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After 25 minutes of intense Google searching, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt Willy Adames is not William Adama.  Though, 24 of those 25 minutes involved me removing a Firefox toolbar add-on that identified Cylons from humans.  Meanwhile, searching Willy Adames on Razzball, reveals a flurry of results that tells me he has fallen dramatically in Prospector Ralph’s eyes.  He was a top 25 prospect for 2017 fantasy baseball, where PR seemed to be self-soothing, saying things like, “Not the best start to his Triple-A career,” but “…lots of young players take a month to settle into a new level.”  Apparently, less players take two years to settle in, because PR dropped Willy Adames all the way to 57th overall on his top 100 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball.   There, he seemed to still be excited about Adames, while couching his comments with much more room for disappointment, mentioning how others now think he’s overrated.  Underrated, overrated or simply rated that is the question, after “To be or not to be,” “How do I get my hand unstuck from a Pringles can?” and “Am I the only one that calls diarrhea, ‘The Squirt Locker?'”  Anyway, what can we expect from Willy Adames for 2018 fantasy baseball?

One thing I didn’t mention in the opening that I usually mention in these posts is potential playing time.  I don’t know if Adames plays.  I think he should, but this is also a team that traded away Tim Beckham to be his best self on the Orioles.  A reason that still alludes me.  I’ve heard the clubhouse cancer argument, but a 27-year-old hitting 20+ homers and .280 surely knocks that clubhouse cancer into remission.  If that Beckham example were to hold true for Adames, he’d be a washout — or warsh-out, if someone from Pennsylvania is reading — for five years, then breakout on a different team.  If I were the Rays, I’d play Adames over Adeiny, Duffy, really anyone on the infield except Longoria.  Will the Rays?  I have my doubts, but it will depend on Adeiny’s arbitration, prolly.  So, so, SO about Adames (finally!), in Triple-A last year, he had 10 HRs, 11 SBs and .277 with a 23% strikeout rate.  Now you know why I buried the lede, that’s-a notta so exciting as they say in stereotypical Italian households.   Watching him though, gives me a little bit more appreciation.  He looks like Correa.  Not his swing or anything, I mean actual appearance (hey, it’s something!).  I watched one home run, and he looked off-balance like Amanda Bynes.  Most of the highlights I saw were of him fielding.  Um, great, he has a good arm.  I do think he is way too young still to peg as a 10/10/.275 guy, who is mostly known for defense.  He just needs to add ten to fifteen homers to his 15-steal speed, and he’ll be 25/15/.270 without much problem.  That’s definitely a draftable shortstop.  Of course, I don’t see that from him this year.  Sad trombone.  For 2018, I’ll give him 47/7/41/.259/9 in 312 ABs and a June promotion.

   
  1. MattTruss

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    Perfect stash in my AL-Only farm system though. 10/10 on the cheap for this year and potential 25/15 for the next couple years is pretty sweet. I’m rooting for playing time.

      • MattTruss

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        RE: David, that’s so shitty. I told Sky to keep a lookout for anything in regards to donations either to his family or somewhere in his name, etc. I recall a GoFundMe for PorkBurn last year. So sad man, makes me want to go hug some people. Eff cancer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, it effin’ sucks. I’m looking out for donations too, so I’ll pass along if I see anything, and you do the same…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MattTruss: He had three kids under 10 too.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Eff me

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Yea, that’s super sad. Porkburn had two I remember and the GoFundMe was set up as a college fund for them. So brutal.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I think he has more pop than 10 homers, plus he was in the International League which is primarily a pitcher’s league. He just needs his ABs. His arm is good, but there’s questions around the glove. He seems like one of those weird players that’s better in MLB than he was in AAA.

    • Grey

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      Why do you say that, co-host? That being better in MLB than minors thing…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Cause players seem to be coming up in droves and hitting for more power at the MLB level. Much like with JP Crawford, I think it will be the power and not the speed that puts Adames on the 12 team mixed radar.

        • F-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: maybe its because they don’t use juiced balls in the minors?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @F-FOH: Totes McGoats.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            The Guatemalans are sewing them tighter, not juicing!

            • F-FOH says:
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              @Grey: Never trust those Watt-Ah-Mall-anz

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Watt-do-you-mean?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds anecdotal, but maybe…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: sometimes it is what it is

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wish I had my shit together, I would have thrown my hat in the co-host ring

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know! I wish you did too…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’ll get an audition when I do Ralph’s prospect podcast on the Doyers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Excellent! (You don’t need an audition tho)….

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: maybe its all the Curb power watching I’m doing but it would be like Larry and Richard Lewis interactions

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d love that… Or Leon!

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’d have to be Leon because well, you’re Jewish and I’m taller

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No! I want to be Leon!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s like my dream… Don’t deprive me!

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Yeah the half Spanish guy is probably less black than you but if you say so, you can be Leon. Im probably more Jewish than you anyway with my neurotic tendencies

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      This is actually so true

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @F-FOH: what part do you think is so true?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      All of it, most def you’re more Jewish than me…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @F-FOH: I am such a Jew! I get excited when I come across a new deli, I’ve loved Corned Beef since I was 5 and I’ve been complaining about my arthritis since I was 14

                      I was just pointing out the Moorish (black) control of Spain for almost 300 years

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re more Jew than anyone in my family, Holocaust survivors included

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      get me a yamika and call me Hezakya

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You might be Sephardic, really possible

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      seFOHdic Jew!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh my God, you’re on a roll today!

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Im in lox step!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Have you seen Mr. Robot with Pastrami Malek?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Coolidge! HAHAHAHA

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That would be kinda awesome

  3. bbboston says:
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    Grey and Prosepector Ralph;

    What are your thoughts on Raul Mondesi. Guy was a bomb last year, but seems assured of the SS position in 2018 and totally ripped up AAA when demoted. Guy seems to have five-tools legitimately. Very young with a quick bat. Is this guy Lindor/Correa like?

    THANKS!

    • Grey

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      I loved him last year, and I think he can still get there, but way more interesting for fantasy, which is all that matters until it affects his playing time (See Jose Peraza)….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bbboston: I like him on the surface, but by the same token Omaha is for sure a hitter’s park, and Kaufman is not. The skills are there, and he’s worth a flier at the right price. I’m not going to be overly aggressive in acquiring him.

  4. IV says:
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    Good Morning Grey. Enjoying the off-season content so far.

    Shohei Ohtani’s Japanese Club has announced they will be posting him this winter so it looks like there is something interesting to follow this off-season .

    As of now, where we he be ranked right now for redraft leagues next year? top 50? top 100? I guess it also depends what he plans on doing with whoever he signs with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I mentioned him during the season, but I think he pretty much pitches and he’s around that of a top 75 player…. So, around top 25 SP

      • IV says:
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        @Grey: ah True, my apologies. Thanks for the reply.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

          • Another Dan says:
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            @Grey:

            Any idea when he signs ? I have a FYPD starting in January where anyone signed with an MLB club and under rookie limits is eligible. Otherwise he won’t be owned until 2019.

            Do I go all out to get the first pick in January draft ?

            • Grey

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              I’d guess sometime in the next two months, no idea tho

              • Another Dan says:
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                @Grey:

                Thanks, might go after pick 1. Everyone knows it’s for Otani but that there’s a little risk.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, it’s a little risky even if he is signed…

  5. P ORourke says:
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    Anytime you can bag on Ralph for his extremely speculative and questionable prospect list, please do..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deal!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @P ORourke: How are all those readers who own Bellinger and Hoskins looking?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @F-FOH: I guess he left Razz30 and held a grudge. No idea.

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: That wasn’t wise on his part

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        My Bellinger, Benintendi outfield is looking ok Ralph. Not sure where Acuna will fit in though !! Can’t believe they’re raggin on you, man.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: Dan, you can’t please everyone.

  6. Ralph Lifshitz

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    New Prospect Podcast team….Rance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ralance?

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Brozshitz has a nice ring to it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That does have a great ring, you’re on it today!

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m an ideas man. Imagine what I could do to your non-Grey content on this site

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sprinkle the ideas!

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: we’ll do lunch…at a Jew deli!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ya know I’ve never tried Langer’s, I would be down one day…

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Really? What about Canters?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I used to live a block from Canters, and I’ve been to Wexler’s, but never ventured downtown for Langers

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      I used to hook up the bartender across the street from Canters with weed for free drinks all night.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where The Dime? That was my Regal Beagle…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @F-FOH: I forget what it was called then. All I know is we smoked out Joaquin Phoenix and he complimented us on our high end buds

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Really? More please

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @F-FOH: Boom

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Straight outta Broshitz!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Let’s shoot the Broshitz!

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: When a commenter is wrong like that ORourke putz above they can go eat a broshitz sandwich

        • Lance

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          @F-FOH:
          I enjoy this, so, so very much hahahaha

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Lance: Broshitz!

  7. Nick the Smooth Dick says:
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    I think you know who you’d have to call if you needed a Leon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, you got that shizz on lock, huh?

      • Nick the Smooth Dick says:
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        @Grey: I straight dooz it, Grey. I gets mine.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On the reg! Tho my autocorrect tried to make that something I? shouldn’t repeat…

  8. Captainpyper says:
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    If otani gets posted and becomes a duel threat player, even if it’s 2-3 games a week in the field as a batter, how will that shake out for accumulating fantasy stats?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Captainpyper: Depends on what the sites decide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt Otani will play the field 2-3 games a week…

  9. F-FOH says:
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    Im just finishing up season 4 of curb. Season 3 kicked it up a notch and 4 is just amazing. I always watched it sporadically in the past. Glad I went back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah it’s brilliant, you’re making me want to go back and watch since I’ve forgotten prolly most of it

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: 1 and 2 are good but its where they are getting a feel for it. 3 is the season where his mom dies and he does the Scorcese film, so amazing. 4 has a lot of cameos, love the Mel Brooks, and probably my favorite season so far. Im going to probably finish five this weekend and may say fuck it and go all the way to 8, even though I just watched 6-8, but damn you can’t have too much Leon. I really want to hang out with some Jews, what are you doing this week

        • Grey

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          Haha, I’m your token Jew! I don’t have any recollection of any of the seasons of Curb other than knowing I love them… I only have a lunch meeting Wednesday, I think… Fridays are best for me, cause I’m lazy AF…. I’m thinking about watching Breaking Bad again from season 1…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Let me know when you start, I’ve only seen about half of season one then fell behind. I was waiting on babys mama but at this point I’m on my own.

            Fridays are bad days for me. Im available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and weekends. Im such a goyim

            • Grey

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              You don’t roll on Shabbos, I can dig it… Maybe Thursday, but I have to see how Wednesday’s meeting goes… Maybe tomorrow for Breaking Bad, I have to see if I can figure out something else to watch… I loved it, but I kinda hate to repeat an entire show if there’s a new show to watch…

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I can watch Curb all day and be happy. I hate myself for not keeping up with it when it was on but on the bright side enjoying it like I am makes it all better. I watch ten weeks of TV in 2 days. Its beautiful. You should re-watch. As a Jew you must!

                • Grey

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                  I kinda do want to now that you’re talking about it

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I just watched the one here they replace the golf club in the casket, got kicked out of the Jew country club, and had to apply at the WASP country club and pretend to be Republicans.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, wow, I don’t remember that one at all…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      man you really need to rewatch Curb before Breaking

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I should, I really want to watch something completely new tho… BTW, Obey Giant doc on Hulu was solid…

  10. F-FOH says:
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    Ive been visiting Son in his comments to bring some baseball side pazazz to the basketball site. In your Hollywood world do you ever get offered Laker tickets? If you do you should totally hook us up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You like the Lakers? Don’t they suck?

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I started watching the Lakers again. Im not going back to playing fantasy basketball again, just an ignorant Laker fan who watches their games and pays no mind to the rest of the league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are they good again tho? Or Clippers still better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For a while Lakers’ tix were super easy to get…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: They are in full rebuild. It would be like going to watch the White Sox in the next couple of years. Fuck the pinche clippers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s what I thought, because last year the Pacers came into town (Cougs’ team) and the Lakers were cheaper tix to see them play…

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: People dont offer you tix?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ve got Dodgers and Kings, but never Lakers…

  11. Sam says:
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    Nice clickbait. I thought this was about Willie Aames. Zapped!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha!

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