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13 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

Oh, I am loving the first two weeks for Seattle... First off, a Fish Fry at CenturyLink and then going to LA and giving them a very RUDE awakening.

 

The one thing I don't like (outside of the entire schedule being harder then a diamond, of course) is the Monday night game... Don't get me wrong, I like it when Seattle hosts. But, why Buffalo? Couldn't one of the other games be the Monday night game instead?

 

We'll see about that :P

 

I mostly like this schedule, some things I'd like to be different, but overall it's a good schedule. It's kinda crazy though, after attending only two NFL games in my entire life, I'm going to try to go to at least 4, but maybe 5 games this year (the Cowboys vs. Rams preseason game is a must, no matter the cost). I'm so glad the NFL is back in LA!

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2 hours ago, MBurmy said:

So, LA has ZERO prime-time home games? (and the Week One Monday Night game vs. the 49ers which had EVERY reason to be the big grandiose home opener is on the road)

You had one job, NFL...ONE JOB.

 

Ehh...The job was make Rams-Niners a prime time game in Week 1, which they did.  It doesn't really matter where its played, especially since the Coliseum is historic and sits a lot of people, but otherwise....

 

Also, Rams are playing the late shift, which has fewer games, 9 times.  That will help for exposure.

 

Finally, they may have moved, but this IS a 7-9 team that hasn't been in the playoffs since the 2004 season and just sacrificed its next two drafts for "QB: TBD (Probably)"

 

I have no gripes with this schedule.

 

EDIT-OK modest gripe about the 6:30 AM local start (7:30 AM for me) in the Giants game LIVE at the only English soccer stadium built on a Native American burial ground, but whatevs, until the Inglewood Death Star is operational in 2019, they are going to do stuff like this.

 

2nd EDIT: Apparently USC asked for no home MNF games (and also for the Rams not to play at home on the same weekend as the Trojans in general, although the latter request was ignored).  So there.

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Patriots look 10-6'ish.  I actually prefer that opening week at Arizona is prime time, the Cards will hopefully play tighter under the lights.

 

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Oh, stop it. The Patriots will be 12-4 every year until Brady retires. 

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8 minutes ago, Rockstar Matt said:

Oh, stop it. The Patriots will be 12-4 every year until the cheating stops

 

Fixed.

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Come to think of it, I wonder how much media exposure the Tennessee Oilers got. I suspect they were practically a rumor.

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9 minutes ago, the admiral said:

Come to think of it, I wonder how much media exposure the Tennessee Oilers got. I suspect they were practically a rumor.

Well, they were playing in Memphis, but practicing in Nashville.  There was lots of apathy after week 1 in 1997, as Memphis is a basketball town.

 

There was a bad sub-lease which they had to sign and Memphians didn't want a temp team and those in Nashville didn't want to drive the 200 miles to the Liberty Bowl. That's  why they played at Vanderbilt for 1998.

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Yeah, the whole sequence was a public relations cataclysm, if I remember correctly. They announced the move to Nashville in late 1995/early 1996 right after the Browns left Cleveland, which was enough of a headache for the NFL. Then they said they'd play out the last three years in the Astrodome, which obviously they didn't, because they were only getting like 10,000 a game in 1996, so they had to go to Tennessee, but wouldn't play at Vanderbilt, so they played in Memphis, which was about as rejected by the public as Houston had been the year before, then they went to Vanderbilt for 1998 anyway. Looking back, on the heels of losing both Los Angeles teams and Cleveland in one calendar year, I'm rather surprised the owners didn't put their foot down and say this big city wasn't being swapped out for a smaller city.

 

At any rate, I'm guessing Oilers games those two years were as low on the regional-game totem pole as could be and blacked out in Tennessee, thus going virtually unseen. As rams80 mentioned, being the late game will get the Rams some de facto national games, so at least there's that. I do wonder how many regional games the St. Louis affiliates will pick up. It'd be funny if they avoided it.

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I have quite a bit of family in Memphis who are all HUGE football fans. Only one of them didn't steadfastly refuse to go watch a "Nashville team" play in Memphis (and even he said the place was like watching football on Mars). I never really got that, but that was definitely the attitude. 

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9 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

I have quite a bit of family in Memphis who are all HUGE football fans. Only one of them didn't steadfastly refuse to go watch a "Nashville team" play in Memphis (and even he said the place was like watching football on Mars). I never really got that, but that was definitely the attitude. 

Memphis lost the expansion battle to JAX and CAR but a few years later was basically given 1/3rd of a sampler plate with the Oilers.

 

Meanwhile, the lease for any pro football at the Liberty Bowl was owned by the lead of the expansion team ownership group.

 

There are quite a few Memphis newspaper stories written about their disappointment from both the Commercial Appeal and the alt paper, The Memphis Flyer.

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The NFL suspended Vontaze Burfict for the first 3 games of this season for repeated hits to the head. Fine and the guy is a complete idiot, but it was their rube official who let both of the last two Bengals-Steelers games get out of control. That he was even working the second game after completely botching the first one is an indictment of the NFL's officiating to begin with, but that's another story. 

 

So after suspending Burfict for his actions against the Steelers the league schedules the Steelers in one of those first three games. Mike Mitchell has concussed more people in less time than Burfict, including Tyler Eifert, yet remains unpunished. Convince me this league is fair. 

 

This sport never gets better. It only gets worse. I'll still watch 50+ games this year. I am part of the problem. 

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14 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

I have quite a bit of family in Memphis who are all HUGE football fans. Only one of them didn't steadfastly refuse to go watch a "Nashville team" play in Memphis (and even he said the place was like watching football on Mars). I never really got that, but that was definitely the attitude. 

Probably didn't want to get too attached to a team that was soon going to be a three-hour trip away to see.  I could see that.  Would be cool to see a game or two, but more than that, your state's new team starts to get you addicted, and that addiction is going to either involve an overnight trip to Nashville or setting aside 6-7 hours in the car driving to Nashville and back on Sundays.

 

And I've been to a bowl game at the Liberty Bowl.  They do have a weird layout.  We were only a third of the way up on the sideline seats, and the game felt like a mile away.

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That looks like a chunky polygon from an early PlayStation game. Quelle disastre, should have just expanded TCF Stadium.

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Yeah, but you should see it up close.

 

(It's a freaking monstrosity)  

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MSP is an underated place to kick it on a weekend, but d@mn, that looks hideous.

 

I'm glad I am well past my travel phase of going to the new stadium/arena. Hotel points and airline miles kinda lost meaning circa 2008.

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On 3/9/2016 at 6:02 PM, Gothamite said:

 

 

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Looks like they're building an ark.

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CLE needs bodies.

 

If they take a QB, that kid is behind a $hitty offensive line.  

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