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  1. He signed a Johnny Unitas Jersey for me at the first ever Falcons game. (They didn't get the Falcons jerseys out until the beginning of the season for some reason.) I noticed as he was signing my jersey that the backs of his hands were really hairy and I suspect that is part of what you see.
  2. Middle Linebacker back in the day was an ugly position. They were the Bulls of the defense. In the day of the 45 run plays and 15 or 20 passes, the MLB of the 60's was literally the blood and guts of the operation. Most played with bad knees that couldn't be repaired in those days. You just wrapped them up and kept going. Nobody said they had a torn ACL or MCL, no one knew what that was, you just said you had a bum knee and if you wanted to play, you sucked it up and played. I remember watching Nobis's last few years and I would wince when I saw him run but he somehow made the plays. RIP Mr. Falcon
  3. I watched Brett Favre carve up NC State in the last All America Bowl that used to be played at Legion field at the end of the '89 season I think it was and I remember telling my brother that if the Falcons were to draft that guy, they'd be set at QB for 10 years. Then they actually drafted him and Glanville was allowed to screw it up. The Packers were set at QB for 15 years. When the Falcons traded him I freaked. Par for the course back then. I also said the same thing about Roddy White when he played at UAB and they actually allowed him to develop. Shows you the difference in management.
  4. In the Saints offense, the RB will exit the backfield and run a pattern on most every pass play. He'll get the ball on 60+ percent of those plays. It's the most frustrating thing to watch the RB get free releases like that. The key to throwing a wrench into the NO offense is 'NO FREE RELEASES for THE RB'. I know, easier said than done but if you don't spy the RB like they spy mobile QB's it'll be a long, frustrating night. When he tries to exit through the 'a' or 'b' gap, blast him! When he runs the flare, expect him to get the ball then adjust from that. I'd also like to see inside technique against all outside WR's to disrupt the timing on those quick slants and force Brees to throw outside the numbers or down the middle into the deep safety coverage. FOR THE LOVE OF #$% COVER THE DANG RB, PLEASE!
  5. I think we all have varying amounts of this protein in our brains. I agree that there needs to be a control group of non athletes to compare the results to but even at that, there is plenty of dementia in the general population in the elderly. I know in my family for instance there is a history of dementia in the males that live into their late 70's or beyond. With my Dad it was finally diagnosed as Lewy Body disease so it's possible these proteins and plaque build ups in the brain are as prevalent in the general population. Another thing that I would be interested in is to see the average age of death of the professional athlete vs. the general population. I think many athletes stay healthier longer and they live long enough to display symptoms that wouldn't show in the average person. CTE doesn't necessarily cause all of these cases.
  6. I'm old enough to remember when baseball broadcasts were done from the booth behind home plate looking through the screen and when they first started showing that center field view people said the same things. I didn't like it because I like to see where the defense is playing and that center field shot just turns the game into a pitcher vs. batter contest. With football I think the same way, I like to see all 22 and get a better feel for the game as it's seen by the players. I think they can show the side view until just prior to the snap and after the whistle so folks can still get the perspective of where the first down marker is. What I actually see happening, with interactive TV coming along is that it will evolve to where you will have a choice of views. That will be nice.
  7. That's the whole point. These owners have, with the leadership of Roger Goodell, gotten to a place where they can no longer sustain growth. They have massive debt commitments and new stadiums requiring higher and higher ticket prices. They've effectively priced the average fan out. Now, as they ride that ragged edge of profit sustainability, this player protest movement is allowed to inject politics into the league to the point that fans are tuning out. Whether you agree with one point of view or the other, the point is that it is costing the league and it's owners money at this point and that's one thing the owners won't let you f*&^ with without consequences. They'll fire Goodell just as they fire a coach that just a year or so before was the second coming of Vince Lombardi if it hits their wallet.
  8. As a business, the NFL has outgrown it's customer base. The more popular the sport got and the more money they received from TV and corporate entities, the more they became beholden to those folks over and above the average football fan. Goodell pushed virtually every owner to build more and more ultra-modern theme=park stadiums in which to stage Superbowls and these owners and comm unities are on the hook for billions of debt that can only be serviced by massive TV contracts and corporate alliances. Goodell's 'Global Initiative' is all about the money. Competitively, I think it's unworkable really. That doesn't seem to matter though. Just like with the Thursday games and the supposed need to increase to 18 games, it all is to suck in as much money as possible no matter the cost to the actual game. Soon the CBA will come back up for renewal. $%^* hits the fan at that point. Literally it's game over at that point I think. They're already positioning for the fight.
  9. I think, we may have found something we agree on! Hopefully the "What have you done for me lately" mentality will overtake them and seeing lots of empty seats can possibly bring that about. It can be argued that Goodell helped save the business from the liability issues it faced. I suspect the timing of hiring a liability lawyer to run the league when they did wasn't just a coincidence but I think it's time to move on. For the good of the game.
  10. How 'bout you consider the demographics of the cops? Do your own research! Seems that somehow that little aspect gets overlooked in this conversation. Again, it's not about any of that for me. I can only speak for myself and for me (remember that old freedom of speech thing?) it's about hoping for the Goodell removal.
  11. Again, neither your nor my point of view matters. The NFL is losing business. That's the issue here. Whether you like it or not, that's the case. Most polls indicate that the protest situation looms large but in my case and I'm sure many others, the management of the league and it's effect on the game was a festering sore that has built for years. They're about to re-sign Goodell and I think that will be devastating to the league. That's my argument. You can believe of my motives what you wish, I really don't care. I care about losing a long time friend of mine, the NFL.
  12. Way too many people are killed by our militarized police. The world situation is such that the police fire first and ask questions later. Those that choose to attack people who are armed, or those that reach for the cops gun or attack a cop are not being killed because they're black, it's because they're stupid so anyone trying to use those cases for proof of racism has an ulterior motive in my book but there are many cases of over-reaction by cops to a situation that should be punished severely no doubt. That's not the issue with the current problems in the NFL. Try to protest at your place of employment on your employer's dime and see how far that 'freedom of speech' argument gets you. Any executive that would allow his or her business to be injured by this type of controversy that has no relation to the business at hand is a fool.
  13. I don't blame the players, They're kids. I'm old enough to have lived during the time of true institutionalized racism and I personally don't think today's problems are as much about racism as they are about the fact that we've turned our cops into soldiers and our soldiers into cops. The world is turned on it's head right now, (there are those that have led us there for political benefit) just like the late 60's, early 70's. I was a clueless kid back then and I said and did some things that I see were misguided today. Outside of the politics of the situation, if you were in charge of an organization that was at the peak of it's popularity, no matter the cause, would you allow the organization to be injured in this way? Goodell has allowed that. For what motive? The people that stay away from games may be all wrong, they may be ignorant, they may be racist, who knows but they are your customers Goodel and they're walking away.
  14. Which I said I would join because I hoped it would pressure the owners to dump Goodell if enough people participated. It's a means to an end that I believe is more than just about the player protest.
  15. I made no mention of players protesting, I said for me it was to move on from Roger Goodell who, in my opinion has negatively affected the game that's played on the field. I think he has definitely mis-managed the current player protest situation but his interference in the game started years ago. The mis-management of player discipline to the twisting of rules to the point that the number of penalties in each game, especially in crucial situations takes the control of the game out of players hands. That's my beef.