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Oct 12, 15

Should we just go ahead and suspect everyone who suddenly improves in sports from now on? I don't think we should, but it's hard to argue if someone wants to be skeptical. What happens to Florida now? It has been an amazing season up to now for them, but it's hard not to see it differently now, huh?

Oct 08, 15

FanDuels and DraftKings can say whatever they like, but whenever money is involved, it's gambling, and all of the same sorts of things that are true about gambling addiction when it comes to playing slots, or betting on games, apply here too!

What's ridiculous about it is the way the leagues and media outlets try to pretend that this isn't gambling somehow so that they can remain "clean" and above reproach. Because, you know, being involved with anyone gambling on the actual game would be awful, but betting on individual player results somehow isn't. (As if professional gamblers couldn't influence those numbers just as easily as they could fix a game.)

Nope, it's just fantasy sports, but it's real money, which brings out real problems.

Oct 08, 15

Even as a Cowboys fan, I'm not thrilled with Greg Hardy's behavior. I've held my nose and "rooted" for lots of people that I wouldn't want to be friends with over the years, but Hardy does come across as truly clueless. The comments about coming out "guns blazing" and about Tom Brady's wife I guess were supposed to be funny, but coming from Hardy, they aren't/ There's something to be said for the context of any joke, and the context around Hardy really is not conducive to trying to be funny about a woman's looks, or guns. Seriously dude, get a clue.

Oct 05, 15

I could actually get behind some of these, especially leaving the icing rule as is even when a team is shorthanded. I wouldn't go so far as to make it so the team on the penalty kill can't change players though, that's just going to increase the risk of injury to have tired players out there. But not being able to just freely fire the puck to the opposite end would make the power play all the more offensively interesting!

Oct 01, 15

But, according to the NFL he's not ready to get paid for his performance until after next season.

Sep 25, 15

Five of the top ten are in the Metro Division. Going to be a very competitive place this season!

Sep 25, 15

"Nobody wants to be a fantasy football fish.

DraftKings and FanDuel are testing new ways to make less successful players feel comfortable and enhance the impression that games are fair and winnable. For the massive tournaments whose prizes regularly top $1 million, both websites now limit the number of entries from a single player. FanDuel put a cap of about 1,000 entries on big football tournaments this year. For DraftKings's "Millionaire Maker" tournament, players are limited to 500 entries at the $10 level.

These limits seem almost laughably nonrestrictive until you understand how top players operate. Analysis from Rotogrinders conducted for Bloomberg shows that the top 100 ranked players enter 330 winning lineups per day, and the top 10 players combine to win an average of 873 times daily. The remaining field of approximately 20,000 players tracked by Rotogrinders wins just 13 times per day, on average."

Wait, you mean when there's significant money involved, professional sharks will get involved? Shocking, not!

Sep 23, 15

I don't know that it's an active war, but the NHL sure can act pretty clueless.

While Voynov was properly suspended after his arrest, the Kings and the league spending so much time focused on the salary cap ramifications and then breaking league rules just to let him skate in practice was tone deaf, to say the least.

With Kane, I don't know what the correct thing to do is. He hasn't been charged with anything. So do you keep him away from his livelihood? I don't see that until he is charged with something, but having a press conference was crazy, and frankly the fans who cheered him like he was returning from injury or overcoming some other challenge should be embarrassed. I'm embarrassed by them as a hockey fan.

Sep 21, 15

"In the last decade, many college football teams have embraced a form of offense that runs at a furious tempo with no breaks for huddles, the goal being to grind down and exhaust the defense. Teams that play this way don’t bother trying to fool their opponents with complex schemes and trickery, they just bull forward as fast as they can. College defenses have been forced to adapt to this “hurry-up” mode by simplifying their fronts and coverage packages to help the players keep pace. The learning curve, at the NFL level, NFL people say, is so massive that it’s hard to overcome for all but the best college quarterbacks.

The trouble with this trend, NFL experts say, is that many of the players coming from the college ranks have spent their entire careers playing in this high-throttle system, which is completely different from the slower, deliberate and more complex nature of the NFL. When they come to the NFL, it’s as if they’re being told to stop playing speed checkers and start playing chess. And the NFL, which doesn’t have a minor league of its own, has no influence over college coaches. “They don’t coach anything,” said Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, when discussing college defenses. "

When will the NFL adjust by developing a minor league, and competing with the NCAA directly? Forget draft age limits, and everything else that is wrong with the NCAA, and just start a minor league, where you can teach reading defenses!

Sep 18, 15

Man, I'm not a Mets fan, but I know quite a few. This article can't be

Sep 18, 15

96% of NFL players studied post mortem had CTE, 79% of people who played football at any level tested as having it as well.

This is bad for football. Those kinds of percentages really shouldn't be ignored, though some will point out that only people who agreed to have their brains studied after their death were part of the study, which would skew towards players who were already experiencing symptoms. That is true, but the numbers really seem to indicate that it's not rare anyway you look at it.

Sep 15, 15

"On Monday, they failed again; to consume ESPN's coverage over those few hours was to feel intermittently insane. It was almost real life, but not exactly. In real life, Adrian Peterson pled no-contest to child abuse, and child abuse is a particularly upsetting, stigma-carrying crime to commit, and probably something you should acknowledge in a meaningful way, even if it's once.

In the Monday Night Uncanny Valley, everyone is excited to watch him play football again, and why he wasn't playing is secondary, or tertiary, or quaternary, or quinary. Do you want to hear the truth, or do you want to see me shed some tacklers?"

I watched the game Monday night for two reasons. I had no rooting interest for either team, nor any fantasy football reason to watch, but I wanted to see former Buckeye Carlos Hyde, and see how ESPN handled Adrian Peterson. As soon as I realized that Chris Berman was calling the game I should have known the answer to the latter. Has he ever made a single comment that would make the NFL look bad? He has to be the media's biggest NFL apologist, and as such he really can't be taken seriously when he does talk about an issue like this, not that he actually did talk about it!

Look, Peterson sat out his suspension, and has gone through the court system. He, like any other person, deserves to be able to go back to make a living however he chooses after paying for his crime, and I hope what he says about learning to be a better father is true. But can we not talk about his return as if he were returning from injury? In fact, can we not compare his return to the Vikings to Navorro Bowman's return for the 49ers? One guy sat a year after tearing two ligaments in his knee, the other as punishment for beating his kid. Those are not comparable.

Sep 15, 15

"See, there’s a thing in the NFL called an “injury settlement,” whereby if a player gets injured during the preseason, and the team wants to get rid of that player, they have to cover his medical costs and salary for the weeks he’s predicted to be injured in a one-time payout. This amount can be in the thousands, if not the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and, well, NFL teams don’t like parting with their money.

So what happens when a player gets injured in the preseason, especially if he’s just there to be a training camp body, is the coaching staff starts leaning on him. They know he isn’t going to make the team, but they tell him he has a chance. They tell him that he needs to get out on the field, needs to put the pain aside, so he can give himself the best odds of succeeding. They tell him that it’s vitally important to suit up, since they only have a limited amount of reps to judge players on, and no one makes the team from the training room.

Then they have that player sign an innocuous looking piece of paper, generally in the training room, that declares the player agrees he is fit to play in an NFL football game, and releases the team from all liability."

The thing is, as cold blooded as it sounds when Chris Kluwe actually writes out the details, are any fans actually surprised? Do we even care? Of course not, NFL players aren't real people, and even if they are they are living the dream, getting paid to play a game. But it's not a game so much when you're left broke and broken, is it?

Sep 14, 15

You have to do it, we all accept that. But, there's going to be a playoff game where someone has a concussion and either hides from the spotters, or gets removed by a spotter, amid much controversy.

I don't know when it'll happen, but it will.

Sep 12, 15

I don't know that there can ever be a better "drop the mic" moment. Win your first major, announce your retirement.

Sep 11, 15

"One thing some don't realize is that coaches are fathers first in the NCAA's eyes, meaning any coach can provide his son with anything -- the nicest televisions, gaming systems, furniture, groceries, etc., -- and it's not uncommon for players to live with other players. So one thing coaches often do is have their best players live with their sons, then they flood their sons' dorms or apartments with the nicest things any college kid could ever want, and there's not really anything the NCAA will, or even can, do about it. Pretty neat, right?"

It's only a small part of the article, but that's an interesting loophole. Wonder who Tres Tinkle is rooming with in Corvallis? Might want to hang with that kid. ;-)

Sep 10, 15

Just when we all assume that preseason polls are completely useless, it turns out they are actually a better predictor of late season games that current polls.

In a strange way, this makes sense. Many really good teams fall in the bowl by losing to one or more other really good teams, while teams who win against lesser competition rise in the pools. When these two meet, it turns out the more talented team was the one everyone thought was more talented at the beginning of the season. At least most of the time.

Sep 10, 15

I'd have to say that I agree. Ne;son has every right to not sign until the CBA says he has to, and the Islanders have every right to stop negotiating before that too. Hopefully this doesn't end in a missed season, because I can't imagine Nelson being with the Islanders long after that.

Sep 09, 15

You feel bad for these kids who only have so much time to play college football, but spend much of it sidelined by injuries, especially when Game 1 turns out to be the season.

Sep 07, 15

I wondered about that. I assumed that the agreement to play football was not a right, therefore they could set any rules on that but not take away a scholarship over it, as that would violate their right to free speech. Pro teams could write that into a contract, because they are not the government, but I doubt any pro player would run to sign with a team that did that.

On the college level though, I wonder how many HS kids with social media accounts would willingly give them up or if they would sign with a school that didn't have that rule?

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