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  • Sep 15, 2020 01:01 PM
    Last: 55m

    I think they saw all the other conferences playing and thought to themselves 'why are we leaving all this money on the table?'. And now they are playing after all.

    I expect the Pac-12 to follow suit soon. Maybe not every team, but I would guess enough to have a conf championship game.

  • Sep 21, 2020 02:49 PM
    Last: 6hr

    US Open: Bryson DeChambeau's 'bomb and gouge' win - time for authorities to act?

    Fascinating read. I'm a fan of Bryson. He truly does look at golf like the science that it is, and he is very intelligent. Some might say too smart for his own good, and too full of himself because of it. But that never bothers me. Others complain about his slow play, because he 'overthinks' every shot. But again, I don't care.

    He is trying to approach the game as mathematically as possible. And I think its already resulting in scaring the sport into changing the layout of courses, because of the results he is getting. Good for him and I hope he wins many more.

  • Sep 21, 2020 12:59 PM
    Last: 2d

    No team has ever scored 39 points, had zero turnovers, and lost an NFL game. Since the league started keeping track of turnovers back in 1933, the record for this situation was 440-0. So this scenario has happened hundreds of times and always produced the same outcome.

    Until Dallas played Atlanta in Week 2 of the 2020 season. But that's not the only crazy stat of this game.

    Dallas ended up winning this game 40-39. But the Cowboys never lead in this game for a single snap. They trailed the entire game until the final snap, to win it on field goal that put them over the top. So the official time Cowboys lead was 0 seconds.

    No quarterback in the history of the NFL has ever thrown 400+ yards and rushed for 3+ TDs. Dak Prescott threw for 450 yards and rushed for 3 touchdowns. So he now stands alone with that record.

    On top of this, Dallas fumbled the ball four times in the first quarter, And lost three of them in their own territory. And they went for it TWICE on 4th down kickoffs with 'trick' plays that failed pretty miserably.

    How in the world do you win a game where you turn it over 5 times and your opponent has zero turnovers? Well, you gotta get a little lucky. You can easily say this is the most improbable Cowboys win ever, possibly even the most improbable come from behind win ever in the NFL. But you can also say this is one of the worst collapses ever by a team with a lead. Atlanta is no stranger to historic collapses (Super Bowl loss when they were up 28-3 on the Pats). But I think statistically this is worse.

    Dallas didn't produce any turnovers and they only got one sack and they made so many questionable or outright dumb coaching moves all game long. But thanks to great offensive play, good enough defense and Atlanta making costly mistakes at the worst possible times, they won one of the craziest games I think I have seen as a lifelong fan of them, maybe ever.

    The capper, Dallas got an onside kick with less than 2 minutes to go with no timeouts thanks to a creative slow kick that seemed to utterly confuse Atlanta. It's at the end of this highlight heel, one I recommend watching all the way through if you missed this game:

    Falcons vs. Cowboys Week 2 Highlights | NFL 2020

    Or if you just wanna see the onside kick:

    Cowboys Recover Onside Kick & Cap off EPIC Comeback!

  • Sep 06, 2020 03:26 PM
    Last: 9d
    Stars pull it off! They are in the Finals. Probably facing the Lightning. Pretty amazing run they have been on.
  • Sep 09, 2020 02:27 PM
    Last: 8d

    Here are the seven teams allowing fans into their stadiums for the 2020 NFL season (so far):

    Cincinnati Bengals
    Cleveland Browns
    Dallas Cowboys
    Denver Broncos
    Indianapolis Colts
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Miami Dolphins

    Not sure if this will last the full season and I certainly expect for other teams to opt in and maybe some of these to opt out throughout the season, depending upon how well or how poorly this goes. But all the stadiums are taking a lot of health precautions and only allowing a very limited number of fans in.

    The Broncos for example are only going to allow roughly 10% capacity, all season ticket holders, selected via lottery.

    Think this is a good idea or a recipe for unnecessary disaster? I'm somewhat neutral on it. If the stadium feels they can make some money and only allow 10-25% capacity in, or some amount of people that can reasonably social distance, I really don't see the harm, especially during an afternoon game with an open stadium. You have thousands of season ticket holders that have paid in advance so if this can be done in a responsible way, at least some fans won't have wasted all that money on tickets.

    On the other hand, it is an example of hubris on the part of these NFL teams, expecting to be able to do a better job than the NHL, NBA and MLB, all of which finished out their truncated seasons without any fans in the stands. Will be interesting to see how this plays out over the course of the season.

  • Sep 04, 2020 05:08 PM
    Last: 17d

    That didn't take long. AP is now on the Lions. Smart move by Detroit, they have struggled running the ball for what feels like decades now. A 1-yr deal also makes sense, at the very least just to steady and reinforce their backfield. And who knows, AP might still have a handful of great games left, I think he does. This move could give the Lions 1-3 extra wins even over the course of the season, so kind of a no-brainer roster addition for a team that's otherwise very weak with running the ball.

  • Sep 06, 2020 03:45 PM
    Last: 17d

    You can almost perfectly hear Novak discussing the situation with the officials. He certainly kept his cool well. Don't have official video of the incident just yet but if you come across it post here. I think there should be a meet in the middle penalty for something like this, equivalent to a tech foul in basketball, of which you get 2 before ejection. One and done, especially over an accident seems unfair. Maybe he loses a set instead. But if that were the case, he woulda lost to Busta anyways, so... not sure.

  • Sep 06, 2020 03:26 PM
    Last: 9d

    If the Stars manage to win it all in 2020 they will most certainly deserve it. They will have to go through Vegas first, which I have my doubts on. They feel like massive underdogs there. But their offense scores so much at will that anything is possible - I mean they scored 5 goals in every win in the Avalanche series. Don't think any other team can say that.

    Then they will have to face the Islanders or even more likely the Lightning. I think the Lightning win it all. But if you can manage a series win over Vegas and Tampa Bay you went through the guantlet. Could happen this year though, as I think hockey is the hardest and most unpredictable of all the sporting playoffs.

    As for the Stars after this run, I have no idea. I thought they were close to needing to tear down and rebuild now, but they are proving me wrong. So currently just enjoying the ride.

  • Aug 23, 2020 10:15 PM
    Last: 18d
    Agreed. The Mavs are ready but they never got to play at 100% health, and I believe that's what did them in. Even in this playoff series, they took probably the best team in the league to 6 games without having Luka and Kristaps on the court together, for more than I think 4 minutes of the entire series! Not to mention losing a few key players to injury earlier in the season... look out for the Mavs to come on strong in 2021 and beyond, especially if they can get one more piece of the puzzle they desparately need - a strong defensive player. They need a Dennis Rodman type, to compliment and protect Luka (to MJ) and Porzingis (to Pippen). I know that duo is a LOONNNGGG way from those greats, but hey, the comparison does make sense.
  • Aug 26, 2020 06:54 PM
    Last: 18d
    JFoster Wrote: You're right, it's a historic moment in NBA and sports for sure. In these uncertain times, nothing would surprise me. I could see it to where they could go to the extremes of boycotting the rest of the season, or just 24 hours or a couple of games. It's anyone's guess.
    Yeah so far the NBA players have decided to just pause action for a few days, and that the platform of being on national TV for weeks at a time was more valuable than not playing under protest. Which I think is the right move. They reignited the national conversation, at least all over sports news and talk radio. And they sorta have this precedent in their back pocket moving forward. Which turns out is a powerful card to play. And something I think we will see happen more and more in the coming months and years.