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  1. Losing to TCU and Iowa St and Baylor costs us top recruits.
  2. Brandon is an imbecile. He'd actually have a better argument for black uniforms if it was 20 years ago, because then he would have at least been on the cutting edge of an unfortunate trend instead of lagging behind it, years after it jumped the shark. (Still nowhere close to a good argument, but a better one.)
  3. um... ...if we want to get into the cognitive dissonance related to jackasses that play for the teams we like...I mean, everyone is guilty of that.
  4. I was actually enjoying this hyperdramatic drivel, wondering if you actually wrote it with a straight face (best moments of his life?)...and then I got to this. Come on man. You're comparing organized, systematic rape and child abuse with some dumbass ballplayers stealing the other teams' signs. You can hate the Astros all you want, but don't be this intellectually dishonest.
  5. Fangraphs on the potential GM/front office direction: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/whats-next-for-the-astros/
  6. In fairness, Gattis needed all the help he could get. (And that AB resulted in a K.)
  7. The flaw with this argument is that this assumes that they would immediately know that the scheme was largely ineffective overall at the exact point of implementation. Isn't it possible that they implemented the scheme because they assumed it would help, and after a while they found that it wasn't worth it? They did stop eventually. Players were quoted as saying it was a distraction. Non-Astros players have said that they thought something was up based on some of the swinging strikes by Astros players wherein they weren't anywhere close to making contact - suggesting that they "guessed" wildly wrong. The report indicates they stopped using the scheme. Etc. So most likely it is a combination of your scenarios...win-at-all-costs, try to get an edge? Sure. Big group of dumbasses? They're ballplayers, man, yeah. Of course they did it because they thought it would help, and it likely did in some ABs. It also may have hurt in other ABs. It is difficult to find data to quantify how much it really mattered. They hit better as a team in 2019 than they did in 2017. Even within 2017 they hit better on the road. That doesn't prove that it was entirely ineffective, but it also doesn't suggest that it really mattered much. But that doesn't mean it didn't, and that's why they'll always be questioned. Of course I'd prefer that none of this had happened at all. And it hardly matters what I prefer. I'm not saying they shouldn't get punished...whether (and to what degree) it helped isn't the issue there. And some fans will disregard that title or the accomplishments or whatever; that's part of the price too. That's all fine. My point is that the hyperbole about this being among the greatest scandals in the history of pro sports is laughably exaggerated when one considers how widespread sign-stealing in general has always been, and how little impact it actually seems to have made. That doesn't excuse the intent, I agree.
  8. Nobis era unis were pretty good, I'd go with something similar... I liked the 80's version also, though not as much:
  9. They hit better as a team in 2019 than in 2017.
  10. The "narrative" in question isn't about the team cheating; as you state, that is factual. And I totally agree that their method was stunningly stupid. I'm talking about Altuve being the best player in the league that year. Or Springer's or Bregman's actual ability/value. There is a "narrative" that some buy into that these players aren't actually as good as their performance indicated, or that their more recent accomplishments should be dismissed. That's unsupported by evidence. That the team broke rules is not a narrative; that it appears to have made much difference in measurable performance and is the only reason those particular players produced that season, or in prior or subsequent seasons, is narrative.
  11. The players received no punishment at all. That's who I specifically mentioned. I am referring to people claiming that "Altuve only won the MVP because he cheated" and the like. There is not much evidence that the scheme had any measurable impact on performance.
  12. What if team trainers were involved? What if managers and GMs and owners all knew what was happening? And sportswriters, and the commissioner, etc. Come on, everyone knew and everyone was complicit. Everyone acknowledges this at this point. The Astros broke the rule and they got punished - that's fine. And the punishment was hardly light...it was pretty severe. Other teams broke the rule too, and we'll see what happens. Many will dismiss the accomplishments of Astros players in 2017, despite evidence that suggests that their scheme didn't really seem to result in any noticeable improvement, because it is the narrative they crave. That's fine.
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