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Should The Draft Come Before FA?

20 March 2015 - 10:47 AM

No, this isn't another team building philosophy thread on if drafting is better than spending big in free agency.

This thread is a question of should the actual NFL draft come prior to the free agency period?

Do you think it would allow teams to more accurately build their rosters the way they'd like to? Take the Panthers, for instance. We all know Dave Gettleman likes to build through the draft first and foremost, and that isn't even a topic for discussion. But let's be honest, if the first few waves of free agents come and go prior to the draft and if the players we want in certain positions aren't available when we pick, then it's not out of the realm of possibility that there could be some regret afterward that the 2 year, $4MM free agent wasn't picked up when we had the chance to fill a need.

Something else to think about. Would NFL vets make more money or less money this way? I could see an argument for both sides, but I think the draft adds a certain cushion for teams to not spend money in FA because the draft is this mythical pool of talent where you'll get that one piece to the puzzle you need. If the draft came first, would Free Agents that are plugging the holes on rosters be more in demand?

It's mid-March and my bracket is busted, and I can't talk Warriors basketball with you guys without y'all trying to poach Steph Curry, so I have no sports talk fix. What say you Huddle?

Tapping maple trees to make syrup

19 March 2015 - 02:24 PM

Has anybody here had any experience with this? It was just recently brought to my attention and I wanted to try it as it seems like a very cheap, fun, and renewable way to get some great maple syrup during the spring.

I don't have any sugar maples near me I don't think but my neighbor has two HUGE maples in his backyard and we think they are Bigleaf Maples, which I've now read are indigenous to my area. So the sugar content is lower and more sap will be needed to produce some syrup, but I'm not too worried about that.

Any tips or tricks I should know? I found some spires to tap the tree on Amazon and a nice setup that has tubes going into a food grade bucket. My neighbor also has a giant fire pit in his backyard so we were gonna use a nice old chain link gate over it with a big pan to do the initial boil.

Hoping I can yield something. Seems like a fun project to do with my daughter and my neighbors kids. Plus, I'm a bit of a Doomsday Prepper (not AT ALL like the show) so these kind of outdoor self sustaining things always interest me.

Justin Smith also retiring from 49ers

09 March 2015 - 10:13 AM

Turns out Justin Smith is also retiring.

Between he, Willis, and the loss of Gore, I think it's something like 25 probowl selections, 10 All-pros, and over 30 years of experience.

Justin Smith was a huge reason for Aldon Smith's success, so this is doubly delightful.

Edit: looks like it's actually 17 Pro Bowls, 8 first team All-Pro selections, 2 2nd team All-Pro selections, and 29 years of experience between them. Lulz.

Edit #2: to any Niners fans reading this because you are a troll or found our thin slice of heaven here from a Google search, suck it, and our SEO is better than yours.


NFL: Greg Hardy won't be reinstated because he hasn't been disciplined yet

26 February 2015 - 04:33 PM


I'm sick of Greg Hardy threads as well, but this is bullshit. The NFL is just mad because Hardy's legal team won't give them the transcripts of the bullshit bench trial that they paid to have done themselves.

fug you NFL.

What was funny before internet memes?

24 February 2015 - 09:30 PM

I'm old and can't remember. I distinctly remember being funny as a young man but now if it isn't an internet meme it just doesn't do it for me (thanks jangler).