Your “Know Your Strengths” Tuesday Evening Open Thread

Beerguyrob

NFL Noise:

  • The Browns have officially hired (now) former Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach.
    • It’s a five-year deal, terms undisclosed.
    • It’s worth noting that he’s the fifth head coach since Jimmy Haslam bought the team in 2012.
      • But they are no longer paying Hue Jackson, so they only owe money to Freddie Kitchens.
  • On the heels of that hiring, the Fritz Pollard Alliance has some choice words for this year’s hiring cycle.
    • They condemned the league’s “abysmal record of hiring people of color in high ranking levels of NFL management”, which they feel “is the result of a ‘flawed system’ that must be changed”.
    • Further to their point, the 2019 NFL racial and gender report card, issued by the University of Central Florida, said that NFL minority hiring is at its worst in the past 15 years.
      • 70.1% of NFL players are minorities.
      • Only three of the past 20 coaching hires were minorities, and there are currently four black head coaches in the league.
      • There is only one black general manager and no black team presidents.
  • PFT wants you to know that this is the first AFC Conference weekend in 17 years without Ben, Peyton or Tommy.
    • AND THEY WON’T STAND FOR IT!

Finally, a Twitter round-up:

  • File this under “Sure…okay”:

  • The Stone Cold seal of approval, with support from the #UpForWhatever crowd:


Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Wild at Penguins – 7:00PM | NBCSN
    • Bruins at Blue Jackets – 7:00PM | Sportsnet
  • NBA:
    • Jazz at Nets – 7:30PM | TSN
    • Knicks at Bucks – 8:00PM | Sportsnet1
    • Mavericks at Warriors – 10:30PM | TSN / NBATV
    • Cavs at Clips – 10:30PM | Sportsnet1
  • NCAA: (hoops unless noted)
    • Nebraska at Ohio State – 6:30PM | FS1
    • Duke at Clemson – 7:00PM | ESPN
    • Mississippi at Florida – 7:00PM | ESPN2
    • DePaul at Villanova – 8:30PM | FS1
    • Kansas at Oklahoma – 9:00PM | ESPN
    • Maryland at Wisconsin – 9:00PM | ESPN2
    • TCU at West By-God Virginia – 9:00PM | ESPNU

Tonight’s TV:

  • Jeopardy GOAT Tournament – 8:00PM | ABC
    • Reminder: It’s Jennings 2, Holzhauer 1, Rutter 0
  • Democratic Debate – 9:00PM ET | CNN
    • smart not to go up against Jeopardy; they want people to watch.
    • I think we’ve reached the point in the cycle where we’re hoping the hatred finally comes out.
      • I expect Sanders to call Warren a hateful shrew, Warren to call Sanders a self-hating Jew, and Joe Biden to stand there guffawing his way to the nomination.

I want to thank Seamus for writing up the National Championship game for last night’s Open Thread. I didn’t have a dog in the fight, so didn’t feel I could prep something up. Sometimes one has to stay in the appropriate lane.

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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Senor Weaselo

Just to remember this here.

Don T

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Gratliff

Outside of Warren shoving a dagger in Bernie’s side that may or may not backfire, that was an incredibly boring and stupid debate that was mostly just CNN framing everyone as anti-war and pro-spending in the most conservative way possible

Senor Weaselo

Speaking of Jeopardy, who has two thumbs and finally after about six years signed up to take the test?

Gratliff

CNN really really wants a land war with Iran

Unsurprised

It’ll be good for ratings. Like Trump

Gratliff

“Senator Sanders, it says here you love the taste of the Ayatollah’s dick. Why are you such a huge pussy?”

Unsurprised

It figures Jared Leto is playing ol’ Vagina Hands

Unsurprised

GOD FUCKING DAMN IT!

if a player steals my beer they better become a meme pic.twitter.com/lemBAygJ4m

— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) January 12, 2020

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WCS

Needs Stone Cold Steve Austin’s entrance music.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Sidney Crosby and Ken Jennings both had pretty good nights tonight.

Senor Weaselo

Shit, he’s still on my IR. Crosby I mean.

Gratliff

I like to think Klobuchar is like the old lady who ran the motel in “In The Mouth of Madness” and she has a staffer chained up under her podium she kicks every time she says something boring

Unsurprised

She definitely has the chained-up staffer

rockingdog

Im calling it now.
Rogers gonna win his 2nd Superbowl

https://twitter.com/GAlexander21/status/1216553362927144960

Gratliff

Bidens face looks like they dunked his head in a barrel of liquid skin. No surprise face bleeds tonight!

Gratliff

Japanese broadcasts of the debate are pixelating Tom Steyer’s neck.

— Morton Downey III (@cushbomb) January 15, 2020

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WCS

Good ol’ court rush

Gratliff

Would like to know what bullshit is taking place that people making fun of the debate on twitch are getting audio ahead of what’s on CNN on my cable

scotchnaut

CLEM OF SON1111111111111

scotchnaut

Everything is wonky-turvy. The refs are calling things in Clemson’s favour.

WCS

So much for that.

Gratliff

Klobuchar in the too on-the-nose red shirt

scotchnaut

Cheerleaders with knee braces really turn me on because I know that I’ll always be able to chase them down.

litre_cola

Or they are cyborgs which is pretty cool too.

Dunstan

How confident are we that scotch’s hobo-killing stories are fiction? I’m becoming concerned…

litre_cola

I would stay away from Northern Ontario

Dunstan

That’s just good advice in general.

WCS

Luke Kuechely just retired.

scotchnaut

“Retiring ain’t that big a deal.”

-The Michelin Man

LemonJello

It only counts if he remembers it tomorrow morning

herodotus450

Islanders might not even score 10 at this rate; SAD.

rockingdog
rockingdog

Chaser

rockingdog
scotchnaut

[thinks] “My son should show more restraint.”

[says out loud] “This 4th jigger of scotch is mighty tasty!”

scotchnaut

Clemson beeball squadoo hanging tough with Duke so far.

theeWeeBabySeamus

I’ve had the hiccups for the past three hours. It’s beginning to annoy me.

theeWeeBabySeamus

I want to thank Seamus for writing up the National Championship game for last night’s Open Thread. I didn’t have a dog in the fight

Even though my pseudo-predictions on how the game would play out were….let’s call it “not 100%”? I’m just happy Clemson lost.

herodotus450

Watching these few awful minutes of network tv the past few days waiting for jeopardy reminds me of this

WCS

I was thinking this:

rockingdog

Found a funny:
thinking about my friend’s bit where he would tell every Denny’s waitress “i went to school with Denny”

herodotus450

Also on the teevee tonight is a special hockey exhibition between an NHL team and an AHL team, in Long Island.

litre_cola

Do you like how the league only suspended Kassian for 2 games? The 3rd game would have been another battle of Alberta, he is in. Both cities fanbases are funny right now.

Calgary fans “He is a great pest, you wish you had him”
Dumpsville fans “Fuck you, he is a turtling pussy durrrr respect the code”

I have no dog in this fight but I kinda side with Ice Stamps fans. Kid was smart drawing those penalties that led to the game winner on Saturday.

herodotus450

All suspensions are a joke until Marchand gets at least 10 games for his next infraction.
/Isles on pace to score 12 by the way

BC Dick

One win won’t erase the shame his teammates feel

Dunstan

The thing that annoys me most in the league right now… ok, that’s Gary Bettman. And Leafs fans. And the entire Bruins organization.

But right after all those things, it’s this tendency to flip the fuck out at every hard hit, even if it’s clean. You are not required to fight just because some asshole is embarrassed that you tagged him good.

If Kassian wants to rag doll a guy to draw attention to the fact that he won’t fight, fine I guess, but he’s going to have to suck up the penalties and suspension. Seems like the kind of shit that the Oilers shouldn’t be doing now that they’re not last place losers any more.

BC Dick

it’s always been the case if you take kill shots at tough guys. Those hits weren’t really clean, either. Hip check to head on first and both were on a vulnerable player coming around the net. Aka what guys like Ruutu and Downie got suspended many games for.

litre_cola

I am away for work. It is around – 40 C here, not quite the getaway normally associated in Canadia in January.

/just learned -40 C is -40 F

BC Dick

Zoiks! Just one more day of -15 here and we’ll be back to the usual melt/freeze/melt cycle.