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    Let's say BB stays on until he retires. What does that mean for the franchise?

    Like you said, we can't really speak to what could have happened, but what DID happen. Lots of teams win Super Bowls without Bill Belichick as head coach. Lots of teams win without Tom Brady as quarterback. But you don't win SIX Super Bowl championships without both of them TOGETHER. Both...
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    2022 Patriots in-season news and moves thread

    Thank you for pointing out the ability to put someone on "ignore." This is very much appreciated indeed.
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    The Ringer

    I was disappointed that they didn't mention the scene of the guy falling and bouncing off the giant propeller. [CLANG!]
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    Brian Flores suing NFL, Giants over "sham" Rooney rule - "mistakenly" (?) sent Belichick text may be linchpin

    If you could, it wouldn't be "systemic." It really is unfortunate that the word "racism" is used, because it implies that the problem can be attributed to one or another individual's malicious actions. I understand why it is used: the problem doesn't hurt people like me who have to wear...
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    Brian Flores suing NFL, Giants over "sham" Rooney rule - "mistakenly" (?) sent Belichick text may be linchpin

    Why do the Rooney's need protection? It was they who initiated the rule in an attempt to address a problem-- hence the name "Rooney Rule." And, as much as it pains me to write it, and despite all of the "All 32 teams" comments in this thread, their organization not only initiated the rule, but...
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    Brian Flores suing NFL, Giants over "sham" Rooney rule - "mistakenly" (?) sent Belichick text may be linchpin

    The incentive for the GM doing the hiring is always going to be to hire someone with whom you are familiar, because the personal stakes for the GM (or whomever is doing the hiring) are quite high. Get it wrong, and you are out. It is a totally rational and reasonable reaction to go with the...
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    Pats defense: Ongoing discussion

    I'm not really an advanced stats guy, but it seems like PFF, is, at bottom, someone deciding "Player 1 should have done XYZ there, but instead did ABC." So, rather, maybe the better baseball analogy is errors. Perhaps some sort of "adjusted errors," with corrections and adjustments for park...
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    Sorry if you all have moved on from the speed-things-up discussion. I agree that the issue is less length of games, especially in low-frequency situations like extra innings, and is far more the dead time between pitches, and the amount of time with no activity at all other than pitches. I...
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    The Ringer

    It's weird to me that people are worked about about the seeding of a fictional character bracket. This stuff, like the old Drew Carey improv show, is "Where Everything is Made Up and the Points Don't Matter." The bracket is just a framework for an entertaining conversation about some...
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    2020 Pats: General/Non-QB Off-Season Discussion

    Thanks for the Borges quotes. I forgot about him. It would be fun to sift through Globe archives and find all the stuff like that. It really is amazing just how spectacularly much of what he wrote blew up in his face. Like, surprised he has any face left.
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    Bucs: TB12 in TB20 - How Far Do They Go?

    It always seemed like his program had two components: (1) "pliability," which I understood to mean emphasizing flexibility over more traditional strength training, and (2) a diligent focus on his diet, which includes making sure that his diet was nutritionally optimized, generally, in additional...
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    Our ownership group

    The current ownership has been, for the most part, pretty smart, and this has paid off in four championships, which is tough to sneer at. At the same time, much of the beatific glow in which they bask is due to the glaring contrast with the dreadful, awful, very bad prior ownership. Once the...
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    Reserving Judgment... But What Did the Sox Do and How Bad Will They Get Hit?

    I still don't see the big deal. They can use the video to pick up signs, which, when there is a runner on second to pick up the signs, might be relayed to the batter, unless the other team gets paranoid about signs with a runner on second, which every team does, and so in the end the scheme...
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    Reserving Judgment... But What Did the Sox Do and How Bad Will They Get Hit?

    If so, that seems like a nothing. Players are allowed to look at the replay to analyze their own swing etc., and so I don't know how you prevent them from looking at the sign. They already analyzing the at-bat "Gee, he threw me the curve on 2-2, and the cutter when the count was full." I'm...
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    Reserving Judgment... But What Did the Sox Do and How Bad Will They Get Hit?

    So, assuming that Player A uses the replay room to decipher signals, he still needs to communicate the deciphered signal to Player B who is at bat in real time, so that Player B knows whether the next pitch is a breaking ball or a fastball. Houston appears to have done this with the trash can...
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    The AAA Sox Stadium Thread: Where Ever They May Roam

    I remain ambivalent. On the one hand, you're right-- construction projects like this never have their costs go down. On the other, I don't think that one can hand-wave all secondary development away with a "would have happened anyway." The redesign of Kelly Square always required state...
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    Resistance is Futile: iTunes to be Assimilated by Apple Music

    It seems like the new Music app will essentially be Itunes, without everything they added after the introduction of the iPhone. That's great for me, because I had a lot of music from the days of CDs (all now in the attic), supplemented by iTunes purchases from time to time. 99% of my listening...
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    SB53: Pats vs. Rams Buildup

    Is that the genesis of that particular euphemism? It took me a very long time to identify what the heck people were talking about, but I could never figure out the reference. I was a lurker on the site for along time, and remember the great joy I experienced when figuring out what "SiaS,"...
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    Bill James twitter

    At least he has good company: "It is the Red Sox name that matters, not the players wearing the uniform." -- Buddy LeRoux, explaining why spending money on Fisk, Lynn, and Burleson would have been dumb