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    Rangers bandwagoning...wait, what year is it again?

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  1. Kramerica Industries

    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    And thanks to the Vikings-Packers game, no one's totals will equal 255 either. Good grief. Week 2 results: Week 2 winner: infrared with the only yellow box performance of the week. Congrats there. Week 2 loser: @DiePerske - 'mate, it's not a competition for the most black boxes. Unfortunately, there's not a "NFL Weekly Picks Draft" that we hold at the end of April, so there's no tanking for that first overall pick. Week 3 schedule: NY Jets vs. Cleveland Indianapolis vs. Philadelphia Tennessee vs. Jacksonville San Francisco vs. Kansas City Buffalo vs. Minnesota New Orleans vs. Atlanta NY Giants vs. Houston Cincinnati vs. Carolina Green Bay vs. Washington Oakland vs. Miami Denver vs. Baltimore LA Chargers vs. LA Rams Dallas vs. Seattle Chicago vs. Arizona New England vs. Detroit Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay This is maybe the first time I've ever seen where, among the late afternoon games, the best one is the one that won't be aired on the doubleheader network. Gonna be curious to see the 506 map when it comes out in a few days. Bucs playing on my birthday. What's the worst that can happen?
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

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

    I've said many times that, if we took the MVP award by its literal acronym, Peyton Manning should've been the NFL MVP in 2011. We saw how the Patriots survived when Brady missed an entire season; they won 11 games and are I think the only 11-win team this century to miss the playoffs. The Colts lost Manning and ended up going 2-14 after being a playoff team the year before. There's no knocks to make against Brady but his Patriots teams were always better than Manning's Colts teams. The best teams Peyton played on in his career were in Denver, but midway through his third season there he was washed up so it was a very limited run of success for him there.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Ravens purple pants are completely unbalanced with the rest of the set. With very few exceptions* (the Steelers being perhaps the only one that comes to mind immediately), when it comes to the white away jerseys, having the helmet, jersey, and pants all being different colors usually doesn't work for me and this is just another case of that*. If the helmets were purple, that would be a different story. But the problem with the black pants, other than not having stripes (all stripe-less pants are terrible but that's a different discussion), the problem with them is having the socks blend in with them. That's not the fault of the pants, that's the fault of the socks. Ravens away set should be simple: Primary away -> white jersey/white pants/black socks Alternate away -> white jersey/black pants/white socks That they pair black socks with the black pants regardless is unfortunate. *When it comes to home jerseys, this doesn't seem to bother me as much. Take the Ravens for instance - if they wore black pants as their primary with the purple jerseys, it wouldn't look as good because their purple is a dark shade. If they wore a brighter shade, maybe, but even then I'm not feeling it. The Bengals have always worn orange/black/white at home as well and, when it comes to the pattern, if not the actual design, I've always liked it as well (though, in their case, I think orange pants would be a fascinating look). With white jerseys, I dunno, maybe it's because there's a more jarring contrast design, I can't be sure, but I'm just not as big on those.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Thanks to the Steelers-Browns game, no one's totals will add up to 256 games during the regular season this year. Only took one week this season for that to happen. Obviously I didn't have to give this obligatory note at any point last season, since no games ended in a tie, but, for future reference for any more potential ties this season - the game isn't counted. It's as if it didn't happen. You don't get a loss if you picked the Steelers even if you probably should. No one wants three columns and that certainly includes me. Anyway, Week 1 results: Week 1 winner: Three unavoidable realities of life -- paying taxes, dying, and seeing @jmac11281 be named the Week 1 winner with 13 wins in the bag. He did this in 2015 and 2016 as well, so three of the last four seasons he's gotten off to the fastest start in the league. Week 1 loser: @DiePerske, better luck next week. I've got no silly jabs or historical anecdotes to share here. Week 2 schedule: Baltimore vs. Cincinnati Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay Indianapolis vs. Washington Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh Cleveland vs. New Orleans Minnesota vs. Green Bay Carolina vs. Atlanta Miami vs. NY Jets Houston vs. Tennessee LA Chargers vs. Buffalo Detroit vs. San Francisco Arizona vs. LA Rams New England vs. Jacksonville Oakland vs. Denver NY Giants vs. Dallas Seattle vs. Chicago Very courteous of NBC to actually let their annual Giants-Cowboys game be in Week 2 this season instead of sticking in our face as the Week 1 SNF opener. Gracias, muy agredable.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

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

    NFL seasons starts on Thursday night with the Falcons playing the Eagles. With that in mind, it's time to open up this season's Weekly Picks competition. I don't need to explain the rules*; this is my fourth season doing this, so you guys know how I do it by now. Good luck to everyone here, and good luck to your teams, except for you guys in the NFC South who will all be fighting for playoff spots that the Bucs won't be fighting for. Week 1: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia Buffalo vs. Baltimore Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis Houston vs. New England San Francisco vs. Minnesota Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Jacksonville vs. NY Giants Tennessee vs. Miami Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland Kansas City vs. LA Chargers Dallas vs. Carolina Seattle vs. Denver Washington vs. Arizona Chicago vs. Green Bay NY Jets vs. Detroit LA Rams vs. Oakland I try to have the standings updated by about noon on Tuesday at the latest. That's the standard I adopted as last season went along. It can be earlier than that as well, depending on various circumstances, but they should be submitted no later than that point. If I'm going to be out-of-town early in a week and that deadline might be untenable, I'll make a note of it ahead of time. Thankfully, it doesn't appear I'll be displaced by a hurricane during the first weekend of the season this time around. Wasn't much fun last year, though compared to most people I know I had it much better than they did. -- *I lied. One rules reminder: Picks for the specific games are to be in by the kickoff of those respective games. I, ever the hypocritical cynic, do believe in the honor system with this game, though. People here have lives, things get forgotten about, sometimes a game might accidentally be forgotten to be selected out of the vast Sunday swath (though I'm hoping to amend that a bit if I post the week's schedule in advance). If a game is forgotten about, you can send a DM or send me a tweet (@KramerIndustry) and, more often than not, I will be generous enough to give credit. If Cleveland is facing New England and NE wins and you forget to make that pick, then I'll logically presume NE would've been the pick and give the nod (do they even play each other this year? Who cares). All I will ask is not to abuse this, is all.
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    International Football 2018-2019

    Adios to Man United after the group stage...again.
  9. Kramerica Industries

    2018 MLB Season

    In my experience reading your experiences, don't Blackhawks media people and bloggers have a tendency to be sanctimonius as hell? Given that there's probably a pretty decent overlap with the Blackhawks and the Cubs, this doesn't seem like a huge surprise development. It could just be a broader Chicago thing for all I know. In any case, if there are Cubs fans turned off by this I would've thought they would have already been turned off by their Ted Cruz look-a-like chief owner whose political donations don't exactly paint him as being all that much better than the actual Ted Cruz is.
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    2018 MLB Season

    We were overdue for another Red Sox/Cardinals World Series, anyway. This isn't a knock on the Indians because you can only play what your schedule says, but the AL Central is so much worse than the AL West it's not even funny. Those two teams that they were 2.5 games behind as of yesterday, Oakland and Houston, play each other 19 times. They also both play Seattle 19 times. Even Anaheim, with their current record and with zero adjustment for level of competition, would be in second place in the Central right now. 3rd place in the Central would be in last place in the West, with the other two teams beneath them even so much worse than that. So to point out that Cleveland is on the heels of the other two teams with zero added context is a little misleading. And, in a broader sense, it's just another reason why having an unbalanced schedule while having wild card spots fought across the entire league are two things that shouldn't be mixed together. I think Cleveland's a very good team, and I said here earlier in the season that I think their record would've been better in the early going if they had a tougher playoff position to fight for. I fully can subscribe to the idea of there not being much of a sense of urgency, because nobody else was ever going to win the Central this season, and I also can subscribe to the idea that the front office didn't bother spending money on the bullpen like they probably should have because, with their more limited financial capabilities, it was easier to wait until the end of July and only have to pay two months' worth of salaries than 4-6 months worth. Injuries didn't help. They slept-walked because they could afford to do that. Nobody else could afford to do that. Cleveland won 94 games in 2016, and 101 last year. I don't think anyone ever was going to overlook them as being a weak sister compared to the Red Sox, Astros, and Yankees. They're all well-matched in a postseason series. I would still rate Oakland and Seattle beneath both of them though both of them, Oakland especially, have proven to be quite decent relative to expectations. Just looking over at the NL quickly, and with my tongue now removed from my cheek, all I have to say to that is that if the Cubs don't win the pennant this year then they really blew an opportunity. With the Dodgers having a rotten season beseiged by injury, they are so far and away the best team in the NL. There isn't a team they should face in a playoff series who should beat them. I think any of the top-4 AL teams should beat the Cubs in a World Series matchup, but wow should the Cubs have a pretty clear path to getting there.
  11. Kramerica Industries

    NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    I really don't like people physically abusing other people. What I really don't like almost as much is this mentality that has overtaken sports in that if someone makes the worth-strong-punishment mistake of physically abusing other people, that they deserve to be tarred and feathered and kicked out of the sport forever. You don't have to like people who do something disgusting like that but jeezus mother Christ the idea of anyone ever getting a second chance might as well not even exist anymore. One strike (pun not intended) and that's it. And I hate that I have to write this paragraph I'm writing right now because I know if I didn't there would be some moron(s) out there who would interpret this as if I don't think domestic abuse is a problem. Which it is! Of course it is. And serial abusers absolutely deserve to be kicked out of their leagues. But, my g-d, we get the pitchforks out and want these people gone when they've committed one mistake and I just think it's absurd, gross overreacting. We can want these people to get duly punished without stripping them of their livelihoods. At least, I would think we could.
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    Interesting Sports Facts and Statistics

    2009: Saints 2010: Packers 2011: Giants 2012: Ravens bonus points for the Packers beating the Eagles in the Week 1 season opener and then beating them again in the first round of the playoffs.
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    2018 MLB Season

    I read the same book around this time last year so nothing either of you have said is foreign to me. What I will add is that he had what can generously be described as being a "complicated" relationship with his children.
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    the admiral

    then it's a good thing it wasn't a CSI: Miami meme then. That's sunglasses and a pun. I didn't do either.
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    the admiral

    Didn't even realize Headley was suspended back in (gets eyeglasses)...October holy schei├če almighty.