Jungle Jim

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  1. Why do the Cowboys find it necessary to outline the numbers on their blue jerseys but not on their white jerseys? The outlines ruin it for me.
  2. I've never been a Patriots "fan". It's just that, at any given time, there are other teams (other than your favorite) that you prefer to see succeed over others. The Patriots used to be one of those teams. That list changes for me from one decade or era to the next, based on the people involved, or perhaps based on negative experiences involving my favorite team (a heartbreaking loss in an important game, for example). It may be players, coaches, or even owners. For example, they were never "my" team, but I liked the Cowboys of the Tex Schramm / Tom Landry era. (So, I don't dislike a franchise just because they're successful.) Today, I root against Dallas because of Jerry Jones.
  3. Regarding inter conference play, others have already pointed out that each AFC team plays each NFC team only every four years, but a given NFC team plays in a given AFC city only every eight years. I'm in the Cincinnati market, and I know that there is a lot of excitement among fans of the Bears, Packers, Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys when they make their once-every-eight-years visit to Paul Brown Stadium. Competitive issues aside, I think it beats adding more games against the Titans, Jaguars, etc..
  4. You make excellent points and they're difficult to counter or refute. I assume that divisions were began to provide more games with a set of opponents within a limited geographical area, thus cutting down on travel. But that is nothing more than an assumption. Whether or not that is still needed in this era of faster and more comfortable travel is another discussion, I guess. I just see the division winners plus wildcards as a nice balance, providing two paths to the postseason. Perhaps the success of wildcard teams in the NFL and MLB is evidence that those teams deserved their chance. Then again, perhaps it only proved that they got hot at the right time, I don't know. I guess I'd rather take the chance on an "undeserving" team getting in than to take the chance that a really good team got sent home because they happened to be in the wrong division. To me, it's worth it, but I can understand why some would disagree.
  5. I'm from the Lexington area, so I've heard the chatter. There's more to this than the fact that the name is gender specific. A stallion is, of course, a non-castrated male horse whose purpose in life is to breed. But it also refers in slang to a male human with, shall we say, sexual prowess. I don't blame any high school girl if she doesn't want to wear a jersey with a term that has either of those definitions or connotations associated with it. Some of the people who wanted it changed have cited that as the reason, not just that the term referred to a male animal. Yes, the term "Stallions" has been used for decades. I think there are actually a couple elementary schools in the area that use it. In some cases, where there are decades of tradition or whatever, there's more room to be sympathetic to those who don't want to see the name go by the wayside. And, I agree the political correctness has gone too far in the world in recent years, but there's also the thing of just simply being respectful of the feelings of others. In this case, we're talking about a name that had been in existence for about 24 hours. Why christen a brand new high school and it's sports programs with controversy right out of the gate? (horse racing pun not intended) As for the male-centric names that have been around for decades, like I said, there are many (most?) cases where changing it will cause all sorts of unrest. But it has always "intrigued" me (for lack of a better term) that the female teams have to be referred to as "Lady ____". Even when it's not combined with a male-centric name, which makes no sense, why does the "Lady" have to be in front of the female names but "Gentlemen" is not used in front of the male team names?
  6. I don't get it. It would look as good as most other team's helmets, and certainly better than the flaming thumbtack thing. That thing is an asymmetrical mess.
  7. I didn't really want to come out and say this, but no, I don't like them because Belichick is an ass and Brady is...well...just Brady. (Nothing against the rest of the team or the fans.) I thought my last sentence explained the psychology behind my preference. The Pat Patriots uniforms remind me of a team I used to like. The current uniforms remind me of a team I don't like. The reasons are secondary.
  8. I would counter that a second-place team that finishes 12-4 is more deserving than a division winner that finishes 9-7, 8-8, 7-8-1, or 7-9. There have been division winners with all four of those records.
  9. To some extent, that describes me (the part in parentheses). The Patriots of the Steve Grogan era were likable, probably my favorite team in the AFC East. The current era, not so much, mainly because of the presence of Brady and Belichick. That they are a dynasty doesn't help, either. When I see Pat, I'm reminded of a team I used to like.
  10. That sleek Jets logo is so much better than what they used before and since. I've never understood the love for the oval, other than nostalgia. I'd also like to see the Dolphins go back, but without the navy.
  11. I see game-used Cincinnati Reds jerseys (of lesser known players, of course) on ebay for noticeably less than a new authentic. I assume the same is true for all teams, although I haven't looked. I know many don't want to wear jerseys of obscure players, though.
  12. My choices are... AFC: Oakland and Kansas City NFC: Green Bay and Dallas So, any combination that includes these teams. New England, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, and Seattle all looked better in the 1980s than they do today, and all would have been good choices if they'd left well enough alone. I haven't liked Pittsburgh, NY Giants, or Houston in any era.
  13. I'm always intrigued when people complain about the cost of non-essential items. Somewhat related, I know a guy who is a cattleman, and he once complained about the high cost of sporting event tickets while, during the same conversation, rejoiced that beef prices were through the roof.
  14. I love those, but I'd widen the yellow outlines. They're difficult to see.
  15. When I first saw the dark gray and gold suggestion, I was "Meh". After seeing the photo of gray and yellow together, I love it. Base the helmet on the one below and you've got a winner. Pays tribute to the best era of the franchise while bringing a fresh look that's unique.