The_Talon

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About The_Talon

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    Fly on your way like an Eagle
  • Birthday 08/25/1972

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    originally Philly, now Berkeley, CA
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    sexy women, guitars, prog-rock and metal, Italian food and wine, architectural photography

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    Eagles
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    Eagles fan, not a jock sniffer
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    Randall, Mike Quick, Eric Allen, Keith Jackson
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    1978?
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    John

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  1. As far back as I can remember, the media wants to rebuild the team that lost the Super Bowl.
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    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    If I were going to argue that the game was fixed, it's not because of penalties are obvious referee decisions, but the game plan. Every team, at one point or another during the season does the exact opposite in a game than what has made them successful. Case in point: The Rams are going to beat you because of Gurley/Anderson. They are not an "air it out" team. They have a good balance, but they're going to beat you on the ground. Yesterday they had Goff airing it out all day, and quite frankly, he's not a very good passer. When a team completely abandons what got them there in the first place, you have to start to wonder. Still, if it was "fixed" it would have been more entertaining.
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    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    This is a bit of a myth. California, SoCal specifically, is not a huge NFL market. Yes, LA is the 2nd largest city (if you call a bunch of suburbs smacked together a "city") with a population of about 3.4 million people but LA is not like the East Coast or the mid-west in the sense that it's too cold to go outside and do anything so you're going to hunker down in front of your television all winter. That doesn't really exist out here. That's why football teams keep leaving LA. The Rams left before, the Chargers left before. Most Chargers fans are still coming up from San Diego to the games. It will be a long time before there are any "LA Chargers" fans. I think within 10 years the Chargers will be back in San Diego. The Rams, who had some glory days in LA, well even most of their fans have always been from the valley. Even the Raiders, who at the time of their move were one of the NFL's most recognizable "brands" couldn't make it there. Both of the "LA" teams are going to rely on opposing teams' fans to help sell out their stadiums for some years to come, because the local interest just isn't there.
  4. The_Talon

    Was Super Bowl LIII Fixed?

    I think the NFL to some degree or another is fixed, but I don't feel like the Super Bowl was. It would have been much more thrilling if it was.
  5. The_Talon

    Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs Patriots.

    in California? I might have bumped into a couple here and there over the last 22 years. Lots of Niners/Raiders fans (for the record, I hate the 49ers more than I hate the Cowboys, but the Niners were one of my most hated teams when I lived back east too. I don't mind the Raiders). Decent amount of Rams fans Decent amount of Chargers fans Decent amount of Cowboys fans Seahawks fans here and there (but not everywhere) The occasional fan of just about any other team
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    Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs Patriots.

    I concur. I liked the game. Happy with the result. I still don't know why so many Eagles fans are butt hurt over the success of the Patriots. Sure, maybe they cheated against us but if they did they didn't do it very well, because it came down to our QB puking on the final drive.
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    Lawsuits field from Rams-Saints game seeding do-over

    let's just agree to disagree then. I think TB was a beast. I think Blount was a beast. I think we had a very well rounded 53 man roster last year. We had just as many players go down but the people that filled the void were of better quality than those asked to fill the void this year. To me, that is "key." Your opinion of that is different, and that's ok. I'm not going to argue with you because there's nothing you can say to change my opinion of that matter and I don't care enough to try and change yours.
  8. The_Talon

    Keeping the Old Proven Guy Over The Young Buck

    Obviously New England made the right choice. I think Indianapolis did too, and GB definitely did because Favre was toast at that point. If there's one team that I think didn't make the right choice, I would say San Diego. I think they might have won a Super Bowl with Brees.
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    Lawsuits field from Rams-Saints game seeding do-over

    Ok, how about Trey Burton? Maybe Dallas Goedart will be a great TE, but Ertz/Burton were the greatest TE tandem in the league. Additionally, none of what you said makes any sense. You say it's a load but then go on to say we didn't upgrade at any position. You also can't compare Blount's numbers on a different team against what he might have done on ours.
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    Should teams be able to challenge penalties or non calls?

    Fair enough, but still, it's intentional grounding. You're saying intentional grounding to avoid a sack is what the rule is. Why not just have it be an overall intentional grounding rule? It simplifies the game. Again, I don't expect these rules to change, I just think they're a little annoying. On another note I guess you wouldn't be open to seeing my league re-alignment idea either.
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    Should teams be able to challenge penalties or non calls?

    I don't know. My frustration with it has nothing to do with logic and just the simple fact that it annoys me. I don't expect a change to being able to call a time out here, I just think it's done to F with the kicker. So it bothers me.
  12. The_Talon

    Should teams be able to challenge penalties or non calls?

    if we're changing the rules, here's a couple that bug me: 1. icing the kicker timeout. i hate it. It drags out the game and while I realize there is a certain psychological effect, it annoys me 2. Pass interference going to the spot of the foul. How many times have we seen a player wide open and the ball goes through his hands or he muffs it? Often enough to tell me there's no guarantee that he would have caught the ball, so I think it should be a 10 or maybe 15 yard gain at the most. 3. Spiking the ball is the most blatant case of "intentional" grounding there is, yet it's not a penalty. Why not? 4. Offensive penalties should include a loss of down. If you have a 5 yard penalty for holding and you're backed up 5 yards but get to replay the down, it only hurts you if you had a big gain on the initial play, so why not make it 2nd and 15 instead of 1st and 15? Just a few minor aggravations I have with the game.
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    Lawsuits field from Rams-Saints game seeding do-over

    seeing that Eagles-Vikings clip right there reminds me of some of the folks we had to part ways with, and didn't replace with equal or better talent. I got blasted in a post I made in pre-season for it when I said we not only did not upgrade the loss of Patrick Robinson, Torrey Smith, or Blount, but we didn't even replace with equal talent. What great contributors they were on that Super Bowl run. Several other players as well. The injuries I understand, nothing we could do about that, but when you're letting players walk away, you better have upgraded.
  14. I think that depends. For the record, i voted Goff, but considering Wentz got hurt so late in the season, the reality is that Wentz won one first. If Aikman got hurt late in the season in 1992 and Steve Buerlein finished the deal, I wouldn't have said Aikman didn't earn it, or didn't win crap.
  15. OK, initially I was reading your post like you were in some sort of denial about it. I don't think the league has gone WWE, but I do think they've turned a corner where maybe league officials are being bribed to somehow influence the game a bit. I was rooting for the Rams (or I guess say I was rooting against the Saints) but that pass interference that was obviously blatant was the worst non call I have ever seen in a game and it reminded me of the 2002 Round of 16 World Cup soccer match between Italy and South Korea where Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno made several highly questionable decisions which influenced the outcome of the game.