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TOPIC: What SPORTS are you following?

What SPORTS are you following? 12 Oct 2017 22:02 #255626

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I have found myself watching the Cubs-Nationals game. Thanks to whomever recommend Channel Pear on the Roku many moons ago. Shellhead, I think.

I am not that much into baseball, especially since Vin Scully (the voice of my childhood, second only to Chick Hearn) retired, but damn I love the idea of baseball. One of my game nerd buddies is a huge Cubs fan; I got to watch them win the series last year with him and that was a great friendship bonding experience. He is occupied tonight, so I feel I have to hold it down for him. I am torn, because if they win then they play the Dodgers. My dad died over the summer and he was a hardcore Dodgers fan from the Brooklyn days. So I have fierce and really unexpected attachment to them going all the way this season.

Edit: I should start a twitter feed or something with nothing but out-of-context quotes from sports analysts. They sound so, so dumb. “Be that as it may, Jim, but at the end of the day he needs to throw strikes.”

When I was young I cared about the sports themselves, but now that I'm older I find that they are one of the most consistent connecting points between my dad and I, and that's what I find myself caring about when my own sons show any interest in sports. That was also true of my grandfather, with whom I watched MANY Ohio State and Cleveland Indians games. Watching Cleveland come so close to a WS win last year was a pretty emotional thing for me, because I knew how much he would have enjoyed watching them. He did live long enough to see Ohio State win the CFB playoff in 2014. He died like two months after that game, I'm glad he got to experience that.
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What SPORTS are you following? 13 Oct 2017 11:56 #255660

This article about Target investing in US youth soccer includes some good points about the lack of development in US soccer among disadvantaged youth:
www.whatahowler.com/targets-move-nascar-...-face-youth-game-us/

And this about MLS salaries compared to other leagues: www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2015...sualizingmlssalaries

MLS's low salaries (for professional sports) make playing soccer professionally really unappealing. Sure it's very comfortable money if you're coming from a poor, disadvantaged background but compared to the money you could be getting as even a benchwarmer in the NFL or NBA, it's just a no brainer.

Of course the current MLS owners have no desire for pro/rel, but I think it could really be in the league's best interest. There the success stories of soccer booming in Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Kansas City, but then you have the duds like Colorado, New England, Philadelphia, etc. Owners who are more than content to just have ho-hum to even terrible teams so they can collect TV money rights. I think pro/rel would boost TV ratings more than anything else MLS could do. In the early MLS season I'm not paying attention because the European leagues are coming to a close. Then in the summer I tune in a little more because there isn't any other soccer to watch, but it's also some pretty meaningless games at this point. Then things start to ramp up as the season starts to close, teams are playing for play-off spots and the Premiere League comes back on so I can watch soccer all day on a Saturday (potentially). Anyways, it means meaningful games all season long.

And then there are so many cities that want MLS teams, but how many teams can the league sustain? It would incentivize more investment in the league and the sport if the cost to entry was lower, you build or buy a franchise in the lowest level of the pyramid, but you have the carrot of making it all the way up to MLS.
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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 11:36 #256162

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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 13:08 #256168

What’s going on there? Was that called safe?
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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 13:43 #256170

Happy YED !
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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 14:07 #256172

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What’s going on there? Was that called safe?

Third baseman threw to home in the only spot that would have caused an out. The catcher is both catching this ball and tagging the player at the same time. Ball lands pretty much anywhere else...Yankee is safe. Not sure if the toss landed there by design, but it was exactly what the Astros needed to prevent a rally.
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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 15:56 #256177

Also looks like a possible broken wrist!
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What SPORTS are you following? 22 Oct 2017 18:49 #256179

I'm Astros all the way for this Series. I'm always a fan of a new team winning the World Series.
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What SPORTS are you following? 20 Feb 2018 19:52 #264059

not much Olympic talk going on. Winter olympics are a big deal up here. Norway has been KILLING it this year, it's nuts.

As you probably saw in the news, Russia wasn't allowed to compete under the Russian flag because of all their doping. So they came in under an Olympic flag only and were allowed to compete that way. The idea being that if Russia followed IOC rules, they would be allowed in next time (they'd probably even see their flag flown at the closing ceremonies). So they're basically under triple probation. And YET there is a doping story that just came out, and of course it's a Russian athlete... but you won't believe the sport the dude was doping in.

CURLING!

You can't make this stuff up
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What SPORTS are you following? 20 Feb 2018 20:58 #264064

NBC's Olympics coverage is pretty bad. I just saw a short feature on Lindsey Vonn. Not terrible, sure. But then I saw a ladies' short track speed skating final, which was an insane sport. All they needed was a couple of motorcycles and they'd have Ice Rollerball. Two teams were disqualified, giving Netherlands the bronze, and they weren't even there! Why aren't we watching more of this?

Edit: The short track I was watching was short track relay. There would be four skaters in the middle of the rink, four in what I will call a run-up lane, and four in the racing lane. To make the relay, the active racer would give the next racer a big shove, for a boost.
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What SPORTS are you following? 20 Feb 2018 21:12 #264067

have ratings been dropping dramatically? I can't believe how many X-games-like events there are now. There's halfpipe for skiiers, big jump for snowboard. It's all very boring and very non-athletic-focused. It's more like extreme sports and very tricks-focused.

I mean, there was that men's mogul thing years ago where a Canadian got gold (Alexandre something, in Vancouver) and yeah, there's some cool jumps, but between the jumps you are trying to get down a mogul run as fast as you gun and it's banging the crap out of your knees. These guys are athletes. I mean, just watching some random dude (or chick) do downhill slalom... those are some serious athletes. But the half-pipe ski thing... the big snowboard jump... i can't believe these are olympic events.

i wish I had watched short track speed skating, it sounds awesome. i was watching two-girl bobsled and it's pretty boring.
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What SPORTS are you following? 20 Feb 2018 23:08 #264073

Short-track is one of the best things in the winter games. The viewing is totally inconsistent, though. Snowboard-cross is even better, it's like Death Race down the hill.

NBC doesn't air anything in primetime that Americans don't have a good chance of winning. That's just how they roll.

Snowboard slopestyle (and to a lesser extent halfpipe) are some of my favorite things to watch. Just fucking insane. Skiing versions of the same events are snoozefests to me. I can't even explain why. However, trying to do traditional Alpine events with snowboards would likely have the same effect.

OTOH, how crazy is it that a snowboarder won a gold on skis? Even Lindsey Vonn made a joke about it during the downhill coverage tonight.

Winter Olympics are always a weird show. Or as Norway calls it: "the Olympics".
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