Why I Don't Do The NFL Anymore


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Why I Don't Do The NFL Anymore

Postby gh » Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:00 pm

<<An NFL game used to be appointment television. You'd sit down, grab a beer, heat some snacks and enjoy the game (throw your remote if you're a Chargers fan like me) and all was well.

Now, with the massive gaps in action, the endless replay calls and the hateful commercial-kickoff-commercial crime against humanity, you can make an appointment to do just about anything during a game....>>

What I find is that it's even worse being AT the game. At home, as the columnist suggests, you can find all kinds of time to do productive things. At an NFL game, every time they break from the game they crank the music so loud you can't even discuss strategy w/ the guy in the seat next to you.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... 01&sc=1000
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Postby bad hammy » Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:09 pm

Well, I stopped watching because Steve Young retired and the 49ers became unwatchable. But if I did watch, TiVo takes care of most of the TV problems.
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Postby gh » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:52 am

gh's connection to Steve Young: convinced him that eating deep-fried shrimp heads at our local sushi bar was cool.
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Postby Conor Dary » Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:49 am

After watching the inept 49ers last week in Chicago, I could see why you would get despondent over football.

DA Bears!
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Postby EPelle » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:26 am

Why I have both loved and hated the NFL: Randy Moss.
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Postby tlb747 » Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:40 am

Conor Dary wrote:After watching the inept 49ers last week in Chicago, I could see why you would get despondent over football.

DA Bears!


That's right! Go BEARS! I am a Bears fan from CA and could not stand to watch Raiders and Niners football games. HA! HA! :arrow: :lol:
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Postby bad hammy » Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:32 am

Was a Raider fan as a kid, but would never root for them after they moved to LA and back. I have been to a couple of games since their return, and watching the wild fans beats watching the team. Had the pleasure at one of the games to see, while walking back to the car after the game, a very well-built young topless woman standing up in her car though the sunroof waving to one and all. Now that’s entertainment!
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Postby tandfman » Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:33 am

I don't do the NFL for the same reason I don't do the NBA, MLB, NHL, etc. I presume that a large number of their athletes are using PED's. To get me to pay any attention to their leagues, they must adopt the WADA Code, including:
--the full WADA list of banned substances
--two-year minimum penalties for first steroid and amphetamine violations
--year-round unannounced testing, with no limits on how many times any one athlete can be tested
--a testing program administered by an independent agency like USADA

Until they do that, they can't convince me that they're serious about doping control. And who wants to watch a sport where lots of people are cheating, and the people running the sport refuse to adopt the protocol that is recognized throughout the world as being the minimum necessary to deter this form of cheating? Not I.
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Postby gh » Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:48 pm

tandfman wrote:Until they do that, they can't convince me that they're serious about doping control. And who wants to watch a sport where lots of people are cheating, and the people running the sport refuse to adopt the protocol that is recognized throughout the world as being the minimum necessary to deter this form of cheating? Not I.


At this point, GH's Maxim kicks in: "Never ask a question you don't really want to hear the answer to"
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Re: Why I Don't Do The NFL Anymore

Postby The Kitchen Cynic » Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:12 pm

gh wrote:<<An NFL game used to be appointment television. You'd sit down, grab a beer, heat some snacks and enjoy the game (throw your remote if you're a Chargers fan like me) and all was well.

Now, with the massive gaps in action, the endless replay calls and the hateful commercial-kickoff-commercial crime against humanity, you can make an appointment to do just about anything during a game....>>

What I find is that it's even worse being AT the game. At home, as the columnist suggests, you can find all kinds of time to do productive things. At an NFL game, every time they break from the game they crank the music so loud you can't even discuss strategy w/ the guy in the seat next to you.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... 01&sc=1000

I hate to say this (for among other reasons that this is, after all, the Things Not T&F Board) but TV-mandated delays have become a nuisance for live spectators at track meets as well. How many times have you sat there at a televised meet, had the runners introduced, and then watched them stand there at the starting line waiting for some tv guy to allow the starter to fire the gun? This sometimes takes more than a minute or two, which can seem an eternity to runners and fans alike. It interrupts the flow of the action, turns excitement into boredom, and diminishes everyone's enjoyment of the meet.
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Postby gh » Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:37 pm

and how close to getting fired has gh come for having the temerity to explain to the crowd why we're standing around doing sweet nothing?
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Postby PeteM » Sun Nov 20, 2005 6:24 am

I've been to three NFL games and a few college games in the past few years and been bored by each of them for the reasons GH describes.

Now cross-country meets are a different matter. For one, they are almost participatory events for the spectators, what with charging all over the course trying to get to the best viewing sites. Two, conversations with other fans are amazingly easy to strike up, and everyone is nice and few are drunk. Three, you can mingle among the athletes before and after the event and eavesdrop on their conversations.

All of which makes me sad I won't be in Terre Haute on Monday for the NCAA Nationals.
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Postby Conor Dary » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:49 am

"...And who wants to watch a sport where lots of people are cheating, and the people running the sport refuse to adopt the protocol that is recognized throughout the world as being the minimum necessary to deter this form of cheating? ''

If everyone is on the same playing field, metaphorically, when it comes to drugs, is it really cheating? Frnakly, that is where I see football and it doesn't bother me at all. I suspect PEDs are a lot more prevalent than the the few postives that come up indicate. After all how do these guys get so big now days? I remember the Fridge, at something a little over 300 lbs. and he was BIG then. Nowadays, that is average or even on the small side.
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Postby Cooter Brown » Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:29 am

Conor Dary wrote:I remember the Fridge, at something a little over 300 lbs. and he was BIG then. Nowadays, that is average or even on the small side.


I remember a quote from the ESPN sports reporters show about 10 years ago...one guy said " in 1985 there were like 2 players over 300 lbs. Now there are 300 over 300 lbs. I'm sorry but I don't believe evolution happens that fast." Made me laugh anyway.
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:44 pm

gh wrote:gh's connection to Steve Young: convinced him that eating deep-fried shrimp heads at our local sushi bar was cool.

Based on this post, I did the unthinkable, I joined mrs. hammy in one of her favorite delights – the deep-fried shrimp heads they serve at our favorite sushi place with the ama ebi (raw shrimp). She’s sorta Danish, so she eats all sorts of disgusting stuff real Americans won’t touch, like beef tongue and head cheese. I shoulda known better (I did, but the gh post sucked me in).

Anyways, the bottom line is that the fried shrimp heads were disgusting. VERY fishy tasting (she says it tastes like chicken livers, which is close enough – I don’t eat those either). There was not enough ginger on the table to wash down that taste!!
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Postby tafnut » Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:15 pm

bad hammy wrote: I joined mrs. hammy in one of her favorite delights – the deep-fried shrimp heads they serve at our favorite sushi place with the ama ebi (raw shrimp).


Tafnut's Culinary Rule of Thumb. Never eat any part of something that includes a bodily orifice.
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Postby gh » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:05 pm

bad hammy wrote:
gh wrote:Anyways, the bottom line is that the fried shrimp heads were disgusting. VERY fishy tasting (she says it tastes like chicken livers, which is close enough – I don’t eat those either). There was not enough ginger on the table to wash down that taste!!


Why do you think the Japanese drink beer out of those huge bottles? (Not that it was an option for Mr. Young)
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Postby trackstar » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:33 pm

bad hammy wrote:Well, I stopped watching because Steve Young retired and the 49ers became unwatchable. But if I did watch, TiVo takes care of most of the TV problems.


I have a friend who watches every single game broadcast every week (which I believe is five, until they start playing on Saturdays as well), but he watches them AFTER they're all over. He TiVos them all and then watches them quickly, skipping through all the commercials and I think even through the dead space between plays.

I can't decide if he's nuts or smart. Maybe both.
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Postby bad hammy » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:48 pm

trackstar wrote:He TiVos them all and then watches them quickly, skipping through all the commercials and I think even through the dead space between plays.

Works great for every game except the Super Bowl. Then most of the folks at the hammy SB party want to watch the commercials, too. Oh, and rewind and watch those wardrobe malfunctions in slow mo, another TiVo feature.
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Postby gh » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:33 pm

For the SB you Tivo through the game, stopping to watch the commercials!
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