Category Archives: GTP Stuff

“Stick to sports.”

To belabor a point I made in my previous post about Trump, the NFL and the national anthem (something that’s been largely ignored in the debate in the comments here), many of you who make the complaint in the header ignore the inconvenient history of organized sports’ involvement in politics.

Pete Rozelle, the commissioner of the NFL, and Spike Eckert and Bowie Kuhn, the commissioners of baseball, worked to put their sports on record in support of the Vietnam War, while laboring to silence those in the game who disagreed. While many believe that before the protests of the last year, the national anthem and other patriotic elements of sporting events symbolized unity, they are actually remnants of this campaign to interject sports into a bitterly divisive political debate.

Like it or not, sports isn’t some sort of safe zone from politics and it hasn’t been for some time.

When some of you tell me to stick to sports, what you’re really saying is that you want GTP to avoid the politics you don’t embrace.  Sorry, but that isn’t how it works.  Or at least it doesn’t appear to work that way when I see political observations injected into a comment thread about purely football posts.  I don’t have a problem with that; it would be nice to see the same courtesy extended in the other direction.  A little tolerance goes a long way, tone-wise.

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Fabris Pool results, Week Four

Another tiebreaking week, as we had two folks finish a perfect 10-0.

STANDINGS for WEEK 4
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
38-18
1 RobDawg100 Adj 10-0 10   31-10**
1 DA_man Adj 10-0 10   24-18

Congrats to RobDawg100.

The seasonal race has plenty of us in the mix.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 4
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 DvilleDawg 31-9 31
2 83Dawg 29-11 29
2 CParker 29-11 29
2 Ghost of UGAVI 29-11 29
2 OhioDawg 29-11 29
2 whb209 29-11 29

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Fabris Pool results, Week Three

Tiebreaker City this week, folks.  Kind of, anyway.

STANDINGS for WEEK 3
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
24-27
1 Mr. White Adj 9-1 9   28-35**
1 CParker Adj 9-1 9   0-0

As the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t play.  Congrats to Mr. White.

On the season, we’ve got a new leader.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 3
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 DvilleDawg 24-6 24
2 JustRunTheDamnBall 23-7 23
2 CParker 23-7 23

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Fabris Pool results, Week Two

Major logjam at 9-1 this week.

STANDINGS for WEEK 2
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
6-14
1 johnbcrowe Adj 9-1 9   13-23**
1 Richt Flair Adj 9-1 9   20-27
1 Dawglicious Adj 9-1 9   10-30
1 junkyardawg41 Adj 9-1 9   17-31
1 4boysbrew Adj 9-1 9   24-31
1 uglydawg Adj 9-1 9   20-34
1 MatthewsDawg Adj 9-1 9   24-34
1 waterswv Adj 9-1 9   31-37
1 JustRunTheDamnBall Adj 9-1 9   18-38
1 Otis Day Adj 9-1 9   30-42
1 MountainDawg Adj 9-1 9   24-16

Congrats to johnbcrowe on the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, on the season…

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 2
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 whb209 18-2 1

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It’s bucket list time.

As you read this, I’ll have touched down in the Windy City.  I’ll spend today and tonight in Chicago, and cruise down to South Bend tomorrow for the game.

No laptop made the trip with me, I’m afraid, so whatever posting you’ll get in the next 48 hours will come via my trusty cell phone… not much in other words.

So, it almost goes without saying:  behave, you scamps.

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It’s a Southern thing.

From the New York Times’ look at The Bitter Southerner (among other South-oriented publications):

After nearly going under during the recession, Garden & Gun’s bimonthly issues are now fat, thanks to the humming economy and the avoidance of a list of topics, once enumerated by the editor in chief, David DiBenedetto, that might offend its readers: “politics, religion and SEC football.” (Don’t hold them to the last one.)

At least now I know what I’m doing wrong here.

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Fabris Pool, Week One results

Well, dayum.  2017 is off to a scintillating start.

STANDINGS for WEEK 1
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
42-41
1 whb209 Adj 10-0 10   21-24

It’s all downhill from here, my man. Congrats in the meantime, though.

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