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02/12/2014 1:53am

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Hockey is America's Sport

02/15/2014 8:09pm
last edited:02/17/2014 4:23pm

Okay, I'll admit it. I didn't wake up at 7:30am to watch the start of USA's game against Russia today. I woke up, on my own, right around 9:00am, during the second intermission. Needless to say I was still able to watch the most important part of the game.

Sure, Oshie will be talked about throughout the rest of this Olympics, and any other Olympics he plays in, and throughout the rest of

     
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Aaron Schulman
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02/18/2014 12:18pm
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Great Firefly shout out.  My favorite non-cartoon show of all time.

I kind of feel like the point is being missed here.  It's not "America's sport is hockey" which I think it clearly is not.  But it's possible that "hockey is America's sport" (as opposed to Russia's sport or Canada's sport), just like baseball, basketball, and football are also "America's sports".

Mickey Kowaleski
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02/17/2014 7:08pm
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I think hockey has such intense fans because it's such a niche sport. It's like NASCAR: not a lot of mainstream popularity, but those who are fans are REALLY fans. There are very few casual fans in America, so the majority of the fanbase is intense with more than a little Napoleon complex because of the lack of respect in the mainstream.

(Another easy comparison would be to fans of TV shows like Community or Firefly...cultish fans that are borderline angry that the majority of people don't appreciate the object of their obsessive affections)

As for the attention that the Olympic hockey seems to get, I'd argue that it's more than matched by World Cup soccer. I remember my entire neighborhood getting together to watch both the men and women of the U.S. play in 2010 and 2011 (highlights of course being the women vs. Brazil and the men vs. Slovenia). 

"America's sport" should be the most inclusive sport for the entirety of the country--the sport that any average Joe off the street can talk about at least a little bit. While 75% of Americans probably don't know Alexander Ovechkin or Jonathan Quick, most of the country knows who Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are. By that standard, American football is still America's sport.



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Never pay for saves

02/06/2014 4:11pm
last edited:02/06/2014 4:15pm

Anyone who has played fantasy baseball and read anything by Matthew Berry knows that his mantra is to "never pay for saves." Makes sense on a fantasy level - there will always be people accruing saves, so why spend an early pick on a Kimbrel or Rivera when you wait until the end of your draft to get saves? Perfectly reasonable, but this is also entirely true in real life. Thanks to a

     
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Matt Tardiff
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02/07/2014 9:01pm
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Off the top of my head, I can think of three pitchers who seemed as close to locked in to an 8th-inning role as you can get. Tyler Clippard, when Drew Storen was dealing with his health problems, David Robertson, when Rivera went down in 2012 and the Yankees decided to have Rafael Soriano close, and Trevor Rosenthal, who clearly had the best numbers on the Cardinals in 2013, and didn't close until the very end of the season and in the playoffs.

An interesting managing strategy that I've been flying solo in supporting is using your closer (assuming he's your best reliever) earlier in the game. If you have a one-run lead in the 7th, why wait until the 9th for your closer? You might not even have said lead by the time you'd normally use your closer.

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Patrick MacCoon
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02/07/2014 2:37am
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This is quite a funny topic, as the Mariners just gave Fernando Rodney a 2yr/14 million deal. While Rodney still may have a few good seasons left it's hard to understand why a team would be willing to pay a guy 7 million for only asking about 50-70 innings all season from them. The Braves are currently facing this problem with Kimbrel as well. While he is the most electric closer I've ever seen I don't think it is wise for them to pay him the 9 million or more that he is asking for when they can bring someone up within the franchise. I know a lot of pictures can't handle the pressure, but don't spend a big chunk of your teams available money on a guy that won't see the field everyday. Rodney's WAR last season was just 1.3, which is not all that glamorous. Good topic my man.

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Duke IS College Basketball

02/02/2014 5:09pm
last edited:02/02/2014 8:51pm

Everyone always talks about the 900+ wins, the four national championships, the eleven Final Fours, and all of the great players that have played under Mike Krzyzewski. But what goes under the radar is the concept of the standard at Duke, the standards of the program that are unmatched by any other school in college basketball. Forget the fact that Duke has sold out every game at Cameron Ind

     
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Wade Geraci
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02/02/2014 7:41pm
I can't argue with this take. I attended Indiana during a down period for the program so there weren't many classic moments. I did get to see some national programs like UNC, along with many of the Big Ten's best, come into Assembly Hall. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, compared to the atmosphere for IU's 11/30/05 showdown with Duke. And the Hoosiers lost 75-67. The opportunity to take down Duke was enough.
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02/02/2014 5:31pm
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No question, Duke is the premier program in college basketball and has been for 20+ years. The consistency is particularly impressive because the college game has changed so much in that time. Coach K has won with loaded rosters, veterans, one-and-doners, sharpshooters, big fundamentals, it doesn't matter what type of players he has, he just wins. 

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