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#1 Sep 16 2013 at 11:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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1. Build a stadium specifically designed to reinforce and amplify sound waves before focusing them down on the playing field.
2. LOUD NOISESlink is in blue, how appropriate. Smiley: lol
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4. Superbowl

At least that's more or less how I'm assuming the thought process went. Always knew it was crazy loud there, the kind where you scream because then your ears hurt less. I guess that goes as far to confirming it as anything will. I haven't had a chance to talk the family yet about what it was like (assuming they can actually speak today, which is pretty unlikely all things considered), but that had to be one heck of an experience. Now if we can just manage to squeak out a couple of wins away from the noise box we might actually be able to ride the sound as far as the championship game.

Anyway, an American football thread I guess. How's your team faring?
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Don't have a team. Have a day with lots of commercials and even more drinking and heart-attack inducing food in the end, though.
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If you'd like a team to root for I'm sure we could find one for you.
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I have't a team. I did notice another segment of another news program this weekend that was devoted to football and head injuries. Add to that noise levels that are 150% of the occupational limit and one must wonder.....

Is American football really that awesome?
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Is American football really that awesome?
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Elinda wrote:
Is American football really that awesome?
Did you catch this piece? Just came out last week and pretty much hits on everything that makes an academic side of the campus hate college football.
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#7 Sep 16 2013 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
Chicago Bears. Off to a good start with 2-0. Both wins eeked out in the final moments of the game. We've got the Steelers next Sunday night; should be a good game.
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If you'd like a team to root for I'm sure we could find one for you.
I'll just wait for the beer, burgers and dogs on the last day and bluff my way through the rest.
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Vikings are 0-2. Two very tough losses due to how they came about. I get to see them here in Cincinnati in December. I hope they have something to play for by that point.
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Out of reverence for my Mom I choose Vikings for a team. Also in my early dating days with my hubby we went to a couple Viking games (in the old outdoor Met Stadium...brrrrrr) as his dad had season tix.

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Bulldogs in college football, not really that into any of the pro teams.

After reading that SI article, I'm wondering how the Dawgs treat their players compared to OSU. I remember us having a few football players in classes - an intro to media studies, and Portuguese, and one of my Shakespeare classes. I only recall one in a 4000 level class.

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Pats will win the division (though Miami looks pretty decent), but I doubt they make any kind of noise in the playoffs.
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If you'd like a team to root for I'm sure we could find one for you.
I'll just wait for the beer, burgers and dogs on the last day and bluff my way through the rest.
You sure? Jacksonville could use an extra fan or two. I'm sure they'd be happy to have you.

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Bulldogs in college football, not really that into any of the pro teams.

After reading that SI article, I'm wondering how the Dawgs treat their players compared to OSU. I remember us having a few football players in classes - an intro to media studies, and Portuguese, and one of my Shakespeare classes. I only recall one in a 4000 level class.
I'm not sure what's worse: all the wrongdoing they describe there, or that it all doesn't seem very shocking. Whatever they do with football at the college level, it clearly needs some major changes.

Our college didn't even have a football team though. I guess we did once, but they weren't very good, and after someone died after being injured on the practice field several years ago they got the axe. As much as it was nice not to have it around, I did miss the sense of community the games build. Or maybe it's just something to do. The Soccer team was pretty big on campus, but it never generated as much attention. Smiley: frown
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Elinda wrote:
Is American football really that awesome?
Absolutely!
I tried to watch the Superbowl once. My god was that a mind numbing experience, everything is so ridiculously slow.
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Elinda wrote:
Is American football really that awesome?
Absolutely!
I tried to watch the Superbowl once. My god was that a mind numbing experience, everything is so ridiculously slow.
Superbowl is a great example of what you can get when you take 2 very good sports teams and use them as background filler in your commercial.

If you think American football is bad you should really stay away from baseball nascar American sports in general. Smiley: rolleyes


Edited, Sep 16th 2013 12:02pm by someproteinguy
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Yeah, okay.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
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Is American football really that awesome?
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I tried to watch the Superbowl once. My god was that a mind numbing experience, everything is so ridiculously slow.
As opposed to soccer where you have two teams playing 90% of the game in the center of the field? Just because you don't understand it, doesn't make it unexciting. If you thought football was mind numbingly slow, trying watching a baseball game or a round of golf.
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Whatever they do with football at the college level, it clearly needs some major changes.
Football's not the issue. All of the sports are. College sports in the US is huge money.
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[quote=Elinda]Is American football really that awesome?
Absolutely!
I tried to watch the Superbowl once. My god was that a mind numbing experience, everything is so ridiculously slow.
As opposed to soccer where you have two teams playing 90% of the game in the center of the field? Just because you don't understand it, doesn't make it unexciting. If you thought football was mind numbingly slow, trying watching a baseball game or a round of golf.
************ soccer, bunch of spoiled whiny twats that earn way too much money for crying bloody murder when someone touches them. I prefer the speed of hockey (field hockey for you), especially since the changes in recent years that have really upped the speed of the game.
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
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Whatever they do with football at the college level, it clearly needs some major changes.
Football's not the issue. All of the sports are. College sports in the US is huge money.
How'd we get here anyway? We have minor league baseball, minor league hockey, but no minor league football. Part of me thinks it'd be nice at times to separate the two (athletics/academics) out a bit more.

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The XFL flopped in a major way.
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There are also college baseball teams, for that matter.

Here's how I've heard it described: Football is an "event" sport. Football only runs every week, sometimes every other week, so it can happen outside of big city and still be the "event." High school football tends to have those small towns locked down, leaving the big towns to have their big games, and the mid-size towns - college towns - to the college football teams. At the same time, football teams are larger in terms of total roster because of the risk of injuries during the season, and football is a more demanding sport, meaning there are less players to go around from high school to college to the pros. They also tend to retire earlier.

Baseball is less of an event sport and more of a way of life. The games run almost daily during the season, so they need a much bigger municipality to support them and make enough money from daily ticket sales. The game is less risky in terms of injury and death, and baseball team rosters tend to not have as many backup/relief players. Many young promising players skip college entirely and join the "farm teams" at age 18 as soon as they're out of high school. There are thus more players available for the minor leagues.

Funny enough, the sports we care about only slightly less than football here include, in order:
- Gymnastics
- Swimming and diving
- Golf
- Women's basketball

That has to do with the GymDawgs and the SwimDawgs taking home a lot of national titles and having OIympians on them and stuff, I'm sure.
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And that's the bummer of the thing. Not just because it flopped of course, but underneath it all it league was meant to make money (I know heaven forbid...). You have a very lucrative collegiate sports program already in place. You are going to have a hard time pushing aside a setup like that with something that doesn't post the same kinds of profit.

College Football = Life for enough people anyway. Smiley: rolleyes
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Pats will win the division (though Miami looks pretty decent), but I doubt they make any kind of noise in the playoffs.


They've kinda squeaked by in their first two games though. Too many new faces on the receiving squad for Brady to really shine. Unless a couple of players really really step up, they're going to get demolished when they start facing actual strong teams.
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Pats will win the division (though Miami looks pretty decent), but I doubt they make any kind of noise in the playoffs.


They've kinda squeaked by in their first two games though. Too many new faces on the receiving squad for Brady to really shine. Unless a couple of players really really step up, they're going to get demolished when they start facing actual strong teams.
Well, yeah. It's more a statement about how bad the division is than how good the Patriots are that they will likely win it. I expect them to be out in the first round. Their only chance is if Gronk can come back and stay healthy, which he doesn't exactly have a history of.
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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
So kind of like a middle eastern league?
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Tsk tsk, this is no place for petty racism Aethien. Smiley: disappointed













If anything they would have burned up like Tibetan monks. Smiley: schooled
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Vikings are 0-2. Two very tough losses due to how they came about. I get to see them here in Cincinnati in December. I hope they have something to play for by that point.



I wouldn't count on it. We are in deep **** already with TWO division losses.


I didn't harbor any delusions about this season. It is stupid to believe All Day is going to get 2k yards per season every season. We don't have a respectable vertical game and as a result opponents have absolutely zero reason not to stick 8 men the box.


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Pats will win the division (though Miami looks pretty decent), but I doubt they make any kind of noise in the playoffs.


They've kinda squeaked by in their first two games though. Too many new faces on the receiving squad for Brady to really shine. Unless a couple of players really really step up, they're going to get demolished when they start facing actual strong teams.
Well, yeah. It's more a statement about how bad the division is than how good the Patriots are that they will likely win it. I expect them to be out in the first round. Their only chance is if Gronk can come back and stay healthy, which he doesn't exactly have a history of.



What this guy said.

The Pats make it into the playoffs routinely because they are in one of the worst divisions in Football. It has very little to do with the team as a whole. I'll extend this to the AFC in general, as a conference, it is much weaker than the NFC.

The Jets and Bills have been awful for literally a decade with a flash in the pan here and there at best. The Dolphins seem to be getting the right pieces together finally but are largely unproven.

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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
So kind of like a middle eastern league?
Probably, but I changed my mind last night and decided this is what XFL truly needed. Real football, too. And soccer, baseball, rugby, chess ...
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Saints have pulled out two wins, so an ok start. Their schedule isn't bad either, so if they keep it up a playoff berth is certainly possible.
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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
So kind of like a middle eastern league?
Probably, but I changed my mind last night and decided this is what XFL truly needed. Real football, too. And soccer, baseball, rugby, chess ...
There's definitely potential there.
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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
So kind of like a middle eastern league?
Probably, but I changed my mind last night and decided this is what XFL truly needed. Real football, too. And soccer, baseball, rugby, chess ...

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Elinda wrote:
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What the XFL needed were more explosions. Not fireworks, but C4 strapped to the players.
So kind of like a middle eastern league?
Probably, but I changed my mind last night and decided this is what XFL truly needed. Real football, too. And soccer, baseball, rugby, chess ...

Beach Volleyball is way ahead of you....
This is one of those cases you don't mind being a little behind the curve.
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Random Sunday football thoughts:

1) The Panthers were under-rated, they do seem to have a really nice defense put together down there. Or maybe the Giants just really suck, suppose it could be both, but those cats haven't allowed very many points this year.

2) It'll be interesting to see how these read-option QBs adjust to everyone having figured out their tricks. Guess we see who is actually any good, and who just rode the new trick to a nice contract.

3) For all that "Pats are terrible this year" commentary I heard, they're still on top of what's looking like a tough division this year.

4) I'm not sure any of the pundits, columnists, etc can really identify which teams are any good and which teams aren't prior to the rest of us. It's like if there isn't 5 or 6 games on record for the team everyone is just guessing. It's hard to tell the difference between 2 good teams playing and two mediocre ones then? Beats me.
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My Pats are 3-0. I'd say they're faring quite well, especially given their circumstances.
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The AFC East is not a tough division. The Jets are terrible and the Bills are still a mess. They may be good in another 2 years. Miami's half decent. Winning at home versus a banged up Falcons team doesn't make them a contender. I'm a Dolphins fan, but I'm not blind.

And the Panthers aren't underrated. Their play calling is horrendous. The make tons of mental mistakes. They're poorly coached. Like Detroit.
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Even with my half-assed attention span towards the sports I know the Bills will never be good.
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3) For all that "Pats are terrible this year" commentary I heard, they're still on top of what's looking like a tough division this year.
The Dolphins seem like the only threat. We'll see how they hold up. NYJ and BUF look like cupcakes.
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That will depend on whether Manuel is the real deal or just another ****** QB drafted by the Bills to replace Jim Kelly.
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And the Panthers aren't underrated. Their play calling is horrendous. The make tons of mental mistakes. They're poorly coached. Like Detroit.
Given that people were putting them among the worst teams in the league following their 0-2 start, I'd say they were definitely underrated. Not that they're amazing or anything, and really not even play off material. Still appear more like a team that would be chasing a .500 season rather than one chasing the first pick in next year's draft. Average, not terrible.

But yeah, there's some questionable decision making going on there.


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Who was putting them as one of the worst teams in the leagues? Bobblehead TV announcers? Anyone who watches football knows there's a lot of talent on that team and that they're capable of beating any team out there, assuming their coaching doesn't **** it up.
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Who was putting them as one of the worst teams in the leagues? Bobblehead TV announcers?
Internet hotheads of course, but them too.

SI had them at 30/32; bleacherreport.com had 31/32. Which seemed really odd at the time, since like you say there's quite a bit of talent on that team, if they could just get them all moving the same direction.
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