Sports?



  • NHL season has started again. Not a whole lot to say since it's only just begun but I enjoyed the Canes/Habs game earlier tonight. Always love me a back and forth that goes into shootout.



  • I was switching between Avalanche vs Flames and playoff baseball.

    Avs are my team and they look as great as ever. I might put like $15 on them to win the cup for a $240 payout. It’s a fan bet but low key possible.



  • Being a relatively young adult, the only loss I’ve had to suffer was one of my best friends in 2017. Today, I’m feeling a similar sort of pain knowing my hero Kobe Bryant has died. Today has been a tough day to process losing somebody who’s been with me for so long.

    I sometimes get disappointed that my generation of athletes growing up has retired and I won’t get to watch them again. I didn’t expect to have to mourn the loss of my generations' athletic hero.

    I don’t want to take this passing lightly. I want to do great things just like Kobe did. I gotta make sure he continues to inspire me.

    RIP Mamba 🏀💔



  • Football (the one where you use your feet with a ball), tennis and boxing mostly.



  • Super Bowl tonight.

    Making some scotch bonnet wings and some honey sriracha wings and a big pot of rigatoni with meatballs. I never host because my apartment isn't great but the Super Bowl is a tradition that supersedes putting on airs for your guests. We're just here to eat good food, watch a great game, and have a good time.

    I put $115 on the SF 49ers Moneyline @ 2.05 odds. I'd prefer KC Chiefs to win but I don't believe Mahomes can carry the whole team.

    Great season in 2019. I hope this is a great Super Bowl too.



  • Mahomes!



  • Didn't watch the Super Bowl because I've basically been on Australian time (weird as a Brit) because of the Australian Open.

    So happy to see Novak, the greatest ever, lift another trophy.



  • I saw a pretty good game yesterday. Canes beat the Canucks in shootout.

    Look I get why it is this way but I just can't bring myself to care about any sport where the championship isn't decided in a best of 7 or some similar format



  • Best of 7s and stuff like that seems specific to American sport. Personally think it’s much better when there’s a singular final like grand slams, heavyweight championship of the world, champions league final, World Cup final.

    Often semi finals in football are two legs, one at one ground and one at the other. The final is then on a neutral ground.



  • I usually like best of 7 too but NHL and NBA have waaaaay too much fat on the playoffs with the first round being pretty much useless. I like that only the very clear best of the best make the playoffs in MLB and NFL. Those are two sports where the best are usually solidified by their ability to even get into the playoffs and their decisiveness is shown in the subsequent close games.



  • @DIPSET That's similar to an issue affecting the european championship of nations in soccer football, for me. Before, only 16 teams qualified from the qualification stage to the final tournament, and 8 through from the group stage (2 teams from every 4) to the knock-out stage. From 2016, they changed it to 24 teams, and now 3 from each group qualify to the knock-out stage of 16. The World Cup of nations will be expanded as well, starting in 2026, and I feel like in its current format it already has some teams that shouldn't be there in terms of quality.

    I liked the Euros more before because there was a certain tightness and momentum in the tournament, teams had to step up to go through the group stage. Now a team can get through the group stage without winning any match, which is the example of the current champions.



  • @irongrey Yeah I haven't followed in years, but my friends have been complaining to me about this.



  • @dipset NBA? Yes. Especially those brutal Warriors vs. Cavs years.

    NHL? I'm not so sure. The Blues were third in their DIVISION last year and the President's Trophy winner rarely wins the cup. Although one thing I would say is that it can sometimes dumb down the hockey in the playoffs where lower seeds start playing super tight defence and win a bunch of 1-0 games.

    I don't disagree with MLB playoffs being super intense but can you imagine playing 162 games, being 30 games over .500 and not getting in? Not saying it should change but man that would suck.



  • @e_zed_eh_intern

    I think Kings in 2013-2014 is another example of the lowest seed actually winning but in terms of quality, the first round of the NHL playoffs is very sloppy normally.



  • @dipset I think that was 2012 and the only reason I remember is because I'm from Vancouver :(



  • Toronto Raptors are on a 12 game winning streak which is the longest streak in Toronto professional sports history. The next closest was the Toronto Blue Jays 11 game win streak in 1993 when they won the World Series.

    Gotta say, its been a privilege watching the Raps last season and surprisingly this season as well. Marred by injuries, this team is still entirely entertaining and 2nd place in the East.



  • There was an absolutely ridiculous game tonight between the Canes and Leafs, with an emergency backup goalie stealing the show in the best way possible.

    ...and of course I missed all but the last few minutes because of work. Just my luck.



  • @hanabi not to mention Ovi hit 700 goals today



  • @hanabi

    My buddy works with the backup goalie. He’s the building manager for the Ryerson University athletic centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens).

    He apparently takes shots in practice for the Leafs when they’re resting the goalies between games but that’s infrequent and he’s 100% an Average Joe.


    Made $500 betting on the Wilder vs Fury II fight. That was an absolute beating and it reached scary territory. Glad Wilder is ok in the end.



  • Is anybody else done with VAR? Besides the ref from the Chelsea vs. Tottenham game?

    The majority of the offside calls that lines...persons (?) are missing are even tough to tell on VAR. And if they need to check the replay, that often means it was close to the point of being negligible. Strikers are often half a step ahead because they start their run before the defender reacts and chases. I'm all for diagonal runs and perfect through balls but sometimes the ball over the top is there and I'm ok if the attacker notices it before the defender and so gets one toe ahead.

    This is not to mention the excitement factor. Every time anybody scores a goal now, everybody is afraid to get excited because you know they're going upstairs. We had this kind of thing one year in hockey where any foot in the blue ice meant no goal so just about every single goal was reviewed and a whole ton were disallowed. And it sucked so they got rid of it (after the Stanley Cup winning goal was scored with a foot in the blue paint).

    I know it's a crooked sport and cameras are supposed to help us avoid biases but this is too much. Thoughts?