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About B-Rich

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  1. True, but it looks those homes are zero-lot line (i.e. no side yard), so if you slipped down that gabled roof, you wouldn't fall off the roof, just stop where the peaked roof adjoins the adjacent flat roof.
  2. The Bad Pun Thread

    Woman walks into a bar, asks the bartender for a double entendre'. So, he gave it to her.
  3. Useless sports logos trivia

      Similar to the old subway series in New York, there was also the "BART" World Series in 1989 between Oakland and San Francisco.
  4. A Game Show Thread

    Once you agree to go to the in-person auditions/interviews, they send you paper work that you return before the interview/audition, where you have to write a paragraph of (IIRC) five of those.   Just for those who may be new or forgot, I was on Jeopardy! about a year and a half ago, and posted a bunch of info about the process and my experience in this thread: This is Jeopardy!.   I still watch daily, and with the level of questions these days I wish I could try out again, maybe with a disguise and a fake name-- like in the Deion Sanders "Leon Sandcastle" commercial:  https://youtu.be/uYJv4iPzMVo    
  5. Defunct League Omnibus

      Good answer, Mac, but I think it'd be a little different  (by the way, this was covered about 4 years ago in a similar thread): http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/81539-the-what-if-thread/?page=1   What we know at the time of the trial:   By the time of the anti-trust trial, there were only nine (9) franchises left, and the USFL had tentative plans to play with only 8 franchises in the fall (the Chicago franchise, owned by Eddie Einhorn, was going to remain on hiatus as they were in 1985).  The league was set up thus:   Independence Division 1. Arizona Outlaws 2. Jacksonville Bulls(merged with Denver Gold) 3. Orlando Renegades 4. Tampa Bay Bandits   Liberty Division 5. Baltimore Stars 6. Birmingham Stallions 7. Memphis Showboats 8. New Jersey Generals(merged with Houston Gamblers)   9. Chicago (franchise owned by Eddie Einhorn on hiatus)   Now, as we all know, the jury in the case declared the NFL a "duly adjudicated illegal monopoly," and found that the NFL had willfully acquired and maintained monopoly status through predatory tactics. But, the jury awarded the USFL only one dollar in nominal damages, which was tripled under antitrust law to three dollars. It later emerged that the jury incorrectly assumed that the judge could increase the award.   What if the jury did not rely on that incorrect assumption, and in fact decided to award the USFL a considerable amount of money, say something in the realm of $100-200 million, which then automatically trebled to $300-600 million? Let's say for arguments sake that happened. At that standpoint, rather than paying the damages directly to the USFL and allowing them (now flush with cash) to proceed on a fall schedule directly opposite the NFL, the NFL may have brokered a deal to allow a certain number of USFL teams into the league in lieu of paying the league the trebled fines. The New Orleans Saints were sold in 1985 for just over $70 million, so with that as a baseline franchise value, one could assume this could enable the horse-trading to begin. On that,  Mac and I are on the same page.   I would assume that not all of the nine remaining franchises would get in. Clearly, Tampa Bay and Birmingham, who were on shaky ground anyway, would be offered financial compensation to fold (especially Tampa Bay, which would have gone head to head with the Buccaneers).  Orlando probably would have been offered a similar deal due to them being a 4th Florida franchise and a relatively small market too close to Tampa Bay.  Arizona, Memphis, and Jacksonville were new markets for the NFL and likely could have made the jump.  Baltimore would be a replacement for the recently departed Colts.   Then is the point where Mac and I differ.   Einhorn and Trump were the prime movers behind the suit and move to fall; there was no way that they would get left out of the deal to be in the NFL.  Chicago would get a second NFL franchise (not named the Blitz; Einhorn had already stated he was going to change the name - http://www.nytimes.com/1984/05/31/sports/einhorn-heads-usfl-team.html).    And the NFL owners would have to swallow hard and let Trump's New Jersey Generals in as a third NY-area franchise.  Of course the horse trading would include territorial infringements payments to the NY and Chicago franchises and other details.   Maybe a financial deal works out like this. Let's say the jury award was halfway between $300 and $600 million - $450 million. Each of the nine franchises would thus be entitled to $50 million without a merger deal. Remaining 6 teams pay $50 million each to 3 teams (Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Birmingham) to go away ($25 million per each remaining team).   NFL allows remaining 6 teams into NFL  with no "expansion fee". Trump: pays $25 million each to Jets and Giants for infringement. Einhorn: pays $25 million to Bears for territorial infringement. So, Trump gets an NY franchise in the NFL for "going rate" ($75 million cash outlay), Einhorn gets in for less ($50 million outlay) and the other 4 get in for peanuts ($25 million outlay), while the NFL is out NO CASH.   Of course, this would have meant an immediate 6 team expansion of the NFL to an unwieldy 34 teams. At the time, the NFL had six divisions, so a quick fix for the first season would probably have been to assign one team to each division as such:   AFC: East Buffalo Bills NY Jets New England Patriots Miami Dolphins Indianapolis Colts Baltimore Stars   Central Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals Houston Oilers Chicago (Fire?)   West LA Raiders Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs Memphis Showboats   NFC East Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles NY Giants Dallas Cowboys St. Louis Cardinals New Jersey Generals   Central Minnesota Vikings Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jacksonville Bulls   West San Francisco 49ers LA Rams Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints Arizona Outlaws   Over time, the league may have been reconfigured to a 4 division set up with a 4-4-4-5 set up in each conference, but that's another story. What would this have entailed over time? Chronologically, this:   1. St. Louis Cardinals would not have moved to Arizona.  Eventually, they may have threatened to move to--- Charlotte. 2. Jim Kelly doesn't play for the Bills; they do not go to 4 Super Bowls. 3. The expansion of 1995 does not occur. This may be the time frame when the Cardinals (if they never get a stadium) move to Charlotte. 4. The Raiders likely move back to Oakland, but the Rams move to St.Louis is much more unlikely. 5. The Browns do not move to Baltimore to become the Ravens, and are not replaced with an expansion/replacement franchise. 6. With a team in Tennessee, the Oilers are unlikely to move to Nashville.
  6. 2015 NFL Season-Now with Playoff Talk

    Silly taglines for the Super Bowl:   New England vs. Arizona: The Northeast vs. Southwest Super Bowl New England vs. Carolina: Super Bowl XXXVIII Redux Arizona vs. Denver: The Mountain Time Zone Teams' Super Bowl Denver vs. Carolina: The "John Fox was our coach the the last time we were here" Super Bowl.        
  7. Sports Degrees of Separation

      You can skip Greg Jennings; Brett Favre played with Adrian Peterson on the 2009-10 Vikings.
  8. Very good article there.  
  9. Wherein We Discuss Theme Parks

    Actually, Harry Potter opened in 2010, not 2008. They kept announcing they would open "Spring 2010", which my daughters were happy about, as we already had a extended family vacation scheduled in Orlando to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in late May of that year. We figured it would be open by then. Of course it wasn't open when late May came around, but we went to Islands of Adventure anyway. Walking around, we saw several people carrying bottles of Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice, and as we got closer to where the Harry Potter section was, we saw in the distance people riding the Dragon ride and such. We went to the entrance to the section, where the staff members told me that for those staying on-site at Universal hotels, there was a "soft" opening going on in the mornings until noon, with an earlier opening time as well (an hour before the regular park opened). We quickly turned our one-day passes into two-day passes and got a one-night room for the Royal Pacific, and checked it out the next morning, with relatively small crowds. Glad we did-- I've heard once it opened to all, it's been a madhouse and the WORST line waits ever. By the way, they did make "Spring 2010"-- astronomical spring, as the park opened on June 18th, a few days before the summer solstice.
  10. Teams with Mascots that Don't Match Their Nicknames

    St. Louis, King of France - crusader: St. Michael the Archangel is often depicted as wearing some form of armor and brandishing a sword.
  11. Ranking the Teams You Hate (All Sports)

    1. 2. Atlanta Falcons 3. New England Patriots 4. Florida State Seminoles 5. New York Yankees 6. Minnesota Vikings 7. Any team from Chicago 8. Notre Dame 9. Dallas Cowboys 10. Oregon
  12. Actually, Carroll Rosenbloom died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean surf outside his beach house at Golden Beach, Florida. And despite the rumors of foul play, there was a witness to his death, a French-Canadian tourist named Raymond Tanguey, who saw Rosenbloom 150 yards out to sea screaming for help and tried to save him, but by the time he got to Rosenbloom he had been face-down in the water for about 5 minutes. The Golden Beach police department had been called and arrived while Tanguey and Rosenbloom were still far out in the water. By the time the police were able to get Tanguey and Rosenbloom's body back to shore, they were about 150 yards north along the beach due to the heavy seas and cross-current. Also according to his son, Steve, "Carroll was never a good swimmer." (The League, p. 372-375).
  13. Yeah, I did leave that out, but since you brought it up, I will expand (not speculate) upon it. After Jacksonville made the first cut, the Jacksonville City Council refused to agree to Weaver's demand that the City (not the team) finance any cost overruns on a major stadium renovation. Weaver bowed out in July 1993, but the City continued their bid. In late August, Jacksonville's city council caved. It agreed to pay up to $121 million for stadium renovation and practice fields, plus more for concession workers and ticket takers. Even then, Weaver announced he wouldn't go back to making a bid until local businesses bought 10,000 season tickets at $1,500 apiece. They did, and so he came back on as potential owner. You don't think the NFL owners and Paul Tagliabue didn't notice and appreciate that kind of bargaining with the local government? Many articles back in the day (they are on the net; you can look them up) said that the NFL and Tagliabue "prodded" him to rejoin as potential owner. The book "Glory for Sale: Fans Dollars and the New NFL" provides a great deal of behind-the-scenes insight on the expansion process and Weaver/Jacksonville's eventual selection for the last NFL slot. One line was telling: "Afterwards, owners cited several factors for their votes. The potential of the Jacksonville market was appealing, they said, but so, too, was franchise owner Wayne Weaver. Weaver was viewed as a strong addition to the league and a future leader." (p. 194) ... I also had a whole file of articles and clippings on the 1993 expansion which I lost in Katrina. I can't find confirmation online, but I swear I remember reading that at one point NFL officials tried to get him to go as owner of St. Louis or Baltimore; they wanted him that bad.
  14. Good link, dfwabel. And thanks for having my back, Admiral.