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  1. College Basketball 2017-18: Road to the Alamo

    Little story about the academic / athletic balance at Villanova. When I attended grad school there, I was amazed that the basketball players were actually really engaged in classes and had real majors. I had to take a couple undergrad classes as pre-reqs for my masters program and didn’t notice any bit of preferential treatment. Contrast that with my undergrad which was a total crap division 2 school where the athletes were gods, mostly had BS majors that they didn’t even attend classes for, regularly committed assaults of both physical and sexual nature, and had everything covered up as if they were University of Miami back in the Jimmy Johnson era. And that was freaking D2.
  2. 2018 NFL Offseason

    Even if he was the next Peterson, how well did he really work out for his team? Forget about him being a scum bag, but they built their offense around a all world running back and went nowhere. When you have a guy like that you’re obligated to use him, and in this era that’s proven to be ineffective. If your goal is to sell a few more tickets and win a couple more games, then ok, but if you ever want to compete, there’s many more important positions than RB. They’re always available, and so much a product of their lines that it really doesn’t matter
  3. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    The search feature on this site is downright lousy. Can’t even page through results without waiting 30 secs between clicks. This was the best I could find.
  4. MLB changes 2018?

    Miller Park, Minute Maid, Marlins, etc., all look like crap because of their walls and windows. When the roofs are open, they're still not really "open air" parks - they're just enclosed arenas with holes in the roof, like old Texas Stadium. I actually didn't realize just how bad Miller looked until those photos above - and those are during day time. As I've gotten older, I've begun to appreciate the practicality that a roof brings - but not at that cost. The roof should just be a covering, not make for an enclosure. If it's a million degrees, or zero degrees, that's fine, as long as I'm dry.
  5. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Trust it.
  6. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Nobody is going to watch mediocre football played by teams they have no attachment to in freezing weather or in sleet or snow, which is extremely common in February, (hell we just had a N’oreaster yesterday and it’s late March.). Dumb question - why the hell wouldn’t you? It makes it even tougher on the coaches since they’ll have to decide whether they want to blow the gorilla play early, or save it for a crucial conversion bet play. One thing is for sure - if a team loses and it didn’t use its gorilla play, that coach is going to get absolutely roasted.
  7. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Maybe it says more about Lebron than it does about the league. Dude is probably the second greatest of all time behind Wilt - enjoy having the privilege of watching him.
  8. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    It's a shame that the new XFL seems to be so opposite of everything the original was intended to be, because conversion gambling would have been perfect for it. Could you imagine - down by 14, and you get a touchdown, so you're now down 7. You probably still have time to get the ball back and go for another score, OR you could gamble all 7 points and try to tie it on the conversion, so you either tie the game or are still down 14 with little-to-no shot of winning. Maybe there should be some limit - like you could only gamble up to 3 or 4 points. Or it's tiered - a 4 point gamble starts from the 4, while a 2 point starts from the 2, or something like that. If you want to be 7, then your QB has to be blindfolded.
  9. Welcome to the 90's

    The Galaxy jersey makes me soaking wet downstairs. I hated all the others of that style (with the possible exception of Barcelona) but damn if that Frankfurt one wasn't great. Probably coulda done without the side panels and maybe just plain white numbers without a shadow, but those are minor nitpicks.
  10. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Scoring the TD is the hardest part (in theory), so that should count for a ton more than the "bonus", which is worth 33.3%. Getting a TD from the two yard line is worth 33.3% as much as a 90-yard drive? Not in my eyes. I kinda think the whole extra point / bonus idea is antiquated and obsolete anyway. It does create drama when a team misses an XP and then has to go for two late to tie, but IMO a game shouldn't come down to what are essentially bonus plays. I'd rather just make TDs worth 7 (so more than 2 FGs) but then if you want more, you can choose from one-or-more options (maybe the only viable option is to run a play from the two) and "bet" a point or two on it. So for example: if you're down by 8 and score a TD, you can bet 1 point on the conversion, and get either 8 or 6 points out of it. If you're down by 9, you could bet two points on the conversion, and walk away with either 5 or 9. Everyone loves gambling.
  11. interesting that they left Phila off the schedule, considering they said they were going to make it up to them after AI didn't play there last year because of (allegedly) a hangover.
  12. Seattle NHL Brand Discussion

    Back in the day, team names were sometimes just unofficial nicknames that sports writers gave them based on how they played. My high school was named the Whippets because back in the late 1800s or early 1900s a writer noted how fast they looked running up and down the field and called them whippets, after a racing dog. After a while it just stuck. I'd love for a pro team to do that - just be the "Seattle Hockey Club", and then let the name evolve organically. Of course in the modern era, you'd have writers and TV broadcasters come up with their own nicknames and force it repeatedly over-and-over in the hopes that it catches on and then they can take credit for it (and maybe get royalties from the team if they adopt it.) On second thought... yeah that can never work.
  13. This Is The Alliance Of American Football

    American Football Alliance would have been a better name. AoAF is almost as awkward as the WLoAF was. For the logo - the football is part is not iconic enough to stand on its own - especially since the league has absolutely no recognition. Even the NFL's stand-alone logo has its letters in it. It's also a poor logo because the outer part doesn't match the curves of the football - it's more diamond like. As I'm typing this, I just noticed the A in the logo. I guess that's clever, except that it implies that the bottom part is a letter too, which it's obviously not. Not a fan.
  14. Lifespan of new-age arenas

    Wouldn't matter. 2 fewer teams means two fewer starters at each position, which means fewer players earning starters dollars. Expanding the rosters doesn't help the main problem at all, since it's about more than just total number of players.
  15. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Starting right after the Super Bowl eliminates most of the big markets right off the bat. Not sure what exactly their target is, but they're basically alienating the whole northeast and Chicago. Not sure how I feel about the rules. I'm fine with eliminating extra points, but then TDs should just be worth 7, or you can elect 6 and go for 2. With only the go-for-2 option, that play is really worth more than it should be. Or, make the conversion just worth 1.