. Gibbs barely defended Sotomayor while Obama defended her comments much more.

For Gibbs to use the word "poor" was an absolute terrible decision on his part. I'll let BarbinMD fully express this: That's just great. Buy into a rightwing, false talking point and apologize for it. Right down to agreeing with a Fox News reporter that she said she would "come to a better conclusion."

Read the damn speech, Robert and get your facts straight.

And as for what you think she'd say? Let her say it and don't put words in her mouth. Better yet, don'…

Music Thread #2 for 5/29/09: The Friday Flashback, Video #2- (Mary J Blige feat Ja Rule "Rainy Dayz")

Because of a rainy week here in New York, it made me think of the perfect song for the second flashback video. And that song is "Rainy Dayz" from Ja Rule and Mary J.Blige, from 2002. Enjoy this classic, and don't regret it like Robert Gibbs maybe doing now:

Rainy Dayz - Mary J. Blige

Sports Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Oy! Venus Williams Crashes Out Early In Paris.............AGAIN

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Photo from Times OnlineFirst, French Open news, especially the headline one:

Well, after giving her credit yesterday in gutting out a tough win against the dangerous Czech Lucie Safarova, it was the annual French Open horror show from Venus Williams today.

The 2002 finalist crashed out in very disappointing fashion today to former world number 13 Agnes Szavay, getting bagled in the first set in a 6-4, 6-0 defeat today. From the commencement of the match, the elder of the two Williams sisters have nothing today. No energy, no precision, and no tactics.

Funny enough, after losing to Szavay, Venus next opponent was still at Roland Garros? Huh? And that next opponent while you maybe scratching your head was..........Agnes Szavay. What you say, "What the hell" am I writing?"

Well, Venus had to play doubles with her sister later in the day, and their opponents were Szavay and her first time partner Gisela Dulko of Argentina. And once again, Szavay got the jump on Venus, winning…

I'm Really Not Being Mean Here (No Really, I'm Not). But...

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Can someone tell David Shuster his show is over:


Or have him update his tweeter page besides tweeting. I'm just saying.

Michigan Senator Levin Basically Calls A Boldface Liar: The Reaction All Around "TRONN"

(For those who don't know what TRONN stands for, it means The Rational Online Network of Networks).

First, the story that broke the afternoon it occurred, as Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee in Congress, basically called Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz's claims in the media recently far "from the truth."

This all basically started from beachmom's post over at the KosAs you recall, Levin released a report on the treatment of detainees which was signed off on by the Republicans on the Armed Services Committee as well, which was quite damning of the Bush Administration and the regime Dick Cheney created. In short, Levin has done the research and knows what he is talking about.When former Vice President Cheney said last week that what happened at Abu Ghraib was the work of "a few sadistic prison guards" acting on their own, he bore false witness. And when he said last week there was no link between the te…

The Cinema For 5/29/09: Pixar's "UP"

The return of The Cinema, the movie thread here at The Whole Delivery, features Pixar's latest movie "UP." Will it be another great movie from the animation company? We'll see.
Trailer 1

Trailer 2

OMG New York, WE'RE UNDER ATTACK FROM............

.........."TEH Gays, run for your lives!" AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.


The perfect response to the "National Organization for Marriage" nutcases: Mr. Colbert
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Music Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Flashback Fridays Video #1 (Vaness Carlton: A Thousand Miles)

Here is this early 2000's classic from Vanessa Carlton, the first of today's two flashback videos. You really hope she could produce this type of deepness now, because "A Thousand Miles" is truly unforgettable.

A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton

Question to MSNBC's Alex Witt, You're Kidding, Right?

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One of MSNBC's many questionable anchors, Alex Witt is prone to ask things that make you say, "How do she get the job she has?" (Though I would also ask the same of her producers, because this one will straight baffle you.)

You'll ask that question or the title's question when you read what she asked this morning to some lady from the Daily Beast.

"Is Sonia Sotomayor getting Sarah Palin'ed?"

Amazing, isn't it?

5/29/09- TWD's Agenda For This Friday, Part 2: The Fight For Health Care Reform Continues To Grow

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The incomparable Ted Kennedy is on the health care reform hustle, and Obama yesterday again “[W]e’ve got to get it done this year,”

It really does.

Check out "Health Care Friday", a weekly report on the status of health care news from the brilliant DemFromCt at the Daily Kos.

5/29/09-TWD's Agenda For This Friday, Part 1: Yayy, the Video

Thanks to AJB, here's the video that Mike Polk made about the NBA on TNT guys, with the same beat as his Cleveland tourism videos. Another classic, and you'll laugh whether you are a sports fan or not.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 5/28-29/09: Mike Polk Is A Cleveland Legend

LeBron, take a back seat. You have nothing on Mike Polk and his genius:


That TNT version didn't come up yet as of post time, sadly. I'll end it on that note. Have a great night and/or morning everyone.

Update: HAHAHAHA, thanks to greendem at the Kos, I didn't know or even see that Polk did a second one. And it is even better!


Who is this guy? Well, let him explain a little bit (it has a lot of weird, VERY weird moments, but hey, this guy is funny):

The One Sentence Thread For 5/28/09: Second Thoughts

Hispanic GOP members are having one hell filled week with how some in their party haven't said nice things about their race.

Music Thread #2 for 5/28/09: To Promote His Long Overdue Album "Detox", Dr.Dre Uses Dr.Pepper For Promotion?

I can understand this a little bit because of the Doctor-Doctor thing, but sodas just aren't hot anymore.

Sports Thread #2 for 5/28/09: Magic vs Cavs, Game 5 Thread (Can Cleveland Stave Off Elimination Or Will Magic Topple LeBron's Kingdom? )

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From NBA.com
The Sheed man
Orlando has shocked the masses and withstood everything the Cavaliers have thrown at them. They've surmounted 20 point leads, second half deficits, sluggish starts and a ridiculously gross personal onslaught from LeBron James. What more can Cleveland do to win a game and get back in the series? Here are the keys to tonight's contest.

Cleveland Cavs

Can a brotha get some help?

LeBron James like Kanye West's anthem for the NBA playoffs has been simply “amazing.” Bron has been the embodiment of a one man band, registering one of the most resplendent series in playoff history. For the East Finals James is averaging 42.3 points, 7.3 boards, 7.3 dimes, 1.5 thefts and 1.25 blocks. What more can the man physically do? The problem is Bron is actually doing to much on the offensive end. In this series Bron is accounting for 41.7 percent of Cleveland's scoring. That's a 13 percent increase from the regular season when Bron's 28.4 points a night made …

Open Thread on 5/28/09: Return of The "Now That's F' ed Up" Stories- Riches To Rags

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Photo from Russia TodayThis story will truly make you say "Now That's F--- Up." It is really some sad stuff:Enchanted by a Russian beauty, an Indian actor decided to trade in his Bollywood career for marrying his sweetheart and leave for her hometown, only for him to end up near-destitute.Read the rest if you want to get more on the backstory, but that first paragraph already merits this story for the "Now That's F'ed Up" award for the week.

TPM's 100 Seconds For 5/28/09

Scarborough's Occasional Moment Of Clarity: GOP Ship "Is Circling Back Around To Hit The Iceberg Again."

Sometimes, just sometimes Joey boy can be bright and look at stuff both honesty, and more importantly, rationally.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/28/09: Another Blow To College Basketball

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(Photo from Google)Is Derek Rose the player who cooked his SAT exam?You seriously get tired of this happening again and again and again. A school violating (or accused of) NCAA rules and on the brink of being hammered in massive proportions.

That is the case with Memphis today, and it may involve Derek Rose fudging that famous three letter exam. The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the story on Wednesday after obtaining a letter detailing the allegations through the Freedom of Information Act.

The allegations include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team.

The wording of the letter to Memphis indicates that the player in question competed only during the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The player's name was redacted in the letter due to privacy laws.The power of a FOIA request strikes again.

Everything could be gone from that Final Two runner up season, and questions (if they aren't already)on John Calipa…