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  • Oct 09, 2019 10:45 AM
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    I'm liking the Red Wings and Ducks this year. Vegas should be good, and still rooting for my Stars. But hockey is pretty fascinating as you don't really know until the playoff teams are set and then the game completely changes in the first round. Really is a sport where any team can win once in.
  • Jun 14, 2019 04:04 PM
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    Great game. Texas' corners couldn't quite hang; CeeDee Lamb was incredible in this game.

  • Sep 28, 2019 07:59 PM
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    TuasTopFan Wrote: What I didnt like was (and I am obviously a Tide fan) seeing and hearing so many talk about knocking Clemson back so far afterwards.. Hey as long as they are winning.. I am not saying NOTHING.. they are doing there job.. and these polls really dont mean alot to me anyways till at least game 6-7 minimum.. but I hated seeing so many people willing to just condemn them for a game they wound up winning..
    As long as they remain top 4, doesn't really matter. They'll be in the playoffs regardless. You're right. A win's a win. Poll makers wanted them to win by double digits and penalized them for not doing so. But as long as they don't lose they'll be in.
  • Oct 08, 2019 02:04 PM
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    Here's NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the issue:

  • Oct 08, 2019 02:04 PM
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    Here's a story you have to read to believe as you might forget how different countries treat 'freedom of speech and expression'.

    Basically boils down to a tweet the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey posted (and then quickly deleted), in where he came out in support of the Hong Kong protesters. The tweet was of an image that simply read: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."

    The Chinese official basketball association responded as heavy handed as they possibly could have afterward:

    The Chinese Basketball Association — headed by former Rockets center and Hall of Famer Yao Ming, announced that it was suspending cooperation with the Houston team. Tencent, a media partner of the NBA in China with a five-year streaming deal worth $1.5 billion, and China's state television also said they wouldn't be airing Rockets games.


    This created a predictable avalanche of apologies and strategic responses for most everyone closely involved, as you would guess. The Rocket's owner promptly made a tweet distancing himself from Morey's original tweet.

    Adam Silver and the NBA at first apologized on Twitter in both English and Mandarin. But after a little bit of time, Silver came out in defense of Morey saying 'freedom of expression' is paramount in the league, and he will not actively censor players or front-office personnel. So conveniently Silver sat on both sides of the fence on this one (from my view).

    And then Morey apologized, again on Twitter, saying:

    1/ I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.

    — Daryl Morey (@dmorey) October 7, 2019

    It's amazing to me how easy it is to offend other countries' sensibilities to the point of blowing up multi-year deals and millions or even potentially billions of dollars in future revenue over a single tweet. And the tweet wasn't even some long-winded diatribe on how Hong Kong was in the wrong. It simply showed support for protesters. And the tweet was deleted and followed up by multiple apologies.

    China is also blocking other games from airing in their country and further long term action looks to be in the works. This is a very precarious situation for the NBA, who was planning and hoping on expanding the league into China for years and years now. Tons of money on the table. But when it comes down to having to cow down to the Chinese government's talking points or else, and any amount of dissent is off the table, I say it's not worth it. Stand your ground NBA.

  • Oct 07, 2019 11:30 AM
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    LAFC is definitely the frontrunner in the West. But it's actually going to be a really fun semi and conference final round, to see who comes out of the West in the finals.

    LAFC will play either Minnesota or LA Galaxy. Give me LA Galaxy in that game, and yes I think LAFC beats them. But then you have Salt Lake and Portland playing. I think your Timbers win there. And then I'm really hoping Dallas pulls it out over Seattle. And then it'll be the Timbers vs FC Dallas in the semis. That'll be a great matchup. Winner will take on LAFC for the finals. Anything can happen there.

    I don't have any idea on the East though. Who do you think is the frontrunner there?

    Here's the bracket.

  • Oct 02, 2019 03:53 PM
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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    I wonder if a one game suspension will set him straight.

    He actually got suspended for the whole season. So 12 games so far. Think that's fair?

    I agree with above, this is a pattern of recklessness that needs to be severely punished. That would be the minimum I think he should be suspended for. This guy is showing zero ability to change and he could seriously hurt someone. If he hasn't already, several times. Not just hurt them for a few weeks or a whole season, but he could hurt someone for life.

  • Oct 02, 2019 11:54 AM
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    Give me the Dodgers to beat the Nationals, easy. Tough call for the Cardinals/Braves NLDS.. but I'll go with the Cardinals since they seem to have more momentum entering the postseason. And between the Dodgers and St. Louis.. it's the Dodgers again, easy.

    For the AL, that's a lot tougher. I agree the Yankee/Twins match-up is maybe the best series in the whole playoffs. Both of those teams could win it all this year so its kinda a shame they happen to be in the same League. I'll go with the Yankees only because they were 4-2 against the Twins during the regular season.

    And I also think its crazy that the wildcard AL game has two teams with 96 and 97 wins playing each other. Both Tampa Bay and Oakland could win that, coin toss basically. But I would be shocked if either took down Houston, so gimme the Astros taking on the Yankees. And surprise pick, the Yankees win the AL pennant.

    So that would make my prediction -- Yankees vs Dodgers in the World Series. From there I have no idea. But that would be an excellent World Series. Two of the most historic and iconic teams in the league, who have played each other 11 times in the World Series. But the last time was in 1981. So about 38 years in the making of a rematch.

    The Yankees are 8-3 vs the Dodgers all time in the World Series, from 1941-1981. Hope we get to see that rematch.

  • Oct 01, 2019 03:00 PM
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    ESPN ranked Zion Williamson 42nd in their top 100 NBA Players, and he hasn't even played in an NBA game yet. That's far and away the highest ranking a rookie entering the league has ever got. The previous high was a tie between D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis' rookie year, where they ranked 62nd coming into their rookie debuts.

    So the hype is very vaulted for Zion; expectations are higher on this guy than really any rookie entering the game since Lebron. Actually I'm not sure why Lebron didn't show on this ESPN list, maybe they weren't doing the ranking back in '03?

    Anyways, ESPN already considers Zion to be better than Klay Thompson, who came in at #46. And I think that's where it gets tricky. Saying 42nd maybe doesn't sound too crazy until you start looking at the players he would rank higher than. Being above Klay Thompson without ever playing a game after what Klay has done in his career?? I'm not there just yet.

    But of course this ranking is based on overall skill set, what he brings to the table for his new team the Pelicans, and what projection models say he can accomplish in his first year. That all will depend on how well the Pelicans gel this year.

    Lots of new players - Zion of course, then Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram from the Lakers trade. Then JJ Redick. Jrue Holiday remains at guard, Jaxson Hayes at center, Derrick Favors as the power forward and Jahlil Okafor as the other center.. they have some promise as a young team.

    I would say there is possibly enough solid, supporting talent but not super star talent on this team as is for Zion to find his niche and become the true superstar everyone is expecting. It's possible. Problem is the Pelicans were one of the worst teams last year and they play in the super staked West. But now they have basically a brand new starting new line up and walked away from Davis, in hopes that Zion is even better.

    Where would you rank Zion today of all the NBA players? And then we can keep this thread going after his first year and beyond to see if the number goes way up OR way down.

    I would say he should be in the top 100, but probably in the 60's or 70's. Rookies gotta show something first.

  • Sep 28, 2019 07:59 PM
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    I always hate that call too. It's the coaches way of saying he doesn't believe in his own team's defense. Usually teams do it out of desperation because they feel like they have nothing to lose. Either they are a bad team or they are competing in a game way over their head.

    In this case Clemson was clearly the more talented team and NC didn't think they had a chance to begin with. They had no confidence in their defense and didn't want anything to do with overtime. That's disappointing because UNC held them to just 21 points, 14 until less than 10 minutes to go.

    UNC's coach should have had more faith in his team down the stretch. They could have beat the #1 team in the country.