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  1. Taco Bell

    Random Thought Thread

    honestly, Federer winning is perfect for me, any time Djokovic loses I consider it a W in my book
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    Random Thought Thread

    I am sooooo pumped for the Federer Nadal final... predictably, as a football fan, Nadal got me into watching the sport thanks to his physical style of play... and unlike the redskins, being a franchise, Nadal only has so many years left, I am SO PUMPED... I actually think he's going to lose in 4 sets though
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    I haven't had much time to post recently and I know the level of commitment it requires so I feel like I'm doing the MB a favor lol... but this is what I need to ask most pertinently. Why does Ryan Kerrigan have a burgundy spike coming out of his deltoid on his image framing ES?
  4. I am definitely saying that RG3 is a happier person now, and I am definitely not putting blame or responsiblity on his wife Rebecca in any way shape or form. RG3 being wildly in love with someone else and being happy does not implicate Rebecca, the person, as holding him back, whether intentionally or passively, etc. See, the labyrinth already begins. "Rebecca holding griffin back" implies a great many things about her as a person, which is not what I am doing at all. I am not justifying him ruining his marriage, cheating on her, splitting the home up for his child, etc. I am saying that RG3 made a move that provided him a better state of mind because he's now happier. That doesn't mean I am blaming the wife, I am blaming RG3's unhappiness as a contributor to poor preparation and play, which may change because he made a change in his personal life that makes him happier. It might sound like it's splitting hairs, but it's actually a massive difference and I cannot stress that enough. Rebecca might have been the greatest person in the world and RG3 totally ruined her life. That's why I am intentionally ignoring the reasons for the split and just cutting to the emotional outcome for the football player in question that plays a 24/7 position where there is so little room for error.
  5. I'm gonna be honest, I am happy for RG3 to have moved on into a happier relationship for himself. It gives me a slight urge to root for him a bit now, because I feel like this is one of those things that might affect his play where previously there just seemed to be an impossibility of good performance based on his practice and game tape, as well as soundbytes and internet/media content. I haven't posted much recently but I am sure will ramp up with the season approaching. I'm not saying this is what will unlock "RG3" again necessarily, but what it does do for me is show that RG3 had something holding him back personally, and made the move to change it. Why does personal life matter for the QB? The same reasons why I backed Kirk early on, the same reasons why I gave up on RG3 in 2013. Because the QB is a position in sports where there is literally no leeway whatsoever for repeated faults or mistakes on the field. Meaning, there is in reality, no limit to how hard you should work and be committing to the sport. That's why when I hear our QB Kirk say something like he has his day broken down into 15 minute intervals, I trust that he's not going to completely bomb, just like last year. I'm not saying it would never happen, but to me, just knowing his preparation acumen, I would indeed be surprised at a total KC meltdown at this point. Back to RG3, my point is, anything that was "off" or making him have to fight upstream getting removed from his life, even if it's his "personal" life, for the 24/7 job of pro QB, any positive change - in any area - is going to translate to the field somehow. And RG3 ever since the end of 2012 seemed to have tons and tons of little things preoccupying him and/or holding him back. Shanny stuff, Danny stuff, media stuff, injury stuff, and perhaps multiple elements in his personal life. Perhaps he is still so far back in his progress at QB that even small improvements won't cut it, but that's why I say that I am rooting for him now unlike before. Because there is a sign that something in his life has changed for the better, and given his style of being more of a "confidence breeds confidence" type of guy, I could see him internally happy being a massive change to his focus and execution in practice and potentially on game days. And perhaps this creates a domino effect with other things in his preparation at QB. Of course, the whole family breakup thing is unfortunate, but honestly, he's a pro QB who won a heisman trophy and ROY, so in the selfish football psyche aspect, I believe he is doing what is better for his profession by putting himself into a happier state of mind.
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    ugh the NBA is so image dependant and backwards... Wade should be gone if the NBA functioned properly, he's an aging veteran who's not worth the money on a team that's not winning a championship. But, because there is so little to root for at a given time around the league, a distribution of players around the league just to appease fanbases is what is necessary since teams could literally just collapse like the 6ers at any minute since there aren't enough good players to go around for however many teams this league has. It's the same source of issue with lebron in 20whatever, Durant now, Wade now, etc. This whole meltdown any time a player leaves is more about the lack of depth on teams as opposed to anything else. One player moving could destroy the whole house of cards each and every time and people need oxygen masks to get over it and move off the ledge.
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    based on what I saw Westbrook actually did Durant a favor and enabled Durant to do the right thing and leave given that Westbrook showed he had no intention of staying himself.. I'm sure Durant and Westbrook are still on close terms even if the ride was frustrating and tough at certain junctures
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    Alot of the hating on this thing (not here just the general nonsense I'm seeing) is truly the symptom of a weak league. There are too many teams in the league, which leads to this bully system of top players not being "allowed" to go to other teams because it makes things "too easy..." Literally the dumbest thing ever how the "problem" is the player doing whats best for his personal career rather than the environment surrounding him hanging by the thinnest of threads of legitimacy and functionality. There are plenty of good players in the top percentile, but just not stacked together in the way they should be, don't even remove jobs, just add to the rosters and proportionately increase the cap so not a single dollar is taken away from the players (it would get redistributed towards the top surely but the same money would exist)
  9. I actually like 8 on Kirk... 12 reminds me too much of the other top QBs right this second, Rodgers and Brady both use it and based on what I've seen quickly it looks like it's a number historically used because of Bradshaw, Staubach, and Griese, during the Steelers, Cowboys, and Dolphins SB eras. So, unless Kirk truly liked the number 12, I'd rather have him use 8, or, the number he would rather have based on what I've seen him say since the change.
  10. I know I've said it a few times in this thread already, but now that we have a nice set of pictures nearby my explanation will make more sense. I know that, in addition to misery, the idea of "going back" to the 80s era unis always sounds good to me, but then I also remember that we had that combination in the 90s and 2000s and they even then still didn't feel right. The main visual reason why our jerseys never translated to those 90s/2000/ and contemporary "fitting" uniforms is because there is no longer the amount of space necessary to include those thick double stripes on the sleeves anymore. Which is what "makes" those 80s unis to me. One reason is of course they are so thick that there's almost nothing you can do to prevent shrinking them which is at odds with the double striped pants and socks, the other key part of that look, but the other thing is we are one of only 2 old teams (the raiders) that still keeps their jersey numbers on the sides of our sleeves instead of on top of the shoulders, like every other team that used to have their numbers on the sides pre 90s. So, we end up with cramped microscopic sleeve striping totally at odds with the rest of our 80s unis. That's why, these current patchwork unis to me are better in actuality, while I totally long for the "theory" of the 80s unis myself. And actually, I truly love our burgundy helmet, white shirt, gold pants combination. I feel like it looks clean and has a great balance of our team colors. The other major thing is, a white shirt doesn't require as much reliance on striping as a burgundy shirt does without looking like "too much" burgundy, making all the striping issues more pronounced with that current color combination.
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    haha he's probably been saving that shirt up for so long
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    Kyrie was amazing and totally won me over permanently with his playoff performance (I wasn't a hater or anything and was always an outsider to the redskins/wizards centric Kyrie vs. Wall type stuff)... he was a ****ing monster JR smith's post game presser was legit stuff too about his family... wow
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    That would be awesome and sort of unfair. But tonight I'm drinking some champagne not gonna lie. So happy for Lebron
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    ***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

    wow I can't believe it! Great game though