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  1. The LPI Midseason Draft kicks off at 10:00 AM EDT on Monday, and you've got the first of four compensatory selections (due to the departure of Guarín to :censored:ing China). If you will not be able to make a selection from 10-12 Monday, send me your desired selection ASAP. Otherwise, please just remember to PM Dave once you've made your pick. :)

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  3. 2015/16 International Football

    I think PSG is primed to flop considering that most of their players are just past their prime. Di María is their X-factor in my opinion, but there's no reason to believe he'll improve all of a sudden. Shakhtar arent good any more though. Otherwise Id say theres a decent chance of it happening, but theyll get played off the park in Paris.Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, but I think that the addition of Eduardo is what will allow Shakhtar to advance. He has a great history of scoring goals and lots of them.
  4. 2015/16 International Football

    I think PSG is primed to flop considering that most of their players are just past their prime. Di María is their X-factor in my opinion, but there's no reason to believe he'll improve all of a sudden.
  5. 2015/16 International Football

    Predictions? Sure! Group A 1. Real Madrid CF 2. FC Shakhtar Donetsk 3. Paris Saint-Germain FC 4. Malmö FF Group B 1. Manchester United FC 2. PFC CSKA Moscow 3. VfL Wolfsburg 4. PSV Eindhoven Group C 1. Atlético de Madrid 2. Galatasaray SK 3. SL Benfica 4. FC Astana Group D 1. Sevilla FC 2. Manchester City FC 3. Borussia Mönchengladbach 4. Juventus FC Group E 1. FC Barcelona 2. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3. AS Roma 4. FC BATE Borisov Group F 1. FC Bayern München 2. Arsenal FC 3. Olympiacos FC 4. GNK Dinamo Zagreb Group G 1. FC Porto 2. Chelsea FC 3. FC Dynamo Kyiv 4. Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Group H 1. Olympique Lyonnais 2. Valencia CF 3. Zenit Saint Petersburg 4. KAA Gent
  6. 2015/16 International Football

    Exact repeat of last season's debut against Leicester, wasn't it? That said, I think this Watford side is going to be one of the EPL's surprises this season. They carry over a deadly attack from last season's Championship squad, and they did a marvelous job bringing in a multitude of under-the-radar transfers.
  7. The Pointless Realignment Outpost

    NFL-style MLB Realignment (playoff format would mat h that of NFL with Wild Card Round consisting of five-game series and all other series consisting of seven games) American League East Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Indians New York Yankees Raleigh/Durham (formerly Tampa Bay Rays) North Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Montreal Expos (expansion) Toronto Blue Jays South Chicago White Sox Houston Astros Kansas City Royals Texas Rangers West Las Vegas (expansion) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sacramento Athletics (formerly of Oakland) Seattle Mariners National League East New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates Washington Nationals North Chicago Cubs Colorado Rockies Milwaukee Brewers Minnesota Twins South Atlanta Braves Cincinnati Reds Miami Marlins St. Louis Cardinals West Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Here's a handy (albeit crudely drawn) map so you can see that despite some weird divisions -- such as St. Louis and the White Sox both being aligned in the South -- this actually makes a hell of a lot more since geographically than the NFL's current divisional alignment.
  8. 2014 NFL Season Thread

    On the bright side, Andy Dalton's haircut really is something. Seriously, though, I think that the Bengals really had their hands tied coming into this one. Without two receivers in Green and Gresham who accounted for 42% of Cincinnati's air game (IIRC), the Bengals were essentially doomed from the start. Had they had everyone healthy, I think that this game would be a nailbiter (if not Cincinnati in the driver's seat) instead of a sure Colts win, given Indy's lack of a run game and the Bengals' superb defense. Unfortunately, Bengals fans will simply have to wait another year. Curses are meant to be broken, and I believe that all the pieces will fall into place one season or another for the Bengals (and for the Reds & Blue Jackets). No need to give up hope if you're a Cincinnati sports fan, or if you belong to any struggling fan base, for that matter. There will always be better days.
  9. 2014 NFL Season Thread

    Wild Card Weekend AFC Baltimore Ravens 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Cincinnati Bengals 20, Indianapolis Colts 26 NFC Arizona Cardinals 16, Carolina Panthers 23 Detroit Lions 22, Dallas Cowboys 35 Divisional Round AFC Indianapolis Colts 23, New England Patriots 41 Pittsburgh Steelers 29, Denver Broncos 27 NFC Carolina Panthers 9, Seattle Seahawks 30 Dallas Cowboys 27, Green Bay Packers 24 Conference Championships AFC Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New England Patriots 21 NFC Dallas Cowboys 17, Seattle Seahawks 31 2014 Super Bowl (2006 rematch!) Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Seattle Seahawks 26
  10. 2014 NFL Season Thread

    A Buccaneers fan or someone in Tampa Bay's front office would, of course, prefer the Bucs to lose their game. But what you have to remember is that the players of the field are paid to do one thing: play to the best of their ability. They're not gonna throw the game just so the Buccaneers can draft a player that will potentially take one of their spots (that has to be Josh McCown's mentality right now; a win could mean that the Bucs don't get Mariota and take a defensive stud instead).
  11. Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    If we assume that Peyton goes to San Diego and is successful there, then this impacts the careers of Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Eli Manning.Man, I'd imagine a team of Peyton Manning, LaDanian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates would have won a Super Bowl or two.And wouldn't this ultimately mean that Brees, a Purdue grad, would have fittingly ended up on the Colts?
  12. The Pointless Realignment Outpost

    Updated above (despite the community's disdain for such a format) to reflect the latest College Football Playoff Rankings that were released today.
  13. The Pointless Realignment Outpost

    Here's my take on a College Football postseason. 32 teams (10 conference champions and 22 at-large) compete in a single-elimination bracket format.Duration: approximately five weeks (second weekend of December to third weekend of January).Each of the first 28 games will take place in a bowl site that is determined chiefly by the geographical location of the highest seeded teams (much like the NCAA basketball tournament).The semifinal and final would operate exactly as it does now, with the two semifinal games rotating between the predetermined large bowls, and the final being played in a predetermined site.Eight bowl games (or greater if more are added) would exist for non-playoff qualifying schools. Currently, those bowl games are the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Raycom Media Camelia Bowl, the Boca Raton Bowl, the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, and the GoDaddy Bowl.Below is an example of what a 2015 version of the format outlined above might look like. (Disclaimer: I seeded the teams yesterday, so the seeds do not reflect any of the conference championship games and follow the Week 15 College Football Playoff Rankings.)Seeds (all-caps denotes conference champion): 1s: Alabama (1), Oregon (2), Florida State (3), Ohio State (4)2s: Baylor (5), TCU (6), Mississippi State (7), Michigan State (8)3s: Ole Miss (9), Arizona (10), Kansas State (11), Georgia Tech (12)4s: Georgia (13), UCLA (14), Arizona State (15), Missouri (16)5s: Clemson (17), Wisconsin (18), Auburn (19), Boise State (20)6s: Louisville (21) Utah (22), LSU (23), USC (24)7s: Minnesota (25), Nebraska (NR/26), Oklahoma (NR/27), Marshall (NR/28)8s: Memphis (NR/29), Duke (NR/30), Northern Illinois (NR/31), Georgia Southern (NR/32)First six out: Colorado State, Air Force, Cincinnati, UCF, West Virginia, Stanford
  14. 2014 NFL Season Thread

    Sadistically, I feel the exact same way. I was pissed when Green Bay fumbled inside their 5. 42-0 at halftime would be a pretty juicy scoreline.EDIT: All hail the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb run Chicago. Woe is me. Goodnight and go Cubs.
  15. 2014 NFL Season Thread

    Until this season, most recent matchups had been very, very close with the Bears even pulling out the win in Lambeau last year and wins at Soldier at a pretty good frequency. The Bears still lead the all-time head-to-head, by the way, albeit narrowly.