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    SI Chronicles the Sad Saga of James Hardy

    Does not compute. Contradictory.
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    SI Chronicles the Sad Saga of James Hardy

    Well, you don't know how tough I think it is, so not sure how you'd know it's tougher than I think. I'm not trying to soft-pedal his environment and its horrible impact. But what about all the kids in that environment who *didn't* have a coach and his wife, or a relative, take an interest? Who didn't have a scholarship offer to college? What about the kid from that environment, who showed academic promise but didn't get a scholarship because the scholarship money goes to athletes? Or maybe the kid who did have a teacher take an interest, and a guidance counselor who helped the kid hunt down mom and dad and fill out the non-trivial paperwork for financial aid, but the kid got shot as an innocent bystander on a visit home for Thanksgiving? I'm not saying Hardy didn't have a rough life and it isn't a sad story. I'm just saying on the Hapless scale of things, my deepest sorrow goes elsewhere.
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    SI Chronicles the Sad Saga of James Hardy

    I'm sorry for him and those his death impacts, but I'm having trouble understanding the "saddest story ever" thing. Guy was born with incredible athletic talent and while he didn't have a father in his life and his family was unstable, it sounds like he had coaches, relatives, and friends who cared about him and spent a lot of time trying to help him along the way. Per the article, he was given a "free pass" to bad behavior as a youth and college student - rules were for other people - and was putting all his eggs in the "athletic success" basket. There are many talented HS and college athletes who get less help and fewer opportunities. To me the take-home is that coaches and schools do their athletes no favors if they treat them as beyond consequences or don't push them to lay down a solid enough academic foundation to have success in life outside athletics.
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    Nobody wants to talk about this - but - the PUNKS - -

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    Josh Allen starts week 12 but shows no growth....

    What does "shows no growth" mean in the context of one game for a rookie QB?
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    Just heard an interesting Eli rumor (not Bills related)

    If it's tampering or not depends on where the Giants stand - if they're interested in working a trade of some kind (hey - in the new league year) but the trade partner would need Eli to renegotiate his salary, they may have given permission to talk.
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    THE ROCKPILE REVIEW - What Is It With This Team?

    The thing is, the Jets really haven't been in the "really bad" pot on defense, depending upon how you define "really bad" I suppose. Until yesterday's 41 point debacle, they were kind of bottom-third 'meh' on points given up. We were considerably below them. After yesterday, we're 25th to their 26th. There are 5 teams who have given up more points I rather wonder if we were a "trap game" for them, as we were for the Vikes - who would surely like a "do over"
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    Comments about Nathan Peterman being a "good guy"

    Is that what Peterman was doing? I had wondered that when Allen was starting, I never saw Peterman sitting next to him when the D was out there going over the pictures. That could mean nothing of course. Maybe Allen prefers to have his space and he's discussing the film shots with Daboll. Or it could mean, maybe Peterman isn't always the good teammate his "good guy" rep would suppose.
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    THE ROCKPILE REVIEW - What Is It With This Team?

    There's that. I think Daboll "dumbed down" the offense and limited it to what Barkley had time to master, and everyone played faster for that It's possible the OL changes helped And then there's taking a TE who's been "phoning it in" off the field and putting in a couple young, hungry, fast guys out to showcase themselves and demonstrate they belong (diluted the effect of a WR who's been "phoning it in")
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    Comments about Nathan Peterman being a "good guy"

    Nah, that's the "Fitztragic" side of his Jekyll-and-Hyde personna.
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    THE ROCKPILE REVIEW - What Is It With This Team?

    Yep. And based on yesterday, there would be Barkley >>> Anderson, but I'd like more than one game sample before getting too thrilled.
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    THE ROCKPILE REVIEW - What Is It With This Team?

    I really think there's likely more to it than that, though it would appear Barkley > Anderson >> Peterman
  13. My point was Foster had some catchable throws from Allen he was unable to track or haul in. Meta-point: it's amazing how one's definition of "catchable ball" changes watching WR on other teams If Foster has improved from a couple months on practice squad and catch stuff now, glad he's playing Half-empty glass much?
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    Comments about Nathan Peterman being a "good guy"

    I'm saying at least two, maybe 3, football coaches AND A GM made a football evaluation mistake. I think there's "faith" involved here all right, but the "faith" is mine, in their ability to make good player evaluations.
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    Comments about Nathan Peterman being a "good guy"

    I think there aren't 'cold hard facts' about 'absolutely no other reason'. I think another reason was mention by Beane in interviews this spring/summer: evidently he was quick to pick up Daboll's offense and to understand it (in a meeting room) thoroughly. We all also saw that he did very well in camp and against "vanilla", non-deceptive defenses in pre-season. So the conclusion from the available cold, hard facts would be that Daboll, McDermott, and Beane overvalued or mis-valued theoretical understanding of the offense shown in meeting rooms, and overvalued or mis-valued ability to succeed against vanilla defenses
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