Your “Goodnight, Sweet Prince” Monday Evening Open Thread

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Beerguyrob

A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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I just want to thank everyone who covered for me this weekend. Thanks for the brief vacation from the #content mines.

NFL News:

  • Disgusted at what his owner had become, Rob Gronkowski retired from the New England Patriots on Sunday.
    • Gronk, seen right imitating his team owner’s last trip to Florida, has been weighing retirement since the end of the 2017 season.
      • Acquiring a shocker of rings, however, may have tipped the balance in favour of walking away while he can still remember whose round it is.
    • The Patriots are now tapped with finding a suitable replacement, since their only other viable alternative left them hanging about three years ago.
      • But there is a caveat:

  • Given how the new kickoff rules have essentially eliminated the onside kick, the Broncos proposed an alternative to the Competition Committee.
    • It would allow, in the 4th quarter only & after a score, for the kicking team to attempt a 4th & 15 from their own 35. If they succeed, they would keep the ball and proceed from there.
    • The only opponent in the Committee was apparently John Mara of the Giants, who proclaimed, “What are we, the Arena Football League?”
  • The Competition Committee also is proposing to increase the number of ejectable offences.
    • As stated in their proposal, the Committee wants to “amend Rule 15, Section 1, Article 5 to allow League personnel to disqualify for both flagrant football and non-football acts.”
      • The theory is that it moves the League closer to shadowing the NCAA’s “targeting” rule.

Finally, to kick off the league’s 100th season, they have decided that the Bears & Packers will start the 2019 season on Thursday, September 5th.

It’ll be in Chicago, and the 199th game in the historic rivalry. The Packers hold a 97-95-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

PFT drunkenly surmises that one reason for the change – The Pats will open on Sunday night – is because of all the Robert Kraft nonsense. The NFL is trying to keep the focus on the game, and hiding Robert Kraft behind a weekend of opening day games will minimize the spotlight.

Just how Robert Kraft wants it.

Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Bruins at Bolts – 7:30PM | Sportsnet1
    • Predators at Wild – 8:00PM | NBCSN
    • Red Wings at Sharks – 10:30PM | Sportsnet1
  • NBA:
    • 76ers at Magic – 7:00PM | NBATV
    • Thunder at Grizzlies – 8:00PM | TSN
    • Brooklyn at Portland – 10:00PM | NBATV
  • NCAA:
    • Men’s:
      • NIT Basketball Tournament:
        • Norfolk State at Colorado – 9:00PM | ESPN2
    • Women’s:
      • Women’s Tournament: Second Round
        • 7:00PM | ESPN
        • 9:00PM | ESPN
  • WWE:
    • Monday Night Raw – 8:00PM | USA / Sportsnet360

Also, if you are looking for a career change, Big Daddy Drew tweeted out Deadspin’s advertisement for a new staff writer. It seems anyone can apply, given the broad nature of their recruitment:

This is a full-time staff position (open to remote candidates).

BACK IN THE SADDLE!

Beerguyrob
Beerguyrob
A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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