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Watching a bunch of other games at once really puts in perspective how bland the Lions offensive scheme is.   Relatively little pre snap movement or misdirection compared to other teams.      

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15 minutes ago, Buddha said:

i broke down and got the nfl package this year.  its been a great investment.  the only way to watch football is with 4-8 other games on at the same time to avoid all the replays and time outs and endless commercials.

My kids are at the age now where watching sports is basically impossible if they are occurring prior to 8pm. 

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My family was never into football growing up, we were a hockey/baseball family.  As a youngster and teen I had a paper route which required me to "collect" from my customers on Saturday/Sundays in the fall/winter so I wasn't home to watch.  I followed the Lions during the Barry years.  Other than that I don't really care about it.  I always hope the Lions win for my friends but if they lose I don't give it a second thought.

 

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26 minutes ago, Buddha said:

i broke down and got the nfl package this year.  its been a great investment.  the only way to watch football is with 4-8 other games on at the same time to avoid all the replays and time outs and endless commercials.

is that multiple games on the same screen or just multiple games available to switch off too?

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1 minute ago, Gehringer_2 said:

is that multiple games on the same screen or just multiple games available to switch off too?

multiple games on the same screen.

also a good purchase?  a big *** tv with a 65 inch screen.

i used to go to the bar every sunday and watch football on multiple screens.  obviously cant do that during this whole pandemic thing.  and it made me fat(ter).

 

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7 minutes ago, Oblong said:

My family was never into football growing up, we were a hockey/baseball family.  As a youngster and teen I had a paper route which required me to "collect" from my customers on Saturday/Sundays in the fall/winter so I wasn't home to watch.  I followed the Lions during the Barry years.  Other than that I don't really care about it.  I always hope the Lions win for my friends but if they lose I don't give it a second thought.

 

What a difference a few years made in how many mothers worked. We  could 'collect' mostly on Fridays, only a few had to be pushed back to the weekend. Always done in the morning on Sat.

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8 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

What a difference a few years made in how many mothers worked. We  could 'collect' mostly on Fridays, only a few had to be pushed back to the weekend. Always done in the morning on Sat.

I had my little book of the customers bound together by two rings.  I delivered the News after school.  Go up to the "paper station", get my stack from Mr. Stuvek, do any "fillers" that had to be done, and on my way.  The station was a warehouse like building and the cinder block walls were covered with all the TV Books, going back as long as they were published.  Imagine having to wait until the next afternoon to find out what happened that day.  Sometimes I'd get yelled at for being too late.... 

 

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11 minutes ago, Oblong said:

I had my little book of the customers bound together by two rings.  I delivered the News after school.  Go up to the "paper station", get my stack from Mr. Stuvek, do any "fillers" that had to be done, and on my way.  The station was a warehouse like building and the cinder block walls were covered with all the TV Books, going back as long as they were published.  Imagine having to wait until the next afternoon to find out what happened that day.  Sometimes I'd get yelled at for being too late.... 

 

I had a News route.  Collected papers in a warehousey building in back of the primos in Plymouth to deliver to the west side of Livonia.   those damn fillers. 

My nightmare customers were the penny pinching Scotch ladies who took forever to reach the door on a cold afternoon and paid out in dimes with no tip.  

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I never made a dime with my paper route.  Literally.  People would stiff me and I had no idea what to do so I would just give the dude all my money for the papers.  Stuffing fillers sucked balls and so did getting up early.  That did not last for me.  F that.

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1 minute ago, John_Brian_K said:

I never made a dime with my paper route.  Literally.  People would stiff me and I had no idea what to do so I would just give the dude all my money for the papers.  Stuffing fillers sucked balls and so did getting up early.  That did not last for me.  F that.

I made enough to pay for my extravagant lifestyle of kung fu lessons, a bag of funyuns and a coke and the latest D&D module.

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Just now, ROMAD1 said:

I made enough to pay for my extravagant lifestyle of kung fu lessons, a bag of funyuns and a coke and the latest D&D module.

My brother claims to have made enough for the little single pan pans little Caesars used to make and a coke.  F that stupid little black 2 ring binder.  I do not have good memories of delivering papers.

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I made between $25-$40 a week.  Then when I was 14 my friend's dad, who owned a butcher's shop, let us package up the venison during deer season, made around $15 an hour.  We had hundreds.   It was gold.

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Just now, Oblong said:

I made between $25-$40 a week.  Then when I was 14 my friend's dad, who owned a butcher's shop, let us package up the venison during deer season, made around $15 an hour.  We had hundreds.   It was gold.

If nobody tipped it was rough. 

 

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I was fortunate enough to have a Step Dad and Uncle that both owned small businesses so I could do little mundane jobs for them to make money as a kid instead of having to do a paper route.

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2 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

If nobody tipped it was rough. 

 

There was one week and the 3 of us who had routes sat at my kitchen table, counted up our money, and looked at what we owed... I made $1

We'd get crazy bread from little caesar's and at the time it was $1.05 with tax, without sauce.  Matt graciously gave me a nickel. 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Oblong said:

There was one week and the 3 of us who had routes sat at my kitchen table, counted up our money, and looked at what we owed... I made $1

We'd get crazy bread from little caesar's and at the time it was $1.05 with tax, without sauce.  Matt graciously gave me a nickel. 

 

 

So, basically it was a dickensian **** existence.   ;--0

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5 hours ago, Yoda said:

How again would making pitchers better cause more balls to be put in play? Wouldn't k-rates just increase? 

Sorry, I wasn't clear....I am **hoping** that the long-term effects would be more balls in play as a pull-hitting/flyball/HR/K approach to hitting would not be as advisable.  It would take a little while for that to happen, if it did happen.  In the meantime, yes, Ks would go up, probably a lot, at least for a season or so, until hitters and teams started to adapt.

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I feel bad for those folks that never got to see Barry play in person.  It was electric.  It was amazing.  Every time he touched the ball the Silverdome went freaking nuts...even the opposing fans (Cheeseheads, etc.) would get excited.  He was one of a kind, never to be seen again.  The highlights are just awesome, but the in-person experience left my balls tingling.

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1 minute ago, sabretooth said:

I feel bad for those folks that never got to see Barry play in person.  It was electric.  It was amazing.  Every time he touched the ball the Silverdome went freaking nuts...even the opposing fans (Cheeseheads, etc.) would get excited.  He was one of a kind, never to be seen again.  The highlights are just awesome, but the in-person experience left my balls tingling.

For sure.  The Silverdome noise levels made me think I would black out. 

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6 minutes ago, sabretooth said:

I feel bad for those folks that never got to see Barry play in person.  It was electric.  It was amazing.  Every time he touched the ball the Silverdome went freaking nuts...even the opposing fans (Cheeseheads, etc.) would get excited.  He was one of a kind, never to be seen again.  The highlights are just awesome, but the in-person experience left my balls tingling.

Probably my favorite moments of my life as a sports fan. It really was unforgettable. I used to sit up in the top row of the silverdome just so I could watch the whole field. It was a great view for watching him run. And I'll never forget the noise. 

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Even though the 90s didn't produce much in terms of team success for Michigan teams outside of the Wings and  Michigan boy did it produce some exciting players. 

Barry of course but then there was Grant Hill, Fedorov, Woodson, Fab 5 and even Cecil Fielder was a major attraction for a few years.  Good times. 

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11 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Probably my favorite moments of my life as a sports fan. It really was unforgettable. I used to sit up in the top row of the silverdome just so I could watch the whole field. It was a great view for watching him run. And I'll never forget the noise. 

i was in the last row behind the end zone at the game barry broke 2000 yards.  it was ridiculously loud.

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2 minutes ago, Buddha said:

i was in the last row behind the end zone at the game barry broke 2000 yards.  it was ridiculously loud.

My favorite Lions moment/game ever. Both teams were in a win or go home game.  Nationally televised on NBC.  Between all that drama also had the tragic Reggie Brown injury.  That was the game where the officials threatened a penalty cause the crowd was too loud.

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