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  1. 2018 NFL Offseason

    I could be wrong, but I think Mike Tomlin's hire by the Steelers is a direct result of the Rooney Rule. They expected to promote Russ Grimm to head coach, Tomlin was brought into fulfill their rule's requirement, and then crushed his interview so they hired him instead. I don't see the harm of the rule at all. At worst it gets more people in front of owners.
  2. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were 12

    What a weekend of football. The Vikings win was thrilling obviously, but the Jaguars playing for the AFC Championship game might be the best story in the NFL this season. Best part was the Steelers obsessing over New England and then losing a self-created trap game at home against, of all teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars. It really parallels the Jags run in 96 - beat Buffalo in the wildcard round, beat a heavily favored super bowl contender in the divisional round on the road, and then will play at New England for the Super Bowl. I don't even care that the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl again because at least they'll tie the Steelers at six. A rare year where I have no anxiety over any outcome of these playoffs.
  3. NHL 2017-18

    I've never been a fan of the how the bottom of the letters interact with the bottom of the shield. This was my quick fix a number of years ago
  4. How much can you "update" a classic?

    I don't disagree it looks more professional. I just think it looks very 1980's because that was the last time it was widely used.
  5. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were 12

    That was the least Vikings thing that could've happened to the Vikings. My wife can verify this - before that play when the Vikings basically needed a miracle sideline catch to set up a field goal try and stop the clock I said "Just do the Dalton to Boyd play" and then they pretty much did. I feel for that Saints DB because he tried to make a play and mistimed it so he got there early and was forced to decide if he should interfere or not. Hindsight he probably should've just destroyed Diggs and taken the flag, but then Saints fan would just be mad at him for the interference. I guess the blame should go to the entire defense when all they had to do was keep the Vikings in front of the 40 and they would've been fine.
  6. How much can you "update" a classic?

    Yeah you'd have to keep 26 to whatever power number of different shaped letters for vertically arched names. It'd be almost impossible. Like here's the drawer for an L if it's the second letter of a 7 letter name like GLAVINE because that would be a much different shape than the L thats the fourth letter of a 6 letter name like SMOLTZ. That's not even to mention that GLAVINE is shorter and therefore differently skewed than his 7 letter last name teammate WOHLERS because of the i in his last name. It'd be a nightmare to keep track of all that. It's impressive that vertically arched naming was so commonplace in those days because it was so much more work. You'd almost expect it to make a come back now that we have modern vectors and better plotting machines. I'm not a huge fan of how vertically arched names look, and the fall-off in its usage over the last couple decades gives it a very time-stamped look, but I appreciate the craftsmanship that went into those last names.
  7. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were 12

    The Rams have the most perfect helmet design idea in football history. Shame they made them look so goofy with the white facemasks and white horns. Hope that's corrected soon. The Bengals are the second best, Vikings third because we all know now that Vikings didn't actually wear horns, but if someone says "picture a viking" 999 out of 1000 people are seeing a shaggy man with a beard wearing a helmet with horns on it. We don't talk enough about how it makes no sense that the Eagles have wings on their heads and eagle heads on their wings (arms). They should flip them, but the winged helmets are too much a part of their identity to ever change now. At least the wings now are sleeker and more detailed than they were pre 96.
  8. How much can you "update" a classic?

    They should wear it as an alternate. It's makes far more sense as an alternate than it ever did as a primary. Easy to say this now, but if in 95 they'd waited a year they could've taken part in the third jersey program and wore the fisherman without completely abandoning their dynasty uniforms, but back then if you wanted to wear a wild new uniform it was all or nothing. There wasn't third jerseys to test a look to see what the fans thought. Plus they'd make a killing on jersey sales. I'd buy one.
  9. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were 12

    Yes! Welcome to the couch, Steelers fans. Just kidding. Steelers fans aren't allowed in my house.
  10. NFL 2018 changes

    #4 was one of the best uniforms the NFL ever had it even looked good with the occasional black striped pant before they took the stripes off BTW, that's from the famous game where the Saints lost by scoring a lateral touchdown on the last kickoff with no time left and then missed the subsequent extra point.
  11. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were 12

    sharing for no reason. My friend texted me this video and told me he was watching it so he could "feel feelings again" so I watched it in its entirety last night. Watching a random old game is really fun especially if you look for the ways it's changed since. This was the first NFL game I ever went to. Here's a bunch of random thoughts: - That field was TERRIBLE. Probably had a hand in neutralizing some of the Chiefs' explosiveness that day, but glad we have field turf now. - I really miss those uniforms. They were really sharp and a classy NFL look. Our current uniforms are just so 2004. I wore my white Corey Dillon jersey to the game that day and ever since I’ll pull it out when the Bengals have a big game. It’s a little tighter than it was in 03 and it’s got some stains, but it’s my lucky Bengals jersey. - Jon Kitna was bad and fun. He was a gunslinger in that game. I kind of feel like we wasted a year of Carson Palmer, though, and by extension wasted 2004 because that was basically his rookie year. Knowing what we know now I think we should’ve started Palmer in 2003. - Dante Hall was terrifying. I remember being so scared every time the Bengals punted or kicked off. The funny thing is the Bengals were the one who ended up scoring on a punt return because... - Peter Warrick! (that's a name I've not heard in a long time). This is probably his only good game as an NFL player. - There were so few penalties and reviews. It's awesome. - the Chiefs were loaded and Trent Green was better than people remember. - Rudi Johnson was a cannonball. - The Bengals had Rudi Johnson and Corey Dillon that year and barely used Corey Dillon who in very Bengals/Patriots fashion goes to the Patriots the next year and becomes maybe the best back Brady's ever had and wins a super bowl. - LOL Morten Anderson and his facemask were still out there making field goals in 2003 and he played 4 more years after this! - Bengals got away with a terrible call on a 3rd down that Chad Johnson obviously dropped and then the very next play Rudi Johnson busted like a 50 yard run. In today's NFL some video guy on the Chiefs would've signaled to challenge the previous play. - Jeremi Johnson’s touchdown would get reviewed for 15 minutes in today’s NFL and there’s a good chance they’d call it a fumble out of the side of the endzone and Chiefs' ball at the 20. - One thing that really stood out was the Bengals body language was so good from the opening kickoff and in a big game nobody played scared. They all rose to the occasion. Every player bought in and believed they could beat this good undefeated team. Marvin Lewis’ attitude and body language is better too. He’s focused and intense and confident. Haven’t seen that fire in his eyes in a long time. - This game was the Bengals return to the NFL and you can tell by the crowd. We were psyched to be 4-5. I remember being there in the stadium and it was really rocking and I haven't felt it that way many times since. We need another moment like this to rally the city around the team again. - at the end they flashed the standings. The Steelers were 3-6. What a wonderful time to be alive.
  12. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Your point was the conferences are too different to come together on a fair system and yet despite all these VASTLY WILD differences in conference structures, and teams, and talent they've already managed to come together on a playoff system. All I'm saying is take it a step further and remove the at-large bid. I'm not interested in those reasons. Didn't win your conference? Well you should've. Oh but we were the best and tiebreakers! Yeah well, evidently not good enough. If you didn't do all you could to win your little group of the country why should we let you compete to win the whole thing? Because voters and/or computers thought you looked good? That's stupid. You're still hung up on "best" versus "champion" and they're not the same thing. Most of the time the best team wins the championship, but sometimes they don't and that's why they actually play the games and if we play the games those games should carry weight. and in those years then that's the year they're the conference left out of the final four. Easy. as an alumnus of a school that is "everyone else" that should be corrected. I don't think there should be a "power 5". I'm saying you take the 4 best conference champions and in my opinion this year that would've included UCF. UCF won all the games given to them on their schedule and they're a division 1 program. They should've had an opportunity to play for the Division 1 championship. "But they would've gotten killed!" 1. Irrelevant. . 2. people always say stuff like that as if upsets have never happened before. 3. they proved they probably would've made it a good game. 4. There's never been a good reason why those teams can't compete for the championship of the level they play in. It really makes no sense. If D1 teams aren't going to be allowed to play for the D1 championship because they're not in this upper caste of conferences then they're not really a D1 team and the NCAA should reclassify them as like a 1B tier. But back to the power 5 there really isn't that much talent disparity year to year and some years a team from outside the power 5 like a UCF can collect enough talent at the right time with the right coach to compete with anybody.
  13. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    If from the opening stretch of spring camp every coach and player knows you gotta win your conference to be considered for the playoff then that's your pre-determined requirement right there. The conferences are not that disparate. UCF just beat the team that beat the teams that played for the national title. There isn't. The best thing we can do is use these alignments and structures that we have in place already. This happens already. OSU got picked over TCU in 2014. OSU got picked over Penn State. This year both the Big Ten and Pac 12 got left out. This is already happening. They've played 8 semi-final games in 4 years of this system and at least half have been "blowouts". Maybe 2 were great games. I'm not concerned about creating more blowouts. Most of the time under my plan the true best teams would find their way to the final 4 anyways and the matchups wouldn't be that different from how they already are. Maybe a 3 loss team would sneak into the field every once in a while, but most of the field would be the same as it would've been under the current system. My plan just insures you don't have any wildcards, which are inherently counter-intuitive to how college football has always operated and my entire problem with Alabama being in it this year. Going back 4 years here's how the playoff would've shaken out under my plan 2014: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State 2015: Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma 2016: Alabama, Clemson, Penn State*, Washington 2017: Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State or UCF* The only differences are Penn State in 2016 (replacing OSU who got smacked by Clemson 31-0) and Alabama this year. 4 years, 14/16 teams are the same. And I'm saying that if you were the "true" best teams you'd find a way to win your conference. I don't see how this is an issue. It works in basketball and it already sort of works now in football. If the SEC truly is the best then their champion should have no problem winning two playoff games. I'd have no issue with eliminating conferences and just going free-for-all, but there are benefits to schedules based on proximity.
  14. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    No. It doesn't matter how many losses they have. The team that wins the tournament, filled by teams who met the pre-determined and agreed upon requirements to be invited, deserves to be national champion.
  15. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Champion has never meant "best". It means winner of that season. That's an important distinction. If we're just interested in finding the "best" team then we could skip all the brain-damaging football and just hand the trophy to Alabama every August. If the top team loses to the 15th best team then good for the 15th best team for showing up and shame on the top team who shouldn't be national champion and isn't the best team if they couldn't beat the 15th best team. Who cares about the feelings of a team that should win 9 out of 10 times if they don't win when the game is actually contested?