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

    I do feel that Gretzky is the greatest with far less opportunity for debate than Ruth, Jordan, or anyone in the NFL. In football, there are just too many positions with too many un-related functions. And I don't even think a plurality of fans would say that about Hutson...I'm not even sure a majority in this day and age will have heard of him. The "legend" status is not there like it is with Gretzky, Jordan, or Ruth. In basketball, a lot of people feel Jordan's the greatest. But you'll hear arguments for Wilt and a few others. Jordan dominated the 1990s, as our level of attention to these things started to skyrocket. But he doesn't have the stranglehold on his sport that Gretzky does. I know some people like to suggest that maybe Bobby Orr's the greatest, but When talking about retiring a player's number league-wide simply for legend and greatness, Babe Ruth is the only person other than Gretzky worth considering. Not because he dominated his era (he did) or because he's easily the greatest ever (he's not easily but he's obviously in the conversation) but because he is simply a legend. He's the guy that transcended the sport simply for what he did on the field; the guy who everyone knew, even if they didn't know what a sacrifice fly was. That Maris and Aaron broke his to most sacred records is neither here nor there. Saying "Babe Ruth" is like referencing a piece of America. My dad was convinced that Ted Williams was the greatest hitter ever (and that may be a more popular opinion had he not missed so much of his time), and his greatness is recognized by anyone that knows much about baseball history. But Babe Ruth's is recognized by everyone, period. Similarly, Gretzky's that one name that everyone knows. He was hockey in the 1980 and into the 1990s and now to people too young to have seen him, he's kinda hockey's Babe Ruth. I don't think there are NFL and NBA players that you could say "he's the one guy" about like with Ruth and Gretzky. I agree with those giving Gretzky the nod over Ruth as the clear-cut most dominant player in their respective sports, but I tend to think they are roughly equal in terms of their "legend" within their respective sports (though I don't know that anyone touches Ruth's "icon" status). And that's about as close as I can get to suggesting that a number be retired for "great play." That all said, Jackie Robinson, while not as great as Ruth, was an important story to America. It was baseball helping move America in the right direction. It's the one league-wide retirement that makes sense to me (and I happen to hate that everyone wears the number on the anniversary; I think a patch makes more sense). I don't like that 99 was retired league-wide, and as impact as Ruth was to baseball, I'm glad his number is not retired in MLB.
  2. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    I tend to doubt that. The addition of Jackie Robinson to a major league roster was a huge deal. Jason Collins's distinction as the first openly-gay active player was a milestone, but it was a different era. I don't want to minimize his experiences, but there was a lot more division around Robinson. Fans, media, players, coaches legitimately believed (and said as much) that he should not be allowed in MLB. I really don't think there were a lot of people suggesting Collins should be barred from the league; just people that did not want to hear about because of their own insecurity or whatever. Segregation was not quite the factor with Collins as it was with Robinson. Again, it was a big deal and a key milestone. Actually, I always envisioned the first openly-gay male team-sport athlete to be a bigger star; someone with a secure roster spot. The fact that it was a journeyman on a ten-day contract was not how I envisioned it. That fact probably also makes number retirement even less likely.
  3. Should Clemente's #21 be retired by MLB

    I read a biography on Clemente and he was an important and interesting guy. That said, mark me down for Robinson-only. That was the most important impact of sports on society. As an aside, I would say if it were to happen it would be all of MLB. There’s just not enough difference between the leagues anymore.
  4. College Football uniforms- 2018

    I agree. I get that he wants to be enthusiastic, but as you say, it's at the very least, corny to stick it all over the uniform. And it seems like he's making it too much about himself. By the way, the last over-the-top rah! rah! coach that program had was Tim Brewster...
  5. College Football uniforms- 2018

    Paul Lukas rips this pretty hard. https://uni-watch.com/2018/02/21/up- :censored:-creek-gophers-unveil-new-uni-set/ This ought to move a couple of you to Minnesota's corner.
  6. College Football uniforms- 2018

    You could argue all of our reactions are knee-jerk. We reacted swiftly that the Blue Jays last change was great...we still think that. But we also reacted negatively to the Marlins last change and I think people are coming around. Sometimes a uniform is introduced, we all decry it as among the worst uniforms ever and through time, we upgrade them to "bad" or even "meh." So maybe we'll calm down on this. But I don't envision that the board, overall, will ever like them. Yeah. Aside from the chrome helmet, most individual elements of the uniform are not too flashy. But just about every detail is awful. If I could change one it would be the white collar on the maroon jersey. I just sticks out so badly. But the oar, the "row" on the bumper, the mariner star, the minimal use of yellow on the maroon uniform, the swing and miss on matching the pants (i.e., the yellow pants would look nice with the maroon), the lack of maroon on the gray/yellow combo. Aside from going all on on Fleck's rah-rah, they have combined a basic look with silly trends (color separation, nearly leaving the primary color off of an entire uniform, big collars, chrome helmet, three helmets, mix-and-match facemasks, unitard). On the website (https://hyprrelite.com/) there are 15 possible uniform combos (without accounting for the mix-and-match facemasks or other pants combos not shown). Even if they make the B1G Championship Game, they can't wear them all in a year. Easily, the best combo is the maroon/white/maroon. And since they'll probably be wearing the white jersey at least five times, that combo is likely to be used at least once, unless they go all-in on the stormtrooper look most of the year. Oh, and on the white pants, nice work with the yellow "M."
  7. College Football uniforms- 2018

    I think Minnesota's mostly bad. The basic road look (white jersey/maroon pants) looks pretty solid from the neck down. The side view of the maroon helmet looks nice, but then the helmet stripe is a freakin' oar? They've gone too "all in" on the "row the boat" stuff. The chrome helmet is grotesque. The gray jersey is worse. The maroon jersey could be OK, but it needs to not have that white collar sticking out like a sore thumb. And it should be paired with the yellow pants.
  8. 2018 NFL Offseason

    You've got that right. I remain stunned that as much time passed from 2008 to 2018 as 1980 to 1990. The later seems sooooooo much longer.
  9. 2018 MLS Kits

    It needs to find a way to work the blue a bit more front-and-center. It is at best boring and at worst terrible (all the grays). The best part of this is the goalkeeper uniform.
  10. My Hockey Jersey is too Small!

    Find someone with a jersey too big and trade.
  11. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Cleveland had to do something. That team was drowning. Of course, the best-case scenario is probably a loss in the finals.
  12. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Weren't all indications out of Boston that Isaiah Thomas was a great guy? Then he gets to Cleveland and becomes a cancer? I'm probably missing something from his Boston days.
  13. The XFL may be making a comeback

    Sometimes it feels like the "just give me football of any kind and I'll watch fan" is not as prevalent as in years past. Arena football peaked a long time ago. People are burned out on Thursday Night Football. Football's still very popular, but the NFL's big eyes (overseas, Thursdays, 18-game discussion, etc.) were not me with the same "FOOTBALL!!!" enthusiasm I'd have expected 15 years ago. Part of me wonders whether fans just want this time of year to have a break from football.
  14. 2018 NFL Offseason

    The only team smart enough not to hire a guy like that currently employs him.
  15. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    If the Patriots are not a dynasty, we've definitely seen our last NFL dynasty. They have missed the playoffs twice since Brady took over (and once without him and with an 11-5 record). They've been to eight Super Bowls in 17 years. The personnel has changed a lot (which makes it all the more impressive from a coaching/GM perspective) But for 17 years, the Pats have entered the year as one of the teams that has a shot. And they've really never disappointed. Green Bay has kinda been that way for even longer, but 2-1 in the Super Bowl over about 25 years vs. 5-3 over 17 years... I don't think it matters a great deal who is playing safety, middle linebacker, or left tackle. Or even QB (though there has only been one). That fanchise is always there at the end. It's a dynasty, 2001 to ????.
  16. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    The problem is that once you go down the "review" rabbit hole, it's pretty hard to draw lines. If the point of review is to get it right. I have a hard time imagining that fans and media would let it go if non-overturned reviews were actually the wrong call. When enforcing rules, common sense often gets pushed aside. The Clement catch is a good example. While it's kind of hard to be truly upset by the outcome simply because the ball moved a couple inches after the left(?) foot was down, it's kind of a hard line to draw. I kinda think they should have overturned it When it comes to things like this, you could argue that replay does make things worse. All these silly "surviving the ground" calls would have stood as catches and we'd be better for it. Clement's catch would have stood and I don't think anyone, even Pats fans, would be too worried about that "missed" call. But it's almost like you either have to have it or not. I don't think "call stands because while it was missed on the field, it was not egregious" or "call stands because, come on" works. I think you had a similar take on the off-sides review taking away a goal that some opponent (Tampa?) scored on Pittsburgh in the playoffs. As cheesy as that was, I think it's hard to say "yeah but he was only off-sides by an inch." I'd be curious to hear your take on the Wild vs. Blue Jackets no-goal at the buzzer. I think there's no choice but to take that goal off the board, myself. As for offsides, I think it may be OK to just not review for that. Any missed offsides call should be a close enough call that there's no competitive advantage in the spirit of the rule (cherry-picking) is kind of intact. So don't review. But if they're going to, I think there's no choice but to not draw a line. Same with football.
  17. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Given the history of NFL catches with guys falling down, I did not think it was a certainty. Sometimes it seems like the purpose of the rule is to put the catch under intense scrutiny and find any excuse not to award it. Because he never stood straight up, I don't think it was wrong to be unsure of how that call would end up. We know the breaking the plane is meaningless. The difference appears to be the extra step to "become a runner." But again, I don't think it would have made sense for them to just say "yeah; catch." Next year, both that play and the Pittsburgh play will probably be easy TDs.
  18. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I’d argue that 4-4 is better than 4-0.
  19. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    This is undoubtedly the most dominant stretch by a franchise and Belichick is simply in a different level. But I’ll never be convinced that Brady is so obviously the greatest ever. I know rings is the only stat that matters, but to an extent, he is a product of this great system.
  20. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    One of the more entertaining Super Bowls ever.
  21. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Anyone who thinks this is over...
  22. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    That is going to be overturned. Last time. wow
  23. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Good day for Wisconsin running backs.
  24. Winter of Discontent: The 2017-18 NHL Season

    Last night, Minnesota was awarded a goal when the puck never got near the goal. Penalty on a break with an empty net. I am pretty sure I’d never seen that.
  25. Say it ain't so, Joe

    Starting the time in prison with a broken nose or something would be nice. While I don't believe in allowing for these kind of things to happen (i.e., the staff did the right thing by protecting him), I don't think I'd be too upset if they'd let him through for a second.