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  1. Joe D Reid

    FA Cup

    Nasty hamstring, which usually means a fair bit of time off but not something to threaten chunks of next season.
  2. Joe D Reid

    Don't take me out with the crowd - Red Sox at Mets - What day is it?

    If the season ended tonight, we’d play Toronto for the 8 seed.
  3. Joe D Reid

    Clubs you always root against

    Listen, somebody has to list Sunderland, so I will. I'm in sort of an odd position in that over the past five years the rivals (Sunderland and Rangers) of my two main clubs (Newcastle and Celtic) have met with hilarious, prolonged, and public humiliation. This includes the 12-hour multi-season...
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    Stanford Cutting 11 Varsity Sports Programs

    It's hard. The average academic qualifications at top-tier schools are so much higher than they were 50 years ago (and there are so many more students vying for seats) that the athletes stick out in a way they might not have back then. But you also don't necessarily want an entire campus of...
  5. Joe D Reid

    Stanford Cutting 11 Varsity Sports Programs

    For most of them, yes. Apparently 12% of the Stanford undergrad population played a varsity sport. That's like a high-school level of varsity participation. I'm sure the academic folks would rather admit some of the many, many academically elite students who don't get into Stanford in a given...
  6. Joe D Reid

    Stanford Cutting 11 Varsity Sports Programs

    Yeah, several of these sports have very recently proven embarrassing from an admissions perspective. It’s hard to argue that they’d be better off with these sports than they would giving the money to public school kids with equal grades.
  7. Joe D Reid

    Washington Football Team Name Change

    A Washington logo inside a Cowboys logo inside a Raiders logo. Dysfunctional NFL Voltron, unite!
  8. Joe D Reid

    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot

    Because so much of his cap hit for the upcoming year will actually fall in 2021, it's hard to set the option. Sure, if he'd be willing to take incredibly low money for another year hooray. But the Pats would be in the same spot with Cam next year that they were with Brady this year, where their...
  9. Joe D Reid

    2020 Pats: Welcome to Camelot

    I mean, there are three major buckets of outcomes here: 1. Cam's permanently broken or worse than Stidham and gets cut during or just after camp. Positives zero; negatives a prorated amount of the veteran minimum, or zero. 2. Cam plays badly and/or the team is bad. He starts N-1 games before...
  10. Joe D Reid

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    The issue is that saying "it's not an open mic night" implies that the podcasts go people based on merit. "Hiring family over likely more qualified people because I can do what I want" is the *opposite* of that. That's at best hypocritical; more likely it's because he hasn't actually reflected...
  11. Joe D Reid

    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    Can someone tell the owners that the chicken has had enough? They really need to put down the chicken. The chicken must be tired at this point.
  12. Joe D Reid

    Judge Orders Unsealing of 2017 MLB Letter to Yankees Regarding Alleged Yankees Sign Stealing

    I question the tactical value of pushing a possible release date into the actual season. This feels like an appeal you lose either way: if you lose, the document comes out, if you win, you've established the document is bad.
  13. Joe D Reid

    Judge Orders Unsealing of 2017 MLB Letter to Yankees Regarding Alleged Yankees Sign Stealing

    That smacks of outside counsel doing everything they can to win the lawsuit without taking into account the P.R. issues associated with making the argument in the first place. C.f. U.S. Soccer in the discrimination lawsuit against the USWNT. It's a fun subset of the Streisand effect.
  14. Joe D Reid

    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    I don’t want to pile on, but if we’re questioning the legitimacy of part-season championships then we’re saying that 1918 (where games were missed because of the war and the flu) didn’t count. Although I guess it would be funny if Yankees fans spent decades chanting the wrong year at us.
  15. Joe D Reid

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    The union statement said 86% of "speakers", which to me sounds like it includes guests--focusing solely on in-house folks might change the numbers, not sure. The lack of editorial diversity has been pretty consistent going back to Grantland. The beat writer thing I don't know what to do with...
  16. Joe D Reid

    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    This plan of having those who make the most take the biggest cut makes perfect sense so long as the owners, who both make and already have more money than the players, are taking a haircut even 1% more than the the highest-earning players. I have some doubts that's true; I have zero doubts that...
  17. Joe D Reid

    Covid-19 & the 2019-20 season (or, Can a rabona inspire us?)

    Watching the reaction to this on season 3 of that Netflix Sunderland show will warm my cold Newcastle pants.
  18. Joe D Reid

    Don Shula Passes Away

    I shall eat an overpriced steak tonight in his memory.
  19. Joe D Reid

    Rumored: There will be no minor league season this year

    The league spokesperson won't--and can't -- say anything else until an official annoucement is made. That's not exactly a refutation of the leak or the fact that minor league baseball doesn't exist without fans unless MLB steps in to subsidize.