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  2. I lived in Seattle for this one. I got hammered at Sully's in Queen Anne with a coworker who was also from somewhere else. He's a Bills fan as well so we were all Hawks that day. That was devastating because I really wanted to go to a championship parade and get a free day off from the job I hated, but also because goddamn Patriots. The bartender popped a bottle of champagne and started to fill glasses before the interception play, which as a Bengals fan made me instantly nervous. I got on the bus and everyone looked like they'd been whacked across the face by a twoxfour and I wanted to yell "YOU WON IT ALL LAST YEAR, YOU BABIES", But I was glad to hear from a couple Seahawks fan coworkers that winning the previous year made it easier to stomach than if they'd never won at all. I can't imagine what 28-3 must've done to Falcons fans who didn't even have that to keep them warm. I'd literally stop watching football if that happened to me.
  3. This is why I refused to dignify you "the ALCS is the real World Series" turds. It's baseball. Now, the Astros could win the next 4, but it still doesn't mean the ALCS was the real World Series.
  4. Good game and good win last night in Toronto. Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead which included a short handed goal, Leafs came back with 3 unanswered including a shorty of their own, Jackets tied it up in the third, and Gustav Nyquist, who was a sneaky good signing in the offseason, ended OT with a penalty shot goal. I'm encouraged by that performance by the whole team against a good Maple Leafs unit, but especially Joonas Korpisalo. This was their 3rd straight overtime game and it didn't feel like they possessed the puck in either of the Blackhawks or Islanders OT losses. Andersen had stopped 2 previous breakaways in the game and I fully expected Nyquist to miss on his penalty shot. Panarin and Bobrovsky were monsters in overtime the last couple years and our OT record over that time shows it. You could see the difference created by their departure in the previous two games and even in this one against Toronto where the inability to gain and keep possession of the puck makes all the difference in overtime. Felt lucky to get out of OT on the winning end.
  5. Most of the time in the draft we really have no idea who's going to be a good QB and who isn't. I thought Jameis Winston and Marcus Marriota were can't miss picks. I thought Ryan Leaf would be better. I thought Mahomes and Watson were good picks. I was 50/50 on Lamar Jackson, although I wanted the Bengals to take him. But the thing that's so funny about the Bears trading up to take Trubisky is pretty much everyone knew it was a bad decision at that moment.
  6. Nothing would make me happier to see Baker Mayfield bust, but I think their issues this year are not on him. I think the Browns really missed on the Freddie Kitchens hire and their offensive line is trash so Baker's running dumb play calls while worried about his protection, which from what I hear from football people means his line of sight has shifted and he's not seeing his receivers well.
  7. Right. When you have a billion dollars you can easily get someone else to give you another billion dollars. That's not the problem. The problem is they want to reap the rewards without paying for it, which is another way they became billionaires in the first place. Also stadiums don't need to cost a billion dollars. Baseball stadium design should be moving more where MLS is now. If you're in a climate like Oakland's you don't need a retractable roof like the Rangers or like you would in Vegas and you don't need 65,000 seats. I'd love to see a major league team take a minor league style design and really trick it out with about 32,000 super intimate seats.
  8. I've been saying this for years. This is the solution to combat what happened in the NFC Championship Game, not making PI challengable. They watch from above and watch the TV broadcast and radio the head official and say "yeah you guys missed a really bad pass interference big time. Throw the flag." I honestly think if you had a booth official or two you could get rid of replay and challenges and all the nonsense and histrionics that go along with replay and challenges. Here's my issues with football officials: 1. not enough officials to cover all 22 players on the field 2. they're on the ground with the players so their views are often obscured and they often have a worse view of the play, especially the line, than we do on TV 3. there's too many rules and they're all watching the plays for a certain type of infraction, which is why obvious facemask penalties are often missed because the back judge was watching for holdings. If there's officials up top they'll catch those types of things that should've been penalties and overrule bad flags like the one in the Bengals-Bills game where a phantom hold was called on a block that didn't matter, which erased a Bengals kickoff return. It would almost act like replay review in real time and provide a second line of defense for the officials on the field.
  9. 2015 AFC Divisional playoff round loss to the Steelers. I haven't cared about sports, especially the NFL, in the same way since. The 2012 NLDS choke against the Giants was devastating, but wasn't half as bad as that playoff game.
  10. Other than "they don't want to pay for it themselves" why can't the A's just build the new stadium in the parking lot while they play the next two years at the Coliseum?
  11. Beating Cole, Verlander, and Greinke seems like a tall task. I think the Yankees are done for. Not to be that guy because everyone in the AL East played them the same amount, but their record was inflated thanks to the Baltimore Orioles. They're one of the worst 103 win teams we've had.
  12. She's really weird. On top of that, at one point, I think it was 1995, the Cincinnati Reds had the third highest payroll in major league baseball. Imagine that now. Same person who wrote those checks was livid the team won the 1990 World Series in a sweep because she didn't get the revenue from the extra games. My dad worked for WLW in Cincinnati and dealt with her directly every season. His words, "Even ignoring the racism, she's the worst human being I've ever met. She was both mean and stupid. If she was mean and smart you could've dealt with her on an intellectual level. If she was nice and stupid you could've dealt with her on a personal level. She left millions of dollars on the table through sheer idiocy and pissing off local advertisers. If there's a hell I know she's in it." I always felt bad for that dog. Had to go to loud baseball games and on astroturf. Couldn't get him a nice patch of actual grass.
  13. People were generally pleased because she was a literal monster, but she was different because despite being overwhelmingly loathed and an idiot she both owned the team when they won a championship and sold the team before she died so her reign of terror wasn’t so terrible.
  14. That's the wildcard and that's why everyone's waiting for the old man to pass away. She and her nitwit husband have basically had the majority of the power over the team for the last 3 or 4 years already, but it remains to be seen though how much her father is holding her back and if this becomes a Wirtz Blackhawks situation where the old man was the problem and the kid is more savvy or if she's the same stubborn, stupid manager as her dad. Much more likely that she continues to cut corners and run things as the same shoestring "9-7 is the goal" operation they've been running since Paul died, but the unknown is more hopeful than the known at this point. As for selling the team, I don't see it. This is their family business and their cash cow. If they sell that's a one-time payout. Granted, they'd get a billion dollars and be good for genarations, but that's not how these people think. I do know when Mikey boy croaks it'll be awkward. The guy's going to die and people are going to celebrate. When Dan Rooney passed away people in Pittsburgh, actual adults, cried actual tears. When Mike Brown passes away people are going to line up to spit on his grave.
  15. yeah I don't get this mindset either. The Marlins were in year 5 when they won it all, the Dbacks year 4, but there were still diehards who took great pleasure in those championships. Yeah they weren't long-suffering Cubs fans, but once that fanhood takes root in a person it doesn't take long to cement itself. Source: me and the Columbus Blue Jackets. And what was a 30 year old person (now mid 40's) from DC to do in 2005? They're lifelong Capitals, Redskins, and Wizards/Bullets fans. Of course they're going to pull for the new team in town.
  16. A lot of chatter locally, perhaps because the team is 0-6 and that type of performance tends to bring up a lot of doom and gloom, is what the Bengals are going to do in 2026 when the lease at Paul Brown Stadium expires. It's early and I'm already dreading the local politics, the team coming to the city and saying "we need at least X number of dollars for upgrades or a new stadium" and people telling them to f*** off. If the team still hasn't improved by then I'll be the first to tell them to kick rocks. This presupposes a few things like will Mike Brown be alive by then? Will his daughter be as difficult as he is? Will the team still be as miserable on the field by then? Where could they even move to at this point?
  17. Teams have been wearing alternates in the postseason for so long that I've just kind of given up on being crabby about it, but it is a shame that we'll never get to redo the 2016 World Series again or the Cavs winning the championship in black t-shirts or the Raptors in their silly NORTH uniforms. The biggest moment these teams will ever have and they did it in blank blue jerseys or already retired alternates that were intended for like 5 games a year. I do think the league(s) should make rules about alternates in the playoffs to protect the teams from themselves.
  18. That's non-equivalent. This would make sense if the Cardinals had been leading 7-4 and in the middle of a home run ball's flight path that would've put the game out of reach, the umpire called the play dead for no good reason and then the trailing team used the unfairly delivered opportunity to comeback and win. Yeah it is. The fumble happened when the Jags were up 10. Jack returns it for a touchdown like he would've and it's a 17 point lead. Patriots won by 4. It was the difference between the Jags winning and losing. Why's this hard? They didn't blow a 17 point lead. They lost a 10 point lead that should've been 17 after the refs gifted the Pats those 7 points. They did what they had to do and the officials forced them to make extra plays, which when playing the Patriots is an unfair ask. It's like asking a major league baseball team to get 4 outs, WHICH IS WHY I USED THAT EXAMPLE. THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE NEEDED TO GET ANOTHER STOP IF THE OFFICIALS HAD DONE THEIR JOB. It's on the officials. It's always on the officials. The Patriots won because instead of facing a 3 possession lead with 10 minutes left they only had to deal with a two possession lead. The next time the Patriots lose on some similar nonsense I'll expect you to be quiet about it. Myles Jack picks up a fumble, isn't touched, falls down, ref incorrectly blows the whistle dead. In what context am I not understanding this? Yes it is because that play should've never happened. It's on the refs. The Jags were hosed. Sorry that rocks your world. The good news is justice was served in the Super Bowl that time.
  19. Imagine for a moment the Astros get 3 outs in an inning, but for some reason the umps make the Astros get 4 outs. Something stupid like "didn't see the third out". Is it the Astros fault if the next Yankee up hits a home run? No, they shouldn't have been in that position at all. That's what happens in football all the time. The officials blow something, makes the defense make an extra stop, and then when they don't make it knuckleheads go "well they had a chance to make the stop soooo". They shouldn't have had to in the first place! Why do we only do this when it comes to football?
  20. "middle of the game", 13 minutes left in the 4th quarter with a 17 point lead. Yeah totally the same thing. So a bad call that impacts the game regardless of where it happens is okay if the Patriots opponent has enough time to overcome both the Patriots and the officials, but if a bad cal happens at the very end of the game and the Patriots aren't involved then it's not okay? A. The Lions and Packers game have nothing to do with the 2017 AFCCG, but the Packers similarly benefit from bad officiating in the same way. The Lions routinely see the boned end of the stick. B. This is what you're not getting - The Jags shouldn't need "plenty of chances to win despite that call." They did what they had to do, but bonehead officials kept the patriots in the game. The Lions also did what they had to do. If it's called correctly the Patriots likely don't win that game. You know this. No it isn't. It was a 10 point swing thanks to that one call. If it was any other team I'd have the same reaction. That you're defending it is only out of childish Patriots homerism. Do all of Pats fans a favor and admit you only won because you got lucky on that call. You're making them all look bad. It's not disingenuous to point out that being up 17 points at that point is better than being up 10. The "effort the Patriots put in to win" only got to put in that effort and the mistakes the Jags made to lose the game only happened because the Patriots were gifted that bad call. IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO BEAT THE PATRIOTS WITHOUT THEM GETTING HELP FROM THE OFFICIALS WHICH THEY :censored:ING DID.
  21. That's such a baby Pats fan response. Don't be that guy. We just talked about this - It's hard enough to win in the NFL, much less on the road in the playoffs, you shouldn't have to stop a team twice because the officials botched the obvious call. It is "it the Refs fault defense choked & failed to make adjustments" because if they do their job then there's no 3rd and 18 after that. That's a fact. Just admit you should've lost to the Jags and you got lucky. Do all of Patriots fans a favor and admit you should've lost to the Jags and you got lucky.
  22. I remember it well. Myles Jack wasn't down and some home town Patriots officiating handed them the game and everybody knows it. We should be sitting here going "remember when the Jags were in the Super Bowl recently?"
  23. Impossible for you to understand how certain I was that Matt Carpenter was going to go yard with the bases loaded with the score 7-4. I would've bet everything I own.