They did a poll before the lockout ended and 62% of canadiens didn't even give a sh*t if the entire hockey season was cancelled.
No sport is passing football in America. At least not within our lifetimes, as McGinley said.
the current rate of pay increases for star players cannot stay on this exponential track. Sooner or later something's gotta give. Just imagine 20 years ago what Deion Sanders was making, now Revis wants to make how many times that???
I know it's not a topic that should be discussed on a football forum, but your example (Revis/Sanders) clearly shows what's wrong with our world. Global banking, interest rates, the rich stealing from the poor... but that's ok. Like that Goldman-Sachs dude once said... "as long as we grow, there's no recession". WTF?!? It's a shame that most people, at least the uneducated, don't understand that.
Flame end. :)
Long Term Contracts were always more myth than fact. The average NFL career is only 3 and 1/2 years. This has been a constant since the late 1950's.
I'm not sure what any of it has to do with Goldman Sachs or Global banking. Perhaps you can enlighten us. Particularly let us know what it is that you were referring to that "uneducated people" don't understand.
The Super Bowl was still among the most watched Super Bowls (by ratings) of all time.
Baseball contracts, despite becoming less and less popular have gone up steadily for the last 30 years. The idea that football contracts wouldn't is silly.
Is everyone ignoring the last TV contract?
$5 Billion / Year for the next 8 years. A 60% increase over the previous contract. $150M per team, per year (I know it's not split up quite that simply, but just an idea). The NFL is the most attended sports league in the world. 20 of the top 30 sports franchises in the world are NFL teams.
Will this change eventually, probably. The injuries and the parental fear will change that. But, the idea that long big contracts are going away is so silly, it defies logic.
Baltimore doesn't want to give Flacco a long term deal because he's been the walking definition of average for the first 5 years of his career.
Y/PA - 6.9 (League Average 2008 - 2013 6.9)
Completion % - 60.5 (LA: 60.7%)
TD % (TDs/Attempt) 4.1% - (LA 4.1%)
QB Rating - 86.3 - (LA: 85.7)
Yes, they went on a roll and won the SB this year. They also had one of the best RBs in football, solid TE, OL, and good receivers including a legit gamebreaker.
Do you think he would sniff this kind of money if Denver doesn't let Torrey Smith beat them deep with 30 seconds to go? Baltimore is smart enough to recognize that, but pretending that it's a sign that contracts are different is silly.
He's an average QB that caught fire in the playoffs. Baltimore knows it
Nothing to be discussed on a football forum, and I didn't want to come across as a douchebag. All I'm saying is this: The financial system as it works today CANNOT survive without continously growing on an exponential scale. That's a fact. However, continuous exponential growth doesn't match well with our planet's resources. Just think about where this world is in 100 years at the speed we're currently going. Like someone else said... capitalism is always bad unless you're on the right (wrong?) side.
I'm European, so just give me the "soccer sucks, and GTFO!" speech, and I'll leave you alone.
You know... I practically grew up with friends (well, after 25+ years I consider them 'family') from the US who where stationed here in Germany with the Army. So I'd say I know both worlds. One of the things I've learned is that this type of prejudging attitude ("Europeans are lazy", "Amercians are stupid", "all muslims are terrorists", etc.) doesn't make this world a better place. Can we agree on that?
But enough already, this is a football forum. :)
Are the era over? Is era plural?
Man, I don't even know how long it has been since Chad was the QB and anybody who was trying to defend him (I actually wasn't by that time anymore!) was considered to be sucking on his... well... you know.
You're right, the status might sound offensive. I'll change it.