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  1. 2018 NBA Post Season

    The Warriors are playing an interesting type of defense where they're allowing easy layups that they somehow know Houston is going to miss. 11 so far!
  2. Las Vegas is a monument to man's hubris. The worst monument. It shouldn't exist. You shouldn't be able to have air conditioning in 120 degree heat. I liked Fools Rush In though.
  3. I watched a good chunk of the game today and I was surprised how into the game I was. I used to be such a huge hockey (specifically Sabres) fan, but the league's repeated rule changes, lockouts, and market manipulation really beat the fun out of it for me. I laughed at the Golden Knights like everyone else, but I'm also a bit of the mind that the curiosity factor of them being in the Cup final may be good to attract casual viewers. I would have been the same level of in with Winnipeg or Vegas, but I'm definitely in for the clinching game this year.
  4. 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.
  5. 2018 NBA Post Season

    It's kind of like the whole "establish the run" deal in football, isn't it? If you're not hitting outside shots, the defense doesn't have to respect you, and can clog the interior more. They close off the easier options in favor of LeBron going 3-23 from three and JR Smith doing god knows what. What did happen last night, however, was the Celtics looked like a team without its best player and had no one to fix things when it went wrong. (Also, sidenote, I hate when I keep reading the Celtics have been without their two best players all season. Yes, Irving is a great, top 7 player in the league. But Hayward? I think we'd need to see more than six minutes to determine how he fits in Boston's system. Presumably well, of course, but the Jazz didn't seem to miss him.)
  6. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    David Villa has shattered expectations for his time in MLS, right? Especially in light of what a dud Frank Lampard was. Of all of the great European players (or guys who had significant time in Europe) who came to close out their careers in MLS, it seems like Villa may be the best. Other guys that come to mind are Dempsey, Oba Martins (I'm biased, sue me), Robbie Keane, Beckham, Thierry Henry, and who else? I personally loved Didier Drogba's time with Montreal, but he seemed more like a flash in the pan that I'm not positive actually happened, compared to the sustained success the LA Galaxy guys had.
  7. 2018 NBA Post Season

    The Cavs continue to show LeBron is not enough. LeBron + shooters only works if the other guys make their shots. Also, you can't discount that the Boston arena has become murder for road teams. If I were Boston, I'd be happy to have at least one more home game, and then maybe two.
  8. The Sports Media Thread

    The WatchESPN app on Xbox hasn't been updated in any real way in several years. And one fun thing about ESPN+ is that it uses different credentials (your ESPN.com account) than WatchESPN (your cable provide; in my case YouTube TV). I'm sure that's a hassle, but again, one I'm surprised they didn't sort out before launch.
  9. The Sports Media Thread

    How are people doing with ESPN+? I really want the service to succeed, but there's no way to use it on my Xbox One, so it's therefore dead to me. A browser or mobile device just isn't good enough -- I prefer watching sports on my TV.
  10. Richard Sherman - Seahawks and 49ers Thurman Thomas - Bills and Dolphins Mark Jackson - Knicks and Pacers Kurt Thomas - Heat and Knicks
  11. One potentially fun idea sports leagues could consider is redrafting teams each year. It would be chaos, but also super fun.
  12. Buffalo Bisons reignite our love for food-based baseball promos

    Via this thread, I learned the Rochester Red Wings have renamed themselves the Plates for Thursday home games: So named for the Rochester original "garbage plate," which consists of two patties, sausages or hot dogs, home fries, beans, and mac salad, plus some weirdo meat-based hot sauce. Yum, right?
  13. 2018 NBA Post Season

    That shot from the makeup chair? Oh my.
  14. 2018 NBA Post Season

    LeBron looking to get 80 tonight. Sheeeeit.
  15. 2018 NBA Post Season

    For what feels like the first time in a while, lottery-type teams win the lottery: 1. Phoenix 2. Sacramento 3. Atlanta 4. Memphis 5. Dallas The Kyrie trade netted (get it?) the Cavs #8. The Lakers pick turned into #10 for Philly. So that happened!
  16. Panthers Price Tag: $2.2 Billion

    It's cool that there are so many people that can quickly capitalize billions of dollars for sports teams but not sports stadia.
  17. 2018 MLS Kits

    You're not wrong. There's a lot of entitlement in the fanbase here.
  18. 2018 MLS Kits

    What's kind of funny, is that locally, people are pretty down on the Sounders. They got booed out of the building at the end of a 0-0 tie last week, and people are getting restless with Seattle not making any major signings. So while Portland/Seattle has been a lot of fun in the past, it was more fun when both teams were good. Seattle sucks right now, and it all feels kind of pointless.
  19. Degenerate Gamblers Celebrate

    I've been using betonline.ag for months.
  20. 2018 MLS Kits

    This is the first I've seen of the new NYCFC shirts. They're really nice!
  21. LeBron James in his current form would have run over those Celtics teams, and everyone knows that. Jordan too. And, for example, there were 9 teams in 1963 and limited player movement. You really can't say those Celtics were better because they had so many advantages that teams today can't. Today's NBA is matched only by the late 80s/early 90s for collection of overall talent. And the on-court product is significantly smarter and better. Pace and space has changed the game for the better, and it's much more aesthetically pleasing than it was during the Bird/Magic/Jordan era. BBTV rightly points out that the leagues have become world leagues, with talent coming from all over. Europeans have changed NBA basketball for the better and, in general, it's a really great time to be a basketball fan. Certainly better than in the league's post-Jordan nadir.
  22. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Regression to the mean. That's all. LeBron stunk today. He also has a history of dropping games ones. I think the Cavs will be fine, but who knows. Houston/GS is more intriguing. I'm really excited to see what the Rockets do with home court. Their whole roster is constructed to take on the Warriors, and here they are. They've been the most consistent team this season and Harden has been the best non-LeBron and non-Curry player. Assuming Harden and Paul have pooled their powers to conquer the playoff yips, they're in a really great position to win the series.
  23. 2018 NBA Post Season

    I'm a genius.
  24. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Cavs keep on threatening to cut it to 15, 12 before the 4th. If they could get there, they'd have a chance. But once they cut it to 18, the Celtics respond. If James weren't playing like garbage, this would be a much different game. That said, James is playing like garbage in large part because Brad Stevens is a damn genius. I don't think the Cavs can win today, but I remember the Cavs being down 14 or so at the end of the third in game 1 against Toronto, and feeling like the Cavs had it in the bag. Everything is going right for Boston today. Cavs are putrid from 3. The and-1 opportunities aren't falling. James is doing his favorite thing of dropping game 1. And yet, I've seen this enough to know you can't count out the Cavs until they're down 30 in the fourth. EDIT: The number in my head the Cavs need was 14 at the end of the third, and that's where they ended. If Boston starts the fourth on a 7-0 run, that might be the game. But this is definitely not in the bag yet.