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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...
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    Sox talking Mookie trade with Dodgers, Padres - News & Discussion

    100%! This cannot be the outcome. If it is, fuck them and all the BS contracts they signed so that they won't sign the contract that actually makes sense to do so. Ugh!
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    Greatest play in Patriots History?

    In terms of the greatest example of the principles of sport, my pick is the Watson forced fumble in the Denver playoff game. They lost the game. The refs blew the call. Man, though, that combination of athleticism and will to win in the face of defeat was awesome...
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    Is the NBA star system broken? If so, can it be fixed?

    I think the biggest factor in accelerated player movement is players' emerging preference to sign up for shorter term deals. It's sort of the modern twist on Charlie Finley's proposal at the onset of MLB free agency to limit all contracts to only one year, so then everyone would be free agents...
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    Rename the Red Sox AAA Team!

    The Worcester Hot Weiner Transplants. To save money, they could use the same hats...
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    RIP, Dr. Z

    My favorite writer as a kid... https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/01/paul-zimmerman-sports-illustrated
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    Tennis 2018

    Nice article from Sally Jenkins about the terrible umpiring in yesterday's match...
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    Tennis 2018

    Also, why didn't Osaka get a racket abuse call when she slammed her racket down after getting broken earlier in the set? And why din't her coach get a coaching warning when he told her to smile and then she smiled? These are subjective decisions, and the ump made his decisions consistently in...
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    Tennis 2018

    It became a huge issue when the chair umpire gave her opponent a free game in the second set. This is a huge advantage. It's hard enough to break serve once, but whatever chance you have at that point got cut in half.