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  1. If people get offended by you kneeling for "Lift Every Voice and Sing," (also known as the black national anthem), it will be the second time in the history of mankind that people became offended by kneeling.
  2. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy preseason games. We get to follow some of the camp competitions. We get a bead on some the third stringers, who we would otherwise rarely see. You get a first NFL look at the rookies (some of whom we will never see again). I remember last season, they handed off to Motor something like fifteen times in a row, just to see what he was made of. Is it "meaningful" football? Naw. But it's football. I watch, and enjoy all four, every year. And, for all those on here who get all sour at their very existence, I would think that not watching would suffice. I watch the preseason games religiously, and enjoy them. But, the pro bowl could be played as a bocce tournament, and probably be more entertaining.
  3. I feel bad for some of the rookies, and especially UDFAs who are going to have a much, much harder time proving themselves.
  4. It's a good point. But, I think if you look at the rest of the league, it has been historically pretty common for defenses to be given a much longer leash when facing exceptionally mobile QBs. Tyrod Taylor used to get mashed, as did Vick. These days, though, with the specter of CTE always present, I think refs are being pretty strict regarding roughing the passer. I don't recall hits on Allen getting ignored, and I don't think that was an issue with Lamar Jackson, either (although I didn't see many Baltimore games). All that being said, I think given his injury history, and the team he will be playing for, your point stands, and Jerry Hughs will have to watch himself.
  5. I figure it's going to happen around the same time that my kid cleans his room.
  6. These numbers more or less even out when you consider that Murphy got about twice the snaps as Shaq.
  7. McKenzie gets cut. All of the little gadget plays that McK did last year Stephon Diggs did for the Vikes. And, quite frankly, Diggs does them better. McK offered versatility that Daboll cherishes. Diggs makes him redundant. If there is a role that keeps McK on the team, it will be for the other versatile attributes that he has for which they may not want to risk Diggs-- special teams, etc. They had him in as a defensive back at one point last season. But, I don't think that is going to be enough to keep him on the team.
  8. I work in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles, and productions are just starting to crawl back to life-- but very slowly. Some of the commercial work-- small productions, with minimal crews-- started up last week. And, the first TV show started up the other day-- The Bold, and the Beautiful. I think there are also some very low-budget movies starting to be being made, taking advantage of the rock-bottom prices of equipment that would otherwise be collecting dust on shelves. But, the word is, at the moment, that the bulk of movie, and television production isn't starting up soon-- possibly not until the end of the year, or until a vaccine comes out. With all that in mind, Hard Knocks reality TV in Los Angeles is kind of a no-brainer. Crews are going to be far away from the cast. The cast will be in close proximity to one another, regardless of the TV crews. They will have the best production infrastructure, at the lowest cost that they have ever had. And the protocols for safe TV production in LA have already been written, and approved, and the personnel are lining up for the jobs. Bottom line: HBO will have two teams worth of drama, with more production value than they have ever had, for less money than they have ever spent.
  9. In fact, I almost hope there aren't any crowds. These telecasts of games have directors. They take sound very seriously. They're not just going to tape a game, and shrug if the background sound is dominated by long stretches of awkward silence. They're going to take a long, hard look at how these productions carry their entertainment value. If they don't adjust the tone of the commentators at all, it will likely sound awkward if they appear to be yelling during the play. Aesthetic decisions will be made. Bottom line: It will be a whole new broadcast paradigm that will have plenty of creative types with their hands in the pot. Will they pipe in fake crowd noise? (Unlikely, IMO). Will they be pointing shotgun microphones at the play, and amplifying the crashing of pads, the smacking of flesh, and the "oof" of wind breaking from the lungs of a QB getting trucked by a DE? (God, I hope so!) Or, will the commentators be lowering their tones, and waxing analytic? It's a brave new world. Give me slack, or kill me, and GO BILLS!
  10. Speaking personally, I would put the order of rivalry at: 1) Pats* 2) Jets 3) Dolphins 4) Everyone else. But, to be honest, the only one of those 31 teams for which I would feel anything close to "hatred" would be the Pats*.
  11. If anyone ever proposes to my daughter, they better not do it on one knee, or I'm going to punch them in the mouth.
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