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  1. I'm trying to remember (which is always a bad idea given my memory) but how did Mando know what planet Baby Yoda was on? Was he told by the people hiring him? I agree that in order to make the story interesting that the tracker can't have unlimited range. If the range was unlimited then being a Bounty Hunter wouldn't be hard... I mean I suppose you still need to deal with apprehending the bounty and possibly fighting at the end, but that's grunt work more than skill or intelligence. And on the flip side if any can know where Mando is with the BY at any time it's just a matter of each episode essentially being: Go here, do this, run away before getting caught. It sorta becomes the A-Team in space then. (From a "real science" stand point it wouldn't make sense for an unlimited range tracker either, but then neither would a tacker that could home in on DNA in a single system or even a single planet so we're well into SciFi science here, which is fine... it's a scifi show so I don't have any issue with that.)
  2. No, just no... Blough did not look fine... he made a number of poor throws. Further, this is a guy without NFL tape. Once defense start getting tape on him they'll be able to do a better job of game planning. I'm not saying keep Stafford at all costs, but if we went into 2020 with Blough as the starting QB I'd assume a 12 loss year at least.
  3. It probably wasn't reasonable to expect a win with a 3rd string QB in... but man alive it should have been the offense that cost us the win... instead it was the defense. Honestly, the defense has been horrible all year long.
  4. Are you talking about that pass right near the endzone when there was some pretty obvious P.I. on the the defender that would likely have been called if reviewed putting the ball at that spot anyway?
  5. Yeah, I did a bit of looking after I ranted... should have done that first. I thought this was going to be the new mustang... as in: "no more muscle sports car, instead electric SUV for you." I didn't realize that this is going to be a line *along with* the muscle car. I still think it's a bit odd of a choice... I mean Porsche, Jag, etc... those are brand just introducing a new model. It's not like Porsche called their's the 911-E. But it's more understandable and acceptable.
  6. I have no problem with the idea of an electric cross over... but why call it a Mustang? I mean, you're just begging for it to fail in my opinion. Mustang fans are NOT going to be interested and it'll get huge amounts of backlash for the name in my humble opinion. It just isn't going to work. Again, this is not a bash on an electric SUV-cross over. But it would be like having a new superman but instead of a super powered alien it's a rich guy with no super powers who instead uses a lot of martial art training and gadgets to beat up criminals... but we're insisting that this is the new superman.
  7. I think JBK does has a point that this is a team activity and that makes it worse than a guy using PEDs on his own. This is a team activity and so goes deeper than just one person. That said, I question whether PEDs during the worst of the epidemic was really just isolated individuals without team knowledge. Granted, it likely was team organized, but I doubt that most teams were ignorant of what was going on.
  8. No, for four reasons: First, I won't trust someone who bet on their own team to win would never be on their own team to lose. Betting is the cardinal sin of baseball (and sports in general) and everyone knows that. If you're so a-moral that you're willing to bet anyway, I don't believe that you'd be moral enough to ONLY bet on your team to win. Second, if you're betting on the game you are doing something that is highly illegal within the sport and so have a strong design to keep it quiet. Further, you run the possibility of being in debt to people who have a huge interest in being able to control games and could easily apply pressure for you to fix a game, even one you're not betting on. You are in a highly compromised position. Third, even assuming you only ever bet on your team to win and assuming that you never got into huge debt or successfully resisted any attempt to coerce you into losing a game, there's still a problem of the spread. You can still win or lose a game and win the bet if it beats the spread. You could simply not try to win by as much. Fourth, let's say #1 and #2 don't come into play and when you bet you only ever bet for your team to win without any regard to a spread, there's still another problem: What about when you don't bet? Especially as a manager Pete Rose has the ability to sit or play star players which could dramatically influence the outcome. Further, he could decide to keep a struggling pitcher in a game because he hadn't bet on that one and would rather the pitcher just take his lumps rather than use up bullpen arms which he might need in a game he is betting on. With stealing signs many of these issues disappear: 1. You're not stealing sign to get worse. If you're willing to cheat you're scum, but you're scum interested in winning. You don't cheat to lose. 2. This is still an issue for sign stealing. If someone caught you they could lean on you to try and fix games or threaten to report that you cheated. 3. Obviously betting spreads have nothing to do with sign stealing. 4. There isn't any incentive to not try as hard as possible simply because signs can't be stolen this game. If the camera broke one game, for example, the manager isn't going to decide not to play a star player because there's no incentive to win. EDIT to add: Please don't misunderstand here... I still think this is a major problem and I do NOT agree with people like the author of the linked story above that "this 'scandal' is fun. It’s one of the first fun scandals we’ve had in sports in decades." To me this is a major crime... less major than gambling, but still a major crime. I would like to see punishments akin to those caught using PEDs.
  9. I agree that this is pretty serious and I think it needs serious punishment. BUT... I don't put in on the level of gambling for one big reason: The assumption is with sign stealing that you're trying to improve your team and win more. As bad as that is you can count on them still trying as hard as possible. There's really no point in stealing signs to try and play worse. With gambling there's always the concern of fixing a game. That's what makes it so terrible... that a player or players or manager would intentionally throw a game is the reason gambling is the worst crime in sports. Again, that's not to say that this is bad (at least imho) and should be punished (again, imho) but I wouldn't put it at the same level of gambling.
  10. What I don't understand is why Lou and Tram weren't both voted in together. I agree that they are both borderline, but both seemed certain to get in these days. So why didn't anyone figure that it makes sense that two guys who played together for so long as a double-play combo... who are being considered in part because of longevity of their careers... why would they not be considered together? About the only reason I can think of is that they didn't want people to assume they got in BECAUSE they played together for so long. But I don't know that anyone would really have argued that they didn't deserve it and only got the nod because of the tenure.
  11. Here's a Detnews story on it: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2019/11/15/cleveland-browns-myles-garrett-suspended-rest-season-using-helmet-as-weapon/4202755002/ Suspensions (according the link above): Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason by the NFL on Friday for using a helmet “as a weapon” and striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for punching and kicking Garrett Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game. He shoved Rudolph to the ground from behind during the melee. Now, looking at the video in the above tweet, I'm a little surprised that Rudolph didn't get some punishment as well. Maybe not a suspension, but a fine wouldn't be out of line. It's pretty clear that Rudolph was trying to rip off Garrett's helmet (see 20-25 second mark in video). Obviously this does not excuse Garrett at all... but my guess is Rudolph's actions caused Garrett to lose it. Again, clearly does NOT excuse Garrett ripping off Rudolph's helmet (two wrong's don't make a right) and absolutely does not excuse him hitting Rudolph with the helmet after words.
  12. Some of those are pretty blatant. This is not good for the Astros.
  13. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2019/11/13/ex-tiger-mike-fiers-astros-used-camera-steal-signs-during-championship-season/2585212001/ The short version is this: Camera in CF pointed at catcher, TV was in hallway near Astro's dugout. When an off-speed pitch was indicated someone would bang a trashcan to signal the Astro Batter. Mike Fiers, who pitched for the Astros in '17, when this was supposedly going on, is saying it did happen. MLB investigating. For the record, I have no problem stealing signs by the players and/or coaching who are on the field or in the dugout not using any technology. I have no problem with a team trying to figure out what a first or third baseman are signaling to runners/batters. I have no problem with a runner on base trying to signal to a batter. As long as it's happening on the field by the people in the game, it should be legal imho. But using technology like cameras and relay from people not in the game is wrong (again imho) because it's uneven. The Astros, if they did indeed do this, obviously weren't sharing this video feed with the opposition when the Astros were pitching. Nor were they making the other team aware they were using stuff outside of the normal rules so that the opposing team could combat it.
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