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  1. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    Yeah, he, Will Osprey, and a couple of guys out of Mexico who I don't expect anyone to know* are legitimately the best high-flyers who are well-rounded enough to work with just about anyone in the world right now. * Except maybe Flux.
  2. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    They're trying to avoid the rut they got into before post Four Horsewomen (which by the time Bailey came up included Alexa and Nia) call-up where, had it not been for Asuka just being able to roll HAM for a long time, the division was kind of lackluster until Ember carved out her spot and the Women's Tournament happened. People get that there need to be jobbers too right and that some of the folks who get brought up from NXT are going to end up enhancement talent? LIS earlier, Mandy is probably destined for manager/hold-a-mic personality type (I mean, someone really want to tell me she can't be the equivalent or better than what Dasha is right now?). Logan and Deville are probably destined to be enhancement talent - which is fine. Ruby and Liv are probably destined for that too, but just over a longer period. Paige is probably the only actual main event level talent in this whole bunch, but they don't need ME talent. And if, as it's been kicked around, they venture into a Women's Tag Team division(s) next year, they're going to need more women on the roster than they had. In a way, I'm kind of glad they cleared some room out in NXT because it will afford other women who I feel like have more long-term potential as legit main roster talent (at a level above enhancement and that could eventually be title contenders) to build their characters and get over huge with the fans, like Candice LeRae, Vanessa Borne, Rhea Ripley, and Lacey Evans. Also, means they might reach out and bring in certain others from the Women's Tournament that weren't initially brought in (Toni Storm, Rachel Evers - yes, she's in Impact but Impact is in a death spiral), Nicole Savoy - seriously, breaking up her and Shayna as a tag team is no bueno, and I think she has more long-term potential than Shayna does, and Tessa Blanchard - I mean, if Ricochet ends up in NXT and they're both already rooming with Apollo Crews, that's some major pull.
  3. HoF Semifinalists Announced

    If he does and Urlacher doesn't, the world deserves to burn.
  4. Broncos fire OC Mike McCoy

    But see, that's kind of why I would have waited till seeing if he could have survived that butcher's bill before anointing him a Top 10 (or higher) GM. Granted, I'm definitely one to take much more of the patient and long-view approach to things rather than rush to judgment. But you can't deny that it certainly makes a GM's job significantly easier when he's able to dangle a future HOF QB under center (even if said QB is no longer in his prime, the name value still exists) in front of potential free agents (and vets seeking trades to teams in the Super Bowl hunt so that they themselves can chase a ring) - as that's exactly the type of player that others will take less money to play with because they feel more confident he'll lead them to the Owl. I kind of feel like you have to wait to both anoint or curse a GM until after you see how they handle their first big swell of adversity after the success. Now if a GM never has that success to begin with, curse him all you like, but that's not the case with the one (Elway) we're discussing here.
  5. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Fair enough, sort of. I'd contend there was never sufficient evidence of a power shift in the first place, so it's kind of moot whether Saturday's result would have trumped said shift. Setting aside the current "shiny new thing" syndrome, the current Spurs side isn't terribly different from the Arsenal sides of '08/'09 and there was certainly no chatter of a "power shift" in London between Arsenal and Chelsea (granted, Chelsea had a 21-game unbeaten streak that season), because despite beating Chelsea at the Emirates, Arsenal still could get secure the 3 points against the other Top 4 sides in any of those other matches (and in fact took away losses to the likes of Chelsea and United). Finishing about Arsenal once in 20+ years, "putting pressure" on eventual Champion Chelsea, blowing out Liverpool, and beating a clearly-out-of-form Real Madrid side does not a power shift make, particularly when there's still lean years from stadium building expenses to be survived.
  6. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Because there's only one way to properly start off this thread:
  7. 2018 Comeback Player of the Year?

    My thoughts? THUNDER DOME! 28 men enter... 1 man leaves as Comeback POTY. (Everyone else gets fed to Blaster, because he's a growing boy...)
  8. Broncos fire OC Mike McCoy

    To be fair, Mike McCoy was always going to make tuna salad regardless of what ingredients he had, that's just who Mike McCoy is. Canned chicken... tuna salad. Fresh chicken... tuna salad. Chicken scat... tuna salad. What's stood out to me about this thread is... weren't we just seeing Elway being championed as one of the best GM's in the league 9 months ago and now he's "the problem." I'm not saying that it's all on fans being fickle and that he doesn't deserve some blame, but I can't find the ease with which some people are content to swing from one pole to the other so quickly to be thoroughly entertaining (if also logically baffling).
  9. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    So this means that we'll now be linked every summer with Aubameyang (and never sign him); I mean, someone had to fill Benzema's shoes in that regard...
  10. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    The suggestion of a power shift from the beginning was premature. I normally hate being the guy that flaunts silverware, but Tottenham need to actually win something in order for there to be an actual shift - and they haven't... in going-on 9 years. Arsenal have won three trophies (all over which, in the view of most in Britain, are more significant trophies than the last one Spurs won) since Spurs last hoisted one in 2008. If Spurs actually manage to advance past the Round of 16 in CL then there is deserved talk or backing to talk of a power shift, but until then it's been paper and pundit talk that has been fanned largely because Tottenham have two of the bigger names on the English side right now.
  11. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    She's like 3 months along, maybe 4. She was barely even showing last night. Baby's not going to be born until after Mania.
  12. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    She was in the qualifier for the last spot on Team RAW women literally last week. Asuka needs women to run through. Daria Benatto/DeVille whatever the hell they're calling her now is a fair worker but has no long term future. Mandy is likely destined for Lana-ville, (possibly eventually a lackey to Bliss if Bliss stays heel), but she can be an easy squash. I think this was as much to eventually transition Bliss babyface as it was to bring up more heels. Plus, they're going to need some sort of women's Mania title matches not involving Charlotte/Becky/Bailey/Sasha since they're likely going to book the WWE vs MMA Four Horsewomen match.
  13. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    I think that's just a case of them dumping off the excess backstock on Walmart and hoping people don't notice,
  14. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    This I agree with, though I think it's more a case that he carried an injury into last night (I think he actually, ironically, tweaked that thigh/quad on the go-home Smackdown show). I think Angle could get carried through a match by someone like AJ, Finn, probably even Jason Jordan (with a good match agent and a lot of planning on spots), and more than likely Hunter (I just worry that some of Hunter's regular shtick/moves would require Kurt to do some selling on his own that his body may not make easy on him - the jumping facebreaker into the knee for instance). Honestly, I'm hoping they actually play up the "visible" injury Angle carried in last night (the taped up thigh) because that actually gives something halfway decent for Jordan to be upset about (Daddy pulled me because of an injury but then went in there injured himself). After Jordan's backstage interview last night and the "I hope Triple H gets eliminated then the team wins," bit, they've set things up perfectly for Jordan to turn heel, screw Kurt, and ally with Trips and Steph. Whether they'll do it is another question - knowing Vince, I wouldn't put it past him to keep Jordan face and make him Triple H and Steph's whipping boy as a tool to needle at Kurt for several months to "try and get Jordan some crowd sympathy." Thing is, even if they did that, the logical path out of it is a heel turn for Jordan. I just saw a ton of people whining on Twitter last night about them not "making new stars" or putting over the young talent last night and I'm like... "Did people miss the 7-foot tall babyface that was completely and utterly made?" I mean, Cena ate a clean pin where Balor contributed to his finish. Orton ate a clean pin to Braun. Nakamura and Roode were put out by the young guy who was the biggest aim of the match to make and put over (Braun), not to one of the part-timers. Joe and Finn were eliminated, but they were so by the two guys active with the most World Title reigns (and Cena still took care of Joe in the sense that he put in two AA's before getting the pin rather than just a single one). Burial would have been letting one of those guys get pinned by Shane.
  15. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    People need to go reread the term "bury" because several of you are getting it wrong... again. No one was buried last night - at least not in the Mens 5v5. Just because Hunter didn't eat someone's finish for a pinfall doesn't mean he was burying them. He SOLD for Nakamura and Roode. And - though because he doesn't seem to fit into the narratives of a lot of people - he sold like hell for Stroman (even Texansfan who was at the event expanded on how much further he went in the sell job after the PPV went off air) who is the youngest talent that was in that ring and came out looking like a made man and is finally minted as a babyface (he's been treated like one by the crowd for a while now, but he'll finally be booked as one).
  16. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    Sam Roberts. He's actually a really good guy, really knowledgeable (probably moreso than most of us), and a massive fan. He does a SiriusXM show out of New York in addition to his weekly wrestling podcast. He's just generally unpopular with smark followers because he's "too positive" and too willing to "look for the positive" or to get excited over booking that doesn't involve the new, indy guys.
  17. It's been a rough season to be @EliteTexan80, I imagine. Brutal luck for Houston, but brutal luck for Foreman as today actually looked like a breakout game for him.
  18. Texans RB D'Onta Foreman tears Achilles

    I suppose it depends on the severity of the tear. If it's a rupture, for a RB, that's a major concern, because so much of his game is about planting and driving forward. And explosiveness. Achilles injuries can sap that big time. I mean, most recently Branden Oliver tore his Achilles last season and made it back for the season opener this year, but he went down in a preseason game, not in Week 11. Foreman's almost assured starting the season on the PUP next year.
  19. Week 11 GDT

    I was actually going to say that if referring specifically to the run defense, it's missing Dareus some, but also Zach Brown and Nickell Roby-Coleman. But don't mind KYDI, he pops up every time the Buffalo run defense has a poor outing this season to try and suggest the loss of Dareus is the culprit; and he does it purely to try to hype the Jags more for trading for Dareus. Though, props on the Duby reference. Even if it may take someone as old as Vike Daddy to remember him.
  20. What Are You Thinking About v.CC

    Yes, it's massive (and for that I apologize), but you'll all be thanking me for this later.
  21. Week 11 - Rams at Vikings

    McVay handled that presser about as well as could be expected.
  22. Week 11 GDT

    If you're defining career as "NFL career," Cousins has played at least half of the starts he'll have as a pro. It's not like his body didn't take wear and tear while he played out his full eligibility at Michigan State.
  23. Week 11 GDT

    When did @ianlewis16 become a Jags fan?
  24. ~~//~~ Pro Wrestling: Smackdown vs Raw ~~\\~~

    I saw one opinion on Twitter (and I bring it up because it's from someone who is/was an FF poster) who said the best match on the whole show was 1 1/2 star at-best. It made for a hearty chuckle.
  25. Week 11 GDT

    Point of order: Cousins is turning 30 next year. Not exactly "young" by NFL standards. If you're not including Stafford, Cousins shouldn't be included either.
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