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    Before the Draft: Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

    Can I get a bit meta about the Pre-Draft Industrial Complex (henceforth "PDIC")? Every spring, I get more and more bemused by the amount of ink that is spilled - digitally or otherwise - on the process of allocating rookies to new NFL teams, a process which is almost certainly much, much more...
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    2021 NCAA Football

    Starting a new thread with (perhaps unsurprising) news that Notre Dame won't be part of the ACC this season: https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/30794624/acc-returns-normal-8-conference-game-football-schedule-notre-dame-fighting-irish-independent-again Notre Dame's projected...
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    Super Wildcard Weekend Gamethread

    Someone needed to start this...Bills and Colts kicking off in just a few minutes! (Is everyone ready to get divorced after this weekend?)
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    My D: drive just disappeared...should I open up my laptop to try and reconnect a loose cable?

    I've had my brand new Windows 10 gaming laptop for three days now, and I was copying a bunch of files across to my secondary hard drive (the D: drive) from a portable drive, and suddenly the D: drive just disappeared - the drive on which all of my documents are (but thankfully none of my apps)...
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    Ligue 1 television deal collapses

    I expect this to be a short thread, but this seems like news which has pretty major ramifications across European football - particularly in France, of course, but also with regard to clubs elsewhere looking to buy players at French clubs...
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    2020 NLCS: Braves vs. Dodgers

    Welcome to my world, everyone! Los Angeles has to be strongly favored - right? - but if the Braves starting pitching holds up the way it has in the first two rounds, this could be pretty competitive. I'll predict Dodgers in 6, but even then, it's been a pretty good (half) year for a young...
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    The Soccer GOAT - cast your vote

    With Messi potentially on the move and the "GOAT" term being flung around quite liberally, perhaps now is a good time to revisit the topic of who the best player in soccer history is. Use the poll to choose your GOAT, and then list your Top 5 players of all time in order - we'll use the Ballon...
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    2020 preseason game thread (including the Community Shield)

    Aubameyang with a lovely curler to open the scoring for Arsenal against Liverpool in the Community Shield just now. Anyone else watching?
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    Best hockey podcast?

    Looking for a good, NHL-centered podcast to help get me through the playoffs and beyond - focusing more on the league as a whole than any individual team. (Although if there's a particularly good Bruins podcast, that'd be good to know about.) Any recommendations?
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    Racial bias in sports commentary

    This report was just published by a Danish research firm, noting that English-speaking soccer commentators tend to praise intelligence and work ethic more in white players and physical attributes more like power and speed in non-white players: https://runrepeat.com/racial-bias-study-soccer...
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    Sports in the time of COVID-19 - general thoughts (not sport-specific)

    The sport-specific forum structure in SoSH tends to make it difficult to talk about issues which transcend multiple sports in one place. But there are some pandemic-related sports issues in particular which cross every sport and league and which I think ought to be discussed more broadly. So...
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    One round: Seminole or Medalist?

    Out of the blue, you get invited by members of both Seminole and Medalist Golf Clubs to play a round of golf - but both invitations are on the same day, and you're not likely to be invited back by the person you snub. Which would you choose to play? I thought this would be an interesting...
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    Commentator evaluation: Mike Breen

    That would be new Curt Gowdy Award winner and Hall of Fame entrant Mike Breen, of course. Let's get this series back on the road with a commentator who was requested a while ago in another of these threads, and whose work I think will be more polarizing than the award he's just received (or the...
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    Commentator evaluation: Jack Edwards

    Switching gears from football, let's talk about the main play-by-play man for the Bruins - his name came up in the NHL forum not too long ago, I think, and it seems as though people have strong opinions about him. I first became aware of Edwards in the context of World Cup soccer, many years ago...
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    Commentator evaluation: Booger McFarland

    From the 2019 NFL: News & Transactions thread: Sounds like we have our next candidate in the firing line. What did *you* think of Booger this past season?
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    The cable inside my laptop that connects to its monitor has come loose....

    ...is this something I can try to fix myself, or should I leave it to a professional to repair? I dropped the backpack in which I was carrying the laptop onto a hard floor from a height, and now the monitor no longer works. I know the laptop itself is working fine, because I connected it to a...
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    Commentator evaluation: Tony Romo

    He's calling the Pats game on Saturday night with Jim Nantz, and I haven't brought a color commentator under the microscope in a while, so let's go ahead and get the ball rolling on a man who inspires quite strong feelings one way or the other. And often both, because neither Tony Romo's...
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    Commentator evaluation: Chris Fowler

    With the Rose Bowl taking place later today - and with the Australian Open on the horizon - let's take a look at Chris Fowler. I actually first seeing Fowler on "Scholastic Sports America" in the late 1980s, and he developed into a very polished studio host before becoming a play-by-play man. I...
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    Commentator evaluation: Joe Buck

    So, as a Christmas Eve morsel of entertainment, let's put Fox's #1 football, baseball and now golf announcer next on the chopping block. (I'll stipulate that you don't necessarily need to factor his golf commentating into your rating of him, given how minor that responsibility is in his...
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    Commentator evaluation: Gary Danielson

    As today will see Gary Danielson commentate on his final commentary game of the college football season - Army vs. Navy - apart from I think the Sun Bowl, I'll sneak in a quick thread devoted to his work on CBS' weekly coverage of the SEC, aka "the best game from the best conference". I don't...