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@Rage @orbsonb that's what i assume, too.

1 year, 9 months ago on Penguins and Europeans Blogging Thesis

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it's an interesting and thorough analysis, for sure, but i would be careful not to assume correlation to be causation. i'd be interested to see the roster makeups of teams that have missed the playoffs completely in recent years - are they typically more Euro-deficient than the teams that make the playoffs? 

I also wonder if the trend toward a 15/4 balance is just a function of the overall average number of europeans to north americans over the studied period of time: according to the area graph near the beginning of the article, the average percentage of North Americans on NHL teams from 1989-today seems to have fluctuated between 70 and 80 percent, which is in line with the 15/4 figure (15 out of 19 is approximately 78 percent).

it does strike me as a little odd that the Pens' entire system is so slanted toward North American players, regardless. I think the assumption that nationality determines a player's ability to adapt to a scheme is pretty short-sighted and even a little xenophobic. I hope the Pens organization doesn't harbor any institutional ill-will toward European players based on hockey stereotypes.

1 year, 9 months ago on Penguins and Europeans Blogging Thesis

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@shooter mcdavid lol worse than columbus

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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@DoobyDoobyDoo TK is miserable

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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@shooter mcdavid i would argue that the most pirate thing ever was getting rid of jose bautista to make room for future superstar third base master Andy Laroche

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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so wait, they're crediting that first goal to kunitz? that means he has a 4 goal game in his career, but sid and geno don't

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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@Flip i loved it. brutal movie though. the mandingo fight and the attack dog scene were hard to watch even if the violence was offscreen. totally stunning that stuff of that nature was actually approved of once

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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@malkincookies this is really interesting

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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good luck rupptruck

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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hockeyyyyyyyyyyy insiderrrrrrrrrrrr says the caps do, in fact want luongo, and the canucks want neuvirth, a draft pick, and green/bouwer/or another useless cap

so what that means is they DEFINITELY don't want luongo.

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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dear lord. "thug life"

1 year, 9 months ago on PICS: Stunned, the steps, and the like

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@malkincookies thought byfuglien was gonna say "all that matters to me is eating"

1 year, 9 months ago on The Steps

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@Avocado Tom he looked better. not 100 percent, but he made some nice passes and generally was more of a threat than a liability

1 year, 9 months ago on RECAP: Super Troll Sunday. PENS WIN.

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@Gmus fierce

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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ok ESPN, now that the great harbaugh debate is settled, i think we're all starved for some more Tebow coverage

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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tomas vanek is on pace for a 101 point season

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@PensAreYourDaddy @SaintMarty @Hammy they were playing their second game in 24 hours, they were probably pretty beat and went on cruise control when they had a comfortable lead. not reccomended but better to do it when you're crushing a team than when you're like up by 1 or something

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@shooter mcdavid gotta prepare early for Late Summer Disappointment 3: The Tankening

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty @Hammy they've been vegas favorites like 3 years in a row now...for good reason. even with a few holes at wing and a defense in progress they have more firepower than pretty much any other team and a great goalie tandem. no reason to not be confident as long as they give an effort every night

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@Hammy yes. i agree, they are infallible and there's no way they could ever lose for any reason

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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just rewatched that whole SCF 09 video. babcock tells crosby that he showed great leadership. guess he didn't realize that little pissant was snubbing lidstrom at that very second. classless

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@Lets_Go_PENS yeah the team didn't even seem super pumped when they won. flacco swore on live TV but ray lewis seemed like he was expecting all this

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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that game 7 video...by the end of that series i wanted to gag every time i heard Kris Draper's name. and between both series emrick must have said "feeds it for Rafalski" 700 times

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@shooter mcdavid flacco is MVP anyway

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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flacco is a super bowl MVP. roethlisberger isn't. trololol

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@BJFTW and "shit"

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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niners gave that game away by not running it inside the ten

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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there is a super secret rule that says you can get an automatic touchdown if you do a certain sequence of dance moves

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty i think

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty place kick

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@malkincookies the only fitting ending

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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lol gangnam style. very appropriate

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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dunno if that ball was catchable anyway, he threw it a yard out of bounds

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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shut up simms. that was a hold

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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this is it. 

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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crabtree just yelled "WHAT" really loud

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@Gmus @orbsonb well, i mean, it's not like the joker was ever really associated with pleasant behavior to begin with. he cuts peoples throats

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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even though everyone prefers the Joker, i feel like Bane is becoming a weirdly prevalent cultural thing. like, no one was still saying Why So Serious 8 months later

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@JonKlimasIsNOT_PLAYING_ZANGIEF @BJFTW they just put up an image of Flacco as Bane, with the quote about being born in the darkness

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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frank gore is the shit

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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now is the time to put alex smith in

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty paulmart

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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kaepernick should just run on every play

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty if the ravens lose, he'll decide that he was kidding about retiring

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@Fitz maybe they meant the gap between his front teeth

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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i thought offsides was an automatic first. guess i'm just a football pleb

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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@SaintMarty i think you just have to pick one

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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wow. not good 

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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anquan boldin is nuts

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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gotta hold them to an FG here unless you plan on scoring and then doing an onside kick with like no time left

1 year, 9 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl

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