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Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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  • NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

    The irony is that the Jets signed him on National Puppy Day

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-...n-michael-vick

    Jets release QB Mark Sanchez, sign Michael Vick


    Mark Sanchez's career with the New York Jets is officially over. Sanchez was released by the team on Friday. With Sanchez out, the Jets didn't waste any time in adding another quarterback to the roster.

    Just minutes after the team released Sanchez, the team announced the signing of Michael Vick to a one-year deal. Vick will be reunited with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg was Vick's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for four seasons (2009-12) before joining Rex Ryan in New York in 2013.

    "We are excited to acquire Michael Vick," Mornhinweg said in a statement. "He's a great talent who's won many games, including playoff games, in this league. He has the respect of both his teammates and opponents. He's here in a role where he's going to compete and push Geno Smith to become the very best that he can be. Michael will be able to go in and play at a high level and a winning level if called upon."


    Vick's one-year contract with the Jets is worth up to $5 million, according to ESPN.com. That contract is good news for Vick, but could turn out to be a risky move for the Jets. If Vick wins the starting job in New York, the Jets will have to pay him substantially more after 2014. It's a win for Vick though because whether or not he starts in New York, he'll have a chance to hit the free agent market next offseason.

    The former Eagles quarterback will be looking to do in New York what he did in Philadelphia last season: Win the starting job. Vick was named the Eagles starting quarterback coming out of the preseason, but an injured hamstring sent him to the bench and Nick Foles eventually took over the quarterback job. Vick's final start of 2013 came in a Week 8 loss to the Giants.

    Vick had been scheduled to meet with the Jets this weekend, but apparently, he made the decision to sign before the weekend even started.

    As for Sanchez, his 2013 was similar to Vick's in that both quarterbacks loss their jobs permanently after an injury. Sanchez appeared to have a slight edge over Smith for the Jets starting job before injuring his shoulder in the preseason.

    Sanchez had season-ending surgery in October, which effectively ended his career in New York.

    The Jets could have held onto Sanchez for a few more days, but a decision had to be made by March 25. If Sanchez had still been on the roster then, the Jets would have owed him a $2 million roster bonus.

    Sanchez joined the team the same year as coach Rex Ryan. The fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Sanchez helped lead the Jets to two straight AFC Championship games.

    "I'd like to thank Mark for everything he's done for this team and me personally," Ryan said in a statement. "We were rookies together and had some early success, becoming the first rookie head coach and quarterback to go to back-to-back championship games. We experienced a lot together and I really appreciate Mark. He's a great player, a great teammate, and I wish him nothing but the best."

    Sanchez may no longer be a Jet, but we'll always have the memory of him being one thanks to a tattoo on the Ryan's arm of Ryan's wife wearing a Sanchez jersey.

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    And the train-wreck that is the New York Jets continues.

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      Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

      That's the most Jet thing ever.

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        Its actually a great move for the Jets. Sanchez is garbage. Vick played well last year, just didn't stay healthy and then Foles played out of his mind good. Vick had been a class act in Philly and everything I ever read on the guy was positive and that he was a great teammate. Vick is an upgrade over Sanchez and he will be better in the locker room than Sanchez.

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          Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

          It would be hilarious if Sanchez went to Jax to be a backup when they wouldn't give that job to Tebow.

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            Michael Vick's farewell to Philadelphia letter

            Michael Vick, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
            I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.

            People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.

            In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia's heroes. I've met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I've seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I've seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.

            The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I'm thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.


            Michael Vick, Philadelphia

            Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/...bRhpjU7bvFQ.99

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              Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

              Originally posted by ilive4sports View Post
              Its actually a great move for the Jets. Sanchez is garbage. Vick played well last year, just didn't stay healthy and then Foles played out of his mind good. Vick had been a class act in Philly and everything I ever read on the guy was positive and that he was a great teammate. Vick is an upgrade over Sanchez and he will be better in the locker room than Sanchez.
              But that's the main point. Does a 34 year old Michael Vick have much chance of staying anywhere near healthy for an entire season? I seriously doubt it. He might be a decent band aid for a little bit, but then he'll get hurt. This organization needs to develop a young quarterback.

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                Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

                Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                But that's the main point. Does a 34 year old Michael Vick have much chance of staying anywhere near healthy for an entire season? I seriously doubt it. He might be a decent band aid for a little bit, but then he'll get hurt. This organization needs to develop a young quarterback.
                They know Vick isn't long term. And they have Geno Smith. I know, I know. But he did show some good things last year. And he can learn from Vick. I think having Vick eases some pressure on them to absolutely start Smith this season. Vick beating Smith out for the starting job wouldn't be surprising or mean Smith is an absolute bust. Have Vick play as much as he can, they hand it over to Smith when Vick goes down.

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                  Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick




                  Couldn't they have just traded QBs?

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                    why.

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                      So does that mean that there is literally no team in the league who thinks that he's a viable starter right now? He sure as hell isn't starting in Philly.

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                        Originally posted by ilive4sports View Post
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                        why.
                        There are not enough quarterbacks in the league for every team to have a quality starter, let alone two viable QBs in case of injury or whatever. Matt Schaub is still in the league for goodness sakes...
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                            Re: NY Jets release Mark Sanchez and sign Michael Vick

                            I'd rather they bring back Koy Detmer. #GreatestHolderOfAllTime

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