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  1. Trautwein's Degree

    2021 Pats: QB Options

    This is the only thing that makes sense for them. In this year's market you grade the guys and group them by tiers. For all of the reasons outlined in this thread it is highly unlikely that the Patriots get a top tier guy like Watson or Lawrence. The question then becomes what happens in the...
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    Mike Trout card sells for more than Honus Wagner T206

    This thread has inspired me to get back into the collecting game. Just bought this for $6. It’s hard to imagine anything that I could buy for $6 that could bring me more joy.
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    Benintendi to Royals for Franchy Cordero, Mets RHP prospect Josh Winckowski, and 3 PTBNLs

    Every league is basically cycles of 2 to 4 year competitive windows and then 2 to 4 year rebuilds if you get lucky in the draft and/or free agency. No team is exempt from this.
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    Benintendi to Royals for Franchy Cordero, Mets RHP prospect Josh Winckowski, and 3 PTBNLs

    Did SJH get the keys to your account? Benintendi is heading into his 27 year old season and here are his career numbers: 1837 at bats 273 avg. 51 homeruns 260 rbi .353 OBP .435 SLG +107 OPS+ He’s coming off a wretched year. He’s slated to make 6.6 million this year and being arb eligible...
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    Benintendi to Royals for Franchy Cordero, Mets RHP prospect Josh Winckowski, and 3 PTBNLs

    And the decision matrix here becomes: 1. Is Benintendi going to be part of the team when we’ve rebuilt? 2. If no, can we get something for him that may help us down the road? 9 times out of 10 guys like they got in this deal wash out. 1 time out of 10 you hit on someone. If you do - great...
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    Super Bowl 55 Predictions

    Last back to back Super Bowl winners - Patriots in 2004 and 2005. Why? Because winning back to back Super Bowls is nearly impossible. Vegas has the Chiefs favored by 3. Logically, that makes a lot of sense. They are the better team. They have beaten Tampa already this year (by 3 at home). I'm...
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    2027 NFL: How long does Brady play?

    Tom Brady is 43 years old. He has said he wants to play at 45. His birthday is August 3rd. To do this he has to play 2 more years. I take Tom Brady at his word. And I would never bet against him.
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    A Country for Old Men: Tom Brady and His Ilk

    Brady has repeatedly said he wants to play until he’s 45. He is currently 43. He turns 44 in August. So I think he plays 2 more seasons.
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    2020 Pats: You Cam Go Your Own Way

    There was Instagram video of Stidham drinking wine with friends without masks on New Year’s Eve. He’s not on the field for a reason - namely Cam gives them a better chance to win.
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    Sox Officially Sever Ties With Lowell Spinners (With a Caveat)

    Isn't the easiest explanation that it does compete with Major League Baseball? If you are at a minor league game you aren't at a major league game. Nor are you watching a major league game on TV. I have a partial season ticket plan with the Hartford Yard Goats and it is fantastic. The stadium is...
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    Jays planning to demolish Rogers Centre, build new stadium in its place

    The Ballpark at Arlington was amazing in every way. I mean - yes it needed a roof and should have been designed with one but it was a great park. Sorry to see it go.
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    Theo Epstein steps down as Cubs' Head of Baseball Ops

    Expansion aside it wouldn't surprise me if Covid has put significant financial pressure on some owners. It seems likely that in the next year that one or more franchise will be sold. Theo as part of an ownership group makes a ton of sense. He has some scratch but that's not what he would...
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    2020 Tompa Bay: Tom Tom Club

    I don’t recall a single story about him being an asshole in his 20 years in Boston. Not one. Most of the stories we got about him were things like he was just another one of the dads watching his kids play youth sports and stuff. Sure it could have been planted. But we got zero to the contrary...
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    2020 Tompa Bay: Tom Tom Club

    The two athletes that I'm most grateful to have watched the last 20 years were Brady and David Ortiz. They have made so many deposits in my bank of sports watching joy that rooting for them to fail is not close to an option.
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    2020 Tompa Bay: Season-long Game Thread

    I think time will reveal that Belichick thought NE would be better off with Tom in Tampa.
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    9/13 Pats vs Dolphins

    CBS said it’s a wind issue. Belichick wants the wind at the kicker’s back.
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    9/13 Pats vs Dolphins

    It’s fun to see such a different Patriots offense. I don’t know how this all turns out but we’ve seen more creativity this quarter than all of last year.
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    Milwaukee Bucks boycott Game 5 vs Orlando

    It’s not just the owner it’s the media, the advertisers, and the companies seeking exposure for their products. Lots of companies want into the NBA’s market. And that’s where the power to make change exists. Also LeBron by doing what he’s doing may put pressure on other athletes in other sports...
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    Mike Trout card sells for more than Honus Wagner T206

    There are a lot of people with a lot of money in the world. And this auction took the card from valuable to iconic. People will want it more. It's not his signature they're buying. Nor a card with his name on it. They are buying the status.
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    Covid and MLB

    The Sox just need to make it until September 1. This was not only foreseeable it was certain to happen given the out of control infection rates in this country. There's no way MLB can continue. What do you do - assign forfeits to the Marlins?