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Everything posted by Luigi74

  1. Is there any city in North America that would kick in over $750 million to help finance a stadium for an NFL team? $750 million is what the Raiders got for their stadium so that's now the jumping off point.
  2. Would Kansas City dropping the Native American imagery and going with a Fire Chief theme work? They wouldn't even need to tweak the colors, just switch the arrowhead to a shield and crank a siren after TD's.
  3. Pitt never had a rivalry with Cincy, sure the old Big East gave them a trophy to play for but no one cared. Pitt's rivals are Penn State and West Virginia and thanks to the nonsensical alignment of conferences they no longer play yearly. Outside of money it makes no sense for Pitt to be in a conference with Florida State, Penn State to be in a conference with Nebraska and West Virginia to be in a conference with Texas Tech, part of me wants the tv money bubble to break in the next few years leading to everything being reset to make more sense geographically. On conference expansion, don't South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and maybe Kentucky have a pact blocking any school from their respective states from joining the SEC? Both the SEC and B1G want to expand their footprint so don't be shocked if they strike at the ACC with the SEC taking Virginia Tech & NC State and the B1G taking UVA & North Carolina. If the SEC and B1G are able to pull that off the Big 12 will swoop in and pick apart the ACC's bones, FSU and Clemson if they only want to expand to 12 then Pitt, Louisville, GT and Miami if they want to jump up to 16. Also there's been talk recently that the Big 12 would raid the PAC-12 but I can't see the likes of USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Colorado wanting to be in the same conference as West Virginia(distance), TCU & Baylor(secular), the Arizona schools get a ton of students and athletes from California so it's hard to see them cutting ties with the four California schools.
  4. It’s going to be changed and don’t be shocked if there’s a press release tomorrow or Monday announcing they’re changing the name. Nike and FedEx want it changed so it will be changed, the potential lost revenue from those two companies is too much for Snyder to be stubborn and it’s too much for the other owners to stand by and allow another franchise to take a drastic hit in value.
  5. Cincy had new head coach, the Pats spied on him for future reference.
  6. There's also the California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.
  7. Did any of the reports say home courts would be used for every game? It seems like swapping out the courts would start to happen in the playoffs, maybe in the round of 8? The nerd in me would love to see courts and arenas themed to the Disney Parks, have Animal Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios for the regular season games and playoffs then Magic Kingdom for the Finals.
  8. The near penniless con-man the NHL allowed to purchase the Penguins actually wanted to change the name of the team!
  9. Ummm the Pens were extremely popular even with home games moved to ppv, they weren't at the level of the Steelers popularity but no other team in pro-sports has that level of fandom. The Penguins issues have always been due to the sting of penniless con-men like Howard Baldwin the NHL allowed to purchase the team, the only times they had legit ownership was under Eddie DeBartolo Sr. in the 80's and the current Lemieux/Burkle Group.
  10. Didn't the craziness of coaches working 20some hours a day and sleeping in the office start with Joe Gibbs?
  11. You could actually start that doc with the 1984 Supreme Court case that broke the NCAA's hold on college football tv contracts since that's the catalyst for all of conference raids. The initial ACC raid on the Big East was really sleazy since the plan was to announce BC, Miami and Syracuse leaving the Big East at a point on the calendar where the Big East would lose their status as a football conference since they'd be under 8 teams. Since no one could keep a secret the plan got outed politicians in Virginia got involved to hold up UVA's vote so VT could replace Syracuse which allowed lawsuits from the Big East and gave them time to line up some new football members.
  12. The Cornhole Championships ESPN runs are bought time aka an infomercial, most fringe sports on ESPN, NBCSN and FS1 are bought time.
  13. In Greece no spectators for the Olympic Flame lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia on Thursday along with no spectators at sporting events for two weeks.
  14. It can be argued that the lineage of the Colts starts with the Dayton Triangles with stops in Brooklyn as the Dodgers and Boston as the Yanks.
  15. Clemente's 3,000th hit was in his last regular season game, the Buccos won the East that season but lost to the Reds in the NLCS so his last hit was in Game 5. The Reds won that series thanks to a Bob Moose wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th.
  16. The Steelers should be in that group too since they started in 1933 along with the Eagles.
  17. Steroids were neither illegal or against NFL rules during the Steelers 70's run and steroids had been in pro football since the early 60's when the Chargers started handing out Dianabol with other teams following suit, Alex Karras mentions in his biography that the Lions trainers told them they were just vitamins. Serious weightlifting in pro football really didn't start until the mid-70's with some teams having their own programs, some teams like the Steelers had players lifting in their own free time and some teams discouraged weightlifting for various reasons. The 70's Steelers who messed with steroids were the O-Line who were all ripped but smaller weight wise than most lineman of the time, they were mainly a trapping team so they weren't looking to overpower the D-Line. The famed Steel Curtain D-Line never really lifting weights and did most of their training doing farm work and whatnot during the offseason. Also the NFL didn't have a steroid testing policy until 1989 after the 49ers had won three of their five Super Bowls.
  18. Does anyone else think the overtime would be better with only 3 rounds?
  19. Stale from a tv viewer side of things, playing in the Cotton Bowl isn't going to get me to watch a Dallas-Nashville game.
  20. The Shoe is way too big for the Blue Jackets to fill up even against the Penguins or the Red Wings, maybe do a doubleheader? Have the Detroit vs. Chicago and then Pittsburgh vs. Columbus? The Winter Classic gimmick is kind of stale so maybe changing things up some will draw more interest. If the Red Wings had a halfway decent team a Wings vs. Pens game at the Browns Stadium would sell out and have a bowl game atmosphere. Same goes for Pens and Flyers in State College but none of the parties seem interested anymore. Also with nothing to do in that god forsaken town but drink before and after the game the fear of fights in the crowd and drunk drivers making the trek home are legit.
  21. The Bengals having a new head coach is what makes this very suspect, sure the Pats don't really need to know the Bengals signals this season but that info can be useful down the line.
  22. Has any coach besides Bum Phillips worn blue jeans during a game? Not just the NFL but the NBA, College Football or Basketball? The past 6 or 7 years most of the high to mid level execs I see all seem to go with the blazer, fancy dress shirt with no tie and fancy jeans look, seems like that could bleed over to at least basketball.
  23. You'd think the NFL would have some sort of licensing deal with a high end designer or retailer for blazers like that.
  24. Dude an inch or so could have made this worse than the Kermit Washington punch. Garett and the NFL are lucky that there wasn’t a tragedy last night, he deserves to be gone 16 games at a minimum.