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    MLB Spring Training News and Notes 2021

    There seems to be more to this story. Kusnick is his *former* agent, and tweeted this in 2019:
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    2021 Pats: Looking Ahead – Roster Planning

    Right, I think as much as anything the Brady/Belichick era completed destroyed our perspective here. Take this idea: Drew Brees has won one Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers has one. Russ Wilson has one. Even though pretty much all of us expect more, Patrick Mahomes has one. Peyton Manning won one...
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    Spring Training 2021

    Totally. As we've discussed many, many times, the Boston Red Sox have the most World Series titles of any franchise in the 21st century. That's wild. The process of getting there has often been bizarre, the lows have been as low as any Red Sox team in living memory, and there have been dozens...
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    2021 NFL: QB Carousel

    Interesting question, I'm not sure. Off the top of my head there was Le'Veon Bell sitting out the entirety of his last year before free agency, even though throughout training camp and the first few weeks of the season people kept expecting a resolution. Ricky Williams, as mentioned, had a...
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    Washington Football Team Name Change

    I totally agree that the classic name and look of the team was a surprisingly hit this fall. Their logo and design, beyond being deeply offensive and problematic, also just looked old and tired, whereas the whole "Football Team" branding with numbers on the helmets felt instantly deeply cool. I...
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    2021: The Nation's Tears Are Still Here

    Right, absolutely. I know gymnastics are a prime example from a law school friend who was pretty high level when younger. She came from a middle class background with a single mom and talked about what they had to sacrifice for her training costs, travel to competitions, entrance fees, summer...
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    2021: The Nation's Tears Are Still Here

    Didn’t know that about Wilson’s grandfather. Interesting! Anyway, to continue this tangent, your post reminded me of a dynamic I find fascinating, which speaks to the larger trends in the country -- the massively escalating costs of... everything -- as well as the insidious, somewhat hidden...
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    Spring Training 2021

    Hmm. Well, obviously I'll defer to AC here because he's watched them both up close, and certainly there are some similarities to Brown -- Richards also throws predominantly fastballs & sliders. I'll also admit I didn't watch a ton of Kevin Brown's career. Still, beyond their 3rd offering being...
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    2021 Pats: QB Options

    Good list! I'm hardly the draft expert around here, but as I remember it Luck and Peyton were sort of in a class by themselves. As for the list itself, I would probably move Winston down and put Joe Burrow on par with Lawrence. The fact that in the National Championship Game Burrow threw for 460...
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    Spring Training 2021

    I agree with this re Verdugo. From the pure perspective of "Who do you want getting the most ABs on the Red Sox?," that answer has to be Verdugo/Devers/Xander/JDM in some order -- and given the requirements of lineup construction, probably in that order, right? Obviously the way this Red Sox...
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    2021 NFL: QB Carousel

    Given Wentz's history, couldn't this be as much an injury clause as it is a "he sucks" clause?
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    Celebrating What Is

    Yes, the 2000 Rams actually probably had the best offense of the Greatest Show on Turf era (they scored more than the '99 and '01 teams) and started 6-0, but then a snap from their backup Center broke one of Kurt Warner's fingers. He missed a month+ and wasn't right when he came back, eventually...
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    Celebrating What Is

    Same with the intellectual vs. emotional divide on this. Intellectually, I recognize we cannot complain about luck. Let's start with drafting the Greatest Team Sport Athlete of All Time with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL draft, meaning many teams had five or six (!) chances to draft him and...
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    Red Sox sign Marwin Gonzalez (1 year, 3 mil)

    Transition to the Rays North continues. In Monty Python voice: "Bring out your utility players!" Anyway, his career slash and OPS+ are almost exactly league average: .261/.317/.413 (99 OPS+) with ~15 HR/season. He was a genuine utility guy for the Twins last year, with ~20 starts at 3B, ~20 at...
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    Benintendi to Royals for Franchy Cordero, Mets RHP prospect Josh Winckowski, and 3 PTBNLs

    I'm less familiar with the Cardinals, another team I think deserves mention in this conversation. Do they have the same minimal turnover, or is their model different?