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Xprimentyl:
And I feel he?s getting too much credit far too soon in his career. This was only his second year starting; let?s see 3-4 decisively winning seasons and consistent competitiveness before we crown him King of Sports. Look at Tom Brady, the unarguable G.O.A.T. of the NFL; see what he did last season without his go-to weapons? I?m saying, let?s give all this credit this year to the CHIEFS, of which Mahomes is a significant boon of several. HOF nods belong to those who show greatness AND some longevity, c?mon. You can look at Mahomes now and see HOF potential, certainly, but comparing his record to that of someone who just ended a 16-year career with two Super Bowl wins isn?t fair to Manning. Do I think Manning belongs in the HOF? Nope. Yeah, ?two Super Bowls,? but they?re bookended by significant mediocrity and downright awfulness, but at least it gives [me] a big enough sample set to say the highlights are far outweighed by the lowlights. Mahomes has seen the playoffs twice, and only made it past the Conference championship once, and won one Super Bowl, and he?s done all that surrounded by HOF talent. Good start, but that?s it: a good START.

I don't see anything at all that will stop Mahomes from having a few more great seasons outside of injury. It's been 2 full seasons and no defense has figured him out, which means he is legit good (vs the league just hasn't caught up to him). Outside of the talking head pundits saying how awesome he is, there is actual film breakdowns of him being able to analyze defenses along with making throws probably only he can make. Is he the wisest QB out there analyzing defenses? Nope, but he's good enough at it. Mahomes did ask for the play on 3rd and 15 in the Super Bowl that was the 44-yard play to Hill. He's more than just a guy doing what great coaches tell him with amazing players at the skilled positions. In the playoff game he did lose the the Patriots last year, he did lead 2 scoring drives in the 4th quarter that gave the Chiefs the lead along with another one that tied the game. Like I said above, a QB alone can't win playoff games but can get you to said playoffs; Drew Brees would probably have just as many rings as Brady if he was the Patriots QB. With 2 great years already under Mahomes' belt, how many more would you say someone needs to be a HOFer? I'd say around 6 years of being great (arguably the best in the league/position) would be HOF worthy, especially in football which has less longevity than other sports. I'd say Luke Kuechly's a HOFer. No one argues that Sandy Koufax sholdn't be a HOFer with 6 great seasons in a sport where longevity is considered more important than football. Outside of injury, and with the Chiefs team having great weapons for at least a couple more years, how do you see Mahomes not being in the conversation of MVP?

I only caught the first game but The XFL was...surprisingly not shit.

I dig the kickoff/punt rules. I dig the mics on the field.

I don't dig the "one foot in bounds is a catch" and the player interviews mid-game.

I don't know if it'll stay decent or not (easy to be good when it's your first, super high energy and excitable day but can it stay that way for an entire season, even a severely shortened one) but the league has my slightly intrigued at least. Which to be honest is a lot more than I had expected out of it...

tippy2k2:
I only caught the first game but The XFL was...surprisingly not shit.

I dig the kickoff/punt rules. I dig the mics on the field.

I don't dig the "one foot in bounds is a catch" and the player interviews mid-game.

I don't know if it'll stay decent or not (easy to be good when it's your first, super high energy and excitable day but can it stay that way for an entire season, even a severely shortened one) but the league has my slightly intrigued at least. Which to be honest is a lot more than I had expected out of it...

I watched all of the XFL games this weekend, and I agree, it was pretty damn good. Certainly a lot better than I anticipated.

I also really liked the kickoff format. It just makes sense; let both the kicking and receiving lines meet on even ground and put the onus on good blocking and the return man finding holes.

I was not as big a fan of some of the mics on the field; I don't like the coaches' play calls being public domain. I know they play call in code, but some sideline chatter also speaks to their play call mentality, and watching broadcast television, an opponent can literally hear how other teams think. I guess if they're ALL doing it, the advantage is mitigated, but still...

And I REALLY liked the transparency of the booth reviews. Rather than just replaying the different angles and the commentators speculating on what the call might be, the booth is mic'd up and you can see the play being reviewed and exactly what they're thinking and saying in real time.

All in all, it scratches the football itch and bridges the depression gap between the Super Bowl and the NFL draft. I've already picked a favorite team based solely on their logo: LET'S GO NEW YORK GUARDIANS!!!

For the past few years, I and a few friends have met up at our local watering hole on NASCAR Sundays to get on "The Card." The Card is a simple scratch off with 10 blank lines, each with a hidden number, 0-9; we pay $5, sign a line, and the numbers are revealed; whoever ends up with the number that the winning car's number ends in wins the pot, i.e.: if #48 wins, whoever has "8" wins $50. It started as a "for fun" excuse to drink, the gambling adding a level of excitement to the otherwise boring "sport," but over the years, we've genuinely gotten into it a bit.

Anyway, NASCAR kicked off Sunday at Daytona, and much to even my surprise, it was really exciting! There was a rain delay Sunday after only 20 (of 200) laps, so the race was postponed until Monday afternoon, and when they started up again, there was a wreck every 2 minutes, and wrecks are about the only exciting thing to watch for. During the last 12 laps (which at +180mph, should have taken about 5 minutes,) there was at least 3 wrecks, and it took almost an HOUR to play out, The final wreck occurred in the last couple hundred yards where the Ryan Neman (#6 and a longshot to win) overtook the assumed winner Denny Hamlin (#11) only to get bumped in the back, spin out of control, hit the wall, flip over, burst into flames, and skid on his roof to a halt as Hamlin flew by to take the win. Denny Hamlin received some flak for celebrating with his team while emergency crews were still trying to get Newman out of the flaming wreckage that used to be his car; he ended up in the hospital in serious condition. It was insane.

Over those few hours, the low roar of my little group's excitement soon spread to the whole bar; it was soon on every TV and damn-near every other bar patron was watching and yelling with us. It was awesome; televised NASCAR has never been that exciting.

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