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Think of the possibilities...a game in Rio in November instead of Cleveland? Who wouldn't want that?

 

The real logistical question, I guess, is how to determine who each team plays in that 17th game. the current 16-game schedule works out really neatly:

  • Six games against division rivals
  • Four games against a division in the other conference
  • Four games against teams in another division in your 
  • Two games against the remaining teams in your conference that finished in the same position that you did

Who's the seventeenth game against, and how is it determined? 'Natural rivals' (e.g., Giants-Jets, Rams-Chargers, Eagles-Steelers, Bucs-Dolphins, etc.)? Designated team from the other conference? Something completely random? None of these fits the symmetry the current 16-game schedule offers.

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Well, the union's board decided to unilaterally reject the CBA before the player reps or rank-and-file could even vote on it. Which proves a.) that even the player's union can see through the owners' intent, and b.) prolonged negotiations and a possible lockout might be worth it if it brings some fairness to the negotiations.

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I think 17 games, even with an extra bye week, is too much. I think the NFLPA will dig in on that issue, and rightly so.

 

So...I'm seeing some talented players in the XFL. Could we see some of them playing if there's a strike?

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I note also that expanding the playoffs is almost pure profit for the owners in the old arrangement.  Players don't get paid an amount scaled to their regular contracts; it's a much lower rate.

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Hearken unto me fellow NFL fans!

 

Soon shall the Underwear Olympics commence!!!  To illustrate the supreme relevance of this grand event, I humbly present you with this momentous fact:

 

Peyton Manning and Patrick Mahomes had the same 40 time.

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7 minutes ago, Pariah said:

Wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Politics thread....

 

Fans rip Garth Brooks for Barry Sanders jersey, thinking it was for Bernie Sanders

 

This was at a concert IN DETROIT, mind you....

 

So many things wrong with this, but this response in particular is noteworthy... 

 

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"SANDERS? FOR REAL? How much did KFC pay you to wear this? Keep fast food out of your music. KFC wants chicken for all. Show me a country that has succeeded with a chicken for all policy. #popeyes2020"

 

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4 hours ago, Starlord said:

Well, if you read deeper into the article many Bernie supporters also praised him so....there's enough dumb to go around on both sides.

 

Yeah, that has been my experience.  

 

Even worse, what is the likelihood that any random politician is dumber than a large amount of their constituents?

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On 2/28/2020 at 8:11 PM, Badger said:

Even worse, what is the likelihood that any random politician is dumber than a large amount of their constituents?

 

In the words of Obi Wan Kenobi, "Who's more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?"

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On 2/28/2020 at 3:04 PM, Cancer said:

"Dumb" is like entropy.  At best it stays constant.  Most cases it increases.  It never decreases.

I think the third law of Dumb is it always flows from a place of high dumbness to areas of lesser dumbness?

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Eric Reid has lawyers review proposed CBA, and they advise players to vote 'no'

 

Meiselas and Genco lay out several bullet points highlighting their reasons for why players are getting a bad deal if they agree to the proposed CBA.



Among them:
  • “This deal doesn’t have an opt out or any meaningful step-up or increase in revenue or benefits to Players during the 10 years. THIS MEANS PLAYERS ARE LOCKED INTO THESE TERMS WITHOUT INCREASE IN BENEFIT FOR THE ENTIRE 10 YEAR DEAL.”
  • The 17th game owners want means “more games, more plays, more injuries, shorter careers, without more money.”
  • Since owners have declared a 17th regular season game “non-negotiable,” then players should also have a non-negotiable — to the lawyers, that is a 50-50 revenue split.
  • The outside revenue streams team owners have that do not benefit players — “Not only is the split unfair and undervalues Players, Owners are allowed to exclude significant revenue from the pie altogether.”

The lawyers also note that an agreed-upon CBA is valuable to the NFL because the league has negotiations coming with television networks, and the NFLPA needs to trade on that.

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