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  1. Royal Reader

    2020 Tompa Bay: Trouble in Paradise?

    Eh, I don't think anyone believes Belichick doesn't go at his players, just not in public.
  2. Royal Reader

    2020 Tompa Bay: Trouble in Paradise?

    Which seems the worst possible way to handle it, as now he will have a pissed off Evans on his hands, too. My mental image of Belichick says something like "We need to get better in all three phases" and refuses to elaborate.
  3. Royal Reader

    The Giannis Sweepstakes

    Because letting Brogdon go was an error, and now they potentially have an unhappy superstar one year from FA. Wouldn't be the first NBA franchise to back themselves into a corner like that.
  4. Royal Reader

    The Giannis Sweepstakes

    The more I look at this, the more Boston looks like the team I would speak to if I'm the Bucks. Jaylen Brown, one other Cs starter not named Tatum, #14, #30 and the next two tradeable Celtics firsts seems the only package that tops high lottery picks in the next two drafts in terms of asset...
  5. Royal Reader

    The Giannis Sweepstakes

    Embiid feels like, of all second stars, the number one pick for "Guy who'd work least well next to Giannis." Ambiguity of like meaning both "such as" or "similar to." But who is there who is similar to those guys who would actually be available? Apart from the Embiid/Simmons bad fit, teams...
  6. Royal Reader

    The Soccer GOAT - cast your vote

    Messi Maradona Zidane Puskas C Ronaldo I always feel Pele is a little overrated. He's like the Hank Aaron of Soccer to me - really good, for a very long time, but merely great rather than transcendent like some of the other guys he gets in conversations with. it's not clear to me he's...
  7. Royal Reader

    Game 4: Celtics vs. Sixers: Get Smart!

    Are we sure Embiid is the best player in this series?
  8. Royal Reader

    Game 4: Celtics vs. Sixers: Get Smart!

    That dagger was a thing of beauty.
  9. Royal Reader

    Champions League 2019-20: The Final Countdown

    I'm torn as to whether to watch the CL final or Mavs-Clips. Might depend on whether the Cs piss me off.
  10. Royal Reader

    Game 4: Celtics vs. Sixers: Get Smart!

    Yup. The question for the Sixers is how they respond to the next Cs run, and nothing I've seen from Philly makes me think that response is going to be to fight like their lives depended on it.
  11. Royal Reader

    The Ringer

    Well, if you're making $40k you're in the top half of Americans. The dqydj calculator suggests that earning $39k puts you in the 49th percentile in the LA metro area, but ziprecruiter (topical, for a ringer discussion) suggests that you'd need to make $52k just to be in the 25th percentile, and...
  12. Royal Reader

    dirtynine's Digest - The Thread for Kits

    I'm waiting for the club that is bold enough to go the Arsenal/Juventus route and not put the city name in. I'd love it if, say, they had a Pittsburgh franchise called Three Rivers SC or whatever. Among the Anglophile options, I'm kind of shocked no-one has ever gone County.
  13. Royal Reader

    Celtics extend Brad Stevens

    I just find it amazing that Stevens has been there seven years. How time flies.
  14. Royal Reader

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Yup. I recall him saying the phrase "I just think Lonzo is going to be special" several times when analysing the Fultz/Ball/Tatum lottery.
  15. Royal Reader

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    Idk, a headbutt? Feels like a joke if you can butt a guy then only miss a game you were going to get rested for anyway.
  16. Royal Reader

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    4th (SI) SECOND 3rd (NBA Draft Room) (Couldn't find a big board) 3rd (Business Insider) SECOND 2nd (NBA.com) SECOND 3rd (BR) FIRST 2nd (Forbes) (No board) 3rd (CBS Sports) FOURTH 2nd (ESPN) FIRST 3rd (WaPo) SECOND 3rd (NBC Sports) SECOND 3rd (USA Today) (no board) 2nd (The Athletic) SECOND In...
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    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    Mocks are to a large degree attempts to predict the draft, rather than straight rankings of best prospects, right? I just looked at the Ringer draft prep stuff - Ayton was mocked first, but all three of their Big Boards (KOC, Tjarks, Chau) had Doncic #1 in the individual ranker's opinion. My...
  18. Royal Reader

    Champions League 2019-20: The Final Countdown

    Yes, although on the other hand fuck Red Bull and everything they stand for.
  19. Royal Reader

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    Ah, ok, thanks. Only caught the fourth quarter.
  20. Royal Reader

    Champions League, Round of 16

    Why is what American sports leagues do relevant? They are watched in completely different ways. Soccer fans will rarely watch two games on the same day, and if they do it'll be at a weekend. Viewing for European games not involving teams from the same country is really low - I would imagine...