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  1. I didn't like that team, but you are right. That's what I was telling my friend the other day. MJ said that they should have played until they lost, and he is right. However, according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN and Around The Horn, Reinsdorf didn't want the team to linger around as long as the 60's Celtics did. That's why I think he should have just let Krause break it up in 97 like he wanted to. Krause was ready to trade Pippen to Boston for the sixth overall pick (which Jerry was going to use on T-Mac), but MJ and Reinsdorf said no. If Reinsdorf decided it was time to break it up. MJ and Phil are done right there, and Tim Floyd takes over as the new HC.
  2. Take that goal away, along with the play where Randy Carlyle let the puck bounce over his stick (game five of the 1982 Patrick Division Semis against the Isles. Pens had a one-goal lead with about a minute left in the game when that happened), and the Isles probably have two less titles (although, if Bossy somehow stays healthy, maybe they make that up later in the decade somehow).
  3. I am looking at the Sporting News archives (on Newspaperarchive.com), and there were people that predicted a Subway Series for 86.
  4. Actually, those early-00's Laker teams really weren't stacked. They just had Shaq, Kobe, and a bunch of average players (Horry, Rick Fox, Fisher, etc...). They had more talent in 1998 and 1999 (they had Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Elden Campbell, and even Rodman for a stretch in 99), but they didn't get to the Finals because they didn't have Phil as HC.
  5. If the Soviets win the Miracle on Ice, does hockey sink to all-time lows in popularity in the US?
  6. When I watched an episode of The Last Dance, I came up with another idea. I call it Class of 1984. The 30 for 30 would focus on MJ and Mario Lemieux. It would cover their organizations up to that point, their drafting, rise to first title, and the years after.
  7. Heck, in 1984, the Pittsburgh Spirit Indoor Soccer team was more popular than the Pens. Also, this was a few years before the Pitt Basketball team got pretty good (and choked in the 87 and 88 NCAA second-round).
  8. No. I think it started with Vermeil. That's why Gene Upshaw said in the 1980 Raiders America's Game episode that they had the weight of the whole league on their shoulders. If the Eagles beat them, that trend of overwork may have spread like wildfire (that was also the decade where overwork was starting to be pushed in society as a whole).
  9. Another interesting tidbit: Bud Grant used to leave the office at around five or six p.m. everyday (he said it was to get back home to his family). He was in four SB's, and he led the Vikings to the playoffs twelve times. There are guys that work way harder, but they don't even sniff a Super Bowl.
  10. Yeah, he did learn to delegate some when he came back, but he still was working the players way too hard the first two years (watch the 99 Rams America's Game episode where D'Marco Farr was talking about that. He was saying that they didn't have any energy for games their first two seasons under Vermeil). Switching gears, though: Did Vermeil almost return to Philly in the mid-90's? Don't remember that. That is another "what if" for the Eagles in that time period (another is when they almost traded for Mark Brunell in 95. However, they couldn't agree on a contract, and the Jags came in and stole him).
  11. Amen. I think they try to be like the sainted Bill Belichick, but what they don't (and aren't allowed to) talk about is that Belichick cheated on his way to success. Also, some learn the concept of overwork from their father like the ex-Rams coach (Vermeil) did. His dad used to work in his garage constantly. When Vermeil was hired as HC of the Eagles in 76, Jim Murray (Eagle GM) was at their house, and offered Vermeil's father a ticket to a game. He refused because he said he had to work (man, can't you take one day off for crying out loud?).
  12. I know. I saw that one. In a hypo 1986 Draft 30 for 30, they could talk about things that weren't talked about in Without Bias, like how Sixers scout Jack McMahon (they had the #1 pick that year until they made the idiotic trades that sent the franchise downward) didn't like Bias. Also, they could discuss other things about Rodman dealing with the draft that weren't discussed in his 30 for 30.
  13. Walter Football criticized the TE's Belichick took in Round 3, giving them a Belichick's dog grade.
  14. Good one. 1986 would be another draft class that they could do one about (Bias's death, drug problems with other guys, Rodman, Sabonis, etc...).
  15. To an Athlete Dying Young: A story about star athletes that died before they really had much of a career (like Hank Gathers, Joe Roth, Lyman Bostock, Michel Briere, and George Pelawa).
  16. I know that they did a 30 for 30 on the 4-time SB loser Bills, but they should do a 30 for 30 on the AFC's losing streak in the SB from Jan. 1985 to Jan. 1997.
  17. Kansas State Football. It would start with the success the program had under HC's Bo McMillin and Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf in the 20's and early-30's. Then, it would talk about Waldorf's departure for Northwestern after one year (1934), and how he went to the College Football HOF (and the K-State program went into the dust, with just a handful of winning seasons from 1935-88). That would set the stage for November 1988, and the hiring of Bill Snyder. I would spend some time on that, especially the fan reaction (there is an article online where some K-State fans and alumni talked about their memories of the hiring. One person said something about the new sucker they hired to run the program. Another said something about never getting a standing ovation ever again when Bill was introduced as HC during a men's basketball game) and Bill's first meetings with the players. Here is the article with comments: https://247sports.com/college/kansas-state/Article/K-State-football-coach-Bill-Snyder-celebrates-his-30th-anniversary-at-the-school-with-his-future-in-doubt-125589510/ Then, after that, I would get into the year by year rise of the program on the field, concluding with Snyder's legacy. I can't believe that this hasn't been made into a 30 for 30 already. It would be great.
  18. I consider the Lakers the team of the 2000's in the NBA (four world titles: 2000-02, 09), but I wouldn't consider that one full real dynasty. The 00-10 Lakers and the Pats from 01 to now are soft dynasties. Their fourth title didn't come until more than five years after their third. However, they have had continued success in between their championship years.
  19. They both were at different times. The Niners were in the 90's, and NE has been the past 10-15 years.
  20. Who cares if the 49ers did that after their SB wins. It was still wrong. And, I never said that Denver did (or didn't) cheat to win a SB. Pointing fingers at other teams doesn't make what the 49ers did right (they got a slap on the wrist 20 years ago just like NE did for Spygate because they are the league's darlings).
  21. The 49ers did cheat the Salary Cap in the 1990's: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2000-12-05-0012050096-story.html During that time, I think they had a corporation paying Deion under the table, and they may have had committed cap fraud in 1996 with the cutting and re-signing of Steve Wallace: https://web.archive.org/web/19981202145202/http://www.49erhaters.com/rams1.html
  22. Since their SB win ten years ago, they have been coming up short every time they make the playoffs. Same thing with Green Bay (since their 2010 SB win).
  23. Naturally. Fans want to keep their head in the sand.
  24. This whole thing has been fixed for NE the last 18 years. It started with 911 and the SB after that when they said "We're All Patriots".
  25. That's pretty good. Yeah, I think all of these games (sans NO-Min) are toss-ups. If the Pats win this week and beat KC, though, I am going to be concerned. I think the fix would be in at that point (to try to get Brady a seventh title and let him ride off into the sunset).