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  1. UAW vs. Japan

    I have owned 14 (new and used) cars since I got my license at age 16. The first 6 were all American makes – and frankly they were all junk, but I thought driving an American car was the right thing to do. In 1990 I bought a new Mazda Protégé, and it ran like a top. Since then I have bought 2 more Mazdas, a couple of Isuzus, a couple of VWs, a Honda, and a Mercedes. Whenever I buy another car, I usually check out all the comparable models (including those from the Big 3), and in general I am under whelmed with the quality, performance, look or feel of the so-called “American made” cars. I also travel a fair deal and 80% of the time when I rent a car, its one of the Big 3 – and I am always glad to know I did not get suckered into actually purchasing one.
  2. Standard scoring, 10 team league. We have to keep one player from last season's roster - and give the player's 2006 draft position up in the 2007 season's draft. So, player's performance is important, but value is key as well. The guys I am thinking of keeping and their 2006 draft position are: Thomas Jones (RB-NYJ) - 7th Round pick DeAngelo Williams (RB- CAR) - 9th Round pick Roy Williams (WR-DET) - 4th Round pick Jones looks like a good value - starting RB for a 7th round pick. But I wonder how much the Jets will be able to do offensively in that division... they have to play 3 tough defenses home and away (Pats, Bills, Fins). D.Williams could really step up this season and could be great value for a 9th round pick, but Foster is still there to vulture carries. R.Williams is a stud WR, but doesn't seem to offer as much value with a 4th round pick. Thoughts??
  3. For anyone curious about Rex Grossman...

    Grossman s*cks. Oh sure, he's pretty impressive given a lead and lots of time in the pocket and a clear sunny day.... blah blah blah. But if its not all going fine and dandy he falls apart.
  4. Headed to Amsterdam, Netherlands...

    I lived in Holland for 2 years. Most folks on this thread hit on the tourist highlights.... Van Gogh, Rijks, Heineken tour, canal tours, etc. The best way to see Amsterdam is on foot. Take a tram to an area that looks interesting, then just walk around. Its a very safe city, though it can get a tad overrun by backpacking college students this time of year. They tend to congregate around the bars, cafes, and coffee shops in the city center, i.e. the train station out to the Leidesplein - so if you can get off the beaten path you will enjoy it more. The Jordaan neighborhood is very nice and has some great cafes. And in my mind, the Amsterdam Historial Museum is one of the best museums in the city.
  5. Who was the hardest hitter ever to don a helmet

    Not NFL, but I don't think there has ever been a harder hit than Cornelius Bennett absolutely destroying Steve Buerlein. He was out cold before he hit the ground....
  6. Billy Donovan

    I wonder if the talking heads at ESPN will flog Donovan now as much as they did Nick Saban a few months ago??
  7. Iraq

    The US invasion of Iraq has little to do with Iran's stated objective of becoming a nuclear power. The two are lumped together by the media because they are in the same geographic location, but Iran's ultimate goal is to become the power broker in a Pan-Islamic reach around the Middle East and southwest Asia. If the US had not invaded Iraq, do you believe Iran would have not continue to pursue its goals? Do you believe somehow the UN would have grown enough b@lls to actually stop them?
  8. Why Do People Hate Barry Bonds?

    He has always been a selfish a$$.
  9. Job Opportunity Overseas

    Its hard to put a price tag on the value of an opportunity to live/work in a foreign country. I did two expat tours for a previous employer: 2 years in Holland and 7 months in Israel. I wouldn't trade anything for either experience. Having said that, there are some differences with your situation: 1 - I was an expat in the late '90s. The world is a bit different these days for Americans abroad. 2 - The PI is NOT Western Europe or even Israel. I was in the PI while in the Navy back in the mid-late 80's and most of what I saw was not a 1st or even a 2nd world country. I imagine services are still way behind what you would get in the US. Though your company will probably do what they can do make things comfortable. 3 - I was married, but did not have children while an expat. I worked with several folks who did bring their kids, however, and they seemed to all benefit from the experience. Most of these kids went to an American school but were still speaking fluent Dutch within just a few months.
  10. Sharia Law Coming soon to a European and Canadian city near you....
  11. These people will not be satisfied until we all live under Sharia.
  12. Brave film maker

    Cannes film Hopefully, this film will receive some more favorable press - but I imagine most will be reserved for Michael Moore's annual American bashing.
  13. Brave film maker

  14. Brave film maker

    My point was more how the press/judges at Cannes seem to delight in trumping up films which place America or "Americans" in a negative light. Perhaps Moore's latest film is not as biased or misleading as some of his previous efforts, but in my mind he is just feeding the beast.
  15. Brawl in the Safari

    Lions are so weak.
  16. Randy Moss

    Moss was a physical freak - tall, fast and able to out jump most of the DB's covering him. His bread and butter has always been post routes where the QB just throws the ball up and lets him go get it. Can he still get it done? At times. He has lost a good bit of his big-play speed and doesn't seem to have the explosiveness he had earlier in his career. He has never been a crisp route runner and does not study his opponents. If he gets a step on the DB and the ball is put in the air, its 6 points.... but if he gets jammed at the line or doesn't think the play is coming his way he basically quits at the snap. Anyone who says/thinks differently has never watched him play.
  17. Animal mascotts

    Back in the early 70's a real dolphin was brought in for Miami games. He swam around in a big tank underneath the goal posts in the open (south/east) end of the old Orange Bowl. I remember watching him jump and flip around and if a ball was kicked through the uprights he would flip it back out with his tail. I think it became too expensive and troublesome, so they gave it up.
  18. Barlow meets w/Steelers

    I can't believe there are 73 previous posts in this topic...
  19. Ricky Williams Tests Positive For Mary Jane

    Cal me a "Ricky apologist", but I always thought Ricky just marched to the beat of a different drummer…. never meant to bother anyone, and liked to live his life the way he wanted to live it. That’s cool, but the NFL powers have dictated a certain level of behavior from its players regarding substance abuse and Ricky caught their eye coming out of UT with his strange behavior. He has been talking for several years about how straight he has been: strict diets, no drugs, yoga, meditation, no more out of wedlock kids, etc. But judging by his actions over that time: his one year “retirement” in 2004, followed by a 4 game suspension in 2005, followed by another year long suspension in 2006, and now this latest slip, it is very clear that he cannot or does not want to adhere to the level of scrutiny the NFL has placed on him So be it. He should just quit and/or retire and do his own thing. The CFL took him last year – he should go back up there and play a few more years to earn some $ then go walk the earth. The guys has all the physical talent in the world, but was never meant to be in the public eye.
  20. SI Reporting Vick involved with Dog Fighting

    They should throw Vick and his posse in with those 70 pit bulls. What a bunch of idiots. Its times like these I'm glad I'm not a Falcons and/or Vick fan.
  21. Vegans Sentenced for Starving Their Baby.

  22. NFL Classic Games

    That would be a pretty tiny box for some teams...
  23. Miami Dolphins

    I'm not sure I agree with that 100%. It sounds good on the surface, but with the preponderance of 1st round picks who become busts - and its no small number - drafting a player who can immediately help your team in an area of need would seem to be advantageous to a new coaching staff. Look, I'm not saying I LOVE the pick of Ginn. But I think the outcry of the draftniks is a bit overdone.
  24. Miami Dolphins

    I put as much value in post-draft grades as I do with stock recommendations... they don't mean a damn thing. And the so called experts are more wrong than right once the dust settles. Just do a search on NFL draft grades for any year (try 2002 for instance) and look at what the experts said - its laughable to read some of this stuff two or three years after the fact. Without any perspective, Ginn at 1.09 seems like a mistake. Here is what I do like about it though: 1 - Miami needs playmakers on offense. Its been years since they have had anyone with real speed who can stretch a defense and turn a simple play into a long gainer. 2 - Ginn seems like an intelligent guy with good character. I think Cameron is trying to build a team with the right kind of player. 3 - Since Ginn has some history with Cameron, he will probably get signed and into camp on time. This may seem like a small thing, but Miami's last two 1st round picks both signed and reported late and it severely hurt their ability to contribute as rookies. 4. This leads to the most important thing - Ginn should play and contribute right away on special teams and on some offensive plays. Most rookies don't.
  25. Miami Dolphins

    If so many teams were "desperate" to draft Quinn, why did he last until the 22nd pick? And if the Browns hadn't traded with the Cowboys, he may have fallen much further.