Ron78

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  1. Yep. I was saying the same thing. It surprised me just how attached the fan base was to Kirk despite how poorly he played in the red zone sometimes. Kirk was our Tony Romo. Alex Smith may not quite be league MVP material, but he is experienced and reliable.
  2. That is all understandable, but I am curious to see how many posters are really clinging to the "signing AP would be the same old Skins" or the "letting Kirk Cousins go was the worst mistake the Redskins made" mantras. There was a lot of that, and I am just curious to see where the majority stands.
  3. My second question makes perfect sense. Was there a better free agent out there we could have signed under the circumstances to replace Guice? It doesn't matter that it is only week one. We have seen enough from these players in past seasons to make a projection.
  4. Are you happy with what the Redskins have done at quarterback and running back this year? Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins both had good games against mediocre teams today, but Alexis a savvy veteran who will probably make better decisions more often in the red zone than Kirk did. Adrian Peterson looked like a much younger man today, but it didn't really surprise me because he has never had a bad season (when healthy). After losing an incredible draft pick for the season, was there another free agent that would have made a better band aid?
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    XFL To Return In 2020

    Vince has tweaked things in such away that hopefully minimizes loses, but another important difference this time is that he seems fully prepared to lose money in the early going. There is no way a start up sports league is going to be profitable in its first season. Major League Soccer was losing money for more than a decade after its inception, but the owners were committed to growing the sport anyway. The NFL has been around for close to 100 years, and it certainly didn't become a juggernaut in its first season. It takes years to build a brand. I am not as confident that putting a decent product on the field will make a difference as far as the advertising revenue is concerned. People tend to become vested in sports teams that are in their own community, and the major markets have the highest revenue potential. The UFL, which started in 2008, had decent players and coaches. But, when they moved out of NYC and San Francisco and into just those secondary markets, they lost their TV contracts. A professional sports league isn't profitable without a TV contract. Stadium attendance represents a much, much smaller cut of a professional sports team's potential revenue. The XFL website does say in its FAQ's section that both "major" and "mid-major" markets are under consideration, but considering the AAF has already claimed many of the best "mid-major" markets, I think it would be best for the XFL to avoid them or else they will be competing with the AAF for a smaller pot of gold in those places. The XFL should primarily look for major markets that might have room for a team. RFK for example currently has no tenets, so I think that would be a really good landing spot for an XFL team in a top ten media market. Oakland and St. Louis should be considerations if the AAF does not put it's eighth team in either of those places. San Antonio, Sacramento, or Hartford might be good secondary market considerations, but otherwise I would be looking at NYC, LA, Chicago, Philly, etc. I don't think Birmingham did very well for the XFL because the team was putrid. It was the worst in the league. They had no offensive line, and the quarterback kept getting killed. I guess we will see what happens soon.
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    XFL To Return In 2020

    One thing worth noting is that Oliver Luck's contract is multi-year for a guaranteed $20 million, so I think that does speak to Vince's intention to commit for a longer term than one season: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/11/report-oliver-luck-getting-20-million-guaranteed-from-the-xfl/
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    Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    I don't see him being the guy that gets it done. He choked far too many times for the Skins.
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    Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    Losing Kirk Cousins and adding Alex Smith is probably the best thing that has happened to this franchise in a while. Kirk Cousins was our Tony Romo. He often made critically bad decisions in pressure situations. He was not the kind of quarterback that could carry his team to a Super Bowl, but he wanted that kind of money. The Vikings will regret signing him because they are not going to have enough room under the cap to build a team around him that can overcome his mistakes. I really don't understand why so many Skins fans were so desperate to keep him.
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    XFL To Return In 2020

    That is just not possible though. The NFL has the vast majority of the "best talent" locked up in multi-year contracts. Getting big names to sign contracts in the XFL will take years of competition. Vince is going to have to fill out the majority of his rosters with unsigned free agents . The biggest benefit to having the first game of the season the weekend after the Superbowl is that by the time the NFL post-season starts it is crystal clear what free agents have not garnered interest from the NFL, and Vince can sign most of them for their rock bottom value.
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    Alliance of American Football - New League In 2019

    Based on what has developed thus far, I think the XFL has a better shot at longevity than the AAF. 1. The AAF has chosen mostly smaller media markets (Salt Lake City, Memphis, etc) and only one top 10 media market (Atlanta). There isn't much advertising revenue potential in their body of market choices. 2. The XFL has "been there, done that." Vince probably learned a few things from the first go round, and he knows he is going to have to lose money for years before he builds a brand. He wouldn't be doing this again if he was only willing to lose money for one season before pulling out. 3. The XFL made a huge investment in Luck, which confirmed that Vince is pretty serious. If the XFL puts a team in Washington, DC that is the league that will draw my interest. There are like 5 thousand NCAA footbal players that graduate from college every year. The NFL takes very, very few of those and scouting is not a perfect science. Clearly these teams are going to be better than NCAA teams, but it doesn't help that the AAF and XFL will be competing for players.
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    All Good Things "Star Trek"

    I never heard that before about needing 4 seasons to sell the show on DVD. I recall Paramount wanted to cancel Enterprise after it's third season. People on the StarTrek.com message boards bombarded Paramount with letters and e-mails requesting that they keep the show on the air. We ultimately got a fourth season. I am not sure how much of the decision was due to the letters, but I know the fans made an effort. True. Although TNG, DS9, and Voyager did all get their full run (and despite Voyager having some bad ratings in the later seasons).
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    All Good Things "Star Trek"

    I don't get it. That show is utter garbage. I noticed the same thing when I watched Enterprise. With TNG and DS9, it really took several episodes (or even seasons) for characters to develop to the point that I liked them. But, with Enterprise I liked all the characters and thought they interacted really well with one another right from the start (much like the original series). It still bums me out to this day that Enterprise didn't get a full 7 season run, and we didn't get to see the evolution of the Federation of Planets.
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    All Good Things "Star Trek"

    I didn't like the 3rd season of Enterprise at all, but the 1st and 4th seasons are great.
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    All Good Things "Star Trek"

    Most people dislike Nemesis, but it is the only TNG movie I liked. Definitely give DS9 a chance. It really picks up in the later seasons.
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    All Good Things "Star Trek"

    This is a lengthy but decent review of the STD series thus far: