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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    My guess is the XFL will select cities that fill some of the AAFL's geographic gaps, then they'll merge after a season or two.
  2. I love the Saints so much.
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    You have to ask yourself: does MLS really suffer from not having promotion/relegation? I ask this seriously, because this topic comes up several times a year, and the conversations always carry a certain tone, as if MLS is lesser-than because it doesn't have promotion/relegation. But why would it make a difference? I mean, I really enjoy the league in its current form. I'm not saying it wouldn't be novel to incorporate the system as it's played in Europe, but I don't think the MLS is devoid of intrigue without it.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    This is where I'm landing on this debate. Check out this quote on Zach Lowe's ESPN profile posted earlier today: I'm sorry, but I'm not buying it. I just see a late-20s adult no longer interested in bearing the burden of a team on his shoulders. Now he's got his second ring, with people writing stories like this attempting to place him in league with Michael Jordan, all for his contributions on a team that's so good he can basically phone it in for several games and risk nothing.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You're right, and I acknowledge that it's nothing new. I'm sure I'm just reacting to KD's move, and how it made the divide between the haves and have-nots even greater. I'm here in Portland, where I watch Blazers fans each year waste energy dreaming that Damian Lillard will guide to glory a franchise that, from Day 1 of the season, shouldn't expect anything better than a second-round exit. It just seems so futile knowing that the only path to a title is for a team to accrue three of the game's 10 best players.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    Of course. Who would argue that? I just can't imagine getting excited for a league in which as many as 26 of the teams, if not more, don't stand a chance from the moment they tie on their laces. At least in MLB, the NFL, NHL or MLS you can witness a franchise make an unexpected run of it. I'm a massive Twins fan and their run to the playoffs was exhilarating and gave some hope for the future. In this modern NBA, it seems as if there can be no Cinderellas, which makes it far more difficult to enjoy if you're not a fan of one of those few dominant markets.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    I did just this. I used to be a huge NBA fan, but a long list of things gradually turned me off to the league. I mean, there's the parity thing, but that's always been there. And there's the move by superstars to congeal to other superstars to form these superteams, which is maddening. But the style of play is also off-putting. I used to seek out games with good big-man matchups (a la Ewing-Olajuwon), but is there even such a thing as a good big man any more? The entire game exists beyond the three-point line, or in the ridiculously boring isolation game. I eventually pulled the old-man card and came to the conclusion that the game I once enjoyed passed me by and became something different. So I changed the channel from NBA TV to the NHL Network and found something else to enjoy in the winter. Even in person, watching an NBA game was like a choreographed sound and light show with a little bit of basketball in between. The one NHL game I saw this year was exciting from start to end. That's the end of my grumpy old man rant.
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    Maybe it's because I e burned out on the NBA long ago and I've never cared for the Blazers, but I'd argue that the Timbers are a bigger deal here. You wouldn't know it from listening to sports radio, but that's mostly because that medium is populated by meathead soccer-haters who refuse to give up ground on a sport they don't get. As for baseball, I'm confident in calling MLB to Portland an inevitability, and that was before Russell Wilson got involved. Yes, someone beats the drum for baseball every few years, but none have had the ear of the commissioner the way this effort has, particularly at a time when he's publicly discussing his desire for expansion. Certainly there are still questions to be answered, but when Manfred pulls the trigger on expansion, this Portland group will be far more organized and prepared for it than any other city.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    The conspiracy theorist in me wants to think that this whole AAFL v. XFL thing is a stunt cooked up by Ebersol and McMahon. Create this mirage of a rivalry as a false narrative to drum up intrigue -- kind of like in pro wrestling -- and then join forces to combat the NFL. But I'm just a fan of conspiracy theories.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the XFL is considering franchises in 30 cities. He's just saying they've cast a wide net, which would suggest -- at that volume of choices -- that they're looking at some non-traditional metro areas.
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    Nuggets Evolved: Unveil New Logos, Colours, Uniforms

    The navy set makes me think of this set from the '70s.
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    Nuggets Evolved: Unveil New Logos, Colours, Uniforms

    I like them WAAAAYYYY better than the ones that will replace them in the next three to five years.
  13. Are you sure that isn't a throwback? I see a pretty modern-looking patch on the sleeve with what looks like a 20th anniversary patch.
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    2018 CFL Uniforms

    The Stampeders are the perfect uniform corollary to the Flames. Both are clubs with tremendous potential identity-wise but somehow manage to muck it up with too much black and unnecessary details.
  15. Coffee, not that it isn't big here, is more Seattle's thing. We're more a craft beer town. The name still works, just for a different reason.