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  1. I honestly fear that as well. Especially with concussions becoming such a big thing that everyone worries about...
  2. I guess the question is if they are giving them the best life that they can. Again, Joe Exotic is a terrible example, but I suspect that the vast majority of the so called "road side zoos" don't do that much better of a job of giving them the best live possible... or a good life within reason. I mean we treat a lot of animals with less than 5-star treatment... cows, pigs, chickens, etc. If we're willing to keep "food stock" animals against their will and breed them for the purposes of selling the animals for the farmer can make a profit, why would we be against someone breeding a tiger and selling the babies for a profit? What's the difference? I guess I wouldn't have a problem if a "zoo" was breeding for profit if: They took reasonably good care of their animals They didn't sell "contact" experiences with the zoo (There's a study somewhere that this experiences tend to: a.) Increase the number of people who want to have exotic animals as pets and b.) Decreases the desire to donate to real conservation efforts) Made a reasonable effort to only sell to reputable buyers. There's a BUNCH of grey area in there of course.
  3. I love how every other clip was Joe saying she fed him to the Tigers and then that he was under the septic system and then fed to the tigers.
  4. Anyone else watching this? I know this is a hot show right now... as a long time Big Cat enthusiast I find this show very fascinating. For the record, I come down very much of the side of Carole Baskin and BCR. It's pretty easy to few Joe as a crackpot... which he is... but that shouldn't necessarily dismiss any points come from the other side. I'd be really interested to hear anyone else's opinion on the show and on the idea of private ownership of Big Cat and/or breeding them. Now, there will be a slight political aspect to this discussion, but the political side is really just a question of *IF* the gov't should or shouldn't regulate/ban anything. This should NOT devolve into a rants about any specific political person/party and if it does I will delete those posts.
  5. I have this feeling that we'll hear a LOT of banging on things by the opposing fans when the Astros are on the road this coming year.
  6. I know it's only ST... but holy cow... those were some MONSTER HRs from Cabrera in terms of distance.
  7. Oh, also Pete Rose/Gambling: I'm 99.999% sure that others have gambled. But I don't know how big of a problem it is, nor does it discount the fact that Rose did gamble and has to pay the price.
  8. I don't disagree with most of what you wrote, but I do take exception with the Barry Bonds comment. He's definitely not the first name that comes to my mind... Canseco is the first obviously... but then I think of McGuire, Sosa, Clemens, Palmeiro, even Pettite come before I think of Bonds. That's not to say that I don't think Bonds probably took Steroids, it's just not the first person I think of. And I don't think MLB is pretending it's no longer and issue. They definitely absolutely were guilty of turning a blind eye to it early on, but the continued testing, as well as suspension of players, shows that they do consider it a problem that needs monitoring.
  9. Yes and no... I mean, I don't think it'll be water cooler talk beyond Spring Training, honestly... but at the same time I think it will be one of those things that it brought out and discussed on occasion. Any time there's a "questionable" something that happens in a WS: "This is the first time since 2017 that there's a cloud over the WS results..." or "Player X is assumed of cheating, but even if he did it doesn't taint team-Y's WS win like the Astros team cheating back in '17." Or anytime the Astros make it to the post season or WS again: "This is the first WS appearance since the 2017 and 2019 seasons.... accomplishments which were marred by sign stealing..."
  10. Okay, we may not know who has specifically admitted to cheating, but conventional wisdom is that they all pretty much did, isn't it? I mean this isn't like steroids where it's reasonable to think that some people did and some didn't on a given team. I don't think a particular hitter said: "I don't want you doing that while I'm at bat... don't his the trash can." Furthermore, if any hitter did come out and say they told the Astros not to do it when they were at a bat, it wouldn't be too hard to go back and check, would it? I just assume any hitter for the Astros during those years cheated. Coming out and publicly admitting it wouldn't make me think less of them... in fact, it might make me think (slightly) higher of them.
  11. My understanding was that MLB gave some level of immunity to the players to get testimony though... am I wrong on that?
  12. Very interesting take six-hopper... Thank you. I do wonder what secrets they still need to keep though? I mean, everyone knows they cheated with the banging. The players have more or less acknowledged that it happened, didn't they? The coaches and front office have largely been held accountable. I suppose there's the rumor of the buzzer/wire... but isn't that even largely accepted at this point? I can't imagine what more there is out there that would need to be hidden. Of course, if the Astros DO settle, then the answer is probably a lot.
  13. I watched quite a bit of it over the weekend and my general thought was: "It's football..." and that's a good thing. There's none of the "EXTREME football league" none of "We're going to be even better than the NFL!" aspect to it. Just good football with a few key changes. Just like every other pro-football league it's going to have to see if it makes sense financially, but I was just as entertained by watching any of the XFL games as I would have been watching any two NFL games I had no rooting interest in. Commenting specifically on some of the rule changes, I'm virtually in lock step with Hongbit: Liked transparency in communication, liked kick off and punt rules. Not a fan of the clock stoppage. The conversion rules seem gimmicky, but might provide some interesting finishes. On thing I did NOT like was every time you listened in on replay review or coach/player communication the announcers had to comment: "It's it so cool that we can do this?" "It's it interesting that we can just talk to the coach during the game?" "It's it great that we can listen in on that conversation?" That part was almost as annoying as finding out that Stafford used to go to school with Kershaw.
  14. I can't imagine though that baseball in general wouldn't look at the splits themselves, even before the cheating was revealed. If you see a guy who's otherwise effective but just stinks against one team, then I think he'd have a job still.
  15. Probably not... but if he's successful and I'm a relief pitcher who faced the Astros in the last few years and didn't fair well and I'm out of work right now I'm definitely going to file a suit.
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