IMO, if people take a hiatus from Fantasy Football, they would realize just how crappy the actual games are.
That's what did it for me, Burgundy. I started playing FF in the late 90s (tallied everything via newspaper box scores and a calculator), and I continued to play until about a handful of years ago. Once I finally took those glasses off, the NFL looked even worse than it did before I started playing FF. I'll flip through an NFL game or two from time to time, but I've not watched an entire NFL game since I stopped playing FF. It's just not compelling at all.
Glad I'm not the only one stuck here, Moosie.
Doesn't have to be an HD antenna, now that everything is digital; plus, all of the major networks air everything in HD by default. And yes, depending on your cable provider, it absolutely makes a difference. As a former Comcast customer, there was a very noticeable difference between ABC-HD via Comcast and the uncompressed ABC-HD feed via antenna.
Yup. Just hook up an antenna, and you can get Fox. The signal will also be uncompressed, so in most cases, the picture quality will be even better than what you'd get through your cable/satellite provider.
Local sports talk here in Knoxville was discussing Tennessee's "luck" so far this season, and they threw out this stat - Tennessee has recovered 92% of all loose footballs in their games this season (offense, defense, and special teams). I think they lost one fumble against App State, but that's it. They've recovered every single one of their own fumbles (they had 3 others against App State and 1-2 against VT), plus they've recovered every single loose ball on defense and special teams so far. That luck won't last forever.
All great points. The Reeves-Maybin hit was bush league. No idea what he was doing, or why the flag was picked up. He got ejected the week before for targeting, so that says a lot.
I watched it from start to finish, and yes, VT showed a lot of promise. I live in Knoxville, and my phone was blowing up at the end of the 1st quarter. Needless to say, I was enjoying every minute of it...until the very next play.
I know it's been said 100 times already, but if you guys can fix the ball security problem, I like your chances going forward. And I'm glad you brought up that crazy rugby punt bounce! That was one of the most fluke things I've ever seen. Not only did the football end up bouncing all the way back inside your 25 yard line, somehow Tennessee recovered it. The cameraman couldn't even follow it. Hard to believe that almost every single bounce went their way (just like the App State game).
On another note, fans here aren't quite sold on Tennessee. Their offensive line is much worse than anticipated, they still can't throw the football, the offense is ranked outside of the top 100, and without those bounces so far, they're probably sitting at 0-2 right now.
Parent company for Champps filed for Chapter 11 last month, so I doubt they'll be open for much longer.
Now that the parent company of Champps and Bailey's has filed for Chapter 11, Buckeye alumni in Knoxville have a new home on gamedays - The Casual Pint.
Great point by Durham. Everyone here is talking about Bristol next week, and beating Florida 2 weeks after that. Not a single beat writer or radio host that I've seen/heard here in Knoxville is picking App State to cover. They've all got Tennessee by 30+ points, with the exception of one in middle TN (I think he picked Tennessee 49-21). Needless to say, no one here is giving App State a chance at all. We've also had some stormy weather this afternoon, so we could see some delays in this game. That'll make things interesting.
They're on an Ole Miss-like trajectory. I think they are definitely overhyped, primarily because they are still learning how to win big games (just look at their collapses against Florida and Oklahoma last year). That said, look at their schedule. No wonder they are a trendy pick this year. The SEC East is terribly weak again. App State/Va Tech is their toughest OOC game. Their only likely loss is against Alabama, and they don't play LSU. Their "toss-up" games are @Georgia, Florida (maybe), and @Texas A&M (maybe). Honestly, with the roster they have now, I think they are probably a 10-win team, and if they get some bounces, they'll go 11-1 and play in the SEC championship game, one win away from the playoff.
The parallels between 2007 Michigan and 2016 Tennessee are eerily similar though - similar pre-season ranking, similar expectations, similar measurables, and an assumption that they're simply going to bludgeon App State. The Mountaineers were handled at Clemson last year, but I think that will help them in this game. They've seen tough opponents in loud environments. They ended up winning 11 games last year, and they return almost everyone that contributed on that team (minus a couple of WRs, a rush end, and a CB, who happens to be suspended for this game). As long as App State doesn't fall behind by too much early, they can put a scare in Tennessee.
Totally agree. I think Tennessee wins, but I think it will be a LOT closer than what the folks here in Knoxville think. There's a good reason why Vegas dropped the line from nearly 4 TDs to around 20.
Surprising to see Ryan Harrison knock him out yesterday.
Injury is being described as pretty gruesome. Similar to Robert Edwards' injury that he suffered during the 1998 Pro Bowl festivities.
Yeah, there is a TON of bad language.
I don't think it's guaranteed at all. This is a "what have you done for me lately" business, and that will directly effect where he ends up. First of all, he's going to have to stay healthy and in tip-top shape, while continuing to miss out on live snaps. It doesn't help that he hasn't played a down of real football since last November. You also have to consider the crop of 2017 draftees, because that will factor in. Way too early to speculate at this point, but the QB crop has to be better than last year (I'm looking at you DeShaun Watson), you've got Leonard Fornette and Dalvin Cook who will likely be available (if Zeke can go #4, one of those guys can go in the top 5), plus there are rush ends like Myles Garrett and Derek Barnett who will likely be top 5 picks.
Even though I agree with Joey's stance in this contract stalemate, I just don't think it will help him at all in next year's draft (might actually hurt him, in the eyes of some franchises).
I'm sure franchises love the idea of deferring a signing bonus for the same reason why Joey wants his up front - maximize interest earned.
I hate to say it, but they certainly have more leverage than Joey does at this point. Sure it looks bad for them, but it isn't the first time the Chargers organization has had a contract stalemate with a rookie (countless other examples are cited in this thread). They're going to make money in the long run, regardless of their popularity and his availability. I hate it for Joey, but that's just the reality of the situation. The longer this drags out, the worse it gets for him because he has yet to have the opportunity to prove himself on an NFL field.
As I mentioned below, they can't trade him (the deadline passed on August 9). They'd have to do a sign-and-trade, and I just don't see them doing that.
They can't trade him. That deadline passed on August 9. They could sign-and-trade him, but I doubt we'll see that; San Diego would take a huge salary cap hit (in terms of dead money), so it's unlikely the Chargers would pursue that considering they would just end up paying Joey to play for a different team.
BUT, the big issue, as I see it anyway, is that no matter the amount of money he will lose by not having the entire capital immediately, he most certainly will lose many more millions by not signing the contract and holding out the entire year.
Totally agree. It doesn't matter if we are on Bosa's side or not - the Chargers aren't going to give in at this point, so Bosa will likely lose even more by sitting out the entire season and re-entering the draft. Sad but true.
I'm not aware of any compensation. In essence, it would be a wasted pick.
Agreed. I'd like to see Chic honored with a statue near the stadium, first and foremost.