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  1. ConigliarosPotential

    Yankees' Boone says he wouldn’t mind a mercy rule

    FWIW, I commentated on the Asian Games baseball tournament in Jakarta last summer, and it had a mercy rule in place: if you're trailing by at least 15 runs after 5 innings or at least 10 runs after 7 innings, the game ends immediately. But of course, the gulf in quality between some of the teams...
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    2019 Golf Thread

    You don't need to defend the new system - I get why the changes are being made, and I just said that I thought more people than not would appreciate them. But from my perspective: Actually the CONGU system used in the UK and Ireland also measures potential - it just measures it differently. If...
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    2019 Golf Thread

    After reading the article to which @mostman helpfully linked and pondering the new system a bit, I can only say that I hate pretty much everything about it - from my own perspective. At the moment, I play most of my golf in competitions or by myself. The rounds I play by myself don't count. My...
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    2019 Golf Thread

    Yes, I think it was me...and no, nobody at my club has said anything about this yet. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!
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    2019 Golf Thread

    I was back in action in a regular medal (stroke play competition) at Dunbar today, with a 20+ mph wind blowing out of the southwest consistently through the round. This was a typical Scottish round on an out-and-back layout: easy going out, with a three-quarters wind out of the right, and...
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    Chelsea 2019-20: Less Poo, more Pulisic

    Also, not every Premier League team is Man Utd or Liverpool. Pulisic will do fine.
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    Diary of a commentator

    Hahahahaha - Mannarino/Pouille and Schwartzman/Zeballos split a pair of tiebreaks, and at 6-3 in the concluding match tiebreak (first to 10 points), the heavens have opened, and there's a rain delay. If I were stuck in the studio now, I'd absolutely be tearing my hear out. (Although actually...
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    Diary of a commentator

    What a bizarre evening of commentary. The production values on Court 4 for Hurkacz v Bautista Agut, low enough already to begin with, sank even further as the match went along. The director was all over the place: on one point, an iso camera on Bautista Agut remained in view through the first...
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    Diary of a commentator

    I really enjoyed my first taste of Andy Murray commentary this afternoon. Despite being on an outer court with low production values - and a much-reduced stats package, which I didn't mention yesterday - I felt like a journalist almost as much as a commentator, trying to convey the reactions to...
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    Diary of a commentator

    I woke up today and have discovered that the Coric v Opelka match last night seems to have been suspended in the third set, which means the winner's match against Alex de Minaur has been pushed back by a day, which means that I'm instead calling the doubles match of Struff/Thiem vs...
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    Diary of a commentator

    Re: delivery, that was never going to happen, for many reasons: lack of time to find menus and order from them, lack of time to actually receive the food and eat it while it was hot, and so on. It's fine - I went to a burrito place for lunch around 3 p.m. and got a supermarket pasta salad for...
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    Favorite player ever / Favorite player now

    I was waiting to think of which current player I'd pair with Bergkamp before posting...but this works.
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    Diary of a commentator

    I was working until 4 a.m. last night - thankfully Goffin/Hurkacz got steamrollered by Dodig/Polasek in the late doubles match, because Isner and Lajovic played a long three-setter before them (Isner winning 7-5 in the third). I've worked a couple of Isner matches in the past, and they haven't...
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    Diary of a commentator

    My pleasure! Well, apart from the story I'm about to tell... I was staying at a friend's house in North London today and took the Underground to the studio in the afternoon after finishing up my research. I'm wearing shorts and sandals on a comfortably warm day, and as this woman got on the...
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    2019 Alabama Football: Is #13 #1?

    True...and I've always liked the sport more when none of them was dominant over any extended period of time. Alabama's dominance is particularly frustrating to me because every year at least 4-5 of the best 10-12 teams in the country these days play in the SEC, and yet Alabama is still head and...
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    2019 Alabama Football: Is #13 #1?

    College football is **so** much more fun when there aren't super-teams like Alabama and Clemson. (Mind you, it will be a lot of fun if and when either or both of them lose before the playoffs, although I'm not holding my breath.)
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    Diary of a commentator

    No luck on the tennis front - no Andy Murray for me tonight. My Center Court draw for tonight is Alex de Minaur v Marco Cecchinato at 2 p.m. ET, John Isner v Dusan Lajovic at 7 p.m. ET (midnight for me), and a doubles match of Goffin/Hurkacz v Dodig/Polasek after that (c. 2 a.m. for me). Bleurgh.
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    Arsenal 2019-2020 - Because Thursday Games are the Best Way to Start the Weekend

    I've never been a fan of Luiz either...but to be fair, he's always played for clubs I've hated. Great post - spot on both re: Wenger and also working with Mendes/Joorabchian. When the old "better the devil you know..." discussion was being had at the end of Wenger's reign, this was one of the...
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    2019 NFL: Preseason Game Thread

    The Falcons are currently on a 10-game preseason losing streak.