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8 hours ago, IceCap said:

A friend of mine from back home is a huge Bills fan. We were talking about the Brady to Tampa move and his reaction was "thank G-d he's out of my division."

So allow me to present a vision of things to come.

 

Super Bowl LV

Brady started off the season strong but he's been showing real wear and tear near the end, and the Bucs have had to scrape their way through the playoffs on the strength of their defence. That's what's keeping them in the game, with Brady doing just enough to not screw up. Otherwise the Bills would have blown the doors off a long time ago.

It's tied, near the end of regulation, and the Bills are kicking to win. It's wide right because what else would it be? The missed kick leaves one second on the clock for the Bucs. Brady hurls a prayer up and Mike Evans comes down with it for the TD as time expires. Tom Brady, despite playing like a 43 year old and only having one impressive pass, is named unanimous MVP. Jesus Christ himself descends from heaven and reverts Tom's biological age to 20 so he can continue his reign as our lord and master for another two decades. The Buffalo Bills are officially contracted the next day.

 

Goofy? Yes, but I'm bored out of my mind.

 

Yes. Good. This. 

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Please take care of him, Tampa. Please.

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I’m honestly excited to see how Brady does in Tampa. 
 

The last big knock on him has been wether he’s as good as he seems, or if it had more to do with Belichick’s coaching. 
Now he finally gets a chance to put that notion to rest once & for all. 

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This is so strange. I’ve absolutely HATED Tom Brady his entire career. He’s the ultimate dream killer, and represents so much of what I don’t like about sports and culture. Also, if you would’ve told me at any point before this week that he was going to sign with the Bucs, I would’ve told you to put the crack pipe down. 

 

That being said, I can’t NOT be excited about this. The Bucs are absolutely ignored by the rest of the league (for good reason), so it’s nice to finally have them in the spotlight again. That’s something that’ll take getting used to. 

 

Also, I look at it like this. Either he does Tom Brady things and the Bucs are finally super competitive and fun to watch again (Remember, it’s been over a decade since they’ve even made the playoffs), or the Bucs are the forever Bucs and he gets his teeth kicked out of his skull for two seasons. Either scenario is good with me.

 

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It's okay to be excited for Brady moving to a different team. 1.) it represents a dramatic shift that needed to happen and 2.) if Brady came to my team, I'd be super pumped too. Especially if he was such an obvious upgrade over what was already there.

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I posted this as a reply to a poll in the polls thread, but figure might get more discussion here.  Since we are on the verge of a 17th game, and since the surrent schedule structure is setup so well for 16 games, how would you propose the opponent for game 17 be selected?

 

I read a plan where there would be 1 "protected opponent" from the other conference that you play annually (think like what the SEC does with cross division opponents (LSU-Florida, etc).  You could see Miami-Tampa Bay, Jets-Giants, Philly-Pittsburgh, Rams-Chargers.  The only catch is some years you might play that team twice for a home and home. 

 

I'll take a spin on that and say I think teams could be given 2 protected opponents from the other conference that alternate every other year.  Preferably both would be relatively close in distance (ie. Tampa Bay would alternate years with Miami and Jacksonville, Pittsburgh could have Philadelphia and Detroit)

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56 minutes ago, FiddySicks said:

This is so strange. I’ve absolutely HATED Tom Brady his entire career. He’s the ultimate dream killer, and represents so much of what I don’t like about sports and culture. Also, if you would’ve told me at any point before this week that he was going to sign with the Bucs, I would’ve told you to put the crack pipe down. 

 

That being said, I can’t NOT be excited about this. The Bucs are absolutely ignored by the rest of the league (for good reason), so it’s nice to finally have them in the spotlight again. That’s something that’ll take getting used to. 

 

Also, I look at it like this. Either he does Tom Brady things and the Bucs are finally super competitive and fun to watch again (Remember, it’s been over a decade since they’ve even made the playoffs), or the Bucs are the forever Bucs and he gets his teeth kicked out of his skull for two seasons. Either scenario is good with me.

 

I cant agree with you on the part about Brady getting his teeth kicked in, but the fact that the Bucs just went from irrelevant to uber-relevant in less than a week boggles my mind.  I havent been this hyped for a season since the Gruden era.

 

With Brady in town and so many matchups that are TV gold (Brees twice, Rodgers, Mahomes, @ Raiders in Vegas) i foresee some Sunday night and prime time games for damn sure.  Bucs-Saints on Thanksgiving night would be so epic.  There's been talk around here in Tampa about "what if" Week 1 Sunday Night Football is the opening of Vegas Raiders stadium with Brady and the Bucs in town....

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23 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

Good lord, Browns signing everybody:

 

 

 

It worked for them last season. Why mess with success??

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Seeing Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Jason Witten in other teams uniforms are going to be weird.

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1 hour ago, TBGKon said:

I posted this as a reply to a poll in the polls thread, but figure might get more discussion here.  Since we are on the verge of a 17th game, and since the surrent schedule structure is setup so well for 16 games, how would you propose the opponent for game 17 be selected?

 

I read a plan where there would be 1 "protected opponent" from the other conference that you play annually (think like what the SEC does with cross division opponents (LSU-Florida, etc).  You could see Miami-Tampa Bay, Jets-Giants, Philly-Pittsburgh, Rams-Chargers.  The only catch is some years you might play that team twice for a home and home. 

 

I'll take a spin on that and say I think teams could be given 2 protected opponents from the other conference that alternate every other year.  Preferably both would be relatively close in distance (ie. Tampa Bay would alternate years with Miami and Jacksonville, Pittsburgh could have Philadelphia and Detroit)

 

I don't hate that system, but I don't love it either, mostly because of the competitive imbalance it could cause.  You're competing for a division, but you have to play the Patriots every year, while your rival gets a guaranteed game against the Browns.  I get there's the whole "first place schedule", "second place schedule", etc. thing, which also creates an imbalance, but that's at least set up in the interest of parity to help prop up teams that were down the year before.  The  fixed-intraconference opponent thing could counteract that.

 

Maybe do an inter conference rotation system, kinda like now, but where you play the team from one other division that finished in the same place.

 

SO for example, in 2021, we already know the Eagles will play

*divisional games (6)

*NFC South (4)

*AFC West (4)

*NFC West (team that finished in same place)

*NFC North (team that finished in same place)

 

So just add 

AFC East (team that finished in same place)

 

And have that rotate, so the NFC East extra game would be against the AFC East in 2021, and then the AFC North in 2022, and so on.  As long as it doesn't conflict with the existing full-division rotation.

 

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1 hour ago, DG_ThenNowForever said:

 

It worked for them last season. Why mess with success??

Browns back-to-back offseason champs 

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10 hours ago, FiddySicks said:

This is so strange. I’ve absolutely HATED Tom Brady his entire career. He’s the ultimate dream killer, and represents so much of what I don’t like about sports and culture. Also, if you would’ve told me at any point before this week that he was going to sign with the Bucs, I would’ve told you to put the crack pipe down. 

 

That being said, I can’t NOT be excited about this. The Bucs are absolutely ignored by the rest of the league (for good reason), so it’s nice to finally have them in the spotlight again. That’s something that’ll take getting used to. 

 

 

 

I feel ya, brother...

 

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