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  1. Joe D Reid

    2019 Game Goat Thread: Wk. 9 at Ravens

    The hope is that the bye had a lot to do with it. For all his relentless priggery, Harbaugh is a good coach. I will be curious if over the course of the next few days we see some articles breaking down new blocking wrinkles they installed for this game over the bye. You'd have to imagine that...
  2. Joe D Reid

    Deadspin is Burning

    "Highly Desired Talent Squandered; Wastes No Time Thinking About Future" is an all-time headline, given the circumstances.
  3. Joe D Reid

    Matchweek Oct. 5/6

    Man U adopted the sludgefart, but we were born in the sludgefart. The sludgefart shaped us.
  4. Joe D Reid

    He's Gone: Patriots Sans Antonio

    I don't claim to have special knowledge of the NFL salary cap rules, but are we certain about the bolded? For older players in hockey, the cash paid out pursuant to a contract settlement does not necessarily equal the salary cap hit of that settlement. So while you can buy a player out of the...
  5. Joe D Reid

    College Football Week 3 Game Thread

    That BC-VT game makes more sense in light of that fact.
  6. Joe D Reid

    2019 Gronk Watch: Pulling Strings from a Shell

    The poor bastard has probably been concussed so often that he is confusing the fact that he is no longer suffering *acutely* from a concussion with having recovered from the *chronic* effects of those concussions. I mean, I'm sure he feels better now. But that's not the same thing as having...
  7. Joe D Reid

    Week 2 Game Thread

    Any game or sport is basically just a set of arbitrary rules designed to create interesting competition; for spectator sports, the rule set should also make it watchable. By that measure, pro football is really a bad sport at this point. Like, if none of us had any history watching it we would...
  8. Joe D Reid

    College Football Week 3 Game Thread

    If we're assigning meaningless nicknames to these games, you've *got* to put respect on Iowa-Iowa State and refer to it by its proper name, El Assico.
  9. Joe D Reid

    Poll: AB or not AB that is the question

    I voted to cut him, because I share ERR's viewpoint of just not wanting to root for the guy. I'm sensitive to the procedural concerns, but as others have also pointed out he's getting the 9M either way. The loss of professional opportnunity is less important, as he already showed in Oakland that...
  10. Joe D Reid

    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    Agreed, although that’s a pretty specific point of overlap. It really creates a fun platform for a conversation.
  11. Joe D Reid

    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    While the rape accusation carries with it all of the proof challenges inherent in all rape matters, the ejaculation/sexual battery claim might not. The texts say what they say. Authenticating them should be possible. The conversation around whether it was consensual should be colorful, but I...
  12. Joe D Reid

    [LOCKED] 2019 AB Watch: Non-legal Views Only

    I think that's one way in which BB really is a players' coach--he seems to treat guys like adults. That extends to avoiding typical football coach rah-rah "dominate the day" motivation stuff. I feel like the slogans are the strategy for a lot of coaches, whereas BB does his prep, comes in and...
  13. Joe D Reid

    Week 1 Game Thread

    There's a guy from freaking Assumption in the NFL? The Whoopie Tech guys must be stewing.
  14. Joe D Reid

    Wk. 1 vs Steelers: We’re on to 2019

    Guys, let’s not get too invested in the details of how we casually dork slap the Steelers in Foxborough. Life is good.
  15. Joe D Reid

    2019 Raiders: Khalil Mack Has No Comment

    I tend to agree with Breer--Tomlin helped keep the wheels on despite having (at least) two massive a-holes on his hands in Ben and AB. If AB feels like he can do anything now it's because Tomlin finally gave up and let AB force his way out of town. In other news, I can't believe I'm defending...
  16. Joe D Reid

    Lets Talk About Drew Magary

    The whole thing struck me as more of a sigh than anything. Not sure it even ranked in the top half for anger of this year's series. It's honestly probably time to retire the series. You can only insult every major American city at essay length so many times before you start getting diminishing...
  17. Joe D Reid

    Carabao Cup: 2nd round recap, 3rd round preview (Dummy Hoy vs. OCST)

    Holy Christ, Yoshi Muto scored. Newcastle 1-1 Leicester in the only all-PL match of the day. EDIT: ...and they lose on penalties [mouthfart sound]
  18. Joe D Reid

    8/23 - 8/25 gamethread (Week 3): Friday Afternoon Footy

    Steve Bruce’s tactical vision executed to a T. Fun start to the league generally—everyone up to 6th is a point off the drop.