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It was a similarly short-term horizon which put the Lions in salary-cap hell. That, coupled with a failure to make hard choices and a few years of wishful thinking about their competitive chances in the short term. Let me propose a contrary analysis:
(a) Beginning next season, the Lions begin to gain leverage and a clearer perspective on Megatron's recent decline in production. That clarity should clarify how best to proceed with him, going forward. (b) If Stafford steps up, then it's full steam ahead. If not, then it's time to rebuild. (c) At that point, barring catastrophe, Suh is a valuable commodity, especially for draft picks that are beyond the useful ken of desperate GMs and HCs. (d) What's more, Suh's level of play, the nature of his most valuable assets and skills, and the combination of his injury history, training regimen, and mental and physical commitment to greatness argue that the proper comp is a guy like Reggie White. This guy, much like the Minister of Defense, is likelier to get a third bite at the apple than he is to wash out in round two.
Championship teams have to RIDE their best draft picks. The Lions have a long, sorry history of bailing on franchise players and assistant coaches who are destined for glory. This must stop, if they're ever to reach the Promised Land. Some bets MUST be taken; some losses must be risked, else mediocrity is the BEST for which one may ever hope.
I could have made a FAR better argument for letting Elway ride his hog into the sunset, back in the day. Guys like Stink knew better. You should too.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2015-articles/the-lions-should-let-ndamukong-suh-walk.html
@ReyHenry "Verbally"? Tell us more.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/jason-whitlocks-espn-site-will-named-undefeated-launching-summer-2015.html
@Mikaela @Zimaman The Cowboys offensive line held on EVERY SINGLE PLAY on the winning drive; on several plays, multiple linemen were guilty. Essentially, there was a wilding at Jerry's World and the 'cops' stood by and did nothing. The fix was in.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Referee-Pete-Morelli-says-penalty-wasnt-called-for.html
So, we have an image problem? At least we don't have annual referee and league corruption scandals. Nor do we murder the players who fail us or start wars over a GD game.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Exporting-the-NFL.html
@simondelmonte Decisions, decisions. It's nice to have choices.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-to-stream-nfl-games-on-fox-sports-go.html
For a subscription fee, if and only if you live in an apartment wherefrom their DB tells them that you cannot access DirecTV, you can watch the out-of-market games (only), all networks. (Sunday Ticket)
@GarethLL You're free to choose your own model of behavior. So are we.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116395/theres-no-such-thing-real-man
Fair enough. Now, be consistent. When some men are committing 'date rape', leave the rest of us out of it. It's not our duty, any longer, to save fools from the consequences of their own actions. Put on your big girl panties and woman up.
@wiguyinmn (1) They think that the team is the proverbial "one guy away". (2) Their seat's hot; self-preservation narrows the mind's eye.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Drafting-the-best-vs-drafting-for-need.html
Hey, Harry, eat your liver, you nasty old man.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Sen-Harry-Reid-blasts-Redskins-on-team-name.html
@Bettor2beI miss Bobby Layne.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Virgin-Airlines-apologizes-to-Geno-Smith.html
@a57seMau Maus. One's innards are expected to turn to jelly at the mere sight of such fearsome race warriors. They're here to save the NFL from such evils as "tokenism" and the apparently voluntary retirement of Tony Dungy.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Pollard-Alliance-chair-reverses-stance-on-Dolphins.html
@burr36Any geek can coach, but it takes talent to play. As well, as a rule, it's not the best players who make the best coaches. Plus, when most of these guys were coming into the coaching ranks, there was a much higher percentage of white players. (Most HC's have been at it for 20-30 years.) Finally, the percentage of black jocks who blow off the schooling part of HS and college is depressingly high. At the NFL level, it isn't any longer possible to fake it until you make it, not in coaching or administration.
1 year, 3 months ago on Five under-the-radar assistants who should be head-coaching candidates
@thesteelersnatWhy stop with THOSE comparisons? Add this one:
Bell, 3.4 YPC
Bernard, 4.2 YPC
Ellington. 5.7 YPC
1 year, 3 months ago on TGS 2013 NFL rookie of the year awards
There are many names for people who are fans of schools which they didn't attend. One of them is Southerners. Another is Buckeyes. Come to that, I grew up rooting for one Big 10 school and then attended another, while my first cousin was starting for the second school. When my first team came to my new campus, I wore THEIR colors to work that day, in my residence hall cafeteria.
I've little doubt that Herbie takes the L.A. approach to life, though. Anything to fit in.
1 year, 3 months ago on Kirk Herbstreit trolls "tools" on Twitter
@Schantzman87Not to mention the absence of Larry Warford. Lots of O-linemen here, of only one of whom it could be said that he played as well as did Larry. Just look at the effect that he had on Dom Raiola's play, FGS! Warford wasn't just a good OG, he was top-5 in the entire league.
1 year, 3 months ago on Elite Rooking Rankings Week 17 Final Standings
@aaallisondawn@AceRHPDonKellyRi-i-ight.... Because, when guys cheat on their wives, they're pond scum. Whereas, when girls cheat on their guys--"in house", so to speak--they surely MUST have done "something" to deserve it. LOL
1 year, 4 months ago on Prince Fielder's Wife Was Sleeping Around?
@AlexPutt02@HOVGIt's a stripper name. Not everyone's experiences with strippers were as good as yours, perhaps.
Not a chance that Marty Mayhew would take a CB, not named Peterson, this high. It'd still be Ziggy.
It's nice to see the love for the Lions' picks this year. They really are an outstanding bunch. Add in Fauria and LaWaddle, both CFA, and this is the sort of class that makes champions. What a pity that Schwartz lacks the flexibility of mind to see when he needs to change course. A man's virtues are often his undoing. Undone by his stubbornness.
1 year, 4 months ago on TGS 2013 NFL redraft
@ChrisTrapasso@CharlieFoxtrotWith the exceptions of abstract mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and a handful of chemists and materials scientists, hindsight is how the rest of us navigate our world, 24 x 365. "Experience is the best teacher."
1 year, 4 months ago on Fans have no business criticizing play-calling in the NFL
Hmm. Okay, maybe this is how y'all do it, but not me. For instance, during yesterday's Giants-Lions game, Q4, Lions 3rd and short. I called the play, just as I had the prior week, TWICE. Stafford, short, between the hashes, INTERCEPTION!
Why did I know this? Because a season's worth of futility taught me that THE OTHER TEAM ALSO KNOWS THIS. Lions OC Scott Linehan's calls? HC Jim Schwartz's inattention to detail? Staff_9's habit of shoving his head thoroughly up his backside for stretches of (often crucial) time? All of the above?
Who GAFF?! It's my right to bitch about what should be obvious to this team. Anyone who thinks otherwise can and should take a long walk off a short pier.
@RBooey @CUbsfan The only reason that you think that your argument holds any merit at all lies in the fact of your innumeracy. I'd take the time to explain exactly why what you've written is poppycock, but why bother? I'd make better use of my time preaching abstinence in the Castro.
1 year, 5 months ago on David Ortiz's alleged steroid use is unfortunately now a talking point
Colin Cowherd is a vicious gossip, nothing more. Were he more, he wouldn't have felt the need to stoop so low, so as to gin up his ratings. The man's tongue should be torn from his mouth and fed to pigs.
Interesting enough, but I would like to see an analysis of the ENTIRE rookie class. For my money, Larry Warford has been the best of them so far.
1 year, 5 months ago on Elite Rookie Rankings Week 8
@jmscooby @wiguyinmn @greg gabriel Oops! on that "unlike".
Those two guys out of OKST were pretty special, particularly #20.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Thursday-review.html
Like Matt Millen, he knows a lot about football, which doesn't mean that he knows how to do the other fellows job.
@greg gabriel I don't think Holmgren is much inclined to introspection. Were he so, he surely would have asked himself by now if he mightn't have been a bit hasty leaving GB in a fit of pique because Ron Wolf wouldn't allow him to control Personnel.
This particular foolishness has been mainstream in many inner cities in America for at least two full generations. Awfully swell of these gentlemen to share their "culture" with the wider community. Let this be a lesson to the skeptics of the benefits of diversity. I'm quite certain that his new neighbors must be thrilled with his fresh new ways. Surely they'll come to know the joy experienced by many a Mother in places like Detroit and Compton, laying out their small children in their Sunday best, as all their friends pay their respects.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Aldon-Smith-Delanie-Walker-named-in-lawsuit.html
@rotunder I agree. So, which of three things is it? (1) He's jammed himself up extra hard, making him desperate for cash. (2) He's got an undisclosed physical condition, which would impact his market value. (3) He's got an idiot for an agent/client.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Breaking-down-Geno-Atkins-5475-million-deal.html
@SwamiSays Okay, I'll buy that idea, if and only if his therapist is that "dog whisperer" fellow. You can't fix stupid, but maybe it can be trained to come to heel.
On second thought, when it comes to WR's, perhaps a whip and a chair might be more effective.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Roddy-White-gets-into-twitter-fight.html
Cut the poor man some slack, Greg. It's obvious that he's had a concussion or four in his lifetime, after all. Instead of ragging on him, why not offer to hook him up with a good lawyer?
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Calling-out-Mark-May.html
Righteous guy, who could use another spot of luck here. Even a year on a P/S will give him a leg up. $90K and a little something for his resume. He could make a good role model for hard-luck kids. JHS/HS teaching, with loan forgiveness for a "combat duty" posting. Unlike many, it's not likely that he'd be overwhelmed.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Banks-grateful-for-chance-with-Falcons.html
@help4mac Such circumstantial evidence has convicted many a manor woman ere now. Granted that it's more difficult to do that when the defendant can afford a top-flight liar for a lawyer, but this turd has three HUGE negatives going against him. First, NE's really don't like people who don't know when to stop taking. (The jurors will intensely dislike him.) Second, the turd is remarkably low-affect, even for a confirmed RL thug. (The jurors will fear him.) Third, he destroyed the video cameras in his house, lending credence to his co-conspirators testimony. (Hard to argue "coincidence".)
In his favor, he has the superficial charm of a sociopath. Some women fall hard for such guys, reflecting the darkness in their own souls.
1 year, 7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Aaron-Hernandezs-case-against-the-Patriots.html
@mrfrogburger It's not in the least funny, on the other hand, how effete toads slam those of us who don't rob widows and orphans for our daily bread. FYI, isht for brains, Federal labor law MANDATES that Unions provide just this sort of representation to their members. They're not permitted to pick and choose which dues paying members for whom they do the job for which they've been paid.
"Do what they SAY", not "see".
1 year, 7 months ago on Black Men Walk Into Unlocked Store, Take What They Need, Then Leave Cash on the Counter [Video]
Curious. A day later and mine is the first comment.
What to say? Okay, about stereotypes and so-called profiling: Give cops the very same courtesy as you would have others give black men. Judge them by their actions, do what they see, and save any arguments for the guy in the black robe, with the gavel to hand. No street theater at the scene; it's the randomly milling bodies and shouting that put cops' nerves on edge, making them wonder whether or not they're going to make it home for dinner. Or ever.
@TARTBOND @leonjonessr @DJ Hum-Soi @CarolParks You have unwholesome Idols, TARTBOND.
1 year, 7 months ago on CNN’s Don Lemon Sides With Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Says Black Culture is to Blame For Problems in Community
@TARTBOND @leonjonessr @DJ Hum-Soi @CarolParks If the Country also knew that that particular woman has declared that her "hero" is Margaret Sanger, and did they also know who Ms. Sanger truly was, I would hope that the Country would vomit her out.
Sanger was the foremost popularizer of the Eugenics Movement. Among that Movement's many so-called "achievements" was the forced sterilization of so-called "defectives". These included: Blacks, Jews, Poles, Irish, Gypsies, Slavs, the mentally ill, the physically handicapped, and so on.
Specifically, her acolytes also developed and tested various methods for the "humane" disposal of such "undesirables". They did this at certain State Mental Hospitals. They boasted of their "successes" at medical symposiums and in the parlors of the well-to-do (while chamber music was played by live musicians, who were often hidden behind curtains.)
Adolf Hitler shared Hillary Clinton's admiration for Ms. Sanger. He called her his Muse. She was his inspiration for the Holocaust. His henchmen used and improved upon the methods which were developed in those American mental hospitals, with the encouragement and monies garnered by the efforts of such as Sanger. Thus, the poison gas showers and efficient, high-heat, low-volume crematoria used to dispose of Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Idiots, and Homosexuals.
@leonjonessr @DJ Hum-Soi @CarolParks No offense, Leon, but that be some mighty righteous isht you be smokin', my brother.
I campaigned as a 12 year old for Tricky Dick and smoked East Lansing dry when I was at State, yet was never that delusional for the Cause.
@TARTBOND @DJ Hum-Soi @conkal1 You do have a marked fascination with what you call "csuckers", don't you, angry one? Is your closet really so confining that you need to project so?
@TARTBOND @DJ Hum-Soi @conkal1 Moron, chattel slavery was and is an African thing. America inherited it from the British, who imitated the Spaniards in buying slaves at the African bazaar. Just as we later borrowed rhythmic music from Africa, we borrowed what became known as the "Peculiar Institution".
It had to become "peculiar" because it was at odds with Christ's message, to "Love thy neighbor as you love thyself." An entire ideology of racism needed to be constructed around Slavery, against those who would reject its wickedness.
Only Christians waged battle against Slavery, anywhere on the planet. Few others do so even now. Alas, not all Christians join this battle. Some still pine for former days of wicked "glory". What can I say? Man is born in Sin and Wickedness. Not all men heed, or even hear, the Word.
@TARTBOND @leonjonessr Your masque slipped, ghoul.
@CarolParks SF is too expensive for the poor to live in, so it's warehoused in Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and other nearby places. How sweet it must be, protected by natural barriers from the "riff-raff".
@CarolParks Not "laughter", but "slaughter", mit the letter "S".
@CarolParks You had me at Bush, but you lost me at Obama. Both men took orders from Goldman Sachs. Both men laughter innocents abroad.
This POTUS even insists on signing off on each drone attack. Much as Josef Stalin personally signed or ordered others to sign death warrants.
@AdolphDooley Father, Holy Spirit, and Lamb of God.
Rebel Leader, Void, and Great Deceiver. (Or Pride Incarnate. Rage Incarnate. Liar Incarnate.)
@AdolphDooley Thumbs up!
1 year, 7 months ago on George Zimmerman is suing NBC
@peggy70a @DavidWamsley Trayvon was a football player in peak condition. He was but 100 yards from his Father's door, only 70 yards from his GF's. He had FOUR ENTIRE MINUTES, from the time at which he passed George's vehicle to that at which the car door clearly can be heard opening, while George was on the phone with the dispatcher, in which he could have found safety from his bogeyman.
Trayvon CHOSE not to do so. What exactly happened after that i known only to George, but his statement was entirely consistent with all of the other known facts available.
Did George lie, in whole or in part? Perhaps, but convictions aren't supposed to be based solely on uncorroborated conjecture. Not even that of the State of Florida, three of the six jurors, and a mob led by race baiters.
@TeresaJones1 @DavidWamsley No one can hope to reason with an ignorant racist like yourself, madam. Begone, troll!
@ralflance As for "telling the kid that you have a gun before things turn physical," no can do. That can be and has been interpreted as if it constituted a THREAT to use force and/or menacing. In some jurisdictions, including the State of Florida, merely carrying the gun holstered at the hip (unless one is a peace officer), or "flashing" its presence without actually handling it, is a serious crime.
So, what you propose is that George should have committed a crime so as to "defuse" the "situation" (i.e., to ease Trayvon's fearful, angry mind, which may or may not have been under the influence of the "purple drank" for which Trayvon just then had purchased the final two necessary ingredients, Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. *) **
* (Trayvon had previously boasted on social media of his having scored a supplier for its third ingredient, Robitussin cough syrup.)
** ("Purple drank" is made on the stovetop. It's effects vary widely, but often cause paranoia, which may persist for days. As well, it sometimes induces spectacular outbursts of violence, such as the two incidences of "face eating" attacks last year. Or, perhaps, the repeated slamming of a man's head into the pavement.)