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You have got to be kidding me.
Do they really think the North American sports landscape needs a minor league, spring/summer football league populated by guys who can’t cut it in the big league and who will put their brains and future lives on the line to play for the guy who brought you the XFL?
What a cockamamie endeavour and while I’m sure Vince McMahon has enough juice to possibly get it started in 2020, I will be you dollars to donuts it doesn’t exist in 2022.
I love the part where the players will be forced to stand for the national anthem (I wonder if that doofus Trump can get in on the ground floor of another football league that’ll go bankrupt since he’ll be looking for work in 2020); and I particularly love the part where only players of high moral character and pristine personal backgrounds will be allowed to play. Not a single DUI, nada, nothing. Forget about paying a debt to society or treating each case individually, zero tolerance.
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Sounds like pandering to a certain segment of society to me and while some will love it, I’m dead certain it won’t last.
What a hoot.
When I heard about it yesterday my first reaction was skepticism not only because of McMahon’s involvement given his past football failures but because the sport itself may not be exactly dying on the vine but it’s trending that way and it’s certainly far from healthy.
The concussion issue is real, parents aren’t letting their kids play the sport as teenagers; the NFL’s not exactly a bastion of good corporate behavior; there’s not much television money or time left and while phones and tablets and what-have-you may be the way of the future, monetizing them to the extent you’d need seems more difficult for a start-up league than you might imagine, I suspect.
But it comes back to two salient points:
This will be minor league football and no matter how they dress it up, the quality of play won’t be top-notch.
And McMahon, love him or hate him (I’m far closer to the latter side of the spectrum) is not someone with a track record that would lead anyone to think he can pull this off.
The grandiose promises were classic:
Two hour games!
Not sure how they accomplish that.
More things you like and fewer that you don’t!
No sure what the heck they mean by that.
No bad apples, stand for the anthem!
Yeah, well, right.
There’s only one way I’ll spend a second more thinking about this league and I’m sure many of you thought the same thing:
They gotta get He Hate Me involved. Amirite?
Who didn’t have Bad Habits in the vinyl collection back in the day?
I am totally going to watch Murphy Brown when it comes back.
What a great show and I would imagine she’ll lambaste certain segments of society weekly, which will make it fun to watch.
Now, if they can get Sports Night or Buffalo Bill back, my sitcom viewing needs will be met.
You know, if you can write about pepperoni balls and get in a reference to Crockett and Tubbs, you’ve had a good Nothing But Net day. Really. The Pepperoni Balls!
And some interesting Raptors quotes as well.
Kyle Lowry kind of hit the nail on the head about the all-star game yesterday when he made these two points at practice while I was being slightly delayed by Delta because – get this! – the ticket reader at the gate check-in counter was busted and one woman had to call out the names and seats to another woman 20 feet away before each of us could board.
Yeah, that was fun.
Anyway, Lowry on the game and it’s what I’ve been saying all along; it’s on the players to make it work.
“I think this format will help in general. I think that’s why the league is doing it, to try to help the game be more competitive. A lot of things have been said but I think as players and as professionals we do want to put on a better show.”
Does it mean playoff intensity?
“No but you’ve got to play hard. You’ve got to play some defence, put some coverages in and just talk about it and be a little bit more vocal on the court.”
We can only hope, right?
Oh, the teams?
The LeBrons: James, Durant, Davis, Cousins, Irving start; Beal, Aldridge, Love, Westbrook, Oladipo, Porzingis, Wall off the bench.
The Stefs: Curry, Harden, DeRozan, Antetokounmpo, Embiid start; Lowry, Lillard, Butler, Green, Thompson, Towns and Horford off the bench.
Who ya got?
All right, looks like we’re in for a substantial mailbag on Sunday morning with some terrific questions but there’s always room for more.
Get on over to firstname.lastname@example.org sometime today or tomorrow morning and let me know what’s on your mind.