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"Wild finish in a game that could've gone either way..." hits a little different when you watch this for the first time after the SB...

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Last play nitpick. I know GPII is outrageously good at stealing inbounds passes, in fact had one earlier in the game. But still: wouldn't it be better to have someone like TJD or Loon stand there and be big? GPII would want to prevent the same angles of passes, but has to jump to do it. TJD can just stand there, be big and wave his arms around. We've definitely seen plenty of plays over the years where an inbounder had to at least arc a pass to get around a big guy, depending on the timing of the windmilling arms. Seems like basic physics. GPII would be great to have on someone receiving the ball, like Booker. Right?

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

That's what I was yelling about in the game thread. Put Gui or TJD out there ... big, but also quick twitch guys. You need to make them throw it on an arc, to give the defense time to get there.

Or even LQ, really. He's got 6'10" wingspan.

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LQ’s wingspan is great, but Moody’s is an absurd 7’2”

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Even better.

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Emotions about Steph's last shot, a breakdown. So of course there was excitement, and of course jubilation. There was also palpable relief, because I am not the only Dub fan who was thinking "Oh God not again we've blown a lead and are going to lose this game." There was a smidge of worry about the Suns now gaining possession and us finding a way to blow defending with .7 left. But I would say above all there was disbelief. I think that's been true throughout the Steph era. As in "No. Way. I did not just see that. He chased down a ball headed away from him, pivoted the *correct direction* without hesitation, didn't dribble, seemingly didn't aim, didn't hurry it with one second to go in a pivotal game and Booker racing toward him, organized his body and the ball into appropriate shooting motion, and shot it in from 32 feet, AND WE ARE ALL ACTING LIKE THIS IS NORMAL." For a few moments, I had a literal inability to fully believe having seen it.

I mean, what the hell, Steph?

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Exactly.

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Warriors make huge trade and get a second round pick, a little salary cap reduction, playoff Wiggins, DG at his best and looking to score more, LQ, Santos, GP and JK rising.

All for C Joseph. Best move ever. 😊

I am wondering what happens when CP comes back…….

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Great win.

Interesting that at one point Kerr had 4 guards and Looney.

He played a lot of guys and it looks like small ball at its finest.

I always believed quickness is the most important thing in basketball and we are going to find out.

I can’t believe how great Payton played. It also looks like LQ is a player who has transformed himself into a high energy guy who can shoot.

This should be fun.

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Being curious about Grayson Allen and the “Ted Cruz, Jr.” nickname, I conducted 16 minutes of research and am now an expert, because that’s how many minutes it takes, right?

Some basics: There is no question that Allen has long been a dirty player. Many, many incidents of tripping other players, hip checks, high elbows, etc. He was suspended by Coach K at Duke for it. He seems both remorseful yet not clear on how to change. In an interview with JJ Redick, discussing that suspension, he said,. “In my head I wanted so much to not be hated for that season… and then that happens… I didn’t realize how fragile I was.” This actually isn’t a great sign because he’s not saying that he doesn’t want to hurt people, he’s saying he doesn’t want to not be hated; which is not the same thing. And he describes the incident as “that happens,” which is hardly a way to take accountability. You did it. Yet it’s also a good sign because he’s describing himself as “fragile,” which is a good first step if he were to follow it up. Which he may never do.

His behavior continued in the pros, clotheslining Alex Caruso in mid air and nearly ending his career. And Caruso said that the salt in the wound was that during his rehabilitation, Allen never reached out to him at all. But beyond that I didn’t find any evidence of Allen being a jerk off the court, such as cruelty to others or court cases for deplorable behavior.

Meanwhile, for those who missed it, Republican politician Ted Cruz is a senator from Texas who is not only hated by those on the opposite end of the political spectrum, but by his own party. The equally detestable Lindsey Graham said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”

Because there is an admittedly vague resemblance and because the two have what someone decided to call “punchable faces,” the nickname that has surfaced is “Ted Cruz, Jr.” You may take that as you please. My own personal take is that it isn’t fair to Allen. His bullshit, and it is bullshit, is all in the heat of bad behavior on the court. Not excusable, and endangers other players, but falls into the Draymond category. No one ever said Draymond was a bad guy off the court, but he has definitely been a dirty player. He appears in early results to be turning that around, yay. Allen could use a dose of that approach.

But to compare Allen to Ted Cruz exaggerates the scale of things. If Cruz had his way, some truly terrible things would happen in national and international politics. Allen is a basketball player who needs to get his passions on the court under control. I am not excusing his behavior in the least, and if he tripped me I’d probably be pretty upset about it; but I am not inclined to use the nickname, because the scale is too drastic. Open to the opinion of others.

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I enjoyed the rumination. I do think it's mostly appearance.

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

It turns out this is not a new development. As this article indicates, the comparison was first made back in 2015.

https://www.nbcsports.com/college-basketball/news/doppelgangers-grayson-allen-ted-cruz-finally-meet

I do hear people here saying that it's solely about appearance. And while I tend to afford people the grace that they say what they mean, I remain skeptical. They're far apart in age and one has a beard, and they don't look all that much like each other really. If no one had told ya, ya wouldn't have come up with it.

So I tend to believe that the nickname has much more to do with perceived likablity. But it's not that important to me, to be sure. I do think it's a bit unfair to call someone the nickname of one of the worst people you can think of and then chalk it up to looks.

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Regarding the beard, Ted Cruz (the zodiac killer one) has only been sporting a beard for a little while. So the nickname seems to have come up before that was the case.

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I see your detestation of Ted Cruz and raise you Rick Scott.

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

#Overthinking

I’d say it’s 95% just the physical resemblance with a side helping of “we don’t like either of them.”

But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Grayson Allen were a likable dude in person. Heck, I’m friends with someone who dated someone who dated Ted Cruz in college, and said he was a pretty likable jerk back then (and not the right wing extremist he was to become).

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He's compared to Ted Cruz because he looks like Ted Cruz

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

I think this was in reference to a post below about comparing Cruzes, to be fair.

Comic timing was impeccable though

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Fair enough. He's definitely a better guy than anyone in Congress or the White House, no argument there. Dirty basketball plays and carrying out wars/genocides are not comparable.

But I mean, he does look like Ted Cruz.

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I think the nickname has very little to do with the actual person or morality. It’s because there’s a lot more than just a vague resemblance between them. They have very similar faces, that’s all.

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It doesn’t hurt that their both known for being “bad” people.

If Podz looked like Ted Cruz I wouldn’t use the nickname.

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I might call him “benevolent Ted Cruz Jr.”?

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In this line.

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So, we beat the hottest team in the West who was at full strength, and didn't need some flukey deal where they had an off night like the Pistons beating the Kings a few days ago. And, we should be a better team when at full strength. The bench was good, but I kinda forget how dominant they were in that stretch where the non Steph starters were all struggling and CP and Dario and others would come in and quickly erase the deficit.

Hoping they win the next two, and then go full Pop and don't even fly the OGs to Utah for the B2B, and our young guys run the Jazz off the court for an unexpected win. Then go 27-1, followed by another 16-1 run in the playoffs.

Also world peace would be nice. And a Taycan, while we are at it.

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Why would we rest the game before the all star break? I don’t get the thought of punting games right now. We need every single one

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

Getting a win against Utah puts a loss on Utah and moves us a full game up on them.

Tank the Clips game if we need rest, and win the Utah ones, I say. I wouldn't mind a couple of games of daylight between us in 10 and Utah in 11.

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I get the logic, but I predict there is no deliberate tanking? Why?

- the team is heating up. Use the superpowers when you have them!

- Clippers game is at home in SF. Tanking home games is not so good.

- after these 3 games there is a lonnnngg break. So push now, and you can rest.

No, the move is push the chips in and win all 3.

Having said that, if the Clips take a huge lead in the 2nd half I’d expect Steph and Dray to cheer there team on from the bench.

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What incredibly stupid scheduling. Jazz and Warriors should just start their game a couple hours early, play a double-header, and say f*** the NBA.

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One of them is one of the postponed games, of course (I'm sure you are aware). I daresay they had very few days where they actually could put a game.

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> Hoping they win the next two, and then go full Pop and don't even fly the OGs to Utah for the B2B, and our young guys run the Jazz off the court for an unexpected win.

Perhaps the tiebreaker with Utah won't matter if Utah is committed to tanking (and they did trade away a couple starters at the deadline), but the Warriors might have to be mindful of the tiebreaker. If they are going to rest the OGs, doing it against the Clippers could arguably make more sense since it's very unlikely they catch the Clippers.

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You can do better than Taycan. How about a 918 Spyder?

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Did u partake in Mardi Gras festivities yesterday in St Louis?

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OK, I know official bashing is an ever popular sport but it seems like every Warriors game needs a least a few clips of obviously blown calls. Booker got away with at least 2 obvious fouls. First the one when Doris Burke was so busy congratulating the officials on giving Draymond a technical she glossed over the part about it being an obvious foul. Officials who double down on a bad call with a technical should be suspended at least 2 games. The 2nd was shortly after that on a Steph 3 that should have been a 4 pt play.

And on the subject of technicals, it seems to me that Nurkic was clearly taunting, particularly the one where he was standing over Draymond and glaring at him. Adam Silver must be so proud.

@Eric, I know the celebration audit is a mainstay but maybe you could try out a blown calls audit?

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Thanks for the suggestion… you might have noticed I don’t really cover blown calls in my videos. I get a lot of similar requests to yours.

These are my personal beliefs, I’m not trying to police how others enjoy the game:

- In my opinion, straight up ref mistakes will even out over time.

- There are enough mistaken calls during a game that you can’t point to a single mistake as a reason for losing. So in the end, it’s misleading to zoom into a small number of ref mistakes

- It is incredibly hard to ref, and they are much much better at it than anyone complaining about the reffing.

- The refs have all their calls audited by the league office anyway.

- (Bonus note: the public Last Two Minutes report is a self-justifying joke. But I digress.)

- There is no anti-Warriors ref conspiracy. That would be stupid for a league to intentionally make their most popular team lose.

- I *do* believe in systematic flaws in reffing, like rewarding the crap Harden was pulling, all the fouls from running into defenders in slightly non-square stances, whatever floppy hell the Lakers are doing now, whatever leads Steph to not get calls. These things should be addressed at a league level.

- Probably yes there is some ref bias against certain players (Foster v CP3, everyone vs Dray)

- But most importantly, it’s not fun for me to analyze ref mistakes and it contributes to a whiny culture. I’d rather focus on appreciating things coaches and players have under their control which are hard to notice.

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EA: yes. Enjoy the positive (maybe that’s what the E in E1P should be for?). Comment on the negative but excessive whining is bad for the soul.

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I 100% endorse Eric omitting reffing from his analyses, and I agree that most of the time bad calls even out and blaming game outcomes on ref calls is whiny and likely plain wrong most of the time.

That said, sports fandom is irrational, and my posts are mostly generated from the emotion of the moment. When I see what I perceive as inconsistent treatment (star calls/non-calls for some but not for Steph or young players e.g.), I'll likely still call it out sometimes. I also think it's fair to complain about frequent marginal calls gumming up the flow and beauty of the game. If folks don't like it, please skip and enjoy the rest of the sparkling commentary in this forum!

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I can live with nearly all of this except for Steph consistently getting mauled and manhandled. It detracts from his greatness and, possibly, his longevity. Not even asking for superstar calls, just regular player calls.

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Nice stuff! When it come to officials LESS is more. Especially less whistles all round.

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Of course yours is the mature approach. I try to take it, but that Laker game ... man! I don't actually think the calls were one sided in this game - both Steph and JK got to the line on what looked like some very marginal contact - but what frustrated me was that it was wildly inconsistent. I guess Dray "deserved" that tech but he really did get hammered and they let it go. I mean OK, maybe they're "letting them play" but then they call that borderline moving screen on TJD and some other borderline contect does get called. I like to know what's a foul even if sometimes you have to see the replay ...

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I would add that I agree there is no "conspiracy" but IMO refs are far too influenced by a player's reputation instead of anything close to fairness. The Booker non-call when he was on Draymond's back, for example, was in the on ball focus of the officials and there is no possibility they didn't see it. The chose, for whatever reason, not to call it.

Likewise, the non-call for taunting when Nurkic stood over Draymond was egregious. If they don't want him to "act out" then they need to protect him with their whistle.

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I understand and respect your position. I guess I am just looking for a quick place to show our "receipts" when defending Draymond. I also have some irrational hope that the NBA can be humiliated into giving Steph a better whistle.

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Thank you, Eric. I heartily agree that overall there is no bias and that fans are in the unfortunate position of having to live with human error which can seem terrible if we look at one blown call, but overall the refs seem to do an even handed job and I don't enjoy fan discussion of the refs as biased. It always seems like sour grapes to me.

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

100% co-signed; I do believe however there is announcer bias and that stuff, while not impacting results, can get infuriating. Similarly, there is nothing we can do about it, so better to just practice deep breathing and or find the mute button.

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You can tell a team has overloaded on being offense-minded and neglected the idea of defense just a smidge when they take Nurkic out and substitute Eric Gordon for defensive purposes.

I suspect once he gets more acclimated, they might put Royce O'Neal in for some size but that's Phoenix. Kind of the same thing for decades: we will outscore you, feel free to score a lot but just not as much as us.

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Feb 11Liked by Eric Apricot

Draymond's defense is really amazing in these videos. And I only realized after the tenth time watching that shot that if Curry had taken a dribble like a normal human being, Booker might have been able to affect the shot. Alien.

Also though, the Suns weren't deliberately hunting matchups for the entire crunch time, but they did in the play at 7:25 in Eric's video. It is way too easy for Booker on this play to get what he wants when both Curry and Podziemski are on the floor, there's no "tag defense" you can play with Curry or Podz if the other defender is Podz/Curry. And then Booker takes advantage of Podz' lack of size/speed to get a clean look in the paint despite the lurking Draymond. Curry is obviously not going anywhere in this lineup but I don't feel like it should be so final that Podz is a mainstay closing games, especially when you have stats like these (which I'd agree needs more context but I don't think can be dismissed entirely):

https://twitter.com/ThePackageJG/status/1756040713240760452

Podz also has a 53.7% TS at the moment. Most of these plays in this E1P video have the ball in Curry's hands or Draymond's hands. And we know the bread and butter of the playoff crunch time offense is the Curry/Draymond two man game and the 4 on 3. Podz adds value with his ballhandling/passing but that value does get reduced off of the ball, and his shorter stature can make his off the catch threes easier to contest.

I think Kerr should be exploring alternatives with an eye toward defending teams with multiple off-the-dribble options like the Clippers and Suns in the playoffs. I don't know what is going on with the Moody situation but they at least have to try out GP2 in that role now that he's back.

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GP2 yes. CP3 please no.

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You know when CP3 is back, Kerr is gonna use CP3 in Podz' place..... :/

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Earned minutes goes out the window if Kerr can get a vet in

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

As he should, the second unit is struggling to generate good offense without CP3. The ball is stagnant in the non-Steph minutes rn.

Edit: Immediately after posting this realizing you’re talking about that closing lineup lol. Here’s hoping he won’t.

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Didn't anyone ask Podz about his pass postgame?

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He said he saw Beal shooting the gap and tried to put it in a place where only curry could get it. But also, he says he flinched after he passed it and was afraid it was going to be a turnover.

Here’s the quote:

https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/1756542917190340977

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Thanks!!

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Yeah. He said it was off, not as crisp as he wanted it to be; and mentioned that you can tell in the replay that he cringes as soon as he’s released it, which I do see, do you?

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I'll need to rewatch that. Watched the NBCSBA post-game, but forgot to focus on that. Then got distracted by watching the last ep of Mr and Mrs Smith. It was a barn burner!

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Feb 11Liked by Eric Apricot

I had the odd experience while watching the E1P over coffee of feeling really tense and anxious as the last few minutes progressed. I knew the outcome, but the whole thing was still heart-racingly gripping. How many crazy shots was Booker going to make? Kuminga going to miss or not? Would it be KD with the dagger? Or Steph? Anxiety!

Or maybe it was the coffee.

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Day 63 of Moody's Babylonian captivity.

Considering bringing some sheets to practice so he can slip out the window to FREEDOM.

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Well, the good news for Moses is the Dubs need to fill a roster spot and will probably promote Lester. Once LQ is no longer on a two way contract and is just another young guy on the roster, Kerr will probably forget he is even on the team.

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I was wondering why all the LQ minutes over Moody. I like LQ’s effort, but he is no floor general and doesn’t seem to have great court awareness. There were plays where Saric was open looking for the ball and LQ didn’t see him. Last night, he had 0 assists in 19 min. Maybe the Warriors are giving him play time to try to determine whether to give him a roster spot.

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LQ gives the dubs a little bit of the good Poole energy and individual scoring that was so critical to our 2022 championship.

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Feb 12·edited Feb 12

To some degree this is true, but I think it comes down to LQ can sort of run an offense, and Moody can't really. LQ has the ball an awful lot when he's on the floor.

I would say Moody is the better shooter of the two, but he needs to be set up.

LQ is definitely the energy guy, though ... he made some nice plays the last couple of games, just by being willing to move around and create something.

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Feb 11Liked by Eric Apricot

Great stuff as always, Eric. Terrific breakdown, entertainingly presented. :-)

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11Liked by Eric Apricot

Eric going scorched Earth with "Ted Cruz Jr." I approve.

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I don’t know. One guy is trying hard to ruin a country and world, the other plays basketball in obnoxious ways. Or maybe more than that. Honestly I don’t really know my Grayson Allen lore. What did he do that makes him so hated, and was it on and off the court or only on?

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11

He has a reputation as a dirty player. He's committed some pretty dangerous fouls.

IMHO, the fouls I saw were just from trying too hard, rather than malice, necessarily. But, you have a few of those and the label sticks.

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He got suspended indefinitely in college for intentionally tripping players. It was pathological.

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I hadn't heard that. Thanks.

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OK, so finishing here prior to watching E1P. Grayson Allen? I don't even know who he is!

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Just watched...with the caveat again that I don't know anything about him, seems a harsh nickname for a no-name player.

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He was known to intentionally injure opponents in College. That kind of legacy doesn't ever go away.

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I would suggest “Ted Cruz love child” but … eeeeeew

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"Ted Cruz love" is an oxymoron

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😆😆

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Feb 11Liked by Eric Apricot

I think it's time to start a GoFundMe to buy the Shining Twins a new dress.

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Just one?

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Hey, I hadn't even finished my first cup of coffee ...

two dresses ... maybe a couple of tiaras. The Barbie-themed stuff is probably on discount by now

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