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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:10 am

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1 year free subscription if you're a T-Mobile customer via their T Mobile Tuesdays app.
That might explain why The Athletic was down for an hour or so earlier today.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:45 am

Sabo wrote:
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1 year free subscription if you're a T-Mobile customer via their T Mobile Tuesdays app.
That might explain why The Athletic was down for an hour or so earlier today.
They were down for the count.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by DSafetyGuy » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:24 am

Starting Lineup figurines collector group. Lots of us are in the sweet spot, age-wise, for this.

My two Alan Trammell's (home, road) say hi from wherever I put them when we moved.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by duff » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:56 am

DSafetyGuy wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:24 am
Starting Lineup figurines collector group. Lots of us are in the sweet spot, age-wise, for this.

My two Alan Trammell's (home, road) say hi from wherever I put them when we moved.
The only remaining Starting LIneup figurine I have is Mike Greenwell.

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by A_B » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:24 am

I have Andre Dawson and ryne sandberg in my office. Lost my Barry Larkin and Chris sabo somewhere along the line.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:25 am

I'm definitely in the sweet spot, age wise, but despite collecting cards (mostly baseball, but some of the other 3 major sports), I don't think I ever had a starting lineup figurine. I doubt there was ever a Buccaneer figurine, and I didn't really have a favorite baseball team, but watched a shitload of Cubs, Mets, Braves on their superstations.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Giff » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:29 am

I have Jordan, Bird, Thomas, and Magic in the office. Some baseball players too I can't remember because I haven't been in my office in 4 months.
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Post by mister d » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:07 am

Ha ha keep those Jordan and Thomas ones far apart ha ha!
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:30 am

"Once you get past the churlishness and insubordination, I've found (Sabo) to be entirely adequate as a person."
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:48 am

Definitely going to read this, but Cox's stuff always loses me by the second act.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:00 am

govmentchedda wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:48 am
Definitely going to read this, but Cox's stuff always loses me by the second act.
He's pretty extraordinary, considering he's almost entirely self taught. I know Jonathan Wilson was a huge influence on him. Sometimes his writing isn't very clear, but the information he provides is very good.

ETA: It would be great if they could use GIFs to explain his points, but I understand they can't use GIFs for copyright reasons.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:18 am

Sabo wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:00 am
govmentchedda wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:48 am
Definitely going to read this, but Cox's stuff always loses me by the second act.
He's pretty extraordinary, considering he's almost entirely self taught. I know Jonathan Wilson was a huge influence on him. Sometimes his writing isn't very clear, but the information he provides is very good.

ETA: It would be great if they could use GIFs to explain his points, but I understand they can't use GIFs for copyright reasons.
Agreed, but my eyes glaze over so fast. The knowledge is there, it's just tough to convey via that medium.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Shirley » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:29 pm

I actually really liked that article. Of course, as a Chelsea fan, I'm doubly interested in Pulisic though.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:25 am

"Once you get past the churlishness and insubordination, I've found (Sabo) to be entirely adequate as a person."
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by rass » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:39 am

Direct response to The Defector news in an effort to retain the SportsFrog market share.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:44 am

govmentchedda wrote:
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mister d wrote:
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Generally speaking, advertising pulls out fast and subscriptions trickle away, if they leave at all in a time where reading is up. So I guess its possible they forecasted infinite linear growth and when that wasn't met, this became "necessity", but I wouldn't be surprised in the least if this was in part a convenient time to cull a bit.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by govmentchedda » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:15 pm

They're doing a $1/mo promo right now.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by tennbengal » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:37 pm

Still an easy recommend from me.

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by wlu_lax6 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:24 pm

I keep asking do I want to renew..and then Pablo Maurer writes some amazing article that would make me subscribe again....example---the infamous World Cup photo shoot or Cruyff in DC.....apparently he has 2 lined up in the next weeks.

https://theathletic.com/1448748/2019/12 ... uery=pablo

https://theathletic.com/1845507/2020/05 ... uery=pablo

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Steve of phpBB » Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:45 pm

I figure they earned the twelve bucks by breaking the "Dell Loy Hansen is a racist asshole" story.

Though if it ends with someone buying and moving the team, that'd be a real drag.
And his one problem is he didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death.

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by wlu_lax6 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:06 am

Interesting articles in the last few days from the Athletic on political donations by soccer owners. The first on the MLS was a bit more interesting than the European team owners because it really showed that the actions the MLS teams are taking don't line up with the $ being donated. On the other hand the article hits it on the head....they are one issue donators...and that is about $ in their business/pockets.

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by DSafetyGuy » Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:46 pm

I am the recipient of five 30-day guest passes for the Athletic. If interested, let me know.
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Post by rass » Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:24 pm

My sub lapsed last week because I guess I got as new AMEX # at some point since I first signed up and I think I might let it go until hockey starts to fire back up.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Ryan » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:33 am

he’s a fixbking cyborg or some shit. The

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Post by sancarlos » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:09 pm

Great piece.
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Post by GoodKarma » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:22 pm

I actually went to a game at Dodd Stadium in Norwich about 10-12 years ago when they were still the Connecticut Tigers and thought it was a great time. There were only a few hundred people there, though.
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:52 am

Another classic Pablo Maurer article...Socker slam
https://theathletic.com/2228251/2020/11/30/socker-slam/

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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:33 am

This story on Jim Leyland is fantastic:

https://theathletic.com/2217382/2020/11 ... s-pirates/
Gary Varsho watched from the bench one night in June 1992 as the Montreal Expos rolled up a 9-0 lead on the Pirates. In the ninth inning, after Steve Buechele drew a one-out walk, Leyland sent Varsho into the game as a pinch runner.

“So I go out there, and it’s (three) pitches, inning over,” Varsho said. “I come back into the dugout and ask if he wants me to stay in the game. Jim goes, ‘Fuck, no.’ I sit down, but I didn’t get it.”

The next day, Varsho was still peeved. Leyland walked up to him during batting practice.

“Jim goes, ‘You’ve got (contract) incentives, don’t you? Games (played) incentives?’ I did, but I still didn’t understand what he was getting at,” Varsho said. “He goes, ‘Well, you’re going to make $20,000 with that appearance. Now, your next incentive is probably a ways away and if I keep doing this shit, my ass will be fired.

“‘But, last night, I figured you’d fucking earned it.’”
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by tennbengal » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:59 pm

This story on Steve Nash and his long love of playing pickup soccer in NYC is pretty awesome:

https://theathletic.com/2231599/?source=igbio
Once, in the summer of 2014, a 30-something New York native named Joe Franquinha showed up at a park in Manhattan to be a guest goalkeeper for a squad from an ad agency. As he warmed up, Franquinha noticed an athletic looking guy wearing green shorts, green shoes and a white jersey repping Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican restaurant in lower Manhattan: “Is that fucking Steve Nash over there?” Franquinha asked.

It was. According to Franquinha, Nash balled out.

A few years before that, Kyle Martino, a retired MLS player living in New York, was coaxed by a friend into joining a team from Phebe’s, a bar in the East Village. The squad was known for its ringers, so Martino wasn’t surprised to see some former pros warming up. He was, however, shocked by what he saw on the field at Pier 40.

“I looked over and I was like, ‘Is that fucking Steve Nash?’” Martino recalled. “(My friend) was like, ‘Yeah, man, he plays on our team, too.’”

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Post by DSafetyGuy » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:03 am

Pretty damning article on Omar Vizquel.
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Post by Sabo » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:05 am

DSafetyGuy wrote:
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Pretty damning article on Omar Vizquel.
Yes, that was a depressing read. It's hard to find athletes to look up to these days.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by Sabo » Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:56 am

"Once you get past the churlishness and insubordination, I've found (Sabo) to be entirely adequate as a person."
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Post by tennbengal » Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:24 pm

As we’ve all always thought - Mike Brown, progressive...

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Post by Sabo » Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:20 pm

tennbengal wrote:
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As we’ve all always thought - Mike Brown, progressive...
There's a lot of surprises in that article, but Mike Brown's reaction was one of the biggest.

I wish I could unsee that photo, though.
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Post by govmentchedda » Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:33 pm

They're doing $1/mo subscriptions again for first timers, BUT THEY ALSO MADE THE FRONT PAGE A DAMN NIGHTMARE.
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Post by EnochRoot » Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:35 pm

I’ve noticed the quality of the comments section has gone from insightful to inciteful.
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Post by Steve of phpBB » Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:47 pm

govmentchedda wrote:
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They're doing $1/mo subscriptions again for first timers, BUT THEY ALSO MADE THE FRONT PAGE A DAMN NIGHTMARE.
There's a front page?
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by HaulCitgo » Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:50 pm

Wish they had scores

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Post by sancarlos » Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:34 pm

Can’t get my home page to display anymore on my too old IPhone 6.
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Re: The Athletic Thread

Post by brian » Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:07 am

Pretty cool story about what happened after COVID knocked out the entire varsity team for a high school hockey powerhouse in Michigan.

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