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  1. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Should make for an entertaining and interesting episode of Hard Knocks tomorrow night...
  2. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Speaking of the Brownies...the first episode of Hard Knocks aired last night. YouTube posted the first episode on their site; if this episode is any indication on how the Browns will perform this season, Hue Jackson might be gone before the season is done. In that coaches' meeting, Todd Haley's mentally licking his chops for Hue's job, after he basically got dressed down in the meeting.
  3. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Yeah, it felt more like Saturday NIght Revival than the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony. It almost felt like I was watching TBN or one of those other shyster religious networks. I thought all of the speeches were just fine for the most part, although Jerry Kramer and Brian Dawkins were probably the best of the night, in my opinion. I've always liked Dawk, and my respect for the man grew even more than after hearing his story...just hope he continues on the right path with his life. I've seen Kramer in interviews/panels over the years, and he's always been a good storyteller, and certainly didn't disappoint. Hell, I probably laughed more through Kramer's speech than Ray Lewis', but that's for different reasons.
  4. MadmanLA

    MLB Relocation? Naw...

    Las Vegas and the entire state of Iowa are victims of MLB's blackout policies...each region are blacked-out on Extra Innings/MLB.tv from six teams each. I can't speak for Iowa, but for Las Vegas, you could get the Angels and Padres via cable through the respective Fox RSNs, and those two plus the Bay Area teams and the D-Backs are all available via DirecTV and Dish Network. The Dodgers, because of their TV network situation, are only available via cable in greater Los Angeles, Hawaii, and some areas north of Los Angeles County; everything else from Fresno on north, is virtually all Comcast/Xfinity, and even from there, you're coming into Giants/Athletics territory. One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of these MLB teams' broadcast territories are vestiges of their old over-the-air networks. The Reds' old OTA TV network stretched as far north as Columbus, south to Nashville, and east to Charleston/Huntington; the Tigers aired games into northwest Ohio, northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne), and statewide throughout Michigan. Hell, before the Rockies came into existence, the Royals were the closest team to the Denver area, and some of their games were televised into the Mile High City as well.
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    Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    LOL I think the other real travesty here, and it touches on the point that Mac made earlier on...the Steelers, almost thirty years earlier, had another hometown quarterback on their hands, and cut him in training camp. He only went on to be one of the greatest QBs in the history of the NFL--his name was John Constantine Unitas. You could have had the Unitas-Bradshaw-Marino transition happen pretty smoothly without missing a beat; the Steeler dynasty could have perhaps started 15 years before it actually did. Perhaps even more egregious was (among the Steelers' many bonehead personnel moves pre-Chuck Noll) was them trading the third overall pick in the 1965 draft to the Bears, and with that Papa Bear Halas picked fellow U. of Illinois alum Dick Butkus (the Bears also selected Gale Sayers right behind at #4). If Butkus had played in Pittsburgh instead of Chicago, especially had the Steelers went ahead and picked Joe Greene away, not only would his career would lasted a few years longer (only played nine seasons, and didn't sniff a playoff game not once), he would have won a Super Bowl ring or two.
  6. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Olbermann was suppose to call Astros-Yankees yesterday for ESPN Radio, but was replaced by Ryan Ruocco instead. Olbermann said on his Twitter he came down with food poisoning.
  7. Although I grew up just blocks away from Crenshaw High School (Cougars), I attended Los Angeles High only for my freshman year, and went to Palisades Charter HS my final three years of high school. Palisades' mascot is the Dolphins; as far as I know, they may be the only high school in greater Los Angeles that uses that particular mascot. Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood, which was built on the old site of Metromedia Square/Fox Television Center (and former longtime home of KTTV Fox 11), has the Dragons as their mascot.
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    Choking / Cursed Franchises

    How about that purple and orange-clad basketball team that resides at 201 East Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix, Arizona? They're still top-ten all-time in winning percentage among active franchises (currently sixth), but for the longest while, they were fourth, behind the Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics (sometimes the order would change, depending who was better year-to-year). With that, the Suns were also the winningest franchise in NBA history to never win a championship, but in the last few years, their neighbors up north in Salt Lake City has since surpassed them in all-time win percentage but barely (Utah's 53.8 percent versus Phoenix's 53.5 percent). If you exclude the Seattle SuperSonics portion of the Thunder's "shared history", they've won 61.7 percent of their games since Clay Bennett and his late co-owner stole the team from Seattle. Also among active franchises born and bred in the NBA, Phoenix has made the most playoff appearances (29) without winning a title; the Nuggets, counting their ABA years, have made the playoffs 33 times (5 in ABA, 28 in NBA), but no title (so far) in either Association. Back to the Suns...obviously the first big "curse" was them losing out on the #1 pick in the 1969 draft to expansion-mate Milwaukee on a coin flip, and the man that became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won a NBA title two years later. Meanwhile, the Suns finished with 48 and 49 wins in consecutive seasons ('70-71 and '71-72), and missed the playoffs both times--they also happened to be in the same division (Midwest) with Kareem & Oscar, the Sloan-Love-Walker Bulls, and the Lanier-Bing Pistons, and Milwaukee and Chicago finished 1-2 in the division both years. After 1969-70, the Suns didn't make the playoffs again until 1976 (the "Cinderella Suns"), and were pretty much a consistent playoff participant from there on (although they missed the playoffs in '77). Besides '71 and '72, there were two other times the Suns finished with a winning record, but missed the playoffs: 46-36 in '08-09,and 48-34 in '13-14 (their last recent winning season). On the opposite spectrum, they've made the playoffs three times with a losing record--39-43 in '69-70, 36-46 in '84-85, and 40-42 in '96-97. Their late 70s/mid-80s playoff run came to an end thanks to the Walter Davis drug trial, but in the meantime, by 1987, a controlling stake in the franchise was sold to Jerry Colangelo and a group of partners, from the original owners, which in turn jump-started a run that included a new downtown arena, Charles Barkley being added to an already pretty-stacked roster, the '93 Finals run (losing to you know who), by 1996, Barkley and Colangelo feuded (which to led to Chuck's trade to Houston), and Kevin Johnson being a shell of himself by then. Then, also the series of questionable trades and signings before and after: Dan Majerle for "Hot Rod" Williams, giving Danny Manning what was then the biggest contract in franchise history but was pretty much a mediocre player for a mediocre team, which in turn led to the "what could have been Backcourt 2000" (made possible by getting Penny Hardaway in a sign-and-trade, with Manning, Pat Garrity, and two future draft picks [one of which was Amar'e Stoudemire, which came back to Phoenix via trading Bo Outlaw]). They had to wait until Steve Nash came back from hanging with Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas in '04 to get back into some sort of title contention, but with Colangelo selling to Banker Bob from Tucson, coupled with Nash and Stoudemire's injuries (and their eventual departures, Colangelo and son included), they're now currently sitting in their longest rebuilding period in franchise history--no playoffs since 2010, and no winning record since 2014.
  9. MadmanLA

    Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Before both regions eventually got their own teams (and later, arenas named after the same airline LOL), Dallas and South Florida (specifically in the Broward County suburbs) were in the running to bring-in the-then Buffalo Braves to one of those two areas. More than likely, the Dallas-based team would have played in temporary quarters throughout the Metroplex (and probably elsewhere in north Texas) until Reunion Arena opened in 1980. There's also a tie to this--Norm Sonju was the last general manager the Braves had before they eventually moved to San Diego in 1978, and was one of the original founders and general manager of the Mavericks. The South Florida-based team would have played at the Hollywood Sportarium, which at the time was the only major (and biggest) indoor arena in Miami-Fort Lauderdale until Miami Arena came along in 1988. The Braves were slated to moved there by the 1976-77 season, and had a pledge of 8,000 season tickets sold, but the city of Buffalo sued the team and force them to honor the final two years of their lease at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The following year, the team was sold to (and traded by) new ownership, and were on their way to America's Finest City. The Sportatorium had several attempts to acquire a long-term tenant (mostly involving hockey, but did have one in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, for a season), but prospective tenants just like didn't the arena (aesthetics, acoustics, etc.), and location was another big issue--its location was 20-plus miles from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. At the time it was in operation, there was only one highway (State Route 820) to and from that area until Interstate 75 opened in 1986...basically, this was South Florida's cheaper and smaller version of Richfield Coliseum.
  10. MadmanLA

    Local TV station logos

    Dallas' ABC station, WFAA, is set a debut a logo soon; I found this T-shirt on their Facebook page...really nice touch, and something you kinda rarely see with TV stations. A closer look at the "new" logo...
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    Logos that Look Alike

    This happened in the 70s, with some mild controversy... The current logos of CBS 2s New York and Los Angeles, and the CBS 2s in Chicago and Pittsburgh (KDKA):
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    Lifespan of new-age arenas

    Downtown L.A. was one of those places where you just came to work and/or conduct business, and then you get the hell out. Beyond the Music Center complex (which includes the Disney Concert Hall), there wasn't really much there as far as cultural/fun activities to do in the downtown core before Staples opened. Just in the last decade alone, more and more people have not only made Downtown a destination place, but are moving in as well...young out-of-towners, USC students (thanks to the Expo Line), and single working people. Even Skid Row, the homeless epicenter of L.A, on DTLA's east side, has been experiencing gentrification to the point where these folks are setting up in other parts of the city.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    One thing working in Ebersol's favor is that he has big credible names in place at the top, and are guys that aren't too far removed from pro football themselves. You know Vince McMahon is calling up guys that haven't been involved in some sort of pro football in years, just sitting at home living out their golden years, to run his teams.
  14. MadmanLA

    Lifespan of new-age arenas

    I still, to this day, find it a bit laughable that James Dolan spent more than a billion dollars of his father's money to fund the MSG renovation, and the city still might boot them from the Penn Station site. Just to build a new arena anywhere in Manhattan is going to be a minimum of $1 billion, and perhaps even more once we cross into the 2020s. Anywho, if you been around Los Angeles lately, there's really been a building boom in and around downtown (just as an example, there's five highrises currently under construction on what were old parking lots for the Staples Center/LA Live/Convention Center complex, plus continuing Metro Rail construction), plus elsewhere around town. Just head down Figueroa Street from Staples Center, the Los Angeles FC stadium is a month away from its grand opening (April 29th, coincidentally the 26th anniversary of the L.A. riots), and the Coliseum is still in the middle of its renovation (the Scholarship Tower, press box re-construction, south stands rebuilt). The Kroenkedome in Inglewood is coming along nicely, and if Ballmer can get his arena built across the street, there and the downtown region (even if you include Dodger Stadium and Exposition Park) become the true epicenters for sports in Los Angeles. One thing about the sports venues here, they get much more longer use than in most other cities...the Rose Bowl and Coliseum both turn 100 in a few years, Dodger Stadium is 56 years old this year, Pauley Pavillion at UCLA is 52, Angel Stadium is at 51 years and counting, Stub Hub Center at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson) turns 15 this year, and USC's Galen Center is 12 years old, but outside of Stub Hub and Galen, all of them went through some sort of renovations in recent years. Next season, it'll be the 20th season for the three main occupants of Staples Center...it doesn't seem that long ago seeing the Lakers at the Forum, and the Clippers at the Sports Arena, but Staples was not only just a "game-changer" for each franchise, but it absolutely helped transform Downtown Los Angeles into what is today.
  15. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Yep...once they get those stations, that only leaves Boston as the only top-20 TV DMA where Fox doesn't own a station (which they traded to Cox Media [along with Memphis' WHBQ] to get San Francisco/Oakland a few years ago). They could get back into Boston, if they offer Sunbeam TV (which also owns WSVN) an offer they couldn't refuse. Sunbeam owns also WLVI in Boston, which now lives on as a subchannel of WHDH...Fox could offer a king's ransom for the whole group, and might in essence keep WSVN as a Fox station (and WSFL as a CW station), and force another network switch in Boston.