Mac the Knife

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Mac the Knife last won the day on October 23 2014

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  1. Mac the Knife

    Possible Miami MLS Logo Leaked

    In general, I like it. A third color might have added some additional 'pop' to it, but I'm glad that they're going with pink. Its use as a primary color has been long overdue in North American professional sports.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Is it just the 14 year old in me sneaking out, or from this vantage point does Manhattan Island and the Bronx not look like a dangling penis and scrotum?
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    CCSLC Championship Ring Thread

    I honestly think it depends on the sport, but more on the person as an individual. First, the sport... I would reckon that baseball players would be far more inclined to wear their AL/NL championship rings than would conference champions in other leagues. The reason is a perception that the AL or NL title is a league championship in its own right, with a World Series title merely adding to its luster. In basketball, football or hockey meanwhile, the only prize that's cherished is the ultimate, overall championship - evidenced by some hockey teams refusing to even touch the conference championship trophies they're awarded after a successful season (yeah, I know, they did this year). Baseball players view the league championship as something special, regardless of the World Series outcome; perhaps not right away, but eventually. Conference championship seasons are rarely if ever afforded such attribution. Second, the person... if I had played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1959 to 1970, I'd have eight rings to show for it - every one of them a conference championship ring, what some in sports term "a symbol of failure." Would I wear them? Under those conditions, I reckon I would. But if I'd played two more years and won the NBA title on the 9th try? I'd likely be more apt to wear solely my 1972 ring, because it would mean more to me - especially after it having taken 9 tries to earn one. On the other hand, does a Bill Russell, Bill Belichick, Reggie Jackson or Derek Jeter value one championship ring over another? Does he potentially value a league/conference title ring more than a championship one based on the struggle the team had to earn it in comparison? I've won a boatload of trophies and awards in various facets of my life; to be honest, the baubles themselves are meaningless. There is work for which I received no recognition at all that, in retrospect, I'm more proud of. It's just an individual thing.
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    Boring Freelance Tax-Related Question

    This. In fact, if you're going to do this on any kind of regular basis, go an extra step and set yourself up with your own limited liability company. They can be a PITA, but you can do some things (and have some legal protections) through it that you can't as a sole proprietorship. Oh... and if you go that route? Check with me first. I can't tell you how many corporations and LLC's I've done the necessary paperwork on. A lawyer will charge you a boatload for what's often essentially filling out one damned form. I can be had a lot cheaper.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I don't think they both survive beyond three years myself. I did have a wicked fantasy league idea though: an "Xperimental Football League," with 6 teams in 2019. The season starts with the AAF's season on February 9th, then morphs into those of the Arena/National Arena Leagues once the AAF regular season ends, then morphs from there into the CFL once the Arena League seasons end. Non-stop fantasy football from February to October. For the truly addicted.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    The HitMen averaged 28,309 back in 2001. How much do you want to lose wager that the 2020 version, presuming it's in the New York area, draws an average of 2,500 in its first season. I'll give you 20:1 odds at an average of 2,500 on any amount you want to wager. I'll give you 5:1 odds on a 10,000 over/under, and even money on a 25,000 over/under for any bet up to $100.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    It depends entirely on what you're definition of "treated seriously" means. I think anyone who's approaching it from any direct mindset comparative to the NFL - in terms of gate attendance, media coverage, television revenue or any typically tangible metric - is not going to view either as "serious." And by those types of metrics, they'd be right. But it brings up a bigger question: What constitutes success for each of these ventures? If it's averaging 25,000 fans at each game in year one? I think both are capable of that - in the case of the AAF based on some of the markets they've chosen, an in the case of the XFL because they did it the first time around, as did the USFL back in 1983. Now if success is growing beyond that base and into a league that has teams regularly bringing in 40,000 for home games, or landing a TV deal that broadcasts games every week, or both? That's another matter because the landscape has changed so much, and those are targets that the (fourth) AFL didn't even start hitting until 1965. To get noticed, and stay noticed, they're going to have to do something extraordinary from the outset, then put out a continually decent football product over an extended period of time.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    An AAF (or XFL) team won't be treated seriously in the NYC market unless they play at the Meadowlands, Shea or Yankee Stadia (sorry, they're not paying me to mention their corporate names, so I don't use them). Red Bull's stadium (whatever it's called) would be a possibility if they couldn't land the others, but that FXFL field layout is literally the worst thing I could imagine having to deal with logistically and from a ticket sales perspective - There's not a seat within 100 feet of the 50 yard line any way you look at that layout. Simply awful.
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    Football and CTE

    But... is it? Is it that much of an outlier? We don't know, likely because if it happens at pre-professional levels to that degree, the playing days of the player suffering the trauma (hopefully) come to an immediate end. I was diagnosed with one concussion playing high school football; the next day, my parents made me turn in my pads and helmet. I had headaches for weeks but was otherwise fine. Did I want to play? Yeah. But my parents were smart enough to forbid it from that point forward. And on the other hand, even presuming it's a freak accident as you put it, why put people in a position where such freak accidents are any more likely than the proverbial lightning strike? But the truth is, these aren't freak accidents or lightning strikes. Darryl Stingley was not an accident. Dennis Byrd was not an accident. Mike Webster was not an accident. Dwight Clark was not an accident. Lou Creekmur was not an accident. Dave Duerson was not an accident. Frank Gifford was not an accident. Cookie Gilchrist was not an accident. Aaron Hernandez was not an accident. Jovan Belcher was not an accident. Rob Lytle was not an accident. John Mackey was not an accident. Ollie Matson was not an accident. Earl Morrall was not an accident. Junior Seau was not an accident. Ken Stabler was not an accident. Bubba Smith was not an accident. Justin Strzelczyk was not an accident. Andre Waters was not an accident. Mosi Tatupu was not an accident. They were 20 players who, either due to one-time hits or a lifetime of suffering head traumas directly related to playing football, had their lives either seriously compromised or cut short. Two of those people took innocent lives with them along the way before meeting their own demise. How much lightning has to strike?
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    Logo For Me

    Thought #1: Pick a case with the "JF." All upper or all lower, but pick one. Thought #2: Consider slanting the "JF" to the right to give a sense of forward motion. Thought #3: I'm not sure what the symbolism of the feather is intended to convey. If it isn't obvious it needs to be ditched - or made obvious. Thought #4: What is "Imagery" as you see it? When I think "imagery," the first thought that comes to my mind, honestly, is bull****."
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    Football and CTE

    Fair enough. I wasn't aware of that but I'll concede it as fact. But what does it mean? That you can play until you have two diagnosed concussions and then you're done? Where does that line get drawn? The point still remains - this poor bastard's brains are scrambled like my morning eggs, and he was a kicker, who I'm sure you'll concede had nominal contact compared to players at any other position (including punters). What does that say about the overall safety of the sport as a whole, then or now?
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    Football and CTE

    Woah, woah, woah... hold up a minute. Let's back up a minute here. Have you ever actually listened to a collegiate or professional football player, current or former, give an interview? Because if you have, you can clearly (and I mean clearly) tell which among them either (i) have received significant media relations training, (ii) have suffered significant brain trauma during the course of their careers, or (iii) neither. The first group usually wind up as part of the jockocracy or otherwise want to be in the broadcasting field once they're playing days are over (and kudos to them if they can get such gigs). The third group you don't hear much about because they spend their post-playing days doing things like managing beer distributorships, selling insurance or opening up car dealerships - none of which are that hard to excel at if you have a little bit of drive and initiative; but c'mon, there aren't any guys who've played in the NFL currently working at Sloan-Kettering. The middle group? That's the wider swath of professional players if they've played long enough. When you interview them they sound like Evander Holyfield and/or Riddick Bowe - guys whom you can easily document the progress of their brain trauma-induced dementia based solely on their ability to speak. In short, you're trying to paint with a very, very wide brush in an effort to put a coat over the flaws in the fine strokes here. As I've said before, I don't have a magic wand-like answer to what would make football safer as a sport, nor will I ever claim to. I don't think the 'safety hurdle' can be managed, in large part because we're not at all sure just how high that hurdle is yet. And evidently, you've no issue with risking the safety of children until the height of that hurdle can be clearly defined. I'm sorry, but I don't fall into that camp. I also notice that you've conveniently neglected to rebut my mention of Bjorn Nittmo. His story is, at absolute minimum, exceptionally strong circumstantial evidence that the game shouldn't be regulated - but outlawed, period - as he took ONE shot to the head in a game 30 years ago, and has been completely messed up since. Any such sport that puts you at such risk (and I'll include auto racing in this) should be considered for elimination. At minimum, others outside the parameters of the game's "family" need to step in, do a thorough and objective assessment of it, and determine how the game can be made safer - just as Theodore Roosevelt did 110 or so years ago. If that means the end of the kickoff? I'm fine by that. If that means players playing without pads and helmets so they realize how vulnerable they are rather than feeling invincible? I'm for that. But someone needs to step in, and to argue otherwise is folly.
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    Logo For Me

    Is it a stylized "H," an "HF, or maybe an "If?" Not to be critical, but I honestly cannot tell.
  14. Mac the Knife

    Football and CTE

    I was going to refer you generally to CTE studies in high school and collegiate players, but Gothamite (the passionate one on the subject) as I see has beaten me to it an cited it. "Studies aren't conclusive" are the exact same three words you hear from climate change deniers. And yet, you can measure, and feel whenever you go outside, the results of what those "inconclusive" studies put forth. I don't think anyone here disputes there are life lessons (apparently spelling lessons aren't among them, but I digress ) to be learned from the sport. I didn't play at any level beyond high school, but I can agree with you on the point. But I can also argue that there's not a single one of them that couldn't be taught in the environment of another sport; most of the lessons I learned from football proved easily translatable to baseball, for example - strategy, determination, focus, teamwork, the need for physical conditioning. But not one of those necessitated my crashing into another person deliberately; in fact, in baseball the opposite was emphasized, because if you did that in the outfield, you'd ****ed up. If you want to argue that there are life lessons that football teaches but other sports cannot? Please, make a specific case. So far no one's disputing the point with you; only that those lessons can be taught by other means, in other sports. Not necessarily an emotional narrative, @Gothamite , but one based on personal experience vs. those of others. It's simply being subjective vs. objective, and for anyone who encounters anything first-hand, it's a hard separation to make.
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    Football and CTE

    No disagreement here, except that I'm going to disagree with two-thirds of it. Players are going to do whatever they have to in order to play, in order to keep collecting paychecks for as long as they possibly can. And no matter what, if a team thinks a player's going to help them win, that player is going to play. Here's an example: Bjorn Nittmo. Nittmo was a journeyman kicker who came to America having never played contact football. He made the Giants roster, literally not really knowing what to do until he was on the field. Nittmo figured it out, but bounced around from team to team and league to league. In total, the guy suited up for 13 different teams in five different leagues ranging from the NFL to the Arena League. Over the course of his entire career, the total extent of his physical contact with an opposing player consisted of one tackle - one - made of a ball carrier in a preseason game while trying to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad. By all accounts, that one hit meanwhile had scrambled his brains for life. Amazingly, he'd go on to play for five more teams over eight years, throughout which he suffered severe memory loss and other issues caused by brain trauma. His teammates just thought he was forgetful when he'd kickoff, run off the field, then 3-4 minutes later ask a teammate if he was going to get into the game. His coaches thought him just another kicker when he behaved oddly. But he'd suffered permanent brain damage. Today, Bjorn Nittmo is a 52 year old vagabond, living somewhere in Arizona - no one's sure where, because he has a tendency to simply wander off for days, sometimes weeks on end. His wife divorced him over a decade ago after they went bankrupt due to his medical bills. On the rare occasions he sees his kids, he barely recognizes them and doesn't acknowledge his youngest is even his - because he doesn't remember the child being born. He barely remembers playing football at all. And his entire head trauma profile, related to football or anything else, came from one... single... hit. It can't be attributed to car accidents, playing soccer, or any meaningful football-related contact than that... one... hit. I agree that embracing technology is a good idea. But the other two suggestions are simply impractical without two other, significant changes, neither of which the NFL would go for: First - forget about the 53 man roster. Allow a 90 man Active List through a team's 4th regular season game, and a 75-man Active List and 15-player Inactive List (simply an "Inactive" designation, without the necessity of a reason - no "Injured Reserve," "Reserve - NFI" and what-not) from that point forward. Second (and frankly, one which I think DeMaurice Smith should go to the mattresses for, period) - fully guaranteed contracts. If you sign a guy? You pay him his full salary. If he's hurt playing for you? He deserves to be paid. If he's released? It's not his fault you signed him; pay him - or at least guarantee 50% of it in event of a release. If he retires? Okay, the team's off the hook for the salary. If I'm an injured player on a 90-man overall roster who's secure enough to know I'm going to collect a check? I may want to play, but the spectre of losing my job doesn't loom so large that I'm going to risk permanent injury, be it brain trauma or a torn meniscus or whatever. And my coaches, having a significantly larger depth chart to work with, aren't going to worry nearly as much about my sitting out a week or even a month due to concussion symptoms. And if as a result of my injury someone else takes my starting spot? I'm still getting paid, though I'm likely to be traded somewhere down the road or perhaps even released. But so what? Better that than to someday be a Mike Webster, Dave Duerson, Junior Seau or Bjorn Nittmo.