Afternoon, everyone. Your human pinata is here. Commence whacking.
On second thought, forget I said "whacking."
Isn't that a lovely way to start a chat on a family-friendly website?
Someone gave you an award?
I know, crazy, right? Anyway, try not to say it so loud ... they might hear you and take it back.
"H"s aren't silent, brah.
I'd argue with you, but you had me at the ironic use of "brah." Well played.
How do you feel about the 18 game NFL schedule, for us fans that's great, more football and more fantasy football. How do the players feel about it.
Sorry for the delay ... editor called! Anyway, my feelings about the 18-game schedule are simple. I can't see the downside. Check out my column today for more.
Eli Manning, phillip rivers or big ben? which one from that draft class would you most want leading your team
Probably Rivers, but that's mostly because I like his inexplicable cross-field shouting match feud with Jay Cutler. Did anyone ever suss out what that was all about?
Alright Hruby, I've been waiting for this. I enjoy your work and am not being harsh here, but I have to take issue to the deriding of the Colts hanging the '95 AFC finalist banner. Yeah, it is kind of funny in light of their success since Peyton came on the scene, but you're forgetting how horrible this team was before. It was just the 2nd playoff appearance ever in Indy, and the previous was not only nearly 10 years before it was also during a strike year. The playoff win over San Diego came on the road and without Marshall Faulk. The win over KC came on the road against the AFC top seed and was without not only Faulk, but 2nd string back Zach Crockett and leading receiver Sean Dawkins. This was also before Marty Schottenheimer became known as "Playoff Failure." They lost the AFCCG on the road to the Steelers, again without Faulk. If the refs don't allow Kordell Stewart to run out of bounds and then back in on a touchdown, that banner mentions a Super Bowl appearance instead (Admittedly, they would've gotten owned by the Cowboys). The '95 team was a milestone team in the history of the Indy Colts. What they accomplished with what they had still standing is deserving of that banner. Sorry for the novel.
Still processing ...
... you know what? I still think the banner is absurd, but if people in Indy are as passionate as you about it ... well, the team is doing itself a favor by catering to your feelings, and not my petty scorn.
What is your favorite NFL team?
It's generally whichever team is the most dysfunctional and/or newsworthy, because while I don't get paid by the word, I do get paid by the column.
Speaking of which, LeBron to the Heat was really, really good for my bottom line. I wish he could pick a new team every summer. I also wish I could see an academic estimate of the LeBron-conomy's impact on sports journalism income over the last month.
We're fine with 18 games. It's the 19th one that's hard.
Well, obviously this isn't from Mercury Morris.
This longer season just seems like a way to make the last few games meaningless. I see more of resting star players in the last few games not just the last week as it is now, is that a reasonable assumption?
Interesting point. That could happen, though I'm pretty sure adding more games -- so long as they're added for every team, which is a big fat duh -- wouldn't change the possible permutations when it comes to clinching a division title, playoff seeding, etc.
Anyone here know the math on that?
Also, one last point on that: you've got a 50-50 chance of seeing a good team's starters in the last game of the season, but a 100 percent change of NOT seeing them during those two preseason games that would be eliminated under the 18-game season proposal. I'll take that trade every time.
Hruby, the chat is moving too slowly. It's pathetic and embarrassing.
I agree. Pathetic. Embarrassing. Fortunately, that's my M.O. You must be new to my chats.
Hruby, I just got HD-deflowered with 42 inches of hopes and dreams (I know, I know....only about a decade late)....what do you suggest I break this TV in with? Golf? Football? Baseball?
First of all, better late than never. Second, understand this: there is NO GOING BACK. You are through the looking glass. My top suggestion would be Olympic beach volleyball, Brazilian women's team. But since the Olympics are a few years away, hoops or football will do nicely.
You could go baseball as well, just to get a good, clear look at the jackasses checking their Blackberries behind home plate.
"Sorry for the delay ... editor called"Is that like getting called into the principal's office? Maybe you SHOULDN"T have started the chat that way.
We're all about transparency in this administration. Though I can't be sure all calls aren't monitored. Can any of us, really?
I know this doesnt have to do with the topic, but how well do you think my Knicks will do, with the addition of me and others?
I think that if you're logging on to a SN chat about a possible 18-game NFL season, you might be in trouble.
On second thought -- Isiah, is that you?
I say Take away two pre-season games and two to the regular season who needs 4 game pre-seasons.
That's pretty much the proposal on the table. To that, I add the following: who needs ANY pre-season games?
Actually, I like the Hall of Fame game, especially last year's throwback uniform/crazy fake punt play version.
Is there football in Heaven? Because, I mean, that's a deal breaker right?
This is why domed stadiums are an abomination before God and man.
Are you related to Dan Hruby who used to write sports for the San Jose Mercury-News?
Better question: is Dan Hruby related to ME?
18 Game Season Thats wats up, I Think itd b Really Good For The League,More of The Wildcard Teams A Chance to Get In The Playoffs.... Thanx Ya Boi "L"
You're welcome. I think?
You know, whoever said this chat app is slow today is correct.
Patrick, I Don't Understand Why People Capitalize The First Letter Of Each Word. Did these people not go to school?
In their defense, randomly pressing the shift key is prETTy Darn AddicTing.
Ok, is Dan Hruby related to you?
No. Is Bob City named after you?
So, are you happy now that the 'Hydra Heat' are reality? Are they really the NBA's most hateable team?
You know, I wrote about this a few weeks ago, pre-"Decision." And so far, I'd have to say the Heat have vastly exceeded my wildest hatin' expectations. Mostly because of the way LeBron botched his escape for Cleveland.
A couple of random thoughts on that:1) LeBron came across as a very, very young 25-year-old. I mean, he's pretty polished and good at sounding mature and in control during his limited media access post-game stuff, but put him on live TV with a little bit of pressure and ... he sounds like a kid;2) LeBron is really lucky that Dan Gilbert went medieval, it totally shifted some of the focus away from the show;3) Aren't kids from a Boys and Girls club supposed to look happy and not scared to see one of their NBA heroes?4) The big winner in all of this is Pat Riley. NEVER COUNT HIM OUT;5) If this was 'Star Wars,' Riley = Palpatine; Wade = Vader; LeBron = Anakin; Bosh = I dunno, maybe a throw-in Ewok or something.
What's the funniest football name in the history of football.....Jerry Seaman, Dick Butkus, or Ed Hochuli (we all know "hochuli" is now a euphamism for manliness).
Good question, but the problem with answering it is that one of those guys might be reading, and I really don't want to explain to a big angry football person why their hame is funny.
Maybe we can make fun of the Gramaticas.
What do you think about Favre's ankle? Any way he doesn't come back?
I try to think of it as little as possible, and I think the only way he's not playing next season -- note: not preseason, next SEASON -- is if he suffers a tragic lawn mower and/or commercial-filming accident.
how many players are going to leave Cleveland for Miami?
Probably none, but that doesn't make them loyal or mean they don't want to. It's like the Titanic: plenty of people wanted off, but they ran out of time and lifeboats.
I also submit that Cleveland will be the most unwatchable team in the NBA next year. At least as unwatchable as when Mike Fratello coached them.
Try me, Hruby. I'll squash you like a bug.
Between forearm and biceps, right?
Does Syracuse have a chance of winning a national championship in any thing but lax in th near future.
I don't know. How's your women's field hockey team?
Riley=Palpatine, LBJ = Darth Maul, Wade = post dark side Anakin, Bosh = Boba Fett.....Every GM in the League= Jar Jar Binks, Kobe = Obi Wan, Phil Jackson = Yoda (duh!)....in my defense, my kids have watched A LOT of Star Wars recently.
Woah. I've definitely been out-nerded. Touche!
Also, I like Bosh as Boba Fett way better. I can't wait until Anderson Varejo hits him with a blind elbow and he goes flying into the Sarlacc Pit.
Patrick, how come you haven't tracked down Golden Tate and learned just how good those maple bars really are? These are the kinds of things us football fans really want to know.
While we wait for the BCS to get a playoff in place, we should definitely have some sort of "food so good you'd go to jail for it" sports playoff.
Like, maple bars versus the chalupas that former college football player jumped through the drive in window for a few years back.
I'm sure some of you remember that!
If you were a multimillionaire and could practically force millions of people to watch your one hour special in the pretense that it was all for charity for the sole purpose of stroking your ego, you do it every time, right?
Definitely. Although instead of filming it from the Boys and Girls club, I would have shot it on the banks of the Thames river, with a giant statue of myself floating in the background.
I really wish LeBron had booked a musical guest.
How about a more basketball equation LBJ=Mega Pippen, Wade=Jordan, Bosh=Rodman
Does mega-pippen shoot lasers from his arm or something?
Pat with an extended season will we see more of a tandum backfield on every team to lighten the load?
Good question. The league is already moving in that direction, so that's a real possibility.
Also, since the league is moving away from running and toward passing, you'll continue to see more backfield subbing, the better to get pass catchers and blockers in the game.
Isley Brothers rocking "The Heat is On" while Lebron is taking his talents to South Beach?
I liked how it seems as though LeBron had memorized that line -- like, that was his version of a home run call -- and then he almost choked on it. He was strangely nervous and disoriented the whole time ... and his quote about "individual spotlights" was priceless gobbledygook.
WHO DO YOU THINK IS BETTER KOBY OR LEBRON
LeBron > Koby Karl. No doubt.
how you doing
This makes me uncomfortable.
I'm pretty sure that Shaq is Jabba the Hut.
He's impervious to the Jedi Mind Trick ... and also needs a sail barge to recover on the pick-and-roll. I like.
Why couldn't Prince write a song for Lebron to sing to the Cleveland folks to lessen the blow? Wait, can I write "Prince" and "Blow" in the same sentence here?
You just did!
I'm a big old school Prince fan, though. He's too good for LeBron.
Will the Buckeyes beat Miami in the "Shoe"
I dunno. Is LeBron playing?
Just kidding. I managed an Ohio State victory in the NCAA 11 demo, so I'll say YES.
Do you think Prince Fielder will be traded if so what team do you think will land him?
A team that can afford his per diem. And also his salary.
Let's see...if Shaq is Jabba, who is his Salicious Crumb (that creepy rat-looking thing with the high-pitched laugh who sits next to him)... I'm thinking Derek Fisher...
+1,000 for the Salacious Crumb reference! And it's not Derek Fisher -- it's Damon Jones.
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