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  1. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    Watching the highlights from this afternoon now. Majri, the French LB, has an absolute cannon shot. Worthy of a top-team's striker, and she's on defense. Marcelo-esque. Also, I didn't think the goalie's foot was off the line on the first (missed) take, so I think Nigeria got super screwed...
  2. InstaFace

    Are the USWNT being unfairly criticized for their sportsmanship? Is it sexist?

    I actually don't care for that analogy because (A) those fist pumps do happen, and (B) they're totally appropriate in a tennis context, as long as they're brief. Nadal and Serena get to 6-0, 4-0 on early-round opponents because they're more focused and amped up than their opponents, and part of...
  3. InstaFace

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    it's not a "this time it's different" piece, it's a requiem.
  4. InstaFace

    Pats file tampering charges against Texans

    I actually think he prefers the on-field coaching aspect - assessing technique, getting down in a three-point stance to demonstrate stuff, watching the guys do their drills and blowing whistles and telling stories - far more than he does the cap and transactional aspects of roster-building...
  5. InstaFace

    David Ortiz in Hospital with Gunshot Wound?

    I don't think anyone cares about this for the sake of moralizing (at least, not outside the comment sections of the rest of the internet, which are of course a cesspool), but we do care for the sake of understanding why someone put a hit out on David Ortiz, beloved hero and generous benefactor...
  6. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    except that 4/6 3rd-place teams also advance, and at 3 points / GD 0, current 3rd place China is looking pretty good. A draw or narrow loss probably still sends them through. I wonder if both teams would be happy with a draw and will play like it, maybe not to the extent of Germany-Austria...
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    Pats file tampering charges against Texans

    I'm increasingly of the opinion that Belichick is not going to retire for any age-related reason, as he seems perfectly physically and mentally fit to continue his (stressful, all-consuming) job, but rather only will when it's clear the game has passed him by and he's no longer able to deliver...
  8. InstaFace

    David Ortiz in Hospital with Gunshot Wound?

    comments in the WaPo article mention "He had just bought a Lexus for a young woman, not a relative. She showed up in the waiting room at the hospital and a brawl with Ortiz's family ensued." A little googling shows the DailyMail article mentioned earlier, but also some new, better-supported...
  9. InstaFace

    Challenging los Chilenos: Copa America 2019

    I did not realize that Qatar was ranked #27 in the world by Elo Ratings, 12 spots ahead of the USA, just ahead of Russia, having won the Asian Cup earlier this year. 4 AFC teams are right there in the rankings: Iran #22, S. Korea #25, Japan #26, Qatar #27. Long way down before you get to the...
  10. InstaFace

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Yeah, and that's My Point. Your Point is clearly dumb or irrelevant, because it's not My Point. It may not have been Lebron or even his agent playing this poorly - it's just that the Lakers front office and/or executive management leaks like a sieve, to their own detriment. Funniest moment of...
  11. InstaFace

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Fantastic reference, especially since higher authorities can always come around later and tell you that despite winning that auction, you no longer get to keep that asset you bought.
  12. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    So if the US beat or draw Sweden, they'll get the winner of China-Spain* in the R16, with of course France looming in the QFs - in Paris**. The theoretical SF opponent would likely be the winner of Japan-England*, playing Wednesday afternoon. Both Japan and England have looked less than their...
  13. InstaFace

    Challenging los Chilenos: Copa America 2019

    We are at war with Oceania. We have always been at war with Oceania.
  14. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    In qualifying, they drew Colombia (a much better team) 1-1 in first round pool play, and then in final round RR they tied Colombia again 0-0 and then whipped Argentina thoroughly, 4-1, to qualify. Argentina then had to beat Panama to get into the WWC. They've gotten some results out there. They...
  15. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    She looks *great* though. Absolute speed demon, by RB standards. There was a 3 on 3 breakaway about 52' where she was running back to cover and she was meaningfully faster than even the Chilean forwards who didn't have the ball. Just blazed it. She's also been super strong on the flanks today...
  16. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    If Lloyd hadn't drilled that, Ertz would have, a tenth of a second later. Great hit by her, in traffic.
  17. InstaFace

    Challenging los Chilenos: Copa America 2019

    We need to have a cricket-style "West Indies" meta-team. Or several. But definitely not the current situation. Wouldn't happen because it would reduce the opportunities for corruption, but that could be pretty fun, could even end up with a "domestic league" that is essentially made up of each...
  18. InstaFace

    Women's World Cup 2019

    Only a 4-goal win for Sweden. Looks like a tie vs them would still give us the group, assuming we beat Chile.
  19. InstaFace

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Under contract with the LA Lakers for 2019-20: Lebron James, $37.4 Anthony Davis, $27.1 Moritz Wagner, $2.1 Kyle Kuzma, $2.0 Isaac Bonga, $1.7 (Luol Deng, $5.0 dead cap) = $75.3M salary committed. Off the books as of 7/1 are KCP at $12.0 and Rondo at $9.0, plus Muscala at $5.0 (all last year's...
  20. InstaFace

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    You know who else we didn't trade, who has shown some ability to give Anthony Davis trouble? This guy.