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

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Wherever, as long as it's out there for those of us who don't know Reddit from Redd Foxx... And I understand. You've got to have your priorities in order. Chickens and ribs trump online lists, 10 times out of 10.
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    Carolina Hurricanes Unveil New Black Third Uniform

    Honestly, anything that differs from the "swirling coughdrop" I consider an improvement.
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    NLL Expansion 2018

    I used to have a real issue with the idea of an ownership group holding two franchises in different sports. In learning more about the business of sports, I realize that if anything it actually makes sense to do so. I used to have an issue with the idea of an ownership group holding two franchises in the same league. But now I look at it much in the way I do something like MLS, UFC or a circus production - sports is an entertainment product. The only difference is that it has a competitive element involved. As long as there can be a separation with respect to that competitive element (i.e., team general managers having autonomy in dealing with players, making trades, etc.), there's no reason not to allow it save one: that if that ownership group suddenly pulls out, the league has double the risk exposure to its survival or reputation. Having Buffalo and Rochester under the same ownership umbrella could only help NLL - the Pegulas could take the rivalry on the floor to new heights, all the while raking in the bucks on both sides.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    The markets for XFL will depend a lot on whether or not they can land a terrestrial television contract, and if so the extent of that contract. If they land an AAF-like deal where the network's taking a flyer with no risk whatsoever... or if there are no TV takers at all? They can go anywhere they want. If they score an actual, old-school, "the network's going to play at least one game every week plus your playoff games" deal, be it for a fixed sum or a percentage of ad revenue? They're going to almost have to go into some top ten markets. The only market that the XFL could balk on that would absolutely surprise me is New York. Meanwhile if they have a Los Angeles or Las Vegas team, that would surprise me to an equal degree. If I'm picking the eight, I'd have two lists of cities, based on the ability to sell a TV rights package: With a TV package, I go into Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, New York and San Jose. I also go head-to-head with AAF in any two of Orlando, San Antonio and/or San Diego. Without a TV package, I drop Chicago and Indianapolis, replacing them with Oklahoma City and Omaha, mostly for sake of a national imprint but also because I think those cities are comparatively untapped at the professional level. Louisville would probably be a good market, but it's a completely untested one for any professional sport dating back the past 43 years (Kentucky Colonels, ABA). No one has any concrete metrics for the market on which they would be willing to take that kind of risk as part of a single-entity model. If it were someone in Louisville wanting to start a franchise in a league, though? I for one would give 'em a shot. Right now. Go for it. Oh I'd bet thanks to dragging out the whole city announcements for sake of drama, they have a substantial lead. Perhaps as many as 3 or 4 dozen...
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    As an old geezer who's not up on whatever this is, I gotta ask: WTF?
  6. Mac the Knife

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    That's presuming you ever reach the point of expansion. But having Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington out of the initial lineup of teams is a serious risk.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    So the AAF lineup is set: Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego. An interesting group of cities, but it's not really a national league with no markets north of Memphis east of the Mississippi River, no?
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    NLL Expansion 2018

    That shouldn't be that big a sticking point. Some kind of accommodation could be made. A San Jose Sharks-like split, perhaps.
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    NLL Expansion 2018

    I think the concept of restricting ownership to a single team is a little outdated, provided there are adequate safeguards in place to prevent competition issues. I'm betting on Halifax being expansion and the Pegulas taking over Rochester. Of course I don't know anything, but if I had to guess the best route to take, that'd be it.
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    CCSLC Championship Ring Thread

    I didn't have a dog in the Eagles-Patriots game back in February, but I will say this much: that Eagles ring is unquestionably better looking than whatever POS the Patriots would've had designed for them.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Well, they'd be one in the same essentially, but yeah.
  12. Mac the Knife

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Actually I think it should go one step beyond and be an Illegal Contact penalty - 10 yards from the spot of the foul.
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    NLL Expansion 2018

    There wasn't one in the first place, evidently. That's a product of the old 19th century baseball owners who cannibalized one team for sake of another. Nowadays leagues have things in place that prevent such things (commissioner veto of trades and player transactions, dispersal drafts in the event of a franchise disbanding, etc.)
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    There's some ridiculousness in these, but there's also some things worth considering. Getting rid of punts is a bad idea, as is going "Arena style" with fourth down rules. I'm also opposed to eliminating field goals. Extra point kicks, however? I honestly think could be replaced by a simple, and far more exciting system, taking a small page from the XFL: scoring teams try via one scrimmage down for 1 point from the 5, 2 from the 15, and 3 from the 25. That would make a 9-point gap surmountable instead of the 8 of today (and the 7 of the pre-1994 era). If a defensive return occurs, those point values are reversed - if the offense was trying for 1 point, the defense would get 3; if the offense was trying for 2, the defensive team would get 2; and if the offense was trying for 3, the defense would get 1 for a return. I completely agree that the CFL's one-yard LOS gap would improve safety. I have absolutely no data to support it, but something inherently tells me that it's safer than what the NFL has. It'd make 3rd-and-1 or 4th-and-1's almost certain first downs, but for sake of safety that's a trade worth making. One fundamental rule change I think I've advocated elsewhere here is to simply redefine what a "tackle" is. It's currently written in the book as: Meanwhile, the NCAA book provides a different definition: The NFL needs to adopt the NCAA definition, if not expound upon it.