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  1. Another guy here.
  2. Took every single prop over for Oregon/Cal. Cuz fun.
  3. I just do funny thread titles.
  4. Monday at Fenway Park, Chisenhall defied modern standards to make complete sense in a big game at a big moment on national TV — TBS — and received zero credit for it. That’s where I come in. In Game 3 of Indians-Red Sox, it was the bottom of the ninth, two out, two on, Cleveland up, 4-3 in the game and 2-0 in the best-of-five ALDS. Last-hope Travis Shaw hit a fly ball to Chisenhall, who then did the unthinkable. Ready? He caught the ball — the final out of the series — with two hands. He used his bare hand to secure the ball in the pocket of his glove!
  5. I can't stop! Game 2 of the Blue Jays-Indians ALCS, Saturday on TBS. Cleveland leads, 2-1, bottom of the sixth, two out. Carlos Santana, who homered earlier, awaiting a 3-1 pitch. We’re yours. But at that moment, like horizontal lightning along the top of the screen, appeared a string of names: the next three batters due up for Cleveland. Why? There was not one person who at that moment wanted to know who would bat if Santana, then the next batter, then the next, didn’t make the third out. Why not post the coordinates of Cleveland’s position in the solar system in the next three days?
  6. Mushnick is so great. Last Saturday’s all-day ESPN promo for Ohio State-Wisconsin featured a photo of Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett posed flexing his muscles. Why? Immodesty is good? Appealing? Was there no other photo or was that the one ESPN chose?
  7. NFL’s sinking ratings tied to shameless showboating October 20, 2016 | 6:19pm In 2003, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea made a rather impolitic confession as he was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He admitted he rarely watches NFL games. “The game,” he said, “is like pro wrestling. I guess that’s why I don’t watch it. All show, little substance.” Lately, many reasons have been given for the sudden, severe drop in NFL TV ratings. All of them, to some degree, make sense. But the one that has gone either ignored or underestimated is the dignity factor. In the 13 years after Bethea’s observation, games consistently have challenged dignified viewers to surpass their breaking points. The right-headed have concluded NFL games no longer can be indulged as either sports or entertainment. Judging from reader emails and sentiments expressed in casual conversation, NFL games never have been easier to turn off and, worse, to ignore. The hassle-after-every-play incivilities and immodest, even lewd all-about-me demonstrations — regardless of the score — that often result in game-determining penalties too often appear as college men engaged in gang warfare. It wears people down, then out. They can’t figure how it started and why it has both persisted and grown to where the worst actors have become the preferred, come-and-get-it sales strategy acts of the NFL’s TV and advertising partners. They’re tired of being shown and told that an Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Josh Norman, Richard Sherman and Antonio Brown — players who should be stars based only on their considerable skills, yet are so extra-attention driven that they rate TV cameras to even follow their sideline conduct — are worthy of our unconditional admiration. But the dignified are not that easy. They recognize the ridiculous, flag-insisting and now weekly misbehavior of a Beckham isn’t any more sufferable when the Giants win; they don’t practice such one-conditional love. Newton, for crying out loud, sat out a game with a concussion suffered because he slowed to showboat into the end zone rather than run! The NFL’s biggest, most heavily marketed stars are among the most difficult for the dignified to root for. Why were Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Brown and most recently Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon not immediately ejected then suspended after end-zone demonstrations of crotch grabbing and mimes of defecation and copulation? Why is such shamelessly low behavior — likely rehearsed, no less — indulged with a quiet fine rather than with Roger Goodell’s firm, loud declaration that if you do such abhorrent, indecent dirt to our game and viewers, you’re going to suffer a punishment that actually works, actually deters? And why, after CBS first caught Tom Brady on the sideline shouting “F—!” was it replayed four times and in slow motion? What is Goodell afraid of, the scorn of “freedom of expression” fools, the condemnation of the go-low TV and radio who would complain that the elimination of obscene conduct is more proof of the NFL as the No Fun League? Why does Goodell foment the impression that there is little beneath his dignity? With game outcomes increasingly determined by unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, why is there even one such outcome? Where are the team owners, GMs and coaches to demand it end — to ensure it ends — to save their game and investments from risking the loss of the dignified as both customers and viewers? They, too, fear condemnation from the desensitized? Such negligent house-keeping, along with so much else, compiles and congeals to create a literal turn-off. Too many commercial stoppages, unintended replay stoppages, more penalties than points. “Momentum,” once a legitimate element of games, has been lost to TV’s need to offset the cost of its NFL deals. The challenge to all viewers to endure grows. Monday night football begat Sunday night football which begat Thursday night football to form a Greed’s family tree. The “special,” like MLB’s interleague games, inevitably vanishes. Too many bad games in prime time? Monday night games, when the only prime-time football, was loaded with bad games. But we watched because it seemed special. The NFL sold what is left of its soul to fantasy football as a means to added profits while claiming it would sustain and grow interest among the young. Yet, even with telecasts soaked in fantasy data, the ratings have fallen. A case of careful for what you wish? Two Sundays ago my home was filled with family and friends for holiday dinner. Buccaneers-Broncos was on CBS, Cowboys-49ers on FOX. But the five fantasy players among us cared nothing about either. They watched the NFL’s Red Zone Channel and checked individuals’ stats on their cell phones. They only wanted to track their action. Again, all of this accumulates, sticks and holds. But if even half of those who claim they no longer watch because they can no longer recognize the sport in the sport — can’t any longer suffer the garbage that now even starts before kickoff — are to be believed, the NFL’s ratings problem, to some underrepresented but significant extent, was identified by Elvin Bethea, 13 years ago.
  8. Darren Wolfson ‏@DWolfsonKSTP 43m43 minutes ago Per the incomparable @ZachLowe_NBA, the #Twolves have inquired about 26-years-old Cavs wing Iman Shumpert. Signed a 4/$40M deal summer 2015.
  9. you're being a real ###
  10. Your mom.
  11. Don't ask me why, but I managed to find myself looking at the Timberwolves draft in 2011. Not the Derrick Williams at #2 part. The other part. They had pick #20 from Utah from the Al Jefferson trade. The selected Abe's boy Donuts. Who they traded to Houston (with Jonny Flynn and a 2nd round pick) for Brad Miller, the 23rd pick (Nikola Mirotic), and 38th pick (Chandler Parsons). The Rockets then got Parsons back for cash considerations. Then they traded Mirotic to Chicago for the 28th pick (Norris Cole) and and 43rd pick (Malcolm Lee). Then they traded Cole to Miami for the 31st pick (Bojan Bogdanovic) and a 2nd round pick. Then they traded Bogdanovic to the Nets for a 2nd round pick. So from the #20 overall pick they got Miller, Lee, and 2 second round picks. I wonder who was in charge back then.....
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