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  • Dec 13, 2019 01:56 PM
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    Gotta go with LSU. They have had the most impressive season. Strongest wins. Never looked like they were going to lose a game. Their QB Joe Burrow is about to win the Heismann and everything looks pointed squarely in their direction.

    Though this is a rare year with 3 dominant teams all in. Usually you only have 1-2. But we have 3 undefeated teams that are clearly a cut above the rest in the country. And then there's OU. Fully expect LSU to blow them out.

    For the Fiesta Bowl I think Clemson gets it over Ohio State. Clemson hasn't played anyone all year, but they are the defending champs and they are about to play a good team that I think will be close but they will win.

    And just for a full prediction.. I'll say its LSU vs Clemson in the finals. And LSU wins it 31-24.

  • Dec 10, 2019 01:42 PM
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    Excuse the rant but the Patriots have another Spygate incident on their hands and I think they are guilty as hell. Here's what happened, starting with a bit of Spygate history to get everyone up to speed on why this is such a big deal:

    Remember Spygate? Even if you aren't a football fan, you probably heard of that NFL scandal. It even has it's own wikipedia page, that's quite in depth actually. Basically it was when the New England Patriots got caught filming the New York Jets sideline and defensive coaches' signals throughout a game in 2007. Which was ultimately deemed very much against the rules and against the spirit of the game by commissioner Goodell back in the day - in a word it was cheating.

    Eric Mangini, the Jets head coach at the time, knew what Belichick and company were up to during that time and reported the filming to the NFL's security during the 2007 game. The Pats were caught rehanded and Belichick was fined a lot of money and so was the team, and they were stripped of their 2008 #1 pick in the draft. And it was headline news for all of 2007 after the story broke and stayed relevant for many years to come.

    It stayed so relevant because everyone knew the Patriots were cheating in this way, and that this wasn't an isolated incident. Reports and allegations were dropping all over the place of them filming other team's practices for years. Many think (or probably know) that only the tip of the cheating iceberg that is the Patriots under Bill Belichick ever got officially confirmed or publicized. (blame lack of proof for that).

    Anyways, fast forward to Dec of 2019. (And realize from 2007 to 2019 you just fast forwarded through Deflategate and that whole Brady fiasco).. and we arrive at yet another shady, Patriots cheating allegation/scandal/incident:

    That's right. Spygate 2.0. Maybe this time it was just an innocent misunderstanding. But c'mon now.. after what we have seen and heard about Belichick and the Patriots over the last 12+ years, how can you possibly take them at their word on this?

    Patriots video reportedly focused on Bengals sideline for 8 minutes

    Supposedly some rogue film crew filmed the Bengals sideline for 8 whole minutes during a game. Exactly what the Patriots got into so much trouble for over a decade ago. The film crew did work for the Patriots, though Belichick is claiming he had no idea what they were doing, and from what I understand, he is saying they were filming for a 'Do Your Job' video feature, not for nefarious reasons.

    Basically they are saying this is an innocent misunderstanding, and at worst, the film crew did violate the NFL policy but it was completely unintentional and there was absolutely no cheating.

    Very curious to say the least. This is exactly how the first Spygate played out so far, more or less. Belichick plays the card of plausible deniability and fed the last film crew the same excuse - 'just say you were filming for other reasons and you had no idea you were breaking the rules, ie CHEATING.

    I have to think this was cheating. That Belichick knew exactly what was going on and that he was behind all of this. If that's true, makes me wonder why? The game they were filming was of two bad teams - the Browns and the Bengals. If you are such an epic awesome coach, why in the world would you ever even come close to another possible Spygate scandal? What possible edge could you achieve from this?

    The most damning bit of evidence to me is that one of the cameramen wanted to delete the footage after he was caught:

    Patriots cameraman reportedly asked to 'just delete the footage,' Bill Belichick denies any involvement


    What does everyone here make of all this? No doubt this story will become more clear over time.

  • Nov 20, 2018 06:07 PM
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    Amazing what getting Anthony Davis can do for your franchise. 21-3 to start the season, and clearly the team to beat in the league. Can Lebron create another dynasty? Yes he can. Though this one won't last 10 years of course. But 2-4, why not?

    Wonder how many titles he will win until he calls it quits. I would be shocked if it's zero. Though the homer in me thinks Dallas can play spoiler this year to them. Their first matchup went to OT and shouldn't have. Mavs shoulda won. And the Mavs beat the Lakers handily in their 2nd matchup.

    If the Mavs meet the Lakers in the playoffs, I think the Mavs can really shock some people. NBA basketball is all about matchups. The Mavs don't matchup well with the Clippers, but they do with the Lakers. Actually I think the Lakers worst matchup in the league is the Mavericks. Though that's probly just my recency bias, and homer bias. :)

  • Dec 09, 2019 11:27 AM
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    So can individual Russians still enter into the Olympics this time? I believe Russian athletes got to compete in the last Olympics when the country was banned (for the same thing), they just couldn't declare Russia as their country. I think they used a loophole in the system where they just didn't declare a country.

    Makes the ban less damning to Russia in that case, if their athletes can still compete.

  • Dec 02, 2019 12:36 PM
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    Sooners win in OT. Utah loses bad to Oregon. Now all that needs to happen is Georgia to lose to LSU for Oklahoma to make the playoffs. Did not see that coming a month ago when they lost to K State. Big 12 champ game was a good one --

  • Nov 26, 2019 11:18 AM
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    JFoster Wrote: Ah. Got it. I was sort of thinking something along those lines. Lamar is considered exceptional among other dual threat QB's because he not only can pass, but pass outside the pocket, yet he can run the ball a the same time, making him even more of a head ache for the defense than other dual threat QB's in the past, giving him the potential to be one of the best to have ever played.

    Exactly! Check this out: Lamar Jackson Is Out Here Breaking Ankles!

  • Nov 26, 2019 11:18 AM
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    JFoster Wrote: This guy is truly an impressive NFL player. I'm not a huge football fan so forgive me for the following question. Since you've said that he could become the greatest dual threat QB to ever play the game. And given that dual threats are rather rare in comparison to what you'd consider a standard QB. How would this stack up against every other QB who've been considered some of the best to have ever played? What I'm asking here is how much of an edge does being a dual threat QB give to a player when being compared to all other quarter backs?

    Great question. So what I hear a lot on local radio here in Dallas is football is all about deception. A team has 11 players on offense facing off against 11 players on defense. The goal is to scheme your offensive play calling to deceive the opponent's defense just enough to get more points than the other team, basically.

    And the defense is doing the same thing. They are calling and executing plays to confuse the other team.

    So an offense can give off the illusion they are going to pass the ball, trick the defense into defending a pass by pulling their men toward receivers, and then run the ball. Or vice versa. The QB has the ability to make a defense look really foolish if he can consistently keep the defense guessing and feeling like they have to be ready for anything.

    A traditional QB, say like Tom Brady, while brilliant at what he does, presents less of a confusing threat to opposing defenses because he doesn't have the athleticism to take off and run with the ball like a running back on any given play. But a dual threat QB like Lamar Jackson does.

    Lamar poses a really annoying challenge to defenses - he can hand the ball off to his running back, throw the ball down the field OR he can keep the ball himself and run it just like a running back. So three options instead of the traditional 2 options defenses usually have to game plan for.

    Many QBs over the years have had the ability to take off and run, but its not a main part of their game. With Lamar, he is extraordinarily good at it, and Baltimore knows this and embraces it, meaning he will do it 8-20 times a game. A serious headache for opposing defenses to game plan for because the Ravens can now scheme up so much more deception.

    Finally Lamar is showing he is very good at passing outside the pocket. Traditional QBs until just recently have been known as more 'pocket passers', again like Tom Brady - a QB that's not particularly great at running around behind the line of scrimmage and resetting his feet to pass the ball. If you are only a pocket passer, you are limited to the kinds of throws you can make. Lamar is not limited in any respect. He can do it all. So he poses a great threat to all defenses that have to try and game plan for him.

    Dual threat QBs can be gimmicky unless the QB is special. Michael Vick was a better runner than passer. Same for Cam Newton in my opinion. But if you get a special guy like Lamar that excels in both... who knows... he could be the best ever. Not just the best dual threat QB, but simply the best QB ever. Time will tell, and we will see if defenses adjust accordingly to his game or not.

  • Aug 01, 2018 08:24 PM
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    Revamping this thread for 2019 and beyond, especially since the former #1 trio isn't even playing together anymore. Big Ben is hurt all year, Antonio Brown is out of the league and Leveon Bell is a Jet.. crazy change from a few years ago.

    So for 2019, at this time we are 11-12 weeks through the regular season, here's my top 5 offensive trios in the league:

    1. Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott
    2. Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen/Stefon Diggs
    3. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas
    4. Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Tyler Lockett
    5. Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams

    I think 1 and 2 is quite close. I think Amari Cooper is the best WR in the league right now. Dak has played like a top 3-5 QB this year so far and Zeke while not dominant is still clearly a top 5-10 RB production wise in the league and any given week most expect him to be top 3.

    Kirk Cousins brings down the Vikings just a little bit rankings wise but he has had many great games. Cook is only behind Christian McCaffery on yards for the year and Stefon Diggs is a top 6 receiver right now.

    Then the next 3 are real close. Both Brees and Davante Adams have been hurt a good chunk of the year, otherwise this list could look slightly different. But yeah that's my top 5. Agree? Think I left any trio out?

  • Dec 10, 2018 04:54 PM
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    Luka Doncic second-youngest with 40-point triple-double

    He is now being called 'baby Lebron'. Happy Deserved so far. He has elevated his game to a crazy degree to start off the season. Top 5 in scoring and assists. Top 10 in rebounds. The most triple doubles of anyone in the league after 13 games (6 so far). Dude just keeps impressing and getting better. And oh yeah, he is still only 20 years old.

  • Nov 06, 2019 12:07 PM
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    You have to just throw your hands up in disgust of the league after seeing this particular no call and failed challenge play. DeAndre Hopkins was 100% no doubt about it clearly interfered with, to the perfect letter of the law on this play and the league said 'nope'. What is going on?

    Refs Screw Over Texans By Not Calling Obvious Pass Interference Call On Ravens