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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.
  6. 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.
  7. 2011 Dallas Mavericks also fit these descriptions.
  8. '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.
  9. 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.
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    What if the MLB had promotion and relegation?

    The entire farm system structure to baseball that has existed since at least the '40s would completely disintegrate. Promotion and relegation applied to North American sports leagues that have existed for over 100 years isn't entirely unlike debating if the NHL should switch to international ice-sized rinks (which they absolutely should, in a perfect world). Sure, the idea seems nifty until you consider, I dunno, the utter impossibility of retrofitting 30 31 NHL rinks to accomodate the larger ice surfaces and realize that it can't be done unless you grandfather 31 teams into this and take 50 years to do as teams eventually ditch one building and move to another, many of them off the backs of the taxpayers. That was a tangent. Consider the state of minor league baseball stadiums and the towns they play in. Unlike virtually every country in Europe, the United States is really fricken' large. Massive landmass with pockets of swollen popuation, not quite like the more densely populated countries you find in Europe (Germany has a pop. of ~80M with a land mass the size of Montana; we're inefficient in that regard in the U.S. by and large but if it protects more necessary farmlands, wildlife preserves, and generally pro-nature methods, I'm all for it). Furthermore, every large city in Europe has multiple club teams in those cities, many of them with healthy supporter populations. London has at least 13 professional soccer clubs if I'm not mistaken. We don't have that in any sport in this country. Only the largest cities in the country, NY, Chicago, and LA, have any sports with multiple professional teams. In the EPL, if a team from London goes down, there's still plenty others to go around, for marketing and television purposes. If a team from any of those cities were ever sent down (hello, 2018 White Sox), it would be a nightmare for the sport. I appreciate the idea of fantasies and such but this can't possibly be done with such an entrenched structure already in place.
  11. In a bit of brutal irony, a carbon copy of that happened in Calgary, in that net, in the 3rd period of a playoff game eleven years later, and even with actual review taking place, they couldn't determine in 2015 if it was a goal. If they couldn't figure it out with 2015 technology, 2004 technology certainly wasn't good enough. No apologies, ever. Besides, the Lightning have done their fair share now of dicking themselves in the later rounds of the playoffs since then.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    J.R. Smith forgetting the score isn't gonna do much to dispell the "Warriors get lucky" narrative I'm sure.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    I'm enthused that a Patriots fan is unaware that a division or conference full of other teams not being capable, over the course of 15+ years, of building a team both physically but also mentally talented enough to knock off the favorite isn't something that the favorite has to apologize for. I mean, the AFC East since 2001. FFS man. Nobody knocks Tom Brady or Bill Belichick's legacy for this stuff, even though it's accepted knowledge that the Patriots have benefited immensely from those three teams' general suckage over the years in the form of better seeding, bye weeks, and home-field advantage in the playoffs year after year. You won't apologize for it, the Patriots won't apologize for it, and nor should you. It's not their fault. They're the beneficiaries of circumstance. And so is Lebron. He'd be a fool to go to the West if he sees better opportunities to win championships in the East.
  14. Hopefully, with both teams doing that, something that hasn't happened since 2002 (thanks, @McCarthy), this can be the start of a new trend of teams picking up the trophies once more. Only hockey could have a "tradition" that caught on like wildfire where the original player and team to do it, Eric Lindros and the '97 Flyers, got swept in the Final. Not sure how that made one ounce of sense.
  15. Guess we're about to learn that it wasn't that the Capitals have a Penguins problem but rather that it's that the Capitals have a MAF problem, huh?
  16. Can't possibly come a minute too soon at this point. Under Jon Cooper, the Lightning have: *18-16 home record in the playoffs, which is pathetic *4-9 home record in the ECF ans SCF, which is worse *1-5 record in potential close out games in the ECF, which is worser *blown a 3-2 series lead in their last two ECF appearances, which is the worst part of all (@Still MIGHTY can relate to this; dick move on my part to link you, btw, my many apologies) That's not entirely Cooper's fault, sure. It would be nice if the $8.5M captain could do something more than be a one-timer from the left face off dot on the power play, for instance. 3 assists and one empty net goal in 17 playoff games at even strength, and this is far from the first time he's been a playoff dud but it's also his biggest dud yet too. Turns out bringing in a bunch of Rangers players who never got over the hump there aren't the recipe for getting over the hump here, either. Go figure. Never would've imagined that could be the case, huh. I was disappointed of course but at least slightly at peace in both 2015 and '16 because the Lightning lost to objectively better teams, and given the status of their roster in May 2016 it was impressive as it was to go seven against Pittsburgh ( the offside rule forever) although up 3-2 at home they should've been able to close it out. But losing, once again up 3-2, to a Capitals team that was, by consensus, the underdog in this series? There's no excuses. Pathetic end to the season after missing the playoffs in the worst division in the NHL a year ago. I'm ready for change, because this team, with this coach and this core (beyond just Hedman, Stamkos, and Kucherov mind you) has gone as far as its gonna go. We're either the Sharks East or the Ducks East at this point, but this team isn't winning the Cup as currently constructed. As I think I might've posted somewhere above, but maybe not, the NHL's highest scoring offense just got shut out for the last 159 minutes and 27 seconds of this series. Laugh out ing loud, 'mate. That's absolutely pathetic, I don't care how good Holtby was in these last two games.
  17. I was 100% going for the reverse jinx with that post but when Burakovsky scored against because the Lightning can't make a ing line change, I knew I had run out of luck with those in this thread.
  18. It was over 62 seconds in, 'mate.
  19. The highest scoring offense in the NHL is on the verge of not scoring in the last 159 minutes and 27 seconds of this series. Honestly, not enough words to describe how pathetic that is. Time for an overhaul. This core has gone as far as they're gonna go.
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    2018 MLB Season

    It is easy to forget that Jay Bruce was there for about five minutes last year, you're correct about that; guess I successfully blanked that home run he hit against David Robertson out of my memory. It would also help Cleveland out a lot if Encarnacion stops looking washed up like he does. .212 average with a .719 OPS can't possibly be what they are paying $13M for.
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    2018 MLB Season

    The Indians were 48-45 at one point last season and finished up with 101 wins. They didn't exactly lose much over the off-season; Carlos Santana, but his AB's have mostly been taken by a (finally) healthy Michael Brantley who is more-or-less a DH at this point of his career anyway since his throwing arm is shot. Their rotation is still fronted by Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco, and Clevinger. It's their bullpen that has been a tirefire and that might cost them at some point without either some serious upgrades and/or performance improvement from within but I would be surprised if the Indians don't make it to around 93 wins or so by the end of the season. It's a weak division and they're too good to not improve at some point. And I can vouch that facing those four starters in a playoff series is not a fun thing to think about. Tito screwed things up badly last year with his playoff rotation, surprisingly so given his impeccable playoff track record, but I don't think he'll be making those mistakes again.
  22. They've looked like garbage most of this series. It's incredible that they're still in it. The Capitals have been the better team in at least four of these six games, and truthfully probably five of the six games. Game 5 is the only time the Lightning looked better for the balance, and even the last half of that game was spent doing nothing but dumping the puck in and sitting on the lead and not doing jack squat offensively, and, look now - the Lightning haven't scored a goal in nearly the last 100 minutes of play. There's zero cohesion on the attack, they can't handle the Capitals physicality in the middle of the ice, and the few times they get good looks Holtby has taken care of the rest. For anyone who's watched this series, there's no reason why the Capitals shouldn't be favored on Wednesday.
  23. DGB pretty much already covered this topic. http://grantland.com/the-triangle/passing-judgment-on-your-stanley-cup-title/
  24. The Blues actually did reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first season in existence, much like what Las Vegas is on the verge of doing, but for the purposes of not giving you a coronary I'll just point out that, obviously, I'm aware of the differences in conference structures between when St. Louis went to the Final in 1968 and Las Vegas this year and that, unlike this year, the Blues literally had no chance in the world of winning in '68...or '69...or '70...