I'm not sure that would entirely make up the gap in TES, but it would be a lot closer anyway. And I do think that right now, Patrick is the best all-around skater. YMMV
Hanyu thinks so too. He said as much in a recent interview. --Quite an honest boy.
I am curious though to know what part of the world Ziggy and Buttercup are in, as it seems to grate on them, which makes me suspect that it's not a universal usage. I'm curious to know where it is and isn't used. But I'm a bit of a language geek that way. (I blame it one living in too many countries as a child and having to learn my fifth language (English) at the ripe old age of five.)
I agree Hanyu is overscored in PCS now, but that just means someone other than Chan is being overscored in PCS, which levels the playing field between just the two of them and makes it more or less fair. Chan does generally deserve the higher PCS, so with both being grossly overscored his PCS end up higher each time, nothing to note there. People just arent used to anyone not named Chan being overscored, as for 3 years that it how it has been. Meanwhile Chan is generally overscored in GOE as well, which Hanyu is not, so if anything Chan is still the more overscored of the two.
In any case I would say TES is if anything a better indicator to who is truly the best in the World than PCS. After all TES is far more objective than PCS is. And Hanyu this season has reached a superior level of TES than Chan has ever reached. Hanyu is also the one who has won the most recent biggest titles and they werent even controversial like 70% of Chans victories are. So right now Hanyu is the best skater in the World, and Chan didnt just say now, he said for years to come, which implies he thinks he is so great he will be considered the best skater in the World not only while someone else is beating him for the big titles, but even as a retired or professional tour skater after this year. His delusions knows no bounds, but then with the fantasy World the judges have placed him in over the years, it is little wonder.
You can buy this attractive maise and blue A2 T-shirt from the University of Michigan bookstore, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Here is a page from the official web site of the City of Ann Arbor.
I think this convention is more common with college types than in general usage.
Ha ha. Thanks M2
And you could well be right. Most of my friends and all my co-workers have a university education, so that might explain why I hear it so regularly.
And I agree about Kevin's hair. I wonder why Skate Canada has not demanded that he dress it up a bit. I like different hairstyles, but this isn't really a hairstyle as much as it is a mess.
pangtongfan, like I said, YMMV.
That said, I think I'll put more stock in Hanyu's assessment of Chan's skating prowess than yours, especially given the amount of time and energy you give to ripping Chan apart at every opportunity.
For mathematicians, "xy" means "x multiplied by y" -- so "xx" means "x multiplied by x" = x2.
So .. it makes perfect sense that Ann Arbor = AA = A2.
And Brian Boitano = BB = B2, Paul Poirier = PP = P2, etc.
And it isn't such a huge leap that Savchenko/Szolkowy, aka S/S, would be nicknamed S2.
Ultimately, whether it's entirely mathematically accurate isn't all that important. It's essentially a colloquialism, an expression of sorts. (And those can vary by region or country or even continent) Plus, colloquialisms don't need to be literaly accurate. For example, when Joannie tweeted that Patrick had been given the gold medal on a silver platter, that didn't mean that someone literally came up to him offering him a gold medal on a silver platter. It's just an expression.
(See what I did just there )
And I'm not American
I made note of its mathematical basis in response to your observation that Ziggy and Buttercup find it "grating" (to use your word) for some reason. Even if it happens not to be a colloquialism in their particular locales, it is not illogical from a mathematical point of view. That is my point, which is not affected by geography -- and therefore I don't understand their objections, no matter where they live.
And sorry that I jumped to the conclusion that you are American. In my original post, I vouched for its common usage only in the U.S. (my only frame of reference). I know that M2 is American, and I'm pretty sure that Olympia is too. Because I did not hear otherwise, I made the (false) assumption that you are too. My apologies.