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  1. dchogs

    Fantasy Football 2019

    alrighty... i'm in a weird spot with QB and need some advice. i drafted cam newton late and have been streaming QB as best as i can. i have phillip rivers providing uninspiring point totals, but he's the best of a bad bunch. i'm finally pulling the plug on cam (waited too long, i know) and am not enamored of brisset, esp if he's banged up. so, who do i want as QB2 (or really QB2b to rivers' QB2a): mayfield tannehill daniel jones rudolph k.allen trubisky none are a pretty option, but who's the best of the bunch to pair with rivers? mayfield has MIA on river's bye week and plays cincy twice and arizona once, so i was leaning his way, but the browns are a dumpster fire.
  2. dchogs

    The Impeachment Thread

    i want these ****ers out of office, and at the time, i wanted whatever the best thing was strategically to make that happen. if, for example, impeaching trump and having him leave office had pence running as the incumbent and someone more palatable to the republicans that are turning away from trump.
  3. Late to this thread... this is my first time in the Stadium in years. I'm here because the state of the team is such that I was thinking about things from a 30,000 ft level. This thread fits that bill. A brief, but related, departure. In the summer of 2012, I choose to start following the Premier League... English soccer for the uninitiated. Looking for a team, I wanted something similar to the Redskins: historically great, recently struggling, passionate fanbase, blue collar. With some research, Liverpool fit that bill. The winningest side, pre-Premier League era (read: TV money... similar to pre-free agency and the Skins), they hadn't won the league since 89-90 and had failed to reach top 4 in 3-4 years. They had just hired Brendan Rodgers, an affable and technical coach that was in over his head at the helm of such a global club with big aspirations. He was popular with the players, and almost caught lightning in a bottle in one crazy season that had them fall short of winning the league in the last games. He lasted another season and was then fired midway through the 2015 season. Meanwhile, the ownership group, the same that own the Boston Red Sox, were making structural changes to their organizational operations. Two key factors: 1) creating a clear operational structure that focuses on collaboration and 2) using a Moneyball/statistical approach to bringing in players. With the more recent run of bad form, Liverpool did not have the money to compete with the new big boys of the Premier League... they had to be smarter and more efficient in who they brought in. While there were years of tinkering to get the system "right," they finally landed in a sweet spot. They use a team of PhD's to analyze factors that make players fit into the system preferred by the coach, they use traditional "eyeball" information/metrics to support their statistical findings, they have a backroom that is in sync with what is best for the team, and they are unwilling to "make a splash" for the sake of making a splash. If a target is not available or too expensive for their valuations, they move on or wait until the timing is right. When Brandon Rodgers was fired, there was only one coach that captured the imagination of the club and it's fans... Jurgen Klopp. A player's coach with exceedingly high standards of character, discipline, and fitness, he struggled with the initial group of players brought in under Rodgers. The team finished 8th... middle of the road. The next two seasons... 4th. Better, not where Liverpool should be, but moving in the right direction with positive signs. Finally, 2.6 seasons after his hire, LIverpool fell just one point short of winning the league to a team that was historic in their own winning that season. Liverpool would have won any other Premier League season except two based on their point total. To salve any sting from coming so close, they did win the Champions League... the penultimate competition of soccer. What does that mean for the Redskins and how I would change things? 1. I would separate business and team operations. Fire Bruce Allen, who has mucked up both sides of the house, and hire intelligent, outside-the-box thinkers to be COO and GM. 2. Allow the GM to complete a comprehensive search for a new visionary head coach. This may be a two step process that requires an initial coach to bring the Redskins from laughing stock to average/respectable followed by a new coach to inspire the leap from good to great/generational. 3. Invest in back office support for the team. There's no salary cap here, so blow it out. Get a room full of quants that are measuring everything possible to find inefficiencies in the system so that the Redskins can find gems in free agency and the draft. These gems will not be gems for every team, but they fit what the Redskins' coaches need for their system. Invest in the best training staff (ugh, too many injuries over the last years), chefs, therapists, strength coaches, etc that money can buy. Invest in the best practice facilities, the highest quality recovery facilities, and the most state-of-the-art preparation practices imaginable. Make Redskins Park the most cutting edge football facility in the world, and hire a team of people to constantly be pushing the envelope with new ideas. 4. Create a culture of collaboration, support, and trust. This ain't 1980's Wallstreet where you pit your best employees against each other to bring out the best in them. Unite the moving pieces so that they are moving in unison towards a beautiful common goal. Getting everyone on the same page and supporting each other as you grow into the dynamic force you want to be is maybe the hardest step. You have to have a team of highly motivated, goal-driven, exacting, egoless leaders that get along and have a similar vision, such that they can compromise and move forward under the uniting direction of the TEAM. 5. Have patience. Let the stew simmer and embrace the complexities. At the same time, don't be afraid to make necessary changes when you have to or the opportunity arises to switch to a generational coach.
  4. dchogs

    Fantasy Football 2019

    12 team draft. non-PPR. 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1 RB/WR, 1 TE, D, K. QB: Newton RB: McCaffery, Carson, Murray, R.Jones WR: K.Allen, Cooks, Lockett, Jeffrey, Pettis, Wilson TE: Reed, Waller K; Tucker Philly Thoughts?
  5. Anyone watch Letterkenny on Hulu? Loved it. Took an episode to get on the "inside" of the jokes, but man it's funny. The dialogue can be fast... watched some episodes with subtitles.
  6. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    what a ****ing day! not the prettiest of wins, but pretty don't count for anything. six time champions liverpool!!!
  7. it is one of my guilty pleasures, but i did have to adjust to the campiness for the first couple of episodes. season 4 is great, though it ends in such a way that it could work either as a series finale or just a season finale.
  8. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    no stroke. forums don't do a great job of picking up mood. i'm more incredulously disappointed than frustrated or angry. it's amazing how things went down this season, but it's a bummer that liverpool ended up on the wrong side of the point difference. sure, a draw is closer to a loss than a win points-wise... never argued differently. but to cherry pick two draws-- in derby matches-- to judge, isn't quite fair. granted those were the only impactful roles everton or man united could have in this season against the top sides. the leicester and west ham games were much more winable, especially with leicester at anfield, given the more pedestrian emotions of those games. everton and man u are always going to play liverpool tough-- doesn't matter who's top of the league and who's mid-table/bottom. that, to me, argues against your statement that they "were there for the taking." also, timing-wise, that was still while ole was enjoying his run of good form. would maybe have been a different game if liverpool had played them at the end of the season like city. i threw man u's point totals in there because they've won the premier league more than any other team. it just underlines how crazy this season was that 97 points-- a total that would have won 25 out of 27 PL seasons. i also included them because you did... didn't make sense to include the ev, as they haven't won the league. anyway, carry on. i just didn't want you worried about me stroking out or crying in a corner.
  9. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    what does that mean? do you think those two draws are a better representation of how close the race was? you think that's a better sign of how close the race was than a ball being 11mm away from drawing a game between the two front runners (that would have resulted in a 3 pt swing in liverpool's favor)? or did you just want to rub salt in the wound that liverpool drew against their two biggest rivals? okay, sure, have it your way. yes, if liverpool had won any one of our 7 draws this year, liverpool would have won. to me, drawing against leicester and west ham are less excusable than everton or united. if city hadn't lost to chelsea or leicester, it wouldn't have been as close a race either. doesn't change the fact that liverpool scored more points this past season than manchester united did in any of it's league winning seasons. that those efforts earned liverpool 2nd place is remarkable. i'd say it's unlucky and unfortunate as a liverpool fan, and you can say that points don't matter only winning, and we'd both be right. it was still a remarkable race that went to the wire, and i'm glad it was liverpool that was doing the pushing rather than any other team.
  10. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    hell of a season. proud of the way liverpool fought and pushed city to the very last moments. tip of the hat to city. they had to go on a 14 game winning streak in the best and most balanced league in the world to score the second highest point total in premier league history to beat their challengers by a single point. that's tough sledding and a ton of pressure to be perfect. and perfect they were. that the january match at the etihad was 11mm away from being a tie is a perfect representation of how close this entire race was. it sure was fun to be a part of, and as much as i would have love to see the trophy in red, there will be tons of great memories to be had from the 18-19 season. on to madrid, boys! heads held high... there's a trophy to win!
  11. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    Oh, to be in Liverpool tonight. What a game. What a night. What a team. YNWA
  12. dchogs

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    it can't be dragon eggs... it took her three dragons a long time to grow up. i bet there's some way that she can reanimate petrified/hibernating dragons that they find at Dragonstone or something. a bunch of baby dragons ain't helping without a crazy (even by GOT standards) unrealistic time warp.
  13. dchogs

    Tesla Model 3 Release

    wow. sweet... if i wasn't getting pummeled by college tuition, i would jump.
  14. dchogs

    Tesla Model 3 Release

    what's the wait time these days?
  15. dchogs

    ES Soccer Thread

    gotta tip your cap to both barca and liverpool. liverpool played a hell of a game, and the score doesn't tell the tale of the game, which was much closer. barca had two great goals (i just knew messi was going to hit that top left corner) and one lucky/unlucky bounce off the crossbar. sadio, milner, and salah all missed goals that they'd hit 9 times out of 10. just one of those nights on a soccer pitch. tough sledding for the tie at anfield, but i trust the supporters to have that ol' place rockin and the players to give their all. on to newcastle. an early red goal would do wonders for my blood pressure...