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  1. now that it has been spelled out (again) that every player on the offense sucks, there's only one thing left to say: it's petrino's fault. if they had hired a real nfl coach (like bill cowher) instead of a college coach, we wouldn't be losing. that much is obvious from reading this article.
  2. fan -*******-tastic!!!!! i haven't know what to do the last few years. too many good vibes floating around. now we can get back to being real falcons fans. calling for the coaches head. demanding the backup qb start, and sticking it to him when he blows. second guessing every decision by everyone (why weren't they drinking red gatorade instead of green?) calling out the owner. monday morning quarterbacking all week long. ######ing, moaning, & complaining. ahh, the glory of being a true falcons fan. don't tell me you don't love it. the satisfaction of saying "i told you so" (even if you didn't tell 'em, who cares, nobody's remembers what you said last week) is worth more than wins. seasons like this are what true falcons fans live for. the chance to make yourself feel better by telling everyone how much smarter you are than the owner, gm, & coaches. that's what makes a real falcons' fan.
  3. there was a mention of the golf channel as being a niche channel. the explination to that is simple. golf has never gotten good ratings, yet even network tv carries it. why? the average income of people that do watch golf is really high, so there are plenty of advertisers lining up to sponser golf. the golf channel has enough advertisers that it doesn't need to charge a lot to cable companies. i can't see that the nfl network can justify charging as much as cnn. cnn is one of the most watched cable channels. other than the football games themselves, i can't see there is a huge market for 24 hour nfl football talk. that's probably the catch-22 they are in. not enough advertisers to support the non-game content, but not enough people that will pony up for the game content.
  4. nfl, cable bickering pre-empts cowboys by the editorial board | monday, november 19, 2007, 02:51 pm when it comes to the increasingly nasty fight between the national football league and the cable television companies, it s hard to know which should be the winner. but it s easy to see who s the loser: millions of pro football fans. several years ago, the team owners established the nfl network to broadcast key games in the last half of the season. this year s first game is thursday, thanksgiving day, when the indianapolis colts play the atlanta falcons. half the country won t be able to tune into that game, however, because several major cable companies - including time warner cable, which serves austin - don t carry the nfl network games. more agonizing yet for local cowboys fans, the nov. 29 game between the surging cowboys and revived green bay packers (both 9-1) will only be broadcast on the nfl network. so time warner subscribers here won t get to see this terrific conference match-up in the comfort of their homes. instead, they ll have to be looking for a friend or neighbor with satellite tv, which does carry the nfl network, or be willing to hie themselves to a sports bar with a satellite dish. in a nutshell, the nfl network wants to be on the next-to-basic cable lineup, where most popular programming exists. but the cable companies don t like the network s demand of 60-cents a month per subscriber (more than cnn pays to be on cable) for a measly eight games. cable wants to put the nfl network on a higher tier, where only fans would have to pay for it. but that would mean less money for the nfl. (cox communications cable service does carry the nfl network. it is part of cox enterprises, inc., which also owns the austin american-statesman.) the nfl already sells each game for millions of dollars to the big three networks and espn, but they see potentially many millions more from cable subscribers. that s a greedy proposition that for now is leaving most football fans out in the cold. cable providers complain that carrying the nfl network would force regular subscribers to pay for a channel many won t watch. but that s true of every cable channel, and some cable providers own sports channels they ve added to their lineup, like the golf channel and versus. so there s an element of greed in their wanting more money for the nfl network, too. cowboys owner jerry jones is the public face of the nfl network and chair of the owners television committee. he s furious at the cable companies and is telling everyone who ll listen to drop their cable subscription and switch to satellite. the nfl also may ask for help from congress or the federal communications commission to force the cable companies to carry the nfl network. that s not only dangerous, it s downright strange since the nfl is a government protected cartel already questionably exempted from anti-trust laws. this fight isn t only about professional football, either. the big ten conference established the big ten network and is in the same fight. that spat kept one of the better conference games of the year - ohio state vs. wisconsin, both nationally ranked at the time - from cable viewers who don t have the big ten network. this heavyweight bout will be resolved eventually. but not in time for cable subscribers to see the cowboys and packers, the two top teams in the national conference, in one of the best games of the year. whether you blame jerry jones and the nfl or time warner, the viewers lose.
  5. joey = best chance not to lose. lefty = best chance to win. the difference may seem subtle to some, but not if you're a competitor. joey is the classic backup qb. a non risk-taker. he'll play it safe to ensure he isn't going to make a mistake and dig you into a hole. the other side of that coin is he won't do anything to lift you chances of winning. joey will get you a lot of "moral victories". you still lose the game, but you don't lose too badly. playing joey the rest of the year means at best we finish with 1 more victory (max) and 5 "moral victories" (loses). lefty is the boom/bust qb. we saw the bust last weekend, but you could also see the boom potential in there also. we might lose uglier with lefty, but there is also the potentail that we might win a few more due to our offense stepping up. i'm not blind to the problems in starting lefty. he isn't as familiar with the offense. it's obvious a chemistry between lefty & the receivers hasn't developed. he needs more time in the pocket, and his trowing motion is downright scary. i can also see his strengths. he reads defenses well. he can make all the throws (from the small play to the big play), and he plays with confidence (as opposed to playing in fear of making a mistake.) i'd rather lose ugly with leftwich (knowing we gave it our best shot to win) then lose pretty with joey (knowing we were playing not to lose too badly and hoping we lucked into a win here or there.)
  6. their early stuff is always crazy. i have noticed that the closer they come to draft day, the more accurate they become. look at their april rankings the day after draft day, and you'll that a lot of the stuff that look crazy in april turned out to be pretty accurate. once they have had time to dig into things, they seem to come closer to the way actual nfl scouts are thinking come draft day that most others. this time of year though, they are all over the place in their rankings. their individual profiles seem to be pretty good this early though.
  7. i'm not prone to conspiracy theories, but there seems to be a more than just the usual stuff. there have been several "i heard on the radio" rumors (petrino won't let players talk, petrino talking to college teams) that never seem to get confirmed anywhere else. the local paper seems intent on twisting any story to produce maximum controversy (mckay "hiding", clubhouse unrest) or manipulating situations to produce controversy (running from petrino to harrington and altering what petrino said to produce a qb controversy.) every time we start to get moving in the right direction, something comes out of left field to muck up the progress. there's a limit to coincidence.
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