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    VAR What is it good for?

    Yep. 1. Semi-automated offside, ideally with about a one foot (distance not body part) buffer zone because no one likes to see a goal chalked off by a toe nail. Still need some human management in case the computer gets confused by the keeper not being one of the last two defenders or there's...
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    The Tommy John Epidemic

    Old man screaming at clouds: how about teaching them to throw a proper changeup again? Hitters have basically proven they can catch up to a fastball no matter how hard it's thrown. But pitchers as electric as Pedro and unelectric as Jamie Moyer proved that you can make a hitter look silly if...
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    Match Week 27 - These Charming Mancs

    To you, and to 67Yaz, too, I think we're on the same page. And I did say in my first post Moz is a fascist. It's just hard watching someone who brought you such joy (or at least comfort) go so far astray. But thanks for the Joy Division reference, too.
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    Match Week 27 - These Charming Mancs

    How did you get all the way to hating Moz? 'Cause I really want to hate, too. In the 80s, he was (partially responsible) for some lovely music, taught a generation of boys it was ok to like poetry and have feelings. And now he's a fascist. I want to hate Moz, but I just can't get there...
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    McAdam: “Full Throttle” may mean business as usual

    The new financial realm of $300 million contracts. And all teams having a better understanding of statistics. It's not 2003, there's no bargains to be had anymore because 27 dumb teams were valuing empty batting average over even so crude a metric as OPS. And I'm certainly not asking for...
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    McAdam: “Full Throttle” may mean business as usual

    The last few seasons have led me to lurk here for Breakfast With Gazza more than the main board, so I'll put this in football terms. It seems to me that FSG are in the same place as late-stage Arsene Wenger. Once Arsenal had the stadium mostly paid off, and there was money again, Arsene seemed...
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    MLS 2024: It’s Leo’s league, we’re all just playing in it

    I understand that we'll never get promotion and relegation. But this is spitting in the face of football tradition at a time that many Americans are getting into the sport and embracing that tradition. It also seems epically stupid. At the precise media time that millions of people are tuning...
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    NCAA proposes new direct athlete compensation subdivision

    I don't really disagree with you. It is exploitative, and the tradition is largely fictitious now. But that fiction is important to the value. We need to pretend these are really college kids representing their schools. Otherwise, Michigan-Ohio St. is just the AAA Tigers against the AAA...
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    NCAA proposes new direct athlete compensation subdivision

    I know college football (and basketball) are culturally significant. It perversely brings in a whole bunch of money, that unfairly the players don't get. But it only works because we pretend these are amateur college players, representing a school, not minor league players. If we pull down...
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    Everton 23-24: You Don’t Own Me (Yet)

    Honestly, this doesn't seem too bad for Everton. The number of points seems a bit harsh--6 is probably more fair--but the timing more than makes up for it. The bottom three are so dire that you'll still stay up. Six points last season would have meant relegation. Six points next season, with...
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    Let's enjoy memories of the Red Sox of the past 20 years! What were your favorites (team/player/moment/etc)?

    So many moments on the field. But even though it probably falls slightly out of the 20-year range, I'm going to throw up a curveball: the MegaTarp thread. I've lurked here forever, only recently upgrading to a registered lurker who could post. Taught me a lot about statistical analysis and...
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    T20, List A, and ODIs, Oh My: The Cricket Thread (No, Not That Kind of Cricket)

    You do have it correct. In a 50 over game, the team with the most runs wins, regardless of wickets. 301/10, even if bowled out over 47 overs, beats 300/2. Won by x wickets (or runs) is a scoring convention from test cricket (the five day, each side bats twice, game), whereby if the team...
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    Arsenal 23-24: Watch this Space

    Wait, what? Haaland didn't play?!?!? (Just kidding, I know he spent 90 minutes in Saliba's back pocket. COYG!)
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    AFL: the other football. No, the OTHER Football. No…

    Are you a native Crows supporter? My parents live in Adelaide now. Lived in Carlton when I was born, but were from ACT/NSW and cared more about rugby, so let me pick my own team, and it's been Richmond since 1980. (Fandom is weird. We moved to California when I was 11, and became a 49er fan...
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    AFL: the other football. No, the OTHER Football. No…

    If I was a Dees fan, I'd be torn between upset and happy about finally relevant again. I'm a Richmond fan, and the 35 years between a god awful Grand Final and finally winning again was terrible and most of those years were spent being irrelevant. I wouldn't mind Melbourne being consistently...
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    GW1: It Begins Again

    This is why I would like to hear the conversation between the on-field referee and VAR. If the referee said "no foul, Son got the ball," it is clear and obvious error, and VAR should get involved. If the referee said "no contact from Son, Brentford player just fell down," same thing. But if...
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    Oh for Christ's Sake.....People complaining about the rights and wrongs of end of season trophies

    My go to is to remind the anti-participation trophy crowd that we've always had participation trophies, even in high school. What in the world is a varsity letter if not a participation trophy? Make the team, play out the season (at some schools play a minimum number of games, I suppose) and...
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    ESPN Is Pathetic

    First, it probably says something about the state of the Red Sox that after 20+ years of lurking, my first post is about ESPN's treatment of the WNBA. And Jose, I'm replying to you because I've always liked your posts, and I respect your nuanced take on this. 1. WNBA rollout was terrible...