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Old 08-18-2004   #21
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Was that supposed to be funny or something? I have seen heart transplants on TV that seemed more humorous than that drivel. First of all, most good comedy, imo, is funny because of the fact it is based on trueisms. This guy has so many facts wrong, there is no factual basis for his so-called comedy. In fact, virtually every major point is flat out wrong. If this stuff passes for comedy, then I could pass for the Queen of England.
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Sometimes I like reading the reaction moreso than the article
No doubt.

I'll be a contrarian and say I find Easterbrook quite entertaining.

This edition was sorely lacking, though.
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IF Gary Walker is able to give us three more seasons, he will still cost over $5 million to cut prior to the 2007 season. He's signed through '09 but he's already 31 years old. That and the other 20 million in s/b they gave to Smith and Wade is the kind of cap stuff he's talking about.
By the time the '07 season rolls around, the NFL will have a new TV contract and a new CBA with the players. Maybe Easterbrook knows something about this that Charley Casserly doesn't? I'm going to trust the Texan GM that those contracts will be managable at that time. Even if TMQ doesn't think so.
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No doubt.

I'll be a contrarian and say I find Easterbrook quite entertaining.

This edition was sorely lacking, though.
Concur. He's usually pretty funny, though I'd caution taking anything he says as "analysis". He's an entertainer, not an analyst. He doesn't have the resources to really investigate most of what he writes - and even if he did, trying to nuance his points take some of the sarcastic tone out that is his trademark.

It is true that the Texans stats last year were abysmal. We all know that combining 2nd year lack-of-depth with NFL-high injured reserve and the toughest schedule in the league don't mix well, but some folks are stat-first people. This is no doubt the same logic Ditka used to dis' us.
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By the time the '07 season rolls around, the NFL will have a new TV contract and a new CBA with the players.
The current CBA runs through '07. Under the current agreement, '07 will be an uncapped year but I can't imagine that happening unless the players union decides to get stupid. I think it's likely we see a new extension by '06 but I can also see future seeds of revolt being sown by some agents and various comments by players. I hope they don't screw it up because for now it's the best system in pro sports.
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I expect a deal to get done within the next couple of years because the cap rules won't allow proration to non-CBA years. So signing rookies (especially after the insanity this year) will be unmanageable unless it can be carried through a long contract. That said, I suspect there will be a significant cap jump 10-20% the year after the new deal gets done. Hopefully the Texans see this coming and will get extensions for players like Sharper that they want around for a while.
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Did I miss it or did he not mention injuries in the article?
Never mentioned the 17 IR guys, or the fact that we played 5 & 1/2 games with backup QB's.
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I expect a deal to get done within the next couple of years because the cap rules won't allow proration to non-CBA years.
Teams are allowed to prorate signing bonuses beyond '07 (the uncapped year and last year of the CBA).

There is a 6 year allowable proration this year, a 5 year proration allowable in '05, and a 4 year allowable proration in '06. I guess that's so teams can still get the benefit of some proration up until the year before it goes uncapped.
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Easterbrook is back with this reply in his last column:

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And now TMQ's new annual Reader's Revenge feature, interrupted by the usual asides and non-sequiturs. By the hammer of Grabthar, the readers are avenged!

Michael Cross of Houston thought it was iniquitous for me to criticize the Texans' 2003 season without mentioning how many gentlemen were on injured reserve. He offers this incredible haiku triptych:

TMQ unfair
to beloved Houston Moo Cows!
Much gnashing of teeth.


Offense: Hurt Carr means
two starts for rookie Ragone;
just three points skews stats.


Defense: Seventeen
players on injured reserve
was most in the league.
-- Michael Cross, Houston
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