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    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Anyone else listen to Simmons on Brian Koppelman's The Moment podcast? Koppelman loves Simmons and is therefore not going to be critical of him in any meaningful way, but he still gets him to go to some interesting places about his career and does a good job of making sure Simmons at least...
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    The Ringer

    High Fidelity, a popular novel (then a 2000 movie, then a 2020 tv show) about a guy (girl in 2020) who makes Top 5 lists of everything, came out in 1995. And it was not a shockingly original idea then, either.
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Update: Blergh Not only did Ireland completely no-show (the match was over when Mo'unga kept Sexton's kick to touch in play at 10-0), NBC Sports inexplicably had the England-Australia match in the slot where the Comcast guide had told me to expect Ireland-New Zealand, so rather than risk...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    US TV situation update: my programming guide now shows 3/4 matches will be live on NBC Sports Network, and Ireland v. New Zealand will be shown at 2:30 pm ET Saturday. Assuming I can make it to Saturday afternoon without spoiling the result for myself, I am getting pretty excited for this lineup...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Two QFs are on NBC Gold package only. If you have already paid for the full package, you would have them. If not, you are now paying $35/match. This is clearly the right approach, especially given there is no way I am going to watch all of the QFs. I just don't know why they wouldn't price the...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Japan looked awesome and a very worthy Quarter Finalist. Thank goodness the match was played. Now, more NBC Sports complaints - 2 of the QFs (Ireland v. New Zealand, Wales v. France) are PPV only, and they are now gouging us at $35/match. If I knew what matches will be free to air, it would be...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Crazy, but also somewhat difficult to come up with a contingency that accounts for player and spectator safety (aside from "don't schedule major tournaments in Japan in September-October"). Bad enough that England, France, New Zealand all get to rest and avoid injury before QFs, but if the...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    NBC Sports website (and the app on your smart TV) have been posting free extended highlights of every match (15-20 minutes), plus a 5-10 minute "Wake up with the World Cup" recap show of all matches from a given day. The only problem is the title of the highlights package also tells you the...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    WTF is Eddie Jones talking about when he says he expects the Eagles to play like 15 Donald Trumps? I mean, aside from the fact he just loves to stir the pot, no matter how non-sensical.
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Indeed, they have seemed to be purposefully vague with how they intend to broadcast these games. Their website for things like the 6 Nations package used to be extremely clear, with one column showing the time the matches would be on live PPV and a different column showing when they would be...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019

    Thanks for the comprehensive preview, Mr. Bong. One note regarding the US tv coverage - your comment: suggests that the All Blacks - Boks pool stage contest is being shown somewhere other than PPV in the US, but I am not finding it on any programming guide, which is a real shame. On the other...
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    Rugby? Lacrosse? On Network TV!

    So I just saw the NBC Sports Gold is asking $200 for their RWC package (or $220 for the full year to include Six Nations), which is a whole lot to spend for games that will be played in the middle of the night, and so many non competitive pool games. What I can't find is any indication of what...
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    2018 Golf Thread

    Has anyone played at Sea Island recently and have any advice? I am going for a weekend at the end of November with 3 (or possibly 7) friends. We are staying at The Lodge for two nights and playing each of the three courses at the resort. I have been told Southern Soul BBQ in Saint Simon's...
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    2018 PGA Tour

    Agree that the event at TPC has done quite well, but the New England Classic at Pleasant Valley got crap fields for 20 years before it was mercifully cancelled in 1998. New England also lost the LPGA event at Canton after 1997 and the senior event at Nashawtuc after 2008, does not have anything...