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  1. PyeongChang 2018

    Was up watching the game. Canada came out a bit lethargic and Germany was incredibly opportunistic and the bounces went their way. After up 4-1, I though Canada would win after Germany basically went into a shell just hoping to hang on. Still got the penalty shot. Though, for Germany, 2 minutes of killing the clock on the power play probably would have worked better and been the better result. Makes the Men's game a bit less interesting. I mean, can Germany do it again? OAR has played well and a Canada-Russia matchup seemed destined to happen. Oh well. Will Canada win Bronze? Women's hockey loses gold, women's curling doesn't qualify and men's curling goes out thanks to Team USA and then whiffs on the Bronze. And now Men's Hockey is in a stupor going after the Czech Republic for Bronze. Will they lay an egg, too?
  2. MLS Miami

    For summer heat, playing in all white and making your opponent wear anything a shade darker makes sense.
  3. MLS Miami

    Great, you just gave them the idea to use "Miami International FC"
  4. Interesting Field Designs

    Yeah, that was back before the infamous frozen field game they needed orange lines painted over the ice that they finally switched to turf. However, I swear I remember the regular orange/black stripes like shown at Riverfront (and now at PBS) but sometimes lacking any writing across them. Since it was only after baseball season, only a few games a year got the stripes. So I'm thinking there wasn't a consistent year-to-year design used.
  5. Interesting Field Designs

    I always thought CIncinnati's endzones were unique. Rather than a diamond pattern, or white slashes, or the common 'name or city spelled out with or without a color background', the Bengals had a tiger stripe pattern. And I can't find it, but I swear after baseball season ended at Riverfront Stadium, that there were games where it was just stripes. No words. But everything i find is more recent with BENGALS written across the stripes. Anyone know if I'm just misremembering or if the Bengals really did have patterened endzones with no writing at one point at Riverfront?
  6. Stadium art/banners

    Cleveland Browns still allow some in the lower level around the field. But, yes, the general rule is that it can't cover a sponsor ad/logo, or even the team logo. Upper deck banners are forbidden in general due to the light boards, scoreboards, clocks, and anything else displayed along the facades. After years of generally restricting fans from even holding signs, they started the whole "Dawg Pound" section 'tifo' like displays, and we all know how that went.
  7. Yes, let's use a logo of what easily catches our team's namesake. How about a hunting rifle for the Milwaukee Bucks. Or traps for the Jumbo Shrimp.
  8. Asia Pacific Football League

    London is the new Los Angeles.
  9. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    My only idea for Pro/Rel is one-year 'play-up' for the second level champion. For instance, let's say FC Cincinnati wins the USL (Tier 2) title. They get to play up in an open slot in MLS. At the end of the year, the play a home-and-home with the new Tier 2 champion. Winner goes to MLS, loser back to Tier 2. No other "MLS" team can drop. If FCC gets admitted as MLS team permanently, they're free from dropping and a new spot opens for the next champion. Or, take another step, and have two teams 'play up'. The USL (Tier 2) champion jumps up automatically. And the worst of the two 'play up' teams drops down automatically. But then the best 'play up' team plays the USL Tier 2 #2 team in a home-and-home for who gets to stay up.
  10. The XFL may be making a comeback

    Well, SportsCenter and ESPN as a whole was against XFL and did attack it mercilessly. However, when that overnight rating came in, the league treated Week 2 so much better the following weekend. They did point out, quite a bit, the dead air incident, but they actually aired the highlights like any other league or game. It wasn't until around Week 5 when the ratings had already slipped enough they went back to just making fun of the league.
  11. The XFL may be making a comeback

    XFL did fairly well with ticket sales in 2001 playing in February. If the XFL is going after the 'can't/won't pay NFL prices' fans, they're going to be in the $20-$30 range. At 20k-30k per game paid, That's only $25 million in ticket revenue. Now, if they stagger prices and what not, you do lose some of the 'television backdrop' if too many go for the cheap seats. That was part of the 2001 XFL's angle was that, as far as I remember, all tickets were the same price in the stadium. It also meant almost everyone sat down low to the field almost always (and for the title game, they did put as many fans on the TV side as possible unless someone specifically requested a section on the other side). As for domes, I haven't heard anything about it. XFL 1.0 had a rule against turf. But, for XFL 2.0, it's clear they're going to have to accept turf (and by extension, domes) depending on the markets. Too many major stadiums now use turf. What's funny about the XFL, is that even it's lowest rating around Week 6 or 7 was still a profitable range. The problem was NBC knew they could piece it out with shows and bring in higher numbers on average. UPN was ecstatic with their ratings. Even late in the season. The XFL did see an uptick the last couple weeks of the regular season, playoff weekend, and Million Dollar Game was a 2.1. The difference between 2001 and today is that live sports means live audience. Very few DVR live sports unless absolutely cannot watch live. This is huge for advertisers. 2001 didn't have such concerns. This ups the revenue from commercials greatly for live sports. You see every streaming service clamoring for 'live sports' because they are still appointment viewing. What's sad about the XFL 1.0 is they had two things they really screwed up themselves, and a few moments of bad luck. 1. After the first week (9.5 rating) they still got a 4.6 in Week 2. I think people forget XFL was aiming for 3.0 ratings as their high for the season, averaging around 2.5 for first year. They knew there'd be initial interest, but 9.5 and even 4.6 floored them. SportsCenter even had to play them straight Week 2 simply because you can't ignore a 9.5 rating no matter what the product. But that second game was the infamous 'generator fuel fiasco' where the production truck lost power, there was dead air for a long time, before they could get NB to make the switch to the B game. This just added to the 'rinky-dink' aspect of the league. 2. The best 'nationally televised' game of the year so far ran late and into double overtime which interfered with SNL. A huge no-no, and you know NBC didn't side with the XFL. Even with that glitzy 4.6 rating in Week 2. What's worse, though, was that the first game was a dud. New York was not a good team. Not only were they listless, their QB goes down. They're trailing 19-0 at halftime. Meanwhile, Orlando-Chicago ended up as a 33-29 'thriller'. The problem was that despite having an A and B game, the B game never aired anywhere except during interludes of the national broadcasted game. And Orlando was the best team in the regular season, and the first two weeks, they're the B game on NBC. What's worse, was Week One had these games: Memphis 22, Birmingham 20 San Francisco 15, Los Angeles 13 Orlando 33, Chicago 29 and... Las Vegas 19, New York/New Jersey 0 And which one was the national, kickoff game? Next week they got the best game on TV, but those flubs mentioned earlier killed them. That's when they instituted the Heidi rules. The games MUST end before 11pm. The league had to retool some game mechanics in order to make sure to speed up games. But, by Week 7, NBC had given up on the league. Publicly siding with SNL did that. And the Las Vegas-Birmingham game ran long and they ended the broadcast with a few minutes left. It was one-sided (34-12), but to just stop broadcasting a game during the middle of a drive? Just unheard of for televised sports. You don't even see that with high school sports that are televised usually. Then two more things 'did them in'. Orlando was the best team in the league the league had a 'crossover' playoff. East #1 hosted West #2. This meant Orlando had to host San Francisco, a team rising at the end of the season, instead of East #2 Chicago. At the time, Orlando played at Chicago in Week 10, in a game Chicago HAD to win to make the playoffs. While Orlando was assured the #1 spot in the east and overall record. So, they skated through it. Had they had to play Chicago a third time if they lost, I think they would've gone into Chicago to win it instead of resting. And then, LA wins and San Francisco upsets Orlando. And instead of a game Orlando or San Francisco, you get a title game in Los Angeles. Probably the least interesting matchup possible in the deadest stadium in the league. Before a really small crowd (by XFL and title game standards). And yet through all that, UPN wanted to bring them back for Season 2 as the primary broadcaster. NBC was out because it's not like NBC was going to co-own a league and then not air it. And they certainly weren't looking for Saturday or Sunday afternoon games.
  12. The problem with Woodpeckers is you know within the first game people are just going to call them the Peckers. Fatbacks has a lot of real estate to play with to make the name their own.
  13. Say it ain't so, Joe

    I believe this was mentioned the day it happened. My guess is the security forces knew there wasn't anything dangerous in that room and understood the shoe toss was like a pie in the face. A show of disrespect but not specifically intentionally harmful. like W or not, the guy dodged those shoes at point blank range with ease.
  14. Super Bowl LIII logo

    Ah, my bad. I was looking at years not dates of the games when I was thinking which was what year. As for the relabeling. Yes, once the NFL decided to merge was when the AFL-NFL title game was created. Even though they operated independently and slowly 'morphed' together with a 1970 target for completing the merger, so the NFL did begin to recognize the AFL records (game records) as part of their own. Plus, once the AFL/NFL merger was announced, future expansion teams were placed in the league to help even things out. Not because they necessarily wanted to be in one league or the other. They all knew they'd eventually all be NFL. But it wasn't official. The day of the game, that wasn't its official name. It would be the same as major college football relabeling all the BCS Championship Games as College Football Playoffs featuring two teams instead of four.
  15. The XFL may be making a comeback

    NHL tried this, briefly, in the 90s but the most they got out of it was the glowing puck and the flaming slapshot. The tech back then wasn't strong enough to coordinate precise location. For a football, you could place the chip with the laces, and include a very small gyroscope to know direction/tilt/etc. Just a few honing beacons around the field could pick up the data. You know the dimensions of the ball, so determining what position it is in is all that's needed. Secondly, any type of chip would be for secondary confirmation. Such as in a pile, or a fumble, etc. Something that wasn't readily available to the video camera. It wouldn't have to be 100% correct when visible. Since simple GoPros in the pylons work just as well as any other tech. The basis though is that the XFL i starting with a fresh rule book. You could just make the rule of a touchdown what you want. That's the whole 'reimagined'. You don't have to just tweak NFL rules. You could start over and think of a better way. NFL and college is built on decades upon decades of slow, methodical tweaks that yield things like the Touchdown-PAT-Commercial-Kickoff-Commercial-First Play sequences. They didn't sit down one day and say "this is a great way to pace a game." It just happened little by little. Passing rules grossly favoring offenses and teams with good QBs? Same thing. It wasn't premeditated. But they couldn't just say "yeah, some grabbing or holding IS allowed". In the age of the slo-mo replay in HD, every little jersey tug and uncovered sneeze gets called, or at least should by rule. They can just change that. Maybe make holding having a time limit? Maybe a 'grab and release' intepretation for defenders and linemen? Maybe let them have a second? A step? Two steps? There's ways to reimagine how the game should be played given what we know about how players perform compared to what you saw back in the 70s where 20 TDs by a QB was a great season.