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  1. 2018 NBA Post Season

    This might sound condescending, but whatever. The sheer nature of the sport is set up to virtually ensure that the better team prevails. Each team has 100+ possessions on both offense and defense, a massive sample size that gives the better team dozens of opportunities to separate itself from a lesser opponent. The games themselves are unlikely to spit out a random victor that's the result of a very small number of possessions (e.g. football) or points scored (hockey, baseball, soccer). Add the profit incentive of extending every series to a best-of-7, and you will almost never have an upset in the NBA. For some people, particularly those that don't get a hard on for a no-look assist, that's a deal breaker, and I understand it well enough. As a casual fan of other leagues, I get way more excited to tune in to see a perennial favorite finally lose. In the NBA, I enjoy the rare upset, but I don't need it. I don't really see the problem in having a system that nearly always rewards a championship to the best team. It shifts too much attention to offseason moves relative to regular season play, but the playoffs make it worth it for me. Whatever the league lacks in parity, it makes up for it in the number of people telling its fans that they shouldn't enjoy it.
  2. 2018 NBA Post Season

    His crowning achievement is taking a deep Hawks team led by B-list "stars" to a 1 seed and picking up a Coach of the Year just to be decimated by LeBron James. What on earth is the difference? It looks like the Raptors built as good of a team as can be hoped for in a market that is not a free agent destination. Their peak is probably conference finals, and they did that in '16. With the Bucks, Sixers, and Celtics on the rise, and LeBron refusing to age, they've got nowhere to go. It's a structural problem of the NBA that seemingly no matter how deep the talent pool gets, certain teams are just never going to reach the top.
  3. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Lord was it good to see Wade pull just one more game like that out of the bag. Wish Whiteside would take some notes from him. What a disappearing act he’s been. Hope some team is fool enough to trade for him.
  4. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Heat :censored: around and "win" their way into a match up with a Sixers team that hasn't lost in a month. Would've rather faced any other team in the East.
  5. If he was put on the spot, Donald Trump probably couldn’t tell you what the World Cup is. He certainly won’t care if the U.S. doesn’t receive the bid, but the moment it’s awarded to us, he’ll jump to take credit for something he didn’t have a damn thing to do with. I’d be willing to sit through a few more asinine tweets for World Cup matches to be within driving distance of home.
  6. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    OF COURSE the player who went 29/10/8 on 71% and 50% from 3, outscored everyone on his team by at least 10, and won the game wins MVP.
  7. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Excellent All Star Game! Got a little bored with the zero pass, early shot clock, long three point attempt possessions at the start of the game, but it really improved. More than a passable effort throughout by almost every player and the fourth quarter was great. It seems that the draft made it more fun for the players. Televising it will obviously happen next year. My only other suggestion would be to completely open up player selection: take the top 24 players regardless of conference and let the captains choose anyone from that pool regardless of who the "starters" are. Thank god C-Webb was on mic. Cannot stand Reggie Miller in any setting and Marv Albert's assessment of the defense on every single possession got very old, very fast. Does any other league have so many announcers that simply refuse to let fans enjoy what they're watching?
  8. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    I know it's among the least significant moves today and it'll probably be curtains for his career in 3 months, but I am so excited for D-Wade to be back in Miami. (...not to mention these):
  9. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    All Star teams! Wish they'd at least publish the draft order. Not as even as I'd hoped for, but they never try that hard anyhow.
  10. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    Per the team's Twitter, Georgia will be wearing the home reds. Love the decision to roll with the obvious uniform choice instead of overthinking it with the recent success in white (or god forbid, a blackout). However, the patch sucks. It makes the jersey too busy and the date just feels off. I get that the calendar flipped, but the game caps the 2017 season and the winner will claim the 2017 national championship. Would rather just use the stylized trophy/football without the numbers.
  11. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    2011 Bama-LSU led to the cry for the playoff being answered. I think every SEC fan believed that a playoff would only increase the likelihood of an all-SEC CG. An 8 team wouldn’t fix anything. Please look at the rankings this year and come up with an iron-clad 8-team field. It’s impossible. There are 12 teams this year that have an argument to be included. The playoff isn’t a reward for having a good year, it’s a system of determining the national champion. That should be a highly selective group, not an everyone’s-welcome crapshoot. 3 teams in the final 8 of this year’s rankings are in the SEC. Expand the field to 8 and you almost always will have at least 2 SEC schools included. I’ve never bought into the idea that a UCF, Boise State, Hawaii, NIU, or whomever else had any real claim to being among the top 2 teams when we had the BCS. Sure, they could pull off a win against a better team. I always question the team’s motivation and preparation for the prospect of playing some second tier opponent for the sake of taking home a meaningless bowl trophy. Maybe a team that goes undefeated deserves a shot. I thought this year would have been a good year to try it out because there was no clear-cut power 5 team for the 4 seed. But when expanding to 8 teams, does anyone really believe that that kind of team is going to rattle off 3 consecutive wins of that magnitude? I’d hate to see the effect of an 8 team playoff on conference championship week. It’d turn it into a version of NFL Week 17 where half the teams can pack it in and give themselves a bye. Anyhow, on a more personal note, how bout them Dawgs? That was the best game I’ve ever seen, despite being sick over it for one reason or another for 4+ hours. I know most of the country hates the matchup, but I’m excited to play Alabama. It wouldn’t feel complete to win the SEC and the playoff without ever facing Bama. Here’s their shot. Go Dawgs!
  12. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    I’d jump all over saying Ohio State would be a complete waste of a spot if I hadn’t said the same in 2014 only to look like a fool. Alabama is the better team. They may well be shut out because the SEC is represented already. If the committee could set up Alabama vs. Georgia in round 1 to avoid the possibility of an all-SEC NCG, I bet they would, but those seedings aren’t justifiable at this point. I get the argument about resumes, but the only part of their schedules that Bama and tOSU could control were OOC. Bama tore apart an FSU team that didn’t lose Francois until the end. Ohio St got their ass handed to them at home. Could just piss everyone off and invite USC. Oh ... how bout them Dawgs??? Aside from the obvious SEC championship, they avoided losing to a rival twice in a year and don’t yet have to watch Richt make the playoff.
  13. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    Georgia will wear white against Florida after the game being color-on-color the past 3 years. It was a new thing (for fans my age), but I really liked the red and blue both being worn.
  14. 2017 NBA Offseason

    Irving wants to be the focal point of a team, and LeBron is leaving them for nothing in a year? Trade LeBron.
  15. College Football Uniforms - 2016 Season

    As if to prove it isn't contrived hype under the new regime, the blackout is a noon game against Louisiana Lafayette.