rocketman44

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    49ers
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    Alan Page Tom Rathman
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    Eagles, 49ers, Titans
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    1967
  1. The NFL's 100th Season - 2019

    I recall the 1994 season, though I was not wild about the 49ers vs Cowboys NFC Championship tilt which featured, in my opinion anyway, two poorly conceived "throwbacks" which used the helmets current at the time with throwback uniforms. Back then, there was no 'one helmet' rule so there was no excuse for the half-hearted effort. The 2009 AFL 50th that the NFL did was much better conceived and executed. I still recall the Monday Night game between Buffalo and New England that featured really cool throwbacks, while the Chargers sported both home and white road unis that were exquisite. So if the league does do a throwback season in 2019, I just hope they do it right. Suspend the one-helmet rule, or find a way to allow two helmets that fit the player properly in the first place and make it permanent. With the one helmet rule, most throwbacks are a waste of time anyway. Look at Washington last week, where the jersey color clearly did not match the helmet, as a perfect example of doing something but not doing it right and thus just end up looking dumb.
  2. Am I the only Tony Romo hater?

    I wonder how it went over at CBS when Romo got the top analyst job with zero experience. NBC did something similar years ago with Bill Walsh. To me, you work your way up - at least a little. And he needs to get better, for many of the reasons already mentioned in this thread, before he's a true number one analyst.
  3. Romo in the booth?

    He's knowledgeable, certainly, but he needs to bring his child-like enthusiasm down a notch. Also, predicting play outcomes can get a bit wearisome. I'd rather have an analyst break things down after the play, like Madden did to good effect. Also, his voice just doesn't project. I have trouble hearing him. This isn't a problem that's limited to Romo - there are just a handful of guys who really have a good voice that can project from the screen and draw you in to the telecast. And usually, that's the play-by-play announcer's domain. But it's still important for an analyst too.
  4. Thursday Night Football: Pats vs KC

    One can only hope. Unfortunately for fans of other teams, he'll probably play until he's 73.
  5. Ok enough is enough. Time to boycott the NFL.

    Back in the day (pre-1980's), there was basically no football coverage until you put the game on. In a way, ignorance really was bliss.
  6. greatest DE of all time

    It's a close, close call, but I voted White, despite Deacon and the Foursome being football heroes of my youth. The mention of Charles Haley is interesting too - his move from SF to Dallas was essentially constituted a shift in the balance of power in the NFC. There were other factors too, but that trade was one of the most notable trades in league history.
  7. Trubisky Booed at Bulls Game

    It amazes me how teams give lucrative contracts to QBs that are marginal, at best. Glennon has played in all of 21 games - not even a season and a half of starts. I guess his eye-popping 91% completion rate* from 2016 puts him over the top. * on a whopping 11 attempts
  8. I don't see him being dominant, but I can picture him making some plays if used properly and being a nice utility guy. He makes me think of Sproles, or one of the myriad backs that New England keeps coming up with, with James White being the latest.
  9. Does it agitate anyone else?

    Tennessee Oilers just wouldn't sound right. But I understand the OP's sentiment. And although the Titans' uniform and logo is pretty cool, that Oilers' uniform was a gem, and that oil derrick was pretty iconic. In a way, I like what Cleveland did - by keeping the Browns' team name, colors, and history in Cleveland, they are still the Cleveland Browns, albeit it a sort of 2.0 Cleveland Browns. But they have the identity tied with the city. But I can also see the value of taking the team name, colors, and history with a franchise when it moves. I'm perfectly fine with the Cardinals as the Arizona Cardinals, for example. Interestingly, had every team done what Cleveland did, the Rams could have become the Cardinals when they moved to St. Louis, then become the Rams again when they recently moved back to LA. That would seem silly, not to mention confusing. Luckily for the Browns (and us), the NFL expanded back to Cleveland, instead of some other team moving there. My guess is that Cleveland retained the team's identity only because of the possibility of getting a new franchise. In other words, had, say, the Rams moved there, my guess is that they'd have been the Cleveland Rams*, not the Cleveland Browns, and would have worn blue/gold and kept the emblem. * The Rams did in fact start out as the Cleveland Rams, playing there from 1936-45 before moving to LA. They took the name, colors, and history with them, of course.
  10. Football cards from yesteryear

    I collected them for the bubblegum. Seriously, I enjoyed getting cards of players I liked. Back then, I identified strongly with players. When I played, I WAS Alan Page. I WAS Jack Snow. That's how I felt about them. I no longer have my old cards though. I'd imagine that my mom threw them out with my comic books.
  11. I'm all for the white horns - but only if they change the rest of the uniform. When they wore the white-horned helmet for that Thursday Night game this past season, it didn't look right with the current uniform. Plus, their current all-white look isn't very compelling anyway, neither is their all-blue look. I'd even argue that their look since the 2000 season makeover (switching to gold instead of yellow) has been a mistake. On top of that, going all-blue and all-white makes it even worse. When they wear the blue pants with the white jersey, the look improves, and the blue jersey/white pants look isn't bad. But they need to get away from the current gold and either go back to blue-white or the blue-yellow.
  12. Change the OT rule already

    In the case of Playoff OT, to me, the simpler, the better. Visitor gets the ball first - no coin toss. Home team gets it last. Sudden death after that. In the Super Bowl, there is always a visitor and home team - this year, the Pats were the visitor. No complaints about coin toss, no complaints about a team never getting the ball.
  13. Change the OT rule already

    Ironically, a tie can break a tie. For example, hypothetical NFC East Standings: Cowboys 12-4-0 Eagles 10-5-1 Giants 10-6-0 Redskins 4-12-0 In this case, the Eagles' tie effectively becomes a tie-breaker. No need to go through a tie-break scenario, especially since, let's just say, the two teams would split the season series. This assumes that the tie came against a team other than the Giants. For the sake of simplicity, let's say they played a tie game against team in another division. So ties should be rare, but I don't think they need to be eliminated entirely, because sometimes they can decide things more easily than a tie-breaker formula.
  14. If the Eagles lost the Super Bowl

    The Niners are still my favorite team. I never left them. The passion just isn't what it was. It's sports. What's the big deal? Also, I mentioned that I've liked the Niners since the days of John Brodie, Ken Willard, Dave Wilcox, Gene Washington. Bear in mind, I was a kid back then. Preferences can change. Once I became an adult, I settled on the Niners. I simply like those Walsh/Montana teams better than anything since.
  15. XFL was good for something

    I wouldn't say it "reinvented" the game. I watched the 30/30, as well as the first couple of XFL games, and while there certainly were some innovative things added, I would stop well short of a reinvention of football. It was an interesting segment, and I must say too that the uniform designs were pretty cool for the most part. But yes, some stuff was carried forward and adopted by the NFL. The NFL, even though it opposed leagues such as the AAFC, AFL (NOT referring to Arena League), USFL, and XFL, was influenced in some ways by all. There was also the ill-fated WFL of the mid-1970's, but besides signing Larry Czonka, Jim Kiick, and Paul Warfield, and potentially raiding other NFL teams for talent (players such as Ken Stabler signed, but were eligible to play only after their NFL contract ran out), the league left perhaps just one true legacy - by raiding the Dolphins of three key players, the balance of power in the AFC was affected.