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  1. slamminsammya

    2020 Football Team: A Capitol Scandal

    This was good. Wasn't there a story a few years ago about the Redskins basically trapping cheerleaders on an island? Why did that story not blow up? It was essentially close to human trafficking as I recall.
  2. slamminsammya

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Your original post said he was "quite literally" the worst player with big minutes and neither RPM nor PIPM bear this out. RPM he is middle of the pack, even after filtering by minutes. PIPM he is near the bottom but not even close to "literally" the worst. Forgetting the rankings, the actual...
  3. slamminsammya

    Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20: Jose can you see?

    If there is one thing I've learned from Football Manager, it's that considering net transfer spend doesn't tell you a whole lot, since you must also consider wages and sign on bonuses. What was the net wage impact of the summer you've focused in on? Are those numbers available?
  4. slamminsammya

    Getting Smart with Statistics

    Kawhi is definitely trading off reputation at this point. He could be a top defender but he doesn't try too much on that end anymore, at least in the regular season. Which is not a knock on him - it makes sense as he has evolved into a player who carries a huge offensive load. But the guy is a...
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    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    Its not at all obvious that playing is a financial benefit to the players, especially if it turns out that there is significant lung damage even to those who are asymptomatic.
  6. slamminsammya

    2019 Draft Megathread

    Wait, one of these is not like the other. Isn't Simmons one of the best defenders in the NBA right now? Or is that just me that thinks that?
  7. slamminsammya

    Age Before Beauty: Barcelona 2019-2020

    Does Arthur for Pjanic make any sense on the pitch? Or is it just for the balance sheet?
  8. slamminsammya

    MVP of 2004 Postseason

    My instinct was Foulke, then I looked up Ortiz's numbers and remembered all the big moments he had. I don't know why I thought it would be Foulke. As a side note, what a fall from grace for Schilling. I can't think of anything like it for an athlete.
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    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Are you interested in questioning why you need to define a word before applying it? If college teachers asked you not to watch porn in the middle of the lecture is the only serious thinker in the room the student who asks "Um sir I am going to need a clear definition of what porn is before I...
  10. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    No, you dont have to define something to speak clearly and meaningfully about it. It takes like three seconds of introspection to see that is the case. And I enjoy (and by enjoy, I mean the opposite) the "you're not serious thinkers" postscript. Calculus was developed in the 1600s. Limits...
  11. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    What argument are you trying to make by simply posting a picture of someone?
  12. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    You mean Yao? Or was Mao the cause of the 3 point revolution?
  13. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    I think you are being obtuse. I haven't even mentioned how ludicrous is the idea that a coach who most would consider white or a questionable minority case is going to subsequently command the respect of an NFL locker room where on average 70% of the players are black.
  14. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    I know you didn't, I quoted your reply but was really addressing several posts that have coalesced around the same argument, which I think is a very weak one. To respond to your post in particular, the owners and the fans had no love for the Patriots when deflategate happened. The PR blowback...
  15. slamminsammya

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    A very legitimate reply to this line of reasoning is to ask whether you can think of any actual examples of these edge cases you are describing that might plausibly come up either in the past or the future. If its very unlikely that there would ever be a grey area case, then its pointless...
  16. slamminsammya

    Live sports are back!!

    I look forward to at least a year of coronavirus themed sports puns. Anytime someone is playing bad defense in any sport - "social distancing hardeharhar", plenty of flattening the curve jokes in baseball, vaccinated against scoring etc. I would like to see the announcers get these out of their...
  17. slamminsammya

    The Last Dance

    I am not saying he couldn't shoot them, just that even for the best players your percentage off the bounce is generally lower than catch and shoot situations, so it doesn't make sense to say he was a 40% 3p shooter in the 80s so he would just carry that percentage over to higher volume, assuming...
  18. slamminsammya

    The Last Dance

    The point about shot selection varying across eras is a good one, but at the same time its not like you can just up Bird's attempts from three and assume hes hitting them at the same rate. Off the dribble threes were not really a thing back then, and its not at all clear he would have that shot...
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    The Last Dance

    It must also be mentioned he was doing that largely during the most defensive era of NBA basketball throughout its history in the 90s.