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  1. Week 1 GDT: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers

    Gotta agree. During the game I felt like I was playing one of those missions in XCOM where you actually manage to do it, but you lose all your good people.
  2. Best Action Movies

    So much talk about John Wick. Did it bother anybody else that they kept translating the boogeyman as Baba Yaga? Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a hut on chicken legs and eats children, and may well be a permutation of the witch in Hansen and Gretel. She is most certainly distinct from the boogeyman as far as folklore goes. I know it's a stupid thing to pick at in a movie like that, but they do it like five times.
  3. It'sssssss TIME!!! Carolina Panthers Training Camp Theard

    OL was really bad. Mat Kalil got completely owned and Taylor Motion was pretty obviously out of his depth. Receivers looked surprisingly a lot more solid than they do on paper. I'm really happy to see Curtis Samuel at 100% again. The defense is still the soul of this team, though.
  4. NFL’s New Anthem Protest Policy On Hold

    Foolish to try to implement the policy in the first place. I understand wanting to appear to be taking a strong stance against employee behavior that threatens your income (and, as others have mentioned, the military's recruiting interests), but the entire thing strikes me as completely tone-deaf. Yes, the players are employees, and can be made subject to punitive measures for non-conforming behaviors outside of what falls under the umbrella of free speech, much like you can't wear your Cannibal Corpse T-shirt to your job at the bank, but coming down with hard sweeping punitive policies in the face of wide-spread employee dissatisfaction (especially in any field in the media where PR carries a high priority) is sort of like trying to fix the transmission on your car with a sledge-hammer. It's only going to make things worse.
  5. What are you reading? V1

    It wasn't that it was necessarily slow moving in the first three. They do read pretty well. It's just that it's painfully obvious when he's fluffing the piece up for no real reason. The thing that finally killed it for me was the constant dream sequences that were all just more or less the same thing played out over and over again with maybe one tiny drop of new information in each one. What had he really accomplished over the course of three massive books? A neat world with the whole eternal battle of light vs. darkness, yin/yang, good vs. evil thing with some gender politics thrown in for spice, a few major plot points, and a bunch of people criss-crossing a map. At some point I just got tired of his constantly moving people around for no good reason. It's not that it wasn't interesting when it actually pulls its elements together, but man he could've done it so much more efficiently. I'll check out Erikson. Thank you for the rec.
  6. Was Jameis Winston’s talent overrated coming out of college?

    I don't believe it's so much a matter of him being overrated as it is the premium of the position. QBs are often taken very high for the simple reason that they're hard to come by. Jameis isn't blowing the NFL up, but he's sure not flunking out either.
  7. Dumbest Coach Quotes

    Do people really not know the term "calumny"? Not that it would have been any more or less applicable, but I don't think blasphemy has been legally consequential since the inquisition.
  8. NFL Coaching Hot Seat

    Speaking as a local, a Scott Frost departure for the NFL after a single successful season in Nebraska would make me laugh.
  9. The Book Thread

    Bleak House - Charles Dickens I'm ashamed to say this will be my first real experience of a Dickens novel. So far it's... descriptive, but good. I'm about 70 pages in, and I can see why so many modern authors site him as an influence (Rushdie in particular).
  10. I read this and thought everybody was talking about Netrunner. Dammit.
  11. What movie are you watching?

    Richard Attenborough could doomsay me to sleep every night and I'd be happy, and now, thanks to Planet Earth, he has.
  12. Gambling could renew push for 18-game season

    Sixteen games is fine. The sustainability of continuous play in football is already becoming an issue all the way down to the high school level (although I personally think this is somewhat exaggerated in the media), and this wouldn't help. I can understand why the nfl brass might find the idea of an eighteen game season appealing, but it would be a tone-deaf and ill-timed move from a p.r. perspective. Plus, you know, it would really suck for the players.
  13. CLE picked for Hard Knocks 2018

    Hard Knocks is always great TV, and Cleveland's a great choice for the upcoming year. I'll tune in, but not for any football-related reason.
  14. I didn't get to catch Jurassic Park in the theater, but when I did see it for the first time it scared the life out of me. I was around eight, and my family was having a Christmas party where somebody gave us the VHS, and I wanted to watch it so bad I begged my parents to let me go over to the church next door and watch it there (my dad was the pastor so me being in the church by myself wasn't a big deal) so I didn't interrupt the party. Being eight alone in a dark creepy church might have been an even better way to view that than the theater. At least in the church there was no one there to see me nearly soil myself during the raptors-in-the-kitchen scene.
  15. David Tepper is the New Owner

    Tepper seems like a qualified owner, and I'm happy he's keeping the team in Carolina. More than anything I'm just glad the whole mess is over with... ...please let it be over with.