Burgold

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  1. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    ... and what is the Republican response? Lindsey Graham announces an investigation into Ukraine and the Bidens. They know it's bull. They knew the Benghazi hearings were bull. They knew the Hillary emails were bull. They believe Republicans are stupid enough to fall for it, again. Are they?
  2. Doesn't surprise me in the least. This is Extremeskins. Extreme Redskins fan. Home of rabid Redskins fans. The mood of the Stadium is darker than almost any funeral. Redskins haven't given fans enough reason to love them. They've exhausted so much good will. It's not even about winning. There are teams that are loveable losers. Look at the Dawg Pound in Cleveland. Look at the Raiduhs. Teams that have been mostly bad for a long, long time. They managed to keep their fan base and to keep it fun. The Redskins have actually not been the worst team in the league under Gruden. They've been a slightly worse than average team. Shanny's team (minus RGIII's rookie season were awful) Gruden's were borderline okay. We were almost always in the playoff hunt. We rarely got there, but we were in the hunt until game 16. So, it's not about being awful. It's about not enough bang for the buck. It's about likability. It wouldn't be hard for me to make a case that we have players worth rooting for. We do. We don't have bad citizens on the field (Montae excluded possibly), but there is a shadow of disgust that looms over the team. There's an ugliness and a pettiness that makes everything worse than it is. That's right. The Redskins right now are worse than their 1-9 record. That's what they have to fix. That's why a blow up is important and not a blow up of the roster. I still believe there's pretty good talent here. A blow up of the top of the Front Office. We draft pretty well, but we do free agency, trades, and contracts lousy. We treat our fans lousy. Right now, we coach lousy, too, but lousy, lousy, lousy, lousy, lousy. Why wouldn't you ride with the Baby Shark over the 'skins? Why wouldn't you Rock the Red over the Burgundy and Gold? Why wouldn't you chant for the Mystics over hail the Redskins? All those teams are fun. When's the last time we had fun being Redskins fans. It's not just girls... Boys wanna have fun, too.
  3. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    If you'd just give us what we want and overlook each and every crime and monstrosity we'd all get along!
  4. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    Every Senator who attends that meeting ought to recuse themselves. There can’t possibly be an ethical way Senators can conspire with the White House on a defense or narrative and be considered impartial.
  5. Burgold

    Serious Question: Do you regret letting Cousins go?

    Pfft. Quarterback is hardly the most important position in sports. Look how many hockey teams won the Stanley Cup without having a QB even on the roster. Look how many gymnastic meets, swimming competitions, and horse races have been won without a QB in sight. Baseball. Basketball. No QBs. Are there QBs in golf... whoops. There are ton of QBs in golf. Never mind... (Rant continued on page 4) You're here. It means you care. You care during the games (though it sounds like you're suffering through the games much like I am.) You're a fan. I just find statements like "I don't care" to be troublesome
  6. Burgold

    Serious Question: Do you regret letting Cousins go?

    I don't think you can be a fan and not "care" about said team. I will say the degree of caring and energy I can summon towards the team this year (really since last offseason) has dwindled a lot. I think the pilot light is still on because I still mostly watch the games, but I haven't found myself yelling at the TV, cursing refs, or cheering great plays. I think I'm watching out of stubborness, habit, and a teeny bit of hope. Mind you, I'm convinced this season is dead. I was thinking 4-12 before the season started and posted that at least as far back as May. Who'd a thunk that would still count as a pollyanna-optimistic prediction?
  7. Burgold

    Serious Question: Do you regret letting Cousins go?

    Yeah, my discussion of cap dollars and how the pie can be divided is predicated on the team making intelligent moves. That, unfortunately, is a very theoretical position when dealing with this team. We have made some good free agent moves, but the bad outweighs the good by a magnitude. Worse, as you said, the plan seems to be missing. Who cares if get a really cool stained glass window if the walls are falling down,
  8. Burgold

    Serious Question: Do you regret letting Cousins go?

    In an absolute vacuum, I don't really care what players get paid except in the sense that our entire value system is out of whack and even vet minimum plus incentives is way too much considering what some more impactful professions garner. That said, if you do care about the team you support you have to care about contract numbers these days. Because of franchising Cousins, we lost Garcon and Jackson. Because of Alex Smith's salary we were hamstrung this year in how we could address the line. We wound up taking a flier on a tackle that absolutely failed with two teams and plugged him in at guard. If that didn't work our next best bet was an untested fourth round rookie who was considered a stretch and not an A+ prospect. We have no depth at tackle and while Penn was a good get, he was also pretty bargain basement. In other words, if, as a fan, you care about the modern NFL, you have to care about salaries to a degree because each puzzle piece impacts every other puzzle piece. All in all, we should have kept Cousins. Cousins should have wanted to be here. Allen shouldn't have poisoned the atmosphere and relationship to such a degree that there could never be a solution. The way I saw it is Allen and Cousins made a bet after Cousins' first season starting. Allen said, "Bet you can't do it again. Bet you can't do it for a full season." Cousins came through with an outstanding season. Allen didn't pay up. I understood the first franchise tag. The second one was where the team went very wrong. After losing "the bet" Allen should have come out with a market or above market offer and I bet it would have worked out. Instead, Allen treated it as a normal negotiation, lowballed Cousins, and tried to "win" the negotiation. Cousin gave Allen the finger. The Redskins were dead to him at that point.
  9. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    Hines did well there. He explained very simply that Trump broke the law by withholding the funds without congressional approval. That's been a major Republican talking point since the hearings began.
  10. For a second, I thought that was a national poll and was going to be alarmed. Instead, I'll just say... C'mon Wisconsin. Get your act together.
  11. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    Nunes is so full of ****. Actually, that's unfair to ****. He's so full of vomit.
  12. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    Where's the joke? Seriously, I don't get it. Both Vindman and Nunes appear as they do every day. This is just a photorealistic representation.
  13. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    I wouldn't categorize that as unfair Mind you, I'd also say that history has proven me correct in many of my right vs. left assertions. I'd also contend (and this makes me a bit sad) that I used to be way more neutral in my postings, but time has tilted my viewpoint. It may also be, for example, that while I viewed George W. Bush as often wrong on the issues I didn't really view him as evil or malicious. The current iteration of the Republican party I see as evil and malicious. I find it frustrating that I am losing the ability to give some the benefit of the doubt or the grace to explain why their policy isn't evil, corrupt, evil. I don't like that I see the sky falling. On the other hand, being fair isn't turning a blind eye to the truths we witness. I'm not really sure. If a "private citizen" decided to use their own resources to launch an investigation on foreign soil for political purposes if that would be criminal. Now, it'd be really hard to argue that Rudy wasn't wielding or fraudulently wielding the muscle of government to extort an investigation, but I'm not sure... I don't know what would happen to him other than he would become a political pariah.
  14. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    The premise would probably be that Rudy ran the operation in a rogue way without the President's knowledge and wishes. Every bad thing to do was Rudy and everyone else was an innocent bystander or dupe. After all, Trump wanted nothing from Ukraine it was all Rudy who wanted the dirt. That would be the spin anyway.
  15. Burgold

    The Impeachment Thread

    I can't agree to this inference just because it approaches the gravitational pull of botherism (even though you made an effort to say there is a difference in degrees.) I contend at this point the parties are substantially different in many important ways. Heck, the very fact that the Democrats are still being meek, cautious, and legally careful when Trump is as dirty as can be in this hearing serves as a counterpoint to the bombast and ridiculousness of the bull **** that was the Benghazi hearings. Now, I hardly think the Dems are saints and think many of them are bums/incompetent, but the GOP as currently comprised are malicious in their avarice. They are content to harm people with their policies.