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Everything posted by HedleyLamarr

  1. 2017 NFL Season

    There was no "Super Bowl hangover" talk when the team was 3-0. A few things: 1. Denver got a lot of talk about "Super Bowl hangover" when they got crushed by the Seahawks. Two seasons later, they won the Super Bowl with many of the same players. Especially with how young the Falcons' core is, it's pretty foolish to "blow it up". Their lone "old guys" are the roster spots where you want guys being older: starting QB and kicker. Some analysts have compared the sheer youth of the team's roster to the 2012 Seahawks. 2. This is the first year that Ryan and Sarkisian have worked together, and it's looking a lot like the first season when Ryan and Shanahan worked together. Glimpses of brilliance and glimpses of "Da hell?".....learning curves. Now aside from showing up to work drunk, Sarkisian was known for being quite the talent on calling an offense. He gets a pass on his one game with Alabama, and he's only 6 games into the Falcons. Now tonight wasn't a good night for the offense, but they did some good things. Kicker (and special teams, really) had a bad game, and the game situation altered what would have been a likely 3 points into that doomed Jet Sweep call on 4th down. 3. Aside from three games since the start of the 2016 season (Week 1 vs. Tampa last year, the game at Philadelphia last year, and tonight), the Falcons have held a lead at some point into the 4th quarter. So they're pretty much in every game and have been getting that fortunate "one more made play" than the other team on most days. Plus, the analytical stats that are probably the most meaningful for successful teams (points per drive, net yards per play), the Falcons have been solid in. One lousy night isn't cause for concern yet. Plenty of things that need to be cleaned up, sure, but blow it all up? Way too much of an overreaction. Hell, last year's team, one that went to the Super Bowl, was 4-3 after 7 games.
  2. 2017 NFL Season

    Words never uttered together: "I miss Kyle Shanahan"....
  3. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Right, but 2016 showed that you don't have to be a conference champion to be able to get inclusion into the playoffs. Get the four best teams, no matter what their end-of-season distinction is.
  4. They're playing preseason games, so welcome back, hockey! The much-maligned Vegas Golden Knights kick off their preseason with Vancouver, airing currently on the NHL Network.
  5. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    About the only way a Pac-12 team makes the playoffs is for Washington and Washington State to win out, and whomever wins the Apple Cup wins the conference. But neither one played an out-of-conference slate worth a crap. So we can basically eliminate the Pac-12. The next two conferences in trouble are the Big XII and the ACC. I'm not sold on Miami and TCU finishing undefeated before their conference championship games. And, should Georgia go 12-0 and lose a close game to Alabama in the SEC Championship, I don't see how an 11-1 Notre Dame gets in while a 12-1 Georgia, which won at Notre Dame this season, doesn't.
  6. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Well, they did used to be divisional rivals....
  7. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Yeah, I was gonna say, people are talking about his sexist, big-mouthed dad more than the actual player.
  8. Please ban hammer don't hurt 'em

    "We'll allow political discussion, we're banning political discussion, but we'll allow political discussion because it's that magical 4th year, but now we're banning political discussion, but we'll allow political talk during this weekend's NFL docket, but we're serious about No Politics!!" I don't think it's "asking for the moon" to be firm on whatever rules we have. If the rule is "No Politics", not only should you not loosen up because you want to participate, you should also warn folks when they make a reference or pot-shot towards the other side of the aisle (instead of high-fiving them and encouraging them because you agree). If there's any frustrations from me (which there aren't any, unless you're confusing 'frustrations' and 'stirring things up' with 'truths'), it's that I can't take the moderating seriously if they aren't doing their jobs. Now I wasn't exactly bringing politics into a football discussion. I was simply pointing out similar board members' behaviors and posting habits when it involves a Republican poster and a pro-Boston poster going up against a vast majority of the board's Democrat/anti-Boston slant. One poster (assuming posting about Elliott's suspension being put on hold again) says a big-name Cowboys or Patriots player will never get suspended. Ozzyman simply says "Yeah, Tom Brady got suspended just last season.", and every anti-Boston fan comes out to tell this guy to shut up and quit whining and the like....which wasn't all that different from all the Democrat supporters jumping onto Tnak or Nuordr or whomever else had a belief that differed from theirs. And, coincidentally enough, it was many of the same posters that were frequent participants when it came to the piling on. These piler-ons have shown throughout the years that they just can't help themselves when it comes to, well, piling on. Four pages of post on a Thursday night and into Friday....either the Thursday game was really good (and it was) or there was huge news. No, it's "Jump onto the Patriots fan time!", which discussion looked a lot like "Oooh, right-leaner, let's get 'em!"...
  9. 2017 NFL Season

    Pittsburgh lost at home to Jacksonville and won at Kansas City. Nothing makes sense in the NFL.
  10. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    Ok, I'll bite. What is the target audience for the NBA?
  11. 2017 NFL Season

    Even a drunk should see that the Patriots pass defense sucks.....
  12. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    Career record of 1863-1636, and a 192-132 record with a Nationals team that was known for being huge underachievers. I dunno, you could do worse than hiring Baker. The bigger albatross is likely leaving the Nationals....no more Jayson Werth or that insane 7-year, $120 million contract.
  13. 2017 NFL Season

    I'm feeling strangely confident about the Falcons' chances of beating the Patriots this weekend.
  14. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I'm a STH for an MLS team. I've got nearly 15 years of experience working for sports teams. I know how these things work. I'm probably the wrong guy to approach when it comes to tying emotion into sports. I grew up seeing an autumn without a World Series. I had just started a part-time job with the Thrashers when the NHL decided not to play a season. And, I survived job cuts in the front office when the Thrashers got sold and relocated. I've put emotion out of sports and just see it for what it is....a form of entertainment. Of course I want the local teams to do well, but if they don't do well, I don't let it overtake my emotions. Hell, when we went to the Super Bowl this past February (I think I've told this story before), I never really thought about anything long-term that many fans thought about....all I thought of it was "Great game that may go down as the best SB of all time, hella fun weekend, glad we were able to experience this before real life happens.". And while I understand the anger portion of it, ultimately you are just purchasing tickets for a team's games. Whatever contract/agreement there is between the team and the fan doesn't account for how much emotion you plan on investing...that's not tangible. It's only misleading if there's contractual language that says they're definitely playing games for a given length, and teams are usually pretty smart about not guaranteeing long-term promises, such as relocations. Now the wife is entertaining (lord have mercy is she entertaining), but that's a tangible relationship with years of growing and meshing and building trust and sharing experiences with and all that stuff. She's not a sporting event. I know what I'm expecting when I purchase single-game or season tickets. There is a reason why STH's are year-to-year deals.
  15. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    These players are already taking less than market value to create these superteams. No amount of money will make Minneapolis sexier than Miami, Oklahoma City sexier than Los Angeles, etc. when these stars make a lot of money off the court. Players have shown they'll take whatever amount if it means they can buddy-up and go for a ring. How would you sell me on buying a ticket to see the Hawks, without mentioning arena renovations or the opponent?
  16. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    But here's the thing....it's not like they aren't playing the 2018 season in Columbus. Those games are still taking place. It's not like they took their money, then said "Yeah, these games aren't being played" and not giving refunds.
  17. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    It is pretty amazing that it took nearly 30 years for the Dodgers to return to the World Series. Like the Cardinals, they rarely have seasons where they aren't competitive and don't seem to have a prolonged stretch where they've been dreadful. I can't recall many losing seasons from them since 1988.
  18. 2017 NFL Season

    Marshawn Lynch probably did the stupidest thing I've ever seen from an NFL game. Derek Carr has the ball and gets held up by a Chiefs defender. A second Chiefs player takes a shot at Carr as he's on the ground (or in the grasp....play is concluding). Lynch, who wasn't on the field, leaves the bench and sprints to the skirmish, gets physical with the official as he's trying to get to one of the Chiefs players. Lynch gets ejected, and likely should be suspended for being a dumbass.
  19. 2017 NFL Weekly Picks Contest

    Kansas City vs. Oakland (But I was late, so I'm picking the team trailing at the time) New Orleans vs. Green Bay Arizona vs. LA Rams Baltimore vs. Minnesota Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis Carolina vs. Chicago Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo NY Jets vs. Miami Tennessee vs. Cleveland Dallas vs. San Francisco Denver vs. LA Chargers Seattle vs. NY Giants Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Atlanta vs. New England Washington vs. Philadelphia
  20. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    The NBA won't be really fixable until you heavily restrict the ability for star players to move to other teams.
  21. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    With the available technology we have today, there's really no reason why there shouldn't be sensors in the puck and along each line, with lights that illuminate when the puck crosses each line. It could eliminate any gray area when it comes to goals, icings, and offside calls.
  22. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    Well HDTV's and television innovations have kinda eliminated the need for a constant glowing puck. What this will really help with is when there's madness in the crease and there's some question whether the puck crossed the line or not.
  23. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Was Atlanta expected to have this much success? From everything I've seen, we far exceeded any expectations. And while the Silverbacks have been around a good while and they have their rabid fans, soccer was pretty much a nonexistent entity here. Season tickets are generally contract-binding. And teams have deadlines for STH's to renew/decline (Atlanta United's was back in mid-September). So if you've already signed something or agreed to something, you're stuck with the tickets.
  24. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Well, the least-exciting portion of the NBA calendar did begin yesterday....
  25. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Well, to steer the discussion away from the advocating of lynching somebody.... Atlanta is being awarded the 2018 MLS All-Star Game and subsequent festivities. It'd be more awesome if Manchester United gets the invite to participate!