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    2021 Pats: QB Options

    2021 FREE AGENTS (MULTI-YEAR STARTER POSSIBILITY) Dak Prescott (I'd go ahead and assume he stays in Dallas) Jimmy Garoppolo (if cut by 49ers) Mitchell Trubisky Phillip Rivers (RETIRED) 2021 FREE AGENTS (ONE-YEAR BRIDGE / LOW CEILING) Ryan Fitzpatrick Jacoby Brissett Jameis Winston Cam Newton...
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    Sixty Years Ago Today: 1960 Hockey Gold Medal in Squaw Valley

    Screw it -- this deserves its own thread. Sixty years ago TODAY was the 1960 US Hockey Gold Medal victory in Squaw Valley... the first and forgotten miracle. Great story if you're not familiar with it here -- great doc: View...
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    Who will be the next manager?

    Grabbed the nine names out of the thread that seemed the most plausible to me, although YMMV. Was frustrated there was no room for worthy suggestions Bruce Bochy, Mark Quataro, Tim Hyers, Brad Ausmus, Dale Sveum or Mike Cubbage. I could not bring myself to include Buck Showalter or Bobby...
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    Favorite player ever / Favorite player now

    Simple enough -- intrigued to see where this goes given the diversity of favorite teams around the board... FAVORITE PLAYER EVER: Clint Dempsey. Played really well for each of my three favorite teams (Revs, Spurs, USMNT). During his time on those squads, they weren't especially well known...
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    Tyler Skaggs reporting: "I'm not saying, I'm just saying"

    Kind of a disgusting story about a local Santa Monica newspaper that wrote up a rumor about Skaggs' death possibly deriving from opiate use, then spiked the story when rumors that it might be published somehow got out. Gee, I wonder how people found out this story was getting researched. The...
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    BROCKHOLT: Actually, not better than a poke in the eye...

    Our favorite jack-of-all-trades went on the IL in the second week of the season when he got jabbed in the eye by his young son and suffered a scratched cornea... that took a while to resolve itself, but when he finally started rehab games he was quickly greeted by a shoulder impingement and...
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    Feb. 23 Weekend Gamethread

    Did I miss this starting elsewhere? Settling into Burnley/Spurs while I work out...have a strange yearning to visit Uzbekistan.
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    The world’s greatest sports trivia question is intact for another year

    Only 4 colleges have graduated a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a US President. That won’t change this year, even if Hoyer or Sean Mannion get into the game. EDIT: It also won’t change if Donald Trump is impeached and Mike Pence becomes President. No, Antwaan Randle-El was not the...
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    Best Current NFL TV Broadcast Teams

    Time to check in... Yeah, everybody sucks and hates my favorite team. But as Conigliaro's Potential could tell you, it's not as easy a job as it seems. Pick two you like the most. Or hate the least. [I like Harlan/Gannon the most, and Michaels/Collinsworth next.]
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    So what’s the matter with Severino?

    By all accounts his stuff is still fine, but his location is a mess and he’s mighty prone to gopher balls. (The Post’s Davidoff reassuringly points out, however, there’s giving up home runs, and then there’s giving up home runs): Pedro likes Severino, so I do too...but at 6 starts now or so...
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    Triple Plays

    Last night's 5-4-3 triple play has gotten plenty of love, and also spurred some understandable follow-up at the end of the thread about John Valentin's awesome unassisted triple play. So here's a home for your triple play memories... I was at this game in 1990, when the Twins turned three...
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    2017 All Along the Hightower: Princes Kept Their View

    Thinking the potential impact of a very expensive Hightower deal or (worse) a Hightower defection could have such significant downstream effects on the Pats' roster construction, free agent strategy, Jimmy G options, and draft plans that I'm taking the bold step of breaking our Super Bowl...
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    #WAKEYLEAKS: Disgruntled ex-coach leaks game plans to opponents

    Elrod was a former Demon Deacon player and coach under Jim Grobe who was not retained when Dave Clawson was hired as head coach. He did get a job, however, on the team's radio play-by-play team where he got access to confidential team scouting and game plan information. He leaked that...
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    The Off-Season: Bullpen edition

    The “The Off-Season” thread is starting to get a little unwieldy, so as we get into the teeth of the hot stove I figured it made sense to diversify some. Here’s one specialized thread, on the bullpen, presented to catch everyone up. I'll lay off editorializing/analyzing here -- just setting...
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    Chris Young back from the DL

    Cross-referenced from the X thread, SSS noted (40 PA over 13 games) but Young has been pretty exceptional since returning from his own injury to cover LF from an injured Benintendi. Young has posted a 931 OPS over those 3 weeks or so. Strikes out more than you might like (10 K in those 40 PA)...
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    All or Nothing: Arizona Cardinals

    New show from NFL Films on Amazon...if you like Hard Knocks, you'll like this too. Cardinals (not surprinsgly) come off as a likable bunch -- I'd like Larry Fitzgerald to be my uncle, Calais Campbell to be my gym teacher, David Johnson to be my neighbor, Tyronne Matthieu to be my cop on the...
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    Jets/Bills: Schadenfreude Spectacular

    I know it's a big game. I know I'm excited to see it. But I have no idea who I want to win. I guess the Bills. Or maybe the Jets. Nah, the Bills.
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    2015 Harvard Football: New England's other really good if not necessarily still undefeated team

    It's hard to find anything "surprisingly good" or "really good in an understated way" about Harvard University, where excellence is exceeded only by the egos of its alumni.     But man, this football program is something pretty exceptional.  Winning streak now at 21 games in a row, reaching back...
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    Playoff tickets

    I just bought 3 really good seats for the AL Wild Card game at face price at  There were plenty of seats available.   Such good availability leads me to believe a patient man might be able to find seats at a pretty good discount on the day of the game.   It was so dead at the Terlet...
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    The Binkie List

    All your favorites go here -- go ahead and list guys you love as prospective first-rounders if you must, but more interesting to compile the later-round candidates that would cause you to swell up with excitement.  And if somebody names your guy, go ahead and name him again!   Mine are...   QB...