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SteakBaller

  • joined Dec 28, 2009
  • last login Jul 21, 2014
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Stock Watch: MANU opens at $14 - trades flat

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MANU listed on the NYSE today, open officially at $14, below the 16-20 range the owners had hope. Essentially the team and owners missed about $100 million total because of this price. Good news: United are still in heavy debt.

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Winning vs Competing w/Poll

So we here it all the time: "If you're not first, your last." "It's been x amount of years since teams last championship." "It's a trap to get stuck in the NBA's middle ground." Consider this since...

Man U to recieve $559 million from GM

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Yahoo sport story. That is not a small number of monies. The only good thing about this deal is going to be laughing at Man U for seven years as they have a big gold cross on their shirts.

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Did the Blazers Force Brandon Roy to Retire? w/Poll

From Roy's comments today it is sounding like the blazers made the ultimate decision about Roy retiring. Here is the important quote: Well, it never really was officially my decision to retire....

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Money and Sports: Responsible Spending?

So I want to touch on a familiar subject: Essentially operating a sports team with a net profit. As sports fans, we all want to be owners. To have control, make decisions, and get to enjoy the...

Simmons likes Batum deal. Gets facts wrong.

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About 6 paragraphs down the Grantland article: The Good. "Batum brings three things to the table that the 2012 Finals proved everyone needs going forward: athleticism, perimeter defense and 3-point shooting. Over the next four years, I'd rather pay Batum $46 million than Roy Hibbert $58 million. I can't beat Miami or Oklahoma City with Hibbert — as the Heat proved in the last three games of their comeback against Indiana, when they basically ran Hibbert off the floor — but Batum would be valuable against either team. And those are the two teams I need to beat if I want to win the title." The Wrong: "When Kahn stupidly offered them Derrick Williams and two no. 1s for the chance to totally overpay Batum (four years, $46 million), Portland turned him down and eventually matched the offer."

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If you could add 1 player to this Arsenal team...

*Rules: Must be currently playing ie. no Pele Not a huge superstar that Arsenal can't afford ie. no Messi You can stretch the reality a bit if you would like, maybe a player that costs $30mil or a...

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Let's talk other NBA teams

There is a lot going on in Blazer land, but we really won't know anything for certain until July 14th. Meanwhile, there is quite a bit going on league wide, and a lot is certain:

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Trust: Do you?

I am getting a bit drafted out, so I want to touch on the blazer's off season from a different angle. What level of trust do you have in the blazers front office to make the right decisions this...

The Two Sides of Andrei Arshavin

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A nice little article on Grantland about the frustration of Arshavin. An interesting comparison to Lebron James as well.

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Size Matters: Drummond, Leonard, Zeller

The consensus top 3 centers in this years NBA draft. The blazers obviously have a need at this position (BPA argument aside), so lets take a look at these 3 players. First of all Drummond might...

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Notes on the PG's at the NBA Combine

From NBADraft.net Point Guards Notes - Damian Lillard stood out, even in simple drills. Physically he's compact and toned. He rarely missed in the mid-range shooting drill, where he runs back and...

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Zags Final 2 for Coleman

During his official visit to Spokane, Gerard Coleman has narrowed his list of potential schools to the Zags and Xavier, according to the Boston Herald: Great news to see him eliminate Florida...

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Where did Dion Waiters come from?

I will start this off by saying I don't know much about Dion Waiters. I watched Syracuse a number of times this season, and I do remember the sophomore guard's name, but his play is not something...

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Off season: Arsenal's biggest needs

So we are fully into the off season now with the UK transfer window open and the rest of Europe to open in July. We know Mr. Podolski is arriving this summer, a really great player capable of being...

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Why we should Draft Damian Lillard

Score first PG has the connotation of a ball hog who doesn't look to set up team mates. In most cases though this is not exactly the case. There are mainly two ways to get teammates good shots: 1....

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Andre Drummond vs. DeAndre Jordan

There has been a lot of talk about Drummond falling to the blazers at #6 and how said player fills a big hole at center (pun). His potential and (lack of) motivation has been talked about, but...

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Why do we hate Spurs?

Tottenham are our rivals, I understand that, but I want to dig a bit deeper into the rivalry. From what I understand (being a new fan circa '05) Spurs have many reasons to hate Arsenal. - Arsenal...

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Adding Karnowski boosts Gonzaga up to 13th in Pre Season Poll

13. Gonzaga Buzz: The Bulldogs will miss C Robert Sacre. But if Karnowski is good as many analysts say (he has been compared to a young Marc Gasol), Sacre won't be missed for long. Karnowski, 19,...

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Where are The Short Fuse readers from? *POLL*

I saw a similar poll on another SB nation site and thought it might be fun to have one here. I find it very interesting to see where different folks are from, so let's see where Arsenal fans are...

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Kevin Pangos Makes Yahoo Sports 3rd team Freshman All-American

Some nice recognition for KP. There were a lot of good freshman this season and its always nice to get noticed by a national media outlet. Should be an excellent backcourt next season especially...

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Gonzaga Ranked #19 by Andy Katz In Pre-Preseason Poll

Katz mentions that this is too early and a lot will change but still fun to have a look at. I think he is right on with the assessment of GU. We should have one of the best offensive teams in the...

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WCC vs. PAC 12 Hoops

Comparing the top 4 teams in the PAC 12 to the top 4 teams in the WCC by current standings as of 2/23. These are my thoughts on which league is better by overall record:

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Arsene Wenger sells his soul to the devil

The summer of 2003.  Arsene Wenger is somewhere on the French Riviera playing chess with himself.  Out of nowhere appears the devil himself.  The devil asks Arsene what he desires more than...

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Position analysis: Last Season to Now

This will be short but feel free to add your thoughts. Looking at Arsenal from at each position (generally) from last season to where they sit today after the close of the transfer window. GK:...

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So I was watching some great Arsenal wins on youtube..

and i realized that fabregas played a part in all of them.  we are in big trouble loosing our most creative player.  I feel bad for AW, he probably really believed in cesc, and certainly built this...

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No Preseason Tournament for ZAGS?

ESPN over the last 2 days has looked at 9 preseason tournament fields. Unless I really missed something, Gonzaga is not in any of them.  I realize we have a lot of great non conference games this...

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Van Persie Hurt

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news;_ylt=AoZbYn6XU6aNUUoCFXQwfjwmw7YF?slug=ap-arsenal-vanpersie Looks like RVP picked up an injury this week playing for the Netherlands.  Seems fairly minor so...

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