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  1. Chargers Hunter Henry tore ACL

    Also, it'll never happen, but watch Spanos try to lure some local support and bring in Marcedes Lewis.
  2. Chargers Hunter Henry tore ACL

    Your move, PackIRs. I'm looking at you, Jimmy G.
  3. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Because there's only one way to properly start off this thread:
  4. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Nope. Feels like Gadzidis caved to the pressure from fans who - let's be real - like to pretend they know as much about running a football club as people who have been immersed in the sport as high levels since youth and were never going to be happy with any hire because they were expecting/"demanding" managers to bail on CL-qualified clubs to come here to dig us out of Europa on a less-competitive budget compared to major rivals. So he went with a "safe hire." I can't help but feel like we hired the managerial equivalent of Pat Shurmur - someone who can keep you mildly competitive but who you're never going to perceive as a title-winning coach because he just lacks the gusto. Gadzidis also better pray to whatever God he believes in that Arteta doesn't turn out to be a quality manager if and when he finally does get an appointment (fairly confident at this point it will be whenever Pep hits his usual burnout wall and vacates the post at City; if Arteta doesn't turn right around now and take over NYCFC with Vieira taking the Nice job), because pulling out in the 11th hour like this will have well and truly burned that bridge between us and Mikel.
  5. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Unless Bellerin either gets unsettled (won't surprise me) by Barca players on the Spanish side this summer or we get offered an utterly ridiculous sum for him, I don't think he's going anywhere this summer. Assuming Arteta is the guy actually strengthens that position for me because Bellerin is the ideal type of RB for the style of play we can (probably safely) assume Arteta will want to play, and the two have a (publicly recognized) pretty strong relationship. Ramsey I could see being the sacrificial lamb just due to his age and the likelihood that he would want to actually challenge for league and CL titles, and that we really can't begrudge him that after the years of service he's given to the club. The only big drawback I can see in that is that the most interest in him is likely to come from other PL clubs and the idea of strengthening a rival side doesn't do us favors. I do honestly think that we're going to see a fair amount of Mavropanos type signings for the next couple windows, more or less lottery tickets from Mislintat's scouting due diligence that can either develop into quality players or be flipped for substantial profit - and at worst require minimal investment to acquire. We're not coming off a season (or even going to have the benefit of him being able to recover via a strong WC performance) but it's possible they try to recover some funds out of Mustafi, just because I'm not sure he fits the "defend-through-possession" model I assume Arteta will push - whereas Holding and Chambers do and, IMHO, Bielik does as well. Further, there are a couple guys (I don't know who specifically, simply that they are ones who reports came out didn't get on with Mikel after he'd left to be Pep's assistant, citing that he was trying to interfere with decisions the manager made via his captaincy and that he was extremely demanding on the pitch (these don't strike me as bad qualities of a captain), who Arteta could (or may already have, if he's been tabbed as the guy from the get-go and the club is just going through the motions to try to appease fans that there was an exhaustive recruitment carried out) want out of the dressing room just for sake of less drama and greater continuity. Just another aside, if Arteta is the new manager I won't be surprised in the slightest if Monreal is our next captain.
  6. 2017/18 EPL Thread - City Champs

    Actually, I'm impressed you managed to live among the orcs for so long and come out (relatively ) normal.
  7. 2017/18 EPL Thread - City Champs

    To be fair, I'd be happy if Stoke and their fans never came back up to the Prem.
  8. Movie News/Buzz Thread

    The only things I liked about it was 1) the initial Mandarin "terrorist" videos and 2) how Mandarin (in the Ben Kingsley sense) turned out to be a total facade. Yes, Mandarin is an iconic Ironman villain, but he's considerably easier to present on the page than he would have been on the screen (magic rings and what not), particularly given that there would inevitably have been comparisons to Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.
  9. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/19/robby-anderson-jets-arrested-again/ This is Anderson's second arrest in as many offseasons. I think it's safe to say there's a suspension incoming at minimum. How tolerant has the Jets organization under Maccagnan and Bowles been towards arrests and lawlessness?
  10. 2017/18 EPL Thread - City Champs

    They do remind quite a bit of Aston Villa from a couple seasons back or even Wolves from more seasons than that back. I'm actually just happy that Wolves are coming back up.
  11. All Things Wrestling Thread

    God help Asuka if she doesn't win though. She's already been effectively booked like just another woman since Charlotte broke her undefeated streak (i.e. generic promos), even losing dirty to Carmella here does more to hurt her than help her. Thing is, WWE put Carmella over Charlotte clean so I wouldn't put it past them to let her retain against Asuka - unless Triple H is throwing weight around or has Road Dogg looking out for Asuka... because I'm willing to bet Vince doesn't get the appeal with her. Also, I missed mentioning this from RAW last night, but I'm going to laugh (and cry, but both) when Nia screws up a major SummerSlam program and possibly even a Survivor Series program by injuring Ronda because Nia's too freaking reckless and sloppy.
  12. Movie News/Buzz Thread

    Malek actually looks the part (I wasn't expecting him to) and, for the most part, sounds it in terms of dialogue, tone, phrasing. That said, I still expect this movie to disappoint just because of how heavy-handed and hamfisted Brian May has been in this whole process to actually getting it to post-production and release.
  13. All Things Wrestling Thread

    Also, not that the B-Team isn't semi-entertaining, but if people are supporting this, I really don't want to hear the same people griping that AOP haven't been on TV in how man weeks(?) or Revival never get a legitimate feud/run at the tag titles, because as long as people keep getting hype for Vince trotting out the same jobbers-to-contenders trope over and over again, he'll keep doing it. And Vince, because Vince doesn't really much care for tag team wrestling, will continue to only really press with one tag team storyline on RAW at a time. And frankly, these guys (AOP, Revival, etc.) need time to actually get exposure and demonstrate being over with crowds, otherwise they're going to be cycled to Ascension/Breezango/Vaudevillains territory once more charismatic factions that already feature tag-teams like Cole/O'Reilly/Fish and so forth get elevated to the main roster. Also, as long as Bo/Axel are winning, someone else is going to have to balance the equation by doing the regular jobs that they were. You do the math, there's only so much jobbing that Titus World Slide can do.
  14. All Things Wrestling Thread

    We're going to get a Last Man Standing match... and that's like the last match I'd want to see from these two to be honest, but there's no way in hell they're going to give us an Ironman match... at least not at MITB.
  15. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Actually not true. One game isn't very much more than none, but it's still a game... against us... that they won. Also, per Ornstein, Colin Lewin our long-time physio has been sacked. Was honestly a long time coming - though I do feel like the constant re-aggravating of simple soft tissue injuries were more down to Arsene rushing some of the players like Ramsey back into training before they should have been. What still hilarious is how little Twitter knows about even the simplest of medical matters (e.g. "allowed simple injuries to turn into players missing months at a time" - sorry, but any injury that results in a month-plus layoff is not simple, these aren't the injuries these guys suffer playing pub league and a pulled groin/hamstring/hip-flexor would probably have them on their couches moaning about how they're going to get back to bed).
  16. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Just more rumblings of what I've heard (not necessarily from ITK's - most of what I hear, if I'm actually going to even bother talking about it or bringing it up, is just stuff I've heard through discussion with people I trust to be at least informed and able to separate "traditionally more dependable sources" from "crap rags"), is that Arteta/Buvac may be a package deal. The later being Zeljko Buvac, who has been Klopp's #2 since they were both at Mainz, and who is said to be the one who was the driving force behind getting Klopp to really emphasize the more Bielsa-esque pressing-style of defense with Liverpool. Would certainly put a little ease as to Arteta's relative inexperience, given that Buvac has over 700 matches as an assistant under his belt, and another 66 as manager of SC Neukirchen as a player/manager.
  17. 2017/18 EPL Thread - City Champs

    Yeah, but aren't you still holding that grudge against Swansea in Bradley's honor? I definitely won't defend them as deserving to stay up, they simply didn't show the fight in the stretch since February really to merit that kind of rise to defense. But I'll admit, there are definitely other sides I would have rather gone down... just not Sou'ton because we already see regular summer raids on them, I don't want to imagine how much they'd be gutted like a fish if they were to get relegated.
  18. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    It only took till mid-May to get our first away points of 2018!
  19. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Also Freddie Ljungberg returns to the club as a youth team coach, per Ornstein.
  20. You're not alone that line of thinking. That said, I won't be surprised to see Tuchel's system work in Ligue 1 - but that may be more down to PSG's talent on the roster, not sure it translates the way they want it to into CL.
  21. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Also a majority of the memes and gifs in the replies to Ornstein's latest tweet are NSFW but they're also fantastically hilarious - especially the ones at John Cross' expense.
  22. Ornstein had been touting it as a done deal all the way back to late April, but sounds like PSG may be prepared to announce Tuchel as their next manager on Wednesday.
  23. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Updating the latest from the Ornacle (ducked back to earlier this week to be thorough): Still not seeing Jardim's name which is a shade disappointing to me, but ultimately not that surprising. I don't mind Allegri because, while I fear how well his preferred style of play really fits with the personnel we have, he brings discipline and accountability which is something this side needs desperately. However, I can very easily see Allegri drawing out over a long time and ultimately settling on Chelsea over us, oddly reminiscent of a number of our transfer windows under Arsene, leaving us to scramble in an already truncated transfer window (thanks, FA...) to get our business done. I genuinely believe that Arteta will eventually come good as a quality manager, I'm just not convinced he's ready yet (or that one year under Pep is enough to pick up on a lot of the intricacies of Pep's system and meticulousness). That said, I'm incredibly relieved to hear that there's no legs to the Brendan Rodgers stuff.
  24. Movie News/Buzz Thread

    I wouldn't say he minimizes them, he just kind of goes out of his way to disprove stereotypes, usually through satire. Whitney Slater in Last Action Hero is a prime example of this; even in the case of the movie within the movie everyone wants to chalk her up as just a T&A injection and the typical bimbo, but the character establishes that that's just people judging her off her looks where in fact she can kick massive butt, she "spends weekend nights field-stripping guns" (per her father, moaning about how she does fit into stereotypical female archetypes), and so on. And I think you're selling a LKS a little short, Geena Davis' character was always Charly Baltimore, so she was an assassin who turned into a homemaker who then reverted via plot devices to being an assassin/spy and who, in the end, chose to value the maternal instinct. Black's strength has never been in writing "realistic" characters, but there's a vein in cinema for what he writes. He and Cameron (who writes more seriously with less of a comedic slant) are capable of coexisting because they both make good contributions to empowering female characters in different ways. My point is that, let's be real, both guys have shown they are capable of writing better empowered female leads and supporting characters than we've been getting from the male writer/directors that have tried over the past 10-15 years to churn out including Megaton (Columbiana), Leitch (Atomic Blonde), the majority of directors Angelina Jolie has worked with (Bekmambetov, Liman, Noyce), Najafi (Proud Mary), and - this may be sacrilege to some, but I don't care - I'd honestly lump Tarrantino in here as well because unless he's working from someone else's source material, he can't resist lumping in misogynistic themes/undertones into the films he makes pushing female leads. Q's buddy Robert Rodriguez has done a better job just doing straight female empowerment in his films than Quentin has; honestly, I think we'll get to see a pretty damn good example of this with Alita: Battle Angel coming out later this year as it's a Rodriguez/Cameron collaboration, not to mention that the original manga is extremely strong.
  25. Movie News/Buzz Thread

    I would add something else to the above... if female empowerment, particularly in action movie themes, and just creating movies around badass women who don't need something like a slain lover or family or past abuse to trigger them is something Hollywood sees dollar signs in and wants to crank out, THAT is exactly the sort of thing you put Shane at the helm of. The Long Kiss Goodnight is a fantastic example of that. If Fox/Marvel ever wanted to spin-off Domino from the Deadpool-verse, Black would probably top my list of directors to put at the helm as that's smack in the middle of his wheelhouse.
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