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    NBA Offseason Thread 2016

    I predict Wade signs with Cleveland for the MLE, than gets offered 50 million to appear in Space Jam 2
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    LeBron - Greatest of All-Time?

    If Lebron retired tomorrow I think Jordan would have the better career and arguably the better peak as well. But given how Lebron's career has unfolded thus far, his durability, and his comparatively young age given his accomplishments, it isn't outside the realm of possibility that he ends up...
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    Kobe will retire at the end of this season

    What a perfectly emblematic game, Kobe's entire career crystallized in one night. If you're a Kobe fan, you can point to the 60 points, the barrage of late scoring, and the fact that they won. If you're a Kobe hater, you can point to the 50 shots, middling efficiency, and the fact that the game...
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    Why Do I Continue to Read Peter King?   MMQB ran an excerpt from Gary Myers' new Brady vs Manning book that touches on the Brady-Belichick relationship. Pretty interesting read
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    RIP Yogi Berra

    Very sad to see this news when I woke up. Not a Yankee fan, but you can't really be a fan of baseball and not respect what Yogi accomplished and brought to the sport, and he's that rare sports icon whose personality actually made him more likable
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    Fun read, although I agree some of the stories had an air of self-mythologizing
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      If the phone contained exculpatory evidence and Brady destroyed it anyway, that's just dumb. I'm assuming he isn't dumb, and that the phone therefore didn't contain anything he thought would help. Which isn't the same as somehow proving it contained incriminating evidence
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

    I love how this case has turned every layperson in New England into some kind of amateur expert on civil litigation (not to mention physicists, when it comes to air pressure at least)
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

    The only real conclusion you can draw from Brady destroying his old phone is that he didn't think anything in there was going to help his case. Which isn't at all the same thing as saying it definitely contained incriminating information.   I'd say that this maybe lost him the battle of public...
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    The Bill Simmons Thread

    Great fit for both Simmons and HBO. And I certainly hope he launches another Grantland type site, because I really do think he's very good at curating and providing a platform for talent
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    The 2015 NBA Finals Game Thread AKA Battle Of The Australian Institute Of Sport

      Well, there isn't really another player in the NBA who could do this, and even for Lebron its clearly not something he can do for a full season--hell even keeping it up the rest of this series would be insane. Which means the Warriors haven't really encountered anything like this before, and...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

    Question: if this does go to court (presumably after the appeals process plays out), how long would that take to resolve itself, assuming both sides put up a real fight? Like, what are the odds its still underway when the season picks up, and how would that even be handled--especially if, say...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      Sure, but is there any reason at all to believe that's the case?
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      The quid pro quo/backroom deal interpretation of this has a number of flaws. Relying on Goodell to keep his word when he has no actual reason to is one of them. Expecting him to completely drop the suspension (in effect admitting that the league was wrong to suspend Brady in the first place)...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

    I'm pretty sure RG just wants Brady to admit wrongdoing and that he, Roger Goodell, was right all along. If he does that, I think RG will happily play the "magnanimous"/merciful judge, lowering the suspension because he "believes Tom Brady has really learned his lesson" or something   I don't...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      The legacy stuff strikes me as pretty important. This SB win was supposed to be Brady's definitive "I am the GOAT QB" statement, and going forward huge numbers of people are going to mentally asterisk it. I don't think it keeps him out of the HoF--this isn't McGwire or Pete Rose level--but I...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      Didn't Goodell designate Wells to do the report in the first place. "You must designate a neutral party" sounds nice in theory, but what are the odds Goodell doesn't just pick someone he knows will rule against the Pats regardless? In a way, it'd almost be better if RG handled the appeal...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      I dunno about "blame", but I would think it was kinda silly on his part. I mean, which sounds better "after being suspended for allegations of cheating, Tom Brady retired and never played again" or "after being suspended for allegations of cheating, Tom Brady came back and kicked a ton of ass...
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      So because they might blow the pick, not having a pick is a good thing? That doesn't make sense (especially since given the Pats' MO there's a decent chance this pick would have ended up being multiple picks in later rounds/future years)
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    #DFG: Canceling the Noise

      Every indication has been that the rest of the league has zero sympathy/support for Kraft in this. Perhaps if Kraft had made a habit of intervening on behalf of other organizations when Goodell decided to play the tyrant with them he might now have some allies, but he did the exact opposite...