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  1. alxy8s

    NBA Changes 2018-19

    I really, really like the black and white versions of the Vice uniforms. The pink looks garish in the leak, but hopefully better in real life. I hope the Heat keep the existing red/white/black as the primary identity, though. There's always this clamoring for the Heat to use the Vice color scheme from seemingly everyone but fans of the team. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but "Heat" seems to require the red and gold elements from the primary sets. I'd be way sadder if they ever dropped the flaming T wordmark, though. It's cool to see the font from the old Miami Arena resurface, but the Heat wordmark is perfect as it is. I'll preorder any jersey that combines that with the Vice colors. Considering there's only a cyan one left to release in 2019-20, assuming they just keep recoloring, that should have to happen sometime soon.
  2. alxy8s

    The Sports Media Thread

    The official sponsor of the Bill Simmons Podcast: I could be counted on to listen to every episode until the accumulation of "Patriots week" + the presentation of Simmons as an expert in any field simply because he consumes its content + the recurrent segment in which his child talks about what she watched on Netflix solidified my transition from enjoyable "hate listening" to flat out hating. The whole enterprise is so self-indulgent that it's unbearable. I still follow him on Twitter to see, and never click, the links to Ringer posts that I'd assume were parodies if I didn't know better.
  3. Biggest sigh of relief that Georgia fans have had all year: UGA @ LSU has been scheduled for 2:30 local time. Add the early start to the innumerable commercial breaks that CBS uses to kill the crowd, and I'm feeling about as good as I can about the Dawgs playing in Death Valley. I've never understood broadcasting guidelines at all, but why doesn't CBS have a night slot more than once a year?
  4. These look like good replicas of the Lombardi Trophy and the Larry O'Brien Trophy. I remember finding a decent CFP trophy replica during halftime of this year's game. That went well.
  5. Feel exactly the same way. Considering the absolute :censored: show getting this team off the ground has been, the visual identity is stunning. That said, I wanted Real Miami. Shout out to Utah for stealing both Real and Jazz from cities where they actually fit.
  6. Ah, Mark Richt’s overhyped team laid an egg on national television against a lower-ranked opponent. Imagine that. I truly believe that last year will go down as UM’s peak under Richt. His second year was his best at Georgia, though he somehow stuck around for 13 more. I could not have been happier when he got fired and feel more validated every week. It’s a real kick in the balls that my “other” team hired him and I get to relive his sanctimony and gimmicks one more time. Nice to see LSU looking good though. Very much looking forward to the Dawgs’ trip to Baton Rouge for the first time in TEN years thanks to our needless conference expansion.
  7. Surprised the Raptors didn’t make another run with their existing roster in the LeBron-less east. If Kawhi thought San Antonio was obscure and hurt his marketing potential, whew, this sucks for him. Can’t imagine he stays. Toronto didn’t give up too much when compared to the king’s ransom the Spurs supposedly wanted from LAL. The pick they traded being in the next draft and protected is smart. Really, the Spurs didn’t get much at all. Wasn’t Boston’s offer supposedly very good? Honesty, the real winner of this could easily be the Lakers. They didn’t give up anything, no one expects anything of them next year, and Leonard went to a team he will almost certainly want to leave soon. Of course, that’s what conventional wisdom was about Paul George last offseason.
  8. The Heat are already over the salary cap. I think the only scenario that enables LeBron-to-Miami is Cleveland cooperating with a sign and trade. I spent all of last season thinking that the Heat were a fun enough team that could have really gone places if only [one of the greatest players of all time] decided to stick around . As it stands, the Heat are a collection of nice role players that could perhaps help LeBron win 2 games against the Warriors, so I doubt he is coming back. It seems that the more realistic scenario is that the front office realizes this team is going absolutely nowhere while Whiteside eats up 20% of the salary cap to do nothing (someone PLEASE trade for him!), so they just give D-Wade as much money as they can for 2 years to make up what he's done for the franchise until Whiteside is off the books. The idea of the Banana Boat getting together in L.A. isn't unrealistic. LeBron, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade are all free agents, and Carmelo is a Thunder buyout away from being one as well (perhaps they'd do it if George left). Obviously, it has nowhere near the appeal it once did, but I would really like seeing Melo and Paul finally making the Finals.
  9. "One significant caveat is that major NCAA conferences can still implement rules that are more restrictive than the national rule." So this won't make much of a difference in the end, I'd imagine. At the very least, it'd be easy to see conferences disallowing transfers within the conference, intrastate, and/or within the conference's geographical footprint.
  10. That's fascinating -- to bid on the headache that the Olympics would have been, but not be interested in the relatively simple hosting of a World Cup match. Selfishly hoping that Atlanta gets chosen for group stage and that USMNT plays there. I'd be willing to go anywhere to see us play at home the in World Cup (too young to remember '94, so this is very exciting). Mercedes-Benz shouldn't be the crown jewel of American stadiums at that point; hoping not to have to shell out for the final rounds there, not that I'm too optimistic about the team getting that far.
  11. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    LeBron’s 2011 performance has been replaced as the biggest mental breakdown in Finals history, so he at least got that. Jesus Christ, JR. Just get a shot up, and you were at least getting a foul out of it.
  12. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    If only there was a website that treated the Boston Celtics as if they were a pillar of our society. Great game 5 for the WCF. I'm one of those that argue that seeing the same match up repeatedly is fine if we're getting the best teams, but I won't lie, the possibility of the Warriors' elimination is exciting. Proof that they're not invincible is going to help this league avoid the appearance of inevitability.
  13. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    Incredible game. What a mess of a last possession for the Warriors. Didn’t they have a time out?
  14. alxy8s

    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.
  15. alxy8s

    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.