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    Mookie Betts 2020 FA Watch

    Everything’s insurable, at a cost. But I can’t imagine why a team would incur that cost when their contracts (agreed to by the MLBPA) specifically absolve them from having to pay out under these circumstances.
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    Mookie Betts 2020 FA Watch

    It’s unlikely the entire season will be canceled, but if it was, there’s no way teams would be paying $150 million in payroll without any gate or TV revenues. Most of them don’t have even have that kind of money to light on fire. Anyway, MLB uniform contracts explicitly give the Commissioner...
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    NCAA Mens/WomensTournament Cancelled

    Anything’s possible, but most teams’ seasons were already complete, and nearly all of them played 30 games. It’s probably not fair to cost underclassman essentially another lost year of playing time so a few guys get another chance to play in the NCAA tournament.
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    Real Life Fantasy Golf - Following Rob

    No. Nothing that happens this week matters except for winning. The alternate list is based on FedEx standings as of March 2.
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    2020 Golf Thread

    I’m not sure what gave you the idea the new system was not intended to reflect potential; it’s the opposite. While the multiplier has been eliminated, the system now uses only the best *eight* scores out of the previous 20, rather than the previous 10 out of 20, which means there is more weight...
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    2020 Golf Thread

    Yeah, but it’s not true at all. Match play using handicaps significantly favors the lower handicap. From Dean Knut: Anecdotally, my club runs a net match play championship every year. Although there‘s an even spread of handicaps at entry, not only has a double-digit cap never won, one has...
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    2019 NCAA Pool

    I don’t think there’s anything too wrong with the point system other than the bonuses for upsets being disproportionate and so incentivizing just picking the underdogs in the first round. This can be remedied by increasing the starting points awarded for a win. Instead of 1 point for a first...
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    2020 PGA Tour

    Winning once on the KFT doesn’t get you any status or priority or improve your status on the big tour; they’re totally separate. You get a promotion with three wins in a season. Otherwise, you’re waiting until next year.
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    2020 PGA Tour

    Every Korn Ferry graduate who wanted in this week got in. They are so far down the exemption list on this tournament, that the next guys who would’ve gotten in are Tommy Two Gloves, Rod Pampling, etc. That is, other 40+ year-old guys who have had more than ample opportunity to play themselves in.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    What is he getting at here with “perversion of the salary arbitration process”?
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    Kobe Killed in Helicopter Crash

    Absolutely. And if he hadn’t been credibly accused of rape eight years earlier, I think it might be fair to say he made a mistake, and good on him for learning from that and making amends. But because of what happened in Colorado, I think the suspicion that his post-slur efforts were...
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    Kobe Killed in Helicopter Crash

    I don’t doubt that he grew as a person over the past 15 years, but was he a great person? Boy, I don’t know. He did call a referee a “f**ing fa**ot” in 2011. Those kinds of slurs don’t come from nowhere. And his “apology” in that case was that he didn’t mean it literally. Seriously, he wanted us...
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    Rethinking Barstool?

    And Penn National Gaming stock is up more than 11% (increasing its market cap by more than $300 million) on the news.
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    Kobe Killed in Helicopter Crash

    12:35 PM PT -- Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria -- aka GiGi -- was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash ... reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13. We're told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby...