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MoonKnight1
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Preseason has started so we might as well get on with it ourselves!

Last night Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins looked really good. Then he looked really bad. Then good. Then back to bad.

Basically he looked like a rookie starting his first NFL game. There were flashes of brilliance followed by dumb mistakes but I can see the talent and hope he figures out the rest. I certainly don't think he will be ready to start in Week 1. One thing I can see is that, unlike Bob Griffin from a few years ago, Haskins knows when to slide rather than take a hit.

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I know it meaningless and they don't count...

But the Ravens are on a 14 game preseason winning streak!

They're now tied with the '57-'59 Bears and '60-'63 Chargers for the 2nd longest preseason winning streak in NFL history, behind only the '59-'63 Packers (I guess they played more than 4 preseason games per year back then.)

So I hear the Bears are looking for a kicker? Kaare Vedvik was with the Ravens last training camp and looked fantastic before he was assaulted and ended up on the non-football related injury list. He appears to be back at full strength because last night we went 4-4 on FGs from 26, 29, 45, and 55 yards.
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Do you think that the Steelers are missing Antics Brown, excuse me I meant Antonio Brown, much?

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Friday, August 09, 2019 9:05:19 PM
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
Do you think that the Steelers are missing Antics Brown, excuse me I meant Antonio Brown, much?

Now there's this: I'm taking my toys and leaving - AB

What a clown. Clown

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Friday, August 09, 2019 10:43:05 PM
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
MoonKnight1 wrote:
Do you think that the Steelers are missing Antics Brown, excuse me I meant Antonio Brown, much?

Now there's this: I'm taking my toys and leaving - AB

What a clown. Clown


I remember when everyone (myself included) laughed at the Steelers for "only" getting a 3rd and 5th round draft pick in exchange for Antonio Brown...

...Right now it looks like they hosed the Raiders completely in that trade.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:17:18 PM
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HaHaHaHa!!! How funny is it that Colin Kaepernick thinks he still has a shot at playing in the NFL? I mean, c'mon dude. There is not a single owner in the National Football League that will stick his neck out there to hire someone who so obviously hates the military, gives cops the double finger salute and probably uses the American Flag as toilet paper.

Now if only he had beaten up women (Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster, dozens of others) or broken a 3 year old boys arm (Tyreek Hill) raped someone (Ben Roethlisberger) or killed a bunch of dogs (Michael Vick) then he would certainly have been given another shot.

Better think about that the next time you decide to peacefully protest what you perceive to be racial and social injustices. Straight Face

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:44:53 AM
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
HaHaHaHa!!! How funny is it that Colin Kaepernick thinks he still has a shot at playing in the NFL? I mean, c'mon dude. There is not a single owner in the National Football League that will stick his neck out there to hire someone who so obviously hates the military, gives cops the double finger salute and probably uses the American Flag as toilet paper.

Now if only he had beaten up women (Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster, dozens of others) or broken a 3 year old boys arm (Tyreek Hill) raped someone (Ben Roethlisberger) or killed a bunch of dogs (Michael Vick) then he would certainly have been given another shot.

Better think about that the next time you decide to peacefully protest what you perceive to be racial and social injustices. Straight Face


Honestly, I think the reason that he doesn't have a job in the NFL right doesn't have as much to do with Kaep protesting as people think.

1) The Broncos agreed in principle to trade for Kaep while he was still under contract with the 49ers. They backed out of the trade when Kaep refused to take a pay-cut.

2) He opted out of his contract with the 49ers and expected to get paid more by another team. Note that the 49ers would likely have released him anyway, but he had unrealistic expectations. He thought another team would pay him more than he made with the 49ers BECAUSE he protested, not that they'd be less interested because of it.

3) The Ravens were on the verge of offering Kaep a contract. And then his girlfriend LITERALLY (literally the literal meaning of literally) called Ray Lewis an Uncle Tom (by putting his photo side by side with a picture of Samuel L. Jackson's slave character from Django Unchained.)

4) He annoyed the NFL owners by pursuing his collusion case that he had no chance of winning. He just kept pushing it long enough to force the owners to settle (for practically nothing, it's worth pointing out), just so they could avoid discovery and potentially having the private finances of NFL clubs being made public.

And as a funny tangent. If you get a chance, read the entire Donald Trump quote when he talks about Colin Kaepernick and if you want to die of alcohol poisoning, take a shot every time he says, "good enough."
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Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:47:30 AM
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All very valid points (or should I say, "good enough"?). You're right, he hasn't exactly done himself any favors.

I will say that the NFL settling the case seems like an admission that they were colluding against him.

The thing about his girlfriend is reprehensible but not entirely his fault. I am tired of people calling team owners (not just NFL but across sports) "slave owners" and likening franchises to plantations. That is ludicrous. I don't recall hearing that slaves made millions of dollars per year or had the freedom to go from one plantation to another. Stop it.

As much as I like drinking I don't think I could make it through the Donald's quote without passing out. Tongue

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QB Josh Woodrum is the 1st QB to fall. Torn pec or something. They picked up another camp arm today but baring some miracle I can see him floundering through garbage time in the preseason games to come before getting cut to start the season.

If they can get a solid offensive line together it should be an interesting year. Enough potential to justify a new larger TV. Big Grin

Receivers are going to surprise some people how much better they are this year.

Top 10 Defense.

HOF level potential running backs with another waiting in the wing, maybe available late in the season.

I'm torn between wanting to give colt a few games to see if he can deliver on his potential, going with the proven vet or tossing the rookie into the fire right away to speed up his learning curve. I'm not even sure there is a correct answer. There's enough there to maybe package up Smith and Williams for a trade that lands a 1st round pick next year and maybe a starting caliber LT right now.

Only real question I'm still looking for an answer to is the rookie tight end. 6'8" screams give him a specialty roll in goal and short yardage as a jump ball specialist. Noone in the NFC has a tight end taller than 6'4" and two of them top out at 6'3". Sounds like a luxury pick for a specialty weapon there's no defense for if they can get it smoothed out. No opportunity really presented itself in the 1st game to showcase it.

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Aww man, Woodrum was really a fan favorite of the Ravens fans the last two years during camp, even though there was no chance of him making the team either year.
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Friday, August 16, 2019 10:38:56 AM
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So I got this Hulu thing on another 30 day free trial heading into and ongoing $44.99 a month thing and it still took calling them directly and 30 minutes on the phone to get the Richmond Local channels to come thru. I got that down and all set to watch and then at 7:30 exactly they take FOX off the air. After scrambling around for alternatives for a while, I find it's showing on some Washington Sports channel that was included. Does this keep happening all season? I like my FOX announcers and stuff.

Who is to blame for us missing the Haskins touchdown? They pop back from commercial with the replay already in progress. Is that the Washington channel or did the Preseason broadcast in general have everyone miss it?

Hulu comes with a pause and rewind feature but unless you pay more it doesn't let you fast forward thru commercials to catch back up. I was behind all the way thru until half time trying to make up for what I missed due to FOX disappearing.
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So Josh Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL so he can play for the Patriots this season.

Does anyone feel like this is complete garbage?

This was his FOURTH suspension for substance abuse and he essentially only gets four games (he was suspended for the last 4 games of last season).

His second suspension was ten games (under the current substance abuse rules) and his third was indefinite. So how the heck is his fourth suspension less severe than his second?

Not surprisingly this benefits the Patriots significantly. I'm sure that's a total coincidence.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 5:49:09 PM
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Does anyone actually know what is and isn't pass interference anymore? I'm no longer sure after Thursday. Was that the 4th string officials two weeks away from getting cut?
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monidaw1 wrote:
Does anyone actually know what is and isn't pass interference anymore? I'm no longer sure after Thursday. Was that the 4th string officials two weeks away from getting cut?


I don't think the new rule is going to cause as many problems as you think it will. Remember last year when the new stricter rule was put into effect about initiating contact with the helmet being a penalty for virtually anyone and everyone. The flag rate for the new penalty was ridiculous in the preseason, but in the regular season people figured it out and it became basically a non-issue.

I think the same thing is going to happen with the new PI review.

And I'd rather have the new PI review rule than another season without it.

Now if only the NFL would fix the horribly broken onside kick...
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Monday, August 19, 2019 2:46:33 PM
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I hate to complain about officiating but that Redskins/Bengals game was tough to watch, and not just because it was preseason! The head official must have been getting paid by the word or he liked the sound of his own voice because yellow flags were littering the field on almost every play in the first quarter.

The biggest penalty that I believe was unwarranted was the helmet to helmet hit charged to Josh Norman. The ball had been tipped and Norman was trying to intercept it before it hit the ground, at the same time the WR was attempting the same thing. They collided and Josh got a personal foul. He was absolutely NOT trying to spear the guy. It was patently obvious that he was going after a loose ball and the WR ran into him more than the other way around. But those calls always go against the defense. Angry

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining solely about calls against the Skins, there were some ticky-tacky fouls called against the Bengals as well.

I do like being able to challenge Pass Interference calls. It will be a learning curve for coaches to decide when to challenge.

OK, moving on...

Looks like the Washington medical staff bungled Colt McCoy's situation in addition to alienating Trent Williams by misdiagnosing him. Probably won't see either of them on the field this year, unless they trade Williams. I am all for that. Look, I like the guy but he obviously doesn't want to play in DC anymore so why not get something back for him. He'll be harder to trade when he's a year older.

BTW, did I already say that Antonio Brown is a Clown? Clown Apparently he's too good to practice (we talking about practice!) and reports are in that he also shows up late for meetings and once he gets there he immediately goes to his phone and starts playing games, texting, checking out Twitter, etc. and doesn't really pay attention to what the coaches are saying. Man, it must be nice to be super talented and coddled throughout your entire career. His nickname is "A.B." Half right, it should be Bay-bee. Crying

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Aren't we at the point now that someone should be able to bundle up entire football seasons for one team from previous years and offer the entire games minus commercials for entire seasons like they do tv series? I really want to Buy and rewatch 83 to 86. I also missed most of 87 to 90 in various other countries while in the military although I did catch the playoffs and that game they rained the cushions down.

Various other years I'd like to visit just to see some of the games that got people into the Hall of Fame.

From this week's nonsense, if you hit a player helmet to helmet hard enough to get flagged and have the Concussion Protocols thing enacted removing the hitte from being able to play, why isn't the hitter automatically benched for the rest of the game at the same time? It sounds stupidly simple and fair.
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Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:13:59 PM
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monidaw1 wrote:
Aren't we at the point now that someone should be able to bundle up entire football seasons for one team from previous years and offer the entire games minus commercials for entire seasons like they do tv series? I really want to Buy and rewatch 83 to 86. I also missed most of 87 to 90 in various other countries while in the military although I did catch the playoffs and that game they rained the cushions down.

Various other years I'd like to visit just to see some of the games that got people into the Hall of Fame.


I really like that idea. I know they have the America's Game series which recaps the entire season, but that's only 44 minutes.

For the most recent Super Bowls they have an extended recaps, for the 2012 Ravens it's 2h20m.

And they've also had the Road to Super Whatever which is the full game broadcasts of every playoff game. I have that for both the Ravens 2000 and 2012 Super Bowl teams.

Unfortunately what's probably the reason why they don't go back and do older seasons is because there's not enough of a market for it.

But you know what could work? Do what WWE did with the WWE Network where everything more than a week old is available for streaming. They wouldn't be able to offer live games because their TV contracts prohibit it, I'm sure, but the NFL must have a MASSIVE library that they could allow access to and it would 100% be worth $10 a month to be able to stream however much older NFL content they have.

Highlights, Football Follies, entire NFL games, awards ceremonies, Hall of Fame inductions, and everything else in their library, that'd be awesome.
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I first saw the headline on Foxnews "Star NFL QB to announce retirement after battling injuries" with a picture of Luck and I thought, "What a click-bait headline, there's no way Andrew Luck is retiring." -reads article- "Holy crap, Andrew Luck is retiring."

I just had a conversation with my dad a few weeks ago with him saying that Luck was injury prone and I argued the contrary, saying that outside of the one whole season he missed, he hasn't missed that much and that he'll be back for the regular season.

Guess I owe my dad an apology.
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Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:18:02 PM
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When I read:
lcfrick wrote:
"Star NFL QB to announce retirement after battling injuries"
my first thought was, "Which one? Colt McCoy or Alex Smith?" Laughing

I was not as surprised as I thought I should be when I heard the news. He has been battling injuries a lot recently but I thought after last year he was back all in.

Now the debate can renew! Who had the better career - Bob Griffin or Andy Luck?

Is Bob still playing? Last I heard he was injured again, still with the Ravens?

Well, the QB competition in DC is now a two horse race and it looks like Keenum has the edge. I love Haskins and think he will be a fantastic QB sometime in the future. The way the O-Line is shaking up it might not matter who takes snaps this year anyway.

I think if Keenum starts Week 1 the Skins will be a 5-6 win team and if Haskins starts then they will be...a 4-5 win team. Straight Face

BTW, is anyone surprised that Jordan Reed is in the concussion protocol again? Dude, you might want to think about retiring before you do any more damage to your head. Seriously.

What did you all think of the Packers/Raiders game in Winnipeg, Canada? I found it humorous that they played on a shorter field (even though the field is bigger in the CFL) because of the holes left by the goalposts. I was wondering why they even played there in the first place. Apparently the Raiders didn't think they were still going to be in Oakland this year so they couldn't play it in the stadium that they share with the A's. That is sooo Raiders!

Hope Zeke Who holds out until Week 3. Devil

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Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:38:18 PM
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
When I read:
lcfrick wrote:
"Star NFL QB to announce retirement after battling injuries"
my first thought was, "Which one? Colt McCoy or Alex Smith?" Laughing

I was not as surprised as I thought I should be when I heard the news. He has been battling injuries a lot recently but I thought after last year he was back all in.

Now the debate can renew! Who had the better career - Bob Griffin or Andy Luck?

Is Bob still playing? Last I heard he was injured again, still with the Ravens?


Yup, he re-signed with the Ravens in the off-season to be the backup, but hasn't been in the news in the pre-season because he injured his hand, though he's expected to be ready for the regular season (though the same was said about Luck.)

MoonKnight1 wrote:
What did you all think of the Packers/Raiders game in Winnipeg, Canada? I found it humorous that they played on a shorter field (even though the field is bigger in the CFL) because of the holes left by the goalposts. I was wondering why they even played there in the first place. Apparently the Raiders didn't think they were still going to be in Oakland this year so they couldn't play it in the stadium that they share with the A's. That is sooo Raiders!


Week 3 was a weird pre-season week all around. The Ravens/Eagles game ended early in with almost a full quarter to play because of lightning. And also Lamar Jackson didn't play a single snap in the game, despite the 3rd game usually being the dress rehearsal (and he's not injured either).
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