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  1. Socialism bails out capitalism yet again
    5 points
  2. I'm not going to speak to cases not in evidence, besides which there are whack jobs on all sides - but unless your definition of 'a lot' of democrats is really "a handful of idiots" your implication is hardly justified. The question of which party is continually seen keeping the company of known white nationalists and xenophobes of other various descriptions is not open to serious debate.
    3 points
  3. i feel happy for matt stafford. finally got the fuck out of here and now getting his due as a top 10 nfl qb.
    3 points
  4. sounds like a tax cut for rich people and an increase for poor people.
    3 points
  5. 3 points
  6. I've done that once....a minor league player (may or may not have been a service academy graduate) laid some shit bare when it came to treatment of soldiers in Iraq and the leadership they were receiving. It was all part of a discussion about why he left baseball to deploy to Iraq....I was factual, quoted him honestly, but also knew he had the potential to get in a bunch of trouble from the article. I asked him to review the article and give me his blessing because it was his ass on the line. He made one minor tweak to the article, actually making a two sentence sequence more critical of the situation and was adamant I publish the piece immediately.
    3 points
  7. I can think of three of these long term pre-arb extensions that haven't worked out, out of the dozens that have happened. (Singleton, Kingery, Tabata). There is some risk, but it is the smart thing to do if Tork and Greene are amenable to it. They are about as low risk as prospects who haven't hit the bigs get. Worst comes to worst, they are okay players you are on the hook for 5-6 years down the road. Take Ronald Acuna for example 2019: $1M 2020: $1M 2021: $5M 2022: $15M 2023: $17M 2024: $17M 2025: $17M 2026: $17M 2027: $17M option ($10M buyout) 2028: $17M option The AAV on the deal comes out to $12.5M (the buyout on the option in 2027 plays into this, if you are checking my math) so the Braves take a $11.5M hit on the luxury tax in 2019-2020 when they aren't likely to be paying it to save $4.5M against it in 2023-2026 when their players may be getting expensive or they need to hit free agency. Also, due to the way the buyouts work, his CBT number in 2027 is $7M that year. There are several examples of this. Chris Sale: the White Sox did this with him and were able to get Yoan Moncada for him. Why? Because his CBT number was low and the Red Sox were up against the CBT cap. The Tigers went year to year with guys and it killed them when they got good. Bear in mind the competitive balance tax is not just a tax on the owner, draft pick compensation is affected (why the Tigers got a pile of scraps for JD Martinez, because they were only getting a 4th rounder for him), as are the competitive balance draft picks and international bonus pool.
    3 points
  8. and Trout following in Cabrera's footsteps not only in being a generational talent but also in getting paid big dollars to be injured..... Which is a another reason that spreading your funds across many good players can work out better than putting huge dollars into one or two superstars.
    3 points
  9. Today is Jim Price’s 80th birthday. Happy Birthday to the big guy.
    3 points
  10. nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah hey hey hey sox suck! bye bye losers. have fun going back to sweeping floors tomorrow!
    3 points
  11. I'm stoked to hear they're finally showing up to the fight they're in
    2 points
  12. One of the memorable games from the era we are talking about was the Cardinals and Braves 19 inning game where Jose Oquendo pitched four innings. The Cardinals ran out of position players and Jose DeLeon was playing the outfield. He kept on switching from right to left with Tom Brunansky depending on who was batting. Every time they made the switch, they showed them running in front of Willie McGee in center and they kept showing McGee's face which made me laugh. McGee just had this innocent look all the time that was amusing. He was one of my favorites from that era.
    2 points
  13. 1989 was the summer before I got my drivers license. I was 15 and past the point of “going out and playing”, we did more of our stuff later in the day by then. Usually just hanging out at someone’s house. I spent a lot of time that summer home during the day and watching the Cubs. When they won the division I felt like a Cubs fan. It was neat.
    2 points
  14. I'm not paying $40 million to a guy who plays 110 games.
    2 points
  15. I'm with everyone who's not going back to MTS. it's only a matter of time before it blows up again.
    2 points
  16. Considering the Admin account last visited the site on August 2nd, it appears the site issues may have worked themselves out...
    2 points
  17. Why would they vote in favor of something that Nutty Nancy was going to control. The Impeachment hearings were a joke with Shift and Nadler running it. Why would they give her another chance to do this?
    2 points
  18. OK, I’ll start with some proactive advice. Don’t you just love going to a dealer to buy a new car, seeing one you want, and then spending hours or even days wrestling with any number of salespeople and their managers for the adversarial purpose of trying to wring every last dollar out of each other? Yeah, me neither. Last time I did that was over, of all things, a Honda Accord. I remember it taking over an hour at the end trying to get the guy under $19,000, they’re trying to keep me well above that, managers are shuttling in and out of the room to combat me, and we settle on $19,050. I walked away with my stomach in knots. One of my worst purchase experiences ever. The next time I bought a car, I decided that rather than going through that nonsense again, instead of working in person with a dealer on a car I see on the lot, I decided to determine the exact car I want first, then bid that car out to multiple dealers. First step: “build” the car you want, down to each individual option, then determine the MSRP and Invoice cost on the car. You can do that fairly easily online at a few different websites. Next, develop a list of dealers to bid the car out to. You should probably plan to contact at least ten to start; more depending on how ambitious you are. Make an initial phone call (not email) to the new car sales manager and tell them, I am definitely buying a car in the next few weeks, I’m contacting several dealers and will go with the one that gives me the best price, and do you want to participate? At least 80% of them will say yes, many of them eagerly. Then ask for their email address. After you have the list of participants in hand, email an identical letter to each one: I am ready to buy a car, I’m asking for proposals from a number of dealers, and I will buy from the dealer who gives me the best price. Here’s the car I want, and list out every option, all with their Invoice and MSRP, along with the totals for the whole car, so they know that you know what their costs are. Also tell them you’re aware of whatever buyer incentives there are, and to NOT factor those into the final price. Also, if you can afford to, tell them you are NOT offering them a trade-in, since they can manipulate their bid based on that. Try to keep the trade-in part separate from the purchase part. Then tell them that after you get all the first bids from everyone, you will report the best bid to all participants and give them just one shot at beating that price. Tell them that second-round bid will be final, and that you will contact the winner at that point to finalize the deal, discuss financing, and arrange to sign paperwork. You don't want to go back to the well more than twice, because that's unseemly and leaves a bad taste with them. (When you do move into the second round, start with the highest bid dealer and work backwards to the best bid dealer, so that the best bid gets better as you move toward the initial first round best bid.) Then, and this is important: be sure to follow through exactly on this plan. Do this only if you are 100% certain you are buying car. Otherwise, they’ll remember you next time you try this and it might not work so well. I’ve bought my last four cars using this method and not only have I saved thousands of dollars each time, but as importantly, I’ve avoided the knots in my stomach from the angst of going back and forth with an adversary much better trained and more experienced to do so than I could ever be. After all, you negotiate with a dealer only once every few years—they do it as their job every single day. Try this next time you buy a car. You won't regret it.
    2 points
  19. Oh no. We understand you side quite well. But when you call you own nominee for president a RINO, and a staunch conservative a Democrat because they don’t worship a failed one term president, it highlights that Republicans have become nothing more than a cult.
    2 points
  20. i'm not deflecting anything. i think people get really up in arms when other teams cheat and dont care when their team cheats. ask the 1940 tigers about stealing signs on an institutional level. do you hate the tigers as an organization because they were cheating? the only difference between that team and the astros was the astros had modern technology. i dont excuse the astros. i think they should have been punished and they were. but im not going to hold it against everyone on the team or organization forever. seems silly and nothing but "holier than thou" bs, imo.
    2 points
  21. You can't take a QB just to take a QB, that's how you end up with a Tua. If there are no good QB's then wait. Speaking of Tua, maybe that WAS the year the Lions should have taken a QB. Herbert is looking like the real deal.
    2 points
  22. I have no interest in taking any of the QBs with our first pick, take BPA with our 1st and WR with our second. 2023 looks to be shaping up much better for QBs with guys like Bryce Young, CJ Stroud and more. Since we're gonna suck next year too might as well wait and get a better guy while also building up the rest of the team first.
    2 points
  23. Bugs Bunny using a magnet from ACME to get into your carrot garden?
    2 points
  24. Trump was the one man who could have actively fought the anti-tax movement successfully. He didn't do squat. They had to pull teeth just to get him to make a lukewarm endorsement of the vaccine long after the fact. He never made any serious attempt at pushing *his* people in the positive direction and never took on any of fake reality peddlers in his own party or his buddies like Hannity at Fox. That's just the reality. Even at this late date - you think he might cut a pro vax PSA? You'd be kidding, right?
    2 points
  25. That's a startling claim, that "no one could have done any better". Canada, which has had some major screwups and is still struggling in the west, has 789 deaths per million of population. The United States has 2,202. The rest of the world was staring, jaws dropped, at how stupid he is. He led the country to almost 3 times as many deaths as a sensible person would have. The 734,000 deaths should have been 250,000, if he had handled it as poorly as we did.
    2 points
  26. I also remember TFG making fun of people, including Biden, wearing masks. I also remember him making secret service guys drive him around in a car when he had COVID.
    2 points
  27. Put the 1980s throwback uniforms into regular rotation. Similar to the modern day Astros uniforms.
    2 points
  28. Actual Lions ought to file a class action suit for Defamation of Character.
    1 point
  29. LOL Cheney has a more conservative record than Stefanik but they couldn't count on her. Your what about doesn't work. It would be like the Democrats replacing Elizabeth Warren with Manchin because Warren dared criticize Biden
    1 point
  30. I will give you 2 guesses, but you will only need one.
    1 point
  31. Wily Peralta's peripherals suggest he'll be terrible next year. Not interested in seeing him signed.
    1 point
  32. yup - the progressives carried the Dem narrative through most of the Trump years but they are getting serious pushback from the more "mainstream" side worried about building out the coalition enough to overcome the structural advantages the GOP enjoys. The Dems have to win several % more than 50% to hold power in Washington and the realization that all the "demographic inevitability' talk that the Dems thought meant life was going to get easier has turned out to be BS. The progs don't like the idea they have to trim their sails to bring in people they don't like anyway, but the other side risks becoming nothing more than a replay of Bill Clinton's "GOP Lite" if they can't do better than Manchin's and Sinema's bottom lines. That push/pull is generating lots of heat currently. And since the Dems have lots of liberal arts majors in the tent on both sides, we get lots of words..
    1 point
  33. Winning the World Series in Detroit will help 😊
    1 point
  34. I must of missed it somewhere that Daniel Norris didn't make the NLDS roster for the Brewers. Even though he's not a Tiger anymore I still want to see him do well.
    1 point
  35. If he were white it would be on every news cycle.
    1 point
  36. Red Sox advance. I think I will cheer for the other AL series winner over them, even if it is the White Sox
    1 point
  37. Jeimer deserves to get paid.
    1 point
  38. Absolutely. I thought you were going to wear cargo shorts. I would have been cool with that. for me the cargo shorts have to be on the shorter side. Not saying magnum PI shirt but above the knee. No Jorts.
    1 point
  39. Wow, reading this is a big flashback moment. Parliament Drive is part of what was called “Cigarette Sub”, a subdivision of streets in Sterling Heights explicitly named after cigarettes, like Winston, Salem, Pall Mall, Viceroy, Newport—and Parliament. I went to Catholic grade school with a bunch of kids who lived there. That was nearly half a century ago, which is about how long it’s been since I’ve thought of it. The memory of it is so hazy it feels like I dreamt it.
    1 point
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