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  1. You young'uns won't remember the trio of Gifford, Meredith and Cossell but they were very entertaining in the booth. It was very difficult to get used to anyone else. I think they could recreate that dynamic current day with the trio of Al Micheals, Brett Favre and Adam Schein. Al (the straight man), Favre (the keep it simple country boy) and you can't get any closer to a Howard Cosell personality today than Adam Schein (the tell it like it is guy everyone loves to hate). That would be entertaining. Peyton Manning would do too.
  2. Because the FA's are voting on the CBA and the draftees are not!
  3. When I was in high school back in the stone age, your girlfriend would wear your jersey around school on Friday. Every time I see someone wearing another guy's name on their back, I remember that and cringe. I never have and never will. I do buy logo shirts and hats but have never bought a jersey. In a lot of ways wearing an old school logo is cool so there's really no problem there.
  4. Two things exist today that were brought about by organizations like the Falcons. 1) The new drafting rules established when the Panthers and Jags entered the league. (Designed to reduce the 'suck factor' of a new franchise.) 2) The salary cap, specifically the lower cap requiring a minimal amount spent on player salaries. These two things didn't exist back in the early days of the Falcons franchise and a team's chances at success were governed entirely by the depth of the pockets of the owner and his will to win more than his will to just operate long enough to build equity in the business. New franchises back then were made up of has been's and never will be's with the occasional draft pick that sticks, ie... Kenn, Humphrey, Bartkowski, Nobis, etc. It took at least 10 years to develop enough home grown drafted players to compete and when that window opens you have to be willing to open the checkbook to fill in with prime free agents. Let's also remember the free agency rules of today were non existent back then. Players in their prime were usually had only via trade. To his credit, Rankin Smith did make an attempt to get it done in the late 70's and early 80's but there was no competing with the Cowboys and Niners and those deep pockets in a non capped league. Facing these facts and a fan base that was more into the college game, I think he just decided to dress them like the Georgia Bulldogs, put a few big name has been's on the field with his journeymen and draftees and hope to survive enough to make money on the investment. You folks that missed those early days lack some perspective I think about the competitive environment that exists today vs. then. With the TV money spread around and the salary cap and free agency rules, a team, even the Bengals, can turn it around from worst to first almost instantly. That provides something to a fan base that we never had back then, HOPE. Not only did we have to face the odds that were the equivalent of winning the lottery every year but we had to hope someone else would buy us the ticket. You are living in the " good ole' days right now".
  5. https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/26/kobe-bryant-killed-dead-helicopter-crash-in-calabasas/
  6. I can't help thinking that Shanny was like a horse that runs his rider off a cliff. There was a guy with the reigns in his hand that never pulled up and that guy still has the reigns while we all blame the horse. To be honest... I'll never forgive the horse but I'll definitely never trust the rider.
  7. All those teams in red above were 8-8 or worse this year. You can never tell what they might be next year but that doesn't look daunting to me right now.
  8. I have ATT Uverse. Anyone with ATT Uverse knows what that means.
  9. Thank God for the 'whiplash effect' of the waistline hit on Julio. If he gets hit a few inches higher it's a whole different story.
  10. Yes...I had a happy face full of egg after explaining the corruption that was occurring before us to my wife but even after they decided to review it I expected no reversal. Because the Birmingham area decided several games ago to quit showing Falcons games, I was having to listen via Sirius internet radio to the Durham and Archer description but as soon as the game was over it became available for replay on NFL Gamepass so I replayed that and I think they could've easily called 'play stands as called' and it wouldn't have been any more controversial than any of the other calls during that game including the Hooper catch one play earlier. To give Daryl Johnston credit, he did say he thought it was definitive Julio's catch was a touchdown and I don't think he really bought the excuse of the press box ref for the Hooper call plus he was pretty vocal about DQ having to use the timeout because of the official's clock error. The rest though was pretty much crap.
  11. I was surprised that they reviewed and reversed the Julio catch at the end. The announcers said it was a mandatory review but no touchdown was called. I know any reviews come from the booth after the 2 minute warning but what requires a review in that instance? I was pitching a school kid fit and explaining to my wife how they'd just completed the screw job on the Falcons by calling the Hooper catch a no catch then calling Julio short when surprisingly they reviewed it. Is there a rule that you must review the last play? I posted this comment earlier but I forgot to quote you in it so I reposted.
  12. Don't forget the effect that a bad defense has on this stat.
  13. I was surprised that they reviewed and reversed the Julio catch at the end. The announcers said it was a mandatory review but no touchdown was called. I know any reviews come from the booth after the 2 minute warning but what requires a review in that instance? I was pitching a school kid fit and explaining to my wife how they'd just completed the screw job on the Falcons by calling the Hooper catch a no catch then calling Julio short when surprisingly they reviewed it. Is there a rule that you must review the last play?
  14. A modified take of a comment from Leslie Nielsen's character in one of the 'Airplane' movies.
  15. Ideally you wouldn't want to upset the apple cart to the tune of a total reset after signing all these guys for a run at the Lombardi but I can't help thinking about how long the Bengals held on to Marvin Lewis for all the same reasons I'm hearing about DQ, from the players especially. The players love playing for the guy but has he shown that he has the ability to drag a team kicking and screaming to a higher level than even they imagined? Does his game and personnel management aid the team more than it hinders it? Does he coach the coaches and maintain positive and firm supervision of them during games? I'm not in that building so I have no inside knowledge about DQ or anyone else there but just going on what I've seen as a fan I'm concerned that the DQ experience is one that might get you to the promised land once if all things go right and the ball bounces your way with a special year but I don't think he can provide a consistent title contender. It's kind of like the "Franchise QB" question. Do you go with the guy you know or do you risk going into another long term coaching carousel searching for the right guy? These are the questions AB must answer, he's in the building. My opinion has always been that DQ has failed in game management and failed to maintain control of his assistants in a manner that advances the teams chances rather than hinder it. I like the guy. Usually, that's bad in the HC business. I'm not big on HC's that are 'seal clapping' their team off the field after giving up easy scores or turning the ball over. I want one that's barking at the refs and players a little. Showing some emotion and spurring the team on with both positive and negative energy. Can he pull this team 'kicking and screaming' to a consistent winning level where your worst performances are still able to keep you competitive?