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Old 08-17-2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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an 18 game season would be murder on the starters.

you would effectively be watching benches by the end of the season.

careers would be shortened.

you would have a lot of teams just playing out the string at the end, and other teams knocking their heads to make the playoffs, who would have no realistic chance due to the punishment of 2 extra games.

a longer season requiring more bodies, favors the richer teams.

a longer season also makes each game a little more meaningless, like baseball.

For the love of Pete, just leave football like it is.

we used to have six preseason games, and football was just fine. when I was a kid we were happy to see preseason games, and we liked them. So be glad it is the way it is and eat your vegetables and be happy about it. I hate Change.

Football should be exactly like it was in 1975.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #12
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Still not comfortable with Ramesy, think his play the other night was the execption and just a product of him going up against guys that will never play in the regular season
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:40 PM   #13
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Football should be exactly like it was in 1975.
So then only 3 teams would have a shot to win it all, no thanks. I hate the idea of an 18 game season as well cause we would see starters hurt before the playoffs and that really cheapens the game in the end.... if the NFL wasn't the greatest game in America there would be no talk of this, in the end the owners don't care about the players, they see it as a way to make even more money
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:04 PM   #14
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Ramsey's buzzards are still circling and are not yet ready to search elsewhere for a good meal.
A gimpy Sharper wouldn't be much good either. If he's not ready to play, his moral support should come from the sideline and the locker room. Young still needs help back there.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:33 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by skymike View Post
an 18 game season would be murder on the starters.
Oh...the poor babies. Tell that to a guy that makes a living digging ditches 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, 52 weeks a year...or a brick-layer, or something. To me, what you just said is a joke when you consider how much they pay these guys to play a game...a game that you could get paralyzed for life or worse for about 12 years that you play for free before you ever get to the NFL.

Furthermore...I contend that the starters already play in preseason what amounts to probably close to 2 games worth of action out of 4 games, so in reality they are already doing it...just the first 2 games, in which they could get hurt in...don't count.

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Old 08-18-2010, 08:08 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by skymike View Post
an 18 game season would be murder on the starters.
you would effectively be watching benches by the end of the season.
careers would be shortened.
you would have a lot of teams just playing out the string at the end, and other teams knocking their heads to make the playoffs, who would have no realistic chance due to the punishment of 2 extra games.
a longer season requiring more bodies, favors the richer teams.
a longer season also makes each game a little more meaningless, like baseball.

For the love of Pete, just leave football like it is.

we used to have six preseason games, and football was just fine. when I was a kid we were happy to see preseason games, and we liked them. So be glad it is the way it is and eat your vegetables and be happy about it. I hate Change.

Football should be exactly like it was in 1975.
LOL Mike, I love the old curmudgeon view...

Think two extra games are that grueling? Just ask the teams who make the playoffs year after year. I'm sure they would survive.

Yes, some teams would rest starters, but that already happens now Skymike. It's up to the league to plan out schedules (to the best of their ability) to make the end of the season matter - the same way they've improved the past couple of seasons - with division games between projected leaders.

And a longer season would mean more games, but there would also be more scenarios for playoffs.

What if the league added another bye week?

I don't get your argument regarding richer teams. Isn't there a salary cap?

Bottom line: It's all about MONEY. More games means more revenue. No one is shaking their head at more revenue - especially the biggest sports league in the world... If they add games then it's up to the organization to manage the rosters and up to the players to play the games.

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Old 08-18-2010, 11:46 AM   #17
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Oh...the poor babies. Tell that to a guy that makes a living digging ditches 6 days a week, ...
I've hung drywall, hauled hay, built barbed wire fences, worked in a US Steel shipyard in a Liberty, TX summer heat, chunked watermelons, and worked in a helicopter where I could have been parylized or killed everyday, and I still dont care what NFL Players make. Thats their pay scale, here's mine.

Besides talent we dont have, they suffer injuries that would send you and me away crying-- and are expected to stay on the field, and they run practices that would make us puke our guts out. Not only can we not do what they do, we probably wouldnt have the guts, or the desire, even for that almighty money you speak of.

The human body can do what it can do, even with constant work & conditioning, and to a point, it gives up or breaks. I dont want to see Battle of the M*A*S*H units at the close of every season, and I think my guys take enough of a beating every year.

You realize, if you do this, they are going to point all this out, and want MORE money. You dont get something for nothing.

I still say it favors richer teams, because they could spend "signing bonus"es to bench players, and they would need to. Don't take my word for it, ask your guts. This would only help fat cats. not us.

Why chance it? It already works.
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