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  1. Will the team be openly reggae?
  2. Too bad women's soccer beat them to Thorns. I liked that.
  3. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    1) I did this with a girlfriend but only for two weeks 2) I am still an Oakland Raiders fan 3) stop comparing sports to wives
  4. 2017 NFL Season

    the Patriots will clandestinely videotape on the frozen blood of the non-believers
  5. Please ban hammer don't hurt 'em

    No Roger Goodells running the CCSLC, that much is true.
  6. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    Perhaps it would feel better to lay off the NBA if the product were in better shape. It's hard not to be cynical about the league when they're all making money hand over fist on crap. I think we can agree all four leagues have major flaws in their actual gameplay -- baseball games got too slow, the NFL has too much scoring, the NHL doesn't have enough -- but I don't think any league is getting away with producing more unwatchable garbage across the country than the NBA.
  7. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Wait, construction of a new SSS in Austin requires an environmental impact statement on giant flocks of bats? Did I wander into a hockey thread?
  8. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    Then why should it be sacrosanct? Sure, an NBA that has figured out how to monetize social consciousness as well as a number of other corporations is preferable to an alternative, but it's still not beyond ridicule. God knows I've never laid off the NHL.
  9. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    The NHL needs to have a rule where your best drafted/developed player doesn't count against the cap. Forget the NBA, it's a complete lost cause in terms of competitive balance. But if you like dueling three-pointers, Twitter slapfights, and trans bathroom acceptance sponsored by Kia, business is booming!
  10. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    If I recall, the issue with the FoxTrax pucks was that they never froze quite right and were taking funny bounces as a result. Of course, nowadays, everyone's ice is such crap that even normal pucks are bouncing all over the place, so maybe no one cares now.
  11. No, silly, this thread isn't about Doug Gilmour! It's about the Phoenix Coyotes. With the Manitobification of the old rolling thread and "Back in the Game" lost to history, we need a new one. Matt Hulsizer gave up on trying to buy the team, if he ever started in the first place, which I contend that he did not. The buried lede here is that apparently Jerry Reinsdorf is poking around again. If I had to guess, it's probably to buy the team for his son. Haven't heard much from Quebecor, which is just the way the league likes it.
  12. 2017 NFL Season

  13. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    The Dodgers were by far the better team and you can't take anything away from them. I hope they win the World Series. Incidentally, it looks like I'm taking a rare triple-L on watching sports on TV tonight: Cubs, Blackhawks, and Raiders all losing in one night!
  14. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    Yeah, it would do a lot for goal-line and offside calls. Oh, and a hearty LOL at Gary Bettman, the guy whose league has bungled one television contract after another when he wasn't taking the league off television altogether with lockouts, being inducted into a broadcasting hall of fame.
  15. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    Yeastern Conference Champions
  16. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    It should be used on replays but never live action. The frustrating thing about this is the kernel of truth that hockey, more than other sports, does require players to suppress a certain amount of "individuality" for a greater good. But that really just means most players can't go into business for themselves and ignore wide-open teammates. You can have teamwork and esprit de corps without turning everyone into androids.
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars rumored for new uniforms in 2018

    Nailed it (though I'd simplify the Jags logo a little so it's closer to a Panthers/Cardinals update of the original).
  18. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    epic clapback, maximum shade thrown, yaas queen
  19. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    The Canteven Cup!
  20. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    The Isles are still plugging away at getting that Belmont Park arena, which I guess would be privately financed, so hey, good for them. Let me throw this out there: is it possible the Barclays Center development was a stupid idea and never should have been embarked upon? The Brooklynettes seem to be a monumental bust now that the whole Jay-Z AW BWACK EBWYTING bloom is off the rose. It's damn near killing the Islanders. Aesthetically speaking, it's hideous. I don't think Forest City Ratner came remotely close to building affordable housing around it as they promised. The real estate has been bought by a Russian petrogangster just in time for anti-Russian sentiment in America to reach dizzying heights not seen since the 1960s. Maybe the Belmont Park arena is what should have happened all along, with the Nets and Islanders sharing an arena there, or the Islanders moving to Belmont and the Nets staying in Newark. But Barclays + Belmont + renovated downsized Nassau is a foolish waste. Whatever.
  21. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Wouldn't Austin present the same problems as Columbus but worse? They're both state capital college towns that grew too fast for their own good and have outsize college sports programs that dominate the landscape.
  22. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Joe Maddon is so freakin' smart, guys.
  23. Tank in the news

    The sad thing is I don't even have a Twitter account. I just follow certain people a la carte by typing the URLs in. But I'm titrating myself off that. Freddie deBoer was one of my favorite writers and was probably the person most responsible for getting me into social democracy. Everyone should read his stuff if they can even find it anymore. But he fought valiantly in the Online Culture War for too long and he had to voluntarily commit himself to a mental hospital and turn all his accounts over to his relatives so they could lock him out of them. I don't think I'm headed for exactly that but probably something closer to that than to the status quo.
  24. Tank in the news

    Yeah, engaging online really isn't as fun as it used to be anymore. Confronting the worst people and the worst parts of good people has gotten so wearying, and sometimes all this media gossip drama just feels like one big soap opera that invites active participation. Sometimes I feel like I'm so deep in it that it's like the late stages of a bad dream where you know you have the power to open your eyes and end it, but here you just have to concentrate on not wasting so much time with Twitter and Reddit and whatever else rewards you for bullying people and being right-thinking at the same time.