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17 minutes ago, PromoTheRobot said:

One of the angles of the AAF is having college terratories. So the Birmingham team has lots of Bama and Auburn players. Orlando has lots of Gators and Seminoles. That along with being in warmer climates in the dead of winter. That's why they aren't in NY and Chicago.

It is cool to see that Birmingham is playing at Legion Field.

 

I think that The Iron has 10 players from Alabama. At least a couple of them rarely got a chance to play in Tuscaloosa. One that I know of was a udfa who got injured. I am really glad to see them get another chance to compete.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Albany,n.y. said:

Actually, it makes no sense to have games in February there. The only team even remotely north is in Utah.  The league is not designed to be a major league.  The cities you mention don't want minor league teams playing in the dead of winter.  The AAF only has 2 teams in NFL cities for a good reason-they're trying to play in places without pro football.  Putting teams in NFL cities is what will kill the new XFL.  The only XFL city without an NFL team is St. Louis.  

The above makes perfect sense.

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Best part of anything I've read about the AAF is that Hackenburg was letting F-bombs fly despite being miked up.

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1 hour ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

Is it just a coincidence all the home teams won?

I can't imagine "home field advantage" plays any factor here. Some players have local ties.

 

All the home teams were favored to win prior to the games. 

 

Birmingham was the least favored to win the championship, but they dominated the first game.

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18 hours ago, Buffalo Barbarian said:

Who is this Perez kid? Looks decent.

 

All these WRs must be former Bills, cant make a catch.

 

 

What are they paying these guys?

 

 

He was my Day 3 sleeper choice from last year's draft; really cool background on him.

 

He didn't even play football in high school; he was a high school bowler (and sounds like he was good enough to contemplate a professional bowling career). He had always liked football though and looked up "How to be a Quarterback" on YouTube and started trying some of the lessons out in person. Ended up having a connection to Akili Smith and Akili let him join him for some training sessions. He eventually asked his junior college coach if he could join the team as a QB and was named the 9th string QB. Through a crazy series of injuries and him just ascending a bit, he eventually got a chance to play, ended up transferring to a Division 2 school, won the Division 2 championship, won the Division 2 equivalent of the Heisman, and here we are.

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Just now, YoloinOhio said:

 

 

Hack's gonna hack.

1 hour ago, LeGOATski said:

I can't imagine "home field advantage" plays any factor here. Some players have local ties.

 

All the home teams were favored to win prior to the games. 

 

Birmingham was the least favored to win the championship, but they dominated the first game.

 

I was just trying to be playfully conspiratorial, with tongue firmly in cheek. But what better way to make those ticket buying fans happy than with a season opening win?

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On 2/9/2019 at 12:07 PM, Brianmoorman4jesus said:

I completely disagree. I think kickoffs are a huge part of football and they need to stay in the nfl

57% of NFL kickoffs are touchbacks anyway. Add that with the fair catch, it's just a boring play that's a waste of time. This league gets right to the action and plays it off as if it was just a touchback. I personally enjoyed the hell out of the game. 

3 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

One of the angles of the AAF is having college terratories. So the Birmingham team has lots of Bama and Auburn players. Orlando has lots of Gators and Seminoles. That along with being in warmer climates in the dead of winter. That's why they aren't in NY and Chicago.

This is actually what got me into the league. I have season tickets for UH, so four players, three of which had an enormous impact on the game, all play for San Antonio. 

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2 hours ago, eball said:

Best part of anything I've read about the AAF is that Hackenburg was letting F-bombs fly despite being miked up.

 

..definitely the ONLY thing he can let fly.........sure as hell  isn't footballs..............

 

10-of-23 passes for 87 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception

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Until Saturday, I did not know the league existed. I was very skeptical but after watching the games and reading how they put it together, I think it has a real shot.  It will never be quality football but with some time it could be an entertaining and serve as "minor league" football with players to keep an eye on.  

 

Biggest takeaway: The defenses appear to be two or three games ahead of the offense, which makes sense, especially since offensive linemen are hard to find and skill positions will have a major flaw or two (speed, size, ability to catch, run routes, arm strength, accuracy, etc).  Even Trent Richardson looked really good but then on a few plays you're reminded why he's not in the NFL. 

 

Last, I like rule changes; especially the rules to speed up the game,  the "kickoff" and transparent video replay.  The mandatory two-point conversion makes sense and even the modified "on-sides" rule could be intriguing, or at the very least, more successful than today's NFL on-sides success rate.  (When was the last time you've seen a successful kick?).

 

Only downside to the quicker game is the offense seem to get gassed as the game went on but certainly with a try.  

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3 minutes ago, Max Fischer said:

Until Saturday, I did not know the league existed. I was very skeptical but after watching the games and reading how they put it together, I think it has a real shot.  It will never be quality football but with some time it could be an entertaining and serve as "minor league" football with players to keep an eye on.  

 

Biggest takeaway: The defenses appear to be two or three games ahead of the offense, which makes sense, especially since offensive linemen are hard to find and skill positions will have a major flaw or two (speed, size, ability to catch, run routes, arm strength, accuracy, etc).  Even Trent Richardson looked really good but then on a few plays you're reminded why he's not in the NFL. 

 

Last, I like rule changes; especially the rules to speed up the game,  the "kickoff" and transparent video replay.  The mandatory two-point conversion makes sense and even the modified "on-sides" rule could be intriguing, or at the very least, more successful than today's NFL on-sides success rate.  (When was the last time you've seen a successful kick?).

 

Only downside to the quicker game is the offense seem to get gassed as the game went on but certainly with a try.  

 

Conditioning and chemistry are an issue, for now, since they've only had ~30 days together.

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Whether or not this league sticks around for the long haul (and I absolutely hope it does, because I want more football and the NFL needs a developmental league), I expect the NFL to steal the best ideas the AAF has, just as they did to the XFL.

I think the NFL, in time, will end up implementing the transparent replay official, the elimination of the kickoff, more players being mic'd up, and a lot of the chip tracking technology.

I really hope this league succeeds. It's got a real shot. It just needs some star power.

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1 minute ago, Logic said:

Whether or not this league sticks around for the long haul (and I absolutely hope it does, because I want more football and the NFL needs a developmental league), I expect the NFL to steal the best ideas the AAF has, just as they did to the XFL.

I think the NFL, in time, will end up implementing the transparent replay official, the elimination of the kickoff, more players being mic'd up, and a lot of the chip tracking technology.

I really hope this league succeeds. It's got a real shot. It just needs some star power.

 

One big difference that the NFL won't (re)adopt is letting the players hit the snot out of each other.  Many hits in yesterday's game would have been 15-yard penalties in the NFL.

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1 minute ago, Gugny said:

 

One big difference that the NFL won't (re)adopt is letting the players hit the snot out of each other.  Many hits in yesterday's game would have been 15-yard penalties in the NFL.


Funnily enough, I think that's one of the AAF's early drawing powers: Hard hits. There are A LOT of football fans who miss seeing hits like that, for better or worse. I agree that the NFL won't go backwards on that one, but it may be what helps the AAF stick around.

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9 minutes ago, Logic said:


Funnily enough, I think that's one of the AAF's early drawing powers: Hard hits. There are A LOT of football fans who miss seeing hits like that, for better or worse. I agree that the NFL won't go backwards on that one, but it may be what helps the AAF stick around.

I think the XFL is gonna be doing this. The "extreme" part last time was a gimmick, but I see them catering to the fans who think the NFL has become too soft. But yeah, the hit on the San Diego QB was unreal. I loved it though.

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I've seen bits and pieces of this league so far and like a lot of what I've seen.

 

There are some things I would change if I were Charlie Ebersol:

 

First of all, as I said earlier, have players whose rights are owned by NFL teams and have the NFL team emblem on the back of their helmet to make them easily identifiable, just to give us extra incentive to watch.

 

In between drives (when not showing an ad) show quick 90 second 'get to know' segments of the players, maybe ones with interesting stories or charismatic personalities. One of the big problems new leagues like this have is that people don't know the players, they're just faceless guys in a new uniform, but when you get to know the players a bit you form more of a connection and take more of an interest.

 

 

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Watching this AAF league should be a good reminder of why they protect the QBs

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I like the mandatory 2 point conversion, but if the NFL gets rid of kicked extra points I hope they change the 2 point conversion to the 1 point conversion. I just prefer 7-0 , 7-7 type scores, call me old. 

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Seems odd that there will suddenly be 2 spring leagues next year

 

They should have worked together and put all the resources into doing 1 well

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17 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

 

 

It's nice to have dreams, but they should concentrate on making 8 teams work long term first.

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2 hours ago, The Real Buffalo Joe said:

 

I think the XFL is gonna be doing this. The "extreme" part last time was a gimmick, but I see them catering to the fans who think the NFL has become too soft. But yeah, the hit on the San Diego QB was unreal. I loved it though.

I agree, there's definitely a place for that 'old school' approach. The XFL had some nice ideas last time but ruined them with crap play and all the stupid wrestling style antics.

 

The ideas of playing only outdoors, on real grass, with real hits, is something that appeals to someone of my age group. But of course that's not enough. You still have to take the product seriously. 

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9 hours ago, Not at the table Karlos said:

Its called a Bro

It’s a MANZZIERE....

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1 hour ago, RobbRiddick said:

I agree, there's definitely a place for that 'old school' approach. The XFL had some nice ideas last time but ruined them with crap play and all the stupid wrestling style antics.

 

The ideas of playing only outdoors, on real grass, with real hits, is something that appeals to someone of my age group. But of course that's not enough. You still have to take the product seriously. 

The outdoor, real grass thing doesn't bother me in football so much as it does in baseball. There's a much more obvious effect in baseball from artificial turf. 

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I watched parts of both games and liked it. The hit on SD QB that sent his "head" rolling across the field looked like legal hit and there was no flag. NFL would have been from every official. The replay official being there was already better than Al Riveron. Last, a split screen commercial is fine by me

 

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