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  1. Say it ain't so, Joe

    Possible parallel involving Michigan State Gymnastics. Not as high-profile but just as awful. http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2017/12/04/schuette-tells-msu-he-wants-internal-nassar-investto-turn-over-findings-nassar-internal-investigatio/921222001/ Obviously, PSU provided no precedent to really do anything culture-changing. Just more evidence that an organization's reputation comes first and that any group of people is capable of collective denial.
  2. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    But with over 100 teams playing 12 games, schedule integrity is not possible. Randomness happens in scheduling and Georgia was able to add a quality win. There can’t be an assumption that Bama would have won that game.
  3. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Wow...we have a ball game but if Barrett can connect on one of those bombs we won’t.
  4. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    The fourth team is going to be a weak link. Bama’s schedule and a bunch of two-loss teams. I don’t know how Iowa drubbed OSU but the did and it would be strange to see OSU get in.
  5. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Wisconsin’s success and top-rated D was a function of its schedule. #fraud
  6. New Orleans Saints - A Uniform Odyssey

    That photo two posts above this one seems to have inconsistency between thick and thin numbers. Unfortunately, there are no same digits to compare, but 46 and 42 (I think) seem to have thinner numbers than 31 and the guy in the jacket (X5). EDIT: That seemed familiar...so I went back and saw it addressed in the first post of the thread. So I'll add a couple of unpopular opinions... 1. Those black helmets are terrific. I wish they'd stuck with them. 2. I don't think this is the best the saints have looked...particularly with some of the quirks with number font and helmet stripes (white-only, or too-wide white). I'd go with something like the mid-1990s: http://www.gridiron-uniforms.com/GUD/images/1996_NewOrleans.png?6181. The Saints are one of a very few teams (the Lions comes to mind) for whom I did not like the uniforms when I was a kid and I love them now. Not really sure why. With both the Saints and Lions, they were just "blah" to me in the 1980s. Maybe i liked a flashier helmet logo or had not developed the appreciation I now have for the basic "three-stripe" helmet stripe pattern (which I wish the Lions had brought back), whatever the case, the Saints, without changing the essence of their identity slowly crept up the list for me. The helmet logo is a home run (as is the full design with the stripes; though it would be better if it were black). and the colors are great. Similarly, Bubbles the Lion is great and Honolulu blue and silver is a terrific combo. I don't tend to change too much, even going back to childhood, so maybe it's because those were not very good teams back in the 1980s (though I loved the Bucco Bruce Bucs, so who knows...).
  7. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    I love Herm. He was also closer than anyone at ESPN to "getting it" on the whole Penn State debacle (to paraphrase: "This is not an office issue; there's no office protocol. When you see that, go to the authorities.") If I had a kid going to play college football, particularly one in danger of veering off the straight an narrow, Herm's the kind of guy I'd want coaching him. That said, he's 63 hasn't coached anywhere in almost ten years and hasn't been on a college staff in nearly 30. It's kind of a strange hire. I'd like it better if he were 15 years younger.
  8. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    I'm reading that everywhere. This doesn't seem like something a mob could pull off...the reason for this may very well be that they don't want to be attached to the PSU scandal. If they are upset about the caliber of coach, then their expectations may be out of line. Schiano did some pretty good things at Rutgers, of all places. Gruden's not coming. This is a very interesting case...particularly for some of us who feel so strongly about the PSU scandal. We believe in innocent until proven guilty so it's hard to really throw Schiano under the bus based on one story from McQueery; a story that could be false or mis-remembered. If I were a part of the hiring at Tennessee, I'd not have hired him. Ultimately, that may be unfair to him, but I have to look out for my program. That said, Tennessee could not have handled this worse if they'd set out to do so. What a mess. They did not do their due diligence (I think Currie has said he did not know that Schiano had even been at Penn State) and then made is worse by letting their fans tell them what to do. That sets a dangerous precedent. Whoever they get now probably won't be as good as Schiano, so I hope that the backlash was about the Penn State connection, because if it was about football, the fans shot themselves in the foot.
  9. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Pitt has an impact for the second year in a row.
  10. Uniwatch story on the Vikings' original uniform

    That is interesting. Maybe the design wasn't lost at that time. Maybe the Vikings had a copy that's sitting in a landfill it was dumped in during the mob to the Metrodome.
  11. Uniwatch story on the Vikings' original uniform

    Fascinating story. As another Viking fan, I'm not sure how interested the rest of us will be, but I thought this was really interesting and I knew none of it. It's really amazing that this one link to this history hung on the designer's wall for decades while the rest of the world had no idea. I'm glad the daughter ended up sharing it with the Vikings. Almost nobody had any idea that the University of Washington inspired the colors. And that the horns may (there seems to be no confirmation either way) have been inspired by a Rams fan.
  12. Championship Preferences

    I'm with you here. NFL/MLB evolved to essentially merge two competing leagues with similar coverage. NHL/NBA did not really do that. East/West makes sense in those leagues, but what MLB and the NFL are doing makes sense as well. I don't know the "soccer" model, but I assume you mean that the playoffs are essentially conference-free. The WNBA started this a couple of years ago (perhaps so Minnesota and LA could end up in the finals? Which they have both years). I'd probably find a similar change in any of the "big 4" to be jarring. But starting fresh? I dunno...I like the idea of two conferences setting up historic finals rivalries (Celtics/Lakers) and even seemingly annual playoff rivalries (Bulls/Pistons of the late 1980s, etc.) but there probably is more "integrity" to skipping conferences (see Big Ten divisions).
  13. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    Miami's NOB font stinks. But everything else looks great.
  14. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    If the Cavs keep playing like this and take a first- or second-round exit from the playoffs, the "effort" (combined with the one title and, I hope, no "The Decision") should make people much more forgiving when LeBron leaves.
  15. Now that we are close to having LA teams, I am surprised there is no thread in this forum on what they may look like. Is there any way we are looking at an identity overhaul? I'd say it's unlikely, particularly given the three teams we are talking about.. Both the Rams and Raiders have history in LA (so do the Chargers, but not as memorable). It would be really odd to see the Rams, who've been the Rams since, what the 30s (?), change names. I don't think whatever sympathy there is for St. Louis will cause much momentum for a Cleveland Deal, thanks to the history in LA, the lacking certainty that St. Louis will have a team again, and the lack of "lunchpail/blue collar fan" reputation. The Raiders also have LA history and while they've had a rough decade plus, their brand has historical importance. I think their brand would stay the same not only if they moved to LA but to San Antonio or London. Also, like St. Louis, there will be nothing near a guarantee that Oakland will ever get another team. San Diego is the most likely to overhaul, but probably still unlikely. Given the proximity of San Diego to LA, they may even retain some fans. Plus it's a brand that's been around for 50 years or so and, once again, no Cleveland Deal is likely for San Diego. Truth is, I don't like the identity (curved lightning bolts?) but I certainly don't want to see it change, diminishing those 50 years and resulting in something likely to be worse. I have no horse in the race, so as a neutral fan, I'd like to see the names remain the same, and the identities essentially the same. Predictions: If Raiders move: No identity change save for "Oakland" to "Los Angeles." If Rams move: No name change. The horns stay. Move to the old blue/yellow scheme (60%). Otherwise, stay with current look (35%) or move to old blue/white scheme (5%) If Chargers move: No name change. The bolts stay on the helmet. Stay with current look (80%). Otherwise go to some old look (15%) or a new variation of the "bolts" (5%) Any thoughts?
  16. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    The Big Ten is probably done in the national title race unless Wisconsin ( who is not very good) can run the table and some other stuff happens.
  17. NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    The T-Wolves haven't looked great, but two losses were without Butler and they are actually closing out close games, which has been a problem since late in the (real) KG era.
  18. 2017 NFL Season

    It's been said that Teddy Bridgewater was not that far away from losing a leg. https://nesn.com/2016/09/was-teddy-bridgewater-in-danger-of-losing-leg-after-severe-knee-injury/ That's frightening to think about. I've never heard of that happening with a football injury (doesn't mean that hasn't, of course). But these happened at NFL facilities. I'm sure there are plenty of high schoolers who'd have lost their legs.
  19. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    And that turned out to be huge.
  20. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Not sure how Barnes took second carrying those giant balls.
  21. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/tulsa-td-taken-off-board-after-premature-celebration-1819931426 TD taken away for premature celebration.
  22. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    What I like best about Wazzu is their colors. The absence of gray hurts this look.
  23. Inspired by the other thread... What unique things that maybe "regular" fans don't notice do you really like? I have a couple: 1. I noticed this when I was a kid, but it seems under the radar overall...that the Cubs use a patch rather than a decal on their batting helmets. 2. The Wild nod to the North Stars with (what some people think is) the North Star in its logo Any others?
  24. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Smart money is on CC and the Yankees. But they have struggled on the road.
  25. My Vision for the Future of the NBA

    They'd certainly have more playoff appearances if this happened. That aside, I've always wanted this just to create potential rivalries with closer opponents but especially to they'll play fewer late games.