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  1. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    So Kahne has a ride for 2018. He'll go to Leavine Family and the 95, meaning McDowell will be a free agent. Wonder where McDowell will end up. He won for RCR in the Xfinity last year at a road course, and the 27 is free.
  2. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Exactly. What happens if Jamie McMurray does just enough each round to advance, and then gets lucky in Homestead and wins it all? You'd have the (I think) 9th-best car winning the championship.
  3. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Oh, I root for chaos like that all the time. I was hoping that Sam Hornish would complete the Xfinity year after he won his road race, as he likely would've gotten enough points to get into the top 30 and qualify for those playoffs. I was also rooting for Billy Johnson to win in the 43 at the road course there so that Petty would have to consider keeping him and making the playoffs with him.
  4. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    That's the problem with the "playoff" scenario. He's clearly been the best car all season long. However, if he should blow a tire or get caught in a wreck or just plain have a bad day in the Homestead race, he won't win the Cup. I get that the sport wants to manufacture excitement in the last race, but it comes at the expense of cheapening the championship. I mean think of it this way. Look what happened to Truex at Richmond. He was leading by 3 seconds until Derrike Cope crashed. That brought the field back together for a restart, then it ended up with Truex being wrecked by simple racing contact with Hamlin. Now, take that same set of circumstances and move it to Homestead. Would it be fair to take the championship away from Truex because of a restart caused by a guy 16 laps down wrecking?
  5. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    The speedway wants to add a multi-day country music festival to replace the revenue.
  6. NCAA Basketball 2017-18 New Uniforms

    They should've matched the number to the wordmark. As it stands now, they used the same numbers that Wisconsin uses...
  7. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Barney Visser is selling his 77 charter. He says that he believes that a bunch of charters will be on the market, and that if he is able to field the 77, that he could buy someone else's. Of course, the way things are going, I don't think he'd actually have to buy one in order to run the 77, as no more than 40 cars enter each week anyway. That means that an unchartered 77 would qualify on time every week anyway.
  8. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    That's the rub, isn't it? That seems to be much harder to come by these days.
  9. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Along those lines, Aric Almirola won't drive the 43, which RPM wants to continue to field. In other news, Danica is out of the 10.
  10. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Larson should send Derrike Cope a lovely gift basket for being the cause of that last caution. If not for that, Truex would've won by 3 seconds.
  11. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Very true.
  12. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    I didn't get to watch this game, but FIU needed a 4th-quarter drive in the penultimate minute to beat Alcorn State 17-10. I get that they had Irma on their mind and had to travel for what should've been a home game. Even so... yikes. It's gonna be a long year for Butch Davis and co.
  13. Practice NCAAF betting?

    I'm wondering if there's a website I can go to where I can, just for fun, pick NCAA football games against the spread. I just want to do it for the fun of it, and not wager any actual money. Does such a place exist, or am I crazy?
  14. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Here's what should happen, IMO: 1) Don't let winning cars do burnouts post-race. 2) Immediately after the race, inspect the top 5 cars, plus another 5 cars at random 3) If a winning car is found to have bent the rules in a way as to cause their win to be encumbered now, then punish severely. You do that by taking the win away and bestowing it on the next car (if it's clean) and not allowing that team to qualify next week, as well as suspending crew chief and heavy fines. 4) Teams are not allowed to touch cars post-race until all necessary inspections are done, nor are they allowed to leave the track. A team that does that is DQ'd. In this case, you'd inspect the 11, 18, 41, 3, and 77, plus 5 other random cars. Then, you'd take away the 11's win and give it to the 18 (if he ends up clean). If the 18 isn't clean, then same penalties as the 11 and move the win to the 41, and so on. The 11 would then be forced to start from the rear next week.
  15. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Having just seen this in this video, it looked like Cindric could've gone around Grala cleanly. That said, Cindric has acquitted himself well in the last couple of road course races he's had, including his debut Xfinity race. I think he's going to be very good in those types of races for the very long-term future.