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  1. The Needler

    2022 PGA Tour

    You can say it 8 billion and one times, because this is an additional ~$100 million that Jay admitted in his press conference that will partially come from reserves, and partially he’s hoping to pull from as-yet-TBD partners. The complaint of certain players, e.g., Phil, has been that the PGA...
  2. The Needler

    CFB Week 13: Rivalry Week

    Wow, Auburn converted with the game on the line. If only they had the chance to win this by doing that.
  3. The Needler

    2021 Solheim Cup - Inverness Club - Toledo, OH

    According to the available data, it’s actually a crap ton of forward thinking men, and a significantly smaller crap ton of women. The LPGA audience, is, like the PGA audience, about 2/3 men. For whatever reasons, the female population at large isn’t as interested in pro golf as men are. I am a...
  4. The Needler

    Super Benintendi

    Circling back, he’s 9-19 (47%) since this post.
  5. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    He deleted that post in the past few days, which is kind of funny.
  6. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    I would lean toward 1,2,4,8,16,32. I think the scoring should still be slightly weighted toward picking the Final Four through champ over upsets. Especially since this pool is big enough, and will always have a good number of people picking chalk, that will never be enough on its own. You’ll...
  7. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    Shoulda gone to UCLA. (I hope there’s a huge UCLA alum group out there using this system. Probably still anybody’s ballgame.)
  8. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    Seems like the problem (assuming it’s a problem that the winner [and second place] of the pool has been decided when there are still three of the six rounds left in the tourney) is using BOTH the seed multiplier AND the Fibonacci scoring system. Obviously if point values still doubled each...
  9. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    So, people who picked Oregon are currently getting 14 points. The game was a no contest, of course; sportsbook bets on the game were cancelled as no action, and I believe all the major bracket contest sites likewise are giving no points for the Oregon/VCU game. I’m guessing your program awarded...
  10. The Needler

    NCAA 2021 Pool

    I think you forgot to include the pay structure again. Still five places? Percentages?
  11. The Needler

    2021 PGA Tour

    It's worth noting that Bryson was #4 on tour in sand save percentage last year, and including the past two years has saved 60%; tour average is just under 50%. So doesn't seem like his shafts or hands are hurting him too much.
  12. The Needler

    2020 US Open

    Maybe it shouldn’t matter, but it does to the USGA. The current minimum for US Open and US Am qualifying courses is 6,800 yards for par 70, and 7,000 for par 72. That leaves out, for example, Pasatiempo, which tips out at 6,500. Which is a shame, and means its last qualifier for the Open was...
  13. The Needler

    Let's talk about this ballclub.

    Sure, but we've seen this movie a thousand times. I think we can all acknowledge that JBJ is capable of ripping off a couple of stretches each year where he's a menace at the plate. But we should have seen enough to know what he's likely to deliver over the course of a season at the plate, which...
  14. The Needler

    Let's talk about this ballclub.

    I find it very hard to believe that the Red Sox are committed to keeping a weak-hitting, speed-declining, relatively expensive CF who will be 31 as part of their "core." Is it possible that they sign him if the price is low enough? Sure. But he's not a guy they should be hoping to build around.
  15. The Needler

    Real Life Fantasy Golf - Following Rob

    I’m gonna have trouble sleeping tonight, I think. Can’t imagine how he’ll be able to. Lets go Rob!
  16. The Needler

    Stanford Cutting 11 Varsity Sports Programs

    Perhaps. But it seemed apropos for a “so, um yea” thousand-word post defending these cuts at of all places, Stanford Corp., under the pretense of all things, COVID, when based on an obviously incorrect financial figure. Eight million bucks a year. For Stanford.
  17. The Needler

    Stanford Cutting 11 Varsity Sports Programs

    Do you really think 11 minor sports might cost net $200 million a year? Seriously? The very same paragraph states the school will save about $8 million a year with these cuts. The $200 million is an estimate of the amount of future funding required to sustain the programs indefinitely, not an...
  18. The Needler

    2020 Golf Thread

    I played Cal Club yesterday. Got an absolute A+ weather day for the walk of the course, which immediately goes into my top 5 played in the US. The wind kicked up on the back nine, and the highlight for me was hitting a 3-wood into about a 20 mph wind on #18 to about six feet and making the...
  19. The Needler

    2020 Golf Thread

    It's automated. I've had one (+1) adjustment, but I've only posted 10 rounds this year.
  20. The Needler

    2020 PGA Tour

    Nantz certainly sucks, but this just isn't true. Lots of his interview subjects call him Chris. Not everyone is comfortable calling someone by a nickname, especially when they've never met.