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The NFL's Trouble Barometer

Posted by Radatz on November 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (13)

Think the NFL isn't in trouble? Think the hype and soft-pedaling by their media outlets is the truth? Think their pandering to players has solved a problem?

I didn't have much of a gauge myself until last night as I watched the awful Miami Dolphins put in about a quarter's worth of work in Carolina. It wasn't the awful product on the field, watching a game in which yet another team packed it in at midseason, that gave me the idea.

It was a ...

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Week 10: Three Clinics Amid the Fire Drills

Posted by Radatz on November 13, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (14)

Well, well... an eventful week in the football part of football, most of it full of incredible lowlights. We had two touchdownbacks, crucial giveaways... amazing stuff. We had some pretender unmaskings. We crowned the worst team in football... and despite their being the only winless team left, it wasn't the Browns.

How bad were things? Exactly three teams looked impressive. They were:

1. New England --- dissected what once was the 'best defense in the leag...

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Week 12 Top 25

Posted by theknightswhosay on November 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (4)


1 Alabama 1

2 Clemson 3

3 Wisconsin 6

4 U. Miami 7

5 Notre Dame 4

6 Georgia 2

7 Oklahoma 11

8 C. Florida 5

9 USC 8

10 Penn St. 9

11 Ohio St. 13

12 Auburn 22

13 Wash. St. 14

14 Mich. St. 10

15 Boise St. 18

16 TCU 12

17 Okla. St. 25

18 Memphis ...

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I Think....Therefore I Rant!

Posted by JDIN827 on November 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Is there ANY team (as a whole) that is WORSE than the Browns?  Front office a mess.  Owner a mess. Coach and Analytics not on the same page.  Can't win a game.  Can't access talent.  No franchise QB since returning in 1999.  Not much of a defense or offense.  Drop balls.  No actual WR's on the team.  Didnt pick SOOO many in the draft over the years, we look like fools!  Watson could have been Rookie of the Year.  Philly QB was not even ra...

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profit prophet 17.10

Posted by the immortal scurds on November 8, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (14)

soy  need a eless keyboad. see f  can cack the code:

sea-5.5:  feel an AP fmble comng on? me too.

gb+5: too many ponts. the beas by 4

det-13: yes m cazy, bt staff and the boys smell a dvson ttle, and fo once ts not an aon odges fat

ptts-10.5: they  playng the colts

jax-4: the jags on thot fonette last eek. ths eek they ll n th hm. the elte defense doesnt ht ethe. n the ball, play geat dee

no-2.5: the sants  petty dan good. gettng d ...

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NHL Slow Starts

Posted by Galfur on November 8, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (7)

NHL reason is young but there are some players off to slow starts. Curious question. Any one, two or three stand out as really slow getting out of the gate this years. 

Write-in candidates accepted but below are a few examples I found that have been somewhat surprising thus far.

Players by goals / assists / +/-

Sid 5 / 8 / -12

Kane 5 / 9 / 0

Brett Burns 0 / 7 / -8

Jack Eichel 4 / 10 / -4

Patrik Laine 7 / 2 / -1...

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Week 10 Redux

Posted by Radatz on November 7, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (6)

This quickie stuff is fun. More efficient too. And all the NFL deserves. Invite Kappy for a conference? That's like the Czar making Leon Trotsky his press secretary. The lesson? Never save anything on your cell phone? The irony? Kappy (or his lawyer) says no? This is football?

[email protected]: The Cards could tie the Roadhawks for 2nd with a win. Looks like it could happen too. It won't.

[email protected]: Should be a real test for NO, but the Bil...

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Kudos to Scully & Cuban

Posted by Radatz on November 7, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (10)

For years I thought of Vin Scully only as the announcer for the NBA team I disliked most, and Mark Cuban as a flamboyant jerk. I may have to think about that.

You've probably read something by now about Scully vocally abandoning the NFL and Cuban's comments regarding NFL/NBA 'slavery' drivel. Here's hoping about 100 other owners start drawing lines. One thing you probably haven't seen is this blithering screed against them in the NYDN:


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Week 9: Some Tried. Some Didn't.

Posted by Radatz on November 5, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (13)

With New England on a bye it seemed play quality leaguewide dipped to about 50% of the norm, which wasn't good to start with. No Pitt didn't help. Heck, no Bears didn't help. Teams that actually showed up won with disturbing frequency. A number of games seemed to feature two teams that didn't show up. But it's not like it wasn't informative, even if much of it was hard to watch for long. An awful lot of receivers dropped an awful lot of easy passes. With gloves. Uncovered. Makes y...

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Hats off, Justin.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on November 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (5)

Things are obviously going pretty well for Verlander right now. World Series win, marriage to a woman who isn't exactly dog meat in the looks department.

But here's why it's hats off to him.

When he agreed to the Houston trade, he had 3 x 28 mil left on his contract with a 4th year vesting option at 22 mil if he finished in the top 5 in Cy Young voting in 2019.

With the trade coming near the end of the season, Houston was on the hook for roughly 5.5 mil of the 28 in...

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