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  1. What is his dynasty trade value right now? Anyone moved him? Seen him traded in your leagues?
  2. You're taking Mixon ahead of Fournette?
  3. 12 team league gave up:Crowder, Jamison WAS WR Year 2016 Draft Pick 2.01 gave up: Miller, Lamar HOU RB
  4. Not going to be a lot of west coast viewers for that one. 7:30 AM PSTLOL Which West Coast you speakin' of? The West Coast of Colorado?6:30AM PST I'm up at 5am for the first 7 Monday mornings of every season in New Zealand. I guess I'm a football fan though.
  5. Still starts for me every week - this week alongside Jonathan Stewart. He's my topscoring RB and I'm playoff bound - though that has more to do with Calvin, AJ and Jordan Cameron
  6. LONDON -- More than half a million people were drawn to the NFL Block Party on Saturday afternoon, as Regent Street, in London's busiest shopping district, was closed down for the day to play home to football fans celebrating before Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000251637/article/nfl-block-party-in-london-draws-half-a-million-fans
  7. Top tax rate is 45% which anyone not on NFL minimum would pay on the majority of their income. Also sales tax of 20%. I suspect you will see a higher salary cap for any London team.
  8. Because they currently play 16 home games right? Seattle are currently being screwed by their travel schedule compared to East coast teams so the NFL have established they do not care about fairness. The entire draft that tells players where they have to play shows how much they care about their views, The goal here is to tap into the UK audience who are currently passionate enough to stay up to all hours to watch - they have never had a team to support who played in primetime....or any time other than 3 in the morning and midnight. Despite that they sell out every year without any covered tarpaulin or blackout threats. They also don't ##### about how terrible it is to grow the game.
  9. You're right. Rather than regional it would be ' Britain vs America' - the entire nation would be engaged rather than just one town.
  10. As others have said, this doesn't make sense to me. In every league I play in, a minimum of 30 RBs can be started every week, and in MOXFFL leagues, up to 56 RBs can be started every week.A RB who ranks in the 20-25 range is very valuable.Seems like the original comment was directed towards owners in casual redraft FF leagues with 12 teams and 2 RBs. In other words, the opposite of everyone reading this thread.
  11. give Baldwin, Jon KCC WR Jenkins, A.J. SFO WR Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE Year 2014 Round 2 Draft Pick for Richardson, Trent CLE RB
  12. I think the media climate has changed significantly since the days of Pele and the New York Cosmos. There was no YouTube, no ESPN3, no Fox Soccer Channel, and no FIFA video games. In short, there was almost no way for anyone with an interest in the sport to satisfy their curiosity. I think access is the key word. Now you can actually follow the top leagues as their seasons unfold. You can watch all the games or you can just catch highlights if all you want to see is goals. All of this reinforces fandom for the sport. MLS has already outlasted NASL (the American league that had Pele, Cruyff, etc). Perhaps most importantly, it's actually been getting stronger every year. Interest dropped after the initial season, when the novelty factor and World Cup fever wore off, but since then it has been rising steadily, along with the quality of play. I'll respectfully disagree about soccer restricting athleticism. Sure, the players are not as big, strong, and fast as American football players, but that is largely because the skill aspect of the sport is tremendous. If you are just big and fast, you will be useless if you can't dribble, pass, and shoot. I wouldn't say the sport restricts athleticism so much as it requires a different brand of athleticism from football/basketball, in a similar sense to how playing quarterback requires a different brand of athleticism from playing running back. When you add in complex operations like passing the ball, you eliminate all of the great athletes who don't possess the skill. But at the highest levels of the game, many elite soccer players have great physical talent and great game skill. The sport is much like basketball in that regard. The guys in the NBA aren't just tall, quick, and fast. They're tall, quick, fast, AND they can dribble, pass, and shoot. It's the same way with players like Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Ronaldinho, and Nani. They have NFL type speed and quickness paired with incredible skills. I don't think of "restricted athleticism" when I watch players like this : I agree that MMA is getting big, and quickly. I think it is capitalizing more on the problems with boxing than anything else. People love violence and MMA delivers that. Boxing used to give us our fix in this country, but the sport has eroded due to corruption and poor organization. MMA has capitalized. Henry is nice. I watched that entire video. It's a shame the creator didn''t show where number 2 was from, because I think I remember it from a game v Liverpool about 8 years ago. Anyway, this guy is better: so is this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1tQM59cIB-c#t=113s Any time you put more restrictions on an athlete you are restricting the athleticism on display. Restricting contact (as in basketball) is one thing, but stopping people from using their hands flies in the face of human evolution. You make a good point about access. This is why we see the NBA and NFL growing in developed countries, and the same can be expected for soccer in countries which have lacked exposure. Interesting that you mention corruption - a major issue in Serie A a number of years ago and formerly in the EPL. MLB/NFL/NBA have been squeaky clean by comparison.
  13. Soccer has been 'the next big thing' in America since Pele was playing for the New York Cosmos 20 years ago. After that it was MLS, the World Cup hosting, and most recently the signing of David Beckham which would propel soccer into the mainstream. All along the junior ranks were over-populated. Soccer was played by more kids than any other sport in America! I'm not sure how anyone could have failed to be exposed to this insanity.So what happened? Pele retired, the world cup euphoria subsided, MLS is almost as successful as the WNBA and apparently David Beckham still plays for LA according to wikipedia. The game itself is still rooted in the 19th century. While the NFL changes its rules every year FIFA roars with glacial speed into the 1930s.People don't want to watch sports which restrict athleticism. They want to watch great athletes, fast paced action and violence. Soccer has some great athletes, but the best in the world play in the NBA, the pace of soccer is lethargic, it's not nearly as analytical as any of the American sports (especially baseball) and there is no physical contest to speak of.You want a real threat to the NFL in America try MMA. Here's a sport that was banned across the country in the mid-90s. Like you say, times change, so rather than being restricted to a dozen states in the US the UFC is now broadcast in 130 countries around the planet. There was an event in Tokyo last weekend. In a couple of weeks it will be Sydney.
  14. Getting rid of offsides would be a great start.My biggest beef with soccer.Nah, that would just make them even more conservative. Better solution would be to make the goals bigger and drop 2 players
  15. I guess that's where we disagree. Soccer is hugely popular in several nations that have similar cultures to the USA (Germany, England, Netherlands). It's popular almost everywhere. I would argue that most of the anti-soccer stuff is pure ignorance. I used to be the same way. I had a friend who liked the sport growing up and I gave him an endless stream of #### for it. Thing is, I had never watched great soccer teams play. If you haven't watched the best leagues and the best players, you don't really have a point of reference to engage in serious conversations about the sport. And frankly, most NFL/NCAA football fans don't have a clue about world soccer. So yea, it's boring...if you don't have a clue about the sport, if you've never watched the best leagues, and if your soccer watching experience is limited to MLS and the USA national team (which are the soccer equivalent of the CFL).So because you were ignorant that means everyone who doesn't like soccer is the same? Nah, I've seen a ton of games, world cup, EPL, Champions league, A league. Really don't enjoy it and I would rather spend 2 hours doing anything else.I think you have it backwards. Soccer is a very simple sport which can thrive in uneducated, poor communities. Football is really foreign to people outside North America. It needs a ton of equipment and has a lot of rules. It requires some time investment to understand what's happening. This is why you only see it growing in developed countries where people are educated.
  16. We have a fair idea. They were 1-4 under Orton. Since Tebow took over they are 8-4.
  17. Maybe just try the last 5-6 posts first. Or last 2. Whatevers easier.
  18. He hasn't proven much of anything. He had a poor year overall. Only completed 46.5% of his passes for 6.38 yards per throw during the regular season. Those are among the worst numbers of any QB in the NFL. Bear in mind that he posted these poor numbers despite having minimal responsibility (he ranked dead last among NFL starters in pass attempts per game). Tim Tebow might become a good starter, but he did not have a good year. The stats don't lie. Is 6.38 ypa really that poor for a 1st year starter? Sam Bradford's was 6.0 last year and it was considered a phenomenal rookie year. Stafford's was 6.0, Peyton 6.5, Brady 6.9, Mcnabb 4.4, Brees 6.2, etc.Many of those guys started as rookies. Tebow is a second year player who presumably benefited from a year of NFL practice and offseason work.And the key thing with those guys is that most of them eventually improved. If McNabb, Brees, and Peyton had stayed at that level, they would not have lasted as starters in the NFL. I have never said that Tebow can't improve. I've said that he must improve, which is true. The real ##### of it is that you never quite know how it's going to play out with young QBs. Some of them make tremendous strides (Eli, Brees). Others improve minimally, if at all (Sanchez, Edwards, Harrington, Carr). I don't know if Tim Tebow will eventually become a great QB, but I know that he was a very bad one this season. I look at completion percentage in conjunction with yards per attempt and QB rating (which is related to those two stats). If I had to choose which is the most important, I'd probably go with yards per attempt. A player can "fluke" his way to a high completion percentage by throwing short passes and dump offs. It's much harder to fluke your way to a high YPA average. If you look at YPA averages from year to year, it tends to read like a "who's who" list of elite QBs. Tebow's 6.4 average doesn't even register on the "wow" scale for a first year starter. So how did Tebow go in his first playoff game? But are the Steelers really a great pass defense? What about the Steelers injuries? ..... http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7441363/bill-barnwell-breaks-tim-tebow-epic-game-coaching-woes-atlanta
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