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2012-04-22 08:48:58 PM  
That article is bad and that author should feel bad.
 
2012-04-22 09:10:31 PM  
This headline is better than the article.

Waaaaaaaah things are different than when I was a kid therefore they're automatically worse waaaaaaaaaah but somehow 20 years later I'm still a big baby LIFE IS HARD
 
2012-04-22 09:12:56 PM  
What a whiner. Keep your arguments with the clouds to yourself.
 
2012-04-22 09:18:41 PM  
TL;DR version...

BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
 
2012-04-22 09:20:10 PM  
Damn kids with their tweetbook and Tecmo Bowl! I liked then better when men were men and didn't biatch about dibiltating injuries and brain damage!

The one thing he should have mentioned is fantasy stats taking up screen when I want to see other scores. Does anyone keep track of their fantasy stats this way?
 
2012-04-22 09:20:30 PM  
Damn kids today with their rock music and their twitters and their hula hoops.
 
2012-04-22 09:21:39 PM  

RepoManTSM: Damn kids with their tweetbook and Tecmo Bowl! I liked then better when men were men and didn't biatch about dibiltating injuries and brain damage!

The one thing he should have mentioned is fantasy stats taking up screen when I want to see other scores. Does anyone keep track of their fantasy stats this way?


Back in my day, we didn't find out the scores of other games until the newspaper reported it. We watched only the local team and that's the way we likes it!
 
2012-04-22 09:22:13 PM  
I actually went into that expecting a well thought out criticism of different aspects of the game.

Instead it's just 10 things the author doesn't like about the game, not 10 things that are actually wrong with the game.

And only three of the 10 are actually even related directly to the game itself (replay, contracts, high personnel turnover on teams). And of course most fans would completely disagree with all three of those, since they'd rather get the call right than save some time, seeing the contracts is part of the appeal of the off-season, and the high turnover is precipitated BY the fans putting pressure on management to win.

As previously mentioned, the article is terrible and the author should feel terrible for writing it.
 
2012-04-22 09:25:36 PM  

Fricknmaniac: And of course most fans would completely disagree with all three of those, since they'd rather get the call right than save some time


But but, human element!

Why back in aught-diggity-30 when Barnabus "Jitterbug" Whitey played linebacker, punter, fullback, and waterboy, he ran up into the stands to get away from a tackler and the ref didn't call him out of bounds and that's the way we liked it!
 
2012-04-22 09:27:34 PM  
"Now thanks to magazines like US Weekly and People we get Tony Romo baby birth pictures, Reggie Bush dating rumors and restaurant receipts from Peyton Manning"

For that, you can thank the fans who obsess over the personal lives of celebrities much to the annoyance of the rest of us who don't like unimportant crap contaminating our news and in doing so, resulting in a reduction in the amount of real news.
 
2012-04-22 09:31:16 PM  
I'm not on the author's lawn!
 
2012-04-22 09:31:22 PM  
Whenever I hear someone biatch about sports contracts I'm reminded of this quote.

"Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. And every time I call it a business, you call it a game."

And if you can identify the source of the quote without the google you're as old as I am.
 
2012-04-22 09:37:18 PM  
I can only nitpick the NFL product, and the only things that bother me are the experimental things like the cinematic music or pop music they add to games they feel necessary to improve the drama of the game or whatever. If a game's good, it doesn't need silly/epic/tense generic music playing. Stuff like that is laughable but doesn't interfere or stop me from watching the games. I also can't stand the condescending sentimental commercials that praise fans. Still - as long as play on the field is good, I don't care.

This article was written by an out-of-touch old fart who can't accept change.
 
2012-04-22 09:38:09 PM  

YouWinAgainGravity: RepoManTSM: Damn kids with their tweetbook and Tecmo Bowl! I liked then better when men were men and didn't biatch about dibiltating injuries and brain damage!

The one thing he should have mentioned is fantasy stats taking up screen when I want to see other scores. Does anyone keep track of their fantasy stats this way?

Back in my day, we didn't find out the scores of other games until the newspaper reported it. We watched only the local team and that's the way we likes it!


In my first foray into fantasy football I actually had to sit down with the sports section of my actual newspaper and total up the stats to determine league scores since Internet access wasn't widely available in 1991.

Now get off my lawn...unless you want to talk about my teams from last year.
 
2012-04-22 09:39:50 PM  

Even though I'm old, I'm glad I haven't reached the stage of "Things were better when I was younger!" Why are old people so afraid of change?


Twitter ruined the NFL? Hell, I wish players like Ty Cobb had Twitter and Facebook, because it would be hilarious to watch him try to suppress his racist attitudes. "I think the day they let a colored boy into baseball is the day I die."

 
2012-04-22 09:40:40 PM  
DVRs
NFL games should be events. It great to pause a game and skip commercials, but games do not feel the same unless they are being watched live.


What? Then just watch it live then. No one's forcing anyone to record the game on DVR and watch it later.

The Madden Curse
Not only are video games desensitizing children, the Madden curse is effecting players. It's time to put John Madden back on the covers and leave the NFL players alone!


Is this person, like, legit retarded? Because that's the only way any of this could possibly make sense.
 
2012-04-22 09:40:43 PM  
The author of this piece has a sahara desert's worth of sand in his vagina.
 
2012-04-22 09:43:21 PM  

Snapper Carr: Whenever I hear someone biatch about sports contracts I'm reminded of this quote.

"Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. And every time I call it a business, you call it a game."

And if you can identify the source of the quote without the google you're as old as I am.


I haven't seen North Dallas Forty in years.
 
2012-04-22 09:47:12 PM  
As my 40th birthday comes hurtling down the calendar at breakneck speed, I'd like to thank the author for making me feel young again.
 
2012-04-22 09:48:17 PM  

velvet_fog: I can only nitpick the NFL product, and the only things that bother me are the experimental things like the cinematic music or pop music they add to games they feel necessary to improve the drama of the game or whatever. If a game's good, it doesn't need silly/epic/tense generic music playing. Stuff like that is laughable but doesn't interfere or stop me from watching the games. I also can't stand the condescending sentimental commercials that praise fans. Still - as long as play on the field is good, I don't care.

This article was written by an out-of-touch old fart who can't accept change.


You know, a lot of that poppy music nonsense or sentimental gooshiness or "get to know the player" pieces are put in there to attract women to the game. As a woman, I feel a bit pandered to, but like you, I can ignore it. If it helps the sport stay popular with all demographics, then I can tolerate it. It won't make me quit watching. It might also serve to help newbies figure out what they're watching and reel the kiddos in, too.

Side note: the other night at the bar, "I hate myself for loving you" came on. The girl sitting next to me turned to me and asked me why they were playing the Sunday Night Football song on a Friday. I uh.... lawn.... off.
 
2012-04-22 09:49:34 PM  

Snapper Carr: Whenever I hear someone biatch about sports contracts I'm reminded of this quote.

"Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. And every time I call it a business, you call it a game."

And if you can identify the source of the quote without the google you're as old as I am.


I'm betting I'm not as old as you and I know John Matuszak got robbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that alone.
 
2012-04-22 09:50:48 PM  

Di Atribe: velvet_fog: I can only nitpick the NFL product, and the only things that bother me are the experimental things like the cinematic music or pop music they add to games they feel necessary to improve the drama of the game or whatever. If a game's good, it doesn't need silly/epic/tense generic music playing. Stuff like that is laughable but doesn't interfere or stop me from watching the games. I also can't stand the condescending sentimental commercials that praise fans. Still - as long as play on the field is good, I don't care.

This article was written by an out-of-touch old fart who can't accept change.

You know, a lot of that poppy music nonsense or sentimental gooshiness or "get to know the player" pieces are put in there to attract women to the game. As a woman, I feel a bit pandered to, but like you, I can ignore it. If it helps the sport stay popular with all demographics, then I can tolerate it. It won't make me quit watching. It might also serve to help newbies figure out what they're watching and reel the kiddos in, too.

Side note: the other night at the bar, "I hate myself for loving you" came on. The girl sitting next to me turned to me and asked me why they were playing the Sunday Night Football song on a Friday. I uh.... lawn.... off.


I assume you went ahead and choked a biatch.
 
2012-04-22 09:52:39 PM  
Wow, it's like Grantland Rice has been reincarnated as Alan Donahue!

/oh, sports journalism, we hardly knew ya

velvet_fog: This article was written by an out-of-touch old fart who can't accept change.


uh, judging from his writing skills, I'm guessing he's under 25.
 
2012-04-22 09:54:51 PM  
I do not have a dog in this fight - the Vikings are killing themselves - they have a small to medium market and a huge / great fan base - with no money.
 
2012-04-22 09:55:38 PM  
The biggest problem with NFL football is that it's so awesome that when it sucks it's a huge letdown. And then you have to wait another week.
 
2012-04-22 09:59:18 PM  

Krymson Tyde: I assume you went ahead and choked a biatch.


I was too busy feeling ancient and ordering a gimlet to drown my sorrows.

Another side note: I read your profile. Cool story, bro and I don't even mean it ironically.
 
2012-04-22 10:04:41 PM  
that article was idiotic. complaining about musical montages? the madden curse? are those really the things that the writer thinks are important?

NFL games should be events. It great to pause a game and skip commercials, but games do not feel the same unless they are being watched live.

oh shut up you dimwit. i hate people who say this about anything. "oh, the show two and a half men doesn't feel the same unless you watch it live."
 
2012-04-22 10:06:18 PM  
How about a more realistic top 10:

1) The balance between highlight reel hit and keep the likes of Brady/Rodgers/Brees/Manning on the field.
2) "What's a farkin' catch?: And other rules changes that are shifting with the wind"
3) HGH testing and the shiatstorm it could launch if rumors are true about it's widespread use.
4) Guaranteed money getting crazy- but now for vets
5) Running Backs becoming as high priority as guards
6) Stadiums- A billion dollar hostage situation
7) Will they break 32 teams/divisions in their insane attempt to put a team in the UK or Canada?
8) How big will the TV money get?
9) When will refs be full-time employees?
10) What will the finality of the concussion be?

/I admit, I faded a bit at the end there
 
2012-04-22 10:10:07 PM  

Krymson Tyde: YouWinAgainGravity: RepoManTSM: Damn kids with their tweetbook and Tecmo Bowl! I liked then better when men were men and didn't biatch about dibiltating injuries and brain damage!

The one thing he should have mentioned is fantasy stats taking up screen when I want to see other scores. Does anyone keep track of their fantasy stats this way?

Back in my day, we didn't find out the scores of other games until the newspaper reported it. We watched only the local team and that's the way we likes it!

In my first foray into fantasy football I actually had to sit down with the sports section of my actual newspaper and total up the stats to determine league scores since Internet access wasn't widely available in 1991.

Now get off my lawn...unless you want to talk about my teams from last year.


I started tagging the college football threads halfway though last season with teams and colors, it has been interesting to see everyone in normal threads. That said, do you think the dominance of the SEC west will continue next season? And to relate it to the NFL, because of key players leaving great teams to make their fortunes?
 
2012-04-22 10:12:04 PM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: How about a more realistic top 10:

1) The balance between highlight reel hit and keep the likes of Brady/Rodgers/Brees/Manning on the field.
2) "What's a farkin' catch?: And other rules changes that are shifting with the wind"
3) HGH testing and the shiatstorm it could launch if rumors are true about it's widespread use.
4) Guaranteed money getting crazy- but now for vets
5) Running Backs becoming as high priority as guards
6) Stadiums- A billion dollar hostage situation
7) Will they break 32 teams/divisions in their insane attempt to put a team in the UK or Canada?
8) How big will the TV money get?
9) When will refs be full-time employees?
10) What will the finality of the concussion be?

/I admit, I faded a bit at the end there


11) Troy Aikman and Joe Buck as announcers
 
2012-04-22 10:17:41 PM  
onhuge.com

Back in my day we didn't have helmets, we wore onions on our belts!
 
2012-04-22 10:18:43 PM  
12) Football analysts being too scared to provide actual analysis and instead playing cheerleader for every ham and egger on the field.
 
2012-04-22 10:18:53 PM  

Fricknmaniac: And of course most fans would completely disagree with all three of those, since they'd rather get the call right than save some time, seeing the contracts is part of the appeal of the off-season, and the high turnover is precipitated BY the fans putting pressure on management to win, which fails every time because these are Browns and Redskins fans we're talking about.


I fixed that last one for you.

/Part of the No QB in the first round bandwagon for the Browns.
 
2012-04-22 10:19:51 PM  

Foxxinnia: DVRs

What? Then just watch it live then. No one's forcing anyone to record the game on DVR and watch it later.
.


Yeah I called bullshiat on that one too.

I tried watching a game on DVR. In today's age of instant game tracking online, twitter, etc. it's just dumb to watch the game later. If a play is good or important, they will show it on the highlight reel.

If you really want to watch the whole game without being spoiled, you'll have to unplug yourself from the rest of society until you do.
 
2012-04-22 10:20:17 PM  
13) Jon Gruden's "This guy was a 95th round pick out of Coastal Utah State Tech and is the best guy you've never heard of at the backup cornerback spot"
 
2012-04-22 10:31:32 PM  
Today, most sports films end up with bad endings and the whole children-sports genre has been replaced with CG fluff. Where is the new generation of "Might Ducks," "Little Giants," "Rookie of the Year" and "Angels in the Outfield"?

/areyouretarded.jpg
 
2012-04-22 10:31:48 PM  
14) The increasing tendency to run commercial breaks over plays (usually special teams, this past year more during drives). Over two hours in ads really wasn't enough?
 
2012-04-22 10:38:28 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: /oh, sports journalism, we hardly knew ya


Neither did Alan Donahue.

I winced from the get-go. "the NFL got ruined"? Apparently he thinks that "was" is passive because it is the word "was" rather than how it is used, and opted to go with a passive "got" instead. Just using "was" would have been far less awkward.

And this guy has hundreds of articles to his name. I wonder how many he's self-published through article distribution sites for SEO purposes and how many he has actually been paid for by publishers. I hope nobody outside of Yahoo has actually been encouraging him in this endeavor.

I stopped using Yahoo as my source for news for a while because of their low-quality "contributor network." When I realized that their head editor for health and nutrition held the sole qualification of candy store owner, I headed elsewhere. I dunno if she is still in that position but it was a complete turnoff. They obviously don't care about the credibility or the quality of their writers as long as they can crank out garbage regularly. From what I can tell, they are mostly mediocre bloggers that Yahoo could offer cheap rates to.

Just for shiats and giggles, I just signed up for the Yahoo Contributor Network to see how it works. I see 11 assignments I could claim, ranging from personal experiences with long term care insurance to the toughest video games of the last decade to my foreclosure nightmare (none of which I could properly write about, but I am an insurance agent and I could fake the first). I claim a topic, I write something passable, submit it and they either publish it or they don't. If they publish it, I get a paid based on ad revenue from page views. If I get a lot of hits (hey Fark, how YOU doin?) then I can get advances etc.

I might just try to submit a couple pieces just to see if they would actually accept any of my hack pieces. They'd have to be hack because I couldn't do a good job with any of the topics they are soliciting for other than the LTC thing.
 
2012-04-22 10:48:48 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: /oh, sports journalism, we hardly knew ya


Sports "journalism" has always been a joke. They're not journalists- they're shills that exist to keep selling the product that the major leagues want sold. They cover games/stories the way the leagues tell them to, or they lose access. And since it's simply entertainment fluff, there's really no reason to actually fight that trend.

I like football season, but sports "journalists" can go piss up a rope.
 
2012-04-22 10:51:29 PM  

Di Atribe: I read your profile. Cool story, bro and I don't even mean it ironically.


Thank you!
blindy the pirate:

I started tagging the college football threads halfway though last season with teams and colors, it has been interesting to see everyone in normal threads. That said, do you think the dominance of the SEC west will continue next season? And to relate it to the NFL, because of key players leaving great teams to make their fortunes?

AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH! HOMEWORK! lol
I think Alabama will be down some next year while LSU will be even better. I don't know who the West's 3rd best team will be since Arkansas farked the chicken, but maybe Auburn or Mississippi State will be that team. Either way there should be a drop in the West. I don't think the East will be all that great either. Tennessee will still be bad, Richt will probably find a way to screw up Georgia yet again. Florida is orobably still a year or two (if not more) away. South Carolina? Who knows what Spurrior will do?
 
2012-04-22 11:13:04 PM  
We'll be right back with my biggest NFL peeve after a word from our sponsors
 
2012-04-22 11:16:45 PM  

IanMoone: I tried watching a game on DVR. In today's age of instant game tracking online, twitter, etc. it's just dumb to watch the game later. If a play is good or important, they will show it on the highlight reel.

If you really want to watch the whole game without being spoiled, you'll have to unplug yourself from the rest of society until you do.


I always have my DVR record the Cowboys games, plus a few others now and then. And all the playoff games.

But I watch them live, for the most part. Occasionally I may pause it, usually during a commercial break, when I need to use the restroom or go to the kitchen or something. But it doesn't take long to catch back up to real-time when I get back.

Mostly I'm recording the game because over the next couple of days, I often read something in the paper, or notice something in the stats, that makes me want to go back and watch a particular play, or skip through the game quickly watching what a particular player is doing.
 
2012-04-22 11:19:40 PM  
Teams are constantly changing starters and quarterbacks without giving them a proper chance to develop in the system. Many times this is caused by ongoing fan pressure.

Oh, come out and just say it.
 
2012-04-22 11:21:15 PM  

BolloxReader: I claim a topic, I write something passable, submit it and they either publish it or they don't. If they publish it, I get a paid based on ad revenue from page views. If I get a lot of hits (hey Fark, how YOU doin?) then I can get advances etc.


So basically it's like Fark if they paid us in beer for greenlights.

/Gotta be hard to get 500 words on LTC
//I work with some dry insurance material too but yeesh.
 
2012-04-22 11:21:53 PM  

t3knomanser: AliceBToklasLives: /oh, sports journalism, we hardly knew ya

Sports "journalism" has always been a joke. They're not journalists- they're shills that exist to keep selling the product that the major leagues want sold. They cover games/stories the way the leagues tell them to, or they lose access. And since it's simply entertainment fluff, there's really no reason to actually fight that trend.

I like football season, but sports "journalists" can go piss up a rope.


So Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, Ring Lardner, and Damon Runyon were just corporate shills? Good to know.
 
2012-04-22 11:52:23 PM  
15) Cancelling NFL Europe.
They should have televised it on ESPN2 or something until it took off in Europe.
 
2012-04-22 11:57:13 PM  

Two_Noodles: 15) Cancelling NFL Europe.
They should have televised it on ESPN2 or something until it took off in Europe.


Athough an NFL D-League would be nice, NFL Europe had 16 years to fill that function.
 
2012-04-22 11:58:33 PM  
The Cowboys in December are better than the article. Author should be forced to sit in a windowless, doorless, escape proof, sound proof room with Tony Kornheiser.
 
2012-04-23 12:04:02 AM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: Two_Noodles: 15) Cancelling NFL Europe.
They should have televised it on ESPN2 or something until it took off in Europe.

Athough an NFL D-League would be nice, NFL Europe had 16 years to fill that function.


Hmm, I guess I was only aware of it for its last two or three years. But I enjoyed it!
 
2012-04-23 12:11:53 AM  
the Madden curse is effecting players

Gaah!! Editors. You need one.
 
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