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    2019 NFL Off-Season Thread

    Well, those of us who are fans of 20 of the 32 teams who missed the playoffs, welcome. Might as well make quick reference to coaching changes (head coach at start of 2018 listed as the "former"): Arizona: Steve Wilks -> Kliff Kingsbury Cincinnati: Marvin Lewis(!) -> Zac Taylor Cleveland: Hue Jackson -> Fred Kitchens Denver: Vance Joseph -> Vic Fangio Green Bay: Mike McCarthy -> Matt LaFleur Miami: Adam Gase -> Brian Flores NY Jets: Todd Bowles -> Adam Gase Tampa Bay: Dirk Koetter -> Bruce Arians Also, NFL Network's Mike Mayock has been hired as the Raiders GM. So, you know, there's this stuff and all the other ways to complain about the way your team sucks.
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    Brian Burke Would Have Changed Ducks To Patriots

    Which makes perfect sense as well. Those involved in physical warfare, or whatever you call it where there's weapons being used and deaths occur, would generally not want to discuss it too much because, for the average person, we're not designed and not meant to subject ourselves to seeing people, enemy or friend, dying around us. It's a very unsettling thing. As with most unsettling things, you generally do everything you can to not be reminded of it happening. So it stands to reason that vets who had to go through that, generally won't care to discuss too many details of it. You know how, when you wake up after dreaming, all the details seem to dissipate almost immediately? Well, think of what that would be like for veterans, only those dreams (or nightmares, in this case) aren't actually dreams, but things that actually happened, and those details don't just vanish the moment they wake up. That's kinda what it's like. There are good war stories these people are willing to share. The ones that involve masculinity at it's most dominant, or whatever you wanna call it? Nah.
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    The Sports Media Thread

    The transformation of Tom Ricketts into Ted Cruz continues.
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    2018-19 NHL Season

    Every NHL coach should now point to this and say "you know, as long as I haven't lost 19 of my last 21* games, I shouldn't be up for getting fired". What an absurd degree this took to finally happen. I saw on HF yesterday that the Ducks in their last five games, having been on the receiving end of 83% of the goals scored, is one of the worst five-game stretches in the NHL over the past several decades. Imagine that; when your comparisons are the expansion Capitals and Senators, you're scraping the bottom of the barrel. *including four OT-SO "losses".
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    2019 NFL Off-Season Thread

    I was about to mention Manning, and then you did so yourself. He suffered a quad injury late in 2014 and, pretty much in a snap, he went from being the league MVP to being a complete liability. It was stark how quickly things fell apart for him, it really was.
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    2019 NFL Off-Season Thread

    And then it's "he doesn't have more championships as a player than the Packers do as a franchise" and, before you know it, he's playing until he's won 14 Super Bowls.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Just to further your point re: Dallas - I think I can speak for a decent chunk of the population now, even those who have a few years on me even, when I say that, in my football-viewing lifetime, I've only seen the Cowboys win three playoff games, none of them beyond the wild card round. Dallas hasn't played in a conference championship game since 1995; I was two years old when that happened, needless to say I have no memory of it. Dallas has not played in a truly high-profile playoff game in two and a half decades, whereas New England has played in at least, what, 20 of them by the criteria I established? So, yeah. Maybe the Patriots, at least in your experience, get spared a little bit because they share a market with the Red Sox and plenty of people have grown to hate the Red Sox. For me, it's become an all-encompassing dislike of the entire sports market. Doesn't help that even the one championship the Bruins have won, they had to win a Game 7 against the Lightning to do so. There's no avoiding being in their path at some point in time or another it seems, which only intensifies the dislike, naturally. I mean, I'm thankful that I've generally been able to avoid bandwagoners. Don't have time for that nonsense. The Boston-area sports fans I know, which is of course a bunch of them (as it is for us all) are generally decent people I get along with well and have few bad words to say about them as people. They just have ty taste in sports teams, in my own opinion obviously, but that may not even be their fault. If you're born into it, what the hell are you gonna do about it?
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    Worst Game You Ever Saw

    For those inclined, NFL Network now does this every year the weekend prior to the Super Bowl. Problem is, they always start their marathon at the same time of the same day, which means the same Super Bowls end up airing overnight when either the West Coast, or nobody, is able to watch. Which is why the Super Bowls between, oh I dunno, probably 1975-1990 remain as much a mystery to me as they do. Maybe I'll watch those games on YouTube some day.
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    NHL 2018-19

    @Chromatic, appreciate your response to that. As to the above quote, I do understand why this would be the case, because gloves are equipment, and equipment like that usually needs to be broken in, so I can understand why something like this would be the norm. The breezers have always been the one I was curious about. Some teams, in theory, would look better if they wore their home colored jerseys as their road breezers, but seeing as how literally nobody does that, there surely had to be a rationale behind that.
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    NHL 2018-19

    That looks better in concept than it would look on the ice. An acceptable fashion jersey but nothing that should be worn in NHL-sanctioned competition. I like the idea of a black-gray Lightning; those are two colors you associate with a lightning storm, of course (along with white). But this isn't the way to make it look. And while I'm here, serious question - NHL teams have different colored jerseys, helmets, and socks depending on home-and-road, and even different colors for their alternates. Why are alternate breezers such a rare item, comparatively speaking? Some teams might have a different pant color for their alternates, but every team going back as far as I can remember wears the same breezers home-and-away, even if that means their secondary color is more prominent with their away uniform than their primary color is (i.e. - Rangers wearing red breezers with white jersey, Habs wearing blue with white, etc.).
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    Rare team matchups

    Not sure if it's been posted, and if I can find literally anything of higher quality I'll post it, but Islanders in their fishsticks-designed uniforms against the black-and-red Sabres. Would've been even better to find the Gorton's crest Isles but it appears they may have been able to ditch the logo by the time the Sabres went black.
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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

    Final update from 2018: 2018 Champion: @McCarthy And with the unsatisfying outcome, for many of us, in tonight's Super Bowl, so ends another NFL season and, with it, this year's weekly picks competition. Four years of running this thing now complete. My g-d, the time really does fly by faster with each passing year. I can remember so well doing this back in 2015 on an emergency basis, and now look back and realize that over 1,000 NFL games have been played since then. Where the hell did all the time go? But it's been a fun competition to run since then, and while I look forward to the off-season from the NFL, I also do look forward to Labor Day 2019 when I begin the next edition of this competition all over again. Set your calendars seven months from now, I guess is what I'm trying to say. My appreciation to all participants; you are the ones who make running this worth it for me. And congrats to McCarthy for winning the competition this year. You see, this may be a competition based around what happens in the NFL but, unlike the NFL, we don't have the same person winning it every single year. Thank g-d. Four different winners over the past four years. None of them myself; I need to work at rigging this thing better I guess. But I'm glad to congratulate Mac on his accomplishment. Into the off-season we go. Thanks again for playing everyone. See you in September. Go Bucs.
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    2018-19 NBA Season - New and improved!

    He ain't the only one with a Tampa connection, 'mate. Many of us here.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    One of the happiest coincidences in general that I realized a few years ago with the people I tend to follow closest online, be it on Twitter or blogs or whatever, is that, for a great many of them, their views tend to align very well with mine. Coincidence, because those things didn't mean nearly as much to me years back when I first started following and interacting with the people I tend to follow and interact with. It just kinda happened, and I'm thankful for that. I'm saying that to say this - Mike Axisa is a writer for CBS and has run, what I'm guessing, is the most viewed Yankee weblog on the internet for over a decade now, and he has made no secret about his pro-labor views and his own contempt for what has become of MLB as well. And it's refreshing. Fact is, I've gotten to the point now where, if you gave me two groups of people I would be forced to associate with - one group being fans of teams that I support but who hold societal viewpoints I find grotesque, and the other group being the exact opposite of course - I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter. Having terrible taste in sports teams is, ultimately, more forgivable than having terrible taste in things that actually affect people's lives in ways that actually matter. With regard to baseball specifically, I've always heard about how MLB is, traditionally, a conservative sport where most of its players tend to be conservative as well. To that end, it's so funny to me that, traditionally, they've also had the strongest labor union of the four major North American sports leagues, and why it's been such a problem in recent years, having an incompetent negotiator like Tony Clark being the head of the union, that they've been losing power battles vs. owners. Funny to me, because it's almost like labor unions, in their inherent nature (if not necessarily in their application, in certain cases) are inherently a good thing designed to promote worker's rights. Yet, that's traditionally something that conservative politics frowns at.
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    infrared41's Numerical Super Bowl Trivia

    Super Bowl 36, 17-17, seven seconds left, #4 Vinateri's game winning kick.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I'm thrilled that Mussina is finally going into the Hall. That one has been overdue for some time now. Hopefully with an O's cap because that was where he spent more years and was, on the whole, the better pitcher during his career. Yankees have enough caps on plaques to go around.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Well, I'm not going to suggest you do it, or @Cosmic, or any other Bills fans for that mater, but if you ever watch the Music City Miracle television call, Mike Patrick made a comment about "and there are no flags" as Kevin Dyson crossed the goal line. That was January 8, 2000. Over 19 years ago now (jeez). So I get the complaint and I concur with it 100%. The worst part of it being, this is far from a new development. It's not just an instrinsic part of the watching experience, but people roughly my age and younger don't even know what watching football is like without that being part of the experience.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    They both suck. I've believed for years that NFL OT should be a 4th quarter redux. 15 minute quarter, whoever scores more points after 15 minutes wins. If still tied, do over again. This whole "sudden death but not really 'sudden' death" thing is only a mild improvement over a system that utterly sucked, which means that the current system still, more-or-less, utterly sucks as well. College OT is just a farce in its own right and I have no time to bother trying to make it sound good. Just, suffice it to say, it isn't. Starting possessions in scoring territory for teams automatically? FFS. Ridiculous premise. Very collegiate-like and has no place in a professional setting.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Btw, out of the " coinflips" department... During Brady's career, the Patriots have played three overtime games in the playoffs. They've won all three. How many snaps of defense did the Patriots play in OT in those three games? 0
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Here I am, waiting for the day when there will be a Super Bowl where I don't care who wins.
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Rams and Chiefs
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    2018-19 NHL Season

    I mean, zero they do in the regular season is going to make anyone think any different about them. I want to enjoy good hockey and I think I'm doing that but they aren't putting those blown leads in the '15 SCF, '16 ECF, and '18 ECF behind them until they actualy win it all. And, frankly, if they don't get it done this year, this core will probably never get it done. They won't have an accumulation of talent this good again for a long time. Apropos for a team called the "Lightning", this is a perfect storm of emerging talent and manageable cap figures. This is the best chance they're going to have, in a given season, to win the Cup. Don't ing blow this. I realize you're joking, but as I've said before and I'll say again how tired I am of hearing about the President's Trophy "curse". There are 16 playoff teams; 16 playoff "seeds" if you will. In any given playoff year, 15 of those 16 seeds will fail to win the Cup. So, with unweighted odds, the President's Trophy winner has a roughly 6.25% chance of winning the Stanley Cup. Now, sure, we should probably provide some weights, whatever the hell those might be, because it's far more likely to expect the #1 overall seed to make a Cup run as compared to a #16 seed, of course, but regardless of what weights you apply, the general idea maintains. If we go back 20 years, which is both a nice round number but also arbirtarily convenient as it turns out, there have been five President's Trophy winners to double as the Cup winner. 20% 26.3%* success rate. If that seems selective, fine, because that means only two of the last fifteen have succeeded. Guess what? Two out of 15 is still a 13% success rate, double the unweighted percent I mentioned earlier. I was quasi-trolling on HF boards a week or so ago when Ovechkin scored his 700th career goal in the NHL. I mean, I'm right, it was absolutely the 700th goal he's scored in NHL sanctioned competition, but it was only (lol, "only") his 639th regular season goal; the other 61 come from the postseason. But, you know, as hockey fans, we're so conditioned to treat the postseason like the be-all and end-all; Ovechkin himself got so much over the years because his teams never won the Cup. His Caps teams, as well as the Sharks and Lightning of today, are derided to because of their great regular season successes and subsequent spectacular postseason failures. And I'm not here to turn the tide on that at all. What I am here to say is that, when it comes to talking about player statistics over the courses of their careers, we seem to only ever mention regular season numbers and get nothing mentioned practically ever about their playoff numbers. Did you guys know that Sidney Crosby is only three goals away from 500 NHL goals? Or that Wayne Gretzky once had a 100-goal season? True story. 1983-'84. 87 (reg.) + 13 (playoffs). Tell me what those numbers add up to. Gretzky scored over 1,000 goals and recorded over 3,000 points in NHL games. Sounds cool, doesn't it? But we never talk about this stuff. We talk endlessly about the importance of postseason success, but we only ever seem to mention regular season statistics when it comes to the players themselves. Ass. ing. Backwards. *cancelled season doesn't count, of course
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Divisional Round: Conference Championships: Los Angeles vs. New Orleans New England vs. Kansas City
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    2018 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Updated standings go today.