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  1. Kramerica Industries

    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Green Bay vs. Seattle Tampa Bay vs. NY Giants Philadelphia vs. New Orleans Carolina vs. Detroit Minnesota vs. Chicago Tennessee vs. Indianapolis Houston vs. Washington Dallas vs. Atlanta Cincinnati vs. Baltimore Oakland vs. Arizona Denver vs. LA Chargers Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville Kansas City vs. LA Rams
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Small editors note - when I post the schedule, I've been using the page from the NFL Game Pass page. It's easy enough and you would think that the page would be appropriately updated when it comes to games that have had their start times flexed. Yet, this is two straight weeks now where I've noticed, after-the-fact of course, that the start time some games have on that page, and their actual post-flex start time, are different. Miami-GB was an early window scheduled game which was moved into the late window as it turned out, and this week the Minnesota-Chicago game is the Sunday Night game. Should I have already known about that? Maybe, I guess, but I never saw any official notifications, probably because I never sought any out. It's just as likely it slipped past my radar anyway. It's a largely inconsequential thing, I guess; every game is still out there so it's a bunch of whatever, but it's annoying to me that the NFL can't get things updated on their own website. Kinda shocking really. It's logical enough to post games in order of start time from earliest to latest, and it's easy enough to tally up the wins and losses at the end of the week that way as well. Guess it's time to change it up, is what I'm saying I guess. Besides, now that I think about it, the Bears play on a Sunday night and then play a 12:30pm ET game on Thanksgiving in Detroit. They can't be thrilled about that flex, but that's obviously a different subject for the other thread. In any case, for my own annoyance purposes, I'll have this "issue" resolved moving forward next week.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Technically, any form of organized baseball played beyond college where the athletes get paid is considered professional baseball. Independent leagues? Yes. All levels of the minor league system all the way down to Dominican Summer Leagues? Yes. Where would Nippon rate on the scale? I don't know. It's the second-best "major" professional baseball circuit on the planet, but few Japanese players ever make the jump, and even fewer succeed. Some of them might just be happy playing out their careers in Japan, though usually their best players will at least spend a sizable chunk of their careers in North America. In any case, there's no argument here. Torres nor Andujar have any legitimate claim for the award over Ohtani other than the fact that Ohtani, the position player, didn't actually play in the field. That is, of course, more than cancelled out because he also showed his chops of being a pitcher of outstanding quality when he was healthy to pitch. Besides, Torres and Andujar especially didn't cover themselves in any glory when they played in the field anyway, just trust me on that one because I saw virtually every game those two played. Ohtani was the deserved RotY choice. It would've reeked of big market and "played for a better team" bias to have chosen either of those other two. They were good, obviously, but neither was a better candidate, and they never were.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    'Mate, check the table below. If you're suggesting that Zookie would've had a better week than you, then you're suggesting that Zookie would've been the winner for this week. And, with all due respect to your cat because I'm a cat-person all the way...if you're cat would've won the competition this week, then I was going to end this thing on the spot. If all of us are dumber than a cat, and, mind you, I got outpicked by that thing three straight weeks so I know a thing or two about that feeling already, then there would really be no point in continuing onward with this competition. You were our only Browns pick, yes. Almost feel like you deserve a tiebreaker bonus for the braveness of that pick. As a brief aside as well - I have now gotten the Cowboys game pick wrong for eight straight weeks. Screw off, Dallas. Anyway, Week 10 results: Week 10 winner(s): You know it was a rough week when nobody cracks double digit wins. @infrared41, @Crabcake47, @~Bear, @buzzcut, claim your internet bragging rights for this week. And me; thank g-d, I was getting worried a yellow box wasn't in the cards for this year. Week 10 loser(s): @beast3, @tigerslionspistonshabs, well, at least it wasn't a huge gap from you to the top so it wasn't a catastrophic week by any means. Week 11 schedule: Green Bay vs. Seattle Tampa Bay vs. NY Giants Philadelphia vs. New Orleans Carolina vs. Detroit Minnesota vs. Chicago Tennessee vs. Indianapolis Houston vs. Washington Dallas vs. Atlanta Cincinnati vs. Baltimore Oakland vs. Arizona Denver vs. LA Chargers Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville Kansas City vs. LA Rams -- Mexico City bye: Buffalo, Carolina, New England. NY Jets, Miami, San Francisco Who had some of these games being intriguing at the beginning of the season, huh?
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Atlanta vs. Cleveland Miami vs. Green Bay Detroit vs. Chicago Buffalo vs. NY Jets Arizona vs. Kansas City New England vs. Tennessee Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis Washington vs. Tampa Bay New Orleans vs. Cincinnati LA Chargers vs. Oakland Seattle vs. LA Rams Dallas vs. Philadelphia  NY Giants vs. San Francisco
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Aye, it's Denver on a bye, not Buffalo. Thanks for the heads up. Better to have made a mistake there than when listing the matchups, at least.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Week 9 results: Week 9 winner: @RyanMcD29 - now, really, imagine having to have a reason to be mad the Cowboys lost a game? Week 9 loser: @jmac11281 - better luck next week. Week 10 schedule: Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Atlanta vs. Cleveland Miami vs. Green Bay Detroit vs. Chicago Buffalo vs. NY Jets Arizona vs. Kansas City New England vs. Tennessee Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis Washington vs. Tampa Bay New Orleans vs. Cincinnati LA Chargers vs. Oakland Seattle vs. LA Rams Dallas vs. Philadelphia NY Giants vs. San Francisco (jeezus) bye: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    It really should be a choice given to the higher-ranked team if they would rahter have the first leg at home, or the second leg. It's generally considered an advantage to have the second leg at home, but that's not a universal constant. I can think of plenty of cases where, for a team I'm rooting for, given a certain opponent, I would rather play the first leg at home and the second leg away. Certainly, if you don't get a good away result, then all the pressure is on you when you come home and that's not a comfortable feeling for the players and fans alike. Commentators like to talk about how players feed off the energy of their fans? I'm sure the opposite is true as well. I had a second paragraph getting typed out talking about the MLS playoff format in general, and perhaps some ways of making it better...but I've decided against that. While it's not perfect (and, truthfully, no format anywhere is truly "perfect" and the MLS one isn't too different from the Champions League format anyway), I'm not sure what other ways there are to make it better that wouldn't create massive logistical issues.
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    International Football 2018-2019

    If you're only getting familiar with Copa Libertadores now, then don't get used to it. They're switching to a neutral one-off format for the final beginning next season. So we got this Superclasico two-legged Final in just in the nick of time. (a horrific decision from CONMEBOL, btw, and the Champions League would be better as a home-and-away two-legged final, but, for some reason, I don't imagine U€FA ever doing that.)
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Oakland vs. San Francisco Atlanta vs. Washington Detroit vs. Minnesota NY Jets vs. Miami Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore Kansas City vs. Cleveland Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Chicago vs. Buffalo Houston vs. Denver LA Chargers vs. Seattle LA Rams vs. New Orleans Green Bay vs. New England Tennessee vs. Dallas
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Week 8 results: Week 8 winner(s): @Magic Dynasty, @rams80, and @ninersdd, congrats to all for nearly flawless weeks. Week 8 loser: Normally, 9-5 would be a pretty tolerable week, but when the only people who did worse than that involves a panda-concept-drawing shtick account, and someone's cat who already was better the previous four weeks anyway, I'm just going to give myself the real loss here. 17th place in a competition I'm running. Good grief, I'm terrible at rigging stuff in my favor. Week 9 schedule: Oakland vs. San Francisco Atlanta vs. Washington Detroit vs. Minnesota NY Jets vs. Miami Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore Kansas City vs. Cleveland Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Chicago vs. Buffalo Houston vs. Denver LA Chargers vs. Seattle LA Rams vs. New Orleans Green Bay vs. New England Tennessee vs. Dallas bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, NY Giants, Philadelphia
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    Patriots / Bruins / Celtcs Just how the hell did that happen?
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Miami vs. Houston Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville -- London Baltimore vs. Carolina Washington vs. NY Giants Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati Seattle vs. Detroit Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh NY Jets vs. Chicago Denver vs. Kansas City Indianapolis vs. Oakland Green Bay vs. LA Rams San Francisco vs. Arizona New Orleans vs. Minnesota  New England vs. Buffalo
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    Coming into this World Series, the Dodgers having lost 13 of 19 World Series appearances is matched by the Boston Bruins having lost in their 13 of their 19 appearances in the Stanley Cup Final. The Detroit Red Wings have also lost 13 appearances in the Final to 11 wins (and that's after winning four of their last five times there, so they were once 7W-12L themselves). Over in the NBA, the Lakers, for all their successes, are about .500 in Finals appearances. 16 wins, 15 losses. In the NFL, the New York Giants have lost 14 times in the NFL Championship Game. Yes, I'm including the pre-Super Bowl era because, yes, professional football was played prior to 1966 and deserves to be acknowledged.
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    That's hardly an unusual tactic. Cora would've had no reason to pinch hit a RHB for Devers if a righty was in the game. So of course Cora made his decision in response to the pitcher being brought in. Why was it a bad idea? Nunez has been used as the "defensive" third baseman of the two*, so Nunez was going to come into the game, very likely, in the next inning anyway because Devers would have just batted. So if the platoon matchup was in question, might as well just get a jump on it right then and there and see what happens. Once a pitcher enters a game, they must face at least one batter so Wood was in it for the entirety of that AB once that change was made. It was a move anyone watching could have foreseen coming or at least been wary of the possibility of. But it also ignores the other part of the equation - Baez had come into the game and was throwing fire. Two strikeouts, swinging, on fastballs. One of those strikeouts was against a LHB. He was electric. What's the old axiom that old-school baseball people especially love to mention sometimes? That, the more pitchers you use in a game, the more likely you are to run into somebody who doesn't have "it". So, when I was watching that game, what I'm seeing is a righty firing 97 mph and getting results on the two batters he faced. I'm seeing a righty at Fenway Park who, yes, will face a LHB due up next, but if you're going to be at the platoon disadvantage at Fenway, you'd rather it be a RHP facing a LHB anyway because Fenway has always played more difficult to left-handed hitters. I don't see why I'm bringing in a lefty to face a prospective right-handed pinch hitter and tossing that platoon advantage away. Look, I can't speak for other people when it comes to second-guessing, but I try to have a sense of ethics about it. When I was watching the game, the moment I saw that pitching change, I thought "why?" because it didn't make sense to me. It seemed like managing by what the numbers were telling Roberts to do, paying zero attention to what was happening right in front of him on the field. We saw how that subsequent pitching change went. If I don't have an opinion about a managerial/coaching decision, and it backfires, then I have no room to talk. When I do and it backfires? I reserve my rights on that one. I'm not watching tonight's game live, btw. No idea what's happening right now; don't wanna know. I'll watch it soon enough. I can't be bothered to spend 3.5 hours of my time expressing virulent hatred of the Red Sox when I can condense that down to one hour later tonight or tomorrow morning. *something that, as someone who remembers Nunez and his completely erratic throwing arm from his days with the Yankees, is just a hysterical idea, at least it was until the final out of this year's ALDS