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The hardline haters will never believe the "cheating" stories aren't true
So football fans who want the truth and honest fair play are now labelled haters?
the league and fans can move past this utter nonsense of a media tornado
Sounds like you agree strongly with the latest Belichick / Brady denial show.
The media tornado formed around the well documented history of denial and previous violations of rules. It won't stop until the parties involved come clean.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:58 AM on January 23
The organizational response if they honestly don't know is "we don't know."
The Patriots expect people to believe that they have some unidentified rogue staff member that has a secret fetish for removing a specific uniform amount of air from balls after they have received official approval.
End of the discussion, over with, let's focus on the next game.
The head coach and the quarterback who handles the ball on every down has no knowledge that the ball feels different or has any part in them being altered (PSIgate - love that one, grum).
I haven't played football in 10 years and I could easily tell the difference ... anyone on this forum could.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:56 PM on January 22
If there's evidence lots of teams do it, the Patriots should get a much lighter punishment
That logic proved unsuccessful for the New Orleans Saints.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on January 21
Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal
Evidence is the balls being properly inspected by the officials prior to game time and meeting league specifications. After inspection they were returned to the Patriots at which time air was removed from 11 of 12 balls suggesting there was a plan in place to break league rules.
Kind of a big deal. By a repeat offender.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on January 21
The NFL and Patriots are lucky the game wasn't close
Maybe .. but the issue is bigger than that.
It would appear to be another instance of organized cheating by the Patriots to impact the outcome of a game. A division championship game no less. If proven this completely undermines the integrity of the sport.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:51 PM on January 21
11 of 12 balls under-inflated and not meeting NFL standards ...
the Patriots must have been using a gauge that was incorrectly calibrated.
Yeah, that's what it was!
Some things never change.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 PM on January 20
Leafs season record with Carlyle as coach:
21 - 16 - 3 and battling for a playoff spot.
Leafs record after Carlyle fired:
1 - 6 and moving up the draft board.
Could Carlyle be the first coach in history to win Coach of the Year in the year he is fired?
Certainly appears he was getting the best possible out of the hand he was dealt.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:43 PM on January 20
The NFL is investigating, but why?
It was the on-field officials that noticed the balls didn't seem normal and not anyone associated with the Colts. All the media noise has to do with Patriots previous conviction for cheating and nothing to do with the outcome of the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:44 PM on January 19
The 49ers coaching job rates amongst the top 3 worst situations in professional football with Cleveland and Dallas being the other 2.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on January 17
Prediction : New England to win the AFC East in 20XX
As long as Belichick is around Patriots win the AFC East. No other team has the organizational strength to overcome NE. Brady fits well into the system but anyone who thinks NE would drop off the way Indy did in Manning's absence is delusional.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:39 AM on January 14
suggested that the sports books stood to lose quite a bit if Ohio State won
The long term futures probably didn't hurt the books at all. Bets are taken on all teams and I doubt there was a heavy run on Ohio State futures after their early season performance and injuries.
I believe I saw numbers pointing to heavy game bets on Oregon, so books would be happy about that. Ohio State moneyline wagers in retrospect were a killer bargain (!damn).
Am I nuts or are they?
A little early for talk of him moving to the NFL as a QB, but he's a monster athlete who a team might take a flier on assuming he would agree to consider other positions.
He did look like a more athletic version of Big Ben with a stronger arm yesterday but Oregon's defense isn't a sufficient test. And he probably doesn't start next year ....
posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on January 13
It's cool that the first winner is a team that wouldn't have gotten a chance to play for the championship under the old system
The previous system simply dictated the top rated SEC team played an undefeated major conference team. Year after year.
Lost in the glow of the Elliot and Jones performances was the play of Ohio State's offensive and defensive lines. Pure domination on every play.
Mariota was the only bright spot for Oregon. Deadly accurate through 3 quarters his final numbers are skewed by having to force balls in the 4th. And some horrendous drops early in the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on January 13
a "Yeah, but..." on his career
Outside of the last 2 years Manning has historically played on teams that had glaring weaknesses. The fact they were even in the playoffs had everything to do about Manning.
And he's 2-2 against the Patriots dynasty with Brady at the helm.
Come to think of it Brady has lost more games in the playoffs as a heavy favorite than has Peyton.
Is Brady also then a "Yeah, but .." ?
posted by cixelsyd at 01:30 PM on January 12
The call on the Bryant play was a correct application of the rule.
The rule sucks, but if it wasn't revisited by the rules committee after the Megatron catch I can't see it ever changing. And I believe Bryant dropped the ball on the play.
I find this interesting: If Bryant had crossed the goal line and the ball came loose the same ruling would have applied. If a running back is handed the ball and looses it while crossing the goal line it's a touchdown.
Green Bay drove the length of the field on the ensuing possession before downing the ball so would have won the game regardless of the ruling. I agree Dallas should have pounded the ball on the ground and used up the clock.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 AM on January 12
Leafs are a mess. Management has given big money and long term contracts to players of questionable character and commitment. Impossible to fix the situation by trade as there are no takers for floaters with long term high dollar contracts.
Doesn't sound like an ideal situation for any coach.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 06
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