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I wish I could host a travel / sports / nature show. I'd do a segment featuring Don Cherry and Ted Nugent playing water polo among fur seals in the waters off Cape Town. The more thrashing, the better.

posted by beaverboard at 09:47 PM on February 17

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I can dig it.

posted by bender at 05:25 PM on February 17

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Speaking of embracing it. Can't wait to buy one

posted by NoMich at 05:17 PM on February 17

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After Don Cherry called the Hurricanes players "a bunch of jerks" for their post-game home wins, the organization have embraced that (look on the left side of the page) much like the Red Sox's "the idiots" name many years ago.

I love the celebrations because it's doing a lot to crush the culture of losing that had taken over the team for many years.

posted by NoMich at 12:10 PM on February 17

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RIP actor Bruno Ganz who played Hitler in the film Downfall, with the classic bunker scene that was the basis of many sports parodies such as this one.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 AM on February 17

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This is kinda mind blowing (U of Houston basketball uniform numbering system)

posted by NoMich at 06:05 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Hurricanes gave us a baseball themed celebration after their victory over Edmonton tonight. Sorry rcade, but it featured a Joey Bautista style bat flip

posted by NoMich at 11:21 PM on February 15

Colin Kaepernick agrees to settle collusion case against the NFL

Rumors of Kap getting $60-80M settlement

posted by billsaysthis at 04:39 PM on February 15

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I was amused by the mention of Gayle Benson as the face of the swinging dick ownership group.

The city of New Orleans has been a source of annoyance and frustration to the NBA over the years. The league should move on and leave town ASAP.

Move the Pelicans to Seattle. They can play their games north of town up route 5 somewhere so Vancouver can join in the fun.

All of Shawn Kemp's kids should be adults by then and if even half of them buy season tickets, you've got the makings of a good sized fan base.

posted by beaverboard at 03:40 PM on February 15

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HA! I didn't notice his pick for this game until you pointed it out. Drinks are on bender!

posted by NoMich at 02:43 PM on February 15

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Ooh boy, the Pels killed a lot of weekly scores

Can someone take a look at bender's financial records and check his emails and messages for contact with Oklahoma City and New Orleans?

posted by Howard_T at 02:28 PM on February 15

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Embarrassing NBA Franchise Fires Embarrassing GM In Embarrassing Fashion

posted by BornIcon at 02:00 PM on February 15

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Ooh boy, the Pels killed a lot of weekly scores last night.

posted by NoMich at 09:20 AM on February 15

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Oklahoma City (Thursday) by 10

posted by tron7 at 03:18 PM on February 14

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Last minute Valentine's Day gift question:

What are those little towels that Olympic divers dry off with after they get out of the pool, and where do you get them? Looks like they could come in handy.

Are they scented?

posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on February 14

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Elway has had a weird career as a GM so far; his moves have either been ridiculously successful or complete failures.

Convincing Manning to sign to put together one of the greatest offences of all time but whiffing on every QB draft pick. Retooling from that offence to a completely dominant defence in just two years to win a SB but then have all the coaches retire or do Son of Bum things. Drafted Miller, assembling the No-Fly Zone then 3 years of draft mediocrity. Signed Vance Joseph way over his head but absolutely kills last years draft.

I don't like the Flacco move but if I squint enough I can see what they're trying to do. Losing the pick is more annoying than the cap space, an extra DB or OL coming in would be nice. Either way the highest priority should be getting a coach in place who can maximize that defence before it falls apart and they seem to have done that.

posted by deflated at 11:09 AM on February 14

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Fun fun fun in Los Merengues-land!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:08 AM on February 14

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Yes, Elway sure pissed away an opportunity with his handling of the QB situation when the Broncos had the most dominant D in football (Peyton aside). Back then an average Flacco would have been all they needed.

The whole Broncos situation looks like a mirror of what happened to San Francisco after the Yorks took control. One day fighting for a Superbowl, the next having a difficult time finding coaches and players who actually want to be there. Get ready for 15 years of mediocrity ...

posted by cixelsyd at 10:54 AM on February 14

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Looks like the Broncos will have around $30 million in cap space tied up in the dynamic duo of Joe Flacco and Case Keenum no matter what happens to either one of them.

This reminds me of the classic movie Wings of Eagles with John Wayne featured in the role of legendary Navy pilot "Spig" Wead.

At one point Wayne says to his men: "There are four ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way".

It's time to add a fifth way to the list. The Elway.

posted by beaverboard at 09:14 AM on February 14

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Wednesday

Hous by 5 SLAM GS by 2

Thursday

Okla by 3 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 04:47 PM on February 13

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Philadelphia by 5
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk (Tuesday)
Minnesota by 6
Golden State by 8 (Wednesday)
Oklahoma City by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 10:11 PM on February 12

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Double, double, toil and trouble Cauldron burn and cauldron bubble

Pardon the Macbeth, but all is not well in the land of the Green. The portents auger ill for a team that many touted as the favored one. So they do for the Spofite who favors the Green more than any other and who seems slowly to be sliding down the ladder. Time to do better.

Tuesday, Feb 12:

No Kyrie Irving tonight and a locker room that "isn't having fun" bode ill for the Celtics. They have overcome adversity in the past, but sadly not tonight Philadelphia by 12

Jazz can't make music when the Warriors are ballin'. Golden State by 9

Wednesday, Feb 13:

Beware of Greeks hosting bearded ones, but the only wooden thing here is the floor Minnesota by 11

Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back with travel might have a bit of trouble. Trail Blazers are no pushover. Portland by 4

Thursday, Feb 14:

How much love, in terms of AD's minutes, does the Pelicans' ownership show the fans? My guess is the minimum necessary to avoid heavy fines from the league. Oklahoma City by 9 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 05:58 PM on February 12

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Tuesday:
Philly by 8
Golden State by 9 (SLAM)

Wednesday:
Minnesota by 6
GSW by 8

Thursday:
OKC by 16 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:08 PM on February 12

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TUESDAY
Philadelphia by 7
Golden State by 10

WEDNESDAY
Houston by 8
Portland by 7

THURSDAY
Oklahoma City by 12

posted by NoMich at 02:12 PM on February 12

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Philadelphia by 4 (Tuesday)
SLAM Golden State by 14 (Tuesday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 2 (Wednesday)
SLAM New Orleans by 5 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on February 12

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hey rcade - I had a lock on the Sunday Philly game that didn't make it to the scoreboard, so should have an extra 5 points.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:22 AM on February 12

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I want a NC Apple Ugly. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I'll just take an extra beta blocker and call it even.

posted by beaverboard at 10:26 AM on February 12

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Please doublecheck your scores. I'm working on a MacBook for the first time in my life and my fingers are all thumbs.

posted by rcade at 09:52 AM on February 12

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I want to eat there now

posted by NoMich at 09:41 PM on February 11

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I think I can handle it. I've got a chest freezer.

In Charlottesville, there's a place that's been there for many decades called Ole Virginia Fried Chicken (Lion I. is probably familiar with it).

Their slogan is: "You'll Hate To Throw The Bones Away"

posted by beaverboard at 07:34 PM on February 11

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Old habits are hard to break.

Well, you have to finish up all the leftovers before the next census in 2020!

(Reference too obscure?)

posted by tahoemoj at 04:54 PM on February 11

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I'm lovin' your dinner menu, Howard.

I'm still stuck on the fava beans and nice chianti. Old habits are hard to break.

posted by beaverboard at 04:50 PM on February 11

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For want of a better event to watch on the TV while fixing dinner yesterday (strip sirloin, fingerling potatoes, green beans, and an inexpensive but decent pinot noir), I turned to the agility competition at the Westminster. For me it was just a noise source, but my wife came in and started watching. It was not long before she was cheering for the dogs. Some people are fans of anything competitive, but in her case she just loves animals.

Cheech and Chong Let's hope that a Bichon named Dave is not entered. To hear "Dave's not here, man" might be a bit much.

posted by Howard_T at 03:38 PM on February 11

Ryan Reeves visits the barbershop to talk about hockey in the black community.

Can we get a mod to fix the post title so it has his correct name (Reaves)?

I fumbled on that part of the post.

posted by grum@work at 03:14 PM on February 11

Ryan Reeves visits the barbershop to talk about hockey in the black community.

Very cool, grum. I've never seen Reeves in his civvies--damn, that dude is chiseled out of stone!

The more surprising thing about that video to me was the level of awareness of hockey that exists in the black community in Vegas (at least if that particular barber shop is any indication). From "Right wing, 17 years" to talking about Subban and the pushback he got for dressing to the nines during the final*, to the one guy referencing Reeves' head-to-head with "DSP", I would not have expected such fluency in the game at that location. I'm glad the black community is taking more of an interest in the game; as a lifetime player, I would love to see greater diversity on the ice.

*If you're criticizing a guy who's dressed like PK dresses, there just might be a teeny tiny bit of racial animus in your motivation.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:13 PM on February 11

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All hail the start of the 2019 Westminster Dog Show - the big one - in NYC.

This year, a new added attraction will be celebrity judges for the various breeds and categories.

Judging the Bichon Frise breed will be Cheech and Chong.

They will host a meet and greet at their hospitality tent after the judging, with refreshments provided by the importers of Pouilly Fuisse and other fine wines.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on February 11

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

Hackenberg and Nathan Peterman will be backing up Gunner Kiel.

posted by beaverboard at 06:56 PM on February 10

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

The funny thing is, we have no idea who will be good and who will be terrible. Except whoever Christian Hackenberg is playing for. We'll know that they will be terrible.

posted by NoMich at 05:58 PM on February 10

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

All AAF players earn $250,000 for a non-guaranteed three-year contract they can break to sign with the NFL.

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on February 10

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

I was actually regretting that last night, dementedly enough. I'll start one if enough members say they will play.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on February 10

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

And we don't have a pick 'em contest going? What the hell, man?

posted by NoMich at 05:00 PM on February 10

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

I loved hearing the female replay official as she deliberated over a decision.

Hearing the players and coaches is cool, but I don't like hearing the play call before it happens. It ruins some suspense and would allow a fan close to the field to yell out the play.

The lack of kickoffs, 35-second play clock and fewer commercials really sped up the broadcast.

Some people on Twitter hate the uniforms, but most of them look pretty good to me. The all-black Birmingham Iron uniform and Orlando Apollos helmet are nice.

I'm curious about the five-player blitz limit. Is that to make quarterbacks look like they are better and help the marketability of the league?

posted by rcade at 04:54 PM on February 10

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Sunday:
Philly by 10 (SLAM)
GSW by 17 (SLAM)

Monday:
Hou by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:36 AM on February 10

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Friday
Philadelphia by 8
New Orleans by 10 <-- dunk

Saturday
Houston by 4

Sunday
Philadelphia by 10 <-- dunk
Golden State by 16 <-- dunk

Monday
Houston by 13 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 09:22 PM on February 08

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Friday
Phil by 2 SLAM
No by 4

Saturday
Hous by 2 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 06:38 PM on February 08

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Time to get the picks in before my wife starts complaining about the food service in this joint.

Friday, Feb. 8:

Denver is slipping back into reality while 76ers have beefed up their arsenal. Philadelphia by 12

Wolves and Pelicans don't usually share the same environment. When they do, the Pelicans will need to fly away fast. Minnesota by 5

Saturday, Feb. 9:

Can Westbrook, George, and company offset the MVB (Most Valuable Beard)? Houston by 11

Sunday, Feb. 10:

Lakers shot better than 50% from outside the arc last night in Boston. It is not likely they will do this in Philadelphia. Philadelphia by 15 SLAM

Heat will try to warm up the usually cool weather in the Bay Area. It will take more than a space heater. Golden State by 9

Monday, Feb 11:

How will the Rockets fare against a bolstered Mavericks team? Houston by 8

posted by Howard_T at 06:31 PM on February 08

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Denver (Friday) by 7
Minnesota (Friday) by 8
Houston (Saturday) by 9
Philadelphia (Sunday) by 9
Golden State (Sunday) by 13 - SLAM
Houston (Monday) by 7

posted by tron7 at 04:51 PM on February 08

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Friday:
Philly by 10
Minnesota by 6

Saturday:
OKC by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:02 PM on February 08

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Yerfatma, +1

posted by billsaysthis at 11:36 AM on February 08

Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager and baseball trailblazer, dies

.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on February 08

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I would preface this with a request that you imagine me as Two Face from Batman while writing because I am also annoyed as hell about the way players have started to actively form superteams and upset long-term planning for NBA teams, but I also realize I am old. Pretty much anyone writing here is old enough to remember "How things used to be" and most remember the '80s when players were the face of a franchise for their entire career and punched the hell out of players on rival teams and that was How Things Should Be.

But. The NBA, like the NFL, is built upon taking young black men (and some really young especially since KG and Kobe and One-And-Done), sticking them into random metropolitan areas in the country and saying, "You are now a Utah Jazz". It was so successful with this model in the '80s and then the Jordan '90s that it spawned an industry of shoes-and-scouting that built AAU teams and traveling teams that pluck kids out their homes, put them together with other kids who have nothing but basketball in common, then churn them through the NCAA system for at least a year to maximize the amount of money old white dudes can make on them and then some of them make it to the promised land and actually get paid over the table where they get a tiny slice of a giant pie, half of which is collectively bargained to those old white dudes. Looked at in that light, where you've beaten a rigged game only to find there's a hard cap on how much you can earn (I don't care how big the numbers look to us, it's still a cap), why the hell wouldn't you want to go through this with the friends you made? Why the hell should you be loyal to Random City and that beloved Green/ Gold/ Red/ Blue uniform kids everywhere dream of wearing?

Looked at that way, "Establish player movement controls" sounds pretty plantation. cixelsyd I don't mean that to pick on you, I have similar thoughts about how it's hard to love a team anymore, but the NBA, like pretty much every major sport nowadays, is as much about the soap opera off the court as it is the action on the court.

I'm sure legalized gambling will help here.

posted by yerfatma at 09:53 AM on February 08

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Here's today's NBA: 1. Teams are forced to draft the players that are perceived to be the best "1 and done" talent. Not a player who has developed in college and proven in big games, making it incredibly difficult to build a roster. 2. Teams that actually draft well most often (*GS exclusion) end up with nothing after 2 or 3 years, because if they don't have a big enough "supporting market" they lose their up and coming young stars. 3. Star players are willing to take salary discounts to play for good teams. The "supporting market" takes care of the salary discrepancy, and they get a chance to win a championship.

The fix: 1. Get rid of "1 and done". It's bad for both the NCAA and NBA, and terrible for 95% of the talented young athletes that it spits out. 2. Establish player movement controls.

It's really unfortunate that some players don't have the balls to stick with their teams and work for a championship.

Oh for the old days ... Jordan joining the Bulls, who were horrendous, and sticking with them while they grew. Same with Iverson, Duncan, and a slew of others who stuck with their developing teams.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:08 AM on February 08

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FRIDAY
Philadelphia by 7
New Orleans by 5

SATURDAY
Houston by 7

SUNDAY
Philadelphia by 8
Golden State by 18

MONDAY
Houston by 8

posted by NoMich at 10:00 PM on February 07

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The NBA would be more competitive if they took away the incentive to tank. Teams in the bottom half wouldn't be so quick to dump their good players.

posted by rcade at 09:19 PM on February 07

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I think the problem right now is that everyone (players and owners) is trying to repeat what the Warriors did, but what they did might not be repeatable. They got 3 all stars (Klay, Curry, and Draymond) through the draft, then benefited from a nearly unprecedented jump in the salary cap to land KD, all while maintaining continuity with their coaching staff. So, players who are the only really big stars on their teams feel left out because they can't do it all themselves, owners don't feel like they can match up so they resort to tanking, and everything becomes really lopsided. I think eventually the Warriors will have to break up for salary reasons and then things might get more back to normal where you can have a couple big stars on your team and some decent role players and make a run instead of needing a rotation full of all stars all on the court at one time.

posted by LionIndex at 07:41 PM on February 07

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There are exceptions, but these are few. I don't have any idea what to do about it. Does anyone else?

I get where you're coming from and don't necessarily disagree, but this coming from a Celtics fan is pretty rich (no pun intended).

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:01 PM on February 07

Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager and baseball trailblazer, dies

.

posted by tommytrump at 06:26 PM on February 07

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Does anyone else?

Yes.

Don't watch the NBA, watch the NHL where player movement controls help to maintain parity.

Unless you happen to live in a city that is the beneficiary of an NBA "superteam" and enjoy watching them thrash the rest of the league. Sounds kind of boring, though ... like going to the same movie every second night 80 plus times each year.

How many games do you think Golden State will need to win the championship series this year?

posted by cixelsyd at 06:09 PM on February 07

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Do the fans in the smaller markets or less desirable cities want to keep supporting teams that have no realistic chance at a championship?

What makes a "super team" great is the talent. Talent can be hard to find, and sometimes it shows up in places you least expect it.

Would anyone have believed that perennial sad sacks Golden State (26-56 in 2009-10, Curry's first season) would become the most dominant team in the NBA later that decade?

posted by grum@work at 06:05 PM on February 07

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rcade: As almost always seems to be the case the phrase "It's already happened" is used when discussing baseball.

May 30th, 1922.

Max Flack played the first game of a double-header for the Chicago Cubs.

Max Flack played the second game of the double-header for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The player going the other way, Cliff Heathcote did the opposite.

posted by grum@work at 06:01 PM on February 07

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This year's NBA trading deadline, with all of the brouhaha about Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis, and the rest, makes me think that if the trend persists of the best players picking their preferred city and concentrating their talent on a super team it could destroy the competitive balance of the league to the point that it becomes a league with no more than 8 teams. Do the fans in the smaller markets or less desirable cities want to keep supporting teams that have no realistic chance at a championship? You say they can build through the draft, but the younger players hit free agency when their talent has barely begun to have a major impact. There are exceptions, but these are few. I don't have any idea what to do about it. Does anyone else?

posted by Howard_T at 03:43 PM on February 07

Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager and baseball trailblazer, dies

posted by Howard_T at 03:28 PM on February 07

Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager and baseball trailblazer, dies

I mostly remember Frank Robinson from those nearly unbeatable Orioles teams in the late 60s and through the 70s. Red Sox fan that I am, I 'hated' them and especially Robinson with a passion. Even amidst the envy one still had to admire the greatness. RIP Frank Robinson.

posted by Howard_T at 03:28 PM on February 07

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SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Friday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 10 (Sunday) SLAM
Dallas by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 12:54 PM on February 07

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Watch the video atop this story. Jalen Rose has a funny personal anecdote about being traded.

I dream of a baseball trade between games of a doubleheader in which two players swap locker rooms and play the next game.

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on February 07

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Macarena Snchez: the Argentinian who is suing her club and federation

posted by billsaysthis at 11:02 AM on February 07

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Wasn't Barnes brought into Dallas because they haven't typically landed free agents so they have to take fringe stars? I am excited to see if he meshes well with the Kings' offense, even if it ruins one of the Celtics' draft picks (which have taken a hit with the recent Clippers trade as well).

posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on February 07

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Never mind that, he might give them staph.

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on February 07

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I don't think the salary cap era allows a team to keep an expensive player whose best attributes were "being a community leader or an example for his younger teammates." But if that' was true of Barnes, why does Sacramento want him long-term?

As a fan it's a kind of a bummer to see trades that are entirely about cap space. "Hooray! We have future salary flexibility!"

posted by rcade at 10:04 AM on February 07

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Harrison Barnes traded to the Kings mid-game last night. How do you feel about this, Mavs fans? Do you agree with the premises laid forth in this article?

posted by NoMich at 07:27 AM on February 07

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It's looking more certain that Greg Schiano will not be appointed to a prominent post in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps but instead will become the new defensive coordinator of the Patriots.

The move is a concern for supporters of the team, who are hesitant to give fans around the league a reason to dislike the Pats after decades of widespread national adulation.

posted by beaverboard at 04:24 PM on February 06

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TIL: NBA teams are serious about holding onto draft rights. Sort by Age.

posted by yerfatma at 03:49 PM on February 06

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco

Guess who didn't secure their agreement before announcing this?

Mark Davis, man. Just because you retain a private barber to give you a textbook "Moe" haircut doesn't necessarily mean you have to manage the organization like a Stooge.

Here in northern Nevada, we have zero interest in the Raiders being "our" team. The folks down in Vegas are extremely optimistic that the Raiders will be a success down there, but I think that has more to do with tourists flying into the entertainment capital of the world to see their hometown team play. Season tickets are an investment rather than a reflection of any cheering interest in the team. That just doesn't sound to me like a strategy for long-term success.

So start planning for the San Antonio Raiders circa 2030, and hope that Davis graduates to a "Curly" by then.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:47 PM on February 06

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It could be worse, you could be a fan of Crystal Palace. /sigh

posted by NoMich at 09:25 AM on February 06

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The John Wall thing is incredible. For someone who's game is based around speed, it feels like Wizards fans can take half a decade off. They should bring back the Bullets just to get out of that contract.

posted by yerfatma at 08:45 AM on February 06

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The 1986 Super Bowl halftime show was Up With People.

It would be interesting to know what year Mad Magazine stopped mentioning Up With People at least 6 times per year.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on February 06

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I blame you bastards for this team breaking my spirit.

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on February 06

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco

The 49ers have a right to veto this plan since it's in their turf. Guess who didn't secure their agreement before announcing this?

posted by rcade at 08:41 AM on February 06

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probably had a few good defenders

You bet they did. Aside from Mahomes, the Patriots didn't allow anything deep or short during the playoffs. And nobody attempted to adjust and take what they were giving. Great coaching and great execution.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 PM on February 05

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Now that the Super Bowl is over and other sports are back up on the radar, who is going to S LaVar Ball TFU?

posted by beaverboard at 07:28 PM on February 05

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco

Is there a reason they aren't packing up and heading to Las Vegas & Sam Boyd Stadium for a year while the new facility is being finished?

posted by tommytrump at 05:27 PM on February 05

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The Patriots were so hurt by being blown out in 1986 that they insist on keeping all their Super Bowl games close.

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on February 05

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Poor Walter Payton

posted by NoMich at 03:24 PM on February 05

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Ouch, John Wall ruptures achilles tendon, expected to miss 12 months. His supermax contract begins next season.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:24 PM on February 05

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On the "Super Bowl Deer In The Headlights" scale, the look in Jared Goff's eyes on some of the plays was the equivalent of about a 50, with Tony Eason (Patriots, Super Bowl XX) being 100.

The 1986 Super Bowl halftime show was Up With People. Two days later, the Challenger was launched into eternity.

Ordinarily, a disaster of that magnitude would make people forget about the result of a mere football game. But people have not forgotten Super Bowl XX, such was the severity of the beatdown that the Bears gave the Pats.

posted by beaverboard at 02:09 PM on February 05

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I saw a link off Deadspin about how the Patriots are anti-football and closed it just after the article pointed out in spite of being 6-4 in Super Bowls, they are still way behind on net points. Man that was a killer to 5th grade me.

posted by yerfatma at 02:03 PM on February 05

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Child me, excited as anything for that Super Bowl, snack spread arrayed around me, watching solo because my dad was away, cried as that game ended in the first 5 minutes. Thank you, no. I'll take these wins over that any day of the week.

posted by kokaku at 01:17 PM on February 05

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It was a near thing, and had he fallen his injuries would have been severe.

Something tells me that Edelman would have returned from this terrible injury stronger than ever and won some extra Super Bowls.

I miss the Pat the Patriot helmet era, when the best New England could hope for was a single Super Bowl appearance and the Chicago Bears beat them into next week.

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on February 05

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[citation needed] - the CBA prevents the league from saying what substances were taken and the player can claim anything, thus the rash of Adderall* suspensions in the past. Edleman was probably the best Patriot offensive player in the playoffs, but a team that beat the top 3 NFL offenses in the playoffs probably had a few good defenders. Gilmore, Flowers, Kyle van Noy, even a rejuvenated Hightower would all be good nominees.

posted by yerfatma at 11:35 AM on February 05

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco

Not even explosives and heavy equipment can take down Ronnie Lott.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:16 AM on February 05

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No question Edelman was the best Patriot throughout the playoffs.

how they skip over the PED suspension entirely

His suspension was for taking the same supplements that Brady has for years. He did contest the suspension but when it was upheld he accepted the consequences for his acts.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:14 AM on February 05

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Edelman came within a hair's breadth of having his career, or perhaps even his life ended during the victory parade in 2017. My wife suggested we go to Boston for the parade because, as she said, "You're almost 76 and it might be your last time." I growled something at her and extended a middle digit, but off we went. We wound up at the corner of Park Street and Tremont Street, standing a bit back on Park Street to take advantage of the hill to look above the crowd. The Duck Boats came along, moving slowly and with lots of stops and starts. Edelman's boat stopped just before the intersection, and Edelman was dancing on top of the canopy. There is a traffic light at the intersection. It is not on a pole but rather hangs from a cable above the middle of Tremont Street. Edelman was happily dancing away and exchanging shouts with the crowd when the boat started to move. At the last second he saw the traffic signal and ducked. Had he not evaded, he would have been knocked off the canopy to the street below, about a 12 to 15 foot drop. It was a near thing, and had he fallen his injuries would have been severe.

posted by Howard_T at 07:56 PM on February 04

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Edelman was more fully discussed in various other avenues.

Prominently featured on the front page of the Washington Post's site through a good portion of the day today was this story

posted by beaverboard at 05:11 PM on February 04

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Brady was suspended for 4 games in 2016

The difference there is that EVERYONE talked about it all the time for the entire season and the playoffs.

Edelman getting busted for PED use was swept under the rug by the broadcast crew for the entire broadcast.

Bleacher Report even went one step further and started touting his HOF credentials because of his playoff performances (even though he's NEVER been all-pro).

My favourite part is how they skip over the PED suspension entirely with this line:

The game capped an outstanding rebound season for Edelman, who missed all of the 2017 season (and the team's loss in Super Bowl LII) with a torn ACL.

posted by grum@work at 03:50 PM on February 04

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This is why Goff was so bad.

posted by NoMich at 03:15 PM on February 04

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You can blame Jared Goff.

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on February 04

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I don't mind a defensive struggle but the Rams only scoring 3 feels like a collapse, not a good team facing a great defense. Brady was also misfiring most of the game. I think the level of excitement from Nantz and Romo over the record-breaking longest punt ever summed up how much of a slog this was.

posted by rcade at 02:03 PM on February 04

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Multiple choice fill in the blank:

In Detroit, they _______________ wondering why the Pats D gave up 41 points last year and 3 points this year, and why the Lions went from 9-7 last year to 6-10 this year.

1) Must be
2) Should be
3) May never reach the point of

posted by beaverboard at 01:43 PM on February 04

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Someone tried to tell me it was "nail biter", but I said that's only true if you're biting your nails in order for them to be sharp enough to slice your own wrists to avoid the boredom of this game.

Man, I enjoyed the hell out of that, mainly the running-on-ice feeling of "How many times can they force the Rams to punt before the Rams get it sorted out and start driving" like happened in the AFC Championship.

I have no idea if they will resign Trey Flowers, if Gronk will retire, if Brady finally gives in to Father Time or if Gostkowski is past due-date, but I will mention the Pats have 12 draft picks. I look forward to a wide receiver flame-out and some weird second-rounder who wasn't even supposed to get drafted that we try to squint at to pretend makes sense.

posted by yerfatma at 01:07 PM on February 04

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Brady was suspended for 4 games in 2016 for his alleged role in a game where the footballs of both teams (each team provides their own game balls) were found not to be inflated to league specifications through the use of different pressure gauges that weren't calibrated and weren't kept individually identified to provide continuity of results.

He went on to become the MVP of Super Bowl 51.

Sometimes, the league has a reasonable and straightforward case and sometimes it doesn't.

Nevertheless, suspend them at your peril, and disallow remedies for egregious conference title game officiating at your peril.

posted by beaverboard at 11:35 AM on February 04

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