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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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    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
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    Found the manager who thinks it's a good idea to have a LHP face a RHB at Fenway than the other way around if given the choice. Well done, Dave. You know you don't get a ring from the Red Sox if they win the World Series this time around, right?
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    We've got a cat that has nailed 67.8% of her picks in the last four weeks. How good are the rest of you? Week 7 results: Week 7 winner(s): @rams80 and a surely nonplussed @dont care with this week's honours. Congrats. Week 7 loser: Ignore the screenshot, take one guess, odds are you'll be correct. Week 8 schedule: 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 bye(s): Atlanta, Dallas, LA Chargers, Tennessee
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    College Football 2018-19: Santa Clara is that a way.

    Just in time to whip these bad boys out again! Seriously, what on earth was the point of that novelty? Gators are the "road" team this year so problem averted but good grief I will never understand that jersey.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

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

    Not speaking to or of you directly but the enduring fascination with only wanting white or gray uniforms will never not puzzle me. Anyone wanna guess which World Series was the first one to feature a team wearing a colored uniform? If you guessed 1905, you would be correct. A slightly different version would find its way into the World Series six years later, as well. As I've said several times before - the chief reasons as to why baseball aesthetics were the way they were in the games beginnings had to do with health risks associated with colored fabrics of the day, as well as access, or lack there of, to laundering facilities for teams on the road. Now, do white uniforms tend to look nice? Yeah, I think so. It's not my favorite color. I think way too many soccer teams in Europe use white as their primary shirt color and look boring as hell in the process. I tend to think in most cases that a colored-in version of those uniforms, and of most white uniforms you see in North American sports as well, look better than their white counterparts, but white uniforms will always serve a purpose in any sport if for no other reason than because their neutrality helps provide a clash alternative if nothing else. That it's the standard home color in baseball doesn't bother me. But when it comes to gray road uniforms? If teams want to use them still, that's their prerogative. But, as I alluded to above, gray uniforms literally only exist because baseball teams didn't have such easy access to laundering facilities when they were on the road back in the late 19th/early 20th Century, and so without the ability to get their uniforms laundered regularly, gray became the standard road base color because gray does an effective job hiding schmutz and sweat. But how long has that use been obsolete? Certainly in my viewing lifetime, and probably well back beyond that even. Unlike white, most teams don't actually use gray as any part of their color scheme. Every team in sports uses white to some extent, because being a neutral color it works with literally any combination you can think of. And, for that matter, gray pretty much can do the same thing, but you rarely see it. You don't really need both, after all. There are some ugly colored alternates in the sport. Furthermore, I'm not here to endorse teams wearing non-neutral colored pants. It can work in football, wearing non-white or gray pants. It's a necessity in hockey for...some reason anyway, why teams always wear breezers that are either the same color or darker than their uniform top but never the other way around (due to sweat stains, I know, but this hasn't stopped football from doing what it's done forever). Having seen baseball uniforms from the '70s, though, the aesthetics of baseball pants in maroon or yellow just don't work the same way. Different cuts, different designs than in football with different padding (or lack thereof). It doesn't translate. But as for the jersey color? If teams want to adopt a road color that is something other than gray, all I can say is that it's 2018 and be my guest to do so. The idea of being so beholden to something that lost its practical purpose decades ago, well, is definitely a baseball thing to do because nothing quite screams baseball like bitching about how things were so much better in the past, but, as with a lot of things that we think were better in the past, many times we're either on a nostalgia trip or just plain wrong.
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    The Dodgers aiming for revenge 102 years in the making. Frankly, based on matchups, I didn't see a chance on earth for the Brewers if they faced Boston. I can at least see the Dodgers having a chance if I squint enough. That's the hope I'm going to have to hold on to.
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    It would be very easy to chalk this up to my team being eliminated in the first round, sure, but this year has been about as disinterested as I've ever been in playoff baseball that I can remember. Like, I can remember back around 2013-2014-ish when I would by psyched about those LDS days when there were four games on, and being annoyed when I would have to miss a game or two because I had to go to work and didn't really have the devices to watch the games later on, and, well, we've reached the LCS round and I literally haven't watched a single game in this round live. In fact, I think the only playoff games I've watched live have all been night games. And, I guess, I only have myself to blame for this. I used a different service than MLB.tv this year, and one of the (extremely unintentional) benefits I stumbled across from using the video player that I used, is that I could skip ahead five seconds by hitting my > button, which, you can see where I'm going here, I was basically able to skip out all the between-the-pitches nonsense that goes on. Helpful for watching a game in 1/3 of the time! Not so helpful in that, obviously, you can only do this after-the-fact, and so if you don't want to risk spoilers or whatever, you can't go anywhere online where spoilers for the game are likely to pop up. Can't talk about it with anyone in real-time either. I did this for much of the regular season and, well, I didn't talk about baseball as much with other people as I may have otherwise, I didn't actually keep up with some developments like I might have otherwise, and I completely messed with my long-held baseball watching ways to do so. Maybe not a bad thing; spending 3+ hours every night from April-Sept* watching baseball really does become impractical once you reach a certain age. Maybe I'm just starting to fall into my own state of disinterest with baseball; it can be hard to arse yourself when there's 162 games and then, if you're one of the lucky fans who gets to see his/her team go to the playoffs, it can all be over in a matter of 3-4 games that can be decided by coin flip margins. I feel like baseball more than any other sport has a weird knack for making the regular season feel completely like it wasn't worth it at all after you see the playoffs unfold (unless your team wins it all, of course). That's not recency bias; I've been around enough NHL and NFL postseasons to stand by that personal feeling. Or maybe my own expectations were what helped torpedo a great deal of my interest this season. As a Yankee fan, I knew 2018 wasn't going to be as exciting as 2017 was; the 2017 team wasn't expected to be a contender, and they ended up being one and nearly reaching the World Series. 2017 was probably the first time since 1995 where the Yankees were some kind of out-of-nowhere "underdog" type playoff team. That wasn't going to be the case again this year. I knew that coming in. It still felt like the most joyless, slog-like 100-win season I can remember. Maybe the Red Sox having their best regular season ever (and, probably, their best season ever period once this World Series is over) had something to do with that too. And I realize of course that the vast majority of you here would sign up for your team to have had the regular season the Yankees had as well; my own degree of being spoiled isn't lost on me. Ultimately, and I sure have been typing the out of my keyboard lately here and my apologies for that, my point basically is that, much as it's become something of a meme because of his tunnel-vision focus on it, to the detriment of some other problems that definitely exist in the sport, I think Rob Manfred has a legitimate point about trying to help with pace of play problems, because it's asking a great deal of fans to watch a 162-game season and expect them to be committing so much of their time every single day to do it. Asking too much, really. Now, are some of his ways of doing it going to make a real impact? I really don't know. I'm also not sure how you legislate some of the methods that have come into the sport over the years that helped in slowing the pace of the game down. You can't compare baseball game time length of today to what it was 80-100 years ago, obviously; totally different styles of play, and not nearly the same degree of complications for pitch selections, signs, and such. The fact that today's game features more three-true-outcomes type batters as well (more strikeouts + more walks = more pitches thrown) likely doesn't help either, but what can you really do about that? It's just the way the game has evolved. And that's fine, I guess. Everything evolves over the course of time. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse when it comes to sports and the effect it has on its fans. Maybe the way baseball has evolved has naturally led to something of a decline in its level of national interest. And maybe something in its future evolution, whatever direction it may go in, will bring it back to higher levels of national interest. I suppose that will be an interesting development to see unfold. *more like from once the NHL playoffs are nearly over but you know what I mean
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    2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

    It's not just the start times, either. MLB has allowed itself to be pushed around by their television partners to the extent that barely any playoff games prior to the World Series get televised over-the-air anymore. How bad a problem is this? Last year's ALCS, which involved the Yankees of all teams, went to seven games. Game 7 was on a Saturday night? Know what FOX aired that night? A college football game involving, oh lets see here, umm...[gets eyeglasses]...Kansas. TCU playing Kansas, a game that TCU won 43-0 against a Jayhawks football team that has been useless pretty much its entire history. That Game 7? It aired on FS1. A cable network that not everyone gets; I don't think it's on every standard package that television providers around the country have. At least that's not problem with TBS, as far as I know. This website has a lot of Canadians on it and, somewhat related, a lot of hockey fans on it. That's fine because I love hockey but, more importantly, those of us familiar with NBC's coverage generally don't like it too much. Understood; anything with Mike Milbury plastered all over it is generally going to have a subpar grade. I would at least argue, though, that NBC treats the NHL with better respect than either of MLB's playoff television partners do (at least, vis-a-vis NBC's Premier League coverage, due to time zone differences, there's never any conflicts between the two). Turner Sports clearly prioritizes the NBA as their primary sports property. That's fine; Turner has had the NBA for a long time, has a renown studio show and gets high marks for their coverage. Fox Sports clearly prioritizes football as their best sports property; also fine, because frankly football is where the biggest money is at. I get that stuff. And, perhaps, in the current 21st Century climate, MLB can't try to force any television partner of theirs to give them the #1 billing with their product, but there's still a difference between not being the #1 property for the network, and being treated damn-near as a nuisance instead. As recently as 2013, every LCS game that Fox had was aired on their main network. Since then, there's been, at most, one LCS game per year aired on their network, all of them either Game 1 or Game 2 of those series, and in the case of 2017 none aired at all. Turner puts significantly less effort into their baseball coverage, most of which is during the playoffs anyway, than they do basketball. Fox can't be bothered to air a Game 7 on their network. The start times continue to be a mess. I've always been a baseball fan, but especially with my team out of it and the fact that I'm not spending 4+ hours a day to hate-watch the Red Sox (spending ~1 hour the next morning speeding through the game is more than enough to fill up my hate-watch tank for an entire day, especially after these last three games) or the rest of these games. Obviously, you can't alternate games on a day-on/day-off basis like the NHL or NBA can with their semi-final equivalent rounds, and the NFL is a one-day thing and is, once again, football so they can get away with it much easier*, but MLB trying to insist on having potentially four days** where they have two 3 1/2+ hour baseball games back-to-back, most of those occurring during the week...that's just not gonna work out the way they want it to. It's 2018. People who are into this kind of stuff generally have enough devices that, if they so want, they could have both games going on separate platforms if they so need to watch both of them. Helps get rid of the whole "inconveniencing the of the fans of the teams playing" aspect as well. But, like, having one game start at 5:09pm ET and the next at 8:39pm ET? And, knowing just how utterly slow baseball games get during the playoffs? No. Not doing it. Not anymore. Only if I have a pro-rooting interest in a team, not if I have a (nearly as strong, admittedy) anti-rooting interest in a team. tl;dr - I feel MLB's biggest problem with their television partners is they've just let themselves be dicked around and marginalized over the years. They can't just let half their LCS games be relegated to FS1, and air at uncommon start times for baseball games, and then point to the ratings and bitch and moan about them. Major League Baseball brought this on themselves. I have no pity for them or for why their sport is losing popularity year-by-year. It's their fault. *As I was writing this, I kinda realized something though - why does the NFL still do things this way? There's been a two-week gap between the Conference Championship games, and the Super Bowl, since the 2003 season. They had also done this before sporadically in the past. Why do they not play one game on Saturday night and the other on Sunday night? And, no, "unequal number of days off" isn't a good enough explanation. Besides two weeks making that argument virtually negligible, there have been plenty of cases of teams playing on Sunday in the Wild Card round, then having to turn around and play on Saturday of the Divisional Round. And that's with no bye week in-between. That argument doesn't work for me. Is it because Saturday nights aren't the best for ratings? Maybe. Just can't help but think that it would be better for all people to have one game on each night than trying to plow through two games back-to-back. **The fourth of those days, and this Saturday would be that day in this year's case, would mean one LCS goes to a Game 7. It also falls on the weekend. Under those circumstances, I can allow for the games to be played at different times.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Specifically, and this is what happened on Monday night on the decisive drive - to me, a five-yard penalty has always been, by implication, a "minor" penalty. It's the lowest designated-yardage penalty given in the sport. But, in the case of illegal contact downfield on the defense, that penalty also carries an automatic first down, and there's nothing minor about any penalty that gives the offense an automatic first down. Those two things conflict with each other. Either bump the yardage up to be commensurate with a, for lack of better term, "major" penalty, or get rid of the first down appendage. You can't really do both and still make sense.