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  1. 2018 NFL Offseason

    Either Jonathan Martin is really stupid or he's so psychologically damaged from his playing days that he thought that was a good idea. Either way I feel bad for him.
  2. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    The second part of Bill Simmons' reasoning is generally how it helps the Celtics. But I'm still a fan. I like a lot of his analysis and I think he's more right on the NBA than not. And some of his podcast guests (Lowe, Morey, Durant, Harallabob) can be pretty good. But I really do hate the I'M SO BORED genre of sports reporting/opining. I get that watching basketball professionally can feel like a slog, but it's also pretty awesome so shut up. And outside of being bored, I really don't know what problem complicating the NBA Playoffs is really solving. The better solution, in my opinion, is a single-elimination FA Cup style tournament that includes the G League. But I also recognize that I'm just playing fantasy commissioner like everyone else.
  3. I mentioned in my Bill Simmons thread that we could benefit from a sport media thread. Well here it is! This is where you discuss sports media, link to Awful Announcing stories, post Gus Johnson clips, and more. I've been looking for a place to discuss Gawker vs. Hogan, and this is good as any. After too many days' silence, Gawker finally spoke up: http://gawker.com/the-hogan-verdict-1766460791 If Hulk Hogan's penis is the hill they wanted to die on, they deserve what they can get. This is the exceptionally bad opinion from Nick Denton's post: "If only you hadn't read what we posted, we wouldn't be in this mess!" No one wanted to see Hulk Hogan have sex, and Heather Cole definitely didn't want the world to see her have sex. That Hogan is a public figure or that he said embarrassing racist things is irrelevant; there's no public right to know about the sex lives of others.
  4. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Bill Simmons is annoyingly all-in on changing the playoff format, and I have to think that some of this talk is coming from the nerd-ification of NBA fandom. And yes, I am one. I think people are confusing the Eastern Conference of 10 years ago with the East of today. Yes, it's a bad look for a 37-win team to make the playoffs, but that won't happen this year. Also, if anything, the NBA really needs to do more to boost superstars playing in the East. It's a gift that LeBron has been there as long as he has, and he's also no fool; he knows it's an easier trip to the Finals. He alone creates another barrier to good players joining the East, but it's not like he'll be there forever. It seems irresponsible to let an entire conference rot for the sake of 1.) being a nerd and 2.) dumb notions of basketball purity. And, clearly, unnecessary cross-country travel is killer and should be dismissed out of hand.
  5. 2018 MLS Kits

    The black kit is exactly what I wanted...except for that stupid YouTube logo. 0 stars.
  6. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    I'm as big a LeBron defender as anyone, but it's really weird that he (kinda) owns a sports agency and has active clients in the same league he plays. Everyone just pretends it's not happening.
  7. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Is Ben Simmons with Klutch? Maybe LeBron goes to Philadelphia -- it'd be a good fit -- but I think this is more repping his sports talent agency (which is clearly totally normal no its not).
  8. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    On the one hand, Duke (kidding). But yeah, it was weird that he seemed to have said a slur so clearly, but he probably has a microphone shoved in front of his face constantly. Someone really should have caught that during editing.
  9. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Why not Embiid? I was out last night so watched the replay this morning. Really fun game! Especially at the end. If Durant and LeBron ever played for an actual team together, Jesus Christ. The way they swallowed up Steph at the end there was disgusting. Lastly, can everyone in the Black Eyed Peas community disappear forever? Fergie pretending to be Marvin Gaye was an embarrassment to everyone. EDIT: Sometimes the NBA is the best. You can't hear the whole audience laughing during other sports' national anthems.
  10. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    I think the Nance dunk is different because he uses to hands and he does the tap when he's up there, while Howard did it on the ascent. Both are cool though. I'm not sure what's up with JJ Redick: https://streamable.com/rfjc6 The link is a video of NBA players wishing Chinese fans happy new year. Redick says "I wish all the NBA ch*nk fans of China..." I can't believe he would be that stupid and maybe it was a weird mispronunciation. But it clearly sounds like a slur. NBA Reddit has blown up about it. His Twitter isn't that great right now either. If thre's anything true about the NBA right now, it's that you can't piss off China. EDIT:
  11. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    That double-tap dunk was really special. Donovan Mitchell had the better night, but I don't think I've ever seen anything like what Nance did. Fun dunk contest! EDIT: Here it is: https://streamable.com/e9oij
  12. 2018 MLS Kits

    I hope they get it done in time. It looks really great. We'll see how it actually functions, but the basic shape of it looks like the class of SSS in the US.
  13. 2018 MLS Kits

    If they use the red YouTube logo I'll burn the the place down. But given that the logo has been gold in the preview materials, I'm sure they'll do the right thing. Is their stadium finished?
  14. 2018 MLS Kits

    The 2018 MLS kits are really bumming me out. Adidas used to put so much effort into custom kits that reflected the local environs while still looking mostly professional. Now it's all just out-of-the-catalogue templates that are being dumped on teams willy nilly. It's really dumb Minnesota can't have wings buy NYCFC does, and the NYCFC wings look kind of dumb. I shouldn't be too upset, as Nike recycles its templates for both national and club teams and doesn't care at all. So maybe Adidas is just bringing the US league up to par with international expectations. I just think back on Vancouver's great mountain shirts, or Seattle's S logo, or the SKC argyle, or Portland's rose. It's a bummer that stuff is mostly gone.
  15. I saw the Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum several months back and it was incredible. Obviously. Barack's portrait is terrific. I don't really get Michelle's.
  16. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    No one pays attention to the NHL and the NBA's chief cultural comparison is the NFL. By the NFL's standards of cultural ineptness, the NBA is a refreshing. And clearly you're not the only person who doesn't want to blow the NBA. There are plenty of KKK members who would never do that either. (Kidding!!!) But I get that the NBA gets lumped in with other slacktivist movements that can also be annoying, but whatever. Brands aren't our friends but I don't mind when they're not evil.
  17. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Brandon Ingram might be really, really good really soon.
  18. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Steph's first free throws last night were at something like less than 5 minutes to go. That seemed weird. But also, he only seems to be playing inside if he's getting rebounds; I don't see him going to the hoop that much. It's no big secret, but Kevin Durant is really, really good. I think he took a leap from the playoffs last season through this year because he's scoring, defending, passing, blocking shots. It may be easier to be great when you're on a team with other great players, but I think everyone else except Durant is largely tired (Klay, Steph) or losing a step (Draymond, others). The Lakers stopped being fun
  19. 2018 MLS Kits

    I think a lot of people are overthinking LAFC. Black shirt. Gold crest and logo. Done.
  20. 2018 MLS Kits

    Because they're so fugly I can't imagine a second year for them
  21. 2018 MLS Kits

    LAFC have to be all black, right? Everything they've shown is pointing to that -- stripes would look terrible. No pics, but I saw the new Sounders shirt at the downtown team shop yesterday. It's not very inspiring in person either. At least it will only last one year.
  22. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    LeBron on Trae Young deciding to go pro: I think these Player's Only broadcasts might be a little better if Brent Barry weren't doing his best Mike Breen impersonation.
  23. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    Are there really any USL/NASL teams ready to jump up to MLS level? Maybe Cincinnati, but their maybe (stadium) is the very thing currently keeping them out of the big league. Does pro/rel make that happen faster? Ditto Sacramento. The only thing I could see happening with pro/rel is killing off for good franchises like Columbus that have a tough time drawing and staying competitive year over year. I think MLS needs to stabilize its new franchises (Miami, Nashville, LAFC, Atlanta, Minnesota, Cincinnati/Sacramento) at least a decade before even thinking about revisiting pro/rel. And all of the USL franchises need to do better than practice, high school or DII college fields. Our soccer infrastructure isn't nearly close to being mature enough for teams going up and down.
  24. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    You're the only person saying this. I'm glad it's working out for Crowder. He looked absolutely miserable in Cleveland and was so much better in Boston. Interesting though that he ended up swapping places with Hayward after all. EDIT: No. No one was doing this.