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  2. Capitals lose in 5 or 6 without Ovechkin being a monster this series. If he continues at this level, they have probably two more chances to win and then it's rebuild. Agree, go all in for right now.
  3. Dr. Do Itch Big

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    How is she a stark?
  4. Dr. Do Itch Big

    Random Thought Thread

    I hate the phrase. Slow intensity fasted cardio. ****, shut the **** up, you walked in the morning.
  5. The Consigliere

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    It's about efficencies now, it's basically QB+Moneyball+F.O.+HC. The QB angle has always been paramount, but it was really rule changes over the past two decades that made the QB more important by several orders of magnitude, the add in the discovery of efficiencies and inefficiencies in how games are playcalled etc. Everything still matters, but the QB and Passing game, and Passing D are way way way more important then the run game, or just having a great defense. I still think balance is best, but you have to have an elite QB too, balance w/o one isn't nearly as imposing as it used to be.
  6. And a good coach makes adjustments.
  7. Burgundy Yoda

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Kerrigan - Ioannidis - Payne - Allen - Burns SDH - R. Foster J. Norman - L. Collins - DRC - Dunbar This looks pretty good in my eyes and I hope what our starting defense becomes if everyone reaches their potential. Definitely looks like one of the faster D's we've had in recent years.
  8. and if kuzy wouldve gotten that pass in OT when he was wide open and if they shot the puck instead of trying to make a fancy pass with 2 minutes left and if they stayed aggressive to the puck in the 2nd/3rd like they were in the 1st, instead of watching it come to them .... ugh...
  9. Caroluna didn't score off of their own brilliance, hats off to them for continuously grinding and getting in the right spots. Multiple times they set up the play where they had guy moving up from blue line with slap shot. They had a couple 2 on 1s or in on Holtby. It looked like the Caps thought they would score a point by cycling the puck... at some point it has to result in a productive shot. After the 3rd goal, they couldn't generate. Hurricanes set a defense and looked like they had Capitals figured out.
  10. Malapropismic Depository

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    People think it's way off-base for the owner to get involved in the 1st pick, well imagine the wife getting involved, as you have in Minnesota... Rick Spielman: Wife says don't come home if Vikings pick CB https://www.prosportsdaily.com/articles/rick-spielman-wife-says-dont-come-home-if-vikings-pick-cb-564686.html
  11. gooseneck

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I think Snyder's plan is to have a draft without participation of the coaches, and of course the obvious next step is to play the game without participation of the players. In fact, I hear, next year no team will take the field and the t,v, cameras will just lock on the owner's box.
  12. ddub52

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Nice touch with the Portuguese and the Ronaldo gif
  13. Destino

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    Golden state losing twice to the clippers is surprising.
  14. COWBOY-KILLA-

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Maybe all this hype the last few days about who we like, trading up, trading down, being linked to Haskins, Jones, Murray, and Lock, definitely no on Rosen, etc has cleared our path to Josh Rosen at his absolutely lowest price.... His perceived value has decreased and will continue as we creep closer to 8pm. If the Cardinals do in fact draft Murray, Rosen should be able to be had for a lot lower than people expected. I'm thinking next years 2nd or a 3rd and 5th this year. That's my hope.
  15. Dr. Do Itch Big

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    Warriors by 40 in game 6.
  16. The Consigliere

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    1. No, Alex Smith road the coat tails of superior elite producers. 2006: 35th 2007: 49th 2008: N/A 2009: 27th 2010: 33rd 2011: 14th: Beginning of the Niners playoff run on the back of their defense, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and eventually Kaepernick. 2012: 9th: Splits time with Kaepernick. 2013: 21st 2014: 19th 2015: 15th The first of four consecutive seasons of at least 15 starts for Kelce and Maclin's 1000 yard debut season for the Chiefs. 2016: 11th: Tyreek Hill Arrives 2017: 7th Kareem Hunt Arrives 2018 efficiency/DVOA: 27th It's not a coincidence that the only years he produced anything were years he either played with elite defenses and quality surrounding offensive playmakers who produced for multiple QB's in SF, or when the chiefs surrounded him with multiple pro bowl talent who'd also produced elsewhere (Maclin, and superstars like Kelce, Hill and Hunt). How does a QB go from the 90th-95th percentile in one season (2017) in terms of efficiency #'s to the bottom quartile of the league in efficiency (bottom 5-10 league wide amongst starters). Simple, you take Alex Smith away from the Superstars and suddenly Alex Smith is nobody, while you give Mahomes Alex Smith's weapons, and he obliterates expectations proving the Chiefs right in drafting him and kicking Smith to the curb. Alex Smith didn't win squat, he was carried, it shows in how he performed w/lesser talent around him? Did he ever carry teams like Manning and Luck did with the Colts (the second both went down, the teams totally collapsed, the second Luck was back, the team suddenly turned from bottom 5 to a division winner)? Of course not. The tale is in the tape. The years when he had middling or worse talent? 2005-2010 (I give him a pass on '05 since he was a rookie and the team was a disaster, if you care to know how he did, 46th overall in DVOA), 2013-2014, 2018, he produced <censored> all. 35th, 49th, 27th, 33rd, 21st, 19th, 27th. You really think a QB that's 27th in DVOA is responsible for the team being 6-4 in games he started? I don't, and regardless as to whether you do or not, it's worth noting his wins were against: Arizona: 32nd Best Record in the NFL Green Bay: 21st Best Record in the NFL Carolina: 17th Best Record in the NFL Dallas: 6th Best Finish in the NFL NYG: 27th Best Record in the NFL T.B.: 28th Best Record in the NFL Basically a whose who of dumpster fire squads in 2018, and zero playoff entrants save the pre-Amari Cooper Cowboys (they of the 3-3 record going into the game as opposed to the team that went on to go 8-3 the rest of the way after acquiring Cooper). I really object to the idea that he lead anyone anywhere. The Chiefs were a bad defense away from a Super Bowl Title with Mahomes as a raw 2nd year guy setting records left and right, compare that to Alex Smith's 35th in the league performance as a sophomore with significantly more experience as a rookie than Mahomes had. Hmm, was Alex Smith that bad (yes, I'm from the Bay Area), was the surrounding talent an ingredient in those problems, of course. Was Alex Smith producing those losses just as you credit him as having produced the Chiefs wins in '17? No, of course not. He stunk, but that team was going to stink no matter who was under center. He didn't produce wins. If you look at his career the trends are obvious. Dump a gigantic pile of talent in his lap, and he can take a team the playoffs where he'll then almost always lose, often in agonizing fashion, because the way he plays football, just good enough to lose (Walsh's tag on Steve Deberg) won't cut it in the playoffs. Needless to say, the idea that he produced these wins can clearly be disputed because the wins produced, and his corresponding performance went up and down (very very very down) w/the surrounding talent. He was no Baker Mayfield, no Ben Roth, no Tom Brady, no Peyton or Andrew Luck etc who could take an old tired collection of chickens and turn it into coq au vin, nope, if you gave him doody, he produced doody, if you gave him middling talent, he produced middling talent, and if you gave him superstars, he gave you a top 10 season followed typically by an epic choke in the playoffs. He didn't produce anything, he rode the coat tails of the talent his GM's provided him with. This is precisely why I evicerated the trade when it was announced 14 or so months ago. Anyone acquainted with his track record knew that '17 was an outlier byproduct of the elite talent around him (#1 in target separation that year), and everyone knew what he did when he wasn't surrounded by superior talent which was exactly the scenario he was falling into w/us. I despised the trade as it was a classic face saving panic move (much like giving the replacements rings a month later) to blunt the negative publicity of Cousins signing elsewhere, and it was based on horrible process. Alex Smith outlier season, old, give him a crazy extension as if his 2017 is repeatable with bottom tier playmaking talent in Washington, or that he was responsible for the production rather than the superstar players that would surely produce just as well w/Mahomes (they did, and then some). Like many others I predicted that all of that tops in the league to top 5 efficiency would fall off a cliff once he didn't have Tyreek, Travis, Kareem and Albert Wilson to work with and sure enough that's exactly what happened: AYA: 2017: 13th 2018: 24th True Completion Pct: 2017: 2nd 2018: 30th Play Action Completion Pct: 2017: 1st 2018: 26th Red Zone Completion Pct: 2017: 50th 2018: 24th Deep Ball Completion Pct: 2017: 2nd 2018: 27th Pressured Completion Pct: 2017: 33rd 2018: 31st Production Premium: 2017: 4th 2018: 31st True Passer Rating: 2017: 1st 2018: 34th Anyone, anywhere whose supposedly responsible for "producing wins" isn't going to see his production fall off the face of the earth because he simply changed teams. Especially if you're giving him a 6-2 record (looks like 6-4 to me, but whatever). So what happened here? He's producing wins despite playing like complete trash? No, as per usual, he's winning games based on his situation, not his talent, he books wins when the team was healthy and playing a garbage opponent, and he lost as the team got less and less healthy and when they played tougher opponents. He lost his superstars and suddenly he wasn't elevating anyone, he was sinking right along with the garbage around him. He wasn't a Tom Brady leading a Patriots team w/zero playmaking HOF's other than Gronk, and largely nothing but anonymous guys before they arrived there. He wasn't Baker Mayfield making magic out of Jarvis Landry and a bunch of nobodies. He wasn't Andrew Luck producing an elite season w/TY Hilton and a bunch of merde. He was Alex Smith, being Alex Smith, playing ugly football when the talent around him sucked. Again, was he producing the wins, or was the defense and running game and OL producing them? I think it's pretty obvious who was producing wins, and it wasn't Alex, just as the second he left the Chiefs, they had their best year in 25 years. It wasn't a coincidence. Ditto leaving the Niners and suddenly they advance deep into the playoffs and a Super Bowl.
  17. CRobi21

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    LAC just a team of savages. GS should have never let the series get to 3-1. That's bad juju...
  18. Dr. Do Itch Big

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    **** you Lou. Those are some absurd shots he is making Missing everything
  19. And if the Capitals would have scored on that PP chance, instead of giving up that shorty
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  21. CRobi21

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    Sweet Lou doin it to em!
  22. wilco_holland

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Hello welcome to draft day I stick to my theory that Skins and Jets+other top 5 teams have reasons to hype a trade. Top 5 teams want to force Giants to make a move up. We want teams to jump ahead of us to draft QBs so we can grab a premium talent. I think we want to go back. Hope a team wants the Bama RB or OT, trades up. We pick late first, grab maybe a guy like Savage. And then really win the draft on Friday. Rounds 2 to 4 are pretty loaded with good players. Grab a WR, Guard, OLB... And you really improve your team. I wouldn't mind to trade out of the first round. Then end of round 1 doesnt get me a lot more excited rhen early to mid second. Same player quality.
  23. CRobi21

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    Harrell is a beast..
  24. Dr. Do Itch Big

    ***2018-19 NBA Playoffs Thread***

    Harell just obliterated Looney on that dunk attempt.
  25. You don't think coaches are important?
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