Recent content by Moonlight Graham

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    The cost of youth athletics

    I think this problem of escalating costs and resources goes hand in hand with the other huge youth sports problem: everything is organized and nothing is pickup/informal play. Is the point of youth sports to develop the next generation of professional athletes, or are sports supposed to provide...
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    Pats QB Options

    Fitzpatrick is my prediction. My guess is Belichick has a Chad-Pennington-like crush on him.
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    Carry on my Hayward Son: Gordon to Charlotte for 4 years, $120M

    For the record, the title of this thread is fantastic! Hot take alert: I think Hayward will have a similar post-Celtics level of success as Horford is having.
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    Joe Kelly suspended 8 games for throwing at an astro

    Really? Do I have a posse? This is sports, where players compete against each other physically and often physically punish each other on the field: hard retribution fouls in basketball and soccer, groin punches in the pile after tackles in football, hard slides in baseball, etc. It's part of...
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    Joe Kelly suspended 8 games for throwing at an astro

    I disagree. The Astros deserve to get thrown at. They stole at least one championship. If the MLB won't punish them, I think the players should. I don't want to see any pitches anywhere near the head, but I would love to see multiple batters get plunked in their ribs or legs. This season...
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    Rosenthal: Mookie and LAD in agreement: 12/$365

    I agree. And when it happens, I will be pissed all over again. If you have a young face of the franchise who is in the top 25 all-time in WAR for his age, you don't trade him. If you overpay to keep him, so what? I could give 2 shits about international slot money or losing draft picks...
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    Washington Football Team Name Change

    I like the Washington Hogs. Old school with cool potential logos....
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    To be honest, I have felt less and less passionate about my Red Sox fandom over the past decade. Maybe a year away from the game will rekindle some nostalgia? Or maybe it will render the MLB obsolete like boxing or horse racing. Time will tell...
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    Fouts is out

    I always had a soft spot for Fouts. He was my favorite QB as a kid. As an announcer he never took the game too seriously, which I also liked. Over the last few years, it definitely seemed like he was mailing it in, so I agree with the change. That said, I enjoy an announcer who doesn't...
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    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    The Paul Pierce episode of the All The Smoke podcast was a great listen!
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    Return of the D-Mac

    That's a lot of money.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    Name one team that traded a HOF player in his prime to get under the luxury tax. Henry was cheap this time, considering the cost in talent to his team.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    My point is, once you have a top-5 talent, that asset is more valuable than the draft picks. The odds of the draft pick penalty resulting in missing out on a Mookie-level talent are too small to calculate. Keep the talent if you have the money to pay the talent. We fans have paid the owners...
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    I don't care about the luxury tax. I don't know why any of you do either. Draft picks are assets, but Mookie Betts is a bigger asset than draft picks. Unless the owners' secret plan is to get under the luxury tax so they can pay Mookie as a free agent, then this is a cash grab by the owners...
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    Kansas City vs San Francisco -- Who Wins?

    That was in Foxboro. Based on 50 years of frustrating futility (and that the warmth of a February visit to Miami is so much more appealing to midwest fans), I think this Super Bowl will be a home game for the Chiefs. I also think the Chiefs are peaking and would have crushed the Pats if they...