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Broncofan last won the day on October 9 2018

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  1. Barring injury, Flacco will be the starter until we are out of the playoff picture, and only then. Then it will be based on how well he's playing, the most likely scenario that he's not our long-term scenario (but let's keep an open mind, in case the <10th percentile outcome happens lol). Assuming the likely outcome plays out re: Flacco's future, then sure, Lock's going to get a chance. But only once 2019 is basically out of the picture playoffs wise. Any talk about Lock taking over before we're officially eliminated just doesn't mesh with everything the org & Elway have done this offseason. I don't think much of our chances to make the playoffs, but I also understand if you are going to go this route, it's silly to cut bait on the stopgap QB while those chances are still in play. Fans who point to Flacco/BAL and say it could happen in DEN don't recognize what led to the decision - Lamar's skills presented the ability to radically change the O to a more power-run read-option, based team that could give D's different looks, where Flacco's O was too predictable, and not enough of a passing threat to make that O succeed (as they really just loaded the box and took away the run, and Flacco & the receivers couldn't make the D's pay - Jackson's running ability and read-option, but as a power run team, really confused teams until LAC played them, and showed D's how to take it away). Lock's talent level doesn't fundamentally change an O's ability to become a totally different looking O. Whether he succeeds or fails, Lock won't change an O (or more importantly, drastically change how a D plays that O like Lamar did with BAL). Playing Lock is really a nod to starting to evaluate whether he's the franchise guy from 2020+. So it only makes sense when 2019's books are officially closed. I suspect it will be sometime in December, as @lomaxgrUK pointed out, it's more about our playoff chances disappearing than anything else (barring injury).
  2. Spiderman: Far from home

    I enjoyed it but I have the sneaking suspicion it will fade with time. The big pluses were that Holland & Glyhenhall were really strong. And Zendaya was good in her role. The side stories were pretty by-the-book with the classmates. And the Fury angle was weak IMO, really as a plot device more than anything else. The Happy-May scenes were cringeworthy. Still because the main core were good to great it’s still an enjoyable movie But one that I think fades on rewatch and over time. I don’t think the movie events and their impact will endure as the series moves forward... save for the plot reveals to the future movies (no spoilers). Those really point to something big. But that’s part of the issue - it was a set-up movie but with very little in-movie character development save for Peter. Looking back I suspect we will see this as the weakest of the MCU Spidey movies unless they trash the next ones. Keep in mind it’s by no means terrible. I give it a 7.5 to 8/10. That’s probably the best movie score since Endgame. But I think over time it fades to 7. Nothing awful at all and reflective of the ridiculous standards the MCU sets nowadays. Really looking forward to how they move forward though now.
  3. Probably since anything that involves Kraft concludes with a happy ending.
  4. General Final Fantasy Thread

    LOL, my brother did it old school before the item glitch was public. He's married with 2 kids, 1 step kid & a grandson now lol. So he'd probably do it the W item now too. Given how they're expanding the Midgar story, it seems like low hanging fruit to add more Weapons. They may not have been necessary, but the FFXV side quest list was loooooong. And some of those battles were definitely Weapon-esque in length/difficulty. So it's not like it's no longer in their playbook design-wise.
  5. DC Movie Universe

    Until the MCU stumbles badly, they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Until the DCEU actually delivers on the promise for more than 1 movie at a time beyond "OK/not bad", they deserve our skepticism. And given they are sticking with the idea that some movies are part of arcs while others are more standalone (Joker), well, I'll not get my hopes up. Not after the atrocity that was Suicide Squad and Justice League. It just pains me that the DC comic verse is so much deeper than the MCU, but fool me 5x.....
  6. General Final Fantasy Thread

    It depends - if it's $60 and the chapter runs 25-30 hours long, with side quests & DLC added later if you are getting all 3-4 chapters....well, you get the idea. Remember, FFVII seriously had 100+ hours to get the Main Story, and popular side quests (KOTRT/Gold Chocobo, not even talking Weapons lol) - I think my brother put in 200 hours to get it all. Either way, no game is putting in 100+ hours of gameplay/story any more as 1 game, BOTW as the only notable exception (and frankly, my wife/non-playing family kinda wishes it wasn't that long lol).
  7. Wide Receiver Class Statistical Projections

    The volume stats are what I suspect is a weakness in the system - as with Julio / Beckham, the OSU system (and QB) he played with really limited his output. If I read that correctly, Thomas ends up somewhere at the bottom of the Tier II (Moderate risk) portfolio. Now his neck injury factors in there too, so it's not all formula-based, but that's the limit of going solely data/metrics-based. The nuance of the competition / system / QB really does influence the rank IMO. It's still a very useful tool if it can separate, just I don't think it can be the end-all and be-all (frankly that's where we are nowadays with any single form of evaluation).
  8. General Final Fantasy Thread

    Man, it's going to be tough to swallow that FFVII Remake is likely going to be released in chapter format. On the other hand, it's such a huge story that nowadays, I don't think the 50-60+ hours needed to complete the story line in its entirety is something the mainstream gamer who wasn't raised on SNES is ready for (not the side quests & Weapons & Chocobo racing, that's easily 100+ hours). Who I am kidding, if it's even halfway-decent, they'll take my $$. It's only 2 mins more added, but the impressions on gameplay, and the improvements on dialogue...man. Can't wait for 03.03.2020.
  9. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (06/07/19)

    Here's the thing - it's one thing if you are going to take a beloved comic arc, and make it different. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as you execute your version in a way that's organic, and that delivers on the potential it offers. The movie has Dark Phoenix as the freaking title. There were at least 2 major references to it at the end of the last movie. All the ads focused on Jean turning into Dark Phoenix. But we shouldn't bag on the movie for underwhelming on its delivery, and making it a total side arc, rather than the focus? The movie writers & producers & directors made this call - even if they had a vision to make the Phoenix angle play out over 2 movies....what they chose to do is just poor movie-scripting, to reduce it to a side-show, then produce the arc as a side-story. Honestly, if they had ended the movie with the Phoenix arc unresolved, but had given it enough time to have it reach that stage, no one would likely criticize it as much as it's getting now for delivering an afterthought arc in this area..when it's billed as the main event. Forget the fact that the Phoenix arc is a gold mine that should leverage a great story, no matter if you deviate from the comic arc. They chose to make the arc the previous movie hinted at big things with both Apocalypse's line and Jean's appearance, the entire pre-movie trailer releases, and yes, the title.....into a side story. No matter how ppl make excuses for it...it's just inexcusable.
  10. R.I.P Pat Bowlen

    In Brittany’s case she has very little experience in the organization or football FO’s. That’s what’s leading to a transition period as she’s getting that now. There’s a risk of course Ellis won’t give up power as easily but for now waiting is agreed to by all parties except for Pat’s brother / other daughter who challenged the trust’s plan in court last year.
  11. R.I.P Pat Bowlen

    The ownership has been in a trust run by CEO Joe Ellis as part of a 3-member group. Ellis is the driving force. Nothing changes until a family owner is ready to take over. The legal battle last year was to challenge the trust’s authority and choice Brittany Bowlen as the heir to the throne. So far that doesn’t have wheels so it’s the status quo. Elway is still on the hot seat but nothing is different with Pat’s death. Ellis stills calls the shots with the trust until another Bowlen takes over. And that’s not happening anytime soon.
  12. Is TOR a championship worthy team? No doubt there. You don’t beat the top 2 teams in the East and then the top West seeded team and defending champs without being worthy. Let alone winning 3x on the road in Oracle. Would GS have been a much better team with KD? Of course. No one would argue otherwise. As others alluded to - losing top players crippled most teams. That’s the fickle nature of the playoffs. That same fickle nature turned in GS’ favor for 2 of their title runs in a big way. It was neutral for the other. I don’t begrudge them the easier path in those titles. I don’t begrudge the Raps ‘title run this year either. Over time I suspect history will treat this the same way. I suspect “the buzzer beater” will go down as an iconic moment that puts the Raptors title as respected along with the other memorable ones drama wise. That’s just playoff life with injuries. Nothing but respect for KD Klay & Curry. Or the Dubs. Feel awful for Klay & KD. But that doesn’t lessen my respect and awe for the Raptors’ title. They earned the championship.
  13. R.I.P Pat Bowlen

    It's a shame he didn't get to the HoF induction ceremony, but at least he was announced before his time. He was the driving force with Jerry Jones for nighttime football on SNF/TNF, and he was an incredible owner for the team - no owner had his level of sustained success that I can recall. And to boot, a really great guy who instilled a culture of both success and family. And he was a senior member for many of the really important committees that brought the NFL from 3rd ranked side sport to the top ticket in North America. Jerry Jones gets the credit for being the face, but in fact most of the TV Execs pointed out Bowlen was the guy who engineered it behind the scenes (google **** Ebersol NBC and Pat Bowlen for more, but here's a sample link - https://footballmaven.io/talkoffame/nfl/****-ebersol-how-pat-bowlen-changed-pro-football-forever-VKii0k1O-0y4y04E7vYLhw/ ). He literally should be considered one of the top owners in sports, let alone the NFL. He was a role model for being a successful owner. His HoF induction was long overdue, it should be quite the emotional ceremony this year.
  14. I obv can’t confirm as someone who lives elsewhere but in CAN season ticket holders for the sports teams in the other sports get first crack at the seats - but have to pay playoff prices. I doubt the NBA model is different than the NHL & MLB When the Blue Jays and other Canadian Hockey team were in the playoffs that applied. I really doubt it’s any different there. No doubt the fans who cheered the injury were d-bags. But it’s no given they were the regulars.
  15. Re: KD's calf injury & Achilles tear, here's the thing - Achilles tears are rarely due to 1 big injury, or even 2 (recent injury and then aggravation). It's one of the areas of the body that has a really iffy blood supply. So the wear & tear it gets over years of elite athletic play builds up - and then one day, boom, it gives. It's why when KD was out for more than the <1 week time period you see with a calf strain, you have to worry if the Achilles is the real issue. And the rub? There's no great way to treat it, other than complete rest - but that only gets rid of the recent inflammation. It does nothing to the wear and tear damage. But the whole premise that you can't make the injury worse by playing, is incredibly flawed when it comes to the Achilles area. And there's no great way to diagnose the injury, as it often looks OK...until it gives out at the end. Either way, sucks all around. KD was pure class, and I hope the idea that he was dogging it, or that he wasn't really needed to help GS win, is now put to rest.