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  1. 5 hours ago, Oblong said:

    Not me.... My life isn't any different than if the Tigers had won in 2006, 2013, or 2012.... If they had won the WS in any of those years it means a week or two more of enjoyment at the time, but now...?  I'm still me.  

    Would you rather have sex once with Jennifer Aniston or Lisa Kudrow for 10 years straight?



    I like the way you think. Sometimes I think we’re twins.

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  2. 46 minutes ago, bobrob2004 said:

    I never said journalist shouldn't get paid. Just do what other sites do and use ads. Then pay the journalists with the ad revenue. 

    I never thought you did. I just saw your post as an opportunity to get on the grandstand and to pontificate.

    The Internet, for all its positive upside, has had a flattening affect on expertise. Anyone can get a forum to be heard whether they deserve to be heard or not. And since we’re used to accessing stuff easily on a screen everything on a screen should be free. I feel this way about all sorts of stuff. But somebody besides Jeff Bezos has to make enough money so baby has shoes. 

  3. On 1/20/2020 at 8:43 PM, bobrob2004 said:

    I agree.  With Twitter now, there's really no such thing as "exclusive" news.  So someone knew about it 10 minutes before I did.  So what?

    I never understood the Athletics's reasoning for being subscription based.  Did they really think that people hate ads that much that they were willing to spend money not to see them?  And to read news that everyone else was going to get within a day or two?  It was a model that I thought never was going to work.  

    We are just used to getting something for free that we all used to expect to have to pay for. 

    Real journalists deserve to be paid. Not just people with opinions. People who actually went to the trouble of getting a degree in journalism, who know about who what when where how, and their ethical responsibilities as journalists. I don’t have any problems with pay walls. How this works at the Ground Zero of practicality is of course a different matter.

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  4. 11 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    anyone whose avatar was Immanuel Kant couldn't have been all bad....

    When Eric was moving and tired of dragging his library around he sent me a couple boxes of his philosophy texts. Really great stuff. Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger…  I love the guy. I suspect he got tired of social media which is a good sign. 

  5. On 12/31/2019 at 12:40 AM, leflore said:

    But Martha said she saw improvement in her Lions. Year 63 of their rebuilding plan might be a winner. Or not. Probably not. Definitely not.

    2020 will likely be equally as bad for Detroit sports. 

    “Year 63.” 🤩 Ha!

  6. 8 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

    It is hypocritical.  The players get banned if they are associated with gambling.  So, why is it OK for MLB to do it?


    Because “the business of America is business.“ It’s OK when business people do it but when players do it it’s not because that’s what the owners say.

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  7. Verlander‘s in an awkward position. Pitchers, from my understanding, are kind of a subculture that have more in common with each other than with any hitters or hitters on their own teams.

    So this whole deal where other pitchers are getting screwed by Astros hitters in an unprecedented manner reflects poorly upon Astros hurlers who knew about it. Mike Fiers apparently didn’t like it. 

    There’s also a psychological group-think thing at play here that makes going against the prevailing current difficult for anyone. So there’s a good chance I suppose that other hurlers recognize they would’ve probably not functioned much differently than Verlander in these circumstances. this may be why Manfred says it’s just not practical to go around punishing individual players

  8. 19 hours ago, Sports_Freak said:

    If you really think about it, this really throws a wrench in all the stats of the opposing pitchers, the Astro hitters and the victories for the Astros. The Astros were/are a very, very good team. Did they only cheat in the playoffs? Or some regular season games too?

    I know. The idea that everyone on the team gets drawn into it willy-nilly is disconcerting too. I’m not going to blame the players explicitly for doing everything possible to win. But there should’ve been “an adult in the room“ to say “this is going to far.“ That should’ve been the manager or the GM and that didn’t happen. All these people are fiercely competitive by nature, or they wouldn’t have gotten to where they are. This is why limits are crucial. 

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  9. 54 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    What good player wants to go to 2B anymore? You have an all time great career and they still won't punch your ticket to Cooperstown. :disappnt:

    I’m just glad Steve Garvey didn’t get in. To me that means there’s a glimmer of hope and rationality in the world. But not for Lou.

  10. 23 minutes ago, Tenacious D said:

    Bert—can you apply your most excellent photoshopping skillz and super-impose Torkelson, Martin and Hancock’s heads on these guys?  That should be the promotion the Tigers do at each home game until the draft.  Enough with all of the silly analytical talk—let’s determine the #1 pick, fair and square.


    I’m pretty busy walking on water and working at a leper colony today but by sometime this evening I’ll have a chance to do it. 😇

  11. Just watched the eighth and final episode of this first season. There’s closure as well as the promise of things to come. 

    I like how this narrative is related to but not completely parasitic in relation to all the previous iterations of Star Wars. It seems to have its own center of gravity. That’s a welcome change. 

    Baby Yoda is incredible, as is the Mandalorian and the hot armored warrior princess. And we’ve got Gus again! 

    I look forward to the second season with enthusiasm.

  12. 10 hours ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

    I've seen video. He looks pretty quick. Thick, but definitely not lumbering.

    Idaho's characterization is off-base.

    I did say that I don’t know anything so there’s always that. I am happy to be off base in this case. I hope I am. But some of the stuff I’ve read has led me to believe that he is playing first base for a reason. Castellanos for instance “looks like a ballplayer“ but he hasn’t fielded like one. Didn’t he play shortstop in high school or something? I know he wasn’t at first base.

    Torkelson could be mostly a pure hitter, period. Guys like this can be exciting to watch. If he keeps developing as a hitter he could be tremendous. 

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