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So just how big a problem is "tanking"?
By Ben SieckThe scourge of tanking is apparently no longer a concern restricted to the NBA, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. MLB owners expressed apprehension about teams intentionally fielding bad rosters to garner high draft picks at January’s owners meetings.Tanking is certainly not a...
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As for the tanking issue...are the Astros worth watching after 3 of the worst successive years in recent history -yes. Are the Cubs more enjoyable to watch now than when Theo Epstein took over the reigns -yes. The problem here is dealing with those couple years of downright bad baseball from the "tanking" team.

Thankfully it is not foolproof way to build a playoff team or it would become a serious problem in the league.

San Diego was mentioned in the comments, they (on paper) totally revamped their roster heading into 2015 build to win but failed horribly. Colorado was mentioned in the comments but have annually had a top offense but cellar dwelling starting rotation. The Coors Field effect means you have to home-grow your pitchers and they are doing that. It's unfair to label them "issue" teams.

We do not and will never have 30 potential playoff teams to start the season. As a fan all you can ask for is a clear direction. I'm okay knowing that Milwaukee has already bowed out of the NL Central race but not okay that Cincinnati has bowed too but aren't taking any measures to improve. 
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So, how many cops are involved in the biker gang brawl in CO?
The Iron Order paints itself as the law-abiding alternative to outlaws, but one of its members might have killed a rival at a Denver event last weekend.
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These CA jail escape details are pretty scary. 
The fugitives had already taken a hostage by the time deputies inside an Orange County jail were staring at severed air ducts and a rope of knotted bedsheets, wondering how three men had escaped from the maximum-security lockup.
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You should always worry when someone tries to encourage you to be fearful.

"For even more perspective: The number of Americans killed per year by terrorism is the same as the number crushed to death by their own furniture. Obviously one key difference here is that terrorist groups would like to kill many more Americans, and are surely trying to accomplish just that, whereas presumably your sofa is not plotting any major attacks. But the point is that the risk terrorism poses to everyday American lives is not where you might have thought it was from this debate."

Politicians, religious leaders, etc. who do this are trying to manipulate you to their own ends. Resist the temptation to freak out. We are terrible at estimating actual risk.


Republicans mentioned a lot of scary threats at the Charleston debate. They were, in large part, made up.
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Keep it weird Austin. 
Happy Groundhog Day. In many American cities, especially those where snow blows and pipes freeze, we celebrate by taking close note of what happens when a groundhog emerges from its burrow. If it sees its shadow, we’re staring at six more weeks of winter. In Texas, we do things...
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Muslims took over a MI city gov't and guess what, nothing happened. 
While the media highlight “conflict,” residents say there’s not much ethnic tension worth mentioning.
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Great idea. Using cold case playing cards sold to inmates to solve crimes. 
By the time the tip came in, five long years had passed since the night Derrick Comrie was killed. The 20-year-old from Hartford County, Connecticut, h ...
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As snow began to fall outside, Deb Button snuggled up on her couch, fired up a joint and spoke of the nature of Christ.
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This looks like very expensive fun.
 
Need a weekend hobby? For these folks, it's restoring (and flying) Cold War era fighter jets
Privately owned warbirds still soar because of the efforts of a few dedicated folks.
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+Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers report February 19. The rest of the team reports to Spring Training February 24th.

Are you ready for the season to start? 
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I formerly wrote a reasonably well regarded blog on policing and crime analysis called The Crime Analyst’s Blog. I have since retired that blog.
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We must like this place because we keep coming back. The food is very traditional Tex-Mex cuisine. It's always tasty and comes from the kitchen surprisingly quick. The servers are attentive and friendly. My only gripe would be that their beer service consists of them bringing you a bottled beer and almost never a mug. The rare times they do bring a mug, it's usually frosted which tends to water down the beer. The beer list itself is pretty standard for a Mexican restaurant, all the US macro lagers with a pretty good selection of Mexican lagers. If you need a hint, the best Mexican lagers to try are Bohemia or Negra Modelo. Their happy hour offers cheap Tecate's, Pacifico's or Victoria's.
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reviewed a year ago
Love buying knives from them. Just got my latest delivery from the Knife Fairy, a Kershaw One Ton. Excellent fit and finish for a knife that was on sale for $20. I've bought quite a number of knives from them over the years and they're my first choice when looking for a new knife. They nearly always have some really interesting pieces on sale.
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reviewed a year ago
It took quite a long time for Temple to get a good Thai restaurant. I'm glad that we finally got one. Today was the second time we ate here. Both times the food was really good. You can tell a lot about an Asian food restaurant by the vegetables. Their vegetables are very fresh. We could see the kitchen staff peeling carrots and cucumbers by hand as we waited on our food. You won't likely find fresher, crisper veggies in any other restaurant. The sauces are wonderful. Very tasty and aromatic. They do use a lot of spice in their hot dishes. If you don't like spicy food, be careful what you order and specify what level of spiciness you want. Me, I love spicy foods and was very pleased. The cost is going to be a bit more than you might find in a chain restaurant. Most entrees are in the $9 dollar range. However, the servings sizes are so large you can easily feed two adults on one entree or if solo have enough left over for a second meal. We'll definitely come back.
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The sandwiches are good and the portion size is always huge. Why is it that my favorites here are not the healthiest choices on the menu? That being said, they do have quite a number of healthy options for those so inclined. And most importantly here in Texas, the iced tea is really good.
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reviewed 2 years ago