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  1. megared

    Snyder values Norman's "star power and sizzle" despite coaches?

    Have there been talks of restructuring his contract? I think we should cut him, but since it makes sense on many levels, I doubt the FO does it. I don't understand the point of them writing contracts in this manner, if you're actually going to pay out years that were designed to give you outs. He's never played up to the expectations of the contract. For all of this talk about how great we are at negotiating contracts, why is it that a deal Norman signed almost 3 years ago, still hasn't been matched?
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    There was never even a possibility of this happening. He created a MAGA boogeyman that never existed. (What're the chances two white men, wearing MAGA hats were going to be strolling on that street, at 2 am, on one of the coldest nights in decades?). The reason he chose that night was because there wouldn't be witnesses to undermine the story. The major variable to this scheme working rested with police not being able to track the suspects. He didn't want to go to police in the first place. He also didn't cooperate fully with the investigation before the wheels fell off. Just as police did with the co-conspirators, they would've been able to easily retrace anyone's steps via surveillance videos, phone records, etc. This was done to garner himself attention...not lock up innocent people. It's certainly fair game to criticize him for diverting police resources, and wasting a lot of folks' time, as well as lying about everything. But I think with the evidence reported to date it's clear this scheme was concocted to advance his career and increase his visibility.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    I'm fully expecting a jilted-former-lover angle to be introduced at some point. For him to be this defiant, I'd imagine there's more yet to be released.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    This is where I'm at too. He never wanted a real police investigation. In his misguided plan to reduce the number of witnesses, and plan this for a historically cold night, he didn't stop for one second to think how easily police would be able to retrace these guys' steps. The best thing he could possibly do for himself is avoid a trial at all costs. I can't imagine him coming out looking any better once the intricate details of this cluster**** are presented as evidence.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    Disagree. This is one of those stories where news and entertainment intersect. Everyone I've talked to about it IRL has asked the same question ("why?"). I want to stop watching it, but it's a slow motion train wreck. This was the first thing that popped into my head, as the details of the 'incident' were being published:
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    To be honest, reading this guy's social media before the incident left me with the feeling that he was a fringe lunatic. After all, if you had this much of a moral objection to what is going on in the country, wouldn't you find it at least slightly hypocritical to have your checks signed by the network most closely aligned with this administration (Fox)? And wouldn't you be keenly aware that your political stances are inconsistent with theirs and conduct yourself accordingly? I know a lot of people are coming out and saying they thought it was bs from the start, but I recall arguing with friends and family that the initial story never made much sense. This is not normal, even for politics.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    I guess...I'm just not seeing rational people, regardless of political leanings, doing this kind of **** for attention.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    He's a suspect now. Since he hasn't surrender to police yet, hopefully his crisis management team and defense attorneys catch convince him to seek help before he stands trial. He'll probably get the book thrown at him, which I have no problem with, but the whole thing (combining it with sending himself hate mail with aspirin simulating anthrax, cut out letters from a magazine) just screams either mental illness and/or substance abuse to me.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    I think the bigger deal may be the whole letter fiasco that involved the FBI. If they go after him for any of a number of charges they can bring up, he's not only looking at just losing his career, but also his freedom for a significant amount of time. I don't think he'll get very much time for the false police report from Chicago PD, but the FBI treats fake substances the same as what they're imitating. Best route for him at this point, is to feign mental illness, or claim he's bi-polar.
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    The Jussie Smollet Fiasco

    Disagree. This was done purely for his own gain. Rumor was he was being written off of Empire, and he's trying to establish himself as a legitimate musician, and create a buzz around his first album. What better way than to make yourself the face of the victims of violent crimes as a black and gay man? He had a show shortly after the "attack" where he called himself the gay 2pac. He sold out 3 demographics of people (blacks, LGBTQ, victims of violent crimes) solely for the perceived opportunity of career advancement. I almost feel like he needs a mental evaluation, because this is not the behavior of a person playing with a full deck.
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    NBCSports: Foster says **** this team and the fanbase

    This is what happens when a culture of finger-pointing and 'CYA'-mode allow people to focus more on self-preservation, than doing their jobs well. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that this is a 'Team Captain'. Even though he's never been a top player on *any* roster he's been on, not a top LB, ILB, or even "player that wears a number in the 50's." This is the same thought process that led to Alex Smith being named a captain before he ever played a game for this franchise. I don't know what I'm more surprised at, the nonsensical way in which they choose captains, or that Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hasn't been named one yet. Even if I'm well aware that this roster isn't going to be fixed in one offseason, meaning we can't upgrade every position, I don't want this guy here. I don't want him around the young players, and it's a disservice to every one else that actually does their job reasonably well and conducts themselves professionally. Bad player on a bad defense. He shouldn't be starting. On a good team, he's a 3rd string LB, getting most of his snaps on special teams, and making the league minimum. Instead of playing for his next contract, displaying team leadership or good common sense he *created* this.
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    Safety Clinton Dix to the skins

    Sad part about it is Alabama may run a more complex scheme than what those guys are in now. Not only were they obviously the cream of the crop athletically, but they have a defensive scheme that pro teams incorporate concepts from. Not to say Dix isn't underperforming, but how often did he find himself being the last line of a defense in college because his LBs were overmatched?
  13. Those were both non injury related retirements. The teams in both cases went after a prorated portion of the signing bonus because they were still under contract. Don't see that happening here, since the injury was unquestionably obtained on the job.
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    Pathetic crowds at home opener

    The only thing they've done to date is discontinuing the practice of dumping unsold tickets into the secondary market. The second order of business should be to figure out why they were never selling in the first place, and fixing it. In the end that will equate to lowering season ticket prices. They'll never be able to destroy the secondary market, or control the kind of fan that purchases season tickets. If they're struggling to understand why people aren't renewing, the last thing you want to do is develop more stringent requirements of fans. They need to be shifting to more flexible ticket sales to accommodate consumers' expectations, and make it a more rewarding experience than dealing with the secondary market. Why shouldn't someone be able to pick any number of games they'd like to attend which will then allow them to theoretically save money, earn some kind of points, and get discounted concessions, in one transaction? You shouldn't have to sign up for 10 games to get that.
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    Pathetic crowds at home opener

    It's still because the prices being charged don't match the actual market. You look on Stubhub earlier in the week and tickets could be had in the low $40 range. If you went to Ticketmaster at the same time and filter out the certified resellers, it started at $70. At the official price point, the difference between upper levels and the corners of the lower level is trivial, so if you're bargain hunting for tickets, and assumingly only attend games sparingly, why wouldn't you pay that little extra for a better view? It's actually shocking to me that an executive couldn't diagnose that after 2-3 home games. I know they can't change the prices in season, but longterm they have to adjust to match what people will actually pay if you want sold out crowds. It isn't rocket science. And it has little to do with the on the field product.