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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/nfl-made-a-change-to-overtime-that-has-fans-upset/ar-BBBsdL5?li=BBnba9I&ocid=mailsignout


Don't know if this has been mentioned before, but it is the first I've heard of it.

Changing OT from 15 minutes to 10, which probably means more ties. As has been said, what's the big deal for that extra 5 minutes. BAD change.
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The Front Porch / Why is something like this buried?
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:24:07 PM »
I picked up my morning paper today and on page 38 (out of 55) I found this story

Wilburn Ross, Medal of Honor Winner passed away May 9. I googled it and here is the story (please read)
 http://oppositelock.kinja.com/wilburn-k-ross-recipient-of-congressional-medal-of-ho-1795165283

Maybe it's because I have a military background, but after reading the story of Pvt Ross, I feel thins should have been a much bigger story. Sure it is only one soldier and these guys are dying every day, but when I pick up my paper and read headlines about gangs, drugs, politicians who are corrupt, car crashes, drunk celebrities, I guess all of this is top news, yet the death of a true American hero is buried on some ack pages and reported a week after his passing.

OK, so I'm an old fogie and pretty sentimental, but stories like this are what people should be reading, kids should be learning about. But stories like this aren't ratings grabbers and restricted to the back obituaries, instead of being honored by everyone.


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Big Blue Huddle / NFT==Boy how time flies
« on: May 13, 2017, 01:19:41 PM »


I know this is a slow time on this board o I thought I's like to get way from the same topics and try something different. I would normally put this on the Front Porch but I thought I's like to remind people of how time really flies.

Most people recognize 1939 as maybe the greatest year for movies ever, but 1967 comes close. Do you all realize that it has been 50 years since these great movies were released and some of us spent many happy hours in theaters watching them.

Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
In the Heat of the Night (Best Picture)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
El Dorado
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Point Blank
To Sir With Love
Camelot
For a few dollar More
You Only Live Twice

These are just the highlites of a terrific year in movie making. WOW 50 years have gone by since we saw Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway in Bonny and Clyde, and watch a relatively unknown Clint Eastwood make several spaghetti westerns and become a huge super star.\, watch a very young Dustin Hoffman become a star. Time sure flies when wee are having fun.

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Big Blue Huddle / Did this draft make us a better football team?
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:26:18 PM »
So the names and numbers are in and the draft is a thing of the past. We have some new faces on our roster but are they going to make us a better football team from what we had last year?

My own opinion, no they won't.

We got a rare talent at #1. A Te/WR who can run and catch and everything else. But we signed Marshall in the off season to take some of the pressure off of Eli, so where does that leave our #1 pick. We all know Eli loves to throw to TE's and Engrams will create some match ups to our favor, but from what I read, he won't be able to be covered by a LB but safeties will cover him without a problem. As I said on the first day of the draft, we was a nice pick, a great athlete, but he was not what this team really needed with a #1 pick, just another shiny new hood ornament.

Our #2 pick also won't make this team any better in 2017. He is just a cheaper version of Hankins. So many here were glad Hankins left in order to get a 3 Tech DT, one who can apply pressure to the QB. Well that is out now and we got Hankns II. I'm sure he will help this team overall, but we will be no better than we were last eyar with Hankins.

Why even bother talking about #3. We will have to wait maybe 3-4 years to see if he has any talent and will NOT help this team in the near future. When we have so many other needs to just take a flyer on a QB of the future is utterly ridiculous.

After that, Rds 4,5, 6 MAY make a contribution but we certainly cannot count on any of them making a legitimate contribution in 2017 to really help the team win. They might, but more than like won't.

So, while we watch all the other teams in our division get better, and we look down our noses at the Eagles, and the Redskins, they have gotten better while we, sadly haven't. The Cowpukes needed defensive help and they drafted for that. it has to make them a better defensive team. And yet we continue to grab athletes regardless if we need them or not.

Now I'm not counting the Giants out of anything in 2017, but we had better hope there are no major injuries in our DB, and our so called OL had better not get hurt. We are thin just about everywhere except WR and now QB.

Are we a better team than the 2016 Giants, maybe, but did we slip on keeping up with our rivals, we sure did.
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/shaun-o%e2%80%99hara-rips-giants-jerry-reese-for-%e2%80%98wasted%e2%80%99-pick-on-davis-webb/ar-BBAwVxm?li=BBnba9I


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Retired New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara was not thrilled with the team's decision to use their third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on California quarterback Davis Webb. In fact, O'Hara flat-out called it a "waste."

"You're going to draft a quarterback that's not going to play for at least 3-4 years? Eli hasn't missed a game in his entire career - not one game," O'Hara said during NFL Network's draft broadcast. "They still have some holes on the offensive line.

"I look at this draft and I can't believe that they're again not going to help out on the offensive line, create some more competition. To me, that third-round pick was a waste. I think that quarterback Webb, as good as his arm is, he's not going to see the field. So now any other position, you would not draft a guy in the third round and say, 'Hey, maybe we'll see you in three or four years down the road.' No. This is Eli Manning's prime. You just went out and got Brandon Marshall. You added D.J. Fluker to the offensive line. You have a great opportunity now to make a huge statement, protect Eli and help him out. I think they're missing out on it."
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Big Blue Huddle / Browns cut TE Gary Barnidge
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:00:40 PM »
After drafting a Te in round 1, t he Browns have cut Gary Barnidge. He wasn't much of a factor in 2016, but had over 1000 yards in 2015. Had we waited a bit, he might have been a good solution at TE for us. Alas, twas not to be.

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Browns cut Barnidge after drafting Njoku

Browns released TE Gary Barnidge.
His fate was sealed Thursday night when the Browns selected Miami TE David Njoku with the No. 29 overall pick. Barnidge was one of the most productive tight ends in football during his breakout 2015 campaign, leading Cleveland with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. His production tailed off dramatically in 2016, but that had more to do with Cleveland's instability at quarterback than anything Barnidge did or didn't do. The 31-year-old won't take long to resurface.
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Big Blue Huddle / Did the Giants 'SETTLE' for Engram?
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:51:32 AM »
Myself, I can't say I'm in love with this pick. I'm sure he is a very talented player and will fit in nicely in our schemes and probably catch a lot of passes, but myself, I just did not think TE was our biggest pick of need. I just seem to think that all the other players the Giants wanted were gone by the time they picked so they sort of 'settled' for Engram.

We needed offensive help but there is only one ball and with OBJ, Marshall, Shepard and now a big time pass catching TE, some people will be grumbling. Sometimes Reese has it right, but I believe this time he should have went against the grain and moved up to select a more important piece to our puzzle. Sometimes you just have to be bold and not see who is left.

Myself, I would have loved the Giants to move up and take Davis (LB).
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Big Blue Huddle / Biggest draft bust in nFL history
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:15:28 PM »
So who has that honor of being the biggest draft bust in NFL history?

Is it Ryan Leaf
Tony Mandarich
Brian Boseworth
Tim Couch
JaMarcus Russell

check out this list and see what you think and add whomever necessary

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/gallery/biggest-nfl-draft-busts-in-history-ryan-leaf-andre-ware-jamarcus-russell-joey-harrington-040715
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The Front Porch / Fargo
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:09:25 PM »
Not the movie, but the TV series has started it's 3rd season.

This series is a major unknown gem. Each season stands alone and they are not interrealted, except for the quirkiness of the entire show.

season 1 starred Billy Bob Thornton and was just great
Season 2 starred Ted Danson and several other well know actors and was even better.
Wednesday started season 3 and even a slow start was better than many series on today.

It is on FX which seems to have a knack of finding these new series and finding a market for them. As with Justified and Feud, to me, Fargo is Must See TV.

If you enjoyed the movie, with the people and quirkiness of the North Dakota/Minnesota accents and way of life, you will love this series.

I would try and watch the earlier seasons to get an idea of how good this series is, but it is not necessary, as I said, each season stands on it's own and is not related, but it is excellent TV.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802850/
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No matter it be Easter, Bill Beleckick's 65 birthday, this date will live in 'infamy' to all Patriot's fans.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/17-years-ago-today-patriots-drafted-tom-brady/ar-BBzUcJx?li=BBnb7Kz
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/former-ravens-tight-end-todd-heap-accidentally-kills-3-year-old-daughter/ar-BBzR9eM?li=BBnb7Kz

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Todd Heap tragically killed his daughter Friday in an accident at the family's home in Mesa, Ariz.
Heap, who was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Ravens, was moving his truck in the driveway when he struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter.
Mesa police said, via the Arizona Republic, the accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. She was later pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.
Police say Heap exhibited no signs of impairment.

I simply cannot imagine wheat this person is going thru right now.

All my payers are with him and his family.
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The Front Porch / April the giraffe's baby calf is born
« on: April 15, 2017, 11:14:25 AM »
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/april-the-giraffes-baby-calf-is-born/ar-BBzRPfX?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

In what ha`s been going on for months now, April the giraffe has FINALLY given birth to a baby calf. I know this may not be world famous news, but in my house, it is. My grandchildren have been watching the LIVE feed of April waiting to give birth for well over 2 months now. They had a live feed in her stall and when they are over our house, that's what they love to watch. Myself, a bit boring, but this morning April finally did her thing and a baby calf was born, on LIVE TV.

Now there were tried to prevent this from being shown live, but  Facebook prevailed and it remained on the air.



Congrats to April and the proud Papa on their new baby ___________.
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The Front Porch / The American Experience
« on: April 15, 2017, 11:08:21 AM »
This is a long running series on PBS which, over the years, has offered us some really great TV watching.

This past week they had (I believe it is new) a 3 part series on WWI and the American intervention in it. Just truly fascinating stuff. It doesn't dwell on the causes of WWI (it does mention it) but it is more on the American slant on it, and I learned a lot about Woodrow Wilson, as our President who tried his darnedest to keep us out of that 'Foreign' war, but to no avail. It is a 6 hour series that has been on this past week, but, I'm sure, will be replayed again.

WW1 was just a terrible war, the amount of people who died, the insanity of 'trench warfare' and just going over the top to charge in a mass of enemy machine guns, the poison gas, the conditions in those trenches, all for what, I don't think many people really know.


Again, a great watch to learn about a war that has been basically forgotten by many basically from the American viewpoint.
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The Front Porch / 20 hidden secrets of the $1 bill
« on: April 08, 2017, 12:13:25 PM »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/savingandinvesting/20-hidden-secrets-of-the-dollar1-bill/ar-BBzftyP?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp#page=1

Most I knew but a couple were new to me. Pretty interesting stuff.

I never knew the dollar bill didn't come out until the Civil War and George Washington wasn't on it.
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