Kramerica Industries

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  1. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    With the NFL regular set to begin on Thursday night, I am pleased to announce that this year's Weekly Picks contest is now open. This is my third year running this competition, and I'm very excited to go through this again. It makes the NFL more fun. Week 1: Kansas City vs. New England Tampa Bay vs. Miami Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland NY Jets vs. Buffalo Atlanta vs. Chicago Baltimore vs. Cincinnati Arizona vs. Detroit Jacksonville vs. Houston Oakland vs. Tennessee Philadelphia vs. Washington Indianapolis vs. LA Rams Seattle vs. Green Bay Carolina vs. San Francisco NY Giants vs. Dallas New Orleans v. Minnesota LA Chargers vs. Denver -- 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. For my own convenience, I do record both wins and losses, but ultimately wins is the only category that matters. -- (wtf, this is the third straight season the Giants are in Dallas to open the season. Fix the schedule generator, NFL.) EDIT - thanks @ninersdd; not sure what happened there.
  2. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Yes, but didn't the Montana Niners lose a million Conference Championship games?
  3. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I think I speak for an awful lot of Bucs fans of a certain age, that being old enough to remember those Bucs-Eagles yearly playoff encounters at the Vet between 2000 and 2002, when I say that it's a very strange feeling, even all these years later, to be so happy that the g-ddamned Philadelphia Eagles are the Super Bowl champions. I'm sure that says more about the Patriots than it does the Eagles (as well as the fact that the Bucs have been worthless piles of crap since 2002) but there's always the old feeling of rivalry that exists in our memories, a feeling that colors the best two games we've ever had as NFL fans, and the juxtaposition of it all is definitely interesting to think about. G-d willing, one of these years (hopefully 2018 but yeah right), the Bucs will get their act together and we'll see the Bucs and the Eagles meeting in the playoffs again, and the next generation of Bucs fans can experience what we once felt so long ago now.
  4. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    2017 is finished. Here's the final table: Playoff best records: Dorshak with his 3rd win this season and...hbgoo, with four effin' yellow boxes this season. 2017, go figure. Playoff worst records: ...well, I forgot to bother with black boxes, some people didn't care to participate in the playoff round, some checked out midway through...basically, who cares? Congrats to @Walter Sobchak on winning this seasons championship! In my three years doing this competition, 184 wins in 267 games is the best record I've seen. Maybe this season just rolled chalk better than previous seasons? Who cares. Excellent accomplishment 'mate; well deserved. As always, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this contest this season. With the way things were this season, I often didn't have much time to watch live games on Sunday, and my pledge that I made early on this season post-Hurricane Irma was to have the results in usually no later than noon on Tuesday of each week. This presented some challenges for me as far as watching what I wanted to watch spoiler-free and maintaining my obligations to this contest, but I would like to think things ultimately worked out well enough in any case. You guys, the contest players, make this whole thing worthwhile. I've played one form of pick 'em or another since 2008, and I'm glad that this makes ten straight seasons of playing it. I'm looking forward to 2018, and hopefully you guys will all return as well as a few others; truly, the more the merrier. Congrats to the Eagles on winning the Super Bowl. Congrats to Walter on winning the 2017 Contest. See you all in September.
  5. Winter of Discontent: The 2017-18 NHL Season

    It's not an analogous situation because, generally (but not always) intentional walks are issued with runner(s) on base. I don't like the auto-IBB unless the bases are empty because some pitchers are a bit off when throwing intentional balls. A wild pitch can happen and impact the basepaths. A penalty shot vs an empty net? You might outthink yourself in the moment but on a penalty shot? Skaters know where the bad ice is and to avoid it. No NHL'er would ever screw that up.
  6. Winter of Discontent: The 2017-18 NHL Season

    That you had to find a single example from eleven years ago should tell you how rare ups like that are.
  7. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    I've been forgetting to put the updated link here. With two weeks between games and the champion already decided, this exercise has become a little easy to forget. Anyway, one last game remains for 2017. Super Bowl LII Philadelphia vs. New England
  8. NHL 2017-18

    I mean, that they've all been bunched together was throwing me for a real loop. Thanks.
  9. NHL 2017-18

    Did Ottawa change their home sweater midseason or am I hallucinating? I feel like I missed an announcement somewhere along the way.
  10. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    But the point was that we don't discount those Stanley Cups. If asked, we'd say Montreal has 24, Toronto has 13, and Detroit has 11 (...I think). We wouldn't say Toronto doesn't have any, and we wouldn't say Detroit only has four. If this was a consistent thing we did across sports, I'd be ok with it. But we only do this with football, probably because the advent of the Super Bowl provides a neat, if totally arbitrary, line f delineation from what preceded it.
  11. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I used to really loathe the Eagles, but this was 15 years ago when they kept facing the Bucs in the playoffs at the Vet. And once Ronde Barber returned the game-sealing INT for a touchdown in 2002, the catharsis more-or-less took most of the starch out of that. So I'm pretty neutral on the Eagles these days. Maybe if the Bucs EVER get their act together again and there are more playoff meetings, I'll go back to loathing them. As it is, that 2002 playoff win is the last road playoff game the Bucs have even PLAYED since that night.
  12. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Eagles just beat the Vikings in the playoffs a lot in general.
  13. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Not trying to pick on you but Joe Buck just said something along these lines during the broadcast and it brings up something that really bugs the hell out of me. This tendency to count Super Bowl victories only when talking NFL championship totals by team is a tendency that needs to stop. NFL championships won prior to 1966 are still championships. It's not those teams faults that the NFL Championship was called something different. So, with all due respect to New England and Pittsburgh (Christ what an awful sentence), their six or soon-to-be six Super Bowls still don't get them even close to Green Bay's NFL-leading 13 championships. Counting championships by Super Bowl era-only would be like counting World Series wins since 1961, or Stanley Cup's since 1967 (or NBA championships since...ABA/NBA merger). It's something that literally no one in those sports does, and we shouldn't do it in the NFL either.
  14. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Last time the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, they faced New England. Along the way they, as the NFC #1 seed, won home games against the Vikings and Falcons. So this is a little familiar.
  15. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Every ing time.
  16. Could teams in the same city share one identity?

    It's common for a franchise in Europe to operate sports clubs in multiple sports. Real Madrid has a well known basketball club. So does Barça and Bayern Munich for that matter. But it's important to remember that those are byproducts of the time and culture in which those clubs were founded. American sporting franchises just weren't founded with the same pretenses in mind.
  17. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Divisional Round updated. Conference Championships: Jacksonville vs. New England Minnesota vs. Philadelphia
  18. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Philadelphia, Tennessee (why the hell not), Pittsburgh, Minnesota
  19. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    The standings have been updated for the Wild Card results. Since the playoffs are counted as part of one week, there's no yellow boxes. I'm not terribly interested in doing a screenshot after this week, so here's a link. Obviously, when only four games are played, not a whole lot changes. Divisional Round: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia Tennessee vs. New England Jacksonville vs. Pittsburgh New Orleans vs. Minnesota
  20. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    At this point, a Bengals/Chiefs playoff game, in either city, would be the surest sign that the apocalypse is near.
  21. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    home sweep
  22. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Feels right to me.
  23. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Regular season is finished. Here's the standings: Week 17 winner: Tracy Jordan...not the only winning this week for that guy. Week 17 loser(s): Dust Devil and Ryan McD. At least you've got a top-5 pick out of this, Ryan. Wild Card schedule: Tennessee vs. Kansas City Atlanta vs. Los Angeles Buffalo vs. Jacksonville Carolina vs. New Orleans
  24. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

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

    Yeah, we keep talking about this, yet posting our disjointed HF comments everywhere across the CCSLC spectrum. The launching of this thread is long overdue.