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DLev45 commented on a post in r/rolltide
DLev45 6 points

How crazy is it that a guy who declared after his junior season and ended up being taken #36 overall (3rd RB behind Gurley and Gordon) in his draft class is, AT BEST, Bama’s 4th best RB in the last 10 years.

And could arguably be as low as 6th.

Likewise, Kenyan Drake is starting in the NFL, was taken #73 overall (3rd RB in his class), and he doesn’t even sniff the Top 5 for Bama RBs in the Saban era.

This is nuts.

mashonem 1 point

Who would you put above him in regard to him being as low as 6th? The first 4 are obvious, I just wanna know that 5th man

DLev45 1 point

You could make reasonable arguments for Harris. He needs 1100 yards this year to pass Yeldon, and has 250 less career carries.

Harris’s YPC is 6.7, whereas Yeldon had 5.8. Harris gets a yard more a pop. Yeldon has a huge TD advantage, but Damien has spent 2 years with Jalen snagging goal line TDs.

I still have Yeldon 4th over Harris and Lacy, but my point was that it’s absurd you could actually put forth an argument that Yeldon is 6th without making a total idiot of yourself.

dac0605 7 points

Not sure how quick he can recover, but it is important to remember that he can still play the last 4 games of the season and retain a season of eligibility. Not that it really matters, as I see him leaving as a junior, either this year or next.

DLev45 3 points

... and retain a season of eligibility. Not that it really matters, as I see him leaving as a junior, either this year or next.

Agreed. No way he stays 5 years given his pro potential.

DoctorWhosOnFirst 23 points

Well fuck. How awful for Lewis after missing most of last season with an injury.

At least we're deep at OLB.

Edit: We've got plenty of options, but let's see how quickly Eyabi Anoma gets up to speed in fall camp.

DLev45 13 points

The good news is that its probably the deepest position group on the roster. The bad news is Lewis is arguably the best one.

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DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
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DLev45 5 points

how could two random European guys become better than 99.99% of Americans who started to play Basketball since age 4 and were developed by American people, infrastructure.

Because 99.9% of Americans who started playing basketball at age 4, developed by American people, didn't grow up to be 7-feet tall.

These comparisons aren't remotely similar.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/golf
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Pyrography 1 point

To me a hole in one is less impressive than an eagle on a par 4 or an albatross on a par 5. I don't know why people care.. like how r/poker banned and mocks royal flush posts.

DLev45 1 point

I agree with an albatross on a Par 5, but not an eagle on a Par 4.

An albatross is actually rarer than a hole in one on a Par 3. But you could have someone hit a 250 drive on a 300 yard Par 4 and then hole out from 50 for eagle. That's cool, but nothing compared to the odds of a hole in one.

Bukowskified 0 points

Read my response.... 4 in 10,000 and 18 in 10,000 are “practically the same odds”.

You’re splitting hairs over odds less than 1%

DLev45 1 point

Your life depends on making a hole in one on the Par 3 18th at your local course. You don't make one and you drop dead on the spot.

Do you want 4 chances or 18 chances? Or does it not matter since you have practically the same odds?

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DLev45 commented on a post in r/ussoccer
TheBigCore -25 points

The point I'm making is that mercenaries are generally viewed to not have loyalty to the country they're representing. If all of the US's players are from somewhere else, the average American will not consider that a US team.

DLev45 2 points

The point I'm making is that mercenaries are generally viewed to not have loyalty to the country they're representing. If all of the US's players are from somewhere else, the average American will not consider that a US team.

The average American won't care if we starting winning on the big stage.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
RvH19 6 points

Is he just now on the US radar as far a we know? Born is DC, what's his background?

DLev45 1 point

Can’t speak to USSF itself, but he has been on USMNT media’s radar for a good 3 years at this point.

Apparently USSF has spoken with him and tried to call him up, but he won’t accept as he is still holding out for France.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/golf
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MikeyP-89 62 points

If it's just my buddies playing for fun, we do one per nine holes.

DLev45 1 point

Same, with the caveat that it can only be used off the tee box. It's meant to be used when you send a drive OB, not when you pushed a 3-footer.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/ussoccer
willzyx01 1 point

Klinnsman firing was a joke. The dude lost to Mexico, the strongest team in the CONCACAF. Arena lost to the worst team in the CONCACAF.

DLev45 1 point

The dude lost to Mexico, the strongest team in the CONCACAF.

Fired like he was hired.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
JonstheSquire 5 points

They will still be used for basketball as the vast majority of people who live by them prefer to play basketball. Dropping futsal courts into cities will no popularize soccer any more than dropping tennis courts into them will.

DLev45 6 points

Bingo.

In my hometown, if you turned a public basketball court into a mixed use basketball/futsal course, you would have as much soccer being played on it as there is now -- none.

Not to mention that the soccer kids would get bullied off the court by the basketball kids whenever the basketball folks decided they wanted to play.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
Talpostal 0 points

I'm part of the way through this and pretty upset with how much of this amounts to a biased hit piece against Klinsmann. Klinsmann had plenty of problems but to try and lump everything on him by telling half-truths is just ridiculous.

  • Presents Clarence Goodson being cut as being a major injustice rather than a fringe player being cut.
  • Actively goes out of its way to ignore the link between Donovan's trip to Cambodia to him being cut from the World Cup
  • Presents Bocanegra being cut from the team as a major injustice with literally no reference to his age.

Edit: I'm going to just keep adding to this.

  • Klinsmann being poor tactically comes out in a "blockbuster piece" in 2013 rather than being a known and accepted risk when he was hired.
  • The story is 10,600 words long and the 2014 World Cup gets 44 words, presumably because it involves Klinsmann being successful.
  • "The lack of preparation was obvious in the 3–2 defeat...It was only the start of the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, but something was amiss inside the group. " This is in reference to a friendly against Chile, but it is presented as being part of WCQ.
  • Devotes two paragraphs to Bruce Arena's resume without mentioning that he was fired.
DLev45 16 points

Presents Clarence Goodson being cut as being a major injustice rather than a fringe player being cut.

This is intellectual dishonesty. It doesn't present Goodson being cut as a major injustice. It presents THE WAY in which Goodson, et al, were cut as a major injustice.

The guys were literally walking off the practice field a week before cuts were supposed to be made, unbeknownst to any of the players or the staff. It was a egotistical power play, through and through because Jurgen already had his contract extension so he knew he was untouchable.

isotopes_ftw 1 point

It both claims that leaving Goodson off and the way he was cut were wrong. The article attempts to claim that Goodson was an important leader on the national team.

DLev45 6 points

It makes no such claims. Go back and re-read it.

Defender Clarence Goodson, another of the cuts, asked Klinsmann for an explanation. “I told him very calmly that I didn’t agree and asked for his reasoning. I felt I should be starting, not trying to make the team,” Goodson said in an email. Klinsmann told him that they could speak after the World Cup. “I said to him, ‘Let’s be honest. My U.S. career is over.’ Still, he refused to give me an explanation, which of course is his right as the coach, but I felt in the moment that I deserved better.” Klinsmann and Goodson have not spoken since.

The early roster cuts weren’t just a surprise for the players. No one in U.S. Soccer had been briefed, including Gulati and Flynn. As the dejected players walked off the pitch, it slowly dawned on federation staff that Klinsmann wasn’t just dropping a few players from the group of 30; he was announcing the final 23-man roster for Brazil.

The manner in which players were informed was not the only point of contention. Veterans like Evans and Goodson were regarded as key locker-room leaders. In their place was a cohort of German Americans including John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, and Green — on paper, talented players, but subject to occasional grumbling about their commitment to the squad. The complaints about German American players could have xenophobic undertones, but over time — rightly or wrongly — Klinsmann’s perceived preferential treatment for this group of players would damage team morale.

It says that (1) Goodson was cut abruptly and he thought he shouldn't have been; and (2) that he (along with Evans) was a veteran locker room guy that was cut in favor or a fresh Germerican (John Brooks).

Both of those are facts. It never claims that Klinsmann made the wrong decision. You made that part up yourself.

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DLev45 commented on a post in r/ussoccer
bossmt_2 32 points

This one paragraph, details the massive issue with US Soccer

" The team was universally shocked. If it could happen to Landon, it could happen to any one of us. Around American soccer, the outrage was swift and widespread."

OF FUCKING COURSE IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE. Why is this shocking? Donovan was a 31 year old MLS player with little long term motivations that fit in Klinsmann's team and face it given his form he wasn't good enough to start so people were getting butthurt about Donovan getting a bench spot. Should John Terry be picked to England's world cup team because he's a legend for England? Fuck no.

This attitude that players should be treated special is why American Soccer is far behind the rest of the world. You have to earn your shit everywhere else. Round here people blame the coaches when their kid sucks.

DLev45 29 points

Donovan was a 31 year old MLS player with little long term motivations that fit in Klinsmann's team and face it given his form he wasn't good enough to start so people were getting butthurt about Donovan getting a bench spot.

He carried the USA in the 2013 Gold Cup after his sabbatical. He had 5 goals and 7 assists in route to winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot. He damn near single-handedly delivered the only trophy Jurgen won as USMNT manager.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/rolltide
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DetectiveRock 4 points

I would wager Robinson is the better back of the two. Najee is more polished due to the amount of money spent on his game. Robinson is still raw and has a higher sparq rating. Dude would start anywhere in the country.

DLev45 2 points

Najee is more polished due to the amount of money spent on his game.

Wut? Dude spent a lot of his childhood homeless.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
Scape13 5 points

Idk. Could be. I know the MLS acadamies are not very old, maybe about now is when we start to see talent coming from them

DLev45 1 point

We are.

But now we’ve created a whole new problem. The “jumping from MLS academies to Europe for nothing” problem.

McKennie and Weah, two of the brightest stars on Monday, were both MLS academy players who signed with big European clubs and the MLS academy received nothing for it.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/fantasybaseball
[deleted] 2 points

What do people think about Gleyber? Real deal or a sell high?

DLev45 18 points

Gleyber is batting .321 and swatting, and yet Boone absolutely refuses to move him up. It’s idiotic.

“It’s like having a 2nd leadoff hitter down there.”

Well your actual leadoff hitter is batting .227, so... I dunno, how about, uh, swapping them???

DLev45 commented on a post in r/MLS
DLev45 2 points

It is not normal for the USMNT to go this long without a coach because it is also not normal for the USMNT to not be in the World Cup.

There was little reason for us to jump the gun and hire a coach without waiting to see who would be available after this World Cup.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/todayilearned
rophel 161 points

I've been close to very rich executives in a unique perspective...basically an extended relative owns a few companies, I worked for a startup he owned.

I was close to him AND the people who he paid excessively who thought it was their job to always tell him every idea he had was a good one.

He never ASKED them to do it, but it was a natural extension of job security, especially when you overpay your employees. Lots of the people there came from pretty humble prior jobs, as he hired people he liked over extremely qualified ones (at least at that stage).

When your quality of life goes up that much and you don't feel like you can easily keep that going if you were to lose your job (i.e. your experience doesn't back it up) then everything becomes about maintaining your quality of life.

They were good and honorable people but lied, and hid truth from him to make sure they never stepped on his toes or upset him. Their fancy new house and car depended on it.

It was actually pretty sad, and I can see how this would create a feedback loop for a normal individual with sudden success without them realizing what was even happening to them.

Carry that down the line a bit, you can see how people at the top can start to think EVERYTHING the come up with is literally amazing since everyone tells them it is and hides things to challenge that viewpoint.

Bezos strikes me a kind of guy who got stuck in this loop but isn't a huge ego kind of guy naturally, I don't think he thinks he knows better than people outside of his expertise in technology and business. Steve Jobs was a big ego who was occasionally brilliant at ideas and decision making, but I think he ultimately thought his success meant he knew better than literally anyone because of it.

DLev45 1 point

You just unintentionally explained POTUS.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/fantasybaseball
fbblue88 1 point

Chris Taylor and someone else not listed. Merrifield and Torres are both really valuable

DLev45 1 point

C - Realmuto
1B - Hoskins
2B - Cano
SS - Baez
3B - Devers
OF - J.D. Martinez
OF - Blackmon
OF - Benintendi
Utility - Haniger
Utility - Merrifield
BN - Taylor
BN - Torres
DL - Buxton
DL - Turner

w226622 1 point

Cano will be going on the dl so you won't have to drop anyone else

DLev45 1 point

Hooray, I guess...

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DLev45 commented on a post in r/golf
DLev45 1 point

For starters, it looks like you're trying to swing out of your shoes. Slow it down and just concentrate on decent contact.

DLev45 commented on a post in r/golf
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DLev45 2 points

Oxmoor Valley, while not bad by any means, is certainly a distant 3rd compared to the other 2.

Its the cheapest, so it gets far and away the most traffic, leading to more wear and tear and lesser conditions. And it will also be the most backed up on the weekends.

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