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Everything posted by HedleyLamarr

  1. 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.
  2. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    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.
  3. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Words never uttered together: "I miss Kyle Shanahan"....
  4. 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.
  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. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

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

    Ok, I'll bite. What is the target audience for the NBA?
  10. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Even a drunk should see that the Patriots pass defense sucks.....
  11. 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.
  12. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I'm feeling strangely confident about the Falcons' chances of beating the Patriots this weekend.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Well, the least-exciting portion of the NBA calendar did begin yesterday....
  24. 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!
  25. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    It may be hard to win games with a bad defense, but the defense can only allow 7 points a drive (well, 8, but I digress). At some point, you've got to move the ball on offense...not just to keep up, but to give your defense a rest. If the offense isn't doing that, the QB is going to get the deserved blame for the offense sputtering. Now it's great if he's not turning the ball over on the first three downs...but if the offense keeps getting to fourth down, that's not really much better than not throwing a pick. You're still giving the ball to the other team. What do you think is a QB's job...put up stats or put his team in a position to win games? 6th lowest INT% obviously wasn't too beneficial to a 1-10 record. Having pretty-ish stats sure meant a lot to a QB winning 9% of his starts. And how much of those stats got piled up due to garbage time and prevent defense? Other than the Chicago game, where he got pulled in the 3rd quarter where he completed like 1-2 passes for 10 yards. If I told you a QB went 1-10 last season and 3-nearly 20 the past two seasons, would you want him? About the only chance Kaepernick has of getting signed in-season is if there's a 2016 Browns-like scenario where their first 4 QB's get hurt. If Kaepernick struggled with new offenses he was under for 2015 and 2016 with the benefit of having OTA's, mini-camps, and training camp....how do you seriously think he'll succeed getting picked up in Week 8 with an offense he likely has no familiarity with? No coach just picks up a helmet, tosses it to a guy and says "Go get you some". Hundley's been with the Packers for three seasons now, and the other guy has been there for two. It's not a stretch to feel they've got the better odds to play better and get wins than a guy sitting on his couch. I never said they were better. All I've said is that these individual teams feel these guys fit best with what they're doing. Reading comprehension is key. So here's what we do know: -There's an admission that Kaepernick is not as good as he was when he last made the playoffs back in 2013. -Kaepernick needs a specific offense and good talent around him to succeed in. -NFL teams will sign players (of any race) with off-field issues if their play is worth the distraction. -NFL teams will employ those that openly show they're protesting. To keep insisting that he's being blackballed when others are doing the same thing and are still employed means you're just moving the target and don't want to admit that, well, he just might not be good enough.