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  1. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    Arsenal 2019-2020 - Because Thursday Games are the Best Way to Start the Weekend

    Martinelli just signed a new deal, apparently through 2024 with a club option to extend for another year.
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    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot - NE Signs Cam Newton

    I've swung from "meh" to :banana: on the move over the course of this week and partly its because I've come around to the idea that there might be real long term upside here. A lot has to go right for the Patriots to want to extend Cam long term for big dollars but if things do go right, he is...
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    Arsenal 2019-2020 - Because Thursday Games are the Best Way to Start the Weekend

    I haven't seen him play that many matches but I've never seen him do anything except give 110% on the pitch at all times and I think you're right that he has some real talent going forward as well. Arsenal really does have a nice core of young players - I think Tierney (23), Guendouzi (21)...
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    Match week 32 gamethread

    City currently has a better goal difference on the season than Liverpool. Yet will be 20 points behind assuming this scoreline holds. Score em when they count I guess.
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    Bloomberg Feature on SB Ring Heist

    Other than making me watch the helmet catch again, nice work!
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    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    It's funny that the league is still pretending there is a chance they will have fans in the stadiums.
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    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot - NE Signs Cam Newton

    I'm coming around on this, if only because it allows me to dream of (unlikely) scenarios where the Patriots can actually compete with the best teams for another year.
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    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot - NE Signs Cam Newton

    Lawrence is a pipe dream but drafting at the #8 or #18 makes a big difference if you're hoping for the second or third best QB in the draft. There isn't a lot of upside with Cam as a longer term solution, as if he plays well you're going to pay him $20-25M per year in his decline phase...
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    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot - NE Signs Cam Newton

    Worst case is that he beats out Stidham and the Pats win 7-9 games, so we never get to see Stidham play but we don't draft high enough in the first round to get one of the better QBs. The attraction of Stidham is that if he's good you've got a potential long term solution at QB and if not good...
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    Arsenal 2019-2020 - Because Thursday Games are the Best Way to Start the Weekend

    Meh. Focusing overwhelmingly on Pepe is a lazy way of thinking about what Arsenal has done in the last two years. As is writing an article exhorting Arsenal to buy younger and cheaper players with high ceilings and not mentioning Martinelli, Guendouzi, Saliba, etc.
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    Arsenal 2019-2020 - Because Thursday Games are the Best Way to Start the Weekend

    The core argument of this piece is hard to argue with: Buy good, younger players who are undervalued by the market and find a coach that will develop them and make them greater than the sum of their parts. The bizarre thing is that the writer doesn't seem very familiar with what Arsenal has...
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    2020 NFL Draft - Rounds 2 & 3 Game Thread

    Sign me up. Versatility is always great and we really needed to get more athletic on defense. Hard to think of two better picks in that regard.
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    RD2 #5/#37: S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

    I don't know much about him but Chung went seriously downhill as last year wore on (definitely partly injury related) and I don't mind looking for his replacement one year ahead of time. More generally, I think the defense just needs more athleticism in the middle of the field and it sounds...
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    Covid-19 & the 2019-20 season (or, Can a rabona inspire us?)

    I think its probably a bad idea from a public health standpoint but my expectation is that they will exhaust every opportunity to play the rest of the season behind closed doors and only give up on that if things still look dire in June. Not only does money usually win out, but the clubs are...
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    Likelihood of an NFL 2020 Season

    The athletes may be young and healthy but everybody else involved in the NFL sure isn't. The only way a season occurs is if there is a serious plan in place to limit the degree to which the virus can be transmitted throughout the league, probably through some kind of incredibly vigilant testing...
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    Covid-19 & the 2019-20 season (or, Can a rabona inspire us?)

    Even putting aside the question of what the virus will be doing at that point, this plan involves players going from a long break immediately into a festive period like hyper-congested fixture list for an entire month, right before the start of another long grueling season. It’s insane. Just...
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    2020 Pats: 2020 Roster & Beyond (non-QB edition)

    OK, its extremely unlikely that the Patriots will be "truly competitive" before 2022. There really isn't a lot of talent on offense and the defense is aging. I don't want to make a plan based on how if the stars align perfectly then maybe we can luck our way into the AFC championship game and...
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    2020 Pats: 2020 Roster & Beyond (non-QB edition)

    I think its useful to take a step back and think about the big picture, then make roster decisions based on a strategy for dealing with that situation. For me, the big picture is this: 1) The Patriots aren't going to be truly competitive before 2022 at the earliest. There is no QB and not...