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  1. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    On the one hand, yes, there's no immediate downside to not addressing the lack of a specific definition. On the other hand, given that the league is looking to implement a policy that advantages certain teams and disadvantages others, I believe they ought to dig into the details a bit more. I...
  2. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    +1 I mostly agree with this take, but I don't see why we should accept a half-measure when we can likely do better. My issue with the proposal is that it focuses on output rather than input. I'm more interested in increasing the talent pool than bean-counting our way to a less offensive racial...
  3. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Here's another standard: the Bureau of Indian Affairs offers housing, education, and other benefits to individuals who are members of a federally-recognized tribe. According to this article, many tribes require an individual to have anywhere between a 1/16 and 1/2 "blood quantum level" to enroll.
  4. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    I'm happy to take this offline, but besides a few admittedly impolite ad hominems, I'd love to know what you're referring to. I understand defining "minority" makes some people uncomfortable, but let's not pretend that more precision isn't better than less, and that it won't lead to a more...
  5. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Huh? Can you speak clearly and meaningfully about freedom, or religion, or socialism, or capitalism, or the First Amendment without being able to define it? I mean, maybe you think you can, but I doubt it. And I don't see what your calculus example has to do with anything. Language is symbolic...
  6. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    You're aware that the Rooney Rule applies to ethnic minorities, too, right? Let me guess: you're not interested in how that term is defined either. In your world everyone is either obviously white or obviously not.
  7. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Ah, geez. I've read and appreciated your posts for years, and now I'm going to give you shit. It's "icky," is it? Is what I've done bad form? Look, you don't get to arbitrarily narrow the terms of the debate. If you support incentivizing teams to hire minorities, then you have to define what a...
  8. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Okay, how about this guy? The Pats name Tyler Gaffney as their next head coach. Does he count?
  9. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    I posted this at you because RC asked a legit question about how a "person of color" is defined. And rather than take up that question, you resort to toolbaggery because he happened to reference an absurd definition of the term use by the KKK. Ridicule is easy. Thinking is hard. The poster was...
  10. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Any program that rewards teams for hiring individuals who are 1/024 or even 1/16 "minority" is an embarrassment to clear thinking. And my objection to it has nothing at all to do with a desire to deny assistance to those who are not in the majority, but thanks for the accusation. To the...
  11. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    The question raised is perfectly reasonable: Where do you draw the. line? That's what you should be responding to. The answer is that you can't draw a line, certainly not at a time when race, sex -- hell, even age -- is considered a social construction. The idea is unworkable and asinine.
  12. Bowser

    2020 Pats: 2020 Roster & Beyond (non-QB edition)

    My enduring Tebucky Jones memory is a play when he was on punt coverage. Some friends and I were sitting in the south endzone, so we had a great angle on it. The returner catches the ball and steps out from behind a block ... and into a lane Jones was filling like a freight train. Tebucky blew...
  13. Bowser

    RD2 #5/#37: S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

    +1. Maybe Antonio Gibson.
  14. Bowser

    NE UDFA aka Annual Adam Vinatieri Award Thread

    FWIW, I recall reading that Troy Brown's vertical was something like 42". I can't find any reference to it now, but it stuck in my mind because I never thought he was that type of athlete.
  15. Bowser

    2020 NFL Draft - Rounds 2 & 3 Game Thread

    Two trips to the playoffs in the last five years and only one playoff win. This isn't your Ozzie Newsome's Ravens, though they're set up nicely at the moment.
  16. Bowser

    Grade the trade

    A. Unless a (consensus) top 15 player slid, my hope was we'd trade down. We have too many holes to fill, too few players under contract in upcoming years, and a too-deep draft not to. It looks like 37 will turn into a player of comparable talent to those available at 23 (like a Gross-Matos)...
  17. Bowser

    The 2020 Draft Contest! New and Improved (Again)

    Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama Jonathan Greenard, DE, Florida Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah Ben Bartch, OT, St. John's...
  18. Bowser

    2020 Pats: General/Non-QB Off-Season Discussion

    Hmmm. The Lions have a need at OG and a ton of cap space. Maybe Thuney + #98 for #35? Or is that too optimistic?
  19. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    We know how Bill likes opposing players who play well against us. But, yeah, two years and one hip labrum ago.
  20. Bowser

    2020 NFL: Offseason News and Notes

    Patriots vs. Bears, 2018 (Pats, 38-31): Trey Burton: 9/126/1 We know what that means!