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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:39:13 PM »
That's my team!

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General discussion / Re: NFL Fantasy Football - GAABoard Superbowl XII
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:37:56 PM »
Minder's right if your Murray is Latavius, but if it's DeMarco, I'd be inclined to start him over Peterson. In fact, I'd bench Peterson until he shows that he's capable of producing. Too much of a gamble.  As for your TE dilemma, I'd say it's really a toss up, but if I had to pick, I'd go with Bennett. Any time your QB is Rodgers, you'll get receptions and possibly a TD.

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General discussion / Re: NFL Fantasy Football - GAABoard Superbowl XII
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:57:46 PM »
Good going, Mayo, and after my 0-3 start, I'm on the fast track to the second tier.

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General discussion / Re: NFL Fantasy Football - GAABoard Superbowl XII
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:51:52 PM »
Commish, is it possible to post links to the Payton and Rice divisions?  If possible, I'd like to have a gawk at what's going on there.  Thanks.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:53:24 PM »
Seanie, Mitch is the pride of Mentor, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb.  His sister doesn't still live there, does she?

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General discussion / Re: NFL Fantasy Football - GAABoard Superbowl XII
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:43:16 PM »
Much depends on the other players on each team's rosters.  That said, AJ Green is a marquee WR, and while that could be said of Dez too, he faces a very tough schedule of cover corners, so his value is diminished, which brings up Charles.  He's starting to see more of the ball in DEN and is looking good, and with Anderson's propensity for injury, this is an intriguing gamble.  Even with a shaky Dalton, Green is top class, but Dez is capable of a big game, even with tight coverage.  This trade balances a reliable WR1 against a potentially v good WR and an RB who could suddenly find himself the starting RB.

If I were the Green owner and had a solid team built around him, I wouldn't make the trade, but if I had a shaky lineup, likely to go nowhere, I'd take the risk, with its high upside, and make the deal.

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General discussion / Re: NFL Fantasy Football - GAABoard Superbowl XII
« on: September 28, 2017, 04:29:36 PM »
The Feckin' Frustrations of Fantasy Football!  Haven't seen this before.  All right, I was losing so badly to Oakleaf Dolphins that I didn't even bother watching MNF.  When I awoke on Tues. I was stunned to see that his AZ had collapsed and that my AZ DB had done well.  Result, I had lost by 0.9 points.  But . . . an hour later there was a scoring adjustment and I was awarded another point for a ridiculous 0.1 point victory.  Jubilation. No longer winless.  Unfortunately, I got up this morning only to discover yet another scoring change, this time in Oakleaf's favour.  So, once again, back in the realm of loserdom. Well done, Oakleaf.

As if that weren't bad enough, in my other league I played against a guy who drafted five players called 'Austin' because he liked the name.  An easy win, right, except that he also had Gurley, Brees  and Chris Thompson, enough to just edge me.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:32:18 PM »
Stew, I think that you and Seanie are both right.  Eager to succeed right away, they made horrible draft picks.  And, Seanie, I do think that Walter "sweetness" Payton deserves inclusion in the top RBs of all time.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:51:00 PM »
Hoping the Indians can win 27 straight.  Think that would tie them with the number of starting QBs the Browns have had since '99.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:16:37 PM »
Stew, I have to disagree with you about the Browns and Cleveland's attitude to sports.  You say that the Browns are a disgrace (which is true) and have been since their inception, which is decidedly not true.  Cleveland has won football championships in 24, 45, 50, 54, 55, and 64, but just not recently.  I know you've heard of Cleveland's Jim Brown, the greatest running back of all time, in the opinion of a lot of people.  And on the second point, Clevelanders are not at all happy with just finishing second. We are proud of our teams through all those near misses, but not happy.  I felt proud of Armagh in '77 when we got hammered by the Dubs in the AIF, but I was neither satisfied nor happy.  Cleveland sports fans feel the same way.  Like Armagh in 2002, our day will come.  We've won the NBA title, thanks largely to LeBron (a NE Ohio product), and the Indians are in with a serious shot this year.  Did you see the huge sea of people that greeted the Cavs title. It will be even bigger if the Indians do it. I do appreciate that you acknowledge how rabid Cleveland sports fans are.

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General discussion / Re: Weather
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:27:58 AM »
Iceman, though the eye passed close to Tallahassee, by the time it reached us it had weakened considerably, so damage was minimal. Glad you came out of it in good shape.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:25:05 AM »
Stew, I think you're reflecting an essentially American attitude about competition, the idea that teams are only great if they win championships.  I have coached track and field, soccer and quiz bowl at the high school level.  In quiz bowl, for example, there are hundreds of schools that compete in the state championship, but only one school wins that state title.  Does that mean that the hundreds of non-winners are failures? I don't think so.  For example, I coached two teams that won the state championship, but I also coached a few others that were just as good, won all but one of their matches, but were terrific teams.  The Indians are like that.  They're in with a good shot to win the title, but if they come up short, though disappointing, it doesn't mean they're not a great team.  I certainly respect the Packers' achievement, but think a lot less of the Red Sox who can essentially buy a championship.  The Indians' performance is particularly remarkable given that we're a small-market team.

Update: Indians beat the Royals 3-2 in extra innings.  22 straight!

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:47:09 PM »
Cmon, Stew, things have turned around in Cleveland.  The Indians have made it to the World Series, and the Cavs have won the title and played in the final last year.  The cry of "Next Year" is history.  In Cleveland, next year is now.

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General discussion / Re: Weather
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:23:41 PM »
Do you have a link to Iceman's videos?  We live in the Florida panhandle, and with Irma bearing down on us, we skedaddled to Mobile to a hotel full of evacuees from Miami, Naples, Ft. Myers and Tampa.  We returned home yesterday. Power had been restored and, at least for us, no damage and v little sign that a hurricane had passed through.  Last year's hurricane caused much more damage. We were very lucky indeed.  Others were much less fortunate.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:49:41 PM »
Stew, that caveland comment is so out of date.  Cleveland teams have been doing very well, apart from the Browns, who suck. The Cavs have won a championship and are now perennial contenders.  The Indians have made it to the World Series and are the best team in the American League, with great pitching and hitting and a bona fide Cy Young contender.  How about a little credit when its due instead of reverting to limp stereotypes.  Buffalo?  They have neither an MLB nor an NBA team.  21 straight wins isn't just damn good, it's record-breaking. 

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