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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

    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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    International Football 2018-2019

    Adios to Man United after the group stage...again.
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    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.
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    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 scheiße almighty.
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    the admiral

    Woo-whee this thread is the dumbest roller coaster I've ever let myself get aboard.
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    International Football 2018-2019

    What does it say really when the second-best club in the Bundesliga over the last decade or so is losing players to perpetual middle-tier West Ham, anyway? Don't need to lecture me about Premier League finances, trust me, I'm very well aware, and for that matter I feel Yarmolenko is not someone Dortmund is going to have a great deal of trouble replacing in their set-up. It's the general principle of the matter. I love the Bundesliga and I love Germany; it's probably my favorite league to watch on its own. But the competition there is such . No one not only fails to have the financial power of Bayern, but they apparently don't even have the financial power to not be a feeder club to the rest of Europe, either. How on earth is anyone ever going to win that league anytime soon? Because, delusional as I might be, I one day can envision Inter rising up and knocking Juve off their throne in Italy, because Inter finally looks like they've gotten their together and they have history, money, and an attractive city. Who the hell in Germany can say the same at this point? Pretty much on point with my post, in a way. Juventus didn't splash over 100M Euro for Ronaldo to win Serie A. They won the Scudetto seven years straight without him. They got him purely to try and win the Champions League. And I don't wish Merda any luck, either. One European Cup without the aid of penalty kicks, way back in 1985. Specialists in failure in that competition and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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    2018 MLB Season

    An awfully large part of that has to be the number he did on Yankee pitching during the 2009 ALCS. He had, what, at least four extra base hits during that series including a walk-off winner. He was a pain in the ass that series.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    The solution is so simple. FIFA, or UEFA, if you're reading this, consider it my gift: 1) Allow for a 4th substitution at the start of extra time --> hey, you're already doing this! Good for you 2) Every five or ten minutes of extra time, allow for one more sub to be made. Now there's a light at the end of the tunnel for players who are truly gassed and can't continue. 3) Golden goal This solution would eradicate penalty kick decided winners and make extra time a whole hell of a lot better. This board is a big hockey board (no surprise with all the Canadians around here), and we all love overtime playoff hockey except when our own team is involved, right? Because it's fantastic drama for a neutral and makes you want to die when your team is playing in it. We can easily recreate this with soccer. Don't give me any nonsense about the expanded substitution policy would be anathema for soccer because, crap, even if it is, having games, including potential tournament championships decided on penalty kicks isn't? When I evaluate NHL team records, I consider shootout results, win or lose, to essentially be ties, because I don't evaluate whether a team won or lost a game based on a skills competition decided by individual shooters and goaltenders/keepers. And, frankly, I feel the same way here too. I don't care if Chelsea or Real Madrid won the Champions League in '12 or '16, because who gives a crap about who won when it was decided by penalty kicks? Those Champions League years, or the World Cup in '94 or '06 when Brazil and Italy won on penalty kicks, might as well have no winner declared at all as far as I'm concerned. For a long time, I begrudgingly accepted that, in today's era, it's just too difficult to schedule replays for games that end 1-1 after 90 minutes when you consider television scheduling, media, arena availability, summer tournaments (for UEFA competitions that is) and a few other important factors, but I don't care about that anymore. My suggestion above feels like, if it's not the most direct solution, then it comes very near to being the direct solution, and now that I think that I refuse to consider penalty kicks even a necessary evil anymore. NHL playoff games aren't decided on shootouts; the final set of major tennis tournaments aren't decided on tiebreakers; get penalty kick shootouts to decide the World Cup out of the g-ddamned sport.
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    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.
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    The 2018 NHL Silly Season: Dilly Dilly

    We're trying to be the Warriors of the NHL. Just, you know, without any of the g-ddamned trophies.
  22. The reason they left America West is because the arena was flat-out not designed to host hockey games. If you want to argue about that they should've stayed closer to the population base, I get that (whether there was land to develop another arena on is another discussion, albeit a highly relevant one), but America West was the Barclays Center of the last generation.
  23. 2011 Dallas Mavericks also fit these descriptions.
  24. 'mate, your team beat mine while going scoreless for the last 159 minutes of the series. I'm still salty AF about that, to be honest.
  25. do this enough times and it eventually becomes a really easy habit. Several Lightning games this postseason I watched on a tape delayed basis. Besides, if you can cut through the commercials and intermissions you can watch the game in much less time.