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(ksdk.com)   NFL juggling schedule to make Monday Night games more interesting; here are the completely confusing details   ( ksdk.com) divider line
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2002-03-18 06:31:18 PM  
Son of a...who the fark made up these rules. It sounds like Calvin Ball to me.
2002-03-18 06:34:42 PM  
Obviously to make up for the fact they took off the only seriously interesting character in sports broadcasting in the past 20 years. (The last one being Howard Cosell) (sp?)
2002-03-18 06:35:27 PM  
Well then...no Lions games on Monday night this season...
2002-03-18 06:36:45 PM  
and it only took the NFL 20-odd years to figure it out? Wow.
2002-03-18 06:36:56 PM  
Long as there aren't Monday night games between two 0-5 teams, knock yourself out
2002-03-18 06:36:57 PM  
Great. My Saints will get one Monday night game, and no doubt it'll get bumped in favor of yet another St. Louis matchup.

You suck, Tagliabuebalalielalie!!!
2002-03-18 06:37:00 PM  
I think its a good idea. Teams that are playing well and making a playoff run deserve to be playing on Monday night. With the competitive nature of the NFL, teams that are good one season can be lousy the next, and vice versa. I don't think the Patriots had a Monday night game this past season, and I don't think the Rams played on Monday night during Kurt Warner's breakout season two years ago. Good teams deserve to play in the national spotlight.
2002-03-18 06:38:36 PM  
Torchsong: Saints, blech. No hope at all after they traided Ricky Williams.
2002-03-18 06:39:43 PM  
Is it me, or is this not the least bit confusing?
2002-03-18 06:40:02 PM  
How is this confusing?

Anyway, won't Fox and CBS be pissed?

ABC gets the Rams v. Saints game which decides the division, we're switching it with the Lions v. Carolina. Thanks Fox!
2002-03-18 06:41:28 PM  
Of course, if the starting quarterback's number is divisible by 3 and the running back's total yardage for the season is a prime number, the system is moot.
2002-03-18 06:49:11 PM  
Ouch... After the Cricket thing, I thought I was over really annoying sports rules.
2002-03-18 06:55:15 PM  
I really don't care what MNF's agenda is.
All I know is this. There will be 32 teams next season. There are 16 weeks in a season. I think EVERY team should play only ONCE a season on a Monday night, REGARDLESS of their previous season's record. If I was a N.F.L. player I would insist upon this in the next labor contract. Let's say you are one of the best players in the league on a crappy team. How will fans in other states learn about your playmaking skill if they aren't exposed to you at least once in primetime ? Non exposure = no advertising $$$ in that star player's pocket.
With the way football is set up now with its economics/salary cap you don't know what teams will be good one year and crappy the next.
2002-03-18 06:55:55 PM  
ehh.. football. Who cares.
2002-03-18 07:01:49 PM  
As long as the Vikes beat the Packers by the spread I'm OK. Baby's gotta eat!
2002-03-18 07:13:05 PM  
what the hell??? the tuck rule isn't being changed?? absolute stupidity.
2002-03-18 07:31:34 PM  
_Cyclops_ I second that one!!!
2002-03-18 07:38:40 PM  
Make it more interesting, defense is played by men on fire, and the offense is naked women, with Regis Philburn asking a question for 1,000,000 dollars between downs. By third period replace some of the players from both sides with smart mouth kids, or have some of the players pregnant. Those are always ratings grabbers. Last but not least, play the game on the moon!
2002-03-18 08:04:18 PM  
Microbob: The point isn't whether the team's good or not (and the Saints will do quite well without Ricky "I got a boo-boo" Williams thank you very much), but that they at least get a chance to be on MNF. How many Rams games were there last season on Monday? You'd think Kurt Warner owned stock in it.

4 St. Louis appearances
3 Baltimore appearances
3 Tennessee appearances (TENNESSEE!! WTF?!?)
3 Green Bay appearances
3 Denver appearances

I mean, sure...a good team may be entitled to more than one appearance, but within reason, okay?
2002-03-18 08:16:03 PM  
Keep it up and they will be as effed-up as baseball.
2002-03-18 08:22:58 PM  
they're keeping the tuck rule?!?!

*shakes fist at sky*

2002-03-18 08:31:17 PM  
Dude: I'm with you.

Stupid farkin' rule.
2002-03-18 08:37:31 PM  
These game-switching rules are senseless...

For example, if the Monday night game to be switched would wind up on Fox -- say, Washington-San Francisco -- the game switched to Monday night would also be on Fox. If the Monday night game to be dropped is a CBS game, it would be replaced by a game originally scheduled to be shown Sunday by CBS.

To me this sounds like retardation. It sounds like they're looking to avoid bad matchups, rather than look for good ones. In other words, if there's gonna be a shiatty game on Monday night, they'll switch it to CBS or Fox, and jack one of their (better) games from Sunday and put it on MNF. Why? So we can see the crap game a day earlier? Or so it can be buried and only broadcast in one area code?
#2 [TotalFark]
2002-03-18 09:27:38 PM  
So do I biatch on Sunday or Monday at you hooligans???
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2002-03-18 09:28:36 PM  
"Historically, drawing up the NFL schedule involves dickering among the networks."

huh huh... huh huh... dickering.
2002-03-18 09:30:51 PM  
So come on down to Ramblin Motors. Bring your trade-in. Bring your dog. Bring your kids. Bring your wife, and we'll dicker.
2002-03-18 10:11:48 PM  
I think we can make it a win-win situation.

I can hear this spoken by the guy in Office Space. "Um , yeah, I think we can make it a win-win situation. Okay? Great."

Suddenly Dennis Miller didn't look like such a bad idea.
2002-03-18 11:00:29 PM  
Ummm... Heres a plan. Guarantee every team at least one appearance on a Monday night game so no city gets left out.

No, that's too simple and logical for the NFL......

And for you losing teams/cities put on a game like Bengals vs. Lions. Some of those games will have to be better than being forced to watch the Rams 4 times on Monday night.
2002-03-18 11:38:09 PM  
The NFL should focus on more important matters--like banning domes.

The Vikes are p!ssies.
2002-03-19 12:44:27 AM  
Good call Torchsong!

Also, why the hell does Dallas get two Monday night games every damn year? Did someone at ABC actually expect them to be good this year? Who thought St. Louis vs. Detroit was going to be a good game?

How about only the Superbowl participants get three appearances the following year (and that's not guaranteed)? Everyone else gets no more than two.

4 St. Louis appearances
3 Baltimore appearances
3 Tennessee appearances (TENNESSEE!! WTF?!?)
3 Green Bay appearances
3 Denver appearances
2002-03-19 12:45:22 AM  
This die-hard Raider fan thinks keeping the tuck rule is farking nuts.

Of course if you think about it, how many QBs really "tuck" the ball back into their body after a faked pass. They usually bring it down and clasp it between their two hands JUST LIKE BRADY TRIED TO DO!!!! Only when HIS OWN left hand made impact with the ball, did the ball come squirting out. Woodson may have had an indirect impact on the FUMBLE, but Brady knocked it out of his own hand. Because of the rediculous tuck rule, he in effect deflected his own pass attempt.

See what the anti-Raider fan who wrote the following article has to say about it. http://www.dailynewslosangeles.com/sports/articles/0102/26/spo06.asp

Yeah, I'm still p'ed off. Leave me alone.
2002-03-19 08:40:30 AM  
NFL on Fox is proud to present all 16 St. Louis Rams games this year!
2002-03-19 12:32:35 PM  
So by boosting TV ratings they plan on farking over as many fans and ticket holders as possible? Luckily the ticket holders in Baltimore will definetly not have to worry about there games being moved. LOSERS!!! Thanks NFL for sucking the baby batter from my mushroom tip.
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