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Title: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Rudy2D on September 24, 2012, 12:12:42 AM
Ravens' rookie kicker--Justin Tucker--made up for the missed field-goal by veteran Billy Cundiff last year against the Pats that cost the Ravens the playoffs.  Beat the Patriots--31-30 in the last 2 seconds of the game, even after the Ravens lost four of their best guys due to the CBA settled last year.  And the  Ravens' QB Joe Flacco was statistically superior to Pats' "Superstar" Tom Brady.

Bwa-hahahahaha.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: godwulf on September 24, 2012, 12:15:22 AM
Good question. No t.v., movie or book forums, either, unless I've just missed seeing them.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Observer on September 24, 2012, 12:25:57 AM
Such forums would disenfranchise the hundreds of thousands or millions of Americans who don't have TVs, can't afford to go the movies, or can't  read. We won't  even go into the ones who can't  play their sport of choice because they are morbidly obese, crippled, or just untalented.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: godwulf on September 24, 2012, 12:44:54 AM
Lame, Obs. Yeah, it would be nice to have a forum here where folks could go to get away from the political bullshit occasionally and at least pretend to be real human beings every once in awhile. Those of us who are, I mean.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Pepsi on September 24, 2012, 09:17:38 AM
We have literature

http://www.newsrake.org/index.php/board,14.0.html (http://www.newsrake.org/index.php/board,14.0.html)

Music and art:

http://www.newsrake.org/index.php/board,11.0.html (http://www.newsrake.org/index.php/board,11.0.html)

We can add sports if there's enough interest, I think we tried it once before.   

Go Yankees, Knicks, Islanders and Giants!

Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: foodserver on September 24, 2012, 11:40:27 AM
Basketball maybe.  To me football has always been a parade trying to disguise itself as a game.  There are numerous other examples but the most blatant one in my opinion is the punt on fourth down.  When everyone in the stadium knows what is going to happen 99% of the time, that's a Kabuki dance with helmets not a game.   Still "A hits B--B falls down goes boom!" absolutely packs 'em in and I give football all of the commercial kudos it so richly deserves.  After all this slammin' I do have a team and that is (hold the guffaws) THE RAIDERS!

Why?

1)Al Davis changed forever all three major sports in this country when he stood up to the NFL commissioner, went to court and ended forever the practice of forcing teams to stay where they were. (he also won the SuperBowl that year...)

2)Thinking outside the box, something football imo, desperately needs more of, the Raiders forced two rules changes. The first, was when the NFL made it illegal for the offense to advance a fumble.  Largely because the Raiders had incorporated that into their play book with Raiders running down the field and "accidentally fumbling" the ball into the hands of a teammate.  The second, the in the grasp rule, many experts believe was brought about because of the famous Ken Stabler, Raider quarterback
3)AGAIN thinking outside the box, Al Davis and the Raiders were the first team to sign a star from another sport(Bo Jackson)something unheard of until then.  Football was waayyy too cool to accept a part time player available only during their other sport's off season.   Someone forgot to tell Al Davis it wasn't cool.

I don't know what happened to the late Al Davis.  He got old and weird and was actually hurting the team for many years.  Maybe he couldn't handle the money, who knows but he was a brilliant coach himself, the only team owner in NFL history to actually play in the NFL and perhaps football's greatest innovator...
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: godwulf on September 24, 2012, 12:48:04 PM
Football has always looked to me like a heavily padded Chinese fire drill. Plus, I think it's hard for the average human being, unless it's a male at least 6'4" and built like a gorilla, to imagine doing what they do, which is half the fun, I think - the fantasy that you could go out there and be a pro athlete.  The Arizona Diamondbacks' current starting center fielder is 5'8" tall.  I like a sport where it's possible for a guy to at least dream about participating, in some capacity, without necessarily being a mutant.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Pepsi on September 24, 2012, 12:51:03 PM
a bit off topic I'm just psyched my boys are now of the age where they are playing more sports (5 and 7) so I'm shooting hoops, throwing footballs, playing catch and kicking soccer balls again for the first time in decades.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 01:12:24 PM
Football has always looked to me like a heavily padded Chinese fire drill. Plus, I think it's hard for the average human being, unless it's a male at least 6'4" and built like a gorilla, to imagine doing what they do, which is half the fun, I think - the fantasy that you could go out there and be a pro athlete. The Arizona Diamondbacks' current starting center fielder is 5'8" tall.  I like a sport where it's possible for a guy to at least dream about participating, in some capacity, without necessarily being a mutant.

blasphemy.  i'm 5'11 and i played football virtually my entire life; throughout a division 1 college program (Illinois).  many professional running backs and defensive backs are 5'10 and below.  a few starting DB's and TB's are even 5'8".

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: godwulf on September 24, 2012, 01:16:48 PM
blasphemy.  i'm 5'11 and i played football virtually my entire life; throughout a division 1 college program (Illinois).  many professional running backs and defensive backs are 5'10 and below.  a few starting DB's and TB's are even 5'8".

Well, see, they said it wasn't possible, but even I can be wrong!   ::)

I've just never been into any of the "back and forth" sports.  Baseball is all I understand.  I fully confess my prejudice.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 01:21:26 PM
Basketball maybe.  To me football has always been a parade trying to disguise itself as a game.  There are numerous other examples but the most blatant one in my opinion is the punt on fourth down.  When everyone in the stadium knows what is going to happen 99% of the time, that's a Kabuki dance with helmets not a game.   Still "A hits B--B falls down goes boom!" absolutely packs 'em in and I give football all of the commercial kudos it so richly deserves.  After all this slammin' I do have a team and that is (hold the guffaws) THE RAIDERS!

it's called strategy fs.  football is always a constant tug of war to establish field position.  based on the law of averages and the constantly ticking clock,  coaches do not always opt to punt on 4th down.

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 01:26:49 PM
Well, see, they said it wasn't possible, but even I can be wrong!   ::)

I've just never been into any of the "back and forth" sports.  Baseball is all I understand.  I fully confess my prejudice.


WHAT IS THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF A RUNNING BACK?

Answer:
5'9 to 5'11


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_average_height_for_a_running_back (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_average_height_for_a_running_back)

the really big backs are rare.

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Rudy2D on September 24, 2012, 04:27:18 PM
blasphemy.  i'm 5'11 and i played football virtually my entire life; throughout a division 1 college program (Illinois).  many professional running backs and defensive backs are 5'10 and below.  a few starting DB's and TB's are even 5'8".

peace

Isn't Ray Rice 5'8"?
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 04:39:38 PM
Isn't Ray Rice 5'8"?

yeah,  he's 5'8".  he weighs almost the same as I did at my fighting weight though,  212 lbs.  that's a tough package to tackle.

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Rudy2D on September 24, 2012, 06:28:14 PM
What position?
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 06:29:56 PM
What position?

who are you asking?

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Rudy2D on September 24, 2012, 06:58:49 PM
who are you asking?

peace

Anybody.  I played Right Guard in HS.
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 07:16:19 PM
Anybody.  I played Right Guard in HS.

strong safety in HS,  tailback in college.

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: Rudy2D on September 24, 2012, 07:22:18 PM
strong safety in HS,  tailback in college.

peace

Must be pretty quick.   :)
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on September 24, 2012, 08:45:05 PM
Must be pretty quick.   :)

i used to be and i thought i was until i started running into guys who were 6'2'' 230 lbs and could run a 4.2 40.

peace
Title: Re: Why no Sports Forum?
Post by: dagon on October 01, 2012, 08:07:49 PM
I was a 5'9 175 lb  defensive lineman in HS, but I played strong safety at 180 pounds in juco.

that's used to be decent size for a SS.  a major program would have gotten you up to over 200 without much loss in quicks.

they make strong safeties taller nowadays but that's a great size / weight for a back.

peace