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  1. I was just thinking "man, he has to bring this up at least once a season...." That one stung. I think I redeemed myself a year or two later and took the title. I remember another year, in one of my long-time locals, where I needed literally 10 yards from Marty Booker (back when he was the #1 in CHI) on MNF, and he went the entire game without a catch. I was in shock. I'm sure I've had instances of pulling out close wins as well, but those usually feel more like relief for me than anything else. Funny how the agony of defeat is uusally more memorable than the thrill of victory, at least for me.
  2. Vikings Offense

    Well, the OC changed, and they appear to be hell-bent on running the ball. Which is great when you're dominating ATL and OAK, but becomes a problem when you fall behind early against the likes of Green Bay and Chicago on the road. Cousins struggled against GB (and threw a very costly INT in the red zone late to seal the game), and was pretty much terrible yesterday. That is, until CHI basically went into prevent mode (up 16-0 late), at which point Cousins completed about a dozen passes in a row. Basically, he's pretty good (accurate) when he has time to throw, but I'd say he's one of the worst in the league when it comes to handling pressure. Doesn't make good decisions, and is not very mobile. That said, I'm not sure Keenum would have been any better. He was SLIGHTLY more mobile (at least it felt that way, from what I recall), but he didn't do so well under pressure either. Case in point, the 2018 NFC Championship game. That was a disaster. And, in hindsight, the 2017/2018 season was basically a "waiting for the ball to drop" as a Vikings fan.... Keenum survived a lot of "throw it up for grabs and hope" plays that season, and most of them landed in his favor. But I do remember cringing a lot as I watched him handle defensive pressure, thinking that he "got away with one" on several occasions. And, let's be real. Other than that late INT against Green Bay, Cousins played pretty well in that game. Minnesota dominated Green Bay on both sides of the ball for a good chunk of the game, after falling behind 21-0. A couple of things (besides the INT) killed them.... The offensive PI call on the 2-yard Diggs touchdown to end the first half (which was overturned on a very weak pick call on the other side of the field, causing MIN to settle for a FG), and Diggs taking his helmet off after his long TD catch (which forced Bailey to attempt a 47-yard PAT, which was missed). As bad as Cousins has looked at times, those types of plays (inexcusable penalties when EVERY point matters) are a real kick to the teeth. I'm not sure what the answer is. Ironically, people are complaining about the same thing as last year (offense and play-calling), even though the formula in terms of run versus pass has been very different. I still maintain that the defense let them down a lot last year. Couldn't stop the Bills at home, for example. This year, the defense has been pretty stout, overall. They're going to have to become a lot less predictable on offense (you show your cards when you line up with three TE's on 1st down), and cut down on the stupid mistakes.
  3. PI replay

    Well, for starters, don’t review for PI unless there was a challenge for PI to begin with. Teams throw challenge flags all the time in situations where it’s a “let’s throw it and see if it sticks” set of circumstances. In other words, if the challenge flag wasn’t thrown, whatever pass interference there was on the play probably wasn’t very egregious. If nobody has it on their radar that there might have been pass interference, I don’t see the benefit it asking the refs to look for it after every scoring play. Because, realistically, it’s sort of like holding.... If you look hard enough, you can find it on any play.
  4. PI replay

    My point is that allowing pass interference (or the lack thereof) to be challenged is one thing. It's a very hot topic, since last year's playoffs. There are pro's and con's to the rule, for sure. Personally, I'm not a fan, but I get why some people argue(d) for the rule change. What I have a much bigger problem with is refs calling PI on a review that wasn't even a PI challenge. Just a typical scoring play, where they decided that somebody "set a pick." If that's the new norm (where they can basically go back and look for instances where there might have been pass interference), we can expect that pretty much ANY scoring play could be reversed, depending on how ticky-tack the refs decide to be. It's the equivalent of stopping play after every basket in hoops, and reviewing the tape for hand-checking somewhere.
  5. PI replay

    It wasn't even challenged. It's basically become "After review (where we check to make sure the receiver caught the ball, had both feet in bounds, etc.), it was determined that another player (who had nothing to do with the catch in question) set a pick on the play. Offensive pass interference... 10 yard penalty.... Replay the down." They weren't even reviewing for offensive PI. But, apparently, they will be now, on EVERY scoring play. So lame, and such a ticky-tack call.
  6. MB League #3 8-man

    Ugh... Miller going down really hurts what was an already thin/weak RB group. I'm pretty stacked at QB and WR.... If I actually have 2-3 serviceable RB's left by December, I like my chances. Are we sure we can't trade?
  7. Nightmare scenario came to be.

    And, yes, shop one of the QB's as well. Package one with the aforementioned RB's for a WR or two, or at least an upgrade.
  8. Nightmare scenario came to be.

    Trade Gordon for a WR. Maybe to the Ekeler owner? Or package Hunt or Ito Smith and a WR for a better WR (again, maybe target the Chubb or Freeman owners). You have a lot of boom/bust RB guys.... Trade one or two while their value is still decent. Gordon's will go down the longer he holds out.. Hunt may not even play if Chubb starts out hot. And Ito Smith is a backup with a pretty limited ceiling. But, he's got value because he's backing up a guy who barely played at all last year. If Freeman has a few decent weeks to start the season, Smith's value is next to nothing.
  9. Long-time BOTH (Born of the Huddle) redraft leagues has one opening. This is a great league with an old-school set of rules. Cost is $50. Here is a basic rundown of the rules, for anybody who is interested. Please post here or send me a PM for more info. Top 6 make the playoffs. 4 division winners and 2 wild cards. There are four divisions of four, and divisions are determined randomly, as is draft order. Initial Pre-season waivers run is reverse of draft order. Every run thereafter is "worst to first" based on record/points. Roster/Starting Lineup 1 QB 2 RB 2 WR 1 TE 1 K 1 D/ST 5 Bench *No Flex 1 IR spot (must be out for the week) Scoring All TD's = 6 points Rushing Attempt = .2 points Rush Yard = .06 points Reception = .6 points Receiving Yard = .06 points Passing Yard = .03 points Int = -1 Fumbles Lost (-2) FGs 39 and under (3) 40-49 Yards (4) 50+ Yards (5) PATs Made (1) D/ST Scoring Sack (1) Interception (2) Fumble Recovery (2) Touchdown (6) Safety (2) Kickoff and Punt Return Touchdowns (6) Points Allowed 0 points (10) Points Allowed 1-6 points (7) Points Allowed 7-13 points (4) Points Allowed 14-20 points (1) Points Allowed 21+ points (0) All Other Touchdowns not covered by the above rules = 6 Points.
  10. DirecTV / NFL Sunday Ticket (2019)

    Been with them since 2001. I've had the Sunday Ticket every year, and probably paid for it (or a portion of it) only 2-3 times. In the past, it was relatively easy to just call, threaten to leave, and get it for free. RedZone included. Now, not so much. Last year, I got it for $75, which wasn't bad. I'd pay double that, if that was my only complaint with them. I'm so tired of having to haggle for discounts every 6/12 months, only to later glance at a bill and notice that the discounts have expired (and monthly bill goes from <$100/month to $150-175/month). I hate the fact that they treat brand new customers better than those of us who have been around for years (and AT&T has only made this worse). I'm seriously considering just canceling, and sticking with Netflix, Amazon, etc. for my TV viewing. For sports, I'll either go to a bar, listen on SiriusXM radio, etc. Heck, most of what I watch is football or golf, and with this latest fiasco with DirecTV not even carrying CBS in my area, I can't even do that. Final straw, I'm afraid. All of that said, I know that there would be things I'd miss. DirecTV has a great DVR setup, and for the most part, it's a user-friendly and convenient system. But, the billing and customer service has pushed me to the ledge. I'm somewhat afraid to take the plunge, but know that once I do, I'll be better off.
  11. Except for these women. NFL Draft Ruining Bachelorette Parties Personally, you couldn't pay me enough to attend one. I must be getting old.
  12. Draft by Position - Safeties?

    I don't see them. Unless I missed it several times, the safeties are omitted from that list/content. Just a heads up.
  13. Last year's schedule for the Vikings was, in my opinion, one of the toughest I can remember, in terms of who they played outside of the division. NO, SEA, PHI, NE, and LAR (and 4 of those 5 were on the road). This year's is MAYBE slightly easier (on paper, of course), but they still have road games against LAC, SEA (again), DAL, and KC. It's going to be critical that they take care of business at home early in the season, considering all of their divisional road games take place in the first 7 weeks. On the flipside, if they're still in the hunt, playing GB, DET, and CHI at home, all in the last month of the season, could be huge. Of course, I say all of that keeping in mind that this is the Vikings I'm talking about. They'll probably go out and lose to OAK by four touchdowns at home, then win in KC,.or something to that effect.
  14. Interested in trading Brown while you can still get something for him?