Use it or lose it: Are managers making the most out of their

Use it or lose it: Are managers making the most out of their

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As if you needed another reason to get excited Jack Youngblood Authentic Jersey about the Alabama-Florida State opener, the Power Rankings oblige. In news that surely will stun the college football world, the Tide and Seminoles top ESPN's preseason Power Rankings. The 1-2 matchup on Sept. 2 adds even more spice to a contest featuring mentor and protégé (Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher, respectively), two dynamic young quarterbacks (FSU's Deondre Francois and Alabama's Jalen Hurts) and the two best defensive backs in the country (Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Florida State's Derwin James). Familiar teams are chasing the Tide and Seminoles, including defending national champion Clemson at No. 5, Ohio State at No. 3 and USC, which is back in the national conversation at No. 4. Check out the rest of the preseason forecast below, compiled by the following ESPN voters: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Anthony Becht, Rece Davis, Heather Dinich, Dusty Dvoracek, Brad Edwards, Chris Fallica, Mike Golic Jr., Brock Huard, Chris Low, Tom Luginbill, Ivan Maisel, Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach and Seth Walder. This is probably more of a psychological setback than a footballing one. It's Authentic Demetrius Harris Youth Jersey the third time a buyout clause has been used by a rival club to swoop into the Camp Nou and make off with a prize asset. Twenty years ago, Inter showed up with $27 million -- don't laugh, young readers, it was a world record at the time -- and secured the original Ronaldo, the "Phenomenon". In 2000, Real Madrid made off with Luis Figo for $74m, launching the Bernabeu's "Galactico" era. Ronaldo was the reigning World Player of the Year and had yet to turn 21; you'd be hard-pressed to find a player not named Pele who had achieved so much, so young. Figo, meanwhile, was 28 and one of the best wingers in the world, but Madrid weren't buying potential with him; they were simply rubbing the opposition's noses in it. On the pitch, Barcelona can likely reload pretty quickly without Neymar. Not in terms of finding the heir to Lionel Messi, but in coming back as one of the best teams in the world. It's going to be expensive -- $262m is a lot to have burning a hole in your pocket and potential sellers will want a big chunk -- but, if done right, it can be pretty painless. And, perhaps, simply having Messi and Suarez, instead of the much-vaunted MSN up front, will give new coach Ernesto Valverde more tactical freedom. The bottom line is that Barcelona won before Neymar's arrival, they won with Neymar and they'll likely win again without him. Where it does hurt, is inside. The Barcelona that lost Ronaldo and Figo was not today's Barcelona. Those sides weren't among the top three or four in the world and the footballing landscape wasn't as polarized as it is today. The message here is that a superstar wanted to be elsewhere. And that's tough to swallow. Equally tough to accept is how this came about. It's not as simple as saying Barca Jose Fernandez Womens Jersey ought to have set a higher release clause; it's about misreading Neymar and Co. when he signed his new deal less than a year ago. Particularly when Barcelona knew full well how his camp -- read: his father -- operates. Looked to me like the throw beat the runner, but I'm just one guy. When the Nationals sent the call to New York for a review, the -- wait, the Nationals didn't send the call to New York for a review. A run scored on the play. Travis Shaw followed it with a home run for Milwaukee. And instead of being down 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, Washington trailed 5-0. We probably shouldn't get upset at managers very often. Managing is hard. It happens fast. The manager has far more information about the situation than we do, and more incentive to get it right than we do, so a healthy amount of deference is due. But it kills me to see a manager waste a replay opportunity. Replay is a miracle of living in the future. It's a hard-won political victory. It's the cure for the cruelest baseball affliction: a botched call. And, for a manager, using it is practically free. Most managerial decisions come with a cost: A sacrifice costs an out, a pitchout costs a ball, a pitching change costs a pitcher -- but challenging a call is almost free. Watching Dusty Baker walk right past it without bothering to pick it up made me wonder: Are managers making the most of the replay? Baseball's replay-review era began in 2014. A few months before the first overturned call -- on, coincidentally, a Ryan Braun infield single -- Dan Brooks and Russell Carleton had warned at Baseball Prospectus that smart managing might lead to an almost absurd number of game-delaying challenges because of, paradoxically, how few overturned calls there would be. The logic was that the cost for an unsuccessful challenge was tiny. All a manager lost was his right to make another challenge, an inconvenience that itself would last only through the sixth inning (since changed to the seventh), after which time umpires could instigate unlimited reviews. The evidence suggested that there are actually not that many incorrect calls, so a manager who lost his challenge was unlikely to miss it before the seventh-inning rules kicked in.
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