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Also, in regards to the whole Luck/Colts thing: it may have flown under the radar, but imo the Colts have operated at a Browns-level of top to bottom franchise ineptitude. The only difference is they've had one coach and QB through the whole ordeal. Think about it. Grigson's struggles as a GM, Irsay's drug problem, Pagano's crippling ineffectiveness as a coach, the fact that they put one of football's best QBs behind a paper bag of an offensive line for years, and now basically straight up lying to their fans. This is bad. 

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Thursday football is dumb. Especially when the Bills keep losing in New York.

 

No team should play on Thursday unless it's after a bye week. I'm sure it'd be hard to schedule that, but if the NFL is going to keep Thursday games (and I don't think they are), they ought to help the teams maximize their ability to show up.

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I feel like we should have 4 Thursday games. The Opening Night Kickoff for the defending Champ, and three games on Thanksgiving (Lions, Cowboys and a Thursday Night game).

 

Also, if we have to keep the whole "every team plays on Thursday Night" thing/rule, then the Lions and Cowboys should not have to play a Thursday game twice a season because of the Thanksgiving Day game.

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Isn't this the third straight year the Bills lost to the Jets on Thursday? They should petition to the league offices to have them play a different team on Thursday in the future (get real guys, the league is too money hungry to end TNF).

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I have always been under the impression that to drum up interest in the Thursday night games, it was supposed to be divisional match-ups. And while some of them are, you have things like last weeks Miami/Baltimore, week 4's Pats/Bucs, and a few other ones that are just random matchups. 

 

My idel scenario would have a divisional match-up every week, where they would rotate opponents every year. In some divisions, it would allow for more of the Color Rush games to work out better.

 

Example:

Year 1- Falcons/Panthers, Saints/Bucs

Year 2- Falcons/Saints, Bucs/Panthers

Year 3-Falcons/Bucs, Panthers/Saints

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When asked today whether Ezekiel Elliot will start serving his suspension this week the Magic Eight Ball said "no," as today the Second Circuit issued a temporary stay.

 

I'll now be taking bets on when Goodell gets fired.  In my view he's certainly deserved it.

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Yeah, he does. This whole Zeke witch hunt thing has been utterly ridiculous. They should have just suspended him for 1-2 games for being an idiot in the offseason and there's no way Zeke would have fought it, but by trying to pin a domestic violence suspension on an innocent man, who wasn't even charged by law enforcement, they've really shown the massive flaws in investigations conducted by the NFL.

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I've said it before, but the only Thursday night games should be the defending champs home opener to start the season, and then Thanksgiving. Ditch all the rest.

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Goodell seriously deserves to go down as the worst commissioner in NFL history. 

 

- Science exonerates Brady. Goodell still suspends him on a technicality. 

- Their own appointed investigator says Elliot is likely innocent. Goodell still tries his damndest to suspend him.

- Meanwhile Kiko Alonso nearly tears Joe Flacco's head off and Goodell just ignores it. 

 

About as "fair & balanced" as a stone & a feather. 

Really makes me want to go out and buy one of those Goodell Clown shirts. 

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19 minutes ago, ozzyman314 said:

Goodell seriously deserves to go down as the worst commissioner in NFL history. 

 

- Science exonerates Brady. Goodell still suspends him on a technicality. 

- Their own appointed investigator says Elliot is likely innocent. Goodell still tries his damndest to suspend him.

- Meanwhile Kiko Alonso nearly tears Joe Flacco's head off and Goodell just ignores it. 

 

About as "fair & balanced" as a stone & a feather. 

Really makes me want to go out and buy one of those Goodell Clown shirts. 

Goodell ruled on Elliott as it was an off-field issue, and given to him per the CBA.

 

With Alonso, the EVP of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, handles fines for on-field. Derrick Brooks handles appeals if those fines.

 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2014-nfl-fine-schedule-troy-vincent-details-fine-appeal-process/

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14 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

Goodell ruled on Elliott as it was an off-field issue, and given to him per the CBA.

 

With Alonso, the EVP of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, handles fines for on-field. Derrick Brooks handles appeals if those fines.

 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2014-nfl-fine-schedule-troy-vincent-details-fine-appeal-process/

I did not know that. 

 

That just makes both sides a completely incompetent though. As the havn't really handled the "on field" stuff any better to be honest. 

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27 minutes ago, ozzyman314 said:

I did not know that. 

 

That just makes both sides a completely incompetent though. As the havn't really handled the "on field" stuff any better to be honest. 

Your previous post makes me doubt you actually did, as you would've alluded to the CBA.

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I say cut down Thursday night games to just opening night and Thanksgiving, and move these extra games to Saturday nights during the month of December. The NFL has already started scheduling double headers on Saturdays again after not doing so for a decade. Weeks 13-16 can have feature a Saturday night game plus an extra 4pm game in Weeks 15 & 16 for a grand total of six games. If there's a scheduling conflict with college football games in early December, then move the first two Saturday night games to Friday. I think the players would be much happier with this type of schedule. They could even bring back their old "Run to the Playoffs" slogan they used for their TNF games in 2006-2008.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tracy Jordan said:

I say cut down Thursday night games to just opening night and Thanksgiving, and move these extra games to Saturday nights during the month of December. The NFL has already started scheduling double headers on Saturdays again after not doing so for a decade. Weeks 13-16 can have feature a Saturday night game plus an extra 4pm game in Weeks 15 & 16 for a grand total of six games. If there's a scheduling conflict with college football games in early December, then move the first two Saturday night games to Friday. I think the players would be much happier with this type of schedule. They could even bring back their old "Run to the Playoffs" slogan they used for their TNF games in 2006-2008.

 

 

No Fridays, son.

 

See Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961.

 

http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsAcademicPrograms/sportslaw_index.aspx?id=16201

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6 hours ago, Tracy Jordan said:

I say cut down Thursday night games to just opening night and Thanksgiving, and move these extra games to Saturday nights during the month of December. The NFL has already started scheduling double headers on Saturdays again after not doing so for a decade. Weeks 13-16 can have feature a Saturday night game plus an extra 4pm game in Weeks 15 & 16 for a grand total of six games. If there's a scheduling conflict with college football games in early December, then move the first two Saturday night games to Friday. I think the players would be much happier with this type of schedule. They could even bring back their old "Run to the Playoffs" slogan they used for their TNF games in 2006-2008.

 

 

 

I'm indifferent to the opening Thursday night game (though it'll be cool to see the Eagles open the season at home on a Thursday next year), and obv Thxgiving should stay (though NOT with Detroit) but I agree with pretty much everyone else that the rest of the Thursday schedule needs to go to whatever false hell anyone believes in.

 

Friday night is harry high school stuff and should be a non-starter.  There's like a billion better things to do on a Friday night than watching football, I guess unless you have kids and no out-of-house life.

 

I do kinda like the December Saturday games, even though that kinda contradicts what I said about Friday nights.  Something about Saturday night just seems more natural than Friday - maybe because (for most people) you're not rushing from work and dealing with post-work activities and the general franticness that comes with Friday.

 

 

 

 

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Also - I'd get rid of MNF all together.  Does anyone stay up till midnight or later to watch teams other than their own, or if they're loser dork fantasy players who need to see if their player racks up the 4.5 points they need to win their matchup?

 

Tuesday absolutely blows when your team has a MNF game, and similar to my comment re: Fridays, for many people there's just too many other weekday obligations, be it work, social activities, kid stuff if you have kids, classes, etc. to have to work in watching an NFL game.  It's a big inconvenience and I hope it dies.

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14 hours ago, dfwabel said:

No Fridays, son.

 

See Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961.

 

http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsAcademicPrograms/sportslaw_index.aspx?id=16201

 

I get that universities don't want to have to compete with NFL games in their markets on Saturday nights, but I never understood why Friday NFL games in December aren't exempt from this law because high school football usually ends in late October/early November. I know they had a Friday game a few years back (I think it was 2008 or 2009) on Christmas night. 

 

9 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

I do kinda like the December Saturday games, even though that kinda contradicts what I said about Friday nights.  Something about Saturday night just seems more natural than Friday - maybe because (for most people) you're not rushing from work and dealing with post-work activities and the general franticness that comes with Friday.

 

I loved the old NFL schedule back when they used to have Saturday triple-headers in Weeks 16-17. I think they stopped doing this around 2005. Saturdays are definitely more laid-back and people are already used to watching college games. At the end of the day, the NFL would benefit tremendously from addition by subtraction. Get rid of Thursday Night Football, cut back on early morning London games or stop scheduling them entirely, and let the fans breathe a little bit throughout the week so that the anticipation for Sunday can build. I get that there's a lot of TV money they stand to lose by doing this, which is why they could still move those extra games to Saturdays in mid-December like they're doing now and sell that as a late season "Playoff Push" package to the highest bidding network. The TV bubble is going to burst soon anyway, they might as well accept that now and do themselves a big favor. 

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Yeah that was Chargers-Titans in 2009 on Christmas. I remember there was one on Christmas Eve on Friday afternoon in 2004(Packers-Vikings)

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