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  • Apr 07, 2020 09:20 AM
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    It has been amazing to witness the sports world come to a complete halt as of mid-March of 2020, while everyone scrambles to adjust to new life in the wake of COVID-19. Quarantined, social distancing life.

    But now, Major League Baseball thinks they finally have a viable solution to allow their season to play out, more or less in full, in 2020. Something I didn't think was going to be possible. But after hearing the idea, I can see it, even though its kinda bizarre.

    They want all 30 teams and staff to relocate and live in relative isolation in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area for the entire duration of the season. That would be for a grand total of about 4 1/2 months:

    The plan, sources said, would dictate that all 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the greater Phoenix area, including the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields. Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium, sources said. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have been supportive of a plan that would adhere to strict isolation, promote social distancing and allow MLB to become the first professional sport to return.

    A bubble city, they are calling it.

    Crazy idea, but it could actually work. The biggest hurdle is getting all the players on board. They will have to convince everyone to be away from their families for 4-5 months straight. That's no easy task. Surely some will immediately be on board because of the money at stake. But others, harder to say. And what do you do if you can't get enough players to agree?

    The thought is if this idea fails, the season won't happen at all. So it seems to come down to this, or nothing at all for 2020. Think it'll happen?? If it does, we are talking MLB games as early as May. But more likely June.

    Will post more here as the story breaks.

  • Apr 05, 2020 03:41 PM
    Last: 5hr

    I always thought Kobe should have been in more conversations for the greatest player ever. Its an easy induction decision and a good move by the NBA. Maybe after his way-too-early passing, it will elevate him into that conversation more. Its not like everyone has been sleeping on his greatness, but you usually hear Lebron, MJ, Kareem, Bird and Magic Johnson before you hear Kobe brought up for all time greats.

    Easily a top 10 all time player in my opinion. I would put him top 3. But I'm biased because I was born in the mid 80s so I never sat down to watch Bird, Russell, Wilt, etc. The only knock on Kobe for me was him being a big ball hog for the last few years of his career. But that said, I really enjoyed his approach to the game. Here's a good top 10 from him, just a reminder:

  • Mar 27, 2020 05:46 PM
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    I agree for the most part. I mean I completely agree the draft can be done even with everything that's going on. I can easily see that. And it will be a welcome reprieve no doubt.

    But I'm not sure on starting the season without fans. I think it will entirely depend on where the math and science says we are with the spread and containment of the coronavirus in August and September. Even without fans, players will still have to travel across the country and meet in large groups, still 100+, to even practice normally.

    A full roster once the season starts is 53 people. And that's just the player count. Maybe more now with the CBA passing. Then there's practice squads, coaches, staff, stadium workers, etc. Talking about a lot of people still congregating in close quarters (locker rooms etc). And not to mention football being a contact sport so there is no way around that - impossible to social distance for players at least.

    All that said I am hopeful the country at large will be at a much better place with this pandemic in a few months. But I am leery of NFL starting on time. September isn't too far removed from July when the Olympics were set to start and that got postponed for an entire year.

  • Mar 17, 2020 04:25 PM
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    PowerPlay Wrote:
    I wonder what a Tom Brady lead Tampa Bay looks like. It would really be something if he takes the Bucs to a Super Bowl and wins it in his first year. Of course this is just me going off his past few years with the Patriots, but it'd be crazy to see. I also wonder why he chose that specific team. I thought I saw that he was going to Tennessee, so it's odd to see him go the opposite way.

    It's also interesting to me that he decided to go to a different team rather than completing his legacy with the Patriots with a retirement. He has to know that the longer he plays, the more losses he's likely to gain. You'd think he would have just ended it on a high note with the Pats.

    I think he wanted to go to Tennessee but they signed Ryan Tannehill to an extension, opting for the younger player. And then he wanted to leave the AFC for the NFC. He reportedly favored the Bucs because it was still on the east coast, where his family will stay (in Mass.) while he plays during the season. Also the Bucs are a good fit for him. Great wide receivers and a good coach. Will be interesting to see how far he can take them in 2020-21. I would not be surprised at all if Tampa Bay wins their division this year.
  • Mar 17, 2020 04:25 PM
    Last: 17d
    Todd Gurley leaves the Rams and signs a 1-yr deal with the Falcons. And Melvin Gordon leaves the Chargers to sign a 2-yr deal with the Broncos.
  • Mar 17, 2020 04:25 PM
    Last: 17d

    Nick Foles just got traded to the Bears. And Tom Brady is now a Buccaneer. Also Broncos are going to release Flacco and the Saints are signing Malcolm Jenkins.

  • Mar 15, 2020 02:35 PM
    Last: 19d

    Good to see league minimum salaries going up. The minimum will be around $1 mil by the end of this CBA. So thats great for most players, not just the stars.

    I'm all for less preseason and more postseason games. Im on the fence about 17 week seasons but at least they are rising the tides as far as money goes and expanding rosters and practice squads. Going to need it with more injuries from the extra game I would say.

  • Mar 17, 2020 02:44 PM
    Last: 17d

    Wow. Its a good offense for him. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. And a good coach in Arians.

  • Mar 17, 2020 02:44 PM
    Last: 17d

    Tom Brady is no longer the New England Patriots quarterback. After 20 years. Brady was the 199th pick in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft and here's what he did in his career with the Patriots, brace yourself --

    He won 6 Super Bowls for the Pats, was a 4-time Super Bowl MVP, a 3-time league MVP, a 5-time NFL Pro Bowler and a two time Offensive Player of the Year. Also during that time he led the league in touchdown passes 4 times, passing yards 3 times, passer rating 2 times, and had the highest completion % of any quarterback in 2007.

    Yeah. The Patriots looked at that unparalleled resume of Brady's and said 'yeah but he's 43 and he won't take a team friendly discount anymore so we don't want to pay him what he's worth, or get talent around him to continue the dynasty, so he can go'.

    That's ridiculous. You have Tom Brady. And you had a chance to let arguably the best QB in the history of the sport finish out his awesome career with your franchise, and you blew it. Tom Brady should have left.

    Here is Brady's respectful response to the world on social media about him leaving:

    View this post on Instagram


    A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:45am PDT

    Where do you think Tom Brady goes from here? It seems like he is going to the Chargers after Rivers left to go to the Colts. He did call himself a 'California kid' in the post. Seems like a wink to me.

    This has been expected and rumored for many months now. But still surreal to see. I think the Patriots are making a big mistake and they should have overpaid Brady on a 2-3 year deal to end his career, just to say thank you for making us the lone dynasty in the NFL for the last 20 years. Likely will never happen ever again. I hope Brady wins one more Super Bowl somewhere else, and the Pats don't make the playoffs next year.

    Pats don't have a QB now either. So we will see how much of the dynasty was really Belichick vs Brady now.

  • Mar 12, 2020 01:55 PM
    Last: 21d
    Yeah. I think everyone is just hoping we can operate at a quarantined standstill for about a month until summer starts to kinda begin. Have heard that when temperatures rise above 78-79 degrees that might mean the virus can't thrive and will start to die off. So every sport is saying roughly 30 days then re-evaluate. But I can see a minimum of 6-8 weeks for all of this. And of course untold millions, likely billions in the sports world economy completely lost, let alone the billions or is it possible trillions in the world economy at large lost from all the economic downturns and what will be lost over the next several months. And I think that assumes best case scenario.