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  1. ltp74

    Panthers to Replace NFL Shield with Logo at Mid-Field

    The past few years they've had the Steelers logo at the 50 all season, for Pitt games they paint it white and add the script Pitt.
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    Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    A Unitas-Bradshaw-Marino transition would have never happened in that scenario, if the Steelers have Unitas in 1969 they don't go 1-13 and get the #1 pick in the draft which they used to select Bradshaw. The trade that gave the Bears the third pick in the 1965 Draft was more of an economic move than a bonehead move, Art Rooney didn't have the cash to compete in the war with the AFL for draft picks, that's why they traded out of the first round in 1961, 1963, and 1965. If the Steelers keep the 1965 pick Butkus is most likely a Bronco.
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    Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    I think the Steelers make it to and win Super Bowl XIX and then lose a close one to the Bears in Super Bowl XX. After that I think Marino has a similar career to the one he had in Miami and never makes it back to the big game, with Marino the Steelers don't go 6-10 in 1986 so no Rod Woodson and without him those 90's teams aren't as good on the other side of the ball. One thing that needs to be factored in is the pressure that would have been on Dan Marino if he played for the Steelers, the local press was really vicious towards him when he had a so so senior season at Pitt and I can't imagine how bad it would be if he had a similar season with the Steelers. On the Steelers beating the 49ers in SBXIX, remember the only loss the 49ers had that year was against the Steelers and Chuck Noll's defenses had always been able to shut down the Paul Brown/Bill Walsh "West Coast" offense.
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    Stars and Stripes Across MLB, Patriotic Uniforms for July 2-3-4

    This! As a Pirates fan a black cap with the P from the 4th caps would look slick, no need for the bright red. All of the jerseys are ugly and unnecessary, just wear standard uniforms and throw a US Flag patch on one sleeve, a 4th of July patch on the other and be done with it.
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    Vince McMahon isn’t going to keep throwning money at the XFL if things look dire or even if it looks like it’ll take a long long time to turn a profit. McMahon is a egotistical nut job but he’s still a businessman, he cut his losses with the WBF, WWF New York, trying to promote boxing and backed off funding the WWF Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, he’ll do the same with XFL2.0 if he feels it reaches that point.
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    What is the interest for new sports?

    It was invented in 1935 by Leo Seltzer and famed sportswriter Damon Runyon helped Seltzer come up with the rules, that version of the sport quickly evolved into “Sports Entertainment” with pre-determined outcomes. The teams were coed and they alternated between men and women each quarter, usually men in the 1st and 4th and women in the 2nd and 3rd. Roller Derby was based in San Francisco and run by Leo’s son Gerry and Roller Games was based in Los Angeles and much more like pro wrestling. Flat Track Roller Derby is totally legit and only has a few similarities to the old version, there’s legit banked track in Texas and California too.
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    What is the interest for new sports?

    The biggest issue any "new" sport is going to have in breaking through with the general public is familiarity. Baseball, Football and Basketball are the most viewed sports in the US and have been played in organized, schoolyard and backyard varieties for 150ish years(baseball) and 100ish years(football and basketball). Soccer has grown in main stream popularity over the past 30 years due to more people playing it as kids/teenagers. Ice Hockey is still considered a "regional sport" by some but has grown due to people from cold weather regions moving to cities with a warmer climate and bringing their fandom with them, that's why you have youth and beer leagues in places like Arizona and Florida. Sports like Tennis, Golf and Bowling are done all over the US for fun and when it comes to attending a live event its usually just die hard fans going and when it comes to watching on TV most viewers have played the sport sometime in there life. With a new sport you don't have any of that and it's going to take a lot of time for it to grow, now it might not be 100 years but as I stated in my earlier post modern Roller Derby has gone from 20 to 30 people playing it in 2002 to it being played all over the world by both Women and Men in 2018.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    Makes sense to wear these for at least the next two seasons so they can celebrate the Super Bowl XIII and XIV teams, do the Batman jerseys for a few seasons then bring these back with the Bicentennial patch from Super Bowl X for 2025 & 2026.
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    What is the interest for new sports?

    I'm very involved in what can be considered a "New Sport" I coach Flat Track Roller Derby, been doing it since 2010! The sport started in Austin, TX in 2002 and has been organically growing ever since, the only relation it has with the Pro Wrestling style banked track "Roller Derby" that pretty much died off in the 1970's is the name and concept of a jammer scoring a point for each opponent they lap. There's no big money backers of the sport, it's a total "Do it Yourself" operation and in 16 years grew from around 20 people to over 450ish Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association(WFTDA) member leagues and 45 National Teams. People all over the world are playing the sport(I coached in 2 World Cups) but there's barely any traditional tv exposure, mainly due to it being more of a participation sport, 90% female and very much associated with the LGBTQ community. ESPN showed a tape delayed broadcast of this past falls WFTDA Championships, they've been showing it on ESPN3 for a few years and BBC Sport showed live the final game of this years World Cup, all of those are a significant feather in the sports cap. Besides those instances everything broadcast wise is done in house by the WFTDA or event organizer, it's harder to attract new fans that way but the footage ends up on YouTube so we can direct people that way.
  10. When will people understand that Bettman isn't some dictator who is the only one making decisions, he does what the owners tell him to do just like John Ziegler and Clarence Campbell did. The NHL left ESPN because Comcast offered them more money to be on OLN\Versus\NBCSN, the NHL did the same thing in the early 80's when they left USA Network for ESPN and in the late 80's when they left ESPN for Sports Channel America.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    I can see them making it about celebrating the 1978 or 1979 team, wouldn’t be shocked if they conviced Terry Bradshaw to show up again so they can officially retire his number.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    Selling jerseys is the only reason they do this. Odds are it's the Batman jersey but I can see them doing one of the gold with black numbers jerseys they wore in the 1930's.
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    2018 NFL Offseason

    The anthem protests are going to be a big story this fall no matter what the NFL does or doesn't do, the current President and his politcal party are going to be making it an issue for the mid-term elections.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I think Ebersol is moving faster because he wants to take advantage of the sports betting ruling, if he's up and running next year as states get their sports books online he'll be the only one running the sport everyone likes to bet on while the NFL and NCAA are in the off seasons. McMahon is bringing back the XFL due to his ego, the thought that live events equal ratings then big tv contracts and that the Trump voters will flock to his league because he's forcing his players to stand for the National Anthem. McMahon and the XFL name has a 747 worth of baggage associated with it, there's no way that Ebersol or anyone starting up a spring league could have any association with them.
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    2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    That schools had the book thrown at the by the NCAA for donors buying clothes, meals, plane tickets for parents and so on, while Michigan gets away with all expenses paid vacations for the football team is hilarious.