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“This is a long time coming, and football’s back,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “and that’s the great news for everybody.” I ask… but at what cost? What is the product going to be like on the field and not just this year? I hope that I am wrong. NFL Professional Football is my favorite sport and I bleed Silver and Blue. I am worried about the concessions that the owners gave into as far as practices and off season workouts…

  1. Limiting on-field practice time and contact
  2. Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season
  3. Increasing number of days off for players
  4. Eliminates 2-a-day practices
  5. Average 1 padded practice per week
  6. Maximum 4.5 hours of field play per day in training camp
  7. One padded practice limited to 3 hours in training camp
  8. Second practice limited to non-helmet walk through
  9. Unannounced inspections by NFLPA Staff to ensure compliance
  10. Spring Semester Off
  11. Limit of 9 week off season conditioning program
  12. Veterans do not report until the 3rd week in April
  13. Reduces OTAs from 14 to 10
  14. Maximizes time for players to return to school to complete degree
  15. 1st day limited to physicals and meetings (PreSeason)
  16. 2nd and 3rd day no pads or contact (Preseason)
  17. Only one padded practice per day limited to 3 hours with the second practice up to the 4 hour (Preseason)
  18. Limit being a walk through (preseason)
  19. Limit of 14 total padded practices during the Regular Season, 11 of which must be held during the first 11 weeks (club may hold 2 padded)
  20. One padded practice per week in postseason
  21. Padded practices limited to 3 hours
  22. Bye Weeks – [five] consecutive days off

You can see more here. As far as I can tell, in the name of player safety, college football may get a big boost of fans here in a few years and the NFL owners might wish they had put in the opt-out clauses that we were hearing about.

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Baton Rouge – LSU’s football team will open the 2011 season against Pac-10 power Oregon in Cowboy Stadium in Arlington

Game Notes:

The LSU-Oregon contest will mark the second consecutive year in which the Tigers will open the season at a neutral site and on prime time national television. LSU opened the 2010 season last week with a 30-24 victory over North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

The Ducks are coming off of a BCS National Championship appearance and back-to-back Pac-10 titles. This season, they will try to become the first ever Pac-12 champion.

Oregon is bringing back key players, including quarterback Darron Thomas, Heisman finalist LaMichael James, and senior wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.

A defensive battle will be a huge test for the Ducks. In 2010, the Ducks scored 40 points or more in 10 of their 12 regular season games. Up until playing California in November, the least amount of points they scored in one game was 42 against Arizona State.


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Let it be known I am not a Dallas Maverick’s Bandwagoner by any means. Anyone who has tried to trade for a Jim Jackson basketball card and raided every commons box in the DFW sports cards stores to try and find an Uwe Blab card has to be a MFFL. I was a Reunion Rowdy and spent many draft nights plotting how the Mavericks are going to make it “This Year”.

(Image: nba.com)

(Image: nba.com)

Ever since that night in 2006, you remember that night,(the night when your heart sank in the realization that Miami Heat were going to beat the Mavs in embarrassing fashion) the talk in this town about the Dallas Mavericks has been extremely negative. “Soft”, “mentally fragile”, “not tough enough”, “disappearing in big games”, and “letting the ghosts of the past haunt them”, have become the common descriptions used by media and the so called experts locally and nationally.
I am here to tell you that THIS IS THE YEAR!

ExecutionThe Mavericks are averaging just 12.8 turnovers per game and are shooting an amazing 41.9% from 3 point range.

Defending The Paint – Test after test the Dallas’ zone has stood its ground, defended the paint, pushed the opponents’ offense outward, and limited the easy looks to the basket. Oklahoma City’s fast break opportunities will be limited and Mav’s fans have seen how reliable the jump shot can be in a seven game series.

DIRK– 26 points per game, 60% from 3-point range, 49.7% field goal percentage. Two words: LIGHTS OUT. He realizes that he may not have many more chances than this and is making the most out of this one.

Rick Carlisle – He has taken two other teams to a Conference final, just to experience uncommon heartbreaks following losing the series and is not taking chances this time. Though the team is rested, the Mavs have still been working hard on drills during this time and even doing scrimmages.

Experience– Shawn Marion (11 years) and Peja Stojakovic (12 years) have lost in the Conference Finals, Brendon Haywood (9 years) and Deshawn Stevenson (10 years) have lost close playoff heartbreaks Washington, Tyson Chandler (9 years) one word, hungry, and who can forget Jet Terry (11 Years). This is too much experience and realization of how short the window actually is.

Inexperience – Just two years removed from a 23-win season, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have earned themselves a spot in the Western Conference Finals. Last year, in their first playoff appearance since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle prior to the 2008-2009 season, the Thunder lost to the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in the first round. They remind me of The Mavericks in 2006, as not yet having paid their dues.

So there you have it, 6 Reasons Why The Mavs Will Win the NBA Western Conference Finals Execution, Defending the Paint, Dirk, Rick Carlisle, Experience, and In-Experience. Can we make the AAC the new home of the Reunion Rowdies? Even if you do not know who Uwe Blab, Randy White, or Leon Smith are come aboard THE MAVS TRAIN and become one!
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