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Everything posted by Ennjay

  1. Not a lot of tears shed around here in North Jersey when Prince and the Giants divorced. Just sayin'.
  2. Putting aside I don't give a rat's crap about Miami's QB situation so long as it stays bad: Joey Harrington comes to mind. Not Jimmy Clausen because a lot (meaning a lot) of people thought he was a marginal talent to begin with and the Carolina situation wasn't as bad as AZ and Miami. (Cue the Notre Dame defenders; ND hasn't produced a decent NFL QB since ... Steve Beuerlein?)
  3. You are exactly right. It shows again that voters for the HOF of "the ultimate team game" put too much emphasis on winning Super Bowls. Of course that counts for something, but a guy (Coryell) who made a huge mark on this sport is penalized because his teams in St Louis and San Diego were good enough to be in the championship mix for years but never overcame some other good teams like Dallas and Pittsburgh and Miami to get to the top. Coryell made Dan Fouts, who's in the HOF himself.
  4. What a pleasure it is to fill my Monday morning with this topic. Thank you for giving my week the sunshine-and-roses start it deserves. Maybe it will snow, too!
  5. Good list but I would add making Marv GM as a bonehead move. Look, I love Marv. But this wasn't a job he could do and Ralph hired him strictly and purely because he (Ralph) felt comfortable with him (Marv), the team and the fans be damned. Then he made it worse with Brandon. I have to think Ralph really lost it in his last years. But I always wondered if he really understood how the game on the field worked (hello Kaye Stephenson, Hank Bullough, . . .) I don't know about cynical, but pitiful and flat-out stupid work too.
  6. This XFL exists for only one reason: television programming at a minimal cost. Per Wikipedia: "The Wall Street Journal reported via inside sources that neither the broadcasters or the league are making any upfront payments, but that the XFL will sell the in-game sponsorship inventory. The networks will cover the production costs, hold the digital rights to their telecasts, and the right to sell the conventional commercial inventory during their games." Team budgets and the programming costs are all low enough that it won't take much (a few ads, ticket sales, maybe some t-shirts) to make the league "viable" -- meaning it won't lose money. And think about it: what else do Fox (and its FS1) and ABC (and its ESPN) have to program in these time slots? They're already saturated with college basketball and that ends for them in about another month anyway. Golf? Not many majors in the next 10 or 12 weeks (CBS has the Masters). Baseball? Fox can park its Saturday game on one of its two networks but the seasons barely overlap (two weeks in April?) and nobody will care that early in the year. Bowling? I think this is very low risk for ABC and Fox. So long as they control costs like it seems they can, this can be a workable venture.
  7. I had the same reaction. Robert DeNiro is a great actor. Who isn't Irish.
  8. Seattle should be a Fox game but unlikely to be what Fox likes to call America's Game of the Week at 4 or 4:25 with Buck and Aikman -- it's not like the Cowboys or Patriots are playing, using the Fox mindset. So I see Seattle as a 1 pm game for that reason, especially if it's on a Fox doubleheader week. Yeah two good teams but not much national juice. Loved the movie, but DeNiro as Irish?????? Geez and begorrah.
  9. Thanks. I can't explain why (other than the obvious I want everything Bills to be great) but the weakness and unreliability of our punting game bothered me more and more as the season went on no matter what Bojorquez did. He was supposed to be a thunderfoot stud when they picked him up off NE's waivers and really on his best days he's only a journeyman gap filler. I don't know what priority to give a punter, but if Charlton is that good and he's there in the third round given how late the Bills draft this year . . . is that crazy talk?
  10. I'd forgotten. You're absolutely right.
  11. Me too. He probably pissed somebody (maybe a lot of people) off back in the day. I find the Football HOF voting too biased that way -- guys who are in the club get in and the outliers don't make the cut. Guys on national broadcasts like Cowher and Johnson are in the club. I don't know if anyone actually dislikes Tasker but neither can I see who his in-the-club buddies are. BTW, my favorite Karras line from when he was on MNF: Cosell was going on too long about what a great blocker some RB or WR was, so Karras says, "if he's such a good blocker why don't they stick a 63 on his back and. make him a guard?"
  12. Mac Speedie was HC of the Broncos in the 60's when I started following pro football. Obviously that's not what got him into the HOF.
  13. Neither one of us knows what's in Lawrence's head, but this is extremely unlikely if he projects as the #1 pick in the draft. Guys like Mark Sanchez and Johnny Manziel left early and cleaned up. Guys like Matt Leinart and our own Matt Barkley stuck around one more year and sank a little (Leinert from top pick to borderline top 10) and a lot (from first round to fourth). It's hard to imagine anyone participating in Power 5 football at his level sticking around longer than he has to. 'Course there's Andrew Luck too. Stayed the one more year and was still the #1 pick. But he hears a different drummer from a lot of NFL players.
  14. He moved out of a house in Brookline . . . and into a house in Greenwich. Unless he plans to sign with the Giants or Jets (yeah right) he hasn't gone anywhere.
  15. That's embarrassing. My bad: his name is Trevor, not Taylor. (So Miami will tank forever for Trevor?) But I notice no one on this board called me on it. So either (1) thanks everyone for your restraint or (2) what's wrong with all you people?
  16. He'll be living and working here in New Jersey . . . where he'll have much the same problem. So it was about Taylor Lawrence all along? Failure for Taylure?
  17. This is all moot. He isn't going anywhere. He doesn't fit with any other team -- the Bears? the Chargers? Please. Nobody else has a quick slant offense that takes advantage of his (eroding) skills (making quick decisions and getting rid of the ball quickly) and nobody else will give him $35M just to look good in their uniform. So he'll posture for a while and maybe even make some well-publicized team recruiting visits but then he'll sign with NE. It will be a multiyear deal with front-loaded money so they can spread the salary cap hit but he won't play the full contract. As for preferences, we're not replaying any games from the last 20+ years. I want every Bills opponent to be weaker than the Bills but at this stage of his career I don't care what Brady does or who he does it for.
  18. Please please please extend Tre White while you can still afford him Look at the history of Bills #1 draft choice DB's who cut and run for more $ somewhere else -- Winfield, Clement, Gilmore, even Li'l Donte. Please PLEASE extend Tre White while you can still afford him.
  19. Or "Gregg." (Unless it was Forrest.)
  20. Maybe but Denver's had three coaches in the last 5 years (4 in 6) and Fangio replaced the disaster that was Vance Joseph. Throw in there's an ownership vacuum and Elway, who's getting by on his playing rep and not what he's done as an executive, hand-picked Fangio and of course he's good for a second year. I'm expecting a major house-cleaning in Denver next year if the Broncos have a losing record. Assuming someone in ownership steps up and Elway isn't running the show.
  21. I was all set to post the name of our new punter but I looked at the FA list on Spotrac.com and ... damn. So it looks like our '20 punter just finished his last college season, or will be cut by someone else before we pick him up. All things considered I'm hoping for the former.
  22. Is this the year that cutting players after June 1 does no good because the CBA ends after 2020? And that means all dead money hits for '20 regardless of when the cut is made?
  23. This is a serious question. Tell me about Waddle. All I know is that he was out all season. What do you like about him? Tackle depth or is there more?
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