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Spartans Rule

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  1. This. It's disappointing how many people love the first amendment but don't really believe in the principle behind it. Laws are basically just society agreeing on consequences for undesirable actions. If we're going to be adamant that Congress shouldn't make laws restricting speech, but are eager to create terrible consequences on our own for anyone who says something we don't like, what good is the first amendment really doing?
  2. Picking up Webb almost made up for Freddy Peralta being one of mine.
  3. Should probably deal with the 💰 @FishTacoTuesday@Eephus@Mike Damone let me know where you'd like money sent, and if you want to roll-in for next year.
  4. Bump for payout questions. This would make it 800/400/200. With a first-place split it would be 600/600/200. Not sure if there's any tiebreaker for first. I'm happy with whatever, had pretty much settled on 2nd.
  5. Some of the placeholder confusion at the end of the season had me thinking we should move to Fantrax. They crush everyone on prospect database.
  6. Title race now in the hands of Reiver Sanmartin and Jake Woodford. Strange game we play.
  7. I’m pulling for you. Leading most of the year and blowing it in the final week sucks.
  8. Was looking back at my draft and it’s pretty crazy I’m in 1st in September after bombing my first 4 picks (Yelich, Nola, Springer, Flaherty). From rounds 5-20 I had a great run, only bad pick in there was Urshela in round 13. Don’t think I’ll be able to hang on though, my pitching is teetering on the brink of collapse. My offense has been great, made up a ton of ground in RBI lately but could give it all back just as fast, that category is really close.
  9. I was tempted, but Jorge Mateo is already filling the role of super-toolsy prospect bust with sentimental value for my team.
  10. I’ll stick around. Worst case I can take on a partner or something, can revisit that in February. Open to some deadline trading if anyone is interested. Plenty of young talent available, looking for impact vets for the next couple seasons.
  11. FWIW, the trades aren’t why I’m out. Dynasty value is always a guessing game and what looks like a bad deal today might be a steal in a year. Look at my transaction history, I have no room to criticize anyone. I’m out because I haven’t enjoyed this league since my 2018 collapse. Finally winning one has become an unhealthy obsession and I need to get away from it. Frustration over the best teams getting better and the Laureano suspension made me post it, but it was happening eventually either way.
  12. I'm waving the white flag, this will be my last year. I suck at this format and you guys kicked the #### out of me.
  13. Jake's a good pitcher name. I rostered Jake Peavy, Jake Arrieta and Jake Odorizzi early on in this league, though not sure if I ever had all three at the same time.
  14. A quick rules question for @Eephus - is it safe to assume Kumar Rocker will not be eligible for the CB draft this offseason?
  15. Chris Taylor available if anyone wants a top-20 hitter and 5-category contributor who plays multiple positions. I’m mostly a believer but this is probably his career year and he could help a contender more than me. All my other important players are under 30 so I’m looking forward to the next few years. Will be buying this offseason.
  16. I went to a good public school in a well-off, mostly white town. Many of my classmates who made all the wrong choices in high school - didn’t study, drugs, legal problems, etc. - are now very successful. Bad choices as a teenager in the projects might get you shot, or in court without a good lawyer to minimize the consequences. You may not have the family support to help you turn things around. If you make the right choice in life 100% of the time, it may not matter where you start. But we’re all human. We all make mistakes. And a lot of external factors determine how easily you can overcome them.
  17. I read this a few months ago, fascinating book. The real eye-opener for me was just how much influence gangs have in the social structure of the projects. They're involved in so many aspects of everyday life that just choosing to ignore or avoid them isn't an option.
  18. Lift Every Voice and Sing was written in 1900 for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and was dubbed "The negro national anthem" by the NAACP in 1919. It's certainly not official in any way. Of course at that point The Star-Spangled Banner wasn't either, that happened in 1931. It's a very positive song with a lot of history behind it. It's not like it was written yesterday just to piss off white people.
  19. No we didn’t. We had a song written about a battle in the War of 1812. It called the country the land of the free when most black people here were still slaves. It doesn’t really have anything to do with their experience or why they might love America. Personally I don’t connect to the Star-Spangled Banner either. The idea that everyone has to love the same song is silly. I could do without any patriotic songs before the game, but two doesn’t really bother me more than one.
  20. Agreed. The Olympics should be about athletic competition first and foremost. The best in the world should win the medals. Patriotism doesn’t need to be a prerequisite. As far as I know, Berry’s only path to the Olympics is through the U.S. trials. If she could compete as independent and not represent America, that might be a good solution, but I don’t know if that’s possible.
  21. Wander Franco to make his MLB debut Tuesday. 🥳
  22. Just say Nola! Nice debut for my team, plus Paddack showed signs of life. I might actually have something resembling a competent starting rotation now.
  23. Closer mismanagement is killing me this year, dropped RichRod and Yimi before the season but held on to Montero. With better decisions I'd be near the top in saves instead of the bottom, my ratios would suck less, and I might only be a move or two away from serious contention. Maybe for the best though, still only year 3 of the 4-year plan. Next season it's on.
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