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  1. Has Julian Edelman punched his ticket?

    WRs on the HOF ballot next year include Bruce, Holt, Ward and Reggie Wayne. Between 2021-23 we also have Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Anquan Boldin and Wes Welker become eligible. Future HOF WRs playing today who have punched their ticket to Canton are Fitzgerald, AB and Julio.
  2. Hall of Fame Finalists 2019?

    Prediction for 2020 Polamalu Atwater Faneca Boselli James Next year is probably the weakest class for first time eligibles since 2012. Polamalu for me is not a slam dunk first ballot choice but then neither was Bailey. Having said I think it’s far more likely he’s selected than not. The other four choices all made the first cut this year to the Top 10 which is a good indicator how the selection Committee view their candidacy. I’m going for 2 DBs, 2 OL and a RB. That’s also a nice balance between offense and defense. Atwater and Boselli have their eligibility expire in 2024 so I hope it doesn’t go down to the wire for them. Faneca and Hutchinson were both fantastic but again Faneca has been on the ballot longer and I don’t think they’ll make him wait again as it would also allow two Steelers to be inducted together. Patrick Willis is also eligible next year and I’d like to see him reach the Top 15 though his short career means he’ll likely have to wait like Terrell Davis and Boselli. Zach Thomas will hopefully join Willis as the Top 2 LBs on the ballot. Next year will be of added importance for all candidates as it gets much tougher in 2021 with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson joining the HOF eligibles.
  3. Has Julian Edelman punched his ticket?

    Hines Ward finished his career with 1,000 receptions, over 12,000 yards and 85 TDs with six 1,000 yard seasons, 2 Super Bowls and also won an MVP award. Ward hasn’t even come close to Canton yet. Though may get in someday, it’s far from a certainty. By contrast Edelman has only 499 career catches, 5,390 yards and 30 receiving TDs with two 1,000 yard seasons with 3 rings and an MVP. He’s also 32 years old so won’t come close to Ward’s career numbers.
  4. Colts re-sign GOAT Kicker Adam Vinatieri to one-year deal

    I think Phil Dawson started his NFL career in 1999, which is still 3 years after Vinatieri. It’s 22 years tomorrow since Vinatieri played in his first Super Bowl, a 35-21 Packers win over the Patriots, when Desmond Howard returned one of his kickoffs for a TD. Bill Parcells was the Patriots HC that day and Bill Belichick was DC.
  5. Future NFL Expansion?

    Not unless you want to watch in a shallow bowl with poor sight lines (resulting in multiple front rows being tarped) and have the closest fans behind each end zone sit at least 50 yards away. The atmosphere would be awful, as West Ham fans would testify. I’ve been to the Olympic stadium and It’s not suitable for NFL.
  6. Future NFL Expansion?

    I’m British, live close by to London and can tell you it would be a major challenge to get one UK franchise to work long term, let alone two. There are only two suitable stadiums in the whole of the UK for any potential franchises. Both are in London and were built with an eye towards the NFL (Wembley and the new White Hart Lane). Not many stadiums here have the required length of playing surface (120 yards plus the safety runoff area behind each end zone) or the facilities/locker rooms for an NFL team. Old Trafford, home to Manchester Utd has a 76,000 capacity but will never host an NFL game as the playing surface is far too short. FWIW I’m very sceptical even one franchise here would work long term for many various reasons, but especially once they started going through a sustained period of of 4 and 5 win seasons. The casual and more fickle younger fans probably won’t stick with it and lose interest if they’re not successful. Veteran NFLUK fans like myself already support their teams (many going back over 30 years when the sport first hit our TV screens) and won’t change allegiance. I might go to 1-2 games per year in London depending on the opponent but I would have no interest in going to every game or actively supporting the team. Many UK fans on a season ticket package are travelling from quite a distance and are really stretched to the limit financially as it is attending 3-4 games. They would really need to keep expanding the fan base in London and sell ticket packages for 4 home games as well as all 8 for any franchise.
  7. Future NFL Expansion?

    Agreed. They’re ideal for the NBA and NHL with a shared 18-20,000 seat arena, but just don’t have the market size for the NFL. Also worth noting that up until a few years ago the Bills played one game per season in Toronto, but the series was eventually scrapped in 2014 after attendances fell below 40,000. Compare that with London which sold out all 3 games this season at Wembley with 85,000 spectators.
  8. Raiders sign RB C.J. Anderson; Released

    Martin has a knee injury which explains why Anderson was signed.
  9. Raiders trade WR Amari Cooper to Dallas

    It has been mentioned once or twice ...
  10. Raiders trade WR Amari Cooper to Dallas

    Tanking for Tua 2020
  11. Can Reid make the HoF without a SB win?

    Mike Holmgren is having a tough enough time making Canton with one ring and Jimmy Johnson with two on a team/roster he rebuilt. Unless they add coaches to the Contributors section, instead of including them among the modern era players, it’s going to be a very tough path for any HC unless your name is Bill Belichick. Nominees for the Class of 2019. COACHES (11) — Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jim Hanifan, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, **** Vermeil
  12. Vikings waive Carlson, expected to sign Dan Bailey

    Yeah, better to find out now in Week 2 than perhaps a crucial game in December. With Dan Bailey now a Viking, perhaps it will end up as a blessing in disguise.
  13. Vikings waive Carlson, expected to sign Dan Bailey

    If Crosby had kicked that potential game winner for the Packers at the end of regulation, Carlson would still have a job. Funny how things can transpire.
  14. Lions sign DE Robert Ayers; Released

    Jason Hanson: 21 years Robert Ayers: 1 day
  15. Tony Boselli will be the next HOFer in that category of elite talent with short career. He made the cut to the final 10 in the HOF voting for the 2018 Class, which usually means it’s only a matter of time before his name is called to Canton. Willis will be eligible in 2020 and Megatron in 2021.