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Everything posted by Burgold

  1. I dunno that Kirk came up small. He did against the Giants, but otherwise, it was really the defense. He got them the lead or produced the go ahead points only to see the D completely cave.
  2. If they "had" a plan then there would have been no complaints from the right or left saying... "They're doing it in secret! No one knows what's in the plan!" Everyone, at least all the GOP Senators and Representatives, would have already been in on the plan. In fact, it's very likely had they really been crafting a plan for seven years... all the differences between a House and Senate plan would have been ironed out long ago. If the only thing blocking the plan was Harry Reid and Obama's veto... the bill should have just sailed through and been signed in January.
  3. The problem with this logic is that the GOP had seven years to come up with a plan and for seven years they said had a plan. It was just that Harry Reid kept blocking it. Even when he was a minority leader he prevented it from being considered. Come the new election and the GOP controls the executive, legislative, and judicial branches it is clear that they never have had a plan... so the sell job is that rushed a gerryrigged plan out with a plan to fix it later? Anyone who buys that tripe better have some serious health insurance because they're about to suffer from some serious food poisoning.
  4. Well, I can't argue that 257 is awfully light for a DT these days. Thought he was a defensive end. That was around what Dexter Manley weighed. I think Mann was a bit heavier. Still, What I remember was Randy White not being much of a threat to our Hogs. We pretty much dominated him and Dallas. Of course, that could be my homer, rose color fogged burgundy memory talking.
  5. I think you are mixing up Dallas' Randy White (257 lb DE) with Philadelphia's Reggie White ( Reggie White - Wikipedia Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
  6. I was thinking about that too. Mind you, if we got around the gatekeepers (agent) he might feel more loved and wanted which might help. Kirk has done a lot of the side stuff that makes you think he wants to succeed here whether or not he wants to be here. He's held the off season private workouts with the receivers, he's signed his tags pretty quickly, etc. I tend to believe the answer and the fault usually lies somewhere in the middle. I suspect that's true here too. The Front Office has made a mess of things. Kirk brings his own issues, and the agent is probably being the typical greedy agent and exercising all the leverage he thinks he can get away with.
  7. I don't have really high hopes for the running game, but that doesn't have a lot to do with Kelley, Perrine, Brown or Marshall. It's that looking at Gruden's career as an offensive signal caller, he's just not a run the football kind of guy. I think the balance and ratio will be way off. We're going to be a passing team with runs thrown in to keep teams honest or as an afterthought.
  8. That's the ones I chose. They were fine. If you like noir you'll be okay as he blends the genres pretty nicely, but that's also the flaw in the book. You know all the characters. Their the same stereotypes that you have seen in every gumshoe book since Mike Hammer. There's not much originality other than the mash up itself. What he does well though is taken knowns and blending them into a new story. (Of course, the evil fantasy author in me now wants to ask if you tried out mine yet)
  9. OTOH, how many people in the Obama or George W. Bush Administrations had to lawyer up. The mere fact that they feel compelled to do so says something even if it doesn't speak to their individual guilt.
  10. I listened to my first Butcher not long ago as an audio book. The Gum Shoe Wizard mash up was fun. They were okay popcorn books, but neither the plotting, nor the character building were exceptional. The world building was pretty cool and the story was fun. I enjoyed them, but they weren't great.
  11. Part of me thinks the problem is that Kirk is too removed from the negotiation. It's probably smart on his part, but I think it's a big reason why nothing is happening. I liken it to me being a reporter trying to secure an interview with an A lister. Now, I've landed some pretty big fish. I've chatted with Joe Gibbs, Robin Williams, Mark Hamill, Dave Goelz (Muppets), Stan Lee, etc. but pretty much all of these guys I got buy working the system. If I had to go through handlers I was very often told no. If, however, I could pitch the star themselves or someone who knew the star my batting average went from .115 to about .700. Agents and handlers make life difficult. Thy often prevent things from getting done. Oft times, things their clients actually want. McCartney wants to get the best deal for his client, but he also wants to make a name for himself and prove to all the other guys out there that he should sign with him because he kills it. Right now, that's the third leg of this battle of ego and dollars. Frankly, Kirk needs to get involved in the talks. If he did so, I bet an agreement would follow pretty quickly. If it didn't then there are real issues that just can't get solved.
  12. I think one of the better arguments about how yesterday's superstars would excel against today's players was made by Darrell Green. Very late in Green's career he was matched up against Randy Moss, the epitome of the big fast modern player. Green was in his 40's and Moss was in his prime. You remember the game or you should. It was Green on Moss one on one with no help for most of the day. The result? Green shut down Moss. No touchdowns, no big plays, and barely a catch. What's weird is that some of you are talking about NFL players of the '80's and 90's as if they were the players of the '50's who needed to take a second job and who treated football almost as a hobby. By the 80's, players were paid well. They may not have been paid millions upon millions, but the hundreds of thousands they were paid were enough for them to become full time athletes. When Wilbur Marshall became the Redskins 6 million dollar man, he wasn't bagging groceries at the Piggly Wiggly during the Spring. I'm not sure Monte Coleman would be a great linebacker today, but I suspect he'd be a fine nicklebacker or safety. I'll give you that the mediocre players of yesterday might have a tough time being back ups today, but the good ones would still be good. The great ones would probably still be great. Jerry Rice would still get his catches and a lot more of them with today's rules. Russ Grimm would still plow down D Linemen. Darrell Green would still be too short, but he was always too short... even on the day he was drafted.
  13. America goes through phases of welcome and anxiety when it comes to the issue of immigration. Some groups seem to be welcome with open arms as Cubans were or people from Eastern Europe during the Cold War, but most groups Irish, Italian, Chinese, Latino, Jewish, Muslim etc. face varying degrees of hostility. Most seem to acculturate and/or the culture adapts to fit them within its weave. Today, we seem to be in a period of anxiety. After a prolonged recession, there was already talk in some corners about building the Great Wall of America. Now, with the Syrian refugee crisis we are seeing resistance both because of religion and a fear of terrorist extremism. The question is not only what we should do and where we should stand, but what type of nation do we want to be. Are we the nation that turned away boats full of Jews fleeing the Holocaust or are we the nation that embraces those struggling and fleeing harm and despotism. It's of course not a simple question there are economic, safety, and other factors that need to be weighed and measured. At it's heart though is the question. What is America and are we the America we want to be?
  14. Heck, Redskins fans can't call out sloppy defense. Did no one watch our 2015-2017 Ds?
  15. Looking at closer eras... I wonder if Chris Samuels was better than Trent is. Redskins have had a history of very good left tackles.
  16. You think Will Compton would frustrate Barry Sanders? You think Mason Foster would? You think Eric Dickerson wouldn't have a field day against them or Eddie George wouldn't truck them consistently?
  17. You know what they say... "When the going gets tough, tuck tail, run, and decry it as fake news while claiming success.
  18. I've seen that pic of Trump playing tennis a bunch recently. Everyone complains about his appearance, but what strikes me is what lousy tennis form he has. With the racket in that position the best he can hope for is to spray the ball upwards with no control. Seems an apt description of his political and rhetorical strategy.
  19. Sure, and Darrell Green would be a slow cornerback. Look. In all candor there are two things happening simultaneously. The first is that the NFL has gotten bigger and stronger though not really faster. The second is that the talent pool has been diluted by free agency. The great teams of yesteryear were by and large greater than the great years of today because you could keep everyone. The 91 Redskins could never have been assembled in an era of free agency and salary cap. The overall talent level was too high. It's a con to believe that there has been a shift in human evolution over the last 20 years. If you take the athletes on the '91 skins and give them a 2017 game plan and training regimine they would be at least competitive. I'd argue the Posse of Art Monk, Ricky Sanders, and Gary Clark would be impossible for dbs to defend under today's rules. At the same time, the linebackers would probably be undersized and slow.
  20. Heck, if you want to transport the Hogs through time and plop them into a football field then I'd argue that Grimm, Lachey, would both dominate and Jacoby would be more than solid. Hell, we saw an "undersized" line function well under Shanny. However, since time travel isn't possible I think you getting upset that yesterday's athletes could get up to speed and surpass today's athletes is silly.
  21. As others have said, some are looking at yesterday's players in a vacuum. They imagine that if Jim Lachey were a 20 year old junior in college playing for Ohio State, he'd still be about 290 with the same musculature, weight training habits, diets, and skills knowledge as he did in the 80's. I argue that if Jim Lachey was a college athlete today, he'd probably be about 315, be in the top tier of quick, strong, tough lineman, and be a first round... possibly top ten pick that scouts would be drooling over. Now, Bostic might have problems. He'd probably be 280 vs. 260, but as a technician he'd be at least as good as Litchensteiger and probably much better. If you remember, they kept trying to replace Bostic because even back then he was considered too light. He just always beat out the competition. He was a master of leverage and hustle. Grimm would be a monster and still a probowler. He was the original mobile big man. He was nasty, big, and tough. Give him modern techniques, weight training, and nutrition and I think he'd be a top three guard in the NFL today. Jacoby might have some problems with speed rushers, but he'd still be a mauler and probably one of the strongest tackles in the league. You got to remember that for the Hogs of the '80's their diet was beer and burgers. They were good old boys who used to joke that fat doesn't tear. They weren't specimens like Trent Williams, but they were still great athletes. They were the best unit out there despite being one of the lightest lines in the NFL by '91.
  22. They weren't crazies, but Honorary Hog sure wrote some funny stuff. Om wrote some wonderful and insightful stuff. Miss them both and many others.
  23. Actually, I think the athletes of today would struggle mightily back in the '80's. While Darrell Green competed against 6' 4" giants in his day.. today's athletes aren't used to being touched. Odelle Beckham would never have the free runs today's rules enforce. Could you imagine Jerry Rice or Gary Clark if defenders couldn't touch them? Today's players are bigger. Yesterday's players were tougher.
  24. By '91, the Hogs were not the heaviest line in the league. Other teams had caught up in the ten years since the Hogs took the field. They weren't better because they were bigger they were better because they were a great unit with a lot of depth. They had talent, size, cohesion, and skill.
  25. On a First Amendment basis this is the right decision. I happen to also think it's the right decision period, but just going by the Constitution it's the correct ruling.