3 Suggestions To Improve The AAF

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The dust has settled, the smoke has cleared, and Trent Richardson has properly run power. The AAF since its first televised week has been drastically losing viewers from a combination of poor play, lack of player name recognition, and payroll issues. I have a trio of solutions to solve these problems that will most definitely produce a more compelling game on and off the field.

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1. Sign Le’Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell’s contract negotiations with the Pittsburgh Steelers have been a story since the summer and have yet to be resolved. In order to boost player name recognition, the AAF must bring in a player who fans will want to watch play. Bell has been one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL since he first stepped onto the field, and would bring his highlight reel play to a league desperately needing attention. He wants guaranteed money and the AAF should be the league to offer the first fully-guaranteed football contract. Give him a 1 year deal for $25 million and let him run loose on the Atlanta Legends. Now, a league who had trouble paying for Week 1 salaries probably should not be trusted to pay up such a sum for good reason. But new emperor of the league and noted billionaire Tom Dundon should work out a side deal for Bell. Give him the money on a separate basis than the other players and let a fully healthy 2015 Fantasy Football PoTY run for 11.3 ypa. It will be as compelling to watch as Derrick Henry high school highlights and nationally broadcasted to remind everyone how good Bell is at football.

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2. Let the fans play

Fan involvement is one aspect of any league that promotes viewership growth. The NBA has fan interaction during halftime shows, so why shouldn’t the AAF? Every halftime show in the AAF should give all of the washed-up high school football players tailgating in the parking lot a pair of shoulder pads and a dream. The ball starts in the red zone and the teams trade possessions until halftime is over and a winner emerges between the crew cut 40-somethings that still think they could have made it if it wasn’t for that knee injury. The winner will be both the viewer and participants as a series of extremely sloppy attempts at running a bench concept give the right amount of spectacle and cringe factor to make compelling television.

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3. Vote Players Off Of The Island

Let the rosters be dictated by the viewer much like American Idol winners are chosen. Throughout the course of every game, fans can vote on removing one person from the roster. Whether that be a cornerback for blowing coverage, a quarterback for butt-fumbling, or a coach for losing track of the game clock, they can all go. Letting fans pick the outcome of weekly cuts will promote the thing that Twitter hopes to create, mobs of angry users getting mad at people they don’t know. The mob-mentality about poor play will satisfy everyone’s need to have their opinion heard and make for a reality show atmosphere.

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These 3 suggestions will make the AAF a spectacle unlike any other and will make the NBA an afterthought for the rest of the AAF’s season.

Texas Is Back

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The 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory for the Texas Longhorns over the Georgia Bulldogs proved one thing, Texas is back.

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Sam Ehlinger proved last night that he can make this Texas team a legitimate threat to win any game they play in if the Oklahoma win didn’t already do that. This team played like Bevo when he sees Uga give him those eyes during pregame.

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There was no more telling series of plays than the Texas drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown by Ehlinger. They ran more or less the same play 4 times in a row, an Ehlinger keeper that barely eked out that yard even though Georgia knew it was coming. But Herman didn’t care about that, he wanted Ehlinger to break Vince Young’s single-season rushing touchdown record by any means (and concussions) necessary.

Ehlinger plays with that swag that is necessary for a big-time college quarterback to have. He runs like a power back and drops his shoulder more than he slides. He wore a Drew Brees jersey in the stadium before the game just to establish what he intended to do.

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Oh, and he has the best wristband game in the nation.

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By the fourth quarter of this game, when it was all but wrapped up, the Texas defense seemed to just be trying to flex on Georgia. They got two targeting ejections on the same drive just to up their level of difficulty. It’s like playing on All-Madden difficulty at the end of a blowout game to make yourself feel better.

With Kyler Murray leaving Oklahoma the path to the Big 12 championship is wide open for Texas to come in and take it next year. If Herman can keep this up, it will be all horns up for the foreseeable future in the Big 12.

OK cool, Hook ‘Em

P.S. The Texas at Iowa State game on Nov. 16 will be one of the games of the year in the Conference if Brock Purdy continues to play at the level he is playing at now.