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  1. Reality Check

    Julian Edelman facing 4 game PED suspension

    I wonder if the news will be taken so passively when we find out Gronk got traded in the next couple weeks??
  2. Reality Check

    Julian Edelman facing 4 game PED suspension

    While your thought/views are refreshing, they are CERTAINLY NOT SHARED BY MOST WHO ARE NOT FANS OF THE PATRIOTS. Any time the Patriots and/or one of their players has faced any speculation that a rule may have been broken, the angry mob rises with rampant stories & speculation about the "Patriots". On this board, I actually saw a number of posters speculating that Chubb's pre-draft injury was, somehow, related to BB and his dislike for the Colts (who some felt were targeting Chubb) in the draft. Just really different from most of the other discussion that is out there on the subject.... To my point, just take AQL at the same thread from the Bills forum.... https://www.twobillsdrive.com/community/topic/206232-patriots-wr-julian-edelman-facing-a-four-game-suspension-for-ped-violation/
  3. Reality Check

    Julian Edelman facing 4 game PED suspension

    While agree with the comments in this thread, I did not see this news simply as "NFL star gets busted for PEDs". I truly thought the whole TB12/Brady/Gronk/TB12 angle would be the source of a long discussion of this news. IMO, one can't help but question Edelman's self-proclaimed "Mr. Miyagi" (aka Alex Guerrero, aka TB12 trainer, aka Brady's trainer, aka Gronks Trainer) and his philosophies which form the foundation for the "TB12 method" which Brady gives credit for his longevity in the NFL.
  4. Reality Check

    Alliance American Football League or the XFL

    EXACTLY! I am so disenchanted with the NFL these days...for MANY reasons. This my impetus for looking elsewhere to satisfy my thirst for good old fashioned football WITHOUT ALL THE nonsense THE NFL IS SERVING ME.
  5. Reality Check

    Terrell Owens declines invitation to Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    If players/teams would decline other prestigious invitations to recognize their accomplishments, TO just becomes the next one to do so. This is the world we live in people.
  6. Reality Check

    Julian Edelman facing 4 game PED suspension

    This WILL definitely have an adverse impact on the TB12 brand as well as the JE11 brand. Both of these guys are selling all kinds of health food/healthy lifestyle tips under their brand names. Massive scrutiny headed in both directions fo'sho !
  7. Reality Check

    Julian Edelman facing 4 game PED suspension

    First TB12/Alex Guerrero client to get busted. TB's first controversy as a business owner. This is gonna get ALL the pats haters going...lol!!! Have at it guys...
  8. Reality Check

    Alliance American Football League or the XFL

    I am an older guy & follow football much like PrincetonTiger. NEVER ENOUGH football in my like! As a side note, I am definitely watching LESS NFL and more of "lesser brands of football" over the past 5 yrs.
  9. Reality Check

    Alliance American Football League or the XFL

    More than 10% of American football fans tune in to watch a "lesser talented form of football" every single week during the fall.... They watch, and are extremely loyal to NCAA football. Assuming these new leagues do not go head to head with NCAA/NFL, they are very likely to tap into NFL/NCAA fans who are looking for some football in the spring/summer. Personally, I love this time of year b/c I can begin watching competitive football for the first time since February... it's called CFL and it is very compeetitive and equally entertaining IMO.
  10. Reality Check

    Alliance American Football League or the XFL

    My point is/was, that the players don't have to be "NFL quality" in order for the league(s) to succeed. See NCAA football. This is more about available market share, solid business model, and a quality product/competition.
  11. Reality Check

    Alliance American Football League or the XFL

    I don't think you get it. This is not about either of these leagues "overtaking" the NFL. For years, the NCAA & the CFL have survived just fine while offering inferior talent (compared to the NFL). Instead, it is about their ability to survive financially while offering a competitive brand of football for the consumer. For some subset of consumers, it will be about an "alternative" to the NFL. Of course, "survival" and "growth" will depend on many factors....but having inferior talent to the NFL is not nearly as important as offering a competitive league with a strong following of consumers. Just look at how many soccer leagues do exist/have existed in Europe for so many years....and they keep adding more leagues all the time!
  12. Reality Check

    Yet another, third, pro football league - Pacific Pro

    With the apparent introduction of THREE new leagues in the US, it is apparent that many feel the ratings drop for the NFL is going to leave substantial market share available for those willing to take a chance. This is the beauty of a "free market". Just like your TV/Cable provider(s), you will be able to "consume" the one(s) you like best. In the end, only the strong (leagues) will survive. I don't think any of these leagues will put the NFL out of business...but they will all compete to pick up lost market share (from the NFL) and they will all be looking to steal market share from any/all competitors. If one of these leagues is able to garner 10% of the market, that is/will be VERY significant and will fuel a good business model for that particular league's future.
  13. Reality Check

    Eagles not going to whitehouse

    I think the old saying "perception IS reality" could easily be applied to this particular situation. Both sides.
  14. Reality Check

    Eagles not going to whitehouse

    I explained this in an earlier response to someone who said, essentially, the same thing as you.... While there are many players who have chosen not to go to the WH, most of them cite "personal reasons". Thomas & the Eagles players have both openly cited "political views" as a reason for not attending....regardless of who the sitting president is/was. If you have other players who cited "political difference" for their reason for not attending a "WH Championship Celebration", please offer them up as they can trigger good discussion. I do not remember any Patriot's players who cited "political differences/issues" for not attending....of course, some did not attend for this reason (I am sure), but they did not want to overshadow the event and/or their teammate's accomplishments by stealing the spotlight. My original point was around the idea of how Tim Thomas was publically crucified (fos) for not attending by some and the Eagles' players decision is widely viewed differently than TT's. Why?
  15. Reality Check

    Eagles not going to whitehouse

    There are plenty of reasons why people choose not to go to these things. I was just aligning the Eagles' players reasons to those of Tim Thomas ... as both are recent cases where the player(s) cited "political differences" as their reason for choosing not to go.