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  1. splendid splinter

    The WNBA: Thread II

    I think the Duncan comparison is pretty apt as well. A'ja is an incredible basketball player, a scoring and rebounding machine, and a great defensive player. But to the kind of casual fan you need to "win over" to raise your profile, rebounds don't matter, defense doesn't matter (much...
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    2024 Greenville Drive (High-A)

    In addition to the spots Nip recommended… CAMP is a really good modern American spot downtown. Jones Oyster Co has great seafood, NE seafood shack style menu. Doesn’t take reservations so just be aware of that. Jack Brown’s has excellent burgers and is open until 2 am. Where are you staying?
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    Everything Zen: 2023 Michigan Football

    Suspending Harbaugh to “sanction” UM while also saying it’s “not a sanction” against Harbaugh seems like some weaselly shit. Tarnishing him to punish the university because someone in their employ did something wrong that they haven’t proven he knew about, because he’s the face of the football...
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    Game 3 Jets, game balls

    Gonzalez Peppers Judon Steve Belichick
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    9/14/2023 - PLAYOFF YORDANNY

    I hope the Drive win tonight or things could get a bit messy. It’s Euphoria weekend here - a big food and wine festival - and there’s an event scheduled to use the park Friday night. No idea what will happen if there’s a Game 3.
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    Minor league thread 2023

    As a Greenville SC resident who is looking forward to watching him in the playoffs, I respectfully request that you go to hell. ;-) Seriously, though, I don’t see the rush to jump him again at age 19, and I think there’s value in letting him experience some playoff baseball at a level where’s...
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    2023 MLB Draft

    I thought the general trend with the Sox (and most teams) was to draft “up the middle” position players early on. C, SS, 2B (less so), CF.
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    Celtics vs Heat ECF Redux Discussion Thread

    I was very happy with Mazzulla's use of timeouts last night. In particular, he called a couple when the Cs made a couple of foolish plays. Tatum razzle-dazzle dribbling near the top of the key and then trying to whip a pass to the opposite wing, only to get it picked off. Smart trying a near...
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    Pats Round1 Pick #17: CB Christian "The Steal" Gonzalez

    To me he sort of looks like Rick Fox and Rajon Rondo had a baby.
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    A’s have signed a binding agreement to purchase land for a future ballpark in Las Vegas.

    I don’t know, that’s a little less than 5000 out-of-town fans for each home game. That doesn’t sound outlandish. Vegas doesn’t care if they’re coming from an hour away or flying in from LA or NYC.
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    Beat The Clock

    For sure, early on some guys are going to see what they can get away with. I assume MLB is serious about this and the answer will ultimately be - not very much. As you noted, this wasn't an issue in MiLB. Honestly, while I understand the desire to fix the issue immediately at the MLB level...
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    Beat The Clock

    I suppose so. But the ump will put a stop to that if he sees that the catcher is trying to slow the game down. I’m not sure why people are fantasizing about weird ways the system could be gamed. It’s not going to happen, everyone will adjust. Edit: Not intended to be an attack on you...
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    Beat The Clock

    When the pitcher gets the ball.
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    Beat The Clock

    I highly doubt they’d do it based on that one shift. They knew moving OF around was a possibility when they instituted the new rule. It’s also much more risky than shifting IF. If you hit a ball to the left side on an infield shift you’re probably getting a single, the LF will scoop it up...
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    2022-23 Men's College Basketball general discussion thread

    The College Basketball Invitational (which I had never heard of before) does exactly that. I took a look at their brackets for the past few years and there have been several sub-500 teams invited. So I wouldn't be surprised if Detroit Mercy got an invite, especially with the additional...
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    Bobby Hull Passes Away

    "Bobby Hull Traded to Flames" in the comments made me laugh.
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    What Are Fans Entitled To?

    I think fan expectations - across all big-time professional sports - are based largely on whether you view your team as a business, or some sort of sacred public trust. If you view it as a business, you probably expect the team to make its best effort to put a winning product on the field...
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    Offseason 2022-23 MLB Thread

    I agree, buying out several years of team control/arbitration in exchange for a hefty (but not "If you were a FA now" market) contract seems like the kind of thing the Sox should start doing. If they are not going to play in the deep, 10-year end of the contract pool then do that - lock up a...