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  1. Giolito was masterful today. sucks to lose, but that was really great to watch as a baseball fan.
  2. That was fun to see the bats get going and really pile it on in an inning.
  3. I disagree with the take that it was all on Beebe though. The QB has to feel that pressure and step up into the clean pocket. That play was never going to get them a first down, and if he steps up the 2nd level receiver (can't remember who it was?) was open for the first down.
  4. Are the Vikings Too "Civilized?"

    Jared Allen was the last guy that did what is being asked here on defense. I don't think they need that guy though, and I think that last year changed many people's perception. When Smith, Griffen, Rhodes, Linval, Hunter, Barr, and Kendricks were out there in 2017 taking offenses off of the field, they were an intimidating group week in and week out. Not flashy, but very intimidating, - and the league knew and talked about it. The overall success of the team dictates much of most fan's perception of a particular unit. 2018 comes around and the team is worse which makes it looks like the defense lost it's edge, even though they were still among the top units in the league.
  5. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    I guess I don't really have an issue with those changes. If they changed it back I wouldn't care either. I do think that the NFL has gotten flag happy, but the rule changes themselves don't bother me all that much.
  6. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    I enjoyed offensive line play a lot more in the past too, but I don't blame the NFL for that. The college game outside of a few consistent programs has basically taken athletes and put them in space, even along the offensive line. They don't learn technique, and by the time they get to the NFL, defensive lines can manhandle most young lineman. Outside of picky DPI calls, I don't think that the defensive changes have been egregious. I'm all for changes that try to protect players from scrambling their brains more than is necessary. Anything that prevents unnecessary injury really...
  7. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    I feel like the color rush uniforms used matte helmets sometimes, but I think the Vikings are the only one with matte finish for the regular uniform.
  8. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    I've never been a matte finish fan. The shine of the helmets under the lights on Monday Night Football is one of my most vivid early football memories.
  9. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    That's not at all what the name implies, nor has it ever been what enshrinement was about. The very best players are recognized for their achievements compared to those of their peers. Your argument in general skews preference to players from the early days of the NFL when the game was still growing, changing, and had fewer rules. Innovations and "moves foward" become less frequent as the game develops and is tweaked. Why should the accomplishments of players in this era as well as future eras be diminished because of circumstances under which the game is played? If players outperform all of their peers they should be recognized for it. That's what fame is in the context of sports.
  10. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    For discussion's sake, here's my list of active HOF QBs from this era: Locks Brady Rodgers Brees Roethlisberger Strong chance Rivers Wilson Long Shots Newton Ryan Manning
  11. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    I don't think it's fair to say that any player, much less a QB, MUST be transformative to get HOF consideration. Brees and Rodgers without a doubt are HOF players. They are doing things that no other players, even those in the modern gaudy stat era, are doing. Russell Wilson is an interesting case because he really is changing the way the position is played. He's small and efficient through the air as well as on the ground. I'd say he's more revolutionary for the QB position than Brady. Similarly, saying Gonzalez is only in because of stats is disrespectful to Gonzalez. He's the epitome of a move tight end, and set the stage for a ton of guys that came after him. I also don't buy the era argument. There have been a ton of guys that played in this era, and the best ones deserve to get in. It's the same as the steroid era in baseball. They still played the games, the titles stand, and the records count. That era is a part of the game, just like the offensive rule changes are in the NFL, and both leagues should embrace it. The best players are still the best players in the era that they had to play in and should be judged accordingly. Not everything has to be judged by some arbitrary "good old days" standard. At any rate, my main argument was not that Ryan deserved to be in the hall of fame, just that he is not in the Stafford/Flacco tier of QBs. His team has won because of his play. Outside of that miracle playoff run for Flacco, his teams won with defense. Stafford's teams just haven't won. The Lions have never won the NFC North.
  12. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    I didn't say he was. If he wins a title and grabs a couple of All Pros in the back end of his career I could see him being a fringe HOF candidate. I was just saying that he's a better QB than Stafford and Flacco and really doesn't deserve to be put in that tier.
  13. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    Oh god no. Ryan has easily been the best of those 3. His coach robbed him of a super bowl victory, and he was a league MVP. It's really not even close.
  14. MLB Regular Season 1.0

    Acuña running back to the clubhouse before the ball landed was perfection.
  15. MLB Regular Season 1.0

    More of this please.