crashcarson15

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Pursuant to @Crabcake47's question in the Ask a Moderator forum, the World Cup's big enough to get its own topic.
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    2018 NBA "Off"Season-Because It's Always On

    Not really thrilled with the Cavs taking a point guard that doesn’t really pass the ball that well and doesn’t really shoot the ball that well, but hey, at least we aren’t Sacramento and Atlanta.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Oh, hey. Croatia have the best central midfield pairing in the world, and that could take them a long way in this tournament. Things work out really well for them, too, assuming they top the group — their half of the bracket could be really weak. Fun times for the Vatreni.
  4. Might actually be the first time I can remember that Notre Dame plays at home in primetime and it'll actually be the biggest game going on. Feels like most weeks when NBC puts ND into the 7:30 time slot, it's overshadowed by the ABC and/or FOX games, when playing at the traditional 3:30 kickoff would've made it the clear biggest game. Related: Can't wait to see how ESPN justifies taking GameDay to the parking lot at one of the neutral site games over going to South Bend.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Good on ya, England.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Minor re-name to this thread, to differentiate it from the Sports in General thread, which is for discussion about the tournament itself.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    If only this wasn’t probably the worst Croatia kit in a while… Croatia’s in a great spot, given a comfortable win paired with an Argentina draw. Four points the rest of the way should lock up the top spot in the group and a path to the quarters that avoids France. It’ll be interesting the narrative around them, because they’re genuinely one of the most talented teams at this tournament — just glad we’ve got an actual manager in charge this year.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    At least we get the lovely red-on-green colors out of the Morocco kit, but yeah, it's not great.
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    Yeah, I mean, it's hard to say what the qualifying setup would be, but it's hard for me to see the United States not qualifying for one of six slots in 2026. If you assume that the final round of CONCACAF qualifying will be split into two groups (I don't think they can really roll with a CONMEBOL-style qualifying setup when CONCACAF still has earlier qualifying rounds they have to play out), and assume that the US is likely to return to one of the two highest-rated teams in CONCACAF when the 2026 qualifying draw occurs, they likely wouldn't have to play Mexico anyway. A group like this would be among the "worst case" of solutions: United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti It's just hard to see the US dropping the required points at home in that type of group to not finish top three.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    The Saudi kit kinda sucks, but I really like that Russian kit. Not sure whether I'd like it more or less with a second blue stripe on the home shirt to match the socks, but I really do like that design.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    I'm guessing that Mexico wearing its change kit against South Korea stems from the sock clash -- since Mexico would've had to change to white socks to avoid a clash with Korea's red, they probably just opted to wear and show off the full change kit. With Sweden and Germany the other two teams in the group (no clashes there), this gives Mexico the opportunity to wear the change kit without it being a random introduction.
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    Cincinnati is also a possibility and I'll be really disappointed when it isn't picked.
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    Was Chicago being cut known before today? Cincinnati's left as the only potential host site in the Great Lakes, so I'd imagine they'll be hosting games.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Yeah, but Roberto Martinez is Belgium's manager, so they'll get to a key game and then concede five goals.
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    Nuggets Evolved: Unveil New Logos, Colours, Uniforms

    They’re solid and an improvement on the current set. Could be a lot better, though. I like the shorts design.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You know what gets me through the night? How the narrative around the Warriors went from everyone fawning over the “best team ever” to “yeah, of course they won, nobody’s impressed” when Durant joined up. No matter how good Durant is, his legacy will forever be tied to joining a 73-win team he blew a 3-1 lead against to get his rings. No matter how many titles the Warriors win, their legacy will forever be tied to begging the second-best player in the league to join them after blowing a 3-1 lead after winning 73 games. Glad we got our win in 2016 because this would’ve played out in the most Cleveland way ever otherwise. Still think LeBron sticks around, and still think it’s possible for the Cavs to get another ring, but also recognize it’s unlikely. Should’ve won game 1, though, and everything’s different if that happens.
  18. One of my favorite things about the Cavs championship in 2016 remains how they flew from Oakland to Las Vegas to party, then on to Cleveland. I'm not sure how common this is, but I thought it was neat.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    Yeah, I can’t bitch about the lane violation given how hilarious I found it that Pacers fans wouldn’t shut up about it during the first-round series. I dunno, how many different things had to go wrong for the Cavs down the stretch to lose that game? It’s a lot, which is really sad and frustrating. I’ve dealt with more gut-wrenching losses in sports that are far more important than pro sports, but that really hurt.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    Imagine if a dude was this far behind the 3-point line and the ref thought it might’ve been a 2.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    Yes, I am well aware of how the rule works and well aware of the justification for reviewing the play. My point is that the justification is bull :censored:. If you can't tell at first glance whether or not a player 3 feet outside the restricted area is, in fact, outside the restricted area, you have no business working as a professional basketball referee, let alone in the biggest game (to date) of the season. Neither referee wanted to own the charge call, so they used a bail out provision to get the review they wanted by reviewing something that was never in doubt.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You've bolded the wrong part: "Officials have determined that illegal contact has occurred on a block/charge foul but are not reasonably certain as to whether the defender was inside or out- side the restricted area during the last two minutes of the fourth period or last two minutes of any overtime period(s)." You can review the block/charge call itself if and only if you've initiated a review for whether or not the secondary defender was in the restricted area. If the officials were truly uncertain as to whether or not LeBron was outside the restricted area when the illegal contact occurred -- when he was 3 feet outside of it -- they should never work an NBA game again.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You can only review block/charge as part of a restricted area review. The play should've never been reviewed, as LeBron was clearly well outside the restricted area.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You don't have to be set to take a charge.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    I mean, either the rule wasn't implemented correctly, or every guy on that crew should never work an NBA game again. If you have doubt over whether or not a guy that's 3-4 feet outside the restricted area is outside the restricted area, you're not qualified to be a high school official, let alone an NBA ref.