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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    The NFL beast was on full parade yesterday and apparently it will be on Tuesday night. No real opinions offered on air of this scham of a game in Denver so there must be a gag order on everyone involved. On to Shitsburgh Tuesday night which should be equally embarrassing for the league since the team in purple will be playing with a qb but not much of everything else in fact there could be an in game need depending on injuries for a guy or two to go both ways. They have no long snapper either so look for punts and field goal snaps to soar high and wide. Should be interesting. Got to get that tv money so much for the politically correct NFL.
    Part of it is the NFL punishing teams for not following protocols. For example, they advised them in the spring time to have at least one quarterback semi-quarantined so that if one QB gets it, your whole room isn't done because of contact tracing. Some teams haven't done it, and the NFL is considering that a team that followed protocols should benefit against teams that haven't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Part of it is the NFL punishing teams for not following protocols. For example, they advised them in the spring time to have at least one quarterback semi-quarantined so that if one QB gets it, your whole room isn't done because of contact tracing. Some teams haven't done it, and the NFL is considering that a team that followed protocols should benefit against teams that haven't.
    Then get a protocol expert. Maybe this guy could help .
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    I would think each team has a Covid protocol "expert" with them. Hell, even tv shows have them. I would expect professional sports teams to have them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    the NFL punishing teams for not following protocols. The NFL is considering that a team that followed protocols should benefit against teams that haven't.
    Yep, and that's a really f'd up and dangerous game the NFL is playing. Dangerous to players (I am surprised no one was seriously injured in that Broncos game yesterday as a result of all the broken and awkward and confused amateur plays and moments).

    Seems there could possibly be legal ramifications for the NFL too for subjecting their players to this b.s.

    How far is this league willing to go to keep the gravy train rolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post

    How far is this league willing to go to keep the gravy train rolling.
    Considering that there might already be some franchises with rather low cash flows paying all those overpaid salaries with no tickets,skyboxes, beer, parking,food,and gear I bet they will go as far as need be and more.
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    The NFL seems hellbent on finishing the season, no matter the health risks and watered-down quality of the product.

    NFL with no quarterbacks? The league's Covid-19 problems are just starting

    There was no shortage of bemusement in advance of Sunday’s Denver Broncos-New Orleans Saints game. On Saturday all four Broncos quarterbacks were ruled out, Jeff Driskel because he tested positive for Covid-19, the others because they took their masks off around him and were therefore deemed “close contacts”. The Broncos naturally panicked. First they asked the NFL to postpone the game. Denied. Then they asked the league if offensive quality control coach Ron Calabrese, a former college quarterback, was an option given his familiarity with the team’s playbook. Denied again. Out of options, the Broncos finally settled on wide-receiver Kendall Hinton, an undrafted rookie practice squad member who had played some quarterback at college.

    We had no idea what to expect. Perhaps the Broncos would introduce some new brand of offense that would take the league by storm. Or … maybe not.

    It turns out watching an NFL team play without an actual quarterback is like watching a car being operated by someone who doesn’t know how to drive. They might know where to find the pedal but when it comes to making U-turns or changing lanes, watch out.

    To no one’s surprise, the Saints routed the Broncos 31-3. There is no way to overstate how much more enjoyable the build-up to this game was than the experience of watching it. Hinton, to his credit, took the field with grace. He is just a kid trying to get some action; he wasn’t begging coaches to make a positional switch. All told, poor Hinton completed one pass for 13 yards and threw two interceptions.

    And viewers learned an important lesson: watching an NFL game without quarterbacks is an awful, anxiety-inducing experience.

    There is a deeper lesson for the NFL. The league is a powerful, rich organization but it can’t outwit Covid-19, which is raging out of control in America. Positivity rates have surged across the country, and between 150,000-200,000 new cases are reported every day. It’s a terrifying and difficult time to try and squeeze in the remainder of an NFL season. The Broncos’ situation was unusual because it involved all of their quarterbacks but every team is being hit with Covid, despite strict protocols. There is no guarantee the Broncos’ situation won’t be repeated elsewhere.

    We’re only at the beginning of the holiday wave and already the quality of play and competitive balance has been severely impacted. The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers lost their Thanksgiving mini-bye after the Baltimore Ravens’ Covid outbreak. The San Francisco 49ers will probably move to Arizona for three weeks after Santa Clara county, where the team is based, banned contact sports as Covid-19 rates surge in California. More players every week are missing games due to their appearance on the Covid list. This week stars such as Adam Thielen, Jonathan Taylor, Larry Fitzgerald and the reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson were among the lengthy list of players sitting out due to the virus.

    The NFL seems hellbent on finishing the season, no matter the health risks and watered-down quality of the product. The league has been aggressive with hefty penalties, hopeful they will serve as a deterrent. The Saints were fined $500,000 and lost a draft pick due to maskless locker room celebrations. The Patriots were recently fined $350,000 for events in October which led to Cam Newton and others testing positive.

    But despite the NFL’s precautions, it can’t control a pandemic. Given the minuscule chance of the league pausing the season or creating an NBA-style bubble, we should all prepare for a grim rest of the season.

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    Worth a reminder: the NFL is now on Sunday of Week 12, and it has yet to cancel a single game this season.



    A strange, seemingly tone-deaf message from the NFL’s most followed reporter. No matter Schefter’s intention, his words highlight the chasm between the rah-rah-football-who-cares-about-risks-keep-the-money-flowing crowd and those who think it’s absurd that the league isn’t temporarily shutting down. Yes, the NFL hasn’t technically cancelled games. But this weekend alone they moved games; have a team with 18 Covid-19 cases and counting; other players with Covid, in James Conner and Mark Andrews, who have weakened immune systems; a team (the 49ers) whose county has banned contact sports. Oh, and another team who had to pick a practice squad wideout as its starting quarterback. Everything is just fine. Yelp.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Yep, and that's a really f'd up and dangerous game the NFL is playing. Dangerous to players (I am surprised no one was seriously injured in that Broncos game yesterday as a result of all the broken and awkward and confused amateur plays and moments).

    Seems there could possibly be legal ramifications for the NFL too for subjecting their players to this b.s.

    How far is this league willing to go to keep the gravy train rolling.
    Yeah, I thought they would've rescheduled the game. If Denver was being punished for a few players being irresponsible, then I guess that's one thing. Thankfully no one got hurt.

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    Steelers v Ravens about to be postponed....again
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombattt View Post
    Steelers v Ravens about to be postponed....again
    I am not quite following the NFL's logic of "fuck you Denver, you're playing", compared to "no problem Baltimore, take as much time as you need, hell, we'll even move next week's games against DC and Dallas back to accommodate you guys."

    They are talking about moving the game to later this week, and then making the WFT and the Cowboys move back their games with the Steelers and Ravens.

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    I'm hearing Ravens players may strike if game not pushed back.

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    There may be a time they need to add a week or possibly two on to the end of the season...week 18/10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I am not quite following the NFL's logic of "fuck you Denver, you're playing", compared to "no problem Baltimore, take as much time as you need, hell, we'll even move next week's games against DC and Dallas back to accommodate you guys."

    They are talking about moving the game to later this week, and then making the WFT and the Cowboys move back their games with the Steelers and Ravens.

    Don't get it.
    It's a fucked up situation.

    I can kind of understand when it's laid out in terms of Denver having 1 player test positive. And the Ravens have, what, 20 and possibly still spreading.

    But in the end I don't understand why the NFL didn't reschedule the Denver game since they had no QB's.

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    Raven Steelers is now 3:40 Wednesday afternoon, and both the Redskins and Cowboys games next week are pushed back to Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Raven Steelers is now 3:40 Wednesday afternoon, and both the Redskins and Cowboys games next week are pushed back to Monday.
    3:40 because NBC is committed to airing the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. LOL

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    Cowboys/Ravens game pushed to Tuesday next week.

    If Wednesday's game actually happens, the Ravens are now scheduled to play Wednesday, Tuesday, Monday, Sunday.

 

 

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