Well put. It's amazing to me how often the NFL tinkers with its rules. It simply gives the officiating crews too much to think about in what is a violent, fast-moving games. The calls have become too nuanced and subject to interpretation. Unless you have Big Brother making all the calls from New York _ and I can't see how that would be good for the game _ there's just too much for the game officials to process.
I'm still impressed with my older brother's earthquake theory. A strong, but small, isolated earthquake strikes Inglewood at 4 a.m. the morning of the first game there. No one's in the area at the time. No one gets hurt. No other property damage. But the stadium crumbles to the ground.
From my experience, the Steelers can be unpredictable in the first round, and maybe they have to think outside of the box a little because they're typically drafting late in the round. But I think outside linebacker _ rush LB _ makes sense. And so does cornerback.
Because we're all guessing. Sure, it may be informed guessing. But it's still guessing. It all depends on what you like and who you like. Some people like sushi. Some people like steak. And the variance of opinion is never greater than at the QB position. Some of it has to do with which teams need QBs. If you don't put a certain QB in the slot of a QB-needy team _ in other words, you have them taking someone at another position _ it may be 10, 15 draft slots before there's another team really looking for a QB. Hope that makes sense.
I believe what Hue Jackson said is that he wouldn't trade the No. 1 spot for a QB. Maybe that was a little message to New England. He said nothing in that regard to my knowledge about not trading the No. 12 overall. That could still happen. I agree with you. Without a real fix at QB, the Browns are going to be in a hole for a long time.
Yep. And at least one observer I talked to who is an expert on these matters said he thought the Oakland offer wasn't bad. But keep in mind, the NFL wasn't getting $750 million of public money for that stadium. Nor would it have gotten a relocation fee for the owners to divvy up among themselves.
Sure. The NCAA Div. II football championship was played in KC's MLS stadium. Maybe you have SIU play Missouri State or Southeast Missouri there. I'm sure those schools would like the St. Louis exposure. Perhaps you bring back the matchups of historically black colleges. You could have NCAA soccer championships there. Perhaps rugby. Lacrosse. Concerts. International soccer friendlies.
Yeah, not sure how that will work out in Oakland. Could get ugly. As I referenced in an earlier post, I just don't think the UNLV stadium is up to snuff in terms of suites, parking, etc., and overall quality.
I wasn't aware he made the earlier comments. Maybe he developed a conscious, especially after putting about half a billion dollars of his own money into stadium renovations in Miami.
They're trying. But I think Scotttrade is first in line.
Didn't I answer this one already?
I'm not sure how to answer this one. St. Louis has had an incredible run of bad luck when it comes to the NFL, some of its own doing (See: first-tier clause.) But I think we all agree that the football Cardinals weren't run very well until Michael Bidwill took over day-to-day operations _ and that was long after the team left for Arizona. The Rams had four winning seasons in 21 years here. Four great years. But just four. You can't tell me that if say Payton Manning played here and the team was piling up 10, 11, 12 wins seasons and playoff berths with regularity that there wouldn't be a new stadium here _ or at least one planned. If Georgia Frontiere lives longer, if Shad Khan is successful in his efforts to buy the team, the Rams are still here. But again, some owners I think do view St. Louis as a baseball town and do buy into Kroenke's trashing of the town on the way out.
It's a real risk on Glennon. You're paying a lot of money for someone that doesn't have much of a body of work. Those kind of QB deals haven't worked out very often in the past. I have heard good things about Glennon, but how can you be excited if you're a Bears fan? I would think Cutler ends up somewhere.
What a country, eh? Capitalism at work.
Well, let's see what the draft brings. But I like what Tennessee's done (adding Ryan and Cyprien to the secondary), I like what Jacksonville's done (more help for defense), Minnesota adding a couple of offensive linemen and Latavius Murray. New England seems to be in a totally different category; they're pretty amazing.
As long as the TV ratings are fine, and cities keep opening their arms (and in many cases pocketbooks) for relocating franchises, I don't think it changes. This league is very greedy, and money trumps fan loyalty almost every time. The relocation guidelines have proven to be sham, that was shown to be true most conclusively in St. Louis where Malibu Stan didn't try to stay. Again, I don't know how it can be good business to turn your back on three top 25 markets, basically alienate 1/10th of your league.
It will complicate things a little, but it's not like the teams are allowed to practice all that much in the spring these days any way. With a veteran QB such as Romo, it makes it a little easier - even with a new set of receivers.
I think they league might eye London next. I can't see it happened because of logistical issues, but that could be next.
Certainly not without a franchise here. Flyover city, right?
Expansion is a non-starter. Remember, it deletes the TV pie into more shares. These private-only stadiums have been done in large markets. It's much more difficult to do in a smaller market, where you can't charge as much for tickets, suites, club seats, advertising, sponsorships, PSLs _ and other revenue streams that don't always have to be shared with the rest of the league.
It's all relative, of course, but it is impossible to lose money owning an NFL team. There were real stadium issues in Oakland and San Diego. That wasn't the issue in St. Louis. The problem was the stadium lease that gave Kroenke his "out."