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  1. He's a self-aggrandizing promoter which rubs a lot of people including myself the wrong way. But aside from that, I really don't see any issue with the guy. He's done a lot of charity work, is careful who he associates with, and doesn't come off to me as anything more than a superfan with a ton of money and no real hobbies outside of going to sporting events. There are worse people you can meet in life. I don't have any objection to him. Now if you want to talk trash about Zack Hample elbowing kids out of the way to satisfy his OCD tick to catch every foul/home run ball in existence, feel free to grab a seat next to me.
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    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Jacksonville had arguably the best ownership group at the time of the bids and they were one of the few cities that could guarantee a state of the art NFL ready stadium by ‘95. It can’t be understated how big having that stadium was for their bid. Without that stadium, I doubt they would have even been allowed to submit a bid. That said, even at the time Jacksonville was considered an odd choice. The small market size was downplayed because Jacsonville was and still is a growing city. I also think a lot of people in the NFL took it for granted that they would be able to convert college football fans to NFL fans, because football is football. If you like them in college, why wouldn’t you want to see them in the pros? But when the team was good in the late 90’s-early 2000’s and still couldn’t get much National support, red flags should have been going up then.
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    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Lil Duval and one of the kids who survived Colombine are the only two Jags fans in existence that I am aware of. Never in my life have I met a Jags fan nor can I recall ever running into anyone on the streets rocking some Jags gear. If and when Khan moves the team (more when at this point) I sadly don’t foresee much of an uproar. Even with all of Jacksonville’s growth it’s still only the 40th largest metro area in the country with a ton of transplants, and in that region, you’re going head to head with college football for entertainment dollars. I’m not usually an advocate of teams moving, but if I was in Kahn’s shoes I’d probably be looking to pull the plug to.
  4. The Heyward trade wasn’t bad, but I thought they could have gotten more for him at the time. In hindsight he was the one player out of that group who probably should have been cut loose regardless of what the club was planning to do. The Miller trade I didn’t understand at the time from Arizona’s perspective and still don’t. I even remember saying that I found his late season dip in 2015 concerning and he hasn’t been the same since. The move not only helped cost Dave Stewart his job, but probably any future GM job as well. Newcombe has shown signs of being a promising starter, but out of every Atlanta trade, letting Simmons go was probably the worst move. Its not that Atlanta got nothing in return, but Simmons could be setting off on a Hall of Fame career track. To get return value on a player like that is damn near impossible. Noah Syndergaard would have been a solid return for Simmons. That’s the level of pitcher Atlanta would have needed to get back just for the deal to be considered a wash.
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    The Sports Media Thread

    He and his buddies did a great job of covering his ass. They never found his clothes from that evening and the murder weapon was clean of any DNA. Everyone knows Lewis did something that night, but nobody can definitively say what. Scream enough motivational advice at enough people mixed in with some Jesus references and how it’s “for the kids” and people will start to think you’re actually a good person after awhile. Worked for Jim Brown minus the screaming part.
  6. One thing I will say with regards to the Milwaukee Brewers in the vein of people talking about how important it is to build a team from the ground up through homegrown talent. The Brewers are a small market team with hardly any homegrown talent on the roster, and they're in the NLCS. Yelich, Cain, Wade Miley, Travis Shaw, Aguilar, Chacin, Knebel. None of these players came up through the Brewers system. All of them except for Cain and Chacin were brought in through trades after they reached the Majors. Whether or not the Brewers will be able to keep this team together remains to be seen, but the Brewers right now have a GM in his early 30's in David Stearns who just pulled a division title and what is up to now an NLCS berth seemingly out of thin air with a small market club. I could think of 29 other teams that would be interesting in talking to someone like that if they had a GM opening. It would not surprise me to see him as the GM of a team like the Yankees, or the Dodgers one day. Contrast that with the Braves who got almost nothing in return for trading away guys like Kimbrel, Simmons, Upton, and Heyward. But they did such a great job with developing talent internally they were able to retool entirely and put themselves in as good if not a better situation then when they had all of those players on the roster. What makes for a good team? Having a roster filled with good players. How you get them though is almost irrelevant. Its proven itself over and over again in pretty much every sport, and yet you still have people trying to come up with these six sigma type systems on how to run a team. And it just doesn't work, because no one method is superior to everything else when it comes to building a team.
  7. I would give the AL award to Cash and the NL award to Counsell, only because I thought those were the two most improved teams from last year. I feel like putting any further thought into the award implies it has actual meaning and isn't based purely on qualitative attributes that can't be measured. It is a fun award to debate though because you can make up almost any criteria you want and nobody will tell you that you're wrong.
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    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Stop looking at this logically.
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    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    None of these options sound that great, which is why I’m surprised the Raiders are so against playing in Sam Boyd. I know the venue is undersized and not up to NFL standards, but any situation they go into is coming with baggage and strings attached. The London/multi-city ideas are great for fans, but nobody wants to be on a team that is literally flying all over the world to play home games. Unless the Raiders plan on moving their entire orginzation overseas, London is a no go. The goal is to make sure at the very least you can play all eight games in one location, which is going to be difficult enough in of itself. Most of if not all of these venues have their 2019 schedules already set. You can work around it. No venue is going to turn down hosting an NFL game if they can do it, but again baggage and strings.
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    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Considering how badly the NFL has butchered the LA situation, this is the likeliest scenario.
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    2018 MLB Season

    I can buy you saw this stat in another article, but Shaughnessy did site that stat in one of his most recent articles. It’s just one of “only a person of this ilk would even think this” feel to it that gives it away. There’s fewer and fewer people out there like that these days. People like Shaughnessy are dinosaurs in the sports journalism landscape. Everything about him and his writings just screams old. Not “old-school”. Just old as in no serious person besides him thinks this way anymore and hasn’t in quite some time.
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    2018 MLB Season

    How is it that I just know that stat came from Dan Shaughnessy without even having to google his name to find the article?
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    2018 MLB Season

    The Dodgers like the Red Sox are the two toughest teams for me to get a read on for the same reason. Neither team had an impressive bullpen this season. Between the two, Craig Kimbrel was the only reliever to finish with a sub 3 ERA and have at least 60 innings pitched. But what both teams do have is a deep rotation to offer some help. Kenta Maeda worked exclusively out of the bullpen in the playoffs last year and was arguably the Dodgers best pitcher in October. He will come out of the 'pen again this year. Ross Stripling is another Dodger starter likely to be working almost exclusively out of the bullpen in October, and that sill leaves Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill fighting for two of the three rotation spots left after Kershaw and Buehler. With the Braves having an OPS of .780 against lefties versus .726 against righties, Wood will likely be in the rotation for the LDS at least. Knuckleballer Steven Wright will likely be the Red Sox middle innings guy even though he's only appeared in relief 16 times this year. Nate Eovaldi will probably be down in the bullpen as well yet though he's only come into relief once this year. They also have Ryan Braiser who can throw 100 MPH and posted a 1.60 ERA. But he didn't come up until July and is still pretty untested at the Major League level. He'll be on the team but how much trust is Cora going to have in a 30-year-old rookie in the biggest games of the year? Bottom line neither team is coming in with the bullpen they had during the regular season, so you can take any team bullpen stats and throw them in the trash. How that translates in October remains to be seen.
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    The Sports Media Thread

    One thing about Reinsdorf you will hear from most anyone that has worked for him is that he is very loyal to the people around him. Neither the Bulls and White Sox have a lot of turnover and that’s the way Jerry likes it. So when you do get drama, a lot of I think is Reinsdorf trying to keep everyone happy without getting rid of anyone. The Bulls dynasty effectively ended because he wouldn’t fire Jerry Krause. But everyone forgets Krause had been with the Bulls since ‘85. You add that part of the equation in and Reinsdorf’s stance to keep Krause suddenly makes a bit more sense. He wasn’t keeping around some no name executive he hired yesterday. Whether or not it was the right decision is a different story altogether. I’m not saying it’s a good or a bad thing. It’s just what it is. Loyalty is a double edge sword. It can save you just as well as it can burn you and there’s plenty examples of both in Reinsdorf’s tenure.
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    The Sports Media Thread

    Harrelson was not the first GM to have a manager forced on him that he didn't want and didn't hire. But he is the only one I can ever recall all but openly complaining about it to the media before Spring Training ended. It was a red flag that pointed to someone who didn't know how to deal with being put in a difficult situation, but there were plenty of other reasons Harrelson’s GM tenure was just one year. The idea of having two pitching and hitting coaches with contradicting philosophies. Trying to turn Carlton Fisk into a left fielder. Trying to overhaul the front office with loyalists. (Why current Red Sox GM Dave Dombroski was fired) The fact that Harrelson was all set to fire La Russa's replacement Jim Fregosi after the '86 season which would mean the White Sox would have been on their fourth manager in less than two years. There is nothing positive to be said Harrelson's tenure as GM. He was an outside the box thinker in all the wrong ways, didn't know how to handle adversity and was more interested in golf than the necessary due diligence of day to day operations.