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  1. He'll get in off the combination of 18-1, two Super Bowls, his last name, playing in the New York media market, plus all the stats he accumulated. But I still don't think Eli is that good. And that the only way he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame is if he buys a ticket when he's visiting Canton, Ohio. Because he's an overrated, overhyped, average quarterback who simply has the "right" last name. But if his name were to be "John Doe", I think the perception of him would be entirely different.
  2. He might do cheesy B-movies, but I think it's more likely he does cheesy "reality TV" shows given how those things have proliferated over the years. Maybe he can find a niche in LeBron James' new reality show, the one that debuts after Survivor on CBS on Wednesday night (and that I'll leave the television on for because it looks mildly intriguing). Assuming LBJ even gets a second season out of it. When it comes to the Hall of Fame merits of a particular player, my default isn't to look at the stats but to apply former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's "pornography/obscenity" test to the player -- i.e., "you'll know it when you see it". Obviously it's a standard that doesn't work too well for me for players prior to the early 1980s, but it's definitely something I can apply to Gronk. And to me, Gronk is a Hall of Famer, no doubt. He was a force of nature on the field; moreover, he was a player that defenses always had to account for and frequently change their gameplans to address. His lack of longevity and career stats don't bother me in the slightest, because I've generally held the opinion that we're far too lenient when it comes to awarding Hall of Fame status to players in all sports just because they hit particular "benchmarks", especially considering how some guys hang around an extra year or five just to make more money and pad their stats. (I'm looking at you, Eli Manning.)
  3. Most kickers are very erratic from year to year. Good on Jason Meyers for getting paid by somebody, but I wouldn't be expecting a repeat of last year's performance. He may not be as bad as the guy who Seattle waived in Training Camp last year and who Jacksonville cut during the season before, but he's probably getting paid for last season and not very likely to repeat it.
  4. I think we all know that NFL contracts have more padding than the average high-schooler's bra and more funny money wrapped up in them than a shelf full of Monopoly games. 😎 Pittsburgh doesn't guarantee base salaries in the deals they give out -- just a signing bonus and some roster bonuses -- so any deal the Steelers hand out has to be looked at as if it's roughly a two-year deal with option years on the back end. The way this Jets deal appears to be structured, there's some guarantees with the base salaries. It's still not really a four-year deal, but it's effectively a three-year contract with an option season with the guarantees involved. It reads "4/52.5 plus incentives" (enough to go to 4/61 if he hits everything) for the sake of public consumption and for agents and players measuring their dicks against one another. But he'll never see the fourth year of that deal if his play falls off and he won't see the third year if he falls off a cliff between now and then. But if he does, and he takes the whole team down with him, it wouldn't be a surprise because Mike McCagnan's successor would cut him as part of blowing everything up and dumping all the bad contracts he inherited.
  5. It'll be entertaining to watch, at least if you aren't a Browns fan. If sports history is our guide, it'll work for a while.... and then all the egos will get involved and crush must of the upper Midwest beneath them. This year ought to be alright for Cleveland, because Baltimore's defense and Pittsburgh's offense both imploded. The latter ought to be halfway okay, but their window is probably closing at this point with their quarterback getting old. It's after this season that things get interesting. Because Baker Mayfield "loves me some me" and OBJ is also a party animal. And I wonder just how much partying one can do in Cleveland, especially with LeBron James having taken his talents to California. I'm hoping for a really fascinating, slow-motion train wreck. .... One other Beckham-trade related thought: perhaps the Giants intend to use the Cleveland pick to move up in this year's draft instead of next year's 1st? Because next year's 1st looks like it could be #1 overall, at least at this point given what's left there. Pittsburgh doesn't give out a whole lot in the way of guarantees, that's the difference between them and a lot of teams. Bell effectively got two-plus years of guarantees out of the Jets, but at a contract number that wasn't anywhere near what he was seeking and wasn't even up at the numbers where I'd start getting (too) uncomfortable. I'm okay with this deal, although I've seen more than one column suggest that the Jets went to the numbers they did in an attempt to win the back pages of the newspapers around here from the Giants. Not realizing, of course, that the Giants were going to go all Three Mile Island on things.
  6. I look forward to the Giants trading away their 1st-round pick next season to move up in this year's draft to pick a quarterback. I especially hope the Jets are the beneficiary of that largesse. Because that's the next "logical" move for the Giants, anyhow.
  7. Welcome to the annual Torching of Salary Cap Space festival! Where teams are spending money as if it belongs to somebody else and it's "speak now or forever hold your peace!"
  8. Florida has already passed a bill and their governor has signed it, but it can't go into effect unless there's legislation on the national level. The same with the other states that instituted Daylight Savings back in 1966 -- federal legislation supersedes state legislation on the topic except for those places that were "grandfathered" in or opted out when things originally started, much like things used to be with limited jurisdictions having sports wagering. I'd prefer to keep Daylight Savings all year round -- and voted for that up above -- but I'd also be okay with "no Daylight Savings ever". Just pick one or the other and stop with this bipolar, back-and-forth crap.
  9. Given how (regular season) Overtime was shortened in the name of "player safety", wouldn't this rule suggestion go against that by once again lengthening the game? And I say once again, as I've said numerous times above, there's a more obvious solution to this: win the $&@^&@$^@%^!! game before Overtime and you don't have to cry about not getting the ball in the 5th quarter. Make a $&@^&@$^@%^!! defensive stop, score a $&@^&@$^@%^!! touchdown instead of settling for a Field Goal, go for $&@^&@$^@%^!! two instead of meekly kicking an extra point, go for it on 4th down and make a $&@^&@$^@%^!! first down instead of punting, et cetera. The NFL has a lot of problems as presently constituted. This $&@^&@$^@%^!! isn't one of them.
  10. I wonder if all the "pirates" would feel the same way if the situation were reversed. If they were the people who had put forth time and effort to create something and other people simply took advantage of that work without compensating them. It seems all nice and harmless when it's little old you taking advantage of the big, bad corporation. But it wouldn't be nearly as much fun if your boss came into your cubicle one day and said something like "I like your work, but I'm cheap and I don't feel like paying much for it. So instead of giving you your $15/hour, here are a couple of coupons to Dunkin Donuts and the spare change rattling around inside the couch of my office." If people don't like having to pay for decryption keys to unlock content within games that's already on disc but not available from the start, pirates are a big reason why. Because that big, bad corporation you accuse of robbing the poor gamer isn't going to make you new games if they don't make enough money to stay in business. To pay their programmers and developers, to bear the other costs of creation, et cetera. That's simply how an economy works.
  11. Doesn't the AAF already have severe financial problems? I can't see that washed-up party boy settling for the AAF's idea of a wage.
  12. I recall a story about the legendary actor John Wayne. It's said he also patronized prostitutes when he could probably have had groupies and the like give it to him for free. And when he was asked about it? He was supposed to have said that he wasn't paying for sex, but for the girls/women to go away afterwards.
  13. The flag doesn't mean "you are a cheater, evil, evil, bad!!!". The flag means "you earned these trophies in an illegitimate fashion as defined by this website". Yes, it's unfortunate that hackers popped those trophies for you, but the rules of this site dictate that this isn't wanted here. As for the GTA V issue, if you see people who have hacked that trophy then you should flag them for the review team (if you have the game; if not, get someone who does to do it for you). Because the whole "they cheated and haven't been punished, so I should be allowed to get away with this" argument doesn't fly very far around these parts.
  14. And so goes the revolution and the desire for "social change" or whatever high-falutin' things these protests were supposed to be about. At the end of the day, it was all about the money. And about a chickenshit NFL that wouldn't fight this thing through to the end, because they were afraid of what might come out in discovery. Because what Reid/Kaepernick were trying to prove to an Arbitrator was damned near impossible to prove without a smoking gun that wasn't going to be unearthed, but after all the things they've self-embarassed over they're running scared of what those big, bad wolves in the newsmedia might write about them. This particular issue might be over and done with, but I suspect we're going to see a whole new wave of protests from other quarters by groups that think they can get their piece of flesh from the NFL. You'll have the usual suspects protest the NFL and the Cleveland Browns over Kareem Hunt and people beating women, and you'll probably have the usual suspects come out to protest the Washington Redskins name as well. Because now that the NFL has folded like a wet paper bag, everybody else will figure it's time to get theirs -- money and attention both.
  15. Todd Bowles was never the right coach for a rebuilding project, which is what the Jets became about halfway into his second season on the job. Christian Hackenberg was terrible and probably never should have been drafted as high as he was, but Bowles adamantly refused to play him under any circumstances. Bowles always was "living in the now" and trying to win every individual game in front of him as opposed to taking the longer view and Hackenberg would have been badly overmatched by NFL defenses -- even though the Jets tried to hand Hackenberg the starter's job during Training Camp the season before last -- but there were times where Hackenberg could have gotten onto the field in mop-up duty or the last few weeks of a season and Bowles simply wouldn't put him out there. Or a lot of other young players, for that matter. I'm shocked that Baltimore found a taker. I don't understand how a team would give up an asset for that contract, even though it's fully un-guaranteed from this stage forward. I suppose that it shows what the prices would be to trade up for a young guy in the 1st round. Which makes me happy, because the Jets might be able to sell off the 3rd overall pick to one of those desperate teams and accumulate themselves some assets.