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  1. Comment on NFL playoffs discussion thread in ~sports

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    It reminded me of his play in last year's Super Bowl. In that game, he had a bit of an excuse, as his Offensive Line was full of below replacement-level players. This year, however, his OLine was...

    It reminded me of his play in last year's Super Bowl. In that game, he had a bit of an excuse, as his Offensive Line was full of below replacement-level players. This year, however, his OLine was completely stacked and he frequently had tons of time in the pocket. Despite his reputation as a gunslinger, Mahomes is actually a fairly risk-averse QB, in that he usually doesn't loose the deep ball unless his receiver is wide open. Maybe he got so deep into his own head during the second half that he just kept waiting and waiting for receiver to truly break free, which never occurred. Then, instead of making the tough through to a moderately well-covered receiver, he just took the sack instead. It was all just very sad to watch. It's not like the Bengals offense played particularly well at any point in the game. Oh well. In the words of my dispirited father, "it's just football."

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  2. Comment on NFL playoffs discussion thread in ~sports

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    I'm gutted by the Chiefs' defeat today at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. I wish I knew what was going on in Patrick Mahomes' head during the second half. After that Tyreek Hill goal-line...

    I'm gutted by the Chiefs' defeat today at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. I wish I knew what was going on in Patrick Mahomes' head during the second half. After that Tyreek Hill goal-line miscue, it was as if Mahomes completely lost confidence in himself to make good decisions and pull the trigger on difficult throws. Still, I've suffered far more gut-wrenching defeats during my Chiefs fandom than this one; at least this year I can find solace in that Kansas City 100% did not deserve a Super Bowl berth considering their poor play.

    I must admit that I missed this afternoon's second game entirely as the Chiefs game outcome drained away any interest I'll have in football for the rest of this season. I may still watch the Super Bowl, but unfortunately I really have no positive or negative feelings about either the Rams or the Bengals, so the passion isn't really there. As for the rest of the playoffs, last weekend's slate of games was seriously electrifying! I really thought that Tom Brady was going to the complete the comeback and add another bullet-point on his ironclad GOAT resume. Alas, it was not to be. I wish I could say that I've never been more stressed out as a Chiefs fan than during their match-up last week vs. the Buffalo Bills, but that would be a lie! All four games last weekend were awesome, although I was disappointed by the quality of football in the Super Wild Card round. And despite the craziness of these playoffs, I still suspect that the Week 18 Raiders-Chargers match will emerge alongside last week's Chiefs-Bills game as the most remembered game of the 2021 season. I don't think I've ever seen a finer instance of divisional spite!

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  3. Comment on Aaron Rodgers began his stint as guest host on Jeopardy! in ~tv

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    I've been excitedly waiting for Rodgers to host ever since they announced it. The NFL 2020 MVP hosting Jeopardy? I couldn't ask for a greater fusion of two of my hobbies! And I must say, I thought...

    I've been excitedly waiting for Rodgers to host ever since they announced it. The NFL 2020 MVP hosting Jeopardy? I couldn't ask for a greater fusion of two of my hobbies! And I must say, I thought Rodgers was a natural too. I still can't get over the gall of the returning champion during Final Jeopardy, though!

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  4. Comment on What are you following this week? Weekly sports round-up thread in ~sports

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    Yeah, I had been feeling bad about how close that Pats game was until the Pats lost to the far inferior Broncos during their next game. Chiefs also had a close win against the Chargers, although...

    Yeah, I had been feeling bad about how close that Pats game was until the Pats lost to the far inferior Broncos during their next game. Chiefs also had a close win against the Chargers, although Chiefs-Chargers games are always very close (Lynn's Cover 3 is so effective against the Chiefs' misdirection, they what I think is a top 3 secondary in football, esp with those fast safeties). Raiders are better than people think they are; they've also beaten the Saints and Panthers, two decent teams, and kept it competitive vs the Bills. But yeah, these Chiefs ain't the 2007 Pats; they're a very good team, but not worldbeaters.

    One potential reason they look less beatable: Mahomes hasn't had to be himself really. In 2018 and the 2019 playoffs, his defense was bad enough that Mahomes had to go out and do incredible things each and every drive just to keep the team in the games. This year, the Chiefs defense is probably a top 10 unit, and so Reid is way more willing to just go and burn off the clock with runs and short passes. Although Mahomes is still taking as many attempts as usual per game, he's taking deep shots waaaay less. His average depth of target this year is a full yard shorter than it was last year. The OLine has also taken a major quality hit-- did you know that Mahomes has scrambled more times in this year's 7 games than in all of last year's 14?

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  5. Comment on What are you following this week? Weekly sports round-up thread in ~sports

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    It is a good time to be a Chiefs fan (the Kansas City Chiefs are a team in the NFL). They notched a good, solid dubski this week against the Buffalo Bills, another team with a solid roster and...

    It is a good time to be a Chiefs fan (the Kansas City Chiefs are a team in the NFL). They notched a good, solid dubski this week against the Buffalo Bills, another team with a solid roster and promising future. I've been a fan for a while, but barring last year's Super Bowl run, I think this current state might be the best I've ever seen the Chiefs.

    The Chiefs won the Super Bowl last year, and usually this is accompanied by what's known as a "Super Bowl Hangover" the following year, in which important players leave the team, and the rest of the league spends the entire offseason dissecting film of what made the SB winner so good in the first place. The Chiefs, though, have yet to suffer any SB Hangover ill effects. They currently sit at 5-1, three of those wins coming against quality opponents in the Bills, Ravens, and Patriots. It is absolutely a homer take, but I really believe the Chiefs have the best complete roster in the League right now, and almost every Chiefs starter would start on the majority of other NFL rosters. Before they lost to the Raiders last week, I was unironically expecting a perfect 16-0 season. Alas, football is hard, and winning each regular season game is damn near impossible. Regardless, my hopes remain high.

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  6. Comment on The mad, mad world of niche sports among Ivy League-obsessed parents in ~sports

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    I'm a current non-athlete undergrad attending one of the schools mentioned in the article-- another dimension not covered here is what happens after these students actually arrive on campuses....

    I'm a current non-athlete undergrad attending one of the schools mentioned in the article-- another dimension not covered here is what happens after these students actually arrive on campuses. Socially, I've found that a lot of these molded Greenwich athlete types tend to form their own groups, and actually don't mingle all that much with the wider student body. I suppose that's not a huge surprise; like prefers like, and as this article demonstrates (as well as the linked article in the Princetonian), Ivy campuses offer many similar students from these extremely wealthy towns. Still, it's disappointing to see both from the recruits, who have been given the opportunity to expand their horizons, and from the schools where this system continues to be the modus operandi.

    At Williams College, where recruits compose a bonkers 33% of the student population, I've heard that they call the non-athletes "nonners" and the entire campus's social breakdown is based on athletic status. Wild!

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  7. Comment on Beginning March 1, Amtrak’s popular “saver” tickets will be nonchangeable and nonrefundable, ending a popular policy that gave passengers the flexibility to rebook if their travel plans changed in ~news

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    Former Rocky Mountaineer and Amtrak cross-country traveller here, can't recommend the Mountaineer enough really. Amtrak can be fun, and it is quite a lot cheaper than the Canada option, but the...

    Former Rocky Mountaineer and Amtrak cross-country traveller here, can't recommend the Mountaineer enough really. Amtrak can be fun, and it is quite a lot cheaper than the Canada option, but the Mountaineer brings you through some areas so scenic and remote that their beauty can't really be matched anywhere on the American passenger rail system. If you have any care for luxury or scenery, the Mountaineer will treat you right. I took the short trip from Banff to Vancouver with a stop in Kamloops; all three places were well worth the visit. Banff in particular is a genuinely stunning place to be, I'll go again if I ever get the chance. In addition, the Mountaineer folks put us up in a great hotel in Kamloops overnight, and every train has outdoor receptacles from which to view the nature, something you can't get on American passenger trains anywhere. I loved that train trip so much, I'd take the exact same route again!

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  8. Comment on Chiefs are champs with stunning Super Bowl comeback over 49ers in ~sports

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    As a Chiefs fan, this day has been amazing. The Chiefs haven't won the Super Bowl since my own father was a boy, getting to watch this game with him and the rest of my family was perfect. I am so...

    As a Chiefs fan, this day has been amazing. The Chiefs haven't won the Super Bowl since my own father was a boy, getting to watch this game with him and the rest of my family was perfect. I am so happy that the Chiefs won a Super Bowl and I was alive to witness it. There are still fireworks going off in the streets and yards around my house. In 2015, when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, 800,000 (2/5 of the entire KC metro area population) people attended the victory parade downtown. I expect the numbers this time around to be even higher. What a time to be alive.

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