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  • Dec 06, 2016 04:34 PM
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    Something I have been thinking about and noticing ever since Lebron went to Miami to supposedly form a triple-threat, superstar dynasty is that in most situations, a team is better off with only 1 or 2 superstars at a time. Not 3.

    Sure. The Heat's run might seem to buck that idea. But not really. Lebron was the Xfactor there. As soon as he left, Cleveland became the team to beat. It was all about Lebron, and had very little to do with Wade and Bosh, good as they are.

    Think this is coming to fruition again with the Thunder and the Warriors. I think the Thunder team is operating (offensively at least) a lot more efficiently with Kevin Durant no longer there. Westbrook has been able to fully take over the team, and put it on his back. And there combined talents don't cancel each other out, like they used to.

    Now this theory gets challenged when you consider Durant in Golden State, and how they are now top of the division. But I would argue that they would likely be leading the West regardless, just like last year. And Durant, Curry and Thompson is a rare situation where they play unique enough roles that they can gel together. Though not shine. Curry and Durant on the court at the same time isn't optimal. One will be shadowed to an extent, almost always. Have all 3 at the same time, and you just aren't using your guys right.

    I know there are exceptions to this theory. But I think it makes more sense to only have 1 or 2 superstars per team to build around, as opposed to smashing the league's best all on one team, and expecting that to be awesome. Thoughts?

  • Nov 03, 2016 05:09 PM
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    Official now.

    Peach Bowl will be Washington Huskies v Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Fiesta Bowl will be Ohio State Buckeyes v Clemson Tigers.

    Can't say I'm surprised, after last week's rankings. Prepare yourself for another Alabama national championship. :/ Coming from a win over Ohio State.

  • Nov 21, 2016 03:33 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    Passer rating is still a great way to tell how well a qb is actually playing. It's not the end all, be all. But I think it paints a pretty good picture of how their season is going. Here are the top 5 qb ratings so far:

    1. Tom Brady - 123.3
    2. Matt Ryan - 115.1
    3. Dak Prescott - 108.6
    4. Drew Brees - 106.4
    5. Kirk Cousins - 101.4

    Carr, Mariota, Big Ben, Stafford and Wilson are all in that 99.3-100.6 range. FYI.

    Then you have to consider what the backup would do, if these guys were to go down. Then substract the (guessed at) difference, and decide their overall value added to the team.

    Would the Pats be 8-2 under Garoppolo? For what it's worth, Jimmy had a 117.1 passer rating in his limited action this year. So.. I think that is a few marks against Brady being the unquestioned MVP, just because he is #1.

    Matt Ryan should be on the short list. Imagine replacing him with Schaub, or Vick? That team would collapse. Also, remove Dak and we saw last year what the Cowboys look like without a true talented qb.. they sucked. They could not win a single game last year without Romo. Strong case for Dak here too.

    Brees' chances are really hurt because of their record. And honestly because he does this every year. Kirk on the other hand is a true wildcard; it will depend entirely on how he finishes the season out. So far though, he has as of late played outstanding.

    I think Elliott is the only non-qb that's in serious consideration, at this point. But I wouldn't count out someone like LeVeon Bell either, if the Steelers win out, or get close to it.

    I would say all things being equal the race is very contingent on how the season finishes up, with Elliott being the slight frontrunner for MVP right now.

  • Sep 28, 2016 01:29 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    Conversation for the Louisville/Clemson matchup, both before and after the game.

    I'm really excited for this game. Didn't think to call it in the game of the year when the season started. But as good as Louisville and Lamar Jackson have been, this is THE game I want to see. It will prove if the Cardinals are legit, as we already know Clemson and their defense is.

    There is a good chance whoever wins this game will be in the national championship game with Bama. Almost assuredly the winner will be in the playoffs, unless they stumble real hard in the second half of the season somewhere.

    How do you see this one playing out? I can't not get behind the Lousiville hype and Jackson.. I think their offense beats out Clemson, and I feel like by at least a few touchdowns. Something like - 38 to 24.

  • Sep 12, 2016 01:55 AM
    Last: 4mo
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    Del Rio's a bad coach. I don't know how he's held his job this long..
  • Sep 12, 2016 05:43 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    Ohio State already solidified the Big Ten being in the conversation as one of the best conferences going in college football. Michigan State did their part last year, finishing in the top 4. Now Michigan is joining in the ranks, being AP's #4 national team right now, looking firm to hold on. Oh and the Buckeyes are #3 right now.

    2 top 4's. Meaning it's possible if all holds, we could be seeing an all Big 10 national championship game. While that would be awesome, I'm not holding by breathe. Could happen though. You also have:

    9 Wisconsin, 12 Michigan State and 13 Iowa.. all in the top 15. Only the ACC even comes close, with 3 in the top 10.

    A pivotal week for the Big Ten is week 3. Check out the lineup of a few games --

    3Ohio State v 14Oklahoma
    12Michigan State v 18Notre Dame
    22Oregon v Nebraska

    So Nebraska could join the top 25. Michigan State with a win will move up. And Ohio State, depending on how they do and how the Sooners finish out the year, could move up to #2. Looking at the rest of the year's schedules, it looks like week 3 is the most pivotal week. If Big Ten teams can sweep, and handle their business the rest of the season, I think they move past both the SEC and ACC as the conference to beat. This will be a defining year for the conference.

    At least they have a really good opportunity. Hope it happens, and I'll say it again, I hope they surpass Alabama. I am sick and tired of seeing them the top team for like 36 months in a row.

  • Aug 09, 2016 12:58 PM
    Last: 5mo
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    Yeah man, was a good match. I agree, those 2 countries are best suited to be the finals. Found the replay link, for anyone interested... (shows both the gold, and broze match in full)

    Women's rugby gold, bronze and placing

  • Aug 07, 2016 03:29 PM
    Last: 5mo
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    Was a hell of an upset. Sucks he went on to lose his very next match, against Slovenia's Adrian Gomboc. And looks like Gomboc might go far into the semis, maybe beyond. So maybe it's just bad luck of the draw for him, after a huge success bout for his first match. But I think all in all, Punza has to be happy walking away with that first win.
  • Aug 09, 2016 05:42 PM
    Last: 5mo
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    Brazil's Larissa/Talita combo just bet one of our Team USA duos fairly easily, 2-0. From what I understand though, not our best duo (Jennings/Ross).

    That Larissa/Talita combo is the best Brazil has to offer this year in women's beach volleyball, yeah? I wonder if we will be seeing them vs the Jennings/Ross duo in the finals? From what I can tell, those 2 duos are the best.. i think ranked number #1 and #2 in the world.

  • Jul 25, 2016 07:17 PM
    Last: 6mo
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    SFriedman Wrote:

    Thought this was interesting. Wonder if the NFL's CTE issue will effect this event at some point in the future?

    Has to. Olympic committees are just as reactionary as any other sport I think. Having a concussion under water seems even more dangerous than on a football field. Damn. Something should be done about that.