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    2020 Broncos: Lock and Roll

    They had a better record in 96 but they scored 81 more points in 97 while only allowing 12 more. 98 had everything - a 13-0 start with a dominant playoff run (although they trailed by 10 in the second half of the CG) and a 192 point differential. That being said, the Jacksonville game was...
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    2020 Broncos: Lock and Roll

    You're absolutely correct - that superseded how good the Broncos were and that the Packers were more like an 11-12 win team than a 13-win one. The line the year before was 2.5 points higher, but the '96 Packers are on one hand of the best teams of all time while the '97 team was merely very good...
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    2020 Broncos: Lock and Roll

    For some reason I totally forgot about the '10 Packers even though they're the most recent ones to do it. They lost two games to bad teams with Rodgers, but their overall profile is very similar to the '97 Broncos and they played almost two games without him. The one quibble I'll make is...
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    2020 Broncos: Lock and Roll

    It's insane in hindsight that the Broncos were 11.5-point dogs in this Super Bowl since the Packers were defending champions and had a better record while the Broncos were a Wild Card. The Broncos led the league in SRS (and were three points better than the Packers) and they were a tenth of a...
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    2020 Bengals: No Longer Burrow-ing Underground?

    That's the conclusion to Sheil Kapadia's excellent team previews on The Athletic. The offensive line is still a huge question mark as they didn't address it a ton in FA or the draft. However, they did sign projected starting RG Xavier Su'a-Filo and adding Jonah Williams will be like having...
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    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Looking at the pic in the schedule thread, the only time this would make a difference is Week 5 where the Jets are home at 1 on FOX but CBS has the doubleheader. The 1:00 games on CBS that week are BUF-TEN, DEN-NE, OAK-KC, JAC-HOU and CIN-BAL. Edit: I suppose this also makes a difference in...
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    NBA GOAT discussion

    The funny thing is the '03 Spurs have possibly the biggest gap ever between best player and second best player on title teams. Duncan won his second straight MVP while Robinson was riding off into the sunset and Parker and Ginobili were young and mistake-prone. No one on that team was close to...
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    Least Favorite Red Sox Heroes

    For the Drew wasn't clutch narrative (upon his arrival), he had five postseason hits here that raised the win expectancy by at least 15%. Does anyone besides Ortiz have as many? I could only find four for Manny.
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    Ideal Realignment

    Yes. In both other daily sports, teams in the same city/area are in the same division. That should always be the case in baseball which plays twice as many games.
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    Ideal Realignment

    And not only broke from East to West -Texas and Seattle are about as far as you can get North and South. The Mariners haven't exactly made the best decisions since 2001, but their annually brutal travel certainly doesn't do them any favors.
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    Ideal Realignment

    The NFL is a weekly sport that plays 16 games a year, so travel isn't anywhere near as much of an issue. If it's a year where they play the NL East or Central in interleague play, the three AL West Coast teams play 75% of their road games in the Eastern and Central time zones (18 divisional road...
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    Ideal Realignment

    That's perfectly balanced schedule-wise adding up to 162 - three games apiece against interleague teams (60), six against interdivision (30) and 18 within the division (72).
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    Ideal Realignment

    The one where baseball is the only of the three major daily sports (and plays twice as many games as the other two) that doesn't have geographic leagues which create much more unnecessary travel and fewer local rivalries?
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    Ideal Realignment

    Yeah, the fact that they haven't been in the same division in 26 years made me separate them. Plus Philly is much closer to NYC/BAL/WAS and equidistant to Boston as it is to Pittsburgh while Pittsburgh is closer to DET/CLE/CIN and almost as close to Toronto as it is to Philadelphia. Jesus, the...
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    Ideal Realignment

    Mets/Phillies is such a close rivalry and they've been in the same league/division for almost 60 years since the Mets came into existence, so I'd be hesitant to break that up. I'm just more willing to throw the Florida teams wherever since they have no rivals.