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  1. moondog80

    NFL Players Retiring Early: Trend or Anecdata?

    Retiring when your services are still very much in demand. Don't forget Robert Smith, who retired after gaining 1521 yards on the ground and 348 in the air with the Vikings at age 28. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SmitRo00.htm
  2. moondog80

    Patriots Defense: What Are We Witnessing?

    I'm happy but the Dolphins aren't an NFL team and the Super Bowl was last year. So they've had one really good performance.
  3. moondog80

    2019 AB Watch: Legal & Exemption List Posts Only

    Question for the lawyers -- it's possible that he's been extorted/blackmailed AND he really did this, right? If so, does the former mean he can't be prosecuted for the latter? Or at least make it more challenging?
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    September MLB game thread

    Kudos to the Astros for scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth in their game against Oakland and lose by a score of 21-7.
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    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    It didn't stop it altogether, but I think the scrutiny would have been many times worse had they actually kept him on the team.
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    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    If there is strong evidence that this occurred, he will but cut immediately, just like Ray Rice and Aaron Hernandez.
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    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    I think it's even simpler. AB told his agent he wanted to go to New England if the money was right. Rosenhaus call them at 4:01. Because they were aware what was going on just like everyone else, the Pats were expecting a call and had a response ready. Rosenhaus accepted.
  8. moondog80

    ESPN Is Pathetic

    I'd think a news organization would not have any regard for that.
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    ESPN Is Pathetic

    The score of the USA-Japan FIBA World Cup game -- airing on ESPN+, their subscription website -- is not available on espn.com, not anywhere I could see anyway. (You can easily find it on Google.) The lead item on their front page is a teaser to watch the game, but no score. Maybe this...
  10. moondog80

    The Ringer

    Sports parents suck and I agree it's probably better that way. But who deputizes themselves and tells people to move?
  11. moondog80

    The Ringer

    The first Guess the Lines with Cousin Sal was up to its usual high standard, but Simmons shows he's an asshole sports parent at the end, saying that he actually told a parent/fan from the other team that she was sitting on the "wrong side" of the sidelines at a soccer game.
  12. moondog80

    Andrew Luck Retires from the NFL

    I don't blame Luck one bit for doing whatever he wants, but I also don't feel bad that he got booed by some fans who had just heard the sudden news of his retirement. The fanaticism of sports fans is a double-edged sword. You want them to always react calmly and rationally? Fine, but be...
  13. moondog80

    2019 Little League World Series Thread

    The expansion to 20 teams (10 US, 10 international) in 2021 seems weird. Sorry to fellow Rhode Islanders, but it's always seemed like the New England region was relatively easy to make it out of, and now they've actually made it *smaller*, by grouping RI and CT with NY and NJ, leaving a New...
  14. moondog80

    2019 Little League World Series Thread

    You mean non-LL approved bats? The umpires are supposed to examine the bats before each game in just regular, town LL games -- how could they have gotten away with that?
  15. moondog80

    Offseason Thread - Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

    If you already have a crazy amount of money, why do you need a decent return? Why wouldn't you be massively risk-averse at that point?
  16. moondog80

    The Ringer

    Good for him if it's true. I still would have been thoroughly impressed if it turned out he was worth "only" 23 million.
  17. moondog80

    The Ringer

    Interesting take, thanks for posting. Do we really think he's worth nine figures (not including cents)? I could believe eight, but north of 100 million?
  18. moondog80

    The Ringer

    Yeah, either exclude historical figures, or not. But once you go down that road...JFK, Ghandi, Churchill, Mandella...and for better or for worse, shouldn't Trump be on the list? And yes, some of those people are more or less the equivalent of having Mr. T on a list that was done in 1986...
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    The Ringer

    I'm sure he counts as a celebrity and I'd know who he is if I were 30 years younger, but top 50 of all time is kind of a high bar. He's almost certainly not as well known as say, Tiny Tim was. And thousands of other people.
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    The Ringer

    I don't know if this is supposed to be tounge-in-cheek, but they have a list of the top 50 celebrities of all time up, which is actually an interesting idea. However... Michael J Fox is on the list, Jesus Christ is ranked 10th (behind Rihanna and David Bowie), the only Obama listed is...