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  1. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    I never said Babe Ruth wasn’t dominant. What I am saying, though, is that Wayne Gretzky is just under 1,000 points ahead of second place in the record books. No one’s likely going to catch up to that. Not while any of us are still alive. It’s something that’s unequalled in “the big four.” And I’m saying that’s pretty damn impressive. And no. I don’t hold the fact that Gretzky never played goalie against him
  2. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB is set up in such a way that offence and defence aren’t on the field at the same time. Ruth could excel as a batter and as a pitcher because the game allowed that to happen. Hockey doesn’t work that way. There was no scenario where the Oilers were going to have Grant Fuhr play centre and have Gretzky strap on the goalie pads. I’m not dismissing Babe Ruth. I’m saying Wayne Gretzky obliterated his sport’s record book in a way Ruth didn’t. *shrug* Not as silly as suggesting that Gretzky wasn’t that dominant because he never played goalie
  3. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    No, but hockey really doesn’t work that way. It’s pretty much impossible for one player to outscore an entire team over the course of a season. That said? Gretzky has the NHL record for most points, at 2, 875. Who’s at number two? Jaromir Jagr, at 1,914. And Jagr had to play for nearly 30 years to get within 1,000 points of what Gretzky did in 20 years. Gretzky also leads the league with most goals in a single season, at 92. For context? Sidney Crosby won the league scoring title last season with 44. And Crosby was (correctly) touted as the game’s best talent since Gretzky. Ruth and Hutson don’t own their sports’ record books. Not like that. Gretzky may be surpassed one day. It probably won’t be in any of our lifetimes though. I’m just trying to provide some context, given that you admit that you’re unfamiliar with hockey. What Gretzky did was more than just set records. He obliterated everything to come before him, and no one’s been able to catch up. I get that Wayne Gretzky didn’t effect the game in a way that was societally important, but I’m not sure that’s the only requirement for a league-wide retirement. Gretzky’s utter ownership of the NHL’s record books makes retiring 99 league wide ok by me.
  4. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    Ruth was dominant in his time, but he was surpassed. Gretzky’s numbers are so far beyond everyone else’s that it’s hard to comprehend how anyone can even come close to approaching them. Ruth doesn’t dominate the MLB recordbooks like Gretzky does the NHL’s.
  5. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    Jordan, Ruth, and Hutson didn’t dominate their sports like Gretzky did his. Again, look at the record books. It’s not even close.
  6. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    Gretzky’s numbers are so far ahead of second place that it could be a century before anyone capable of even approaching his numbers comes along. Check out Gretzky’s numbers in relation to everyone else. That’s why I’m ok with his number being retried league-wide. There’s a legitimate argument to be made that he’s the greatest hockey player who will ever live.
  7. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    The NFL? The second league that adopted and abandoned the “draft” ASG format before the NBA adopted it? As far as the NHL goes? Granted, the NHL is run by idiots and/or criminals, but the NBA is getting far more credit as a “fun” league than it deserves. And no, I’m not talking about the “should we celebrate benign and fun brands or not?” discussion. I just don’t see how a league playing to see who gets to lose 4 games to 1 to the Warriors in the Finals is particularly compelling. It’s a damn shame that no one’s paying attention to the NHL. If they did then might see a competitive and compelling league, at least as far as the on-ice product goes. And hey. I don’t like the fact that I came into the NBA thread to rain on everyone’s parade, but when everyone collectively forgets that the NHL did a thing people are tripping over themselves to praise the NBA for? And when the NBA fans react to this fact being pointed out with “lol hockey sucks”? Well that makes me feel a bit better re: the parade raining.
  8. There’s a similar story about the Blue Jays. They were originally owned by Labatt, the beer company. Their flagship beer is Labatt Blue, and they wanted to call the team the Toronto Blues. MLB said no, so they went with Blue Jays.
  9. Obviously the FA has such authority.
  10. NBA Changes 2017-18

    Unpopular Opinion: The Spurs’ fiesta look wasn’t that good.
  11. Winter of Discontent: The 2017-18 NHL Season

    Winnipeg had David Thomson, one of the richest men in Canada, in their corner. Essentially they had someone who could threaten to freeze the NHL out of the Anglo Canadian financial spehere unless the NHL played ball and let TNSE move the team. Quebec City has no one in their corner with that sort of reach.
  12. Football and CTE

    You completely missed Goth’s point.
  13. Winter of Discontent: The 2017-18 NHL Season

  14. NHL 2017-18

    It reminds me of my high school team. They had dark uniforms, but only had white jerseys for home games as a cost saving measure.
  15. Block number fonts aren’t any easier or harder to counterfeit than any other sort of number font. The reason the NFL avoids standard block is because standard block can’t be trademarked. The NFL wants their teams to own everything about their looks, down to the number fonts. That’s why the Cardinals and the pre-redesign Vikings have/had fonts that are/were essentially block, but tweaked just enough for the teams to trademark them. Even then though? The NFL still uses and sells throwbacks that use block fonts. Hell, the Bills’ last redesign used standard block font. Meaning that even in an era when the NFL wants all new unis to have proprietary fonts? Teams will still go with block if that’s what they really want to do.