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  1. 55thAndRams

    Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs Patriots.

    Man, losing the Super Bowl is the worst. Yeah, you got to the Super Bowl, but in the end, you didn't win the Super Bowl, the same as the last-place team that was eliminated from the playoffs in Week 10. The entire journey adds up to nothing, and really adds a bitter taste to what was a ton of great memories from the year. (Yes, I'm in that horrible "heart ripped out" phase of dealing with a sports loss).
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    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    Of course it's a possibility, but I think it would be more glaring than you're assuming. It takes a lot more than one or two bad holding or pass interference calls/non-calls to say you're "altering the outcome of the game." Just look how much attention one blatantly horrible missed call garnered. Remember, refs are evaluated strenuously for their performance; it's just all behind closed doors to protect the integrity of the process. If there's a pattern of a ref being just plain horrendous at his job, he'll be let go just for that, regardless of whether any criminal doings were alleged or proved.
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    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    Just looking around the Saints board on reddit, it's amazing how many idiots out there actually think the NFL is rigged.
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    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    What exactly were the logistics of this supposed "fix"? There were hardly any penalties called on either team so the only way the game could be fixed would be to have the players/coaches intentionally not perform well. Sounds plausible to me.
  5. It was even worse than the stat line makes it look. Overall, just a horrendous night for the franchise. One of those Super Bowl losses that's probably a worse outcome than not getting there in the first place.
  6. I don't care what anyone is claiming; when you're using CJ Anderson not just on power running plays but also on screen passes, any pretense is gone.
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    Sean McVay: I got out-coached

    Good for him for just flat out admitting it. I told everyone the past two weeks I would have been just as pissed as Saints fans are about the PI if the shoe were on the other foot, but I also knew McVay would have handled it with class and not like the whiny POS Sean Payton. I'm glad he's owning this, but can we stop with the BS about Todd Gurley being healthy? Once you're using CJ Anderson on screen plays, any pretense is gone. I know they're just trying to be magnanimous and not make excuses, but the season's over. We deserve to know what the hell was going on.
  8. Well, not going to try to sugarcoat that. That was pathetic. Can't wait to follow the flood of reports that are going to be coming out this week over WTF was going on with Todd Gurley's injury for the last month.
  9. If you want to go down the technical road, that's fine, but if you do, you have to be willing to walk all the way down it. Which quarterback from the 2016 quarterback draft class won a Super Bowl first? Jacoby Brissett.
  10. Well, the reason why I put it in quotes was because I recognized the inherent ambiguity of the question. I guess the best way to phrase it is this: Someone went into a coma the day after the 2016 draft , and wakes up this coming Monday. They ask "Who won a Super Bowl first out of those two guys." If you had to answer with one word--can't qualify or elaborate your answer at all--what would you answer?
  11. I didn't mean "nominal" as in "in name only," but in the sense of "designated." Anyway, the more I think about this, the more I realize the answer is obviously Goff. A quarterback's first playoff win is a significant rite of passage he has to earn--most QBs don't win their first playoff start--much less a Super Bowl. Saying that Wentz won a Super Bowl just because he got his fingerprints on the Lombardi trophy during the celebration is just semantics. Put it this way--if the Eagles had lost SBLII, do you think it would be fair to say of Wentz that he had "lost the only Super Bowl he participated in"? Of course, Goff has to actually win the damn thing on Sunday for any of this to matter.
  12. I think people are putting too much store by Wentz being the nominal starter. If the situation were reversed--starting QB wasn't available until the second half of the season, backup plays well in his stead for the first half of the season, then starter returns and leads team to Super Bowl win--I think very few people would be inclined to say the backup that played the first half of the season "won a Super Bowl." But, I and most people in this thread are biased. Maybe I should go post this question on a random team's message board.
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    Should teams be able to challenge penalties or non calls?

    Being able to challenge pass interference seems like a total nonstarter to me, because there's generally a huge gulf between the "letter" of the rule and the "spirit" of the rule. The definition of pass interference is contact before the ball arrives, right? So if it's reviewable, then if the DB grazes the WR, that technically "should" be pass interference. It's ultimately up to the discretion of the official, but that's what it is in the first place on the field. Making it reviewable just seems like opening a can of worms. Now, all of that is said with the caveat that it's done in the CFL. I would be interested to see how smoothly it functions there.
  14. If the Rams win the Super Bowl, who should be said to have "won a Super Bowl" first between the former #1 and #2 overall picks: Jared Goff, or Carson Wentz? (Related question: if Wentz goes on to have a Donovan McNabb-like career the rest of the way--a handful of conference championship and Super Bowl losses--will he/should he be said at the end of the day to have "a ring"?)
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    NFC Divisional: Cowboys @ Rams.

    I love that Jerruh says not getting to a Super Bowl during the Romo era is his greatest regret as an owner. Hey, dude, in order to get to a Super Bowl you have to get to an NFC Championship Game.